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Rethinking Cancer


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Happy Parents Happy Kids Renée Peterson Trudeau Explores Soulful Parenting

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yle and I recently started working with both a personal chef and personal trainer. We have realized that even though we buy healthy groceries, too often after a 10- or 12hour day we find ourselves missing a crucial recipe ingredient and too tired to run to the store or cook. So we have tended to eat out a lot, and found that the only way we could limit such outings was to have the chef come in to prepare our meals ahead of time, ready to pull out and heat up when we arrive. Similarly, we found ourselves repeating the tired excuse, “We have so much work to do, we really need to focus on that instead of working out.” We also realized that the only way we were going to exercise enough, or at all, is to have a prepaid appointment with a trainer that will tailor workouts to our needs and then push us to our max. It’s been two months since we joined forces with a chef and a month with the trainer, both being the best decisions we have made for ourselves in a long time. We started feeling better immediately. We are saving more money on restaurant bills than custom meals cost us. Not only are we eating far healthier than we were before, because we must weigh in at training sessions, we are more vigilant in watching what and how much we eat. It turns out that eating six small meals a day works well for us; before we often skipped meals or simply forgot to eat. Our new schedule has helped us stay on track with our goal of optimal wellness. We used to think we took good care of our health but now see the improvements possible. This month’s issue focuses on Rethinking Cancer and Healthy Families, which in my view go hand in hand. When we focus on making sure our family is doing the right things to stay healthy, we not only reduce the risk of cancer but are more resilient and prepared to handle issues that arise, than we are if life is in a chaotic state to begin with. It is vital to have a healthy mind and spirit in place when involved in battling disease, whether for our self or a loved one. Each year, more than 572,000 Americans die of cancer; about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight. According to, other than quitting smoking, which is a biggie, here are three key things we can do to reduce the risk of cancer. • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout life. • Stay physically active. • Choose healthy foods with a steady emphasis on plant-based foods. In Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Rethinking Cancer,” pioneering experts explain and illustrate that much more can be done naturally to successfully prevent and heal cancer using a holistic approach. Proven mind-body-spirit approaches give us good hope. Our hope is that this issue will give you fresh insights in how to keep your family healthy and happy for many years to come. To a joy-filled summer,

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newsbriefs Mythic Yoga Weekend with Sianna Sherman


ianna is an internationally celebrated yoga innovator who shares her passionate voice with devotion, deep practice, and soulful teaching. Sianna Sherman She is known as an inspired storyteller and as a community activator of conscious and collective collaboration. Her initiation into the fires of yoga occurred in 1989 and she has been immersed in the practices ever since. In 2008 she was featured in Yoga Journal as one of the 21 talented young teachers shaping the future of yoga worldwide. Sianna weaves alignment, therapeutics, potent sequencing, mythology, Tantra and the power of the practices with accessibility for everyday transformation. Her Mythic Yoga Flow offerings have garnered a global following where she pours mythic consciousness into the embodied art of yoga with unhindered creativity and love. This mythic yoga weekend, August 2-4 is open to all levels of students. Visit for schedule and pricing information. From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center, 714 Wealthy St, Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642. See ad page 16.

Free Monthly Wellness Talks in GR


ntegrative Nutritional Therapies Owner, Naturopath and Holistic Real Food Nutritional Consultant, Melissa Malinowski now offers free monthly wellness talks open

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to the community at her Grand Rapids office. The talks are designed to help individuals and families learn to increase their holistic awareness of quality of nutrient dense food, their lifestyle and body chemistry. Malinowski teaches that living a healthy lifestyle is essentially a process of restoring and following our natural instincts and eating for proper gene expression. Malinowski offers the specific tools needed to become a health conscious individual and family to learn to read labels, avoid GMO’s and other artificial substances, where to shop locally, family-friendly real food recipes, food research and natural living in bite-sized baby steps. In addition, Malinowski offers state-of-the-art computerized health assessments in her wellness practice for babies, toddlers, teens and adults. She checks for inflammation, stress and weakness in all glands, tissues and organs. Assessments help determine the specific support needed to truly correct the body’s imbalance. Assessments for food sensitivities/allergies (300+), chemical toxicity, heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds and emotions are available and explored as well. The next scheduled free wellness talk is Thursday August 8th at 7pm. Topic: GMO dangers, how they can affect our children and their link to cancer. To RSVP and learn more, visit www. Grand Rapids.

ALL4ONE Festival


n August 10th from 12:004:00pm, East Grand Rapids will host a festival unlike any other in West Michigan. ALL4ONE highlights yoga, healthy living, local retailers/artists/ crafters, animal rescues and other non-profits, in an effort to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another. Proceeds from this year’s ALL4ONE festival will be donated to the West Michigan Humane Society.

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In addition to the numerous vendor and animal rescue booths, participants at ALL4ONE will enjoy free yoga classes taught by some of the Mid-West’s leading yoga practitioners. If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, this is great opportunity. Other performances include local music, fire-dancing, hoop dancing, and modern dance. Food + face painting, artisans + animals – sounds like a great day! Appropriate for the entire family. Last year’s festival raised over $2,500. Join the hundreds of patrons attending the festival this year located on the upper deck of the Gaslight Village Parking Structure and enjoy the free yoga, performances, merchandise and vendors at this year’s ALL4ONE. Admission is FREE, with a suggested family donation of $5. The first 100 paid admissions will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine (limit 1 per family). Proceeds from the festival will go to the West Michigan Humane Society – building a more compassionate community for ALL animals. Rain or shine! For more information contact Melissa Tungl, Owner Seva Yoga & Festival Organizer at 616-258-9896 or Melissa@ See ad page 29.

Circle Pines Center Celebrates 75 Years


or nearly 8 decades, Circle Pines Center (CPC) has been teaching peace, social justice, environmental stewardship and cooperation through experiential education and recreation. The lives of many individuals, young and old, have been literally transformed by their involvement in Circle Pines. In turn, CPC has been cultivated and cared for by all of the members, activists, youth and mentors who have contributed their labor, skills, knowledge and love to the organization and to the land. In celebration of this legacy, CPC will host a commemorative 75th Anniversary Jubilee at the Center in Delton, MI from August 16-18.


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This event is open to the public, and we encourage everyone in the community, CPC members, friends and new recruits, to join us for a weekend of repose, restoration and nourishment of ourselves and our relations. There will be lots of planned and playful activities, as well as plenty of time to reminisce and share memories about our experiences on this land. New memories and friendships will be made this weekend, as we folk dance, sing, memorialize old friends, share meals, swim, hike and more. Celebration of the 75th anniversary will continue into the following week at the People’s Institute from August 19-25, a week full of education, cooperation and recreation for the whole family. For more information on the 75th Anniversary Jubilee including registration, sponsorship or donations, contact Circle Pines Center at 269-623-5555 or rachelz@ Visit www.cpcjubileeblog.wordpress. com. See ad page 22.

Vaccine Risks, Responsibilities & Rights


re you feeling pressured to vaccinate yourself and/or family? Do you often wonder why someone would choose not to vaccinate? Many people want to know the RISKS and benefits of vaccines. The decisions that one makes for their family today will impact Mary Tocco their health for years to come. Attend this event presented by Nationally Known Independent Vaccine Educator Mary Tocco and be better prepared to make an informed decision. Nourishing the Lakeshore is pleased to bring Tocco to Trillium Events located at 17246 Van Wagoner Road in Spring Lake on August 17 from 9:00am-1:00pm. This

event is being sponsored by a number of Doctors of Chiropractic from several area communities including Muskegon, Spring Lake, Standale, Grand Haven, Whitehall, Holland, and Grand Rapids. Tocco will be sharing a wealth of information gained in her independent research of 30 years. Mary’s evidencebased, jaw-dropping presentation will educate and inform the public on how to defend their vaccine rights. Advanced Tickets are only $10 or $15 at the door.

documentary filmmaker George Desort is conducting, which will feature his new film on Isle Royale, Fifty Lakes One Island, and then hold a workshop on documentary filmmaking and video. You will also have opportunities to learn more about the fracking controversy that’s gripping Michigan and threatening our waters, practical ways to equip your home with solar and other clean energy options, as well as other learning opportunities and fun crafts and games for kids and adults.

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Sierra Club Retreat


oin Sierra Club Michigan for their annual retreat on August 23-25 at the 360-acre Camp Miniwanca on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s a great family and fun event, open to everyone, not just Sierra Club activists and members. Whether your thing is chilling on one of Lake Michigan’s most pristine beaches, hiking in nature, attending a workshop or just kicking back with a good book, our annual get-together is the place to be at the end of August. Enjoy beach walks to programs like the one

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ooking for a new career, or want to enhance what you are already doing? Classes start in October for the 4 year diploma Natural Health Educator program and the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner program. Classes are held on the weekend, either once or twice a month depending on the program. Overnight accommodations are also available for those traveling from afar. Visit for program information and admission forms. Get in now before October 1 and receive a discount on the tuition. Tuition does cover all your books and a quality massage table. Don’t Wait - Call Today! Contact the Naturopathic Institute at 989-773-1714 or at Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, 503 East Broadway Street, Mount Pleasant. See ads pages 2 & 46.

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Thai Bodywork at CYS


hai Bodywork is a traditional style of massage stemming from ancient practices such as Ayurveda and yoga. Designed to be beneficial to both recipient and giver, Thai Bodywork employs hands, feet, arms and legs to guide the receiver through a flow of postures. Proper body mechanics are essential for providing a balanced and supported amount of tissue compression and deep stretch. This practice is very accessible as it is performed on a floor mat while wearing comfortable clothing that allows range of motion for the body. Brooke Dillane is now offering Thai Bodywork sessions at Cascade Yoga Studio located at 5060 Cascade Rd in Grand Rapids. “I gravitate toward the healing arts as a means of understanding how we can live in our bodies with greater balance and less pain,” says Dillane. She has studied Thai Bodywork with Chuck Duff, of Thai Bodywork School of Massage in Evanston, IL. Thai bodywork shares the principles of yoga that address the human experience physically, energetically, mentally and spiritually. Please call or email Brooke at or 616460-8086 for details and to schedule an appointment. See Cascade Yoga ad page 16.

RE-WIRE You You’re busy, you need more time – really, you most likely need to duplicate yourself to get everything done on your list. You know you want to be more proactive and less reactive, how will you change your life, where do you begin? There is most definitely a book that can help you with any component of your life you want to change - lose weight, make more money, organize your life. Yet a holistic approach provides you with a system, strategies, not merely a tactic. Most likely, there’s a relationship between all the

items in your life you want to change. That’s where our ReWire system comes into play. On Friday, August 9 from 9:30am-4pm, at 151 Minges Creek Place in Battle Creek, Elle Ingalls of Pressure-Free Living and Nico Fischer, Business Coach and Mentor are presenting RE-WIRE You, a one-day retreat, just for women, designed to rewire your life. Together you will: •REduce stress in easy, on-the-go steps. •REmove obstacles that are holding us back from being our best. •REdesign our lives to experience our goals and dreams. •We also anticipate plenty of laughter, sharing, and connection. $197 includes all materials and lunch, and complimentary membership in the on-line ReWire community. To register, go to and click on Shopping Cart, then click Events. See ad page 23.

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Train Consulting as they celebrate their One Year Anniversary of reshaping bodies and minds. iTrain Consulting is a private personal training studio located in Kentwood near the airport. iTrain offers a variety of personal training services in a private studio that helps you focus solely on getting in shape. With a 100% money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose but unwanted pounds. Call 616-541-5438 today to schedule your FREE consultation. No tricks or gimmicks, just results. For more information visit iTrain Consulting at www.iTrain4it. com. See ad page 35.


eaceLab Yoga! They recently celebrated their One Year Anniversary. PeaceLab Yoga offers group classes, as well as private and semi-private instruction and hosts workshops, teacher trainings and events designed to bring joy and wellness to the community. Through yoga therapy, breath work, meditation and other community-based wellness events and programs, PeaceLab Yoga helps each student to achieve their maximum potential by promoting healthy minds, bodies and spirits. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave, Suite M in Grandville. 616745-0310 or See ad page 16.

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The Emotions of Cancer


ancer is a difficult situation to assess for emotional discrepancies that may lie underneath the physical symptoms. On top of all the emotions that arise from discovering one has cancer there is the additional questions of “what have I done or not done?” that may add to the complexity. The only one who can discern if the emotional components are contributing to their cancer is the individual themself. He or she needs to assess their emotional life and start looking to see if somewhere along the line, something in their life started to become unbalanced. As a general rule, the easiest feelings that can disturb the body’s equilibrium are grief, guilt, and anger. Grief when held in a prolonged state tends to diminish the feelings of being settled. The feeling of incomplete grief can lead to restlessness and agitation, which in turn manifest as worry or anxiety. Guilt can often separate the mind and emotions and starts to divide the body in two different directions to deal with each of the corresponding state of being. Anger is not an easy feeling to transform when one is feeling victimized as a cancer patient. Anger turned inwards can cause the body to act as if it is always in a warrior stance. If you are experiencing cancer, perhaps reviewing these feelings with a trusted counselor, social worker, psychologist or minister would be helpful. Joan E. Hofman, MA, LPC, 660 Cascade W. Pkwy SE, Suite 245, Grand Rapids. 616-974-5594. See ad page 26.

Glories of Growing Up Grateful


ratitude gifts teens with better mental health, according to researchers at California State University. Thankful teens are more apt to be happy and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol or have behavior problems at school than their less grateful peers. The researchers asked 700 students, ages 10 to 14, to complete questionnaires initially, and again four years later. Teens that reported practicing the most gratitude at the end of the study enjoyed a 15 percent greater sense of meaning in life, became 15 percent more satisfied with their life overall (at home, at school and with their neighborhood, friends and themselves) and grew 17 percent more happy and hopeful about their lives, plus experienced 13 and 15 percent drops in negative emotions and depressive symptoms, respectively. “These findings suggest that gratitude may be strongly linked with life skills such as cooperation, purpose, creativity and persistence,” making it “a vital resource that parents, teachers and others that work with young people should help youth build up as they grow up,” says lead author Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills. “More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world.”


he Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. A recent Swedish study of 400 full-term infants from low-risk pregnancies published in the British Medical Journal found that delayed cord-clamping at birth resulted in infants being 5 percent less likely of being anemic two days later or iron deficient four months later. The latter problem has been associated with impaired brain development. The practice of separating infants from the placenta within 10 seconds of delivery has been commonplace since the 1960s, as supported by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which advises the NHS. However, several doctors, medical organizations and the nonprofit National Childbirth Trust (NCT), plus the World Health Organization, disagree; they advocate leaving the placenta untouched for at least 30 seconds up to whenever it stops pulsating naturally (usually between two to five minutes). Exceptions would be if the baby’s or mother’s health necessitates medical intervention. “At birth, about a third of the baby’s blood is still in his or her cord and placenta,” explains Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. Unfortunately, “It is still accepted practice to deprive the baby of this blood.”

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How Can Reiki Help?


eiki is a gentle, but powerful, hands-on healing touch treatment that assists in balancing one’s major energy centers (chakras) and opening the meridians (energy pathways). It also helps to increase the vibration of areas that are blocked to assist in releasing. When these areas are open and in harmony, there is the potential for the body to heal itself. It is understood that Reiki serves one’s highest good and, because it integrates mind, body and spirit, a session can affect the physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues of the client. Reiki treats the whole person and compliments other forms of treatment, bodywork or therapy.

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How Can Reiki Help You? • Reiki energy will balance the physical systems, flush toxins on all levels, help calm the mind and open the heart. • Can assist in faster healing from surgeries when done before and after surgery. Can help heal the trauma associated with the body and energy field being invaded by the actual cut, anesthesia or IV’s. • Assists in faster healing of broken bones, bumps, bruises or burns by keeping the energy flowing well in those areas and healing the trauma accompanied with the injury. • Stress reactions in the body such as IBS, chest tightness and tension have been alleviated and controlled with consistent Reiki appointments. • It can give cancer patients a boost to their energy field that can assist in greater energy during their treatments of chemo, radiation, surgery, CAT scans and other tests that may drain the energy field. It can also assist in healing emotional and spiritual issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis. Also, keeping the energy field and body at a higher vibration may help the cancer slow down so that other treatments are more effective. Call or email for more details: 616-365-9113 or 616-889-2070 or j-dam@sbcglobal. net. See ad on page 44.

Toddlers Want to Help Out


new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, suggests that young children are intrinsically motivated to see others helped. The researchers observed three groups of 2-year-olds that all saw an adult dropping a small item and struggling to pick it up. One group was allowed to intervene and help the adult. Another group was held back from helping by their parents. The third group watched the adult receive help from another adult. The researchers found that children’s feelings of sympathy (measured by dilated pupil size, which corresponds to increased feelings of concern) were twice as high when they were unable to help the adult and no help was provided, compared to the same indicator when they were able to provide assistance. Ten of the 12 children that were allowed to help did so. The toddlers’ concerns likewise decreased when they watched someone else help the adult. The study’s authors concluded that young children’s helping behavior does not require that they perform the behavior themselves and receive “credit” for it, but requires only that the other person is helped. Thus, from an early age, humans seem to have genuine concern for the welfare of others.

Herbs for Shingles Relief and Skin Repair


hingles outbreaks may seem random, but they typically appear when an immune system, already compromised by a childhood bout of chicken pox, is severely stressed. A shingles, or herpes zoster, infection is considered a re-expression of varicella zoster, the virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone that has suffered chicken pox likely harbors the activating pathogen. Emotional stress, physical stress (from chemotherapy, for example) or severe sickness can beleaguer the immune system enough to initiate an outbreak of this painful skin rash, remark researchers in Reviews of Medical Virology. Unfortunately, analysis of clinical trials shows that using the conventionally prescribed shingles vaccine can be relatively ineffective, reports Dr. David Brownstein, medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. For prevention, he suggests keeping one’s immune system strong through a good diet that is free of refined foods. In case of an outbreak, he has found injections of vitamin C and acupressure techniques designed to eliminate allergies are both helpful in treating shingles and, along with vitamin B12, the potential complication of post-herpetic neuralgia. Clinical researchers at Nature’s Rite supported by antisepsis research institute in KlearLabs of Boulder Colorado have found that a simpler and less costly solution is to topically apply a combination of targeted herbs to affected areas that will kill the virus, ease pain and help repair skin where the virus is replicating. They found that this can significantly reduce the duration and intensity of an outbreak. A study published in the journal Archives of Virology supports the premise that natural antiviral herbs like poke and lemon balm plus humic acid, a derivative of soil, can be effective in resisting the shingles virus and reducing skin damage. Willow, lavender, passion flower and arnica work to reduce associated pain. Comfrey and aloe vera are known mainstays for gentle repair of badly damaged skin. For more information on Natures’ Rite Shingles Relief topical salve combining all of the herbs described, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 42.

Bounce House Boo-Boos


staple at amusement parks, fast-food restaurants and kids’ backyard parties, inflatable bounce houses look and sound like a lot of fun—yet can cause problems. “I was surprised by the number of injuries, especially by the rapid increase,” says Dr. Gary A. Smith, lead author of a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy that he founded at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. From fewer than 1,000 injuries sending kids 17 and under to emergency rooms in 1995, the number skyrocketed to nearly 11,000 in 2010. Most injuries result from falls or collisions within the bounce houses or from falling out of them; only 3 percent required a hospital stay. Bounce house injuries are similar to those associated with trampolines, and more than a third of the study injuries involved children 5 and younger. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends against letting children younger than 6 use full-size trampolines, and Smith says barring that age group from even smaller, home-use bounce houses makes sense. In addition, the commission recommends limiting use to fewer bouncers at a time and not allowing younger children to participate at the same time as older kids.

Blogging Away Teen Troubles


dolescent angst, formerly vented in private “Dear diary” entries, is now shared with others in blogs—with positive effect. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Services, interactively engaging with an online community is an effective way for teens to relieve social distress. Researchers recruited 161 teenagers that exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress and asked them to blog, with one group opening their posts to comments. Bloggers that wrote about their problems and allowed readers to respond reported the greatest improvement in mood. The comments on blogs were overwhelmingly positive, offering constructive support. natural awakenings

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Shifting Priorities

A Dose of Awe Can Make a Teen More Caring A meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests that experiencing awe helps young people focus less on themselves and more on the world around them. Exposure to natural wonders and accounts of great human accomplishments can do the trick. It’s a helpful strategy, given that narcissism is on the rise and college students have become dramatically less empathetic over the years, particularly since 2000. Sixty-four percent of respondents ages 18 to 25 surveyed thought getting rich is their most important goal, while only 30 percent believed that helping others in need is important. Awe humbles us in the presence of something greater than ourselves. Experiencing it during adolescence, a period crucial in the formation of self-identity, could help coax teens out of their, “I am the center of the world,” funk and put them on a path to a life lived in compassionate connection with others. Source:

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High-Tech Teachers

Students Use Smartphones to Study Highlighting the potential for digital learning, a new survey by the Verizon Foundation has found that a third of middle school students are already using mobile apps on smartphones to do schoolwork and collaborate with peers on projects. Beyond accessing information via the Internet, students often turn to free apps to play games that help them master math concepts, virtually dissect an animal or analyze clouds and concepts of condensation and more. The Verizon Foundation offers training to educators on integrating mobile technology into lesson plans by partnering with the nonprofit Technology Student Association and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Together, they are sponsoring the Innovative App Challenge, in which hundreds of middle and high school student teams are conceptualizing mobile apps that incorporate science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) activities to solve a problem in their school or community. Ten teams won personal smartphones and $10,000 grants for their schools, plus assistance in creating their apps and bringing them to the public earlier this year. Verizon expects to launch a new edition of the program this fall. Source: The Christian Science Monitor at


GMOs Threaten Wheat Exports America lags behind the world in limiting, banning or even labeling genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops, and now Japan has suspended some imports from the United States because of the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Oregon. The European Union is weighing similar action. Serious economic implications stem from the fact that many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the U.S. exports about half of its annual wheat crop. The Washington Post reports the presence of GMO wheat on an 80-acre field in Oregon as a mystery. Monsanto tested a similar strain in Oregon between 1994 and 2005, but the product was never approved for commercial use. The strain was identified in the state when a farmer tried clearing a field using Monsanto’s herbicide and discovered that the wheat could not be killed. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, says that reductions in Northwest wheat sales would affect farmers in Idaho and Washington as well as Oregon, because the wheat is blended together. Oregon sold $492 million of wheat in 2011; 90 percent of it went overseas.

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Chestnut Tree Comeback on the Horizon The American chestnut tree once dominated the American landscape from Georgia to Maine, providing the raw materials that fueled our young nation’s westward expansion and inspiring writings by Longfellow and Thoreau. But by the 1950s, the trees, stricken by blight, were all but extinct. Now, after 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, The American Chestnut Foundation believes it has developed a potentially blight-resistant tree, dubbed the Restoration Chestnut 1.0. The group has adopted a master plan for planting millions of trees in the 19 states of the chestnut’s original range. This year, volunteers in state chapters are establishing seed orchards that will produce regionally adapted nuts for transplanting into the wild.

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Pricey Bottled Water May Come from a Tap Peter Gleick, the author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, found that most companies are cagey about revealing the source of their water. “There’s no legal requirement that they say on their label where the water comes from, and they don’t like to advertise that fact,” says Gleick. As a result, most Americans don’t know much about the origins of what we spend $11 billion a year on. In order to be called “spring water”, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a product has to be either “collected at the point where water flows naturally to the Earth’s surface or from a borehole that taps into the underground source.” Other terms aren’t regulated. Gleick found that about 55 percent of bottled waters are spring water. The other 45 percent is mostly treated tap water, including Aquafina (Pepsi) and Dasani (Coke). Source: Mother Jones all outdoors in 75-minute sessions, in a different place every time! ~ we welcome ALL fitness levels ~

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Every fall, even with back-to-school sales, buying clothes can be costly for families. Also, new togs take a toll on the planet: Most common synthetic fabrics are petroleum-based; and according to the Sustainable Cotton Project (Sustainable, 25 percent of all insecticides applied in this country, including known carcinogens, are used to grow cotton. Perceived as a disposable commodity, garments purchased for growing children are typically discarded after serving only a fraction of their useful life, while teens dismiss outfits when fashions change. Adults often have closets full of items from when they weighed less. Here are 10 commonsense ways to redress the problem and lighten the family’s ecological footprint. Wash only as needed. Avoid wasting energy and water by washing clothing only when it’s dirty, rather than after a single gentle wearing; then drip- or line-dry. Go unisex for tots. Siblings can wear family hand-me-downs and share basic items like shirts and pants. Share. Family members, friends and neighbors can swap perfectly wearable fashions when they tire of them. Help strangers. Charitable nonprofits, detailed on websites like DressFor (women’s business attire) (athletic gear sent to developing countries) and (caring for the homeless), all have on-the-ground networks in place to redistribute goods. Give it back. Some brands take back and recycle their products. Nike (, for instance, repurposes any brand of worn-out athletic shoes in the making of new sports facilities. Shop where you drop. When dropping off donated clothing and other items at a thrift or resale store, walk inside and see what’s for sale. Read labels before purchasing. Some clothes require more maintenance that isn’t eco-friendly, such as special detergents, ironing or even dry cleaning, which typically uses toxic perchloroethylene (PERC)—unless it’s a green cleaning process. Look for alternatives. Clothing made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled fibers, is available in stores and online. Dress casually. Dress suits for men and women require dry cleaning, so whenever possible, leave such fine attire in the closet. Buy the good stuff. Brand names often live up to their advertising. Prestigious trademarks often get that way by producing better-made, more durable clothing and also protecting their image by avoiding exploitive practices. Check them out online via third-party evaluators. Source: Adapted from


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Community Spotlight by Julie Hurley

Your body is a laboratory, meant for experimentation. When you are in your body and are present in the moment, there is peace.” It is from these threads of thought that PeaceLab Yoga, located in Grandville, Michigan is fueled. Melanie McQuown, owner and founder of PeaceLab Yoga, has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and teaching in the Grandville community for more than seven. “For me, the mat is a place for experimentation and wonderment,” said McQuown. “We are constantly evolving and changing and the practice continues to draw us. Inspired by B.K.S. Iyengar in the book Light on Life, McQuown quotes, “To a yogi, the body is a laboratory for life, a field of experimentation and perpetual research.” From the curious or reluctant beginner to the more practiced yogi, students of PeaceLab can expect to find a warm and inviting community where students of all experience levels can come together to share in the “Art and Science of Yoga.” PeaceLab’s aim is to “empower each student on their own path toward well being, growth and personal fulfillment.” McQuown says that the first class is always $5, to allow people a risk-free way to experience the studio for the first time. When a student begins class, the mat is where the experimentation begins -- learning how to move, how to make things pain-free. “People come in because they have tight hamstrings, back pain or are in need of something gentler. They may even need anxiety relief. Why people come in is not why they end up staying. The practice of yoga draws you in to understand your body. You will sweat. You will get more toned and calm. You can eliminate or reduce pain. And when you’re pain-free you feel more joyous. This profoundly affects you on a spiritual level.” McQuown can attest to this personally – as a student of yoga and a regular customer of chiropractic, she knows that by combining intention with flexibility and movement, she is able to control her scoliosis. After spending 14 years in pharmaceutical sales, McQuown was abruptly out of a job after her sales force was downsized in December 2011. Though the job was lost suddenly, her passion for yoga began while she was still employed full time, as evidenced by her sales calls, which usually ended up being more focused on yoga than the products she was selling. “Back then, I couldn’t walk away from my job. But when I was let go, I was relieved. It wasn’t me anymore. But I had bills to pay and kids to send to college, so I did what I had to do.” Many clients would agree that McQuown’s loss was the Grandville community’s gain, as evidenced by students of the

studio: “I love how PeaceLab breaks down yoga for all levels and personalities - doesn’t matter if you’re an established yogi, or an overworked Type A sorely in need of decompression, you’ll find what you need here. Great sense of community, kindness, and humor. They accept you as you are and know when to challenge what you thought you couldn’t do,” writes Sheri Eardley-Whitten on PeaceLab’s Facebook page. McQuown and her staff offer two basic types of classes: Lab and Flow. Though both are based upon Anusara principles, “Lab classes are meant for experimentation, learning how to move your body, how to make that mind/body connection, and Flow classes are movement-based,” said McQuown. As with many other fitness endeavors, success is built upon practice. “Like any program, if I can only make it to ‘x point’, then I don’t feel like I got much done. With yoga, you have to get past the simple things to get to the complicated things. Being totally present in your body does not mean that there is no effort. Being very present and focused can be hard for people. It requires a ton of mental energy. Our classes help students get to know their own bodies and their own limits, and to see how far they can take their practice.” This format seems to ring true within the community, as attendance is up 75 percent from last year, and it did not drop off during the summer. “For those students who want to teach or deepen their practice, we’re also a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance, which is a nine-month teaching program,” states McQuown. McQuown says that she and her husband opened the studio after much encouragement by her previous students and the community. “People like the convenience of having a studio in the Grandville area. Our goal is to have a warm, welcoming atmosphere, regardless of ability and knowledge. Or to deepen your practice - we’ll take you to both places. We want to share the art and science of yoga with anyone who’s interested. It’s a great community,” said McQuown. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave, Grandville, MI. 49418. 616-745-0310. See ad page 16. natural awakenings

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Our Own Ode of Joy Singing Heals Our Soul, Sets Us Free by Jan Kortie


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efore singing was part of any human culture, it was part of nature. Nature never tries hard; it just is. It grows and blossoms and flows. So does heartfelt singing—as a joyful expression of soul, of one’s essential being. It is giving and sharing. Most of all, it is alive. Singing like this doesn’t ask for effort. But it does ask for courage. In expressing our longings, hopes and love, we may encounter fear, shame or sorrow. That’s part of the beauty and surprising simplicity of liberating ourselves through song, which can be equally cheerful, lighthearted and humorous, or insightfully confronting the challenging issues in our lives. Some people make every effort to sing eloquently, but the joy of singing is just as fully accessible for those that can’t master the technical qualifications or even carry a tune. All we really need to do to achieve personal satisfaction is to sing what’s inside us, enabling who we are to emerge. That’s why singing is healing; it helps make us whole. Giving emotional space to ourselves in song allows us to be heard in a special way; no two voices are alike because each is exactly suited to the individual. Our innate tendency to sing,

like other forms of music, connects us with others and reminds us of ways in which we are attuned to one another. More natural than talking, the vibration of a singing voice is the most magical, direct way to connect our internal and external worlds. It’s comforting to note that we can only sing off-key if we compare our voice to another’s. No child ever decides by himself that he can’t sing. A child spontaneously sings, dances and draws without preconception until an authority figure steps in with a discordant opinion. Singing is a natural phenomenon as intuitive as breathing. It’s our right to sing freely, and so share our hearts and music with the world. As a soaring expression of love it contributes greatly to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. Jan Kortie first introduced the idea of voice-liberation in the Netherlands 30 years ago, developing a joyful approach to personal and professional singing that extends beyond traditional methods and techniques. His book, Your Soul Wants to Sing, available in Dutch, is the primer for his Academy of Voice Liberation, where he serves as director.

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Renée Peterson Trudeau Explores Soulful Parenting

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he oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children and mother of one, Renée Peterson Trudeau serves as a life balance coach, speaker and president of Career Strategists, a coaching and consulting firm. Thousands of women in 10 countries participate in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Now, in a new book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, Trudeau helps empower families to handle the challenges of everyday life with harmony and ease.

How can individuals achieve more peace? We realize peace by nurturing our hearts and souls with self-care, by slowing down and being gentle with ourselves. It requires us to attune and respond to our own needs and desires in the present moment. Am I responding with compassion when I make mistakes? Am I saying no when I need to say no? Did I ask for and receive help when I needed it? This is self-care in day-to-day life. When we feel nurtured in ways aligned with our deeper needs, we’re able to more fully express our potential and relax into being who we truly are.

How does such caring show up in family dynamics? When I’m feeling grumpy or irritable, I know that my inner cup is empty and I’m out of sync with my needs. When we practice self-care, we are more 18

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present with our partner and children. We feel more generous, loving and playful, and it’s easier to weather crises and uncertainties. I believe that modeling self-love is one of the best ways to influence children’s self-esteem.

Why is it important for families to define what they value most? It’s empowering for a family to anchor together around one key core value. Once you identify it, you all can make more conscious decisions. The value that my own family has chosen is compassion for one’s self and others. Creativity, spirituality, service or learning are others. As kids grow into adolescence, it becomes more challenging to maintain balance; there are so many demands on a family’s time and attention. Mentally, we’re often overwhelmed by an expanding scope of activities and decisions. At any age, a lot of us are just reacting to whatever comes at us. But when we identify the values most important to us, it’s easier to know when to say yes and no to things, so that our actions become aligned with our priorities.

What is behind the rising appeal of living more simply? Simplicity is alluring at a most basic level of our being; we crave it. We want to invest less energy in making decisions and have more space for life to organically unfold. We want to hit the pause button because we are overscheduled,

“Mom, tell them to surprise their kids—listen to them, have fun with them and just spend time with them.” ~ Jonah Trudeau, age 9 overworked and overloaded with too much information. It can feel so good to be productive, and American culture rewards output. But we need to be mindful of balancing the harder task of ‘being’ with the seduction of doing, for we are at our most powerful when both of these energies are equal.

Five Reconnection Points n Be mindful of how and when the family uses technology. Put people first.

What role does spirituality play in fostering a healthy family life? I hear a lot of parents say that they used to think that spirituality was separate from parenting. Then they woke up to the idea that being a parent is a spiritual practice, maybe the most profound one they will ever have. Connecting to the sacred in everyday life yields nurturing gifts we can enjoy with our children, not separate from them.

What is the most valuable advice that you offer to parents? Pause to breathe in compassion and realize that our outer state is a reflection of our inner state. It helps us release whatever we’re dealing with and reconnect with ourselves and loved ones. For more information, visit Meredith Montgomery is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

n Slow down. Do less to experience more. Fewer choices and a lighter schedule can make for a happier family.

n Tap the healing power of nature together. Take hikes, picnics and explore a local greenbelt. n Love the ones you’re with. Schedule regular time together to make sure it happens.

Source: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, by Renée Peterson Trudeau.

Small Daily Practices Make a Huge Difference

Where do we start? If we are not currently living in alignment with what matters most to us, we can stop what we’re doing and course-correct. We have to define what simplicity looks like for us and can start by just slowing down. Do less to experience more. Unplug from technology. Try spending unscheduled, mediafree time together. My family feels most nourished after weekends that we hardly did anything and just enjoyed connecting through simple pleasures.

n Define your family’s values and honor them.

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regular spiritual practice grounds us and helps us navigate the challenges of just being human. It helps us stay awake, begin to let go, trust the rhythm and flow of life and relax into the beauty of our true nature. Create Ritual – Meaningful rituals can be carefully planned events or casual, but regular remembrances, such as voicing gratitude before a family meal or greeting one another with a hug. Marking transitions and milestones in the lives of family members likewise connects everyone to the sacredness of daily living. We remember that life is more than to-do lists. Cultivate Stillness – Quiet private contemplation through stillness, prayer, meditation or reflection is a daily way to connect with our inner wisdom and/ or embrace a higher power, and can make the whole day better.   Practice Service to Others – The more we reach out and are present to one another, the stronger we become and the easier it is to understand our interconnection—that we’re all one.   Live in the Present – Many great spiritual teachers believe the answer to everything is to just “be here now,” and that our suffering and emotional

distress would end if we simply stopped resisting the present. When we temporarily suspend our desire to change things, we can embrace that where we are is exactly where we’re supposed to be. Choose Happiness – Can we only be happy if things are going our way? Experts suggest that we’re born with the innate capacity to experience inner well-being and joy; it’s our birthright to feel good. We must remember to choose happiness in each present moment.

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Nature’s Antibiotics Recover Health with Less Risk by Kathleen Barnes

We live in a world of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens that can make us sick. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight off microbial attacks, yet we’ve all experienced unsettling infections.

When Use Becomes Overuse

In recent years, conventional medicine has increasingly used antibiotics as a universal remedy against all kinds of microbial attacks—even though they are ineffective against anything except bacterial infections. It’s best to use them selectively and cautiously when nothing else will do the job, because by definition, they are “opposed to life.” The worst-case scenario is what we have now: overuse creating “superbugs,” able to multiply out of control, sometimes with fatal consequences, even when treated with antibiotics that used to work. “Antibiotics are helpful and effective when used properly when there is a bacterial infection such as strep throat, urinary tract infection, bacterial pneumonia or a wound that has become infected,” explains Doctor of Naturopathy Trevor Holly Cates, of Waldorf Astoria Spa, in Park City, Utah. “But antibiotics are so overused and overprescribed that bacteria are changing in ways to resist them. This has become a significant public health problem.” National and global public health officials have expressed increasing concerns about dangers posed by such bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), which are often transmitted between patients in hospital settings, and a multiantibiotic-resistant form of tuberculosis. 20

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The problem is compounded by the use of antibiotics to enhance growth and production in livestock. A variety of superbugs have been found in meat, poultry and milk products, according to the nonprofits Center for Science in the Public Interest and Environmental Working Group. Chris Kilham, a worldwide medicine hunter who teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explains the transmission. “When you eat conventionally raised meat, you’re not getting antibiotics, but you are getting bits of self-replicating genetic material that transfer antibiotic resistance to your body, which can prove fatal.”

Preferred Alternatives

Fortunately, there are many natural substances that have proven to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other infectious microbial pathogens— all without dangerous side effects. Here’s a short list: Propolis, sometimes called “bee glue”, produced by bees to seal their hives and protect them from infections, is “the single most powerful antimicrobial we have in the plant kingdom,” advises Kilham. That claim is backed by numerous studies from institutions such as Britain’s National Heart and Lung Institute, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Harokopio University, in Greece. In 2005, a study by Turkey’s

Hacettepe University showed that propolis killed both MRSA and VRE bacteria. Other studies by Italy’s University of Milan have shown propolis’ effectiveness in combating upper respiratory infections and Candida albicans fungal infections. Propolis is also available in pill form. Pelargonium sidoides is a favored option for Cates to abbreviate both the duration and severity of cold and flu, including any lingering cough or sore throat. This South African medicinal is also known as African geranium. Usually used in tincture form, it’s also useful against a large range of microbial infections. One study from the Russian Institute of Pulmonology reported that nearly 70 percent of participating adults with bronchitis received relief within four days—more than double those that became well taking a placebo. Olive leaf extract was first mentioned in the Bible and recent research confirms its effectiveness against a wide variety of microbial infections. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study published in the Journal of Food Science confirms that olive leaf extract is effective in fighting food-borne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, labeling it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. New York University School of Medicine research published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications showed that olive leaf extract reversed many HIVrelated changes in the immune system. Retired medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker, author of Nature’s Antibiotic: Olive Leaf Extract, wrote that olive leaf extract “inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast and protozoan it was tested against… and is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.” In a worst-case scenario, “If antibiotics are the only alternative to treat a labconfirmed bacterial infection, it’s vital to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria inevitably wiped out by the drug,” concludes Cates. “Sometimes a few servings of a good natural yogurt (without sugar or fruit) will suffice. If not, look for a highquality probiotic to restore the digestive system’s natural bacterial colony.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and book publisher ( natural awakenings

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The Healing Touch of Reflexology by Amanda Merritt


here’s no denying that a good foot massage can make a person’s day so much better. However, with the proper technique and skill, that “massage” can make a person’s overall health much better. Since the 1920’s the concept of reflexology has been making steps toward becoming an ever-present natural modality to preventative maintenance of the body. The International Institute of Reflexology® explains, “Reflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.” The Mayo Clinic further explains, “Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. It is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.” A client of Sacred Plane Reflexology in Spring Lake, MI said, “Before I did reflexology for fun, but now I think I need it! I usually have trouble relaxing, but this put me to sleep.” Another client said, “I felt great for the next two weeks after each session.” With foot charts guiding them, a Reflexologist uses his/ her hands (and sometimes assisting items such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood) to heal by applying pressure to specific areas. Applying that pressure improves nerve and blood supply, and helps nature to normalize. Basic benefits of reflexology include, but are not limited to, improved circulation, enhanced energy levels and the release of tension. Kentwood Reflexologist, Sharon Nielsen of Footworks Reflexology said, “I believe that each client comes with an individual need, even if it’s just for relaxation and the sweetness of someone massaging their feet. I also believe that my intention for the client to urge the body toward a healing of mind, body, spirit and the individual’s intention for the same is just as important as the touch.” The most common method of reflexology is the Ingham Method® of Reflexology, the combined work of the late Eunice Ingham and her nephew Dwight C. Byers, the world’s leading authority on Foot Reflexology, which is used primarily for relaxing tension. Among other methods, this particular method

has been around for over 60 years. One of the greatest contributions Ingham made to the world of reflexology was the discovery that the reflexes on the feet are a mirror image of all the organs, glands and parts of the body. Nielsen said, “Eunice Ingham is sort of the ‘mother’ of Reflexology and was well known in her time for her ability to work with very unhealthy clients and aid in their unbelievable stories of miraculous healings. In actuality, she was using touch (many times very strong touches) to free the toxins from their bodies and allow the bodies to heal themselves.” Ingham had the opportunity to treat hundreds of patients where each reflex point of contact had been carefully and thoughtfully checked and rechecked until with all confidence she was able to chart a map of the reflexes according to the anatomical model. This chart is what determined that the reflexes on the feet were that exact mirror image of the organs, glands, etc and guides the reflexologist’s work. This generally gadget free, simple method is a very safe, very natural method that will only help and not hinder a journey toward good health. The International Institute of Reflexology® specified, “Reflexology is a unique modality in the health field. Its purpose is not to treat or diagnose for any specific medical disorder, but to promote better health and well-being in the same way as an exercise or diet program.” Nielsen offered the comment, “Anyone is a candidate for Reflexology, whether it is just for self-pampering and relaxation or for a ‘kind’ addition to assistance for health issues.” As Eunice D. Ingham, the pioneer of reflexology said, “If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out.” For more information on Footworks Reflexology in Kentwood, MI, call Sharon Nielsen at 307-899-4573 or email her at See ad page 31. For more information on Sacred Plane Reflexology in Spring Lake, MI, call Reaiah True at 616-843-4563. See ad page 31. Amanda Merritt is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a degree in Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at

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Play Together Stay Together

Teamwork Strengthens Family Ties by Randy Kambic


he adage that a family that plays together stays together is more valid than ever. Yes, healthy individual sports are good, but recreational activities that involve the whole family deliver bonus benefits—from more exercise for more people to fierce, yet fun bonding that affords fresh opportunities and makes memories worth revisiting.

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Baseball expands the father-and-son tradition of tossing a ball back and forth and turns a yard or local park into the family’s own Field of Dreams. Go inclusive and offer mitts to other family members, as well. Anyone not into throwing and catching can still participate by running around those that are passing the ball. Basketball hoop shooting can be as loose or structured as participants like. A game known as Horse provides fun for family and friends. When someone scores a basket, others

take their shot from the same spot on the court; those that miss are assigned a “penalty” letter of the word. In consecutive rounds, each player that reaches the complete word is eliminated until only one (that day’s winner) remains. Bicycling beats a drive around town; it’s heart-friendly in more ways than one. Pedaling sustains satisfying group interaction, joyful aerobic exercise and a healthier planet. Local club rides and charity events add zest. For bicycle-friendly states, user tips, events and information on local clubs, check, and Disc golf moves the recreational pastime of Frisbeetossing to an intriguing level of competitive accuracy and whole-body exercise. Participants toss a flying disc toward and eventually into a raised basket at the end of each “hole” at a special course; the player with the fewest total tosses (like a golfer with the fewest total strokes) after nine or 18 holes, wins. Backyard putters practice getting closest to the pin and in. For more information, including local courses for this fast-growing sport, visit Tennis for four is perfect for Mom, Dad and two offspring to strengthen skills and relationships via doubles play. Strategizing between partners engages teamwork and laughter. Many nearby public parks or school courts are open in the summer. For tips or updates on local leagues, visit

Benefits Transcend Exercise

According to Make Physical Activity a Family Event, a recent study sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, “Participating in family physical activities helps children gain life skills, as well as health benefits,” such as learning teamwork, leadership skills and quality decision-making. Other positive aspects cited include appreciating sportsmanship, positive role modeling and strengthening intrafamily relationships. The study further recommends noncompetitive family activities to round out the potential for whole-family benefits. Working in the yard, group scavenger hunts, early morning calisthenics before work and school, walking the dog and volunteering at a local shelter all make the grade. Overall, when it comes to ways for eliciting healthy family recreation, the more, the merrier. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s 24

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Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that

affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry

Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by

“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.” ~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer

thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

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Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

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Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., a former vice president of nutrition for a national network of cancer hospitals and author of The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods and Beating Cancer with Nutrition, recommends a triple threat. “Cancer requires a threefold treatment approach to create a synergistic response. Teaming up to reduce the tumor burden without harming the patient, re-regulate the cancer to normal healthy tissue and nourish the patient’s natural awakenings

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recuperative powers is far better than any one approach,” says Quillin. He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease. “Nutrition and traditional oncology treatments are synergistic, not antagonistic, as many oncologists believe,” advises Quillin. Glenn Sabin, founder of FON Therapeutics, similarly suggests that multiinterventional, outcome-based studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s approach to prostate cancer, could greatly benefit conventional oncology. Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical School-documented remission of advanced leukemia in his upcoming book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the Medical Establishment. Sabin turned to therapeutic nutrition, neutraceuticals, stress reduction and exercise to become a 22-year cancer “thriver” without the aid of conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing with the cancer patients he coaches. “If you don’t have your head in the game, it’s hard to make anything else work for you,” counsels Sabin.

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Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing.

“I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall.” ~ Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers (Tinyurl. com/VoellCancerReport). Yang and Hsu, who also use acupuncture protocols, believe illness is a reflection of inner problems that disrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. “Cancer is a symptom delivering a message: You need to take better care of yourself—emotionally, chemically, physically and spiritually,” says Yang. As a faculty member of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand how few patients understand that the trauma of a diagnosis and treatment can reactivate past traumas, unre-

solved issues, blockages and repressed emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/ body/spirit interventions to help patients cope better. “I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature long-term cancer survivors like Dr. Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions. “It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73 trillion cells everything they need, the macrocosm of the body will function properly,” says Francis. The authors of Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till now, they attest that the war on cancer has been almost exclusively an assault on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by instructing people in how to boost their body’s immune responses to kill cancer cells before they face a full-blown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents that turn healthy cells cancerous.” The best winning strategy is to naturally nurture a body—structurally, chemically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually—so that the inner terrain naturally kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.




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Some of the EWG findings might surprise many of us: 4 Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than 10 cents a serving, it poses far

fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries. 4 The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. 4 Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. 4 The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. 4 The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. 4 Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost

always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. 4 A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 4 Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can. 4 Queso blanco, a mild, soft, white cheese common in Latino cooking, is both less expensive and less processed than many other cheeses.

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Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” notes McMillan. Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at natural awakenings

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hile in treatment to overcome his drug addiction West Michigan native Ross Poel began to see hope for a full recovery, even though he had struggled for so long. “I realized a cure was very possible because it was happening to me,” he said. “While I was in treatment I began to work with the idea of wanting to help others, because I knew there was a way to actually help people get the help they needed too.” Drug free Alton Voss after completing treatment at CMI Abasto (CMI) in Argentina, Poel stepped up and launched the Ross Poel Organization His wake up call came on New Year’s Eve. “I was shooting (RPO) three years ago. This 501c3 nonprofit’s mission is to cocaine, and my heart started pounding really hard,” he said share his story of recovery, to educate, help prevent substance with a grimace. “I thought I might die under a shelf loaded abuse, and to sponsor selected individuals in need of similar with trophies, and my family finding me like that.” The next treatment. RPO first helped sponsor football standout Alton day he experienced something extraordinary. “It was like an Voss, whose story is compelling. electric current, and I was convinced I was going to win the A highly sought after athlete who walked away from his lottery,” he said with wonder. “I purchased some scratch off dream of playing college football when his drug addiction tickets and won!” The next day he flew in to visit a buddy in grew out of control during his freshman year, Voss also was Holland. “The current was still strong, and I went for a run, treated at CMI and experienced a full recovery. In June passing a parked car with its engine running,” he said. “It he returned to Holland, Michigan and made perfect sense for me to take it.” After since his arrival has shared his story with a 10-minute joyride the current abruptly local agencies including school groups, “You can live life as if departed and he was arrested. He landed churches, probation officers, and other nothing is a miracle, or you in jail, but more importantly he connected organizations. He will be attending Grand can live life as if everything with Criminal Defense Attorney Jane Valley State University, and has been given is a miracle.” Albert Einstein Patterson. “I see tons of people come an opportunity to play college football through the Ottawa courts, but no one there this fall. had affected me the way Alton did,” she Their histories may be different, but Poel and Voss share said shaking her head. “I was compelled to help.” Voss left a common goal; to pay it forward. Voss has joined forces after his sentencing and returned to Florida, but kept in touch with Poel to spread the word, and by sharing his story hopes with Patterson. “I tried to get help, to cut back on the drugs,” to help raise awareness and funds to sponsor those who can he said. “But I just couldn’t make it work.” Patterson serves not afford to pay the fees. “I don’t like to just take, and so on the Board of Directors at RPO, and suggested Voss go to much has been given to me” said Voss with a smile. “I’ve CMI for treatment. He left the next day. been blessed, so I want to give back and help others any Traveling with Voss this summer from CMI is George way I can.” Sclar and George Manrique, here to raise awareness about Voss found himself in a desperation situation two years treating addictions. “We are here to build a bridge between ago, when his dream of a college education and playing the States and CMI,” said Sclar. “For nearly 30 years we have college football had fallen victim to his drug addition. As a helped people recover from eating disorders, depression, and high school quarterback at Gulf High School in Florida, he many other ailments.” It is the dual treatment of both the was eventually ranked as high as the 26th best quarterback medical and the spiritual that makes the program successful, in the United States, and aggressively recruited by Division pointed out Manrique. “Treating just the addiction and not 1 colleges around the nation. Awarded a full scholarship to the whole person doesn’t work,” he said. “CMI goes in a University of South Florida, he was red shirted his freshman different direction than traditional medicine, with a unique year. “What I most wanted to do was to play, but I found myself protocol that is individual for each person.” He also pointed sitting on the bench. Football was what I knew, and when I out that Einstein had a point. “Doing the same thing over couldn’t play it really cost me my identity,” he explained. “I and over again and expecting a different result is insane,” he had experimented with drugs before this, but this time pills said. “The way addictions are treated in the United States is helped me to deal with my situation, and before I knew it my not effective.” drug addiction cost me football.”


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eterinarians do not know everything about the causes of feline diabetes, a common and complex endocrine disease, but we do know that diet plays a significant role in the development of this condition in cats. A cat’s natural diet (birds, mice, rabbits, lizards and insects) is high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates (less than 5 percent). Unfortunately, animal proteins are expensive to use as ingredients in manufactured cat food, while carbohydrates (in the form of grains such as rice, corn, wheat and soy) are not. This often leads pet food manufacturers to increase their profit margins by promoting high carbo-


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hydrate diets, with dry foods being the worst offenders. Because cats are obligate (strict) carnivores and are not designed by nature to consume a high carbohydrate diet, they do not possess the metabolic ability to efficiently process the high-carb diets that make up most of the manmade cat foods that are forced upon them. The resulting carbohydrate overload wreaks havoc on the blood sugar balance of many cats, which can contribute to the development of feline diabetes. This effect is dramatically illustrated by the fact that many diabetic cats cease to need insulin—or have this need significantly reduced—once their dietary

While all dry foods are too high in carbohydrates, many canned foods also contain too many carbs, making them poor choices for cats as well. Content breakdowns for brand-name canned cat foods are helpful; dozens are detailed in the new table linked at (Merrick Cowboy Cookout, for example, exemplifies a beneficial, more natural protein/fat/carbohydrate profile). Always look for cat foods that contain less than 10 percent carbohydrates, keeping in mind that costly prescription diabetic diets aren’t necessary. Grain-free dry foods are not a good choice either, because of the damage inflicted on the feline urinary tract (such as blocked urethra and cystitis) when humans insist on feeding a water-depleted diet to a species with a low thirst drive. Water is one of life’s most vital nutrients, and cats are designed to get water within their food. In a research article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinary doctor Debra Zoran explains that cats relying on a diet of dry food consume half the amount of water that a cat eating canned food consumes when all sources (food and water bowl) are considered. It’s critical to note that if a cat is already on insulin and a guardian lowers the carbohydrate intake without lowering the insulin dosage, he or she puts the animal in danger of suffering a life-threatening hypoglycemic episode.

Related Factors We also need to address the issue of portion control, or managing a pet’s caloric intake, because obesity plays an important role in the cause, and therefore the treatment, of diabetes. Fat cells secrete a substance that plays a role in making other cells resistant to insulin. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates all contribute to the reported calorie content of a manufactured pet food. Because animal protein costs more, instead of raising the protein content in products advertised as grain-free, or low-carb, most companies instead

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GRAND RAPIDS A Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage 20% off Aesthetica Image Group: Amy Worst 20% off Initial Color Service, 10% off for returning clients Burcon Chiropractic - 20% off on Exams, Adjustments and X-Rays (if needed)

Holistic Care Approach - 15% off first visit for NAET, first visit with Osteopathic Doctor, or first Facial Treatment (not applicable with other discounts). Home Grown Hydroponix - 10% off entire bill Hop Scotch Children’s Store - 15% off One Item per visit

Center for Healthy Living - 20% off

Horizen Hydroponics - 20% off *not to be combined with monthly sales or package deals.

CJ’s Studio Salon - 10% off Any Natural or Organic Haircare Products

Hypnosis Works - 20% off

Clear Connections Chiropractic - 50% off New Patient Evaluation and 20% off All Office Visits Including Massage

Integrative Nutritional Therapies - 20% off Initial Computerized Health Assessments

dlh concepts - $5000 off the cost of New Home Construction

Institute of Sanative Arts - Massage = 50% off 1st visit & $10 off returning visits. Yoga = 1st yoga class free. $5 off pass card. School = $150 off full tuition price

East West Karate - $30 off / Month on 1-Year Program

Irv Marcus Acupuncture - Initial Visit $65 (reg. $100), $5 off Returning Visits

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Visit to see all the providers thoughout the country. It Works! Gwendolyn Guyton - 20% off Jan Atwood, LLC - 10% off First 3 Appointments; 5% Off Additional Appointments for Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and Raindrop Technique Kimberly Gleason Coaching - 25% off London Studios (Salon): Ashley Woods 15% off Making Thyme Kitchen - Buy 2 Entrees Get 1 Free Mark’s Mattress Direct – 15% off Any Restonic or Clare Bedding Mattress Set Midwest Massage & Salon II - 15% off Moondrop Herbals - $5.00 off $25.00 or more in purchases - excludes consignment items



The Health Store - 10% off

The Healing Center - 15% off on services *appointments only--no walk-ins, 10% off products

HASTINGS Anne’s Health Foods - 20% off All Supplements & 10% off All Hair & Bodycare Products every Thursday

HOLLAND Laketown Healing Arts - $10 off Massage Services of 60 or 90 Minutes; 20% off all Yoga Classes or Purchase a Package of 4 or more Yoga Classes and get One Class Free

LANSING Horizen Hydroponics - 20% off *not to be combined with monthly sales or package deals.

MONTAGUE White River Yoga - 20% off Class Fees


MI Clinical Massage - 10% off

Herbs Etc. - 10% off Products

Ottawa Village Chiropractic - 20% off new patient exams, 10% off Chiropractic adjustments

Naturopathic Community Center (NCC) - 10% off enrollment of any class with payment up front

R3 Station - $10 off 1 Hour Massage


Rehab Your Body - $33 per 40 min - 1 hr Bodywork or Consultation

Crooked Tree Dairy - 1 Free dairy product for Share Owners

Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education (NITE) - $100 off a $300 Class or $200 off Tuition

Sérendipité Organiques - 10% discount on all retail purchases


Serendipity Wellness Coaching - 25% off

Crowning Lotus Doula Services - 20% off Birth Doula Services & Products

Moxie Beauty & Hair Parlor - Free 8oz of Onesta Shampoo & 8oz Conditioner with Organic Color Systems Service Natural Health 4 Today - 20% off

Shaklee: Connie Udell - 10% off for non Shaklee members

We Care 4 U, LLC - 15% off Regular 2 Hour or More Visits Provided During 12 Consecutive Months; Free In-Home Assessment Completion & Emergency Information Required

Teri Genovese Photography - 15% off Portrait Session or $50 off Baby’s ‘1st Year in Life’ Series The Well Being, LLC - 50% off initial consultation and 10% off returning visits The Yoga Studio - 20% off a Series of Yoga Classes for New Students and 10% off a Series of Classes for Current Students Warren Nutrition (NE) - 15% off Everything in the Store and 20% Off every Tuesday Warren Nutrition (NW) - 15% off Everything in the Store and 20% Off every Tuesday Wholistic Kinesiology Health Services, LLC - 20% off With Open Hands Therapeutic Massage 20% off


KALAMAZOO Adamcz Associates - 15% Discount for Saturday Workshops Horizen Hydroponics - 20% off *not to be combined with monthly sales or package deals.

MUSKEGON Health Hutt - 20% off Supplements

NORTH MUSKEGON Health Hutt - 20% off Supplements

OSCODA Expressions of Health - 25% Discount for 1st Time Retreat Customers. 15% Discount for Subsequent Retreats. 15% off for All Services-Reiki, Reflexology & P.T.



Beyond Books - 50% Bio Mat sessions, 15% off entire first purchase (excludes consignment art), 10% off classes, 10% off Reiki sessions

Footworks Reflexology - 20% off Initial Visit and 10% off Returning Visits


Taijiquan - $5 off monthly fee Warren Nutrition - 15% off Everything in the Store and 20% off every Tuesday Wilcox Family Chiropractic - 20% off

Down to Earth Chiropractic - Time of svc: Adjustment $19, New Patient $89 incl 1st adjust, One Hour Massage $49

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International Wellness Partners : Irv Marcus - Initial Visit $65 (reg. $100); $5 off Returning Visits

Arbonne International: Barb Clare - 20% Product Discount is available to “Preferred Customers” for a $29 Annual Fee, but will be waived for NAN Members.

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Tracy’s Faces Holistic Salon & Day Spa 15% off all Salon Services, Skincare Services, Products and Massage Services Warren Nutrition - 15% off Everything in the Store and 20% Off every Tuesday

ZEELAND Lakeshore Natural Skin Care - After initial service at regular price, all additional services scheduled the same day will receive a 20% discount. Discount applies to services of equal or lesser price

Hazelnut Kids - 10% off

Infinite Healthcare Partners - 20% off

Mom’s Healthy Market - 15% off Total Sale Norwex (Stephanie Holleman) - Free Window Cloth on orders over $50 Orchard Harvest Candles -15% off on All Orders Over $25 Serenity4Life - 15% off Retail, Free Inital Zyto Scan and Free Classes Sing Song Yoga - 15% off the Sing Song Yoga DVD when ordered online. Soles of Michigan - 15% off Susan Pavlik - First 30 minutes at 50% off The Lollipop King / Essante Organics $29.95 member fee waived and 30% off all purchases through

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Registration for Classes- 8:00am-5:00pm. Taking applications now for the October start of the Natural Health Educator and the Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner programs. Seats are limited - get your packet of materials today. Call 989-773-1714, or email 503 East Broadway Street, Mount Pleasant.

Thursday, August 1

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- 6:30pm. Manage your stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. 8-Week MBSR Course starts August 15. Call 616-361-3660 for info & to register. Free. 4990 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.

Saturday, August 3

Open Mind Fair- 10:00am-6:00pm. Celebrate Your Beautiful Spirit at the Open Mind Psychic Fair. Relax with Chair Massage $1 a minute. Readings are 30min./$35 20min./$25. Please call 616-863-8868 if you have any questions. 39 Courtland St., Rockford.

Monday, August 5

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Free Information Session- 6:30pm. Manage your stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. 8-Week MBSR Course starts August 15. Call 616361-3660 for information and to register. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 E. Beltline Court NE, Grand Rapids. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:458:45pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace and joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from trained Healing in America healers. $5. Satya Yoga, 133 Butler St, Saugatuck. Webinar: Improving Athletic Performance8:00pm. Elle Ingalls gives a free webinar on improving athletic performance for student athletes, professionals and weekend warriors. Call 269-832-3573 for more information or register online. attendee.

Tuesday, August 6

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Free Information Session- 6:30pm. With April Hadley - Manage your stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. 8-Week MBSR Course starts August 15. Call 616-361-3660 for information and to register. Women’s Health Center, 555 Midtowne St. NE, Grand Rapids. World’s Best LEED Building- 7:00pm. Tour the building that achieved the world’s highest LEED rating. Features a geothermal heating and cooling system, uses solar panels, used repurposed materials, has a rain garden and is less expensive to operate than a traditional office space. 502 2nd St. NW, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, August 7

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Free Information Session- 9:30am. With April Had-

ley - Manage your stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. 8-Week MBSR Course starts August 15. Call 616-361-3660 for info and to register. www.grandrapidscenterformindfulness. com. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 E. Beltline Court NE, Grand Rapids. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained practitioners. $5 Donation. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.

Thursday, August 8

Pumping 101- 5:30-7:00pm. A comprehensive overview on what pumping is like. Learn the differences in pumps and supplies. Common problems and solutions. How to fit pumping into your home and work life. What are your workplace rights? How to have a successful at the breast nursing relationship. $30. 909 Cherry Street, Grand Rapids. Energy Healing: the Future of Medicine- 6:308:00pm. Nancy O’Donohue will be speaking on energy medicine as taught by Healing in America. Energy Medicine is one of the fastest growing modalities being used in Integrative Medicine in hospitals around the U.S. and the world. $10 donation. Mother’s Trust, 6676 122nd Ave., Ganges. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Free Information Session- 6:30 pm. With April Hadley - Manage your stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. 8-Week MBSR Course starts August 15. Free. Call 616-361-3660 for info and to register. Wellness Forum, 4990 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.

Webinar: Improving Academic Performance8:00pm. Elle Ingalls, CEO of Pressure-Free Living presents a free webinar to help students reduce test anxiety and improve cognitive function. Call 269832-3573 or register online. attendee.gotowebinar. com/register/4679155702095818752

Tuesday, August 13

Learn Trigger Point Massage- 6:00pm. Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS will be presenting. Participants will learn what a trigger point is, what causes them, how to prevent them, how to get rid of them, hands on training. Free. Seating is limited to first 30 callers. RSVP by calling 616-447-9888. 4150 East Beltline Suite #4, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, August 14

Healing Circle and Planetary Blessing- 6:00pm. Come join us on the healing grounds of Spirit Space for our monthly healing circle and planetary blessing. Bring drums/rattles, if you have. Visit Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Toxic Ingredient Workshop- 6:15-7:30pm. Learn how to make healthier choices & avoid unsafe ingredients in the makeup and body care products you use. Get 15% off purchases made day of workshop. $15 non-refundable deposit required a week prior to workshop. 6 person max. Call Teri 616-419-8115 to RSVP. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 2, Grand Rapids.

Friday, August 16

Toxic Ingredient Workshop- 9:45-11:00am. Learn how to make healthier choices & avoid unsafe ingredients in the makeup and body care products you use. Get 15% off purchases made day of workshop. $15 non-refundable deposit required a week prior to workshop. 6 person max. Call Teri 616-419-8115 to RSVP. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 2, Grand Rapids.

GMO Dangers- 7:00pm-8:00pm. How they can affect children and link to cancer. Free wellness talks at Integrative Nutritional Therapies. Learn natural therapies using food as a language to heal your body and techniques to become the expert in your own body. Melissa Malinowski, Naturopath specializes in real food therapy for families. Visit www. Grand Rapids.

Dream Workshop with Robert Moss- Friday evening, 7:00-9:00pm. Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Join Robert Moss, internationally known dream teacher and shaman (www. in this entertaining, high-energy workshop on dreaming. Enroll at www.joanhofman. com or call Joan at 616-974-5594.

Lecture & Book Signing- 7:00pm. Dr. Pam Popper,N.D., PhD, and founder of The Wellness Forum will give a free lecture and book signing on her new book entitled Food Over Medicine. Schuler’s Bookstore, 2560 28th St SE, Grand Rapids.

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Friday, August 9

Energy Balancing Weekend Retreat- Located on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Huron. Each guest enjoys Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Yoga, two brunches, free lodging, and entire use of our lake house including kitchen. $250 per person (six guest maximum). Call 989-739-5498 or visit Expressions of Health, Oscoda. ReWire Retreat for Women- 9:30am-4:00pm. Reduce Stress, Reduce Obstacles, Re-design your life with a method and support system called ReWire. Led by performance coach Elle Ingalls and business coach/mentor Nico Fischer. $197. 151 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek.

Vaccine Risks, Responsibilities and Rights9:00am-1:00pm. Are you feeling pressured by your physician to vaccinate? Do you often wonder why someone would choose not to vaccinate? Attend this event and be better prepared to make an informed decision as Mary Tocco, independent vaccine researcher, shares her wealth of information. $10 in advance. $15 at the door. 17246 Van Wagoner Rd., Spring Lake.

Monday, August 19

PeaceLab Kids: Summer Yoga and Arts Camp1:30-4:00pm. Ages 6-11. Join art teacher Mary Lamson-Burke and Yoga teacher Melanie McQuown Monday 8/19-Thursday 8/22 for an afternoon filled with creativity through art, yoga, games, and laughter. $80. Contact Melanie at melanie@ for more info or to register. 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville.

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Pressure-Free Parenting- 8:00pm. How to improve family life with simple steps. Elle Ingalls shares insights on how stress harms our family life, and how simple changes can lead to less stress and better communication. Call 269-832-3573 or register online. Free. register/3463563134217498880

Tuesday, August 20

Free Community Workshop on Fibromyalgia6:00pm. Natural solutions to a misunderstood condition. Suffering from: fatigue, depression, continued aches and pains, and sleeplessness? Participants will gain an understanding of the causes & learn nondrug solutions. Seating limited to first 30 callers. RSVP by calling 616-447-9888. 4150 East Beltline Suite #4, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, August 21

Expressions of Grace Reiki Share- 7:15-8:45pm. This is a group for individuals attuned to any level of Reiki who wish to practice giving and the art of receiving. The evening will be hosted by Andy Groggel, M.A. and Brent Doornbos, both Reiki Masters and Teachers. Donation. 5270 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids.

Friday, August 23

Energy Balancing Weekend Retreat- Located on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Huron. Each guest enjoys Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Yoga, two brunches, free lodging, and entire use of our lake house including kitchen. $250 per person (six guest maximum). Call 989-739-5498 or visit Expressions of Health, Oscoda.

Saturday, August 24

Growing, Gathering, and Using Medicinal Plants- 9:30am-12:00pm. Join aspiring herbalist, Ruth Zwald, at her farm south of Saugatuck. Tour the medicinal plant gardens - learn how those plants support us - hands-on creating of basic teas, tinctures, balms. Take home experience, recipes and products. $20. Further info & registration: www.

Wednesday, August 28

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Ask the Naturopath: Q & A For Your Problem5:30-6:30pm. Come ask your health questions to a Naturopath. $5. Hop Scotch Children’s Store, 909 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids.


Toxic Ingredient Workshop- 6:15-7:30pm. Learn how to make healthier choices & avoid unsafe ingredients in the makeup and body care products you use. Get 15% off purchases made day of workshop. $15 non-refundable deposit required a week prior to workshop. 6 person max. Call Teri 616-419-8115 to RSVP. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 2, Grand Rapids.

Live Fearlessly! An Afternoon with Anita Moorjani - 12:30pm-5:30pm, Grandville High School Performing Arts Center. One-day seminar featuring Hay House author Anita Moorjani. Other Coptic speakers: John Davis, Denise Iwaniw, Robert Huttinga. $40/person. Register at by Coptic Fellowship International. 616-531-1339. 4700 Canal Ave SW, Grandville.

Thursday, August 29

Vote with Your Fork: Conversations with a Locavore- 7:00pm. Local food advocate Lisa Rose Starner will explore the growing food movement. Hear stories of people who are tilling soil, growing food and launching successful food businesses. Join this conversation about our food system, environment, economy, and the relationships we have with each other. GRPL, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids.

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Sunday Summer Chapel Speakers- 10:00am. Join us in our Chapel on Sundays through August 25. You will be enlightened, informed and inspired by a variety of speakers. Visit for more info. 24 Fountain St, NE, Grand Rapids. Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Take a virtual tour at Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Sunday Worship and Youth Services- 10:30am. Variety of classes held weekly. A warm, welcoming, New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. Grand Rapids. Introduction to Reflexology- 2:00-3:00pm. Vibrant relaxation--refresh your body through your feet. Reaiah Ellsworth of Sacred Plane Reflexology will share basic information and techniques. This class will be held at On The Path Yoga in Spring Lake during August. Free. RSVP required to Reaiah: 616510-4043. Free. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake.

Monday Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. The Practice of A Course In Miracles- 7:008:30pm. Facilitator is a 30-year course student, certified yoga instructor and former resident of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Ma. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Free. 616-458-5095.

A Course in Miracles- 6:30-8:30pm Led by Rev. Manzel Berlin. This A Course in Miracles class is for new students, as well as those who’ve studied the Course for years. Love Offering. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave, Grand Rapids. On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128.

Wednesday $20 off BioMeridian Assessments- Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids. Discussion and Meditation- 6:00pm. Come, Let Us Reason Together at Spirit Space. The evening starts with light refreshments, followed by a discussion from 6:30-7:15pm, ending with silent meditation till 8 pm. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Visit Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

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



Village Farmers Market- 2:00-7:00pm. 5/17-Labor Day. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk and more. Please visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312.

Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Friday Night Light- 6:00-7:15pm. Basic yoga class with some partner work designed to light up date night. Grab a friend, spouse or partner and share a yoga practice followed by some social time. Suitable for all levels. Call On The Path Yoga at 616-935-7028 for more info. $10 Drop In. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake.

Zoo Zen Yoga for Kids- 3:00-4:00pm. Kids have a natural love of yoga. We keep the fun in fundamentals as your child discovers a path of non-competitive movement and the peace of stillness. Register online: or call 616-935-7028. $10 dropin. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake. SUP Yoga- 5:30-7:00pm. Enjoy yoga in a whole new way. SUP Yoga on Spring Lake/Petty’s Bayou includes board rental, instruction and safety equipment along with tons of fun. Pre-registration required. Directions and online sign up at or call 616-935-7028. $15. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake.


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

FOR SALE Northwest Grand Rapids Commercial Building- 1058 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Current use is a full service salon on the main floor and a spacious 3 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Great location on Richmond with steady traffic and across from the popular Richmond Park. Only $140,000! Call Jeff Blahnik at Five Star Real Estate 616-791-1500 or visit for more information.

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

Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00am-1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are indoors if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.

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Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 We are the leader in new generation homeopathic body applications known as the Frequency App! 50+ varieties of Apps including hCG, Weight Loss, Hormone, Sleep, Detox, Supplements, MSA Testing, Food/Environmental Allergy Analysis, Ionic Foot Baths.

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

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


CranioSacral Therapy (CST)/Reiki Master Jamie VanDam 4456 Miramar Ave. NE Grand Rapids, 49525 616-365-9113

Reiki Master, CranioSacral Therapist uses light touch to release restrictions and ease pain in the body addressing many physical ailments in adults, children and pediatrics. Adding Essential Oils optimizes mental and emotional health.

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Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.

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

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

GASLIGHT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 2249 Wealthy St. SE, Suite #240 East Grand Rapids, 49506 616-458-CFIT (2348)

Experience an individualized, holistic healthcare approach! We combine spinal adjustments, Contact Reflex & Nutrition Response (Muscle Testing), Whole Food Supplementation Orthotics, Massage & Aromatherapy. Common conditions we see include: Chronic Fatigue, Headaches, IBS, Back & Neck pain and Fibromyalgia.


Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad page 7 & 30.


Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.

cOlon hydrotherapy HARMONY ’N HEALTH

Mary De Lange, CCT. CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 5.


Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.

dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990 Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 48.

energy healing MATRIX ENERGETICS

Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 21.

essential oils BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148

Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, BioEnergy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.

HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 534 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848

Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.

health education center THE WELLNESS FORUM

4990 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids 616-430-2291 Educational programs for personal health improvement Workplace wellness programs Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.

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Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 4693 Wilson Ave. SW Suite I, Grandville 616-667-1346

Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071

Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing.


Align your space to be a true reflection of who you are. Specializing in Wholistic design, repurposing and Feng Shui. Full service Residential and commercial Interior design. See ad page 10.

kinesiology WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885

Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 Find us on Facebook Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.

holistic health centers THE HEALING CENTER

Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 20.

homeopathy BOB HUTTINGA PA-C

332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 20.

Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.


Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts.

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

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

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


Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 5.


Rachel Johnson, Owner and Chef 616-610-2596

Creating healthy and delicious meals for busy families in Holland and the surrounding areas to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. From menu planning to grocery shopping and meal preparation, Relish has you covered. See ad page 12.

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0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472


Wellness spa for massage, bodywork and skincare therapy. Offering a wide diversity of style to encompass the mind, body and spirit of today’s lifestyle. Come in and enjoy our stress free spa environment today.


Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 7 & 30.

iTrain Consulting LLC Aaron & Heather Cobb 616.541.5438

The only personal trainers in Grand Rapids offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee, no tricks, no gimmicks, just results. See ad page 35.


Martha and Jeff Gottlieb 6170 Ridge Road Oscoda, MI 48750 989-739-5498 Lake Huron Retreats! Great energy, sunrises, and miles of beach. Free lodging and entire use of our lake house (maximum six guests). Pay only for services and classes. Call or visit our website for details.

midwifery FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234

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In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 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.


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

I am an award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education. We use and sell Organic Hair Care Products, including Organic Hair Color. We also offer Ionic Detox Foot Baths.

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

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


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

NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 East Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 989-773-1714

Educational Programs O ff e r e d : N a t u r a l Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 2.

weight reduction SALLY DERSCH

Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 A variety of natural items for your weight loss goals! Frequency Apps patches including hCG, Weight Loss/Power Workout, Appetite Suppressant. Also Supplements including Diatrix (for Diabetics), Green Coffee Bean, and African Mango, MSA Testing, Food/Environmental Allergy Analysis.

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