Page 1







NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health

GOING MINIMAL Families Trade Clutter for Calm

Conscious Fathering

Knowing Ourselves Comes First


Strategies to Prevent Dementia

June June2019 2019 | |West Location-Edition Michigan Edition | | NaturalWestMichigan.comJune 2019


Sponsored by the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education

Family Friendly, Educational, Clean and Fun Filled Activities to Celebrate Natural Health!

July 4th - 7th, 2019 @ Symbiosis Ranch, Mt. Pleasant MI

National Speakers: Activities:

Don Huber, The “Round-Up” Truth Robert Delaney, PFAS in our Water

Adult and Children’s Workshops, Natural Health Olympics, Hay Rides, Fireworks, and much more! Early registration discount before June 21, 2019!

Register Early: Forms available @ Call 989-317-4787 ⸰

The Path You Have Always Wanted! Inspire a world of health! Your diploma in Massage Therapy, Natural Health or Holistic Doula is here.


(each year 600 hours)

Natural Health Educator ............... 1st Year Natural Health Therapist............... 2nd Year Natural Health Practitioner ........... 3rd Year Certified Naturopath ..................... 4th Year

4th Year Graduates are Eligible for Doctor of Naturopathy National Test & Title

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner 1 Year

Holistic Doula Practitioner Doula ..................6 Months

All Classes Meet on Weekends

Friday: 5-9pm and Sat & Sun: 9am-6pm Naturopaths: 1 per month - Massage: 2 per month

Individual Classes:

(989) 773-1714 • Mount Pleasant, MI

Herbology - Aromatherapy - Nutrition Live Food Preparation - Light Healing Touch Reflexology - Homeopathy & Much More!

Over 20 Years of Experience • Licensed and Accredited • 2

West Michigan Edition

Natural Awakenings is a family of more than 70 healthy living magazines celebrating 25 years of providing the communities we serve with the tools and resources we all need to lead healthier lives on a healthy planet.


Contents 13 BRAIN-SAVERS


Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia

16 SANJAY GUPTA ON ‘Chasing Life’

18 NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health


Beyond Buttons and Portabellas



Aquatic Workouts for Him


We Must Face Our Own Story First



Transportation Drives Urban Planning

30 THE MINIMALIST ADVERTISING & SUBMISSIONS HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 616-604-0480 or email Deadline for ads and News Briefs: the 12th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Publisher@ or submit online at: Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Calendar submissions Submit calendar events online at: Calendar deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 616-604-0480. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit



Trading Clutter for Calm


Protecting Pets and the Planet

DEPARTMENTS 5 news briefs 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 12 eco tip 16 wise words 18 healing ways 20 chiro news 22 conscious eating

24 fit body 27 inspiration 28 green living 30 healthy kids 31 natural pet 33 calendar 35 classifieds 37 resource guide June 2019



letter from publisher

Less is more!


s we enter the dog days of summer, when fathers are remembered and kids are afoot, we focus on health and fitness for him and well-being for the whole family. Writer Melanie Laporte offers an insightful path to wellness in “Nature’s Toolbox: The Key to Prostate Health,” an up-to-date report on the latest approaches to treating and preventing some major problems associated with this tiny yet highly important gland. Marlaina Donato also offers a masculine perspective on water aerobics, a fitness regimen that was once the domain of women. “Just Add Water: Aquatic Workouts for Him” details how more men are moving to the shallow end of the pool to sculpt their bodies and tend to injured knees, stiff joints and high blood pressure with low-impact therapy. And Chris Bruno offers inspiration to fathers with his personal essay, “Fatherhood’s Pain and Glory: We Must Face Our Own Story First.” Of course, cerebral health knows no gender and “Food Sleuth” Melinda Hemmelgarn’s “Brain-Savers: Smart Strategies to Keep Dementia at Bay” is a must-read for anyone concerned with preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss. More than a third of global dementia cases are preventable, so adopting diet and lifestyle risk reduction measures is a “no-brainer”. One way to feed the brain is with the unique nutrients found in mushrooms. Discover the magic in these healthy (and delicious) fungi with writer April Thompson’s “Medicinal Mushrooms: Beyond Buttons and Portabellas.” This month’s Wise Words also points the way to the healing power of foods and much more with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s take on “Chasing Life.” CNN’s chief medical correspondent shares his eye-opening experiences following an immersive tour of some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth. The resulting docuseries of the same name explores, among other helpful topics, how ancient traditions may play a role in 21st-century health care. Lots more good stuff has been packed into POP for June, including Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Publisher Meredith Montgomery’s delightful Healthy Kids piece on “The Minimalist Family: Trading Clutter for Calm.” For the past several years I have been working on simplifying my own life and so have been reducing the number of my possessions. The older I get the less it seems I need or want and with fewer possessions my mind seems to clear accordingly. As I contemplate my next move, I am now focused on reducing my carbon footprint and if I don’t have the space I can’t accumulate right? At this point in my life the design of my home holds a greater meaning for me than its size. Today for me less is more! To conscious living,

Pamela Gallina, Publisher

Natural Awakenings Magazine of West Michigan



West Michigan Edition


Natural Awakenings Magazine of West Michigan

WEST MICHIGAN EDITION PUBLISHER/EDITOR Pamela Gallina DESIGN & PRODUCTION Scott Carvey CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ashley Carter Youngblood Marlaina Donato Dan Gleason Barbara Lee VanHorssen

CONTACT US P.O. Box 330 Spring Lake, MI 49456 Ph: 616-604-0480 • Fax: 616-855-4202 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available by sending $30 (for 12 issues) to the above address.

NATIONAL TEAM CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman COO/ FRANCHISE SALES Joe Dunne NATIONAL EDITOR Jan Hollingsworth MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett ART DIRECTOR Josh Pope FINANCIAL MANAGER Yolanda Shebert FRANCHISE SUPPORT MGR. Heather Gibbs WEBSITE COORDINATOR Rachael Oppy NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Cave Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 Naples, FL 34103 © 2019 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. Check with a healthcare professional regarding the appropriate use of any treatment.

Natural Awakenings Magazine is ranked 5th Nationally in CISION’S® 2016 Top 10 Health & Fitness Magazines

Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint with soy-based ink.

news briefs

Celebrate the Highlands


n January 2017, Blandford Nature Center acquired The Highlands with a loan from The Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund is a national nonprofit organization that helps local communities achieve their conservation goals. The Highlands is a partnership between the Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Blandford Nature Center. Both organizations share a passion for preservation, education and making natural spaces available to everyone in the Grand Rapids community. When the 121-acre Highlands Golf Club went up for sale, the two organizations saw it as an opportunity to join forces in a long-term collaboration to transform the land into an accessible urban refuge. The Highlands is the first and only neighborhood-based natural space in northwest Grand Rapids that is completely free and open to the public. Its main entrance on Leonard Street is right on The Rapid bus line. With restoration managed by the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, The Highlands will once again become home to native plants and wildlife for all of Grand Rapids to discover. There will be a public celebration of the milestone achievement on Thursday June 20 from 6:30-8:30pm at The Highlands on the eve of the summer solstice. The event will feature guided hikes, music by AnDro, ice cream and more. The Highlands is located at 2715 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Learn more about the event on the Land Conservancy’s website at

Healthy choices lead to a healthier life and a healthier community! Be sure to join in for the Mercy Health Seaway Expo on Friday, June 21 from 11 am to 7 pm. The expo is free and open to the entire community! Visit the expo for free health screenings, food, music, kids’ activities, demonstrations and more! You can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize your family’s health. The expo will be held at LC Walker Arena, 955 4th Street.

New Codependency Education & Support Group


Sherry Petro-Surdel

re You Interested in Learning More About Codependency? Are you looking for Support? Beginning June 11, from 6:30-8pm Spirit Space in Saugatuck is holding a six week, bi-monthly educational and support group for codependency. This group will be led by Sherry PetroSurdel L.M.S.W, who has many years of experience leading workshops and working with codependent issues. Codependency can be defined as a loss of self by doing more for others and less for yourself, having difficulty with boundaries, and difficulty saying NO!

Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, June 11 and June 25 from 6:30–8pm at Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. Cost is $20 per meeting or $100 for 6 meetings. Info: 616-836-1555 or See ad page 16.

Mercy Health Annual Seaway Run


he Mercy Health Seaway Run is one of Michigan’s most scenic and most popular runs! It has been a tradition in Muskegon for over three decades; a celebration of healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. Please join in on June 22 for this fun, family-friendly event that has something for everyone! The Lake Michigan Half Marathon will take you along the Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan Shorelines. Due to construction for 2019 - the course has changed. Please be sure to check our website and social media for regular updates. This course is USATF certified. The traditional and unique Seaway Run 15K also offers breathtaking lake views. The 5K and Community Walk course follows the lakeshore area of downtown, with great views of Muskegon Lake! All events begin and end in downtown Muskegon with a celebration including award ceremony, music, and refreshment tent at the finish line. Sign up quickly and easily online at; sign up by June 14 to avoid late fees.

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~James Thurber

June 2019

Leslie Cornwel


GROW YOUR BUSINESS Secure this ad spot! Contact us at 616.604.0480 for special ad rates.








10% Discount!

On Orders Over $10 • Code: NATURAL


West Michigan Edition



When Our Support Base is not Supportive By Ashley Carter Youngblood


he reality is not everyone agrees with us or believes that what we are doing is the right thing and in light of these facts they will end up not being as supportive as we would like them to be. We can ignore the hurtful interactions or lack of support, which is the classic option of avoidance. It might be because we don’t have the energy after having argued with that sibling our entire life, so we go on pretending we don’t hear those comments made about or to us. This is one option. Another option might be to reframe or give our loved one the benefit of the doubt. While not all words are intended to be hurtful, sometimes they are. So, we can also choose to recognize that our loved one may have had a bad day, is dealing with stress we may not know about, or simply used the wrong words in that moment. This option is one full of grace. We can try to change them. If our loved one doesn’t understand our choices, we can try to convert them to our way of thinking. This would be the option for someone who has a lot of time and energy to spend. Remember we can’t get anyone to do anything so, although healthy dialogue may be an option, we cannot change anyone. We can change the way we interact. Here is where we have real power over ourselves and our responses. While we don’t have the power to change anyone or convert something like their religious or nutritious beliefs even if we want to, we can change the way we interact in the situation. We can choose to change the topic. Often just mixing up the interaction can create dialogue about emotions of hurt that can advance the relationship, as opposed to simply staying stuck and feeling unsupported. We can choose to not participate. This is often a hard decision as non-participation can take the form of leaving a family gathering when the conversation turns to why we don’t have kids. Or, it can take the form of not participating in the relationship, period. Part of living from our intuition is not just about what food or medical choices we make, but also what relationships serve us and which ones don’t. Sometimes of course our interactions with loved ones are unavoidable, like when it is our mother who has called us fat our entire life. Here is our reminder that we can choose how much to participate in a relationship like this. We can choose how often or whether or not we get together for dinner with this person. We can give ourselves permission to either participate or not participate in whatever way we choose. Our self-care is not selfish, but rather it is important! If we don’t have family or if we have family and they are horrible, we can make a chosen family. If we need better friends then we can make an effort to go out and find new ones. We all want to be supported. And, we all deserve it, but remember it is not our job to convert others into agreeing with us or supporting our choices. Our job to be mindful of our own choices. Ashley Carter Youngblood is a wellness coach, lifestyle blogger, trained psychotherapist, and low-carbohydrate practitioner with the Nutrition Network located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You can find out more about her and her lifestyle coaching practice at See ad page 37.

Social and recreational opportunities for individuals with mental illness, addictions and disabilities. Call 616.414.9111 for information or to enroll!

Home of Just Goods Gifts and Cafe’ Fair trade and social cause merchandise and local baked goods.

The café is a place of social interaction and integration where people of all different backgrounds can sit and enjoy a beverage or baked good, in a safe and nurturing environment.






Mon—Fri: 10 am - 6 pm | Sat: 10 am - 2pm

Free Dinner & Movie Nights Dinner at 6 pm (potluck dishes welcome) Movie at 7 pm Free and Open to Everyone JUNE 28: Brave JULY 26: Black Panther AUGUST 30: Up

Support Groups: SMART Recovery Wednesdays: 6-7:30 pm • Sundays: 9-10:30 am Narcotics Anonymous Sundays: 9-10 am Loss of a loved one due to addiction 1st Monday: 6-7:30 pm Support for family members and caregivers 4th Tuesday: 7-8:30 am

A grassroots movement to create a stigma free community.

714 Columbus • Grand Haven • 616-414-9111

located within the Momentum Center for Social Engagement •

June 2019


Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 8

West Michigan Edition

Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

Ljupco Smokovski/

Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk

For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

ESB Professional/

Sit Less to Live Longer

health briefs

Evan Lorne/

Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbowpainted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author.

ARE YOU READY TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE? Access Bars® ~ Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Energetic Body Processes ~ Forest Therapy ~Transformational Life Techniques ~ classes and more…

Touching the Life Fantastic® Mention this ad and receive a 20% discount on your first session Rebecca Stephens & John Scott Campbell 730 Chicago Drive | Holland, MI 49423 (located inside Simio) P: 616.953.0095



Legal Pot Lifts Junk Food Sales Apparently, the fabled marijuanainduced “munchies” cravings don’t have people reaching for carrots. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that shortly after Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, increases in purchases were recorded in those states for potato chips (5.3 percent), cookies (4.1 percent) and ice cream (3.1 percent). June 2019


Aqua Breakthrough

global briefs

Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-anda-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at

Baby Balking

Climate Change Discourages Childbearing

USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 10

West Michigan Edition

Far Out

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

3-D Meat

Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute

Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

Romolo Tavani/

Search Engine Company Plants Trees


Green Surfing


Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline

With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

Gino Santa Maria/

Matej Kastelic/

Norwegian Nudge

Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

Revamping Recycling China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs

China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquid-proof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin.

Action Alert

Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins

Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could lead to debilitating health issues. In April, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R. 2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. Follow its progress at GovTrack.US. The bill would require training on toxic fumes for all pilots, crew members and flight attendants; make sure the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a record of all reports of and conducts investigations into all toxic fume occurrences; and direct the airline industry to install detectors in the air supply system of planes to locate sources of contamination. Contact a congressional representative, listed on GovTrack. US, to support the bill.

Hopper Stopper

Endangered Frogs Keep Millions of Acres as Habitat

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the protected status of 1.8 million acres of critical California mountain habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and the mountain yellow-legged frogs, species that have declined by 90 percent, and Yosemite toads. In 2017, a year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the land as protected under the Endangered Species Act, the California Cattlemen’s Association challenged the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden stated the group had failed to establish that any of its members suffered injury from the designation. June 2019


Mold Matters Kill It Naturally

Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-sensitive and non-allergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed

in young children. A roof leak, burst pipe or malfunctioning water heater can all set the stage for mold to take root, sometimes hidden behind walls and cabinetry. Even in homes that haven’t been damaged by excessive water, mold can be found wherever humidity levels are high, including basements, garages and showers. Proper ventilation and repair of leaky fixtures can help keep mold growth at bay.

According to the CDC, mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with soap and water. Natural antimicrobials such as plain white vinegar and baking soda are also powerful cleansers; tea tree oil is a natural, antibacterial and antiseptic fungicide that can kill black mold on impermeable surfaces. Remediation of extensive mold growth on drywall and other permeable building materials is best left to professionals to arrest its spread and prevent toxic spores from becoming airborne. There are many companies that use eco-friendly “green” methods and materials. If choosing to go the DIY route, sequester the area to be worked on and use specialized HEPA filters and a respirator to avoid inhaling spores. Use protective goggles and gloves throughout the entire process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals that have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.


• Massage Therapy • Nutrition & Health Evaluation


of Lakeview

• Homeopathy • Migun Bed • Raindrop Therapy

MONDAY – FRIDAY: 10am to 6pm SATURDAY: 10am to 3pm CLOSED SUNDAY

• Reflexology • Infrared Sauna • Acupressure

• Detoxing Foot Soak • Full Spectrum Healings

332 S Lincoln Ave Lakeview, MI 48850

• Emotional Clearing • Craniosacral Therapy 12

West Michigan Edition



respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone to asthma. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of health effects from mold, which can also instigate a chronic cough. Toxic reactions can include pulmonary hemorrhaging in infants and memory loss

eco tip

Sebastian Kaulitzki/

Brain-Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’ As with any disease, prevention throughout the life cycle is key, but especially important for Alzheimer’s—the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the

Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical.

Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.

Food as Medicine Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.” June 2019



From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementialike symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12,

folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

Smart Steps

As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


Monitor and control blood sugar: Type 2 diabetes increases

Learn More

n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: n Beyond Pesticides: n Blue Zones: n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: n assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: n Integrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis:, Brenda Davy: Teresa Martin:, Martha Clare Morris: David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears: 14

West Michigan Edition

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.


Spice up your diet: Batavia recom-

mends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.





Mind your gut: Western medicine has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”. Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut) experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmutter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Protecting and Nourishing Gut Microbiota

Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests:


the risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.

n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night. June 2019


wise words

Sanjay Gupta on



uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Westerntrained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a sixcountry, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth— including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps.


West Michigan Edition

What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

photo courtesy of CNN

by Jan Hollingsworth

one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience? There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

Harmony ‘n Health Colon Hydrotherapy

Mary A. DeLange C.C.T. L.M.T. 616-456-5033

Some Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy: ~ Remove Toxic Waste from Ones Body ~ Relieves Cons�pa�on ~ Removes Stomach Bloat ~ Increase Ones Energy

Therapeu�c Massage Also Available

Over 28 Years Experience June 2019


Confronting Cancer

Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte


he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum

and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,”

Did You Know...

Pulsed Low Level LED Light Therapy is a safe, no side effects, drug-free nutrient to assist the body to heal itself naturally?

Energy & Lights

According to the American Cancer Society, about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemicload foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s

• Assists the body to safely heal itself naturally on a cellular level • Cleared by FDA to Increase circulation & reduce pain/Inflammation • Safe & easy to use • No side effects – Drug-Free • Assists the body in repairing acute/ chronic injuries naturally

Innovative and Effective Pulsed LED Low-Level Light Therapy

Mary Wisniewski, Physician Assistant, Professional Certified Light Therapist • • Call: (616) 264-6556 18

West Michigan Edition


says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

healing ways

fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclusively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and Education is the Key to Success soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow Small Class Sizes • Extra One-On-One Time growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his Academy Healing Art Quietof&Alternative Clean Learning Environment early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with Try a massage from one of our students... only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate only $20 for an hour! cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune STATE OF LICENSED system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and MICHIGAN MASSAGE full-fraction vitamin E.” CERTIFIED PROGRAM Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of For More Information & To Register, Log-On or Call: modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. 3790 28th Street SW, Suite B • Grandville, 49418 The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity beJoin us for a free seminar! We look at the roadblocks that comes more salient after diagnosis,” says get in the way of people losing weight naturally and healthy. Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to From food, stress, environment - what is stopping our bodies up our game with healthy living.”

Start a New Rewarding

Career in Massage Therapy! Clinical Acupressure & TuiNa Massage Programs • 616.419.6924

from entering that fat burning mode?

Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.


Don’t take your toys inside just because it’s raining. ~Cher


Tuesday’s @ 6:30 PM

June 4th & 18th

Call 616.888.2416 Today to register for our programs 4288 3 Mile Rd. NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids 49534 June 2019


chiro news

New Student Special One Month Unlimited Yoga for $38.00 Some Restrictions Apply

208 W 18th Street Holland, MI 49424 616-392-7580

Relieve Stress and Anxiety


Call Today to Schedule Your Massage Appointment

By Dan Gleason, DC

5260 Kalamazoo Ave SE Kentwood, MI. 49508 616.827.2350


West Michigan Edition


ibromyalgia is a painful and debilitating disorder that has moved from being officially labeled psychosomatic to one that has now received widespread acceptance by the medical establishment. It now has its own CPT codes and diagnostic criteria. This has allowed patients who suffer from this painful syndrome to receive a more sympathetic ear when reporting their symptoms to conventional medical providers. The downside to this acceptance is that patients are now often only offered treatment that involves a lifetime of analgesic and immunosuppressant medication. For some time now functional medicine has approached fibromyalgia using a comprehensive model for understanding the cause(s) of fibromyalgia. Applying these principles can lead to dramatic improvement in symptoms where sufferers often describe their status as “cured”. At his presentation at The Epic Conference in Houston, Texas Dr. Alex Vasquez laid out a model for understanding the underlying pathology that leads to fibromyalgic symptoms. Dr. Vasquez has written extensively in the field of Functional Medicine, most recently completing the

fourth edition of his massive text Inflammation Mastery. Recently he has released an excerpted portion of that book called Brain Inflammation. These books go to the heart of the triad of Pain, Inflammation and Fatigue. In 1990 the criteria for a diagnosis of Fibro was based on a physical examination where 18 points on the body were investigated and if more than 11 were very tender the diagnosis was made. In 2010 the diagnostic criteria changed to one based solely on a patient’s reported pain level and locations; there was no longer the need for a physical exam to make the diagnosis. This diagnosis could then be added on to any arthritic diagnosis and the indicated medications prescribed. This change was at the behest of the pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Vasquez’s studies have led him to a causative model that is much more in line with a functional medicine approach. The three primary causes of fibromyalgia are: Dysbiosis, Mitichondrial dysfunction and Neural inflammation/ central sensitization. Dysbiosis translates as “Bad Bugs”. This is a condition when the normal intestinal flora has been disturbed. A com-

mon cause is the overuse of antibiotics in food production and medicine. Another is the standard American diet that is full of preservatives and toxins and nutritional deficiencies due to diet choices and the production, processing and transportation of food. Dysbiosis can also lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome and SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). The second major factor that contributes to fibromyalgia is Mitochondrial Dysfunction. Mitochondria are the “power plants” of our cells. The causes of mitochondrial malfunction fall basically into two categories. The first being toxic exposure and nutritional deficiency. In addition to the environmental toxins that we are all familiar with, dysbiotic compounds from the intestines are major sources of mitochondrial damage. Typical symptoms of these toxins include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. Mitochondria require nutrition for optimal function. Also, Coenzyme Q10, Carnitine, essential fatty acids as well as normal insulin and glucose function. The third contributing factor for fibromyalgia is Neural Inflammation. These nerves are responsible for the pain, depression, fatigue, psychosis, seizures and degeneration. Certain nerves known as microglia become activated leading to up-regulation of the glutamate receptors. These nerves are responsible for the pain, depression, fatigue, psychosis, seizures and degeneration. This excess glutamate can be converted to the “good” neurotransmitter GABA using P5P supplementation with the help of magnesium and B2. (P5P is the natural form of vitamin B6). The general, comprehensive treatment includes a paleo diet low in fermentable carbs; constipation solutions to reduce intestinal toxin absorption; a quality multi vitamin; vitamin D supplementation at 4-10,000/day; magnesium malate @ ~600 mg/ day (with vit C to control constipation); high quality essential fatty acids including ALA, EPA, DHA, GLA, Oleic acid; probiotics &/ or antimicrobials; exercise, sleep and relaxation. Thanks to doctors of Functional Medicine like Dr. Vasquez we have a science-based, safe and effective approach to understanding and treating Fibromyalgia. 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 616-846-5410. See ad page 29.


\t .

r: �·



' ,.,- Cc<•.C•·,_,·,/

..., ...,..,.,.,._.:;•

If you ignore your health, it will go ;away. ' · Have you had your molecules today? (.



Jacque Jennings-Carter

Anti-Aging Specialist International Business Developer

269.779.2900 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cl.Ire, or prevent any disease.


A natural and electronic-free sleep accessory Wearers have experienced:

· Falling asleep faster. · Increased quality sleep. · Waking up more refreshed. Recommended by

Linda S. Squires, DC Non-Force Chiropractor

Discover more at

SLEEPBRACELET.COM • Holistic Care Approach • 3368 East Beltline Court Grand Rapids, MI 49425 • 800-987-1368

If you choose to return your Philip Stein goods, please do so within 60 days of receipt in perfect condition and in the original packaging.

June 2019


~Stepfanie Romine cells. “Lion’s mane is a cognitive enhancer, and it helps creativity, motivation and memory, as well as brain function,” Romine says.

Ancient Health Aids

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS Beyond Buttons and Portabellas


by April Thompson

handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain


West Michigan Edition

Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are

Africa Studio/

Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body.

conscious eating

photo by Alexa Bonsey Photography

not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked. While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at


Creamy Old Bay King Oyster ‘Scallops’

hen marinated in classic Old Bay Seasoning and sliced into hearty rounds, king oyster mushrooms are a pretty convincing stand-in for scallops—especially once they’ve been seared and braised. Corn furnishes a bit more heft, while artichokes lend their lightness and detoxifying properties.

Rebecca Fondren Photo/

Yields: 4 servings

For the marinade

1 tsp kelp seasoning blend 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning 2 Tbsp safflower oil or melted butter 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ⅛ tsp pepper

Know Your Fungi Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

For the “scallops”

2 (6-oz) packages king oyster mushrooms, sliced into ¾-inch rounds 1 Tbsp safflower oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup artichoke hearts 1 cup corn kernels (optional) ½ cup dry white wine 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp heavy or cashew cream 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish or prepared mashed potatoes or grits for serving Mix all marinade ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the mushrooms, toss to combine and marinate for at least two hours. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the remaining marinade. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then sear the mushrooms on both sides, about two minutes per side, then add the remaining marinade, garlic, artichoke hearts and corn (if using it). Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any brown bits.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the artichokes and corn are heated throughout. Editor’s note: To make an organic substitute for Old Bay Seasoning: 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp ground bay leaves ½ Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp allspice Recipe used with permission from Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health, by Stepfanie Romine.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. June 2019



fit body

Local Farmers’ Markets Feature

JUST ADD WATER Aquatic Workouts for Him

Buy Fresh, Buy Local!


e ponsor th You can s e... arket Pag M ’ rs e rm a F


Call 616.6


West Michigan Edition

by Marlaina Donato

hen it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that assists in developing muscle balance within the body,” says Denver aquatic fitness trainer Sean Sullivan. Pool workouts offer men and women of all ages and condition a low-impact, energizing way to get fit and burn calories. From specialized classes for patients with Parkinson’s disease to relief from the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, water aerobics harbors benefits for everyone. The Mayo Clinic adds improved cardiovascular health to the reasons why more men are joining classes that were previously considered to be a women’s domain. A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that aquatic exercise can significantly lower blood

pressure. Another study published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine reached a similar conclusion when men that underwent 55 minutes of aquatic exercise three times a week exhibited marked reductions in hypertension.

Go Vertical for Stronger Muscles Water aerobics classes, which don’t involve swimming, are conducted in waist-high water. These vertical workouts provide 75 percent more resistance than land-based exercise. “When you perform a bicep curl in the water with no equipment, not only do you exercise the bicep muscle on the way up, but because of drag resistance, you’re also exercising your triceps muscle on the way down, for a balanced workout,” says Sullivan. Exercise physiologist Clinton Maclin, of the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center, in Georgia, concurs. “Aqua aerobics helps all muscle groups benefit from increased endurance, resistance and range of motion.” For optimum fitness, Maclin recommends

getting wet for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours per week to stay in condition. The heart is also a muscle that benefits greatly from aquatic fitness. “Hydrostatic pressure is a property of water that aids in blood flow return to the heart, which may lead to a reduction in heart rate,” says Sullivan. “It’s a physiological benefit from simply immersing oneself in water.”

Less Pain, More Flexibility A number of recent studies have shown that aquatic exercise can ease pain in conditions such as fibromyalgia and also improve flexibility in joints. It’s recommended by both the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and by the American College of Rheumatology. In the water, older individuals can exercise without the risk of falling. “The water creates buoyancy, making it less likely to make sudden movements. The low impact of the water allows longer participation time, mobility and stability,” says Maclin. “Seniors can participate in higher-intensity movements and perform more activities, even while injured.” Aqua aerobics helps improve balance and is also a boon to soft tissue. “Warm water provides a tremendous benefit to tendons and ligaments, adding mobility, flexibility and well-being,” notes instructor and fitness trainer Márcia Wilken, in Shawano, Wisconsin. “Seniors can benefit most from water exercise at least twice a week. It can also improve cognitive thinking and helps to promote a better sleep pattern.”

Coaching gives you an accountability check for your personal and professional goals. We assist you in developing a plan for all aspects of your life and help you to stay motivated while pursuing your goals!

Get started today!

Find us online at

Call: 616.433.6720 or Email:

Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic therapy in warm water helps to facilitate recovery after joint surgery and injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee. “Warm pools are a great environment for young athletes recovering from sports-related injuries. Hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling of the injured area, allowing for greater range of motion. Buoyancy reduces the load placed upon the injured area and reduces pain,” says Sullivan. “The properties of water allow injured athletes to begin the recovery process sooner.” For individuals with Parkinson’s, the American Parkinson Disease Association recommends aquatic exercise for improved balance and pain reduction. In 2014, the European Journal of Experimental Biology published an eight-week Iranian study involving 60 men with multiple sclerosis that concluded it improved balance. Water resistance does a body good, but the experts suggest one-on-one attention for best results. “I strongly recommend finding an aquatic fitness and rehabilitation specialist, because not all exercises are beneficial for everyone,” says Sullivan. Wilken agrees. “A trainer can teach technique and different ways to move in the water, as well as proper breathing and good body alignment. It will double the benefits.”

Own a Natural Awakenings Magazine Natural Awakenings is a family of more than 70 healthy living magazines celebrating 25 years. This is a meaningful homebased business opportunity that provides training and ongoing support. No previous publishing experience is required.

Apply now at or call 239-530-1377

Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at June 2019


Find freedom and flexibility with Natural Awakenings franchise opportunities. Be your own boss and earn a living doing something you are passionate about while making a difference in your community. This rewarding home-based franchise opportunity provides training and ongoing support, following an established and proven business model. No previous publishing experience is required. Natural Awakenings is a franchise family of more than 70 healthy living magazines, celebrating 25 years of publishing.

Elaine Russo San Diego, CA Publisher

Kelly Martinsen Long Island, NY Publisher

Waleska Sallaberry & Luis Mendez Puerto Rico Publishers

239-530-1377 26

today: West MichiganLearn Edition more


Ready to feel like yourself again? Ready to feel like yourself

Try Acupuncture again?& Massage!


Time to Try Acupuncture & Massage

TuiNa Massage • Acupuncture Acudetox • Qi Gong Class Raymond Wan P.Ac., LMT, ADS, HHC

Owner & Best-Selling Author


3790 28th St SW, Suite B Grandville, MI 49418

616 |419 |6924

We Must Face Our Own Story First


by Chris Bruno

have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage. My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it, telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered.

In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together.


Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made. June 2019



green living

Coming Next Month buffaloboy/

Gut Health

Plus: Urban & Suburban Agriculture

Pre-Wired for the Future Transportation Drives Urban Planning



To advertise or participate in our next issue, call

616-604-0480 28

West Michigan Edition

by Jim Motavalli

he Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least not those with tailpipes. City planners are increasingly designing green buildings without parking, and mandating—where it exists—that wiring for zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) is part of the plan. Oslo, Norway, for instance, has become known as the electric car capital of the world, yet it has also replaced considerable on-street parking with bike lanes and sidewalks. Its city center went mostly car-free this year, and according to Fast Company magazine, it’s a huge success: “Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people.” Until recently, a new apartment building without parking was unthinkable, but architects are now contemplating—and building—just such new construction. A 13,000-square-foot,

mixed-use development in Boston is being built with 16 rental units—and no onsite parking. Boston is a transitfriendly city and the complex is just a quarter mile from a Red Line subway stop. The city is a hub for what the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Institute, a project of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, calls “the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality train systems.” Also proposed in the city is a fivestory, 56-unit apartment building that features a gym, media room, a rack for several dozen bicycles—but no parking. The structure is adjacent to the Red Line, and the plan aligns with efforts by the Boston Planning and Development Agency to reduce—to zero in some cases—the ratio of units to parking spaces. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has expressed concern that the residents of buildings without parking will simply add to congestion on neighborhood streets, but a report by Atlantic Cities (now called CityLab) found that 45 percent of residents

in five census tracts around one proposed car-free Boston building didn’t even own cars, so a possible “no cars” covenant could be part of a lease. According to the Smart Growth America report Empty Spaces, most TOD developments build reduced parking lots, yet even those turned out to be too big; on average, its study of five such developments shows they were 58 to 84 percent occupied.

It’s super-important to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transportation future than they are now.

parking included,” she says, “most buildings and public lots should be pre-wired for EV charging—while it is the most cost effective to do so and preserves the most flexibility for that property going forward.” It’s not just California. Atlanta passed a city ordinance in 2017 that will require all new residential homes and public parking areas to accommodate EVs. Some 20 percent of the spaces have to be ready to be con~Tom Saxton, Plug In America nected. In Washington state, 5 percent of Wiring for EVs: It’s the Law parking spaces in new construction have to It can be expensive to retrofit buildings with be wired for EVs. In Colorado, which has the wiring for electric cars, because “trenching” under existing goal of nearly a million EVs on state roads by 2030, the cities of pavement is usually required. A California Air Resources Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Aspen all require new one- and Board report in 2015 put these costs per building at between two-family residential construction to be EV-ready. There are also $3,750 and $6,975, and that’s just for the wiring. Costs are EV-friendly laws in New York City, Hawaii, Oregon and Montreduced 64 to 75 percent if the buildings are wired when gomery County, Maryland. they’re built, according to an Energy Solutions/Pacific Gas Tom Saxton, the chief science officer of the Plug In America and Electric report. advocacy group, based in Los Angeles, says, “It’s super-important California has become the leader in requiring EV prewiring to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in new construction of multifamily dwellings and nonresidential in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transpordevelopments. The state began requiring wiring for Level 2 (240tation future than they are now.” volt) EV charging in 2015. Chelsea Sexton, a Los Angeles-based electric car advocate Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author and freelance journalist. and advisor, backs the state law, with caveats. “Where there is Connect at

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

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

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


19084 Fruitport Road • Spring Lake, MI 49456

June 2019


Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a room and less choices to make, your mental state actually improves—you have more clarity and can focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much more easily stimulated, they feel the impact of a chaotic room even more than adults.” Minimalism also arms children with self-reflection tools and introduces them to the process of letting go and donating. “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying this? Could I repurpose it?’ while understanding that some things we can mend and enjoy for long periods of time, and other things we outgrow—which we can then give away,” says Fortin.

The Minimalist Family

Where to Start

Trading Clutter for Calm by Meredith Montgomery


hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect these values in your physical space.”


West Michigan Edition

“Minimalism is not about living in a tiny home and never owning more than 100 things; it’s about figuring out what brings value and purpose to your life and letting go of the rest,” says Atlanta’s Zoë Kim, author of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

The Benefits

Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona, the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids.

Experts agree that in family households, the shift toward minimalism should begin with the adults. “It gives them time to understand how the process feels and models the behavior for their children,” says Fortin. Barahona streamlines her home by focusing on active spaces. “Active items are the things you use regularly, such as your two favorite pairs of jeans—not the 13 pairs you rarely wear.” When active and storage items accumulate in the same space, the need to sort through extra “stuff ” wastes time and energy, she says. “We’ve all lost our keys when we’re already running late and then suddenly we’re yelling at our kids. Simplifying so we can prevent these scenarios positively impacts our mood and our ability to be present with our kids.” Although the decluttering process starts with the parents, children should be involved as much as possible, and in a positive light. “Kids don’t like cleaning up, but with ongoing conversations and small consistent shifts, children see how less stuff can lead to more time for enjoyable activities,” says Kim. Minimalist strategies can be applied across many realms of life, such as scaling back the family calendar and hovering less as a parent. “Family life always seems to speed up, but we can break the cycle of busy by scheduling blank time. Being


healthy kids

Grigorita Ko/

intentional with time goes hand-in-hand with minimalism,” says Quilici. To stay inspired, find social media pages and websites to follow for ideas. “You’re going to hit roadblocks, so it’s important to surround yourself with inspiration,” Kim says. “Now that I’ve let go of the lifestyle I thought I needed, it’s nice to have less, but it’s even better to want less.”

natural pet

Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

NONTOXIC LAWN CARE Protecting Pets and the Planet by Marlaina Donato

GREEN IS SEEN when you advertise with us. 616-604-0480


armer weather has arrived, and so begins many homeowners’ annual quest for a well-nourished, weed-free lawn. However, the grass isn’t always greener—or healthier—using conventional approaches. Turf grass covers up to 50 million acres of American land, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 60 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are used each year in yards and gardens, in addition to tens of millions more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards and other public spaces. Americans spend billions of dollars growing and maintaining manicured lawns resulting in a high price for pets, people and wildlife. Nitrogen from fertilizers seeps into surface water and groundwater, contaminating wells and spawning harmful algae blooms; pesticides kill off more than 70 million birds each year in the U.S. alone; and bees and other pollinators are also succumbing to the toxic chemicals at an alarming rate.

Pets at Risk

Chemicals routinely used in lawn care are especially problematic for the family dog or cat. “Animals are close to the ground, and their feet touch the ground, so every substance you choose to allow in your home and yard will affect them,” says Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, of VetNaturally, in Mandeville, Louisiana. A study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University concludes that common lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, 4-D and permethrin are linked to canine bladder cancer. A six-year study by the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine reveals that exposure to professionally applied lawn pesticides and herbicides increased the risk for canine malignant lymphoma by 70 percent. In pets, chronic or sub-chronic exposure to conventional lawncare chemicals manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrointestinal distress is also a consequence, and June 2019


even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

Go Natural for Lush Lawns

Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline. Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings,

seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

4 Increase frequency of pet baths during spring and fall, when chemical application is highest. 4 Eliminate accumulation of water on lawns where pets might drink. 4 Leash pets during walks to keep them away from treated areas.

4 Wipe paws with a damp cloth after being outside. After weighing alternatives, dog trainer Rebecca Porter, owner of Rosy Dogs, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, settled on prescribed burns, mowing and hand removal of invasive plants. “It works, and now my dog gallops safely through the Simple Precautions waist-high grasslands. As for my yard, I Simple precautions like removing shoes before entering the house, storing lawn products enjoy the volunteer plants. It’s a decision all out of reach of pets and avoiding convention- landowners can make.” ally treated areas for at least 48 hours after Marlaina Donato is the author of several application are paramount. Also: books and a composer. Connect at 4 Close windows during application.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Neighborhood bookstores

Is God in That Bottle Cap? An inspirational guide to leading a life of spirituality

A true life story of the personal quest for spiritual enlightenment and the many benefits of meditation, based on the author’s 44 years of daily meditation, more than 40 years of yoga and tai chi, and more than 20 years of qigong

I would love to see this book in the hands of practitioners of all paths for self-realization. - Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D.

president of the Yoga Research Society, Author (Beginning Yoga, Yoga Vision, Secrets of Hatha Vidya)


West Michigan Edition

… readers should certainly enjoy this absorbing book, A lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.

- Kirkus Reviews

A fun ride and informative read.

- Jeff Cox, retired president of

Snow Lion Publications

calendar of events ALL MONTH LONG

Lakeshore Wellness Practitioners – Looking to connect, collaborate and develop relationships with other holistic health providers? This includes anyone who specializes wellness, natural healing or integrative approaches. Meetings will be held monthly. Holland. Info: Amanda@StillGrooving. com. 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.


Access Bars® Class - with Rebecca Stephens and John Scott Campbell – 9:30am-5:30pm. Access Bars® a gentle hands-on technique that quiets the mind and allows what is no longer serving to you dissipate. Class includes: Access Bars® manual, head charts, facilitation, clearings, certification and more. One Access Bars® class and you will be considered an Access Bars® Certified Practitioner and able attend Access Bars® trades. First time class, $350. Simio, 730 Chicago Dr, Holland. For more info, contact Rebecca at, 616-510-6525 or visit Register with ease here: https://bit. ly/2GzupBC.


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Cari Draft leads at Duncan Woods Park, 1113 Sheldon, Grand Haven. $10 drop-in. SignUp@EcoTrekFitness. com to sign up.


Reiki Share – 10am-12pm & 6-8pm. 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. $10 donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Register by visiting or call 616-443-4225. Town Hall Meeting on Adverse Childhood Experiences – 6:30-9pm. Town hall meeting on mental illness: ACES Find out: What are ACES? (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Resources available and small & large group discussion from 5-6p. QPR Training (suicide prevention) will be provided for free. 421 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Preregister for this training at 616-334-8894.


Detoxification Workshop – 6:30pm. This class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Seating is limited to 24. Free. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids, 4288 3 Mile Rd NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. Register: 616-888-2416. More info: Cellular Therapy for Longevity and Health – 1:30pm. Effective, safe state of the art therapy is highlighted in this FREE presentation. Successfully used in 27 European countries. Simple and easy therapy helps enhance cardiac function, energy,

physical fitness and endurance, strength, mental acuity, concentration, stress reduction and more. Selected by NASA, this therapy helps accelerate the regenerative process and is being used in clinics worldwide. Presented by Solana Integrative Health at the Bodhi Tree, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Pre-registration is encouraged. 616-615-5123 or 616-392-7580.


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 6-7:15pm. Cari Draft leads Pop-Up Adventure. $10 drop-in. Aman Park, 0 -1859 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids. SignUp@ to sign up.


The Shamama Retreat: Unleash Your Creativity. Connect with Nature. Renew Your Body, Mind, and Soul – Fri, 5pm, - Sun, 12pm. Longing for an inspirational, peaceful retreat that ignites the soul? Enjoy a weekend-long Shamama experience! Attendees will tap into their creative source, find their authentic voice, listen to their inner wisdom, and unleash their power. Featuring: intuitive collaging, shamanic journey walks, breathwork, shadow writing, yoga, and labyrinth walks. Inn at the Rustic Gate 6991 E Hungerford Lake Dr, Big Rapids. Info:


Summer Celebration and Transition – 1-4pm. This is a time to celebrate the summer and talk about the upcoming changes. Learn about the new classes and services that are going to be offered with Megan managing the store full time. Wish Jodi & Mary well as they leave to expand and open a second location in Arkansas. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids.


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Cari Draft leads at Kitchel-Lindquist Dune Preserve, Berwyk St off Northshore Dr. $10 drop-in. SignUp@ to sign up. See and Hear the Wisdom of God by Eckankar – 10-11am. Monthly ECK Light and Sound Service. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Rm 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids., ECK., 269-370-7170. Waking Up In 5D book Chat and Discussion Group – 11am. Led by Rebecca Stephens from Life Force Energetics, we use the book by Maureen St. Germain Waking Up In 5D to guide us through this discussion. It is helpful if you have read the book, however, it is not a requirement. We discuss tools, experiences and transformation, as we ascend into 5D. $20. Simio, 730 Chicago Dr, Holland. Registration here: Contact Rebecca at or LFEnergetics. com for more details. Access Bars® Trade - with Rebecca Stephens and John Scott Campbell – 1-4pm. For Access Bars® certified practitioners and/or facilitators only. To RSVP, contact Rebecca at Rebecca@LFEnergetics. com. There may be a donation collected to help cover the cost of the space. Holland.


Access Bars Class: Rebecca Stephens and Scott Campbell – 9:30am-5:30pm. Access Bars® is a gentle hands-on technique that quiets the mind. There are 32 points on your head, which when gently touched can release anything allowing you to

receive. Class includes: Access Bars® manual, head charts, facilitation, clearings, certification and more. After one Access Bars® class you will be considered an Access Bars® Certified Practitioner and are able to charge for Access Bars sessions and attend Access Bars® trades. Class fee $350. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Info & register at Questions, contact Rebecca at or 616-510-6525. Make Space for Honeybees – 2pm. Explore the universe of honeybees and learn the three types of bees in a hive, how bees produce honey, and how it gets harvested. You will also learn about pollination and the importance of honeybees to our food supply. You will also taste honey from a hive, make a hand rolled beeswax candle to take home and view live honeybees in the safe, controlled environment of an observation hive. For ages 11-18. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. For more info 616-988-5400. Do You Want Support? – 6:30-8pm. We are holding a six week, bi-monthly educational and support group for codependency. Held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. This group will be led by Sherry Petro-Surdel L.M.S.W, with years of experience leading workshops and working with codependent issues. $20 per meeting or $100 for 6 meetings. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. 3 Principles of the Path to Enlightenment – 7-8:30pm. Based on a text by 15th century master and founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsong Khapa, this course explores the spiritual determination to be free, unlimited compassion and the nature of reality. People’s Church, Rm 9, 1758 N 10th St, Kalamazoo.


Laser for the Brain with Dr. Weessies – 6-7PM. Keeping your brain healthy! We’ll explore ways to fight off cognitive impairment and dementia. $20. The Gleason Center, 19084 Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-846-5410 or


Access Bars® Class - with Rebecca Stephens and John Scott Campbell – 9:30am-5:30pm. Access Bars® is a gentle hands-on technique that quiets the mind and allows for the energetic imprinting of what is no longer serving to you dissipate. Class includes: Access Bars® manual (most recently updated), head charts, facilitation, clearings, certification and more. After one Access Bars® class you will be considered an Access Bars® Certified Practitioner and are able to charge for Access Bars® sessions and attend Access Bars® trades. First time class, $350. Simio, 730 Chicago Dr, Holland. For more info, contact Rebecca at or 616-510-6525 or go to Register at


EcoTrek Fitness Workout – 8-9:15am. Cari Draft leads at Hoffmaster Park on Father’s Day (bring dad free). 6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Norton Shores. $10 drop-in. to sign up.


Adult Beginner Ballet – 7-8:30pm. Grand Rapids Ballet School’s adult ballet classes are an excellent way to keep both your mind and body fit, flexible and happy. Taught by previous professional

June 2019


dancer Attila Mosolygo, you will learn basic ballet technique, stretching, and conditioning. It’s a lot of fun too! All levels of experience and ability are welcome. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids. Info: or call 616-988-5400.


Detoxification Workshop – 6:30pm. This class will address the roadblocks that hinder people from losing weight in a natural and healthy manner. The staff will discuss their services and why their weight loss techniques are different than others. Seating is limited to 24. Free. The Natural Healing Center of Grand Rapids, 4288 3 Mile Rd NW, Suite 3, Grand Rapids. Register: 616-888-2416. More info:


Joy in Taiji (tai chi) Movement – 7-9pm. T. Christopher Campbell M.T.J.B.E.T. brings his wealth of experience in tajii and qigong to our Taiji class. You will learn essential information to create your own tajii practice, bringing out natural grace in movement. This class helps you improve balance and supports overall good health. $20. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. The Sound of Soul by Eckankar – 7-8pm. Experience singing HU, a sacred sound and ancient mantra, for guidance, healing and love. For all beliefs. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Rm 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids.


Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki I & II Level Class – 9am-5pm on 6/22 & 9am-3pm on 6/23. With Usui/ Holy Fire® III Reiki Master John Scott Campbell. This beginning training is one of the most thorough and comprehensive available. It includes both Reiki I & II and is a combination of the Western style as introduced by Mrs.Takata and the Japanese style and the Holy Fire Energies. On completion of the class, you will be able to give reiki treatments to yourself and others. A class manual, certification, reiki grid, meditations, placements and more will be given. $350 includes certification. Holland. Register for this class here at Contact for more info. Journey Through Form: Asana Studies – 10am and 3pm. 6/22 & 6/23. Join Christina Sell as she returns to PeaceLab for the 7th year in a row. There are four sections of the workshop, and you can attend as many as you like. 5570 Wilson Ave SW, Ste M, Grandville. For the complete schedule and to register visit Broadway Karaoke at the Last Chance Saloon –9:30-11pm. Calling all wanna-be Broadway babies and crooners! Join us for a fun night of karaoke including some of your favorite show tunes. Performers who sing a song from a Broadway musical will be entered to win tickets to Circle Theatre’s 21st Century Broadway concert. Hosted by Jen’s Jamz, this event is 21 and older. Food and drinks available for purchase. Last Chance Saloon, 1132 Burton SE, Grand Rapids. Info: commreq@grpl. org or 616-988-5400.


Journey Through Form: Asana Studies with Christina Sell – 10am-1pm & 3-5:30pm each day. Join Christina Sell for her return trip to West Michigan and PeaceLab Yoga. This 4 part workshop journey takes the practitioner from the surface


West Michigan Edition

experience of shape to the interior experiences of the energy, or prana, that lives at the heart of who we are. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave, Suite M, Grandville. Register online at www.peacelabyoga. com or by calling 616-745-0310.


Modern Pop Art Experience and Collage Workshop – 2pm. Michael Albert has been creating art since his college days at NYU. His art has evolved from pen & ink doodles, to wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic cereal box collages he has become known for. Michael will share his art and expertise in this hands-on event where you will make your own collage. All materials will be provided. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids. For info 616-988-5400. 3 Principles of the Path to Enlightenment – 7-8:30pm. Based on a text by 15th century master and founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsong Khapa, this course explores the spiritual determination to be free, unlimited compassion and the nature of reality. People’s Church, Rm 9, 1758 N 10th St, Kalamazoo.

mark your calendar THURSDAY-SUNDAY, July 4-7

Natural Health Independence Freedom Festival – The event will feature family friendly, educational, clean and fun filled activities to celebrate natural health. National speakers include Don Huber, presenting The Round-Up Truth and Robert Delaney, presenting PFAS in Our Water. Activities include adult and children’s workshops, natural health olympics, hay rides, fireworks and much more! Register before June 21 to receive a discount. The Naturopathic Community Center, the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education and Herbs Etc., Symbiosis Ranch, Mount Pleasant. Entry forms at nhiff. Info: call 989-317-4787 or contact@


Keto Class with Dr. Gleason – 6-7PM. Dr. Gleason will be talking all things keto! $20. The Gleason Center, 19084 Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake. Info: 616-846-5410 or


Dinner and Movie Night – 6-9pm. The last Friday of every month, we offer a free dinner & movie night for the whole community. Anyone can join us- we love making new friends. We try to tie in the movie with our community conversations, that we call Inspire. Join us to have dinner at 6pm. Feel free to bring a dish to pass, or just come as you are. Then at 7pm, we’ll be starting the film. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven.

mark your calendar THURSDAY-SUNDAY, July 25-28

YogaFest at Song of the Morning – 3:00pm Thurs-2:00pm Sun. A four-day celebration of spirit, nature, and all things yoga. There are uplifting programs from before dawn until after sunset including meditation, sacred music, energy & sound healing, spiritual discussions, and yoga classes from many traditions, teachers, and paths. Kids 12 and under are free. Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat, 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd. E. Vanderbilt, MI. Info: | Online

mark your calendar

Natural Awakenings

Magazine of West Michigan

save the date CALENDAR EVENTS

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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, September 27-29

M y c e l i u m M y s t e r i e s : A Wo m e n ’s Mushroom Retreat – Sept 27-29. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Keynote speakers: Katherine MacLean, PhD, Mama Mushroom: Navigating Birth, Caregiving & Death with Psilocybin Mushrooms; Gina Rivers Contla, Guardians of the Ecosystem: Can Mushrooms speak to trees and save the bees? Workshops presented by Cornelia Cho, MD, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Linda Conroy, Linda Grigg, Sonia Horowitz and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration:


on going events

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

NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

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

SUNDAY Narcotics Anonymous: Just for Today – 9-10am. Free. Momentum Center Annex, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Call Jessica for more info: 616-632-4775. Student Hot Yoga Night – 7:30-8:45pm. Come for a traditional HOT yoga class, discounted for students! Sign up in advance or just drop-in. Open to non-students as well, but additional pricing options apply. $5 with student ID. 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: 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.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. ~Charles R. Swindoll

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. Spirit Space Sunday Worship – 10:30am. An interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join for inspiring messages called Reasoning’s. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Sunday Series – 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening ministers, teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids. Info:

MONDAY Qigong and TaiChi Easy Class – 10:15-11:15am. Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™ are moving meditations which use slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to strengthen the mind-body connection, reduce stress and improve circulation thereby enhancing overall health. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info:, 616-392-7580. Support Group: for Loss of Loved One Due to

Addiction – 6-7:30pm. First Monday of every month. This support group is for those who have lost a loved one due to addiction, including, but not limited to death due to drug overdose, addictionrelated disease, and suicide. Free. The Momentum Center Annex, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info:, 616-632-4775. Restorative Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. This class offers participants time for themselves to relax and unwind in a peaceful environment. Props support restorative poses, giving the body and mind time to fully sink into relaxation. $10 cash drop in, $12 with card. 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: 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 Stages on the Path to Enlightenment – 7-8:30pm. An ongoing course following the Lam Rim, a Tibetan Buddhist text that lays out an extensive roadmap to spiritual understanding and fulfillment. Free. People’s Unitarian Church, Room 9, 1758 N 10th St, Kalamazoo. Info:, westmi@ Chair Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability. With an emphasis on 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. This class it taught by Kathy Julien. $10 per session. 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Register: dominicancenter. com, 616-514-3325. 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

June 2019


Club on Western Ave, Muskegon. Info:Meetup. com/Nourishing-the-Lakeshore-of-West-MichiganWeston-A-Price 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 at The Market – 9-10am. The Holland Farmers Market and Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio are excited to announce plans for Yoga at the Market. Join us on second floor of the Holland Civic Center for an hour-long yoga class before you head to the Market to do your shopping. Drop-in class for all ages and skill-levels. No advance sign-up is required. $10. (Ages 18 and under must have a parent/ guardian present.) Please bring your own yoga mat or towel. We hope to see you there. Holland Civic Center, 150 W 8th St, Holland. Tea Meditation – 6-7pm. Join this meditation each Wednesday in June to utilize this unique movement meditation known to reduce stress and anxiety. Tea meditation combines the five senses to improve the ability to calm the overly active brain and provide a sense of relief and tranquility. This class is facilitated by Reynelda Jones, Owner of A Solution B. $40 per session. A Solution B, located inside The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Register at or call 616-319-3983. Spirit Song: Native American Ceremony of Healing (Medicine Wheel) – 7pm. First Wednesday of each month. Come honor our earth mother and all our relations with this ancient tradition. In this sacred space, we begin to remember that we are all part of a greater whole, and we begin to understand how our relationship with every other being on this earth truly matters. Bring your drums and rattles and join in the ceremony, or simply observe and enjoy. Free. People’s Church, 1758 N 10th St, Kalamazoo. Info: Call or Text Ann at 269-350-1320. Smart Recovery – 6-7:30pm. Recovery through Self-Empowerment: the purpose is to help participants gain independence from any addictive behavior. Individuals seeking recovery should be fully informed about the range of recovery options and free to choose among them. This program encourages participants to take responsibility for their own recovery. The meetings support their capacity to regulate their own behavior. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 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


West Michigan Edition

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 Sacred Self-Care: Well-Being for Every Body – 6-7:15. Starting May 9. Join Susan Duesbery to care for your whole self (body, mind, and spirit) by committing to self-care as a sacred practice. This free, weekly class will have an inclusive spiritual focus that weaves together meditation, breath work, guided imagery, chair yoga, and deep relaxation. All are welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Class and parking are free. First Park Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place, NE, Grand Rapids. Info: visit online: Restorative Yoga – 7-8pm. Calm the mind and nourish the body with Restorative Yoga. Restorative poses are held on a mat and deeply supported with yoga props. The practice seeks to balance the physical, mental, and spiritual while also experiencing profound rest and relaxation. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info and register: DominicanCenter. com, 616-514-3325. Gentle Yoga – 5:30 - 6:30pm. This gentle class offers a peaceful session to gradually build strength and range of motion. With this quiet practice, experience how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much needed nurturing, rest, and clarity. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info and register:, 616-514-3325. Chair Yoga – 4-5pm. Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and moving at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice and easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info:, 616-514-3325. Restorative Yoga – 12-1:15pm & 7:15- 8:30pm. 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. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info:, 616-392-7580.

FRIDAY Dinner and Movie Night – 6-9pm. Join us for dinner at 6pm. Bring a dish to pass, or just come as you are! The film starts n at 7pm. The last Friday of every month for the whole community! Anyone can join us- we love making new friends! We try to tie in the movie with our community conversations, Inspire! Events. Extended Grace, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info:, 616-414-9111. 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 Yoga in the Park – 8-9am. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio and the Holland Recreation Division have teamed up to offer our 5th annual outdoor yoga classes at beautiful Kollen Park. Bring your beach towel and your yoga mat and join us by the band shell for this fun, all levels outdoor class. A $5 cash donation will go towards the Sal Perez Youth Scholarship program Hot Yoga – 8-9:15am. Vinyasa style yoga in the Far Infrared-heated yoga room will provide participants with a focused heat that works with their body’s own energy to raise room temperature as they move through the practice. Open to all experience levels. $10 cash drop in, $12 with card. 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: 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 Sweetwater Local Foods Market – 9am-12pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Mercy Health Lakes Campus, 6401 Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon.

community resource guide


Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE ALTERNATIVE CARE SOLUTION Raymond Wan 3790 28th St. SW, Ste. B, Grandville 616-419-6924

Raymond Wan is a Certified Medical Acupuncture Practitioner, Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Holistic Health Counselor. For more information, visit See ad page 27.

ANTI-AGING ASEA, RENU 28 & RENU ADVANCED Jacque Jennings Carter, Independent Associate 269-779-2900

Age better and live younger longer. A breakthrough science, Redox Signaling molecules help cells communicate more effectively. Cells perform at peak levels which helps us age more slowly, internally and externally. Protect your cells; detect problems within your cells; rejuvenate cells. Look Better. Feel Better. Live Better. See ad page 21.

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE ASEA, RENU 28 & RENU ADVANCED Jacque Jennings Carter, Independent Associate 269-779-2900

Looking for peak performance or improved recovery time? When everything else is equal, endurance and recovery are everything! Athletes using ASEA experience improved recovery time, less fatigue, less soreness after workouts, lower average heart rates and Ventilatory Threshold endurance gains averaging 12%. See ad page 21.



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

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


3368 East Beltline Ct., Grand Rapids 800-987-1368 I am a non-force chiropractor who has practiced 30 years (25 years in the Boston area). I apply myofascial release and energy therapy techniques during treatment and empower patients with exercises to maintain their alignment. Located within Holistic Care Approach. See ad, page 21.


Dr. Dan Gleason DC & Dr. Dan Weessies, MS, DC 19084 North Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake, MI 616-638-6234 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 29.


143 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids 616-776-9720 Mon-Fri 9-7; Sat 9-5 An eclectic marketplace of fairly traded handcrafted gifts, decor, accessories and more. Offering coffee and chocolate, bulk loose leaf teas, herbs and provisions. Featuring an extensive tea and coffee bar. See ad page 16.

714 Columbus, Grand Haven 616-414-9111

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 7.


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 17.


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 discover how one’s inner wisdom can contribute to the healing of the mind, body, spirit, and relationships.


2020 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids 616-949-4911 Christian Counseling since 1970. Licensed therapist. Negligible fees/ donation. Personal counseling, relationships, life coaching/ adjustment, health concerns, alternative health counseling for catastrophic illness including cancer. Specialties include PTSD incidents including bullying, addiction, alternative health counseling. Also writing skills workshops for personal development.

June 2019






Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner 332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500

Sara Douglas, Holland and Grand Rapids 616-615-5123

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 12.

Functional Health, Wellness and Nutrition - Certified Health Coaching, Certified Cellular Therapy and BEMER rentals. Get the help you need to redirect your health and attain desired health, wellness and lifestyle goals.

HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107, Grand Rapids 616-262-3848


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 20.

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 17.


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 29.


332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500

Ess Forest Therapy is a researchbased framework for increased levels of health and wellness through guided immersion of the human senses into a reciprocal connection with the more-thanhuman world. See ad page 9.


West Michigan Edition

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 12.

HEALTH / WELLNESS PRODUCTS ASEA, RENU 28 & RENU ADVANCED Jacque Jennings Carter, Independent Associate 269-779-2900

Live younger longer, internally and externally. A breakthrough science called Redox Signaling is the basis for a new category of wellness products which rely on molecules native to the human body to enhance vital cellular functioning and improve overall health and wellness. Look Better. Feel Better. Live Better. See ad page 21.

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 7.


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.


Certified Personal Life Coaching: Give yourself the space and support to help you find yourself again, live intentionally, make peace with yourself, fulfill your potential, and have the life you most long for.

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 Since 1991, professional, experienced and trained in a complete range of integrative methods. 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 17.


638 W Fulton St. SW Ste. B, Grand Rapids 616-264-6556 Our Naturopathic doctors (NDs), Christine Schoenek, Janna Hibler, and Carrie Dennie, offer a whole person approach to health, including services such as lifestyle management, functional lab testing, supplements and herbs, dietary counseling, cleanse programming, constitutional hydrotherapy, among other natural therapies. Our goal is the get to the root cause of your health concerns. See ad page 6.


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 2.


Jodi Jenks, ND Naturopathic Doctor, Reiki Master 5150 Northland Dr NE Ste N Grand Rapids 616-443-4225 Ed Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, r a i n d r o p t h e r a p y, 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 29.


Certified in Nutritional Therapy and an Autoimmune Coach, Amanda helps women reclaim their health and vitality through personalized nutrition and lifestyle coaching, using a holistic approach that addresses diet, sleep, stress. This method helps you reduce inflammation, regulate your immune system and promotes healing. Schedule your complimentary nutritional assessment today!

PAIN MANAGEMENT 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 29.


3790 28th St. SW, Ste. B, Grandville 616-419-6924 AOAHA.COM Our massage program is a State of Michigan certified massage program. After completing our massage program, you will be able to take the state massage board exam, and become a state licensed massage therapist. Call or check out our website for more information. See ad page 19.

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 2.


Amy Furman 140 W Washington Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464 616.951.1397 Momma’s Home passionately believes in luxurious, quality skincare at an affordable price. Our all-natural products are “food for your skin” and are naturally safe for the skin, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable. See ad page 6.


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

YOGA BODHI TREE YOGA & WELLNESS STUDIO 208 W 18th St., Holland 616-392-7580

We are more than just Yoga. We offer diverse classes, workshops, spa treatments, massage, Reiki and meditation training. We are committed to making you stronger and to live a more peaceful, balanced, purposeful life. See ad page 20.

June 2019


2019 Local Farmers’ Markets

Buy Fresh, Buy Local! Ada Village Farmers Market 7239 Thornapple River Dr. Ada Tuesdays: June-October Byron Center Farmers Market 350 84th St. SW (Tanger Outlets) Byron Center Saturdays: May-October

GVSU Farmers Market Allendale, Parking Lot G, Wednesdays: June-October Holland Farmers Market 150 W. 8th St. Holland Wednesdays, Saturdays, Mid-May-December Howard City Farmers Market Corner of Shaw St. & Ensley St. Saturdays: May-October

Fulton Street Farmers Market (1145 E.) Fulton St. E. Grand Rapids Year Round, with reduced hours Kalamazoo Farmers Market January-April 1204 Bank St. Kalamazoo Saturdays: May-November; Tuesdays & Thursdays: June-October Grand Haven & Spring Lake Farmers Market Chinook Pier, Harvest Bible Chapel Parking Lot Ludington Farmers Market Wednesdays, Saturdays: North James St. Plaza Area June 6–October 31 Fridays: May 25-September 21 Ludington.MI.US/195/ farmers-markets Farmers-Market Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435) Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids Outdoor market is May-September

Metro Health Farm Market 5900 Byron Center Ave. Wyoming Thursdays: May-October

Page Sponsor:

Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W Western Ave. Muskegon Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: May-November Plainfield Charter Township Farmers Market 4111 N Kent Mall NE (just off from Plainfield Ave.) Thursdays: June-October PlainfieldFarmersmarket. South Haven Farm Market Huron St. Pavillion in downtown South Haven Saturdays: May 5 –October 27; Wednesdays: June-August Sparta Farmers Market - Downtown 152 N. State St. Sparta Wednesdays: June 14-September 27 downtown-sparta-farmers-market Sweetwater Local Foods Market Saturdays: Year Round, 9:00 to 12:00 noon Mercy Health Lakes Campus 6401 Harvey St. Muskegon e ponsor th You can s e... g a arket P Farmers’ M


Call 616.6


West Michigan Edition

Profile for Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ West Michigan

Natural Awakenings West Michigan ~ June 2019  

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

Natural Awakenings West Michigan ~ June 2019  

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

Profile for khass