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Are you caught in a sugar cyclone? 

By Jamie Weber, Holistic Nutritionist, RDN, CD, CLC
arch is National Nutrition Month and the theme for 2014 is Enjoy the taste of eating right! No matter what our nutrition goals are weight loss, reducing fatigue, enhancing mental clarity, eliminating headaches or bloating, or improving our skin we want to eat foods that taste good! What foods taste good to you: candy, breads, pasta, crackers, chips or soda? We typically crave foods and enjoy the taste of the foods we eat the most. Do you find it hard to stop eating these carbohydrate- and sodiumpacked MSG and transfat-laden foods? You might be wondering, What is the harm in eating highly processed, pre-packaged foods? If you read the ingredients label you might see ingredients such as: sugar,

high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), caffeine, maltodextrin, yeast extract, hydrogenated, mono- or diglycerides. Some of these ingredients have been linked to excess weight gain, depressed mood, increased triglycerides, cholesterol, headaches or gastrointestinal (GI) issues such as IBS. If your overall health goal is to lose weight or to just feel better overall, foods containing these ingredients will be a barrier. When in doubt, choose foods without a label!

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There are three main reasons you may be caught in the sugar cyclone: yeast overgrowth, feeding emotions or you have a sugar addiction!

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based endocrinologist states that, brain scans showed sugar to be just as addictive as cocaine. Sugar causes dopamine, a pleasure hormone, to be released. When we feel bad about ourselves or about life, eating carbohydrates will cause dopamine to be released and lead to feel good feelings. After binging, however, we may be left with feelings of guilt, shame and anger.

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a yeast cleanse. A good cleanse will be comprised of both diet and supplements. Regarding diet, eliminate or decrease sugar. Since sugar feeds the yeast, removing it wont allow fuel for the yeast to thrive and multiply. In conjunction with diet, supplements will help restore good gut flora and rid the body of excess yeast. A holistic nutritionist can help guide you through this experience. 2. FEEDING EMOTIONS. Keep a food journal where you log the foods eaten

along with the moods experienced while eating. What emotions want to surface? Let them rise and process the thoughts that are connected with the emotions. Find support to verbally process thoughts and emotions. Theres power in sharing your struggles and fears with another person. You will find you are not alone and its no longer your secret and burden to bear alone. 3. SUGAR ADDICTION. Complete a total-body detoxification cleanse to reduce sugar cravings. While the first three to seven days will be challenging due to withdrawal symptoms, stick with it! As time goes by, you will find that the cravings are not as intense or are no longer present. By eliminating sugar, you will find you have more energy, are more mentally alert and have an enhanced mood. If you identify with the symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth, this is a good place to start to physically rid your body from the source thats causing the intense cravings. As an added bonus, by completing a yeast cleanse you will detox your body from sugar due to the diet associated with cleanse protocol. The emotional component that may be hindering your goals can be worked through concurrently, too! Healing the mind, body and spirit will

promote wholeness. If you only heal the physical symptoms, but ignore the mind, the cycle will continue. Getting to the root of the sugar cyclone will set you free free from excess weight, depressed moods, fatigue, headaches, mental fog, acne/hives (or other skin conditions), bloating, etc. You will find a new you that not only physically feels better, but who has been liberated from emotions and thoughts that were once holding you captive.
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They may understand whats expected of them but have trouble following through because they cant sit still, pay attention or attend to details. Of course, all kids (especially younger ones) act this way at times, particularly when theyre anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings. They impair a childs ability to function socially,


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Sleep and its connection to good health 

By Hallie Ringhand
leep is a topic that goes hand in hand with nutrition. When we dont sleep enough or well, we make sub-optimal food choices. In addition, our bodies respond with an undesirable hormonal response, which translates to fatigue, weight gain and a decrease in serotonin. Through awareness, education and action you will experience sufficient as well as more restful slumber.

Scientic studies prove that eight hours is what the human adult body needs.
watch my clients lose weight and function better in the gym after a vacation or a life change where they begin taking better care of themselves.
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prove that eight hours is what the human adult body needs. And, the most recent research indicates that for each hour of intense exercise, add an additional 45 minutes of sleep for bodily repair.

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1. Growing up, was sleep encouraged and


people may appear to need more than others but most of the time their lack of sleep is related to their lifestyle choices and/or an overactive parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system. These nervous systems can be manipulated to work for you instead of against you by deep, purposeful belly breathing, stretching and additional mind/body movement like yoga, tai chi or touch-related services like massage and acupuncture.


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were your parents strict about getting to bed by a certain time? 2. How were you encouraged to wind down at the end of a day and what kinds of food and drink went along with that for both you and your caregivers? 3. Were you allowed to sleep in? Why or why not? 4. Was napping encouraged? 5. Did family members wear lack of sleep as a badge as if success were somehow tied to little sleep? 6. When you wake up, how do you typically feel and what kinds of thoughts run through your head? How do you self-soothe? 7. If you do sleep eight or more hours a night, how do you make this happen? What limits do you put around getting to bed as well as sleep environment? 8. Do you allow kids or pets in your bed?


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Pet quality of life scales 

By Katie Hilst, DVM

et quality of life scales are helping pet owners make difficult, end of life decisions for their pets. Many pets are living longer lives because of regular veterinary care that can help prevent diseases such as rabies and leukemia. When our pets enter their senior years, illness such as cancer and heart failure become more common. Veterinary care can help treat and prolong life, but at some point pet parents know they are facing the loss of their pet. Euthanasia is Greek for a good death and is the compassionate act of letting a pet go before they have suffered needlessly. The decision to have your pet euthanized can be scary and emotional, so there is a quality of life scale known as JOURNEYS that helps pet parents assess their pets comfort level. Each letter in JOURNEYS stands for an item to consider. Each item has an assigned value of 0-10 with a score of 80 for a pet that is happy and healthy, and a score of 8 for a pet that is suffering. A low score on any item may be a reason to consider euthanasia. or stand without assistance. In the middle scores are pets that can move with the help of pain medication, and a high score is fully active and enjoying exercise.

N.  NEATNESS OR HYGIENE. A low score is given to a pet that

spends time laying in their urine or feces, or cannot control their elimination. A low score applies also to a tumor or mass that is bleeding, infected, and cannot be kept clean and bandaged. A middle score is for a pet that may need some assistance keeping clean, but is manageable. A high score is a pet that has no medical issues causing them to have hygiene issues.

E.  EATING AND DRINKING. A low score for a pet that is refus-

ing food and water, may be nauseous, may be vomiting and/or having diarrhea. A middle score is for pets that are eating more slowly, and not as interested in food as they used to be. A high score is for a pet that is eating and drinking normally.

Y. YOU. You would score low on this scale if you are constantly

J.  JUMPING OR MOBILITY. Pets score low if they cannot walk

worried about your pet, do not understand what is happening to it and are stressed and overwhelmed with their care. A middle score is if you are able to meet your pets needs with some effort, but the problems are manageable. A high score is if you are not at all worried about your pet.

S. SOCIAL ABILITY. Pets that are irritable, snippy and hiding

O.  OUCH OR PAIN. A low score is a pet that is in pain and medi-

cations are not helping, a middle score is a pet that is taking pain medications and they are helping about 75 percent of the time. A high score is a pet that is pain free. do not understand, or a medical condition that is prone to a sudden catastrophic event gets a low score. In the middle are pets with a medical condition that you and your veterinarian can manage and is stable. A high score is given to a pet with no medical issues beyond routine preventative care. have severe episodes of difficulty breathing, coughing or open mouth breathing. A middle score is occasional mild coughing or wheezing that is controllable with medication adjustment. A high score is a pet that is breathing normally.
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score low. Pets that spend at least half the time enjoying family interaction score in the middle, and a high score is a pet that seeks out your company.


Pet quality of life scales can help pet owners through a difficult decision making process. You should address your concerns with a veterinarian prior to making a euthanasia decision. Pet quality of life scales are there to help pet owners figure out how their pets are feeling, because our pets cannot speak for themselves!
Dr. Katie Hilst founded Hilst Home Euthanasia Service, a mobile veterinary service for the Madison area and surrounding communities. She offers compassionate, gentle home euthanasia for families in the privacy of home. She specializes in pet quality of life consultations. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UW-Madison in 2002, is certified in Pet Loss and Grief Companioning and is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Reach her at 608-347-1897 or visit

R.  RESPIRATION OR BREATHING. Pets score low if they



ADHD. These medications come with negative side effects including decreased appetite, insomnia, irritability and anxiety to name a few. Treating ADHD with Hypnosis and Neurotherapy found that ADHD is often over-diagnosed because its symptoms are often found in other disorders and the most common form of treatment is with drugs that are laden with side effects. Any good treatment plan will require close follow-up and monitoring, and your doctor may make adjustments along the way. Because its important for parents to actively participate in their childs treatment plan, parent education is also considered an important part of ADHD management. Sometimes the symptoms of ADHD become less severe as a person grows older. Hyperactivity tends to get less as people grow up, although the problems with organization and attention often remain. If you have adult ADHD, medications can bring about huge improvements in your life, restoring your focus and giving you back a feeling of control. But for some people, these drugs come with a price side effects. Most of the time, ADHD medication side effects are mild, like an upset stomach or insomnia, and fade after a few weeks or months of treatment. Other times, side effects can be more problematic. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do on your own and with your doctor. An alternative therapy with positive results is the use of brainwave entrainment. Ruth Olmstead, PhD, conducted a cognitive enhancement study with 30 students, ranging in age from 6 to 16, twice a week for six weeks. The students were given 35 minutes of gamma wave stimulation. Participants completed each session while reclining in a comfortable chair. Analysis of the test scores from before and after the gamma sessions showed that the 30 participants demonstrated significant progress in a wide variety of tests measuring cognitive abilities. Improvements in mental processing speed increased from a test score of 12.9 to 18.8 as well as with information processing speed/visual motor coordination, freedom from distractibility, visual short-term memory and sequence, arithmetic/number ability and short-term memory. This is also valuable therapy for adults with ADHD.
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Happiness habit: Clearing mind clutter 

By Lysianne Unruh

he first day of spring is a few short days away. How delicious it is to know that! Warm weather will have us tossing off coats and throwing open the windows. Craving freshness, we are ready to declutter, clean, and organize! Spring presents the perfect opportunity to spring-clean our minds, too. The quickest way to achieve the open, spaciousness of a spring-cleaned mind is this: stop ruminating, stop brooding and stop overthinking. Ruminating happens as we find ourselves recalling, yet again, an insensitive comment someone said to us; or we spend time hashing and rehashing in our minds the perfect comeback; or we notice the running commentary which constantly compares us to others. Or we find ourselves rushing ahead in our minds and feeling

anxious about a future event. We spend good energy thinking about things over which we have no control, things we truly cannot change. Brooding over distressing events rarely allows us to gain true insight. Instead, we simply replay the upsetting scenarios in our heads, time and again, which sustains or deepens our sadness, sending us towards a distorted and pessimistic perspective. Ruminating, brooding, overthinking (they are all one and the same) is toxic. Once we are in this negative spiral, our concentration is diminished, as is our initiative. Overthinking saps our motivation to do anything good and healthy and nurturing for ourselves. We may begin to think, Why bother? And soon, we are headed towards feeling really bleak, where

it is hard to get out of bed in the morning let alone face a family gathering, go to the gym or cook a healthy dinner.

Three ways to clear mind clutter

1. Distract

yourself. When you find yourself caught in the spiral of worry or rehashing an event, stop yourself mid-thought and do something active. Get up from your desk and go for a quick walk. Do a few yoga stretches that feel delicious to you. Call a funny friend who will say something outrageous to get you laughing. Play a piece of music you love that lifts you up. It doesnt matter really what you do as long as it is fun for you and can transport you out of your pessimistic spiral.

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2. Use your body to break the pattern.

For example, when ruminating on past events, the insensitive comment, an argument, or regret you have about an interaction, consider using this technique, Stop! That was then, this is now. It was developed by Gay and Katie Hendricks to break up the brooding pattern. Here it is outlined in four easy steps: Tell yourself, Stop! or No to remind yourself you have been caught brooding. Stand up and pick a point behind you which represents the past. Turn your entire body facing that direction and with your right hand, point and say, That was then. Now turn and face forward, and with your left arm outstretched, bring it to your heart and say, And this is now.


Quality and quantity of sleep tremendously influence hormones. Hormones play a big role in our functionality, leanness and overall wellness.


Human growth hormone (HGH) is increased by sleep, intense exercise, amino acids (glutamine, arginine, ornithine) and adequate protein. Adequate HGH will give you energy, help you sleep and keep you lean.


Do this series at least three times or until you feel a shift happening.
3. Cleanse your mind and soul every night.

As you lay your head on your pillow, review your day and notice any grievances, regrets, slights, snubs, worries or resentments that have shown up for you.

Leptin signals the brain that there is fat on the body and it can be used for energy. When your body has adequate leptin, this signals the body to stop eating and use fat for energy. In a person with inadequate leptin, you will be hungry and crave foods that give you instant energy.Sleep deprivation weakens the bodys response to leptin, which can cause the body to produce less of it.

eating and decreases after. It is known to be important in the development of obesity, given that in stimulating the appetite, it favors an increase in body weight. Scientists found it causes the over-expression of the fatty genes that take part in the retention of lipids. Essentially, the higher your visceral fat, the more likely you are to produce a surplus of ghrelin, which will increase hunger. Lack of sleep is a direct contributor to visceral fat; the hard fat that is seen around the belly but can also accumulate around your organs. When we work on behaviors and beliefs first, sleep environment and diet will follow. May you be blessed with great daytime energy and complete restfulness at night.
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A phrase I love repeating, when I notice a worried mind getting activated, is from The Course in Miracles and it goes like this: Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all resentments, grievances and regrets. I choose the miracle. Repeating this easy, friendly mantra for a few minutes each evening before falling asleep will go a long way towards cleansing your mind, body and spirit of the daily frustrations. Choose the miracle. Choose to spring-clean your mind.
Lysianne Unruh works with determined, strong-minded women to turn their times of challenge and change infertility, end of a relationship, or other unexpected life event into a source of power and their greatest victory and opportunity. In particular, Time to Thrive Coaching supports women to focus on creating effective coping strategies, establish powerful, daily happiness habits for greater levels of joy, and to take charge and reinvent their lives. Visit or www.facebook. com/TimeToThriveCoaching. References: The Hendricks Institute. A Course in Miracles.

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PTSD, Kryon and The Recalibration of Humanity

A book review and commentary on change 
By Cecilia Farran
he whole of humanity suffers from PTSD. Shocking? What is more shocking is that the P does not stand for posttraumatic, but for present trauma, happening here and now right under our noses and we do not even see it. This stress permeates us as we build our lives around a belief system that is not in line with our essence and thus causes a definite trauma at the very core of our being. We are assailed continually with news of plight and pain, war and disaster, anger and demonization of the other. We minimize our self-worth and are nudged and cajoled to give away our power. We forget that we carry the god-force within us and that our nature is not made for repetitive drama, nor for leaks and pollution of our core essence. We are instead made of the energies of a gentle flow and Kryon reminds us of this and shows us the grander sweep of a bigger picture. We find it difficult to see, however, for we cling to our inbred beliefs. Is it any wonder we have stress?

Dark and light

The recalibration of humanity

Kryon explains that we have misunderstood dark and light, getting them mixed up with good and evil. Think bogeymen and bad guys. Think devil, fear of the other, of government. Kryon explains that light and dark are energies having no intelligence or intent and are not to be feared for they work on an internal system of balancing. Understanding the distinctions of such a seemingly small item can make a big difference in how we handle our recalibration process. The internal essence of matter and energy is shifting toward the light and you and I are shifting with it. This means that we are floating in a different sea than ever before, feeling the rocking and roiling of the waves in a different way. Like saltwater fish now in freshwater, we need to recalibrate in order to breathe again. The news is that recalibration need not be painful, and Kryon gives us step-by-step guidance. For additional support of inner peace, check out Metta Prayer for All Beings by Celia on YouTube at

In The Recalibration of Humanity 2012 and Beyond, Kryon Book 13, Lee Carroll presents the latest Kryon channelings. In case you are not familiar with Lee Carroll or Kryon, Lee has been channeling Kryon for 23 years worldwide, including seven times at the U.N., and the books have been translated across the globe. As a wise spiritual entity, Kryon shares a message of inspirational angelic proportions. In fact, Lee Carroll will bring Kryon to the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, July 26-27 (see www.kryon. com for more information about the event).

In summary

According to Lee, this simple little book includes how love works, how dark and light are changing, our relationship to spirit and to Gaia, what real wisdom looks like, what the future may hold and the changes in our personal lives in the next 18 years. It is inspiring, soothing and wise and supports one in building new beliefs based on inner peace. Whats not to like about all that? Kryon tells us that shift is afoot and that shifting energies are supporting us. I say, Go for it!
Cecilia Farran owns 43/90 North Earth Gifts. The name is its location and denotes a gentle spot on the globe that supports the recalibration of each and everyone. Seekers are welcome to enjoy the peaceful ambience, search for helpful books and spiritually supportive gifts, engage in conversation or quietly browse to peaceful music. All of the 13 Kryon books are available through 43/90 North Earth, the Madison Event official bookseller. For more information about the store visit: or call 608-588-3313. References: The Recalibration of Humanity 2012 and Beyond. Kryon Book 13, The Kryon Writings, Inc. 2013. Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age. Gregg Braden. Hay House. 2009.

PTSD and recalibration

Back to the PTSD, Kryon teaches that our entire galaxy is undergoing a shift (a recalibration) and we who are literally made of its stardust are shifting with it. This is a shift that the unobservant might not notice and to that end Kryon leads us through this auspicious time for humanity. The shifts are not merely coming out of the blue, but are predictable on a cosmic scale. Gregg Braden in his book Fractal Time so aptly observes that time is cyclical and made up of repeating fractals of energy which cause peaks and lows of energetic behavior in all of existence. We are now in a peak shift supporting us to recalibrate the way we think, and choose to be.
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Snack foods can be healthy with smart choices 

edical professionals often warn that snack foods can be unhealthy, upsetting dieting plans and causing a person to consume more calories than is recommended. While a number of snack foods, particularly snacks that are laden with saturated fats, sodium and many calories, can be detrimental to your health, there are plenty of healthy snacks available to men and women who know where to look. Self magazine reports Americans consume 26 percent of their calories at times other than breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many fitness plans actually recommend regular snacking as part of a grazing mentality. Grazing, or eating several small meals per day rather than three large ones, can help keep metabolism primed and ready to burn calories. Grazing also enables a person to avoid overeating at any particular meal. But grazing on the wrong foods can be counterproductive. Thats why selecting the right snacks is important. Aim for snacks that are 100 calories or less. Hundred-calorie snacks can help fill you up and stave off hunger pangs. While there are plenty of prepackaged 100-calorie snacks available, you can easily make your own snack packs by being conscious of nutrition labels. Measure serving sizes of healthy foods into separate containers so youre less likely to eat more than is necessary. FILL UP ON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Produce can make a healthy snack because it is generally low in calories, which means portion sizes will be larger than other high-calorie foods. Many fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, which are needed to keep a body healthy.

Many also make good sources of fiber, which can help you feel satiated longer between meals. CHOOSE FOODS WITH HEALTHY FATS. Not all fats are bad. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats lower total cholesterol and bad cholesterol in the blood. Sources of good fats include nuts, olive oil, avocado, salmon, soy and sunflower oil. Skip foods that have high levels of saturated fats, which are mainly found in animal products. Trans fats are perhaps the worst fats to eat, as they are produced by hydrogenation to give them a longer shelf life. Avoid foods that contain hydrogenated oils.

thing crunchy or a particular comfort food. Choose a crunchy whole grain cereal over potato chips. If you desire a cool, creamy treat, frozen yogurt has much fewer calories than ice cream. PACK ON THE LEAN PROTEIN. Lean sources of protein, such as slices of turkey, egg whites and soybeans, will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer than many carbohydrates. A snack of sushi can fill you up quickly. One piece of a California roll is just 30 calories and has less than a gram of fat. KEEP HEALTHY SNACKS HANDY. Always have a bag of healthy snacks handy in the event you get hungry. This way you avoid a trip through the drive-thru or a pit stop for a doughnut or another snack.
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Heartburn treatment without pharmaceuticals via naturopathic interventions 

By Carrie Decker, ND
eartburn is a symptom that many individuals can identify with experiencing at least once in their lives the burning and aching in the chest and substernal region often associated with meal consumption. Perhaps it was triggered by the acidic tomato sauce or spicy salsa and a margarita of a recent Italian or Mexican food feast, or just by the increased volume of food in one setting. For some, however, this is a chronic state of digestive imbalance, and for these individuals, physicians often

prescribe treatments such as antacids, histamine receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors. These medications are used as chronic heartburn is very painful and possible long-term sequelae include malignant (cancerous) changes.

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pump inhibitors, also known as PPIs, are not medications that are meant for long-term treatments. Our stomach requires an acidic state for the digestive process. Stomach acid and other secretions are the stimuli that trigger appropriate secretion of other digestive proteins and signaling molecules, and are necessary for the absorption of vitamins and nutrients in the small intestine. When we suppress stomach acid with a medication such as a PPI, this inevitably leads to other problems with digestion. Some of these problems may not be recognized right away, but studies have shown that long-term use of a PPI may lead to increased risk of fractures associated with decreased calcium and magnesium absorption, as well as other problems due to decreased absorption of vitamin B12 and iron.

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NATUROPATHIC ASSESSMENT. Naturopathically, many things may be assessed in the development of chronic heartburn symptoms. The state our body is in when we eat meals can contribute to many different digestive symptoms. Many individuals eat meals in a high-stress on the run fashion, however, all aspects of digestion need our bodys parasympathetic function, which we know as the rest and digest state. The consumption of C.R.A.P. contributes to the development of heartburn, with many things including coffee, cigarettes, chocolate, cayenne, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, aspirin, acidic foods and pop (soda): this acronym serves to remind us of these controllable factors which many individuals take in every day. However, there are further things which are considered by naturopathic physicians in the assessment of heartburn, such as the possibility of food sensitivities, hiatal hernia, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and chronic stress. Each of these is treatable with naturopathic interventions.
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The sacred sound oracle 

By Andrew and Luna Lynn Frey

sychic. Intuitive. Seer. Medium. Oracle. While all these terms are similar and can relate to the general field of divination, they each have their own nuances. The difference between them is how they obtain, process and translate information. By definition, a seer is someone who has the ability to see beyond the physical images viewed by the human eye. A psychic can be defined as someone who can be receptive and acutely sensitive to certain paranormal forces. Mediums channel communication from spirit guides, teachers, loved ones and angels. Oracles receive divine inspiration unfiltered. Today we have many choices and types of divination to choose from, but here we will be discussing something a little different a sacred sound oracle. Just what is a sacred sound oracle? In the classical view, an oracle was a person thought to be a portal through which the gods spoke directly to people. Technology and consciousness has progressed much since the middle ages, and so divination and intuitive processes have also shifted. Rather than inhale volcanic fumes as oracles of old, sacred sound oracles use different types of sound tools and vocal toning to connect clients with their own divinity by invoking and connecting to deity found within all sound. Sessions with a sacred sound oracle are a quantifiably unique and life-affirming experience! When you decide to book a session, they will ask you to set your session intention. This can relate to career, relationship, life decisions or anything else you would like to manifest, gain insight about or achieve. Setting the intention is what gets the intuitive ball rolling and determines which doorways will be open. Sacred sound oracles network with your spirit guides (only after being granted permission) so that messages can flow through, and also connect with the vibration of your name to tune into your unique frequency of being. The night before a session they open their sensing field to the dream state of the seeker and monitor it for symbols and messages, which contain pertinent information regarding the intention. When the day of the session comes, you get to further define and discuss the details of the intention set when the appointment was booked. The sound work itself takes place in the oracle chamber. This is a room that has been prepared as a sacred space and is filled with charged crystals, sound tools and powerful energies. To aid in

the session, sound oracles call in all the guides, ancestors, deities, angels, energies and beings that align with your highest good. Then the sonic journey begins. They will gong a crystal singing pyramid to open the third eye. The centering and cleansing effects of crystal singing pyramids are pronounced and immediate. Next they start playing a crystal singing bowl and then add in intuitive and channeled vocal toning. Crystal singing bowls are able to alter brainwave frequencies so they are ideal for oracle work. As the tones and vibrations intermingle, warp and wobble, the sound
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The practice of mindfulness meditation 

By Jane Ayer

pathway to inner peace and well-being, mindfulness meditation has been a known practice for 2,500 years, since a man who became known as the Buddha arrived at a set of precepts and methods of self-exploration leading to inner peace and clarity. The Buddha never claimed to be a god and his teachings are not a religious practice. Comparisons to his teachings are best made with Western psychology, which follows a medical model of identifying an illness and prescribing a treatment. Mindfulness offers precepts and tools for self-exploration on the assumption that an individual has the power and the tools within to attain a level of disciplined behavior based upon self-knowledge. This practice leads us to examine our core beliefs about ourselves, who we are and how we can learn different behaviors as an avenue to leading a more responsible and ethical life. Mindfulness meditation, through a focus on breathing, leads to clearing the mind of the many random thoughts that flow through without invitation and often without rhyme or reason. This bothersome state is often called monkey mind. The trick is to not attach ourselves to thoughts, and with simple guidelines, this becomes possible. The practice itself asks that you focus on your breathing: the in and the out of breathing, the rhythm and temperature of the breath, where in your body you are most conscious of the breath landing and how your body feels in response. To describe the process seems so simple that explanation seems unnecessary. However, after practicing this very simplesounding technique the real work begins. The Buddha was great at compiling lists hundreds of them, actually. But some are more germane to refining his practices. For example, the Eightfold Path addresses key behaviors for perfection, which will lead to clarity of mind, an enhanced perception of what is actually going on around you and a recognition of what you are actually doing at the moment.
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Included in the Eightfold Path are behaviors like clear and accurate speech, or responsible and ethical job choices. For example, to honor the life of all sentient beings you might therefore choose not to work in a meat packing business. Other examples include the careful monitoring of your speech, word choice, tone of speech and thoughtful responses. Another list is that of the Hindrances which prevent us from living a full and responsible life: Hindrances such as unresolved anger, greed and strong feelings of doubt. By addressing these factors we can expect to reach states of compassion, loving kindness, joy and equanimity. The exploration of the many factors identified by the Buddha are best explored in a small study group called a Sangha. Once you have explored a tool and plumbed its depth, you return to the more solitary meditation, sit, and through dedicated concentration the ethical and moral dimensions of a tool become a part of your repertoire of behavior, a lifelong way of being. Mindfulness meditation is a journey with no end. The journey becomes the goal as you attain ever deeper and changing levels of self-realization and as you discover added clarity and serenity in your days.
Jane Ayer is Professor Emerita of CounselingPsychology and was an associate dean of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.Her research, teachingand clinical work focused on life adjustment of severely handicapped persons. She is active in the Madison Insight Meditation Society as both a practitioner and facilitator of a small study group, Kalyana Mitta. She is a Sunday worship member and volunteer at Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton,which offers personal overnight retreats for guests seeking meditation and relaxation, and space for meditation group retreats. Visit for more information.



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Aside from the elimination of the contributing consumption items previously mentioned, there are many different steps of intervention. Botanical treatments for stress reduction and gastric mucosal protection, supplemental enzymes for digestive support, and physical medicine treatments for hiatal hernia are often the starting basics for treatment. For individuals who have been on PPIs or other heartburn medications for longer periods of time, these interventions are initiated prior to the gradual discontinuation of pharmaceutical medications to prevent the exacerbation of symptoms. If heartburn is resistant to these treatments, further assessment and treatment of food sensitivities or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is the next step in treatment, as these are often contributing factors as well. With the appropriate assessment and treatment of the contributing factors which manifest as heartburn symptoms, the holistic interventions often manifest in improved digestion and sleep, reduction of chronic stress and pain, and a greater overall state of health.
Dr. Carrie Decker is a board-certified naturopathic physician with the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, graduating with honors from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore., and practicing at Blessed Thistle LLC. Dr. Decker is giving a talk about the naturopathic medical approach to common conditions on Tuesday, March 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at her office location, 6117 Monona Drive, in Madison. To find out more about Decker or naturopathic medicine, visit or call 608-620-5831.

oracle trances out and begins to hear messages and see visions. Sacred sound oracles produce an amazing variety of sounds intended to evoke images, messages and impressions that help lead a person to manifest their intention in the most beneficial manner. These sacred sounds alter energetic frequencies so they are in resonance with the intention set. What differentiates sacred sound oracle sessions from other modalities is that when they tune into certain frequencies that allow intuitive information to flow through them, most often those in the sound oracle chamber with them are also tuned into messages and visions that correlate and enhance the overall outcome. It also allows you to step outside of yourself and view your circumstances from a different perspective. A sacred sound oracle session is, therefore, not just a simple reading. It is a sacred ceremony of honoring. It is a rite of passage that reflects your divine essence. When a person can feel his/her divine essence, the person can step back and see lifes circumstances from a new perspective. Are you ready to see your life from a new perspective?
Luna Lynn Frey is a sacred sound oracle ( Sixty- to 90-minute one-on-one sessions are available at Cosmic Delights. Sound oracle concerts are available in home or at an event. Andrew Frey is a writer, visionary artist, self-initiated ascensionistic metaphysician and long-time student of the left-hand path. Together with Luna Lynn, they own Cosmic Delights, 2334 Atwood Ave. in Madison. For more information, please call608-630-8680or visit

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Frequently asked questions about Reconnective Healing 

By Peggy Bong

Reconnective Healing is not a technique. This is the first thing that separates it from the other forms of healing that youve heard of. In the healing realm, many of the techniques that have stood the test of time function just as well now as they always did its just that we now have access to more, and we now are more.

and most dramatic healing we see occur is in cases where we know nothing about the specific clients health challenge. The best way to allow for a healing is to be in a state of expectancy, but without expectation or attachment to a particular result. In a relaxed atmosphere, the hands-free work will begin. As you lie down on your back on the massage table fully clothed, relax, close your eyes and simply notice and observe. Withdraw your thought process and simply observe when theres something to notice. Lie there and let go, as if you simply had a little unexpected rest time.

Of course not. This is not a question of better or worse. This is a question of appropriateness, just as lanterns would not be appropriate as headlights on a car even though, for a horse and buggy, they functioned just fine. The weaknesses these old techniques are subject to requiring the removal of jewelry leather, faith on the part of the recipient, protection rituals for both parties involved are not part of the new frequencies. Reconnective Healing is here now to give us something more comprehensive and expansive, because now is the time in our evolution that we can receive the full spectrum of light and information.

The important concept for you to understand is that three people can come in with the same diagnosis and the same set of symptoms and receive three different sets of results. Some of the largest

One visit perhaps even part of one visit may be plenty. Generally, it is recommended that you consider up to three sessions. And, although each session is special, often something particularly special tends to be reported at about session number three. Healing occurs in an instant. What takes time is a persons decision to accept the healing. If you receive everything youre looking for by your first, second or third session, its time to let go and allow things to unfold on their own. Reconnective Healing is not about regular visits or touch-ups. You do not need to come in for weekly sessions or on any kind of an ongoing basis. Once you have your sessions, you own your change, your healing, your evolution. Its yours. No one can take it away from you. Ever.
RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE: The Reconnection. The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself. Dr. Eric Pearl. Science confirms Reconnective Healing. Dr. Konstantin Korot-

Hay House. 2003.

kov. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011.

Peggy is the owner of Reconnecting All Creatures. She has always had a passion for helping animals and people with their health and wellness, relying on different healing techniques. Once she heard about Dr. Eric Pearl and The Reconnection, she knew this was what she has been looking for. Peggy is trained as a practitioner in Levels I/II and Reconnection Level III. Peggy has also received advanced training for Reconnective Healing with animals. Peggy has a compassionate nature and generous spirit, and enjoys helping clients feel the benefits of Reconnective Healing. Peggy is both calming and intuitive with animals and enjoys working with all animals. Experience for yourself the potentially life-changing Reconnective Healing. Please call Peggy Bong to schedule your private appointment. You can reach Peggy by calling 608-886-4111 or by emailing
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Health is inner peace 

Rev. Deborah Phelps

ets talk about sickness and spirituality. How many of us harbor a hidden belief that if we were really spiritual, we wouldnt be sick? In other words, is that sickness a sign of a lack of spirituality? As the saying goes, Hows that working out for you? When I first started studying A Course in Miracles more than two decades ago, I believed that my migraine headaches were a sign that I wasnt spiritual enough yet. It took me quite a long time and many, many headaches to learn what the course really teaches about sickness. I wasnt alone in my initial misunderstanding. Youd be surprised how many people on the spiritual path feel that pain and illness especially serious sickness is a sign of their lack of spirituality. If we were spiritual, the ego whispers, we wouldnt be suffering and our bodies would be healthy and pain-free. Thus we end up thinking that it is unspiritual to take medication, to go for treatments, or even to talk to a therapist about depression. Denying or suppressing our experience of symptoms in the name of spirituality doesnt help, nor does it heal. Its based on a misunderstanding of the nature of true healing. True healing is always healing of the fear and guilt in our minds. In other words, true health is inner peace. A Course in Miracles teaches that freedom from symptoms does not equal a healed mind, and a sick body does not equal an unhealed mind. In other words, a healthy body is not proof that we are healthy spiritually. Are you surprised at that? Thats why seeking relief from pain or discomfort while we continue to work on healing our minds is not unspiritual. Seeking relief is neither spiritual nor unspiritual. Its just the practical, normal thing to do. Its the meaning we put onto seeking relief, that its unspiritual or a lack of faith that causes problems and can weigh us down with guilt. As the course says, Peace is an attribute in you. You cannot find it outside health is inner peace. Its inner peace that we need, not freedom from outer symptoms. Sure, its nice to get rid of sicknesses, but if were not healing our minds, thats a temporary fix at best. Kicking symptoms to the curb isnt the focus of true healing. Physical healing is not a test by which we prove ourselves spiritual enough. There are no tests. We dont have to prove ourselves to appease God.

Its just up to us when we will decide to heal and end the suffering in our minds by accepting the undoing of fear through love. My biggest lesson in healing is when were experiencing symptoms, we need to bring our disturbed, distressed and even despairing feelings to the divine. That is what heals our minds and brings us inner peace.
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Pet food myths 

By Lori Scarlett, DVM

et food is a controversial topic. Should you feed dry or canned, grocery store brand, holistic, all-natural or raw? Do you listen to your veterinarian, someone at the dog park, a pet store employee or Google reviews? There is no best food to feed your pet. A good rule of thumb is to choose a food that doesnt contain different colors or shapes (thats marketing for the humans); that the pet likes; that keeps the coat shiny, stools normal and the pet at a healthy weight; and that fits into your budget.



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There is nothing wrong with feeding your pet commercial pet food. Some people think raw diets are healthier for pets, but there are no controlled studies to prove that. Scientific studies on raw foods have shown many to be nutritionally deficient for the cat or dog. Raw foods also contain salmonella and E. coli, which can cause severe infections in both humans and pets. Both raw and cooked bones can be hazardous to a pets health. They can fracture teeth, become sharp enough to tear the esophagus, stomach or intestines and become lodged in the GI tract. Raw foods may be what wolves eat, but wolves only live an average of six years. What is nutritionally optimal for a wild animal is not optimal for our pets who we hope will live long, healthy lives. Commercial foods often get a bad rap for containing fillers like corn. A filler is defined as a food ingredient with little or no nutritional value. But corn provides a good source of carbs, protein and essential fatty acids and contains abundant amounts of antioxidants. Only about 10 percent of allergic skin conditions in dogs and cats are caused by food. The most common are to beef, dairy products and wheat, followed by lamb, egg, chicken and soy (and fish, in cats). A lot of specialty pet foods now have the word holistic on the bag. Holistic is not regulated; it is purely a marketing gimmick. A natural food means an ingredient that hasnt been chemically synthesized. Organic refers to a crop or animal that is free of pesticides, antibiotics, or hormones. None of these terms guarantee better nutrition for your pet. Gluten-free food is getting a lot of press for humans and is being marketed to pet owners, too. Celiac disease is very rare in dogs. Affected pets react to the proteins (gluten) in wheat, rye and barley. The protein in corn gluten doesnt cause GI problems. Gluten is highly digestible and provides essential amino acids. It is also added to pet foods to help them hold their shape. Some people advocate diets that dont contain byproducts. Byproducts are the animal parts that Americans dont typically eat, such as liver, kidneys, or lungs. These are nutritionally rich organs that sound yucky to us but not to our pets! By law, byproducts cannot contain feathers, hair, horns, teeth or hooves. Some foods also claim their ingredients are human grade. This


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term has no legal definition for pet food and is just another marketing ploy. Lets take a look at a pet food label. Find the AAFCO statement at the bottom of the Guaranteed Analysis section. Ideally, feeding trials will have been done to determine if a food is complete and balanced. If the food supports all life stages, then it is a puppy or kitten food and too high in some nutrients for adult animals. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. Meat is about 75 percent water, according to the FDA. If meat is listed first, remember that without that water weight, it would fall lower on the ingredient list. The Guaranteed Analysis is also confusing. The minimum guarantee gives the lowest amount of the nutrient that can be in the food not the actual amount. The minimum fat guarantee may be 8 percent, but the product can contain 15 percent or more! A maximum guarantee of 5 percent fiber may only contain 1 percent. The best source of nutritional advice for your pet is your veterinarian. If you want to make your pets food, use a website,, which is staffed by animal nutritionists. They will make sure its nutritionally complete for the long-term health of your pet.
Lori Scarlett, DVM, owns Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic, 4504 Monona Drive in Madison. Her practice specializes in cats and dogs. Lori received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995 from Michigan State University. She previously worked at McFarland Animal Hospital for seven years and in Durham, N.C., for 11 years. For more information, call 608-819-6750, visit or look on Facebook.

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Lets practice doing that right now. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Mentally step back from whatever youre experiencing in your body. Turn to the divine in your mind. Next, think of what you could do to help yourself feel better. If you have pain, maybe you can take medication. Or maybe a heating pad might help. Or maybe take a walk in the fresh air. Or maybe do some stretches. Do whatever you can to feel more comfortable. Once youre feeling calmer and less fearful, youre ready to speak to the divine in your mind. You could say something like this: I know that I am safe. But right now, Im in pain and Im feeling miserable. I ask you, as my beloved teacher, to walk me through this. I know that you dont judge me or criticize me. I know you only love me. I ask you to give me inner peace, no matter what seems to be happening in my body or what awful thoughts are racing through my mind. Its that simple. By comforting ourselves (by taking medicine or herbs, stretching, heating pads, and so on), we bring ourselves to a place where we can be open to learn a new way of thinking. Our inner teacher will do the rest.
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Best way to ght cancer 

By Jack A. Erb
he best way to fight cancer is to not get cancer in the first place. Easier said than done, you say. My family has a history of cancer, you say. Three of my friends just got cancer, you say. This is a story I have heard many times, as, probably, have you. So how do you deal with this? Lets take the first scenario: My family has a history of cancer. Well, your familys history of cancer just means you need to


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educate yourself on the causes of cancer. Is cancer hereditary? No, it is not. Isnt there a certain gene that makes me susceptible to cancer? That has not been proven to date. What about what doctors are telling me? Unless they are cancer specialists, I would get more than one opinion. What it all comes down to is maintaining a proper pH balance in our bodies. When we are born, we have a pH of 7.3. That is the normal pH for babies. The pH scale runs from zero to 14. We are often victims of our American diets. This could be why your family may have a history of cancer. It could be the foods we were brought up to think made a normal diet were not that healthy. Todays society is fast moving. Busy moms who work may not have time to prepare healthy meals. Fast food is an easy fix. How many times a week do you have fast food for dinner and/or lunch? Many of my peers believe that overall good health may come down to two small words: acid and alkaline. Maintaining a proper balance in the bodys pH can have a positive effect on all major body systems, including your digestive, circulatory, respiratory and immune systems. This balance promotes more oxygen affinity in the blood, thus allowing the body to function properly. So what can we do to start to eat and live healthy? Im going mention smoking here, but thats all. You know who you are to stop smoking! The next biggest cancer threat in my opinion is soda. It is about the most acidic drink you can get. You all know that I am an alkaline water advocate. I drink between 50 and 90 ounces of alkaline water a day, but not as much as recommended by doctors who advocate alkaline water. However, if I drink one 12-ounce can of soda diet or otherwise doesnt make a difference I have to drink 400 ounces of alkaline water just to get my body back to the pH it was before drinking that one soda. Having an acidic body greatly lowers your immune system, making you susceptible to disease and of course cancer, depending upon your other eating and drinking habits. Do you get sick easily and catch everything going around? You might want to consider cutting out soda, or coffee if you are a
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The island beneath you 

By Don Neviaser
e all go through times in our life when we have trouble reconciling who we are with who we want to be. As a result, many of us end up floundering in a sea of uncertainty, attracted to and even attempting to conform to the islands of others who appear happier and more self-assured. However, what can appear to be a solid island may or may not actually exist, and certainly not on a full-time basis. And this perception can vary depending on what is actually being displayed or what the viewer may be bringing to the picture. Regardless, it is and always will be someone elses island and bedrock that no one other than that person can reach and enjoy. Only those who are open-minded enough and are able to give themselves enough approval and acceptance will, through time, experience and self-discovery, learn that the only true island for any of us can only exist as a product of our genuine inner self that defines our true essence: an island that can only be shored up with true self-respect and inner faith. Though this inner island, this mental and emotional bedrock, may be harder to see and at times can seem downright unfamiliar. Ultimately it really is your only true respite in the sea of uncertainty and personal growth. It is also the only solid ground that will always be beneath you, whether you acknowledge it or not, and hence it is the only respite and power base that you will truly be able to count on to carry you through life! So stop swimming in circles. Look within; seek and reach out for this island that is you. Stand proud upon the rock that has always been beneath you but has far too often been overlooked or ignored! Once you climb upon its shores, your heart will know the true comfort of home. Only from this solid and unique emotional springboard will you be able to comfortably pursue that which your heart has always desired but which your mind has yet to see very clearly. Open your heart and eyes and enjoy the view!
Don Neviaser has been a certified life coach for five years and is an award-winning author of five self-empowerment books. He published two books in 2012, The Power of Perspective and the Gift of Gratitude and The Beauty that Love Is, that each won a national award in their category. Don is also the official guide for attitude and perspective on the No. 1 self-help website,, and has had several articles published on this site and in its newsletters. For more information, please visit or

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Cracking the code to your knee pain 

By Wade Anunson, DC

ewer things will slow your exercise goals down more than a bum knee. In fact, what started out as stiffness and ache turns into popping, cracking and swelling. Did I say stiff knees? OK then, stiffer. Yet we think, Maybe it will just go away, so we keep going. We keep running, we keep working out. Then weeks later, its not as stiff, but its making more noises grinding, crackling and creaking from maligned tissues, like a rusty hinge that needs some WD40. Almost 60 percent of Americans confess they might not talk to a medical professional if they were suffering from chronic pain. And more than one-third would refuse to take doctor-recommended pain medications because they fear becoming addicted. Knee pain is the No. 2 cause of chronic pain, with more than one-third of Americans being affected by knee pain. Im not here to tell you that theres simply one cause or one cure for your knee pain. That would be downright pretentious! Factors such as age, history of onset, including injuries or trauma, and length of symptoms all influence outcomes. Yet even with knees that have been damaged, time is of the essence for improving function and minimizing chronic pain and dysfunction down the road. What Im referring to is preventing chronic problems that end up as chronic pain, such as bone-on-bone joints or completely worn and torn menisci, by addressing the body as a whole rather than mainstream strength/stretching and drugs as a solution.
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the ligaments or tendons resulting from a skiing accident or a 300-pound lineman falling on your leg, most chronic knee problems result from abnormal wear and tear from everyday life. The key word is abnormal. As an athlete with my own injuries and in caring for athletes throughout my professional career, Ive seen plenty of myths regarding the treatment and outcomes for troublesome knees and joints. For example, the recommended ice/heat and NSAIDs might suit you fine if it fits your philosophy and everything clears up. Its the cases I have seen where you, the patient, have already tried drugs, physical therapy and in some cases surgery as options, and youre left with minimal or no improvement. Its true that if youve had surgery or an acute injury, rehab exercises are crucial to your recovery. But just as important are the alignment and proper function of the feet, hips and spine in getting a full recovery for the knee and surrounding tissues. Im big on strength and conditioning, yet without a healthy alignment, youre missing two-thirds of the solution. Vital nerves control vital blood vessels that control blood flow to healing tissues as well as healthy tissues. Those same nerves traveling from the spinal cord out the lower back that make up the sciatic nerve, branch out in the leg to supply, muscular and vascular function and coordinate all activity of the lower extremity as well as send feedback to the spinal cord all of which are essential.


This is how improper spine and hip alignment can be a direct cause in chronic knee pain, osteoarthritis, and virtually any of the aforementioned common knee syndromes. Ive seen all of the aforementioned knee syndromes virtually improve with corrective chiropractic care that involves adjusting major influencers that are vital to knee function. Over the last 20 years, I have treated as many nonathletes with knee problems as I have athletes. Imbalance does not discriminate. To get to the bottom of unresolved knee pain and swelling, your solution could be found in correcting imbalances in the feet, ankle, hips and spine. Strengthening the legs and knees is only about one-third of the correction, while adjusting the spine, pelvis and feet make up the other two-thirds that enhance optimal lower extremity biomechanics. Its downright impossible to keep your fit and stylish figure without healthy knees to move your body in ways that engage all your joints. Dont be one of the 41 percent of Americans who accepts pain as just a part of aging.
Dr. Wade Anunson is a 1994 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. His holistic approach to patient care stems from his own process of self-discovery through chronic respiratory problems as a child. Dr. Anunson gives a fresh perspective to solving pain and dysfunction without drugs or surgery. He currently directs a thriving practice in Madison, Anunson Chiropractic, SC. For more information, call 608-829-2250 or visit Reference: American Osteopathic Association.

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big coffee drinker. Alkaline water gives me more energy in the mornings than coffee ever did. If you need a cup of coffee or tea on cold mornings like we had this past January, make that tea or coffee with alkaline water. You use less coffee and get more flavor, and you reduce the acid content of the coffee. Its a win-win for your body. Here are some foods to make your body more alkaline: lemons, watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mangos and papayas. Frozen lemons grated over salads or hot cereals are great and very alkaline. Use the whole lemon when freezing. This is very good for you. What about veggies? Asparagus, onions, veggie juices, parsley, raw spinach, broccoli and garlic are also good. In the end, to avoid cancer, you just need to change your body into an alkaline state to stay healthy. There is much more to learn here, but this is a good start.
Jack Erb is an herbalist and natural health consultant practicing at Herb Wellness, LLC in the Madison area with offices at 1708 Sunfield St., Sun Prairie and 956 Hayloft Court, Marshall. If you would like more information, call 608-721-4248 or 608-2155098, or email Follow Jack on Facebook at Herb Wellness, LLC. References: Acid and Alkaline. Aihara, Herman. George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation. 1986. Alkalize or Die: Superior Health Through Proper Alkaline-Acid Balance. Baroody, Theodore, A. Holographic Health, Inc. 1991.

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No margin for error in cooking grass-fed beef 

By Lea Dolan-Stroncek
here is no margin for error in cooking grass-fed beef steaks. According to Deborah Krasner, author of Goodmeat, Fat is an insulator. If you cook something that is very fatty and cook it badly, its still going to taste pretty good because fat insulated the meat.

When you have lower-fat meat, such as grass-fed beef, you do not have that same safety net from added fat, so you must cook it more carefully.
When you have lower-fat meat, such as grass-fed beef, you do not have that same safety net from added fat, so you must cook it more carefully. Consequently, grass-fed beef must be cooked differently than grain-fed steaks or else you will have a tough, overcooked product. As our previous articles have demonstrated, grass-fed beef has less fat and therefore fewer calories than grain-fed beef per equal weight. When meat has little fat, heat is conducted through it more quickly and can toughen the protein fibers.

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getting the grill or pan very hot to quickly sear each side for one to three minutes, then reduce the heat to finish. Using a digital meat thermometer to monitor the meat temperature is a necessity. Dont overcook the meat! A meat temperature of 125 degrees produces a rare steak while 130 to 135 degrees produces a medium rare one. Let the steak rest for five to 10 minutes before eating. Robin Bashinsky in Cooking Light recommends basting with two pats of butter when the heat is turned down. The butter does not cling to the meat so it is estimated to add less than gram of saturated fat to the meat. Cook less tender cuts such as chuck, arm and rump roasts, brisket, and round steak low and slow in the oven or in a slow cooker. Another flavor enhancer for grass-fed meat comes via the Maillard reaction. In 1912 Dr. Maillard found that when amino acids are heated in the company of sugar the reaction produces hundreds of new molecules that give cooked food its characteristic color and much of its smell. The Maillard reaction is responsible for the flavor of roasted coffee, the crust of bread, chocolate, beer and fried meats. If one adds a small amount of sugar to both sides of the steak before high heat cooking, it will bring out a greater array of succulent flavors. In addition to obtaining a flavorful steak by not over cooking, you can increase the meats tenderness by: Mechanical alteration i.e. pounding, slicing or grinding Marinating Dry aging beef during processing. Wet aging by leaving out the package to thaw Other helpful hints in handling grass-fed beef are: Never microwave any beef to thaw. Instead pre-warm a steak to room temperature before cooking. Do not cook steaks straight from the refrigerator. Always preheat the oven, pan, or grill before cooking grassfed beef.


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Grass-fed beef is usually a darker red with more yellow fat stemming from the high levels of beta-carotene than grain-fed beef. The conventional beef will have a lighter red color with whiter fat. The aroma and flavor of grass-fed beef that is cooking is different than grain-fed because of the different fats related to their dietary differences. Many people refer to this grass-fed beef aroma and flavor as beefy. When done right with the proper cooking techniques, nothing can compare to the flavor and taste of grass-fed beef. It is hard to imagine how something tastes so good yet is so healthy!
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Solar: Is it worth the cost? 

By Mark Warnick

he installation of a photovoltaic or solar hot water system does require a significant upfront cost. When does it pay off? is a question we hear often. A unique quality of investing in a solar system is that it eventually pays for itself in energy savings in money you are not sending to the utility or energy provider. The time frame for when this occurs depends on the cost of the system, the expected production of the system and cost of energy offset, and the average energy cost inflation during the time period being analyzed, typically 30 years for a residential system. Many people look at the system from a purely financial point of view, while others take

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into account the environmental impact of the system, placing less importance on the cost. The location of the solar panels and the balance of the system affect the systems cost and production. A contractor assessing your site should explain why one location is better than another if options exist. For instance, a ground-mounted system may offer better production than a partially shaded roof area, but the added infrastructure costs may negate the value of the extra energy production. The current cost of the energy being offset is part of the financial analysis. Both electrical rates and natural gas rates have increased in the 5 percent range over the past 35 to 40 years for most utilities in this area. However, the electric rates have increased more than 50 percent since 2000 for many of the larger utilities. Municipal and cooperative utilities have not increased as much. Make sure you know the rate you are paying when analyzing the system as an investment. Price for natural gas and other fuels used for heat tend to be more volatile, so caution should be used when using current prices. Natural gas was close to $2 per therm leading into the financial crisis of 2008. Solar thermal systems looked like a great investment. Now, natural gas is around 80 cents per therm not so nice of an investment. Liquefied petroleum (LP) has followed a similar
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Spiritual Restructuring for the body 

By Sonya Theis
hat is Spiritual Restructuring? It is a unique holistic system that brings together aspects of the physical along with the spiritual to assist the body with selfhealing. This technique was developed by Robert Detzler, creator of Spiritual Response Technique (SRT). He was trained in the Results System, which was adapted from Touch for Health and other modalities. Robert modified the system to fit SRT and discovered additional techniques that expanded this into a more powerful system known as Spiritual Restructuring. You may read more about SRT and Robert Detzlers history at How does it work? Spiritual Restructuring involves the three major aspects of life: body, soul and spirit. Each person is in a constant process of his or her spirit evolving and extending itself, so we grow by our experiences that is the source and expression of our life. A spiritual response consultant who has been certified in Spiritual Restructuring is trained to work with the spirit and is then guided through the process by muscle testing or the use of a pendulum. Both of these techniques permit the body and spirit to respond to questions without interference from the conscious mind by allowing emotions to surface and memories in the tissues or subconscious to be identified. Imbalances are found through this technique and then a correction and/or clearing is done. For those of you who are familiar with reiki, this is similar, but the one difference is that with reiki you are asking assistance from universal energy where this is directly from the spirit. What are the corrections? Examples of what can be corrected are a wrist that has gotten torqued, a jammed shoulder, sinus issues, a jaw out of alignment, or having a hip higher than the other. Bones are held in place by tendons, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. Once it is identified that there is a bone out of alignment, it is with the spiritual healing energy from the spirit that corrects the imbalance in the muscle. There is also a review of other systems of the body including the chakras, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory and digestive. The spirit will indicate either a spiritual clearing of blocks or emotional release by what is identified through a set of specialized charts. This technique is also under the belief that we have past lives, and so with that said, the spirit does clear psychic wounds from this past. What should a person expect in a session? A confidential session done in total privacy is approximately 90 minutes. The first part

of the session will include an explanation of the Spiritual Restructuring technique and then identify with the client what he or she would like to work on. After a meditation and grounding exercise, a client will lie comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table. The consultant will then start at the clients feet by scanning the body with the use of muscle testing or the pendulum to locate what needs to be corrected. Once the spirit indicates an area needing correction, it is then accomplished above the body by the energy from the spirit along with the spiritual clearing of the negative programs or blockages. The treatment in this subtle energy technique is absolutely pain-free and relaxing with the intention being to improve your physical and emotional well-being. Visit to obtain the contact information under the Staff category for an associations staff member to personally assist you. Also on the website you can locate certified consultants in your area by searching under Consultants in North America. From the information that is given on the website you may contact a consultant directly.
Sonya Theis, Certified Spiritual Response Technique Consultant, is the owner of Rooted Spirit Wholeness Center located at 6670 University Ave., Suite 102 in Middleton. Sonya is certified in Spiritual Restructuring, a Reiki Master and a teacher of dowsing. Sonyas spiritual clearings through SRT direct a person to inner peace by replacing negative energies with positive. For more information, call 608-220-0406, email or visit or Rooted Spirit Wholeness Center on Facebook.

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Love without pain 

By Gen Kelsang Gomlam
s it possible to experience love without pain? This is such an important question and it is one of the most popular topics taught in Kadampa Buddhist centers throughout the world. Everyone benefits from understanding how we can experience real love without pain. First we need to understand that happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes cannot be found outside of the mind. If we want to be truly

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happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.1 In this case we need to correctly identify painful or negative states of mind which cause the pain in our relationships. And then we need to identify positive states of mind which cause the happiness in our relationships. It is these feelings, which are part of our mind, that are responsible for the pain and the happiness in our relationships, not the people themselves.

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What is love? Pure unconditional love never causes any pain or worry but only peace and joy.2 So if love, by definition, cannot hurt, what is it that causes the pain in relationships? attachment will bring only suffering 3 Since most of our love is mixed up with attachment, it seems like love hurts when in reality it is the attachment that causes the pain. Therefore, all we need to do is learn how to recognize the attachment in our relationships, reduce it and eliminate it! Our love will then be pure and will function to produce the happiness and pleasant feelings we all want. Great news! Recognizing attachment is not that difficult. Here are some simple ways to remember the difference between love and attachment: 1. Love is wanting others to be happy and free from problems. Attachment is wanting others to make us happy and take away our problems. 2. Love and attachment are opposites in terms of energy flowing from our heart. Loving energy flows out from our heart to others. Attachment is always trying to pull energy from others in order to fulfill our own wishes for happiness. 3. Love is a virtue and never causes pain. Attachment is a delusion and always produces pain. 4. Pure love is unconditional and attachment is always conditional.


5. The more love you have, the happier you

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If our love for our friends is mixed with strong attachment, it will be conditional on their behaving in ways that please us, and as soon as they do something we disapprove of, our fondness for them may turn into anger.4 If you remember just these five things when you look at your relationships, you will discover that just recognizing these distinctions will begin to reduce the attachment and subsequently the pain you are experiencing. For most people this feels so good that they immediately want to learn more about these two feelings, and in particular, how to eliminate attachment completely and how to improve the quality and duration of their love. Pure love is unmixed with attachment and stems entirely from a concern for others happiness. It never gives rise to problems but only to peace and happiness for both ourselves and others. We need to remove attachment from our minds, but this does not mean that we have to abandon our relationships. Instead, we should learn to distinguish attachment from love, and gradually try to remove all traces of attachment from our relationships and to improve our love until it becomes pure.5 This type of knowledge is priceless and is called wisdom because it works for everyone. It moves us in the direction of increasing happiness, which is what everyone really wants! You can learn more about love and attachment from books like those listed below and find classes on this topic in your area so you can heal your heart and enjoy all your relationships!
Gen Kelsang Gomlam is the resident teacher at the Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Center in Madison. References: 1. How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths. Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang. Tharpa Publications. 2007. viii. 2. Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness. Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang. Tharpa Publications. 2012. 98. 3. Eight Steps to Happiness. Gyatso. 70. 4. Eight Steps to Happiness. Gyatso. 130. 5. Eight Steps to Happiness. Gyatso. 142.

trend and, due to a current shortage, is around $5 per gallon. The cost is likely to decrease as spring arrives. Consider the long-term trends for a solar system, whether you intend to use it for offsetting electricity or for heating, since the system could be in service for up to 40 years. Currently, photovoltaic systems offer the better long-term investment. Photovoltaic modules are available at a very low cost, about a quarter of the cost at their peak since 2008. In general, electric prices only trend up, so the investment is more predictable than for a solar thermal system unless the thermal system is offsetting energy from an electric hot water heater. Generally, the larger a system, the lower the cost per watts of modules installed providing a better return on investment. For instance, a 2 kilowatt system that offsets about 2,400 kilowatts per year (under ideal conditions) costs in the $11,000 range, or about $5.50 per watt of module size. A 6 kilowatt system may cost in the $4 per watt range, or about $24,000. The current incentives that may be available are Wisconsins Focus on Energy program and a 30-percent federal tax credit. For a site with a good solar window, photovoltaic systems are seeing

a full return on the investment in the 15to 20-year range. The financial outlook for a solar hot water system is not as attractive at the current time. Aluminum and copper make up a considerable portion of the components. The cost for these raw materials has continued to rise, affecting the price of the system. In combination with this, the current low cost of heating fuels has made these types of systems less attractive financially. A typical two-collector system for a home with four to five people would cost in the $12,000 range. The only incentive available is the 30 percent federal tax credit, as Focus on Energy currently is not offering incentives for residential solar hot water systems. A system like this is seeing a full return on the investment in the 25- to 30-year range, or 18- to 22-year range if you are offsetting an electric hot water heater. These systems are a long-term investment, an investment that begins to provide a return once it is turned on and should continue for 30-plus years.
Mark Warnick is a NABCEP-certified PV Technical Sales Project Engineer for Madison-based Full Spectrum Solar and a photovoltaic system instructor and technology mentor for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Full Spectrum Solar installs solar hot water and photovoltaic systems for both residential and commercial customers. To find out more, visit or call 608-284-9495.

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Healing with crystals 

By Teresa Martens

rystal healing is a practice where a certified crystal healing practitioner uses crystals and stones, either on or around a client in a grid, for selftransformation, balancing, healing and relaxation. Crystals have an amazing influence on the physical and subtle bodies, which include our aura, chakras, meridians and spiritual energies. Crystals can be placed on any area that needs healing, but are mainly placed on specific areas of the body called chakras, a Sanskrit word meaning spiritual power. Chakras are the major centers of spiritual power in the human body and are circles of energy that balance, store and distribute the energies of life all through our physical and subtle bodies. Crystals have a long tradition of being used for healing. In modernday practices, there are two ways a practitioner may work with crystals. The first method is called the Spiritual Healing Paradigm.
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In this method, crystals, especially clear quartz, are used to channel, direct and amplify energy through the practitioner from the spiritual realms with which the practitioner works. Healing energy is mentally directed through the crystal, which amplifies and clarifies the healing potential. In this method, the practitioner holds the crystal in her hand while directing healing energy through her palm chakra, through the crystal and into the body of the client for the desired purpose of healing, clearing or balancing. The second method of crystal healing is called the Resonance Placement Paradigm. This method relies on the power of the crystals themselves, along with the healing intuition of the practitioner. Many different crystals may be used, each one chosen for a particular beneficial effect on the client. Placed on or around the body, the color, shape and composition of the crystal create a resonance that encourages healing to take place as the practitioner directs healing energy into the body of the client. A practitioner may place the same color crystal as the color of the chakra on the client to enhance the flow of energy. It is believed that the crystal will direct the flow of energy to the client and bring balance to that persons chakra. Ultimately, crystals are used to cleanse the person from unwanted or trapped energy believed to be the cause of illness, and by clearing out this energy it is believed to alleviate the physical ailment. Crystals are used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. When healing energy is focused through a crystal, it is sent into the body of the client and distributed to the area(s) most in need of energy balancing. There is an almost innate intelligence to this focused energy as it always flows to the body regions where it is most needed.

The subtle body, an energy field that has a structure that influences and gives life to the physical body, is designed to keep you in balance. When your subtle body is balanced, energies flow freely without restriction along channels called meridians. Feelings of joy, happiness, love, compassion and well-being will flow freely, too. When the subtle body is disturbed through fear or other negative mental states, energy becomes restricted, causing depression, anxiety and unhappiness. To revive these energies and well-being, the subtle body needs to be restored and balanced. By working with the healing and balancing energies of crystals, the subtle body is influenced and our minds and any blockages become more relaxed and clear, returning us to peace and happiness. The beauty of crystals makes them a natural choice for healing both the physical and subtle bodies as well as the space in ones home. Their uniqueness imbues them with magical power the power to protect, to enhance, to strengthen and to uplift. They have been used as amulets to ward off harm, as talismans to encourage virtues, as magical guardians to heal, and as tools to interpret messages from the spirit world. The attraction they hold transcends place and time. What you will experience in a crystal healing session will bring relaxation, healing and balance to the subtle energy systems of the body. Our lives are influenced by many different energies we cannot see, and yet they profoundly affect our state of mind and our health. Using crystals has been shown to balance, heal, soothe and energize, and enable us to harness the vital energies of nature to create balance and well-being of body, mind and spirit. After a

few days, and as the subtle energies of your body are recharged, you might feel more energetic and your head will be clearer. At Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, crystals can be used on their own during a session, or they can be used in conjunction with a reiki session.
Teresa Martens, reiki master teacher, is owner of Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, located at 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, in Madison. She is certified in Usui reiki and Karuna reiki, crystal healing, the EMF Balancing Technique, acupressure, and holistic aromatherapy, is a certified Angel Card reader and offers spiritual mentoring sessions. Teresa offers private sessions and classes in a peaceful and loving environment that encourages and supports her clients and students on their path towards healing.For more information, call 608-346-3424 or visit

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Birds of a feather: But can we all ock together? 

By Brian R. Wussow, DC
y 20-plus years of experience has helped me recognize patterns in the human body. When I see a tight muscle or a certain postural twist, I know the three or four most common structural problems that created it and the fastest way to get rid of them. It is one of the things that I believe helps me be a great chiropractor. Today I want to explain another pattern that I have noticed. There are two types of people when it comes to their health care. I like to think of each as either an ostrich or an eagle.

6. You take medication to offset the side effects of other 7. You experience irregular sleep patterns. 8. You are susceptible to colds and the flu. 9. You often say things like, I need to go to the doctor, or I need 10. You have difficulty standing or sitting up straight.


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The ostrich

One of the funniest sights in nature is the ostrich with his head buried in the sand. Danger all around but with his head buried, hes thinking, You cant see me! This is a great metaphor for the crisis care mentality that some people have about their health. In other words, they only take care of themselves when they are sick, have a disease, or are in excruciating pain. For them, the pain or the symptom is the problem rather than recognizing it is just the bodys way of telling us we have a more serious underlying health condition. This mentality is more about treating symptoms than it is about fixing the real problem. The ostrich mentality robs us of our chances of enjoying an active, healthy long life. Some of the signs that you or a loved one might be an ostrich with your head in the sand are: 1. You take over-the-counter drugs on a monthly basis. 2. You have taken prescription drugs consistently for more than three months. 3. You have altered your life due to a health concern. 4. You constantly try to pop your neck and back or are fidgety. 5. You cannot exercise without pain.
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Most of us need look no further than our own family to see evidence of the If it aint broke, dont fix it, ostrich-like attitude. This is your advance notice that your parents and grandparents never received, so you dont get caught with your head in the sand.

The eagle

In contrast, the eagle takes on any challenge head-on. It refuses to bury its head in the sand. These types of people are more about lifestyle care rather than waiting for crisis. They honestly evaluate their lifestyle habits and make corrections as necessary. They take in new information and generate new habits to continue growing their health and wellness. Lifestyle care is based on want versus need and some of the signs that you or a loved one might be an eagle are: 1. You look for ways to maximize your energy. 2. Life is about expressing your innate, genetic potential. 3. You seek out professionals to naturally improve athletic performance. 4. You do what it takes to ensure that your last 20 years are active and fun. 5. You stay fit with your neurology, endurance, strength and structure.

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The seemingly small differences in lifestyle decisions over time create a very divergent path for the ostrich and the eagle. Unfortunately, for the crisis care-minded ostriches of the world, statistically the last 20-ish years of life are typically not filled with health and vitality but with multiple medications, rehab facilities, nursing homes, diapers and feeding tubes. More and more people are living to 100 and beyond. The question is what the quality will look like for you. If you are an ostrich, I encourage you to draw a line in the sand instead of putting your head in the sand. Hold yourself to a new standard. Inch by inch, habit by habit, your health and vitality will soar to new heights as you transform into an eagle.
Brian R. Wussow, DC, has been practicing in the Madison/Middleton area for more than 20 years. He is a 1991 honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and his practice emphasis is on family wellness care. Wussow Chiropractic is a licensed neurologic relief center and the 100 Year Lifestyle licensed affiliate chiropractor in Middleton. It is located at 8434 Old Sauk Road in Madison. For more information call 608-833-1114 or visit


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Would you spray Windex on your head? 

By Angela Kowieski

mmonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas. You can typically recognize it by its sharp suffocating odor. When a person breathes, swallows or has his/her skin come into contact with ammonia, the chemical reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. By itself, ammonia hydroxide can cause irritation and burns. When inside the body, this corrosive compound damages cells in the body on contact. The effects of ammonia on the body will vary depending on how much of the chemical a person is exposed to, as well as the amount and duration of exposure. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation, according to the New York State Department of Health. Now that I have your attention on the dangers of ammonia, let me ask you: Do you color your hair or does your hair stylist color your hair? If so, then most likely they are using an ammoniated color on your hair and scalp to perform these services. Hair color bought from the grocery store also most likely contains ammonia.

The FDA only requires that cosmetics and personal care products are correctly labeled. This leaves open many doors for toxins to get in!
the small intestines or the microbes of the large intestines that filter out chemicals, sodium or any other dangerous waste, Mazur says.

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Why is it important to not use ammoniated products on your scalp or skin?

Eating isnt the only way that chemicals enter our blood systems and organs. According to Dr. Stephen Mazur, a physician who has been practicing medicine for more than 40 years, though the bodys digestive system is often able to filter outchemical toxins, the other systems in the body do not have this capability. Any product that is applied to our skin is soaked directly into our bloodstream. Skin, the bodys largest organ and the bodys largest and most direct path to our bloodstream, simply does not have the gastric acids of the stomach, the pancreatic enzymes of
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Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates solely food and drugs, cosmetics and personal care products are all pretty much up to self-regulation. The FDA only requires that cosmetics and personal care products are correctly labeled. This leaves open many doors for toxins to get in! This includes hair color. There are even some color lines that claim to be organic that still include ammonia, since the chemical is considered a natural resource. (So is poison ivy, but Im not going to put it on my head!) This leaves it very tricky for the consumer to know what is truly safe for them.

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Some questions you can ask your hair stylist about the color they use to see if it is the safest option for you are: 1. DOES THIS COLOR CONTAIN AMMONIA? If they are unsure, ask what brand they use and do some of your own research. Nobodys going to care about your health more than you! (You would be shocked at how many hair stylists are oblivious of the toxins they are using on a daily basis.)


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Angela Kowieski is a certified organic hair colorist and salon owner of Divine Body & Styles Organic Salon & Spa, 5440 Willow Rd., Suite 104, in Waunakee. She strives to find products that are made with as many organic ingredients as possible. Divine Body & Styles Organic Salon & Spa is an environment where beauty means not having to sacrifice your health. For more information, call 608-242-4247 or visit References: The Facts About Ammonia. New York State Department of Health. Dangers of Salon Products. Organic Color Systems. www.organiccolorsystems. com/dangers-of-salon-products. ToxFAQs for Ammonia. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs) for Ammonia. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Ammonia. Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Sheets. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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arch can be a tough month for families in Wisconsin. A long winter is nally drawing to a close and spring cant seem to come soon enough! On Sunday, March 23, area families will have a fantastic opportunity to forget their winter woes: The Natural Parenting Expo at Monona Terrace will be anything but dreary! The resources and activities available make it a perfect environment for a day outing for parents and kids in southwestern Wisconsin. At this second annual event, the 37,000-square-foot expo hall at Monona Terrace will be lled with exhibitors (last year there were 70) ranging from Aldo Leopold Nature Center to Zerorez (a green carpet-cleaning company). A packed performance/presentation schedule will run simultaneously in four areas throughout the day, and allday exhibits keep kids (and parents) busy between booths and scheduled events. The expo is a production of Natural Parenting Network, LLC (NPN), the conception of three local business owners (and mothers) who formed NPN in 2012 to combine their passions for parenting and wellness with community building. The expo is designed to motivate, not intimidate. Our goal for the expo is to provide a day of inspiration, says Kimberly Zahasky of NPN. Whether its getting kids to eat more vegetables and a little less junk food, inspiring children to get interested in physics or break-dancing or hearing from experts about important issues that affect us all. The event is co-sponsored by Willy Street Co-op, Happy Bambino, Dane Birth Coalition and Blue River Chiropractic, which Zahasky co-owns with her husband, Dr. Ben Zahasky. Each company brings its expertise in the form of booths. Every booth has stafng, Zahasky relays. Quality and variety of exhibitors is key to the expos organizers. We have parameters around what types of

businesses can exhibit, and we do limit booths and try not to have too many of each type of service so theres a lot of variety. Some booths will be selling products and some booths are there to share resources and information. While, as Zahasky says, the expo has a lot of information for expectant parents and babies, the event has programming for ages up to 13. This year we scheduled a lot of events for older kids and tweens in the afternoon including the UW-Madison Wonders of Physics show and the Wild Rumpus World Circus, says Alison Dodge of Natural Parenting Network who coordinates programming for the all-day event.

Our goal for the expo is to provide a day of inspiration ... Whether its getting kids to eat more vegetables and a little less junk food, inspiring children to get interested in physics or break-dancing or hearing from experts about important issues that affect us all.
Other main stage performances include: David Landau (a popular childrens entertainer); a babywearing fashion show; Irish, Hmong, Latin, and belly dance; and hula hooping performances. Family-friendly activities include an interactive worm-composting exhibit, a slingshot creation station from Fractal Madison, an inatable obstacle course and bouncy house, and goats and other farm animals from Heartland Farm Sanctuary. New this year is a keynote presentation. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria is pediatrician, occasional childrens librarian, public health professional and child health advocate who practices primary-care pediatrics at Access Community Health. His presentation Books Build Better Brains will cover the basics of current advances in early brain and child development in an accessible manner and present a

simple route to realistically incorporate recommendations into the busy lives of families. Also included are the latest recommendations on screen time across the age spectrum. There is no fee for this presentation, but space is limited so early registration is recommended. The Dane Birth Coalition will co-sponsor a screening of the new lm The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition (followed by a brief community discussion facilitated by sexuality educator Amy Gilliland). This lm is designed for high school and college students, and the screening is equally appropriate for expectant parents, educators, and parents of young adults. Other presentations geared toward adults include a panel discussion on Alternative Schooling Approaches and presentations on the safe use of herbs for childhood ailments, holistic gut health, self-care for parents and food allergies in children. Finally, a special performance by national director of the Listen To Your Mother Show, well-known blogger and comedienne, Ann Imig, is running concurrently with the expo. The Children Ate My Gratitude: Parenting Humor with Ann Imig will be followed by a Q&A on parent blogs and the blogosphere at large. If thats not enough, the expo runs

on the same day as the FairShare CSA (community-supported agriculture) Coalitions Annual Open House at Monona Terrace. We felt sharing the day/space would provide another excellent opportunity for our expo attendees and introduce more local families to the concept of communitysupported agriculture, Dodge says. The open house is a free event (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and provides an opportunity to meet 35 local CSA farmers, nd pick-up locations, sign up for a CSA farm share and learn about on-farm and FairShare events. The Natural Parenting Expo has a full day of resources and familyfriendly activities. But one thing will be noticeably missing: soda. We take a lot of care in developing the concessions menu with Monona Catering, Jennifer Bell of the Natural Parenting Network says. This year, we were able to eliminate the option of soft drinks in addition to providing a nutrition-packed, delicious menu. Soda is linked to obesity, tooth decay and many other health issues. Were excited to provide healthy options instead. In a nutshell, organizers say The Natural Parenting Expo is a fantastic opportunity to learn about local resources for parenting and natural living and enjoy a great day of family fun.

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hat exactly are superfoods? Currently, there isnt a standardized definition or set of guidelines that a food must meet to be defined as a superfood. A common

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definition is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Basically, superfoods are foods that have nutritional properties (think vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) that go above and beyond most other foods. They are the foods that rejuvenate our health, prevent disease, help us lose weight, provide amazing energy and detoxify our bodies. When people think of superfoods, they often think of foods like salmon, tomatoes or broccoli. While those foods do have many health benefits, a true superfood packs an even greater punch. True superfoods boast nutrient density far beyond celery and carrots. Have you ever heard of acai berries? They have 22 times the antioxidant capacity compared to blueberries. If you think thats impressive, you should try maqui berries. They have double the antioxidants of acai berries and are the highest known antioxidant fruit in the world! Most superfoods have been around for centuries, used by ancient cultures for their medicinal and healing properties. These may be novel foods to many people today, but they are by no means new. For example, goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a secret for longevity and improving immune function. Quinoa has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years and was eaten regularly by the Incas. Pomegranates have been cultivated for medicinal and culinary purposes since before the prehistoric ages. And sea buckthorn can be found in Tibetan medical documents dating back to A.D. 618-907. If youre still wondering why you should eat superfoods, consider this: They are literally packed with nutrients at levels far exceeding any other foods such that they deliver health-boosting effects in very small doses. For example, camu camu berries contain 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange, with just one teaspoon of its powder containing 1,180 percent of the RDA for vitamin C! When you take into account that less than one-third of Americans

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Hemp seeds. Packed with a complete amino acid profile, these seeds are one of the few that are alkalinizing. They provide iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium, as well as being an excellent source of fiber. Add them to your smoothies, breakfast cereals or baked goods. Coconut oil. Due to its medium-chained triglycerides, this oil aids in weight loss because the fat is easily burned and hard to store. Its also known to prevent cardiovascular disease due to its anti-inflammatory properties and positive effects on cholesterol. Use it for cooking as it is stable with high heat, or use it as a moisturizer for your skin. Leafy greens. Hands down, greens are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Kale, for example, contains just as much absorbable calcium as milk with almost no calories! Blend greens in your smoothies or add it to stir fries and pasta dishes. Goji berries. A rare fruit with all the essential amino acids making it a complete protein, goji berries are full of antioxidants and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals. Add them to your oatmeal or amaranth cereal, blend them in a smoothie or steep them in your favorite tea. Sacha inchi seeds. Ounce for ounce, these amazing seeds contain more than 13 times the omega-3 fatty acids compared to salmon. In addition to being another plant-based complete protein, these seeds boast a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. They also taste delicious and are great as a snack!
Brittany Miller is a registered dietitian and the director of Madisons most effective weight loss program, Get Waisted. Get Waisted is an innovative program founded by Dr. Mary Clifton, internal medicine specialist, and Tess Challis, chef and wellness coach. The program emphasizes a high antioxidant, whole food, plant-focused approach to weight loss and radiant health. Members are supported with weekly meetings, led by Brittany Miller, at Whole Foods Market and the Oasis Day Spa inside Princeton Club West. For more information, visit, call at 734-678-3785, or email at References: Coconut Oil: Learn More About This Superfood That Contains Healthful Saturated Fats. Todays Dietitian. Aglae Jacob. Majority of Americans not Meeting Recommendations for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. pressrel/2009/r090929.htm. Superfood Kitchen. Julie Morris. Sterling Epicure. 2012. New Antioxidant Vitamin RDAs Better, but not Good Enough. Oregon State University. new-antioxidant-vitamin-rdas-better-not-good-enough.


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are meeting the minimal recommended intakes for fruits and vegetables, eating nutrient-rich superfoods makes a lot of sense. In order to get the adequate amount of nutrients for optimal health and disease prevention, you might need more than what is recommended. The percent daily value (seen on nutrition labels) states the amount of that nutrient required to meet the needs of 97 to 98 percent of healthy people. Some studies, however, show these levels are inadequate. Considering many people are not in an optimal state of health, you might need a much more than what is recommended.


Clothing lifecycle: Global impact of mass produced fashion 

By Lindsay Leno

very garment of clothing in every closet has a lifecycle. The length of that lifecycle is determined by many factors and in turn also determines its carbon footprint. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, carbon footprint is defined as the amount of greenhouse gases and specifically carbon dioxide

99 percent of footwear and 98 percent of apparel is made outside of the United States. This statistic proves that creating and shipping these goods to the United States creates a deep and large carbon footprint.
emitted by something (as a persons activities or a products manufacture and transport) during a given period. Mass-produced fashion items in our modern era have a longer lifecycle with a larger carbon footprint than in the past due to globalization. Items with a more limited lifecycle, such as handmade items, have less of a carbon footprint. The lifecycle of clothing has an impact on our resources and the earth but the good news is we, as responsible consumers, can do specific things to shorten or alter the lifecycle to have a lighter footprint. The typical mass produced clothing item begins with raw goods, such as cotton, which are processed into fibers and then shipped to a facility for the creation of fabric cloth. These fabrics are shipped to factories and used for fashioning garments which are typically created outside the United States. In fact, according to the book Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline, as of 2011, 99 percent of footwear and 98 percent of apparel is made outside of the United States. This statistic proves that creating and shipping these goods to the United States creates a deep and large carbon footprint. Once the garments are made, they must be shipped here and transported to distribution centers and retailers across our large nation. According to Eileen Fisher, a retailer that sells garments and who wants to lessen the burden on our resources through fashion, just one

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yoga tank top can travel more than 17,000 miles from cotton seed to retail store (that doesnt include the precious gas and miles the consumer logs from store to home). The lifecycle isnt done once it hits the consumers closet. A typical garment will be worn several times and either donated or tossed out. If donated, it will travel to a local thrift store and ultimately to another closet or, in some cases, may be donated to countries that are in need of clothing for the less fortunate. If not donated, its tossed out and will end up in a landfill. Our clothing consumption has a complicated lifecycle and without question creates a large carbon footprint. We can lessen this impact on a personal and local level through some small, easy steps. The complicated lifecycle of a garment makes it so that we as consumers can intercept it to make alterations that suit our personal, sustainable goals. In the early stages of a lifecycle, steps can be taken to cut down on the carbon footprint made by shipping raw goods, fabrics and garments overseas. There is a movement toward sustainability that involves consumers making their own garments going so far as processing fibers and yarns to keep the carbon footprint to its most minimal by creating the garment from scratch. Even creating a garment from already-made fabric has a significant impact on the carbon footprint. However, a typical fashion consumer may find it more suitable to make an impact on the later part of the lifecycle versus the beginning. Once a fashion trend makes it to a consumers closet, despite the footprint that was made to bring it there, the choices include: recycling, repurposing, swapping or rummaging. Recycling includes donating to local consignment or thrift stores, schools and churches. Keeping donations local ensures that the carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. Repurposing can be done by creating something wearable or useful for personal use such as a throw pillow, rags to use in the garage or for housekeeping. Swapping is a growing trend that ensures your garment will be used by a friend or a person in your local community and has the added bonus of swapping partners receiving goods and keeping them from landfills. Rummaging is when the garment is sold at a garage sale and used as needed by the person who purchases it. Any of these steps can halt or divert the lifecycle of a typical garment and can create a positive impact that would otherwise be created by the supply chain of clothing. Consumers dont often think that a simple garment bought from their local retailer has a lifecycle that includes travelling sometimes thousands of miles from beginning to end; however, acknowledging and understanding the lifecycle makes it easier to take simple steps to divert or halt the process at key points. The complicated concept of a garments lifecycle is due to globalization, and using the globalization of the Internet to research ways to create our own fibers and garments as well as seeking out resources for recycling, swapping and rummaging in order to cut down on the impact clothing has on our resources can make a huge impact.
Lindsay Leno is the owner of UpShift Clothing Exchange Boutique, 836 E. Johnson St. in Madison. The clothing swap store utilizes a unique exchange system where women bring in bags of clothes, pay an exchange fee, and fill their empty bags to bring home. Lindsay achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in apparel design at UW-Stout in 2001. In addition, she achieved her Bachelor of Science in education degree at UW-Madison in 2012. Lindsay was a clothing and trend developer at Maurices, Inc. for more than six years and the visual manager at Forever 21 for two years. For more information, call 608-628-9525, visit http://up-shift.webs. com or seek out UpShift of Madison on Facebook.

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Grin and bare it 

By Wendy Wartenweiler

unshine will soon be on our shoulders! As spring break trips and warmer weather inch closer, we all start baring more skin. Skin-baring season brings with it a revving up of hair removal routines. One of the top beauty services at salons and spas is waxing. This popular go-to beauty service is the way to go when the hairs gotta go. Shaving and depilatories are time-consuming, can irritate your skin, lead to razor nicks, cause annoying stubble and your hair grows back more rapidly compared to waxing.

Be prepared by knowing what to expect. There are two kinds

Waxing has many other perks.

six weeks before hair returns.

Waxing gives lasting smoothness with approximately four to Since waxing removes hair at the root, hair comes back softer Waxing does double duty as an exfoliator as it removes the top

and finer, making it ultimately grow back less and less.

layer of dead skin cells. It leaves the skin brighter and smoother.

With the help of some pre-wax and post-wax pointers, you will be well on your way to ultimate smoothness.

Pre-waxing tips:

of wax. Hard wax is a stripless wax used on smaller areas of the face and body. Soft wax is for larger areas and is removed with a paper or muslin cloth. Most want to prepare themselves by knowing if it will hurt. Everyones skin and hair is different, so the experience is unique for all. Some describe it as a quick stinging and some describe it as virtually pain-free. Note that first-timers will experience more ouch because hair roots are at their strongest. Subsequent waxing services will get significantly easier. There are a few tips some find to work at minimizing the potential discomfort. Always remember to relax and breathe during your waxing service. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before your appointment can prove helpful. Also, if possible, avoid waxing near your menstrual period because skin is more sensitive.

Set up your waxing appointment with a licensed esthetician.

They are specialty trained in waxing procedures and proper sanitation guidelines. Start readying your skin pre-waxing appointment with some home preparation. Be sure that hair is at least - to -inch in length (about two weeks growth). Start exfoliating with a gentle scrub one to two days before your appointment. This helps loosen and clean out the hair follicles beforehand so the hair comes out easier.
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Post-waxing tips.

Optimize your freshly waxed skin with these post-wax pointers: For 24 hours post-wax, avoid unprotected sun exposure, heavy sweating, soaking in a bathtub, scrubs or wearing tight clothing over waxed areas. Remember not to shave or use depilatory creams between waxes. This will distort hair growth. It is best to keep a regular waxing schedule, approximately four to six weeks between appointments, to achieve the best results.

A bit of hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera can be calming to the skin post-wax.
A bit of hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera can be calming


to the skin post-wax. Many salon and spas also carry retail waxing product lines specifically for home use. Prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating. Use a gentle scrub starting 24 to 48 hours after you wax and then approximately two to three times a week. These regular exfoliations are helpful to remove dead skin so your hair can get out above the surface of pores and not become ingrown. With some preparation and knowledge, waxing can become a favorite must-do in your beauty routine as you fall in love with the results. Give it a try and youll be on your way to grinning and baring it all!
Wendy Wartenweiler is a Wisconsin state-licensed esthetician and trained in speed waxing. She is also a National Association of Sports Medicine-certified personal fitness trainer which complements her esthetics training by allowing her to help clients on a trio of levels as a beauty, skin and wellness coach. She provides a variety of skin and waxing services at Elevation Salon and Spa, located on the third floor of the Capital Fitness building in downtown Madison. Please visit them online at, email at or phone 608-661-3636.

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Differentiating colic from acid reux 

f infants were born with an instruction manual, early parenting would be much less stressful. Unfortunately for new mothers and fathers, tending to a baby is often a system of trial and error. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Similarly, a child may be born who is easily comforted and takes to sleep, while its sibling seems to cry all day long. Getting to the root of those crying fits can prove rather challenging.


When crying goes on and on with seemingly no cause, this could be indicative of something more significant than just a fussy baby. Infants use crying as a method for telling their caregivers that something is amiss. Cries can indicate dampness, pain, sleepiness or other conditions. But crying with no apparent cause is defined as colic. Colic is not a disease but rather a behavioral condition. Babies with colic cry for seemingly no reason and very often at the same time each day. Nothing seems to comfort them. In addition to crying, the child may thrash around or clench fists. Some believe that colic has its roots in the digestive tract, where there is the presence of lots of air that may stem from slow intestinal motility. Others believe colic is linked to an overstimulated central nervous system. Still, colic is not a diagnosis, but rather a way to describe how a baby is behaving. The colicky behavior may be indicative of another underlying condition, such as acid reflux.

Acid reux

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, acid reflux affects more than half of all babies under three months old and usually resolves itself between the childs first and second birthdays. Acid reflux occurs when the lower
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esophageal sphincter, or LES, muscle remains open and enables stomach contents to flow back up through the esophagus and mouth. Infants have immature muscle development, and their LES may not open and close only when swallowing, enabling food to come back up. The reflux can occur when the baby cries, strains or eats too quickly. Symptoms may include excessive amounts of spit-up, crying and pain while eating. An infant may drink breast milk or bottles quickly and gulp the liquid down because it is soothing, only to find that this exacerbates the problem. Infants with reflux may begin to cry when lying down. They may also arch their necks and backs during or after eating or spitting up. Some children have silent reflux, where the acid does not come out of the mouth, but rather the baby swallows it back down. Reflux babies may learn to associate food with pain and can develop aversions to feeding. Whenever a child is exhibiting signs that go against the norm, parents can talk first to their childs pediatrician. Different feeding or sleeping strategies may alleviate some of the crying. Medication or surgery may be needed in extreme cases, and a parent may be instructed to visit a specialist in gastrointestinal conditions for an accurate diagnosis.
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Let it go to get it sold 

By Sara Alvarado

t might not feel like spring yet but the spring real estate market is on fire. Houses are moving fast and in some areas there are more buyers than there are homes. It can be confusing, though, when some homes fly off the market and others sit unsold for what seems like forever. We would normally check to see if the location, price and condition of the home is similar to others that are selling in the neighborhood. If all that matches up, then it is common to find out that the sellers are not ready to let go of the home. This isnt always obvious or even clear to the sellers themselves. Your home is a sacred place. It is where you arrive at the end of a busy day to relax, to find solace, to be you in a safe place. A home is where life happens. People have celebrations, create memories, laugh, love, cry and grieve in their homes. The predictable routine of pancakes every Sunday becomes a memory in itself. Youve heard the saying, Home is where the heart is. And it is. It is only normal to become attached to your home. Yet when it is time to move and sell your home, it is important to detach and let go so that someone else can fall in love with it and call it their home. Here are some tips in getting your home ready for new owners: 1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROCESS. Take the time to reflect on how wonderful your home has been for you and your family

When it is time to move and sell your home, it is important to detach and let go so that someone else can fall in love with it and call it their home.
and be clear about why you are choosing to move. This discussion usually is related to the level of motivation. However there are times, like during a divorce, when the reason is obvious, yet one family member is not ready to acknowledge the process and is not ready to let go. Even during difficult sales there are ways to change the perspective and find something positive
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Can your toothbrush make you sick? 

By Edwin Batchelor, DDS
ou may have heard that germs can live on your toothbrush and wondered if its cause for concern. Its a fact that there are more bacteria in the mouth than anywhere else in your body, and some of them get on your toothbrush when you brush your teeth. In addition, most people store their toothbrush in the bathroom, which tends to contain numerous airborne bacteria because of the warm, moist environment. Once youve been infected with a particular strain of a virus or bacteria, you develop antibodies that make the likelihood of re-infection very low. Even if the virus is

still hanging out on your toothbrush after you recover, those antibodies should keep you from contracting the same illness twice. Your toothbrush is not a real problem while youre still sick, since the viral load on the bristles is negligible compared with whats already in your system. It is possible to re-infect yourself, however. If you were afflicted with strep throat, for example, a colony of streptococcal bacteria might end up on your toothbrush and remain there long enough to give you a second case after you have taken a course of antibiotics.

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It is possible to catch a cold, a bacterial infection or even a bloodborne disease such as hepatitis B or C from someone elses toothbrush, even if you dont put it in your mouth. The infected toothbrush could contaminate another toothbrush nearby if they are in close enough contact. A dirty toothbrush might also pass bacteria or virus particles to the rim of a toothpaste tube, and then to another toothbrush from there. Despite all this, the American Dental Association isnt overly concerned over the microorganisms living on your toothbrush bristles. Generally speaking, our immune systems are up to the task of fighting off any illnesses that might result from them.

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Although studies have shown that various microorganisms can grow on toothbrushes after use, there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse or using a commercially available toothbrush sanitizer has any positive or negative effect on health. While these products dont do any harm and company studies show they do succeed in removing germs, they are not necessary to prevent the spread of germs. Simpler

methods can be used to limit the spread of germs from toothbrushes.

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What can you do?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a simple regimen for toothbrush care is sufficient to remove most microorganisms from your toothbrush and limit the spread of disease. Here are some common-sense steps you can take: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after brushing or flossing. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with warm water and store it upright to air dry. The medicine cabinet seems like a clean, safe place for your toothbrush, but darkness and lack of air are what bacteria love. Store the toothbrush out in the open where it has the chance to dry out. Use a completely dry toothbrush. Everyone should have two toothbrushes to give ample time (24 hours) for drying in between uses. Dont share a toothbrush with anyone. Also, dont store toothbrushes in a way that might cause them to touch and spread germs. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months. Dentists recommend this practice not as prevention against contamination, but because toothbrushes wear out and become less effective at cleaning teeth. Always replace your toothbrush after a cold or other illness to prevent contamination. If you or someone else in your family is sick, that person should use a different tube of toothpaste (travel size, for example) to prevent spreading germs to other toothbrushes.
Edwin Batchelor, DDS, is a partner at Excellence in Dentistry, which has locations in Madison and Cottage Grove. Dr. Batchelor graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. He is certified in oral conscious sedation, helping provide care for those with phobias or fear of treatment. Dr. Batchelor is on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Academy of General Dentistry. For more information, call 608-318-4350 or visit References: Centers for Disease Control. American Dental Association.

in the upcoming move. Let it go. Its time to move on. This doesnt always happen overnight and can be a helpful mantra during the emotional moments. 2. START PACKING. The process of packing starts to move the energy around in the home. It sends the message that you are moving. You arent just putting your home on the market, you are selling it! A common mistake is when sellers only focus on the staging process, which is getting the home pretty for showings. Staging is important and it consists of de-cluttering, moving furniture around, replacing family photos with neutral pieces of art for example. Packing and purging what you dont need anymore is the first step in staging and getting it ready to sell. Dont skip it. 3. DETACH. This can be different for different people. Some sellers need to find their next home or at least start looking before they can properly detach from their current home. And other times it isnt as obvious. A past client did everything to get their home ready; they started packing and staged their home. The sellers had a hot pink accent wall in the living room and we

recommended they paint it a more neutral color. At first they resisted because they loved it and felt like buyers should be able to imagine their own colors. A couple of months into the listing we still hadnt received an offer. They finally painted the wall and within a week got an accepted offer! The sellers needed to let go of the home being their home, with their colors, and detach from it so it could be someone elses. Detaching from what you love about your home is an important key to getting your home sold. There are wonderful people in the community that can help you get your home ready to sell in addition to your realtor. Check this publication for staging, organizing professionals and energy workers that can clear your home. Dont forget to do your part, too, and let go!
Sara Alvarado is the much-attached owner of Alvarado Real Estate Group, a boutique real estate brokerage that helps families with the home buying and selling process in the Madison area. Her group has a unique team approach, and a passion for strong, vibrant neighborhoods, sustainable living and healthy homes. Great stories and information can be found at Or you can connect with Sara at 608-251-6600 or

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Reiki: An energy for everyone 

By Rebecca Grazulis, M.A., M.Ed.

hen I moved to Madison last year I made a friend who, like me, also practiced reiki. I was thrilled to be able to talk to someone more about it. Where did you get attuned? Is there a good place here in Madison? Oh, I didnt get attuned. I just do it. I just use the symbols. Immediately, my eyebrows rose. Oh, this poor woman she doesnt know that shes not doing reiki, I thought. At the time, I wasnt even aware that there were people in the reiki community who believed that you could do reiki without an attunement process. I just thought, well, of course everyone is on the same page. It pays to do a little research. As I read more about reiki, I started connecting some energetic dots, so to speak. And the more I thought about it, the more it seemed questionable that any ritual could suddenly make an existing energy available to you. It also started to seem questionable that you need to be attuned by particular people, often called reiki master teachers. Reiki is loosely translated to mean universal life energy. If reiki truly is universal, then is it correct to think that certain people have access to life energy and others dont? If reiki is such a powerful healing method (which I believe it is), shouldnt we be openly sharing the symbols and the method instead of making it a secret practice?

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Over time, I began to feel uneasy telling clients that they needed to get attuned by a reiki master teacher, sometimes spending upwards of $200 in the process. Instead, I started experimenting, offering the symbols and my knowledge of how to start using them to clients, free of charge. Yes, I offered a more formal reiki class, which allowed students to practice on themselves and others in a supportive atmosphere, but I did no attunements. I just shared what I knew to be true. The results were quite astounding. After years of believing that accessing this life force energy was impossible without attunements and rituals, I saw living proof that it was, in fact, a universal energy available to everyone. Students who came to my reiki class and clients to whom I offered information about how to practice reiki all reported the same thing: they could feel it, and it was amazing. Over the past several months, Ive started running into more than a few people who also claim to be doing reiki without having gone through an expensive attunement ceremony. They believed, as I now do, that reiki is an energy that God has made available to everyone without rules or restrictions. The healing of one soul affects the healing of all souls. We are all one. So why wouldnt we want to put out into the open all the information we have about how to heal? I like ritual. It can be a really powerful aspect of our lives if practiced for the purpose of spreading love. I am not suggesting that the rituals associated with reiki are wrong. I am, however, suggesting that they are perhaps unnecessary. I am suggesting that it isnt our place to decide who can and cant afford to have healing done. It is absolutely wonderful to go to a reiki practitioner and have him or her give you a healing session. However, if you cant afford this luxury, then you should certainly be able to do reiki on yourself. We humans like to make things more difficult than they actually are. The truth is that God isnt difficult. Life doesnt have to be. And accessing an energy that exists to heal and support us shouldnt be mysterious. It should be free.
Rebecca Grazulis is the owner of Enchanted Intuitive Coaching LLC. She is a psychic medium who specializes in intuitive readings and spiritual guidance for women. She also regularly offers classes and support groups at her office in Madison. You can reach her at 608-620-4874 or at You can read more about her work at


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The sweet science of maple syrup 

Sierra Pope Muoz and Brenna Holzhauer
rees, those silent sentinels of winter, are actually abuzz with motion on the inside this time of year. Within each tree is a highway of complexliquids, called sap, sent up from tree roots to nourishtiny branch-end buds. Sap is the lifeblood of the tree; the sap of a maple tree is only 2.5 percent sugar the rest is mostly water, with some minerals. Sap runs in the part of the tree called the sapwood, which is close to the outer parts of the tree. Sap starts flowing during spring, when the warmer weather causes the trees stored winter energy to turn into sugar, sweetening the sap. Sugar maples are Wisconsins state tree, and tapping maples in a sugar bush is a common practice in the Wisconsin countryside. Asugar maple tree is usually more than 40 years old and about 12 inches in diameter before it can be tapped for making maple syrup. The tree needs warm sunny days, (above 40 degrees F), and frosty nights, (20-25 degrees F) for sap flow.To members of the Cree Nation, the term for this time of year is Sisibaskawat, meaning the time of the melting snow. A maple syrup maker can then tap the tree by carefully drillinga hole and inserting a spigot, or spile, into the tree to drain excess sap. The sugar content of the sap can differ according to the date and time it is collected (it is higher in the morning and lower in the afternoon). Maple syrup produced in the United States is classified into Grade A, the premium syrup best for eating, and Grade B, darker syrup thats generally used for cooking and baking. No matter what the grade, it takes a lot of sap to make this sweet treat on average, about 40 gallons of sap are boiled down to make one gallon of syrup! Maples are well-known for their iconic leaf, as shown on many a T-shirt and Canadian flag. This time of year, the leaves may be hard to spot, but you can learn other ways to identify sugar maples with a tree/leaf ID guide bring one along on an early spring hike. Take a walk and ask your kids to identify any maples that come your way. As the earth thaws and plants begin their upward thrust, March is a great time to visit woodlands nearby to discoverthe whirlwind of activity happening beneath those seemingly still trees youll find out that life in the outdoorscan be so sweet! You can learn more about maple syrup science and sample sap straight from the tree at the Aldo Leopold Nature Centers Maple

Syrup Fest on Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Check out for event details!
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Treat them while theyre young 

By Jed Downs
he fetal skull just prior to a term delivery is far different than the skull of an adult. While still protecting the brain, it is a combination of membranes, cartilage and bone. When a baby is being born, there are no formalized sutures. As the baby is passing through the birth canal, its head has to mold and change shape to adapt



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to the bony pelvis of the mother. In order to do this, the bony plates in the membrane overlap and slide relative to one another and the cartilaginous base of the brain must bend, flex and sometimes shear. As the baby descends, pressure points shift and various bones serve as pivot points while other parts are sliding and twisting. The head goes from extremes of flexion into extremes of extension while being squeezed at forces that may reach 24 pounds per square inch. One of the focal points for all that force is the juncture between the neck and the base of the skull which may become compacted or distorted in the process. In a perfect delivery the babys head progressively passes through the canal without pinch points or delays, no point being compressed for an excessive amount of time. The mothers pelvis is ideally shaped if there are no soft tissue masses such as fibroids that get in the way. When the baby comes out and starts to cry, pressure changes increase in the skull, muscle tissue pulls on the skull and all the pieces of the head and neck slide back into place. Perfection is not always achievable. In a 1966 study by Viola Frymann, DO, 145 of 1,250 babies were found to have free and mobile craniums. The babys cranium can end up with sutures overlapped or twists in the base of the skull. To understand what the consequences of these stresses might be, one needs to recognize the importance of the anatomical structures that can be impacted. The occipital bone at the back of the head rests on the neck. At birth it is in four parts. The four parts create the ring through which the spinal cord, arteries to the back of the brain and nerves that control turning of the neck pass. The cartilaginous portions of the occiput run the nerve that controls the tongue and influences swallowing. If the baby doesnt suck well, there may be failure to thrive, latching will be a challenge and there can be lack of breast stimulation and failure to produce enough milk. Sucking and swallowing can also be impacted if the facial bones are left in a compressed state. In conjunction, there may be difficulty with breathing through the nose while feeding, and/or snoring. There is a possibility that a babys skull will end up being
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Amazing facts about the human heart 

very Valentines Day, homes and businesses dress up their decor with cupids and hearts to celebrate a day all about love and affection. The heart shape has been used to symbolically represent the human heart as the center of emotion and romantic love. Hearts symbolizing love can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Those familiar with human anatomy realize that an actual heart bares very little resemblance to the ideographic heart shape used in art and imagery. Similarly, the human heart really has nothing to do with human emotions. Despite this, there are many interesting components of the heart, and a man or woman truly cannot love or live without one. The heart as an organ is relatively small in size. It is roughly the size of a fist and weighs only 11 ounces on average. Although diminutive, the heart is responsible for pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. It accomplishes this by beating 72 times a minute in a healthy adult. All of the cells in the body receive blood except for the corneas in the eye. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. In a fetus, it begins beating at four weeks after conception and will not stop until a persons time of death. Even then, sometimes the heart can be revived. A heart can also continue to beat outside of the body provided it has an adequate oxygen supply. Although many people refer to all of the blood vessels in their body as veins, theyre actually a combination of veins and arteries. Veins carry fresh, oxygenated blood to the body through arteries. The main artery leaving the left heart ventricle is called the aorta, while the main artery leaving the right ventricle is known as the pulmonary artery. Blood traveling back to the heart flows through veins after it has passed the lungs to pick up oxygen. The thumping noise that is heard while the heart is beating is actually

the chambers of the heart closing and opening as blood flows through. While the heart may not be the cornerstone of emotions, it can be affected by feelings. Studies have shown that a broken heart is a real occurrence, according to Live Science. Bad news or a breakup with a loved one can put a person at increased risk for heart attack. This type of trauma releases stress hormones into the body that can stun the heart. Chest pain and shortness of breath ensue but can be remedied after some rest. Conversely, laughter and positive feelings can be beneficial for the heart. Research has shown that a good laughing fit can cause the lining of the blood vessel walls called the endothelium to relax. This helps increase blood flow for up to 45 minutes afterward. Although having a big heart colloquially means that a person is loving and goes out of their way for others, physically speaking, a big heart is unhealthy. An enlarged heart can be a sign of heart disease and compromise the hearts ability to pump blood effectively. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure. There is good reason to get amorous with a loved one on Valentines Day or other times during the month. Being intimate can provide a physical workout, in some instances doubling a persons heart rate and burning up to 200 calories. Thats the equivalent of a brisk 15-minute run. Also, a study of 2,500 men aged 49 to 54 found having an orgasm at least three times a week can cut the likelihood of death from coronary disease in half, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. The heart is an amazing organ responsible for sustaining life. Although it is not directly tied to love and emotions, without the heart such feelings wouldnt be possible.
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How vulnerable are you? 

By Barry Kerr
It is no measure of good health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. J. Krishnamurti o feel anything is to be vulnerable. While thoughts are generally experienced in our minds, feelings can flood our bodies, color our sensory perceptions and reveal intimate information about us to others in ways we dont normally allow. What others do with this information is out of our control.Some willsee a weakness and use the situation to attack or undercut us. Boys are taught not to feel, so as to be strong warriors/protectors. Our patriarchal culture has come to equate vulnerability (feeling) with weakness. And who in their right mindwants to be weak? Yet it turns out vulnerability and weakness dont equate. Psychologists and others have come to see that not only is vulnerability not weakness, but itrequires strength and courage. Indeed, a willingness to be vulnerable is necessary to a life fulfilled. Psychologist Brene Brown, Ph.D, in her recent book, Daring Greatly, shares what she has learned about vulnerability in her 10 years of research on the topic. She reports that the people who demonstrate the most capacity to create love, relationships and joy, and who feel the most alive, connected and creative, are people who have learned to embrace vulnerability and invite it regularly and pro-actively as a conscious way to engage life. The book also points to how vulnerability in various ways and times was the very thing that allowed these people to move forward in life. This theory applies to people of all backgrounds, economic levels and social statuses. Now heres the trick: Yes, inherent to vulnerability is risk. You cant know the outcome. Its a bit scary. However, by stepping though the fear, by being willing to expose to others your thoughts, feelings, ideas, creations or longings, and by knowing that others may not like or agree with you, you experience connection. Even if the feedback is not positive, it is at leasta responseto your authentic self and not to some unauthentic, protective mask you wear to feel safe. Whether it draws people closer to you or they choose to distance themselves from you, the feedback is inherently good for you. You get more clarity about your relationship to the world and to people, and it opens up possibilities for adapting your ideas or actions in the future. By hiding behind a mask, you create a life of events and relationships that align with the mask, not with you. That creates a static emptiness in which you may feel safe, but is deadening. Vulnerability is the basis for all emotions and feelings, the birthplace of vitality and meaning in our lives. If we avoid it because we equate it with weakness, then we are rejecting life. The irony is that even if we try to avoid it, we end up continually being vulnerable anyway, even if we cant see it. In fact, we usually end up losing control over where, with whom and how we show vulnerability by putting up various defense mechanisms like anger, which only increases the perception that we feel weak inside. But if there is any real weakness, it is not in being vulnerable but in not knowing how to do it consciously. Those who come to embrace vulnerability, understanding its positive role in their lives, also learn the skills of discernment.

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Learning how to recognize the appropriate times, situations and people for vulnerability is the key to feeling empowered in it. Its always a risk. That just comes with the territory. However, as we gain more experience in being vulnerable, we can more realistically weigh the risks against the possibilities and make more conscious decisions, even though they will still feel a bit scary. In fact, if there isnt some level of scary, then we probably arent really stepping into vulnerability. Asking for help, in itself, is one of the most vulnerable acts we can take in life. As individuals begin to rise out of shame and recover their authenticity and wholeness, they also begin to see just how many people around them, even many of those who appear successful and happy, are actually suffering. They also begin to recognize the signs in others who, having embraced their own vulnerability, are able to now appreciate and applaud vulnerability in everyone. This creates connection and belonging. You dont have to be broken to need help. Life coaches, healers and therapists specialize in providing a safe space in which to be vulnerable and learn from this feeling. Asking for help may feel a bit scary, but thats probably because it makes you feel vulnerable: a perfect start.
Barry Kerr has 33 years of experience as an astrologer and life and relationship coach. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. They offer healing, coaching, therapy and astrology services. Visit

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asymmetric. The use of helmets is standard for trying to re-establish symmetric head shape. This approach does not recognize that pushing from the outside may complicate stresses that lie between future sutures or in the base of the cranium. Release of the internal stress typically will speed up the process of reshaping the head and may eliminate the need for a helmet altogether over time. Barriers to achieving developmental milestones and later behavior issues may arise from compression of brain centers under flattened or depressed areas of the skull or from areas that are twisted in conjunction with twisting of the cranial base. If the temporal bones dont move well, the auditory canals wont open and close which puts a baby at risk for recurrent ear aches. Many kids are never treated and have minor restrictions turn out just fine. Signs that your child might be asking for help freeing up their skull include head banging and frequent touching or pulling on a region of their head. Cranial osteopathy, the source for craniosacral therapy, is a treatment approach that can remove barriers to full normal development.
Jed Downs, MD, MPH, has been studying osteopathy since 1995. Formerly he worked in occupational medicine until pursuing his passion full-time at Madison Manual Medicine, 2940 Chapel Valley Road in Fitchburg. He uses osteopathic techniques to manage consequences (pain and loss of function) of trauma regardless of etiology, be it birth, sport, MVA, repetitive strain or living life. For more information, call 608-512-7177, visit www.MadisonManualMedicine. com or

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Coming back from the dead and discovering your destiny 

By Ron Urban
ave you taken your pulse lately? If you are not thriving, you may be experiencing death. If you are having difficulty recalling your life dreams, what makes you happy or the last time you felt alive, keep reading. Did you know that your body produces hormones that either make you happy or numb your mind, body and soul? Cortisol is the unhappy hormone that not only numbs under times of great stress but also interferes with your learning, memory and weight balance. It can even cause heart disease. In fact in recent research, cortisol was linked as a trigger to mental illness. This staggering truth can be your call to action to find harmony and happiness in your life. Finding your happiness is also finding your health! A picture says a thousand words. Have you seen yours lately? Emotions do not lie. Frown lines, fatigue or even plastic expressions can be staggering. The effects of cortisol and unhappiness do not present well, they are aging and uncomely. You may be saying, I am just fine, or there is no such a thing as being happy overall. As much as we all have survived periods of depression, grief, loss or even conflict in our lives, we need to

Cortisol is the unhappy hormone that not only numbs under times of great stress but also interferes with your learning, memory and weight balance. It can even cause heart disease.
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Relationships, career, life goals and meaning in your life. Are they bringing happiness? START DREAMING. Detoxify from the negative thinking, hopeless thoughts or self-doubt. Dont let these thoughts hold you captive. TAME THOSE FEARS. Be comforted that change brings uncertainty and this can provoke fear. You are not alone. BUILD SUPPORT. Confide in friends, a trained professional or your significant other. Seek advice, encourage feedback and receive affirmation. CHOOSE TO BE AMONGST LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. They will build you up and encourage you. Stay clear of negative Nellies and Daniel downers. DONT GET DISCOURAGED. Sometimes those hindrances serve a purpose. Bumps in the road wont take you off course.
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How bakery products affect diabetes and weight loss 

By Grandma Rose (Rosalie Misco)

Are sugar-free bakery products better for diabetes and weight loss?

No! Most bakery products contain white flour. White flour raises blood glucose (blood sugar) equally as fast and as high as sugar. Most bakery products contain more white flour than sugar. Whole-wheat flour is more nutritious, but only a very little bit better than white flour when it comes to blood glucose and weight control. Whole-wheat flour is made up of wheat bran (a fiber), wheat germ (where the nutrients are) and white flour. Wheat bran and wheat germ dont raise blood glucose very much, but they are only small parts of whole-wheat flour. The major part is white flour.

Are gluten-free bakery products better for diabetes and weight loss?

No! Gluten-free bakery products are made of rice and potato flour, which are mainly starch, and contain no fiber. Rice is 80 percent starch, as are potatoes. Starch is sugar to your body. Whole-wheat flour is only 56 percent starch. Gluten-free bakery products are not healthier than wheat-based products for most people.

reduces the blood glucose effect and weight gain. Oat bran, wheat bran and ground flax seeds can be added. The addition of a soluble, resistant starch fiber by the brand name of Hi-maize 260 prevents starches from being digested. It enhances the effect of insulin and lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides. It also raises metabolism and makes one feel very full, resulting less food being eaten and making weight loss easier. Hi-maize 260, a resistant starch fiber, is cornstarch made from a special non-GMO corn. It is a very fine powder without a strong flavor, making it very easy to add to bakery products to make them diabetic- and weight loss-friendly. Much research has been done on Hi-maize 260 proving its effectiveness for blood glucose control and weight loss. Grandma Rose, a diabetic for 20 years, has done research and teaches classes on how to use Hi-maize 260 to make bakery products diabetic- and weight loss-friendly.
Rosalie Misco (Grandma Rose) is the owner of Natural Expressions 100% Whole Grain Bakery, 825 E. Broadway Drive, Appleton. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Appleton summer and winter farmers markets. For more information about classes or the bakery, call 920-954-9727 or visit

Are fat-free bakery products better for diabetes and weight loss?

No! Fat does not raise blood glucose at all. When fat is removed, starch takes its place. Starch raises blood glucose high and fast. Published diabetic diets are always very much reduced in fat because of the fear of heart disease, but the excess starch that replaces the fat in the fat-free foods turns into triglycerides, which clog the arteries the same as fat does. It is true that fat has double the calories of starch. However, digesting fat requires half of the calories contained in that fat. Fat and starch are pretty much the same when it comes to calories. Fat makes a body feel full while starch makes a body hungry, which leads to more food being eaten, more weight gained and higher blood glucose.

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Spring cleaning for your body: Detoxify your liver! 

By Michelle Buchanan, CA

ould you imagine living for decades in one home and not taking the time to spring clean? Not just the regular washing of floors and dusting: Im talking cleaning under and inside the couch and scrubbing the fridge. Since your body houses your soul, image how good you could feel after ridding your body of stored chemicals, toxins and synthetic hormones. Safe and proper cleansing will help you feel energized, lose weight and improve your health. Toxins come in many forms and from a variety of sources: ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: plastics, pollution, exhaust, solvents and heavy metals. LIFESTYLE TOXINS: alcohol, caffeine, food additives, sugar and fast food. INTERNAL TOXINS: infections, flora imbalances, stress and undigested food.

reducing oxidative stress. Neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson and Alzheimers correlate to low levels of glutathione and increased oxidative stress. The body also uses glutathione in DNA repair and protein synthesis, prostaglandin synthesis, amino-acid transport and enzyme activation. Clues from your body that indicate you might need to focus on detoxification include: Fatty liver and liver dysfunction Fatty nodules or lipomas (commonly found in the lower back) ALT or AST levels over 26 Total cholesterol over 250 without medication Nausea or metallic taste in mouth Obesity and hormone imbalances Improper digestion of fats Gallstones and gallbladder dysfunction To safely release toxins through the digestive system several key factors must be addressed. The lining of the intestines must be strong so the toxins are not reabsorbed into the blood stream and recirculated. Adequate fiber or supplements containing bentonite clay are needed to absorb the toxins as they are released from the liver. Healthy bowel movements are critical because if the toxins sit too long in the intestines, they will be absorbed into the bloodstream again. If there are signs of leaky gut syndrome, such as food sensitivities, indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you should be under the care of a healthcare provider to address this prior to a doing a cleanse. Cleansing diets and protein shakes high in fiber with supporting supplements are the safest ways to detoxify the body. Juicing cleanses and lemonade fasts lack adequate nutrients to support liver detoxification and fiber needed to absorb the toxins.

One of the most prevalent toxins today is biphenol A (BPA) found in plastics, aluminum can linings, pesticides, dental materials, food storage containers, fabrics, detergents and more. BPA is classified as a xenoestrogen because it mimics natural estrogen and our bodies unknowingly allow these harmful substances into the cells. Xenoestrogens create metabolic disorders associated with insulin resistance, liver congestion and estrogen dominance. BPA exposure has been directly linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and reproductive disorders. Following the clues from Mother Nature can help you make the most of the natural detoxification process that happens in the spring. As the days get longer our bodies produce more vitamin D, which significantly increases our bodies production of glutathione. Glutathione is responsible for neutralizing free radicals and
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Far-infrared saunas can release seven times more toxins than a traditional sauna and help reduce the detoxification burden on the digestive system. Young Living brand essential oils improve glutathione production while neutralizing toxins and supporting the digestive system. A holistic healthcare provider can help you choose the most appropriate cleanse for your individual needs and address any challenges you might encounter during the process. Improper cleansing can recirculate dangerous toxins, damage tissue and organs and leave you feeling worse. Incorrect cleansing is like cleaning your house with cancer causing agents and environmental toxins. Dont let it happen to you.
Michelle Buchanan, certified acupuncturist, is the owner of Isthmus Acupuncture Center, LLC, 890 W. Wingra Drive in Madison. They offer a variety of holistic therapies, including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese and Western herbs, functional medicine, therapeutic-grade essential oils and consultations to meet the health care goals of their clients. Michelle also teaches classes for other health care providers. For more information, call 608-441-9355 or visit References: The environmental estrogen bisphenol A and its effects on the human organism. Z. Lazrov and I. Lazrov. Vnitr Lek. pubmed/23808741. Vitamin D upregulates glutamate cysteine ligase and glutathione reductase, and GSH formation, and decreases ROS and MCP-1 and IL-8 secretion in highglucose exposed U937 monocytes. Jain, S.K., and D Micinski. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. Glutathione, oxidative stress and neurodegeneration. Schulz, J.B. et al. Eur J Biochem.



this. This is your sacred time. Rome wasnt built overnight, but happiness can start today!


Believe you are worthy, share your progress and remember your story will inspire others as well. They are watching and cheering you on! ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT! Remember that setbacks are momentary. Life is dynamic. Ups and downs dont take you off course. They build momentum. If life has brought setbacks and your foot is in the grave, there is hope. You can wake up from the dead and discover your destiny! Get happy, healthy, and live a life of joy, purpose, vitality and great contentment.
Ron Urban is the owner of Work Harmony Consulting. His background is a mix of business ownership, consulting and health care administration. His people skills, intuitive nature and love of finding harmony in his own life have been the inspiration of his consulting business. Its mission is to help individuals, professionalsand the workplace to understand, learn from and move beyond stress and conflict. His sharp sense of intuition and discernment can debunk lifes spider webs along with his passion and ability to see the strength, talents, and plan for individuals aspiring to live out their unique destiny. You can find Work Harmony Consulting on Google Plus, Twitterand Facebook. Please refer to for links.


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alerian is a plant native to Europe and Asia; it is also found in North America. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Its therapeutic uses were described by Hippocrates, and in the 2nd century, Galen prescribed valerian for insomnia. Today, valerian is used as a traditional remedy for sleep disorders and anxiety, as well as headaches, depression, irregular heartbeat and trembling. The roots and rhizomes (underground stems) of valerian are typically used to make supplements, including capsules, tablets and liquid extracts, as well as teas. Valerian is also sometimes called allheal or garden heliotrope.

on valerian includes studies on the herbs effects on sleep in healthy older adults and in people with Parkinsons disease. NCCAMfunded researchers are also studying the potential of valerian and other herbal products to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Side effects and cautions

What the science says

Research suggests that valerian may be helpful for insomnia, but there is not enough evidence from well-designed studies to confirm this. There is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether valerian works for other conditions, such as anxiety or depression. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-funded research
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Studies suggest that valerian is generally safe to use for short periods of time (for example, four to six weeks). No information is available about the long-term safety of valerian. Valerian can cause mild side effects, such as tiredness the morning after its use, headaches, dizziness and upset stomach. 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. For tips about talking with your health care providers about complementary and alternative medicine, see NCCAMs Time to Talk campaign.
Source: Herbs at a Glance: Valerian. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). References: Valerian. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. Paul M. Coates et al. Marcel Dekker. 2005. Questions and Answers About Valerian for Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders. Office of Dietary Supplements and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Valerian. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.). Natural Standard Database. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis). Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Mark Blumenthal et al. Integrative Medicine Communications. 2000.

Hypothermia: The dangers you probably didnt know about 

By Sonya Sullins, MBA, CRHP

Cold hands? Cold feet? What if feeling cold all the time is more than just a Wisconsin winter fact?

Weve all heard of hypothermia. We tend to think of it in extreme cases of exposure to cold. Its very dangerous and you can even die. This is called primary hypothermia. But did you know that you can have a low body temperature and not even know it? Its called secondary hypothermia, and it also poses a threat to your health and well-being.

gets turned on and doesnt know how to shut back off. And its exhausting! Research proves that when the sympathetic nervous system takes over, the body temperature drops. Of course, now you know this puts you at risk for those nasty pathogens to take over. Your enzymes are not doing their job and you are likely feeling exhausted, stressed, sleep-deprived and sick.

You have strategies to regain your health!

What is low body temperature?

Our ideal body temperature is 98.6 degrees F or 37 degrees C. Fatigue, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and constipation are some of the more common complaints from those suffering from low body temperature. However, low body temperature can cause much more serious complications such as lowered immune system function and autoimmune dysfunction. In a nutshell, this means you are more likely to suffer from colds and flu and also more serious ailments as your body is less able to fend off viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and even cancer.

Enzymes: Our bodies little miracle workers!

They are the catalyst to millions of chemical reactions inside the body that keep us healthy and well. Low body temperature hinders enzymes from doing their job. In fact, with just a -degree F (1 degree C) drop in body temperature, more than 3,000 essential enzymes cannot perform their functions and metabolic activities will be reduced.

You will need to reduce your stress and get your parasympathetic nervous system back in the game. And you will need to raise your core body temperature to 98.6 degrees F. Sounds simple! However, in a state of chronic stress and perhaps illness, nothing is simple. Even the simplest things feel or seem complex. First, start right this minute doing something anything to try to reduce stress. Meditate, sing, take a nap, call a friend, read, exercise whatever you think might work for you! Next, I invite you to think about another approach that is both efficient and effective, that you may not have thought of before! You can give your immune system a boost, help your autoimmune system to heal, activate your enzymes, regulate stress hormones, and balance your nervous system. And you can do all of these things and more with the Amethyst BioMat. Its an FDA-approved medical device that could be exactly what your body and mind are craving. Reduce stress and raise your body temperature! Heal and be well!
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Aging, chronic illness and chronic stress are three of the big triggers to low body temperature.

Stress is probably the most common and most overlooked. Chronic stress, in effect, disables the part of the nervous system that regulates or calms us. This is the parasympathetic nervous system. When this happens, its like your fight or flight response



Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free grasshopper cupcakes

By Danielle Lythjohan Cupcake ingredients: 1 package Mudd Creek Chocolate/Red Velvet cake mix cup vanilla almond milk teaspoon cider vinegar cup vanilla almond yogurt and cups gluten-free vegetable shortening teaspoon peppermint extract Frosting ingredients: cup gluten-free vegetable shortening cupgluten-free, dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance Vegan Margarine recommended) 3 and cupspowderedsugar, sifted if clumpy 1 and teaspoonspeppermint extract cupvanilla almond milk Green food coloring (start with six drops and increase from there to get desired color) Cocoa powder (for dusting) optional Cupcake directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Insert paper liners into muffin tin. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside. Combine milk and vinegar, set aside. Beat shortening, yogurt and peppermint extract until fluffy. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, alternating with milk mixture until smooth. Fill cupcake liners full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. Frosting instructions: Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about three more minutes. Add the peppermint extract, almond milk and food coloring. Beat for another five to seven minutes until fluffy. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost and dust with cocoa powder.


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Getting kids to go green

co-friendly lifestyles arent just for adults. Encouraging kids to go green at a young age can set them up for a lifetime of making decisions with the environment in mind. The following are just a few ways parents can impart a sense of responsibility to the environment on their youngsters. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Many kids try to mimic their parents behaviors, and moms and dads can take advantage of that by making sure kids see them as they recycle, conserve water or make other eco-conscious choices. If kids want to know why youre separating trash or opting for tap water over bottled water, explain to them the positive impact that such behaviors can have on the health of the planet. ENCOURAGE ECO-FRIENDLY HOBBIES. Todays youngsters have a host of technology at their disposal, and parents know full well that such access can be both good and bad. While technology can enhance learning in the classroom and beyond, gaming systems and other electronic devices have made it easy for kids to forgo outdoor activities in favor of more sedentary hobbies. Many medical researchers believe that such hobbies are contributing to higher rates of childhood obesity. But they also can harm the environment. Gaming systems, whether played on televisions, computers or handheld devices, use a substantial amount of energy. Parents who encourage more eco-friendly activities, such as reading or playing outside, can get the best of both worlds, as kids will be getting out and about and embracing activities that dont harm the planet.

RIDE BICYCLES MORE OFTEN. Reducing fuel consump-

tion is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and even though kids cant drive, that doesnt mean they cant pitch in to conserve fuel. Children who attend school close to home can ride their bikes rather than taking the bus or hitching a ride with mom or dad. Explain to youngsters the impact that such a choice can have on the environment, and ride bikes with your kids whenever possible, be it on trips to the park or to visit friends and family members. Many kids love to ride their bikes, and they might like it even more if they understand the positive impact that such a hobby is having on their planet. TEACH KIDS TO REUSE PRODUCTS. Waste is a significant environmental issue, but reusing products is a great way to cut back on waste. Items that would once be tossed into the trash after serving their purpose can be repurposed when tackling projects around the house, and kids can get in on the act, too. Rather than purchasing store-bought decorations for holidays like Halloween or Chanukah and Christmas, reuse old products to craft homemade decorations. Birthday gifts or items exchanged during the holidays can be wrapped in old newspaper instead of store-bought wrapping paper. Many products that would otherwise be discarded can be reused, and kids might enjoy finding new ways to make use of old items.
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Jane nds a respectful, caring vet for her feline friends 

wo summers ago, my dad took my siblings and me on a trip to Indiana for a family reunion. Unfortunately, my mom had to stay home to work that week. About halfway through the trip she sent my dad a picture message to show my siblings and me. In the picture were two of the cutest kittens we had ever seen! One kitten was a gray female named Molly. Her brother, Skillet, was big, bright and orange. My mother adopted them together, being told that they were from the same litter. But Mom was convinced that the Dane County Humane Society had placed two random kittens together in the cage so they would be sold as a pair. That way, the humane society would find families faster for all the animals in need of forever homes. Mom didnt quite believe our kitties could be related with how different they were: while Molly was shy and small, Skillet was a plump social butterfly. My family told her she was crazy, but Mom remained certain our two kittens werent related. Now, Molly had always been very quiet and Skillet chatted enough for both of them. One day, however, she chose to meow and boy did she meow! My mom tried to pick her up, and shed pull away with a yelp. It was very obvious that something was causing Molly pain and she needed immediate help. In our household, our cats are family members. In fact, Ive never gone a day in
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my life when I havent had a cat! We love them each to death and certainly want the best care possible. So when we noticed a decline in the quality of care our cats were receiving at our former clinic, we knew it was time to find someone who we were more comfortable with. Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic had recently opened in Monona/east Madison and came highly recommended by family friends. My parents took Molly in and the friendly staff got her in right away to see the veterinarian, Dr. Lori Scarlett. First came an exam in the cat-friendly room, where the kind staff placed Molly on a soft towel and gave her pain medication. We were not only impressed by the gentleness shown to Molly, but also by the clinics high-tech devices that further improved her care. The staff took Molly for a digital X-ray and we were actually able to see the X-ray on a computer screen in the exam room. Dr. Scarlett pointed out where Molly had broken her left hind femur head and explained that she would need surgery to remove the broken piece. Molly was hospitalized and prepared for surgery that day. Molly received the surgery and was treated with the care and respect we longed for in a vet. Our cat was sent home the following day with pain medication and a cute bandana, where she had a very calm

recovery with regular calls from the caring staff at the clinic checking in on her. As soon as Molly was running around and playing again, her brother found himself in an eerily similar situation. My mother tried to pick him up one day, and he yelped with the same tone of distress that his sister had. Without a second thought, we called up Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic who got him an appointment right away. After thorough examination, Dr. Scarlett found that Skillet had also broken his left hind femur head in the exact same spot that Molly had.Because his fracture occurred late in the day, he was given pain medication and hospitalized in a well-cushioned cage. He had his surgery the very next morning. Dr. Scarlett went above and beyond and did research to find out why this particular problem had happened, as it was not something she had seen before. She was in contact with another veterinarian from Saskatchewan, Canada, who had actually written an article in an orthopedic journal on this exact problem. The paper said there might be a genetic factor and since both of my kitties had the same problem, it seems very likely. Dr. Scarlett also wrote up my kitties as a case study on her website they are famous! My mother never again denied that Molly and Skillet are litter mates, and she is always a little more careful when picking up the cats!

Get mobile! 
By Jade Bunk, SFG

ur bodies are designed to go through billions of movement cycles (walk, run, squat, bend over). Yes, billions. By the time youve developed chronic back pain, neck pain, worn a hole in your kneecap, or herniated a disk, chances are youve gone through millions of movement cycles in a compromised position. Oftentimes, compromised positions are caused by a lack of mobility in one or more joints and vice versa. It is nearly impossible for your body to just wear out, unless you are repeatedly putting it through poor movement patterns and postures. Though everyone is different, and genetics and other lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep quality/duration, and habitual posture will ultimately have an influence on how much the body can put up with, learning to move with sound body mechanics will reduce stress on the entire system, preventing pain and dysfunction and helping to ease any that is already present. Most of us, even coaches and athletes, have failed to address movement, mobility, and maintenance of the body, spending very little time on or completely ignoring our joint, tissue, and muscle mobility, and failing to address postural issues and movement set up. Mobility work can restore movement and is crucial to allowing your body to express optimal postures. Most people do some stretching, but this type of common flexibility training is not the same as mobility. Mobility refers to the ability of a joint to express full range of motion freely

and without pain. Although tight muscles can limit mobility, traditional stretching will often not offer relief from mobility issues. Each joint in our bodies is meant to be mobile to a certain degree. Missing crucial ranges of motion in one or more joints can have severe consequences manifesting in pain and limited functions in your daily life. Manual therapy, such as massage, can address some of these issues, not just post pain but preventatively as well. Work with a skilled body worker as often as you can afford it, but most of us cannot afford or have the time to

get a massage every single day. Thats where self-care and mobility work comes in. Techniques such as foam rolling, self-myofascial release, joint distraction, and tissue annealing can all help to increase mobility. Joint mobility directly influences body mechanics. Your habitual posture sitting, standing, and moving are very important. Posture and joint mobility directly influence each other. There are many disciplines out there that can help you improve posture, and teach you basic movement skills and
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Emotional healing through experiential processes 

By Jennifer M. Warner, MSE, LPC
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand Confucius emotional healing. Experiential techniques require the individual to be engaged in the process either physically or imagined such as through visualization of the experience. The experiential processes are about being as well as an active approach of doing. When people are able to do, they learn from the experience and are active in their own healing process. It is through

n experiential approach to healing serves the whole individual physically, emotionally, and spiritually and is based on the belief that we are all inherently wired to heal. It is through the use of experiential approaches that individuals are able to go more deeply into their own processes and thus facilitate

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the experiencing of the active work session that the individual is able to discover his/ her own solutions that facilitate change, which empowers the individual. Experiential processes increase ones present awareness of feelings, perceptions, thoughts and bodily sensations, and are in-the-moment experiences. Such processes can accelerate access to the emotional side and the subconscious so that therapy can often be more short-term and deliver more lasting results. When choosing an experiential approach to your healing, this doesnt mean that the psychotherapist engages less in the process. It just is a different style than the traditional talk therapy. Sometimes, words and traditional psychotherapy just arent enough for the deeper emotional healing. The psychotherapist is the guide and facilitates while supporting the process of the deep emotional process work. The psychotherapist observes and listens in a more attuned manner and uses intuition to assist the individual to go deeper into his/her own process. It is believed that 10 percent of the brain contains the conscious mind and 90 percent of the brain contains the subconscious mind. It is through the process that individuals are able to uncover their subconscious

memories and blocks, which keep them stuck in their maladaptive thoughts, patterns and behaviors. Some examples of effective experiential therapies to uncover the subconscious include: Guided imagery/visualization Guided meditation Hypnosis Breathwork Energy/body awareness Art/dance/movement Brainspotting Emotional freedom tapping technique Equine assisted psychotherapy Experiential therapies help individuals get out of their heads and into their body and heart, where the unresolved or stuck emotions live. It is the body that holds the unresolved emotions and cause energy blockages that keep an individual stuck. It is through talking to the body that the unresolved emotions and memories can be felt and then released. It is the inviting of the body to remember so that the body and mind can heal. If one cant feel, then one cant heal!

Experiential processes work well for anyone that just seems to keep bumping up against the same challenges and difficulties in life, or for those individuals that experience a feeling of being stuck in life and not being able to make the changes they would like. It is also helpful for individuals who feel unhappy, anxious, depressed and have unresolved feelings about their past. When we are able to fully feel and access the deeper core levels that include the subconscious, then we are able to fully release and heal. When we are able to clear and release old and stuck emotions, we then have made the space in which to create a more satisfying and fulfilling life. It is a clearing of the old to make space for the new so that you can be a happier and more amazing you!
Jennifer M. Warner, MSE, LPC, is a holistic psychotherapist that uses holistic and experiential therapies to empower individuals, couples and families to heal and transform their lives, so each of them is able to live to their highest potential. You can reach her at 608-251-6590 or for more information visit her website at

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patterns. Practices such as alignmentcentered yoga, kettlebell and mobility training can help you cultivate good posture and body awareness, and teach you tools that you can use outside of class or training sessions. Make sure you find a skilled, certified teacher and one who is passionate and knowledgeable about human movement. The human body has an incredible capability to heal itself. At any age and in any state, we are capable of an amazing amount of tissue repair and remodeling. With just a little bit of focused attention on joint, tissue and muscle mobility, you can begin that renewal process, prevent pain, get out of pain, improve daily functioning and achieve your potential.
Jade Bunk, SFG, HHC, is an SFG level 1 kettlebell instructor certified under Pavel Tsatouline. She is the owner and lead trainer at Fit Body Boot Camp Madison, 5617 Odana Road. Jade is passionate about helping people learn to move better, with strength, grace and ease. For more information, call 608-616-5695, email coach@fitbodymadison. com or visit

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The cats outta the bag: Grooming isnt just for dogs! 
By Kimberly Maahs

sk any pet lover and each would agree that cats and dogs are very different on many levels. We love each of them for the unique things they bring to our lives and our homes. But, one thing they do have in common is that they both need our help when it comes to staying clean. This concept is widely accepted when it comes to dogs, but cats not nearly as much.

Theres been a longstanding myth that cats groom themselves. Whens the last time your cat hopped in the shower, soaped up, rinsed off and grabbed the nearest towel? Cats dont groom themselves any more than dogs do. What do cats do? They lick


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themselves a lot. When you think about it, allowing a cat to go for weeks, months, or even years on end with nothing but its own saliva as a cleaning agent doesnt make a lot of sense. Would it surprise you to know that cats really do need to be groomed just as frequently as dogs? Cats have a lot of the same issues as dogs: dirt, dander, matting, pests and lets not forget those lovely little cling-ons they carry around with them on their back ends. Their hair and nails grow. Their ears get dirty. So why is grooming a cat so foreign to us? Is it because when you think of cats and water you liken it to oil and water? They just dont mix. Granted cats can be a lot less patient about the whole procedure, but it can be done. And if its done regularly, it can be done relatively stress-free. The earlier you establish a grooming routine, the smoother it will go. The repetition of regular grooming appointments will help your cat acclimate to the process so much
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Simple ways to maintain liver health 

he liver is the bodys largest internal organ, responsible for processing substances that enter the body and acting as a filtering system that is essential to eliminating toxic substances. Whats more, the liver produces proteins, clotting factors, enzymes and hormones essential to health. Considering how integral a properly functioning liver can be, one can see just how vital it is to maintain a healthy liver. Unfortunately, many of the foods, beverages and medications people consume on a regular basis can affect both liver health and the overall health of the body. But men and women can take several steps to ensure their liver stays healthy. AVOID EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL. Overconsumption of alcohol damages the liver. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the liver is the primary site of alcohol metabolism. Over time, excessive drinking can damage the liver. It is best to keep your drinking to a minimum, for the health of your liver and a variety of other reasons. QUIT SMOKING. Every time you smoke you are putting more than 60 different chemicals into your body. At some point, cigarette smoke will be handled by the liver. Cigarette smoke can decrease the amount of oxygen that red blood cells carry to the vital organs of the body, including the liver. Over time, this can result in damage to the liver known as cirrhosis. In addition, the American Cancer Society notes that some studies have found a link between smoking and liver cancer. However, this relationship is difficult to discern because smokers also tend to be more likely to drink alcohol. EAT HEALTHIER. A healthy diet that includes an array of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for the liver. Vegetables are excellent sources of fiber, which helps toxins move quickly through the digestive system without putting stress on the liver. Sulfur-rich foods, such as garlic and onions, can help detoxify environmental toxins that end up in the body. Turmeric, licorice and cinnamon may also support healthy liver function.

EXERCISE CAUTION WITH MEDICATIONS. Certain medications can tax the liver, especially when medications are mixed with other substances. Even seemingly innocuous medications, like acetaminophen, can cause potential liver damage over time. In fact, CNCA Health notes that acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. When taking any medications, men and women should read the information sheets that accompany prescriptions to determine if any side effects that may affect the liver are noted. Doctors may require frequent checkups and blood tests to monitor liver health when their patients are taking certain types of medications. LIMIT EXPOSURE TO TOXINS. Men and women can choose organic foods whenever possible to cut down on the amount of chemical residue they consume. Even switching over to natural household cleaning products can reduce the number of chemicals you are exposed to, and reducing that exposure can ultimately protect the liver. DRINK MORE WATER AND EXERCISE REGULARLY.

Fresh water helps flush toxins out of the body, helping the liver by not making it work so hard. In addition, exercising and sweating detoxifies the body. While exercising and after working out, replace lost fluids with clean, healthy water. STEER CLEAR OF OVERLY PROCESSED FOODS. Processed foods contain more chemicals, which can put more pressure on the liver. Sweetening agents, preservatives and other substances can be particularly detrimental to liver health. SIP GREEN TEA. Green tea is full of antioxidants known as catechins, which have been shown to improve the functions of the liver. Maintaining liver health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle that can benefit the entire body.
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H He ea a ll ii n ngg C Ce en n tt e e rr
f you are pursuing a holistic approach to optimal health and wellbeing, you will find the support and guidance you are looking for at HopeWell Healing Center. The dedicated, synergistic team of licensed and certified practitioners will help guide you and your family on your journey to wellness. The goal of our team of professionals is to work together to provide a variety of synergistic, natural therapies, integrated health assessments and holistic classes to our clients. HopeWell is a unique healing center where clients can receive many of the therapies they are searching for in one place. Dee Dee Delkamp is a licensed certified nutritionist, national board-certified colon therapist and herbal therapist, and has helped others achieve optimal health for more than 17 years. She offers colon hydrotherapy, enema therapy, nutritional consulting, far infrared sauna therapy, vitamin D therapy, ionic foot baths, and health assessments/testing including gastrointestinal, hormones, adrenal stress/thyroid, allergy and hair tissue mineral analysis. Angela Rahm is a naturopathic doctor, certified digestive health specialist, graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, neurofeedback technician, certified hypnotherapist and certified laser technician. For more than four years she has been helping people all over the country with their weight loss needs, improving their health and wellness through FDA-approved devices, emotional releasing techniques and lifestyle coaching. The entire group of 12 practitioners at Hopewell Healing Center hope to be a part of your health and wellness journey.
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HopeWell offers:

Colon hydrotherapy, both closed and open system ILipo: LaserLipo for fat reduction Far infrared sauna therapy A vitamin D therapy bed Ionic detoxing foot baths Testing: hormones, adrenals, thyroid, heavy metals, gastroin Alkaline ionized mineral water/water systems Massage therapy, including reiki, cranial sacral, lymphatic, etc. Healthy cooking, juicing, nutrition and lifestyle coaching and Neuro feedback Hypnotherapy Biocommunication Divine coding BioMat Reflexology Supplements and herbs

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HopeWell Healing Center is located at 6333 Odana Road, No. 10 on the west side of Madison just a few minutes off of the Beltline. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about HopeWell Healing Center, please visit them online at www.HopeWellHealingCenter. com, or call 608-514-8080.


better than the cat that only comes in once a year for their annual shave down. Now thats stressful. How do you know when its time to head to the groomer? Your cats hair should look and feel similar to your hair. It should be smooth, soft and you should be able to run your fingers through it. If its got a real thick and spongy feeling to it, then its holding a lot of dead hair that needs to come out. A telltale sign would be the amount of hair that is collecting on your clothes and furniture. If you see the hair starting to separate into individual tufts, then the matting process has begun. If you can actually see and feel hard, completely formed mats on your cats body, well, then you already know you have a problem. At this point your cat needs to be seen by a professional groomer. Cats and scissors arent a good combination. Your cats skin is thin and delicate. It is really easy to cut the skin and even easier for that cut to continue to tear. Having your cat professionally groomed wont seem half as expensive after youve made a trip to the emergency vet. The National Cat Groomers Institute of America (NCGIA) recommends having your cat groomed every six weeks. A professional cat groomer will trim the nails, clean the ears, neaten up the feet (No more litter all over the house!), do a sanitary clip (No more cling-ons!), bathe, blow dry and comb out your cats coat. Groomers use high velocity dryers that do a wonderful job of eliminating excess hair that is stuck deep in the coat. It also affords the

groomer the opportunity to get a good look at your cats skin to make sure there arent any problems you may not be aware of. It never hurts to have another set of eyes on your cat. All in all its not a bad deal. Think about it: A fresh, clean-smelling cat with a silky-soft coat just begging to be touched and trimmed nails that are no longer tearing up your furniture or getting caught on your favorite sweater. No more hair balls strategically deposited in the most unfortunate of places and less hair and dander triggering those allergic reactions from family and friends. The best part is you dont have to do a thing but make the appointment!
Kimberly Maahs owns Salon Fido, LLC, a grooming salon and specialty pet store just west of Madison. She has been grooming cats and dogs for 12 years and attends continuing education programs regularly. Kim prides herself in promoting the health and well-being of companion animals through the services her salon provides and the products her store offers. Salon Fido, LLC, emphasizes the benefits of good nutrition and complementary therapies as your pets pathway to health. To find out more, please visit, salonfido, or call 608-798-4464.

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Colon Hydrotherapy: Both Closed & Open System I-Lipo: Laser-Lipo for Fat Reduction Far Infrared Sauna Therapy, Vitamin D Therapy Bed Ionic Detoxing Foot Baths, BioMat Sessions and Reexology Testing: Hormones, Adrenals, Thyroid, Heavy Metals, Gastrointestinal, Allergies, Individualized Supplement/Herb Programs, etc. Alkaline Ionized Mineral Water/Water Systems Massage Therapy Including Reiki, Cranial Sacral, Lymphatic, etc. Healthy Cooking, Juicing, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching and Classes Neuro Feedback, Hypnotherapy, Biocommunication, Divine Coding

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First Wednesday of every month 6-9 p.m. West Madison Reiki Share Group If you are Reiki Level I or higher, join us the rst Wednesday of every month. Well begin with a meditation to leave the cares of the outside world behind, well share our reiki experiences and then provide each other with a reiki treatment. Donation. Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison. Contact Teresa at 608.346.3424. Every Wednesday 6 p.m. Get Waisted Meeting Lose 3-5 pounds a week. Eat 12 cups of food a day. Detox made delicious. Weekly meetings that work! Please join us at Oasis Day Spa, inside Princeton Club West, 8016 Watts Road for weekly Get Waisted meetings. For more information, visit, call 734-678-3785 or email Every Friday 5:30 p.m. Get Waisted Meeting Lose 3-5 pounds a week. Eat 12 cups of food a day. Detox made delicious. Weekly meetings that work! Please join us at Whole Foods Market for weekly Get Waisted meetings. For more information, visit, call 734-678-3785 or email Saturdays in March Usui and Karuna Reiki Reiki translates as Universal Life-Force Energy and is an energy system that is easy to learn and use. Classes include guided meditation, instruction, practice and a reiki attunement. Participants will learn the history of reiki, about energy and the chakras, the hand positions, and how to do reiki on themselves and others in person or distant. Adult classes: $200. Loving Heart Reiki, LLC, 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison. Contact Teresa at 608-346-3424 or visit Saturday, March 1 BodyLabUSA Holistic Healing & Psychic Fair BodyLabUSAs goal is to share awareness and education about alternative healing choices and how they work within ones life. BodyLabUSA will host a holistic healing and psychic fair at Madisons Sheraton Hotel on March 1. The event will include everything from hypnotherapy to crystal therapy, reiki and reputable psychics, as well as metaphysical retail such as crystals, stones, jewelry, health products, statuary and more gifts. Visit for more information. Wednesdays, March 5-April 9 7-8:30 p.m. Why Me? (Understanding Karma) Why do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people? Where does suffering come from? We explore the answers in the mirror of karma, also known as the wisdom of cause and effect. Through understanding these universal principles and learning how to recognize karma functioning in our lives, we gain condence in our ability to change our future and understand our past. This wisdom is important because we all want to be free from problems and experience sustainable happiness! Drop-in; $10/$7 student and senior. Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Center & Bookstore, 1216 S. Park St., Madison. For more information, call 608-661-3211 or visit Thursday, March 6 6:30 p.m. Simply Vegan Plant-Based Nutrition Workshop Location: Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., Madison. If youre interested in learning more about going vegan, join us for this fun workshop led by Brittany Miller, registered dietitian. She will be speaking about how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, dispelling myths about protein, iron and calcium, and sharing delicious recipes. RSVP by emailing Sunday, March 9 1-3 p.m. Reiki: An Energy for Everyone

Reiki is an energy that is available to all of us. Different cultures have different names to describe this life-force energy (acupuncturists will call it chi), but what remains the same is that it should be a tool available to all and that everyone has the ability to heal themselves with it. In this class, receive the Reiki I and II symbols (including the distance symbol), begin using them and get tips about how to apply them in your daily life. For more information or to register, visit Enchanted Intuitive Coaching LLC, 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 26, Madison. Contact Rebecca at 608-620-4874 or at
Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lenten Lunches at Holy Wisdom Monastery Spiritual Practices Join us for midday prayer, lunch and a presentation on a different spiritual practice each week, including an opportunity to try out the practice. Attend one or more lunch. Women and men are welcome. Cost: $20 per day. Location: 4200 County Road M, Middleton. Call 608.836.1631, extension 100, or visit www. for more information. Sunday, March 16 2-4 p.m. Clothing Swap The third Sunday of every month, UpShift hosts a stylist event. This month, pay only $10 to swap unlimited amounts of garments while sipping complimentary wine and getting fashion trend and t tips from a professional stylist. UpShift, 836 E. Johnson St., Madison, 608.628.9525. Visit for more information. Tuesday, March 18 6:30 p.m. Aromatherapy and Pets An informative class presented by Medicinal Aromatherapist Tresa Laferty of Speak to the Earth. Learn how to approach caring for your pets using powerful oils. So many times we think, What is good for us is also good for our pets. However, essential oils can be overpowering, especially used in dosages that we use for ourselves. In this class, Tresa will share with you years of knowledge on how to properly use essential oils around your pets and give you

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common uses for dogs, cats, horses, birds and other creatures. Shell cover common usages for ea/ticks and stress and anxiety. Location: Crossroads Coffee House, 2020 Main Street, Cross Plains. Cost: $25. For more information or to register, call Salon Fido, LLC 608-798-4464 or visit www.salondo. net. Tresa is a Certied Medicinal Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Animal Communicator and Ayurveda Health Counselor Intern. To learn more about Tresas offerings and approach to healing, visit Friday, March 21 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March, 23 12-4 p.m. Luminous Lotus Healing Grand Opening Celebration Attend the networking social and happy hour open house kick-off event on Friday, March 21, and the grand opening event on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23. Enjoy guest speakers, health professionals, psychics, spiritual healers and more! Free to attend! Refreshments, free service samples, special introductory prices, door prizes and rafes will be offered! For more information, visit, call 608620-5171 or email Location: 6808 University Ave., Suite 115, Middleton. Sunday, March 23 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Natural Parenting Expo and Symposium Come join in the fun at the Second Annual Natural Parenting Expo. Enjoy the rare opportunity to come together with other families, parents and community members to learn about how to become better parents and how you and your family can lead a healthier, more wholesome lifestyle. Topics to include sustainable practices, early literacy and raising girls versus boys. Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Location: Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison. For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit Saturday, March 29 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Lenten Day of Reection, Holy Wisdom Monastery Join us for a day of reection, led by our Benedictine Sojourners. Cost: $50, including lunch. Visit www. for more information. Thursday, April 10 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 7:30 p.m. Shen Yun 2014 Experience Shen Yun 2014, an extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, at the Overture Center for the Arts. With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. Standing ovations at sold-out theaters around the world have made Shen Yun a global sensation. Ticket prices range from $50 to $100. Order tickets online at, by calling the hotline at 888-974-3698 or 608-258-4141, or by visiting the box ofce at 201 State St., Madison.

43/90 North Earth Gifts.......................................... 17 Akanishta Buddhist Center.....................................34 Aldo Leopold Nature Center...................................55 Alvardo Real Estate Group..................................... 51 Anunson Chiropractic.............................................29 Avanti Massage Therapy.........................................15 Blessed Thistle........................................................18 Clean, LLC.................................................................8 Cosmic Delights......................................................19 Divine Body & Styles Organic Salon & Spa............. 41 Dreams Can Become Reality Hypnosis...................10 Driftless Depot........................................................ 17 Elevation Spa..........................................................49 Enchanted Intuitive Coaching LLC .........................54 Excellence in Dentistry............................................52 Fit Body Boot Camp Madison.................................69 Forward Fertility LLC...............................................53 Forward Motion for Life!........................................ 27 Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic....................................24 Full Spectrum Solar.................................................32 Get Your Lean On......................................................3 Get Waisted............................................................44 Herb Wellness, LLC.................................................26 Hilst Home Euthanasia...........................................13 Holy Wisdom Monastery........................................ 21 HopeWell................................................................75 Inner Essence Center..............................................58 Integrative Dental Solutions................................... 71 Isthmus Acupuncture Center, LLC...........................63 Jennifer M. Warner, LPC..........................................70 Loving Heart Reiki..................................................36 Luminous Lotus Healing.........................................83 Madison Acupuncture & Holistic Health LLC..........35 Madison Body Sculpting...........................................5 Madison Manual Medicine.....................................56 Make A Wish........................................................... 37 Memorial Pet Services............................................30 MiraclesOne...........................................................23 Natural Expressions Bakery.................................... 61 Natural Health Works.............................................25 New U.................................................................... 11 Paradox Sugar Free Sweets....................................39 Peaceful Heart Gifts & Books...................................9 Reconective Healing...............................................22 Rooted Spirit LLC....................................................33 SAIL (Supporting Active Independent Lives)...........76 Salon Fido, LLC.......................................................72 Seven Seeds Organic Farm..................................... 31 Shen Yun...................................................................2 Solidarity Realty..................................................... 41 Tabby & Jacks Holistic Pet Supplies, Grooming......46 The Chakra House.....................................................5 The Cozy Home.........................................................9 Time to Thrive.........................................................14 UpShift................................................................... 47 Westby Cooperative & Creamery..............................8 whitedoor............................................................... 77 Willy Street Co-op..................................................84 Work Harmony Consulting.....................................60 Wussow Chiropractic..............................................39

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Peaceful Heart 123 South Main St., Oregon 608-835-5288 Peaceful Heart strives to offer products and services that promote and enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We have many tools available in the form of books, CDs, classes, events and speakers to assist in understanding what our emotional needs are as individuals. We also have a wide selection of unique, fun and uplifting gifts including jewelry, music, scarves, crystals and Angel Cards.



Get Waisted Brittany Miller 734-678-3785 Get Waisted is an innovative weight loss program founded by Dr. Mary Clifton, MD, and Tess Challis, chef and wellness coach. The program emphasizes a high antioxidant, whole-food approach that leads to lasting weight loss and radiant health. Members are supported with weekly meetings, led by Brittany Miller, registered dietitian, at Whole Foods Market in Madison. Join us and see how you can lose weight joyfully! Herb Wellness, LLC 1708 Suneld St., Sun Prairie (Inside the AMERIPRINT building) 608-721-4248 or 608-215-5098 Herb Wellness, LLC provides body, mind and spirit analysis. We test you to nd out what your body may be lacking. Then we suggest herbs, ower essences, alkaline water, dental therapy or aromatherapy. Call for an appointment! Loving Heart Reiki, LLC 433 Grand Canyon Drive, Suite 2, Madison 608-346-3424 Loving Heart Reiki provides private sessions and classes in the energetic arts, including Usui and Karuna Reiki, chakra balancing, the EMF Balancing Technique, crystal healing, holistic aromatherapy and spiritual mentoring. Each of these healing modalities offers its own unique and life-changing experiences and creates for the client a sense of balance, health, well-being, vitality and empowerment.

Full Spectrum Solar is a renewable energy contractor serving Madison and southern Wisconsin. We design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, small businesses, large commercial clients, governmental organizations and nonprofit organizations. Energy Star awarding our shop a 100/100 rating demonstrates our commitment to the health of our environment. Please contact us to start the solar conversation.

Anunson Chiropractic, S.C. 8215 Plaza Drive, Suite B, Madison 608-829-2250 At Anunson Chiropractic, we realize you have a choice for health care. So, we make it easy for you to get in and get the care you need without the wait. From infants to the elderly, youll love our gentle, effective approach to rebalancing the body. Life is too short to suffer call us at 608-829-2250 we look forward to helping you.

Fit Body Boot Camp Madison 5617 Odana Road, Madison 608-616-5695 Fit Body Boot Camp is Madisons premier holistic tness studio. We combine short, intense workouts designed to get you twice the results in half the time, with holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching designed to coach and support you on your way to sustainable and lasting tness and health. Schedule your complimentary Wellness Strategy Session today!


Blessed Thistle, LLC Madison: 6117 Monona Drive, Suite 3 Fond du Lac: 952 S. Park Ave. Fox Lake: 205 W. State St. 608-620-5831 Blessed Thistle, LLC is dedicated to bringing naturopathic and alternative medical care to the Madison, Fond du Lac and Fox Lake regions. Carrie Decker, ND is a board-certied naturopathic physician who focuses on holistically treating the cause of disease using treatment modalities of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and counseling. Common conditions seen include womens health, gastrointestinal and liver disease and dysfunction, mental health, chronic fatigue, skin conditions, allergies and other chronic disease conditions.
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The Cozy Home Leah Hernandez, General Manager 608-630-8890 The Cozy Home is an upscale resale and consignment store providing quality home furnishings at affordable prices. You will nd fashionable, clean, gently used items. In addition, we also have retro, funky, interesting, seasonal, up-cycled, unique and rsthand items that change daily, along with new designer fabric items such as pillows and bed linens. You will want to stop in often! Follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

Integrative Dental Solutions N35 W23770 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee Ofce: 262-691-4555 Fax: 262-691-4579 Biological or holistic dentistry is different from conventional dentistry in that it recognizes the importance of a healthy mouth in achieving optimal overall health. Our ofce understands that every patient has specic needs. Drs. Mahn and Shetty will even be happy to work with your health care practitioner to help you reach your goals.

Jennifer M. Warner, LPC 660 W. Washington Ave., Suite 308, Madison 608-251-6590 Jennifer M. Warner, LPC, is a holistic psychotherapist. Her passion is to empower individuals, couples and families to call upon their personal strengths to create mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance in their lives. It is through the combination of talk therapy and experiential approaches that she assists each of her clients to go more deeply into their own process. Jennifer is also a certied equine assisted psychotherapist and specializes in working with women and in eating disorders.

Work Harmony Consulting Ron Urban 608-535-2906 Life can be stressful and rob our joy, peace and life direction. But discontentment, despair and discouragement can be overcome. Hope: Reach out and grab it! Work Harmony Consulting provides intuitive guidance to nd life direction and happiness; healing and awareness of underlying causes of stress; assistance in identifying strengths, talents and passions; relational and workplace troubleshooting; and more.

Clean LLC Jamie Weber, Holistic Nutritionist, RDN, CD, CLC 608-553-2777 Jamie Weber has a holistic approach when looking at health and nutrition. She gathers information using an integrative nutrition history form, systems survey form and verbal information shared during the sessions to formulate the best nutrition recommendations. She has helped individuals with weight loss, blood sugar management, headaches/migraines, heartburn and more.


Hilst Home Euthanasia 608-347-1897 Dr. Katie Hilst provides gentle, compassionate pet euthanasia in the privacy of your home, seven days a week. She serves communities within an hour radius of Madison. She will take your pet for cremation if desired. Phone consultations are welcome and free. Her JOURNEYS Pet Quality of Life Scale is available at She can be reached at 608-347-1897.

Avanti Massage Therapy Moving Forward in Health and Wellness Doug Nicholson, LMT/Owner Christine Schultz, LMT 6314 Odana Road, Suite 3, Madison 608-709-1213 At Avanti Massage Therapy, you will receive personalized care and treatment by one of our therapists. Whether you prefer to indulge in a light, relaxing massage or desire a more therapeutic, deep tissue massage with focus on specic areas of concern or tension, your massage will be entirely unique to you. Avanti also offers the BioMat, which generates far infrared (FIR) heat and detoxies the body of harmful elements that can hinder healing. The BioMat is an effective adjunct to massage therapy in the treatment of a multitude of health issues. Open Mondays through Saturdays and evening hours for your convenience. Avanti Massage Therapy makes every client a priority. We take special care in meeting your needs.

Luminous Lotus Healing Sonya Sullins, MBA, CRHP 6808 University Ave., Suite 115 Middleton, WI 53562 608-620-5171 At Luminous Lotus Healing, optimal health is within your reach! You can improve sleep, relieve pain and regenerate at a cellular level and you can do it with all-natural and safe approaches like the far infrared Amethyst BioMat, Reconnective Healing, crystal healing, intuitive readings, and even Divine Guidance business coaching. Schedule your complimentary wellness consultation today!

Enchanted Intuitive Coaching LLC 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 26, Madison 608-620-4874 Enchanted Intuitive Coaching LLC offers psychic readings and soul coaching that assists women in fully expressing themselves, stepping into their power and identifying and fullling their purposes. Private sessions can be done inperson or over the phone. Classes and support groups are also regularly offered that help women connect with God/the Goddess and explore their spirituality.

Dreams Can Become Reality Hypnosis Think It, Believe It, Feel It, Achieve It Dr. James E Todd Jr., DCH Located in Monona & Sun Prairie 608-469-5538 Are you ready to tap into 95 percent of your mind to make positive changes in your life? By enjoying the relaxing and amazing experience of brainwave entrainment and hypnosis, you can make the changes you desire. From virtual gastric band and pain management to breaking unwanted habits, call or email today for a condential consultation.
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Forward Fertility, LLC Christie Olsen 608-217-7511 Forward Fertility, LLC is a Madisonbased service that connects women who want to be gestational surrogates with couples in need of this assistance. Forward Fertility also works with egg donors, women who want to conceive with donor sperm and clients looking to donate embryos. Christie Olsen is a nurse practitioner with 16 years of work experience in reproductive health care and the owner of Forward Fertility. Isthmus Acupuncture Center, LLC 608-441-9355 Follow us on Facebook: Isthmusacupuncture Schedule your appointment online at Isthmus Acupuncture Center, LLC offers a variety of therapies to meet the health care needs of our community, including acupuncture, massage, functional medicine, Young Living essential oils, facial rejuvenation services, infrared sauna sessions, nutritional supplements and Chinese herbs. Isthmus Acupuncture specializes in treating womens health, fertility enhancement, pregnancy care, optimizing hormones and menopause.


Memorial Pet Services, Inc. 4319 Twin Valley Road, Suite 15, Middleton 608-836-7297 Memorial Pet Services is a leading-edge pet funeral home providing the highest standards of aftercare and cremation services to pet parents and veterinary practices in southern Wisconsin. Our professional and compassionate staff can help you with pre-planning for your pets aftercare, throughout the cremation process and with emotional support when healing from your loss.


Driftless Depot 140 S. Winsted St./Hwy. 23 next to the railroad tracks 608-628-1001 Open Tuesday-Sunday Mindfully sourced, quality, organic and locally farmed foods. International gourmet specialties, sandwiches, soups, espresso, wines, microbrews, gelato, custom picnic baskets, gift baskets and local artists creations. Fresh Wisconsin trout dinners every Friday RSVP by Thursday. Discover what is in season!

Cosmic Delights Luna Lynn and Andrew Frey 2334 Atwood Ave., Madison 608-630-8680 Cosmic Delights offers tools and treasures for blissful living. From pipes to pentacles, we present a spectrum of local art, gifts, crystals and stones, incense, jewelry, clothing and other mystic bohemian marvels. Our one-of-a-kind cosmic sound chamber is home to holographic sound healing sessions facilitated by Luna Lynn. And dont forget to stop by for a free smudge blessing!


Seven Seeds Organic Farm 5079 County Road Z, Spring Green Store hours: Saturdays 11-3 and Wednesdays 3-6, Or by appointment 608-935-5757 Call to pre-order! Seven Seeds Farm is seven generations of farming located on County Road Z in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. The farm practices sustainablility by returning the entire 130-plus acres to an organic, grass-based system to raise and nish grass-fed cattle from birth to harvest. Proudly, we promote our animal-friendly environment by being AWA certied, and to show that we are truly grass-fed, we additionally have the AGA certication. MOSA organic certication ensures the customer that they are getting the gold standard of beef by being free of harmful chemicals and antibiotics in all of our farming practices.

Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Center & Bookstore 1216 S. Park Street, Madison 608-661-3211 Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Center & Bookstore is a friendly, welcoming place for everyone and offers classes, meditation, conversation and more about Buddhism and modern Buddhist practice. Join us for classes, guided meditation, chanted prayers and special events designed to be both uplifting and lled with information for practical use in a busy life. Our Dharma Center is dedicated to helping everyone nd inner peace, happiness and freedom from stress and problems. Please drop in any day of the week!


Salon Fido LLC 1807 Main St., Cross Plains 608-798-4464 Salon Fido prides itself in promoting the health and well-being of your companion animals. Our salon offers full service grooming for dogs and cats in a personal atmosphere. Our retail area provides nourishing foods, wholesome supplements and delicious treats as well as organic toys. We regularly participate in continuing educational programs in all areas of the pet healthcare industry. It is our goal to help educate and empower you to be your pets best advocate. Through the services we offer and the products we provide, we hope to enhance that special relationship you share with your pet. For appointments or more information, please call us at 608-798-4464. Please visit our website and check out our Facebook page.


Divine Body and Styles Organic Salon & Spa 608-242-4247 We strive to nd professional beauty products that are made with as many organic, natural, & eco-friendly ingredients safe for you and us! We only get one body and one earth, so its time that we are all conscious of what we are doing to both of them with the products we use!

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Alvarado Real Estate Group Sara Alvarado 1914 Monroe St., Madison 608-251-6600 Whether you are a rst-time home seller or ready to buy your fourth home, you want someone who gets you and your situation; someone who will guide you through the process in a natural and effective way. Not too pushy, yet can tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear. A realtor with a long list of great client testimonials and references, deep roots in Madison and a strong knowledge of the market. We get it. Our team of real estate professionals has a different approach to real estate. The foundation is trust, and we build some fun into the process, too. If that feels like a good t, then it probably is. We can connect you with the right agent and schedule a no-obligation chat on the phone, at our ofce or in your home.

country and sits on 100 acres of restored, native prairie overlooking Lake Mendota. Holy Wisdom is open and welcoming to all. Come for an afternoon, day or longer!

Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic 4504 Monona Drive, Madison 608-819-6750 Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic provides CPR: caring, professional and responsive service to you and your pet. Lori Scarlett, DVM, and her friendly staff have many years of experience caring for and treating cats and dogs. We pride ourselves on our thorough exams and gentle care of your furry family members. In addition to exams, surgeries, dental procedures and laboratory testing, we also have cat boarding and cat grooming. Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic is located right next to Monona Grove High School. Please visit our website at and see all our happy patients on our Facebook page. For appointments or more information, please call us at 608-819-6750.

Rooted Spirit, LLC 6670 University Ave., Suite 102, Middleton 608-220-0406 Sonya Theis, a certied consultant in Spiritual Response Technique, offers spiritual clearing sessions and dowsing classes. A clearing is accomplished by dowsing (use of a pendulum) and specialized charting. The goal is to help you shift out of the feelings of being stuck in areas of your life by replacing negative feelings, programs or blocks with positive thoughts and energies. whitedoor, llc (previously TIBIA IntuAction Institute) 6225 University Ave., Suite 208, Madison 608-238-7328 Discover whats behind the whitedoor the journey of awakening to the inherent perfection of who we are. By exploring and testing self-imposed agendas/restrictions that limit the experience of joy and fulllment, individuals are empowered to make choices that can transform their lives. whitedoor offers support through individual sessions, workshops, intuitive training, retreats and essential oils.

Reconnective Healing Peggy Bong 608-886-4111 Peggy Bong is the owner of Reconnecting All Creatures and will be scheduling appointments at Natural Health Works, 201 E. Verona Ave., Verona. Peggy has always had a passion for helping animals and people with their health and wellness, relying on different healing techniques. Once she heard about Dr. Eric Pearl and The Reconnection, she knew this was what she has been looking for. Peggy is trained as a practitioner in Levels I/II and Reconnection Level III. Peggy has also received advanced training for Reconnective Healing with animals. Peggy has a compassionate nature and generous spirit, and enjoys helping clients feel the benets of Reconnective Healing. Peggy is both calming and intuitive with animals and enjoys working with all animals. Please call to schedule your private appointment.


Madison Body Sculpting 2711 Allen Blvd., Suite 102, Middleton Located inside of the Harbor Athletic Club Wellness Center 608-514-2843 Madison Body Sculpting is the nonsurgical, pain-free body contouring solution to stubborn fatty areas that dont respond to exercise. Smooth, shape and contour the body. Our Lipo Laser and Velaslim treatments release fat into the bodys natural cleansing process. Great for targeting troublesome areas with a safe, nonsurgical treatment.

MiraclesOne Center for a Course in Miracles 621 N. Sherman Ave., Suites B7/8, Madison 608-318-4444 MiraclesOne provides support with practicing the principles of A Course in Miracles. Through our classes, individual sessions, retreats, books and online resources, our students reap the benet of experienced and well-known ACIM teachers. Learn to deal with your everyday life with a sense of peace, love and joy.

The Chakra House Wellness Studio 664 W. Washington Ave., Madison 608-237-6128 The Chakra House is a space for you to nd balance physically, emotionally and spiritually in a fun, natural and intuitive way. Every class, appointment and workshop incorporates your unique style, awareness and innate gifts to validate your ability to balance, heal and connect with your true self.

Holy Wisdom Monastery 4200 County Road M, Middleton 608-836-1631, ext. 100 Holy Wisdom Monastery provides a peaceful setting ideal for personal and group retreats, meetings, weddings, memorial services, concerts, prayer, worship, nature walks, tours, volunteering and much more. The monastery building is one of the greenest buildings in the

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