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he expert acupuncturists at Livonia Acupuncture approach every patient’s condition with thoughtful and thorough treatment plans to ensure holistic and long-term relief. Guantong (Lucky Aaron) Li, RAc, OMD, says, “Let us help you enjoy your life to the fullest! Acupuncture Guantong (Lucky Aaron) Li is one of the oldest medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective, providing relief to patients of many health issues without the side effects of traditional Western medicine and prescription drugs.” Problems with digestion and our gastrointestinal system from bloating to cramping to more serious diagnoses such as IBS and colitis can be both embarrassing and painful. Problems with digestion can also indicate much more serious problems such as ulcers, infections, allergies, intolerances and inflammation, among others. Many studies have found that acupuncture can be a useful tool in finding relief from such conditions. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Li obtained certification in acupuncture from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences-Beijing in 2009 and studies with China’s leading acupuncturist, Dr. Hu Guang, the primary researcher of Tung’s Extraordinary Points. Location: 33919 Plymouth Rd., Livonia. For appointments and more information, call 734237-8656 or visit See ad page 30.

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Wellness Events from Midwest Women’s Herbal


he Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference is celebrating its 10th year of service to the healing and herbal communities of women. To start the celebration, the In Our Hands: Women’s Wellness Series will be held February 13 through April 25 with six amazing instructors and a deep dive into wellness and self-care. With Restorative Yoga for Every Body with Mary Bue being offered before each workshop, this rejuvenating experience is not to be missed. The impressive lineup of instructors include Ruth Barrett, Linda Conroy, Cornelia Cho, Dominique Christina, Mary Lou Singleton and Mimi Hernandez; find them sharing their wisdom virtually. The 10th anniversary Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Healing the Earth, the People and the Plants, will be held online on May 7, 8 and 9, with keynote speaker Rosemary Gladstar and many other outstanding herbalists and healers. Participants will enjoy a healing community and rich learning environments as well as an artisan marketplace and more. There are six sessions, and women can participate in one session or the entire series. Early conference registration discount is available until Apr. 1. Win a complimentary weekend pass to the 2021 virtual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference on May 7-9. Register by May 1 at: win-tickets. For more information or to register, visit MidwestWomen See ad on page 27. February 2021


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egMichigan and Northville District Library will present Get Healthy with Plant-Based Nutrition by Chantal Singer, a registered dietitian nutritionist for St. Joseph Mercy Health System’s Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute, teaching plant-based eating and lifestyle medicine as part of the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab program, from 7 to 8 p.m., February 23. The largest vegan nonprofit organization in the state, VegMichigan is an inclusive organization focused on promoting the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. They work to educate the public about how to be healthy, kind and sustainable by offering a wide range of activities for learning and socializing. Admission is free. Register and join the Zoom meeting at j/81740040124?pwd=VFFocnFPUmhHdlZtMzRMOWs2SVpWdz09, Meeting ID: 817 4004 0124, Passcode: 409403. For more information, call the library at 248-349-3020.

HeartTalk Detroit on Healthy Eating and Childhood Obesity


n engaging webinar regarding healthy eating and childhood obesity will be presented in collaboration with The American Heart Association, Great Lakes Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and McLaren Health Care from 3 to 4:30 p.m., February 19. The interactive panel discussion will focus on creating healthy eating habits and understanding the potential effects of childhood obesity. Attendees will learn about healthy foods and cooking methods that will also appeal to kids, helping them understand that good food can also be good for us. Panelists include Maxcel Hardy, celebrity chef and owner of JEDs Detroit and COOP Detroit; Dr. Jamila Taylor, of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; and Dr. Preston Thomas, primary care physician at McLaren Health Care. The moderator is Dr. Tara Scott, owner of the Foot & Heel Pain Institute of Michigan. Digital devices and junk food are easily accessible, and it’s easy to understand why childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America, further compounded where accessing fresh food and produce is a challenge. As a result, today’s generation of children may have a greater risk of experiencing long-term negative health consequences. Admission is free. Register by Feb. 17 at

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oTERRA wellness advocate Dawn Beneteau will present an Essential Oil Workshop at 7 p.m. on February 2, March 2 and April 6 to teach about using effective natural solutions for health. Each month will feature three different projects. All supplies are provided. Masks are required and seating is limited to 10 guests. Facebook or online workshops can also be arranged. Beneteau says, “We are all overexposed to chemicals, toxins and artificial ingredients on a daily basis that compromises our health and wellness. I love sharing information that

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empowers people to take control of their own health care, reduce their toxic load and create a wellness focused lifestyle.”

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Conquer Mental Obstacles with Hypnosis in Oak Park


At American Regenerative Clinic, we are proud to announce that we now offer Extracorporeal Blood Ozonation, Oxygenation, and Filtration (EBOO)—We are the only Midwest location to offer it!

ertified Hypnotherapist Timothy Mile, owner of Happiness Now Hypnosis, provides professional hypnotherapy to help people with problems such as stress, anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, fears and phobias. He also helps people to stop smoking, reduce weight and can help to resolve eating disorders with hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy presumes that we all possess the ability to change how we think and feel, and through hypnosis can heal ourselves, Mile uses hypnotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) as well as other therapeutic modalities to bring about positive outcomes. All sessions are strictly confidential and progress at a speed comfortable for the patient. Clients also receive a CD recording. NLP encompasses the three most influential components of human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people, and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming incorporates the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro), language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).

The results of using ozone therapy, Dr. Andrey Lutskovsky especially systemic ozone, in treating illness and infection are well documented. While several other methods of ozone therapy are available, EBOO offers the most efficient treatment in the world to date.

An initial phone consultation is free. Location: 25900 Greenfield Rd. Ste. 201, Oak Park. For appointments and more information, call 248-234-1891 or visit

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New Wellness Products from HAUS of Healthy Living


AUS of Healthy Living, (formerly Exhalation Integrative Wellness), a holistic, natural health and healing center that features integrated care, social service/justice and activism, is having a presale of their Balance, Nourish and Thrive products. The Balance product family naturally enhances both deep resting and the immune response, supports the nervous system and boosts brain function. The Nourish product family contains

EBOO procedure includes using a dialysis filter to clean blood from the debris of destroyed germs, heavy metals, fungus, etc., and to ozonate the blood in stages. Blood is drawn from one patient’s vein, going through the filter, gets ozonated, and then reintroduced into the patient via another vein. The entire process happens within a closed system to eliminate the possibility of contamination in just under 1 hour! There is practically no contraindications for the procedure. No Herxheimer’s reaction was reported. Patients are able to drive home. Most of them feel better just after the first procedure. Average number of recommended procedures per course is 3-4, once a week. It could be repeated every 3-6 months, depending on course of disease. It could be used not only for treatment, but also for improving daily wellbeing and even athletic performance.

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news briefs high-potency mineralizing herbs that help oxygenate the blood and expel toxic build-up, encouraging alkalinity and supporting deep nourishment and higher enzymatic function. The Thrive product family comprises custom and condition specific blends formulated to address a client’s individual needs. Owner Karla Mitchell, ND, says, “Our practice is where education and experience meet innate intelligence.” They combine multiple disciplines and natural health tools to create diverse approaches to drug­‐free therapy that elevate mind, body and spirit wellness. “Our holistic approach to healing and wellness helps to increase client awareness of the conditions within their total­being; thus leading to a more healthy lifestyle. We consider all elements of lifestyle, including diet, exercise and nutrition; as well as overall physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being.” Location:18930 Greenfield Rd., Detroit. For more information, call 313-744-2747 or visit

Lottie Spady to Speak on Earth Justice and Herbalism


ottie Spady and the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) are holding a free webinar, Herbalism in Detroit: Organizing, Self-Care, Social Justice and Media Narratives, with Lottie V. Spady, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., February 16, via Zoom. Spady, a food, environment and media justice activist who blogs at Earthseed Detroit, says, “My plan is to discuss/show how myself and others in Detroit are using herbalism for what may perhaps be innovative approaches to anti-violence work, environmental justice education, to push back against corporate polluting and to teach media deconstruction and accountability, all while empowering community members to make their own herbal medicines and grow medicinal plants.” Anyone can join the AHG and access this and more than 80 webinar recordings in the archive. Admission is free. For more information, visit AmericanHerbalists 12

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aturalista Life will present a Vegan Health and Beauty Expo with award-winning actress Kimberly Elise on March 27 and 28 at the TCF Center. The expo will feature plant-based nutrition, vegan cooking demos, urban gardening, fitness and yoga demos, DIY sessions and guest speakers on topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, natural hair and body care. There will be an array of natural products, and smart Kimberly Elise apparel to shop. Elise will discuss natural living. Attendees will meet wholistic health practitioners, experience healing bodywork sessions, receive a reading, shop at local artisan and fair trade product booths, learn how to cook plant-based meals and try delicious plant-based meals, learn hands-on how to grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs, or even enjoy a fitness or yoga class. Admission is $20 for the weekend or $15 for one day ($5 off for online advance purchase). Location: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Tickets: Tinyurl. com/NaturalistaLifeExpo. For more details, visit

Soap Making 101 Workshop with Niema Stone


iema Stone, of Soapstone Soaps, will present a Soap Making 101 workshop on February 15 at The Garden Bug. Participants will learn the craft of making natural handmade soap the traditional way, using the cold process method. The class includes Niema Stone safety tips, a beginner’s soap recipe, a demonstration and directions to make a one-pound batch of scented and colored soap. It will review soap ingredients including oils and butters, and most importantly, lye safety. Each student will receive a pack of handouts with recipes, ingredients and soap-making instructions. They should dress in an old long-sleeved shirt, jeans or sweats and bring rubber gloves, a face mask and goggles. Stone says, “I have always been intrigued with creating natural handmade products. I have 20 types of soap scents ranging from unscented to scented, and four different types of body butters. I think, eat and sleep soap! This is my passion, and I am excited to share that passion with you!” Location: 18901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Register at Soapmaking101Workshop. For more information, call 313-530-5296 or visit and

health briefs

Consider Melatonin to Lower COVID-19 Risk

Government Updates Risks of Amalgam Fillings

Melatonin, a hormonal sleep aid that can be purchased for a few dollars at local pharmacies, appears to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 30 percent, report researchers from the Cleveland Clinic. Among African Americans, a group disproportionately impacted by the virus, the risk was reduced by 52 percent. For the study, published in PLOS Biology, researchers used artificial intelligence to compare the host genes and proteins of the novel coronavirus to those of 64 other diseases across a range of categories. They found 34 drugs for possible repurposing, then combed through 27,000 patient records to find which drugs had in fact lowered the risk of contracting the virus. “We’re excited about these results and to study that connection more, but large-scale observational studies and randomized controlled trials are essential to confirm what we’ve found here,” says lead researcher Feixiong Cheng.

In updated guidelines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that dental amalgam fillings may cause health problems for some high-risk groups because of mercury vapor leaks. Among those advised to avoid amalgams, which contain mercury, silver, copper and tin, are pregnant women; women that plan to become pregnant or are nursing; children, especially those under the age of 6; and those with kidney problems or preexisting neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Over time, amalgams can release small amounts of mercury vapor, depending on how extensively people grind their teeth or chew gum and how old the filling is, studies show. It’s a more cautious tone for the FDA, which along with the American Dental Association, has long maintained that amalgams are safe, a finding disputed by health advocates. Mindful of health and aesthetics, patients are increasingly opting for tooth-colored resin composites. Nearly half of all U.S. dentists no longer use mercury, and its use is being legally phased out in more than a dozen countries.

Use Glass Baby Bottles to Avoid Microplastic Particles Polypropylene baby bottles­—which comprise 82 percent of the global baby bottle market—release an “extraordinary” number of microplastic particles, reports a new study by Trinity College Dublin. In a study published in Nature Food, which covered 48 regions worldwide, researchers found that flexible plastic baby bottles release as many as 16.2 million particles per liter. “A study last year by the World Health Organization estimated adults would consume between 300 and 600 microplastics a day—our average values were on the order of a million or millions,” study co-author John Boland told The Guardian. He called for more studies to understand the implications, saying the researchers were “absolutely gobsmacked” by the numbers. The microplastics are released when heated liquid is used to sterilize the bottles and to dissolve powdered formula and when the bottle is shaken to dissolve the powder. The higher the water temperature, the greater the release of particles. Polypropylene bottles have a “5” on the recycling symbol on the bottom. February 2021


Live a HeartHealthy Lifestyle Integrative Cardiologists on Preventing Heart Disease

Los Angeles restauranteur and musician Gianni Neiviller, 54, is such a case. When he found holistic cardiologist Cynthia Thaik three years ago, he had already endured four major surgeries for gut illnesses; was suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression; and was heavily abusing alcohol and marijuana. Thaik ordered tests that uncovered sleep apnea, and she encouraged him to turn to an all-organic diet, take vitamin and mineral supplements, exercise and practice mindfulness and meditation. “At first it was all fairly hard, but as I started losing the pounds, my mind became more clear, and little by little, it all started getting a bit easier,” Neiviller says. He lost 86 pounds within a year, got sober and ceased taking blood pressure medication and using a sleep apnea machine. He now walks six miles a day; practices a hybrid regimen of qigong, yoga and meditation; and is switching to a holistic health career. “When people try to push my buttons, they rarely succeed these days,” he smiles. Rebounding into vibrant health is what integrative cardiologists like Devries and Thaik strive for. Also known as preventive or holistic cardiologists, they focus on guiding patients to change long-held, harmful, physical and emotional practices. Although they are comparatively few in number—probably no more than 100 nationally—these doctors are vocal and influential, imparting valuable advice about preventing and reversing heart disease through daily lifestyle choices.

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ardiology has made mind-boggling advances in efficiently repairing everything from clogged arteries to floppy mitral valves and even replacing the entire failing heart itself. Yet the stubborn fact remains that almost half of all Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease, killing one in four of us, and those numbers are rising. Research shows that simple lifestyle changes can prevent 80 percent of these deaths, but many cardiologists typically reach for a prescription pad rather than explore diet, exercise and other prevention options with their patients. “Medicine can be life-saving, but optimal heart health can’t come from medicine alone,” says cardiologist Stephen Devries, co-author of Integrative Cardiology. “There is a common belief among many physicians that patients generally don’t want to make lifestyle changes—an assumption that is often dead wrong and refuted by surveys of patients that show that the majority are looking to do exactly that.”


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Substantial research affirms that one major line of defense against heart disease is what we put into our mouths every day, yet only 8 percent of cardiologists consider themselves capable to give nutritional advice, a survey showed. To counter that, Devries co-founded the Gaples Institute, a Naperville, Illinois, nonprofit that offers free nutritional training online to the public and nutritional accreditation for medical clinicians. Devries, who trained at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, lectures internationally and recently authored What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol. “People have a lot more power over their heart health than they realize,” he says. According to Devries, the name of a diet is not as important as the anti-inflammatory foods it should contain, such as “a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, plenty of beans, whole grains in place of refined, minimizing or eliminating meat (especially processed meat like bacon and sausage), minimizing added sugar (especially from sugar-sweetened beverages) and using small amounts of the most healthful oils, like extra-virgin olive oil.” And the evidence is increasing, he says, of “minimizing or eliminating animal products and getting most or all of your protein from high-quality plant sources like beans, tofu, whole grains and nuts. Fish is one exception for which there is good evidence.” He’s backed up by a November 2020 study of 220,000 adults published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It concludes that those with diets high in red and processed meat, refined grains and sugary beverages had a 46 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 28 percent higher risk of stroke compared to those consuming anti-inflammatory diets rich in green and yellow vegetables, whole grains, coffee and tea. Devries suggests that gradual, incremental changes to the diet may be easier than abrupt and dramatic choices. For example, he might recommend switching from sugary soda to flavored seltzer

first, then trying lemon water and black tea with milk before opting for plain, green tea. Sipping a cup of green tea at least every other day reduces the risk of heart attacks and dying of heart disease by one-fifth, Chinese researchers report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Powerful Supplements

As a young cardiologist frustrated by the revolving-door nature of his patients, Stephen Sinatra came upon an obscure 1982 study of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) that he realized could have saved the life of a favorite patient. This catalyzed his intensive studies into nutrition and bioenergetics that produced 17 books, including the bestselling Reverse Heart Disease Now and The Sinatra Solution. He helped formulate the new field of metabolic cardiology that proposes preventing and treating cardiovascular disease with nutraceuticals to improve energy production in heart cells. In addition to suggesting a high-potency, multi-nutrient, fish oil, magnesium and vitamin C for prevention, he recommends four key nutrients that produce and use adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body’s basic cellular fuel:

West Virginia University researchers that analyzed 16 years of data from 16,686 adults.

Smart Testing

Preventive cardiologist Joel Kahn, the author of Your Whole Heart Solution and The Plant-Based Solution, says that lab tests typically prescribed by cardiologists and other doctors are inadequate. “Standard lab tests have not changed in 30 to 40 years, but science has,” he says. “For example, inflammation is now understood to be a fundamental process for most chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. A simple lab test, hs-CRP, is available to measure inflammation. Very few doctors add this to their panel. When it is high, it leads to a search for why there is inflammation and diet, lifestyle and other measures to resolve it.” After 25 years as a cardiologist treating heart-attack emergencies, Kahn, who is vegan, went back to college to study preventive cardiology and set up the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, in Bingham Farms, Michigan, which focuses on dietary counseling and preventive screenings. His list of “must have” tests includes:

YAdvanced cholesterol panel for a

breakdown of LDL-cholesterol particle number and size, which is highly predictive of cardiovascular problems.

YLipoprotein(a) cholesterol to detect a risk-elevating genetic form of cholesterol that’s present in about 20 percent of those tested.

YHigh-sensitivity C-reactive protein

(hsCRP) to identify inflammation of blood vessels.

YHemoglobin A1c (HbA1C) to obtain

the three-month measure of sugar in hemoglobin, a marker of both diabetes and heart disease.

YVitamin D to identify deficiencies

linked to a higher risk of hypertension, heart failure, angina and heart attacks.

Move It or Lose It

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking, water aerobics, gardening, tennis, dancing) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, jumping, swimming

YCoQ10 is synthesized in the body, but

declines with age and statin use. It protects from the free radical damage linked to inflammation. Dosage: 90 to 250 milligrams (mg) daily for prevention, 180 to 360 mg for hypertension and 300 to 600 mg for heart failure.

YL-carnitine ferries fatty acids to be

oxidized to make ATP and moves toxic metabolites out of heart cells. Dosage: 1,000 to 1,500 mg in divided doses to prevent deficiency and up to 3,000 mg for heart disease.

YMagnesium, required in all reac-

tions involving ATP, is depleted by some gastrointestinal medications and diuretics. Dosage: at least 400 mg.

YD-ribose is a naturally occurring sugar derivative of ATP that hastens energy regeneration. Dosage: five to seven grams (gm) daily as a preventive, seven to 10 gm daily for heart failure. In other nutrient news, adults that took glucosamine/chondroitin every day for a year or longer had a 65 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths, reports

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laps), as well as muscle-strengthening activity (weights) at least two days a week. Only 20 percent of adults exercise for the full 150 minutes per week, which may be why physical inactivity is a major factor in an estimated one-third of heart disease deaths. “I like to frame it as ‘being active’, because exercise sounds onerous,” Devries says. “Even a small amount of activity goes a long way—walking at a gentle pace 30 minutes a day confers very significant benefits. Up to a point, more can be better, but only for some people, and only to a point.” Even moving a few minutes daily can add up. Doing 12-minute bursts of vigorous exercise favorably impacts 80 percent of the metabolites that govern such functions as oxidative stress, inflammation and vascular reactivity, reports a new study in Circulation. Just one hour a week of strength training significantly lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease death, another study found. And simply holding thigh and calf stretches for 45 seconds for a total of five minutes daily improved arterial blood flow, reports a study in the Journal of Physiology.

The Emotional Heart

As a child in Myanmar, Thaik witnessed hands-on healing at a clinic she visited with her physician mother, but holistic care only entered her life after 20 years of practice as a frustrated cardiologist, when she was laid low by severe anemia that required transfusions and surgery. Today, the Harvard-trained cardiologist is the author of Your Vibrant Heart and founder of the Holistic Heart Healing Center, in Los Angeles, which integrates the medical model with lifestyle strategies and approaches like homeopathy and acupuncture. “I very much believe that we are both physical beings and energetic or spiritual beings. Our physical makeup is closely intertwined with our mental and emotional makeup,” Thaik says. She counsels patients to practice the following:

YMindfulness. “A mentor of mine, (life coach) Mary Morrisey,

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taught me to avoid the three Cs—complaining, comparing or criticizing. If you attempt to do this for even an hour, you will find that it is actually a hard task. Practicing this allows us to be acutely mindful of our thoughts.”

YGratitude. “I wake up every morning and before my feet hit

the floor, I make this statement five times and fill in five different answers: ‘I am so happy and grateful now that ...’”

YReleasing. “I believe the most important ingredient to health and

healing is the ability to release—to forgive self and others, to let go and abandon all of our negative thoughts, our self-limiting beliefs, our notions of right and wrong, our feelings of injustice and being wronged.” She advises, “When we can abandon all these beliefs and allow ourselves to float or drift unimpeded—imagine yourself on a tube in a lazy river—that is when healing within our bodies begins, when our parameters of stress and the hormones and neurotransmitters associated with stress start to down-regulate, and we can literally feel a wave of relaxation passing through our bodies. This will lower our heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline and cortisol levels, thereby mitigating our risk of a heart attack or stroke.” Ronica O’Hara, a natural health writer, can be contacted at


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e already know what it feels like to be in our hearts. Although we may feel disconnected from it and at times doubt ourselves, most often all we need to do to awaken it is to become still and quiet, and it will do the rest. When we draw our attention inward and focus on our heart center, it will calm and reassure us, often instantly. This may sound too good to be true, but this is exactly what happens when we invite

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and allow it. When we inhabit the heart, we awaken to our aliveness. We spontaneously arrive like a bolt of lightning in the present moment and all of our arguments against ourselves and life go quiet. Goodness pushes up through the chaos of our internal world and we feel lit from within by a light we had no idea was there. At any time, no matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we can touch this place in ourselves and activate the

benefits of the heart space. Try practicing now by placing a hand on your heart, breathe in and notice how this small act sends a message to soften and disarm. It is that simple. It’s about shifting and moving ourselves into this place of love and acceptance, allowing ourselves to be infused with the consciousness of our heart. If we look within, most of us can identify a vision we have, an image of who we want to become, an enhanced version of ourselves—something like You 2.0. This image is often kinder, more loving, openhearted, accepting, inspired and creative; it’s often less self-conscious and more gallant. This self doesn’t succumb to fear, anger or hardship and rises above everything with ease. This vision we have in our mind’s eye is the best representation of our heart-minded selves. It is the call of our heart. When we see this version as our potential rather than a reminder of our shortcomings, we can use it as a way—a tool—to help us move in the direction of our light. Take time throughout the day to bow our head and take three conscious breathes into our heart. Let its current feed us. Remember we are wise. We are soft. We are brave. Let all other noise stop. Re-enter the kingdom of our heart. Sarah Blondin is among the top three popular meditation teachers on InsightTimer, and the author of Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love. Visit Sarah

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Shefali Tsabary on Conscious Relationships by Sandra Yeyati


ffering innovative approaches to mindful living, Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, international keynote speaker and bestselling author of The Conscious Parent, Out of Control and her latest, The Awakened Family. She has presented talks at TEDx, the Kellogg Business School, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and SuperSoul Sessions with Oprah Winfrey, who has endorsed her work as revolutionary and life-changing.

Why do we have so much trouble with our romantic relationships?

Because we enter relationships without having entered a relationship with ourselves. We look to the other person and the relationship to fill us up, to give us what we are missing from within, and what we don’t realize is that the other person is there for the same reason. After the initial chemical, hormonal lust phase, we realize that the other person cannot be our parent figure and that they cannot fulfill our unfulfilled inner child needs. The disappointment is so great and the anger so livid that we spiral into hurt, disappointment and unmet expectations without realizing that the other hasn’t done anything. We typically attract people who are going to be mirrors that show us how we need to reparent ourselves and force us to repeat childhood patterns. If we have an issue of unworthiness, that’s going to show up. If we have fear of rejection, that’s going to show up, and all fingers point to the imperative that we do our own inner work.

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own inner demons and resistance, then maybe you won’t be able to continue on, but you will be conscious enough to be able to release the other of the expectation to continue on. A healthy relationship is a relationship where each person takes responsibility for their own inner growth and their own inner wounds, doesn’t project their needs on the other, parents themselves into a state of wholeness and then releases the other to be free.

How do you define love?

The first step is realizing that what’s happening in the relationship is really a reflection of the inner state of being, and therefore isn’t the other person’s fault that I’m feeling rejected, hurt or unworthy. We stop trying to change, fix or blame the other. We then hire a therapist or join a self-development course and begin to understand our inner wounds from childhood that are being repeated in this current dynamic. We have to do the work. It’s not easy. It’s not going to happen just because we made an intellectual decision. It’s a quest, a constant unfolding, un-layering, evolving and becoming more. The goal is your arrival into your most authentic self—into your whole, free self.

How do we remain in a relationship while doing this work?

We become more honest, more up front, more candid and ready to meet the other at our new place of growth. If the other doesn’t want to grow and cannot do this inner work because of their

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Most of us love egoically, which is loving the other because they make us feel good about ourselves, and the moment they stop making us feel good about ourselves, we actually leave them. That’s why there’s so much divorce. That’s not love. Egoic love is possession, ownership and control. Most of us are mired in those kinds of relationships; the institution of marriage actually supports ownership, possession and control. True, or high love, is the understanding that the other is with you and you are with them to encourage each other’s growth and to see each other be their most authentic, free selves. If that includes being with us, we’re happy. If that includes not being with us, we’re as happy. That’s true love, because you’re in love with the other person’s essence and you’re more invested in the other person’s whole self rather than the self that you want to own and possess.

What is conscious intimacy?

Conscious intimacy starts with how intimate and honest you are with yourself—how sexually connected you are with your needs and your desires. The more unabashed, bare, spontaneous and transparent you can be with yourself, the more you will seek and be around partners who can hold that space with you. For more information, including online courses, visit Her Free to Be course specifically addresses conscious relationship issues. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at

Jesse Brown on Championing CommunityBased Education


by Nadirah Sabir r. Jesse Brown, ND, owner of the 33-year-old Detroit Wholistic Center and Wholistic Training Institute, wants to see a healer in every home—especially in hard-hit, black communities. Brown and his staff offer a diverse naturopathic curriculum with nearly 100 courses such as Herbology, Aromatherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Flower Essence, Muscle Testing and Iridology, and pair each assessment with services such as colon therapy, reflexology, reiki, weight management, food prep, private consultations and community outreach events.

How did Black communities in America begin to lose value for herbs and whole foods?

A lot of this knowledge goes back to ancient Africa, including Egypt, where you have The Ebers Papyrus. This earliest book of medicine describes the use of castor oil, numerous herbs and plants for healing. And so these canons of knowledge made their way to America. In the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, I remember seeing signage that alluded to the slaves saying, “The white man takes his medicine and dies, and the African uses herbs and gets well." So this has been a part of our culture. At the Wright museum, there was a list of jobs African Americans had. Amongst that you will see herbalist. Our ancestors were the ones who primarily worked the land, grew the food, understood how to heal using nature. For instance, George Washington Carver spoke about crop rotation and the power of the peanut, the soybean and the sweet potato. He also used herbs for healing, including on himself. But we didn’t preserve, protect, promote, perpetuate and pass that along—much less profit from it. We went from the plantations around the country to the auto plants. As we got away from the land to a more suburban lifestyle, our health began to decline. Now there’s a

resurgence going back to a plant nation, and it’s a multi-billion dollar growth industry.

When did this resurgence start?

Somewhere in the 1940s to ‘60s there were people who came up from the South and they didn’t go into these manufacturing plants. They were people like Dr. Frank and Mother Elizabeth Bracey, in Detroit. Dr. Frank Bracey was a chiropractor. Mother Elizabeth Bracey was a homeopath and an herbalist. They worked with people naturally to improve their health. We had Dr. Alvenia Fulton with the Fultonia Health Food Center, in Chicago. She taught Dick Gregory health principles, who influenced thousands, if not millions, of people to become vegetarian. He was leading social justice causes, as well as advocating health; he wrote Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for folks who eat, and later formulated the Dick Gregory Bahamian Diet. Though he had no degree in nutrition, he became a major health advocate who used comedy, culture and his connection with people. He used “cause” in order to make differences. He marched with Dr. King. This lasted through the ‘70s. The Black Panthers were feeding people throughout the country through their school breakfast program and addressing systemic discrimination in the

medical field with free health clinics. So this whole era of rebellious movements included food, health, self-sufficiency, doing things naturally, being good to people and the Earth, educating our children. The wholistic health movement was born out of that.

What drew you into the field?

I got sick my senior year in high school, and I started questioning things. I stopped eating meat; started studying dietary laws—Christian, Muslim—and the two were not conflicting. Later, I had a communications degree from Eastern Michigan University working as a sales manager at MCI and took my first class in healing, pain therapy and then nutrition, colon hydrotherapy and reflexology. I was a chiropractic assistant with Dr. Bernard Matthews, DC, and a nutritional consultant with Dr. Herman Glass, DC. Once MCI closed in 1986, I took my then 9-year-old daughter Keyah to Disney World, traveled and reset. The next year, I cashed in some stock, reduced expenses and moved into the basement of the two-family flat that became the center. We opened in September 1987. Licensing the Wholistic Training Institute was a two-year process, and we accomplished that in 1999. Over 60,000 people have come to Detroit Wholistic Center. At the Wholistic Training Institute, we train an average of 100 people a year, and 40 to 50 percent of those start their own businesses. 2019 was actually a damn good year. In the first quarter of 2020 we were as busy as ever, but by March 21 we had to close due to COVID-19. We took a break and focused on training. Our most requested area of interest is herbalism, hands down. So we put it online this winter and I have students from all around the country. This month, we debut our WTI Podcast. But you gotta give more than just the information. We’re nurturing sustainable businesses and building community partnerships. What drives us is making a difference in people’s lives so they can help themselves, loved ones and heal the community. The Detroit Wholistic Center and Wholistic Training Institute is located at 20954 Grand River Ave., in Detroit. For more information about online courses, visit WholisticTrainingInstitute. com. See ad page 25. Nadirah Sabir is a freelance writer. February 2021


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LED Bulbs Negatively Impact Melatonin


by William S. Bathgate elatonin is a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its antioxidant and anticancer properties. With a potential ban on incandescent or modified incandescent bulbs looming in the U.S., the race is on to replace them, but the alternatives available have severe health impacts that most of us are not aware of. White light bulbs that emit light at shorter wavelengths are greater suppressors of the body’s production of melatonin than bulbs emitting orange-yellow light, a new international study has revealed. Exposure to the light of white LED bulbs, it turns out, suppresses melatonin five times more than exposure to the light of high-pressure sodium bulbs and other light sources. “Just as there are regulations and standards for ‘classic’ pollutants, there should also be regulations and rules for the pollution stemming from artificial light at night,” says Professor Abraham Haim, of the University of Haifa. There needs to be a balance in the need to save energy and protecting public health, but this cannot be done with the LED bulbs. The fact that white artificial light, which is actually 20

blue light on the spectrum, emitted at wavelengths of between 440 and 500 nanometers, suppresses the production of melatonin in the brain’s pineal gland is already known. Also known is the fact that suppressing the production of melatonin, which is responsible among

watch a live light bulb test showing the difference between the emissions of incandescent and LED bulbs. Researchers first examined the differences in melatonin suppression primarily in lights used for outdoor illumination such as streetlights, road lighting and mall lighting. From this comparison, it emerged that the metal halide bulb, which gives off a white light and is used for stadium lighting, suppresses melatonin at a rate more than three times greater than the high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulb, while the light-emitting diode (LED) bulb, which also gives off a white light, suppresses melatonin at a rate more than five times higher than the HPS bulb. Dr. Fabio Falchi, of the Ukranian ISTIL Group, says, “Most Italian regions have legislations to lower the impact of light pollution, but they still lack a regulation on the spectrum emitted by lamps. Unless legislation is updated soon, with the current trend toward sources as white LEDs, which emit a huge amount of blue light, we will enter a period of elevated negative effects of light at night on human health and environment. Lamp manufacturers cannot claim that they don’t know about the consequences of artificial light at night.” Science Daily reports, “The current migration from the now widely used sodium lamps and other lights to white LED lamps

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Energetic Nutrition and

Matters of the Heart by Kaycie Noble


hen a bone is broken, we seek medical attention immediately. We know it must mend correctly, and without proper support we risk the chance of permanent damage. For some reason, we are not always so quick when the injury is emotional, but extremely stressful events can have a physical impact on the heart. We know the pain is real when we experience the tragedy of a divorce, breakup, betrayal, rejection or loss of a loved one. Wounds of our mental heart, unattended, can fester and harm our health. Permanent emotional damage can also ensue, causing distortions of self-love, the acceptance of love or how we show love to others. We need to consider how these energetic experiences affect our physical state, as emotions elicit a biochemical response. The heart organ is the largest contributor of energy to our bioelectric field. Gurus and philosophers knew the importance 22

of protecting the heart. Recorded into the great religions and writings of humanity is the power of love. The psychophysiology of stress, emotions and the interactions

just starting to learn the causes, and how to diagnose and treat it.” Recognizing and expanding our interpretation of broken hearts could benefit human health and relationships while improving social conduct. With new science bringing documentation of more subtle energies and their relation to biochemistry, we will have proof to put more emphasis on matters of the heart. Because the heart contributes so much to our vital energy state, matters of the heart may play an essential role in the well-being of individuals in unknown ways. This heart energy might require essential feeding, just like nutrition and prescriptions for the rest of the body, in the form of purpose, love, gratitude, service, tolerance and truth. Nourishing the heart with a more considerate focus may heal us from stress and traumas or even enhance our quality of life in ways to be discovered. Science proves we reduce our risk of heart disease and heart attack when we keep stress levels at a minimum, so perhaps applying the theory of heart nutrition will enhance personal well-being. Maybe we can enhance physical heart health and overall resilience using this theory. It could be a good time to transform that theory into personal experimentation and serve extra helpings of love, earned respect, appreci-

The heart organ is the largest contributor of energy to our bioelectric field. between the heart and brain are just beginning to be documented in scientific ways. A real-life broken heart can actually lead to cardiac consequences. Impact on the heart from extremely stressful situations, what is referred to as “broken-heart syndrome”, has been medically named a stress-induced cardiomyopathy. According to, “In broken-heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Researchers are

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ypertension affects nearly half of all Americans, increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of death. We can help mitigate that risk and have a healthy “change of heart” by revamping our diets. While food fads are constantly changing, the basics of a heart-healthy diet have not, says Cheryl Strachan, a registered dietitian in Calgary, Canada, and founder of Strachan notes the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been used to help lower blood pressure and with other heart disease risk factors since its development in the 1990s. The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and lowfat dairy foods. While it includes lean meat, fish and poultry, it limits sugary foods and fatty meats. The Mediterranean diet, says Strachan, is another proven regimen for heart health, citing a five-year Spanish study in The New England Journal of Medicine that found the incidence of cardiovascular events was 30 percent lower among participants on this diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, compared to those assigned a reduced-fat diet. A Mediterranean diet doesn’t necessarily mean eating dishes specific to that region. “It’s the type of foods that matters: a largely plant-based diet focused on whole grains such as the bulgur in tabouli, legumes, nuts, seeds, olive oil

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Nutrients for Heart Health Potassium is a key mineral for heart health, as it can help the body remove excess sodium, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and blood vessel health. Yet research shows less than 2 percent of Americans get enough. Beans, sweet potatoes, lentils, beets and avocados are among many potassium-rich foods with multiple heart benefits. There is a growing awareness of the importance of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, particularly in fish like wild salmon, arctic char and sardines. Routhenstein also advocates omega-9 fatty acids such as in tahini and avocado. Omega-9s have been shown to help increase HDL “good” cholesterol and decrease LDL “bad” cholesterol while protecting blood vessel health. Heart attacks often seem to occur suddenly simply because the damage happens gradually and quietly, warns Routhenstein. “Heart disease is progressive, so over time a poor lifestyle and diet can damage blood vessels and accelerate hardening of the arteries that lead to heart attacks,” she warns. “Some damage may not be entirely reversible, but it’s never too late to optimize heart functioning.” Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

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eople think rabbits are quiet carrot-munchers, but they’re much more. Like many other small furry mammals, pet rabbits are expressive, intelligent and enjoy spending time with their humans. Shana Cobin, a veterinary technician from Foster, Rhode Island, points out that just like dogs and cats, each rabbit is unique. Having had four house bunnies at different times, Cobin enjoyed getting to know each one. “They can be quite entertaining with their playful antics. My first rabbit, Koko, would come to me and lick my face,” says Cobin. “She also made a purring sound for me, which they actually make by grinding their teeth.”

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Buyer Beware Just because small animals seem simpler to care for, it should be noted that their health depends on specific diets, bedding, housing, exercise and grooming. Rabbits, for example, have delicate digestive systems. “Feeding the right diet is extremely important,” advises Cobin. “A bunny’s primary diet should be hay, which helps grind down their teeth and is good for their digestion. Dark, leafy greens are also good.” As for carrots, Cobin says half of one is the most one rabbit should have in a day. There is more to consider. “People need to think beyond the cute fluff ball,” says Jennifer Miller, a former volunteer with the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota. “Small animal cages need regular cleaning, and ferrets have a natural musky odor to begin with. People start out wanting the cuteness, then they get tired of the work and get tired of the smell. Surrendered animals can be difficult to rehome.” Before adopting a small animal, it’s wise to research the species’ specific care requirements and other information at Humane Annual veterinary checkups are

something else to plan for, because many animals hide illness symptoms as a survival instinct. Having a small-animal veterinarian in place is important in case emergency care is required. “Zoological companion patients are unique and delicate. Their anatomy, physiology and behavior is vastly different from dogs and cats, yet they require the same or more expertise and care,” says veterinarian Scharlet Kelly, medical director at the VCA Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, in Escondido, California.

Health Helpers In 2019, the journal Aging & Mental Health published a survey that concluded pets benefit older adults by “providing companionship, giving a sense of purpose and meaning, reducing loneliness and increasing socialisation.” According to Jeremy Barron, M.D., medical director of the Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, in Baltimore, “Owning a pet provides an amazing array of health benefits.” Indeed, numerous studies have shown that petting an animal can lower blood pressure and heart rate, soothe PTSD, decrease stress hormones and boost serotonin. Simply put, petting animals is not only good for people, it feels good, too. “Love can come in small packages,” says Liz Warner, a retired teacher in Richmond,

Virginia, who adopted Laverne and Shirley, two Peruvian guinea pigs, to keep her company during the isolation of the pandemic. “I enjoy brushing their long coats and giving them their necessary haircuts. When I hold them, they kind of purr. It’s comforting.” Cobin agrees that pets provide comfort and add joy to the home. “Bunnies do this thing called a binky. My most recent rabbit, Vivian Bucket, would just be hopping around and then she would dart, jump up and twist in the air. It’s what rabbits do when they are happy and playful, and it’s adorable.” Julie Peterson writes about health and wellness from rural Wisconsin. Reach out at

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Healthy Sex Class – 10am-12pm. This course discusses the importance of food, herbs, and exercise for a healthy sex life for men and women. You will gain an understanding of a wide variety of herbs for lovers that will heighten your sexual experiences. Hosted by Jesse R. Brown, ND, and sponsored by the Wholistic Training Institute. Join this free Zoom class at

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Herbs for the Heart – 10am-12pm. This course discusses holistic approaches to a healthy heart for better circulation, energy, and sex life—all while celebrating Healthy Heart Month. Hosted by Jesse R. Brown, ND, and sponsored by the Wholistic Training Institute. Join this free Zoom class at Women’s Wellness Virtual Series – Feb 13-Apr 25. Learn how to discover our own voices, nourish ourselves, and partner with herbal medicine to heal ourselves and those around us. Restorative Yoga for Every Body with Mary Bue offered before each workshop. For more info & to register:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Herbs for Cleansing – 10am-12pm. Participate with us in the Motor City Cleanse. In this course, you will gain more understanding of a variety of herbs related to dieting, exercise, and cleansing for holistic weight loss. Hosted by Jesse R. Brown, ND, and sponsored by the Wholistic Training Institute. Join this free Zoom class at

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 World Yoga Day – 7-8pm. Join us from all over the world for a session to bring you to your mats and practice for peace within. Connecting our mind, body and breath with music in the comfort of our own home. Free. Register:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Marijuana is Medicine – 10am-12pm. Dr. Jesse R. Brown, the Wholistic Guru, will discuss the benefits of cannabis for you and your loved ones and how people are monetizing on the industry in Detroit. Hosted by Jesse R. Brown, ND, and sponsored by the Wholistic Training Institute. Join this free Zoom class at


daily Free 15-Day Meditation Challenge – 6am11:55pm. Join this challenge to get a free 15-day program introducing mindfulness and meditation. Get daily prompts explaining how to do sitting meditation plus mindfulness checks at the end of each day. Free. Virtual Yoga – 9am-7pm. Virtual and in-studio yoga sessions at pop-up locations. Our wellness professionals will assist you on your journey. Info on classes & workshops:

sunday Black History Book Reads – 9am. On IG @girlz. empowered and on FB at Girls Empowered. We will be reading kids stories to share Black History books and authors. Each video will be posted for viewing at 9am. No ticket or pre-registration required. Find on IG/FB a list of the books we will be reading and where you can find them. Free. More details & events: Livestreamed Sunday Service – 9:55am. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. UnityOf 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. 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. 248910-3351. 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. Meaningful Mondays – 8pm. SevaLight Retreat Centre warmly welcomes everyone, of all faiths, meditation practices and traditions, to join us vir-


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tually. Will gather on video conference sharing in song/chants and inspiring readings from Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharmaji’s writings, followed by Pure Meditation and silent prayer. Free. Email by 10am any Monday to receive the info about how to join by video: Info@SelfRealization

tuesday Virtual Tuesday Connection Group – 8-9am. 1st & 3rd Tues. With Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. Opportunity to receive business referrals; form lasting business relationships with other working professionals; give a 10-min presentation about your product/service to an attentive audience; help others you know find the products/services they are looking for and more. RSVP, Melanie Hojnowski: The Natural Playroom – 9am-3pm. The all-natural materials of wood, silk, wool and cotton impart a warmth and beauty that encourages babies and kids to explore the world around them. Gives kids an inviting space to play. $5-$8/family. Camden Rose Inc, 502 Farmer St, Plymouth. 734-927-5005. 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. 313-437-1549. 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. An open, welcoming group providing dialogue and peer support. Free. The Children’s Center, 90 Selden, Detroit. Iyengar Yoga Detroit – 5pm. Vibrant, dynamic, heart-opening Iyengar yoga class for all levels and abilities. Bilingual, Spanish. Free. 313-528-9493. For Zoom link: Facebook. com/IyengarYogaDetroit.

wednesday Virtual Wednesday Connection Group – 8-9am. 2nd & 4th Wed. With Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. Opportunity to receive business referrals; form lasting business relationships with other working professionals; give a 10-min presentation about your product/service to an attentive audience; help others you know find the products/ services they are looking for and more. RSVP, Silvia Rainer: 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 Virtual Thursday Connection Group – 8-9am. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. Opportunity to receive business referrals; form lasting business relationships with other working professionals; give a 10-min presentation about your product/service to an attentive audience; help others you know find the products/services they are looking for and more. RSVP, Jen Brown: Virtual Tai Chi Easy – 10-11am. Tai Chi Easy consists of 5 movements from traditional Yang-style tai chi that can be done sitting or standing plus other gentle movements, breathing exercises and self-applied massage. All movements are gentle. With Erin Reas. Suggested donation: $5/class. Via Zoom. To register: 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. 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. Bloom Transformation Center, 227 Iron St, Ste 122, Detroit. Sound of Soul by Eckankar – 7-8pm. HU is a sacred word to draw Soul closer to God bringing wisdom and awareness. Enhances any faith. Free. Eckankar, 320 E 4th St, Royal Oak. 248-546-9224.

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. Integrated Healing at The Shack – 10am-7pm. Receive reiki, energy work, chiropractic care, assisted stretch and breath, talk therapy and more. Direct holistic healing and intuitive counsel consultations available. Cost varies. Psychedelic Healing Shack & Vegetarian Cafe, 18700 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-2247. 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.

saturday Royal Oak Farmers’ Market – 7am-1pm. Yearround. Royal Oak Farmers’ Market, 316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak. 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.


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Fight + Surrender (Cardio + Yoga) – 11am-12pm. With Holy Yoga Detroit. Free. Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood, Ste 213, Detroit. 313437-1549. 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. Fireside Youth Meditation Workshop – 12-1pm. A great workshop for kids who will do activities and learn breathing exercises to help them be more mindful. S’mores kits provided after the event for attendees and hot cocoa from local sponsors during the event. Free. Valade Park, 2670 Atwater St, Detroit. Detroit Reiki Share – 6-8pm. 4th & 5th Sat. Join Dr. Zee for an evening of focused intention on healing and connecting with others. A reiki share is a sacred space where practitioners and attendees each have a turn practicing in giving and receiving energy. Everyone welcome. $20 donation. Psychedelic Healing Shack & Vegetarian Cafe, 18700 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-2247.

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33919 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, Lucky Aaron Li received the teaching from China's leading acupuncturist Dr. Hu Guang, the primary researcher of Tungs' 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 1890 Southfield, Birmingham, 248-582-8888 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.


2200 N. Canton Center Rd, Ste. 150, Canton 734-335-0533 (Call or Text) At the family wellness clinic, we believe if you fuel your body it will thrive, stress is the enemy, and the chiropractic adjustment is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Focusing on functional neurology, Dr. Kyle Wallner takes a neurological, structural and nutritional approach to helping you achieve your health goals. Listen to our podcast and schedule online at our website.



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.


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 25.


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 23.

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Dr. Kofi Annorh 17372 Livernois, Detroit 248-636-8448

Master herbalist, health and wellness coach, Dr. Kofi Annorhs' passion is to consult and help you on your unique healing journey. He is a fifth generation practitioner of Ghanaian ancient knowledge. He was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, where he learned many of the African herbal secrets. Dr. Kofi specializes in natural wellness and can help you with lifestyle changes, herbal teas, nutrition, herbal support, energy restoration, detoxification, weight loss, headaches, depression, sleep disorders and much more. Call, visit or email him today.


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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 25.


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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 page 8.


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.


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 23.


9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd, Vanderbilt 989-983-4107

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.


313-429-3214 Tai Chi Easy can help you manage stress and pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, mood and balance. Classes and private lessons are available.


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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