Healthy Concepts

My business is about helping people stay healthy even as they age. I have concluded from my own experience that there are just three things that cause most of the health problems that we acquire, if we are born healthy:

  1. What you eat
  2. How much you move
  3. How you think

I usually cover what you eat in my articles. I personally exercise daily but there is lots of information available about the health benefits of exercise and the dangers of being sedentary.

There is not so much written about how you think and how it affects your health. How you think and what you believe has a major impact on your health. I recently read a little book I got from Amazon for my Kindle. The title of the book is “Simple Self-Healing: The Magic of Autosuggestion.” The ideas for the book came from a French psychologist named Emil Coue. The original book was published in 1922. The current book has additional comments by Cyrus Harry Brooks. In a nutshell he says we have a conscious mind of which we are aware but we also have a subconscious mind of which we are not aware. This subconscious mind is responsible for our breathing and keeps our heart beating along with the operation of all our organs. We don’t consciously try to keep our hearts beating.

It is in this subconscious mind, unknown to us, where we create habits for health and/or sickness. This was known in ancient times, but with modern science and drugs for every illness, that information has been lost. Modern science is now rediscovering the lost understanding.

Autosuggestion, according to Emil Coue, can heal most diseases or at least make them less bothersome. This is done by saying — every day, 20 times — to oneself, “Every day in every way I am getting better and better.” What you are doing is reprogramming your subconscious to support health rather than illness. This must be done without any effort from your will. The use of willpower prevents it from working.

I recommend you read the book. You can find on Amazon or Google the words, “Simple Self-Healing, Emil Coue” for more information. I have an extra copy of the book at Natural Expressions Bakery for customers who would like to borrow it. 

Are you finding yourself in the midst of transition? That uncomfortable void where one thing has ended and the new has not yet begun? Transitions are often preceded by loss. It could be the loss of a loved one through a passing, the end of a love relationship or the loss of employment. Transitions can also follow important milestones, such as a move to another town, a new place of employment or our children leaving the nest. Anytime we find ourselves asking, “Now what?” we are probably in a period of transition.

Transitions by their very nature are uncomfortable places to be. As humans, we like routine and predictability. We love to know that tomorrow will bring the same steadiness and comfort that today has delivered. We spend a great deal of energy trying to avoid the discomfort of not knowing.

For most of us, transitions are the place we want to avoid hanging out. We stay in relationships long after they are healthy for us in an effort to avoid the unknown and uncomfortable possibility of having to navigate this world alone. We try to hold on to our children as they prepare to leave the nest. We stay in jobs that no longer feed our soul, because starting over somewhere new, making new friends and learning new tasks, seems too daunting. Living life in this protective, yet half alive state feels less scary than jumping feet first into the unknown.

If we cannot find a way to avoid it, we try to rush our way through it. Those transitions that are pushed on us are often the most difficult to navigate and are the ones that challenge our spirit the most. The death of a loved one, the end of a relationship we were not ready to see end, losing a job that we loved, chronic illness, those are the places where the void can be felt the hardest. Often times, it leaves us on the floor, devastated, scared and alone. We want to rush through it and get to the other side. We jump prematurely into new relationships, we find unhealthy coping strategies as we try to numb out the pain and fear of the unknown. There is, however, a way to navigate through the void in a way that honors what was and prepares us to be in a healthy place for what is to come.

Now that you are finding yourself here in transition, what are some strategies you could employ to make this place of transition be the place of rebirth and a newly expanded version of you? Ready to claim your new reality and jumping at the chance to say “Yes!” to the next phase of your life?

Honor your feelings of loss. All losses are difficult. Children heading off to college is of course a wonderful event, but that does not mean that there isn’t also the loss of family life the way we knew it to be. The end of a relationship, even if the relationship was not a healthy one, is still a painful loss. We mourn the hopes and dreams of the future we imagined. We might have a hard time forgiving ourselves for the demise of the relationship or for staying in it long after it stopped being healthy for us. If we allow ourselves to feel the pain, without the attachment of the painful stories, we can allow our feelings to move through us. Many times we avoid feeling the pain, because we feel as though we may never stop crying. What keeps us trapped in the cycle of pain though, is our reluctance to feel the immensity of it. Loss demands to be felt. If we avoid the feeling, the feeling gets bigger until it becomes overwhelming.

Take this space between not anymore and not yet and dig deep into your own psyche. Learn about yourself. What makes you tick? What makes your heart sing? What scares you? Who are you? Can you feel compassion for yourself? Can you dig a little deeper to find who you are at your core? These are wonderful questions to explore with wise friends, a life coach or therapist. Take this time to really get to know yourself. What are you willing to accept in your next relationship? What is your worth? How deep is your capacity to love yourself? There is so much wisdom and growth to be had in transition, that if we use this time wisely, we can expand and grow and become more fully who we are.

Keep moving forward. If there are things that you have always enjoyed doing, but you lack somebody to do them with now, due to the loss of a loved one or the loss of friends, do them anyway! Yes, the first time you go to a movie by yourself might feel awkward to you. Going on your first solo road trip feels vulnerable and a bit scary. What will happen though, is that when you do the things you were afraid to do alone, your confidence grows, your capacity to find joy in your life grows. Happiness and self-reliance should never be attached to other people. They truly are an inside job. Think of the pride that will be the reward. Imagine how much more alive you will feel! How much bigger your world will be! Every time we shrink back in fear, our world gets a little smaller. Every time we step boldly out of our comfort zone, our life expands.

Try something new! Is there something you have always wanted to learn, but were unable to do so in the relationship as a busy mom or with a demanding work schedule? Use this time to experiment. Sign up for classes, join a women’s group or a book club. Find a community to be a part of. Yes, walking that path alone can be difficult and awkward. Any new situation is only a new situation the first time you do it. Afraid of entering that yoga class alone? You will enter it for the first time only once. Does that not already make the thought of doing it feel easier? Every person in that class had to walk through that door the first time — once.

Yes, transitions are hard. When they are over, we are happy that they are over. Would it not feel wonderful though, to look back at what was a painful transition and be able to say to yourself, yes! That void was the birthplace of me! That lonely place is where I found myself. That transition propelled me into a bigger and bolder version of me. I rose to the occasion and the universe met me there.

Paddleboarding, which involves participants standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and using their arms to paddle through the ocean, is an increasingly popular recreational activity.

Often seen as a relaxing way to spend a peaceful day on the water, paddleboarding might provide some hidden health benefits. The following are just a few potential health benefits of paddleboarding.

Stress reduction: According to the American Psychological Association, in 2015 a greater percentage of adults reported feeling extreme levels of stress than in 2014. Many paddleboarding enthusiasts acknowledge the soothing qualities of paddleboarding, and a 2016 study published in the academic journal “Health & Place” found that increased views of blue space, including oceans, can be linked to lower levels of psychological distress.

Exercise: While it might not be high-intensity exercise, paddleboarding is exercise and can provide an avenue for otherwise sedentary men, women and children to begin increasing their levels of physical activity. Muscles in legs get a workout when paddleboarding, as these muscles are tasked with holding the body steady. In the meantime, core abdominal muscles also get a workout as they work to maintain the body’s balance. And of course, muscles in the arms, back and shoulders are needed for paddling. While paddleboarding may not qualify as vigorous a cardiovascular or strength-training exercise, it does provide a low-impact way for participants to engage muscles throughout their bodies.

Balance: Paddleboarding can be a relaxing activity, but those paddleboarders who are most relaxed are the ones with great balance. Fortunately, paddleboarding can help men, women and children improve their balance because it requires a stable core and strong legs. While novice paddleboarders might struggle to stay upright at first, in time they’re likely to notice their balance is improving.

Vitamin D: Human skin produces vitamin D in response to sunlight, which paddle boarders get plenty of. Vitamin D serves a host of functions in the body that can promote short- and long-term health. Vitamin D facilitates normal immune system function, which can help paddleboarders fight off disease and infection. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host ailments, including diabetes, as inadequate amounts of vitamin D can cause insulin resistance. In addition, in 2014, researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of Pittsburgh and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia uncovered a link between vitamin D deficiency, seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight. A type of depression related to changes in season, SAD affects millions of people across the globe.

Paddleboarding enthusiasts may not know, but this increasingly beloved activity may be greatly benefitting their overall health.

Turns out our mothers were right: “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Tell me if this has happened to you. You are leaving for an appointment or an errand and the papers or items you need to bring are nowhere to be found. Maybe you’ve lost track of items in the pantry and you’re in the middle of a recipe and realize you don’t have enough flour, sugar or whatever it is you need.

Have you wasted money purchasing something only to find out there are duplicates at home?

Could clutter be the culprit? Pantries, closets and the kitchen table are prime areas for clutter. When there isn’t a dedicated spot for the clutter items then it’s time to rethink and redirect your stuff.

It all starts with a pile. You lay some papers down telling yourself “I’ll deal with this later.” The pile grows and grows. It becomes a magnet for more stuff like magazines, maybe a book or your children’s artwork.

Organizing as a whole is big business. Books, magazines and stores are cashing in on our need to be organized. Nearly everyone I meet tells me how unorganized they are but they don’t take the next step and get help.

A few tips to cut the clutter that plagues us all

Everyone has time to get it right. Your paper pile that became a huge stack started because there wasn’t time to take care of it. If you aren’t going to deal with the mail immediately then don’t open it until you are ready. Then with a recycling bag, shredder and file system in place you may open the mail. The mail is full of fliers that may not interest you. Shred or rip it up and recycle.

Open the bills and put into a file that says “To Pay.” That file should be readily available so bills are paid on time. Even better is to have your computer open and do your bill paying right then and there. Mark the paper bills “Paid” and file away.

I’ve simplified my filing system over the years. I used to file each individual bill into its corresponding folder. Not anymore. I have a basket that I put all receipts and paid bills. I rarely need to pull them out until tax time. When I purchase something with the thought of possibly returning it that receipt does not go into the basket. I tack it to the bulletin board until I keep or return item. Then I file the receipt if needed at tax time or throw it away.

Do you have a system in place that works well — when you use it? I have a client who doesn’t open his mail. He’ll mainly open the school mail so he’s aware of the kids’ schedules and events. How does he pay his bills? That’s set up in his computer. Paying bills is not the problem. Piling bills in a box, on the flo or or worse on the dining room table is the problem. It accumulates faster than dust. Then I swoop in to open and shred and file. Thankfully we have a sense of humor and have a good laugh through the process. Having a system, any system, is great when you use it.

Think about your process with all of the incoming paperwork. Do you procrastinate because there is no system in place? File folders may be your first step. Label them in ways that make sense to you. File in the order of importance. What needs your attention now? What can wait?

Spring cleaning does not mean April and May only. Deep cleaning can happen anytime of the year and anywhere in the home. The thought of doing the whole house in a short period of time can be daunting. Clutter collects all over the house so spring clean one room at a time, one closet at a time or even one drawer at a time. Rummage sales are born from spring cleaning.

I personally love the process and results of deep cleaning. Cleaning out a drawer can be done while talking on the phone. Have a trash can handy and a “give-away” bag ready.

I remember hearing this adage a long time ago: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Each drawer, cupboard or closet is your one bite at a time. The experience will pleasantly surprise you with accomplishment and peace of mind.

When the spring cleaning overwhelms you there are people you can hire to help. Maybe all it takes is someone showing you how to set up a system that fits your personality and lifestyle. The goal would be to save you time and money in the long run.

Once you find a place for everything and put everything in its place you can get your mom’s voice out of your head. 

Ah! Summer in Wisconsin. We wait all year to languish in the long days of sunlight, squeezing in as much as we can until the last ray has disappeared into the night. The kids are out of school, schedules have adjusted and sleeping patterns are usually adjusted. Most of us have an understanding of the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can impact our health, so let’s take a deeper look at the importance of sleep, the effect of extended daylight on an individual’s circadian rhythm, just what a circadian biological clock is and how hormones play a factor in all of this.

Circadian rhythm

Let’s start with a few explanations. Circadian rhythm is your body’s biological clock, timing periods of wakefulness and sleepiness throughout the 24-hour day. This clock was set hundreds of years ago in concurrence with the Earth’s daily rotation. The patterns of daylight, darkness, temperature and predatory activity affected almost every organism on Earth, including humans. Our circadian rhythm is controlled by a grouping of cells within the hypothalamus of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The SCN is connected to the optic nerve and is stimulated by changes in light. (People who are completely blind can develop a sleep disorder called Non-24 because of their inability to perceive light.) The SCN also controls many other functions of the body that revolve around the 24-hour day, such as core body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, metabolism, and the release of certain hormones.

Tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin

Melatonin is one of these hormones influenced by our circadian rhythm. It is made in the brain when tryptophan is converted first to serotonin and then to melatonin. This process takes approximately 15 minutes and it is essential to optimal health. Tryptophan, or L-trypophan, is an essential amino acid found in many of the foods we eat, like turkey, salmon, eggs and nuts. The body does not manufacture tryptophan; we must get this from our food supply or supplements. Serotonin is a calming chemical that works by transmitting signals between nerve cells, altering brain function and preparing for sleep. It is also considered to be a “feel-good” neurotransmitter contributing to a person’s feeling of well-being and happiness. Serotonin is then converted to melatonin and production increases during the night to peak in the early hours of the morning. Melatonin production will drop off after waking as the cortisol hormone takes over and wakes us up in preparation for our day.

Melatonin’s primary role in the body is to regulate the sleep/wake cycle, which many other bodily functions rely on to do their job properly. As mentioned, one of those functions is our metabolism. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of weight gain. Melatonin has other roles. It has been found to have antioxidant properties and play a significant role in stimulating the immune system to protect against abnormal tissue growth in hormone-dependent areas such as the breasts and prostate. Melatonin also helps to keep the cortisol production pattern in check.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands and it is responsible for our fight or flight response. It also helps to control blood sugar and regulate metabolism, amongst other functions. When the cortisol pattern is disrupted, it can lead to high nighttime cortisol (when it should typically be at its lowest levels) and in turn disrupt melatonin production. This sets off a chain of consequences affecting the entire body. So, sleep is critical — good sleep is critical. Maintaining a balanced sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm is critical.

Disruptions to the circadian rhythm

There are many things that can cause disruption to the circadian rhythm. Some of them are obvious: stress, shift work, a newborn, jet lag or living in Alaska. There are also circadian rhythm sleep disorders, such as Non-24, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome and Irregular Sleep-Wake Rhythm. There are also other hormones in your body that affect your sleep cycles. If you are deficient in estrogen and progesterone, you won’t sleep well — along with a whole list of other unpleasant side effects.

This is just one of many facets in “the symphony of hormones.” It truly is a delicate balance and each hormone must be in sync with the rest or we simply don’t feel good, and we can’t achieve optimal health. 

Dr. Gabriele Machacek, a General Practitioner and Associate Physician in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Austria, will give a lecture in Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay this June about a natural, cost-free way of attaining healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening.

Bruno Groening made headlines in 1950’s post-war Germany when tens of thousands of wounded and sick sought help from him. He implored the help-seekers to turn their thoughts away from illness and worries and take up the belief in God, in health and in the good, and return to neighborly love for one another. “There is no incurable,” he said, and, “God is the greatest physician.” Many were healed, some of them on the spot, rising from their wheelchairs and stretchers simply from listening to his words. After he passed away in 1959, the healings continued. Today Bruno Groening Circle of Friends communities are active in more than 120 countries and include Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews and followers of Indigenous traditions.

As a teenager, having seen her own mother healed of severe migraines and back pain, and then receiving a healing from depression herself, Dr. Machacek became convinced of the value of Groening’s teachings. She is a member of the Medical Scientific Group, which is made up of thousands of physicians and other medical professionals who meticulously verify and document the healings that occur in the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. At the lecture, she will will present some of these medically-verified healings and talk about how to take in a natural power that can heal. Many experience this healing stream during the lecture.

Some of the many healings Dr. Machacek has helped review and document include a 69-year-old woman from Vancouver, Washington who was freed of 25 years of insomnia and of very severe lower back pain caused by sciatica and arthritis of the spine; a 44-year-old man from Istanbul, Turkey freed from severe pain caused by herniated discs; a 65-year-old woman from Quebec, Canada healed of breast cancer; and a 58-year-old woman from Arvada, Colorado who was relieved of chronic back pain caused by vertebral fractures.

These healings are among the many thousands housed in an archive in Rottenburg, Bavaria.

Bruno Groening refused payment of any kind, saying it was not he who healed, but God. The only thing he asked of healed people was that they write down their healings and get follow-up examinations and documentation from their doctors. Today in the Circle of Friends, everyone, including physicians like Dr. Machacek, volunteer in their free time and receive no payment of any kind.

Dr. Machacek says that Bruno Groening’s teachings, in conjunction with the absorption of the healing stream, bring universal benefits that go beyond physical and mental healing, including help with studies and work and healthier family relationships. She described its effects on her own life, saying it has imparted her with clear, inner guidance, a strong sense of security, and the energy and positive attitude to carry her through 30-hour hospital shifts. She feels passionate about wanting to share this opportunity for help and healing with as many as possible.

“When I see people walk into a lecture — tired, sad and irritable — and then leave with happiness, then I’m glad,” she said. “It’s the way for me to also bring joy to others.” 

Dr. Machacek will speak in Appleton at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel on June 25 at 4:30 p.m.;

in Oshkosh at Oshkosh Fox Valley Technical College at the Oshkosh Riverside Campus on June 24 at 3:30 p.m.;

and in Green Bay on June 27 at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel at 7 p.m.

The lecture is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, call 920-461-1687 or visit

It’s June, and as the famous lyrics say,

“School’s out for summer!”

But does education ever really end? The process of learning never stops …

There is limitless subject matter on the spectrum — after all, it is simply adding something new to our knowledge base, something we’ve not encountered before that constitutes learning. Sometimes we’re genuinely interested in topics, such as gardening or cooking from scratch. And then there are the issues that present themselves that we must study, sometimes suddenly, like learning how to use a smartphone or exploring financial planning in retirement.

Chances are that there is an academic course available for anything worth learning, and you can conveniently find them at accredited and accessible locations.

It’s Suzanne Lawrence’s purpose as Regional Director of Continuing Education for UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley and UW-Manitowoc to bring a variety of programs to the area — practical or solely for enjoyment; credit or non-credit — for students of all ages.

“Continuing Education is diverse, both in terms of content and the age of the learner,” she explains. “We look at the individual as someone who wants to continue their education throughout their entire life. We work with students as young as kindergarten all the way up to senior citizens.”

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” —Chinese proverb

The University of Wisconsin Colleges system is comprised of 13 two-year colleges with UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley and UW-Manitowoc making up the Northeast Region. Within each campus is a Continuing Education office whose primary goal is to bring the University’s resources to the community beyond those people who are degree-seeking students.

The UW system is known for its quality education and environment on its freshman and sophomore campuses, contributing to its students’ prominent level of achievement.

“The University of Wisconsin Colleges is a multi-campus institution whose focus is preparing students for success… by providing an accessible and affordable first two years of a liberal arts general education,” Dr. Martin Rudd, Regional Executive Officer and Dean for the Northeast Region of UW Colleges, explains.

“Recognizing that many of our students are bound by work, place, commitments and finance, we offer bachelor degrees that can be completed on our UW Colleges campuses with a variety of in person, online and distance education coursework,” he adds. “In particular, our small class sizes enable our faculty to deliver dynamic, impactful activities such as service learning, undergraduate research and internships, integrating skills in applied learning, reflection, and ‘learning with doing.’”

And although the completion of a traditional university education is a significant component in a student’s life, the area of Continuing Education expands the boundaries of the University, offering classes to individuals of all ages in a variety of topics.

Continuing Education is the umbrella over a variety of areas including Personal Enrichment, Professional Development, Travel Opportunities and Customized Training.

“Personal Enrichment generally includes topics in the arts, poetry, crafts, health and fitness, money or personal finance,” Suzanne explains. “Learning skills like gardening, photography, painting, even ballroom dancing are new skills that will bring joy and satisfaction to the participant. While Professional Development is designed for people who are looking to advance their skills or change careers.

“Customized Training is another area within Continuing Education where local businesses can reach out to community colleges for help with organizational challenges. Improving leadership, foreign language skills, written communication skills and science-related classes are just a few of the topics we’ve helped area businesses improve upon.”

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” —Miriam Beard

The Northeast Region Continuing Education office offers a variety of travel opportunities for all ages that encompass both learning and entertainment, and boast past international trips to Ireland and Spain and closer-to-home excursions to Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City.

Led by Susan Rabideau, UW-Fox Valley Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications and Bill Stachour, trip navigator, the New York City Theater Tour is one of the most popular choices.

“In five adventure-filled days, travelers to New York will experience three Broadway performances and spend four nights at a hotel conveniently located on Times Square.” Suzanne says. “This summer they’re seeing ‘Waitress,’ ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Hello, Dolly’ with Bette Midler. It’s a sell out trip every year!”

One-day food tasting tours of Milwaukee and Chicago are always popular and are quickly filled each semester. These tours expose participants to great food, history and culture.

Stay tuned! Suzanne is adding to the list of potential destinations all the time and is considering such locations as Washington D.C., the Pacific Coast and New Orleans as future trips available to the public.

“You don’t have to be affiliated or enrolled in college to participate. Anyone, any age, can go on these trips,” she says. “I think loyal travelers who have gone on every trip continue to join us because of their experience with the University. They find our trips well organized and a great value for the price.

“People don’t realize the gem they have in two-year colleges within our communities — we have so much to offer!” 

“People don’t realize the gem they have in two-year colleges within our communities — we have so much to offer!”

—Suzanne Lawrence, Regional Director of Continuing Education, Northeast Region

Destination: Florida Keys

Snorkel in the mangrove trees along the coastline

Explore a variety of species in the sea grasses

Swim with parrotfish, jellyfish and more in the coral reef!

Dr. Richard Hein (pictured to the right), an oceanographer and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Manitowoc, is a firm believer in hands-on learning, and travels to Key Largo each year as a part of the Biology of the Florida Keys course to expose students to its benefits.

Stationed at the educational facility Marine Lab, whose mission is scientific research and education, students are immersed in labs and field work centering around ecology, marine ecosystems and discussions focusing on mangroves, sea grasses and coral reef. They even spend time at the local Turtle Hospital helping stranded sea turtles!

“The great thing is that it’s right on Key Largo and has access to the upper coral reefs and Florida Bay. The whole thing is based on the concept of, ‘Let’s talk about it in the classroom, but then immediately go see it,’” Dr. Hein explains. “It really resonates with people. It’s a great experience.”

LEAPS and College for Kids!

“Designed to provide fun, hands-on and active learning opportunities for highly motivated and talented students.”

Summer school takes on a whole new meaning and is elevated in UW Colleges Continuing Education’s “College for Kids” and “LEAPS” programs on the UW-Fond du Lac campus. The fun and educational programs are specifically designed to:

  • Increase interest and motivation in academics
  • Experience stimulating and challenging activities
  • Develop team-building skills through collaboration
  • And much more!

College for Kids (July 17-20)

For students entering grades 5-8, College for Kids offers a two-course a day option that includes classes centering on printmaking, drawing, archaeology and chemistry. The one all-day course choice is all about game making and writing computer code!

LEAPS (July 24-27)

Developed for younger students, LEAPS is geared toward students entering grades 2-4. Kids’ chemistry, paper sculpting, “cooking the continents,” sign language and the French language are among the class subjects combining education with hands-on learning fun.

“We have great faculty and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the kids to experience a college setting,” Suzanne says. “Summer programming is particularly important as statistics show that during the summer months, kids tend to lose knowledge and skills if they are not actively engaged in academic programming. University programs like these help mitigate the learning loss.”

Register by July 8 for College for Kids and Leaps! For more information and requirements, visit a href="/" target="_blank">, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 920-929-1155.

UW Colleges Northeast Region Continuing Education offices:

UW-Fond du Lac

400 University Drive

Fond du Lac, 54935


UW-Fox Valley

1478 Midway Road

Menasha, 54952



705 Viebahn Street

Manitowoc, 54220


“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.

It’s hard to dislike June. The sun seems to shine a little brighter, we all spend more time outdoors (hello, longer days!) and it’s natural and easy to think about all of the fun things that are reserved for this time of year because after a long winter and spring, we’ve finally made it here!

To Nature’s Pathways, summer centers on food! More specifically, locally sourced, community grown and produce grown with sustainability in mind. We’re grateful for the CSAs and farm share programs that abound in our area, and it turns out there are a lot of reasons for them to be appreciative of their members and patrons too! Rachel of helps break it down:

Benefits for the CSA farms:

  • The opportunity to get to know the people they grow for.
  • Better cash flow for farms as they plan for a new season.
  • When farmers can identify their market before the beginning of the season, they can plan the use of their resources more efficiently, which means less waste of money and of crop.
  • A better market for growing a greater variety of produce, including heirloom varieties.
  • Eliminating the middle-man in the packaging, transportation and selling of produce.

Benefits for the CSA members/consumers:

  • Pesticide and chemical-free produce at a lower cost than the grocery store.
  • The privilege of eating vibrant, just-harvested produce.
  • Access to heirlooms and more unusual produce varieties, and the fun that comes with trying new things!
  • The ability to get to know your farmers and develop a relationship of trust with those who nourish your family.
  • Creating for yourself and the next generation a relationship with the earth, and an understanding of what real food is and the value of its production, which means better nutrition choices and health throughout your family’s life. 


Check out these local CSA farm share programs!


Where to find:

Types of shares:

Featured items:

About the farm:

Burr Oak Gardens, LLC

W5511 County Road B, Rio


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


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


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


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


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!



Many people in the market for new vehicles intend to lease or finance a car once they find the make and model they want. Such an approach will necessitate a credit check.

Credit checks make some consumers, even those who have relatively good credit, uncomfortable. But when managed well, credit and checks on individuals’ credit ratings can go smoothly and save drivers considerable amounts of money over the life of their leases and auto loans.

Don’t leave room for surprises. Even consumers who feel they have firm grasps on their credit scores should check their scores before they go shopping for leases or auto loans. Reports may contain errors that can affect the interest rates lenders are willing to give lessees or borrowers. Fixing mistakes in advance of shopping for a car ensures drivers they will get the best interest rate and loan terms possible for someone in their financial standing.

Clean up a score if it falls short of expectations. Buyers who don’t know their credit scores may be disappointed if those scores come back lower than they expected. Numerous factors, be it missed payments or high debt-to-credit ratios, can lower credit scores. Even buyers with good jobs and money in the bank may not have good credit scores. When possible, buyers with low credit scores should wait until they can improve their scores before shopping for a lease or loan. The higher buyers’ credit scores, the lower their interest rate will likely be, saving them considerable amounts of money over the life of their lease or loan.

Wait before having your credit run. Some auto dealers may want to run prospective buyers’ credit histories the moment those buyers step onto their lots, but it pays for consumers to be patient and wait until they have found a vehicle they like before agreeing to a credit check. Each time a person applies for credit, his or her credit score dips. But according to, applicants who file all of their loan applications within one two-week period will only have those applications count as a single credit inquiry.

Don’t overdo it. Buyers with great credit scores may be tempted to stretch their automotive budgets. But drivers who spend more they can afford may soon find that their excellent credit ratings are suffering. Stay on budget so payments can be made on time and credit scores stay strong.

Buying or leasing a new vehicle can be made easier when buyers enter the process with strong credit scores. 

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Yohimbe is an evergreen tree native to western Africa. It has a compound called yohimbine in its bark. The bark is used to make extracts, tablets and capsules.

In parts of Africa, tea made from yohimbe bark has been used as an aphrodisiac (to increase sexual desire).

Yohimbe is used as a dietary supplement for impotence, athletic performance, weight loss, chest pain, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy and more.

Yohimbine hydrochloride, a standardized form of yohimbine, is available in the United States as a prescription drug for erectile dysfunction. This is a different product than dietary supplements made from the bark of the tree.

How Much Do We Know?

There is very little research in people on the effects of yohimbe as a dietary supplement. But studies have documented the risks of taking it.

What Have We Learned?

The amount of yohimbine in dietary supplements may vary; some yohimbe products contain very little yohimbine.

Yohimbe sold as a dietary supplement may not work like the prescription medication that contains yohimbine.

What Do We Know About the Safety?

Note: Yohimbe has been associated with heart attacks and seizures.

Yohimbe caused stomach problems, tachycardia (a rapid heartbeat), anxiety and high blood pressure, according to a study comparing calls about yohimbe and other substances made to the California Poison Control System between 2000 and 2006. People calling about yohimbe were generally more likely to need medical care than other callers.

Most yohimbe products don’t say how much yohimbine they contain. The amount may vary a lot among products, according to a recent analysis of 49 brands of supplements labeled as containing yohimbe or yohimbine for sale in the United States. Some of the yohimbine was either synthetic or from highly processed plant extract.

Keep in Mind

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: Herbs at a Glance.

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