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Acupuncture for Wellness

If something is not working for you, sometimes you have to try something different. Why not Acupuncture? It has worked for thousands of years! Take the time; it’s your life.

I specialize in Pain Management and other problems. I am well trained in nine different styles of Acupuncture as well as two styles that do not use needles. The goal of this clinic is to decrease your symptoms by 50% or more in the first visit. I also use herbal formulations, nutritional supplements, and counseling to aid in your healing process. I graduated from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Wisconsin and was a Clinical Supervisor at Midwest College. I have advanced training from Guangzhou University in China in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have worked with hospice and Special Forces. My Motto is: Life is Better, When you Feel BETTER!

Acupuncture for Wellness offers these services: Acupuncture, Cupping, Gua Sha, Custom Herbal Formulas, Moxabustion, and Liniments.

I offer a free consultation over the phone or in person. Appointments are accepted by phone or email.
SPECIALTIES include: pain management, back and disc problems, Fibromyalgia, digestion/intestinal issues, allergies,
arthritis, colds, coughs and flus, depression/anxiety, diet and nutrition, emotional well-being, headache/migraine, muscle aches, sprains and strains, pediatric/healthy kids, sleep, and stress issues.

Casey Castona, Acupuncturist, M.S.O.M., L.Ac, Dipl.AC., B.S. in Nutrition, C.A.
616 South Farwell St, Eau Claire (715) 379-6429 / /

Tooskies Baby Gear

Tooskies is really the labor of love of my sister and I. We are dedicated to offering only the best of the best products in our shop. Once you start exploring the jungle of cloth diapers available, you will find that there are thousands of options. We have tried many of them, and chose to carry the styles and brands that continue to perform the best.

In our shop, you will find all styles of diapers, from traditional prefolds to pocket or sleeve diapers, plus the newest hybrid designs like contours. We are proud to carry brands that we have personally used and loved, including: Thirsties (a solid and popular choice all around), Bottombumpers (a great option for a trimmer fit), Kissaluvs (they offer fantastic newborn diapers) and Happy Heiny’s (a staple in the cloth diapering world).

Aside from diapers, we are excited to be the area’s only location to offer some of the best baby carriers around, including Baby Hawk, Lovey Duds, and Moby wraps. We also have products for mama! GLAMOURMOM tank tops were our favorite nursing tanks and we are happy to have them in stock, along with Undercover Mama, and Lusa Organics.

Since no two babies are alike, we are eager to help you find what products will work the best for you and your family! Whether your little one is made of frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails or sugar, spice and everything nice (which I still question the validity of), Tooskies can help you find the best baby gear…From head to rear.

Ashley Score lives in Boyceville.  Her daughter, Layla, is 2 and was the inspiration for Tooskies. She was cloth diapered from 3 months on and potty trained before her 2nd birthday.

Morgan Fedderly lives in Altoona. Her daughter, Signey, is 7 months old and is currently enjoying her position as “Head Tushy Tester” for Tooskies.

Tooskies is set to open their brick and mortar location in Menomonie by March 2011. In the meantime you can make an appointment to shop in person, get more information, or shop online at

Sioux Creek Wellness Nutrition Education & Yoga

Sioux Creek Wellness began with nutrition and yoga classes at my in-home studio in Chetek. It has expanded to the Eau Claire area as well, where I am offering regular nutrition classes at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe-just off Hwy 53 in Chippewa Falls. I also teach on-site nutrition classes for health and wellness professionals and their patients or clients, and the general public at a variety of locations.

Educating people on improving their health through good nutrition is truly my passion. My journey in helping people with their health began with teaching nutrition to middle and high school students. Now, as a Certified Health Educator & Health Coach, I offer science based nutrition classes that teach people how to live a healthier life. I also offer individual health coaching to provide additional education and support.

Through The Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies, I had the amazing opportunity to study with world renowned leaders—such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Essylsten—who are helping people prevent and reverse their health issues by changing their diet. As a Certified Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Practitioner, I teach for The Wellness Forum, whose programs are recognized worldwide.

The education I provide is based on reliable science and on making lifestyle changes that provide long-term health benefits. I teach people how to eat to truly be healthy as well as how to evaluate health and nutrition information. I find that people are confused when it comes to nutrition—as they are bombarded by mis-information. It has become my mission to help people sort through all the myths and learn the truth about what dietary excellence looks like–helping them work toward it at whatever pace they are comfortable with.

My website contains more information on me and the education I provide, upcoming classes, as well as yoga class times.

True Blue Housekeeping…

…is a local business that uses only natural products and methods to clean homes and businesses in the chippewa valley.  We are here to help you make the adjustment to a greener way of living everyday. These methods are hypo-allergenic, effective, and environmentally sound. Our products are safe enough to eat, leaving no harmful residue or pollutants on surfaces or into the water system. Yet, they are strong enough to disinfect and get problem areas clean and keep them clean. Residue from other commercial cleaners can soak in through your skin or is in the air that you breathe. When we are finished, everything is truly clean. There is little to no carry-over from place to place as we use a top of the line hepa-filtered vacuum that keeps in the dust it collects and do not use any germ collecting tools such as sponges. Our products are made from bulk and we do not use anything readily disposable making for very low waste. We offer many additional ways to give your business a green story and you won’t have to lift a finger.  In the home we can be scheduled for regular upkeep or simply when needed. We can also help with special cleaning projects around the home and offer pre-paid punch cards with discounted hours that you may use when needed. This is a must for homes and businesses built with many natural or sensitive materials, any one with allergies or discomfort caused from animal dander or chemicals, and those who feel they don’t have the time or energy to find the right green methods for the upkeep of their home or business. Please call or email today to get an estimate.

Recession is for the Worms

With recession and poor economic times facing our nation, one area family has turned to worms to help their finances, and in turn, are helping the environment. Ed and Jessica Rebak of Colfax, WI started raising earthworms on a large scale. Besides the added income, Ed and Jessica are helping bring the cost of fishing bait down, helping to reduce shoreline fertilizer pollution, and helping gardeners increase their harvests.

It started when Ed was sitting in a truck stop overnight wishing he was home with his wife and they’re soon to be born son. Ed works in the trucking industry. This trade demands travel year round. Ed and Jessica decided he needed to find a way to be home to help.

Enter earthworms or night crawlers. These night crawlers are not your ordinary worms. They actually thrive at room temperature so they need no refrigeration. No more mushy worms on a hot day. In fact, their night crawlers can handle temperatures up to 100 degrees or more. Temps can also dip down to the 50s, but they prefer 70 to 80 degrees. That way when you get home, you can just set them on counter instead of the refrigerator. 250 cultured earthworms can eat a half a pound of food a day, making them the best composting worm available.

These super active worms are fed organic peat and a special mix of organic grains every two weeks. Jessica then harvests the castings from the worms. This rich organic fertilizer takes going green to the next level. Earthworm castings are mother nature’s way of giving plants the micronutrients they need for optimum plant growth. Giving your plants a “healthy snack” is just the start of the many benefits to making earthworm castings your fertilizer of choice. Earthworm castings have no odor. They will not burn plants in any concentration. Seeds and seedlings can be started in pure castings, which will give them the best chance for a healthy life. They improve soil structure and aeration. The tiny capsules resist packing and keep soil loose. Castings provide significant microbial and bacterial activity. These free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria promote healthy “living” soil that provides an optimum growth environment. Castings contain Auxins and Cytokinins, which are natural growth hormones for bigger and more fibrous plant roots. The high availability of trace elements combined with its structure and high microbial activity allow earthworm castings to out-perform what is expected of a low (NPK) fertilizer. No phosphorous equals safe shoreline fertilizer. No more worry of polluting and burning with synthetic fertilizers. No weeds or risk of diseases when using larger animal manures.

These worms are a great addition to any soil that needs amending. When you purchase your cocoons, inside each cocoon can be 1-4 worms. A twenty-pound bag of cocoons is recommended for a 20’ x 20’ area.

We have always loved gardening and fishing. What a great way to incorporate our hobbies into a business.” Whitail Organics supplies less expensive worms to the fishermen, farmers, gardeners, and pet owners all over the United States. “We give gardeners an advantage to growing their plants in castings. We give property owners a safe alternative to fertilizing their beautiful landscapes. We can also help with composting by adding our inexpensive worm cocoons to composts and gardens. Finally, we give ourselves, a piece of mind that we are doing what we can to help our environment through proper fertilizing.”

Whitetail Organics has taken their Organics an extra step: In addition to the earthworms, they also have a cow/calf operation and raise beef to sell by the ¼, ½, and whole; chicks and other fowl for your farm; “free-range” chickens and eggs; they make cold process soap; and they offer composted manure.

If you have an interest or questions look us up at and facebook or contact Ed at or Jessica and Or by phone 715-962-3202.

Green Pages | November/December '10

Montessori School to Host Holiday Mall-ternative

Dec. 11, noon-8pm , 400 Cameron St, Eau Claire, WI | Known for their innovative fundraisers, the Chippewa Valley Montessori School does not disappoint this holiday season. December 11 from noon to 8pm they will host a holiday shopping event that gives you good reason to avoid the crowds, mass marketing and hyper-consumerism booming at the malls and shopping centers. The mall-ternative will feature great products and services from local artisans, farmers, and more. Goodie bags filled with coupons and cool free stuff will be given to the first 100 attendees. Entrance fee is $3, children under 12 are free.

Proceeds from the event go to the Montessori school ( and Heifer International (, a project aimed at ending world hunger. Live music from some great local musicians, yummy food and samples from vendors, and amazing gifts from local producers and artists make a mall experience fade in comparison. Come enjoy a fun, worthwhile holiday shopping experience. For more information, contact Kristin Walukas, Montessori Parent Steering Committee Chairwoman:

Family Health Fair

Getting ready to make your New Year’s resolutions? Let the Eau Clare Indoor Sports Center help you! On January 15, 2011 the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center presents the Family Health Fair at their facility, 3456 Craig Rd., Eau Claire, WI.  The event goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is only $5 per person, children 12 and under are FREE!

Collect valuable health information from our large indoor business marketplace with vendors representing many areas of health related categories. The event will also feature large inflatables, games, prizes, DJ entertainment, food, sports, demonstrations, guest speakers, and more! This is an event the whole family can enjoy!

This event is a great way to find out valuable health related information. Areas of business being represented include: hospitals, chiropractors, dentists, health clubs, nutritional food, specialty clinics, and basic health information. This event is a great way to get your questions answered. It is also a great way to find out how to get healthy during the New Year.

Kids are encouraged to come as well. Health relates to everyone; not just adults. Advanced tickets are available at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center.  Find out more information online at

Serenity Dawns Healing & Wellness Services

We all make the best choices for ourselves with the resources we currently have available at any point in time. As a Therapeutic Coach®, I assist clients in realizing all the resources they have, which they have not tapped into. Working with the Conscious, Unconscious, and Higher Conscious minds, along with modalities such as Hypnosis, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and a newly developed sports hypnosis program, I assist clients in changing behaviors, releasing fears, phobias, limiting beliefs, and overcoming challenges that currently stand between them and their greatest successes.

I work with clients on all levels, though the changes in behavior come from the unconscious level; by changing the filters (our perception of our realities) at this level, the client changes their perception of the issue and is able to see it in a different light. The client has all the resources within themselves to change any issue, pattern, belief, limiting belief, or value they so choose; it is my privilege to assist them in this realization.

I also do Hydrotherapy (Ionic Foot Detox), which is the removal of toxins from the body through the pores in the feet with the aid of warm water, sea salts, and a very low current moving through the body to assist in the removal of the impurities. Lastly, I am also a Certified Reiki Therapist. Reiki is a process of energy movement in the body to realign and balance the Chakras. I also do Distance Reiki sessions.

Dawn M. Luebstorf is the owner of Serenity Dawns Healing & Wellness Services and looks forward to meeting and serving the wonderful people in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. She can be reached through her website at

“Together we can awaken the limitless possibilities and create the change you  wish to see in your life.”

Financial Wellness with Kevin McKinley

Sacred Heart Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living and Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital are co-hosting a special financial wellness seminar for Chippewa Valley residents this fall. The session, led by Kevin McKinley, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “On Your Money” and Certified Financial Planner and Managing Member of McKinley Money, LLC, will provide a general overview of financial wellness strategies with a special focus on the top “10 ways to increase your retirement income.” Attendees will have a chance to receive practical financial advice. The seminar will include a question and answer session with Kevin.

The event will take place November 11 at 5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Community Auditorium (900 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire). A light dinner will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by November 4, by calling the hospital’s Center for Healthy Living at (715) 717-1600.

Anyone Can Invest in Local Food, Farmers, & Jobs

By David Mortimer, Co-op Marketing Committee Chair (Sacred Heart Hospital, Com. Department)

Two years ago, the Producers & Buyers Co-op was launched to remove sourcing barriers and to link local farms and institutions. Today, the Co-op facilitates local food sourcing for three Chippewa Valley hospitals and schools, universities, and other institutions in western Wisconsin have expressed interest in Co-op membership. Just last June, the Co-op was cited in a speech by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as a best practice example of a cooperative expanding local food capacity and developing markets.

In only its second year of operation, the Co-op could sell half of a million dollars in local food—an entirely new market in western Wisconsin, thanks to founding partner Sacred Heart Hospital (Eau Claire) and new partners, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Chippewa Falls) and Luther Midelfort Hospital (Eau Claire).

It is a sad irony that across the nation, local family farms have been largely shut out of institutional markets, even though institutional buyers may be located just a few miles away. For large institutions, like universities, school systems, and hospitals, established supply chains work hard to ensure the safety, availability, variety, and quantity of food products. By creating an infrastructure to source local food in western Wisconsin, the Co-op creates new markets in our community—markets that help family farms, create jobs, and support the local economy. This new production also enhances a self-sustaining food economy and provides a far superior product.

Long distance food sometimes has more frequent flier miles than the people that eat it. During winter months, seasonal fruits and vegetables may even travel through international borders and even across the hemisphere before they reach their destination. Not only does globetrotting food consume a lot of jet and diesel fuel, its quality and nutritional content suffers. Even worse, it may have been picked before it naturally ripens or have been treated with preservatives to lengthen its shelf life.

Building capacity to produce, process, and transport local food is the mission of the Co-op, and today anyone can support this worthy cause by purchasing stock in the organization. Financial investments from members of the community will help build a safe and secure link between sustainable farmers and our schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and universities.

The Co-op board and members are pleased to announce preferred shares of capital stock as an investment opportunity. Funds will be used to reach out to local schools, hospitals and universities as well as to expand the list of producer members and provide new business opportunities.

Each share of Preferred Stock has a par value of $500. The Co-op will divert all profits to the reserve and re-investment fund until 2015. At that time, the Board will review the profitability of the Co-op on a yearly basis and, when appropriate, will pay dividends to stock holders at a rate to be determined by the board (not to exceed 8% as per WI Statute 185). There are 500 shares available.

The Co-op’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws mandate that all those interested in purchasing preferred stock in the Co-op become non-voting members (requiring a membership application and one-time fee of $50.00). To request a brochure, prospectus information packet with Frequently Asked Questions, and a request form, call 715-579-5013 or write: Producers & Buyers Co-op, PO Box 295, Elk Mound, WI  54739.

Local Women Open New Dance Studio

Joan Schaefer and Rita Simon of Chippewa Falls have partnered to open a new dance studio in Eau Claire. “Sofia Spirit Studio,” located at 2131 Fenwick Avenue, is dedicated to offering a variety of programs that serve women in the Chippewa Valley.

Sofia Spirit Studio offers certified instruction in American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance, a beautiful stylized improvisational form of belly dance. This dance is excellent physical exercise, especially for the core muscles and the cardiovascular system. It also fosters the development of inner awareness and self-esteem and all while having a great time!

Ongoing 6 week Level 1 ATS dance classes are offered, with the next series scheduled to begin on September 14. Classes are provided 3 times a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, which allows for participant flexibility. Level 2 and 3 classes will be added as students progress in their mastery of the dance skills.

The studio is also home to “Sofia Tribal,” a performance ATS belly dance troupe comprised of Joan, Rita and three other local professional women. Sofia Tribal is available to provide classy entertainment at private events, such as weddings or women’s gatherings, or at fundraisers and other community events.

A variety of workshops exploring a broad range of women’s interests will be offered at Sofia Studio. Many of these workshops are designed to be beneficial for any woman, wherever she is in her life journey. Look for the first of these workshops in October.

The studio also incorporates a boutique, “Sofia’s Souk.” The souk features beautiful creations by local artisans, worldly treasures and jewelry. Many of these items look great for every day wear and would also beautifully enhance the tribal or fusion belly dancer’s costuming.

The studio is available for rent and is suitable for yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, zumba, martial arts, etc. Classes in ballroom and hoop dancing are currently being scheduled there.

For more information visit or contact Joan Schaefer at 715-379-6304 or