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e rejoice in the strong renewed interest in eating local produce and, even better, organic and sustainable growing practices. Organic gardens and variations of aquaponics can be found just about everywhere as authors, bloggers, journalists and even YouTube videos push a revival of homegrown goodness. We love that personal gardening is on the rise. Whatever is driving the movement—fears of agribusiness’ prevalent use of toxic chemicals, lack of quality soil nourished by natural micro biota and providing upwelling plant nutrients, or engineering of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops—it makes good sense. People know there must be a better way than the downhill slide in the quality of conventional food we’ve all experienced since the rise of megalith agriculture. Groups like No GMO 4 Michigan ( are among the forces behind awareness of the need for better food. In response to growing demand, we’ve also seen a decided increase in the numbers of community gardens, farmers’ markets and organic sections in grocery chains in West Michigan. In this issue you’ll discover the benefits of aquaponics, a cool new way to garden and raise fish for food. This is a great option for those that have little time to devote to the care of a traditional garden. An aquaponics set up, like it’s cousin, hydroponic gardening, may cost a bit more on the front end to create (though it doesn’t have to if you are a good scrounger), but once in place, it’s a self-sufficient model that will allow you to embrace the creativity and sensory pleasures of savoring new recipes from your year-round bounty—including enough to share with others. Whatever local market supplies your family’s fresh goodies, ranging from a neighborhood co-op to our favorite conscientious local grocer/health food store, it’s good to know that fresh, whole, non-GMO foods do well for both our bodies and our world. It’s never too late to: • Go vegetarian or vegan or add fish once or twice a week to your diet. • Start a garden (even if it’s just a couple of container gardens on a small patio). • Start making it a habit to purchase produce from local, organic sources (which simultaneously decreases your family’s carbon footprint). • Try incorporating raw foods (at least one green drink a day) into meal planning. • Go gluten free, even if only a couple days a week and monitor the difference it makes. • Sustain the healthy change of good eating you want to see happen everywhere on the planet. Happy. Healthy. Living.

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson


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n Wednesday, March 12, Dr. Andrew Schafer will be giving back to the local community by offering chiropractic services in exchange for donations to Kids Food Basket. For one day only, they will perform a spinal examination and up to two x-rays…absolutely FREE*. Existing patients will receive their normal adjustment for Free*. Some people are reluctant to accept free care; therefore they are accepting a donation of items that are on the Kids Food Basket Wish list or a monetary donation of your choice (min $20). Visit and check out the Wish List for more details on which food items are needed. Please call 616-301-3000 to schedule an appointment. Due to federal regulations, this offer does not apply to Medicare patients. Schafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa is located at 1801 Breton St SE in Grand Rapids. See ad page 7, 30, 37 & 38.

Chef Del Sroufe


ppearing at Schuler Books & Music on March 13th at 7:00PM is Chef Del Sroufe. Chef Del authored the

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New York Times bestselling book, Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook, and now he has written a second book, Better Than Vegan. It has hundreds of plant-based recipes with photos, a philosophy of eating, and a compelling life story of his weight loss. Come out and listen to Del as he shares his story and demonstrates his cooking skills.

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Workshops with Gabriel Halpern


ascade Yoga Studio will present a weekend of workshops with Iyengar Yoga Master Teacher Gabriel Halpern on March 14-16th. Halpern holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Health Psychology, and was trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco, CA and Pune, India. Gabriel’s teaching is all that is yoga: zeal in practice, science, art form, lifestyle, and mystical mentoring. Gabriel Halpern Workshops topics include Body Sighting and Hands on Adjustments, Poses for the Inversion Averse, Yoga: Good for What Ails You and more. You can attend the entire weekend of classes for only $195/$225. For more details, see our website at www.cascadeyogastudio. com/events.html or contact at 616-464-1610 or info@ See ad page 16.

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ave you wondered, What are Essential Oils? How can I use essential oils safely instead of over the counter type products for myself and my family? Can I use them instead of antibiotics or other drugs effectively? Clara Vanderzouwen, owner of Natural Health 4 Today and Certified Essential Oils Specialist, is offering free monthly classes to help you answer all of these questions and so much more! Classes offer suggestions for practical use of essential oils for simple daily needs such as keeping your home clean and germ free, boosting your family’s immune system or even which essential oils are best to use for expectant mom’s and home births. Enjoy hearing from others who attend and learn their favorite usage of the oils. Each month features something new and as some have said, “It’s contagious! The more we hear, the more we want to hear and learn.” If you have heard the statement “we just don’t know what’s wrong, or we think it may be...” and you are searching for alternative choices, Vanderzouwen offers Bio-Feedback Assessments which are a wonderful tool to give insight and personalized choices. Imagine being able to give your body the tools it needs so it can heal itself. Sign up early for the March 19th classes held from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:30-8:30pm. To RSVP and learn more call Clara 616-481-8587 or email or visit www.naturalhealth4today. net/. See ad page 11.

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Train is pleased to announce that we are now authorized dealers for METRx. We are also authorized dealers for hundreds of other brand name vitamins and supplements. Before you run to the mall or those other places call iTrain. They have low prices on all major supplements and can have them in 3 to 4 business days. Right now you can receive 10% off your first order and if they can’t beat a competitor’s price, they will provide you with a free personal training session. To inquire about specific brands and items go to www. and select the product tab and fill in the contact form or call 616-541-9114. See ads pages 15 & 39 .

Grand Rapids Kidney Walk


n Sunday, May 4th, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) will gather friends and supporters for the 2014 Grand Rapids Kidney Walk at Fifth Third Ball Park.

This event will see more than 800 people gather to raise funds and awareness to help support programs promoting organ donation and early detection of kidney disease. Proceeds from this event will go towards the NKFM’s chronic kidney disease prevention programs and direct patient services. The spectacular event includes a 3-mile riverfront walk along White Pine Trail, a kid’s zone featuring a petting zoo and arts & crafts, a health and wellness area, raffles, and delicious lunch courtesy of Brann’s. The NKFM is proud to have Bill Manns, President of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s as the 2014 Honorary Chair. Online registration is now open. Please visit www. to sign up an individual or walk team. For more information please call 616-458-9520 or visit www. See ad page 25.

New President at MANP


elly S. Hassberger, ND, owner of Grand Rapids Natural Health, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP). The organization operates statewide and is based in Ann Arbor, MI. The MANP serves to educate the public on alternative options for their health and wellness and is currently working to pass legislation for the licensing Kelly S. Hassberger, ND of naturopathic physicians in Michigan.

Naturopathic physicians attend four-year, graduate level programs. There are currently six such schools in North America. ND programs also provide extensive education unique to their treatment approach, emphasizing disease prevention and wellness. Visit to learn more about the organization and to receive updates on licensure efforts. To learn more about Kelly S. Hassberger, ND or Grand Rapids Natural Health, visit or call 616-264-6556 to book a complimentary 15-minute consult. See ad page 6.

Meniere’s Disease & Trigeminal Neuralgia Symposium


he Meniere’s Research Organization will be hosting its 14th Annual Meniere’s Disease Symposium on April 10th from 10am-5pm at the East Lake Office Building located at 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd in Grand Rapids. The Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia Symposium is open to doctors, patients and caregivers. Learn about important traditional and complementary alternatives to one-sided neurological problems like Meniere’s Disease, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, Parkinson’s and Migraines. Be examined by a team of expert doctors the same day! Registration fee is only $500 for doctors, $300 for new patients, $50 for existing patients and $25 for caregivers and students. Seating is limited, so call 616575-9990 to reserve your seat today. For more information visit and Contact DrBurcon@ or call 616-575-9990.

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he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-it-yourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.

Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines


educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-to-HDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

Silver Colloids Support Sinus Health Naturally


or people with sensitive sinuses, life can seem like a contest between breathing more freely and staying off of steroid sprays and antibiotics, because using them regularly in a preventative manner can lead to serious health consequences. Naturally maintaining sinus health requires an antimicrobial agent that kills offending microbes, yet is harmless enough to use several times a day indefinitely. A natural protocol that uses an enhanced aqueous silver colloid of greater than 30 parts per million is now being used to relieve the burden on the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of sinus passageways. One crucial function our sinuses perform is filtering the air we breathe, which is filled with viruses, bacteria and fungi. The easiest way to maintain sinus health is to kill these pathogens before their numbers become large. Silver colloids, delivered through the nose with either a neti pot or nasal spray bottle are one way to do this, according to Steven Frank, author of Managing Sinus Health: Clearing Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics. For the remedy to work, it is important to blow the nose prior to use and then coat the tissues of the nasal passageways, allowing the liquid to remain there as long as possible. Then a second, similar spray application can follow after a few minutes, avoiding blowing the nose in the interval. Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite and chief technical officer at Klearsen Corporation—two companies that research and develop herbal formulations and natural health products. He holds numerous patents on antimicrobial colloids and respiratory infection therapies. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 5.

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure


cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care


lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

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Fewer Scans May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

hile screening for breast cancer is important, women should avoid unnecessary medical imaging, according to a recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which identified two factors that increased the risk for the disease: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and radiation exposure from medical imaging. Physician Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco, who contributed to the IOM report, notes that CT scans and other forms of medical imaging have revolutionized medicine and can be lifesaving. However, she recommends that women engage their doctors in the decision-making process and discuss the necessity and safety of all potential radiological scans. To understand the risks and benefits, it’s suggested women ask their doctor: “Is this scan absolutely essential? Is it necessary to do it now? Are there other, alternative tests [such as thermography]? How can I be sure the test will be done in the safest way possible? Will having the scan information change the management of my disease? Can I wait until after seeing a specialist before getting the scan?”

Is it a Health Problem or Just the Food?


utrient deficiencies are common and can be easily mistaken for illness. Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself. You have symptoms and you have diagnostic medical testing. The tests come back negative – but you still have the problem. Let’s think outside the box for just a minute and evaluate one little detail about our lives. If we’re a little too busy, get a little less sleep than we need, have to get kids to their activities, have an endless pile of laundry, have to clean up after the dog, we simply need to cut corners. The most logical time cut is in the kitchen, and there are lots of options for quick foods that taste great. A packaged granola bar, a quick swing through a drive through at lunch, a few packs of snack foods, dinner pizza delivery eliminates the prepping, cooking, cleanup and everyone likes it. The food situation is covered. But look again. Nutrient deficiencies are common when we’re stressed and convenience foods aren’t likely to fix the problem. Because of food choices, symptoms may develop so treatment may be needed for acid reflux, constipation, fluid retention, weight gain, headaches, high blood pressure or depression. Here’s the question – isn’t it likely that if your family ate better food, everyone would feel better and wouldn’t have so many ailments? And aren’t you really just trading your time in the kitchen for doctor’s appointments and trips to the pharmacy? Doesn’t it make sense to fix the food problem? That’s where a nutritionist can be handy – to help you get healthy eating back into your family’s crazy hectic lifestyle. Better food means better nutrient balance and everyone feels better. Skip the revolving doors to sick care and learn to promote good health from your own kitchen, as the place for your family’s primary care. It may not be as hard as you think. Pamela Zinn, MS is a nurse and clinical nutritionist at Holistic Nutrition Center located at 90 West 8th Street in Holland. 616-355-5333. See ad page 21.

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America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space.

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Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine natural awakenings

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Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:

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University of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery of how mercury gets into openwater fish. Based on their study findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, they also project that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming years. The researchers discovered that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is generated deep in the ocean, most likely by bacteria attached to sinking pieces of organic matter. Mercury found in Pacific fish near Hawaii likely traveled thousands of miles through the air before being deposited in the ocean, the team concludes, blaming industrial nations such as China and India that rely on coal-burning power plants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that large fish have the highest levels of methylmercury because they live longer and have more time to accumulate it.

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Dinner Engagement

Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.

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lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at, remembers when going out for a glutenfree lunch was difficult. “The friendly

lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises

Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS. natural awakenings

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Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adult-onset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up

Suspects: Intolerance to casein— a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose


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a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.


Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies

have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

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venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.

Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuelguzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and 20

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even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham-

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Feed Matters

The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets



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have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.


How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The seri-

Hyperlocal Superstars Food Corps is a national nonprofit with a mission to improve school food and thus children’s health and lifelong potential. Active in 15 states, it places teams of young teachers in limited-resource communities to establish school gardens, provide food-based nutrition education and supplement school meals with garden fresh produce. Visit ous ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.”

Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at

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arol Hendershot and April Hadley of the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness have most certainly got mindfulness on the mind. What exactly is the concept of “mindfulness”? As Hadley explained, it’s “paying attention to the present moment with full acceptance and curiosity,” and the practice of it can come in handy for every individual in essentially every experience of life. Based on the groundbreaking work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, this practice of mindfulness allows our anxietyladen society to depersonalize anxiety and to not be bothered by it anymore. It’s no secret that we all experience anxiety, we all get sick, and we all experience tragedy; it’s simply part of being a human being. However, with the practice of mindfulness, we can learn how to deal with these sufferings as opposed to trying to get rid of them. Hendershot noted, “When people are under continuous stress, they get sick,” adding that though we can’t cure everything, we can always experience healing. Mindfulness does just that. Through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, Hendershot and Hadley offer multiple eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes at various locations around Grand Rapids on a year-round basis. They’ve even been known to bring in internationally known speakers at times, such as neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author Rick Hanson, Ph.D., who will be speaking on October 17. The classes typically bring 12-20 people together from all walks of life with one commonality—stress. Hadley pointed out, “When any of us are struggling, we tend to think ‘I’m the only one going through this.’” What we fail to realize is that we all experience suffering in our own way, be it from work, chronic pain, or any other stressor, which, in a cruel sort of way, allows us to have a lot more in common than we initially may think. When we’re struggling, our minds naturally go to the past or the future rather than the generally far simpler present. The classes, then, offer a mix of different practices, giving people a variety of ways to practice mindfulness in the moment. It’s important to acknowledge that there is a place for reflecting on the past, and there’s a place for planning, but both of those times must be chosen mindfully. Of the practice of mindfulness, Hendershot said, “It’s really about knowing where you are and being able to choose your response as opposed to having your reaction choose you.” Hadley added, “One of the key skills you can learn in the class is that you can begin again at every moment.” Practicing

mindfulness brings the heart and mind together, allowing for a more positive, more level-headed reaction to stress and suffering, giving individuals the opportunity to clearly choose how they respond in certain situations. An avid meditator and yoga studio owner, Hendershot was drawn to this stress-reducing industry when she saw the benefits of finding more positive ways to respond to stress. After being asked to teach meditation, she began teaching a four week class in 2007 that was very evidently helping people, which encouraged her to seek out Jon Kabit-Zinn’s program to better be able to help people. Hendershot had suffered anxiety and depression her whole life, but this program began to turn that around for her and free her from the symptoms of those struggles. A student in Hendershot’s first eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class, Hadley was sick of being overrun with anxiety, anger, and illness, and realized the power of the things she was learning in class and the way it began changing her life. She made the connection that you don’t have to get rid of the anger/suffering; you have to take care of it and from there, she set out to team up with Hendershot and to bring more and more people to that realization every day. In 2011, the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness was founded and class after class, presentation after presentation, and workshop after workshop, Hendershot and Hadley have been bringing the stress levels down and helping people find peace in the practice of mindfulness. They speak not just in their classes, but in organizations all over the Grand Rapids area as well. The Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness also has recently begun a course on Interpersonal Mindfulness, in October they’ll begin a Mindful Parenting course, and October will host their annual retreat as well. As Hendershot proclaimed, “Stress is our modern word for suffering.” With just 10-15 minutes of putting these practices to use each day, we can learn how to live with that stress and lives can be changed. The next set of classes begins April 7 with Free Information Sessions March 24 through April 3. For more information on Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, call 616-361-3660, email or, or visit www. See ad, page 12. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at mandi.merritt@

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Food Revolution in a Tank

Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack


icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad


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greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow

faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well. Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegeta-

“We like to use heirloom varieties; we don’t want just pretty plants that have diluted flavor. Butter lettuce is the tilapia of plants—it’s easy to grow for a good yield.” ~ Erik Oberholtzer, Tender Greens restaurants bles possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Aquaponics Advantages 4 Enthusiasts can start small 4 No soil is needed 4 No fertilizer is needed (provided by the fish) 4 No toxic pesticides 4 Uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods 4 Plants help filter indoor air 4 Pests and diseases are easier to spot for treatment 4 Growing basil helps repel pests 4 Operator controls nutrition levels at less cost and waste 4 No nutrients pollute the larger environment 4 Stable, high yields of organic produce and safe-fed fish 4 Year-round production from indoor systems 4 Easy to harvest; fish harvesting is optional 4 Aesthetic enjoyment


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A Berry A Day Keep the Wrinkles Away by Kelly S. Hassberger, ND


ge brings wisdom and life experience, but it also brings changes to our skin. Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are often inevitable. With age, we often look for that “miracle” pill or cream that can slow down the process and get rid of those unwanted wrinkles. But, what if that answer was already here on earth? Already In the foods we eat? As a Naturopathic Doctor, I always remind patients that the answers to their health are in the healthy choices that we can make and in picking the right foods that could in fact slow aging. One of the best ways to get the healthy glow and vibrant energy of youth is to support our bodies from the inside out. One way to support our bodies is by protecting it from the cellular damaged caused by free radical damage. Free radicals are rogue cells that wreak havoc as they travel around the body. They are especially damaging to firm, youthful skin because they damage collagen strands and cause sagging and wrinkles. Many things cause free radicals. They are a by-product of the energy producing systems of the body. That’s why we all age, eventually. But things like chronic stress, exposure to chemicals and poor nutrition increase the amount of free radicals in our bodies. The good news is that diet, lifestyle and stress management can go along way to helping us look and feel young for a long time. In addition to a basic healthy lifestyle, antioxidants can take your antiaging routine to the next level. Anti-oxidants act like fountains of youth by stabilizing free radical cells so they aren’t running amuck in our bodies. The higher the oxidative stress and free radical damage, the more antioxidants the body needs to stop the negative cycle and repair the damage. Antioxidant Rich Diets The first thing Naturopathic Doctors recommend is eating a clean diet that is free of chemicals such as pesticides, artificial flavors, and preservatives. These chemicals disrupt the body’s natural processes of detoxification and can increase oxidative stress. Some foods themselves increase oxidation including


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fried, barbecued and charbroiled foods, along with alcohol and coffee. Once the toxic exposure is minimized, try to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables that are organic and pesticide free, organic meats, wild caught fish, and non-GMO whole grains and cereals. Include some antioxidant rich foods in your diet such as berries, broccoli, garlic, tomatoes, and green tea. Antioxidant Rich Supplements To provide even higher levels of antioxidant protection, Naturopathic Doctors recommend various anti-aging supplements. Vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E and nutrients such as Selenium are not only excellent antioxidants, but are also essential nutrients for healthy skin. Vitamin C is found naturally in the skin at high levels and is essential for the creation of collagen and for elasticity. Research has shown that both supplementation and topical applications can be helpful in collagen repair, antioxidant protection, and overall skin health. Eating foods high in Vitamin C like blackberries and raspberries, citrus fruits and juices, and cruciferous vegetables will also help boost antioxidant levels. Vitamin E is present as an essential nutrient in most layers of the skin. Not only does Vitamin E provide antioxidant protection in general, it specifically protects against the free radical damage done by ultraviolet sunlight. Supplementation of Vitamin E can take up to seven days to boost levels on the skins surface. Topical application is also effective at raising levels because of how easily it is absorbed through the skin. Another way to increase Vitamin E levels is to eat avocados, fish and shellfish, and leafy greens. Selenium is a nutrient utilized by the skin to create various antioxidant compounds that fight free radical damage caused by UV radiation. Both topical creams and supplementation are effective at raising the levels of selenium in the body. There are also various nuts, such as Brazil nuts, and foods such as eggs and garlic that

can effectively increase Selenium levels. Stress and Aging Research has shown that chronic stress contributes to the aging process by disrupting natural processes in the b o dy s u ch a s h o r m o n e b a l a n c e , neurotransmitters and antioxidant levels. When these processes are out of balance, they increase oxidation in the body and cause free radical damage that can accelerate the aging process. There are several ways to decrease the effects of stress in your life. Meditation is a mental practice which helps move the brain from the active “thinking” state of mind into a deep state of relaxation. Often it can involve turning one’s attention to a single thought, emotion, color or other point of reference. Meditation puts the brain into deep delta brain wave patterns that help rest, rejuvenate and restore the body - much like high-quality sleep. Exercise helps decrease stress by raising natural mood boosters in the body such as endorphins, serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters. It can help alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation and help normalize stress hormones. Yoga, stretching and walking are excellent ways to reduce stress and nourish the body. Homeopathy is a system of healing that uses diluted substances to trigger the body’s own natural healing ability. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’, meaning that a substance, which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small doses to treat those same symptoms. A homeopathic practitioner will prescribe a remedy by matching it to a patient’s unique symptom. Homeopathy is a very effective way to help balance the mind, body and spirit from chronic stress. Naturopathic Doctors are excellent resources for patients wanting to create anti-aging strategies that are based on their individual health, unique needs, and available resources. Staying young is a matter of supporting the body in the right ways and always approaching life with a youthful mentality. Kelly S. Hassberger, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Grand Rapids Natural Health. Call today to learn more or to reserve your free 15-minute consultation. 616-264-6556 www. See ad page 6.

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erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are

widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable antiinflammatory properties, ginger makes a

delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a

retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.


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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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Dog Scouts of America Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp by Sandra Murphy

Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.


ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first devel-


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oped for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are flexible, but holding four meetings a year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good

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forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Holloway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time to go airborne,”

says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Lottie-SeeingInto Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can

and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” The Dog Scouts of America Hike-a-Thon, in May, is the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraiser, open to everyone willing to ask friends and family members to pledge funds for distances walked. It’s a good way to partner with the dog for quality outdoor time, spread the word about Dog Scouts and enjoy the spring weather. Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Nutrition Class with Jessica Nelson, RDN11:00am-12:00pm. Navigating the Vegetarian and Vegan Diet. $15 pre-register online or at studio. $20 walk in (day of class). A new Topic each Month. 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Bija Yoga Prenatal Program- 12:00-1:15pm. Enjoy the benefits of yoga during and after pregnancy including better alignment, strength, and easier breathing. Understand how to ease discomfort in daily life. $10 drop-in, free to members. Call On The Path Yoga at 616-935-7028 for details. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. Basic Women’s Self-Defense with Mike and Brent- 1:00-3:00pm- Learn techniques and strategy for compromising situations. Mike and Brent will provide valuable information, demonstrations, and explore various scenarios that women may encounter. $30 pre-order $40 day of. Call 616-361-8580 or visit Your Healing Gift: An Introduction to Energy Healing- 1:00-4:30pm. This introductory class will show you how to awaken your healing gift and invoke remarkable changes within your life. Taught by Healing in America Certified Trainer Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA. $45. 450 Meadow Run - Suite 400, Hastings.

Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. All Calendar events must be submitted online by the 15th of the month prior to publication. stimulation of the senses at home, work, and leisure, thereby minimizing associated anxiety and need for emotional withdrawal. Facilitator: Terri Spaulding of Get Off Go Coaching. $30. Moondrop Herbals, 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids. GR Community Seed Swap- 10:00am-3:00pm. Join us for a community seed exchange and gardening workshops. See full details and RSVP at Free. Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton SE, Kentwood. Your Healing Gift; An Introduction to Energy Healing- 1:00-4:30pm. This introductory class will show you how to awaken your healing gift and invoke remarkable changes within your life. Taught by Healing in America Certified Trainer Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA. $45. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.


Eckankar-10:00-11:00am. All are invited to the monthly ECK Worship Service to discover how to bring God into our everyday life. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. 616-245-7003, Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Self Transformation- 10:00am. Is pain & suffering required or just deeply ingrained generational habits? We will explore the ways these generational realities conflict with truth principles and how to embrace them. Love offering. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada Drive SE, Ada.

Goin’ to the Y: A Pelvic Floor Workshop- 2:305:00pm. Currently over 28 million women suffer with at least one pelvic floor disorder. There needs to be discovery and discussion about what is happening “down there.” Learn to keep your pelvis healthy in this workshop. $30. Register at OnThePathYoga. com or by calling 616-935-7028

Experience Pure Joy by Embracing Your Inner Child- 12:15-5:00pm. A workshop by Rex Montague-Bauer designed to uncover the source of your inner conflicts while providing tools to change patterns that cause them. Early, $40 - Day of $45. Contact Unity of Greater Grand Rapids at or 616-682-7812. 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada.



Breathe and Be Well- 6:30-8:00pm. Come learn several breathing techniques to help you manage stress and anxiety; energize yet calm your body and fill your system with vitality. $15. Register at or call the DCM front desk at 616-514-3325. 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids. Energy Healing: Master Key to Stress Reduction7:00-8:00pm. This FREE webinar will introduce you to the Healing in America Energy Healing Method and demonstrate why energy therapy is one of the best ways to reduce stress and grow spiritually. Info: 269-9296796. 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 donation. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.


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Giving Back to GR- Dr. Andrew Schafer will be giving back to the local community by offering chiropractic services in exchange for donations to Kids Food Basket. Call 616-301-3000 for details & to schedule an appointment. Schafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa is located at 1801 Breton St SE in Grand Rapids. Walking a Sacred Path: Winter Labyrinth Walk6:30-8:30pm. Come learn about the labyrinth, walk its path and listen to the longing of your soul. Susan Duesbery is the program presenter. $20. Register at or you may call the DCM front desk at 616-5143325. 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids.


Chef Del Sroufe- 7:00pm. Appearing at Schuler Books & Music. Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook and now he has written a second book--Better Than Vegan. Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids.


Maple Syrup Weekend- 3/14-3/16. Introduce you to the basics of making maple syrup. Learn to identify maple trees, help tap the trees, collect and boil sap, stoke the fire and learn how maple syrup is made. Come for the day, or spend the whole weekend. $130 (kids ½ price) includes 2 nights lodging & 5 from-scratch meals. Can be pro-rated. for info. West Michigan Women’s Expo- 3/14-3/16. Over 400 exhibits and seminars tailored to women and their families. Bring your friends and family to explore all that the Women’s Expo has to offer: health, beauty, fitness, fashion, finance, and fun. Open to the public. For more info or to exhibit, call 616-532-8833 or visit DeVos Place, Grand Rapids. Workshops with Gabriel Halpern- 3/14-3/16. Cascade Yoga Studio will present a weekend of workshops with Iyengar Yoga Master Teacher Gabriel Halpern. Workshops topics include Body Sighting and Hands on Adjustments, Poses For the Inversion Averse, Yoga. You can attend the entire weekend of classes for only $195/$225. For details contact at 616-464-1610 or Free Stress Relief Workshop- 7:00pm. Stress can have far reaching effects in our lives. We will be using EFT/tapping to help alleviate stress and it’s underlying causes. You’ll be thinking clearer and feel calmer. To register call 616 340-1282 or email 5330 South Division, Grand Rapids. EcoTrek Fitness Full Moon Adventure Workout with Cari - 9:00-10:30pm. First Full Moon Adventure of 2014! $5/person. Perfect for all fitness levels. Questions & signup, Park in the angle parking spots along Lake Ave and bring a flashlight. Lake Forest Cemetery/South End Mulligan’s - Lake Ave., Grand Haven.


Annual Sustainability Conference- 8:30am4:00pm. Address current environmental issues that are relevant to everyone. Breakout sessions fit into three broad categories: permaculture, humans and the natural environment, and sustainable energy. Members pay $40, Non-Members $50 and Students $25. Call 269-721-4190. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road in Hastings. Reading The Body- 9:30am-4:00pm. 3/15-3/16. By knowing what the body has to say we can learn to prevent illness and live healthier lives. Join Margi Flint, author and herbalist, for a two-day seminar that will focus on various non-invasive diagnostic techniques and learn the language of the body. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids.

Lotion Making 101- 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn to make a simple batch of lotion, free from harsh chemicals. Each student will take home an 8oz jar of hand-blended lotion and recipes for making at home. Facilitator: Susan Wright Meyers of Saving Face Organics. $35. Moondrop Herbals, 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.


Nourishing Ways of West Michigan- 7:00pm. Food Freedom: Awareness Leads to Action presented by Liz Reitzig of www.FarmFoodFreedom. org. Free, donations accepted. For info visit www. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division Ave, Grand Rapids.


Alchemy and Transformation Classes- 6:309:00pm. Starting today and every other Thursday, Accelerate your spiritual growth with Ascension information and meditation with Joan Hofman and Sherri Hughes. $20. For more information, contact Joan at, 616-974-5594 or Sherri at, 616-799-3736. 660 Cascade West Parkway SE, Suite 245, Grand Rapids. Hormone Happy Hour- 5:00-6:00pm. Discuss women’s health issues and concerns related to hormones with pharmacist and Fellow, Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine, Mary PreFontaine. Certified Nutritionist Brandi Grimmer will be her guest. Free with RSVP by 3/19. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.


Create More Abundance- 7:00pm. We will explore the limiting beliefs and root causes for the reasons you do not have the abundance in your life you would like. EFT/tapping can help clear these blocks and open the path to increased prosperity. Free. To register call 616 340-1282 or email 5330 South Division, Grand Rapids.


Basic Essential Oil Foundations- 10:00-11:30am. Learn the skin care benefits of oil cleansing. Make and take home your own customized oil cleanser and recipes for safe and natural makeup removers and cleansers. Facilitator: Tina Do, Licensed Skin Care Esthetician. $25. Moondrop Herbals, 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids. Bowl for Kids Sake- 10:00am. Sylvan Learning of Muskegon will be helping out at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake Fund Raising Event. $25 Donation. If you would like to create a team to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, call Lisa Morgan at 231-799-0613. Starlite Lanes in Grand Haven. Happy Feet and Healthy Bodies- 12:30-3:00pm. Our poor aching feet! Learn about common ailments, their causes, corrective measures as well as the science of Reflexology. Taught Certified Healthy Foot Specialist Sandy Parker and Anne VanderHoek, NT. $30. Register at or by calling 616-935-7028


Oil Cleansing & Makeup Removal- 10:0011:30am. Learn the skin care benefits of oil cleansing. Make and take home customized oil cleanser. Take home recipes for safe and natural cleansers and makeup removers. Facilitator: Tina Do, Licensed

Skin Care Esthetician. $35. Moondrop Herbals, 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.


Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself10:00am. Guest Speaker, Mike Rocque will discuss that there is a reason this was the second half of the Golden Rule Jesus spoke about. Will discuss the possibility that we have interpreted this completely backwards. Free. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada Drive SE, Ada.


Nutrition Class with Jessica Nelson, RDN11:00am-12:00pm. Top Super Foods for Health. $15 pre-register online or at studio. $20 walk in (day of class). A new Topic each Month. info@mibodhitree. com. 208 W 18th Street, Holland.

savethedate April 10, 2014 Meniere’s Disease & Trigeminal Neuralgia Symposium- 10:00am-5:00pm. Be examined by a team of expert doctors the same day! Registration fee is only $500 for doctors, $300 for new patients, $50 for existing patients and $25 for caregivers and students. Seating is limited. For information contact or call 616-5759990. East Lake Office Building located at 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids.

savethedate April 24, 2014 18th Annual Wege Foundation Speaker Series4:00-5:00pm. Economicology: How Wind Energy Can Power a Cleaner, Stronger America with Tom Kiernan. RSVP at wegespeaker.html by April 15. Free. Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1607 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids.

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savethedate April 27, 2014 West Michigan Spirit Faire- 11am-5pm. Intuitives, Alternative Health Practitioners, Aura Photos, Jewelry, Drums, Reiki, Palmistry, Angel Messages, Crystals, Flutes, Massage, Door Prizes, $3 admission. Plainwell Comfort Inn, exit 49A off US-131 between GR & Kzoo.

Our classes provide a phenomenal & sexy workout. Be amazed how quickly you lose weight, change your body and feel great in our intimate studio.

savethedate May 3, 2014 Yoga and Aging Series- 2:00-4:00pm. 3/10 & 3/17. Aging does not necessarily include disfunction. Learn to stay healthy with yoga! Each weekend offers a different workshop including “Cardio to Capillaries: Nourishing Our Bodies and Easing Our Pain,” “Spinal Alignment and a Spacious Abdomen,” and “Living a Thoughtful Life: Cognition, Relaxation, and Letting Go.” Visit

Amy Oostveen 616-723-7350

5366 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI. 49525

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savethedate May 4, 2014 Kidney Walk- National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) will gather friends and supporters for the 2014 Grand Rapids Kidney Walk at Fifth Third Ball Park. Includes a 3-mile riverfront walk along White Pine Trail, a kid’s zone and arts & crafts, a health and wellness area & more. Sign up at For information call 616-458-9520 or visit www.

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welcome. $12 drop-in. Call 616-209-8395 or www. The Studio Yoga, 933 52nd Street SE, Kentwood.

Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Take a virtual tour at Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

Anxiety Support Group- 4:30-7:00pm. Support groups for adults that are dealing with anxiety problems, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Free. Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Ave, Grand Rapids. 616-356-1416

Sunday Worship and Youth Services- 10:30am. Variety of classes held weekly. Warm, welcoming, New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. www.

Anxiety Support Group- 5:30pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays. A support group open to teens, ages 1418, who have an anxiety problem, including ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder. Free. Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Ave, Grand Rapids. 616-356-1416

Community Class- 4:00-5:00pm. Community Class for $5.00. All proceeds donated to the charity of the month. 208 W 18th Street, Holland.

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

Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7:00pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation Desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call: 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in Learning to Walk In Beauty, Marie. NE Grand Rapids.

A Course In Miracles Healing Circle - 7:008:30pm. Space to feel; space to heal. An ACIMbased support/study group. All are welcome. Prior experience with the course unnecessary. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

Restore- 7:30pm. A blend of restorative and yin yoga, pranayama and meditation to soothe the soul and heal the effects of stress. An excellent complement to your daily routine. $12 drop-in. All Levels. The Studio Yoga, 933 52nd Street SE, Kentwood.



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At The Wall- 10:30am. Yoga provides support and assists with balance, stability and alignment for a deeper yoga asana practice. All levels. Beginner-friendly. Drop-ins welcome $12. www. The Studio Yoga, 933 52nd Street SE, Kentwood.

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

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$20 off BioMeridian Assessments- Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids. A Course in Miracles- 9:30am. This self-study system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Love offering. Contact office@ for more information. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada Drive SE, Ada. Ageless Chair Yoga (For EVERYbody)- 11:00am. For anyone challenged by movement or physical limitations, Instructor adapts traditional yoga poses to meet the needs of each individual. Wheelchairs


Discussion and Meditation- 6:00pm. Come, Let Us Reason Together every at Spirit Space. The evening starts with light refreshments, followed by a discussion from 6:30-7:15pm, ending with silent meditation till 8 pm. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Visit www.spirit-space. org. Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

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Friday Book Adventure Fridays- 1:00pm. Every Friday in March experience a new book adventure with stories, activities, prizes, snacks and a weekly drawing to win a $25 Target gift card! Brought to you by Sylvan Learning of Muskegon and Target. Free. Contact Lisa Morgan 231-799-0613 for info. Children’s Department of Target in Muskegon.

Saturday Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00am-1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.



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Frequency Apps Wellness Center 616-755-8446 We are the leader in new generation homeopathic body applications known as the Frequency App! 50+ varieties of Apps including hCG, Weight Loss, Hormone, Sleep, Detox, Supplements, MSA Testing, Food/Environmental Allergy Analysis, Ionic Foot Baths.

BODY CARE PRODUCTS SÉRENDIPITÉ ORGANIQUES, LLC 959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-419-8115

*NEW LOCATION! A retail store exclusively offering organic non-toxic makeup, skincare & other products for your body, home, & pets! Products must score ‘Low Hazard 0-2’ on, or they simply won’t be considered! See ad page 13.


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 quality livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. Call today for a free quote. See ad page 27.

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 insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 7 & 30.


Mary De Lange, CCT. CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 6.

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.


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.


”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 11.


doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 28.

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Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071

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

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.

Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 14.




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


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 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. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 32.


332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 32.


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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 P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.


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.

HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217

Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bio-energetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.


Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 6.


0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 Wellness spa for massage, bodywork and skincare therapy. Offering a wide diversity of style to encompass the mind, body and spirit of today’s lifestyle. Come in and enjoy our stress free spa environment today.


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 Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 7 & 30.


In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1450 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. Free initial consultations including Prenatal check up.


Breakthrough technology. FGXPowerstrips treat pain naturally without the use of harmful pharmaceuticals. A blend of herbs, Minerals and Alpha 3 CPM Marine Phytoplankton. A FDA listed class 1 medical device. Call for your sample today!


The only personal trainers in Grand Rapids offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee, no tricks, no gimmicks, just results. See ad page 15.


5286 Plainfield Ave., NE Grand Rapids 49525 616-364-9191

An award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education, that uses and sells Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional line of Organic Hair Color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.

LONDON STUDIOS SALON Ashley Woods: 616-443-9583 Jessica Willis: 616-460-0902 Sherry Minott: 616-633-5251 Sally Loew: 616-299-1796

Specializing in Organic Colour Systems. Ammoniafree, professionalo n l y, p e r m a n e n t , salon exclusive hair color with 100% certified organic ingredients, natural plant extracts, amino acids, natural anti-oxidants and nutrients that produce the healthiest, richest, colors. www. or LondonStudiosSalon.




0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 State licensed school for massage and bodywork. Offering high quality, affordable massage certification courses as well as NCBTMB continuing education courses for the experienced therapist. Located conveniently to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale.


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CLASSES Energy Healings and Training, Reiki & Urevia Healings/Classes - held near Hastings at Subtle Energies w/ Ken & Dana Gray. Learn a variety of techniques that can heal your life. Reiki I & Urevia Practitioner classes are eligible for NAN 20% discount. Visit for more information.


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

Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 2.



Hardy Dam/Muskegon River near - 80 acres, 6 bedroom home, outbuildings; garage, barn. Fishing and hunting area. Robb Breen: 1-231327-1147. Northwest Grand Rapids Commercial Building1058 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Current use is a full service salon on the main floor and a spacious 3 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Great location on Richmond with steady traffic and across from the popular Richmond Park. Only $125,000! Call Jeff Blahnik at Five Star Real Estate 616-791-1500 or visit JeffBlahnik. com for more information.



3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 Wyoming, MI 49509 616-254-7350 Custom screen printed apparel using waterbased and discharge inks. Earth friendlier screen printing with a different look and feel. Also offering promotional products with an emphasis on the environment.

Holistic & Green Business Owners Wanted for Health Network- NAN, the Natural Awakenings Network, is a green and healthy living network that will allow members to enjoy discounts on products & services focused on wellness, green/ sustainable living and healthy lifestyles. If you are interested in becoming a provider (a business or organization that offers discounts to members) in this innovative network or want more details, contact Natural Awakenings at 616-656-9232 or Participating as a Provider is FREE for the 1st year.


Frequency Apps Wellness Center 616-755-8446 A variety of natural items for your weight loss goals! Frequency Apps patches including hCG, Weight Loss/Power Workout, Appetite Suppressant. Also Supplements including Diatrix (for Diabetics), Green Coffee Bean, and African Mango, MSA Testing, Food/ Environmental Allergy Analysis.

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