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10 Garlic for heart health and more! 12 Wiggling your way to


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54 The power of seven: an anti-aging secret 57 Theres hope for reducing acne scarring!

60 Proper management of household 14 Simple steps to eliminate PMS for good needles and other sharps 18 Does your life have detours? 63 Become a more positive person 64 Genetics or environment 66 Colors and self-expression

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What are you doing this fall?

19 The role of niacin in heart health 24 Not Just Surviving, but Thriving

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28 Colds and flu during pregnancy 30 The environmental cost of new 34 On Track for Joe Celebration 36 Transformational change:
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70 Air pollution can be indoors, too 71 Gluten-free pumpkin ravioli 73 Losing pounds with resistant starch fiber 74 Cancer prevention through skin care 76 The long road home from PTSD 83 Do drums have healing power? 84 The scoop on vitamin D

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Behavioral disorders and food sensitivities

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for all of our senses. The colors, the tastes, the crisp air, the excitement it really gets me reminiscing about my childhood experiences from this time of year: carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds; sipping on moms old-fashioned hot cocoa; trick-or-treating during the golden age; raking leaves into jumping piles; watching Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown; and sleeping with the windows open just a bit buried under the newly applied winter quilt. Its important to recognize that some of us dont have such good memories to draw upon, however. For those of us still dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, October is the beginning of a three-month period notorious for being difficult to get through. It can also be a time when the unfortunate symptoms of undiagnosed depression issues pile on. I encourage any of you who are questioning the status of your mental health to take advantage of the increased resources available this National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. Your mental and emotional well-being is worth the effort! Our authors have some great articles to educate us about ways to take better care of ourselves and be more aware of our overall health. Kim Neher informs us about food sensitivities and their connection to behavioral disorders. Parnee Frederick shares some facts about Transformational Breathing and the benefits of learning to breathe more efficiently. Stephanie Long explains that ringing/buzzing sound in our ears and what we can do about it. These are just a few examples of

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Garlic for heart health and more!


By Terry Lemerond

hen most people talk about the goodness of garlic (Allium sativum), they think of heart health. Thats not surprising there is strong evidence to back it up. Clinical studies and reviews about garlic are almost universally positive. In a recent overall analysis of 26 studies, garlic was cited as having striking effects during long-term intervention. In fact, the authors of the study concluded that garlic would help patients at risk of cardiovascular disease.1 One of the ways that garlic helps is by reducing oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress causes much of the damage in the cardiovascular system. In fact, it and inflammation are the real reasons that cholesterol (which on its own is not a problem) can begin to clog arteries. Fresh garlic has been shown to reverse the markers of oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system. Garlic also triggers nitrous oxide (a strong vasodilator) to open up blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. In fact, in another meta-analysis, studies examining garlic and blood pressure levels were reviewed. In the eleven studies that met the criteria (there were 25 to start with), all of them showed a decrease of systolic blood pressure (the top number in your blood pressure readings) compared to placebo. The average for those in the subgroup that actually had hypertension was a decrease of 8.4 mm/Hg for systolic blood pressure and 7.3 mm/Hg for diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure. Thats a big drop! It can mean the difference between having high blood pressure and having perfectly normal blood pressure for many people out there who are right on the edge of being diagnosed. The authors of the analysis concluded that garlic preparations are superior to placebo in reducing blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.2
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Aside from its many benefits for heart health, there is growing evidence that the compounds in fresh garlic can inhibit tumor growth and fight food-borne bacteria.5-8
Garlic also reduces inflammation, the root cause of almost all diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. In fact, inflammation, heart disease and diabetes are all linked conditions. In some cases, this is known as metabolic syndrome a situation of elevated blood glucose and high blood pressure, oxidized LDL cholesterol and an increased amount of inflammation throughout the body. Garlic helps prevent platelet aggregation (clumping of platelets in the blood), stopping clots that lead to clogged arteries in metabolic syndrome conditions.3 Best yet, it does this without thinning the blood.

What are the garlic components to look for?

Garlic compounds must work together at the right time in order to be effective. The first two compounds are alliin and allinase, an activating enzyme. These two separate elements combine when fresh garlic is crushed to form allicin. Unfortunately, when allicin is exposed to oxygen the way garlic is during a meal, it is not very stable, and becomes even less so in
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the acidic environment of the stomach.4 An effective garlic supplement must ensure that these two elements dont create allicin until they get into the intestines, where it can be absorbed. Thats why the best type of supplement uses an enteric-coated tablet that bypasses the acidic environment of the stomach and only breaks down in the intestines. However, you need to make sure that the elements that create allicin are present. Thats why you need to look for a garlic supplement that is standardized for at least 4% alliin. And remember, aged garlic really differs from fresh garlic. Despite both originating as garlic, they are processed differently and contain different components. In fact, aged garlic doesnt contain any beneficial yield of the compound allicin.

Terry Lemerond has over 40 years of experience in the health food industry, both in retail sales and in dietary supplement formulation and manufacturing. He hosts a radio talk show that is archived at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com. The site also features his weekly educational columns and other valuable health resources. Terry and his wife, Debra, are co-owners of the Terry Naturally store, located in Green Bay at 2625 Development Drive, just off the south GV exit from highway 172. The store is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 920.965.1002 or visit www.TerryNaturally.com. Sources: 1. Zeng T, Guo FF, Zhang CL, Song FY, Zhao XL, Xie KQ. A meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials for the effects of garlic on serum lipid profiles. J Sci Food Agric. 2012 Jan 10. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5557. [Epub ahead of print] 2. Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP, Fakler P, Sullivan T. Effect of garlic on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2008 Jun 16;8:13. 3. Vazquez-Prieto MA, Rodriguez Lanzi C, Lembo C, Galmarini CR, Miatello RM. Garlic and onion attenuates vascular inflammation and oxidative stress in fructose-fed rats. J Nutr Metab. 2011;2011:475216. 4. Garlic. In: PDR for Herbal Medicines, 4th ed. Montvale, NJ: Physicians Desk Reference; 2007:345-356. 5. Hassan HT. Ajoene (natural garlic compound): a new anti-leukaemia agent for AML therapy. Leuk Res. 2004 Jul;28(7):667-71. 6. Kaschula CH, Hunter R, Parker MI. Garlic-derived anticancer agents: structure and biological activity of ajoene. Biofactors. 2010 Jan-Feb;36(1):78-85. 7. Rayburn ER, Ezell SJ, Zhang R. Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Cancer Therapy. Mol Cell Pharmacol. 2009;1(1):29-43. 8. Lu X, Samuelson DR, Rasco BA, Konkel ME. Antimicrobial effect of diallyl sulphide on Campylobacter jejuni biofilms. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Aug;67(8):1915-26. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks138. Epub 2012 May 1.

Other health benefits

Aside from its many benefits for heart health, there is growing evidence that the compounds in fresh garlic can inhibit tumor growth and fight food-borne bacteria.5-8

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Wiggling your way to health and wellbeing


By Deb Lewis-Hasenberg

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losing weight and feeling great just by wiggling on a machine for 10 minutes a day. WBV machines, while new to many of us, have actually been around for years and have been studied thoroughly, showing consistent improvements in weight management. These machines have been used on The Biggest Loser show to assist in preparing for the use of more strenuous machines. The Doctors show featured these machines and explained that the reason 10 minutes really does equal an hour at the

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gym is because the body receives a signal to resist, resist, resist, facilitating body toning and increased metabolism. (See the video at (http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=KviOYEGpkmg). In fact, 10 minutes on a WBV machine can increase your metabolism for up to 20 hours. What could be better than that? There are many other conditions that are helped with WBV, including restless leg syndrome, arthritis, balance, diabetes, fatigue, fibromyalgia, incontinence, hip and lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathy, osteoporosis, varicose veins and more. This technology was introduced in 1960 and was used in the early 70s to allow our astronauts to stay in space; today we have it available to us at centers or for home use. WBV machines are FDA-approved Class I medical devices with the following benefits: Stimulate energy flow. Improve lymphatic drainage. Increase blood circulation to the heart and brain. Burn calories and tone the body. Strengthen major muscle groups (reducing falls). Improve kidney, liver, bowel and bladder function. Relieve stress and aid in better sleep. Help people lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Allow for better blood sugar readings. You are welcome to try this WBV 10-minute workout at Good Vibrations Studio in Fond du Lac. Come to the studio for your FREE week trial and meet people who have lost weight, have improved

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Simple steps to eliminate PMS for good


By Randi Mann, WHNP-BC, APNP

o you feel healthy and happy most of the month, and then wham! you become someone you dont recognize in the mirror shortly before your monthly menstrual cycle begins? Then, when your period is almost over, you feel like yourself again? It is amazing the changes that can happen in your mind and body in response to your changing levels of hormones! Many women suffer from symptoms that can be downright debilitating. Common premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms include irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, feeling overly emotional, joint pain, fatigue, acne, poor sleep, weight gain and low sex drive all starting a few days to two weeks prior to your period. The real cause of PMS is this: your hormones become unbalanced; estrogen levels increase and progesterone levels decrease either a little bit or a lot. Many things can promote these hormone imbalances, such as a high sugar and refined carbohydrate diet, stress, caffeine, hormones in meat and dairy products, and estrogen-like toxins from pesticides and pollution. Alcohol can also contribute to the imbalance because it can damage the liver and prevent it from excreting extra estrogen. If you are not having a daily bowel movement, this can also make the situation worse, as it can lead to reabsorption of estrogen from your gut back into your bloodstream, even after your liver has tried to process the extra estrogen and get rid of it. Your body also needs to move, so exercise can help to balance all of your hormones, including your stress and sex hormones.

Here are simple steps to eliminate PMS:

1. Eat a very clean diet all month long.

Eliminate refined sugar and processed foods. Limit or, better yet, eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Eat high-quality protein foods for breakfast (aim for 20 grams to start your morning) to help balance your blood sugar. Dont skip meals and eat evenly during the day. Consider cutting out all dairy and gluten for a month Increase your fiber by eating more vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains. Eat two tablespoons of flax seeds daily in smoothies or cereal. Try to eat organic animal products as much as possible and increase your omega-3 fats by eating wild fish such as salmon and more walnuts.

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 Yoga can be very relaxing and help to decrease your stress, which in turn helps to decrease PMS.
2. Take high-quality supplements daily.
Magnesium citrate or glycinate: 400-600 mg a day. Calcium citrate: 600 mg a day. Vitamin B6: 50-100 mg a day with 800 mcg of folate and 1000 mcg of vitamin B12. Evening primrose oil: 1500-2000 mg a day. EPA/DHA (fish oil or omega-3 fats): My favorite is called EurOmega3. A pharmacy-grade multivitamin and mineral: Look for recommended dosing at least twice a day with meals. My favorite is ProCycle PMS. Taurine: 500 mg to help liver detoxification. Vitamin D3: At least 2000 I.U. daily. Herbs and plant-based nutrients: Many can be helpful, including chasteberry, wild yam and dandelion root. Probiotics: These are important to help normalize estrogen levels and hormone metabolism. Progesterone: When taken in the last two weeks of every month, this can work wonders to help you manage your symptoms, if self-care measures alone are not enough. We often prescribe an even-release progesterone tablet that is taken twice a day on days 14-28 of each month. After just 3 months, most of our patients are telling us, I feel like myself again!

3. Move your body.

Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise four to five times a week. Yoga can be very relaxing and help to decrease your stress, which in turn helps to decrease PMS. Add in some stretching and strengthening exercises, too.

4. Work to manage your stress better.

Practice slow deep breathing several times a day, spend time in nature, take a hot bath with Epsom salts, several drops of lavender oil and some baking soda, learn to meditate, read more, pray, do the things that bring you joy more often and work on changing the way you respond to the stressors in your environment. Changing your behavior will support your biology and your hormone balance, and can have very impressive results! You can feel great every day no matter what day of your cycle!
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By Karen Strickfaden, DVM

ancer. It is one of the most-dreaded diagnoses for people and animals alike. Unfortunately, many people seek holistic treatments for their pets only after their pet has been diagnosed with cancer. The primary goal of holistic veterinary medicine is to keep your pets body healthy in order to reduce the likelihood of developing cancer or other diseases in the first place.

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Nutrition is one of the BIGGEST factors that contribute to a pets overall health and well-being. Nutrition (or lack thereof) is directly related to many medical conditions and diseases, including cancer. It is recommended to especially avoid wheat and corn grains, as they not only are highly allergenic to many pets, but also can compromise their immune systems. Dogs and cats are carnivores (meat eaters) with relatively short digestive systems, and they lack the enzymes needed to efficiently digest carbohydrates. So, be sure to buy pet food that has an animal protein (turkey, duck, etc.) as at least its first ingredient and minimizes the use of grains.
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Part of keeping your pets healthy involves helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Minimizing stress and maximizing exercise are important to a pets overall health. People often underestimate the amount of stress their pets are experiencing. Is your pet experiencing stress at home? Have you moved recently or added another pet? Are you away from your pets for long periods of time? There are natural products available to help your pet with stressful times. Giving your pets plenty of exercise will help reduce their stress level, and help keep them in shape and at a healthy weight.

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Examine your drinking water and cleaning products in your pets environment to determine if any harmful chemicals may be affecting your pets. Because they dont wear shoes and they are closer to the ground, pets are more susceptible to the chemicals in their environment. Electromagnetic frequencies from appliances, cell phones and power lines can also affect the health of our pets. Extremely low frequencies (ELF) have been shown to alter

Wellness exams are a vital tool in early detection of disease. Regular physical exams allow your veterinarian to evaluate conditions that could lead to problems in the future. Keep in mind that dogs and cats age much faster than humans, and your pets body actually ages three to five years in six calendar months. Blood screening tests are another tool to help with early detection of health problems. Sadly, cancer often exists without the owner knowing it, because there are not any symptoms until the disease is in the final stages. A new cancer blood screening test is now available to detect inflammation and even cancer cells within a pets body.

Treatment

If your pet does develop cancer, there are several holistic therapies that can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional treatments. Examples include medical ozone therapy and bioresonance therapy. Nutritional supplements and herbs can
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Does your life have detours?


By Teresa Van Lanen

have spent many hours driving on Wisconsins roadways this year with the construction and detours every few miles. It reminded me of how life can throw you detours that you dont expect. It is an interesting parallel; going along your day with a clear destination in mind, going a little faster than maybe you should, and all of a sudden you need to slow down,

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allow for others on the road and follow the construction detours to eventually get back to where you initially intended to be. Our Wisconsin road crews are typically really good about letting us know of these little diversions on our drives, which is not always the case in real life diversions. I guess lifes detours can sneak up on us if we are not wary of the signs One day we wake up and say to ourselves, How did I get here? Where did I get detoured from my intended path? Maybe you did not consciously have an intended path in the first place. If thats the case, it is easy to get distracted, and travel back and forth with no destination in mind. Other times, lifes detours are for very good reasons and may lead us to better destinations than we first had planned for ourselves. Consider these points to see what kind of traveler you are: When a detour of life gets in your path, how do you respond and what might it say about who you are? How did I get here? Where am I? You may be out of touch with your self and out of balance. Many times when people are in stress, they can dissociate or compartmentalize aspects of their life to survive. This is a feeling

of lacking control. Your destination is always an idea and never a reality. I need to get back on track and on with my journey. You will correct the detour and get back to where you started. Sometimes this can be out of fear, to explore or experience other things, or a lack of trust that you will be on the right path no matter where you are. Ask yourself, Did I experience what life had in store for me with this detour so I can avoid it in the future, or so I can go to a different destination that is right for me now? Lets see where this takes me. You are an explorer and want to experience what life throws your way. You are flexible and confident that the universe has your highest good in mind. This is an example of living in the moment to fully grasp lifes experiences.
Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an occupational therapist, life coach, SoulCollage facilitator and reiki practitioner. She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced, happy life. Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and her website, www.makingartoflife.com. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops on the events page of her website.
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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 to be effective, which means it can only be used under a doctors supervision. It is important to note that high levels of niacin can cause some
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s the hours of daylight dwindle, the leaves change color and busy schedules keep spinning your head around, it can be tempting to take a break from the fitness routine that was so easy when the days were long and sunny. However, before you choose to curl up on the couch instead of breaking a sweat, consider this: Come December, do you really want to spend another New Years Eve vowing to get back in shape when you have beautiful scenery, fresh air and cooler temperatures for outdoor exercise right now? Fall is a great time to try new and different forms of exercise. Make it entertaining by hiking or biking in a local park where you can see all the leaves changing color. You can even get the whole family involved by playing touch football at the local park, canoeing at a nearby lake or even getting together in the backyard for some competitive leaf raking! Fall is also a great time to find local fitness events, like races and family fun runs, which can motivate you to stay in shape. Its also the perfect time to sign up for that fitness class youve always wanted to take whether its swing dancing, spin or a new level of Pilates. Maybe you have a winter ski vacation planned or are taking time to go bask in the sun away from all the snow thats

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bound to be here in Wisconsin. Keeping your body strong and ready for whatever you throw at it, is always a wise choice. So make up your mind to stay fit, and have fun this fall!
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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 persons 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 doesnt 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.
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Question: I have some pretty serious cravings from time to time. Is this because my body is deficient in certain nutrients that these foods provide? Answer: Generally speaking, no! And this is true whether youre craving brownies, spinach or Taco Bell tacos. Unexplained cravings can pop up during pregnancy however, and amazingly, a deficiency of one particular nutrient, iron, can lead people to crave non-food items like dirt and clay (a condition called pica). But aside from this scenario, almost all other cravings are emotional responses to a particular food or food group. Maybe your diet is too boring or too restrictive, or you simply wont let yourself have something you like, but feel you shouldnt have. These scenarios can easily set the stage for a craving, but minimizing and/or eliminating its effect is achievable. If you can identify the cause of the craving, managing it becomes much easier. In other words, if your diet is, in fact, too boring, then try to spice things up a bit while staying within established healthy eating guidelines. If your diet is too restrictive, liberalize a bit. It really can be this simple, but if youre finding your cravings to be a real challenge, then seek out the counsel of a registered dietitian.
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Question: Ive heard that a raw food diet is the way to go. True or false? Answer: Its really neither true nor false. Going raw is really just a lifestyle choice, and if you choose to consume only raw, unprocessed foods (mostly plants by the way), then by all means do so. In fact, there are definitely some advantages to consuming a raw food diet. For one, the diet is very nutrient-dense and includes a ton of fiber. It also tends to eliminate things like trans fats and includes only small amounts of saturated fats, salt and sugar. Its also true that some nutrients are destroyed when foods are heated. But despite all of this, there are some real drawbacks to the raw food movement as well. For starters, many of the claims made by raw foodists are not backed by scientific evidence, and many advocates ignore the advantages associated with the cooking process. For example, some foods, like tomatoes and eggs, are more nutritious when theyre cooked. And other foods that are very healthy need to be cooked so our bodies can process and assimilate the nutrients. Beans and lentils are great examples. Theres also the issue of food safety. We shouldnt forget that cooking is one of the best ways to reduce harmful pathogens that can cause foodborne illnesses. And lastly, theres the issue of prep time. Raw advocates typically spend quite a bit of time cutting, peeling and dehydrating their food, and many people just arent committed enough to do this day in and day out. In my
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humble opinion, eating raw exclusively is unnecessary and makes food consumption overly complicated. I would rather incorporate both raw foods and cooked foods into my meals, and then focus on getting as much variety into my eating plan as possible. But in the end, the choice is yours. Question: Ive been a yo-yo dieter for the past few years, and for some reason, whenever I re-commit and start a new exercise program, I always seem to gain a little weight before the actual weight loss process begins. Can you explain this? Answer: Yes, this is actually a pretty common phenomenon, but one that most people simply arent aware of. When a sedentary or somewhat inactive individual starts an exercise program, several changes occur in the body to respond to this new exercise stimulus. The sum of these changes can add a bit to the scale, despite your hopes for the exact opposite. First of all, the muscles can increase in size, and the added protein in the muscle actually stores additional water. The body will also start to store more sugar in the muscles, and again, water storage plays a role here as well. Several enzymes that process oxygen will also increase in quantity within the muscle cells. And if this isnt enough, your connective tissues will toughen and thicken, and your total blood volume can increase by up to one pound within a week. All of this better prepares your body for more frequent exercise bouts and helps to improve your workout efficiency. At this point, youre probably wondering what can be done to mitigate these effects? The answer is, not much. The key is to be consistent with your workouts, and avoid the scale if youre likely to get discouraged by what you see. Its important to remember that this is simply your body adapting to exercise. Believe me, your weight will trend down in the long run as you continue your program. Dont forget the old adage good things come to those who wait!
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urviving cancer is a great triumph, especially for children who have faced such a huge challenge in their young lives. Not Just Surviving, but Thriving is a new cancer survivor program designed specifically for cancer survivors ages 5-16 who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. The YMCA of the Fox Cities was already offering this type of program to adults through its LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, but nothing currently existed specifically for kids. Through a stroke of luck and chance meeting between the father of an 8-year-old cancer survivor and Jaime Munz, a wellness coach and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructor at the Appleton YMCA, the idea to develop a program just for kids came about. Greg Hinkens, Jaxsons father, explains it like this: We came to the Y in order to get Jaxson, our 8-year-old son, involved in physical activity. Jaxson had recently completed extensive treatment for neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, and joining the Y allowed us to be involved and monitor his activities. On our very first day at the Y, we were stumbling around with equipment, trying to figure out what would work for Jaxson. Thats when we met Jaime. She knew nothing of Jaxsons background as a cancer survivor or why we joined the Y. Out of pure coincidence she mentioned her role as an instructor in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and explained the purpose was to get adult cancer survivors involved with exercise and wellness after cancer treatments. We couldnt believe our stroke of luck! We took the opportunity to introduce ourselves and share Jaxsons background. Jaime graciously offered to check with her manager to see if a program could be offered to kids. A short time later, we were contacted and offered the opportunity for Jaxson to work oneon-one with Jaime. Jaxson was all for it. He looked forward to his weekly workouts with Jaime and we felt good knowing he was working with a trained specialist; someone aware of special needs of cancer survivorship.
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On the left is Jaime Munz, a wellness coach and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructor at the Appleton YMCA, and 8-year-old cancer survivor Jaxson Hinkens is on the right.

He came out of the program a little more flexible, a little stronger and a lot more confident. Exercise is such a vital element to good health. The Y provided a jump start for Jaxson, and we were very appreciative of this opportunity. Today, Jaxson enjoys basketball, baseball and karate. This led to the creation of the Not Just Surviving, But Thriving Youth Cancer Program at the Y. This 7-week small group program is free to both Y Members and the general public and is offered at the Appleton YMCA. Classes are led by instructors who are LIVESTRONG at the YMCA certified through YMCA of the USA training. The program is tailored to the specific needs, age and activity level of the survivor. This fun and dynamic physical fitness program focuses on improving strength, endurance, coordination, mobility and balance through a variety of exercises such as: age appropriate strength training exercises using game play or equipment, cardiovascular conditioning, balance and mobility, and swimming. While enrolled in this program, survivors and their caregivers receive all the benefits of a YMCA of the Fox Cities membership. Survivors have the option to register for an age-appropriate class
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Linda VanEgeren is the wellness coordinator and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructor at the Appleton YMCA. She earned a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and began her career at the Y right out of college. In 2002, she was awarded Health and Fitness Director of the Year from the Association of Y Professionals. In addition to this youth cancer program, the YMCA of the Fox Cities also offers the following free programs: the 12-week LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivor program for adults and the 12-week A Time to Heal program for adults and their caregivers. Contact Linda for more information.

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all has arrived, and we all know whats next WINTER! Do you dread the thought of all the pleasantries of winter in Wisconsin? Cold temperatures, icy roads and, undoubtedly, snow are all to be expected. Are you a person who enjoys the winter months, or are you one of the majority of Wisconsinites who wonders, When will spring arrive a couple months before its supposed to? Having lived in Southern California for ten years before moving back to Wisconsin, I was certainly in the majority. That is, until I discovered the amazing insulating ability of alpaca fleece a few years ago. When I was a child, I suffered frostbite on my feet and found it almost impossible to keep my feet warm in the winter. Not so anymore, as long as I wear alpaca socks. The fact that alpaca fleece is hollow (filled with air) is why this natural fiber insulates like none other. The alpacas natural habitat is over 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andean Mountains of South

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regnancy is an especially trying time to find yourself feeling under the weather, and many remedies and medicines that can help to relieve your symptoms may not be healthy choices during your pregnancy. Rest and plenty of fluids are always helpful during an illness. Here are some additional recommendations: Nourish your body and your baby every couple of hours with foods that will help in your healing. Soups, broth, fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, are all good choices. Foods that are fermented or cultured, such as sauerkraut or plain, unsweetened yogurt, help to fight off invading infections. Put fresh, uncooked garlic on salads, soups or pastas, or swallow a peeled whole clove of garlic like its a pill. Garlic has known antiviral and antibacterial properties, and is safe for pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids: Hot water or tea (red raspberry, chamomile, ginger, fruit teas) with honey and lemon can soothe a sore throat. Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. One-quarter teaspoon of cayenne added to two teaspoons of honey and mixed into a cup of hot water can help to soothe a sore throat and fight infection. Consume broth made from miso or vegetables, or clarified chicken or beef broth. Gargle three or more times per day with eight ounces of warm water and one-half teaspoon of sea salt. Use a neti pot with warm salt water (prepared as the gargle) to help to clear nasal congestion (consult the directions on the pot for use). Prepare and use a steam tent to help clear stuffy noses and sinuses: pour steaming hot water in a bowl, put your face over the bowl, and create a tent with a towel around your head
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Supplements to boost immune function: Zinc helps to boost immune function, and many pregnant women are deficient in this vital mineral. You can take up to 20 mg of zinc per day, though it may cause nausea at dosages higher than 10 mg. You can also get it in lozenges. Vitamin C helps your body to fight infection. You can take 8,000 to 10,000 mg per day, to bowel tolerance. Back down on your dosage if you begin having loose stools. Do not take vitamin C at these levels in your first trimester, or for longer than a week in your second and third trimester. Probiotics are your ally in the war of good bacteria against bad. Take two capsules three times per day, preferably on an empty stomach. Antioxidants can be helpful to take during an illness. Preparations made with grapes, or other red or purple colored fruit are best. Vitamin D is an important actor in immune function, as well as many other bodily functions. Many people in northern climates are deficient in this vitamin that comes from cold water fish and the sun. You can take a vitamin D3 supplement to help your body overcome illness. Colloidal silver throat or nasal sprays can help to fight infection and relieve pain of sore throats. Look for a brand that has at least 20ppm of colloidal silver in it. Herbs: Many herbs are contraindicated in pregnancy. Please consult a trusted source prior to taking herbs in your pregnancy. Echinacea usually comes in tincture form and can help to boost your immune function during colds, cough and flu. Elderberry is a good remedy for colds, cough and flu. You can find it at health food stores in cough syrup preparations and in capsule form.

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The environmental cost of new


By Brian Arpke

self-professed techie and having worked many years in the field, I developed a penchant for the latest and greatest long before the rest of the world. An early adopter of everything tech, I was that nerd running multiple computers, a laptop, a server, and a projector in my college apartment. Corporate IT drove innovation and it would be years before Apple or Android would become a household name. My foot was planted squarely on the buy new pedal, with no intention of easing up, much like most Americans today. Instead of overwhelming you with big numbers, facts and the like, Im going to share with you a personal experience that really opened my eyes, changed my electronics-buying habits (much to the chagrin of my family), and has helped shape our business practices and ethics. Several years ago while working for a local city, I was tasked with recycling a basement full of old electronics, and I had not the slightest clue where to take them or where to start. So after making a few calls and searching online, I ended up on the website of one of the countrys first and largest refurbishers headquartered in Chicago. Intrigued by their operations, I found myself driving down for a meeting the very next week.

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and had more than 30,000 throughout the country actively under warranty. During the tour, I learned they were founded in the late 80s in Willies basement, and that he had served on various boards and committees, including the EPAs formation of R2, a national electronics recycling standard. Ultimately inspiring the formation of my resale store, Reboot, Willie shared with me several fascinating and frankly ugly truths about the environmental cost of buying new: It takes a staggering 500 pounds of fossil fuels, 50 pounds of chemicals and 1 tons of water to produce a single (yes, ONE) computer.1 A refurbished computer, on the other hand, has very little, if any, environmental cost to bring to market. Its estimated that as much as 70 percent of the energy a laptop will consume during its lifetime is used in manufacturing it.2 With the exception of graphics applications, there is nothing even a mid-range refurbished computer or laptop cant do for one-third the cost of new. Business-class computers are made to last upwards of 7-10 years and are typically cycled out within the first 3-4 years of life, unlike their consumer counterparts, which are designed to last a very short 1-2 years. Since that fateful meeting three years ago, I have made it my personal mission to reuse everything we can at my businesses and with it we have kept a staggering one million pounds of fossil fuels from being burned and saved six million pounds of water from the manufacturing process. Next time you are considering buying a computer, laptop, TV or monitor, I urge you to think about the environmental costs of buying new, for until we fully appreciate these impacts, our struggle against global warming will continue to be just that.
Brian Arpke is the owner of REBOOT (the Valleys premier refurbisher and surplus technology store) and R3NEW Recycling (a responsible electronics recycler), which is R2 certified. Be sure to check out REBOOT at 15 Tayco Street in Menasha. With refurbished laptops and desktops starting at $125, you wont find a better deal or more bang for the buck! Store hours are 1 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.itreboot.com and www.facebook.com/itreboot. Sources: 1. National Resource Defense Council, http://www.nrdc.org/living/stuff/ your-computers-lifetime-journey.asp. 2. Network World, http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ computer-factories-eat-way-more-energy-runnin.

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healthyFINANCES

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By Alan M. Zierler

ave you ever wondered why some people are good at managing money while others just cant seem to get the hang of it? While in todays economy, the reasons can have a lot to do with things outside our control (job losses, fluctuating energy expenses, medical emergencies, etc.), it seems that many people simply dont understand or practice sound financial management. According to a 2012 U.S. Financial Capability Study by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA),1 on average, Americans were only able to correctly answer three out of five questions about fundamental financial concepts. Wisconsin survey respondents got a score of 3.1 correct answers out of five, in addition to the following findings: Making ends meet: 17 percent of individuals reported that over the past

year, their household spent more than their income. Planning ahead: 57 percent of individuals lack a rainy day fund to cover expenses for three months, in case of emergencies such as sickness, job loss or economic downturn. Managing financial products: 19 percent of individuals reported using one or more non-bank borrowing methods in the past five years. Financial knowledge and decision making: 57 percent of individuals said that, when obtaining their most recent credit card, they did not collect and compare information about cards from more than one company. Over the years, educators, financial counselors, and many credit unions and banks in the area and across the country have

worked together to increase financial literacy among youth and adults, offering personal finance classes, workshops and other financial education opportunities in schools, workplaces and communities. Locally, we are lucky to have several free offerings, including some upcoming largerscale events that are open to the public: Money Smart Week Fox Cities Financial Makeover Challenge Now in its sixth year, the Challenge focuses on helping local families improve their financial situations and better manage their money. Applications are usually accepted beginning in late September through early November. Three to four participants are selected from among several applicants. Once accepted in the Challenge, participants meet one-on-one with financial counselors to develop specific

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goals and strategies to increase their savings, and reduce debt and expenses over a four-month period. Each selected participant who completes the Challenge is eligible for a cash prize. To learn more about last years Challenge participants and how to apply for the 2013-2014 Challenge, visit www. fisc-cccs.org. Fox Cities Money Conference This event will be held on Saturday, November 2, at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. Presented by Asset Builders of America, Inc., a nonprofit financial literacy organization, the Fox Cities Money Conference is sponsored by a coalition of several Fox Cities area businesses, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations. The Conference features a wide variety of sessions for youth and adults. This years keynote speaker is Lisa Welko from Ellipse Fitness, who will share tips on feeding your family healthy meals on a tight budget. Other classes for adults include building and keeping a good credit score, financial

planning, ways to save money and more. Youth sessions focus on the value of a dollar, job interview tips, financially preparing for college and many other topics. Breakfast and lunch are included in a low-cost registration fee and scholarships are available. Learn more at www.assetbuilders.org or call 608.663.6332. You may also call Fox Valley Technical College at 920.735.5681. Money Smart Week Held April 5-12, 2014, this offering features a variety of free and low-cost financial learning opportunities sponsored by area businesses, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations. In 2013, our local Money Smart Week committee sponsored speaker Rachel Cruze, daughter of nationally known finance guru Dave Ramsey, who spoke to more than 300 attendees at two different area events. Along with collaborative events, many of the Money Smart Week partnering organizations and area libraries also offer additional classes and

workshops free of charge during that week and year round. To learn more, visit www.moneysmartweek.org, or find info about the Fox Cities Money Smart Week offerings on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Money-Smart-Week-Fox-Cities. Whether you already have a solid financial foundation or simply want to learn more about managing your finances, its never too late to boost your financial IQ by checking out these and other financial education opportunities.
Alan M. Zierler is the president and CEO of Capital Credit Union, where he has been a board member for 24 years. He holds a bachelors degree in business management from Silver Lake College, and serves on the board of directors for Corporate Central Credit Union and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, among others. Zierler and his wife, Judy, have been married for 35 years, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. Headquartered in Kimberly, Capital Credit Union has over $449 million in assets and serves more than 34,000 members. Source: 1. http://www.usfinancialcapability.org.

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arah Kenney said her father, Joe Kappell, is definitely not one to sit still. Kappell, father of three and grandfather of seven, will tell you hed rather be working than idle. Because of my medical conditions, he said, a lot of places wont take me on. I was always in the papermaking business, but I did work at Subway for five years as an assistant manager. Its hard, he said. There are a lot of things I cant do anymore. I used to be pretty active and now Im pretty limited. Its a whole different world for me. Im not used to not being able to do things. Explaining the changes in his life, Kappell said, My whole right arm was crushed in a paper machine, up to my shoulder, in 1987. I had extensive surgeries and was laid up for about 36 months. When he broke his neck loading a semitrailer in 2007, the trauma caused a TIA (a mini stroke) and Kappell spent seven days in a hospital stroke unit. His luck kept going downhill from there, he said. I had broken my shoulder in 2011 and re-broke it and my collar bone in 2012. I had surgery in April of this year to reconstruct my shoulder and they found out my bicep was torn in several places. A few days after I had the stitches removed, I came down with staph infection. Faced with at least $100,000 in medical bills, with no insurance and far behind in his rent, Kappell heard about Community Benefit Tree (CBT). He told his family about this nonprofit that helps people with overwhelming medical expenses. Kenney said, My older sister sent a letter to them explaining why we would need their help. They have an application process and set up an initial meeting to explain what they could do for us and what it all entails. Kenney and her two sisters, Robyn Dorn and Dawn Mielke, decided to hold a Celebration of Support for their dad, sponsored by CBT. Kenney is the event chairperson, and each of her sisters heads a
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committee. All three of their spouses are involved on the committee as well. Kenney said theyve been impressed with the support from CBT. They guide you through everything, every step of the way, she said. Theyre very, very organized. They have the process broken down as detailed as what were going to work on at each meeting with them. Theyre right there to answer any questions, whether we call or send them an email. Kenney said she really appreciates the experience of the CBT staff. Theyre full of ideas for making the event successful. They try to handle a celebration of support in a way that makes it worry free and as smooth for the recipient as possible. They tell you that typically you would plan an event over three to four months, she said. Im very much a planner, and I thought that wasnt much time. But with CBTs help, telling us what we should have accomplished at each meeting, we were able to set goals and to reach them by the next meeting. For Kappell, a diehard NASCAR fan, the family decided on a celebration theme of On Track for Joe.
Community Benefit Tree, Inc. is assisting with Kappells Celebration of Support at Tanners Grill and Bar, 730 S. Railroad St. in Kimberly. The event takes place Oct. 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Readers also may send Kappell a card or make a donation online at the Community Benefit Tree website: www.communitybenefittree.org. Click on Celebrations and then Joe Kappell, Jr. Checks can also be made payable and mailed to: Community Benefit Tree, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130 Attn: On Track for Joe. All donations made through Community Benefit Tree are tax deductible. Kathi Bloy is a freelance writer from Appleton.

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Transformational change: coaching with an enneagram


By Judy Owen

o you desire to live a satisfying, fulfilling and rewarding life? Are you willing to take the steps necessary to transform your life by achieving your highest potential? Perhaps the time is right to work with a coach. Coaching can help you move beyond unfulfilling careers and mediocre relationships. You will discover how to begin living the dreams that have been on hold while your choices have been determined by the daily demands of a busy life. Partnering with a coach will develop meaningful, transformational changes that will allow you to regain control of your life and empower you to live a life that is fulfilling. You will reconnect to your true self and find joy and harmony within yourself and your relationships. Transitional change requires the examination of fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. First you must assess what you truly want. Second you must recognize obstacles to achieving your desires. Obstacles are rooted in our fears and false beliefs. Overcoming obstacles is where we have real choices that are within our control. Transformational change teaches us how to systematically grow and develop throughout our lives. Discovering ones fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving is best accomplished through the Enneagram of Personality (Enneagram). The Enneagram is a psychological and spiritual map of human consciousness that describes nine distinct patterns. It is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and the people in our lives. Through the gained insights we learn to: Access our authentic self. Find clarity. Be fully in the moment. Move through resistance toward infinite possibilities and truth. Sense greater intimacy and trust between yourself and others. Embrace change with ease. Lead with vision and mission. Lead with an awareness of thoughts and feelings of others.
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The Enneagram is an exceptional system for strengthening leadership qualities of emotional intelligence, improving communication and reducing conflict. Each style embraces one of the following qualities: Improving things. Helping others. Accomplishing goals. Creatively addressing whats missing. Sharing and synthesizing information. Anticipating problems and concerns. Enthusiastically promote and communicate the big picture vision. Doing whats fair and making things happen. Including others. A commitment to transformational change will result in significant improvements in your personal and professional life in the areas of productivity, leadership growth, personal satisfaction and the realization of meaningful goals. Each Enneagram Professional coaching is style has a unique an ongoing partnership that way of communihelps clients produce fulfilling cating leading and relating. Each style results in their personal and bears distinctive professional lives. Through strengths and blindthe process of coaching, spots that affect clients deepen their learning, behavior in every relationship. Effecimprove their performance tive communication and enhance their quality skills are at the heart of life. International of any successful Coaching Federation endeavor. Misunderstanding occurs
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because we fail to understand the motivators behind others thoughts, behaviors and feelings. The Enneagram provides a common frame of reference that emphasizes unity over separation: it brings awareness regarding everyones potential to contribute, and teaches us to speak one anothers language.Learning to discern one anothers needs, motivations, and individual approaches to working and relating, enables us to genuinely connect with others and our authentic beings in order to truly shine allowing harmonious and productive solutions to spring forth.Working within a context of self-awareness and self-acceptance, this model empowers us to make more successful and life-affirming choices, manage our personal reactivity, develop our emotional intelligence, and foster greater cooperation and support within our lives, according to Ruth Landis. Finally, because the Enneagram is a dynamic system that encourages us to ultimately embrace the good in each of the nine styles, a coach can show you how to recognize, develop and integrate all nine parts within yourself.I believe that empowerment comes from self-awareness, which enables the coaching work to penetrate to the essence of the individual in a safe, compassionate manner. A coach can facilitate learning and personal growth by engaging in courageous conversations that will explore the obstacles to successful and meaningful relationships.
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published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about the immunological benefits of adult saliva does not, according to the American Dental Association, provide the full picture that adult saliva may also contain bacteria that causes decay. The ADA notes that licking a pacifier, as promoted in the study, can transfer the cavity-causing bacteria from the parent to baby, increasing the possibility of tooth decay as they grow. A childs teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin to erupt, said Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist in Maine and a pediatric dental spokesperson for the ADA. Cavity-causing bacteria, especially Streptococcus mutans, can be transferred from adult saliva to children, increasing their risk of getting cavities. Dr. Shenkin points to other steps that parents can take to help children develop ahealthyimmune system. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as a good immunity-builder as well as the most complete form of nutrition for infants. This is something on which both the ADA and the AAP agree. The ADA recommends that parents protect the dental health of young children by promoting ahealthydiet, monitoring their intake of food and drink, brushing their teeth or wiping gums after mealtimes and by having infants finish their bedtime or nap time bottle before going to bed. Children should receive their first dental visit within six months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. For more information, visit the ADAs consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.
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So what is tinnitus anyway?


By Dr. Stephanie Long, Au.D.

ny noise that you hear in your ears that is not real noise is called tinnitus. One-third of all adults have experienced tinnitus at some point in their lives. Some people describe it as a ringing or buzzing sound. Sometimes people experience a perfect note that is always the same. For other people, the type of sound will change, or they will experience a staticsounding noise in their ears. Tinnitus is a symptom that something is not quite right with the nerves that connect the ear to the brain or the parts of the brain that process sound. Tinnitus is often, but not always, associated with

decreased hearing. Tinnitus is not a sign of a serious health condition, but for some people tinnitus can make it hard to hear, causing anxiety, difficulty sleeping and poor concentration. Tinnitus is very common for those who have had significant noise exposure. Many people have experienced tinnitus after attending a loud concert. Tinnitus is an important sign that the music was too loud and was damaging the ear. The Veterans Administration recognizes tinnitus as a problem for our veterans who have been exposed to acoustic trauma, such as bombs, motors or the drone of helicopters.

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 Tinnitus is not a sign of a serious health condition, but for some people tinnitus can make it hard to hear, causing anxiety, difficulty sleeping and poor concentration.
Many medications can cause tinnitus, even medications as common as aspirin. If you are experiencing tinnitus, you should talk with your doctor or pharmacist to determine if any of your medications have ototoxic (ear damaging) side effects. If your tinnitus is being caused by medications, you and your physician can determine if other options are available. (Do not stop taking medications as directed without talking to your physician!) When you talk to your health care provider, it is important to discuss if the tinnitus is in one ear or both (some people cannot tell which side of the head they experience the tinnitus from), if the tinnitus comes and goes, or if the tinnitus pulses. Your health care provider can help determine if there are any underlying conditions that may be causing the tinnitus. It is also important to have a comprehensive hearing test to see if the tinnitus can be explained by changes in hearing. One important aspect of this test is speech discrimination. When patients have better clarity and more hearing loss in one ear versus the other ear, it is a sign of acoustic neuromas, which are non-cancerous tumors but are still problematic due to their location close to the brain. In MOST cases you will learn that there are simply some changes in hearing occurring that are causing the tinnitus. The next question is what can be done about tinnitus? Frankly, often amplification with hearing aids is a significant help for tinnitus sufferers. Hearing aids can be adjusted to carefully control outside levels of noise and to add back in the regions where hearing has changed. This gives the cochlea (the part of the ear that detects sound) something to hear where it was

missing those sounds before. Some hearing aids can be purchased, without additional cost, with tinnitus maskers. These maskers add a sound designed to cover up or mask the tinnitus. The level, intensity and pitch of these maskers is controlled by the audiologist, working closely with the patient to find the right sound. Most people with tinnitus will say they experience more problems at night when they are trying to fall asleep, which is very exasperating. There are steps that can be taken to overcome this, including sleeping with a fan on, and playing soft music or environmental sounds like waves, which help to cover up the tinnitus and prevent it from being problematic. Counseling and biofeedback can also play an important role in elevating tinnitus symptoms. Currently the results of therapies such as acupuncture and herbal remedies do not have enough research to prove their effectiveness, but many patients feel they have been helped through these approaches.
Stephanie Long is a doctor of audiology and the owner of About Better Care Audiology, W3124 Van Roy Road in Appleton. She has helped people with hearing issues for more than 19 years. About Better Care Audiology specializes in providing personalized hearing solutions and building long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit www.abcaudiology.com or call 920.915.9077.

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Pumpkins: making us happy and healthy!


By Angela Mueller

ts that time of year ... amazingly colored leaves, crisp, fresh air and the spicy smells of autumn. The most prominent fixture throughout the season is, of course, the pumpkin. Whether they are adorning your dining room table or your front porch, they are sure to be a part of your fall decor. Fill them with fresh flowers, plants, and even dried fruits, pods and nuts. How about hollowing one out, soaking it in bleach for a day (to preserve it longer), filling it with water and floating a couple mums in it from that hardy mum plant in your yard. When that chill is starting to get into the air, pumpkins just add a warm feeling to your day. Pumpkins are also healthy for us. They are a great addition to a healthy vegetable soup. Cut a fresh pumpkin into cubes, steam it until soft and toss it in! And then there are the seeds. They are concentrated in fiber, vitamins (B-complex group), minerals(calcium, iron, etc.), antioxidants (vitamin E) and amino acids (glutamate and

tryptophan). Turn on the oven and bake some for your family today! Finally, no more perfumey toxins. Just hollow out a pumpkin, make holes in the sides to vent (or just carve an original jack-olantern), rub your favorite spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon) onto the inside of the top, set a beeswax tea light candle inside, and enjoy the natural and non-toxic alternative to store-bought sprays and candles. Enjoy the beauty of the season and the PUMPKINS! Although vision and heart health are also benefits of pumpkin, remember not to go too crazy on the pie!
Angela Mueller has been the owner/manager of The Wild Iris Gifts & Botanicals, 700 E. Magnolia Ave. (Lakeshore Mall), Manitowoc, for over ten years now. The Wild Iris is a full-service florist and gift shop serving Manitowoc County for over 35 years. Angela is a florist, artisan and writer. For more information, call 920.682.6194 or email mywildiris@hotmail.com. To experience her work or to place a floral order for delivery, visit www.mywildiris.com.

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Transformational Breath : misconceptions dispelled

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Misconception #1 A deeper inhale means a deeper exhale, which means too much carbon dioxide is released (hyperventilation). Misconception #1 dispelled Transformational Breath involves a deeper inhale; however, the exhale is relaxed and not forced. Most beginner breathers push out their exhale, but with this method, breathers are coached to relax their exhale as it is supposed to be a passive process. It takes time and practice to retrain deeply ingrained habits, such as breathing, behavioral and thought patterns. Misconception #2 A deeper inhale means too much oxygen is entering the body. Misconception #2 dispelled Most people actually need more oxygen than they are actually getting on a daily basis. At some point, be it experiencing trauma or not wanting to face an uncomfortable situation, they learned to breathe shallowly. Generally, deeper inhales are better for the body than shallow breathing. Misconception #3 Learning to breathe is not necessary. Misconception #3 dispelled Learning to use the diaphragm effectively IS necessary, as some people say they avoided having to take anti-depressants or they reduced

their use of inhalers after learning to do Transformational Breath. The steady flow of the breath also improves posture by lifting the spine and, at the same time, grounding individuals in their bodies. This method also teaches people to be observers rather than reactors to each situation in their lives. Research indicates meditation may reduce our stress levels as well. Transformational Breath has helped many deepen their meditation practices dramatically. People who used to have a difficult time meditating, report having no difficulty staying in meditation after learning to breathe more effectively. If you are interested in learning to breathe more efficiently, I invite you to experience a Transformational Breathing class. For more information, please call me at 920.224.3006.
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You are invited


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reativity is an invitation. It asks us to explore, question, and vision ourselves and our world differently. It invites us to BE different. Did you know creativity can make us kinder and more generous, and lower our blood pressure? It also increases our problem solving skills, strengthens our internal compass and helps us think new thoughts. We have somewhere near 60,000 thoughts a day and about 95 percent of them are the same thoughts we always think. Of that, approximately 89 percent are negative thoughts. We are playing are our old stories, patterns and limiting beliefs on a continuous loop until we do something different. Creativity invites us to ask questions. We get stuck in mental ruts. Worse, we believe the movie that keeps playing in our mind. When we allow our creativity to be fully expressed, we create new paths that lead away from those deep gullies. We can let the change of perspective soak into our neural pathways. We begin to be aware of how it feels when our soul muse intuition inner wisdom source whatever we choose to call it, is liberated because of inspired self-inquiry. Creativity requests that we become curious about our habitual responses. I happen to be wildly interested in the creative conversation with our intuition. I believe this communication with our inner guidance has its own language of colors, symbols and images that always give us the answers to our inquiries. But, we have to listen; and ask; and allow ourselves to experience the risk, discomfort and not knowing. Our enlightenment is already there and waiting. Our intuition wants to play with juicy color and texture, smells

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Equine colic
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By Allen Dunbar, DVM

o you remember the television program that featured the talking horse, Mr. Ed? If he had ever developed colic, he probably would have told his owner, Wilbur Post, My tummy hurts! Equine colic can be a very serious, life threatening condition. Colic results from anything causing abdominal pain. Horses with colic commonly will turn and look at their sides, may lay down and roll, sweat profusely and just plain feel awful. The varied reasons for this abdominal pain can create a simple non-significant episode, a severe life-threatening situation or any shade of gray in between. Approximately 30 percent of horses that have had colic will repeat sometime later in life. The severity of each individual colic episode can change and progress. The dynamics of this make it important to address the signs and symptoms early, in an attempt to prevent it from advancing to a lifethreatening situation. More significant forms or stages of colic may require surgical intervention, or even euthanasia. Fortunately, less than 5 percent of horses with colic require surgical intervention. It is extremely important for horse owners to promptly recognize symptoms of colic, and to include a veterinarian early in the diagnosis and treatment. This will give the horse the best opportunity for recovery and hopefully avoid a catastrophic outcome.

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Pain control/relief is paramount in treating horse colic. Injectable anti-inflammatory and specific pain medication drugs are critical in the treatment of pain. Often, several different types of medications are administered to each horse, and may need to be repeated several times over a course of several hours. The response to symptomatic pain treatment is critical in assessing the severity of the colic episode. Smooth muscle relaxants are also important to control intestinal spasm, and free radical scavenger medications are used for toxic byproducts of intestinal problems. Many horses with colic become severely dehydrated. This may require either (or both) oral or intravenous fluid administration. Oral fluids can be administered via the naso-gastric tube, whereas intravenous fluids require the administration of large volumes of fluid via the jugular vein.

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Colic is a very complex entity that affects each horse differently. Because of its potentially life-threatening nature, each event needs prompt attention, diagnosis of severity, and treatment in order to afford the best possible outcome.
Dr. Allen Dunbar is the owner of Spartan Veterinary Services, LLC, and serves the equine community in northeast Wisconsin. For more information, call or text 920.857.7861, email spartanveterinaryservices@gmail.com or visit www.spartanveterinaryservices.com.

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A physical examination is the first step in assessing a colic horse. Body temperature will often rise initially with infection, but may become subnormal if the horse becomes shocky. The color of the lips and gums are checked to give an indication of peripheral perfusion and cardiovascular status. Heart rate often elevates in colic due to either toxin release or cardiovascular compromise. Often a naso-gastric tube is passed to assess upper gastrointestinal obstruction, and to administer fluids for dehydration and/or laxative products in an attempt to break up partial obstructions. This largediameter tube is passed through the nose, then through the nasal cavity, down the esophagus and into the stomach. The presence of stomach material along with its color and consistency all provide valuable information. Ultrasound, abdominal tap and rectal palpation are additional procedures that the veterinarian may perform to further identify the source and severity of the episode. From this, a treatment or referral plan can be formulated.
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Behavioral disorders and food sensitivities


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By Kim Neher, MS

es, you read that right. Food sensitivities have a connection to behavioral disorders. There is a reason and explanation behind the symptoms detailed below. Most importantly though, food sensitivities are not always what you expect. Many healthy foods like strawberries, broccoli, chicken, and even something as miniscule as black pepper, can be the culprit for someone. I have seen food sensitivity testing work where no other methods of treatment have made a difference. No two behavioral cases will have the same results.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition in which children/adults have difficulties paying attention and focusing on tasks. This common disorder begins in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. If not recognized and treated, it can cause problems at home, school and work, and with relationships. Many adults do not realize that they have ADHD until their children are diagnosed and they begin to recognize their own symptoms. Adults with ADHD may find it hard to focus, organize and finish tasks. They are often forgetful and absent-minded. Eating a balanced diet can help all people including those with ADHD function well. Those concerned about diet and ADHD hypothesize a toxic or allergic effect by some foods. The most commonly targeted foods are milk, wheat, dyes, preservatives, sugars and caffeine. These diet elements are believed to cause, or at least contribute to, ADHD and ADD symptoms.

disorders (ASD). ASD includes pervasive developmental disorder and Aspergers syndrome. The conditions differ with regard to communication and cognitive development, but features of the forms of ASD overlap. The precise causes of this disorder are not known but experts have hypothesized the contributing factors to be influenced by genetics, diet, immune function, detoxification, environment, digestion, and inflammation. Because the digestive system is linked with the brain, nervous system, immune function and detoxification, most practitioners specializing in ASD will first start to help clients improve the function of it. This will most often include the identification of food sensitivities, the delayed immune response, that leads to intestinal abnormalities. Parents of children with ASD are familiar with the gluten- and casein-free diets frequently suggested as a strategy they may try. Practitioners point out that these seem to be the most common culprits, and once removed from the diet, improvement in digestion as well as behavior is observed in many, but not all, clients with ASD. Other food culprits need to be identified through testing to eliminate the guesswork and trial and error. A personalized food sensitivity test can be the answer for a clients health, where no answers have previously been found. Your blood doesnt lie!
Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting peoples health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. To learn more, call 920.358.5764 oremail kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com. Resource: Autism A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment. C.A. Kotsanis, MD, Lyn Dart, RD/LD, Christopher Harjes, MS DFW Ear Nose and Throat Associates.
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youre looking for Carol Ann Sterken, youll find her in one of three places for the most part: at her business, Natural Healing Solutions, addressing colon health with her clients; in her yard, tending to her many gardens and fruit trees; or in her kitchen, dehydrating, canning, freezing and juicing her fresh fruits and vegetables. And, when you find her, youll see a very vibrant and passionate woman! This isnt the Carol Ann of several years ago, however. I was suffering from a number of chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia, acid reflux, migraines, IBS and fatigue, so there was a lot of pain and suffering. I was only able to sleep about two hours a night. Processed and fast food was the easiest and cheapest to obtain, so it was a big part of my diet. Over-the-counter pain relievers were my way of coping, she recalls. At her lowest and sickest point, Carol Ann found herself in the hospital facing surgery for a bowel infection. She reached out to her brother, a chiropractor and proponent of holistic health, for advice. He was critical of her non-nutritious diet, which was high in enriched flour and refined sugar. He told me that the chemicals and fillers in processed foods are difficult to digest, which can then lead to constipation and inflammation, making it difficult for the colon to expel waste and absorb nutrients, Carol Ann explains. That was the moment she embraced a new, healthier lifestyle. She realized the importance of the digestive system, from start (the quality of the food and liquid put in the body) to finish (the quality of the care given to the colon). After Carol Ann devoured books and Internet articles on nutrition, detoxing, anatomy and physiology, and consulted with different health care providers, she came up with a recipe for not only colon health, but also optimal well-being.

Carol Anns recipe for optimal well-being


A bunch of fresh, fiber-rich, healthy, whole food: Fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds are great! I have lots of veggie, herb and flower gardens, as well as fruit trees, in my yard. They provide me with so much good, healthy food, which I can eat fresh, use for juicing or preserve by dehydrating, canning or freezing. I promote eating food in its freshest live form right from the tree, vine or ground. Its so nice to know where your food came from and whats in it, shares Carol Ann. She suggests that fast food, processed food, dairy, enriched white sugar and flour, preservatives, pesticides and herbicides be avoided. Generous portions of water: Water is extremely important. Holistically speaking, everyone should drink half their body weight in ounces of water each day. (Divide your body weight in half thats how many ounces you should drink on a daily basis.) Every system in the body needs water. As Mayo Clinic points out, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. It also keeps the stool soft so it moves through the colon with ease. Insufficient amounts of water in the body leave it unable to carry out normal functions, and can drain energy and cause tiredness. Handfuls of exercise and stress reduction: Nothing extreme is required, so drag out that yoga mat or hit the pavement with your best walking shoes! Exercise stimulates the colon, and, according to Lenette Nakauchi, in her article Five exercises to boost colon health, it creates an overall more efficient gastrointestinal system that has an enhanced amount of blood flow and circulation, allowing the colon to perform at an optimal level.

(Its all about the colon!)

A pinch of colon hydrotherapy: Cleanse and rejuvenate your body with colonics! Colon flushes are believed to wash out toxins and waste material that are trapped in the colon, as well as return the colon to its natural shape, tone and peristalsis wave action. Colon hydrotherapy is also said to stimulate the immune system and allow free passage of nutrients into the blood. According to Carol Ann, Cleansing the colon is a valuable modality in treating disease and promoting overall health and wellness. All of these ingredients combined, over time, helped Carol Ann leave her health problems behind. Her passion to help others, call more attention to colon health and share her success story led her to get educated, become certified in colon hydrotherapy and open Natural Healing Solutions, which specializes in colonics. The colon hydrotherapy that she administers, using the Wood Closed Method Gravity Fed Colonic System, is essentially an internal bath that cleanses the colon of toxins, gas and accumulated fecal matter, with a steady, gentle flow of warm water in and out of the colon, along with gentle tummy massage. It is important to eliminate this waste because, The buildup of toxic debris weakens the colon muscles and impairs functioning. When it remains too long, the toxins that are released can overburden the liver and can be absorbed into the blood stream. When your liver cant work efficiently, your kidneys will suffer, your lungs will not perform optimally and so on. All of this can lead to all sorts of chronic health issues, Carol Ann explains. While she believes that colon cleansing is a very important modality in treating disease and promoting overall well-being, Carol Ann is quick to point out that colon hydrotherapy cannot solve all health problems. Though the popularity of colon cleansing is on the rise, it is not a new concept. According to the American Cancer Society, Colon therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian times and was used as a cleansing ritual to eliminate the toxins in the body believed to cause diseases and death. Today, this internationally popular healing procedure is considered alternative and still has its critics. However, like-minded, health-conscious individuals believe it is a very important modality in maintaining good health and have seen results.

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There are side effects to be aware of with this procedure. As Carol Ann explains, Some may experience a healing crisis or episode, as the body just eliminated a large amount of toxic waste and needs to adjust. Such detoxification reactions are a normal process one may encounter when beginning a program of natural healing. These reactions can include a mild headache, leg aches, stomach upset, or tiredness for an hour or so following treatment. Carol Ann recommends that clients then replenish beneficial bacteria that has been rinsed out of the intestinal tract along with the bad bacteria by taking extra probiotics, eating fermented veggies and drinking Kambucha tea. Along with colon hydrotherapy, Carol Ann coaches clients on the importance of good nutrition and cleansing protocols. She is also certified to teach raw live food preparation classes, where she shows people how they can prepare healthy, tasty dishes without cooking all of the nutrients out of the food. As she explains, I am an avid gardener and promote healing via consuming healthy food, in addition to the cleansing. If you feed your body well and cleanse all the old feces and chemicals out of your body, it will heal itself. If youre interested in learning more about colon hydrotherapy and Carol Anns total recipe for optimal well-being, contact her today. When you book an appointment, mention this article and shell take $10 off your service completed by October 31, 2013.
Colon hydrotherapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You are encouraged to consult your health care provider regarding this procedure to determine the right course of treatment for your condition.

About 6 years ago I had a live blood analysis, which identified low oxygen and dirty blood. I decided to quit smoking and get on the fast track to health. Despite that, my annual blood analyses were never clean. While I became educated on the benefits of colon hydrotherapy, I avoided it until an impacted colon stopped me in my tracks. When I finally met with Carol Ann, she made me feel very comfortable and relaxed, and explained every step of the process. Into my second year, I feel very good and my blood analysis has improved dramatically. Ive also noticed improvements in my skin texture, fewer wrinkles and less darkness around my eyes. I believe this is mainly due to the colon hydrotherapy along with the nutritional changes discussed with me during my sessions. So it is true that a clean colon plays a large role in the health of your mind, body and spirit. I will continue with this treatment! Mary B., Greenville
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Cancer pain is real, and it can be treated


By Dr. Nilesh Patel

ancer is one disease we all have experience with. Its never more evident than during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Its a deadly disease that changes the lives of millions every day. But what a lot of people dont realize is that cancer can be extremely painful. Unfortunately, pain is often undertreated. Some health care providers may not ask specifically about pain or ask about it routinely during regular visits.This may be due to lack of experience dealing with this type of pain and proper pain treatments. This is when a referral to a pain specialist may be beneficial to both you and your doctor in helping to treat your pain. Symptoms experienced by those with cancer pain vary from person to person and can be mild and occasional to severe and constant. Pain can be caused from the cancer itself, or by destroying or pressing on nearby structures inside the body, such as nerves, organs and bones. Cancer that spreads from its original site (primary tumor) can travel to other parts of the body (metastasis), causing injury to these other sites by growth and damaging nearby structures as well. There are many instances when patients dont talk about their pain because they believe nothing can be done, they will be

viewed as a complainer or that their cancer is getting worse. But not mentioning it will only lead to more pain! Your doctor wants to know how you are doing, and speaking to him or her about your pain is both appropriate and helpful in controlling your pain. Some patients might not mention their pain because they fear the side effects from pain medications, like being overly tired and not being able to function as they normally do. Using strong pain medications can cause fatigue and tiredness, but this does improve once you are using them regularly as prescribed. Although there are risks associated with using some pain medications (like an addiction to opioids), when they are used appropriately and at the correct dose, oral pain medications can be one tool to help you control your pain. Pain medications are hardly the only option for those dealing with cancer pain and should be only part of the equation, if at all. Depending on the type of cancer, there are various alternatives to oral pain medications. A celiac plexus block is an injection that reduces abdominal pain by blocking nerves that transmit pain signals from your abdomen to your brain. A lumbar sympathetic nerve block also is a local injection. This procedure will block the sympathetic nerves, which control pain and blood flow

into the legs. An intrathecal pain pump, or targeted drug delivery, also can be used to relieve cancer pain. The pump, which can be implanted in an outpatient procedure, delivers small amounts of medication directly to the space surrounding the spinal cord to prevent pain signals from being perceived by the brain. Because the medication is delivered directly to where pain signals travel, this device offers dramatic pain control, with a dose 1/300th the amount that would be required with oral medication. It translates into fewer side effects that often come with oral pain medications, such as sleepiness, upset stomach, vomiting and constipation. So remember, when you see all of the pink this month, the cancer pain that your friend, a family member or you suffer from can be treated. Consult your family physician or a pain management specialist if you are experiencing pain.
Nilesh Patel, M.D., works for Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay. He is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. APM has two area locations: 2595 Development Drive, Suite 150, Green Bay and 2700 E. Enterprise Avenue, Appleton. Call 888.901.PAIN (7246) for an appointment or visit APMhealth.com. Referrals are welcome, but not necessary. Most insurance accepted.
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Help make your childs school healthier

ecause children spend most of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting for healthy behaviors to be taught and modeled. Therefore, parents are speaking up and getting involved in an effort to improve the health of their children at schools. One Washington, D.C. mother of two Roots Charter School students recognized the need for her childrens school to incorporate more physical activities into the

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public health concern that increases an individuals chance of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer and otherhealth problems. Eating well and participating in regular physical activity not only has healthbenefits, but they also have been linked with better academic achievement by enhancing important skills like concentration and attentiveness. For example, students who eat foods rich in protein, vitamins and minerals are more likely to perform better than students whose diets are heavy in unhealthy foods, like sweets and fried foods. Although changes are already being made in some schools around the country, more can be accomplished. To support healthy schools, parents can recommend ways to increase physical activity during the day and ask that healthy food and drink options be made available to students throughout the school day. Parents can learn more about improvinghealthin their local schools and communities at www.MakingHealthEasier.org.
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Ask that water be made available throughout the day. Encourage teachers and administrators to rewardkidswith extra recess, fun pencils and erasers, or time for a special game - rather than with sweet treats.

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Rosehip oil: This contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, in particular vitamin A and vitamin C. A champion in the world of natural skin care, rosehip oil has been shown to improve skin elasticity, skin cell regeneration, as well as wrinkle and scarring reduction. While rosehip is a wonderful base for most skin types, it is especially suited to mature skin. Blueberry seed oil: At the top of the worlds list of antioxidant oils, blueberry seed oil is blended to act as a barrier against free radicals and sun damage. Blueberry seed oil also contains essential fatty acids known for their amazing anti-aging properties. Pomegranate seed oil: This oil is loaded with vitamin C, which has been shown to increase collagen production in skin cells. Some studies have even reported that pomegranate seed oil has destroyed certain cancer cells in laboratory studies. Rich in fatty acids, pomegranate seed oil is

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Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325. 2. Spread oats and quinoa on a parchment-lined pan. 3. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, stirring once. 4. Remove from oven and pour into a large bowl. 5. Add flaxseed, pepitas, almonds and dried fruit. 6. Reduce oven to 300. 7. In another bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. 8. Pour over oats mixture and stir with spatula. 9. Spread back onto baking sheet. 10. Bake an additional 25-35 minutes, or until golden.
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Theres hope for reducing acne scarring!


By Dr. Nolan Hetz
Question: A few years of uncontrolled acne during my careless and carefree stage of life have left behind unpleasant scars that pepper my cheeks and chin. What are my options for improving the appearance of these pock marks without having to miss work for more than a couple days? Answer: This is a common and very legitimate quest for individuals who are left with pock marks or more extensive disfiguring acne scarring from their younger years. The judicious and skillful use of the available state-of-the-art technologies, especially the erbium and carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, can usually provide a 30-50 percent realistic improvement in the pocky appearance and surface texture problems associated acne scarring. To achieve a satisfying level of acne scar reduction, most individuals will need three or four Sciton ProFractional laser treatments and a couple simultaneously administered shallow laser peels. Laser skin rejuvenation for effective acne scar reduction is truly a process that requires patience and perseverance by both the patient and the treating laser surgeon. ProFractional laser, Scitons erbium technology, and fractional laser, in the case of the various available C02 laser machines, are considered to be the best modern treatment modalities. They provide interesting initial improvements and longer-term skin remodeling results on the epithelial skin surfaces as well as
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into the deeper dermal layers, for some strikingly visible skin rejuvenation. Equally welcoming for todays busy patient is the fact that these technologies require dramatically less post-op downtime, or recovery time, than the older fullthickness ablative laser techniques. Going back to work in a day or two, and avoiding makeup for a week are a lot more tolerable and user-friendly than the previous need for weeks off work and the emotional suffering associated with the scary red lobster facial appearance that was present for a couple months. ProFractional and fractional laser treatments that are used treat acne scars and facial/neck wrinkles involve carefully lasering thousands of microscopic holes into the deeper dermal layer of the skin. This targeted and scattered laser burn is to stimulate collagen regrowth and to create a new foundation for the outer skins surface, the epithelial layer, to rest on. These three or four intermittently administered ProFractional laser treatments every six to eight weeks help push up uneven acne pock marks while reducing the actual surface area of the visible surface scars. The laser peel portion of these treatment sessions, which are only done during every other laser session, precisely removes several layers of dead surface cells, while helping level out unevenly layered skin cells and the pocked areas. Together, these two laser treatment modalities, when combined with the daily

post-op use of a couple anti-aging creams, can help smooth out some of the toughest texture or bumpiness problems found in acne scarred individuals. The creams used, like prescriptionstrength vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin C, and those with human growth factors, can accelerate the skin healing and rejuvenating processes, while maximizing the rate of collagen regrowth in the first six to eight months following the last laser treatment. These laser treatments are easily done in an office setting with the use of topically applied numbing cream in conjunction with an oral analgesic and sedative, though some patients may want monitored intravenous conscious sedation with IV-administered narcotics. These laser treatments are usually very well tolerated and are certainly the gold standard in todays skin rejuvenation arena for acne scars and wrinkly aged skin on the face and neck. It is certainly healthy and normal for acne-scarred victims to want to explore and to actually have treatment done to regain some reasonable level of youthful skin radiance and improved skin texture.
Dr. Nolan Hetz is a certified aesthetic consultant, a board certified gynecologic surgeon and the medical director of Youthful Endeavors, with offices in Green Bay and Manitowoc. If you wish to receive additional information on laser treatment for acne scars and aged face and neck skin, or have a question youd like answered in a future column, please call 920.683.1800, email nolanhetz@ yahoo.com or visit www.youthfulendeavors.com.
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ust walking into Shear Chaos Salon & Spa makes you feel like you have style and swagger. From the dcor to the demeanor of the staff, especially owners Tobin and Jillian Campbell, the whole experience is something out of a New York or L.A. salon without the attitude. The entire staff is extremely friendly and makes you feel like part of their family. I have visited Shear Chaos for numerous services and have become hooked, both on their salon and their spa! My husband also sees Tobin for haircuts, after many years of cutting his own hair, because he styles it exactly the way hes wanted someone to do it for years. Tobin is also an amazing photographer! He and his team took the time on a Saturday to do an incredible and fun engagement shoot for my fiance (at the time) and me. And this was not your typical photo shoot! Tobin managed to round up a 1950s car, styled my hair and makeup to fit with the era, and took us to a great location under the College Avenue bridge to do fun poses with the car and a motorcycle. They turned out great! If you are looking for a creative photographer with great style, Tobin is your man! This particular day, I met with Dani, a licensed massage therapist at Shear Chaos. With so much stress between work, family and planning a wedding, I was in much need of a great massage. Dani is extremely
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talented; as such, she also teaches massage. It was truly one of the best massages Ive ever had. She took the time to listen to what my body needed, not just push on my muscles. It was thoroughly relaxing, but I knew she was also working out tension, which was what I really needed. I enjoyed my massage so much that I bought one for my husband when I left! The spa is located on the second floor of the gorgeous and historic Zuelke building, above their salon. The dcor is very warm and inviting, and makes you feel like you are somewhere far away on vacation. There are comfortable leather chairs to sit on as you get a pedicure in a copper tub. Shear Chaos spa offers manicures, pedicures and many styles of massage. I was very excited to learn about their new bamboo massage! I will also need to try Danis Thai massage, which is considered a lazy mans yoga

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Proper management of household needles and other sharps


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ccording to the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal, 1 in 12 households in the United States has an individual who self-injects medication. These 9 million Americans self-inject prescription drugs at a rate of 3 billion injections per year. Ninety-three percent of responding self-injectors report disposing of used sharps in the trash. In Wisconsin, it is against the law to dispose of untreated sharps with regular trash or recyclables. Sharps include needles, syringes and lancets, and are used to treat a variety of conditions in the home, including diabetes, allergies, infertility and migraines. Sharps pose a risk to janitorial workers, curbside collection workers, landfill workers and recycling facility workers when improperly disposed. According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), needle sticks require the affected worker to undergo extensive testing, which can take an emotional toll on the employee and costs thousands of dollars for the employer. Further, needle sticks place the worker at risk for contracting hepatitis B or C, or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Flushing sharps is also not a preferred method of disposal, as they may cause problems with plumbing or at wastewater treatment plants. Instead, the WDNR recommends the following procedures for

properly packaging used sharps: 1. Recap sharps or clip needle points with needle clippers to prevent needle sticks. 2. Place sharps in a rigid, puncture resistant container with secure cap or lid. Do not place in containers such as coffee cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic soda bottles, plastic bags or aluminum cans. 3. Visibly label the container with the word sharps, biohazard or infectious waste, or use a designated, pre-labeled sharps container. 4. When the container is full, sealed and labeled, store it out of reach of children and dispose of it properly. There are a number of options that may be used to dispose of sharps. Many health care facilities accept sharps, so contact your local hospital, doctor or clinic for disposal options. In addition, some pharmacies or public health departments provide disposal services. Another option is to use a mail-back program, offered by companies that supply sharps containers, which provides packaging and postage that meet U.S. Postal Service requirements. Finally, the WDNR also maintains a list of registered sharps collection stations on their website (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/HealthWaste/HouseholdSharps.html.) The

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Men and women hoping to become more optimistic can employ the following strategies: Stop and embrace a positive event. Take time to mull over something good that has happened and take credit for your involvement. Mentally categorize this feeling for later when you need an example of the way optimism makes you feel. Surround yourself with optimists. Hang out with people who have a sunny view on life rather than those who bring you down or commiserate. Learning from example can help you develop more positive thinking patterns. Believe you can and will succeed. When approaching something new, dont set yourself up for failure. Go into it with the vision that you will thrive. Even if you dont succeed as planned, you can use the opportunity as a learning experience and set a new plan to tackle. Erase negative phrases from your vocabulary. Using the terms I cant or Its impossible is a recipe for failure. Avoid complaints. Complaining does little more than make the person complaining feel even worse and could bring down the people around you. Because it wont solve anything, there really is nothing productive about it. If you must get your feelings out, write them in a book and then tuck it away.

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cant be positive if you arent feeling 100 percent. A well-balanced diet, routine exercise, sufficient rest, and finding time to go outdoors and get some fresh air and sunshine can help keep a person on a positive path. Get involved. Spending too much time isolated and alone can eventually degrade anyones feelings of well-being. Take the time to meet with people outside of your family and engage in different activities that take your mind off of stressors. People who are busy in a good way are more inclined to see the brighter side of life. Practice positive affirmations. Tell yourself good things. Receiving praise is something that instantly can put a person in a good mood. Instead of waiting for praise from others, give yourself a pat on the back every day. Realize that things dont happen overnight. Becoming more optimistic will take time, but it can be done. Dont be discouraged if it takes a little more time than you expected. Living longer and more productively comes partially from being an optimistic person and making the best of every situation.
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Genetics or environment
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By Kristina Amelong

inus Pauling, the founding father of molecular biology and author of Vitamin C and the Common Cold, scientifically demonstrated that the origin of disease is based on specific changes in genetic materials due to environmental influences.

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In Genome, Jerry Bishop and Michael Waldholz point out that aberrant genes do not, in and of themselves, cause disease. By and large their impact on an individuals health is minimal until the person is plunged into a harmful environment ...1 In February 2006, the National Institutes of Health launched a Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI) to support research that will lead to the understanding of genetic contributions and geneenvironment interactions in common disease. Each persons gene pool has the flexibility to express itself with health and longevity, or with illness and degenerative disease, depending on environmental conditions. Given that the environment and health are so entwined, and given that many environmental influences stress, inadequate nutrition, toxins modify genetic expression towards disease, wouldnt it be fantastic to have a tool to accurately monitor your health on an ongoing basis? Your conventional medical doctor uses blood tests. Unfortunately, blood tests often look good until something is really wrong. Recently, I was talking to a client whose medical doctor had told him, There is nothing wrong with you, but there is really nothing right. On the other hand, your hair can provide unique metabolic and intracellular information more readily than your blood. First of all, human blood is highly regulated to stay within narrow ranges. For instance, a buffer of carbonic acid and bicarbonate is present in blood plasma to maintain a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. These buffer solutions are necessary because many enzymes work only under very precise conditions. Because of this, the blood is often not an effective diagnostic tool for metabolic imbalance. Second, toxins such as lead are instantly removed from the blood as a protective measure. For 30 to 40 days following an acute lead exposure, elevated serum levels of lead are undetectable in the blood. Smartly, our bodies deposit the metal into tissues such as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.
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Hair is analyzed through a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) for: Mineral/electrolyte levels in the bodys tissues, including calcium, chromium, magnesium, selenium, sodium, potassium, nickel, iron, copper, lithium and zinc. All these minerals are key to good health. If you dont know your mineral levels, how do you know if you need a multivitamin or how much of that multivitamin you need to take each day? Also, did you know that calcium loss from the body can become so advanced that severe osteoporosis can develop without any appreciable changes noted in the calcium levels in a blood test? And, did you know that magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart, and that magnesium deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness? Toxic metal levels including lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum. Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the EPA stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of toxic metals. The average person is continually exposed to toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), antiperspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware, and lead-based cosmetics. Your body is designed to cleanse; without this mechanism, you would die. And, if your individual biochemical needs are being met, you can fight off pollution and the ill effects of stress. However, most of us arent. An HTMA allows you to track the heavy metals and biochemical stress within your own body, assisting you to create and more easily follow a personalized health plan. Significant mineral ratios that help determine carbohydrate metabolism, thyroid function, inflammation levels, adrenal reserves, copper toxicity and tissue breakdown. Take a HTMA seasonally to develop a nutritional program that is tailored to your bodys particular requirements to assist it to express health and longevity.
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Colors and self-expression


By Jessica Boogaard

s of late, we have noticed a significant shift in societys comfort level with bolder forms of self-expression. Whether that be as subtle as a quirky design in your nail polish or as extreme as full-sleeve tattoos or pastel hair color, we as a whole are more accepting, more comfortable and more willing to push the norms and express ourselves through what is now known as self art. So, what do your choices of self-expression say about you? Specifically, your color choices?

Authoritative, professional & successful:

Dark colors like black, charcoal, medium-dark grays, and navy blues exert a stern and reserved appearance. Short, clean hair styles, tight braids and buns are a sign of seniority and power. A combination of these gives the impression of being in a position to make decisions. Rich, soft, subtle and sophisticated colors like caramel, butternut, mahogany, suede, burgundy, salmon, navy, forest green and blue-gray exert social influence, prosperity and economic success. Even the names of the colors sound more sophisticated butternut vs. mustard.

Calm & reassuring:

Soft pastels, greens and natural warm tones are pleasing to the eye and calming. Greens exert an appearance of balance, order and peace.

Creative, bold & forward thinking:

Friendly, trustworthy & approachable:

Earth tones like natural browns, light yellows, pinks and sky blues reflect reliability. Natural tones are non-threatening and give truth to the phrase down to earth. Yellows invoke a sociable feeling. It is visible, but not as dominant or demanding as a bright or neon yellow would be. Light yellows, pinks and sky blues are playful and energetic. The phrase, Blondes have more fun, is somewhat true; by appearance, blonde hair is more engaging and sociable to the general public than brunette, the mere appearance is generally more reserved. Earth tones and medium-dark hues exert a sense of trust. Dressing in colors that are earthy tells people that you are grounded, humble and trustworthy.
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Purple is associated with royalty, higher intellect and extroverted character. It is a feel good color and stands out on its own. Red is a color to remember. It is exciting, stands out in a crowd and makes you get noticed. When giving a speech or making a first impression that you want people to remember, wear something red. Bold colors in general suggest assertion, positivity, creativity and open-mindedness. Most bold color choices are not meant to be attention seeking, but an outward expression of what is going on inside the mind of the individual showcasing such colors. Its interesting to evaluate what your choices of self-expression and color say about you. Maybe next time you will choose something different based on what you just read?
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physical fitness. I cannot speak for all pole fitness studios. We travel a good deal, and in looking for studios at our destinations, we have seen the whole spectrum, from downright trashy to exceptionally professional. The experiences Ill expound upon are from Aerial Dance Pole Exercise. The most immediate and profound thing Ive observed is a dramatic improvement in my girlfriends overall confidence. Now, she was never what I would call a shy or insecure woman, but there is a new exuberance and assuredness in her overall posture and movements. I noticed that and her muscle tone, flexibility and fluidity of movement have improved dramatically as well. I knew right away that this fitness training was no joke, since I witnessed firsthand the dramatic progression of lean, toned muscle mass. Intrigued, and always excited to be a part of my partners endeavors, I was eager to accept the invitation to visit one of her
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 During the lesson, I was impressed again and again, by the degree of difficulty of this form of exercise, the depth of knowledge of the instructors, and the holistic effect of these lessons on every aspect of my girlfriends fitness, and life in general.
private lessons. By the time I was able to experience a lesson, I had gained a reasonable understanding of what pole exercise was all about, and a modicum of respect for how off base my initial concerns were. Visiting the studio and experiencing a lesson, however, exceeded all of my expectations. It was instantly clear that the deepest care and respect was given to each and every person coming to the studio. The space was impeccably clean, all amenities in pristine condition, with a welcoming and safe feel. The entryway was divided from the studio and changing rooms, and before being allowed back for the lesson, the instructor spoke with me about how this was a safe place for the students, and that I would only be allowed to pass during a private lesson with my girlfriends approval. This level of respect and compassion meant a lot to me, and I could tell right away that it was the foundation of everything they did. During the lesson, I was impressed again and again, by the degree of difficulty of this form of exercise, the depth of knowledge of the instructors, and the holistic effect of these lessons on every aspect of my

girlfriends fitness, and life in general. Safety was another aspect of the studio and training that stood out in my mind. I was deeply impressed to see active spotting and use of floor pads when learning new moves. Taking this one step further, the instructor took the time to teach me spotting techniques for many of the moves, so I can be there for my partner when she is practicing at home. The whole pole exercise experience has been, for me, exceptionally enlightening and fantastic. I am profoundly impressed by the things my girlfriend is learning to do, and ecstatic with the effects this training is having on her fitness, self-esteem and overall wellness. Pole exercise challenges people to expand their boundaries and do things they never thought they could do! Im so proud of my girlfriend for pushing her limits and participating in pole fitness.
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Air pollution can be indoors, too

ir pollution is often associated with heavily trafficked highways or industrial areas home to manufacturing plants. But air pollution can occur anywhere, including inside your home. Though it can be easy to recognize outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is not always so easily identifiable. But understanding indoor air pollution can help men and women, whether they live in a private home or an apartment, improve the air quality in their homes.

What causes indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollution can be the result of many things, including biological contaminants (mold and mildew), tobacco smoke, radon and household chemicals. The concentration of some pollutants can increase when the temperature indoors is high or if humidity levels indoors are high. Poor ventilation may also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Without adequate ventilation, a home may not get enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources. As a result, pollutants can accumulate inside a home, making the home uncomfortable and possibly putting its inhabitantshealthat risk. In addition, insufficient ventilation makes it harder for indoor pollutants to escape the home, forcing them to linger inside and negatively affect air quality. This is common during colder months when windows and doors are not open as often and fresh air from outside is not entering the home.

disease, cancer and even heart disease may result from prolonged exposure or not appear until years after initial exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that there remains uncertainty about the concentrations or length of exposure necessary to produce specific health problems. Such uncertainty could be a result of different people reacting differently when exposed to indoor air pollutants. But while that uncertainty means theres no guarantee exposure, be it brief or prolonged, will ultimately lead to disease, theres also no guarantee that even minimal exposure will prevent the development of disease down the road. Homeowners and apartment dwellers can take steps to improve the quality of the air inside their homes. Eliminating the sources of the pollution or reducing its emissions is a great place to start. Those with a gas stove can adjust their stove to reduce its emissions, which can save money while improving air quality. Another way to improve indoor air quality is to take steps to get more outdoor air into the home. This can be as simple as opening windows and doors and operating window or attic fans when the weather permits. In the kitchen, install fans that exhaust outdoors, which will immediately remove contaminants from the room. Each of these steps is meant to ventilate the home, and such ventilation should be emphasized when tackling home improvement projects that increase the amount of pollutants in the home. Such projects include painting, paint stripping or sanding. Air cleaners can also be effective at improving indoor air quality, especially those cleaners that can remove particles from the air inside the home. Gaseous pollutants may not be removed by air cleaners, so if such pollutants are a problem then an air cleaner may not be the solution. Indoor air pollution can make a home uncomfortable and unhealthy. More information about improving air quality in a home is available at www.epa.gov.
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Can indoor air quality be improved?

What are the negativehealth effects of indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollutants can cause immediate problems or problems down the road. The immediate effects, which can include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, as well has headaches, dizziness and fatigue, are typically short-term and can be treated, oftentimes by removing the persons exposure to the source of the pollution. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, may also appear shortly after exposure. Long-term effects of indoor air pollution may show up years after initial exposure or after prolonged exposure. Respiratory
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strips of rolled pasta dough (about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long). Drop a teaspoon of filling onto each strip. 3. Fold the strip of dough over the filling to make a square. Rub a little bit of water on the edges to ensure a proper seal. Press all around the edges with a fork to close. 4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ravioli and cook until they begin to float. Drain ravioli and serve.Drizzle with melted butter. Garnish freshly grated parmesan and a teaspoon of filling per serving. Enjoy!
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Losing pounds with resistant starch fiber


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hen added to foods, resistant starch fiber (Hi-maize 260) assists in weight loss in two ways.

1. Satisfaction:

It really makes you feel full, like you had enough food and dont want any more. Even the foods you crave are of no interest to you while the resistant starch fiber is in your system. One tablespoon in the morning and one with dinner is usually enough to keep you full all day and all night. You will eat less so you lose weight. Another way to get the two tablespoons of resistant starch fiber in your diet each day is to work smaller amounts into as many foods as possible throughout the day to equal two tablespoons or more. Mix a teaspoon or two into a serving of oatmeal, smoothie, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce or any food that has body will work.. The resistant starch fiber tastes like cornstarch, but does not absorb water or thicken like regular cornstarch. It does not change the texture of the food or add flavor. It does not work well with water, tea, coffee, etc.

2. Cancels the calories and blood sugar effects of starch:

Take a small container of resistant starch fiber with you to the restaurant, ask for salad dressing or pasta sauce on the side. Add a teaspoon or two of resistant starch fiber to it. Just before leaving home, eat something with the resistant starch fiber in it so you will eat less at the restaurant. For example, there is a truffle mix that is high in resistant starch fiber just for this purpose. It is sugar free and contains Hi-maize 260, malted milk powder, milk powder, oat bran, ground flax seed, dark cocoa powder and Splenda. The truffles are healthy, and keep well in the refrigerator or freezer. When you have been using at least two tablespoons of resistant starch fiber per day and you stop using it, you will become very hungry. This hunger was probably satisfied with snacking or overeating before using the resistant starch fiber. Start using it again, and the hunger goes away and stays away as long as it remains in your system for about 24 hours. A popular brand of resistant starch fiber, Hi-maize 260, is not found in grocery stores, but it is available at Natural Expressions, along with the truffle mix that is an easy way to get resistant starch fiber into your diet each day. See the ad on this page for more information.
Rosalie Misco is the owner of Natural Expressions 100% Whole Grain Bakery.She has been researching ways to use Hi-maize 260 for weight loss and blood sugar control since 2008. Rosalie has been diabetic for 20 years and shares everything shes learned by teaching whole foods,diabeticand weight lossclasses. Natural Expressions is located at 825 E. Broadway Drive in Appleton.Bakery hours are 11-5 Monday-Friday. On Saturdays, stop by to see her at the Appleton summer and winter farmers markets. For more information, call 920.954.9727, email info@ naturalexpressions1.com or visit www.naturalexpressions1.com.

The second way resistant starch fiber helps with weight loss is that it attaches to the enzyme that your body makes to digest starch for one hour. (Mayo Clinic research on resistant starch fiber in white kidney beans). The starch passes out of your body undigested like fiber. Starch is one of the main culprits in weight gain around the belly along with sugar. Resistant starch fiber has no effect on sugar or fat, but it cancels out the starch calories. To maximize weight loss, use Splenda, Agave or Stevia to sweeten foods that contain starch. Some foods that contain starch include pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, crackers and anything made with flour. White flour and rice are almost pure starch. Pasta sauce and gravy are great foods to add resistant starch fiber to, as they are served in the same meal as the starch. A half cup of resistant starch fiber added to a quart of mayonnaise works well when used on a sandwich or in potato salad, pasta salad and coleslaw. Processed foods contain twice the starch, sugar, fat and salt of home-cooked foods. The sugar and fat in prepared foods are mixed in with the starch. Resistant starch fiber will cancel the starch calories in processed foods if eaten in the same meal, but cannot touch the sugar and fat. More and quicker weight loss will be achieved with foods that are not mixed together. Processed foods are best avoided. Eating out is a challenge, but can be overcome somewhat.
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Cancer prevention through skin care


By Carrissa Pannuzzo

ts a rare person who has not been touched by cancer. This complicated disease seems to be caused or exacerbated by almost everything nowadays, from food to cleaning products to skin care. While some information is just hype, much of it is not. We live in a chemical-laden society, and its true that skin care products can contribute to cancer or aid in its prevention. Most skin care products on store shelves contain ingredients that are known or suspected carcinogens. For example, it is extremely difficult to find products in the store that do not contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS), or any sulfates for that matter. SLS is used to make skin care products foamy. It is also used in toothpaste as well as some other personal care products. In an article titled Dangerous beauty, Mark Fearer writes about studies done on animals with SLS. These animals experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation/

corrosion and death. The American College of Toxicology has stated that SLS has caused childrens eyes to experience malformation. SLS is also penetrating, suspected to be bioaccumulative and damaging to the immune system. Other research shows that, when combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes an effective carcinogen. Further studies find that after penetrating the skin, SLS persists in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. For more information on SLS and other carcinogenic ingredients, consult the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. In hearing information like this, its easy to get overwhelmed and paralyzed but dont! Start by deciding which product you use the most and find a healthy, natural substitute. Once this becomes part of your routine, move on to the next product. There are many great natural skin care products on the market. Or, if youre feeling adventurous, try making some homemade substitutes. The Internet

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The long road home from PTSD


By Phyllis Kasper, PhD

y now I assume everybody knows something about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From time to time, there is a wave of news about it, primarily in connection with veterans with combat experience. We hear about them becoming violent or extremely fearful once they return home. We hear about the power of treatments such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) or systematic desensitization using computer generated virtual combat interactive scenes. The current issue in the news is the value of assistance dogs for quelling fear and bringing veterans out of isolation. As a civilian therapist, many of the PTSD clients I see have been traumatized by car accidents, domestic violence or workplace injuries. Chronic pain often complicates the picture. I use techniques such as EMDR, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), mindfulness meditation and hypnosis to clear the path to the way home. By home, I mean recovering or returning to a self that is confident,

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happy and social, and that sees a positive future ahead. EMDR can break the hold of nightmares and intrusive memories, and remove blocking beliefs such as, I deserved it, It was my fault or Im a loser. EMDR is a highly technical way to process trauma and should be done by an experienced therapist. Hypnosis can uncover deeper meanings attached to trauma and uncover strengths that heal. It must never be used to forget events, but to be at peace with events. Learning mindfulness meditation and using it daily can help lower stress levels, and bring one out of the past and into the present. A daily meditative practice helps heal that feeling of being on guard, and ready to fight or flee at any second. Yoga is recommended by the military. EFT is a great tool that anyone can learn to use to handle anxiety, anger and other negative emotions. Having tools helps restore confidence that there is a way home. Treatment brings people well along the way on the road home. But what keeps some people stuck? Especially stuck in feeling ready to run or fight, and feeling that their positive future is lost to them? I see the major factors as: Frequent re-activation of the trauma. Unwillingness to see a therapist and to do daily meditation, yoga or EFT. Inability to forgive others and themselves. Loss of their support system of friends, family and colleagues. Chronic pain and disability associated with trauma. Difficulty letting go of questions like Why me? and Why didnt I do something different? Re-activation is seen in abused women still living with an abuser, car accident survivors driving, and employees returning to their place of employment after work-related accidents or violence. Survivor guilt is painful and often a consequence of accidents. The return to work
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often creates further PTSD through how one is treated by the employer and colleagues. The employer might aggressively ridicule and try to deny benefits. Colleagues and friends outside of work may start avoiding or shaming. This creates trauma of betrayal and abandonment. This kind of secondary trauma often becomes a major block to progress by producing profound resentment, even hatred, and social isolation. Reliving it all in telling the story to a pain management doctor, who may or may not believe you, re-activates the trauma. When the sense of a positive future is impaired, its hard to get motivated to do the work of healing. Its easier to isolate yourself or seek a whole new circle of friends than face being asked questions like, Arent you back to work yet? or being told that you won the jackpot by being on disability. By the way, all the jackpot does is pay medical bills and perhaps part of the lost salary. It really isnt much fun to sit at home alone and in pain. Holding onto anger, resentment, disgust and distrust blocks the ability to let go of the past and move forward in life. All of these traps block enjoyment of life and hope for a positive future. Finding your way back home takes effort on your part, therapy and support. I wish you success on your journey.
Dr. Phyllis Kasper has expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, peak achievement, biofeedback, hypnosis, EMDR, cultural diversity and pain management. She can help you use personal empowerment to unleash your best you! For more information, please call her at 920.693.2250 or visitwww.evolveability.com. She is available at Healthy Connections, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton, 920.257.4601.
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Happy Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day!


By Sarah Atkinson, CA

cupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is October 24th, so lets celebrate! Many things change with time but acupuncture and Oriental medicine have lasted for thousands of years because of their core insights into our health. Think about how quickly a small pain can grow into a chronic condition that weakens us. Pain is just one of the many signs we see when our bodies are not balanced. Digestive complaints, extreme emotions, sleep troubles and reproductive problems are some of the main symptoms that can occur as well. When any of these symptoms arise, we see them as a problem and seek care to relieve the discomfort. A physician may order a MRI or X-ray to determine the cause, while an acupuncturist will ask about your health, feel your pulse and look at your tongue to get a comprehensive look at your situation. Patients find that their main symptom slowly goes away when being treated via a holistic approach. Also, a wonderful thing occurs: Many other smaller problems that were usually pushed under the rug are resolved as well! Acupuncture is a natural medical treatment that can enhance immunity and strengthen the mind-body connection. It is a safe,

non-invasive, painless way to treat the symptoms and the root cause of your health problems. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective means to treat many conditions. Acupuncture theory works on the principle that everything can be broken down into the two polar opposites of yin and yang. Yin represents the nourishing aspect of the body, and yang represents the movement of energy and blood throughout the body. Circulating the fluids and moving blood is the key to longevity and health! Our system is also equipped with a wonderful detoxification system. We have to stay on task with our health, so we dont subject any hardship to our internal organs. The liver, kidney, intestines/ bladder and lymphatic system all work together to eliminate toxicity that will surely weaken us. Supporting these organs to do their jobs is vital! Circulation of blood can be disrupted by many different internal and external influences. Physical and emotional trauma, lack of exercise, poor diet, accidents or seasonal changes may affect the quality of your health.

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Treatments consist of a meditative acupuncture experience that may include the insertion of very fine needles, tui na (Chinese medical massage), herbs, nutrition and cupping. Many patients report a sensation of deep relaxation. The longer your problem has existed, the longer it will take to redirect you back to health. A typical acupuncture treatment plan may consist of six to ten treatments over the course of several weeks or months. During that period, your acupuncturist will continually assess your condition and adjust your treatment accordingly. The most amazing characteristic of acupuncture is that it uses your own innate healing capabilities, so you can heal yourself! In addition, the act of receiving this wonderful healing art will show you how to honor and respect your body.
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ixteenth-century Spanish explorers learned of passionflower in Peru. Native peoples of the Americas used passionflower for boils, wounds, earaches and liver problems. Today, passionflower is promoted as a folk or traditional remedy for anxiety, stress and sleep, as well as for heart ailments, asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, burns andhemorrhoids. Passionflower is available dried (which can be used to make tea), or as liquid extract, capsules ortablets.
Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Herbs at a glance, NCCAM website. References: Grundmann O, Wang J, McGregor GP, et al.Anxiolytic activity of a phytochemically characterized Passiflora incarnata extract is mediated via the GABAergic system.Planta Medica.2008;74(15):17691773. Lakhan SE, Vieira KF. Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic review.Nutrition Journal.2010;9(42):114. Miyasaka LS, Atallah AN, Soares B. Passiflora for anxiety disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2007(1):CD004518. Movafegh A, Alizadeh R, Hajimohamadi F, et al. Preoperative oral Passiflora incarnata reduces anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.Anesthesia & Analgesia.2008;106(6):17281732. Ngan A, Conduit R. A double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of the effects of Passiflora incarnata(passionflower) herbal tea on subjective sleep quality.Phytotherapy Research.2011;25(8):11531159. Passion Flower (Passiflora IncarnataL.). Natural Standard Database Web Site. Accessed at www.naturalstandard.com on September 10,2012. Passionflower. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at www.naturaldatabase.com on September 10,2012. Passionflower herb. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2000:293296.
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Passionflowers effect on anxiety has not been studied extensively. A 2009 systematic review of two studies that included 198 people compared the ability of passionflower and two drugs to reduce anxiety. It concluded that the three substances had about the same degree of minimaleffectiveness. There is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about passionflower for cardiovascular conditions, asthma, hemorrhoids, burns orsleep.

Side effects andcautions

Passionflower is generally considered to be safe but may cause dizziness andconfusion. Taking passionflower with a sedative may increase the risk of excessivesleepiness. Passionflower should not be used during pregnancy as it may inducecontractions. 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.
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Do drums have healing power?


By Marco White

he topic of drumming is very personal to me, as someone who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 1998. How does drumming positively affect me? You see, the simple act of drumming is beneficial for anyone diagnosed with an illness. It can help ease the effects of autism, learning difficulties, palliative care, drug addiction, social phobias and, yes, bipolar disorder. Without a doubt, drumming and the act of keeping a beat, no matter how complex or simple, gets my mind, body and spirit into balance. In the article Explore the healing power of the drum, Alan Tauber touches on the health benefits of this musical art. Drumming has a number of benefits. It can energize or relax. It can foster a sense of playfulness, or release frustration and tension. It can also help in the conquering of social isolation and the building of positive relationships. Tauber revealed that he even had a patient, an alcoholic, tell him that her drumming sessions had helped her so much that it had given her the inspiration to continue with her life. She said when she came into the clinic she was extremely negative, and the first two or three days, the treatment was purely about detox and heavy stuff. The drumming was the first time she engaged and smiled.She said, I came out of myself and saw that I could survive. The therapeutic effects of drumming are interesting and encouraging, and seem to be drawing attention and inspiring research. As Tauber states, There is strong evidence to suggest that drumming may actually be a healing activity. Some have gone so far as to prove that time spent drumming can positively affect our immune systems, levels of stress and psychological well-being. Theres proof positive of what Ive known for decades: Drumming, no matter what level it is performed on, is a healer, a natural healer. In fact, some of the drummers of India and Africa can get into what is known as rhythm trance, where the drummer has a feeling of nirvana or being one with the universe. It is my hope that all of you who read my articles get involved with drums and drumming on whatever level youre comfortable with. You do not need to be a highly skilled professional to reap major
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benefits, as the earlier-mentioned article demonstrates. Just remember, drumming can be just what the doctor ordered in the realm of good health mentally, physically and spiritually. Groove on!
Marco White is a professional drum set artist/educator/motivator/writer, and works with the Percussive Arts Society (www.pas.org) and CustomDrumSticks. com.He has been playing the drums for 40 years. For more information, visit www.happydrumming.com. Source: 1. http://www.drumconnection.com/health-drumming.

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The scoop on vitamin D


By Cheryl Rentmeester, NP

any of my patients ask me about vitamin D and why everyone is suddenly getting it checked. Vitamin D is a hot topic of conversation! More individuals are getting their vitamin D levels checked now because research suggests that vitamin D may be one of the best vitamins of all for your body. That means almost everything your body does relies on it. Whats most remarkable about vitamin D is the sheer number of health issues its been linked to. In the past few years, studies have shown that a lack of the vitamin may be the primary culprit in depression, heart disease, pregnancy problems, muscle aches and joint pain, birth defects, skin and other cancers, and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease. It is also used for boosting the immune system and preventing autoimmune diseases and cancer. Low vitamin D will result in your body working far below its potential. And youre probably not getting anywhere near the

right amount. According to reports, experts believe that up to 77 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient. So why do we come up so short, especially since vitamin D is one of the few vitamins our bodies can actually make? Sunlight converts a cholesterol-like substance naturally found in the skin into vitamin D. The problem is, thanks to UV rays and skin cancer, soaking up the sun to make more of the vitamin would do you more harm than good. For your skin to make enough, youd need direct midday summer sunlight on a huge portion of your body for 15 minutes a day risking serious sun damage. If you live in the Midwest, its impossible to get enough vitamin D from sunlight between October and March, no matter how exposed you are. Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn, will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc. Vitamin D deficiency occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are staying indoors more, covering up when

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outside or using sunscreens consistently these days to reduce skin cancer risk. Older people are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. They are less likely to spend time in the sun, have fewer receptors in their skin that convert sunlight to vitamin D, may not get vitamin D in their diet, may have trouble absorbing vitamin D even if they do get it in their diet and may have more trouble converting dietary vitamin D to a useful form due to aging kidneys. In fact, the risk for vitamin D deficiency in people over 65 years of age is very high. Surprisingly, as many as 40 percent of older people even in sunny climates such as South Florida dont have enough vitamin D in their systems. Vitamin D supplements may be necessary for older people, for people living in northern latitudes and for dark-skinned people who need extra time in the sun, but dont get it. To make vitamin D more available, it is added to dairy products, juices and cereals that are then said to be fortified with vitamin D. Even if you dont suffer from any of these conditions, getting more vitamin D may still be what the doctor ordered. Many of my patients report a dramatic improvement in their feeling of overall well-being after they increase their vitamin D levels to a near optimal range. Get your vitamin D levels checked today!
Cheryl Rentmeester, FNP, APNP, is a health care provider at Wise Woman Wellness, an innovative wellness center in De Pere. Rentmeester is passionate about helping both men and women live life to the fullest. Call 920-339-5252 or visit www.wisewomanwellness. com for details.

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the same for all three seminars.) When it comes to hormones, its all about balance! Join Dr. Holly Lucille as she addresses balance, taking care of stress (awareness & support) and meeting the challenge of weight loss in the land of plenty. To register, call 920.437.4750 or go online at streuspharmacybaynaturla.com/classesevents. Thursday, October 24

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Attend as a couple and learn how to share the AromaTouch Technique. You will take turns receiving and giving during the session. Learn about the healing properties of essential oils and how they help your body heal. Wine, lemon water, grapes, cheese and crackers, and chocolate cake will be served. You will be surrounded by essential oils, candles and soothing music. What a loving and giving gift to give each other! What to expect: Arrive with a clean body and an open mind. Your practitioner will only need access to your back and feet. Some of the oils will warm you while others will revive you. Prepare to begin a journey of healing unlike any other. Given by certified AromaTouch Technique practitioners: Jen Rietveld and Sue Paul at 130 E. Franklin St., Suite 1, Appleton. Cost: $200 per couple. Session includes the AromaTouch essential oil kit. Preregistration required with payment by October 11. Contact: Jen Rietveld to schedule your session, email: lightworkers@earthlink.net or call/text 920.268.6345. Gift certificates are available for future appointments. Monday, October 21 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to tap into your intuition and reveal your truth through intuitive painting. Painting for process rather than product is where the wisdom lies. This is not a class on painting methods or techniques. Painting experience or any artistic talent is not necessary to reap the benefits of intuitive painting. All that is needed is a willingness to explore and learn about yourself with an open heart and mind. Cost: $35, includes materials. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register or for more information: http://www.soulfullcreativearts.com/upcoming-workshops.html. Sunday, October 27 Noon-3 p.m.

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Learn how to create and use your own Collabyrinth images for introspection, problem solving, and fun! Absolutely no experience necessary. All that is needed is a willingness to explore and learn about yourself with an open heart and mind. Workshop held at Main Street Artworks, 627 W. Main, Hilbert. Cost: $40, includes materials and workbook. Space is limited.Registration is required. To register or for more information:http://www.soulfullcreativearts.com/upcoming-workshops.html Saturday, November 16 9 a.m.-noon

Past Life Retrieval and Release Guided Meditation


In this past life retrieval and release guided meditation, we will locate and release nonbeneficial energy connections and then engage in group discussion. Cost: $10. All meditations held at Divine Energy Light Workers Ministry, 130 E. Franklin St., Suite 1, Appleton. Please RSVP at lightworkers@earthlink.net or contact Rev. Jen at 920.268.6345. Prepayment at www.divinelightworkers.com is also available. Wednesday, October 22 9:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

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Join the Fox Valley Warming Shelter as they welcome special guest speaker Steve Rose to the 2nd annual Grateful Plateful event. He will share his message of hope, help and encouragement to help pinpoint purpose in your life. The event will be held at Riverview Gardens, 242 W. Seymour St., Appleton. Cost: $40 per person and includes entertainment, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle tickets and heavy hors doeuvres. Proceeds will be used to provide basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing and safety to local persons in need. For more information, contact Con86
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Dr. Holly Lucille, NP, RN, returns to the Streus Pharmacy Bay Natural Classroom, 635 Main St., Green Bay, for 3 FREE seminar times. (Content is

Learn about how homeopathy, yoga therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, doulas, midwives and lactation support can assist you during your pregnancy, labor and postpartum healing. This event is hosted by Appleton Community Midwives. Presenters include: Rebecca Beringer of Healing Way Homeopathy; Julie Vosters, yoga therapist; Leah Olson, certified acupuncturist at Whole Family Health; Sandy White, aromatherapist; Tiffany Vollrath, CD (DONA), MT-BC; Anja Farin, certified professional midwife at Appleton Community Midwives; and Vanessa Trujillo-Tenbrick, breastfeeding educator at Fox Valley Birth and Baby. $15/couple if registered before November 10; $25/couple at the door. Call 920.882.6200 to register.
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ACUPUNCTURE
Healthy Living Acupuncture Sarah Atkinson 55 Stafford St., Plymouth 920.893.8796 www.healthylivingacu.com Acupuncture is a medical treatment that has evolved from Chinese medicine using noninvasive treatment methods. I move qi (pronounced chee) to influence the patterns of illness, pain and disease with very thin stainless steel needles. Common influences of qi disharmony are physical and emotional stress, poor diet, accidents and other excessive activities. When these occur, the body becomes unbalanced; but with acupuncture, it bounces back to a state of health! The National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization recognize acupuncture as effective in treating: addiction, emotional problems, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel, digestive complaints, pain in tendons, joints and muscles, trigeminal neuralgia, UTI, fertility, menopause, sinusitis and sleep disturbances.

on-one personalized training. You and your child are no longer limited to treating symptoms. Contact us to transform learning and reading struggles into success.

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

CHIROPRACTOR & NUTRITION


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

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Therapeutic Pulse Sharon Blake, LMT 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., #8, Appleton 920.740.5101 www.iahp.com/sharonblake therapeuticpulse@gmail.com Sharon helps your body find balance integrating craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage therapy, visceral manipulation and therapeutic massage. Craniosacral therapy (CST) helps the nervous system reboot to find a new, calmer balance. CST is beneficial for: stress, depression, TMJ, headaches & migraines, ADD/ADHD, reflux & colic and more. Hours by appointment.

CLOTHING & LODGING


Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast 2338 Hickory Rd., De Pere 920-371-0003 info@sabambaalpaca.com www.sabambaalpaca.com Experience Mother Natures superior insulation alpaca fiber! Its soft as cashmere, warmer than wool and doesnt itch. Our farm store features everything alpaca: socks, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, capes, long-johns, sweaters, toys, yarn, ponchos and more! Spend the weekend at our bed and breakfast, do your holiday shopping and visit with our charming alpacas.

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

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

BRAIN TRAINING
LearningRx N474 Eisenhower Drive, Suite C, Appleton 920.882.2006 www.learningrx.com/appleton At LearningRx we treat learning challenges such as ADD/ADHD, reading struggles and learning disabilities. Brain training goes far beyond traditional tutoring by effectively addressing the cause behind learning and reading struggles. We focus on changing a students underlying ability to learn and read. We train and strengthen cognitive skills with scientifically based and clinically proven one88
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DANCE
TC Dance Club 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton (2nd Floor in the Between the Locks Building) 920.731.8851 www.tcdanceclubwi.com tcdanceappleton@gmail.com Discover all the benefits of dance at TC Dance Club! Lose weight, be social, relieve stress and have FUN! We are board certified and equipped with 2 spacious ballroom dance floors. Our goal is to establish and maintain the highest level of hospitality, service and dance education within a socially pleasurable environment in order to help our members fulfill their needs and dreams. Start today with with a FREE LESSON!

FOOD HEALTH
VegieFresh Be part of the solution www.vegiefresh.com Keep your fruit and vegetables fresher, longer! VegieFresh is a 100% natural mineral mix designed to increase the shelf life of your produce by up to 50%. Each VegieFresh pouch lasts 3 months and will help you save $1000s each year in food waste. VegieFresh is a 100% green, 100% passive, 100% recyclable, truly zero footprint solution that saves food and money. Find VegieFresh at the Red Radish, Woodmans and Piggly Wiggly.

listing and receive a FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL MEMBERSHIP. Open Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Rd., Menasha 920.882.8900 www.lakeparkfitness.com See our ad on pg. 50. Lake Park Swim & Fitness is the Fox Valleys newest and most refreshing health club. Locally owned and operated, we have combined the latest in equipment, classes, club amenities and more to give our members an unparalleled experience. Customer service and building a sense of community is our main focus be a part of the LPSF family and experience the difference! YMCA of the Fox Cities For a location near you see our ad on pg. 25 or visit www.ymcafoxcities.org. Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. Its about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, its not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

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

GOURMET RETAIL/GIFT
Cedar Harbor 611 N. Morrison St., Appleton 920.740.4669 Heaven on Earth! Appletons newest retail treasure. Off the beaten path, tucked into a residential neighborhood near downtown. Featuring handmade gifts by local artists as well as reclaimed and repurposed home dcor. Stop in and discover treasures to keep or gift. Visit us Tu, W, F & Sat. 10-5, Th 10-7.

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

HEALTH & FITNESS


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

HEALTH FOOD STORE


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

FLORIST/GIFTS
The Wild Iris 700 E. Magnolia Ave., LAKESHORE MALL in Manitowoc 920.682.6194 Order online at www.mywildiris.com Manitowoc Countys favorite friendly FLORIST offering oneof-a-kind creations. Unique gift Gifts & Botanicals shop featuring items by local artists, including: soaps, lotions, candles, birdhouses, decorative furniture, permanent and fresh florals, plants, balloons and our NEW Candy Cakes. Specializing in weddings and parties full service, including decorating. We deliver throughout the county and worldwide through 1-800-FLOWERS.
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HEARING
About Better Care Audiology Stephanie Long, Doctor of Audiology 2013 Audiologist of the Year W3124 Van Roy Road, Appleton 920.915.0077 abcaudiology@tds.net www.abcaudiology.com Making regular visits to a hearing specialist is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your overall health and happiness. Dr. Stephanie Long has helped people with hearing and hearing loss issues for more than 19 years. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building long-lasting relationships with them. She will get to know you and your listening needs to determine a customized solution that works best for you and your lifestyle. Call today to set up a time to meet with her for a complimentary hearing screening and 30-day risk-free trial of the latest digital hearing solutions.

HOLISTIC WELLNESS
Get Connected, LLC 5497 W. Waterford Lane, Suite A 920.750.6120 www.getconnectedcounseling.com At Get Connected Counseling, LLC we help people who are dissatisfied with their lives, find their way to where they want to be. We offer a Get Connected different experience in therapy than clients have had before, with a focus on transformational healing of mind, body and spirit. We use cutting-edge approaches to re-engage, rewire, reconnect and inspire our clients to live within their authentic selves. We take most insurance plans.
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HORMONES & WELLNESS


Wise Woman Wellness LLC Randi Mann, NP Owner, Board Certified Womans Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 www.wisewomanwellness.com Randi Mann, NP, helps women of all ages live healthy, vital, joy-filled lives through medical and non-medical solutions, education and lifestyle guidance. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and who offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Mann has achieved the prestigious NAMS Menopause Practitioner Certification and has spoken nationally on behalf of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative. She is skilled at prescribing customized, bioidentical hormones when needed. Attend the introductory seminar End Hormone Havoc Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self-care. Call for an appointment or register for a seminar today!
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Rainbows in Harmony Dr. Ann Khanna Appleton 920.757.9693 Ann@RainbowsInHarmony.com www.RainbowsInHarmony.com Do you have a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issue that has you feeling stuck and in need of relief? I left traditional medicine over 15 years ago and have studied and practiced holistic methods of achieving health and wellness. By offering holistic life coaching and using a variety of energetic techniques, we create a personal, one-of-a-kind healing session to help you remove individual blocks and restore healthy energy flow. Finally solve the issues that are constraining you and begin fully living life to your highest potential. Visit my website to learn how Energy Restoration can help you! Call or email for your free 15-minute consultation.
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HEATING & COOLING/GEOTHERMAL


Vans Refrigeration & Services W1081 Pearl St., Oneida 920.869.2196 www.vansrefrigeration.com Vans Refrigeration & Services offers your family or business the best products and services combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations. With over 30 years of geothermal experience, quality WaterFurnace brand geothermal heating and cooling products are just where we begin. The technicians at Vans Refrigeration & Services are trained and equipped to handle geothermal heating services, refrigeration repair & installation and many other residential and commercial services.

Wise Woman Wellness LLC Cheryl Rentmeester, NP Nurse Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 www.wisewomanwellness.com Cheryl Rentmeester, NP, is a family nurse practitioner with close to 10 years experience in diagnosis and treatment of women of all ages. She has a special interest in womens heath issues. She believes open communication and education is key to forming a valuable partnership with her patients for effective treatment results. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and who offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Attend the introductory seminar End Hormone Havoc Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self-care. Accepting new patients.
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HOLISTIC MEDICINE
Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920.819.3774 watrish@aol.com www.patriciampoole.com Patricia Poole has been providing hypnosis and energy healing private sessions and classes for 14 years. She offers information on hypnosis, reiki, Reconnective Healing and soon EFT. Educational and life-changing classes are offered regularly. Hypnosis CDs are available to get you started in making positive changes today! Call or email today to set up your appointment.

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

LEARNING DISABILITY TREATMENT


LearningRx N474 Eisenhower Drive, Suite C, Appleton 920.882.2006 www.learningrx.com/appleton At LearningRx we treat learning challenges such as ADD/ADHD, reading struggles and learning disabilities. Brain training goes far beyond traditional tutoring by effectively addressing the cause behind learning and reading struggles. We focus on changing a students underlying ability to learn and read. We train and strengthen cognitive skills with scientifically based and clinically proven one-on-one personalized training. You and your child are no longer limited to treating symptoms. Contact us to transform learning and reading struggles into success.
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MASSAGE THERAPY
Life Uncommon Massage Kara Phernetton, LMT, CPMT 2050 Riverside Dr., Green Bay 920.246.1423 Providing holistic healing for the entire family, Life Uncommon specializes in individuals with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual differences. Life Uncommon tailors each massage to fit the needs of every client, and is focused on bringing health and wellness to the Green Bay area. Hours are by appointment only. Call 920.246.1423 for an appointment today! Massage Envy Spa 3201 E. Calumet St., Appleton 920.731.5300 www.massageenvy.com/clinics/WI/Calumet.aspx At Massage Envy Spa Calumet, our mission is to provide a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. Whether it is your first massage or massage therapy is part of your wellness plan, we have a therapist to match your needs. We offer many massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports, reflexology and more. Signature services and enhancements include hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy and sugar foot scrub. We have four different spa facial treatments specially formulated for Massage Envy Spa. Our professional estheticians have the scientifically proven products to give you noticeably healthy skin.

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

NATURAL PRODUCTS
The Natural Boutique Sandy White 1162 Westowne Dr., Neenah 920.725.1380 www.thenaturalboutique.com The success of a business comes from more than just the owner. A truly successful business will have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff hand chosen by the owner. Here at The Natural Boutique, Sandy has a staff that loves the business as much as she does, and it shows when you walk into the store. Located 5 minutes from Fox River Mall; take the Winneconne exit in Neenah and turn left at Culvers.

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

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

NATURAL BEAUTY
Clairalience Skincare Pam Williams Owner 920.265.1427 info@clairlaience.com www.Clairalience.com Clairalience natural skincare products provide your skin with just what it needs to stay healthy. From body scrubs to lip balms, Clairalience works with your bodys natural chemistry to promote healthy skin, offering assistance to your bodys own natural healing properties. Clairalience products are made with natural ingredients and beneficial seed oils that are user friendly and readily absorbed, with no harmful chemicals added. Skin becomes smooth and supple without an oily residue or waxy build up. Choose a natural skin care product that actually works for you! Experience the familiar ... naturally
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MEDICAL AESTHETICS & WOMENS HEALTHCARE


Youthful Endeavors Dr. Nolan Hetz, Medical Director Green Bay and Manitowoc locations 920.683.1800 info@youthfulendeavors.com www.youthfulendeavors.com Youthful Endeavors is one of the most comprehensive medical aesthetic practices in northeastern Wisconsin. From Botox to Skin Fillers to Fat Transfers; from Laser Facial/Neck Skin Rejuvenation to Laser and IPL Hair Removal; from Laser Liposuction to Face/Neck-Lift, Breast and Butt-Lifts. Redesign and refresh with the help of Dr. Nolan Hetz, our board certified surgeon and certified aesthetics consultant, our licensed aestheticians and other certified professional staff. Our TEAM helps each client individually create a fresher, younger, healthier look to complement their internal beauty. Enhance and perfct your bust with the FDAapproved SPYDER Breast-Lift and/or with our autologous fat transfers technology. Zero percent financing programs are available. Call for a free consultation with Dr. Hetz to explore your personal situation and the best available options.

NUTRITION
Masterpiece Nutritional Counseling Kendra Kadrik, CNT 920.680.5778 kendra@masterpiecenutrition.com www.masterpiecenutrition.com Kendra Kadrlik owns Masterpiece Nutrition, a nutrition consulting business specializing in educating clients on their food choices and directing them on which ones work with their health goals and which ones could be sabotaging them. The benefits and dangers of certain foods and natural health topics are taught via seminars, group challenges, and one-on-one consulting. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what youre made of.

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Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Neher, MS, Clinical Nutritionist 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com 920.358.5764 Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting peoples health through evidencebased medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition.Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. With her masters degree in human nutrition and Metagenics certification in First Line Therapy, Kimberly has an in-depth study of nutrition as a complementary medicine.Transform your life through natural, clinically proven methods of healing via nutrition, and remedy the cause of your illness or weight concerns!

EvolveAbility Phyllis Kasper, Ph.D. 920.693.2250 pkasper@bytehead.com www.evolveability.com Dr. Phyllis Kasper is a licensed psychologist with expertise in pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder using EMDR, biofeedback, meditation and training in self-hypnosis. Pain and other symptoms of irritable bowel can be alleviated using a 7-session hypnosis program. Dr. Kasper also works with anxiety/panic disorders, depression and breaking barriers to achievement. She is available at Healthy Connections, LLC, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or call 920.257.4601. Quality Therapy 311 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna 920.462.4583 www.quality-therapy.com Serving the Fox Valley Quality Therapy is client-centered and focused on predictable outcomes. We strive to uphold the dignity of patients, accommodating schedule allowing recovery in your own home. Our specialized programs include: chronic pain program, back pain program and digestinal disorder program. We also offer craniosacral, visual manipulation, lymphedema with vaso-pneumatic pump and electro therapeutic point stimulation. Dont put it off any longer. The more you wait the more serious your problem may become.

PET HEALTH
Countrycare Animal Complex Karen M. Strickfaden, DVM Richard A. Barr, DVM 4235 Elm View Road, Green Bay 920.863.3220 info@countrycareac.com www.countrycareac.com Countrycare Animal Complex is fullservice veterinary facility for dogs, cats and horses. By integrating the best of traditional veterinary medicine/surgery with holistic medicine, we are able to offer your pets the best of both worlds. We offer nutritional counseling, acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation (animal chiropractic), Bicom therapy and more. We carry a wide range of supplements, flower essences and herbs. Find us on Facebook!

PILATES
CClark Pilates Studio Cathy Clark, Owner & Certified Pilates Trainer Marketplace Plaza, Suite 225 124 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah 920.410.0026 www.cclarkpilates.com Get to know your core! CClark Pilates Studio is fully equipped with reformers, Cadillac, Tower systems, Ladderback Barrels, Wunda chairs and lots of room for mat classes. Owner Cathy Clark has over 600 hours of classical pilates training. CClark has 3 different packages for the pilates enthusiast and also offers private & semi-private sessions. NEW CLIENT PACKAGE: $30 for 1 private lesson and 2 mat classes. ($70 value)

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

PERSONAL CARE/NUTRITION
Custom Health Pharmacy 1011 S. 10th St., Manitowoc 920.482.3145 www.customhealthpharmacy.com Custom Health Pharmacy is your source for quality compounded medications. Our state-ofthe-art compounding lab provides the highest quality compounding possible. You have a choice where you get your compounded prescriptions you dont need your prescription sent to you from Madison. We also offer: hormone saliva testing, hormone consultations, adrenal fatigue consultations and testing, Take Charge weight loss program and a full line of Now vitamins. We Accept Caremark and Express Scripts.

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

RESTAURANT
Nakashima of Japan Katsu-Ya of Japan 4100 W. Pine St., Appleton 920.739.6057 2200 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920.494.4103 511 W. College Ave., Appleton 920.882.4183 www.nakashimas.com Nakashima Sushi is your healthy alternative when dining out. We take the freshest fish or vegetable, wrap it in vinegar rice and roasted seaweed for a taste that is simple satori (enlightenment). We feature Avocado, Asparagus and Spinach Salad, Tofu Salad, Ceviches, Grilled Salmon and many more healthy selections! Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.733.3003 www.sairamcuisine.com The areas finest authentic Indian restaurant. Join us today to find out why we won the Best Indian Food Golden Fork Award from 2005-2011 and a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! We offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Catering is available and we have a banquet room for parties up to 40 people.

PAIN MANAGEMENT/RELIEF
Advanced Pain Management (APM) 2595 Development Dr., Suite 150, Green Bay Locations also in Appleton and Oconto Falls 888.901.PAIN (7246) www.APMhealth.com Advanced Pain Management (APM) is committed to providing patients with innovative pain management services. APM strives to deliver the most advanced, minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic services to enable patients to restore function, relieve pain and renew hope. Whether its back or neck pain, work injury, sciatica or a painful condition; APM has a pain management doctor who can help pinpoint the source of pain.

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Find out more information on advertising your business in the Natures Pathways Community Partners Directory.
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Sangrias Mexican Grill 215 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton 920.955.3755 940 Waube Ln., Green Bay 920.339.0994 www.sangriasmexicangrill.net At Sangrias Mexican Grill, we offer guests an escape to Mexico through authentic dishes, exceptional service and a fun atmosphere. Our unique menu features fine Mexican cuisine perfected from the owners original family recipes. Our full-service bar highlights the Fox Valleys only tableside margaritas, made from the finest 100% blue agave tequilas available! We also feature the largest gluten-free menu in the area. At Sangrias, we strive to make sure your dining experience is so exceptional you might just want to trade your cheesehead for a sombrero!

Shear Chaos Salon & Spa 103 W. College Ave., Suite 100, Appleton 920.733.4247 www.shearchaos.net Located in the heart of downtown Appleton, Shear Chaos Salon & Spa is among the best in the area, and holds an emphasis on the value of continuing education. Keeping up with the latest trends and sciences, Shear Chaos is an ever-changing, warm, quirky haven for love, health, beauty and just the right amount of craziness to cohabitate.

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

Valley Transit safe and reliable public

Valley Transit provides

SPECIALTY FOODS
Fava Tea 706 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920.997.9920 www.favatea.com Fava believes that quality tea must be available to everyone throughout the community. To create the most unique tea experience, for each individual, Fava Tea Company offers a remarkable, memorable experience of loose and sachet teas with true guest service without the extravagant costs or pretentiousness. Explore 300+ fresh, fun loose leaf teas, experience 9+ daily samples and our wide selection of organic and fair trade teas. Fava Tea tea with moxie. The Olive Cellar 277 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.574.2361 127 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah 920.486.1781 www.TheOliveCellar.com Discover the difference quality makes with small batch world class extra virgin olive oils and an exquisite variety of aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy with all products available for you to sample prior to bottling. Also offering pastas and spices, sea salts, truffle oils, chocolate sauces and the worlds best peanut brittle. A unique culinary experience awaits you.

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

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

SALON & SPA


Savoye Hair Studio 2530 Lineville Rd., Suite 2, Green Bay 920.434.4247 www.savoyehairstudio.com Our mission is to provide you with exceptional service in an environment designed to replenish, renew and nurture your appearance and well-being. We support Aveda in its mission to care for the world we live in by treating it with care and respect. We, as artists, are passionate about our profession and we take tremendous pride in serving you. Our team members are talented professionals who consistently refine and enhance their skills through continuing education. She. Hair Boutique 525 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton 920.850.9667 www.shehairboutique.com She. Hair Boutique is a modern vintage salon providing our clients with outstanding customer service. We thrive on being knowledgeable of all upto-date trends, products, new styles and the most creative color trends. Offering the best in green and innovative products. Here at She. we offer the best in vegan and organic skin care and hair care. From our family to yours, we look forward to customizing your services and experience to help you look and feel amazing. We look forward to meeting you!
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THERMOGRAPHY
Valley Thermography 1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 202, Appleton 920.380.1365 chris@valleythermography.com www.valleythermography.com Chris Haase, certified clinical thermographer, uses digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Conditions and injuries that can be diagnosed and monitored include hormonal dysfunction, inflammation, lymphatic activity, disc disease, dental, vascular disease, sports injuries, allergies, cancer and more. DITI uses no radiation, is painless and FDA registered. Call to schedule your appointment.

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Featuring:
Basil HamacHi - Yellowtail with a spicy yuzu basil soy. GinGer Tuna cevicHe - Yellowfin Tuna infused with grated ginger, sesame seeds, jalapeno, onions and lime. Tuna Bowl - Chopped Ahi Tuna and Avocado with green onion, masago and a spicy sesame oil. Daikon salaD - Japanese radish, cucumber and carrots on a bed of fresh spinach greens with a sweet miso dressing. kiwi roll - Eel, cucumber, avocado, tempura crunch, topped with kiwi and eel sauce.

and many more healthy selections!

nakashimas.com
Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. Sun. 4-9 p.m.

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