Healthy Concepts
Kimberly Byrne

Kimberly Byrne

Friday, 31 August 2018 16:13

Ask Nature's Pathways — September 2018

“I just found out there are different kinds of sunscreen, like powder. Do they stay on as well as lotion? Should I use one over the other for my kids?”

—Michelle M., Sturgeon Bay

Sunscreen efficiency comes down to two main factors. The first is how you apply and the second is the SPF rating. There are several different forms of sunscreen but it always comes back to these two issues. You must apply enough of the sunscreen to get the rated SPF. Dermatologists always say one shot glass size for an entire body. Most of us don’t even come close to that amount. If you apply half of that, you can cut the SPF number in half. For powders and other types of sunscreen, I often find my patients do not apply enough or as evenly as they would a cream, thus the SPF rating decreases.

Always look for a sunscreen that you will use (not too greasy, etc), you’ll put enough of it on, uses the word “broad spectrum” and has an SPF rating of at least 30. Reapply every two hours and after getting wet, as no sunscreen is truly waterproof. I find that with my own kids I can tell application range better with the creams and thus I use cream rather than powders, sticks, etc.

—Betsy Wernli, M.D., Forefront Dermatology •


“Where should I start incorporating natural products into my life? I want my home to be chemical-free as much as possible but I can’t spend a huge lump sum right now.”

—Jenni B., Appleton

This is a great question — but not an easy one to answer! Online you’ll see lots of recommendations to use white vinegar or baking soda. While these are great for some purposes, they can cause problems. For example, baking soda and sodium carbonate are alkaline, and can scratch granite or marble. DIY cleaners, such as those with a high percentage of white vinegar, can strip wax from hardwood floors, and damage aluminum or cast iron.

Start simply; if I could only do two things, it would be these:

1. Use water-dampened microfiber cloths: these are great for dust and dirt, especially on windows.

2. Buy some Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap. It’s certified under the USDA National Organic Program, and is a wonderful all purpose cleaner – you can use it for laundry, handwashing, dishwashing, bathing (even safe for babes), rinsing vegetables, etc. It may seem expensive, but it is highly concentrated, so a very little bit really does go a long way!

—T. Heather Herdman, PHD, RN, FNI, Sweet Willow Naturals •



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Our goal at CP is to help people live the lives they want to live.

We meet the needs — no matter how big or small — of infants, children and adults throughout Northeast Wisconsin using the latest techniques combined with a creative approach that you won’t find anywhere else. All while being on the forefront of emerging trends, ready when you need us.

Because CP isn’t just a place — it’s a solution.

Our solutions

CP’s state of the art Aquatic Center offers a wide range of programming to help those recovering from joint replacement, who have a neurological diagnosis, mobility issues or who are simply looking to maintain their health with a safe and effective form of exercise. Our classes promote balance, coordination and improved strength, as well as overall health and wellness.

Patrons of the Aquatic Center can work one-on-one with an instructor, in a class setting or independently through open swim times. We also offer swim lessons for young kiddos and a Mommy & Me playtime.

Our active Therapy Services program includes pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapy. Our experienced team works with children and families to develop a plan of care that is implemented on-site and by parents or caregivers in the home. Two large therapy gyms offer unique opportunities for children to work with a therapist one-on-one to meet goals through a variety of play and other activities.

CP’s Adult Day Services program provides functional skills training to help people with disabilities live as independently as possible. Classes like art, cooking, science, service learning and exercise give clients options to engage in activities they are interested in and help meet their personal care plan goals.

Community outings provide an opportunity for clients to be active within the community, participate in events and meet new people. Outings have included Packers training camp, the NEW Zoo, Mile of Music, Bay Park Square and a Bullfrogs baseball game.

CP Early Education & Care is CP’s inclusive child care program. We strive to create an environment where all children, regardless of ability, experience a typical learning environment as they grow and play together in an inclusive setting. Children are encouraged to interact with their peers, realize potential skills more freely and learn about each other.

CP is always a busy place, and at its heart, a reflection of amazing human spirit. Every goal that is met, every milestone achieved is celebrated. We are a place where compassion is felt and expertise is proven by people who simply understand.

CP is a community resource; growing roots throughout Northeast Wisconsin for more than 60 years. And with the recent completion of our 21,000 sq. ft. expansion and renovation project, we are positioned to serve more people than ever before.

We invite the community to stop by for a tour — we love our new space and are excited to show you around! 


2801 S Webster Avenue, Green Bay


As an avid reader of Nature’s Pathways — this magazine — I know just how much varied information is out in the world about the holistic, natural approach to health. There’s a lot! I love online shopping for its convenience, and I try to research products before I purchase them. However, lately, I’ve been considering just how different each of our health journeys are and wanted more of a personal connection and conversation when it comes to the items I choose.

I decided to visit a brick and mortar store to gain more perspective in an in-person way. There’s nothing like conversation and feeling like you’re being heard. And that’s exactly how I felt when I visited Natural Healthy Concepts. They offer “vitamins, nutrition supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies which are derived from the highest quality ingredients. Health nutrition supplements (they) select are based on ingredients, absorption and from client feedback on what works.”

Natural Healthy Concepts has a huge online presence but also two physical locations: Appleton and Fond du Lac. I’m somewhat familiar with the Appleton store near Woodman’s, but chose the Fond du Lac location to see what it was all about. It was very easy to get to coming from highway 41 and was near a lot of other convenient stops so I can see myself visiting again while I’m running errands in the future.

The first thing I noticed about the Natural Healthy Concepts store is how bright and clean the space is. And it smelled amazing! I’ve never seen a store more organized and well put together. It was easy to see exactly where everything was because of the clear signs in each section. There was even a cute vanity area with natural cosmetics, safe nail polish and paraben-free makeup.

After visiting their website ( to see what they offered, I specifically wanted to speak with Angela Halderson, a Registered Dietitian who works at both locations. She writes many blogs on the website, and after meeting her, I can see why she’s so good at it. She is incredibly knowledgeable but down-to-earth and friendly — the perfect person you want to get advice from while shopping for health products. She feels like a friend who has your best interest at heart. She offers one-on-one consultations to customers, and after speaking with her for even a few minutes I can’t recommend this option enough!

We talked a lot about homeopathic health, which is the belief that the body can cure itself. All of the items at the store and on their website embody this, and are completely natural. They carry a wide selection of aromatherapy/essential oils, a huge array of multivitamins and vitamins A-K, along with essential fatty acids like fish oils. There are hundreds of professional-grade, high quality nutritional supplements, and Natural Healthy Concepts even introduced its own brand in 2016. The entire brand is hypoallergenic: gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free.

When Angela was explaining what it meant to be “professional grade,” she mentioned that because Natural Healthy Concepts has certified nutritionists on staff, they’re able to offer unique formulas that are targeted to focus on a specific health concern that aren’t offered at a typical pharmacy. Theresa Groskopp, the owner/founder of the store is also hugely involved when it comes to formulas and suggestions of products, which is a great feeling: everything in the store is there for a reason.

After speaking with Angela about my sporadic sleep patterns, I purchased a natural sleep aid: Utzy Naturals’ “Utzzzs Fall Asleep.” I take melatonin every once in a while, but after looking at the ingredients in this product (like magnesium and valerian root), I can’t wait to see how it works. I also chose Stevia liquid drops as an alternative to sugar in my coffee. The amount of natural and alternative products to choose from at Natural Healthy Concepts is seriously impressive. In fact, they even have a section entirely devoted to natural pet supplements, which was so heartwarming for me to see. We all want what’s best for our furry family members, and they have it! My friends requested that I pick up the Spry brand of gum because it uses natural sweeteners. There were a lot of options from bubblegum to green tea flavor.

I think it’s a common misconception that natural items – especially from a designated store like Natural Healthy Concepts – must be exorbitantly priced, but that’s not the experience I had at all. The retail store and online shop have discounted prices every day, and were very favorable and reasonable to me.

Overall, I can’t recommend Natural Healthy Concepts enough. The friendly staff, unrivalled knowledge and friendly and warm atmosphere I felt in the store is enough to make me want to visit again — not to mention the amazing selection and great prices. I’ve just become a customer for life! 

“What matters the most at Natural Healthy Concepts is customer care — for you and your health needs. Natural Healthy Concepts is about quality natural health products by real people who care and share the philosophy that your health is the best investment you’ll ever make!”

Natural Healthy Concepts

976 E. Johnson Street, Fond du Lac (across the street from Culver’s) and

310 N. Westhill Boulevard, Appleton (across the street from Woodman’s)

M-F: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Friday, 31 August 2018 14:50

Valley Thermography

My sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer over fifteen years ago. Her doctor wanted to schedule surgery for the following week and follow up with chemo and/or radiation, depending on how the surgery went. She decided to have a thermogram instead and chose a holistic treatment. Within six months of being diagnosed she was cancer free.

This resonated with me once I was told by my gynecologist that I needed to schedule a mammogram. I had one mammogram, but resolved to find a non-invasive alternate, which lead me to digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI). I quickly discovered there weren’t any permanent DITI facilities in the Fox Valley. Establishing Valley Thermography, LLC in Appleton and becoming a certified DITI technician filled this demand.

What is DITI? It is 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. It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress for conditions and injuries, including hormonal dysfunction, inflammation, lymphatic activity, disc disease, dental, vascular disease, varicose veins, sports injuries, allergies and TMJ, just to name a few. It does this without radiation, any contact with the body or pain, and is FDA approved. Images can be taken of the whole body (which takes approximately 30 minutes) or specific areas of concern (which takes 15 minutes). The process is completely private and your images are electronically sent to a thermologist (a medical doctor trained in thermography) for interpretation. Reports are generally completed and available within a few business days.

All women can benefit from DITI breast screening, especially those with denser breast tissue, making it more difficult for mammograms to be effective. Clinical DITI also provides answers in the diagnosis of acute, chronic and neuropathic pain. It allows you to visualize the pain and pathology anywhere in the body and provides a useful procedure in conjunction with other diagnostic tools.

The pursuit of the diagnosis is many times more emotional — and physically and financially draining — than the diagnosis itself. Let me help you on your journey. Call today! 

"A big thank you to all of my clients who have given me the opportunity to provide them with scans the past SIX years! I’m truly blessed."

—Christine Haase

Valley Thermography, LLC

Christine Haase, CCT

1111 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 202, Appleton


I admit, I am getting older. We all are. Time has been pretty good to me but during the last few years I have been struggling with the usual issues we face once we cross into that last half of life on this earth. I have always been diligent about keeping up with my annual physicals, lab work and checkups. I am sad to say that the only help I have been offered to address my newest issues have been the latest pill on the market. I started thinking that there has to be a better way.

I came across a quote from Dr. Scott Vander Wielen, a local chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner. He said, “Death is inevitable, disease is not.” So we are not all doomed to aging with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s? According to him, we are not. I was intrigued, and kept that quote in the back of my mind for a while before I decided to take action.

Functional medicine looks at the body as a whole and focuses on treating the individual and not the disease. It believes the body has a natural capacity to heal itself and once that is complete, the disease resolves. Dr. Scott recognizes that every individual is unique, so not every patient — even if they have the same health issue — will have the same treatment plan.

I called Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center and spoke with Christine who was very helpful. They offer a complimentary consultation so I scheduled one. Christine let me know to block off one hour for the appointment. My first surprise was that I would get more than 10 minutes of the doctor’s time. I filled out a questionnaire they gave me and gathered up any medical records that I thought might be helpful and went for my first visit.

Dr. Scott reviewed my concerns and what I wanted to achieve and decided he could help me. He admitted if he meets with someone with unrealistic expectations he will let them know he can’t help them. I like that kind of honesty. Functional medicine care is not a “one and done” process since it takes time to reverse what may have taken years to develop into disease and find the underlying cause. It also takes trust and communication between the patient and provider over more than one appointment. Contrary to what we’ve been told, there is no magic pill. What impressed me the most was that both Christine and Dr. Scott are so compassionate and nonjudgmental, and that they genuinely care about the patients they see. That, along with the fact that they took the time to really get to know me. After my complimentary consultation, I decided to move forward with an exam. After all, according to my blood work and scale, my numbers kept going up even though I was doing my best to follow my doctor’s advice.

My first exam was about an hour of in-depth testing. I had neurological and cognitive testing done along with a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), which measures body composition. That was an eye opener, let me tell you! I found out how much of my body was fat, muscle, water and skeletal. I learned that research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. The BIA also let Dr. Scott know my phase angle and if the water was inside or outside my cells (more on this in Part II). That gave him a great picture of my health and all I had to do was lie down with a couple of electrode pads stuck to me.

After the exam and going over my health questionnaire, he let me know what blood tests he felt he should order and why. He felt it was needed that I have a few “extra tests” but at the time did not feel I needed to go the food allergy route. I was good with that.

During the beginning course of my treatment he recommended I complete a detox program because even though I was eating good, quality fats like avocados, olive oil and fish, my tests showed I wasn’t absorbing the nutrients from these foods. I detoxed for two weeks and returned for a followup, which showed I was able to get rid of some of the pesky toxins that were hanging around in my body. I do attribute some of that success to the high quality supplements I used to assist my body with this detox. We also discussed the best nutrition for me based on what my tests revealed. I’ve never had a doctor really dig into what I ate before but Dr. Scott does believe that food is medicine and key to optimal health. This started me on a path to weight loss, which had previously been very difficult for me.

In part two of this article, I will update my progress after 10 months of Dr. Scott’s care and how successful we have been in eliminating my high blood pressure, which was my biggest priority when starting this journey. It has already gone down to an almost normal reading without any medication! I also have a lot more energy. I can’t wait to see what the next several months can do! 

This is Part I of a two-part article. Stay tuned to the January 2019 issue of Nature’s Pathways for its follow-up.

Vander Wielen Health & Wellness Diagnostic Center, LLC

1486 Kenwood Dr, Menasha


Wednesday, 01 August 2018 04:04

The connection between eating and energy

The connection between energy and eating is significant. A healthy diet and approach to eating can vastly improve energy levels, while a poorly planned diet that lacks nutrition can contribute to feelings of fatigue and increase a person’s risk for various ailments.

The Harvard Medical School notes that different kinds of foods are converted to energy at different rates. That’s why some foods, such as candy, provide quick boosts of energy while foods such as whole grains tend to supply the body with energy reserves that it can draw on throughout the day.

It’s not just what people eat but how they eat that can affect their energy levels. In addition to choosing the right foods, men and women can try the following strategies as they look to eat to boost their energy levels.

Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Avoiding the traditional three-meals-per-day approach may help improve energy levels, especially for people who tend to eat sizable meals once, twice or even three times every day. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the metabolisms of people who do not eat regularly will slow down, as the body absorbs and stores more of the food it eats. Those stores include cholesterol and fat, which can be unhealthy and contribute to weight gain. However, by eating small meals more frequently, one’s metabolism speeds up and more calories are burned. The body recognizes more food is soon on the way and, as a result, it does not need to store as much cholesterol and fat as it would if meals were eaten less frequently.

Avoid a big lunch. The Harvard Medical School notes that, while the reasons are unclear, research has indicated that the circadian rhythms of people who eat big lunches indicate a more significant drop in afternoon energy levels than the rhythms of people who eat smaller midday meals. Men and women who eat big lunches and find their energy levels waning later in the workday can try to eat smaller midday meals to boost their energy.

Be careful with caffeine. The foods people eat are not the only components of their diet that can affect their energy levels. Caffeinated beverages can provide a temporary boost of energy as well. However, men and women who drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to boost their energy levels should avoid doing so in large amounts after 2 p.m. That’s because caffeine can cause insomnia, and insufficient sleep can dramatically affect energy levels.

Choose the right snacks. Eating smaller, more frequent meals may compel some people to snack. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes that snacks are important as long as they’re the right snacks. Avoid snacks that are just empty calories in favor of foods that contain protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates. Such snacks, which may include fruits such as apples and fresh berries or protein sources like nuts and Greek yogurt, can provide lasting energy. It’s also important that men and women not snack to fill themselves up, but rather to quell any hunger pangs and get an energy boost between meals.

The foods people eat and when they eat them can have a dramatic impact on their energy levels. 

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 03:55

Nussbaum Chiropractic

Nussbaum Chiropractic LLC is here to serve you and your family’s health needs whether you require a spinal adjustment, an orthopedic evaluation of a sore joint or developing a home exercise program. We also help improve gut dysbiosis, correct nutrient deficiencies and help with picking out the correct supplement to achieve better health.

Board-certified chiropractor Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe has been in practice for over 26 years, offering both chiropractic care as well as functional medicine and nutritional counseling. She performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her chiropractic training at Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Functional medicine is an aspect of health care that looks at the whole picture of a person’s health, sometimes adding specialty lab testing and using nutrition to improve health. Appleton native Dr. Amy is also on the Fox Valley Celiac Board and counsels newly diagnosed celiac and gluten sensitive patients for the Fox Valley Celiacs group that meets five times per year. She loves uncovering food sensitivities that can be inflammatory for certain patients and counsels them on how to proceed with dietary changes and implement lifestyle corrections. She works to improve gut and immune health. The office carries vitamins and supplements that follow USP’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure quality and certification. Dr. Amy is married to fellow chiropractor, John Schubbe, and they are having fun raising three children.

Board-certified chiropractor Dr. Brad Donnermeyer joined Nussbaum Chiropractic in 2008. He brings 16 years of chiropractic expertise and also offers Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. Dr. Brad received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He also completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology as well as his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Brad was born in Kimberly and now resides in Appleton with his wife, Anna, and their three boys. Dr. Brad loves being a chiropractor, helping his patients get out of pain and helping them live a healthier lifestyle.

Common conditions frequently seen in the office include: lower back and neck pain, sciatica, various types of headaches, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, hip and knee, shoulder, TMJ and arthritis complaints. We see pregnant moms for back and spine related discomfort. Many infants can experience relief with earaches and colic. In addition, motor vehicle and work related injuries are also treated in our office.

Our practice truly is a family practice as we treat patients both young and old. We are also blessed to have three longtime staff members who have a total of nearly 40 years of service helping our patients. Chiropractic assistants Mary, Jill and Jane assist in patient care and also keep the office operations smooth and steady with a ready smile. We help coordinate insurance benefits as a courtesy to our patients. We offer early morning appointments, making it convenient for the working crew or just early risers in addition to lunchtime and after work appointments. The office accepts most insurance and is in network with several plans. We are here to help you when the need arises.

At Nussbaum Chiropractic you will truly be cared for and not treated like a number. We get to know every patient and make sure they receive the appropriate treatment for their specific condition. 

Nussbaum Chiropractic, LLC

873 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton


Floating, also known as sensory deprivation and float or flotation therapy, is by no means new on the wellness scene. People have been floating for decades, and research shows health benefits can include pain and stress relief, help with insomnia and injury recovery, not to mention its meditative quality. When I learned about a new flotation therapy space called Buoy coming to downtown Neenah, I knew it was my chance to try something I’ve heard so much about.

In full disclosure, I went into my first float with an open mind but was also skeptical and nervous. I’ve never been a huge fan of baths, and my naive perception of the process was that it was like that. (I was wrong!)

I easily made an appointment at Buoy. You can do so online or by calling. After you’ve done so, they send a helpful list of tips to prepare for your float. Things like what to avoid prior: shaving, waxing and coloring your hair, and consuming alcohol or caffeine, for example. You can wear a bathing suit if you’d like, but floating nude is typical — you’re in a private room with your own shower during your float.

Because it was my first time, I arrived 15 minutes early to fill out a simple form and to get acquainted with the space. Buoy is in the basement of a beautiful historic building and being in the lower level, plus its tasteful and simple décor was the perfect combination. I loved the aesthetic.

Jolene was friendly and helpful while giving me a quick tour to explain the order of things. She let me know what her first time floating was like, which was helpful as a newbie not knowing what to expect. They ask that you remove your makeup and wash your hair and body before getting into the float pod to avoid any oils mixing in the saltwater. The spa-like overhead shower itself was relaxing, and the makeup remover, shampoo and bodywash they provide all smelled amazing. Earplugs and a neck rest are there for your float, and also a towel to use afterward.

Calling the flotation devices at Buoy “pods” is accurate, but it doesn’t quite do these pools justice. The Evolution Orb I was in was roomy, immaculate, bright white and looked futuristic while still being comforting. You can customize your float to your taste. I tried all the settings more than once during my 60-minute float to see what I liked best. I preferred the soothing music on, the stars on the ceiling illuminated and the actual pod light off. The walls are sound resistant so if you’d rather, you can have a completely dark, silent float.

The water inside the pod (about 10 inches) is skin temperature, and the more than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt is totally undetectable. This makes for a unique sensation – or lack thereof, as this is where the “sensory deprivation” term comes in. I simultaneously felt like I was floating in outer space and the middle of an ocean. I surprised myself by moving quite a bit during my float because I loved the feeling so much. The water wasn’t “moving,” it was gliding, and that gave me a sense of relaxation I had never felt before. Toward the end of the float, I realized I had been smiling the whole time as it occurred to me I couldn’t tell where my skin above and below the water began and ended.

A pleasant automated voice let me know when my float was over and instructed me to ease out of the pod. It’s common for people to fall into deep states of relaxation and even doze off, so this is a great transition. I was just too interested and in awe to fall asleep this first time. As I got out, I actually said, “that was cool” out loud to myself!

I then showered again and washed and conditioned my hair with the same products I loved pre-float. During this time, I noticed the Orb beginning to filter the saltwater, which ensures the environment is safe and clean for the next floater.

Buoy has a post-float lounge to enjoy after your float, a comfortable space to just “be.” Down the hall is another room full of large mirrors to get ready and back into your day. They suggest you bring a hairbrush and any makeup you’d like to reapply, etc. and provide hair dryers if you choose to use them.

As I was retouching my hair and makeup, Jolene made it a point to check on me and asked what I thought. I couldn’t contain my excitement about what I had just experienced. She smiled excitedly and nodded as if to say, “See?!” I was prepared to enjoy floating, but I didn’t expect to love it. And that’s exactly what I did.

Floating is often hard to describe, and in my opinion, must be experienced to fully understand. I was told it just gets better with each float. I’m already looking forward to returning to Buoy to test that theory! 


116 S. Commercial Street Suite 010, Neenah

920-558-4033 • Instagram: @buoy.flotation


Six years ago, lying on my bathroom floor crying at night with my children in the next room, I felt a deep desire for my life to feel different. Decades of depression, a difficult childhood, the death of a baby and a daughter with an addiction had left me feeling depleted, hopeless and unable to enjoy my family, friends and what by all accounts should have been a wonderful life. I wanted to feel as though I had a purpose, to truly believe that depression did not need to rule my life. To step out of the trauma and pain of an abusive childhood. To learn what lasting joy felt like and to express my voice and spirit authentically in this world. Deep inside I knew there had to be more to life. I sensed this deep longing for an authentic connection. Not to another but to myself. To know my truth. To honor myself and to believe in myself. To be unshakable in the strength of my spirit.

I didn’t know how at the time, but my desire and strength were enough to clear the path. I started investing in myself and started working with a life coach, a spiritual mentor and started a certification class in mindfulness meditation. I made my healing from depression and rediscovering what brought me joy in life my mission. I was relentless in the pursuit.

Little by little and one day at a time, I healed my fearful perceptions and false beliefs, deepened my spiritual practice, strengthened my own inner connection, and took small right actions toward my dreams.

My life started opening up in the most amazing ways. My children started to connect to their inherent joy, my daughter broke free from her addiction, and I was able to heal from childhood abuse and the grief of losing a child. As I started healing, it became evident that it impacted my entire family as well. I know that none of this would have been possible had I not had the courage and strength in my lowest moment to reach out for help and prioritize my own healing above all other distractions life was throwing at me.

I have been blessed with incredible teachers and mentors along the way, and I feel privileged to now be a coach and mentor for other women struggling to break free from depression or suffering the pain of disconnection from their purpose and vision for their life. I strongly believe that when women help other women to rise to the greatest version of themselves we heal our families and communities.

Today I am proud to say that I am living all of my desires. I feel connected to the truth of who I am. I express my voice freely and I live my purpose every day. I have created powerful and transformative programs both online and in person that have helped women rediscover who they came to be on this planet. Women that have released their limiting beliefs. Women that no longer struggle with depression and women who are rediscovering who they are and are now sharing their gifts with the world.

What is most important to me now and is fueling me every day is that I’m fulfilling my mission to help other women heal their limiting beliefs — so they can awaken to their highest purpose and can confidently serve the world in their own unique way.

If you are struggling with depression or life feels more difficult than you want it to, I offer free 30-minute sessions to women who are interested in exploring a life free from depression and also women who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice and are ready to align with their life purpose. 

Nicole Wettemann, LLC


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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:52

Safety first when traveling with pets

Pets’ love is unconditional, so it’s no wonder that pet parents want to keep their beloved animals by their side as much as possible. Pet owners whose pets spend ample time in the car should brush up on some safety precautions to ensure the roadways are safe for all travelers, including those covered in fur.

Driving while distracted is a significant safety concern. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that simply taking one’s eyes off the road for two seconds doubles the chances of being involved in a crash. Recent data from Kurgo, a leading supplier of quality dog travel supplies and accessories for active dogs, found that 60 percent of respondents had driven with pets in the last month, and more than half admitted to being distracted by their pets. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not track how many accidents are attributed to pets, it’s easy to see how pets can be a distraction on the road.

Drivers should never allow their pets to sit on their laps or ride in vehicles unless they are restrained. Doing so puts all passengers, pets and humans alike, in danger. AAA says a 10-pound dog that’s not restrained can generate 500 pounds of force in a 50 mile per hour crash.

Pet owners can heed these safety guidelines to make trips with their pets less dangerous:

Recognize that airbags can cause injury. Airbags are designed to protect people, not pets. It’s always recommended that pets ride in the back seat or the storage area of an SUV in vehicles equipped with airbags.

Watch those windows. Although riding with their heads out of the car window is a quintessential image of dogs in cars, such situations put dogs in danger. Fast-blowing debris or litter can injure the dog, and heavy airflow can damage the animal’s respiratory system, warn veterinarians. Dogs also may attempt to jump out.

Invest in a restraint system. Vehicle restraint systems keep pets safe. Small dogs may benefit from being inside crates that are secured to the vehicle. Harnessing a pooch is another option, and many harnessess connect directly to seat belts. Dog gates and guards can be installed between the back seat and the storage bay area, which is great when traveling with multiple dogs.

Avoid truck beds. The American Humane Society says pets should never be transported in the bed of pickup trucks. Dogs should only ride in pickup trucks with extended cabs that allow their owners to secure them in the back seat.

Keeping passengers, including both people and pets, safe in vehicles is the responsibility of drivers. 

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

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