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Matters of the heart

Many of our thoughts go to love and romance in February, thanks to Valentines Day. It brings a little warmth to a very cold month, doesnt it? The heart is the universal symbol of love, which is probably why the American Heart Association chose this month to observe American Heart Month. And, from the following statistics, heart health may not be getting the love it deserves in our country: 1 in every 4 deaths (about 600,000) in the United States every year is attributable to heart disease.1 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1 Almost 1,000,000 Americans have a heart attack every year.1 Coronary heart disease costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.1 The average total cost of a severe heart attack including direct and indirect costs is about $1 million, and close to $760,000 for a less severe attack.2 Now consider that the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in our country by a long shot is medical expenses!3 (78% of those who filed did have insurance, by the way.) All of this certainly provides a lot of motivation to take better care of ourselves. No wonder the American Heart Association is behind a nationwide movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives! Help honor American Heart Month by making your health and well-being a priority. Theres only one you, lets make it the best you possible!

This months authors have some great information to help you on your way. Terry Lemerond shares information on two musthave supplements for a healthy heart. Cathy Clark encourages us to try Pilates, which can provide core stability and staying power. And James Carnes takes a closer look at the mind-body connection: how our minds can directly affect our physical health and wellness. These are just a few examples of the great articles we have to share with you this month. Please read on for more! Heres to healthier communities and healthier lives take good care of yourself! In health and happiness,

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm. 2. National Business Group on Health, www.cbsnews.com/8301-505146_162-39940799/how-much-would-a-heart-attack-cost-you/. 3. Clear Bankruptcy, LLC, www.clearbankruptcy.com/financial-literacy/10-leading-causes-of -bankruptcy.aspx.

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Wellness vs. Wellbeing:


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By Julie A. Rider, OTR, CLCP

ext up in our 12-part series Wellness vs. Wellbeing is the realm of intuition. The Just for Me Wellbeing Program is designed to enhance wellbeing, strengthen your relationships, expand your ability to manage stress and further enjoy what you do. It has implemented successfully at Target Corporation, cities of St. Louis Park and Prior Lake (both in Minnesota), St. Catherines University in the Twin Cities and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each participant in the Just for Me Wellbeing Program sets an intention at the start of the program and each week the focus is on one of twelve realms to encourage, inspire and ensure movement forward on that intention. Please join me each month as I introduce Wellness vs. Wellbeing, exploring the Just for Me twelve realms that will support our overarching intention of creating wellbeing throughout our lives:

our intuition warning us. In actuality, those uncomfortable feelings occur when we bump up against an EDGE. Edges take us to vulnerable places, and the mis-signaling is telling you to stop or move away from whatever is causing the discomfort. How do you know when you are at an EDGE? Some of the signs are: Fidgeting. Feeling bogged down. Urgent need to do something different. Anxiety. Feeling flushed or hot. Headache. Upset. Emotional. Angry. Your body will be constantly picking up messages and reacting to keep you safe. Body sensations are the way your body gets your attention when it feels vulnerable. Your body is the key to inner knowing. In order to get connected to that inner knowing, you must be willing to be vulnerable. As we work toward our goals we have to step out of our comfort zones and into uncertainty. Uncertainty asks us to trust, to find faith, to be patient and to be humble. Can you be courageous enough to let the mystery of life reveal itself to you in its own time and in its own playful way? Are you willing to listen in to the guidance of your intuition?
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Have you ever asked yourself, How do I know when my intuition is guiding me rather than fear or wishful thinking? Its a difficult question to answer, and in order to answer it you must really know yourself. We all use intuition to some degree in our lives. When we learn to rely on intuition, we become reacquainted to our senses. Our intuition gives us another source to rely on for choices, decisions and the opinions of others. Our intuition is a kind, loving inner voice that guides us towards positive actions and peaceful outcomes. We all have this inner guidance system, but many of us have learned to disconnect from it. If we want to learn to trust our intuition, we must release all disbelief and increase our awareness of our inner voice. When we get too hooked into our to-do lists and daily duties, we lose track of our intuitive flow. Another way we block acting intuitively is with fear. Most of us feel fear when we try something new because it takes us out of our comfort zones, and often we misread those feelings of fear as
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n todays fast-paced world of instant gratification, how aware are we of the toxins we are putting in our bodies as we grab a quick snack or quick remedy? We would not drink arsenic, which we know is bad for us, but do we really know what is in the products that we use every day? Do we know what is toxic or may be harmful, or do we just assume that because we can buy it off a shelf it must be ok? Chemical poisons in cosmetics, personal care and household products are affecting you and your children more than you may know. According to the Poison Control Center, Household and personal care products together are responsible for more than FIVE TIMES the number of reported cases of pesticide exposure. Many people today are suffering from diseases like fibromyalgia, and doctors dont seem to be able tell people why they get this disease; but they can and do prescribe medications to try to alleviate the symptoms. What if these medications are not helping but contributing to a condition that is a result of toxins building up in the system? What would happen if we raised our awareness and educated ourselves to make choices that are good for the body as a whole? What would happen if we were educated to eliminate the unknown toxins and to choose healthy alternatives? What if we looked for a natural solution to our disease before we went to the doctor? What if we owned the power within us and learned to trust it? Science has provided answers and helped heal many ailments; however, the progress science has made in treating the parts of the body, does not account for the body as a whole being. Whole-body wellness and the mentality of being empowered and being the first authority on our own health would allow us to become internally
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in the field of psychology, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., has developed a series of distraction and self-soothing skills to use that help people survive problems and crises. Follow the acronym ACCEPTS to remember how to distract yourself when you have a problem and there is nothing you can do about it in the moment. A: Activities Get involved in something, like an event, a book, a movie, an exercise or a hobby. C: Contribute Do something for someone else: volunteer, visit a friend, smile at a co-worker who is having a bad day, etc. C: Comparisons Compare yourself to others who are less fortunate than you or to other situations you have been in that were worse than the one you are currently in. E: Emotion Engage in an activity that will positively affect your emotions, such as listening to calming music, reading a lighthearted novel or watching a funny movie. P: Pushing away Remind yourself that there is nothing you can do about the problem right now and that it is not a good time to fix the problem.
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When you feel that you are going to do something destructive to yourself, another or property, or you are experiencing extreme emotional or physical pain, take a cold shower or a hot bath, or hold onto a piece of ice until it melts.
T: Thoughts Occupy your mind by doing various corrective thinking techniques, such as counting or naming items, practicing meditation or using this breathing technique: when you breathe in think WISE, when you breathe out think MIND. S: Sensations When you feel that you are going to do something destructive to yourself, another or property, or you are experiencing extreme emotional or physical pain, take a cold shower or a hot bath,

and singing are all ways to calm and soothe oneself. Taste Eat something comforting or drink calming teas to nurture yourself. Touch Hold someones hand or hug/ snuggle a person or animal. Hold onto something that is comforting, like an animal or blanket. Smell Find a scent that is calming to you and use it. Various essential oils, freshly baked cookies and fresh air are all comforting scents to use. Try utilizing these simple yet effective distraction and self-soothing skills the next time youre stuck with a problem that doesnt have an apparent solution. It will help you remain sane and avoid a crisis situation.
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or hold onto a piece of ice until it melts. Bottom line is to distract yourself with something that will not harm you. For self-soothing techniques, the key is to use your five senses: Vision Look at something beautiful, calming and peaceful. Have a place in your home that you can retreat to that is visually appealing and soothing. Hearing Listening to serene music, instruments, human voices, humming

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hen it comes to heart health, a pro-active approach is best. Two must-have supplements in anyones plan for a healthy heart are omega3s and curcumin to reduce inflammation and oxidation. Of course, both must be highly absorbable and utilized by the body. And that can be a challenge. With omega-3s, for instance, the dosage requirements for fish oil are quite high. Its not unusual for individuals to take up to four to six tablespoons or up to 12 capsules of fish oil per day just to see some benefits. Besides being tough on the stomach and
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Aside from omega-3 fatty acids, another supplement that is a must for heart health is high-absorption curcumin. As with omega-3s, absorption makes all the difference. Even though curcumin has shown remarkable health-supporting abilities over the years, scientists and researchers have had to use increasingly larger doses just to see an impact because standard extracts just cant absorb well in the intestine.4,5 But the right, high-absorption curcumin is different. It uses a micronized curcumin extract in a unique process and blends it with turmeric essential oils that enhance absorption naturally. In fact, comparison testing shows that this formula has up to 10 times better absorption and blood retention at meaningful levels than standard curcumin extracts.6 A proper dosage of curcumin in this highly researched absorption form would be between 375 mg and 750 mg, delivering the same curcumin used in clinical trials and absorption studies. That translates to superior support for a healthy cardiovascular system and strong resistance to the detrimental effects of free radicals. In fact, independent lab analysis per 100 grams of this high-absorption curcumin shows a very impressive antioxidant ORAC value greater than 1,000,000 much higher, even, than many top-notch antioxidants like blueberries and dark chocolate. Beyond being a strong antioxidant which explains partially its importance to cellular, neurological and immune health curcumin also has anti-inflammatory properties.5,7-12 Along with oxidation, inflammation is a primary cause of most chronic diseases. It often begins with an over-expression of our bodys own healing mechanisms. For example, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) is an important component of the immune system that helps the body kill bacteria, viruses and parasites. However, TNF-a also becomes active during periods of inflammation, so in order to fight inflammation, some drugs inhibit TNF-a activity. But since TNF-a supports the immune system, youve effectively traded one problem by inducing another. Curcumin,
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on the other hand, may be the one healing compound that can effectively address inflammation and oxidation without compromising any system in the process.4-6 Clearly, a heart-healthy diet and sensible exercise regimen are two essential components of any efforts to preserve the cardiovascular system. But supplementation is an important factor, too. As convenient and effective supplemental choices, phospholipid-bound omega-3s from salmon and high-absorption curcumin are a perfect fit for your pro-active plan.
Terry Lemerond has over 40 years of experience in the health food industry, both in retail sales and in dietary supplement formulation and manufacturing. He hosts a radio talk show that is archived at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com. The site also features his weekly educational columns and other valuable health resources. Terry and his wife, Debra, are co-owners of the Terry Naturally store, located in Green Bay at 2625 Development Drive, just off the south GV exit from highway 172. The store is open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 920.965.1002 or visit www.TerryNaturally.com. References: 1. Parmentier M, Al Sayed Mahmoud C, Linder M, Fanni J, et al. Polar lipids: n-3 PUFA carriers for membranes and brain: nutritional interest and emerging processes. Oleagineux, Corps Gras, Lipides; Volume 14 (Issue 3): 2007; p.224-9. 2. Bourre JM. Roles of unsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids) in the brain at various ages and during aging. J Nutr Health Aging.

2004; 8(3):163-74. 3. Analysis at the Nancy-Universite, INPLENSAIA; Laboratoire de Science et Genie Alimentaires, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France. 4. Benny B, Antony B. Bioavailability of Biocurcumax (BCM-95). Spice India. September, 2006:11-15. 5. Goel A, Kunnumakkara AB, Aggarwal BB. Curcumin as Curecumin: from kitchen to clinic. Biochem Pharmacol. 2008 Feb 15;75(4):787-809. 6. Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, Judy N, Lennertz K, Joyal S. A pilot cross-over study to evaluate human oral bioavailability of BCM-95, a novel bioenhanced preparation of curcumin. Ind J Pharm Sci. 2008:445-449. 7. Johnson SM, Gulhati P, Arrieta I, et al. Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling. Anticancer Res. 2009;29(8):3185-90. 8. Ravindran J, Prasad S, Aggarwal BB. Curcumin and cancer cells: how many ways can curry kill tumor cells selectively? AAPS J. 2009;11(3):495-510. 9. Link, F. Balaguer, Y. Shen, J. Jos Lozano, HE. Leung, C.R. Boland, A. Goel. M1182 Novel Evidence for Curcumin-Induced DNA Methylation Changes in Colon Cancer Cells. Gastroenterology. May 2010 (Vol. 138, Issue 5, Supplement 1, Page S-349, DOI: 10.1016/S0016-5085(10)61608-3). 10. Xu Y, Ku BS, Yao HY, Lin YH, Ma X, Zhang YH, Li XJ. Antidepressant effects of curcumin in the forced swim test and olfactory bulbectomy models of depression in rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2005;82(1):200-6. 11. Kulkarni S, Dhir A, Akula KK. Potentials of curcumin as an antidepressant. Scientific World Journal. 2009;9:1233-41. 12. Li YC, Wang FM, Pan Y, Qiang LQ, Cheng G, Zhang WY, Kong LD. Antidepressant-like effects of curcumin on serotonergic receptor-coupled AC-cAMP pathway in chronic unpredictable mild stress of rats. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2009;33(3):435-49.

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dog or cat can be born with kidney or liver disease, or develop it later in life. Disorders of these organs are all too common. Prevention and successful management is best accomplished with a little knowledge of when and how to test for dysfunction. By the time abnormalities show up on blood tests, a pets kidneys would be only 25% functional. Its amazing how much a first morning urine analysis can tell you!

Before your dog drinks water or eats breakfast, catch a voided urine. Stick a shallow pan in the urine stream to collect the sample. Store it in the refrigerator until you can take it to the vet. Accurate results will be most likely if the urine specimen is evaluated within two hours of collection. (The longer urine sits outside the body before reading, the higher the pH will elevate and the more likely crystals will

form in the stagnant urine.) Why is a first morning collection best? Most normal dogs do not drink water overnight. So, the first urine of the day, before drinking, should be the most concentrated, meaning the urine specific gravity should be >1.040. Lack of concentrating ability would be a level from 1.012 to 1.018. Less than this level is often due to increased water consumption and the kidneys

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if elevated, there is liver cell damage. The SAP is not liver specific. If SAP is elevated, it may be due to liver disease, stress, Cushings, arthritis, pancreatitis, hypothyroidism or a bone tumor. Obviously, this can be frustrating for a veterinarian to decipher and for a pet guardian to accept. Elevations of the liver-related enzymes can wax and wane over time as well. Even though ALT confirms liver cell damage, the causes and prognosis can vary tremendously. A puppy or kitten can be born with a congenital kidney or liver disease. These problems are permanent, but often can be managed for quite some time. However, procedures such as anesthesia are a greater risk for pets with unknown underlying organ dysfunction. This is one reason why preanesthetic blood work is so important. Coco, a six-month-old Yorkie was diagnosed with hepatic (liver) microvascular dysplasia after a pre-anesthetic blood screening (before his neuter surgery) revealed an elevated ALT. If this condition had not been caught, it is very possible that Coco would not have awakened from his anesthetic episode. Instead, a special anesthetic protocol was administered,

liver supportive supplements and a balanced commercial raw food diet were fed to Coco, and he lived to be 13 years old! Fluffy, a 14-year-old feline, was producing large urine clumps. His urine was dilute and his blood kidney tests were elevated. Fluffy was fed a commercial raw diet with added warm water, probiotics and two whole food supplements. He lived a quality life until he passed at 20 years of age. Fluffy and Cocos supplements contained herbals and glandulars that were kidney and liver supportive. Early recognition and intervention with healthy food and organspecific nutrients contributed to improved quality of life and increased longevity for both of our furry friends!
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How to make a green smoothie!


By Alyssa Burnham, BA

green smoothie is a great way to sneak extra greens into your diet. One green smoothie can have over three cups of dark green leafy vegetables, which is more than most people consume in an entire week! By adding a few extra servings of kale, spinach or romaine you give your body an extra boost of alkalinity for the day. In addition, blending the greens make the nutrients more readily available to your body. In order to release a greens full spectrum of nutrients we need to break the plants cell wall, but most of us simply dont chew that much. Digestion is hard work for our bodies. Blending makes the digestion process easier and more efficient. As an added advantage, you can make a large batch and keep covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can also freeze portions in glass containers and thaw out the night before.

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high-speed blender. Each is truly amazing, but a regular blender or even a small version such as a Magic Bullet works well too! 2. Liquid base: Filtered water, coconut water, chilled green tea or any non-dairy milk. 3. Healthy fat source: Avocado, nut butter (not peanut!), raw tahini or young coconut are options. 4. Fruit (fresh or frozen): Banana, apple, pear, blueberries, raspberries, cherries anything you like! Remember to peel your bananas before freezing! 5. GREENS, GREENS, GREENS: Romaine, kale, spinach, arugula and chard, to name a few.

Try to buy organic, fresh and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Feel free to experiment with different combinations, but avoid using too many fruits. A little fruit for added flavor and sweetness is okay, but the sugars can add up quickly. I encourage you to mix and match your fruit and veggies often. And remember, drink slowly and mindfully. A green smoothie can be thought of as a light meal and not a beverage just look at all of your ingredients! Take the time to enjoy your green smoothie and all of the tremendous nutrients youre giving your body. Also, avoid store-bought green smoothies. These drinks have little nutritional value after being processed and pasteurized and are often mostly fruit juices. Listed below is my favorite green smoothie recipe. Enjoy!
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By Angela Mueller

ince the late 1700s when, supposedly, the first handmade card was created, Valentines Day has definitely become one of the most popular holidays for anyone with a love for another; both children and adults alike. From teddy bears to fresh flowers and chocolates to jewelry, the gift ideas are many. This year, why not show your love for your Valentine with some healthy options. Fresh flowers remain a favorite, with roses being the most popular. Add something in their favorite color spring flowers, such as stock (with a wonderful scent similar to lilacs) and fragrant lilies, are great ideas for additions to the roses. Research has shown that nature provides us with a very simple way to improve someones emotional health: FLOWERS! Thus, anywhere they are,

flowers are a definite lift for us all. Happiness and love are the feelings most provoked. How about some healthy treats to go with the florals, such as chocolate-dipped strawberries or dark chocolate-covered coffee beans? Dont forget about fruit baskets, gluten-free baskets or sugar-free baskets. Just ask your local florist about their healthy add-ons available for Valentines Day. Maybe a personal gift certificate for a great stress buster, such as a walk in the park with some hot apple cider or a massage in front of the fireplace, would be the perfect option. Rent a mushy love story or even a comedy, and laugh the night away.Laughing burns calories, improves facial muscles and fights aging; so how could you go wrong? Another healthy alternative could be a trip to your favorite resort for some

walking, hiking, swimming or anything that would get your heart pumping. It can create more wonderful memories to bring you closer. The best gift may very well be just spending a stress-free day together doing something you both love to do. A glass of flavanoidfilled red wine and a few dark chocolates are awesome heart-helping indulgences. Start your planning today, and phone a local florist to get exactly what youre looking for.
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Eating your veggies, substituting white with whole-wheat flour and detoxing your digestive tract
By Karmen Nenahlo

Question: Whats best for vegetables fresh or frozen? Answer: Vegetables are vegetables. The key here is that youre eating them be it fresh or frozen. When eating fresh vegetables, choose ones that are in season for enhanced flavor. If choosing to cook your vegetables, remember that the vitamin and mineral content of produce is greatly influenced by high temperatures, exposure to light and acidity. To maximize the nutritional value of cooked vegetables, here are a couple key recommendations: Cook your vegetables for as short an amount of time as possible. Hallelujah for the microwave! Minimize the amount of water used to cook vegetables to prevent leaching of nutrients into cooking water. As winter approaches and farmers markets become a fleeting memory, so does access to fresh produce. Turning to frozen vegetables is a viable replacement during those cold winter months, as vegetables are flash frozen at their nutrient rich peak. Maximum nutritional value and a lower price (generally) you cant beat that! Question: How do you replace white flour with whole-wheat flour in baking? Answer: The major motivator for replacing white flour with wholewheat flour is the obvious nutritional advantage. Whole grains can help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of chronic disease, aid in weight maintenance and provide additional fiber. So why not bake a little extra healthiness into your favorite foods? Sounds easy, right? Not exactly. Whole-wheat flour behaves very differently in a recipe than white flour. Therefore, certain adjustments must be made when substituting whole wheat for white. First off, substituting whole-wheat flour for white flour
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one-to-one is a no go. Whole-wheat flour absorbs much more liquid, so it may be necessary to add more liquid or decrease whole-wheat flour by cup. Now I must provide this disclaimer: the texture of baked products is altered when whole-wheat flour is used in place of white. When using whole-wheat flour, the product becomes denser. This is because the germ, a component of the wheat that is removed from white flour during milling, inhibits gluten formation. Gluten is a protein that makes extensive networks, assisting baked products in rising. Less gluten = less rise and therefore a less fluffy product. The food industry and sensory scientists have been working for years to successfully create a whole-wheat product with the same texture as white flour. Were still waiting! In the meantime, a good way to combat this texture issue is to compromise use half white flour and half whole-wheat flour. You get the added nutritional benefit, and the product remains edible. You can also try adding a tad bit more baking powder or baking soda (other key players in leavening that baked good). Question: Short of taking pills, powders and potions, what else can I do to detox my digestive tract? Answer: Were coming up on that time of year when want to have a rocking bod, but everything is working against us Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. What do all these things have in common? They all focus on food (and most times, too much food). Luckily there are a handful of yoga postures that can health-ify your gut in no time without the hunger pangs of a juice cleanse. These poses include: Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold): In a seated position with legs long, gently
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Is adrenal fatigue behind your tiredness?


By John Sowinski, RPh

re you tired all the time? There is a reason, and you dont have to live with it! We lead stressful lives. We are constantly in battles and having to deal with those stressors. However, sometimes stress comes in forms you may not expect. Are you tired all the time, yet you cant sleep? Maybe you relax in the evening but cant keep your eyes open, then when it is time to go to bed you cant sleep? Maybe you are waking up after sleeping eight hours but you dont feel rested? Do you get a lull in the afternoon where you cant stay awake on the job? And the big one, are you gaining weight around the middle? These are signs of adrenal fatigue. Think back to the caveman days. The caveman is confronted by a saber-tooth tiger. Talk about stressor! He reacts, and his cortisol level shoots up as it is released from his adrenal glands. This raises his blood sugar and adrenalin as he goes in to fright, fight or flight mode. After he deals with the saber-tooth tiger, he is no longer in fight-or-flight mode. Now, think of our lives. You cant quit your job. You may be in a relationship you either cant get out of or choose not to get out of. You have stressors that you are dealing with every day and never get out of fight-or-flight mode. Thus, you never deal with the saber-tooth tiger. Many people are doing just that. Another form of stress that some people may not even think

of is our diet. If your diet consists of fast food, snacks, fried food, pasta and bread, you are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD for short). These foods are inflammatory. Fluctuating blood sugar is another stressor that is inflammatory. When you eat simple carbohydrates like flour and sugar, your blood sugar fluctuates and raises insulin, which is also inflammatory. Many people are living their lives, and they are coping, even though they dont feel like they have energy. Then something dramatic happens. It can be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, surgery or even going through menopause. What can happen then is you crash. You wake up in the morning and feel like you cant get out of bed. You have no motivation. You sleep through the night but dont wake up feeling rested. This is called adrenal exhaustion. If you are reading this and realize that this is you, there are things you can do.
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Aesthetically speaking
What are some treatment options for my chicken neck?
By Dr. Nolan Hetz

Question: My inherited chicken neck appearance was painfully enhanced by my recent successful weight loss of 30 pounds. These bands going up and down, along with the wrinkly hanging skin, almost make me want to gain some of the weight back. I can hide these premature signs of aging with turtleneck sweaters during these winter months, but come spring and summer, the only place to hide will be indoors or possibly behind a fashionable scarf when out and about. What are reasonable treatment options other than accepting both my genetics and the effects of smoking and sun worshipping most of my young adult life? Answer: The vertical bands on your neck are thickened, semi-tensed and stretched out platisimus muscles. The stretched muscle bellies stand out and have separation between them, especially when talking, laughing and making facial gestures. The wrinkly, sagging neck skin is due to a lack of supporting collagen and elastin within the dermis of your skin. This is due to your genetics, UV damage, the delirious effects of the nicotine and other burned tobacco byproducts you inhaled, and possibly by not using any topical creams daily to stimulate the re-growth of collagen fibers. Also, our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is forever growing, but excessive weight gain stretches our skin in a similar fashion to a womans stomach skin stretching during pregnancy.
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The acronym for correcting or reversing a chicken neck appearance isBALL.Bis for BOTOX, used to relax and help reduce the muscle fiber size.Ais for anti-aging, prescription-strength skin care creams like retinol, vitamin C or human growth factor serum. The firstLis for laser energy,like the fractional laser energy containing the erbium, YAG or CO2 wavelength, or mono-polar radiofrequency energy, like Pelleve, Exilis or Thermage, that when applied through the skins surface layers, tighten-up and shrink the skin. They also quickly stimulate collagen re-growth within the dermal layer.The lastLis for neck lifts, to raise the sagging skin back up against the chemically relaxed (via Botox and/or surgically repositioned) platisimus muscle strands. In the past, the more common procedure involved major surgery to correct a drooping face or sagging neck skin issues. The most advanced and minimally invasive neck and face-lifts use permanent sutures that are strategically positioned and gently anchored to the dermal layer of the overlying sagging skin. There is no skin removal and two tiny incisions where the suture ends are secured to specific anchoring points that are hidden above the hairline or behind the ear. Though the well-advertized Lifestyle Lift

face and neck lift procedure is currently a popular choice, a newer approach that uses a single fractional laser treatment on the skins surface, combined with the Sweden-developed Silhouette Lift system (also with cleverly engineered permanent and absorbable suture materials) is the first truly adjustable system to become FDA approved. Both the Silhouette Lift and Lifestyle Lift are easily performed under local anesthesia and oral sedatives in an office setting. The previous gold-standard major surgery called the face off procedure, commonly thought of as being done mostly in Hollywood and The Big Apple, only lasts about five years and then must be re-done to regain a state of correction. But the newest of these lifts, the Silhouette Lift, is adjustable anytime (including in three, five or more years) and only takes a surgeon 15 minutes to help the average person regain some of that new look again.
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By Tony Bednarowski

(Imagine) the possibilities

Have we forgotten who we are, or better yet, where we have come from? As we journey through life, we find ourselves struggling with the everyday events of our ego. What I mean is that society spells out for us at a very early age that we must be better than others and that we need to be number one so we can be a standout above all. So what have we had to surrender in our lives to believe that this is true? Could this be the very reason why so many of us struggle with our own identity and continue to search for who we are and what makes us happy through our achievements, possessions and money rather than trusting what makes us feel worthy and good on the inside? It seems to me that the majority of people are in a continual search for more, believing it will separate them and signify a better or greater self. What if you could separate yourself from what you have vs. what makes you feel good inside? Remember as a child the excitement that you felt on your birthday or Christmas morning? Could you imagine having that feeling every single day when you wake up? What would your life be then? (Imagine) the possibilities What then could hold you back from living your dream (your true purpose)? There would be nothing that could stand in your way, for you would finally be living life the way it was meant to be lived without being afraid of being judged by others. This is our right, and each and every one of us deserves it.
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When you can connect to this place inside of yourself and surrender to it, you will find yourself to be a truly blessed and extremely rich person.
When you surrender to this way of thinking, you open yourself up to a higher you, a more valued and giving you. It is a place inside each and every one of us where peace and prosperity are connected. This place is not measured in dollars or possessions, but a place far above. This is the place where gratitude comes from knowing you have helped or inspired someone through your actions, expecting nothing in return. When you can connect to this place inside of yourself and surrender to it, you will find yourself to be a truly blessed and extremely rich person. At that moment you will have unlocked the mystery of what is inside every single human being alive (why YOU are here) what your specific purpose is. Your search will finally be over and you will then be on your true journey, the one your source (God) intended for you. (Imagine) the possibilities Remember, you are always just one thought away from changing your life!

Tony Bednarowski is co-owner/ publisher of Natures Pathways magazine, Your Path To Healthy Living. He writes about weight loss, nutrition, disease prevention awareness and personal development. For more information, visit www.naturespathways.com. Tony is also founder, developer and nutrition specialist for BeWellCooking.com, Be Well, Live Well. He is a board-certified nutrition specialist focusing on weight loss, chronic disease prevention and sport performance enhancement with more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, nutrition specialist and competitive athlete. For more information, visit www.BeWellCooking.com.

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Encourage children to floss

earning to brush their own teeth is a lesson all children must master. Although parents ultimately may have children who become proficient at brushing their own teeth, getting them to floss is generally more difficult. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41 percent of children aged 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their first teeth. Dental caries are common among children, likely because they have not become proficient at taking care of their teeth. Soft, sticky foods are commonplace in youngkids diets, and these can promote decay. Even well-intentioned gummy vitamins can be sources of dental decay. Oftentimes, these foods become lodged between the teeth or on the surface of molars. If left in contact with the teeth for too long, food particles become a source of carbohydrates for oral bacteria, and cavities may appear as a result. To remove food particles from between the teeth, children must floss, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. It is recommended that parents help their children to floss as soon as two teeth are touching and continue to do so until the child is around the age of eight, when a child should have enough dexterity to do it on his or her own. Flossing is essential to making sure children do not experience cavities at an early age, and it can establish practices that promote oral health throughout life. Despite being so important, many parents fail to encourage flossing or are at a loss as to how to make it enjoyable and effective. Although regular dental floss is one of the first tools for flossing, the dexterity required to wind the floss around little fingers, and then thoroughly clean the teeth, may discourage children. Parents
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Flossing is essential to making sure children do not experience cavities at an early age, and it can establish practices that promote oral health throughout life.
can look into the wide array of flossing helpers available at the store. In fact, many age-appropriate flossers are now available that feature fun designs and smaller profiles to fit into kids mouths more easily. Flossers may be attached to a handle to make back teeth more accessible and promote more effective flossing. Manufacturers such as DenTek, Butler GUM, PlackersKids, Dr. Fresh, Oral-B and Brush Buddies offer childrens flossers. Kidswho shy away from flossing may be more likely to use a childrens water flosser. In lieu of string floss, a water flosser uses a pressurized stream of water to dislodge food from between teeth. Although a water flosser may be more messy, children may enjoy the opportunity to play with water and the cleaning sensation provided. To prevent the buildup of plaque and the development of dental caries, parents should educate children about proper flossing techniques.
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Find an inner compass with SoulCollage


By Teresa Van Lanen
Seena B. Frost, founder of SoulCollage

oday, we know from the news that, in addition to the usual changes that life always brings, many people are facing new transitions in jobs, finances and housing. Many individuals know family or community members with these challenges. What if, in the middle of a transition or at a crossroads, there was a way to get some really helpful guidance with a decision one had to make? SoulCollage, an intuitive collage process, is one way some people find their answers and at the same time are able to rest, play and have fun. SoulCollage has been doing this for thousands of people over twelve years and has trained facilitators who are practicing in over 42 states and 18 countries. What kinds of questions do people ask about their challenges or reshaping their lives? Here are some examples: How should I approach the particular challenge I have? If I decide to take this particular road ahead, what might help me and what might get in the way? What might help me take care of myself and stay healthy with all this stress? These are just three of the infinite questions one might ask oneself in doing a reading with ones very own SoulCollage deck. Following simple directions, the individual SoulCollage cards will speak back to the one who made them and offer access to the card makers own inner wisdom. How does one make such a deck? Looking in on a SoulCollage workshop,
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one would see people who had decided to take a little time just for themselves. They are seated around a table, scissors and glue in front of them. They are having fun leafing through old magazines, old photos and catalogues. Some of them already have a stack of pages in front of them that they have torn out. As they looked through the magazines, some images jumped out at them. Although they didnt understand why exactly, they felt an emotional connection with that image and tore out that page. They cut carefully around the image and move it around on a background they have chosen until it feels right. Then they glue it down on a mat board card. The SoulCollage card practically makes itself! It is hard to believe that it is that simple. Yet the answers to questions the card maker poses can be surprisingly deep when that chosen image finds its voice. The best part is that this wisdom comes from inside the card maker no fortune telling or fortune tellers involved! Seena B. Frost, founder of SoulCollage, authored a great book, SoulCollage Evolving: an Intuitive Collage Process for Self-Discovery and Community (Hanford Mead Publishers). The basic instructions for doing SoulCollage are in it. The book also describes the many ways that all kinds of people in many community, religious and professional contexts are using SoulCollage.

An accessible, inexpensive and simple process, SoulCollage inspires creativity and helps develop real community.
Teresa Van Lanen is a life coachwho conducts presentations, seminars, workshops, teleclasses and other events that help people reconnect with their creative spirit and to move into more joyful and productive life. She is also a local SoulCollage facilitator who will be hosting an introduction to SoulCollage class on Saturday, February 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive images, cards, written materials, instructional guidance and more during this class. Go to Teresas website, www.makingartoflife.com, for more information and to reserve your spot for this potentially life-changing and fun class. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Facebook!

We are all creative beings and that creativity feeds our spirit. Creativity can be a catalyst for positive change in your life. Let Teresa Van Lanen help you tap into your creative energy to balance your life to its fullest, through: Workshops Teleclasses Groups and individual sessions Seminars Newsletters and free reports
To live the life of your dreams, awaken the childlike innocence of your authentic self through the creative process To contact Teresa and to see what new events are planned, go to www.makingartoife.com

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crystalREVELATIONS

Reality TV shows
By Jane Hamilton
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Staurolite, or the fairy cross, along with selenite unicorn horn is adored by the fairy.

06. I counted them. (I may have missed one or two.) Can you believe that is how many reality TV shows that have been on or are now on television spanning the last ten-year period? First, we all know that the fact these shows are even identified with the term reality is ridiculous, as they are anything but real. Doesnt your life mirror that of one of the first family members of reality TV: a Kardashian sister maybe, Brett Michaels or how about Ozzy Osborne? Or maybe your life is closer to one of the Real Wives of any big city or professional sports team, one of the Mob Wives or even Bridezilla? Instead of having reality as a unifying factor between these shows, what we see instead is human behavior in a social setting at its worst. Evidently to have a hit reality show the following elements must exist: an unhealthy competition where the meaner you can be to another human being, the further ahead you are put in the ratings; a diva or a pack of divas (evidently all females on the planet perceive themselves to be a diva or a princess); and a total lack of respect for other human beings. What ever happened to kindness, compassion and understanding? If you are interested in developing attributes of a gentler persuasion, here are a few crystals that can assist you in your quest: Herkimer diamond. Attuning people to one another, Herkimer diamonds promote greater understanding. The promotion of understanding also includes the understanding of self through the powerful connection created as one is attuned to the Creator. Turquoise. Attuning one spiritually, while promoting increased communication in the physical world, turquoise is known as a great healer and protective crystal. As a stone of empathy, it unites the world to the universe, unites male and female, and promotes communication and understanding. Emerald. To enhance patience and understanding, emeralds promote friendship and unconditional love. Opening the heart chakras, unconditional love is promoted and the emotions are calmed. Mutual respect and understanding
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omance. What does that mean in 2013 ... a Facebook post, a text, an e-card? Are the days of the grand gesture and small tokens of affection for Valentines Day pass? Do we really want to trade the tradition of expressing fondness for another with old-fashioned sentimentality, for quick Internet clicks and 140-character tweets? This holiday, why not put down the devise and surprise your special someone with an ardent expression of love inspired by these quotes of wellknown writers and philosophers.

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire, French Enlightenment writer. Nature can provide the most enchanting gift when combined with a little thought. Flowers, leaves and grasses

picked at their peak and pressed between the worn pages of a favorite poetry book or a passage from a beloved novel are not only charming, antiquated and unique, but intriguingly private and wont get lost in the glare of cyberspace.
He who love touches, walks not in darkness. Plato, Greek philosopher. If your love makes you feel like setting off fireworks, create a smaller version of the same emotion. Mesmerize your sweetheart with a fragrant candle, a lighted key chain or a string of twinkle lights that unexpectedly decorate the doorstep. If you know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse, German/Swiss novelist and poet. Valentines Day isnt just for lovers. Take a moment to think of someone that is distinctive in your life: a teacher, a client, grandmother, sister, someone going through a health crisis or someone who has just lost their loved one, and send a little care their way. Let them know that you are thinking of them with a special trinket or a gift card from a favored salon, spa or specialty store.
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Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are those that dont cost a cent; a poem penned by you, a handwritten note, a song, a prayer. Dig deep and express your love originally and genuinely.

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. Pindar, poet of ancient Greece. Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are those that dont cost a cent; a poem penned by you, a handwritten note, a song, a prayer. Dig deep and express your love originally and genuinely. Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright. Hypnotize another by appealing to one or more of their senses. Bring over a CD of your favorite music, a DVD of a favorite movie, a mini bottle of wine and little box of chocolates, a miniature fragrance or a petite piece of jewelry; gesture grand, token small. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha, Indian spiritual teacher. Thats right; show yourself some love. A

bottle of nail polish with a quirky name, a bright fuchsia lipstick, a scented mini hand lotion or a travel size of your favorite hairspray; give yourself a gift that will remind you repeatedly over the next few months to be good to yourself.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. Mother Teresa, Albanian/Indian Roman Catholic nun. Shoveling a neighbors walk, carrying a customers packages as they leave your shop, taking your parents garbage container to the curb on your way to work, a quick, unexpected phone call just to say, Youre on my mind., a surprise visit to someone who may be feeling isolated and alone ... five, ten, fifteen minutes can be all it takes to honor someone on the day devoted to love.
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By Alan M. Zierler

f youre a credit union member in the Fox Cities area, you likely know about many of the great money-saving benefits credit unions offer, like lower rates on loans, lower and fewer fees, and lots of easyto-use account access tools. If you have an account with a credit union, you are a member and an owner. Approximately

87 million Americans are credit union members already. Here are just some of the reasons that joining a credit union can benefit you:

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products and services, from savings and checking accounts to vehicle loans, home loans, credit cards and much more. However, credit unions are also unique and different from banks, as they are not-forprofit cooperatives that exist to serve their members, not just a group of stockholders. Each credit union member owns a piece of the credit union, and each member has a vote for the board of directors. Profits from a credit union are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits and lower fees on services. Credit unions also give back to the communities they serve by supporting local causes both financially and through volunteerism.

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Many area credit unions offer a variety of free workshops, seminars and other financial education opportunities to help empower adult members to make wise financial choices.

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Free tools, products and services

If you like free stuff and want to be able to take your credit union account with you, be sure to ask about the following when determining which credit union works for you. Many of the credit unions in the Fox Cities offer free mobile banking (plus a free mobile app), free online banking, free phone banking, free bill pay and more, so you can check your accounts, transfer funds, and pay your bills whenever and wherever it works for you. If you qualify, a free debit card may also be an option with free checking. While rumor has it that free checking is no longer free at some financial institutions, many credit unions still offer these no minimum

balance, no monthly fee accounts, including all the free account access tools, too.

People helping people

At a credit union, youre more than just a customer; youre a member and part of a cooperative that exists to benefit all of its members. Many area credit unions offer a variety of free workshops, seminars and other financial education opportunities to help empower adult members to make wise financial choices. Credit union employees also work closely with area school districts, from elementary through high school, to educate students early in life about smart saving and spending habits they can carry throughout their lifetimes.

If you live or work in the Fox Cities, you are likely eligible to join one of several community-chartered credit unions in the area. We are lucky to have a large number of credit unions in our geographic region, so finding one that is convenient for you, with the products and services you need, should be relatively easy. You can usually activate your membership by depositing as little as $5-$25 into a credit union account (amount varies, depending on the credit union you choose). To find out more about credit unions and which one may be most convenient for you, go to www.culookup.com or visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
Alan M. Zierler is the president and CEO of Capital Credit Union, where he has been a board member for 24 years. He holds a bachelors degree in business management from Silver Lake College and serves on the board of directors for Corporate Central Credit Union and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, among others. Zierler and his wife, Judy, have been married for 35 years, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. Headquartered in Kimberly, Capital Credit Union has over $449 million in assets and serves more than 34,000 members.

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Smiles for Michelle


By Kathi Bloy

t 17, Michelle Straumfjord Bolton was a power lifter. I weighed 115 pounds, she says, and I bench pressed my body weight. She also dead-lifted 235 pounds and, tucked into a power lifting suit, squatted 265. Today Bolton sometimes cant raise her arms to brush her own hair without excruciating pain in her joints. The 26-year-old mother of Isaiah, 31 months and Elijah, 15 months, experiences debilitating migraines and loses consciousness without warning. When she comes to, she often stutters until her brain kicks in again. At times she has no feeling in her limbs, and has endured severe abdominal pain and nausea. All of these symptoms and more are the result of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Since her diagnosis, Boltons husband, Jacob, has taken responsibility for most of the housework and care of their little boys. That could change in the future. The POTS Treatment Center in Dallas, Texas reports on their website that patients feel 80-100% better following treatment that includes exercises and biofeedback. The program requires ten consecutive days of treatment. In addition to $5,000 for treatment and equipment, there is the cost of transportation and lodging. Bolton will need to be accompanied, since she cannot travel alone. The total cost of her treatment, with travel, lodging and meals for two, will probably be about $11,000. Her family and friends held a Celebration of Support with help from Community Benefit Tree (CBT) this fall and were able to raise enough funds to pay off all of Boltons past medical expenses. However, they werent able to cover the POTS treatment. The

financial picture has worsened since Bolton quit her job in August after passing out regularly at work. In addition, her husband recently became unemployed. Bolton says the emotional pain her condition has caused hurts almost as much as the physical symptoms. Unthinking people have made comments about the state of the Boltons apartment. That hurts, she says. A former straight-A student and athlete, she doesnt like sitting helplessly by while her husband does most of the work. He does the best he can, but he has a lot on his plate. When she was still able to drive, she had a disabled parking permit. She says, My condition mostly cant be seen. Unless youve seen me pass out, I look normal. So you can imagine how I felt after parking my car when a woman pointed to me and told her little girl, Thats the kind of people who take advantage of the system! One of the bright spots for Bolton has been CBT. She explains, I love Community Benefit Tree. They are amazing! They taught my support group how to put on a benefit event for me. We couldnt have raised the money we did without them. The organization is still involved in Boltons welfare, raising money to pay for her treatment in Dallas. Because they are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, all donations made through CBT are tax-deductible. If you would like to assist Bolton in raising the funds she needs for this treatment and regaining her hope for a normal life, you

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can go to www.communitybenefittree.org and click on Michelle Boltons button to donate. You can also send checks to Community Benefit Tree, Attn: Smiles for Michelle, 2204 Crooks Ave., Suite C, Kaukauna, WI 54130.
Community Benefit Tree, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, celebrates peoples lives and supports them during medical crises. They help families, friends and co-workers plan Celebration of Support events for their loved ones and provide education, support, resources and financial assistance for families struggling with medical crises. CBT has assisted with more than 450 Celebration of Support events in the last eight years. For more information, visit www.communitybenefittree.org or contact CBT staff at 920.422.1919. Kathi Bloy is a freelance writer from Appleton, Wis.

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1. Plan out your meals.

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5. Avoid boredom eating.

I am not a snacker, but most people are. If you must snack, choose veggies and lean protein. Try some homemade dip and veggies, or low-fat cheese with an apple. Before you have that snack, have a BIG glass of water. If you are still hungry after five minutes, then have your snack.

6. Move your body.

Even if you are stuck in the house and cant make it out to the gym or the park, you can still burn some calories. I like to have dance breaks if my little girl and I are watching a Disney movie and a song comes on (which is about five times a movie). I yell out, Dance break!, and we both jump up and dance together for the entire song. It will not only teach your kids to stay active, but also burn off some calories. Exercise with your kids! They love it, and it helps you to create a good habit!

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If at all possible, even if your kids are still on baby food, cook for yourself everyday; breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you enjoy cooking, you will love this idea, if you are new to cooking look at it as practice. This will help you from grabbing a frozen meal, most of which are full of chemicals, sodium and preservatives, or skipping lunch and overeating at dinner. I make a big batch of something delicious at the beginning of the week, and it feeds me for days. I have recommended emeals.com in the past, or you can just go online and Google ~ easy healthy meals. Remember, its not just about you if you are a stay-at-home mom; your kids see your behavior and imitate it. How would you feel if a daycare provider was smoking a cigarette in front of your child? Well, eating an entire bag of chips or a candy bar in front of them is just as bad, or maybe worse, because there is no age requirement on food. Lead by example! One more thing, dont obsess about your weight in front of your kids, or at all, for that matter!
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Treat slips and falls with deep tissue massage


By Heidi R. Arnoldussen

icture it: a beautiful winter day, new snow has fallen, youre out for a walk, and then it happens you slip and fall.Now what? Many Americans suffer from injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents, especially during the winter months.Most figures estimate that more than one million people suffer a significant slip or fall each year. Injuries suffered during a fall can cause excruciating pain and limit your ability to participate in activities you enjoy.After a fall, many people simply attempt to wait out the pain. Many injuries heal on their own, but even those that eventually heal without treatment, often leave you in pain and unable to work, sleep or play for weeks at a time.Toughing it out is not your only option. Deep tissue massage can help speed recovery from many injuries, including those suffered in slip and fall accidents.No matter what type of injury you have suffered, it is likely that deep tissue massage will be able to help you heal and reduce the amount of pain you feel.

down.Depending on the injury, a therapist may use strokes that apply deep pressure to the injured area, slow and powerful strokes that create friction against the grain of the muscle, or a combination of these techniques.The strength and power of the stroking techniques allow the therapist to break apart the adhesions causing the pain. Unlike other forms of classic massage therapy, the primary focus of deep tissue massage is not relaxation or stress reduction. Instead, the goal of this type of massage is to focus on a specific problem area and help repair it.

Helpful tips to prevent slips and falls this winter:


Step on it Wear shoes or boots that have adequate tread to provide enough traction on snow or ice.You can purchase traction cleats or anti-slip soles to put on existing shoes that dont have enough tread. Test areas that might be slick by tapping your foot on them. Look out Make sure that your hood, hat or scarfdoesntblock your view of the street ahead of you. Dont carry loads that you cant see over when walking up or down icy/snowy stairways. Stay balanced Take smaller steps than usual to keep your center of gravity under you. If youre walking on ice, bend your knees slightly and try not to lean forward. Shuffle if necessary. Keep your hands out of your pockets so you can use them for balance.Keep your eyes on where youre going.
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What is deep tissue massage therapy?

Deep tissue massage uses specific stroking techniques to help realign layers of muscle and connective tissue found deep below the skin.Many injuries suffered in a fall can cause stiffness, sore or damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments.Deep tissue massage uses slow and powerful strokes to help the healing process begin. Many times, soft tissue injuries suffered during a fall will develop bands of rigid and painful tissue known as adhesions or scar tissue.When an adhesion develops, it can cause pain, inflammation, limited movement and a block in circulation. To put it simply, adhesions not only cause you pain; they also slow the healing process. The stroking techniques used in deep tissue massage help alleviate pain and promote proper healing by breaking adhesions
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The primary focus of deep tissue massage is ... to focus on a specific problem area and help repair it.
What to do if you find yourself falling?
Reduce your chances of an injury by keeping these tips in mind: Be a stunt person Roll with the fall, like a stunt person.Its better to fall on your side than use your arms to break your fall.Your side can bear the impact better than the smaller bones in your arms and wrists.
Watch your head If your feet fly out from beneath you, protect your head from hitting the pavement by bending your back and head forward.

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Using technology for children with ADHD


By Steven R. Clothier, MSE, PPSP

ver the last few years, there has been a surge of interest in the emWave technology for children, ages 7 to 18, diagnosed with ADHD. Both parents and educators are drawn to this technology because it helps children reduce stress and improve impulse control. With the current push to improve academic performance and test scores in school environments and the oft-cited behavioral and learning challenges many ADHD children experience, emWave technology is increasingly being integrated as an important part of a larger package of strategies to help children be more successful in their home and school experiences. Most children find the emWave technology fun and appealing, and there is ample evidence that learning this technology teaches self-regulation skills, and can help them cultivate better relationships and improve academic focus. This is especially true for children with ADHD, who know from experience their behavior sometimes gets them in trouble. The emWaves software games motivate them to improve their scores and performance levels, and parents and educators appreciate that the emWave is self-directed and user-friendly for recording and reviewing session data.

which teaches a self-regulation tool that uses a breathing pacer; and 2) three colorful interactive games that add layers of fun and novelty to the overall experience.

What does the emWave Desktop technology measure?

What is the emWave Desktop technology?

The emWave Desktop technology trains children and adults to reduce stress, gain greater self-control and increase resilience. Using either an ear sensor or finger sensor connected to a USB module running on emWave software, it monitors and displays an individuals heart-rhythm patterns and coherence levels on a computer screen. Coherence is defined as an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions operate in sync and are balanced, which has been proven to have numerous mental, emotional and physical benefits. (www.heartmath.org/research/research-home/coherence.html) By practicing self-regulation techniques, people change their coherence levels. Each individual session automatically is recorded and stored so users can track their progress over time. The emWave Desktop includes: 1) an application called the Coherence Coach,
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The emWave measures a persons heart rate variability (HRV), or the beat-to-beat changes in heart rate. It allows a person to observe their changing rhythms in real time, and plots the natural increases and decreases of the heart rate. The analysis of HRV serves as a window into the function and balance of the autonomic nervous system, which controls approximately 90% of our bodily functions.

Why is the measure of HRV important?

Scientists and doctors consider HRV to be an important indicator of health and fitness. It is a marker of physiological resilience and behavioral flexibility, reflecting our ability to adapt effectively to stress and environmental demands. A simple analogy illustrates this: As the shifting stance of a tennis player about to receive serve provides balance and a greater ability to react to where the ball lands, the heart in healthy individuals similarly is responsive, resilient, primed and ready to react to all sorts of circumstances. Additionally, HRV is a marker of biological aging. Our heart rate variability is greatest when we are young, but as we age the range of
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variation in our resting heart rate becomes smaller. Although the age-related decline in HRV is a natural process, having abnormally low HRV for ones age group is associated with increased risk of future health problems and premature mortality. Low HRV also is observed in individuals who have a wide range of diseases and disorders. Practicing HeartMaths coherence-building techniques regularly can help reduce stress-induced wear and tear on the nervous system and aid in the bodys natural regenerative processes. Typically, the smoother the HRV pattern HRV is displayed as a sine wave the more synchronized the nervous system is. The greater the irregularity and jagged pattern in HRV the less , synchronized the nervous system is. For additional information regarding the use of emWave technology with ADHD children, please go to the links below. These provide information related to two studies completed and the positive impact of the emWave software and HeartMath techniques. www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/ coherence-training-in-children-with-adhd.html www.heartmath.org/research/research-publications/ effects-of-game-based-relaxation-training.html
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he phone rings. I lift the phone from its cradle and the vibration of fear surges up my arm into my body Hello, this is Jesse. How may I help you? A meek voice asks, Are you for real? I need to know. I need help. I feel like I am going crazy. She continues, I am fine most of the day until I walk through the door of my new home. My aunt tells me my new home is haunted, but she isnt a psychic. Are you really a psychic? I respond, Yes, I am. She asks again, Can you help me? And I say, Yes, I can. We set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Three days later, we meet. I learn she comes from a tight-knit family; three sisters, two brothers, mom, dad and a grandmother. She was born in the house she was raised in, as were her brothers and sisters and her father as well. The house has been in the family for three generations. It has been the only place she has ever called home in her 24 years. Her new house is a 120-year-old Victorian in Oshkosh. When she first set eyes on it, she instantly fell in love with it, as it reminded her of the only home she has ever known. It was selling at a bargain, so she bought it. She is married to an Army helicopter pilot who spends many months away at a time. For the first time in her life she finds herself alone. I also learned that it wasnt just her aunt that told her the house
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I let myself become contaminated with her fear in order to understand what she is going through.
was haunted she has had three other psychics agree. One local ghost-busting group claimed it was a poltergeist living in the house and didnt want her living there. As she explains, the level of fear continually increases throughout the interview. I tell her I will need to inspect the property before I determine what can be done. I set up a time for the inspection of the property at a time corresponding to the full moon, as it is easier to pick up spirit energy during that time. I also suggest she go stay at her parents house in Milwaukee for her peace of mind. She agrees. After she left the office, every cell of my body was vibrating with fear. WOW! It was bad. My stomach was turning. How can that be? I am not afraid of ghosts. And as for demons, I have encountered them one or two times a year over the last 32 years and I can assure you, I do not back down. I hold my ground no matter how creepy it may be. I let myself become contaminated with her fear in order to understand what she is going through. Check back next month for the inspection .
Master Jesse, Zenith Master, is from Mystical Earth Gallery, located at 112b E. College Ave., downtown Appleton. For more information, please call 920.993.1122 or visit www.mysticalearthgallery.com.
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Sustainable soils
Part 1 Soil Basics
By Todd Rockweit

n a series of articles that will be written its tendency to become compacted. For a words, the pH of the soil. This pH is a critical throughout this years growing season, quick and easy way to test soil structure, try factor in determining nutrient availability, I will try to walk you through the the ribbon test (for instructions, see www. especially if the soil is lacking biology, but process of converting a non-productive backyardorganics.net/faq/). well get into that in later articles. Dependand/or chemical-dependent lawn, garden ing on the test, a chemical test should also and/or farm into a safe, sustainable envi- Chemical give you the holding capacity of nutrients ronment that requires less time, money Understanding the chemical makeup of soil (C.E.C.), organic matter percentage, and and effort to achieve fantastic results. This is the typical benchmark used by most land soluble values of macro and micro nutrients, month, however, we are going to focus on care providers. This will give you a better which are the nutrients actually available to the basics of soil and help you understand understanding of the macro (nitrogen (N), the plants. Again, the chemical component Providing your starts. or business phosphorus (P), potassium (K)) and the to soil is certainly a key factor and one that how sustainability family Soil islawns, made up of 45 percent micro typically healthyand sand; gardens, andpercent and nutrients found in the soil. Chemical should behealthy, sustainable soil. will not trees testing will also uncover the blood count achieve a understood, but by itself clay, silt 25 percent air; 25 shrubsand five organic land matter (if and blood pressure of the soil, in other water; using percent organic care continued on page 47 youre lucky). products. Understanding your soil services and to achieving sustainabilprofile is the start ity, but we are not done yet. The conventional view of soil looks at three independent factors which make up soil: structural, chemical and biological. The emerging view of soil and soil health is looking at the same three factors; however, rather than looking at each component independently, soil health is achieved when all three are working together, not autonoResidental & commerical organic land care services & products since 2004 mously. Lets consider the three factors independently and then how they should Scan to learn more! work together.

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Aging fearlessly
By Kate McCarthy

e have all heard the old adage about aging gracefully. It implies an acceptance of the facts of aging and going gently with the flow of the passing years. It means forgoing the struggles to appear and behave unrealistically and ridiculously younger than ones age. There is a certain beauty about aging gracefully. The ability to live life with poise, dignity and few regrets is an amazing blessing. Yet a passive bow to the passing of time, as graceful as that might be, is not enough. There is also need for todays elderly to face the future fearlessly. Aging is not for sissies. It is fearful business watching oneself and loved ones succumb to the ravages of time. Weakness, fatigue and loss of abilities to cope with the little tasks of life are often combined with the fear of becoming dependant and a burden on family and friends. Illness and disability surround the elderly and the awful specter of dementia lurks in the shadows of many elders worries. There are no guarantees as we age, and as many older people will attest, life has a way of dealing all of us some difficult blows. It takes great courage growing old. To be able to rise above the uncertainties of life and face the future with boldness is fearless aging. How do the elderly face the future fearlessly? Those with courageous attitudes often know that age isnt just a number. Chronological age is based on the number of years since birth and is what most people think of as their age. Yet as a person ages, their focus on the numbers may not be helpful. Functional age is based on how the body functions and can be a better measure
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of age if an elder is in good physical condition. Subjective age is the best measure as it can be controlled. Subjective age is all about frame of mind and attitude, and is the age the fearless focus on. Looking at how the fearless age, there are some common tips used by the most courageous elderly.
Age with attitude Abe Lincoln once said, People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. We cannot change the past or control the future. We cannot change others, but we can choose our attitudes. Attitude plays a major role in how people view their situation and how they feel psychologically and physically. Choose to be happy and content in today. A positive point of view affects every aspect of life and empowers the aging with courage. Take care of business There are a lot of decisions to be made about aging. Beyond health care and retirement finances, there is the business of settling estates and death to deal with. Take care of each decision ahead of time and reduce the stress of growing older for yourself and your family. Get all the business of aging organized and let your family know your plans and where to find the paperwork. Get busy Retired does not mean inactive. There is a lot of work involved with remaining a healthy elder. Exercise of the mind

and body should become the new employment of the elderly and it needs to be taken as seriously as any career move ever made. Being actively employed with physical exercise and brain stimulation can make all the difference in the quality of life for the aging.
Invest in the future Pass on your wisdom and principles to the next generation by spending your time and energy with your children and grandchildren. The legacy of your values is a gift you pass on to the future that will affect generations to come. Aging fearlessly takes a lot of effort and positive mental outlook. Many times it requires choosing thought patterns and behavior quite the opposite of how one feels. Elders who exhibit such courage set the example for all of us and are truly heroic.
Kate McCarthy is director of operations for HomeAid Health Care, which provides non-medical home services for the elderly who wish to remain safe and independent at home. HomeAid is a sister company to Prairie Home Assisted Living, which has served the physical, spiritual, mental and health needs of their residents since 1999. Together the two companies provide comprehensive care that meets the needs of the elderly in the Fox Valley. Sources: Aging Gracefully Retrieved from www. retirementonline.com on 12/15/12. Four Ways to Age Fearlessly by Gay Edelman. Retrieved from www.thirdage.com on 12/15/12. 12 Step Plan for Graceful Aging Retrieved from www.aquidoo.com on 12/15/12. Quotes by Abraham Lincoln. Retrieved from www. brainyquote.com on 12/27/12.
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Biological

The biological component to healthy soil is probably the least discussed and perhaps the most influential factor in achieving sustainability. The biological component is made of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes in addition to a variety of other insects. Why is it important to understand the biological makeup of your soil? Because without good soil biology, pH alone will determine nutrient availability to your plants and manual inputs will then be required to retain the appropriate nutrient levels to feed those plants.
Here is a closer look at the microbes found in healthy soils: Bacteria are mostly decomposers, which feed on plant exudates and fresh organic matter. They immobilize and retain nutrients in their bodies and are very nitrogen dense. Bacteria have six times the nitrogen than the microbe that feeds on them. Think of them as little bags of fertilizer! Fungi are also decomposers, feeding on more complex organic matter. Fungis

The biological component to soil is the difference between dirt and soil. Without biology, over time you would simply have sterile dirt.
thread-like growth habit improves soil texture, transports water and nutrients, and protects against pathogens. Protozoa, nematodes and other insects are the predators to bacteria and fungi, and the carrier of the value that comes in the form of natural, slow-releasing fertilizer. The biological component to soil is the difference between dirt and soil. Without biology, over time you would simply have sterile dirt. The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Soil requires a balance between structural, chemical and biological components to be sustainable. If you are lacking one component, your soil will require manual inputs in the form of fertilizers (either organic or chemical-based) or mechanical soil manipulation. The greater the balance, the more sustainable the soil. In the months ahead, we will talk more about how soil components should work together and how to build and maintain soil fertility.
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Mindfulness: the key to a closer relationship


By Judy Rogers, LCSW

ver the years, I have had the honor to work with many couples as a marriage counselor. I have learned that many people share similar struggles. What I often hear is, If only my husband or wife would change, then I would be happy. Or more simply put, Please fix him or her, then this marriage would work. Often, as time passes, relationships become more of a challenge due to this false belief that we have to fix our life partner to be happy. In my work, I teach couples skills to improve their communication; to use more effective ways to ask for what they need and to listen more effectively to each others needs. Often by learning these new skills, couples are able to have greater respect for each other and experience more closeness. But what I often hear is, How can we sustain this closeness in our relationship when there are so many changes and challenges facing us? I believe the key to sustaining closeness in our relationships is the establishment of a mindfulness practice. Researchers Burpee and Langer (2005) studied the effects of a mindfulness practice on marital satisfaction. They found that through a mindfulness practice, couples were able to resolve conflict more effectively, improve their ability to listen to each other without judgment and become

more open to their partners point of view. It is their belief that because of these three principles, couples with a mindfulness practice are enjoying more satisfying and fulfilling relationships. A mindfulness practice enables us to connect more deeply with ourselves, and thus, with another. True closeness with another begins with more awareness and acceptance of self. When we are going through life on autopilot, it is easy to become critical and attack when our needs are not met. We say things like, You never have time for me. Or, You are more in love with your computer than you are with me. Instead of being aware of our need for more closeness and time with our partner, we lash out, turn to addiction or find somebody else. Our desire for closeness is a legitimate

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We learn to accept who we are and what we want, and we take responsibility for finding our own happiness and well-being, while walking hand-in-hand with a partner who is doing the same.
need. Lashing out, getting involved with an addiction or having an extramarital affair is only fueling a painful cycle of blame and more distancing. Whereas if we were able to bring awareness and acceptance to our need for more closeness and take responsibility for it, we may find out that our partner is also experiencing a feeling of distance and wishes for more closeness. Another problem I have often observed is the false belief that in order to have a close relationship, we must discount our own needs and say yes when we really mean no. When we are mindful, we begin to realize that the fear of standing up for oneself creates feelings of resentment and anger, thereby causing behaviors that create more distance. We expect our partner to read our

mind, and when that doesnt happen we get upset. Through an awareness and acceptance of our needs, we begin to realize that by being responsible for our own needs and asking for what we need, saying no when we mean no and yes when we mean yes, we release the energy of anger and resentment. We replace these negative emotions with an open heart and experience love and compassion, which then leads to more closeness. Mindfulness, which is rooted in Buddhism, is popular nowadays for good reason. It has become a well-researched way to slow down and go through life with more awareness, acceptance and compassion. A mindful approach to marriage counseling involves learning how to replace the need to fix our partner with the ability to recognize our own intentions, feelings and needs. We learn to accept who we are and what we want, and we take responsibility for finding our own happiness and well-being, while walking hand-in-hand with a partner who is doing the same. We no longer expect to fix our marriage by fixing our partner. Instead, we practice mindful listening and releasing judgment. It is my belief that a couple who shares a mindful practice stays together and grows stronger in their commitment to share an ever-changing and challenging journey to a happier and healthier life.
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An audiologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders, Jedlicka is the director of LearningRx of the Fox Cities, N 474 Eisenhower Drive, Suite C, Appleton. Prior to signing on with LearningRx along with her husband, Ed (a school counselor with Stevens Point Area High School with a Ph.D. in educational psychology), she worked in private practice with auditory processing-disordered kids who are poor readers and have problems with accuracy. In addition, those kids also had attention difficulties in the classroom. I was always looking for good ways to treat that problem, she says. Then I came across LearningRx and found that someone had taken everything I had ever learned about neuroplasticity and created something I could use to treat clients. After doing due diligence on LearningRx and its business model, the Jedlickas found it all made perfect sense. Its a decision they didnt regret. Our first reaction when we learned about the program was it sounds too good to be true, she says. What we have found after treating more than 700 people is that it is definitely NOT too good to be true. LearningRx brain training makes dramatic changes in an individuals ability to learn in a relatively short period of time. In addition to making a big change in a persons ability in a short period of time, these changes are permanent! They dont go away, she adds. The most common effects of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) are difficulty with reading, dyslexia, difficulty with attention and other learning challenges. Jody was looking for a way to effectively treat APD and all of the learning challenges that go along with it. People dont just want a diagnosis they want to know what they can do to change things for the better, she says. LearningRx is different from tutoring, which is simply re-teaching something that wasnt learned the first time around in the classroom. Each day, Jody and her trained staff members look at all of the skills that a student needs to be good at in order for learning and reading to be easy and efficient. These skills include long and short-term memory, logic and reasoning, auditory and visual processing, and processing speed. Once they pinpoint the underlying cause of a learning challenge, then these are all trainable skills. They put together a program that helps clients overcome specific weaknesses and target areas of potential gain rapidly and effectively. LearningRx brain training is based on the science of neuroplasticity. Skills that are practiced get stronger. LearningRx training is targeted and helps to eliminate each clients individual weaknesses. Training is different from teaching. Teaching involves trying to learn academic information like biology or math facts, Jody says. Brain training involves building specific learning skills like memory and attention. When these skills are strong, learning any kind of academic information is easy and efficient. In addition to school-age children, the staff at LearningRx works with adults who are looking to improve their skills for their careers, individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, kids and adults who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, reading disorders or dyslexia, those just falling through the cracks and senior adults who are looking to stay sharp as they age. We can also help high performing individuals perform better. Basically, if you have a brain, we can make it work better, Jody says. LearningRx training improves IQ by an average of 15 points. Higher IQ is associated with higher income potential. Many people with ADD/ADHD can improve to the point that they no longer require medication to manage the condition as well. To begin a program with LearningRx, clients start with a test that pinpoints whats holding a student back. Then staff puts together a program to fix the underlying issue vs. holding their hand and tutoring. It works amazingly well in a fairly short period of time, Jody says. Parents tell us, Im seeing a miracle, which is so rewarding.

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ebruary is known as the month of love. A time to show those you love how much you care. But how much love do you show your skin? Considering its a vital organ to our body, why not show your skin some love. Baobab seed oil LOVES your skin, and it has many healing and nourishing qualities. Its worthwhile to check it out, as your skin may fall in love with it at first sight or shall we say at first touch! Baobab seed oil comes from the seed of the Baobab tree, which traditionally grows in Africa. Its known as the upside down tree because its branches look like roots. The tree grows very tall and wide and can provide shelter inside its trunk for families. The trunks of some baobab trees have been known to reach circumferences up to 25 meters. A tree trunk with that type of circumference has to be around for awhile to gain that kind of girth; therefore, its no surprise the tree has been known to live up to 3000 years. This tree has many things to give, with one being the skin-loving benefits of the seed oil. The oil is extremely skin-friendly and is used to soften the skin, rejuvenate it, encourage cell regeneration and improve elasticity. It does not clog pores, is ultra moisturizing, reduces signs of aging and contains nourishing vitamins A, D, E, F and essential fatty acids. Baobab seed oil helps with eczema, psoriasis and rosacea problems. It can be used to help alleviate pain from such things as burns. The oil is also great for nourishing the hair along with conditioning cuticles and nails. Based on this list, it can be seen why baobab seed oil is a skin-loving oil with skin-healing benefits. It addresses many skin issues and there are a number of ways the oil can be applied to the skin. Baobab seed oil can be used alone or as an ingredient in aromatherapy products such as lotions, salves and body butters. Used alone, it doesnt take much to gain the benefits it holds. Depending on the individuals preferences and the issues being addressed, the best type of application can be identified and then created. When looking for products to help heal your skin, keep baobab
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Alcohol and weight loss


By Kim Neher, MS

lcohol and weight loss are enemies, but an occasional drink can have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many experts note the health benefits of consuming a single drink per day, including a reduced risk for high blood pressure. If, however, you are exceeding one drink daily, you might be sabotaging your weight loss plans. Here is a helpful list to understand why:
1. Alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods and beverages. Under normal conditions, your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins that need to be slowly digested in the stomach but not when alcohol is present. When alcohol is consumed, it gets special privileges and needs no digestion. The alcohol molecules diffuse through the stomach wall as soon as they arrive and can reach the brain and liver in minutes. This reaction is slightly slowed when there is also food in your system, but as soon as the mixed contents enter the small intestine, the alcohol grabs first place and is absorbed quickly. The alcohol then arrives at the liver for processing. The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for permanent fat storage in the body. 2. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it causes water loss and dehydration. Along with this water loss, you lose important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc. These minerals are vital to the maintenance of fluid balance, chemical reactions, and muscle contraction and relaxation. 3. Alcohol contains seven calories per gram and offers NO nutritional value. It only adds empty calories to your diet. Why not spend your calorie budget on something healthier? 4. Alcohol affects your body in other negative ways. Drinking might help induce sleep, but the sleep you get isnt very deep. Ultimately, as a result, you get less rest. Alcohol can also increase the amount of acid that your stomach produces, causing your stomach lining to become inflamed. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to serious health problems, including stomach ulcers, liver disease and heart troubles.
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If youre choosing to drink, then have wine. If youre having wine, make it red. And when you drink that red wine, enjoy it with, or after, your meal.
5. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, which is detrimental to your diet plans. Alcohol actually stimulates your appetite. While you might be full from a comparable amount of calories from food, several drinks might not fill you up. On top of that, research shows that if you drink before or during a meal, both your inhibitions and willpower are reduced. In this state, you are more likely to overeat especially unhealthy greasy or fried foods which can add to your waistline. To avoid this, wait to order that drink until your meal arrives and enjoy it while you eat. 6. Skipping a meal to save your calories for drinks later is a bad idea. Many drinkers know theyll be having some alcohol later, whether going to a bar, party or just kicking back at home. Knowing that drinking entails extra calories, it may be tempting to
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bank some calories by skipping a meal or two. This is a bad move. If you come to the bar hungry, you are even more likely to munch on the snacks, and drinking on an empty stomach enhances the negative effects of alcohol. If youre planning on drinking later, eat a healthy meal first. Youll feel fuller, which will stop you from overdrinking. If you are worried about a looming night out with friends, include an extra 30 minutes of exercise to balance your calories instead of skipping a meal.
7. What are more important, calories or carbs? You might think that drinking liquor is more diet-friendly because it has no carbohydrates, while both wine and beer do contain carbs. But dieters need to watch calories, and liquor only has a few calories less than beer or wine. Plus, it is often mixed with other drinks, adding even more empty calories. Bottom line alcohol advice from the clinical nutritionist: If youre choosing to drink, then have wine. If youre having wine, make it red. And when you drink that red wine, enjoy it with, or after, your meal.
Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting peoples health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. To learn more, contact Neher at 920.358.5764 or kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com.

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f you are one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from debilitating migraine headaches at least once a week, then you know how disruptive this phenomenon can be1. While it can put a kibosh on your day, it can also be accompanied by other life-disrupting issues such as insomnia, neck pain, numbness, tingling, visual changes, dizziness, nausea, muscle tension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndromes, difficulty concentrating and generalized full-body malaise. Women suffer from debilitating migraine and tension headaches three times more than men, with 30% of women experiencing migraines at some point during their lifetime1. Beyond migraines, tension headaches are even more common, with daily tension headaches appearing in three percent of the population, affecting more women than men2. While tension headaches tend to be accompanied by muscle tension versus the aura that typically comes with migraines, there are effective treatments available for both forms of headaches. One of the best places to start tackling a headache problem is to assess possible triggers. While some people are triggered by tyramine and/or caffeine in their diet, others notice a headache appears

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with excess stress and anxiety, changes in weather, too much time in bright light, strong odors, medications, lack of sleep, low blood sugar and/or hormone changes during the menstrual cycle. If you can identify your trigger(s), you can develop a well-rounded plan to tackle your headaches. Changes might include adjusting birth control or hormone replacement medication to reduce the effects of estrogen imbalance, using sunglasses and limiting your hours in direct sunlight, following a low-tyramine diet, slowly decreasing and/or eliminating caffeine use, avoiding high-odor cleaners and planning regular stress-busting activities throughout your day. Even adding magnesium and vitamin B supplements to your regular diet can assist in diminishing headaches. While finding a solution to your headache problem may seem like a shot in the dark, we do know that regular headache sufferers tend to have a hyperactive nervous system. This means that ordinary sounds, light and physical stresses result in a heightened body response, an increase in sensitivity that needs to be dialed down to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. Symptoms of a hypersensitive nervous system include frequent nausea, overall body aches, muscle tension, painful areas of soft tissue around the body, insomnia or delay in falling asleep, and chronic neck and back pain. Some medications like Lyrica and Neurontin are frequently prescribed to help relax the nervous system; however, many patients are bothered by unwanted side effects like mood changes and weight gain. Thankfully, there are some very helpful, non-medical
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Recent research indicates that moderate exercise is as effective as taking a daily headache medicine on reducing headache frequency and intensity.
remedies to help de-sensitize your nervous system. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to calm your nerves. Recent research indicates that moderate exercise is as effective as taking a daily headache medicine on reducing headache frequency and intensity3. It doesnt have to be an intense or lengthy endeavor, but start with 10-15 minutes of an exercise that makes you break a sweat, and then build from there. Daily exercise is optimal, but four to five days per week will also make a difference. Also think about ways to decrease the stress in your life. Improve your work-life balance by eliminating unnecessary tasks and learning to say no to extra projects that burn you out. If you are a stayat-home mom, take some time away from the kids doing an activity you enjoy that puts you at ease (away from the kids!). Utilizing a strong social support system to empathize with others and vent any

issues you may be facing can also help unload unhealthy emotional stresses that quickly dial up your nervous system. Other simple ways to de-sensitize the nervous system include using heat, stretching, attending physical therapy to reduce muscle tension and learning neural mobilizing techniques. You can also try acupuncture, massage therapy, dry needling or injections to reduce pain and de-stress your body. Dont put off addressing your daily or weekly headaches do something today to address the problem so you can return to the life you love without interruption! Talk to your healthcare provider about putting together a plan that will work for you!
Dr. Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, CSCS, is a physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist with over a decade of experience in treating back pain, neck pain, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia and chronic pain with a hands-on, manual therapy approach balanced with functional exercise. Jill also specializes in treating orthopedic and sports injuries, post-operative joints, and she provides sports performance training on a one-on-one basis. She is the owner of MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice located in Neenah, specializing in personalized care with the same physical therapist every visit. A patient is treated as a whole person, with a thorough evaluation of their movement pattern to address the source pain, not simply just treating just the injury. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 920.215.2050 or visit www.motionworkspt.com. Most insurance plans accepted. Sources: 1. http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org. 2. http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/tension-headaches. 3. Varkey E, Cider A, Carlsson J, Linde M. Exercise as migraine prophylaxis: a randomized study suing relaxation and topiramate as controls. Cephalgia. 2011 Oct:31(14):1428-38.

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Pilates for life


By Cathy Clark

ow do you want to live your life? What do you want your life to feel like and look like? As I consider the questions above, I realize that what I want as a life-long pursuit is to continue to hike, bike, kayak, ski and walk with my friends while enjoying the great outdoors. These forms of recreation are very soothing to my otherwise stressed out, overstimulated mind. Movement heals! How do I reduce the chance of injury while working and playing? Keeping a strong core allows me to jump on my bike or skis with reduced chances of getting hurt and more staying power. Do I get sore when I push it? Sometimes, however I reduce the chance of being injured. This is really what a daily exercise routine is about being in a constant state of ready to play. The cool part is if you do these things with friends, you are exercising and playing from the start! What I am suggesting is that Pilates can help you achieve this and more. It gives you the tools to create core stability and more staying power. It works on stabilizing imbalances within your

Pilates works on stabilizing imbalances within your body and builds a better foundation for good posture.
body and builds a better foundation for good posture. It creates mindfulness for engaging the muscles that stabilize you and keep you safe as you lift, bend, jump or kick your way to deep breathing! And isnt that what its all about ... moving with confidence and enjoying your body? Pilates is used often in rehab for just those reasons. The best part is that Pilates is only as hard as what you are ready for, yet it never gets easy as you practice with concentration, precision, control, centering, breath and flow. I am encouraging you to try Pilates at a studio with an instructor who has a minimum 200 hours of training (the gold standard is 600 hours). This way, your experience will be more about you, more personalized. Look for a studio that offers both group and private/ semi-private sessions in both mat and equipment. It will be money well spent for being work/play ready in this coming year!
Cathy Clark owns CClark Pilates Studio in historic downtown Neenah in the Marketplace, 124 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 225. She has 600 hours of classical Pilates training through Power Pilates, New York City, NY. CClark Pilates Studio is fully equipped with reformers, Cadillac, Tower systems, Ladderback Barrels, Wunda chairs and lots of room for mat classes. For more information, please call 920.410.0026, visit www.CClarkPilates.com or find me on Facebook.
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Pregnancy and exercise: keeping both bodies safe


By Jill Timm, PT, LAT

ow youre pregnant. Congratulations! Welcome to a change in your life. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your last, your body is going to be changing as well. Keep in mind that each pregnancy is different and may require different rules for activity. Hopefully your pregnancy is easy and normal. Good physical fitness during pregnancy has multiple positive benefits for both the mother and baby. For the mother, research shows that moderate

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A healthy pregnant woman should exercise with the same caution as a non-pregnant woman.
There are times that exercise should be avoided. Those circumstances include:

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the pregnancy without trying to reach peak fitness or training for an athletic competition. In summary, a healthy pregnant woman should exercise with the same caution as a non-pregnant woman. The only difference is that now you are exercising for two!
Jill Timm, MSPT, LAT, is a physical therapist with Orthopedic & Spine Therapy. She has over ten years of experience treating in an outpatient setting. Jill specializes in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy with an interest in Womens Health Physical Therapy. Jill and her husband have three children, an eight-year-old son and three-year-old twin girls. To make an appointment with Jill, please call Orthopedic & Spine Therapy of New London at 920.982.3670.

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hat do you notice first at the Terry Naturally health food store in Green Bay? Well, the light, open space, the amazing product selection and the welcoming, friendly staff! Co-owned by Terry and Debra Lemerond, and operated by Debra, Terry Naturally has become a destination store for health-conscious customers in the Green Bay and Fox Valley area and beyond. We see customers who literally drive hours to be here because they love the store, and because they just cant find this wide range of products and personalized service close to home, mentions Debra. Within the store, youll find nutritional supplements featuring the Terry Naturally

brand and much more, including glutenfree foods, natural shampoos and beauty supplies, goats milk and cheese, and an amazing selection of fresh olive oils. But as impressive as the inside space of the building is, the friendly, knowledgeable staff is truly the heart and soul of the business. After all, it can be tough to walk into a store and begin talking to someone you dont know about a health concern. This is why having a caring, helpful crew is so important to Debra. We believe in building sincere relationships with our customers, she says. When you remember what is going on in someones life, what their health concerns are, and genuinely care about their well-being, it makes a big

difference. Many of our customers are truly looking for a partner who can help them stay on track with a healthy lifestyle and provide trustworthy advice. Im blessed with an outstanding staff that can provide exactly that level of support. Aside from the service and selection, there are frequent presentations on all manners of health topics by speakers including natural health expert and co-owner, Terry Lemerond. Every Wednesday there is a market that showcases locally produced, organic food sold by the farmers who raise it, live music and open hours for the attached restaurant, Caff Naturally, providing a farm to fork dining experience. If the weather doesnt cooperate for an outdoor market, its no problem the whole market simply moves indoors. Its an enjoyable, familyfriendly environment and an excellent way to celebrate good health.

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ts not often that I go out to eat and splurge a bit from my only eating healthy thought process. Well, today I did just that! I took out the family for hours of fun at The 10th Frame in Appleton. We took advantage of the $6 unlimited bowling option (Sunday through Thursday, including shoes) this cold Sunday to work up a great appetite for lunch. My 3-yearold nephew had a blast with his first-time bowling experience and seemed to enjoy aiming for the bumpers more than the bowling pins. It was nice getting in some winter exercise while we watched my dad beat us all with his 180 bowling score. Even if youre not a bowling expert (like me), its truly a fun bonding experience! Best of all, we burned calories and worked up an

appetite for the delicious menu designed (with the help of his mother) by owner Chad Van Daalwyk. Being a vegetarian, I went with the Homemade Veggie Quesadilla. Filled with sauted onions, green peppers and black olives, and topped with cheese. The crisp tortilla had a delicious grill flavor. No matter how many quesadillas I attempt to make at home, I cannot seem to master this perfection. The salsa on the side gave it just enough bite. If you are looking for something less cheesy, they offer three great fresh salad options as well. My father decided to continue his quest for the perfect roast beef sandwich and ordered The Lefty. He said it has to be number one, and if not, a close runner-up on his list. The sauted green peppers and onions were a perfect complement to the tender shaved roast beef, all smothered with Wisconsin provolone cheese and served on a warm hoagie. When I asked him for his comments on the sandwich, all he could say was, Tastes like more. Thats a great sign when he finishes his plate and wants another! My sister went with the Bens Tender Melt, which features crisp chicken tenders, cheddar cheese, ranch, lettuce, tomato and bacon all served on sourdough or in a wrap. She went with the sourdough bread and raved that it was absolutely delicious! She truly loves her chicken sandwiches and said she would certainly order this one again. Her fiance went with the Strike Burger, which typically would be a lb. beef burger patty, however,

at The 10th Frame you have the option to substitute the beef for chicken, which is just what he did. This burger features tomato, bacon, BBQ sauce, lettuce and cheddar cheese. He said it was a delicious Wisconsin burger! The tangy sauce was the perfect flavor to complement the others. My fiance went with the Hahns King Pin burger, which features a lb. beef patty with your choice of cheese and, of course bacon (the perfect complement to any meal in his mind). It was grilled perfectly to his preference with just the right amount of smoked bacon. He thoroughly enjoyed it. All of our meals went well with our day of bowling and football! From healthy to hearty, you truly have an array of options to choose from at The 10th Frame. Round up your family or friends, and come for a night of live entertainment and free bowling (21 and over) from 9-midnight with a shoe rental. Or, stop in to watch a sporting event on one of the many TVs and dont forget to play a game of good old-fashioned skee ball!

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ugary or fattening foods may be popular snacks, but consuming too many of these items can cause health implications, including weight gain, that could last for years. Althoughhealthexperts tout certain super foods that are essential for the body, there are run-of-the-mill foods that are far less glamorous but pack their own healthy punch and are much more readily available. When making your next shopping list, be sure to add these items. Rice: Starchy rice is a versatile food that can accompany many meals. As a side dish or on its own or with some broth in a soup, rice can help satisfy hunger and keep the stomach feeling full. Brown rice is a healthier option than processed white rice. Rice is also gentle on the stomach for people who need to consume bland diets due to any gastrointestinal ailments. Rice stores well and will not go bad, so you can stock up. Low-fat yogurt: Yogurt can be enjoyed as a snack any time of the day. Rich in calcium and healthy probiotics, yogurt can even replace certain ingredients in recipes, including creams and sour cream. As a dessert, yogurt is a better option than more fattening puddings or ice cream. Thicker varieties of yogurt can help you feel fuller, longer. Unsalted nuts: An excellent protein-rich

snack, nuts can be the go-to food when you need a nutritional pick-me-up. Although they tend to be high in fat, much of the fat content is unsaturated fat that is rich in omega acids necessary for cardiovascular and neurologicalhealth. Nuts can be sprinkled on salads or served with cheeses to make meals more satisfying. Canned or dried fruits: Fruits that are packed in natural fruit juices are just as healthy as fresh produce. However, they can be stored for longer periods of time without spoiling. Fruits are full of required vitamins and are a natural fiber source to keep digestion in check. Dried fruits can be added to nuts to make a healthy trail mix. Raisins, for example, are a great source of iron, which helps the blood transport oxygen. Beans and legumes: These foods are high in protein as well as fiber, generally in a low-calorie package. Beans and legumes can replace meats as a protein source in many meals when the goal is to reduce caloric and fat intake. Beans can be used to thicken sauces or make foods more hearty, helping to stretch them further. Vegetables: Whether fresh or frozen, vegetables are a must-have staple. Vegetables are ripe with vitamins and minerals, and pack a lot of punch with very low calories and fat. Theyre one of the snacks that

can be eaten in abundance without worry of racking up a lot of calories. Aim to have half of your plate filled with vegetables at every meal, which will keep you full. Lean protein sources: Fish, poultry and lean cuts of meat are often the basis for meals. They can be kept and enjoyed in moderation. Rich cuts of pork and beef may be flavorful, but are high in saturated fats. Lemons or lemon juice: Rather than seasoning foods with salt and butter, lemon juice is a tasty flavoring that lends itself well to many types of foods. Lemons and limes contain limonene, furocoumarins and vitamin C, all of which help reduce your risk of cancer. Cranberry juice: In addition to being an antioxidant, 100 percent cranberry juice helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from growing. The juice can be consumed on its own or diluted to add a splash of flavor to water. Figs: Figs can be eaten fresh off of the tree. Think about adding mashed figs to batters for healthier breads or even desserts. A good source of potassium and fiber, figs also contain vitamin B6, which produces mood-boosting serotonin, lowering cholesterol and preventing water retention.
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Love for yourself


By Jenifer Richart

very February 14th we devote a day to what the ancient Greeks called Eros the passionate, romantic, erotic love one feels for another. Thats all well and good (who doesnt appreciate a little romance?), but I propose we dedicate at least one day this month to celebrating a rarer kind of love the love we can feel for ourselves. For many of us, this is the hardest sort of love to experience. Perhaps you were taught at a young age that it was wrong to love yourself, that it would lead to pride and arrogance. Perhaps you were told by word or by action that you werent worthy of love. Perhaps it was a lifetime of abuse and rejection, or maybe it was a single traumatic event that has made it difficult for you to see that person in the mirror as one worth caring for. And yet, the love of self is the most essential love. It is impossible to fully love others, love the world or love life if we do not first love ourselves. Easier said than done, right? We find all sorts of ways to improve our self-image. Some are healthier than others. Some are more effective than others. We may recite a daily affirmation to alter our attitude, change our diet to alter our body or take a pill to alter our mood. Any number of approaches, properly applied, can enhance an individuals sense of self-worth. While every individuals needs are unique, none of these external adjustments to mood or behavior address the core of what makes us who we are, feel the way we feel, experience life the way we experience life.
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Bring back the romance with acupuncture & Chinese medicine!


By Carol Hemauer, RN, Lac, Dipl.Ac.

cupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas have been used to promote sexual health for centuries. The Chinese emperors took their sexual health quite seriously and would often consult their physicians if they experienced any problems in the bedroom; in fact, Chinese medicine is well known for improving mens sexual performance. Acupuncture and herbal formulas can quickly increase male and female libido and restore sexual desire. The Chinese associate health and longevity with abundant kidney Qi (energy) and strong libido. In Chinese medicine your kidney Qi and Essence are responsible for your sexual development and keep your libido healthy. The most sought-after herbal formulas build kidney yin, kidney yang and Essence. These formulas also

enhance immunity, energy and stamina. In the age of Viagra, it must be emphasized that taking a single drug or herbal formula does not make you sexually potent. Good health and vitality are what give you a boost in the bedroom. When a sexual problem is discovered, a Chinese medicine practitioner will use acupuncture to stimulate specific points, altering various biochemical and physiological processes in the body in order to strengthen both the mind and body to bring you back to prime sexual health. Chinese herbal formulas are chosen to enhance the acupuncture treatment, and work to calm the mind and regulate hormone imbalances. Ginseng, for example, is a powerful herb for strengthening your Qi and helps your body adapt to stress. It can help to regulate your nervous system and give you energy if you

are tired, and also help you relax if you are tense. Chinese ginseng contains compounds that may have effects on your body resembling those of certain sex and adrenal hormones, and is usually used in combination with other herbs to increase sexual potency and nourish the kidney. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ginseng works to stimulate nitric oxide production in immune cells, arteries and erectile tissues. The drug Viagra also works in a similar way in the body. In addition to ginseng, many other herbs are used to treat sexual problems, and the most effective treatments are using herbs in the proper formula for the individual. Just like that little blue pill, Chinese herbal formulas must be prescribed for the individual, and a medical history must be
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The beauty of Himalayan salt


By Pam Williams

hey say Mother Nature provides us will all we need to stay healthy and the sea is where all life originates from. If that is true, then it is easy to understand why sea salt is an excellent source of nutrition for our body. Himalayan salt was known as the king salt or white gold by ancients dating back to 320 B.C. It is one of the cleanest, purest salts on the planet. There is some confusion whether the salt is mined in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is actually mined in the mountains of Hindu Kush and Karakoram. The true Himalayan Mountains form the border between India and China. The Hindu Kush

are often confused with the Himalayas because they are considered part of what is called the Himalayan System. Khewra, in Punjab Province in east-central Pakistan, is the worlds second largest and Pakistans oldest salt mine. The largest salt mine is actually at Carricfergus in Northern Ireland. These salt mines have been forming for over 250 million years. As the sea beds dry up, they leave behind large deposits of salt. With time and the Earths pressure, the salt

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was left void of toxins and pollutants. The mining of the salt is unique in that it is all done by hand. The blasting of the mines with dynamite is prohibited as to maintain the purity of the salt. The salt is normally off white, pink, red or transparent. The color is derived from the type of algae that grew in the sea in that area millions of years ago. The salt contains 84 nutritional minerals in two types, macro and trace. The macro-minerals found include calcium, chloride, magnesium, iron, potassium and sodium. The trace minerals are fluoride, iodine, zinc and selenium.The body needs a balance of both macro and trace minerals to function properly.The popularity of Himalayan Salt has grown in the culinary world because of its nutritional value and pleasant taste. The salt also has health benefits for the skin. Simply taking a bath with sea salt twice a week can help draw out impurities from the skin. Soaking in a warm bath will open your pores and allow your skin to naturally absorb the minerals it needs to heal itself. Toss a handful of salt in the warm water and relax. After one month of taking a bath twice a week, there will be a change in your skin. You will notice a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and cellulite. The salt helps balance the oil in your skin to give it the healthy glow you are looking for.
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It contains copper and iron, which aid red blood cells, support the nervous system, improve the immune system, and promote healthy bone structure and blood vessel function. It helps lower the risk of kidney and gallbladder stones. It help relieve the pain of arthritis and gout. It helps with skin conditions like psoriasis, dry skin, acne, insect bites and blisters. It is easy to see why the ancients understood the importance of Himalayan salt and made it part of the daily routine.
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It helps in the digestion of nutrients in the walls of the intestines. It contains calcium that is crucial for the formation of strong bones and teeth. As we get older, our bones, nails, teeth and hair become brittle. Calcium helps us build bone strength and mass, warding off common conditions such as osteoporosis. It contains magnesium, which is essential to the healthy functioning of all the bodys cells. It is the 11th most abundant mineral found in the human body. Soaking in a Himalayan salt bath will help with muscle cramping and soreness. It contains potassium, which is crucial to heart function, and has been used to treat hypertension and heart conditions. It helps regulate blood pressure; unlike table salt that causes the body to retain unwanted water.

obtained to rule out any contraindications to a formula. Just because it is herbal does not mean it cant be harmful. Please consult a Chinese medicine practitioner if you are interested in this type of treatment. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used for numerous sexual health conditions for both men and women, and is helpful for infertility, menopause, premature ejaculation, low sperm count, impotence, erectile dysfunction and male climacteric (menopause) to name a few. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas work synergistically to treat the whole person. Strengthening your kidney yin, yang and essence not only fortifies your sexual vitality, but also strengthens the health of your entire body.
Carol Hemauer is the founder of the Oshkosh Veterans Acupuncture Project as well as the owner and practitioner at Westshore Acupuncture LLC in Oshkosh. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Nursing, and holds a Master of Science in oriental medicine and Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Carol completed a medical internship at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China, and is nationally board certified in acupuncture by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Learn more about acupuncture and Chinese medicine by calling 920.230.7207 or visiting Westshore Acupuncture on Facebook.

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Health, wellness and the mind


By James Carnes

he revolutionary discovery in neuroscience that mental activity changes the physical structures of the brain shows that we are an integrated whole, with our mental and physical selves constantly interacting and affecting one another. However, it is not altogether obvious that just because mental activity can change the wiring in the brain that our minds can, or to what extent they can, directly affect our physical health and wellness. And it has been only relatively recently that serious highquality scientific research has concentrated on answering these questions (see www.wellnessht.com/Current-Research.php for recent research). While we wait for more complete answers from this work, we might look to other sources to help us understand the power of our minds. One source concerns the phenomena called the placebo effect. The placebo effect is commonly defined as a real effect on health, from a fake, inactive drug or inert substance. In Placebo Effect: A Cure in the Mind, a Scientific American article from February 2009, author Maj-Britt Niemi states, Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham.1 He shows research that placebos can benefit patients even if they dont believe in them. In examining our current understanding of the placebo response, he states: The placebo effect is probably as old as the healing professions themselves. In the 18th century, physicians deliberately used inert pills when they had no suitable drug in their armamentarium.

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They spoke of supporting the healing process. After the middle of the 19th century, medical scientists began viewing disease in purely physical and chemical terms. And by 1900, placebos had lost much of their previous popularity as therapy. Indeed, modern medical investigators have often regarded the placebo response as a nuisance. But a cadre of psychologists, biologists, and other behavioral and social scientists instead view placebos as a key to understanding how the brain can control bodily processes to promote healing. In the classic placebo effect, a person consciously believes that a substance is therapeutic, and this faith has a physiological consequence that dampens the pain or ameliorates other symptoms. The article discusses the placebo effect and recent studies conducted by scientists. It reviews the famous case of Mr. Wright, whose dramatic cancer remission was attributed to placebo alone. According to the author, researchers are exploring not only the breadth of the placebo effect, including the amelioration of pain and direct intervention of the immune system, but also possible mechanism of placebos. Do they work because people expect them to work or are there conditioned associations that subconsciously imply better health? Central to the placebo response is that thoughts and emotions can impact our health directly. This effect is so powerful that in an August 2009 Wired Magazine article, Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why, author Steve Silbeman explains that for decades the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required the testing of many new drugs to be compared to placebo to ensure their effectiveness. Today, to win FDA approval, a new medication must beat placebo in at least two authenticated trials, he says. This demonstrates that our mental activity has an effect on a broad range of physical issues and conditions, and can be as powerful as many drugs. According
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How to move from I DO into I AM


By Dr. Ann Khanna

he problem with most relationships is they were formed in the old paradigm of I DO vows, with their inherent rules, restrictions and expectations. This traditional system no longer works as our planet, along with each individual, has undergone huge vibrational shifts. All types of relationships have been affected, including those with your career and co-workers, family members and friends. As we move into the new vibrations, those relationships which previously felt ok can become a constant source of contention. Are you tired of the same old routine, adhering to agreements that you made before you woke up? Its time to move beyond those limitations and evolve into the new you. Are you still doing things because of an old commitment, or are you doing activities that make your heart sing? Think about it. Are you stuck in relationships that no longer make you happy? Perhaps its time to make some changes. This doesnt necessarily mean the relationship has to end, it may just require a few adjustments. As you go through your day, ask yourself if you are doing what your authentic self desires or if you are just going through the motions because thats the way its always been done in the past. Again, this applies to every type of relationship. At work, are you standing by the water cooler listening to (and maybe even participating in) negative conversations? Are you falling into the same scenarios while attending family gatherings? If you pay close attention to your emotions, you will know when it may be time to set some limits or alter your behavior. If it feels heavy, ask yourself what you would rather be doing and change your activity to something that feels lighter. Its all about shifting from your conditioned self to your authentic self, that I AM presence. After a while, your relationships will change automatically. There may be subtle differences that those around you may only perceive on an unconscious level, or there may be dramatic changes as you move out of relationships that are no longer a vibrational match and into relationships with those who have similar frequencies. When you make that shift, moving out of doing and moving into being that I AM, everything for which you have been searching
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appears to magically show up in your reality. Its all about vibrational resonance. Once you begin living from that I AM, your true nature, you start attracting all that is in harmony with the authentic you. You will attract new relationships or facilitate changes in your current relationships; you will create a new position in your current job or discover a different job that matches your new frequency. When you make choices from your authentic self, you start living from joy, happiness and fulfillment. So there is no longer anything you have to DO you simply be that I AM.
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Hypersensitive to foods and the environment?


There are things you can do to reduce your stress!
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What causes hypersensitivity reactions?

A catch all phrase, hypersensitive reaction is used for a variety of responses to substances that trigger adverse reactions in the body. The body, when encountering certain substances, can react by making antibodies or releasing chemicals called histamines. When histamines are released into the bodys system, they can trigger an inflammatory process and uncomfortable reactions. Common foods and ingredients that can trigger adverse reactions are wheat, dairy products, strawberries, chocolate, shellfish, eggs, artificial colors, preservatives, MSG, flavors and sulfites. Common environmental substances that can trigger adverse reactions are household cleaning products, soaps, lotions, perfumes, cosmetics, synthetic chemicals, pet hair and dander, grasses, molds and petrol fumes.

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What are the reactions?

An adverse reaction, or inflammatory response, can affect organs and tissue; mainly the skin, mucus membranes, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. Common hypersensitivity reactions include watery eyes, itching, runny and congested nose and sinuses, sneezing, respiratory concerns, skin reactions including hives, headache, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, phantom pain, intestinal gas, bloating and mood changes.

Root causes of hypersensitivity

One strategy for reducing hypersensitivity reactions may be in foundational support for the body through optimal quality nutrients that are free of toxic additives and chemicals, that support the bodys natural detoxification and anti-inflammatory process, and that bolster the adrenal glands, spleen, pituitary and thymus. In addition, a thorough liver cleanse may be an important factor in alleviating hypersensitivity. Gallstones distort the structural framework of the liver and inhibit its ability to cleanse the blood. When the liver is operating optimally, substances that correlate to hypersensitive reactions are usually converted into harmless substances in the liver. The liver cannot render these substances harmless when it is congested with gallstones. Be well and educate yourself on the foods you eat, the nutrients you consume and the products you use in your home and on your body. They may be the culprit affecting your wellness, clogging your system and triggering hypersensitivity. Do not despair. There are quality high resonating live-source resources free of toxic additives to support your journey to optimal wellness. Do your homework! Look at labels! Empower yourself!
Kari Uselman, Ph.D., owner of Wellness Essentials, LLC, is a quantum biofeedback specialist and homeo-therapeutic coach certified by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. She is also an advanced practitioner of Quantum Reflex Analysis and facilitates craniosacral therapy. Kari weaves her intuition, integrity and caring into her sessions to support her clients holistic wellness and has worked with over 1000 satisfied clients. Her passion is to inspire and make a positive difference in her clients lives through holistic wellness, individualized support and lifestyle education. For more information, please visit www.WellnessEssentialsLLC.com or call 920.410.4022.
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One or more of the following conditions may be the root cause of hypersensitivity, and it is often a combination. Nutrient deficiencies. Toxic liver and colon. Weak kidney function due to congestion in the blood. Weakened adrenals, spleen, thymus and/or pituitary. Toxicity from dental work, especially metal fillings, crowns and bridges.
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to this article the power of our minds is a big competitor for the drug industry.2 Its not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. Its as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger. The fact that an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills [placebos] has thrown the industry into crisis. The stakes could hardly be higher. In todays economy, the fate of a long-established company can hang on the outcome of a handful of tests. Therefore the current research demonstrates the mind-body connection and that our mental activity has significant impact on our physical health. It also shows that we can take much greater control of our health and well-being through the use of mental skills such as hypnosis, self-hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery. The practice of such mental skills should be part of every wellness program.
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Confidence is sexy
By Leah White

s a pole fitness instructor, I truly adore the sport of pole. I take joy from the challenge and athleticism of the tricks, and the freedom of expression that comes with dance. Naturally, I also love to talk to anyone interested in giving the sport a try. I could go on and on about the strength, coordination, poise, balance and enjoyment that can be gained from pole fitness. However, during these conversations I hear certain statements falling out of womens mouths on a regular basis. The more common ones are, Id fall on my head! and, Im so uncoordinated!.

Its natural to feel nervous that you wont be good at something. But you never know until you try. And for the record, its our job as instructors to make sure no one falls on their head, and we take it rather seriously. Another statement that pops up again and again is this: I would need a few drinks in me before I would try that! Its an annoying statement on a few levels. First of all, alcohol and pole dont mix. Pole fitness takes coordination; something alcohol is a well-known inhibitor of. Also, do you really want to spin around a pole drunk? If youre still interested, feel free to head down

to your basement, drink a six-pack and spin around your foundation posts for an hour. (Im not responsible for any injuries or damages incurred during this test!) The second thing that pops into my head is this: Why!? Why do women feel as though they need to somehow disarm their inhibitions to try this sport? No one says, Wow, Id love to try jazz tap, but Id need a couple stiff ones! or, I need another margarita before I strap on those pointe shoes!. What makes women uncomfortable are the perceptions they carry about pole fitness. Visions of scantily clad women in nine inch clear heels

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the fact that you are a sensual being or that you are an intelligent being. We all struggle with insecurities. There are countless things all around us that are telling us how we should look and act. We are not thin enough, our clothes arent right, we arent the super women we should be. Most of all, we let our own insecurities hold us back from feeling beautiful or giving new things a try. To let go of the insecurities we have within ourselves is the road to confidence. And confidence is truly sexy.
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oni is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows throughout the tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean, from Southeast Asia to Australia. Noni has a history of use as a topical preparation for joint pain and skin conditions. Today, noni fruit juice has folk uses as a general health tonic and for cancer and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease anddiabetes. The noni fruit is most commonly combined with other fruits (such as grape) to make juice. Preparations of the fruit and leaves are also available in capsules, tablets andteas.

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In laboratory research, noni has shown antioxidant, immunestimulating and tumor-fighting properties. These results suggest that noni may warrant further study for conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, noni has not been well studied in people for any healthcondition. NCCAM-funded research includes a study on noni for cancer to determine its safety and potential effects on tumors and symptoms, as well as a laboratory study of nonis effects on prostate

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Noni is high in potassium. People who are on potassium-restricted diets because of kidney problems should avoid usingnoni. Several noni juice manufacturers have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about making unsupported healthclaims. Few side effects from noni have been reported, but its safety has not been adequatelystudied. There have been reports of liver damage from using noni. It should be avoided if you have liver disease because it contains compounds that may make your diseaseworse. Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
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By Jill Haygood

e opened the doors to the Tri-County Recycling Facility in July 2009 with a goal to process 25 tons of recyclables per hour. As we continue to learn and improve the operating system, we are now able to process 26.5 tons per hour, on average. In 2010, the first full year the Tri-County Recycling Facility was in operation, we processed a total of 49,978 tons of recyclables; and 2011 followed with 52,800 tons. While still being tabulated, we anticipate our 2012 total will be over 65,000 tons. A few contributing factors to our increased tonnage are as follows: Improved economy: As the economy improves, people tend to buy more and recycle more. Increased education: We continue to have a strong educational program that has increased and improved over the last year. Automated carts: More communities are moving towards automated recycling carts, which improve neighborhood cleanliness, provide convenience and increase recycling tonnages. Additional customers: Additional customers outside the original BOW (Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago) service area have increased our tonnage as well.

A strong and vibrant recycling program offers us the opportunity to expand, but not without growing pains and challenges. While the volume of recyclable material we receive increases, we face the need to add production hours with a possible second shift to accommodate the increase in recycling tonnages. As the recycling business continues to grow, we make every effort to accomplish more while increasing efficiencies by utilizing creative approaches and the Lean Government philosophy. We look forward to growing a solid, strong and prosperous recycling program that continues to serve our customers well.
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Not-quite-readyfor-prime-time and orphan psychotherapies


By Phyllis Kasper, PhD

ecently, a patient got quite disgusted with me for recommending a book on panic and anxiety that was written ten years earlier. Dont you have anything more up-todate than that?, she sneered. Yet the basics for treating emotional distress go back over 2,000 years to Hippocrates and even earlier in Chinese medicine and other traditions. I like to recommend books that present readable, understandable ideas and skills that are practical for anyone to learn. My sneering patient was amazed to find that the outdated techniques were easy to learn and effective in lowering her anxiety and controlling her panic. The most up-to-date information is highly technical, but can still be boiled down to the ancient treatments of proper breathing of fresh air, meditation, healthy food, music, good companionship, massage, movement and many ideas for living in balance. An old book, like The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne will tell you what you need to know. An even older book, Peace from Nervous Suffering, was first published in 1972 by Claire Weekes and is still one of the best you can find on agoraphobia. Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body, by Paul Wilson, is a 1995 paperback with brief chapters on ancient techniques from many cultures. A great way to

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start taming anxiety without medication is to pick a few techniques that appeal to you and do them consistently in your daily life. This patients question got me thinking about therapies that havent gotten the recognition they deserve and have fallen by the wayside, and therapies that are recent developments and not widely accepted as effective by insurance companies. Yes, its the insurance companies that decide what therapies you should and shouldnt have, not you and not your therapist. Biofeedback is actually a well-established effective technique for many kinds of pain and other problems. Insurance usually denies it as unproven or experimental. Ive found it to be very effective with tension headaches and migraines. It has no side effects, which makes it worth trying before you turn to medication. For example, I evaluated forehead muscle tension in an eighty-year-old gentleman with headaches. The cause of his headaches was his belief that you had to scrunch your forehead to click into your ability to learn mathematics. You can see a short biofeedback video on my website: www.evolveability.com. If you are lucky, your insurance might allow it to be included under psychotherapy if you are seeing a licensed psychologist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is a newer therapy that has been under attack for years, despite accumulating evidence for its value in treating PTSD. See my articles in the September, October and November issues of Natures Pathways. Links to the online versions are on my website. You can find local therapists by Googling EMDR therapists. There is emerging recognition for the field of energy psychology. The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) has an excellent website that provides free information for both patients and practitioners (www.energypsychology.org). They have been working for years to do the quality research it takes to get techniques such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) established as legitimate. EFT is easy for patients to learn to use for themselves. It involves tapping on a series of acupuncture points to trigger your system to balance energies. Its based in the concept that whether your problem is anxiety, pain, tumors or tantrums, the root cause
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lies in unbalanced energies. Whether you understand and believe the theories or not, the techniques work for most people if done correctly. EMDR is highly technical and requires teamwork with a skilled therapist. Learning EFT is a great way to take care of yourself in general, and especially between intense therapy sessions that stir up powerful emotions and memories. A therapist can help you learn how to make EFT effective for you as an individual. For example, the traditional tapping might be irritating for someone with a headache. The therapist could suggest gentle rubbing or pressure instead of tapping. For some clients, finding the exact words to go with their tapping is the key, while others can let go of words and just focus on emotions, physical sensations or visual images. You might have noticed a common theme throughout my discussion of orphaned and not-quite-ready-for-primetime therapies. I believe in the effectiveness of these approaches because of the published research and my own experiences using them for myself and for clients. Whether or not you have a serious problem that would clearly need therapy, we all experience anxiety at times or other issues that get in the way of feeling happy and focused, and achieving our highest goals. If you take the time to learn some of these techniques, your progress might be amazing.
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That thing called love!


Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS

s a psychotherapist, I am fascinated by emotions, but none more than love. According to the English definition, Love is an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment. It is also said to be a virtue representing all of human kindness and compassion. Is love really that simple? There are impersonal, interpersonal, biological, psychological, spiritual, political, cultural and philosophical views of love. Due to the many uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, love is unusually difficult to consistently define. Impersonal love is that for an object, country, animal, goal, principle or activity by deeply valuing it, being committed to it, or by identifying or bonding with it. Volunteers have impersonal love for their cause. Interpersonal love is what most people call love. It is romantic love that makes our eyes twinkle and hearts skip a beat, puts a skip in our step, causes sleep loss, produces excited feelings and just makes the world look more beautiful. This type of love is part of the survival instinct. It connects us as humans and keeps the

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might. Love is also good deeds and being grateful. The Islamic view is of brotherhood, deep kindness and divine love. Eastern beliefs range from attaining enlightenment, wisdom, self-acceptance, nonattachment, to altruistic love. The most known political view of love is the free love movement that started in the 1960s. This social movement rejects marriage, which is seen as a form of social bondage. The free love movements initial goal was to separate the state from sexual matters, such as marriage, birth control and adultery. It argued that love relations that are freely entered into should not be regulated by law. Laws of particular concern to free love movements have included those that prevent an unmarried couple from living together, and those that regulate adultery and divorce, as well as age of consent, birth control, homosexuality and abortion. Social philosophy and ethics focus on what love is and what purpose it serves. Theories range from love being a healthy behavior, love being a part of the process of natural selection of evolution, to love being an unexplained mystery. Always remember: Love is what we were born with. It is the essential existential fact. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts. It is the ultimate reality and purpose of why we are on Earth. Live each moment of your life as if it were the last, for this is not a dress rehearsal. Live it in and out of LOVE!
Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS, is a holistic psychotherapist, nurse, master herbalist, energy therapist, professional mediator and naturopath. She owns Life Force Wellness Center, LLC. Visit www.lifeforcewc.com, email asb@ lifeforcewc.com or call 920.217.1769.

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dont know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to exercise and get in shape. You always hear that you should change things up and confuse your muscles. I realize there is much truth to that; however, I personally just want to mix it up a bit so I dont get bored and I keep exercising on a regular basis. Considering that my mom has done Pilates videos for years and I had recently read about CClark Pilates Studio in Natures Pathways, I decided it was time to try it for myself. At first, I was a bit intimidated by the look of the machines, but Cathy quickly put me at ease. She is so friendly and fun! You can truly tell she loves what she does and is very passionate about Pilates. As soon as you walk into Cathys studio on the 2nd floor of downtown Neenahs Marketplace building, you feel right at home. You are welcomed by her in a warm and comfortable environment with great colors and private changing rooms. I loved the essential oils she had flowing out of her steam machine, which filled the room with motivating and comforting scents. I decided to start out with the free mat class she offers for first time students, and I was hooked from then on. (Especially after seeing the great shape Cathy is in!) She offers many different time slots for the mat classes, which she guides for one hour. The Pilates 100 is certainly one of my favorites because you can really judge your progress by how far you get. My abs have never looked better! After going to many mat classes, I decided to do some one-on-one training with Cathy and tackle those machines that I would never know how to use on
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my own. One machine can literally handle twenty to fifty exercises. Cathy was very understanding with my inability to be coordinated, and I learned slowly but surely. You really need to have focus and control of your whole body and core during all exercises. I really enjoy that part of Pilates because you are truly toning your entire body as you work each muscle group. As time went on, I learned how to control my body with each movement. Cathy offers a variety of classes from group to semi to private that fit all budgets. After talking with her and truly learning of her past and everything she had to go through to get her certification, I know I am doing something truly great for my body that will get me actual and true results. In the past, I would just use machines at the gym and hope I was doing it right. Now, with the results I have seen, the money is well spent, and I would much rather spend my time doing a strength workout with someone who is showing me the correct way to position myself and to do each movement. Please contact Cathy and join her for your free mat class; you may get hooked like me! Better yet, grab a group of friends and set up an equipment class with her. If you are more timid with your workouts, call and set up your own personal sessions. Your New Years Resolutions can come true! CClark Pilates Studio is located in Neenahs Marketplace building, 124 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 225. Please call 920.410.0026 or visit www.cclarkpilates.com for more information.
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es got the flat screen TV, the smart phone, even the latest gaming system heck, he has you as his girl what do you give the guy who literally has everything? Imagine giving him a black box tied with a fancy black bow. As he opens the box and realizes what he is looking at, his face lights up its a little book with photos of sexy YOU! Here are three thoughts from expert boudoir photographer, Amy Gaerthofner of Unveiled Portraits, on how and where you go about getting these Victorias Secret-esque photos.
1. A boudoir shoot really is for anyone. Ive photographed brides, mothers, even mothers of brides! It doesnt matter your age, body type or comfort level. I have a way of easing any woman into a session, accentuating your assets with posing, and making beautiful images that you and your guy will cherish for years to come. 2. The shoot is a super fun experience. Most women arrive for the session a bit nervous. How could you not? Your session starts with a professional makeup application, then a quick styling review of your outfits. I start your session in your most comfortable outfit and work to your most risqu; always giving you lots of direction on poses and facial expression. Every woman leaves their session feeling great about themselves just as they are, with a new-found sexy confidence. 3. You can customize your session to your comfort level. For every session, I have my clients fill out a questionnaire. I find out about their comfort level, what part of them drives their guys wild and if they have anything they are self conscious about. I never force anyone to bare all some women are comfortable
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wearing jeans and a sexy white tank, while others are comfortable with implied nudity. Everyone has their own idea of sexy. Boudoir specialists photograph many sessions, are experienced in posing to flatter every figure, offer a wide array of products and will make this once-in-a-lifetime experience something to remember.
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A valentine mystery!
By Sharon Kay Beyer

e awakes with a smile and now daydreams about her. Shes been up all night fantasizing about him.

Hes off to the store. Shes off to the gym. What am I gonna buy her? Whats he gonna buy me?

He carries a bright cherry-red heart filled with chocolates through the mall. She lugs the dull gray vacuum cleaner from room to room and scrubs the floor. He sees her face in his mind and is thinking about diamond stud earrings to accentuate her beautiful face. She stares into the dining room mirror and is thinking about Botox injections. He shaves and showers, combs his hair and wears her favorite cologne. She drenches her freshly-waxed legs with silky body lotion and dabs his favorite perfume in all the right places. He arrives with a bouquet of scarlet roses and fresh minty breath. She greets him with ruby-red lips, high heels and black stockings. She loves her gifts. And he loves her kisses. They love each other, and soon they begin to what? Fall asleep on the couch because theyre out of energy? What kind of romantic Valentines story is that? youre moaning.
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Its the kind of story Im telling you in this type of magazine to illustrate how important it is to keep yourself healthy so youre ready for all the big dates, fancy dinners and every extraordinary moment in between called YOUR LIFE. So, lets get back to our sleeping couple, shall we, and find out whats going on with them. His immune system was down and he caught some germ at the mall while out shopping. And shes exhausted because she has I can do it all! syndrome but doesnt replenish her body with what it needs on a daily basis. Are you curious what they couldve done to save their enchanted evening? (Hey, remember this is Natures Pathways, so keep it clean!) What if I tell you that theres a super fruit called the Ningxia wolfberry that is unique among fruits because it contains all the essential amino acids and the highest protein concentration of any fruit about 13%? AND, that I know of a beverage that combines this whole wolfberry with a proprietary blend of nutrient-dense fruit juices (blueberry, plum, cherry and pomegranate) and infuses it with pure essential oils of orange, lemon and tangerine into an antioxidantrich, immune-boosting, cardiovascular-supporting, eye-nourishing elixir. Its called NingXia Red. A shot or two a day (yeah, think shotglass-shot) will energize,
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fortify and replenish your body. And unlike energy drinks on shelves in the supermarket and health food stores, this morning toast contains NO sugar, NO artificial sweetener, NO caffeine and has a low glycemic index so even diabetics can enjoy its benefits. Packed with antioxidant power, one ounce of NingXia Red is the equivalent of consuming: 34 onions, 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 medium carrots, 10 pounds of spinach, 22,800 almonds, 59 heads of broccoli florets, 73 strawberries, 93 apples or 130 tomatoes! Lets face it. Do you really think our sexy heroine in our fairy tale would eat 59 heads of broccoli florets and then even think about slipping comfortably in her little black dress? And what about gallant date-guy, hes gonna eat 34 large onions on the big night? I dont think so either. (To find more facts about this delicious drink that my husband and I dont live without, please visit my website and read some testimonials.) But right now, lets finish this love story. And lets change one thing: They ordered NingXia Red a month ago and are feeling fabulous and lovin it! So, we left off at the part where they just exchanged gifts and kisses, and theyre on the sofa theyre snuggled close, listening to Etta James and sipping something bubbly. The lights are soft, a vanilla candle flickers and a small fire burns in her fireplace. He gazes into her eyes and starts to wait, no, she smiles at him and slowly begins to . Happy Valentines Day! And remember, whether youre dating, married or single, enjoy YOU this month. Take a bubble bath, listen to your favorite music, buy yourself some flowers, and most importantly, give yourself the perfect red Valentine gift and order some NingXia Red! (See my blog: NingXia Mint Cocktail, and learn more about how you might incorporate this powerful, delicious drink into your life on my website.)
Sharon Kay Beyer offers Reiki healings to help move blocked energy so you live with more joy. Young Living Essential Oil one-on-one consultations and group classes are a phone call away. A distributor since 1999, she knows which oils work on healing emotions, pain and disease and invites you to take advantage of Gods pharmacy. A variety of journaling workshops are offered this year. Visit www.frontiernaturescents.com to read NingXia Red testimonials! And email Sharon@frontiernaturescents.com or call 920.733.7721 today for more information! (Read last months Paper, scissors and you online at www.naturespathways.com if you missed it.)

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s the winter season continues, the sunlight grows longer and the snowflakes drift down, like the flow of life; now is the time to let our breathing rise and fall like ocean waves. Our breathing mirrors our life: Our inhale reflects what we are able to accept and our exhale indicates how much we are able to release. Being more aware of our breathing may bring more ease and positive change into our life, as described by many transformational breathers. A Transformational Breath session cannot be truly described to someone who has not experienced it. During these 90-minute sessions, I remind you to breathe as we used to breathe when we were babies, unconcerned about how our big bellies looked. This big belly breathing shows that we are using our diaphragm as it is supposed to be used. Another important aspect of a session is the pace of our breathing to create a higher vibrational energy that we can access with this incredible self-healing tool. Continued practice, twice a day for about 10-20 minutes, may help you get back to the unrestricted breathing we used to know. If youre open to experiencing this genuinely sacred and healing session, I invite you to attend one of the monthly breathing classes I offer.
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Thursday, February 7 5:30 p.m.

How Homeopathy Works!

Saturday, February 23 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Homeopathic treatments, like all truly natural therapies, seek to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so all aspects of your being, from the mental to the physical, are functioning at their best. Join Classical Homeopathic Consultant, Rebecca Beringer, as she gives a primer on the extraordinary health benefits of homeopathy. You will not want to miss this! There will be a prize drawing! Natural Healthy Concepts, 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton. Monday, February 11 6-8 p.m.

Holistic Breakthrough Transformational Workshop

Wednesdays, March 6-April 24 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Eight-Week Mindful Womens Group

This experiential workshop is for anyone who is feeling stuck or disconnected in relationships. These powerful holistic techniques will lead you to the breakthrough you are looking for to transform your difficult relationships into experiences of joy and ease! Presented by Dr. Ann Khanna of Rainbows In Harmony at 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton. For more information please visit events at www.rainbowsinharmony.com Space is limited, register now for Early Bird discount! Monday, February 25 6-7 p.m.

Class on How to Organize an Individual Benefit


An educational class sponsored by the Community Benefit Tree and Globe University on How to Organize an Individual Benefit will be held at Globe University, 5045 West Grande Market Drive, Appleton. The class is for those individuals who are organizing a benefit or are thinking about organizing a benefit for a friend, family member, relative or co-worker who is struggling with a medical crisis and is in need of direction and assistance. Some of the topics covered in the class are what are my first steps, what tools will we need to make it successful, how to make it more than just a fundraiser and how the Community Benefit Tree can assist with your benefit. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $5.00 per person to cover materials. Registration is required by calling CBT at 920.422.1919 or emailing us at info@communitybenefittree. org. To learn more about the class and about the Community Benefit Tree go to our website at www.communitybenefittree.org. Thursday, February 21 9:30-10:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Roots of Healing Seminar

Facilitator: Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W. Are you ready to journey to a healthier and happier life? With the new energy of spring just around the corner bringing new motivation for healthy change, now is the time to make the changes you have wished for. Find out how to overcome inner resistance and learn the tools that make change possible by joining a group. Our next Mindfulness groups will be starting in March. Call today to reserve your place at 920.722.7245. Location: Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, 18 Jewelers Park Suite 210, Neenah. Check out the website for more information about Mindfulness and groups: mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com. Thursday, March 7 5:30 p.m.

Topic: Skin Loving Products to help heal and nourish the skin Seminar will talk about what Roots of Healing can do to help you with your healing needs. Focus on a few of Tinas products that love to nourish and heal the skin, which will be available to purchase the night of the seminar. Attendees can preorder customized products at this seminar. Attendees can also set up a future time for a one-on-one consultation. Cost: Free to attend. Location: ALTERNATIVES Holistic and Wellness Center, 612 E. Longview Dr., Appleton. Presented by: Tina Wankey, owner and creator of Roots of Healing, www.rootsofhealing.org RSVP: to Tina via message or text at 920.277.6738 or email tina@rootofhealing.org. Please include each attendee name and phone number. Saturday, March 2 9 a.m.-noon.

CranioSacral & Visceral Manipulation


Your craniosacral system influences the ability of your brain and spinal cord to function properly. If this system is out of balance, so is your health! Even your organs can benefit from manual visceral manipulation. Come hear Sharon Blake, as she shares her knowledge in Advanced CranioSacral Therapy as well as Massage & Lymphatic Drainage. You will be amazed at all the conditions that can be helped with these therapies! There will be a prize drawing! Natural Healthy Concepts, 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton. Thursday, March 21 5:30 p.m.

Ask the Expert - Terry Lemerond!


Join us right here at Natural Healthy Concepts, 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton, to hear nutritional author and educator, Terry Lemerond speak! You will learn all about better-than-fish-oil Vectomega, and have a chance to ask Terry questions, too! Do not miss your opportunity to meet the expert! There will be a prize drawing!

Stress Management Workshop


This is a 3-hour interactive educational workshop. You will learn effective evidence-based techniques to manage stress that you will be able to apply to your life immediately. Come prepared to have fun, share experiences and learn a plethora of information. Cost is $35/person or bring a friend for $30/ person. Presented by Saris Counseling, 3405 Commerce Ct., Suite F, Appleton. For more information or to register, contact Brenda at 920.364.9078 or at sariscounseling.com

Womens Natural Health and Hormones Presentation

We welcome Dr. Holly Lucille back to the Streus Pharmacy Bay Natural classroom. Dr. Holly Lucille is a selfproclaimed consumer advocate with a distinguished history of health care contributions as a naturopathic physician, registered nurse, and natural products consultant. Author of Creating & Maintaining Balance: A Womans Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health and frequent speaker, trainer and educator on a wide variety of natural health topics, including appearances on national media programs such as Dr. Oz, Montel Williams, Lifetime Television for Women and the Discovery Health Channel, she is starting her own show in 2013. Dr Lucille believes in the miracles, the magic and the mystery of healing and is passionate about the wellness of each individual. Register by calling 920.437.4750 or online at www.streuspharmacybaynatural.com/classesevent.

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ACUPUNCTURE
Westshore Acupuncture, LLC 404 North Main St., Suite 503, Oshkosh 920.230.7207 Find us on Facebook! Westshore Acupuncture is a holistic natural wellness center. We use traditional Chinese medical therapies, including acupuncture, herbal medicine formulas, whole-food vitamins and supplements, and manual therapies, such as cupping, Tui Na massage, Gua Sha and Moxibustion treatments. Our practitioner has over 25 years experience in health care and can work with you and your physician to stimulate your bodys own natural healing ability, without drugs or chemicals. Call us today for a FREE consultation.

BOUTIQUE - WIGS/BREAST CARE


Nells Wigs & Boutique 2031 S. Webster Ave., Suite B, Green Bay 920.393.4912 info@nellswigs.com www.nellswigs.com Nells Wigs is a full service, licensed wig salon dedicated to discreet and personable service. Whether you need a wig for medical hair loss, fashion, cosmetic, work, travel or fun, our mission is to make you feel comfortable and confident in your style. We carry the largest inventory of designer wigs in Wisconsin!

CHIROPRACTOR & NUTRITION


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

BRAINWAVE OPTIMIZATION
Brain Training of the Fox Valley 101 W. Edison Center, Suite 224, Appleton 920.284.4874 www.braintrainingfv.com Hits to the head and hurts to the heart can cause us to smoke, drink, lose sleep and be irritable, sad, or otherwise, just feel disconnected from life. We know the brain is the control center for everything we think and do. It can be tuned up, re-calibrated and refined. Nearly 30,000 people across the world have experienced positive changes in their lives as a result of Brainwave Optimization. A sophisticated technology, but a simple process of the brain mirroring itself back to its full potential.

AROMATHERAPIST
Roots of Healing Tina Wankey, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Aromatherapist, Whole Health Educator and Wellness Coach 920.277.6738 tina@rootsofhealing.org www.rootsofhealing.org shop.rootsofhealing.org Menasha, WI Roots of Healing is all about getting back to the natural roots of healing through the use of high-quality, pure essential oils. Customized aromatherapy products are created based on the unique needs of the individual. Consultations are free. Aromatherapy parties can also be arranged so you and your friends can create your own products. For Valentines Day, Roots of Healing is offering everything in store 10-60% off.

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

CHILDCARE
Growing Time Child Care Center 2738 Manitowoc Road, Green Bay 920.468.6202 GrowingTime@att.net Growing Time offers a healthy choice for your children. We have joined the community supported agriculture program (CSA). This means we serve chemical-free vegetables and free-range chicken, along with beef from local farmers. Our center uses homemade soap to reduce chemical exposure. We care for children ages 4-weeks to 13-years and are open 5:30am to 6pm. Before and after school care/ transportation and summer programs are offered to school-age children. Parent trusted and family owned since 1985.

BODYWORK
New Possibilities Integration, LLC Victoria L. Huss, Certified Rolfer 103 W. College Ave., Suite 601, Appleton 920.427.7653 www.wisconsinrolfing.com Rolfing Structural Integration is a transformative bodywork and education system designed to align and balance the body. Many of us have old habits, accidents and patterns locked into our posture and musculature causing chronic pain, inflexibility and decreased mobility. Rolfing unwinds this chronic strain and offers new possibilities for standing, moving and being.
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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Cleansing Spirits Bodywork Casie Pelnar Seymour, WI 920.217.3667 clpelnar@hotmail.com Promoting Health & Harmony Craniosacral therapy is a light touch and can be integrated with VHT, reiki and matrix energetic to help the body find the proper alignment. When integrated with these non-invasive techniques, the body is able to recognize restrictions that are compromising the natural healing process. The body is then able to clear these restrictions, which allows healing to begin.

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

FLORIST/GIFTS
The Wild Iris 700 E. Magnolia Ave., LAKESHORE MALL in Manitowoc 920.682.6194 Order online at www.mywildiris.com Manitowoc Countys favorite friendly FLORIST offering oneof-a-kind creations. Unique gift Gifts & Botanicals shop featuring items by local artists, including: soaps, lotions, candles, birdhouses, decorative furniture, permanent and fresh florals, plants, balloons and our NEW Candy Cakes. Specializing in weddings and parties full service, including decorating. We deliver throughout the county and worldwide through 1-800-FLOWERS.

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HEALTH & FITNESS


Anytime Fitness For a location near you, visit our website. www.anytimefitness.com Anytime Fitness is open 24/7/365 to provide you with the essential elements of a great workout, such as treadmills, ellipticals and bikes all with flatscreen TVs and both free weights and circuit weight machines. We also offer 24-hour tanning, personal training, private restrooms and showers. Anywhere Club Access allows you to visit more than 1,000 clubs worldwide. Good Vibrations Studio 1211 Rickmeyer Dr., Fond du Lac 920.921.1211 goodvibsstudio@gmail.com www.goodvibrationsstudio.com At Good Vibrations Studio, you come in and spend ten minutes on a wiggle machine. The machine tones and helps you achieve your fitness goals as if you have spent an hour at the gym. Watch as your clothes become loose and you drop pants sizes. Relax and enjoy a session in our infrared sauna or on an Amethyst Biomat, both of which help to rid the body of toxins and contribute to whole body wellness. Enjoy Nikken filtered water, essential oils and take part in our free classes on weight loss, stress reduction, how to prevent and get rid of colds, the flu and more. Mention this listing and receive a FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL MEMBERSHIP. Open Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Park Swim & Fitness, LLC 730 Lake Park Rd., Menasha 920.882.8900 www.lakeparkfitness.com See our ad on pg. 7. Lake Park Swim & Fitness is the Fox Valleys newest and most refreshing health club. Locally owned and operated, we have combined the latest in equipment, classes, club amenities and more to give our members an unparalleled experience. Customer service and building a sense of community is our main focus be a part of the LPSF family and experience the difference!

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

FURNITURE
Reclaimed Designs Jenny Peterson 715.250.1571 See portfolio at: www.jensgardenofhealing.com Jenny at Reclaimed Designs has a love of furniture. She specializes in painting, distressing and re-upholstering a variety of furniture. Handmade upholstered headboards and room screens are also a specialty that she provides. Jenny uses recycled materials as much as possible, along with chemical-free paints and finishes. See her website for her portfolio or stop in to see her studio. Studio hours vary, please call ahead of time.

EDUCATION
Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2200 American Blvd., De Pere 920.338.9500 www.BlueSkyMassage.com 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, become a massage therapist! Call today!

GOURMET RETAIL/GIFT
The Wire Whisk 767 North Casaloma Dr., Appleton 920.739.3663 www.thewirewhisk.com We are the store for all cooks offering cookware, bakeware, serveware, barware, cutlery, gadgets, tableware, glassware, kitchen electrics, specialty foods and kitchen housewares. Professional knife sharpening services are also available. Our family, serving your family for over 33 years! Gift cards available. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

HAIR RESTORATION
Natural Tresses 10 E. College Ave., Suite 222, Appleton 920.358.5419 www.naturaltresses.co Natural Tresses is a professional hair extension studio, specializing in over 20 different extension techniques and is also a custom wig boutique. Our nationally certified wigmaster is on staff to service any of your hair restoration needs. We carry an exclusive selection of hair extensions, custom wigs and hairpieces. We also specialize in custom makeup, wig restoration, cleaning and

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A Better You/Boresha Coffee Jacquelyn Wilson 920.737.3555 abetteryou@new.rr.com abetteryou.co BLOG: coffeewithjacque.com WHY BORESHA? Boresha empowers you to develop a healthy relationship with food by providing a simple, delicious way to continue your quest for health and wellness, while our unique opportunities foster financial freedom and give back to the community. Boresha is the home of the Worlds Only Fat Burning Coffee and Tea! Certified Organic Patented Hunger Control Balanced Energy Low Acid Buffered Caffeine Fair Trade. Call for your complimentary sample!

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
Life Force Wellness Center, LLC Alexandria S. Binkowski, MH, ND, MS 404 N. Main St., Suite 106, Oshkosh 920.217.1769 asb@lifeforcewc.com www.lifeforcewc.com Are you feeling stressed over work, finances or a relationship? Are you an actor, athlete, artist or musician who has lost your groove and wants to regain it plus go beyond to your full potential? If so, contact me for an integrated approach to achieve total health and well-being. Join me on a journey to enhance your naturally born gifts and to help you live the life you were destined for a LIFE IN BALANCE. Collaboration, holistic, intuitive and empathic methods are used to reach your goals fast and effectively.

HOME HEALTH
HomeAid Health Care 1463 Kenwood Dr., Menasha 920.969.0526 www.homeaidhealthcare.com HomeAid Health Care is a safe and affordable solution to independent living for seniors. HomeAid provides a full range of non-medical services including: companion care, personal care, home support care, transport care and therapeutic care. All our services are designed to keep seniors in the Fox Valley living independently and happily at home; the place we all prefer to be.

HORMONES & WELLNESS


Wise Woman Wellness Randi Mann, NP Owner, Board Certified Womans Health Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 www.wisewomanwellness.com Randi Mann, NP, helps women of all ages live healthy, vital, joy-filled lives through medical and non-medical solutions, education and lifestyle guidance. Seek care from an expert knowledgeable in the latest scientific research, and offers integration of complementary and conventional approaches. Mann has achieved the prestigious NAMS Menopause Practitioner Certification and has spoken nationally on behalf of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative. She is skilled at prescribing customized, bioidentical hormones when needed. Attend the introductory seminar End Hormone Havoc Stay Sane, Slim and Sexy to learn the fundamentals of hormone changes, treatment options and great self care. Call for an appointment or register for a seminar today!
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HEALTH FOOD STORE


Terry Naturally 2625 Development Dr., Suite 40, Green Bay 920.965.1002 www.terrynaturally.com Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. Farmers Market Every Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. Stop in and talk with our knowledgeable staff to get your health questions answered. We can recommend a natural protocol for you to take charge of your health. We carry a full line of nutritional supplements, organic bulk olive oils & vinegars, specialty foods, locally raised meats, health & beauty products and much more!

HOLISTIC WELLNESS
Rainbows in Harmony Dr. Ann Khanna Appleton 920.757.9693 Ann@RainbowsInHarmony.com www.RainbowsInHarmony.com Do you have a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issue that has you feeling stuck and in need of relief? I left traditional medicine over 15 years ago and have studied and practiced holistic methods of achieving health and wellness. Using a variety of energetic techniques, we create a personal, one-of-a-kind healing session to help you remove individual blocks and restore healthy energy flow. Finally solve the issues that are constraining you and begin fully living life to your highest potential. Visit my website to learn how Energy Restoration can help you! Call or email for your free 15-minute consultation.
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HOLISTIC MEDICINE
Peace & Wellness Center Patricia Poole 920.819.3774 watrish@aol.com www.patriciampoole.com Patricia Poole has been providing hypnosis and energy healing private sessions and classes for 14 years. She offers information on hypnosis, reiki, Reconnective Healing and soon EFT. Educational and life-changing classes are offered regularly. Hypnosis CDs are available to get you started in making positive changes today! Call or email today to set up your appointment. Wonders of Wellness Dr. Nancy Soliven, D.C., M.D., Chiropractor Megan Hoffman, C.S.T. Diplomat 424 E. Longview Dr., Suite B, Appleton 920.734.6389 Good health is being balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. At our treatment center our goal is to help you live a long, healthy life. Our caring, compassionate, multi-disciplinary, and highly skilled health care professionals seek and treat the causes associated with a wide range of medical issues. We offer our patients craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, lymphatic drainage and food intolerance testing. Schedule your appointment today.
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Wellness Essentials, LLC 456 N. Main St., Oshkosh Located at the Harmony Wellness Center 920.410.4022 www.WellnessEssentialsLLC.com Providing Innovative Wellness with Care & Integrity Kari A. Uselman, Ph.D., has been in private practice since 2006. She is nationally certified in biofeedback and complex homeopathy, is an advanced practitioner of Quantum Reflex Analysis, cation mud-packing and vastu bioenergetics, and facilitates craniosacral therapy, Reconnective Healing, BioGenesis & more. Kari weaves her intuition, integrity and caring into her sessions to support her clients holistic wellness. She is certified through the Natural Therapies Certification Board and has over 1000 satisfied clients.

INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC 18 Jewelers Park Dr., Suite 210, Neenah 920.722.7245 www.mindfulnesscenterforwellbeing.com Are you ready to journey to a happier and healthier life? Are you considering counseling to support you in meeting your goals? If so, I congratulate you for being a good listener to your life. At the Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, you will learn scientifically-validated mind body medicine skills that will enhance your capacity for self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-care. Become your own expert in how your mind interacts with your body to create better emotional, mental, social and physical health. We teach simple self-care techniques like Mindfulness Meditation, Qi Qong Breath Exercises, Visualization, Guided Imagery, Affirmations, Journaling, Stress Management and Loving Kindness Relationship skills. We offer free Mind Body Medicine Classes, 8-Week Mindful Womens Group, as well as individual and couple counseling. Our therapist, Judy Rogers, L.C.S.W., has over 20 years of counseling experience.
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Backyard Organics 920.850.7450 info@backyardorganics.net www.backyardorganics.net Todd and Tara Rockweit are owners of Backyard Organics, LLC, Wisconsins first organic land care business accredited by NOFA, one of two organizations in the country that accredit Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs). Backyard Organics also supplies organic weed herbicides and a variety of natural and organic pest repellents either in bulk and/ or ready to spray bottles. To read more about our products and services or if you would like to submit a question, please visit our website, email or call us.

LIGHT-WORKERS
Divine Energy Light-Workers Rev. Jen Rietveld 130 E. Franklin St., Appleton 920.268.6345 lightworkers@earthlink.net www.DivineLightWorkers.com Rev. Jen Rietveld offers divinely guided services in the form of: spiritual counseling, energy/light work, chakra cleansing and balancing, cellular release, past life/soul release and karmic meditations, weddings, property clearings and blessings, funerals and more! For a full description of her services, please visit her website at DivineLightWorkers.com. To schedule an appointment, please email Rev. Jen at lightworkers@earthlink. net or call/text 920.268.6345.

Health Matters Muscular Therapy Clinic, LLC Heidi R Arnoldussen, LMT 821 E. First Ave., Suite 4, Appleton 920.954.2068 www.healthmattersfoxvalley.com Heidi R. Arnoldussen, LMT, is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork as well as medical massage therapy. She has extensive postgraduate training in the evaluation and treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as they relate to personal injury in automobile accidents and workers compensation. Heidi also offers structural integration, deep tissue, la stone and pregnancy massage. Schedule your appointment today! Intuitive Touch, LLC Sue Noffke, LMT 8095 Tribute Dr., Neenah 920.850.0440 snoffke1@new.rr.com Relax and renew your body, mind and spirit at Intuitive Touch. Sue Noffke, a licensed massage therapist, offers her clients intuitive energy and therapeutic touch massage therapy. She also provides Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet, and flotation therapy, allowing you to experience total rejuvenation and relaxation in a float tank. Call today to schedule your appointment.

LIFE COACH
Life Spectrums, LLC Joan M. Ek Professional Life Coach/Reiki Master/ Registered Yoga Teacher 920.733.9793 lifespectrums@new.rr.com www.lifespectrums.net With over 25 years experience in several areas of health care, Joan specializes in providing a safe, honest, nurturing, challenging (and fun!) environment for individuals to explore their innate potential to heal and live the quality life of their choosing. She offers professional life coaching services, reiki therapy and teaching, yoga instruction for all abilities, resource and referral services, seminars and workshops to empower each person on an integrative basis. Wise Woman Wellness LLC Julie Rider, OTR, CLCP 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 www.wisewomanwellness.com Julie Rider is a registered occupational therapist, life coach practitioner and certified Just For Me Wellbeing Group Coach. She encourages individuals to discover their very best self. As a coach, Julie partners with her clients to empower them to stretch beyond their limits and to see opportunities within obstacles, to map out and achieve goals, and to ultimately reach overall wellness and effectiveness in all areas of their lives. She is available for individual coaching in person or by telephone, as well as offers group coaching. She is available to visit your company for group presentations with content tailored to your specific needs.
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Tree of Life Awakening Laural Virtues Wauters Green Bay 920.544.4047 www.treeoflifeawakening.com laural@treeoflifeawakening.com Tree of Life Awakening helps you heal at the level of the soul through private sessions and inspirational classes. Laural Virtues Wauters is a certified shamanic practitioner, mandala facilitator and reiki master. She is a graduate of the Four Winds and has studied with Betsy Bergstrom, Sandra Ingerman, Ana Laramendi and Jose Luis Herrera. Laural received her mandala certification from Dr. Judith Cornell. Laural combines her life experience and professional background to help empower others.

MEDICAL AESTHETICS & WOMENS HEALTHCARE


Youthful Endeavors Dr. Nolan Hetz, Medical Director Green Bay and Manitowoc locations 920.683.1800 info@youthfulendeavors.com www.youthfulendeavors.com Youthful Endeavors is one of the most comprehensive medical aesthetic practices in Wisconsin with a variety of services that combine both wellness and aesthetic medicine with a touch of high-end spa services. Redesign and refresh yourself with the help of Dr. Nolan Hetz and the certified professional staff. They will create individually pleasing results to complement your internal beauty. Zero percent financing programs are available. Call today for your complimentary consultation.

MASSAGE THERAPY
Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork 2200 American Blvd., De Pere 920.338.9500 www.BlueSkyMassage.com 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!

MEDICAL SPA
Rejuvenessence mediSpa Kenneth Pechman, M.D., Ph.D. Board Certified Dermatologist 2201 East Enterprise Ave., Suite 104, Appleton 920.574.3577 www.rmedispa.com The mission of Rejuvenessence mediSpa is to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate the skins appearance, health and function. We strive to improve our clients skin through our professional services and highquality products and thus, enhance our patients self esteem and self image. We are proud to offer free consultations on all of our services!
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NATURAL BEAUTY
Clairalience Skincare Pam Williams Owner 920.265.1427 info@clairlaience.com www.Clairalience.com Clairalience natural skincare products provide your skin with just what it needs to stay healthy. From body scrubs to lip balms, Clairalience works with your bodys natural chemistry to promote healthy skin, offering assistance to your bodys own natural healing properties. Clairalience products are made with natural ingredients and beneficial seed oils that are user friendly and readily absorbed, with no harmful chemicals added. Skin becomes smooth and supple without an oily residue or waxy build up. Choose a natural skin care product that actually works for you! Experience the familiar ... naturally
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Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Neher, MS, Clinical Nutritionist 658 W. Ridgeview Dr., Appleton kimneher@nutritionalhealingllc.com 920.358.5764 Kimberly Neher, MS, is the clinical nutritionist located inside The Chiropractic Advantage. Her passion lies in supporting peoples health through evidencebased medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel disorders. With her masters degree in human nutrition and Metagenics certification in First Line Therapy, Kimberly has an in-depth study of nutrition as a complementary medicine. Transform your life through natural, clinically proven methods of healing via nutrition, and remedy the cause of your illness or weight concerns!

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES
Avon Katie Hahn Advanced Unit Leader 920.540.3205 KatieH.avon@gmail.com www.startavon.com code KHAHN www.youravon.com/khahn Be financially healthy by Saying Yes to Avon! No inventory, up to 50% earnings, $10 start up fee, unlimited bonus opportunities. Ask me how!

PERSONAL CARE/NUTRITION
Botanical Indulgence Sandy White 1162 Westowne Dr., Neenah 920.725.1380 www.botanicalindulgence.com The success of a business comes from more than just the owner. A truly successful business will have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff hand chosen by the owner. Here at Botanical Indulgence, Sandy has a staff that loves the business as much as she does, and it shows when you walk into the store. Located 5 minutes from Fox River Mall; take the Winneconne exit in Neenah and turn left at Culvers. Custom Health Pharmacy 1011 S. 10th St., Manitowoc 920.482.3145 www.customhealthpharmacy.com Custom Health Pharmacy is your source for quality compounded medications. Our state-ofthe-art compounding lab provides the highest quality compounding possible. You have a choice where you get your compounded prescriptions you dont need your prescription sent to you from Madison. We also offer: hormone saliva testing, hormone consultations, adrenal fatigue consultations and testing, Take Charge weight loss program and a full line of Now vitamins. We Accept Caremark and Express Scripts.
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PAIN MANAGEMENT/RELIEF
Advanced Pain Management (APM) 2595 Development Dr., Suite 150, Green Bay Locations also in Appleton and Oconto Falls 888.901.PAIN (7246) www.APMhealth.com Advanced Pain Management (APM) is committed to providing patients with innovative pain management services. APM strives to deliver the most advanced, minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic services to enable patients to restore function, relieve pain and renew hope. Whether its back or neck pain, work injury, sciatica or a painful condition; APM has a pain management doctor who can help pinpoint the source of pain.

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

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Victorias Pet Nutrition Center and Boutique 14 N. Main St., Fond du Lac 920.923.1991 www.allnaturalpethealth.com We carry all-natural pet health products for your dogs and cats including natural treats, herbs and supplements used for health problems such as canine and feline liver and kidney disease, pet allergies, cancer in dogs and cats, arthritis, dental, ear problems and diabetes. We also carry pet gifts including dog and cat socks, breed-specific pillows, videos and Dog- and Cat-opoly.

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

Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.733.3003 www.sairamcuisine.com The areas finest authentic Indian restaurant. Join us today to find out why we won the Best Indian Food Golden Fork Award from 2005-2011! We offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Catering is available and we have a banquet room for parties up to 40 people.

SALON
Absolute Transformation Salon 518 Ohio St., Oshkosh 920.385.7026 www.yellowbook.com Find us on Facebook! Absolute Transformation Salon opened three years ago this May. Our goal was to create a more natural, organic, healthy salon and to offer our guests a great healthy environment to get their hair done. We researched our color line and hair care lines to make sure that they were as natural, organic and vegan friendly as possible. We feature Organic Color Systems and Onesta hair care products and have had great results! Julie, Jen and Sherry pride themselves on their continuing education and all have over 16 years experience behind the chair. Jen is also an Organic Color Systems educator. We are very fortunate to have her with us. Absolute Transformation Salon is a full service salon that features color, cuts, perms, facials, pedicures and nail services. We look forward to serving you. Savoye Hair Studio 2530 Lineville Rd. Suite 2, Green Bay 920.434.4247 www.savoyehairstudio.com Our mission is to provide you with exceptional service in an environment designed to replenish, renew and nurture your appearance and well being. We support Aveda in its mission to care for the world we live in by treating it with care and respect. We, as artists are passionate about our profession and we take tremendous pride in serving you. Our team members are talented professionals who consistently refine and enhance their skills through continuing education. Zen Salon 1500 W. College Ave., Suite B, Appleton 920.380.9236 Find us on facebook! Zen Salon is a brand new full service salon featuring full body waxing, hair, facials and nail services. Our experienced staff offers the latest trends insalon cluding spray make-up and hair stenciling. Schedule your appointment today and be on your way to a fabulous new look! Ask about our $49 color and cut special for new clients (with select stylists).

PHOTOGRAPHY
Ardent Photography Downtown Neenah 920.858.9827 Fox Cities 262.292.9513 Milwaukee www.ardentphoto.com Ardent Photography is a boutique portrait, wedding and boudoir photography studio located in Historic Downtown Neenah. Our goal is to form close relationships with our clients to make your photography experience remarkable - you deserve exceptional service and exquisite photography. Our style is clean, colorful and classic - rooted in tradition and elegance. Photographer, Amy Gaerthofner, will make you look amazing and youll have a blast along the way.

RESTAURANT
Famous Daves Bar-B-Que 1170 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton 920.991.9700 www.famousdaves.com Not everybody has the whole day to spend slow-smokin the best BBQ in America. But everybody has a phone. And thats all it takes to bring home your favorite BBQ piping hot and ready for dinner tonight! Or stop in to try our healthy Citrus Grill. Dave loves makin calorie watchers feel like theyre cheating. Citrus Grill items are a tasty 660 calories or less. Served with two juicy grilled pineapple steaks and fresh steamed broccoli. Nakashima of Japan Katsu-Ya of Japan 4100 W. Pine St., Appleton 920.739.6057 2200 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920.494.4103 511 W. College Ave., Appleton 920.882.4183 www.nakashimas.com Nakashima Sushi is your healthy alternative when dining out. We take the freshest fish or vegetable, wrap it in vinegar rice and roasted seaweed for a taste that is simple satori (enlightenment). We feature Avocado, Asparagus and Spinach Salad, Tofu Salad, Ceviches, Grilled Salmon and many more healthy selections! Osorios Latin Fusion, LLC 1910 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton (Between Fox River Mall & the Timber Rattlers stadium) 920.955.3766 www.OsoriosLatinFusion.com Our family welcomes you to Osorios Latin Fusion! We carefully and thoughtfully prepare all of your food from scratch right here in our kitchen. Our recipes have either been handed down from our families or created in our own minds and kitchens. We have a strong background in Latin cuisine, and have merged some of the sensational Latin flavors with our other favorite foods and Osorios Latin Fusion was born.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
MotionWorks Physical Therapy 1158 Westowne Drive, Neenah 920.215.2050 www.motionworkspt.com Experience the difference a hands-on, manual therapy approach to physical therapy can make at MotionWorks Physical Therapy, a boutique physical therapy practice providing quality care to patients with spine, orthopedic, post-operative and sports medicine injuries. Our mission is to provide the highest level of personalized, one-on-one patient care, with appointment times that are convenient to you, in a relaxing, patient-centered clinic with all the latest amenities. Our results speak for themselves, as we often can help those who have not seen a benefit from treatment provided elsewhere by addressing the whole patient and the source of your pain, not just the symptoms.

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SENIOR HEALTH
Prairie Home Assisted Living 1463 Kenwood Dr., Menasha 920.969.0526 www.prairiehomeassistedliving.com Prairie Home Assisted Living provides loving kindness in a homelike setting. Family owned and operated, Prairie Home is committed to creating a warm, nurturing and safe environment for the elderly.

THERMOGRAPHY
Valley Thermography 1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Ste. 202, Appleton 920.380.1365 chris@valleythermography.com www.valleythermography.com Chris Haase, certified clinical thermographer, uses digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Conditions and injuries that can be diagnosed and monitored include hormonal dysfunction, inflammation, lymphatic activity, disc disease, dental, vascular disease, sports injuries, allergies, cancer and more. DITI uses no radiation, is painless and FDA registered. Call to schedule your appointment.

YOGA
Pura Vida Yoga Crystal M. Hill (Rohde), RYT 2416 W. Nordale Dr., Appleton 920.851.1084 puravidacrystal@hotmail.com Pura Vida Yoga, LLC, offers group power Vinyasa yoga classes, private yoga sessions, yoga life coaching and nutrition/weight loss coaching in Appleton. The amazing staff is passionate about helping others reach their full potential both on and off the mat! Contact Crystal M. Hill RYT & owner at 920.851.1084 or puravidacrystal@ hotmail.com for more information!

SPA
Massage Envy Spa 3201 E. Calumet St., Appleton 920.731.5300 www.massageenvy.com/clinics/WI/Calumet.aspx At Massage Envy Spa Calumet, our mission is to provide a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. Whether it is your first massage or massage therapy is part of your wellness plan, we have a therapist to match your needs. We offer many massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports, reflexology and more. Signature services and enhancements include hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy and sugar foot scrub. We have four different spa facial treatments specially formulated for Massage Envy Spa. Our professional estheticians have the scientifically proven products to give you noticeably healthy skin.

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Mystical Earth Gallery (MEG) City Center Plaza 112b E. College Ave., Appleton 920.993.1122 mysticalearthgallery.com Zenith, a healing art form, succinctly stated removes the blockages which stop the seeker from their path and assists in the healing process of the body, mind and spirit. Using sacred geometry, color-vibration light and incorporating his own techniques, honed after over 30 years of healing, Master Teacher Jesse will develop a program to help you in the unfolding of your individual self.

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

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SPECIALTY FOODS
The Olive Cellar 277 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 920.574.2361 www.TheOliveCellar.com Discover the difference quality makes with small batch world class extra virgin olive oils and an exquisite variety of aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy with all products available for you to sample prior to bottling. Also offering pastas and spices, sea salts, truffle oils, chocolate sauces and the worlds best peanut brittle. A unique culinary experience awaits you.

WELLNESS COACH
Wise Woman Wellness Alyssa Burnham, B.A., Wellness Coach Certified Firstline Therapy Lifestyle Educator 1480 Swan Rd., De Pere 920.339.5252 www.wisewomanwellness.com Firstline Therapy can help you make lasting lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and wellness, achieve your health goals and reduce your health risks. Developing a healthier lifestyle means looking better, feeling better and having more of the energy you need to live a full life! Many health problems can be reversed or even treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Attend one of her seminars to learn more about this exciting life-altering program! Alyssa also offers her patients ALCAT food sensitivity testiing.
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Inspirit Therapy Associates 3208 East River Drive, Green Bay 920.338.9670 www.inspiritpt.com With over 50 years of combined therapist experience, Inspirit Therapy Associates therapists have developed a unique approach to pain management. All aspects of life and health are addressed in order to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive treatment possible to our clients. We focus on providing as many non-pharmaceutical options to our patients as possible.
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