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Now that I am three months into my raw vegan journey, I am excited to share with
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Contents 13 BRAIN & BODY YOGA TAI CHI FOR HOLISTIC HEALING
14 SAFER SPRING CLEANING 16 HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY PEOPLE Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health
Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming
How Animals Self-Medicate
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MA Center Chicago Hosts Live Benefit Concert
A Center Chicago will host An Evening of Ragas Concert with Rahul Sharma and Aditya Kalyanpur from 6:30 to 9 p.m., April 21. The live benefit concert of ragas featuring Master of Santoor Shri. Rahul Sharma and Tabla Maestro Shri. Aditya Kalyanpur in what will be their only joint performance in the Chicago area this tour. Proceeds will benefit the humanitarian and charitable projects of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma).
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Interactive Kirtan Coming to Infinity Foundation
irtan: Meditation and Mantra, with Ellen Radha Katz and The Bhakti CaravanBand, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., April 22, at Infinity Foundation. Kirtan is the chanting of mantras and call-and-response devotional phrases that elevate the spirit, open the heart and raise collective consciousness. The audience may bring a small percussion instrument. Neither experience in singing nor kirtan is necessary.
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When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmarkâ€™s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.
Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. Johnâ€™s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.
High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.
Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms
A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 8
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FRUIT PESTICIDES LOWER FERTILITY IN WOMEN
Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk
People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.
Nature Videos Calm Prisoners
Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”
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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact.
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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.
Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies
Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at Tinyurl.com/ TheThousandOaksSolution.
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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.
Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon
Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs
France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers
French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”
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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles
UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.
Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions
In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at Tinyurl.com/ CarbonTop100List.
Jonah’s Dream Deborah LaFogg Docherty
eborah LaFogg Docherty’s art combines her passions for nature and painting. “I strive to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild—where they live, court, raise their young and survive,” she says. “I paint a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see firsthand.” Docherty’s cover painting, Jonah’s Dream, was inspired by the true tale of two Florida fishermen that split open a fish’s stomach and found an infant sea turtle inside. Docherty had the chance to meet the turtle, named Jonah, while it was being rehabilitated at a local marine center. The artist paints in acrylics, oils and pastels, her medium for this piece. Her paintings inspire other artists to try pastels and neophytes to tap into their creativity. “For me, art is all about having fun,” Docherty says. Docherty attended the Paier College of Art in her home state of Connecticut, majoring in illustration and commercial art. After moving to South Florida more than 30 years ago, she joined the Sun-Sentinel, where she wrote and cartooned, and now designs special sections. Docherty lives with her husband and four cats in Boynton Beach, Florida. View the artist’s portfolio at LaFogg.com. April 2018
We Need Trees
Save Wild Horses Campaign Update
Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever
The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at Tinyurl.com/ SaveWildHorsesNow.
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The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit Tinyurl.com/USATreeCityDirectory for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees.org) supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at NeighborWoodsMonth.org encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”
Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi for Holistic Healing by Carrie Jackson
ody & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, a national group of centers with 13 locations in the Chicago area, is a leader in health, wellness, and integrative lifestyle education. Deanna Lee is the manager and head instructor at the Northbrook location, and says that Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is a place for people to focus on a healthy mind, body and spirit. “We help clients heal themselves so that they can experience optimal health, more energy, a positive attitude toward life and can be more conscious contributors to the community,” says Lee. The inspiration for Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is founder Ilchi Lee, a Korean energy healer who used Tao principles and ancient holistic traditions to heal the community. He opened his first studio in Korea in 1985, and while he stays true to the original principles and intentions of these practices, he has modernized and systematized them over time to make them more convenient and adaptable to modern society, now known internationally as brain education. Today, the practice stresses five essential goals. They help people open and cultivate their energy system, develop their full brain potential, understand their true value as a whole person, live for the benefit of others and live life as a journey toward fulfillment and completion. “Our philosophy is based on the Earth Citizen Movement (EarthCitizen.org), which says that our primary responsibility is to care for the people and the planet. We work together as a community to create a
healthier, safer and more sustainable world. The more people are connected to and understand themselves, the better able they are to recognize their impact on the world around them. They are more in control of their relationships, actions, habits, thoughts and emotions, which has ripple effects in their workplace, social groups, family, household and larger community,” says Deanna. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi offers a variety of classes that combine East Asian healing and energy philosophies for overall health and wellness. Their flagship Body & Brain Yoga helps to strengthen, relax and destress the mind and body. The Core Strengthening class supports flexibility and strength in the hips, diaphragm, back and organs, and includes postures to enhance the immune system and improve gut health. The Energy Movement class uses rhythm, sound, tapping and vibration to release stress and tension in the body and brain. Tai chi uses slow, deliberate movements and breathing to help restore balance, circulation and alignment. The studio also runs regular workshops, tours, retreats, and other special programs, including book groups and participating in community events such as the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo. “Our main workshop is focused on emotional healing and letting go of stress in the mind, which can create blockages in the body and affect relationships. We have more advanced courses that help people release their blockages through acupressure, meditation
and energy healing, and also offer private sessions where clients can work one-on-one with a practitioner using life particle healing, which is similar to reiki,” states Deanna. The studio encourages students to take small breaks to recharge and relax. They offer a free app, called One Minute Change (Change YourEnergy.com/1MinChange/Chicago) to set reminders throughout the day. People can tailor the app to help with stress relief, weight management, core strength, stretching and deep breathing. “The app is a way to incorporate simple, practical tools into your busy lifestyle, and helps to mindfully and intentionally reset, whether that’s one minute of quiet or one minute of movement,” says Deanna. Students can sign up for monthly or annual memberships, buy 10-class punch cards or just drop in. “Most people enjoy the accountability that comes with going to a studio. They owners and instructors greet them by name and they feel part of a community with the other students. Our smaller class sizes allow for personal attention, guidance and feedback,” explains Deanna. The studio offers classes seven days a week, including evening classes to accommodate busy schedules. Lee acknowledges that some of the ancient practices and beliefs can be easily shared with people of any background, but stresses that it all comes back to focusing inward, not just paying attention to physical health and conditioning only. “We see holistic health as a lifestyle that includes the body, thoughts, spirit, emotions, connection to self and community. Focusing outward on external factors depletes your energy and can make the chakras and the body weak. When you are centered and grounded internally, then you are able to help others and be a positive force in the community,” says Deanna. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is located at 1947 Cherry Lane, in Northbrook. For more information, call 847-562-9642, email Northbrook@ BodyNBrain.com or visit BodyNBrain.com/ Northbrook. See ad, back cover. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at CarrieJacksonWrites.com. April 2018
SAFER SPRING CLEANING by Thor Conner
any common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can be linked to asthma, cancer, hormonal disruption, developmental and reproductive disorders, and neurological toxicity. They are sold without being required to disclose information about safety. Here is a partial list of some of the most common offenders.
bacteria that are resistant to both household antibacterials and medical antibiotics.
THE CHEMICAL: PTHALATES. These chemicals maintain
common in glass cleaners and polishes.
the fragrance in scented products, and are also added to plastics to keep them flexible and resilient. They are found in vinyl (floors, pipes and furniture), plastic packaging, toys, shower curtains, detergents, dish soap, personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, nail polish and hair spray) and even toilet paper. The problem: Pthalates are endocrine disruptors and interfere with cell replication, thus causing developmental and reproductive problems. Pthalate exposure is encountered mostly by inhalation, but they are also well-absorbed through the skin (transdermal), bypassing most of the body’s natural mechanisms that sequester toxins safely for processing, and get stored in the organs. The solution: It is now quite easy to find unscented versions of most products. A few plants and an essential oil diffuser (or opening the window) are great ways to freshen up a room.
THE CHEMICAL: TRICLOSAN. This is an antibacterial agent found in dish and hand soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and deodorant labeled as “antibacterial”. It is often infused in toys and kitchenware. Triclosan and other antibacterial agents have to be disclosed on a label by law. The problem: Triclosan is linked to endocrine and immune dysfunction; however, the bigger concern with antibacterial soaps is that they are overusing our bacterial defenses and creating 14
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The solution: Simple soaps and detergents with short ingredient lists are effective in most situations, especially in the home.
THE CHEMICAL: AMMONIA. This powerful irritant is The problem: Ammonia is a naturally occurring substance that evaporates easily and leaves a nice sparkle, but also makes for instant lung irritation. Mixing ammonia and bleach will create a poison gas, so be careful. The solution: Cheap vodka will lend the same sparkle without the pain, and toothpaste makes an excellent metal polish.
THE CHEMICAL: CHLORINE. The main component of
bleach, chlorine is a common addition to toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, scouring powders, mildew removers and of course, tap water. The problem: Exposure is ubiquitous; we get exposed by using the cleaners through inhalation and transdermally, but also through drinking and bathing in unfiltered municipal water. Like ammonia, acute (temporary) exposure to concentrated chlorine is irritating to the lungs and skin; chronic (long-term) exposure can lead to asthma and bronchitis. Unlike ammonia, chlorine is a halide, like iodine, and thus a serious thyroid function disrupter. The solution: Bon Ami, baking soda, vinegar and borax powder work well for most uses. Chlorine-free, oxygen-based powders are readily available on the market. Simple filters on drinking water and in the shower will reduce exposure through tap water.
THE CHEMICAL: SODIUM HYDROXIDE. Lye used to be
one of the main ingredient in what our ancestors called soap, back when it could cause burns to eyes and other mucus membranes. The corrosive chemical called sodium hydroxide is the active part of lye, and these days, we mostly use it for oven cleaners and drain openers.
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The problem: Breathing too much Easy-Off or Drano fumes can give us a sore throat that lasts for days. The solution: Baking soda and elbow grease will clean any oven, and enzyme-based drain openers and mechanical drain snakes work well for any clog.
THE CHEMICAL: QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS (QUATS). Fabric softeners, liquid and sheets,
along with household cleaners with an “antibacterial” function on the label use QUATS, which are more widespread in industrial kitchen and hospital settings. The problem: As another antibacterial substance, QUATS have the same effect triclosan does by way of creating resistant microbe strains. They are potent skin irritants, and there is good evidence that they contribute to asthma. Dryer sheets also infuse everything with micro-particles of fiberglass that are not toxic, but inhalation of fiberglass is bad in the long run. The solution: Instead of using fabric softeners, adding a bit of white vinegar to the rinse cycle will remove soap residue and prevent static cling (along with dryer balls). A mix of white vinegar, a few drops of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle makes for a fine, inexpensive, QUAT-like cleaner.
THE CHEMICAL: 2-BUTOXYETHANOL. This is a sweet-
smelling solvent that’s a cousin of antifreeze, a glycol esther. Found in many window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners, 2butoxyethanol is not legally required to be listed on the consumer label, even if the EPA requires safety precautions in industrial use. The problem: According to the Material Safety Data Sheet for glycol esther, inhalation causes acute sore throat and contributes to pulmonary edema, and liver and kidney damage over time. Using one of these cleaners in a confined space like a bathroom can result in exposure exceeding workplace safety standards. The solution: Ventilation is always important, even with non-toxic products. Use vinegar and newsprint for windows and mirrors, and simple cleaners like Bon Ami for all-purpose cleaning. Thor Conner, ND, LMT, is co-owner of World Tree Natural Medicine, located at 17W 703-F Butterfield Rd., in Oakbrook Terrace. For more information and appointments, call 630-359-5522 or visit TheHealingPowerOfNature.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.
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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall
amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 16
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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”
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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public
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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.
Flora and Fauna Issues
During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Five Steps to Take Today
Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.
Eat less red meat: Producing
red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.
Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:
The healthcare system is responsible
“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”
Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended
for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.
Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.
Show compassion: Americans,
per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”
up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018
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in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”
Fresh Perspective, New Hope
Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist
or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.
Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?
Why is drawdown the goal?
If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.
Why and how did you do the research?
We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the
tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.
book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.
What are the top 10 solutions?
The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at Drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank.
Did any of the solutions surprise you?
None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-
Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. April 2018
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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy
Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals
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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe.
A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever.
We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals
rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance Writer@mindspring.com.
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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate
Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig
hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse
gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.
Foods that Go Easy on Water
Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.
Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases
Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”
Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org).
New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets.
The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free
by Marlaina Donato
ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.
Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.
4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence
5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)
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Take a Breath
“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:
n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation.
n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.
Enjoy Being Outside 5.
Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips.
Strike a Pose
Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.
n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.
1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with
n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty.
feet placed against a support
2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)
n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment.
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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool.com), in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.
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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott.
“When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (4eee.org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (WildEarth.org), in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their
observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.
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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids
experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness Awareness.org), in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry.
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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, nature-based learning.
Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (CoyotesGuide.com) is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (TrackerSchool.com), founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.
Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd Nature.org) connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills Alliance.com) is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.
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MONDAY, APRIL 2 Tao Lecture – 7:30-9pm. Title: Introduction to Tao Energy Principles, Practice and Living – Enlightenment for Everyday Living. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi. Apr 2: Mt Prospect location, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C; Apr 4: Glen Ellyn location, 30 S Park Blvd; Apr 23: Westmont location, 215 E Ogden Ave. BodyNBrain.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Creative Expressions for Your Soul – Spiritual Freewriting – 7-9pm. Deepen your relationship with God and your own inner wisdom through contemplative and creative practices. You do not need any previous art experience, but rather an open heart to what you may discover within yourself using words, lines or color. This month’s session will introduce the practice of spiritual freewriting. $25. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630909-6808. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 5-6:30pm. Discuss the basics of women’s hormones and how to keep your body in balance with Dr Kalli Prater. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing, including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 1124 Douglas Rd, Oswego. 630-553-3304. Oswego@ FruitfulYield.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Smoothie Workshop with Vega – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn how to build the perfect smoothie with a Vega Pro. All supplies provided, including a Vega Shaker Cup. Attendees will receive a goody bag with Vega products and coupons to take home. RSVP in-store or call to book your spot today. Free. Fruitful Yield, 360 Randall Rd, South Elgin. 847-888-0100. South Elgin@FruitfulYield.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Tinnitus, Vertigo and Balance Workshop – 1011am. Sometimes hearing conditions such as tinnitus can be associated with dizziness. Dr Robert A Battista of the Ear Institute of Chicago will be on hand to help answer your questions. Many topics covered. With a medical doctor and a physical therapist in the room, you can’t go wrong. Call to register. Free. Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, 4934 Main St, Downers Grove. 630-964-4008. Info@BeFitPT.com. BeFitPT.com. Finding True Self Workshop – Apr 7-8. Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, 9am-8pm. Two-day workshop designed to help you look honestly and carefully at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life. Principle lecture, group interaction, guided meditation and personal reflection open a path of greater understanding of yourself, your motivations and your potential. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 215 E Ogden Ave, Westmont. Also Apr 14-15, Northbrook location, 1947 Cherry Ln. BodyNBrain.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 4:30-6pm. Discuss the basics of women’s hormones and how to keep your body in balance with Dr Kalli Prater. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing, including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 476 S Rt 59 (Heritage Square, behind Walter E Smithe), Naperville. 630585-9200. FoxValley@FruitfulYield.com.
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Skin Problems – Eczema, Psoriasis, Hives, Rashes, Acne? – 6-6:30pm. The liver has many functions to keep you healthy. People with skin challenges have poor liver function and internal toxicity. Join Dr Keith to understand what causes the liver dysfunction and toxicity and what you can do to naturally support your skin to heal. You don’t want to miss this. RSVP required. Free. Inside Haug Chiropractic, 300 E Ogden Ave, Naperville. 630-246-2627. KeithGiaquintoDC@gmail.com. GiaquintoChiropractic.com.
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Susan Lincoln: An Evening of the Music of St. Hildegard of Bingen – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy this special evening with Susan Lincoln, a Hildegard vocalist from Austin, TX. The night will include narrated stories and quotes from St. Hildegard, as well as an interactive opportunity for the audience to learn and sing together short musical phrases. $25. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630-909-6808. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org.
Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 6-7:30pm. Discuss the basics of women’s hormones and how to keep your body in balance with Dr Kalli Prater. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing, including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 2378 Essington Rd, Joliet. 815-823-8240. Joliet@FruitfulYield.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Earth Citizens Unite March – 1:30-3:45pm. Body & Brain supports the nonprofit Earth Citizens Organization and will be marching from Grant Park to Millennium Park to raise awareness and talk about how to create natural health, happiness and peace for ourselves, our community and the whole Earth. Earth Citizen T-shirts available through center managers. RSVP parking available via the Spot Hero app. EarthCitizens.org. BodyNBrain.org.
Mineral Fusion Beauty Tour – 4/13-4/15, 11am4pm. Looking for a cleaner, more natural makeup line? Look no more. Mineral Fusion is coming to your local Fruitful Yield Friday, Saturday and Sunday to educate on the benefits of incorporating natural make-up into your everyday routine. Makeup artists will be offering on-site consultations. Sign up in-store or call today to reserve your spot. Free. Fruitful Yield, 360 Randall Rd, South Elgin. 847888-0100. SouthElgin@FruitfulYield.com. Cooking with Beer: Inspiring Ingredients, Part I – 5-7pm. Beer can be used as an ingredient in a variety of recipes, from appetizers to desserts. Join us for a hands-on class with a beer-inspired menu, including a Cheesy Beer Dip, Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos, Spiced Beer Rice and a Stout Chocolate Brownie to round off the night. $65. SAAGE Culinary Studio, 2764 Aurora Ave, Ste 104, Naperville. ContactSAAGE@SAAGECulinary.com. SAAGE Culinary.com/events.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Singing in the Hildegarden: An All-Day Interactive Retreat for Women – 10am-8pm. Magical, musical one-day retreat with the amazing teachings and music of Hildegard of Bingen as inspiration. Susan Lincoln, founder of Hilde Girls in Austin, Texas, has been committed to helping women heal and grow through the power of their voices for over 25 years. Lunch and dinner are included. $135. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Entrance 5, Wheaton. 630-909-6805. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Cooking with Tea: Inspiring Ingredients, Part II – 3-5pm. Join us for our hands-on cooking class, where you’ll first learn to make the classic London Fog drink and then put your tea leaves to work in Pasta with Tea-Infused Béchamel Sauce, Green Tea Smoked Chicken Wings and Matcha White Chocolate Sugar Cookies. $65. SAAGE Culinary Studio, 2764 Aurora Ave, Ste 104, Naperville. ContactSAAGE@SAAGECulinary.com. SAAGE Culinary.com/events.
MONDAY, APRIL 23 Spring Renewal with Essential Oils – 7-9pm. The essences of flowers, herbs and trees can help us transition from the heaviness of winter into the emerging lightness of color, scents and awakening. Enjoy this time of season as essential oils become nature’s love in a bottle. Registration requested by Apr 16. $25. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630-909-6808. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org/spirituality-programs.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Female Hormones: From PMS to Menopause – 5-6:30pm. Discuss the basics of women’s hormones
and how to keep your body in balance with Dr Kalli Prater. Learn what’s normal for PMS and menopause and what is not as we dig deep into the world of natural hormone balancing, including food changes we can make. Free. Fruitful Yield, 1512 N Naper Blvd, Naperville. 630-536-8265. FoxValley@ FruitfulYield.com.
saturday Free Classes at Body & Brain – Times may vary per center. All levels welcome. Classes can be modified to meet the needs of the individual’s own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. Offered are Body & Brain Yoga, Tai Chi, Energy Meditation, Martial Arts and other mind-body training modalities based on traditional Korean healing philosophy and East Asian energy principles. All locations. BodyNBrain.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day: a World Healing Event – Multiple times and locations. 20th anniversary event. 9am-11pm at Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton, 630-668-1571. 1-4pm at The Lightheart Center, 165 S Church St, Winfield. Renee Ryan, 630-352-9097. firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook.com/WTCD.Chicago.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Healing Life Workshop – 9am-7pm. Learn to heal your gut health and mental well-being, promote emotional stability and more with the acupressure healing tool Healing Life Wand. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C, Mount Prospect. 847749-1584. BodyNBrain.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 30 Understanding Your Thyroid – 6-6:30pm. With thyroid issues, the thyroid is usually the compensating organ, with the actual cause found elsewhere. Learn about the two main causes of thyroid problems and what you can do to naturally support normal function of your thyroid with Dr. Giaquinto. You don’t want to miss this. RSVP required. Free. Inside Haug Chiropractic, 300 E Ogden Ave, Naperville. 630-246-2627. KeithGiaquintoDC@gmail.com. GiaquintoChiropractic.com.
plan ahead mark your calender 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. Speakers: Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and earthbased speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
sunday Lymphormation – Noon-2pm. 2nd Sun, after 11am support group. Lecture on immunity, the lymph system and alleviating inflammation, by Sharon M Vogel, nationally board-certified lymphedema therapist. Detoxifying self, manual lymph drainage demonstration and instruction, followed by complimentary 10-min manual lymph drainage for each phoned-in RSVP. National Lymphatic Centers, 5002 Main St, Downers Grove. 630-241-4100. SharonMVogel@Lymphatics.net. Lymphatics.net.
monday Mindful Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. A practice of mindful meditation in the general style of Thich Nhat Hanh. Guided meditation or brief reading followed by an hour meditation (alternating 20 mins of sitting/walking/sitting), ending with a short discussion inspired by attendants. All faiths, traditions and experience levels welcome. Pre-registration requested. Free-will offering. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630-909-6808. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org.
thursday Contemplative Arts Open Studio – 1-3:30pm. 4th Thurs. Explore spiritual creativity. “Open studio process” encourages the setting of an intention, art making and witness journaling. Each session will begin with a guided meditation with time for two hours of creative work. Basic art supplies and journals provided; home supplies welcome. $20 ($25 if w/in 7 days of class). Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630-909-6808. NMorris@ WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org. Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. 4th Thurs. Drumming is a time-honored method of healing and helping others. Each person is given a rhythmic “voice” in this healing practice as we become connected through an invisible energy while united in purpose and community. No experience necessary; limited drums available; pre-registration requested. Freewill offering. Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton. 630-909-6808. NMorris@WFSisters.org. TauCenter.org/spirituality-programs.
Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop – 10-11am. 2nd Sat. Natural methods effectively reduce back pain. Our workshop has shown many people how disruptions in the musculoskeletal “chain” affect movement and impede the living of a healthy, fuller life. Register today to discover the natural treatments that restore slipped discs and relieve sciatic nerve pain. Free. Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, 4934 Main St, Downers Grove. Mary Lou Savino, 630-964-4008. Info@BeFitPT.com. BeFitPT.com.
classifieds Minimum charge of $20 for the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. Email your listing, including billing contact information, by the 10th of the month prior to publication to: Publisher@ NAChicagoWesternSuburbs.com. SERVICES CRYSTAL WISDOM – John of God Crystal Bed energy healing. Experience deep spiritual, emotional and physical healing by the Beings who incorporate John of God energy. Chakra balancing and alignment occurs as well. Call Cathy, 630-297-9692. CrystalWisdomLLC@yahoo.com. CrystalWisdom LLC.com. Elizabeth Cermak is a POSITIVE MINDSET/SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH and CERTIFIED ANGEL TAROT CARD READER. She helps her clients reach their “highest lights” by finding alignment with the miracles The Universe wants for them. Elizabeth helps move her clients from the energy of fear and negativity to bliss and abundance. She uses principles from The Law of Attraction and A Course in Miracles to help clients attract the beautiful lives they deserve. She can incorporate Angel Tarot Card readings into her life coaching sessions or do them as a separate service. Elizabeth helps clients to talk to the divine and receive messages through the cards. Please email Elizabeth@YourHighestLight.com or call 630-7502311 to set up a free consultation today.
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Bridget Juister, L.Ac. 701 N York Rd, Hinsdale 115 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park 773-860-2267 • BHolistic.com Wi t h m o r e t h a n 1 0 y e a r s experience, Bridget Juister offers clinical and intuitive acupuncture therapy to help relieve physical pain, manage chronic illness and achieve emotional well-being. She practices in Hinsdale and Oak Park.
WORLD TREE NATURAL MEDICINE
Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience in healing patients and improving lives.
BODYWORK NATIONAL LYMPHATIC CENTERS
Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, Lymph 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 1763 Freedom Dr, Ste 125, Naperville 630-241-4100 Lymphatics.net Sharon Vogel is referred by the Mayo Clinic, national surgeons and physicians. She offers 25 years’ experience and is Nationally Board Certified, specializing in clinical procedures alleviating muscle spasms, rotator cuff issues, swelling and lymphedema through manual lymphatic drainage, trigger point, and craniofascial and myofascial release—all to assist clients in regaining health. Free consult and treatment the second Sunday of each month, noon-2pm in Downers Grove with RSVP. See ad, page 18.
Mary T Krystinak West Chicago, 630-776-4604 MarysWholesomeLiving.com WholesomeMary@att.net
Mary Krystinak is an avid cook, teacher, gardener and outdoorswoman who enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Mary’s Wholesome Living provides practical education, real-life experiences and helpful connections to live a more downto-earth lifestyle.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ONE MIND & BODY
Carol G Sherby, BS, BCST 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 630-205-1075 OneMindAndBody.com Carol Sherby uses gentle and holistic CranioSacral Therapy to help treat pain and dysfunction associated with a wide range of medical issues, including migraines, chronic fatigue, neck and back pain, autism, learning disabilities, emotional trauma and more.
DENTISTRY WHEATON COSMETIC DENTISTRY
1275 E Butterfield Rd, Ste 202, Wheaton 630-653-5152 WheatonCosmeticDentist.com Sumeet Beri, DDS, is dedicated to his patients’ overall health and wellness. He and his staff provide a blended care approach of informed dental expertise with whole health care and state-of-theart technology. See ad, page 3.
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HEALING BRIDGE, MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Kelly Goetz, EEMCP, CLP Naperville, 630-301-8331 HealingBridge-mbs.com
The body holds the answers to your health. Kelly Goetz, Eden Energy Medicine certified practitioner, authorized instructor and certified LifeLine practitioner uses Applied Kinesiology to dialogue with your body to uncover what it needs and support it by restoring balance through nine different energy systems to heal clients physically, mentally and spiritually.
FINANCIAL PLANNING HOOPIS GROUP, LLC
James Jasper 1555 Naperville/Wheaton Rd, Ste 209 Naperville, 630-857-3081 A division of Mass Mutual, Hoopis Group, LLC, offers a straightforward approach to helping clients build financial strategies focused on their individual circumstances and objectives.
HBOT, NEUROFEEDBACK & NUTRITION HEALTH HIS WAY
Dr. Kristin Klocko, PharmD, RPh, PSc.D Wheaton, IL Health-His-Way.com 630-254-0766 Dr. Kristin specializes in naturally resolving anxiety, autoimmune, cardiovascular, depression, diabetes, GI issues, hormone imbalance, infection, infertility, sleep issues, thyroid and adrenal imbalance, and much more utilizing supplements as well as Hyperbaric Oxygen and Neurofeedback. See ad, page 2.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH ANGELA LAPHEN
Vibe High Wellness 312-404-6677 VibeHighWellness.com I help women remodel their lives and bodies with the right system, support and accountability to transform their health and body for good. If what you’ve been doing is no longer working and you’re looking for solutions to get you where you want to be, schedule your first session, free.
HOLISTIC EDUCATION SCHOOL OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY 515 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove 630-968-7827 sohmar.com
SOHMAR is dedicated to teaching holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and continuing education (for CE credits). The school offers affordable training that embraces physical, mental and spiritual healing.
THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY CAMPBELL
208 S Jefferson, Ste 204, Chicago 236 S Washington St, Ste 202, Naperville 1900 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg 866-566-9494 CKCampbell.com Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative family law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE KATIE JOHNSON, DC, LAC
5151 Mochel Dr, Ste 200, Downers Grove 3381 W Main St, Ste 1, St Charles 630-474-2720 LotusHealthCenter.com Katie Johnson practices integrative medicine with a focus on women’s health, infertility, hormone imbalance and fatigue. Combining naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, she helps people regain balance and good health.
INTERNAL HEALTH SPECIALIST KEITH GIAQUINTO, DC
300 E Ogden Ave, Naperville 630-246-2627 DrKeithGiaquinto.com Say goodbye to reflux, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, asthma, eczema and psoriasis. Dr. Keith uses adjustments, exercises, enzyme nutrition and lifestyle changes to help heal his patients. See ad, page 15.
NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS CNM CARE
Michelle Ennsmann, DC, ND 0S165 Church St, Winfield 630-216-5916 cnmCare.com CNM Care is a patient-centered, vitality-based practice in Winfield. Our mission is to empower individuals by fostering knowledge, health and wellness through chiropractic and naturopathic health care and massage.
WORLD TREE NATURAL MEDICINE
Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 TheHealingPowerOfNature.com With roots in traditional wisdom and branches in modern science, we use a whole person focus featuring botanical, nutritional, homeopathic, physical and Chinese medical approaches. Call for a 15-minute consultation.
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PHYSICAL THERAPY/ CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
Dr David Cavazos, DC 66 E North Ave, Carol Stream 630-915-3600 DrDavidCavazosDC.com David Cavazos, DC, and staff utilize nutritional therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy and chiropractic to treat people for conditions related to workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, back pain, headaches, personal injury and post-surgery.
SENIOR DAY CARE NAPERVILLE SENIOR CENTER ADULT DAY SERVICES
1504 N Naper Blvd, Ste 119, Naperville 630-857-3017 • NapervilleSeniorCenter.com Naperville Senior Center is dedicated to providing exceptional adult day services, including personal care, nutritious meals, fun activities and exercise, to enrich the lives of members and provide peace of mind for caregivers and families.
SPIRITUAL & LIFE RENEWAL THE WELL SPIRITUALITY CENTER 1515 W Ogden Ave, La Grange Park 708-482-5048 csjTheWell.org
Offering a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. A haven from the busyness of everyday life, we are committed to strengthening, healing and calling forth the inherent wholeness of Earth, our human community and all creation. Spiritual direction and mind/body/spirit practices also offered.
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7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference June 1, 2 & 3, 2018
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