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44 FEATURE STORY
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 Discover your own story — Sharon Kay Beyer at Frontier Nature Scents guides others to dream big
ShARON KAY BEYER, owner of Frontier Nature Scents

10 Is PMS playing too big
a role in your life?

56 Green your home while
you clean your home

12 The healthy mind 16 Can sound heal? 20 Getting to know your acupuncturist 23 4 common myths about skin care

59 Foods that fight pain 60 Household hazardous waste disposal 62 What causes social anxiety disorder? 64 Confused about cleansing? 67 How bakery products affect
diabetes and weight loss

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Can sound heal?

24 Freedom from judgment 25 Getting your fitness goals back on track 26 Recovering from winter with Rolfing SI 28 Essential oils 32 Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard 34 Jase’s special ops mission

68 Essential oils for the cold and flu season 71 Simple steps to prevent running
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Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard

36 The art of self-love 38 Are you in pain? 40 Caring for yourself after baby is born 42 Creativity: Your superpower! 47 Equine laminitis — the horse killer 50 Your heart-matters 53 Need relationship help? Structural
family therapy is right for you!

74 Connecting your head and
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A season for renewal

Can you sense it? The rays of the sun — when it’s not busy hiding behind the clouds — feel just a little warmer. The days are growing just a little longer. And the trees and other plants that slept through the winter now possess a nearly tangible energy: they, like us, are ready for a new growing season. Yes, friends, spring is on its way. And what is spring known best as, if not a time for renewal? During the winter, our well-being and personal growth all too often take a back seat to what seem to be more pressing matters. Not only do we have Wisconsin’s cold, ice and wind to contend with, we each have our own work, social, family and other responsibilities. When juggling these concerns, it’s all too easy to forget the difference between living life and surviving it. This spring, truly live your life. As you take in the smell of rain showers and the sight of budding flowers, devote time to focus on your own renewal. Laugh more. Learn more. Love more — both others and yourself. Be inspired by the rebirth you see in the world around you. Nature’s Pathways is here to help you along your journey. We see ourselves as a partner in your quest to live as the best possible version of yourself. In the following pages, our many talented authors provide information designed to help you focus on renewal and healthy living. Struggling with joint and muscle pain? Learn which foods can help (such as cherries, mint and hot peppers) in Dr. Marco Araujo’s article, “Foods that fight pain.” Listening to music and surrounding ourselves with supportive people can relax us, and in Chris Chantelois article, “The art of self-love,” he recognizes their ability to help you love yourself the right way, too. Do you

have new goals for the new season? Use Heather LaFond’s article, “Getting your fitness goals back on track” to discover the art of making, keeping and going after your ambitions. Our many other articles will give you useful information on essential oils, family therapy, skin care and more! So as you enjoy the beginnings of spring, please let the writings of our expert authors guide you through your own renewal, and remember: you’re never alone on your path to well-being. Yours in health, Your Nature’s Pathways team

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ymptoms of premenstrual syndrome are real but are not an inevitable part of being a woman! Common PMS symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances, and in order to feel better you need to understand what are PMS symptoms and how they are affecting your life. To qualify as being related to PMS, your signs or symptoms must happen for only one to two weeks before your period, beginning mid-cycle (around day 14 when most women ovulate), or during the week right before your menstrual period, and end within one to three days after your period starts. The following quiz can help you to identify if your symptoms are related to PMS and the severity of your symptoms.

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Rate your symptoms on a scale of: 0 (none), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate), 3 (severe). The symptoms must occur only between mid-cycle and end by the first to third day of menses.

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If you score 0-5, you are likely not suffering with PMS and your hormones are well-balanced. Keep up the good work! If you score 6-12, you may have mild PMS and your hormones may not be well-balanced. Diet and lifestyle modifications are in order. If you score 13-30, it sounds like you are really struggling with PMS symptoms and this is interfering with your ability to enjoy life for one or two weeks a month. Hormone testing is suggested and herbal or hormone therapy may be beneficial, along with diet and lifestyle changes. If you score 31 or higher, you are suffering from severe PMS and you may feel like your life is revolving around your symptoms. Seek help soon because you don’t have to feel this way. See a provider who can offer hormone testing and guide you in the changes that are needed to help you feel “normal” again — every day! For help to eliminate your PMS symptoms, please refer to “Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS for Good,” published in the Oct. 2013 Northeast Wisconsin edition of Nature’s Pathways, pages 14-15 or on-line at www.naturespathways.com.
Randi Mann, WHNP-BC, NCMP, is the owner of Wise Woman Wellness, LLC, an innovative wellness center in De Pere. Mann is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner and NAMScertified menopause practitioner. She combines the best of conventional and integrative medicine to help women live healthier, more joy-filled lives. Join us at the upcoming “Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS” seminar on March 18 at 5:30 p.m. Call 920-339-5252 to register. Visit www.wisewomanwellness.com. for details.

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The healthy mind
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what we eat or exercise, it starts somewhere else before it becomes achievable. It starts with our mind. Do you find that you talk yourself right out of something you want to do? Did you just run through your list? Our mind is powerful and it controls the outcome of everything we attempt. How do you become a healthy you? Well, the saying “set your mind to it” comes to thought. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Well? Is it set? Set for what, you ask? When the year started, what did you set out to do? Have you set your mind to achieve your goal or resolution and are you on track? Minds make us successful, positive, resentful and doubtful. If you relate to this and feel sluggish, don’t. It’s OK. It will get better for you. We all want to be healthy, and we can. But how? • Be positive • Stay bold • Don’t give up • Be strong • Be confident Build your strength and build your body. Confidence comes with strength. They go hand in hand. The stronger you become, the more positive you will be and the better you will feel. Achieving a happy, healthy life occurs when a healthy mind motivates us to strive

for a healthy body. Media confuses our minds; it portrays body images for women and men that are very hard to obtain and maintain. You can be skinny but not fit; you can be large and fit. You can be fit and think you are not. It’s a mind game. Be nice to yourself. Write down five goals and five things great about yourself. Set your mind to it and it will happen. I believe you can and that’s my job every day, to help you believe in you. I love it. Every day is an opportunity, a new thought of attack. Believe in it and do it. A positive, clear and organized mind is a happy mind. Happy body plus happy mind equals happy life. Sing and dance loud and be proud. You deserve it. I will believe in you and believe you are worth it! I will help you make living life easier.
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The following items are the “Top 10 Pet Toxins,” according to the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Prescription human medications. The top prescriptions that pets are usually exposed to include heart medication,

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Plants. Cats outnumber dogs to in exposure to certain houseplants. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats. Rodenticides. Pets can be particularly resourceful in getting at mouse and rat baits. Ingestion of rodenticides can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures. Lawn and garden products. Fertilizers are often made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, and those items are very attractive to pets. Most fertilizers are low in toxicity, but when eaten in large amounts it may lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet does get into something poisonous, don’t panic. Take a moment to gather the following information, and then call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center immediately: • What did your pet get into? • Did the pet swallow it or get it on his skin? • What is the active ingredient listed on the package? • How much did your pet get into? • How long ago did this happen?

• How is the pet acting now? • Has the pet vomited? The answers to these questions will help the veterinarian determine the severity of the situation and proper treatment. If possible, save the original container from the product so you can refer to it if necessary. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a 24-hour hotline at 888-4264435. There is a fee for the consultation. If your pet has difficulty breathing, has seizures or starts to lose consciousness, go immediately to your veterinarian’s office or animal emergency center. Start now. Take these steps to poisonproof your home: • Store medications, cleaning products and human foods in closed cabinets. • Use childproof latches to keep cabinets locked. • Clear items from countertops. Cats are notorious for knocking things off of counters, and dogs can easily chew through sealed containers.

• Keep trashcans covered or behind a latched cabinet door. • Don’t allow pets on newly fertilized lawns. • Determine whether or not your houseplants are toxic by checking the ASPCA website: http://www.aspca. org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/ toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. • Put your veterinarian’s phone number and the phone number to an animal emergency center somewhere where you can easily find it in a crisis. • Locate the nearest 24-hour animal hospital before your pet has an emergency. Our pets are important members of our families. We may not consider that some of the items in our home may be life-threatening to our pets. Using the steps listed above to poison-proof your home now may prevent a tragedy in the future.
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Can sound heal?
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here will come a time when a diseased condition will not be described as it is today by physicians and psychologists, but it will be spoken of in musical terms, as one would speak of a piano that was out of tune.” —Rudolf Steiner It has only been since the age of science that the West seems to have lost its cultural memory regarding the power of sound as a healing modality. Internally by exercising the power of voice, or externally by exposure to music, tones, beats and chants — sound has always had the power to cure what ails you. The Greeks of antiquity knew it. Both healing and music belonged under the auspices of the same deity, Apollo, the Sun God. “A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of his body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation. It either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace,” explains Sufi musician and author Hazrat Inayat Khan. “Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance … the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed, as the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism.” For more than 5,000 years, every musical instrument in China had to be tuned in accordance with the imperial tone, which was called Kung. The Emperor’s responsibility was to be certain that the Kung was in perfect harmony with the ever-changing celestial influences to insure that divine energies continued to flow from above, manifesting as harmony below. If you think that you are not a part of this celestial symphony, simply stop and listen to your own heart. It beats in a continuous rhythm. The earth too produces a global electronic beat, a wave with a fundamental frequency that oscillates at approximately 7.83 Hz. This wave and its harmonics are known as the Schumann resonances, named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who predicted them mathematically in 1952. After his colleague Hans Berger invented the EEG machine, which led to the first recording of human brain frequencies, and upon reading Schumann’s results
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about the earth’s frequency, Dr. Anker Mueller realized that the frequency of the earth was an exact match with the alpha wave frequency of the human brain. That skeptical “brain” which perceives the world around you is made up of specialized nerve cells called neurons that switch on and off in a binary dance with the planet, in action and then at rest. Those atoms that make up the cells of your body are whirling in harmony with the stars and planets of the universe. At least they are as long as you are healthy and in a state of balance. Since the early eighties, Peter Hess has been studying radiesthesia, a compound word that describes a form of sound healing. The initial radi couples radio waves or radiation with aesthesia, (the counter-opposite of anaesthesia) a state of alert mental responsiveness in which you are aware of yourself and your situation. If tuning forks will resonate in sympathetic harmony, so will the cells and organs of your body. Based on his experience with sound healing in Nepal and Tibet, Peter Hess started to experiment and study the effects of singing bowls on the human mind and body to form the basis of his theories of sound massage. The results of his more than 30 years of work are worldwide starting with the founding of the Peter Hess Sound Massage Institute in Germany, where sound healing is integrated into the nation’s medical system.
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“The tangible world is movement, not a collection of moving objects, but movement itself. There are no objects ‘in movement.’ It is the movements which constitute the objects, which appear to us; there are nothing but movements,” explains Alexandra David-Neel and Tibetan lama Aphur Yongden in their book, “The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects.” Sound massage with singing bowls is movement of the cells, atoms and electronic aura of your body accomplished by placing a select metal and tonal bowl on the dressed body or within the aura of an individual. Then, they are tapped gently with a felt mallet to cause them to resonate. The calming harmonizing sounds as well as the gentle vibrations of the singing bowls, induce a feeling of wellbeing and a very effective, deep, sound-based state of relaxation. “Sound affects us though several channels. The human cells, when bathed in sound, light up and shine in bright intense color, as the vibrations of health are being reinforced,” says Gina Armstrong sound massage therapist at Balance on Buffalo in Manitowoc. “All of your body-healthy processes are fortified and intensified by the complex sound waves of a singing bowl, bringing your mind to rest, quickly becoming calm and relaxed.”
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Question: My physician has recommended that I reduce my daily sodium intake. What are some simple ways to do this? Answer: Sodium is added to everything from pasta sauces and condiments to frozen foods, so it’s no surprise that the average adult consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Many organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recommend that adults limit their sodium intake to no more than 2,300 mg per day to improve overall health. Reducing your sodium intake can be done with a few small changes in your diet. Purchase low-sodium or sodium-free varieties of your usual pantry items such as soup stocks, sauces and canned vegetables. Limit
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the use of processed and frozen foods. Limit your intake of condiments such as dill pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce and salad dressing. And finally when cooking, instead of salt, reach for lemon juice, citrus juices, dried spices and vinegar to add flavor to your food. Making one (or all) of these changes will reduce your daily sodium intake by hundreds of milligrams. As a bonus, become a ‘label sleuth’ — it’s really as simple as reviewing the food labels to note the sodium an item contains to help you make a healthier choice. Question: Can you please explain what circuit training is? Answer: Circuit training is a form of body conditioning where you perform an exercise for a period of time and then move on to another exercise. Typically, you’ll perform each exercise for 30-60 seconds and have 15-30 seconds to transition to the next exercise. Once you complete all the exercises in the circuit, you’ll rest and repeat the circuit again. On the fitness floor in a gym setting, a specific group of weight training machines may be set in a formation so you can move smoothly from one machine to another. In a group fitness setting, you’ll find stations of exercises placed around the room. Circuits can be strength exercises only, or a combination of strength and cardio exercises and are usually set up with eight to 12 stations. Circuit training is fast-paced, fun and great for anyone who is busy and wants to combine strength and cardio.
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cupuncturists have so much to offer to our communities! They treat patients of all ages, from children to the elderly, for anything from pain and digestive disorders to helping a patient achieve and maintain a state of wellness. Due to the growing number of positive findings in acupuncture research, many insurance companies cover it and an increasing number of hospitals and clinics are including acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements into their health-care system. Acupuncturists have a minimum of 1,900 hours of supervised instruction from an accredited school. They are required to pass the board exam from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. According to the NCCAOM website, “NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification.” This organization ensures standards of competence for the

profession and the public’s safety on a national level. Our state has an organization called the Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists. Its mission: “Promote excellence in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout the State of Wisconsin.” WISCA’s growth and development advances the profession in the state by supporting integrative health care in their communities. This organization strives to make sure acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be accessible to anyone in Wisconsin in a safe and effective manner. Acupuncture licensure/certification is regulated by the state of Wisconsin, which requires strict qualifications of the profession. In many states, medical doctors and chiropractors can take a 100-hour workshop and then practice acupuncture. Often patients confuse this qualification with a licensed/certified acupuncturist who has studied for years at an accredited Oriental medicine college. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a complete system of medicine all on its own. Learning this complex system of diagnosis and treatment takes many years. Accredited acupuncture schools
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“To protect yourself, always ask your providers what qualifications they have and what length of time was required for their acupuncture education.“
teach the location, use and safe needling technique of more than 400 acupuncture points. Safety issues and effective needle placement are taught through specialized training and more than 600 hours of supervised clinical experience. To protect yourself, always ask your providers what qualifications they have and what length of time was required for their acupuncture education. Finally, be sure your acupuncturist is licensed by the state to practice acupuncture. In order to get the most out of your acupuncture treatments, use these guidelines to help you find the most qualified acupuncturist. Remember, you deserve the best!
Sarah Atkinson is a certified acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Oriental medicine and is the president of WISCA. She owns and operates Healthy Living Acupuncture & Wellness in Plymouth. She provides holistic health care within a traditional Chinese medical framework. For more information visit www.healthylivingacu.com or call 920-893-8796.

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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.

Colic

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 reflux

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 child’s first and second birthdays. Acid reflux occurs when the lower 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
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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 child’s 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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4 common myths about skin care
By Caitlin Brotz

I should wash twice a day.

Washing twice a day can strip your skin of precious fatty acids and lipids that protect your skin from the elements. Washing with soap just once a day minimizes the washing away of these oils. A type of cleansing that helps restore these valuable fatty acids is the oil cleansing method. Oil dissolves dirt, oil and makeup and leaves your skin hydrated rather than stripped.

using the vitamins from them. Synthetics are usually slower to absorb and can attract bacteria in the mean time.

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My skin is oily.

Oily skin is usually a sign of very dry skin. It’s your body’s way of self-lubricating. Often, those with oily skin try even harder to dry their skin out, leading on a downward spiral of skin freak-out. The best way to bring your skin back into balance is by giving it what it craves, which is moisture and fatty acids. Oils like avocado are particularly high in fatty acids, which helps protect your skin. Often when you start lubricating properly, you will find that the oil production backs off.

Not all acne needs a prescription to get better. Oftentimes the changing of the seasons or monthly hormonal fluctuations are enough to slightly throw our skin off kilter. Temporary acne is a result of your body trying to come back to a balance. You can help it by giving it products that helps lubricate, soothe and breathe rather than aggravate your skin. Natural products allow your body’s natural functions to do their job. There are many myths surrounding skin care that hinder your skin from looking its best. But now you don’t have to fall prey to at least four of them. Take good care of your skin and it will reward you with years of youthful beauty.
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Freedom from judgment
By Judy Rogers, LCSW

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used to be the most judgmental person I knew. I had all kinds of judgment about everything and everybody that came my way. I was the harshest toward myself. At night I would lay in bed listening to the chattering voice in my head questioning everything I said and did that day. In 2009, I studied at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and learned to meditate. Deepak talked about becoming the silent witness to your chattering mind. With that awareness I began to feel the suffering that judgment created. Judgment causes anger, self-loathing and bitterness that create divisions and wars. It blocks us from love, harmony and healing. Judgment keeps us from going home to the peaceful self within.

I am able to immediately get back on track without all the hurtful chatter. With self-acceptance I find freedom and happiness with what is here and now. Judging begins to be replaced with acceptance. Acceptance creates a peacefulness and freedom that allows us to heal emotionally. By reversing the habit of judging to one of acceptance, we will soon notice our positive thinking creating better relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Judgment versus discernment

Why do we judge?

Why did I feel like I had to have an opinion about everything? Why did I need to be right? Why would I allow others’ judgment of me to keep me awake at night? Researchers tell us judgments comes from our primitive brain that is driven by fears. We believe people are out to get us. My world is not safe. When we judge others, we feel smarter and more powerful than those we are judging. Judgment gives us a feeling of security. One of my clients gave me permission to share a line from a poem he wrote: “When we share flaws that aren’t ours, it is like taking wishes out of stars.” —P.A.L.

At first when I was working on nonjudgment and I was trying to make decisions, it was difficult for me to know when I was judging and when I was discerning. With deeper understanding, I began to realize that judgment is having an opinion about whether something or somebody is good or bad. Discernment is about having a preference without applying a negative label to the things we don’t prefer. We make decisions without the need to divide, separate and be more correct than somebody else. Our decisions come from our authentic self and guide us to our purpose rather than the approval of others. I also began to realize that sometimes things that I would have judged as bad or evil might have a spiritual purpose that I am unaware of at the time.

Freedom from judgment

How do we stop judging?

A mindfulness practice is defined as awareness without judgment. Another way of describing it is to attend and befriend. We replace judgment with befriending things like our fears and insecurities. Through awareness we begin to realize that the security we feel with judgment is an illusion. When I give up my need to be right, I can listen better to others. I can begin to experience a lightness and simplicity that is peaceful. When I also give up judging myself and find that by not judging myself when I fall short of my intentions,
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Freedom from judgment is like changing any habit. It takes practice, practice, practice. Often it helps to replace a habit we prefer not to have any longer with a healthy one. Beginning a daily practice that includes mindful meditation can create a new habit of awareness without judgment.
Judy Rogers, LCSW, is the founder and owner of Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing. They offer a variety of workshops, groups and psychotherapy that focus on mindfulness practices. Check out  http://mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com  or call 920-7227245 for more details. You can also like Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing on Facebook to follow what is happening at the center.
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Getting your fitness goals back on track
By Heather LaFond

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t is socially acceptable for New Year’s resolutions to fail. Just because failure is the norm, it doesn’t mean you must accept it. What can you do to focus on achieving your health and fitness goals year round? Revise your goal. Sometimes the problem with our goals is they are too large and not realistic. Set smaller goals leading up to that larger goal. Not only will these small goals keep you on track, they encourage and motivate progression toward that larger goal. Challenge yourself. The important thing to remember is that in order to change yourself, you must challenge yourself. This challenge can come in several forms: physical, mental and emotional. Change requires us to push outside of our comfort zone and break habits. Share your goal with those around you. Old habits die hard. Sharing your goal helps keep you accountable. Everyone has friends or family members who have a tendency to give you a hard time if they witness that you are about to cave. Use these people to your advantage! Surround yourself with like-minded people. If you’re looking to increase your physical activity, find others who would like to do the same. Motivate and keep one another on track and make exercise fun!

Enlist a professional. If you need help reaching your goal, it’s OK to receive help. Don’t be afraid to recruit a personal trainer, wellness coach or nutritionist to assist you in achieving what you desire! Don’t surrender to the norm. Be defiant. Be a goal-getter. You are worthy of achieving your goals! Go get ‘em.
Heather LaFond has a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology with an emphasis in exercise science. She has been working as an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer for five years. Prior to becoming certified, Heather lost 100 pounds. She turned her passion for health and fitness into a career. In 2012, Defiant Fitness LLC was formed and in September 2013 it merged with Prana Groove to better provide clients with a well-rounded fitness experience. The personalized fitness programs offered between the two sister studios incorporate all the necessary elements of wellness: cardio, flexibility, lifestyle coaching, nutrition support, and strength training. For more information, contact Prana Groove & Defiant Fitness, 1402 Clark St., Suite 201, Manitowoc, at 855-462-5487 or at iamdefiantfitness@gmail.com. You can also visit www.pranagroove.com and www.iamdefiantfitness.com.

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Recovering from winter with Rolfing SI
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rowing up in Wisconsin, Veronika* was no stranger to winter. She enjoyed the beauty of winter yet found difficulty in enduring the long stretches of dreary days and frigid temperatures. It was the promise of 300 days of sunshine and the occasional 60-degree F day in January that lured her to the majestic mountains of Colorado. Veronika had it all figured out. While she searched for longerterm housing, she had rented a room in a cabin at the foot of the mountains. The folks she lived with where eco-conscious and preferred to bundle up while keeping the thermostat on low. This worked fine during the days when sunshine warmed up the place but did not help at night when the piercing winds drafted through the leaky windows and paper-thin walls. At one point, Veronika noted that upon waking one chilly morning, the temperature had sunk to 46 degrees F in her room. Despite wearing wool socks,

long underwear, fleece pajamas and a stocking cap to bed, she still shivered under her wool blanket and down comforter. Trial and error helped her to find ways to stay warm, but by the end of winter, which had been unseasonably long and cold, the cumulative effects of sleeping and shivering in a tight fetal position seemed to take its toll on Veronika’s posture and physical structure. Come spring, Veronika happened to catch her reflection in the mirror and noticed how her entire body seemed to curl inwards in flexion. Even though she was relaxed, she just couldn’t seem to stand up straight. Her body just wanted to slouch; her shoulders hunched and her head jutted forward. Her arms seemed to twist inward. Her center of gravity was not quite right and her hips seemed off. She had wondered if these postural distortions caused her neck to ache and fingers to tingle when she sat at the computer for long periods of time. Knowing she could regain her sense of uprightness and restore

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Essential oils
By Angel Avina

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he topic of essential oils is not only extremely interesting but a subject that many of us perhaps may not know a lot about. Essential oils play a big part in not only our physical health but our mental well-being as well. How many times has a smell brought back a memory for you? Of all our senses, smell is the one that will get to the brain first. The limbic area of our brain links us directly with not only emotions and feelings, but memories as well. Using oils goes as far back as Biblical days. Frankincense was one of the gifts given to baby Jesus. Frankincense was regarded in value to that of gold. Egyptians used frankincense in their embalming process. It is said frankincense helps in meditation and prayer because it slows down the breathing and therefore helps with focusing. Frankincense has may other abilities in helping with physical disorders such as asthma, laryngitis, oily skin, sores, urinary tract infections, blemishes and colds, just to name a few. Most everyone is familiar with lavender oil. It’s one of the most loved oils and a must-have for anyone experimenting with essential oils. Lavender can be found in many perfumes and soaps and has a long history with the English for exactly those reasons. Lavender can also be used for such things as migraines, tension and skin disorders, and as a sleep aid and insect repellent. Lavender oil can be applied to your pillowcase and sheets after taking them off the clothesline. Rose oil is another option to do the same. Patchouli is a strong earthy scent and it seems that people either love it or can’t stand it. Patchouli’s scent gets better with age. The older it gets the richer the scent becomes. It can fight off body odor and also has the ability to suppress appetites! It also has been said to help with the libido, constipation, weight loss and water retention. Peppermint oil has many wonderful abilities, from culinary uses to treating shock! It aids in relieving migraine headaches by simply dabbing it on each temple or you can put it on a handkerchief and slowly breathe it in. For gum problems and/or bad
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“There is no end to what you can do from making your own perfumes, candles and soaps to creating special blends in helping your body not only emotionally but physically as well.”
breath, it makes a wonderful mouth rinse! It also helps with digestion problems, gas and stomach upset and can be taken in gel tab form. By adding it to carrier oil, it can be used topically for sore muscles. Many construction workers can avoid overheating in the summer by adding a few drops to their water along with applying it to the back of their necks. When closing down a motorhome, peppermint oil on cotton balls placed throughout the vehicle will help keep those pesky mice away! These are only a few oils and a partial description of their capabilities. This only scratches the surface. The more that you read up on aromatherapy the more amazed you will be. For the most part, essential oils are very reasonably priced. There is no end to what you can do from making your own perfumes, candles and soaps to creating special blends in helping your body not only emotionally but physically as well. Remember just how important your health really is!
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do about it? If you’re like most people, answering these questions can be a bit difficult and confusing at first. But sorting through the basics can help you better understand not only what makes up your credit score, but also how it may be affecting your finances and what you can do about it.

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(low) to 850 (high). Because each of the three main credit bureaus determines ratings based only on information they have on file, you can actually have three different FICO scores.

Your credit report includes information about your current and past credit history, including open and closed credit accounts, your payment history, credit utilization (what percentage of credit you are using compared to what is available to you), what new credit you have applied for and if you’ve filed for bankruptcy. While credit reports usually only go back seven years, bankruptcy may remain on your report for up to 10 years. You are entitled to receive a free credit report every year from each of the three main reporting agencies. To order your free reports, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228. Be prepared to provide your name, address, Social Security number and your date of birth. One way to keep tabs on your credit is to space out your requests, ordering from a different credit bureau every four months.

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Your credit score is a three-digit number based on your credit history. It ranks the following areas with some weighing more heavily in determining your score: payment history (35 percent), total amounts owed (30 percent), length of credit history (15 percent), new credit (10 percent), and type of credit in use (10 percent). Most companies use the credit scoring system developed by Fair Issac and Company (FICO). Thus the term FICO score refers to your credit score. The three main credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax, use these scores to rate credit on a point scale of 300
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Your credit report and credit scores are testimonies to your creditworthiness — good or bad. They are tools that help lenders use to gauge the likelihood that you will pay them back. Most lenders and creditors factor in your credit score when deciding whether or not to extend you credit and your score can also impact whether you get a high or low interest rate. Insurance companies calculate your “creditbased insurance score” based on your credit score, according to information published by esurance, an Allstate company. “Statistical analysis shows that those with higher credit scores tend to get into fewer accidents and cost insurance companies less than their lower-scoring counterparts,” the article states. In an October 2013 CNNMoney article by Patrick deHahn, it was reported that drivers with bad credit can expect to pay more for their insurance — in some cases, a lot more. “Based on data from six large insurers from across the United States, InsuranceQuotes.com found that drivers with poor credit pay as much as 91% more than people with top credit scores. And drivers with median credit scores were found to pay 24% more, the report found.”
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Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard
By Melissa Seith, RD, LD

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wish I planned ahead for meals as much as most foodies and health enthusiasts do. It would at the very least make for fewer trips to the grocery store. I have read many blogs, magazine articles and books and have watched shows that utilize unique foods and elaborate

preparation methods as a means to making fresh, whole-food meals and snacks. I have nothing against these recipes or ideas. In fact, I attempt them from time to time myself. I even aspire to do this more often. But, if you’re anything like me, you work full time, squeeze in a daily workout,

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keep up with the housework, the laundry, the yard, yet you still want to be involved in the community and spend time with your loved ones or even just enjoy your hobbies. After all of this, the time to spend on planning and preparing meals and/or snacks is extremely limited. I always feel there is a perceived notion that “healthy” translates to “costly, elaborate and time-consuming.” This definitely does not have to be the case. Healthy can be easy, fast and spontaneous. A key player in my breakfast — my smoothie — made me think of this. One morning before I left for work, I was looking through my refrigerator and freezer searching for appetizing and healthy things I could throw into my mini blender. The ingredients that I ended up using were random, delicious and incredibly healthy: • Some organic blueberries from a gigantic container I had bought on sale at the end of last month and had frozen because I couldn’t eat them quickly enough • A mango I had bought for a mango salsa recipe and failed to make as a complimentary addition to some fish tacos (I still need to make this recipe happen!)
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• A small clementine from a bag of fruit my fiance’s mother had dropped off (and again I couldn’t finish quickly enough) • Some frozen strawberries that were from a bag of frozen berries I bought from the grocery store • A tablespoon of flax seed • I topped it off with just enough V8 Fusion light peach and mango fruit and vegetable juice to allow the concoction to blend together nicely The result? A completely haphazard recipe jampacked with whole foods raging with nutritious components including antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. All of these are linked to reductions in disease, including cancer and heart disease. Plus they promote healthy skin as well

“The key is learning what food components are nutritious and health promoting, and then having these foods stock your pantries, refrigerators, and freezers so you can just throw them together on a whim.”
as healthy aging, among other things. I drank over half of my daily fruit servings in one fell swoop! It was so tasty I even made a separate smoothie and brought it to work with me in an insulated cup. I consumed it later as a snack, which of course helped me not only meet, but also exceed the recommended intake for fruits. It was a delicious reminder that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in order to work your fruits, your veggies or other healthy foods into your diet plan. I encourage everyone to learn about the components that make food healthy. Is it low in fat/saturated fat or does it have healthy fats from plant sources? Is it a whole food full of fiber and free radicalfighting antioxidants? Is it fresh or is it full of sodium, sugar or preservatives? The key is learning what food components are nutritious and health promoting, and then having these foods stock your pantries, refrigerators and freezers so you can just throw them together on a whim.
Melissa Seith, RD, LD, is a nutrition specialist for Great Harvest Bread Co., with locations at: 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Neenah, http:// neenahgreatharvest.com; 1033B W. Northland Ave., Appleton across from Festival Foods, http://appletongreatharvest.com; 802 George St., De Pere, http:// greatbread.net.

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Jase’s special ops mission
By Kathi Bloy

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ase Flynn came into this world with the bottom of his heart twisted and an undeveloped right ventricle. His mother, April, said he required surgery within his first few weeks. “Jase is average size now and the only delay he’s had is in mobility,” she said. “A physical therapist comes to the house every week to work with him, and he’s beginning to walk.” His low immunity makes day care a dangerous place for Jase, so April quit her job to care for him at home. “When he was born, we went to Madison by ambulance at least every three weeks because he kept getting sick,” she said. “Since I’ve been home with him, aside from the common flu, he hasn’t been in the hospital.” Jase has already had two surgeries and will need another before he’s 3 years old. April said, “He can do everything he wants to do,

Above: Jase Flynn with his sister, mother April and father Bret.

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but he’ll never be able to play a contact sport because of the impact on his chest.” When April’s cousin, Heidi Krause, found out that Jase was going to be born with medical problems, she knew the family would need financial support. “I went online and started searching for benefit information,” she said. “There’s a lot out there and it’s kind of intimidating. Then I came across Community Benefit Tree and loved what

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“I think what’s most beneficial is the information they give you. ...Putting together a benefit is a lot of work, but with the tools and resources CBT gives you, anybody could do it.”
anything like that.” Krause said their large family is very involved in planning the Celebration of Support for Jase that will be held March 30 at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay from noon until 5 p.m. “We’ve got quite a variety of family and friends that are helping out,” Krause said. “A lot of aunts and others who aren’t on the committee are getting donations, spreading the word and getting people set up for baking and volunteering. Even people who don’t know Jase are eager to come to the benefit.” Community Benefit Tree has turned out to be a wonderful organization, Krause asserted. “I think what’s most beneficial is the information they give you,” she said. “They gave us binders and information with pre-done forms and told us what to do step by step. There are check-off lists to make sure we don’t miss anything. Putting together a benefit is a lot of work, but with the tools and resources CBT gives you, anybody could do it.” A tech-savvy person, Krause appreciates CBT’s use of online tools. “Base Camp is a communication portal where everybody can communicate and see what’s going on,” she said. “I found it very helpful that they use the program.” Another big help, Krause said, “… is that they have so much we can borrow. We started talking about decorations and games we want to play, and they have so much we can use. We don’t have to go out and buy everything. They also are a good resource to find people willing to donate time or services. That’s very helpful. To me, the amazing thing is that they’re willing to help as many people as they possibly can every year. It’s important to let people know that CBT is out there. I really appreciate all that they do.” With the soldiers from “Toy Story” in mind, the committee decided to call Jase’s Celebration of Support a “Special Ops Mission.” April said the family is into camouflage and Duck Dynasty, which is where they got Jase’s name, so a camo-soldier theme was a natural. Readers who are unable to attend the celebration may donate to Jase’s medical expenses by going to the CBT website at communitybenefittree.org. Go to Current Celebration of Support Events and scroll to find “Our Special Ops Celebration.”
Community Benefit Tree, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, celebrates people’s lives and supports them during medical crises. It helps families, friends and co-workers plan Celebration of Support events for their loved ones and provide education, support, resources and financial assistance for families struggling with medical crises. CBT has assisted with more than 500 Celebration of Support events in the last 10 years. For more information, visit communitybenefittree.org or contact CBT staff at 920-422-1919. Kathi Bloy is a freelance writer from Appleton.
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The basic code to keep in mind as you work toward loving and accepting all parts of you is to treat yourself as if you are your very best friend, with gentleness and compassion. It is human nature to succeed and backslide. Some concrete tools, among countless, are to: • Surround yourself with healthy people to support and encouage you. • Listen to music with uplifting messages. • Heal past emotional wounds (which is also possible). • Look into the mirror, into your eyes and tell yourself you • Become aware of your body and emotions: They hold information for you. • Find a mindfulness technique that works for you — even if it’s only for two minutes a day. • Accept all of you — likes and dislikes — with tenderness and compassion.

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“The basic code to keep in mind as you work toward loving and accepting all parts of you is to treat yourself as if you are your very best friend, with gentleness and compassion.”
keeping your goals in mind. Remember, though, to start with small steps in small amounts of time. And remember that facing failures and struggles while accepting all parts of you with gentle acceptance will move you successfully toward loving and accepting yourself more. Wouldn’t it be great to experience the freedom to know yourself and to be yourself in 2014?

Facing your fears actually builds confidence. You see that you can do it, face it and get to the other side, which makes space to have the freedom to be you! I invite you, right now, to close your eyes and ask yourself, Chris Chantelois, MAC, LPCIT, is co-owner of Get Connected “What do I need to love and accept myself more? What would I Counseling and has been part of the helping professions for more lose if I felt confident, strong and brave?” Notice the first answers than 30 years. Chris is a certified brainspotting practitioner and that come to your mind. Notice how your body responds to the enjoys working with people who are struggling with the challenges questions and any visuals and emotions that come to you during of life and want guidance in finding themselves, completely, again. “You have the answers within you. Let’s work together to find them!” these brief moments of listening to your quiet inner wisdom. Oftentimes, day-to-day duties can easily get in the way of Reference: “Unconditional Confidence.” Pema Chodron. Sounds True Inc. 2009.

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Are you in pain?
By Kim Neher, MS

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e have all experienced the uncomfortable pains of overeating in our lives, but could what you eat really be the culprit of arthritis, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, digestive and skin disorders as well? Yes, in fact, it can be to blame. Scientists are making a strong link between our food choices and pain. More than 70 percent of our immune cells are in our digestive system and making direct contact with the food we enjoy every day. If the immune system

is triggered by bacteria in food, or flags a food as an allergen, or has an imbalance of important hormones such as insulin, it can set off the red alert of inflammation. Inflammation is a major underlying factor in chronic conditions such as arthritis or poor digestive health, resulting in serious discomfort and a limited lifestyle. In other instances, inflammation is a periodic byproduct of stress and the proverbial “wear and tear” of living. At times we tax our bodies excessively, causing joint pain and decreased mobility.

And yet, there are occasions where the stressful demands of work and family — the unexpected obstacles that are symptoms of financial and personal hardship, unhealthy diet and too little sleep — manifest themselves through inflammation. Persistent, systemic inflammation also increases a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and an assortment of other problems that become more likely as we age. More disturbing is the rise in the use of prescription drugs — many of

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which have serious long-term side effects — as a response to the growing threat of inflammation. Bottom line? Inflammation is the root of all chronic disease. How inflammation becomes visible in our own health will depend on the person. There are immediate steps we can all take to reduce inflammation, starting with improved eating habits. Sufficient rest, moderate activity and a strong immune system also complement our dietary choices so that we can better control inflammation when it strikes. Diet is critical! Amidst the far-too-numerous types of processed foods, sugary drinks and oversized meals, we must seize any chance to embrace the benefits of sound nutrition. When you eat foods you’re sensitive to (especially over and over each day or week), it causes an inflammatory reaction in your body and your health declines. And the important fact to note is that healthy foods, such as squash, turkey, beans and apples for example, may be your “personal poison” foods causing the inflammation. The easiest way to discover your food sensitivities is a food sensitivity lab test. It’s a blood test that challenges the part of your immune system responsible for food sensitivities against different foods to determine your immune response. The strength of the response tells if you have a severe, moderate

or mild sensitivity or none at all. You can choose to test up to 200 different foods, with results listing all your sensitive foods, the degree of sensitivity and your safe foods. It’s that simple. Imagine how long it would take to test that many foods on an elimination diet! It is not a matter of whether a person has food sensitivities. In my experience, how many and which foods are what the blood test results show. The solution to pain is choosing to support your immune system with your next meal. We eat numerous times throughout the day, every day. Your next bite of food has the power to hurt, or the power to heal. Which would you prefer?
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Caring for yourself after baby is born
By Danielle Lecker, DPT

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y back hurts, my feet are swollen, I can’t sleep at night and I have to go to the bathroom every 40 minutes!” If this is you, it sounds like you might be pregnant. But don’t worry. Once baby comes, that will all go away on its own. Right? Not always. While the postpartum time can be one of joy, love and excitement, it can also be filled with a little bit of apprehension, sleep deprivation and sometimes discomfort. For more than a year following the birth of a child, 37 percent of women reported continued back pain (Larsen 1999). But this is not the only symptom that occurred following childbirth. A survey of 92 women who delivered within the past three months reported numerous medical issues including headaches, urinary incontinence, leg pain, carpal tunnel and painful intercourse (Figeurs 2004). All of these symptoms may interfere with daily routines and function, including the care of a newborn, if not treated promptly. Unfortunately, current medical practice shows that few women are receiving care for post-delivery conditions, possibly due to the common misconception that

symptoms will resolve themselves. As experts of the musculoskeletal system and physical function, physical therapists are an essential part of the health-care team in the postpartum period. Physical therapy is a safe, discrete and effective way to optimize return to pre-pregnancy state and provide pain relief of numerous musculoskeletal ailments following pregnancy. A therapist specially trained in women’s health has added knowledge about the physical changes of the body during pregnancy, the birthing process and the recovery period. With this additional medical training, a women’s health therapist can individualize a women’s care to best address her lifestyle and prepare her physically for the continued demands of raising a young child. The above noted symptoms during or after pregnancy may be common, but not normal, and they are definitely not something

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you have to live with because you are a mom. Instead, seek physical therapy for these conditions and enjoy your amazing new bundle of joy without discomfort. While numerous conditions can be successfully treated with physical therapy, one of the more frequent, but less talked about conditions treated by physical therapists after baby is born will be discussed. This common condition many moms face is incontinence, or bladder leakage. Unfortunately, as it is accepted as normal, it is often not reported to a women’s physician for several years postpartum. Furthermore, since women are conditioned to the purchase of feminine hygiene products, a few drops of leakage are often overlooked as a problem in a busy mom’s life. Some women attempt self-treatment, but research identifies half of all women perform these exercises incorrectly on their own without individualized instruction (Bump 1991). Yet there are several conservative physical therapy treatments that can improve the health of the pelvic floor muscles that support all the pelvic organs, including the control of urine. Clinically, traditional physical therapy including exercise instruction, postural correction, education in bladder retraining habits, education in breathing and lifting techniques, and in-clinic modalities and biofeedback have been very successful to treat incontinence issues. A recent addition to these traditional techniques also includes a medical device designed with the comforts of home and a busy mom’s schedule in mind. InTone is a customizable medical device that combines muscle stimulation and sensory feedback with a voice-guided home exercise program. With use of this device, a woman will meet with her physical therapist for set-up and follow-ups to advance her home program on the device and also receive traditional education, instruction and treatment as needed. While not for every patient, InTone can help a busy mom stay dry by improving her consistency and accountability with a pelvic muscle exercise program and offering control as a form of long-term independence. With physical therapy, a mom on the go should have improved success correctly identifying the pelvic floor muscles and performing strengthening of these muscles to eliminate leakage issues. Then she may run and chase her young child with confidence and not worry about finding the nearest bathroom.
Danielle Lecker, DPT, is a women’s health physical therapist with Orthopedic & Spine Therapy (OST). She has received specialized training in obstetric physical therapy and the treatment of incontinence, and is a certified InTone specialist. OST is a private practice with 16 locations to serve you throughout Wisconsin. Danielle currently treats patients at the Appleton and New London clinics. For more information on physical therapy services during pregnancy and postpartum, or on the InTone medical device, please call Danielle at 920-968-0814 or email ostappleton@ostpt.com. References: “Assessment of Kegel Exercise Performance After Brief Verbal Instruction.” R. Bump et al. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 1991; 165: 322-329. Case Series 4. “A Study of Postpartum Women: Description of Reported Health Issues Within the First Three Months Post-Pregnancy.” C. Figeurs. Unpublished abstract. Duke University, Durham, NC. 2004. As cited in Bobb V, Badillo S. 2013. A1 Scope of the Topic Pregnancy and Postpartum. Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. “Symptom-giving Pelvic Girdle Relaxation in Pregnancy. I: Prevalence and Risk factors.” EC Larsen et al. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 1999; 78: 105-10.
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Creativity: Your superpower!
By Kathy Clegg, MA, CDC

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o you ever have those days when you wished you had some super powers? Guess what? You do have a superpower and you can activate it easily even without an evil alter ego or high-tech car. (Capes and a sense of humor, however, are encouraged!) Superhero tools like paintbrushes, scissors, even hammers, are great accessories. Even a plain ol’ pencil can have out-of-this-world power. Creativity is your superpower. It’s pretty phenomenal that you were born with a limitless, unique, creative spirit. The more you use it, the more you have. But like all superpowers, it needs nurturing. If you are a bit rusty, there are some easy ways to activate this ability. So how can this be done?

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How do you want to use your superpower? Do you want to use it to be a better problem solver, learn more about yourself, learn new techniques and skills, or just have fun with it? A simple and very portable way to practice is to doodle, write or make lists in a small notebook. Keeping these together can lead you to patterns and ideas that may be very useful for problem solving. The key here is to not judge, erase or censor yourself. No idea, sketch or writing is too wild.

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Stress is like Kryptonite — it blocks your super-creative abilities. Relaxation is key to ease of creative flow. That’s why ideas come to you when you’re driving, showering, or falling asleep and waking up. These are good times to write down or voice-record your ideas

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Don’t look back, don’t look down, don’t be afraid. Look straight ahead to a super and creative future. What exactly is the power of creativity? How about: • Self-discovery. • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem. • More creative problem-solving skills. • Increased joy. • Improved artistic skills. • Improved focus and concentration. • Healthy outlets for difficult emotions. • Decreased worry about what others think. • Increased confidence in taking risks to fulfill our creative dreams. • Strengthened intuition. • Enhanced relationships. • Increased generosity. • More energy. • Feelings of more control over our external world. • Better moods, improved outlook on life. • Zen moments, increased spirituality. Pretty super, right?
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Discover your own story
Sharon Kay Beyer at Frontier Nature Scents guides others to dream big

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ndescribably beautiful, sometimes dangerous but ultimately rewarding: life is not unlike the Rocky Mountains. In both, even the smallest decisions can have major impact. Which path do you take? How should you prepare for what lies ahead? Who can you depend on? Sharp uphill climbs and dramatic drop-offs can lead us to search out calming, serene “meadows” — safe spaces outside of ourselves in which we might take refuge from life’s ups, downs and the avalanche of feelings that threaten to bury us under the weight of our problems and unresolved aspects of our past. Sharon Kay Beyer helps empower people to lighten their load: to free their mind, move past their fears and release those heavy negative feelings so they may rise to the top and experience the beauty of their lives. Much like a Rocky Mountain guide, she helps others weather the extremes from peak to peak and through the rough paths in between, arming them with the tools necessary to live their best-ever selves — body, mind and soul — all while pointing out the majesty that surrounds is but a reflection of the grandeur that dwells within. “Our life is a frontier,” Beyer explains. “There’s always so much more to explore.”

Forging her own path
Sharon has done plenty of exploring of her own, which perhaps is what makes her so attuned to others’ struggles and the methods

by which she might help them. In 2003, she started The Journaling Center, a division of Frontier Nature Scents, in Milwaukee. Five years previously, having suffered and survived the “broken hearts club,” the Appleton native underwent her first experience with reiki energy and essential oils. The profound healing changed her life. Like an epiphany, “All of a sudden, I thought, there has to be more to life than what I’ve always known. I started soul-searching,” Beyer says. A confirmed Christian, she delved into Buddhism and underwent a self-guided comparative religions study. She continued using essential oils to assist in emotional releases and “deeper healing,” and was initiated as a reiki healer in 1999. “Through my journaling, through reiki, I watched my life change. My circle of friends changed. I was climbing mountains. I was doing all the things that the Sharon of just a few years ago wouldn’t have done,” she explains. Recognizing how much these practices had benefited her, Beyer was motivated to use her experiences to help others. As a result, Frontier Nature Scents isn’t just Sharon’s business: it’s a mission close to her heart. In 2008, Beyer returned to Northeast Wisconsin and brought along her vision to better others’ lives. Frontier Nature Scents now provides individuals in Northeast Wisconsin and the surrounding area Young Living essential oils with both one-on-one and group classes, as well as journaling retreats and a variety of fun workshops including her favorite, “Journal to the Center of YOU!”

A reiki master since 2005, Sharon’s devotion to her passion manifested a room in her home — a sanctuary — dedicated to energy healing and Raindrop technique massage. Ultimately, she offers hope and natural healing practices to people who have found themselves stuck in their emotions, unable to move on, and to those seeking to discover and manifest their dreams. “Helping others find the light switch in their lives through journaling, YL essential oils and reiki so they may turn it on themselves and shine” is the mission statement of The Frontier.

Write your own tale
Sometimes we can feel swept up in the rush of life: pushed along without control, pained at past wrongs committed against or by us. But there is hope, Beyer explains. “We are always capable of being more than we were yesterday.” Journaling helps individuals get to the center of who they are. When people are able to recognize and write down what’s is bothering them, they can accept or respond to that and move on with their lives. Through her workshops, Beyer offers individuals guidance on journaling and the opportunity to dig deep and discover their most authentic self: “the gold each of us possesses inside.” Journaling gives people a written record of their thoughts during major times in their lives and also chronologies and written snapshots of the good times too. But what’s great about the practice, Beyer explains, is that it’s never too late to start. Sharon offers both spring renewal and autumn reflection journaling retreats at Holy Hill, a place of peace filled with inspiration and beautiful energies, and plans to include Cedar Valley as a location in the future. “Dream Catching” is the next retreat scheduled for March 21-22 at Holy Hill, where the intimate setting allows for anyone to deepen or begin a journaling practice to both discover and manifest their dreams.

A dream come true
Beyer herself is evidence of the power of journaling and creative visualization. As a teenager she, along with her Appleton East High School orchestra pals, traveled to participate in the “Festival of the Rockies” in Estes Park, Colo. “I remember sitting on the balcony one night with the baritone player from West who I had a crush on, and gazing at the stars over the mountain peaks and watching the smoke rising from distant cabins. I dreamed that one day I’d get married in the Rockies,” Beyer says. Like the switchback roads winding through the craggy peaks that make up the Rocky Mountains, Sharon’s life took her in many different directions. Years later, snowed in and completely alone during a blizzard at Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, she sat down to journal. She sketched a dream and in it drew a picture of the man she saw with her at her healing ranch in the mountains. Time passed. Beyer continued to grow and teach others. The picture she drew faded from her memory. And many journals later, she eventually met a man and fell in love for keeps. Three decades after playing Beethoven’s 5th on her French horn on that high school trip, Beyer returned to Colorado, where she married her now-husband Tim on a mountaintop high above the YMCA-camp balcony on which she first had a dream. While taking post-wedding photos down below on the grounds of the Y, Sharon encountered echoes of her younger self: two teenage girls who spotted Beyer in her wedding dress and exclaimed at how beautiful she looked. “I said ‘Dream big, girls!’” Beyer recalls, with a tear in her eye. “Yeah, it took 30 years, but I waited and it came true. The universe made it happen through all the steps that I took.” Beyer recently found the picture she drew during that fateful blizzard. The man in her journal? He looks just like Tim.

Are you ready to take the next step?
In the end, Beyer has a fairly straightforward outlook on life: It is what you make of it. “Choose to really be thought-filled about what you say and do in the world,” She urges. “Reality can be as great as you want it to be.” Individuals can take steps toward accomplishing this goal with any of the services Sharon and Frontier Nature Scents offer. If you are interested in reiki, essential oils, journaling or attending a retreat, consider contacting Sharon. But be sure you have a pen and paper ready: Your story is just beginning. To contact Sharon, call 920-733-7721 for more information on essential oils, journaling or her book, “Just Journal About It!” Visit http://frontiernaturescents.com for more information.

Inspired to learn more?
Sharon Kay Beyer is also a prolific writer whose articles have appeared in Nature’s Pathways. Visit our online archives at naturespathways. com to view the following works and more by this talented author:
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Equine laminitis — the horse killer
By Allen Dunbar, DVM

What is laminitis?

Equine laminitis is a condition seen in horses that affects the foot. The hoof wall is suspended to the last bone in the equine foot by a complex web-like arrangement of blood vessels and supportive tissue. Horses develop laminitis when this connection is disrupted, causing varying degrees of problems and issues, depending on the severity of the episode. Way back in veterinary school (in the 1970s), we had a professor who was doing blood flow research on the horse leg and foot in order to identify causes, and hopefully develop improved treatment and prevention methods. Last year the American Association of Equine Practitioners initiated a program to research equine laminitis. In other words, in more than 30 years, our understanding of laminitis, while it has improved, is still very obscure.

It usually starts out with a sudden onset, and may resolve into a low-grade issue, or become recurrent with periodic flare-ups.

What causes laminitis?

What does laminitis look like?

Horses with laminitis show foot pain. They are lame and usually reluctant to walk. While it is possible to affect only one foot, it is often seen in multiple feet at the same time. They don’t want to come out of their stalls or move much when outside. They may position their body, called positional relief, in order to relieve the amount of weight they are placing on any affected limb. Laminitis is not black or white — there are only shades of grey.

Laminitis can be divided into primary and secondary causes. Any sort of inflammatory issue in the “whole horse” can precipitate laminitis. Often this is related to feed, with issues such as grain or pasture overload with high-glycemic foodstuffs. Colic is another common precursor to laminitic horses. Colic is a problem commonly seen in horses that causes abdominal pain from a myriad of intestinal problems. Secondary laminitis is seen in horses that are afflicted with other medical conditions, the two most common being equine metabolic syndrome, and equine Cushing’s disease.

Treating laminitis

Attention must be paid to the precipitating cause of the laminitis. However, horses with a sudden bout need immediate medical care.
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interventions, such as induction of labor, based on evidence of best birth practices. We see mother and baby as dependent on each other and deserving of gentle care.” We offer labor support that helps to facilitate the birth and manage pain. Along with being Waterbirth Certified practice and offering transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), we provide mothers with pain management that is completely new to the area. Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a preferred method in Europe for helping women to cope with the sensations of labor. Inhaled through a mask by the mother, nitrous rapidly eases pain and anxiety during labor. Babies realize no effects from nitrous during labor or after.

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These horses are often in severe pain and aggressive anti-inflammatory therapy is often required. Local application of cold therapy to the affected feet via water and/or ice for 48 to 72 hours is common. When laminitis is severe, the blood vessels and supporting structures between the hoof wall and bone are often disrupted, allowing the bone to rotate downwards away from the hoof wall. The tip of the bone may even contact or penetrate the sole of the foot. Even without rotation, some horses with this support disruption can “sink” the foot bone lower into the hoof capsule. Hoof care with elevation of the heel and rounding of the toe are often performed to deal with laminitis. Special pads, types of horseshoes and even the type of footing in the stall or paddock are all important in managing these patients. Surgery is reserved for severe cases of laminitis. Horses may benefit from either lessening the pull on the last bone in their foot by severing a tendon, or by deadening the nerve to the area by a procedure called neurectomy. Laminitis is a severe condition in horses that often requires prompt, aggressive treatment. While we now know much more about the disease, further research will hopefully uncover more of the unknown so we can provide horses better care.
Allen Dunbar, DVM, is the owner of Spartan Veterinary Services, LLC, which is a mobile equine veterinary service, providing care to horses in northeast Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.spartanveterinaryservices.com or contact him at 920-857-7861.

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Your heartmatters
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By Scott Vander Wielen, DC

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eart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is estimated that 600,000 people die of heart disease annually. The top five risk factors for cardiovascular disease are: smoking, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia (cholesterol). According to clinical research found in NAVIGATOR, ACCORD & ROADMAP, when using drug interventions to manage the above risk factors, more than 50 percent of the patients who had a heart attack or suffer from cardiovascular disease have “normal” levels of these five factors. This leads us to conclude that we are now at the limit of what can be done with drug interventions to reduce heart disease and heart attacks. Why was this limit reached? An important concept surrounding

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this reduction is to understand that blood vessels are innocent bystanders to internal and external insults (such as toxins). The membranes that protect cells are at the boundary between the outside world and the internal environment of each cell. If our membranes are unhealthy, they will not transmit the correct signals through the cell membrane. This does not happen all at once, it usually occurs over decades. There can be a gradual development of cardiovascular disease even when the five risk factors are at “normal” levels. What we need is something we can measure in our health picture that will precede clinical cardiovascular disease. That something is called endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction, simply stated, is when the inner most layer of your arteries, the cell membranes, function in an unhealthy way. Your arteries are extremely important to your health by providing vital functions such as transporting and delivering micronutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body, and eliminating waste. All these important functions require healthy membranes throughout your body. If you have the top five risk factors, does
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it mean you have coronary heart disease? If you do not have any of the top five risk factors, does it mean you are healthy? The answer to this comes from measuring endothelial dysfunction to determine where you are along the timeline in developing a clinical condition. Early detection of endothelial dysfunction with an effective treatment plan will significantly help prevent the incidence of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. However, if drugs have reached their limit in reducing cardiovascular disease, then what would an effective treatment look like if drugs aren’t the answer? An effective treatment plan is a functional medicine approach which addresses the root cause of the endothelial dysfunction and is individually tailored for each person. There are genetic factors that define how our body interacts with the environment. These environmental factors influence how well we digest and absorb nutrition, and how well we do or do not detox all the environmental toxins. Lifestyle medicine, including exercise, optimal nutrition with lots of fruits and vegetables, optimal body weight, refrainment from tobacco

use, and moderate alcohol consumption improves endothelial dysfunction and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks by 80 percent! Studies have shown that cardiovascular disease is not effectively prevented with drug interventions. The most effective method of preventing cardiovascular disease incorporates lifestyle medicine and uses healthy lifestyle habits, coupled with an individualized treatment plan that takes into account your unique measure of endothelial dysfunction.
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Program for Promoting Development in Preschool Children.” Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Raymond Trevor Bradley et al. “9p21 DNA Variants Associated with Coronary Artery Disease Impair Interferon-γ Signalling Response.” Nature. Olivier Harismendy et al. “Addressing the Global Cardiovascular Risk of Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, and Insulin Resistance in the Southeastern United States.” The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. Mark C. Houston et al. “IgA-containing Immune Complexes in the Urine of IgA Nephropathy Patients.” Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. K. Matousovic. “Endothelium as a Predictor of Adverse Outcomes.” Clinical Cardiology. Domenico G. Della Rocca et al. “Association between Circulating Specific Leukocyte Types and Blood Pressure: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.” Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. Niu Tian et al. “The Prevalence of Endothelial Dysfunction in Patients With and Without Coronary Artery Disease.” Clinical Cardiology. Stefan Toggweiler et al. “C-Reactive Protein Causes Downregulation of Vascular Angiotensin Subtype 2 Receptors and Systolic Hypertension in Mice.” Circulation. W. Vongpatanasin et al.

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Need relationship help? Structural family therapy is right for you!
By Carrissa Pannuzzo, MA, LPC-T, LMFT-T

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Next, the family is considered the “matrix of identity,” or where we become who we are. As we grow, we develop in the context of our family through our interactions with each other. Families are constantly changing and adapting, and thus so is each member. The third principle of structural family therapy is that a family develops a particular structure over time. This is done through patterns of interaction that continually occur as family members determine how they will act in relation to each other. Further, the health of a family is determined by how it responds to stress and conflict, not by the absence of the two. Well-functioning families respond effectively to the changing and developing
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Is it organic?
By Todd Rockweit

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he buzz word today seems to be “organic.” In this marketing-driven culture, it is difficult to sort through the hype. Unlike agriculture, organic lawn care products are not strictly regulated. Fertilizers can be classified organic as long as they contain carbon. Many products and lawn care companies are touting “natural” and “organic” but on closer examination you will find

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that some of these fertilizers contain synthetically produced watersoluble nitrogen (WSN). More importantly, pesticides (insecticides and herbicides) are still routinely recommended and applied. So why is that a concern? Water-soluble nitrogen and pesticides work in opposition to an organic program. WSN releases at a rate the grass can’t absorb. What is not used runs off or leaches into the aquifer (our water supply). WSN promotes rapid growth, which means more mowing. Studies have shown that synthetic fertilizers and pesticides pose significant health and environmental problems. Pesticides have been linked to certain cancers. They also adversely affect the health of the soil and the microorganisms that are foundational to a successful organic program. According to an article that appeared in “Pesticides and You” (winter 2009-2010), research by scientists at the University of Florida links colony collapse disorder (CCD), the widespread disappearance of more than a third of commercial honey bees in the United States, to larval exposure to a cocktail of frequently used pesticides. The researchers have finished their first round of testing on bee larvae exposed to the pesticides most commonly found in bee hives. “Beeswax, honey and pollen can contain low mixtures of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. The larvae develop in the presence of, and consume, these mixtures,” said Jamie Ellis, PhD, lead scientist on the research project. “Any one of these pesticides may not be that harmful to the developing larvae. However, it is possible that combinations of the pesticides react.” “There’s a really complex and unpredictable interaction of chemicals and genetics at play,” said Mike Scharf, PhD, investigator on the project. Research is ongoing as to the cause of CCD, but pesticides, especially neonictinoids such as imidacloprid (commonly used on lawns for grub control), have been implicated. CCD can be especially devastating since honey bees are essential pollinators of crops that constitute more than one-third of the U.S. food supply. Ask questions. You’ve come this far. Be informed. Is there water-soluble nitrogen? Unless it is blood meal, it is
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“Studies have shown that synthetic fertilizers and pesticides pose significant health and environmental problems.”

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needs of each family member and its environment. Lastly, the structural family therapist works to identify familial patterns of interaction to uncover strengths and highlight detrimental patterns in order to help the family capitalize on available resources. Structural structural family is an excellent choice for individuals unlikely that it’s 100 percent natural organic. and families who are struggling with relational problems or who Is it plant, manure, or bio-solid based? Bio-solids (sewage are looking to enrich their family relationships. Prime candidates sludge) can contain harmful contaminants. for structural family therapy include those experiencing marriage And finally, do they recommend or use pesticides? A chemical struggles or difficulties with children, stepfamilies, families of fix offers quick results and appears less expensive, but becomes addicts, pre-marital couples, families with adult children strugself-perpetuating and in the long run is more costly. If pesticide gling to launch, families experiencing eating disorders and any use is needed, balance out the negative effects of the chemical with other relational distress. beneficial microbes found in quality compost or compost teas. If you want to give structural family therapy a try, look for therA true organic approach works toward a sustainable landscape, apists who specialize in family therapy. You can find them through requiring fewer inputs over time. the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, www.aamft.org, and at the Center for Family Healing in Menasha, Todd and Tara Rockweit are owners of Backyard Organics, LLC, centerforfamilyhealing.net. Wisconsin’s first organic land care business accredited by NOFA,
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Green your home while you clean your home
By Lisa A. Smarzinski

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n 2009, consumers spent $18.5 billion on household cleaning products. Approximately 3 percent of that was spent on household cleaning supplies that were “green,” which is a whopping $557 million. What’s more is that this number is expected to continue growing. The trend toward green cleaning products shows that people no longer want to clean and sanitize their kitchens, bathrooms and other living areas with toxic chemicals that can have ill effects on their health and pollute the environment. They want a different way, a better and greener way to clean. One well-documented method is cleaning with strong acidic water. Water with a pH of 2.7 is an extremely efficient, cost-effective, eco-friendly sanitizer. The water will also do amazing things to your plants and will give anyone a “green thumb.” The acidic 2.7 pH water has been used in restaurants and hospitals in Japan as the best way to sterilize and clean kitchens, cutting boards, knives,

“In addition to having the power to truly sanitize and clean your home or business, the strong acid water is great in cleaning your food as well. Wash away the pesticides, germicides and disease-causing agents from your fruits, veggies and meat.”
surgical instruments and tables. It also sanitizes countertops, cleans toilets and leaves streak-free mirrors and windows better than the leading household cleaners. Plus, it cuts through oil and grime and removes stains. It even saves you money when you clean the dishes! A certified EPA laboratory recently tested the 2.7-pH strong acidic water as a sanitizer and concluded the water led to a reduction in E. coli, staph, salmonella and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by 99.999 percent. In the United States, many hotels, restaurants and other businesses have incorporated this eco-friendly and cost-effective water to clean and sanitize. The acidic water also can be used topically for wound care and skin conditions from acne, rashes, insect bites. In addition to having the power to truly sanitize and clean your home or business, the strong acid water is great in cleaning your food as well. Wash away the pesticides, germicides and diseasecausing agents from your fruits, veggies and meat. Not only can you use the acidic water for a greener home and business, you can use it for a “greener” you.
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and reminded me of my own grandma’s house. There were bells on the door knob that announced my arrival. A pleasant voice called out, “Hi! Come on in!” I felt like I had just walked into my grandma’s kitchen. It smelled like fresh homemade bread. “How can I help you today?” the woman said. With tears in my eyes, I told her how much she reminded me of my own grandma. I then explained all the questions I had about how to provide my children with a healthy diet. “I can help you with that,” said Grandma Rose. She put on a pot of coffee and pulled up two chairs. I was comfortable right away. Grandma Rose told me she was born in 1938 (75 years old ago), when processed foods were unknown. Food was cooked from scratch and was often canned at home. “I was 54 years old and 55 pounds overweight when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I decided something was wrong with how I was eating. I made up my stubborn mind that I was going to figure it out and I did! Now my reason for staying healthy and at a normal weight is so I can be an example for others and pass on what I have learned to the next generation who seem to only know processed foods.” Grandma Rose teaches classes at her shop to help others learn about healthy food. She takes her homemade bread

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Foods that fight pain
By Dr. Marco Araujo

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veryone’s heard of the saying, “You are what you eat,” and in many ways, it’s true. Not only does the food you eat provide fuel to keep you going during the day, it can even fight pain that you’re experiencing. As people get out of their winter hibernation and start getting outdoors and moving around again, sore muscles and joints are sure to follow close behind. While aspirin and other pain medications are old standbys, there are more natural solutions — like fish and cherries and even mint tea. These foods probably aren’t top-of-mind when your back gets sore from snow shoveling or other outdoor chores. But, these foods can actually reduce the pain you feel so you can get back to doing the things you love — or the tasks you have to. Balanced with regular exercise, pain-fighting foods can help you live a healthier life with less pain. Here are six examples of food I suggest to my patients to help battle pain: • Cherries: The same compounds that give cherries their bright red color, called anthocyanins, also contain antioxidants that block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes in the same way aspirin does. • Ginger: Much like cherries, ginger can help reduce inflammation. Ginger tea and ginger root can alleviate symptoms caused by migraines, muscle aches and arthritis, as well as nausea. • Mint: Mint tea can help with headaches, as well as general aches and pain. Wintergreen leaves in particular contain a compound called methyl salicylate, which has been shown to block the enzymes that cause inflammation and pain.

• Fish: A wonderful source for omega-3 fatty acids, fish that are low in mercury can help prevent and ease pain. The omega-3 found in fish can reduce inflammation in blood vessels and nerves, as well as fight against pain and inflammation. • Coffee: The caffeine in coffee helps narrow dilated blood vessels that cause many types of headache pain. However too much caffeine can have the opposite effect, so don’t overdo it. • Hot peppers: One of the ingredients that make pain-relieving topical creams so effective is capsaicin, which is a naturally occurring compound in hot peppers.

Not only are many of these foods tasty, you can actually reduce the amount of pain you experience if you start eating them regularly. You might even find that over-thecounter pain relievers are no longer necessary for handling the everyday aches and pains that might normally slow you down. Should you experience persistent back or muscle pain, a consultation with a family physician or a pain management specialist is recommended.
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Household hazardous waste disposal
By Jennifer Semrau

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s spring approaches and warmer weather arrives (we hope!), many municipalities are beginning to plan their seasonal household hazardous waste programs. Whether a permanent facility or special “Clean Sweep” event, these programs provide an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials.

What are household hazardous materials?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), hazardous wastes are byproducts of society that can pose a substantial or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly managed. Hazardous wastes possess at least one of these four characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity. Businesses and institutions that use or generate hazardous materials are required to follow various laws and regulations regarding their disposal. Households are exempt from most of these regulations, but due to the very nature of these materials, all users should take care in the handling, storage and proper disposal of leftover or unwanted hazardous materials. Household hazardous materials typically have one of the following words on the product label: “CAUTION,” “WARNING,” “DANGER,” “FLAMMABLE,” “COMBUSTIBLE,” “CORROSIVE” or “POISON.” Household hazardous materials are often found in the garage, basement, under your kitchen or bathroom sink, craft area, workshop or shed. Examples of household hazardous materials include: • Lawn and garden products such as insecticides, pesticides,
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herbicides, weed killer, rodent baits and poisons. • Automotive products such as old gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, brake, starter and transmission fluid. • Home improvement products such as lead- and oil-based paint, spray paint, paint thinners, mineral spirits, varnish, stain, wood preservatives and driveway sealer. • Cleaners such as oven cleaner, drain opener, aerosols, pool chemicals and toxic cleaners

Use of household hazardous materials.

When using household hazardous materials, take care to follow package directions. Wear appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses or a mask and/or use in a well-ventilated area. Do not mix different products or use one immediately after another (two different drain openers, for example). Chemicals may mix and cause a dangerous reaction. Always store products out of reach of children and animals and keep products in their original containers. Should an accidental poisoning occur, information on the product label will be crucial for 911 operators and first responders in delivering care.

Disposal of household hazardous materials.

To reduce the risk of accidental exposure or poisoning, consider purging old or unwanted household hazardous materials while spring cleaning. You may find that water-based products (such as latex paint) have already solidified if it has been years since the last use or there was not much product remaining. If a water-based
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product is dried out, it may be disposed of with the regular trash. Latex paint that is still liquid should be solidified for disposal. To speed up this process, oil dry, kitty litter, sand or latex paint hardener can be added to the paint. Once latex paint is solidified, it may go out with general trash. When planning to dispose of household hazardous materials, first contact your local solid waste department or municipal office to learn about days, times and locations where material will be collected and any other considerations (non-acceptable items, fees, appointments, etc.). These details vary from program to program. You may also visit http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/hhw/index.cfm for a searchable directory of household hazardous material programs. Secure lids on containers and transport items in a cardboard box with a strong bottom. Be prepared to leave containers on-site, as some programs cannot empty containers and return them to you. Follow on-site directions, signs, cones, etc. and remember — no smoking! All household hazardous material facilities and Clean Sweep events prohibit smoking due to the volatile nature of many hazardous wastes.
Jennifer Semrau is the recycling specialist for Winnebago County Solid Waste in Oshkosh, overseeing the county’s recycling, hazardous material, container rental and sales/marketing programs. She is also the former president of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and recipient of the 2013 Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award. For more information, visit www.co.winnebago.wi.us/solid-waste or call 920-232-1850. References: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ Waste/Hazardous.html. Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center. http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/ hhw/index.cfm.

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What causes social anxiety disorder?
By Lisa Klarner

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id you know that mental illnesses like social anxiety disorder (SAD) can start at any age? In case you missed the article in January’s edition, SAD is fear of embarrassment. A person with SAD is very sensitive to criticism and spends most of the time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Perhaps you struggle with SAD or have a family member who is impacted with this debilitating disorder and you wonder

what caused it to develop. There are many possible causes of SAD. The most common causes included in this article are:

Genetics

When we look at our family we may see some patterns, good and bad. Maybe we have a great metabolism and can eat whatever we want (Wouldn’t that be nice!) or maybe we have a history of anxiety. This means that we are genetically prone to

anxiety. This doesn’t mean we will develop issues with anxiety, but we might because it is in our biological makeup. It’s good to know our genetic history, but we shouldn’t automatically assume that we will develop the same issues. We can break our genetic cycle by changing our lifestyle and mindset!

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The area of learned behavior can be one of the triggers that flips on the genetic switch. In looking specifically at children, they soak up adults’ behaviors like a sponge, especially if the children are more sensitive by nature. Let’s say for example if a parent verbalizes anxious thoughts related to social situations in the presence of their child: “I can’t go to the store. I’m afraid I will see someone I know and I won’t know what to say.” When children hear messages like this often enough, they could eventually begin to feel the same way. As adults, it’s important to be cautious about vocalizing our fears out loud when influential children are within earshot.

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When someone experiences a traumatic injury such as a car accident or moves through a significant health issue like cancer, the person could come out of that experience with SAD symptoms. This can happen at any time in a person’s life and may be caused by
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“ Victims of bullying are continually beaten down verbally and physically. Many victims develop a very low opinion of themselves as a result of the abuse.”
a decline in self-esteem or the onset of negative thought patterns that developed during or soon after the health crisis. It could be greatly beneficial for a person going through a health crisis to see a professional counselor if he or she experiences issues related to emotional stability. If left unaddressed, what starts out as a minor issue could develop into full-blown SAD or another mental illness. develop a very low opinion of themselves as a result of the abuse. Over time, victims will usually forgive the bullies. However, the damage is already done and it takes many years to resolve. This is especially true with anxiety-prone individuals. Another area of focus here is domestic abuse. People who are in an abusive relationship, man or woman, can often develop SAD symptoms. As with bullying, this is caused by low self-esteem and negative thoughts about themselves. Ask anyone at a domestic abuse shelter and they will attest to the fact that many victims are dealing with a multitude of issues when they arrive, one of which is often SAD. As with the health issues mentioned

above, seeking the support of a professional counselor when dealing with bullying or domestic abuse can have a very positive result.

Love who you are!

Everyone is unique and we all respond to our lives in different ways. It’s so important for us to love everything about ourselves. We should see our challenges as opportunities to grow and become stronger. It may take a few months or a few years to get past difficulties, but you will persevere and your life will turn around! This article is part of a continuing series. Read more about SAD in the May issue of Nature’s Pathways.
Lisa Klarner is a speaker, consultant and the author of “Releasing the Secret Pain: Moving Beyond Social Anxiety Disorder.” Lisa is the owner of Peaceful Horizons, which is dedicated to helping people understand and move beyond social anxiety disorder (SAD). She uses her own experiences with SAD and her passion for educating people on the disorder to deliver powerful presentations and workshops. Check out Lisa’s website www.releasingsocialanxiety.com, email lklarner@gmail.com or call 920-475-5252.

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Effective cleansing keeps the body functioning optimally. Good cleanse programs incorporate flooding the body with botanical vitamins and minerals, so that it is replenishing while getting rid of toxins. Out with the bad, in with the good! Intermittent fasting can be incorporated to give the digestive system a break, allowing the liver to work on breaking down fat soluble toxins. This helps the body get rid of visceral fat — the nasty stuff around our organs that leads to the dreaded muffin top or love handles that we can’t lose no matter how many ab crunches we do. Finally, a huge component of cleansing is drinking purified or filtered water. Purified, so that we are not reintroducing toxins we are trying to eliminate through a polluted water supply. But, do you have to buy bottled water? No. Filtration systems on most refrigerators or portable filter pitchers work great. It is recommended that we drink at least half our body weight (in ounces) each day at a minimum. And this means plain water — not flavored, carbonated, soda-impersonating water. If you don’t think you like it, teaching yourself to like it can be the best gift you can give your body. The good news is that something can be done and you don’t have to settle. Your best years can be ahead of you! Here’s to your health!
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hen a bunch of girlfriends and I decided to take our soon-to-be married friend out to celebrate, we debated on carpooling or taking separate vehicles. With all of us in fear of driving after a couple cocktails and only one of us offering to be the driver, we were torn about what to do. That is until I met Wayne Posselt, owner of Destination Limousine. Wayne offers a high class ride in style with his white stretch limousine that seats about 10. After talking with our group, we decided to be “green” and take one vehicle, be safe and not have to worry about how we were going to get around town and, after a full night of celebrating, how we’d get home. Wayne was very accommodating and impressed us by showing up early at one of our homes in Appleton. He patiently waited while warming up the limo as the rest of our party arrived. He was very friendly and professional as we went about our night. Although Wayne also provided us with some entertainment and fun as well! The white stretch limo made us feel like royalty as we stepped inside its perfectly clean leather interior. The inside of the limo is lined with tiny white LED lights that surround the ceiling and “bar” area equipped with sparkly clean champagne and rocks glasses that are provided for any drinks you may want to enjoy on the ride. With your own radio controls, you are sure to find a station to fit the mood of the night and easily have access to speak to Wayne if needed. We started our dinner at Katsu-Ya in downtown Appleton and waited about one hour to be seated for our meal. Wayne sat patiently for two hours outside after expertly parallel parking the
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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 don’t 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 naturalexpressions1.com.

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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Essential oils for the cold and flu season
By Ann McCotter

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ctober kicked off the dreaded cold and flu season. Just three more months until it’s over at the end of May! It seems that the threat of cold and flu is all around us, such as in the germs our kids pick up at school, on the shopping cart at the grocery store, in the stale indoor air in our homes, at the neighbor’s house, while shaking hands at church, on handles and door knobs, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, on the table at your favorite restaurant and just about everywhere else. Who is safe from these invaders? Essential oil users rave about steering clear of colds and the flu for years. How do they do it? Understanding how to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season could be as easy as understanding the basics of essential oil usage. This article addresses how to use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Not all essential oils are designed for these

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types of uses. And of course, consult your medical professional before use. This article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. There are three basic ways to benefit from natural essential oils: • Topically. Apply the selected oil to your skin. Oils applied topically enter the blood stream within 30 seconds and then disperse to specific organs and systems within the body. Often it is recommended that oils be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Check the bottle for suggested dilutions. • Aromatically. Get those essential oils into the air you breathe. Spray water mixed with a few drop of essential oil into the air. Use a diffuser (these are designed especially for use with essential oils). Place a few drops of oil on a cloth or tissue and let the vapors enter the air. Inhalation can be the most direct path for delivering the essential oils to the rest of the body. • Internally. Ingest the oil by placing a drop in your mouth, add a few drops of oil to a glass of water and drink it, or swallow the oil inside of a vegetable capsule. Internal use is not recommended for all oils and should only be considered for certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. The FDA has approved some essential oils for internal use and given them the designation of GRAS (generally recognized as safe for human consumption). Check the label. When it comes to essential oils, there are always several oils that could be used to address a specific health concern. Here are some of the most frequently suggested ways to address cold and flu symptoms:
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OnGuard. A blend of the following essential oils: wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate and rosemary. The oils in this blend have been studied for their strong antibacterial and antiviral effects. • Use a drop or two with water as a gargle twice a day as a protective mouth rinse. • Take several drops under the tongue or in a vegetable capsule as an immune support. • In a 16-ounce glass spray bottle, mix 25 drops with water, then spray door knobs, handles and surfaces to kill bacteria and viruses. Breathe. A blend of the following essential oils: laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus radiate and melaleuca alternifolia (commonly known as tea tree oil). • Apply topically to the chest, throat, under the nose or bottom of the feet to help open airways. • Diffuse while you sleep to allow for more restful sleep when congested.

Honorable mention goes to melaleuca and oregano essential oils. Melaleuca can be rubbed on the throat to help address a sore throat. Also, consider melaleuca for an ear infection. Rub the oil around the outside of the ear and along the jaw. Oregano oil is a good choice if you are having severe symptoms. Just remember that oregano oil is a “hot oil” and almost always needs to be diluted. Keep learning and take action to keep yourself and your family healthy this cold and flu season.
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Peppermint. A single essential oil. Can be used similarly to the References: “Screening of the antibacterial effects of a variety of essential oils on Breathe oil blend mentioned above. microorganisms responsible for respiratory infections.” Phytotherapy Research. • Add a drop or two to a glass of water to help suppress a cough A. Fabio et al. 2007. and open airways. • Apply to the back of the neck to help cool the body as a possi- “DoTerra Family Physican Kit.” Audio CD. DoTerra. “Modern Essentials, Fifth Edition.” Aroma Tools. 2013. ble fever reducer. “Everything about Essential Oils.” EverythingEssential.me. • Inhale deeply to wake up the lungs and increase alertness.

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hen my husband and father wanted to go to lunch, I never would have thought to go to Great Harvest Bread Company as I thought they just sold bakery items there. However, a friend at my office recommended we try their wonderful soups and sandwiches. Walking into Great Harvest, I was instantly warmed by the smell of freshly baked bread and was pleasantly surprised by the cute set up and tables for dining. With everything fresh and preservativefree, I was happy to be able to get my whole grain intake for the day in the form of one of the sandwiches amongst a wide variety of options. I personally decided to go with the “Sandwich of the Month” which was a Hummus Veggie Sandwich. This delicious sandwich was served on fresh, homemade honey wheat bread that was delectably soft. Inside was a spicy homemade hummus spread with cheese and an array of fresh, crisp veggies. Usually I do not finish my lunch; however, this day I managed to finish the whole thing before my guests! My husband tried the Tuscan Chicken Panini.
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This filling sandwich is served on savory focaccia bread with a sun dried tomato pesto spread, a perfect fresh and tangy complement to the full warmed chicken breast smothered with melted provolone cheese and served with lettuce and tomato. He was very satisfied with his order and said he would definitely be ordering it again. Now we will be torn with all of the options available! My dad ordered the Cheddar BBQ Chicken Panini. We knew he very much enjoyed it because he continued to state, “This is really good!” throughout the entire meal. The Great Harvest menu offers both a wide array of cold and warm options along with a breakfast sandwich. Be sure to add one of their warm soups to go on the side! Before we left, I decided to stock up on our bread with a couple of different flavors and

also decided to take home a package of four cinnamon rolls. After warming them up in the toaster oven for a bit, they were some of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had! Great Harvest Bread Company offers lunch and breakfast sandwiches in both Appleton, on Northland across from Festival Foods, and in downtown Neenah near the marketplace. Be sure to remember Great Harvest the next time you are looking for a casual and delicious lunch option or you are looking to fill your pantry with delicious homemade whole grains!

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Simple steps to prevent running injuries before they start
By Cassie Kottke, BA, ACSM

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pring is around the corner, which means many of us will be lacing up our running shoes and increasing our running miles to train for an upcoming race or to get healthy and take in some fresh air. Unfortunately, this sudden increase in training load can leave many runners injured very early in the season. These simple steps will help prevent injuries before they begin. Increase your miles slowly. One of the biggest mistakes runners make when the weather warms is to increase their mileage too quickly. Use the rule of 10 percent, meaning increase your weekly running miles by only 10 percent each week. This may not sound like much for the motivated athlete, but in the end it is a sure way to allow your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons to adjust to the loads of increased mileage. Don’t run two days in a row. If you are newer to running In the end, the cross-training will make you a better runner. or have not been running much over the winter, consider Happy training! taking a day of cross-training or strength training between your Cassie Kottke, BA, ACSM, is a personal trainer, endurance coach and running days. certified ChiRunning instructor at Stride MultiSport, located at 3939 W. College Ave. in Appleton. Stride MultiSport offers endurance sports Check in with your cadence. Ideal running cadence is coaching, ChiRunning instruction, group classes, nutrition counselbetween 80 and 90 beats per minute, meaning that your right leg ing and personal training in your home or at the studio. New clients will land that many times in one minute. On your next run count receive 50 percent off their first private session. For more information, call 920-428your cadence. If it is below 85 you are over-striding. Over-striding 4255, email stridemultisport@yahoo.com or visit http://www.stridemultisport.com. will cause your foot to land in front of your body resulting in a heel strike. A heel strike automatically increases the impact that your foot makes with the ground. A higher cadence will allow you to focus on landing mid-foot, reducing the ground force impact. New clients Just remember that when you do increase your cadence, you need receive 50% OFF to take smaller strides, not just quicker strides! their first private session! Listen to your body. The number one rule when it comes to $ exercise is to listen to your body. If your body hurts, something is • Private Personal Training in your home or at our studio wrong, and contrary to popular belief, running should not hurt. all ChiRunning • Endurance Sports Coaching Pain after a run might signal an issue with your running form, workshops • Group Classes improper training or footwear, or it is just your body telling you it • Nutrition Counseling needs a day off. Just because you take a day off from running does not mean you need to take a day off from exercise all together. Coach Cassie, ACSM Certified, Certified ChiRunning Instructor If your body is craving exercise, consider an alternative form of 920-428-4255 • stridemultisport@yahoo.com cardiovascular exercise, a strength training session or yoga class. www.stridemultisport.com

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Marathon crosstraining with pole exercise
By Meegan Kaster

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s a five-time marathoner and triathlon winner, I’m not easily intimated. So how could I be more terrified of a 10-foot pole than a starting line with 10,000 people standing behind it? Pole exercise has challenged me to redefine myself as an athlete. My working definition of athlete used to depend upon PRs and split times, which slowly began to consume me. So when I began my aerial fitness career, it was with the intentions

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of leaving competitive running behind. Goodbye three-hour training runs on Saturday mornings and hello to a uniquely individualized graceful one-hour workout. No one was more pleased than my supportive husband. He also understands my love affair (he may say addiction) with running, so he wasn’t surprised when I discovered that instead of replacing running, pole proved to be the perfect cross-training complement, and in the process altered my definition of what it takes to be an athlete. One pole exercise class now induces the same feeling of satisfaction as crossing a finish line for which I trained five months. Everyone knows running is a great way to drop a few pounds and increase your cardio-respiratory endurance. So you can imagine my surprise to find that pole is indeed a cardio workout in disguise. Pole exercise increases your heart rate by introducing a constant flow of movement. What’s unique to this cardio workout is that it can be as fast-paced or as adaptive as you need. By altering how many repetitions of movement you complete or by decreasing your recovery time between movements you are in full control of your heart rate. Keeping that in mind, pole exercise is conducive to all physical fitness abilities. It is also great for someone looking to start living a healthier lifestyle, or for veteran athletes looking to mix up their training routines.

As skill levels increase for each student, the length of combination movements or number of weight-bearing moves increase. A pole fitness class offers a rare individualized workout that does not suffer the “cardio ceiling” as many other fitness classes do. Another pleasant side effect of running is the benefit of a strong core. Your posture while running is a huge indication of how strong your core really is. The alignment of your spine will increase your oxygen intake during physical activity, allowing more force with less exertion. Pole exercise preaches proper posture and shoulder engagement on a full-time basis. Strong shoulder engagement commands the opening of your chest and the extension of your spin to minimize muscle strain. Muscle memory of shoulder engagement from pole exercise has improved my daily posture while reducing my lower neck and back pain.
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“ Pole exercise has transformed the way I look at myself in the mirror. I no longer see just a runner. I see a strong, balanced and confident athlete.”
Finally, there can’t be an article written about pole exercise without mentioning the benefits of the amazing upper body strength you gain. Distance runners will tell you upper body strength wins or loses races. Strong shoulders and biceps maintain the momentum of your stride, especially during uphill running. Pole exercise has sculpted my upper body. Runners talk about leg envy. Pole exercise will induce arm envy. As a runner, I often overlooked the importance of strength-training my upper body. With the addition of aerial fitness in my training schedules I run taller. I run stronger. And I’m happy to declare that I run faster solely by increasing my upper body strength. Pole exercise has transformed the way I look at myself in the mirror. I no longer see just a runner. I see a strong, balanced and confident athlete. Pole exercise has given me the courage to continue running and the drive to better myself by sharing this sport with others. This hysterically fun sport has allowed me to laugh at myself and to quiet that sometimes-critical voice in my head. Best of all, there is no timing chip or records to uphold. No one is watching, but all the women in your class are cheering you on!
Meegan Kaster is an instructor-in-training at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, LLC, in Appleton and a marathon runner. She holds multiple nationally accredited fitness certifications and is constantly striving for more! For more information about pole exercise, contact Aerial Dance at 920-750-1441 or go to www. PoleAppleton.com.

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Connecting your head and heart with CBT and EMDR
By Phyllis Kasper, PhD

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ave you ever had what seemed to be the perfect plan to achieve a great change in your life, only to have it all slip away? Most of us have had that experience more than once. You find a great book on clearing clutter, making more money, conquering fear or losing weight, and it makes sense. You embark on the journey, but somehow you just can’t do what you know you are supposed to do to achieve a result. It feels like a failure and is very discouraging. Perhaps you’ve even had cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which taught you many skills like assertiveness, positive thinking and relaxation. The idea of this therapy is that if you change your thoughts and behaviors, you will accomplish more and feel better.

This kind of therapy is very valuable, but often falls short of its promise. It will certainly leave you better off than when you started, but on a plateau that may not have improved your emotions and achieved all of the desired change. That’s where eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) comes in to release the negative and deeply held emotions and beliefs that hold us back: emotions such as fear, and beliefs such as, “I don’t deserve to be happy.” When I started using EMDR back in 1996, most of my clients were referred to me by a psychiatrist who was the medical director of an inpatient psychiatric unit. Her patients were stabilized

with medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. They were no longer actively selfdestructive or profoundly depressed and they were able to work. But something was missing. Staying on that plateau took conscious effort and continuing guidance to stay on track using all the skills they had learned. There were still some deeply imprinted emotions and beliefs that created resistance to change. These seem to exist in parts of the brain that can’t be reached by logic or willpower. One of my clients described her CBT this way: It’s like going to college to learn stuff,

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having the “aha,” then slipping back. You have a lot of knowledge, but it doesn’t stick and you can’t follow through. CBT gives you skills and an outline of the steps to follow. But willpower doesn’t get you through the blocks or out of analyzing and trying to figure out what to do. You try so hard, but your walls come up. EMDR can bring down those walls of deeper emotions and beliefs. When this happens, it becomes much easier, even automatic, to apply the skills learned with CBT. The desired changes in emotions and behavior seem to flow naturally. EMDR involves doing teamwork with a skilled therapist. The eye movements made while tuned in on events involving abuse, humiliation, betrayal or abandonment seem to trigger the brain to reprocess and update the information. Instead of being locked into the survival gear of the brain, the information is released to the parts of the brain that allow us to evaluate and put things in perspective. There is often a sense of feeling much lighter and freer. Yes, you do have to revisit parts of your life that you would rather forget. But EMDR isn’t about dwelling in these events while trying to psychoanalyze you or assign blame for your problems. It is more about using the healing powers of the mind to flush out negative emotions and beliefs and replace them with positive ones that will help you achieve a better life. With CBT, you use your conscious mind to develop skills and strategies to change behavior in the hope that this will change how you feel about yourself and your place in the world. EMDR lifts out unconscious, automatic, dysfunctional learned beliefs and emotions, setting the heart free to use the skills without effort. CBT can work very well at clearing clutter if you have never learned the skills and set appropriate goals. But if the outer clutter reflects inner chaos, EMDR can bring order to the inner chaos. Then willpower and faith in yourself are in harmony.
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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.”

(NCCAM)-funded research on valerian includes studies on the herb’s effects on sleep in healthy older adults and in people with Parkinson’s disease. NCCAM-funded researchers are also studying the potential of valerian and other herbal products to relieve menopausal symptoms.

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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 NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign.
Source: “Herbs at a Glance: Valerian.” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ valerian. 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. ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/valerian/. “Valerian.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. www.naturaldatabase.com. “Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.).” Natural Standard Database. www.naturalstandard.com. “Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis).” Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Mark Blumenthal et al. Integrative Medicine Communications. 2000.

Research suggests that valerian may be helpful for insomnia, but there is not enough evidence from welldesigned 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
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Simple ways to maintain liver health

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he liver is the body’s largest internal organ, responsible for processing substances that enter the body and acting as a filtering system that is essential to eliminating toxic substances. What’s 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.
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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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Saturday, March 1 • noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 • noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 • 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 • noon-2 p.m.

Introduction to Essential Oils
Learn how to use essential oils. This class is casual and fun. Lots of opportunity to get your questions answered. Learn how to replace items in your medicine cabinet with certified pure therapeuticgrade essential oils. Understand the three application methods: aromatically, topically and internally. Learn to confidently take steps to improve your health and wellness routines with essential oils. All classes are held at the Wellness Center at 1028 Ninth St., Green Bay. Call 920-737-5932 with questions, email OneDoterraCommunity@ gmail.com or go to One DoTerra Community on Facebook for more information. Free. Tuesday, March 4 • 7-9 p.m.

and digestive issues. At this session, you will learn about natural ways to address and treat candida overgrowth with a focus on the benefits of certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. You won’t want to miss this special session! This class is held at the Wellness Center at 1028 Ninth St., Green Bay. Call 920-737-5932 with questions, email OneDoterraCommunity@gmail.com or go to One DoTerra Community on Facebook for more information. Free. Tuesday, March 15 • 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 21 • 7-9 p.m.

Kirtan Chanting

Come chant with us at Balance on Buffalo, 924 Buffalo St., Manitowoc. Kirtan is a simple and joyful practice to calm the mind, open the heart and experience the stillness and connection and great fun! No experience needed. Kirtan is held the third Friday of each month. Donation appreciated. For more information, call 920-684-8880 or visit www.balanceonbuffalo.com. Saturday, March 22 • 6-8 p.m.

Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS for Good
Presented by Randi Mann, NP. Come join us to learn what you can do to reduce or eliminate your debilitating PMS symptoms. Learn to listen to the messages your body is sending you and what you can do to help keep your hormones in balance. You deserve to enjoy every day of the month!. Held at Wise Woman Wellness, 1480 Swan Road, De Pere. $15 each or $10 each with a friend. Space is limited; call to register: 920-339-5252. Saturday, March 15

Drum Circle

Come drum with us at Balance on Buffalo, 924 Buffalo St., Manitowoc. Held the third Saturday of each month. Led by Kathy Alby. No musical talent is needed for participation. Donation appreciated. For more information, call 920-684-8880 or visit www.balanceonbuffalo.com. Saturday, March 22 • 4-8 p.m.

Reiki Share

Join us for reiki share at Balance on Buffalo, 924 Buffalo St., Manitowoc. Held the first Tuesday of each month. All attunement levels welcome. Free. For more information, call 920-684-8880 or visit www.balanceonbuffalo.com. Friday, March 7 • 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday, March 13 • 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 • 5:30-8 p.m.

Celebrate Maggie-Gras

Midwifery Care and Breastfeeding for Prenatal, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
Presented by: Anja Farin, certified professional midwife at Appleton Community Midwives, and Vanessa Trujillo-Tenbrick, breastfeeding educator at Fox Valley Birth and Baby. Workshop held at Alternatives Holistic Health and Wellness Center, 612 E. Longview Drive, Appleton. $15/couple if registered by Jan. 15; $25/couple at the door. Call 920-882-6200 to register. Monday, March 17 • 6-7:30 p.m.

End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy
Join hormone expert Randi Mann, NP, at this educational and entertaining seminar held at Wise Woman Wellness, 1480 Swan Road, De Pere. Women only! Join us for a fun, informative look at how hormone changes affect us as we age. This seminar is designed to help women make informed choices about bioidentical hormone therapy, PMS, perimenopause, menopause and sexual health treatments to feel happy, energetic and sensual — no matter how old you are! Cost: $25 each or $20 each with a friend. To register, call 920-339-5252. Wednesdays, March 12 through April 23 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Community Benefit Tree and the family of Maggie Lo Hendrick at Tanner’s Grill and Bar, 730 S. Railroad St., Kimberly for a celebration of support party. Maggie is 6 years old and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2013. She has three sibilings and her family’s twoincome household was cut in half as one parent is required to stay home with her. Maggie is undergoing chemotherapy and will continue treatments for several more years. If you are unable to attend, but would like to offer financial support, please make checks payable and mail to Community Benefit Tree, Attn: Maggie Lo Hendrick Fund, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130. Sunday, March 30 • 12-5 p.m.

Your Heart–Matters Part II — The Functional Medicine Approach to Hypertension and Cholesterol
Do you suffer from hypertension or high cholesterol? Are you interested in managing these conditions naturally? Join us for an eye-opening presentation as Dr. Vander Wielen presents the functional medicine approach to hypertension and cholesterol as taught by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Cost: Free. Location: Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center, 1486 Kenwood Drive, Menasha. Please call Christine at 920-722-2100 to reserve a seat today! Seating is limited. Thursday, March 20 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Special Ops Celebration for Jase Flynn
Jase Flynn was diagnosed with singular ventrical disorder. He has had two surgeries and will require a third very soon. Due to his immune system and his need for special care, Jase’s mother gave up her job to care for him. Jase’s family and friends ask for your help with the continuing medical bills and living expenses. Join them at Riverside Ballroom, 1560 Main St., Green Bay for food, music, live and silent auctions, a bake sale, games, bucket raffles and more! If you are unable to attend but would like to offer financial support to Jase and his family, please make checks payable and mail to Community Benefit Tree, Att: Jase Flynn Fund, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130.

Beginning Mindfulness Group

Location: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park Drive, Suite 210, Neenah. Facilitator: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. The group is covered by most health insurance plans. Call 920-722-7245 with questions. Thursday, March 13 • 6-8 p.m.

Candida Albicans – The Quiet Epidemic
Presented by Dr. Lynn Thompson. Have you heard about the dangers of candida? Do you think you might have a candida problem? Candida can be found in all of us. A little is fine, but too much and you could be feeling the symptoms of a candida issues such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, allergies, headaches and migraines,
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Location: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park Drive, Suite 210, Neenah. Facilitators: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. and Lorri Bohn, B.S.W. This workshop is free and includes handouts and a CD. Class size is limited. Register at the website: mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com.

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Understanding the Socially Anxious Mind
Presented by Appleton author Lisa Klarner as part of the Fox Cities Book Festival. Join Lisa at Appleton North High School and find out more about social anxiety disorder (SAD) to help yourself or a family member. Understand the causes of SAD and gain insight into effective therapies. Lisa is the author of “Releasing the Secret Pain” and is an expert on SAD. At this event, Lisa shares her own struggles with SAD while integrating educational insight. Bring your questions for the open Q&A portion! Location: Appleton North High School, 5000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton. Cost: free. For more information, go to www.releasingsocialanxiety.com or call 920-475-5252. Saturday, April 12 • Registration: 8 a.m., walk: 9 a.m.

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Fox Cities March of Dimes March for Babies

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, fullterm pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Join us for a beautiful walk and post-walk celebration with food, music and more. Location: Badger Sports Park, 3600 E. Evergreen Drive, Appleton. Contact Tammy DeJardin at tdejardin@marchofdimes.com or 920-278-3129 for more information. The walk starts at www.marchforbabies.org. Saturday, April 26 • Registration: 8 a.m., walk: 9 a.m.

Green Bay March of Dimes March for Babies

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Join us for a beautiful walk and post-walk celebration with food, music and more. Location: Ashwaubenon Community Center, 936 Anderson Drive. Contact Tammy DeJardin at tdejardin@marchofdimes.com or 920-278-3129 for more information. The walk starts at www.marchforbabies.org. Saturday, April 26 ● Registration: 8 a.m., walk: 9 a.m.

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Healthy Living Acupuncture Sarah Atkinson 55 Stafford St., Plymouth 920-893-8796 www.healthylivingacu.com Acupuncture is a medical treatment that has evolved from Chinese medicine using noninvasive treatment methods. I move “qi” (pronounced “chee”) to influence the patterns of illness, pain and disease with very thin stainless steel needles. Common influences of qi disharmony are physical and emotional stress, poor diet, accidents and other excessive activities. When these occur, the body becomes unbalanced; but with acupuncture, it bounces back to a state of health! The National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization recognize acupuncture as effective in treating addiction, emotional problems, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel, digestive complaints, pain in tendons, joints and muscles, trigeminal neuralgia, UTI, fertility, menopause, sinusitis and sleep disturbances.

New Possibilities Integration, LLC Victoria L. Huss, Certified Rolfer™ 103 W. College Ave., Suite 601, Appleton 920-427-7653 • www.wisconsinrolfing.com Rolfing® Structural Integration is a transformative bodywork and education system designed to align and balance the body. Many of us have old habits, accidents and patterns “locked” into our posture and musculature — causing chronic pain, inflexibility and decreased mobility. Rolfing® unwinds this chronic strain and offers new possibilities for standing, moving and being.

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Therapeutic Pulse Sharon Blake, LMT 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., #8, Appleton 920-740-5101 • therapeuticpulse@gmail.com www.iahp.com/sharonblake Sharon helps your body find balance integrating craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage therapy, visceral manipulation and therapeutic massage. Craniosacral therapy (CST) helps the nervous system “reboot” to find a new, calmer balance. CST is beneficial for: stress, depression, TMJ, headaches and migraines, ADD/ADHD, reflux and colic and more. Hours by appointment.

BraIN TraININg
LearningRx N474 Eisenhower Drive, Suite C, Appleton 920-882-2006 www.learningrx.com/appleton At LearningRx we treat learning challenges such as ADD/ADHD, reading struggles and learning disabilities. Brain training goes far beyond traditional tutoring by effectively addressing the cause behind learning and reading struggles. We focus on changing a student’s underlying ability to learn and read. We train and strengthen cognitive skills with scientifically based and clinically proven oneon-one personalized training. You and your child are no longer limited to treating symptoms. Contact us to transform learning and reading struggles into success.

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Soul-Full Creative Arts, LLC Tina Siebers, Sherwood 320-808-7325 • soulfullcreative@yahoo.com www.soul-fullcreativearts.com Nurture your creativity and open doors for self-exploration through the meditative processes of intuitive painting, art journaling and mandalas! Tina Siebers uses art workshops and individual sessions to help clients access their inner wisdom. As she explains, “We are all creative beings and no experience is necessary to take this life-affirming journey.” Take the first step to reconnect with and explore your authentic self by contacting Tina today!

BODYWORK
Ki to Health Therapeutic Bodywork, LLC Courtney Cowie, MA, LMBT 200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah 920-460-0229 www.kitohealthbodywork.com Courtney offers therapeutic massage and bodywork that integrates traditional Chinese medical massage techniques (tui na), acupressure and deep tissue therapy. Courtney is also trained in the traditional Chinese medicine modalities of gua sha, cupping and moxibustion. She treats the following conditions: neck, back and hip pain; sciatica; leg cramps; jaw tension; carpal tunnel syndrome; elbow and knee pain; headaches; fibromyalgia; arthritis; depression; anxiety; insomnia; sinusitis; diarrhea and constipation; PMS and menstrual cramping and breached fetus.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY
Natural Healing Solutions Certified Colon Hydrotherapists 345 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #6, Appleton 920-830-3909 www.naturalhealingsolutionsllc.com Feel healthier, remove toxic waste from your body and relieve symptoms like chronic fatigue, constipation and skin problems. Carl & Carol Ann offer colon hydrotherapy through the Wood Gravitational Method. A colonic is a gentle internal bath to cleanse the colon and rejuvenate the body. Colon hydrotherapy also restores the body’s pH balance, stimulates the immune system and allows free passage of nutrients into the blood.

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TC Dance Club 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton (2nd Floor in the ‘Between the Locks’ Building) 920-731-8851 • tcdanceappleton@gmail.com www.tcdanceclubwi.com Discover all the benefits of dance at TC Dance Club! Lose weight, be social, relieve stress and have fun! We are board certified and equipped with two spacious ballroom dance floors. Our goal is to establish and maintain the highest level of hospitality, service and dance education within a socially pleasurable environment in order to help our members fulfill their needs and dreams. Start today with with a free lesson!

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Twohig Dental William J. Twohig, DDS 417 E. Ann St., Weyauwega 920-867-3101 • www.drtwohig.com Twohig Dental wants you to experience a natural and holistic approach to dentistry. Our practice is a mercury-free, health-centered office. We believe in treating patients as individuals. We are dedicated to advanced education in traditional and nontraditional dentistry. We invite you to schedule a consultation with us.

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Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center 1486 Kenwood Dr., Menasha • 920-722-2100 www.HealthyMeToday.com At Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center, we are committed to helping you feel better, function better and live better! To best serve his patients, Dr. Vander Wielen offers: spine and extremity care, nutritional counseling, functional medicine, advanced diagnostic testing and in-office lab tests.

Big Impact Fitness 1696 Silverspring Dr., Appleton W2721 Brookhaven Drive, Kimberly 920-574-5872 • info@bigimpactfitness.com www.bigimpactfitness.com We want nothing more than to see every client achieve their goals. We find it extremely gratifying to watch young athletes, as well as our personal training clients, achieve success. Through dedication, hard work and perseverance, our staff is committed to every individual who trains in any of our programs. Through our thorough understanding of performance training, health and fitness, we design programs that will decrease the risk of injury, provide a wide variety of exercises and suit the needs of each individual client. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Road, Menasha 920-882-8900 • www.lakeparkfitness.com See our ad on pg. 46. Lake Park Swim & Fitness is the Fox Valley’s newest and most refreshing health club. Locally owned and operated, we have combined the latest in equipment, classes, club amenities and more to give our members an unparalleled experience. Customer service and building a sense of community is our main focus — be a part of the LPSF family and experience the difference! Prana Groove & Defiant Fitness Heather LaFond, ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer 1402 Clark St., Suite 201, Manitowoc 855-GoalGtr (855-462-5487) iamdefiantfitness@gmail.com www.pranagroove.com www.iamdefiantfitness.com Heather has a B.S. in human biology with an emphasis in exercise science. She has been working as an ACSMcertified personal trainer for five years. Prior to becoming certified, Heather lost 100 pounds. She turned her passion for health and fitness into a career. In 2012, Defiant Fitness LLC was formed and in September 2013 it merged with Prana Groove to better provide clients with a well-rounded fitness experience. The personalized fitness programs offered between the two sister studios incorporate all the necessary elements of wellness: cardio, flexibility, lifestyle coaching, nutrition support and strength training.

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Massage Envy Spa 3201 E. Calumet St., Appleton 920-731-5300 1241 Lombardi Access Road, Green Bay 920-405-9200 www.massageenvy.com Massage therapist positions available at Massage Envy Spa in Green Bay and Appleton. Massage Envy: more of a culture than a company. Like you, we’re out to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Maybe that’s why Massage Envy has its own unique culture. You’ll find a friendly, giving and supportive environment. We offer: • Orientation and follow-up in-house training. • Schedules that fit your life. • A great living doing what you love. • Various therapeutic massage services. • Advancement in a fast-growing company. • Well-stocked treatment rooms with state-ofthe-art equipment. Qualifications: • Minimum 500 hours of massage therapy education. • Must adhere to local and state massage therapy licensing laws and regulations. • Must pass a background check. We encourage all massage therapists to be members of a national professional association. For more information about a career at Massage Envy, visit MassageEnvyCareers.com, and submit a resume and cover letter to a location near you.

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Cedar Harbor 611 N. Morrison St., Appleton 920-740-4669 Heaven on Earth! Appleton’s newest retail treasure. Off the beaten path, tucked into a residential neighborhood near downtown. Featuring handmade gifts by local artists as well as reclaimed and repurposed home décor. Stop in and discover treasures to keep or gift. Visit us Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Scatter Joy 1879 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920-739-6123 www.giftsappleton.com Scatter Joy offers a fun and unique gift selection. From cards, purses, candles and clocks, to rugs, frames, baby gifts, jewelry and more, we have something for everyone, and any occasion. We feature top brand names like Baggallini Hand Bags, Curly Girl Gifts, Lolita, Jelly Bean Rugs and more. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a unique person or event, stop in and see what we have to offer.

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Anytime Fitness For a location near you, visit our website. www.anytimefitness.com Anytime Fitness is open 24/7/365 to provide you with the essential elements of a great workout, such as treadmills, ellipticals and bikes — all with flatscreen TVs — and both free weights and circuit weight machines. We also offer 24-hour tanning, personal training, private restrooms and showers. Anywhere Club Access allows you to visit more than 1,000 clubs worldwide.

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Capital Credit Union 920-731-3195 • toll-free: 866-731-3195 For a location near you, visit www.capitalcu.com Capital Credit Union is a fullservice financial institution offering a wide range of products and services, such as savings accounts, CDs, IRAs, free and dividend-earning checking accounts, free online and mobile banking, free text alerts, and loans for cars, homes, home equity and more. Anyone living or working in Outagamie, Calumet, Winnebago or Brown Counties in Wisconsin is eligible for Capital membership.
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TNT Basic Training Tammy Thyssen, Owner and Personal Trainer W8734 School Road, Hortonville 920-740-2408 www.tntbasictraining.com TNT Basic Training studio is a nonintimidating, personal, friendly Personal•Sport•Boot•Obstacle and enjoyable environment that encourages all ages to work out and live a healthy lifestyle. Workouts are rewarding, challenging, unique and guided, and progress with your growing needs. TNT Basic Training is a place to meet new and exciting people, find support, achieve results and enrich your lifestyle. Together, we will reach your fitness goals and make everyday activities easier and enjoyable. I will listen to your requests and work to get you the results you desire.

years. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building long-lasting relationships with them. She will get to know you and your listening needs to determine a customized solution that works best for you and your lifestyle. Call today to set up a time to meet with her for a complimentary hearing screening and 30-day risk-free trial of the latest digital hearing solutions.

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Balance on Buffalo/Therapeutic Massage Works 924 Buffalo St., Manitowoc 920-684-8880 www.balanceonbuffalo.com Balance on Buffalo in Manitowoc was birthed into being to create a safe, nurturing space to uncover and discover one’s own innate ability to heal. We offer massage therapy, reiki, yoga, sound therapy, classes and workshops, all meant to spark the gifts that we each carry. We will help guide and nurture an awareness of mind, body, heart and spirit, and the space in between. Get Connected Counseling, LLC 5497 W. Waterford Lane, Suite A, Appleton 920-750-6120 www.getconnectedcounseling.com At Get Connected Counseling, LLC we help people who are dissatisfied with their lives find their way to where they want to be. We offer a Get Connected different experience in therapy than clients have had before, with a focus on transformational healing of mind, body and spirit. We use cutting-edge approaches to re-engage, rewire, reconnect and inspire our clients to live within their authentic selves. We take most insurance plans.
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HEATING & COOLING/GEOTHERMAL
Van’s Refrigeration & Services W1081 Pearl St., Oneida 920-869-2196 • www.vansrefrigeration.com Van’s Refrigeration & Services offers your family or business the best products and services combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations. With more than 30 years of geothermal experience, quality WaterFurnace® brand geothermal heating and cooling products are just where we begin. The technicians at Van’s Refrigeration & Services are trained and equipped to handle geothermal heating services, refrigeration repair and installation and many other residential and commercial services.

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Isagenix Lisa Jermain, Crystal Executive 920-470-6791 • ljermain@ymail.com www.lisajermain.isagenix.com/ Isagenix is one of the fastest growing companies in North America because our products, solutions and culture redefine the health-and-wellness industry. Science backs our products and statistics back our success, but it’s our people who make us the best. Our no-compromise approach to health and wealth generating opportunities help thousands achieve their dreams — physically and financially.

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Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920-819-3774 • watrish@aol.com www.patriciampoole.com Patricia Poole has been providing hypnosis and energy healing private sessions and classes for 14 years. She offers information on hypnosis, reiki, Reconnective Healing and soon EFT. Educational and life-changing classes are offered regularly. Hypnosis CDs are available to get you started in making positive changes today! Call or email today to set up your appointment. Wonders of Wellness Dr. Nancy Soliven, D.C., M.D., Chiropractor Susan Gillespie, Craniosacral Therapy, Foot Reflexology 424 E. Longview Drive, Suite B, Appleton 920-734-6389 • www.WOWis.us Good health is being balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. At our treatmentcenter our goal is to help you live a long, healthy life. Our caring, compassionate, multidisciplinary, and highly skilled health care professionals seek and treat the causes associated with a wide range of medical issues. We offer our patients craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, lymphatic drainage and food intolerance testing. Schedule your appointment today.

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Wise Woman Wellness, LLC Randi Mann, NP — Owner, Board Certified Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Road, De Pere 920-339-5252 • www.wisewomanwellness.com Randi Mann, NP, helps women of all ages live healthy, vital, joy-filled lives through medical and non-medical solutions, education and lifestyle guidance. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and who offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Mann has achieved the prestigious NAMS Menopause Practitioner Certification and has spoken nationally on behalf of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative. She is skilled at prescribing customized, bioidentical hormones when needed. Attend the introductory seminar “End Hormone Havoc — Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy” to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self-care. Call for an appointment or register for a seminar today!
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Natural Healthy Concepts 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton 920-968-2360 • www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com Natural Healthy Concepts brings you the best dietary health supplements on the market at the lowest prices possible. We also have a great selection of all-natural beauty products to make you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. And what makes it even better, we provide free shipping on all domestic U.S. orders, no matter the size!

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About Better Care Audiology Stephanie Long, Doctor of Audiology 2013 Audiologist of the Year W3124 Van Roy Road, Appleton 920-915-0077 • abcaudiology@tds.net www.abcaudiology.com Making regular visits to a hearing specialist is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your overall health and happiness. Dr. Stephanie Long has helped people with hearing and hearing loss issues for more than 19
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The Natural Boutique Sandy White 1162 Westowne Drive, Neenah 920-725-1380 • www.thenaturalboutique.com The success of a business comes from more than just the owner. A truly successful business will have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff hand chosen by the owner. Here at The Natural Boutique, Sandy has a staff that loves the business as much as she does, and it shows when you walk into the store. Located 5 minutes from Fox River Mall; take the Winneconne exit in Neenah and turn left at Culver’s.

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Rejuvenessence mediSpa Kenneth Pechman, M.D., Ph.D. Board Certified Dermatologist 2201 East Enterprise Ave., Suite 104, Appleton 920-574-3577 • www.rmedispa.com The mission of Rejuvenessence mediSpa is to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance, health and function. We strive to improve our clients’ skin through our professional services and highquality products and thus, enhance our patients’ self-esteem and self-image. We are proud to offer free consultations on all of our services!

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Backyard Organics 920-850-7450 • info@backyardorganics.net www.backyardorganics.net Todd and Tara Rockweit are owners of Backyard Organics, LLC, Wisconsin’s first organic land care business accredited by NOFA, one of two organizations in the country that accredit Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs). Backyard Organics also supplies organic weed herbicides and a variety of natural and organic pest repellents either in bulk and/or ready to spray bottles. To read more about our products and services or if you would like to submit a question, please visit our website, email or call us.

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Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Neher, MS, Clinical Nutritionist 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton 920-358-5764 kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidencebased medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. With her master’s degree in human nutrition and Metagenics certification in First Line Therapy, Kimberly has undergone an in-depth study of nutrition as a complementary medicine. Transform your life through natural, clinically proven methods of healing via nutrition, and remedy the cause of your illness or weight concerns!

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Peaceful Horizons, LLC Lisa Klarner 920-475-5252 • lklarner@gmail.com www.releasingsocialanxiety.com Find out more about social anxiety disorder (SAD) to help you, your family or friends to move beyond this debilitating disorder. Lisa Klarner uses her own experience with SAD to provide educational presentations and workshops on the disorder. Check out Lisa’s website and her recently published book. Contact Lisa to discuss her speaking and consultation services today!

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LearningRx N474 Eisenhower Drive, Suite C, Appleton 920-882-2006 www.learningrx.com/appleton At LearningRx we treat learning challenges such as ADD/ADHD, reading struggles and learning disabilities. Brain training goes far beyond traditional tutoring by effectively addressing the cause behind learning and reading struggles. We focus on changing a student’s underlying ability to learn and read. We train and strengthen cognitive skills with scientifically based and clinically proven one-on-one personalized training. You and your child are no longer limited to treating symptoms. Contact us to transform learning and reading struggles into success.

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Appleton Community Midwives & Birth Center 308 E. Northland Ave., Appleton 920-882-6200 www.wisconsinmidwives.com Our compassionate care-giving team offers comprehensive traditional midwifery care, including VBAC, water, home and birth center birth. We provide complete maternity care — prenatal visits, birth and postpartum. Our birth center is cozy and welcoming, equipped with specially designed water birth tubs. We do insurance verification and billing, and offer flexible payment plans for cash pay clients.

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doTERRA Essential Oils Ann McCotter, Independent Product Consultant — Elite Level Founding member of One doTerra Community 920-737-5932 • doTerraMcCotter@gmail.com Make a difference by educating others on the benefits of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. doTerra is in rapid growth mode and offers an excellent compensation package. We are known for providing the education and support to help new IPCs grow with us. That’s part of the reason why we have an industry leading retention rate. One doTerra Community supports you by: • Offering personal coaching, education and business tools • Supporting your new business through our extensive marketing network that includes social media, print materials and more! • Facilitating classes for you and with you For more information, check out One doTerra Community on Facebook, go to www.mydoterra. com/annmccotter or reach out to Ann at 920737-5932. Join us and make a difference! Norwex Audra Keeney, Norwex Sales Leader 608-397-4102 audra.keeney@yahoo.com www.audrakeeney.norwex.biz Norwex is a dynamic company devoted to working with consultants and their families. We are committed to providing motivated people with a solid entrepreneurial opportunity. You can be your own boss, have financial freedom, work flexible hours, earn incentives and bonuses, and build relationships while helping radically reduce the use of chemicals in homes. Join us part-time, full-time or big-time, and together we can improve the quality of life!

EvolveAbility Phyllis Kasper, Ph.D. 920-693-2250 • pkasper@bytehead.com www.evolveability.com Dr. Phyllis Kasper is a licensed psychologist with expertise in pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder using EMDR, biofeedback, meditation and training in self-hypnosis. Pain and other symptoms of irritable bowel can be alleviated using a seven-session hypnosis program. Dr. Kasper also works with anxiety/panic disorders, depression and breaking barriers to achievement. She is available at Healthy Connections, LLC, 510 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or call 920-257-4601.

counseling, acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation (animal chiropractic), Bicom therapy and more. We carry a wide range of supplements, flower essences and herbs. Find us on Facebook!

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Great Harvest Bread Co. 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah • 920-727-0135 www.neenahgreatharvest.com 1033 W. Northland Ave., Appleton • 920-731-2112 www.appletongreatharvest.com 802 George St., De Pere • 920-336-9111 www.greatbread.net At Great Harvest, we mill our wheat on site to produce fresh, nutrition 100% whole wheat flour for us to bake with. We make whole grain, savory, and sweet breads, along with an assortment of sweets including cookies, scones and muffins. With our fresh baked breads, we make gourmet sandwiches and have a great assortment of gifting options. Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920-733-3003 www.sairamcuisine.com The area’s finest authentic Indian restaurant. Join us today to find out why we won the “Best Indian Food” Golden Fork Award from 2005-2011 and a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! We offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Catering is available and we have a banquet room for parties of up to 40 people. Sangria’s Mexican Grill 215 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton • 920-955-3755 940 Waube Ln., Green Bay • 920-339-0994 www.sangriasmexicangrill.net At Sangria’s Mexican Grill, we offer guests an escape to Mexico through authentic dishes, exceptional service and a fun atmosphere. Our unique menu features fine Mexican cuisine perfected from the owner’s original family recipes. Our full-service bar highlights the Fox Valley’s only tableside margaritas, made from the finest 100% blue agave tequilas available! We also feature the largest gluten-free menu in the area. At Sangria’s, we strive to make sure your dining experience is so exceptional, you might just want to trade your cheesehead for a sombrero!

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Fit Nutrition Personal Chef, Certified Nutrition Coach 914 4th St., De Pere fitnutritiongk@yahoo.com Fit Nutrition is driven to provide healthy, great-tasting meals to our customers for whatever their nutritional goals may be. We also offer cooking classes, tasting events, and wine and food pairings, which can be held in the comfort of your own home or at Fit Nutrition. Our goal is to get people to understand that eating healthy is not boring and tasteless, and to enjoy healthy eating everyday.

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Countrycare Animal Complex Karen M. Strickfaden, DVM Richard A. Barr, DVM • Aili Heintz, DVM 4235 Elm View Road, Green Bay 920-863-3220 • info@countrycareac.com www.countrycareac.com Countrycare Animal Complex is a fullservice veterinary facility for dogs, cats and horses. By integrating the best of traditional veterinary medicine/surgery with holistic medicine, we are able to offer your pets the best of both worlds. We offer nutritional

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Massage Envy Spa 3201 E. Calumet St., Appleton • 920-731-5300 1241 Lombardi Access Road, Green Bay • 920-405-9200 www.massageenvy.com At Massage Envy Spas, our mission is to provide a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. Whether it is your first
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massage or massage therapy is part of your wellness plan, we have a therapist to match your needs. We offer many massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports, reflexology and more. Signature services and enhancements include hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy and sugar foot scrub. We have four different spa facial treatments specially formulated for Massage Envy Spa. Our professional estheticians have the scientifically proven products to give you noticeably healthy skin. She. Hair Boutique 525 S. Memorial Drive, Appleton 920-850-9667 www.shehairboutique.com She. Hair Boutique is a modern vintage salon providing our clients with outstanding customer service. We thrive on being knowledgeable of all upto-date trends, products, new styles and the most creative color trends. Offering the best in green and innovative products. Here at She. we offer the best in vegan and organic skin care and hair care. From our family to yours, we look forward to customizing your services and experience to help you look and feel amazing. We look forward to meeting you! Shear Chaos Salon & Spa 103 W. College Ave., Suite 100, Appleton 920-733-4247 www.shearchaos.net Located in the heart of downtown Appleton, Shear Chaos Salon & Spa is among the best in the area, and holds an emphasis on the value of continuing education. Keeping up with the latest trends and sciences, Shear Chaos is an ever-changing, warm, quirky haven for love, health, beauty and just the right amount of craziness to cohabitate.

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N.E. Wisconsin Spiritual Experiences Group For activities near you visit: www.meetup.com/N-E-Wisconsin-SpiritualExperiences-Group/ Feel there must be more to life than what you’ve learned so far? Ready to give up your preconceived notions of what truth might be? Experience the light and sound of God! Check out Eckankar (www.eckankar.org) and N.E. Wisconsin Spiritual Experiences Group (see above) for tools, resources and spiritual conversations near you.

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Valley Thermography 1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 202, Appleton 920-380-1365 • chris@valleythermography.com www.valleythermography.com Chris Haase, certified clinical thermographer, uses digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Conditions and injuries that can be diagnosed and monitored include hormonal dysfunction, inflammation, lymphatic activity, disc disease, dental, vascular disease, sports injuries, allergies, cancer and more. DITI uses no radiation, is painless and FDA registered. Call to schedule your appointment.

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

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The Olive Cellar 277 W. Northland Ave., Appleton • 920-574-2361 127 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah • 920-486-1781 www.TheOliveCellar.com Discover the difference quality makes with small batch world-class extra virgin olive oils and an exquisite variety of aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy with all products available for you to sample prior to bottling. Also offering pastas and spices, sea salts, truffle oils, chocolate sauces and the world’s best peanut brittle. A unique culinary experience awaits you.

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