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at how fast time is going, and I wish it could just stop sometimes—especially during those really good moments. I was able to have a few of those moments this summer when I took a vacation to the East Coast to see the lighthouses and to enjoy the Fourth of July on Cape Cod. It was an amazing trip, and I was able to reset myself and truly enjoy a vacation. During that time, I started thinking about my life and how I wasn’t getting any younger. When I was little, I told myself that I would live to be 100 years old. I think it was from hearing George Burns talk about his 100th birthday so much, I am not sure, but 100 sounded like a wonderful, magical number to me. But one thing the years teach us is that we are all gifted with a certain amount of time. I have had friends that were given only their teenage years, some have passed in their 20s or 30s, and some now are nearing the end of their time here. As I rested on the Cape, a list slowly formed in my head of the many things I have been going to do “in the future” to really enjoy and get the most out of life. And with the future not guaranteed for anyone, I realized that “in the future” was a phrase I was going to have to stop using. Putting this month’s issue together, I am struck with how relevant its content is to my recent epiphany. This issue reminds us that when it comes to aging, the future isn’t something we deal with when it gets here: How we live today determines the quality of life we will have tomorrow. This month we explore “The Art and Science of Graceful Aging,” written by Dr. Cory Schultz, on page 12. He explains how stress, exercise and sleep all play important roles in keeping us young, and he also gives tips on how to make the aging process more graceful. Deborah Shouse discusses “Aging with Passion and Purpose” on page 14, in which she talks about understanding your shelf life. She has some interesting tips that remind us that growing older can be a good thing. As I look toward my older years, I am fortunate that I have a perfect role model in my mom. This summer she celebrated 81 orbits around our sun, and she is in great health. She exercises every day and eats a very healthy diet. She still works at the elementary school, even though she is retired. She says that she wants to work as long as she feels good and is able. A living example of “age is just a number”, she is difficult to keep up with. Being a firm believer in music’s ability to keep us young, I would love to meet you at the Rock the Green event on September 9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Natural Awakenings Chicago Western Suburbs is one of the proud sponsors of this event, and I plan on dancing the day away with their awesome lineup of live bands and My mom, checking out all of the wonderful things the vendors Millie Stevenson have to offer. I would love it if you introduced yourself! Until then, it is my hope that you enjoy this month’s issue filled with wonderful, sage advice and wisdom. That’s what getting older brings, and I am looking forward to living each day for a healthy tomorrow. Wishing you a peaceful September,

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he ninth annual Chicago VeganMania, a celebration of vegan culture, commerce, community, cuisine and couture, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 23, at the Broadway Armory. A massive food court with more than 20 food vendors will be serving a wide variety of vegan food for all tastes. Speakers include Toronto Pig Save’s Anita Krajnc, scholar and Sistah Vegan author Dr. A Breeze Harper, physician and author Milton Mills, M.D., and many more. The event features more than 75 cruelty-free vendors, plus live music featuring folk star Michael Jonathan and many others, discussion panels and cooking demonstrations by NYC Vegan authors, The Vegan Mos. Humane Society of the United States Senior Manager of Food and Nutrition chef Eddie Garza will be giving chef demonstrations in both English and Spanish, in addition to Pie Pie My Darling chef Heather Bodine-Lederman and several others.

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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.


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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”

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eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”



esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.



new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

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esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

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The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”


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Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.

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Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 10

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:


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lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at

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The Art and Science of Graceful Aging by Cory Schultz


hen it comes to aging gracefully, we all know what we should do: Don’t smoke or drink to excess, eat vegetables, drink plenty of water, exercise and get enough sleep. Taking care of ourselves is just as important. There is both an art and a science to graceful aging, and it requires time, commitment and just a little effort. What is considered old? A 2009 study by the Pew Research Center, Growing Old in America, Expectations vs. Reality, found that younger people ages 18 to 29 believe that people are old at 60, and about half the youngsters say they feel their age. Less than half of respondents ages 30 and older agree. Middle-aged respondents had the threshold closer to 70, and respondents

ages 65 and older said that they were not old until 74, with fully 60 percent having reported that they feel younger than their age, and 32 percent said they felt exactly their age. Only 3 percent felt older than their chronological age. There is an important distinction between aging and old age. According to author and blogger Tim Challies, old age is the position, while aging is the process—a long-term commitment of small changes, or baby steps—that over time determine the result.


Stress is a killer. And it ages us. Chronic stress accelerates premature aging by shortening DNA telomeres. Telomeres are the end sequences of chromosomes.

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The telomere protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration and from fusing with neighboring chromosomes. The lengths of individual telomeres are indicators of both biological and cellular aging. Many studies have associated chronic stress, from anxiety, depression, social isolation or unemployment, with excessive telomere shortening and, ultimately, accelerated aging.


Retinol is a yellow carotenoid, a pigment found in green and yellow vegetables, egg yolk and fish-liver oil. In humans and other mammals, it is also known as vitamin A. Retinoids are the vitamin A derivative that stimulate development of new skin cells and collagen. Collagen is a protein, the most abundant in our bodies, that provides resilience to our skin and structure to the tissues beneath, keeping them full and wrinkle-free. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in nuts, seeds and certain fish, can lower elevated triglyceride levels; improve inflammation and the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs; benefit depression and the effects of antidepressants; and lubricate all the body structures that need to function smoothly, including the joints, eyes, digestive tract, and even the skin and hair.


Staying active is staying young. In studies, older adults who remain physically active function physiologically similar to their younger counterparts. So, no, running does not cause sagging and wrinkles from bouncing. Whatever keeps us moving is likely good for us.

The Importance of Sleep

Poor-quality sleep increases the signs of aging around the face and makes us feel less attractive, according to a 2015 study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. Chronic poor sleep quality increases physical signs of aging, as well as lowers subjective satisfaction with appearance. The study participants that were allowed to naturally sleep a full seven to nine hours experienced significantly improved recovery from erythema, or redness, following exposure to ultra-

violet light, compared to participants who slept less than five hours. The same reduced sleep quality diminishes the effectiveness of the skin barrier to naturally contend with the damaging effects of the sun. Beauty sleep can slow aging.

Accepting Change and Finding Meaningful Purpose

“Retirement has always been a time when we see people withdraw from their roles,” says Dr. Pauline Abbott, director emerita of the California State University Fullerton Institute of Gerontology. Some older people fall victim to depression and a sense of meaninglessness. Aging affects everyone. Accepting the inevitability of aging as natural change, rather than an inherent crisis, is important to psychological health and wellness. Mobility becomes more of a challenge as we age, and climbing stairs or even walking distances grows more laborious. But accepting change while remaining active can help us to look and feel more youthful well into our elder years. We need to anticipate that changes are inevitable and take those changes in stride as much as possible, in a manner that people that think rigidly cannot. Planning for purposeful activities before retirement is part of that process. Each of us finds meaning differently, so we must ask ourselves, “What is important to me?” be it traveling, finding new hobbies or social groups, following spiritual or academic growth, or recapturing time and memories with family or lifelong friends. Ultimately, how we cope with and manage change helps determine our individualized experiences with growing older, following our passions and aging gracefully. Dr. Cory Schultz is a doctor of traditional naturopathy, specializing in weight management, cleansing and detoxification, nutrition and fitness, therapeutic massage and general wellness, with offices in Chicago and Ottawa, Illinois. For more information, call 312-848-3987 or visit

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 14

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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he popular consensus regarding incontinence may be that it is just something that happens as we get older, but it is not a normal part of aging. There are two types of urinary incontinence that many people experience. Urinary leakage can occur when coughing, sneezing, laughing, changing positions, bending, lifting, walking or exercising. This is referred to as stress urinary incontinence. Leaking can also occur after a strong urge to urinate is perceived and we are unable to get to the bathroom in time. This is referred to as urge incontinence. Symptoms of both types happening together is called mixed urinary incontinence. Incontinence can occur for many reasons, including constipation, post-menopausal hormonal changes, enlargement of the prostate—benign prostate hyperplasia/BPH, postprostatectomy issues, impaired posture, organ prolapse, impaired mobility, impaired core strength and pelvic floor dysfunctions, including either tight or weak muscles. The condition may be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it can be treated and corrected. Physical therapy with a trained pelvic floor therapist can help reduce or eliminate symptoms completely. A therapist will assess dysfunctions by

obtaining a thorough medical history, looking at posture and movement patterns/ mobility and examining pelvic floor muscles directly. Depending on the findings, therapy may include manual techniques to release tight muscles and correct alignment, biofeedback to help strengthen weak muscles or relax tight muscles, instruction in proper body mechanics, exercise and activity to reduce leaking, instruction in lifestyle changes to promote good bowel and bladder health, and bladder retraining strategies. A therapist may also use abdominal fascial manipulation to optimize pelvic floor and bladder function. Anyone experiencing urinary incontinence or other associated symptoms should see a doctor to be assessed and obtain a referral for physical therapy. Physical therapy treatment can allow us the freedom to perform activities of daily living, travel and participate in recreational and social activities without the embarrassment and inconvenience of leaking. Linda Finn, PT, WCS, practices at the Westmont office of ARC Physical Therapy, at 337 Ogden Ave. For more information and a list of all ARC locations, call 630323-8646 or visit ARCPhysicalTherapy. com. See ad, page 17.

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 22

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stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with

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a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

OUTDOOR PLAY “We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

NATURE JOURNALING TIPS by Meredith Montgomery

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ature journal content is highly personal, ranging from scientific species accounts to wildlife-inspired stories. With just a notebook, pencil and fully engaged senses, nature enthusiasts of all ages can foster observation skills, creativity and outdoor exploration. Prompt open-ended questions. “Nature journals encourage children to ask questions and search for answers,” says Tiny Trees Preschool CEO Andrew Jay, of Seattle. Ask why flowers are blooming, how slugs suddenly appeared and what type of tree a leaf came from. Build upon findings with drawings and notes. Make a sound map. Project Learning Tree, a nationwide environmental education program funded by the American Forest Association, suggests drawing an “X” in the middle of the page to represent where the child is sitting. Then use pictures, shapes or words to show the relative

locations of surrounding sounds. Consider the macro perspective. Vermont’s Outdoor Education Coordinator Melissa Purdy shows students close-up shots of moss or sticks without revealing what the abstract image is. Students note what they observe and wonder as they try to solve the mystery. Alternatively, challenge children to draw their own macro images by looking at an object with a magnifying glass. Find a sit spot. Give children the time and space to write and draw freely in their journal as they sit quietly in nature. “Return to the same spot regularly and see how things have changed,” advises Patti Bailie, a professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine, in Farmington. If kids are too busy exploring and learning while outside, reflections can be captured once they’re back inside, too.

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to

Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at

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significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

Prevent High Ingestion of Fluoride The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal

Fluoride-Free Feeding Tips n In homemade food preparation, avoid Teflon-coated pans, which may increase the fluoride levels in food. n Avoid cooking with fluoridated water, which concentrates fluoride in the food. n Avoid toothpaste or oral rinses intended for humans, to brush canine teeth. Dental health products made for pets are fluoride-free.

byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorterlived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep.

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SOLAR HEATS UP by Jim Motavalli


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ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S. power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina,

Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Utah.

Technical Breakthroughs

In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit.

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Demand Surges as Prices Fall

Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

Solar Works for Many Now

For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes.

Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once

the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Insanity in the Park – 9:30-10:30am. This highintensity workout is full of cardio drills, athletic conditioning and explosive movements. The only equipment you need is your body. Led by Courts Plus instructors. Bring water and enjoy the workout outdoors in beautiful Wilder Park. Registration required. Free. Wilder Park, 175 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst. 630-833-5064.

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Balance, Dizziness and Falls Prevention Workshop – 10-11am. Have you become afraid of falling? Have you fallen before? Ignoring balance issues can lead to injuries or worse. Don’t ignore them. Register to learn how to zero-in on the cause of your imbalance. Free. Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, 4934 Main St, Downers Grove. 630-9644008.

Health & Healing Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn how you are affected by other people’s energy and how to protect yourself. Experience and learn EFT, the gentle tapping therapy: emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free BEMER sessions. Great health benefits. Great business opportunity. 2 CEs. Free. Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W 123rd St Palos Park. Tom, 708-955-3634.

TheosoFest Mind, Body, Spirit Festival – 10am5pm. Family-friendly, mind-body-spirit festival featuring vegetarian food, holistic vendors, a festive Kids’ Korner, demonstrations in tai chi, yoga and other practices. Enjoy talks on meditation, Buddhism, holistic healing, spirituality, outdoor labyrinth, meditation garden and more. Free admission. Parking $5; hybrid cars/bicycles free. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630668-1571. Theosophical. org/theosofest.


SoderWorld Open House – 11am-6pm. Annual open house at Soderworld Wellness Center. Included will be free mini-sessions of EFT and BEMER sessions. EFT is a gentle tapping procedure to release emotional and physical symptoms. The BEMER is an energy medical device to increase healthy blood flow, increasing your health. $5 donation. Soderworld Healing Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Tom Masbaum, 708-955-3634. EFTWithTom@

Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop – 9-10am. This workshop teaches you how and why your pain affects how you move, and what’s the best treatment for your problem. Learn the latest modalities used to treat back pain and sciatica, and hear how other sufferers fixed their back pain without the side effects of medication and surgery. Free. Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, 4934 Main St, Downers Grove. 630-964-4008.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Cleansing Meditation for the Mind – 11am-noon. Just as our bodies need to be cleansed of toxin, so do our minds. Join for an insightful session covering the human mind, the sources of stress and negativity, and the subtraction meditation solution one can use to become free of mind toxin. RSVP required. Free. Naperville Meditation Center, 920 N Loomis St, Naperville. 630-313-4477. NapervilleMeditation@

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Usui/Tibetan Reiki Healing Level II – 9/9-9/16. Mastering the Healing Art of the USUI/Tibetan Reiki method of natural healing, with instructor Juan Atilad Moondragon, RMT. This hands-on transmission of universal light energy is the next step for anyone that is interested in combining Eastern and Western wellness methods. Class size very limited. Registration required $180. The Moondragon, 6 W Burlington Ave, Westmont. 630-963-3283.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Master Your Posture – 6-6:30pm. Poor posture is an epidemic that no one is talking about and is extremely detrimental to your health. Poor posture equals poor health. Join Dr. Keith to understand the big picture of posture and learn simple exercises to implement. You don’t want to miss this. RSVP required. Free. Inside Haug Chiropractic, 300 E Ogden Ave, Naperville. 630-246-2627. Keith

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Mysteries of the Labyrinth – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to use the labyrinth to increase your sense of peace with Neal Harris, licensed clinical professional counselor and owner of Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center. Founding member of The Labyrinth Society, Certified Veriditas Facilitator. $10. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 EFT With A Guarantee Certification Seminar – 9/16-9/17. 9am–5pm. 12 CEs. Learn and experience the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Muscle testing; energy protection; free eight-minute BEMER sessions. $225/door; $195/preregistered; $95/repeat. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W. 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. Register: 630-455-5885. Tom, 708-955-3634. Exploring and Experiencing Labyrinths – 1-4pm. In this workshop, explore and experience walking and finger labyrinths and participate in a ceremony to honor the energies of Mother Earth with Neal

Harris, who makes fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths. See 9/14 listing. $30/advance, $35/door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Info@


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Autumnal Equinox – 7-8:30pm. Abundance Meditation Celebration. Celebrate life with a special meditation on the Autumnal Equinox. Samadhi Banks brings her experience and teaching style to studies and teacher training programs in the philosophy and practices of kundalini, classical yoga and meditation, reiki, and crystal and gemstone therapy. $15/advance; $20/door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. Info@

saturday Downtown Downers Grove Market – 7am12:30pm. A mix of more than 70 vendors offering mustard, waffles, cookies, soaps, art, specialty foods. Plus, vegetables, fruits, cheese, eggs, pork, beef and chicken, oils, herbs, honey, spices, salsas, pickles, peppers, breads, scones, cakes, cookies and pastries, juice, coffees and teas and more. Downers Grove Main Street Train Station South Park, Downers Grove. 630-929-2411. RFLanders@YMCA

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Health & Healing Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn how you are affected by other people’s energy and how to protect yourself. Experience and learn EFT, the gentle tapping therapy: emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Free BEMER sessions. Great health benefits. Great business opportunity. 2 CEs. Free. Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W 123rd St Palos Park. Tom, 708-955-3634.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Vedic Meditation – 7-8:30pm. An Ancient Spiritual Practice with Modern-day Benefits. With Jill Wener, MD. Vedic meditation is a technique that originates in an Indian body of knowledge called the Vedas. This meditative state allows the body to dissolve stresses up to five times deeper than rest during sleep. $10. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 The Horn of Plenty – 10:30am-4:30pm. Fall Festivals Ancient and New. Join an experiential event celebrating the Autumnal Equinox. Hazel Archer Ginsberg is the festivals coordinator for the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, a lecturer, promoter, blogger, poet and performance artist. $60/advance; $70/door. The Theosophical Society, 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571. DIY Pop-Up Beauty Bar – 11am-3pm. Our Pop-Up Beauty Bar will feature several stations where you can make your own all-natural recipes, like face masks, foot scrubs, room sprays, roller balls and more. Free w/purchase of container. Fruitful Yield, 366 W Army Trail Rd, Bloomingdale. 630-8942553.

sunday Bioregional Herbalism Series – 9:30am-3:30pm. 3rd Sun. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. In this hands-on, highly interactive series, learn how to identify medicinal plants, when to harvest them and how to make remedies with them. $495. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Michelle@TheResiliency

tuesday Golf Fitness – 7-8am. Tues, Thurs. Golf Fitness will help stabilize and challenge the muscle groups used in your golf game. It’s a great way to get in or stay in golf shape to make sure your game is on par. Register online. $114 Courts Plus members/$124 non-members. Courts Plus, 186 S West Ave, Elmhurst. 630-833-5064.

thursday Om Zone at World Tree Natural Medicine— 5-8pm. A free weekly workshop, the Om Zone is a place to learn how to handle your reaction to the stress of modern life. We focus on mindfulness practices, but we learn about many different stress management tools and therapies that will help to reduce your stress reaction. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace.

Edible Wild Plants Certificate – 9:30am-3:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Pat Armstrong. Over the course of 10 months participants will learn about 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, two-hour plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class. $760. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Contact@TheResiliency

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@ 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. CrystalWisdom

Usui/Tibetan Reiki Healing Level II – 9/30-10/7. Mastering the Healing Art of the USUI/Tibetan Reiki method of natural healing, with instructor Juan Atilad Moondragon, RMT. This hands-on transmission of universal light energy is the next step for anyone that is interested in combining Eastern and Western wellness methods. Class size very limited. Registration required. $230. The Moondragon, 6 W Burlington Ave, Westmont. 630-963-3283.

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Bridget Juister, L.Ac. 701 N York Rd, Hinsdale 115 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park 773-860-2267 • 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.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 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.


Sharon M Vogel, LMT, CLT, BCTMB, Lymph 5002a Main St, Downers Grove 1763 Freedom Dr, Ste 125, Naperville 630-241-4100 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 craniofacial 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 13.


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Mary T Krystinak West Chicago, 630-776-4604

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.


Carol G Sherby, BS, BCST 22W550 Poss St, Glen Ellyn 630-205-1075 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.


1275 E Butterfield Rd, Ste 202, Wheaton 630-653-5152 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.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a gentle, simple, successful process for releasing many emotional and physical symptoms. Masbaum has conducted more than 6,500 individual sessions, mostly on the phone, and hundreds of workshops. Initial call free, with 100 percent guarantee or no charge.


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.


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.


Dr. Kristin Klocko, PharmD, RPh, PSc.D Wheaton, IL 630-254-0766 Dr. Kristin specializes in naturally resolving anxiety, auto-immune, 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 17.


Vibe High Wellness 312-404-6677

SCHOOL OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY 515 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove 630-968-7827

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.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a gentle, simple, successful process for releasing many emotional and physical symptoms. Masbaum has conducted more than 6,500 individual sessions, mostly on the phone, and hundreds of workshops. Specialties include PTSD, grief, digestive issues, cancer, backaches, and hips and knees. Initial call free, with 100 percent guarantee or no charge.

Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522


300 E Ogden Ave, Naperville 630-246-2627 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 11.

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.






5151 Mochel Dr, Ste 200, Downers Grove 3381 W Main St, Ste 1, St Charles 630-474-2720 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.




Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

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.

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539

Dr David Cavazos, DC 66 E North Ave, Carol Stream 630-915-3600





236 S Washington St, Naperville 1900 E Golf Rd, Ste 950, Schaumburg 866-566-9494 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.

1504 N Naper Blvd, Ste 119, Naperville 630-857-3017 • 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.



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.

Michelle Ennsmann, DC, ND 0S165 Church St, Winfield 630-216-5916 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.

THE WELL SPIRITUALITY CENTER 1515 W Ogden Ave, La Grange Park 708-482-5048

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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