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WOMEN’S HEALTH EDITION
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Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses
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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
Contents 14 HEALING THE HARD STUFF
Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses
On How We Shape Our Health
18 PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE
Functional Medicine Leads the Way
20 MOVING THROUGH MENOPAUSE
Exercising Reduces Symptoms
22 CRAZY-GOOD CONDIMENTS
DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients
24 PILLOW SELF-TALK
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Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping
26 ECO-UPGRADES FOR AMERICAâ€™S LANDMARKS Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices
28 KID TALK
How to Communicate with a Child
30 FIVE REASONS TO LOVE A CAT
They Bring Health and Happiness Home
DEPARTMENTS 5 news briefs 8 health briefs 10 global briefs 12 eco tip 16 wise words 18 healing ways 20 fit body 22 conscious
30 24 inspiration 25 chiro news 26 green living 28 healthy kids 30 natural pet 32 calendar 37 resource guide 39 classifieds May 2018
letter from publisher Healing Energy
he debate between Western medicine and natural care continues. As with most topics that affect us all, I expect this one will continue for a long while as changing an established paradigm takes time and determination. In this month’s feature article by Linda Sechrist, “Healing the Hard Stuff: Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses,” experts make a solid case for choosing natural care first rather than defaulting to drugs and surgery. We learn the many reasons why permanently resolving root causes of disease conditions is far better than appeasing symptoms. Since learning about energy healing, which often involves the laying on of hands, I have become fascinated by the concept. It’s one way we can help heal ourselves and others. When I spoke with a local energy healer a couple of weeks ago she likened it to praying. I have a dear friend deeply involved in her faith that I watched save her granddaughter through her prayers and those of thousands signed onto a nationwide prayer chain. The baby came close to death four times directly following her birth two years ago and each time the prayers flowed and she miraculously pulled through. I stand in awe to this day. Choosing to optimize our health is reflected in the foods we eat, if and how we exercise, good or bad habits, addictions we allow or avoid and how we care for ourself spiritually, emotionally and mentally. April’s Wise Words with Kelly NoonanGores on her movie Heal speaks to how by and large we each shape our own health. In the film, a lifelong natural health advocate and practitioner tells her story of surviving cancer. At death’s door she felt she had no choice but to allow her doctor to administer chemotherapy. At the same time, she worked with her energy healer to direct the toxins to only affect the cancer cells and no surrounding healthy cells. She came through it without the usual side effects. Again, I am in awe. Making healthy choices amidst a pressing medical culture is often not the easy route, but I attribute their results to the empowerment of harmonious, healing thoughts. I believe that consistently exchanging positive energy for negativity is a healthy thing to do... and perhaps the answer to everything. To conscious living,
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EnergyTouch Center Welcomes Randy Visser
he EnergyTouch Center is pleased to announce the addition of Randy Visser to their list of independent EnergyTouch Practitioners working out of their 1331 Lake Drive SE location. “I believe that the most important aspect of our healing path is our reconnection with our inner child,” Randy explains his approach to Energy Medicine as an EnergyTouch Practitioner. “When we relearn how to love our inner child/ourselves unconditionally we can begin to take steps towards becoming the divine reflection of Randy Visser our authentic selves that we were always meant to be. This involves healing the childhood traumas that keep us from moving forward in a healthy manner while also connecting the conscious to the unconscious so that we may do our very important shadow work. Through EnergyTouch medicine we can once again make that connection and begin to heal the inner child and all the aspects of ourselves connected to any trauma from our childhood as well as other stages of our life.” Randy approaches each healing with an open heart filled with unconditional compassion, patience, understanding and love. His focus is on healing childhood traumas and working with depression, women’s and men’s heart health, reproductive health issues, and PTSD. For more information, contact Randy at 616-550-1611 or by email Sacred.Intention@yahoo.com. See ad page 7.
TaiChiEasy™ is here!
he free Holland community practice meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturdays, at the Splash Pad in Downtown Holland. Summer classes and free community practices are now being formed in Grand Rapids and along the lakeshore. Tai Chi as often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion” for its myriad of health benefits! There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which
originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. This ancient and profound practice is now available to learn right here in west Michigan! Marcia Schrotenboer, founder of West Michigan Qigong, explains, “Until recently one had to travel to the East of West coast to be certified in TaiChiEasy™ – a simple form of the longer more difficult traditional Tai Chi practices. Earlier this spring, Michigan’s very first TaiChiEasy™ Practice Leader Training was held at Metro Health’s Conference Center in Wyoming. From this weekend intensive, 21 new teachers were certified to lead a simplified and profound version of this ancient practice. Many of these new Practice Leaders are forming classes to share what they have learned with their communities!” Schrotenboer continues, “What an exciting new offering for our region!” Tai Chi Easy™ was created by Dr. Roger Jahnke, TCM, author of The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi as a means to teach this ancient healing modality to those living busy 21st century lives. Marcia Schrotenboer is a Certified teacher of Integral Tai Chi and Qigong and a Tai Chi Easy™ Senior Trainer. For more information and to view current Tai Chi Easy™ and Qigong offerings, visit westmiqigong.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 616-335-0723. See ad page 16.
New Laser Pain & Neuro Clinic
he Gleason Center announces drug-free pain relief with safe laser therapy. This non-invasive, painless treatment is for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle pain, sciatica, arthritis and bursitis pain. Laser therapy could also treat patients with knee and foot pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Achilles and rotator cuff tendonitis, and those plagued with sports injuries. The Gleason Center believes in empowering their patients so they can live their healthiest lives, and the Gleason Team think the best place to start is with education. The Gleason team strives to help patients create meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes that will radically improve health. Feeling good feels different for every person. Wherever it is for the individual, The Gleason Center partners to get them there. Location: 19084 Fruitport Rd., Spring Lake. For more information, visit TheGleasonCenter.com or call 616-846-5410. See ad page 2.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. ~Frank Morgan May 2018
Vaccine Choice Q & A
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May Events & Classes
• Tuesday, May 1st: Mindfulness & Tapping! Class with Dee Kohley, RPh — 6:30p-7:30p | FREE
• Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & 6th: Reiki Master Workshop ($400/person, call 231.268.0498 for details and to register.)
• Tuesday, May 8th: Essential Oils Class with Morgan Buck of Focused on Wellness — 6:30p-7:30p | FREE Women’s Health Make & Take Class immediately following | Essential Oil Roller Balls $5 each
he Muskegon Area Chapter of Weston A. Price Foundation presents Vaccine Choice Q & A from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., May 8, at Century Club Ballroom. The public is welcome to attend an informative Q & A on this crucial health freedom issue. This meeting will educate guests about their rights regarding vaccines, their rights to informed consent, and information on the risks and benefits of vaccines. Come with questions, and leave with answers. The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.
• Wednesday, May 9th: Could You Have an Autoimmune Disorder? Hashimotos, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Celiac, etc. Seminar with Dr. Wallace – 6:30p-7:30p | FREE
• Tuesday, May 15th: General Nutrition Class with Dee Kohley, RPh – 6:30p-7:30p | FREE
• Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th: Reiki Master Workshop ($400/person,
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• Wednesday, May 23rd: In-Office Workshop “Become Keto Savvy - Eat Fat, Heal Your Body & Lose Weight!” — 6:30p-7:30p Dr. Wallace will educate on the ins and outs of a ketogenic lifestyle to improve your health plus receive a customized 30 day meal plan! ($30/person)
• Tuesday, May 29th: Blissful Sleep Class with Dee Kohley, RPh — 6:30p-7:30p | FREE REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS IS REQUIRED Ramona Wallace, D.O. Dee Kohley, RPh 231.730.5211 • 616.296.2422 17212 Van Wagoner Road Spring Lake, MI 49456 BluewaterWellnessTeam.com
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Herbal Conference in Wisconsin
he seventh annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, held June 1 to 3 in Almond, Wisconsin, will include transformation and plant medicine as women from all over the world gather to rekindle the wild within or deepen their knowledge of plants. Participants will walk away from this time together in the woods, empowered and inspired. This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Isla Burgess, MSc, Dip PE, and Dr. Jody Noe, along with a wide spectrum of knowledgeable and inspiring instructors. There will be more than 65 workshops and plant walks, kid’s camp, as well as teen herbal camps, red tent space, fire circles, singing circles, delicious locally sourced farm to table meals and more. For more information or to register, visit MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
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helbe Ogburn, natural health educator, is hosting Get Real Results with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil and CBD class from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., May 10 and 24, at the Wellness Collective of Grand Rapids. Every day people are turning to this powerful herb to find relief. The subject of the event isn’t referring to the part of the plant that makes one high or gives psycho-active effects, but instead about hemp which is rich in CBD and has many therapeutic effects. Come learn about this amazing plant, how it works in the body to promote health, healing and harmony. Attendees will learn about hemp oil and CBD along with the health benefits that can be derived. Also, guests will gain knowledge about the legalities of the herb as well as learn about the EC, endocannabinoid, system. Shelbe Ogburn is a certified life coach and industry insider. Ogburn has been involved in the cannabis industry since 2014 in Washington State with a focus on clean oil extracts and consumer education.
uccess by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800681-4926 or email 68CentsACup@gmail.com. See ad page 29.
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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 8
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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.
New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure
U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care
Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.
When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.
Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves
Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.
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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.
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Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.
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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance
A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”
Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.
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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos
The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit BlackMambas.org.
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Obsolete Packaging Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays
The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.
Inspiring Messages that Surprise
Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject. com). Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.
Locals Prevail Against Bristol Bay Mine
Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”
All That Glitters Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban
Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”
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Take a Quiz to Help the Planet
As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at FoamFacts.com/recycling; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com, Call2Recycle.org, Earth911.com or EcyclingCentral.com. 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste. 12
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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist
lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects.
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“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.
Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they
don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.
“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.
website FloridaOilsRN.com that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”
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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her
“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”
“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (HealDocumentary.com), to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.
What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.
Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.
What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.
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The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.
One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when
in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMInstitute.org) in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.
Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.
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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.
Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony
after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.
sary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”
While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the highintensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as neces-
that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from TheDailyMeal.com, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Tinyurl.com/ Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments
provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (Tinyurl.com/TheGreenSauceRecipe).
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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup
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Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at Tinyurl.com/ WholeGrainDijonRecipe.
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Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at Tinyurl.com/AquafabaMayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at Tinyurl.com/ HealthyRanchDressing.
More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses
Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at SeasonalAndSavory.com, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (Tinyurl.com/PomegranateMolassesRecipe).
is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.
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Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural
energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl.com/ HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises,
“I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce
“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups
“Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White
It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months. Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at SeasonalAndSavory.com.
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What are three things I am grateful for?
It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.
What are two things I did well today?
Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.
Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.
What is one thing I would do differently?
Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at ALifeInProgress.ca, from which this was adapted.
Ketogenic, The World’s Oldest Diet by Dr. Dan Gleason, DC
any people are finding health benefits by abandoning their fear of fats and enjoying great tasting and nutrient-rich foods. This way of eating is enjoying resurgence as it is much like the way the hunter-gatherers naturally ate. Basically it is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet. On a more fundamental level, it is the oldest weight maintenance diet. This month’s article is a follow-up to last month’s where I discussed the neurological benefits of the Ketogenic Diet. This month I will discuss why and how-to. Nutritional ketosis is a natural state one enters into when one doesn’t eat—or eats very low—carbs coupled with a high fat diet. It is important to distinguish between nutritional ketosis and diabetic keto-acidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition that develops in type 1 diabetics. It occurs when their blood sugar is dangerously high, and yet the cells in their body are unable to get glucose due to a lack of insulin. Rarely it occurs in type 2 diabetics (especially children) when their blood sugar goes too high. Nutritional ketosis occurs when blood sugars are normal. Ketones were once feared as a byproduct produced by the liver when it ran out of carbs and protein. Now it’s understood that ketones are an essential form of energy that sustains and heals the body. People in nutritional ketosis invariably report better energy, sleep, mental clarity and happiness. Ketones cross the blood-brain barrier and supply brain cells with a clean and steady form of fuel. For example, there is a long history of using nutritional ketosis to limit epileptic seizures. This approach can often stop or reverse diabetes, normalize cholesterol and produce significant and long lasting weight loss.
Many religions practice fasting as a way to change their everyday patterns, to gain insight and to get closer to God. Historically intermittent fasting occurred on a regular basis due to food shortages and famines. Those of early generations, who were best able to handle ketosis, thrived and survived; thus humanity is wired to do best when in ketosis. Nutritional ketosis, as opposed to diabetic ketoacidosis, is a normal metabolic state that all bodies cycle in and out of when fasting or eating a ketogenic diet. Some benefits of going into ketosis are weight loss, energy gain, mental clarity, rebuiding damaged tissues, and restoration of neurological function. So how does one begin ketosis? Basically it is a low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet. When combined with intermittent fasting, it is a powerful process. 1. Limit Net carbs to 20-50/day (net carbs= total - fiber) 2. Limit Protein to no more than ½ your ideal weight in grams (excessive protein turns to glucose) 3. Eat high quality plant and animal fats to 60-80% of your diet Permissible foods are organic, pastured eggs, grass-fed meats, avocados, salmon, anchovies, sardines and supplement with Omega 3 oils. Also, one can eat olives and olive oil (Don’t heat), butter from grass-fed animals, coconut oil or MCT oil, ghee (clarified butter). Foods like raw, soaked or home-roasted nuts such as macadamias, walnuts and pecans are great options, along with seeds like sesame, hemp, cumin, pumpkin. In the keto diet, one can eat as many vegetables as desired except for starchy foods like potatoes and corn. To gain the best results, don’t snack or eat after supper. Allowable sweeteners include stevia and xylitol.
Drastically reduce or eliminate: • Packaged, processed foods • Fast food and most restaurants • Processed fats, vegetable oils, deep fried foods • Grains and beans • Fruits, juices, dried fruits they contain lots of sugar • Soft drinks both regular and diet Intermittent fasting: • Daily, eat within a 6-hour window • Weekly, do at least one 18-23 hour fast • Monthly, do at least one 2-5 day water-only fast • Use bulletproof coffee as your breakfast (coffee or tea with butter, cream &/or coconut oil) • Bone broth can be used as it does not interrupt ketosis To track your intake, use www. CronoMeter.com/mercola. Remember, this is not some fad diet. It is the way of eating that humans have evolved with. It is a return to a normal metabolic state. We recommend several books for those who want more information such as, Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore, Bacon and Butter, The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Celby Richoux, and The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung, MD. 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 TheGleasonCenter.com or call 616-8465410. See ad page 2. May 2018
Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices by Avery Mack
ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.
Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 26
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed
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natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.
In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”
Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.
Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring Anheuser-Busch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation.
Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”
Empire State Building, New York City The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times
During travel, reduce petroleum use by riding trains and/or choosing an alternative fuel vehicle. Find charging stations at afdc.energy.gov/locator/ stations. more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.
Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.
South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It
is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”
Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push
KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child
to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”
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Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”
udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (Soundings.com), in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree. 28
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Stay Clear. Evenson contends that
children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”
Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”
Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you
correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”
Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character
strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.
Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at AmberNagle.com.
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Five Reasons to Love a Cat
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Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.
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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic
I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy.
Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.
Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers.
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Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”
Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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BVI School of Ayurveda Accepting Applications: Ayurvedic Consultant Certificate Program. Webinar and On-Site Courses, one weekend a month. State Licensed. NAMA Member. The Sambodh Society, Inc. 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo. Info and Catalog: AyurvedaMichigan.org or 269-381-4946.
TUESDAY MAY 1
Mindfulness & Tapping Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Class is taught by Dee Kohley, RPh. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness and tapping into your life. By utilizing these two simple tools, attendees will have the ability to reduce stress, raise self-awareness and undermine destructive behavioral processes. Free. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422.
WEDNESDAY MAY 2
Reiki II Attunement – 6:30-9pm. Reiki II students will increase their sensitivity and effectiveness (gain 2 symbols) to continue practicing on self and others. (Reiki I required.) $200, fee includes manual. International Wellness Partners, 14998 Cleveland Ave, Suite C, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-268-7136.
SATURDAY MAY 5
Reiki I Attunement – 2-4:30pm. Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique for relief on all levels of human existence—mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. $300, fee includes Reiki I & II Attunement plus manual. 14998 Cleveland Ave, Suite C, Spring Lake. Request a manual and spot: 616-268-7136. Spring Celebration & Psychic Fair – 11am-6pm. Spring is here! Come receive a free mini-cleanse. Enjoy our vendors, healers, readers featuring Reiki, Illuminata, aura reading, mediums, tarot and oracle card readers, and a vast array of unusual items made by the vendors. Free. 8887 Gull Rd, Richland. Info: ChoicesUnl@Gmail.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 5-6
Reiki Master Workshop – Sat, 9am-4pm. Sun, 9am4pm. Receive your master attunement, walk away being able to teach your own workshops! Must receive 1 and 2 attunement prior to this class. $400 per person. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 231-268-0498.
MONDAY MAY 7
Easygoing EcoTrek Fitness – 9-9:45am. Join Lisa VanDonkelaar for a 45-minute strength and stretch. This outdoor event is perfect for seniors or those new to exercise. $7 drop-in. Conklin Park, 3443 Blackmer Rd, Ravenna, (meet in the parking lot.) RSVP: Signup@EcoTrekFitness.com. Adulting 101: Green Cleaning – 7pm. Join Angela Fox from GreenMichigan.org and learn why making cleaning products is both good for the home and environment. Attendees will not only go home with recipes to make their own cleaners, but will also get to make their own softscrub to take home. Come learn how to make your house sparkle without using harsh chemicals. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY MAY 8
Essential Oils Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Class is taught
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by Morgan Buck of Focused on Wellness. Women’s Health Make & Take Class immediately following. Free, essential oil roller balls $5 each. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422. Vaccines Q & A – 7-9pm. The Muskegon Area Chapter of Weston A. Price Foundation invites the public for an informative Q & A on this crucial health freedom issue. This meeting will educate guests about their rights regarding vaccines, their rights to informed consent, and information on the risks and benefits of vaccines. Come with questions, and leave with answers. Century Club Ballroom, 356 W Western Ave, Downtown Muskegon. Info: WestonAPrice.org.
WEDNESDAY MAY 9
Seminar with Dr. Ramona Wallace – 6:307:30pm. Could you have an autoimmune disorder? Come learn how to detect if you are suffering from an autoimmune disorder such as Hashimotos, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Celiac. Free. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422.
THURSDAY MAY 10
Get Real Results Class: with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil & CBD – 7-9pm. Want to learn about CBD and the health benefits of hemp? Come learn about this amazing plant, how it works in the body to promote health, healing and harmony. Free. GR Wellness Collective, 1324 Lake Dr #4, Grand Rapids. Info: HempHealth.myhalelife.com, 616-292-6331.
FRIDAY MAY 11
Crystal Chakra Healing Wand Workshop – 10am-12pm or 5-7pm. Come learn about the energetic system of the body and the main Chakra system. Explore the different stones that help bring balance to each chakra and identify which ones would balance the most. Also, guests will create a beautiful empowered healing wand made of stones to take home. $75, includes all materials. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225.
SATURDAY MAY 12
Wholistic Health & Mastering Subtle Energies: Meet-up Group – 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. Pam Kammermeier will be leading great discussions on emotional intelligence, conscious nutrition, law of attraction, and two topics to be announced nearer the date. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Sign up through Meet-Up or register: 616-443-4225.
SUNDAY MAY 13
Eckankar: Staying in Balance – 10-11am. Second Sunday each month. ECK Light and Sound Service. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: ECK-MI.org, email@example.com, 269-370-7170.
MONDAY MAY 14
Reiki Share – 10am-12pm or 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. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225. New Meet-Up Group: Meditation for Healing – 6-8pm. Led by our new Holistic Life Coach Connie Prins. Come learn and experience healing through
meditation. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225.
TUESDAY MAY 15
General Nutrition Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn with Dee Kohley, RPh. Free. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422.
WEDNESDAY MAY 16
Sound of Soul by Eckankar – 7-8pm. Third Wednesday each month. Experience singing HU, an age-old, universal name for God, for alignment with true purpose. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: ECKMI.org, HU4Heart@gmail.com, 269-370-7170.
THURSDAY-MONDAY MAY 17-21
Aeizoon Pyr: Fire of Everlasting Life Workshop Level I – 9am-5pm. This program is a unique seven level system, that combines Eastern and Western wisdom, to specifically enhance life cultivation and transformation for this time period. Coming for the first time in the USA, Level One will concentrate on QiGong movements that stabilize inner chi and for releasing inner blockages that improve physical and mental health. Cost is $400, pre-register price $350. Lowell, exact location will be given at registration. Must register: ElizabethCosmos@sbcglobal.net.
SATURDAY MAY 19
Reiki I & II class – 9am-5pm. Introduction to Reiki, become attuned to the universal energy, learn how to give treatment to self and others and meet the Reiki guide. $250, fee includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Register: 616-443-4225. SOULCOLLAGE® Workshop – 10am-12:30pm. SoulCollage® offers an engaging way to listen to the inner voice and express creatively. Through creating collage cards, guests explore aspects of the soul. The workshop features a chance to reflect through images, an overview of SoulCollage®, creating two collage cards and supportive sharing. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. $35, includes all supplies. Register: RuthZwald55@ gmail.com. Inspire! Topic: Dis/Abilities – 10am-1pm. Inspire! is a monthly community event that creates an opportunity to grow spiritually and ethically, exploring specific areas of concern and highlighting ways in which those concerns are addressed. The class begins with an opportunity for reflection, healing and growth and followed by a challenge to use our health and wholeness by helping to address the needs of the larger community. This event is participative and experiential. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: Office@ExtendedGrace.org. Beginner Floral Design Workshop – 1pm. Join Lindsay Laplow, owner of Rooted Floral Company. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of floral design and take home an arrangement they’ve created. Guest will grow their inner florist by learning hands-on techniques and tricks all while having fun creating a fresh arrangement in a vase. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids. Must register: grpl.org/ register, 988-5400.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 19-20
Reiki Master Workshop – Sat, 9am-4pm. Sun, 9am4pm. Receive your master attunement, walk away being able to teach your own workshops! Must receive 1
and 2 attunement prior to this class. $400 per person. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 231-268-0498.
SUNDAY MAY 20
share if you’d like, or just come as you are to enjoy dinner at 6pm. Then at 7pm, we’ll start watching the movie. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: Office@ExtendedGrace.org.
Advanced Reiki Class – 9am-5pm. Enhance energy work to a new level. Learn how to perform psychic surgery, and how to set up and utilize a crystal grid with energy work. $275, the fee includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Must register: 616-443-4225.
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TUESDAY MAY 22
Plant Powered Adventure – 6-7:15pm. The public is welcome to join Cari Draft as she leads an EcoTrek Fitness workout. All fitness levels are encouraged to attend. $10 drop-in, a portion of the proceeds benefits Plant Powered for Health Support Group. Johnson Park, 4048 Butterworth SW, Walker, (meet in the large parking lot along Butterworth.) RSVP: Signup@EcoTrekFitness.com.
iRest® Meditation: The Practice of Being at Home – 7-8:15pm. Join Vicki for an iRest Meditation (Integrative Restoration). This is a modern-day evidence-based, mind-body approach to health, healing, wholeness, and well-being. iRest has been shown to reduce emotional trauma, bodily pain while improving your ability to relax. Perfect for anyone who is stressed or has trouble sleeping! $15, if paid by May 21, and $20 at the door. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Dr, Muskegon. Signup: BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771.
WEDNESDAY MAY 23
Become Keto Savvy: In-office Workshop – 6:308pm. Eat fat, heal your body and lose weight! Dr. Wallace will educate on the ins and outs of a ketogenic lifestyle to improve overall health. Attendees will receive a customized 30 day meal plan. $30 per person. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 231-268-0498.
THURSDAY MAY 24
Root Chakra: Yoga and Meditation – 7:158:45pm. The root chakra governs one’s ability to feel safe, secure and grounded. Guests will learn to awaken inner ability to be at home in their body and connect to themselves to actively support and build foundation and increase potential for living life to the fullest. Join Vicki for this special practice to build inner balance, safety and strength in this mix of grounding yoga and meditation. $18, if paid before May 24, and $23 at the door. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Dr, Muskegon. Signup: BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771. Get Real Results Class: with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil & CBD – 7-9pm. Want to learn about CBD and the health benefits of hemp? Come learn about this amazing plant, how it works in the body to promote health, healing and harmony. Free. GR Wellness Collective, 1324 Lake Dr #4, Grand Rapids. Info: HempHealth.myhalelife.com, 616-292-6331.
FRIDAY MAY 25
Free Dinner & Movie Night – 6-9pm. Join us for a Community-wide dinner and movie! Bring a dish to
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Blissful Sleep Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn with Dee Kohley, RPh. Free. Bluewater Wellness Center, 17212 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake. Must register: 616-296-2422.
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Health & Wellness Fair Building Healthier Communities – 12-4pm. “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes,” this event will include: blood pressure screenings, diabetes checks, oral exams, height, weight, sickle cell screening and BMI’s. There will also be live entertainment, plenty of door prizes, food, vendors, and Zumba & Dancing and more. Muskegon Family Care, 2201 S. Getty St, Muskegon Heights.
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7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Conference speakers include Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Isla Burgess, Dr. Jody Noé and many more. Come for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and earth-based speakers, plant walks. Over 60 workshops and plants walks. Plus a kids’ camp and Teen Camp. Includes pre-conference classes, workshops and walks, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, and red tent communal space. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. Info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6-8 & SUNDAY-MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9-10 Hands of Light & Mahakundalini workshops and channeling sessions– DNA activation is the next quantum step in humanity’s evolutionary process of ascension. Learn & experience these powerful techniques for self-healing and self-discovery and self-realization. Explore and expand your consciousness to embody more of your true-self for divine expression. Michigan City, Indiana. Download brochure: www. FrequenciesOfLight33.com. To register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
mark your calendar MONDAY – TUESDAY, July 16-17
20th Asia Pacific Diabetes Conference – 9am-6pm. Diabetes Asia Pacific 2018 is an international platform for presenting research about diabetes management and therapeutics, exchanging ideas and contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in the management of the disease. This event aims to provide and share knowledge, along with networking opportunities between a large number of medical and industrial professionals. The meeting gathers renowned scientists, physicians, surgeons, young researchers, industrial delegates and talented student communities in the field of diabetic medicine under a single roof. $899. Sydney, Australia. Info: diabetesasiapacific@ endocrineconferences.com. May 2018
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visualization. Free. Jewel Heart, 1919 Stearns Ave, Kalamazoo. Info: Call 734-368-8701 or 269-9441575 or email: GregSupa@gmail.com
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Gentle Hatha Yoga – 7:45-9am & 9:15-10:30am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. Info: 231-740-6662 or WhiteRiverYoga.com
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@ gmail.com, GRSRF.org
SMART Recovery Group – 7-8pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Recovery through SelfEmpowerment: The purpose is to help participants gain independence from any addictive behavior. The meetings encourage participants to take responsibility for their own recovery and supports their capacity to regulate their behavior. As participants progress in recovery their focus can shift to enjoying the activities of a healthy and productive life, including the satisfaction of assisting new participants the program. Free. 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: Office@ExtendedGrace.org.
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: UnityGRoffice@gmail.com or 616-453-9909. Celebration Services – 10:30am. Join us each Sunday for our Sunday Celebration Service. Unity is a positive, peaceful path for spiritual living. We offer spiritual teachings and programs that empower a life of meaning, purpose, and abundance in all good things. We seek to discover the “universal” spiritual truths that apply to all religions. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: office@Unitycsg.org or 616-682-7812. Hot Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info:HeartsJourneyWellness.com or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com 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 Spirit-Space.org 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: TheCopticCenter.org
Monday 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.
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Faith & Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Yoga is a supportive spiritual practice. This class focuses on both the inward journey and the physical practice. If anyone is new to yoga, experiences tight muscles, would like to be more mobile, be flexible, and build some strength in an easy, non-threatening way, then join this gentle-serenity yoga class. This class integrates a variety of breathing and mindfulness practices as well. Donation. Calvin Reformed Church, 937 W Norton Ave, Muskegon. Register: BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. A Course in Miracles begins. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. As its title implies, the course is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: Text, workbook for students, and manual for teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depend on their particular needs and preferences. Come for a study group. There’s an open door policy, meaning guests can come anytime. Guests do not have to attend every week. Love offering. 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. Info: Office@unitycsg.org. Chair Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and moving at one’s own pace. Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice and easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers. Taught by Kathy Julien, certified yoga instructor. $10/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info: DominicanCenter.com, 616-514-3325. Lunchtime Yoga – 11:45am-12:30. This class is about relaxation and refreshment to help provide extra energy to get through the day! Lunchtime yoga is a great way to kick start the mind to focus on the future tasks at hand. All Levels welcome and encouraged. $10. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: 616-392-7580, mibodhitree.com. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation/Study Group – 7:15-8:30pm. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and
Beginning Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-10:45am. This class will introduce you to basic postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness with an emphasis on building body awareness. Gentle yet relaxing in nature, you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and having a greater sense of health and well-being. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: visit us at HeartsJourneyWellness.com or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com Nourishing the Lakeshore – 7pm. Meetings the second Tuesday of each month. Open to the Public! Formed to provide education on the health enriching benefits of traditional diets, to increase access to clean, nutrient dense foods, and to teach traditional preparation and storage methods. Nourishing the Lakeshore of West Michigan is a chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation serving Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana counties. The main purpose is to act as a resource for local, clean, nutrient dense food. We also provide informational meetings on health related topics, often those which are politically incorrect. Nourishing the Lakeshore respects that everyone is at a different point on the path to better eating. Our goal is to educate and enrich the wellness of our community. Location: The Century Club on Western Ave, Muskegon. Info:Meetup. com/Nourishing-the-Lakeshore-of-West-MichiganWeston-A-Price 4th Tuesday Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Free support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals with mental illness. Free. Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111. A Course in Miracles – 9:30-11am. A complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal peace is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. It expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Unitycsg.org. 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. IntegrativeNutritionalTherapies.com.
WEDNESDAY Yoga for Veterans and First Responders: Military, Fire, Police, etc. – 5:30-7pm. Enjoy yoga for 50 minutes and then a guided iRest Meditation. These practices help support one’s wellbeing on and off the mat. iRest Meditation has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD and trauma. The instructors are trained through Warriors at Ease. Donation. 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon (in Lakeside shopping district). Register: BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771. A Course in Miracles – 9:30-11am. A Course in Miracles begins. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
As its title implies, the course is arranged throughout as a teaching device. It consists of three books: Text, workbook for students, and manual for teachers. The order in which students choose to use the books, and the ways in which they study them, depend on their particular needs and preferences. Come for a study group. We have an open door policy, meaning guests can come anytime. Guests do not have to attend every week. Love offering. 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. Info: Office@unitycsg.org.
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.
The Law of Attraction Speaking Club – 6:308pm. A Chartered Toastmaster Club. Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Toastmaster Dues. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info:office@Unitycsg.org, 616-682-7812.
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: DominicanCenter.com, 616-514-3325.
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: Info@Spirit-Space.org.
Thursday Conversations of the Heart: Honoring Fear – April 19, 26. May 3. 6:30-8 pm. Anyone living in a state of deep-seated disquiet realizes anxiety and dread can claim the individual. With a greater understanding of personal fear, one can honor emotions and past experiences, living life inspired by deeper spirituality with empowerment to live more fully. $60. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Info: DominicanCenter.com/Events. Chair Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. This class incorporates movements and breathing exercises designed to assist with relaxation and increase mobility, balance, and strength. A chair and other props are used to safely modify this class for all fitness and mobility levels. This class is a great gentle option for those who use a cane or walker, have limited mobility, or have recent injuries. 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: MibodhiTree.com, 616-392-4269.
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: DominicanCenter.com, 616-514-3325. Emotions Anonymous – 12-1pm. This is a 12-step program for recovery of mental and emotional illness. Free. The Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven. Info: 616-414-9111.
Friday Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30AM. This class is designed with every “body” in mind. Appropriate for those wanting a softer, nurturing, slow paced, well supported and relaxing practice, this class includes carefully orchestrated movement, controlled pressure and well measured stretches. The postures are approached in gradual steps with time to focus on breathing and repetition. With an individualized approach, this class is a compassionate, noncompetitive environment that’s welcoming to all. All levels welcome and encouraged. 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: MibodhiTree.com, 616-392-7580.
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 Office@ExtendedGrace.org
SATURDAY Community practice – 10-11am. Come experience fun and exercise. Free. 99 East 8th St, Holland. Info: Mibodhitree.com. 1st Saturday QiGong Class – 3-4pm. Instructor Raymond Wan teaches about internal energy, self-healing breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, bring a cushion or pillow to sit on, and to not eat a big meal one hour before class. Donation based. Academy of Alternative Healing Arts, 3790 28th St SW Ste B, Grandville. Info: AOAHA.com or 616-419-6924. 3rd Saturday Inpire Event – 10am-1pm. 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 ExtendedGrace.org Hot Yoga – 7:30-8:45am. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info:HeartsJourneyWellness.com or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9:15-10:15am & 11-12:15am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. 231740-6662. Info: WhiteRiverYoga.com Sweetwater Local Foods Market – 9am-1pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon. 231-861-2234.
3rd Friday Narcan Training and Distribution – 12-2pm. Red Project offers Free Narcan Training and Distribution for those interested. This event
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ACUPUNCTURE GRAND WELLNESS
Vikki Nestico, R.Ac. Located at Renewal Skin Spa 6080 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids 616-940-1177 • GrandWellness.net Grand Wellness uses the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine to provide holistic healing and natural pain relief. Call to schedule a free consultation to discuss how acupuncture may be an effective treatment for you.
ASTROLOGY KAREN S. KLEMP MA.
Astrology/Numerology 220 Savidge, Spring Lake 616-916-0121 KlempK@yahoo.com KAREN220.com Over 20 year ’s experience. Readings available in her office, by skype or by phone. Also available for lectures at solstice gatherings. Make an appointment by phone, on the website or stop in and visit Thurs through Sat 11am–5pm.
BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION WOOD & SAW
Andrew Gielczyk Licensed Builder 616-834-2480 • WoodAndSaw.com Wood & Saw is focused on creating a sustainable high quality of life for our clients. Building simple, costeffective, energy-efficient, toxic-free homes and remodels that achieve the healthiest possible indoor air quality. See ad, page 21.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050 • DynamicChiro.com
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.
THE GLEASON CENTER
Dr. Dan Gleason 19084 North Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake, MI TheGleasonCenter.com 616-846-5410
An alternative, holistic approach combining chiropractic and kinesiology as well as the latest in metabolic and hormone testing. Using a variety of techniques, we work with our patients to determine the scope and duration of care that’s right for each individual. See ad, page 2.
COFFEE SHOP / FAIR TRADE JUST GOODS GIFTS AND CAFE’ 714 Columbus, Grand Haven 616-414-9111 email@example.com www.extendedgrace.org
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 19.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT, LMT 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 • HarmonyNHealth.net 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 27.
COUNSELING INNER PEACE COUNSELING, PLC
Ashley Carter Youngblood, LMSW, LMFT Owner/Therapist 4155 S 9th Street, Suite D, Kalamazoo, MI 269-254-1211 • Kalamazoo-Counseling.com Ashley Carter Youngblood is a licensed therapist who provides a holistic approach to counseling by empowering others to d i s c o v e r h o w o n e ’s i n n e r wisdom can contribute to the healing of the mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
PROTXS EMF SHIELDS & H2O DROPS Clara Vanderzouwen firstname.lastname@example.org PROTXS.com/?AFMC=22 616-481-8587
PROTXS contains a proprietary blend of natural products that efficiently reflect, absorb and mitigate the harmful biological and technological impacts of invisible RF/EMF/Wi-Fi radiation. Living Healthy in a Wireless World. “All who touch Protxs will be blessed” Dr. Mike Halliday.
ENERGY HEALING TONYA NICHOLS, RPH
Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner 332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Info@THCOFLakeview.com THCOFLakeview.com 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 17.
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MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC
Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids 616-735-1285 • MoondropHerbals.com 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 21.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor # 489656 877-436-2299 myYL.com/naturalhealth4u
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 39.
HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107, Grand Rapids 616-262-3848 BodyAndSoulGR.com
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.
HEALING SERVICES THE REMEDY HOUSE
Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 TheRemedyHouse.org Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, reiki, Energy Touch. See ad, page 20.
HEALTH / WELLNESS CENTER THE HEALING CENTER
332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Info@THCOFLakeview.com THCOFLakeview.com 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 17.
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Dr. Steven Osterhout 5717 Oakland Drive, Portage 269- 323-4473 - DrOchiro.com Vitality Healthcare offers a cutting-edge approach to medicine. We integrate the best medical approaches with the most advanced natural therapies to address the underlying causes of poor health. We offer: Physical and Functional Medicine / Chiropractic and Massage / Metabolic and Hormone Evaluations / Nutrition and Detoxification / Food Sensitivity and GI Issue Testing / Medical and Natural Weight Loss. Our highly-qualified team of doctors, nutritionists and therapists have extensive training to serve all your healthcare needs.
HUMAN RIGHTS/ SOCIAL JUSTICE EXTENDED GRACE
firstname.lastname@example.org 616.502.2078 • ExtendedGrace.org 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 19.
LGBTQIA COUNSELING DILSWORTH COUNSELING AND THERAPY SERVICES
Sue Dilsworth, Ph.D, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT 6189 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale Sue@drdilsworth.hush.com 616-307-1617 • HeartsJourneyWellness.com Counseling services tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Through various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and EMDR, individuals will have an opportunity to explore personal challenges in an open, receptive, and supportive environment. Member WPATH. Most insurance accepted including Medicare and Medicaid.
LIFE COACH LIA COACHING AND CONSULTING
Pamela Gallina, MA CMC PamGallina@LIAConsulting.org 616-433-6720 • LIAConsulting.org/coaching 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 29.
MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050 DynamicChiro.com
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.
HARMONY ‘N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 HarmonyNHealth.net
Over 24 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad, page 27.
MIDWIFERY FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC.
Patrice Bobier, CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 FullCircleMidwifery.com Jennifer Holshoe, CPM Grand Rapids area: 616-318-1825 WestMichiganMidwifery.com In private practice since 1982 – specializing in home birth and a team approach. Over 1,600 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered, safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including prenatal check-up.
SALON SERVICES LONDON STUDIOS SALON
Sally Ann Loew, Hair Artist/Educator Organic Colour Speciality 6455 28th St. SE, Suite 1, Grand Rapids 616-299-1796, LondonStudiosSalon.com London Studios Specializes in: Organic Color Systems, Color Corrections, Multidimensional Hair Color, Restorations for Vo l u m e a n d L e n g t h , Organic Keragreen Keratin Treatments, European Cutting Techniques, Natural Hair Extensions, I n t e g r a t i o n , B r i d a l S e r v i c e s , We d d i n g Consultations and other services.
SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director 269-381-4946 Ayurveda@SambodhSociety.us AyurvedaMichigan.org
School of Ayurveda. State licensed. Certificate program for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, wellness educators, massage therapists, holistic health specialists, chiropractors, dieticians and those seeking to learn selfhealth-care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).
SPIRITUAL GATHERINGS UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER Unity of Muskegon 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon
Gather to nurture your Sacred Self on Sundayâ€™s at 11am. We host a variety of classes and workshops on all areas of holistic living. For more information, visit us online at UnityMuskegon.org or call 231-759-7356.
THERMOGRAPHY ADVANCED THERMAL IMAGING OF WEST MICHIGAN Julie Bennett 616-724-6368 AdvancedThermalImagingllc.com
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.
NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 East Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant 989-773-1714 Contact@NaturopathicInstitute.info NaturopathicInstitute.info
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 13.
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VOLUNTEERS Volunteer Instructors â€“ 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 email@example.com
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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...
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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...