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Live Long & Well Age-Defying Habits that Work

Healing Hands Getting a Grip on Pain

Gut Check Feeding the Immune System

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Contents 14 LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth



On Covering Climate Now


Getting a Grip on Pain




Teachers Prep Kids for the Future


Feeding the Immune System


Why Less Is Sometimes More

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24 fit body 26 natural pet 27 calendar 30 resource guide January 2020


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Waldorf Promotes Healthy Childhood, Creativity and Imagination


Peace in Winter Susan Andra Lion This month’s cover art, Peace in Winter, is one of 20 illustrated works featured in Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for nature lovers of all ages. “The inspiration for much of my art comes while I’m listening to concerts. Music is incredibly visual to me,” says graphic designer and fine artist Susan Andra Lion. “This piece came to me while listening to one of Haydn’s string quartets.” Her illustrations in waterproof ink and colored pencil are often accompanied by inspirational messages. Based outside of Boulder, Colorado, Lion is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book How the Trees Got Their Voices, an upcoming companion coloring book, plus creative card decks. “I have a real love affair with trees. When I put my hands on a tree, I can feel the energy coursing through it,” says Lion, who studied graphic design at Colorado State University. “I believe that everything is alive; even stones vibrate. We all have a reason to be here and live in harmony with all other life forms.” Visit the artist’s portfolio at 6

Waldorf education is designed to cultivate children’s curiosity and love of learning. Every student at Detroit Waldorf School (DWS) from early childhood through eighth grade goes outside for recess at least twice during the school day because of the immense benefits it brings to learning and wellness. Research from Michigan State University encourages recess for better academic performance, greater health and happiness, and increased success. “In winter, especially in snow, outdoor play uses fine and gross motor skills and engages the senses—everything children need for development,” says Helena Mitchell, DWS early childhood pedagogical chair and teacher. “The whole child is engaged, including the imagination, which promotes deeper learning. Plus, outdoor play helps moderate indoor energy and promotes better sleep.” Waldorf philosophy focuses on nurturing head, heart and hands in an approach that aligns with children’s intuitive curiosity, imagination and development. Focusing on exploration and connection with the natural world, children learn on the playground as deeply as in the classroom. For more information, visit See ad, page 21.

Origin Point Medicine Seminar for Pain Relief


r. Guijie Joyce Wang, ND, at the Naturopathic Community Center, in Mount Pleasant, is teaching the techniques, principles and history of Origin Point Medicine (OPM) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 18. This simple and effective method can be used by anyone, anywhere to improve the

body’s self-healing mechanism. Wang uses OPM in her practice and believes that it is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to help people with pain in the body. Participants at the seminar will experience a hands-on class with immediate results. Seminar tuition is $89. Location: 503 E. Broadway St., Mount Pleasant. For more information, call 989-773-1714 or email See ad, page 8.

Crystal Energy Explained


nge and Nadia, of Expanding Spirits, in Ferndale, will present Chakras and Crystals: Crystal Energy and Your Body, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. January 25, at the Detroit Public Library Explorers Room.

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Participants will experience firsthand how crystals interact with the body and why they are such supportive tools for our personal health and healing; learn how to feel the seven main energy centers of the body; and identify the cause of emotional and physical disease. This hands-on program is intended for adults.



Admission is free. Location: 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit. For more information, visit

Wellness Education at Ascension Community Health


scension SE Michigan Community Health will present a three-week Healthy Habits workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m., starting on January 9, at the Ascension Riverview Wellness Center. It is designed to improve physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, combining health information on nutrition, meal planning, stress management and developing an exercise plan to form healthy habits for life (free with registration at 866-501-3627). They will host Cannabis (Marijuana) Use In Seniors, with licensed behavioral health counselor Darryl Allen, from 1 to 2 p.m., January 21 (free with registration at Participants will learn about the most recent research, pros and cons of its use and how the effects of cannabis differ in the senior population. Location: 7633 E. Jefferson Ave., Rm. 172, Detroit.

Prenatal Yoga Series

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etroit Yoga and Cycle Lab is offering a Prenatal Yoga series beginning from 4 to 5:30 p.m., January 12. Mamaste is a mix of movement, meditation and breathing for all levels. Whether new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, pregnancy changes how we move in our body. Students learn how to develop their practice during all trimesters and take away the knowledge and tools needed to deepen the connection to self and baby throughout pregnancy. Participants gain skills that can be applied in all yoga classes. Cost is $60 for three sessions. Location: 17108 Mack Ave., Gross Pointe. For more information or to register, call 313-509-7140 or visit


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Get Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet


r. Joel Kahn will discuss the growing medical research showing the ability of a plant-based diet at 7 p.m., January 6, at the Caroline Kennedy Library to halt and reverse some of the major chronic diseases, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and even some cancers. Kahn will also show how to get started on living our best life. There will also be a free, plantbased, food tasting at the start of the event. Kahn serves as a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has authored five books, the latest of which is The Plant-Based Solution. The summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine writes health articles, is a commentator on Fox 2 News, has a national public TV show, The Whole Heart Solution, and has been featured on The Doctors and Dr. Phil show. Location: 24590 George St., Dearborn Heights. For more information, visit


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Built in Detroit: The 1800’s Boomtown Tour


century before the “Big Three” referred to Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, Detroit’s original big three were ships, stoves and railroad cars, manufactured by the thousands in the pre-automotive Motor City. Detroit History Tours will lead guided tours on January 4 to peruse period playgrounds, homes and factories of the era, sample iconic Detroit tastes and enjoy a drink in a storied railroad location. The luxury motor-coach leaves promptly at 6:30 pm from Eastern Market (2934 Russell Street) The bus will embark near Shed Three. Boarding starts at 6:15 p.m. Because drinking and swearing come with the history, evening bus tours are restricted to 21 years old and older. Group tours are available.

For more information, call 313-539-7377 or visit Detroit

3-D Printing Workshop


he Detroit Main Public Library will host a 3-D Printing Workshop at 2:30 p.m., January 5. In this fun workshop, participants will learn to design and print a small object of their own creation. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For 80 years, the bookmobile has been an integral component of library service, visiting neighborhoods, schools, and community organizations and events throughout the city of Detroit. Over the years, the library has had many different bookmobiles, later called the “Library on Wheels.” These vehicles allow DPL to reach beyond our walls to provide wider public access to materials, programs and services. Location: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Registration is required at 313-481-1391.

Detroit Boat Show Dazzles


n the dead of winter, it’s nice to dream about the sunny days of summer on the water and maybe score a good deal at the Detroit Boat Show 2020, taking place at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall) from January 18 through 26. Highlights this year include Twiggy’s Lagoon, with the World-Famous Water-skiing Squirrel ( Twiggy has performed in front of millions of people since 1979 at the X-Games and trade shows The Rail Jam set-up consists of two pools holding more than 50,000 gallons of water. With the aid of a high-speed, gas-powered winch, professional wake boarders from all around the country are pulled across a course that packed with rails, sliders, jumps and other features allowing them to get “sick” air and perform crazy tricks. A free, six-hour boating safety seminar is available with rules of the water and other helpful safety tips. Passing this exam often accounts for discounts on boating insurance. Participants receive a free ticket to the boat show compliments of Yamaha. Registration is required. Location: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Buy tickets at For more information, call 734-261-0123. January 2020


health briefs

Eat Fermented Dairy to Lower Heart Risk Eating and drinking fermented probiotic dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese and sour cream reduces the risk of heart disease for women, report researchers from the Netherlands that analyzed data from nearly 8,000 Australian women over a 15-year period. The effect was particularly strong for those that were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, according to the research. “In the process of dairy fermentation, beneficial compounds are released that have shown promise for improving glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure,” write the study authors.

Drink Pomegranate Juice to Protect Fetal Brain Growth About one in 10 babies in utero struggles with a dangerous condition known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), in which the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the placenta is restricted, hampering development of the growing fetus. Now, a simple solution—of mom drinking an eight-ounce glass of pomegranate juice a day—offers hope of a way to reduce infant deaths and lower the need for infant surgery. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, studied 77 mothers with IUGR at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital that received either one cup a day of pomegranate juice or a placebo. Evaluating 55 of the babies’ development with MRIs after birth, researchers found that the babies with pomegranate-drinking moms had evidence of both better brain connectivity and development of white matter—tissue through which messages pass in the central nervous system. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of polyphenols, a class of foods also found in nuts, berries, vegetables and teas that’s known to cross the blood-brain barrier and have neuroprotective effects. 10

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Extreme Weather Events Affect Mental Well-Being People that experience storm and flood damage to their homes are about 50 percent more likely to experience depression and anxiety, British researchers report. Surveying more than 7,500 people after the 2013-2014 season of severe weather, they found that those with homes damaged by wind, rain, snow or floods had mental health risks similar to living in a disadvantaged area. This occurred even when the effects of the extreme weather were relatively minor and did not force people to leave their homes.

Marry to Halve the Risk of Dementia Wedlock tends to stave off dementia, according to a new Michigan State University study. Analyzing 14 years of data on 15,000 people older than 52, researchers found those in all unmarried groups—cohabiting, divorced, separated, widowed and never married—had significantly higher odds of developing dementia than their married counterparts. The differences were most acute for those divorced, separated or widowed—about twice as prone as married people to develop dementia, with the men faring worse cognitively than the women.

Live Near Green Spaces to Stave Off Metabolic Syndrome Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighborhoods have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, reports research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in the journal Environmental Pollution. The study followed more than

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6,000 British adults in a cohort initially between ages 45 and 69 for 14 years, and correlated health records and interviews with satellite images of greenery. They found that exposure to green spaces seemed to help prevent metabolic syndrome and its individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats and hypertension. The results “could be related to better opportunities provided by green spaces to perform physical activity, as well as a decrease in exposure to air pollution,” notes Carmen de Keijzer, first author of the study. Women fared even better than men, perhaps because women may spend more time in green spaces.

Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health Women eating more onions and garlic reduced their risk of breast cancer by 59 percent compared to those that ate less of these, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico surveyed 660 women in Puerto Rico to measure their intake of onions and garlic, as well as sofrito, a local dish also cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and black pepper. Women that ate the onion- and garlic-rich sofrito sauce more than once a day slashed their risk of breast cancer by 67 percent compared to those that didn’t eat it. Both garlic and onions contain compounds with anticarcinogenic properties, and earlier studies have found a link between higher onion and garlic intake and fewer cancers of the lung, prostate and stomach. Puerto Rican women eat more onions and garlic than women in Europe and the U.S., mainly due to the popularity of those two ingredients in sofrito, and also have markedly lower breast cancer rates.

n effective, chemical-free, surgery-free way to rejuvenate and refresh your face and reduce wrinkles and sagging is available at American Regenerative Clinic in Bingham Farms. Thread lifting and Ultra V High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) face-lifts are less damaging, less expensive and more beneficial than surgical face-lifts. In a natural thread face-lift, tiny multi-strand, absorbable threads are injected to form a sort of scaffold to maximize activation of the patient’s own cells and collagen production. The sterile threads are of the highest quality and cause minimal pain when inserted. During threading procedure we often add injections of stem cells, PRP, fat, lipodissolve solutions, etc. Another effective technique, the Ultra V HIFU, represents a breakthrough in technology by using ultrasound that penetrates deeper than the surface layers of the skin to target Dr. Andrey connective tissues in the face, from Lutskovsky a drooping forehead to a sagging chin. Results can be seen with one treatment and can last for months to years. By applying one or both of these methods, facial skin is tightened and lifted, with a short recovery time and natural-looking result, making these youth-restoring options more and more popular among clients at American Regenerative Clinic. Dr. Andrey Lutskovsky, D.O. and certified functional medicine practitioner at American Regenerative Clinic, learned the thread and Ultra V HIFU face-lift techniques from Dr. Kwon. Dr. Kwon holds international acclaim for his techniques and products for aesthetic and antiaging medicine, which he has practiced and trained practitioners in for more than 20 years. He has a chain of Dermaster clinics all over the world. For more info, internet search "UltraV Lift." American Regenerative Clinic also partners with Elina Organics skincare products (, which are natural, organic, bio-energized and made in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The product line includes scrubs, elixirs, toners and more. For a limited time, Natural Awakenings readers can receive 15% off medical aesthetic services and 10% off skincare products purchased at the clinic. Look your best and give loved ones and friends a naturally refreshed complexion.

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global briefs

Trays Up

Air Meals May Get an Eco-Makeover

According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.

Money Talks

Climate Change Increases Banks’ Financial Risks

A collection of 18 papers published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco indicates that climate risks may cause home values to fall significantly; banks to stop lending to flood-prone communities; and towns to lose tax money needed to build seawalls and other protections. One recommendation is for regulators to penalize banks that lend money in areas that have been hit by disasters, yet have not taken steps to protect themselves against similar future disasters. Banks could also be rewarded by regulators for financing projects that leave communities less vulnerable to flooding or other hazards. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell wrote that the Fed takes “severe weather events” into account in its role as a financial supervisor. The San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, responsible for banking oversight across a major swath of the American West, wrote in March that volatility related to climate change has become “increasingly relevant” as a consideration for the central bank.

Uncowed by a Hurricane Cattle Survive Churning Sea

Three cows turned up at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina months after being swept out to sea by Hurricane Dorian. Local resident Paula D. O’Mally wrote on social media, “The cows are wild and have survived for decades without human intervention. They’re pretty tough that way.” A massive wave swept away nearly all 20 of the cows and 28 wild horses that were on private land on Cedar Island. The cows’ caretaker has identified them, and a group is formulating a plan to get the cattle back home. The rest, and all of the horses, are believed to have perished in the storm. 12

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Gender Gap

Sea Turtles Skew Female

Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while nests in the mid-80s create a gender mix. Temperatures higher than 87.8 degrees effect 100 percent females. In Cape Verde, the sand temperature has risen about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1964. Populations in Florida and Australia are also showing dramatic sex imbalances, casting the shadow of extinction over the ancient species. Sea turtles can live for 100 years and lay more than 1,000 eggs. They are polyamorous, and one male can fertilize dozens of females.

Rethinking Rice

Farmers Respond to Climate Change

Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.” January 2020


calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California. Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: n Eat a plant-based diet. n Stop eating when 80 percent full.

Living Long & Well Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics 14

reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan”—the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

Learning From the “Blue Zones”

In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner

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n Practice stress reduction techniques. n Find a sense of purpose. n Engage in physical activity throughout the day. n Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. n Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. n Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. n Share love and time with children, parents and partners.

Survival of the Fittest

Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s

attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 Finding fatty acids, while deInspiration creasing added sugars Smith, the septuageand sodium, all narian marathoner, help reduce our risk was inspired to make for life-shortening a change nearly 50 diseases. The plantyears ago when her based Mediterranean 3-year-old daughter diet consistently teased, “You can’t rises to the top for catch me!” during an its health-fortifying innocent game of tag. benefits. She knew she had to However, in conmake a change. trast to our Western She tried diet culture’s practice of pills, fad diets and eating until belt-bustother quick fixes, but Most people have something ing full, Blue Zone realized they were worthless. However, in their lives they can point Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating each evening Smith to for strength. until one is no longer tuned in to Gabe hungry, but stopping ~Betty Holston Smith Mirkin, a physician before feeling full. who hosted a nation “We know caloric restriction extends al radio program about health and fitness. life, ” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Following his advice, Smith began eatCore Faculty of Integrative and Functional ing a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasawhole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything dena. “But no one wants to do it, because in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor recommends She outlines the steps to her transformation intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change professor of nutrition at the Arizona State Herd. The first step—finding internal University College of Health Solutions, has strength—is the most important, she says. researched the impacts of both intermittent “Most people have something in their lives fasting and circadian rhythm on how our they can point to for strength.” bodies handle calories. In addition to running 60 to 100 She recommends a “prolonged nightmiles each week, Smith practices tai chi, ly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducmeditates and enjoys camaraderie with ing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help her running mates. She also has an upbeat

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proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteopenia based on preand post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

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maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres—the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent age-associated telomere shortening.

The Sleep Connection

Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and


Spending time in community, eating meals and going to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms, can lead to longevity.

in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young.

exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and

Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

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wise words

Bill Moyers on Covering Climate Now


by Julie Marshall

ill Moyers, an American icon of broadcast journalism, continues to inspire generations through his political commentary, documentaries and award-winning books, including the landmark 1988 PBS series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth. Beginning his career at 16 as a cub reporter in Marshall, Texas, he went on to earn more than 30 television Emmys, as well as prestigious career awards in film and television. Moyers announced his retirement in 2017 at the age of 83. However, this past spring, the journalist spoke at a Columbia Journalism Review conference, calling upon the nation’s reporters and news outlets to join the Covering Climate Now project in order to push a cohesive message of science and truth—that it’s not too late for our planet and all of its inhabitants, but first we all need to grasp what’s at stake.

When did you first hear of global warming?

Early in 1965. I was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and famous oceanographer Roger Revelle was a member of the White House science advisory committee. The scientific community had largely believed that we didn’t have to worry about carbon dioxide because the oceans would quickly absorb any excess. Revelle blew that consensus apart with his discovery that it was instead rising into the atmosphere—which meant slowly, then more swiftly turning up the temperature of the planet, as if the Earth

was now a vast furnace; warming oceans, melting Antarctica, rising seas.

What was your response?

A twinge of disbelief, a little shock. But this was no wild alarmist sitting at that table. Well, LBJ took science seriously. As president, he gave the green light for the first official report on the potential threat to humanity from rising CO2 levels. Go online to “Restoring the Quality of Our Environment—1965,” and read Appendix Y4—Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. He told us to distribute the report widely. One year later, his energy and attention and our resources were diverted to the war in Vietnam.

What prompted your sense of urgency now in taking the media specifically to task for its general lack of coverage of the climate crisis?

Reality. The hottest temperatures on record, fueled by greenhouse gas emissions. Hurricanes of extraordinary force and frequency. Floods, tornados, wildfires. Mass migration as a result of crop failures. A president who calls climate disruption a hoax. A cabinet and Congress protecting the profits of the fossil fuel industry. David Attenborough told the UN Climate Summit, in Poland, that we’re talking about “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.” But our corporate media was more obsessed with the new “royal” baby born in Britain.

What is the nature of the Covering Climate Now project?

Covering Climate Now is a big cooperative effort to tell the true story of what is happening and what we can do to change it—the story of fighting back against extinction, of coming to our senses. Our aim is to help beleaguered journalists and news organizations to abandon old habits, adopt best practices and overcome the usual obstacles—such as how to convince their own management to invest in better climate coverage and how to pay for it.

How crucial will the role of media be in influencing meaningful action on the most critical issue of our time?

Who else will sound the trumpet and be heard? We can take our readers, viewers and listeners to the ends of Earth, where oil palm growers and commodities companies are stripping away forests vital to carbon storage—and connect the dots. We can take them to the American Midwest, where this past spring’s crops brought despair and bankruptcy as farmers and their families were overwhelmed by floods—and connect the dots. And we can take them to Washington, D.C., and a government that scorns reality as fake news, denies the truths of nature and embraces a theocratic theology that welcomes catastrophe as a sign of the returning Messiah—and connect the dots.

What accounts for your own sense of urgency?

Photographs of my five grandchildren above my desk. Facts taped to the wall, like this one: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—an essentially conservative body—gives us 12 years to make the massive changes to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels. And something Roger Revelle said many years ago that is lodged in my head: “Earth’s our home. Let’s not burn it up.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based journalist and author. Connect at January 2020


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NATURAL HEALING FOR HANDS Getting a Grip on Pain by Marlaina Donato

York, initially guides her patients on an elimination diet to find dietary triggers like soy, corn, gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She also recommends a diet that is 70 percent plant-based and includes cold-pressed, solvent-free oils such as high-quality olive oil. Blum cautions against nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and white potatoes that can trigger osteoarthritis pain.

Exercise and Prevention.


ost of us take our hands for granted until buttoning a shirt or opening a jar becomes a daunting task. Getting a grip on that pain and loss of function with holistic solutions can be a game-changer. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as repetitive motion syndromes like carpal tunnel, are commonly linked to hand and wrist pain, and effective treatment relies on identifying the underlying cause. “Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed,” says Kiva Rose Hardin, a New Mexico-based herbalist and co-editor of Plant Healer Magazine. Carpal tunnel, for instance, is not always a repetitive injury syndrome; it can sometimes be triggered by endocrine imbalances such as hypothyroidism, she says. Susan Blum, M.D., author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally, agrees on both the role of inflammation and the importance of looking beyond the diagnosis itself. “Inflammation is a process in the body, an end result, and we have to go upstream, so to speak, to find triggers including stress, gut health, toxins and infections.” By finding the trigger, relief is within reach with non-surgical solutions and natural approaches such as physical therapy, specialized yoga, acupuncture, essential oils and inflammation-taming foods and herbs.

Gut Check. Factors like leaky gut syndrome, stress and inade-

quate nutrition can all kick inflammation into overdrive. The right dietary adjustments can go a long way toward putting on the brakes. “Inflammation from compromised gut health can contribute to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,” Blum notes. “Abdominal fat releases inflammatory molecules into the joints, so metabolic syndrome should [also] be looked at as a factor in osteoarthritis.” The simplest place to begin is to pay attention to food quality, she says. “Choose whole foods high in nutrients and fiber; eliminate all processed food; read labels to spot hidden sugars and food dyes.” Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New


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Improper posture can set off a domino effect from neck to fingertips, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and other troublesome conditions. Prevention can go a long way. “Stretching and strengthening are the best ways to prevent injury or pain,” says physiotherapist Kelly Picciurro, of Spring Forward Physical Therapy, in New York City. Picciurro emphasizes exercise for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. “It’s vital that these patients maintain a certain level of mobility, and [physical therapy] can improve that.” Those with repetitive strain injuries also respond well to gentle yoga postures like tree pose, upward hands and upward fingers. In general, yoga helps upper body muscles support and align the hands, wrists and elbows.

Snuffing Out Pain. Acupuncture, especially with a focus on pos-

tural muscles of the neck and back, can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. Hot and cold treatments can bring relief for arthritis flareups. Circulation and resulting improved cell nutrition can be achieved by employing heat via showers, baths and heating pads. For acute pain, cold from an ice bag or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel for 20-minute intervals reduces swelling by reducing circulation and dulling pain signals. Pain-reducing herbs such as cat’s claw, aloe vera, green tea, ginger, borage oil and chili pepper can all help fight systemic inflammation. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is also a heavy hitter. Blum recommends at least 1,000 milligrams daily of curcumin that is formulated with pepper or a phospholipid for optimal absorption. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the combination of curcumin and black pepper can repress inflammation signals in the intestines. Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, Roman and German chamomile, lavender and balsam fir are also effective in reducing pain, and have anti-inflammatory properties. A few drops can be added to Epsom salts for a bath or diluted and rubbed onto the area three times daily. Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.” The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant

RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future


by Yvette C. Hammett

ducators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using hands-on lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. “You hope students can translate passion into intellectual curiosity on these subjects and develop the expertise so they can go beyond being an activist to being an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College, also serves as its director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. While K-12 environmental education still has no specific niche in curriculum, according to a case study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, numerous groups and educators are working to ensure the next generation is prepared for the environmental challenges it will certainly face. Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing 20

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We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment. ~Robert Sendrey

and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw campaign, educating the public about the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sector—especially on air and water quality.

A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community. ~Aaron Baker “If you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollution—acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,” says Walz. “If we weren’t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldn’t even be a thing.” The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. “For them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.” They don’t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. “I think they appreciate the issue,” Walz says of the students. “Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

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GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System by Julie Peterson


educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.

Ground Zero: The Gut

About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, 22

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salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes that fought inflammation were harmed by additives. According to the research, “Permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system.” And of course, be wary of sugars. Anything that turns into sugar in the system—think carbs like refined bread products and pasta, not just sweets—is an immune-depressing culprit, says Heather Tynan, a naturopathic doctor at Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. “The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.” Saturated fats also alter immune cells, disrupting their functions and triggering inflammation. Getting away from processed food cravings can be a challenge, because the foods provide a temporary energy boost. Dorothy Calimeris, of Oakland, California, a certified health coach and author of three anti-inflammatory cookbooks, suggests that cravings mean the body needs something, but it may be rest or water. “By focusing on eating higher-quality nutrients, we can limit and eventually eliminate the cravings.”

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at

IMMUNE-BOOSTING RECIPES Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.

Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead.

Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.

Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Lentil Stew

In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat.

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth

Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add

Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods. Yields: 4 to 6 servings


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1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer. Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g; total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf. Also visit

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Why Less Is Sometimes More


by Marlaina Donato

xercise is a proven component in losing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but not all exercise regimens yield the same results for everyone, especially when daily stress is a factor. While workouts are often intended to reduce the body’s physiological response to mental and emotional stress, exercise itself can serve as a physical stressor that exacerbates the problem. This delicate balance revolves around the stress hormone cortisol. While cortisol is needed to kickstart metabolism and burn fat, too much of it can increase the body’s fat stores. Stephanie Mansour, host of Step It Up With Steph, a weekly TV fitness program in Chicago, sees this correlation in her private practice for women. “Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If one of my clients is stressed-out, sleepdeprived, overworked and doing intense workouts but not seeing weight-loss results, that’s a signal that cortisol is potentially too high and needs to be addressed.”

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Fat-burning, high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—bursts of exercise with minimal periods of rest in between—raises levels of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a workout, but can remain on overdrive if HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity movement. Add jam-packed schedules to the mix, and the side effects of chronically elevated cortisol result not only in longer recovery time, but insomnia, fatigue, low immunity and failure to lose weight, especially around the midsection—a phenomenon that has earned cortisol the nickname “the belly fat hormone”. Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, elliptical training, swimming or walking can help to reset the nervous system and bring the rest of the body back up to speed.

Cortisol-Conscious Workouts Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way

we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. ~Stephanie Mansour Mixing It Up

Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology

of breathing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.” Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone n Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained n Irritability or aggression: growling/hissing or biting without cause These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.

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WHEN OLDER PETS GET QUIRKY Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome


by Julie Peterson

s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion. With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Prevention on the Horizon

n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, species-specific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega-3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.”

n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking

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Signs to Watch For

Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Palmer Woods Young Birders Walk – 8-10am. Detroit Audubon has launched a monthly bird walk specifically for birders between the ages 12-18, led by our own experienced young birders, Jessica Decker and Travis Kaye. Free. 910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. Register: 4th Annual New Year, New You! Wellness Expo – 8am-1pm. The expo runs concurrently with the Saturday morning market indoor market. Free; $10/ VIP. Royal Oak Farmers’ Market, 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak. Elmwood Cemetery Walk – 9-11am. This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery, among the top “must-see” historic sites in Detroit. Great for beginning birders, young birders, or anyone just trying to get outside and explore a new part of the city. Free. 1200 Elmwood St, Detroit. Register: Creating Mindfulness in the New Year – 12:302pm. Learn easy and practical techniques to apply mindfulness to your everyday life. Topics include

meditation, journaling, mantras and more. $45. The Detroit Writing Room, 1514 Washington Blvd, Ste 203, Detroit.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Get Healthy in 2020 on a Plant-Based Diet – 7pm. Dr Joel Kahn will discuss the growing medical research showing the ability of a plant-based diet to halt and reverse some of the major chronic diseases. He will also show you how to get started on living your best life. Plus, enjoy a free plant-based food tasting. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Heights.

Healthy Habits – 1:30-3pm. This 3-wk workshop is designed to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It combines health information on nutrition, meal planning, stress management and developing an exercise plan to form healthy habits for life. Free. Ascension Riverview Wellness Center, 7633 E Jefferson Ave, Pav II, Detroit. Pre-registration required. 866-501-3627 or Ascension-Mi. Free Cooking Class: Bean Vegetable Stew – 6:30pm. Learn how to make a vegetable bean stew that is full of fiber, protein and antioxidant-rich vegetables. Better Health Market, 44427 Ann Arbor Rd Ste E, Plymouth.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 The Morning Spark – 8-9am. Start your day and month with great networking and a fabulous breakfast. Everyone welcome. Free to attend. Wild Birds Unlimited, 19093 West Rd, Woodhaven. 734-2846000.



New Year, New Me: Healthy Eating Habits and Gut Health – 5:30-8:30pm. With Sylmara Chatman, MD, of The Center for Functional Health and Wellness. Learn more about digestive health, healthy eating habits and so much more. Free. 17603 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield.

Free Cooking Class: Bean Vegetable Stew – 6:30pm. Learn how to make a vegetable bean stew that is full of fiber, protein and antioxidant-rich vegetables. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Ave, Novi.

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Stardust at the Senate: David Bowie Tribute Party – 7pm. Highlights include Bowie-inspired artwork, live organ tribute on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and a theater full of the best-dressed David Bowie-loving people. $10. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 313894-0850. More info:

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MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Introduction to Training in Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Release, Self-Hypnosis & Beyond – 7-9pm. With Vince Anthony Pitre. $25. Center for the Healing Arts & Massage, Spirit Forge Complex, Bldg E in the back, 38245 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Michigan Business Coffee Networking – 8:3010am. Join us to have coffee, meet others in the community, business professionals. The event is free to attend we just ask that you purchase a drink. All food and drink 25% off, just mention you’re there for the event. Just Love Coffee Café, 49453 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Charter Township. Wellness for Writers Workshop – 12-1pm. With Elizabeth Ann Atkins. Learn how to craft a wellness lifestyle that revs you into your genius writing zone. $20. The Detroit Writing Room, 1514 Washington Blvd, Ste 203, Detroit. Medicinal Herbs Class: Intermediate – Wednesdays, Jan 15-Mar 4. 6-8pm. Ideal for those who have taken the 1st level class or have some background and/or experience with herbs and their safe and effective usages. Gain more understanding of a wider variety of herbs and their historical use for a different conditions and preparation methods. Supplemented with online information. Certificate awarded upon completion. Instructor: Jesse R. Brown, ND, and assistants. $295. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313-538-5433.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Medicinal Herbs Class – Jan 16-Mar 5. 6-8pm. Learn about the history of herbs including which are the best herbs to use, how they are prepared and where to find them. Ideal for those who are new to herbs or have done some self-study and want to learn and apply them for themselves and their loved ones safely and effectively. $295. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313-5385433.


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Marketing Your Business Workshop – 9:3011:30am. Presented by Marc Trail. Learn how to effectively market your business to increase sales and profits. Learn how to develop a coordinated marketing plan to reach your target market. Understand how marketing interrelates with all areas of your company’s operations. $20. SWCRC Office, 20904 Northline Rd, Taylor. Space limited; register:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Point Mouillee Field Trip – 9-11am. We may spot Snowy Owls, Northern Harriers, Canvasback Ducks,


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Short-eared Owls and more. $15/member, $25/nonmember. More info & to register: Soapmaking 101 – 10am-1pm. Learn to make soap the traditional way, using a method called Cold Process. Get safety tips as well as a beginner’s Cold Process soap recipe. The Garden Bug, 18901 Grand River Ave, Detroit. More info & to register:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Meditation for Beginners: Isha Kriya Yoga – 4-5pm. Rooted in the timeless wisdom of the yogic sciences, Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent process created by yogi and mystic, Sadhguru. Isha Kriya is free, simple, and easy to practice. Free. Northville District Library, 215 W Cady St, Northville.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 Introduction to Training in Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Release, Self-Hypnosis & Beyond – 7-9pm. With Vince Anthony Pitre. $25. Center for the Healing Arts & Massage, Spirit Forge Complex, Bldg E in the back, 38245 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Little Caesars Arena Building Tour – 12:30-2pm. With USGBC Detroit Region. Learn about the sustainable building features and how LEED silver certification was achieved. A special lunch will be provided as well as an opportunity to network with the Detroit area sustainability community. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Managing Stress with Good Nutrition – 7-8pm. Jamie Memering, of Healthy Living Revolution Michigan, will share how to manage stress and improve your overall health with whole food nutrition. Holiday Inn & Suites Farmington Hills - Detroit NW, 33103 Hamilton Crt, Farmington Hills.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 A Weekend on Herbs Class – Jan 25-26. Ideal for those who have some familiarity with herbs and want to learn more. Covers the historic safe and effective uses of herbs with particular attention to herbs that you can put to use right away. Will also address preparation methods and the different application methods of herbs such as teas, tinctures and ointments. $295. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313-538-5433. Health & Wellness Extravaganza – 10am-2pm. Includes classes for all ages, nutritional interactive workshops, vendors and more. Gerry Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois, Ferndale. Ketogenic Diet – 12pm. How to transition from “Live to Eat” to “Eat To Live” in a few short days. Free. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River Ave, Novi. Chakras and Crystals: Crystal Energy and Your Body – 2-3:30pm. Learn how to feel the 7 main energy centers of your body and how they can help you identify the cause of emotional and physical dis-ease. Hands-on program. Presented by Inge and Nadia of Expanding Spirits in Ferndale. Free. Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

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sunday ECK Light and Sound Service –10-11am. 2nd Sun. Dominican Center at Marywood, Lower Level, 2025 E Fulton St, Rm 4, Grand Rapids. 248-546-9224.

Slow Flow Yoga – 11:30am. All-level practice offering an enjoyable balance between movement and stillness that encourages deeper feelings of calm, stress release and relaxation. A blend of guided flowing sequence of postures. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate.

monday Sunrise Flow – 7-7:45am. Gentle vinyasa that intentionally opens and challenges the sometimes sleepy and stiff morning body. Citizen Yoga Studio, 1224 Library St, Detroit. 313-502-5450. Let’s Meditate Detroit: Free Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. With Sahaja Yoga Meditation we generally sit on chairs to achieve yoga, effortlessly and spontaneously. As such no asanas (exercises) are required, no mat or special clothing. Campbell Library, 8733 Vernor Hwy, Detroit. 315-390-0278. Yoga with Jane – 7-8pm. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.

tuesday Chair Yoga – 10am. With Holy Yoga Detroit. Free. Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood, Ste 213, Detroit. 313-437-1549. Therapeutic Yoga – 10am. All levels. Perfect for those with back problems, healing injuries, inflexibility, weak abs or back muscles, stress, fatigue, overweight, depression and arthritic conditions. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. Family Yoga – 11am-12pm. With Holy Yoga Detroit. All ages welcome. Free. Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood, Ste 213, Detroit. 313437-1549. Parent-to-Parent Support Group – 12-1:30pm. 3rd Tues. Also 6-7:30, 4th Thurs. For parents and caregivers of children, adolescents and young adults.

The Sound of Soul: Experience Singing HU – 7-8pm. Eckankar, 320 E 4th St, Royal Oak.

friday Blend – 7-7:45am. Combines the flow of vinyasa with the guided challenge of slow burn. The pace of this class moves from some self-guided warm-ups into long-held postures that slow the body, focus the mind, and work toward a well-earned savasana. Citizen Yoga Studio, 1224 Library St, Detroit. 313502-5450.

Sunday Service – 10am. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.

Dance Meditation Technique – 10am-12pm. This 90-min, un-choreographed, whole-being workout is a drug-free, scientific technique and art for transforming tension into creativity. $10. Detroit Kung Fu Academy, 1353 Division, Ste 3E, Detroit. 248-910-3351.

Heartfulness Meditation – 7-8pm. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.

Candlelight Yin Yoga – 6pm. With Rae Golematis. A slow-paced, meditative yoga practice, where postures are held longer than in most other yoga traditions. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. An open, welcoming group providing dialogue and peer support. Free. The Children’s Center, 90 Selden, Detroit.

wednesday Cooking Matters – 10:30am-12pm. Help end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy and affordable food choices. Program to teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Free. Brilliant Detroit Cody Rouge, 7425 Fielding St, Detroit. RSVP: 313-406-3275. ArtBlock Yoga – 6-7pm. Last Wed. Free yoga in the new art-infused space, ArtBlock. 1411 Holden St, Detroit. 313-871-4000 x 3. The Sound of Soul: Experience Singing HU – 7-8pm. 3rd Wed. Dominican Center at Marywood, Lower Level, 2025 E Fulton St, Rm 4, Grand Rapids. 248-546-9224.

thursday Better Backs Yoga – 12pm. All levels. We explore different variations and styles of classic hatha yoga postures. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. Parent-to-Parent Support Group – 6-7:30pm, 4th Thurs. For parents and caregivers of children, adolescents and young adults. An open, welcoming group providing dialogue and peer support. Free. The Children’s Center, 90 Selden, Detroit. Wellness Workouts – 6:30pm. Customized fitness programs adaptable for all fitness abilities including body weight, core strengthening, cardio conditioning, HITT and exercise ball lead. Targets upper and lower body issues, create muscle balance and help increase energy. $10; first class free. Wellness Center of Plymouth, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. RSVP: 734-454-5600.

saturday Saturday in the Park – 9am-3:30pm. Six miles of Hines Dr will be closed from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive for the public of all ages to enjoy running, walking, skating or cycling safely on a traffic-free road. Free. Parking available at Nankin Mills & Helms Haven Park. Hines Park, 33275 Edward Hines Dr, Westland. 734-261-1990. Yoga in the Gardens – 9:30-10:30am. Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit through easy yoga moves guided by instructor Connie Fedel of Taylor Yoga. All levels welcome. $10. Taylor Conservatory, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 888-383-4108. Fight + Surrender (Cardio + Yoga) – 11am-12pm. With Holy Yoga Detroit. Free. Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood, Ste 213, Detroit. 313437-1549. Posture & Movement – 12pm. Every other Sat. Learn hands-on with Hannah. Strengthening of posture daily functions, proper movement patterns with daily activities & workouts to prevent injury. Proper breathing. Ergonomics of sitting, standing, lifting/bending and work stations to prevent injuries during your day or during sports. Wellness Center of Plymouth, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. RSVP: 734-454-5600. Optimal Health & Healing – 12pm.Every other Sat. What does your nervous system have to do with health & immunity? Learn how to take your health to the next level naturally with Dr. Elizabeth Sisk. Free. Wellness Center of Plymouth, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. RSVP: 734-454-5600.

Gong Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Gong meditation/ sound therapy is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing, insight, relaxation, stress and tension relief and so much more. $20.

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36616 Plymouth Rd, Livonia 734-469-9149 With a B.A. from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a certification in acupuncture from The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing, Aaron Li received the teaching from Chinas' leading acupuncturist Dr. Hu Guang, the primary researcher of Tung's Extraordinary Points: stress, allergies, sinus congestion, depression, infertility, asthma, trouble sleeping, irritable bowel, smoking cessation, fatigue, headaches, migraines, and chronic pains including, but not limited to; feelings of numbing, tingling, burning, cold, hallow, stingy in any skeletal-muscular area of body, and many more ailments. Imagine feeling lighter, energetic and motivated. Wake up refreshed, with a smile on your face and joy in your Heart!  We help you become the best you possible with acupuncture!


2939 1st St • Wyandotte • 734-324-1168 1311 N. Main St • Clawson • 248-278-6081 Alternative and holistic healing specializing in natural chinese therapies: acupuncture, massage, cupping, DDS therapy, colon hydrotherapy, foot detox and more. Multiple locations to better serve you. Make an appointment today. See ad, page 3.


Dr. William H. Karl, DC, Certified Wellness Doctor Dr. Jacob H. Karl, DC, Applied Kinesiologist 30935 Ann Arbor Trl, Westland 734-425-8220 •

WELLNESS CENTER OF PLYMOUTH Dr. Elizabeth Sisk, DC 1075 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth 734-454-5600

The Wellness Center of Plymouth provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to health and wellness. The cornerstone of health is balanced body systems, and our 5 pillars – Chiropractic Care, Laser Therapy, Massage, Weight Loss and Nutrition – work together to bring your body into an optimal state of balance. Reclaim life and vitality by eliminating pain, disease and stress. See ad, page 9.

EDUCATION WHOLISTIC TRAINING INSTITUTE 20954 Grand River Ave, Detroit 313-255-6155


Discover a Healer in You. Make a Healthy Living and Better the Life of Others. State of Michigan-licensed school offering professional certifications for the following alternative health practices: naturopathy, homeopathy, herbology, reflexology, colon hydrotherapy, iridology and many more. Find us on Facebook! Twitter: @WholisticGuru. See ad, page 7.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE AMERICAN REGENERATIVE CLINIC 31000 Telegraph Rd., Suite 140 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 248-876-4242

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. See ads, pages 11 and 19.

Holistic caring team of chiropractic doctors will help you return to health through gentle chiropractic, nutrition, weight loss/detoxification programs, natural hormone balancing/pain management, whole-food supplements, homeopathic/herbal remedies, allergy elimination techniques, applied kinesiology, Zyto bio-communication technology and advanced healing modalities including Erchonia’s newest cold laser and pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy (PEMF). See ad, page 15.


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HOLISTIC HEALING DETROIT WHOLISTIC CENTER Dr. Jesse Brown, ND 20944 Grand River Ave, Detroit 313-538-5433

Wholistic health services, colon hydrotherapy, reflexology, massage, body wraps, iridology, aqua-chi footbaths and consultations in nutrition and wellness. Colon-cleansing herbal products such as Turkey Rhubarb herbal combination formula and Reneu’ by First Fitness. Lose weight wholistically, relieve constipation and bloating, improve your energy and skin and more. See ad, page 7.

UNITING MEDICINE AND PSYCHOLOGY 26771 West 12 Mile Rd Ste 110, Southfield

DIANE CULIK, MD 855-669-9355 855-NOW-WELL


Comprehensive medical, integrative, nutritional and mental health care; natural therapy for thyroid and hormones, detox, weight loss, autoimmune conditions; functional medicine including gluten- and food- sensitivity testDiane ing, DNA Genomic Wellness; ad dress underlying causes of fatigue, fibromyalgia and natural pain management options; psychotherapy for all emotional and physical problems for individuals and couples; meditation and mindfulness-based approaches to Steven wellness and longevity; The No Withdrawal-Sinclair Method “Cure for Alcoholism” (


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PSYCHIC MEDICAL INTUITIVE HEALING UNIVERSAL ENERGY HEALING & MASSAGE THERAPY FOR WOMEN Christine Bridges 580 Forest Ave., Suite 3C, Plymouth 734-934-7271 By appointment only

Psychic medical intuitive healer with “X-ray vision hands”. Clients that may benefit from her work, includes anyone suffering from an “itis” (arthritis, colitis, etc.), old injuries, anxiety, depression, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADD, ADHD, autism, OCD, sleep concerns, overly stressed, inability to conceive, or miscarriages, babies, unexplained weight-gain or loss, inability to quit (smoking, drinking, abusing yourself), chronic fatigue, energy maintenance for balance, chronic diseases, including cancer and autoimmune disorders. See ad on page 24.


Kristi Holmes, Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist 689 N Mill St Ste#103 Plymouth 248-872-3042 (Call or Text) From head to toe, anxiety to vertigo, reflexology can help. Reflexology is a science, acknowledged by the National Institute of Health, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and the feet that correspond with every gland, organ and part of the body. I received my initial Certification in hands and feet from Branch Reflexology Institute before going on to receive my National Board Certification. I am privileged to work with a variety of clients—men, women and children of all ages and the results I see from reflexology both personally and professionally continue to amaze me.



AMERICAN REGENERATIVE CLINIC 31000 Telegraph Rd., Suite 140 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 248-876-4242

Dr. Andrey uses Stem Cell Therapy, PRP, Prolotherapy and Ten Pass Ozone Therapy to restore the body’s function, heal damaged tissues. He successfully performs innovative aesthetic procedures to return patients youth without surgery. See ads, pages 11 and 19.


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Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800 acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.


Offering speaking engagements (including keynote addresses), private sessions, classes, online live webinars, radio shows, video casts and more. Leslie speaks from a place of joy, wisdom and giggles! Leslie, MS, is a Sacred Sexual Healer and Transformational Guide—a leading educator and coach of sacred sexuality and tantra in the U.S. See website and send email to learn more.


248-924-2413 Modern and traditional chiropractic and science-based nutrition. Confidential, extensive blood panels and lab testing. Determine scientific nutritional support for your health issues, privately. No insurance notification. ChiroThin weight-loss provider.

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Natural Awakenings of Detroit / Wayne & Monroe Counties - January 2020 Issue  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...

Natural Awakenings of Detroit / Wayne & Monroe Counties - January 2020 Issue  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...