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Happy Holidays

from the editor
Jackie Peters

Giving thanks.

For many, just the word November conjures up thoughts of Thanksgiving Day. One of the best things about this holiday, besides the family togetherness, is that it forces us to take a day to stop and think about all of the good in our lives. The commercialism isn’t too overwhelming, there’s no pressure to buy gifts to show our gratitude and, if you’re not the one cooking for a houseful, it can be a restful, peaceful day in an otherwise hectic world. We all have many things to be thankful for, though some of us are much better at acknowledging and expressing that gratitude. One thing I think many of us who enjoy good health often overlook is just that, our health. Unless we’ve had a medical issue of our own or in our family, it can be easy to take our health for granted. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of reading many articles from business owners who have devoted their lives to sharing with others services or products that cured them of their ills. Now they know how to show their gratitude! Let’s consider showing our appreciation for good health by lending our attention to this month’s national awareness conditions, including: Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and stomach cancer. It’s an opportunity to take action by becoming an advocate or volunteer, making a donation or maybe just being more supportive of those not as fortunate with their health. I am happy to share some wonderful articles with you this month. Heidi Frederickson explains how you can help an individual who is going through a medical crisis with a Celebration of Support event. Dr. Brian Wackwitz educates us about the importance of starting early for good dental

health for our children. Shelly Bergner discloses a timely “secret ingredient” for the care and appearance of our skin: pumpkin. And, there’s much more, so please read on! Best wishes to all of you and your families as you continue to make healthy choices in your lives. Please take some time to express your gratitude for at least one good thing this Thanksgiving. I appreciate all of you who read and contribute to this “bountiful” publication! In health and happiness,

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Wellness vs. Wellbeing:
Part 9 – Your friends and your social wellbeing
By Julie A. Rider, OTR, CLCP


ur next segment in our 12-part series Wellness vs. Wellbeing addresses the importance of relationships in a healthy life and how they act as a buffer during times of stress. Over the past eight months, we have delved into how individuals who focus on wellbeing are more likely to be healthy and whole. Wellbeing is the foundation for overall wellness. The Just for MeTM Wellbeing Coaching Program is designed to enhance wellbeing, strengthen your relationships, expand your ability to manage stress and further enjoy what you do. The Just for Me™ Wellbeing Coaching Program has been implemented successfully at Target Corporation, cities of St. Louis Park and Prior Lake (both in Minnesota), St. Catherine’s University in the Twin Cities and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each participant in the Just for MeTM Wellbeing Coaching Program sets an intention at the start of the program and each week the focus is on one of twelve realms to encourage, inspire and ensure movement forward on that intention. Please join me each month as I introduce the Wellness vs. Wellbeing, exploring the Just for MeTM twelve realms that will support our overarching intention of creating wellbeing throughout our lives:

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are for each other, and when trust is present, there is freedom to be ourselves, feel accepted and join in the experiment that is called life. Relationships are like our physical health. Most of the time, hopefully, you feel pretty good and function normally. Sometimes you might not feel well or you might experience some injury that causes you to have to work through a difficult time. Relationships can experience the same sort of ups and downs. For most of us, a healthy relationship sustains itself over a long period, as long as both parties give it some time and attention. However, relationships can also suffer injury or sickness and must be attended to in order for healing to occur. Ask yourself: What makes a relationship healthy? What relationship of yours is currently suffering? What do you believe would restore the relationship? Studies have shown that our entire social network affects our Values play a large role in how, and with whom, we establish health, habits and wellbeing. Your willingness to invest in healthy, relationships. What are some of the precepts that guide your life mutual relationships will lead to higher levels of wellbeing for when establishing and sustaining relationships? Do you want all involved. This is why it is critical for us to do what we can to a friend who is a good listener, someone who is kind, grateful, strengthen the entire network around us. Simply put, we have generous, candid and honest? Take time to make a list of the prin- stock in others’ wellbeing. ciples that shape your relationships. Ask yourself, how do people become a part of your circle? Who do you let in? Who do you keep Julie A. Rider, OTR, CLCP, is a member of the Wise Woman Wellness LLC team, a holistic wellness and hormone center located at on the outskirts? 1480 Swan Road in De Pere. As a licensed occupational therapist Often when we set goals in our lives they can get derailed and certified life coach practitioner, Julie coaches individuals to seek because we don’t have the support we need from others. As you unique methods for generating change — where they choose the think about a current goal that you are pursuing, what type of “how,” “when” and “what” as part of who they are. Call Julie today at 920.339.5252 support will you need to be successful? There are four basic func- to see how she can help you move your life from ordinary to extraordinary. Women of all ages are invited to schedule a personal coaching appointment or join her tions that relationships can provide: nurturer, emotional support, group coaching program, Just for MeTM Wellbeing Coaching Program: A Program spiritual guide and warrior. As you read the description of each, for Personal Wellbeing.” Check for details. fill in a name of a person who fulfills those roles for you. Nurturer: Who serves as a reminder of the importance of balance, wellbeing and healthy relationships? Emotional support: Who serves to listen for feelings and emotions without judgment or trying to fix things? Spiritual guide: Who provides spiritual guidance and reminds you why you are here? Warrior: Who stretches, challenges and reminds you to take a stand for yourself?

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Poreperfecting pumpkins
By Shelly Bergner


umpkins are best known for their delicious flavor in holiday favorites, such as pumpkin pie, and also for their warm spicy aroma infused in scented candles — not to mention their use as Halloween décor, such as Jack-o-lanterns. Many of us, however, are unaware of the amazing aesthetic benefits that are packed inside that orange-colored, large variety of squash. Pumpkins can soothe, protect, nourish, refresh and soften the skin, unclog the pores, remove impurities, help control acne, along with having amazing resurfacing benefits and anti-aging properties. The use of pumpkin will leave your skin with glowing results.

Health & nutritional benefits of pumpkin

There are many amazing natural benefits from this traditional Thanksgiving treat that provide nourishment to the body from the inside out. Pumpkins are a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients. Some benefits of adding pumpkin into your diet include: boosting your immune system, aiding in cancer prevention, preventing wrinkles and improving brain power, to name a few. Rich in antioxidants: Pumpkins are a rich source of antioxidants, such as betacarotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which

neutralize free radicals to prevent premature aging, cataracts and other serious eye conditions, cardiovascular diseases and other infections. High in nutrients: Pumpkins contain high amounts of essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium and fiber. These nutrients support bone density, treat gastrointestinal disorders and help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. They also provide anti-inflammatory properties that protect against joint inflammation and arthritis. Full of vitamins: Pumpkins are packed full of amazing vitamins such as vitamin

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“Pumpkin enzyme also contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients, which may be used to help reverse the signs of aging.”
A, C and E. These vitamins protect against serious health diseases, such as high blood pressure, and promote healthy skin. The fruit is a good source of the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.  also works as an accelerator for other ingredients, helping your skin absorb vital nutrients and vitamins quickly. It soothes and hydrates by regenerating skin’s natural oil. It helps other products reach deeper into the skin and absorb quickly. It also reduces inflammation, which aides in healing breakouts. Its natural glycolic properties (alpha-hydroxy acids) create a natural “sloughing” quality to remove dead skin cells without disturbing healthy living skin and giving a natural glow. It fights free-radicals, preventing premature aging and other skin damage.

Skin benefits of pumpkin

The high amount of vitamin A, C and E as well as zinc present in pumpkin, makes it a great choice for those who want healthy and glowing skin. Pumpkin offers so many benefits when applied topically to the skin, which is why beauty product companies are making a variety of skincare products that contain pumpkin enzyme as a main ingredient. Pumpkin enzyme also contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients, which may be used to help reverse the signs of aging. Pumpkin

use the enzyme of the pumpkin to exfoliate and introduce vitamins and nutrients into the skin. In many cases, pumpkin peels result in immediate clarity and smoothness in the skin. People with sensitive skin and acne benefit from the pumpkin peel because it is less intrusive than a glycolic peel. It is full of beta carotene and vitamin A, which help to stimulate circulation and promote healing. Pumpkin peels are more successful at surface re-texturizing; they do not reduce hyper pigmentation. With the holidays near, there is no better time to take advantage of the many benefits that pumpkins have for the care and appearance of your skin. Indulge in this calorie-free treat and receive a pumpkin skin treatment today!
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Getting the right curcumin
By Terry Lemerond


f you could choose just one botanical supplement, curcumin from turmeric (Curcuma longa) would be the one. And you probably wouldn’t be alone. Curcumin has become quite popular over the past few years, with good reason. It eases pain, reduces inflammation, stops free radical damage, protects your cells and may even prevent Alzheimer’s.1,2 Unfortunately, curcumin can be tough for the body to absorb. Supplement manufacturers have tried to make it easier for the body to use with varying degrees of success. Many manufacturers


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standardize their extracts to 95% curcumin, but unfortunately that method alone isn’t very effective. Additionally, some products blend the extract with piperine, but piperine interacts poorly with most medications and can have very negative effects on the liver. So, you have to make a smart choice when it comes to choosing a curcumin extract. They are definitely not all the same. That’s why the best plan is to find a micronized curcumin extract that is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for up to 10 times the absorption of standard 95% curcumin extracts.3,4 As a strong anti-inflammatory, this high-absorption curcumin is perfect for anyone with pain that prevents them from being more active. Consider this study that followed 45 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, randomized to three groups. Group one received diclofenac sodium, 50 mg, twice daily; group two received 500 mg high-absorption curcumin twice daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and the curcumin. The high-absorption curcumin was more effective than diclofenac sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was less effective.5 Makes you wonder why effective natural products aren’t the first course of action right away, doesn’t it? In the high-absorption curcumin groups, there were no drop outs due to adverse effects, but in the diclofenac sodium group, 14% withdrew due to adverse effects.5 That’s a pretty strong case for going with an effective, natural alternative. Aside from stopping inflammation that attacks our joints, curcumin stops the damage of inflammation throughout the body

— even in the brain. In fact, there is an exciting clinical study underway in Australia using this high-absorption curcumin, examining its potential for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. In this groundbreaking new study, this curcumin is being administered to patients with mild to moderate dementia in order to learn more about how curcumin can be used as an effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The idea that a natural substance like curcumin could help is very likely — past research has shown that in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease, curcumin was able to reduce beta-amyloid levels and shrink the size of accumulated plaques by over 30%! 6 In addition to its ability to reduce inflammation, interesting new research has found that curcumin also promotes neurogenesis — brain cell formation — which may mean it has the ability to fight depression, as well.7,8,9 In a recently published study, the high-absorption curcumin was compared to two antidepressants: fluoxetine (one brand name is Prozac) and imipramine (one brand name is Tofranil) in a scientific model of depression.10 The curcumin worked remarkably well alleviating depression — just as well as either prescription drug, but without side effects. The researchers concluded that the success of curcumin could be due to “an increase in serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the brain.”10 This is why it truly pays to find the right curcumin. You’re actually getting something that works. The best part is, this clinically tested curcumin for anti-inflammatory and neurological support is available
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Movement therapy for pets with anxiety
By Sabrina Bodden, LMT, CYI


ust like humans, pets can experience an array of emotions. We can easily see when our pets feel joy and happiness, and can all too easily tell when they’re unhappy. Another common emotion that pets experience is anxiety, especially when away from their owners or when trying new experiences. Anything from riding in a car, to walking on linoleum, can cause a pet to go into what we know as “fight or flight” mode. This state is experienced in the body when the sympathetic nervous system is in control. Through certain movement exercises, we can teach a pet’s nervous system to respond more calmly and go into the more relaxed state of the parasympathetic nervous system. I call this “pet yoga.” Pet yoga offers a solution for our furry friends who suffer from symptoms of fear, restlessness and nervousness. The name itself gives some humans anxiety about what I intend to do with their

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animal. Some people imagine a room full of dogs, rolled out on their backs, each on individual sticky mats, being instructed in Sanskrit how to live peacefully. Pet yoga is nothing like that! Of course, our pets can’t be taught in the same way as most humans can be. That’s what makes the tools learned in a pet yoga session so valuable. They’re designed for anyone who cannot understand verbal commands. So instead of trying to teach your dog how to take full and complete inhales and exhales, we can move their body in a way that allows for it to occur naturally. The tools taught in a pet yoga session can be taught to pet owners so that the movements can be done regularly. For some pets, we see results right away. For others, it can take time. These tools originated in a yoga program called Spectrum Yoga Therapy. This program is taught to people with any form of autism. Spectrum Yoga Therapy came out of the teachings of Alignment Yoga, which was created locally and is taught in Madison at the Mound Street Yoga Center, and in Blue Mounds at the Blue Mounds Dharma Center. I took what I learned in my time in the 200-hr. Alignment Yoga Advanced Training and from participating in the Spectrum Yoga Therapy classes, and have learned that the same principles apply to anyone with a nervous system that is “up-regulated.” That includes people dealing with chronic pain, anyone living with a lot of stress, and of course, our anxiety-ridden pets! I currently teach the pet-specific Spectrum Yoga at Tabby & Saturday, December 1 • 9:30 am - 4 pm Jack’s Holistic Pet Supplies, Grooming and • Manufacturer representatives Doggie Daycare in Fitchburg, Wis. • Door prizes and giveaways
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Ways to help your stressed-out pet
Massage – providing touch is one of the best ways to calm the nerves. Don’t just pet your dog; make an effort to massage their muscles and joints the way you would want to be massaged. Remember to give special attention to the back of their neck and under their arms, as these are areas that often hold tension and can contribute to a more anxious nervous system. Use therapeutic-grade essential oils – Valerian, Vetiver, Lavender, Roman Chamomile & Ylang Ylang are known to be calming and grounding, and are generally safe to use on dogs and horses. Cats are usually a bit more sensitive, so make sure to let your pet smell the oil before using it on them. If they run away, find another aroma. Check out to learn about a product that is used by medical practitioners. I haven’t tried it, but the evidence is convincing! Check yourself – far too often, our pet’s issues mirror our own. If you have high expectations of yourself, work hard, judge yourself based on your accomplishments or in other ways put a lot of stress on yourself, your pet may be expressing your anxiety for you. Look into meditation, yoga, massage, or whatever tool or tools you might enjoy putting into practice to ensure that you are a calm and grounded presence for your pet!

at your health food store. Simply look for the high-absorption curcumin supplement with a 750 mg formula that provides 500 mg of pure curcuminoids per softgel. Considering that this curcumin has up to 10 times greater absorption than standard curcumin products, it replaces 5-20 tablets of the other formulas. If you’ve been searching for a simple, natural “insurance policy,” this highabsorption curcumin — the smart choice — is the one!
Terry Lemerond has over 40 years of experience in the health food industry, both in retail sales and in dietary supplement formulation and manufacturing. He hosts a radio talk show every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on WTAQ 97.5 FM/1360 AM. Terry’s show is live streamed and archived at The site also features his weekly educational columns and other valuable health resources. Terry and his wife, Debra, are co-owners of the Terry Naturally store, located in Green Bay at 2625 Development Drive, just off the south GV exit from highway 172. The store is open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 920.965.1002 or visit for more information. References: 1. Goel A, Kunnumakkara AB, Aggarwal BB. Curcumin as “Curecumin”: from kitchen to clinic. Biochem Pharmacol. 2008 Feb 15;75(4):787-809. 2. Hatcher H, Planalp R, Cho J, et al. Curcumin: from ancient medicine to current clinical trials. Cell Mol Life Sci 2008;65:1631-1652. 3. Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, Judy N, Lennertz K, Joyal S. A pilot cross-over study to evaluate human oral bioavailability of BCM-95 CG (Biocurcumax™) a novel bioenhanced preparation of curcumin. Ind J Pharm Sci. 2008:445-449. 4. Benny B, Antony B. Bioavailability of Biocurcumax (BCM-95). Spice India. September, 2006:11-15. 5. Chandran B, Goel A. A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis. Phytother Res. 2012 Mar 9. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4639. 6. Garcia-Alloza M. Curcumin labels amyloid pathology in vivo, disrupts existing plaques, and partially restores distorted neurites in an Alzheimer mouse model. J Neurochem. 2007;102:1095-1104. 7. Xu Y, Ku BS, Yao HY, Lin YH, Ma X, Zhang YH, Li XJ. Antidepressant effects of curcumin in the forced swim test and olfactory bulbectomy models of depression in rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2005;82(1):200-6. 8. Kulkarni S, Dhir A, Akula KK. Potentials of curcumin as an antidepressant. Scientific World Journal. 2009;9:1233-41. 9. Li YC, Wang FM, Pan Y, Qiang LQ, Cheng G, Zhang WY, Kong LD. Antidepressant-like effects of curcumin on serotonergic receptor-coupled AC-cAMP pathway in chronic unpredictable mild stress of rats. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2009;33(3):435-49. 10. Sanmukhani J, Anovadiya A, Tripathi CB. Evaluation of antidepressant like activity of curcumin and its combination with fluoxetine and imipramine: an acute and chronic study. Acta Pol Pharm. 2011 Sep-Oct;68(5):769-75.

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IQ: the eternal debate of nature vs. nurture
By Dr. Jody Jedlicka


f you were “mathphobic” in school, you’ve no doubt worried that your child would be too. After all, the ability to understand complex equations and memorize and apply formulas is as likely to be passed down to your kids as that family heirloom quilt, right? Not exactly. The first thing you need to know is that anyone’s ability to do math is based on the strength of his or her IQ, which is simply a measurement of your cognitive skills. These are things like working memory (e.g., holding a number in your brain long enough to use it in the next step), logic and reasoning (e.g., “Obviously the radius can’t be a negative number ...”), and visual processing (e.g., deciding which side of the triangle is the longest). When one skill is weak, say, the short-term memory needed to recall a formula, the other skills can’t always compensate. Knowing how to apply the formula is great, but if you can’t remember what the formula is, that understanding won’t do you any good. And vice versa.

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Can someone with a high IQ have a learning disability?

Absolutely. IQ is different than knowledge. While knowledge is WHAT you learn (that math formula, historical facts, Spanish vocabulary words, etc.), IQ is more a measurement of HOW you learn. The stronger your cognitive skills as a whole, the higher your IQ. But the key phrase here is “as a whole,” because someone with one weak cognitive skill could still have a high IQ due to the compensating strength of the other brain skills. Here are three examples: • A brilliant child with ADHD — strong in all cognitive skills except sustained and selective attention. • A self-made millionaire who is dyslexic — strong in most cognitive skills but weak in phonemic awareness and sound blending. • A straight-A teen with dyscalculia (who purposely takes only the required math classes) — strong in all cognitive skills except visual processing.
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Yes! A brain is only as strong as its weakest link and, therefore, an IQ score is only as high as the sum of its cognitive skills. So how do you make someone smarter? Give them stronger tools to learn! In other words, strengthen their brain skills. How do you do it? By testing to determine the weakest skills, then training the brain to strengthen those skills. That might mean increasing the number of connections in the brain, training it to use the fastest and most effective routes to transport and process information, and/or helping the brain repair itself. The key components of a cognitive skills program are that it be customized for the person, one-onone (rather than group setting or just computer-based training), and that it be scientifically proven. So just what kinds of results are we talking about? Independent studies of one national brain training program (not to be confused with tutoring, which teaches facts) have shown that its intensive cognitive skills program increases IQ by an average of 15 points. Chalk one up for nurture.

What else influences IQ?

That’s not to say that nature doesn’t play a role. There seems to be plenty of evidence supporting the idea that genetics has a direct influence on IQ scores. But studies on identical twins raised in different environments have proven that IQ can’t possibly be determined by chromosomes alone. One’s physical, socio-economic and educational environment can certainly shape IQ. It’s not likely that any scientist would argue the sole influence of genetics (or environment) when it comes to IQ, especially now that we know that the brain is capable of growing new neurons, rerouting around damaged parts of the brain and essentially reversing dementia in some cases. Thanks to fMRIs (functional magnetic

resonance imaging), we now have a noninvasive technique for measuring brain function. Recent studies of patients with traumatic brain injuries, age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, dyslexia and ADHD have uncovered new understanding of the brain’s restorative capabilities. And knowing that the brain’s “plasticity” makes it capable of change at any age opens new doors for external influences on IQ.

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Dr. Jody Jedlicka is an audiologist and brain training expert at LearningRx. She specializes in identifying and treating the underlying causes of learning and reading difficulties. Submit questions to Dr. Jedlicka by e-mail at j.jedlicka@ or by visiting

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Natural food, fast food and calorie burn from muscle
By Karmen Nenahlo

Question: People keep telling me that if a food is “natural,” it must be good for me. Is this really true? Answer: In a word, no. It sounds pretty good though, doesn’t it? In actuality, all foods are made up of the same basic elements, so whether nature organized those elements into a convenient little package or man did the job in a factory doesn’t really matter all that much. Though there are numerous overly processed foods that meet my criteria for being unhealthy, there are plenty of man-made products that are considered healthy. And think about some of the berries and mushrooms that grow in the wild. Many of them are poisonous and can make you downright sick, or possibly even kill you, if you ingest them. But they’re natural, all right! The idea that all foods grown naturally were put here specifically for our benefit is silly. In my opinion, being skeptical about such blanket statements is wise, since these issues are never simply black and white. Question: I love fast food, but I also realize the importance of improving my health and losing weight. Therefore, I have to ask … is it ok to eat fast food while on a diet program? Answer: Yes, but as always, there are a few important points to keep in mind. We all know that fast food isn’t necessarily the healthiest meal in town, but we also know that being realistic is an important component of any successful weight-loss program. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to completely deprive yourself of fast food, especially if it’s appropriate for your specific situation. In other words, if you’re crunched for time, fast food may be the only reasonable option. That said, if an occasional trip turns into four or five weekly trips, your weight loss efforts and health goals will likely suffer as a result. The key is to become a savvy shopper and watch out for calorie-laden foods with added sugars, sodium and fat. Look for the Nutrition Facts pamphlets in your local restaurants
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and educate yourself on the menus. If you make the effort, you’ll be able to find a sensible meal no matter where you go. Remember, balance, variety and moderation are the words to live by when it comes to food. If you apply these principles regularly, you won’t have to sacrifice your health and wellness goals when eating out.
Question: My trainer recently told me the more muscle I have, the more calories I’ll burn throughout the day. True or false? Answer: This is true, but there’s a caveat here. Resting muscle tissue burns about 6 kcals/lb./day at rest, so yes, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. However, if the muscle is continually at rest, you can see that you aren’t going to burn THAT many more calories. For example, if you added 10 lbs. of muscle to your frame (which is admittedly quite difficult), your resting metabolic rate would only increase by about 60 calories per day. However, if you commit to moving that newfound muscle consistently via exercise, then you can increase its calorie-burning potential exponentially. This is obviously true of the muscle mass you already have as well. So it’s not just accruing new muscle that’s important, it’s making that new muscle work. And just for comparison, note that fat tissue burns about 2 kcals/lb./day, the brain and liver burn close to100 kcals/lb./day, and the heart and kidneys burn close to 200 kcals/lb./day. It’s clear that organ tissue burns a ridiculous number of calories, but keep in mind, it makes up a relatively small percentage of your total body mass. On the contrary, though muscle tissue doesn’t burn as many calories per pound compared to organ tissue, it makes up about 40% of your total body mass.
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Flowers and plants “brighten” your life
By Angela Mueller


love having fresh flowers on my nightstand; they’re so great to wake up to, and I don’t think I’d make it through the day without my “air-cleaning babies” — my house plants. We are all attracted to aspects of nature. In addition, flowers and plants are beautiful, thus inspiring as well as pleasing us. People who receive flowers generally feel a quick mood lift. Researchers at Rutgers University found that within a week of receiving flowers, people feel more compassionate and kind, less sad and anxious, and more enthusiastic and energetic. Most importantly, it melts away depression. Fragrances vary between flowers. Pick a variety you like and put a flower arrangement in your dining room, bedroom or even bathroom to change the mood of your home! I love dropping off flowers at a friend’s house, too. It always makes them smile after a hard day’s work. Smell is processed by the body through the limbic system in the brain and it controls your emotions. Smells effect

you the most when they are connected to older, happier memories. Maybe Grandma had a lilac bush next to the walkway going up to her porch, or Auntie had rose bushes by the swing in the backyard. Just think what the smell of chocolate chip cookies in the oven does to you .... Aromatherapy works so well because flower scents have the natural healing chemicals and life force that is in all living things. What a great healing therapy! Research by Texas A&M University demonstrates that problem-solving skills, idea generation and creative performance improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants. Get some flowers; pick one stem from your yard or get a bouquet or plant from your local florist. Put them on your desk or wherever you spend most of your day and see if just the sight and smell of them will cheer you. I bet it will! Another study from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has discovered

that those who work in the presence of plants perform better and are able to hold their concentration longer. Was it the scent, the view or both? Any way you look at it, plants and flowers do nothing but good! From hot colors, such as fuchsia, lemon yellow and grass green that “scream energy” to cream, rose and pale sage that evoke warmth, to tranquil colors like cool pastels, to the spicy, sassy scents of carnations and orchids to soothing smells of lilacs and waxflower — follow your senses to your local flower shop and improve someone’s life today!
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How to connect with your children using creativity
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By Teresa Van Lanen


re your children often absorbed in their electronics? An ear bud in one ear and thumbs going strong on some game or keyboard? Pretty difficult to engage your children when they are in this mode, isn’t it? Plus, many of these activities can be a form of escape and tend to lack imagination. And don’t forget about

“Children who may have trouble verbalizing are able to communicate easier while in the process of ‘doing.’“
parents; multitasking is a daily part of our busy lives. We chauffer, plan dinner and do laundry all at one time. So how in the NOW are we at these times? No wonder connecting with our children can be challenging! As a result of this disconnect, our parentchild relationships can get strained. Doing creative activities together can be a nice way of bridging communication and gaps in connection with a child of any age. Here are the benefits of using creativity: • It’s a nice way of having neutral ground. Sometimes the territory of the house can provoke certain memories or roles where we live in conflict rather than bonding. • It’s a good way of building new experiences and memories together. This will give you fuel for future conversations and a spring board for other creative activities. • It’s a great way to lead to casual conversation. Children who may have trouble verbalizing are able to communicate easier while in the process of “doing.” Also, physical kinetic activity can be an easier way for some children to express themselves. • It’s a positive way to demonstrate your interest in your child and who they are without being invasive. Parents can attest that privacy is a major deal for their teens. Doing some creative venture together is a good way of sharing while respecting limits. • It’s a way of having a keepsake end product from your creative activity together. Having a keepsake will help you build memories and have a physical representation of that connection with your child to recall time and again.
Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach  who conducts presentations, seminars, workshops, teleclasses and other events that help people reconnect with their creative spirit and move into more joyful and productive lives. For products and services,  visit Teresa at Sign up for a free quiz to gauge how much creative energy you have and other tips. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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Prevent weight gain this winter
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By Brenda Velissaris, MSE, LPC, NCC


e have all been in situations where we have asked ourselves, “Where did all the chips go?”, while sitting with an empty bag on our laps watching TV. This behavior is called mindless eating. We have all done it, whether at home by ourselves, while at work in front of the computer or at a party with friends. An occasional episode of mindless eating is harmless; however, repetitive mindless eating leads to excess weight gain, obesity, a slew of medical problems, low self-esteem and poor body image. The opposite of mindless eating is, of

course, mindful eating. Mindful eating is to aim at focusing on the here and now experience of eating. Paying attention to the sight, flavor, texture and scent of the food — along with the thoughts and feelings you have when you are eating. Eating this way leads to more satisfied eating, control over emotional eating and potential weight loss.

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your hunger level is and eat accordingly. The aim is to feel satisfied, rather than to clean off the plate. Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to register to your brain that you are full. • Learn from a mindless eating episode. Take a step back from the situation that just happened and evaluate what you did, when you did it, how you did it, who you did it with and why it was done. This process helps one understand the dynamics behind the mindless eating so mindless eating is not repeated again. • Slow your eating and eating behaviors way down. Observe each individual action you engage in while eating; how are you chewing, how are you swallowing, how does the food taste in your mouth. This practice takes time to create into a habit so several times a week try the mindful eating exercise below.

Mindful eating exercise

Begin by selecting a bite-sized food that gives you a feeling of well-being, and sit down in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

Breathe in slowly as you count to yourself, 1–2–3–4 and then breathe out slowly 4–3–2–1. Take several more slow, deep breaths as you allow yourself to relax and release any tension you are holding in your body. Now take a moment to look at and appreciate the food you have chosen, as you notice its shape … its color … its texture …. Describe it simply to yourself. If it’s a grape, for example, you might say something like, “It’s rounded and green and smooth.” Think of this food being nourished by the sun and the rain and the earth before it came to you. Pay attention to how you are feeling about this food. Notice the part of you that decides to begin eating. As you move your hand slowly toward the food, observe your hand and describe your actions to yourself. Before putting it in your mouth, take a moment to smell the food. Notice whether you desire this food and where in your body you feel that. Take a bite of the food and close your

eyes, noticing how the food feels in your mouth. Slowly chew. What tastes do you notice? Sweetness? Sourness? Saltiness? Bitterness? Mildness? Spiciness? Appreciate the taste and describe it simply to yourself. Swallow when you’re ready. Now, with eyes still closed, be aware of any sensations in your stomach. Think of the energy of the sun and the earth entering your body, bringing health and nourishment to every cell. Stay with that feeling of well-being for a while. When you’re ready, bring your attention back to the quiet place you have chosen and open your eyes, still feeling very good.
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Minerals for understanding and acceptance
By Jane Hamilton


ave you ever met anyone and then just shaken your head in disbelief after the conversation was over? Recently this happened to me, and after further review of this conversation, I am just not getting it. At the farm market, while I was working the tent outside of Mystical Earth Gallery, two women started a conversation with me. One in particular started to ask me questions about my husband, Jesse, and my personal beliefs. She started out by asking if we believe in the “God of the Bible?” After several drill-sergeanttype questions, my final response ending the conversation was, “All are welcome here,” explaining that we carried symbols that represent a variety of religious, spiritual, scientific and philosophical beliefs: crosses, rosaries, prayer beads, pagan, Islamic, goddess, and more. The final symbol listed was “Buddha.” Buddha was evidently very controversial in this woman’s mind. She started to talk about her disgust at seeing all the Buddha images when she was out shopping. On one trip in particular she told me, after seeing the Buddha statues, that she exclaimed, “I am so sick of all this Buddha crap!” She then very proudly told me that her nineyear-old daughter, who was with her when she made her statement about Buddha, now refers to any sighting of Buddha images as “crap.” This is where I am not getting it. I cannot comprehend why someone needs me or anyone else to believe as they do. This woman represents her religion’s version of the Taliban. Her lack of tolerance for others amazes me. Intellectually, I know that these narrow-minded ideas of bigotry, prejudice and hate are out in the world and even though I see them daily in the news broadcasts, when confronted with these on a personal level, I am shocked. Oh, but there is more. I was also told by this woman, when I mentioned rosaries, that the Catholic Church is the church of the devil. The next tirade came about our government and how she is angry because our founding fathers set this country up as a Christian nation and people are trying to change this by worshipping in different ways. Was my grade school teacher, Miss Hoffman, lying to me when she told me that when the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower they came to escape religious persecution? When as a country, we celebrate Thanksgiving, are we not giving thanks because, due to
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another’s generosity — the Native American’s to the Pilgrims — the Pilgrims were able to survive this harsh New World? Does not one of the greatest documents of modern times, the Constitution, in the very first amendment, guarantee us the freedom in this country to believe and practice our religious beliefs unencumbered? Tolerance and compassion for others in today’s world is essential. During the month that gives us Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to give thanks for whatever is positive in our lives. Understanding and acceptance are keys to helping promote peace among us. Here are some minerals with attributes that help us in this quest.
Septarian Nodule promotes patience and tolerance. It aids in creating a spontaneous coming together of Universal energies. It is a symbol of life after life, leading us to an understanding that death is a new beginning. As a protection stone, it grounds and shields the physical, mental and emotional bodies. This mineral is composed of crystalline calcite and calcite with crystal. The calcite is replaced and then bonded by clay ironstone. Sometimes it may contain fossils.

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The conveying of this story is not to promote hate. Regardless of any religious affiliation, spiritual beliefs or philosophical positions that one may hold, we all inhabit the planet. Tolerance of each other’s ways are essential to promoting peace among us. By acknowledging and accepting our differences we may grow to understand one another and go beyond just tolerance to respect and love. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Where do we begin (to go green)?
By J.C. Paustian


here do we begin?” That’s a question many people ask when taking on the daunting task of “greening” their lives. Some people start eating healthier foods; some start rubbing on natural body care products; some start cleaning their homes with non-toxic cleaners; some even start using non-chemical lawn care companies. All are correct. We just need to do something. Just start!

There are literally hundreds of ways of greening your lifestyle, and they all don’t need to cost thousands of dollars, like adding geothermal to your home or solar panels to your rooftop (although both are great ways to save money over the long-haul). We can all make a difference in “15 minutes,” a “few hours” or while “on

vacation,” according to a Web site called Simple things that we may already do are green, and we may not even know it, like using regular coffee cups instead of disposable ones, bringing our reusable bags to the store instead of loading up with plastic or paper bags, or refilling our ink cartridges instead of tossing them.

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“We can all make a difference in ‘15 minutes,’ a ‘few hours’ or while ‘on vacation,’ according to a Web site called”
Green America — a not-for-profit membership organization to help create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society — is a great resource for providing simple tips on how to green your life. If one really feels ambitious, (which is part of has made it fairly simple for people to start their own petition drive for a cause they believe in. Everyday folks can launch successful campaigns relating to civil rights, clean energy/environment, corporate power/ accountability, criminal justice, education and many more. With the power of the Internet and social media, these online petition drives provide a lot of leverage for persuading politicians to do the right thing. It was the Internet last year that drove more than 2000 people to participate in civil disobedience against the construction of what’s known as the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. More than 1200 people were arrested during the two-week sit-in, in front of the White House. Also, more than 617,000 petitions were delivered to the White House opposing its construction. However, environmentally minded folks don’t need to get arrested to prove their passion for Mother Earth. Another basic idea is just volunteering your time at our local nature centers. The Fox Valley is blessed with several:

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha; Gordon Buboltz Nature Preserve in Appleton; Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London; 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna; Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton; and High Cliff State Park in Sherwood. They’re always looking for volunteers, so give them a call. Make an impact on your kids, too, by just going around your neighborhood and picking up litter. Unfortunately, there’s never a shortage of trash to pick up along streets and in neighborhood parks. With the presidential election looming, there’s a lot of uncertainty on many issues, but taking care of our natural resources is something we can and must do on our own. We can take care of our household, our yard and our community, and that’s all we can ask of each other. Like the organic cotton T-shirt company, We Add Up says, “No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.” Amen.
J.C. and Dianne Paustian own Just Act Natural, the Fox Valley’s first all-green retail store, located at 129 E. College Ave., Appleton. For more information, visit or call 920.574.2932.

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Fall fashion trends not just about the clothing
By Tammy Eiting


hen we think about fall fashion, we usually only think about what we are going to put on our bodies. But to be in “full” fashion mode, we need to think beyond that … to what our hair and makeup look like … to really complete our look and put us at our best! With this in mind, we discussed the latest and greatest in fall fashions in my previous articles, and now I want to help you finish those looks. To do this, I spoke to some experts in this field, Cathy Keely and Christopher Wojan of Salon CTI in Appleton, and here’s what they had to say: Cathy: Makeup looks for fall/winter 2012 are all about being sexy and sophisticated. The bold red lip that we saw so much of this spring and summer is also big for fall. Colors like orange, red and berry tones are all hot, so pick what works best for you. If you’re still not ready for a bold lipstick, try a bright colored gloss. Since a gloss is more translucent, the color will be a little more subtle. When it comes to your eye makeup for fall/winter, keep it clean and simple. One single color swept across the lid and well-defined eyeliner will give your eyes that sophisticated look. Liquid liner

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Celebrating a person’s life and offering support during a medical crisis
By Heidi Frederickson


ne GREAT way to help a friend or family member going through a medical crisis is by hosting a Celebration of Support event for them.

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them to be more emotionally comfortable at the event. Overall, if you can, make the event more than about raising funds and helping recipients out financially, but making it personal and incorporating the emotional factor, that will help them physically as well.

What is a Celebration of Support event?

This is a one-day event that helps individuals and their families raise funds for living and medical expenses, and also provides strength, hope and joy to recipients who experience all of the support from the attendees of the event.

What things can you do to make it personal?

Why do you call it a Celebration of Support event when it sounds like a benefit?

By not referring to it as a benefit, the recipient and the recipient’s family feel less uncomfortable about it. In some cases, holding a “benefit” makes the recipients feel badly that they are asking for a handout from their friends and family members. But if you indicate that it is a party celebrating their life, just as they have had birthday and graduation parties, it will set a different tone and will help

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Making the event personal to your recipient is key in having a successful event. This is one of the biggest mistakes committees make — leaving out the emotional factor and just concentrating on raising funds. Emotional factors would include things like theme decoration, theme party name, theme activities, etc. For example, we did a Celebration of Support event for a woman with breast cancer, who truly enjoyed bowling with her son, so we first created a theme name: “Strike Out Cancer for Carmen.” Then we picked up and designed decorations around breast cancer and bowling with pink tablecloths, pink ribbons with her picture in the middle, bowling pin centerpieces, and we included a “crazy” bowling tournament with the event to make it fun and enjoyable for all. It was personal!

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There are a variety of events you can plan for a Celebration of Support event, such as a fishing tournament, golf outing, bowling tournament, walk-a-thon or kid’s carnival. Most people think of an event like this as being held in a bar or banquet hall, with a band, raffles and auction, but it is much, much more than that. It is about celebrating the life and supporting your recipient. So, keeping that in mind, you need to ask yourself, “What type of event will best relate to the recipient?” For example, if the recipient is an avid golfer and has met a lot of people enjoying this sport, holding a golf outing would be the right choice, as more of their friends would likely participate and it would be emotionally enjoyable for the recipient and their family. Choose

your type of event wisely! Since this event is one that is important for the recipient and their family, it is key to have someone video and/or take pictures. When there are days that your recipient is not feeling well, it is always wonderful for them to pop in the DVD or look through the pictures of the day their family, friends and community came around them to offer support during their time of great need!

What are the first steps in planning a Celebration of Support event?

Heidi Frederickson is the executive director/co-founder of Community Benefit Tree, a nonprofit organization that is here to celebrate people’s lives and support them during their medical crises. We help families, friends and co-workers plan Celebration of Support events for their loved ones. Community Benefit Tree also provides education, support, resources and financial assistance for families struggling with medical crises. We have assisted with planning over 450 Celebration of Support events in the last eight years. Visit the Web site at or contact them at 920.422.1919.

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Matt Bothe honored as Goodwill Outstanding Achiever
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att Bothe of Kewaunee has been named the Outstanding Achiever for October by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW). Before recently becoming a Goodwill team member, Bothe was a participant in the organization’s Transitional Support Program. The program provides employment and vocational support to individuals with special needs who are approaching readiness for employment in the community but are ineligible for participation in funded programs. In March, Bothe’s AODA counselor at the Mooring House facility in Appleton referred him to this program, and shortly afterwards he

began working in the donation area at the Darboy Goodwill. Heather Hubers, Darboy area team leader, noted that Bothe consistently exceeded expectations and never hesitated to ask for something to do when things slowed down. To keep busy, he helped ticket and merchandise product for nearly every department in the store. Team leaders were impressed not only by his great work ethic but also agreed that Bothe was “a joy to work with and was one of the nicest, friendliest and most polite young men they had ever met.” “Matt has one of those personalities that make everyone love him,” Hubers said. “We are very proud of him and the growth he has achieved.”

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When Bothe was ready to be discharged from Mooring House in May and return to his family home in Kewaunee, it meant leaving the Darboy store. However, he still wanted to complete his work program and so, on June 1, Bothe transferred to the Green Bay East Goodwill. “Matt worked a few shifts to get to know the market and the team,” said Jeremy Pingel, store team leader for the Green Bay East Goodwill. “In just a short time, Matt made a huge favorable impression on his fellow team members.” When an opportunity presented itself to add a team member to Goodwill’s De Pere Donation Express, Bothe’s name immediately came to mind. “With his high work ethic, attention to customers and positive attitude, Matt had more than earned a chance at this new challenge,” Pingel said. In July, Bothe was hired as a Goodwill team member to support the growing number of donations in De Pere. “Matt does a great job at the De Pere Donation Express and has certainly earned the trust of his leaders and his fellow donation attendants,” Pingel remarked. “All of us are proud of Matt and everything that he has accomplished, and we are very pleased that he is being recognized as Goodwill’s Outstanding Achiever for October.” Each month, Goodwill NCW recognizes a program participant like Bothe or one of its volunteers as an Outstanding Achiever. Honorees come from one of Goodwill’s 24 store communities, its Menasha campus or its Ralph B. Shiner Center in Appleton. “The award recognizes the strides that individuals have made, in part, because of their involvement with programs through Goodwill,” said Keith Wilk, vice president of Programs and Services at Goodwill NCW. “Each honoree receives a certificate of achievement and Goodwill merchandise.” For more information, contact Pingel at 920.465.9601 or jpingel_, or Wilk at 920.968.6233 or
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6 recommendations for a safe and empowering childbirth
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By Andi Raine, LM, CPM


he U.S. spends more than any other country on maternity care. We are considered the most advanced nation in the world. Despite this, women here have a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 49 other countries. In addition, women of color have a three times higher rate of death in our country than their already disadvantaged white counterparts. Forty other countries do a better job at keeping their babies alive than the U.S. Medical intervention is the standard in the majority of births in America, and one in three women gives birth by major abdominal surgery. These statistics are alarming and demand action. This is the second of a three-part series of articles that explore the components of a safe and empowering birth experience. The first article outlined: (1) practices and procedures that are unsupported by scientific evidence, as well as (2) advice on how to choose a mother/baby-friendly provider. In this series, prevalent birth practices will be examined against the current research, and local options for families will be highlighted.

3. Have a drug free birth.

the baby. Babies are often affected by this form of pain relief and are born obviously drugged. They are less likely to breastfeed affectively, and more likely to have respiratory distress. Every system of their bodies is affected by the pain medication given to their mothers at their most crucial time: the transition to life outside of the womb. Natural childbirth classes, choosing a mother/baby-friendly provider and/or a doula (professional labor support person) can help a woman to manage her natural childbirth. Childbirth can be joyful and ecstatic, and is no doubt hard work. However, the natural process facilitates a smoother labor and birth, and allows a woman to be in tune with her instincts about how to move and work with her labor to best deliver her own baby. Natural birth prepares both mom and baby to receive each other in the moment of birth and fall in love in a way that should not be under-valued. Women are strong, and they can give birth!

Most women spend their entire pregnancies concerned about avoiding substances that can be harmful to their babies. They stop drinking coffee and alcohol, they avoid medications, and they even avoid soft cheese and raw fish. However, the majority of women in our country choose pain medication during labor and birth. We live in a culture that has frightened women about the pain of birth, and lacks information surrounding the importance of a natural biological experience. Additionally, in many cases, informed consent regarding the risks of pain medication for both the mother and baby is not given to the pregnant patient. Epidurals decrease a mother’s hormonal response to her labor, and bonding to her baby. They increase the likelihood of more medical intervention, including cesarean section, and they carry health risks to both mother and baby. Narcotic pain relief additionally suppresses important hormones present during labor, and crosses the placenta barrier to
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4. Birth in a place that sets you up for success.

Before we make a large purchase as consumers, many of us do some research. We have a set of criteria that we want to meet with our purchase that will satisfy us. For example, if we are purchasing a new car, we decide ahead of time what features we need. Perhaps gas mileage and 4-wheel drive are criteria that we deem important in our new purchase. It would be completely absurd to then walk in to a boat showroom and expect to make the vehicle purchase that you had in mind. Similarily, this happens every single day in maternity care. In birth, women are consumers. Most women have criteria that would make their birth experience ideal. Many women want a natural birth, one-on-one individualized care, they want to be familiar with the people who will be with them during their birth, and they desire safety, privacy and freedom to labor as they choose with little intervention. Curiously, the majority of the

“Natural birth prepares both mom and baby to receive each other in the moment of birth and fall in love in a way that should not be undervalued. Women are strong, and they can give birth!”
women who want births with this criteria choose to go to a hospital where the criteria described is a rare occurrence. As consumers of maternity care, we have to set ourselves up for success in our births by making a “smart purchase.” We must choose to birth in a place where our birth plan is not extraordinary, but second nature to the staff and their inherent procedures. Birth centers are a place in our area where the criteria mentioned above is the standard. The staff are midwives and, therefore, experts in natural birth care. In fact, natural birth care is the only type of care they give and see on a regular basis. Additionally, many families find their own homes the perfect place to meet their new babies. Women are able to seek privacy, intimacy and comfort in their own homes. Licensed midwives in our region attend women at home for birth, and again specialize in natural birth care and mother/baby attachment. Research safe and empowering birth, make your birth criteria list, then qualify your provider and your birth place according to your criteria. Part three of this series will explore the vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC) and having a perfect and physiological first hour post-birth with your baby.
Andi Raine is a licensed midwife and certified professional midwife, who has been serving women in pregnancy and childbirth for 11 years. She is the co-owner of Appleton Community Midwives and Birth Center in Appleton, Wis. When she is not witnessing the miracle of birth and providing care in the Fox Valley and beyond, she enjoys spending time with her three children and her partner, Jon. For more information, visit Sources: Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes of Elective Induction of Labor Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 176, 2009. The Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother Friendly Care (Journal of Perinatal Education, Vol. 16, Supplement 1, Winter 2007). Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. Births: preliminary data for 2010. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2011;60(2):1-25. Available at nvsr60/nvsr60_02.pdf. Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, Author: Henci Goer, Praeger; 1 edition (February 22, 1995). Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block (Apr 8, 2008). Kolas T, et al. (2006). Planned cesarean versus planned vaginal delivery at term: Comparison of newborn infant outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 195(6): 1538–43. Silver et al, Maternal Morbidity Associated With Multiple Repeat Cesarean Deliveries, Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006; VOL. 107, NO. 6. Deadly Delivery, The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the U.S., Amnesty International Publications 2010 Index: AMR 51/007/2010.

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What is stress telling you?
By Dr. Ann Khanna


here are many ways people deal with stress. Some of them are healthy, such as aromatherapy, meditation and exercise; some are not so healthy, such as addictions: drugs, alcohol, food, sex and television. These coping mechanisms may help temporarily relieve the stress; however, it may be beneficial to take a deeper look at the causes of stress to achieve a more satisfying life. We are meant to live in joy, our true nature and our higher self knows this. We are also here to learn, grow and evolve. The soul is giving us messages all of the time: leading us to the next step, nudging us to change; and “stress” is one way of informing us that it is time to move to the next level. One of the biggest causes of stress is fear. For example, if your job is stressful, perhaps it would be helpful to ask what you are afraid of. Is it that you won’t get the project done on time — and then what? Is it really a fear of losing your job? Perhaps if you explained to your boss that you would need more time to produce the results you are both striving for, you could agree on a timeframe that is more realistic. Bingo! The fear of losing your job is gone, and without the stress, you are able to get the job done more efficiently. Or maybe your boss assumes you came in with a skill set that you are not familiar with. Facing your fear — stating that more training in that area would be helpful may actually save your job, as your boss is now aware of where you are having trouble. You could be pleasantly surprised that, appreciating your input and honesty, your boss would be happy to provide you with the additional help. If such

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tactics don’t relieve the stress, perhaps your higher self is trying to tell you there is a better job out there waiting for you. If a relationship is stressful, ask yourself once more, “What is stress trying to tell me?” People enter our lives to show us where we need to evolve. As the relationship continues, you will learn what the other person came to teach. At times this results in growth and may develop into a beautiful, deep, lasting connection; other times, once the lessons are learned, the relationship has completed its duty, it’s time to move on. The longer you hold onto these relationships, the more “stressful” they will become. When you are not living in complete joy, your soul is trying to urge you to get to that state and “the trickster” fear is trying to keep you safe, which usually keeps you stuck. During times of stress it can be helpful to work with a trained professional — one who can help you figure out if you are resisting change or letting fear control you. Once you learn what the stress is trying to teach you, you can face your fears, move to the next level, and the stress will vanish. If you found this information useful, you may like to explore the following: “Fearless Living” with Rhonda Britten, “The Law of Emergence” with Derek Rydall, and “Access Consciousness” with Dain Heer or Rikka Zimmerman. It’s not likely that we will be totally free of stress; we all experience stressful situations. Usually it is temporary and healthy stress relievers can help. However, if stress has become a chronic part of your life, rather than trying to cover it up or quiet it down, it may be time to start asking stress, “What are you trying to tell me?”
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How toxic are we?
By Alyssa Burnham, BA


t’s not really a question of “if we are toxic” … it really is a question of “how toxic are we?” Every day we are exposed to toxic substances in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the foods we eat. In order to cleanse our body of these harmful substances and prevent disease, it is important to periodically practice detoxification. This is much different than a simple colon cleanse. Otherwise, we begin to see the manifestation of toxic overload in general symptoms, such as headaches, muscle aches, joint pain and chronic fatigue — not to mention serious conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s or rheumatoid arthritis. The major detoxification organs of the body are the liver and the gastrointestinal tract. The liver is responsible for filtering nearly two quarts of blood every minute, removing potentially harmful particles and preparing them for excretion. In order to do this process effectively, it is vital for the liver to be given the proper nutrients. The process of detoxification itself is extremely energyintensive and, therefore, dependent on a nutritional diet and an appropriate caloric intake. Eating healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and quality proteins help provide the nutrients to ensure proper functioning of the liver. However, two groups of fruits and vegetables are of particular importance in terms of detoxification. The first is cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, arugula and cauliflower.

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Essential oils help stop viruses cold!
By Tina Wankey, MSW, LCSW, CA, WHEC


he cold and flu season is on its way. Are you prepared? I’m pretty sure I can say no one likes to have a cold or flu unless they want an excuse to get out of something, such as work. Even if it is a benefit to get out of work, you still have to deal with the symptoms. How do you deal with the symptoms? Do you run to the store and get an over-the-counter medication? Or worse yet, do you have to take a card up to the pharmacist to get a particular medication because the ingredients in the product can be abused? What about running to the health food store and getting natural

treatments, which are more welcomed by the body? How many of us do that? One solution is the use of essential oils to tackle the dreaded cold and flu season. There are a number of essential oils with therapeutic properties that can help in the case of a cold or flu. One of these properties is anti-viral. The cold and flu are viruses; therefore, having anti-viral properties in the essential oils is very helpful. Some anti-viral properties include terpinen-4-ol, neral, geranial, eugenol, linalol, pinene and 1,8 cineole. All of these properties can help to kill and prevent a virus from spreading.

Some essential oils which are higher in anti-viral properties include: clove, eucalyptus globulus, laurel leaf, lemongrass, ravintsara and tea tree. These essential oils can be helpful in tackling a virus in a preventative approach and in a treatment approach.1,2 A preventative approach prevents the virus from getting into the body and taking hold by killing it. Keep in mind, we do not develop a cold or flu until the virus is in the body and invades our cells. Preventative methods include the use of essential oils in such forms as hand soap, hand sanitizers, hand lotions, room sprays, diffusing blends, chest rub and surface cleaners. It is best if the essential oils used in products are of natural and pure quality to avoid adulterated ingredients. If the virus enters the body and invades our cells, the virus can reproduce at this point. Upon reproducing, the body starts to experience the symptoms of the cold or flu. The treatment approach occurs at this point. With a treatment approach, the goal is to stop the virus from reproducing. By doing this, symptoms are hindered from getting worse, and the length of the illness can be shortened. The use of essential oils in a treatment approach can be in such forms as inhalers, steam inhalation, diffusing blends, chest rub, hand soap and “neat” use (straight use of essential oil on the skin, but only dependent on the individual’s skin). A number of forms can be used jointly to gain the full benefit essential oils have to offer. Just like preventative


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“Some essential oils which are higher in anti-viral properties include: clove, eucalyptus globulus, laurel leaf, lemongrass, ravintsara and tea tree.”
methods, it is best if the essential oils used in products are of natural and pure quality to avoid adulterated ingredients. With the use of essential oils you can face this cold and flu season by using preventative and treatment approaches to help you and your family either avoid getting sick or at least reduce the severity of your symptoms. Remember to use the skills of either a certified or clinical aromatherapist in the use of essential oils to make sure the oils are appropriate and are being used safely. Roots of Healing can help to identify the best method for you and custom make these products so you can get back to the roots of healing!
Tina M. Wankey, MSW, LCSW, CA, WHEC, is the owner of Roots of Healing. She is a clinical aromatherapist, a licensed clinical social worker and a whole health educator/wellness coach. Roots of Healing is a business focused on creating customized aromatherapy products to meet each individual’s unique needs. Products are made from high-quality, all-natural, organic, wildcrafted or unsprayed resources. Tina uses her skill set to help bring a balance back to her client’s mind, body and spirit. She can help you identify what would be the ideal aromatherapy product to address your unique needs. She carries a standard product line in addition to the custom-made products. Consultations are free! Contact Tina to see if she can create what you desire. She can be reached at 920.277.6738 or tina@ Visit or for educational information and products to purchase. References 1. Aromahead Institute. (2012). Component Database. 2. Aromatics International. (n.d.). Chemical Components. http://www.aromaticsinternational. com/index.php?route=product/component.

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GI tract is through the use of probiotics and a high-fiber diet. Probiotics, literally meaning “for life,” are a compilation of friendly bacteria that aid in the digestion and absorption processes in our gut. In addition, a highfiber diet is important in almost all realms of healthy GI functioning. Most health experts recommend consuming 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily with most people consuming 10 grams or less. Good sources of fiber include beans, whole grains, brown rice and nuts. In general, there are some simple suggestions for limiting exposure: filtering your water, using essential oils instead of perfume, selecting “green” cleaning supplies, buying organic when possible, consuming grassfed red meat, storing leftovers in glass food containers, avoiding plastic products with BPA, using your microwave less, avoiding pots and pans with Teflon, and washing your hands regularly. Note: Look at the PLU (price look-up) sticker on your produce! Four digits indicate conventionally grown; five digits beginning with a “9” indicate organic, while an “8” indicates genetically modified. According to the Environmental Working Group, the “dirty dozen” of produce are shown to contain the most pesticides and, therefore, toxic contamination. Due to the potential difficulties of buying entirely organic, it is recommended to focus on these

twelve: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries and potatoes. Conversely, the “clean fifteen” is noted as the least contaminated. This list includes: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potato, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms. If you are not feeling well, it is helpful to seek guidance from an expert trained in helping you complete a metabolic detoxification program. Getting healthier is important and so is feeling your best!
Alyssa Burnham, BA, is a wellness coach, certified Firstline Therapy® lifestyle educator and a team member at Wise Woman Wellness LLC, a holistic wellness and hormone center located at 1480 Swan Road in De Pere. She is an expert at helping clients improve their overall health and reduce the risk of disease. FirstLine Therapy™ offers exciting, life-altering ways to lose weight, increase energy, reduce chronic disease and avoid prescription medications. Also check out our Clear Change Program to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing adequate fuel for both cleansing and other daily activities. Call 920.339.5252 to schedule a personal wellness appointment to achieve optimal health today! For more information, visit Source: Metagenics FirstLine Therapy™ Therapeutic Lifestyle Program Instructional Materials, Sept. 2012.

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Installing your divine birth right
By Master Jesse


our divine birth right awaits you. One way we can do so is by understanding what it means to honor our fathers. First of all, your fathers are all that have come before you to the time your people began. So how do we honor so many? You can stop doing as they did by becoming greater than the past. We must let go of fear. In doing so, we become greater than all that have come before us. And we honor them all. To let go of fear, it helps to be “humble for a moment” (meaning to open your heart and mind to the knowledge of another with the intent to understand.) In this act alone, one moves above the past and opens one’s self to one’s divine intelligence. Yes, intelligence. We all have it. You must accept that you have a great brain and that you have been made right. It’s called faith. You have been given everything you need to become greater than yesterday. Through divine intelligence (or common sense) one can make up one’s own mind. One can choose not to accept fear as one’s own. That’s right, stop accepting fear as if it is all yours, and you are the only one that has it. If you do, you will be overwhelmed with shame and guilt. The software that the ancient tribesmen tell us is that if you are afraid, you are weak, and thus must hang your head in shame. As a result, we look for reasons to justify our fear, and as the ancestors did, we cluster in groups and let ourselves say and believe the meanest and dumbest of things about people we don’t even know until we attack the victims. Shame will always hide the truth from us. Through divine intelligence or common sense and a little humble observation, one can see it’s not just you, it’s everyone: all of mankind. We all suffer in the darkness of our ancestors. So there is no reason for you to accept shame as a condition we all suffer from.
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“We all can use our divine intelligence and when we choose to use it, it will change your life.”
When a system such as fear is hardwired into our psyche, it is always running a search into the global consciousness for more and more fear threads. And these days, because of the new technological world we live in, we can now cluster in electronic fear rooms. It’s everywhere, in so many new ways. We have never had to deal with so many fear vendors. We have to shed the old ways. So what do you do? We all can use our divine intelligence, and when we choose to use it, it will change our lives. If you want to lose weight, you must stop finding comfort in junk food and eat less. It’s the same with fear; you have to stop finding comfort in it. Don’t let them serve you an extra helping of free fear. Use your divine intelligence to take a good look at the first serving. Listen to what the server is saying. Know the truth of the ingredients that the chef uses. See the truth, and you will not want that second serving. You may even start sending the first serving back.
Master Jesse, Zenith Master, is from Mystical Earth Gallery, located at 112b East College Ave, downtown Appleton. For more information, please call 920.993.1122 or visit

Journeying through pain with Rolfing® SI
By Victoria L. Huss


remember vividly that day in 2001 that I sat in the exam room in my grubby construction clothes. I had been swinging a hammer for eight hours every day as a laborer on a bridge-building crew. Two months into the job, my hands stopped functioning properly. I was terrified — I needed my hands. A child of a dairy farmer, I grew up knowing my value through hard work. If I could not work, I felt that I was nothing. I continued on, plugging through life and not listening to my body. I switched from a job in the field to a job at a desk. Even then, my body screamed for attention. The tension in my neck and shoulders and pain in my lower back hobbled me as I squinted for long hours under fluorescent lights in a windowless office. I wore uncomfortable shoes and scratchy synthetic clothes that suffocated me. I had it all: respect, job security, retirement savings, full health care coverage, three weeks of paid vacation and sick leave. Neither benefits nor status insured against the loss of my soul as I slowly died from the inside. I did what I was supposed to and used the benefits that were supposed to take care of my health. I listened to my doctor as well as I could through the recommendations of my health insurance plan. I swallowed pain pills and did the prescribed exercises. The conventional route to finding a cure for my pain failed me. I was a partially disabled and fully miserable 32-year-old woman who lost her ability to effectively “work.” It was a fluke that I discovered Rolfing® Structural Integration. I had heard rumors that it hurt, but that it was helpful for hopeless cases like mine. I decided to give it a try. Before my first session, my Rolfer™ asked me if I was ready for change. Pain was forcing me to change; little did I know what “change” actually meant. The first session was really interesting. It wasn’t as painful as I thought and I found that I could breathe with more ease. After the second session, I found my feet and began to relax into my body instead of holding it up. By the third session, I knew I was on to something. My back pain eased and I found greater flexibility, bodily awareness and increased mobility. I finished the rest of the ten sessions and restored function and alignment to my body. In the process, I transformed my life. It is now over four years from the day that I realized that I had to change. I am a Certified Rolfer™ and have found my calling. I now work in a sunny, window-filled office. I can open a window for access

to fresh air. I work barefoot and wear comfortable clothes. I listen to my body and I positively affect people who choose to heal their bodies naturally, outside the institution of conventional medicine. I work with my hands. I am joyful and forever changed. What change are you needing in your life?
Victoria L. Huss is the Certified Rolfer™ of New Possibilities Integration, LLC in downtown Appleton. She finds joy in helping people unfold and find freedom from rigidity and chronic pain. Victoria offers free 30-minute consultations. For more information, contact her via phone at 920.427.7653 or on the Internet at Rolfing® is a registered service mark of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration.

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Pamper yourself with pumpkin
By Caitlin Brotz


t’s that wonderful time of year — pumpkin harvest! For many of us, this usually means baking, buying and delighting in scrumptious pies, breads and other one-of-a-kind holiday concoctions. This year, I’m encouraging everyone to pamper more than just your taste buds by bringing the pumpkin out of the kitchen and into your beauty regime, by treating your skin to the wonderful benefits of pumpkin.

“The properties of pumpkin are believed to help fight inflammation and reduce pore size, issues that often come handin-hand with oily skin and blemishes.”
This popular fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C and beta carotene, which protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals and promote skin health. Fortifying phytonutrients, in conjunction with generous amounts of magnesium, phosphorous, iron and foliate, help to strengthen cellular responses and speed up exfoliation processes. This promotes smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing cell turnover and renewal. If that wasn’t enough, pumpkin also contains natural enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells and are believed to be effective for hydrating, soothing and softening dry, cracked hands and feet. Combine these enzymes with vitamin A, which soothes and softens, and you have an incredibly moisturizing additive to any skin care product. Oily or blemished skin? Pumpkin contains the acne fighting vitamins E & T, and is commonly used as an antiseborrheic, which prevents an excessive secretion of sebum, and can often result beneath the skin as whiteheads or above the skin as blackheads. Additionally, the properties of pumpkin are believed to help fight inflammation and reduce pore size, issues that often come hand-in-hand with oily skin and blemishes. Now, how to add pumpkin to your skin care routine? I recommend looking for natural ingredient-based products such as facial masks, moisturizers, facial or body washes infused with a pumpkin base to maximize skin nourishment. Your skin will love the nourishment, and most of these products are seasonally fragranced to provide a luxurious experience for all the senses. At Olivü 426, our customers are huge fans of our seasonal favorites, Pumpkin Pie Face Mask and Pumpkin Pie Face and Body Wash. Try a twist on an original fall favorite today, and I guarantee your skin will thank you. Happy pumpkin-ing!
Caitlin Brotz is owner of Olivü 426, located at 511 N. 8th St., in downtown Sheboygan or online at Devoted to improving the well-being of customers and the world around us every day, Olivü 426 believes in creating natural personal care products that are truly healing, non-harmful and affordable for everyday use. For more information about Olivü 426 or to learn more about the benefits of all-natural personal care, contact Caitlin at or 920.783.0809.


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The healing touch: massage and the elderly
By Kate McCarthy


uman touch provides amazing benefits to the aged and has been used since ancient times to relieve discomfort in the body, mind and soul. A simple caress or gentle massage can make an enormous difference in the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of people of all ages, but for the elderly it can be especially helpful in relieving pain, reducing anxieties and warding off loneliness. Touch is a natural and therapeutic way of interacting with the elderly. Yet according to leaders in touch therapy, the elderly are often denied touch and its life-enhancing benefits. In fact, the majority of residents

living in facilities designed for the elderly are rarely touched outside the hands of those who care for them. Ashley Montagu, author of “Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin,” says that people are “unwilling to face the facts of aging” and so shy away from the elderly, failing to recognize their need for physical contact. One only has to notice an elder’s response to a hug or caress to understand how important the tactile stimulation of touching is for their well-being. Many elderly people are starved for a gentle touch. Massage is a natural and efficient way of administering touch to the elderly. It is an

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effective complementary therapy to traditional and conventional treatments for the many physical ailments associated with aging. The physical benefits of massage for the elderly include: • Restores range of motion – Arthritis and osteoporosis stiffen and cripple the aged, but massage softens tight muscles and restores natural joint lubrication, increasing mobility. Massage also aids in increasing muscle strength and coordination. • Reduces high blood pressure – Massage improves lymph and blood circulation and relieves the tension that often leads to high blood pressure. Better circulation increases the amount of oxygen flowing to muscles and cells and effectively removes toxins from the body. Lower blood pressure reduces stress on the heart. • Relieves pain – The gentle pressure of massage can decrease the need for pain medications. By temporarily blocking pain nerve signals and encouraging the release of endorphins, massage can reduce pain and in some cases eliminate it completely. Massage is extensively used for rehabilitation after surgery to hasten the healing process. • Improves sleep and mental clarity – Massage helps combat insomnia and other sleep problems that are common among the aged. Cognitive functions are improved as massage temporarily interrupts patterns of stress, giving the elderly more clarity and control over their situations.


• Assists in skin preservation – Massage has long been used in preventing pressure sores and bed sores. Combined with oils or lotions, massage soothes dry and rough skin. • Aids in digestion – Massage increases appetites as well as assists with the digestion and elimination processes. Beyond physical benefits, massage also assists with psychological and emotional issues often faced by the elderly. • Manages stress – Aging has its own stressors, including illness, depression and anxiety, all of which can be alleviated by the healing power of massage. • Diminishes dementia – Massage, even a simple hand massage, has been shown to diminish the agitation and confusion experienced by individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The calming effect of massage restores a sense of well-being and aids in facilitating communication for those who live with dementia. • Releases emotions – Massage can be a powerful tool in allowing an aged

person to let go of long-suppressed emotions. By bringing feelings to the surface through touch, many people are able to talk about issues they had been unable to discuss previously. • Alleviates loneliness – The physical contact of massage reassures the aged that they are not alone. The process of caressing and touching reinforces the idea of human connection by giving one-on-one attention to the aged. A gentle and caring touch can address major quality of life issues, such as depression, feelings of isolation, lack of self-esteem, fear and anxiety. Massage for the elderly requires special care and those who provide it should have special training. Fragile skin and bones, pain medications and multiple medical conditions must be taken into consideration before providing massage. Avoid deep muscle massage and vigorous movements, as they may not be safe for the elderly. When performing massage on an elderly person, it is important to listen to their desires as well as their nonverbal communication or body

language to determine what kind of massage they prefer and how much pressure to use. There are massage therapists who specialize in the healing power of gentle touch massage for the elderly. Chris Anderson, LMT, LPN, is a massage practitioner and instructor in the Fox Valley. Her business, Gentleheart Therapies, brings the healing power of therapeutic massage to the elderly in their own homes. Call 920.984.0037 or visit www.agentleheart. com to learn more about gentle healing touch and massage for the elderly.
Kate McCarthy is director of operations for HomeAid Health Care, which provides non-medical home services for the elderly who wish to remain safe and independent at home. HomeAid is a sister company to Prairie Home Assisted Living, which has served the physical, spiritual, mental and health needs of their residents since 1999. Together the two companies provide comprehensive care that meets the needs of the elderly in the Fox Valley. Sources: “Massage Therapy Benefits for the Elderly” by Kristie Jernigan. Retrieved 9/15/12. Montagu, Ashley. “Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin” New York, NY. Continuum, 1999. “Massage in Hospices” by Dawn Nelson. Retrieved 9/15/12.

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Eliminate unhealthy stress with mindfulness
By Judy Rogers, LCSW


here was a story about a blind man that was circulating the Web. The blind man was sitting on the steps of a building with a sign that read: “I am blind, please help.” A man walked by and stopped to read his sign. He also noticed that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. Without asking for permission, the man took the sign and rewrote it and left. Later in the afternoon when he returned to the blind man, he noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins. The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it. The man responded: “Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.” He smiled and went on his way. The new sign read: “Today is spring and I cannot see it.” When we go through life on autopilot, we are like the blind man and we do not see the beauty of life. We are deaf to what is really important and we run around stressed out. With the holidays just around the corner, why not make a commitment to yourself that this year is going to be different? You are going to find a new way to live the message. Instead of listening to our chattering minds that have an opinion about everything and everybody, and reminds us of all the things that could go wrong, or tells us that we have to do things that will win everybody’s approval, instead you could see and listen to what it is you really want the holidays to be like

this year. When there is clarity of mind, there is acceptance, peace of mind and heart, even in the middle of the hustle and bustle of holiday planning and preparation. We can find this clarity through a mindfulness practice. A mindfulness practice can be done without a huge time commitment. You can learn how to develop a mindful way of being while engaged in normal everyday activities such as walking, eating, showering and doing household chores. It is also good to set aside as little as three minutes a day for a formal sitting mindfulness practice. How does this eliminate stress? Instead of paying attention to the chattering mind and all of its worries, we learn to “attend and befriend” life. We learn to attend to our busy mind, our body sensations and the world around us without judgment. We learn not to be a critic of everything and everybody around us. We become an accepting witness of our own life. We are no longer fearful of failing, being disliked, letting people down and not being enough. When we let go of these fears, we can make choices that fit with our values, beliefs and ideas about how to celebrate life. There are many ways that you can learn how to develop your own mindfulness practice. You can do an Internet search. There are many authors and books that teach mindfulness. My favorite author is Thích Nhất Hạnh. He has several books on mindfulness.

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“When there is clarity of mind, there is acceptance, peace of mind and heart, even in the middle of the hustle and bustle of holiday planning and preparation.”
He also wrote the book, “Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children.” In this book he has several exercises and a cd that you can share with children. Another favorite of mine is Kerry Lee MacLean. “The Moody Cow Meditates” is a book that teaches children mindfulness and gives instructions for making a mindful jar that children can use to practice mindfulness. As we prepare to celebrate this year’s holidays, let’s celebrate the message a little differently. Let’s find a mindful way to replace the hustle and bustle of auto-pilot. My holiday wish is that you find your own truth and that it brings an abundance of love, contentment and togetherness to you, your family and your community.
Judy Rogers, LCSW, is the owner of Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, a private practice specializing in integrative psychotherapy, including mind-body medicine. They offer individual, couple, family and group counseling. By integrating evidence-based therapy practices from Eastern medicine, they are able to enhance the best of Western medicine. For more information, visit or call 920.722.7245.





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When food causes you pain
By Kim Neher, MS, clinical nutritionist


ith Thanksgiving on our minds, everyone can relate to the feeling of a “food hangover,” or the agony of overeating. But could what you eat really be the culprit of arthritis, muscle pain, asthma, digestive and skin disorders as well? Yes, in fact, it can be to blame. Scientists are making a strong link between our food choices and pain. About 70% of our immune cells are in our digestive system, making direct contact with the food we enjoy every day. If the immune system is triggered by bacteria in food, or flags a food as an allergen, or has an imbalance of important hormones such as insulin, it can set off the red alert of inflammation. Inflammation is a major underlying factor in chronic conditions such as arthritis or poor digestive health, resulting in serious discomfort and a limited lifestyle. In other instances, inflammation is a periodic byproduct of stress and the proverbial wear-and-tear of living. At times we tax our bodies excessively, causing joint pain and decreased mobility. And yet, there are occasions where the stressful demands of work and family — the unexpected obstacles that are symptoms of financial and personal hardship, unhealthy diet and too little sleep — manifest themselves through inflammation. Persistent, systemic inflammation also increases a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and an assortment of other problems that become more likely as we age. More disturbing is the rise in the use of prescription drugs — many of which have serious long-term side effects — as a response to the growing threat of inflammation. Bottom line? Inflammation is the root of all chronic disease. How inflammation becomes visible in our own health will depend on the person. There are immediate steps we can all take to reduce inflammation, starting with improved eating habits. Sufficient rest, moderate activity and a strong immune system also complement our dietary choices so that we can better control inflammation when it strikes. Diet is critical! Amidst the far-too-numerous types of processed foods, sugary drinks and oversized meals, we must seize any chance to embrace the benefits of sound nutrition. When you
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eat foods you’re sensitive to (especially over and over each day or week), it causes an inflammatory reaction in your body and your health declines. And the important fact to note is that healthy foods such as squash, turkey, beans and apples, for example, may be your “personal poison” foods causing the inflammation. The easiest way to discover your food sensitivities is a food sensitivity lab test. It’s a blood test that challenges the part of your immune system responsible for food sensitivities against different foods to determine your immune response. The strength of the response tells if you have a severe, moderate or mild sensitivity or none at all. You can choose to test up to 200 different foods, with results listing all your sensitive foods, the degree of sensitivity and your safe foods. It’s that simple. Imagine how long it would take to test that many foods on an elimination diet! It is not a matter of whether a person “has” food sensitivities. In my experience, “how many,” and “which foods,” are what the blood test results show. The solution to pain is choosing to support your immune system with your next meal. We eat numerous times throughout the day, every day. Your next bite of food has the power to help, or the power to heal. Which would you prefer?
Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. To learn more, contact Neher at 920.358.5764 or

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Yoga for pregnancy
By Crystal M. Hill, RYT, CTA, CYPT


ou may have heard how beneficial yoga is for the average person, but were you aware how fabulous it is for women who are expecting? The advantages of starting or continuing a yoga practice can provide strength, endurance, stress relief, aid in labor and just help you feel better overall. The best part is you can practice throughout your entire pregnancy and afterward!

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and lower blood pressure, educating the body to deal with stress. Ujjayi will come in handy when you are awakened for the fourth time in the middle of the night to the sounds of a hungry baby! Increases strength & flexibility – Yoga stretches muscles and the tissues that support the muscles, stimulates circulation and provides an overall increase in range of motion and core strength. It stabilizes muscles of the legs and pelvic floor (do some squats and some kegals everyday and you will be ready to push that baby out!) and tones the upper body (for lifting and holding the little one postpartum). Reduces back pain – Body alignment is critical during pregnancy to alleviate low back pain and prevent sciatica. Yoga provides awareness of body alignment so you can carry yourself and your protruding bump correctly to prevent injury and discomfort. Decreases spinal pain – During pregnancy, maintaining proper spinal alignment can be a challenge, especially during sleep when it becomes difficult to maneuver and find a comfortable position. This puts stress on the spinal column via muscular tension, particularly in the mid and upper spine. Gentle rotations and flowing yoga

“The improvement of circulation of blood and oxygen in your body provided by yoga reduces and prevents swelling and inflammation in your wrists and ankles.”
a few times a week, you may need to slow it down a bit, but there is no reason you have to stop attending regular classes! The key is to listen to your body, take breaks when you need them and alter a few of the poses a bit to protect the munchkin growing inside your belly. Simply ask your instructor for asana pregnancy options or pick up a good book or video for guidance. If you are not comfortable attending “regular” yoga classes while you sport your baby bump, prenatal yoga classes are a fabulous way to still get in your yoga and also meet other women going through the same experience! Private yoga sessions provide another alternative for one-on-one attention and customized training. Most yoga studios offer private yoga sessions and some offer prenatal classes as well, or would be happy to refer you to a studio that does if they do not. The key is to stay active and maintain your yoga practice so you can have a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Crystal M. Hill, RYT, CTA, CYPT, is the owner of Pura Vida Yoga, LLC, located on Nordale Drive in Appleton. She has over ten years of experience in the wellness industry; instructing group fitness classes, teaching yoga and providing weight loss coaching. Crystal and her experienced, caring staff at Pura Vida Yoga provide group and private yoga sessions, yoga personal training and nutrition coaching. For more information, contact Crystal at puravidacrystal@ or visit

sequences combined with focused breath stretch spinal muscles and help move synovial fluid in the spine to keep it lubricated. This encourages more breathing room and decreases compression in the spine. Helps digestion – Most pregnant women have experienced difficulties with digestion. A growing baby = less room inside for internal organs to move and function = compressed organs and irregularity. Forward folds, careful twists and overall movement of the body in yoga help get things moving. Reduces joint swelling & inflammation – The improvement of circulation of blood and oxygen in your body provided by yoga reduces and prevents swelling and inflammation in your wrists and ankles. Say good-bye to cankles! Provides comfort – Yoga teaches you how to move and position your body for different purposes. This will be beneficial as you experience contractions and move through the stages of labor when you will want or need to change positions to be comfortable, ease pain or relax.

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sk Amy Kox, associate dean for the energy and sustainability programs at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), if her students will be well-prepared for the jobs of tomorrow, and you will get a resounding “yes!” As the woman in charge of the new Great Lakes Energy Education (GLEE) Center at NWTC, Kox beams with pride as she explains the five-year-long process that lead to its creation and the amazing results of her labor. “The GLEE Center is here to power up the energy workforce,” she explains. “Through our efforts collaborating with area energy-related businesses, we were able to learn exactly what skills our key partners, like WPS, Energis and Franklin Energy, are looking for now and in the coming years.” Kox, an architect and recent doctoral degree graduate, was instrumental in getting the programming developed and

approved by the state. A majority of this work was done by the college without grant funding. Some programs, however, were backed by government entities; for example, the NWTC sustainable agriculture program was funded by the USDA. Kox is extremely confident in her industry-experienced instructors. “We have a professional, dedicated group who cares so much about these programs and the GLEE Center,” she extols. Kox credits Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, president of NWTC, for having the insight and forethought years ago to investigate and be proactive in regard to the future of energy technology, sustainability and employment needs. There are sure signs of energy-related job growth in the near future. “With nearly $100 billion of stimulus money going toward upgrading the country’s energy system to one that is clean and safe, the demand for workers in energyrelated fields is expected to grow,” predicts, one of the largest employment Web sites in the world. The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that U.S. solar energy installations “soared by 109 percent in 2011 to 1,855 megawatts.” Another driving factor in energy-related job growth is the looming retirement of baby boomers. According to the Center for Energy Workforce Development, “over the next ten years, almost 62 percent of the energy industry workforce has the potential to retire or leave for other reasons.”  All of this creates demand for highly skilled technicians. It seems perfect timing for the GLEE Center, which offers programs in energy production, distribution and conservation. In addition to workforce training and apprenticeships, students can earn associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates. What makes these programs unique is the fact that they cover both alternative energy and traditional technologies.

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Students learn the value in finding and using diverse energy sources as America’s need for power continues to grow. Utilizing alternatives is good for the environment, important to our economy and vital to national security. Programming in this area includes: • Solar energy technology • Wind energy technology • Nuclear energy technology • Renewable energy — solar certificate • Biofuels certificate


Students learn the importance of getting power to customers and keeping it flowing. This career takes determination, strength and courage. Programming in this area includes: • Utilities engineering technology • Gas utility construction and service • Electrical power distribution • Lineworker apprenticeship • Substation electrician apprenticeship • Utility management


Students learn the value in using resources effectively and efficiently. Assisting businesses with their resource management, conservation and efficiency can control rising energy costs, reduce environmental footprints, increase competitiveness and promote goodwill. Students can also discover the skills, science and art of producing crops, livestock and foods using organic and sustainable principles. Programming in this area includes: • Energy management technology • Environmental engineering — waste and water technology • Smart grid • Sustainable design • Sustainable food and agricultural systems (new associate degree to be launched in fall 2013)

More detailed information about each program is available at energy. NWTC is bringing the benefits of sustainability to its own campus as well. The mostrecent result of that push is reflected in the addition to the Student Center building and its green roof, both built with efficiency and education in mind. “Solar-based tube lighting, motion-sensing rooms to moderate energy consumption and a more open design concept were incorporated in an effort to integrate sustainable practices and increase energy efficiency on campus,” according to an NWTC press release. The EPA shares these benefits of green roofs: reduced energy use; reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; improved human health and comfort; enhanced stormwater management and water quality; and improved quality of life. In fact, the energy management team at NWTC has instituted changes on campus resulting in a $400,000 savings in operational costs. A sustainability team is also at work to make improvements on campus. As technology continues to improve and change our world, we will see more and more “careers of tomorrow” as well as a better state of education overall. NWTC stands ready with its commitment to be a leader in the energy education workforce and to be a collaborator with industry employers. Its students will continue to be prepared for sustainable careers and have the ability to make a real difference while earning a good living and enjoying longterm job stability.

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Jane is taking over her health care


ver a year ago, I decided to take over my health care. I had been seeing doctors who had not been able to help me. After many tests were done over the course of 10 years, and two surgeries later, I decided I needed to get to the bottom of what was happening to my body. I refused to believe that the answer to making my bowels work and get rid of my toxic migraine was to take laxatives for the rest of my life. I went on the Internet to do some research and found that even though I thought I had been eating well, I really wasn’t. I decided to challenge myself to the 21-day Standard Process® Cleanse. After battling through the cleanse, I needed to find out more about what these natural supplements could do for me. I found a provider on the Web site and headed to Appleton Chiropractic with only nutrition in mind. After speaking with the staff and setting up a consultation with Dr. Roy Ostenson, I was eager to find out as much as I could about helping my body naturally.
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Maybe I was naïve, but I didn’t realize how much of the body is actually affected by subluxations in the spine. I found out that my migraines could stop with adjustments in my cervical spine (neck) and that I have a compressed disc in my lumbar spine (lower back) that could be causing some of my digestion issues. I guess I never thought about the main highway of the body being the spine. All of the nerves that come out of it lead to all of the areas in the body. I couldn’t wait to start chiropractic care and, at the same time, felt a bit skeptical. But, after only a week of care, I was already feeling much better. I was satisfied with getting adjustments and therapy to get my body back on the road to health.

Because I was doing so well with the adjustments, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to find out what the nutrition side would do for me since my bowels were still not working correctly. There were many things around the office about this thing called Science Based Nutrition. Dr. Ostenson and I sat down and talked about what my goals were to getting healthy and how much it meant to me to get there. I was told about the Science Based Nutrition program that is offered at the office and scheduled my appointment. After having a hair, blood, urine and stool analysis, all of which are done right at the office, Dr. Ostenson was able to evaluate the results to see what was happening in my body and give me a specific schedule of vitamins that I needed to take to get my body functioning at its optimal level. I was pretty shocked to see and feel the results. I no longer get migraines, have more energy, have lost weight and have resolved my bowel issues. I feel better than I can ever remember, thanks to Appleton Chiropractic. Call 920.731.0715 to schedule an appointment to take control of your health care! Learn more at

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Take control of your health by reducing sugar in your diet
By Tony Bednarowski


id you know you can completely control your diabetes and weight if you know what to eat? In both of these situations, as with many other chronic health-related issues, it comes down to one common factor: controlling your blood sugar level. With type 2 diabetes, your body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. If left untreated, the consequences of type 2 diabetes can be life-threatening. With weight control, if you are having a hard time losing weight or you seem to be continually gaining weight no matter what type of diet or exercise program you try, it all boils down to the fact that you are simply consuming too much sugar. Now, before you disagree, let me define just what a sugar really is. This may actually shock you! Any food that is not an animal product, fat, oil, nut or butter, has to be considered some form of sugar. It’s the same sugar that’s in your favorite candy bar and it’s called glucose. In other words, every carbohydrate you eat will be broken down into a form of sugar that breaks down into glucose. The great news is, I have a very simple and inexpensive way to help you control both your weight and your diabetes: Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet! You can check the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood with a simple tool called a blood glucose monitor, which can be purchased online or at your local Shopko, Wal-Mart or Walgreens. So here is how it works: Using your glucose monitor, find your blood sugar level (normal range resides between 70 to 100 milligrams per deciliter). If your blood sugar isn’t within normal range when you test it, you need to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you’re consuming. It’s just that simple. If you’re only trying to control your type 2 diabetes, test your levels

“Any food that is not an animal product, fat, oil, nut or butter, has to be considered some form of sugar.”

three times per day, morning, afternoon and night. Keep your level as close to 80 throughout the day as possible. If you want to lose weight as well, again test yourself three times per day, but in this case you will want to keep your level as close to 70  throughout the day as possible, until you’ve lost your desired amount of weight. At that point, you can go back to 80. In both instances, if you find your blood sugar level rising above 90, eliminate your carb intake until you are back down within range. If you find your blood sugar levels drifting below 60, you will want to eat some carbohydrates, preferably some form of healthy starch like potatoes, beans, pasta, rice or grains to get yourself back up into range. Following the advice I outlined here will not only help get you to your desired weight, but also may prevent your need for medication and could prevent many other chronic health-related issues as well.
Tony Bednarowski is co-owner/publisher of Nature’s Pathways magazine, ‘Your Path To Healthy Living.’ He writes about weight loss, nutrition, disease prevention awareness and personal development. For more information, visit www.naturespathways. com. Tony is also founder, developer and nutrition specialist for, ‘Be Well, Live Well.’ He is a board-certified nutrition specialist focusing on weight loss, chronic disease prevention and sport performance enhancement with more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, nutrition specialist and competitive athlete. For more information, visit
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Directions: of the slow cooker’s ceramic insert. 1. Place the sliced carrots in the bottom . 2. Place your raw chicken on top of that top and turn on the pot. 3. Put everything else on ed at with a the chicken easily falls apart when pok 4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until a minimum of 165 degrees F.) fork. (Internal temperature should be
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Amber Gloudemans is a chiropractic assistant at Appleton Chiropractic and mother of three. She has been helping many members of our community to take back their health and take health care into their own hands through Science Based NutritionTM, lifestyle changes and chiropractic care.

If it’s not 100% yes ...
By Joan M. Ek


he best things in life are simple and true. Years ago, while going through a major transition in my life and looking for guidance, I ran across the saying, “If it’s not 100% yes, it’s a no.” A lover of quotes, that one hit me between the eyes. Or maybe it hit my third eye, because it resonated at a higher frequency than I was living my life at the time. It made me think about upping my game considerably, allowing the greatest, highest and best into my personal space and agreeing to give my greatest, highest and best effort in return. If there was any indication I’d approach something with less than 100%, it just wasn’t meant to be. But wait ... that sounds selfish. What about the “do unto others” premise? Well, it would be true in that case as well. In fact, it pretty much held true in every way, situation and circumstance. And it helped me to see past what I believed was impossible and into the realm where everything is possible. It made me accountable to my highest self and asked me to commit to what was truly important. It helped me to see what was in front of me, and see how to bridge the gap to what appeared just beyond my reach. It also helped the next step become visible. It helped me to look at what I once believed were the barriers to my highest existence look less formidable. It allowed me to see things more clearly and to view myself from a much higher level. Before you believe it was simply a way to bolster my ego, I need to

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clarify one thing: It allowed me to see myself operating at a higher level, to connect to the highest level and to clearly see others on that level. Equality and equanimity came into view. It also helped me to see that the reach required that four-letter word — WORK. The difference this time was that that four-letter word also came with its partner — LOVE. When you love your work, all else falls into place effortlessly. It breathes life back into your work, which leads to another four-letter word — PLAY. As I began to play, everything began to FLOW together, almost effortlessly. The work that was required was to step out of my limiting beliefs, get out of my own way, ask for truth and try out some seemingly crazy ideas that came out of nowhere. Not that I didn’t occasionally hit the panic button and lapse back into my previous ways. I simply recognized it when I did, then redirected to my highest sense, redirecting over and over, until that became my new way of being. People are motivated by one of two things: pain or vision. Either they have to be in so much distress that they can’t take it anymore, or they see a better way of being to move toward. To be honest, it was a mixture of both. And it continues to be. But I figure that either way, I’m making the climb. Also taking time along the way to celebrate how far I’ve traveled on my path as I continue to enjoy the journey. My question to you is, “Are you willing to commit to 100% yes in your life?”
Joan M. Ek, owner of Life Spectrums, LLC, is a professionally trained life coach, Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui/Tibetan and Karuna™ methods, and a registered yoga teacher. With over 25 years in the field of health care, she is passionate about the mind/body/spirit connection. She works to help empower individuals to reach their innate potential through life coaching, Reiki therapy and teaching, yoga instruction and seminars and workshops on topics relating to quality of life. She also provides resource and referral services to clients. Contact her via phone at 920.733.9793 or on the Web at
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The effects of yoga on the body systems
By Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman, ERYT
oga is one of the few disciplines that concentrate on the whole being, the entire individual. The practice of yoga is about integration of all of the aspects of oneself. We all know the practice of yoga postures, whether from personal experience or through that of another. Even though the practice of yoga is so much broader than simply physical, when practiced with precision, including the precise motion of the body, breath control and mental discipline, the physical response to the practice is impressive. The individual becomes grounded in the present moment and experiences life more fully, which is the main purpose of yoga. Yoga also restores flexibility and mobility by improving breathing, stamina, circulation, and nerve and gland efficiency. Yoga increases energy levels and sets the process of integration into motion. In order to attain or achieve these improvements, yoga interacts with the ten systems of the body. The skeletal system is used to its maximum each day. By moving all of the joints in the body on a regular basis they remain as open and flexible as possible. Disorders in the body such as osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal pain and arthritis are all improved in measurable degrees through the practice of yoga. The muscular system is toned and lengthened, which releases tension, making the muscles more efficient and keeping the body supple. Working with the muscle body is beneficial for everyone. I have seen positive results in students ranging from age 5 to 85 years old. Students who have conditions such as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia find their bodies respond well to the yoga practice. They experience decreased discomfort and increased abilities in balance, eye-hand coordination, mobility and an overall sense of well-being. Athletes benefit from yoga by working the muscle body in different ways than the repetitive nature that the sport demands. The circulatory system is exercised with an increased amount of blood flow to the different areas of the body. This increased blood flow equals improved tissue nourishment and therefore improved function of all of the systems of the body ranging from muscles to sensory organs, such as the ears and eyes. The nervous system is kept open by keeping the spine flexible. This flexibility keeps the nerves uninterrupted and free from impingement, allowing proper functioning. When done
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“The physical movements of yoga teach us how to combine movement and breath, which in turn helps to free up the diaphragm and strengthen the respiratory system as a whole.”
correctly, yoga postures open and strengthen the spine. Specific postures are designed to support the lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebra. I have seen wonderful changes in the spines of students with chronic back pain, resulting in increased range of motion and less pain. The digestive system is stimulated through various postures and, of course, through proper food choices. Spinal twists, forward folds and back bends all assist in keeping the digestive track happy and healthy. Practices such as abdominal pumping and diaphragmatic breathing also aid the digestive process. The eliminative system is important because it rids the body of all waste products. Waste can clog up the body and make it sluggish and ill. As part of the digestive track, the colon is stimulated by the yogic practices that encourage both the process of digestion and elimination. The skin is the largest eliminative organ in this system. By sweating through held postures and fluid movement, the body eliminates many toxins. The respiratory system is greatly improved by increasing oxygen capacity in the lungs. The physical movements of yoga teach us how to combine movement and breath, which in turn helps to free up the diaphragm and strengthen the respiratory system as a whole. Proper use of the diaphragm calms the nervous system, increasing the feeling of overall well-being. Diaphragmatic breathing also aids proper digestion and elimination.

The endocrine system regulates the body¹s metabolism, sex drive, energy levels and mental state. Certain yogic postures, such as the head stand and shoulder stand, stimulate these glands, feeding them rich supplies of blood. When preformed properly, these postures can be the most beneficial of the entire yoga practice. The pranic system is the life force and the basis for all yogic practices. Through meditation, yogis focus on the breath, which is the wave that the bio energy of the body rides upon. By connecting mind, body and breath, the practitioner is able to tap into this body energy and utilize it for better physical and mental health. Last but not least, the mental system is affected by yoga. If one does not have a sound mind, it is not possible to have a sound body. The fluid and precise movement of yoga postures, combined with proper breathing and various other concentration tools, leads to mental clarity and a focus on oneself and all that is around us. This integrated state grounds us in the present moment and allows us to experience life as it is. This grounded state is the main purpose of yoga.
Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman, E-RYT 500, is a nationally registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance at the advanced level. She is the director and founder of the Bay Area Yoga Center, which opened in Green Bay in 1994, and she is the director of the Advanced Yoga Studies Teacher Training Program, which opened in 2009. Kathleen has been practicing the art of vinyasa yoga in the astanga yoga tradition for the past 26 years and has been teaching yoga and meditation nationally and in Green Bay and the Fox Valley area for the past 19 years. Kathleen became a Buddhist priest in the summer of 2005. You can reach her at 920.445.7221 or on the Web at

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Holiday hunting
By Mair Runge


t’s that time of year again. He puts on the camouflage, the wool socks, the down vest. He packs up his ammunition, his flask, his grown-up version of a boy scout’s knife, everything he needs to endure the rough terrain of the outdoors in search of hoof-prints in the snow. It used to be that this was the time when your hooves started tapping, beating away the seconds until he would return home and leave behind those impractical “he-man” notions of forging for his family’s next meal in the shadowy, treacherous backwoods. But that was before you realized that his need for “he-time” was a perfect justification for your much needed “me-time.” November in Wisconsin not only cues hunters to assemble their gear and get to the business of some serious tail-tracking; it also acts as a signal for “deer widows” to grab their Gucci’s, their best girlfriends, and head for the great-wide-open — any type of pampering is fair game. November is open season for holiday open houses, women’s weekend expos and special retail/service promotions. There’s no need for a license and no limit on how many items you can tag. Here are six ways to take pleasure in that season that falls between “Where is he when I need him?” and “I wish he would just leave me some time for myself.”
TAKE IN THE SCENERY — Attend a holiday open house. Try something new; stop by a salon or business that you have never visited before, take in the festive atmosphere, sample their products and learn about their services. FOLLOW THE SCENT — Spend a leisurely hour or two perusing the vast landscape of options to calm your senses and revitalize your spirit. Fragrance and cosmetics counters at your local retailers offer special samples and demonstrations especially for deer widows. ENJOY THE HUNT — Hit the mall and wander from store to store or attend a women’s expo. Most stores or businesses offer great deer widow weekend deals and the first chance to shop for holiday ideas and specials.
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SECURE A BLIND — Make yourself hard-to-find by shutting everything else out for an hour and losing yourself in a soothing spa facial with soft music and tension-releasing massage. TREAT YOUR HOOVES — Refresh your feet by relaxing in a pedicure chair for a few hours with a cup of coffee to rejuvenate yourself before heading back into the bustling marketplace. DINE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON — Unwind with a glass of wine and a multi-course, prepared just for you restaurant experience. No rush, no clean up . . . just you, your fellow deer widows and a mellow moment.
Mair Runge is a freelance writer and coordinates events for Gill-Tech Academy of Hair Design in Appleton. Join Gill-Tech Academy for their Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2012 and receive a $5.00 gift card for yourself when you purchase a gift card for $25.00 or more. Enjoy browsing an array of holiday gift-sets and stocking stuffers along with a full menu of pampering options like: manicures, pedicures, paraffin wax treatments, spa facials and more. Take advantage of Gill-Tech Academy’s affordable prices and ease in accommodating large groups of clients at one time.

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Answers to the top 10 recycling questions
By Chris Miller

1. Which plastic containers can I recycle?

Recycling plastic not only reduces waste in landfills, but reduces our need to drill for the oil needed to make new plastic materials. In the tri-county area, we collect ONLY #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs. You can identify your plastic container by the numbering system usually found on or near the bottom of the container. Currently, we are unable to find consistent and reliable markets for the #3 through #7 plastics, as well as wide-mouth #2 plastic tubs, but our staff is always on the lookout for new and stable markets for possible future collection of other plastic types. Plastic bottles and jugs we collect also need to have a narrow neck and screw cap. Containers that have a wide mouth like a margarine tub are made differently and have a different melting point, so they cannot be mixed together. Our plastic buyers also ask that we do not collect motor oil containers, as the oil contaminates the plastic. However, vegetable oil containers are okay to recycle.

4. What is single-stream recycling?

Single-stream recycling means you can place all recyclable material in the same recycling container. There is no longer a need to separate paper from glass, aluminum, plastic and tin. Please  do NOT place recyclables in plastic bags and do NOT place trash in your recycling bin. Shredded paper should be placed in a brown paper bag, stapled closed and placed in your recycling container.

5. What do I do with aluminum foil and pie pans?

The Tri-County Recycling Program does NOT accept aluminum foil and pie pans because the aluminum used to make foil and pans is a lower grade aluminum than the aluminum used to make beverage cans. You may recycle aluminum pans and foil through a local scrap metal dealer. Did you know that when we recycle metals, including aluminum, less mining of the earth needs to take place, which has a big impact on our environment? Recycling metal saves nearly 100 percent of the energy it takes to make a new can from raw material.

2. Do I need to rinse my containers and remove labels and caps before recycling?

As a courtesy to the people who sort the recycling, we ask that you rinse your containers before tossing them into your bin or cart. Also, there is no need to remove the labels because they are burned off during the recycling process. Finally, removing bottle caps and lids is a good recycling habit. When caps are left on, the liquids stay in the bottle which makes it difficult for the specialized machinery to properly sort the plastic. The bottle could then end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

6. Why aren’t tissue paper and wrapping paper recyclable?

The fibers in tissue paper are very small and not easily recycled. Tissue paper includes facial tissues, tissue paper used in gift boxes and as stuffing for gift bags and paper towels. Many wrapping papers are made from foils and/or plastic film, which are not recyclable in the Tri-County Recycling Program. Also, many times people will combine bows and ribbons with their wrapping paper, which creates problems for our paper buyers.

3. Can I recycle plastic bags?

Plastic bags are NOT accepted through the Tri-County Recycling Program. The recycling system is not designed to remove plastic bags and plastic bags actually wrap around the equipment and cause maintenance issues. There are many recycling options for recycling plastic bags. Please take your plastic bags to a local retail store to be recycled.
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Books are highly recyclable, but we prefer you donate them if they are still in good condition. You can donate books to your local library or favorite charitable organization. If you are unable to donate your books, feel free to include them in your regular recycling bin or cart.

7. Can I recycle books?

8. Why can’t margarine tubs and yogurt containers be recycled, even though they are #2 plastics?

# 2 plastics are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which can be either “blow molded” to form bottles or “injection-molded” to form tubs. The two applications are chemically different and have different melting points, so even though both items have the same code on the bottom, they cannot be collected in our recycling program. A good rule of thumb: if it is a bottle or a jug, and there is a #1 or #2 stamped on the bottom, it’s recyclable.

10. What do I put my recyclables in?

9. What size does cardboard have to be cut down to? 

Cardboard must be flattened and cut down to no larger than 3 foot by 3 foot, in order for the cardboard to fit into the collection truck and fit through the sorting equipment when it reaches the Tri-County Recycling Facility. If you live in a community where a wheeled cart is provided, a few cardboard boxes may be flattened and cut to no larger than 3 foot by 3 foot and placed under the lid of the cart.

Each community may require a different type of container for placing your recyclables at the curb. Call your local city, town or village to find out what is acceptable in your community. Some communities use reusable bins: If you live in a community where you supply your own reusable bin, please be sure your reusable bin has exterior handles, is between 15 to 33 gallons and weighs no more than 50 pounds when set at the curb. Some communities use a wheeled cart: If you live in a community where a wheeled cart is provided, make sure all recyclables fit into your cart with the lid closed. For overflow recyclables, you may ask a neighbor if they have extra room in their cart or contact your county recycling office for a recycling drop-off location. Place your recycling cart with the front of the lid facing the street and the wheels of the cart toward your house.  To help the haulers who collect your recyclables, please keep your recycling cart four feet away from obstructions, such as your trash can, mailboxes, utility poles, trees and parked cars.
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o need to leave the Valley, a unique culinary experience awaits you at The Olive Cellar in Appleton. The Olive Cellar offers the best 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils from around the world. Their wide selection of oils are cold pressed from only the freshest, tastiest olives. They also carry truffle oils, flavored oils, and other specialty oils from many different countries. Olive oil is a key part of a healthy diet, with its proven life enhancing benefits such as being a good source of

antioxidants and vitamin E. To go with your olive oil, The Olive Cellar offers a unique collection of wine and balsamic vinegars. Treat your tastebuds with exquisite twelve year and eighteen year aged balsamic vinegars, or their delicious vinegar selections like pomegranate, fig, blueberry and many more! The Olive Cellar selects from a variety of countries to bring you only the best. You can sample any oil or vinegar before buying, and watch as your selection is

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Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts for kids and adults
By Parnee Paras


ith the cooler season here, it’s time to kick up our indoor activity with fun by learning to defend ourselves with Cuong Nhu, a mixed martial arts, influenced by Aikido, Boxing, Judo, Shotokan Karate, T’ai Chi Chuan, Vovinam and Wing Chun. With practice, kids and adults can get in shape while learning how to protect themselves. In Cuong Nhu, we learn many strategies for self-defense, such as, learning to identify potential conflict, how to avoid conflict, where to strike, what to strike with, how to strike, how to defend against single and multiple attackers, and much more. Besides self-defense, we also learn forms (called kata), (practical) applications for kata, sparring, many drills; with and without partners, and philosophy, including having respect for ourselves, as well as others and improving ourselves to help others. The following is one of my favorite versions of a story that illustrates the importance of having an empty cup to learn Cuong Nhu: Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” Like this cup, Nan-in said, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup? So if you’re up for the challenge of being in shape and learning how to balance yourself within and being in harmony with others, I enourage you to participate in Cuong Nhu classes.
Parnee Paras teaches people to breathe fully, offers therapeutic massage and teaches Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts at her studio, Revolution Dojo LLC, 225 N. Richmond St., Suite 206, Appleton. Visit her Web site at www.revdojo. com to learn more. References:


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Alpaca lifestyle – a natural stress reliever
By Sally Schmidt


veryone experiences pressures in life, but the stress level of the average American appears to be on the rise. The American Psychological Association revealed that 66% of adults suffer from stress-induced chronic health conditions. (brighthub. com 3/12) In today’s busy and demanding world, it’s important to find a way to stay grounded. Many people credit their animals as great stress-busters. Dogs, cats and even horses have been successfully utilized in animal-assisted therapy. Now there is a newcomer to the animal therapy scene — the alpaca! Alpacas are a member of the Camelid family, along with camels, llamas, vicunas and guanacos. Starting in 1983, alpacas were imported to North America from South America. The North American herd is now over 100,000 strong (AOBA). They are prized for their luxurious fiber and gentle personalities. Those personalities make them a naturally therapeutic animal to work with. Alpacas are very sensitive and mirror the energy of people around them. A person interacting with alpacas must be calm and relaxed or the animals will simply run away. When you raise alpacas, it doesn’t matter what has happened in your daily life, when you go to the barn to work with the animals, you have to just take a deep breath and let it all go. Learning to leave a bad attitude behind is only one of the benefits from working with alpacas. These intelligent animals develop strong bonds with their caretakers, often coming to the fence when their humans arrive to feed them or clean up the communal poop pile. The alpacas don’t seem to mind their somewhat strange two-legged companions, as long as they stay calm and co-exist with the herd. Nationally-known animal communicator and counseling specialist Dana Miller Coburn lends insight into why alpacas bring us a sense of calm. “In communicating with alpacas and llamas, both of them say they enjoy a simple life. As herd animals, they see life as simple because it is easy to know what to do within their group. The alpaca’s goals are more to feel secure and to always have enough food to eat.” (American Livestock Magazine & Publishing,
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“Alpacas are naturally inquisitive, and respond positively to the openness and non-threatening energy they sense from the young.”
Summer 2012) One way they achieve security is by having clearly defined roles within the herd. Once established, they don’t challenge each other; they live in harmony. Perhaps human stress levels would be reduced if we exercised the same respect for each other. Additionally, alpacas possess an uncanny intuition for the emotional needs of humans. People experiencing mental illness, chronic health issues or developmental disabilities are often readily accepted as part of the “herd.” Children, too, enjoy special privileges with alpacas. Alpacas are naturally inquisitive, and respond positively to the openness and non-threatening energy they sense from the young.

Lessons we can learn from alpacas:

• Stick together. • Check your attitude at the door. • Avoid people with negative energy. • Enjoy the simple life. • Accept others into your herd.

People who own alpacas experience these stress-reducing lessons as daily reminders — simply by working with these gentle animals.
Sally & Tom Schmidt began Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast in 2006. Located in De Pere, Wis., they have successfully grown an award-winning herd of over fifty huacaya alpacas. Sally served as a director on the board of the Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North America and is a member of the National Show Committee for 2013. Sally & Tom specialize in educating new and existing alpaca owners. They focus on industry trends, health care, handling skills, product and business development, fiber sorting and grading, and breeding consulting. Sabamba Alpaca Ranch also features a bed & breakfast. Guests interested in alpacas can stay overnight for a full “alpaca lifestyle” experience. Their retail store is located on the farm and carries alpaca products, including socks, gloves, hats, mittens, sweaters, yarn, long johns and more. Experience the luxury of alpaca clothing at Sabamba’s Holiday Open House, Nov. 10, 2012, or at the Old World Christmas Market at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2012. For more information, call 920.371.0003 or 877.504.7052, or visit

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10 steps to preserving memories in a digital era
By Amy Gaerthofner


igital photography makes it so convenient to take hundreds of photos. Taking the necessary steps to download, sort, print and archive the images after the capture is daunting to most people. Preserving these memories are even more important in the digital age of photography than it was when we were film based. Technology is ever-changing, but by taking a few cautionary steps now you can assure your grandchildren will have something to remember you by. 1. Set aside time once per month to manage your photos. Better yet, take time and work on your images while you are still excited about them. When the moments are still fresh in your head you will know what images to keep and what ones to delete.

2. Download the images from the media they were captured on to your computer. Don’t let a year of photos sit on the card. Transfer them by either using your camera’s cord or transfer the images off the card using a card reader. Another good rule of thumb is to format your media after you are certain all the files are off the card. Formatting your digital media card will ensure a fresh card. 3. Delete the junk. Using a photo management program (iPhoto, Picassa, Photomechanic or similar), sort out the good from the bad. I suggest deleting anything that is over or underexposed, anything blurry, the bad expressions and any duplicates. Be ruthless with this step. There is no need to keep anything that doesn’t tell a true story.

4. Rename. Typically your camera will name the files some crazy meaningless name. Renaming files that make sense help us find files at a later date and help identify the date the image was taken with the file data that is printed on the back by the lab. I suggest naming the files starting with a three-digit sequence number, such as 001. The second part of the name should be the person or event in which the photo was taken, such as 001_playground. Then end the file name with the date created, such as 001_playground_092712. Of course the file will end with the extension of whatever file type it is: 001_playground_092712. jpg. There are several image management programs available that will help automate the naming process.

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5. Group into folders. Grouping images into folders helps in finding images and keeping them organized in a meaningful way. I suggest folder hierarchy by year, then month (i.e., 2012> 09Sept> 001_ playground_092712.jpg. Again, image management software can help in the grouping process. My personal file structure has the year 2012 with all the months 01Jan-12Dec, which makes it easy to grab and sort images according to the date. 6. Keywords and metadata. To further organize your images, you can add keywords, such as location, names, colors, seasons, etc. Metadata such as time captured, camera type, camera settings are automatically part of your image data upon capture. Some cameras will allow you to add specific data to images in the custom settings area. Metadata is the geeky side of photo organizing; if you have the ambition, this will be extremely beneficial to you in the future. 7. Share. Sharing digital images with friends and family is half the fun and convenience of digital images. Online sites such as Facebook, Picassa and Flickr are great for sharing images, discussing images and sorting. Other sites like Tiny Prints, Mpix and Pinhole Press will print your images the old fashioned way, plus make incredible products like cards and books. 8. Printed photos are BEST. Printing your images is really the only way to assure that you will have the photos for future generations. Printed photographs do not crash, they don’t become obsolete and there is just something about holding a printed image in your hand. Using a reliable printer who prints digital images on E-surface paper by either Kodak or Fuji will ensure your images will be around and in good quality in the future. Images printed on your own home printer are subject to the paper and inks you have. Please remember that any image created by a professional photographer is copyrighted and must be accompanied by a copyright release form to be legally printed. 9. Back up. There are several ways to make duplicate copies of your image files. One method is to make a copy onto another device, such as an external hard drive or thumb drive. Make sure you label this drive so you know what is on it. Keep that drive at your office or another safe

place away from your original copies. Another method is to burn a CD or DVD of your files; again, keep this in a safe place as well. My favorite type of back-up system is to use Drop Box. This free online service will allow you to upload a folder and even share or collaborate with another user. Drop Box allows you to access your images from anywhere. You can never be too careful in your back up plan. Making several backups will assure that there is no file loss in the event of theft, crash or technology upgrade. 10. Fun things to try with your snap shots. There is an incredible selection of online sources to create things with your snapshots. Some of my favorites are slideshows using Animoto, holiday cards

via Tiny Prints and albums via iPhoto or Mpix, as well as other cool products like jigsaw puzzles, digital scrapbooks, magnets, metal prints, phone covers ... the list goes on and on. Enjoy making memories with your digital camera and take time to ensure those memories are printed and safe! Happy snapping!
Amy Gaerthofner is the owner/ photographer at Ardent Photography located in Historic Downtown Neenah. It is our desire to form close relationships with our clients to make your photography experience remarkable — you deserve exceptional service and exquisite photography. For more information about our boutique-style studio, please visit or call the studio at 920.858.9827.

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Trying to lose fat? Then you better be eating it!
By Kendra Kadrlik


hat? Eat fat? I imagine all of you readers are now skimming to the end of my article to double check my credentials and see if I have the right to be talking about health and nutrition. Well, yes, I am a nutritionist, and I have been helping people change their diets and, therefore, helping to change their lives. So far in my profession, this has been the one topic that gives me that unbelieving “look” and the “raise your hand” objections since we have been misled into believing that it is FAT that is causing our obesity and weight struggles. The truth lies ahead, and it is as easy as learning how the body functions on “good” fat and what is needed for our bodies to lose weight naturally with no pills, potions or diets of any kind. Basic anatomy tells us that our body is made up of fats and it literally runs on the stuff! Our brains are made up of 60% fat so it helps to maintain its function, along with building brain and nerve tissue. It is THE cornerstone of normal cell function, mood regulation, and the digestion of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. Most importantly, and in discussing weight control, it helps in the building of our hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, which are critical in helping to maintain a healthy and happy number on the scale. If our hormones are unbalanced by our bodies not having the raw materials to produce them, we will struggle with losing weight no matter how well we eat. So where are we falling short? Well, with my crazy obsession with analyzing people’s shopping carts at the grocery store, it is evident that we are all believing this lie of “low-fat,” since what I witness is nothing but yogurts, snack packs, cookies, dairy, etc. labeled this way, or better yet, with “no fat.” With two-thirds of our population likely to be obese by 2030, including our children, this theory is not holding water. Do people really think these yogurts, snack packs and cookies are good for them just because the fat is reduced? When fat is taken away, then what is there to gravitate towards? We grab for carbs and sugars, which are the real culprits for our super-sized nation. I realize that half the battle in preserving one’s health is learning how to decipher between what’s truth and what are marketing gimmicks thrown out for the good of profits instead of people. Who
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has time to learn what is nutritionally correct and then research the best foods to accomplish vibrant crazy health? Well, fear not, since I will be sharing THE best food choices to get your hormones flowing, your skin hydrating, and your mind clear and free to experience what correct functioning of the body feels like! There are definitely “bad” fats out there, but these are the rancid ones that sneak up in processed foods, fake butters, bakery items, or anything that couldn’t spoil no matter how long you leave it on the counter. These are the ones that contribute to the aches and pains and disease of today and include the trans fats, hydrogenated fats, etc. So is there such a thing as healthy fat? Add the following to your grocery list for your next shopping trip and experience the difference for yourself. Some healthy fats to start incorporating onto your plate include: avocados; all different types of nuts and seeds (almonds, Brazil nuts, chia, hemp, pumpkin, sesame); healthy oils, such as coconut oil or organic butter (best for cooking with) or olive oil (best when eaten cold for dressings, dips, etc.). Did you know coconut oil helps to stimulate your thyroid, which is great for weight loss and metabolism? Throw one tablespoon into your

“Fat is THE cornerstone of normal cell function, mood regulation, and the digestion of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.”
morning smoothie for sustained fullness and crazy energy! Healthy saturated fat, which is found in organic dairy and green-fed sources, is also included in this list. Lastly, don’t forget about the ESSENTIAL fatty acids that the body needs, but does not make on its own. Find these in wild-caught salmon, flaxseed and walnuts. Each individual is different in how they metabolize certain foods and energy. But one thing remains constant — we need fat sources from nature’s best to function and to look and feel fantastic.
Kendra Kadrlik, with Masterpiece Nutrition, uses nutrition therapy to help individuals understand and reverse the tragic and unexpected effects of our modern diet and as a significant tool in preventative medicine. She looks at each individual as a whole, knowing no two people are alike in their biochemical makeup and therefore designs a nutrition program to fit their exact needs. Kendra received her certification in nutritional therapy from Nutritional Therapy Institute in 2010. She also received a degree in medical technology in 1998. For more information on weight loss programs that are proven to work, contact her at 920.680.5778 or visit

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The magic of spray make-up
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ou may ask, “Why choose spray make-up over conventional make-up?” The best way to answer that is with another question, “Why not?” And the more you look into spray make-up, that “why not” question becomes more of a statement, “Why not!” Spray make-up has been in use for nearly thirty years, mostly in the film and entertainment industries. With its no make-up look, it makes you appear more natural in pictures and in person. It eliminates shine and provides the right amount of coverage without all the layers that conventional make-up requires. It is similar to the air brushing technique that portrait photographers use to “fix” imperfections in their photographs. Only this airbrushing is applied directly to you. Ever wonder how your favorite actress or actor always looks so perfect? Spray make-up is how.

“This process is hygienic and allows the spray make-up to conceal better while allowing your skin to breathe.”

Using a fine mist of air and make-up, spray make-up is applied directly to your face. It gently covers the skin, giving the appearance of a flawless complexion. Since it is sprayed on and not rubbed in like conventional make-up, it won’t exaggerate the pores. This process is hygienic and allows the spray make-up to conceal better while allowing your skin to breathe. Once applied, it dries instantly and doesn’t require powder or re-applying. Perspiration and tears are not a problem as spray make-up is water resistant. Simply blotting away any moisture will leave the spray make-up in place without any streaks. It lasts over 18 hours and will not fade, melt or rub off on clothes. Removing it is simple using a mild soap and water. Spray make-up comes in a wide variety of colors and the air brushing technique can cover up virtually any skin imperfections. Bruises, birthmarks, tan lines, tattoos, scars and freckles can all be “camouflaged” completely or significantly improved in appearance. Women of any age can benefit from a spray make-up application. Even men can enjoy the benefits when traditional make-up would never be an option. Spray on make-up is hypo-allergenic, oil- and alcohol-free, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin, no matter what age or condition. Now the question again, why not? And what are you waiting for?
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he cold and dark season is creeping in; are you noticing the changes? Difficulty getting out of bed in the dark morning?  Less energy?  Wanting to sleep more often? Living in Wisconsin, I do appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons. There is nothing like a cool, crisp fall morning, with a clear sky, the sun slightly warm on my skin as I scan the countryside to see the shift in the seasons through the color palate of Mother Nature! I’m going to soak in it all while it is here.  Yet, it’s true that this is the segway into the season of introspection. As time passes, quite often it is dark in the morning when we rise and dark when we arrive home at night. This challenges our brains to keep the serotonin levels where they need to be to offer us the feeling of calm, happy contentment. Low serotonin levels can cause anxiety, binge eating, low energy, irritation and depression. It is a fact that men have an easier time producing and storing serotonin than women. Women produce it in the morning — so skipping breakfast is not a good idea, ladies, and make sure you are consuming some protein as well. Because women do not store serotonin as effectively,  they may experience the effect of seasonal affective disorder more readily than their male counterparts. That being said, here are a couple of ideas to help keep the serotonin flowing during the cold winter season:

Get outside. The outdoor natural light will help the brain understand to get things moving. You can bundle up everything but the eyes, so no sunglasses. If the weather is in the minus double digits, sitting near a window may help. If you can get outside in the morning, even better! Make sure you eat breakfast with some protein. Serotonin is created with amino acids, so make sure you consume it so you can produce what you will need. Get a good dose of negative ions. Negative ions assist in producing serotonin, so get outside, preferably away from all the concrete. A quick walk in nature can assist. If you don’t have time to take a walk, consider 15 minutes on the BioMat. It emits negative ions and far infrared rays, which are great for so many things, including raising serotonin levels. (I have one at my office or you could invest in one.)

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Exercise. For some, this is one of the most challenging things about the cold weather, but once you begin doing it, you will notice a shift in your mood. Invest in some good, high-integrity, warm clothing. Carbs can help. Choose healthy carbs with a moderate-to-low glycemic index, something like an apple, brown rice, cous cous, sweet potatoes, lentil and split pea soup, tomatoes, mushrooms or unsweetened yogurt. Oh, and one more thing, in the evening the pineal gland will convert the remaining serotonin in our bodies to melatonin for a good night’s sleep. 
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Treating your skin with care
By Pam Williams


aring for our skin is always hard work. Along with it being the largest organ, it also protects us in all our activities. It is always undergoing change as we go about our day. The part of the skin we see every day is called the epidermis. It is the thinnest of the three layers of skin. There are five layers to the epidermis. As the five layers develop, each one pushes up causing the top layer to flake off. This process takes about two weeks. Every minute we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells, which add up to nine pounds a year! The second layer of skin is called the dermis, which contains nerve endings, blood vessels, oil glands and sweat glands.

The nerve endings tell the brain what we are touching. The third and bottom layer of the skin is called the subcutaneous. It is mostly made of fat, which helps the body regulate its temperature and absorbs the shock when you bump yourself. With all that the skin does for you, it is important to treat it well. Just as it is important to be mindful of what you put in your body, it is important what you put on your skin. You need to feed your body from within. Processed food, fast food and those high in fructose play a factor in the appearance of your skin, and not in a good way. Everything we eat appears on our skin at some point. If you eat junk food, it is easy

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to predict what your skin will look like. The stress the chemicals play on your skin will show through. It is hard to remove processed food from our diet, but in the end it will be easier than dealing with the aftermath of eating it. Whether you think you have good skin or not, it is important to nourish it because of all the changes it goes through. Avoid processed food and drink plenty of water. Drinking a glass of water in the morning with a freshly squeezed lemon helps remove toxins from the blood and stimulates your digestive system. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, proteins, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and fiber. All of these will give your skin a healthy glow. Make sure you nourish and hydrate your skin from the outside as well. Moisturizing daily is so important. Find something that works for you; just make sure you read your labels. Know what you are putting on your skin. Here are a few ingredients to stay away from …

• Isopropyl Palmitate, Benzophenone-3, Isopropyl Myrstate, which can clog pores. • Triethanolamine, which is derived from ammonia. • Phenoxyethanol, which is a coal-tar ingredient. • Any preservative that contains parabens.

Find a moisturizer that has ingredients you recognize: shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil, hemp oil, coconut oil and a paraben-free preservative like optiphen. Moisturizers come in different forms. They are not just lotions or creams. Sugar and salt scrubs are excellent moisturizers and wonderful exfolients. Scrubs normally do not contain a preservative. Another alternative is a lotion bar, which, like a scrub, does not contain a preservative.
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This season, strong is the new black
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— your increased stress is when you start to bend your elbows and lift your weight, as opposed to just holding it). This muscle contraction is the dominant source of skeletal loading that provides the mechanical stimulus to increase bone strength. Lastly, your musculature also acts as a layer of protection from accidents or falls. Your muscles contribute to your cardiovascular health. Your heart “pushes” blood through your arteries, so an increased demand for blood flow (exercise) makes your heart work harder to pump more. Muscle activity “pulls” the blood through the arteries (and into capillaries); this helps take blood from areas of high pressure (arteries) to low (capillaries), causing a drop in blood pressure, which alleviates the work on the heart. Strength training enhances quality of life. Being physically stronger enables us to better perform daily activities that require lifting, pushing and pulling. Pole exercise is a functional way to increase your strength-to-weight ratio. Instead of dumbbells and resistance bands, pole exercise uses, you guessed it … a pole! Every move you learn in pole exercise requires the use of strength in your arms, core and legs to lift your body. Even just walking around the pole you engage your core and shoulders to use the pole to begin to support your body weight. You don’t need great strength

to begin; you will build the required strength as you progress from beginner to advanced levels. For instance, in a basic Ballerina spin you are engaging your shoulders while pushing and pulling with your arms to stay lifted in the spin, engaging your core to maintain your distance from the pole while the pole spins, and contracting your legs to maintain a vertical bodyline. A more advanced combination from a Ballerina spin is the Upright V, in which you raise your legs until they’re parallel with the ground. Raising your legs changes the center of mass, as well as the speed that you’re spinning, requiring a greater amount of strength to maintain your position as you rotate around the pole. As an instructor at Aerial Dance in Appleton, I’ve heard students report equally meaningful benefits of improved flexibility and balance, increased self-esteem and confidence, and decreased stress, in addition to weight loss and obvious increases in strength. Lifting your own body weight is empowering! Give pole exercise a spin and see why it is gaining popularity in the fitness world.
Lindsay George holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and is a certified health fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. Lindsay is an instructor at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise in Appleton. For more information, call 920.750.1441 or e-mail

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here are two types of chamomile used for health conditions: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. While the two kinds are thought to have similar effects on the body, the German variety is more commonly used in the United States and is the focus of this article.

“Today, chamomile is used as a folk or traditional remedy for sleeplessness, anxiety and gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas and diarrhea.“
for sleeplessness, anxiety and gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas and diarrhea. It is also used topically for skin conditions and for mouth ulcers resulting from cancer treatment.

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Chamomile has been widely used in children and adults for thousands of years for a variety of health conditions. Today, chamomile is used as a folk or traditional remedy

How chamomile is used

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The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, liquid extracts, capsules or tablets. The herb can also be applied to the skin as a cream or an ointment, or used as a mouth rinse.

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Chamomile has not been well studied in people so there is little evidence to support its use for any condition. Some early studies point to chamomile’s possible benefits for certain skin conditions and for mouth ulcers caused by chemotherapy or radiation. In combination with other herbs, chamomile may be of some benefit for upset stomach, for diarrhea in children and for infants with colic. NCCAM-funded research includes studies of chamomile for generalized anxiety disorder and abdominal pain caused by children’s bowel disorders.

There are reports of allergic reactions in people who have eaten or come into contact with chamomile products. Reactions can include skin rashes, throat swelling, shortness of breath and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction). People are more likely to experience allergic reactions to chamomile if they are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies. Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help to ensure coordinated and safe care.
Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Herbs at a glance. NCCAM Web site. References: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, Chamaemelum nobile). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at on May 8, 2009. Chamomile flower, German. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds.  Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:57–61. German chamomile. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at on May 8, 2009.

Healing in the aftermath of trauma
By Carol Hemauer, RN, LAc., Dipl.Ac.


ounded in October 2005, Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) began offering free acupuncture treatments in New Orleans to evacuees, displaced residents, relief workers, emergency responders and many others. The community-based acupuncture program is simple, portable, inexpensive and effective. AWB treated close to 8,000 individuals in New Orleans and the surrounding areas with a tremendously positive response and high demand to expand its services. Since then, AWB has provided acupuncture services after traumatic events in Haiti, Joplin, Mo., Denver, Colo. and worldwide. In October 2006, AWB developed a Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) to encourage the startup of local volunteer acupuncture clinics to provide free community-style acupuncture to veterans and active duty personnel who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families. Treatment is focused on stress-related symptoms including anxiety, sleep problems, irritability, hyper-vigilance, flashbacks and mental fogginess. Following a tour of duty in combat, soldiers may experience these symptoms, which can be indications of the long-term problems of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Community-style acupuncture can provide a simple, non-prescription, non-verbal healing modality in a safe environment and, in this case, among a community of veterans and active duty, their peers, family members and others

experiencing long-term symptoms of trauma as a result of their service in other wars or conflicts. Veterans from Vietnam, Korea and WWII are benefiting from these treatments as well. The Oshkosh Veterans Acupuncture Project is a grassroots volunteer initiative in Oshkosh, Wis. The project, guided by AWB, offers free acupuncture treatments designed to support an individual’s efforts to heal from trauma, transition home from military service and also to address the specific issue of PTSD. Acupuncture
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By Phyllis Kasper, PhD

Part 1 discussed some effects of violent trauma, and Part 2 discussed severe social trauma. EMDR sessions involve making rapid sideto-side eye movements while picturing traumatic events, feeling the emotions and doing negative self-talk. This triggers the brain to get closure and put things in perspective. The eye movements are similar to normal rapid eye movements during dreamind or REM sleep. EMDR doesn’t require special billing; it is billed as psychotherapy and is one tool in the overall therapeutic strategy.


MDR is recognized as a powerful tool for healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The guidelines for the diagnosis of PTSD are strict, so many therapists and patients believe that EMDR is reserved for those with PTSD resulting from violent trauma. I see it as a valuable tool for healing the less dramatic, perhaps not even “traumatic” events that can imprint

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sets of emotional/behavioral reactions and personal beliefs that I’m calling speed bumps. For example, I often wondered why my sister can feel confident in singing solo in front of a small audience and I can’t. Our speaking voices are identical and most people can’t tell us apart on the phone. I can still feel a bit of physical squeeze in my throat when I think about my voice. EMDR trainings involve a lot of role play, which gave me a chance to work on this issue while I was in the patient role at a workshop. While doing the eye movement and focusing awareness on that squeezing sensation, a particular memory came to mind. In fourth grade, we had to stand one by one at our desks and sing for the district music teacher. As each kid sang, she would pronounce them as soprano or tenor or alto. I so wanted to be an alto. But when I sang, she said, “You have no voice.” I’m not shy or terribly sensitive, so this didn’t feel “traumatic” at the time, just puzzling. When I revealed this, the other workshop participants reacted with a flood of stories about their own voice experiences. One gentleman had experienced a growth spurt and his church choir director thought he looked out of place standing with other kids, so she had him stand with the men. Since his voice hadn’t changed yet, she didn’t allow him to sing, just lip synch. As an adult, he also felt a catch in his throat when he sang. Doing EMDR on my childhood memory at this workshop helped me, but also revealed related memories I plan to work on to get further relief. You might want to pause here and think about your own speed bumps. What are some things you believe you are unable to do?

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What emotions or beliefs take you off track as you try to reach goals? What are your mental blocks? What are the physical sensations, like the squeeze in my throat, that you experience when you try to get past those blocks? For those of you who felt shocked and thought the music teachers were “bad,” your speed bump is hasty negative judgment that stops you from seeing reality clearly. Wellmeaning people say and do things that leave impressions that can be good or bad. It’s the impression and its consequences for the individual that are the focus of therapy. For example, some people struggle with weight loss, even if they know all the advantages of weight loss and details of different effective diets. You know exactly what you “should” do, yet can’t consistently do it, and you judge yourself harshly. Willpower isn’t enough. It could be a physiological addiction to sugar, a problem much like alcohol addiction (see “Seven Weeks to Sobriety,” by Joan Matthews Larson). Or it could be defiance rooted in those repeated experiences of a parent taking away your slice of pie at the dinner table and telling you that “you don’t need this.” Rather than judging yourself, look for the origin of the problem and a way to heal it. These kinds of speed bumps are learned through experience and by what is called “classical conditioning.” They can be learned through as little as one seemingly mild experience that occurs at a vulnerable time. Classical conditioning is a type of reflexive or automatic learning in which a stimulus gains the ability to evoke a response that was originally evoked by another stimulus. For Ivan Pavlov’s dog, this happened when a bell or buzzer became a conditioned stimulus when it was paired with a squirt of meat juice into their mouths. After just a few pairings, the dogs began to salivate when they heard the sound, even without getting the meat juice. Responses learned in this manner aren’t easily forgotten, and willpower has no control over them. They are an important part of PTSD and can be released with EMDR. For me the response of tightness in my throat inhibiting my voice started with being aware of my voice at the moment a loved authority figure told me I had no voice. Don’t stress if you can’t follow the logic and science of speed bumps. You know you have some. We all do. And I hope you now know that EMDR is a tool that can help level out those speed bumps.
Dr. Phyllis Kasper has extensive clinical, research and teaching experience. She is a state licensed psychologist and is listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Web site. Insurance companies can look her up on CAQH for billing psychotherapy sessions. Dr. Kasper has expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, peak achievement, biofeedback, hypnosis, EMDR and pain management. For more information, call her at 920.693.2250 or visit She is available at Healthy Connections in Appleton and Pathways Counseling Center in Brookfield.

transformative effect without requiring the participant to talk, and can work harmoniously with other more conventional treatment modalities, such as counseling and medication.”

treatments have a calming effect and can help those struggling with anger, frustration, anxiety and depression, as well as other physical and emotional issues. Veterans are experiencing benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in levels of stress. Similar acupuncture clinics are operating in several other states, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Treatments are based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol, which has proven to be extremely powerful in alleviating symptoms of acute stress and trauma. During treatment, participants sit fully clothed in a circle of chairs and the acupuncturist places 5 tiny needles on each ear. The recipients are invited to close their eyes and rest for 30 to 45 minutes as the acupuncture does its work. These simple acupuncture treatments can have a transformative effect without requiring the participant to talk and can work harmoniously with other more conventional treatment modalities, such as counseling and medication. The therapeutic effects happen quickly and can last a long time. The actual cost of these treatments is extremely low compared to other forms of treatment. History has shown that the long-term impact of war and conflict takes a tremendous toll for decades. The potential of this program is enormous. By providing free acupuncture treatments to veterans, active duty currently returning and from past conflicts, we hope to bring healing and peace into the lives of those who receive treatment as well as to help their families and communities. For more information on the Oshkosh Veterans Acupuncture Project, please call 920.230.7207 or visit
Carol Hemauer is the founder of the Oshkosh Veterans Acupuncture Project, as well as the owner and practitioner at Westshore Acupuncture LLC in Oshkosh. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Nursing and holds a Master of Science in oriental medicine and Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Carol completed a medical internship at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China, and is nationally board certified in acupuncture by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Learn more about acupuncture and Chinese medicine by calling 920.230.7207 or visiting Westshore Acupuncture on Facebook.
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Auriculotherapy: healing by way of the ear
By Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS


uriculotherapy, also called auricular therapy, ear acupuncture or auriculoacupuncture, is a treatment based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Physical and emotional conditions are treated by stimulation of the surface of the ear. It is based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. All systems of acupuncture began with the original Chinese medical text, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine,” compiled in 500 B.C. All six yang meridians (pathways in the body along which vital energy flows) are directly connected to the auricle, while the six yin meridians are indirectly connected. The correspondence of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was developed by mapping of the ear in an orderly, anatomical arrangement of points, resembling an upside down fetus in utero. The head areas are represented toward the bottom of the ear, the feet toward the top and the body in between. This was first developed in modern France in 1957 by neurologist Dr. Paul Nogier using an offshoot of phrenology, a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of the skull. What is most fascinating is the fact that there are no direct nerve connections between the ear and the rest of the body. The nerves from the ear connect to reflex centers in the brain, which send neurological reflex messages to the spinal cord and then to nerves connecting to the corresponding part of the body. The conditions that auriculotherapy can help are endless. It is used for pain, weight loss, smoking cessation, acute and chronic conditions, addictions, emotional issues, stress, low sex drive, allergies, insomnia, high blood pressure, memory loss, diabetes and headaches, just to name a few. Auriculotherapy can be administered in several ways. Various types of specialized acupuncture needles can be used, although it can be done needle-free. Needle-free methods include use of
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electrical or laser stimulation, specialized pressure pellets made from gold, silver, steel or herbal seeds, as well as magnets, and manual pressure done with finger tips. In my practice I also use the points of gemstone wands so you get the benefit of auriculotherapy and crystal/stone therapy at the same time. A session takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Current technology enables modern auricular practitioners to locate points with amazing precision by using an electrical point locator. The device is used to detect increased electrical skin conductivity, which is found at an electrically active point. The increase in electrical conductivity correlates exactly with a problem in the corresponding part of the body. The most sophisticated instruments also detect polarity of active points, which tells what type of treatment is needed. This instrument can provide electrical acupuncture point stimulation. Most people don’t feel anything at all as the electrical micro-current is so minimal in charge, but a few people notice a mild electrical sensation or tingling feeling. Each reflex point is treated from ten to 120 seconds. Non-needle auriculotherapy is very useful for clients who have a fear of needles. Auricular therapy acupressure herbal seeds or metal pellets, which are mounted on a “Band-Aid” type material, are used and provide outstanding effects. I use the metal pellets with my clients — especially those who have anxiety or depression — to give them continual auricular therapy benefits in between our formal sessions. Frequency of treatment is individually determined. There is no

set number of treatments for any health condition treated with auriculotherapy. It depends on what is being treated. If one is careful to not wash or rub off the pellets, treatment is continual for several weeks. Some conditions require multiple treatments spread over time. Electrical stimulation treatments may be done more frequently. The range of responses to this therapy varies. It is common that a client suffering from severe pain will notice mild to marked reduction of pain after or even during the first session. This reduction in their pain experience can actually improve for the next several hours to weeks after treatment. Like any treatment, its effectiveness depends on the severity and/or duration of the condition treated, extent of damage, etc. It’s important to understand that the goal of auriculotherapy is to detect energy imbalances in your body … and “jumpstart” normal function. Electrical stimulation needs to be avoided in women who are pregnant and for anyone who has a pacemaker. Soreness on the ear points can sometimes continue for a while after the treatment or the ear can become slightly inflamed. Some clients feel “drowsy” after a treatment, which comes from the release of endorphins. A “healing crisis” can also occur where the symptoms can get worse before they are released and healing begins. As with any healing modality, pick a practitioner who has the training and skill needed for optimum results.
Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS, is a holistic psychotherapist, nurse, master herbalist, energy therapist, professional mediator and naturopath. She owns Life Force Wellness Center, LLC. Visit, e-mail her at or call 920.217.1769.

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For good dental health, start early
By Brian J. Wackwitz, DDS


ne of the most common questions people ask me is: “At what age should I bring my child in to see a dentist?” A traditional recommendation has been about four years of age. This is the age that we find most children are able to comfortably participate in the normal exam and cleaning. However, several years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating that 2- to 5-yearolds are the only age group in the United States where the incidence of decay is on the rise. Furthermore, data shows that children seen by age 1 have significantly less dental disease throughout childhood than their peers who are first seen later in life. This information has led organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) and Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) to encourage parents to bring children in for their first visits sooner. Children are now being seen as early as age 1 (or within 6 months of eruption of their first tooth). The visit is meant to serve as an early screening for decay, but also to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of baby teeth. This has been the focus of the recent “Baby Teeth Matter” ad campaign of the WDA. This campaign is designed to counter the claim that is sometimes made that baby teeth are not important because they just fall out anyway. According to the WDA, baby teeth are important because they: • Foster good nutrition through proper chewing. • Aid in speech development. • Build self-esteem by providing a beautiful smile. • Enable a child to pay attention and learn in school without the distraction of dental pain. • Save space in the jaw that is needed for proper development of adult (permanent) teeth. Clearly, healthy baby teeth should be preserved by preventing early childhood caries.
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“Before baby teeth appear, gently wipe gums and inside of the mouth every day, especially after feedings and before bed, with a clean, warm cloth.”
By providing screenings and education prior to the key 2- to 5-year-old age group, we are making greater efforts to do just that. Aside from the dental office visits, the WDA also recommends the following tips for preventing cavities in baby teeth: • Mothers and pregnant women should make sure their own mouths are healthy by getting a professional dental exam and necessary care, and by practicing good daily oral hygiene (brush, floss, healthy diet). This reduces transmission of cavity germs from mothers to infants. • Use breast milk, formula or water in baby’s bottle; never put juice, soda or other sweetened drinks in a baby bottle. Do not put an infant or toddler to bed with a bottle unless it contains only water. Wait until 12 months to give juice and then limit consumption to meal and snack times.

• The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) encourages parents to have children drink from a cup by their first birthday. • If a child uses a pacifier, do not dip it in anything sweet like sugar or honey. If it falls on the ground, do not “clean” it in your own mouth as this can transmit cavity-causing germs to the child. Clean with hot water and soap and rinse thoroughly before returning to baby’s mouth. • Provide healthy snacks, such as meat, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Limit sweets in quantity, portion size and frequency. • Before baby teeth appear, gently wipe gums and inside of the mouth every day, especially after feedings and before bed, with a clean, warm cloth. • Beginning with the appearance of the first tooth, brush baby teeth twice a day with a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush and “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste according to the AAPD. For 2- to 5-year-olds, use a “pea size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. As with anything, the earlier good habits are established, the better the chances that a child can enjoy good health for the rest of their lives.
Brian J. Wackwitz, DDS, is the practicing dentist at Howard Dental Center. He is a general dentist that provides all aspects of family dentistry with a special interest and advanced training in dental implants. Visit us at or call 920.434.4165.

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aron Rodgers, Super Bowl XLV MVP and quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, recently joined the Champions of Chiropractic campaign as a spokesman for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone,” said Rodgers. “I am blessed that my dad is a chiropractor. Getting adjusted regularly, along with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish, are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field.” Aaron Rodgers has been getting chiropractic adjustments regularly his whole life, and it has paid off. If you have ever wondered what it is like for elite athletes behind the scenes, whether at the professional or high school level, chiropractic care is generally an integral part of how they stay healthy and optimize their athletic performance. Other successful athletes who are now spokesmen for chiropractic include Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Evander Holyfield, John Stockton, Jerry Rice, Reggie Bush, Lance Armstrong, Joe Montana, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more. If Chuck Norris is considered an athlete, count him in as well, since a healthy lifestyle and chiropractic care allows him to stay mobile at 72 years of age. What is it that makes so many athletes speak out to promote chiropractic care? The answer is simple: it has made a huge difference in their careers, and they want to tell people about it. Too many people are not yet aware that regular chiropractic visits give athletes a big advantage over their peers. Athletes who see a chiropractor tend to get injured less often, and they perform better. “Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit,” said Schwarzenegger. “I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured.”


“Chiropractic treatment improves joint mobility and function, speeds up reaction time and improves fine movement accuracy.”
To illustrate Arnold’s point, in the 1997-1998 NBA season the Utah Jazz was the oldest team in the league; however, they sustained the least amount of injuries. Usually when athletes age, they become much more susceptible to injury. What kept the Jazz from getting injured? They were one of only two teams in the NBA who had a chiropractor travel with them. “It’s not just adjustments,” said John Stockton, ex-Utah Jazz point guard and 10-time NBA All-Star. “It’s balancing muscles and overall health. It’s been great for me, and it’s been great for my family.” Chiropractic care can also give athletes an edge once they do get injured by providing a more speedy recovery. For example, when you sprain your ankle, a chiropractic adjustment might be the last thing to run through your mind. You might think that rest, ice, elevation and a good brace might be all you need. However, a gentle chiropractic adjustment to the talus bone in the ankle to

move it back into place will decrease inflammation, improve joint function and drastically reduce recovery time. Several research studies have found chiropractic to improve athletic performance. Chiropractic treatment improves joint mobility and function, speeds up reaction time and improves fine movement accuracy. For example, a baseball pitcher might throw the ball more accurately. The batter might have a quicker reaction time and better accuracy swinging the bat. The outfielder might be more flexible in order to twist and bend his body to make an acrobatic catch. Additionally, chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, which is what tells muscles to contract. Optimal function of the nervous system results in better function of the muscles. The result is a body that simply performs better. Jerry Rice, who is up there among the all-time best wide receivers in the NFL, credits chiropractic care for keeping him in the game and on the hit television show Dancing With The Stars. “The game of life requires the edge that chiropractic care provides,” said Rice. If you or your children are serious about sports, or if you would simply like to be mobile enough to play tennis late into your life, take care of your body — see a chiropractor.
Dr. Tyler Skibba, DC, CCEP, and Dr. Brent Buss, DC, CCEP, practice at The Chiropractic Advantage in Appleton. Each has completed over 600 hours of continuing education in the areas of chiropractic medicine, advanced adjusting techniques, physiotherapy, neurology, TMJ and extremity treatments, sports performance and softtissue techniques. Using gentle, effective treatments, these chiropractic physicians focus on giving patients quality healthcare, treating patients of all ages.

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Just for today
By Sharon Kay Beyer


blanket of gold covers the ground outside my office, and blaze orange and lemon yellow leaves hold tightly to the trees in the small woods bordering my backyard. It’s early October as I am writing what you’re now reading in November. I’m watching a fat gray squirrel bury yet another black walnut in my flower bed, while a single red maple leaf dances in the sunlight. I’m gazing out my window thinking about autumn craft fairs and begin to dream about hot spiced apple cider, turkey dinner with buttery mashed potatoes and savory stuffing. My husband is off to manage the opening of St. Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Store at the Northland Mall, where already the nativity figurines and snowmen are aglow amongst twinkling lights and evergreens. My mind is drifting to snowstorms and fleece-lined gloves, and my pulse is starting to quicken as I see visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, and I realize I haven’t even bought a pumpkin yet for my front porch! “Just for today I will not worry,” I hear softly rising through the clutter of the chatter. Ah, yes, I remember. Today is the first day of this month. I recite the other four Principles of Reiki and repeat them again in my mind: “Just for today do not worry.” “Just for today do not get angry.” “Just for today honor your parents, teachers and elders.” “Just for today earn your living honestly.” Just for today show gratitude to everything.” Calm and centered, I breathe and continue. Last month, as you may recall, I began telling the story of the return to my heart and the beginnings of my life in a new-age quest for enlightenment. I left off at the point where I met my Reiki Master/Teacher, Kate, for my first healing back in 1998. Since then,
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up to and including today, I have “practiced” these five principles as I have “practiced” the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and loving-kindness. I don’t always remember to remember, and sometimes “do unto others” is an afterthought. But I have these keys — these tools that span religions — and when I use them (which I do more often now than I did 15 years ago), life is better for me than when I don’t. Practice makes perfect, so I am practicing. And today I am gifting these keys to you so we might enjoy practicing together. As you read this month’s magazine and enjoy all its contributions, why not choose one of the five Reiki principles and incorporate it into your life this month. Or, why not choose one and journal about it! In my journaling workshops, one exercise I suggest is for participants to simply write down five things for which they are grateful every morning and five things that happened to them that day for which they are grateful every night. It’s a great practice that you can do anywhere, and the results are profound. Begin this month with a seven-day commitment and see what happens. You may just begin to transform your life. Gratitude is a spiritual practice that is quite fun and easy when things are going well: “Oh, I’m so grateful for my new job, my new lover, my new car,” etcetera. It’s natural to exude gratitude when we are overjoyed and our “cups runneth over.” But what happens when we’re disappointed by our daily news and things don’t appear to be going our way? What are you going to write down then? Start with gratitude for the basic stuff: running water, food in your pantry or simply your five senses, and so on. Do you get the idea? We all have something to be grateful for all the time, and in my workshops I often read this quote from 13th century Sufi poet

“Remaining in the flow of gratitude keeps our energy frequency high so we are able to attract all the good that’s ours in this universe.”
Shaykh Saadi, which beautifully illustrates the point: “I was sad because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” I believe you’ve got the idea. It takes a great trust in the Divine to be grateful for everything, I know. But it helps us to stay open to something that is bigger and far greater than we could imagine that is on the horizon right now and truly is coming our way. Remaining in the flow of gratitude keeps our energy frequency high so we are able to attract all the good that’s ours in this universe. (And coming it is, sure as Christmas Eve!) So, as you begin the shopping and to-do lists and your thoughts race ahead to cranberries, sweet potatoes and that green bean casserole, take a little slice of time and prepare yourself for all the unexpected good that soon arrives. Buy a new journal or grab a little spiral notebook from your kids’ school supply stash and simply begin — just for today — to show gratitude to everything. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to follow my path’s unfolding in Nature’s Pathways and my Web site; to all the souls involved in this magazine; for all the things I’m blessed to do today; for my Mom’s good health; and my husband’s constant love. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sharon is a native of Appleton and is back home to share her healing center with you. A Reiki Master since 2005, she offers Usui Reiki and a variety of journaling workshops. A Young Living Essential Oil distributor since 1999, she knows which oils work on emotions, pain and disease and offers education in using these gifts from God’s pharmacy. Start your Christmas shopping at and give the gift of good health! For more information, e-mail Sharon@ or call 920.733.7721 today!

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Empowerment and authenticity
By Tracie Kleiner


here is a lot of wonderful energy and intention in the air these days around personal empowerment. I work with many people professionally who desire to be “empowered,” “living their passion,” or “authentic.” These are all common buzzwords these days in the self-improvement industry, but what do they all mean exactly? It has me thinking and meditating frequently on what it all means for us to be powerful as people who are living our passion and being authentically true to ourselves when the reality is, we are all so different and unique. I have also felt that while all this well-intentioned language might be useful, it also might be serving to set up a higher ideal or just another way to pressure ourselves or be something we are not. It can be very tempting to look at others and judge whether or not they are being ‘real’ or to judge ourselves by another person’s idea of what is “powerful.” And if they don’t match the way we internally experience empowerment or authenticity well, then they must not be very authentic. They are not being true to themselves. Consider for a moment the difference between extraverted people and introverted people. This is one common example that many of us can understand. Extraverts are outgoing, gregarious, “people oriented,” and gain their energy and feel good by being around lots of people. Introverted people are reflective, sometimes quiet, insightful, and gain their energy and recharge their batteries by being in solitude. Of course, there are all shades of the spectrum in between. What matters most here is that those who are more extraverted must respect and understand that not everyone is this way and vice versa. An extravert might unwind after a long day at work by going out to

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happy hour and enjoying the company of a loud restaurant with a lot of people. Conversely, an introvert is likely to seek the quiet solitude of their home after a long, stressful day. Each is wired differently. Neither is good or bad. In the case of empowerment or authenticity, it’s important to understand our personalities and ourselves in order to know how we feel most empowered. These terms are not universally defined; in fact, they are different for each one of us. An introvert would not feel empowered or authentic if they are constantly feeling they need to be more “outgoing” or “less shy.” Just as an extravert is not going to feel empowered sitting at home or avoiding social interaction. We each must be conscious of the judgments and labels that we place upon ourselves about doing things better or differently and make sure we are not talking ourselves out of who we are. We can only create empowerment within ourselves by embracing who we are vs. trying to go against our own nature. We must listen to our inner voice and accept ourselves completely. There is nothing wrong with creating some balance or stretching ourselves, as long as we are still on track with who we are at our core. Empowerment to one might look something like attending a board meeting dressed to the nines or taking leadership in a professional sense, while empowerment for another woman looks like keeping her home in one piece, with her children happy and feeling emotionally supported. BOTH are empowered women and both are important in their roles. Another example: Quiet, reflective people are powerful in their thoughtfulness and deep insights where outgoing, talkative people might be powerful in their ability to reach many people with an inspiring message. I think the important thing is that we all need to support each other in our differences while embracing that everyone has different strengths. In my world, I know very few “weak” people, if any. We all have so many unique qualities and display beautiful strength in so many different ways. This is true empowerment; to love yourself enough to embrace YOU for the person you are and allow others the space to do the same, provided nobody is getting hurt or run over.
Tracie Kleiner, CAEH, is co-facilitator for Powerful You! Women’s Network in Appleton, Wis. She is also a radio host and astrologer, and is certified in advanced energy healing, life coaching and hypnotherapy, and has her BA in psychology. She is part of Hay House Author Mark Husson’s family of Web sites on, is an advisor on, has telecourses on and a radio show on

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Women and Depression Support Group
Join other women who have similar struggles with depression. Gain support, education and understanding to better manage your feelings of depression. Presented by Saris Counseling, 3405 Commerce Ct., Ste. F, Appleton. Contact Kami at 920.364.9078 or go to Friday, November 2 • 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 9 & 16 • 6:30 p.m.

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November 13-23

Alena Zena Jewelry Trunk Show
Stop by Mystical Earth Gallery, 112B E. College Ave., Appleton to check out the unique, one-of-akind jewelry by international jewelry artist, Alena Zena. During this speical event, save 20% on all Alena jewelry. Don’t miss this opportunity! Thursday, November 15 • 7-8 p.m.

Infertility Workshop

Having trouble with fertility? We can help! Join Dr. Roy Ostenson at Appleton Chiropractic, 2425 West Wisconsin Ave., Appleton for a workshop on how we can help you achieve your baby dreams! Please RSVP by calling 920.731.0715. Thursday, November 8 • 6-7 p.m. Saturday, November 17 • 10-11 a.m.

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Modern Western Square Dancing
First three nights are free, thereafter $4 per adult and $2 per youth (8 to 18). Class is open to ages 8 and up. Learn how to dance the Nations Folk Dance. No square dance experience needed. Make new friends and enjoy an evening of fun and relaxation. Come solo or bring a partner. Bring your whole family and/or your friends. The more the merrier! Wear comfortable shoes. No special attire is required. Location: Memorial Building, 640 Keyes, Menasha. For more information: contact Charlie Bitter at 920.231.3453, or www. Saturday, November 3 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Five Minute Daily Energy Routine
Improve your well-being by learning Donna Eden’s “Energy Medicine Daily Routine.” Through years of practice she has combined the most potent techniques that are able to stimulate the vital energy systems of the body and bring them into harmony and balance. This simple routine can benefit everyone living in our stress-producing, polluted, energy-scrambling environment. This 1-hour interactive workshop will be presented by Dr. Ann Khanna of Rainbows In Harmony at 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton. Cost: $10. To register for either date, call 920.757.9693 or e-mail Ann@ Saturday, November 10 • 9 a.m.-Noon

Taught by Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. of Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC and Megan Eck, Professional Counseling Intern. This class is designed to free your mind of anxiety and fill it with positive thoughts to strengthen you on your cancer journey. You will receive handouts with various visualization narratives. Location: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park, Suite 210, Neenah. While the class is free, please call to register: 920.722.7245 or e-mail as there is limited seating. Friday, November 23

4th Annual Black Friday Sale
Visit Niemuth’s Meat Market, 2121 S. Oneida St., Appleton for their 4th Annual Black Friday Sale featuring door busting prices on meat, seafood, cheese, beer and wine. Discounted gift certificates sold. ONE DAY ONLY! Thursday, December 6 • 7-8 p.m.

Clear the Clutter — Create Sacred Space One-Day Retreat
Facilitated by: Laural Virtues Wauters Fall is the perfect time to release what no longer serves you. Learn how clutter affects all aspects of your life (emotional and physical) and how clearing it opens up opportunities for new beginnings. Experience journeying and discussion to help you create sacred space within yourself and in your home or work. An overview of smudging and space clearing will also be included. Enjoy a beautiful day in the country at The Bridge-Between Retreat Center. Fee: $80: includes handouts, journal and a space clearing kit, plus a delicious lunch from the garden. A non-refundable deposit of $40 is required to reserve your space. The check can be made out to and mailed to: The Bridge-Between, 4471 Flaherty Lane, Denmark, WI 54208. Please contact The Bridge-Between by calling 920.864.7230 for more information and directions.**Make it a weekend or overnight retreat! Stay overnight on Friday and/or Saturday for an additional $55/ night. Meals included.** For more information go to: Saturday, November 3 • 1-4 p.m.

Saturday Morning with the GIRLS
Come spend the morning at Appleton Chiropractic, 2425 West Wisconsin Ave., Appleton for some TLC. Many vendors, chair massages, breakfast and more! RSVP by calling 920.731.0715 no later than November 6. Open to the public! Saturday, November 10 • Two sessions: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.

FREE Presentation: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays
Presented by Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. When we have lost a loved one, the most difficult time of the year is the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. More than any other time it means “family togetherness” and we become acutely aware of the void in our life. This class will cover: 1) How to help a grieving person through the holidays. 2) How to balance the grief journey with holiday spirit. 3) New family rituals to remember what was special about your loved one. Location: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park, Suite 210, Neenah. Please reserve your spot as seating is limited: Call: 920.722.7245 or send an e-mail from the Web site: Monday, December 12

Getting On Top of Stress

This is a 3-hour stress reduction program that provides effective strategies for managing and reducing stress. Presented by Saris Counseling. For more information contact Brenda or Kami at 920.364.9078 or register on our Web site at Tuesday, November 13

LIFE Awareness Night
Help others going through a medical crisis. Join the Community Benefit Tree at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton from 5:309:00 p.m. for fun, food and networking. Play a life-sized game of LIFE along with silent and live auctions, raffles and area restaurant food vendors. $25/person in advance, $30/person at the door or $225/table of ten. Call Today to register 920.422.1919. Registration and donations also accepted at

12/12/12 Sale at Niemuth’s Meat Market
Visit Niemuth’s Meat Market, 2121 S. Oneida St., Appleton for their 12/12/12 Sale featuring a shake of the day for up to 12% discount. It’s another 89 years before the day, month and year are all the same number again. Advertise your event in the Community Calendar $20 per entry (advertisers) $50 per entry (non-advertisers) 877.479.7209 •
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One-Year Anniversary Tailgate Party
Come celebrate with The Chiropractic Advantage, 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton! Enjoy great food, drinks, bounce house for the kids and music! All while mingling and watching football with your favorite chiropractors, Dr. Buss and Dr. Skibba! There will also be door prizes, free massages and spinal screenings. We want to thank



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Growing Time Child Care Center 2738 Manitowoc Road, Green Bay 920.468.6202 Growing Time offers a healthy choice for your children. We have joined the community supported agriculture program (CSA). This means we serve chemical-free vegetables and free-range chicken, along with beef from local famers. Our center uses homemade soap to reduce chemical exposure. We care for children ages 4-weeks to 13-years and are open 5:30am to 6pm. Before and after school care/ transportation and summer programs are offered to school-age children. Parent trusted and family owned since 1985.

Roots of Healing Tina Wankey, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Aromatherapist, Whole Health Educator and Wellness Coach 920.277.6738 • Menasha, WI Roots of Healing is all about getting back to the natural roots of healing through the use of high-quality, pure essential oils. Customized aromatherapy products are created based on the unique needs of the individual. Consultations are free. Aromatherapy parties can also be arranged so you and your friends can create your own products.

Tracie Kleiner is an astrologer, energy healer and intuitive advisor who serves women by helping them find clarity, insight, and inner validation to shift negative or repetitive patterns that block their joy, life force and/or emotional freedom. Tracie utilizes her studies and certifications in psychology, advanced energy healing, and astrology to provide both practical coaching and self-awareness techniques to heal, transform, and uplift at the conscious as well as the subconscious levels of the mind and heart.

New Possibilities Integration, LLC Victoria L. Huss, Certified Rolfer™ 103 W. College Ave., Suite 601, Appleton 920.427.7653 • Rolfing® Structural Integration is a transformative bodywork and education system designed to align and balance the body. Many of us have old habits, accidents and patterns “locked” into our posture and musculature — causing chronic pain, inflexibility and decreased mobility. Rolfing® unwinds this chronic strain and offers new possibilities for standing, moving and being.

Hendrickson Chiropractic & Wellness Center 2020 Jackson St., Oshkosh 920.236.1200 At Hendrickson Chiropractic and Wellness Center our state-of-the-art facilities help you discover the true wellness lifestyle. We will show you the natural way to better health without medications. After a few visits you will see why chiropractic is the safe and effective alternative to surgery. Drs. Jerry and Seth Hendrickson are committed to bringing you better health and way of life through chiropractic wellness care. Patients are assured of receiving the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. The Chiropractic Advantage Dr. Brent Buss, DC, CCEP Dr. Tyler Skibba, DC, CCEP 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton 920.997.9740 • Our chiropractic physicians perform gentle, effective treatments, treating patients of all ages. Each doctor has undergone rigorous training on diagnosing and treating health problems of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and they are unparalleled in their knowledge of the neck, back and extremities. We focus on you, striving to make your experience warm, friendly and comforting.




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Appleton Chiropractic 2425 West Wisconsin Ave., Appleton 920.731.0715 • Roy Ostenson, B.S., D.C., C.C.S.T., helps patients reach optimal wellness through chiropractic care and clinical nutrition. We offer our patients objective, blood-based health analysis with the most comprehensive nutrition and health program in the Appleton area. Based on a 52-point blood panel and hair and urine analysis, your Science Based Nutrition™ report includes supplement recommendations, foods to avoid, a review of your medications, side effects and more. The pursuit for optimal wellness is an active process of making choices towards a healthy existence.

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Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast 2338 Hickory Rd., De Pere 920-371-0003 • Experience Mother Nature’s superior insulation — alpaca fiber! It’s soft as cashmere, warmer than wool and doesn’t itch. Our farm store features everything alpaca: socks, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, capes, long-johns, sweaters, toys, yarn, ponchos and more! Spend the weekend at our bed and breakfast, do your holiday shopping and visit with our charming alpacas.

Funset Boulevard 3916 W. College Ave., Appleton 920.993.0909 • Funset Boulevard is an amazing Hollywood-themed restaurant and entertainment center with attractions for everyone in the family. Our “best-in-the-Midwest” family entertainment center includes: 14-screen movie theatre, Funset Grill Restaurant featuring the best pizza in the area, laser tag, outdoor mini-golf and batting cages, bumper cars, train ride, carousel, giant kids playroom and over 100 arcade games. Birthday party packages available.

Cleansing Spirits Bodywork Casie Pelnar Seymour, WI 920.217.3667 • “Promoting Health & Harmony” Craniosacral therapy is a light touch and can be integrated with VHT, reiki and matrix energetic to help the body find the proper alignment. When integrated with these non-invasive techniques, the body is able to recognize restrictions that are compromising the natural healing process. The body is then able to clear these restrictions, which allows healing to begin. Therapeutic Pulse Sharon Blake, CMT 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., #8, Appleton 920.740.5101 • Sharon helps your body find balance integrating craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage therapy, visceral manipulation and therapeutic massage. Craniosacral therapy (CST) helps the nervous system “reboot” to find a new, calmer balance. CST is beneficial for: stress, depression, TMJ, headaches & migraines, ADD/ADHD, reflux & colic and more. Hours by appointment.

Natural Healing Solutions Certified Colon Hydro-Therapists 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #6, Appleton 920.830.3909 Feel healthier, remove toxic waste from your body and relieve symptoms like chronic fatigue, constipation and skin problems. Carl & Carol Ann offer colon hydrotherapy through the Wood Gravitational Method. A colonic is a gentle internal bath to cleanse the colon and rejuvenate the body. Colon hydrotherapy also restores the body’s PH balance, stimulates the immune system and allows free passage of nutrients into the blood.

The Wild Iris 700 E. Magnolia Ave., LAKESHORE MALL in Manitowoc 920.682.6194 Order online at Manitowoc County’s favorite “friendly” FLORIST offering oneof-a-kind creations. Unique gift Gifts & Botanicals shop featuring items by local artists, including: soaps, lotions, candles, birdhouses, decorative furniture, permanent and fresh florals, plants, balloons and our NEW Candy Cakes. Specializing in weddings and parties — full service, including decorating. We deliver throughout the county and worldwide through 1-800-FLOWERS.

Compost Joe’s N8611 Ridge Rd., Van Dyne 920.921.6223 Compost Joe’s is a commercially licensed composter. “Working Towards Zero Waste” with environmentally friendly landfill diversion programs. We sell compost by the yard and cubic foot bags for plants, gardens and yards. We are available for compost education classes and have a complete showroom selling

Twohig Dental William J. Twohig, DDS 417 E. Ann St., Weyauwega 920.867.3101 • Twohig Dental wants you to experience a natural and holistic approach to dentistry. Our practice is a mercury-free, health-centered office. We believe in treating patients as individuals. We are dedicated to advanced education in traditional and nontraditional dentistry. We invite you to schedule a consultation with us.

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Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center 1486 Kenwood Dr., Menasha • 920.722.2100 At Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center, we are committed to helping YOU feel better, function better and live better! To best serve his patients, Dr. Vander Wielen offers: spine and extremity care, nutritional counseling, functional medicine, advanced diagnostic testing and in-office lab tests.

Natural Tresses 10 E. College Ave., Suite 222, Appleton 920.358.5419 • Natural Tresses is a professional hair extension studio, specializing in over 20 different extension techniques and is also a custom wig boutique. Our nationally certified wigmaster is on staff to service any of your hair restoration needs. We carry an exclusive selection of hair extensions, custom wigs and hairpieces. We also specialize in custom makeup, wig restoration, cleaning and repair services, and we hold workshops and classes throughout the year.

Terry Naturally 2625 Development Dr., Suite 40, Green Bay 920.965.1002 • Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. Farmer’s Market Every Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. Stop in and talk with our knowledgeable staff to get your health questions answered. We can recommend a natural protocol for you to take charge of your health. We carry a full line of nutritional supplements, organic bulk olive oils & vinegars, specialty foods, locally raised meats, health & beauty products and much more!

Reclaimed Designs Jenny Peterson 47 S. Main St., Clintonville • 715.250.1571 See portfolio at: Jenny at Reclaimed Designs has a love of furniture. She specializes in painting, distressing and re-upholstering a variety of furniture. Handmade upholstered headboards and room screens are also a specialty that she provides. Jenny uses recycled materials as much as possible, along with chemical-free paints and finishes. See her Web site for her portfolio or stop in to see her studio. Studio hours vary, please call ahead of time.

Anytime Fitness For a location near you, visit our Web site. Anytime Fitness is open 24/7/365 to provide you with the essential elements of a great workout, such as treadmills, ellipticals and bikes — all with flatscreen TVs — and both free weights and circuit weight machines. We also offer 24-hour tanning, personal training, private restrooms and showers. Anywhere Club Access allows you to visit more than 1,000 clubs worldwide. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Rd., Menasha 920.882.8900 • See our ad on pg. 13. Lake Park Swim & Fitness is the Fox Valley’s newest and most refreshing health club. Locally owned and operated, we have combined the latest in equipment, classes, club amenities and more to give our members an unparalleled experience. Customer service and building a sense of community is our main focus — be a part of the LPSF family and experience the difference!

Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems 3976 W. Mason St., Oneida 920.869.4530 Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems provides the Oneida people and surrounding communities with natural and fresh meats, poultry, buffalo, fruits and vegetables as well as health and wellness products. Our Farmer’s Market is held Thursdays at the Oneida One Stop at Hwy 54 and Seminary Road in Oneida. The Apple Orchard offers pick-your-own apples. Please call or e-mail for varieties and picking hours.

A Gluten Free Zone 225 N. Richmond St., Suite 209, Appleton 920.840.6175 No more treasure hunts, gluten-free from A to Z. A Gluten Free Zone is the ultimate in gluten-free convenience. Our goal is to help you find the items you love and desire. We carry baking goods, breads, chips, condiments, dips, frozen entrees, pizzas and pizza crusts, protein powders and bars, salad dressings, sauces, seasoning, snacks, soups, men’s-women’s-children’s supplements, weight gainers, etc. You name it, we have it. If not, we will get it.

Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920.819.3774 • Patricia Poole has been providing hypnosis and energy healing private sessions and classes for 14 years. She offers information on hypnosis, reiki, Reconnective Healing and soon EFT. Educational and life-changing classes are offered regularly. Hypnosis CDs are available to get you started in making positive changes today! Call or e-mail today to set up your appointment. Wonders of Wellness Dr. Nancy Soliven, D.C., M.D., Chiropractor Megan Hoffman, C.S.T. Diplomat 424 E. Longview Dr., Suite B, Appleton 920.734.6389 Good health is being balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. At our treatment center our goal is to help you live a long, healthy life. Our caring, compassionate, multi-disciplinary, and highly skilled health care professionals seek and treat the causes associated with a wide range of medical issues. We offer our patients craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, lymphatic drainage and food intolerance testing. Schedule your appointment today.

The Wire Whisk 767 North Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920.739.3663 We are the store for all cooks offering cookware, bakeware, serveware, barware, cutlery, gadgets, tableware, glassware, kitchen electrics, specialty foods and kitchen housewares. Professional knife sharpening services are also available. Our family, serving your family for over 33 years! Gift cards available. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Simply Herbs Cheryl Hosmer, Naturopath, CNHP Certified Biofeedback Specialist Synergy Chiropractic & Wellness Center N1739 Lily of the Valley Dr., Suite 7, Greenville 920.757.6440 • Cheryl has been coaching clients on lifestyle changes for over 10 years. She uses several holistic techniques including iridology, clinical kinesiology and Quantum LIFE Biofeedback to help clients regain balanced energy allowing them to self heal. Simply Herbs also carries professional products including herbs, supplements, homeopathics, essential oils and Bach flower remedies to support optimal health.

Life Force Wellness Center, LLC Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS 404 N. Main St., Suite 106, Oshkosh 920.217.1769 • Are you feeling stressed over work, finances or a relationship? Are you an actor, athlete, artist or musician who has lost your groove and wants to regain it plus go beyond to your full potential? If so, contact me for an integrated approach to achieve total health and well-being. Join me on a journey to enhance your naturally born gifts and to help you live the life you were destined for — a LIFE IN BALANCE. Collaboration, holistic, intuitive and empathic methods are used to reach your goals fast and effectively.

HomeAid Health Care 1463 Kenwood Dr., Menasha 920.969.0526 HomeAid Health Care is a safe and affordable solution to independent living for seniors. HomeAid provides a full range of non-medical services including: companion care, personal care, home support care, transport care and therapeutic care. All our services are designed to keep seniors in the Fox Valley living independently and happily at home; the place we all prefer to be.

Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC 18 Jewelers Park Dr., Suite 210, Neenah 920.722.7245 Are you ready to journey to a happier and healthier life? Are you considering counseling to support you in meeting your goals? If so, I congratulate you for being a good listener to your life. At the Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, you will learn scientifically-validated mind body medicine skills that will enhance your capacity for self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-care. Become your own expert in how your mind interacts with your body to create better emotional, mental, social and physical health. We teach simple self-care techniques like Mindfulness Meditation, Qi Qong Breath Exercises, Visualization, Guided Imagery, Affirmations, Journaling, Stress Management and Loving Kindness Relationship skills. We offer free Mind Body Medicine Classes, 8-Week Mindful Women’s Group, as well as individual and couple counseling. Our therapist, Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W., has over 20 years of counseling experience.

Eclipse Energy 4538 N. French Rd., Appleton 920.954.5412 At Eclipse Energy we make your home as efficient and comfortable as possible with a synergistic approach. Simply defined, your home is a system. We can help you with high energy bills, unsolved moisture problems, hot or cold spots and poor air quality through a home energy evaluation. Once performed, a solution-based prescription in the form of a report and proposal will follow, addressing a solution to the problems, not the symptoms.

Rainbows in Harmony Dr. Ann Khanna Appleton • 920.757.9693 Do you have a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issue that has Rainbows In Harmony you feeling stuck and in need of relief? I left traditional medicine over 15 years ago and have studied and practiced holistic methods of achieving health and wellness. Using a variety of energetic techniques, we create a personal, one-of-a-kind healing session to help you remove individual blocks and restore healthy energy flow. Finally solve the issues that are constraining you and begin fully living life to your highest potential. Visit my Web site to learn how Energy Restoration can help you! Call or e-mail for your free 15-minute consultation. Wellness Essentials, LLC 456 N. Main St., Oshkosh Located at the Harmony Wellness Center 920.410.4022 • Providing Innovative Wellness with Care & Integrity Kari A. Uselman, Ph.D., has been in private practice since 2006. She is nationally certified in biofeedback and complex homeopathy, and is a practitioner of quantum reflex analysis, vastu bioenergetics, craniosacral therapy, Reconnective Healing, BioGenesis & more. Kari weaves her intuition, love and caring into her sessions to support her clients and works with all ages. She is certified through the Natural Therapies Certification Board, holds a professional membership with the Pastoral Medical Association and has been inducted into the Native American Nemenhah Band as a Quantum Healer.

Backyard Organics 920.850.7450 • Todd and Tara Rockweit are owners of Backyard Organics, LLC, Wisconsin’s first organic land care business accredited by NOFA, one of two organizations in the country that accredit Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs). Backyard Organics also supplies organic weed herbicides and a variety of natural and organic pest repellents either in bulk and/ or ready to spray bottles. To read more about our products and services or if you would like to submit a question, please visit our Web site, e-mail or call us.

Wise Woman Wellness Randi Mann, NP — Owner, Board Certified Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • Randi Mann, NP, helps women of all ages live healthy, vital, joy-filled lives through medical and non-medical solutions, education and lifestyle guidance. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Mann has achieved the prestigious NAMS Menopause Practitioner Certification and has spoken nationally on behalf of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative. She is skilled at prescribing customized, bioidentical hormones when needed. Attend the introductory seminar “End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy” to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self care. Call for an appointment or register for a seminar today!
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Life Spectrums, LLC Joan M. Ek Professional Life Coach/Reiki Master/ Registered Yoga Teacher 920.733.9793 • With over 25 years experience in several areas of health care, Joan specializes in providing a safe, honest, nurturing, challenging (and fun!) environment for individuals to explore their innate potential to heal and live the quality life of their choosing. She offers professional life coaching services, reiki therapy and teaching, yoga instruction for all abilities, resource and referral services, seminars and workshops to empower each person on an integrative basis.



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Wise Woman Wellness LLC Julie Rider, OTR, CLCP 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • Julie Rider is a registered occupational therapist, life coach practitioner and certified Just For Me™ Wellbeing Group Coach. She encourages individuals to discover their very best self. As a coach, Julie partners with her clients to empower them to stretch beyond their limits and to see opportunities within obstacles, to map out and achieve goals, and to ultimately reach overall wellness and effectiveness in all areas of their lives. She is available for individual coaching in person or by telephone, as well as offers group coaching. She is available to visit your company for group presentations with content tailored to your specific needs.
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Advanced Aesthetics Danielle Netzer, LE 920.412.0706 • Denise Winek, RN 920.858.9478 • 103 W. College Ave., Suite 801, Appleton Advanced Aesthetics is dedicated to providing advanced skin care treatments specifically designed with the client’s needs in mind. Danielle (LE) and Denise (RN) provide excellent quality skin care products, cosmetic injectables and tools to increase your results at home. We will design the perfect system for you to maximize your treatment results. After comparing, you will find that we offer the best prices in town! Rejuvenessence mediSpa Kenneth Pechman, M.D., Ph.D. Board Certified Dermatologist 2201 East Enterprise Ave., Suite 104, Appleton 920.574.3577 • The mission of Rejuvenessence mediSpa is to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance, health and function. We strive to improve our clients’ skin through our professional services and highquality products and thus, enhance our patients’ self esteem and self image. We are proud to offer free consultations on all of our services!

Clairalience Skincare Pam Williams — Owner 920.265.1427 • Clairalience natural skincare products provide your skin with just what it needs to stay healthy. From body scrubs to lip balms, Clairalience works with your body’s natural chemistry to promote healthy skin, offering assistance to your body’s own natural healing properties. Clairalience products are made with natural ingredients and beneficial seed oils that are user friendly and readily absorbed, with no harmful chemicals added. Skin becomes smooth and supple without an oily residue or waxy build up. Choose a natural skin care product that actually works for you! “Experience the familiar ... naturally”
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Divine Energy Light-Workers Rev. Jen Rietveld 510 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton 920.268.6345 • Rev. Jen Rietveld offers divinely guided services in the form of: Spiritual counseling, energy/light work, chakra cleansing and balancing, cellular release, past life/soul release meditations, weddings, funerals and more. For a full description of her services, please visit her Web site at To schedule an appointment, please e-mail Rev. Jen at or call/text at 920.268.6345.

Clean Aura Natural Soap Courtney Hansen — Owner PO Box 2201, Fond du Lac 920.251.5477 • At Clean Aura, we lovingly create allnatural products to please the body, mind and soul. We believe what we put onto our bodies is just as important as what we put into them. Clean Aura offers an extensive line of luxurious soaps, moisturizing lip & body balms, perfume oils and natural bug spray — all locally made!

Community Benefit Tree 501(c)(3) non profit organization 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna 920.422.1919 We are here to celebrate people’s lives and support them during their medical crisis. We help family, friends and co-workers plan a Celebration of Support event for their loved one who is going through a medical crisis. This one-day event helps the family with funds for living and medical expenses and provides strength, hope and joy to experience the support from the attendees of the event. Community Benefit Tree also provides education, support, resources and financial assistance for families struggling with a medical crisis.

Appleton Community Midwives & Birth Center 308 E. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.882.6200 Our compassionate care-giving team offers comprehensive traditional midwifery care, including VBAC, water, home and birth center birth. We provide complete maternity care — prenatal visits, birth and postpartum. Our birth center is cozy and welcoming, equipped with specially designed water birth tubs. We do insurance verification and billing and offer flexible payment plans for cash pay clients. BirthWise 1703 S. Oneida St., Ste. C, Appleton 920.574.3074 BirthWise Health & Birth Center is the only nationally accredited birth center in northeast WI. Our wonderful midwives provide personal and comprehensive prenatal care, home or birth center birth, water birth, postpartum care and lactation support. Call to schedule a free tour/consult 920.574.3074, or find us at We look forward to meeting you!

Tree of Life Awakening Laural Virtues Wauters Green Bay • 920.544.4047 Tree of Life Awakening helps you heal at the level of the soul through private sessions and inspirational classes. Laural Virtues Wauters is a certified shamanic practitioner, mandala facilitator and reiki master. She is a graduate of the Four Winds and has studied with Betsy Bergstrom, Sandra Ingerman, Ana Laramendi and Jose Luis Herrera. Laural received her mandala certification from Dr. Judith Cornell. Laural combines her life experience and professional background to help empower others.


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Masterpiece Nutritional Counseling Kendra Kadrik, CNT 920.680.5778 Kendra Kadrlik owns Masterpiece Nutrition, a nutrition consulting business specializing in educating clients on their food choices and directing them on which ones work with their health goals and which ones could be sabotaging them. The benefits and dangers of certain foods and natural health topics are taught via seminars, group challenges, and one-on-one consulting. “What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you’re made of.” Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Neher, MS, Clinical Nutritionist 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton 920.358.5764 Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidencebased medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. With her master’s degree in human nutrition and Metagenics certification in First Line Therapy, Kimberly has an in-depth study of nutrition as a complementary medicine. Transform your life through natural, clinically proven methods of healing via nutrition, and remedy the cause of your illness or weight concerns!

EvolveAbility Phyllis Kasper, Ph.D. 920.693.2250 • Dr. Phyllis Kasper is a licensed psychologist with expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, peak achievement, biofeedback, hypnosis, EMDR and pain management. She is available at Lighthouse Therapy Services in Sheboygan, 920.451.8667, Pathways Counseling Center in Brookfield, 262.641.9790 and Healthy Connections in Appleton, 920.257.4601. Quality Therapy 311 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna 920.462.4583 • Serving the Fox Valley Quality Therapy is client-centered and focused on predictable outcomes. We strive to uphold the dignity of patients, accommodating schedule allowing recovery in your own home. Our specialized programs include: chronic pain program, back pain program and digestinal disorder program. We also offer craniosacral, visual manipulation, lymphedema with vaso-pneumatic pump and electro therapeutic point stimulation. Don’t put it off any longer. The more you wait the more serious your problem may become.

Ardent Photography Downtown Neenah 920.858.9827 Fox Cities 262.292.9513 Milwaukee Ardent Photography is a boutique portrait, wedding and boudoir photography studio located in Historic Downtown Neenah. Our goal is to form close relationships with our clients to make your photography experience remarkable - you deserve exceptional service and exquisite photography. Our style is clean, colorful and classic - rooted in tradition and elegance. Photographer, Amy Gaerthofner, will make you look amazing and you’ll have a blast along the way.

Get Rubbed the Right Way Cathy Allen, LPN, Certified Reflexologist Greater Green Bay Area 920.370.0313 • Group and party rates available by request I provide reflexology of the feet, hands or both at your home/business or at 9th Street Wellness Center in Green Bay. Call for an appointment. Improves and relieves many “dis-eases” of the body. What can reflexology do for you? • Boost the immune system. • Normalize body functions. • Release stress and tension. • Relax and rebalance the mind and body. • Support the body’s natural healing abilities. • Promote better sleep.

Botanical Indulgence Sandy White 1162 Westowne Dr., Neenah 920.725.1380 • The success of a business comes from more than just the owner. A truly successful business will have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff hand chosen by the owner. Here at Botanical Indulgence, Sandy has a staff that loves the business as much as she does, and it shows when you walk into the store. Located 5 minutes from Fox River Mall; take the Winneconne exit in Neenah and turn left at Culver’s.

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que 1170 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton 920.991.9700 Not everybody has the whole day to spend slow-smokin’ the best BBQ in America. But everybody has a phone. And that’s all it takes to bring home your favorite BBQ piping hot and ready for dinner tonight! Or stop in to try our healthy Citrus Grill. Dave loves makin’ calorie watchers feel like they’re cheating. Citrus Grill items are a tasty 660 calories or less. Served with two juicy grilled pineapple steaks and fresh steamed broccoli.

Advanced Pain Management (APM) 2595 Development Dr., Suite 150, Green Bay Locations also in Appleton and Oconto Falls 888.901.PAIN (7246) • Advanced Pain Management (APM) is committed to providing patients with innovative pain management services. APM strives to deliver the most advanced, minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic services to enable patients to restore function, relieve pain and renew hope. Whether it’s back or neck pain, work injury, sciatica or a painful condition; APM has a pain management doctor who can help pinpoint the source of pain.

Victoria’s Pet Nutrition Center and Boutique 14 N. Main St., Fond du Lac 920.923.1991 We carry all-natural pet health products for your dogs and cats including natural treats, herbs and supplements used for health problems such as canine and feline liver and kidney disease, pet allergies, cancer in dogs and cats, arthritis, dental, ear problems and diabetes. We also carry pet gifts including dog and cat socks, breed-specific pillows, videos and Dog- and Cat-opoly.

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Nakashima of Japan • Katsu-Ya of Japan 4100 W. Pine St., Appleton • 920.739.6057 2200 Holmgren Way, Green Bay • 920.494.4103 511 W. College Ave., Appleton • 920.882.4183 Nakashima Sushi is your healthy alternative when dining out. We take the freshest fish or vegetable, wrap it in vinegar rice and roasted seaweed for a taste that is simple satori (enlightenment). We feature Avocado, Asparagus and Spinach Salad, Tofu Salad, Ceviches, Grilled Salmon and many more healthy selections! Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.733.3003 • The area’s finest authentic Indian restaurant. Join us today to find out why we won the “Best Indian Food” Golden Fork Award from 2005-2011! We offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Catering is available and we have a banquet room for parties up to 40 people.

vices and cosmetics. Also, Glam-2-Go, a mobile & on-location service available for weddings, photoshoots, special events or just for fun! Check out our Web site and Facebook page for the latest info, specials and staff bios. Elevate-2-Glam today! Zen Salon 1500 W. College Ave., Suite B, Appleton 920.380.9236 Find us on facebook! Zen Salon is a brand new full service salon featuring full body waxing, hair, facials and nail services. Our experienced staff offers the latest trends insalon cluding spray make-up and hair stenciling. Schedule your appointment today and be on your way to a fabulous new look! Ask about our $49 color and cut special for new clients (with select stylists).

The Oshkosh Tai Chi Center 803 Waugoo Ave., Oshkosh 920.233.2605 Beginner classes held Mondays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., also at the Oshkosh Senior Center Thursdays at noon. Advanced classes are Mondays at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10 per session or $140 for 12 weeks. Also offering special beginner classes Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with master teacher Mike Milewski. He also teaches advanced corrections, sword and push hands classes. New sessions start every six weeks. It takes about four 6-week sessions to learn the form. We teach Cheng Man Cheng’s adaption of the Yang family’s Tai chi chuan. Private classes available with Andrew Mertens for $50/hr.

Prairie Home Assisted Living 1463 Kenwood Dr., Menasha 920.969.0526 Prairie Home Assisted Living provides loving kindness in a homelike setting. Family owned and operated, Prairie Home is committed to creating a warm, nurturing and safe environment for the elderly.

Inspirit Therapy Associates 3208 East River Drive, Green Bay 920.338.9670 With over 50 years of combined therapist experience, Inspirit Therapy Associates’ therapists have developed a unique approach to pain management. All aspects of life and health are addressed in order to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive treatment possible to our clients. We focus on providing as many non-pharmaceutical options to our patients as possible.

Absolute Transformation Salon 518 Ohio St., Oshkosh 920.385.7026 • Find us on Facebook! Absolute Transformation Salon opened three years ago this May. Our goal was to create a more natural, organic, healthy salon and to offer our guests a great healthy environment to get their hair done. We researched our color line and hair care lines to make sure that they were as natural, organic and vegan friendly as possible. We feature Organic Color Systems and Onesta hair care products and have had great results! Julie, Jen and Sherry pride themselves on their continuing education and all have over 16 years experience behind the chair. Jen is also an Organic Color Systems educator. We are very fortunate to have her with us. Absolute Transformation Salon is a full service salon that features color, cuts, perms, facials, pedicures and nail services. We look forward to serving you. Elevate Hair Studio Glam, LLC 3402 N. Richmond St., Ste. A, Appleton 920.574.2473 Our on-going mission at Elevate Hair Studio Glam is to go above and beyond what is expected and to deliver exceptional value-added services to all of our guests. In achieving this goal, we have added new services and products to best suit all your needs and wants. We now carry a certified organic haircolor, 100% vegan & cruelty-free haircare products and use natural & organic skincare products for treatments and facial services. Elevate Hair Studio Glam offers haircare, cutting and styling services, hair coloring, hair extension and texture services, in addition to nail services, full-body waxing, skincare ser104 Nature’s Pathways® | November 2012

Lamers Dairy & Country Store Off Hwys. 441 & CE N410 Speel School Rd., Appleton 920.830.0980 • Taste the difference ... experience milk the way it was meant to be! Returnable glass bottles keep our fresh taste with less environmental impact. Farmer certified to be free of artificial hormones. From a select few local small-herd family farms. Lamers Dairy-Dairyland’s Best — a family owned and operated local dairy serving Northeast Wisconsin since 1913. Find our milk in glass bottles at select retail locations or visit Lamers Country Store. The Olive Cellar 277 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.574.2361 Discover the difference quality makes with small batch world class extra virgin olive oils and an exquisite variety of aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy with all products available for you to sample prior to bottling. Also offering pastas and spices, sea salts, truffle oils, chocolate sauces and the world’s best peanut brittle. A unique culinary experience awaits you.

Valley Thermography 1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Ste. 202, Appleton 920.380.1365 • Chris Haase, certified clinical thermographer, uses digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Conditions and injuries that can be diagnosed and monitored include hormonal dysfunction, inflammation, lymphatic activity, disc disease, dental, vascular disease, sports injuries, allergies, cancer and more. DITI uses no radiation, is painless and FDA registered. Call to schedule your appointment.

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Valley Transit 801 S. Whitman Ave., Appleton 920.832.5800

Warrior 2 Outfitters & Yoga Center 192 Main St., Menasha 920.540.6711 Scott’s yoga teaching style is consistent, nurturing, educational and spiritually connected to the poses. His students love his classes, they feel empowered and knowledgeable. Scott incorporates healing energy movements and sound therapy into his classes to clear and balance the space and students. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, see Web site for specific dates. $7 drop in or $25 per month. Bring 2 friends and receive your yoga at no cost.

Mystical Earth Gallery (MEG) City Center Plaza 112b E. College Ave., Appleton 920.993.1122 • Zenith, a healing art form, succinctly stated removes the blockages which stop the seeker from their path and assists in the healing process of the body, mind and spirit. Using sacred geometry, color-vibration light and incorporating his own techniques, honed after over 30 years of healing, Master Teacher Jesse will develop a program to help you in the unfolding of your individual self.

Valley Transit safe and reliable public
Think outside the car. transportation to the many communities that comprise the Fox Cities. Whether you’re in Appleton, Buchanan, Grand Chute, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, city of Menasha, town of Menasha or Neenah, you can use Valley Transit to get where you need to go. Service hours: 5:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Valley Transit provides

Wise Woman Wellness Alyssa Burnham, B.A., Wellness Coach Certified Firstline Therapy® Lifestyle Educator 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • Firstline Therapy® can help you make lasting lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and wellness, achieve your health goals and reduce your health risks. Developing a healthier lifestyle means looking better, feeling better and having more of the energy you need to live a full life! Many health problems can be reversed or even treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Attend one of her seminars to learn more about this exciting lifealtering program! Alyssa also offers her patients ALCAT food sensitivity testiing.
Natural Options - Healthy Lives

192 Main St./An Angel’s Influence ................................ 79 A Gluten Free Zone ....................................................... 52 Absolute Transformation Organic Salon......................... 10 Advanced Aesthetics ..................................................... 75 Advanced Pain Management ........................................ 51 Aerial Pole Dance Exercise ............................................. 83 Anytime Fitness........................................................... 108 Appleton Chiropractic ..................................................... 5 Appleton Community Midwives .................................... 37 Appleton Downtown, Inc. ............................................. 31 Ardent Photography ..................................................... 72 Assurance ..................................................................... 57 Backyard Organics ........................................................ 79 Bay Area Yoga .............................................................. 63 Birthwise....................................................................... 49 Blue Green Organix....................................................... 81 Botanical Indulgence ..................................................... 31 Chic to Chic, LLC .......................................................... 30 Chiropractic Advantage ................................................ 92 Clairalience Co.............................................................. 80 Clean Aura Soap Company ........................................... 72 Community Benefit Tree................................................ 33 Compost Joe’s............................................................... 80 Crystal Pathway ............................................................ 82 Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, SC ....................... 2 Divine Energy Light-Workers ......................................... 32 Elevate Hair Studio Glam, LLC ....................................... 12 Epiphany Law ............................................................... 91 EvolveAbility ................................................................. 86 Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que.............................................. 89 Funset Boulevard ............................................................ 9 Furniture Phases............................................................ 65 Gill-Tech Academy ........................................................ 65 Goodwill Industries ....................................................... 34 Great Harvest Bread Company ...................................... 41 Growing Time ............................................................... 77 Harmony Cafe .............................................................. 57 Healthy Living Events .................................................... 46 HomeAid Health Care ................................................... 47 Howard Dental ............................................................. 91 Inspirit Physical Therapy Associates.................................. 9 Joules of Nature ............................................................ 82 Just Act Natural ............................................................ 29 Kangen Water, Chris Bulik............................................. 49 Kindred Healthcare ....................................................... 10 Kleiner, CAEH, Tracie..................................................... 96 LaJava, a Roasting House .............................................. 65 Lake Park Swim & Fitness .............................................. 13 Lamers Dairy, Inc. .......................................................... 78 LearningRx .................................................................... 19 Life Force Wellness Center ............................................ 89

Pura Vida Yoga Crystal M. Hill (Rohde), RYT 2416 W. Nordale Dr., Appleton 920.851.1084 Pura Vida Yoga, LLC, offers group power Vinyasa yoga classes, private yoga sessions, yoga life coaching and nutrition/weight loss coaching in Appleton. The amazing staff is passionate about helping others reach their full potential both on and off the mat! Contact Crystal M. Hill RYT & owner at 920.851.1084 or puravidacrystal@ for more information!


Life Spectrums .............................................................. 61 Making Art of Life......................................................... 22 Masterpiece Nutrition ................................................... 75 Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing ................................. 48 Mystical Earth Gallery.................................................... 27 Nakashima, Inc. .......................................................... 106 Nancy Soliven, Wonders of Wellness ............................. 63 Natural Healing Solutions .............................................. 35 Natural Healthy Concepts ............................................. 19 Natural Tresses .............................................................. 33 Nell’s Wigs .................................................................... 25 New Possibilities Integration .......................................... 43 Niemuth’s Southside Market ......................................... 89 Nutritional Healing ........................................................ 51 Olivu 426 ...................................................................... 44 Oneida Nation Farms ...................................................... 7 Oshkosh Tai Chi Center ................................................. 56 Outagamie County Dept. of Solid Waste ....................... 67 Peace & Wellness Center............................................... 28 Pura Vida Yoga ............................................................. 53 Quality Therapy............................................................. 83 Rainbows in Harmony ................................................... 38 Reclaimed Designs ........................................................ 24 Rejuvenessence mediSpa............................................. 107 Revolution Dojo ............................................................ 69 Roots of Healing ........................................................... 40 Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and B&B .................................. 71 Sai Ram Indian Cuisine .................................................. 73 Saris Counseling, LLC .................................................... 24 Sattvic Healing & Yoga .................................................. 71 Simply Herbs ................................................................. 84 Soul Energy................................................................... 95 STEP Industries & Mooring Programs ............................. 93 Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural .................................... ....28 Sun Roofing/Eclipse Energy ........................................... 45 Terry Naturally/EuroPharma ..................................... 14, 15 The Frontier/Nature Scents ............................................ 95 The Olive Cellar............................................................. 68 The Wild Iris .................................................................. 21 The Wire Whisk ............................................................ 23 Twohig Dental............................................................... 45 Valley Thermography, LLC ............................................. 77 Valley Transit ................................................................. 23 Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Center ...................... 17 Victoria’s Pet Nutrition................................................... 16 Wellness Essentials ........................................................ 11 Westshore Acupuncture ................................................ 85 Wise Woman Wellness, LLC ............................................ 3 Wrap A Thinner You ..................................................... 79 Zen Salon...................................................................... 77

November 2012 | Nature’s Pathways®


Basil HamacHi - Yellowtail with a spicy yuzu basil soy. GinGer Tuna cevicHe - Yellowfin Tuna infused with grated ginger, sesame seeds, jalapeno, onions and lime. Tuna Bowl - Chopped Ahi Tuna and Avocado with green onion, masago and a spicy sesame oil. Daikon salaD - Japanese radish, cucumber and carrots on a bed of fresh spinach greens with a sweet miso dressing. kiwi roll - Eel, cucumber, avocado, tempura crunch, topped with kiwi and eel sauce.

and many more healthy selections!
Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. • Sun. 4-9 p.m.

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