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from the editor
Jackie Peters

(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. Don Neviaser educates us about the power of positive visualization. Naomi Boldon celebrates Herbal Medicine Awareness Week by sharing a nice overview with us. Wade Anunson gets down to the science to show us a new perspective on genetics and how we

Ah, the natural beauty of the flowers that May brings!

can be empowered by it. These are just a few examples of what we offer you this month. Please read on for more! I hope you are able to enjoy an emotional boost from all of May’s natural beauty! In health and happiness,

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The natural gift of crystals ��������������������������������������������������������������������
By Sonya Theis
re you the type of person who always seems to find yourself picking up stones when walking on a beach or along a stream, or while taking a hike? Ever since childhood, I have found myself attracted to certain stones. When a stone’s earthly energy draws my attention as I am walking, it is that stone that goes home with me. One time while hiking in the mountains of Colorado with my husband, I found some beautiful, sizeable rocks to add to my backpack. We were not quite halfway up when my husband noticed that I had fallen a ways behind him and asked what I was doing. It was then he discovered my passion for collecting stones. He lovingly pointed out that it would be best to pick them up on the way down the mountain due to their weight. I could not give up my new treasures, so as the true gentleman that he is, he carried my new rocks until we got back to our camp. It is this collection of memories that lines the borders of our gardens and walkways, and has found a spot in our home. Over the years, I’ve opened up to a clearer understanding of why I am so connected to these lovely gems by reading books on stones. I found that their properties brought us and our home a peaceful balance through their natural healing energy. When one can put aside the rational, scientific point of view that we have associated in our connection to crystals and technology, we then can reconnect to our sense-oriented experience, to what is natural to our well-being. Crystal attributes are known to assist us in meditation and chakra balancing, and to heal holistically our emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Their gentle energies work
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through their vibration to interact with our subtle energy fields that work in harmony with the body. For this reason, energy healers, like Reiki practitioners or massage therapists for example, will use crystals as a part of their practice. A book that is well-known and very informative on this subject is “The Crystal Bible” by Judy Hall, which is a definitive guide to crystals. Fortunately, with more awareness on this subject, there are many other crystal healing books available to assist you as a practical guide to using crystals. Crystals and stones that are sold in their raw form, tumbled, carved and/or in jewelry pieces, can be found in rock and crystal shops located throughout Wisconsin. One can purchase a simple, beautiful amethyst sphere to assist in meditation; a tumbled rose quartz — known as the stone of unconditional love — can be kept in one’s pocket; or a pendant of turquoise can be worn as a necklace to dispel negative energies. Another excellent reference is “The Book of Stones” by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, which describes in detail the physical and metaphysical properties of stones, gems, minerals and/or crystals that have been collected by millions of people all over the world. Connection to what is created from the earth is natural. With the basic understanding of stones, crystals and elemental energies, one can begin to broaden their own potential of balance in life.
Sonya Theis, SRT practitioner, is owner of Rooted Spirit Wholeness Center, located at 6670 University Ave., Suite 102, in Middleton. She is certified in spiritual restructuring and Reiki II, a student of SRT intensive skills and a teacher of dowsing. Sonya’s spiritual clearings through SRT direct Spirit to inner peace by replacing negative energies with positive. For more information, call 608.220.0406 or visit

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Hope for headache without pharmaceuticals ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Jed Downs, MD, MPH
he standard medical model for managing common headache consists of varying levels of analgesic interventions. It typically begins with over-the-counter medications, starting with Tylenol and moving to aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. If that doesn’t work, it is typically assumed there is a migraine component to the headache, and the drug regimen moves to Imitrex or other triptan class medications, or to drug prophylaxis with blood pressure or anti-seizure medications. None of these treatments addresses the cause of the headache. Cranial osteopathy is the brainchild of W.G. Sutherland. It was not well accepted until the late 1940s. The concepts of cranial osteopathy include: • The skull moves. It is not a rigid vault whose only function is to protect the brain. The zipper-like lines on a skull actually function as joints, and the design of the joints helps to explain their movement patterns. There are 22 bones of the skull not including the bones of the middle ear, the teeth or the jaw. See the accompanying diagrams. • The brain and spinal cord fluctuate in shape somewhat like a jellyfish. • There are fluctuations of pressure in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as a result of the movement. The CSF, which is produced in the brain, actually slowly flows out of the spinal canal and is reabsorbed in lymph vessels. • Membranes (dura) within the skull have tension which changes with movement and which absorb energy during trauma. The tension stores energy for assisting with the alternating movement patterns of the skull. • The membranes also attach to the upper cervical spine and to the sacrum. Those regions need to move in concert with the cranium for it to move normally. These observations are looked upon skeptically by much of the medical profession. The movements have been measured and are on the order of hundredths of an inch. They occur roughly 8-12 times per minute. It takes well-trained hands to sense the movement and to not overpower the movement during assessment and treatment. What this means for chronic headache sufferers is that there are potential factors, unrecognized by those without the skill to appreciate cranial movement, which may be contributing to their symptoms. The cranial joints may be jammed from travel through


the birth canal, from head trauma, or from tension patterns in the dura after trauma or dental work. Any tension of connective tissues or muscles that attach to the skull might disturb the normal balance of the cranial movement patterns. The human body wants to be able to optimize its function and move as efficiently as possible. The provider of cranial osteopathy or therapy serves to remove the blockages that prevent normal movement. The provider recognizes abnormal movement, seeks to understand where the restriction to normal movement originates and then treats the dysfunction. When that occurs adequately, the body autocorrects, functions normally and symptoms can clear. Treatment is typically a gentle process, with most forces being limited to the weight of a wet washcloth. Headache is a complicated diagnosis. The International Headache Society has generated the ICHD-2 classification schema which is not intended to be memorized (http://ihs-classification. org) which divides headaches into 3 categories: 1) Primary headaches, which include migraines and tension-type headaches as well as cluster headaches; 2) Secondary headaches from tumors, strokes or blood in the brain cavity, head trauma with or without internal bleeding, and many other categories; and 3) Pain of specific nerves in the head, face and neck, with or without inflammation, and any other headache which doesn’t fit into other categories. Cranial osteopathy should not be used for headaches due to tumors, infections of the central nervous system or intracranial bleeding. Many migraines, tension headaches, post traumatic headaches and headaches associated with local nerve irritation respond to osteopathic intervention. Manipulation of the skull may also help with drainage of the middle ear and sinuses, preventing recurrent infections. Even when medications are necessary for managing headaches on occasion, cranial osteopathy or craniosacral therapy has potential to alleviate headache symptoms.
Jed Downs, MD, MPH, has been studying osteopathy since 1995. Formerly he worked in occupational medicine until pursuing his passion full-time at Madison Manual Medicine, 1709 Monroe Street in Madison. He uses osteopathic techniques to manage consequences (pain and loss of function) of trauma regardless of etiology, be it birth, sport, MVA, repetitive strain or living life. For more information, call 608.512.7177, visit or email Source (images): Cranial osteopathic biomechanics, pathomechanics and diagnostics for practioners. Gehin, A. Elsevier, Edinburgh. 2007. p. 41, 67.
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Building relaxation into busy lives to beat stress ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Steve Puckette
ne need look only as far as the commercials on any given TV channel in any given one-hour period to come up with a very impressive list of modern maladies: constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, ADHD, allergies, asthma, IBS, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, high blood pressure, diabetes, exhaustion, erectile dysfunction and more. What do all of these have in common? They are all rooted in our frantic, never-take-a-break lifestyles. They are all stress-related problems. The nervous system has two parts, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the “fight or flight” nervous system, is wired to instantly optimize our performance so that we may survive any crisis situation we find ourselves in. Imagine a distant ancestor walking through the woods and coming upon a hungry bear. If your relative did not want to become bear food, he needed to run very fast (or at least faster than the person next to him). The heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension instantly elevate, preparing to run or fight for life. Blood sugar spikes, increasing the fuel to the muscles and pushing them to peak performance. The immune system, the majority of which is in our GI tract, is suppressed internally and increased in our skin in preparation for quick healing of injuries. Digestion slows, and stomach contents and bowels may be immediately evacuated to lighten the load. Libido drops because no successful procreation will occur in the next couple of minutes. Thinking is affected as well. Blood flow to the front part of the brain, the thinking and creative part, decreases while blood flow to the back part of the brain, the area in charge of coordinating the body, instincts and habits, increases. Most of us do not encounter hungry bears in our current environments, but we are barraged daily with family, work and financial
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“The countless demands on our time too often push us to the bottom of our own to-do lists, leaving no time to care for ourselves.”

responsibilities. The countless demands on our time too often push us to the bottom of our own to-do lists, leaving no time to care for ourselves. The unrelenting stress keeps us permanently in an uninterrupted state of fight or flight. And our bodies will have the same physical and chemical responses to stress as those of our ancestors. But rather than having the chance to rest and recuperate as our ancestors may have had, sitting around a campfire at night telling the story of how they outran a bear that day, our responses stay at a chronically elevated level. The high blood sugar levels result in diabetes. The elevated blood pressures lead to hypertension. Poor digestion leads to IBS, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux, constipation and diarrhea. Low libido leads to erectile dysfunction. Brain fog leads to a decrease in our decision-making abilities and a return to old habits and poor behaviors. An immune system on constant alert results in any one of many autoimmune disorders. I am fascinated by the accomplishments of the Kenyan runners who run two full marathons a day. How is that possible? They run a marathon in the morning, spend hours napping, eating and drinking water, then after several hours, get up and run another marathon. They have pushed their bodies to peak physical performance, but they have built in time for rest and recuperation. For many people, taking hours off in the middle of the day is not an option. The good news is that it does not have to be hours.

Every time you step out of the “fight or flight” mode, even briefly, you interrupt your pattern of uninterrupted stress and give yourself the opportunity to rest and recuperate. Looking once again to the world of athletes and peak performers, John McEnroe was consistently ranked the #1 male tennis player of his time. His famous outbursts on the courts may have indicated a high stress level, yet he maintained his #1 status for years. How was he able to do that? Observe his “pre-serve” ritual. John would routinely bounce and catch his tennis ball until he was ready to launch it skyward for a serve. Many tennis players do the same thing, but watch and observe the difference. Many tennis players do this with the intense appearance of determination and unbroken focus. John would do it looking very relaxed, almost playful. Every second he spent bouncing/catching the ball in his hand, he had taken himself out of the game, out of the stress, allowing his body to rest and recuperate. The importance of relaxation to our overall health is not a new concept. The challenge is to build it into busy lives. You too can learn hands-on exercises that can reduce your stress levels in less than three minutes a day.
Dr. Steve Puckette owns Puckette Chiropractic, 6315 Odana Road, Suite 101, in Madison and has been practicing chiropractic since 1994. He has taken over 700 CE hours in functional metabolic assessment, functional blood chemistry and nutrition, and is currently enrolled in a three-year diplomate program in chiropractic neurology through the Carrick Institute. Dr. Puckette has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis himself and became involved in this type of work when members of his immediate family developed autoimmune conditions. For more information, please visit or call 608.276.7635.

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The trouble with natural flavors ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Emily Givler, DSC
consider myself an assiduous label reader, and yet less-than-desirable ingredients sneak past me now and then. How, you may ask? Oh, I’m in a hurry and assume I’ve read the ingredients before. Or maybe I assume it is something that does not require chemical additives, preservatives, coloring or flavoring agents. Sometimes I learn different disguises that less-than-desirable ingredients use to masquerade. For instance, have you read the ingredients in unsalted butter? I skipped that one, mistakenly thinking it would just be “cream.” One day I happened to glance at the label and there it was: “cream and natural flavoring.” That seems innocent enough, but what does “natural


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flavoring” really mean? Simply stated, it means chemical flavoring agents derived from natural sources have been added to my butter to make it taste more “buttery.” Luckily, the ingredients in salted butter are usually just “cream and salt” (but I’ll still be checking!). Or better yet, I’ll make my own! Back to these “natural flavors;” how bad can they really be? They’re natural, right? Don’t be so quick to assume natural means safe. Generally speaking, natural flavoring is slightly preferable to its artificial counterpart because it is not petroleum derived. These petroleum-derived chemicals may affect RNA, thyroid and enzymes, and should definitely be avoided. But that certainly does not mean natural flavors are good for you by default! In fact, you would do well to avoid both kinds. Remember, natural flavors are chemical products, too. The sourcing is the major difference here. These chemical agents are added to trick our taste buds so that we will eat things that, when you get down to it, we probably shouldn’t be eating most of the time anyway. The FDA doesn’t currently require manufacturers to list color or flavor additives on ingredient lists, provided they are recognized as safe. Some of these substances, however, can cause allergic reactions in intolerant people. Avoiding these allergens can be difficult for sensitive individuals. Many times the ingredients will simply say “natural flavors” or “artificial flavors” without mentioning which ones. Take MSG, for instance; easy enough to spot on a label, even under its longer chemical name, monosodium glutamate.

Much harder to spot under its other aliases, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) and natural flavors! Again, it is really best to avoid products with added flavoring, either natural or artificial. Either way, these compounds should be listed on the food labels instead of hidden under blanket euphemisms like “natural” and artificial flavorings. I believe it is our right as consumers to know what it is we are eating. So, Miss Smartypants, how should our food be flavored if we shouldn’t add flavoring? Simple! Food should taste like food! It should just be itself. Don’t add flavoring agents to foods; make the food in a way that protects its flavor! If we want to create a raspberry or strawberry flavor, we should use raspberries or strawberries! If we want something to taste like meat, we should put real meat into it. If we want to enhance the flavor of something, we should add things that are actually natural, like herbs and spices. There are options out there if you take the time to look for them. Alternatives to “natural” and artificial flavorings can include products sweetened with fruit juice, real vanilla and other products existing in their natural, unaltered state. If you see the word “flavoring,” put it back. Natural may seem safe, but when it comes to flavorings, artificial and natural flavorings are still chemicals with the potential to negatively impact our health.
Emily Givler is a pediatric nutrition consultant, licensed pastoral therapist and dietary supplements counselor at Health by Design Natural Clinic in Leola, PA. She is a consultant to Healthy Inspirations in Madison in the areas of hormone balancing, immune support and digestive health. Her extensive training and work in the natural health field has been a valuable addition to the Healthy Inspirations staff.

Can your shampoo kill you? ���������������������������������������������
By Angela Kowieski
ave you ever thought that what you were putting on your hair and body could be causing weight gain, infertility problems or even cancer? There have been recent studies exposing hidden toxins, called phthalates, in our personal care and beauty products. They can be found in some of our favorite products, including shampoo, hairspray, hair gel, deodorant, nail polish and body lotion.


• Possible risk increasers of breast cancer. • Possible risk increasers of liver cancer. • Possible early pregnancy labor inducers.

What are phthalates?
• Endocrine disruptors. • Organ system toxicants. • Infertility increasers. • Bioaccumulatives. • Weight gain catalysts.

Phthalates (a.k.a. phthalate esters) are generally used as “plasticizers.” Plasticizers are synthetic ingredients used to promote flexibility and durability in plastic found in medical products, floors and food processing materials. Phthalates are also used as gelling agents in many of your common cosmetic and beauty products. Phthalates also exist in the vague term, “fragrance,” that you often see in the ingredient list on your favorite products.

Phthalates are used in fragrances to make the scent last longer. And to make matters worse, you may never know if the “fragrance” listed in your product has phthalates since “fragrance” is deemed proprietary and companies are not legally bound to share its components.

Why are phthalates harmful?

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, as their chemical structure mocks that of a human hormone. So what does this mean for pregnant women? When exposed to
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Keep pests off your pet �������������������������������������������������������
By Kelsey Keyes


uring the warm summer months, pet parents face the hard decision of how they will protect their animals from fleas and ticks. There are many products that kill and/or prevent these parasites; however, it is important to understand how these products work and decide which one will best suit your needs, as well as those of your pet. Not using a preventative can lead to an infestation that will greatly impact your pet’s quality of life — and possibly lead to allergic dermatitis and tapeworm, or even spread diseases such as Lyme disease.

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Fleas are tiny wingless insects that feed, mate and lay eggs on their hosts. Fleas live off of the blood of their host; they bite their host over and over again, often in a line. Fleabites create small red bumps that are extremely itchy. For many animals (humans included), the saliva of the flea can create an allergic reaction. Once a flea has taken residence on your pet, it is fair to assume that fleas have taken residence in your home, carpet, yard and car. One adult female flea can lay 1000 eggs in her lifetime and an average of 20-50 eggs per day. Ticks are small arachnids that burrow their heads into their host. They suck the blood of the animal until they’re full and then fall to the ground and lay their eggs. Ticks like wooded areas and tall grasses; they wait patiently until an animal brushes up against their post. They are fairly easy to find and pull off once you know what to look for. Ticks need to be removed in full, leaving the head in will likely irritate the skin around the bite and can lead to an infection. Never squeeze the tick’s body — you will invite more pathogens into your pet — and never burn the tick. Traditionally, veterinarians and professional groomers use sprays, shampoos and spot-ons to thwart infestations and repel parasites. The most popular form — and only preventative measure — is the monthly spot-on. The active ingredient in many of these products is a powerful synthetic insecticide, fipronil, s-methoprene or pyrethroids. During application, the insecticide mixes with carrier oil and collects in the animal’s sebaceous glands. Throughout the month the insecticide spreads throughout the animal’s coat with its natural oils. The issue of putting insecticides on pets is hotly debated. Poisonings have been reported, but long-term toxicity has not yet been proven. For those who do not want to put an insecticide on their pet, there are other topicals that take a natural approach. The active ingredient in Nature’s Defense is a mixture of essential oils that block a neurotransmitter, octopamine, only found in insects and spiders. Once the parasite comes into contact with the oils, the nervous system fails and it dies. Much like other pet-related issues, we believe this issue should be viewed holistically and thus tailored to your lifestyle. A Maltese who lives in a high-rise in the city and gets walks on cement will have different needs than a Labrador who loves nothing more than retrieving birds in and out of weedy ponds during hunting trips up north.

Whether you choose to use a spot-on with insecticide, one with essential oils, or nothing at all, please consider the risks in each. Outside of preventive products, there are some things you can do to help your pet stay pest-free. Make sure your pet eats a biologically appropriate diet; animals that are healthy are much less likely to become infested when they come in contact. You should have a daily habit of brushing and inspecting your pet’s coat; make sure you have a flea comb in your grooming toolbox. On a weekly basis, you should vacuum carpets, wash your pet’s bedding and mow your lawn. Have your pet professionally groomed frequently. Never use a product labeled for a different species, as all are formulated with a specific metabolism in mind.
Kelsey Keyes is the grooming spa manager at Tabby & Jack’s Holistic Pet Services and Supplies. Kelsey graduated from the Wisconsin School of Professional Dog Grooming and has been grooming with Tabby & Jack’s for three years. She is not only trained in the very latest holistic grooming techniques, but is also certified in pet nutrition. For more information, visit 

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high levels of phthalates during pregnancy, women can unknowingly cause their child to be born with abnormal birth defects. Specific issues have been linked to male children’s genitals and reproductive systems. According to Professor Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council’s Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, there is a link between incidents of hypospadias, undescended testes and low sperm count, and the mother’s exposure to phthalates. This is why it is crucial for expecting mothers to seek out organic products that use gentle ingredients and leave out phthalates.

sizes in comparison to the amount of phthalates found in their urine. A groundbreaking 97 percent of the children that had increased weights and waist sizes were found to have significantly higher amounts of phthalates in their urine! So, limiting your child’s exposure to phthalates may reduce their chances of becoming obese at a young age.

So what can we do?

Phthalates and weight gain

Recently, excessive phthalates exposure has been linked to obesity. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Environmental Agency funded a study that revealed astounding findings. A group of about 400 children in New York City were monitored during a yearlong study that measured the participants’ BMI and waist

Facts have shown that the products that used recycling codes 3 and 7 were much more likely to contain phthalates. To limit your exposure, look for products with recycling codes 1, 2 and 5 on them. If we all start to read the labels a little closer, we can limit the exposure to these life-threatening chemicals.
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Is your water safe? ����������������������������������������������������
By Jack A. Erb
ore and more I hear about problems with municipal water and well water contaminants. In an attempt to uncover what exactly is going on with the water supply in our country, reporters from the Associated Press’ national investigative team reviewed hundreds of scientific reports, federal databases and environmental studies, and interviewed more than 230 officials, academics, scientists and private water suppliers in all 50 states. Following this exhaustive project, it was concluded that a surprising number of pharmaceuticals have been found in water supplies across the United States. The following is a partial list of what the investigative team uncovered: • Philadelphia: 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy and many others. • Southern California: Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people. • Northern New Jersey: A drinking water treatment plant that serves 850,000 people found a metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizing carbamazepine in the water. • San Francisco: A sex hormone was detected in the drinking water. • Tucson: Three medications, including an antibiotic, were found in the drinking water. There is no federal government mandate for municipalities and well owners to test for pharmaceuticals in water, nor have the agencies set any maximum contaminant levels. The common water quality tests available through certified quality labs would not even detect small levels of pharmaceutical contaminants. NSF ( ), the gold standard private water quality certifying organization in the U.S., has not established a standard for the testing of these contaminants. Of the 62 major water providers contacted by the investigative team, the drinking water for only 28 was tested. Among the 34 not tested: Houston, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, Phoenix, Boston and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, which delivers water to 9 million people.
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What is at risk?

Researchers do not as of yet understand the exact risks associated with constant exposure to low levels of pharmaceuticals. Some studies have uncovered dangerous effects both in animals and humans. At a conference last summer, Mary Buzby, director of environmental technology for drug maker Merck & Company, Inc., said, “There is no doubt about it, pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations they are at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms.” The reaction of the federal government is, “We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously,” according to Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

How to protect yourself

If you find the lack of serious attention to this matter disturbing, consider ionizing your drinking water. AlkaViva has machines that filter almost all pharmaceuticals, while providing the highest ph levels in the industry. Samsung manufactures these machines with next generation technology and under the watchful eyes of their engineers. Among the highest oxygen reduction potential (ORP) levels in the industry have been recorded with the New Vesta and Athena machines. (This measures the amount of oxygen in each glass of water — making this the highest anti-oxidant liquid you can drink.) Drinking alkaline water gives you peace of mind during all of this ongoing uncertainty!
Jack A. Erb, a natural health consultant, performs health consultations and analysis. He is available to test your drinking water and to share the benefits of alkaline water. The machine he has filters out heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, nitrates and nitrites, volatile organics, prescription drugs, preservatives, pesticides and herbicides. (Test results are available for review.) He also sells Nature’s Sunshine products. Nature’s Sunshine is a 40-year-old company that has the ability and wherewithal to research where their products come from and whether they are getting the right part of the plant with the most nutrients. If you’d like more information, visit, email or call 608.655.4248. References: AlkaViva LLC, 8745 Technology Way, Suite C, Reno, NV 89521 and Silver State Laboratories, 3638 East Sunset Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89120,

How yoga works
Seeing yourself as a beautiful, sparkling jewel �����������������������������������������������������������
By Sean Ward
’ve said many things to many people in many classes over the last few days, not knowing what, if anything, resonates with those around me. I did say something recently that continues to stay with me. It had something to do with “noticing how your yoga practice mirrors life.” It is important to go beyond the generalities of theory and realize that everything starts with that individual level of awareness. Coupled with intention, it is the willingness to act in accordance with that very awareness that makes life — and yoga — more interesting, difficult, loving, complicated, fun, fulfilling and so on. Imagine that the practice is like a jewel, all sparkling and appealing. In this context, each facet of the jewel not only represents a lesson that could be incorporated into daily living, but also acts as a mirror, prompting those who choose to look closely enough to notice, examine and/or question how they see themselves. Socrates urged, “Know thyself! The unexamined life is not worth living.” In yoga, there is an endless list of ways, both positive and negative, that we may become distracted by something other than that for which we came, something off-purpose ... as in life. Many of us come to yoga purposefully putting ourselves in challenging, uncomfortable or difficult situations for the sole purpose of realizing our own ability to see past the “junk” that rises up and catch a glimpse of who we really are underneath it all. When we encounter a difficult or challenging situation, in life as well as yoga, one of the most pertinent questions we can ask ourselves is: “How deep am I willing to go to realize the truth of this situation?” This is one of my favorite parts of the practice — that moment when I realize that I’m being slapped in the face by ego. It is an opportunity to go deeper, let go or both, I think. (I smirk.) The First Noble Truth of Buddhism says that: Life is suffering. Conceptually, I prefer: Mental attachment to anything that is impermanent creates suffering. This sounds a little less off-putting. And, by the way, all things are impermanent. This is easily exemplified on the mat. Even during the course of one class, thoughts come and go; emotions may rise and fall; and our expressions of asanas change. When we over-identify with thoughts, moods or physical postures, there’s an open door for suffering to enter and begin the takeover. “Say what? Class is packed, there’s a sub AND there’s no music?” In life, we all have to deal with the steady stream of thoughts broadcasting in our heads, deciding, deciphering, judging and critiquing. For most of us, most of the time, when the reality of the


outside world does not coincide with our version of how things should be, well, there’s that open door again. It’s not necessarily a huge problem, but when left unchecked, what tends to happen is a subtle reinforcement of a sense of righteousness of ego. We start to identify more and more with what goes on in our heads, instead of what’s in our hearts. It is one thing for us to realize that we tend to cling onto what we like and avoid what we don’t like. It is entirely another to realize that at the foundation of our likes and dislikes, as well as our tendency towards clinging and avoidance, there is a story; a set of thoughts that we believe in so strongly that it almost never comes into question. So here it is. It doesn’t matter which lesson you pick or parallels you seek. It doesn’t matter as much how you see the world, as opposed to how you see yourself in the world. It doesn’t matter which styles of yoga, yoga teachers or postures you think you love, or which ones you think you hate. Svadhyaya, the Niyama of selfinquiry, is a crucial part of living a yoga lifestyle. Be willing to look within. Embrace introspection. Make a sincere attempt to know yourself on a deeper level, and notice how your life and yoga practice change. More importantly, notice how you begin to see yourself — as a beautiful, sparkling jewel.
Sean Ward is a native of Wisconsin. Born and raised in Brew City, he now resides in Madison. He is a yoga instructor, meditation enthusiast and a bit of a spirit wonk. You can find him teaching his brand of yoga and meditation, infused with his take on life, at Perennial Yoga and Meditation, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, Suite 101, in Fitchburg. For more information, visit, call 608.288.8448 or email

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Expert answers to your health and wellness questions
Snacking, GMOs and individual amino acids ���������������������������������������������������������������������
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).
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Grow and eat your daily dose of garlic! �����������������������������������������
By Debi Morton


rowing garlic is easy and packs a big reward. Additionally, it takes up very little space, which is great if you have a small garden. Garlic is best planted during the fall months for harvest the next summer, but can be enjoyed now in spring as green garlic or garlic scapes. Once you have found a spot for your garlic, plant the bulbs with the roots down, each bulb about 6-8 inches apart and two inches down. In a few weeks, green shoots pop up; place mulch around them. Hard freeze will come and kill the shoots, but don’t worry! Put the mulch over the whole area and wait until spring. When you see new green shoots, take the mulch away and keep weeded. Water them when the soil is dry an inch or two down. The garlic bulbs are ready to harvest when most of the lower leaves have browned. The upper ones will still be green. Make sure to remove the bulbs from the soil gently. Garlic has many health benefits in addition to just being tasty! A study from the National Cancer Institute found that eating 10 grams (approximately two teaspoons) or more of garlic daily was associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Even better, regular consumption of garlic decreased calcium deposits and the size of arterial plaque in coronary arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease. In another study by the National Cancer Institute, it was found that chopping or crushing garlic and letting it sit for 15 minutes activates its natural cancer-fighting components. Make sure to let it sit for 15 minutes or most of the cancer-fighting substances (enzyme called alliinase) are deactivated! There are many ways to enjoy eating garlic. Roasting garlic is very easy and is

always a favorite. Roasted garlic can be used as a spread and in soups or pasta sauces. Consider adding fresh chopped garlic along with the roasted garlic for an added punch. Try sautéing the green shoots with olive oil and garlic with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Kale, spinach, broccoli and chard are all delicious sautéed with garlic. Here are two easy and spring-focused recipes:

Chard and Asparagus Sauté

Roasted Green Garlic

1 bunch red chard, chopped 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 3" pieces 6 cloves garlic, minced Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper, to taste ½ cup walnuts, chopped Olive oil, as needed

Green garlic bulbs (1-2 per person) Olive oil for drizzling Salt for sprinkling
Preparation: 1. Heat oven to 375°. Trim green garlic,

Preparation: 1. Add the chard to a sauté pan with a

removing the roots and dark green stalk. Lay trimmed green garlic in a baking pan or on aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 2. Cover with foil and roast 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue roasting green garlic until it’s tender and browned, about 15 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe from roastedsidedishes/r/Roasted-Green-Garlic.htm.

little olive oil and cover. Cook over medium-low heat until the chard wilts a little and makes room. Add the garlic, asparagus and lemon juice and toss. 2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sauté over medium-low heat until the asparagus is cooked to your liking. While this cooks, toast the walnuts in a small, dry sauté pan until fragrant. 3. Add walnuts to the cooked chard and asparagus, season, toss and enjoy over your favorite grain!
Recipe from red-chard-and-asparagus-heaven-saute.

Debi Morton owns Driftless Depot Organic Market, Deli & Café, 140 Winsted St. in Spring Green. She is a lifelong foodie, chef and advocate of eating seasonally. Debi is also an organic and biodynamic grower of fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit or call 608.628.1001. Sources: lifestyle/36233158_1_green-garlic-hardneck-garlic-garlic-lover.
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Keeping kids active once the school year ends ���������������������������������������������������������������������

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.
Source: Metro Creative Connection.

Heart-centered listening
An important communication skill of spiritual psychology ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Rose Nicksic
ne of the most important skills to cultivate for improving communication and deepening relationships is heartcentered listening. Although the art of listening is easy to learn, it seems very few of us have actually learned it well. Perhaps one reason for this circumstance is that many of us believe we listen well, when in fact, rather than being present and listening from our hearts, we’re busy thinking about what we’re going to say next or thinking about other things. Heart-centered listening can be a profound experience for both the sharer and the listener. People yearn to be truly heard. Heartcentered listening is an experience of acceptance and connection for people to feel heard and loved. Listening happens at four specific levels. An obvious one is listening for facts or information. In general, this is listening at the content level. Content information is only a small part of most messages communicated to us at any one time. All of us do this daily, and when asked upon reflection, how easily can information be misunderstood or miscommunications occur on this very basic level? A second way of listening involves the energy of how something is said or the tonality of the communication flow. Tonality is the manner of expression or mood in which a person articulates information. The third aspect of listening is that of meanings. This involves setting our intention to not only listen to what is said, but also glean the more elusive or deeper levels of what is meant. Listening to a person while centering your awareness in your heart and giving a person your complete attention, enables us to better hear, gain a deeper understanding of and put greater importance on what a person may be sharing with us at any given time. Lastly, the fourth level of listening involves the person. Really seeing them and “listening and attending with the ear of your heart.” When we attend to others in a caring and receptive way, which happens independent of the content being shared, the person being listened to feels you are caring and understand them. When a person feels cared for and understood, more than likely, they will want to spend more time talking with you.


person other than be engaged with our heart as we listen. There are no problems to solve or advice to give while listening with our heart. We are in our loving being, accepting all of the beauty of the individual sharing with us. Another important intention of heart-centered listening is to provide a safe place to share that allows a person to get to the point without wasting precious time. This safe place is of an unconditionally loving attitude. When we choose to build a relationship based upon understanding, respect, concern and interest in a
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Take the next step to happier, healthier legs
Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute ready to help you live without pain
By Jennifer Owen


ome varicose veins are unmistakable. Enlarged, ropey and bulging, they rise above the surface of the skin, blue or purple in color, and are usually found on the back of the calf or the inside of the leg.

Then there are the varicose veins that are not quite as visible, but are limiting nonetheless. Symptoms can include pain, aching, fatigue, itching, burning, tingling, swelling, cramping, restlessness and throbbing. Varicose and spider veins get worse with time so the earlier they are treated, the better off you’ll be. “A lot more people suffer from varicose vein disease than are diagnosed,” says Bruce Cardone, M.D., the owner of Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute in Waukesha. “There are people who say to me, ‘I was having a lot of pain in my legs, and I was having trouble going up and down stairs.’ Those are the people who would benefit from an ultrasound. That is the only way to find out what’s wrong and get the proper diagnosis. Because it’s not just a cosmetic problem — it’s a medical problem.” To give some perspective, varicose veins affect 50 percent of women ages 40 to 50 years old and 25 percent of men ages 30 to 40. They become more common with age, too. By age 70, 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men, show some sign of varicose vein disease. In addition to age, pregnancy can bring on varicose veins. Other risk factors include obesity, family history and standing or sitting for long periods of time.

“You do not have to suffer from varicose vein disease. Advances in diagnosing the problem, as well as in the technology used to treat it, make treatment easier and more affordable than ever. You owe it to yourself — and your legs — to take the next step today.”

Fortunately, today, there is hope for those who suffer from varicose vein disease. At Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute, that includes several non-surgical, minimally invasive options. One is endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation, which Cardone says is the treatment of choice for reflux of abnormal major superficial venous structures. “Ultrasound is utilized to find the lower portion of the abnormal vein in the thigh or calf region. After the skin is anesthetized, again using ultrasound, a needle is inserted into the abnormal vein. A thin guide wire is passed up the vein into the higher part of the leg. At that point, a thin catheter for laser or radiofrequency device is guided using ultrasound into the upper portion of the leg and positioned at the origin of the vessel to be treated,” he explains. “Tumescent fluid (anesthetic fluid) is infiltrated into the tissues around the length of the vessel that is to be treated. At that point, either laser or the radiofrequency device is activated. Each of these devices, in a different way, generates heat around the tip of the device. The heat that is generated injures the wall of the vein.” Patients are awake during the treatment and afterwards wear medical-grade compression stockings for up to a week. Normal activity can be resumed after that. Depending on the severity of the problem, the number of endovenous treatments needed will vary. People with large bulging veins may need additional treatment, such as microphlebectomy. During this treatment, local anesthetic (lidocaine with and without tumescent solution) is utilized to infiltrate the tissues along the entire course of the bulging veins. Small 1-2 mm puncture marks are made along the length of the bulging vein. A special hook-like instrument is then utilized to pull the bulging vein to the surface of the skin where it is then removed. “The procedure is safe and generally causes minimal discomfort,” Cardone says.

Finally, there is sclerotherapy. It is used for smaller veins (including spider veins) that are visible to the naked eye. The treatment usually takes about 30 minutes or less and consists of a series of small injections made directly into the vein. Patients who visit Vena ­­ — The Varicose Vein Institute will have a complete history taken along with an exam. Proper diagnosis is critical, Cardone says, and that’s where ultrasound comes in. Cardone is board certified in diagnostic radiology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He is fellowship trained in diagnostic ultrasound and holds special credentials from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a registered vascular technologist (RVT). “If you have an ultrasound at our clinic, it’s going to be done properly,” he says. Many people wonder if their insurance will cover the cost of the treatments. “If we find that you do have varicose vein disease/reflux that we can confirm by ultrasound examination, it will most often be covered by your insurance,” Cardone says. Patients are responsible for deductibles and/or copays. In most cases, the ultrasound is covered by insurance because it is a diagnostic test. Regardless of which procedure you may end up receiving, the first step is making the call, Cardone advises. “You do not have to suffer from varicose vein disease,” he says. “Advances in diagnosing the problem, as well as in the technology used to treat it, make treatment easier and more affordable than ever. You owe it to yourself — and your legs — to take the next step today.”

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Fish oils, omega-6s and disease ���������������������������������������������������������
By Brian R. Wussow, DC


here seems to be a lot of confusion regarding fish oil supplementation. Do we need it? Is it beneficial? How much should we take? One day science proves it works, the next day you see the talking heads saying it’s worthless, and we should throw it out. Fish oil contains omega-3 fats, specifically, two essential fatty acids (EFAs) known as EPA and DHA. They are called essential because the human body cannot make them, so we have to consume them from things that are good at making them. Most animals that eat primarily grass or seaweed will have these EFAs

in them. The highest concentrations though are found in fish. Some plants, like flax, also contain omega-3s but not the EFAs. They contain short-chain fatty acids that the body can use to create the long-chain essential ones. Unfortunately, the human body is woefully inept at this conversion, with a rate somewhere between 2 and 8 percent. DHA is very important for kids because it helps make up nerve tissues. At times of high growth, from conception through puberty for example, it is important to have enough DHA in the body to keep up with the demand. Studies have shown that DHA supplementation gives rise to kids with higher IQs. Next is EPA, which is considered more important for adults because it plays a huge role in naturally blocking inflammation. Inflammation is our arch nemesis. It is believed to be the root cause of most diseases in the human body, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Classic inflammation, the kind that occurs after an injury, causes pain, but silent inflammation kills us slowly. Inflammation comes from an omega-6 fat called arachidonic acid (AA). AA is also an essential fat; however, we now have far too much of it. One of the most important ratios in the body is your AA/EPA ratio (omega-6 to omega-3). Historically this ratio was placed at 1:1. By the turn of the century (1900), the ratio had increased to 4:1, and now the current American ratio is 25:1. Research indicates that once our ratios go above 15:1, chronic disease is imminent, and most experts agree that the ideal number should be between 1 and 3.5:1. Why have these ratios gone so crazy? The Western diet has changed dramatically since the turn of the century. Policy changes that now subsidize certain crops (primarily corn and soy) have left us with an abundance of cheap food products that are very high in vegetable oil, corn, soy and grain. These are our main sources of omega-6s, while fish is the primary source of omega-3s. Unfortunately, when it comes to human health, the high omega-6 foods have become ubiquitous in the Western diet. What can we do? I recommend that everyone — especially those with chronic disease or pain, or strict vegetarians — have their AA:EPA ratio checked via a simple blood test (roughly $140). With test results in hand, it is easy to make specific recommendations regarding dosing. As a standard maintenance dose for adults,


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I recommend a 3:2 ratio of EPA to DHA with approximately 750 mg of EPA and 500 mg DHA. A high-quality supplement should be purified to remove toxic impurities that are stored in fish fat. The gold standard is molecular distillation, and if a company is willing to pay for this process, they will advertise it on the label, so look for it. It is also important that it has not gone rancid or been chemically changed during processing. The easiest at-home test for rancidity is the smell and taste test. It should not smell or taste like fish gone bad! You wouldn’t eat bad fish, so don’t eat bad fish oil! The last at-home test to check for processing problems is the styrofoam cup test. Find one of those white styrofoam break room coffee cups (yes, the old school, environmentally terrible ones) and squirt the contents of a capsule into it. If it eats through the cup, don’t take it! My chemistry friends tell me that poor processing methods can leave the fish oil as an ester, which will literally “eat” through plastic. In a nutshell, decrease the amount of omega-6 foods in your diet and increase the amount of omega-3s, especially the longchain essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. This simple lifestyle change may be one of the most important things you can do for your health and that of your family.
Brian R. Wussow, DC, has been practicing in the Madison/ Middleton area for over 20 years. He is a 1991 honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. His practice’s emphasis is on family wellness care, and it is also a licensed neurologic relief center to help those who have not had results elsewhere. Wussow Chiropractic is located at 8434 Old Sauk Road in Madison. For more information, please call 608.833.1114 or visit

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person, we enhance one’s ability to share. This loving, supportive relationship results in shared intimacy. Heart-centered listening is an attitude of willingness and care that clearly shows that you are completely available and present right here and now. By focusing on all four levels of listening, you demonstrate your commitment and sincerity in really wanting to give someone “the ear of your heart” and lovingly give them the dignity of their experience. Most importantly, setting the intention to be supportive and in a place of unconditional loving, encourages the sharer in opening their heart. When we quietly listen with our heart it facilitates one to find the inner wisdom of their own heart. In doing so, it allows an individual to experience their ability to effectively respond to their own situations. Heart-centered listening is trusting in one’s heart that all we need to do is listen.
Rose Nicksic is a reflexology practitioner, spiritual educator and licensed state educator. She has a M.A. and M.S. in educational psychology and spiritual psychology. Rose owns Budding Rose Health and her compassion is evident in her desire to facilitate natural health and healing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. For more information, visit or call 608.628.4041. Serving Dane County and the surrounding areas. Resources: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey, 2004. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, George Leonard, February, 1992.

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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.
Source: 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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Turmeric: a natural healer ����������������������������������������������������������������
By Marcia Simler, CNHP
urmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. It is native to tropical South Asia, and needs temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes. When not used fresh, the rhizomes are boiled for several hours and then dried in hot ovens, after which they are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder used as a spice in curries, especially for South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and for dyeing. Its active ingredient is curcumin, and it has a distinctly earthy, somewhat bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustard-like smell. Phytochemicals found in turmeric have been investigated in preliminary research for their potential effects on diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and diabetes. Some benefits of turmeric are that it is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic and analgesic. Turmeric speeds wound healing, improves digestion, is a great blood purifier and strengthens ligaments. It also helps skin problems, relieves coughs, improves asthma and helps prevent gas or bloating. Turmeric lowers cholesterol, helps heal stomach ulcers, and aids in fat metabolism and weight management. Did you know that turmeric also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy? Turmeric also is used to color cheeses naturally, along with yogurt, dry mixes, salad dressings, butter and margarine. It gives the yellow color to some prepared mustards, chicken broths and


other foods (and much cheaper than saffron). In addition, turmeric has been used in India as a method of hair removal and skin treatment. It is usually made into a paste with yogurt or milk, applied to the desired area and allowed to dry. After it dries, it is rubbed off, taking some hair with it. This process is repeated many times and ultimately prevents future hair from growing in that area. Around the world, turmeric is used in wedding and religious ceremonies. It is also used for power and purification rites. Some use it in their tribal dances after applying turmeric to their skin for the yellow color. Others embellish their clothing or use it in Thanksgiving offerings to the sun god. Necklaces are worn worldwide with dried turmeric. Turmeric contains up to 5 percent essential oil and up to 5 percent curcumin, a polyphenol. It’s a great snack to try dried from your local health food store. It’s also tasty on eggs when powdered. We recommend the organic turmeric. Experiment with this if you have never tried it. Happy healing!
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Baby’s environment and asthma ���������������������������������������������������������������
By Rick Martin

elieve it or not, many products today can cause asthma and breathing problems. When these products make their way into your home, they affect your entire family, including your baby. Now is the time to get educated! The long list of products in question includes aerosols, pesticides, fragrances, cleaning products and disposable diapers. Then you have carpet; it not only emits its own gasses, but also accumulates and traps everything else for anyone who might crawl on it. Triggers for asthma are a part of everyday life as listed above, and also include some naturally occurring substances like mold on shower curtains, dander from pets, and tiny dust mites on pillows, blankets and stuffed animals. While dust (beware the vacuum cleaner) may seem inconsequential, is a major offender. (In fact, National Public Radio reported last month that studies are being conducted analyzing brain activity in response to dust intake. This is serious stuff!)


Take action!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 25 million Americans have asthma. This includes 7 million children! Since there is no cure for asthma, the EPA recommends an action plan to manage environmental triggers. This plan should include talking to your doctor as well as asthma-proofing your home.
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If you have a baby, you may need to re-think your disposable diapers! Archives of Environmental Health (AEH) has done studies on various types of disposable diapers and found that some emit toxic mixtures of chemicals that irritate the respiratory tract. Therefore, disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors causing or exacerbating asthmatic conditions. In fact, another AEH study found that lab mice exposed to various brands of disposable diapers suffered increased eye, nose and throat irritation, including bronchoconstriction similar to that of an asthma attack. Dr. Rosalind C. Anderson, lead author of the “Acute Respiratory Effects of Diaper Emissions” report, explains that the diapers were tested right out of the package, one-at-a-time, in a mid-sized room. She explains further that solvents and other substances used to manufacture them are hard to take back out of the final product. She says they are finding off-gasses in all sorts of baby products besides diapers, including baby mattresses and covers. Asthma-proofing your home for baby should also include mold removal. If you have found any mold in your home, it is important to control the moisture in that particular area. You may scrub it off with detergent and water, but the EPA does not recommend using bleach because of the additional vapors emitted. Also be aware that dust and dust mites can be controlled with furnace filters. Choose

filters with an adequate minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). You’ll have to pay more as you get to the highest-rated filters, but they will catch and retain the smallest irritants in your home’s air. Then be sure to change it periodically; the more the better! Your plan should also include eliminating pesticides and herbicides from your home. While mainly used outdoors on lawns and gardens, fumes can drift into your home and become an irritant. Then they can get caught in your carpets and hang out with your family even longer. Speaking of carpets, if you are installing new carpet, ask your retailer for information on emissions from the brand you are considering. Many doctors recommend asking your retailer to unroll and air out the new carpet in a well-ventilated area before installing. Then it is recommended that you open your doors and windows while using fans to ventilate fumes outside for 48 to 72 hours after installation. Our children are depending on us to be educated in these matters and to make our homes safe. There are more things to think about than you thought, aren’t there? Take a little time to read up on it. Your family’s health depends on it.
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It’s not in your genes �����������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Wade Anunson


o what if something you thought was true, really wasn’t? How soon would you want to know? Most answer “right away,” yet behaviorally speaking, don’t take action nearly as quickly. For years, many of our current views on health have been governed by a theme that our health has been determined by our genes. It was “understood” that our genes determined our genetic expression. From this rationale, the Human Genome Project commenced in 1984, and then expanded in 1990, with the primary goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA, and of identifying and mapping the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint.1 The objective was to find diseasecausing genes and possibly locate patterns in gene expression. The project resulted in some surprising findings, to say the least.

The new story

The new story is about “epigenetics,” meaning above or around the genes. This newer perspective takes into account the influence of the environment around us and its direct role in the reading and expression of genetic make-up. Now it’s more understood to be Genes X Environment (G x E). The new model begins with interaction. “No genetic foundation gets laid before the environment enters in; rather, genes express themselves strictly in accordance with their environment.”2 In other words, as one of the world’s

leading experts on genes and development at McGill University, Michael Meaney, states, “A trait emerges only from the interaction of gene and environment.”2

Apply this to your story

Can you see how this basic understanding can empower you when it comes to your family’s health and all of the possibilities? Do you see where this old story has allowed you to possibly remain “stuck” in repeating patterns? Often there is a knowing-doing gap;
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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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meaning we’re often presented with a possibly life-changing idea, new approach or technique, yet applying that to our individual life to create that change can be a little cloudy if not daunting. So, rest assured, it’s not just you that can feel that way. Applying this to your life starts with a shift in perspective; realizing that your attitudes, perceptions and emotions do matter as to how your body continues to either express more health or deteriorate prematurely. Regardless of where you came from, how you live your life can change which genes “light up” so to speak. A patient of mine said to me, “My mother has scleroderma and I think I’m going to have it too.” My response was, “Are you experiencing any of those symptoms now?” Patient: “No, but my doctor said I would probably also get it because it’s genetic.” Stop. Take a breath. Shift your focus to: HOW can I change this? WHAT can I do to change this pattern? Remember, it’s easier to follow a plan of least resistance, which is to not have to change. We all find it easier to stay the same, until the pain of not

changing becomes greater than the pain to stay the same. This woman is taking action with her lifestyle that is already shifting the expression of her genes. She is influencing her outcome, from a position of selfresponsibility and empowerment. I revere at the courage she displays by taking charge, as with most of the people I’m privileged to work with.

continual study that you have an amazing ability to express health, although not realized yet because you are trapped under “the old story.” You have what it takes to be well and to enhance your potential!
Dr. Wade Anunson is a 1994 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. His holistic approach to patient care stems from his own process of self discovery through chronic respiratory problems as a child. His refreshing approach comes from a perspective of self empowerment and creating health from the inside out, from a patient and doctor’s point of view. With 19 years of experience as a chiropractor, Dr. Anunson remains fascinated with the amazing power that lies within each of us. His passion is to share the body’s extraordinary nature and unlock stuck patterns that block our ability to adapt, grow and express our potential. He currently directs a thriving practice in Madison, Anunson Chiropractic, SC. For more information, call 608.829.2250 or visit Sources: 1. Robert Krulwich (2001-04-17). Cracking the Code of Life (Television Show).PBS. ISBN 1-5375-16-9. 2. The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, And IQ is Wrong; Schenk, David; 2010. Reference: The Biology of Belief; Lipton, Bruce; 2011.

Ask for help

Nobody is an island. We all need help and support. Don’t expect everyone around you to see as clearly as you, once you set out to change. Shifting your paradigm to see the world differently takes only a split second, but having it stick and permeate all your filters and those of your family, friends and co-workers is another story. Give yourself a chance to have success before expecting others to support what they may not yet be ready to shift or change. You ARE the solution. I support you wholeheartedly in your journey to become truly healthy. I do what I do because I believe in you. I believe with my years of personal and professional experience and

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A monthly advice column for your energy system ���������������������������������������������������������
Everything in the universe contains energy, yet energy is something many of us don’t understand. Every month Tina Bensman, a practicing clairvoyant and energy healer, is here to answer any questions you have about your energy system. Topics may include energy anatomy, dream analysis, chakra balancing, manifestation, life patterns, etc. The ideas written here do not replace medical attention. Always listen to your body, mind and intuition when receiving advice of any kind. Dear Tina, I’ve always been extremely outgoing. Some might even say loud and too wild. While this is definitely a side of me, I also go through these periods of introversion and social anxiety. My throat closes up, my neck gets stiff and I stumble around my words. For fear of embarrassment, I tend to hibernate when I feel this coming on now. I stay home and wallow in my sadness, which only extends the issue I’m sure. What is going on? Why do I go from one extreme to another? —All Choked Up Dear All Choked Up, Well, your 5th chakra (the area that regulates your throat, neck, expression, communication, truth and voice in the world) is definitely being affected. First off, the electromagnetic expression and release of this chakra is likely uneven, causing the shape of the energy to be wobbly. This wobbly center then spins and creates ups and downs for you. Picture a smooth ball rolling down a hill. Now picture an oval, square or uneven shape rolling down a hill. Notice the difference. At some moments it may roll too fast. At other moments it may stop completely. This is what your 5th chakra is likely doing. There are many reasons this happens sometimes. I would invite you to think about when you first started noticing these swings. Likely something occurred just before then that shifted the energy of this chakra. This is the key to healing this area, as you are still being affected by whatever happened. Now have you felt this your whole life? Do you remember if you also experienced this as a child, or has it just been since adulthood? If you feel like you have always dealt with this, then this imbalance could be an ancestral or a past-life issue. Both of those would involve some deeper work ideally with an intuitive or regressionist to discover and release the initial energy pattern. In the meantime, on your own you can imagine the area of your 5th chakra (neck and throat) as evening out. If you’re visual, you can picture a record spinning or a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel being smoothed out. If you’re more kinesthetic, you can feel the lump of clay getting smoothed out. Play with this and see what you discover! —Tina Bensman
Tina Bensman, a Madison-based intuitive counselor and energy healer, is a lifelong student of the paranormal. She had her first clairvoyant vision at a young age and continues to see and hear energy. Tina is trained in clairvoyant reading and many modalities of energy healing, but through professional training she was disappointed in the methods many schools used to devalue everyone’s natural gifts. Tina started The Chakra House to teach how natural and easy it is to work with energy. She believes that everyone has natural psychic gifts and can access their abilities if they realized their potential.

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The ABCs … and Ds of vinegar ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Kris Koenig
inegar can be a great product, and every home should have a bottle ready to tackle the appropriate projects, but there are a lot of myths out there about it. If you research vinegar on the Internet, you can read all kinds of information about vinegar’s ability to clean. Some of it is true, and much of it is completely false. What is a person who wants to clean their home naturally to believe? I’d like to dispel the myths and get everyone on the same page, so we can tackle our projects with confidence. A is for acid. This is the most important part of these ABCs and understanding this will help in the following sections. White vinegar, what most people have on their shelves, is an acid and has a pH of around 2.4. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH higher than 7 is alkaline. A pH of 2.4 is considered a strong acid. B is for bad information. Just because you read it on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. There are so many myths online about vinegar. What you have to understand is the science. This is why understanding the pH level of vinegar — and the pH level of the soil you would like to clean — is important. This leads us to C. C is for cleaning. What is cleaning? It is the removal of soil in a home. In this case, soil doesn’t mean the stuff that you find in your garden, but the potentially harmful stuff that you don’t want in your home. It’s the dirty stuff on the surfaces of your home. To clean the soil you have to know the pH of the soil. This is important because you clean with the opposite pH of the soil. Well, guess what? Most soils are acidic. And what is the opposite of an acid? Alkaline. Vinegar is an acid, not an alkaline, so it won’t clean most things. For instance, we’ve all heard someone say “vinegar


cuts grease.” The truth is, it can’t. Grease is on the acid side of the pH scale. An acid can’t clean an acid. Only an alkaline, such as soapy water, can clean grease. Sorry, but it’s true. You may have also heard that you should clean your floors with vinegar. This is a myth, too. First, you should not use an acid on stone floors because it will damage them. And tile flooring is also a problem because vinegar can break down the grout. In addition, you don’t want to use vinegar on wood floors because it will damage the finish over time because vinegar is an acid. So far you might think that this article is anti-vinegar. It’s not at all. Vinegar has its place and is very useful. It’s great for cleaning windows. And it’s also great for removing hard water. However, you have to be sure that you are not removing hard water from a stone surface, like granite or marble, because the acid will harm stone surfaces. It definitely has its place in the home cleaning arsenal. It’s that you need to understand its abilities and its limitations. If the soil is alkaline, like hard water, vinegar can tackle it. For instance, if you had hard water built up in a glass, vinegar will remove it.
finally, D is for disinfectant.

Vinegar is a great product. Understanding its properties and abilities is important in knowing how to use it effectively in your home, so you are not wasting your time or your money in cleaning.
Kris Koenig is the CEO of Natura Clean, a family-owned eco-friendly cleaning company based in Middleton. She is the first and only IICRC/cleantrust certified Home Cleaning Technician in Wisconsin. Kris serves on the city of Middleton’s sustainability committee as its vice-chair. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MBA from Edgewood College, where she received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Natura Clean received the 2012 ARCSI Professional Image Award for best company logo. Kris can be reached at or 608.215.6737. Requests for quotes can be sent through the website at

The term disinfectant is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Only the EPA can approve the use of the term disinfectant on a product. While vinegar has not been approved as a disinfectant, studies have shown that it kills a lot of bacteria and viruses because it is a strong acid. Is it a disinfectant? No. Does it kill bacteria and viruses? Yes. However, the best and most natural way to get rid of viruses and bacteria is to remove them with hot soapy water and elbow grease.

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Jane participates in an archetypal reading ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������


fter hearing about the powerful work of Roi Solberg of Spirit Élan from several acquaintances, I felt compelled to sit down with her for an archetypal reading. Following my session with this amazing author/intuitive/healer, I realized I was leaving with much more than I had bargained for … My experience with Roi began with a phone conversation. While scheduling my archetypal reading, she asked me a few questions: What do you want to achieve? How do you want your life to change? What dreams are you waiting to create? As I began to ponder these questions, I realized that what I really wanted to achieve, change and create was a sense of security. Like many others, I have had many difficulties — monetary, emotional, spiritual, physical — you name it, I’ve had

it! (Guess you could call me human!) I set the intention for my meeting to be focused on security, mainly centered on employment and financial status. Roi told me that money is “solidified creativity” and that it’s about how creative I am and how I trust and honor that creativity. Was I doing what I enjoyed doing? That was an easy answer — YES! Although having recently taken on a new sales position, I had my concerns about the ups and downs this type of position brings. Roi started by having me choose three cards that represent the past, present and future. The cards I pulled were the Coward, Healer and Hermit. The past was the Coward card and told of fear, which was exactly how I used to live. My present card was the Healer, which told of change, letting go and knowing what is and what is not. Last was the Hermit

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card, which told about withdrawing from the world to reflect, but returning with wisdom gathered by the reflections. The past and present cards were spot on, and the future card had me excited and gave me some reassurance that I was on the right path. Roi then took me through another series of card layouts called the Hero’s Journey. What the archetypal cards do is show us the patterns: how we’ve been living our lives, what those patterns are and how our beliefs make those patterns stable. Some of these work for us and some of them don’t. Working with these cards can help us become aware of our patterns and clear those that aren’t working. I was astounded by the accuracy of Hero’s Journey and was given hope and reassurance for the future. At one point, tears came to my eyes as it seemed that Roi knew one of my deepest secrets that has caused me much pain over the years. I left my session with Roi reassured that I was, in fact, on the right path. She told me things about myself that she could have never known prior to me walking in the door. She also told me some things that I already knew, which was a great reminder to trust myself and my own intuition (which Roi reminded me we are all gifted with)! If you feel you need to make changes in your life to get back on track, I encourage you to take the time to meet with Roi. With the use of her archetypal readings and classes, she has assisted countless clients in regaining the power of their own spirit. Contact Roi at 608.224.4220 or today! You can also visit for more information. Her Let’s Talk Archetypes radio show airs on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. CT on There’s a complimentary reading on each show.


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Celebrate Herbal Medicine Awareness Week! �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Naomi Boldon, RM/T, CHT, RH
oin us in celebrating Herbal Medicine Awareness Week during the first week in May! Since time immemorial, herbal traditions have long been honoring the symbiotic relationship that they share with the plants of their bioregion. It seems that perhaps we are slowly forgetting about the imperative importance of this symbiotic relationship, most especially within the boom of the scientific era and the pharmaceutical industry. It is easy then to understand that herbal medicine is really nothing new, but rather an art form seldom practiced today. Look around you — those weeds growing in your backyard might actually be the medicine that you need most! Not any one remedy will work for everyone because everyone’s body chemistry and the way that they react to each plant’s unique vibration is as individual as they are. Many of you may be asking, “But what is herbal medicine anyway?” According to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, an herbalist is defined as “one who uses herbs to promote healing.” Furthermore, herbals are defined as “herbs used for preventative or therapeutic purposes. Herbals may be prescribed individually or in combination as dietary supplements or as medicinal preparations. Some may be chewed or ingested directly; others are prepared in capsules or pills, or are brewed, extracted and administered as lozenges, ointments, compresses, liniments, or put into baths.” Some practitioners use just one herb at a time, referred to as a “simple” remedy; while other herbalists will use multiple herbs together in a single formula, commonly referred to as “compound herbalism.”


Herbalists themselves can be as diverse as cultures they represent. There is no right or wrong, no one way that is better than the next, as they all have much to teach us. When you hear the word “herbalist,” what comes to mind? Perhaps you too were born with a green spark in your blood, or you spent your summer vacations with your grandmother soaking up all that she had to teach you about communicating with the plants. Anyone who has ever used herbs to increase the benefit of another could be classified as an herbalist, technically speaking. What sets one herbalist apart from the next has much to do with their training and education, but experience is a timeless teacher not easily refuted in any instance.

When we talk about experience and herbal medicine, nothing comes close to the age-old traditional disciples such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, ayurveda from India, the village shamans of Peru, or Tibetan and Native American herbal medicine to name but a few. These traditions were sculpted and formed over thousands of years; the remedies can sometimes be intensely complex or coated with magically charged substances. Folk herbalism is another very popular school of thought, especially in the U.S. Its roots lie very deeply engrained in experience as well, but it tends to be less disciplined, less “ruley” in nature. The information gleaned may have been passed down
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The positive effects of creative visualization �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Don Neviaser


hen afraid of failing at something, it is not uncommon to think or obsess about the possibilities; particularly just in advance of whatever it is you may be attempting to do. Unfortunately, many imagined scenarios of failure exist, not without related ends and repercussions. While focusing on potential negative outcomes your mind and body tend to overcompensate because of increased adrenaline, many times diminishing your odds for success. Or you may become too intimidated and simply choose to give up

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beforehand for fear of being hurt or embarrassed; accepting defeat even before success has a chance to happen. No matter what actually occurs, the simple fact is that visualizing defeat increases your odds of failure or, at the very least, diminished returns. Try to imagine carrying this scenario on a job interview or first date with someone. How much are the odds going to be stacked in your favor? We all have insecurities, many of which can cause us to consider the possibility of failure while carrying out an unfamiliar task, or even just learning a new skill. But though a losing proposition is always a possibility, who’s to say positive returns and successful end results are any less plausible? Regardless of your level of confidence, you are just as capable of visualizing far more positive scenarios; enough to influence your actions, allow you to better utilize your capabilities and increase your odds for success! However, positive visualizations are only part of the solution as you also need to be able to believe these images before follow through can occur with any consistency. Like failure breeds failure, success breeds success, and only you can get the ball rolling in the right direction! The next time you find yourself considering failure, why not try visualizing more positive end results before attempting something new; just to see what happens, if anything? What have you got to lose but failure, and what do you stand to gain but success? I do not mean to imply by any stretch

that someone can simply visualize him or herself doing something perfectly well and then following through flawlessly on the first attempt. It is not an impossibility, but I know all too well how certain inner betrayals can be irritatingly tenacious. Plus there will always be room for error as we are all human. There is no question that the visualization factor can be either an incredible hindrance or aid particularly when attempting something physical that falls outside of your common realm of experience. But the right attitude gives you a lot of room to even the playing field. And the stronger and more clearly you visualize your desired end results, the more your mind and body will react in line with these visualizations! Positive perspectives and conceptions are powerful allies that can exponentially increase your odds of succeeding at something new, thus leading to more successes, confidence and self-respect — all of which tip the scales for future endeavors. And as an added bonus, these same effects of positive visualizations can be applied to many other aspects of your life, whatever your endeavor! So, here’s to your success!
Don Neviaser is a certified life coach and awardwinning author of 4 self-empowering books of original quotes and perspectives. As a life coach and author, he specializes in helping people move beyond restrictive mindsets to a place of inner unity and appreciation; allowing for more enriching and productive lives in line with their true-self! For more information, visit www.ForwardMotionLC. com, email him: or check out his Facebook page at AttitudeandPerspective.

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from generation to generation or from one villager to the next. Through a direct connection with the plants themselves and from Mother Earth as a whole, the use or cautions thereof are constantly compounded upon. Rather than reaching for the pill bottle or the scalpel, they would wander into the fields and meadows to gather their medicines instead. Another distinct classification is that of medical herbalism, which strives to bridge the gap between traditional or folk herbalism and today’s scientific medical model. Their training has been expanded to include concepts such as laboratory diagnosis, physical examinations and pathological processes. So when you go to visit a medical herbalist, they may listen to your heart with a stethoscope or look into your ears with an ophthalmoscope. Within the realm of herbal medicine, you are left to contemplate what is best for you and what you’re most comfortable with. It could be as simple as a cup of chamomile tea to help you relax at night or some turmeric to help reduce inflammation. Listen to your heart and use your innate intuition to gravitate you to that which suits your highest good and will allow you to grow and flourish to the utmost highest vibration possible.
Naomi Boldon, RM/T, CHT, RH (CHA of BC), is part of the holistic health team at Madison Acupuncture & Holistic Health, where she practices medical herbalism and traditional Usui reiki, and maintains an organic herbal apothecary. She graduated from Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia and sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia. For more information, visit

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Madison Manual Medicine The story of Madison Manual Medicine as told by Jed Downs, MD, MPH ��������������������������������������������������������
he medical model of the 1990s, when I first started practice in occupational medicine, did not explain the majority of neck, back and upper extremity pain. I knew my patients were hurting and that their symptoms weren’t all in their heads. Frustrated that I couldn’t understand what was wrong, why some patients got better and others did not, and how best to direct their care, I floundered with the literature of the time for six years before taking my first course in osteopathic principles and treatment. My mind opened and my hands became progressively skilled. My career path since then has included


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roughly 25 courses in varying aspects of osteopathic treatment and diagnosis, a five-month sabbatical with an instructor at Michigan State University’s continuing osteopathic education program in 2001, and currently finds me attending the Canadian College of Osteopathy-Toronto. Osteopathy emphasizes assessing the whole body to search for issues that may be responsible for pain or for suboptimal function and health. As medicine is currently practiced, time is not allowed for such pursuits. I recall a patient I had referred to a sports medicine physician in a different community for evaluation after a fall, coming back frustrated. The physician she saw asked what she was being seen for; she began to tell him of her fall with subsequent elbow, shoulder and knee pain. The physician cut her off and then corrected himself by saying, “For what ONE problem do you want to be seen?” The message was that each injury was separate and additional appointments would need to be made to evaluate each region in question. In my opinion, this reflects a common business model in medicine: reducing problems to speed patient turnaround, while ignoring interrelatedness of symptoms and functional limitations, enabling simple interventions to be applied. The best family practitioners, internists and physiatrists do not necessarily apply this model, but they lag behind their peers in terms of their production. Adopting the osteopathic approach requires honoring the continuity and interrelatedness of all components of the

human body and condition. My commitment to osteopathy has made me a poor fit for institutionalized medicine. Madison Manual Medicine is the result of my seeking to optimize my ability to care for patients. I do a comprehensive examination and spend enough time with patients to treat them adequately at each visit. I defer, but suggest, imaging or laboratory testing, when judged to be necessary for diagnosis or safety, to the patient’s primary care physician. It is with integrity and a glad heart I seek to uphold the osteopathic tenets.
• Recognition that form follows function • The body is a unit, and the person

and function governs form.

represents a combination of body, mind and spirit. • The body is capable of self healing, self regulation and maintenance. • Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles. • The role of the artery is supreme, meaning that fluid flow occurring in the body is essential for tissue nutrition, waste clearance and health. If you are ready to try a whole body approach to decreasing pain and increasing function, contact me today!

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Automotive services
Kayser Nissan 2510 West Beltline Highway, Madison 608.276.0236 Kayser Nissan is the number one Nissan dealer in Madison. We are a part of Kayser Automotive Group, one of the premier auto groups with over 85 years in the area. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you’ll know our commitment to customer service is second to none. We strive to make your experience with Kayser Nissan a good one — helping you determine which vehicle will meet your needs and providing you with vehicle information that is clear and concise. Our goal is to be your dealer for life. We have a number of class-leading fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles with 30+ MPG as well as a 100% electric vehicle with zero emissions. Whether you need to purchase, finance, lease or service a new or pre-owned Nissan, you’ve come to the right place!

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Producer-Only Farmers’ Markets
Dane County Farmers’ Market Larry Johnson, Market Manager 608.455.1999 The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. Operating Saturdays throughout the year, the market season begins on the Capitol Square in Madison in April, moves to Monona Terrace in mid-November and spends January until midApril at the Madison Senior Center. Stay informed of the season’s best. Subscribe to the weekly DCFM eNewsletter on the website.

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Loving Heart Reiki, LLC 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison 608.346.3424 Loving Heart Reiki provides private sessions and classes in the energetic arts including Usui and Karuna Reiki®, chakra balancing, the EMF Balancing Technique®, crystal healing, holistic aromatherapy and spiritual mentoring. Each of these healing modalities offers its own unique and life-changing experiences and creates for the client a sense of balance, health, well-being, vitality and empowerment.

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whitedoor, llc (previously TIBIA IntuAction Institute) 6225 University Ave., Ste 208, Madison 608.238.7328 Discover what’s behind the whitedoor … the journey of awakening to the inherent perfection of who we are. By exploring and testing self-imposed agendas/restrictions that limit the experience of joy and fulfillment, individuals are empowered to make choices that can transform their lives. whitedoor offers support through individual sessions — workshops — intuitive training — retreats — essential oils.

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Absolutely Art Meghan Blake-Horst, Gallery Manager 2322 Atwood Ave., Madison 608.249.9100 Absolutely Art is a communitybased art gallery, featuring a wide variety of fine art and affordable gifts. We purchase from local artists to help create a greater sense of place and to stimulate the local art scene. By buying locally, we help keep Madison a unique place to live and grow. This can only benefit our neighbors and our community. Peaceful Heart 123 South Main St., Oregon 608.835.5288 Peaceful Heart strives to offer products and services that promote and enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We have many tools available in the form of books, CDs, classes, events and speakers to assist in understanding what our emotional needs are as individuals. We also have a wide selection of unique, fun and uplifting gifts including jewelry, music, scarves, crystals and Angel cards.

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Natural Health Works Verona/Madison Clinic 201 E. Verona Ave., Verona • 608.848.8378 Monroe Clinic W4745 Blumer Rd., Monroe • 608.325.3209 We are a holistic natural health care clinic and spa. We use herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and natural foods. Appointments are available for kinesiology to find your imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. We check over 80 points and suggest the natural way to heal. We specialize in essential oils and Bach flower remedies for stress & emotional

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The Chakra House Wellness Studio 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison 608.237.6128 The Chakra House is a space for you to find balance physically, emotionally and spiritually in a fun, natural and intuitive way. Every class, appointment and workshop incorporates your unique style, awareness and innate gifts to validate your ability to balance, heal and connect with your true self.

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Starting in May Massage Therapy at Green Earth We are excited to now be offering massage therapy at Green Earth! Next time you stop in, please be sure to check it out! Leslie Phillips, LMT, recently relocated to Madison and is the massage therapist in residence. She comes to us with 8 years of massage experience. Leslie was trained at Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego, California and has worked in many different areas of the body care field from chiropractic and acupuncture clinics, to high-end spas. She has an extensive and well-rounded education and specializes in Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point massage modalities. If you are interested in a therapeutic massage from Leslie, she is offering a $10 discount to all first-time clients and can be reached at: 619.312.5782. First Wednesday of Every Month • 6-9 p.m. Reiki Share Group If you are Reiki Level I or higher, please join us the first Wednesday of every month. We’ll begin with a meditation to leave the cares of the outside world behind, share our Reiki experiences and then provide each other with a Reiki treatment. Free. Classes will be held at Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison. Contact Teresa at 608.346.3424 or visit Fridays • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Donation-Based Acupuncture, Reiki & Herbal Consultations Madison Acupuncture & Holistic Health offers donationbased acupuncture, Reiki and herbal consultations. Our donation-based therapies are based on the honor system, as patients pay what they can afford (starts at $25). We feel that it is of great importance that everyone has the opportunity to receive treatment and improve the quality of their health. For more information, call 608.819.6789 or visit Saturdays in May Usui and Karuna Reiki® & Reiki for Children Reiki translates as “Universal Life-Force Energy” and is an energy system that is easy to learn and use. Classes include guided meditation, instruction, practice and a Reiki attunement. Participants will learn the history of Reiki, about energy and the chakras, the hand positions, and how to do Reiki on themselves and others in person or distant. As a Reiki student you will learn a wonderful method for centering and relaxation that is always with you and can be used easily at any time.Adult Classes $200, Children’s Class $100. Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison, WI 53719. Contact Teresa at 608.346.3424 or visit Saturdays • 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Doggy Playgroups! 9 a.m. for small dogs and 10:30 a.m. for large dogs. Come to Tabby & Jack’s and enjoy a play-date with your pooch at our state-of-the-art facility, where your dog can play safely with other dogs. Playgroups are an hour long and only cost $3. For more information, check us out at or call 608.277.5900. Every 1st Sunday • 6-7 p.m. Introduction to Reiki with Susan Shinn Learn all the basic information: what it is and is not, a brief history, how and why it works, and answers for your questions. Then stay for Reiki Sharing and try it for yourself. Believe Gallery, 155 W. Main St., Stoughton, 608.873.3909. Suggested donation $10. 1st and 3rd Sundays • 7:15-9 p.m. Reiki Sharing hosted by Susan Shinn Get an energy boost from local practitioners and enthusiasts while enjoying warmth of fellowship with like-minded people. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re familiar with Reiki or just want to try it. Believe Gallery, 155 W. Main St., Stoughton, 608.873.3909. Suggested donation $10. Friday, May 3 • 6-7 p.m. Yoga-Empowered Girls with Heidi Greengus Every 1st Friday! Girls 11 years and up will learn new yoga poses, practice breathing and relaxation exercises, and journal about growing a healthy attitude towards self. Yoga guides youth to their own inner resources, building outer and inner strength, stability and balance. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $12. Register now at under “Events.” 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 farmers 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, May 10 • 5:30-7 p.m. Kids Pajama Party Yoga with Heidi Greengus Every 2nd Friday! Kids K-5th grade will enjoy a night of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation, story, song and games in their pajamas while parents can have a night out! Please pack a meal for your child for our dinner break. A stuffed animal is welcome too. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $12. Register now at www. under “Events.” Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18 Loving The Skin You’re In — Experience Greater Joy and Freedom in Your Own Body and Let Your Spirit Soar with Kate Duyn Cariati Friday • Holy Hips and Big Hearts, 6-8 p.m. Saturday • The Inner Lightness of Being, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Devotional Flow, 1-3 p.m. Sign up for part ($35/session) or all of this workshop ($90). For more info and registration, visit or call 608.288.8448. Kate Duyn Cariati has taught in some of the most prominent yoga studios in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Wednesday, May 22 • 5:45 p.m. How to Decrease Stress and Increase Energy Feeling tired, drained or overwhelmed? We’ve designed a one-hour workshop to help you feel better right now. Learn hands-on tips to balance stress and

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Puckette Chiropractic���������������������������������������������������� 11 Rooted Spirit LLC�������������������������������������������������������������8 Serious Fitness��������������������������������������������������������������� 32 Spirit Elan����������������������������������������������������������������������34 Tabby & Jack’s Pet Supplies�������������������������������������������14 Tai Chi Center of Madison�����������������������������������������������8 The Chakra House���������������������������������������������������������� 43 The Erb Group���������������������������������������������������������������� 17 Vena������������������������������������������������������������������������������44 Walnut Grove Chiropractic���������������������������������������������� 5 Willy Street Co-op��������������������������������������������������������� 11 Wussow Chiropractic����������������������������������������������������� 25 Wuz Fat������������������������������������������������������������������������� 42

boost energy. Class will be held at Puckette Chiropractic office, which is located at 6315 Odana Road, Suite 101, Madison. Seating is limited. Please call 608.276.7635 to register in advance. Friday, May 24 and every 4th Friday • 6-7 p.m. Piloxing with Becky Pelnar Piloxing uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat torching and muscle-sculpting workout guaranteed to whip you into shape. Experience the transformation as you attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image. At the core of Piloxing is the principle that feminine is powerful, and it aims for women to attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Add to that the fun and sexy dance moves, and you have yourself a Piloxing class! Fee: Various options include $30 for 30 days of Unlimited Class (new, local residents only), $14 drop-in, $110 10-Class Pass, $200 20-Class Pass. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Register now at under “Yoga, Fitness & Meditation.” Sunday, May 26 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Basic Crystal Healing with Ashley Leavy This class acts as a foundation of knowledge for your journey with healing crystals and stones. Topics include: history, healing, terminology (including basic geological terms), crystal systems, shapes and formations, benefits

of crystal healing, color healing properties, selection, cleansing crystals, crystal activation/awakening, crystal charging, programming your stones, crystal attunement, crystal storage, crystal beings, common stones and their associated properties (as well as astrological, numerological and elemental correspondences), and a brief discussion on combining crystal healing with other therapeutic techniques. Prerequisite: No experience necessary. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $60. Register now at under “Events.”

May 20 and $55 after May 20 (online or at the door). Register at Sunday, June 23 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Advanced Crystal Healing with Ashley Leavy

Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, WI Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Presenting: Admission: $3.00/person

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This class acts as an extension of the “Basics of Crystal Healing” course and is designed for those who wish to use crystal healing in a professional setting. Topics include: chakra & aura scanning, clearing cords, aura cleansing, repairing energy leaks and blockages, laser wands (use and handling), quartz Healing techniques (including the Direct Pulse Method of pain relief, the Thursday, May 30 • 6:30-9 p.m. Brain Balance technique, the Neurological Balance techIf You Talk With The Animals … nique, the Circulatory Balance technique, the Lymphatic Asia Voight, animal communication expert and Ste- Balance technique and Self-Healing technique), karmic ven Farmer, world renowned author and spiritual release and past-life healing, amplification using quartz teacher, will help you learn how animals communi- crystals, remote/distant healing, crystal and gemstone cate both as physical beings and spiritual guides. Join elixirs and essences, meditation with crystals (includthem at the Center for Conscious Living, located at ing Earth Healing Meditation and crystal journeying), 849 E. Washington Ave., #118, Madison. programming color energy for enhanced treatment, energetic safety and ethics (including personal, client Asia and Steven team up to help you experience: & workroom safety), possible contra-indications, heal• Your primary spiritual animal helper. ing crisis, common crystals and major systems of the • How to receive messages from animal spirit guides. body, meridians and kundalini, preparing your heal• Guided meditations enhancing communication Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, WI ing space, session records, crystal healing tool kits, with animals. instruction Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on performing a complete crystal healing • How to communicate with animals on the physical Admission: $3.00/person session. Please bring a crystal of your choice to use plane. for the crystal journey. Prerequisite: Basic Crystal • Random audience readings. ing. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., • Answers to your most pressing animal questions. Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $60. Register now at  200 Natural Organic Exhibits Cost for the program is $45 when & pre-registered by under “Events.”  Dozens of Workshops  800 Gallon Aquaponics System  Children’s Action Zone

Natural Product & Organic Food Expo

Joel Salatin: featured in the movies Food, Inc. & Fresh Will Allen: urban farmer & featured in the movie Fresh  200 Natural & Organic Aaron Woolf: director & producer ofExhibits King Corn  Dozens of Workshops Dave Murphy: founder of Food Democracy Now Lisa Stokke: co-founder of Food Democracy  800 Gallon Aquaponics SystemNow

Children’s Action Zone

Presenting: 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 May 2013 | Nature’s Pathways


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Nature’s Pathways® | May 2013

Kayser Nissan is the number one Nissan dealer in Madison. We are a part of Kayser Automotive Group, one of the premier auto groups with over 85 years in the area. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you’ll know our commitment to customer service is second to none. We strive to make your experience with Kayser Nissan a good one — helping you determine which vehicle will meet your needs and providing you with vehicle information that is clear and concise. Our goal is to be your dealer for life. We have a number of class-leading fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles with 30+ MPG as well as a 100% electric vehicle with zero emissions. Whether you need to purchase, finance, lease or service a new or pre-owned Nissan, you’ve come to the right place!

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