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(They are a sight for sore eyes considering the “interesting” weather of the last two months here in Wisconsin.) Believe it or not, studies have been done that show the positive impact flowers have on emotional health. What better excuse to surround yourself in nature’s blooms? … or you can share the joy with that special woman in your life. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are moms! We celebrate all of you who have risen to the challenge. My dear mother turns 90 next month – and she’s still healthy and living independently. What a treasure! May is also National Mental Health Month, so I encourage you to take some time to become more aware of the enormity of this issue and take note of the many resources available in your community. If you are facing times of personal challenge and stress, ask for help in making positive lifestyle choices before mental health issues develop or get out of hand. Happily, negative attitudes about mental health are subsiding and there is growing support for people who may be suffering! We have some great healthy living articles to share this month. Brian Bankenbusch shares some valuable advice about proper athletic training and performance for our high school athletes (a great read for us worried moms). Hope Zvara educates us on an important core muscle and why core work is essential for each of us. Kathleen Folz and Jordan Stamper encourage us to consider

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hether it’s a casual meeting or a routine social gathering, you and your dog need to be prepared for canine contact. Just like taking your child to the park or school, your pet could be exposed to disease or emotional trauma. What can you do to promote fun and avoid adversity? Beginning socialization as a puppy is ideal, but many pets are rescued and adopted as traumatized adults, fraught with phobias. When these animals come together at the dog park, day care, boarding facility, groomer or veterinary clinic, the stress level is high! Learn to read the facial and body expressions of your dog and nearby dogs. Not all dogs want to be buddies! Do your best to exude a calm attitude onto the leash. If you are uptight, your dog will sense “danger” and feel the need to protect. Conversely, a dog who feels vulnerable is often the pet that gets picked on by others. If you know you or your dog is out of balance emotionally, take him into only well-controlled social


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situations. Pay attention to the behavior of pets around you. Don’t become distracted with human socializing! Use safe and effective collars or harnesses. A collar should not be able to be pulled over a dog’s head. You need to be able to control your pet for his own safety and that of others. Collar types and leads can be
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controversial. Work with a trainer with whom you can agree and see results. Your pet should be able to walk at your side with a pleasant expression and tail happily wagging. You should both be able to enjoy the excursion! What about germs? The best way to know if your pet will be protected should he become exposed to common communicable disease is with a blood titer test. In particular, a holistic veterinarian routinely recommends this test to verify protection and to avoid excessive vaccination. Remember, not all vaccinated dogs are protected. Protection is not automatic. A healthy body must mount an immune response to a vaccine in order to afford the individual with disease protection. Just like children, well-fed, well-exercised, healthy pets are naturally resistant to many microbial insults. Feed your dog a balanced, species-appropriate, fresh, meat-based diet. Fresh food that contains probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, enzymes, whole food vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will afford your pet a protective shield against the world’s germs and toxins. Pet-to-pet contact can also lead to parasite transmission. Internal worms are contracted via sniffing stool or licking paws that have been contaminated with fecal matter. Sniffing butts doesn’t help this situation either, but is a natural, unavoidable behavior. External parasites such as mites and fleas can pass from dog to dog or animal environments to your dog. Submit a stool sample to your veterinarian at least annually to be analyzed for worms. This will allow your vet to deworm your pet properly. There are many types of internal parasites. A monthly

heartworm preventative is not only for heartworm (which comes from mosquitoes), but also aids deworming of some fecally transmitted parasites. Some spot-on products deter or kill internal and external parasites. Not all oral or topical preventatives are safe for all dogs. Discuss specific concerns with a holistic veterinarian. Before your dog visits another canine, mist him with an effective and safe essential oil spray. This may deter external parasites. Fleas and mites don’t like oils such as peppermint, citronella, cedar wood or lemongrass. Holistic veterinarians discourage the conventional spot-ons, which are toxic pesticides absorbed into your pet’s body. To ease your mind and any pet tension, apply a few drops of lavender or blue tansy to your pet’s fur and your neck or wrist to promote a sense of calm. Only use therapeutic grade oils on pets. Those which state “for external use only” may not be safe for pets who lick themselves. For greater anxiety, a blend of passion flower, oat straw, valerian and skull cap can be placed into your pet’s mouth or onto the food as an oral Western herbal formula for tranquil relaxation. Pleasant canine contact is not always natural. It may require a bit of knowledge and nurturing to proceed successfully and end happily!
Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA, has been practicing veterinary medicine in Muskego, Wisconsin since 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist by the Chi Institute. Dr. Jodie is the owner of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, an integrated, full-service small animal practice. For more information, healthy products or an educational DVD, visit

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Athletic performance for high school athletes �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Brian Bankenbusch, CSCS, CES, PES
igh school athletics has become more popular and competitive than ever, and the demands of the athlete have never been more crucial than right now. This article is meant to briefly explain how high school athletics, the athletes themselves, and the need for proper athletic training and performance is at an all-time high. Competitive sports have been around for centuries, and with the progression of sport, the athlete has also progressed. Young athletes these days are stronger, faster and have greater ability to perform skill sets at a higher level. Because of this, sports themselves have gotten faster, more physical and, as a result, more competitive. The question in this day and age now becomes how to properly educate and train our young athletes to not only compete at an elite level, but also to excel at that same level. There are multiple factors such as proper nutrition, speed and agility preparation, cardiovascular training, resistance training, mobility and even supplementation that young athletes need to dedicate themselves to when working towards optimal athletic ability. We will briefly discuss each individual factor and the basics to success for each one in regards to athletic performance. Just like for any of us, the nutritional component for athletes has many common similarities. Getting the basics in will help foster not only muscle growth, but also proper energy requirements for demanding sport movements. Since young athletes are still growing physically, it is imperative to consume meals every 2-3 hours that consist of quality protein sources like chicken, fish, lean cuts of beef, etc., complex carbohydrates like grains, beans and vegetables, as well as good sources of fats. Supplementing with a quality multi-vitamin is also a good idea for athletes since they are very active and still growing. A crucial element that is often overlooked is post-workout nutrition. After a physical bout of activity, athletes will lose water and many nutrients. It is very important to replenish these to grow more lean muscle. Taking in water and a post-workout meal like chicken breast with brown rice or chocolate milk is a good start. It is important to teach our youth that the saying “you are what you eat” is as true as it gets. If you want to
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outperform the opponent, you must start with a good diet. Speed and agility preparation is the body’s ability to be able to speed up and/or stop at any given time to change direction. Every sport utilizes speed and agility in some way, shape or form. There are many camps out there nowadays that address speed and agility, which is a great first step. The key to better performance is always trying to improve on speed and agility exercises that mimick the sport/position an athlete plays. The basic components for any athlete to work on to create optimal speed and agility are sound running mechanics like arm position, foot plant position and push off speed, to name a few. By implementing sport-specific speed and agility drills into a young athlete’s program, he or she will be able to have better control of their body during any sport. It is more common than ever for today’s athlete to play two or even three sports per year. By playing other sports in the offseason, the athlete will be able to keep up with the demands of the cardiovascular endurance needed and have a much better transition for the next season of their desired sport. If your athlete does not play an off-season sport, keeping active with running, swimming or any other intense activity will also help with this transition. Proper resistance training and mobility for young athletes are still often underutilized. Sport is a very specific activity, one that requires specific strengths, and with that, proper alignment, flexibility and mobility. By not training the body properly for the sport being played, an athlete will have a much harder time advancing in skill set and level (i.e., high school football to college football). So for your young athlete’s upcoming season, seeking out a professionally recognized strength coach with the CSCS (Certified Strengh & Conditioning Specialist) certification is the key to optimized strength and conditioning programming for any athlete.
Brian Bankenbusch, CSCS, CES, PES, is the owner of Epic Fitness & Sports Performance LLC. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with over 10 years of experience training high school and collegiate athletes. He is devoted to bringing proper education and superior program design to the community. Brian is also a certified corrective exercise specialist, wellness coach and personal trainer. For more information, visit or call 414.464.2156.

Empower yourself and get re-engaged in your work life ������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Carol Michalski, MSW, LCSW
mployee engagement is a hot topic these days. Everyone can understand the benefits of having an engaged group of employees. You know who they are: folks who come in early, bristling with enthusiasm and energy, eager to begin the day and to take on new projects and show initiative! Most of the articles written on this topic are from the point of view of what steps employers need to take to re-engage their staff and to hire and retain top talent. The ideas are fantastic and certainly could motivate someone! However, what happens if your employer didn’t get the memo? Are you just stuck waiting for your boss to get on board and make you a superstar? Consider another option: reaching over from the passenger seat, grabbing hold of the steering wheel and getting in the driver’s seat of your career and work life! You may be wondering, what’s in it for me? Why should I care about this? These are great questions! So many people are struggling to find meaning or value in their work. Or they are stuck in a job that is not their dream, but they feel there are no options to make a change at this time. Because work takes up so much time and energy, workplace problems often carry over into the rest of our lives. The good news is that you can take control right now, even if your employer doesn’t change. Now that’s empowering! You can take responsibility for your personal happiness and feelings of self worth … no


“Develop a positive attitude even when others are not!”
excuses, no blaming. Be prepared to move beyond your comfort zone and understand that this process can initially be challenging and anxiety producing! So what are some of these strategies for self empowerment that you can consider trying? Here are a few steps you can take to get in the driver’s seat!
• Banish ambivalence! Become intentional

about getting engaged. Make the decision that this is a personal value for you. • Ask yourself, what is within my control? Focus your energy and efforts on what you can control. So much of our dissatisfaction with our work comes from
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Questions about psychics
By Master Jesse 

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
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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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Natural relief for osteoarthritis �������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Kyle Smith, Dipl OM
sk any engineer, and you will probably hear that one of the greatest mechanical creations of all time is the human body. The way the pieces and parts are put together … the scope and range of motion … the ability to sustain and mobilize a fair amount of weight … an engineering marvel, indeed! But like anything mechanical, time and wear and tear can cause malfunctions and breakdowns. In the human body, the places affected most are the joints. Osteoarthritis, or OA, is the result of losing cartilage — the spongy substance between the bones that protects and cushions them throughout any and all types of movement. When cartilage begins to wear down, the result is pain, stiffness, swelling and locking. This happens more than what you might think: OA is the most common form of arthritis, and as the leading cause of chronic disability in the U.S., it affects nearly 27 million people. While OA can occur within any joint, an overwhelming majority of patients experience difficulty with knees, hips, hands, feet and the spine. Typically, OA is treated with a combination of lifestyle modification and analgesics, and in more severe cases, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and even surgery. The drawback to extended use of medications, particularly NSAIDs, is that they make the stomach more prone to bleeding ulcers. Thankfully, there is an alternative. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been treating OA for hundreds of years. Rather than focusing solely on how to make the pain and swelling go away, TCM targets the origin of the ailment. Known as “bi


“OA is the most common form of arthritis, and as the leading cause of chronic disability in the U.S., it affects nearly 27 million people.”
syndrome” within the Eastern approach, it manifests as obstructions in the kidney and liver meridians that ultimately impair blood and qi circulation. The result is then pain, numbing and stiffness in tendons and joints. Acupuncture continues to be an excellent treatment for patients living with OA. The needles not only clear the pathways, allowing for the free movement of energy, but they also induce the release of endorphins and enkaphalins — two natural substances within the body that reduce pain and swelling. Interestingly, a fair amount of studies in the past decade speak to acupuncture’s effectiveness when addressing various
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Do you hear ringing in your ears? ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Douglas Kloss
hat nagging ringing you hear in your ears is called tinnitus. There is a good chance that the cause is hearing loss, but the fact is that more people have tinnitus than those with hearing loss alone. Many people have both hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus can be triggered by many factors such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, salt, aspirin and stress. Having a hearing loss can be quite resource-demanding. Simply listening often requires a lot of effort; therefore, tiredness or exhaustion, concentration problems and stress often accompany hearing loss. Studies have shown that stress is much more common in hearing impaired people than in normal-hearing people. Since a fairly large proportion of the hearing-impaired also suffer from tinnitus, those people are under


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double strain. Not only do they have to make an effort to hear, they also use a lot of energy trying to ignore the constant sound in their ears. The effects can be quite severe or even debilitating, disrupting sleep, family relations and the ability to work. Stress, irritability, lack of concentration and low quality of life may be the result. Music can reduce stress and enhance concentration. The psychological effects of music have been widely studied. It has been found that relaxing music can affect the unconscious part of our nervous system, reducing breathing rate, heart rhythm, chronic stress and blood pressure. Studies have even shown that music is better at enhancing relaxation than silence. It is generally agreed that music can affect people psychologically, making them feel more relaxed and less anxious. Studies conducted at hospitals have also shown that music decreased the amount of stress patients experienced and the amount of pain-killing medicine needed. Music’s ability to improve concentration has also been investigated. Not unexpectedly, noise has turned out to create stress and negatively affect concentration. Several strategies have been tested to see if they would improve concentration in noisy environments, including white noise masking and background music. One solution for people with tinnitus is a hearing aid with a tinnitus program in it that allows the user to incorporate music along with amplification to alleviate the tinnitus. The music is used to train the brain to make the tinnitus less bothersome. At the same time, incoming sounds can be amplified as necessary if the patient has a hearing loss. Several hearing aid manufacturers offer hearing aids for people with or without hearing loss that simply work to alleviate tinnitus. It is recommended that those individuals with tinnitus get a complete audiological evaluation to see if a hearing aid with a tinnitus program is appropriate.
Dr. Douglas Kloss is an audiologist with Midwest Audiology Center, LLC, 4818 S. 76th St., Suite 3, Greenfield, WI 53220. For more information, call 414.281.8300 or visit Dr. Kloss offers a free hearing aid consultation for all patients. By appointment only.

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focusing on rumors, on what others are doing that doesn’t really affect us, or taking on someone else’s cause. Focus on your job, your world! • Develop a positive attitude even when others are not! Maybe you can’t change the world, but you can make your world great! Focus on being the best you can, doing your best and bringing out the best in others. Tune out everything you can’t control. • Stop complaining! It makes you feel worse. Complaining actually reinforces negative thoughts. Plus, it doesn’t solve anything. In addition, people around you begin to perceive you as negative and disgruntled. If you must vent, write it in a journal and move on! • Surround yourself with optimists. Hang out with people who have a positive outlook. Avoid those who bring you down or want to commiserate! • There is a saying, “Grow where you are planted.” If you approach your current work with this mindset, you will create very positive conditions for your personal growth.
Carol Michalski, MSW, LCSW, has her own practice in the unique Hide House in Bay View, Wis., where she provides customized, professional life coaching services to individuals who want to enhance their lives, careers or relationships! She has been helping people find solutions for thirty years as a licensed, clinical social worker and a coach for an employee assistance provider. For more information, visit, call 414.331.9905 or email

types of OA, including a fairly recent report in which researchers noted that acupuncture provided a “considerable specific effect” in objective knee flexibility, as well as a rapid improvement of knee flexibility immediately after classical acupuncture.1 In addition to acupuncture, TCM practitioners will also address important lifestyle components such as food and exercise. Being overweight is an overriding contributor to problematic joints, so maintaining healthy eating habits and reasonable exercise is essential. Many foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties and are excellent choices as part of a smart diet, including fresh pineapple, cherries, fish, turmeric and ginger. Herbal and vitamin supplements can be used to help with pain and swelling, too. It’s true: the body is a marvel … and one of the most amazing things of all is its ability to heal itself! OA does not have to derail you; find out how acupuncture and TCM can help you run like the well-oiled machine you were designed to be.
Kyle Smith, diplomate of Oriental medicine (Dipl OM), graduated magna cum laude from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Kyle has also studied and taught Tai Chi Chuan for a number of years, including a trip to China with his instructor. As a dedicated practitioner of TCM with Heaven & Earth Acupuncture and Wellness in Brookfield, Wisconsin, he offers free initial consultation and first treatments, and free insurance verification. For more information, visit 1.

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A mother’s hands ���������������������������������
By Kathy Clegg, MA, CDC

’ve experienced it so often it shouldn’t surprise me anymore; yet, I’m always deeply moved and filled with love and compassion when the woman whose hands I’m reading has tears streaming down her face as she utters, “I’m not usually like this; I don’t cry like this.” Turning to her friend she says, “Tell her this isn’t who I am.” And I respond, “This is exactly who you are; your soul is telling you so.” I’ve done both brief and extensive hand analyses for those who initially feel called


to sample it … perhaps for fun, for curiosity or for a unique adventure. And then it hits them: this is serious; this is potentially life changing; this cuts straight to the soul! That’s because scientific hand analysis is the perfect marriage of two systems: one of ancient wisdom (palmistry), going back before Aristotle; and the other “high tech” (fingerprints), researched and documented by Richard Unger in the last 40 years. As I sit with my client, I explain that the marking in her finger, where her DREAM

resides, is missing. Deep down, she has known it! Like most devoted, dedicated mothers, she has given most of herself to her family. She realizes something’s missing. Her office job, home and child responsibilities are not personally meaningful enough anymore. She needs to “put the passion back in herself.” There is more to her purpose. I explain that the lines in our hands develop from neurological brain patterns. This palmistry part tells us where we’ve been and who

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we are being today. The lines can tell us: how we’re handling responsibility and time; how we’re doing in the material world; how we work with others; how we take orders; how much we lie, trust and have faith; how giving or not giving we are; what we want in a relationship; and so much more. The “high tech” system of fingerprints, formed 14-16 weeks in the uterus, is our soul’s intention for this lifetime. It tells us what we’re doing on this planet, and what we came to learn and experience. Our prints proclaim our life purpose and life lessons. They are the “blueprint of our life path.” It’s startling to realize that we’ve literally been given a map for our life and we carry it with us everywhere we go. Like many maps, it can be filled with an overabundance of sites to visit and historical/gift markers to learn from. Similar to auto journeys when we travel without a map, we often find ourselves lost and overwhelmed. Thomas Edison once said, “If we all did the things we’re capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” That’s why following the road of our true capabilities requires knowing who we are. As success speaker Bob Proctor states, “The two most important days

in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out who you really are. When you understand that, you can then determine where you are and where you are going.” The tears of this mother were representative not only of her sadness about her unfulfilled dream, but also of the crippling fear that so often accompanies facing one’s truth in the journey ahead. Seeing and understanding the markings that are in our hands gives us strength and courage to move through that fear and align with our purpose to experience fulfillment. It gives us trust and faith to believe in something we cannot see. For the mothers who have devoted so much of their lives to “doing” for others, there eventually comes a “crisis of meaning” moment when one’s soul cries out: “Enough with the doing … who are you being?” Being requires stillness, going within, feeling one’s feelings and holding a space for nurturing growth from the inside out. Mothers, more than any other, enlist in a unified agreement to nurture, give and be caretakers for others only to one day

awaken to a shifting need to be caretakers to themselves and birthmothers to their own dreams. By design, a mother holds a womb of protection until her dream is strong enough to be expressed in the world with a feminine life-force that breathes her passion. The role of the feminine mother is one who cares, nurtures, strengthens and supports with a call of duty to bring forth with awe and wonder her new child … her new dream. Her labor is to push out her dream-child that belongs in this world; that dream that must take its rightful place to lead her forward in the expansion of her life and our society. Understanding the map in one’s hands can unlock the door to the soul, giving confidence to pursue those long-desired dreams and goals. Perhaps now is the time to be the mother you came to be … the empowered mother of your own dream.
Kathy Clegg, MA, CDC, IASHA certified, is a creative life coach, counselor and hand analyst with MP Possibilities Coaching, LLC. For more information, call 262.224.0774 or visit

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Hope Zvara applies her Core Functional Fitness™ methods to yoga with great results
By Jackie Peters

When Hope Zvara tells you that yoga saved her life, she is not mincing words. Teenage struggles with depression, social anxiety and eating disorders took a huge toll on her emotionally, spiritually and physically — to the point where it was basically “live or die.” Then a recommendation from a caring soul at her local recreation center to try yoga put the 89-pound high school senior on a path to healing.
“Something just sparked in that first yoga class,” recalls Hope, “and I loved it!” Despite being the youngest student, she picked up on the benefits of the mind-body exercises immediately. The experience fed her insight into her “self” and enlightened her to the fact that she could let go of “stuff” that her body was holding on to. “The body holds onto everything that we store mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” she explains, “and symptoms we suffer with are often wake-up calls to get us to pay attention!” Yoga gave Hope a way to cope, a tool to fix herself from the inside-out and a new point of view on life. This transformative experience led her into teaching. She attended an ashram in Colorado for a month-long intensive yoga training a decade ago — where she saw the plan for her future in yoga unfold — and has never looked back.

she learned through her research of anatomy, movement and spine health, and methodically fine-tuned her practice and eventually challenged the system. As the creator of Core Functional Fitness™, director of Hope School of Yoga and owner of Copper Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center describes, “I have taken the beauty of yoga and its amazing traditions, philosophy and spiritual essence and intertwined it with new research, functionality and everyday modern living.” Hope points to the fact that our bodies and our lifestyles — particularly those of our increasingly sedentary Western culture — are no longer like they were thousands of years ago. Things had to be adapted in order for the practice to be safe and effective today. “We’ve evolved, so we need to update the science,” she says. And so Hope applied Core Functional Fitness™ to her yoga practice. She created this functional method of movement to address postures, movements and body alignment from the ground up, both on and off the mat. As she explains, “Yoga shouldn’t be about just doing or copying a movement, but instead how the body communicates with itself for functional, applicable movements specified to one’s needs.” The key components of Core Functional Fitness™ include: 1. Core health must be determined in terms of back health. Many don’t recognize that the core includes our back muscles and is the hub of spinal health. 2. Functionality! What we choose to do should translate to a healthy function in our bodies.

Getting to the core of the matter
But the story doesn’t end there. As it turns out, Hope was not a passive yogi. Over the first several years of teaching, she continued an in-depth study of the art form. And what she found was that there were holes in many methods of yoga. Hope took what
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3. Look at the core in layers, and “co-contracting” and “bracing” these layers to increase the effectiveness of back health and the entire body. 4. Finding a healthy neutral, which includes the feet, pelvis, ribcage and head, and having real awareness of this. 5. Stability over mobility. 6. Motor control training instead of big, sloppy movements. 7. Muscle endurance. 8. Look at the asymmetry not at trying to achieve symmetry. What good is symmetry if there’s dysfunction? 9. 2:1 ratio: What you do to the stronger side you do to the weaker side double. 10. Gravity! Use it to your advantage. 11. A combination of strength and stretch simultaneously.

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community. Her investment of time and effort in this endeavor was initially to create a safe environment (both physically and emotionally) for herself and her own students, but now she sees the results and how it can benefit the world. She is a champion for increased education for yoga instructors across the globe and finds continued blind guidance in instruction at this point to be irresponsible, ineffective and unsafe. “People that don’t know about the body shouldn’t be teaching. There are instructors out there who are hurting people,” she says. “Wellness classes are preventive medicine and it is essential that instructors put a lot of time and continuing education into their practices.” Hope is reaching out to share her expertise through the Hope School of Yoga, where she has an extensive offering of training classes. “I give people real content,” she explains. “There is a lot of integrity in what I teach.” She also has three videos on the market, the newest of which focuses on functional foundations of her Core Functional Fitness™ (see sidebar at bottom).

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12. Understanding the role of muscles, bones, ligaments, nerves, tendons and fascia in relationship with energy in the body can better help with success in our movements.

13. Ask why! When we understand “why,” we have a better rate of success. Question poses and movements in the quality of life: “How is this going to help me live better?”

Professionals have really taken notice of her in-depth knowledge of functional movement. Physical therapists, chiropractors, yoga teachers and personal trainers appreciate her understanding of the body, attention to safety and helpful, effective approach. Hope feels blessed by the quantity of referrals she receives.

Paying it forward

Both yoga instructors and students alike have truly benefited from Hope’s Yoga changed Hope’s life and now she is changing yoga to make others’ application of Core Functional Fitness™ to traditional yoga and are excited lives better. “Aside from the application of my method, I want to get to spread the word. As Will Masters shares, “Hope has a very visual approach people in their bodies again … to get them to look at themselves and with her teaching that helps me understand the mechanics of body move- commit to healthy lives. It all starts when you can feel your core. Core ment, body awareness and engaging my core in strength isn’t just about looking thin; your core advance of all my movement. This has aided in my is your identity center and connects all of your ability to get more from a yoga class than before movements. For these reasons and more, having and feel good about all my time spent on the mat. core strength will improve your mind, body and My entire body is now engaged instead of just soul,” Hope explains. arms here and legs there. She’s helped me make To find out more about her nationwide crusade, huge advances in my own yoga practice.” to experience the real deal for yourself or to 1364 E. Sumner Street, Hartford Hope’s mission in life is to share with the world discover why people continually tell her, “I have 262.670.6688 the importance of her Core Functional Fitness™ never found anyone else who teaches like you methods and to change the mind/body/fitness do,” contact Hope today!

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Core Functional Fitness™ — Functional Foundations Through this video, Hope teaches you to explore movement using her innovative functional-based exercises. It’s designed to help you improve functionality with movements that matter. This engaging 90-minute program delivers power to your core like you never felt before! Core Functional Fitness™ — Pilates Style This video shows you how to strengthen your core, build self-esteem and empower your life. A 60-minute program that debunks traditional Pilates with specific techniques for proper alignment and deep core muscle activation — you’ll harness real Pilates for lifelong use in all of your daily activities. Hatha Yoga for All Levels In this selection, Hope breaks down postures to help you achieve balance, flexibility, strength and inner peace. This video features a select-aseries format that allows you to practice three separate 20-minute sessions or use them as a full hour of well-rounded instruction.

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Many meatball recipes rely on bread in some form to help lighten and bind them. These use a technique borrowed from Japanese Yakitori cooking, cooking part of the ground chicken and then folding it into the rest to bind and lighten the meatballs.

Gluten-Free Chicken Meatballs with Braised Lemon and Kale

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons The Olive Cellar’s Garlic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 2 medium shallots, minced, divided 1 scallion, minced (all parts), plus thinly sliced green tops for garnish 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 pound ground chicken meat 1 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more 1 lemon, very thinly sliced and seeds removed 2 cups low-salt chicken broth 1 large bunch curly kale, destemmed

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Directions: 1.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallot, scallion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly until softened and fragrant, about 6 minutes. 2.  Add ⅓ of the ground chicken and cook just until cooked through, breaking up any clumps. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Add remaining chicken meat, salt and several grindings of black pepper. Mix just to combine. Wipe out pot and add remaining tablespoon oil. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Form meat mixture into 8 meatballs each about 2-2 ½-inch in diameter and add to pot (mixture will be soft). Cook until light golden brown on all sides, 6-8 minutes total. Remove meatballs to a plate; set aside. 3.  Add remaining shallot and lemon slices and cook until lemon slices are tender and starting to turn light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and return meatballs to pot. 4.  Bring to simmer, lower heat and cover. Cook meatballs until cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Add kale to pot, and cook until tender and bright green, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Divide kale and sauce among 4 shallow bowls, topping with meatballs and lemon slices. Garnish with sliced scallion tops and serve.
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Consider natural flea prevention ������������������������������������������������������
By Kathleen Folz & Jordan Stamper
his time of year, many pet owners are looking for products to apply to their dogs and cats to prevent fleas. A growing number of these pet owners have concerns about the safety of these products. For those individuals, it comes as a relief to learn that there are natural products for flea control that don’t contain chemical pesticides, as well as other methods that are safe, effective and easy to implement. Understanding the life cycle of a flea helps us evaluate which methods and products are good choices. The adult flea needs a blood meal in order to reproduce (this is where your dog or cat, the rabbits and squirrels in the yard, or even you come into the picture). The fleas lay eggs while on your pet. These hatch as larvae, which go through several stages before maturing. The larvae may live on the pet’s bedding, carpeting and other places in your home. They will feed on the droppings of adult fleas until they are mature and able to bite you and your pets. Preventing fleas begins easily and simply. Frequent vacuuming of carpets and furniture keeps flea droppings unavailable and gets rid of flea larvae and any adult fleas that may have come in with your pet. Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder composed of fossilized diatoms (single cell organisms). There are tiny sharp points in the powder that can scratch the outside or exoskeleton of the fleas. Once their protective exoskeleton is compromised, they will dry out and die. You may sprinkle a bit of the diatomaceous earth on the carpet before vacuuming or put a teaspoonful in your vacuum to kill any fleas you pick up. It is important to use only human food grade diatomaceous earth. Do not use the type sold for swimming pool filters. Fleas and pests are more likely to take advantage of an unhealthy pet. Choose high-quality, species-appropriate foods for your cat or dog. They are carnivores and require balanced foods with high-quality meat protein, avoiding corn, wheat and soy. Foods with byproducts, artificial coloring and harsh preservatives may compromise your pet’s health and should also be avoided. Essential oils may also be used to prevent flea problems. There are products available which are applied in the same way as pesticide-based spot-on products. Unlike the chemical-based pesticides, essential oils are derived from plants and may discourage and kill


fleas and other pests. You may choose to make your own essential oil mix to apply to your dog or cat when they are outdoors. If you choose to use your own mixture, consider these guidelines to make sure you are using essential oils safely and effectively with your pets. 1. Do your research to select oils that are a therapeutic grade, highquality oil. Many oils that are available are meant only for a nice aroma and may not be free of impurities. If you are unsure of the
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How Growing Power keeps growing
Be healthy, grow food! ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Will Allen

“You are what you eat.” Despite how many times we’ve

heard this saying, have we taken the time to really think about what it means? To think about the nutritional value of our food? At Growing Power, we have invested countless days and nights pondering these very words and conjuring up ways to improve our growing systems to produce the most nutrient-dense and satisfying food possible. And, what I’ve realized over several decades of farming is that when it comes down to healthy plant nutrition, it’s all about the soil and what’s in the soil. This winter has been long and summer couldn’t come soon enough, but let’s use this time to prepare our soil for the coming season. Now is the time to amend soil with good compost, with Growing Power’s compost, which is rich and dense with beneficial minerals and micronutrients. The purchase of Growing Power’s compost also supports a larger community system that is practicing socially responsible food waste recycling. Further, growing directly in compost helps eliminate weeds and will ensure your plants are the healthiest and nutritionally superior to grocery store fresh foods. We believe this so much that Growing Power has partnered with the medical community to prove it. In the coming year, Growing Power will participate in research that quantifies the nutritional value of over 150 crops of locally and sustainably grown food versus conventional produce that is grown with pesticides and shipped thousands of miles from farm to plate. We will start with tomatoes. This groundbreaking research will compare levels of lycopene in sustainably and locally grown tomatoes versus tomatoes that are conventionally grown and shipped across the country, sometimes waiting in storage for days before reaching the consumer. We will also study the traces of pesticides found in these conventional foods, raising awareness about eating this produce versus homegrown food. They say, “You are what you eat.” Wouldn’t you like to know what it is you are eating?
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At Growing Power we know it is better to grow your own food in a natural way, to eat from the earth and to take care of that which sustains us. It is what our ancestors did, and it is what we will do. This May, I encourage you to work your soil and get ready to plant your garden. Remember to plant the warmer weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and eggplant after the danger of frost, usually after Memorial Day. Why not start with tomatoes, and join us vicariously in our quest to prove that it’s all about the soil. Share your gardening stories and questions with me. I would love to hear from you! Email me at Not feeling ready to plant your own garden? Growing Power offers garden installations in partnership with schools, community centers, businesses, government agencies, individuals and more! Call our main office to learn more about partnering with Growing Power: 414.527.1546. Don’t forget, we have two more weekends of Growing Power workshops left. You can learn more about growing your own food at one of these weekend workshops offered May 18-19 and June 15-16.


Visit to register for a workshop or learn more about our programs. Growing Power also welcomes you to visit our urban farm daily at 1:00 p.m. for an hour-and-a-half-long educational tour of the facility for only $10/person. If you have more than 10 people, call 414.527.1546 to schedule a group tour. Educational volunteer opportunities are available! Our National Training and Community Food Center is located at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218.
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and longtime farmer, is recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008, Mr. Allen received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius grant” for his efforts to promote urban sustainable food systems. Later, in 2010, Mr. Allen joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign to address issues affecting American youth and the risk of obesity. In 2010 Allen was also recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Since then, Mr. Allen has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the James Beard Award in 2011, the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award (2012) as well as the NEA Security Benefit Corporation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education in 2012 for his work with children, teachers and schools. On May 10th, 2012, Will Allen became a published autobiographer. Read his book, the “Good Food Revolution.” This article was co-authored by Leana Nakielski, freelance writer.

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oils you wish to use, consult a holistic veterinarian or pet professional familiar with the safe use of essential oils in pets. 2. Use a glass spray bottle for your essential oil spray. Essential oils may react with some plastics. 3. Start with only 2-4 drops each of the oils you choose. Add these to a 4 oz. glass spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Mist all over (and under) your pet, being careful to avoid the eyes and nose. It is easier to increase the amount of oils over time as your pets get used to the oils. Massage through the coat. 4. Some essential oils that are effective flea deterrents include lavender, peppermint, lemongrass and rosemary. Research the oils you are considering. One good resource is “The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals,” by Melissa Shelton, DVM. Flea prevention helps your pet avoid other parasites, such as tapeworms, which may be transmitted by fleas. Some animals and humans have an allergic reaction to flea saliva, which causes rash and itching. Choosing gentle and natural methods to avoid fleas is an easy and effective way to keep you and your pets healthy and happy!
Carrie Marble is the owner of Bark N’ Scratch Outpost, a Milwaukee pet supply store specializing in quality raw, canned and dry foods, supplements and essential oils. Kathleen Folz, Jordan Stamper and John Grimm are part of the Bark N’ Scratch staff available seven days a week to assist customers with healthy choices for their pets. More information is available at or by calling 414.444.4110.

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n many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. Many extracurricular activities, including sports, require a nearly year-round commitment, and the dual-income household has landed many kids in afterschool programs where kids tend to their schoolwork or engage in various activities that keep them from resting on their laurels. But those busy schedules get a lot less hectic when the school year ends. Once school is out, kids used to a full schedule might find themselves with lots of time on their hands. Though it’s good for kids to squeeze in some rest and relaxation during their summer break, it’s also important for kids to stay active so they don’t develop poor habits as the summer goes on. In addition, the American Psychological Association notes that kids who are physically active are more capable of coping with stress and tend to have higher self-esteem than kids who do not include physical activity as part of their regular routines. The following are a few suggestions for parents looking for ways to keep their kids active throughout the summer while still allowing them to recharge their batteries after a long school year. Plan an active vacation. Summer is when many families go on vacation, so why not choose a vacation that involves more than napping poolside? Though it’s still good to leave some time for relaxation, find a locale where you can embrace activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, or other adventures that get you and your youngsters off the poolside chaise and out exploring. Such a trip might inspire kids to embrace an activity more fully, getting them off the couch not only while they’re on vacation but also when they return home for the rest of summer. Teach kids to garden. Gardening might be seen as a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it still requires a lot of elbow grease and hard work that pays physical dividends. A garden must be planted, hoed, weeded and watered, and gardening gets kids out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. When growing a vegetable garden, kids might embrace the chance to be directly
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involved in the foods that will eventually end up on their dinner tables. Parents can embrace this as an opportunity to teach the value of eating locally produced foods and the positive impact such behavior has on the environment. Go swimming. Few adults who work in offices haven’t looked out their windows on a sunny summer day and thought how nice it would be to be spending that afternoon making a few laps in a lake, at the beach or in a pool. Kids have the same daydreams during the summer, so take a day off every so often and take the kids for an afternoon of swimming. Swimming is a great activity that exercises the entire body, including the shoulders, back, legs, hips and abdominals. In addition, swimming helps kids and adults alike maintain a healthy weight while also improving their cardiovascular health. It’s hard for some people to find a place to swim once the warm weather departs, so take advantage of the summer weather and go swimming as often as possible while the kids are not in school.
Limit how much time kids spend watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Many of today’s kids are as tech savvy as they are

busy. But it’s important that kids don’t spend too much time online or on the couch watching television or playing video games. Such activities are largely sedentary, and they can set a bad precedent for the months ahead, even when the school year begins once again. Parents should limit how much time their youngsters spend in front of the television or the computer during summer vacation, keeping track and turning the TV or computer off if they suspect kids are spending too much time staring at the screen instead of being active. Kids might not love it when you turn their video games off or minimize their access to social media, but explain the limitations at the onset of summer and let kids know you expect them to be physically active even if it is summer vacation.

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Massage therapy for knee and hip pain ��������������������������������������������������������������������
By Rob Reader
ith the weather warming up, it’s time to get outside again and start up all those outdoor activities that you have been anxiously waiting to do all winter long. As you get out there cycling, running or even gardening, you will start to feel those familiar aches and pains that accompany new physical activities. In all my years of massage, the most common complaint among active people is knee and hip pain. When cycling, the repetitive motion will cause muscles to tighten or knot up. The same goes for running or rollerblading, and the kneeling involved in gardening can hit the knees, hips and lower back. From a massage stand point, all those aches are related. The movement of the muscles in the legs is very complex. My experience over the years from working on the professional dancers in the Milwaukee Ballet has taught me that knee pain can have a variety of causes, not many of which are where the pain is at. Remember, pain is a symptom. If you can locate and remove the cause, the symptom will disappear. The most common cause of knee pain is tight quadriceps. Most people don’t pay too much attention to their quads, other than maybe giving them a good workout at the gym. These are four very strong and very important muscles, and when they are not functioning properly they can cause knee, hip and lower back pain. Getting a massage therapist to work into your quads can be uncomfortable, but the benefit is well worth it. Getting those four hard-working muscles functioning properly again can give you more energy when you walk, make your legs feel lighter, and in some cases make you run faster and jump higher. It only makes sense; if your muscles are all stuck together and unable to do their individual jobs, they no longer work as efficiently as they should. If the main quad is tight, it pulls your hips forward and causes extra curve and tension in your lower back. Once the quads are softened up and working as they should, they take tension off the front of your hips and allow your lower back to relax. Once the hips are back in place and the lower back relaxes a bit, people find that their hamstrings are no longer as tight as they thought. This is due to the fact that pulling the hips forward forces the hamstrings to stretch farther than they should. Many people think their hamstrings are tight and consistently stretch them, when in reality they should be stretching their quads instead. Tightness in the iliotibial band, or IT band, is another common complaint. This can be caused by either the muscles in


the glute area or in the adductor area. This means either the area just below your lower back or the inside of your legs is tight and contracted. Getting those areas worked on by a good deep tissue therapist can greatly reduce the tightness felt in the IT band and again free up movement and flexibility in the hips and legs. This also will greatly reduce pain. Aches and pains are a common part of life and physical activity. How you choose to deal with it is your choice. You can take a pain reliever for temporary relief or you can see a massage therapist, who can give you longer-lasting relief with some added benefit of more energy and more mobility. My experience has taught me that most knee and hip pain has a muscular cause and can be treated easily by some good massage therapy. One client boasted knocking 15 minutes off of her marathon time, which qualified her for the Boston Marathon after only one muscle release therapy treatment. So when you feel those aches coming on from all those outdoor activities, pick up that phone and call your local independent massage therapist. That way you can keep up those activities all summer long without worries.
Rob Reader has been a full-time massage therapist since 2005. He has worked on headline performers at Summerfest and professional wrestlers, and is the official massage therapist of the Milwaukee Ballet since 2006. He currently works in Mequon at Active Body Wellness LLC, 10620 N. Port Washington Road. For more information, call 414.721.6942.

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Tea tree oil
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ea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree and has been used medicinally for centuries by the aboriginal people of Australia. Today, tea tree oil is often used externally as a folk or traditional remedy for a number of conditions including acne, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, wounds and infections; or for lice, oral candidiasis (thrush), cold sores, dandruff and skin lesions. Tea tree oil is primarily used topically (applied to the skin). A 2004 NCCAM-funded review examined the ability of tea tree oil to kill bacteria and found that in vitro (in a test tube) studies may provide some preliminary evidence for the use of tea tree oil as an adjunctive (additional) treatment for wounds involving difficult-to-treat bacterial infections such as methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, large, welldesigned clinical trials on tea tree oil are lacking, and it remains unclear whether tea tree oil is effective against these emerging resistant strains of bacteria in people. Some smaller-scale clinical studies have had positive results for treating athlete’s foot, nail fungus, dandruff and acne, but more largescale, well-designed clinical studies are needed. Tea tree oil may be effective for acne. One clinical trial compared a 5 percent tea tree oil gel to a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide product for the treatment of acne and found that the benzoyl peroxide worked slightly better but that the tea tree oil had fewer side effects.


What the science says

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.
Sources: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Herbs at a glance. NCCAM website. References: Carson CF, Hammer KA, Riley TV. Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil: a review of antimicrobial and other medicinal properties. Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 2006;19(1):50–62. Carson CF, Riley TV. Safety, efficacy and provenance of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil. Contact Dermatitis. 2001;45(2):65–67. Carson CF, Riley TV, Cookson BD. Efficacy and safety of tea tree oil as a topical antimicrobial agent.Journal of Hospital Infection. 1998;40(3):175–178. Halcón L, Milkus K. Staphylococcus aureus and wounds: a review of tea tree oil as a promising antimicrobial. American Journal of Infection Control. 2004;32(7):402–408. Martin KW, Ernst E. Herbal medicines for treatment of bacterial infections: a review of controlled clinical trials. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2003;51(2):241–246. Martin KW, Ernst E. Herbal medicines for treatment of fungal infections: a systematic review of controlled clinical trials. Mycoses. 2004;47(3-4):87–92. Tea Tree Oil. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at on May 20, 2010. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia [Maiden & Betche] Cheel). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at on May 20, 2010.

Side effects and cautions

Tea tree oil contains varying amounts of 1,8-cineole, a skin irritant. Products with high amounts of this compound may cause skin irritation or contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction, in some individuals. Oxidized tea tree oil (oil that has been exposed to air) may trigger allergies more than fresh tea tree oil. Tea tree oil should not be swallowed. Poisonings, mainly in children, have caused drowsiness, disorientation, rash and ataxia — a loss of muscle control in the arms and legs causing a lack of balance and coordination. One patient went into a coma after drinking half a cup of tea tree oil. Topical use of diluted tea tree oil is generally considered safe for most adults. However, one case study did report a young boy who had developed breast growth after using a styling gel and shampoo that contained both lavender oil and tea tree oil.
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Calcium and vitamin D important throughout life ���������������������������������������������������������������������


alcium and vitamin D are frequently touted for their ability to improve bone health. While consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium is especially important for aging women, both vitamin D and calcium also help to keep the body strong and vital at any age. Calcium and vitamin D help fight bone loss, and not just in older women. Younger, active women need it to prevent stress fractures and other bone injuries. A 2008 study reviewed the health of 5,000 female U.S. Navy recruits, and those who did not take additional calcium and vitamin D were 25 percent more likely to suffer a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a small fracture of a bone caused by repeated physical strain. Gymnasts, runners and even marching soldiers can suffer such fractures even if they are otherwise healthy. Calcium is also needed for other parts of the body. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center says calcium is necessary for the heart, muscles and nerves to function properly. It also helps blood to clot. Furthermore, pregnant women need ample calcium in their diets in order to supply calcium to a growing fetus. If a pregnant woman does not get enough calcium through diet, the baby will draw it from Mom’s own bones, threatening the mother’s health while leading to bone fragility and increasing her risk of fractures. Calcium and vitamin D work in conjunction. Although a balanced diet may provide enough calcium, many times high levels of salt and protein in one’s diet can increase calcium excretion through the kidneys. Also, people who have an intolerance to lactose may not be getting the calcium they need. Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. Without vitamin D, a woman cannot produce enough calcitriol, impairing calcium absorption from her diet. In turn, the body will take calcium from stores in existing bone, weakening them and preventing the formation of strong, new bone. Women who may have been deficient in vitamin D and calcium

can develop osteoporosis and other bone-loss conditions as they age. Thanks to osteoporosis, half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist or vertebra during their lifetime, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. A drop in estrogen at the time of menopause can contribute to bone loss. Drinking large amounts of alcohol, maintaining a low body weight and smoking can each cause osteoporosis. In order to maintain bone and body health, there are certain dietary intake recommendations regarding calcium and vitamin D. Adults under age 50 should consume between 1,000 and 1,300 milligrams of calcium and roughly 600 IU of vitamin D daily. Calcium can be found in dairy products as well as in salmon, shellfish, Brazil nuts, dried beans and green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin D is found in fish, eggs and fortified milk. Vitamin D can also form when the body is exposed to sunlight. Even as few as 10 minutes of daily exposure to sunlight can produce vitamin D. Consuming enough calcium and vitamin D can help a woman’s body stay healthy as she ages.
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Transversus what? ������������������������
By Hope Zvara
ransversus … is that some kind of car part? Well, if you are talking about the transversus abdominis, then yes, it is kind of like the body of a car. Without this core muscle, nothing works right and many things start to fall apart. Our transversus abdominus (TvA) is our deepest core muscle. It acts as a corset around our torso surrounding our spine and is literally the motherboard of our strength and core support. In combination with the obliques it does, in fact, create a corseting effect (or what Stewart McGill calls “hoop stresses”) and stiffness, assisting with spine stability. This hoop, combining the obliques and the TvA, connects posteriorly by the lumbar fascia and anteriorly by the abdominal fascia. An understanding of this deep muscle and, even more importantly, the hooping effect, is important because when this hoop is functioning properly, we have an increase in activity, functionality and, most importantly, spinal stability. We all have a TvA, and when I read core-related material, I frequently hear people talk about the TvA as if they are accessing it or not. And really, it’s not a matter of activating it or not, but rather how much it is turning on and if the onset is delayed or not. Take notice once you are acting in such a way that requires the TvA to work (which is most of what you do) if it kicks in when it should, and stays supportive and active. Now, in combination with the pelvic floor, it creates the real life version of the Sphinx undergarment, one that doesn’t need to be taken off and has no threat on your physical health if worn too long. Often, core exercises are directed at a lying down position with arms and legs moving at any given pace or frequency; however, if the actual core is not strong enough to support such movement, this type of action can actually be harmful and ineffective at the very least. The TvA cannot be measured by how many ripples it gives you exteriorly and cannot be felt by touch. Accessing the TvA requires many to slow down and rethink their usual core exercise, and understand more about what they are doing and why. When you understand this muscle, you can begin to decode what is seen as helpful or just a waste of time. Core stability is defined by Kibler (et al. 2006) as “the ability to control the position and motion of the trunk over the pelvis to allow optimum production, transfer and control of force and motion to the terminal segment in integrated athletic activities.”
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This basically means you should learn to control your body and focus on stability before mobility, slow down enough to feel what you are doing, and create a relationship with your body. Gone are the days of “don’t stop” and “keep going.” It is important to keep in mind that if you have spent your entire life avoiding your core or using every muscle but your core, then it will not be an instant road to accessing your TvA. Your larger, bulkier muscles or pesky neighboring muscles, like the hip flexors, may not go down without a fight.

3 moves to help you access your TvA:

1. Functional back bend: We often consider forward flexion

moves as effective core creators, however, when you extend back, you have much more core onset and you can feel it (plus it’s a way more effective version of a back bend). Stand with your feet roughly a yoga mat’s width apart (you can stand wider or more narrow, but this is a good start). Align your feet parallel and in neutral, draw your pelvis into neutral and engage your inner thighs to help encourage your pelvic floor. Either keep your hands at your hips or draw them up over head, and leading with the hip sockets, allow your body to extend back. You should feel your trunk turn on maybe even quiver and a great release in your hip sockets, and most importantly, zero back pain. Exhale and move into a forward fold, roll up and move your body back. Repeat the process ten times. Make sure your head does not lead the movement but rather your pelvis and hip sockets.

2. Mini ball extension: Take a seat and place

a gently inflated mini ball behind your sacrum. Sitting tall on your sit bones, exhale and gently kiss your sacrum into the ball without rounding your spine. Inhale, extending your body back (45°), without laying into the ball behind you. Extend your arms forward at shoulder level and work to keep the chest open. Continue to lift the arms upwards until you feel an inner earthquake — that’s your TvA. If you feel hip flexor pain, lower your arms or place a second ball or yoga block between the inner thighs to help keep your pelvic floor turned on, assisting your TvA and reminding your hip flexors that they are movers and not stabilizers. Hold your arms at an appropriate angle for up to ten breaths or lift your arms on an inhale as high as you can without arching your back and exhale as you lower your arms to knee level ten times. 3. Planking: Planking is one of the most effective ways to access the TvA, but form matters. Choose from forearm or full plank. Align wrists under shoulders with the folds of the elbows facing forward. Choose your knees or balls of the feet (no shoes) and hug a foam yoga block or mini ball between the thighs for more TvA and pelvic floor onset. Work to resist gravity by pressing your body away from the floor without hiking the hips or sagging the belly

or head. Breathe and engage your body for up to ten breaths. Remember, core work isn’t something that you do, it’s everything that you do! Note: If you have recently had abdominal surgery, it is necessary to get clearance from your doctor before engaging in any form of exercise.
Hope Zvara is a yoga teacher, trainer and functional fitness expert. Creator of Core Functional Fitness™, Hope specializes in yoga, core work and functional movements. She helps yoga students, yoga teachers and a variety of fitness professionals experience a true mind-body connection through yoga and core functional movement and principles.

Hope is a yoga teacher, trainer and functional fitness expert. As creator of Core Functional Fitness,™ Hope specializes in yoga, core work and functional movements; she helps yoga students, yoga teachers and a variety of fitness professionals experience a true mind-body connection through yoga and core functional movement and principles.

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eauty is about empowering ourselves through natural methods, wellness and education. That’s the motto of the staff at The Colour Bowl Salon & Wellness Spa in Mequon. “We want our client base to feel good from the inside out,” owner and cosmetologist Sara Harder says, “so we are really committed to bringing wellness to the clients and to the environment.” Harder opened The Colour Bowl in 2005 as a one-person salon. Since then, it has grown steadily to a staff of four with the addition of six independent contractors who work under the umbrella of The Colour Bowl brand. Today, the full-service salon and wellness spa offers services from haircuts and coloring, waxing and nail care, to skincare, permanent makeup, massage therapy and acupuncture. But it’s The Colour Bowl’s commitment to organic products — to care for both clients and the environment — that sets it apart as the only “green” salon in the area. “The Colour Bowl’s environmentally friendly practices cover all areas of the business,” Harder says. “We have all of our printing done on recycled paper with soy ink. We use all green cleaning products. And most importantly, all of our beauty products are free of parabens, plasticides, sulfates and other irritating ingredients, and we have certified organic hair color.” By only using and offering natural beauty products, clients can come in for services feeling secure about the treatment of their skin, hair and nails. The Colour Bowl is therefore perfect for not only expecting mothers and those with sensitive skin and other allergies, but also anyone who just wants to feel good about their beauty regime. And the feeling of environmentally friendly beauty is reflected in The Colour Bowl’s space in the Morehead & Rhodes building on Cedarburg Road, which the salon moved into in July 2012. The décor consists of flowers and greenery amid an eclectic mix of repurposed furniture, including mirrored rustic doors for the salon stations, to create a relaxing “secret garden” feel. But the staff members at The Colour Bowl don’t just provide clients with a soothing organic experience. They want them to feel as beautiful as they look away from the salon as well. “Everybody working at The Colour Bowl is really committed to natural living, organic products and to educating our clients about such a
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“We want our client base to feel good from the inside out, so we are really committed to bringing wellness to the clients and to the environment.”
lifestyle through classes and even nutritional counseling,” Harder says. “Because we care so much about their well-being, we hope to bring wellness to the beauty industry in a way that hasn’t been done before.” To experience services that focus on both your inner and outer beauty, contact The Colour Bowl Salon & Wellness Spa today!

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Health and wellness Q&A �����������������������������������������������������������������
By Karmen Nenahlo

Question: I heard that snacking during the day can cause weight gain. Is this true? Answer: We tend to associate snacking with negative impacts on our weight and overall health as snack foods have a reputation for providing unwanted, empty calories and fat. However, recent reports suggest quite the opposite is true. People following healthier diets snack twice as much as those with less healthy diets. That being said, these snacks consist of nutrient-dense foods such as low-fat yogurt, fruit and nuts, which provide a variety of nutrients and fewer calories. So, snack often and snack wisely! Question: Are GMOs safe for consumption? Answer: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have received a fair amount of press lately because of the alleged threat they pose to our health. Proposition 37, the California ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods, has been a large part of this press. Though the long-term effects of consumption of genetically modified foods have not been proven, numerous animal studies have shown a link between GMO consumption and increased incidence of tumors. However, a recent report in the American Heart Association’s “Scientific Sessions 2012” revealed quite different results from animal data.

For the first time, consumption of genetically modified tomatoes containing a peptide that mimics HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), actually reduced plaque formation in blood vessels of animals. Due to conflicting evidence, no conclusions can be drawn at this time. Additional research is required to determine the safety of GMOs in our food supply. Question: Should I supplement individual amino acids? Answer: It is a common misconception that supplementing individual amino acids such as leucine or tryptophan will stimulate protein synthesis and provide additional health benefits. In fact, there is a lack of evidence to substantiate these claims. Rather, this sort of supplementation is counter-productive for several reasons. First, individual amino acids compete for absorption carriers; thus, taking one amino acid in abundance may inhibit the absorption of others. Secondly, amino acids are actually preferentially absorbed as small peptides over individual amino acids. Individuals can adequately meet needs by consuming a variety of protein-rich foods that fit within the recommended daily allowance for protein (0.8 g/kg body weight).
Karmen Nenahlo is with Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest 24/7 co-ed fitness franchise. For more information, visit

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retail store that carries natural pet food, is open seven days a week, has a knowledgeable staff and offers affordable high-quality pet food is no longer a dream … Bark N’ Scratch Outpost opened its doors at 5835 W. Blue Mound Road in Milwaukee in September 2006. It carries foods, supplements, essential oils, toys and interactive puzzles, as well as collars, leashes and other basic supplies. The inspiration for the store is Snowbelle, the owner’s 8-year-old Bichon Frise. Snowbelle has food allergies that prevent her from eating just any pet food. During the search for an appropriate diet for Snowbelle, owner, Carrie Marble, found that many pet parents are also looking for better nutrition as a basis for better health for their pets. Since opening, Bark N’ Scratch Outpost has grown from its original small storefront into the larger back area of the building. With the growing number of healthy foods and products offered has also come the growth of the staff and the training they receive. Bark N’ Scratch Outpost staff members attend seminars and participate in online webinars offered by veterinarians, behaviorists, nutritionists and other pet professionals both inside and outside the pet food industry. “We are always glad to contact companies for more

extensive product information and provide those resources for our customers looking for healthy pet products,” Carrie explains. Many pet parents look for educational and fun events for the benefit of their pets. Bark N’ Scratch Outpost hosts product demos and offers seminars and classes by veterinarians, pet professionals and staff. They invite customers and their pets to walk with them in the Blue Mound Business Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Holidays are often opportunities for customers to bring their pets and families in for professional photography sittings. Every day the staff at Bark N’ Scratch Outpost is delighted to meet and hear stories about their customers’ beloved animal companions. Many of these animals have come to their forever homes from shelters and adoption groups. Carrie and her staff know these shelters and adoption programs need continued support. That’s why Bark N’ Scratch Outpost helps with donations, accepts donations as a drop-off point and carries products from companies that also contribute to animal welfare organizations. Carrie and her staff are proud that Bark N’ Scratch Outpost has been voted the best by their customers on both the Shepherd Express and the WISN A-List for several years. They invite you to stop in and discover why “they think outside the bag”! The staff at Bark N’ Scratch Outpost is dedicated to healthy pets & their people.

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Support our local businesses in the natural health and green living industry!

Heaven & Earth Acupuncture and Wellness 675 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield 262.391.7824 The goal of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is to correct imbalances that cause pain, stress and other internal disorders. Through acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, TDP lamp, tui na and herbs, we call on the natural healing responses of the body and avoid possible side effects of standard Western care. Heaven & Earth Acupuncture and Wellness offers free initial consultation and free first treatment for new patients. Free insurance verification is also provided.

URBAN Agriculture
Growing Power, Inc. 5500 W. Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee 414.527.1546 Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach and technical assistance. Our goal is simple: to grow food, to grow minds and to grow community.

Veterinary Services
Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex S73 W16790 Janesville Rd., Muskego 414.422.1300 Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex is staffed by pet lovers who are highly skilled in delivering unique health care to patients whose guardians appreciate the importance of addressing the mind, body and spirit in the quest for quality and longevity of life. Our mission promotes the prevention and treatment of disease through integrated conventional and natural means for pets and their people, influencing a pet’s entire being in a complete and positive manner. Experienced doctors utilize natural nutrition, titre testing, western and Chinese herbals, essential oils, acupuncture (deleted the chiro portion here) to address individual patient needs.

HOLISTIC Dentistry
Integrative Dental Solutions N35 W23770 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee Office: 262.691.4555 • Fax: 262.691.4579 Biological or holistic dentistry is different from conventional dentistry in that it recognizes the importance of a healthy mouth in achieving optimal overall health. Our office understands that every patient has specific needs. Dr. Mahn and Dr. Shetty will even be happy to work with your healthcare practitioner to help you reach your goals.

Varicose Vein Treatment
Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute N4 W22370 Bluemound Rd., Ste. 201, Waukesha 262.349.9371 Did you know that treatment for varicose vein disease may be covered by your insurance? Bruce Cardone, MD, is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease. He is extremely qualified to help you if you have leg pain, discomfort and/or unsightly veins. If you are unsure if your leg pain is from varicose veins, come in and let us take a look. If varicose veins are the culprit, Vena can get you on the road to healthy, happy legs. Call us today for your free consultation.



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Saturday, May 4 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Natural Product & Organic Food Expo The Natural Product & Organic Food Expo at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh brings together local and national companies that specialize in natural and organic products, natural and organic foods, environmental, green and eco-friendly products for the home, pets and the whole family. Kick off the farmer’s market season. Meet and buy direct from local, organic farmers and vendors. Snatch up early seedlings, fresh greens and free-range meat and eggs. The expo features 200 natural and organic exhibits, dozens of workshops, Taste of Home Cooking School from 1-3 p.m., children’s action zone and an 800-gallon aquaponics system. Featured guests include: • Joel Salatin: featured in the movies Food, Inc. & Fresh • Will Allen: urban farmer & featured in the movie Fresh • Aaron Woolf: director & producer of King Corn • Dave Murphy: founder of Food Democracy Now • Lisa Stokke: co-founder of Food Democracy Now • Eric Villegas: Emmy winning chef & author Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 3-Day Aquaponic Workshop An intensive hands-on workshop focused exclusively on aquaponic and urban aquaculture training. Topics include: system design, water chemistry, fish husbandry and plant selection. These workshops begin on Friday, the day before the standard 2-day workshop, and participants will not have an opportunity to participate in the other breakout sessions. Participants must pre-register online. Visit for aquaponic workshop details. The cost for the 3-day workshop is $500. Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19 Growing Your Community Food System “From the Ground Up” Workshop From the Ground Up! Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects. Visit workshops-details.html for two-day workshop details. The cost for the 2-day workshop is $375. Please be aware no video recordings are allowed. Saturday, May 11 • 9 a.m. register, 10 a.m. walk Tails on the Trail Dog Walk Join the Wisconsin Humane Society for their dog walk at Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th Street in West Allis. This fun, one-mile walk will support animals in need right here in our community. Join a team, participate as an individual or become a “Virtual Walker” and raise funds for the animals from home! Everyone who participates will have a chance to earn great prizes! It’s easy; the more funds you raise, the more prizes you win! The fun continues after the walk with our very own Bark Bash festival! Bark Bash is free, open to the public and will offer festivities for everyone, including food, vendors, music, fun activities for children, interactive games for you and your dog, and so much more! Anyone can join and everyone is welcome! Saturday, May 4 • 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Animal Communication Sessions with Stacy Krafczyk Communicate with your animal companions at Bark N’ Scratch Outpost, 5835 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. Call 414.444.4110 to register for your 20-minute session.



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