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oubtless a change would do us all good. As Natural Awakenings becomes a part of our lives, good changes come about naturally. Sometimes they’re conscious decisions and some gradually sneak up on us. I’m especially excited to have a front row view with you of important strides in the growing natural health field that are on their way to benefiting us all. I clearly recall how as a young adult I would make trips to Harvest Health on Eastern because it was the only health food store in Grand Rapids at the time. An herbalist there served as a wellness guru for many people like me interested in taking the path of natural living. I also remember the moment I first became aware of natural pet foods in 1999, when my beloved but aged Golden Retriever, Max, developed cancer of the palate. Our family vet, one of the most respected in the region, told us nothing could be done; he would inevitably just stop eating and pass on, but I couldn’t accept that. Asking around, I found a vet from Michigan State University that had decided to take her practice in a holistic direction. Several nights a month, Max and I would make the hour-long trek from our Spring Lake home to her office in Caledonia. I’d gratefully sit on the floor with hands and arms wrapped around dog legs, me acting as proxy, while we monitored his homeopathic healing journey. Max had been a vegetarian all his life, like I was at the time, but now ate ground beef wrapped around prescribed natural supplements. I also brewed large quantities of essiac tea, and then sat astride his back using a large syringe to empty cooled tea down his throat. Max had been an active dog most of his life and we walked or ran three miles a day, which I believe added to his longevity. When he became an elderly pooch, his steps had slowed and even short stair steps became difficult. Then, two years after the diagnosis, Max’s brain stopped talking to his hind legs and a decision had to be made. We again turned for advice to our traditional family vet, who had seen us through years of antics including an hysterical phone call one Sunday night after Max ate an entire pan of lasagna cooling on the stove. At this visit I vividly remember the perplexed doctor questioning, “Didn’t Max have a tumor on his palate?” Yes, change is good! This month we celebrate natural nourishment via many of my favorite topics including organic farming and gardening, anti-inflammatory foods, conserving our waterways, eco-art, non-GMO pet foods and natural alternatives to drugs. Everyone loves exploring more of life’s goodness as we strive to be awake to health, wellness and the riches of wisdom. To conscious living,

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Life Rewarding Summit


ife Rewarding Summit is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., July 20, and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30

p.m., July 21, in Grand Rapids. This is a great self-development opportunity! Come and meet the owners of Be Young Total Health. On Saturday, attend Essential Oils Through the Lifespan. Dana C. Young, the CEO and President of Be Young Total Health, is an expert in the field of essential oils with over 25 years’ experience. He will share with attendees how to use essential oils Dana C. Young from birth to the elderly as well as for animals. Choose one or both days at no charge when registering.

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coTrek Fitness and Culinary Expedition partner for a downtown Mediterranean soiree from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., August 8, in Grand Rapids. Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of downtown. Join outdoor fitness extraordinaire, Cari Draft, owner of EcoTrek Fitness as she leads the group on an hour EcoTrek workout adventure. After that, attendees will return to enjoy a scrumptious appetizer of roasted buffalo cauliflower crostini topped with cashew-cream ranch dip. Once attendees are settled in their seats, Chef Elizabeth Suvedi, owner of Culinary Expedition, will demonstrate how to make a Mediterranean sauté, packed with mushroom, onion, garlic, carrot, chickpeas, tomato, bell pepper, baby spinach and ground sumac. It’s the perfect summertime energy boosting dish. The evening concludes with something sweet—chocolate coffee truffles. Anyone interested is encouraged to purchase tickets because space is limited. All are welcome to join the fun. Cost is $45. Location: Old World Olive Company, 108 Monroe Center Street NW, Grand Rapids. For information and tickets, visit See ad Page 24.



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Herbs Class - Join Wendy Markgraf, HHP, LMMT and Master Herbalist of Inside Out Bodyworks in learning how to create safe, medicinal blends. There will be a Herbal Tincture Make & Take class immediately following (Just $15 for tinctures). | $5/person | FREE for Bluewater Wellness Members

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Mindfulness & Tapping with Lisa Cobb This is a great introductory class - (see above). | $40/ person | $35 for Bluewater Wellness Members

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Lisa Cobb will give a brief intro to mindfulness and tapping as well as leading the class through both exercises. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness and tapping into your every day life. | $5/person | FREE for Bluewater Wellness Members

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is changing the national conversation about cannabis. 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 wellknown 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

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present. ~ Joan Rivers

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.

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 8

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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Steam Baths Ease Allergies Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.


Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.


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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests.

Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormone-related problems, researchers warned.

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs

Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Fast Food Giants Finally Address Plastic Pollution

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Algae Alchemy

Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

Pooch Patrol

Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety

Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market

As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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Conservation Project Protects Part of Amazon The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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Passing the Torch to Future Healers: Academy of Alternative Healing Arts By Marlaina Donato


aymond Wan was a boy when his 106-degree fever brought him to a hospital in mainland China for treatment. It was the 1970s, and Wans birth country was melding allopathic medicine with traditional Chinese Medicine as an experimental venture. “I was treated with an antibiotic shot and Chinese herbal medicine. This collaboration brought my fever down and saved my life,” says Wan. “The results showed me, even at that young age, that both sides can work together. One treats immediate symptoms while the other focuses on prevention. We need both.” Today, Wan is a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner, Acupuncture Detox Specialist, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, author and founder of Academy of Alternative Healing Arts in Grandville. It’s been an interesting journey to his success here in the States, and he owes his initial inspiration to an unsung hero in his native country. “When I was a child, I was given the vaccine for German measles and developed asthma, a common side effect. There was an older lady next door to us who introduced us to traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. It was not only inspiring but life-changing,” remembers Wan, who never could have foreseen that his passionate interest in natural healing would someday be his career. Wan wanted to help others, but at the time, acupuncture was far from being mainstream in America. “Fifteen years ago, people didn’t understand acupuncture, and the fear of needles was very common. Until seven years ago, I practiced acupressure, working without needles,” says Wan, who then added therapeutic massage modalities to his repertoire, but building a client base was difficult in the beginning. “I was a male therapist in a predominately female field. It took a lot to dispel negative assumptions about my line of work. Despite all, I kept my head up, networked with other busi-

nesses and things finally fell into place.” Wans client base grew along with his impressive certification résumé. “I saw the health world change, and more and more people began to experience side effects from pharmaceutical treatments. More and more people called me for services more aligned with the body’s natural processes,” adds Wan. Helping people experience better health is Wans passion, and this dedication is exemplified in the 2017 launch of Academy of Alternative Healing Arts, a school of holistic studies with a focus on broad-spectrum massage modalities. “Massage is a great prevention tool and one of the oldest forms of healing going back to ancient China and Rome. Tui na—Chinese Massage—is one of the oldest healing techniques going back thousands of years,” explains Wan, who has developed a cuttingedge, 10-month state certification program that gives students a sound education in a wide variety of massage modalities and the rigorous requirements of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology. Healersin-training also learn elements uncommon

in other massage programs such as basic clinical nutrition, basic aromatherapy, traditional Chinese massage techniques of Tui na and acupressure and clinical modalities like Chinese medicated oils and Gua Sha. Most importantly, alumni will be prepared to take the exam for the National Certification Board and have self-care tools necessary for a long career. “Self-maintenance is accentuated because if practitioners cannot help themselves, they cannot help anyone else. Part of the program focuses on pitfalls and helps students be able to practice for the long haul,” stresses Wan. Part of the self-care approach includes daily emphasis on qigong and stretching. Two exciting, additional courses at the Academy begin in the fall of 2018 and include Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Coach training. Looking back, the constant prompting by colleagues to open a school only added to the thoughts he already had. “It was only a thought in my mind until three years ago when I drove by Grandville and found this building,” muses Wan. “It turned out that I knew the landlord’s father. It’s a small world, and some things are just meant to be.” Academy of Alternative Healing Arts is located at 3790 28th ST SW, Suite B in Grandville. For more information, visit or call 616-419-6924. See ads pages 20 & 22. Marlaina Donato is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemical-free way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the water-filtering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs.

Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of

results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

Healthy Soil, Food and People

At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the July 2018


new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lyco-

pene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s

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important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife.


They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their

goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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Allergy or Intolerance By Dr Dan Gleason, D.C


onfusion has spread between these two similar but different reactions, but it’s easier to understand if they’re broken down into separate categories—true allergies and intolerances. The immune system is designed to react when exposed to foreign compounds in the environment. This is critically important when it comes to things like viruses, bacteria or fungi. Problems arise when the system starts to attack things that don’t pose a threat such as foods, pollen, dust and animal dander. When a reaction occurs like swelling, redness, pain and sneezing, it’s the body’s attempt to expel or fight against a perceived threat. These symptoms can vary from a slight annoyance to a lifethreatening anaphylactic attack leading to airway closure. Most people with a true allergy (IgE) are aware of the offending substance. An example would be a peanut allergy, which results in an almost immediate wheezing or skin reaction. Another example of a true allergy is a seasonal allergy that produces predictable symptoms in the spring or fall. Intolerances (IgG) may be harder to identify. They produce reactions that may be delayed as much as 48 hours following exposure. Food intolerances may not even produce digestive symptoms. They can produce a wide variety of reactions such as hypothyroidism, skin lesions, fatigue, joint pain, panic attacks and brain fog. There are a number of different allergy and intolerance tests available. An allergist is likely to administer a provocative skin scratch testing. This involves injecting or scratching a number of substances into the skin and then returning the next day to see if there is a significant redness or swelling. This type of testing is for true allergy (IgE). Some allergists may also do blood testing.

IgE vs. IgG

The “Ig” stands for immune globulin, and the “E” or “G’” stands for the division within the immune system that’s producing the response. IgE is the true allergic response, while the IgG is the intolerance. Think of the analogy of law enforcement. IgG are analogous to the police; when they arrive at someone’s door, it’s obvious that there’s a problem. IgE, however, is more like a swat team with nuclear weapons; when IgE gets involved, things are really serious. In our office we test for both IgG and IgE reactions by means of blood tests. This helps determine if a patient is really an allergic person or if they have food intolerances. The test administered includes 88 IgG foods, 24 IgG spices, 19 IgE foods, 15 IgE molds, 14 IgE inhalants and 4 gluten antibodies. This screening helps devise a treatment plan. If someone has food intolerances (IgG), we recommend complete avoidance for 8-12 weeks and then reintroduction or provocative testing. This involves intentionally eating the suspected food

three times a day for two days to see if there’s a reaction. If there are no resulting symptoms, the patient can eat that food once per week without the fear of resensitization. If there’s a reaction, complete avoidance is needed. If the test shows allergy (IgE), the patient is instructed to completely avoid the offending foods for an indefinite period of time or until a desensitization procedure has been done. This should be done only under the supervision of a competent professional. It may involve allergy shots or sublingual drops of increasing concentration of the offending allergen(s). Multiple food intolerances may indicate intestinal hyper-permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome). If present, further testing to diagnose and treat the gut may be indicated. Inhalant allergies can be mitigated in several ways. Avoidance is possible for certain allergens like pets. Using HEPA filters can diminish airborne allergens. Dehumidifiers, filters and mold mitigation can reduce levels of mold allergens. We use a device called Just Fog It which removes most toxins and allergens from the home or office. Herbal blends are recommended to reduce the common histamine reactions such as hay fever, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin. We have found the most effective formulas to contain quercetin, nettles, tinespora and bicarbonate. Herbal anti-itch creams are often found to be very effective for topical conditions. Both allergies and intolerances can lead to serious health problems. Testing, avoidance and treatment are recommended to optimize overall health. In addition to being a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and an Applied Kinesiologist, Dr. Gleason is a 4th generation home builder and engineer— he correlates the two sensibilities in his approach, “A person’s health is similar to that of building a house- good planning, good science, good materials make for good health as well as a good home”. Dr. Dan Gleason is the owner of The Gleason Center located at 19084 North Fruitport Road in Spring Lake. For more info: go to or call 616-8465410. See ads page 12, 38 & 39. July 2018


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hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required.

We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that

had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. July 2018


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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and

even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one


To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”


Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study

Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles

with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” 26

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Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived.

Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun— the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.


Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.


Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

InflammationCausing Foods Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars

2. Sodas

3. Red meat and processed meat 4. French fries and other fried foods

5. Margarine




Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.


Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.


Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”

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Four Steps to Authentic Living How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life by Jan Desai

1. Connect with the inner voice.

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Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego. Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.

3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood. We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has 28

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made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.

4. Find some crazy joy. Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense— when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at

Art that Inspires Action Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty

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Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?”

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THE JOY OF DIRT Gardening Connects Kids to Nature


by Barbara Pleasant

hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. 30

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They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

Incorporate Play Spaces “Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water

together into mud. When given a bucket of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

Top Tools for Kids Small children notice things close to the ground, which become even more interesting when seen through a magnifying glass. Sturdy kids’ versions in bright colors are easy to find if they get misplaced outdoors. Curious children love getting a closeup look at worms and other critters in the worm bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Waterfilled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than heavier adult tools.

Keeping Outdoor Space Safe Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have

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first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions. Barbara Pleasant has authored many greenthumb books including Homegrown Pantry: Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. She grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, VA; connect at

Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.

Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

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Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods. July 2018


Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

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Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely

organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the

root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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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.


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Join Cari Draft at Coast Guard Park for an outdoor workout. $10 drop-in. 18161 N Shore Rd, Spring Lake. Sign up:


The Lakeshore Art Festival – 10am-6pm. This award-winning festival features a unique blend of 350+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, an artisan food market, interactive art stations, children’s activities and so much more. Downtown Muskegon. Info:


Mindfulness and Tapping: with Lisa Cobb – 8-11am. Tapping utilizes the energy meridian system within the body. Each meridian has several acupressure points along its path that pairs with emotions. Focusing on a specific issue, one taps these points, signals the brain and body to release that which no longer serves us. Coupled with mindfulness, which teaches about the brain, helps one achieve the best life possible. $40, $35 for Bluewater Wellness Members. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422.


Eckankar: Listening to Spirit – 10-11am. ECK Light and Sound Service, second Sunday each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. ECK-MI. org,, 269- 370-7170. EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Join Cari Draft at EcoTrek Lake Harbor Park for an outdoor workout. $10 drop-in. 4635 Lake Harbor Rd, Norton Shores. Sign up:


Reiki Share – 10am-12pm, 6-8pm. Being 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. Must register: 616-443-4225.


Is It Your Thyroid? – 6:30-7:30pm. Seminar with Dr. Ramona Wallace. Free. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422. Zentangle for Families – 6:30-8:30pm. This drawing method is a non-verbal way to communicate ideas and thoughts, focusing on the process of breaking down complex patterns into simple steps, and opening the door to creativity for people of all ages and abilities. Benefits include relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, and more. $30, adult, $5, child. 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids. Info:

Get Real Results with Hemp Oil – 7pm. Come learn about this amazing plant and how it works in the body to promote health, healing and harmony. GR Wellness Collective, 1324 Lake Dr SE #4, Grand Rapids. Must register:


The Amazing Honey Bee – 3pm. Learn how bees make honey and how it’s harvested. Discover the three types of bees in a hive and their respective roles. View live bees in an observation hive. Participate in a question and answer session with an experienced beekeeper in a fun, fast paced presentation that’s entertaining and educational. Teens ages 11-18 can examine live bees in an observation hive, taste honey, and craft a hand-rolled beeswax candle. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info:


Full Moon Crystal Swap – 6-7:30pm. Bring a crystal to trade for a new crystal from other event participants. We will share our experiences with the stones and a discussion will be led on how to cleanse and set intentions with the crystals. Donation based. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225.


Seminar: Women’s Wellness, Oils, & Homeopathy – 10am-4pm. Women’s Wellness, 10am-12pm, is about key components to strengthening overall health and honoring the goddess within. Essential Oils Workshop, 12:30-2pm, is the do’s and don’ts about oils, how to custom blend oils, and what different carrier oils mean to the blend. Homeopathy, 2-4pm, is the beginning class about understanding homeopathic remedies, their personalities, and how they’re an amazing holistic medicine. $25 per segment, $65 for all. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225.

Bodyworks in learning how to create safe, medicinal blends to manage pain and inflammation, anxiety, skin disorders, fungal & viral infections, immune dysfunction and hormonal imbalances. Learn the safety and efficacy as well as awareness of contraindication and proper combinations of herbs. There will be an Herbal Tincture Make & Take class immediately following. $5, free for Bluewater Wellness Members and tinctures are $15 each. 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: Understanding the Benefits of Hemp – 6-8pm. Come learn all the wonderful benefits being proven by CBD products from someone who has been working in the industry for many years, Shelbe Ogburn. Get questions answered by a local expert. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by July 13: 616-443-4225.


Sound of Soul by Eckankar – 7-8pm. Third Wednesday each month. Sung for thousands of years, HU will stir the eternal force of divine love within the heart. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info:,, 269370-7170. Reiki I or II Attunement – 4:30-7:30pm. Scheduling a personal Reiki attunement day and time is available if the date of this specific event is not convenient! Levels 1-3 available. $150 each, Levels 1 and 2. $500, Level 3. Sacred Plane Reflexology, 14998 Cleveland St# 3, Spring Lake. Info: 616268-7136,


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Join Cari Draft at Duncan Woods Park for an outdoor workout. $10 drop-in. 1113 Sheldon, Grand Haven. Sign up:

Mindfulness and Tapping: with Lisa Cobb – 6:308pm. Tapping utilizes the energy meridian system within the body. Each meridian has several acupressure points along its path that pairs with emotions. Focusing on a specific issue, one taps these points, signals the brain and body to release that which no longer serves us. Coupled with mindfulness, which teaches about the brain, helps one achieve the best life possible. $40, $35 for Bluewater Wellness Members. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422.




Fly Fishing Wellness Retreat – 4pm, Sun-1pm, Tues. Fly fishing wellness retreat for women battling and surviving any type of cancer. $30. Grayling. Info:, 616-855-4017.


20th Asia Pacific Diabetes Conference – 9am6pm. Diabetes Asia Pacific 2018 is an international platform for presenting research about diabetes management and therapeutics, exchanging ideas and contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in the management of the disease. This event aims to provide and share knowledge, along with networking opportunities between a large number of medical and industrial professionals. The meeting gathers renowned scientists, physicians, surgeons, young researchers, industrial delegates and talented student communities in the field of diabetic medicine under a single roof. $899. Sydney, Australia. Info:


Herbs Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Wendy Markgraf, HHP, LMMT and Master Herbalist of Inside Out

Life Rewarding Summit – 4-8pm, Fri. 9:30am3:30pm, Sat. Come and meet the owners of Be Young Total Health. On Saturday, attend Essential Oils Through the Lifespan. Dana C. Young, the CEO and President of Be Young Total Health, will share with attendees how to use essential oils from birth to the elderly as well as for animals. 2565 Forest Hills Ave, Grand Rapids. Info: 616-481-8587,


Meet-up Group: Wholistic Health and Mastering Subtle Energies – 9am-12pm, 1-4pm. Two segments. Pam Kammermeier will be leading a discussion on food as medicine. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225. Down dog, Drinks and Dancing! – 9-10:30am. Cogdal Vineyards and Positive Vibes facilitator, Heather Winia, are teaming up for a morning of outdoor fun with yoga, wine tasting and a groovin’ good time! $15, pre-registration, or $20, at the door. 7143 107th Ave, South Haven. Register:

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Lakeshore Garden Masters Trip: Cherry Point Farm Market and Lavender Labyrinth – 10am. Plan to meet at the farm and follow along on the guided tour of the labyrinth. Purchase a sumptuous lunch at the market and then spend time enjoying the beautiful gardens. Guests are welcome. 9600 W. Buchanan Rd, Shelby. Info: 248-310-2312.


Intro to Mindfulness & Tapping Class – 6:307:30pm. Lisa Cobb will give a brief intro to mindfulness and tapping as well as leading the class through both exercises. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness and tapping into your every day life. These practices can help reduce stress, raise self-awareness and undermine destructive behavioral processes. $5, free for Bluewater Wellness Members. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info:


Michigan Native Plants in Your Home Landscape – 7pm. Learn how to transform your landscape into a beautiful haven using native Michigan plants. Give our pollinators room to grow, feed and reproduce while developing a sense of place specific to West Michigan. Discover the native plants of Michigan and bring home a native seed activity. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. Info:


Essential Oil Class – 10am-12pm, 6-8pm. Offered two times! Come learn how to make a custom blend and discover what essential oils are needed for the most benefit. Then create a custom blend. $45, fee covers all materials. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225. In-Office Workshop: Virtual Gastric Band (VGB) and Keto – 6:30-8pm. This class is presented by Morgan Buck of Focused on Wellness and Dee Kohley, RPh. Come learn how to lose weight and feel better with the right tools! Each attendee will receive a month worth of healthy keto recipes. $30. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-296-2422. Creative Transformation: Imagination—The Alley into Spiritual Growth – 6:30-8:30pm. This workshop, with art therapist Leara Glinzak, helps participants foster imagination and grow a deeper relationship with God. Cultivate a greater love for self through creative writing and visual journaling. No artistic experience required. $20, includes materials. 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info: Get Real Results with Hemp Oil – 7pm. Come learn about this amazing plant and how it works in the body to promote health, healing and harmony. GR Wellness Collective, 1324 Lake Dr SE #4, Grand Rapids. Must register:


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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 616-453-9909. 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. Hot Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional

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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. Bluewater Wellness, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register by July 24:, 231-288-1076.


Reiki I & II class – 9am-5pm. Introduction to Reiki. Become attuned to the universal energy, learn how to give treatment to self and others, and meet your Reiki guide. $250, fee includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register by July 13: 616-443-4225.


Essential Oils for Summer Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Morgan Buck from Focused on Wellness will educate on how to use essential oils during the summer months! Make and Take class immediately following - Roller balls $5 each. $5, free for Bluewater Wellness Members. 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Info:


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begin at 7pm. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info:

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: Yoga by the Beach – 8-9am. Sunday morning serenity and stretching! Class is held on the dock overlooking the water and the lighthouse. All levels of yoga are welcome and no experience is necessary. $10 drop in. Holland State Park, (East End of the Channel), Holland. Info:,

Restorative Yoga – 6:45-8:00pm. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come learn gentle 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 dsimichigan. 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: A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. 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. There’s 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: 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 HeartsJourneyWellness. com or

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. 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, First Responders, Military, Fire, Police – 5:30-7. 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. By donation. 1991 Lakeshore Drive, in the Lakeside Shopping District, Muskegon. Must register: 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 /PureMichigan. 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 July 12. 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 dsimichigan. 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.

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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.

Friday Yoga on the Red Dock! – 8:30-9:30am. Yoga Flow with us every Friday on the Red Dock in Douglas. A beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the river with a retro, reggae feel. All levels of yogis welcome! $10 drop in. 219 N Union St, Douglas. Info:, 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 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.

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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 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-1pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Mercy Health at the Lakes building on Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon.


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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:

mark your calendar SATURDAY, August 18

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.

mark your calendar THURSDAY-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6-8 & SUNDAY-MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9-10 Hands of Light & Mahakundalini workshops and channeling sessions– DNA activation is the next quantum step in humanity’s evolutionary process of ascension. Learn & experience these powerful techniques for self-healing and self-discovery and self-realization. Explore and expand your consciousness to embody more of your true-self for divine expression. Michigan City, Indiana. Download brochure: www. To register contact:

mark your calendar MONDAY, September 11

Principals of Integrative Health – 6:308pm. 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:

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:

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

Avoiding Opioids: Integrative Pain Management Techniques – 6:30-8pm. Believe it or not, there are safe and effective pain management approaches that do not rely on medications or other more invasive procedures. Science-based approaches discussed are: acupuncture, chiropractic, cranial sacral and massage therapy, and energy work. $5. Info:

mark your calendar TUESDAY, November 13

Parenting on the Spectrum – 6:30-8pm. 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. Info:

mark your calendar TUESDAY, December 4

Mastering the Art of Meal Planning and Food Prep: Winter Edition – 6:30-8pm. Explore why meal planning and food prep, especially during hibernation months, are so important to sticking with dietary goals. Also learn the basics of successful meal planning and simple hacks for advance food prep. $5. Info:

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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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Full Time Job - Our Holistic, Chiropractic office is seeking a like-minded, experienced team member to join our staff. Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Our office focuses on nutrition, laboratory testing, applied kinesiology, cold laser therapy and vitamin supplementation. Ideal candidates would have past/current experience in chiropractic/physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical assisting, customer service, and natural health. A full-time position is available. Starting wage negotiable depending on level of experience. Email resume and cover letter to

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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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 18.


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 36.

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 12.


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 12.


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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 5.


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 26.

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 7.

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 5.

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 18.


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 25.

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 12.


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 12.


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.

THE LASER PAIN AND NEURO CENTER AT THE GLEASON CENTER 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 12.


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Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ July 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ July 2018  

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