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Family Health


Helpful Tips for Every Age


Solutions when Families Shift

Try Soccer for Family Fun

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f you are anything like us, life can become so busy at times that you neglect to do needful things vital to taking care of yourself and your loved ones. That’s why this month’s focus on Family Wellness is important. The articles equip us all with helpful tips for every member of the family, including beloved pets. We hope that you will take time to evaluate areas where your family will benefit from improvements and take steps now to ensure that everyone has the best possible opportunities for staying healthy. August is an appealing month for many reasons and not only because it’s still summertime; several groups have claimed it for good causes to support Americans’ well-being. For instance, August is known as American Adventure Month, aimed to gear us up to vacation in the Americas whether crossing the country, enjoying in-state resources or simply camping in the backyard. Michiganders are literally surrounded by enticing opportunities to increase our feel-good quotient with visits to nearby state and national parks, nature centers, museums, historic sites and excellent waterways. It’s never too late to head outdoors on a new adventure. The Secret Society of Happy People hopes to designate August as Happiness Happens Month in recognition of Buddha’s observation that, “Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Because happiness is contagious, the more people focus on and talk about it, the more happy people we’ll have in the world. Sharing your happy news, stories and jokes with family, friends and neighbors is one pleasurable way to make a positive difference. It’s amazing what a single smile can do. Here’s another one of our favorite observances: What Will Be Your Legacy Month, which encourages each of us to consciously consider our daily actions and make helpful, right choices. Deep down, we sense that our happiness relies on identifying and acting on our unique, innate purpose. Building on such a foundation can leave a beneficial legacy for future generations; it’s good to know that the best world-shaking changes often have humble beginnings. Kyle and I intend and work hard to enhance humanity’s respect for Planet Earth. What do you hope your legacy will be? Whatever good purpose you are focusing on, please make the most of this beautiful month. We’ll leave you with a thought from Thomas Carlyle: “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” In gratitude for all you are and do,

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newsbriefs Break it Down with Betsey


xpressions of Grace Yoga welcomes Betsey Downing, PhD, back to Grand Rapids to lead “The Art of Progressive Sequencing” on Friday, August 17 through Tuesday, August 21. This workshop will focus on some of the most important skills any yoga practitioner can master: how to establish a solid foundation of progressive sequencing skills to challenge you and your students safely and appropriately. Mastering the component parts of a pose can help you take yourself and your students to places you previously thought impossible! You will learn how to analyze poses systematically and develop logical sequences toward specific pinnacle poses. Come learn how to break it down with Betsey! Betsey Downing is a leader of yoga workshops nationally and internationally, empowering her students with progressive techniques to move them beyond their perceived limits. She also holds a PhD. in Sports Psychology from the University of Virginia. Yoga instructors, as well as students, with over 75 hours of yoga study are encouraged to attend. The Workshop is available in its entirety, or as a series of morning or afternoon classes. For more information, please call Expressions of Grace at 616-361-8580, or visit See ad page 16.

Awakening Journeys Debuts Travel Adventures of SelfDiscovery


raveling to new destinations and learning about different cultures ignites the imagination and engages the senses in exotic ways, encouraging a fresh understanding of our place in the world and our connection with others. With the recent creation

of Awakening Journeys, friends and readers of Natural Awakenings Magazine of West Michigan can enjoy several opportunities for self-discovery and adventure, beginning in fall 2012. Travel excursions to Peru and China, offered in a special 10-day tour format, will be the first destinations available. Sheryl Miller, a traveler from St. Petersburg, Florida, who recently toured China says, “This is a fabulous journey—an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. China will fill up your senses and expand your heart.” Likewise, visitors to Peru’s many historic sites, such as Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins surrounding Lake Titicaca, speak of remarkable vistas and extraordinary memories. Travelers with Awakening Journeys will find themselves immersed in the varied cultures and traditions of each destination country. These one-of-a-kind trips are intended to inspire and enrich participants through purposeful travel, camaraderie and diverse activities. Local group rates are available, and local nonprofit organizations can participate and use the trip as a fundraiser. For groups and local fundraisers contact Natural Awakenings Magazine at Publisher@NaturalWestMichigan. com for details. For more information and trip itineraries or to register for an Awakening Journey, visit AwakeningJourneys. net. See ad page 9.

Find Grace Within Your Space


hawn Merkel, principal designer of Align Design, LLC believes that there is more to good design than just making a room look pretty. She understands that there is an intangible aspect that exudes a certain comfort when a space is intentionally designed. A feeling that can’t be explained in textbook design terms. Shawn holds a BFA in interior design from Kendall College of Art and Design. She is a certified Feng Shui consultant, and has been a student of subtle energy Shawn Merkel and its healing aspects since 2004. She believes that the practices of each are intrinsically linked. “Our spaces need more than a superficial façade. Beauty comes from our inner intentions and vibrates its

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way out,” says Shawn. “We all know that physical beauty fades quickly without an inner beauty to support it. Likewise, a beautiful space needs that inner something to make it truly beautiful. That is an important piece that is often overlooked.” “Interior spaces can either support or stifle aspects of your life without your realization,” Shawn continues, “By creating harmonies within your work or living space that align with your intention for living or working, your space can positively impact your health, creativity, motivation, relationships and prosperity.” By supporting a deep understanding of her clients’ needs with the foundation of her training, Shawn creates spaces that allow the users to find grace within their space.

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2012-2013 Yoga Teacher Training at the Lakeshore


hird Coast Yoga School of Spring Lake announces its annual Yoga Teacher Training course, a 200 hour, Yoga Alliance registered course beginning in late September through May. The course equips students with the essential tools of teaching yoga while deepening their own yogic experience as a heart-centered practice of health and healing. The course is open to students or teachers of any school of yoga. See the “Spotlight on Third Coast Yoga School” on pg. 13 and ads on pg. 10 & 16. For more details visit or call 616-844-9074.

Call for Cover Art and Photography


reative individuals that would like to see their work featured on the cover of a nationally distributed magazine now have an exceptional opportunity: Natural Awakenings is extending a call for cover art and photography and accepting submissions online via a dedicated webpage. The monthly healthy living, franchised publication, available free in more than 80 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is known for eye-catching covers that feature original works by artists from around the world. “This is an exciting opportunity for artists and 6

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photographers to be featured on one of our covers and reach a huge new audience, because our readership exceeds 3.6 million,” says founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman. Selected artists that grant permission to print their work on a cover are featured in a one-third page, professionally written “Cover Artist/Photographer” editorial (bio) that introduces the artist and includes their website and contact information. Natural Awakenings covers reflect monthly editorial themes, and a variety of selections are distributed to all franchise publishers so they can choose which cover they want to run. “Our covers celebrate creativity and our mission of mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life that feels good all the way around,” says Bruckman. “Art and photography that are inspiring, uplifting and occasionally whimsical can unlock our imagination and nurture our spirit.” For more information, including a list of monthly themes, submission terms and format requirements, visit See ad page 25.

Package Free Vegan Vegetarian Grocery Store Open in GR


reehuggers at 947 Wealthy opened in Grand Rapids in August of 2011 and this month expanded into the world of bulk groceries. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own containers and refill everything from peanut butter to tofu. The grocery store is the first of its kind and will help Grand Rapidians to further reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging that is so prevalent in today’s food system. In addition to the package free movement, Treehuggers has partnered with local farmers, bakers and restaurants to supply the groceries making it a truly local business. At least

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80% of the grocery store consists of products made and grown in Michigan. In addition to launching the grocery store, Treehuggers also continues to offer free recycling for the community with many of the items being unrecyclable with the city recycling program. Items include Styrofoam, unnumbered plastics, clothing and much more. A customer can come in with their recycling anytime the business is open 10:00am - 10:00pm, Monday thru Sunday. Between the package-free grocery and the free recycling services we offer, residents will be able to go waste free. For more information contact Angela Topp at Treehuggers at 616-454-8733.

New Generation of Homeopathics Now Available


requency Apps, a company dedicated to offering complementary therapies for health and well-being, has created a new line of products—Bio Apps—designed to restore, revive and rejuvenate the body. Described by the company as the next generation of homeopathics, Bio Apps help support the body’s energetic function. Co-founder Adam Petty says, “When you take traditional homeopathic dilutions a step further, you are left with only the specific frequencies and energies of each product. These are then imprinted into our Bio Apps patches. They communicate these frequencies and energies to your body’s energy field and eliminate the need for traditional dosing, because you are continuously bathing your body in the frequencies needed for healing and balance.” Petty says the Bio Apps system is convenient and effective and bypasses traditional homeopathics’ digestive issues and other side effects. In addition to more than 50 Bio Apps that address a variety of health concerns, the company offers a full line of pet products. Its specialty is human

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rooked Tree Dairy located at 9091 Cottonwood Ave in Howard City has fresh, unpasteurized milk for you. You can buy a share in an animal or a herd and have access to this fresh and healthy product. As a share owner you are able to get limitless natural raw milk by the gallon from their licensed and tested dairy in approved glass bottles. Herd shares are available for $50 and you can purchase milk for $4 per gallon. Don’t forget to pick up eggs and cheese, also available for purchase to share owners. Crooked Tree Dairy is open from 7:30am7:30pm seven days a week and holidays. Contact Leonard & Lela McGuire at 231-937-5911 today to inquire about Herd Shares. Deliveries to Grand Rapids occur every Monday. Call for information about deliveries in other areas. Crooked Tree Dairy located at 9091 Cottonwood Ave in Howard City. 231-937-5911.

SUP Yoga


n The Path Yoga is proud and excited to have recently partnered with thePaddlesUP stand-up paddleboard company in Spring Lake, offering yoga atop a paddleboard. This combination of water, balance, strength and serenity in the outdoors adds so much to your yoga practice. Suitable for beginners to advanced, these classes have been on wait-list registration. On The Path Yoga will continue to partner with thePaddlesUP throughout the summer and will be

bringing yoga fans a variety of new experiences to enliven their practice all year long. For information on SUP and Yoga times, visit or On The Path Yoga, 617 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake. 616-935-7028. See ad page 16.

The Path of the Seeker


n August 19th and 26th join Paula Bojsen from 9am-12pm to Meet your Power Animal Shamanic Journey. The Shamanic Journey is a fabulous way to get in touch with your subconscious mind and Spirit. It has also been clinically Paula Bojsen proven to help you relax and strengthens the immune system. Not only that, but it’s great fun. Mention Natural Awakenings & receive 10% off your entire first purchase at Beyond Books. Call Beyond Books at 269-857-8200 to reserve your space. Beyond Books is located at 403 Water Street, Ste 3 in Saugatuck. 269-857-8200.

Hakomi Method Intro. Workshop


he Grand Rapids Hakomi Institute is proud to announce it is offering a two day workshop entitled: “The Myth of the Resistant Client: Change Without Force”. This introductory workshop in Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy will be presented by instructor Greg Johanson, Ph.D., N.C.C.; founding trainer of the Hakomi Institute, editor of

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the Hakomi Forum and author (with Ron Kurtz) of Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te-ching. Greg is also an internationally recognized leader in the integration of mindfulness and therapy. The Hakomi Method combines the Eastern traditions of mindfulness and non-violence with a unique, highly effective Western methodology. Hakomi is primarily an experiential psychotherapy, but can be used in a wide variety of contexts. It is a body-centered, somatic approach. The Hakomi method is the therapeutic expression of five principles: mindfulness, unity, mind/body/spirit holism, organicity and nonviolence. This workshop is for counselors, psychotherapists, marriage & family therapists, social workers, physicians, clergy, bodyworkers, healers and other helping professionals. This Hakomi workshop fulfills the prerequisite for application to the Hakomi Method comprehensive training scheduled to begin in April 2013. The workshop will be held at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids on October 6th and 7th, 2012. Twelve CE’s are available through NBCC and NASW. To register for this workshop or to learn more about the Hakomi Method and the comprehensive training, visit our website at

Giving Back to Grand Rapids


n Wednesday, August 22, Dr. Andrew Schafer of Schafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa will be “Giving Back to Grand Rapids”. For one day, all chiropractic services will be given at no charge in exchange for donations to be made to Kids Food Basket. Acceptable donations include: cracker packs, 100%

fruit juice boxes, individual fruit cups, pudding cups and gelatin cups, 100% fruit packs (.9 oz or similar), snack size zipper-lock bags, sandwich size zipper-lock bags, brown paper lunch bags, individual serving size cereal, bulk pretzels, and veggie straws (snack). New patients are welcome as this offer extends to new patient exams and x-rays if needed. This offer does not include massage services. Due to Federal regulations, this offer does not extend to Medicare patients. Please call ahead for appointment 616-301-3000. See ads pages 8, 32, 45 & 47.

Utsav Celebration of Life


he Utsav-Celebration of Life will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., August 12, at the Plymouth Art Center, in Plymouth, Michigan, and 3 to 7 p.m., August 18., at the International Society, in Howell, Michigan. Sponsored by Isha Foundation, meditation and music will attempt to raise human consciousness. The group’s founder, Sadhguru, states, “For the first time, individual human beings have become phenomenally powerful, empowered by technology. What 10,000 men could do or could not do 1,000 years ago, one man can do today. When such an empowerment has come, raising human consciousness becomes absolutely vital.” Free.Locations: Plymouth Art Center,774 N.Sheldon Rd.,Plymouth; International Society, 4925 E. Grand River Ave, Howell. For more information, call 313-451-4742, email or visit See ad page 39.

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Why Folk Remedies Rock


hat do white tea, witch hazel and rose extract— long used as natural aids for preserving youth and well-being—have in common? They all possess potential health and beauty properties that could be simply too good to ignore, say scientists from London’s Kingston University. The researchers, working in collaboration with British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, tested 21 plant extracts and discovered that their naturally occurring substances may offer new treatments to block the progression of inflammation. The findings are promising as potential treatments for aging skin, as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Using human cells as their model, the researchers applied three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing the rogue enzymes and oxidants that play key roles in cellular inflammation and aging. All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check. Whenever inflammation starts—whether as a simple cut to a finger, exposure to the sun, chemicals or pollutants, or irritation due to an arthritic joint—the body begins to produce a protein compound called interleukin 8 that exacerbates the process. The three substances tested appear to successfully interfere with this. White tea displayed the most marked results.

Nature provides exceptions to every rule. ~Margaret Fuller


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Dried Plums Keep Bones Healthy


hen it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women—and people of all ages, for that matter—eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis, reports a Florida State University researcher. “During my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” says Bahram H. Arjmandi, The Florida State University’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Arjmandi and his colleagues tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group of 55 women consumed 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second, control group of 45 women ate 100 grams of dried apples. All participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, compared with the group that ate dried apples. According to Arjmandi, this was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or breakdown, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.

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Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations The world’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, a systemic, broadspectrum herbicide, can induce morphological changes in vertebrate skeletal animals, say U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians. A study by University of Pittsburgh researchers says the poison, tested in environmentally relevant concentrations, caused the shapes of two species of amphibians to change. The study is the first to show these dangerous consequences. The presence of predators can cause tadpoles to change shape by altering their stress hormones, but similar shape changes seen after exposure to Roundup suggest the weed killer may interfere with the hormones of tadpoles, and potentially, many other animals. The development is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of an ecosystem’s health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food chain, including humans.

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The New York Times estimates that 78 million dogs produce more than 10.6 million tons of dung annually. To tackle the growing problem of unhygienic doggie doo-doo, about which USA Today reports, “At some beaches, dogs help raise bacteria levels so high that visitors must stay out of the water,” operators of Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, in Ithaca, New York, started a project in 2009 to compost the waste in its dog park. Plastic bags that don’t decompose easily end up in landfills, so park officials began placing corn-based, compostable bags in dispensers. A local company, Cayuga Compost, picks up the waste weekly for processing and deposits it into a pile mixed with yard and wood waste at a nearby composting site. In 18 months, the company composted 12 tons of dog waste from the park. Lab tests have shown that the compost is pathogen-free and has a high-nutrient profile that is perfect for flowers, shrubs and trees. Cayuga Program Manager Mark Whiting calls it a great example of upcycling—taking something that is otherwise considered worthless and turning it into a product with higher value. Note: and similar entities provide complete sustainable systems for pet waste disposal; biodegradable bags are widely available at retail.


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ccording to the EPA, each year Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups. Styrofoam is not readily recyclable because there are only a few recycling locations that accept the material. Local recycling stations typically do not accept Styrofoam because it is difficult to store due to its bulk. However, recycling helps to keep Styrofoam out of the waste stream and therefore out of the landfill where it can remain stagnant for more than a hundred years. A pound of Styrofoam, or polystyrene, recycled is a pound of new polystyrene that doesn’t have to be created. Currently in the United States expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging is being recycled at a low rate of approximately 10-12% each year. Dart, a leading producer of singleuse food service products, encourages the recycling of foam cups and foam foodservice products by offering three options, one of which includes drop-off locations for the general public throughout the United States. They have established more than 40 polystyrene drop-off locations in over 30 counties, transporting the material from each drop-off location to its Michigan recycling center for reprocessing. Dart works with hundreds of public schools, five state universities, and the State of Michigan to recycle all types of foam polystyrene products. Renew America, a national coalition of environmental groups, has named Dart’s Michigan County Recycling Program to its Index of Success annually since 1991. The Michigan Legislature praised Dart for its foam recycling efforts in a joint resolution passed in 1991. Be sure to check out Dart’s website, to see the various drop-off locations available for you to recycle your Styrofoam, including Tree Huggers in Holland and Grand Rapids. Sources:,,


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Third Coast Yoga Studio Community Spotlight by Julie Hurley


ogini Gretchen Cline of Third Coast Yoga has been an educator for most of her professional career, which spans almost 30 years. In fact, part of her ascribed spiritual name, Gurubanda Kaur, means “teacher, transforming wisdom”. The rest means “locked or strong foundation” and “the lioness who walks in beauty”. “I love creating curriculum, classes,” said Cline, an English, Women’s Studies and PE Yoga instructor at Muskegon Community College (MCC). “My first Hatha Yoga training in Traverse City synthesized many of my interests and passions—psychology, creative things, literature, yogic philosophy and how all of that relates to well-being and self transformation. It was the perfect place for me. I kept that in the back of my mind.” One decade later, she realized that merging her love of yoga with her love of teaching was her life-long dream, or in yogic terms—her Dharma or her life’s purpose—and began the process to become a teacher trainer (a “teacher of teachers”) of Yoga, specifically Hatha Level I Teacher Training, the very same course that inspired her years ago. “Over the course of 17 Saturdays from September through May, we cover a wide and encompassing range of study areas, including anatomy and physiology, techniques, teaching methodology, Yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics,” said Cline. “Homework for the course includes reading assignments, a 40-day personal sadhana (yogic practice), an independent yoga project and 20 additional yoga classes.” The course is Yoga Alliance-approved at the 200-hour level—a national organization that sets standards for yoga teachers and schools. The teacher training course is held in Cline’s studio, which was built as an addition to her home. “My studio is not very big, probably about 1,000 sq. ft., but I specifically designed it with high ceilings and added sun tubes, which let the light in but don’t bring any heat in. About 10 to 12 people can practice in there comfortably,” said Cline. “It’s also on the second floor, so it looks and feels like you’re in the clouds, overlooking a pine forest. I put my blood, sweat and tears into the studio and I’m very proud of the space—and my new gongs.” Cline recently purchased two symphonic gongs, the kind used in Kundalini yoga, and loves giving students a ‘gong bath.’ “It’s Yoga therapy, a part of the Kundalini yoga experience.” Cline took her first yoga class in 1987, though over the next several years didn’t really dedicate herself to a consistent practice. However, after becoming certified to teach, a few years later she began a small practice in a rented building in Grand Haven. She had an idea that in order to share yoga with others most effectively she needed to aspire to own a yoga center and become immersed in the business of yoga. “I was teaching at MCC at the time and I nearly gave up my career there,” said Cline. “But after seeing how things worked, I realized that I didn’t need to have the yoga center. I didn’t want to be a businessperson. Many successful people running studios had backers and partners with money and health insurance, but I didn’t. It’s really hard to make a living running a studio without backers. Plus, I didn’t want to keep books or do the business part.”

This revelation came to Cline while she had already been teaching one to two yoga classes a year for college credit in the PE department at MCC. Suddenly, her full time job was a gift. Her yoga classes were so successful that she was soon offered two to three classes a semester (aside from her English and Social Science courses as well), in addition to receiving benefits and a retirement. It was during this time that Cline, having just completed Professional Yoga Therapy certification, began seriously exploring Kundalini Yoga, and she wanted to incorporate it as a PE class at MCC. “I pulled together a curriculum after some research and presented it to the school chair; they accepted the program,” said Cline. “All the dots had been connected and things started lining up for me in the universe. I was getting paid to teach what I loved, while enjoying some financial security. And I still had a practice on the side, teaching one to two classes a week at my studio.” The MCC Kundalini and Hatha Yoga classes are very popular, with Cline admitting that she suspects most students sign up for it because they think it will be an easy credit. “It’s the only class where you’re required to take a nap,” she joked. “But we do a lot of learning as well, including anatomy, 50 yoga poses, alignment, adjustment, the history and Yoga sutras. I’ve had some students come back and tell me that it was the most important class they’d taken all year because it helped them handle the stress of being a student in today’s world.” Kundalini “refers to the life force energy that resides within each human being. Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., consists of postures, special breathing, hand and finger positions (mudra), chanting and meditation in a specific sequence to clear the energy channels and prepare the body and mind to manifest one’s awareness of his or her life force.” “Both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga (which is the most common form of Yoga) bring you to the same place; Kundalini Yoga just does it more quickly,” said Cline. “You can often feel the powerful effects of Kundalini Yoga after just a few minutes of practice,” In Yogic tradition, the Kundalini energy is portrayed as a coiled serpent resting at the base of the spine, or your first chakra. “Kundalini is your creative life force. By awakening it, you feel alive. That’s really all it is,” said Cline. “It works physiologically via the neuro-endocrine system to create a sense of positivity, and eliminate stress.” Cline is one of very few teachers of Kundalini Yoga in west Michigan, and Third Coast Yoga Studio/School is the only place in West Michigan to have what Cline calls an “amazing elevating yogic experience that integrates movement, sound, and meditation.” For more information visit or call 616-844-9074. See ad page 10 & 16. A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living. Visit her personal blog at She is also the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media, a publishing house in Grand Rapids. natural awakenings

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SOCCER’S A KICK FOR FAMILY FITNESS Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic

In many other countries, soccer is known as football, or even “the beautiful game,” because the grace and style of play is often considered as important as the final score. While less popular than other professional sports in this country, soccer’s suitability and benefits for today’s children have spawned its own American subculture.

A Few of My Favorite Things Suzanne King “My journey into the art world has taken many turns along the way,” advises fine artist Suzanne King. “What started as pure passion and the motivation to express myself eventually evolved into the desire to find more substance and purpose within my art.” King’s dynamic paintings, glowing with color and layered with texture, range from abstract works of spirituality to realistic portraits rendered in exacting detail. She draws creative inspiration from influences as diverse as Georgia O’Keeffe, whose brilliant perspectives she admires, and Mary Cassatt, for her skill in capturing scenes of intimacy that portray the essence of human nature. The Austin, Texas-based artist believes in giving back to her community, and she recently painted a children’s mural for the Dripping Springs Library. “I also love doing portraits of people as gifts and expressing the overflow of my heart in prophetic art, painted live during church services,” says King.


ith the 2012 Summer Olympic Games underway from July 27 through August 12, in London, many soccer moms and dads will be watching live or recorded matches with their children gathered around the TV. Among the 28 national male and female teams competing internationally, the U.S. women’s team brings special excitement as the defending Olympic champions in their division. Their shared enthusiasm is sure to inspire some family soccer ball kick-around action in the yard or a local park. Soccer is an ideal physical outlet for boys and girls because it’s considerably less violent than football; provides

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a great cardio workout; builds thought processes in employing strategies; instills teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship; and can facilitate meeting youngsters of various backgrounds. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way for parents to get some exercise while bonding with their children. US Youth Soccer, as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the national governing body, involves 3 million-plus youngsters ages 5 through 19 in soccer leagues, camps and local programs annually. Its yearly Youth Soccer Month, in September, will feature many community events, tips and discussions. Susan Boyd, of Mequon, Wisconsin, spent 15 years taking two of her sons to and from practices and matches from junior games all the way through high school teams.

“Every time they play is The number of youth teamwork and sportsmana highlight for me,” she ship. It also noted that says. “Win, lose or draw, soccer players in the the most common player they have such a passion United States has dou- injuries are minor sprains for the game. You all get and strains, followed by bled since 1990, to more bruises. Boyd advises, caught up in the power of the play and the magic than 4 million players. “Most of these require of the moment.” rest, ice, compression and A part-time writelevation for the injured ~U.S. Soccer Federation ing instructor at Carroll area, and a week away University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, from the sport. Don’t rush children back Boyd has been posting weekly parenonto the field; think long-term.” tal advice blogs on Current and longtime U.S. national for four years. One suggests that if field Olympic team member Christie Ramconditions are damp, parents should pone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, bring gallon-size baggies to protect the notes that because soccer doesn’t car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, involve the hands, “Youngsters get used plus a change of clothes for the players. to using other, different muscle groups, In another, she asks parents “not to be allowing for optimal strength and coorsnooty or pompous” if their child’s team dination.” She suggests that parents have is better than the opposition and to “have children also note some non-action elemore patience with referees that don’t ments of the sport, such as the commumeet your standard of perfection in calls.” nication occurring on the soccer field. Because soccer calls for near Even when people in the stands constant movement—running with or are loudly shouting encouragement, toward the ball or walking into a better players are talking with each other and position on the field—it’s an effective using body language to enhance their antidote to childhood obesity. The Presiteam play. “Point out to kids the posident’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutive emotions and energy expressed trition ( suggests that children when things don’t go well. Even though get one hour or more a day in either the game can be frustrating at times, moderate or vigorous aerobic physical learn from how the players stay poised activity. For adults, the recommendation and focused throughout the match.” is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous For more information, also visit aerobic activity. Playing or practicing and soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Randy Kambic, who played soccer in Pediatrics Association (HealthyChildren. school, is a freelance writer and editor org) cited soccer as a way for children in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for to be physically active while they learn Natural Awakenings.

SOCCER AS A FAMILY AFFAIR Here are some ways small groups of two or more soccer neophytes can join in the fun. n Start by using the sides of the feet at a 90-degree angle to the path of the ball

and tap it back and forth. n Soon, start using more of the instep in kicking the ball to lift it into the air a

little. Also, when “trapping” (controlling) the ball, pull a foot or leg back slightly upon contact, so that it settles closer. n With three people, arrange everyone in a triangle. Later, slightly changing posi-

tions can further improve ball passing and controlling abilities. n Play “keep away,” with a third person in-between the other two. n Eventually, start juggling—keeping the ball aloft and glancing off the feet,

thighs, chest and head (no hands)—thus expanding basic skills and providing a progressive number of hits without drops for each player to keep trying to surpass. natural awakenings

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hildren know that the wonders of creation may be comprehended through the five senses; for what are the senses really, but five portals, or ways, of knowing? Watching any group of children for a time brings a distinct sense that they are closer to understanding all that the senses have to teach us. They don’t just smell a flower; they inhale it. An ant is best observed not from a standing position, but on one’s belly. They do not simply taste something good and move on, they roll it around the tongue, lick it gradually and make it last. Children savor their senses, patiently waiting for the full story to emerge. A child’s imagination is embellished by the senses to the point of celebration. Children are teachable because they are hitting on all cylinders of human sensory perception and can never get enough. A child at play is a child with portals wide open. If adults lived that way—hilariously, at full speed, unencumbered—how much more

might they perceive and how much more might others perceive in them? To that child at play, there is something of God that is also in the rain, the mud and the untethered laughter that rings out from the puddle-splasher. So, how do we come back to our senses? Revel in the little things. Cook together and discuss how every sense comes into play. One of many people’s favorite activities is to make organic popcorn, a wonderful object lesson in how all the senses work together to yield a pleasurable result. Hear it pop, smell its mouthwatering goodness, see how the kernels expand, taste the yummy results and feel the difference between popped and unpopped corn, lightly topped with natural salt. “Feely” bags are fun. Place a fruit or vegetable in a small sack or clean sock and have kids guess what’s inside by listening to the sound it makes when shaken, what it smells like, what it feels like and with eyes closed, what a small bite tastes like. Lastly, let them look inside. We do well to keep our eyes peeled too, like children, and be amazed by all the ways life is continuously communicating with us. Clint Kelly is the author of the Sensation series of thrillers, based on the human senses. He lives with his wife in the high-touch beauty of Washington State.

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher


ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your 18

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Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.


How to Keep Your Dollars Working Locally

itch the Cards. All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so try the human approach and bank in person. Make purchases with cash or second best, write a check. If plastic is the only choice, choose a debit card. Local merchants lose some of their potential profit each time you use a card, but they pay up to seven times more in fees when it’s a credit card. Studies show that people spend 12 to 18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash. Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank. Spend Deliberately. Forget Internet deals; shop local and independent. Support second-hand markets by buying used, and barter and trade services when possible. Look for goods grown and made nearby. Research purchases carefully; find easy company-screening assistance at Green America’s Responsible Shopper website ( Shorten Loan Lengths. To maximize interest paid by customers, banks offer to stretch out terms. Avoid the 30-year mortgage or the seven-year car loan. If you’re stuck with one on paper, change the terms yourself. Decide the loan duration that’s best for you and pay down the principal. Calculators at sites like can be used for any loans, not just mortgages. Earn Feel-Good Interest. A community development bank will reinvest money from a CD back into the local community and pay you interest. So will alternative savings tools

offered by RSF Social Finance or the Community Investment Note from the nonprofit Calvert Foundation, which also lets you target by cause, such as public radio stations. Put money into microloans and receive no interest, but big returns in socioeconomic justice. Closer to home, consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece. Create a DIY Retirement Fund. Avoiding Wall Street’s ubiquitous 401k can be tricky. One way is via “self-directed” IRAs and Roth IRAs. These require the account owner— you—to make the investment decisions. With or without the counsel of a personal financial advisor, you get to decide what types of projects to invest in—from local green businesses to real estate. Invest in Home. Investing in your home strengthens the community and builds wealth. Pay down your mortgage, and then use that equity when it’s time to retire. Want more investment? Do it with a second property and be a local landlord, or invest in your children’s homes. Beyond mortgages, invest in your home’s energy efficiency for an ongoing solid rate of return. Or become your own utility by tying your home’s alternative energy system into the power grid. Remember Your Community. Buy shares of a local co-op— utility, food or store—or jump on a direct public offering. Seek out or start a community investment group to connect local businesses with local investors. Look for community revolving loan funds that allow participation by individual investors, such as Cascadia (Pacific Northwest), Economic and Community Development Notes for Invest Local Ohio, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and North Carolina’s Mountain BizWorks. Source: The editors of YES! magazine.

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Calling All

Fracktivists by Amanda Merritt


ydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking”, has been all the rage as of lately. It appears to be undoubtedly a clear answer to our depleting natural gas resource. However, along with all of the many benefits of this process, there are numerous dangers involved that we, as citizens, should be aware of. Fracking is a new term to many of us, partly because it has only successfully been around since 1997. defines fracking as, “the process in which water laced with abrasives and chemicals is injected into underground rock formations to extract natural gas.” offers a much more in-depth explanation of the process that can be broken down as follows: First, a wellbore is drilled with the help of drilling mud to cool and lubricate the drill bit (the mud also helps stabilize the wellbore and carry the rock fragment cuttings to the surface). The drilling continues well below the aquifer, where we obtain our groundwater from. The drill pipe and bit are then removed, and surface casings are set inside the well. This tube stabilizes the well sides and creates a protective barrier. Cement is then pumped into the well and out of the casings to displace any remaining drilling fluids and to permanently secure the casing in its place. This part of the process creates a seal that is supposed to protect the ground water from contamination and keep any outside materials from entering. Next, the pipe and drill bit are once again lowered back into the well, and another layer of casing is put in. About 500 feet above the hydrocarbon baring shale formation, a specific, down-hole drilling motor with sophisticated measuring instruments begins the angled drilling to create a horizontal path to penetrate the targeted layer of gas or oil baring shale. Once the desired length of this path is reached, the casing process is repeated through the entire path. Then, a perforating tool is inserted to create holes in the well before fracturing fluid (mostly water and sand, but also chemicals added to improve the flow) is pumped into the well and through those holes into the shale where it proceeds to fracture the shale. Water is removed at this point, but the sand remains, holding the fractures open and allowing the gas to travel from the shale to the well. Once the fractures are complete, the plugs are removed and gas flows to the surface. The entire drilling process can take from two to three months, but hydraulic fracturing takes only days and can allow for 20-40 years of energy production. This process then reduces the footprint of drilling and makes it possible to produce oil and natural gas in places where prior technologies could not do so. Therefore, as technology improves, access to abundant resources increases, which allows fracking to promise more affordable energy and more stable prices. In fact, according to, in the last five years, 20

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natural gas reserves grew 30 percent and in the last few years alone we have increased onshore natural gas production by more than 20 percent. Total oil production has approximately tripled since 2005. In addition to the increased energy production, fracking keeps jobs that had been going overseas here in America and assures higher incomes and a better energy future for all Americans. The industry calls for new businesses wherever it goes—businesses to provide supplies from nuts and bolts to steel-toed boots to hotels and restaurants for the industrial employees to take advantage of. Fracking seems to truly promise a bright future for our country. However, as previously mentioned, there are countless contemptuous dangers that many are completely unaware of. The process of fracking is not currently regulated at the federal level, meaning it is up to the states to take precautionary steps to ensure the practice is safe. Vermont is currently the only state to completely ban the process as a whole. Clean Water Action said, “A recent Congressional investigation has found that 32 million gallons of diesel fuel have been illegally injected into the ground as a fracking chemical in 19 different states from 2005 to 2009. Diesel fuel is believed to be particularly damaging to water supplies, and because of this, remains the only fracking chemical still regulated under the Underground Injection Control program of the Safe Drinking Water Act.” This incident aside, frackers have claimed that the chemicals used in the fracking process are safe, yet some drilling companies have consistently refused to provide a comprehensive list of the chemical additives used in fracking fluid. Josh Fox, a well-known “Fracktivist”, has supplied the internet with several films against fracking. In his video, The Sky is Pink, Fox notes that fracking is “an inherently contaminating process” that severely damages the watersheds, causes massive land scarring, air pollution, a public health crisis, truck traffic, miles of pipelines, blow-outs, spills, accidents, etc. In the actual fracking process, the casings leak oil and toxins in the form of “uncontrolled discharge” into aquifers, the source of our drinking water. The only way to stop this from happening would be to ensure that the casings would last forever, which is highly unlikely for any manmade product. The uncontrolled discharge release both biogenic and thermogenic gasses that can directly contaminate the water supply. There are several reports of citizens lighting their tap water on fire as a result of the thermogenic gas released into the aquifer in the process of fracking. Fracking’s dangers far surpass the pollution of our water. The trucks used to transport supplies and natural gas destroy our roads. The air emissions involved in the process allude to higher cancer risks for residents living near the wells. In ad-

dition to higher cancer risks, Businessweek. com reported, “Benzene, a carcinogen, and chemicals that can irritate eyes and cause headaches, sore throats or difficulty breathing, were found in air close to the wells.” Also, cement failure has caused explosive blow-outs. Though fracking may look safe today, it clearly might not be safe tomorrow. At this point, most of us should probably be wondering why we haven’t heard of the many dangers imposed on us by fracking. We have to remember that it is still a rather new process. However, the fracking industry has consistently set out to save face and to hide the truth about all that fracking entails. Fox, in The Sky is Pink, noted that Hill and Knowlton, the same public relations firm that was responsible in the 50s for trying to claim that cigarette smoking did not cause lung cancer, was also hired by the American Natural Gas Association to dispel any rumors that fracking was bad. Just as there’s no safe cigarette, there’s no safe drilling. So what exactly do we need to pay attention to here in Michigan? The Collingwood Shale should be our first point of focus. This is located in the counties of Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Antrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, Monmorency, Alpena, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogeman, Iosco, Lake, Clare and Gladwin. says that this particular shale is 40-45 feet thick and between 10,00012,000 feet below Northern Michigan. In 2008, Encana, a Canadian oil drilling firm, began buying up mineral rights acreage and drilled their first well in 2010 in Missaukee County. In addition to the Collingwood Shale, the Utica (or Antrim) shale covers the majority of the Lower Peninsula, and will very soon be tapped into. This may create, in a sense, a “gold rush” toward the state of Michigan for all it has to potentially offer in natural gas. Sure, economically, fracking may be very beneficial to our state, but clearly the dangers of this process need to be greatly taken into consideration before we delve into a process that may destroy our land and ultimately ourselves.

Amanda Merritt is the Assistant Publisher of Natural Awakenings of West Michigan. She is currently finishing her final year at Cornerstone University, studying Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at natural awakenings

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riving a vehicle to work, the store and the gym on congested roads does more than try our patience—those daily petroleumpowered trips are polluting the planet. The Clean Air Council reports that each gallon of gas we use on the road results in 20 more pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) mucking up the atmosphere we breathe. In fact, all motor vehicles combined are responsible for 31 percent of the total CO2 emissions currently contributing to global warming. Because most car trips are short— the National Household Travel Survey finds that half of all the trips we make are three miles or less, 72 percent of these in motor vehicles—they could be replaced with a more eco-friendly ride. With such a wide variety of snazzy new options available, from cargo bicycles to electric motorcycles, it’s never been easier to move on our best intentions.

ergonomically designed with higher pedals and large, back-supporting seats that distribute a rider’s weight—allowing people of all shapes and sizes to lean back and pedal comfortably while maintaining safety and speed. These people-friendly cycles can be of typical bike length or longer, and some are trikes, with two back wheels. They also can be equipped with a pod-like cover for year-round riding. The covered, aerodynamic, threewheeled versions are known as velomobiles, or bicycle cars. Rod Miner, president of Lightfoot Cycles, which specializes in recumbent bikes, sideby-side four-wheel tandems, adult trikes with cargo and pet carriers, and velomobiles, says that almost every model can be given added oomph with an electric- or a small-engine assist. “For the cost of a gallon of gas,” Miner says, “one of our super-efficient, electrically assisted cycles can travel 1,200 miles.”

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ELECTRIC BIKES: These offer a zippy, eco-friendly way to run errands, combining pedal power with the assistance of a small electric motor that facilitates speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They require no gas, license or registration, and often are allowed on roads where mopeds and scooters are offlimits. A good electric bike can travel 40 to 50 miles on a single charge. In another twist, the power of the motors in Kalkhoff brand bikes, known as pedelec bikes in Europe, increases the more you pedal. Examples at, kabs, and ILove (Liberty Electric Bikes). ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES: Electric motorcycles provide the same thrill and speed as gas-powered versions, minus the noise and dirty emissions. These motorcycles are ready to race: The Mission R electric racing superbike is not only a sleek-looking machine, but can go from zero to fast in one gear. They also look nearly identical to a traditional ride, hosting a battery pack and motor in place of the powertrain. Because motorcycles are small and efficient, they don’t require heavy battery packs, and can be plugged into any home outlet to charge. Most will run for about two hours, or 40 to 50 miles on a charge. A federal incentive of a 10 percent tax credit helps with the purchase price, along with state incentives active in California, Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina and pending in many other states (update at ZeroMotorcycles. com/it/incentives). Examples at; RideMission. com (Mission Motors). For more information see Popular Mechanics’ Electric Motorcycle Guide, tinyurl. com/3ddeej6. ELECTRIC DIRT BIKES: Nature lovers may recoil at the idea of gas-powered dirt bikes or motocross bikes tearing around trails, but in desig-

nated spots, they can provide the thrill riders seek, minus the noxious exhaust and noisy, revving engines. In fact, Dirt Rider Magazine says of the all-electric Zero X dirt bike: “Utter silence... is the inevitable sound of the future of offroad motorcycle riding.” Its battery charger plugs in to any standard outlet, and all of the company’s lithium-ion power packs are recycled. While the battery-powered Zero can reach off-road speeds of up to 47 mph, the company Razor also designs scaled-down electric motocross bikes (and quads and scooters) for younger enthusiasts that are built for fun, with speeds of up to 14 mph for up to 10 miles on a single charge. Examples at and ZeroMotor (search Dirt). LONGTAIL AND CARGO BIKES: Longtail, or cargo, bikes are designed for carting everything from groceries to kids. An extended mount for the back tire gives riders extra space to use as a long, flat seat for kids to straddle, with space on either side for saddlebags (called panniers) or other bucket- or basket-type attachments. It has a bit larger turning radius and two kickstands for keeping the bike upright when stationary. With a base price often upwards of $1,000, cargo-oriented riders may wish to opt to convert an existing bicycle into a longtail with a backend attachment like the Free Radical from Xtracycle, which can be bolted on to provide two deep compartments for hauling up to 200 pounds of carry-ons. Madsen bikes come equipped with a large, sturdy bucket that supplies a fun ride for young ones—or for packing beach gear or shopping bags. Examples at, Surly and

BALANCE BIKES: Pedalless or “walking” balance bikes (also known as run bikes) are all the rage in kids’ bicycles today, and a quick perusal of YouTube videos of kids riding them shows why. Because little ones are able to use their feet to push off the ground, then lift their feet as the bike rolls forward, even tots as young as 2 or 3 can do some serious cruising. Not only can they go somewhat faster than they would with a hard-to-accelerate tricycle, they also learn how to balance themselves, facilitating a quicker transition to a larger bike without training wheels when the time comes. Examples at, and BIKE ACCESSORIES: Rock the Bike, a collaboration of inventors and advocates in Berkeley, California, wants to make bike riding a fun, community-centered, mainstream activity with citizen advocates everywhere. Products offered by Rock the Bike are designed to make daily commuting and night riding easier, including cargo bikes designed for hauling heavy stuff; the Biker Bar, which allows several riders to produce clean energy from pedaling together (providing a steady 200 watts of power); Bike Blenders, which let riders pedal their way to tasty smoothies; and The Down Low Glow multi-colored neon lighting for bike frames that provides better nighttime visibility. Information at Brita Belli, the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Urban Walkabout Traveling Afoot Sustains a Sense of Community by Meredith Montgomery


hile traveling abroad, Dan Burden fell in love with some cities, but was unable to pinpoint why. “Then I realized that they were just like American cities, except they were designed the time-honored way, for people, and just accommodating their cars, not the other way around,” he says. Imagine a busy, people-filled scene in Austin, Texas, Fairbanks, Alaska, or New York City, in contrast to an empty street in a sprawling, suburban neighborhood, with many garages, but few sidewalks and community parks. As co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WalkLive. org), headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington, Burden has spent the last 20 years imagining and fostering walkability by shifting the design focus of cities from cars to people. He believes a community qualifies as walkable when walking around in it is a natural activity.

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other amenities to make walking feasible and enjoyable. Streets are designed to keep speeds low, with on-street parking, medians, trees and an absence of one-way roads that flush traffic in and out during rush hour. Walking and biking trails are well connected. Where cul-de-sacs fracture street layouts, trail links reconnect neighborhoods. A walkable destination also includes an intact town center with a compact layout of mixed-income housing near businesses and schools. A library, post office, shops and restaurants enhance the central mix. Accessible public spaces, plus parks, provide gathering spots and meeting places. Walkable features provide multiple benefits. Environmentally, they encourage smart property development. Rehabbed historic buildings become the place to live, work and play. Older, non-historic structures are replaced with compact, mixed-use buildings for street-level businesses with residential apartments above. Without a need for massive parking lots and multiple driveways, town centers instead invest in green spaces and walkways. While decreasing fossil fuel use by driving less, citizens simultaneously benefit in improved personal health as increased physical activity becomes a natural part of everyday life. According

to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs six to 10 pounds less than one from a sprawling neighborhood. Improvements to increase walkability make economic sense; a valued, and thus valuable, investment, especially when municipal budgets are tight. “Municipalities simply can’t afford to build the massive-scale roads we need to keep traffic moving if we force everyone into their car all the time,” observes Burden. Research by CEOs for Cities that analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions found that higher walkability scores were directly linked to higher home values in 13 of the 15 metro areas; homes that scored above average on walkability are worth $4,000 to $34,000 more than similar, but less walkable, homes.

Superior Quality of Life For Fairhope, Alabama, resident Daphne Dvorak, walking is a necessity. Since being diagnosed with macular degeneration two years ago, Dvorak hasn’t been able to drive. “It’s a good thing I love walking,” she smiles. “I walk everywhere.” At 87 years young, her daily routine includes walking for coffee at 5:30 a.m. before walking to work at a downtown bank and later, to the post office. She also walks to visit friends at a nearby retirement community, to church on Sundays and to the grocery store. Despite her inability to read street signs, Dvorak exclaims, “I’m amazed at everything I see when I walk. It’s surprising how much enjoyment you can get out of everything around you.” Oakland, California resident Benjamin McGriff is grateful for the expanded sense of home afforded by walkable city life. He remarks, “The line between your autonomous life in your physical residence and shared, day-to-day experiences within a community becomes blurred.” This heightened sense of connection to one’s neighborhood is inversely captured in Sightline Institute’s Cascadia Scorecard, which tracks seven

“The benefits of making commercial districts and neighborhoods more walkable go beyond healthy lifestyles. Because baby boomers are going to need to rely less on driving as they age and the millennial generation favors a more urban experience, the demand for walkability will soar. There’s a direct economic payoff for investing in communities made  for people, not just cars.” ~ Rick Cole, city manager, Ventura, California trends crucial to a sustainable future for the Pacific Northwest: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife and pollution. They found that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10 percent. The best benefits of walkable communities are less tangible and more intuited. Whether it’s the stimulating energy of a bustling big-city street corner or the tranquility of quiet spots with tree-shaded public benches, walkable communities enjoy a character and quality that draws people in and grounds them in a satisfying sense of place. “It’s why you often find people from such places celebrating and defending their particular enclave,” says McGriff, “as if the idea of that place is a part of their family. In a sense, it is.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (Healthy natural awakenings

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The un-family meal

Healthy Eating, Family-Style

No-Fuss, Stay-Trim Strategies by Matthew Kadey


n exhausting routine of early morning wakeups, soccer practices and work deadlines makes it understandably easy to put healthy family eating on the back burner. As more time-strapped families adopt drive-through dining, it’s no surprise that weight scales nationwide are buckling under the pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults are obese. But the expanding-waistline epidemic impacts far more than just the quality of life among adults. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 16 percent of children are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent knocking on the door.


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According to Sally Phillips, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert at Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital, a child that has an unhealthy body weight not only often has self-esteem issues, but is also at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, plus orthopedic challenges; all health problems that possibly could impact life expectancy. More, childhood obesity that progresses into adulthood has been linked to increased artery wall thickness—a marker for atherosclerosis. Because many overweight children become plump adults, lifestyle modification at an early age is vital. Try these no-fuss strategies from experts to overcome today’s pitfalls to attaining family nutrition.

The sit-down meal is an endangered family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

Liquid calories

Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quicker,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers

confirmed that a greater intake of these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so they get in the aquadrinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassiumrich coconut water.

Chicken again?

Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread— week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a newfood-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two.

She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

Snack attacks

With so much unhealthy snack food marketed toward kids, it’s easy for youngsters to graze their way to a bigger waistline. Findings shared by Italian university researchers in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of high-calorie, snacktype foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks. Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul. First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the goodversus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making after-school smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods—provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s whole-grain, low in calories and high in filling fiber. natural awakenings

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Meals in a hurry

The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of

have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins.

families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always

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by Kim Racette ith preparations underway for an upcoming departure by Dr. Michael T. Burcon, B.Ph., D.C. to treat patients in New Zealand, the waiting room at Burcon Chiropractic was full of people seeking treatment for a variety of ailments before he left. Narendra Raythattma - with his wife Kalpana from New Jersey - was hoping for treatment for Meniere’s disease, as was Kim Sivertson who had come from Arizona with her husband Mitch. “I’ve had people crawl down my office floor to the wastebasket and throw up from the nausea of Meniere’s,” said Dr. Burcon ruefully. “It’s a nasty disease, but we can usually help people get their heads on straight, as we like to say.” Both Raythattma and Sivertson will remain in Grand Rapids for several days while receiving treatment. They both hope to return home healed, and Dr. Burcon – or Dr. Mike as his patients call him – has a high rate of success. “We can usually help about nine out of ten people that we see with Meniere’s disease, and although it’s more challenging to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia successfully, we can help,” he said. “It can be a tremendous relief for their families too, because these health issues and the care giving involved are so difficult for them too.” He treats patients suffering from more common complaints including allergies, pinched nerves, and spasmodic muscles, but specializes in and has become known for the Upper Cervical Health Care he provides. His undergraduate degree is from Grand Valley State University, and his doctorate is from Sherman College of Chiropractic. He has practiced CranioSacral therapy for forty five years, and is certified by the Upledger Institute. It was during a difficult time that Dr. Mike found his calling to enter the medical profession. “I was the top salesman out of 1,200 people for Sears Home Improvements, when my dad – who everyone called Walt - developed a rare form of tumor in his heart,” he explained. “I found that caring for him was a fulfilling experience. At that same time, my employer laid off 50,000 people in one day – and I lost my cushy job - but that turned out to be OK for me. It was the silver lining of a very stressful time because it led me to this profession.” Interested in x-ray technology, Dr. Mike considered radiology, but a chance conversation ultimately led him to chiropractic care. “A radiologist takes the shots that are ordered, and then doesn’t actively continue in the treatment process,” he explained. “When someone suggested I should become a chiropractor that really appealed to me for a couple of reasons. I could take the x-rays I wanted, and then determine a course of treatment based on those results.” The educational journey was not an easy one, but Dr. Burcon said that he enjoyed every minute of it. “Over 12 years I went to seven different schools to pursue the training I needed,” he said with a laugh. “Eventually I opened my practice in 1999 on Cascade Road in an old schoolhouse, and in 2006 we moved to this location.” The “we” refers to his staff, and especially his wife Jane, who works in the practice alongside him. “When we met I said that day


that I would marry her,” he said. “We dated, but then moved our separate ways. A sympathy card after my dad passed encouraged me to reconnect, and that eventually brought us together.” Jane taught elementary school for many years, teaching in Denver, Vienna, Kuwait, Mexico, and Kent City. After completing his degree he initially considered opening his practice in Florida, but Jane wouldn’t go because her mother needed her still in Michigan. As the practice evolved, so too did Dr. Mike. “Many of the things I’ve undertaken have been in response to what patients have needed or asked for, because in order to treat them I had to learn.” As he learned, especially after becoming an Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractor, he began to publish, leading to invitations to share his knowledge first in the United States, and then internationally at symposiums and conferences. He started the Burcon Chiropractic Research Institute two years ago- as a way to share treatment options that had not been previously written about - so that others could benefit. “There was no written information on the treatment of Meniere’s and Trigeminal Neuralgia when I first started practicing,” he explained. “Now you’ll find my research published on other websites - which is fine - and these papers are one way that many people find me. This has also given him credibility among the medical community, who can be at odds with chiropractic care. Kim Sivertson agrees with that need, because she saw firsthand that the medical community needs to recognize it as a treatment option and refer patients to it when it’s appropriate. “I was treated with surgery, physical therapy, drugs – which all have side effects - and although they may have helped it didn’t take care of the problems,” she explained. “The medical profession should not see chiropractic care as beneath them, or as competition, but embrace it when it can be what is needed to heal someone who is suffering.” Dr. Mike continues to be a student, but now it’s less about formal schooling and more about exploring how he can help to make a difference. “After the attacks on September 11, 2011 I went to Ground Zero in New York, to work with those assisting in the rescue efforts,” he said. “There was one church left standing among those buildings where teams of assistance personnel like me were waiting to help in any way we could,” he said. “I spent 40 hours there adjusting fire fighters, medical personnel, even the first person there who later died from exposure to the fumes in the debris. I asked him why they weren’t wearing masks, because I knew that was so bad, and told him to get out.” An adjustment table donated by Dr. Mike has also made it to Haiti, where over 6,500 people have been helped by local chiropractors on the scene. When Dr. Mike and his wife Jane are not working, they enjoy cooking together (and have even won a few competitions!) and he credits his dad not only for helping him discover his calling in chiropractic care but for developing his cooking skills too. “When I needed money for college, my dad wouldn’t give it to me so I could pay for it,” he explained with a smile. “He gave me the money for a restaurant though, so I could earn it.” For more information about Meniere’s disease or Trigeminal Neuralgia visit the website at See related story Natural Awakenings Issue June 2012 page 29. For more information about Burcon Chiropractic or to schedule an evaluation or consultation call 616-575-9990, or visit the website at The office is located at 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. Suite 252 in Grand Rapids. See ad page 32. natural awakenings

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Balance Blesses Our Youth Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel by Meredith Montgomery

Race to Nowhere reveals the problems associated with America’s academic testing culture. What are the most critical weaknesses of today’s public school system? It is breaking my heart to see enrichment programs sacrificed on the altar of standardized testing and such extreme focus on the core academic skills. We certainly want our children to have these skills, but we are losing sight of how much is learned through play, imagination, art and music. High school students feel tremendous pressure to succeed. It seems that as a society, we are displacing our own anxieties about the unstable economy 30

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linical Psychologist and author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., is known for the practical parenting advice featured in her books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is a leading expert appearing in Race to Nowhere, a documentary film examining the achievement-obsessed culture permeating America’s schools, and serves on the advisory board of Challenge Success, an organization that supports schools and families in reversing and preventing the unhealthy tolls assessed by our current educational system. Speaking from the perspective of her “compassionate detachment” philosophy, Mogel explores the educational challenges that students face today and offers some solutions.

and the condition of the planet onto our children. As we try to arm them with a set of skills to face an uncertain future, we are also losing sight of who they are as individuals. Too often we overlook the reality that some young people are not natural scholars, athletes or gregarious leaders, but possess other equally worthy abilities.

How are such blind spots affecting our youths? Students are paying the price for the pressure being put on them on multiple levels: Heavy backpacks are damaging their spines, sleep deprivation interferes with their learning process and expectation of perfection can lead to girls with eating disorders and demoralized boys with a desire to give up. I routinely speak with students that feel compelled to personally end hunger in Rwanda while they must also score high grades in several advanced placement classes, excel in multiple extracurricular activities and maintain a slender figure. Some of these same high school kids tell me they fear that scoring a B- on a quiz may cause their parents to divorce or drive their mothers into depression, partly based on some sense that adult pride and security rest on their children’s accomplishment.

What can teachers do to facilitate healthy learning environments? While teachers can set an example of work-life balance, exuberance and

involvement for young people, healthy teacher-parent relationships are vital, as well. Anxious parents can sometimes act like bullies to teachers when they are concerned about their child’s success. I encourage teachers to work with parents in a respectful and diplomatic way, without becoming defensive or taking anything too personally; I remind them that parents are often just nervous.

What advice do you have for parents of young children? Encourage learning via this wonderful, natural world. Children are natural theologians, biologists, seekers of social justice, artists, poets and above all, explorers and inventors. We serve children well if we see them as seeds that came in a packet without a label. Our job is to provide sufficient food and water and pull the biggest weeds. We don’t know what kind of flower we’ll get or when it will bloom.

How can parents foster learning and success in all of their children at home? A big piece of a parent’s responsibility is to clearly see each of their children for who they are, independent of parental preconceptions and dreams, and to foster that individual’s strengths and enthusiasm for life, instead of struggling to fit him or her into society’s narrow definitions of success. A snapshot taken of a child today should not be confused with the epic movie of his or her entire life. Good parents model balance; but the default position in our culture has become overindulgence, overprotection, overscheduling and expectations of perfection. When parents pick their kids up from school, instead of cross-examining them about test scores and who they sat with at lunch, a mom or dad can share something delightful about their own day; something interesting they saw or did or thought that reminded them of their son or daughter. Communicate that it’s a pleasure to be a parent and an adult. Show them that as grownups, we continue to learn new things. Inspire them to want to be happy adults and parents. Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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hallenge Success (, a project of Stanford University’s School of Education, works with schools, parents and youths to develop and institute customized action plans to improve student well-being and engagement. According to the nonprofit organization’s cofounder, Denise Pope, Ph.D., “We recognize the great pressure being put on today’s kids in regard to performance, tests and grades. Unfortunately, this is keeping many of them from becoming resilient, motivated, active contributors in society. Our initiative provides a voice of reason, translating research into actions that allow students to thrive.” Offerings include practical and engaging classes, online courses and videos for parents that help them learn best practices for their children. As one example, “We encourage parents to avoid overscheduling,” says Pope. “Every child needs playtime, downtime and family time every day.” For schools seeking reform, Challenge Success offers dynamic conferences in which a team of administrators, teachers, parents and students, led by a consulting coach, creates site-specific strategies for change. Proven tips for fostering balance at home: Have fun: Unstructured playtime for young children is important, as is free time for teens to socialize and pursue hobbies. Relax: Permit time for rest and rejuvenation. Encourage self-directed relaxation through reading and playing or listening to music, while moderating screen time. Connect as a family: Aim for at least 20 minutes of daily family time. Enjoy meals together, consider going for a family walk or designate an “unplugged” time for everyone. Ideas for schools and teachers to explore: Revise school schedules and homework policies. Consider block schedules, trimesters or a later start to the school day. Schedule quarterly “no homework” nights and/or “off weeks”, when no testing is allowed. Emphasize projects and problem-based learning. Achievement improves when students are engaged in hands-on learning. Make daily assignments relevant to students’ lives and try assigning a final project in lieu of a final exam. Explore alternative and authentic forms of assessment. Because not all students perform well on tests, multiple forms of assessment, such as narrative reports, writing assignments or creative projects, can augment scores to more effectively reveal where teachers need to focus attention. Enhance the climate of care. Encourage positive student/faculty relationships, so that teachers are approachable and accessible. Establish stress reduction and relaxation techniques, plus mindfulness activities. Educate students, parents and teachers to work together. Sponsor professional development workshops for faculty on the causes of student stress and coping strategies. Empower students to find the “right fit” college or post-secondary path, while debunking the myth that there is only one path to success. natural awakenings

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Cherished Family Members Solutions for Pass-Around Pets by Rebecca Ryan

Animal companions provide entertainment, comfort and unconditional acceptance and become part of the family. When major changes affect the lives of owners, they also affect pets. What happens to them when family dynamics shift?

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hen Kaitlin Crocker arrived in North Grafton, Massachusetts, at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she met up with another new arrival, a 3-year-old beagle named Daisy. Usually such dogs are acquired from research facilities so that students can perform physical health exams and work to socialize them. Crocker notes, “Daisy might never have been outside before; she was afraid of the door, the steps and big dogs. I was glad to see that once her nose took over, she decided a walk was kind of fun.” Tufts dogs are typically available for adoption afterward, and Daisy moved in with Crocker’s parents, until Crocker finished school. “Daisy got along well with our family dog, Hawk. She adjusted to home life, especially after we added lights in the back yard, because she was afraid of the dark,” recalls her mother.

After graduation, the newly minted veterinarian married and found a house with a nice yard for Daisy. The dog’s only apparent problem so far has been with a hissing feline called Gracie, whom Daisy has decided to ignore. Daisy’s next adjustment will be the arrival of a human baby; one of Crocker’s girlfriends is aiding the preparation by bringing her baby to visit, so Daisy can learn about bottles, diapers and crying infants. After Jessica Albon’s apartment building was sold, she and her Labrador retriever, Izzy, relocated to a 300-square-foot apartment on her parent’s property, with shared kitchen facilities. “It caused some friction,” admits this Winston-Salem website designer and owner of Thrive Your Tribe. “Two-year-old Izzy was full of energy, and our ideas of training differed.” Albon couldn’t find an apartment willing to

take a large pet, so her answer was to buy a house. Business travel from New York also takes Steven Rice, a vice president at public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, away from his rescue dog, Samantha. Then, “My parents get the fun of having a dog around without the fulltime commitment,” says Rice, “while Samantha enjoys the change from a city apartment to a large backyard.” The dog has favorite toys, her regular food and her own bed nearby, so she feels right at home. In the case of divorce, courts routinely treat pets as property, rather than family, although attitudes are changing as judges recognize the emotional attachment of both parties. Attorneys encourage couples to decide where the pet will live. “During our divorce, the issue of who would get custody of our beagle almost took us by surprise,” says David Bakke, the Atlanta-based online editor of Money Crashers Personal Finance, headquartered in Chicago. “We were so involved in the issues of child custody, alimony and child support that we didn’t discuss Rocky until late in the process.” “My wife got primary custody of our children. We decided it would be in the best interests of both our dog and our kids that they live together,” Bakke

says. “When they visit me, they bring Rocky with them. I miss him, but I also know this is best for everyone else.” When children are not an issue, pets can become a primary concern in divorces. “We never had children and our Yorkshire terrier, Clover, became our substitute,” says Courtney Karem, marketing director at the Bougainvillea Clinique, in Winter Park, Florida. “My ex-husband eventually moved a few hours away, but we arrange for him to see Clover, who lives with me.” In acrimonious divorce cases, matrimonial Attorney Rachel Weisman, founder of Weisman Law Group, in New York City, has dealt with pet ownership. There have been occasions where a spouse denies rightful visitation before custody is determined or even gives the pet away without consensual agreement. If there is a possibility of abuse, a protective order for the animal can be obtained, advises Weisman. The core question is what is the key to the pet’s health and happiness? Times of change are stressful for all concerned, but can be made easier for pets by keeping their interests in mind, just as one would with beloved children.

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Helpful Tips for Shared Custody 4 Visit the new location together. Give the pet sufficient time to explore and become comfortable. 4 Pack a doggie suitcase with familiar items, including food, leash, bedding, favorite chew and other toys, yummy treats and an item of unwashed clothing with the owner’s scent on it. 4 Provide written instructions about feeding, activities, likes, dislikes and any fears, plus the current family schedule, especially if a former spouse has a new partner. 4 Stick to the pet’s regular daily routines as much as possible. Source: Linda Michaels, dog psychologist and owner of Wholistic Dog Training, in San Diego, CA

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Healthseekers Classes w/ Dr. Ragini F. Pierce6:15-7:15 pm. There is a high level of vibrant health available to you way beyond the absence of pain. Vibrational remedies are a wonderful complement to chiropractic. FREE. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.

Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. $5. Holistic Care Approach. Grand Rapids. 269-908-1016.

Are Your Cosmetics Toxic to You & Your Children?- 7:00-9:00 pm. We proudly partner with those specializing in clean, “green” cosmetics and other personal care products we use that make their way into our bodies and invite you to learn more about it. Free. Clothing Matters. Grand Rapids.

CO-OP Family Camp – 8/9- 8/12. This year’s Family Camp at Circle Pines Center will combine elements of traditional summer camp (swimming, sports and hiking) with a focus on co-ops. Evenings will be filled with music, storytelling and campfires. For more info or to register, contact: 239-623-5555 or

Friday, August 10

EcoTrek Fitness Late Night Adventure- 11:00 pm-12:30 am. Midnight Session with Cari Draft. $5 per person. Bring a flashlight. At Lake Forest Cemetery/South End Mulligan’s area-Lake Ave. Grand Haven. Sign up at

Fire of Transformation Practice w/ Mimi Ray6:30-8:30 pm. This practice is an invitation for experienced yoga students to light the inner fire of the heart; transform and refine your practice. $18. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. Call for prerequisites. 616-361-8580.

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Friday, August 3

Free Information Session- 9:00 am. 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. Learn to live your life more fully and effectively, one moment at a time. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-826-1574. All For One- 12:00-6:00 pm. Highlighting yoga, healthy living, local retailers/artists/crafters and non-profit organizations, in an effort to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another. Admission is FREE, suggested donation of $5. First 150 paid admissions will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine (limit 1 per family). East Grand Rapids High School at 2211 Lakeside Dr. SE. East Grand Rapids.

Monday, August 6

Tracks of My Tears Grief Support Group- 6:158:00 pm. Life is full of loss: loss of a loved one, a job, ones’ health, relationships and everything in between. Join us to explore the ways we grieve and learn about programs offered for grief support. Fountain Street Church. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386. Free Information Session for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- Aug 6,7,13 at 6:30 pm and Aug 8 & 15 at 9:30am. An 8-week course taught by Carol Hendershot. Manage your stress and learn to live your life more fully with mindfulness. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-826-1574.

Tuesday, August 7

Healthy Family Diet Program- 5:30 pm. 4-week program designed to improve your family’s meals. Classes meet weekly for 90 minutes with Master’s degree nutritionist and cooking sessions are included. Goal - healthier lifestyle for the family. Holland. Call 616-355-5333 or pam@


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Finding Your Purpose in Life: A spiritual workshop for women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Living your purpose is what brings happiness and meaning to your life. Explore ways to discover yours. $50, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557.

Sunday, August 12

One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women– 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to take care of YOU. $50, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at The Wellness Center. Register at Grand Rapids. 616-350-3557. Self Discipline and God Consciousness- 10:0011:00 am. Join the monthly Eckankar Worship Service where people of all faiths are warmly invited to experience the Light and Sound of God. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616-245-7003.

Monday, August 13

Reiki I/II Training Class- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Relaxation technique that anyone can learn for self treatment and on family. Jan Atwood, Reiki Master/ Teacher. Jan Atwood, LLC. $225. Grand Rapids. 616-915-4144. The Problem of Gluten- 11:00 am. Learn why gluten may be a root cause of unexplained health issues, and why it may be more common than people realize. Screen your family for gluten sensitivity. $30. Holistic Nutrition Center. Holland. 616-355-5333. NEW Heavenly Healings Holistic Health Services Open House- 2:00-4:00 pm and/or 6:00-8:00 pm.

Come share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Come sample products & services. Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions @ 616-443-4225 or email Be a Sanity Saver- 6:30 pm. Come join us to be trained as a MomsBloom volunteer to help families after they have a baby! Get some snuggly baby time and help families have a stronger start! Free. Grand Rapids. Contact or 616-828-1021 for more info.

Tuesday, August 14

Getting the Most Out of Doctor Appointments2:00-3:30 pm. This class focuses on the most effective ways to prepare for appointments and how to best communicate with providers. St. Mary Wege Center. Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, August 15

Meditation Group- 12:00-1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in the middle of your busy day. The current format is 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This is an informal group and newcomers are always welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386.

Thursday, August 16

Trigger Point Workshop- 6:00 pm. Free community workshop where participants will learn what a trigger point is, what causes them, how to prevent them and how to get rid of them. The Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Grand Rapids. Seating limited to the first 30 callers. 616-447-9888. Seeking the Silence- Aug 16,23,30 at 7:00-8:30 pm. Rev Jim Ashby is offering a three week class exploring the wonders and mysteries of meditation. It is a practical, hands-on experience of concepts and methods of meditation. A love offering is appreciated. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812.

Friday, August 17

NEW Youth Reiki I & II class- 9:00 am-4:00 pm. For ages 10 – 18 who can read, discuss, and have the desire to learn how to work with the Healing Energy around us. $200 includes manual, certificate, and the $50 required to register for the class. Grand Rapids. 616-443-4225. Art of Progressive Sequencing w/ Betsey Downing- 6:00-9:00 pm. Empower your yoga teaching through this workshop. Counts as 27 hours toward RYT with Yoga Alliance. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. $460 for full program or call for individual session costs. 616-361-8580.

Saturday, August 18

Art of Progressive Sequencing w/ Betsey Downing - 8/18-8/21 -9:30 am-12:00 pm & 2:005:30 pm. Empower your yoga teaching through this workshop. Counts as 27 hours toward RYT with Yoga Alliance. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. $460 for full program or call for individual session costs. 616-361-8580. One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women– 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to take care of YOU. $50, lunch included. Presented

by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. Register at Grand Rapids. 616-350-3557. Reiki I & II Class- 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Become attuned and learn how to give treatment to self and others. $200 includes manual and the $50 deposit required to register. Grand Rapids. Call Jodi at 616-443-4225 to register or email

Sunday, August 19

Advanced Reiki Class- 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Ready to enhance your Reiki skills? Learn psychic surgery to remove tough energy blocks and how to set up a crystal grid for healing. $250 includes textbook, certificate and deposit. Pre-registration with a $50 deposit required. Grand Rapids. 616-443-4225. Finding Your Purpose in Life: A spiritual workshop for women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Living your purpose is what brings happiness and meaning to your life. Explore ways to discover yours. $50, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at The Wellness Center. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557.

available to you way beyond the absence of pain. Vibrational remedies are a wonderful complement to chiropractic. FREE. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.

Saturday, August 25

Reiki Masters Class– 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Heighten your ability as a practitioner, gain the ability to teach and pass on the gift of Reiki, if you choose to. $350 includes a textbook and certificate and the $50 deposit required upon registration. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-443-4225 or email Finding Your Purpose in Life: A spiritual workshop for women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Living your purpose is what brings happiness and meaning to your life. Explore ways to discover yours. $50, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at The Wellness Center. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557. Medicinal Plant Workshop- 2:00-3:30 pm. Gain a new perspective on those weeds in your backyard as we make medicinal salves from dandelions, nettles, and more. Blandford Nature Center. $10 members/ $12 non-members. Grand Rapids. 616-735-6240.

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Sunday, August 26

Dream Catcher Workshop- 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn how to make a dream catcher and take home the one you make. $30 includes all supplies. Grand Rapids. Pre-registration is required, call Jodi @ 616-4434225 or go to for more details.

Monday, August 27

Adult/Elder Camp – 8/20-8/26. Camp’s not just for kids. Adult Camp is a cooperative community, learning, relaxing and recreating together. Originally called “Elder Camp”, this program is open to adults of all ages, but most activities are geared to the over 50 crowd. For more info or to register: 269-623-5555 or

Wednesday, August 22

Reiki Share Group- 5:30-7:30 pm. For those trained in any level of Reiki. Join other Reiki students/practitioners to share experiences and Reiki. Free. Jan Atwood, LLC. Grand Rapids. 616-915-4144.

Thursday, August 23

Butterflies at Blandford- 6:00-7:30 pm. Meet Dr. Matt Douglas, co-author of Butterflies of the Great Lakes, as he discusses the wonders of butterflies. $5 members/ $6 non-members. Blandford Nature Center. Grand Rapids. 616-735-6240. CFS Solutions of West Michigan Care and Share Social Gathering- 6:30-7:30 pm. An informal gathering to make friends who understand the struggles and limits of living with a chronic complex illness. St Mary’s Southwest Campus. Free. Grand Rapids.

Friday, August 24

Hula Hoop Workshop w/ Rebecca Urick- 6:007:00 pm & 7:15-8:15 pm. Burn up to 600 calories an hour while you tone up and quiet the mind! Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. $15. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580. Healthseekers Classes w/ Dr. Ragini F. Pierce6:15-7:15 pm. There is a high level of vibrant health

One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women– 10:00 am3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to take care of YOU. $50, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at The Wellness Center. Register at Grand Rapids. 616-350-3557.

Reiki Share- 7:00-9:00 pm. Come share & learn about Reiki & Essential Oils. Open to all that care to share Reiki, those who would like to try receiving Reiki and those interested in Essential Oils. Free. Grand Rapids. Call or email if questions. 616-4434225 or

Monday, September 3

Labor Day, Grand Crossings Walk- 8:00 am. No need to drive to the Mackinac Bridge. Walk up to five miles right at home. Ah-Nab-Awan Park. Free, family friendly event. Grand Rapids.

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Thursday, September 6

Fashion’s Night Out- 6:00-10:00 pm. See & participate in an amazing and eclectic show of eco apparel you could see no where else in the world! We’re celebrating all the best, in our 17th year as leaders in the industry! Clothing Matters. Grand Rapids.


FOR SALE Log Cabin Home - 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath on Campau Kettle Lake in Caledonia. Plenty of storage in the new 4 Stall Garage. Asking $168,000. Located at 8810 66th Street SE in Caledonia. Call for details 616-292-6762.


October 6 & 7 Hakomi Therapy Workshop - 9:30am-6:00pm & Sat. 9:00am-3:30pm. This workshop, “The Myth of the Resistant Client: Change Without Force,” is an introduction to Hakomi, a bodycentered, mindfulness-based, experiential psychotherapy. $240 ($210 before Sept 21). At Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids. Register at or 616-901-6136.

Openings for Holistic Practitioners available. Please contact Dr. Greg Ling at Healing Harmony in Muskegon 231-755-3214 or 231-740-3904 (cell).

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Sunday Unity of Greater Grand Rapids - 10:00 am. Celebrating God’s presence in human nature. Offering uplifting messages that are spiritual without being religious. Youth programs & Nursery. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. 616-682-7812. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids- 10:30 am. A spiritual community that is warm and welcoming, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Sacks. 1711 Walker Avenue NE. Unity of Muskegon “A Church of Light, Love & Laughter”- 10:30 am weekly. Sunday Services & Youth Education. Minister: Rev. John W. Williams. 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. 231-759-7356. Unity of Grand Rapids-10:30 am. A spiritual community that is warm and welcoming, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616-453-9909.

Beginner Tai Chi- Tues & Thurs 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self defense. $45 for one class/week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan @ 616-425-1344. facebook. com/

Thursday Classes for the Childbearing Year and Beyond6:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday. Designed to educate & support wholistic parenting & living from pregnancy through parenting and beyond. Advance registration required. Full Circle Midwifery. Hesperia. 231861-2535. Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

Camp Rawnora 3rd Tuesday Raw Potluck- 6:30 pm. Hang with other vegans and raw foodies and eat nutritious and delicious faire! Free if you bring raw food dish to share or $10. Camp Rawnora. Watervliet. 269-463-4444.

Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:157:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128.

Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

A Course In Miracles (A.C.I.M.)- 7:00-8:30 pm & Wednesdays 9:30am-11am. This self-study system teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812. Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

Share & Care Meeting- 7:00-9:00 pm. Discussion group meets on 4th Thursday of each month through October to discuss the latest news and to share the emotions and struggles with others who understand the challenges of living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Redwood Meeting Room at St. Mary’s Healthcare SW, 2373 64th St. Byron Center.


The Coptic Center Sunday Series- 6:00 pm. An ongoing series of inspirational speakers, centering and music. Youth Ministry class one Sunday of each month during service, check schedule. The Coptic Center. Grand Rapids. 616-531-1339.

Kids Ready for School? – 7:30pm. Reliv’s micronutritional benefits can increase concentration; improve social skills and sports performance. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. 616-822-4247 to set up an appointment.

Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk and more. Please visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312.




$30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-theart profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. For more info visit

$30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-theart profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. For more info visit

Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231740-6662.

Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00 am & 9:15-10:30 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Self-Help Education Meeting- 2:00-3:30 pm. The Peter M. Wege Health & Learning Center (Wege North Building at St. Mary’s Hospital), 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Room & topics subject to change). 231-360-6830. Yoga for Kids- 4:00-5:00 pm. Yoga is a great way to help your child find his or her inner calm in a fun and non-competitive way. $10 per class. On the Path


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Essential Oil Trainings– 6:00-8:00 pm. Different class each week. Learn about oils, what they are and how to apply them. Grand Rapids. $25 per class and pre-registration required. 616-443-4225 or go to for more details. A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500. Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques which help to decrease stress! $10 per class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. 616-458-6870. General Anxiety Support Group- 7:00-8:30 pm. Open to individuals who have any kind of anxiety problem as well as their friends and family members meets every Wednesday. Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. Grand Rapids. 616-356-1614.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are indoors if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market! Hesperia. 231-861-2234. Mixed Level Tai Chi- 9:30-11 am. Yang form for beginner to intermediate students. Open class format, traditional warm up. $45 for one class/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan. 616-425-1344. Kids Ready for School? – 7:30pm. Reliv’s micronutritional benefits can increase concentration; improve social skills and sports performance. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. 616-822-4247 to set up an appointment.



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BODY CARE PRODUCTS MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285

•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 6.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.


Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder 616-299-5815

Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building custom livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. See ad page 27.

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chiropractic care DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.


Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad pages 8 & 32.

Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.

cOUNSELING THE WELL BEING LLC Behavioral Health and Fitness Center 616-458-6870

We provide counseling to individuals dealing with mental and emotional health issues. We utilize exercise as a research-based form of treatment, for a more holistic approach to mental health care.

dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990 Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 48.


Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.

energy healing AMA~DEUS®

Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354

cOlon hydrotherapy HARMONY ’N HEALTH

Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033

Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 25.

Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 6.

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Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885


Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 21.

essential oils

Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.




Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148


Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, BioEnergy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.

Educational programs for personal health improvement - Workplace wellness programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.

health food stores AFFORDABLE NUTRITION

Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 7493 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison 616-667-1346

HEAVENLY HEALINGS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES Jodi Jenks - Reiki Master 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

I am a Reiki Master that also does Essential Oil therapies including Raindrop Therapy, Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Journey work. Call or email for appointments or questions, 616-443-4225 or See ad page 6.


Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Everyday discounts and senior pricing. www.


Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852


Organic Hair Color Specialist Aesthetica Image Group 616-916-1190

534 Fountain NE Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848

Feel good about looking beautiful! Hair services of all kinds for all types. Providing superior results with Organic Color. 8 yrs. experience. Appointment recommended.

Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.

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holistic health centers SALLY DERSCH, CMT

Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6 Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 We offer a wide variety of services to help you enhance your health. Bio Apps (frequency patches for optimal health)M S A Te s t i n g ( e v a l u a t e s functional health)- Food/ Environmental Allergy & Supplement Testing - Ionic Foot Bath - Weight Loss Classes and Coaching - Weight Loss ( Call us today and ask about the 90 Day Challenge! See ad page 11.


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners. Physician assistant, Certified Natural Health Professionals. Private consultations. Counseling & Classes. Blood typing, acupressure, emotional release, iridology, homeopathy, massage therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral, foot detox & more. See ad page 30.

homeopathy BOB HUTTINGA PA-C

332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 30.

interior design services ALIGn DESIGN, llc

Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071 Align your space to be a true reflection of who you are. Specializing in Wholistic design, repurposing and Feng Shui. Full service Residential and commercial Interior design. See ad page 43.


4046 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-453-8201 Offering environmentally friendly options for cabinetry, flooring, countertops and window treatments. The Homecoming Collection from Kincaid with the Eco3Home designation offers furniture manufactured in an environmentally responsible process. See ad page 7.


school / education

Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 8 & 32.

kinesiology WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885

Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.

life / wellness coaching STEVE GUARINO

Certified Life Coach Certified Meditation Instructor 888-552-8880 Soar Higher Than You Ever Thought Possible. Personalized coaching sessions that will connect you with your inner wisdom and light, open you to new possibilities, and help you realize your dreams.


Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts. www.



0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 State licensed school for massage and bodywork. High quality, affordable 6 month certification course with small class sizes. NCBTMB CE courses in Bamboo-Fusion®, cupping and more. Convenient to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale areas.



Yolanda Visser CM, CPM Grand Rapids: 616-458-8144 Homebirth services since 1982. Committed to facilitating natural birth, bonding, strengthening the family, informed active participation, and lending dignity to women through their birthing experience.

FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234

503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714

Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 2.


In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways.

quantum biofeedback TRICIA E. GOSLING


David Mutchler Elizabeth Beau ATE is a catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. We offer weekend classes to help you move from ego-consciousness to Spiritual Awareness to become a more authentic “you”. For more information contact Barbra at

Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074

This highly complex device is a non-invasive technology that energetically scans & harmonizes the body’s stresses and imbalances, reducing those imbalances that make us uncomfortable. Visit

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