Healthy Concepts
Kimberly Byrne

Kimberly Byrne

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:02

National CSA Day is February 23!

It is officially time to start thinking of summer! Why would anyone want to start doing that already, you ask? The reason is that Friday, February 23 is National CSA Day! It was officially inaugurated in 2015 as the last Friday in February.

Last year, Nature’s Pathways was happy to do our part in helping promote our local farmers who give us the freshest and best produce and meats from their fields, with lots of hard labor on their part. This year we would like to do the same by giving our readers as much information as we can on which farms have CSA shares, types of shares, what they sell and where to find them. We encourage individuals and families to check out local farms because it is the best way to get to know who grows your food. You can also find out how they manage pests, if they use a fungicide if it is hard to grow a particular crop in Wisconsin, how they enrich their soils and even, “What do I do with 4 pounds of ground cherries (or other crop)?” Trust me, your farmer knows every which way to prepare their food!

There are also farms that have CSA shares of meat. It’s important to discover if the animal has enough space to move about, does it eat its natural diet or is it grain-fed, will insecticides be applied to stop bothersome insects, and even how does it go to butchering day?

Each one of us has our own individual concerns about what goes into the food our families eat, and not all farms are created equal. By getting to know who is growing your food, you can ask the farmer directly and find out if you are comfortable with their methods.

In regard to both produce and meat, you can be assured of the freshness of local food as it is not picked before it is ripe and gassed with ethylene gas or irradiated. As always, if you have questions, just ask!

We need your help!

Nature’s Pathways wants to highlight area farms that offer farm share programs to share the wealth of nourishment with our readers!

If you are a local farm that participates in farmers markets and/or offers a farm share program, and are interested in being featured in Nature’s Pathways magazine, please email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Check out these local CSA farm share programs!


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Fox Cities Farm LLC

W2594 County Road JJ




Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Saturdays, Neenah Farmers Market - Saturdays, on-farm store

Full Share every week, Full Share every other week, Fall Add-on Share

A variety of staple vegetables/fruits, occasional heirloom/odd varieties, varieties selected for flavor, canned items, recipe suggestions

Small farm located two miles east of Appleton North High School. All crops/tree fruits produced using organic growing methods focused on soil health. Items from other local farms added for CSA box diversity. Our small orchard of fruits/berries is beginning to bear, and we are adding more perennial fruits every year. On-farm store offers produce, pork, poultry and eggs. All animal products are pasture raised.

Park Ridge Organics

N8410 Abler Road, Fond du Lac



Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (our stand is on College Ave. in front of McKinney Photography).

Our on-farm store is open Monday to Saturday from June through October.

Full, Half and Quarter Shares offered every week for 20 weeks (June through October). Late season shares (November and December), Winter Storage shares (January and February).

Vegetables, mushrooms, eggs (available for farm pickup only), pasta and herbs.

Park Ridge Organics has been certified organic since our beginning in 2003. It is a second-owned farm providing produce to over 300 members each season. Our farm grows high quality produce and takes strong measures to ensure food safety. With over 14 years of growing experience and soil management, our produce flavor is exceptional!

The G Farm

9328 Manu Road




On farm each Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Online sales delivered Tuesdays.

Possibly the Neenah Farmers Market.

8 pounds with or without eggs, or 16 pounds with or without eggs.

The first Tuesday of each month you will receive your share of pastured meats delivered right to your door. Beef, pork, chicken and turkey are included in the share. Check online to find our food shed or delivery zip codes (in the FAQ section).

We raise animals as they were intended to grow in nature. Cows do not get grain, they do not have a crop. Chickens, pigs, turkey and all of the other animals are raised on pasture and each serves a purpose in building the soil and the ecosystem on The G Farm. Stop by the farm and learn about your food, your farmer and the systems these animals are raised in.

Triple B Produce

E6501 Mickel John Road

New London



Shares can be picked up at the farm and we also deliver to Waupaca, New London, Shopko in Appleton, Anytime Fitness West and Bulk Food Store in Greenville.

Full, Half, Bi-weekly Full share, Egg Share.

Green beans, beets, peas, sweet corn, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, leeks, peppers, kohlarabi and more!

We practice companion planting, which is a natural way to produce bigger and better harvests. We offer eggs and pick-your-own beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Our shares are available for 14 weeks during the growing






After 28 years of marriage, my husband (“Joe”) and I found ourselves in unchartered waters when the youngest of our 4 children left the nest. We aren’t quite experiencing the sadness of empty-nest syndrome, but it has given us time together without all the distractions and noise that having a house full of kids can bring. This has allowed us to see how we interact and communicate with each other on a daily basis, and we didn’t particularly like what we saw and heard. We realized we weren’t quite equipped to fix things on our own and, if we wanted to get out of the same old rut of arguments, and talking over each other, we’d have to look for outside help. Some say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. With that in mind, my husband and I decided to stop repeating the same mistakes in hopes of building a stronger and healthier marriage.

Since we are both business owners, with very busy schedules, we decided a weekend workshop where we could spend the entire time learning and practicing new skills, without the distractions of our jobs, would be best. We heard about a workshop being put on by Gloria Jean Bannasch from GJB Health Services called The Art and Science of Love. This workshop was developed by doctors John and Julie Gottman, founders of the Gottman Institute. Dr. John Gottman has studied the relationships of couples for over four decades. Dr. Gottman identified the skills and patterns that successful, happy couples, have in common and how they differ from those of couples who were unhappy or who divorced. All of John Gottman’s research knowledge, and Julie Gottman’s therapeutic knowledge, has been packed into a two-day weekend workshop; with the goal of helping couples become better friends and increasing their positive feelings for one another.

Day one was an eye opener! We learned the four ways of interacting that are the best predictors of divorce: criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. It was not a surprise that we had used all four of them during our 28 years of marriage. We also talked about and worked on managing our “emotional bank account,” making sure we were making more deposits than withdrawals. The use of that metaphor made it much more relatable for us.

What we liked most about the weekend was that, even though it was done in a group setting, we were not expected to interact with the group about any of our personal issues. For that we broke off into individual rooms, to practice the techniques we had been taught, with Gloria checking in with us to see if we needed assistance. As a group, Gloria gave us presentations that showed us the science behind John Gottman’s research and the results he obtained. After hearing about Gottman’s in-depth research methods, with over 3000 real couples (many of whom were followed for 20 years), we were able to see the value in the information we were being given. We came to appreciate the Gottman method, and the ways the research had been used, to give us a set of tools for improving our relationship. Gloria also presented us with plenty of examples on how to communicate things to our partners in ways that are most likely to be heard in a constructive way. When we were working through “The Aftermath of a Fight or Regrettable Incident,” Gloria and her husband demonstrated how to use the technique by “processing” a real event from their marriage. Jerry and Gloria, talked about how “triggers” (childhood events, personalities and experiences), can play a role in behavior and in a person’s response.

Below is what my husband and I found most educational during our couple’s workshop with Gloria Bannasch from GJB Health Services:

Joe: I really like that they described a good relationship as a house, needing a sound foundation and strong structural walls. It gave me more of a visual on what a healthy relationship needs to look like. Knowing that many of our arguments are perpetual (unresolvable) issues gives me a better understanding of why they keep coming up and how we can dialogue our way through them when they do come up. I also learned what to do when I am overwhelmed or “flooded”, as Gottman calls it, and just can’t process any more information. It’s OK to disengage temporarily until I can come back to the topic.

Me: I liked learning how to build rituals that will keep us better connected. No matter how small these rituals are, they are important. As “Joe” said, they will only continue to strengthen the “foundation and walls” supporting our relationship. I also learned more about conflict resolution because, not only did we learn how to address and solve conflicts, but we also took a conflict from our past and worked through it.

The Art and Science of Love workshop gave us individual time to work on something that directly affects us, and it was very helpful. We learned a lot from that. We also learned when we can’t solve a problem we can usually find a compromise for it and how to achieve that compromise (or at least a partial or temporary one).

People invest in a lot of things in their lifetime, such as careers, business, financial investments and properties, but the investments you make in the relationships in your life will bring the biggest rewards. We both feel the weekend with Gloria was very beneficial and continue to use many of the skills we learned at the workshop in our day-to-day interactions. My husband and I feel we are much closer, and, by working as a team, we look forward to the next 28 years! 

GJB Health Services

711 N Lynndale Drive Ste. 1-A, Appleton


Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:53

Eggrolls Inc — That’s how we roll!

Eggrolls Inc is based upon a story that dates to the 1970s, when Hmong people started to resettle in the United States. In my opinion, one of the very best Hmong contributions to this great nation is the traditional Hmong eggroll. Food can bring cultures together, and the Hmong eggroll has played a significant role integrating Hmong families into the communities they live in across America. Eggrolls Inc is a tribute to Hmong-Americans throughout the United States.

For decades, the Hmong eggroll was only available if you were friends with a Hmong family, attended Hmong festivals and community events, or through small and local Hmong “mom and pop” food shops. The eggroll is traditionally deep fried and served with a homemade butt kicking hot pepper sauce. Although mouthwatering and delicious, eating any deep fried food daily may not be advisable for health reasons. Yet, the journey to find access to the Hmong eggroll is nothing short of a scavenger hunt for most non-Hmong.

Eggrolls Inc is a modern day twist on a classic. With a focus on the freshest produce and quality meats from local meat markets, Eggrolls Inc has redefined the Hmong eggroll. It is no longer deep fried! With a unique baking process, we kept the extremely mouthwatering deliciousness of the Hmong eggroll and made it healthier, so you can eat regularly, guilt free. Healthier Hmong eggrolls and finger food, combined with a fast and casual experience, convenient location, quick and friendly service, and the result is pure bliss!

Our H’MONGOUS eggroll is what we are all about. We also offer a handful of sides dishes such as spring rolls, lettuce wraps, pho rolls, cabbage rolls and a to-die-for spicy curry soup. We have nine different sauces for dipping from your typical soy and sweet & sour to the spiciest of sauces like our killer good Mamma’s Milk sauce. It will make you drool a little for sure, but you’ll want to keep eating it. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are always plenty and available. That’s how we like to roll.

Check us out on Facebook or at We are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays to give our crew time with their families and church. Eggrolls Inc is located next to Walmart by the Fox River Mall in Appleton.

Eggrolls Inc.

1015 Mutual Way, Appleton


Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery, and Pregnancy, SC is a group of dedicated souls who desire to help clients meet their goals at any stage in their life. Our goal is to make a difference and improve the quality of life in areas that others may not specialize in, filling a niche. We need to understand the problem and how it impacts the client’s life to develop the best plan of care. We’re committed to a patient’s happiness and success of their desired goals. We pride ourselves in delivering all the usual OB-GYN services while specializing in treatment of endometriosis, fertility challenges and surgical repair when our bodies have failed us.

With world-renowned education and years of experience, Dr Kaldas and his partners are the leading experts in excising endometriosis, allowing patients to return to a pain-free life. Excision has proven to be the most effective treatment of endometriosis and the Kaldas Center leads the state in years of training and thousands of success stories.

Special training and a certified fertility team allows the Kaldas Center team to provide cost-effective fertility options that are often not offered before referring a woman to IVF. We believe a basic, focused analysis and a personalized plan based on the results offers the best opportunity to achieve pregnancy. We also offer surgical treatments that may be impacting fertility. The range of surgical services includes addressing vaginal or uterine abnormalities.

Sometimes bodies give a little as life progresses and issues of leaking or things falling out of place impact a woman’s life. Skilled treatments of those situations support the return to a desired quality of life. Our team of doctors is the only group in the Fox Valley that has successfully completed those treatments.

“We would not do what we do if we did not love life, love our patients and love to make their dreams a reality. It is not a job we are doing. It is a calling.” —Rami Kaldas, Founder

The Kaldas Center is located near the Appleton International Airport and just south of Fox River Mall, conveniently between College Ave and Prospect at 701 S Nicolet Road, Appleton. The ideal location offers easy access for our clients traveling from in and out of state while the newly constructed building offers comfort and privacy in a quiet setting so we can focus on the client.

You may learn more at or call us at 920-886-2299. We’d be happy to talk through your experiences and where you want to be in your life. 

Kaldas Center

701 S Nicolet Road, Appleton



Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:45

Outagamie County Recycling

Outagamie County Recycling has been a leader in the state since the early 90s with the inception of Wisconsin’s mandatory recycling law. At that time each municipality within Outagamie’s borders put their trust in the county to create a recycling program that not only collects and processes curbside recyclable material, but also provides residents and businesses information about their recycling responsibilities. This job of Outagamie County Recycling is known as the Responsible Unit of Government (RU).

As the RU, Outagamie Recycling contracts with a private hauler to collect curbside recyclables from 67,000 households. The curbside recycling program is for all residents living in single family homes and multiplex dwellings up to four units. By law, property owners of larger multi-family residences must provide recycling collection programs for their tenants.

Through the years, Outagamie Recycling staff has excelled at crafting collection and disposal programs geared at reducing waste and diverting material from the landfill.

The popular seasonal hazardous waste collection program, for example, is free to Outagamie residents including the citizens of Appleton and New London. The program allows safe disposal of materials that if stored or disposed improperly pose a risk to the environment, and a safety concern for children due to accidental poisoning.

Another significant effort is Outagamie Recycling’s partnership with the Appleton Police Department to create a free medication drop box. This program provides residents of the Fox Cities a safe disposal method for unused medications lessening the risk of accidental overdose or misuse of pharmaceutical pain killers.

Outagamie Recycling’s most recent project — for the safe disposal of needles, lancets and syringes — involves a partnership with public health departments and Roundy’s Pick ‘n Save pharmacies. The program is free and is expected to reduce the number of needles at the recycling facility, where accidental needle sticks are a public health concern.

The most important partnership, however, has been with Brown and Winnebago Counties. In 2009, the three entities collaborated to create the award-winning Tri-County Recycling Facility, which is one of the largest publically owned and operated single stream recycling operations in the U.S. Outagamie Recycling operates the facility while Brown and Winnebago manage transfer stations that ship recyclable material to Outagamie. The facility serves most Northeast Wisconsin communities and processes over 100,000 tons of material annually.

Outagamie Recycling has been recognized by industry leaders and experts for creating recycling guidelines using simple and easy to understand terms and images, which helps us “Recycle More & Recycle Right.”

You can learn more about Outagamie’s recycling programs by taking a group tour of the facility or have a staff member speak to your organization. For the most up-to-date information, follow Outagamie Recycling on Facebook, visit their user-friendly website and download their mobile app on your smartphone.

Outagamie County Recycling


Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:29

Turkey is nutritious all year long

Aside from the occasional sandwich, many people think turkey is solely for the Thanksgiving dinner table. However, turkey is much more than a holiday centerpiece. Anyone concerned about healthy eating would be wise to learn more about the health benefits of turkey and find ways to include it in their diets throughout the year.

Turkey is low in fat and high in protein, making it an important source of nutrition. One piece of turkey breast without the skin measures up at 160 calories, four grams of fat and a whopping 30 grams of protein, according to the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. Dark meat and turkey legs are higher in calories but boast similar amounts of protein.

The average portion of turkey is 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces of meat. This is about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. A single serving of turkey can provide around 65 percent of the recommended daily intake of protein.

But turkey is more than just a low-fat source of protein. The meat is rich in niacin (B3), which may help increase HDL cholesterol, widely known as the “good” form of cholesterol. Niacin, in addition to helping balance cholesterol levels, can lower a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease by reducing atherosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries. The resource Healthline also says niacin may help reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis.

Turkey also is rich in vitamins B6 and B12. B6 helps keep red blood cells healthy and reduce fatigue, while B12 can decrease levels of homocysteine that can contribute to cognitive decline.

Turkey is also a good source of selenium, which helps to keep hair and nails healthy while serving as an immune system booster that protects against damage to cells and tissues. Around 20 percent of the recommended daily amount of selenium can be obtained from a single serving of turkey.

Turkey is lower in calories and fat and higher in protein than chicken. Those who routinely consume chicken as part of a healthy diet can substitute it for turkey for even greater nutritional benefits. Turkey is particularly low in saturated fat, which may contribute to increased levels of the LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.

Turkey also is versatile, as it can be baked, boiled, stir-fried, grilled, ground, chopped for salads and sliced for sandwiches. Turkey can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Home chefs often find they can substitute turkey for any meat in a recipe with good results because turkey’s mild taste takes on the flavor of other ingredients.

Turkey is much more than a Thanksgiving staple and can be enjoyed in various ways throughout the year.

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:47

How to keep pets safe in winter weather

The arrival of cooler temperatures sparks various changes. Chilly air and precipitation can be dangerous, especially to pets that are unaccustomed to extreme changes in temperature.

Pet owners may be well aware of the hazards of warm weather, including the threat of leaving pets in hot cars. But cold weather also has its share of risks. Heed these tips to keep pets safe and secure.

Schedule a well visit. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests scheduling a visit with a veterinarian to check for any medical issues. Cold weather can aggravate symptoms of certain conditions, such as arthritis. A thorough examination can shed light on potential problems.

Keep homes humidified. Going in and out of the house and moving from cold air to dry indoor heat can affect pets’ skin. Itching and flaking may result, causing pets to scratch at such areas. Maintain humidity in the home for comfort. The ASPCA also says to reduce bathing to help preserve essential oils on the skin.

Protect paws outdoors. Pet paws are sensitive to sand, ice, snow and chemical ice melts. Massage petroleum jelly or another protectant onto paw pads, or consider the use of pet booties.

Keep pets indoors more often. Pets should not remain outdoors for long stretches of time in frigid temperatures, even if they are accustomed to roaming during other seasons, advises The Humane Society of the United States.

Provide options for sleeping. Come the winter, cats and dogs may need new sleep spaces to avoid drafts and stay warm. Give them other spots they can call their own.

Consider a sweater or vest. Some pets are more tolerant to the cold than others. However, some dogs and cats may benefit from a sweater, vest or coat designed for pets to offer a little more insulation.

Update identification and contact information. Snow and ice can mask scent cues that help pets find their way home. Update contact information and make sure pets’ collars are on tightly.

Keep coolant and antifreeze locked away. Coolant and antifreeze are lethal to dogs and cats and should be kept out of reach. Clean up any spills from vehicles promptly.

Provide fresh food and water. Pets may burn more calories trying to stay warm. Be sure the animal has a little extra food and plenty of water to stay sated and hydrated.

Winter weather requires pet owners to make changes so pets can remain happy and safe.

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:22

How youngsters can go green

Children often aspire to emulate their parents. Young boys who see their fathers shaving might reach for dad’s shaving cream, while young girls may find their way into mom’s closet in an effort to dress up like their mothers.

Kids’ curiosity may be similarly piqued when they see their parents going green. Parents who reduce, reuse and recycle are setting positive examples for their kids, who may inquire about the ways they can follow suit. While going green might not seem like the most kid-friendly activity, there are myriad ways for parents to involve children in their efforts to live eco-friendly lifestyles.

Donate clothing and toys. Children outgrow their clothing pretty quickly. Rather than discarding items kids can no longer wear, parents can take tots along to donation centers or thrift stores to show them how their clothes can be reused. Use this as an opportunity to teach kids how donating or recycling old items cuts down on the need to use natural resources to create new items. Do the same with toys, which kids tend to outgrow almost as quickly as their clothing.

Bike to school. Stay-at-home parents, telecommuters or those who have time to escort their children to and from school can bike to school with their children. Teach them how biking in lieu of driving helps to conserve fuel and how such conservation benefits the planet.

If biking is not an option due to weather or distance, parents can organize carpools, teaching kids how traveling together instead of individually helps to conserve fuel.

Avoid plastic water bottles. Plastic water bottles might seem more convenient because they don’t need to be washed after using them, but the environmental organization Clean Up Australia notes that plastic bottles, many of which are derived from crude oil, generate enormous amounts of waste that ultimately end up in landfills. In addition, the transportation of such bottles from factories to store shelves requires the burning of significant amounts of fossil fuels. Take kids along to the store to purchase their own reusable water bottle, explaining to them how they’re doing their part to protect the planet by choosing reusable bottles over bottled water.

Visit the library. Young children who love to read can borrow books from the library rather than asking mom and dad to purchase their own copies at the bookstore. Explain how borrowing cuts down on the need for paper, which helps preserve forests and reduce waste.

Spend more time in the great outdoors. Many parents want their children to spend more time outdoors and less time on the couch playing video games or watching television. Parents can make an effort to spend more time outdoors with their children engaging in fun activities like hiking, camping or fishing. Such excursions can instill a love and appreciation for nature in youngsters, and that love can compel them to a lifetime of protecting the planet and conserving its resources.

Kids who want to follow their parents’ example and go green can do so in various ways, many of which are as fun as they are eco-friendly.

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

“I know what I need to do, I just don’t do it.” 

Does this sound like you? The nutrition we put in our bodies affects us in so many ways: thinking clearly, experiencing pain, having energy, reducing fat and weight, just to name a few. Nutritional Healing will guide you through your difficult areas and help to renew your body to be healthy, energetic and feeling good. Take your health back with proactive health care, not reactive sick-care!

Nutritional Healing is a health clinic located in Appleton. Kimberly Stoeger is a Clinical Nutritionist with a masters degree in human nutrition and experience using nutrition as a complementary medicine. She and her team of nine employees are all educated and certified in clinically proven lifestyle plans, which coach and educate clients on reducing and reversing their risk of chronic disease while also reducing body fat. 

Nutritional Healing is based on meeting wellness goals through body weight composition and therapeutic lifestyle programs. Start off your program with a body weight composition analysis where the body is assessed for fat mass, fat-free mass and total body water. It’s a simple test that takes just minutes with no discomfort. A printout is provided with all the numbers explained. This is used to monitor the sustainable fat loss, not just weight loss. It’s important to lose weight, and it’s also important to reduce fat.

Knowing which foods to consume is also important. A body could be sensitive to even the healthy foods one is consuming. With a quick and easy test, your food sensitivities can be determined. Eliminating these trigger foods can help reduce the inflammation in a body to speed the process of weight/fat loss and illness. Everyone has sensitivities and can benefit from this test.

There are so many supplements available and choosing the right ones can be difficult. Quantity to take, quality of the supplement and differing types of supplements are a few puzzling areas. Bring in your supplements and Nutritional Healing will analyze and advise what is best for you. There is also medical food that can specifically target nutritional needs and clinical conditions such as fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Ever find yourself completely confused at the grocery store? The label says healthy or nutritious, but is it really? Does low-fat, lite or fat-free mean it’s good for you? The nutritional healing team will help sort all of that out. Do you have a pantry or refrigerator full of food, and you wonder what should really be in there? Do you wish someone would just tell you what to eat? Do you have limited time to eat, and end up eating on the go or at restaurants? They can help with expert advice on keeping you on track. Do you have favorite recipes and you know they are laden with calories? There is help with alternate recipe ingredients to help you keep eating your favorites — healthily.

Nutritional Healing’s team works privately one-on-one with each client constructing a personalized and specific lifestyle program that individually works for you. When a larger support system is needed, they are also available to work with a family as a whole since it can be hard to change one’s health and weight alone. Children and elderly nutrition are also very important to the family core. 

The Nutritional Healing team also works with local high schools, colleges and professional athletes for optimal performance! And their corporate wellness programs are tailored to meet local companies’ needs as another benefit to our community; focusing on proactive health care during times of rising health insurance costs.

You know what you need to do; let Nutritional Healing help you get started! We’re successfully changing people’s lives from the inside out!

Nutritional Healing, LLC is located at 400 North Richmond Street, Ste F. Office hours are by appointment, Monday through Friday. For more information about Nutritional Healing, LLC, please call 920-358-5764 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also visit them online at or check out their Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Pinterest pages! 

Fellow Wisconsinites, winter is officially here! Along with the weather advisories, poor travel conditions and increased heating costs comes the unfortunate colds, flu, and a host of other respiratory ailments. All which can take a toll on a person’s energy, social life and general sense of well-being. 

I have been blessed with a strong immune system that has always protected me from the worst the season has to offer. But recently as family members and friends started coming down with coughs, colds and sinus infections, they spread their germs my way to the point I actually woke up coughing with a scratchy throat and sniffles. My congestion has lasted a couple of weeks as of this writing. 

I love researching different treatments and recently found one known for being effective for respiratory issues called halotherapy, or salt therapy. I checked out all of the talking points and was still a little skeptical. Although I have always told my kids at the first sign of a sore throat to mix up a salt water solution and gargle, I never knew why — it was just what my mother taught me and her mother before her and so on. That’s when the light bulb in my head went on and I thought, “Well if it works for sore throats, someone smarter than me must have figured out how to use salt in other ways.” I decided to book my appointment for a salt therapy session at The Salt Room Appleton. 

When I called to make an appointment I mentioned that I had been struggling with congestion that hadn’t gone away, and that I was afraid I had a cold but nothing worse than that. Not wanting to spread germs, the owner, Sheryl Bauer, assured me that there was no reason not to come in because the salt is a natural antibacterial and that between sessions they disinfect the rooms with an ultraviolet light. Between that and the salt there is no fear of spreading disease. 

When I got to the The Salt Room Appleton I filled out a brief questionnaire and Lisa took me to the back area where I was given a see-through plastic case for my cell phone to protect it. I was also given a locker to lock my valuables inside during my session. Since I happened to have neon green socks on, I put on a pair of protective booties to protect them. 

The salt room was picturesque! It was like being in a large arctic cave (without the cold) and a beach at the same time. The floor was covered with white salt crystals, which is just like walking on a beach. At the same time the walls are sprayed with a thick layer of salt, which makes you feel like you are in an arctic cavern. They have a lineup of six zero gravity chairs to sit in with tissues and a small garbage can by each chair (you’ll see why this is important in the next paragraph!). I settled in with a light blanket to cover my clothes from the salt and Lisa explained to me how they would blow in the pulverized salt through a vent in the wall. She said some people even like to nap during their 45-minute session. She then put on some soft, spa-like music and dimmed the lights. And then my session began.

At first, I was busy checking and answering work emails, then I completed my grocery list and checked out some online recipe sites for dinner. They have free Wi-Fi so you can continue your electronic lifestyle if you choose. After 10 minutes, I had to blow my nose as the congestion started breaking up. I found out that the salt particles actually decrease the thickness of the mucus in your sinus and lungs helping to draw it out. During my time in the room I took some really deep breaths of air and it felt so good! I found it cool that even though I was sitting on top of salt, surrounded by salt plus the pulverized salt being pumped through the air that it never bothered my eyes. I licked my lips and could taste the salt like I had been swimming in the ocean but my eyes never felt dry, and I wear contact lenses. 

After about 30 minutes I decided to take advantage of the calming, spa-like space and reclined my chair, closed my eyes and relaxed. I got a brief snooze in and then it was over. On my way out, I looked into the kids’ room, which is similar to the adult room in that it is like a salty beach the kids can play in with toys. There are also chairs for the adults who accompany them (getting a treatment right alongside their little ones). The difference is that it didn’t have salt sprayed on the walls. 

I went back to work and my lungs and sinuses felt open and clear for the rest of the day! I can’t wait to go back to The Salt Room Appleton and plan to tell everyone I know who has allergies or sinus problems about my experience: the minute I walked out of that room I could breathe easier and my nasal drip was gone. When I go back I plan to make a day out of it, first with a salt room session followed by an infrared sauna, which they have on site for all of you detoxing people out there! Visit them and pick up a brochure and read through it or visit their website at for all of the incredible benefits of salt therapy. Then book an appointment for you or a loved one — you won’t be disappointed. 

The Salt Room Appleton

1196 N Mayflower Drive, Appleton


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