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Contents 15 A KINDER HEART


Cultivating a Life of Compassion


Why Less Means More Happiness


on Our Deep Need For Silence

22 MULTILEVEL HEALING Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being

24 WASTE NO WATER Communities Get Creative in Urging Conservation



How to Power Up Their Defenses

28 MIGHTY MINERALS What We Need to Stay Healthy

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n our round-up article this month by Marlaina Donato, titled A Passion for Wellness, we clearly see the abundance of wonderful natural healing centers at our fingertips here in West Michigan. Proactive health educators, all working hard, provides our community with monthly educational events that you will find in our calendar, covering the spectrum of hot topics about the growing changes in natural health.

This month’s feature article by Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need For Silence, reaffirms my own instinctual need for silence. I had my cable television removed years ago, which at the time, felt like a fiscal thing to me; I simply never watched it. When I did, it was typically the news. Today, I choose a variety of viewpoints and read my news once each day, and that’s it. I also read for both for work and relaxation and find that it offers a welcomed escape from the daily noise. There is always music playing in the house, the daily genre dependent on my mood. And, I find both walking and cooking with fresh ingredients to be relaxing as well as nourishing for both mind and body. These are all things that provide me a bit of Zen in my daily routine. Weaving all of our efforts together, building a body that is connected and flowing energetically, while allowing natural healing to happen automatically is the topic of another feature article this month Multilevel Healing. Bottom line—how we live matters. It’s important to be present in all of what we do each day and to keep our energy positive and flowing. For those that take the time to truly be present in each moment of each day, it could mean the difference between health and chronic illness. To conscious living,

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?


he Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids is hosting a workshop— Why Can’t I Lose Weight?—at 6:30 p.m., offered August 2, 16, and 30, at their center in Grand Rapids. The class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will also discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Those that attend will be given a discounted initial consultation/evaluation for only $25, valued at $125. Seating is limited to 24. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids employs a natural and holistic approach to health and weight loss. Along with the use of infrared saunas and ionic footbaths, the staff also educates clients on emotional eating and detoxification supplements to kick start the body into losing weight. Their main message is to live life without limits, and their mission is to get people living to 100 years old—pain free, drug free and disability free. This is accomplished by getting back to the basics of living by eating well, moving well, sleeping well, thinking well and speaking well. Cost is free. Location: 4288 3 Mile Rd. NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. For more information, call 616-888-2416. To register for the events, visit See ad page 25.

GRNH Welcomes Ayurvedic Practitioner


he Grand Rapids Natural Health team is thrilled to announce and welcome Nanette Bowen, PA-C, the office’s first Ayurvedic practitioner. Bowen’s overriding desire is to apply yoga, Ayurveda, along with her 35 years of experience as a medical practitioner, toward helping others integrate and balance the Nanette Bowen body, mind and spirit, by blending concepts from the eastern and western models of medicine. She specializes in the exploration of the nature of the true-self, which she implements through working toward shedding layers, balancing contradictions and “un-habituating” through her groundbreaking teachings. At Grand Rapids Natural Health, Bowen will be offering Ayurvedic consultations to the West Michigan community. Bowen has extensive western and eastern medical training.

She is a physician assistant-certified, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, who has professional level certifications from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, with specialties including 500-hour Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA Professional Member) and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. As a health practitioner, she has completed a healthcare professional level Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine training. Bowen’s specialties, coupled with her contagious energy, is the perfect addition to both the Grand Rapids Natural Health team and client base to integrate a unique way of healthy living to the community. Location: 638 Fulton St. W, Suite B, Grand Rapids. For more information and to book an appointment with Nanette Bowen, visit See ad page 19.

Integrative Health Speaker Series


niversal Health Solutions are hosting an Integrative Health Speaker Series once a month from September to December. These educational events explore medicine beyond medication, discussing complementary and alternative health treatments and the local professionals that provide them. Because these events are held throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area, all of the community members have an opportunity to participate. Principals of Integrative Health session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., September 11, and will help individuals learn more about what integrative health is, how to incorporate it into your approach to well-being and its benefits. Avoiding Opioids: Integrative Pain Management Techniques will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., October 15, and will discuss sciencebased approaches such as acupuncture, chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy, massage therapy and energy work. Parenting on the Spectrum session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., November 13, and all families, educators and others are invited to learn about proven methods, such as music therapy, that can be utilized to help children living on the spectrum and in need of additional support. Mastering the Art of Meal Planning and Food Prep: Winter Edition will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., December 4, and will explore why meal planning and food prep—especially during hibernation months—are so important to sticking with dietary goals; plus, learn the basics of successful meal planning and simple hacks for advance food prep. Cost is $5 per person, per session or $15 per person for all four sessions. For more information about the presenters and event locations as well as register, visit See ad page 23.

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hanks to Carol Allen Anfinsen’s grandfather, a former biologist and teacher; her uncle, a former professor of entomology at the University of California, Berkeley; and father, a fly fisherman of great renown, she has always been an environmentalist and lover of nature’s remarkable handiwork. Anfinsen believes that spirit, voice and emotion resonate within all living things and even inanimate objects. While painting, she envisions each entity speaking out to her and sometimes exaggerates color and movement so that others can share what her own inner life sees and feels. Portraits are a favorite of the artist. “The slightest crinkle in a nose or twinkle in an eye can tell volumes about a person’s personality,” she says. “Faces are as varied as the flowers in springtime; as deep as the roots of a tree or the depths of an ocean.” This sense of spiritual wonder permeates each of Anfinsen’s works. “I believe art should uplift, inspire, educate and challenge the viewer’s mind, heart and soul,” she advises. “I hope viewers will experience awe and joy when they look at my paintings.” View the artist’s portfolio at and visit her blog at

Indigenous Wisdom of the Chakras


he Grandmothers of the Sacred We present Indigenous Wisdom of the Chakras from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., September 14, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 15 and 16, in West Olive. Come for three days of empowerment and learn tribal foundational beliefs, intimate prayer, courage to trust, the harmony of love, empowering your ancestral voice and expression of joy and peace. The Grandmothers of the Sacred We consist of the members Eila Paul, from the Maori tribe, Moetu Taiha, from the Maori tribe, Mary Lyons, from the Ojibwe tribe, Devi Tide, from the Sufi tribe, Pershlie Ami, from the Hopi tribe, Flordemayo, from the Mayan tribe. Lunch and beverages will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $270 for all three days. Located at the Sky View Retreat Center, near the intersection of Lake Michigan Drive and 144th Avenue in West Olive. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit See ad page 15.

Exploring Addictions Summer Series


xtended Grace is hosting Exploring Addictions Summer Series at the Momentum Center in Grand Haven. All of the classes are held in August and will begin at 6 p.m. The class Enabling Vs. Helpful Behavior and Addictive Personalities will be held on August 6 and will be taught by Addiction Specialists Dan Qualls and Marcia Rappleye. The class Addiction and the Role of the Medical Community will be held on August 13 and will be taught by Dr. Sandy Dettmann, an addiction medicine specialist. The class Adolescent Substance Abuse will be held on August 20 and will be taught by Anthony Muller from Wedgwood Manassah Project. The class The Importance of Peer Support in Recovery will be held on August 27 and will be taught by Priscilla Shafor and Jacquie Johnson from Ottagon Area Recovery. Location: 714 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. For more information, call 616-414-9111 or email See ad page 30.

Bluewater Wellness Has a New Location


luewater Wellness has moved their growing functional medicine practice into Inside Out Bodyworks, which is located on 17214 Van Wagoner Road in Spring Lake. The gorgeous new space has an infrared sauna, foot detox and

is equipped with multiple like-minded integrative practitioners including a master herbalist, massage therapist, spiritual counselors and a body code professional. They carry Designs For Health, Ortho Molecular, Bullet Proof, Thorne and Pure Encapsulations. For more information, visit See ad page 11.

Spiritual Gifts Faire


nity of Muskegon is hosting a spiritual gifts faire from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 25, in Muskegon. Attendees can spend the day exploring unique spiritual gifts, including new discoveries, spiritual teachings, psychic readings, wellness treatments, handcrafts and other creative talents. All are welcome to attend this event which lovingly supports the unlimited potential of community. Cost is a suggested donation of $20. Location: 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. For more info and to reserve a space, call 231-759-7356. See ad page 17.

Woodland Garden Tours Available


ll are welcome to attend a guided tour of Spirit Space’s property. The area harbors over 120 different plant species with over 50 indigenous to the land. This delicate habitat has an abundance of beautifully sprouting Indian pipes, which are translucent plants. The goal for the grounds is to blend together the past, present and future. The staff at Spirit Space seek to honor the wilderness and respect the beautiful gardens that were developed on the property approximately 50 years ago; therefore, they work hard to preserve the species that struggle for survival. Because the grounds at Spirit Space are home to pollinators, butterflies, birds, mammals, frogs, salamanders and more, the staff is conscious of the need for both tender plants and mature trees. Their practices of caring for the grounds include both wild and domestic plantings. The staff uses organic fertilizers, and they save the leaves to make their own mulch and compost. The property also has a beautiful labyrinth. The guided tour features an ice breaker to inspire curiosity, offers information to support the awareness of the relationships in nature and covers gardening in a woodland setting. Attendees will learn about seasonal plants, Indian pipes and specimen plants for wellness. Participants will also gain knowledge on the proper identification of plants, such as poison ivy. The tours are typically an hour but can be customized to attendee requests. Tours are available for adults and children. Location: 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. For more information and to schedule tours, call 616-836-1555, email or visit See ad page 27. August 2018


Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect. 8

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables.


Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.

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Sodas Lower Fertility Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period up to 12 menstrual cycles. Energy drinks had an even greater fertility-lowering effect than sugar-laden drinks; fruit juices and diet sodas had little impact.

Screentime Overdose Means Unhappy Teens Teens that spend the most time staring at screens while playing games, texting, surfing the Internet or engaging in social media tend to be unhappier than those with less screen time, reports a San Diego State University study of more than a million teens.

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Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the age of 10 on average, correlating children’s autism spectrum diagnoses with records of mothers’ supplementation. They found that women that took the supplements prior to pregnancy were 61 percent less likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. Taking supplements during pregnancy was linked to a 73 percent reduced risk. The overall likelihood of autism was 1.3 percent of the children.

Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27 diabetes patients in China were fed a diet of whole grains, Traditional Chinese Medicinal foods and prebiotics for up to 86 days, while a group of 16 similar patients ate a similar diet with less fiber. All took the diabetes drug acarbose, which helps turn starch into fiber. By the study’s end, 89 percent of those on the high-fiber diet and 50 percent of the lower-fiber diet group reached blood sugar levels in the normal range. Researchers theorized that the fiber increased numbers of the specific bacteria that break down carbohydrates, producing short-chain fatty acids that nourished gut-lining cells, reduced inflammation and helped control appetite. A shortage of short-chain fatty acids has been associated with Type 2 diabetes and other diseases. August 2018


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Cannabidiol (CBD) is changing the national conversation about cannabis By Shelbe Ogburn CBD is a non-intoxicating component found in the hemp/ cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic benefits. CBD doesn’t make a person feel high like its well-known relative, THC (tetrahydocannabinol). Because its core action is reducing inflammation and balancing the body, CBD positively affects a myriad of conditions from chronic pain to cancer, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and PTSD. Science continues to discover new benefits, qualifying the amazing testimonies of those using CBD for their own health and wellness journey. The body is designed to work with CBD and its relative group of compounds, cannabinoids. These compounds exist naturally in both plants and human bodies. This is all part of a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system. Because the body is often subjected to stress and other detrimental factors, like poor diet and lack of exercise, the endocannabinoid system can be strengthened through cannabinoids, which are used to support the body’s naturally occurring chemistry to create optimal health. Scientists have been classifying endocannabinoids with the primary one aptly called Anandamide. “Ananda” is Sanskrit for the word “bliss”. Anandamide is responsible for the blissful state experienced from exercise, meditation, body work, etc. Often what’s associated with an endorphin response in the body can rightly be attributed to the endocannabinoid system.

Currently there are many legislative actions on both the federal and state levels to de-schedule hemp, such as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Hemp is where a large portion of CBD and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids are derived from. While science validates the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids, consumers must be smart. If one chooses to use cannabinoids in any form, it’s important to know where the product was grown. Is it organic? Is it cleanly extracted? Is it a full spectrum (not single molecule)? Are 3rd party test results available to certify all claims? It is vital to do research and know the sources. Shelbe Ogburn is a local expert and distributor of Hale Hemp oil and CBD. For more information go to Sources: php?timelineID=000026


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Essential Oils for Travelers By Marilyn York Travel can create some of our happiest memories; however, navigating airports, foreign languages or unknown cities can sometimes put a damper on an adventure. Essential oils can help ease those kinds of situations. As a holistic wellness advocate, I always stress the importance of utilizing the purest essential oils available for attaining optimum results—especially when using for ingestion or use on the skin. Using pure essential oils helps reduce the possibility of exposure to any pesticides or herbicides that the plants may have been grown in (which oils are distilled from), as well as to eliminate the possible exposure to synthetic oils. Both situations change the chemistry composition of the oils, and potentially create situations such as allergies. York notes that many essential oil companies do not create ingestible oils, therefore, it’s important to choose those that are specifically identified as ones that may be ingested. With that in mind, she suggests two oils to consider taking on your next trip: peppermint and lavender. Peppermint Add some pep to your step by inhaling peppermint’s refreshing aroma after stepping off the plane. Massage some on the bottoms of your feet after a long day of walking or add a drop or two to warm water and drink to help ease the effects of eating too many new kinds of foods. Lavender Sometimes, the best vacations push us far outside of our comfort zones—with some resulting tension. Help your body adjust to a new time zone by adding lavender to a nighttime tea to improve sleep quality. Inhale the oil’s floral aroma before venturing off to a new adventure—like zip lining in Costa Rica—for its calming scent, or add several drops of Lavender to massage oil and massage into skin after a day of too much sun. Marylyn York is an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. For more information on products or to learn more about promoting essential oils as a career, contact her at 877-436-2299, or visit Distributor #489656. See ad page 6.

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Parrot Prosthetics 3-D Printers Help Rehabilitate Animals

Climate Consensus

Researchers Raise Red Flags

A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. Meanwhile, if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on our climate will be catastrophic, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Researchers there have developed a model that they believe could do the trick; it calls for fossil fuel consumption to be reduced to less than 25 percent of the global energy supply by 2100, a drastic cut from the 95 percent being used now. Deforestation also must be cut significantly to lead to a 42 percent decrease in cumulative emissions. The target is in line with the Paris agreement on climate change, which 194 countries have signed, but not the United States. 12

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Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to and giving a reading at the Library of Congress. “My daddy couldn’t read and write, and that always troubled and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” says Parton. “I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it, and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”


Pete, a 34-year-old Amazon parrot, received a boot-like prosthesis made by a 3-D printer from a customized mold after his leg was ripped off by a fox. A day later, he was not only already starting to accept it, but also realized he could place his weight on it. “That in itself is revolutionary for a bird,” says Veterinarian LaToya Latney, service head and attending clinician of the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ryan Hospital, known as Penn Vet. “He gets it.” In another case of an interspecies application of new medical technology, Lola, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the most endangered species of marine turtle, suffered injuries so extensive that a flipper was amputated. Losing a limb can make it difficult for a turtle to avoid predators or chase after prey. At the Key West Aquarium, in Florida, Iok Wong, Samantha Varela and Vivian Liang, three recent engineering graduates from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, used their specialized skills and 3-D printing to create an effective, low-cost prosthetic turtle flipper.


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Plog On

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing

March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

Sinking City

Rising Sea Levels Threaten San Francisco

A paper published in the journal Science Advances reports sea-level rise projections for San Francisco and the Bay Area in California that had not previously factored in a geological phenomenon called subsidence—the settling or sinking of the land. When too much groundwater is pumped out of aquifers, the land on top sinks. In San Francisco, subsidence is occurring in areas developed atop artificial landfill and mud deposits. The area around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100, and factoring in subsidence increases the projected amount of land underwater from 46 to 166 square miles, including half the runways at San Francisco International Airport.

Hyperloop Hyper-Speed

Innovative Shortcut to Faster Travel A Hyperloop is a proposed vacuumtube mode of passenger or freight transportation moving enclosed capsules along on thin cushions of air; it was first named in an opensource “vactrain” design released by a joint team from Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies. It could offer an affordable, lowcarbon and super-fast alternative to current transportation systems. Flying between Amsterdam and Paris usually takes an hour, but can be longer due to security procedures. Currently, the same trip on a Thalys railway fast train takes three hours and 17 minutes. Hyperloop passenger group and cargo capsules can theoretically travel at more than 700 miles per hour, thus making the journey in about 30 minutes. Hyperloop seems ideally suited to a small continent with many large urban centers. The Dutch team that won the SpaceX Hyperloop competition is rapidly working toward a commercial solution to connect all of Europe. Hardt Global Mobility has the backing of the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen and multinational construction company BAM. August 2018


Rethinking Toiletries Using Less Saves Both Money and the Planet

The maxim “less is more” applies well to skin care and personal hygiene. Overuse of products is costly and increases pollution. Both genders are prone to overdoing it when it comes to basic activities like washing, shampooing and shaving. Here are some helpful tips. Take fewer showers and spend

less time in the shower to conserve water. A study by the Water Research Foundation ranks showers as the second-highest residential use of water at 20 percent, just behind toilets, at 24 percent. Some traditional soaps can strip natural skin oils. Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests products labeled as “cleaner”, such as a body wash formulated to add moisture back into skin. An estimated 2 billion disposable razors are discarded annually in the U.S. Helpful ideas include using a long-handled safety razor to shave women’s legs; positioning it at a 20-degree angle with the proper pressure can significantly increase a blade’s lifespan, saving money and the environment. To streamline our personal care routine, suggests we completely use up existing products,

resist seasonal fads and new colors, and use products that serve multiple roles. For example, a good oil can serve as a makeup remover, skin and face moisturizer, lip balm, frizz tamer and shaving lotion. For men’s aftershave, it’s healthier to go natural, avoiding perfumed products that contain petroleumbased chemicals. recommends makers like Weleda, Herbal Choice, Burt’s Bees and Aubrey Organics, which offer skin toners and balms with natural ingredients like sunflower, coconut, lemon, St. John’s wort, witch hazel, myrrh, shea butter, beeswax and essential oils, including organic jojoba seed oils. Note that some products labeled as organic and natural can include synthetic chemicals when the term organic doesn’t apply to the entire formula.

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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat

saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor. Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safely in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at

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Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

Learn Love Languages

For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 16

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calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordi-

nary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.



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Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She

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Build Resilience

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confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (

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very soothing,” says Muse. “Climbing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.

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A Passion for Wellness: Natural Healing Centers Raising the Bar By Marlaina Donato


nterest in holistic healthcare is on the rise, and the wave is evident in West Michigan. Wellness centers offer a variety of therapies including integrative medicine, cutting-edge research, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, therapeutic massage modalities, chiropractic, Reiki and nutritional supplementation. Times are changing, and health care is broadening. “I believe things are improving for the acceptance of integrative medicine and holistic health. I was blown away by the interest right from the start. I’ve seen a huge shift, a desire for more integrative approaches to healthcare,” notes naturopath Kelly Hassberger and CEO of Grand Rapids Natural Health in Grand Rapids, an all-inclusive health and wellness center focused on treating the whole person. Naturopathic and integrative medical services, acupuncture, therapeutic massage modalities, cranial-sacral and energy therapy are only a few offerings under Hassberger’s direction. Also in Grand Rapids, the multidisciplinary wellness center Holistic Care Approach concentrates on diversified attention. “I was passionate about integrative medicine because it has been so successful in other parts of the country, and I wanted to see it flourish here in West Michigan. The center was founded on the belief that achieving wellness from within is the key to physical and mental wellbeing,” says owner and Registered Nurse, Barbara Meconis. The integrative facility offers thermography, bio-identical hormones, IV infusions, acupuncture, NAET allergy relief, HCG weight loss program and Ayervedic consultations. Naturopath Jodi Jenks and owner of The Remedy House in Grand Rapids has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades. “When I first started my practice over 20 years ago, the view on holistic health options was highly skeptical and mostly unknown to the general practice.

Over the past five years it has grown in many ways. People are realizing that treating acute symptoms of illness are no longer effective. The more educated the community becomes about natural health solutions, the more willing and more open they are to trying these options,” expounds Jenks. The Remedy House offers iridology and sclerology, essential oil therapies, detox footbaths, therapeutic massage and energy healing. Bach Flower remedies, homeopathy and herbals are only a few of the many products on the shelves at The Remedy House. Melissa Malinowski, Naturopath and Licensed Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine of Integrative Nutritional Therapies in Grand Rapids is passionate about her dedicated research. “Investigating and taking on challenging health cases are my passion,” says Malinowski who makes it her mission to keep up with the latest findings in the areas of inflammation, detox and gene expression. Her employment of state-of-the-art BioScans used on both people and pets aim to find the root cause of disease, biological assailants, deficiencies and toxicities. Seasoned chiropractic physician Daniel Gleason, owner of The Gleason Center in Spring Lake focuses are applied kinesiology, clinical nutrition, functional medicine and sports injury/performance. “We develop a treatment plan specific to patient needs, interests and budget. A variety of treatment options also include laser, PEMF, AK, massage and digestive, hormonal and allergy tests,” says Gleason, whose informed interest in nutritional guidance plays an important role in his practice. Most alternative practitioners can agree that too many people feel that conventional healthcare is not solving their health problems. “People want to know what is causing their health problem, not what drug might cover up

the symptoms and risk significant side effects,” adds Gleason. Hassberger of Grand Rapids Natural Health concurs, “Most of our healthcare system is set up to help people when they are already sick and treat them by suppressing a patient’s symptoms rather than looking for the cause. The latter approach is what truly heals, and I think our population is starting to see that.” Success stories are the greatest reward for these dedicated practitioners. “We are blessed on a daily basis with patients coming to us with stories of success and gratitude,” says Gleason. All can agree that health is wealth, and Malinowski sums it up best when she says, “When you are the best version of yourself, you have the ability to live out your mission and make changes worldwide.” For further information, please visit: Grand Rapids Natural Health: See ad page 19. Holistic Care Approach: See ad page 6. Integrative Nutritional Therapies: The Gleason Center: See ad page 37. The Remedy House: See ad page 20. Marlaina Donato is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need For Silence by Randy Kambic

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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence?

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you?

You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole.

The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

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Multilevel Healing Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being by Linda Sechrist


r. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him. The rewards were radical discoveries: whole system science exploring the web of connections within the body; the need to acknowledge an individual’s core multi-dimensions—body/ external, behavior/lifestyle, social/emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s needed to unlock each person’s inherent capacity for health and healing. The author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, Jonas concludes, “Only 20 percent of healing comes from the treatment agent the doctor applies. A full 80 percent of the healing potential, which lies dormant in everyone, comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response unique to you. This is internal, highly personal and uses simple principles and components.”

During his 40-year career, Jonas was able to observe multi-level healings with patients, as well as through other professional roles. He’s served as director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved

Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole. ~Wayne Jonas ones and a supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions. For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Medical doctors are unaware of the body’s energy field because they aren’t taught anything about it or physics in medical school. Although the vast majority believe there is no science behind energy medicine or any that proves the body even has an energy field, it is real and has been measured,” says Oschman. He’s passionate about including energy medicine in healing, and says, “To understand the human body, health and healing, you have to look at all dimensions without any exclusions. No aspect of science, medicine or life should be left out. All medical interventions and everything you do to the body involves energy. An awareness of this can fully transform any medical approach.” Jonas experienced the energetic dimension of healing when his wife, Susan, was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Although skeptical, he tried the process of laying his hands on her while imagining a soft, white light filled with love being transmitted through the top of his head, down through his hands and into her body. “I knew of the dozens of experiments done at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. When meditating individuals put their hands around test tubes containing immune cells, the amount of infrared radiation emanating from their hands increased, which stimulated the immune cells to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy-producing molecule found in all cells. After this exposure, those cells survived better when hit with stresses such as heat and chemical shocks,” says Jonas. “Susan said that she could feel something and fell asleep. The next day, she felt less fatigued, slept less and was more active. From then on, I cut back on travel and made sure my body—in all its physical, social and emotional dimensions—was around,” says Jonas. To help patients and doctors expand their own perspectives, Jonas has developed a healing-oriented practices and environments (HOPE) consultation protocol ( It includes questions a doctor or patient can use to spark pivotal lifestyle changes that cover optimal healing dimensions—inner, interpersonal, behavioral and external—to evaluate measures that facilitate or hamper healing. Sincerely responding to the answers shows results. “With chronic diseases, it can almost always enhance wellness and well-being, and improve function, whether the disease is cured or not,” says Jonas. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show

Calculate a personal water footprint at that we look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible

so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at home-water-conservation and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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trong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.

Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, brightly colored peppers, vitamin D-rich eggs or almond trail mix can turn a child’s brown bag lunch into an immune-boosting power meal. “Diet is one of the main pillars for children’s health. I teach parents and kids that food can be fun, and not to be obsessed with counting calories or portions,” says Dr. Alina Olteanu, a holistic pediatrician in Dallas, Texas. “I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet based on lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kimchi supports a healthy microbiome.” 26

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Adequate protein supports healthy immunity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

Exercise and Herbal Allies Exercise has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and in turn, helps

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move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty allies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing organic lemon or orange essential oil for 30 minutes two to three times a day in the house or applying one to two drops on a cotton ball and inhaling. Adding a few drops of Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil to Epsom or sea salt makes a calming, immune-boosting bath.

Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a board-certified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Germs Can Be Helpful Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk

of developing asthma and allergies later in life. Children also benefit from getting their hands into microbe-rich soil, say Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in a study published in Science. While germs can help kids build stronger immunity, common good habits like regular hand-washing curb the spread of viruses.

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MIGHTY MINERALS What We Need to Stay Healthy by Judith Fertig

Minerals—inorganic chemical elements or compounds that cannot be produced by the body, but occur in nature—play a key role in helping us function at our best.


ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives a broad, general Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for minerals, it’s not the most up-do-date or the most specific information according to gender, age or stage in life. The more current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are nutrient-reference values developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies—five private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis, located in Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Intended to serve as a guide for good nutrition by covering 40-plus nutrient substances and more demographically specific than the RDA, the DRI provides a scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in 28

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the U.S. and Canada. This list of important minerals, based on the worldwide studies collected in the journal Minerals, is a good starting point. Another good reference is the extensive chart from the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences at

Our Body’s Periodic Table Sodium with Chlorine

Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: sodium combines with chlorine in salt; Himalayan sea salt also contains 84 trace elements Recommended Daily Intake: 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium


Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g)


Why we need it: strong teeth and bones, muscle relaxation and contraction, blood

Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg


Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men


Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg


Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men

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clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, fortified nut milk, dairy products, canned sardines/salmon, dried figs, oysters; plus mineral water brands labeled higher in calcium and lower in sodium, per integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil Recommended Daily Intake: 1,000 to 1,200 mg

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Why we need it: facilitates enzymes action Food sources: organ meats, whole grains, shellfish, dark leafy greens Recommended Daily Intake: 900 micrograms (mcg)


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg


Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males We require macrominerals—those we need in larger amounts—as well as

microminerals—those necessary in trace amounts. For a good overview from the Harvard University Medical School, visit Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg



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Natural Therapies Transform Lives by Sandra Murphy

Pets, like humans, can face physical and mental challenges. Today’s fresh approaches help pets replace disabilities with abilities and lead fuller, happier lives.

Physical Adaptations Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and good manners to dogs. “We can’t imagine life without him,” says Monica Sederholm, co-founder of the organization. A congenital condition causing irregular bone growth in his shoulder blades, fused bones and a missing kneecap hasn’t stopped him. Muscle pain keeps him from retracting his claws, but daily massages help him relax. Although Zach remains mobile, walking is difficult or sometimes impossible when an animal is missing a limb or paralyzed. Designed for specific disabilities and fitted for size, a wheelchair cart provides freedom most cats and dogs embrace. Rescue volunteers and adoptive parents must keep clut30

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ter off the floors, supervise and remove the cart to allow for comfortable naps. Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, adopted Homer, a blind kitten from

Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better at Any Age! Mary Debono, of Encinitas, California, sees a variety of

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Miami. “Never having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.” When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

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pets. “I invited an Arabian named Easy to be the demo horse during a class I taught,” she recalls. “Sore all over, he couldn’t lift his feet high enough to step over a pole lying on the ground.” Easy showed dramatic improvement through Feldenkrais, which focuses on improved function, rebooting the body by interrupting the cycle of pain and tension, so that the patient realizes change is possible. Debono also treated a rabbit that didn’t like to be touched. “I used the eraser end of a pencil through an opening in his crate. Non-habitual touch gets the attention of the nervous system; areas of tension are sore, so gentle lifts provide relief.” Without pain, movement is easier and behavior improves.

Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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BVI School of Ayurveda Accepting Applications: Ayurvedic Consultant Certificate Program. Webinar and On-Site Courses, one weekend a month. State Licensed. NAMA Member. The Sambodh Society, Inc. 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo. Info and Catalog: or 269-381-4946.


Reiki Levels I & II Courses in One Class – 10am4pm. Taught by Reiki Master Morgan Buck, this class covers how to effectively tap into the subtle form of healing energy. Participants will receive Reiki Level I and Reiki Level II attunements and will have plenty of practice time. Upon course completion, participants receive Reiki Level I and Level II certificate, a certificate of lineage, and will be able to perform Reiki on themselves and loved ones. $325. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Dr., Muskegon. Must register by July 24:, 231-288-1076.


Falcons and Chimney Swifts: An Urban Birdwalk – 7pm. Join the Grand Rapids Audubon Club for a walk around downtown to see birds that thrive in heavily populated areas. We’ll be on the lookout for Chimney Swifts, which roost in homes’ chimneys and large smoke stacks, and Peregrine Falcons, that were introduced years ago atop McKay Tower, as a way to control the pigeon population. Wear good walking shoes for this 90-minute walk. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info: GRPL. org. Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Workshop – 6:30pm. This class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Those that attend will be given a discounted initial consultation/evaluation for only $25, valued at $125. Seating is limited to 24. Free. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids, 4288 3 Mile Rd NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. Register: Drowings.


Songs of the Spirit with Amitabhan – 7pm. Come for a nourishing evening of story and song. Using humor, insight, and his inspirational original material, Ami takes audiences on a journey to the opened heart and the grace that is always present. Love offering accepted. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Info: Enabling Vs. Helpful Behavior and Addictive Personalities – 6pm. This class will be taught by Addiction Specialists Dan Qualls and Marcia Rappleye. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111, Office@


Reiki Share – 10am-12pm, 6-8pm. Offered twice in one day! Come check out what Reiki is all about and have a mini session done. Open to those that know Reiki and those that don’t. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Register: 616-443-4225.

General Nutrition Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Taught by Dee Kohley, RPh, come for greater understanding and goal setting for eating real food! $5. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422,


Hormones Seminar – 6:30-7:30pm. This class is taught by Dr. Ramona Wallace D.O. Free. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422, Downtown Mediterranean Soiree with EcoTrek Fitness and Culinary Expedition! – 5:15-8:30pm. Join Cari Draft, for a 60-minute EcoTrek workout adventure in downtown Grand Rapids. Attendees will then return to enjoy a scrumptious appetizer and watch Chef Elizabeth Suvedi demonstrate how to make a deliciously healthy meal. The night concludes with chocolate coffee truffles. $45. Old World Olive Company, 108 Monroe Center Street NW, Grand Rapids. Info:


Science on Tap: Exploring the Ecology of the Great Lakes – 8pm. Join Dr. Mark Luttenton from GVSU for a deep dive into the ecology of the Great Lakes. When the Europeans first arrived, the Great Lakes ecosystem had been evolving into a diverse and stable ecosystem. Europeans viewed this as an economic opportunity and began to exploit the resources of the region. Come learn an ecological overview of the Great Lakes from the time they took shape to how they function today. Free. SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids. Info:,


Meditation Workshop – 8-11am. This workshop is taught by Lisa Cobb, LMSW. $40, $35 for Bluewater Wellness members. 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422,


Eckankar: Karma and Reincarnation – 10-11am. ECK Light and Sound Service, second Sunday each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: 269370-7170,,


Introduction to Zentangle – 6:30pm. Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method! Taught by Amy Kam of the peaceful pen, learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gift of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new techniques for problem-solving and uncover new ways to see beauty or embrace the unexpected. No art experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Free, all supplies included. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info: GRPL. org, Addiction and the Role of the Medical Community – 6pm. This class will be taught by Dr. Sandy Dettmann, an addiction medicine specialist. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111,


Crystal Chakra Healing Wand Workshop – 10am-12pm, 5-7pm. Offered two different times!

Learn more about the energetic system of the body and the main Chakra system, and then explore the different stones that help bring balance to each chakra. Identify which ones bring the most balance and create a beautiful empowered healing wand made of these stones to take home. $75, fee includes all materials. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by August 10: 616-443-4225.


Sound of Soul by Eckankar – 7-8pm. Third Wednesday each month. Experience singing HU. Sung for thousands of years, HU will prepare attendees to accept the full love of God in this lifetime. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: 269-370-7170,, VGB and Keto Workshop – 6:30-8pm. This workshop will be taught by Dee Kohley, RPh, and Morgan Buck of Focused on Wellness. $30. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422,


Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Workshop – 6:30pm. The class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Those that attend will be given a discounted initial consultation/evaluation for only $25, valued at $125. Seating is limited to 24. Free. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids, 4288 3 Mile Rd NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. Register: Drowings. Introduction to Zentangle – 6:30pm. Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method! Taught by Amy Kam of the peaceful pen, learn the techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gift of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new techniques for problem-solving and uncover new ways to see beauty or embrace the unexpected. No art experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Free, all supplies included. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info: GRPL. org,


Blue Horizons Wellness at Great Lakes Surf Festival – 10:30-11am, 5-5:30pm. Blue Horizons Wellness is offering two classes during the Great Lakes Surf Festival. Free. 1991 Lakeshore Dr (in Lakeside shopping district), Muskegon. Must Register:, 231-755-7771. The Healing Power of CBD Oil – 1-3pm. Come learn all the wonderful benefits being proven by CBD products from Naturopathic Doctor, Jodi Jenks. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by August 15: 616-443-4225. Health & Wellness Fair Building Healthier Communities – 12-4pm. “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes,” this event will include: blood pressure screenings, diabetes checks, oral exams, height, weight, sickle cell screening and BMI’s. There will also be live entertainment, plenty of door prizes, food, vendors, and Zumba & Dancing and more. Muskegon Family Care, 2201 S. Getty St, Muskegon Heights.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse – 6pm. This class will be taught by Anthony Muller from Wedgwood Manassah Project. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111,


Blissful Sleep Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Come find how to get the best sleep possible. Class is taught by Dee Kohley, RPh. $5. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422, The Art of Essential Oils – 10am-12pm, 5-7pm. Offered two different times! Come learn the chemistry behind the oils, the methods of using essential oils, how to custom blend oils and the do’s and don’ts with carrier oils. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by Aug 17: 616-443-4225.


Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes – 7pm. Emily Finnell, Chief Strategist of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will share past and ongoing efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes. Learn about the initiatives and policies around the Great Lakes. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info:,


An Evening with Spirit – 7pm. This 90-minute event is a meaningful way to connect with loved

ones from the other side. During this event, nationally known medium Thomas John will deliver messages from Spirit from loved ones. Thomas will also talk about his process as a psychic medium and how to connect with the Spirit world on your own. $45 single, $80 for two. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Info:


Spiritual Gifts Faire – 9am-5pm. Unity Church of Muskegon is hosting an expo for the unique and universal. A day of readings, treatments, discoveries, and possibilities. Come one, come all. Free. 2052 Bourdon St, Muskegon. To reserve a table to promote your gift: 231-759-7536.


Ancestral Clearing/Emotional Release Class – 1-4pm. Learn how to identify and release blocks and limiting beliefs and change energetic thought patterns. Learn how to move ahead and live the life of freedom, fulfillment and happiness! We will dive deep to the core of who you are, going beyond strategies, achieving goals or business planning. The class will address Ho’oponopono, EFT, NLP, ancestral lineage and more! Grand Rapids. Register by August 15: 616-259-7509,


The Importance of Peer Support in Recovery – 6pm. This class will be taught by Priscilla Shafor and Jacquie Johnson from Ottagon Area Recovery. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111, Office@

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Sunday Meditation-Self Realization Fellowship – 1011am. Every Sunday we gather to meditate, chant, & explore the wisdom of the Hindu/Yoga tradition as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. Free will offering. Marywood Center 2025 Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: Fred Stella 616-451-8041, GrandRapids.srf@, Sunday Worship and Youth Services – 10:30am. A warm and inviting New Thought Spiritual Community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Info: or 616453-9909. Celebration Services – 10:30am. Join us each Sunday for our Sunday Celebration Service. Unity is a positive, peaceful path for spiritual living. We offer spiritual teachings and programs that empower a life of meaning, purpose, and abundance in all good things. We seek to discover the “universal” spiritual truths that apply to all religions. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: or 616-682-7812.


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Hot Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@ Spirit Space Sunday Worship – 10:30am. An interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join for inspiring messages called Reasoning’s. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Sunday Series – 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening ministers, teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids. Info:

Monday Restorative Yoga – 6:45-8:00pm. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come learn gentle


Hormones Class – 6:30-7:30pm. This class will discuss the best course of action for hormone imbalance and is taught by Dee Kohley, RPh. $5. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422, Fat Bombs and the Ketogenic Diet – 10am-12pm, 6-8pm. Offered twice in one day! Come experience fat bombs and gain a greater understanding of the popular ketogenic diet that can help strengthen muscle, reduce brain fog, improve memory and increase sustainable energy. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by August 24: 616-443-4225.


Functional Medicine: for IBS, Crohns, SIBO, Leaky Gut and More – 6:30-7:30pm. Class will be taught by Dr. Ramona Wallace, D.O. Free. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422,


Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Workshop – 6:30pm. The class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Those that attend will be given a discounted initial consultation/evaluation for only $25, valued at $125. Seating is limited to 24. Free. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids, 4288 3 Mile Rd NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. For more information, call 616-888-2416. Register:

yet powerful poses for the body, mind and spirit. Through these postures one will be seeking and finding balance. This balance will recharge, refresh and rejuvenate. Restorative Yoga is an antidote to stress. Various pricing. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: MiBodhiTree. com, 616-392-7580. 3rd Monday Support Group – 7-8:30pm. This support group is available for parents, guardians and caregivers of teenagers and pre-teens facilitated by Nicki Kubec, LMSW. Free. Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111. A practice of A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. Learn miracle-mindedness. Got joy? This is how to have it. Hint: You already do. All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

TUESDAY Serenity Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Come for a very gentle class geared toward developing and maintaining balance and strength. As always, class ends with a 20-minute guided meditation. By donation. 1991 Lakeshore Dr, (in Lakeside Shopping District) Muskegon. Must Register: BlueHorizonsWellness. com, 231-755-7771. Beach Yoga Series – 10-11am. From June–August, join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Lake Michigan with a class filled with stretching and balancing poses, focusing on breath work and relaxation with a biblical focus. Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat to the Day Beach.

All new participants should arrive early. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $10 drop-in. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon. Info: Diana @ 231-343-8381or org or SMART Recovery Group – 7-8pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Recovery through SelfEmpowerment: The purpose is to help participants gain independence from any addictive behavior. The meetings encourage participants to take responsibility for their own recovery and supports their capacity to regulate their behavior. As participants progress in recovery their focus can shift to enjoying the activities of a healthy and productive life, including the satisfaction of assisting new participants the program. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: Chair Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and moving at one’s own pace. Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice and easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info:, 616-514-3325. Lunchtime Yoga – 11:45am-12:30. This class is about relaxation and refreshment to help provide extra energy to get through the day! Lunchtime yoga is a great way to kick start the mind to focus on the future tasks at hand. All Levels welcome and encouraged. $10. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: 616-392-7580, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation/Study Group – 7:15-8:30pm. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free. Jewel Heart, 1919 Stearns Ave, Kalamazoo. Info: Call 734-368-8701 or 269-9441575 or email: Gentle Hatha Yoga – 7:45-9am & 9:15-10:30am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. Info: 231-740-6662 or Beginning Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-10:45am. This class will introduce you to basic postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness with an emphasis on building body awareness. Gentle yet relaxing in nature, you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and having a greater sense of health and well-being. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: visit us at or info@ Nourishing the Lakeshore – 7pm. Meetings the second Tuesday of each month. Open to the Public! Formed to provide education on the health enriching benefits of traditional diets, to increase access to clean, nutrient dense foods, and to teach traditional preparation and storage methods. Nourishing the Lakeshore of West Michigan is a chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation serving Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana counties. The main purpose is to act as a resource for local, clean, nutrient dense food. We also provide informational meetings on health related topics, often those which are politically incorrect. Nourishing the Lakeshore respects that everyone is at a different point on the path to

better eating. Our goal is to educate and enrich the wellness of our community. Location: The Century Club on Western Ave, Muskegon. Info:Meetup. com/Nourishing-the-Lakeshore-of-West-MichiganWeston-A-Price 4th Tuesday Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Free support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals with mental illness. Free. Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111. A Course in Miracles – 9:30-11am. A complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal peace is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. It expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: 616-682-7812. $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. Grand Rapids. 616365-9176.

WEDNESDAY Yoga for Veterans and First Responders (Military, Fire, Police, etc.) – 5:30-7pm. Enjoy yoga for 50 minutes and then a guided iRest Meditation. These practices help support one’s wellbeing on and off the mat. iRest Meditation has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD and trauma. The instructors are trained through Warriors at Ease. By donation. 1991 Lakeshore Dr (in Lakeside shopping district), Muskegon. Must Register: BlueHorizonsWellness. com, 231-755-7771. Beach Yoga Series – 10-11am, 7-8pm. July – August, join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Lake Michigan with a class filled with stretching and balancing poses, focusing on breath work and relaxation with a biblical focus. Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat to the Channel Beach Pavilion. All new participants should arrive early. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $10 drop-in. Muskegon State Park, 3560 Memorial Dr, Muskegon. Info: Diana @ 231- 343-8381or org or A Course in Miracles – 9:30-11am. A Course in Miracles begins. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. As its title implies, the course is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: Text, workbook for students, and manual for teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depend on their particular needs and preferences. Come for a study group. We have an open door policy, meaning guests can come anytime. Guests do not have to attend every week. Love offering. 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. Info: The Law of Attraction Speaking Club – 6:308pm. Do you want to learn how to apply the law of attraction in your life and in your business? We are a group of like-minded individuals who support each other in our growth. Come to Toastmasters where we provide a supportive learning experience where individuals can become better communicators and leaders. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025

Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: lawofattractiontm@gmail. com or 616-717-3203. Meditation – 6-7pm. Every Wednesday we meet in our meditation room from 6-7pm. We begin and end meditation time with live, native flute music. Join us for the full hour or any part of the time. Call 616-836-1555 for more info or visit our meditation page to learn more. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. Info:

Thursday Kids Yoga Summer Camp – 1:30-2:15pm. Yoga classes for ages 3-11 will start August 9. Children process information through moving, seeing, listening, touching and even singing. This class will cover each learning style to enhance the development of the mind, body and spirit. Utilizing multiple learning styles allows children to understand the world more effectively. Because children are sensitive to criticism, this class will be focused on encouraging and empowering each student. $50, pre-payment required (no refunds or make-up dates). 208 W 18th St, Holland. Must register:, 616-392-7580. Beach Yoga Series – 10-11am. From July–August, join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Lake Michigan with a class filled with stretching and balancing poses, focusing on breath work and relaxation with a biblical focus. Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat to the Day Beach. All new participants should arrive early. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $10 drop-in. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon. Info: Diana @ 231-343-8381or org or Restorative Yoga – 7-8pm. Calm the mind and nourish the body with Restorative Yoga. Restorative poses are held on a mat and deeply supported with yoga props. The practice seeks to balance the physical, mental, and spiritual while also experiencing profound rest and relaxation. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info and register: DominicanCenter. com, 616-514-3325. Gentle Yoga – 5:30 - 6:30pm. This gentle class offers a peaceful session to gradually build strength and range of motion. With this quiet practice, experience how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much needed nurturing, rest, and clarity. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info and register:, 616-514-3325. Chair Yoga – 4-5pm. Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and moving at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice and easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info:, 616-514-3325. Emotions Anonymous – 12-1pm. This is a 12-step program for recovery of mental and emotional illness. Free. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111.

August 2018


Friday 3rd Friday Narcan Training and Distribution – 12-2pm. Red Project offers Free Narcan Training and Distribution for those interested. This event is held the Third Friday of every month from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Free. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-4149111 or

SATURDAY Outdoor Yoga at Kollen Park – 8-9am. From July 7-August 25, come for outdoor yoga classes at Kollen Park on the shores of Lake Macatawa. Bring a beach towel and yoga mat. Meet by the band shell for this fun, all levels outdoor class! $5 cash donation, proceeds go to Sal Perez Youth Scholarship. Kollen Park Dr, Holland. Sign up and cancellations: Bodhi Tree Yoga and Wellness Facebook page,, Holland Recreation Division’s Facebook page, 616-355-1139. 1st Saturday QiGong Class – 3-4pm. Instructor Raymond Wan teaches about internal energy, self-healing breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, bring a cushion or pillow to sit

Hot Yoga – 7:30-8:45am. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@ Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9:15-10:15am & 11-12:15am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. 231740-6662. Info: Sweetwater Local Foods Market – 9am-12pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Mercy Health Lakes Campus, 6401 Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon.

mark your calendar FRIDAY-SUNDAY, September 14-16

Indigenous Wisdom of the Chakras – 6-9pm, Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat and Sun. Hosted by the Grandmothers of the Sacred We, all are welcome to come for three days of empowerment and learn tribal foundational beliefs, intimate prayer, courage to trust, the harmony of love, empowering your ancestral voice and expression of joy and peace. $270. Sky View Retreat Center, near the intersection of Lake Michigan Dr and 144th Ave, West Olive. To purchase tickets:

mark your calendar SATURDAY, September 15

Susan G. Komen West-Michigan Race For The Cure – 6:30-11am. Race day registration and packet pick-up is at 6:30am. Stage entertainment and announcements begin at 7am. 9:00 AM Race starts with a 5Krun/walk and 1-mile community at 9am. $25. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 220 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids. Info:


Fee for classifieds is $1 per word\per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 15th of the month.

VOLUNTEERS Volunteer Instructors – Mental illness is a community issue and it requires a community solution. The Momentum Center for Social Engagement offers social and recreational activities for people with mental illness, addictions and disabilities. We are seeking people willing to share their skill, hobby, vocation, or interest with our members once a month or as often as available. We welcome yoga, tai chi, exercise, dance, self-defense, cooking, sewing, and so much more. Extended Grace, 714 Columbus, Grand Haven. Info: Call Jenna, if you want to be part of the solution, at 616-414-9111 or email

Must be submitted online each month at Events priced $80 or more require a corresponding display ad. There is a $40 charge per listing, up to 50 words. Current advertisers, distribution sites or nonprofits, use this listing in place of your two free listings.

mark your calendar MONDAY, September 11

Principals of Integrative Health – 6:308pm. Presented by Tammy Born, DO, this session will help individuals learn more about what integrative health is, how to incorporate it into your approach to wellbeing, and its benefits. $5. Info:

mark your calendar SUNDAY, October 7

Grand Rapids VegFest (Plant Based Roots) – 10:30am-5:00pm. Learn about a plant-based diet and lifestyle through delicious food, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, many local vendors and organizations, plus, children’s activities. Grand Rapids VegFest. Location: DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. Info:

mark your calendar MONDAY, October 15

OFFICE SPACE Space Available - Natural, holistic health office has space available for rent to an individual or business that provides complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, and energy work. Email Info@

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3rd Saturday Inpire Event – 10am-1pm. SeptMay. Everyone is invited to this collaborative community event. Brunch/lunch served. Registration not required. Extended Grace, Momentum Center, 714 Columbus, Grand Haven. Info: 616-502-2078 or online

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on, and to not eat a big meal one hour before class. Donation based. Academy of Alternative Healing Arts, 3790 28th St SW Ste B, Grandville. Info: or 616-419-6924.

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. ~Jackie Kennedy

Avoiding Opioids: Integrative Pain Management Techniques – 6:30-8pm. Presented by a panel of integrative health professionals. This class will discuss sciencebased approaches such as acupuncture, chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy, massage therapy and energy work. $5. Learn more and register:

mark your calendar TUESDAY, November 13

Parenting on the Spectrum – 6:30-8pm. Presented by Molly Buist, Occupational Therapist. All families, educators and others are invited to learn about proven methods, such as music therapy, that can be utilized to help children living on the spectrum and in need of additional support. $5. Learn more and register:

mark your calendar TUESDAY, December 4

Mastering the Art of Meal Planning and Food Prep: Winter Edition – 6:308pm. Presented by Andrea Hop, BS, MA, Certified Health Coach. This class will explore why meal planning and food prep, especially during hibernation months, are so important to sticking with dietary goals; plus, learn the basics of successful meal planning and simple hacks for advance food prep. $5. Learn more and register:

TEST — DON’T GUESS 4Hormones 4Digestion 4Inflammation 4Fatigue

L A S E R PA I N & NEURO CLINIC 4Arthritis 4Neuropathy 4Neurological Disorders 4Memory Loss

4Daniel C. Gleason, D.C. 4Daniel J. Weessies, D.C., M.S.


19084 Fruitport Road • Spring Lake, MI 49456

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull

Coming Next Month SEPTEMBER

Yoga For Flexibility plus: Joint Health

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Astrology/Numerology The Therapy Center 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids • 616-916-0121

714 Columbus, Grand Haven 616-414-9111

Over 20 year ’s experience. Readings available in her office, by skype or by phone. Also available for lectures at solstice gatherings. Make an appointment by phone or on the website.


Andrew Gielczyk Licensed Builder 616-834-2480 •

Just Goods Gifts and Cafe’ is located within the Momentum Center for Social Engagement. Fair trade and social cause merchandise. Local baked goods and beverages. Open 9am to 6pm M-F and 10am to 2pm Sat. A creative space for community integration and the end of stigma. See ad, page 32.


Wood & Saw is focused on creating a sustainable high quality of life for our clients. Building simple, costeffective, energy-efficient, toxic-free homes and remodels that achieve the healthiest possible indoor air quality. See ad, page 29.

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

Mary De Lange, CCT, LMT 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 relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad, page 20.


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. Dan Gleason DC & Dr. Dan Weessies, MS, DC 19084 North Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake, MI 616-638-6234

Ashley Carter Youngblood, LMSW, LMFT Owner/Therapist 4155 S 9th Street, Suite D, Kalamazoo, MI 269-254-1211 • Ashley Carter Youngblood is a licensed therapist who provides a holistic approach to counseling by empowering others to d i s c o v e r h o w o n e ’s i n n e r wisdom can contribute to the healing of the mind, body, spirit, and relationships.

An alternative, holistic approach combining chiropractic and kinesiology as well as the latest in metabolic and hormone testing. Cold Laser Pain and Neuro treatments for: spectrum disorders, injuries, chronic pain, and pre/post surgical rehab. See ad, page 37.


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Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner 332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Do you feel like you have no energy? Do you feel disconnected and out of balance? Let Tonya help you find your center again. Combining Emotional Clearing with Full Spectrum Healing, Tonya helps her clients to remove emotional, mental, and energetic blocks that are keeping her clients stuck and preventing them from reaching their full potential for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life. See ad page 10.


Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids 616-735-1285 • Your local source for all things natural and botanical. Essential oils, bulk herbs, tea, hand-crafted bath & body products, raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad, page 27.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor # 489656 877-436-2299

Essential Oils – Revered for thousands of years for their naturally-enhancing support of body, mind, and spirit. Become a Young Living Essential Oils Member/Customer, and/or an Independent Distributor. See ad, page 6.

HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107, Grand Rapids 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.


Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, reiki, Energy Touch. See ad, page 20.


332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic/Holistic Practitioners and retail health store. Natural health consultations, classes, oils, herbs, homeopathy, hypnosis, foods, candles, crystals, books, CDs, massage, reflexology, emotional clearing, foot detox, DOT/CDL health cards for truck drivers. See ad, page 10.

HUMAN RIGHTS/ SOCIAL JUSTICE EXTENDED GRACE 616.502.2078 • Extended Grace is a nonprofit grassroots social lab that builds community while solving problems. It does so through: Community Conversations including Inspire! and Deeper Dive events and Town Hall Meetings on Mental Illness; Mudita Gifts; Pilgrim Spirit Tours cultural immersion experiences; Momentum Center for Social Engagement; Just Goods Gifts and Cafe’. See ad, page 32.


Sue Dilsworth, Ph.D, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT 6189 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale 616-307-1617 • Counseling services tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Through various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and EMDR, individuals will have an opportunity to explore personal challenges in an open, receptive, and supportive environment. Member WPATH. Most insurance accepted including Medicare and Medicaid.


Pamela Gallina, MA CMC 616-433-6720 • Pam works with highly– motivated individuals as they aim for their highest self. Focusing on Small Business Development, Major Life Crisis and Change, Weight Loss & Fitness, Relationships, Budget Management & Reorganization, Decluttering Home and Life. Helping you to achieve your very best life! See ad, page 24.

MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Offering Swedish massage with integrated techniques, chosen specifically for your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate. Call for on-going monthly specials and discounts.


Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033

Over 24 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 20.


SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director 269-381-4946

School of Ayurveda. State licensed. Certificate program for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, wellness educators, massage therapists, holistic health specialists, chiropractors, dieticians and those seeking to learn selfhealth-care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).

NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 East Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant 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 14.


Julie Bennett 616-724-6368 Thermography is a safe, tested, painless, and effective procedure providing information for breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer prevention and early detection, possible hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, musculoskeletal inflammation, and neurological problems.

19084 North Fruitport Rd. Spring Lake, MI 49456 616-846-5410 •

Cold laser therapy can provide drug-free pain relief. This noninvasive treatment is for those suffering from arthritis, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, inflammation and other pain syndromes. Our MLS cold laser also treats neurological degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s, ADHD, spectrum disorders and peripheral neuropathy. See ad, page 37.


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