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start of summer here in Wisconsin, I hope all of you are able to find inspiration in this month’s natural beauty. This really is a great season to explore our wonderful forests, parks, public lands and waters, so make an attempt to get outside and celebrate National Great Outdoors Month! This June observance is sponsored by The American Recreation Coalition, which is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of everyone’s right to health and happiness through recreation. Parents can make these outings teachable moments by broaching related issues such as volunteerism, health and outdoor ethics. Speaking of family time, June is also the month we formally honor our fathers. It’s amazing the impact that involved dads and granddads have on the well-being of children (… and the example that their healthy choices can make!). Fathers, ensure your commitment can continue by taking the time to care for yourself and go to your chosen health practitioners for preventative care. There is much support available! As usual, our authors have some great articles to help us on our journeys to health. Bobbi del Plaine shares an overview of craniosacral therapy, along with its benefits. Sarah Everson encourages us to compost and shows how easy it is to get started. Ann Marie Koleske honors National CPR Month by educating us about this lifesaving procedure. Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman reminds us to live in the moment and shares how yoga can aid us in that pursuit. And, of course, there are many more, so enjoy!

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Stop overactive bladder with arctic angelica
By Terry Lemerond


f you have an overactive bladder and need to go to the bathroom several times a day or night, it gets tiring in more ways than one. Or, worse yet, if you deal with enuresis (bed-wetting) because of a weak and leaking bladder, you feel frustrated and embarrassed. But you are not alone. About 17 percent of women and 16 percent of men over the age of 18 have overactive bladder issues. As we age, an overactive bladder becomes common — affecting one in five adults over the age of 40.1 Urinary incontinence, whether due to chronic bladder irritation, bladder weakness, bacteria or prostate enlargement (technically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or “BPH”), which causes urgency and urinary frequency, affects at least 25 million Americans. Most of the sufferers are women, but one-third of women and men 30 to 70 years old have experienced some symptoms of urinary incontinence.1 And while bed-wetting is often associated with children, there are some adults who, because of their overactive or weak bladders, have never experienced a dry night. Conventional prescription approaches aren’t always effective, cause side effects and can be risky as well. Of course, in many
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cases, even natural approaches dealing with bladder health and incontinence are divided between men and women. However, clinically tested Angelica archangelica can offer a true ray of hope for both. Angelica archangelica contains a number of important compounds, including isoquercitrin and other flavonoids, polyphenols and polysaccharides. It is these compounds that are considered to be responsible for the plant’s many amazing effects.2-6 An important thing to note is that Angelica archangelica grows in Iceland — it is not the same as Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis), also known as dong quai. This angelica extract is taken from the leaf of the plant and has clinical research to back it up. In an 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, men suffering from nocturia — basically an overactive bladder at night — used Iceland’s Angelica archangelica or a placebo. The men in this study were age 45 and older, which is often when men begin noticing urinary frequency and the first symptoms of BPH.2 Not surprisingly, in Iceland, angelica extract has become the number one herbal treatment to reduce urinary frequency in men, and has

replaced saw palmetto berry as the treatment of choice. Many times, any urinary frequency issues for men are immediately considered a prostate problem. But that’s not always the case. In fact, overactive bladder is prevalent too, and requires a very different approach than we’d use for prostate health. Of course, one of the biggest problems with nocturia isn’t just the fact of having to go to the bathroom; it’s the disruption of sleep, and the low energy and grogginess the next day. During this study, three main parameters were measured: the increase in bladder volume, reduction in nocturnal voids and the increase in the duration of the first sleep period. The results were excellent. In the group with low bladder capacity,

“The angelica extract was very well tolerated and showed no hormonal effects or unwanted side effects like increased blood pressure or heart rate, or reduced libido.”
those taking the Angelica archangelica extract saw an increase of over 300 percent in bladder capacity.2  In the group reporting more than three nighttime urinations, the arctic angelica extract enhanced sleep and significantly reduced nighttime bathroom visits.2 In the group of men age 70 or older, the

angelica extract increased the duration of uninterrupted sleep (measured by time to first awakening) by 280 percent — almost three times that of a placebo! What’s interesting about this study is that the direct action of Iceland’s arctic Angelica archangelica was not on the prostate, but on improving bladder strength. That’s good news for anyone — men or women. Plus, the angelica extract was very well tolerated and showed no hormonal

effects or unwanted side effects like increased blood pressure or heart rate, or reduced libido. That’s a definite difference from many prescription drugs. Imagine a day without needing to search for a restroom and a night filled with restful sleep. It can happen. That’s why this clinically studied angelica extract is the perfect choice. It provides strong results, no side effects, and peace of body and mind for men and women.

Terry Lemerond is the founder and president of EuroPharma, which markets supplements under the Terry Naturally brand name nationwide and is located at 955 Challenger Drive in Green Bay. He has over 40 years in the health food industry and has created over 400 nutritional formulations. For more information, visit, or call EuroPharma at 877.807.2731. Sources: 1. “Urge Incontinence/Overactive Bladder”, from National Association for Continence. Available at: Accessed: March 25, 2013. 2. Sigurdsson S, Geirsson G, Gudmundsdottir H, Egilsdottir PB, Gudbjarnason S. A parallel, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of a proprietary Angelica archangelica extract on nocturia in men. Scand J Urol. 2013 Feb;47(1):26-32. 3. Sigurdsson S, Gudbjarnason S. Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by extracts and constituents from Angelica archangelica and Geranium sylvaticum. Z Naturforsch C. 2007 Sep-Oct;62(9-10):689-93. 4. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Gudbjarnason S. Antiproliferative effect of Angelica archangelica fruits. Z Naturforsch C. 2004 Jul-Aug;59(7-8):523-7. 5. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Gudbjarnason S. The cytotoxic effect of two chemotypes of essential oils from the fruits of Angelica archangelica L. Anticancer Res. 2005 May-Jun;25(3B):1877-80. 6. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Hallgrimsson J, Gudbjarnason S. Antitumour activity of Angelica archangelica leaf extract. In Vivo. 2005 Jan-Feb;19(1):191-4.





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Want more energy? Whole body vibration may help
By Deb Lewis-Hasenberg

Whole body vibration has a host of benefits. It can help:
• With weight loss and inches loss. • Tone and firm muscles. • Improve flexibility. • Increase metabolism. • Decrease cellulite visibility. • Improve mobility. • Improve coordination.

It has helped people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, varicose veins and incontinence. Those who utilize whole body vibration claim it has improved their cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Now let’s take a closer look at two other benefits, general wellbeing and increased energy. It seems the latter is the most often reported and most quickly noticed, according to surveys taken at a whole body vibration studio. There is no scientific data to reference, just real people’s experiences. (To hear their stories, go to testimonials at The health and wellness of the human body depends heavily on the functions of our circulatory system. This includes two types of circulation, cardiovascular and lymphatic. The cardiovascular system
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is the system that pumps blood through our veins and supplies nutrients and oxygen to our bodies. This system has a pump, the heart. The lymphatic system produces a clear or milky white fluid that simultaneously filters waste and removes excess fluid and toxins from the body. This system does not have a pump. Without a pump, the lymphatic system needs movement to work efficiently. If a body is not moving enough to create movement to the lymph system, the system will become sluggish and vulnerable to disease. Flushing the toxic waste from the body is vital to maintaining health and wellness. Whole body vibration has been very effective in helping blood and lymph flow with rapid muscle contractions. The stimulation of the vibration acts like a pump to help move the system and increase the speed and efficiency of flow. Vibration training has been advocated as a therapeutic method in the treatment of  osteoperosis,  sarcopenia and metabolic syndrome,1 and is used in the fitness industry, physical therapy, rehabilitation, professional sports, and beauty and wellness applications. Whole body vibration  refers to the transmission to the human body of low frequency environmental vibration in the range of 0.5 to 80 Hz through a broad contact area, such as the feet when standing, the buttocks when sitting or the reclining body when in contact with the vibrating surface.1 In other words, you stand on a platform

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and “wiggle” for 10 minutes, which equals a one-hour workout at the gym. Your body resists and you get the benefits as if you were running a mile. You also get more energy! Now what could be better than that? Over the past few months we have submitted articles to support the value of whole body vibration. We have cited information that references research for whole body vibration for the elderly, studies that have shown that whole body vibration helps improve bone density, muscle tone, flexibility and balance. We have also cited research that supports the use of whole body vibration in the treatment of people with fibromyalgia, and its benefits from a chiropractor’s point of view. All these ailments can be studied and measured, but energy cannot. It could be that the vibrating movement to the lymphatic system and clearing the sludge is behind this energy increase. Maybe it is the increase in blood circulation to the heart and brain. Or maybe it has to do with stimulation to the meridians and chakras. Whatever the reason, who does not want more energy? Energy is a vital part of our existence as human beings. Energy is not only essential for our physical health but is vital to our emotional and spiritual well-being.
Deb Lewis-Hasenberg and her sister, Kristin Lewis, are the owners of Good Vibrations Studio, 1211 Rickmeyer Dr. in Fond du Lac. At Good Vibrations, we are dedicated to helping you make the changes you need to restore or enhance whole body wellness. Our services are designed to help you detox your body in a pleasant environment and to provide education on healthy alternatives to help you make better choices that empower you to live a healthier, happier life. Contact us for more information and ask about a one-week FREE trial: 920.921.1211, goodvibsstudio@gmail. com and Source: 1. “Move To Live” by Morris Aboody, Founder of T-Zone Health.

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Seconds count in an emergency!
By Ann Marie Koleske
June is national CPR month … take the time to learn CPR.


eart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States. Coronary heart disease is responsible for an estimated 340,000 out-of-hospital and emergency room deaths in our country each year. Survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, with CPR started within minutes, is about 6-9 percent. If you are able to add immediate defibrillation to the rescue, survival rates increase to about 32-36 percent. AEDs, or automatic/ automated external defibrillators, are small, lightweight devices that look at a person’s heart rhythm (through special pads placed on the torso) and can recognize ventricular fibrillation (VF), also known as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). If SCA is present, an AED will advise the responder and talk him or her through some very simple steps to defibrillate. AEDs are designed to be used by lay rescuers or “first responders.” Preparation is the key to protection. Risk management and corporate safety programs, as well as science and the practice of medicine, have their primary focus as protection of human life. It is only with proper preparation, however, that people are likely to perform CPR or other life-supporting actions. Remember, if a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is not responding, there is no

breathing or signs of circulation, they are essentially dead. We are doing CPR on dead people, so don’t be afraid to start. Anything you do at this point is a benefit to the victim. Remember, heart conditions are not just for “older” people. Young athletes have suffered heart attacks and have died during sporting events. When cardiac arrest is present, there is no blood flow. The main goal of a lay rescuer is to keep the brain and other vital organs alive (oxygenated). Chest compressions simulate a heartbeat and circulate oxygenated blood. This creates a small amount of blood flow to the brain, heart and other vital organs. In 2006, the American Heart Association simplified CPR even more. They made all 1-rescuer CPR the same ratio: 30 compressions, 2 breaths. With adults, we call 911 immediately after we determine they are unresponsive. This scenario is for a lone rescuer. If you have two rescuers, one can make the emergency call and the other can start CPR. Children and infants in cardiac arrest more than likely started as respiratory arrest, which means they benefit from the first two minutes of CPR before calling 911. Infants are more likely to choke or suffer cardiac arrest at home. Choking/suffocation is the leading cause of injury deaths under age 1. Causes of pediatric arrest, under age 8, include: trauma, SIDS (sudden infant death

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syndrome), respiratory or cardiovascular problems and drowning. No matter what the emergency is, or the age of the victim, you should always follow the C-A-Bs of CPR: • C = Compressions: Locate the hand placement by going in the center of the nipple line, on the lower half of the sternum. Push down at least two inches to circulate the oxygenated blood. • A = Airway: Make sure the victim has a clear airway by lifting the tongue off the back of the throat. • B = Breathing: Can you tell if the victim breathing? If not, give two breaths, each making the chest rise. It is reasonable that all employees dedicated to lifesaving technologies should be trained in emergency procedures. Even those not associated in the medical industry can benefit from classes. It may be a loved one, friend, neighbor or co-worker who suddenly needs your help in an emergency. It is better to be proactive by taking a CPR class rather than reactive when you don’t know what to do in an emergency. Get “hands on” and learn CPR! Don’t take the CPR course for yourself; take it for others who may need your help in a life-threatening situation. The loss of a loved one is more tragic when you have to live with daily reminders of that person, who couldn’t be helped.
Ann Marie Koleske is the owner and instructor/trainer at Hands to Heart, LLC in Appleton. She provides training classes that help individuals prepare for life-saving emergencies. For more information, call 920.209.9911, email or visit

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Tomah man named Goodwill’s Outstanding Achiever
By Karen Kramer


oodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) has named Darren Aller of Tomah as its Outstanding Achiever for May. Aller has been with the Tomah Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center for the past 16 years — first as a student in the Schoolto-Work program and now as a participant in Goodwill’s Community Development program through Riverfront, Inc. Goodwill’s Community Development program provides opportunities — typically work experience — for individuals in all communities to access services available

through their local Goodwill retail store and training center. “Darren was chosen for this honor because of his positive, bubbly personality and great work ethic,” said Sherry Marx, Tomah area team leader. “He is a very outgoing and polite young man, and has a wonderful sense of humor. It’s a great pleasure to have Darren as one of our team members.” During his time with the Tomah store, Aller has always worked in the apparel department. He currently works 20 hours a week, takes great pride in his work and

is very adamant about getting his tasks completed with little support from others. On average, Aller will hang 300-400 pieces of apparel a day — and he knows which hangers are for what pieces of clothing. When asked how he feels about working at Goodwill, he replies, “Oh, boy, a lot of years,” as he shakes his head with a big smile! When not at work, Darren enjoys Special Olympics and participates in bowling, basketball, track and powerlifting. He also looks forward to going to camp for a week in June with his friends. Darren is a huge

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Green Bay Packers fan and has recently gotten a tattoo on his upper arm of a “green G” that he proudly shows off. “Our Tomah team feels it’s a privilege to have Darren with us as he practices the Goodwill mission in his life,” Marx said. “He is truly a great example of how Goodwill has helped yet another team member grow in so many ways.” Each month, Goodwill NCW selects a program participant like Aller or one of

its volunteers as an Outstanding Achiever. Honorees come from one of Goodwill’s 25 store communities, its Menasha campus or its Ralph B. Shiner Center in Appleton. “The award recognizes the strides that individuals have made, in part, because of their involvement with programs through Goodwill,” said Keith Wilk, vice president of Programs and Services at Goodwill NCW. “Each honoree receives a certificate of achievement and Goodwill merchandise.”

For more information, contact Sherry Marx at 608.372.7464 or smarx_gw@, or Keith Wilk at 920.968.6233 or
Karen Kramer is the senior editor with Goodwill NCW, a not-for-profit human services organization based in Menasha. In 2012, Goodwill helped improve the lives of more than 51,000 people across north central Wisconsin through 26 programs and services. Its 35-county region includes 25 retail stores and training centers. For more information, visit the website at or call 800.482.0030.

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Keeping horses healthy
(Part 1)
By Allen Dunbar, DVM


orse owners are constantly trying to keep their horses healthy. Some of the time, it’s easy; other times, it’s challenging. The things that we can influence are relatively simple. The things we can’t influence ­ — mainly the fact that they are horses — we just can’t. What can be influenced are things such as diet, housing, foot care and veterinary care. What can’t be influenced are things like cuts, injuries, colic, laminitis, etc. But, with a little common sense and practical horsemanship, you can limit your horse’s exposure to situations that lead to these more serious issues.

Diet: When it comes to feeding horses, follow the KISS principle — Keep It Simple, (Stupid). A great percentage of the time, dietary issues are created by the horse owner over thinking the situation and feeding or supplementing with foodstuffs or products that the horse doesn’t need. Horses are grazing animals. Their intestinal tract is designed in such a way that they need to eat several small meals of roughage throughout the day. If they only have access to food once daily, it influences the passage of digesta through the gut and negatively affects the outcome. Most horses are fine with a good-quality grass
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“Dietary issues are created by the horse owner over thinking the situation and feeding or supplementing with foodstuffs or products that the horse doesn’t need.”

hay. As performance levels increase, increased protein levels and quality of ingredients are beneficial. Horses are known as “hind gut fermenters.” Cows and sheep, on the other hand, have a large rumen at the beginning of their intestinal tract, which ferments, breaks down what has been eaten, prepares it for digestion further down the gut, and actually manufactures, assembles and produces energy from “raw material” nutrients. Horses do this at the tail end of their intestinal tract — but the important fact is that it still occurs — and this can be very successful provided the hay is of adequate quality.
Supplements: You need look no further than the pages upon pages of products that are available on the online horse sites to become overwhelmed with what a horse could actually benefit from. Equate the majority of these products with the myriad of fishing lures that a fisherman encounters walking the isles of a fishing super store — they’re catching more fishermen than they are fish! Granted, there are some great products and some great ethical companies out there — just be careful with your selection, based on the actual need of the individual horse. Housing: How do horses in the wild ever survive? Just think about the mustangs out west on the BLM land — there are no barns; there are no stalls. They’re out in the elements 24/7. Mother Nature deals the hand of survival of the fittest, but when you look at the overall condition of these horses, it’s rather amazing how well they fare compared to their domesticated brothers and sisters kept in barns and stalls. When horses are confined to an enclosed space with other horses, we have altered their number of air exchanges in an enclosed building, and we have created an environment for disease. Consider run-in sheds. These structures are usually three sided, with a wide open side for the horses to be able to get in to get out of the elements. We are giving them the option, should they choose, to take refuge from wind, rain, sleet, snow, etc. You may need more than one shed per area. Horses are territorial — and you only need to watch horses interact with one another to see how protective they are of their space. There is a pecking order in every herd of horses, even if the herd is comprised of two horses. They may get along wonderfully or be like oil and water. Next month, we’ll discuss medical issues with your horse: what we can influence and how to prevent, or at least limit, the development of severe consequences.
Allen Dunbar, D.V.M., is the owner of Spartan Veterinary Services, LLC, which is a mobile equine veterinary service, providing care to horses in northeast Wisconsin. For more information, visit or call 920.857.7861. June 2013 | Nature’s Pathways®


Caveat emptor: let the buyer beware!
By Mair Runge


e’ve all experienced it, that rush when we think we’re getting a good deal. That “kick” when we spot a Gucci watch for $9.99 in a small shop in Chinatown, or the exhilaration at the chance to purchase a Coach handbag at half of its original price from a New York street vendor. Or, maybe the butterflies when that “too attractive for me” person that works at the coffee shop finally flashes that “I’m interested in you” smile when asking to upgrade our small to a large, or that email promising riches if we’ll just deposit some cash into a convenient offshore bank account. Caveat emptor, aka let the buyer beware; if it seems too good to be true — you guessed it — it probably is. In the beauty industry, the practice of getting a high-end salon product for a steal-of-a-deal at a low-end retailer is commonly known as “diversion”; products clearly marked “For salon sale only” ending up in the aisles of your local discount store. The caveat? The buyer takes a risk when purchasing salon products outside of the salon environment. Whether you come across salon brand makeup “on the cheap” through an online merchant, or salon packaged fast-dry hairspray at a cut-rate
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price; if you’re not in a salon, the product you are purchasing may not be authentic. When products take this diversion from their normal distribution channels, they are being sold in what is known as the “gray market” — a murky hue in the marketplace that doesn’t show any signs of washing away on its own. Here’s how it works: Both salons and distributors have exclusivity contracts with their manufacturers. These contracts set out to ensure that the products end up being sold only through salons, thus blocking retailers from buying salon products. Retailers then turn to “collectors” who lurk in the gray market and obtain product by insidiously working their way in between these contacts and then reselling the products. ( Products that are diverted can be counterfeit, contaminated, diluted, old, expired, discontinued, re-called or stored at improper temperatures that cause the product to break down. If products are not prescribed by trained stylists, they may be ineffective or even harmful to a consumer who is unfamiliar with the product. And, what may come as a surprise is the fact that diverted products sold by retailers are often sold at even higher prices than those charged in a salon.

Diverted products in the marketplace cause problems because they endanger the general public when codes on bottles used for recalls are disturbed or erased causing the consumer to trust a product that has been removed from the marketplace for some reason. Consumers are also at risk when expiration dates are removed from products having a limited shelf life, therefore causing rancid or spoiled products to be taken home by the unsuspecting customer. Product formulations may be contained in different packaging that often looks similar to the current packaging of the brand, but may be an indication that the product is old or counterfeit. Still other products may be watered-down or contaminated with added unknown ingredients. In the Bloomberg Business Week article, A Grey Streak for Hair-care Goods, a month and a half long investigation into suspected circulation of salon products into large drug store chains, supermarkets and discount retailers “found a thriving gray market in professional grade hair-care products ... in many cases, a store had well over 100 products — all with labels that carried a variant of the same message: For salon sale only. (

“ Products that are diverted can be counterfeit, contaminated, diluted, old, expired, discontinued, re-called or stored at improper temperatures that cause the product to break down.”
Now, one might think that For salon sale only is a pretty black and white restraint, especially when printed directly on the product in question. When it comes to the gray marketing of goods, however, technically there aren’t laws that forbid retailers from buying and selling exclusive salon products that they obtain in this way. And state and federal officials don’t want to get their hands dirty meddling in disputes over predetermined contracts. “Protecting companies’ marketing agreements is not what we do,” says Federal Trade Commission attorney, Leslie Fair. ( Because operating in the gray market isn’t against the law, the decision is up to the consumer. How do you feel about purchasing from retailers that take part in this market and are unsure where the products they are selling you are coming from? Does it bother you that these retailers are unlicensed and not trained to prescribe professional salon products?
Mair Runge is a freelance writer and teaches product knowledge at Gill-Tech Academy of Hair Design, a well-known cosmetology school in the Valley. GillTech Academy obtains all of their salon brand products through respected salon distributors with reputations that span several decades. For a selection of your favorite salons brands: Paul Mitchell, OPI, KMS California, Goldwell, Matrix, Malibu, GKHair, Hempz, Gena and more, visit Gill-Tech Academy at 230 S. McCarthy Road in Appleton.

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1. Beware of: gummy bottles, dirty containers, dented cans, incorrect sizes/colors of product caps, slightly different packaging/lettering fonts, evidence of removal or disturbance of coded information like UPCs and batch numbers, and, of course, the For salon sale only disclaimer. 2. Pay attention to the usual packaging, scent and product consistency of the salon brands you buy, so you will know what is normal for that product when presented with a “deal.” 3. Purchase your salon products from what you are certain is a reputable salon.

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Chia seeds, probiotic supplements and sweating
By Karmen Nenahlo

Question: What are chia seeds, and how should they be used as part of a healthy diet? Answer: Most people know chia seeds as being responsible for producing a furry green friend called the Chia Pet. However, more recently this seed has gained popularity because of the health benefits it provides. Serving as an excellent source of omega-3s, fiber, protein, minerals and antioxidants, chia seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet in drinks, snack items, raw or combined with water to substitute for an egg. Because widespread consumption of chia seeds is relatively new, conclusive research on the exact health benefits is still developing. Emerging research with small sample sizes suggest possible cardiovascular benefits like lowered cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, as well as the promotion of weight loss. Question: Should I be taking a probiotic supplement? Answer: There is no short and sweet answer to this question. Yes, probiotics are believed to aid in digestion. However, at this point in time, we lack enough scientific evidence to strongly promote or discourage their consumption. Beyond gastrointestinal issues, the use of probiotics for other ailments like colic, high cholesterol or immune system disturbances is currently under examination. With many different strains of probiotics, it is to be expected that each one affects the body differently. That said, taking a probiotic supplement with many different strains doesn’t necessarily improve its efficacy, according to experts. Given the limited
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scientific backing, it is recommended that probiotic intake be reserved to those strains of bacteria that have been well studied (like Lactobacillus Rhamnosus or Lactobacillus GG) and probiotic products made from reputable brands. Question: Do I really need to sweat profusely to get in a good workout, or is this another fitness myth? Answer: Myth all the way! Sweating and the overall quality of your workout do not go hand in hand. Workout quality depends on the type of activity, the intensity and the duration. Sweating is simply a way for your overheated body to cool itself … that’s it. Some people sweat from the very beginning of physical activity and others end up doing 30 minutes before the first bead hits the floor. Your environment, specifically the temperature and humidity, certainly plays a role, but the amount you sweat is very individualized as well. When you’re physically active, your core body temperature rises and the body looks for an easy way to dissipate heat. So, the next time you’re sweating and someone mentions that you look hot, just tell them, “Really, I was just starting to get cool.”
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Wise women need to know about bioidentical hormone therapy
By Randi Mann, WHNP-BC, NCMP


o you know the difference between a bioidentical and a synthetic hormone, and how the right type of hormone can help you to feel great? If you are a woman in midlife, this is an important topic to pay attention to! Symptoms of hormone imbalance are affecting more and more women earlier than ever before. High stress, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle, along with advancing age and genetics, can contribute to various hormone-related symptoms. Fatigue, irritability, hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, insomnia and anxiety can all be related to changing hormone levels or imbalances. Surprisingly, menopause-like symptoms can begin for some women in their late 20s or 30s and last for years. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can start during the teenage years and persist late into adulthood. Many women simply feel lethargic and lack the motivation to complete their daily tasks. It is possible to feel great throughout your entire midlife if you know how to give your mind and your body great support, and if you practice this on a regular basis. Exercising frequently, reducing stress and eating a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, protein, whole grains and other unprocessed foods, will go a long way to help you feel well. Simply decreasing white sugar and flour in your diet will make a big difference in helping to keep your hormones balanced. Use of supplemental female sex hormones such as bioidentical estrogen, progesterone and testosterone may be helpful as well. Bioidentical hormones are those that are
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“Taking individualized dosed, bioidentical progesterone often helps women in their 30s, 40s and 50s to have more energy and sleep better.”
molecularly identical to those that are produced naturally in the human body. These fit our cells’ hormone receptors better than synthetic hormones and tend to have fewer risks and side effects. It is important to understand the difference in the terms progesterone and progestin. They may look or sound similar, but they are very different in both structure and action in our human body. These terms are often used in error or interchangeably, particularly in news stories. The word progesterone refers to a natural or bioidentical hormone molecule, while a progestin, though similar, is a synthetic version and not bioidentical. In the words of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), “Each woman, in consultation with her healthcare provider, needs to prioritize her midlife health concerns and determine whether hormone therapy is an acceptable choice for her.” NAMS recommends use of the lowest effective hormone doses for the shortest amount of time to treat moderate to severe symptoms. The decision whether to take hormones is unique for each woman and should be guided by the severity of your symptoms,

personal health history and your family health history. If you are a woman in perimenopause or menopause, you may also wish to consider having your hormone levels tested. First line therapy should be improved nutrition, possibly herbal therapy, lifestyle changes and exercise. If your hormones are low or out of balance, consider the use of customized-dosed (made especially for you), bioidentical hormones to alleviate your symptoms. Taking individualized dosed, bioidentical progesterone (and perhaps estrogen, if needed, near the time of menopause) often helps women in their 30s, 40s and 50s to have more energy and sleep better. Bioidentical progesterone plays a vital role in helping many women to feel calmer and less irritable, and to sleep more restfully. Estrogen can alleviate bothersome hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Bioidentical testosterone is very helpful to increase sex drive, energy, and muscle tone and growth. If you are not feeling your best, please seek answers and proper guidance for management of your hormone-related symptoms and individual needs. Choose a knowledgeable provider who specializes in midlife care for women and is certified through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) if possible. Readers are invited to attend Wise Woman Wellness’ introductory seminar entitled “End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy.” The seminar is offered monthly at several times. Join us to learn more about midlife health and wellness, including many natural options for PMS and menopausal symptom management. And above all … be sure to understand all of your treatment options, including use of bioidentical hormones!
Randi Mann, WHNP-BC, NCMP, is the owner of Wise Woman Wellness LLC, an innovative wellness center in De Pere. Mann is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She combines the best of conventional and integrative medicine to help women live healthier, more joy-filled lives. For more information, call 920.339.5252 or visit

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healthy  diet is supposed to provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain a body. But thanks to finicky eating habits and limited choices, many children are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy. Although many foods are fortified with certain vitamins, they still may not be enough to provide the level of nutrition required for a growing body. Parents may be well informed of a child’s needs of vitamin C to boost immune system function, but they may not be as readily informed about other vitamins that are essential to human health. • Vitamin A: Vitamin A promotes a healthy immune system and proper eyesight function. A child lacking in vitamin A may be tired and weak and experience weight loss. Other symptoms include dry eyes, skin scaling and respiratory infections. • Vitamin B6: Hyperactivity and impulsiveness are often blamed on an underlying medical condition, such as ADHD. But such conditions may be the result of a deficiency in vitamin B6. • Vitamin B12: Nervous system function is largely governed by proper levels of vitamin B12. Children who do not receive

enough vitamin B12 may experience weakness, insomnia, edema and abdominal pain. • Vitamin D: Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in the body after exposure to the sun. Children who spend many hours indoors or wearing thick layers of sunscreen may not get enough vitamin D. Irritability, muscle cramps and even late teething could be tied to vitamin D deficiency. Parents should consult with pediatricians about the proper levels of vitamins children need.
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Breathe big this summer
By Angela Mueller


resh cut grass, brats on the grill, and native varieties of flowers, plants and bushes are some of the best smells of summer in Wisconsin. When we take in these aromas, messages are sent to our brains and our attitudes improve. “With breath begins our journey of life.” But as we breathe incessantly, taking it for granted, we develop bad breathing habits. Shallow breathing causes a constriction of the chest and lung tissue over time, decreasing oxygen flow and delivery to our tissues. Deep, rhythmic breathing expands the diaphragm muscle, the cone-shaped muscle under our lungs, and the lungs’ air pockets, invoking the relaxation response and massaging the lymphatic system. All of our physical and psychological responses are accompanied by a change in breathing. Learning and practicing proper breathing patterns has become a popular health and fitness trend. Our breathing affects everything from posture to common dysfunctions seen in the general population such as: neck pain, shoulder pain and low back pain. Taking as little as five minutes to learn the correct way to breathe — using our diaphragms — can be beneficial for all of us. To breathe properly, we should breathe deeply into our abdomens not just our chests. The most important part is regulating our breaths three to four seconds in, and three to four seconds out:

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your belly, and then fill your chest, counting to five. 2. Hold and count to three, feeling your entire being filled with wonderful, healing, detoxifying energy. 3. Exhale fully from slightly parted mouth and imagine all your cells releasing waste and emptying all old energy, counting to five.

Take a big step to mastering stress and make sure to schedule your deep breathing exercise daily, just as you would schedule any appointment!  Breathing correctly is not only important for living longer but also to keep us functioning at our top level with a good mood. Breathing detoxifies and releases toxins, releases tension, relieves pain, increases muscle, improves posture, strengthens the lungs, assists in weight control, boosts energy levels, improves stamina and so much more! So whether we are inside or outside this summer, we should be sure to inhale deeply (and properly) to experience those wonderful lilies, lilacs, geraniums, pine trees and all the other scents Wisconsin has to offer.
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Pediatric massage therapy: a holistic approach to healing
By Kara Phernetton, LMT, CPMT

Question: What is pediatric massage therapy, and how is it different from massage for adults? Answer: Pediatric massage is a massage therapy regime designed for the growing child. Not to be confused with infant massage, where the focus is on parent-child bonding, pediatric massage uses a massage therapist to facilitate the therapy. It addresses individual issues for children, while keeping in mind their own unique development. Massage for a child should always be done by a certified pediatric massage therapist (CPMT). This therapist has undergone advanced training designed specifically for pediatrics and is able to skillfully address different physical, emotional and developmental abilities. Touch therapy for a child can be done fully clothed, sessions are kept to 30 minutes and the general flow of the massage is different. Each massage is tailored to the individual child. For instance, a massage for a four-yearold diagnosed with autism will look very different than that for a fifteen-year-old recovering from a sports injury. CPMTs use childfriendly supplies (based on age) that help engage the child in their own therapy.

Question: How is massage therapy different than other therapies my child is already receiving? Answer: The most important aspect of involving massage in your child’s therapy regime is that massage is completely voluntary. We never want to teach forced touch, so if a child does not want therapy at that time, we can always revisit it. Massage is also beneficial in that it is a therapy that isn’t painful. Many times, children who have to undergo therapies have painful experiences (which are needed to heal). This isn’t the case with massage, and it may even help other therapies go more smoothly. Massage looks at a whole body, mind and spirit experience, and addresses each of these concepts as one in the same, rather than fixing only the physical side.

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Today’s top 3 favorites
By Jane Hamilton


hey’re all my favorites. Picking out just one to name as your most beloved is like trying to decide which child you love best — you love Quartz crystal magnifies energy. Clusters generate energy in the directions of the crystals in the cluster. them all! Here are my “today’s” top 3 favorite minerals and crystals … the list may change tomorrow. Kambaba jasper or crocodile jasper is a mineral that I recently film of color on quartz crystal. (Most quartz crystals have “rust” on just met. The background is a healing green, with circular patterns them, but it is not attractive, and these crystals are placed in acid of black accenting the surface. This jasper has a duality. Looking at it baths to remove the iron oxide.) reminds me of both the vastness of the universe and the microcosm Orange is associated with the sacral chakra. The sacrum is of the world of a single cell. In each black marking, I see a black hole located approximately one inch below the naval, and it governs reaching into the vastness of the infinite; yet at closer examination, it creativity and sexuality. The hematite washed upon the tangerine mimics individual cells in the body. How wonderful is that? quartz crystal acts as a grounding force. Facilitating communicaWhen I first encountered Kambaba jasper, it was “love at first tion, this mineral is great for enhancing psychic abilities. sight.” Part of my attraction to Kambaba may be that it vibrates to It’s probably no secret that carnelian is a favorite; not just of my astrological sign of Scorpio. As I hold this specimen, I immedi- mine, but based upon how many people walk out with carnelian at ately feel a great comfort, and a peaceful vastness washes over me. Mystical Earth Gallery, it is a favorite of many. It is a fantastic meditation stone for me. It’s great for calming and relaxation. (In my personal collection Another new crystal just acquired is a colored quartz crystal of carnelian, I have a piece that, as soon as I picked it up for the cluster formation. It’s tangerine. The beauty, translucent nature first time, felt as smooth and sweet as a petal from a rose. It immeand purity of this quartz are remarkable. The crystals are naturally diately went home with me!) Carnelian enhances and rekindles colored by a process where, over time, water and hematite form a sexual energy and the libido. It is fantastic for clearing the head to make room for strategic planning. Carnelian is a stone of business and war. (See Crystal Revelations in the May 2013 edition of Nature’s Pathways for more details.) You can never have too many quartz crystals. There are wands, spheres, phantoms, double terminated, clusters, generators and more formations of quartz crystals. Two quartz crystals in my personal collection are not very pretty, but they really channel energy. One is a scepter and the other is a record keeper. Frequently I sleep with one in each hand. Remember, quartz crystals have many many attributes. Number one in my book is the amplification of energy. Energy follows intent, Kambaba or crocodile jasper looks to me like the “soup of creation.” and when you use quartz crystals in your
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healing practice or personal meditation, quartz will amplify that intent. That’s why focusing of your intentions or goals in combination with quartz crystals may be so beneficial. Time is too short when it comes to listing my favorites. There are more minerals to love, but for now let’s continue to study our favorites and expand our minds by letting new minerals into our lives. Just a note: When selecting new crystals for your collection, remember that when you “feel” a crystal for the first time, you may have emotions associated with that individual specimen. Those feelings may not be from the attributes of that particular crystal, but rather an energy signature left behind by another person handling that mineral. Crystals and minerals in themselves are not good or evil. It is the intention of the practitioner that creates the feeling or energy of the stone. Those handling specimens may leave their energy signature: to include the miner discovering the rock; the artist or craftsman processing the specimen; plus, anyone who has touched that specimen. At Mystical Earth Gallery, we utilize sound to cleanse specimens when initially purchased and encourage our clients to bring them back for cleansing as needed.
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Q&A about bioidentical hormone restoration therapy (BHRT)
By John Sowinski, RPh

Question: What do you mean by bioidentical? Answer: Bioidentical is a descriptive term for the hormones used by compounding pharmacies to help treat women going through hormone issues, including menopause, peri-menopause, PCOS and many other conditions. This is short for biologically identical. The main hormones people produce are estradiol, estriol, estrone, progesterone and testosterone. In FDA-approved facilities, manufactures are able to manufacture these hormones by starting from yam or soy. Structurally, these manufactured hormones are the exact same hormones that are produced by the human body. Question: BHRT hasn’t been approved by the FDA, right? Answer: Pharmacies use chemicals in preparing compounded medications. The advantage of compounding is that you are making the medication in a specific form to treat a specific patient. The FDA regulates manufactured medications, including the chemicals that compounding pharmacies use in compounding. The drug approval

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low in estrogens. Women produce estrogens in many places in the body, not just the ovaries. Adipose tissue produces estrogens, so if you are overweight, you are producing more estrogens than if you are at a normal weight. In our world we have many chemicals in our environment that have estrogenic properties. Very few women are too low in estrogens and are really estrogen dominant. You are estrogen dominant if you don’t have enough progesterone to balance the estrogens in your body. Therefore, taking extra estrogens for most women isn’t necessary, even from plant sources. Question: Are bioidentical hormones natural? Answer: The reason we use the term bioidentical, or biologically identical, is because it more correctly describes the hormones compounding pharmacies use. While the hormones are

manufactured in labs, the labs usually start with yam or soy. So, we don’t use the term natural to describe these hormones, but at the molecular level, they are the exact same as the body produces. Question: I bought a natural progesterone cream over the counter and it had a California Proposition 65 warning about cancer. What is that about? Answer: Proposition 65 regulates substances officially listed by California as causing cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Natural progesterone is on that list. The reason it is on that list is because there are progestins (progesterone-like medications) that do cause cancer. The state of California has decided to lump in natural progesterone with these progestins. Therefore, if the product can be sold in California, it must have this warning. There are no studies that show natural progesterone causes cancer, so the only entity that thinks progesterone causes cancer is the state of California. Question: Does insurance cover BHRT? Answer: When prescribed by a physician, BHRT can be covered. It depends on your insurance company and its restrictions. Your pharmacy may be able to tell you more specifically when they fill the prescription. Consider going to a pharmacy that specializes in compounding. Many pharmacists at compounding pharmacies have special training in bioidentical hormone restoration therapy.
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“On the go” account access
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By Alan M. Zierler


ummer in Wisconsin: a time filled with sunny days, chirping birds and vacationers hitting the road. Whether you’re at home or on the road this summer, most credit unions and banks offer a variety of convenient ways to do your banking and get the money you need without taking the time to visit a branch in person.

ATM and debit cards

There are generally two types of cards you can use to withdraw cash at an automated teller machine (ATM). An “ATM-only card” associated with a savings or checking account, and a debit card, which is only linked to a checking account.

Many credit unions and banks offer fee-free ATM withdrawals from their own ATMs. Since usage fees can be considerable, if you’re traveling outside the area, you may want to check with your financial institution to see if they also belong to a nationwide ATM network that allows feefree ATM transactions. In addition to ATM withdrawals, debit cards are also great for “point of sale” purchases, allowing you to simply swipe your card and pay at retail stores, grocery stores and other merchants, wherever your type of card is accepted (such as Visa or MasterCard). The main thing to remember when using an ATM or debit card is that the money is withdrawn from your account

immediately when you do the transaction. While a debit card can also be used to make online purchases, because it involves direct access to your checking account, a better choice when shopping online is to use a credit card.

Mobile banking

Increasingly popular, mobile banking gives you access to your accounts from the convenience of your smart phone — pretty much wherever you get reception. With mobile banking, you can track your spending, transfer funds, pay your bills and almost everything else you can do in person (except withdraw cash). Access your account via your financial institution’s Internet banking,



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“ Wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a secure Internet connection, online banking is a great way to keep an eye on your accounts while on vacation.”
or check with your credit union or bank to see if they have a mobile app. e-statements (either free or for a small charge), so you can review and print out copies of your monthly statements — all from the convenience of your computer.

Phone banking

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With many of the same account management features as online banking, phone banking gives you access to your account information even if you don’t have access to Internet service. Using audio prompts, you can check your balances, transfer funds and more with a simple phone call. With all the financial tools available today, managing your money is easier than ever. So, whether you’re planning a trip across the country, across the ocean or just across the street, check with your credit union or bank to learn more about the many ways you can access your accounts at home or away.
Alan M. Zierler is the president and CEO of Capital Credit Union, where he has been a board member for 24 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Silver Lake College and serves on the board of directors for Corporate Central Credit Union and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, among others. Zierler and his wife, Judy, have been married for 35 years, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. Headquartered in Kimberly, Capital Credit Union has over $449 million in assets and serves more than 34,000 members.

Chances are that your financial institution offers online banking. All you need is Internet access to log in and view your account information, transfer funds, view checks that have cleared, make loan payments, pay bills and more. Wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a secure Internet connection, online banking is a great way to keep an eye on your accounts while on vacation. Most financial institutions also offer

Bill pay

Online bill pay is a convenient tool, and especially so when you’re away on vacation. Many credit unions and banks offer this service (free or for a nominal fee), which allows you to pay your bills whenever it works for you, any time, day or night. You can usually access bill pay easily via your financial institution’s website.

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Fishing for Tim’s support
By Kathi Bloy


im Mecikalski has lived with cystic fibrosis (CF) all his life. The genetic disorder that often affects the respiratory and digestive systems has progressed, and he now needs a lung transplant. Yet Tim, 42, considers himself very fortunate. “Most people with CF need a transplant in their twenties or thirties. I’ve been pretty lucky,” he says. “I didn’t have any issues with my lungs until I was about eighteen.” When his friends and family gather on June 21 to raise funds for his lung transplant, Tim will be in Pittsburgh. He may already have his lung. After a long battle, Tim was placed on the transplant list in April. In May, he and his mother moved to Pittsburgh, knowing that usually a donor is found within about three weeks. Growing up in Crivitz, Tim says, he worked for his dad and then for a grocery store. He was pretty healthy when he graduated from high school and started the welding program at NWTC. In retrospect, he says, “Welding probably affected my lungs and wasn’t the best career choice. But I loved doing it and I was really good at it.” In the last two years, he has earned certificates in basic and advanced medical transcription. In May 2012, he graduated from NWTC again in medical coding. “Once I get through the

transplant,” Tim says, “that’s what I want to do for a career.” Perseverance and patience have played a big role in his lifelong love of fishing, and they’ve served him well on the road to wellness, too. “There’s a lot of stress,” Tim says. “At times it looks pretty bleak. But I’d tell others who need a transplant, ‘Don’t give up.’ You have to stay hopeful to have a chance for surgery and to survive it, too. You have to keep your mind on your goal.” That isn’t easy when your condition affects you not only physically, but emotionally as well. Tim says, “Over the last five years, I have not been able to bow hunt because of my coughing and shortness of breath. I have not fished as much because it takes so much out of me to load and unload the boat.” Missing his hobbies would be bad enough, but Tim says CF has also made it hard to find good quality personal relationships. “Because of where I live, I do Internet dating. I have many times been talking with women through the site and when I tell them of my illness, the majority of them stop talking to me or don’t want to advance the relationship any further.” Still, Tim is encouraged. Pittsburgh, he says, is one of few centers that will accept a patient with his particular symptoms. He advises

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others that “if you are denied at one center, keep looking for one that will accept you. I spent the money twice on plane tickets, rental cars and hotels to go to one medical center and then was denied. That knocked the wind right out of me. I had to start all over with a different center.” Ironically, his transplant surgeon is from Cedarburg, Wis. While the two of them work on improving Tim’s condition in Pennsylvania, Tim’s brother, Mike, and sister-in-law, Michelle, will be holding a Celebration of Support for him in Green Bay to help pay for living expenses and medical costs. He will need lifelong medication and many follow-up appointments to assure the health of his new lung. Community Benefit Tree, Inc. is assisting with Tim’s Celebration of Support at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay on June 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Readers also may send Tim a card or make a donation online at the Community Benefit Tree website: Click on “Celebrations” and then “Tim Mecikalski.” Checks can also be made payable and mailed to: Community Benefit Tree, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130 — Attn: Fishing for Tim’s Support. All donations made through Community Benefit Tree are tax deductible.
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illions of people across the globe are living with diabetes, a chronic disease in which sugar levels in the blood are high. The side effects of diabetes can be serious, and some people might become very sick even before they are diagnosed, while others may need to make drastic lifestyle changes upon diagnosis in order to avoid more dire consequences, including death. Though diabetes does not discriminate based on race or gender, women should know that certain things can elevate their risks. Birth control pills, for example, can increase a woman’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Elevated blood sugar levels are a symptom of diabetes or prediabetes, a condition when blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to indicate diabetes. Prediabetes can eventually develop into type 2 diabetes, and recent studies have shown that prediabetes increases a person’s risk of heart disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, women going through menopause may also have elevated blood sugar levels thanks to hormonal changes. So what are women concerned about diabetes to do? Though there’s no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, which is most often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults, women can take steps to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. • Increase your lean muscle mass. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that increasing muscle mass can reduce people’s risk of developing prediabetes. This is significant for women who may avoid lifting weights in favor of cardiovascular equipment like the treadmill or elliptical machine. Though cardiovascular exercise can burn glucose as well, it’s still important to build lean muscle by including some strength and resistance training in a workout regimen. • Don’t carry extra weight. According to a 2001 study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, overweight people are 20 to 40 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with healthy weights. If you are carrying extra weight, a combination of diet and exercise should help you shed pounds and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes as a result. • Embrace whole grains. In a separate study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, whole grains were
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found to protect women against diabetes. Women who ate two to three servings of whole grains per day were 30 percent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes than women who rarely ate whole grains. Whole grains should be consumed in place of refined carbohydrates, which can cause blood sugar levels to swing rapidly. Carbohydrates are refined to increase the shelf life of certain products and improve taste. During the refining process, nutrients needed to utilize the sugar are removed. Foods that contain refined carbohydrates include white bread, white rice and pretzels. And as noted by the United States Department of Agriculture, it’s safe to assume grain products are made with refined grains unless the packaging notes they are made with whole grains or whole wheat. • Get a good night’s sleep. People who fail to consistently get a good night’s sleep may be increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes because a lack of sleep can make them more resistant to insulin. A 2012 study from researchers at the University of Chicago published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sleep deprivation hinders the ability of fat cells to respond to insulin. The fat cells of study participants after they were deprived of sleep needed nearly three times as much insulin to regulate blood sugar as the cells needed on a typical night’s rest. That dogged resistance to insulin over time can allow sugar and cholesterol to accumulate in the blood, increasing a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease as a result. Though the National Sleep Foundation admits sleep needs vary depending on a person’s age and those needs are impacted by an individual’s health and lifestyle, many experts agree adults need somewhere between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Diabetes is a potentially deadly disease that can negatively impact a woman’s life in a variety of ways. But there are many methods for proactive women to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes so they can live fuller, healthier and happier lives.
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Craniosacral therapy
By Bobbi del Plaine, LMT, CST, CVMRT


raniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on or light touch therapy addressing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid that can be restricted by trauma. This restriction occurs when the body experiences falls, accidents, blocked emotional issues and general nervous tension within the body. The practitioner works with the skull and its cranial sutures, the spine, diaphragms and fascia to release restrictions of nerve passages, easing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and spinal cord to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This can enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.

chronic pain conditions, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and those conditions associated with stress. For further information on craniosacral therapy, visit these websites:; www.osteodoc. com/sutherland.htm; and
Bobbi del Plaine, LMT, CST, CVMRT, is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in craniosacral therapy and Reconnective Healing®. She works at Get Connected Counseling, LLC in Appleton, a mental health private practice offering educational and counseling services to teens, adults, couples and families. Get Connected Counseling offers a different experience in counseling than clients have had before, with a focus on transformational healing of mind, body and spirit. For more information, visit

How does craniosacral therapy help you?

Craniosacral therapy encourages your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of your brain and spinal cord, to disperse the negative effects of stress, and to improve a person’s general health and resistance to disease. Many times when we are involved in a traumatic incident, the cells of the body continue to remember the incident even though it has long since passed. Robert Scaer, M.D., discusses in his book, “The Body Bares the Burden,” how the body and brain remember everything, and how a kindling effect or a cumulating effect of stress and trauma build up in the body and may lead to disease. The body stores traumatic events just like the mind does. There is a cumulative effect, and what this can do to the body is cause chronic pain that is unable to be explained by the medical community. Through the use of the craniosacral therapy, the body is able to release the area that holds the traumatic event. During a craniosacral therapy session, the client lies on a massage table fully dressed and the therapist uses their hands to gently unwind facial adhesions throughout the body, helping to relax those areas of the body that are affected. Most people experience a deep relaxation after a session and continue to see more improvements in the days following the session.

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Healthy in spirit: “Adversity University”
By Rev. April Kain-Breese


e all experience adversity in our lives. No matter how healthy our lifestyle or how carefully we try to protect ourselves, at some time adversity is likely to hit. Look no further than the athletes, volunteers and spectators at the Boston Marathon in April. Some of those who ran that day will be using artificial limbs to get around in the future. That wasn’t supposed to happen. It probably never even crossed their minds that there would be a bombing at the Marathon. It is saddening and maddening that something so “wrong” should happen to people who trained for months and years to compete in this famous race, or to those who came to watch and cheer the runners on. Wrong, yes, but it happened. And now we all have a choice to make about how we respond to it. Have you given up going out in public? Are you afraid? Have you scratched plans to race in a regional marathon or half-marathon? Are you staying home with the shades pulled, or are you intending to follow through on plans you have made for this summer?

There are at least two ways to look at the Boston bombing. One is that it was a senseless, terrible tragedy reportedly committed by some disaffected young men who had no regard for human life. Another is to acknowledge the terror of the event and then go a step further, bringing to mind all of the courage that was shown that day by participants, observers and emergency personnel who risked their lives to help others. Which interpretation have you chosen? You can always choose how to look at an event, an illness or a circumstance. Many who face adversity emerge from it stronger and more resilient than ever before. Adversity is never easy, but it can be a “university” course where some “higher learning” takes place. Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” He also said, “Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere.” We must be able to imagine a higher level of response. As we do that, we tap into internal resources we may not have known we had before!

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“ Many who face adversity emerge from it stronger and more resilient than ever before.“
If you are facing adversity right now, consider what might happen if you took your response to “the next level”? Logic is great, but what if you let your imagination go to work for you? If you apply your creative and resourceful imagination to whatever the problem seems to be, you may be surprised by the answers that come! You are more than you think you are. You have more resources available to you than you realize. You are always at “possibility junction,” and there is always something more or different to be done, or a different thought to hold. Adversity University can teach us to be afraid and cower before every challenge, or it can teach us to be courageous and resourceful. We are all enrolled at Adversity University from time to time. Which course will you pursue?
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Revealing Rolfing SI: A powerful bodywork system with a funny name

By Victoria L. Huss


hen one hears the word “Rolfing,” all sorts of images, bodily sensations and noises may come to mind. Yes, it is an interesting name. No, it does not involve wrenching, excruciating pain or visits to a bathroom south of the border. Rolfing is actually better known as Rolfing® Structural Integration (or Rolfing® SI) — a dynamic and holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and somatic education that restores and balances the whole body to its natural, healthiest and most efficient alignment. Rolfing® Structural Integration was developed by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. A biochemist interested in health and alternative healing, Dr. Rolf explored osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy and yoga. Through her research, she saw clearly the correlation between body function and proper alignment. She discovered that she could achieve dramatic changes in posture and physical structure by manipulating and balancing the body’s densely woven web of connective tissue called “fascia.” Fascia surrounds, supports and penetrates all muscles, bones, veins, nerves and organs, and provides a network for the nervous system to communicate with the body. When one part of the body becomes injured or inflamed through poor posture, repetitive movement, emotional or physical trauma,
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surgery and life’s daily stresses, the nervous system tells fascia in that area to thicken or shorten. This constriction and armoring serves a great purpose as it protects the body from further injury; however, once the injury has healed or the danger of injury has passed, the holding pattern that remains often affects functioning of the entire body. By the 1940s, Dr. Rolf developed a process of 10 sessions during which all major fascial segments of the body were attended to. The process became known as the “Ten Series” and the work itself became known as “Structural Integration.” Dr. Rolf ’s fans would refer to her work as “getting rolfed over” and eventually nicknamed it “Rolfing®.” The practitioners of this work soon became known as “Rolfers™.” The work gained a reputation for being highly effective but rather painful, as it was believed that more pressure on the body’s tissues created more change. More than 50 years later, the work is still highly effective, but it is no longer nearly as painful. Research has shown that Rolfing SI® works on a neurobiological level and affects the autonomic nervous system by contacting extremely sensitive mechanoreceptors residing in fascia. These receptors react to far less pressure than previously thought. Rolfers™ have since adjusted their techniques and have created an experience of

Structural Integration that is as comfortable as it is transformative. Gentle awarenessbased movement work has also become important within the context and goals of Rolfing SI® — providing a multi-faceted approach to addressing inefficient and dysfunctional movement patterns. Our posture and structure display our collection of holding patterns, limitations, accidents, injuries and not-so-pleasant life experiences. When we are held in the past by our fascia, we may find it difficult for our minds and spirits to function fully and optimally in the present. By systematically and gently releasing chronic stress, dissolving armoring and unwinding tension patterns, the body naturally finds alignment in gravity. Posture improves, chronic pain eases, and bodily awareness and perception are heightened. Energy levels increase, as the body no longer automatically resorts to inefficient movement patterns or guards against traumas of long ago. Transformation occurs and new possibilities of moving, standing and being suddenly become available!
Victoria L. Huss is the Certified Rolfer™ and owner of New Possibilities Integration LLC in downtown Appleton. She finds joy in helping people unfold and find freedom from rigidity and chronic pain. Victoria offers free consultations. For more information, call 920.427.7653 or visit Rolfing® is a registered service mark of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration.

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ore than 400 species of nonnative invasive forest insects and diseases are established in the United States. Some of these insects and diseases have become invasive and are spreading rapidly, causing significant economic and ecological impacts to the nation’s forests and urban trees. Some of the insects and diseases below have already made their impact on northeast Wisconsin, and some are still coming.

yards of many homeowners. Dutch elm disease was introduced into the United States in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio in 1930 and spread to destroy millions of American elm trees in urban and forested landscapes.

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Oak wilt is caused by an exotic fungus. It is one of the most serious diseases of oaks in the Midwest and kills tens of thousands of oak trees every year.

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Dutch elm disease

American elm was once widely distributed throughout the eastern United States and was a preferred tree for city streets and the

Gypsy moth caterpillars have defoliated oak and mixed hardwood forests, spreading from Boston, where it was accidently introduced around 1869. Because the adult females are flightless, the line of the advance moves annually only as far as the young caterpillars can “parachute” in the wind or the eggs are moved around by human activities.

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The Asian longhorned beetle arrived here as larvae boring in solid wood packing material from China. The first beetles were detected in trees in several suburban towns on Long Island and in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Chicago. These outbreaks have triggered major eradication efforts that include inspection of all trees in designated quarantine areas.

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In the 1930s, chestnut blight spread quickly through Virginia, after its introduction to New York in 1904. This disease altered Appalachian forests where American chestnut was dominant. Now very few American chestnuts survive in the United States.

Hemlock woolly adelgids

The hemlock woolly adelgid is a tiny sap sucker insect first noted in the eastern United States around 1950 on nursery stock in Richmond, Virginia. In the late 1980s, the spread rate took off and now has spread through the Smokey Mountains and southern Maine. A heavily infected hemlock usually dies in five to seven years.

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Butternut canker

Butternut canker is killing butternut and threatening the future of this important hardwood species throughout its range in North America.

Emerald ash borer

beech scale insect first attacks the bark, creating a wound that provides an entry way for the two different fungi to invade the tree. The fungus grows and kills the living tissue under the outer bark, resulting in cankers that eventually girdle and kill the tree.

Emerald ash borer, an exotic pest relatively new to North America, attacks and kills ash species growing here. It probably first entered Michigan at least ten years ago, presumably in solid wood packing materials from China. It has spread to many states and Canada. It is estimated that 200 million ash have been killed to date. Because ash species were planted in many urban areas as replacements for elms that were killed by Dutch elm disease, many of our streets and yards are again sadly bare.

Thousand canker disease

Thousand canker disease is causing dieback and mortality of eastern black walnut in several western states and has become more common and severe during the last decade. A tiny beetle creates numerous galleries beneath the bark of affected branches and the main stem, resulting in

fungal infection and canker formation. The large numbers of cankers associated with dead branches and the stem suggest the disease’s name. The world is becoming a smaller place, and trying to keep damaging insects and diseases outside our borders is becoming more difficult. Through regulations and research, hopefully we can slow down the introduction of new invaders and slow the spread of current invaders.
Gary Coroneos is a certified arborist, pesticide applicator, and member of the ISA and WAA. He is with Ranger Services Inc., a landscape and urban forest management company. For more information, please call 920.731.3511.

Sudden oak death

Sudden oak death is a non-native fungal disease that is killing oaks in California and Oregon. It is also infecting a large number of shrub species but not killing them. Unfortunately, some of these shrubs are grown commercially in those areas and have brought the disease to the East Coast as well. Oak species are a major component of Eastern and Midwestern hardwood forests, and the host shrubs mentioned earlier are common understory plants in these forests.

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A journey to higher consciousness
By Judy Rogers, LCSW


re you a seeker of more spiritual growth? Do you wish to live a life of higher consciousness? Today I am going to share some practices and tools I found helpful on a journey to higher consciousness. The first is to create a vision for our minds. Instead of setting goals, we will start our journey by identifying the deepest values and beliefs that we hold to be true. We replace goal setting and desired outcomes with a picture of our most authentic self. A mindful daily meditation practice slows down our chattering mind long enough to begin to discern what matters most. “Who am I and how do I want to make the most of my life here and now?” You can begin to find these answers by taking them into a daily sitting meditation practice. You can also journal on these questions. Meditation and journaling are two excellent tools for finding our purpose and living with authenticity and clarity resulting in higher consciousness. Spiritual leaders say a sign that we are awakening to a deeper purpose is a profound sense of restlessness. It can be described as a vague uneasiness or a sense that something is missing. “There must be more to life than this.” We often become more aware of this restless feeling, and with increased consciousness we are able

to follow it to a higher purpose and way of living. A mindfulness practice called Loving Kindness is also helpful on our journey. This practice is based on acceptance and leads us to less suffering. We will not measure our progress with the critical chattering mind. Expecting to be perfect is a form of suffering. Instead, we are going to learn self-compassion. We do this by repeating several times a day and\or when we are feeling critical and hopeless: May I be filled with loving kindness. May I feel safe from harm. May I accept myself just as I am. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy. Another tool that is helpful for our journey is becoming aware of coincidences. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung called this synchronicity. Jung is the person who first coined the idea that there are no accidents, just lessons and meaningful events — chance meetings, missed planes, books opening to a significant passage. By becoming aware of these coincidences and their message and meaning, we can reach higher levels of consciousness. Some people have

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called this looking for miracles, and when they started to look, miracles happened every day. Try it, I bet you, too, will start seeing miracles in your life. James Redfield’s book, “Celestine Prophecy” is a story about seeking. The main character of the novel undertakes a journey to find spiritual insights and awakening. Here are some of his suggestions: • Your life has a purpose and events happen for a reason. • Begin to find meaning behind each life event. • Acknowledge restless energy as a sign of needed change and deeper awareness. • Listen to your body. • Realize that what you pay attention to will grow. • Trust your journey. Live by letting yourself be guided, not by a forced set of goals. • Know that you are fulfilling your life’s destiny. I wish you blessings as you journey to a life of loving kindness, purpose and greater consciousness. It is often helpful to join a church meditation group, attend a mindfulness workshop or seek out an integrative therapist who can work one-on-one with you on your journey. There are several good books and authors who can offer direction and guidance. Some of my favorites are Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Kristen Neff and Thich Nhat Hanh. You can find their websites and books online.
Judy Rogers, LCSW, is the owner of Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, a private practice specializing in integrative psychotherapy, including mind-body medicine. They offer individual, couple, family and group counseling. By integrating evidence-based therapy practices from Eastern medicine, they are able to enhance the best of Western medicine. Check out  www.mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing. com or call 920.722.7245 for more details and to find out when the next group session of interest will start. You can also LIKE Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing on Facebook to follow what is happening at the center.

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Yin yang energies
By Master Jesse


hat is yin yang? Well, I am not a linguist, nor do I speak ancient Mandarin, but here it what I’ve learned. Some 5,000 years ago, the ancient Shaolin priests noticed that the hands and feet of aging women were in general cooler than those of men the same age. Since then, the cool energies have been dubbed as feminine and the warm energies as masculine. It was not intended to distinguish the differences between the sexes, nor was it intended to judge good or bad. Over centuries, the meaning of words and phrases take on different meanings. A good example is the word “fear.” When one hears the word “fear” one perceives terror. Two thousand years ago it meant “to stand in awe.” So, if one were to read a 2,000-year-old document on the subject of fear, one would believe the document was describing terror, when in fact it is describing awe. Today, in the Western world, yin yang has for the most part become male and female, having more to do with describing the sexes. Male energies are being described as “bad” and the feminine energies as “good.” Over the last 20 years, I have seen the newest interpretation hijacked and twisted to the point that it is now being used to divide brother and sister. Earlier this year, a homeopathic doctor recommended to a client that she set up an appointment with me. She told her that she had taken her as far as she could, that I had excellent success with others suffering the same affliction and that she knew of no one else that she trusted to get the job done. She called to set an appointment. After putting her on the calendar, she asked, “Isn’t there a woman healer I can see?” “Your doctor sent you my way because she knows I have the knowledge and experience, and that I get the desired benefits,” I said. “I need feminine energy,” she shouted. “Not that nasty male energy you carry.” I replied, “Do you want to be healed? If you do, I can help you. If it will make you feel more at ease, I will make sure my female apprentice is in the room at all times. Will that help you be more comfortable?” “Ok,” she agreed.
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Later, she called and cancelled her appointment, telling the clerk that “the nasty male energy cannot heal her.” (This person described herself as being open-minded, compassionate, spiritual and somewhat enlightened.) Two weeks later, her doctor called me. She told me that the client was very upset. She didn’t understand why she needed to come to me. She needed “feminine energy” like hers (indicating the doctor) or even that of my wife, who is not a healer. The doctor laughed, not at the client, but rather at her statement describing the doctor’s and my wife’s energy as feminine. You see, the doctor and my wife are very good friends, and they are both businesswomen in Wisconsin. Successful businesswomen in Wisconsin are tough. For instance, when my wife and I opened our store, I was having a hard time with one of our vendors. I told him we needed to resolve the situation that day, or I would be forced to turn it over to Jane, my wife. One man laughed and asked if he was supposed to be afraid. I said, “Yes!” So I turned it over to Jane. After Jane had a conversation with him on the phone, one-sided I may add, he became more like an agreeable pet. You see, when male/female energy is described, it has nothing to do with what sex the body it omits from is. Male energy is aggressive. Female energy is nurturing. Today, most men and women use male energy. Less than 10 percent of people use the feminine energies outside of the family. It makes no difference if one is male or female; we all have the feminine and masculine, the yin and the yang.
Master Jesse, Zenith Master, is from Mystical Earth Gallery, located at 112b E. College Ave., downtown Appleton. For more information, please call 920.993.1122 or visit www.

Why this painting made me cry
By Tina Siebers


was asked by the facilitator of the workshop how and why I had found intuitive painting. And I didn’t really know what to say other than, “It found me.” I say this because this workshop actually wasn’t easy to find and honestly, I wasn’t even looking for it. The workshop began with the facilitator explaining how to paint from our intuition. We had to drop any plan we had for a painting and to paint in the now, which means always checking what we were feeling at the moment. That didn’t sound easy, but I was willing to try it. Initially, it felt freeing and kind of exciting to not know what I would be painting. I started with colors that I loved and made big brushstrokes that felt really good. This was fun! I was happy! And then I got stuck. I was completely blank. The facilitator came over and we talked. Being stuck or blocked is always based on fear. I told her I thought my picture was stupid and ugly compared to everyone else’s. Judgment and comparison in particular are creativity killers and make us so afraid to do things we love to do. In this workshop, I had an opportunity to take a risk and paint as stupid and as ugly as I wanted to in a safe way — no one was judging me. Each participant there was standing in their own spot of vulnerability. Each of us feeling the same fears. We each held compassion for the other because of that. And really, nobody cared anything about what anyone else was painting. If my painting could be as stupid and ugly as it wanted to be, what would I paint? The answer that came to me was black lines and red cracks, so that’s what I did. I was upset that my picture was ugly and I was making it uglier. I was upset that I felt like I wasn’t good enough and because I wanted a beautiful painting. I could feel the hot tears starting to spill. I took a break and cried. When I felt more composed, I went back to my painting and still hating it, finished. I couldn’t really understand why some lines and colors made me have that reaction. What I learned is the images on the paper do not have to look like anything, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t understand what it means. Our logical mind wants to make sense of things. But in this process, we don’t have to know what our painting is or means because our subconscious does know. Our intuition knows what we need at a

specific moment and when we listen, like we did in this painting process, we are expressing what is necessary, allowing space for something else. Our intuition always serves our highest good. At the end of the workshop, I had some paintings I hated, loved and just had no feelings for. I had run through a gamut of emotions, sometimes in just one painting, and always kept thinking “it’s just paint and paper.” I left the workshop feeling stronger; I felt like I had done something very brave. It IS courageous to face your fear, experience it and then come out of the other side of it, with other people to witness and support you through it! I paint intuitively as much as I can and I am not perfect in this process. It is hard to be stuck and to keep painting while being uncomfortable. It takes an open heart and mind, and a willingness to accept the process. I invite you to be courageous … to see what mystery lies within yourself … and to take a risk with paint and paper.
Tina Siebers has over 14 years of experience in social work and uses art to help clients access their inner wisdom. Tina offers workshops on intuitive painting and mandalas. These meditative processes nurture your creativity and foster self exploration. We are all creative beings and no experience is necessary to take this life-affirming journey. For more information, visit her website at

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By Kim Neher, MS


ne of the most common requests I get as a clinical nutritionist is for healthy recipes. Lately, chia seeds have been on the forefront of people’s minds. Actually, “What exactly are chia seeds?” is the first question I am asked, and “What do I do with them?” is a fast second. Chia seeds  grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid, helping the body stay hydrated and full. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” — the oils found in this small little round seed are the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega-3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s and depression. If you’ve never made anything with chia seeds before, I definitely have a recipe to get you hooked. This fruit salad recipe is perfect for a summer dessert,  although it could easily be served any time of day — especially for breakfast or a snack. The best part? It contains zero refined sugars, but you would never know it. I hope I’ve given you reason enough to add chia seeds to your kitchen pantry, but if not, just try this recipe. You will not be sorry!
Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. To learn more, contact Neher at 920.358.5764 or Source: 1.
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That is the main message and commitment driving certified nutritionist Theresa Groskopp and her team at Natural Healthy Concepts in Appleton. “Everything starts with proper nutrition,” says Groskopp, stressing, “It’s the foundation of health and wellness.” When people ask how they differ from some of the other supplement stores in the Appleton area, she explains it like this: “We focus on nutrition as part of your total health and wellness, not just one area of that, like weight loss or sports nutrition.” Groskopp’s obvious passion shows in everything that’s done at Natural Healthy Concepts: from stocking an unsurpassed selection of superior vitamins and supplements to organizing a wonderful Speaker Series, which showcases how natural health can benefit people’s lives. This commitment to educating and helping people through their journeys to better health is clearly meeting a local need. The company has grown strongly since it was founded in 2004. In fact, the business has expanded its store twice and now operates a major online business.
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But even as it has rapidly expanded, the focus has remained constant: to provide customers with nutrition information as well as qualitygrade supplements, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies, natural skin care products and natural pet care items.

Natural Healthy Concepts offers high-quality brands that can only be purchased by certified practitioners like Groskopp, so you won’t find them in most retail stores. “The health nutrition supplements we select are based on ingredients, absorption and proven efficacy, and only come from reputable companies,” Groskopp points out. The mostsought-after brands include: •• Metagenics •• Thorne Research •• Apex Energetics •• Premier Research Labs •• Ortho Molecular And the growth the company has enjoyed means Natural Healthy Concepts can provide these leading professional brands at very reasonable prices. “Buying in quantity allows us to pass on savings to our customers,” Groskopp says. Customers also appreciate that she is happy to respond to requests for new products from stocked brands when they meet her high standards.


There is much more to Natural Healthy Concepts than dietary supplements, however. It also offers homeopathic remedies, herbs, teas, oils, natural organic skin care products, ionic detox footbaths and natural pet products. The “original alternative medicine,” homeopathy uses energetic signals from plant, mineral or animal substances to gently stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. It is based on the law of similars: like cures like. WebMD explains, “If a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness.” Natural Healthy Concepts provides homeopathic remedies for digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, emotional and urinary problems, and a host of other issues. It also stocks a wonderful collection of herbs, teas and essential oils to help customers reach better levels of health naturally. “And as women are becoming more aware about how ingredients in skin care products are being absorbed through their skin, they are becoming more conscious about what they apply to their skin and hair,” says Debbie Dengel, store manager. Natural Healthy Concepts provides some of the most reputable natural skin care brands, many of which are certified organic. Another area showing rapid growth is ionic footbath detoxes. Natural Healthy Concepts uses


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Groskopp and her staff put as much focus on customer service as they do on providing superior products. Whether it is in-store or through the call center, all company representatives strive to provide a supportive environment focused on customers’ health and wellness. Amanda Hofacker, assistant store manager, says, “Our commitment is to build long-term customer relationships based on mutual trust, respect and total satisfaction.” With more than 26 years’ experience in the natural health industry, the customer service team can answer customer queries not only on supplements and vitamins but also on a broad range of subjects, including aromatherapy, herbals and functional foods. “We really have a well-balanced team with specialized knowledge and integrity,” Groskopp says. And team members stay on top of nutrition developments by regularly attending continuing education seminars and webinars.


The commitment to education extends to customers. The Speaker Series at Natural Healthy Concepts is intended to help educate the community about healthy living. “We really want to promote good health and let people know what options they have, especially considering the staggering costs of healthcare today,” explains Mary Bloomer, who manages the Speaker Series. If turnout is any indication, this series has been welcomed by many in the local community. And in June, it will focus on breast health and natural childbirth (see sidebar). The Appleton store also hosts other events each month, including giveaways and demonstrations, details of which can be found on its website ( You can also follow events at the company, get nutrition news, or details about coupons and special deals by following Natural Healthy Concepts through social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and, of course, their informative blog (


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Kneeling extension

Strengthening your back and core for summer sports
By Dr. Marco Araujo

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ummer is a great time to enjoy some of our favorite outdoor pastimes. Many of us will dust off softball mitts and tennis rackets or make sure we’ve still got that lucky putter in our golf bags as we get ready for another season. Getting back into the swing of things isn’t always easy, however, as your body might not be in the same shape it was the last time you played a round of 18 holes. In fact, if you’re not ready for the quick movements involved with a home run swing or tee shot, you can end up with a painful injury. Naturally, you should warm up with some light physical activity and stretches before hitting the field, court or links. Even more important is keeping your core and back strong to prevent future back pain problems. Here are five back- and core-strengthening tips I recommend:
Kneeling extension: Kneel on all fours with your hands directly below your shoulders and knees directly below your hips. Slowly raise your right arm straight out, while simultaneously extending your left leg out with your toes pointing toward the ground. Hold the position for 10 seconds and then slowly lower to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and right leg. Run three sets on each side. Hip lifts: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your arms flat on the floor beside you. Rotate your pelvis and tailbone downward, tightening your core muscles. Slowly lift your midsection off of the ground while holding this position by using your legs,

arms and shoulders to balance. Hold an elevated position for 10 seconds and then gently lower yourself to the starting position. Repeat five times.
Planks: Get yourself in a push-up position, except on your elbows. Make sure your back is parallel to the ground so you don’t put extra pressure on your lower back. Hold the position for 10 seconds initially and repeat several times. Try extending your time after gauging what your body can handle.

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Side planks: Start in a plank position, but rotate so your left arm and feet are the only contact points to the ground. As you rotate to the side, your hips will want to sink toward the ground, causing strain in your lower back. Instead, be sure to hold your abdominal muscles tight and keep your hips raised. Hold the position for 10 seconds initially and repeat several times. Repeat three times on each side and try extending your time in future exercises. Abdominal chair crunch: Lie on your back with your lower legs resting comfortably on a chair. With your hands behind your head, raise your chin toward the ceiling. Tighten your abdominal muscles as you elevate your shoulders off of the floor. Try doing 10 for three sets. Increase your repetitions as you strengthen your core.

Make sure you have another great summer sports season by supplementing your healthy diet and lifestyle by preparing your back and core with these strength exercises. If you experience persistent back or muscle pain, a consultation with a family physician or a pain management specialist is recommended.
Marco Araujo, M.D., is the medical director for Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay. He is a fellowship trained Harvard Scholar who has years of experience in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, with advanced experience in neuropathic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia and work-related injuries. APM has two area locations: 2595 Development Drive, Suite 150, Green Bay and 2700 E. Enterprise Avenue, Appleton. Call 888.901.PAIN (7246) for an appointment or visit Referrals are welcome, but not necessary. Most insurance accepted.
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t looks like summer is here. It’s time to pull out the grill, unpack the camping gear and prep the mountain bikes. Summer is full of fun and the beautiful outdoors. Most of what comes with summer, like blooming flowers, the warm weather and outdoor activities, are great. But not everything that comes with summer is so wonderful. Take, for example, those pesky mosquitoes. Whether I am enjoying a run outside or simply hanging out in a friend’s siness backyard, I can’t help but attract every mosquito in a 1-mile radius. I have tried to trees and avoid using insect repellent because of all the are harmful chemicals in it. Instead, I have tried


some clothing and lifestyle adjustments in order to avoid using the harmful insect repellents. I have tried everything from wearing long pants, to avoiding wearing black, to trying to stay indoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are at their worst. If you are a mosquito magnet like me, you are looking for a natural mosquito repellent that actually repels. Not only are those pesky mosquito bites itchy and extremely irritating, but there is also the risk of West

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chemicals. One of the most used chemicals is the poisonous pesticide DEET. DEET is actually so poisonous that the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you are finished using its protection, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. DEET has been associated with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy (encephalitis) in children, including three deaths, according to the Extension Toxicology Network at Cornell University. The use of DEET in mosquito repellents is extremely troubling. But if we can’t use DEET to repel those harmful and annoying mosquitoes, what can we use? Let’s take a look at one of the newest ways to repel mosquitoes that is 10 times more powerful than the chemical repellents. One of the natural ways to repel mosquitoes is catnip oil. A study done at Iowa State University found that catnip oil was 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than chemicals, such as DEET, which is found in most commercial bug repellents. Nepetalactone is an essential oil in catnip that gives the plant

its odor, and when studying the effect of nepetalactone on mosquitoes researchers found that the mosquitoes retreated. Most commercial repellents contain roughly five to 25 percent DEET, while repellents containing catnip oil need much less oil and still achieve the same repellency as a DEET-based repellent. Why catnip repels mosquitoes is still a mystery to even the scientist that made the discovery. It could be that the mosquitoes don’t like the smell of catnip oil, or it could be an irritant to them, but the fact still remains that catnip oil repels mosquitoes. Smell and texture are two other annoying side effects of traditional repellants. Most commercial repellents smell horrible and leave a sticky feeling on your skin that can be even more annoying than the pesky little bugs you are trying to fight off. With many natural repellents, you don’t get that chemical smell, and you will usually have a less sticky residue left on your skin. Find a natural cosmetic company that uses catnip oil as its main repellant. They will most likely have the aroma of lemongrass, tea tree and eucalyptus, along with other

pleasant natural fragrances. It also doesn’t leave that awful sticky residue on your skin; instead, you are left with velvety texture. There are other natural repellents, and I urge you to find which repellent works best for you and your lifestyle. Be sure to read the labels. Now that you are aware of the harmful chemicals found in many commercial repellents, you can make an informed decision on what you want to use on yourself and your family to protect against the mosquitoes this summer. With the warm weather finally here to stay, we all want to spend as much time in it as we can. So fire up those campfires, bring out those marshmallows and cover up with the natural bug spray of your choice. Enjoy your summer!
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Gluten-Free Strawberry Infused Shortcakes
By Danielle Lythjohan
Ingredients: 1 package Mudd Creek’s Gluten-Free Waffle & Pancake Mix 1½ cups milk 2 eggs

4 tablespoons butter, melted Fresh strawberries, cleaned and diced Mudd Creek’s Strawberry Apple Cobbler Fruit Spread, for drizzling Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Sift waffle/pancake mix into a bowl. Make a well in the center and add milk, eggs and melted butter. Mix until smooth and free from lumps. 3. Grease a mini Bundt pan and fill three-fourths full. 4. Place fresh strawberries on top of batter (about ¼ cup for each). 5. Place in oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from pan and let cakes cool on a wire rack. 6. Microwave fruit spread for 20-30 seconds to liquify and stir. Place shortcake on plate and drizzle with fruit spread. Dust with powdered sugar.   Suggestion: Substitute any fresh fruit and any flavor of Mudd Creek’s fruit spread to create a unique dessert. Enjoy!
Danielle Lythjohan is a blogger and product developer volunteer for Mudd Creek, LLC. Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mudd Creek is a gluten-free company specializing in fruit spreads, baking mixes, butter spices/ rubs and coffee blends. It is owned and operated by Donna and Ken Klausen. For more information or to locate a retailer near you, please visit or LIKE us on Facebook at muddcreekllc.


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Choosing the right physical therapist for you
By Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, CSCS


hile there certainly have been many changes in healthcare that are well-publicized, there is one rapidly evolving trend that most consumers may not even know about: increased consumer choice in healthcare. Instead of being limited to certain providers in one certain area, most of us can now choose our own providers, specialists and even physical therapists. A physical therapy order is good anywhere you choose for a licensed physical therapist to guide you through the rehabilitation process. Research has shown that physicians tend to refer patients to their own or their affiliated hospital’s own physical therapy practice, or simply to the practice that is closest in proximity to you or the physician. Frequently, you are not referred to a particular physical therapist because of the specialty they provide. You have one shot at physical therapy. Make it a sure bet! You will benefit from a physical therapist who is empathetic and understanding, and encouraging and challenging. So how do you know the difference between a so-so physical therapist and a stand-out physical therapist who is not only knowledgeable and highly skilled, but also gladly goes above and beyond the call of duty on your behalf? Here are several important questions that anyone can ask to help narrow down the choice of the best physical therapist for you.
How will I be matched to a specific physical therapist? Skip the large clinic that tells you when you ask on the phone who your physical therapist will be, “All of our therapists are great and specialize in the type of care you need for your diagnosis.” For a few cases this may be true, but quite honestly, this is a line that really means you will be placed with the therapist with the most open schedule that matches yours, not the skills that match your therapy needs. Solution: Ask to be matched with a physical therapist who has special training and frequently sees your diagnosis.

Will I be working with the same physical therapist every visit? In some clinics, you will work with whoever’s schedule is most available, whether or not it is with the same therapist. Every physical therapist would agree that you receive the best care from a single physical therapist who knows you and your case. Of course, physical therapists do go on vacation now and then, call in sick or go on maternity leave, but for the majority of your visits, your best care will come from your own dedicated physical therapist. Solution: Ask specifically if you will be working with the same physical therapist on every visit. Will I be given one-on-one care throughout my visit? This is easy to see once you are attending physical therapy, but it may be hard to know ahead of time what kind of care is delivered by your physical therapist. Hopefully if you ask straight up before your first visit, you will get a straight up answer. If you suddenly realize your physical therapist is working with another or multiple patients at the same time, realize that this is not the type of skilled care your insurance company likes to reimburse, and this is sub-par medical attention that you should not be settling for. Solution: Run for the hills! You will get better care elsewhere!
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Jane learns more about thermal body imaging


ith breast cancer a major concern for me, considering an aunt and a cousin both passed from this terrible disease as well as a grandmother having battled it, the fear is always in the back of my mind. Being in my 30s, my doctor told me it is too early to have a mammogram, so I wondered how in the world I could ensure early detection and prevent this from happening to me? My answer came when I met Chris at Valley Thermography. Her warm and friendly personality is so welcoming that you just want to be around her all the time! After learning more about her thermal body imaging business, I decided to set up an appointment for a breast scan. While Valley Thermography does offer thermal imaging for the entire body, this was my particular area of concern at this time. Thermography, although not meant to replace your regular mammograms, can detect breast cancer before a lump even forms. With cancer cells doubling in 90 days, it is very important for early detection and that is exactly what this offers. Valley Thermography’s digital infrared thermal imaging is a non-invasive, no

radiation, painless test to detect abnormalities present in the body and is the only way to actually “visualize” your pain. It can be used to find and treat many diseases and health concerns, from cancers, fibromyalgia and TMJ, to diverticulitis, immune system dysfunction, tumors and more. Chris offers full body scans, breast scans, and image pain and pathology. From the moment I walked into my appointment, I felt comfortable. Chris did a wonderful job of giving me privacy and making me feel at ease. In fact, there is even a curtain separating her and the computer from you and the camera. After sitting on a stool and acclimating my body to the room temperature, she had me turn in different directions to be able to get an accurate scan. After the pictures were taken, she took the time to go through them with me and explain how things work. I had my results back within 24 hours after they were reviewed by a board of very established doctors who actually invented the camera. The photos were then sent to my doctor as per my request. I believe anyone in pain, with a history of cancer or who just wants peace of mind should absolutely visit Chris at Valley

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Thermography. After my results came back “low risk,” I felt relieved and was able to sleep better. It was well worth it and I will be doing this on a regular basis, in combination with my regular exams as recommended by my physician. Call Chris at 920.380.1365 to set up your appointment today! Be sure to mention this article. FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT APPROVED!

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Has my physical therapist had special training for the type of care he or she will be giving me? This is a great question, especially for people with low back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, temporomandibular (TMJ) joint pain and a host of other more complex patient diagnoses. When physical therapists graduate from physical therapy school (myself included), we know enough not to kill someone and maybe a few other treatment tricks of the trade from our clinical instructors. It takes a lot of continuing education and experience to truly be a great physical therapist, especially for the complex and/or rare diagnoses. Solution: Ask specific questions about the qualifications of your physical therapist that make him or her the right fit to treat your specific condition.
Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, CSCS, is a doctor of physical therapy, licensed athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist with over a decade of experience in treating back pain, neck pain, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia and chronic pain with a handson, manual therapy approach balanced with functional exercise. Dr. Murphy also enjoys treating orthopedic and sports injuries and post-operative joints, as well as providing sports performance training on a one-on-one basis. She is the owner of MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice located in Neenah, specializing in personalized care with the same physical therapist every visit. Patients are treated as a whole person, with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s movement pattern to address the source of the patient’s pain, not simply just treating the injury. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 920.215.2050 or Most insurance plans accepted.

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Keep it simple. It’s just compost!
By Sarah Everson


ttempting to compost might be a very scary concept to most.  So scary that it may even deter some from trying it all together.  But fear not!  Composting can be as easy or as complex as you wish you make it. Remember, composting is not a newfangled hightech idea. It has been happening for millennia in the forest. Simply taking control of a few factors such as feedstock and moisture,

speeds up the normally slow process.  What is a “feedstock”? This is a generic term used to describe the material you add to a compost pile.  Feedstock can include food waste, yard waste, manure, hay, etc. It is broken into two groups: carbons and nitrogens (also known as browns and greens, respectively). Examples of browns include leaves, straw, paper and sawdust.  Greens include grass clippings, vegetable scraps,

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coffee grounds and manure.  It is important to understand that a compost pile composed of all nitrogen or too much nitrogen will have odor issues as well as problems with the composting process.  As abundant as nitrogen feedstocks are, it is important to note that for every one pound of nitrogen-rich materials  used,  30 pounds of carbon-rich feedstock are required.  Nitrogen feedstock breaks down quickly, while carbon feedstock breaks down slowly. The proper mix of the two creates a perfect blend.

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Step 1: Decide how soon you want your finished compost product.  This will help you decide the pile’s design and construction. Do you need compost in four months or can you wait a year before you use your compost? If you are in a hurry to achieve compost or if you have a lot of material with which to work, a fast compost pile is your best bet. A fast pile only works when you can fill a 3’x3’x3’ cube all at once. When that pile is built, no more material can be added to it or the composting process starts over from the beginning. Once a fast pile is built, turn it once a week for a month, and then let it sit for a month. After that time, turn it once more, and then let it sit at least four weeks before using it. A second pile might be

useful to handle additional waste collected while the first pile is composting. The alternate way to compost is very relaxing.  Just add feedstock to a backyard bin or pile as you create them;  after the grass has been mowed or when the kitchen food collector is full.  It is handy to keep a bail of hay near the compost pile if browns are hard to find in the summer months. Don’t forget to add some water as you are adding to your pile. A compost pile ideally should be 40-60 percent water. Not having enough water slows the process down, whereas too much water obliterates needed air space within the pile. 
Step 2: When first attempting to compost, keep it simple! Start with using leaves, straw, yard waste and vegetable scraps only. Once you get the hang of the process, introduce other types of feedstock into the pile. There is NO wrong way to create a compost pile. Everyone has their own “recipe” for success when it comes to composting, so do not panic if your neighbor composts with different feedstock than you. Another decision the beginning

composter must make is whether to use a manufactured bin, homemade bin or simply have a pile in the backyard. Each way of composting has benefits. You will need to assess your environment to decide which system will be most practical and convenient. 
Step 3: Sit back and let the compost happen! It may take months or even years to create compost, but in the end it will be worth all the pains of the labor. Remember, composting not only produces a wonderfully safe, organic gardening product for your use, but it is also a great way to manage waste materials. And composting is an activity in which the entire family can partake and be proud of!

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Sarah Everson is the business manager for Compost Joe’s Premium Soils and Organics, a private composting facility located between Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. Sarah also offers seminars and private classes on composting. For more information, visit or call her at 920.921.6223.

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The dangers of genetically modified foods
By Lu Visocky


enetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something not found in nature, according to an article in OrganicAuthority. This may be vegetable or fruit crossed with animal genes, pesticides or even bacterium. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all grocery products in the United States contain GMOs. The health consequences of eating these foods are largely unknown, and they have not been shown to be safe to eat. Testing of GMOs shows many health problems in lab animals too numerous to list, including compromised digestive system, tumors and cancer. Companies producing GMOs are not yet required to label products containing them. More than 60 countries, including the European Union, have enacted laws banning the use of GMOs in food production or have required the labeling of food with ingredients that have utilized genetic engineering. But due to pressure from the biotechnology industry, there are no such laws or regulations in the United States, despite countless warnings from doctors and scientists. Japan banned GMOs after modified bacteria created a new amino acid not found in nature; it was used in protein drinks and was recalled after severe mental and metabolic damage was caused to hundreds of people and even several deaths. There was an attempt in California last year to pass a referendum, Proposition 37, that required labeling of GMO foods. Despite initial strong public support, it failed after an advertising campaign led by the biotech giant Monsanto. There are currently referendums in New York and Hawaii. Genetic engineering reduces genetic diversity. When genes are more diverse, they are more robust. Plants with reduced genetic diversity cannot handle problems such as insects, fungus or drought nearly as well as natural plants. This would have grave consequences for areas made dependant on GMO production. Once we have let GMOs loose on our environment, there is no turning back, and how these species would intercross with our normal crops is not only a growing concern but a reality. In North Dakota, recent studies show that 80 percent of wild canola plants tested contained at least one trangene. GMOs are also damaging the environment
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around them as they require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Monsanto admits their yield is less than organic farming, yet these poisons are contaminating our water supply. Monarch butterflies have also died after their favorite food, milkweed, was cross pollinated from Bt corn, which made it toxic to the endangered species. Genetically engineered foods are showing up in almost every area of food production and can be hidden in ingredients you wouldn’t normally think about such as soy lecithin, corn syrup and chocolate made from genetically engineered sugar beets. Ranchers and dairy farmers normally feed cattle a GM diet, which is passed on to you when you either consume beef or drink milk. The first genetically engineered food, Flavr Savr tomatoes, were banned after much testing and also were found to be resistant to antibiotics. Does this in turn mean we would be resistant also? Just last month, Congress and President Obama approved what GMO foes call the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which strips federal courts of the authority to halt the planting and sale of GE crops if litigation is brought forth alleging health risks. The top crops that are genetically modified are as follows: soy, wheat, salmon, squash, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, golden rice, canola and cotton. The FDA is currently trying to approve genetically engineered animals such as salmon, dubbed “frankenfish,” which some people fear will pave the way for GE cows and pigs.

“ The top crops that are genetically modified are as follows: soy, wheat, salmon, squash, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, golden rice, canola and cotton.”
New mobile phone apps are making it a bit easier for consumers to know what they are eating by typing in a product and listing ingredients that have the potential to be genetically modified. Another good rule to follow is to check the PLU code on fruits and vegetables. If there are only four numbers in the PLU, the produce was grown conventionally with the use of pesticides. If there are five numbers and the number starts with 8, this item is a GMO. If there are five numbers and the number starts with 9, it was grown organically and is not a GMO.
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ven though I could have written this month’s Restaurant Spotlight purely from memory because I visit Sai Ram to eat about once a week, I was very excited to take my guest, as it was his first time eating Indian food. He has always been hesitant to try it, in fear of “curry” or “spice,” but I knew once I got him into Sai Ram that he would be hooked and crave the amazing, fresh, homemade taste that comes from the heart of the wonderful family that owns the restaurant. From the moment you walk in, you feel right at home and are greeted most likely by a member of the family. Our server, Shavan, son of the owners, Krishna and Kumari, stated that visiting Sai Ram is like a field trip to India. He is right about that! The very fresh flavors are wonderful in all of the house-made dishes, and you can truly taste the love for what they do in bringing new flavors to our community. Whether you are a meat lover, vegetarian or vegan, or you need gluten-free choices, there is a full menu of options for you! My newly vegan mother is a regular at Sai Ram because of the endless choices, as compared to most places that have just one or two. The family, Krishna, Kumari, Neehar and Shavan, makes you feel right at home with the warmly decorated environment and the smells in the air that tempt your taste buds with what you are about to enjoy.

We started our meal with the house-made Nan. I compare this to pita bread that has been smothered in amazing spices and flavors. We chose the Ginger Nan and enjoyed dipping it, at the recommendation of our server, in the fresh mint and jalapeño sauce that came with our delicious Aloo Chot appetizer. Usually I go with the Pakoras, because they are so fluffy and delicious; however, we took the advice of Shavan and we were so glad we did! The flavors of the Aloo Chat were the perfect start for our meal. My guest, after thinking he didn’t like curry, was pleasantly surprised when he learned this mixture of boiled chickpeas, chopped onions, samosa, chaat masala and tamarind, garnished with cilantro, was flavored with curry. He loved it! His fear or apprehension about Indian food being spicy seems to be somewhat common in our area. However, after talking with our server, my guest cleared up this misconception. Shavan made sure we knew that it can be as spicy as we prefer it, and that there are many mild options to choose from. So, after looking over the menu and learning that he really does like curry, my guest ordered the Tandori Mixed Grill. This mixture of lamb, chicken and shrimp, marinated overnight in yogurt with herbs and spices, was served on a sizzling hot platter after being cooked in a special clay oven at 600 degrees on top of mixed vegetables with basmati rice.

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This is definitely not something you can try to copy at home and is certainly worth the trip! My guest said that this is something he will be craving on a regular basis and that he would not hesitate to order this perfect blend of flavors again! I ordered something new and ventured away from my typical Vegetable Masala order, although this saddened me a bit since that has always been my absolute favorite! But, I now have a new favorite after trying the Baingan Bharta. This dish featured a perfect combination of eggplant roasted in tandoor and cooked with fresh tomatoes, green peas, onions and spices, finished with cream. It was filling and perfectly spiced ... and I could not stop eating it despite how full I was! This will be something I get again when I bring in my girlfriends for Ladies Night Out on Tuesdays, when they offer half-price beer, wine and mango lassi. We usually order a few meals and split them while we enjoy the wine. It is always a great time! Monday nights are also a great time to visit, as they offer half-price bottles of wine. Sai Ram is happy to cater for your group and has a group dining area for your next event. Try something new and visit Sai Ram the next time you are dining out! I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed. This is the best Indian dining that we have in northeast Wisconsin. Being the winner of the Golden Fork Awards every year from 2002-2012 and Best Overall Ethnic Restaurant winner in 2006, they should be very proud and it speaks for itself! Thank you for yet another amazing dining experience. You know I will be back!

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A natural, highly effective option for seasonal allergy symptoms: DIY seasonal allergy blend — 1 drop of lemon, lavender and peppermint, rubbed together in your hands and applied under the nose, temples, chest or neck. These three oils, especially when used together, help to soothe irritation in nasal and sinus tissues, and reduce swelling and clear passageways for deeper breathing. If using CPTG oils, you may put a drop of these oils in a glass water bottle to drink or encapsulate them for ingestion. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to share the benefits with family members or coworkers. Important notes on essential oil use:  Only use glass beverage containers, as essential oils’ therapeutic potency does have the ability to break down plastics. Dilute essential oils when using on infants and small children. Less is more: it’s better to use one drop a couple times a day than to douse yourself … and you’ll save money as well.

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The psychological benefits of pole dance
By Dr. Kelly Schinke


e all strive for a meaningful and satisfying life. Psychology might suggest that we are personally responsible for creating meaning in our lives. Put simply, if we want to be happy, then it is up to us to choose a path that generates happiness. How does this relate to pole dancing? Because pole dancing is something to feel passionate about; and to engage in activities that

you feel passionate about is a guaranteed method to finding meaning and happiness. Pole dancing is exactly what the psychologist ordered. I know this to be true because I am a licensed doctor of psychology. Stress is a natural part of the human experience, and it serves as a signal, informing us to pay attention and make choices. It also bombards us with negative self talk and unpleasant feelings. Pole dancing is a

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psychological tool, a coping strategy to deal effectively with everyday stressors, as well as assist in recognizing self talk and emotions. Pole allows people to be in the present moment, where they can choose how to respond to emotions, thoughts, sensations and memories. In other words, pole dancing is an excellent method to practice mindfulness, or to purposefully pay attention to the present moment. Mindfulness disengages us from auto pilot and allows us to experience our world directly, recognizing both external and internal experience. This offers the opportunity to accept those experiences whether positive or negative, instead of attempting to control them. In a society driven by false logic such as “suck it up” and “get over it,” mindfulness is crucial in building resilience and living your best life. While we cannot control certain stressors, and the emotions they evoke, we can instead choose our actions and aim them where we want them to be in accordance with our values. This is the power of mindfulness, a skill easily learned through the power of pole dance. Pole dancing involves building strength and endurance, while maintaining safety. The thrill of climbing to the top of the pole and flipping upside down must include awareness of our body mechanics. These types of tricks are developed over time, and necessitate knowing were our point of contact is relative to the pole, how to

breathe, gain momentum, spin, maintain position and safely get down. Pole dancing is an amazing form of exercise. As such, it helps manage and prevent symptoms of depression and anxiety. Pole increases serotonin and dopamine, the “feel good” chemicals in our brains, which is how many antidepressant medications work. It is a natural method to improve our mood, challenge negative self talk and accept our emotions. Considering chemicals, pole dance does a fantastic job of increasing endorphins. Endorphins act as analgesics against physical pain and promote euphoria. Adrenaline is also released during pole dance. This allows us to maximize our strength and take our skills to the next level, resulting in a sense of triumph. Subjectively, pole dancing invites us to feel powerful,

graceful, feminine and attractive. It improves sleep, energy levels, concentration and decision making. Another benefit of pole dancing is improvement in relationships and communication. It fosters a sense of community. At Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, certified instructors spot students to prevent injury. This builds trust and presents an opportunity to practice assertiveness in an environment with people who are also learning and excited about the same sport. Ultimately, pole dancers experience connection, belonging and acceptance. The need to feel supported is critical in pole dance. A quality studio allows dancers to discover inner strength and step outside their comfort zones in a judgment-free, clean and safe environment. I consider my

discovery of pole dancing to be a gift. It caters to multiple aspects of the human psyche, making health and happiness within reach. To live my most meaningful life, pole dancing will be a constant.
Dr. Kelly Schinke holds multiple fitness certifications and is an instructor at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise LLC in Appleton. She is also the owner and operator of Alternative Pathways Psychological Services, LLC, where she practices clinical psychology. For more information, visit or call 920.750.1441.

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Hormone imbalances — Let’s start with the thyroid
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By Cheryl Rentmeester, NP


hyroid hormones affect virtually every cell in your body! Stressed out, run down, exhausted? Weight issues? Feeling blue? Losing hair? These could be signs that your thyroid is out of whack. Last month I discussed where the thyroid gland was located in the body, the function of the thyroid and what it is responsible for in the body. Now we are going to discuss the types of problems a

malfunctioning thyroid can have, symptoms, testing and what the options are to treat it. There are two main causes of why your thyroid would not be working properly, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. This can happen because a gland is under active, not properly formed at birth or surgically removed. Having a low level of thyroid

hormone affects your whole body. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It causes the body’s immune system to attack thyroid tissue. As a result, the gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone.
Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:

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• Weight gain. • Low blood pressure. • Fluid retention. • Body pain. • Slow reflexes. • Feeling tired, weak or depressed. • Dry skin and brittle nails. • Cold intolerance. • Constipation. • Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly. • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods. • Symptoms occur slowly over time. At first you might not notice them, or you might mistake them for normal aging. Practitioners usually prescribe thyroid hormone pills to treat hypothyroidism. There are many choices of medications to choose from when treating hypothyroidism. The standard treatment is levothyroxine or Synthroid (T4) alone. Desiccated thyroid drugs, including Armour Thyroid, have been in use for more than 100 years. This choice

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“ Without treatment, hyperthyroidism can lead to serious heart problems, bone problems and a dangerous condition called thyroid storm.”
is very popular with holistic, alternative and integrative practitioners as a thyroid treatment and for thyroid hormone replacement in hypothyroid patients. Whether you take a levothyroxine drug like Synthroid or a natural thyroid medication like Armour Thyroid, it’s important that you take your medication correctly. Hyperthyroidism is when the body is having too much thyroid hormone and can make a lot of things in your body speed up. You may have symptoms, or you may have no symptoms at all. Grave’s disease causes most hyperthyroidism. In Grave’s disease, the body’s natural defense (immune) system attacks the thyroid gland. The thyroid fights back by making too much thyroid hormone. Sometimes hyperthyroidism is caused by a swollen thyroid, goiter or small growths in the thyroid called thyroid nodules.
The symptoms for hyperthyroidism are:

A thyroid stimulating test (TSH), which is a blood test that measures your levels of TSH. If your TSH level is lower than normal, it means hyperthyroidism; if it is high, it means hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormone tests are blood tests that measure your levels of two types of thyroid hormones, Free T3 and Free T4. If your thyroid hormone levels are high, you have hyperthyroidism. After treatment, you will need regular blood tests. These tests check to see if your thyroid levels are staying stable, and

they also check to see if you are making or getting enough thyroid hormone. At Wise Woman Wellness we have experienced a large number of women who are suffering from symptoms of low thyroid output, even though they tested within the normal thyroid ranges in laboratory tests. If you feeling any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment to have your thyroid evaluated today.
Cheryl Rentmeester, FNP, APNP, is a health care provider at Wise Woman Wellness, an innovative wellness center in De Pere. If you have thyroid concerns, she encourages you to take the quiz at Rentmeester is passionate about helping both men and women live life to the fullest. Wise Woman Wellness is now empowering men to achieve optimal health and peak performance through the exciting new Men’s Vitality Program and is accepting both male and female patients. Call 920.339.5252 or visit for details.

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• Anxiety. • Insomnia. • Rapid weight loss. • Diarrhea. • High heart rate. • High blood pressure. • Eye sensitivity/bulging. • Shaky hands. • Hot and sweaty feeling. Hyperthyroidism is easily treated. With treatment, you can lead a healthy life. Without treatment, hyperthyroidism can lead to serious heart problems, bone problems and a dangerous condition called thyroid storm. Radioactive iodine is the treatment that doctors use most often. The best treatment for you will depend on a number of things, including your age. Some people need more than one kind of treatment. If your doctor thinks you may have either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, they may order:

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Yoga as transformation
By Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman


tha yoga nushasanam.” Now is the practice of yoga. What does that really mean? It means being in the present moment. This is easy to say, but not so easy to bring into action. The core practices of yoga are designed to be tools for aiding us in grounding ourselves in the present moment. They are a road map to assist us in remembering what we already know, our true nature, which is essentially content and peaceful. When we are grounded and centered within our true nature, then we are able to be present with whatever is arising. Being present is a state that is not reactive but rather skillful and fluid with every situation as it occurs. As an example: We have all had one of these days. Your eyes open, but too late. The alarm clock didn’t wake you, or you silenced it with a swift hand and rolled over for just five more minutes of rest. Adding to your level of stress, the hot water heater is broken, the dog has left you a little gift by the back door and your are out of creamer for your very-needed cup of coffee. Great! What’s coming next? The stress levels in your body and mind keep mounting. On your commute to work, everyone is traveling at a snail’s pace. The traffic signals are all red, and everyone seems to have forgotten how to drive! You wish everyone would simply get out of your way. Good luck! Everything is moving at its usual pace. You are the one who has forgotten how to be present. To get where you are
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going, you need to get out of your own way! Yoga will help you do this. The Ashtanga practice of yoga is one of these maps to finding our way home. It is not a system of belief or a self-improvement course, but rather a system of action, rich with experience. It is a process of deconstructing all of the barriers that we have erected, which keeps us from experiencing and connecting deeply with ourselves and the world around us. Yoga states that each of us can only reach deeper understanding through our own exploration and discovery. Yoga is a way of living, a way of being that brings about true contentment and joy. Yoga is also scientific in its approach, and offers a broad range of practices and techniques that can be practiced by just about everyone. Yoga grounds you in the present moment by focusing your attention in your body, your breath and your immediate sensory experiences. The physical practice of asana, which is familiar to most people, is a pathway to grounding you within your body. Yoga postures place the body in positions that bring about deep sensations. When a student stays with the sensations and follows them deeper into the experience, subtle changes begin to occur. Practices of pranayama (breathing techniques), drishti (eye gazing) and bandhas (energy locks) all enhance the physical practice of asana and take the student deeper into

their own true nature, which results in the feeling of being truly grounded. When we are grounded, we experience a deep sense of vibrant stillness. This stillness is so pleasurable that we are naturally drawn into practicing yoga for its own sake and will eventually make life choices that nourish and enrich our whole being. The next time you start having one of those days, the practice of yoga will allow you to see events very differently. How you view all of the possible scenarios will change what occurs. A sense of humor and softness will color your day, rather than stress and anxiety. When you abide within your true nature, you will be able to shift and navigate through any changes with a sense of adventure and lightness. You will no longer be reactive; instead you will be skillful and present with each event as it arises. Yoga is a way of living freely within the moment which makes true contentment possible.
Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman, ERYT500, is a nationally registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance at the advanced level. She is the director and founder of the Bay Area Yoga Center, which opened in Green Bay in 1994, and the director of the Advanced Yoga Studies Teacher Training Program, which opened in 2009. Kathleen has been practicing the art of vinyasa yoga in the astanga yoga tradition for the past 28 years, and has been teaching yoga and meditation nationally and in the Green Bay and Fox Valley areas for the past 19 years. Kathleen became a Buddhist priest in the summer of 2005. You can reach her at 920.445.7221 or

Colon cleanse Q&A
By Kristina Amelong


olon cleansing has the potential to prevent colon cancer, improve energy, reduce fatigue and promote weight loss. News of these benefits is motivating health seekers to learn more about the colon cleanse, as well as their colon health. The following Q&A covers some basic information that you may find helpful on the topic:

Why am I at risk for colon cancer and other colon problems?

Why should I work to keep my colon healthy?

Many people focus on their outward health and forget that colon health is essential to one’s overall well-being. Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States. In 2009, 136,717 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 51,848 people died from it in our country. Colon health cannot be ignored. Besides pursuing colon health for the prevention of colon cancer, having a healthier colon can promote weight loss, increase energy, reduce fatigue and inflammation, enhance immunity and even cure headaches. However, the answer is not getting the quick fix with colon cleanse pharmaceuticals. While many prescribed drugs can reduce or even eliminate symptoms of colon problems, they do not address a fundamental lack of colon health.

Our food has changed in leaps and bounds in a relatively short time, while our digestive system has not been able to keep up. For thousands of years we survived on basic foods such as fruit, game meat, nuts and wild vegetables. However, in the last hundred years particularly, food has changed drastically: grain-fed meats, foods fried in trans fats, sugar-laden treats and dairy produced with hormones now line the shelves of many grocery stores. These unnatural foods, loaded with hundreds of toxic chemicals, can clog the colon, destroy the healthy mucosal barrier of the colon, and encourage the growth of unhealthy bacteria and parasites — all increasing the risk of colon cancer.

How can I improve my colon health and reduce my risk of colon cancer?

Colon cleansing is a process by which we can use in-home enemas, colon hydrotherapy, various dietary products or herbal remedies to reduce and eliminate toxins from our colons. By doing regular colon cleansing, we can address some of the causes of colon problems, not just the symptoms. Colon cleansing can remove
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Even though there are no randomized controlled studies regarding the safety of the colon cleanse, the media and the conventional medical establishment like to parrot that colon cleansing is not safe. In Great Britain, where practitioners carry out 5,600 colon irrigations each month, no serious side effects have ever been reported. Additionally, people who take regular in-home enemas make claims that “enemas saved my life” and “coffee enemas cured my cancer.” All of this anecdotal evidence speaking to the safety and effectiveness of regular colon cleansing is backed up by the fact that millions of enemas have been and are still given in hospitals, including rectal administration of medicines for cancer, arthritis and age-related macular degeneration, in order to avoid the normally functioning digestive tract.



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There are many options for colon cleansing. Colon irrigation through enemas or colon hydrotherapy allows us to literally wash out the colon by introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water. We can also briefly introduce healing substances such coffee, bifidonate bacteria and therapeutic essential oils to the colon to enhance the colon cleanse therapy. This colon irrigation can be done in a clinical setting, a colon hydrotherapy office or in the privacy of your own home through the enema series.
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How ballroom dance can help keep you healthy
By Elina X. Pfaffenbach, MD


ancing is a wonderful social activity. It’s a great way to mingle with friends and meet new people. And like other forms of exercise, dancing also has many health benefits: • Dancing has significant cardiac benefits because it can decrease blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. • Participation in dance can result in improved functioning of internal organs through better posture. • Dancing can help manage your weight; it’s a fun way to burn up to 5-10 calories per minute, depending on speed and intensity. At this rate, a 150-pound dancer can burn 200-450 calories per hour! • Participation in dance can result in increased vital capacity of the lungs and

respiratory function. • Dancing can also increase strength, endurance, muscle tone and coordination; and since it’s a weightbearing exercise, it can strengthen the bones of your hips and legs, and help prevent osteoporosis! • Frequent dancing can reduce stress and provide an overall sense of wellbeing. Like other forms of exercise, dance can decrease tension and improve mood by increasing the endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in your body. • Dancing is also a social activity, and studies have shown that strong social

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competitive weightlifting, she retired as a champion. I met ultramarathon champion Roy Pirrung in a swimming pool at a health club in Kohler. He had just run a marathon and still had a lot of energy to cool down. We chatted about his accidental discovery that he had a talent for running. He had decided that his obesity and lifestyle were leading him to an early grave. A friend encouraged him to run, and he discovered not only his talent but also his love of running marathons. I asked Roy what he experienced as the difference, the edge that made him win. He immediately said, “Focus!” In a short time, we were able to create a mental image he could use to trigger intense focus. This is his report: “As an athlete, I am always searching for ways to improve. Whether it be a new method of training or a change in diet, there are, and will continue to be, ways to improve. With Dr. Kasper’s assistance, I was able to grasp a better understanding of the

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“ Through the use of techniques she (Dr. Kasper) taught me, I have been able to reach a state of focus more readily and more often. Your next step in improving may only be a thought away.” —Roy Pirrung
importance the mind has on my ability to perform athletically at a higher level. Through the use of techniques she taught me, I have been able to reach a state of focus more readily and more often. Your next step in improving may only be a thought away.” —Roy Pirrung, world and American ultramarathon champion, American record holder and member of the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame ( Roy’s motivation wasn’t only the thrill of running and winning, it was the deep connection to the culture of marathon runners. They are not simply out to win, they are there to run for charities, and to encourage and support one another. It’s a positive culture of friendships of runners and families that endures over the years. This is evident in their reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing. If you watch local news on TV, you’ve seen that spirit in action in the reports from Wisconsin marathoners. Wisconsin marathons will continue. Roy was at the Boston Marathon with other Wisconsin runners and had finished safely before the bombs went off. His article in the Sheboygan Press on Wednesday, April 17th emphasizes the strength, toughness and resolve of the running community. There also exist a number of communities of therapists who volunteer to help after disasters. For example, see the website for EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs at Amy Khan, co-coordinator of the Western Massachusetts Trauma Recovery Network, said the local network of 18 therapists, all of whom have received training in disaster and trauma counseling, are available to meet with Pioneer Valley residents. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TFT (Thought Field Therapy) therapists also volunteer at disaster recovery with free services. They train local volunteers who aren’t necessarily therapists themselves to use their techniques to provide ongoing support. These therapists are the kind of people who run towards, rather than away from, disaster. The techniques used to help disaster survivors can also be used to bring out the good, better and even better in individuals and groups.
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alcium and vitamin D are frequently touted for their ability to improve bone health. While consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium is especially important for aging women, both vitamin D and calcium also help to keep the body strong and vital at any age. Calcium and vitamin D help fight bone loss, and not just in older women. Younger, active women need it to prevent stress fractures and other bone injuries. A 2008 study reviewed the health of 5,000 female U.S. Navy recruits, and those who did not take additional calcium and vitamin D were 25 ercent more likely to suffer a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a small fracture of a bone caused by repeated physical strain. Gymnasts, runners and even marching soldiers can suffer such fractures even if they are otherwise healthy. Calcium is also needed for other parts of the body. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center says calcium is necessary for the heart,

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“ Thanks to osteoporosis, half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist or vertebra during their lifetime, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.”
muscles and nerves to function properly. It also helps blood to clot. Furthermore, pregnant women need ample calcium in their diets in order to supply calcium to a growing fetus. If a pregnant woman does not get enough calcium through diet, the baby will draw it from Mom’s own bones, threatening the mother’s health while leading to bone fragility and increasing her risk of fractures. Calcium and vitamin D work in conjunction. Although a balanced diet may provide enough calcium, many times high levels of salt and protein in one’s diet can increase calcium excretion through the kidneys. Also, people who have an intolerance

to lactose may not be getting the calcium they need. Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. Without vitamin D, a woman cannot produce enough calcitriol, impairing calcium absorption from her diet. In turn, the body will take calcium from stores in existing bone, weakening them and preventing the formation of strong, new bone. Women who may have been deficient in vitamin D and calcium can develop osteoporosis and other bone-loss conditions as they age. Thanks to osteoporosis, half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist or vertebra during their lifetime, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. A drop in estrogen at the time of menopause can contribute to bone loss. Drinking large amounts of alcohol, maintaining a low body weight and smoking can each cause osteoporosis. In order to maintain bone and body health, there are certain dietary intake recommendations regarding calcium and vitamin D. Adults under age 50 should consume between 1,000 and 1,300 milligrams of calcium and roughly 600 IU of vitamin D daily. Calcium can be found in dairy products as well as in salmon, shellfish, Brazil nuts, dried beans and green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin D is found in fish, eggs and fortified milk. Vitamin D can also form when the body is exposed to sunlight. Even as few as 10 minutes of daily exposure to sunlight can produce vitamin D. Consuming enough calcium and vitamin D can help a woman’s body stay healthy as she ages.
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Proper mental exercise for optimum health and wellness
By James Carnes


hroughout our lives, we all want to be the best we can be, the happiest we can be, the healthiest we can be and as successful as we can be. The question is: How do we do it? How can we have the best lives possible before time runs out? This is a very big question and we are constantly trying to get it right. The biggest difficulty is that the details keep changing. Our specific needs, desires and resources change whenever our circumstances change. And the details of our circumstances are changing all the time. Moreover, we live in the information age; there’s new information coming at us all the time — ­ new diets, new exercise programs, new drugs, new supplements and so on. So moment to moment, how do we know what is best for us to do? Fortunately, there are some fundamentals that never change, and we have available to us very credible information based on the very best science.

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In our quest to live the best lives, the most obvious necessity is good health. Before anything else, our health comes first. If we can maintain our optimum health, then we can strive to maximize all our other efforts. If, on the other hand, our health is impaired, it is the single biggest limiting factor we can experience. The basics for maintaining optimum health are well documented. We must eat a proper diet and be physically active. However, as has been shown, it is not enough just to eat right and exercise, we must also learn and develop the necessary mental skills to practice a proper mental exercise program. Hypnosis and self hypnosis are some of the most valuable skills you can acquire toward developing a proper mental exercise program. Hypnotism is extremely versatile and potent. Minimally, hypnosis can be valuable just for its calming effects and the activation of the relaxation response. In addition to general health and wellness, it is also used for specific complaints. The areas where hypnotism is very effective include many lifestyle issues such as overeating, destructive habits such as smoking, and acute and chronic stress conditions. Moreover, applications of hypnosis are effective in addressing more focused complaints, including chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, sleeping disorders, low self-esteem and many more (see http://www.wellnessht.

“ Minimally, hypnosis can be valuable just for its calming effects and the activation of the relaxation response. In addition to general health and wellness, it is also used for specific complaints.”
com/Services.php, and Sources of credible information about what hypnotic exercises should be used and how to do them are not as prevalent as one could hope for. It’s not surprising that there isn’t more information available. For nearly the past century, we have been taught that pretty much any health or fitness issue reduces exclusively to biology or physical training. It has only been recently that this has changed. The credible information sources about hypnotism have been relatively slow to develop. Nonetheless, there are resources available. There are books written by highly qualified authors.

Many of these were written in the early twentieth century. Some of the more recent volumes in the popular press are also very good, although it can be hard to sort these out from less credible ones. Better resources include competent, well-trained, professional hypnotists. These hypnotists have a wealth of knowledge and ability that they can demonstrate and teach. Basic training in effective hypnotic skills can be easily obtained by consulting one of these professional hypnotists. Initial training is simple and inexpensive. Additional visits to your hypnotist, just as you would to your physical trainer, will help you refine your techniques rapidly, and become more skilled and effective. For optimum health and wellness, it is necessary to engage in proper mental exercises. Hypnotism training allows you to easily add the missing element to your current wellness program. Consult a hypnotist today to help you realize more of your wellness goals.
Prof. James Carnes teaches cognitive science and philosophy at the Institute for Philosophical Studies. He is also a consulting hypnotist who uses hypnotism to help clients achieve a wide variety of health and wellness goals. His hypnotism practice, Wellness Hypno-Therapeutics in Green Bay and Oconto, specializes in treatment of chronic stress. For more information, call 920.227.8186, email and visit Sources: 1. Nature’s Pathways: Science, the mind-body connection and wellness, January 2013. 2. Nature’s Pathways: Health, wellness and the mind, February 2013. 3. Nature’s Pathways: Stress and the body, March 2013. 4. Nature’s Pathways: Hypnosis and stress management, April 2013. 5. Nature’s Pathways: What is hypnosis?, May 2013.

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(Cinnamomum zeylanicum)


innamon comes from the bark of trees native to China, India and Southeast Asia. A popular cooking spice in many cultures for centuries, cinnamon also has a long history of use as a folk or traditional medicine. For example, many ancient societies used cinnamon for bronchitis. Additional folk or traditional uses include gastrointestinal problems, loss of appetite and control of diabetes, as well as a variety of other conditions. Cinnamon bark is used to make powders, capsules, teas and liquid extracts. Although there are many kinds of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon (sometimes referred to as “true” cinnamon) and cassia cinnamon (also known as Chinese cinnamon) are the most familiar. High-quality clinical evidence (i.e., studies in people) to support the use of cinnamon for any medical condition is generally lacking. An analysis of five clinical trials concluded that cinnamon does not appear to affect factors related to diabetes and heart disease. Cinnamon appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth in amounts up to 6 grams daily for 6 weeks or less. Some people may have allergic reactions to cinnamon or its parts. Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, the parent compound of warfarin, a medication used to keep blood from clotting. Due to concerns about the possible effects of coumarin, in 2006, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment warned against consuming large amounts of cassia cinnamon.
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What the science says

Cinnamon should not be used in place of conventional medical care or to delay seeking care if you are experiencing symptoms that are of concern; this is particularly true if you have diabetes. 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: Baker WL, Gutierrez-Williams G, White CM, et al. Effect of cinnamon on glucose control and lipid parameters. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(1):41–43. Cassia Cinnamon. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at on October 7, 2011. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum  spp.). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at on October 7, 2011. Cinnamon bark. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds.  Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:65–67. Cinnamon bark. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at on October 7, 2011. Cinnamon bark, Chinese. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds.  Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:68–71.

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Consider drumming for holistic health
By Marco White


rumming is an ancient art; in fact, it is one of the oldest activities known to humans. According to Wikipedia, “Drums made with alligator skins have been found in Neolithic cultures located in China, dating to a period of 55002350 BC.” The fact of the matter is, when and where drums, drummers and drumming got their start has multiple answers as every culture had some form of it. In ancient times, drumming was used militarily to alert tribes of impending danger, in religious ceremonies and to entertain! The modern 26 Standard Drum Rudiments for snare were developed during the Civil War to once again do what drums have done for centuries, keep the troops in line. At that time, the drummer was not to be harmed on the battlefield! So there’s a bit of drumming history for you. To show you what a rudiment is, let’s start with the single stroke roll, which alternates right and left hands. Written, it looks like R L R L R L R L, and the faster and cleaner a drummer plays this rudiment, the better he or she will sound on the rest. (For a demo of the single stroke roll, go to Below are the 7 Essential Rudiments. You will see that the single stroke is the first one listed. We will get to the others in future articles. Fast forward to today. After much research, the therapeutic benefits of drumming are coming to light. It’s a wellknown fact that the simple act of keeping, or attempting to keep, a steady beat or groove stimulates parts of the brain, makes us alert/
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more aware, and yes, even causes us to break a sweat sometimes. Consider the energy expenditure it takes to play the drums properly. Playing for just an hour a day is like doing an aerobic workout. In addition, it has been shown that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s make progress through playing drums. Drumming also develops fluidity in the wrists, forearms and ankles. It’s a transforming activity for sure, like a meditation. Until next time, eat right, exercise and perhaps consider the art of drumming as a way to stay happy and healthy, and for your holistic health. Keep groovin’ on!
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Summertime, and the living is easy ...
By Sharon Kay Beyer


t was sunny and 80 degrees as I contemplated my article for this month. June equals summer. And the lyrics sung by Ella Fitzgerald in George Gershwin’s Summertime swam through my head. My mind drifted to summertime, easy livin’ and floating in our aqua pool with a tall cool drink and nothing to do except relaxing under passing clouds and enjoying campfires, barbecues and outdoors fun! As I ate my lunch poolside, I leafed through a few essential oil books in preparation for the story I was planning to write. My husband came home from the store and wandered over to see how I was doing. “Oh, I’m great! I just finished eating and I’m researching some insect repellant recipes for my — OUCH! Oh, my God, I’ve just gotten stung by a wasp! Hurry! Come with me! I need the Purification®! Ow-eee!” I raced across the yard and flung open the

back door. Tim rushed behind me, half-running through the house until we entered our bathroom. “Get the Purification,” I howled. “It’s right there!” He grabbed the little bottle out of my collection, poured three drops onto his index finger and immediately applied them to my back’s already-swollen-to-the-size-of-a-blueberry welt. “Okay, it hurts less,” I said. “But grab the basil to see if it helps more.” (I’d just read about that during lunch and thought I’d give it a whirl for the sake of the story.) It hurt less, but I was still feeling that sting. So, I grabbed the lavender and assured Tim I was fine. He wisely stepped aside, knowing I was taking over the sting protocol. As I shook two drops to my finger, I reached around yoga-style to dab the puffy lump, and started laughing out loud. “Isn’t it weird that I was planning to write my story about summer’s stings and bites for Nature’s Pathways and got stung in the process?” Tim

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“ When stung by a bee or a wasp, grab your essential oils!“
smiled, relaxed that I was feeling better, and commented, “That’s how it works sometimes.” “Yeah, the Universe loves to help me write, and I’m the human experiment for my own story!” By that time, four minutes had passed, and I was almost 100 percent pain-free. I’d just read that helichrysum oil works, but I didn’t have that. So, I grabbed my PanAway® (a blend that I knew contained this daisy-family elixir). I applied two drops, and the pain left immediately. The swelling was still there, the area around the bump was less red, but the pain had completely vanished. I put another drop of Purification on to honor my “go-to-oil” for stings, and quickly went into my office to write this saga. That was 30 minutes ago. And the swelling and redness are merely a memory. So, while this isn’t exactly the story for which I intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of oils on summer bites and stings (I do have funny ones — like getting stung on my belly during my mountain wedding rehearsal by a bee that flew up my sundress, or getting stung you-know-where while gardening in too-short of a summer skirt after a fresh bikini wax — yeah, some real doozies I was gonna share just to help YOU know what to do in case you

get stung this summer), I guess you get the point: When stung by a bee or a wasp, grab your essential oils! It’s simple to create a “bee first-aid kit,” backyard kit, gardening kit, golf bag kit — whatever you wish to call it. Just put together a few oils that fit in your pocket or a little pouch so you always have quick access to it — and tell your spouse and your kids where it is too — and you’re set just in case a yellow/black-striped beast with wings and a stinger finds you! In addition to my wasp-sting remedy described above, any of the following oils will work if you get stung: peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, helichrysum and geranium. My favorite Young Living blends are: Purification, PanAway and Melrose. (Apply 1-2 drops on location and repeat until the swelling/redness has stopped.)

NOTE: If you are allergic from stings, please follow your medical advice. The above is no substitute.
I wish you all a summer of safe travels and easy living! Love and light! Dedicated to my forever-love as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary. “Through infinity, I do.” xox

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ustom Health Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. Many people get a puzzled look on their faces when hearing that. Compounding is actually what pharmacists did before medications were manufactured. Every medication is made by the pharmacy and dispensed for a specific patient. We make capsules, creams, gels, suppositories, rapid-dissolve tablets and even medicated lollipops. Compounding provides the ability to treat patients in a way that is customized to their needs. One example of this is bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical is a term that describes what types of hormones are used. Bio-identical hormones are structurally the same as the human body produces, thus they are biologically identical to human hormones. They are then dosed in a way to restore physiologic levels. That means the goal is to return your hormones to normal levels. Another way treatments can be customized is through the ability to administer medications through the skin, otherwise known as treating it transdermally. For example, many people take medications for neuropathy or arthritis, and these medications cause side effects such as extensive drowsiness or stomach upset. Those same medications can be incorporated into special creams that move the medication through the skin so the pain and inflammation can be treated by applying the cream directly to the area. This eliminates many of the side effects. Physicians often prescribe compounded medications for reasons that include (but are not limited to) the following situations: • When needed medications are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture.  • When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes or binders in available off-the-shelf medications.
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• When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant).  • When a pharmacist can combine several medications the patient is taking to increase compliance. • When the patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form, and a pharmacist can easily change the medication to a cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take. • When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for patients, most often children. We are proud to be able to assist the growing number of patients who have unique health needs that off-the-shelf prescription medicine cannot meet! Custom Health Pharmacy also carries a full line of dietary and herbal supplements. Our natural health consultant can help you improve your lifestyle with natural supplementation. We feature a full line of NOW vitamins, which are all natural, in addition to NOW gluten-free foods. Custom Health Pharmacy is owned by John and Donna Sowinski and is located on the southeast corner of 10th and Washington Street in downtown Manitowoc. Stop in Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (generally open Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but call first!).

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Facilitators: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W., and Lorrie Bohn, B.S. Learn practices to calm and focus the chattering mind. Learn a simple practice to use anywhere and anytime for emotional regulation. You will receive a free CD to follow after you leave the workshop. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so registration in advance is required. More information: Place: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park, Suite 210, Neenah. Fee: $25 per person (includes free CD). Call: 920.722.7245. Friday, June 7 • 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 • 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 • 5:30-8 p.m.

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Pura Vida Yoga Open House and OneYear Anniversary Celebration Class
It’s the one-year anniversary of Pura Vida Yoga taking over the Appleton studio at 2416 West Nordale Drive. To celebrate, join us for a fun, challenging, 75-minute power vinyasa class with owner Crystal Hill teaching and Kellie Lin Knott sharing her beautiful vocals and guitar music. After class, there will be time for questions, socializing, door prizes and treats from Vande Walle’s! Cost: FREE! To register, visit Tuesday, June 18 • 6-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 22 • 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Intuitive Painting Workshop

Align with your creative source and connect with your inner wisdom through spontaneous expression. $35 per person, includes materials. No experience needed! Space is limited; registration is required. To register, call Tina at 320.808.7325, email soulfullcreative@ or visit Wednesday, June 26 • 6:30 p.m.

5-Course Gourmet Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Stone Cellar Brewpub
Come and enjoy a gourmet 5-course meal created by our wonderful kitchen staff led by Chef Brady at Stone Cellar Brewpub, 1004 South Olde Oneida St., Appleton. With each course, we pair a beer and a wine and have the participants vote as to which beverage pairs better with the course. We will have a beer and a wine expert on hand to try to sway your votes and entertain you along the way. A fun and informative format to an unbelievable 5-course gourmet dinner. Cost is $49. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 920.731.3322. Thursday, June 27

Age Management Medicine
Join Randi Mann, NP, and Cheryl Rentmeester, NP, to learn proactive, preventive treatments that optimize health, restore endocrine balance, delay the indicators of aging and prevent premature disability and death. As a result, women and men enjoy a higher quality of life, enhanced sense of well-being and a longer health span. Hear some of the latest scientific evidence regarding aging, nutrition, supplements, hormones, fitness, prevention and early detection of disorders, telomere, stem cells and genetics, and learn what you can do to manage your own aging better! Location: Wise Woman Wellness, 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere. To register, call 920.339.5252. $20 each or $15 each with a friend. Saturday, June 22 • 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m.

End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy
Join hormone expert Randi Mann, NP, or Cheryl Rentmeester, NP, at this educational and entertaining seminar held at Wise Woman Wellness, 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere. Women only! Join us for a fun, informative look at how hormone changes affect us as we age. This seminar is designed to help women make informed choices about bioidentical hormone therapy, PMS, perimenopause, menopause and sexual health treatments to feel happy, energetic and sensual — no matter how old you are! To register, call 920.339.5252. $25 each or $20 each with a friend. Saturday, June 15 • 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Adult CPR with AED • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Basic First Aid with AED • 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Child/Infant CPR with AED • 5-8 p.m.
Join Hands to Heart, LLC during National CPR Month at these community CPR and first aid training classes. The classes are approved by the American Heart Association and each student will receive a certification card upon completion of class requirements. All classes will be held at Rasmussen College, 3500 Destination Drive, Appleton. For more information or to register, please call 920.209.9911. Saturday, June 29 • 12:30-3:30 p.m.

A Day of Mindfulness Workshop

Yoga Body Bootcamp Basic Training Certification
CLASS DESCRIPTION: “Mind blowing, body shifting, life changing…”Get ready for a combination of Biggest Loser, Amazing Race and Survivor adrenaline mixed with the inner stillness of yoga. Crazy fun combined with yoga asana, moving meditation and Bootcamp stations. ABOUT TRAINING: Begin teaching an all levels Yoga Body Bootcamp™ Basics Class as a licensed YBB Basic Trainer. Training Specialist BRENT MILLER, hand-picked by founder/creator, Debbie Williamson, to train Bootcampers around the country, will lead the training. COST: $295 and includes: • One-day certification (8am-6pm) • Instructor manual • Certificate of completion • ACE instructors receive CECs (.8) • AFAA instructors receive CEUs (under application) • BOC trainers CECs (under application) • YA instructors receive 8 hours of CECs LOCATION: Pura Vida Yoga, 2416 W. Nordale, Appleton. To register, visit www.puravidayogallc. com/workshops-events/.

Facilitators: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W., and Lorrie Bohn, B.S. This workshop will teach you ,mindfulness skills and practices that you can use in everyday life: • The latest research on how to rewire your brain for success and happiness. • Attention-building practice to calm and focus your chattering mind. • Exercise in self-awareness to define your deepest truth. • Emotional self-regulating practice to master your emotions. • Practice to create the mental habit of kindness and compassion toward self and others. Place: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park, Suite 210, Neenah. Fee: $75 per person (includes lunch, beverages and a free CD). Call: 920.722.7245. Registration is required; class is limited to 10 people. Monday, June 17 • 6-7:30 p.m.

Intuitive Mandala: Creating Your Wisdom Circle
A mandal is a “sacred circle” that can help you connect to your Self. By using your intuition, you will find your personal symbols and imagery to create your unique design. Bring your sense of play and wonder! No experience is needed for this relaxing and introspective workshop. Location: Ascending Light, 2218 S. Ridge Rd., Green Bay. $35 per person, includes materials. Space is limited, registration is required. To register, go to or call Tina at 320.808.7325.

The Functional Medicine Advantage Presented by Scott Vander Wielen, DC
Learn what functional medicine is and how this patient-centered approach is beneficial to patients with chronic conditions. Cost: Free. Location: Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center, 1486 Kenwood Drive, Menasha. To register, please visit us at or call Christine at 920.722.2100.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soul-Full Creative Arts, LLC Tina Siebers, Sherwood 320.808.7325 • Nurture your creativity and open doors for self-exploration through the meditative processes of intuitive painting, art journaling and mandalas! Tina Siebers uses art workshops and individual sessions to help clients access their inner wisdom. As she explains, “We are all creative beings and no experience is necessary to take this life-affirming journey.” Take the first step to reconnect with and explore your authentic self by contacting Tina today! Upcoming workshop: June 22 & 29.

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


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TC Dance Club 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton (2nd Floor in the ‘Between the Locks’ Building) 920.731.8851 • Discover all the benefits of dance at TC Dance Club! Lose weight, be social, relieve stress and have FUN! We are board certified and equipped with 2 spacious ballroom dance floors. Our goal is to establish and maintain the highest level of hospitality, service and dance education within a socially pleasurable environment in order to help our members fulfill their needs and dreams. Start today with with a FREE LESSON!

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

BERSHIP. Open Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Rd., Menasha 920.882.8900 • See our ad on pg. 54. Lake Park Swim & Fitness is the Fox Valley’s newest and most refreshing health club. Locally owned and operated, we have combined the latest in equipment, classes, club amenities and more to give our members an unparalleled experience. Customer service and building a sense of community is our main focus — be a part of the LPSF family and experience the difference!

The Wire Whisk 767 North Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920.739.3663 We are the store for all cooks offering cookware, bakeware, serveware, barware, cutlery, gadgets, tableware, glassware, kitchen electrics, specialty foods and kitchen housewares. Professional knife sharpening services are also available. Our family, serving your family for over 33 years! Gift cards available. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Natural Healthy Concepts 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton 920.968.2360 Natural Healthy Concepts brings you the best dietary health supplements on the market at the lowest prices possible. We also have a great selection of all natural beauty products to make you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. And what makes it even better, we provide free shipping on all domestic US orders, no matter the size! Terry Naturally 2625 Development Dr., Suite 40, Green Bay 920.965.1002 • Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. Farmer’s Market Every Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. Stop in and talk with our knowledgeable staff to get your health questions answered. We can recommend a natural protocol for you to take charge of your health. We carry a full line of nutritional supplements, organic bulk olive oils & vinegars, specialty foods, locally raised meats, health & beauty products and much more!

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

Anytime Fitness For a location near you, visit our website. Anytime Fitness is open 24/7/365 to provide you with the essential elements of a great workout, such as treadmills, ellipticals and bikes — all with flatscreen TVs — and both free weights and circuit weight machines. We also offer 24-hour tanning, personal training, private restrooms and showers. Anywhere Club Access allows you to visit more than 1,000 clubs worldwide. Good Vibrations Studio 1211 Rickmeyer Dr., Fond du Lac 920.921.1211 • At Good Vibrations Studio, you come in and spend ten minutes on a “wiggle” machine. The machine tones and helps you achieve your fitness goals as if you have spent an hour at the gym. Watch as your clothes become loose and you drop pants sizes. Relax and enjoy a session in our infrared sauna or on an Amethyst Biomat, both of which help to rid the body of toxins and contribute to whole body wellness. Enjoy Nikken filtered water, essential oils and take part in our free classes on weight loss, stress reduction, how to prevent and get rid of colds, the flu and more. Mention this listing and receive a FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL MEM-

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

Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems MARKET: 501 Packerland Dr., Green Bay ORCHARD: 3976 W. Mason St., Oneida TSYUNHEHKW^: 3759 W. Mason St., Oneida 920.869.4530 • Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems provides the Oneida people and surrounding communities with natural and fresh meats, poultry, buffalo, fruits and vegetables as well as health and wellness products. Our Farmer’s Market is held Thursdays at the Oneida One Stop at Hwy 54 and Seminary Road in Oneida. The Apple Orchard offers pick-your-own apples. Please call or email for varieties and picking hours.
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Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920.819.3774 • Patricia Poole has been providing hypnosis and energy healing private sessions and classes for 14 years. She offers information on hypnosis, reiki, Reconnective Healing and soon EFT. Educational and life-changing classes are offered regularly. Hypnosis CDs are available to get you started in making positive changes today! Call or email today to set up your appointment. Wonders of Wellness Dr. Nancy Soliven, D.C., M.D., Chiropractor Megan Hoffman, C.S.T. Diplomat 424 E. Longview Dr., Suite B, Appleton 920.734.6389 Good health is being balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. At our treatment center our goal is to help you live a long, healthy life. Our caring, compassionate, multi-disciplinary, and highly skilled health care professionals seek and treat the causes associated with a wide range of medical issues. We offer our patients craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, lymphatic drainage and food intolerance testing. Schedule your appointment today.

Get Connected, LLC 5497 W. Waterford Lane, Suite A 920.750.6120 At Get Connected Counseling, LLC we help people who are dissatisfied with their lives, find their way to where they want to be. We offer a Get Connected different experience in therapy than clients have had before, with a focus on transformational healing of mind, body and spirit. We use cutting-edge approaches to re-engage, rewire, reconnect and inspire our clients to live within their authentic selves. We take most insurance plans.
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Wise Woman Wellness LLC Randi Mann, NP — Owner, Board Certified Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • Randi Mann, NP, helps women of all ages live healthy, vital, joy-filled lives through medical and non-medical solutions, education and lifestyle guidance. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Mann has achieved the prestigious NAMS Menopause Practitioner Certification and has spoken nationally on behalf of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative. She is skilled at prescribing customized, bioidentical hormones when needed. Attend the introductory seminar “End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy” to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self care. Call for an appointment or register for a seminar today!
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Rainbows in Harmony Dr. Ann Khanna Appleton • 920.757.9693 Do you have a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issue that has you feeling stuck and in need of relief? I left traditional medicine over 15 years ago and have studied and practiced holistic methods of achieving health and wellness. By offering holistic life coaching and using a variety of energetic techniques, we create a personal, one-of-a-kind healing session to help you remove individual blocks and restore healthy energy flow. Finally solve the issues that are constraining you and begin fully living life to your highest potential. Visit my website to learn how Energy Restoration can help you! Call or email for your free 15-minute consultation.
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Wise Woman Wellness LLC Cheryl Rentmeester, NP — Nurse Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 • Cheryl Rentmeester, NP, is a family nurse practitioner with close to 10 years experience in diagnosis and treatment of women of all ages. She has a special interest in women’s heath issues. She believes open communication and education is key to forming a valuable partnership with her patients for effective treatment results. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Attend the introductory seminar “End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy” to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self-care. Accepting new patients.
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Life Force Wellness Center, LLC Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS 404 N. Main St., Suite 106, Oshkosh 920.217.1769 • Are you feeling stressed over work, finances or a relationship? Are you an actor, athlete, artist or musician who has lost your groove and wants to regain it plus go beyond to your full potential? If so, contact me for an integrated approach to achieve total health and well-being. Join me on a journey to enhance your naturally born gifts and to help you live the life you were destined for — a LIFE IN BALANCE. Collaboration, holistic, intuitive and empathic methods are used to reach your goals fast and effectively.

Wellness Essentials, LLC 456 N. Main St., Oshkosh Located at the Harmony Wellness Center 920.410.4022 • Providing Innovative Wellness with Care & Integrity Kari A. Uselman, Ph.D., has been in private practice since 2006. She is nationally certified in biofeedback and complex homeopathy, is an advanced practitioner of Quantum Reflex Analysis, cation mud-packing and vastu bioenergetics, and facilitates craniosacral therapy, Reconnective Healing, BioGenesis & more. Kari weaves her intuition, integrity and caring into her sessions to support her clients’ holistic wellness. She is certified through the Natural Therapies Certification Board and has over 1000 satisfied clients.

Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC 18 Jewelers Park Dr., Suite 210, Neenah 920.722.7245 Are you ready to journey to a happier and healthier life? Are you considering counseling to support you in meeting your goals? If so, I congratulate you for being a good listener to your life. At the Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, you will learn scientifically-validated mind body medicine skills that will enhance your capacity for self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-care. Become your own expert in how your mind interacts with your body to create better emotional, mental, social and physical health. We

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teach simple self-care techniques like Mindfulness Meditation, Qi Qong Breath Exercises, Visualization, Guided Imagery, Affirmations, Journaling, Stress Management and Loving Kindness Relationship skills. We offer free Mind Body Medicine Classes, 8-Week Mindful Women’s Group, as well as individual and couple counseling. Our therapist, Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W., has over 20 years of counseling experience.

Massage Envy Spa 3201 E. Calumet St., Appleton 920.731.5300 At Massage Envy Spa Calumet, our mission is to provide a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. Whether it is your first massage or massage therapy is part of your wellness plan, we have a therapist to match your needs. We offer many massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports, reflexology and more. Signature services and enhancements include hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy and sugar foot scrub. We have four different spa facial treatments specially formulated for Massage Envy Spa. Our professional estheticians have the scientifically proven products to give you noticeably healthy skin.

Appleton Community Midwives & Birth Center 308 E. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.882.6200 Our compassionate care-giving team offers comprehensive traditional midwifery care, including VBAC, water, home and birth center birth. We provide complete maternity care — prenatal visits, birth and postpartum. Our birth center is cozy and welcoming, equipped with specially designed water birth tubs. We do insurance verification and billing and offer flexible payment plans for cash pay clients.

Ranger Services Inc. Urban Forestry and Landscape Management P.O. Box 2221, Appleton, WI 54912 920.731.3511 Ranger Services Inc. is an urban forestry and landscape management firm RANGER providing technical assistance and service to communities, residential and commercial accounts. The staff consists of degreed foresters, resource managers and certified arborists providing management and service in: • Tree pruning/removal/plant health care/planting. • Landscape management and maintenance. • Street tree ordinance development/revision. • Street and park tree inventory. • Tree maintenance training programs. • Urban forestry management plans. • Tree appraisal. • Lawn service and maintenance.











Clairalience Skincare Pam Williams — Owner 920.265.1427 • Clairalience natural skincare products provide your skin with just what it needs to stay healthy. From body scrubs to lip balms, Clairalience works with your body’s natural chemistry to promote healthy skin, offering assistance to your body’s own natural healing properties. Clairalience products are made with natural ingredients and beneficial seed oils that are user friendly and readily absorbed, with no harmful chemicals added. Skin becomes smooth and supple without an oily residue or waxy build up. Choose a natural skin care product that actually works for you! “Experience the familiar ... naturally”
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Youthful Endeavors Dr. Nolan Hetz, Medical Director Green Bay and Manitowoc locations 920.683.1800 • Youthful Endeavors is one of the most comprehensive medical aesthetic practices in Northeastern Wisconsin. From Botox to Skin Fillers to Fat Transfers; from Laser Facial/Neck Skin Rejuvenation to Laser and IPL Hair Removal; from Laser Liposuction to Face/Neck-Lift, Breast and Butt-Lifts. Redesign and refresh with the help of Dr. Nolan Hetz, our board certified surgeon and certified aesthetics consultant, our licensed aestheticians and other certified professional staff. Our TEAM helps each client individually create a fresher, younger, healthier “look” to complement their internal beauty. Enhance and perféct your booty with the FDA-approved SPYDER Butt-Lift and/or with our autologous fat transfers technology. Zero percent financing programs are available. Call for a free consultation with Dr. Hetz to explore your personal situation and the best available options.

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

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

Rejuvenessence mediSpa Kenneth Pechman, M.D., Ph.D. Board Certified Dermatologist 2201 East Enterprise Ave., Suite 104, Appleton 920.574.3577 • The mission of Rejuvenessence mediSpa is to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance, health and function. We strive to improve our clients’ skin through our professional services and highquality products and thus, enhance our patients’ self esteem and self image. We are proud to offer free consultations on all of our services!

Life Uncommon Massage Kara Phernetton, LMT, CPMT 2050 Riverside Dr., Green Bay 920.246.1423 Providing holistic healing for the entire family, Life Uncommon specializes in individuals with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual differences. Life Uncommon tailors each massage to fit the needs of every client, and is focused on bringing health and wellness to the Green Bay area. Hours are by appointment only. Call 920.246.1423 for an appointment today!



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

Advanced Pain Management (APM) 2595 Development Dr., Suite 150, Green Bay Locations also in Appleton and Oconto Falls 888.901.PAIN (7246) • Advanced Pain Management (APM) is committed to providing patients with innovative pain management services. APM strives to deliver the most advanced, minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic services to enable patients to restore function, relieve pain and renew hope. Whether it’s back or neck pain, work injury, sciatica or a painful condition; APM has a pain management doctor who can help pinpoint the source of pain. EvolveAbility Phyllis Kasper, Ph.D. 920.693.2250 • Dr. Phyllis Kasper is a licensed psychologist with expertise in pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder using EMDR, biofeedback, meditation and training in self-hypnosis. Pain and other symptoms of irritable bowel can be alleviated using a 7-session hypnosis program. Dr. Kasper also works with anxiety/panic disorders, depression and breaking barriers to achievement. She is available at Healthy Connections, LLC, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or call 920.257.4601. Quality Therapy 311 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna 920.462.4583 • Serving the Fox Valley Quality Therapy is client-centered and focused on predictable outcomes. We strive to uphold the dignity of patients, accommodating schedule allowing recovery in your own home. Our specialized programs include: chronic pain program, back pain program and digestinal disorder program. We also offer craniosacral, visual manipulation, lymphedema with vaso-pneumatic pump and electro therapeutic point stimulation. Don’t put it off any longer. The more you wait the more serious your problem may become.

The Natural Boutique (formerly Botanical Indulgence) Sandy White 1162 Westowne Dr., Neenah 920.725.1380 • The success of a business comes from more than just the owner. A truly successful business will have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff hand chosen by the owner. Here at The Natural Boutique, Sandy has a staff that loves the business as much as she does, and it shows when you walk into the store. Located 5 minutes from Fox River Mall; take the Winneconne exit in Neenah and turn left at Culver’s. Custom Health Pharmacy 1011 S. 10th St., Manitowoc 920.482.3145 Custom Health Pharmacy is your source for quality compounded medications. Our state-ofthe-art compounding lab provides the highest quality compounding possible. You have a choice where you get your compounded prescriptions — you don’t need your prescription sent to you from Madison. We also offer: hormone saliva testing, hormone consultations, adrenal fatigue consultations and testing, Take Charge weight loss program and a full line of Now vitamins. We Accept Caremark and Express Scripts.

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

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

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MotionWorks Physical Therapy 1158 Westowne Drive, Neenah 920.215.2050 Experience the difference a hands-on, manual therapy approach to physical therapy can make at MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice providing quality care to patients with spine, orthopedic, post-operative and sports medicine injuries. Our mission is to provide the highest level of personalized, one-on-one patient care, with appointment times that are


… all of which equal “quality of life”! Our opportunity fits the current timing and trends. Consider the opportunities with Arbonne’s pure, safe and beneficial skin care, nutritional products, cosmetics, detox spa and more! We are looking for new consultants in Northeast Wisconsin! For more information, contact Becky Schmalz, independent consultant and regional vice president, at 920.843.1142 or
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nient to you, in a relaxing, patient-centered clinic with all the latest amenities. Our results speak for themselves, as we often can help those who have not seen a benefit from treatment provided elsewhere by addressing the whole patient and the source of your pain, not just the symptoms.

Sangria’s Mexican Grill 215 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton • 920.955.3755 940 Waube Ln., Green Bay • 920.339.0994 At Sangria’s Mexican Grill, we offer guests an escape to Mexico through authentic dishes, exceptional service and a fun atmosphere. Our unique menu features fine Mexican cuisine perfected from the owner’s original family recipes. Our full-service bar highlights the Fox Valley’s only tableside margaritas, made from the finest 100% blue agave tequilas available! We also feature the largest gluten-free menu in the area. At Sangria’s, we strive to make sure your dining experience is so exceptional — you might just want to trade your cheesehead for a sombrero!

mission to care for the world we live in by treating it with care and respect. We, as artists, are passionate about our profession and we take tremendous pride in serving you. Our team members are talented professionals who consistently refine and enhance their skills through continuing education. She. Hair Boutique 525 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton 920.850.9667 She. Hair Boutique is a modern vintage salon providing our clients with outstanding customer service. We thrive on being knowledgeable of all up to date trends, products, new styles and the most creative color trends. Offering the best in green and innovative products. Here at She. we offer the best in vegan and organic skin care and hair care. From our family to yours, we look forward to customizing your services and experience to help you look and feel amazing. We look forward to meeting you! Shear Chaos Salon & Spa 103 W. College Ave., Suite 100, Appleton 920.733.4247 Located in the heart of Downtown Appleton, Shear Chaos Salon & Spa is among the best in the area, and holds an emphasis on the value of continuing education. Keeping up with the latest trends and sciences, Shear Chaos is an ever-changing, warm, quirky haven for love, health, beauty and just the right amount of craziness to cohabitate.

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

Elevate Hair Studio {glam spa} 3402 N. Richmond St., Suite A, Appleton 920.574.2473 • Our mission at Elevate Hair Studio {glam spa} is to go above and beyond what is expected and to deliver exceptional value-added services to our guests. In achieving this goal, we have added new services and products to best suit all your needs and wants. We carry a certified organic haircolor, 100% vegan & cruelty-free haircare products and use natural & organic skincare products for treatments and facial services. We offer haircare, cutting and styling services, hair coloring, hair extension and texture services, in addition to nail services, full-body waxing, skincare services and cosmetics. Also, Glam-2-Go, a mobile & on-location service available for weddings, photo-shoots, special events or just for fun! Check our website and Facebook page for the latest info, specials and staff bios. Elevate-2-Glam today! Haven Salon & Spa 1700 Sand Acres Dr., Suite 2, De Pere 920.339.1111 Discover Haven Salon & Spa. Tucked away in a beautiful, serene setting, Haven offers you the total experience. From the moment you walk through our doors, you will feel the difference — service designed to exceed all of your expectations. Haven is proud to provide you with quality products and fabulous services to energize and inspire you today and keep you looking your best for years to come! Call or email today for an appointment. You deserve it. Your Haven awaits! Savoye Hair Studio 2530 Lineville Rd., Suite 2, Green Bay 920.434.4247 Our mission is to provide you with exceptional service in an environment designed to replenish, renew and nurture your appearance and well-being. We support Aveda in its

Comedy Quarter / Gilligan’s 1575 Plaza Drive, Neenah 920.722.JOKE At Comedy Quarter, we believe laughter is truly the best medicine! Come out for a good laugh along with a great meal and your stress will melt away! Our intimate yet state-of-the-art venue features award-winning talent and an A-list celebrity scene. Gilligan’s restaurant offers a full lunch and dinner menu along with a Tiki bar featuring 100 specialty drinks.

Lamers Dairy & Country Store Off Hwys. 441 & CE N410 Speel School Rd., Appleton 920.830.0980 • Taste the difference ... experience milk the way it was meant to be! Returnable glass bottles keep our fresh taste with less environmental impact. Farmer certified to be free of artificial hormones. From a select few local small-herd family farms. Lamers Dairy-Dairyland’s Best — a family owned and operated local dairy serving Northeast Wisconsin since 1913. Find our milk in glass bottles at select retail locations or visit Lamers Country Store. The Olive Cellar 277 W. Northland Ave., Appleton • 920.574.2361 127 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah • 920.486.1781 Discover the difference quality makes with small batch world class extra virgin olive oils and an exquisite variety of aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy with all products available for you to sample prior to bottling. Also offering pastas and spices, sea salts, truffle oils, chocolate sauces and the world’s best peanut brittle. A unique culinary experience awaits you.
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Nakashima of Japan • Katsu-Ya of Japan 4100 W. Pine St., Appleton • 920.739.6057 2200 Holmgren Way, Green Bay • 920.494.4103 511 W. College Ave., Appleton • 920.882.4183 Nakashima Sushi is your healthy alternative when dining out. We take the freshest fish or vegetable, wrap it in vinegar rice and roasted seaweed for a taste that is simple satori (enlightenment). We feature Avocado, Asparagus and Spinach Salad, Tofu Salad, Ceviches, Grilled Salmon and many more healthy selections! Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.733.3003 • The area’s finest authentic Indian restaurant. Join us today to find out why we won the “Best Indian Food” Golden Fork Award from 2005-2011! We offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Catering is available and we have a banquet room for parties up to 40 people.


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

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

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

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

10th Frame Sports Bar................................................... 34 Advanced Pain Management......................................... 57 Aerial Dance Pole Exercise.............................................. 71 Arbonne / Spirit Wings................................................... 43 Anytime Fitness.............................................................. 23 Appleton Chiropractic...................................................... 5 Appleton Community Midwives..................................... 15 Appleton Downtown, Inc............................................... 41 Backyard Organics......................................................... 56 Bay Area Yoga............................................................... 75 Bergstrom Toyota/Scion.................................................... 2 Brain Training of the Fox Valley...................................... 47 CClark Pilates Studio...................................................... 41 Capital Credit Union...................................................... 35 ClairalienceCo................................................................ 18 Comedy Quarter / Gilligan’s........................................... 65 Community Benefit Tree................................................. 36 Compost Joe’s................................................................ 62 Crystal Pathway............................................................. 73 Custom Health Pharmacy............................................... 32 Elevate Hair Studio Glam, LLC........................................ 28 Epiphany Law................................................................ 91 EvolveAbility.................................................................. 80 Foxglove Farms.............................................................. 65 Get Connected Counseling, LLC.................................... 39 Get Your Lean On............................................................ 7 Good Vibrations Studio.................................................. 12 Goodwill Industries........................................................ 17 Growing Time................................................................ 81 Hands to Heart, LLC....................................................... 14 Happy Bellies Bake Shop................................................ 37 Happy Drumming.......................................................... 87 Harmony Cafe............................................................... 89 Haven Salon & Spa......................................................... 47 Healthy Living Events..................................................... 68 Homebrew Market......................................................... 82 Joules of Nature............................................................. 75 Just Act Natural............................................................. 16 Lake Park Swim & Fitness............................................... 54 Lamers Dairy, Inc............................................................ 72 LearningRx..................................................................... 29 Life Force Wellness Center............................................. 14 Life Uncommon Massage............................................... 29 Making Art of Life.......................................................... 25 Mark’s East Side............................................................. 43 Massage Envy Spa.......................................................... 54 Masterpiece Nutrition.................................................... 83 Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing.................................. 46 MotionWorks Physical Therapy....................................... 63 Mudd Creek, LLC........................................................... 61

Valley Transit 801 S. Whitman Ave., Appleton 920.832.5800

Valley Transit safe and reliable public

Valley Transit provides

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

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Mystical Earth Gallery..................................................... 31 Nakashima, Inc............................................................ 102 Nancy Soliven, Wonders of Wellness.............................. 23 Natural Healing Solutions............................................... 37 Natural Healthy Concepts.............................................. 13 Nell’s Wigs & Boutique................................................... 33 New Possibilities Integration........................................... 43 Niemuth’s Southside Market.......................................... 81 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College........................... 85 Nutritional Healing......................................................... 51 Olivü 426....................................................................... 56 Oneida Nation Farms....................................................... 9 Optimal Health Network................................................ 77 Otto Chiropractic........................................................... 66 Outagamie County Dept. of Solid Waste........................ 60 Peace & Wellness Center................................................ 16 Pura Vida Yoga.............................................................. 51 Rainbows in Harmony.................................................... 61 Ranger Services, Inc....................................................... 44 Rejuvenessence mediSpa.............................................. 103 Revolution Dojo, LLC...................................................... 80 Sabamba Alpaca Ranch.................................................. 19 Sai Ram Indian Cuisine................................................... 67 Sangria’s Mexican Grill................................................... 69 Saris Counseling, LLC..................................................... 25 Savoye Hair Studio......................................................... 13 She. Hair Boutique......................................................... 77 Shear Chaos Salon & Spa............................................... 69 Soul-Full Creative Arts, LLC............................................ 49 T.C. Dance Club............................................................. 79 Terry Naturally/EuroPharma............................................ 11 The Frontier / Nature Scents........................................... 88 The Natural Boutique..................................................... 23 The Olive Cellar.............................................................. 70 The Wild Apple.............................................................. 78 The Wild Iris................................................................... 26 The Wire Whisk............................................................. 21 Thundering Hoof Ranch................................................. 88 Twohig Dental....................................................... 73, 104 Unity of Appleton.......................................................... 40 Valley Thermography, LLC.............................................. 61 Valley Transit.................................................................... 9 Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Center....................... 91 Vemma (Nancy Dunbar)................................................. 78 Victoria’s Pet Nutrition.................................................... 18 Wellness Essentials......................................................... 79 Wellness Hypno-Therapeutics......................................... 84 Wise Woman Wellness, LLC....................................... 3, 15 Youthful Endeavors.................................................. 45, 71

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