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The importance of strength training for increased endurance

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The importance of strength training for increased endurance Your home on green energy autopilot! Like ash on water The mindset train Raising healthy children … is simple The antidepressant/calcium/hormone connection Explore your options when dealing with chronic pain Live life the way your grandparents did Valuable movement Attention to the immune system could mean hope for allergy sufferers Conscious sharing Caveat syndrome #1 The joy of cloth diapers Living in the present Chiropractic: much more than just adjustments Health and diet: one size fits all? The prostate: how to overcome BPH and frequent urination Raging hormones Sometimes we have to tune out to tune in Unplug, focus and reconnect with your friends, family and inner self

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from the editor
Jackie Peters


And yet again, another countdown is on to summer’s end. While the retail world has been all over it for over a month already, panic is setting in for many students and summer flex-time working adults. At my house, there is much lamenting about “not having done enough yet” and “where the time has gone.” This mom better get crackin’! As we prepare for the transition from carefree summer lifestyles to back to school/back to regular work hours, let’s keep our health in mind! Here are three areas that deserve our attention: Sleep schedules: Considering that health experts encourage 9-10 hours of sleep for children and teens, and 8 hours for adults, our summer schedule of going to bed later just won’t cut it. A gradual (1/2-hour per week) approach to getting to bed earlier is encouraged, so this needs our attention now! Healthy foods: Plan your strategy and stock up on good options for school and work lunches (if yours is in need of improvement). Suggestions include dried fruit, low-fat string cheese, yogurt, trail mix, celery/peanut butter, roasted coconut chips, nuts, roasted seaweed snack, pita/flatbread crisps, hummus and salsa. Frame of mind: Pep talks may be in order here; even if we have to give them to ourselves! It’s great to work through transition with a positive attitude and outlook, and realistic expectations. We need to pay attention to mental health issues, just as we would the physical ones! Moving on to this month’s content, our writers have some great articles to further our healthy living efforts. Alanna Medearis reminds us of the importance of developing genuine connections with others and with nature in this technology- and

multitasking-obsessed world. Carrie Kaiser encourages us to find the diet that “fits” with the unique physiology we each have. Ryan Jennings informs us about the need to combine strength training with endurance training for maximum results. And there’s much more to learn, so please read on! Here’s to a smooth, healthy transition into your end-of-summer schedule! In health and happiness,

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The importance of strength training for increased endurance ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Ryan Jennings, CSCS
t’s that time of year again. The sun is out, it’s nice and warm, and there seems to be a 5K, marathon or fun run every weekend. As spring hits, endurance athletes, novice to professional, lace up their running shoes and begin adding up the mileage in hope of beating last year’s race time or just increasing their current level of fitness. But as summer sets in, the injuries begin piling up, and many people grow discouraged because their training efforts aren’t yielding the results they expected. For many of these athletes, the missing link is strength.


It has long been thought that endurance and strength should be kept separate in training. Walk into any traditional gym or along any bike path and you will hear discussion about how strength training will decrease your endurance, and endurance training will hurt your strength. This is the old way of thinking and stems from the same place that the “you can turn fat into muscle” idea came from. It doesn’t really work like that. It is true that endurance training won’t increase strength, and may even slow your strength gains if it is practiced incorrectly. But if strength is correctly

incorporated into an endurance training program, an athlete’s endurance will increase. Strength is the single most important factor that an athlete can train. It is the only factor that, when trained correctly, increases every other area of fitness. To show this, we can look at the training of a cyclist. Let’s say that this athlete is the average cyclist, with seven years of training and a few yearly races under his belt. He is training for a race 10 months away, and this race will be 100 miles long, spread over a hilly course. If this athlete, let’s call him John, were to take the common training

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route, then he would slowly add mileage every week for about eight or nine months, and then begin to taper the mileage down as the race approaches. Seems pretty straight forward, but if you understand that many training-related injuries occur due to volume of training, you can see how this athlete will likely become injured somewhere during this ten-month period. Also, John is training for a race, but what has he done to increase the speed at which he can cycle for long periods of time? Adding a few miles a week won’t increase speed. Now, let’s take John and drop him into a mixed-modal style of training, like CrossFit, for example. With this form of training, he will squat with a barbell at least twice per week for around eight of his 10 months of training. On day one of training, John demonstrates that the maximum amount of weight that he can squat with perfect form is 100 lbs. So let’s say that his pedal stroke, when compared to his squatting strength, is x/100. Fast forward eight months, and his

”Strength is the single most important factor that an athlete can train. It is the only factor that, when trained correctly, increases every other area of fitness.”
squat is 250 lbs. He has more than doubled his effective leg strength. This means that his stroke went from x/100 to x/250. Since his legs are more than twice as strong, it will take less than half of his capacity for force production to complete a pedal stroke. Basically, he is stronger, so pedaling takes less effort, and he will be able to maintain a faster pace longer. So what is strength training? In its most basic form, it consists of deadlifting, squatting and overhead pressing a barbell, dumbbells or kettlebells. Sets would range

from 1 to 5, and repetitions would range from 1 to 6, at least one day per week. To maximize the training stimulus, weight should be no less than 65% of the maximum weight that can be lifted for one repetition, it should be increased slowly, but consistently, and the lifter should rely on their own strength and stability to support the weight instead of using a bench or machine. As with any new skill, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. To get the most out of the time you invest into learning how to properly strength train, it would be well worth the investment to meet with a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Ryan Jennings is a coach at CrossFit Sanctify in Madison, a training facility that promotes overall fitness development and strength training for people of all ages and fitness levels. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and is a certified Russian kettlebell instructor (RKC). For more information, visit www., call 608.441.0888 or email

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Your home on green energy autopilot! ��������������������������������������������������������������������
By Stuart Utley
efore purchasing a home or renting an apartment, you’d be wise to estimate energy use and costs. Information for specific addresses is available from customer service at your utility or on their website. Once exploring energy efficiency, you may also wish to consider beneficial, not widely known utility programs, to make your dwelling more sustainable and/or save money!


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off participating customers’ air conditioners at relatively rare peak times when the grid needs emergency power. MG&E pays $2 for every 15-minute period an air conditioner is remotely shut off. Firsttime sign-up incentives are offered, too (energy-efficient light bulbs, portable energy meter, setback thermostat or $25 bill credit)! Air conditioners are the greatest electricity users during high-demand periods. Power Control provides emergency reserves at a lower cost than building new generators, so savings benefit all customers. Upon sign up, a small electronic device is installed outdoors near your air conditioner. When need for reserve power occurs, an MG&E radio signal shuts off the A/C compressor like your thermostat does, so it can’t damage the unit. When reserve power is no longer needed,

“Every unit of green power purchased is less generated from nonrenewable, dirty fuels. Sun and wind are free, but green power costs slightly more because initial equipment construction and installation costs are higher for each unit of capacity.”
another signal turns the device on again. You’ll never be shut off after 10 p.m., on Sundays or on holidays. Shutoff is more likely on a very hot weekday between noon and 8 p.m. You enroll in the program until you cancel or move. If at some point you change your mind, a simple phone call will stop your participation. However, if you need to have your A/C turned back on in the midst of a shutoff, you’ll incur a $25 charge, so if someone in your household needs cooling for health reasons, don’t participate in this program.
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utility bills by changing when you use electricity. By shifting from times of high demand to when demand is low, you’ll save money and reduce need for additional utility infrastructure. Upon request, MG&E installs a TOU meter (no charge), with a minimum of one year participation. Electricity is then priced differently. Off-peak charges are lower than standard rates, while during on-peak, they’re higher. The premium reflects the extra cost to generate electricity for high-demand periods. Like standard rates, charges are higher in summer. On-peak periods, with corresponding rates, are: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1-6 p.m.; 6 p.m.-9 p.m., M-F. The one off-peak period is 9 p.m.-10 a.m. M-F, all day on weekends, and holidays. The more you shift off-peak, the more you save, especially if you are away from home using little power during the day (M-F) or have large electric equipment like an electric water heater, dehumidifier, clothes dryer or plug-in electric vehicle, whose use often can be shifted to off-peak hours. A Benefit Worksheet at the MG&E website shows if TOU rates are right for you, but if you can use >60 percent of your electricity off-peak, bills will likely be lower. Over 95 percent of customers who switch to TOU save 6 to 10 percent versus standard rates. MGE sends Comparison Reports twice a year to help you understand if you are saving compared to standard rates.

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Like ash on water
Holding on. Letting go. ������������������������������������������
By Cecilia Farran

This is a true story of letting go. It brought with it a life-changing gift. I share it with you just as it happened one summer night. t’s a sultry night and I am standing knee-deep and barefoot in the bathtubwarm waters of the Mississippi River off the shores of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Above me, a giant cottonwood arches its cathedral of green; beyond, the blue-black of the summer night; and beyond that, ten thousand times ten thousand stars pinpoint light into the velvet darkness. Out on the wide waters, towboats ply north and south as the spears of their lights chart a way through the night. Around me, the blue-black night, the lull of crickets and the comfort of the river flowing onward to the sea. In my hand is a clear, heavy-duty, plastic, zip-lock bag. In the bag are the ashes of my firstborn son.


I am here alone to spread his ashes on the water’s rolling flow. And, though I didn’t know it at the time, I am here to learn what motherhood is ultimately about. I open the bag and, like a child first touching finger paint, I am tentative. I take a small pinch, hold it between my thumb and fingers, and study its gray grit. My once child. Now ash. Only ash, yet much more, for spirit and memory live on, rendering ashes holy. I raise them. I hold them. I am afraid to let them go. Yet, I must. I must. I hesitate. And … I do. ……… Do you know what happens to ashes in water? They sparkle for one brief moment and then they are gone. Gone. Slowly I breathe. And then, like a child in the finger paint, I try another pinch. And another. And like that child, I grow more bold. I dive in. I scoop out a great handful,

powder sifting through my fingers, and I toss it to the water, to the breeze. And the breeze blows back against me. Against my skin. My lips. My tongue. I feel grit against my teeth. And my child and I are one, once again. He and I there. The two of us alone as once we were. One. Communion. ……… And tears. My tears. And I begin to speak to whatever might hear, softly at first, and then louder, boldly forming a mantra, from I know not where, for the voice does not seem my own. I cry. I laugh. And I call out again and again: “My son, you came forth through me, and now through me as Mother I release you from form. I give you back. To Her. To The One Mother: to Her Waters, which will flow out to the sea, and to the sun and air,
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The mindset train ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Don Neviaser

here are times when our thoughts and actions do not necessarily fall in line with what would be to our greatest advantage in life. Instead of being proactive toward living a better, more fulfilling life, many of us go through times when we inadvertently limit our actions, growth and successes. There are likely many reasons why any of us might carry unproductive mindsets and, knowingly or not, sabotage our own ends, including simply a lack of motivation or uncertainty of direction. However, there are also many far more insidious insecurities and perceptions


holding people back from realizing their potential and living their best lives. Unfortunately and ironically, many such hindrances are tied to varying levels of need for approval or fear of disapproval from others, rather than on one’s own true needs, desires and abilities. In some cases, a fear of disapproval can be so acute it severely diminishes one’s actions and exposure to others as a means for minimizing or eliminating the possibility of such an experience. Whether these fears exist toward a prominent figure or figures in one’s life, the general public, one’s peers or even concern for one’s own

self-perception, the result is very often a painfully limited or stagnant existence. Another predominant mental/emotional backdrop limiting many people’s ability to live happier, more fulfilling lives lies in an inability to move beyond certain negative messages, insecurities or other issues; all intimidating factors that, over time, can create a general mindset of failure, hopelessness, and subsequent inactivity or “hiding.” If this all sounds a bit too familiar, maybe it’s time to try taking a step back from the thoughts and feelings that have
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Raising healthy children … is simple ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Ingrid Recnik


s a parent, the greatest gift we could ever provide for our children is a healthy start. For most of us, our lives are riddled with speed, urgency and stress, which can negatively impact our health and the health of our children. Acne, allergies, ADHD, asthma and autism are all on the rise and keep increasing year after year, and those are just the illnesses that start with “A.” In order to have excellent health and provide a high quality of life for our children, we need to cultivate simplicity into our family lifestyle choices. Whether your child had a stressful birth or has fallen many times while learning to walk, over time these events affect their quality of life. When the spine and nervous system are misaligned or interfered with, your body compensates, causing it to work harder. This stresses the body and makes it less adaptable and less resilient. Many childhood maladies, including ear infections, digestive disturbances, colic, GERD and growing pains, are often the expression of nerve stress. Keeping the body properly aligned with chiropractic care allows the body to work with ease and at its full potential. A child’s first few years of life represent a time of rapid growth and development, making this an important time for superior nutrition. By feeding our children through ourselves via breast milk or fresh organic produce, and minimizing the amount of processed foods, we can feel confident that we are providing them with first-rate nutrients to grow. Our body simply cannot properly digest genetically modified, industrialized fats and high glycemic index foods. This is one of the many reasons why our children are more irritable, are experiencing many food addictions and food allergies, and are developing Type 2 diabetes at unprecedented levels today. One of the best gifts we can give to our child is a healthier diet by encouraging them to enjoy real, natural food that is high in vitamins, minerals, good fats and protein. Another vital nutrient often neglected is physical movement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend
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that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Exercise enhances mood, aids with metabolism, releases stress from the body and encourages bone growth. Physical activity with their peers, either in the form of exercise or play, allows children to socially connect and helps them gain self-confidence. These days it is not uncommon to see many parents and children attached to their technology. The Kaiser Foundation estimates that American children under the age of 6 will average approximately two hours of technology every day. This lack of physical activity will negatively discourage them from developing their personality or being able to tap into their creativity. This overstimulation from technology can symptomatically present as difficulty in paying attention and focusing. By the time your child reaches the age of 18, it is calculated that they will have watched 180,000 commercials. Isn’t it more helpful to encourage creativity by reading and playing instead? This kind of simplicity expands their minds and allows their brain to function at peak efficiency and maximum capacity. Simplicity in our alignment, our movement, our nutrition and our thinking can remove the stressors of a too-much too-fast environment. Providing a child with an environment that is less stressful helps him/her to enjoy life and fosters happiness. Raising healthy children is about leading by example, being your child’s best teacher. Living with simplicity, gives them the environment to express their best potential. The 100 Year Lifestyle and chiropractic deliver an innate health care philosophy that is working for millions. It can also work for you and your family. Implement a few of these simple ideas in order to live the healthy life that you and your children deserve.
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which will take you up from the sea, and to the great clouds, which will send rain to fall and bring new green to blossom life upon Earth. To the Great Oneness. I release you now.” I lose track of time. I am sobbing, elevated to a state beyond myself. And when I am done, and all ash is gone, I am spent. ……… And it is then that I know why I have come alone to the water. A lifelong dance between my child and I will never be over, for ashes, like all of life, in the end, are for the going on and for the letting go. ……… If you like this story, you might be tempted to hold it. You could go to the exact spot if you want. That cottonwood tree holds sentinel there. I can take you there and point: “See, there is the spot.” You can find it if you want, but one need not find that tree nor that spot, for to hold on, one must let go. And just as ashes melt upon the water, life is not anchored in time or space, but in an ebb and flow. If you really need hold on to anything, go down to the water, sit below a great tree and grasp the river of life.
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The antidepressant/ calcium/hormone connection ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Marcia K. Simler, CNHP


id you know that there is a direct correlation between how we feel and what our calcium intake is? Do you know the importance of calcium, the most needed mineral in our bodies? Are you on antidepressants and not feeling better or not sure if they are actually helping you? Many of the clients that we test are very deficient in calcium and are also taking prescriptions to help feel better about themselves. But that is just a “Band-Aid” approach, not getting to the bottom of the problem! Calcium, the right kind, is needed in every cell to help make hormones in our bodies. Hormones are like traffic cops telling the cells what to do and how to perform (cleanse this, digest that, take care of that invading virus, etc.). If you do not have the correct kind or amount of calcium, hormones cannot be made to do their functions. Each of our 70-100 trillion cells need calcium in them to make hormones. Hormones, in turn, tell cells what to do. There are over 30 kinds of calcium out there, but you must be tested to see which one matches your needs. Different kinds that are popular include: • Calcium aspartate: makes amino acids, which are the spark plug to your protein. (Not aspartame, which is a poisonous chemical substitute of sugar!) • Calcium phosphate: is 70 percent of our bones and keeps the enamel on our teeth. • Calcium citrate: is a great form of alkalizing calcium, whereas calcium chloride is acid and should only be taken if your body is very alkaline. • Calcium carbonate: is chalk-like, manmade and the cheapest kind of calcium. It should be combined with other kinds to really help you. But, again, the correct kind for you is like “putting the right kind of octane in your car’s gas tank.” Calcium is not only needed to make your hormones, but also to help you sleep peacefully. Many people who are on BiPAP or

CPAP machines are low on levels of calcium. Hot flashes are also a sign of low hormones due to low calcium absorption. Do you have lower back pain or arthritis pain? You are probably low on calcium, as calcium is taken from your lower back first, teeth second and then the density of all your bones just to keep your calcium levels correct in your body. This is why we have to supplement. It is not in our foods anymore. A study recently released showed that the calcium level in broccoli dropped 62 percent from 1950 to 1999. It’s not in our soil anymore. A test of one of our calcium options (2 tablets) showed that it was equal to 44 cups of broccoli! We just can’t eat enough anymore to keep up with what we need! Calcium, along with magnesium, also helps normalize blood pressure, which is the No. 2 public health enemy. The CDC says that 36 million people in the U.S. have uncontrolled high blood pressure, and of that number, 14 million don’t even know it. Interestingly, 16 million Americans who are on blood pressure medication STILL don’t have their blood pressure under control — a fact that emphasizes the need for basic lifestyle changes in order to truly resolve this problem. For example, eliminating the wrong foods for their bodies, the deficiencies of calcium and magnesium, and the lack of exercise will normalize blood pressure in most people. Find out other benefits of calcium and get your free calcium check during the month of August at Natural Health Works in Verona or Monroe.
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caused and accompanied you during such times. If possible, try distancing yourself enough to see them from a more simplistic, objective point of view rather than as an inseparable part of who you are. Obviously, as overbearing as many thoughts can be, creating the distance necessary for doing this is far more easily said than done and success will vary. However, it may be helpful to try looking at negative mindsets this way; not to be overly simplistic, but from a very basic standpoint, many negative thoughts and feelings exist in a general mindset of perception, or train of thought, if you will. And with the right options of perception, there are few trains of thought that cannot be derailed or at least seriously sidetracked. Think about it; if you were incapable of changing your perceptions or perspectives in life, you would literally be unable to learn anything new. One way to start the derailment process is to begin creating, in earnest, new and more optimistic interactive perceptions of yourself, along with apropos and supportive mindsets designed around your personal happiness; interactions that would bring you joy and comfort. The more genuinely they represent the life and exchanges you truly desire, and the more you think and act in accordance with these upbeat concepts, the faster you will succeed in making them an enduring, self-perpetuating reality.

“… begin creating, in earnest, new and more optimistic interactive perceptions of yourself, along with apropos and supportive mindsets designed around your personal happiness; interactions that would bring you joy and comfort.”
If you honestly begin to believe in these alternate scenarios, and the more you are able to step outside of your constrictive mindsets, the synergy you create will help you to all the more effectively counter and replace them over time. Ironically, when you begin replacing older, negative self-perceptions with more optimistic ones, seeing yourself and your life in a more positive light, you are actually visualizing a more accurate picture of them both than is all too often painted by self-deprecating thoughts and feelings!
Don Neviaser is a certified life coach and award-winning author of 4 self-empowering books of original quotes and perspectives. As a life coach and author, he specializes in helping people move beyond restrictive mindsets to a place of inner unity and appreciation; allowing for more enriching and productive lives in line with their true-self! For more information, visit, email him: or check out his Facebook page at www.facebook. com/AttitudeandPerspective.

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Explore your options when dealing with chronic pain ��������������������������������������������������������������
By Colleen Eimerman, LMT
ain. We have all felt it. Maybe we’re lucky and we only experience it occasionally in the form of a little bump, bruise or paper cut, or the life-altering pain that accompanies childbirth. Maybe we’re athletes and sore muscles are part of our everyday life, or our physical jobs make us wince when we get out of bed in the morning. Or maybe we are, according to the Institute of Medicine, one of the estimated 116 million Americans — approximately 30


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percent of the population — living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing. Statistics show chronic pain is slightly more common in women. It is associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety, sleep disturbances and insomnia, due to the pain itself or as a result of medications used to manage it. Chronic pain can also result in decreased physical activity, as people are afraid to aggravate the condition. Preliminary research has shown it to cause cognitive impairment such as forgetfulness, lack of attention, difficulty completing tasks and lessening of verbal articulation. Not to mention, it just plain hurts! Let’s look at the role of pain in our bodies. Pain is an alert, telling us to remove our hands from the stove. It’s a reminder that we are over (or under) exerting ourselves. It tells us that something is not functioning correctly within us, and that we need be aware of it and fix it! So often we just opt to take a pain pill instead of determining why we hurt. Pain pill addiction can cause depression, lethargy, hormone suppression, impaired motor skills and accidental death, among other things. It is our job to find alternatives for pain management. There are so many causes of chronic pain that we as individuals must be our own advocates and detectives. Are we ill? Do we eat a diet high in inflammatory foods? Not

drink enough water? Sit in front of a TV or computer screen for the better part of each day? Are we leading happy lives surrounded by love and things to look forward to and appreciate? Many people suffer from serious medical conditions that cause pain such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines or injuries that have not fully healed. There are so many natural and holistic options available to choose from to help manage your symptoms. Often a combination of complementary therapies — such as massage therapy along with acupuncture and energy work like reiki — will do an amazing job helping to facilitate the body’s own natural healing processes while providing substantial pain relief and also addressing the emotional trauma of chronic pain. With so many different holistic approaches now available, we owe it to ourselves to explore different options when faced with a health crisis. We may discover something that provides us with a whole new way of looking at things, one that not only helps relieve pain but also provides us with the tools needed to live a life of optimum health and joy. Be curious and enjoy the journey!
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Live life the way your grandparents did �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Hallie Ringhand


uring my nutrition presentations, I ask the audience, “What do you think is the number one goal my clients identify when they begin my program?” They always respond with, “Lose weight.” In reality, the number one goal for most people I work with is to have more energy and to feel better. When I ask further questions so I can understand what that really means, here is what I find: • They want to feel good when they wake up in the morning. • They want less pain more of the time. • They want an elevated mood that is apparent to those around them. • They want enough energy to make it through the day. • They want to feel and look like they did 10, 20, 30 years ago.

Sweden spend. We’re unhealthier than everyone else — and it’s our own fault.2 According to the article, Preventing Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, A Common Agenda for the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association, circ., the top ways to prevent cancer and heart disease in addition to diabetes are:

“We live in a fast-paced, get it, eat it and be it now world that works against some of the very fundamentals we grew up with.”
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We all want this. The key is to understand our own behaviors so we can be honest about what we are willing to change and do to achieve these goals. We live in a fast-paced, get it, eat it and be it now world that works against some of the very fundamentals we grew up with. If it was truly working for us, we wouldn’t have the rates of disease that we do. According the CDC, in 2010 1,172,432 people died from heart disease and cancer. This is 50 percent of the number of deaths from top 10 causes.1 This is astounding given Americans spend about $8,600 per year per person on healthcare. This is more than twice what Britain, France and

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A closer look at the dental health of our pets ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Lori Scarlett, DVM
hey love to give kisses or rub their cheeks against ours. Usually we like our pets to shower us with affection and, in return, we love to kiss them back. But what happens when the drool from your happy cat leaves a bad smell on your pillow? Or when your dog licks you and you think something died in his mouth? Do you try increasing the number of Milk Bones you give your dog or think about adding something to the water to freshen his breath? Have you ever really lifted the lips on your pet to see what might be going on in there? An adult dog has 42 teeth; that means 42 chances for a diseased root, fractured tooth or gum disease. Cats have 30 teeth that can develop problems, and cats are particularly prone to “resorptive lesions,” a cavity in the side of the tooth that eventually reaches the root canal, causing a lot of pain. It is estimated that 80 percent of pets over 2 years of age have some type of dental disease! For the most part, cats and dogs are pretty stoic when it comes to mouth pain. We don’t commonly see a decrease in appetite in animals with mouth pain unless the whole mouth is red and inflamed. Dogs with a bad tooth in the back may chew less on that side of the mouth, but that can be hard to detect if they eat rapidly. Some pets become a little lethargic or slow down, get a bit grumpy, lose a little weight and don’t want to play as much — all signs that might be attributable to “getting older.” Take a quick break from reading this article, grab your cat or dog and gently lift up the lip on one side of the mouth. Do you see any redness to the gums, right above the tooth? That indicates gingivitis; infection and inflammation just under the gum line. Is there any redness further away from the tooth? This might indicate an infection of the tooth root that is draining out the side of the gum. Do you see brown or yellow tartar on the tooth? Tartar forms where the tooth is no longer smooth (on top of plaque, which is what we brush off our teeth every day), or where there is a fracture
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or break in the enamel. Will your pet let you push on the teeth? If not, there may be pain there. If you notice any of these things or if your pet has any mouth odor, it is time to make an appointment to see your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can assess visually for gingivitis, fractured teeth, tartar and inflammation. If anything is abnormal, a dental cleaning will be recommended. Most of the time, veterinarians can’t tell how bad the teeth might be until the dog or cat is anesthetized and the gums can be probed. Dental x-rays are very important too, as they are the only way to examine the tooth roots and look for an abscess or infection. Most veterinarians extract diseased teeth, but there are a few specialists that will offer root canals or caps for fractured teeth. After a pet’s teeth have been cleaned and the diseased teeth extracted, owners are often thrilled to have their “old dog” back. Once the source of chronic pain is gone, these pets are happier and more energetic! There are a variety of things you can do to maintain the health of your pet’s teeth. Brushing daily or every other day is the very best. Use a pet toothpaste (many dogs and cats like chicken flavor!) and slowly introduce it using your finger, then a soft toothbrush. There are veterinary prescription diets formulated to scrape the teeth as the pet chews that can be very helpful. Not all treats and chews labeled for “dental care” are useful. Products that carry the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal have been shown to be useful for pet dental care. Your veterinarian is your pet’s best friend when it comes to evaluating dental health and helping you find the best ways to keep those chompers healthy!
Lori Scarlett, DVM, owns Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic, 4504 Monona Drive in Madison. Her practice specializes in cats and dogs. Lori received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1995 from Michigan State University. She previously worked at McFarland Animal Hospital for seven years and in Durham, NC for 11 years. For more information, call 608.819.6750, visit or look on Facebook. 

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• Cease tobacco use. • Improve our nutrition. • Move more often.

These are habits generations before us had that we have chosen to minimize or ignore. Of these three, tobacco use is the only thing that has decreased, mainly because of the research done by medical professionals, education dispersed by health professionals at all levels, widespread marketing campaigns and increased prices for tobacco. So, let’s approach these next two habits with the same kind of vigor. Will it cost more? Will it take more time? Will it hurt? Yes, yes and yes. However, we can minimize the cost, time and pain if we just look back and follow in our ancestors’ footsteps. Things like: • Eat real, whole foods that have the shortest amount of time from picking to table. • Cook using non-irradiating appliances. Use stoves and toasters instead of microwaves, and use stainless steel cookware instead of non-stick cookware. • Use and ingest less plastic. Use glass containers and minimize packaged and processed food. • Drink mainly plain, filtered water and use all other liquids as a treat.

“Eat real, whole foods that have the shortest amount of time from picking to table.”
• Move each day throughout the day; walk across the office and

talk to someone face to face instead of emailing, park further away, use the stairs and get up and stretch. • Limit screen time. Set a timer when you are online, limit TV watching and put the phone down. • Last but not least, work as hard as your grandparents and great grandparents did. Work as if your life depends on it, because the reality is, it does!

Hallie Ringhand has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and is a certified fitness professional with over 20 years of experience. She holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise and other organizations in both fitness and nutrition. Hallie offers compassionate, educated, goal-driven services that allow you to live your best life. For more information, visit, email or call 608.212.2154. Sources: 1. QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2010 Weekly March 1, 2013. 2. Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News, Jan. 9, 2013.



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Valuable movement
Diversifying your yoga practice for wellness ����������������������������������������������������
By Ellen McNamara

The following article refers to a real student situation; the name has been changed to protect the privacy of that student. ince recently having a baby, Susan has been pushing hard to shed the “baby weight.” With the help of a Jillian Michaels program and Power Flow yoga, she successfully lost a great deal of weight. However, she also created a nagging pain in her left side that is only aggravated by her regimen. Like Susan, many practitioners find themselves called, for any number of reasons, to a particular style of practice. Unfortunately, a too narrowly focused practice exposes the practitioner to potential imbalance and injury. In “Yoga for Wellness,” Gary Kraftsow states that: “Our bodies become habituated by any kind of repetitive activity … until we can successfully perform these patterns with little or no conscious attention.”1 To some this may sound like mastery, but this “blinders on” lack of awareness disregards specific physical, mental and emotional states, and thereby puts the student at risk.
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While a singular dedication to any one practice may take you towards your goal in theory, in reality, diversity is the key to transformation. Krafstow says, “By adapting the practice, we are able to work on specific conditions as they arise … Changing the practice helps keep it alive.”2 Instead of blindly pushing ahead, Dr. David Frawley, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, says, “We can learn what we are doing to create the circumstances that perpetuate unhappiness and permanently change them.”3 This learning requires that we acknowledge our ever-shifting state and embrace it. Had Susan backed off or shifted course earlier, her injury may not have become so debilitating, and she may have identified the movement pattern that created it. After much insistence from both her chiropractor and massage therapist, Susan has finally given her body a rest. She currently practices Restorative yoga and has taken a break from her other training. For the first time in months, she feels better. Unfortunately, Susan still struggles to give herself permission to rest. Each day that she doesn’t check the “sweat” box off her to-do list, feels like a failure, even though her pain is reduced. Embracing the value of rest and seeing it as part of the larger goal is something many struggle with, not just Susan. Our driven, over-stimulated and stagnant population struggles with two large and related problems. The first is that, according to a 2012 CDC report, over one-third (35.7 percent) of all adults are obese.4 The second is that one-third of U.S. employees are chronically overworked.5 Given this, it becomes clear that the “sweat your way to health” solution is overly simplistic, for the issue is both nuanced and amorphous. Prescriptions for active movement must be balanced by consideration for energy levels, mental states and emotional conditions. Ultimately, Susan is a perfect example of someone shifting from a one-track solution to a healthier approach that is both

“It [yoga] offers an opportunity to be witness to your rhythms and shifts.”
diverse and flexible. This is a path that has already helped her begin to heal, and that will ultimately help her to embrace her body and achieve balance in her life.

movement will best serve you. Movement that will nourish the body, connect you to breath, settle the mind and give space for self-study — this (whatever its form) is valuable movement.
Ellen McNamara is the lead yoga instructor at Capital Fitness, 15 N. Butler Street, Madison. For more information, call 608-2511245 or visit Ellen McNamara teaches group classes, offers yoga privates, and manages the yoga program for Capital Fitness. She is 200 hour certified through Prairie Yoga and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification. Her teaching is inspired by her daily practice and regular studies with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga). For more information you can contact her at, call 608-251-1245 or visit Sources: 1. Kraftsow, Gary, Yoga For Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga, Penguin Books, 1999, pg. 12. 2. Kraftsow, Gary, Yoga For Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga, Penguin Books, 1999, pg. 12. 3. Frawley, Dr. David, and Summerfield Kozak, Sandra, Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice, Lotus Press, 2001, pg 31. 4. Ogden, Cynthia L., Ph.D., Carroll D. Margaret, Brian K. Kit, and Katherine M. Flegal. Adult Obesity Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 13 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 June 2013. <>. 5. Galinsky, E., Bond, J. T., Kim, S. S., Backon, L., Brownfield, E., & Sakai, K. (2005). Overwork in America: When the way we work becomes too much. Families and Work Institute. < overwork2005summ.pdf>. 6. Frawley, Dr. David, and Summerfield Kozak, Sandra, Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice, Lotus Press, 2001, pg 45. 7. Frawley, Dr. David, and Summerfield Kozak, Sandra, Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice, Lotus Press, 2001, pg 45.

So how does one know what is the right practice?

Like life, medicine and science, yoga is an experiment. It offers an opportunity to be witness to your rhythms and shifts. Each day requires something different, and thankfully, the mind/body conglomerate provides signals to indicate if you’re on the right track. According Dr. David Frawley, a successful yoga practice should foster: good digestion, lightness, flexibility, clarity and calm.6 Likewise, an improper practice will facilitate: pain, tension, injury, agitation, lethargy and indigestion.7 So watch … after your next practice, notice if you’re calm or irritated, lethargic or light. Then, note what you brought onto the mat: Did your day deplete you? Did you need to burn something off? Did you feel steady in your mind? Through this process you begin to collect evidence. Eventually, deep listening and evaluation before the practice will enable you to intuit what kind of


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Attention to the immune system could mean hope for allergy sufferers ���������������������������������������������������������������
By Wade E. Anunson, DC

n my nearly 20 years in practice, I’ve seen a large number of pediatric patients with all kinds of conditions. The constant rise in sheer numbers and frequency of food allergies in children and adults is startling. Currently, allergies (including asthma) affect 1 in 5 Americans and are currently the fifth most prevalent chronic disease in the U.S., costing an estimated $14.5 billion annually.1 Food allergies occur when the immune system “overreacts” to a food the body has mistaken as harmful. Specific antibodies, such as Immunoglobulin E (IgE), are created by the immune system to fight off the “perceived” threat. IgE antibodies are found in the lungs, skin and mucous membranes, and are mainly associated with allergic reactions. The signaling IgE antibodies trigger the release of histamines, produced by the liver, which then trigger a cascade of unpleasant allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin or cardiovascular system. This is why antihistamines are commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms, yet they allow the immune system to exhaust itself. Another problem with treating the symptoms is that it can lead to what’s now called the “Atopic March,” referring to the typical progression of allergic diseases that often begins early in life. These include atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.
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“The foods that account for 90 percent of all food-induced allergic reactions are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), seafood, shellfish, soy and wheat.1”

The foods that account for 90 percent of all food-induced allergic reactions are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.), seafood, shellfish, soy and wheat.1

It’s tough to get the right answer by asking the wrong question. While food is getting ALL the credit as the villain, science is finding the cause is deeper. Admittedly, the symptoms can distract us from where the problems really start. “Hypersensitivity reactions require a pre-sensitized (immune) state of the body,” states researcher Dr. Abdul Ghaffar.6 That means something already has the immune system stressed out before the food arrives, creating an abnormal sensitivity to what would typically be non-harmful. Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., says, “Hay fever and asthma now seem to derive from events not only in the respiratory system, but also from a nervous system that is overreacting to stimuli.” The response is similar with the malfunctioning immune system whether it be an airborne stimulus or food, the ‘overreaction’ triggers the cascade of allergy symptoms.

Cause: overreactive immune system

Inflammatory triggers

Allergies often result from the introduction of infant formula containing dairy, wheat or soy at a stage in which the infant’s developing digestive system is unable to process. “As the child grows older, these

“Digestive health in the infant starts with a healthy nerve system.”

allergies can worsen, leading to more complicating asthma and respiratory problems,” states Claudia Anrig, D.C.2 Digestive health in the infant starts with a healthy nerve system. Birth trauma is also an overlooked but common cause in digestive and immune dysfunction, disrupting autonomic nerve function and triggering an inflammatory response. Finding and removing food allergens is essential to stop antagonizing the already weakened immune system, and second is addressing the hypersensitive immune response by improving or normalizing autonomic nerve system function, ultimately allowing the development of a healthy immune response. Here’s where chiropractic can help! My clinical experience and that of many of my colleagues has shown a direct correlation between chiropractic care and enhanced immune function. The role of chiropractic is in checking for nerve interference to areas of the spine that are associated with immune, respiratory and digestive function. Gently restoring healthy spinal function and alleviating autonomic nerve stress allows the body to function more properly. My professional experience has been that infants checked for vertebral subluxation at a young age and administered appropriate chiropractic care demonstrate improved immune function and markedly improved allergies and asthma.


• Become aware of and remove food allergens, and eat real food

as often as possible. Consider starting a food journal to help with this effort. • Strengthen the immune system by balancing nerve flow. Your body is intelligent and your allergy symptoms are telling you something about your immune system. Medications can alleviate but actually perpetuate the problem by weakening immune function. There’s hope in your developing a healthier immune system … our website is filled with testimonials from patients that were told they just had to “live with it.”
Dr. Wade Anunson is a 1994 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. His holistic approach to patient care stems from his own process of self discovery through chronic respiratory problems as a child. Dr. Anunson’s passion is to share the body’s extraordinary nature and unlock stuck patterns that block our ability to adapt, grow and express our potential. He currently directs a thriving practice in Madison, Anunson Chiropractic, SC. For more information, call 608.829.2250 or visit Sources: 1. AACAI, Mayo Clinic. 2.  Explaining Food Allergies to Patients, Caudia Anrig, DC, Dynamic Chiropractic; Vol.31,No.13. 2. Kradjian, RM; The Milk Letter - A Message to My Patients. 3. Autonomic Nervous System Abnormalities and Allergy; Kaliner, M., Shehamer, J.H., et. al.; Annals of Internal Med. 1982;96(3):349-357. 4. New Nervous System Theory on Allergy Emerging, Johns Hopkins, May, 2000. 5. Immunology – Chapter 17 Hypersensitivity Reactions, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar.

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Expert answers to your health and wellness questions
Eating on vacation, exercising at 50+ and stretching after workouts �����������������������������������������������������������
By Karmen Nenahlo

Question: How do you manage healthy eating while on vacation? Answer: There’s no doubt that eating healthy can be very tricky when you’re on vacation. Whether you’re short on time or you want to experience all of the different foods available, it can be difficult to stick to a particular diet plan. And you may not be as familiar with the local foods, so knowing how nutritious they are becomes a real challenge. If you’re traveling by car, you can certainly bring your own snacks for the ride. This may help you avoid the need to pick up costly convenience foods. If you’re traveling by plane, asking the flight attendant for low-fat or heart-healthy options can also help. It might be wise to book hotel rooms that have kitchenettes, and if that’s the case, you can always visit the local grocery store to get some fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthful items. And if the hotel has a continental breakfast, you can try to fill up on fruits or yogurt before you head out on the town. Be sure to visit sit-down restaurants instead of fast food establishments, since servers are generally better equipped to educate you about the food they’re serving. But in the end, just do the best you can, and remember that you’re on vacation. If you do deviate from your normal eating habits, just be sure to get back on track once you return home. Question: Is it alright to start an exercise program at the age of 50, and if so, what types of exercise would be advisable? Answer: First of all, it’s clear that individuals may need to do different exercises depending on their activity levels and overall health. And the sooner you start exercising, the more beneficial it will be in the long run. Being active can increase bone strength, improve cardiovascular function and prevent numerous chronic diseases. Structured exercise can also increase mobility and stability, which can help prevent falls as you age. If you’re just
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beginning a workout program, it’s important to start slow and begin with the basics. It is also important to listen to your body. If you start to sense physical pain, make sure to stop immediately. And don’t forget to do a proper warm up and cool down. Keep in mind, it will take older individuals a bit longer to recover between workouts. As a result, light to moderate intensities are recommended. I would advise resistance training 2-3 times a week, along with some basic aerobic exercise as well. Walking and jogging are certainly reasonable exercise options, but swimming and biking will put less stress on the joints. In the end, it may be best to speak with a personal trainer so that he/she can create a customized workout program for you. Question: I have trouble remembering to stretch after my workouts. Is it really that important, and if so, what am I missing by not doing it regularly? Answer: Yes, stretching is a very important part of an overall fitness routine. In fact, it’s just as important as strength training and cardiovascular conditioning, though many individuals don’t adhere to a regular program like they do with these other forms of exercise. Stretching offers numerous benefits, including injury prevention, an increased efficiency of movement, and improved blood flow and nutrient delivery to the joints. It also improves muscle coordination, overall balance and postural alignment. It can even help to alleviate muscle soreness and stress after a workout. These are pretty impressive results for just a few minutes of relaxation. Unfortunately, people always seem to be crunched for time, and stretching is usually the first thing to go. In order to make it a consistent part of your training regimen, you need plan for it. Reserve the last ten minutes of your session for stretching, and try not to let your schedule get in the way. After all, you wouldn’t normally cut your lifting or cardio sessions short, would you?
Karmen Nenahlo is with Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest 24/7 co-ed fitness franchise. For more information, visit

Conscious sharing
A heart-centered communication skill in the context of spiritual psychology ������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Rose Nicksic

Spiritual psychology is the healing process where an individual experiences a more joyous existence, recognizing and actualizing compassion and love towards others, self and life itself. Heartcentered communication facilitates and supports a fuller expression and meaning to others in a more loving way. ur world is filled with words of health and balance, mindfulness, harmony, consciousness and awareness. Behind each word is a practice, energy or behavior, if you will, that demonstrates the heart of the work. What is the heart of the work behind the words “conscious sharing” in the context of spiritual psychology? The very meaning of “conscious” is the quality or state of being aware, especially of something within oneself. Being conscious also lends itself to the very state of perceiving, apprehending or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation. The skill of conscious sharing asks us to do our best to communicate accurately and completely. The art of sharing personal experiences and information can be a reflection of genuine self-expression, as well as a measure of respect for those who are listening to you. It is of great importance to remember that as you share with others in mutually beneficial ways, you are inviting them to share in the same way with you.


in the space of intimate care for self and others. Allowing your truth to be free, without avoiding the real message you want to share, shows the level of commitment and trust you have in the time you spend with others. When one consciously shares, it assists in establishing an atmosphere with purposeful, honest and caring communication compared to blaming or complaining, which results in
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Caveat syndrome #1 �������������������������������������������������������������
By Jed Downs, MD, MPH

eing told you have a “syndrome,” especially when it involves the musculoskeletal system, is a sign that you may need to start considering alternatives to standard allopathic (M.D.) care. When problems are diagnosed on the basis of symptoms as opposed to a specific disease entity for which there are classic diagnostic test results, it can mean that medicine doesn’t understand the problem well enough and that there may be other health systems that do.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: CTS is a problem in which


the median nerve that supplies the thumb side of the hand is compressed and does not get adequate blood supply. The symptoms include numbness of the thumb side of the hand and loss of grip strength because the thumb gets weak in advanced stages. Frequently, the hand goes to sleep at night and wakes the individual who suffers with the problem. There are risk factors such as hypothyroidism, obesity, diabetes, and high-force repetitive work or repetitive work in awkward postures. There is a test, the EMG/NCV, that is very specific for identifying nerves in significant trouble or after they are damaged. There is even a surgery that works most of the time, but about 10 percent don’t go well.1 The goal of an osteopath is to help the patient avoid surgery whenever appropriate. Sometimes CTS is treatable with osteopathic manipulation. When symptoms come on after trauma to the hands and wrists in the prior year, the issue may be that a shift in the bones of the wrist or distal forearm has caused restrictions, which would be treatable with mobilization. The median nerve can be impacted at other locations. Muscles in the forearm can compress the nerve; its roots can be compressed at the level of the base of the neck (thoracic outlet) or even at the openings in the neck between vertebrae. If these areas are not examined, the tissues cannot be freed up and potentially reversible causes of symptoms will be missed.

the standard medical model seldom knows how to address. TOS also causes hand numbness, but the location is a bit more varied; it may be on the little finger side or the thumb side, or the back of the hand. The affected arm may cramp, feel heavy or have somewhat more issues with cold intolerance. There may even be symptoms related to compression of arteries that supply the back part of the brain with dizziness or ringing in the ears. Positioning of the head and neck, or working overhead may bring about symptoms. Frequently lying on the affected side during sleep also leads to symptoms. There may be associated neck or upper back symptoms. There are many reversible causes of TOS that can be addressed with osteopathy, chiropractic or manual physical therapy. Mechanical problems of the lower neck, upper thoracic spine, collarbone and upper ribs can be treated and addressed. The body often reacts to bony problems or arterial problems by creating spasm in nearby muscles such as the scalene muscles or pectoralis minor muscles, which then may cause compression of blood vessels and nerves. Scar tissue from surgery or radiation therapy can underlie mechanical problems leading to TOS. Restoring health, which includes restoring mobility and fluid movement, while avoiding surgery and controlling symptoms without the need to add foreign chemicals to the body is the purpose of osteopathy. In future editions of Nature’s Pathways fibromyalgia syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome and patella femoral syndrome will be discussed.
Jed Downs, MD, MPH, has been studying osteopathy since 1995. Formerly he worked in occupational medicine until pursuing his passion full-time at Madison Manual Medicine, 2940 Chapel Valley Road in Fitchburg. He uses osteopathic techniques to manage consequences (pain and loss of function) of trauma regardless of etiology, be it birth, sport, MVA, repetitive strain or living life. For more information, call 608.512.7177, visit or email 1. surgery.html.

Thoracic outlet syndrome: TOS is a syndrome that
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• Bring to your mind that every communication is an opportu-

self-victimization. Experiencing care, respect and interest in the person with whom you are communicating results in enriched levels of collective and synergistic spirit. “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” —E.E. Cummings It can take courage to really share our awareness of our truth, the important stories or information that we feel compelled to share with others. It is the courage to say, “I will share my truth freely and with loving desire.” Who are you to be than who you really are?

How do you facilitate, participate and encourage the heart-centered communication skill of conscious sharing?
with loving care for yourself and others.

nity to build your relationship with another. The very experience of having the time to share your truth with another person means they are important. • Go for the essential message. The fewer words you use, the easier it is for others to follow and understand you. Your message becomes more powerful and it fosters a flow of continual communication. • Use ownership language. “I” messages about your thoughts and experiences are a clear way to share and free another to listen to your truth. • Really go to the heart of what is relevant and close to your heart. This information or personal experiences may include an issue or challenge, a goal or dream, or merely what is very present for you.

• Set an intention to share yourself and your message genuinely • Bring your awareness, your truth and your knowing with the • Continuously share your information in a clear, concise, • See the loving essence in each person as a divine spirit; keep

care and consideration for yourself and others. focused and caring way.

In the process of conscious sharing, healing is supported as we actualize a deeper sense of who we are. While stepping into our courage to share authentically, we continually move into our truth. There can be a sense of freedom and a more joyful experience when our sharing with self and others is fully expressed in a very loving way.
Rose Nicksic is a reflexology practitioner, spiritual educator and licensed state educator. She has a M.A and M.S. in educational psychology and spirituval psychology. Rose owns Budding Rose Health and her compassion is evident in her desire to facilitate natural health and healing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. For more information, visit or call 608.628.4041. Serving Dane County and the surrounding areas.

in mind that others have all the inner resources to effectively respond to their own situation.

"Tofindhealthshouldbetheobjectof thedoctor.Anyonecanfinddisease." —PhilosophyofOsteopathy,1899 "Theworkoftheosteopathistoadjust thebodyfromtheabnormaltothenormal; thentheabnormalconditiongivesplaceto thenormalandhealthistheresultofthenormal condition…"—OsteopathyResearchandPractice,1910 Quotes from Andrew Taylor Still (founder of osteopathy)
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Stepping out from the crowd
By Jackie Peters
any people have the perception that all chiropractic adjustments involve the “cracking” or “popping” of the back to correct misaligned vertebra. In reality, there are very progressive, gentler methods today that are sensitive to the patient’s comfort and that offer quicker results in many cases. This is welcome news to the many individuals who have let fear and misconceptions keep them from enjoying the benefits of this holistic approach to health care. Chiropractic care, in fact, can address a broad spectrum of complaints — in addition to the stereotypical back and neck pain — with a drug-free, hands-on approach that many health-conscious individuals appreciate. Some of these issues include: • Headaches & migraines. • Digestive, bowel & bladder problems. • Childhood ear infections & bedwetting. • Allergies & asthma. • Restless leg, sciatica & leg pain. • ADD/ADHD. In an effort to make the benefits of chiropractic available to more people in the south central Wisconsin area, Dr. Wade Anunson decided to make his practice, Anunson Chiropractic, a bit less intimidating. With a different, gentle approach and a patient-centered philosophy, Dr. Wade is helping a growing number of people who were once overcome by the fear of chiropractic. “More people can benefit from chiropractic care if some of the common misconceptions about adjusting are clarified, so it was important to me to educate people and simplify the process,” he explains. “I see a lot of kids and they love getting adjusted — it’s easy and effective.”

Dr. Wade Anunson impresses patients with a different, gentle approach to chiropractic


at the very young age of four, when his mother grew weary and skeptical about the repeated use of antibiotics that doctors had prescribed for her son’s chronic ear infections. She took her son to a chiropractor, who found that he had an upper cervical subluxation that interfered with the nerves controlling his immune system and its relationship to the inner ear. After a few adjustments, the young Wade felt better and never suffered with another ear infection. “That experience changed my life forever,” shares Dr. Wade. “It was the beginning of a journey that influenced my view on health and the body’s amazing ability to heal itself.” Wade then went on to pursue chiropractic as his career. Both Dr. Wade and his wife, Dr. Heather, are 1994 graduates of Palmer College of Chiropractic and opened their first practice in 1995. Dr. Heather is also a certified internal health specialist through Logan College of Chiropractic. In addition, the doctors hold state of Wisconsin board certified nutrition certifications, so they are able to help their patients with nutritional counseling to enhance their return to optimal health. Both specialize in a different, gentler chiropractic technique called the Activator Method®.

The Activator Method
The Activator Method chiropractic technique is an alternative to manual manipulation that involves low-force adjustments. It is the second most widely used technique in the profession, the most popular instrument adjusting technique worldwide over the last 45 years and the only instrument adjusting technique backed by clinical trials to support its efficacy.1 During treatment, a patient lies in a prone position while the chiropractor carries out a series of muscle tests. Problems that are located are treated with the activator device, which delivers an impulse to the spine. As Dr. Wade points out, the key to this approach is proper training, continuing

A unique perspective
Dr. Wade brings a unique perspective to the profession. He was introduced to chiropractic

“I had been under chiropractic care since 1992 for excruciating daily migraines and I had reached a plateau. While still seeking relief, I was introduced to the Activator Method in the summer of 2006 by a retired chiropractor. I was very curious about this new chiropractic technique, and so I went online to seek more information. That is how I discovered Dr. Anunson. Dr. Anunson has an advanced proficiency rating as a practitioner of the Activator Method. I began seeing Dr. Anunson in January of 2007. Since that time, I have experienced only one migraine! And now I rarely take any kind of medication. The results have been amazing! I am still in disbelief that Dr. Anunson is able to pinpoint the exact location of my pain. I am once again enjoying life. Dr. Anunson has provided me with results that I have never experienced before. He is extremely knowledgeable and truly committed to his patients’ well-being. I attribute my new found sense of health to the Activator Method and the outstanding quality of care that I have received from Dr. Anunson.”  —S.D. of Black Earth

education and a commitment to the unique protocol. “Activator Methods certifies and re-credentials its doctors regularly to ensure that the Activator Method chiropractic technique is applied with the latest advances in technology, science and practical application.” Dr. Wade and Dr. Heather have completed basic scan protocol (the cornerstone of the Activator Method) training, participate regularly in continuing education programs and have been rated. Dr. Heather is a proficiency rated doctor, while Dr. Wade is an advanced proficiency doctor, who also works as an educator of this method. As he shares, “Once I began using the basic scan protocol, I saw a significant improvement with my patients and their results. I was hungry to master this protocol, which I knew would take years to accomplish. I’ve been an associate clinical instructor for six years and advanced proficiency rated for ten years.” Creators of the technique warn consumers to inquire about the level of training a provider has in the use of the device and protocol to ensure proper and effective treatment. While the activator tool can be found in the majority of chiropractic offices, many providers have not made the commitment to become fully educated in its use and in running the series of isolation tests.

A different, gentle, patientcentered approach
Anunson Chiropractic has become known for its professional, effective use of this mechanically assisted adjusting instrument. Patients overwhelmingly comment that they appreciate this different, gentle approach, noting, “You have to experience the difference!” In fact, the practice receives many professional as well as patient-initiated referrals. Results speak for themselves! As Dr. Wade explains, “Regardless of how we correct misalignments, our patients deserve the safest, most effective means of relief and correction. The clinical effectiveness of our protocol

encompasses over 670 tests to fine tune exactly where the problem is coming from, how to correct it and when things have stabilized. It’s all about safety and clinical outcomes.” But it’s not just the gentle technique that draws patients to Anunson Chiropractic. With its emphasis on patient-centered, solution-based health care, the practice continues to impress everyone who walks in the door by valuing the relationships and honoring the uniqueness of each person’s case. The entire staff appreciates the need to put the patients’ desires, needs and goals first. “I have a tremendous staff who recognizes and helps carry out our ‘patient first’ philosophy,” Dr. Wade says. In health care, it’s the norm to wait for doctors, to wait for test results and to wait in line, often while in pain or suffering. At Anunson Chiropractic, same-day appointments are the norm, with flexibility for walk-ins and call-ins daily. “People have busy lives and their schedules change throughout the day with work, traffic or running the kids to practices, so it only makes sense to create a model that can accommodate early, on-time and late appointments,” acknowledges Dr. Wade. And patients are appreciative: “I love that I can call and come in for an adjustment on a moment’s notice; there’s so much flexibility here,” attests T.D. of Madison. Dr. Wade makes building trusting relationships a priority, as effective caregivers need to see history and patterns to know patients, to connect with them as human beings and to provide personalized care. He believes that the best way to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. The more patients understand their problems, how the spine and nerve system relate to them (what’s causing them) and how they can be part of the solution, the better results they’ll enjoy. “Patients want to know their options and have them explained in language they can understand. Most people know their spine is

important, but have no idea when it’s affecting their health. We show them with tests they can actually see and feel. Through care, we improve those functional tests and as they begin to feel better, they gain confidence in themselves and learn more about how to stay well. It’s fulfilling to see people do things they thought were never possible again. You might say we rewrite stories — health stories,” shares Dr. Wade.

Give it a try!
If you’ve been curious about chiropractic, but fear or uncertainty has held you back, Anunson Chiropractic may be just the place for you. Call today to arrange a no-obligation consultation, during which you can describe your health issue and share your goals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by Dr. Wade’s unique approach and perspective. Dr. Wade sums it up best: “As a patient of chiropractic for nearly 39 years and a chiropractor for 19 years, my understanding of how, when and where chiropractic can be effective in solving problems adds to a fresh perspective.”

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The joy of cloth diapers ��������������������������������������������������������������
By Rick Martin

e aren’t known as gluttons for punishment, and like all working mothers, my wife, Lisa, didn’t have a lot of spare time. But we chose cloth diapers over disposables from the beginning because we couldn’t figure out how safe — or unsafe — the chemicals in brand-name disposable diapers might


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“Like breast feeding and drug-free childbirth, cloth diapering has always seemed to me to be the most natural approach.”
be. Then, after liking the cloth diapering products so much, we started our own company! This is just one of the many choices we have made to try to keep the “high-tech, modern, pre-packaged, chemical and additive-laden world” out of our lives. Like breast feeding and drug-free childbirth, cloth diapering has always seemed to me to be the most natural approach. Yet even in an environmentally conscious town like Madison, I’m surprised at how few parents use cloth. Most, I think, are just put off by the myth that they are “hard to use.” Can you believe that I still get the daily question, “Do I have to use pins?” Of course not! The perceived inconvenience of using cloth diapers is very difficult for a cloth diaper delivery service to overcome. And when I tell parents that they don’t even need to rinse or soak (or spray) the used diapers before tossing them into their tightly sealed hamper with a flip top lid, they are amazed! It is surprising to many that it’s only a matter of placing the “used” bag out on the porch once a week, at which time I (or an employee of mine) come by to pick it up and leave fresh ones. The 500+ families on our diaper service know there are many reasons to go as natural as possible in all aspects of their lives. All it takes is an investment of time to get educated. So many myths are perpetuated about organic food, composting, recycling and other natural topics, that nothing can be assumed anymore. Check out what I have found out with a little digging:
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Living in the present
Easier said than done! ������������������������������������������������������
By Kristine Gay, LCSW, MA and Barry Kerr, SA

ow many times have you found yourself ruminating over some experience in the past and feeling sad or angry about it? Or perhaps you’ve worried about something in the future, imagining some undesirable scenario and feeling anxious or afraid. It’s only human, right? Don’t we all do it? Well yes, we all do it. However, some of us do it less than others. And that’s not by accident. People learn to stop it. And there’s a good reason: It doesn’t feel good! In fact, if left unchecked, this habit creates misery. Why? Because our feelings aren’t always based on what is real, even though our mind is telling us it’s real. It’s very typical for most people to experience the present moment through a lens; a lens of past experience. Our brain naturally searches for similarities to the past as a way of protecting us from repeating mistakes or as a way to duplicate pleasure. This mental mechanism is not a bad thing; it helps us survive and learn. However, it can also dominate our experiences and distract us from being aware of what is really in front of us in the present moment. What is not even remotely threatening can seem dangerous based on past memory. What seems like a promise of future pleasure can turn into an empty illusion. Instead of being present to and aware of what is really around us, and choosing to create joy and gratitude, we instead react to what our mind tells us is real and we entirely miss the opportunity of the moment, creating some feeling that is disconnected from the now. Eventually, life starts to feel out of our control and inauthentic. Perhaps you’ve read or heard about the idea of “now presence” or mindfulness.1 On the surface, it sounds simple. The idea is to keep our awareness on the present moment, each moment, staying open and alert to what our senses and intuition can inform us about our inner and outer environments right now, free from the filtering interpretations of past memories and future speculations. The promising reward for developing this practice is a life of more positive emotional stability, and feelings of gratitude and abundance. Is this the same as just pushing the thoughts and feelings


out of our minds, like going into denial? Not at all. Keep reading. As with most personal growth concepts, understanding the idea comes much easier than mastering the practice. Mindfulness is especially powerful for taking control of the quality of your life. It is what starts to separate those who experience ongoing suffering from those who create happiness. More and more therapists and coaches are teaching mindfulness. Through mindfulness, we can begin to discern the difference between thoughts and feelings that stem from the past, and those which arise naturally from the present. Learning to meditate helps. To learn to control our mind takes time, but allows us to practice “catching” our mind in the past or the future, and bring our awareness back to the present. Once back in the present, thoughts and feelings will still arise, however now; instead of letting them drive us into the past or future, we can remain present with them and allow them to inform us of their origins, while we remain present. By doing this, we begin the process of letting those past memories heal, release and transform.
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Much more than just adjustments �����������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Steve Puckette


hiropractic, the original holistic health care, treats people as whole human beings, not merely as a collection of separate parts. When most people think of chiropractic care, physical adjustments and the slight popping sound that may accompany them are usually the first thing to come to mind. But chiropractic care involves much more than just adjustments. Since its beginning 100 years ago, chiropractic has recognized three categories of stressors on our bodies: traumas, toxins and thoughts. Today these three areas are more commonly referred to as physical, chemical and emotional stressors. All three can create interference in our nervous systems, and result in pain and weaknesses. For most people, the physical traumas are the most easily identifiable. Auto accidents, slips and falls on the ice, and sports injuries are all physical stressors, as are jobs and hobbies requiring repetitive motions of the same body parts. Even sitting all day at a desk job creates a physical stress on your spine and low back. Chemical stressors, or toxins, are ever present the more “developed” society becomes. Fast foods and processed foods contain chemical additives and preservatives, none of which our bodies were designed to handle. Environmental toxins, including chemical fertilizers and pesticides, weed killers, automotive and factory exhaust, cigarette smoke, second-hand smoke, paint fumes and cleaning products, abound. For many people, even the scent of a highlighter marker, or a lingering fragrance from a perfume, cologne, scented body care product or essential oil can trigger severe physical reactions, including migraines that last for days. The third category of stressors, our thoughts and emotions, is probably the area least obviously associated with chiropractic. Each of us have had moments and experiences in life that have triggered strong emotional responses. And our bodies do change with emotions. You can see it in body language and facial expressions. When someone has their head down and shoulders sloped forward, and moves with a slower gait when they walk, perhaps even shuffling along, they clearly appear depressed. This is one pattern of firing within their nervous system. If you see the same
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person standing upright, having an expressive face, moving quickly and with enthusiasm, and appearing excited, they are feeling a completely different set of emotions, and this is a different pattern of firing within the nervous system. So how can chiropractic help with emotions? Just as repetitive motion can cause physical pain, sometimes in life we may get stuck in a repetitive negative thought pattern that results in emotional pain. Perhaps we still carry guilt over something that happened in the past, maybe even as a child. We may have called the neighbor kid a name when we were five years old, and it still bothers us today. Or perhaps we were bullied or embarrassed by someone wearing a bright red shirt at some point in our life. Now, every time we see someone wearing the same shade of bright red, our body immediately tenses. Our stomach may tighten. We may feel fatigued and unmotivated. If every time we think of one of these experiences, we go through the same thought pattern over and over again, we can actually create a “rut” in our nervous system. By having a person think about some such memory or event that has created the “rut,” the pattern in the nervous system will express itself. By adjusting the person while they are experiencing that pattern, the pattern is freed up. Now the person can think about the same memory or event, and they will have a different neurological response. They will no longer be shut down in their thinking by the same guilt or fear response they had previously. They will be able to think about these events in a clear, more objective manner from their adult perspective. Just as chiropractic adjustments allow you the appropriate physical response so you are freed up to move differently, they can also allow you the appropriate emotional response so you are freed up to think differently.
Dr. Steve Puckette owns Puckette Chiropractic, 6315 Odana Road, Suite 101, in Madison and has been practicing chiropractic since 1994. He has taken over 700 CE hours in functional metabolic assessment, functional blood chemistry and nutrition, and is currently enrolled in a three-year diplomate program in chiropractic neurology through the Carrick Institute. For more information, please visit or call 608.276.7635.


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Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin — a known carcinogenic chemical. Dioxin is an extremely toxic byproduct of the paper-bleaching process. It is banned in most countries, but not in the United States, even though the EPA lists it as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. A study in the “Archives of Environmental Health” found that laboratory mice exposed to various brands of throwaway diapers suffered eye, nose and throat irritation, including bronchoconstriction similar to that resulting from an asthma attack. Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate (SAP). This is the gel-like chemical substance that is found in a used disposable diaper. It can absorb up to 100 times its weight in liquid. This is the substance banned in tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. No long-term studies have been done to test the effects of this chemical being in contact with a baby’s skin, pores and reproductive organs 24 hours a day for upwards of two years. Today’s new, thinner disposables use almost double the SAPs (10-15 grams) per diaper compared to the original superabsorbent diapers (5-6 grams). In May 2000, the “Archives of Disease in Childhood” contained research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers. This will effectively blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis.

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Clean and dry are the most important factors in diaper rash. No matter how “dry” a diaper may feel because of a chemical process, it may still be harboring the bacteria of a baby’s “output.” Despite what disposable diaper manufacturers lead you to believe, dry may not be clean! According to the Real Diaper Association, no matter what type of diaper you may use, it should be changed quickly after each “output.” According to a 2005 article in “Dermatologic Therapy,” newborns should be changed every hour and older babies every 3-4 hours, no matter what kind of diaper they are wearing. “Dermatology Nursing” articles explain that there are many reasons for rash, such as food allergies, yeast infections, chafing and chemical irritation (see below). New foods can cause rashes in older babies; and if they are breastfeeding, mommy’s new food can affect baby as well! Of the thousands of families my diaper service has served over 22 years, many started on the recommendation of the family’s pediatrician due to diaper rash. At-home laundering of diapers can easily build up detergent residues. These residues will chafe and irritate a baby’s skin. It is recommended that “do-it-yourselfers” boil the diapers for 5 to 15 minutes after washing to avoid this problem. Of course, the 46-step laundering cycle and 150 degree water used with commercial grade washing systems at a diaper service can’t be beat! Considering that diapers are a child’s clothing 24/7 for a couple of years, it is important for parents to get educated. As a fellow parent, I will say there is peace of mind in using safe, all-natural cotton diapers!
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Health and diet: one size fits all?
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dreaded diagnosis (cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, menstrual problems, overweight, autism, ADHD, etc.) Let’s not even start naming culinary gurus or Hollywood darlings who tout one thing or another! It seems like there are as many “healthy diets” or miracle cure diets as there are microbrews. Are they all miracles? Are they all shams? No and no. Does your diet ultimately affect your health? Of course it does! Most of the aforementioned diets do, truly, have something of benefit to offer. The magic is in finding “the one that fits.” But why is it so complicated? Because WE as magical, miraculous little bodies are complicated, disease is complicated and food has become (unnecessarily) complicated. As far as nutrition goes, I believe we’re coming full circle in the medical community. Historically, Grandma Walton and Caroline Ingalls would say so eloquently and simply, “You are what you eat.” So did Marcus Welby, M.D., and his little motorcycle-riding, cutiepie sidekick Steven Kiley. Then we went through the era of enormous agribusiness food product development and the absence of nutrition education in medical school. Doctors didn’t need to understand nutrition because government and agribusiness were taking care of that — and we had a pill for everything. Ahem. In the words of another great doctor, “How’s that working for ya?” Ta-da! Back to the basics: nutrition! But it’s so much more complicated than that. On the positive side, we know so much more about food, nutrition, disease, physiology and metabolism; on the not so positive side, we are surrounded by fake food that we think is healthy (and fake advice to go with it) and we don’t know nearly enough about disease, physiology and metabolism. Further complicating it is that we can analyze everything right down to the molecule and use science to substantiate every claim. And then really dress it up with great marketing and advertising. No wonder we’re all so confused. If you or a loved one has ever been diagnosed with anything, you know how scary it is. Most people will try anything, for better or for worse, to make it go away. As much as there are legitimate


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“If your sleep stinks, your mood is all over the place, your energy is in the tank and every joint in your body hurts at one time or another, you really should be scrutinizing your diet.”
criticisms of various miracle cure diets, there are bona fide beneficial food plans for given situations. What matters is knowing physiology (how your body works), pathophysiology (how the disease works) and biochemistry (how nutrition works). Not one of those is a small undertaking! That’s why it’s so complicated. Even just considering your unique physiology means understanding digestion (bloated much?), hormones (like insulin, cortisol and adrenalin), stress (how many Red Bulls so far today?) and what you’re exposed to that could be derailing your physiology (crappy diet, plastic bottles, eating the flesh of hormone and antibiotic-injected animals). Does it need to be complicated? Maybe. OK, probably. If your physiology has gotten so far off track that you have been diagnosed with something — yes, it gets complicated. If your sleep stinks, your mood is all over the place, your energy is in the tank and every joint in your body hurts at one time or another, you really should be scrutinizing your diet. I assure you, it’s not a deficiency in prescription medication causing your symptoms. Each issue has its own particular imbalance. For good reading on various topics, see the references below. If you’re healthy, feel strong and vibrant, sleeping through the night, maintaining good energy through the day, pain free and thinking clearly — then it’s not so complicated. Read “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” by Michael Pollan to keep on track. Read it even if you fit the paragraph above. Take it from me. I’m a doctor … although, I don’t play one on TV. That would be too easy.
Dr. Carrie Kaiser, MA, ND, is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is a board certified and licensed naturopathic doctor, practicing at Holistic HealthCare Options LLC in Janesville, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser is a family medicine practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare. For more information, call 608.359.6716 or visit References: “It Starts With Food” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes “Clean, Mean and Green” by Walter Crinnion “The China Study” by T. Collin Campbell “Crazy Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr “The Cholesterol Myths” by Uffe Ravnskov “The Blood Sugar Solution” by Mark Hyman And a million more …

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And when healed, they no longer invade our present awareness. This is not easy to learn. It’s the stuff that made the legendary ancient mystery schools so exceptional. Few humans were experienced in mindfulness back then, but in our times, millions are ready. However, it still typically requires help. You don’t have to be broken to get help. All of us need healing during the course of our lives. Being proactive about this is preferable. Many of us hire therapists, not because we are mentally ill, but because some therapists know how to help us heal faster. A therapist who has healed herself and learned alternatives to traditional “talk therapy” can be an immense catalyst to healing and mindfulness. Such an experienced and intuitive therapist can be a guide through your scary and unfamiliar inner places, giving you empowering, practical tools that will last a lifetime. As issues from the past begin to resolve, dissolve and transform, you will find it easier and easier to keep your mind in the present. And a good therapist will teach you how to use that freedom and power to create more joy, gratitude and fulfillment.
Kristine Gay is a licensed psychotherapist and co-owner, with Barry Kerr, of Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. They offer healing, coaching, therapy, mindfulness and astrology services. Visit Source: 1. “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle are books that go extensively into this subject.

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The prostate
How to overcome BPH and frequent urination ������������������������������������������������������������
By Kristina Amelong

any people feel uncomfortable talking about the prostate since the gland plays a role in both sex and urination. However, it is an important health topic to be educated about, so I’m going to tackle it head on. You should take care of your prostate like you take care of your teeth! Good prostate health throughout your entire lifetime is achievable. It is not true that aging need bring about an enlarged


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Raging hormones �������������������������������������������������
By Jack A. Erb
K, so I’m 70 years young and maybe my hormones are not raging so much anymore. Maybe that is the problem if you are a man over 40 years old. Male hormones start their decline as men reach their 20s and it’s a slow decline in testosterone production from there. Not all men decrease at the same rate, but after age 50, it’s a definite decline. Many prescription drugs, with varying side effects, have come on the market in the last 15 years to lure men into a more virile and manly state. Testosterone replacement is big business. Are there natural ways to enhance or slow the decline of testosterone in men? The answer to that is a resounding YES! The adrenal glands produce various hormones. The one most abundantly produced is dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA. DHEA levels drop as we age. Some of the symptoms of low DHEA in men may be man breasts, weight gain in the belly region, low libido, erectile dysfunction or heavy encouragement for sex at a younger age. These may all be rectified with DHEA supplements. As a supplement, DHEA may help us lose weight by suppressing appetite and building muscle. It also has been shown to reduce aging, help build the immune system and reduce inflammation. Even with supplements of DHEA, you need to be careful. You should have your DHEA levels checked by an M.D. and then start on supplements for a short period of time. Small doses are best, say 25 mg. of DHEA in a base of herbs. Hormones are very potent and getting too much can be as bad as not enough. If you’re an older man and having prostate problems, DHEA may be a way to naturally correct any issues you may be having with your prostate, including frequent urination and discomfort. If the problem is not severe, there are supplements other than DHEA that may bring relief. DHEA can also be helpful for women. As with men, DHEA supplements may help with weight loss and inflammation reduction for women. It also may help with the symptoms of menopause. In addition, women may benefit from improved mood and a sense of well-being. There are supplements to deal with hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes occur when the hypothalamus’ (the part of the brain


that sends signals to the pituitary gland to activate the hormones that regulate body temperature) normal processes are disturbed due to low estrogen levels. This calls for estrogen to be released. Later in life, there is no estrogen to be released from the ovaries, thus we get hot flashes. (It’s a little more complicated than that, but not much.) There are ways to greatly reduce hot flashes and balance female hormones with supplements with DHEA hormones specially formulated for women. I will note here that the formulas for DHEA in men differ from the formulas for women. The men’s formulas focus on building testosterone, while the women’s formulas focus on building estrogen. Of course, exercise and a regime of vitamins and minerals does the body good as well. To your good overall health!
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Sometimes we have to tune out to tune in �����������������������������������������������������������������������
By Sean Ward

How do you know when your spirit is speaking to you?

Better yet, how do you know what it’s saying, and how do you know the difference between the rising up of inner wisdom and constant prodding of repetitive, sometimes harmful thought? I believe that spirit speaks to us continually. It certainly isn’t as loud, repetitive or needy as the ego, but it is there. I would also argue that the problem we have receiving messages from spirit is largely circumstantial and habitual. We, as a collective, are no longer used to tuning in.

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In this age of constant stimulation and instant access, of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and the like, we’ve become accustomed to seeking wisdom from outside of ourselves. Even if it’s not true wisdom that we seek on our smart phones, that habit that we create of turning away from sentiment in lieu of stimulation becomes stronger everyday. We’ve gradually gotten into the habit of ignoring soul communication, favoring instead, everything that everyone else has to offer. We’ll ask our college roommates, newspaper columnists, bartenders or even perfect strangers like Ricki Lake for advice about what we should be doing with ourselves. Interestingly, asking ourselves what we should be doing seems unnatural. It makes sense. To fit in during an era of all-you-can-stand stimulation, it is normal to feel as though we must have things constantly bombarding us and demanding our attention. We’ve been taught to focus on doing, performing, achieving and living up to. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, but unfortunately, the result is an apparent disconnect from most things that aren’t loud, shiny, funny or demanding. I’m a big fan of using yoga and meditation as ways to find stillness and tune in, but there are so many other ways to reach a similar state of being. Whether it’s biking, writing, painting or baking, when we do the things that are in line with spirit, the resulting feeling of happiness, moderate or intense, tells us something. There’s a reason why time flies: It’s because the mind-made self is lost, while spirit is gratified. There is a calling from the heart to do that again, and again, and again ... This is the essence of being passionate about something. Notice the first part of being passionate is being. So then, the message from the spirit, which we have so much difficulty paying attention to these days, is quite simple. That message is: Your purpose in life is to be happy, passionate and grounded in being. We can choose to keep it simple or complicate it with thought. Perhaps you should take a moment and ask your “self ” which is the better idea. Make sure to tune in for the response.
Sean Ward is a native of Wisconsin. Born and raised in Brew City, he now resides in Madison. He is a yoga instructor, meditation enthusiast and a bit of a spirit wonk. You can find him teaching his brand of yoga and meditation, infused with his take on life, at Perennial Yoga and Meditation, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, Suite 101, in Fitchburg. For more information, visit, call 608.288.8448 or email

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With this dual healing and self-care prostate protocol, you will experience improved prostate health and significant relief of BPH, frequent urination and other related symptoms of BPH. With restored healthy circulation from in-home colon cleansing and implanting of the BPH treatment of essential oil suppositories, YOU will find that the prostate returns to full health very quickly. It is simple, easy and effective to support your prostate so you don’t develop BPH and experience all of its related symptoms, including frequent urination, a sensation that the bladder isn’t empty, a sudden need to urinate, a hesitant, interrupted, weak stream, leaking or dribbling when urinating, and so forth. For support with your prostate health in your own home, contact Kristina Amelong at For support with your prostate health in a clinical setting, contact DeeDee Delkamp at
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Fostering healthy eating habits in children �������������������������������������������������������������

f kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and french fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also tend to know how difficult it can be to convince kids to embrace healthy eating. Healthy eating habits can help kids live healthier lives and perform better in the classroom while setting them up for a lifetime of making the right choices at mealtime. Though encouraging kids to eat healthy may not always be easy, the following are a few tips for parents hoping to foster healthy eating habits in their children. • Stick to a schedule. Parents should establish a regular eating schedule, for both meals and snacks, so kids learn the importance of not skipping meals. Kids who learn to eat at regular intervals are more likely to continue doing so as they grow older. When kids stick to a meal schedule, they are less likely to overeat and they’re likely to have more energy throughout the day, which should help them stay attentive at school and be more engaged in their extracurricular activities. • Involve kids when choosing the menu. Kids might be more excited about eating healthy when you involve them in choosing the menu. Invite them along on trips to the grocery store and allow them to choose one of their favorite foods for the meal in exchange for eating the healthy fare you have chosen. Parents may end up eating a lot of side dishes of macaroni and cheese, but their youngsters will also end up eating their vegetables. • Plan healthy desserts. Dessert is often considered an unhealthy indulgence, but there are plenty of nutritious desserts that are so delicious kids likely will not realize they’re eating healthy. A
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dessert of fresh fruit and a small serving of yogurt can provide the same post-meal refreshment as ice cream or cake, but it does so with much fewer calories and a lot more nutrients and vitamins. What’s more, kids will come to look at dessert as a chance to eat fresh fruits instead of an opportunity to load up on ice cream or other less healthy alternatives. • Serve healthy portions. Sometimes it’s not just what is on the plate but how much is on the plate that can be healthy or unhealthy. When doling out portions for the family, create healthy portions so kids are not encouraged to overeat. Kids who grow up eating healthy portions are more likely to continue doing so into adulthood. Overeating is one of the culprits behind being overweight and obese, so kids who learn to control their portions are much less likely to overeat and gain excess weight. • Don’t reward kids with food. Some parents try to reward youngsters with food, allowing kids to indulge in unhealthy fare in acknowledgement of a good report card or something else kids should be proud of. But using food as a reward is an unhealthy eating habit that can lead to problems down the road as kids become adults responsible for their own eating habits. • Set a positive example. Kids are more likely to eat healthy when mom and dad are healthy eaters. If your first choice at snack time is to reach for a bag of potato chips, then don’t be surprised when your kids opt for chips over healthier fare like a piece of fruit. “Do as I say, not as I do” is a tough sell to youngsters when it comes to their eating habits, so parents should set a positive example for their kids by ensuring their own diets are healthy.
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Unplug, focus and reconnect with your friends, family and inner self ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Alanna Medearis


ecently, while enjoying dinner at a local restaurant, I overheard a woman next to me say, “Would you look at that — what a shame. Why didn’t they just get dinner seperately?” Embarassed, I caught myself doing something I vowed to never do. My friend and I were both eating our meals silently across from each other, contentedly texting other friends in between bites. I quickly dropped the phone, but that moment made me realize just how obsessed I have become with both my virtual “connections” and the compulsive need to multitask. From emailing and cruising Facebook, to blogging personally and professionally, I have surrounded myself with constant commotion. And I am certainly not alone. Why does this matter? As multitasking and technological obsessions become the norm, we are robbing ourselves of the chance to develop genuine connections, not only with the people around us, but also the world around us, on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level. What’s more, emerging research continues to show that multitasking doesn’t actually save time. In fact, a recent study revealed that multitasking can lead to as much as a 40 percent drop in productivity.1 That’s not to say that technology and multitasking don’t have their place — but focused time with friends and family is essential to holistic happiness. By “unplugging” ourselves from our digital selves and taking time to reconnect with the world around us, we reap significant benefits and grow more aware of the people and
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The role of niacin in heart health ����������������������������������������������������������
any components of healthy living can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. For people who have high cholesterol levels, prescription medication has long been relied on to keep those levels in check. However, there may be other options at a person’s disposal, including a common B vitamin. While it isn’t as well known as many of the statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol, niacin is a cholesterol-busting vitamin that has been recommended for its ability to lower cholesterol levels for years. Also know as nicotinic acid, niacin is a member of the complex B-vitamin family. Many people


get the recommended daily allowance of niacin from their diets, especially those who routinely eat fortified cereals, lean meats and green leafy vegetables. Higher levels of niacin that can be prescribed by a doctor can be effective in reducing cholesterol levels by slowing the breakdown of triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood. According to doctors at Harvard Medical School, niacin decreases triglycerides by 30 to 60 percent. It also decreases LDL, often referred to as “bad cholesterol,” by 15 to 20 percent, while raising HDL, or “good cholesterol,” by 15 to 35 percent. The body requires as much as 1,000 to 2,000 mg of niacin for the vitamin

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to be effective, which means it can only be used under a doctor’s supervision. It is important to note that high levels of niacin can cause some side effects, including headaches and flushing, a red, hot rash that forms on the face for up to 30 minutes after dosing. Those with gout, diabetes or peptic ulcers may find symptoms worsen, and those with chronic liver disease or certain other conditions should avoid niacin. For the average patient, after about two weeks of therapy, flushing and the headaches may be reduced as the body learns to tolerate niacin. Although niacin can reduce LDL, including the small LDL particles that can be the most damaging in arteries, and raise HDL, doctors advise that there has been no evidence to suggest that niacin can prevent heart attacks. A 2011 study sponsored by the United States government found that including niacin with traditional statin medicines to boost HDL and lower LDL did not provide any protection against heart attacks. Conventional wisdom suggests that lowering bad cholesterol reduces a person’s risk of heart attack, and researchers have long theorized that increasing good cholesterol, and using niacin to do so, would help, too. But studies have yet to offer such proof. This doesn’t mean niacin is ineffective. Individuals can talk to their doctors about trying niacin as a first line of defense in helping counter high cholesterol. It is always best to discuss treatment options with a doctor before using over-the-counter niacin on your own.
Source: Metro Creative Connection.


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places that make our lives fulfilling. As we transition into autumn, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to some quality time with those you love as you reconnect with each other and the natural world around. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Try a new outdoor hobby: Learn-

ing a new skill together is a great way to bond with family and friends while reconnecting with nature. Bird watching is a wonderful activity to enjoy with your family or on your own any time of the year. With only a pair of binoculars and a bird identification book, you can watch and learn more about the beautiful birds in your area. From your own backyard to the park or the woods, birds of a boundless variety can be found everywhere. For the more adventurous, many local organizations offer unique recreation classes for adults to learn skills like camping-cooking, ultimate Frisbee, fungus hunting and more. As a special treat, consider giving your loved ones a weekend away learning new skills together at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Black Earth Campus, which offers customized

“Learning a new skill together is a great way to bond with family and friends while reconnecting with nature.”
weekend getaways with a variety of classes. Find out more online at
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An easy and fun way to reconnect with nature and your community is to find a farmers market or vegetable stand set up around your area and buy local produce. Locally grown food is better for the environment, better for your body and often better tasting!
Take your weekends outside:

and unwind, skip your typical happy hour and grab a quick hike, run or short stroll around the neighborhood. From the changing color of the leaves to the fresh briskness of the air and spectacular sunsets, late summer and early autumn provide breathtaking scenery — certainly much more attractive than your usual happy hour haunt!

Want to read that new page turner in peace? Instead of being cooped up inside, take your book to the park. Feel like having a party? Barbeque outdoors and enjoy backyard games like bocce ball or ladder golf with your friends and family. Is it date night? Pack a picnic, find an astronomy map and have a late-night date under the stars. The key to reconnecting with the world around you is to incorporate nature into your daily activities. So put down the phone, turn off your computer and go enjoy the fulfilling benefits of nature!
Alanna Medearis is the director of marketing and audience development at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC). With locations in Monona and Black Earth, ALNC provides hands-on programs (field trips, summer camps, family programs and events, scout and home-school programs, workshops and interactive exhibits) in the spirit of famed ecologist Aldo Leopold. To find out more, visit or call 608.221.0404. Source: 1. Bergman, P. (2010, May 20). How (and why) to stop multitasking. Harvard Business Review.

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A monthly advice column for your energy system ���������������������������������������������������������

Everything in the universe contains energy, yet energy is something many of us don’t understand. Every month Tina Bensman, a practicing clairvoyant and energy healer, is here to answer any questions you have about your energy system. Topics may include energy anatomy, dream analysis, chakra balancing, manifestation, life patterns, etc. The ideas written here do not replace medical attention. Always listen to your body, mind and intuition when receiving advice of any kind. Dear Tina, I seem to ALWAYS have something crazy going on in my life. It never fails. Why does so much drama find me — all the time?! Even when I think things are going well, I still feel stressed. Is there something I can do to end the drama? —Chrissy Crisis Dear Chrissy Crisis, Whew! That’s tough. I definitely acknowledge what you are going through, and kudos for continuing to push through.
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Technically, the “drama” itself likely cannot be controlled. However, how you and your energy system deal with it can. Then — even better — when your system knows how to handle the crises, the drama will be less likely to find you. To accurately figure out why you are faced with so much, we would have to work together personally, but I can give you a few tips to start your search. 1. Do you have a good sense of what your challenge is and what someone else’s is that you are carrying? 2. What symptoms do you feel when you are stressed? What goes on in your body, mind, emotions, relationships and spirit? What is lighting up? When you define where it is affecting you, you can then look into the associated chakra and work on balance there. 3. Can you figure out the benefit to the drama? Wow, I know that can be a lot to take in, but there is always a benefit to something that we attract or hold on to. That benefit can be productive or unproductive. Here’s a secret about me:

I have some physical pain I deal with regularly. I have dug very deep within myself and figured out that a PART of me likes the attention I get because of it. Not all of me ... not most of me ... but a part of me. Until you deal with the reason a part of you enjoys the challenge, it will be difficult to release. Can you find a part of you that benefits from handling all of this drama? That’s a good start. Remember to play, explore and observe. Even in tough times, finding the humor can release resistance rapidly!
Tina Bensman, a Madison-based intuitive counselor and energy healer, is a lifelong student of the paranormal. She had her first clairvoyant vision at a young age and continues to see and hear energy. Tina is trained in clairvoyant reading and many modalities of energy healing, but through professional training she was disappointed in the methods many schools used to devalue everyone’s natural gifts. Tina started The Chakra House to teach how natural and easy it is to work with energy. She believes that everyone has natural psychic gifts and can access their abilities if they realized their potential.

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he leaves and fruit of the grape have been used medicinally since ancient Greece. Today, grape seed extract is used as a folk or traditional remedy for conditions related to the heart and blood vessels, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and poor circulation; complications related to diabetes, such as nerve and eye damage; vision problems, such as macular degeneration (which can cause blindness); swelling after an injury or surgery; cancer prevention; and wound healing. The grape seeds used to produce grape seed extract are generally obtained from wine manufacturers. Grape seed extract is available in capsule and tablet forms.


effective in preventing breast cancer in postmenopausal women and prostate cancer. NCCAM is studying whether the action of grape seed extract and its components may benefit the heart or help prevent cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. Another study is investigating the effects of grape seed extract on colon cancer.

Side effects and cautions

What the science says

Studies have found that some compounds in grape seed extract may be effective in relieving symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (when veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart) and reducing edema (swelling) after an injury or surgery. Small randomized trials have found beneficial effects of grape seed extract for diabetic retinopathy (an eye problem caused by diabetes) and for vascular fragility (weakness in small blood vessels). Larger trials are needed to confirm these findings. Grape seed extract contains antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals (highly reactive molecules that can damage cell function). Preliminary studies have shown some beneficial antioxidant effects; however, more research is needed. A study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that grape seed extract did not reduce the hardening of breast tissue that can occur after radiation therapy for breast cancer. NCI is also funding studies to evaluate whether grape seed extract is
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Grape seed extract is generally well tolerated when taken by mouth. It has been used safely for up to eight weeks in clinical trials. Side effects that have been reported include a dry, itchy scalp; dizziness; headache; high blood pressure; hives; indigestion; and nausea. Interactions between grape seed extract and medicines or other supplements have not been carefully studied. 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: Brooker S, Martin S, Pearson A, et al. Double-blind, placebocontrolled, randomized phase II trial of IH636 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) in patients with radiation-induced breast induration. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2006;79(1):45–51. Clouatre DL, Kandaswami C. Grape seed extract. In: Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds.Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 2005:309–325. Grape. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at www. on June 25, 2009. Grape seed (Vitis vinifera, Vitis coignetiae). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at on June 25, 2009.

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any people have a love-hate relationship with sugar. They may love how it tastes, but they also may hate the effects sugar can have on their bodies. As a result, many men and women would love to reduce their sugar consumption. The American Heart Association reports that the average adult in the United States consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which equals 150 pounds per year. Teenagers consume even more, averaging 34 teaspoons every day. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians consume an average of 110 grams, or 26 teaspoons, of sugar daily. These numbers are more than twice the amount of sugar a person should be eating. Healthy fruits, vegetables and some dairy products each contain sugar. But refined sugar is what can compromise a person’s health. When more than 10 percent of a person’s total calories comes from added or refined sugar, it can prove harmful to both the mind and body. University of California, San Francisco researchers estimate that the 130,000 new cases of diabetes documented between 1990 and 2000 could be attributed to the increase of sugar-sweetened drinks. Those who drink 1 to 2 servings of sweetened beverages are 26 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes than those who avoid such drinks. According to a 2008 study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, high-glycemic foods, or those that are quickly broken down into glucose by the body, can lead to elevated rates of breakouts and acne. That’s because sugary foods and drinks may fuel inflammation and the production of excess sebum in the skin, resulting in pimples. When a person consumes more sugar than he or she needs, the excess may be stored in the body as triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Both high triglycerides and low HDL levels contribute to the hardening of your arteries. This condition increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Information published in the British Journal of Psychiatry indicates sugar may be responsible for mood swings and other mental disorders. Fluctuations in sugar levels can affect mood and metabolism.


Fortunately, men and women looking to curtail their sugar consumption can do so in a variety of ways.
• Enjoy a sugar-free or low-sugar breakfast.

You may begin the day with a sugar rush if you consume too much sugar at the breakfast table. This will inevitably result in a sugar crash, after which you may overeat or gravitate toward more sugary products. Starting the day with whole grains and lean proteins is a healthier way to fuel the body at breakfast time. • Stock up on fruits and vegetables. When you crave something sweet, grab a piece of fruit or a sweet vegetable, such as corn or beets. You will be consuming fewer calories and eating less processed sugar. • Opt for whole grains. Whole grains have a lower glycemic index than refined grains, which means they won’t turn into a sugary powder keg in your body. They also will help you to feel fuller longer, which reduces the temptation for overeating. Use whole grain pastas and breads when cooking, and opt for these foods when dining out. • Research the amount of sugar in foods. Read labels and ingredients to determine if sugar is hiding in the foods and beverages you consume. Anything that ends with the suffix “ose” is a derivative of sugar. Some restaurants will even add sugar to foods that don’t need them to make them irresistible and addicting, which is often the case with kids’ meals.
• Cut sweetened drinks from your diet entirely.

Many people consume a substantial amount of sugar in their beverages. To avoid overconsumption of sugar, opt for water, unsweetened teas or diluted 100 percent fruit juice if you need something sweet. By cutting down on sugar, a person can gradually reduce his or her dependency on the sweet stuff and not even miss it. This may lead to improved dental health and a host of other medical benefits.
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Veggie Stuffed Peppers
By Rebecca Brown
Ingredients: 8 peppers (any color) 1 cup brown basmati rice 1 zucchini 1 medium onion 3 garlic cloves (optional) 1 1/2 cup broccoli shreds 1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 cup diced peppers (optional) 1 cup pinto or black beans 1 jar of your favorite or homemade spaghetti sauce 3 tablespoons coconut (or favorite) oil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 cup mozzarella cheese salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 1.  Boil 2 cups of water in a small pot and add 1 cup rice. Cover and turn to low heat for about 30-40 minutes. 2.  In a saucepan, melt oil and add chopped onions, mushrooms and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, add chopped zucchini, peppers, broccoli shreds, salt and oregano. Cook until veggies are just starting to get soft. Add spaghetti sauce, rice, beans and cheese. (Cheese is optional and can be substituted with a dairy free alternative.) 3. Boil 4 quarts of water in a large pot. Cut the tops off of the peppers and clean out the inside. Boil peppers for about 5 minutes. Pull out with a tongs and set on your cookie sheet. 4. Fill each pepper, sprinkle cheese on top if desired and bake at 375 until hot throughout. Tips: • Use as many garden fresh veggies for a better stuffed pepper. • Pick peppers that have a flatter bottom so they stand on cookie sheet alone. • Do not boil the peppers too long before baking or they will be too soft. • Add or subtract veggies as desired!
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Rebecca Brown owns Happy Bellies Bake Shop, an all-natural, glutenfree (and mostly dairy-free) bake shop in the Fox Valley, where they specialize in allergy friendly and more nutritious options. You can also find egg-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free alternatives on their menu. For more information, visit, call 920.851.7771 or find them on Facebook at www. facebook/happybellies.

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he fitness business is a multi-billion dollar industry. People invest great deals of money in an effort to stay as fit and healthy as possible. But while exercise equipment and gym memberships are worthy investment, those focused on fitness should not underestimate the value of walking as a means to burning calories and promoting overall health. Walking is great exercise, and people of just about any age and fitness level can get out and walk. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned author and expert in integrative medicine, walking is such a good exercise because it makes use of all muscles, promotes coordination and balance, and carries the least risk of injury for people of any age. The Mayo Clinic concurs, noting that physical exercise does not need to be complicated, and that brisk walking can help a person to live a healthier life by providing a number of benefits: • Walking promotes maintaining a healthy weight through physical activity. • Walking can prevent or make it easier to manage various health conditions that are dependent on weight and cardiovascular health, including blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. • Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that can help strengthen bones and promote good posture. • Exercise, like walking, has been known to benefit mood, specifically for those people battling depression. Although walking is simple, it is an ideal exercise for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is affordable for anyone and can be done anywhere. What makes walking attractive to many people from a fitness standpoint is it doesn’t require learning any fancy moves, nor does one need to feel foolish when walking in public areas. People who walk for fitness have a greater chance of sticking with the activity than other exercises that may lose their appeal after a few months.


What people may not realize is that walking provides many of the same benefits as jogging, only with less impact on the joints and feet. Walking also is less taxing on the heart, particularly for people who are adopting a more active lifestyle after a period of being sedentary. According to The Walking Site, the average person can burn approximately 100 calories per mile walked. During a brisk walk, with an average pace of 4 mph, a person can burn between 149 and 220 calories during a 40-minute walk. Some easy ways to add some intensity to your walk is to increase your pace, walk uphill or bear more weight by wearing a weight vest. Incorporating more pronounced arm movements also can help a person to work even more muscles and burn more calories. In order to make the most of your walk, consider the following tips. • Invest in a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Exercise can be thwarted by pain in the feet. Comfortable shoes will make it easier for you to stick to your walking regimen. • Stand up straight and look ahead while walking. Do not stoop or look at the ground. • Bend the elbows and swing the arms a little while walking. • Bring a friend along who can engage in conversation and make the time spent walking go more quickly. Otherwise walk a dog or play upbeat music that encourages you to pick up the pace. • Find a convenient time to walk each day, and look for a new path each day to vary the workout. Walking in beautiful surroundings can make the walk that much more enjoyable. • Start out slowly, and then increase the pace and the intensity as you build up more stamina. You also may want to increase the distance you walk as you gain more stamina. Walking is an exercise that doesn’t require special equipment or a fancy location. People of all ages can benefit in a variety of ways from walking.
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ave you ever driven by a place a million times thinking it’s one thing, only to find it’s really another? That was the case for my experience with Natural Health Works Holistic Clinic and Natural Spa (Natural Health Works) in Verona. In my years of passing the business, I just assumed it was a vitamin store. Well, recently I found out


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that Natural Health Works doesn’t only sell vitamins; it’s a spa and center for wellness! Marcia K. Simler, the owner of Natural Health Works, is a certified natural health practitioner and certified kinesiologist. I decided to consult with her after a friend on Facebook recommended her to me upon hearing about all of the gastrointestinal problems I was having. At Natural Health Works, Marcia performs various treatments according to what’s needed for each individual’s case. Some of the tests include saliva, muscle and mineral analysis. Marcia also performs blood type testing for dietary recommendations. In addition, Natural Health Works offers wonderful holistic spa therapies, including detoxing foot baths, therapeutic massage, emotional release massage, rain drop therapy massage, hot-rock massage, hand baths, craniosacral therapy, reflexology and more. My visit with Marcia was very worthwhile. After determining my blood type, Marcia explained to me the importance of eating right for my blood type and gave me an easy-to-use handout that outlined exactly what that meant for me. She also had me leave a saliva sample. The saliva test detailed organ function, hormone levels and everything from viruses, yeasts and parasites, to fungi, molds and heavy metals that are in my body.

I was given a recommended dietary plan and a list of supplements according to what I specifically needed. One of the things that Marcia gave me really stuck out: a list of 30 ways you can poison yourself before breakfast. She clearly thinks holistically and is changing people’s lives as she does so. I feel that the work that Marcia is doing at Natural Health Works is what many people are looking for. As a society, we cannot continue eating the unhealthy foods that we do and being bombarded by all of the toxins around us. Every time I walk into Natural Health Works, I meet another person telling me how much Marcia has helped them. She works on both ends of the spectrum: if you’re sick, she will help you heal and if you’re well, she will help you maintain vitality and good health. If you’ve been looking for help in getting on the right track with your well-being and if holistic options are important to you, I encourage you to contact Marcia today! Conveniently, she has clinics in both Verona and Monroe. The Monroe office is located at W4745 Blumer Road or you can call 800.753.1689 or 608.325.3209. The Verona office is located at 201 E. Verona Avenue or you can call 608.848.8378 or 877.753.1689. For more information, please visit her website at


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as your scalp ever burned when your hairstylist applied color to your hair? Have you had any unexplained scalp or skin irritations? These are all signs of ammonia and formaldehyde exposure. And then there are the harmful, cancerous effects of resorcinol, which is most commonly used in hair color. All of this makes a simple visit to the salon a bit troubling. I must admit, I once was one of these salon owners. I used these horrible chemicals on customers and on myself … even while I was pregnant. While in cosmetology school, we were never taught that the products we were using could possibly harm us or our customers. We blindly followed as they taught us how to mix the products and apply them, never aware of what we were doing or using.


ammonia. Crazy! That’s like saying I got this “natural” poison ivy, let’s roll around in it.

The beginning of a new day

The day I “woke up”

I was enlightened to the danger when I was pregnant with my third child. I experienced a lot of complications during that pregnancy, including severe chest pains, sore throats and unexplained skin dermatitis. I then found out that one of the products I was using was producing formaldehyde gasses in my salon, even though the product line assured me that their products were formaldehyde free and that they were no more harmful to me or my customers than taking a “shot” of alcohol. After receiving this completely obscured statement from one of Brazilian Blowouts customer representatives, I decided to go on a search for cleaner and healthier products, not just for my customers but for myself as well.

Lo and behold, my savior!

When I finally made the decision to eliminate all of my salon’s unhealthy products and feature Organic Salon Systems, everything changed. I wasn’t experiencing unexplained headaches or sore throats anymore. Customers were enjoying the new product line as well! Today, when people walk in my salon, they don’t get smacked in the face with ammonia and formaldehyde-infused air. Instead, the aroma of therapeutic grade essential oils greets them, along with cups of herbaceous tea and coffee infused with reishi mushrooms. Our color line isn’t burning heads and damaging scalps anymore. We offer only safe and effective organic salon and spa treatments. Our customers enjoy: PPD-free and organic color, perms and texturizers; natural and organic nail, facial and body treatments; post-radiation and specialty essential oil scalp and body treatments; KeraGreen keratin and protein hair treatments; body, mind and soul services; and much more! As an Organic Salon Systems certified haircolorist, I am dedicated to beauty, dignity and well-being for all, and that is what you will experience at my salon and spa. If you’re ready to make your health a priority when it comes to your salon and spa treatments, I invite you to give us a try. Just mention this article, and you will receive 20% off your selected service as a new customer. Make an appointment today to experience the difference. I look forward to meeting you!

In my research, I found Organic Salon Systems, and that’s when my whole life changed. I found a cleaner product line that wasn’t a hoax. As I learned in my quest, quite a few product lines do, in fact, claim to be “organic” or “all natural,” but still contain harmful ingredients like ammonia. I was even told by one hair color line representative that the organic color line that they had available did contain ammonia, but that it was the “natural form” of
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First Wednesday of Every Month • 6-9 p.m. West Madison Reiki Share Group If you are reiki level I or higher, join us the first Wednesday of every month. We’ll begin with a meditation to leave the cares of the outside world behind. We’ll share our reiki experiences and then provide each other with a reiki treatment. Donation. Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison, WI 53719. Contact Teresa at 608.346.3424 or visit Friday, August 9 • 5:30-7 p.m. Kids Pajama Party Yoga with Heidi Greengus Kids K-5th grade will enjoy a night of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation, story, song and games in their pajamas while parents can have a night out! Please pack a meal for your child for our dinner break. A stuffed animal is welcome too. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $12. Register now at www.thechakrahouse. com under “Events.” Sunday, August 11 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sensing Subtle Energy with Crystals & Stones with Ashley Leavy Learn techniques for enhancing your ability to perceive subtle energy. Topics include a brief introduction to discovering your sending and receiving hands, developing hand sensitivity with crystals, methods of aura scanning to detect changes in ethereal energy, creating energy balls (on your own, with a stone and with a partner), using pendulums to detect energy (of stones and chakras), practice intuiting stone type and color, and much more! After attending this class, you will have the option to take an exam for certification. Upon passing the exam, you will receive an email certificate of attendance and theoretical knowledge of Sensing Stone Energy. No experience required. Suggested materials: 1 quartz crystal point and one stone of your choice. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $50. Register now at under “Events.” Saturdays in September Usui and Karuna Reiki® & Reiki for Children Reiki translates as “Universal Life-Force Energy” and is an energy system that is easy to learn and use. Classes include guided meditation, instruction, practice and a reiki attunement. Participants will learn the history of reiki, about energy and the chakras, the hand positions, and how to do reiki on themselves and others in person or distant. As a reiki student you will learn a wonderful method for centering and relaxation that is always with you which can be used easily at any time. Adult classes: $200, children’s class: $100. Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison, WI 53719. Contact Teresa at 608.346.3424 or visit Friday, Sept. 13 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Astrology for Therapists, Healers and Coaches Astrology can be a powerful tool for therapists, healers and coaches. This one-day workshop is for professionals who would like to learn more about how astrology can be used to gain insight into clients or directly help clients.  The north node, Chiron and the planets reveal our deepest wounds and our soul’s strategy in using our wounds to reach our life goals. We can use your clients anonymous birth charts for examples of concepts.  With 33 years of experience, I have many clients who are mental health professionals. My partner, Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, will also teach. No previous experience necessary. Location in Madison will be given upon registration. Visit our website at  for more details about Barry Kerr and Kristine. Contact Barry at  to register by Sept 6. Fee: $100. Sunday, September 22 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Self-Protection with Crystals & Stones with Ashley Leavy Learn methods for protecting your energy body (or that of your client) using crystals. Topics include techniques for shielding your aura from outside energies (including the Protective Cocoon Technique), methods of charging and maintaining your aura with crystals, aura repair techniques, exercises for protecting individual chakras, an introduction to protective jewelry, and stones and crystal grids for protection of your body and workspace (from negativity and electromagnetic pollution). After attending this class, you will have the option to take an exam for certification. Upon passing the exam, you will receive an email certificate of attendance and theoretical knowledge of Self-Protection Using Crystals. No experience required. The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $50. Register now at under “Events.” Sunday, October 13 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Basic Crystal Healing Layouts with Ashley Leavy Learn the timeless art of laying-on-of-stones. Topics covered will include fundamental layout systems utilizing quartz crystals (including the Star of David Layout), crystal layouts for the auric field, integrating energy infusion techniques with laying-on-of-stones, crystal layouts for meditation, layouts for individual chakras, and layouts for common ailments (including sleep disorders, cold and flu symptoms, menopause, stress and anxiety). After attending this class, you will have the option to take an exam for certification. Upon passing the exam, you will receive an email certificate of attendance and theoretical knowledge of Basic Crystal Layouts. No experience required.The Chakra House, 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison, 608.237.6128. Cost: $50. Register now at www. under “Events.”

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Memorial Pet Services
Memorial Pet Services, Inc. 4319 Twin Valley Rd, Suite 15, Middleton 608.836.7297 Memorial Pet Services is a leading-edge pet funeral home providing the highest standards of aftercare and cremation services to pet parents and veterinary practices in southern Wisconsin. Our professional and compassionate staff can help you with pre-planning for your pet’s aftercare, throughout the cremation process and with emotional support when healing from your loss.

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

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

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

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Absolutely Art Meghan Blake-Horst, Gallery Manager 2322 Atwood Ave., Madison 608.249.9100 Absolutely Art is a communitybased art gallery, featuring a wide variety of fine art and affordable gifts. We purchase from local artists to help create a greater sense of place and to stimulate the local art scene. By buying locally, we help keep Madison a unique place to live and grow. This can only benefit our neighbors and our community. Peaceful Heart 123 South Main St., Oregon 608.835.5288 Peaceful Heart strives to offer products and services that promote and enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We have many tools available in the form of books, CDs, classes, events and speakers to assist in understanding what our emotional needs are as individuals. We also have a wide selection of unique, fun and up56
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Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic 4504 Monona Dr., Madison 608.819.6750 Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic provides CPR: caring, professional and responsive service to you and your pet. Lori Scarlett, DVM, and her friendly staff have many years of experience caring for and treating cats and dogs. We pride ourselves on our thorough exams and gentle care of your furry family member. In addition to exams, surgeries, dental procedures and laboratory testing, we also have cat boarding and

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

cat grooming. Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic is located at 4504 Monona Dr., right next to Monona Grove High School. Please visit our website at and see all our happy patients on our Facebook site. For appointments or more information, please call us at 608.819.6750.

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

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