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CONTENTS
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN April 2013

54 FEATURE STORY

Making healthy connections in Wisconsin

ON THE COVER:
Photography by Taylor Greenwood

NATALIE PRATT of Healthy Living Events, LLC

10 The French secret for strong bones! 12 Whole body vibration for
management of fibromyalgia

63 Five back-saving tips for
spring chores

66 Celebrate earth month
by composting

16 Decorating matters 18 You don’t have to be a scientist to
contribute to renewable energy

69 3 simple energy techniques that
can improve your life

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Secrets to sleeping soundly

22 The 80/20 rule for weight loss 26 Mentioning menopause: Part 2

71 Clear your clutter: Part 2 72 Transition of a beloved pet:
the healthy way

28 Chronic inflammation:
the root of all evil!

74 Don’t sell yourself short 77 Gluten-free chicken dumpling soup 78 A continuum worth considering 80 Mangosteen: the superfruit 82 Raising alpacas — sounds like fun!

30 Pilates 101 38 Carol’s miracle in progress 40 What has the Wisconsin winter Sustainable soils: benefits of compost tea
done to your landscape?

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42 How trauma impacts our lives 44 A gluten-free Q&A

and what to do about it: Part 1

84 Our biofield: the hidden
key to wellness

87 Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep 88 The fine art of self-sabotage

DEPARTMENTS
reflections from the editor healthy pets fit bodies healthy kids crystal revelations healthy finances intuitive insights healthy eating average jane herb blurb community calendar community partners advertiser directory

47 Can a paintbrush change your life? 50 Happiness

for Outagamie County residents

52 Healthy in spirit: shift your focus,
change your life with food

90 The many benefits of lavender

94 What you need to “give up”
to be truly healthy: Part 1

56 Improve athletic performance 58 Talking about TMJ dysfunction

96 Get rid of that hard-to-lose
mommy tummy for good!

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Hypnosis & stress management

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Welcome April!

Our outside environment is abuzz with positive energy, and the world is alive again! Gardeners, walkers, bikers and what I call “putzers” are emerging in abundance. It’s an exciting time of year! Getting more active outside means spending more time in nature. Recently I read an interesting article about ecotherapy and its regenerative powers: stress, anxiety and depression reduction, and overall mood improvement. More and more health care providers are giving their patients “nature prescriptions” for treatment of various medical conditions as well. Research is showing that spending time in a natural setting has benefits for mind, body and spirit. On April 22 we pay homage to our precious Mother Earth. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference: treat your yard to some compost (best of all, that which you made yourself!), “reduce, reuse and recycle,” pick up litter, shop local or ride your bike for an errand. Small acts by each of us can really add up to make a big difference! This month brings another observance, World Health Day, on April 7. Celebrate by learning about health issues around the globe and what you can do to help. Check out the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.int/worldhealth-day/en/ for more information. There are some wonderful healthy living articles in this issue to help you on your journey. Tina Siebers educates us on intuitive painting and how the process can change our lives. Kim Neher encourages those athletes among us to be mindful of food sensitivities and illustrates their effects on performance

and well-being. John Hartenberger shares what he’s learned in his years of working with hurting people, both as a physical therapist and pastor, and a fairly consistent continuum he applies. And there’s much more, so please read on! I hope you’re able to get wrapped up in the positive energy of this time of year and enjoy some quality time with nature. Please find your own special way to honor our planet this Earth Day! In health and happiness,

Do you have a comment or question about something you read in Nature's Pathways? Is there a story you'd like to read? How about something you didn't like as much? Whatever your opinion, we want to know! Please email Jackie at jpeters@naturespathways.com or info@naturespathways.com. Thanks for reading!

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The French secret for strong bones!
By Terry Lemerond

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ost people are familiar with the “French paradox.” It’s the fact that the people of France have excellent cardiovascular health and slimmer waistlines, despite the rich foods and wine enjoyed in that country. What some people may not be aware of is that the French have another secret — this one for healthy bones. It’s not calcium or prescription drugs … it’s silica. To build healthy bones, specialized cells called “osteoblasts” add fresh minerals to the bone, and “osteoclasts” remove older bone tissue by breaking down the minerals and reabsorbing them into the bloodstream. The two processes are crucial for health and intricately interlinked. Prescription biophosphonates stop the process of osteoclasts from breaking down minerals. That, in turn, stops the signal for any new minerals from coming into the bone. So you could say that initially they stop calcium and other minerals from leaving the bones. And they’re okay for short-term use, but that’s it, because they also completely stop the signal that keeps the body from rebuilding bone. The result? Brittle bones that aren’t being refreshed with the fresh minerals they need. That’s why people taking these drugs wind up with fractures in the femur — normally one of the strongest bones in the body.

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Silica, on the other hand, keeps the bone-building process running smoothly — bringing more calcium into the bones, allowing less calcium to leach away from the bones, but still keeping the process balanced the way nature intended. It’s the perfect choice for daily, long-term bone building. Unfortunately, you’re probably not getting enough silica from your diet alone. You need at least 10 to 25 mg of silica daily just to prevent a deficiency. You need about 30 to 40 mg to actually build healthy bones, but most food sources aren’t going to get you close to that. For example, even though bananas contain a significant amount of silica, less than two percent of it is absorbed. Even eating 50 bananas provides only about 8 mg of absorbed silica. So, you can see that supplemental silica is a must. But you want it to be plant-sourced, not from rocks of chemicals like some of the others out there. The best supplemental form of silica is an organic ingredient obtained from the above-ground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. The silica in the plant is gently extracted without chemicals or solvents, and remains attached to the plant bioflavonoids that keep it active in the body. At the same time, this gentle process screens out all the harsh, abrasive, insoluble and harmful substances. This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, making it extremely effective. In fact, this supplemental silica boosts calcium absorption and retention by up to 50 percent!1 Case studies have been extremely positive. Here’s just one example: A 72-year-old woman was suffering from knee pain for over a year. A blood test showed that her calcium levels were below normal, and that she had elevated phosphate levels, which indicate bone-resorbing osteoclast activity. In other words, her bones were breaking down faster than they could be built up. Although she had been taking calcium and pain relievers, her symptoms didn’t improve. Her doctor recommended this specialized silica. After one month, she could walk for one kilometer. After two months, she could walk without stopping for a break and her pain was gone!2
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This silica also increases the growth of collagen by over 50 percent, so aside from building healthy bones, it helps build healthy joints, too. This is probably one of the main reasons people in the case studies have noticed a pain-relieving effect. The cause of the pain was gone!1 In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 65 postmenopausal women were provided this specialized silica for 12 months to test its effects on bone mineralization. The silica slowed the natural process of bone breakdown but didn’t artificially stop it like prescription biophosphonates, either.3 Don’t wait to get started — the sooner you begin consciously taking care of your bones, the better. This French secret for strong bones — a specialized form of silica from an easily absorbed plant source — will help you build bone density and build collagen to keep your hair, skin, nails and joints healthy, too.
Terry Lemerond is the founder and president of EuroPharma, which markets supplements under the Terry Naturally brand name nationwide and is located at 955 Challenger Drive in Green Bay. He has over 40 years in the health food industry and has created over 400 nutritional formulations. For more information, visit www.europharmausa.com, www.terrytalksnutrition.com or call EuroPharma at 877.807.2731. References: 1. In vitro evaluation of the effect of Trica-Sil on the metabolism of bone matrix. Biopredic (Rennes, France) 1999. Data unpublished. 2. Effect of Trica-sil on osteoarticular disease and bone problems. Compilation of 150 case studies. 2006-2007. Data unpublished. 3. A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study of the effect of TricaSil on several biochemical markers of the bone remodeling. CERN (Lorient, France) 2005. Data unpublished.

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Whole body vibration for management of fibromyalgia
By Deb Lewis-Hasenberg

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ccording to WebMD, fibromyalgia  is the most common musculoskeletal condition after  osteoarthritis. It is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to  depression  and social isolation. What causes this disease is uncertain and the methods to treat it are many. Researchers continue to develop drugs to treat the symptoms, which work for some people, some of the time. At other times, the side effects of the drugs are as debilitating as the disease itself. Twenty years ago, this disease was rarely mentioned; today most of us know someone whose life is being affected by the widespread symptoms and hit-or-miss efforts at treatment. Even when an effective drug is found, the results are usually short-lived,

leaving a person frustrated and discouraged. While whole body vibration (WBV) is not a cure, research has shown that adding WBV to a consistent routine can go a long way to improve the quality of life of people suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia. In 2008, a study was conducted in Barcelona, Spain to determine the effectiveness of adding WBV to aid in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The study was conducted over a period of six weeks and included 36 women who had been diagnosed with the disease. The women were divided into three treatment groups: exercise and vibration (EVG), exercise (EG) and control (CG). The exercise program consisted of 15 minutes of a warm-up, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 25 minutes of stretching exercise and 20 minutes of relaxation. The protocol given to both EVG and EG groups consisted of static and dynamic tasks done while standing on a WBV platform. The EVG group’s tasks were performed while the machine was vibrating at a rate of intensity that was kept constant at 30 Hz of frequency and 2 mm of amplitude, the EG group performed the

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“ Research has shown that adding WBV to a consistent routine can go a long way to improve the quality of life of people suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia.”
tasks on the platform of a machine that was not turned on. The CG group did not participate in any type of exercise program. After six weeks, the participants were asked to fill out a Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ). The FIQ focused on pain, sleep, fatigue, stiffness, anxiety and depression, the most common symptoms related to fibromyalgia. When examining the significant interactions, pain and fatigue scores were significantly reduced from baseline in the EVG group, but not in the EG or CG group.1 This study is significant for three reasons. First, it showed that a traditional exercise program with supplementary WBV safely reduces pain and fatigue, the most important symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia, whereas exercise alone did not induce significant changes. Second, the results of WBV are observed after only six weeks of intervention. Because patients with fibromyalgia typically report not having time to invest in exercise therapy, or complain about how long it takes to see positive results, WBV may prove to be a valuable tool in the management of fibromyalgia. Third, the study indicates that further research should be focused on exploring how WBV produces these positive results and determining other potential benefits associated with WBV (i.e., muscle strength, hormonal changes, sleep quality). Since opening Good Vibrations Studio in September 2012, we have experienced results that support the results of this trial. Tonia, a member since we opened, had struggled with fibromyalgia symptoms and came in hoping to lose some weight. After working out at the studio three to five times a week, she has lost a couple of pants sizes, is sleeping better, has more energy and, most importantly, has been able to stick to an exercise program. She continues to lose inches and is now committed to regular use of her treadmill as well. Good Vibrations Studio offers a free one-week trial, monthly membership and WBV machine sales. Maybe we can help you or somebody you know manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
Deb Lewis-Hasenberg and her sister, Kristin Lewis, are the owners of Good Vibrations Studio, 1211 Rickmeyer Dr. in Fond du Lac. At Good Vibrations, we are dedicated to helping you make the changes you need to restore or enhance whole body wellness. Our services are designed to help you detox your body in a pleasant environment and to provide education on healthy alternatives to help you make better choices that empower you to live a healthier, happier life. Contact us for more information and ask about a one-week FREE trial: 920.921.1211, goodvibsstudio@gmail.com and www.goodvibrationsstudio.com. Good Vibrations Studio — “Where spa and fitness meet!” Source: “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,” Volume 14, Number 8, 2008, pp. 975–981.
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Secrets to sleeping soundly every night
By Randi Mann, NP

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f you are not sleeping well, you are not alone. Insomnia — trouble falling asleep or staying asleep — affects about onethird of the adult population worldwide. It is estimated that 70 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. Insomnia affects women more than men, but the quality of our sleep often decreases for both as we age. Typical symptoms can vary between problems falling asleep, waking frequently in the night, having difficulty falling back to sleep, waking too early in the morning and feeling unrefreshed after a night of sleep — all leading to feelings of daytime sleepiness. Research has shown that too little sleep has a large impact on health, including problems concentrating, irritability, more accidents, poor job and school performance, and increased sickness and weight gain. When we sleep, our bodies go into repair mode and we make two hormones, melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH). Melatonin helps to protect against cancer and HGH helps slow the aging process. Lack of sleep is simply disruptive to our physiology. Many things can cause insomnia — ­ stress, temperature fluctuations (especially problematic for peri-menopausal and menopausal women), hormonal imbalances, environmental noise or changes, jet lag, medication side effects or disruption to our normal sleep pattern. Chronic or acute pain, depression and anxiety, sleep apnea, being overtired and high stress all can play a part in interfering with a good night’s sleep. Lifestyle can also affect insomnia, including alcohol and caffeine intake, cigarette smoking and excessive afternoon napping.
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Are you interested in learning ways to sleep better that don’t involve taking a prescription medication? Please try the following tips to help restore your natural sleep rhythm: • Establish a consistent bedtime routine, and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day (including weekends). • Use the bedroom for sleep and romance only — not reading or television. • Create a calming and soothing environment that encourages sleep — use restful colors and eliminate clutter and distractions. • Create total darkness and quiet — consider use of eyeshades and earplugs, or use a “white noise” device to block out surrounding environmental sounds. • Avoid caffeine altogether or after 11 a.m. (yes, stop before noon!) — it may seem to help you to stay awake, but it actually makes your sleep worse. • Avoid alcohol — it may help you to fall asleep, but causes interruptions in sleep and poor quality of sleep. • Exercise in the daylight for at least 20 minutes daily — the sunlight enters your eyes and triggers your brain to release hormones that are vital to healthy sleep, mood and aging. • Do not exercise too close to bedtime (three hours or less) — it will activate you instead of help you to relax. • Avoid large meals three hours before bedtime. • Write down your worries and make plans for what you need to do the next day. This frees up your mind and energy to move into relaxing sleep.
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“ Try not to obsess about not falling asleep. It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it is not life threatening.”
• Try taking a warm bath — add one-half to one cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), one-half to one cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil to calm and soothe you. You will gain the benefits of the magnesium absorbed through your skin and the alkaline-balancing effects of baking soda, helping to relax your muscles and relieve tension. • Get a massage or practice full-body stretching. • Certain medications should be avoided such as antihistamines and cold medications, stimulants, steroids and some headache medications that contain caffeine. • Try not to obsess about not falling asleep. It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it is not life threatening. • Use herbal therapies like passionflower or valerian (Valeriana officialis) one to two hours before bedtime. Other supplements may be helpful such as calcium, L-theanine, GABA, 5-HTP and magnolia. Seek advice from knowledgeable sources regarding dosage and possible interactions if you are currently taking any prescription medications or have other chronic health issues. • Take 200-400 milligrams of magnesium citrate or glycinate to help relax your nervous system and muscles. • Melatonin (1-3 milligrams at night) can help to stabilize your sleep rhythm. Use a much lower dose, 0.3 milligrams sublingually if taken nightly. • Purchase a relaxation, mediation or guided imagery CD and listen to it when you climb in bed ready to fall off to sleep. Put it back on again if you wake up and can’t fall back to sleep. Do this for 30 nights in a row to help your body get rid of other bad sleep habits. Healthjourneys.com offers a wonderful one that you can order by mail or download. Many of my patients enjoy “Healthful Sleep,” available for purchase from www.healthjourneys.com. • Learn and practice a relaxation technique regularly. I teach my patients to practice a relaxation technique found on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website, www.drweil.com, called 4-7-8 relaxation breathing. • Get your hormone levels tested and, if needed, take customized dosed, bioidentical progesterone. When in the body, it creates metabolites that help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
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Decorating matters
By Teresa Van Lanen

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often wonder why I am drawn to beautify my spaces. Even watching others getting their spaces remodeled is engrossing for me. This is such a part of my life that my sons cringe when they see a paint roller in my hands. Their first priority now that they have their own space is to hang their Packers memorabilia, so I know they have the draw, too. I ponder the question, why am I so drawn to decorating? There has to be more to it than what is apparent on the surface. I sense it is with the strong connection between creativity and spirituality. Listening to a spiritual leader say that there is no difference between prayer and art hits home for me. Also, reading what designer Nate Berkus says, “The things we touch and see are all part of our lives. It is not materialistic but an honoring of who we are.” Reading and hearing these words help to further define my draw to beautifying my spaces.

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Color matters, with its energetic resonance. But now considering the things we put in our spaces makes sense as well. To have these things reflects our values, dreams, memories and personality; honoring who we are. When I delve into my attraction to DIY shows, it makes more sense now, too. These makeover shows actually represent transformation. To witness dramatic transformation in 30 minutes or less is pretty amazing. It fuels my soul. It helps me see that transformation is possible, not only for myself but also for others. Remember earlier I said there is no difference between prayer and art? Well in a way, the transformation on makeover shows is a form of witnessing spiritual transformation. By participants being in the NOW of what is happening and being open to positive change, wonderful things can happen. In our own spaces, through the use of various colors, textures and things, we are creating an energy that represents and honors who we are and where we have been. So the next time I ask myself if I am a design addict, I will reply no, I am addicted to spiritual transformation.
Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach and occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience. She works with individuals and groups to release blocks and increase their levels of joy and happiness. Visit Teresa on Facebook or her website: www.makingartoflife.com. Teresa will be hosting SoulCollage® workshops and drop-in courses throughout the year. Look for the two-day SoulConnection workshop May 5-6 at History Museum at the Castle, 330 East College Avenue, Appleton. View details at www.makingartoflife.com.

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You don’t have to be a scientist to contribute to renewable energy
By Samantha Zastrow

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hinking back to the days of 5th grade general science, do you remember learning about fossil fuels? If the definition is a little hazy, here’s a quick reminder: Fossil fuels are substances that the earth made after storing away natural waste for a long, long time. We as humans rely on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas to power our vehicles, heat our homes and provide electricity for all of our new “must have” gadgets. Even though it seems like we’ve been hearing about fossil fuels and relying on them forever, it is in many ways a “recent fad” in the grand scheme of mankind’s history. As you’ve heard, it’s a rather irresponsible fad. When we burn these substances, they release dangerous emissions into our atmosphere that have many negative effects. These emissions endanger the clean air we’d prefer to breathe, may destroy Earth’s natural protection from the sun, and cause harm to the plants and animals in the environment surrounding us. We also play a risky game by overly relying on fossil fuels to essentially be the lifeblood of our civilization, as humans cannot produce and replace the fossil fuels as quickly as we are currently using them. Though great work is being done industrywide to minimize the environmental impacts of burning coal, oil and gas to make electricity, there is still a long way to go. Renewable energy, on the other hand, is tangible for us to recreate and replace, and is a great alternative. Many of us have
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been utilizing renewable energy for years, likely without even realizing it. Do you, or someone you know, own a wood burner to heat a home? Wood is a renewable energy source. By utilizing sources such as the tree that fell on your mailbox during the last windstorm, you’re saving yourself money on the heating bill and becoming less dependent on fossil fuels. During the winter months, do you open your eastern-facing window shades so you can sit in the warmth of the morning sun? Did you realize you’re practicing “DIY renewable energy”? It may seem silly, but ultimately the idea of renewable energy comes down to using the natural resources we easily have available. So, what if you live in the middle of a city or suburb, and burning the wood from your backyard is not a plausible option? Well, here’s the thing — due to recent advancements in the field (no pun intended!) our friends living out in the wide open spaces of countryside have renewable energy to spare. Cattle never stop extruding waste and the wind just keeps blowing, so there’s lots of renewable energy to be shared. Through the NatureWise program, anyone who receives their electricity through Wisconsin Public Service has the opportunity to buy renewable energy for their home or business. Energy is harnessed from local wind farms, landfills and a local dairy farm. The wind farms create energy through the many windmills you’ve seen appear in recent years; the biogas that the landfill emits is

collected for energy; and the dairy farm has a manure digester that harnesses the biogas from the methane produced by the cattle’s poo (messy, but true!). Without going into great detail regarding the processes, know that the energy is just as reliable as conventional energy, is created locally and is collected in a way that nurtures the environment, rather than hurting it. Due to advancements such as these, it’s becoming easier to harness renewable energy on a large scale ­ — making it convenient for businesses and cities to rely on it. While currently the price of renewable energy is slightly higher than conventional sources, as more individuals and large corporations commit to using renewable energy and sustainable practices, the basic pattern of supply and demand will follow. Renewable energy burns cleaner than conventional practices and is better for the environment. As each generation continues to realize its importance more and more, renewable energy will soon be the standard practice. Sustainability is not a passing fad. Find out more about the NatureWise program online at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/environment/naturewise.aspx.
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Buy local

When at all possible, buy your products from local shops. Shopping at your neighborhood store saves fuel and therefore emits less carbon into our environment. Avoid buying online as more fuel is used to get your package to your doorstep. You can further reduce your pet’s carbon pawprints by purchasing foods made by local manufacturers. Look for foods that are produced in Wisconsin or the Midwest. Some brands to look for are Nutri Source, Fromm, Evanger’s, American Natural Premium, Vital Essentials and Stella & Chewy’s raw diets. Also look for treats and chews from companies such as Jones Natural Chews (Rockford, Ill.) or True Chews (Minnesota). Antler harvested from Wisconsin is also a good choice.

"Look for foods that are produced in Wisconsin or the Midwest."
Buy foods made by “green” manufacturing plants

Know where your food comes from and where they source their products. Manufacturers using local farmers for their products significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Importing and trucking consume large amounts of fuel and are a huge detriment to our air quality.

Flush your pet’s waste

Feed a higher bio-available food

When your pet consumes a more bio-available food, they produce less waste. When their food is fresher and made with more meat, it is absorbed in the body instead of going out the back end. This means less feces in our landfills. Feeding a raw meat diet balanced for your dog or cat is the most bio-available diet you can feed. You can also feed a fresh cooked diet balanced for your pet such as Deli-Fresh for Pets. If feeding a kibble diet fits your lifestyle better, look for foods that have a higher meat content and are not loaded with fillers. More specifically, look for grain-free diets that have a 60 percent and greater meat content.

The pet market is flooded with “biodegradable” waste bags for your pet, which is great, but where are we disposing of them? If you are throwing your “package” in the garbage, it isn’t biodegrading at all. In fact, the landfills are specifically designed with a “shield” to avoid anything from seeping into the earth. Alternatively, look for flushable waste bags, such as Flush ‘Ems by Royal Pet. For your cat, purchase flushable cat litter made of corn or wheat. Common flushable cat litter brands are World’s Best and Swheat Scoop.

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Buy organic

Buying organic products is not only healthier for your pet, but also better for the environment. Chemically grown products destroy the natural mineral composition of our soil making it difficult to replenish. 100 percent organic pet foods are not widely available, however, there are many pet food companies using organic products in their recipes. Natural Planet Organics uses organic fruits, vegetables and grains. Stella & Chewy’s also uses organic vegetables and their meat is hormone and antibiotic-free.
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Purchasing a pet from a breeder is supporting the reproduction of additional dogs and cats. Our world is overpopulated with unwanted dogs and cats, and as a result, hundreds a day are euthanized. Not only is this heartbreaking, but it also affects our environment, as the cremation of these animals produces toxic carbons into our air. A spayed or neutered pet is a more well-mannered animal, which may avoid some risky behaviors and reproducing more unwanted pets.
Michelle Lonergan owns Tabby & Jack’s Pet Supplies & Holistic Pet Services. She has studied pet nutrition her whole life and is well known in the Madison area for her expertise in healing dogs and cats with a tailored diet, supplements and natural topicals. She works with many holistic vets in the Madison area to manage a health plan through proper nutrition. If you have questions or comments about this article or need advise on tailoring a diet for your pet, please contact Michelle Lonergan at michelle@tabbyandjacks.com.
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Cultivate an herb garden

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any people cultivate gardens both inside and outside of their homes with a focus on adding aesthetic appeal to their property. But a garden that boasts plants that are edible and pleasing to the eye is a possibility as well. Planting an herb garden is a creative way to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of a wide variety of plants. Using fresh-harvested herbs in culinary endeavors imparts a taste that dried spices cannot match. What’s more, fresh herbs are often easy to cultivate. Herbs are versatile, capable of lending great flavor to foods while also playing different roles in personal  health  and beauty. Herbs can be grown to perfume homes and bodies. There are herbs that are also purported to help with ailments, from upset stomachs to anxiety. When planting an herb garden, you may want to pay particular attention to the types of flavors and smells you like in your home and cooking. This will help you to narrow down the types of herbs you will plant. Many would-be herb gardeners tend to start small to see what luck they have when cultivating herbs. Fortunately, herbs can grow well in containers indoors, provided the soil is amenable and there is plenty of sunlight. Herbs will grow best in well-prepared soil. Make sure that it is rich in organic matter and drains well. Also, for plants like parsley, be sure to have deep pots or dig deeply in the garden to establish long taproots. Until the weather warms up, you may want to begin herb cultivation indoors and then transfer plants outside during the summer. Basil, for instance, is a tropical plant that does well in warm conditions. Therefore, it will need to be kept away from
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drafts and get several hours of direct sunshine a day. Place most herb planters in a south-facing window of a home to ensure they get ample sunlight and to allow the soil to dry adequately between waterings. With many herbs, leaf production will diminish on any stems that flower. It is essential to pinch off flowers that form to encourage the herb plant to continue producing leaves, which are the parts of the plant most associated with seasoning and aroma.
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The 80/20 rule applied to weight loss
By Tony Bednarowski

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his is a somewhat touchy subject for me to cover, but since I’m asked about it so often, I feel it is imperative to enlighten you on it. We’ve all heard of the 80/20 rule. This rule can be applied to many things in life, from economics, business and marketing, to health care and even relationships. But what does it actually mean when applied to weight loss? As you’ve probably noticed, even though

“Eighty percent of your weight-loss success will come directly through your nutritional choices and 20 percent will be aided by your activity level.”
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Physical activity is different from exercise. Physical activity is defined as being active throughout the day by not leading a sedentary lifestyle, whereas exercise is a planned activity such as running, cycling, aerobics and strength training. Physical activity will become effortless once you’ve actually seen and felt change take place. On the other hand, when looking at incorporating some sort of exercise program into your newly found lifestyle, please take it slow, especially if you’ve been inactive for some time or have never exercised before. Don’t take the all-or-nothing approach. Incorporate a sound plan and adapt it to your personality, lifestyle, schedule and disposition. This way you will incorporate it into your lifestyle and make it a permanent aspect of your life. So there you have it. With the right balance of good nutrition and physical activity, weight-loss success can be yours!
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Question: If I get sick, will loading up on vitamin C help me get better sooner? Answer: Many people will start to worry about how much vitamin C they are consuming when they feel an illness coming on. For the most part, studies have shown little or no benefit. Consuming extra vitamin C after you’re already showing signs and symptoms of an illness will not help you recover faster. However, for those that consume the proper amount of vitamin C regularly, this may help reduce the duration of a cold by about a day, and they may have fewer symptoms than a person not meeting their daily requirement. Unfortunately, relatively high doses of 1-2 grams may be needed to elicit these very mild benefits, so is it really worth it in the end? Keep in mind, the RDA for women is 75 milligrams per day and 90 milligrams per day for men. Vitamin C can be found in acidic foods such as oranges, strawberries and kiwis, and also in green, leafy vegetables. It’s also found in citrus juices or those fortified with Vitamin C. Bottom line — only you can decide if you want to dose up on vitamin C. It certainly won’t cause any problems, but the minimal benefits may not justify the added expense. Question: I have taken some time off from the gym and gained some extra weight, not to mention the fact that I feel a bit weaker. Did all my muscle just turn to fat? Answer: This is a great question, and all too often it may seem like this is actually happening when people stop working out. However, muscle and fat are two completely different types of body tissue. Neither can simply turn into the other. When people stop working out for long periods,
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food intake should decrease because if you’re not expending as many calories; you certainly don’t need to consume as many calories. It’s important to remember that the muscles in your body are active tissues that are constantly using energy even when you’re sedentary. This means the more muscle you have, the more calories you need. The opposite is true as well. Unfortunately, when workouts decline, people often consume the same amounts of food that they had been when they were working out. These extra calories are stored in your body as adipose tissue (body fat). If you make a conscious effort to consume fewer calories when you stop working out, then you should be able to avoid the added pounds.
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Mentioning menopause: what every woman should know about their unique journey
(Part 2)
By Casey E. Guilfoyle, LMT, NCTMB, S4OM

Let’s continue our menopause discussion where we left off last month …

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enopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods (generally once 12 menstrual cycles are missed) and marks the end of the reproductive years. It occurs because the ovaries run out of eggs. The average age is 50 years, with a normal range from 45 to 55. But as early as the age of 35, a woman’s ovaries can start to produce less estrogen, resulting in irregular periods. Natural progesterone is the identical hormone that is produced by the ovaries. It is made from naturally occurring plant steroids found in the wild yam. It is NOT the synthetic version that is commonly purchased as tablets with a prescription. A synthetic progesterone like Provera or medroxyprogesterone can produce severe side effects, including increased risk of cancer, abnormal menstrual flow, fluid retention, nausea and depression, and can even increase risk of heart disease and stroke. Side effects are extremely rare with natural progesterone. The only one of concern is that it can potentially alter the timing of your menstrual cycle. According to Mayo Clinic1, some complementary and alternative treatments that have been or are being studied include: • Plant estrogens (phytoestrogens): These estrogens occur naturally in certain foods. There are two main types of phytoestrogens: isoflavones and lignans. Isoflavones are found in soybeans, chickpeas and other legumes. Lignans occur in flaxseed, whole grains, and some fruits and vegetables. Whether the estrogens in these foods can relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms remains to be proved, but most studies have found them ineffective. Isoflavones have some weak estrogen-like effects; so if you’ve had breast cancer, talk to your doctor
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before supplementing your diet with isoflavone pills. • Bioidentical hormones: The term “bioidentical” implies the hormones in the product are chemically identical to those your body produces. However, compounded bioidentical hormones are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so quality and risks could vary. But there are many FDA-approved bioidentical formulations available in a variety of strengths at the pharmacy. Talk with your provider to see if any of these may be a good option for you. • Black cohosh: Black cohosh has been popular among many women with menopausal symptoms. But there’s little evidence that black cohosh is effective, and the supplement could be harmful to the liver (may cause liver damage in high doses or in individuals with preexisting liver conditions). Results may vary by individual. As with any herb, check with your healthcare provider. It has been used in Europe for over 50 years. • Yoga: Some studies show that yoga — a combination of controlled breathing, posing and meditation — and tai chi and qigong — a series of slow movements and meditation — may be effective in decreasing the number of hot flashes in perimenopausal women. It’s best to take a class to learn how to perform postures and the proper breathing techniques. • Acupuncture: Acupuncture may have some temporary benefit in helping to reduce hot flashes. In addition to considering treatments such as these, be sure to surround yourself with a support team: a certified massage therapist to help with the tension; a hair stylist to keep your hair looking good (because it will become dull and lifeless); a good exercise or yoga class to keep the energy going and extra menopausal pounds
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off; and a manicurist to keep the hangnails at bay, to name a few. Remember, many of your friends and colleagues are going through this or have been through it (and survived, I might add). Together, the golden years will shine brighter than ever. Most importantly, a sense of humor is a definite requirement when dealing with menopause. “So, adopt Hallmark’s Maxine as your idol,” suggests a dear friend of mine.
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Chronic inflammation: the root of all evil!
(Well, actually the cause of most chronic illness)
By John Sowinski, RPh

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ersistent, systemic inflammation is at the root of practically all known chronic health conditions, including everything from rheumatoid arthritis and high cholesterol to dementia and cancer. These conditions are not necessarily inevitable and neither is chronic inflammation, but you have to know what lifestyle and dietary steps to take in order to avoid them, many of which are fairly simple and straightforward. When you think of inflammation, you probably think of arthritis or possibly an injury to a joint. You know the signs: the joint is swollen, painful, red and warm, and you may have limited function of the joint. In the case of the injury, the inflammation is short term and helps in the healing process; while in arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, the chronic inflammation eventually causes severe damage to the joints involved. In the same way, chronic internal inflammation is just as damaging.

Internal chronic inflammation has many causes, one of the biggest being stress. Stress comes from many sources such as life situations, lack of sleep and especially the food we eat. Food causes stress in two main ways: through incomplete digestion and inflammation to the body. Foods that we eat need to be broken down by the body through digestion. It starts in the mouth, continues in the stomach and finally completes as it goes through the intestines. When foods don’t completely digest, they may get absorbed and cause inflammation. There are two causes of this; the most obvious is that the food didn’t get completely digested. One way to solve this is to use digestive enzymes when you eat. This is especially true if you are using medications for the stomach such as Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex or Protonix. Another way these foods get absorbed, even if they aren’t
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inflammation is the food we eat. The simplest way to stop eating inflammatory foods is to eliminate all grains, sugar and trans fat from your diet. Keep in mind that the term used is eliminate, not limit. To eliminate grains and sugar, you are talking about eliminating bread, pasta, cereal, bagels, cake, candy and others. High fructose corn syrup, also known as corn sugar, is also inflammatory and should be eliminated. Trans fat is usually included in packaged foods. When looking at packaged foods, ignore any statements like “contains no trans fat.” Look at the ingredient list and look for the word “hydrogenated.” Any oil that has been hydrogenated has been altered and is inflammatory. If you are wondering, what do I eat? Consider becoming a caveman (or cavewoman). No, don’t move into a cave, but consider what Paleolithic men ate: fish, animals they killed, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts. The closest thing to animals killed in the wild that we have today would be grass-fed pasture-raised meats. They did not eat grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar and processed oils. Diet plays an essential role in lowering your risk for chronic diseases, and decreasing intake of inflammatory foods is important. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a major part of this inflammation process. Lifestyle changes are important to a healthy life, but the changes you have been taught may not be the best way for you to become healthy.
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Pilates 101
By Cathy Clark

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here is so much to know when it comes to practicing Pilates.  You could read volumes of books and go to hundreds of classes, and still have so much to learn. Here is a list of basic concepts every Pilates student should know:

Guiding principles

• Concentration: Pilates is really a meeting of the mind and the body. Focus your mind on an exercise and you’ll master it in no time. • Centering: Whether it’s called the powerhouse or the gut, every move starts from your center. More than just abs, it also includes muscles in the buttocks, hips and back. Strengthening from the center enhances your whole body and transforms how you move. • Control: Oringinally called “contrology,” Pilates needs to be performed with the control of a gymnast or dancer. This precision will help you get more from each move, as well as prevent injuries. • Precision: One precise Pilates move brings more benefit than ten sloppy ones. That’s why the reps are small. The point is to perform them perfectly, not just power through from one to the next. • Breath: Pilates is a workout for the lungs as well as the

muscles. Deep breathing releases tension and creates a rhythm that pulls you through the exercises. Inhale to prepare and exhale as you perform each movement. • Flow: As you master the moves, Pilates becomes more like a fluid dance than a collection of exercises. This rhythm encourages grace and flexibility, and can have a meditative effect.

Know your “core” 

In the most general terms, the core entails the body minus the legs and arms. Major muscles in this area include the rectus abdominus, internal and external obliques, transversus abdominals, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus and erector spinae. Minor core muscles include the back, buttocks and shoulder muscles.

Body principles

• Pelvic placement: Neutral and imprint/scoop. • Head and cervical placement: Neutral cervical placement; keeping the natural curve of your spine in your neck. • Spinal articulation: Moving one vertebra at a time (think “You are as young as your spine is flexible.” –Joseph Pilates). • Fluidity/flow: Balance, grace, agility; move and live with purpose and precision.

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By practicing Pilates, you are able to improve blood circulation, stretch the muscles, increase flexibility, develop minor muscles to strengthen major muscles, perfect posture, reawaken, and learn patience and persistence. Make the best use of your exercise time. Go into your class with the goal of making your body strong for all the activities you love in your life and the ones you’ve yet to try!
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he spring sports season is a popular time for school-aged children. After a few months of being cooped up indoors, many kids are ready to spend time in the fresh air. Organized team sports are one way they can burn energy and learn lessons in camaraderie and problem-solving. Spring sports season presents a host of opportunities for athletic youngsters. But the secret to a successful season has little to do with wins and losses and a lot to do with

making sure children have fun and take the necessary precautions to reduce their risk of injury on the playing field. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, nearly 40 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports across North America each year. Although sports are an ideal way to socialize and get much-needed exercise, they also can increase participants’ risk of suffering a sports-related injury. The Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention state that millions of children age 15 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. Some of the more common injuries include sprains and strains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries and heat-related illness. Certain sports go hand-in-hand with the spring season. Here is a look at some popular spring sports and how to reduce a child’s risk of suffering some of the more common injuries associated with those sports.

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The start of the spring season coincides with the commencement of the professional baseball season. Therefore, many schools and towns have baseball and softball leagues that also begin once the weather warms up. Baseball and softball are popular sports. However, each sport involves sliding, running, fast-moving balls and long hours out in the elements. Each of these activities can cause injury, and some of the more common injuries associated with baseball and softball include soft tissue strains, fractures after being hit by a ball, sunburn and heat fatigue. Children who are playing baseball or softball should always wear the recommended safety equipment. This includes a batting helmet, shin guards, athletic supporters, sunscreen, mouth guards and eye protection. Proper stretching and warm-ups can make muscles and tendons limber before play.
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Soccer

Soccer has long been a popular sport around the world, and interest in the sport has grown considerably in the United States. Soccer is ideal for developing handeye coordination. The constant running involved also makes it one of the best spring sports for kids in terms of overall exercise. Due to the constant movement involved with soccer, players should regularly rehydrate. Shin guards can prevent injuries and bruising to the legs, while wearing sunscreen will protect kids from sun exposure.

prevent injury. Players must wear helmets, typically with a safety grill over the face for boys. A mouthpiece, gloves and padding can be worn to further prevent injuries.

Track and field

Some athletes excel in track and field. Although less combative than other sports discussed and with little or no risk of contact-related injury, there are still some dangers inherent to

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a game that marries elements of basketball, football and hockey. Players throw and catch a small, hard, rubber ball with a netted stick, called a crosse. Lacrosse is a contact sport; therefore, protective gear is essential to

track and field. Strains and sprains from falls or rolling ankles are common. Safety precautions for track and field competitors revolve heavily around the athlete’s conditioning. Allow for ample warm-up periods and make sure athletes always wear supportive footwear. Players should always consume a good deal of water or other fluids to remain hydrated, and take sufficient breaks when the weather is warm. Spring sports are popular for children of all ages. When the weather warms, the desire to get out on the field and engage in play increases. Adults can safeguard their children by ensuring the rules of the game are met and that the proper safety equipment is always used.
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crystalREVELATIONS

Minerals: helping to cope with grieving
By Jane Hamilton

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t 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, my father passed away. I was at his side along with his wife, Peg, and my husband, Jesse. The Monday before he passed, he had just turned 80. His name was William Ralph Creapo. The last six months of his life, he was in and out of the hospital. Some of his return trips were due to the incompetence of the people who were charged with his well-being. Fifteen years before his death, he was in the hospital for 45 days due to a botched surgery Various malachite formations frame this 1962 photo of column author and her father, Ralph. that was supposed to “fix” his problems, but instead they made his life more difficult. Regardless of the circumstances The second-to-last time that he was in the hospital, I asked my of his last years, last months and even his last days, he always had an husband if he would do energy work on Dad. We went to the hospital answer or a comeback that he delivered with a smile. That’s how I where a session of energy work was done. After he finished, Jesse told knew he was still “my Dad.” My father and I had been estranged for me and my father’s wife that my Dad could not be healed, but he many years, but over the last few years we had started to communi- would help him find peace as he passed. My father had lived a hard cate and his wit was never diminished. fast life; his first heart attack was at 35, his liver was shot, his lungs filled with fluid and his kidneys were shutting down. I wanted my father to leave this place without fear and with dignity. Jesse helped him to do that. The sessions that followed were called “treatments” by my father. They were sessions that Jesse poured love and peace on a vibrational level into my father. Jesse would work on him so that he wasn’t in pain and could breathe better, and then would give him the frequency of love that gave him peace. The second-to-last night my father was alive and lucid, when Jesse entered the room and took Lepidolite specimens paired with golden onyx. Crystals in calcite stalagmite specimen. my father’s hands in his hands, my father
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looked up at him and said, “My friend is here.” He told Jesse that he was “a beautiful man” and “magnificent.” That same night, my father told me that he was dying, he said he was “ok” and ready to die. The next evening, the very last night of my father’s life, Jesse was there to show my father the gateways and help him move on to the next Calcite comes in a rainbow of colors. place bathed in light, peace and love. Intellectually, one knows that the passing of one who is suffering and is ready to move on is the best thing to happen for that person. No one wants their loved one to suffer. I did not want my father to suffer and linger in pain. But then there is the little girl inside me that creeps out and just wants her “Daddy” to still be here. But he’s not … he is gone. Sometimes the grieving process needs a push to help us get over our loss. As a part of the process, minerals and crystals can help us get through these tough times with their energy and vibration. Here are some minerals to assist in this process: • Onyx will aid in banishment of grief, allowing us to lift the sadness that we have from the loss of someone we love. • Apache tears, a form of obsidian, which is a volcanic glass formed by great pressure. This mineral gives us comfort in a time of grief. Traditionally it has been used to mourn the loss of warriors not back from battle. Insight is given to one to accept death. • Malachite, known as the stone of transformation, will aid us in the acceptance of the change that the death of a loved one has forced upon us. • Calcite calms one and assists in soothing the emotions brought by the grief of the passing of a loved one. It will help us to identify those feelings created by the situation and then assist in releasing those emotions into the universe. • Lepidolite, also a stone of transformation, helps one to accept the change and the loss of a loved one. It will help to smooth the difficulties that one suffers as one moves through the grieving process. If you find yourself in the situation of grieving and you can not get through it alone, please turn to your friends and family for help. If need be, please seek professional help. You do not have to be alone at this time in your life. As for me, please do not worry. I am doing fine. I loved my father and when I think of him and who he was, a smile comes to my lips and then into my heart. “I miss you, Daddy.”
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Shopping for a home loan
Things to consider when taking out a mortgage
By Alan M. Zierler

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or the average American, buying a home is one of the biggest investments they will ever make. Even with a sizeable down payment, most people finance at least a portion of the cost, usually in the form of a home loan (mortgage). If you’ve ever applied for a mortgage, you’re probably aware that it can be overwhelming at times. Getting organized and preparing before applying can help

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Choosing the mortgage that is right for you is a matter of deciding which one best fits your lifestyle, budget and needs. Some of the more common types of home mortgages include fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and balloon mortgages. Each of these loan options has pros and cons, and the best choice for you depends on your situation.
Fixed-rate mortgage: The interest rate on a fixed-rate mortgage remains the same throughout the life of the loan. Pros: You know exactly how much you owe. The interest and principal payments are fixed and are usually due at regular intervals, making it easier to budget. Cons: Interest rates are usually a little higher than other types of loans. While you can opt to refinance if interest rates go down, you will likely have to pay closing costs again.

Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM): An ARM has a set initial fixed-rate period (usually one or more years) during which the interest rate doesn’t change. After that time, the interest rate and monthly payments may fluctuate up or down based on market rates. Pros: Good option if planning to pay off, refinance or only stay in your home for a limited number of years. The lower interest rate can equal lower mortgage payments during the initial fixed-rate period. Cons: The interest rate and payments may go up considerably once the initial term ends, which makes this a risky option if planning to stay and pay for your home over a long period of time. Balloon mortgage: These mortgages are similar to ARMs in that they feature a relatively low rate and fixed payments for an initial period of time. After the initial term, the entire balance of the loan is due, so you either need to make a lump-sum payment or refinance. Pros: This is a good option if you expect to pay off or refinance your mortgage at the end of the initial term. It is also a popular
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“ Of course, competitive loan rates and a variety of loan options are essential considerations, but a trusted, experienced lender who is willing to guide you through the mortgage process can be invaluable.”
option when mortgage interest rates are high, in hopes that rates will be lower by the time the initial term is up. Cons: While interest rates may be lower when you refinance, there is also a chance that they could be even higher than when you first took out the loan. Social Security number, your current and previous addreses, the name and address of your present mortgage company (if applicable) and how much you currently pay for your mortgage or rent. • Details about your employment, including documentation of your salary (pay stubs from the last 30 days) and your W-2 forms from the previous two years, along with information about other sources of income and assets. • Information about your financial obligations, including payments and balances for loans, credit cards and other debts.

• Proof of down payment — verifying funds in account two months prior to closing.

Choosing a lender

During the mortgage loan process, one of the most important things you can shop for is a good lender. Of course, competitive loan rates and a variety of loan options are essential considerations, but a trusted, experienced lender who is willing to guide you through the mortgage process can be invaluable. Ask your friends for recommendations and look around for a credit union or bank that has a good track record of working with their members.
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Your credit union or bank will likely require additional items, but here are a few of the things you’ll want to gather before applying for your loan: • Your personal information, such as your

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Carol’s miracle in progress
By Kathi Bloy

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arol Cappaert is always happiest when she’s busy. While she worked part-time at Kohl’s in Darboy for the last six years, she used her off hours to help others as a volunteer. A member of the social concerns committee at her church in Hollandtown, she prepared and served food and did laundry at the warming shelter in Appleton for a week. Carol was a regular volunteer at St. Paul Home in Kaukauna, helping with paperwork and, in later years, passing out water to patients and making beds. Last October, Carol thought she had the flu. When she developed a rare headache that wouldn’t go away, her husband, Anthony, who is disabled and can’t drive, called Carol’s mother. She took them to the emergency room, where an MRI revealed that Carol had a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a condition in which arteries in the brain connect directly to veins. While the malformation usually is present at birth, it often doesn’t cause symptoms until later in life. When pressure builds and blood vessel tissue is damaged, the AVM can leak blood into the brain. That bleeding caused Carol’s headache. And, as often happens with AVM, she also had developed brain aneurysms — three of them.

Carol Cappaert and her husband Anthony.

Carol spent many weeks in ICU following her four surgeries, then did inpatient rehabilitation and finally went home with nursing care. She wants to thank the Hollandtown community. Carol says, “They drove my husband to the hospital to see me and made meals for him. They were just wonderful.” Carol and Anthony have two married children, Melissa Hall and Andy Cappaert, and one grandchild, Andy’s three-year-old daughter. Melissa says that Carol probably appreciates life more today. “While in ICU, she had a tracheotomy and had to be fed through a tube. Now she enjoys being able to eat and is happy just to be alive.” Carol says, “In the last month I’ve been able to cook again and

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do the laundry. I can vacuum the house if I want. I can really do anything except drive. When I can do that again, I want to go back to work and volunteering.” She also will help Anthony sell his wooden lawn decorations at craft shows and farmers markets on the weekends. Carol just won’t be happy unless she is busy. She has no health insurance and her medical bills have been costly. To help cover those expenses, her friends and family are planning a Celebration of Support with the help of Community Benefit Tree. If you would like to help Carol get back to work and volunteering, please join her “miracle team” at Tanner’s Grill and Bar in Kimberly from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th for music, food, raffles, a silent auction and kids games. Or you may send Carol a card or make a donation online at the Community Benefit Tree website: www.communitybenefittree. org. Click on the “Carol (Biese) Cappaert Celebration of Support event.” Checks can also be made payable and mailed to: Community Benefit Tree, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130 — Attn: Carol (Biese) Cappaert Fund. All donations made through Community Benefit Tree are tax deductible.
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What has the Wisconsin winter done to your landscape?
By Gary Coroneos

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isconsin winters are often responsible for severe damage to our landscapes. Our plants endure cold temperatures, wind, heavy snow, salt and hungry animals. Cold temperatures can damage plants in several ways. Injury is more prevalent and more severe when low temperatures of prolonged duration occur in early fall or late spring. Extreme fluctuations in temperature can be extremely destructive to plants throughout the fall, winter and spring. On cold winter days, the sun can heat up the bark to the point where an area of the bark becomes active. When the sun is blocked, the bark temperature drops rapidly, killing the entire area. This usually happens with thin-barked and newly planted trees. It may not be until summer when you see the damage. Damage usually appears as an elongated, sunken, dried or cracked area of dead bark, usually on the south or southwest side of the tree. You can reduce the chance of damage by wrapping the trunk with commercial tree wrap, plastic tree guards or any other light-colored material; it will reflect the sun and keep the bark at a more constant temperature.

Some springs you may notice many evergreen plants that are offcolor or brown; this is called winter burn. Winter burn can occur for a few different reasons. The number one reason this occurs is due to no snow cover and low temperatures, which causes the soil to freeze deep enough to stop water from being taken up by the roots of the evergreen. Winter sun and wind cause excessive foliage water loss that cannot be replaced, resulting in dehydration of the plant tissue. Another way winter burn transpires is during bright, sunny winter days when the foliage warms up enough to become active, but then the sun is quickly shaded and the temperature

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drops and damages the foliage. Foliage damage normally occurs on the south, southwest and windward sides of the plant, but in severe cases the whole plant may be affected. Do not prune out the brown right away because the new buds are more cold-hardy than the needles and the new growth may fill in the area quickly. The best prevention for winter burn is to water all your evergreens well in the fall; do not let them go into winter dry. If the winter is very dry and you think they are starting to burn, cover them with pine boughs or burlap to reduce the effects of winter sun and wind. Snow and ice damage can happen to any plant in the winter. Heavy snow accumulations can cause bending and breaking of branches. Multiple leader upright evergreens are usually the hardest hit. Damage can usually be reduced by tying the leaders together about two-thirds of the way up with rope or nylon stockings. Make sure you do not wrap the rope all the way around the stem because this can girdle the stem in later years and be more damaging than the snow could ever be. Salt used for de-icing can cause injury to all parts of your plant. Not only can it damage the foliage of evergreens but also the buds and stems of deciduous trees. In the spring, salt runoff can injure roots and be absorbed by the plant. The best solution is not planting trees and shrubs in highly salted areas. Avoid areas where salt runoff collects or use salt tolerant species in that area. Some people use burlap barriers for protection from salt spray. Our wildlife can cause great damage to our landscape in the winter. Mice, rabbits and deer feed on the twigs, bark and foliage. They can girdle trees and shrubs overnight and eat shrubs to the ground. The best wildlife prevention is fencing. For rodents like field mice and meadow voles, you need quarter-inch mesh hardware cloth. For rabbits and deer, chicken wire works well. Always make sure to go high enough so wildlife cannot get over the top in deep snow. Although plant cold-hardiness and winter injury are common problems with Wisconsin winters, appropriate plant selection, proper site selection, and suitable practice and maintenance will significantly reduce or prevent severe injury or complete loss of your landscape plants. If you were not adequately prepared, now is the time to get advice from a local landscape professional about how to best deal with this past winter’s damage!
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How trauma impacts our lives and what to do about it
Part 1 – What is trauma?
By Cherie Lindberg, LPC, NCC

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rauma is in the eye of the beholder. It is a person’s perception and interpretation of what has happened to them. Any life event that causes a person to feel very overwhelmed, helpless or trapped can become a “stuck” traumatic experience in the mind/body. Cumulative traumas beginning from conception can shape how we think, act, feel, react and respond.

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our lives. How we make sense of our world begins with our attachments and relationships in our childhood. These relationships influence our perceptions of ourselves and of others. Attachment and bonding experiences influence how we connect and disconnect in relationships throughout our lifetime. If a child is experiencing and witnessing abuse, their worldview will be a negative worldview. They will start to believe that the world around them is not safe, and their behavior will reflect these beliefs. “What flows through your mind sculpts your brain.” –Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

“How we make sense of our world begins with our attachments and relationships in our childhood. These relationships influence our perceptions of ourselves and of others.”
Network for Action 2012 Resource Guide,” also developed by the Children’s Bureau.1 Educating our community and supporting the next generation of parents is paramount to avoid repeating generational trauma. Traumatic experiences and resulting behaviors get conditioned, and if individuals are not aware of how this impacts them, they are likely to repeat what was done to them. Educating the community that everyone has the ability to rewire and rework old memories and experience is important. We have the ability to change our worldviews and perceptions of ourselves and others. Please check back next month for part 2, which will focus on moving forward toward healing.
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A gluten-free Q&A
By Rebecca Brown 

Question: I’m new to the gluten-free lifestyle, and I am overwhelmed with what foods I cannot eat! Where do I start? Answer: Go back to the basics and start there with foods that are naturally gluten-free. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and rice are all good places to start. We often overwhelm ourselves with what foods we cannot eat. If you think about what foods you can eat, the outlook on eliminating gluten looks much more positive. Start with a list or menu. Planning ahead will always make mealtime less overwhelming. Get a cookbook (gluten-free, unless you’re feeling very confident with substituting) and be prepared to spend some time in the kitchen. Try to replace the wheat flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour, and do not give up on the first try if something doesn’t turn out. Eliminate wheat in a meal by omitting the bread or breading. Using a lettuce wrap instead is not only gluten-free, but also a healthier option. Pair your protein and veggies with rice, quinoa, millet or sweet potatoes. And don’t forget to let yourself indulge once in a while so you don’t feel deprived of some of those foods you used to eat. Think of some of those natural sweet treats, like chocolate, tea or coffee! Question: What are some of the signs of a gluten allergy or sensitivity? Answer: One of the biggest and most-obvious signs would be the gastrointestinal (GI), stomach and digestive problems, which can include one or some of the following: gas, bloating, queasiness, abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea and an urgency to go to the bathroom (which can all be paired with IBS - irritable bowel syndrome). Additional signs include headaches/migraines and emotional issues like chronic irritability and sudden, irrational mood shifts. Sometimes these symptoms appear right after meals but don’t last long. In other cases, symptoms can last for a few days or even show up days later, which can then often lead to a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease instead of gluten intolerance. Fibromyalgia, fatigue, joint pain and neurological issues can also be signs of a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
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If you’re experiencing these issues or would just like to eliminate gluten, keep a journal of your progress. Start by writing down your possible symptoms and whether they are sporadic or chronic. After a 60-day elimination period, go over your notes and see how many of your symptoms linger. If they are mostly gone, you may decide to stick with your gluten-free diet. If you’re uncertain, go back to your former diet to see if those symptoms come back with a vengeance.
Question: Are oats really gluten-free? Answer: Yes. Uncontaminated pure oats are gluten-free. The main problem with oats is contamination. Most commercial oats are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye. The gluten in these ingredients can contaminate oats, and the nature of most gluten intolerances is that even a trace amount of gluten can cause severe distress. Contamination can also happen in the field, when oats are grown side-by-side with fields of wheat. And contamination can vary between batches of processed oats grown and processed in the same place. So one box of conventional oats may be okay for one gluten-intolerant person, but then the next box might give them a terrible reaction. It’s best to completely avoid conventionally grown and processed oats and stick with certified gluten-free oats! While oats are safe for most people that are gluten-intolerant, there are a small segment of gluten-intolerant people who also
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have a hard time with oats. There is some argument about this. Some researchers believe that all reactions come from trace contamination in the oats, while others have found evidence that a small percentage of people also have sensitivity to oats. If you eat gluten-free and are struggling with breakfast, in particular, remember oats! Steel-cut oats also provide great variation and a nourishing and filling breakfast!
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Questions about psychics
By Master Jesse
Question: When I am around people who are psychic or intuitive, I am afraid that they are going to try and see my private thoughts. I want to keep some things private. What do you think about this? Answer: You need not be afraid. Ninetynine percent of psychics are not mind readers. You are asking about a true telepath. For a true telepath to make it past adolescence without blowing out their fuses is rare. The rare one that does manage to navigate unfettered by the chaos that affects most telepaths, learns at an early age that staying inside their own head is much safer. When you go messing around in someone’s head, you just don’t come back the same way you went in. A true telepath knows this and stays in their own head. You see, there is nothing to worry about; your personal thoughts are safe. Question: So what can a psychic see? Answer: That is a big question. Psychics come in so many varieties. It’s not like on TV. Most psychics had no one to teach them; we had to figure it out on our own. Most of us learned to see in our own way, as we see in different ways. Some pick up just a little, some too much. Most never learn to pay attention. When a young psychic, a clairsentient for example, starts paying attention, he or she may notice a scent and associate it with danger over time. This young psychic is learning how to use the ability to stay safe. If one develops an interest over time, he or she will learn to put things together and build an alphabet of vibrations. Most young psychics have not built an alphabet or extensive library and, therefore, do not have a sufficient point of reference to be able to observe with clarity.
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So there is nothing to fear from amateurs. They simply won’t be able to see with clarity. A psychic that chooses to make it a profession and learn the field as a way of life, in time will learn to see more. I am a professional psychic or seer. If you come into the store to buy something or see me out on the street, what will I see? I will see, for the most part, the same thing anyone else sees. I can tell if one is sad or angry, but then so can most people. That’s because I will see what is most projected by the person. I have no reason or need to go further. I learned long ago who I am and where I begin, and who another is. I prefer to stay in my own head for my own sanity. I don’t like probing people. First of all, I see probing someone against one’s will as wrong, very wrong. Secondly, I don’t need you in my head or body all day. I am here to live my life and that is the life I live. If one comes in the store and I feel danger, well then I will keep a closer eye on that person. I will look at one’s body language and maybe listen to their voice; but I will not probe them. There are too many reasons why someone may carry the vibration of danger with them. One may have gotten some bad news and is feeling vulnerable. Maybe someone “creeped them out” before they came into the store, so they came in to feel or be safe. Maybe they are just having a really bad day. They may be having a hard time holding it all together and are trying to hide what they feel, hoping no one notices that they are afraid. The list of reasons goes on and on. That’s too much info. I have to stay grounded. I need to stay in my own head if I am going to get through the day.

The head of the psychic that probes people against their will is like a blender on high. Everything gets all mixed up and the psychic does not know where they begin or end. As a matter of fact, they can’t tell what real life is or what their own fantasy is. It’s kind of like a bunch of loud gossips in a small room: you just can’t wait to run out. The psychic that probes others has too much info and can’t see anything other than confusion. If you want me to “see for you,” you will have to ask me. We will set an appointment for a reading, which will be done in my office where I can open up. This is a place where I can feel you and only you. It will take a few minutes to start interpreting what I am feeling. I have to separate your wants from your needs; your fears and wants from reality; your anger, your sadness and so on. It’s not so easy. Not at all like on TV. It’s hard work. Nine out of ten times, when I am done with a reading, I am fine in a minute or two. It’s the one out of ten that can hang on for hours. So, I don’t see much more than another unless I am working. A professional psychic can see. Most of us can’t wait to be in our own heads so we can live our own lives. The number one rule for a professional psychic is this: don’t go into the home of another without being invited. If you have a question or topic you would like Master Jesse to discuss, please send your request to mysticalearthgallery@live.com.
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Can a paintbrush change your life?
By Tina Siebers

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magine you are sitting in front of a piece of blank paper and a vast array of paints and brushes. You dip your brush in a color that seems to speak to you. You put your brush on the paper and let it go where it feels like it wants to go, letting your intuition guide it. You don’t care what this painting looks like because that is not what is important. You are using color, shape or image for spontaneous expression in this moment, taking you on a journey towards personal growth, self-awareness and insight. This is intuitive painting. Intuitive painting is not about learning techniques or making a beautiful painting. It is about the process of self exploration through creativity. It sounds very simple to paint for process rather than for product, but what can make it difficult is that we are used to having a stake in the outcome of our work. Because of this many people believe they are not creative, or that they are creative, but just not good enough. Living in a world of comparison has stifled our innate desire to create. However, spontaneous expression often finds a release in our daily lives. We may doodle while on the phone, write in a journal, sing out loud or dance to a great song. These are all expressions of creativity. When we paint for process, we are using paint as the vehicle for outward expression of our inner feelings and emotions. When we are intuitively painting, we face a blank paper with nothing planned. There is great freedom in this — having no expectations and no judgment, just an openness to let our inner wisdom guide us on a journey. So what do we do? Maybe we feel like we want to paint a tree with purple paint, but we know trees aren’t purple and we can’t even draw trees. Why can’t a tree be purple and who cares if it doesn’t look like a tree? Think about young children who do not yet have these barriers created about their art. They confidently scribble and paint whatever they feel like without care for what it looks like. They do not have limiting beliefs stopping them from self-expression. In this process, no one is judging you except your inner critic. So you paint the tree purple and you keep going; taking risks and allowing things to just emerge without analysis. There is no wrong way to accomplish this. Intuitive painting appeals to our creative or artistic growth, since we are truly free to express ourselves without the pressures of the end result. It provides an opportunity for healing when we break blocks and allow ourselves to be vulnerable but compassionate in a supportive
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environment. It can be meditative as we focus inward on the here and now, letting the great mystery unfold in front of us. Once you begin this journey of intuitive painting, you may not want it to end. Losing sense of time and gaining energy and clarity are often experienced. Facing a painting from your authentic self is a wonderful gift to yourself. You have removed distractions and challenged your limiting beliefs. There has been an awakening of your creative source and its desire for you to travel deeper into your inner wisdom to explore the limitless possibilities for pivotal insight and growth.
Tina Siebers has over 14 years of experience in social work and uses art to help clients access their inner wisdom. Tina offers workshops and individual sessions on intuitive painting, art journaling and mandalas. These meditative processes nurture your creativity, opening doors for self exploration. We are all creative beings and no experience is necessary to take this life-affirming journey. For more information, call 320.808.7325 or email soulfullcreative@yahoo.com.

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Sustainable soils
Part 3 – Achieving healthy lawns and gardens with compost tea
By Todd Rockweit

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or the past couple of months and the past couple of years, you have read our articles that described what it takes to create sustainable soils and the potential problems that can occur if the soil “life cycle” is disrupted either chemically or through our own use of the land. Today I would like to talk to you about one “tool” that homeowners and gardeners can use to help get back their healthy soil — compost tea. Over inorganic fertilization and/or the use of chemical applications to any soil destroys biological activity in that soil. Without biological activity, you have no way to create sustainable, safe and healthy soils. Compost teas inoculate poor soils with beneficial biology and give it the “jump start” it needs to a healthy, sustainable existence. Brewing high-quality compost tea with consistent results is a challenge (much

like brewing good-quality coffee or beer), which is why it’s critical to source the highest-quality compost and nutrients as well as utilize the best equipment and processes that will not harm the biology. Brewing compost tea can be as simple as a five-gallon bucket and compost processed from home, or as complex as a 250-gallon brewer, bio-assay tested compost, and an assortment of nutrients and soil additives, which is the approach that Backyard Organics™ takes. In addition to the technical design of the equipment and the science behind the formulations, timing of the applications is critical. Compost tea is a live, active, aerobic blend of microbes, which are rapidly expanding and can become unfavorable if they run out of oxygen and become anaerobic. Applying compost tea within the first 48 hours of a finished brew cycle is critical to receiving a

quality product. A good-quality compost tea is determined by its quantity and diversity of microbes. Compost teas that achieve high quantities and a good diversity of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoa are able to combat a larger variety of symptomatic issues. Each community, each neighborhood and each yard have unique soil needs. Having a high count and a diverse group of microbes ensures consistent results. Also, applications within a yard can vary, which is why it’s important to be able to understand the differences between a fungal-dominated need versus a bacterially dominated need. For example, certain grasses prefer a more bacterially dominated compost whereas certain trees and shrubs prefer more fungal activity. This is why it’s always important to test your soils prior to applying amendments.

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“Compost tea is one of the inputs on the horizon that will change the way we deal with several of the management aspects of growing high-quality turfgrass, either in your backyard, on your town’s parks and athletic fields, or on commercial and institutional properties.” —Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics Dr. Elaine Ingham, a leading researcher and founder of the Soil Foodweb organization, sums the benefits of compost teas up best … “The use of actively aerated tea, when applied under a proper management regime, returns beneficial biology to the soil. This in turn rebuilds a soil food web, which reduces dependency on fertilizers Providing family or business In additionyour to the numerous biological and pesticides, improves plant growth and benefits, lawns, compost gardens, tea also hasand a practical reduces disease, significantly reduces water healthy trees and side that can greatly benefit the homeowner. use, reduces toxicity and encourages the shrubs using organic care Compost tea, whether you land brew it yourself healthy establishment of healthy biology.” or have someone apply it for you, can be services and products. applied as a foliar feeder. Feeding the leaves of plants, shrubs and trees, efficiently uptakes nutrients, stimulates the plant rhizosphere and acts as a protector against harmful leaf diseases. Also, compost tea is much easier to spread and faster acting than compost, with the same biological benefits of a compost top dressing application (we would still recommend compost application if your soil is lacking organic matter). Here is what a few experts in the field have to say about compost tea: “Aerated compost teas are the latest in scientific organic research today. In many ways, aerated teas offer greater immediate benefits than classic compost, manure or other homemade foliar teas.” –The Garden Web “Good tea is worth the trouble to brew because it can transform your lawn and garden.” ­—Paul Tukey, author of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual”
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permeability, and reduces bulk density of heavy soils — improving moisture infiltration rates and reducing erosion and runoff. 3. Improves the moisture holding capacity of light soils — reducing water loss and nutrient leaching, and improving moisture retention. 4. Improves the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils. 5. Supplies organic matter. 6. Aids the proliferation of soil microbes. 7. Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media. 8. Encourages vigorous root growth. 9. Allows plants to more effectively utilize nutrients while reducing nutrient loss by leaching. 10. Enables soils to retain nutrients longer. 11. Contains humus — assisting in soil aggregation and making nutrients more available for plant uptake. 12. Buffers soil pH.

“Over inorganic fertilization and/or the use of chemical applications to any soil destroys biological activity in that soil. Without biological activity, you have no way to create sustainable, safe and healthy soils.”
—Dr. Elaine Ingham, president and director of research at Soil Foodweb, Inc. Backyard Organics™ firmly believes in the benefits of organic land care and agrees with Chip Osborne and experts in the field who believe that compost teas will be one of those “tools” that will change the way we deal with land care in the future.
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Happiness
By Judy Rogers, LCSW

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hat is your definition of happiness? Some of us would say it is the absence of sadness, while others would say it is the inner peace they feel when they meditate. Some say it is that fleeting feeling you get when you obtain something you consider valuable — a relationship, money, new home, dream job or the perfect pair of shoes. In psychology, happiness is defined as positive emotions such as optimism, high self-esteem, surrender and contentment. Buddhism says happiness is achieved by overcoming all desires. Desire is one of the most basic human emotions. It is an instinctual impulse that creates feelings of yearning to acquire anything that we consider valuable. Put a mouse in a maze filled with new things, and it will gather them up and save them for a “rainy day.” The desire to acquire is an impulse from the primitive brain that rewards us by releasing the pleasure neurochemical

dopamine. If too much dopamine is released, we become addicted to our yearnings. This explains how it can be that people never get enough power, money, influence, houses or cars. It also helps us to understand addictions to drugs, food, sex or relationships. The primitive brain never feels like it has enough. So no matter how much we accumulate of what we desire, it is not enough to bring lasting happiness. And if we lose what we desire, it can create great suffering. So how can we experience “unconditional happiness,” which is the experience of happiness that is independent of having or doing? It is that inner state of peace and well-being. I believe we can find that kind of happiness when we are able to slow down in life, get off auto-pilot and develop “happiness habits”(Shimoff). In her book, “Happy for No Reason,” Shimoff shares her research after interviewing “100 unconditionally happy people” and the

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Healthy in spirit: shift your focus, change your life
By Rev. April Kain-Breese

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he first blush of a new love seems to last just a few months before the less desirable characteristics of the beloved begin to surface. Why is that? Why are so many long-term relationships more about tolerating each other than about being in love with each other? There may be many contributing factors, but the biggest is focus. What we focus on expands! New love focuses on noticing every way in which the new partner is a perfect match — “We think so much alike; we like the same things; we are so simpatico!” This lasts for a short while, but then we begin to notice the little (or big) things that we overlooked before, and our critical mind begins to kick in. Even those qualities that were once endearing can become annoying. If you want to maintain your loving relationship, improve your work life or enjoy your daily living more, then you need to focus on what you perceive as positive and take your focus away from everything else. It is really that simple, but not always easy. We seem to be trained to notice what is different or wrong rather than what is right. Do you remember those childhood puzzles,

“What’s wrong with this picture?” For example, perhaps there would be the illustration of a child walking to school with a shoe on one foot and a slipper on the other — aha — circle the slipper! We do this in adulthood all of the time. We default to noticing what’s wrong with the picture — or the partner. “There he goes again, leaving his socks on the floor. I just hate that!” Repeat that in your head every day and within three weeks, you will be nursing quite a grudge! And it’s not just in relationships that we get caught in the negative thinking trap; it happens in all walks of life. We say, “Oh that flu is going around; I suppose the kids will get it, and then I’ll get

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it, and there goes our vacation! Great, I’ll be home with a bunch of sick people instead of enjoying a camping trip.” Then we sit back and wait to get sick! The more we tell ourselves negative messages, the more “real” those messages become. Would you like a different outcome? Replace those negative messages with something more positive, such as, “We are going to have such a great time on vacation. I can hardly wait.” Don’t entertain the negative messages. Remember, we believe ourselves! Be sure you are telling yourself the story you want to experience. In recent years, unemployment has been a challenge for many. If you are having this experience, try focusing on what you perceive as positive and take your focus away from everything else. For example, if you are job hunting, “I am a valuable employee, with a strong work ethic, excellent skills and a positive attitude. I am ready to work right now! The job I am seeking is seeking me. We are a great match. Today I open my mind to new possibilities. I follow my intuition. All is well.” How much better is that than, “I’ll never find a decent job in this economy?” Whatever you tell yourself repeatedly, whatever you take in from people and the media around you, whatever you focus on, is what you will bring into your experience. Be mindful! Shift your focus, change your life!
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BY JACKIE PETERS

Natalie Pratt of Healthy Living Events, LLC is bringing communities together

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” –Millard Fuller
eeting Natalie Pratt of Oshkosh, you quickly pick up on the fact that she is a hard-working woman with great concern for the well-being of her community. Shortly thereafter, you’ll realize that she is most definitely a “planner” and knows how to get things done! Pratt certainly shines as the expo coordinator for her business, Healthy Living Events, LLC (the second of her two full-time jobs). Starting out on this journey, the Wisconsin native seemed to identify opportunities where many did not. For example, upon learning about the 2009 local screening of the movie “Fresh,” a documentary that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system, Pratt stepped in and organized a farm market for local organic farmers to display their offerings to complement the movie. She saw importance in community members having the ability to immediately connect with local healthy food suppliers after the showing. Her knack for identifying and organizing local healthy-living events like this one, led to her involvement in larger and larger gatherings over the years — today reaching capacity of Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. In addition, her outreach is now expanding into the Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau areas. Pratt’s goal with her expo work is to “encourage the people of Wisconsin to embrace lives of health and wellness through awareness of natural, organic and alternative products, education, nutrition and exercise, as well as the benefits of living clean, green and healthy lifestyles.”

Natural Product & Organic Food Expo
Next up for Pratt is the Natural Product & Organic Food Expo on May 4 in Oshkosh. This educational event brings together Wisconsin and national companies that specialize in natural and organic products and food, as well as green and eco-friendly products for the home, pets and the whole family. It features a farmers market where visitors can meet and buy direct from Wisconsinbased organic farmers and vendors. This includes offerings such as grassfed beef, free-range chicken, organic fruit and vegetables, as well as information about CSAs. Visitors can choose to learn more about topics like: gardening and growing; building greenhouses and garden structures; natural supplements, clothing, household products and toys; earth-sheltered homes and log cabins; aquaponics and hydroponics; foods that heal; outdoor cooking; urban farming; sustainable and natural living skills; wilderness camping; hobby and backyard farming; and much more!

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May 4, 2013 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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August 10, 2013 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

International Food & Fair Trade Expo

Tri-County Arena, Neenah
It can be overwhelming to consider all of the choices available to assist individuals in losing weight, eating better and getting healthy. As Pratt explains, “I wanted to surround myself with good choices, and the more I learned the magnitude of what’s out there in my own backyard, the more I was shocked and hungry to learn more. Wisconsin is full of companies that sell amazing healthy products.” So spreading the word became her driving passion. Her concern for others is clearly reflected in her current offerings, with expos focusing on living green, natural health, sports and fitness, fair trade, natural products and organic food. Pratt is excited about the extent of her subject matter and the opportunity it presents her to connect all of the expo visitors with local health-minded exhibitors. “It is gratifying to be able to bring communities together in this way. To see individuals receive education about ensuring healthier, sustainable alternatives for their families, and healthy-living educators meet people who have questions about their products and services,” explains Pratt. She also shows her concern for community by being selective with exhibitors. Pratt makes it clear that her expos are value-based events and has clear expectations for them, as reflected in her code of conduct. She challenges her exhibitors not to be salespeople, but instead, educators. In exchange, Pratt is able to offer the perfect place for representatives of healthconscious businesses from around the state to meet thousands of consumers who have an interest in making connections with businesses such as theirs. She also offers helpful exhibitor success tips on her website. Sponsorships are available as well. Pratt makes it a priority to ensure her expos are family friendly events and uses her planning skills and creativity to make them fun for all. Popular activities include recycled furniture contests, recycled art contests, Miss “Go Green” pageants and face painting, to name a few. With the majority of Americans now giving more serious consideration to eating healthier, exercising consistently and being more socially responsible, there is a growing need for education and identification of resources. Through Healthy Living Events, LLC — and great determination and perseverance — Pratt is able to present and promote healthier, more efficient and more ecologically sound information, products and services that enhance lifestyles and create a better future for all of us in Wisconsin. “There are so many valuable resources for those who want to make healthy choices right here in our Wisconsin communities,” she says. “There just needs to be more awareness.”

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In addition to her statewide expo work, Pratt is also producing a television show for a local cable channel that will focus on educating consumers, providing local sources and showcasing small local businesses involved in healthy living activities like urban farming, homesteading, aquaponics, nutrition, organic food and more!

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Improve athletic performance with food
By Kim Neher, MS

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sk many of the top professional and amateur athletes what their training secret is and they will respond by saying, “personalized eating!” Eating healthful food is one thing, but eating in accordance with your own unique, genetically determined, biochemical makeup is quite another thing. One man’s protein shake is another man’s poison. Finding out what foods are right (and which are wrong) for you is the key to health and performance. Foods that are compatible with your body will increase your strength and energy. Consumption of foods or added chemicals that YOUR body perceives as harmful will result in intolerance reactions. Food intolerance induces the excessive generation of toxic-free radicals and inflammatory chemicals. The damage can result in a wide range of health problems.
The following are some of the effects of food sensitivities that are of strong interest to athletes: 1. Direct damage to the mitochondria in our cells. The mitochondria are the site where energy is produced. The

wrong food activates the immune system and free radicals and attacking molecules produced can cause damage to the DNA and other structures within the mitochondria, resulting in lower energy production. 2. Related to the above point is that inflammation will also cause a shortening of the ends of the strands of your DNA called telomeres. Telomeres are like the plastic pieces at the end of a shoe lace, holding the DNA strands together. When telomeres are shortened, the cell can no longer reproduce, becomes old and dies. This could explain cancer and generalized weakened immunity in old age. Avoid this by avoiding inflammation!

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“ The immune system that’s inappropriately activated by the wrong food will thus cause you to be chronically fatigued to a lesser or greater extent.”
3. Auto-immunity

6. Food intolerance can cause inflammation in the upper

in the gut. Serotonin deficits are related to sugar cravings.

can also arise from too much inflammation. Some immune cells die in the process of trying to neutralize a food. The DNA from the dead cells release their own genetic material, which, if it is too great, may become itself perceived as a “foreign” body the immune system must attack. However, this time you are attacking the blueprint for your own bodily proteins (structures) and autoimmune reactions may occur. Toxic immune chemicals also damage muscle tissue. 4. Certain immune chemicals will block insulin receptors on your muscle (and brain and liver) cells. This is a recently discovered finding made by medical scientists that explains why food intolerance makes people fat. The muscle cells are starved of important energy material, which is instead stored as fat in fat cells. 5. Food intolerance can cause inflammation in the gut. An extreme form is celiac disease. This reduces the absorption of nutrients that are needed for proper energy production as well as all other biological processes. It also consumes serotonin

and lower airways. Decreased air intake limits aerobic metabolic function. 7. Chronic inflammation also makes you fatigued. Ever wonder why you feel so tired when you get the flu? It’s because the same immune chemicals that are intended to fight viruses cause fatigue so that you are forced to rest when you are sick. Your body wants you to rest, not exercise, so that your energy can be used to fight the invader. The immune system that’s inappropriately activated by the wrong food will thus cause you to be chronically fatigued to a lesser or greater extent. The immune system is now mistaking a food particle for a virus or bacteria.

When it comes to athletic performance, intense exercise alone generates damaging free radicals that may interfere with progress. Knowing what foods you do not tolerate may be the most powerful tool for improving athletic performance and well-being. Healing comes from within!
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 kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com.

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Talking about TMJ dysfunction
By Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, CSCS

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requent clicking in your jaw, clunking when biting down into a piece of hard candy, or cracking when you open your mouth wide when yawning or for a dental cleaning are some of the more common symptoms of TMJ (temperomandibular joint) dysfunction. Other signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are pain and soreness in the TMJ joint, located in front of the ear, or pain along the jaw line, locking with the mouth open or closed, and associated pain in the upper neck with or without tension headaches. Problems like these give you reason to avoid your favorite foods, give up chewing gum, and make you dread a trip to the dentist just due to the discomfort you feel when opening your mouth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a conservative estimate is that ten million Americans suffer from TMJ dysfunction, with more women than men reporting TMJ symptoms. The causes of TMJ are unknown, but are believed to develop over time, in bouts of pain that come and go. One important symptom of TMJ dysfunction is bite malalignment of the maxilla over the mandible. An uneven bite increases wear on one side of the teeth, which stresses the TMJ further and can create a hypomobile (not moving) side, and a hypermobile joint on the other side that moves too much. Excess sliding and shifting within the joint create stress on joint surfaces not intended to withstand routine loading from chewing, biting down on something hard, and extended bouts of repetitive oral movements such as biting a pen cap or biting the nails. This process results in early joint degeneration.
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“... there are many conservative treatments that can make a huge difference in the intensity and frequency of pain flares that don’t require extensive jaw reconstruction surgery.”
There are three possible syndromes that are blamed for TMJ pain, including myofascial pain from muscle imbalance or tightness around one or both joints, a disc problem within the joint,
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and arthritis or degenerative changes within the joint. A dental care provider, primary physician or physical therapist can help assess TMJ dysfunction and develop a treatment plan to address your symptoms. Providers will work together as a team to determine the best treatment approach to reduce your pain and symptoms. A dental provider can make an oral device, bite guard or splint to address bite deviations and nocturnal habits such as clenching and grinding the teeth. A physical therapist will assess joint movement and deviations in bite and mouth opening, and determine which muscles are affected in the head, neck and TMJ. Using joint mobilization, soft tissue work and exercises, patients can regain mouth opening, reduce and eliminate their pain, and learn to avoid stressful oral habits. If you don’t have a dentist or doctor’s appointment coming up, you can start addressing your TMJ pain by making some simple changes. First, find and maintain your resting mouth position, which relaxes the jaw and keeps the teeth apart throughout the day. Resting mouth position is a relaxed jaw, teeth apart, lips together and tongue gently placed behind the front two teeth resting flat in the front one-third of the roof of your mouth. Later on, you can progress this exercise by practicing opening your mouth just one to two centimeters while maintaining your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Next, make a habit of avoiding the following poor oral habits that can aggravate your TMJ pain: • Chewy and crunchy foods: choose cooked versus raw veggies and cut whole fruit into pieces instead of eating them whole.

• Full mouth opening: control your mouth opening with yawning, talking, and singing; if at the dentist, let them know that you have symptoms, so they can give you as many breaks as possible with your mouth closed. • Repetitive oral habits: biting nails, chewing pen caps, chewing on ice, chewing on hard candy, chewing gum, and smoking. TMJ dysfunction is a very common disorder for which many people do not seek help, but rather live with the pain silently. While the originating source of TMJ problems can be difficult to identify, there are many conservative treatments that can make a huge difference in the intensity and frequency of pain flares that don’t require extensive jaw reconstruction surgery. Don’t live with this pain any longer. Talk to your medical provider today to begin your journey to finding pain relief.
Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, CSCS, is a doctor of physical therapy, licensed athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist with over a decade of experience in treating back pain, neck pain, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia and chronic pain with a hands-on, manual therapy approach balanced with functional exercise. Dr. Murphy also enjoys treating orthopedic and sports injuries and post-operative joints, as well as providing sports performance training on a one-on-one basis. She is the owner of MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice located in Neenah, specializing in personalized care with the same physical therapist every visit. Patients are treated as a whole person, with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s movement pattern to address the source of the patient’s pain, not simply just treating the injury. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 920.215.2050 or visit www.motionworkspt.com. Most insurance plans accepted.

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don’t know about you, but every time I am craving Mexican food, I choose one of the numerous options in our area and often end up somewhat disappointed. So, I am more than thrilled to have found a new favorite! Sangria’s Mexican Grill has without a doubt been my best experience with Mexican food in Northeast Wisconsin. From the minute you walk in, you feel right at home with the warm, colorful and authentic décor. The murals on the walls were hand painted from photos from the view of Chef Luis’s home in Fortin de las Flores, Mexico. We began our dining experience with two-for-one housemade Sangria’s and chose the white and the red. Both were fresh, fruity and fantastic! They tasted exactly like something you would drink on the beach in Mexico. Next, we enjoyed the guacamole (made tableside). This guacamole is the absolute best I have ever had! They use perfectly bright-green fresh avocados with just the right amount of fresh ingredients, including lime, onion, cilantro, poblano peppers, corn, garlic and spices. It is served in a lava rock bowl with house-made chips. (House-made salsa and a tangy bean dip with chorizo are also included with every meal.) I would not recommend going to Sangria’s without trying this fantastic appetizer! Typically, Mexican food is not thought of as the “healthiest” option. Although that can be true, depending on your order, Sangria’s makes it easy to eat healthy and still enjoy great flavor. All seven sauces that
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they offer for your entrée toppings are gluten-free and full of delicious authentic flavors that dance in your mouth! I had the pleasure of ordering one of the many vegetarian options they have available and got to try three different flavors on my Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas, including my favorite, the creamy poblano sauce, which is made from pumpkin seeds, poblano peppers, cream and spices. They featured the perfect blend of healthy fresh spinach and mushrooms, rolled in flour tortillas, and topped with salsa verde and the sauce of choice. With seven side options (each dish comes with two), you have plenty to choose from. I loved the Cactus Salad! My guest ordered the ever-popular Loca Molcajete Specialty. This
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dish will satisfy any craving! It included a combination of steak, chicken, shrimp, chorizo and bacon, and fresh, sweet, tangy pineapple pulled it all together. This was then drizzled with house-made white cheese, jalapeno sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresco and fresh jalapeno, and served with fantastic homemade corn tortillas. All of these fresh ingredients are kept piping hot throughout your whole meal because it is served in the very cool lava rock bowl. “The flavors were so incredible and combined everything you could want, from savory, spicy, tangy, salty and sweet, and they hit your pallet at the perfect points.” It was most satisfying! Sangria’s is happy to accommodate your taste buds with any type of special ordering you would like. They feature many healthy options, including vegetarian and gluten-free. In fact, Sangria’s has a completely separate chip fryer so no gluten will touch your chips. Sangria’s is also thrilled to accommodate you for private events and catering. Be sure to visit the new location in Green Bay, which features a full lunch buffet and a sample salsa bar! With many different drink specials nightly and karaoke on Saturday nights, you can have a great Mexican experience right in northeast Wisconsin!

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Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Ingredients: 2 cups cooked quinoa 3 spears asparagus 1 small zucchini 1 small red pepper 1 T. olive oil Sea salt and pepper 2 cups organic greens Manchego cheese right) ½ cup citrus vinaigrette (see recipe to

For vinaigrette: 2 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. champagne vinegar Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 T. raw honey ¼ t. sea salt ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

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Nutrition Facts (per serving): Serves 4
Calories 350

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Five backsaving tips for spring chores
By Dr. David A. Lindley

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pring is in the air, but before there is a chance to stop and smell the flowers, they need to be planted first! Gardening is just one of many spring chores that people start up again in April. Spring chores like gardening, cleaning the gutters or mowing the lawn are all wonderful ways to enjoy the great outdoors and a little activity in a relaxing manner. In addition, they can provide good mental and physical health. But it’s also important to do spring chores in a safe manner to avoid injury. Spring and summer aren’t as fun if you’re cooped up indoors dealing with pain or injury. Not to mention the doctor visits and pain medications that can lead to unexpected costs. Spring cleaning chores and activities use many different muscles throughout your body, including your legs, arms and back. Repetitive movements associated with spring chores can lead to injury if your muscles and body are not prepared. In addition, pain and injury are often likely if you have been relatively inactive over the winter and then decide to till the whole garden or clean out the garage in one afternoon. You can do your body a favor by easing back into outdoor activities and chores appropriately.
I often recommend these five simple tips to keep my patients from having to come back for a visit with a painful injury: 1. Take a warm-up walk: Get your heart pumping and your muscles loose by going for a brief walk and doing some easy stretches. Preparing your body for physical activity before you ever pick up a spade, shovel or ladder can be very helpful. 2. Use proper tools: Make sure to use tools that are appropriate for your height. Improper tools can lead to hunching, twisting or awkward positions that can injure your back or other body parts. Before buying any spring chore equipment, test it out at the store. 3. Make it a full-body workout: Don’t make your back do all the work! Lift items like flower pots, mulch and tools by using
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“Repetitive movements associated with spring chores can lead to injury if your muscles and body are not prepared.”
your legs, not by bending at the waist. Also, work at the proper level. If you’re planting something in the ground, kneel on a pad instead of hunching over. 4. Switch sides: Just like dribbling a basketball, people tend to favor one hand over the other. Instead of digging dirt or grabbing leaves from the gutter from only one side, try switching to avoid muscle fatigue and the potential pain that often results. 5. Take regular breaks: Spring chores aren’t a race. Easing your body back into regular physical activity helps your muscles regain strength and keeps pain away. Try taking a short break every 15-20 minutes to enjoy the weather and the work you’ve accomplished so far. By following these tips and knowing your own limits, you can complete your spring chores list injury-free. Even better, you can help prevent or alleviate back and muscle pain by strengthening your muscles as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Should you experience persistent back or muscle pain, a consultation with a family physician or a pain management specialist is recommended.
David A. Lindley, D.O., works for Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay. He is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. APM has two area locations: 2595 Development Drive, Suite 150, Green Bay and 2700 E. Enterprise Avenue, Appleton. Call 888.901.PAIN (7246) for an appointment or visit APMhealth.com. Referrals are welcome, but not necessary. Most insurance accepted.
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may find less energy, flexibility and resiliency for emotional, physical and spiritual stressors. And then, there they sit, feeling rigid and much older than they really are. Victoria Huss, the Certified Rolfer™ and owner of New Possibilities Integration, LLC, assists clients in uncluttering and better organizing their bodies through a sequential process called the “Ten Series.” Consisting of ten sessions, the Ten Series combines soft-tissue manipulation (manual therapy), natural movement and awareness-building exercises that help the body to remember its natural center of gravity. As all major fascial segments of the body are attended to, alignment and posture are restored by working to balance the body in terms of right and left, front and back, top and bottom, and inside and outside. This exquisite detailing process creates support and space for easier and more efficient movement and expression. Clients are left with a cleaner slate and greater awareness of their bodies that can serve as a springboard for transformation, active change and new possibilities for the direction of their lives. Victoria is passionate about Rolfing® SI since receiving the work herself has led to profound changes in her life. Her healing journey and experience of working within the allopathic health care system for nearly 15 years has dramatically shaped how she approaches her clients. She takes the time to address the whole person and empowers clients to ask more questions and take on a

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more active role in their healing processes. Everyone can benefit from Rolfing® Structural Integration, but not everyone is ready to receive the work. If you are seeking transformation in your life or would like to see if Rolfing® SI is a good fit for you, Victoria offers free consultations at her downtown Appleton location.
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Celebrate earth month by composting
By Sarah Everson

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pril is here! That means it is almost Arbor Day (April 10) & Earth Day (April 22). While Mother Earth is celebrated this month, it is also time to start planning and planting a garden. Composting is a great way to celebrate earth month since it is earth-friendly. Don’t forget to think about compost while planning out the goals of a garden for this spring. There are numerous beneficial reasons for using compost, the most common is for improving the quality of soil. Simply mixing compost into the top four to eight inches of the soil will improve soil health. Compost contains many nutrients necessary for plant growth. It stimulates beneficial soil microorganisms and attracts earthworms. Unlike chemical fertilizers, whose benefits are a flash in the pan, compost’s nutrients are absorbed into the soil and plant roots slowly over time. Compost doesn’t wash out if there happens to be a heavy rain after application. Besides adding nutrients, compost improves water retention in sandy soils and binds to clay, forming larger particles that allow for better drainage. Whether there is an existing or new garden, apply two to three inches of compost on top and rototill it into the garden before planting. For best success
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“ The key to successful composting is following this simple recipe: 3 parts browns, 1 part greens, 40-60 percent water and air.“
when planting, compost should be well mixed with soil and sand in the following ratio: seven parts soil to three parts compost to two parts sand. Once compost is rototilled into the garden soil, additional compost can be applied to the top of the garden as a top dressing. Compost as a top dressing can be reapplied every few weeks or once a month throughout the summer. Not sure where to get compost? Compost can be bought from your local commercial composter or it can be made at home. A relatively easy first step to making compost at home is to separate “browns” (e.g., leaves, wood chips, paper and cardboard) and “greens” (e.g., grass clippings and food scraps including egg shells, banana peels and vegetable scraps) from your regular trash. You will then regularly combine greens and browns in your outdoor composting system. This system can be a “pile,” a homemade bin or a prefabricated plastic composting bin. Locate the compost pile or bin somewhere close to your house for convenience. A properly maintained compost pile has no foul odor. Separate all the items listed above from your regular trash, and add them to your pile each week. A variety of odorfree countertop containers are available for collecting greens as they are produced in food preparation. The key to successful composting is following this simple recipe: 3 parts browns, 1 part greens, 40-60 percent water and air. You will need to periodically aerate or “turn” your pile and add water every so often. It takes about six months to a year for the compost to “finish.” At that point, you will have created a 100 percent organic, safe and nutrient-rich compost to enrich garden soil. Whether compost is made in the backyard or bought, Mother Earth reaps the rewards of the nutrients. Reward Mother Earth this April and sprinkle some
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Heirloom tomatoes demystified
By Lu Visocky

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hat is an heirloom tomato? Originally, the term heirloom, in reference to tomatoes, was born during the early 1970s to help identify varieties that originated within a particular family and had been passed down from one generation to the next. Families saved tomato seeds for a variety of reasons, including family tradition and preservation of desired characteristics such as taste, size, color or unusual shape. These varieties were obtained from a family who had maintained them for years. They were very unique and had unusual characteristics which made them rare and very desirable by gardeners who wanted to preserve a part of history. As heirloom tomatoes became more popular, and companies stepped in that wanted to capitalize on the “heirloom” market, the definition changed. Many old, open-pollinated but non-heirloom

varieties were soon marketed as heirlooms; varieties such as Rutgers, Ponderosa or Marglobe, in particular. In addition, plant collectors started seeking out foreign varieties and introducing them as heirlooms. As one example, Black Prince Tomato, which is regarded as a “rare Russian heirloom,” is, in reality, a very recent introduction that is popular as a commercial variety both in Russia and the Ukraine, but is now listed as an honorary heirloom.
Tomato experts, Craig LeHoullier and Carolyn Male, have classified heirlooms into four categories to reduce confusion: 1. Commercial heirlooms: Open-pollinated varieties introduced before 1940, or tomato varieties more than 50 years in circulation. Examples are Rutgers, Marglobe, Yellow Pear and Ponderosa 2. Family heirlooms: Seeds that have been passed down for several generations through a family. Examples are Brandywine, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Cherokee Purple and Hillbilly. 3. Created heirlooms: Crossing two known parents (either two heirlooms or an heirloom and a hybrid) and dehybridizing the resulting seeds for how ever many years/generations it takes to eliminate the undesirable characteristics and stabilize the desired characteristics, perhaps as many as five to eight years or more. Examples are Green Zebra, Copia, Box Car Willie and Mortgage Lifter. 4. Mystery heirlooms: Varieties that are a product of natural crosspollination of other heirloom varieties. Examples are Brandywine OTV, Dr. Carolyn and Orange Strawberry.

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Why did heirlooms fall out of favor in the 1940s? While some hybrid varieties have been bred for flavor, in general, commercial tomato companies focused on hybridizing tomatoes so as to make them a perfectly shaped red tomato, with a long shelf life, and able to survive automated picking and long-distance shipping by rail or truck. Hybrid tomatoes are harvested green, treated with ethylene gas en route, and have no chance to ripen on the vine and develop that luscious old-time tomato flavor. In general, heirloom tomatoes can lack shelf life, but they are making a huge resurgence. What we must remember is all heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated, but not all open-pollinated tomatoes are heirlooms.
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3 simple energy techniques that can improve your life
Dr. Ann Khanna

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f you are reading this, you probably know that your body is an energetic system. You have energy centers called chakras and energy pathways called meridians. You understand that to keep your life flowing smoothly, you must keep your energy centers clear and your energy pathways moving freely. You are aware of the fact that energy, in the form of negative emotions, thoughts or events, can get stuck in your energetic system, which can affect your daily life; and if the blockage is large enough or remains in your system for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to physical, mental, emotional or spiritual disease. You are also familiar with practitioners who specialize in working with energy, who can help remove these blockages and restore healthy energy flow. But did you know there are simple energy-clearing processes that you can do yourself? Let’s explore some simple yet effective energetic techniques that can help keep your energy system running at its best. Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine, which takes less than ten minutes, “builds positive habits into your energy field. The techniques are simple, yet potent, and they are cumulative.” This routine is meant to be done daily to boost, restore, harmonize, protect and clear your energy system. The Three Thumps are great for a quick energy boost. Master Chunyi Lin’s Spring Forest Qigong “is a simple, efficient and effective method for helping you experience your optimal health, wellness and happiness; helping you heal physical and emotional pain; and enhancing the quality of your life and the lives of others.” On Master Lin’s Active Exercise DVD, he demonstrates gentle standing movements, and in his Small Universe audio, he guides you through a sitting meditation. Both are around an hour in length, are useful to do daily and are especially helpful in clearing a known physical disease. You may also do only parts of the Active Exercise, such as Breathing of the Universe for a fast fix. The Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT, is one of the most popular energy clearing techniques. It can be helpful in clearing physical disease, it’s very good at helping reduce physical pain and, as its name implies, is excellent for clearing emotional barriers. The
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basic premise of EFT is that, “‘The cause of ALL negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.’ This includes fears, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, traumatic memories, PTSD, worry, guilt and all limiting emotions in sports, business and the performing arts.” The Basic Recipe of EFT is very easy to learn. It involves “tapping” with fingertips on certain meridian points, located on the head and chest, while stating psychological clearing statements. EFT is a great energy-clearing tool to have at your fingertips. Instructions and video demonstrations for these energetic techniques can be found online. They are fast and effective, and once you learn them, you may be surprised by how often they come in handy. Keeping your energy system flowing smoothly will improve your life on all levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Dr. Ann Khanna left traditional medicine in 1993, and since then has studied and practiced holistic methods of achieving health and wellness. She owns Rainbows In Harmony, and her passion is to empower others to take control of their lives on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. She offers private sessions, uses a variety of energetic healing techniques (including Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Qigong, EFT, Theta Healing and others), and teaches classes and workshops. For more information, please visit www.RainbowsInHarmony.com or call 920.757.9693.

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Jane seeks help to relieve barriers caused by brainwave imbalances

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t had been over a decade since I lost my dad, and while I thought I had dealt with it alright, I could never shake feeling lonely and saddened, with a sense of looming doom. My nights were spent fighting back invasive thoughts of regret; my workdays were long and unproductive. I was a complete zombie, going through the motions and trying not to call attention to the fact that I was taking twice as long to put out work that was only half as good. I became anxious and panicked when asked to make a major decision. My thoughts were scattered and unfocused, and my creative juices no longer flowed as they once had. Friends suggested I seek professional help, but I wasn’t comfortable talking to a stranger about my feelings, and I resisted the idea of numbing myself with prescription drugs. Then I learned about a holistic, noninvasive process called Brainwave Optimization™ or BWO and met Jenifer Richart, owner of Brain Training of the Fox Valley. I signed up for a 10-session intensive — 2 sessions per day for 5 days. My first session began with a brainwave assessment. While I sat comfortably in a zero-gravity chair, Jenifer gently placed sensors on my head. On a computer monitor, I watched colorful waveforms emerge and roll gently across the screen. “Those are your brainwaves,” said Jenifer. I was amazed. I was actually watching my own brain activity in real time! Jenifer was seeing much more than I, however. She collected information from different lobes and analyzed the data to identify areas of imbalance in my brainwave patterns. At the end of the assessment, Jenifer had a map of my brainwave activity — a blueprint of sorts for my optimization sessions. We immediately jumped into my first session. Sensors were again placed on my head. Jenifer gave me visualizations to keep me in a very relaxed but focused state of mind. She also gave me earbuds through which I could hear musical tones, not quite melodic, but lovely and soothing nonetheless. I was literally hearing my own brain! My brainwave activity was being translated by the computer into musical tones and played back to me in real-time. Hearing its own activity — in a way, seeing its own reflection — my brain was able to auto-calibrate and restore its own balance. At several points during the 90-minute
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session, Jenifer repositioned the sensors. She was targeting specific areas of imbalance. At the end of the first session I felt incredibly relaxed. I started on a Monday and by Wednesday I was beginning to notice a profound effect. I felt the brain fog lifting, a clarity I cannot describe and, most noticeably, a strong sense of peace I hadn’t felt in years. I wondered how such a change could be possible. It is difficult to compare BWO to other healing modalities; it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. While Jenifer asked me to share my goals for my BWO sessions — general areas in which I hoped to see improvement — she never asked me to talk about my specific troubles or the trauma at their source. She was able to see the effects of the trauma in my brainwave activity and that was all she needed. I asked her what was wrong with me? What had I done wrong? She explained that it wasn’t my fault at all, and that traumas, both physical and emotional, can knock the brain out of balance. Imbalances in the brain can manifest in a variety of ways. Talk therapy and medication seek to relieve the symptoms, but they can’t really get at the core imbalance. When the brain regains its optimal, balanced state, the lasting effects of trauma are eased. It’s been four months since my last session and I feel just as much clarity. I get excited to take on new tasks again, and I feel confident in my decisions knowing that they are coming from a grounded, centered place. I was concerned positive effects would diminish with time, but I’m actually feeling better and better every day. Thank you, Brain Training of the Fox Valley!
Contact Jenifer Richart at 920.284.4874 if you think BWO might be the answer you’ve been looking for. There is also more information at www.braintrainingfv.com. Brainwave Optimization® is a registered service mark of Brainstate Technologies of Scottsdale, AZ.

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Clear your clutter
(Part 2)
By Joan M. Ek

Last month we focused on your physical environment. This month we consider the emotional realm.

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lutter can weight us down and distract us in all areas of our lives. Emotional clutter is something that we seldom recognize, but carry around nonetheless. Carrying the past around with us, weighs us down so much that we fail to see what is currently happening. It prevents us from seeing clearly what needs to be done in the present, blocking us from being open to new information and insights. The difficulty with this kind of clutter is that while physically invisible, it exists in a very real way. It is often easier to “see” the emotional clutter of others and not our own blind spot. Sometimes we might even distract ourselves and focus on trying to clear the clutter of another person rather than deal with our own. In order to release your clutter, you need to be aware of it. Meditation has been proven to increase awareness. The practice of compassionate action through forgiveness allows us to let go of the past in order to free up our energy on an emotional level. We stop trying to change something (or someone) outside ourselves and take back our personal power, allowing us to fully experience all that is available to us in the here and now.

There are many side benefits of reducing and eliminating emotional clutter through the practice of forgiveness: • An increase in physical energy. • A brighter, more optimistic attitude. • Better clarity in situations. • The ability to remain calm (even in a storm!). • Better relationships with self and others. • An increase in focus and better sense of direction. • Your confidence builds, allowing your true self to emerge. • You become an inspiration for others. • You fulfill your purpose. • There is greater joy in your daily life. • You feel a genuine connection to others and to life itself.
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Transition of a beloved pet: the healthy way
By Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS

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he death of a beloved pet is a devastating emotional experience. For us animal lovers, the grief is as painful and unbearable as losing a human loved one, or worse. Our pets are our constant companions. They love us unconditionally. Their only expectation of us is to be loved, played with and taken care of physically and emotionally. They are always happy to be with us. They are our confidants and go through everything in our lives. They were born, like us, with a specific mission or purpose to fulfill, even if just for our sakes. I can’t begin to tell you all that I have experienced and how I have grown in the 35 years that I have shared my life with these amazing entities. They have taught me love, compassion and patience. They put me to shame when it comes to forgiveness, acceptance and a higher level of pure love. They make me laugh, share in my sorrow and always make me feel better. Their devotion and dedication amazes me. When it comes time for us to say goodbye to our beloved pets, many wonder what happens to their bodies. As with humans,

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they return to energy. Animals have the identical energy fields as we do. That is why we can help them in the same ways when they become sick – with flower essences, homeopathy, energy medicine, acupuncture, healing touch, etc. It is this energy connection that we have that tells us when they will die or when it is time for euthanasia. I am so grateful for the gift of this energy connection because it gives me comfort to know that when one of my “kids” makes their transition, I am still connected to them and can tap into them (or vice versa) whenever I (or they) want to. This is also the explanation why so many tell me that I can still “feel” them around the house. It is such a tragedy that our pets do not live longer lives. It is also a tragedy that our culture and the time we live in still give little value to animals and regard human grief for the loss of a pet as something inappropriate or embarrassing. It is too easily brushed aside as “it is just an animal” or “you can get another one.” In reality, they can never be replaced. They are unique, rare and individual in their own right. They deserve all the honor and respect we can give to them. Our culture allows us three days off from work when an immediate family member dies and then expects us to continue on with life and get back to normal, which is ridiculous. For a beloved pet, we get nothing.
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You will go through the stages of grief with the loss of your pet. Everyone does this at their own time and not in any particular order. The stages of grief are: • Shock and denial: you are in disbelief and deny the loss in order to avoid pain. Shock is the emotional protection from being overwhelmed. • Pain and guilt: it is important to experience the pain fully. Do not use drugs or alcohol at this time. You may have guilt about what you could have done or didn't do for your pet. This stage can be chaotic and scary. • Anger and bargaining: control your anger as damage to your relationships can occur. This is a time to release bottled up emotions and ask “why me?” You may bargain with fate for a way out of your despair. • Depression, reflection and loneliness: do not skip this stage as it is essential to your well-being. You will recognize the true magnitude of your loss at this time. • The upward turn: you start to adjust to life. You become calmer, more organized, physically healthier and sadness begins to lift. • Reconstruction and working through: your mind works better. You become more practical and start to reconstruct your life. • Acceptance and hope: you accept and deal with the reality of the situation. Your happiness starts to return and you look forward to the future. You can start to think about your beloved pet with joy and a smile again.

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While the above list isn’t comprehensive, it provides you with reason enough to begin the work of eliminating your emotional junk. When you take time to do the work of getting rid of the stuff that holds you back from experiencing your best self, you allow space for the good stuff to enter! When we work at the root level of cause or belief, and perform different actions (sometimes the action is to NOT take action), we derive a different effect. If we like the effect, we continue that practice until it no longer serves. It is important to take responsibility for yourself and your emotions, and to allow others to do the same. You will find yourself to be much happier, and others will be much happier that you don’t feel you need to change them. There is less posturing, comparing and competition with others, leading to true happiness.

True happiness = I am responsible for me + you are responsible for you

During this time of loss, take care of your body with nutritious food, exercise and sleep. Flower essences are great for your emotional health. Be sure to validate the importance of your tragedy and feelings. Keep in mind that spiritual practices are important too. Treat yourself gently and comfort yourself with peaceful music, warm baths, candlelight, nature walks and laughter. A strong support system from those who understand and accept what you are going through is essential. Remember to just live hour by hour initially. Do not stop doing any hobbies you enjoy. You may consider creating a memorial to your pet. And get professional help if you feel you cannot healthily grieve alone.
Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS, is a holistic psychotherapist, nurse, energy therapist, master herbalist, professional mediator and naturopath. She owns Life Force Wellness Center, LLC. Visit www.lifeforcewc.com, email asb@lifeforcewc.com or call 920.217.1769 for more information.

If we look more closely at the above equation, we can see the impact of the actions of one on the whole. When I stop making myself responsible for your happiness, I am present with my responsibility for my own. The result is more happiness overall. The same applies in reverse. Better yet, if we BOTH take responsibility for our own happiness, the result is twice the happiness! We inspire one another on the way through our individual actions. That is how elevation of one is the same as elevation overall. Removing our emotional clutter helps our relationships remain cleaner and brings more ease into them. We have clearer ways of being helpful. We interfere less in the growth process of others because our focus is on ourselves. We use no force, other than the divine one that flows uniquely through us. We follow Gandhi’s example of being the change we want to see in the world. That changes the world.
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 920.810.2365 or on the Web at www.lifespectrums.net.

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Don’t sell yourself short
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ave you ever been in a situation where you felt as though you didn’t belong? Odds are, if you are a fully competent human being, you have. It can seem very adolescent, but it’s an unpleasant feeling that many of us struggle with on a regular basis, even as adults. Having the sense that we don’t stack up is common. And the feelings we all have can be compounded just by turning on the television or reading a magazine. According to pop culture, we should all be successful, have amazing hair, apply perfect makeup while being naturally gorgeous anyways,

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swimming laps, struggling with our kickboards and sputtering through our front crawls, while the “Michael Phelps” in the lane over completes his fifty-second lap. What we don’t realize is that the human gazelle and the Michael Phelps were once like us, awkward and new at something. Everyone starts somewhere, we all know that, but that doesn’t take away from how discouraging the feeling can be. But comparing yourself to the perfect looking woman on the Stairmaster is self-sabotage. And little may you know, that very woman is dodging to the bathroom to touch up her eyeliner between intervals. That’s right, Stairmaster lady. Everyone’s onto you. The only person you should care about is yourself, and that is fitness fact number one. Fitness is first and foremost for you; your progress, your results, your health. Don’t make an excuse to not do something

you truly want to do because you don’t think you stack up. The fact is, if you want to do it and took the initiative to go through with it, you belong there. Don’t let anyone, most of all yourself, make you think otherwise.
Leah White is an instructor at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise LLC in Appleton.  She is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America in group fitness. Leah holds beginners and intermediate pole instruction certification from Empowerment Through Exotic Dance in Chicago, in addition to an Aerial Dance instructor certification. For more information, email info@aerialdancepoleexercise.com or call 920.750.1441.

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hen Tom and Sally Schmidt finished raising their seven children, they weren’t ready to be empty-nesters. Instead, they made an unusual choice — alpaca ranching. In 2006, the couple purchased their current property in De Pere, Wisconsin — a 19th century farmhouse and barn sitting on 12 acres, which is located between the Fox Cities and Green Bay. After a year of remodeling and updating, the farm was ready to house both humans and alpacas. Finishing touches on the fence were being done as the alpacas arrived at their new home. An alpaca is a domesticated South American animal, renowned for its docile temperament and beautiful functional fiber. Sally says that even though their original business venture focused on breeding and showing alpacas, she has since fallen in love with the fiber. “It’s softer than cashmere and will keep you warmer than wool. It regulates your body temperature,” she says. Unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin, which makes it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers. The wonderful qualities of alpaca fiber led them to expand their business by adding a retail store on the farm where they sell alpaca clothing. From fun and funky to timeless classic designs, Sabamba’s apparel store provides something for every style. The animals and clothing alone would keep anyone busy, but Tom and Sally also run a bed & breakfast from their farmhouse. Guests can choose from two rooms, each with a private bathroom and shower. Guests at the bed & breakfast can participate in farm life if they choose, and some have even witnessed alpaca births. A trip to Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast provides a truly unique vacation experience. Tom and Sally are not finished growing their business. They are passionate about helping the alpaca industry grow. For years, raising alpacas was a very elite and expensive endeavor. With recent economic changes, alpaca ranching has become much
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more affordable. “We are seeing younger people interested in alpacas,” says Sally. “That’s very exciting because these new breeders will re-energize the industry. They just need to have a source for trustworthy information and ongoing support.” That’s where Tom and Sally’s next focus lies — mentoring newcomers to the alpaca industry. They already offer seminars throughout the year to educate prospective breeders and buyers about alpaca farming, and they provide boarding options for those who are just starting out. The Schmidts hope to inspire new breeders to raise larger herds of alpacas that can be used for their fiber. Tom and Sally are a winning combination. He’s the expert when it comes to hay, fencing, manure and pasture management, while Sally enjoys cooking, fiber, clothing and customer service. They both love being educators and working with the alpacas! What some might consider as a hobby, Tom and Sally Schmidt have built into a thriving, diverse business that keeps them busy doing the things they love.

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By Danielle Lythjohan

Ingredients for soup: 5 – 14 oz. cans gluten-free, low-sodium chicken broth 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ large onion, chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 3 large potatoes, chopped 1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed 1 tsp. thyme 2 T. poultry seasoning 1 T. salt 2 tsp. pepper 2 T. cornstarch (to thicken soup) Ingredients for dumplings: 1 pkg. Mudd Creek Garlic Cheddar Biscuit Mix ⅔ cup cottage cheese 1 cup milk ¼ tsp. salt 3 T. butter, melted Directions: 1. Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. 2. Add carrots, celery and thyme. Cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring. 3. Add chicken broth, potatoes, chicken and poultry seasoning. Simmer for 40 minutes. 4. While soup is simmering: In a large bowl, add biscuit mix, milk,
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5. In a small bowl, add a ladle of the soup to the 2 T. cornstarch. Stir

cottage cheese, salt, butter and mix well. Set aside.

until well-mixed, pour back into soup and stir (this helps to thicken the soup). 6. Using an ice cream scoop, drop 1 scoop of dumpling batter into the pot of soup. Continue this process until all of batter is gone. 7. When all the dumplings have been added, give the soup a gentle stir, cover and let simmer for another 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Danielle Lythjohan is a blogger and product developer volunteer for Mudd Creek, LLC. Located in Appleton, Mudd Creek is a gluten-free company specializing in fruit spreads, baking mixes, butter spices/rubs and coffee blends. It is owned and operated by Donna and Ken Klausen. For more information, please visit www.muddcreekllc.com.

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A continuum worth considering
By John Hartenberger

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s a physical therapist for 20 years, then a pastor for 16 years, and now once again a physical therapist, I’ve had the opportunity to look at and observe life and people from many different angles. In other words, I’ve seen and experienced the worst of times and the best of times, and in that process I’ve noticed and learned a fairly consistent continuum with hurting people that can be applied in almost any context. The continuum goes like this: RELIEF ➔ REHABILITATION ➔ DEVELOPMENT Let me explain, understanding that this continuum at its core is highly relational. First of all, let’s say a person is injured, whether it’s physically, emotionally or even spiritually, or a combination of all three (not an easy reality to swallow). Maybe they have injured their back at work, hurt their shoulder or knee playing softball, or maybe have had their home destroyed by a natural disaster. This is exactly where the first step of the continuum kicks in, where relief is not only desired but necessary. Relief is all about the gracious pouring out of assistance from people to a hurting person. As a pastor, relief meant “being there” many times with material items to relieve immediate needs. As a physical therapist, relief means helping reduce the pain of an acute condition of a physically hurting individual. The point is, “relief ” is done primarily through a caring relationship. Secondly, once the immediacy of relief has been met, the next step of the continuum kicks in: rehabilitation. Quite simply, rehabilitation involves helping an individual return to pre-injury status. As a pastor, this meant walking side by side, in relationship with an individual, to assist, guide, direct, rebuild – even struggle – back to the point they were at before trauma happened. Similarly, as a physical therapist, rehabilitation is conceptually very similar, where in goal-oriented relationship; a physical therapist walks side
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“Once rehabilitation has hopefully been achieved, the final ongoing step in the continuum is development, quite simply referring to a further development of a person’s potential.”
by side with an individual, through evaluation, manual therapy, individualized and specific exercise, and various therapeutic techniques, to help that person achieve pre-injury status. This can be a very fascinating and rewarding step for both the patient and the therapist. Once rehabilitation has hopefully been achieved, the final ongoing step in the continuum is development, quite simply referring to a further development of a person’s potential. As a pastor,
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this primarily involved helping a person through a process of discovering their unique God-given design and then encouraging that person to serve to “make a difference” because of that unique design. As a physical therapist, development, once rehabilitation has been achieved, involves once again walking side by side with an individual to that next step of physical health, which can involve many local agencies that are motivated by healthy lifestyles. This may even involve “working out” with people that you’ve provided relief and rehab to, or at least referring them to people who can help further develop them. Once again, development occurs best in the context of relationship. So there you have it — a continuum that works whether a pastor or physical therapist … or somewhere in between! At Orthopedic & Spine Therapy, it is also our desire, in relationship with our patients, to do our best to help them along this continuum from relief to rehabilitation onward toward ongoing development. Our therapists are not only highly trained, but also highly attentive to the needs of our patients and the journeys they are on.
John Hartenberger, PT, is one of Orthopedic & Spine Therapy’s first physical therapists. He left OST in 1996 and began a full-time ministry at a church in the Fox Cities.  After success in two very different fields, John is excited to return to OST once again. He feels his time in ministry will benefit his patients as he is now a better listener, relationship builder and problem identifier, and can assist people in becoming more independent. John sees patients at OST of Oshkosh, 2100 D Omro Road, Oshkosh, 920.232.4040 and OST of Menasha, 730 Midway Road, Menasha, 920.727.9878.

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Mangosteen: the superfruit
By Nancy Schneider-Dunbar

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espite a similar name, mangosteen is not related to the mango. It is a dark green, purplish tropical fruit, slightly smaller than a tennis ball, and is found predominantly in Southeast Asia and South America. Mangosteen is often referred to as the “queen of fruits.” It has a history of ancient medicinal uses, including treatment for skin infections, dysentery and urinary tract infections. Current interest in mangosteen stems from claims of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. The benefits from mangosteen come primarily from over 40 different xanthones found in both the outer pericarp, the skin-like structure on the outside of the fruit, and the pulp that is made up of four to eight individual pods. Xanthones are phytonutrients, which have potent antioxidant properties. By extracting xanthones from the entire fruit, utilizing both the pericarp and pulp, the highest amounts of antioxidants are preserved. The pericarp is usually four to eight millimeters thick with dark coloration and is where the highest concentration of xanthones is found in the fruit. The pulp consists of a cluster of cream-colored pods, which contain fruit and juice, another source of powerful xanthones. Especially when the entire fruit is used and it’s grown in its natural habitat without the use of harmful chemicals, the full benefit of the xanthones is recognized. Yibing Wang, M.D.,

“Current interest in mangosteen stems from claims of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.”
Ph.D., incorporated years of traditional Chinese medicine along with modern, cutting-edge, Western-based scientific principles in developing proprietary methods for extraction, preservation and concentration of these properties. Historically, mangosteen was a “local” fruit, often not found out of its native area due to its fragility and easily perishable nature. It was used locally for many purposes, everything from a cleansing tonic to a digestive aid. Once the powerful antioxidant properties of xanthones were discovered, and extraction processes to preserve and ensure the highest levels and quality of these active ingredients were developed, it has become a highly sought after nutritional product. Mangosteen can also be combined with vitamins, essential minerals and other products, such as organic aloe vera, to synergize all of their individually potent nutritional benefits.
Nancy Schneider-Dunbar is a Vemma Brand Partner. Mangosteen is a primary ingredient in several Vemma product formulations. For more information, visit www.nancydunbar.vemma.com or call 920.246.8443.
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Hypnosis and stress management
By James Carnes

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tress is America’s number one health problem, according to the American Institute of Stress. “It has been estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stressrelated problems.” The Mayo Clinic agrees that stress can have a wide range of effects. “Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.” Stress symptoms can include muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms, heartburn, difficulty breathing, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating and many more. When you find yourself suffering from one of these, the question is what can you do about it? How can you deal with the stress, cope with the symptoms and manage your life better? Understanding stress is critical to dealing with it effectively. Stress comes from how we perceive something: a situation, an event, some circumstance or a relationship. We perceive it as a loss of control or as an impending threat to our physical, mental or social well-being. Or we may perceive it as representing some obstacle to achieving our goals or a roadblock to our happiness. The stress comes from the meaning we give to the perception. There is nothing in a looming deadline or in speaking before an audience or a job interview that is itself stressful. Instead it is what these things mean to us that causes the stress. They somehow represent a problem to us. Maybe it’s a missed opportunity or an inability to effectively plan ahead. Perhaps it generates a feeling of not being in control and of social or personal insecurity; or it might represent some immediate
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“Not only will hypnosis help you instantly cope with stressful situations, with it you can understand more completely the causes of your stress and see effective ways of eliminating the harmful stressors in your life.”
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Raising alpacas – sounds like fun!
By Sally Schmidt

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eople raise alpacas for a variety of reasons. Some are If you answered mostly As, you are likely to become an: attracted to the country lifestyle. Some adore creating beau- Alpaca Hobby Farmer. tiful items with the luxurious fiber. Still others raise alpacas You enjoy the relaxing experience of owning a few alpacas. You as a small business venture. (alpacaregistry.com) Take this quick know them all by name and they all have nicknames. You love quiz to learn which category fits you! (camelidynamics.com) spending time with them every day and call them your “pets.” You are drawn to the quiet country lifestyle. 1) You’re going to an adult-education class. What’s your role? If you answered mostly Bs, you are likely to become an: a. I have my notebook and pens all organized. Alpaca Artist Farmer. b. I make sure everyone feels welcome. You love being creative and trying new things. You have an active c. I’m teaching the class. social life and some people would call you the “life of the party.” Your alpacas are your best buds. You love sharing alpaca experi2) How do you invest your money? ences with other people. You want to clothe all your friends in a. I hide it in a safe place. your new alpaca fiber creations. b. I put it in a savings account. c. I invest in the stock market. If you answered mostly Cs, you are likely to become an: Alpaca Breeding Farmer. 3) It’s a beautiful summer day and you don’t have to go You enjoy new adventures and love a challenge. You’re not happy to work. What would you choose to do? unless you’re busy. You love your alpacas and want them to be a. Go for a walk. the best. You’re willing to take b. Catch up on unfinished projects. a risk to succeed at something c. Tackle a new project. new. You have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy the 4) You open your monthly calendar. countryside and outdoors. What does it look like? The Schmidts began Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and a. Free on most days. Bed & Breakfast in 2006 in De Pere, WI. They have 35 award-winning alpacas and an alpaca clothing b. Numerous appointments with friends. boutique at their ranch. Sally served as a director c. Busy almost every day. on the board of the Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North
5) You’re shopping for a car. What’s most important? a. Something practical and dependable. b. Something that expresses my personality. c. The best car I can afford.
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America and is currently working on producing commercial alpaca products. The Schmidts specialize in educating new alpaca breeders. A seminar will be held on May 11, 2013. For more information, visit www.SabambaAlpaca.com or call Sally at 920.371.0003.
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or future challenge to our physical, social or emotional wellness. In any case, stress begins with a perception and our response to the perception is both mental and physical. To deal effectively with harmful stress, there are two fundamental approaches. The first is to reduce or eliminate the stressor. For example, you get your work done before the deadline, you take a public speaking course or you make sure you are thoroughly prepared for your job interview. Or if the stressor is constant or reoccurs frequently, you may need to attack the stress by changing your perception — or more accurately the meaning of your perception — of whatever it is that is causing the stress. In either case, you need to be able to accurately identify what the real stressor is. The second approach to stress management is to use effective coping strategies, including relaxation, keeping a journal, physical exercise and maintaining good health, getting enough sleep, massage therapy, better time management, hypnosis and other such methods. Because stress starts with our perceptions, using hypnosis is one of the best tools available for dealing with stress. Not only will hypnosis help you instantly cope with stressful situations, with it you can understand more completely the causes of your stress and see effective ways of eliminating the harmful stressors in your life. With hypnosis you concentrate your full attention on an issue. When you direct your attention to your stress, your mind uses its full capacities to accurately identify the stressor, reconsider its true meaning, and apply your critical and creative thinking abilities to find the best resolutions possible. Moreover, in hypnosis you can discover your most effective coping strategies, including calming and relaxation techniques, visualization, mental imaging and many others. By learning to use the full power of your mind through hypnosis, along with traditional approaches to relieving stress, you can protect yourself from some of the most harmful effects of stress and live a healthier and happier life.
Prof. James Carnes teaches cognitive science and philosophy at the Institute for Philosophical Studies. He is also a consulting hypnotist who uses hypnotism to help clients achieve a wide variety of health and wellness goals. His hypnotism practice, Wellness Hypno-Therapeutics in Green Bay and Oconto, specializes in treatment of chronic stress. For more information, call 920.227.8186, email carnesj@centurylink.net and visit www.wellnessht.com. Sources: 1. American Stress Institute, http://www.stress.org. 2. Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-symptoms/ SR00008_D.

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Our biofield: the hidden key to wellness
By Kari Uselman, Ph.D.

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here is no singular path to wellness; however, most wellness techniques work better when the body’s energy system in and around the body is healthy. This energy system or matrix is known as the biofield. Injury to the human biofield directly affects cellular communication that runs along energy pathways (meridians) throughout the body to organs, glands and neurons. When the body is stressed by physical traumas, toxins or electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), communication within and between cells may be diminished creating interference fields. Interference fields depolarize communication in the body and challenge the body’s energy system, shifting it out of holistic balance into stressed states and maladies. The visionary biophysicist Fritz Albert Popp has extensively studied the energy matrix that surrounds and integrates with all living things. Popp discovered that the DNA of living cells store and release photons or light particles. Light particles called biophotons transmit information within a cell and between cells. This process can be disrupted or injured by physical traumas, toxins or EMFs. Physical stress that can depolarize the biofield includes deep bruises, concussions, tailbone injuries, broken bones, burns, falls, tattoos, piercings, deployed airbags and any kind of scar-creating

event, such as punctures, cuts and surgeries. For example, an abdominal trauma from a c-section, appendectomy, car accident or sports injury may be sedating the digestive system and/ or adrenal glands, resulting in fatigue and heightened allergies. This type of sedation can be removed by mud packing the primary injury site (the interference field). Once the interference field and correlating sedated site are identified, a synergetic combination of therapeutic mud is applied to the body on each area. The mud pulls out the positive ions that have been sedating the injured tissue, restoring balance to the body’s biofield and energetic communication system. The interference field is removed, allowing organs and glands to heal. The art of mud packing has been refined by Dr. Robert Marshall using a USA-patented form of muscle testing developed by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, founder and president of the International College of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics and BDORT (Bi-Digital O-Ring Test). In addition to physical traumas, the human biofield can be stressed by toxins. Common toxins include heavy metals, especially mercury, dioxin, petrochemicals and aniline residues from injected anesthetics to name a few. Therapeutic mud packs and ionized mineral packs can eliminate up to 50 percent of the local bioaccumulation of toxic elements in a single application. There are over 840 worldwide clinical studies on mud packing available on PubMed at www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov. Another deterrent to the human biofield is our modern day technology. EMF exposure comes from our cell phones, grocery store scanners, bar codes on food and produce, computers, microwaves and batteries. EMF stress typically affects the endocrine system. When this happens, one may feel fatigued, experience loss of focus, have difficulty sleeping, have hormonal imbalances including infertility and thyroid stress, suffer from frequent headaches, feel like they need to leave a store that has an abundance of electronics, or feel “off ” after talking on a cell phone or sitting in front of a computer. There can be many reasons for symptom manifestation; however, EMF sedation to the human biofield is significant in our high tech world. EMF stress is simple to detect
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awthorn is a spiny, flowering shrub or small tree of the rose family. The species of hawthorn discussed here are native to northern European regions and grow throughout the world. Historically, hawthorn fruit has been used for heart disease since the first century. It has also been used for digestive and kidney problems. More recently, hawthorn leaf and flower have been used as folk or traditional remedies for heart failure, a weakness of the heart muscle that prevents the heart from pumping enough blood to the rest of the body, which can lead to fatigue and limit physical activities. Hawthorn is also used for other heart conditions, including symptoms of coronary artery disease (such as angina). The hawthorn leaf and flower are used to make liquid extracts, usually with water and alcohol. Dry extracts can be put into capsules and tablets.

What the science says

• There is scientific evidence that hawthorn leaf and flower may be safe and effective for milder forms of heart failure, but study results are conflicting. • There is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether hawthorn works for other heart problems. • NCCAM-supported research to date includes a study of the mechanism by which hawthorn may affect heart failure.

medications. 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 ensure coordinated and safe care.
Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Herbs at a glance. NCCAM website. References: Busse WR, Juretzek W, Koch E. Hawthorn (Crataegus). In: Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 2005:337–347. Hawthorn. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:182–191. Hawthorn. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at www.naturaldatabase. com on July 23, 2009. Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata, C. oxyacantha, C. monogyna, C. penagyna). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at www.naturalstandard. com on July 23, 2009.

Side effects and cautions

Hawthorn is considered safe for most adults when used for short periods of time. Side effects are rare and can include upset stomach, headache and dizziness. Although drug interactions with hawthorn have not been thoroughly studied, there is evidence to suggest that hawthorn may interact with a number of different drugs, including certain heart

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any people do not realize that precautions should be taken when discarding certain household items. Improper disposal of hazardous materials may have negative effects on our environment such as contaminating drinking water, increasing algae blooms and the potential of igniting in garbage trucks. Outagamie County residents, including all of Appleton and New London, are able to dispose of their hazardous materials safely and properly at a Household Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep. The Clean Sweeps are held at the Outagamie County Department of Solid Waste facility located at 1419 Holland Road in Appleton. Since the items brought to the Clean Sweeps are properly disposed of, you can feel good that you have kept these items from entering the landfill or contaminating our water supply. By appointment only! Call 920.832.5277 option 3 or email recycle@outagamie.org.
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Latex paint is not considered a household hazardous waste because it is made from water. You can donate your old latex paint to the Appleton Habitat ReStore and receive a tax-deductible receipt. For more information, please call the ReStore at 920.830.8400. • No rusty cans. • Must be 1/3 full, minimum. • Latex paint only. • Must not smell of ammonia or sour milk.

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If you must dispose of latex paint, please follow these directions: • For small amounts: Remove the lid and let dry in the can. Occasion­ ally stir the paint. • For large amounts: Line a cardboard box with a plastic trash bag. Layer an absorbent material (kitty litter, sawdust, shredded newspaper) on bottom, pour a layer of paint and repeat as necessary. • Once the paint is dry, dispose the entire trash bag and empty paint cans in your regular trash. 

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The fine art of selfsabotage
By Phyllis Kasper, PhD

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ou don’t need to consult with Dr. Freud to know that we are all good at procrastination. Whether it’s just putting off doing the dishes, starting that new diet and exercise program, or as intimidating as doing your taxes, we all procrastinate. The task may be clear, the advantages of doing it may be profound and you know you will feel so much better once it’s done, yet taking that first step is sooooo hard. Scolding yourself is counterproductive because it raises your anxiety. It also rehearses and reinforces the procrastination. Sometimes we can trick ourselves into getting started by taking “baby steps” or by doing an unrelated task that is easy and quick to trigger a “can do” attitude. There are easy-to-do programs on conquering procrastination available on the Internet. There are brief, free videos on this and other topics by Brad Yates on his website at www.bradyates.net and on YouTube. A longer detailed program by Patricia Carrington is available on her website at www.masteringeft.com. They both use EFT (tapping on acupuncture points) to process your inner resistance to change. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of energy psychology that can powerfully shift our inner mental and emotional gears. Patricia emphasizes the power of thinking in terms of choices rather than nagging yourself with “should” and “have to.” This change in thinking removes a heavy burden and frees us up for meaningful change. But if that is all too scholarly for you, just watch the comedy, What About Bob?, to see the power of those baby steps. How did you react to the above information on EFT? Did you dismiss it as too silly, weird or too much bother? Did your mind jump to all the possible reasons that it’s not for you? Did you use black and white thinking to decide it sounds too easy to be true, when we all know life is hard? If so, you are an expert at selfsabotage. My suggested baby step is to go to one of the websites
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“One of the roadblocks to getting help is the belief that you “should” be able to handle everything all by yourself, or at least pretend that you can handle it. This is a profound form of self-sabotage that blocks opportunities to reach out, ask for and accept help. It leaves you alone with your pain.”
and learn more about it. A second baby step would be to learn how to use EFT to strengthen positive emotions and memories before you tackle problems. What motivates people to seek counseling or psychotherapy? It’s often the pain of anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder that opens the door. One of the roadblocks to getting
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help is the belief that you “should” be able to handle everything all by yourself, or at least pretend that you can handle it. This is a profound form of self-sabotage that blocks opportunities to reach out, ask for and accept help. It leaves you alone with your pain. Once past the stigma of and resistance to asking for help, other methods of sabotage will emerge. One method is believing in the myth that if you understand exactly how and why your problems developed, they will magically vanish. This belief is the gateway to endless therapy without much meaningful result. A baby step out of it is to start asking yourself, “what can I do to feel better right now?” instead of “why do I feel so bad?” Asking yourself why you feel so bad usually gets you tangled up in rehearsing bad experiences and playing the shame/blame game. The answer to “what” can be something simple like slow, deep breathing, EFT or focusing your attention on something positive, funny or beautiful. Another method of self-sabotage is being like the kid in the car who keeps asking if we are there yet. Therapy is a process, not an end product. You will know when we are there. Another great method of self-sabotage is to keep demanding that the therapist explain exactly how and why their type of therapy is scientifically valid and how and why it will work for the individual. This can also be an endless disruption of the course of potentially effective therapy. The best baby step is to put some trust in your therapist and focus on developing effective teamwork. What is self-sabotage all about? Does some part of your mind hate you? No. It’s mainly about an inner struggle to stay in your nice, safe comfort zone, no matter how miserable that comfort zone really feels. Usually the methods are learned early in life. As a troubled adult, these methods protect you from fears of success/failure and the unknown. An effective baby step means taking a step out of your comfort zone and out into the great unknown. I believe that once that first step is taken, going back to square one is unlikely. The rewards are enormous. To see a funny and touching example of such a transformation, watch the movie, “As Good As It Gets,” with Jack Nicholson. One step leads to the next until fear, isolation and anger are transformed into connection, friendship and love.
Dr. Phyllis Kasper has expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, peak achievement, biofeedback, hypnosis, EMDR, cultural diversity and pain management. For more information, please call her at 920.693.2250 or visit www.evolveability.com. She is available at Healthy Connections, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton, 920.257.4601.

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The many benefits of lavender
By Lisa Schmoock

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igh-stress lifestyles have become the new norm, and people are looking for ways to create small moments of wellness to help alleviate the toll of constant stress on their bodies. When people become busy, taking control of their health can often be one of the first things to go. Grabbing a quick meal replaces preparing a fresh healthy option, and

necessities like getting an oil change or a haircut take priority over life’s little luxuries, like massage, that help keep us sane. Lavender is one secret ingredient you can add to your purse, pocket or even a meal to help add nutrition to your day and remove the stress from life’s nuisances. The scent of lavender is great for helping you to relax. It can also

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“ Lavender can calm irritated skin, reduce bloating and fight dandruff.”
calm irritated skin (nervous hives anyone?), reduce bloating and fight dandruff. Spices that are lavender-based can even be added to food for extra benefit. Why spend money on a variety of supplements and foods that are packed with processed ingredients when there is a natural solution that has a variety of benefits? Lavender can be found in oils, lotions, scrubs and ground spices all ready for use! The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or in need of a mini vacation, pull out your lavender oil and give yourself a massage, letting the powerful scent help you escape from your stress. Stress from being too busy might be human nature, but there’s a natural way to fight it: load up on the lavender!
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mbracing an active lifestyle that leaves behind the comforts of the couch can be a difficult adjustment. But the payoffs of adopting a more active lifestyle are numerous. In addition to feeling better physically, men and women who embrace more physical activity typically notice improvements in their mood as well. The positive mental effects related to physical activity are no accident, as numerous studies have shown exercise can stimulate chemicals in your brain that improve your mood while also lowering stress and helping you relax. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aerobic exercise or a mix of aerobic exercise and strength-training activities three to five times a week for 30 to 60 minutes has been shown to improve cognitive ability and judgment, reduce a person’s risk of developing depression and improve sleep. The numerous positive effects of physical activity illustrate just how beneficial such a lifestyle can be. Even better, embracing an active lifestyle does not mean you have to start planning that expedition to climb Mount Everest or start training for the triathlon. In fact, a few minor adjustments to your current routine might be all it takes to reap the rewards of living a more active lifestyle.
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Walk this way

Walking more can help many people quickly and easily improve their physical and mental condition. Instead of retiring to the couch after dinner, take a walk around the neighborhood with your family or significant other. Or go it alone and use your nightly walk as a peaceful opportunity to collect your thoughts. Walking after dinner is a great way to get in some daily cardiovascular exercise, and a post-dinner walk might encourage you to eat less. Walking can be incorporated into your daily routine in other ways as well. On shopping trips, park further away from the store so you can walk more. And walk kids to school or the bus stop instead of dropping them off in your car.

Do your own chores

It might be easier to cut your landscaper a check and let him look after your property, but that big green yard outside your front door presents a great opportunity for you to be more physically active. Mow your own lawn, choosing a push mower instead of a ride-on mower, and tend to your trees, shrubs and flowers yourself. This is a great way to be more physically active, and the physical and mental rewards might just be outdone by the pride you feel when seeing a beautiful landscape you tended to yourself.

Embrace a cause

If the known physical and mental benefits of an active lifestyle are not proving to be ample motivation in your quest to be more physically active, then perhaps the opportunity to help others might do the trick. Numerous charities sponsor charity walks or runs that provide participants with an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Even better, such events tend to take all comers, so you might be able to enlist your friends, family members or coworkers to join you. Signing up for a 10K might be just the motivation you need to get out and start training. And once the training begins, chances are you won’t want to stop even after the charity event has come and gone.

Join a sports league

Many men and women played in recreational sports leagues as a youth or young adult. Unfortunately, it’s easy to abandon those recreational activities when the responsibilities of work and family take over. But joining a sports league is a great way to reach your weekly exercise goals, meet new friends and reconnect with a game you might have loved as a child. Many people find it’s easier to embrace a more active lifestyle when they enjoy their physical activities, so find a sport you enjoy playing and then start playing it more. Getting off the couch and embracing an active lifestyle has both physical and mental benefits that can improve all aspects of daily life.
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What you need to “give up” to be truly healthy
(Part 1)
By Jacquelyn Wilson

This month and next month we’ll consider 15 things that you may want to consider giving up in order to make your life a lot easier and much happier. This article covers the first seven.

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e hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering — and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy — we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go: 1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the “urgent” need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question:

“Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” –Wayne Dyer
What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big? Be nice! Forgiveness is huge here. The idea that we need to forgive someone even if we are right is an amazing concept.
2. Give up your need for control. Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you — situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street, just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel. This is very liberating; it’s no longer your problem.

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3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have; for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life. Take responsibility with a smile on your face … help another save face. 4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my, how many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset! Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you, especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that. Make it a priority to stop talking negative about yourself. If you think something bad about yourself, stop, tell yourself you’re sorry and say something nice to yourself. If you hear anyone talk bad about themselves in any way, catch them. Then say something wonderful to them and make them repeat it!

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” –Eckhart Tolle
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6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, many things, people, situations and events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy. No situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Separate yourself from the negative people in your life — even family. There are creative ways to accomplish that. 7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved, and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all. This goes both ways … even letting others criticize you. Don’t let them. … more to come next month!
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Get rid of that hardto-lose mommy tummy for good!
By Dr. Nolan Hetz

Question: When I’m finished nursing my daughter, my last of three kids, I want to get rid of my mommy tummy, which refuses to go away despite the fact that I lost 28 pounds and do 100 sit-ups a day. What goes into deciding whether to have a plain liposuction procedure, add the laser step or resort to that surgery called abdominoplasty, where a big long scar is left after the removal of a flap of skin and a deep wedge of fat? Answer: The lower abdominal region is one of many main genetically engineered fat storage sites. This particular highly visible energy reservoir in the belly region theoretically increased a woman’s chances of survival in premodern medicine days, following the frequent horrific healing demands in the aftermath of childbirth. The average person will not get rid of any more of their fat within the abdominal wall by doing 2000 sit-ups a day than by running five miles a day. When abdominal muscles are exercised, they draw their energy requirements via the blood stream. In other words, the blood stream carries needed nutrients to exercising muscles that are being pulled from many areas of the body like the liver,
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adrenal glands, panaceas and many different fat storage sites, not preferentially from the adjacent fat within the area being exercised. Pregnancy is also known to mechanically stretch the abdominal skin while the pregnancy’s high levels of hormonal influences cause fat to be deposited into the abdominal areas, all of which accelerates the growth of the skin, the body’s largest organ. Thus, waiting until the completion of childbearing before reducing this area of fat storage mechanical or surgically is a reasonable tenant. Women who have had children will rarely just be satisfied with a “plain” liposuction procedure, called classic liposuction, without doing something to deal with the stretched and expanded volume of abdominal wall skin. That’s why laser liposuction, or liposuction using another heating of the skin energy source like cautery or radio frequency, is thought by many liposuction surgeons to be ideal for tightening or shrinking the overlying skin.

If a person has a lot of overhanging skin within their lower abdominal bulge, like more than two inches of folding-over skin and fat, then an abdominoplasty, with or without a concurrent liposuction procedure, can provide a more cosmetically pleasing result. Some patients will experience a safer and/or more pleasing result with a two-stage approach. This involves an initial non-laser liposuction procedure using a more aggressive fat removal device like MicroAire’s PAL® LipoSculptor™ or The Tickle Lipo System. Then, two months later, a more minor and lower-risk   “skinning” abdominoplasty procedure is done.
Dr. Nolan Hetz is a board certified gynecologic surgeon, a certified aesthetics consultant and the medical director of Youthful Endeavors, with offices in Green Bay and Manitowoc. If you wish to receive information on classic liposuction, the GPSLipo® Procedure or PAL® PowerAssisted Liposuction, or wish to submit a question for this column, please call 920.683.1800 or email nolanhetz@yahoo.com.
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Learn how to reconnect to your sense of play. To discover the freedom in taking a risk and letting go. Strengthen your inner wisdom. Break creative blocks with self-inquiry. You don’t need to be an artist to discover the transformational power of painting for process rather than product. No painting experience is necessary. There are no mistakes, never a critique. When people give in to the creative process, surprises and magic come forth! Space is limited. Facilitated by Tina Siebers. Cost is $35 and includes materials. Registration is required by emailing soulfullcreative@yahoo.com or calling 320.808.7325. Saturday, April 20 • 9 a.m.-noon

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Join Asia and Steven to learn how you can communicate with the animals, both their physical beings and as spirit guides. Asia will teach you the basics of animal communication while Steven will show you how to receive messages from animals as spirit guides as well as how to find your primary spirit animal helper. They will lead you and the group in guided meditations that will enhance your ability to communicate on both levels — the physical and the spiritual. Following the presentations, Asia and Steven will invite questions and offer some random audience readings. You will come away from this workshop with a deeper appreciation of the gifts that our animal brothers and sisters have to offer us, and a keener ability to discern communications from these amazing beings! Fee: $55 when paid in advance by May 20; $65 at the door. Location: Holiday Inn Green Bay, 2785 Ramada Way. To register or for more information: www.thepeaceandwellnesscenter.com go to calendar, call 920.819.3774 or email watrish@aol.com. Saturday, June 1 • 1-3:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Adult Group

Facilitator: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. Through a guided eight-week group experience, members learn how to get off auto-pilot and live a more conscious lifestyle. Groups follow along with The Mindful Turtle Study Guide, ™ which includes various tools, meditative practices and inspirational readings that follow the topic of the week. Our next Mindfulness groups will be starting in April and will be held at Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park, Suite 210, Neenah. Call 920.722.7245 today to reserve your place. Check out the website for more information about Mindfulness and groups: mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com Tuesday, April 2 • 6:15-8 p.m.

Life Changing Energy Toolkit — Experiential Workshop
This experiential workshop is for anyone who would like to learn fast and effective tools to boost, protect and clear their energy field. These powerful energetic techniques will help you keep your energy system flowing smoothly, which will improve your life on all levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual! Presented by Dr. Ann Khanna of Rainbows In Harmony at 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton. For more information, please visit Workshops at www.rainbowsinharmony.com. Space is limited, register now for early bird discount! Saturday, April 27 • 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Exploring Shamanism with Dr. Steven Farmer
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice that has existed in some form for at least 40,000 years, evidence of which has been found on every continent. Through the use of drumming, rattling, dancing, singing or a combination of these, the shaman enters into an altered state of consciousness that allows him to travel to the spirit world of non-ordinary reality (NOR). There he seeks guidance from his helping spirits for healing others and relieving suffering. In this workshop you’ll learn what shamanism is, its practices, and how to apply its concepts to your daily life and spiritual belief system. You’ll learn how shamanic healing works, as well as learn how to do the basic shamanic journey and discover your main animal spirit guide, your power animal, by journeying to the NOR. Please bring a bandanna or scarf, a drum or rattle (if you have one), a blanket, and a notebook and pen to take notes and record your experiences. We’ll have a few drums and rattles available if you don’t yet have one. Fee: $35 prepaid, $45 at the door and special rate of $60 for two tickets (friends, spouses, relatives, etc.). Held at the Peace & Wellness Center, 681 Baeten Road, Green Bay. To register or for more information: wwww.thepeaceandwellnesscenter. com go to calendar or call 920.819.3774 or email watrish@aol.com

Feel Fit & Fabulous Naturally
Discover the connection between food and aging. Featuring pure, safe and beneficial nutritional products that are gluten-free and vegan-certified. Our program will highlight Arbonne’s Fit Essentials with taste testing, tips and ideas for staying healthy. Plus special guest speaker, Dr.Buss of the Chiropractic Advantage of Appleton will present “How To Stay Young — The 1st 100 Years”. This is a FREE event held at Ridgeway Golf Club, 2913 County Rd. II, Neenah. To reserve your spot, contact Becky Schmalz, independent consultant, regional vice president, at 920.843.1142 or becky. schmalz@gmail.com. Saturday, April 13 • 9-11 a.m.

Intuitive Painting Workshop

Learn how to reconnect to your sense of play. To discover the freedom in taking a risk and letting go. Strengthen your inner wisdom. Break creative blocks with self-inquiry. You don’t need to be an artist to discover the transformational power of painting for process rather than product. No painting experience is necessary. There are no mistakes, never a critique. When people give in to the creative process, surprises and magic come forth! Space is limited. Facilitated by Tina Siebers. Cost is $35 and includes materials. Registration is required by emailing soulfullcreative@yahoo.com or calling 320.808.7325. Saturday, May 11 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Getting On Top of Stress for Kids
This is a 2-hour interactive fun educational workshop for kids ages 8-13. We have taken the curriculum from our Adult Stress Management workshop and created a fun, kid-friendly version. Kids will learn effective evidence-based techniques to manage stress that they will be able to apply immediately. Come prepared to have fun, share experiences and learn a plethora of information. Cost is $25/person or bring a friend for $20/person. Presented by Saris Counseling, 3405 Commerce Ct., Suite F, Appleton. For more information or to register contact Brenda at 920.364.9078.

Eco Expo

A community event with hopes to inspire people to create a positive change in the environment, leading by example in their daily lives. Expo features: • Hands-on demonstrations. • Educational seminars. • Featured seminars: urban chickens seminar and natural prairie grass seminar. • Large variety of vendors. • Resources to show easy ways to be more “green” in your daily life. To be a part of the expo, contact Samantha at 920.405.1134 or samantha.zastrow@pmiwi.com. Event held at Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay. www.EcoExpoWI.com.

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BODYWORK
New Possibilities Integration, LLC Victoria L. Huss, Certified Rolfer™ 103 W. College Ave., Suite 601, Appleton 920.427.7653 • www.wisconsinrolfing.com 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.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College 2740 West Mason St., Green Bay 888.385.NWTC www.nwtc.edu NWTC serves over 40,000 students annually. With advanced technology and state-of-the art facilities, it’s no wonder students are choosing an affordable education close to home. NWTC offers more than 100 degrees, diplomas and apprenticeships, with many transferring into the 4-year system. NWTC is finding passions and pushing potential.

Growing Time Child Care Center 2738 Manitowoc Road, Green Bay 920.468.6202 GrowingTime@att.net 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 farmers. 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.

COLON HYDRO-THERAPY
Natural Healing Solutions Certified Colon Hydro-Therapists 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #6, Appleton 920.830.3909 www.naturalhealingsolutionsllc.com 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.

BOUTIQUE - WIGS/BREAST CARE
Nell’s Wigs & Boutique 2031 S. Webster Ave., Suite B, Green Bay 920.393.4912 • info@nellswigs.com www.nellswigs.com Nell’s Wigs is a full service, licensed wig salon dedicated to discreet and personable service. Whether you need a wig for medical hair loss, fashion, cosmetic, work, travel or fun, our mission is to make you feel comfortable and confident in your style. We carry the largest inventory of designer wigs in Wisconsin!

CHIROPRACTOR & NUTRITION
Appleton Chiropractic 2425 West Wisconsin Ave., Appleton 920.731.0715 • www.fixmedoc.com 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.

BRAINWAVE OPTIMIZATION
Brain Training of the Fox Valley 101 W. Edison Center, Suite 224, Appleton 920.284.4874 www.braintrainingfv.com Hits to the head and hurts to the heart can cause us to smoke, drink, lose sleep and be irritable, sad, or otherwise, just feel disconnected from life. We know the brain is the control center for everything we think and do. It can be tuned up, re-calibrated and refined. Nearly 30,000 people across the world have experienced positive changes in their lives as a result of Brainwave Optimization™. A sophisticated technology, but a simple process of the brain mirroring itself back to its full potential.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Therapeutic Pulse Sharon Blake, CMT 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., #8, Appleton 920.740.5101 • www.iahp.com/sharonblake therapeuticpulse@gmail.com 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.

CLOTHING AND LODGING
Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast 2338 Hickory Rd., De Pere 920-371-0003 • info@sabambaalpaca.com www.sabambaalpaca.com 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.

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CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Soul-Full Creative Arts, LLC Tina Siebers, Sherwood 320.808.7325 soulfullcreative@yahoo.com www.soul-fullcreativearts.com Nurture your creativity and open doors for self exploration through the meditative processes of intuitive painting, art journaling and mandalas! Tina Siebers uses art workshops and individual sessions to help clients access their inner wisdom. As she explains, “We are all creative beings and no experience is necessary to take this life-affirming journey.” Take the first step to reconnect with and explore your authentic self by contacting Tina today! Upcoming workshops: 4/13 & 4/27.

FLORIST/GIFTS
The Wild Iris 700 E. Magnolia Ave., LAKESHORE MALL in Manitowoc 920.682.6194 Order online at www.mywildiris.com 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.

on weight loss, stress reduction, how to prevent and get rid of colds, the flu and more. Mention this listing and receive a FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL MEMBERSHIP. Open Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Rd., Menasha 920.882.8900 • www.lakeparkfitness.com See our ad on pg. 29. 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!

DENTAL
Twohig Dental William J. Twohig, DDS 417 E. Ann St., Weyauwega 920.867.3101 • www.drtwohig.com 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.

GOURMET RETAIL/GIFT
The Wire Whisk 767 North Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920.739.3663 www.thewirewhisk.com 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.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
A Better You/Boresha Coffee Jacquelyn Wilson 920.737.3555 • abetteryou@new.rr.com abetteryou.co • BLOG: coffeewithjacque.com WHY BORESHA? Boresha empowers you to develop a healthy relationship with food by providing a simple, delicious way to continue your quest for health and wellness, while our unique opportunities foster financial freedom and give back to the community. Boresha is the home of the World’s Only Fat Burning Coffee and Tea! Certified Organic • Patented Hunger Control • Balanced Energy • Low Acid • Buffered Caffeine • Fair Trade. Call for your complimentary sample!

EDUCATION
Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2200 American Blvd., De Pere 920.338.9500 • www.BlueSkyMassage.com Blue Sky strives to inspire and challenge our students as they become professional massage therapists. We integrate community outreach, holistic practices and wellness into our massage therapy program. We have full- and part-time options. Financial aid available for those who qualify. Open houses year round! Touch the lives of others, become a massage therapist! Call today!

HEALTH & FITNESS
Anytime Fitness For a location near you, visit our website. www.anytimefitness.com 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. Good Vibrations Studio 1211 Rickmeyer Dr., Fond du Lac 920.921.1211 • goodvibsstudio@gmail.com www.goodvibrationsstudio.com At Good Vibrations Studio, you come in and spend ten minutes on a “wiggle” machine. The machine tones and helps you achieve your fitness goals as if you have spent an hour at the gym. Watch as your clothes become loose and you drop pants sizes. Relax and enjoy a session in our infrared sauna or on an Amethyst Biomat, both of which help to rid the body of toxins and contribute to whole body wellness. Enjoy Nikken filtered water, essential oils and take part in our free classes

HEALTH FOOD STORE
Natural Healthy Concepts 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton 920.968.2360 www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com Natural Healthy Concepts brings you the best dietary health supplements on the market at the lowest prices possible. We also have a great selection of all natural beauty products to make you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. And what makes it even better, we provide free shipping on all domestic US orders, no matter the size!

FINANCIAL
Capital Credit Union 920.731.3195 • toll free: 866.731.3195 For a location near you visit www.capitalcu.com Capital Credit Union is a fullservice financial institution offering a wide range of products and services, such as savings accounts, CDs, IRAs, free and dividend-earning checking accounts, free online and mobile banking, free text alerts, and loans for cars, homes, home equity and more. Anyone living or working in Outagamie, Calumet, Winnebago or Brown Counties in Wisconsin is eligible for Capital membership.

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Terry Naturally 2625 Development Dr., Suite 40, Green Bay 920.965.1002 • www.terrynaturally.com 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!

HOLISTIC WELLNESS
Get Connected, LLC 5497 W. Waterford Lane, Suite A 920.750.6120 www.getconnectedcounseling.com At Get Connected Counseling, LLC we help people who are dissatisfied with their lives, find their way to where they want to be. We offer a Get Connected different experience in therapy than clients have had before, with a focus on transformational healing of mind, body and spirit. We use cutting-edge approaches to re-engage, rewire, reconnect and inspire our clients to live within their authentic selves. We take most insurance plans.
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HORMONES & WELLNESS
Wise Woman Wellness LLC Randi Mann, NP — Owner, Board Certified Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • www.wisewomanwellness.com 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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HOLISTIC MEDICINE
Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920.819.3774 • watrish@aol.com www.patriciampoole.com 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 email 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.

Rainbows in Harmony Dr. Ann Khanna Appleton • 920.757.9693 Ann@RainbowsInHarmony.com www.RainbowsInHarmony.com Do you have a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issue that has 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 website to learn how Energy Restoration can help you! Call or email for your free 15-minute consultation.
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Wise Woman Wellness LLC Cheryl Rentmeester, NP — Nurse Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • www.wisewomanwellness.com Cheryl Rentmeester, NP, is a family nurse practitioner with close to 10 years experience in diagnosis and treatment of women of all ages. She has a special interest in women’s heath issues. She believes open communication and education is key to forming a valuable partnership with her patients for effective treatment results. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. 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. Accepting new patients.
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Wellness Essentials, LLC 456 N. Main St., Oshkosh Located at the Harmony Wellness Center 920.410.4022 • www.WellnessEssentialsLLC.com 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, is an advanced practitioner of Quantum Reflex Analysis, cation mud-packing and vastu bioenergetics, and facilitates craniosacral therapy, Reconnective Healing, BioGenesis & more. Kari weaves her intuition, integrity and caring into her sessions to support her clients’ holistic wellness. She is certified through the Natural Therapies Certification Board and has over 1000 satisfied clients.

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
Life Force Wellness Center, LLC Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS 404 N. Main St., Suite 106, Oshkosh 920.217.1769 • asb@lifeforcewc.com www.lifeforcewc.com 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.
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INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC 18 Jewelers Park Dr., Suite 210, Neenah 920.722.7245 www.mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com 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,
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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.

Wise Woman Wellness LLC Julie Rider, OTR, CLCP 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • www.wisewomanwellness.com 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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professional staff. They will create individually pleasing results to complement your internal beauty. Zero percent financing programs are available. Call today for your complimentary consultation.

MEDICAL SPA
Rejuvenessence mediSpa Kenneth Pechman, M.D., Ph.D. Board Certified Dermatologist 2201 East Enterprise Ave., Suite 104, Appleton 920.574.3577 • www.rmedispa.com 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!

LANDSCAPE
Ranger Services Inc. Urban Forestry and Landscape Management P.O. Box 2221, Appleton, WI 54912 920.731.3511 Ranger Services Inc. is an urban forestry and landscape management firm RANGER providing technical assistance and service to communities, residential and commercial accounts. The staff consists of degreed foresters, resource managers and certified arborists providing management and service in: • Tree pruning/removal/plant health care/planting. • Landscape management and maintenance. • Street tree ordinance development/revision. • Street and park tree inventory. • Tree maintenance training programs. • Urban forestry management plans. • Tree appraisal. • Lawn service and maintenance.
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MASSAGE THERAPY
Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2200 American Blvd., De Pere 920.338.9500 • www.BlueSkyMassage.com Blue Sky’s massage clinic is a teaching facility. Massages are performed by students who have not yet graduated, but have completed the educational requirements to enter student clinic. A great opportunity for our students to complete state required massage hours while offering professional quality massages at a discount to the public! Make an appointment today! Intuitive Touch, LLC Sue Noffke, LMT 8095 Tribute Dr., Neenah 920.850.0440 • snoffke1@new.rr.com Relax and renew your body, mind and spirit at Intuitive Touch. Sue Noffke, a licensed massage therapist, offers her clients intuitive energy and therapeutic touch massage therapy. She also provides Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®, “the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet,” and flotation therapy, allowing you to experience total rejuvenation and relaxation in a float tank. Call today to schedule your appointment.

MIDWIVES
Appleton Community Midwives & Birth Center 308 E. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.882.6200 www.wisconsinmidwives.com 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.

LAWN CARE
Backyard Organics 920.850.7450 • info@backyardorganics.net www.backyardorganics.net 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 website, email or call us.

NONPROFIT
Community Benefit Tree 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna 920.422.1919 • www.communitybenefittree.org 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.

LIFE COACH
Life Spectrums, LLC Joan M. Ek Professional Life Coach/Reiki Master/ Registered Yoga Teacher 920.733.9793 • lifespectrums@new.rr.com www.lifespectrums.net 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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MEDICAL AESTHETICS & WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE
Youthful Endeavors Dr. Nolan Hetz, Medical Director Green Bay and Manitowoc locations 920.683.1800 • info@youthfulendeavors.com www.youthfulendeavors.com Youthful Endeavors is one of the most comprehensive medical aesthetic practices in Wisconsin with a variety of services that combine both wellness and aesthetic medicine with a touch of high-end spa services. Redesign and refresh yourself with the help of Dr. Nolan Hetz and the certified

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Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Neher, MS, Clinical Nutritionist 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com 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 • pkasper@bytehead.com www.evolveability.com Dr. Phyllis Kasper is a licensed psychologist with expertise in pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder using EMDR, biofeedback, meditation and training in self-hypnosis. Pain and other symptoms of irritable bowel can be alleviated using a 7-session hypnosis program. Dr. Kasper also works with anxiety/panic disorders, depression and breaking barriers to achievement. She is available at Healthy Connections, LLC, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or call 920.257.4601. Quality Therapy 311 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna 920.462.4583 • www.quality-therapy.com 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.

PET HEALTH
Victoria’s Pet Nutrition Center and Boutique 14 N. Main St., Fond du Lac 920.923.1991 www.allnaturalpethealth.com 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.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
MotionWorks Physical Therapy 1158 Westowne Drive, Neenah 920.215.2050 www.motionworkspt.com Experience the difference a hands-on, manual therapy approach to physical therapy can make at MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice providing quality care to patients with spine, orthopedic, post-operative and sports medicine injuries. Our mission is to provide the highest level of personalized, one-on-one patient care, with appointment times that are convenient to you, in a relaxing, patient-centered clinic with all the latest amenities. Our results speak for themselves, as we often can help those who have not seen a benefit from treatment provided elsewhere by addressing the whole patient and the source of your pain, not just the symptoms.

OPPORTUNITIES
Arbonne Becky Schmalz, Regional Vice President 920.843.1142 • www.bschmalz.myarbonne.com Reach out and discover Arbonne! According to current statistics and trends, people are looking for ... Debt-free lifestyles. Financial security. Freedom to choose how they spend their time and money. Wellness and healthy lifestyles.

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PERSONAL CARE/NUTRITION
Botanical Indulgence Sandy White 1162 Westowne Dr., Neenah 920.725.1380 • www.botanicalindulgence.com 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. Custom Health Pharmacy 1011 S. 10th St., Manitowoc 920.482.3145 www.customhealthpharmacy.com Custom Health Pharmacy is your source for quality compounded medications. Our state-ofthe-art compounding lab provides the highest quality compounding possible. You have a choice where you get your compounded prescriptions — you don’t need your prescription sent to you from Madison. We also offer: hormone saliva testing, hormone consultations, adrenal fatigue consultations and testing, Take Charge weight loss program and a full line of Now vitamins. We Accept Caremark and Express Scripts.

… all of which equal “quality of life”! Our opportunity fits the current timing and trends. Consider the opportunities with Arbonne’s pure, safe and beneficial skin care, nutritional products, cosmetics, detox spa and more! We are looking for new consultants in Northeast Wisconsin! For more information, contact Becky Schmalz, independent consultant and regional vice president, at 920.843.1142 or Becky.Schmalz@gmail.com.

PILATES
CClark Pilates Studio Cathy Clark, Owner & Certified Pilates Trainer Marketplace Plaza, Suite 225 124 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah 920.410.0026 • www.cclarkpilates.com Get to know your core! CClark Pilates Studio is fully equipped with reformers, Cadillac, Tower systems, Ladderback Barrels, Wunda chairs and lots of room for mat classes. Owner Cathy Clark has over 600 hours of classical pilates training. CClark has 3 different packages for the pilates enthusiast and also offers private & semi-private sessions. SPRING SPECIAL: $40 UNLIMITED MAT CLASSES FOR 30 DAYS.

PAIN MANAGEMENT/RELIEF
Advanced Pain Management (APM) 2595 Development Dr., Suite 150, Green Bay Locations also in Appleton and Oconto Falls 888.901.PAIN (7246) • www.APMhealth.com 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.
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RESTAURANT
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 www.nakashimas.com 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! Osorio’s Latin Fusion, LLC 1910 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton (Between Fox River Mall & the Timber Rattlers’ stadium) 920.955.3766 www.OsoriosLatinFusion.com Our family welcomes you to Osorio’s Latin Fusion!  We carefully and thoughtfully prepare all of your food from scratch right here in our kitchen. Our recipes have either been handed down from our families or created in our own minds and kitchens. We have a strong background in Latin cuisine, and have merged some of the sensational Latin flavors with our other favorite foods … and Osorio’s Latin Fusion was born. Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.733.3003 • www.sairamcuisine.com 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. Sangria’s Mexican Grill 215 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton • 920.955.3755 940 Waube Ln., Green Bay • 920.339.0994 www.sangriasmexicangrill.net At Sangria’s Mexican Grill, we offer guests an escape to Mexico through authentic dishes, exceptional service and a fun atmosphere. Our unique menu features fine Mexican cuisine perfected from the owner’s original family recipes. Our full-service bar highlights the Fox Valley’s only tableside margaritas, made from the finest 100% blue agave tequilas available! We also feature the largest gluten-free menu in the area. At Sangria’s, we strive to make sure your dining experience is so exceptional — you might just want to trade your cheesehead for a sombrero!

Stone Cellar Brewpub and Restaurant 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton Restaurant Phone: 920.731.3322 Brewery Phone: 920.735.0507 www.stonecellarbrewpub.com Father and son partners Tom and Steve Lonsway opened Stone Cellar in 2004, offering hand-crafted FRESH AND NATURAL beer and tasty cuisine. Stone Cellar is a restaurant, pub and beer garden, and also a brewery, brewing their own set of nationally award-winning beers and gourmet sodas! An award-winning chef features local, organic and sustainable foods in the menu. Stone Cellar has a completely private dining and party room available! Located in the 150-year-old “Between the Locks” building. Come enjoy a novel experience in an historical place.

Savoye Hair Studio 2530 Lineville Rd., Suite 2, Green Bay 920.434.4247 www.savoyehairstudio.com Our mission is to provide you with exceptional service in an environment designed to replenish, renew and nurture your appearance and well-being. We support Aveda in its mission to care for the world we live in by treating it with care and respect. We, as artists, are passionate about our profession and we take tremendous pride in serving you. Our team members are talented professionals who consistently refine and enhance their skills through continuing education.

SPECIALTY FOODS
Lamers Dairy & Country Store Off Hwys. 441 & CE N410 Speel School Rd., Appleton 920.830.0980 • www.lamersdairyinc.com 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 127 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah • 920.486.1781 www.TheOliveCellar.com 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.

SALON
Elevate Hair Studio {glam spa} 3402 N. Richmond St., Suite A, Appleton 920.574.2473 • www.elevatehsglam.com Our on-going mission at Elevate Hair Studio {glam spa} 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 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 services and cosmetics. Also, Glam-2-Go, a mobile & on-location service available for weddings, photoshoots, special events or just for fun! Check out our website and Facebook page for the latest info, specials and staff bios. Elevate-2-Glam today! Haven Salon & Spa 1700 Sand Acres Dr., Suite 2, De Pere 920.339.1111 www.havensalonspa.com Discover Haven Salon & Spa. Tucked away in a beautiful, serene setting, Haven offers you the total experience. From the moment you walk through our doors, you will feel the difference – service designed to exceed all of your expectations. Haven is proud to provide you with quality products and fabulous services to energize and inspire you today and keep you looking your best for years to come! Call or email today for an appointment. You deserve it. Your Haven awaits!

SPIRITUALITY
Unity of Appleton 1800 S. Lawe St., Suite 400, Appleton 920.739.4823 • www.unityofappleton.org Unity of Appleton is a welcoming, inclusive, loving spiritual community where we practice and demonstrate a positive metaphysical approach to spirituality through affirmative prayer, healing, inspiration, education, fellowship and service. If you like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle, you’ll love Unity! Join us for Sunday services, youth ministry, study groups and more.

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THERMOGRAPHY
Valley Thermography 1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 202, Appleton 920.380.1365 • chris@valleythermography.com www.valleythermography.com 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.

YOGA
Pura Vida Yoga Crystal M. Hill (Rohde), RYT 2416 W. Nordale Dr., Appleton 920.851.1084 puravidacrystal@hotmail.com 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@ hotmail.com for more information!

ZENITH MASTER HEALERS
Mystical Earth Gallery (MEG) City Center Plaza 112b E. College Ave., Appleton 920.993.1122 • mysticalearthgallery.com 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.

TRANSPORTATION
Valley Transit 801 S. Whitman Ave., Appleton 920.832.5800 www.appleton.org/vt

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Sky......................................................................... 45 Botanical Indulgence...................................................... 11 Brain Training of the Fox Valley...................................... 71 CClark Pilates Studio...................................................... 31 Capital Credit Union...................................................... 37 Community Benefit Tree................................................. 38 Compost Joe’s................................................................ 67 Crystal Pathway............................................................. 67 Custom Health Pharmacy............................................... 28 Elevate Hair Studio Glam, LLC........................................ 30 Epiphany Law................................................................ 90 EvolveAbility.................................................................. 89 Foxglove Farms.............................................................. 68 Get Connected Counseling, LLC.................................... 43 Gill-Tech Academy......................................................... 22 Good Vibrations Studio.................................................. 12 Goodwill Industries........................................................ 17 Growing Time................................................................ 89 Happy Bellies Bake Shop................................................ 45 Harmony Cafe............................................................... 51 Haven Salon & Spa......................................................... 91 Healthy Living Events................................................. 9, 75 Intuitive Touch, LLC........................................................ 51 Just Act Natural............................................................. 16 Lake Park Swim & Fitness............................................... 29 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