Healthy Concepts

“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,preserved our landscape and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” —James H. Douglas, Jr.

June 21 marks the official start of summer, the beginning of three wonderful months of warm breezes and sunny days (we hope!) ahead. It’s a great time to stroll fairs and festivals, peruse farmers markets, and embrace refreshing recipes using locally sourced food. Below are great tips to make the most of visiting our local farms!

Maximize your farmers market trips

Community-based farmers markets can introduce shoppers to an array of foods they may otherwise never experience. Farmers markets are great places to find fresh, locally grown foods, and many market customers are happy to know they›re benefitting both the environment and local businesses with every dime they spend.

Farmers markets can range from the very large to the relatively small, and first-time visitors may not know where to begin. The following are a handful of ways to maximize your visit to farmers markets of all sizes.

  • Take time to explore. Farmers markets tend to have many of the same fruits and vegetables you can find at the local chain grocery store, but farmers markets also are known for offering more than what you may find in the produce aisle. Take time to explore the market and you may just find foods you typically only find at your favorite restaurant. Exploring also may introduce you to new foods you may otherwise never have tried.
  • Consider the timing of your visit. The popularity of farmers markets has increased dramatically as more and more people embrace the concept of buying locally grown foods. While that›s great news for the planet and local farmers, shoppers should keep that in mind when planning their visits. If you love trying new foods, arrive early to the farmers market before the more unique offerings have been snapped up. Foods that have small yet devoted followings may not be available in abundance, and you may end up leaving empty-handed if you arrive late. If it›s a bargain you want, then visit later in the day when farmers with substantial remaining inventory may be more inclined to lower their prices.
  • Know your seasons. Some fruits and vegetables are better at certain times of the year than others. Freshness draws many people to farmers markets, and foods that are in-season are more likely to have that unforgettable freshness than those that are out of season or nearing the end of their season. Knowing the seasons is important for budget-conscious shoppers as well. If you›re shopping on a budget, purchasing foods while they›re in-season may save you some money, and you can always stock up on your other favorites later on when it›s their turn to be in-season.
  • Speak with the sellers. First-time farmers market shoppers may feel like they're lost in the woods while everyone else seems to know exactly what they want and where to get it. If you find the farmers market somewhat intimidating, speak with the sellers. Shopping at the local farmers market tends to be more intimate than shopping at the chain grocery store, and many sellers would be happy to offer you some tips and make some suggestions based on the meals you like.

Farmers markets are great places to support local businesses and find fresh foods. 

 

Check out these local CSA farm share programs!

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Where to find:

Types of shares:

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About the farm:

Burr Oak Gardens, LLC

W5511 County Road B, Rio

920-992-3643

burroakgardens.com

CSA pick up sites located near Appleton North High School and at Goodwill North Central Wisconsin in Menasha on Thursdays, June 15 through October 26 (20-week season).

Mini share, Basic share, Double share, Double Every-other-week and Late Fall Storage share.

Fruits, vegetables, herbs. Honey available as an add-on in the fall.

We are certified organic through Midwest Organic Services Assocation (MOSA). We have been delivering to the Fox Cities since 2010. Our farm uses sustainable practices to produce wonderful vegetables and a few annual fruits that are suitable for growing in Wisconsin. We are always astonished by what mother nature does with a little rain, a little soil and a lot of light.

Field Notes Farm

1579 Church Street, Stevens Point

262-224-6027

fieldnotesfarm.com

Downtown Appleton Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

Future Neenah Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon;

Downtown Stevens Point Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.;

Pulse Young Professional's Bazaar After Dark.

Every week and every other week pick up, mid-June through mid-November.

Summer season is 18 weeks + 4 weeks of fall storage season. Each share is 3/4 bushel with 9, 11, 18 or 22-week pickups.

Work shares and Farm Artist shares available.

A variety of 8-15 household favorite vegetables each week, including weekly herb and

occasional fruits and apple cider.

We are certified organic and take pride in farming with a focus on soil health, building community and transparency. Each share features a newsletter with a story from the farmers, a list of the share's contents and simple recipes. We also have an orchard of peach, plum, pear and apricots. In the fall, we press apple cider to be fermented. We have a 5-month payment plan for our shares. Pick up sites in Appleton, Neenah, Amherst, Stevens Point and Plover.

Good Earth Farm

W8965 Oak Center Road, Oakfield

920-517-6727

goodearthfarm.net

Fond du Lac Downtown Saturday Market from 8 a.m.-noon.

Summer season CSA: Weekly Large, Medium, Small and Every-other-week shares from June through October.

Winter season CSA: November through February.

Mushroom shares and fruit add-ons available. Weekly newsletter, The ComPost, with news from the farm, great vegetable info, recipes and more!

We are a certified organic vegetable farm offering vegetable shares to the Fox Valley and surrounding areas. Our CSA is a fantastic opportunity to eat with the seasons and purchase locally from farmers who use sustainable and environmentally responsible farming methods. We offer many opportunities to see where your food grows, meet the farmers and have fun on the farm!

Oakridge Farms

125 County Road CB, Neenah

920-725-1541

oakridgeberries.com

Appleton Downtown Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Standard share, Half share and Market share.

Fruits and vegetables.

We are a family farm growing fruits and vegetables using sustainable farming methods. We focus on building soil health and using minimal chemical inputs on our fruit crops. We offer summer CSA shares, pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and offer a daily farm stand open mid-June through September.

Park Ridge Organics

N8410 Abler Road, Fond du Lac

920-979-9658

parkridgeorganics.com

Appleton Downtown 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!


Source: MetroCreative Connection.

For many homeowners, summer is all about staying cool. But that comfort comes with a hefty price tag. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners cost homeowners more than $29 billion a year in energy costs. While that’s often money well spent, there are ways to stay cool this summer while simultaneously limiting energy consumption.

Air conditioners are a necessity in areas where temperatures rise to uncomfortable and often unhealthy levels in the summertime. But employing air conditioners is not the only way for homeowners to keep their homes cool during the dog days of summer.

Embrace strategic landscaping. The landscaping outside of a home can contribute to cooler climates inside the home. Deciduous trees shed their leaves annually, and when planted on the western and southern sides of a home, these trees can block the sun from entering the home during the hottest times of day, reducing the need to lower the thermostat on air conditioners. Of course, when these trees shed their leaves in late fall, sunlight can then make its way into the home, potentially reducing heating costs.

Maintain air conditioners. Air conditioners contain air filters that, over time, can wear down and become dirty. The DOE notes that the relatively simple task of replacing and cleaning these air filters can reduce air conditioners’ energy consumption by as much as 15 percent. If the unit does not respond after routine filter maintenance, the DOE (energy.gov) lists issues with refrigerant, thermostat sensors and drainage as some common air conditioner problems. Homeowners who suspect these issues can contact certified professionals to inspect their units and perform any necessary repairs.

Install ceiling fans. Cool people in a given room by installing ceiling fans in areas of the home that might be warm but not too hot during the summertime. Modern ceiling fans with the ENERGY STAR® logo can be as much as 75 percent more efficient than older models, and ceiling fans typically consume far less energy than air conditioners. Install fans that can rotate forward and in reverse, as the direction the fan is rotating can actually heat or cool a room. Consult the owner’s manual to determine which direction fans should be rotating in on hot and cold days.

Draw the blinds or close the drapes on especially hot days. Drawing blinds and closing drapes can keep the sun out of the home, lowering temperatures inside as a result. While many homeowners understandably do not want their homes to be dark all day long, on especially hot days when the summer is bearing down, drawing the blinds or closing the drapes can have a substantial impact on comfort levels inside the home.

Air conditioners help to keep homes cool on hot summer days and nights. But homeowners who want to stay cool while cutting their energy costs can try various alternatives to air conditioners when the temperatures allow. 


Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Government? Insurance companies? Doctors? Hospitals? Employers? Or should it be us, and our families and friends working with health professionals to decide how we spend money on health care?

This is part of the debate that is moving through our government legislative process as the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a bill to the U.S. Senate that makes changes to the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

We can spend our money any way that we want, but when faced with expensive medical care bills, the many rules and regulations of health insurance take over.

As health insurance plans move to higher deductibles, we have incentive to take charge of how we spend our health care dollars.

No one knows what the legislative process outcome will be, but one thing is certain, and that is, we will need to make more informed decisions about our health to reduce our health risks and lower our need for expensive medical care.

To our advantage, new technology is available that uncovers disease risks before symptoms appear; and new health information is available to reverse it. Test results showing high risk for diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart disease can be addressed.

For example, the latest genomics health information research is showing that gene expression can be controlled by nutrition and nutritional supplementation to turn off bad genes and turn on good genes. It follows the same path as antioxidant protection at the cellular level for our whole body. The more we learn about things we do every day to reverse pre-disease risks, the more we can do something about it.

The current system does not offer direct benefits to reverse pre-disease. This is why we as consumers, using our own money will demand health care help to address disease before it happens.

It may be a while before health insurance plans direct us to focus on health before disease, but the expansion of health savings account type plans can motivate us to drive innovation using our own health care dollars to improve heath and lower cost.

Health savings account plan designs are available to people on Medicare, individual plans and many people who receive their health insurance through their employer.

Remember to always work with a licensed health insurance advisor to choose your health insurance plan to determine what plan is best for you. 

Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs.

Historically, aloe vera has been used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, hair loss, and hemorrhoids; it has also been used as a laxative.

Two substances from aloe vera, the clear gel and the yellow latex, are used in health products today. Aloe gel is primarily used topically (applied to the skin) as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores, but it may also be taken orally (by mouth) for conditions including osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, and fever. Aloe latex is taken orally, usually for constipation.

How much do we know?

There’s not enough evidence to show whether aloe vera is helpful for most of the purposes for which people use it.

What have we learned?

Aloe latex contains strong laxative compounds. Products made with aloe were at one time regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives. In 2002, the FDA required that all OTC aloe laxative products be removed from the U.S. market or reformulated because the companies that manufactured them did not provide the safety data necessary for continued approval.

There’s some evidence that the topical use of aloe products might be helpful for symptoms of certain conditions such as psoriasis and certain rashes.

There’s not enough high-quality scientific evidence to show whether topical use of aloe helps to heal wounds.

There’s not enough scientific evidence to support aloe vera for any of its other uses.

What do we know about safety?

Use of topical aloe vera is likely to be safe.

A two-year National Toxicology Program study on oral consumption of nondecolorized whole leaf extract of aloe vera found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in male and female rats, based on tumors of the large intestine. Another study in rats showed that decolorized whole leaf aloe vera did not cause harmful effects. This suggests that a component called aloin, most of which is removed by the decolorization process, may be responsible for the tumors seen in rats fed nondecolorized whole leaf aloe vera. More information, including what products are actually in the marketplace and how individuals use different types of aloe vera products, is needed to determine the potential risks to humans.

Abdominal cramps and diarrhea have been reported with oral use of aloe latex. Also, because aloe latex is a laxative, it may reduce the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of some drugs that are taken orally.

People with diabetes who use glucose-lowering medication should be cautious if also taking aloe orally because aloe may lower blood glucose levels.

There have been a few reported cases of acute hepatitis in people who took aloe vera orally. However, the evidence is not definitive.

Tell all your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. 


Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/aloevera.

 

Ingredients

2 large zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano)

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)

Directions

  1. Place everything in a large zip-close bag and shake it all together so the zucchini gets coated in seasoning and lemon juice.
  2. For best flavor, let zucchini marinate in fridge for at least 15 minutes or more. (The more you marinate the zucchini the more flavor the zucchini will absorb.)
  3. Before grilling the zucchini, preheat grill over medium low heat.
  4. Place zucchini on heated grill and grill 2-3 minutes on each side, or until zucchini is tender to your liking and has grill marks. Enjoy! 

Cryotherapy of Wisconsin has been open in Northeast Wisconsin for almost two years. In that time, they have helped thousands of people feel better by reducing or eliminating their chronic pain. Many clients feel relief in as little as two sessions, and praise the benefits of cryotherapy in helping them lead a normal, pain-free life.

Mary B., from Appleton, is one such client. In a recent interview, Mary talked about why she started coming to Cryotherapy of Wisconsin:

“I have been suffering from arthritis down my spine and was recently diagnosed with Lupus, which has caused inflammation from neck to feet. I have been on several medications, including steroids, and wanted to wean myself off of all drugs and find an alternate source of relief. I heard about Cryotherapy of Wisconsin, gave it a try, and was amazed at how quickly I started feeling relief from the pain.”

“Before I heard about cryotherapy, I hadn’t been able to go snowshoeing in years because of my pain. After I started coming here, I was not only able to go snowshoeing, but I went on a 10-mile hike and felt great afterward! I cannot say enough about how much Cryotherapy of Wisconsin has changed my life!”

Jodie L., from Appleton, had a serious fall three years ago that left her in a coma in the ICU. The accident caused slight brain trauma, which left Jodie suffering from chronic migraines that were unaffected by medication. Since participating in cryotherapy, Jodie has felt significant improvement:

“I would rate my migraines a 10 (on a scale of 1-10) and I was just miserable. Once I started coming to Cryotherapy of Wisconsin, I felt immediate relief, and I signed up for an annual membership so that I can come as often as I need to. When I come here on a regular basis, my migraines are now no more than a 3! And, as an added bonus, I’ve been getting relief in my knees and back too! I’m able to go up and down stairs without pain. I can’t say enough about Cryotherapy of Wisconsin!”

People all over Northeast Wisconsin have found the healing benefits of cryotherapy just as Mary and Jodie have. The Cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower your skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two to three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends neural signals to the brain that stimulate the regulatory and healing functions of the body.

It’s a very fast and efficient way to achieve the same benefits that athletes get by sitting in a tub full of ice water (without the damaging effects of ice directly on your skin). The skin’s exposure to these extreme temperatures triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, which aid in healing your pain. The process also releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel motivated and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.

Depending on your level of pain, it is recommended you initially take 5 to 10 treatments in close succession — separated by 1-2 days — to maximize your results. Afterward, additional treatments can be spaced further apart to maintain, and improve upon, your results (e.g. once every week to two weeks).

Cryotherapy is not recommended for women who are pregnant, or people with cardiovascular diseases or epilepsy. Contact Cryotherapy of Wisconsin for a full list of symptoms that may prevent you from receiving treatment. Children under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian signature before treatment.

Cryotherapy of Wisconsin has two convenient locations to serve you: 3525 E. Calumet Street, Suite 300 in Appleton, and 940 Hansen Road, Suite D in Green Bay.

Cryotherapy of Wisconsin provides customers with the most advanced cyyosauna in the Midwest, and cryofacial equipment to target the facial muscles as well. Call us today at 920-460-7035 in Appleton or 920-366-2449 in Green Bay, or visit us online at www.cryotherapyofwisconsin.com.


Mention this article to take advantage of our new client special! Five sessions for only $99, with a money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied (some restrictions apply). Take the first step toward less pain and more energy with cryotherapy. 

SHEBOYGAN, WI —

When we think of Sheboygan, we think about a feeling. It feels like adventure, wholesome tradition and home. Hugging the shoreline of Lake Michigan is a quaint town with rich heritage and a welcoming community. It’s the ideal mix of Midwestern values with the essence of an East Coast town. Right in the heart of the revamped South Pier District lays the Portscape Apartments. These apartment homes embody everything this community has to offer.

The amenities make these more than apartments; they are homes. All apartments are complete with luxury finishes, private entrances and attached garages. Not to mention, the priceless river and lake views, large private patios, vaulted ceilings, spacious floor plans and yes, your furry friends are welcome too! Whether you’re a young family or empty nesters, Portscape Apartments offers the perfect setting for whatever your life entails. A variety of floor plans include one bedroom or two bedrooms, both with dens.

Living in Portscape Apartments means truly living. Our residents wake up in the morning and have their cup of coffee out on their private covered patios as they watch the boats head out into the rising lake horizon. Throughout the day the boardwalk bustles with activity along the charming shops and restaurants that line the river. Then it’s a short commute to wherever the day takes them. Several well-known local companies operate within miles from their front doors, including Kohler, Sargento Cheese, Bemis and Aquity Insurance, to mention a few. There’s no wasting time on a lengthy commute when there is so much more to be had — whether it’s shopping at the local boutiques or spending a day on Lake Michigan. It’s also just blocks from all the amenities of downtown Sheboygan and the thriving Art District, or minutes away from world-class golf courses and mellow countryside.

People flock to these shores for weekends away from the stresses at home. When living at Portscape, every day is a getaway. The peaceful pace embraces the simple things in life, like a glass of wine at the nearby cafes, afternoon bike rides and evening strolls along the lake taking in the sunset. Being nestled between the Sheboygan River and Lake Michigan means enjoying all-around good living. It holds promise of always living life to the fullest with less stress among a vibrant social community.

Portscape is a rich environment where there’s always a neighbor with a helping hand, some of the best views in the state and going to bed at night surrounded by beauty and knowing you are home. Portscape isn’t just a day at the lake, it’s a life enriched by community. 

Take a tour of the beautiful model unit located at 679 South Pier Drive in Sheboygan or contact us to learn more about the Portscape Apartments lifestyle. Call 920-547-0346 or visit our website at www.portscapeapartments.com.

When the weather is warm, our natural inclination is to go outside. Many popular summer activities can be hazardous to our ears due to high decibel levels. Prolonged exposure to the sounds of lawn mowers, power tools, motorized vehicles, sporting events, concerts and fireworks can all lead to irreversible hearing damage.

The following tips are recommended by the Better Hearing Institute to protect your ears:

  • Use earplugs. When you are going to be exposed to loud sounds, wear earplugs to prevent damage to your hearing. Custom ear protection crafted from earmolds will perfectly fit the unique contours of your ears, guaranteeing a snug, proper fit and dependable protection.
  • Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July, but they represent an extreme noise hazard and should be restricted to professionals. Earplugs will provide an extra level of hearing protection without detracting from the festivities.
  • Take measures to protect against swimmer’s ear. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool swim on a hot day, but when water enters the ear canals it can lead to a painful infection known as swimmer’s ear. To protect against this, invest in a pair of swimmer’s plugs.
  • Limit your time in noisy environments. Take steps to limit the length of time you spend in noisy environments. When participating in noisy activities, make sure to give yourself periodic quiet breaks. 

In my last article I discussed gut health and the importance of the microbiome as it pertains to health, and the role in leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Today I would like to delve into food sensitivities as this can be a factor in pursuing improved gut health.

Food sensitivities are different than food allergies. Often times a food allergy can be much easier to uncover as the reaction to a particular food (think peanuts) is pretty quick and can be life threatening, requiring medical intervention. These patients often carry an EpiPen with them. This is an adverse reaction traditionally described as an IgE reaction, which is different than an IgA or an IgG reaction. One can think of the immune system like the armed forces, which has several branches like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines like IgE, IgM, IgA, IgG, etc.

Unlike the quick responsive IgE reaction food sensitivities tend to have a delayed reaction, which can be more difficult to figure out. Some clinicians favor an elimination diet while others, like myself, prefer to use specialty labs to look at the body’s immune response to commonly reactive foods. Depending on which lab is utilized you can have several foods tested to help uncover some culprits that can be driving a negative immune response and creating inflammation in the body. Common inflammatory foods include gluten, dairy, corn, egg and soy to name a few. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, which is triggered by ingestion of gluten. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, “Celiac disease is one of the most common lifelong disorders in both Europe and the U.S.” The American Celiac Society says, “The majority of celiac patients have visited five or more doctors prior to diagnosis… taking an average of five to 10 years, after initial presentation, for celiac disease to be diagnosed.” Approximately 87 percent of celiac patients are undiagnosed. Gluten sensitivity is much more common than celiac disease and involves a different process with the end result the same: avoidance of gluten. Some symptoms of gluten sensitivity include joint pain, muscle pain, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches including migraines, brain fog, reflux and IBS just to name a few. Often, traditional blood work will demonstrate low vitamin D and iron due to absorption issues accompanying the sensitivities.

One should question why these values are low and consider further evaluation including food sensitivity to uncover the cause. Specialty labs such as Cyrex and Vibrant Wellness in California have some of the best testing for gluten sensitivity and additional foods as well as leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Celiac markers can be tested with your family doctor. Children can also be tested for gluten through a blood panel or a finger poke. According to the Journal of Attention Disorders, “All children clinically diagnosed with ADHD or their parents report a significant improvement in their behavior and functioning after 6 months on a gluten-free diet.”

If you are looking to uncover potential food sensitivities your functional medicine practitioner can help you start your journey to feeling better. We are here to help you get started. 

I never thought in January that by June I’d be writing my third story featuring Lyme disease. I had never met anyone with that diagnosis. That’s exactly the problem. Many of those suffering from this insidious disease have never been properly diagnosed.

When those infected by Lyme and co-infections carried by the deer tick, and biting insects, are treated for other illnesses, the disease takes the opportunity to ravage many organs of the body before it is detected.

Dan Schwalenberg might be considered one of the lucky ones. He would say he’s been incredibly blessed. His diagnosis came quicker than many, and the Lyme disease specialist treating him predicts eventual 100 percent recovery.

Still, it’s been a long, dark road — literally. Unlike many sufferers, Dan’s initial symptoms were neurological. “Early in 2015 I began to experience panic attacks, depression and lack of sleep,” he said. “Heart palpitations, one of my few physical symptoms, have disappeared.”

But he lost more than a year of his life. A single father, Dan went through twelve months 90 percent disabled. He couldn’t take care of himself, much less his then-fifteen-year-old daughter, Alexis. He spent almost all of his time in the bedroom, darkened by heavy sheets across every window. His daughter lived alternately with her mother and with Dan’s parents, spending only fifteen minutes a week with her dad.

“I suffered migraines for months, and everyone had to talk in hushed tones,” Dan said. “My brain couldn’t handle my father’s deep voice and the sound of neighbors’ lawnmowers was torment.”

The fatigue was debilitating, Dan said, and he could manage to walk just from the bedroom to the kitchen and back. His life was sleeping and eating. That he was able to keep his own home is a huge blessing, he said. “Jesus carried me. How else does a person get through five months of darkness, with just a few moments of contact with the outside world?”

If Dan were the only one ever to suffer this way, he might keep quiet about it. But, even though awareness is slowly growing, he said, the medical community isn’t where it should be in diagnosing and treating Lyme. “Wisconsin is a hot spot,” he said. “The East coast is worse. And it’s spreading around the world.”

Dan’s sister, Lori, a member of the team planning a Celebration of Support benefit for him, said, “Dan is so passionate and driven to help anyone else with Lyme, to get them on the path to appropriate treatment. Even when he goes back to work, I have a feeling he’ll be doing something like that, on the side, in the future.”

Lori talked about Dan’s love for fishing, which led to the theme for his benefit: “Reeling Dan Back into the Stream of Life.” He also is an avid hunter, and his Celebration of Support, held August 11 at the Starlite Club in Kaukauna from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature games focused around fishing, hunting, and other outdoor themes.

The Schwalenberg family knew Katy Zerkel, a Lyme sufferer we featured in January. When they attended her Celebration, Lori said, “We didn’t know much about Community Benefit Tree (CBT). Fortunately, we haven’t had a lot of health issues in our family, so we didn’t even know where to go or how to start doing a benefit.”

“Going to CBT was great for us,” she said. “They’re leading us, coaching us along the way about how to put on a really good, successful benefit. They’ve been so helpful to us. Because Dan is coming out of darkness, the theme color for the event will be a sunny yellow. We’re so happy that Dan is able to enjoy the sunshine again.”

Dan wants readers to know that Lyme disease should not be taken lightly. “People die from it and some are physically and mentally disabled from it,” he said. Again calling himself blessed, Dan said he hopes to be able to work part time in about a month.

Readers wishing to attend Dan’s celebration benefit to help reel him back into the stream of life can find more information at www.communitybenefittree.org

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