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Thoughts for a rainy day
“When it rains, it pours.” Sometimes that old saying seems almost factual. If you recently suffered a loss, were disappointed or failed at a personal or professional endeavor, you might have found yourself wondering, why is it that the bad things in life happen all at once? The more superstitious of us share a belief that deaths, natural disasters — heck, even unflattering haircuts — come in threes. Statisticians and others say these are random occurrences, there is no set schedule to bad luck. Our minds are simply trying to make sense of negative events and causing us to see patterns where none exist. Whatever the case may be, there’s no changing the fact that bad things do happen, and when we’ve already been dealt one blow, additional stressors and disappointments can weigh us down even more. But though we might not be able to predict when these things will occur, we do have control. We can prepare and persevere.
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appreciate the sunny days without them. This month, our authors give you tools to persevere during the tough times — and truly enjoy the good times. Learn how a tabletop labyrinth can help in your quest for clarity and personal growth in “A-maze-ing journey,” by Helen Borth. Interested in acupuncture? Check out “Traditional Chinese medicine: Is there science behind it?” by Nicole M. Krakow, Carey L. Garcia and Stephanie M. Best. Meanwhile, Jill E. Greinke explains how our thoughts, imagination and visualizations can create our own reality in “Open mind, open heart, ‘open sesame’!” if you are struggling through a rough patch right now, the sun is waiting for you just over the next hill. After all, April showers bring May flowers. Yours in health, Your Nature’s Pathways team
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Open mind, open heart, ‘open sesame!’ ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Jill Greinke

pril is the fourth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It has 30 days and is commonly associated with the season of spring in the northern hemisphere. Since we live in the Midwest, we beckon April, hoping for milder weather and beds full of lush, colorful flowers. Wikipedia quotes its Latin meaning: “The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb  aperire, ‘to open,’ in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to ‘open,’ which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of …anoixis …(opening) for spring.” I am utilizing the concept of “to open” by correlating it with the magical command “open sesame.” The World Book Dictionary states that the phrase means, “a password at which doors or barriers fly open. It was also a mystical incantation that made the door of the robbers’ cave fly open in ‘The Arabian Nights’ tale of ‘Ali


Baba and the Forty Thieves.’” As a noun, the word “sesame” means a free or unrestricted means of admission or access. In context, “open sesame” connotes that, with the right combination of words, we can unlock the treasures of life within our world. Or, in another way of putting it, our thoughts, imagination and visualizations are the keys that open the great secrets of our own personal universe. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also…”  —Matthew 6:21 When I learned to practice and teach yoga, I learned that we have seven chakras, or subtle energy centers, within our bodies through which vital life energy flows. The word “chakra” is taken from Sanskrit and is based on Tantric tradition. Within this perception, the heart chakra is located near the heart and at the center of the breastbone or sternum. It represents higher consciousness, compassion and love, and acts as a balancing point for all the other chakras. This chakra also is responsible for how we interact in our relationships with people. Interestingly enough, the heart chakra is considered to be our fourth chakra, as April is the fourth month. When the heart chakra is open and balanced, we are in acceptance of what life offers us: opportunities, challenges, relationships, different perspectives and


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“It takes courage, conviction, risk and commitment to locate your inner treasures and learn to enjoy them.”
changes in ourselves. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”  —Joseph Campbell Many people think they know how to follow their hearts and their bliss, but speaking from experience, it can be a very challenging thing to do. It can also take great courage to do so, since we live in a world where things outside of us strive to delegitimize the real treasures within us. It takes courage, conviction, risk and commitment to locate your inner treasures and learn to enjoy them. As a therapist, coach and consultant, I have all too often seen that our humanness seeks the tangibles: proof first, results later. But in following one’s heart, we have to put our faith and trust in our inner guidance. That is part of the magic formula that opens doors where only walls once stood. “Belief creates the actual fact.”  —William James Hah! Belief! This is a very hard concept for many of us to grasp, and it is where we bring in the concept of having an “open mind.” Another challenge is to remove mental constructs of limitation — the thought patterns that block any chance of opening ourselves to greater life experiences and change. “Old, but I’m not that old. Young, but I’m not that bold. And I don’t think the world is sold. I’m just doing what we’re told…”  —“Counting Stars,” One Republic As human beings, we most often live according to our belief systems. Our preconceptions usually supersede what lies in our hearts. From a young age, we are usually told to do things that most of us end up doing without really questioning. It becomes habitual, learned behavior to us. It also sets us up for fear and doubt that can counteract any vision or dreams we may have for our lives. Dreams become overpowered by the energetic force of “doing what I am told” and that blocks any creative energy moving within us. Many quantum physicists believe that our thoughts create our reality. Though experts within the field of psychology do not agree on the etiology of “beliefs,” it would be safe to say that beliefs are mental and form within the mind. Having an open mind then would entail finding and taking the measures to do so. Combine this with the dreams and visions found within our hearts and — voilà — the door opens and the magic begins!
Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit www.jillegreinke.com.
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Empowering moms and dads �����������������������������������������������������������������������������
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f you’ve been a parent for any period of time, you undoubtedly have seen your child suffering from an ailment and felt a sense of helplessness as you looked in your medicine cabinet, wondering which one of its products to use. You probably looked at the labels, saw warning signs and got an even greater sense of anxiety. You want to help your child, not hurt him or her, right? Essential oils can provide the tools necessary for parents to take responsibility for the health of their children. Because of


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Modern medicine truly has done amazing things for us, but the question remains: Are we healthier for it? Nature has a better solution. Plant medicine is intelligent medicine. If you put one drop of lemon essential oil on your hand and one on a plastic foam cup, you will see it absorb completely into your skin and destroy whatever plastic foam it touches. The oil has the ability to recognize the good cells and act in a way that benefits them. It can also recognize the bad cells and destroy them. Compare essential oils to modern-day antibiotics, whose mission it is to destroy bacteria, both the good and the bad. It really is incredible! If you were at a cutting-edge medicine conference where a drug was revealed that could go in your body and target only the unhealthy cells and leave the healthy cells alone, you would see doctors waiting in long lines ready to pay untold amounts of dollars to be able to offer this drug to their patients. Would you believe that this amazing product is available to you right now for just pennies per use, with no doctor visits and no copays? You might ask yourself why all of the technological advancements of modern medicine can’t be as effective in helping us to be healthy as nature’s medicine. The answer lies in our bodies and in our cells. The cell membrane’s purpose is to protect the inside of our cells, including our DNA, from harmful substances and therefore will
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Yoga and confidence ������������������������������������������������������
By Rhiannon Lucente

e all do it: We sometimes worry about what everyone else thinks of us. Does my hair look nice? Do I have spinach in my teeth? Can I possibly get that promotion at work? We often agonize over things that are important, but do you find yourself worrying about the less important things? Everyone is concerned with how others perceive them; however, the person whose approval you need the most is found right in your mirror. You might not consider yoga when you think about confidence or self-image, but it may surprise you to know that your time on the mat can help you with that self-doubt we all experience from time to time. Yoga is more than poses and pretzel shapes. It’s about testing your limits and developing a sense of self-knowledge. When we stand in Mountain Pose, we find our base. We feel the ground and set our self upon this earth. This literal grounding is the best place to start building who you are and how you perceive yourself. Mountains are strong, they have deep roots, they can stand the test of time. You can stand in mountain and possess all of these qualities. As you progress through class, you move and bend. You move forward, you step back, you bend forward, to the left and to the right. As you do all of this, you breathe in and out, settling your mind, and then move again. In Warrior 3, you might lose your balance, but you focus and find you’ve


found your center. You’re not even worried about whether someone else is watching. And isn’t that part of the problem? We are all worried about being judged by someone. Often, the person judging us the most harshly is ourself. On the mat, we somehow let the judgment fall away. We tune out others around us and begin to focus on the pose, the flow and our breath. All of this may seem only physical, but in essence, you are finding your strengths and building upon them. When you discover a

weakness, you learn to either accept your limits, (in the case of a past injury, for example), or you modify the pose so you can benefit from it. You begin to develop a confidence that permeates other parts of your day. Yoga practice begins to have fuller meaning, it starts making changes at a deeper level. Soon, you find you can do Sun Salutations with a reasonably decent Chaturanga Dandasana. You smile as you move and
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It’s in the cards �������������������������������������������
By Ann Blackburn


eople have been using tarot cards to gain insights to life’s ups and downs since the 15th century. Many use a tarot card reading to help unlock subconscious blocks that prevent them from achieving the happiness and success they want by giving themselves a glimpse of unacknowledged blocks or fears. This helps them to “get out of their own way” or to “think outside the box.” The focus of seeking insight to specific questions allows the querent to get a look at goals and motivations through a disinterested third party with no vested interest in the outcome. Novelist John Sanford’s character Kidd is a perfect example of this. Kidd uses the cards to help him see clues he might otherwise miss by re-examining his reactions to others and therefore listening to his own intuition. Others believe in the magic of tarot and that it predicts the future and sees what you can’t.   So how does the magic happen? The characters used in a tarot deck are based on archetypes and developed from the philosophical teachings of the Kabbalah. The Goddess, the Priest, the Devil, the Fool and so on all depict aspects of the human condition. Think of the people in your life. Now think of the stages of your own life. Are we not all humans moving up on the same escalator of life in need of a little clarification at each floor? The truly great thing about the cards themselves is that their meaning and message evolve as we evolve as a society, giving greater meaning and a wider range of focal points for personal development. The Devil card doesn’t mean the Devil is attacking you. The picture is actually of a satyr, half man and half goat, representing the lusts common to the human condition. It can also be interpreted to mean scapegoat, as in the source of what is holding the querent back. Cartomancers,
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people who design cards for tarot use, create them according to specific themes, often depicting their archetypes in beautiful illustrations. Llewellyn Worldwide is a huge manufacturer of tarot cards and offers many designs based on everything from Welsh mythology to faeries. The Horned One in this deck is depicted in place of the Devil, which better conveys the additional perspective of the healthy aspects of sex. This deck is geared toward creatives. Overall, you can find tarot decks designed to suit nearly any use or personality type produced by any great number of cartomancers.

Where did tarot come from? 

Tarot was introduced to southern France in the 15th century when France invaded Milan and the Piedmont. The original readings were done in Italy with playing cards. In time, new card designs were created for a game called trionfi, which is also known as tarocchi or tarock. These decks were later used for a game called French tarot. But it wasn’t until the 18th century that these colorful cards were used by mystics and occultists for divination, and to map out mental pathways in the manner described above. Europeans still use the cards to play games, while use here in the U.S. is primarily for divination.
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not allow synthetic chemicals (aka pharmaceuticals) to pass. That’s why you aren’t given a prescription when you have the flu. The virus is inside your cells and protected by the cell membrane. The doctor’s prescription then is to wait until the virus is done doing whatever it wants or until whenever it wants to be done. That is not empowering!

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breathe through the sequence. Your Forward Folds become effortless and graceful. You walk out of class feeling light and exhilarated. Those doubts at work seem a little less important. You know you can meet the challenges a promotion would bring. You are the mountain, after all. It’s hard to worry about a bad hair day when you feel so amazing. You look in the mirror and not a speck of spinach to be found between your teeth. To your amazement, you find you really like the person looking back at you. So think back to those past worries that seemed so ominous; you most likely reflect on them with humor, or even the realization that you were better than you perceived. Sometimes, we are the obstacle in our own way, and once we take note of this, we can begin chipping away at it, just as we chip away at refining a challenging asana. Whenever you find your confidence dipping, or yourself wondering what someone might think of you, remind yourself of how liberated you feel on your yoga mat. Take that feeling and build off of it; find your confidence and positive selfimage on and off the mat.
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Seasonal allergies and allergic rhinitis ���������������������������������������������������������������������
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t’s springtime! It’s the time of a year you’re so looking forward to after a long winter. But unfortunately, you’re about to embrace the spring with a runny nose, head congestion, sinus headaches and a low energy level. You’re a sufferer of allergic rhinitis, aka a “Neti Pot expert.” Allergic rhinitis is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms: a runny nose or blocked nasal passage, repeated sneezing, tearing, or itchiness and irritation with the eyes, nose, throat or roof of the mouth. While some rhinitises are seasonal in nature, others are perennial. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is often known as hay fever, a problem about 50 percent of Midwesterners suffer from, particularly during the months of April, May, June and July. The perennial form of allergic rhinitis is seen in those who often are sensitive to other allergens, such as house dust, animal hair or feathers, and in some cases, simply smells, such as perfume or paint. In some cases, even temperature change can be a trigger.


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With the perennial form of allergic rhinitis, accompanying nasal polyps and sinus infection may often be found. From a Western medicine perspective, when offending allergens are first exposed to the body, they trigger a marked increase of immunoglobulin E, or IgE, antibodies. This provokes a massive explosion in mast cells — the type of white blood cells that warn the body that an injury or an infection has occurred — and a massive release of histamine. Histamine opens up the skin, allowing allergens to reach IgE-primed mast cells. These mast cells will then mediate or, in another word, start an inflammatory response such as hypersensitivity and allergic reactions. This is followed by great increased nasal secretion and eventual nasal blockage about 15-20 minutes after contact with the allergen. Biomedical treatment of allergic rhinitis includes the local or systemic administration of antihistamines, local and occasionally systemic administration corticosteroids, and sometimes hypersensitization by injections of diluted antigen. Very few home remedies work well for allergic rhinitis. Nasal saline water rinse works to some extent at the beginning but starts to lose its effect after a week or so. Chinese medicine considers allergic rhinitis as a failure of a weakened defense system (Wei Qi deficiency) and/or a manifestation

“Chinese medicine considers allergic rhinitis as a failure of a weakened defense system (Wei Qi deficiency) and/or a manifestation of dysfunctional internal organ systems (Zang-Fu disharmony).”
of dysfunctional internal organ systems (Zang-Fu disharmony). This is just another way to say that a person’s immune system (part of Qi) has weakened. When the external environment changes (allergens, temperature changes and such), a person’s external and internal systems are stressed, exposing one’s weakness, which are shown as allergic reactions and further malfunctions. In the past thousands of years in China, physicians have used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms and, more importantly, to strengthen the body’s external defense system and the internal organ system. Although rhinitis sounds like just a nasal condition, its relationship to internal organ functioning goes much beyond the head region. It often relates to one’s lung, kidney, liver/gallbladder and spleen conditions. These organs all play a part in supporting one’s external defense system. For example, with stress in life, one’s digestive system (spleen) can be depressed, which leads to slower digestion and fluid movement. Slowed fluid movement may lead to phlegm formation. Phlegm often winds up in the lungs, causing nasal blockage and defense-system compromise. A person who has allergic rhinitis often also has asthma — wheezing and coughing that is more pronounced during winter or when under stress. Asthma is closely associated with allergic rhinitis in that it is an allergic inflammatory reaction that produces mucus in the airways. In fact, the recurrent bouts of asthma are often triggered by exogenous factors such as allergens, irritants, physical effort or viral infections. Acupuncture treatment can provide immediate relief to most cases of allergic rhinitis and asthma. Because acupuncture mobilizes the body’s own “pharmacy” to help restore its control and regulatory abilities, it helps recharge and rebalance the body without the side effects of drugs. Long-term use of acupuncture is not only safe but it helps promote organ health and therefore strengthens one’s defense (immune) system. Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture to further enhance treatment effect. To learn how acupuncture may work for your conditions, you are welcome to attend a “Healing Through Acupuncture” lecture and workshop. Call 262-821-2285 today to make a reservation.
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Focusing: A powerful method for emotional healing ������������������������������������������������������
By Richard Hanhardt
ur emotions live in our bodies. We do not “think” our emotions, even though we may use language to tell others about them. When we are very sad, we cry and tears come to our eyes. When we are angry, our muscles tense, blood may flow to our faces and adrenaline flows into our arteries. When we are very anxious, our breath may become shallower and our chests may tighten. In the same way, all of our emotions have a location and place to become alive in our bodies. Therefore, if we seek to heal emotions, we must involve the body. There are many ways in our current culture to work with the body, including yoga, therapeutic massage, reiki and many others. But none is more direct or powerful than the technique of Focusing. Focusing is a technique developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago. He studied more than 7,000 hours of videotape of psychotherapy sessions and tried to examine every aspect of what was happening between the client and the counselor. He then looked at how clients felt about the success of the therapy over the long term. What he discovered was that certain therapists were allowing or even causing clients to look inside themselves in a way in which their bodies were involved, and they could examine and experience very carefully how their emotions acted when discovered and given attention. He found that when this attention was effective, it created a “felt shift” in emotions. This event was healing. Finally, in his study, the clients of these therapists overwhelmingly reported better outcomes. Next, Gendlin developed a technique for training therapists how to help their clients to experience the healing felt shift during their work. This resulted in the book “Focusing,” which contains
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instructions for therapists and for the general public about how to locate these special places inside. Here are some of the key principles of working with a Focusing trainer: 1. Gendlin discovered that the professional background or experience of the trainer did not matter. The only thing that mattered was whether this person was able to help clients focus internally. 2. Focusing separates the interaction between a client and a trainer into process and content better than almost all therapeutic techniques. Content is the information you might share, and process is what is happening inside of yourself and between you and the counselor at the level of the emotions and the psyche. Psychologists have known for many years that process is much more important than content. Therefore, as a Focusing client, one does not need to share a lot of personal material for the work to be successful. This work makes healing accessible to those who cannot express themselves verbally. 3. Although Focusing recommends taking on the most serious problem first, I have found that taking on a more nonthreatening problem or emotion first is often more reassuring and eases one into the practice. This way, one need not be concerned with being overwhelmed by the inner look you are taking. 4. For most of my professional life, I have been fascinated by what takes place between one person who comes to another for emotional help and another who meets with that person and offers help. This can be a truly inspired and extraordinary

“Focusing work is best done in relationships and often requires a person who knows how to open this creative place.”
relationship and it can work. In the best of healing relationships, we know that the unconscious life of one touches the unconscious life of the other. The result is the opening of creativity and spirituality and these are pure and life-changing. This is the profound difference between “getting better” and truly healing. Focusing assists in getting directly to this healing place. Focusing work is essentially a creative act. One must enter the work expecting to be taken to places never before experienced. Many events may emerge, including symbols, stories, artistic expressions, memories, dreams, etc. Focusing work is best done in relationships and often requires a person who knows how to open this creative place. Life-changing interventions are truly possible with Focusing.
Richard Hanhardt MS, MBA, BCSLC, is a board-certified Spiritual Life Coach with 44 years of experience as a mental health practitioner. In 1979, he became a Certified Focusing Trainer after instruction by one of Eugene Gendlin’s colleagues. He has been teaching and practicing Focusing since then. He uses Focusing as one of a carefully chosen set of healing techniques.

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Don’t sing the blues about bluegrass �������������������������������������������������������
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or most Midwestern people, whether you own a home or not, turf grass is part of your life. It can affect air and water, it surrounds the places we live and work and it is often an integral part of our recreational space. Many people have a true affection for the comfort, beauty and value turf brings their lives


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The Wisconsin and the Midwest climate are best suited for cool season turf grass, such as Kentucky bluegrass. What is not commonly known is the large quantity of different available varieties that are part of the bluegrass family, and the differences each one has to offer. Seeds can be specifically planted for high or low maintenance, sports fields and golf courses, and aggressive,


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“Seeds can take 30-45 days to sprout, which is amongst the longest, but once established, underground stems, rhizomes, will spread, surface and grow!”
compact or low-density growth, just to name a few. Another little known fact is that many “no-mow” grasses are actually bluegrass varieties. Although Kentucky bluegrass often has a rumored reputation of high moisture need, it is actually the best Midwest option for drought tolerance with its ability to go dormant during a long dry spell. It will perhaps turn brown faster than other grass species, but can remain alive in that state for up to 60 days. Bluegrass prefers the ideal germination conditions of late August seeding, when soil temperatures are warm and air temperatures become more moderate; although spring also offers a successful planting alternative with patience and proper technique. Seeds can take 30-45 days to sprout, which is amongst the longest, but once established, underground stems, rhizomes, will spread, surface and grow! Its growth pattern advocates for disease resistance and a do-nothing approach for caregivers, with ability to fill in damaged areas on its own.


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Perennial ryegrass is an almost ubiquitous component of many lawn seed blends. Despite its low cold tolerance and poor adaption to drought conditions, it can be useful when included in mixtures, as it germinates in less than a week, providing a fast green cover that protects Kentucky bluegrass waiting to germinate. The best blends contain high percentages of Kentucky bluegrass seed ratios, such as 80 percent bluegrass to 20 percent perennial ryegrass. The bluegrass will eventually fill in and take over where ryegrass dies back. Annual ryegrass is another common component of (usually inexpensive) lawn seed mixtures. It is selected for its rapid establishment and vigorous growth. However, it is unsightly in the lawn and is unlikely to survive the winter. Purchasing blends containing annual ryegrass is not recommended. Planting the right turf variety, for the right usage, considering the right soil and light conditions, and during the right time of season will set a foundation of success to establish and maintain long-term health, beauty and green growing!
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What is a holistic veterinarian?
How have we been trained? How do you find us? �����������������������������������������������
By Jodie Gruenstern

ot all holistic veterinarians are the same. This is quite an umbrella term! Holistic is a mindset. Most of us define it as a feeling. We believe that as doctors, we need to consider the mind, body and spirit of our patients. We do not believe that it is adequate to diagnose disease and treat the disease with a drug. We need to manage the entire patient and even that patient’s environment. A dog or cat’s family and home life contribute to that pet’s well-being. We need to listen to guardians and facilitate changes to benefit our patient’s quality of life and longevity. There are many modalities utilized to reach this end by holistic practitioners. The emotional, physical and intellectual skills possessed by holistic veterinarians have been attained in quite a variety of ways. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association has a Council of Elders. Some of these veterinarians are


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pioneers in their field. They developed holistic thought and tools when there were no holistic textbooks from which to learn. Many of them are authors of publications used by the rest of us. Similarly, some of us currently in practice are pioneering new modalities from the human holistic medical fields into the veterinary world. Some holistic veterinarians began as conventional veterinarians with a knowledge of or passion for the utilization of western herbs, perhaps in their culinary or home family medicinal usage. They began incorporating this herbal usage into their veterinary practices. As their successes mounted and word spread, these doctors developed an intense following of pet-loving clientele. Some wrote books, some wrote articles for magazines, some were asked to be on radio shows and many became presenters of their information, sharing it with pet parents and fellow colleagues. This same development has occurred within the realm of homeopathy, massage, Chinese herbals, essential oils, acupuncture and more. The sharing of this information between the experienced human practitioners and veterinarians has only benefitted all types of patients immensely. Currently, this type of educational growth is occurring with the study and use of whole foods, functional foods and superfoods! I have attended dozens of seminars marketed to human chiropractors for the purpose of teaching them whole food nutrition. I then adapt that information to use in my veterinary practice. It has been amazing to find out how many disorders or imbalances I can balance with simple species-appropriate nutrition and whole food supplementation. For example, even serious disorders which normally require strong, even toxic, medical management such as Cushings disease or diabetes in dogs and cats can be managed with the right diet and whole food supplements.

There is no official certification for a veterinary practitioner who is experienced in the utilization, selection and prescription of nutrition and whole-food supplements for pets. There are many specialties and certifications for conventional, as well as holistic, veterinarians. Seeking out a holistic practitioner with the demeanor, skills and knowledge that your pet needs for his or her current disorder, or to begin the new natural pet care life for your puppy or kitten, can be difficult. I suggest you begin with www.ahvma.org. This website provides a search engine for holistically minded veterinarians in your area. Most holistic vets join this organization. The website also lists special certifications that the veterinarians have achieved. For example, if your pet has a musculoskeletal disorder, you may want to choose a holistic veterinarian who is able to perform acupuncture. If your dog or cat has an emotional or behavioral disorder, you may want a practitioner who is experienced with the selection of safe essential oils for aromatherapy as well as experiential advice for behavior modification. Most referrals come from current clients who have told their family, friends and neighbors about their experiences. So, ask those you know who have pets if they take their dog or cat to a holistic veterinary practitioner. If they don’t, they should! The word is out that pets are being excessively vaccinated and are consuming too many starchy foods. All holistic practitioners agree that this is the case, and will guide you or your pet-loving friend toward safer preventive health management for your furry companions!
Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA has been practicing veterinary medicine in Muskego, Wisconsin since 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist by the Chi Institute. Dr. Jodie is the owner of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, an integrated, full-service small animal practice. For more information, healthy products or an educational DVD, visit AnimalDoctorHolistic.com.

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Can botanicals beat prescription drugs?
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By Terry Lemerond

or some people, it can be easy to think that herbal ingredients are fine for some minor health concerns, but could never compete with “serious” prescription drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, take a look at two recent studies, both of them dealing with joint pain. One dealt with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the other with osteoarthritis. In the RA study, a high-absorption curcumin extract with up to 10 times the absorption and blood retention time was recently judged superior to the prescription rheumatoid arthritis drug diclofenac sodium. The eight-week study followed 45 subjects, randomized to three groups. All study participants had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, functional class I or II. Group one received diclofenac sodium, 50 mg, twice daily, group two received 500 mg of high-absorption curcumin twice daily and group three received both diclofenac sodium and highabsorption curcumin. In each curcumin group, there were no dropouts due to adverse effects, but in the diclofenac sodium group, 14 percent withdrew due to adverse effects. Laboratory studies on kidney and liver function, blood sugar and a complete blood count were performed before and after participation. There were no significant changes in these measurements in general in all the groups. One laboratory analysis adverse event was reported in the drug (diclofenac sodium) group. In the Disease Activity Score 28 (also known as “DAS 28”) assessment, the curcumin group noted the highest impact for reducing disease symptoms, followed by those taking the combination therapy of curcumin with diclofenac sodium. Interestingly, the diclofenac sodium-alone group scored in last place. The curcumin group also showed improvement over others in
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reducing C-reactive protein (CRP), a measure of chronic inflammation, and anti-streptococcal antibodies (ASO) titers, which are associated with severity of rheumatoid arthritis activity. The key here is the high-absorption curcumin. Generally, curcumin from turmeric is difficult for the body to absorb, so the researchers used a specialized extract that is micronized and blended with turmeric oils. This explains its superior absorption and blood retention, and its subsequent effectiveness. The good news is that this curcumin is available at health food stores as well. The rheumatoid arthritis study is just one example of many. Another recent study focused on osteoarthritis, and combined the same high absorption curcumin used in the rheumatoid arthritis study with a strong boswellia extract with reduced levels of potentially pro-inflammatory beta-boswellic acids. Together they outperformed the prescription arthritis drug, celecoxib (the generic of the prescription drug, Celebrex) in a clinical study of osteoarthritis. Individuals in this 12-week study were randomized to two groups. One group received celecoxib, 100 mg, twice daily and the second group received a 500 mg blend of the high-absorption curcumin and boswellia extract twice daily. When it came to relieving pain, 64 percent of those taking the herbal ingredients versus 29 percent in the drug group improved to such a high degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.” Those are just two examples of the amazing research happening in the world of natural medicine. Responsible, well-designed studies are being conducted all the time, finding better ways of treating — and possibly preventing — a multitude of health concerns.

Staying active means more than relieving pain

Staying active means you need to take care of your entire body and mind. It’s easy to think that pain relief is the only end result you need. But effective botanical ingredients go even further than relieving the feeling of pain; they actually reduce inflammation, stop joint damage and help the body heal — all without dangerous side effects. That’s the real advantage of therapeutic herbal supplements. They go beyond making you comfortable, and actually help you thrive.
Terry Lemerond has more than 40 years of experience in the health food industry, both in retail sales and in dietary supplement formulation and manufacturing. He hosts a radio talk show that is archived at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com. The site also features his weekly educational columns and other valuable health resources. Health Hut Natural Foods and Vitamins is your source for these high-quality supplements. Health Hut has three convenient locations to serve you: Brookfield, 19035 W. Bluemound (262-821-2122); Hales Corners, 5610 S. 180th St. (414529-2989); and West Allis, 2225 S. 108th St. (414-545-8844). References: “A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Phytotherapy Research. B. Chandran and A. Goel. “A Pilot Cross-over Study to Evaluate Human Oral Bioavailability of BCM-95 CG (Biocurcumax™) a Novel Bioenhanced Preparation of Curcumin.” Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. B. Antony et al. “Clinical Evaluation of an Herbal Formulation in the Management of Knee Osteoarthritis.” B. Anthony et al. Poster presentation. Presented at Osteoarthritis Research Symposium Internationale (OARSI) Annual World Congress on Osteoartritis, San Diego, Calif. September 15-18, 2011.

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A-maze-ing journey
The ‘finger walking’ labyrinth ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Helen Borth


is an amazing journey toward inner healing, personal well-being and a newness of spirit. The “walk” is often used as a meditation, offering the opportunity to listen to your inner self. It is possible to shed some outgrown and overused thoughts or even unravel a problem. The popular shape of a labyrinth has only one path from its entrance point to the very center and then back again on the same path. The journey both ways encounters twists and turns, going back

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and forth while never hitting a dead end. How a labyrinth is different from a maze is the maze traveler can hit any number of dead ends. Traditionally, the labyrinth shape was marked out on the ground. The best known example of this is embedded in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. This pattern was laid into the cathedral floor sometime between 1194 and 1220. For more than 4,000 years, labyrinths have been used by cultures in Greece, Egypt, Ireland, China and in the Americas. A variety of patterns has appeared, but the one on the floor in the Chartres Cathedral is very common and is directly connected to “sacred geometry.” Beverly Russell of Beverly Russell Enterprises wrote, “Sacred geometry was once considered a divine art and is the key to creating ‘an abode of eternal truth,’ symbolizing unity. The central concept of unity, symbolized by the circle, stands behind the choice of numbers, proportions and pattern.” This direct connection with sacred geometry takes you to the process of moving into and meditating on pure geometric forms that hold unlimited potential. Its energy automatically moves you closer to a lifted consciousness, to a relaxed state where there are no rules to break and where people from all walks of life, religions and practices participate in the labyrinth experience.

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In 1998, the idea to create a table model “finger walking” labyrinth came about. The labyrinth shown in the picture associated with this article can be walked at any time, in any place. To reproduce it, a person with a computer-aided manufacturing program incorporated all of the sacred geometry elements so that it would offer the same sacred space and energy.


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Here are statements from several “finger walkers.”

“The labyrinth experience effortlessly quiets my mind chatter, supports my breathing and takes me to an inward stillness. This stillness blesses me with being in the present moment.” —K.M. “Owning a tabletop labyrinth has proven to be a powerful tool. I find that taking the time to slowly follow the labyrinth’s pattern with my finger allows the thinking mind to stop grabbing all of the attention. All of the worry, analyzing, planning, etc. comes to a halt as it is hard to entertain those thoughts while following the pattern. It never fails! By the time I have gone in and out of the labyrinth maze, there is a sense of ease and clarity for what is to follow.” —M.P. “When I walk the sacred path, my soul is deeply touched by an overwhelming feeling of peace. The invisible pointed star that radiates from the center aligns my mind, body and spirit. It helped me to cleanse and quiet my mind. It opens my heart to allow and accept all that is.” —F.K.
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The path consists of 11 concentric circles and another circle in the middle, representing creation. The lotus in the center is almost universally regarded as a symbol of enlightenment. There are 28.5 lunations per quadrant around the outer circle. The greatest requirement was the request that the path be the width of a finger. The result was a 19-inch square table model printed on tag board to allow it to be rolled up.



Autism, chiropractic and the perfect storm ����������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Kate McCann


ccording to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that 1 in 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD: a 72 percent increase from 2007. With ASD on the rise, more parents are seeking alternative care for their children. While many people may think of chiropractic as “spine or back” care, few people realize the connection between the spine and the function of the brain and central nervous system. In reality, it is much more accurate to think of the spine as not just a collection of bones, muscles and ligaments, but instead as an entire neurological “organ” that is the key communication component between the brain and the body.

When the spine becomes misaligned, which is called a subluxation, this can affect nervous system function. Chiropractic adjustments have the effect of resetting the nervous system, leading to a more appropriate response to the environment. A vertebral
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Craniosacral therapy for TMJ ������������������������������������������������������������
By Wendy Halfpap
MJ syndrome, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a commonly diagnosed disorder that can be a result of many factors, such as trauma, nervous habits, joint problems and stress. “TMJ” refers to the point at which the lower jaw bone (the mandible) and the temporal bones (the temple region) meet. This is a gliding joint and any catches noticed during movement may indicate a dysfunction. The main symptoms associated with TMJ syndrome are chronic jaw clenching, painful chewing or chewing on one side, difficulty opening or closing the mouth completely and the sound of popping or clicking while doing either action. Another common symptom is teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, generally occurring while asleep. Secondary problems can be headaches, ear symptoms such as pressure or tinnitus, and transferred pain to the face, head and neck. The pain and discomfort for some individuals can sometimes be unbearable. Craniosacral therapy is well-suited for such a delicate area as it is a gentle, noninvasive approach which never exceeds more than 5 grams of pressure or the weight of a nickel. The body is a very complex system and it can be difficult to determine whether a symptom is one of cause or effect. All structures are interconnected or interrelated and therefore could play a role in the dysfunction. This is why craniosacral therapy can be very effective in treating TMJ syndrome: it addresses the body as a whole, rather than just the symptoms alone. With that said, it’s very important to evaluate the entire body by applying the 10-step protocol first, and then evaluate and treat the structures inside the mouth. The treatment will start at the sacrum or tailbone, releasing the pelvic region and then slowly working up the spine, releasing the respiratory, thoracic, hyoid and cranial base or head region. The sphenoid bone, which lies in front of the cranium, extends across each side to the temple region and also attaches to the hard palate of the mouth. Any dysfunction of this bone is corrected, followed


“The benefits reported after a series of treatments have included fewer to no headaches, significantly less jaw, head and neck pain, and feeling more clear and focused.”
by a gentle ear pull. The TMJ is now decompressed in a downward direction toward the feet. The goal is to take pressure off the joint, creating more space for it to move smoothly and with ease. The next step of the treatment is working inside the mouth, which always requires the therapist to wear gloves. To start, the nasal bones are relieved of any pressure. Slowly and gently moving into the mouth, the maxillary, vomer, palatines and each tooth of the hard palate are evaluated for any dysfunctions and released of any restrictions. The hard palate itself now has to be rebalanced to reflect the new alignment, along with decompressing the temporal bones, followed by a second ear pull to relieve any residual pressure present. The benefits reported after a series of treatments have included fewer to no headaches, significantly less jaw, head and neck pain, and feeling more clear and focused.
Wendy Halfpap is a licensed massage therapist at Active Body Wellness LLC in Mequon, located at 10620 N. Port Washington Road. She graduated in 2007 from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy. Wendy is also level II trained in CranioSacral Therapy. Please visit www.activebodywellness.massagetherapy.com for more information or call 414-721-6942 for an appointment. Reference: “CranioSacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura.” John E. Upledger. Eastland Press. 1987.
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Why you should change up your exercise routine ������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Courtney Fryatt, M.Ed., NASM-CPT, WLS


s we eagerly await the change in the seasons to warmer weather, now is also a great time to change your workout routine to reach your fitness goals. Many of us find ourselves sticking to the same routine, as it is convenient or what we feel most comfortable with. But at some point, this routine may not give

you the results you once achieved. In addition to helping you continue to reach your fitness goals, changing up your routine will keep you motivated and challenged, and it also helps reduce injury. With the repetition of the same type of workout or activity, your body begins to acclimate to that routine, resulting in less

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energy expenditure and the utilization of the same muscle groups, which can cause muscular imbalances, resulting in injury. It is recommended that you change your workout out at least every four to six weeks in order to stay on track toward your fitness goals. In addition to changing your program to avoid plateau and injuries, it is also a good idea to reduce your activity level for a week in between programs to avoid overtraining. If you place too much stress on your body and don’t allow any time for rest, your body will stop performing at top level. It’s during this downtime that your muscles will rebuild and repair, which will allow you to start your new routine mentally and physically recharged. During this time you can re-evaluate your workout program and make necessary changes to achieve maximal results. How do you actually go about changing your routine? In order to do this, you must get creative and be willing to push your body through new physical demands. For example, if you typically run or walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes at the same pace and same incline, you can change by adding 30-second sprint (or even fast walking) intervals every few minutes or by increasing the incline sporadically throughout


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“A personal trainer will be able to assist you in developing a new program that will be challenging and motivating, while ensuring you are performing all exercises in a correct and safe manner.”
your workout. Another example with weight training would be to change from using machines and/or free weights to more of a body-weight type of exercise, such as TRX training or circuit training. The idea is to keep your body guessing so you recruit different muscle groups and so that your body has to react to the different demands you place on it. If this seems overwhelming to you or you are questioning what would be an ideal program for your personal fitness goals, it would be ideal to contact a certified personal trainer. A personal trainer will be able to assist you in developing a new program that will be challenging and motivating, while ensuring you are performing all exercises in a correct and safe manner. If you feel like your workouts are no longer yielding the same results or you are bored from doing the same thing every day, it is time to shake things up and try something new. It might be as simple as trying that new piece of equipment you’ve seen at the gym or asking another person what his or her favorite activity is. Changing your routine will help to keep you motivated, reduce your risk of injury and keep exercise fun but consistently challenging.
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subluxation is an alignment problem of the spine that relates to nerve interference. Due to altered motion of the spine, a subluxation can lead to an imbalance in sensory input into the brain — which in the case of children with autism can manifest as either hyperactive or underactive adaptive responses to their environment. Since autism is a neuro-developmental disorder, many parents are reaching out to chiropractors to help their children because of the great benefits it can offer. In a case study in Today’s Chiropractic, a 5-year-old girl with autism was suffering from asthma, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and left-sided strabismus. The child was experiencing 25 violent temper episodes per day, with each episode lasting up to 20 minutes. She exhibited three episodes each day of self-inflicted violent behavior, which included biting her arm, slapping her head and repeatedly banging her head against a full-length mirror. She also had at least one episode of violent behavior each day — hitting people, especially her mother. Speech was limited to a few words such as “mama,” “dada,” “milk” and “walk.” After the girl’s first week of chiropractic care, she had her first good night’s sleep since her mother could remember. The violent temper episodes had reduced to 15 per day, with decreases in intensity. The self-inflicted violent behavior decreased. Her speech, vocabulary and sleep patterns improved. Violent temper episodes reduced to five per day. The right eye showed no more signs of strabismus. The child began speaking in sentences for the first time, and her mother reported a marked decrease in hyperactivity along with a desire to be touched and hugged. By the 12th week of care, the violent temper episodes reduced to two per day and were less intense. The mother stated there was little hyperactivity. Self-directed or outward violent behavior had ceased. All temper episodes, hyperactivity and violent behavior had stopped. The mother also stated the child was sleeping through the night. The IBS had almost completely resolved. The child continued to improve over the next eight months and she had no more asthma attacks.

In a second case study from the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, a 3½-year-old girl was brought in for chiropractic care after being diagnosed 12 months prior with autism. The child did not speak or communicate with anyone except through screaming and tantrumlike outbursts. She would not socialize with other kids her age and did not engage in physical activity other than that initiated during a tantrum. Constipation was noted at several stages of her life, as was difficulty sleeping. After more than 10 weeks of chiropractic care, the child verbalized for the first time. Also noted was increased spontaneity, expressions of joy, laughter and better posture. The child had fewer occurrences of nightmares and expressions of sadness, discomfort and hyperactivity. With technological advances giving chiropractic offices the ability to measure the nervous system function, chiropractic can be the missing and vital link in reconnecting the brain to the body for many children with autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Kate McCann practices with her husband, Dr. Pat McCann, at McCann Chiropractic, 17585 W. North Ave., Suite 130 in Brookfield. They specialize in whole family care, and are proud and excited about staying on the leading edge of chiropractic by offering Torque Release Technique and COREscore™. For more information, please visit http://mccannchiropractic. com or call 262-782-9700. References: “Changes in Prevalence of Parentreported Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schoolaged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011-2012.” CDC Report 65. March 2013. “CDC Estimates 1 in 88 Children in United States has been Identified as Having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.” CDC.  www.cdc.gov/media/ releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html. “Autism, Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Strabismus and Illness Susceptibility: A Case Study in Chiropractic Management.” Today’s Chiropractic. WC Amalu. “Improvement in a 3½-year-old Autistic Child Following Chiropractic Intervention to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. Nick Hoffman et al. “Dysafferentation: A Novel Term to Describe the Neuropathological Effects of Joint Complex Dysfunction. A Look at Likely Mechanisms of Symptom Generation.” Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy. D Seaman et al. “Changes to Autistic Behaviors Following Chiropractic Care in a 30-Month-Old Child.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. M Fox.
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aren Block has a lot of heart. It’s obvious in the way she talks about her family, her business, colleagues and educating people about their health. Gratitude is a large part of her story, along with enthusiasm and passion for one of her favorite topics: sleep. With the famous adage, “You can sleep when you’re dead,” it gets a bad rap, but there is nothing more productive or more indicative of the health of your mind and body than sleep. Block has made it her mission to educate her community about her life’s goal through Endeavor Therapy and Sleep Center. Although her pride in her business is undeniable, her genuine delight about the people within it is also extremely evident. “The team is such a strong part of Endeavor and what we do,” Block says. “It takes my little village of Endeavor people to make me who I am with Endeavor.” A full service sleep laboratory since 2003, Block became its sole owner in August of 2008. “Sleep was always fascinating to me… I believe so much in it,” she says. There’s a good reason behind her dedication and it hits closer to home and goes deeper than the average job-stimulating inspiration. Block noticed something not uncommon while listening to her father, Kenneth Reid I, sleep — he snored loudly. Between 30 and 50 percent of people do at one time or another, but other factors attributed to the retroactive cause for concern. In addition to high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, he went from one medication to two when the sole one didn’t do the trick. Today, this would have raised red flags.

“There are certain signals in today’s world that patients that this is happening to are asked, ‘OK, what is your sleep doing?’” Block explains. “Are they shutting down at night? Could this be a part of all of these symptoms coming into play?” The symptoms Block’s father possessed led to one big problem: undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. Reid suffered a stroke at age 59, and passed away 14 years ago. “Unfortunately, sleep awareness wasn’t a big thing when my dad was starting to have symptoms,” Block says. “I would call it a silent killer.” Could proper sleep therapy have prolonged her father’s life? She wants to stop other families from having to ask that same question.

What’s the problem?

When a person stops breathing, it’s called an apnea. Severe sleep apnea causes 80 to 100 percent of an airway to close, allowing zero to 20 percent of air movement through that closure. Apneas can last from 10 seconds up to 60 seconds and beyond. There is potential for danger in undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea as it can cause heart attack, stroke (as in the case of Block’s father) and hypertension. Endeavor Therapy and Sleep Center has all of the tools to uncover potential danger or provide peace of mind — and they offer the first step for free. The free sleep screenings started as a community service project after the untimely death of Reggie White, whose death in 2004 was linked to obstructive sleep apnea.


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“We received a lot of calls after Reggie White’s passing,” Block says. “We realized that people wanted more information.” They can get that information by using the ApneaLink, a small device the patient can use in the comfort of their own home. It’s small in size, but huge in its ability to diagnose apneas and other inconsistencies in sleep. “It tracks every single breath during sleep,” Block says. After the free screening and depending on its findings, a home sleep test, in-lab sleep test and the potential necessity to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) devices are the next stages. Block takes peace in knowing Endeavor offers top-of-the-line treatments and considers each patient as though they’re close friends or family members. Her husband, Duane, wears a mask to sleep each night and Endeavor offers meetings quarterly to help support those going through anxiety surrounding wearing a CPAP device. They also like to bring manufacturers in each year with the “latest and greatest” to showcase. “We’re all about quality care and offering the best,” Block says. They do a lot of follow up with their patients and take pride in choosing equipment that does what it’s supposed to do. In this, Endeavor presents the opportunity to be educated on what goes into healthy sleep.

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memory suffers and we’re generally not on top of things. Electronic devices can play a big part in not feeling rested. “We keep phones plugged in and when they go off at night, they interrupt the sleep cycle… we’re in a whole world of not being able to shut down because of today’s technology,” Block says. She suggests starting a routine surrounding the desire to get the most pure, uninterrupted night’s sleep. This begins with your habits leading up to bedtime. Read a book, take a warm bath or enjoy a non-caffeinated beverage like herbal tea. Most importantly, know when to close your book and power down. Turn off or silence your electronics to promote restful sleep. “Every person really needs to get a good night’s sleep so that they can function to their best ability and feel good about what the next day brings,” Block says. “I got into health care to make a difference with people.” She certainly does. We can all rest easy.

What is healthy sleep?

“We have certain stages of sleep that we’re supposed to go through and spend more time in certain stages than others,” Block says. Sleep architecture is made up of Stage I and Stage II (relatively light sleep), Stage III and IV (Delta deep wave stage) and finally REM (Rapid eye movement or the dream state). When healthy, your body cycles through them four to six times a night, climbing and building upon levels. Going through all of them is what refuels and rejuvenates us.

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To contact Karen Block, call 262-241-8892 or visit http://endeavortherapyandsleep.com. Endeavor Therapy and Sleep Center is located at 11649 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon. It is open seven nights a week for patients’ convenience and is one-quarter the cost of hospital sleep labs. Find out more information about sleep issues or schedule a free ApneaLink™ sleep screening.

A busy wife, mother and business owner, Block knows that routines shape lives — whether it’s the implementation of them or lack thereof. When it comes to sleep, being disciplined about having a regular nightly routine is important. Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night while children are recommended to get eight to 10 hours. If it doesn’t happen, we’re all well aware of the limits it places on our daily lives. Block explains that sleep deprivation causes irritability, our

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Ahhh, neck and shoulder relief
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or many people, the neck and shoulders are a chronic area of discomfort and a nagging pain in the neck. This is an area in which many carry their daily share of tension and frustration, and most find that once they think to release the tightness and tension it’s already taken over. Taking just three minutes once or twice a day could save your neck, shoulders and clenching jaw a whole lot of grief in just two quick moves.

Side neck stretch
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1. Sitting comfortably, lengthen the spine and relax your chin level 2. Exhale and tip the right ear to the right shoulder; work to feel 3. Continue to draw the left shoulder down from the left ear and

space between your ear and shoulder.

flex the left palm, reaching through the heel of the hand toward the floor. 4. With long, calm deep breaths, feel and visualize space in the tightness of the neck. Being gentle, experiment moving the left arm forward or back to help change the sensation to meet your needs. 5. To heighten the sensation, take the right hand and gently draw the left side of the head away from the shoulder even more. 6. Continue to breathe and explore moving the jaw and mindfully moving the chin up or down to change the sensation of the stretch from the side of the neck to the front or back of the neck. The suggested time to hold these stretches is 10 breaths. Repeat the stretch on the opposite side, and repeat both several times a day. Focus muscles: Scalene muscles (on the sides of the neck), trapezius (the upper back muscle feeding into the base of the skull) and levator scapulae (running from cervical vertebrae 1-4 to the inner scapulae, one on each side).
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Back of the neck and spine stretch

1. Sitting comfortably, interlace the fingers behind the base of the 2. Keeping the shoulders relaxed, exhale and drop the chin to the 3. Breathing calmly, resist the head into the clasped hands, working


to broaden the upper back and draw the shoulder blades away from the spine. 4. Continue to resist the head, keeping the chin to the chest; feel the shoulders drop away from the ears. 5. Experiment rounding the upper back or moving the elbows up or down to shift the sensation from the neck to the mid upper back. The suggested time to hold this stretch is 10 breaths. Focus muscles: trapeizus and rhomboids (attach at thoracic vertebrae 2-5, run to each inner shoulder blade). Much of the discomfort we feel in our hands, elbows and shoulders come from unresolved tension in the neck and shoulder girdle. Taking a bit of time to find relief each day could help you keep that 10-pound head of yours up with just a little less tension and a bit more smile!
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ranial osteopathy was developed by William Garner Sutherland and student of the founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still. In 1899, Sutherland was an osteopathic medical student and noted a disarticulated skull: a skull in which the 22 bones are separated but

mounted to show the relationship between the bones. The beveled surfaces of the greater wings of the sphenoid and the squamous portions of the temporal bones drew his interest. He explained, “like a blinding flash of light came the thought: beveled like the gills of a fish and indicating articular

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mobility for a respiratory mechanism.” He tried to dismiss the idea for 10 years but could not, so he tried to prove it false. He then spent the next 20 years studying the cranial bones, eventually developing theories that he successfully applied to diagnosis and treatment of his patients. Breathing and circulation are involuntary functions that allow cells to exchange gases, nutrients and wastes. Cranial osteopathy proposes another involuntary process referred to as the primary respiratory mechanism. The primary respiratory mechanism is a palpable, cyclic, rhythmic wave of motion throughout the body. It is proposed to be a continuous flux of extracellular fluid with a frequency of eight to 12 cycles per minute. The cranial rhythmic impulse is the primary respiratory mechanism as it exists in the central nervous system, or CNS, and can be palpated by way of the head and the sacrum. There are five components of the cranial rhythmic impulse.

It has been proposed that coordinated contraction of cells of the CNS cause
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By Frank Alvarez

ysbiosis is an imbalance in the intestinal bacteria that precipitates changes in the normal activities of the gastrointestinal tract. The wrong type of bacteria can cause problems, but certain bacteria are important and vital to our survival. They inhibit disease and contribute to many processes in our bodies. If these bacteria are in proper alignment with our bodily processes we thrive, if not, we will have problems. Dysbiosis is an imbalance of beneficial bacteria in relation to harmful bacteria. How does a person end up in a state of dysbiosis? Stress, medications, antibiotics and food choices that are high in transfats and sugar and lack fiber are just a few of the many things that can cause dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is not always the unfriendly bacteria causing problems. Friendly bacteria can also ferment in excess and cause gas, which is the most common symptom. Stress can cause a decline in immune function, allowing bad bacteria and yeast to take hold and cause problems. Antibiotics are the most common cause of dysbiosis. Antibiotics kill all bacteria, allowing for opportunistic harmful bacteria and parasites to flourish and cause problems. Some symptoms of dysbiosis are gas, cramping, abdominal pain and discomfort, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, belching and


“Dysbiosis is an imbalance of beneficial bacteria in relation to harmful bacteria.”
weight loss due to malabsorption, to name a very few. In Dr. Michael Murray’s book, “Total Body Tune-up,” he discusses four patterns

of abnormal bacterial growth as proposed by Leo Galland, M.D. They are: putrefaction, deficiency, fermentation excess and
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Investing your values and putting your money to work for your future ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Lars Lewander


s an aware consumer, you’ve likely heard the saying, “Vote with your money.” Nowadays, almost every grocery store and even Walmart offers a selection of organic and healthier food choices because people have made known their preferences. We buy cars with high gas mileage to preserve precious resources. We recycle, reuse, and repurpose items rather than purchasing new ones. As consumers, we wield strong and peaceful swords — our pens and our pocketbooks. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is another way that we can vote with our money. SRI is an investment strategy that seeks to both maximize financial returns for investors and benefit the social good. Companies that wish to practice social responsibility often follow the principles become known as “environmental, social and corporate governance” (ESG) or “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) to enhance the sustainability of the organization, as well as protect scarce or threatened resources. Areas of environmental concern include climate change, hazardous waste, nuclear energy and promoting environmental sustainability. Social concerns cover such areas as diversity, human rights, consumer rights, “sin stocks” (stocks that make money on alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling, firearms and nuclear energy), as well as animal welfare. Corporate governance includes management structure, employee relations and executive compensation. Socially responsible investing has come a long way. In 1995, there were only 55 mutual funds that engaged in SRI, with $12 billion in assets. Now there are 493, with assets of $569 billion. While it has long been commonly perceived that socially responsible investing yields lower returns than unrestricted investing, the track records of numerous funds show that they continue to perform competitively with good returns.
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Socially responsible investing is a way to make money while doing good, essentially rewarding the good behavior of companies without sacrificing returns on your investments. SRI encourages “walking the talk” in a sustainable fashion. SRI is also known as “sustainable,” “socially conscious” or “ethical investing.” Many SRI shareholders use their shares — or their ownership in the company — to influence corporate behavior. Such shareholder advocacy includes conversations with corporate management on issues of concern or by submitting and voting on proxy resolutions. If you have an investment portfolio or a 401(k) through your employer, review the types of stocks and other investments with which you are involved. There are quite a few mutual funds that incorporate the principles of socially responsible investments. There are many sites on the Internet to find out more, such as www.greenmoneyjournal.com (free e-magazine), www.kiplinger. com, and even some of the mutual fund sites themselves, such as www.Calvert.com or www.Parnasus.com. The bottom line: becoming an informed consumer and voting with your pocketbook will help create a more sustainable world for you and your family.
Originally from Sweden, Lars M. Lewander is president of Spring Water Asset Management and also teaches finance at local universities. He founded the firm on a foundation of integrity, sustainable growth and social responsibility. He is happy to consult with people who wish to reach their financial goals while being true to their values. Please feel free to contact Spring Water with your questions or to schedule an appointment. You can reach us in the following ways: Mail@ SpringWaterAssetManagement.com, by phone at 262-240-9680 and on the website www.springwaterassetmanagement.com.


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motion of the brain and spinal cord. Additionally, the brain and spinal cord would have to change shape to accommodate the change in shape of the cranium as the cranial bones move.

Pressure gradients are caused by the production and release of CSF into the cranial cavity by the cells that produce the fluid in the spaces between the parts of the brain, and drainage of the CSF into the venous system.

The membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord are attached to the bones in the back of the head, the neck and the sacrum (the bone at the base of the spine between the hip bones). The membranes that separate and support the different parts of the brain have a number of attachments to the bones in the head. As the bones in the head move, the membranes must move as well.

“By knowing the way the bones in the head and sacrum should move, and then palpating the way they do move, the physician can determine if restriction in motion is present and where the restriction is…”

variety of configurations which allow different types of movement. This movement is minimal or subtle. Joint tissue is found between the bones.

The sacrum rocks between the hip bones, or ilia. By knowing the way the bones in the head and sacrum should move, and then palpating the way they do move, the physician can determine if restriction in motion is present and where the restriction is, and is then able to gauge the response of the tissues to treatment (i.e., resolution of the restriction). As with other methods of osteopathic manipulation, the goal is to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself (i.e., facilitate a more normal pattern of motion).

There are 22 bones in the head. The bones come together in a

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How to overcome fear ���������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Ty Wade
s we discussed in our last article, “The 7 Signs of Fear,” there are ways to identify if you’re living in fear. This month, we are going to implement a strategy on how to overcome fear and fulfill our true potential. Because fear paralyzes, true growth can never occur in this state. To live in long periods of crisis can erode our life in many ways, and could eventually lock us into the rut of mediocrity. Without action, there is no growth and the states of fear: doubt, worry, indecision, overcautiousness, procrastination and negativity, are reinforced. The body craves emotion, whether positive or negative, and feelings of doom and gloom are supported by stress hormones that are released in anticipation of pain. Corticosteroids then circulate to make you “feel better,” but over time, they create havoc within the body; this is why stress is considered the leading cause of disease and death in our society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even admits that 85 percent of all diseases have an emotional element. So what is the solution? It involves a paradigm shift from fear to faith and that involves a simple but powerful concept: Universal intelligence has been proven! Since your body is self-healing, selfregulating and self-adapting, it is essential to recognize that the power that made the body heals it! Order to the universe proves intelligence, and science finally has the technology to prove this. Through the use of the electron microscope, the most basic building block has been discovered: the atom. The atom has been identified as vibrating energy that is dynamic and interactive. That’s right, we are all a piece of vibrating energy that attracts and repels other energy within the universe. Magic and intelligence have been identified, quantified and proven by science! The only problem is that this truth has been carefully hidden from the masses in order to keep us weak and in need of authority. As physics describes the natural laws of the physical world (or third dimension), quantum physics is defining the existence and universal principles of a fourth dimension. This is the realm of electromagnetic energy or subatomic particles. Subatomic particles were once only hypothesized by the metaphysical model but
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“Since your body is self-healing, self-regulating and self-adapting, it is essential to recognize that the power that made the body heals it!”
can now be proven through quantum physics by using the technology of the electron microscope. Since there is a universal intelligence that we are all connected to, we also all possess our own resident intelligence that communicates with it. So the question is, how do we access it? Like a muscle that strengthens when trained, so does our connection with the universal intelligence. Through time, space and repetition, we can strengthen our capabilities to communicate with the universe. We can train ourselves how to develop these skills through the power of commitment to a daily discipline of development. Daily discipline includes positive affirmations, setting goals, visualization and meditation, exercising, eating well, and rejuvenation. We will look at each of these actions individually in upcoming columns and explain how to incorporate them into our lives.
Dr. Ty Wade owns Saukville Chiropractic Center, 620 E. Green Bay Ave., Suite 104 in the Port Washington area. He is a 2001 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Wade is married to Tami, a licensed massage therapist, who works in his office. They have two sons, Hunter, 14, and Trenten, 11. Dr. Ty’s father was 100 percent disabled from Vietnam and died of adverse reactions to his medication in a veteran’s hospital. Dr. Wade enjoys helping people live pain and drug free, while obtaining and maintaining their optimal health. For more information, call 262-284-0022 or visit www.saukvillechiropractic.com.

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sensitization. Putrefaction causes beneficial bacteria to diminish in diets that are high in fat and low in fiber. A deficiency pattern has a similar effect, causing beneficial bacteria to decline and the harmful bacteria to flourish. Fermentation excess is associated with a poor diet of sugar, grain and starchy foods. In fermentation, excess carbohydrates are fermented to gas products, causing discomfort. Sensitization is an allergic reaction to harmless bacteria, resulting in disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome. All these abnormal bacterial growth patterns allow opportunistic bacteria, which are normally kept under control, to flourish and cause problems. These four patterns are not the only contributing factors. Fungi, parasites and toxins produced by microbes are also contributing factors and can lead to eczema, psoriasis, sinusitis, inflammation of the mucosal tissues, leaky gut and malabsorption. There are also physical problems as well. Intestinal valves can function poorly, causing dysbiosis, because of the mixing of waste matter with useful material in the small intestine. These problems can be improved and often resolve with proper care. There are effective treatments for dysbiosis. Probiotics are one effective method, with the goal to re-establish beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Lactobacilli and bifidobacterium are two species that work well. A second method is the use of prebiotics to help establish the probiotics. Some common prebiotics contain furctooligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin, which promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, and hinder the growth of harmful bacteria.

There are some effective herbal therapies as well. Garlic, goldenseal, wormwood, grapefruit extract, oregano and thyme are all effective in propagating beneficial bacteria in the gut because of their antimicrobial properties, which help keep the bad microorganisms in check. An elimination diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet are all low-carbohydrate diets that help eliminate dysbiosis and promote healing. Lastly, there are pharmaceuticals that can help, such as rifaxamin, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin and co-trimoxazole. Making lifestyle and diet changes first to heal the environment is appropriate, but typically not enough alone to solve the problem. Implementing any combination of the above is complicated and should be carried out with an expert in treating dysbiosis. The goal should be to utilize these techniques to prepare beneficial bacteria and support healing. The goal in eliminating dysbiosis should be to use the above guidance to propagate the beneficial bacteria, which in turn keeps the harmful bacteria under control and harmless. You may need to use a pharmaceutical temporarily to get harmful bacteria under control, then the probiotics, prebiotics and herbs can have a bigger impact.
Frank Alvarez received his degree in bacteriology from UW-Madison. Frank is currently enrolled in Hawthorn University’s Master of Holistic Nutrition course. He is a Holistic Life Coach from the CHEK Institute, a Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor from the Cory Holly Institute, a Cooper Clinic Fitness Specialist, a Level 1 U.S. Track and Field Coach and a U.S. Triathlon Official. He is the owner operator of Wellness For Me located in Hartford, specializing in wellness at the individual and corporate levels. He currently offers a nutrition course resulting in a certification. Course information and registration can be found at his site: www.wellnessfor.me, Twitter and Facebook. Contact him at 262-488-3011 for more information.


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urmeric, a shrub related to ginger, is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia and Africa. Known for its warm, bitter taste and golden color, turmeric is commonly used in fabric dyes and foods such as curry powders, mustards and cheeses. It should not be confused with Javanese turmeric. In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain and regulate menstruation. Historically, turmeric has also been applied directly to the skin for eczema and wound healing. Today, traditional or folk uses of turmeric include heartburn, stomach ulcers, gallstones, inflammation and cancer. Turmeric’s finger-like underground stems (rhizomes) are dried and taken by mouth as a powder or in capsules, teas or liquid extracts. Turmeric can also be made into a paste and used on the skin.


What the science says

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicinefunded investigators have studied the active chemicals in turmeric and their effects — particularly anti-inflammatory effects — in human cells to better understand how turmeric might be used for health purposes. NCCAM is also funding basic research studies on the potential role of turmeric in preventing acute respiratory distress syndrome, liver cancer and post-menopausal osteoporosis.

There is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for any health condition because few clinical trials have been conducted. Preliminary findings from animal and other laboratory studies suggest that a chemical found in turmeric — called curcumin — may have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, but these findings have not been confirmed in people.

Side effects and cautions

Turmeric is considered safe for most adults; however, high doses or long-term use of turmeric may cause indigestion, nausea or diarrhea. In animals, high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems. No cases of liver problems have been reported in people. People with gallbladder disease should avoid using turmeric as a dietary supplement, as it may worsen the condition. 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 on the center’s website, ncaam.nih.gov.
Source: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.” NCCAM. nccam.nih.gov/health/ turmeric/ataglance.htm. References: “Turmeric.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. www.naturaldatabase.com. “Turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) and Curcumin.” Natural Standard Database. www.naturalstandard.com. “Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs.” Mark Blumenthal et al. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2000.

Falling into your greatness ����������������������������������������������
By Kathy Clegg

It’s about changing seasons, seeing new growth and secluded animals coming out of their habitats and into our world again. It’s about Easter eggs, rabbits and tales of wonder with imagination that shifts our mindset and plays with illusion. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has long held fascination and intrigue for me. It challenges us to look at life differently than we’ve been conditioned to understand it. Alice’s first choice was to grow “big.” Not a logical or comfortable choice, considering the world she came from. Being continually noticed, scrutinized, judged and on display would have challenged her safety, privacy and freedom. Celebrities know about dealing with this: getting so “big” and being noticed everywhere they go. All of us initially desire this greatness but then shrink with fear of projected consequences, reverting to a size so small we might feel near invisible. Like Alice, we shapeshift ourselves until we find that “just-right” size that helps us fit in without too much fuss and notice: just enough to keep our heads from rolling at the wrath of the Queen of Hearts. Scientific hand analysts often see “gift markers” in clients’ hands that urge them to tell these individuals of their greatness and the talents that support their life purpose. Amazed, they realize that since four months before they were born, they’ve been carrying around this blueprint for why they’re here. In our hands, in our very own fingerprints, we hold the message of our life purpose along with our lesson: that wall we hit that blocks us from creating a life of grand fulfillment. When it’s laid out before us through the analysis, it’s like finding our compass in Wonderland, a land upside-down but filled with wonder! Having searched for the dream, we now find our “wonder” in more promising, more purposeful, more powerful possibilities. We find hope, optimism, happiness and enthusiasm in knowing we are on our way to what we’ve really come to do. We find passion, appreciation and joy in the thought of who we might be. And if that were not enough, we find empowerment, love and freedom in the knowing that in these prints, we’ve discovered our soul’s intention. And we know, we

already are “that,” though we may not yet have fully embraced it. So when we fall down the rabbit hole into the “Wonderland”
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Your athlete and chiropractic care �������������������������������������������������������������������������������
By Dr. Heather King, DC


hat do Aaron Rodgers, Greg Mathews, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Evander Holyfield all have in common? They all see a chiropractor regularly. Chiropractic care has been endorsed by most major professional and amateur sports associations and is used by athletes competing at both professional and amateur levels. Whether it is the Olympics or high school and youth competitions, chiropractic care can help all athletes improve their game. Chiropractic care is a safe, conservative noninvasive treatment approach to musculoskeletal complaints. Treatment not only involves all areas of the spine, but also foot, knee and hip pain along with shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand complaints. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce and eliminate pain while addressing associated nervous system dysfunction. Regular chiropractic treatment can help everyone function at their highest level. Injuries are a part of every athlete’s career. Depending on the type of injury, chiropractic care can be an important part of helping athletes return to play. A sore hip or foot might not sideline an athlete, but can cause pain while running or jumping. Having an evaluation by a chiropractor can help determine the cause, especially when there is no evidence of a fracture or tear. Watching a volleyball player perform a spike over the net, you’ll see her throw up her right arm and shoulder and bring it forward with enough force to spike the ball to the floor. The mechanics of that motion involve not only the spine, but the
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shoulder and surrounding muscles. With this complex motion, it is easy to see how if one minor piece is not functioning properly, it can cause the player to not only not hit the ball as fast but slow down the entire process of spiking the ball. Looking at the shoulders, they should be fairly even, accounting for a difference in muscle tone due to increased use on the dominant side. Examining the shoulder blade and surrounding area, we evaluate to see what could cause a biomechanical difference in her motion. Muscle spasms along the edge of the shoulder blade, misalignment at the head of the shoulder and tightness in the front of the shoulder all could be some of the reasons she is not performing at her highest level. These problems can all be addressed by a chiropractor. Whether you enjoy spending your time kneeling in the garden, throwing a baseball toward home plate or tackling a running back, everyone wants to enjoy those activities without pain. Regular chiropractic care can help not only keep you at your top performance, but help with the aches and pains that come from performing at your top level.
Dr. Heather King is a 1999 graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. King practiced at ProHealth Care Westwood Health and Fitness Center for the last eight years before moving her practice to Serenity Healthcare. Dr. King adjusts in both a hands-on and an instrument approach. She is skilled in the area of extremity adjusting. She treats conditions ranging from headaches, neck pain, low back conditions, hip pain, and hand and foot conditions. She has experience in both at competitive- and noncompetitive-level sports injuries. For appointments with Dr. King, call 262-522-8640.


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“Dropping veils allows us to see differently ‘through the looking glass’ and change how we think, to strip away our limiting beliefs, to bring conscious and unconscious minds into alignment so we can manifest our ideas and bring our own truths into our lives.”
that awaits us, we are not falling down in emotions and vibration, but rather up, into higher vibrations that spiritually call us. Shel Silverstein nuanced it in his book, “Falling Up,” just as Lewis Carroll caused us to question our world with Alice. Dropping veils allows us to see differently “through the looking glass” and change how we think, to strip away our limiting beliefs, to bring conscious and unconscious minds into alignment so we can manifest our ideas and bring our own truths into our lives: the truths of who we know ourselves to be, the truths of the world that we know we can create, the truths of letting go of what no longer serves us and the truths that allow us to fall into the greatness of who we really are!

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your truths. Have criti-cal conversations. Hire a coach and practitioners to help address fears, clear the old, shift into the new. It may not always “feel” great, but by embracing your shadows, you can trust you’re almost there. 2. Open yourself to receiving. This is the work of meditation and listening to your inner self, your angels, your guides. Know they are all around you, in the people you’re with, in a spoken phrase that grabs your attention, in the nature that calls you out to play, in comfortable and uncomfortable life situations. Write down your “ah-ha” moments as you go and talk deeply with a trusted person who keeps you on the path. 3. Take small actions by implementing in the world! Experiences and full expression is why you chose this physical vessel. Be open to feeling your greatness in this physical experience. Live your life full out — it’s why you came!
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Gluten-free Crêpe Expectations
By Danielle Lythjohan Crêpe ingredients 1 package Mudd Creek Waffle/Pancake Mix 2 cups milk 2 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, melted Crêpe directions Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, eggs and melted butter. Mix until smooth (batter will be thin). Using a ¼ measuring cup, pour the batter into a small fry pan and tilt the pan to ensure the batter coats the bottom. Once the crêpe starts to bubble, carefully flip. Continue this process until all crêpes are made. You will get about 13-15, depending on thickness. Spinach mushroom filling 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped ½ teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons cream cheese Pinch of salt Feta cheese to taste

Heat olive oil in the pan. Add mushrooms and garlic and sauté for about five minutes. Add spinach and continue to cook until spinach cooks down, about three minutes. Add cream cheese and salt and stir until blended. Take a crêpe and place 2-3 teaspoons of the spinach mushroom filling in the center. Roll. Place a teaspoon of filling on the top and sprinkle with feta.
Blueberry Apple Honey filling 1 jar Mudd Creek Blueberry Apple Honey fruit spread 1 cup frozen blueberries Light whip cream Powdered sugar for dusting

Place blueberries and fruit spread in a small sauce pan until it starts to bubble. Reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes. Take a crêpe and place 2 teaspoons of filling in the center. Roll. Drizzle with a little filling and top with light whip cream and/or a dusting of powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Danielle Lythjohan is a blogger and product developer volunteer for Mudd Creek, LLC. Mudd Creek is a dedicated gluten-free company specializing in baking mixes, fruit spreads, tropical granolas, butter spices/rubs and coffee blends. Mudd Creek is located in Appleton and is owned by Donna and Ken Klausen. For more information or to locate a retailer near you, please visit Mudd Creek’s website at www.muddcreekllc.com or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/muddcreekllc.
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Out of balance! ����������������������������������������
By Amber Erickson, DC, MEBW

hiropractic care is not just effective for horses, it is also great for treating riders. Many assume that chiropractors only treat back pain, but chiropractic can have numerous great benefits for the entire body. Chiropractic care can greatly enhance a rider’s position and balance, which can lead to better performance overall. The horse and the rider work as a team, so they both must be moving properly throughout their bodies. Chiropractors are not just “back doctors.” They often treat conditions that may be seemingly unrelated to the spine. The body is connected, so chiropractors view the body holistically. Both the horse and the rider must have all of their joints moving properly. By adjusting the spine, chiropractors can influence the nervous system, which affects the trillions of cells that make up the body. This explains why it is common to have a patient who may have a positive result from a condition that would seem unrelated to the spine. There are numerous studies showing favorable results with blood pressure, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, multiple sclerosis (MS), ear infections, carpal tunnel, headaches, knee (and other joint) pain and many other issues. Because of the interconnection of the spine and the nervous system both mechanically and physiologically, the chiropractic adjustment can have vast effects on the entire body. Chiropractors truly are spinal specialists. Chiropractic care is great when it comes to musculoskeletal complaints. In fact, in a recent consumer reports survey, chiropractic was voted No. 1 in dealing with lower back complaints. The majority of chiropractic patients surveyed marked extreme satisfaction with the care they received compared to other health care professionals (including medical doctors). Though chiropractors are good at dealing with complaints of this nature, it is a great disservice to the profession to say that is all they do. Chiropractic is about


removing interference from the nervous system so that your body can heal itself. True healing comes from within, for both the horse and for the rider.
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Four steps to relentless reinvention! ����������������������������������������������������������
By Carol Michalski, MSW, LCSW
“I was born very far from where I am supposed to be, and so I’m on my way home.”  —Bob Dylan If you are old enough, or a music fan, you know about the uproar that folksinger Bob Dylan caused when he plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival! It took a lot of courage to reinvent himself. He was a folk hero, he had it made! But Bob Dylan was now on a different path. Despite the booing, he played on! What is the moment that causes a paradigm shift, when you just know you need to do something different? That you need to be on a different path? That some people won’t like it or agree with it, but you begin the journey anyway? If you have reached that “ah hah” moment and determined that you need to make a change, consider these steps! yourself? What do you value? It is important to identify and articulate your core values because they act as your compass during times of change. Most people have difficulty articulating their values and therefore tend to make the same choices over and over again. When your values are not in alignment with those of your employer or with your lifestyle, you can become disengaged and disgruntled! What are you seeking? What do you want more of or less of in your life? Try to fill in the details of the lifestyle you hope to build.

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The first step toward reinvention involves developing a detailed picture of the life you want to live. Why do you want to reinvent

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Take action! Most people have great ideas from time to time, but they rarely take any action, and soon the power of that excitement fades away. Or, they quickly begin to identify all the stumbling blocks and excuses as to why they can’t do it. It is imperative to take action right away: some small step that takes you in the direction of your reinvention. For example, when I felt I wanted to be my own boss, I was short of ideas of how I wanted to do it. One day, an opportunity presented itself for an affordable space. I took action immediately and rented the space. It was a risk, but having that cool space really caused the creative juices to flow. Having a place of my own inspired me to do whatever it took to make my business a reality! I don’t mean to suggest that reinvention is a snap! It is hard. It is challenging and terrifying, but exhilarating and rewarding. Take a step toward your reinvention today!
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Chiropractors commonly use the term “subluxation.” The definition of a subluxation, as adopted by the Association of Chiropractic colleges, is “a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ systems and general health.” So what does this mean? More simply stated, subluxation is when the bones of the spine or other joints are not moving properly and the resulting irritation can negatively affect the entire body. Chiropractic care and horse riding are connected as chiropractic can help improve proprioception (sense of balance) by removing or minimizing nerve interference (from subluxations). Adjustments reduce nerve interference, allowing the proprioceptors to function more efficiently. This can lead to an increase in balance and coordination, which translates to better riding. Proprioception is the sense of where your joints are in space. This is the idea that you know where your finger is, despite not being able to see it. Adjusting the spine affects the reflex pathways, so this can allow for better nerve function and can directly affect the mechano-receptors at a joint. The horse and rider move as a complex structural unit. The horse is a quadruped

(four-legged creature). Humans are biped (two-legged), sitting “balanced” over the horse’s sensitive spine. Chiropractic care can help ensure an even pelvis prior to ever getting on a horse. The horse is the base or foundation, while the rider and the tack are the load. How the load functions determines how the base functions, and vice versa. We cannot separate one from the other. We often focus our attention on the horse’s care, when in fact it might be the rider causing the issue. If we favor one side and we don’t balance our weight, it is possible to cause the horse to have a curvature in its spine. Also, we may see other problems with balance and evenness developing in our horses. Focus on equal distribution of weight in the stirrups and see if you are favoring one side over another. Riders can use dual scales to determine if there is more weight carried on one leg, which can indicate uneven pelvic loading and a need to see a chiropractor.
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Nutrition for athletes
Eat to train: Finding the best food to fuel your performance ����������������������������������������������������
By Elizabeth Bart, M.S.

Here are some suggestions prior to and during competition:

During any given week, nutrition will be the key to your success along with proper hydration. You don’t want to overdo it, so keep this equation in mind when drinking your water or eating your fruits and vegetables: your weight in pounds divided in half equals the minimum number of ounces of water you should consume in a day in the form of foods (juicy fruits and watery vegetables), all types of beverages and, of course, actual water. Two to three days prior to competition is the best time for a pasta feast. This gives your body enough time to digest and store the needed energy. If you indulge the night before, you may end up with a stomachache and not be able to compete at your best. Twenty-four hours before competition, it’s OK to eat a small helping of carbohydrates in the form of toasted French bread, mashed potatoes,

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sweet potatoes or pasta with a large serving of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, celery, zucchini and green beans and protein in the form of gamey red meat, chicken, turkey or fish. Include fresh fruits such as bananas, peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew to create a balanced meal. Two hours prior to competition, have a good breakfast and drink water to satisfy hunger and thirst — no need to overdo it, you can eat heartily afterward. Your best meal will be one that includes a small portion of a carbohydrate, protein and fruit, such as a wholewheat or buckwheat pancake or waffle with an egg and fruit-like applesauce with protein powder (e.g., Hammer Nutrition, UCan, Nutralite or Metagenics). This sounds funny, but a puree of foods that includes meat — this can be also be in the form of baby food — is another good option. This depends on your tummy and time between events during your competition. During your competition, eat small portions that are not too sugary or salty. Overhydration can occur, so small sips of only water during the first 1.5 hours of vigorous or endurance activity is recommended. After 1.5 to 2 hours, you may start using electrolyte replacements or other forms of nutrition.

Other suggestions:

• Protein or meal replacement bars • Real orange juice with vitamin D • Plain or cinnamon sugar cake doughnuts • Whole grain waffles with Greek yogurt or fresh fruit jam/



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“Thirty minutes and beyond your finishing time, eat a full meal and add in frozen fruits, juicy fruits (pineapple, watermelon, all types of berries) or dried fruits such as apricots and raisins.”
• Peanut butter and jam/preserves • Fruit roll ups or other snacks • Guacamole with lightly salted chips or rice/nut crackers

include proteins such as fish, chicken, turkey, red meats, grains/ breads and rice, and any kind of nut. The week following your competition is your recovery week. Pay attention to your body and your coach and always keep in mind: eat to train/compete, do not train/compete to eat!
Elizabeth Bart, M.S. is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist (METS), National Board Certified Therapeutic Massage Therapist and Bodywork (NBCTMB), nutritionist, USA Triathlon (USAT) coach, USAT youth and juniors coach and independent business owner of TriCare Massage, Nutrition & Coaching. TriCare offers medical massage therapy, nutrition management and metabolic efficiency testing and training, coaching: running and triathlon training for individuals and small groups, youth and junior multisport development, wellness at work: a business well-being partnership, and gift giving made easy via ribbon (www.eabart.com). Visit www.tricaremassage.com or call 262-332-0532 for everyday fitness and nutrition management to successfully overcome obstacles and take advantage of perceived physical challenges that may be present! References: “Metabolic Efficiency Training.” Bob Seebohar. Seebohar. 2009. “Wheat Belly.” William Davis. Rodale Press Inc. 2011. “Paleo Diet for Athletes.” Lauren Cordain et al. Rodale Books. 2012. “The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes.” Biju Thomas and Allen Lim. Velo Press. 2011. “New York City Marathon Cookbook.” Nancy Clark. Rutledge Hill Pr. 1994. “Nutritional Guide Book for Athletes.” Nancy Clark. Human Kinetics. 2008. “Triathlon Training Bible.” Joel Friel. Velo Press. 2009. “Training Plans for Multisport Athletes: Your Essential Guide to Triathlon, Duathlon, Xterra, Ironman & Endurance Racing.” Gale Bernhardt. Velo Press. 2007.

After your competition, within 30 minutes of finishing, chocolate milk, Greek yogurt, dark chocolate chips, a protein drink, a recovery drink (e.g., Hammer Nutrition, UCan, Nutrilite or Metagenics), cheese and crackers, or peanut butter and crackers are great choices. Thirty minutes and beyond your finishing time, eat a full meal and add in frozen fruits, juicy fruits (pineapple, watermelon, all types of berries) or dried fruits such as apricots and raisins. Also

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Traditional Chinese medicine
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By Stephanie M. Best

lthough traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been an active practice in China for 4,000 years and counting, TCM has only been considered a serious alternative to Western medicine since John Reston published an article in The New York Times about his personal experience with acupuncture after an emergency appendectomy while in China. In the world of Western medicine, the ideas of Hippocrates and his followers now


rely on literature-based, reviewed proof of action and result, which is often misleading with respect to acupuncture research. Research on acupuncture is overflowing in China. However, earlier studies were quantitative-based, small, uncontrolled and did not follow the chain of research done in other countries, including the U.S. That too is changing. Biomedicine’s view of acupuncture and its mechanism of action has generated

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many articles for debate. Some of the theories researched are the connective tissue theory, which establishes a relationship with acupuncture points to connective tissue planes; the growth control model, which identifies a relationship between bioelectrical transduction and cell pathogenesis; and the neuroimmune response theory, which incorporates afferent proprioceptive pain responses and the vagal nerve (the longest nerve in the body). In layman’s terms, scientists have developed theories explaining what your acupuncturist calls de qi or arrival of qi, why some needles feel different than other

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needles when inserted, why areas of excess or deficiency when palpating acupuncture points can be felt, as well as why an experienced acupuncturist can help you achieve long-lasting pain relief with their knowledge of working the needle. Can there be a mix of empirical data and scientific study that identifies acupuncture as a working mechanism? The theory of health in China is based on seeking dynamic functionality instead of the fixed somatic structures of Western medicine. Health is not analyzed separately or independently from the illness. So, in this way, it is difficult to study acupuncture as a quantitative (i.e., drug study) measure, as many studies are set up. Studies that support a qualitative as well as a quantitative measure should be the focus of your interest. What is established in the medical field is this: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed acupuncture needles from the category of ‘experimental medical devices’ and now regulates them just as it does other devices, such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes, under good manufacturing practices and single-use standards of sterility.”  —National Institutes of Health, 1997 “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value”   —NIH, 1997 “Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved — through controlled trials — to be an effective treatment: allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, knee pain, low back pain, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, postoperative pain, sciatica…”   —World Health Organization, 2003 The idea of sham acupuncture is the basis of many studies published today, but most of those studies do not use inert placebos. If you touch someone, even gently, your body will react to that touch. Some research when used in context of TCM texts indicate that sham acupuncture does not exist.

It is just an inadequate use of needles in placement, manipulation or intention, and failure of de qi (arrival of qi). The NIH stated in the same 1997 consensus that “the integration of acupuncture into today’s health care system will be facilitated by a better understanding among providers of the language and practices of both the Eastern and Western health-care communities. Acupuncture focuses on a holistic, energy-based approach to the patient rather than a disease-oriented diagnostic and treatment model.” For readers who are interested in the science behind acupuncture, we encourage you to visit various sites, including that of the NIH, which continues to support the efficacy of acupuncture and its incorporation as an important adjunct in Western medicine. Visit www.nccam.nih.gov/ health/acupuncture or www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed for more information. WHO, which lists disorders that have been proven effective in controlled trials, is also a resource. Visit http://apps.who.int/ medicinedocs. Finally, periodicals dedicated to evidence-based research provide additional information. Consider www.journals.elsevier.com/complementary-therapies-in-medicine or www.hindawi.com/ journals/ecam. Knowledge is enlightenment.

Stephanie M Best, RN, CCRN, MSOM, L.A.c, Nicole M Krakow, MSOM, LMT, L.A.c, and Carey L Garcia, MSOM, L.A.c, Reiki Practitioner are master’s prepared, state-licensed practioners, and owners/operators of Best Health Option Acupuncture & Wellness clinics in Germantown and Racine. For more information, visit www.besthealthoption. co or call 262-293-4493. References: “Are Acupoints Specific for Diseases? A Systematic Review of the Randomized Controlled Trials with Sham Acupuncture Controls.” Chinese Medicine. Zhang Hongwei et al. “The Web That has no Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine.” Ted J. Kaptchuk. McGraw-Hill. 2000. “The Neuroimmune Basis of Anti-inflammatory Acupuncture.” Integrated Cancer Therapies. Ben Kavoussi et al. “Relationship of Acupuncture and Meridians to Connective Tissue Planes.” The Anatomical Record Review. Helene M. Langevin et al. “Basic Acupuncture Research has met the Gold Standard of Science.” Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. C Shang. “Now, Let Me Tell You About my Appendectomy in Peking...” The New York Times. James Reston. July 26, 1971. World Health Organization. www.who.int/en/. NIH Consensus Development Program. www. consensus.nih.gov. 1997. Sacred Lotus Arts Traditional Chinese Medicine. www.sacredlotus.com.

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Arbonne Becky Schmalz, Regional Vice President 920-843-1142 http://bschmalz.myarbonne.com Reach out and discover Arbonne! According to current statistics and trends, people are looking for ... • Debt-free lifestyles. • Financial security. • Freedom to choose how they spend their time and money. •  Wellness and healthy lifestyles. … all of which equal “quality of life”!

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Bark N’ Scratch Outpost 5835 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee 414-444-4110 www.milwaukeepetfood.com Bark N’ Scratch Outpost provides healthy and natural pet foods, supplements, treats, essential oils, toys and more. Our friendly staff participates in ongoing learning, and we hold seminars to share information. We are available seven days a week to help you make appropriate choices for your dog or cat, and for select small mammals. We think outside the bag!

ful pottery created by some of the nation’s finest ceramic artists is complemented by an outstanding selection of fine American crafts. Handmade in the USA … the perfect gift! Lillies W62N553 Washington Ave., Cedarburg 262-377-7047 www.lilliesgoods.com Weeds W62N588 Washington Ave., Cedarburg 262-377-0999 www.lilliesweeds.com Two eco-conscious stores in historic downtown Cedarburg, providing responsible shopping options. Lillies — Fairly traded, earthfriendly, meaningful goods. Handmade unique products with a cause; every purchase has a story. Organic, sustainable, natural fiber clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts. Weeds — Green goods for home and garden. Many locally sourced, recycled, repurposed, reusable, renewable, innovative products to promote a healthy, natural lifestyle, including 120plus loose leaf teas and teaware, organic spices and herbs, essential oils, natural bath and body products and much more!
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Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute N4 W22370 Bluemound Road, Suite 201, Waukesha 262-349-9371 www.venainstitute.com Did you know that treatment for varicose vein disease may be covered by your insurance? Bruce Cardone, MD, is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease. He is extremely qualified to help you if you have leg pain, discomfort and/or unsightly veins. If you are unsure if your leg pain is from varicose veins, come in and let us take a look. If varicose veins are the culprit, Vena can get you on the road to healthy, happy legs. Call us today for your free consultation.

Specialized Therapy Services 2711 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee 414-778-1341 www.specializedtherapyservices.com Since 2000, Dave Vollmers has been v specializing in Myofascial Release® ,a hands-on approach used to treat the fascial (soft tissue) system. Myofascial Release treatment involves applying sustained gentle pressure and movement into the fascia in order to eliminate restrictions that may create pain or malfunction throughout the body, sometimes with bizarre side effects and seemingly unrelated symptoms that do not always follow the pathway of nerves. Specialized Therapy Services is the oldest exclusive Myofascial Release clinic in Milwaukee.

Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex S73 W16790 Janesville Road, Muskego 414-422-1300 www.AnimalDoctorHolistic.com Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex is staffed by pet lovers who are highly skilled in delivering unique health care to patients whose guardians appreciate the importance of addressing the mind, body and spirit in the quest for quality and longevity of life. Our mission promotes the prevention and treatment of disease through integrated conventional and natural means for pets and their people, influencing a pet’s entire being in a complete and positive manner. Experienced doctors utilize natural nutrition, titre testing, Western and Chinese herbals, essential oils and acupuncture to address individual patient needs.

Institute of Self Awareness 13745 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield 262-781-5300 www.iselfawareness.org ISA is a nonprofit specialty school for transformation, serving as a gateway to personal well-being, self-mastery and spiritual insights. ISA’s lifechanging lessons show how to go beyond being subject to endless attachments, worries and taking things too personally. In the new awareness, one gains a sense of oneness, a naturalness and a touch of peace.

Endeavor Therapy & Sleep Center 11649 N. Port Washington Road, Suite 109, Mequon www.endeavortherapyandsleep.com Endeavor Therapy & Sleep Center is an independently owned, Medicare-certified facility for sleep diagnostics (inclinic and home sleep testing available), actigraphy and CPAP & BiPAP equipment and supplies. Located in Mequon, we not only serve the Northshore and Milwaukee area, but also all of southeastern Wisconsin. Open seven nights a week for your convenience. Free home sleep screening available.

Inspire 2 Succeed 504-407-1Kim www.1KimHall.com Inspire 2 Succeed is the best source for women ready to show up, live up and stand up at their best in life. Women’s 7 Directions for Success series, individual sessions and customized sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. A supportive group that educates and activates women to succeed and show themselves how to create a better and just world for all. Discover your peace, purpose and love through experiential practices available in group, one-on-one and online sessions.

Verduras Tea House & Cafe 181 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 414-224-6144 verduras@gmail.com www.facebook.com/VerdurasTea www.verdurastea.com Verduras Tea House & Cafe is located in the historic Third Ward. We are a tea house that serves loose leaf, specialty tea (predominantly from Rishi) by a Level 3 certified tea specialist (Specialty Tea Institute). We also have a vegetarian menu with soups, salads, sandwiches, bakery items and desserts. Sit by the windows and enjoy the lovely view.

Cedar Creek Pottery N70W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg 262-375-1226 cedarcreekpottery.com Cedarburg’s oldest pottery shop (est. 1978) features an array of Wisconsin pottery, including the work of wellknown local potters, Dave Eitel and Andee Warren. Functional and beauti56
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Reaching Treetops Yoga Alyssa Konda, RYT Badger Health Center S31W24757 Sunset Drive, Waukesha The Fitness & Wellness COOP 2442 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha 262-501-1572 reachingtreetopsyoga@gmail.com www.reachingtreetopsyoga.com Reaching Treetops Yoga is the first studio to offer Aerial yoga classes in Wisconsin. This invigorating style of yoga is taught by certified and qualified instructors that also offer hatha, chair, vinyasa and restorative styles of yoga. Every Saturday, enjoy “Community Yoga” for only $3! For an overall mind-body experience, enjoy Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D. and tai chi. Nutrition coaching and holistic wellness services are also offered on site. The entire staff is passionate about not only the services they provide, but also the community having an achievable approach to wellness.

Copper Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center 1364 E Sumner St., Hartford 262-670-6688 www.coppertreewellnessstudio.com When you come to Copper Tree, you become part of the family! We have taken the beauty of yoga and its amazing traditions, philosophy and spiritual essence and intertwined it with new research, functionality and everyday modern living. We understand the integration of “real” life experience on the mat. We are known for our individual attention in a group atmosphere where everybody matters.

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