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TreaTing arThriTis with the NUCCA technique Getting to the root cause of healTh problems The importance of proper fiTTing shoes Addressing workplace negaTiviTy and much more!

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As a child, I wasnt very active. Organized sports were not something I saw as a positive thing. I preferred the solo activity of reading, which is good for the brain, but not so great for the butt. Then I discovered swimming. Pardon the pun, but I took to it like a fish to water. After working my way through every Red Cross water class offered, I eventually became a swimming instructor and lifeguard at my high school pool. I learned that not only was I good at swimming, but that it was also great exercise and great fun. Because I loved to do it, and took every available chance I could to be in the water, it wasnt a chore. J Orkowski knows a little something about how that works. As the owner of Gymfinity, each day he works with kids of all ages and abilities, but the one thing they all have in common is that when they like something, theyre more likely to do it. Sounds simple, but in terms of physical activity thats a huge challenge to overcome, especially considering how many kids are inactive and overweight in this country. So even if your child isnt about gymnastics, try to help him or her discover the activity thats right for them. Learn more about Js philosophy and the programs he offers in our feature story on page 22. Of course, the May issue is also filled with a lot of other great articles: Nancy Johnson expounds on the virtues of the humble bean, an economical, nutritious way to add taste, texture and variety to your meals. Katherine Lord explains how a unique chiropractic technique can ease the pain of arthritis. Marcia Simler explains how she gets to the root cause of health problems as a certified kinesiologist and herbalist.

Ernest Bingham reminds us of the importance of a clean chimney. These are just a taste of the things to come in this issue of Natures Pathways. Thank you to our growing list of supportive readers and advertisers who make this possible. Enjoy!


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Find the right fit when choosing shoes

By Anne Stancil If you have ever experienced the pain associated with wearing the wrong shoes for running, hiking or just running errands, you already understand the importance of having properly fitting shoes. The right shoes increase comfort and reduce the risk of injuries and pain ranging from blisters, to plantar fasciitis and runners knee. Moreover, the wrong shoes can limit speed and efficiency, so its crucial to have a shoe that will work with your body mechanics rather than against them. So, how do you go about finding the best fit for your feet when there are seemingly endless shoe possibilities? Many people think finding the proper fit simply means a shoe is comfortable, but there are many factors that contribute to a proper fit. Proper fit relies not only on foot length and width, but arch height and flexibility, foot volume, and heel width. Everyones feet are unique so there is not one shoe that is right for all feet. When looking for running or walking shoes, a trained fit specialist must first determine the level of pronation, which is the amount of flexibility in the arches. In other words, is the arch high and rigid or low and flexible? When the foot strikes the ground during running and walking, joints under the ankle and in the foot open up, causing the arch to flex. This motion is called pronation and allows the body to absorb the impact of the foot hitting the ground. Typically, in a foot with lower arches these joints open too much, causing improper ankle, knee, and hip alignment. With a high, rigid arch the joints do not open enough, which can cause the body to absorb more impact than necessary, possibly leading to injury. Proper shoes and inserts will address these issues, alleviating discomfort and reducing the risk of injury. How does this work, exactly? Shoe manufacturers design shoes for various foot types, adding support and cushion in all the right places. Running and walking shoes are typically categorized into three main types: neutral, stability and high stability (or motion control). Generally speaking, neutral shoes are designed for a higher arched, rigid foot, and stability shoes are designed for a lower arched, flexible foot; one with excessive pronation. There are exceptions to this, however, and your fit specialist must evaluate the fit of the shoe while you are in motion to ensure that it is the correct shoe for your bodys biomechanics. For example, a runner with lower arches may be quite efficient and might need a neutral shoe rather than a stability shoe. Whether a shoe is neutral, stable, or highly stable is only a starting point, as there are variables within each of these categories. Some styles within the same category offer more or less support based on the shape of the shoe and materials used. Moreover, brands vary significantly in terms of fit, so every stability or neutral shoe is not created equal. If the support does not hit in the right spot for your feet, it may not work as intended. It is best to try several shoes and brands within a category to find the best fit. Proper fit also means wearing the right size. A fit specialist will often recommend wearing a size larger than your street-shoe size;

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...most people should wear a running or walking shoe one half to a full size larger than actual foot size...
most people should wear a running or walking shoe one half to a full size larger than actual foot size to compensate for movement inside the shoe and for the expansion of the feet due to swelling during activity. Of course, foot length and width primarily determine the correct shoe size, but other factors such as foot volume and heel width can make or break a fit. Shoes differ in terms of depth and curvature in addition to length and width, so it is crucial to address all of these areas. Although a properly fitting shoe goes a long way to ensure comfort and performance during activity, inserts can work with the shoes to improve fit and comfort. For most people an overthe-counter orthotic insert can help to prevent issues like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain and hip pain. In some cases a prescription orthotic might be necessary, which is available through a doctor or podiatrist. There are some shoe brands and styles that work better with orthotics, so it is important to find the right combination. If you prefer better performance and more cushion, a good quality insert can be beneficial. With so many variables, it is crucial to work with a fit specialist who can help you make the right decision. The fit specialist should ask you a number of questions to determine your specific needs.

It is important to find out about any preexisting pain, what activities you are doing, and what types of shoes you have used in the past. In addition, the fit specialist must assess the level of pronation in the feet through both visual observation and measurement with a Brannock device. Beyond foot flexibility the Brannock also helps determine the proper length and width (you may not have seen one of these devices since you were a kid!). For those customers looking for a shoe more specific to other activities, such as hiking or aerobics, additional factors contribute to a proper fit. For example, it is important to have ample ankle support for hiking as well as rugged tread for added traction. For aerobics or other gym classes, running shoes do not offer enough lateral support, so a cross trainer is recommended. The stiffer material and smoother bottom of a cross trainer allow for more comfort and lateral support during activity. Although it may seem overwhelming to consider all of these variables of proper shoe fit, the right shoes can make or break your favorite activities or a day on your feet at work. The bottom line: seek out shoes specific to your activity and foot type and take advantage of the knowledge of a fit specialist to help you find the perfect shoe for you.

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Get to the root cause of health problems

By Marcia Simler In 1993, my husband became paralyzed during a routine surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Don was placed on an iron lung, given oxygen 24/7, as well as pain medications, antidepressants and blood pressure medication. He became dependent on a wheel Submitted photo chair. None of the traditional medical treatments Pictured are Marcia Simler, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, and Nannette Jodar, author of Being Held by God at book signing at the Natural Health Works Clinic, Verona, Wis. were helping. Then, six months later, I was in a bad car accident so bad I was removed from the mangled vehicle with the Jaws With clients globally, including more than 700 nurses, medical of Life. Doctors wanted to surgically remove bone from my hip doctors, dentists, chiropractors and people of all walks of life, I have area and fuse my C-5, C-6 and C-7 together. However, after my helped many people (and small and large animals) find relief from husbands horrible experience, I said no thanks. In the end I was a variety of ailments via herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino able to avoid surgery. acids and natural foods. What did Don and I have in common? We both benefitted from I believe that quality food and supplements are an important alternative therapies to heal ourselves. Our experiences were so part of the health plan. Therefore, as with anything else, education positive I eventually made it my career. is a continuing process. Since graduating from Trinity College in Today, as a certified kinesiologist and herbalist, I use muscle and Warsaw, Ind., Ive studied throughout the world to advance my saliva testing to learn what imbalances and nutritional deficiencies understanding of these types of healing. people suffer from and then customize their health plans. I have If you are suffering, I recommend getting tested to find out which tested babies as young as 2 days old and people in their 90s. (My of the 70 minerals, 28 vitamins, 3 essential fatty acids, and 12 amino grandmother lived to be 100 and I like to think she was helped by acids you lack. After doing an 80-point check on an individuals body my advice and herbal therapy.) to find out if there are any deficiencies, I recommend a balanced

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Tips for a successful meditation

By Ashley Leavy editation is a focusing or concentration of mental energy to reach a perfect stillness of the mind. With practice, meditation allows one to realize the true self. Meditation, which should always be done for the self, is a wonderful tool to fully explore inner consciousness. It is an opportunity to recapitulate experiences and to learn and to grow from them (on a subconscious level). Meditation should be done with a full surrender to the stillness it creates. Routine meditation (over time) has the ability to completely transform ones outlook on life. Meditation, combined with the proper intention, can aid one in a complete spiritual evolution. It will allow a person to become the pure, perfect, being of the universe that he or she was meant to become. Several things can promote a successful meditation. First, you should create a sacred space in which you are comfortable. Your environment can greatly influence your success in meditation. Sacred Space may mean a different thing to each person. Typically, creating some sort of routine or ritual to perform prior to meditation can help to enhance it. The repetition of ritual will eventually send subtle cues to the brain that can help to prepare it for the meditative process. The brain and the subconscious will begin to learn from the experience that after one has gone through the motions of the ritual, there is an expected thing to follow. In this case, this thing is meditation, a clearing and stilling of the mind. Correct posture can also significantly contribute to a meditative practice. You should sit in the posture that is the most comfortable. Discomfort can become distracting to the mind and can disrupt focus. Some people prefer to sit on the floor with the legs crossed in Lotus position. However, this is not necessary. You can sit on the floor, in a chair, or however you feels most at ease in your body. Next, begin focused breathing. Focus on slow, even breathing and begin to relax. The circular breathing technique is very effective for focus and relaxation (this technique is discussed further in the following exercise). Once relaxation and focused breathing have been achieved, begin concentration. Try to hold your attention on the present, transitory moment. When the attention is held and
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stillness is achieved, retain it as long as possible until the end of the meditation session (at least 10 to 15 minutes). If you find yourself becoming distracted while attempting to maintain the stillness, return your attention to the breath. You can always return to the focus on the breath to return the concentration to the meditative practice. The true benefit of meditation is found in the stillness that it provides to body, mind and spirit. This stillness alters conscious awareness and connects it with the divine. This altered state of consciousness benefits your higher spiritual self. In this state, guidance is often received (consciously or unconsciously). This is a gift from the divine to ones higher self (ones own divine nature). Most importantly, release all expectations of the meditative process and outcome. Be completely open to the experiences of the

meditation, but do not expect more than what is. Be open to any guidance or messages that may come from the stillness. However, do not be discouraged if this does not happen. Instead, search for the benefit in the tranquility of the meditation. Crystals can be used in meditation to help you more clearly concentrate and to focus your minds energy and enhance the quality of the meditation. Crystals amplify your intentions and thoughts which raise your energy vibration, promoting conscious awareness. Ones thoughts become more pure through meditation with crystals; they become filled with love and light for the good of all beings. This clear, pure thinking helps you remain in the moment and focus on the stillness at hand. The following meditation was developed to send healing energy to the earth. When done with proper intent, it can combat the effects of pollution, global warming, and other negative environmental conditions in order help to return Mother Earth to a more wholesome state of being. This meditation is most effective when utilizing a Chrysocolla stone or one Azurite stone and one Malachite stone.

your energy on earth healing. Imagine the earth being covered with trees and flowers, with beautiful, flowing rivers, and being in a great state of health. Imagine it surrounded by white, healing light. Begin to further connect yourself to the earth by focusing on the two crystals. Start to pull in white healing light energy through your crown chakra. Next, imagine your legs and feet turning into roots and growing deep into the earth. Begin to transfer the white light from your crown, down through the chakras, and through your legs, out the roots, and into the earth. Focus your attention on energizing the earth and on sending it love and healing light. Thank the earth if you wish. Spend some time sending these healing energies while continuing your circular breathing. When you feel you are ready, imagine the roots loosening from the earth and resuming being your legs. Slowly come back to conscious awareness.
*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information above is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

Earth Healing Meditation

Sit or stand in a comfortable position with the soles of your feet flat on the ground (no shoes, please). Center yourself; begin to attune yourself to the earths energy (you may wish to use a picture or some other symbol). Begin circular breathing. Breathe in healing, white universal light through your root chakra. See the light traveling up your chakras to the crown chakra. Exhale the light through your throat chakra back down to the basal chakra and breathe in the light again. Imagine the light like a wave. Imagine this wave of light moving in and out of your body like the tide. Now, expand the light so that it is a continuous loop of healing energy moving through your ethereal and physical bodies. Imagine your chakras opening. Begin at the base chakra and picture a red swirling vortex of energy. Focus your attention on making this red energy very bright. Next, move up to the sacral chakra and imagine an orange energy vortex. Proceed through the chakras in this manner using yellow light at the solar plexus, green and pink at the heart, blue at the throat, indigo at the third eye, and violet at the crown. Pick up your stone(s) (or place in front of you) and begin to focus

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A Monthly Advice Column For Your Energy System

Everything in the universe contains energy, yet energy is something many of us dont understand. Every month Tina Bensman, a practicing clairvoyant and energy healer, is here to answer any questions you have about your energy system. Topics may include energy anatomy, dream analysis, chakra balancing, manifestation, life patterns, etc. The ideas written here do not replace medical attention. Always listen to your body, mind and intuition when receiving advice of any kind. Dear Tina, Ive struggled with chronic pain in my joints since I was 12 years old, and I havent gotten a clear answer as to why even though Ive seen a variety of doctors over the years. Could there be an energetic reason for this pain? Is there something I can do to find relief? Pained by Pain Dear Pained, Oh, Im sorry. Yes. And Yes! Lets start from the beginning. The source of your pain is absolutely an energetic problem because everything is made from energy. Yes, I said it everything. Whether the cause of the joint pain is due to a physical degeneration or an emotional issue you are holding onto, it is all energy. Now, energy cannot be created or destroyed it can only change forms. This is a scientific fact not a bunch of metaphysical mumbo

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jumbo. All energy that exists now existed a thousand years ago and will still exist in the future. So you cannot destroy the joint pain, but you can change the energy of the pain into something else. It can be released into heat, water (sweat maybe) or a number of other types of energy. Again this is a fact of physics not a concept that Im making up for a quick fix. So, you can change the form of energy, but how to do that can be a challenge. Your own beliefs may get in the way. If you dont believe that you can change energy, you will not be able to do so no matter how hard you try. Your pattern of belief is blocking any healing that can take place and that can be a hard stumbling block to get through. Once you get past the beliefs holding you back, there are many ways to shift the form of energy. You can use any strong frequency to shift the energies, like a crystal or an essential oil. That is a great approach if it works for you. Personally, I prefer the meditation approach. When you shift your energy through meditation, you can access it no matter where you are or what you are doing. You will always have yourself, but maybe the crystal you like to use isnt by your side all the time.
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completely calm and happy in his new home to being erratic and bordering on dangerous. He showed no signs of physical illness, and we were stumped as to the cause of this behavior change. I talked with a friend who told me about Amy Pikalek and Hikari Natural Healing. Amy is a Master level certified Reiki practitioner. I did my research, and discovered that Amy felt called to become a Reiki practitioner after seeing the dramatic changes Reiki had on her own Quarter Horse who was experiencing great pain from arthritis. Amy tried all forms of traditional medicine but nothing alleviated his pain. On her web site, Amy said, After four sessions of Reiki, Max began moving like never before. Not only had his physical body changed, but his heart was open. There are no more behavior problems, and our bond is stronger than ever before. Feeling a hope that we hadnt felt for quite some time, we made an appointment with Amy. Amy met us at Black Forest Farms on a very cold, windy afternoon. She asked that Will be placed in his stall or other enclosed area so he would have the option to move around and accept the energy in whatever way he was comfortable with. Amy explained that Reiki provides comfort to people and animals of all species and that Reiki treats the whole being on a physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological level. She said that Reiki works well in combination with traditional medical care, and that Reiki often has a profound impact on animals and owners alike. She also told us that the other animals in the barn might possibly benefit from her session with Will. Amy was with Will in his stall for approximately 30 minutes. During that time, Will turned to face her on several occasions, touching her gently with his nose and then returning to munching on his hay. He was calm and relaxed during her entire visit. The other animals in the barn were unusually quiet, as well. Even the usually rowdy goats were silent. At one point, Will looked directly at me, and it felt as if all the love in the universe was passing between us. When we talked later, Amy revealed that this was when she was working on Wills heart chakra. While I cannot say I understand everything that happened between Will and Amy that afternoon, I do know that we see a positive change in Wills behavior after Amys visit. Will seemed happier, more willing to do ground work, and began playing with Mecina again. Will seems happier with the people in his life, his relationship with my daughter is more peaceful and loving, and he is far less pushy and erratic. And the goats? Theyve gone back to being their usual rowdy selves!


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Feel like yourself again at The Chakra House Healing Studio & Boutique. Located at 330 W. Lakeside St., Madison, The Chakra House is a space to become balanced physically, emotional and spiritually through fitness classes, courses, individual appointments, workshops or products. All offerings incorporate your own awareness and ability so eventually you will trust that you can balance yourself, relieve stress and find clarity in any given moment. I love to walk into The Chakra House. It is so welcoming and has a wonderful energy about it, says one customer. The Chakra House offers a variety of fitness classes on a regular weekly basis in a non-competitive atmosphere with small class sizes for personal attention. There are yoga classes in many styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Core Flow, Power Flow and even Chakra Yoga. Yamuna Body Rolling classes and workshops are not only fitness focused, but they also reeducate muscles and stimulate bones, creating positive, permanent changes in the body. We also offer Zumba classes, inspired by Latin dancing, which really fill your spirit with joy, lightness and freedom while you shake the pounds away. The Chakra House hosts The Institute of Intuitive Arts & Sciences (IIAS), an energyfocused institution. IIAS offers many courses that will enhance your natural intuitive skills, help you develop new abilities and teach you to heal and balance your energy system as well as others for fun or professionally. You may take any of the courses individually or enroll in a Program Track for certification. For a one-on-one experience, The Chakra House offers a variety of experiences to have with energy workers, massage therapists and fitness trainers to create the most balanced mind, body, emotions and soul you can imagine! The Chakra House offers a number of events, workshops, lectures and courses to help guide you toward your goals whether they are for your mind, body or spirit. The boutique and gift shop includes a number of products to help balance your energy system as well as great gifts for others including candles, flower essences, books, crystals, yoga mats, jewelry, greeting cards, and a variety of artwork from local artists and jewelers. Its a Candy Shop for the Soul. The Chakra House is open during class times as posted on their online schedule as well as Monday-Friday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. For more information, check out their website at or call 608.237.6128 during business hours. May 2011 | Natures Pathways

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Treating arthritis with the NUCCA technique

By Katherine Lord, D.C. Arthritis affects millions of people throughout the world; however the cause of arthritis is not often explained. There is a cause and solution, and its not found in medications, surgery or learning to live with it. Arthritic relief is possible, as is restoring quality of life! Upper cervical care, nutrition and exercise are the three components with the major being alignment. body. Most of the population lives in their second most stable spot against gravity, i.e. imbalance. When the head (which weighs 10-14 pounds) shifts off center of the spine, through an accident or injury, the rest of the body must compensate for the shift in weight. This shift results in long and short leg, in high and low hip, high and low shoulder, and twisting of the bodys framework. These accidents or injuries tear loose connective tissue creating a weakness, allowing the spine to break down and lock in a stress position. This stress position causes muscles to become tight and tense, decreases circulation to the joints, and misalignment which leads to degenerated discs and worn away cartilage. The cause of arthritis is a lifetime of wear and tear because of body imbalance, which can remain silent for years.

Arthritis pain relief and treatment

People are told every day by their physicians that they have arthritis, but they never tell them whats causing the arthritis pain and symptoms except that they are just getting older. Is arthritis an old-age disease or is it a young- and middle-age disease that becomes apparent as we age? Arthritis develops as we age; it usually takes 15-20 years before it gets bad enough for us to feel the effects of years of imbalance. Its so easy to ignore the warning signs of arthritis, because we are too young to have arthritis, but are we? Breaking down the word arthritis, arth means joint, and itis means inflammation. When a person goes to their medical doctor with swollen and painful joints, or neck and back pain, the doctor performs some tests and diagnoses the patient with arthritis. Then people are often given Celebrex or the ill-fated Vioxx, which were proven to be no safer than over-the-counter pain killers (just 5 times more expensive), and will raise the risk of heart attack by 4 times. I assure you, the cause of arthritis and arthritis pain is not a lack of these drugs floating around in your blood stream. The cause is imbalance of the

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process of arthritis can be headed off well before it strikes. For patients who already have arthritic symptoms, the NUCCA Spinal Correction can provide relief. As the bodys balance is restored, the healing process begins and the body slows down the arthritic degenerative process, preventing years of pain and suffering. The key to solving arthritis is getting to the real cause, and solving it without the use of harmful drugs and dangerous surgery. Besides structural imbalance due to nerve interference, nutrition is another key component to arthritis. In America, we eat too much gluten. It is in almost everything we eat (besides modified corn syrup). Gluten causes inflammation in the gut, which leads to leaky gut. When material gets in the blood that shouldnt be there, we form antibodies against that material. This results in food allergies and antibodies that end up attacking us, which sets the stage to develop the autoimmune form of arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Many Americans also do not exercise. We get so busy that we dont take the time to do some form of exercise. Just walking for 20 minutes 3 times a week is good for the body. The main component in the mix is spinal alignment and the removal of nerve inference. The nervous system (brain, brain stem, spinal cord and peripheral nerves) helps to control and regulate every movement we make, everything we sense or feel, every body system, perception, awareness, learning, behavior and our ability to relate to the outside world.
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How to deal with negativity and deceit at work

By Jennifer Culver Its spring, a time for shedding our winter covers, opening up, finding sanctuary outdoors and blossoming. For some, thats easier said than done. Unhappiness feeds unhappiness, and this is relevant both personally and professionally. Within the home, its the ...if Mamas not happy, nobodys happy! mindset. Bring it into the workplace, where you spend more hours a day/week than at home with family, your exposure to unhappiness, negativity and deceit may be viral. Its the corporate cancer. Steven H. Applebaum, Giulio David Iaconi and Albert Matousek, all based at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, wrote a study titled Positive and negative deviant workplace behaviors: causes, impacts and solutions. (http://electra. faculty_research/faculty_news/docs/ appelbaum_publication.pdf.) The study quotes a staggering statistic indicating that incidences of negative workplace deviance are now soaring out of control, with nearly 95 percent of all companies reporting some
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deviance-related experience within their respective organizations. Many points of view are demonstrated related to ethics, behaviors, encouragement, empowerment, corporate policies, productivity, efficiency, financial impact, etc. From my experience as a certified professional coach, often it comes down to personal self-worth, organizational structure, communication and empowerment.

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If you feel like the victim, you are the victim. People dont have power over you unless you let them have the power. Take back your power trust your instincts, your intuition. Let it be your ethical, emotional and spiritual guidance system. As a supervisor, who are your chronically ill and absent employees? How are they related to this situation provoker, receiver, independent?

Idle hands breed idle minds. If youre supervising a disruptive individual or unbalanced team, how can you keep them focused and productive? How do you remove the slack time that allows for lessproductive activities? An incentive structure based on productivity is one option for consideration.

Ethical core values shared by the entire organization stem from a clearly articulated and regularly demonstrated corporate policy, philosophy, or mission. The top-down or trickle-down approach fosters negative and positive ethical values alike, all based on whats truly happening. Management has the opportunity to promote a healthy organizational climate with effort, reinforcement, and action

that supports the mission. Demonstrating the core values at all levels breeds success do as I do. Be the role model and practice what you preach regardless if youre the janitor or the CEO. Like attracts like.


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Innovation fosters a competitive edge within an organization. Empowering employees sends the message, I believe in you. Show me what you can do be creative, be innovative, be successful. The organization and the employee benefit financially and culturally from the experience. Strong communication of the organizational mission as a prerequisite to innovation and empowerment is a critical success factor. Strong, empowering individuals coaching employees also propagates success. Its all about taking the people, the products/ services, the business partners/customers, and the organization to the next level, for the betterment of all. Per the study, ...victims of interpersonal workplace deviance are more likely to suffer from stress-related problems and show a relatively decrease productivity, lost work time, and a relatively high turnover rate. Thus there is great incentive, financial and otherwise, for organizations to prevent and discourage any negative workplace deviance within their walls. Its easy to get sucked in and absorb the negative energy surrounding you but how may it empower you and others within the organization? Take a step back and walk through the facts and the process. Whos is impacted and how? (See diagram). Where is the breakdown today? Does

it begin at the top? Consider that it may mean stronger, more open and more consistent communication among the management team to produce a united front and mission. Then recognize the poison the areas from the bottom up that go against the grain. How much money are you losing in productivity? How much money are you losing by hiring and training replacements when people leave the organization? (Often the good people are the ones who choose to remove themselves from the corporate cancer.) How does this relate to your customer relations and sales performance? In Lean terminology, consider how the corporate cancer nourishes waste within your organization.
Jennifer Culver, CPC, RM, is a certified professional coach and Reiki master, an intuitive and spiritual business consultant/woman, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer and holistic healer. Jennifer founded Jentle Wellness, LLC, Wautoma, and supports her local and global clients both individually and in group settings. Visit www.jentleworld. com and contact her at and 920.570.1704.

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By Jennifer Walla hildhood obesity is a serious problem in America. According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), nearly 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese. Unfortunately, a mix of genetic, behavioral and environmental factors challenge children to lead healthy lifestyles, not the least of which is increased time spent sitting (in front of the TV, on the computer and playing video games) and unhealthy eating habits. But rather than lament the problem, J and Stephanie Orkowski would rather be a part of the solution. They are the owners of Gymfinity Childrens Activity Center, where they offer a variety of unique ways for children of all ages and abilities to get active and have fun while doing so. Lets face it, as adults we know that working out is not necessarily fun, J. Orkowski says. There are a bunch of obstacles. Finding the time, getting sweaty, the monotony of the routine, and the list goes on

But kids dont have to worry about those kinds of things. They just care about having fun. So if we can show them that jumping on a trampoline, doing somersaults and and crawling through some hoops is fun, theyll want to do it again. So theyre benefitting from the playing, but they dont realize it is exercise necessarily. Located at 6300 Nesbitt Road in Fitchburg, Gymfinity opened in 1999 as a gymnastics-only club for competitive gymnasts. The stateof-the-art facility is equipped with the latest and safest apparatus and matting systems available. The spring floor, trampolines, loose foam and resi-mat pits are recessed into the floor to provide a consistent plane throughout the entire gym. All remaining concrete surfaces are padded with 1.25 inch foam which is then covered with carpet, providing a safe tumbling surface throughout the entire gym. Brianna Slonim, 13, a Level 9 competitive gymnast, has been competing since she was 6 years old. Her mother, Pamela Slonim, appreciates that the facility is so clean and inviting, and that the coaches and staff are so safetyconscious. Brianna is a great gymnast, but just as importantly, shes also learned about things like being a leader, goal-setting, working hard and how to lose gracefully, those kinds of things, Pamela says. Its become kind of a second home for her. Even though all the girls go to different schools in the area, when theyre at the gym, theyre sisters. Its just a really neat atmosphere. Orkowski, whos also program director and team coach, competed internationally as a gymnast and has coached in various gyms, camps and programs for more than 30 years. He was, for 11 years, also Safety Educator of Wisconsin for USA Gymnastics and speaks internationally about kids gymnastic programs. Stephanie Orkowski is a former gymnast, too. She not only handles the office work at the gym but has coached several State Champions as well. Together theyencompass the combined strength of vision and detail needed to offer a top quality program for our local kids and families. Through the years, Gymfinity has evolved into a multi-sport venue. In addition to gymnastics and tumbling, Gymfinity offers a number of programs and special events. Motion Evolution Fitness, for example, integrates physical literacy, nutrition education, brainbody science, and play for a complete wellness package. This program is great, not only because it covers all these different aspects of being healthy, but its based on the personal best of each individual child, Orkowski says. The kids arent competing against anyone but themselves, so they strive to improve for their own personal satisfaction. Thats something that sticks with them, and hopefully they carry that into adulthood. Preschool gymnastics and special motion classes for children with special needs are also offered. Orkowski says that each child is assessed when they come in for the first time and programs are tailored to their unique needs. Fitness tests

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are for their eyes only and are based on their own progress, he says. Then they can see the improvements theyve made, no matter how small, and are motivated to do more. In addition, Gymfinity offers a variety of special events from birthday parties and parents night out offerings to open play times and field trips. Bummer free summer camps for kids ages 5 to 12 consist of 1-week long sessions filled with games, gymnastics lessons, arts and crafts, swimming, snacks (provided), open play time, bowling, day trips to exciting destinations and much more. These camps are a great option for kids because theyre something different for most kids and they give parents an option for child care, Orkowski says. Camps are an investment in your kids. You know how stir-crazy they can sometimes get and this is a great way to give them the gift of physical activity. Preschool camps, a new offering this year, are a great option for 3- and 4-year-old siblings of school-age children. These half-day long camps run in conjunction with the older kids camps in separate areas of the facility. The ever-popular Flip camp gives children the opportunity to work on flipping, teaches tumbling basics and advanced skills, and trampoline for the beginner up to the most advanced. Flip camp is limited to 30 participants and weve been at capacity every year, Orkowski says. Kids absolutely love it so we encourage early registration. Its clear when talking to Orkowski that he is passionate about what he does. Opening a gym is the culmination of a lifelong dream and he says hes very fortunate to get up every morning excited to go to work and feeling like hes making a difference in childrens lives. Im incredibly blessed, he says. We have such a talented, loyal group of people working with us, for one thing, he says. That makes all the difference. But I never got into this thinking Id make millions but the satisfaction I get seeing the smiles on the kids faces, and the positive comments from their parents, is very rewarding. I dont look at this as work. I just love it.

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Hair transplantation a permanent solution to hair loss

By Mark P. Brettingen In previous articles, I have talked about the many options available for those of us in search of a solution for thinning hair. Thinning hair affects the majority of us at some point in our lives some sooner than later and can bring with it psychological discomfort and stress. It is human nature that we all want to feel and look our best and hair (or lack thereof) plays an


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integral component in that equation. Another option to non-surgical hair replacement (custom designed hairpieces, hair grafts, and wigs) is surgical hair restoration. What exactly is surgical hair replacement? Surgical procedures are more commonly known as hair transplantation. Hair is actually re-located on the scalp or transplanted to other areas of the head. When an individual loses hair on the top and crown of the head from male or female pattern (genetic) hair loss, the hair that is moved to other areas of the scalp is genetically programmed to be with us forever. Therefore, surgical hair transplantation utilizes hair from the back and sides or scalp and is re-located to the top and crown of the head where more hair is desired. The transplanted hair will continue to grow for a lifetime. The good news is that surgical hair restoration is permanent and the new hair will be with you for life. The bad news is it is permanent and therefore it needs to be performed by a physician who not only specializes in hair transplantation, but also has a keen understanding of proper

hairline placement and an artistic ability in positioning the new hair grafts. Changing Headlines is affiliated with an elite hair restoration facility, where the physician has performed more than 15,000 surgical hair restoration procedures and personally trained other internationally known hair transplant surgeons. A hair transplant is similar to going to a dentist in terms of discomfort. You are awake during the entire procedure, which usually lasts between 4 and 6 hours depending upon the number of hair grafts moved. Not everyone is a good candidate for surgical hair restoration. It depends upon the extent of the hair loss, the density of hair on the sides and back of the scalp, and also the end-result expectations. As with many things in life, surgical hair restoration has evolved to a level making it a terrific solution for many with a desire for additional, fuller hair.
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weakness of the forearms, wrists and hands. RSI may include tendonitis, tenosynovitis and nerve entrapment and compression in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome); forearm (pronator teres syndrome), shoulder (pectoralis minor syndrome) and neck (anterior scalene syndrome). RSI may also include the development of trigger points in the muscles of the hand, arm, shoulder and neck that result from sustained poor posture and cause pain along the arm and hand. In addition to RSI, forearm and hand pain can be caused by other conditions that originate in the neck and shoulders. As the nerves that exit the cervical spine travel through the neck and shoulder to the arm and hand, proximal problems may cause pain to be felt distally. Herniated discs, vertebral misalignments, hypertonic muscles and fascial adhesions in the neck can compress and irritate nerves, causing both local and radiating pain. Trigger points in the neck, chest and upper back can also refer pain to the forearm, as can some rotator cuff injuries. Hand pain may also be due to conditions affecting the joints of the wrist and hand. Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (inflammatory joint disease) commonly affect the joints in the wrist and fingers, causing pain and stiffness. There are several self-care measures you can take for painful arms and hands: frequent breaks from aggravating activities; icing the wrist and forearms, and stretching and massaging the hand, forearm, shoulder, neck and chest muscles. Essential oils, such as peppermint and wintergreen, have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving

properties that can soothe irritated nerves and sore muscles. You can also visit your massage therapist. Massage reduces muscle hypertonicity and releases fascial adhesions, which can alleviate nerve compression. It can also eradicate trigger points, which relieves referred pain. Gentle arm pulls and finger pulls can bring relief to achy joints and stretch surrounding soft tissue. Massage also increases circulation, which can improve oxygenation, promote healing and remove toxins that stimulate pain receptors in the soft tissue. Furthermore, the relaxation effects of massage reduce the perception of pain. It is helpful to distinguish the source of pain so that it can be appropriately

addressed. A massage therapist can assess and treat trigger points, hypertonic muscles and fascial adhesions. A chiropractor or doctor can assess structural misalignments, determine if there are conditions that manifest pain in the arms and hands, and treat them accordingly. Evaluate your bodys ergonomics when performing tasks that could be physically irritating, and remember that neutral wrists and good posture are essential for healthy hands.
Terri Gomez, Ph.D., LMT, NCBTMB, is the director and science instructor at TIBIA (Transformation ~ Intuition ~ Bodywork ~ In Action) Massage School, 6225 University Ave., Ste. 202, Madison. She is also a massage therapist at TIBIA Healing Center. For more information call 608.238.7378 or visit

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Take charge of your depression

By Aaron Henkel, N.D. A recent study shows that post-menopausal women who take antidepressant medications have an increased risk for death. This is scary when you consider that as of 2005, 27 million Americans, or about 10 percent of the U.S. population, takes antidepressant medications. This number continues to rise as our countrys mental, physical, and spiritual health declines. The idea that we should medicate ourselves instead of getting to the root cause of our depression goes against the naturopathic philosophies of First, do no Harm and Treat the Cause as well as the belief in the healing power of the body. Do we really believe that our bodies are deficient in anti-depressants like Lexapro, Prozac or Cymbalta, or do we realize that our feelings of sadness are signs that something is wrong within us and is needed to be addressed? What can be done, other than running to a doctor for a prescription? Well, many things actually.

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The proverb, As a man thinks in his heart, so is he, is very true. We can only think one thought at a time, so we need to break the strong habits of negativism and constantly remind ourselves of how great we have it (just living in the U.S. should give us many things to be thankful for these days). Dont sweat the small stuff. Learn to do deep-breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation to keep your mind from getting overwhelmed with lifes daily stressors. Many studies have shown that exercise is as good as (or better than) taking medications to try to improve your mood. Exercise has been known to raise serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine levels in your body. This increase in brain chemicals lifts your mood. One study showed that exercise was better than Zoloft (an antidepressant) in lifting mood and treating depression in the long term. If you are not exercising, you need to start here first. Do a minimum of 3-4 times per week. Quantity beats duration. It is better to exercise 30 minutes, 4 times per week, then to exercise 1 hour, two times weekly.


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Our foods are created with essential nutrients that help our brain and body function effectively. When we dont eat foods in their natural state, we miss out on needed chemicals that help our body function. Eat plenty of protein. Protein turns into amino acids, which then convert into the neurotransmitters that make us feel good and help us focus. Good examples include nuts, beans, eggs and meat.

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and treated, but is typically not looked for by doctors who would rather order a medication than spend the time to get to the root cause. Other conditions that need to be ruled out include thyroid abnormalities, food allergies, mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicities, to name a few. Seek a qualified naturally-minded doctor that will listen to your concerns and do the work it takes to find what your body is telling you. Be willing to explore other options before running to that quick fix, and have a happy spring!
References: Smoller J. Antidepressants Linked to Increased Risk for Death, Stroke in Postmenopausal Women Arch Intern Med. 2009; 169:2128-2139 Michael Babyak, James A. Blumenthal, Steve Herman, Parinda Khatri, Murali Doraiswamy, Kathleen Moore, W. Edward Craighead, Teri T. Baldewicz, and K. Ranga Krishnan. Exercise Treatment for Major Depression: Maintenance of Therapeutic Benefit at 10 Months. Psychosomatic Medicine, September/October 2000. Dr. Aaron Henkel is a licensed naturopathic doctor and founder of Family Clinic of Natural Medicine, located on Madisons south side. His clinic specializes in comprehensive natural medicine for the entire family. Along with running his naturopathic medical practice, teaching classes on naturopathy and helping raise his six children, Dr. Henkel is passionate about bringing better healthcare options to Wisconsin, having served a 3-year term on the executive board of the Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association (WNPA), Wisconsins voice for professional naturopathic doctors.

Fish oil, 5-HTP, St. Johns Wort, Vitamin D, and many other nutrients have been shown to be effective for mild to moderate depression, depending on what is happening with the functioning of the body. In fact, European doctors recommend the herb St. Johns Wort over other conventional anti-depressant medications. In Wisconsin, just because the sun has come out doesnt mean that your Vitamin D levels are high enough to prevent Seasonal Effective Disorder (S.A.D), a depression that results from low Vitamin D levels. A daily dose of 5,000 International units (IUs) is typically a safe dose, but ask your doctor to test your Vitamin D levels if you suffer from depression that is worse in the winter. Your D levels should be between 60-100ng/ml, which is similar to what a lifeguard in California might have. Many body imbalances can cause depression and there are many tests that can be done to find the true cause of your suffering. Simple urinary neurotransmitter testing can reveal imbalances in the chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, GABA, etc. Correcting these imbalances with targeted amino acids can improve the mood. Pyroluria, a genetic condition that leads to depression and anxiety, can be easily assessed

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By Karmen Nenahlo Question: A friend of mine has been following a gluten-free diet, and is losing weight and feeling more energetic than she has in awhile. That said, she is not gluten intolerant and doesnt have celiac disease. Is this diet recommended for weight loss and general health? Answer: This diet is not intended for presumably healthy individuals, and there isnt any research to indicate that it helps with anything other than gluten intolerance or celiac disease. There are many so-called experts out there that attribute the inability to lose weight, or a lack of energy, to any number of dietary factors, including gluten. Unfortunately, they cant point to any studies indicating that gluten is the problem, and if thats the case, a lack of gluten is unlikely to be the solution. Celiac disease is diagnosed with a blood test and an intestinal biopsy, and gluten intolerance is typically diagnosed if gastrointestinal symptoms persist in the absence of a clinical diagnosis. Your friend is likely experiencing weight loss as the result of following a more restrictive, lower-calorie diet, and this probably explains her renewed energy level as well. If she wants to continue the diet, thats completely fine, but it probably isnt necessary to reach her health and wellness goals.
Question: I just started lifting weights and noticed that I have some significant muscular imbalances when it comes to strength. Is this normal, and if so, what can I do about it? Answer: This is completely normal, and is something that most people deal with when they start a strength training program. Most of us have a dominant side that becomes
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stronger as we age, thanks to repetitive use. This leaves us with a weaker side that can make strength training more challenging. Luckily, these weaknesses can be overcome. If you engage in a regular lifting program, your weaker side will gradually catch up over time. You dont even need to focus specifically on your weaker areas, though many people do, in order to balance things out a bit faster. Bottom line consistent training and time will create a balanced and strong body, so just stick with it!
Question: I heard that adding wrist and ankle weights while doing cardio will increase my calorie burn significantly. Sound like a good idea? Answer: In a word, no! Adding these types of weights can increase the calories burned during your exercise sessions, but only to a very modest degree. In addition, they can throw off the biomechanics of your movements, and potentially cause injuries to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and ankles. Theyre simply not worth it. You can get a much more effective workout by simply increasing the intensity and/or duration of your cardiovascular exercise. Or better yet, throw in some occasional high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions that will really crank up the calorie burn!
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Using relaxing oils for your pets

By Mary Hess, D.V.M., C.V.T. Humans have benefitted from the use of essential oils for a variety of situations and pets are no different. Consider the following essential oils as alternatives to conventional treatments for behavior training, relaxation, phobias and more. Lavender: This simple, safe oil can be used as a starter. It calms both the owner and the pet. If you have never exposed your pet to essential oils, this is one very gentle oil to start with. Peace & Calming: The first combination oil that I use with pets with behavioral, fear-based training, or relaxation issues. It is a blend that helps in most circumstances with milder and less severe issues. Using it in areas where the pet hangs out or rests is ideal. Diffusing the blend allows a bigger area to be covered. You can place the oil on the person with whom the pet is going to spend time with, or place it on the pets paws, ears or collar/harness. Trauma Life: This is used in pets with storm anxiety, noise phobia, or those that have lost a pet companion. Pets feel the loss as much as we do. It usually shows up as lack of appetite, no interest in play, and change in stool, increased vomiting, upper respiratory infections, bladder issues, or chronic problems once under control suddenly getting worse. Although there may be other real problems that need to be ruled out, the trauma of a change in the family unit can be enough. Diffusing this oil or using on the collar, paws, or face can help the pet over the grief or disturbing event. Gentle Baby: This is useful in training, for new parents (especially mothers) and with younger animals for relaxation. It can also be used with the introduction of a new pet or a new human to the pet. Oftentimes, pets are unsure of themselves when new family members come into the picture. The use of this essential oil can allow for an easier transition. Rutavala: This oil is used to calm in more extreme circumstances of trauma, behavior or grief. Used in the same way as the other blends, this formula relaxes the pet and can help him or her to fall asleep more easily.

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Diffuse: use 4-5 drops in the diffuser. Topical: use 1-2 drops on the vita flex points on the bottom of the paws and ear flaps; can place on collar 1-3 drops; place 1-2 drops in your hand, rub around and place on both sides of the face . Allow the pet to inhale from your hands. Remote topical: place essential oil on owner so the owner and pet benefit from the effects. Dilution: For most pets, the oils are used neat or diluted by 50 percent with pure carrier oil. The smaller the pet the more dilution necessary. Pure essential oils are safe for use on cats. Dilute it initially to see how the pet tolerates the oil. Toxic effects are not seen in this species. Toxic effects are due to other agents used in the oils to extend them.

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Nows the time to get your chimney swept

By Ernest Bingham Why would anyone want to hire a chimney sweep? They are grubby gap-toothed wiry folk who scuttle across roof tops shouting, Sweeps up! All too early in the morning for decent folk actually to be awake, their hands permanently coated with soot, ungainly strong from clinging to chilly dew-coated brick and stone, never more than a moment from a fall. This cheerful lot shares a commonality, a brotherhood if you would. They are edge folk. Before you have had your proper breakfast, they have already kissed the dawn from atop a roof ridge or sitting on the warm side of the flue. They look down on a world of bright and shadow. Vapor trails rise around them from the chimneys. The various colors of roofs bright in the dawn all shaded frost and gray on the shadow side. Sweeps never walk in the shadow. Sweeps always walk in the light. When they descend to your well-lit kitchen to collect their bill, they are ever so aware of the muted world you live in. No brights or darks to follow their roof top pathways, no chilly warmth of hot vapor rising from a thawing chimney. No risk from a slip or fall, not down here in the safe muted world where the civilized dwell. The crisp air with passing odors of wood or coal or peat left behind for the smells of breakfasts and people. Chimney sweeps appreciate even the smallest of comforts. Chimney sweeps are also a necessity. They are like dentists, or your butcher. You dont particularly care to know them well, but you profit by what they know well. Chimney sweeps do not just sweep chimneys. They can tell at a glance if your chimney may be drafting poorly from nests or debris. They believe, as I do, that they save lives. This is truly a calling to some. Some become so skilled that they can detect low level carbon monoxide fields in a home. If you have felt cold or flu symptoms that seem to get better in the day, only to return at night, you may be exposed to low levels of indoor pollutants. Your health can very easily be affected by indoor pollution caused by poorly drafting heating appliances. You dont just need a chimney sweep if you have a fireplace or a wood stove; you need a chimney sweep if you have a chimney. Without being too scientific, the chimney is like the pulmonary system to the home. It not only allows gases out of the home, but it also helps the home to be atmospherically neutral during barometric or weather changes that surround the home. Houses without chimneys tend to be colder in the winter and moldier all

the time. Whole industries have cropped up as defense postures to good intentioned bad science in the building trades. If you have a chimney, count yourself and your home lucky. Take care of it and it will help your house be more comfortable. Spring is chimney sweep time! Get your chimneys cleaned now so if anything needs repair it can be done in the soft months when it costs less. Just remember the hard months will come again. Sweeps luck. Ernest
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a colander and pick out small stones and shriveled beans. Leftover dry beans can be stored in a glass jar, away from heat. Dry beans will last for awhile, but will not cook as well after one year. Dry beans must be soaked before they are cooked and this two-step process may seem complicated or time-consuming, but with practice and proper time-management, it wont be long before cooking beans will become a part of your routine. There are two basic simple ways to soak beans in preparation for cooking. Short method - Boil the beans for 3 minutes, cover and set aside for 2-4 hours. Long method - Leave beans to soak 8 hours or overnight. Whether using the short soak method or long soak method, 4-5 cups of water are needed per 1 cup of beans. After soaking for the appropriate amount of time, drain and rinse the beans. Add 3-4 cups of fresh water per one cup of beans. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Boiling the beans will cause them to break apart. To enhance the digestibility of beans, at the end of cooking, add 1 or 2 of the sea

vegetable, kombu, a few drops of Beano, a little vinegar or apple cider. Combining beans with brown rice, fennel or cumin will also ease digestibility. Also, remember to add salt only after cooking. Foam that rises to the top of the water in the pan and may be skimmed off. Each cup of dry beans will yield 2 2 cups of cooked beans. Extra beans may be frozen and used to create another bean dish or added to other dishes such as omelets, salads and pizzas. Here is a list of some of the more popular beans with which you are probably familiar and beans that take the least amount of time to cook. You may want to start learning how to cook beans by using these suggestions. Black turtle beans used in sauces, soups and dips and commonly used in Southwestern, Caribbean and Mexican dishes. Cooking time: 60 90 minutes Garbanzo beans or chickpeas used in hummus, dips, soups, salads, curries and pasta dishes and are commonly used in Mediterranean

dishes. Cooking time: 90 minutes 3 hours Great Northern used in casseroles, stews and Boston baked beans. Cooking time: 60 90 minutes Lentils available in yellow, red, green and brown varieties. Used in soups, salads, dips, and curries. Cooking time: 30 45 minutes, no soaking necessary Mung used in soups and curries

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Is childhood obesity child abuse?

By Tony Bednarowski Since 1980, childhood obesity in our country has more than doubled. In adolescents, instances of obesity have more than tripled. Overweight children and adolescents are at increased risk for several health related conditions. During their youth, for example, they are more likely to exhibit risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes compared with normal weight individuals. Additional health conditions associated with overweight children include sleep apnea, asthma, and liver damage. Furthermore, overweight children and adolescents are far more likely to become obese as adults. Studies have found that approximately 80 percent of children who were overweight at the ages of 10 to 15 were obese by the time they hit 25. Other studies have found that more than 25 percent of obese adults were overweight as children. As you can see, there is a direct correlation between children/adolescents being overweight and adult obesity. Equally so, it may be easier to see how this is being passed on from parents to their children. I personally believe that much of this is the result of our nations irresponsibility when it comes to educating people on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, beginning with the basics of good nutrition and physical activity. However, I also believe each of us has a personal responsibility to educate ourselves and be accountable for our health and wellbeing. The inadequacy as parents to understand, live and pass down by example the importance of good nutritional choices along with physical activity is setting our youth up for troubling times ahead. When a child is overweight, he or she is not only at risk for many deadly but preventable chronic health issues, but the huge psychological and emotional consequences that also come along with it. Sadly, the evidence on the psychological consequences of obesity for teens is mounting. A recent survey reveals that obese children rate their quality of life as low as those of young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Other studies report increased rates of depression, low selfesteem and social isolation, which are then manifested in significant behavioral problems. As these children grow up, they are less
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likely to be accepted into college, less likely to get married, and more likely to occupy a lower socioeconomic status. Much more relevant is the teasing, taunting and poor treatment they receive from other children at school and in the community. And for many, its not only how others think of them, but how they think of themselves. A sizable percentage of overweight kids particularly girls are clinically depressed as a result of a preoccupation with being overweight.

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It is a parents obligation to not only educate and lead their children by example but to also understand how and why children become obese or overweight in the first place as well as taking the important step to breaking the cycle. Most cases of childhood obesity are caused by poor eating habits, eating too much and exercising too little. Children need enough food to support healthy growth and development. But when they take in more calories than they burn throughout the day, the result is weight gain. Many factors contribute to this growing imbalance between calories in and calories out: Busy families are cooking less and eating out more. There is easy access to cheap, high-calorie fast food and junk food. Food portions are bigger than they used to be, both in

Most cases of childhood obesity are caused by poor eating habits, eating too much and exercising too little.
restaurants and at home. Kids spend less time actively playing outside, and more time watching TV, playing video games and sitting at the computer. Many schools are eliminating or cutting back their physical education programs. There are many myths about weight problems and obesity in children. But then there are the cold, hard facts.

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Myth: its just baby fat. Children will outgrow the weight.

Childhood obesity doesnt always lead to obesity in adulthood, but it does raise the risks dramatically. The majority of children who are overweight at any time during the preschool or elementary school are still overweight as they enter their teens. Most kids do not outgrow the problem.
Tony Bednarowski is co-owner/publisher of Natures Pathways and founder, developer and nutrition counselor for Good Food, Better Health! He is an International Sports Science Association (ISSA) board-certified nutrition specialist and sports performance nutrition specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, nutrition specialist and competitive bodybuilder. For more information, visit www. or call 920.850.9983.

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Instructor, Jan Puta, Spiritual Teacher, Author, Energy Practitioner will teach a class on the basics of using a pendulum. Janice has pulled together some of the most basic information about developing your intuition and translated it into the easiest way to learn and master it. Anyone can learn how to use a pendulum. With a pendulum, a good method, and a few charts, you can do wonders for yourself. In just 3 hours, you will learn Jans personal system she developed for using a pendulum with confidence plus receive special bonuses. Register now; Heaven On Earth Healing Alternatives, Fond du Lac, heavenonearthhealingllc@yahoo. com; More info: or call Linda 920.948.2100. Saturday, May 21 1-4 p.m.

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An experiential journey through crystals and stones. This workshop will focus on creating and using crystal grids and formations. Participants will learn the basics for creating grids and experiment with using intention to direct the subtle energies of crystals. Registration is required. Cost is $10. Peaceful Heart, 123 S. Main St, Oregon, 608.835.5288. Sunday, May 8 1:30-3:30 p.m. Kaye Cooke (a local energy worker and speaker) will join us this month to discuss various ways of working with the earth energies in nature. Registration is requested, no charge. Peaceful Heart, 123 S. Main St, Oregon, 608.835.5288. Thursday, May 12 7 p.m.

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Instructor: Michaela Torcaso (in Chicago) In this class we begin to recognize and release what stands between us and full access to healing for ourselves and those around us. We distinguish between our automatic defense mechanisms that we have previously thought of as our selves, and the authentic Self from which everything unfolds naturally, with grace and ease. $350 (addtl cost because of travel). For more information call 608.238.7378 or visit Saturday, May 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This half day workshop introduces participants to the divination method of spiritual imagination used by shamans called journeying. Working with ones power animals and spirit allies in human form, participants will learn methods for receiving direct spiritual revelation for personal guidance, healing and vitality in ones daily life. Registration is required. Cost is $30 (donated). Peaceful Heart, 123 S. Main St, Oregon, 608.835.5288.

Join Tammy Sytsma, yoga teacher (RYT) and mental health professional (LPC) in learning how the practices of yoga the physical practice, breath work, meditation techniques, relaxation and more can help you to use your thoughts, your beliefs and your physical body to control stress, change thought patterns, work on bad habits, and create the joyful life youve been wanting! Explore how the body, mind, and spirit are deeply connected. The connection is much stronger than you think! The truth is we have control over our health and wellness in many ways and more and more this is being scientifically proven. Learn techniques you need to change your life. $35. The Chakra House, 330 W. Lakeside St., Madison, 608.237.6128, www. Sunday, May 22 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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Kirtan Chanting with MaaShakti

Kirtan is call-and-response chanting originally performed in Indias devotional traditions. Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments. MaaShakti plays the harmonium, native american flute, guitar, ektar, and percussion. Each Kirtan is an improvisational magic carpet ride, guaranteed to connect one to the eternal spirit within. Maa will be inviting various musicians to join him in leading the ecstatic Kirtan at The
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Faith in Action/Living with Grace: 0 CE Hours

Facilitator: Michaela Torcaso This retreat is designed to support conscious, practical awareness of ones relationship with Spirit in daily life. Participants bring a request for resolution in some area of their lives and leave with a new lightness and awareness of support in that area. In place of the former concern, a spaciousness emerges in which ones deepest commitments can become evident. The result is a spontaneous increase in the peace participants impart to those around them. $500 ($450 if paid by 5/13/11). For more information call 608.238.7378 or visit www. May 2011 various dates

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May 14 The Healing Connection/Color Therapy - Aura Sensing 102 May 19 The Power of Gemstones Gemstone 1 May 21 The Art of Smudging May 26 Music for Healing Call 920.648.3973 or visit for more information. The Rose Gallery, 118 S. Main St., Lake Mills. Saturday & Sunday June 4 & 5

As the number one health problem in America, stress affects us on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Learn over 100 holistic selfcare tips and ways to relax, deStress, and achieve wellness. We will practice techniques hands on so you leave refreshed and rejuvenated knowing how to beat the stress in your life! Great class for your own selfcare or to share information with your clients if you are a healer! Topics include meditation, imagery, music therapy, chakras, lucid dreaming, color therapy, aura cleansing, energy work, crystals, herbs, aromatherapy, nutrition, acupressure, bodywork and more. $150. The Chakra House, 330 W. Lakeside St., Madison, 608.237.6128, Saturday, June 18 2-4 p.m. To which spiritual group you belong to? Coming from Switzerland, Dr. Marie-Louise Francke is on the cutting edge of astrological access to health, wellness and power. Youve got to check out her stuff, its fascinating! Meet Dr. Marie-Louise, learn the intuitive gifts of your astrological sign, check out her book The Universe In Our Body. Call Linda at Heaven On Earth Healing Alternatives, W2289 Poplar Rd., Fond du Lac at 920.948.2100 to register. Love offering appreciated.

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How to attraCt poSitivity to your life Live green in a down economy

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The Universe In Our Body

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Run Wisconsin Dells Half Marathon and Wisconsin Dells Bike Ride

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The inaugural Run Wisconsin Dells Half Marathon and Wisconsin Dells Bike Ride also includes a Fitness Expo and will take place throughout the Dells area beginning at Great Wolf Lodge. Running races will include a 1-mile kids fun run, 5K and a half marathon starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. There will be aid stations and support every 2 miles with a finish line party featuring a live band and refreshments. The bicycle rides include a 10, 20, 40 or 60 mile course, starting at 7:30 a.m. on

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360 Homeopathy .................................................26 Allen Kitchen & Bath ...............................................9 Asia Voight ............................................................21 Beijing Acupuncture ..............................................35 Best Cleaners of Madison ......................................19 Blue Sky School of Massage ....................................9 Burnies Rock Shop ................................................17 Capital Hypnosis ...................................................12 Changing Headlines ..............................................25 City of Madison .....................................................17 Creative Energy .....................................................31 Family Clinic of Natural Medicine .........................44 Fleet Feet Sports Madison ........................................6 Get Your Lean On ..................................................37 Great American Chimney & Masonry ....................33 Gymfinity ..............................................................24 Healthy Food Consulting .......................................34 Hikari Natural Healing ..........................................32 Integrative Health Center .......................................33 JBs Acupuncture & Advantage Thermal Imaging ....26

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Jentle Wellness ......................................................17 LA Weight Loss ......................................................31 LifeStyle by Choice ................................................13 Lord Spinal Care ....................................................16 Madison Chiropractic ......................................27, 29 MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic .......................................32 Midwest Macrobiotics ...........................................28 Mimosa Books & Gifts ...........................................16 Natural Health Works ..............................................8 Peaceful Heart Gifts & Books .................................21 Shakti Bookshop ....................................................12 Silly Yak Bakery .....................................................32 Spring Green Timber Growers, LLC........................11 The Chakra House .................................................13 The Rose Gallery ...................................................11 TIBIA .....................................................................19 Upper Iowa University...........................................31 Willy Street Co-op .................................................43 Wisconsin Dells Ride/Run .......................................7

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JBs Acupuncture & Advantage Thermal Imaging 6033 Monona Drive, Monona 608.204.9715 JBs Acupuncture specializes in managing pain of all types, one treatment allergy elimination, wellness care and one treatment smoking cessation. They also offer Thermal Imaging, a photographic process that is noninvasive, nonradioactive and a less expensive alternative to a mammogram. It can detect cancer 5 to 10 years earlier than a mammogram. Shakti Bookshop 320 State St., Madison 608.255.5007

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Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2005 West Beltline Highway, Suite 201, Madison 608.270.5245 Blue Sky strives to inspire and challenge our students as they become professional massage therapists. We integrate community outreach, holistic practices and wellness into our massage therapy program. We have full- and part-time options. Financial aid available for those who qualify. Open houses year round! Touch the lives of others and become a massage therapist! Call today! Upper Iowa University 4601 Hammersley Rd., Madison 608.278.0350 The Upper Iowa Center in Madison opened in 1981. Today, it serves more than 400 undergraduates and nearly 40 graduate students pursuing bachelors degrees, two masters degrees, five certificate programs, and some associate degrees. Many of the courses are taught by full-time UIU faculty members and others are taught by adjunct faculty who draw on their practical experiences in the field. Courses are offered during six 8-week terms.

Offering a large selection of jewelry, books, crystals, music and other items to help you stay connected with your spiritual nature, Shakti is the Midwests oldest and most trusted source for every step of your spiritual journey. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human existence. Let Shakti help you to make the most of your experience be it spiritual, human, or something in between.

Hikari natural Healing 41 Glaciers Edge Square, Cross Plains 608.886.8778 A non-invasive form of holistic healing, Reiki works on physical, mental, psychological and spiritual levels. Experience a stronger bond with your animal, relieve pain, resolve behavioral issues, reduce stress and find peace at the end of life. Sessions in-person or at a distance. Amy works with animals of all species.


Gymfinity 6300 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg 608.848.FLIP (3547) Gymfinity started as a gymnastics only club but has EVOLVED into a multi-sport venue. We started our program in 1999 as a home for competitive gymnastics. We refine and revise our programs every year under our personal philosophy of Constant and Never Ending Improvement. Wisconsin has again chosen Gymfinity as one of the top clubs in the state for childrens gymnastics classes, competitive gymnastics, kids fitness and over-all gyms in Madison. We believe that children in our program have an opportunity to learn physically, mentally, emotionally and socially at every developmental step in gymnastics. At Gymfinity Teaching Kids To Reach New Heights isnt just something we say; its our reason for being.


Mimosa Books & Gifts 260 West Gilman St., Madison 608.256.5432 At Mimosa we are dedicated to embracing the global diversity of wisdom and belief. Mimosa is one of State Streets most unique stores featuring spiritual and metaphysical items from many different cultures and traditions. Mimosa also has an upstairs Activity Room, where a variety of classes, workshops, and other events help create a space for like-minded people to gather and share ideas, be inspired, and move their lives in a more positive, productive direction. Peaceful Heart 123 South Main St., Oregon 608.835.5288 Peaceful Heart strives to offer products and services that promote and enhance emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We have many tools available in the form of books, CDs, classes, events and speakers to assist in understanding what our emotional needs are as individuals. We also have a wide selection of unique, fun and uplifting gifts including jewelry, music, scarves, crystals and Angel cards.

Burnies Rock Shop 901 E. Johnson St., Madison 608.251.2601 Burnies Rock Shop has been connecting you with the elements since 1963. Featuring handcrafted sterling silver and multi-gemstone jewelry, Baltic amber set in sterling silver rings, pendants and earrings, sparkling gemstone beads in every color imaginable, mineral and fossil specimens from around the world, and stainless steel rings.

Best Cleaners of Madison 5712 Raymond Rd., Madison 608.271.6769 6713 Frank Lloyd Wright, Middleton 608.836.6868 Owner John Whitley has built a solid reputation as Madisons most trusted dry cleaner. Best Cleaners experienced staff is committed to providing quality, on-time service to the community. MADISONS EXCLUSIVE GREENEARTH CLEANER GreenEarth solution is good for our customers because it is an excellent cleaner, it is odorless and leaves your clothes feeling and looking like new. It is good for the dry cleaning industry because it is not toxic and can be handled easily and safely. Open M-F 7-7, Sat. 8-5.


Midwest Macrobiotics Shaun McMonigal 773.988.6876 Midwest Macrobiotics is dedicated to the common dream of health and harmony. Whether in the kitchen, consultation or class, Shaun offers lessons on balancing food energy to help you create your own health and sense of balance. Medicinal cooking services are available, along with holistic health consultations to transition to a whole foods diet. Menu planning is based on the time your have available for cooking and to address the specific health needs and goals of the client.


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The Chakra House Yoga Studio & Boutique 330 West Lakeside St., Madison 608.237.6128 The Chakra House is a space to become balanced physically, emotionally and spiritually and to validate your innate abilities, whether you know you have them or not. Every studio class, service or workshop incorporates the instructors abilities with your own so eventually you will trust that you can balance yourself. Join us for Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Zumba, psychic development courses, workshops or just visit our boutique.

LifeStyle by Choice 313 Price Place, Suite 209, Madison 608.213.3158 LifeStyle by Choice offers personal one-on-one as well as telephonic clinical hypnotherapy. Gary is trained in Clinical Hypnosis, Mental Health-M.S., Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling and REIKI. He has practiced hypnotherapy & NLP for 11 years. Combining these skills to create lasting solutions is what sets Gary apart from all the others.

provides training in intuitive listening and facilitation, and a HEALING CENTER that offers massage, transformational bodywork and intuitive sessions. Our nonprofit, CREATING A PEACEFUL WORLD, brings these healing gifts to those in need, empowering them to generate peace in themselves, their relationships, and their way of living in the world.


natural Health Works Verona/Madison Clinic 201 E. Verona Ave., Verona 608.848.8378 Monroe Clinic W4745 Blumer Rd., Monroe 608.325.3209 We are a holistic natural health care clinic and spa. We use herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and natural foods. Appointments are available for Kinesiology to find your imbalances & nutritional deficiencies. We check over 80 points & suggest the natural way to heal. We specialize in essential oils and Bach flower remedies for stress & emotional balancing, eating for your blood type diet and sell wheat-free & natural foods.


Healthy Food Consulting Nancy Johnson Nutritional Health Consultant Bringing Health to You Healthy Food for Busy People promotes peaceful minds and healthy bodies by partnering with you to plan simple, nutritious dinner menus made with real food and grocery shopping for you to give you more time to live your most vibrant, authentic life!

Jentle Wellness, LLC Jennifer D. Culver, Certified Professional Coach, Reiki Master, Business Consultant, Writer 920.570.1704 Blog: Website: Jennifer globally supports you, incorporating her spiritual and holistic healing practices into coaching. She teams with you to live and work simply, gently, and happily. Listen to her weekly on Radio Therapy Online. With over 15 years of consulting experience, she conducts seminars on taking a zen approach to productivity. She also co-creates marketing strategies for small companies. Jennifer attracts clients seeking to simplify their overactive life, live their true passion, have fun and incorporate holistic wellness into their life expedition.

Allen Kitchen & Bath 2727 West Beltline Hwy, Madison 608.274.9933 Allen Kitchen & Bath has been remodeling homes in Southern Wisconsin for over 30 years. Remodeling Magazine ranks us in the TOP 100 Remodelers in the nation. Showrooms are located in Madison and Milwaukee. We also operate our own countertop production shop in Deerfield. Design consultations and estimates are free. City of Madison 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison 608.266.6557 608.266.4223 The City of Madison has several loan programs designed to assist both new and current Madison homeowners. Our Down Payment and Homebuyers Assistance loans are tailored to buyers looking to purchase a home that may need some immediate fix-up. We also offer Deferred Payment loans and Installment loans that assist current Madison homeowners with funding their home remodeling projects. For more information about these programs, go to www. or call Terri at 608.266.4223 or Craig at 608.266.6557.

360 Homeopathy, LLC Lora Roberts Classical Homeopath 6320 Monona Drive, Suite 101, Monona Office 608.222.0321 Cell 608.213.7848 Homeopathy works by increasing an individuals strength and resistance to disease and can be effective in relieving chronic health complaints. By stimulating the whole body homeopathy has a broad effect shifting mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Lora works with individuals of all ages and ailments. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2005 West Beltline Highway, Suite 201, Madison 608.270.5245 Blue Skys massage clinic is a teaching facility. Massages are performed by students who have not yet graduated but have completed the educational requirements to enter student clinic. A great opportunity for our students to complete state required massage hours while offering professional quality massages at a discount to the public! Make an appointment today!

Capital Hypnosis 6441 Enterprise Lane, Suite 104, Madison 608.288.9800 Whether you seek to improve your personal influence or professional communication ability through Basic Hypnosis Training or skills through Neuro-Linguistic Programming Training, Capital Hypnosis provides programs that fit your schedule and intensive workshops in a professional hypnosis clinic setting around real people. Cant decide where to begin? Just call 608.288.9800 today! We will discuss your goals and situation and make the recommendation that best fits your circumstances.


TIBIA 6225 University Ave., Madison 608.238.7378 TIBIA, Inc. (Transformation ~ Intuition ~ Bodywork ~ In Action) includes a MASSAGE SCHOOL that specializes in energy healing and intuitive bodywork, the INTUACTION INSTITUTE, which

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Fleet Feet Sports Madison 8440 Old Sauk Road, Madison 608.833-9999 Fleet Feet Sports is evolving from a place to buy running shoes to an integrated service organization that is rooted in FIT. FITLOSOPHY is our commitment to the concept of a proper FIT in all aspects of our lives - from helping you find the proper FIT for your running shoes, to assisting you in determining how running, walking, or an active lifestyle fits your life. We enhance the exercise experience of all of our customers from the entry-level fitness walker to elite runner.

MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic Dr. Mary Hess, D.V.M., C.A.T. 41 Glacier Edge Square, Cross Plains 608.798.1887 MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic is an alternative and traditional veterinary clinic in that we offer both means of treatment for pets. We work with the pets family to provide the best care at a reasonable price so that routine visits can be affordable and more advanced care can be done as needed. We also offer THERAPEUTIC GROOMING, therapeutic laser, reiki therapy and essential oils for your pet.


Spring Green Timber Growers, LLC 124 W. Jefferson St., Spring Green 608.588.7342 At Spring Green Timber Growers our forestry encourages natural succession and regeneration allowing nature to have her way. We salvage a few of the trees that die each year and carefully harvest them with small machinery. We sawmill the logs, use solar heated kilns to dry the boards, make flooring and wood products in our remodeled dairy barn, and install and finish our products right in the customers home. Solid, natural, local wood products direct from the grower.

Lord Spinal Care 5944 Seminole Center Ct, Ste. 230 Fitchburg 608.442.7400 Dr. Katherine Lord, a former research chemist, is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College. At Palmer, she learned about a technique so effective yet gentle, it changed the course of her study to NUCCA, a precise technique that aligns the spine with a gentle touch. The results can be life changing. Patients suffering from back, knee or sciatic pain, as well as migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia and multiple sclerosis can find relief. Call to attend a free health class to learn about NUCCA and why it works.

WEIGHT LOSS Good Food, Better Health 920.850.9983 The Get Your Lean On System is designed to make you aware of and teach you the process of making healthier and wiser decisions when it comes to eating and meal planning. You will not only lose the weight you are seeking to lose, but it is so successful, you will make a life-long commitment to keeping it off.

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