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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more 9 5 newsbriefs balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal 9 healthbriefs growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. 11 globalbriefs 14 ecotip 17 THE ULTIMATE 17 inspiration MINIMALIST Five Powerful Lessons 18 wisewords from Gandhi 20 fitbody 24 naturalpet 18 THE TRUTH ABOUT GMOs 14 30 healingways Plant Pathologist Don Huber 24 Reveals the Risks 36 consciouseating 30 39 healthykids 22 PLAY THE INNER GAME 42 calendars Quiet the Mind to Learn, Excel and Have Fun 43 classifieds 45 naturaldirectory 24 KEEPING PETS’ EARS HEALTHY advertising & submissions 26 Prevention Tips & by Arvind Devalia

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n 1984 the U.S. government officially recognized America’s ongoing love affair with ice cream when famous fan President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. American colonists were the first to call the sweet treat from Europe ice cream (from iced cream), opening this country’s first ice cream parlor in New York City in 1776. Surprisingly, Alaskans now eat more ice cream per person each year than any other state, never mind waiting for summer! Michiganders can’t be far behind, with West Michigan’s renowned Hudsonville Creamery, established in 1895, churning out Hudsonville Ice Cream starting in 1926, the same year that saw improvements in commercial freezers. Its offering of six original flavors—vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, orange pineapple and tootie fruitie—has since expanded to more than 50 flavors, including all natural vanilla bean, no sugar added low fat butter pecan and frozen yogurt options, enjoyed statewide as well as in some areas of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. What better way to embrace the season than by taking the family out for a scoop of local ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Next to splashing into a local lake or pool, it’s our family’s favorite way to cool off. Even our town’s vampire, Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner, says one of the things he misses most about home when he’s on the road is Hudsonville Ice Cream. Michigan blueberries are another go-to summer treat. Fresh or frozen, they make an easy, refreshing snack on hot summer days. In 1999 the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared July as National Blueberry Month. Known for their high level of antioxidants, among other goodness, blueberries help cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. North America is the leading producer of the world’s blueberries. In 1998, Michigan farms produced 490 million pounds of this delicious and healthful fruit, accounting for 32 percent of the small blue beauties eaten in this country. Visit The Berry Bunch, in Holland, for all your berry needs, including organic crops (more info on page 25). Obviously, ice cream and blueberries, together, counts among our family favorites in summertime or anytime. It’s one of our simple pleasures, like sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan in a sunhat reading good books. A new tradition we started this year is seeking out all the amazing biking and hiking trails that our beautiful state hosts. We anticipate that it will take us a few summers to get to them all, but boy are we going to have fun trying to pack them all in soon! Whatever your simple summer pleasures, we trust you have a good summer on tap. Remember to bring along your monthly dose of Natural Awakenings for more good ideas and delicious reading. Happy summering!

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newsbriefs 2012- 2013 Yoga Teacher Training


ave you ever wanted to become a yoga teacher? Are you just interested in deepening your personal practice? The Prairie Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training at Cascade Yoga Studio will deepen your own personal practice and prepare you to intelligently teach beginning and intermediate yoga classes from your own heart-felt path. They believe that establishing a firm foundation in your own yoga practice is key to becoming an inspiring yoga teacher. You will learn how to use the tools and techniques from all eight limbs of yoga. Their philosophy is non-dogmatic and offers a contemporary approach deeply rooted in the ancient wisdom of classical yoga. By immersing yourself in the study of yoga, you move toward becoming a balanced, whole individual deeply united with yourself, others and the world that we live in. Early bird pricing ends soon. Classes are from September through May, one weekend a month. For more details visit teachertraining.html or contact the studio at 616-464-1610 or See ads page 13 & 16.

Unity of Grand Rapids Welcomes New Minister


nity of Grand Rapids located at 1711 Walker NW welcomes Rev. Jennifer Sacks as the new leader of its spiritual community. Starting July 1, 2012 Rev. Jennifer Sacks will be leading worship services at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Jennifer has completed Unity Institute and Seminary’s Rev. Jennifer Sacks (UI&S) Masters of Divinity program and was ordained in June. Originally from New Jersey, Rev. Sacks began her

Unity journey at Unity Church by the Shore, Neptune, N.J., where she served as guest speaker, class facilitator, platform assistant, worship team leader, and prayer chaplain. She has a Master’s degree in Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from American University in Washington, D.C. She also has completed additional graduate studies in Education at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, worked as a high school English teacher, educational trainer, advocacy journalist, editor and public relations executive. Rev. Sacks is a practitioner of NVC and does ongoing training through the New York Center for Non-Violent Communications (NVC). A warm welcome is extended to all members, former members, friends and newcomers to join in celebrating her new ministry. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Avenue NE in Grand Rapids.

Lavender Festival


herry Point Farm and Market, located at 9600 W. Buchanan Road in Shelby, hosts its annual Lavender Festival on Saturday, July 21 from 10am – 5pm. Celebrate this fun and fragrant day in their beautiful country setting. There will be inspiring lavender presentations by expert gardener Sandy Barber and Advanced Master Gardener Marcia Willbrandt. The glorious herb garden welcomes you to touch and sniff each of the fragrant herbs in the 36 patterned beds. Walk the awesome, yet serene lavender labyrinth for a truly calming and sacred experience. Treat yourself to scrumptious home-baked goodies, enjoy a delicious lunch and browse this charming market for nutritious fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Looking for a special gift? Cherry Point has unique treasures around every corner and don’t forget their famous fudge. Featured during the Lavender Festival will be dozens of fragrant lavender products and gifts. If you’re hungry for more than a light and refreshing lunch, join owner, Barbara Bull for the spectacular and unforgettable fish boil at 6pm. Gather around the fire for this delicious Great Lakes Tradition. For over 50 years, Cherry Point has been a true treasure in beautiful Oceana County. Come alone, come Behavioral Health & Fitness Center 1118 Front Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 p: 616.458.6870 f: 616.458.6874 We can help with: Anxiety • Depression • Stress Management • Sleep Problems Motivation • Grief and Loss • Overcoming the Past • Weight Loss

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with family, come with friends. Celebrate glorious lavender and the wholesome goodness of summer in Michigan. At Cherry Point, their tradition is growing. To make fish boil reservations or to find out more about the Lavender Festival, call 231-861-2029. Visit them at www.

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ealing Ground Wellness Center located at 857 W. Summit Ave in Muskegon is opening a boutique called “The Things We Love”. This “unique” boutique will offer many one of a kind gift items made by West Michigan artists. You will find USA made personal items such as footwear by Okabashi, yoga clothing by Swadeshi and whole bean coffee by Saugatuck roasters Uncommon Grounds, to name a few. “It is extremely important to us to support small businesses in our own community and country,” states co-owner Jodi Ellinger. In addition, sustainability is crucial. As an example, the beeswax candles available here are made by a company that is working with scientists to remedy the colony collapse situation facing beekeepers everywhere. They also have “Happy Goat” caramel that comes from small farms where the goats roam happily and the ingredients are pure. The only exception to the USA made articles is the specialty WAR boutique items. WAR stands for “women at risk”. The funds raised from the sale of these articles go back to the women who made them to support safe houses worldwide, and to end human trafficking. Human trafficking is a huge problem, even in Muskegon County. Raising awareness is the only way to make a change. To ‘shop with purpose’ is the motto surrounding the WAR organization. “We feel little things can make a big difference, we love this idea and hope our community will too”, states Jodi. The Things We Love boutique is open Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-3. A grand opening event is planned for Saturday July 7th from 1-4 pm with live music, raffles and snacks. Folks from the WAR and Hope chest will be here available to answer question regarding how we as a community can help stop human trafficking. For more information go to Facebook, The Things We Love boutique, or visit or call Jodi Ellinger 231-755-3832. See ad page 10.

Welcome Karri to Lakeshore Yoga


arri Absenger LPN, CMT, RYT first discovered yoga in 1996 starting out in the “Greatroom” with Pam Fenton at C3. She was seeking relief from the daily stressors of working as a letter carrier. As her practice developed, she discovered yoga complimented every aspect of her life. Absenger went on to receive her Certified Clinical Massage Therapy license, her Licensed Practical Nursing


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degree, and her Registered Yoga Teacher Certification. She is excited to be returning to Lakeshore Yoga Center coming full circle back to the preventative, holistic way of life after having worked in the allopathic nursing field as a Dermatology and Long-Term Rehab Unit nurse. Absenger is eager to share with you her on-going quest for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Her fascination with human anatomy and experience with clinical massage, nursing diagnosis, and yoga therapy continue to peak her desire to assist others. For more information visit or contact Lakeshore Yoga located at 715 ½ Washington, Grand Haven. 616-844-1900. See ad page 16.

Chicago-area Couple Wins Natural Awakenings Costa Rica Contest


lizabeth Sobol and her husband, Ronnie, won a week-long stay at the Farm of Life (Finca de Vida) natural healing and wellness center, in Costa Rica, in a national sweepstakes sponsored by the facility and Natural Awakenings. The four-month contest, conducted through local Natural Awakenings magazines and, drew nearly 3,500 entries. The Sobols will enjoy shared accommodations, nightly dinners, and the use of the communal kitchen and the farm’s fruits and vegetables to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches. They will also experience health coaching, yoga sessions, two waterfall hikes, a beach excursion, a permaculture farm tour and a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. The winning couple, avid readers of the Natural Awakenings Chicago North & North Shore edition, plan to stay at the healthful retreat in August. To learn more about Farm of Life, visit or Google tripadvisor farm of life.

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Westy Paddles Chicago


OLO Board Elite team racer Michael Westenberger, best known as simply ‘Westy,’ is heading north this summer to offer education, instruction and exposure to Chicago region residents to stand up paddleboarding (SUP), widely considered the world’s fastest growing watersport. Westy will be teaching clinics, sponsoring demos and serving as the Director of Paddling at the Lincoln Park Boat Club, Chicago’s long established and respected rowing club. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Westy has most recently been residing in Key West, FL, refining his paddling expertise in both SUP and Outrigger Canoe and working as a boat captain, introducing tourists to the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys. He is the co-founder of “The Paddle Project,” a water-inspired company launching soon with a goal of bringing paddle sports to the local community through clinics and tours. Excited to be returning to his Midwest roots, Westy plans to be instrumental in expanding the Chicago SUP community and educating people on the versatile sport. “The true beauty of SUP is that it really can be done anywhere there is water, from lakes to rivers to oceans,” explains Westy. “The Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, offer a really unique setting for a range of SUP activities including leisure paddling, SUP surfing, fitness classes and racing. There are not many places where you can paddle right in the middle of one of the country’s greatest cities with skyscrapers as your backdrop.”

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Westy’s Midwest tour is sponsored in part by his supportive SUP partner YOLO Board, a bi-coastal SUP manufacturer with headquarters in Florida and California that was recently featured on The TODAY Show. Westy is one of two instructors in the U.S. trained to offer Paddle Fit Certification courses, the only SUP certification course currently recognized by the World Paddle Association. He also has served as the Race Director of the Key West Classic for four years, the largest all-inclusive paddle event on the East Coast. Westy’s busy race schedule will include several sanctioned SUP events including three area World Paddle Association (WPA) races: the Midwest SUP Masters and Festival in Lake Geneva, WI (July 7th), the Midwest Standup Festival in Madison, WI (July 14th) and the Great Lakes SUP Classic in Holland, MI (July 21st). For additional information, please email westy@ or visit

New Yummy Flavor


coTrek Bars has announced that a new flavor will hit retailer shelves in late July. Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut is the new bar everyone has been waiting for. To find out where to buy your EcoTrek Bar, visit www.ecotrekbars. com to find a retailer near you. The list is growing daily. Follow EcoTrek Bars on Facebook at EcoTrekBars. Visit for more information. See ad page 19.

Green Concepts


reen building often confuses people because it can apply to so many different techniques or materials. There is no single characteristic or material that categorizes a building as green. Many common building materials either contain substances harmful to human health or release such substances when they are manufactured. A large part of green building should be focused on finding natural or less harmful alternatives, such as formaldehyde free plywood, natural fiber-based insulation as opposed to fiberglass, or bamboo-based products in place of tropical hardwoods. An important element of green building centers on energy use, both in the manufacture of building materials and in the lifespan of the building. That typically means using better insulation, minimizing the amount of materials used, and choosing materials that utilize less energy to produce and deliver the product. Green building has become a specialty in the construction industry, however many traditional builders might be surprised to learn that the best practices they already use are considered green. For example, using low to no VOC paint, proper installation of insulation to prevent drafts and cold spots, installing flashing correctly around openings and penetrations, and implementing moisturemanagement techniques all fall under the umbrella of green building. These are just some basic examples of best-use techniques that challenge the perception that green building always costs more than traditional building. dlh concepts works with the home owner to incorporate green building techniques into their dream home. NAN members receive discounts. For a free no obligation quote on your next home or project, contact dlh concepts at 616-299-5815 or email See ads pages 25 & 45.

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Wondrous Watermelon


n a hot summer day, a cool, juicy slice of watermelon offers enticing refreshment. The treat offers surprising health benefits, too—it may help keep weight off and arteries clear, according to a recent study involving mice with high cholesterol by University of Kentucky researchers. One group sipped watermelon juice; the control group, water. After eight weeks, the mice that imbibed the juice had a lower body weight due to a decrease in fat mass; lean muscle mass was unaffected. These same mice also experienced reduced atherosclerotic lesions—associated with hardening of the arteries—and lower concentrations of cholesterol in their blood. “This pilot study has found… interesting health benefits in the mouse model of atherosclerosis,” says lead investigator Dr. Sibu Saha, a cardiothoracic surgeon. “Our ultimate goal is to identify bioactive compounds that would improve human health.”

To Stay Sharp, Keep Moving

Eat Fiber for Health and Longevity


ow consumers have another convincing argument to add more fiber to their diet. According to a National Cancer Institute study at the National Institutes of Health, which followed patients over a nine-year period, scientists associated the intake of fiber (about 30 grams per day) with a reduced risk of death from any cause, including cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine


erobic exercise not only gets the heart pumping, it is also good for brain health. According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, aerobic workouts can reduce the risk of dementia and slow its progression if it starts, because they deliver oxygen to the brain and generate nutritional factors that improve brain functioning. Exercise also facilitates neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

Cancer Prevention in a Spice


his year, an estimated 52,610 people (38,380 men and 14,230 women) will develop cancer in the head and neck, leading to an estimated 11,500 deaths (or just under 22 percent), according to statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. New hope may lie in an ancient spice. A pilot study conducted at the University of California-Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that eating curcumin, the main component in the spice turmeric, works to suppress a cell-signaling pathway that spurs the growth of malignancies in the head and neck. Further, curcumin reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines (naturally occurring regulatory proteins) within saliva. Turmeric is widely used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking (curry, for example), and has been long valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. In India, women have used it for centuries as an anti-aging agent rubbed into the skin, as a poultice to promote wound healing and as a treatment for menstrual cramps.

The Lowdown on Low Iron


ow levels of iron in the blood not only cause fatigue, but also may be linked to more serious health risks, including dangerous blood clots. Iron deficiency is widespread, and thought to affect at least 1 billion people worldwide, mostly women. Alleviating such deficiencies is a preventive measure. Source: Imperial College, London

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Why Corn Syrup is Worse than Sugar


hy is it important to choose natural sugars instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Dr. Vanessa Bundy, a pediatric resident at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University, remarks, “Fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars and has some byproducts [that are] believed to be bad for us.” Children and adolescents that consume many foods containing pure fructose, such as sodas and energy drinks, kids’ cereals and sugary snacks, are at special risk. The researchers’ analysis of 559 adolescents, ages 14 to 18, correlated high-fructose diets with higher blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that contribute to heart and vascular disease. Heavy consumers of the mega-sweetener also tended to have lower levels of cardiovascular protectors such as HDL (good) cholesterol and adiponectin, a protein hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism of lipids (fats and oils) and glucose (a simple sugar and universal source of energy). Bundy explains, “The overall amount of fructose that is in HFCS is not much different than the amount in table sugar, but it’s believed there’s something in the syrup processing that plays a role in [producing] the bad byproducts of metabolism.”

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onsider reading labels and avoiding or restricting foods sweetened with rice syrup, at least for now. A recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, found levels of arsenic in foods containing rice syrup that exceeded U.S. standards for bottled water. The sampling of products included cereal bars, energy shots (drinks) and baby formulas sweetened with organic brown rice syrup. Arsenic is toxic and potentially carcinogenic, and the researchers are pushing for regulatory limits in food, like those that protect drinking water.


Earth Quaking

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Vermont has become the first U.S. state to ban fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the controversial practice used to extract natural gas from the ground by injecting water, sand and chemicals deep into the Earth to crack shale rock, which frees oil and gas. Proponents claim that fracking is producing energy and jobs, but critics fear the chemicals are seeping into the groundwater. The process is also suspected of causing mild earthquakes. “This is a big deal,” says Governor Peter Shumlin. “This will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy.”

Senior Trips Greycations Rock with the Whole Family

The U.S. Travel Industry Association estimates that more than 5 million family vacations a year in the United States now encompass three generations, with grandparents often footing the bill. Multi-generational travel is a hot trend, having increased from 22 to 32 percent in the last five years, with the phenomenon expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. Travel companies, hotels and theme parks have taken notice and are eager to cater to the trend. Cruise lines are especially active in marketing fixed-price packages that include activities for all ages, meals and group discounts. All-inclusive resorts and vacation rental agents are also on board, offering plans to accommodate all budgets. Source: Orlando Sun-Sentinel

Vermont Says, ‘Don’t Frack on Me’

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I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. ~Mohandas Gandhi

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Shine On

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White Roofs Cool Local & Global Warming

Cities Growing Like Weeds Worldwide

Some things are easy. A new study from researchers at NASA and New York’s Columbia University has concluded that painting a city’s roofs white or another light color could reduce the local ambient temperature by 5 percent or more during hot summer months. This negates the phenomenon scientists refer to as the “urban heat island effect”, in which the dark jungles of asphalt, metal and concrete turn cities into heat reservoirs, soaking up the warmth of the sun instead of reflecting solar radiation back into the atmosphere. In New York City, it was discovered that a whitesurfaced roof was 43 percent cooler than its black counterpart. The city passed a law in 2007 to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030; increasing the city’s albedo (the amount of reflected solar radiation) by brightening its surfaces is one of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to achieve significant reductions. After announcing a plan to alter roofs atop the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal buildings in the summer of 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowestcost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change.” Source:

Expanding cities around the globe, especially in fastgrowing countries like China, India and Brazil, are putting the world under increasing environmental stress, according to experts at a climate conference, Planet Under Pressure, in London, reports Reuters. The additional 1.5 million square kilometers of space they expect to be occupied by 2030 will mean growing greenhouse gas emissions and resource demand. The United Nations foresees global population rising from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050, adding roughly a million people each week. Farsighted urban planners want to improve how cities are planned, developed and run. “Everything being brought into the city from outside—food, water, products and energy—needs to be sourced sustainably,” observes Sybil Seitzinger, executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Utility meters and sensors that monitor power generation network capacities and electricity supply and demand can help conserve energy. Builders can also target more efficient land use, better building standards and policies to promote public transportation instead of vehicle use. More urban areas need to follow the example of cities like Vancouver, in Canada, which obtains 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and tidal energies, and has developed a 100-year sustainability plan.

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Carbon Footprints Giant data centers, known as “clouds,” that store and transmit data, photos, emails, songs and streaming videos every day, have become one of the fastest-growing consumers of worldwide electricity. Now, a Greenpeace International report details the truth about how much coal is burned to operate and maintain this virtual, online cloud of electronic data transmission worldwide. Every day, tons of asthmainducing, climate-destroying coal pollution is emitted into the air just to keep the Internet going. The good news is that tech industry leaders such as Facebook and Google are starting to quit the coal habit; Apple’s new North Carolina data center will run in part on renewable, biogas-powered fuel cells and a large array of solar panels. A Greenpeace initiative is working to persuade Microsoft, Amazon and others to likewise disassociate their brands from the specter of poisoned air currently damaging the climate. Take action at

While bee colonies die off around the world, pesticide chemical companies continue to protect their businesses by lobbying against bans on neonicotinoids, a group of nicotine-based toxins designed to paralyze insects by attacking their nervous systems. And that, claim critics, includes honeybees. Mounting authoritative research undermines the pesticide industry’s long-repeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and increases pressure on U.S. and UK authorities to follow other countries in banning the suspect chemicals, blamed for the

“colony collapse disorder” that has been decimating bee populations. The current double-whammy for honeybees is an Asian mite, the varroa, which feeds on honeybee young and adults and spreads viruses. To fight the pest, commercial beekeepers have turned to heavy feeding and medication to try to keep hives alive. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s honeybee lab, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that have studied for the last decade why some hives had low mite levels, have determined that the bees in those colonies were able to detect mites hiding in sealed cells and feeding on developing young. The researchers’ goal is to breed a queen that will pass on to her colony the traits of resistance to pests and disease, gentleness, productivity and winter hardiness, thus creating a superbee. The project is ongoing. Source: Environmental Health News

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Saltwater pools use sodium chloride in a naturally occurring cycle to keep it clean. Chlorine is present as a byproduct of the off-gassing of the salt, but much less so than in a conventionally chlorinated pool. An ionizer not only keeps water sanitized, it makes the water feel silky smooth to the touch, using copper and sometimes silver ions to maintain cleanliness. No salt and little or no chlorine are used. An oxidation system is a chemicalfree way to keep pools disinfected using ultraviolet light or electricity; it requires a generator. Production of ultrasonic waves pulsed through the water are the key to sonic cleaning; such a device destroys algae at a cellular level. Creating a totally natural ecosystem pool employs plants to form a breathable bottom more akin to a lake. (which offers building instructions) notes, “It can be constructed for as little as $2,000 if you do it yourself, while conventional pools can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Natural swimming pools require no harmful chemicals, are fairly low-tech and once established, call for only a modicum of management. You won’t have to drain the pool each autumn. Except for topping it off now and then, you’ll fill the pool only once.”

Paint America Green

New Program Certifies Green Painters New Living, of Houston, has launched the country’s first training program to educate painters about workplace health, environmentally sensitive industry practices and long-term protection of indoor air quality for consumers. “Painting has been one of the most toxic and polluting sectors of the construction industry,” says Daniel Wurm, with the nonprofit GreenPainters Australia, which is partnering with New Living to green the industry. “Not only has it led to contamination of water after cleaning up and off-gassing into the atmosphere of poisonous and unhealthy chemicals, but it has also contributed to health issues.” It all starts with consumer demand for the use of lowVOC (volatile organic compound) paints and heat-reflective coatings in homes and offices. Find a local certified green painter at or email

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Practical Options for Chlorine-Free Swimming Swimming in an ocean, river or lake dramatically differs from manmade pools in obvious ways, but also one that water lovers may not dwell on. In the typical, chlorine-laced environment of most public and private pools, major emphasis is placed on killing germs quickly and cheaply; possible side effects to skin, hair and lungs from exposure to a toxic chemical are assumed. Nevertheless, safe and refreshing options are available.



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ith life affirming quotes printed overhead, brilliantly colored walls, warm bricks, and a staff committed to providing a high level of care - there is an almost palpable air of positive energy and healing surrounding the corrective care office at Dynamic Family Chiropractic in Grandville. A sign at the door encourages everyone to Just Keep Moving, and J.R. VanderWall, Office Manager and husband of Chiropractor Ronda VanderWall, D.C., C.A.C.C.P., says they try to keep things simple. “You were created to be healthy and well,” he said with a smile. “Our mission is to find the cause of an issue using diagnostic techniques - including digital x-rays, range of motion tests and thermal imaging - and correct it.” Even though they utilize today’s high tech equipment in the practice, Dr. VanderWall, principle practitioner on site, saw the benefits of chiropractic care before the digital revolution, when years ago as a young child she was inspired to pursue it as a profession. “My dad had returned from Vietnam and had some problems that were resolved by a wonderful chiropractor, who eventually became a mentor for both me and my brother,” explained Dr. VanderWall, or just Ronda as many of her patients call her. “Suffering with migraines as a teenager, I knew there was a correlation that might be helped with chiropractic care,” she said. “That also led me to study at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida.” There she met Professor Maxine McMullen, R.N., D.C., F.I.C.C.P., recognized by many as a leading pioneer in the field of pediatric chiropractic treatment. Studying under Dr. McMullen, Ronda was inspired to specialize in family care, and specifically in the care of children. “A mother herself, she has a special place in her heart for kids,” pointed out J.R. Their children – six month old daughter Marley and four year old son Ty - frequently spend time in the practice, and it is obvious by the wide selection of toys and children’s books placed throughout the office that kids are welcomed with open arms. “Pregnancy can place tremendous stress on the Mom’s body and birth can be a difficult journey for babies,” she said. “We can often help with pre-natal issues like a breech presentation, an adjustment prior to giving birth for the mom, or after a baby is born and there are issues like colic.” Their children have been remarkably healthy - mostly free of colds, flu and ear infections that children routinely experience - and they credit this to regular chiropractic care.

“We hear the word miracle from people who have been returned to health after years of medical treatment that masked symptoms but didn’t fix the problem,” explained J.R. “Our job is to get everything aligned – corrective spinal care – so healing can take place. That is the miracle, that the power that made the body can heal the body. It is gratifying to know that we can help, that we can restore folks to a life that is healthy and productive.” Ronda clarified that getting healthy may mean more than just spinal adjustments. She has also received accreditation in practicing Active Release Techniques ® which involves manipulation of the soft tissues. Three years of additional study, involving learning over 500 hundred treatment moves, allows Ronda to shorten tissue, apply contact tension and lengthen the tissue, or help it slide relative to the adjacent tissue. “Using these techniques, we can help treat sports related, workplace and industrial injuries involving the soft tissues of the body,” she explained. Ronda may also suggest rehab exercises in working with those in treatment, both prior to and after an adjustment. There are also two licensed massage therapists on site, so that may be recommended as well. “She looks at each person individually, and unfortunately many times the issues they face didn’t happen overnight,” pointed out J.R. “Healing may take time too, depending on the extent of the problem and the person’s willingness to take the steps needed to overcome it.” Lifestyle improvements are also suggested to those who want to live a maximum life, a philosophy that Dynamic Family Chiropractic embraces as a team. “In working with the folks who come to us – from all over West Michigan- we encourage a safe and natural approach to health,” explained Ronda. “We provide ongoing wellness education on nutrition and detoxification, seminars, workshops and Shop With The Doc.” This popular offsite excursion is held at a local grocery store with Ronda leading the way in evaluating healthy food choices. A number of other seminars are offered throughout the year, all part of the VanderWall’s plan for their clients. “Every individual has the inborn ability to heal themselves and express their God-given potential. We assist in this process by reducing interference to the body’s master control system - the nervous system,” said Ronda. “Only then can people experience the healthy, vital and productive life they were meant to lead.” For more information about the range of services offered, seminars and workshops, or to schedule an evaluation, call Dynamic Family Chiropractic at 616-531-6050, or visit the web site at The office is located at 4072 Chicago Drive, in Grandville. See ad page 45 & 47.

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olitical and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving an admirable legacy of how to live. Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England. When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions. In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler. We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions. Accumulate little. Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils. He would give away or auction any gift he received. Eat simple food. Gandhi never had a problem being overweight. He followed a strict vegetarian diet and frequently cooked his own simple, locally produced foods. He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers.

Dress simply. Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort. A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming. Gandhi shaved off his hair. Lead a simple, stress-free life. Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer. Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children. Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks. He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work. Let your life be your message. A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary. He preferred to let his life talk for him. By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world. Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy. Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, an inspirational coach and prolific blogger. Connect at

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The Truth about GMOs

Plant Pathologist Don Huber Reveals the Risks by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t least 70 percent of processed foods in supermarkets contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, mainly from corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require GMO food labeling, despite overwhelming consumer support for their “right to know.” Genetic engineering goes beyond traditional plant breeding because it allows scientists to cross species barriers and insert a gene from one organism into another that would not normally occur. Examples include inserting bacterial DNA into a plant to effect traits such as pest or herbicide resistance. Plant Pathologist and Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber, Ph.D., speaks out internationally about the risky business of biotechnology.

We are told we need GMOs to “feed the world,” but will GMOs provide affordable food for the masses, as Monsanto ads tell us? There is nothing in the GMO process that has added any new yield potential to any crop. All of the yield increases achieved in the past 15 years have been through traditional breeding programs. When Professor Karen McAfee, an economist at Yale University, analyzed the GMO claim, she found that the only entity that benefited was the biotechnology industry (Geoforum report). Nutritional quality has suffered, food safety has been compromised by the toxic entities involved in the genetic engineering process and farmers’ production costs have in18

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creased significantly, while quality and harvested yield potential have decreased. What we see in practice are failed promises.

What is the risk and potential harm to people and the planet due to GMOs? There are two serious risk factors involved in current genetically engineered plants. The first is an increase in plant, animal and human diseases plus pests associated with GMO crops, reported by sources as diverse as the European Journal of Agronomy, Earth Open Source and the University of Leipzig, in Germany. The second is abusive use of the chemical products that the herbicide-tolerant GMOs have been developed to tolerate; supporting studies include research published in the European Journal of Agronomy and the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation’s Forum. For example, glyphosate in many weed killer formulations is used excessively both on Roundup-ready crops and as a single chemical for general weed control. This has resulted in super weeds, super pathogens, compromised natural biological controls and devastated components of the soil biology responsible for nutrient availability and function. Recent research from institutions around the world, including the UK’s King’s College and Leipzig University, is now showing a link between GMO crops and/or the products they produce or tolerate and increased incidence of mutations, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, allergies, birth defects, cancer, reproductive failure and other health effects.

It is a heavy price for society to pay for a massive experiment. Scientists also are seeing hazardous levels of some of the products excessively used to grow GMO crops accumulating in the Earth’s soil, water and air. The biodegrading process of those substances often takes much longer than anticipated, and damage to non-target crops, plants and organisms is becoming a serious concern (Plant and Soil and Geoderma). Scientists also are finding that such ‘foreign’ genes in the environment are quite promiscuous and can persist, perhaps indefinitely, in soil, intestinal or plant environments with unknown health consequences (Reproductive Toxicology, Aquaculture Research and Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry). Several countries have banned importing crops grown in any field where one of five corn hybrids were previously grown, for instance, because soil microbes have picked up the GMO genes from decomposing plant residues and can transmit the genes to future crops—resulting in the toxic product possibly being present in the later crop. No one knows how to remove the GMO foreign genes once they are introduced.

Looking to the future, should we be concerned by chemical companies’ lobbying for approval of the next leap in GMOs, to 2,4D resistant crops? Like glyphosate tolerance, 2,4-D resistance is based on flawed science and a failure to understand that agriculture is the management of a delicately interrelated ecological system, comprised of the plant and its various environments (biological, chemical and physical), rather than the selection of ‘silver bullets’. Adding 2,4-D tolerance introduces another foreign and potentially toxic protein in the plant and an additional toxic chemical applied directly to food and animal feed. Food safety, nutritional quality and potential yield will all be compromised in the process.

Do you see any benefits from this technology? The GMO technology could be a powerful tool when we gain enough understanding to use it properly and effectively. We are a long way from gaining that essential understanding. The current rush to commercialize it and widespread implementation of the associated hazardous and ineffective products currently on the market may well be a major deter-

rent to future use of the technology when it is properly understood.

What can people do to avoid GMOs and protect their health? Buy organic foods, preferably from known local growers, and stay alert to the issue to take needed grassroots actions. Future historians may well remark not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or didn’t apply, but how willing we were to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations for the

massive flawed experiment of genetic engineering only to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise. Petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today to require labeling of GMO foods at Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth,” is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( Hear her interview with Don Huber at Tinyurl. com/foodsleuth.


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In the National Multiple Sclerosis Society magazine, Momentum, Amy Paturel, a master of public health, notes that, “Participants use water noodles to gain strength.” Exercises performed in the pool produce marked improvements over those achieved on land. With the effects of gravity countered by water’s natural buoyancy, muscles needed to keep the body upright can take a break in order to isolate others for toning.

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t’s summertime, and with a cry of, “Last one in’s a rotten egg,” everybody wants to get into the water. Along with the fun, swimming is superb exercise. That’s terrific—if you can swim. But many people never learned to swim, have a limiting disability or are just afraid of deep water.

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Tracy Carlson, director of the New Holland (Pennsylvania) Recreation Center and an Aquatics Exercise Associationcertified aquatic instructor who teaches at indoor and outdoor pools, observes that, “You tend to find an older crowd in their 30s, 40s and up. You don’t find the younger crowd here much, and they are really missing out on the benefits of aquatic fitness.” She explains, “It’s perfect for people who are afraid of the water, because they don’t have to immerse their head or take their feet off the bottom of the pool.” 20

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“As with any weight-loss exercise program, doing aquatic fitness activities at least three days a week is extremely beneficial,” Carlson continues. “It is vertical fitness without the impact on the joints you get with any kind of land training.” “You’ll do weight training in the water; you can do core training; you can do water walking and running. If you have balance issues, the water will hold you up, whereas on land, you are dealing with gravity issues and might fall over.” She notes that hand gloves can create more stability and resistance, making a workout even more interesting.

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Plastic foam pool noodles are popular because they afford convenient, cheap, flexible fun. They can also be used as resistance devices to create workout moves in water up to your neck that are similar to those which gyms offer.

In Seattle, m’illumino, a movement arts studio, maintains an outdoor in-ground saltwater pool, heated to 96 degrees, that was custom-built for therapy. Owner Bridget Thompson offers Feldenkrais sessions in the water and a specially adapted form of shiatsu. “Being in the pool is like returning to the womb,” she says. “Sounds are muffled, and it’s almost like sensory deprivation, so you’re really able to sense the inner body.”

At the Lake

Beach surf is an ideal aquatic playground if you have access, but for many, the closest approximation is a lake. Carlson says, “I think the reason that you don’t see the same types of shallow water activities in a lake is that people can’t see very far below the surface of the water, and the bottom may be uneven, bumpy or rocky.” She cautions, “A lake with a beachfront where the underwater portion is well maintained lends itself to aquatic fitness, but be careful in your choice of location, because of the bottom and balance issues. I recommend that you always wear properly fitted and comfortable water shoes, even in a pool.”

On the River

Many rivers and streams also provide fertile opportunities for a little exercise and therapeutic relaxation. Floating downstream in an inner tube, or “tubing,” on a shallow river can give legs and arms a workout, but as Sherry Green, manager of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, in North Florida, states, “Folks truly enjoy floating down the Ichetuknee; some so much so that they have made it a family tradition. There aren’t many places that offer the visitor

a cool river, a comfortable float and wildlife viewing while conversing with friends and family. Daily distractions are removed while floating the river.� When exercising outdoors in a pool or another body of water, remember to stay hydrated by drinking sufficient pure water, too. Keep a reusable water bottle, waterproof sunscreen, towel and appropriate footwear handy. For those that first try non-swimming aquatic activities to overcome inexperience or apprehension, the resulting comfortable familiarity will deliver multiple healthy benefits and may even result in a life-changing payoff: swimming lessons. The Mayo Clinic provides an instructional, non-swimming, water exercise slide show online at 42ucg77. Martin Miron is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings, in Naples, FL. Contact him at emem.

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erformance equals potential, minus interference, is the easy-to-remember winning formula explained in Tim Gallwey’s seminal book, The Inner Game of Tennis. To enhance any player’s performance, he recommends either growing personal potential or decreasing interference, or both. “Whether on a sports field, at work or in some creative effort, we’ve all had moments in which our actions flowed from us with a kind of effortless excellence,” he notes. “This is referred to as ‘being in the zone,’ when selfinterference is at a minimum and the mind is quiet and focused.” Gallwey discovered how to promote this valued state of being while serving as a tennis professional in Seaside, California, during a sabbatical from his career in higher education. In the midst of a tennis lesson, he had an epiphany about his style of teaching— many of his tips were being incorporated into the students’ minds in what he calls a “command and control self-dialogue” that significantly interfered with their ability to learn and perform better. “When I discussed this with my

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students, I discerned that most of their thoughts while playing were preventing their true focus of attention. This resulted in my exploring ways to help players quiet the mind, as well as focus on our direct and non-judgmental observation of ball, body and racquet positions in a way that would heighten learning, performance and enjoyment of the process,” says Gallwey. Since then, he’s built his practical training ideas related to awareness, concentration, breaking bad habits and learning to trust one’s self on the court upon a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology. He offers a simple explanation of his inner game concept. “Every game is composed of two parts. Self-1, the ego-mind, plays the outer game against opponents, is filled with lots of contradictory advice and is linked to external rewards and goals. The inner game is played within a player’s mind by Self-1, whose principle obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety,” explains Gallwey. Laden with self-criticism, judgment and the fear of looking foolish or wrong, as well as lapses in concentration, Self-1 is counterproductive and negatively impacts external performance. “Self-2, on the other hand, is the player’s natural ability—the doer of the actual movement of the muscles to hit the ball. Our best effort requires us to quiet Self-1 and let Self2, which likes images and pictures, do what it knows how to do.”

As many players know, the right mental approach is as important as a good backhand; essential in overcoming self-doubt, nervousness, anxiety, detrimental playing habits and lapses in concentration. Gallwey offers the example of a player who isn’t hitting the ball in the center of the racquet. “The ordinary tennis pro will analyze the mechanical reasons for why this is happening,” he says, “such as not stepping into the ball, not looking at it or hitting it too late. An inner game instructor ‘observes’ where the ball hits the racquet and makes suggestions. The body makes its own adjustment to hitting the ball in the middle of the racquet without trying to digest instructions, simply because it feels and works better.” Gallwey likens it to the natural learning process we use as children before it becomes clouded with shoulds and should-nots as adults. He further points out that it’s wise not to attempt to quiet the mind by telling it to shut up, argue with it or criticize it for being self-critical. “A good first step is focusing on only those aspects that are needed to accomplish the task at hand,” he counsels. Joe Dyser, the tennis professional at the Sterling Oaks residential community, in Naples, Florida, has adopted and shared Gallwey’s inner game principles, enhanced by insights from complementary sources such as Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg and Chop Wood Carry Water, by Rick Fields, and from practicing yoga, meditation and breath work. “I had to develop a regular practice method that helped me to quiet Self-1,” advises Dyser. “When I play from my inner game, I get out of my own way and let my best game emerge. I feel more like an observer—the ball looks bigger, my feet are lighter on the court, I move faster and quicker and I’m energized when I’ve finished a game, instead of feeling depleted.” Observing behavior without judging it as positive or negative, right or wrong, good or bad is the key. “Habits change when you become aware of them,” concludes Gallwey. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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KEEPING PETS’ EARS HEALTHY Prevention Tips & Treatment Options by Dr. Matthew J. Heller


ar infections are common in the pet population, especially in humid summer months that invite water play. Fido, the mixed breed, may keep running his cheek up and down the side of the couch, trying to find relief for his itchy ears; or the tabby, Fluffy, waits until bedtime to begin intensely scratching her ears beside the bed, interrupting a family member’s sleep. Whether a pet is plagued by a chronic condition or is a bewildered first-time sufferer, such infections disrupt a pet’s health and well-being. Causes vary, as do treatments, but prevention is always the best medicine.

Indicators of Ear Trouble Contact a holistic or integrative veterinarian to identify the source of the problem and devise a course of action to prevent a possible infection from escalating if a pet is demonstrating one or more symptoms: scratching the ears with their paws or rubbing them along the carpet or furniture; an offensive odor emanating from the ears; dirty 24

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appearance of ears— visible brown, black or yellow debris in the ear canal; red, inflamed ears; or whimpering, crying or withdrawing when the pet’s ear is gently touched.

Primary Causes & Treatment Options During a routine appointment for an ear infection, a veterinarian may inspect the ear canal with an otoscope for inflammation and will collect a swab of debris to identify the source of the problem. Sometimes there are multiple culprits; it is fairly common for both yeast and bacteria to be present. Bacteria and yeast infections tend to be more common in dogs, because of their anatomy. Hair grows in the ears of many dogs; when combined with floppy or drooping earflaps, a dark, moist environment is created in which bacteria and yeast can flourish. Breeds with this tendency include cocker spaniels, basset hounds, schnauzers and poodles. A very common cause of ear infections is skin allergies, and treatment can be more challenging than handling a comparatively simple bacterial or fungal

infection. While humans may exhibit a runny nose or itchy eyes from an allergic reaction, a cat or dog commonly reveals its skin allergies by inflammation in the ears. Factors may be food-related or environmental or both. Identifying an animal’s allergies is a priority; often, a simple change in diet can solve the problem. Especially for pets with chronic ear infections, avoid the discomfort of repeated infections by requesting a professional diagnostic allergy test to identify possible environmental and food allergens. Such testing may involve three separate methods: a blood test for sensitivity to either food or environmental sources; intradermal exposure to environmental allergens (pricking the skin with a small source of allergen to see the reaction); or trials eliminating possible food or regional environmental allergens. As a last resort, some pets may also benefit from allergy injections as part of immunotherapy to desensitize them to specific allergic reactions. Once the source of an infection has been identified, appropriate steps will be recommended. If bacteria or yeast is the issue, topical treatment may include both a medicated ear cleanser and an ointment. Medicine will vary from antibiotic to antifungal or antiparasitic, depending on the diagnosis, or

be a broadspectrum medication. Often, when owners begin to see an improvement, they stop the medication prematurely, as applications are typically not a pleasant task. It is important to continue to treat the pet’s ears as any prescription indicates. Upon completion, the veterinarian will likely want to recheck the ears to confirm success. With certain severe ear infections, additional steps may still be necessary,

including oral antibiotics or, if the pet continues to experience discomfort, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Traumeel Pure Ear Drops is a homeopathic anti-inflammatory that provides temporary relief for ear discomfort and minor ear inflammation. Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution can be used to treat acute or chronic ear inflammation caused by either bacterial or yeast conditions. If a pet’s ear infection is not treated early and properly, it can, on rare occasions, lead to more severe problems that require surgical intervention.

Other Possible Causes Ear mites (tiny arthropods that can reside in a cat’s or dog’s ear canal) are more common in cats. They are visible under the vet’s microscope and require specific treatment. Occasionally, a foreign object lodged in a pet’s ear canal can be the cause of an infection. A vet’s ear exam should reveal the troublesome presence. Certain diseases also affect ear infections, such as thyroid or immunesuppressing diseases. Cats with diabetes also tend to be more prone to ear infections. The family vet knows the pet’s history and can advise treatment that addresses the underlying cause.

Natural Prevention is Key To prevent infection in the first place or to minimize future problems once a pet’s ear infection has been successfully treated, follow these simple steps. n Thoroughly clean the pet’s ears once a week with a cleanser recommended by the family veterinarian. Do not put a Q-tip in their ears; use a cotton ball. n Pluck the pet’s ear hair periodically (a groomer can also do this). n Minimize water in the ear canal after swimming trips by using a vet-recommended ear product containing a drying agent like salicylic acid to reduce the moisture in the ear canal. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is an integrative veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH. natural awakenings

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Sweet, Easy, Perfect by Claire O’Neil

Summer ever beckons with the freedom of possibilities that long sunny days foster. It’s a perfect time to cultivate the art of treating ourselves to simple pleasures.


hy? Author Neil Pasricha observes, “I like to stop and remember sometimes that we’ll never be as young as we are right now. We only get 100 years or so to enjoy interior design, books, buffets and radio waves, clean sheets and good movie seats, bakery air, rain hair, bubble wrap and illegal naps.” The Toronto-based creator of the international bestseller, The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things, is on such a roll that he keeps adding to the list at All it takes to travel this pleasurable path is a little attitude adjustment and awareness, agrees Victoria Moran,


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author of Creating a Charmed Life. She suggests we continually ask, “What simple thing can I do today that will make it an amazing day?” What follows is not exactly a bucket list, but more like a summer “sand pail”, sparked by Natural Awakenings publishers and contributors around the country. Taking cues from summers past and present, they are happy to offer a springboard to enjoyment.

Acting Like a Kid Again

Just the thought of summer days to come brings back memories of free time, family vacations and outdoor fun. Whether we go swimming, sip real lemonade on the porch or catch and release fireflies with our kids or grand-

kids, we love renewing that “in the moment” feeling for ourselves. “I love hanging out with 3-yearolds,” says Pasricha, “because they’re still seeing the world for the first time. Every moment is right now.” If you’re having trouble reaching your inner child, “Think of how you were when you were 10 years old,” suggests Joy Behar, comedian and cohost of The View. “What did you like to do then?” Sometimes revisiting a childhood pleasure or two can provide the missing link to fresh summer fun. Here are some likely candidates. Retro sweets. “Every time I heard the tinkling bell of the ice cream truck, I would run out on bare feet for a treat, stubbing my big toe more times than I want to remember,” recalls Las Vegas Publisher Mary Ruetten of childhood summers in Southern California. Today, fresh fruit does the trick for her. A dip in the ol’ swimming hole. Reid Boyer, who publishes in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, observes, “Anyone that has experienced high summer heat knows the relief of a good, cool swimming hole. I still remember when my 4-year-old son and I packed up the pickup truck, drove to the community beach at the local lake and set up our picnic lunch, beach chairs and toys. We must have jumped off the end of that pier 100 times each, doing silly jumps and egging each other on to top the last pratfall. We laughed until our bellies hurt.” Bike riding and kite flying. “My all-time favorite summertime treat is bike riding,” says Tina Woods, Natural Awakenings’ New York City publisher. “Being free and blowing in the wind is sheer exuberance. Flying a kite feels like that too, and anytime I pass a kite off to someone else a huge smile breaks out across their face. It’s beautiful to see!” Horseback riding. Amy Hass, a longtime publisher in West Michigan, notes, “My fondest summer pastime as a girl was spending every daylight hour with my horse. I would get to the barn early in the morning when there was still dew on the ground and spend all day cleaning up the stalls and barn, grooming my horse and then taking her out on country trails or maybe

along the train tracks, or else practicing in the ring for our next show. She loved cooling off by going for a swim in Lake Michigan.” Superheroics. Why not, asks Natural Awakenings contributor Bill Van Arsdale, of Naples, Florida, who recalls a favorite summer adventure on Cape Cod. “We would tie long beach towels around our necks that reached our ankles, rear back and run as fast as we could through the scrub grass and moss to the edge, where the hard surface broke off into a plunging dune that met the Atlantic shore. For a brief moment, yelling ‘Superman,’ capes flapping, arms and legs flailing, we all became our hero, before landing in a delightful steep skid of clay, pebbles and coarse glacial sand.”

Indulging the Senses

The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of summer are easy to discover and recreate. They can be as simple as making the most of… Tai chi at dawn. For Atlanta Publisher Larissa Stewart, taking her Tai chi or yoga practice outside—by a lake or stream—is a great way to start her day. “In the early morning, there is often a cool mist rising from the earth that feels so delicate on your skin and refreshing to breathe. Everything is at peace around you accompanied by the quiet twitter of birds as they awake with the morning sun.”

Red wine at sunset. Jeff Browne, who publishes in New Mexico, loves getting out on a Vespa and scootering around by himself into the sunset. “Other times, I like to sit with friends on the portal (a New Mexican porch) and have a relaxing and feel-good therapeutic discussion, maybe accompanied by a glass of wine.” Dining alfresco. “On summer evenings,” says Northern California Publisher Jaime Mitchell, “my loved ones and I take every opportunity to indulge in outdoor meals, complete with citronella candles and cool, crisp salads featuring our state’s fresh summer fruits. Strawberries, peaches and nectarines become staples in my diet during warm months.” Classic clambake. As a youth, South Jersey publisher Don Moore spent summer vacations on Cape Cod, where, “Days spent by the water’s edge annually culminated in a classic neighborhood New England clambake.” Constructing the rock-lined pit and stoking the fire took all day, remembers Moore. “Layers of potatoes, lobster, mussels, corn and clams were laid between rockweed. After we covered the pit with a wet tarp and buried it under sand, mouthwatering aromas would begin to escape into the breezy evening air.” He adds, “I always felt close to nature when sitting on the beach listening to the crashing waves, while filling my hungry belly from a plate brimming with the ocean’s bounty.”

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Just Do It for Fun Here are more ideas for simple pleasures to get summer juices flowing, from Natural Awakenings publishers and staff around the country.

Stargazing… on land. Graphic Designer Steve Hagewood, of Bonita Springs, Florida, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where he began a lifelong fascination with the night sky. “Pop bought a pair of high-powered military binoculars at an army surplus sale after the big war; I had a smaller pair from Sears Roebuck & Co. We would wrangle in good spirits over who got which pair and how long each of us could hold onto them amid the stillness of the cool, night air filled with the sweet fragrances of honeysuckle and moonflowers,” he remembers. … and on water. Peggy Malecki, Natural Awakenings’ Chicago publisher, loves the starry view from a friend’s sailboat on Lake Michigan. On one notable trip in a race across the lake, “In the wee hours of the midnight watch, the entire Milky Way galaxy stretched directly over the top of the boat as we caught small zephyrs off Traverse Bay,” she says. “Watching the Perseid meteor shower, we counted shooting stars and watched for satellites crawling through the night sky.”

Personal Pursuits

“Having space and time to nurture our creativity may be one of people’s authentic hungers,” muses author Sarah Ban Breathnach, well-known for her Simple Abundance books. She suggests maybe allotting an hour a day to dabble in a hobby, to paint, to plot or to throw pots. It can feel like taking a little vacation every day. “Some days are shaped by summer pleasures, others are redeemed by them,” concludes Breathnach in Simple Pleasures. Making time for such simple joys nurtures an ongoing summer vacation state of mind. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. 28

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Picture perfect. I’d like to spend a month this summer at my friend’s house and set up my camera on a tripod near her bird feeders. She welcomes flocks of red and yellow finches, cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers, all of which are fun to photograph. Plus, her flower gardens are awesome. Summer, here I come! ~ Linda Sechrist, writer and editor, Nashville, Tennessee Potluck block party. Every second Sunday, our next-door neighbors would host a summer barbecue potluck that transformed into a mini-block party. Kids, parents and grandparents brought lawn chairs and set up rows of card tables covered with colorful camp blankets and old tablecloths. Someone always remembered to add a few Mason jars filled with puffy, purple-tinged hydrangeas, dainty red- and yellow-spurred columbines or the simple cheer of sunflowers. We feasted on grilled goodies, accompanied by plump tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, raw carrot strips and steamed corn on the cob, all freshly picked that day from backyard gardens. Homemade baked beans sizzled in a pottery crock. If we were lucky, as a special treat, big wedges of sweet, ice-cold watermelon arrived as dessert. ~ Barb Amrhein, editor, Naples, Florida Day at the beach. If there’s sun in the skies, you can safely bet that I’m sitting on my oceanside beach chair (which includes a beverage cup and foot rest) soaking up the rays, protected by natural sunscreen. With our house just three doors from paradise, we take advantage of it all summer long. ~ Julia Lopez-Motherway, publisher, Long Island, New York Instant comfort. The neighborhood hangout spot when I was a kid was the garden of the only childless couple in our neighborhood. Many times we trekked home with gift bags full of ripe produce, a memory that surfaces every time I smell a freshly picked tomato. ~ Maisie Raftery, publisher, Boston, Massachusetts Fun and games. As kids, a dozen of us liked to gather at the cul-de-sac at the top of our long and winding hill as soon as it was dark for a game of flashlight tag, a battery-powered version of hide-and-go-seek. The crickets would start chirruping and the forest behind our houses closed in, offset a bit by the sounds of after-dinner cleanup and televised news through open windows. If you were hit with the light, you had to surrender and the first one found became the next seeker; the rest of us, guided by the light in the stillness of the night, would sneak up and scare the heck out of whoever was “it”. ~ Terry Chriswell, publisher, Denver, Colorado Unplugging once a week. One of the perks of living on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is the amazing sunsets. On Fridays after a long workweek, we pack up for our own brand of happy hour on the bluff overlooking the city pier. We bring along a blanket to sit on, our favorite beverage and a snack to enjoy as we enjoy a simple evening of good conversation and a beautiful view. ~ Meredith Montgomery, publisher, Mobile/Baldwin, Alabama River tubing. I love to dip my toes, fingers and backside into the cool, clear waters of a local river and let the current take me away; enjoying nature at its best is only enhanced by the playful noises of fellow loungers. It is a true delight! ~ Karen Goins, publisher, San Antonio, Texas

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ow that much-anticipated beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and other outside summer activities are on our calendars, it’s time to practice ways to protect skin from sun damage. The medical profession has reported loud and clear that too much exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and even skin cancer. Yet, many people don’t understand that certain types of medications, among other factors, can increase sensitivity to the sun’s rays. People of all types of skin can be susceptible to allergic reactions to sun exposure, and contrary to popular belief, dark-skinned people are not immune. There are many ways to protect skin from overexposure, burning, drying and wrinkling, and careful use of safe sunscreens is one of the best.

Sun Protection from Without

Yale dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure, strongly recommends natural nonchemical sunscreens such as “physical” blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, not chemical sunscreen formulations, for everyone that plans to spend more than a few minutes in the sun. He states, “The benefit of a physical

sunscreen is that it acts like tiny mirrors—deflecting all spectrums of the radiation away from the skin, including the dangerous ultraviolet [UV] rays.” Taking commonsense steps can reduce exposure to both sun damage and sun-blocking products that have, among other synthetic chemical ingredients, paraben-based preservatives and can carry health risks, says medical researcher Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., author of Sunscreens are Biohazards: Treat as Hazardous Waste. Plourde supports Australia’s Victoriabased SunSmart program, credited with preventing more than 100,000 skin cancers and saving thousands of lives since its inception 32 years ago, in a country with one of the world’s highest rates of skin cancer, according to Cancer Council, Australia. Effective UV protection has come from the increased use of hats, sunglasses and protective clothing, including neck-to-knee swimsuits for children. Rather than use chemicals, Plourde is among the health advocates that suggest sun worshippers seek shade, cover up and avoid sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; be extra-careful when the UV index is high; find the daily National Weather Service forecast assessing the risk of sun overexposure at

uvindex; take extra precautions near water, snow and sand, because they reflect and substantially intensify radiation; avoid tanning products or tanning beds, even those advertised as safe; and wear tightly woven, dark, clothing for maximum sun protection. Lightweight denim is a good choice.

Skin Protection from Within

Numerous studies show that specific foods can help provide natural sun protection, working from the inside out, including a class of foods incorporating carotenoids, which give rich colors to fruits and vegetables. According to recent research from Henrich-Heine University, in Dusseldorf, Germany, subcategories of the nutrients lutein (in dark green leafy veggies) and lycopene (in tomatoes and other pink/red foods) are among the most powerful antioxidants. Perricone explains, “Numerous scientific studies from around the world show that oral supplementation with carotenes, especially lycopene and betacarotene, improve skin structure, have powerful wound-healing properties and offer great protection from damage caused by sunlight.” Because inflam-

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Carolina’s Duke University and the Xienta Institute for Skin Research, in Pennsylvania, shows that vitamins C and E can protect skin against free radical damage and also reduce the chances of sunburn. Potent antioxidant herbs such as green tea (Camellia sinensis) are also proving effective, according to research from the University of Alabama.

Healthy Sun Exposure

Still, sunshine is the best source of vitamin D, so Perricone recommends stepping outside without sunscreen protection for at least 15 minutes a day with as much skin exposed as possible, even when clouds are present, preferably in early morning or evening sunshine. “But don’t bake in the sun,” the doctor warns. “Limited sun exposure will increase vitamin D production, known to reduce the risk of many internal cancers, while also reducing the risk of osteoporosis.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow is among her many books. Visit

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“CANING” CONSIDERED LUXURY TREATMENT Bamboo Massage is now offered at Top Spas and Resorts


amboo has been used by other cultures around the world in a multitude of ways including as a form of punishment in Singapore referred to as “caning” which was performed using long bamboo and/or rattan sticks. Many Asian countries treat bamboo with great reverence since it has played a significant role in feeding and housing them. It is very common for bamboo to be used in making musical and surgical instruments, furniture, eating utensils and storage baskets in addition to hundreds of other uses. Bamboo is a highly renewable (sustainable) resource and boasts more than 1500 different species that grow naturally throughout most Asian countries as well as South and Central America. The Chinese and Japanese have used bamboo since ancient times; however it is just now becoming mainstream in the American culture. In the United States, bamboo is primarily symbolic and is gaining in popularity due to the fact that it is a highly renewable resource. It is also beautiful and considered “lucky” by many people that possess bamboo stalks commonly arranged in a small vase. Many high end resorts and spas are now decorating with bamboo in the form of flooring, furniture and artwork. They can take this a step further and incorporate it into their spa menus as part of a new exotic treatment that feels luxurious. Nathalie Cecilia, originally from Nimes, France is the original source in the United States for a brand new spa treatment she calls Bamboo-fusion. This trademarked treatment is in high demand by luxury spas and is gaining in popularity. Cecilia uses bamboo pieces cut into different shapes and sizes as extensions of her fingers during a massage treatment. She also “warms” the bamboo to allow the bamboo pieces to penetrate and relax the muscles quicker. She originally discovered this form of massage during a massage treatment where the client kept requesting “deeper pressure” on his upper trapezius (shoulders). At a little over 5’ and only 100 lbs, Cecilia began to experience pain in her hands within only two months of doing traditional massage. As a Thai therapist, Cecilia sometimes did back walking while using bamboo poles that are 6 feet in length for balance. “As I was working on this gentleman who was in a sitting position, my eyes caught the two bamboo poles that I used for balance when back walking. I had the idea to use one of the poles for tapotement on his upper trapezius. So I stood about six feet from him, tapping on his shoulders with this very long stick, and he told me it felt really great!” Small repetitive movements performed by the massage therapist when doing traditional massage can result in repetitive use injuries such as carpel tunnel. With the Bamboo-fusion massage, the bamboo tools allow the massage therapist to easily address deep pressure requests. Cecilia explains that she has noticed that after a few bamboo massage treatments, the client’s skin can actually become more supple. In 2004, shortly after becoming a massage therapist, Cecilia first started using bamboo and rattan tools to perform a flowing Swedish type massage. Imagine a skilled therapist using warmed bamboo to dissolve knots and tension throughout your body. 34

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These hand crafted tools are custom designed so that even the smallest therapist can give an effective deep tissue massage that is easy on their body, hands and wrists. This ecologically sound and sustainable product is currently made by skilled woodworkers, however when Cecilia first began bamboo massage, she actually made the pieces herself by hand. Her bamboo tool sets have evolved over the past few years and are now made with 100% solid bamboo which is pressed into different shapes and sizes to match her Bamboo-fusion massage routine. The new bamboo tool sets, designed for full body massage, hold heat well and are very comfortable for the therapist to use. “There is a beautiful quality to the material; both you and the client feel very energized and revitalized, but also more relaxed.” Her technique uses massage oil or cream when performing a full body massage on a client. Shorter pieces of bamboo work well for smaller areas such as around the scapula. A 16” bamboo stick is also used to knead the muscles and do a “criss-cross” technique that stretches the fascia in all directions. Unlike warm stone massage, the bamboo is easy to heat without the use of a roaster or crock pot. In the heating device she uses, the bamboo stays warm (which of course the clients love), and there is little clean up between sessions. As therapists and clients continually search for new approaches to massage therapy, bamboo is at the forefront of the industry, offering the most basic solution. The use of a renewable and sustainable resource that connects us to ancient times allows our modern need for deep tissue massage to be addressed. Cecilia is the pioneer of bamboo massage and is a leader in the massage and bodywork industry. Cecilia and her team of instructors are in high demand by individual therapists and spas/resorts seeking new effective treatments using bamboo. To address this demand, Bamboofusion massage classes are offered in various locations in the United States and are approved by the NCBTMB for Continuing Education (CE’s) for license renewal. Classes are offered at several training facilities on a regular basis in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida where Cecilia resides, as well as taught in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Institute of Sanative Arts) / Durham, North Carolina / Cincinnati, Ohio / and Dana Point, CA to name a few locations. We also offer onsite training at spas and resorts. In addition to workshops, Cecilia also offers DVD’s and specialized bamboo sets for each of her techniques which are for use on the table for full body massage and on the chair through clothing. Cecilia also just created a new French facial massage called Bamboo-Visage which utilizes a delicate tool set, hand crafted from bamboo. This treatment was introduced at a recent spa show in Las Vegas and intrigued massage therapists as well as estheticians and spa directors. Retail products and class information are available by visiting the founder’s website at or by calling the Operations Manager, Karen Lay at 727-866-2183. See ad for Institute of Sanative Arts page 47.

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homas Edison wrote, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” This sentiment comes as no surprise to naturopath Gary Cools who runs the Health eFX Wellness Center in Ludington. Indeed, Cools has based his practice on the belief that lifestyle changes and natural therapies allow the body to trigger its own healing ability. A native of Michigan, Cools is the founder and director of The Wellness Center which has been providing alternative health services in Pere Marquette Township since 1998. In order to promote health in the most natural way possible, the Center offers acupuncture, medical massage, homeopathy, digital infrared thermographic imaging, herbal medicine, and biofeedback. Since many people come to the Center due to pain issues, medical massage is a popular therapy. Unlike spa massages that focus only on relaxation, medical massage addresses the specific condition the patient is suffering from; these include work or sports related injuries, migraines, digestive problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia. Some of the therapeutic benefits of medical massage are reduction of chronic pain, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, loosening tight muscles and strengthening the immune system. Physicians now routinely prescribe medical massage for their patients. When asked what prompted his own interest in medical massage, Cools explained, “I needed it for my own recovery.” After being injured years ago in a horrific accident, Cools underwent conventional physical therapy during his recuperation. But when he realized his flexibility and full range of motion remained restricted, it was medical massage that helped him to fully recover. This experience inspired Cools to train in the field of medical massage, eventually teaching the discipline as well. Along with pursuing advanced studies in medical massage, he also became a certified Master Herbalist in 1999. He furthered his education at Trinity College and University, and in 2000 received a Ph.D in Naturopathy. And since opening his private practice in 1998, Cools has earned certification in homeopathy and various acupuncture techniques. Of the many treatments offered at the Center, acupuncture is the most requested. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, acupuncture has become an increasingly common therapy in the West. Health eFX offers both full body acupuncture and auricular acupuncture, in which the sterilized needles are placed only on the ear. Cools explained however that stimulating the ear actually allows treatment of the entire body. “Auricular acupuncture is linear, with a point on the ear for very specific parts of the body, such as liver or heart. For example, one point on the ear is for hypertension, while in full body acupuncture, there are three points. Full body acupuncture treatment entails a high level of complexity. Auricular acupuncture is easier and frequently more powerful. Often we use both.” While acupuncture is the most requested therapy at Health eFX, this treatment is often followed by homeopathic and naturopathic consultations with Cools and his staff. “These consultations can target particular organs in the body that are causing the problem,” Cools explained. “And often after a two month period, we are able to do such things as set correct hormone levels, change muscle tone and

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set up a healthy rhythm of digestion.” The patient undergoing homeopathic treatment ingests very diluted plant extracts in either liquid or pill form. These plant extracts contain a minute amount of the very substance causing physical symptoms in the patient. After the introduction of this substance, the immune system should react by producing antibodies, which then help the body to adjust and return to its natural balance. “Instead of masking symptoms with strong chemicals,” Cools said, “homeopathic treatment can change body tissue, often resulting in wellness for several years.” The Center carries the homeopathic products of Unda, a respected Belgian manufacturer that uses the purest herbs and most biodynamically grown ingredients available. For those health problems not addressed by Unda homeopathic compounds, the Center now has its own Health eFX Herbals line. One homeopathic product is Sobriety Now, which speeds up the liver breakdown of ethanol twice as fast as normal. For safety purposes, Sobriety Now is sold with a breathalyzer. Products currently in development are Sinus Formula, Shingle Relief and Arth 4 for arthritis. And to motivate patients to follow a positive lifestyle, Health eFX will soon have an audio CD available. One of the things Cools is most proud of at the Center is a new service now offered called Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging (DITI). “This is a top of the line system,” Cools said. “The next closest place to offer this is Ann Arbor.” Calling DITI “an orphan therapy”, Cools describes DITI as a highly effective diagnostic tool that is underutilized by conventional medicine. After Cools had cancer in 2007, he wanted to give back to the community and DITI seemed a perfect choice. A cutting edge technology that does not involve radiation, DITI uses a specialized camera to detect abnormalities in skin temperature. DITI is able to do breast scans in women, discover hairline fractures and even target which tooth has an abscess. Results from DITI scans are evaluated by a medical team of doctors; patients are advised to share these reports with their primary care physician. DITI is available at the Ludington Center as well as the two other facilities Cools offers treatment at in Suttons Bay and Fruitport. Health eFX is dedicated to offering high quality, effective care at a reasonable cost. Patients should therefore know that Workmen’s Compensation often covers acupuncture and medical massage. And the Center bills the Veterans Administration directly for acupuncture treatments. “We are trying to expand coverage so more people can have services billable to insurance or government agencies,” Cools said. The Health eFX Wellness Center is located at 5782 West U.S. 10 in Ludington. The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Gary also has office hours at the Evergreen Center for Integrative Health in Suttons Bay and Pathways to Health in Fruitport. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 231-845-1250, or visit Sharon Pisacreta is an award winning freelance writer who lives in Saugatuck-Douglas. She is also the editor of the online site Sharon may be contacted at natural awakenings

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Tasty Ways to Savor Summer Grilled Black Bean Quinoa Patty

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Backyard & Picnic Party Foods by Renée Loux


ummer is the high season for outdoor gatherings to celebrate warm weather and make the most of evening’s lingering natural light. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, simple is generally better. Backyard cookouts and picnic takeouts call for tasty fare, light foods and nothing too fancy or fussy. In most parts of the country, summer brings a bounty of just-picked produce, and the fresher it is, the fewer the steps required to make delicious dishes. By keeping just a few staples on hand—cold-pressed olive oil, garlic cloves, fresh herbs and lemons, a good sea salt and freshly ground pepper— the cook will always be prepared to put together a delectable, trouble-free spread. Options run from grilled goodies to marinated and tossed salads that give the hosts time to enjoy their company. Complete the treat by serving skewers of fresh, ripe, cut fruit for dessert—an easy, healthy and welcome alternative to rich and complicated or store-bought sweets. Creating a fun and festive atmosphere for backyard gatherings is easy, without a lot of fanfare. String up twinkly 36

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lights and use natural wax votive candles placed in empty jam and jelly jars to protect them from the wind. To ward off mosquitoes and generally keep bugs at bay, encircle the patio, deck or park picnic area with citronella candles or incense. Fire pits always make an outdoor gathering feel more special. A mesmerizing center of attention, they also warm up the evening as the temperature drops. To keep serving and cleanup easy, use eco-friendly disposables. Look for plates made from recycled content or bagasse (derived from sugar cane fiber), cutlery sourced from biodegradable, plant-based plastic and recycledpaper napkins. Give guests instant access to a nearby compost bin, garbage can and recycling bin, or designated carry-away bags. Happy summering! Renée Loux is an organic chef, restaurateur, green expert and media personality. Her books include Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit

These flavorful patties are a hearty and complete source of protein, a popular, plant-based option for traditional burgers. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works to bind the ingredients together in place of eggs. When grilling, be careful to flip them gently, so that patties stay together; they’re equally delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove. Serve on a whole-grain pita and load on the toppings. For a gluten-free alternative, use ground tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Yields 6 to 8 burgers 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and spread out to dry for 20 minutes; divide into two equal parts 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tbsp water ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, as needed 1 /3 cup finely chopped red onion ¼ cup chopped cilantro Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppers Salsa Avocado slices Lettuce Sliced red onion Pickles 1. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Shake and let stand for a few minutes for excess liquid to drain. Spread out on a clean, dry towel; blot dry with another clear, dry towel; and let stand to dry for 20 minutes. This can also be done in the oven—spread on a cookie sheet and dry at 300° F for 15 minutes.

2. In a food processor, place half of the beans, Vegenaise, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Chop in pulses to create a coarse purée. Transfer to a medium bowl.

4. Form into 3- to 4-inch-circumference patties. If time allows, let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm and for flavors to develop. 5. On a grill preheated to mediumhigh and brushed with oil, cook patties until crisp and brown, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa, Tomatoes and Herbs

5. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Fold in tomatoes and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. photo by Stephen Gray Blancett

3. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed and water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Mix into the black bean mixture and add remaining beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, onion and cilantro. Mix until combined. If the mixture looks too wet to hold together, add more breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

6. Place mushrooms cap-side down on a serving platter. Fill the cavity of the mushrooms with the quinoa mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

3 scallions, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 1½ cups water 1 low-sodium vegetable bullion cube 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp chopped herbs—basil, parsley and/or mint Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Watermelon-Mint Limeade

1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme. Brush cleaned mushrooms with mixture and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes.

Grilling mushrooms brings out their savory flavor. Stuffed with protein-rich quinoa, this dish is satisfying enough to be served as an entrée.

3. Grill on each side until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Or roast mushrooms under the broiler until juicy, about 10 minutes (optional).

Yields 6 servings

4. In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat, and sauté garlic and scallions with a pinch of salt and pepper just until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add quinoa, water and bullion cube. Turn up heat, cover and bring to a boil. Stir once and reduce heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the

6 Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme Sea salt 1 Tbsp olive oil

Simple Tips for Great Grilling by Chef Renée Loux Preheat the grill properly. Charcoal takes about 40 minutes, gas about 20. Brush the grill with vegetable oil before cooking to prevent food from sticking. To create perfect grill marks, rotate grilling food 45 degrees halfway through cooking time on one side. Flip and repeat on the other side. If a grill isn’t available, use the kitchen oven’s broiler feature to achieve a similar taste.

1 small watermelon (or half of a larger melon), diced 1 /3 cup fresh lime juice 1 /3 cup agave nectar 2 Tbsp chopped mint 1 Tbsp chopped basil Pinch crushed sea salt 2 cups ice

1. Using a chinois or other fine-mesh strainer, push the watermelon through the mesh using a sturdy wooden spoon, to push through all the liquid into a bowl, leaving behind the pulp and seeds. Pour the liquid into a pitcher with the lime juice, agave nectar and a pinch of salt. Chill well. 2. Just before serving, add the mint and basil to the liquid, and blend the mixture in the blender in two batches, adding a cup of ice to each batch. Future fun: Freeze leftover portions into popsicles for an easy treat on another day. Recipes from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux, and; limeade recipe courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club.

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Reconnect To The River I

t flows through our cities and hometowns. It has rapidly changed since the start of the 19th century, we drive over it, we walk around it, and we let our pollution flock to it. The Grand River, West Michigan’s pride and joy, runs 252 miles through the state touching Jackson, Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Ionia, Kent and Ottawa counties before emptying into Lake Michigan. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Founders Brewing Company held a forum, Reconnect to the River, on June 22nd to discuss various topics regarding the Grand River including the restoration of the rapids, stormwater management, fisheries and habitat, and river activation and recreation. WMEAC brought a panel of experts together that all had one thing in common, a passion to strive to make the river healthy once again. “The Grand River has defined our community literally and emotionally since the very beginning,” said panelist Nicholas Occhipinti, Policy Director for WMEAC. “It’s our key geographic feature and our greatest inland natural resource. We settled here for it and it’s always been a key economic and environmental asset, but we haven’t always appreciated it.” Grand Rapids Whitewater, a non-profit organization, has been the driving force behind the restoration project, and they seek to restore the two-mile stretch of river that flows through downtown Grand Rapids. This restoration would include the removal of four dams that currently restrict the water’s flow and the reintroduction of tons of boulders and rocks that were removed years ago. This process would bring back the rapids that the city was initially named after. The project would be funded by a combination of grants and private money, and any efforts to reconnect the river would not begin until at least 2013. “It’s as simple as Grand Rapids,” said panelist Chip Richards, Co-founder of Grand Rapids Whitewater. “We’re from Grand Rapids. We have no rapids. It’s embarrassing.” After the rapids are restored, the natural flow of the river would be back, protecting fisheries and aquatic habitats and decreasing water pollution. In fact, much of the discussion at Reconnect to the River revolved around these two topics. First, it is the Sixth Street dam in downtown Grand Rapids that hosts the fish ladder, a series of stair-step concrete pools, which allows the migratory fish, such as salmon and steelhead, to move up and down the river. The ladder was designed and built with fish viewing in mind, so visitors can see the fish as they pass by. The panelists made it clear that restoring the rapids (and removing dams such as the Sixth Street dam) would not decrease the amount of fish in the river; rather it would redistribute the fish. Currently, many fishermen station themselves near the Fourth Street dam, to reel in steelhead after steelhead. Joshua Zuiderveen, panelist and Owner of StreamWorks, LLC said, “I’d love to see the dams out. Removal of the Fourth and Sixth Street dams would be advantageous for fishing.” Second, it is important to assess the water pollution of the Grand River. Mayor of Grand Rapids, George Hartwell,


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acknowledged in the Green Living Project film of WMEAC and partners that there was a time when the Grand River was used as an industrial dump, and Grand Rapids has been working for over a decade to remove the pollution. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of pollution in the river is to educate those living around the river on how to do so. Nicole De Mol of Trout Unlimited said, “Most people think that if they don’t live next to a body of water, they don’t live in a watershed.” However, a water shed is actually the region draining into a river, river system or other body of water. Therefore, as De Mol said, “What we do on the land is tied to the quality of the lakes and river systems.” WMEAC’s “15 to the River” campaign seeks to educate the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community on how to continue to reduce the amount of pollution that leaks into the river. The name of the campaign is derived from the fact that it takes only 15 to 30 minutes for contaminated rain and stormwater to reach the Grand River. This stormwater runoff is the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan, depositing millions of gallons of what WMEAC called “hydrofilth” into our local water resources each year. Hydrofilth is a mixture of hydrology and human waste such as street trash and fertilizer. It is a source of E. coli, fecal coliform, streptococci and other pathogens in the Grand River. As rain lands on rooftops and grounds, it picks up debris and pollutants that reside at its landing point, forming this hydrofilth, and carries that debris and pollution into lakes and rivers, the process known as stormwater runoff. If the rain/stormwater were allowed to drain into the ground, the Earth would be able to filter out most of the pollutants naturally. 15 to the River’s key purpose, therefore, is to encourage the capturing of rainwater where it falls, and to further help that rainwater drain into the ground via rain barrels, rain gardens, porous pavement, and the limitation of the amount of paved surfaces. Big changes are in store for the Grand River, especially in the city of Grand Rapids. As progress is made to remove the dams in the city, restore the rapids, change the way we fish in the river, and clean up the river, the city will undergo a continuous transformation. Daniel Schoonmaker of WMEAC said, “[Reconnecting to the river] will change the way people experience Grand Rapids.” That being said, there may be a time in the near future when the city of Grand Rapids will once again be the home of those “grand rapids.” For more information on Reconnect to the River or to learn how you can help clean up the river visit or Amanda Merritt is the Assistant Publisher of Natural Awakenings of West Michigan. She is currently finishing her final year at Cornerstone University, studying Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at




Fun Ways to Celebrate with Kids by Katie Kavulla


o little ones, celebrating the Fourth of July usually means one thing—fireworks! Yet, as parents know, by the time the sun goes down and before the sky show even starts, youngsters can be sleepy-eyed and ready for bed. These 10 fun daytime activities will make the most of the holiday for everyone. Make a Statue of Liberty crown. Transform the entire family into Lady Liberty. Take the patriotic creativity to whatever level the kids like—metallic paint, glue and glitter or just some tinfoil from the kitchen. Construction paper makes great headbands, or try paper plates for sturdier ones. Repurposed empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls make excellent starting points for homemade torch replicas. Have a patriotic bike parade. Round up all the neighborhood kids and their bikes. Have everyone agree to decorate their own bike at home and then meet for a parade; or hold a bikedecorating party at your house; the garage and driveway are suitable spots. Think streamers, painted tin cans on

string trailing behind bikes, balloons— anything goes. Read about America’s birthday. Stop by the library or a neighborhood bookstore to pick up The Story of America’s Birthday, by Patricia Pingry and illustrated by Stacy Venturi-Pickett, or another early American history children’s book. Toddlers on up will enjoy learning why we celebrate American independence. Make 50 states cookies. A set of cookie cutters for all 50 states is available for a price, but it’s even more creative to hunt up an old map or atlas and use it as a template for cutting out each state. After mixing and baking, let little ones go to town decorating them with red, white and blue toppings. Search online for tips on making healthier cookies that taste yummy. Watch American Legends. This oldie but goodie video from Walt Disney tells the story of such fabled American figures as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. Check out a copy from the library or a favorite movie rental source.

Sing a patriotic song. Songs about America don’t have to be the classic versions—pick up a CD of patriotic songs or download some onto a home computer or iPod. The Wee Sing America CD is a hit with all ages. Start the Fourth with a red-whiteand-blue breakfast. Set a festive mood for the whole day with a healthy parfait. In clear glasses, layer blueberries for the blue, strawberries and raspberries for the red and yogurt for the white. Sprinkle some hearty granola in-between the layers for a satisfying crunch. Make a care package for our armed forces. The Fourth of July is a great time to remember the special men and women that are selflessly serving our country. Have the entire family assemble a care package of items or make special cards; even the smallest efforts show the family’s appreciation. Check with a local veterans affairs office or the Internet on how to ship the gift overseas. Create a flag for the front door. For an easy and fun twist on hanging a flag this year, try making one from crepe paper for the front door or window. Pick up some red-and-white streamers from the store for the stripes. Use a piece of blue construction paper and draw or paint white stars onto the upper left corner; then fasten it up so that the “flag” hangs downward, with the streamer stripes going from top to bottom. Either leave the stripes flying free toward the bottom or tape them down, like on top. Celebrate with the East Coast. If staying up late isn’t a good option, but kids are begging to watch the fireworks, they can catch a full fireworks extravaganza from home via the magic of TV and the Internet. Get everyone into pajamas and watch one of the many media specials from the comfort of home. This especially works for families west of the Eastern Time zone; it may require pushing bedtimes back a bit, but there will be no fireworks crowds to battle en route home to bed afterwards. Katie Kavulla is a mother and freelance writer in Seattle who regularly contributes to Red Tricycle, an online city guide that provides fun things for parents to do with their kids (

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n Newspaper provides cover. Shred or tear old newspapers into strips and place a fluffy layer on top to cover food scraps and discourage flies. Also use paper on the bottom to provide bedding for the worms. n Keep the worm bin moist. Periodic spritzing with a spray bottle or fine mist from the hose will keep wigglers moisturized and on the move. n Worms prefer a vegetarian diet; so don’t add cheese or meat scraps to the compost pile. Do feel free to toss in cereal, grains and rinsed, crushed eggshells. If possible, chop up all vegetable waste prior to adding it to your bin to speed up the composting process. Jessica Iclisoy, the founder of California Baby natural baby care products, writes about natural living and backyard organic gardening in Beverly Hills, CA. She also maintains two worm bins and three composters. Connect at Jessica@

Red Wigglers Turn Kitchen Scraps into Gardening Gold by Jessica Iclisoy


our family loves to shop at area farmers’ markets, investigating greens and other veggies to make meals bursting with vitamins and minerals. Yet, it’s not always easy raising children who love to eat the fruits, veggies and salad makings you tote home. So consider mixing in a strategic science lesson—all you need are a few thousand wiggly worm friends to gobble up kitchen scraps; waste that would normally go into the trash and municipal landfill. For kids, worm composting gives food preparation a special mission: The worms must be fed! Worm composting, also known as vermiculture, produces nutrient-rich worm castings. In kid parlance, that’s “worm poop.” This organic matter provides the perfect soil conditioner and organic food for plants, indoors and out. It’s also easy to harvest the liquid

A well-designed worm composter is opaque and has a secure lid and ventilation holes. Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, in Grass Valley, California, offers both a deluxe bin and inexpensive do-it-yourself worm bin kit at Or, find step-by-step instructions to build your own at the educational website,, which also lists reputable sources for worms (the pictures alone are enough to juice kids’ interest). Keep these tips in mind for successful composting, indoors or out: n The best worms for composting are red wigglers. According to the Peaceful Valley company, one or two pounds of mature red worms can convert 3.5 to 7 pounds of food scraps into castings in one week. natural awakenings

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Thursday, July 5 Healthseekers Class- 6:15-7:15 pm. Pain? Suffering? Internal mal-functioning? Fed up with merely chasing & repressing symptoms? READY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to get at CAUSES and move toward REAL CHANGE? Vibrational medicine is no longer the wave of the future & complements chiropractic beautifully. Grand Haven. 231-670-0179.

Saturday, July 7 Grand Opening- 1:00-4:00 pm. Healing Ground Wellness Center is opening a boutique called “The Things We Love”. Offering many one of a kind gift items made by West Michigan artists. Stop out for the grand opening for live music, raffles & snacks. Visit or call 231-7553832. 857 W. Summit Ave in Muskegon.

Sunday, July 8 Your Goals as Soul- 10:00-11:00 am. Join the monthly Eckankar Worship Service where people of all faiths are warmly invited to experience the Light and Sound of God. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616-245-7003. One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to awaken to your soul’s purpose. $65, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557.

Tuesday, July 10 Lunch and Learn Meeting- 12:00-1:30 pm. Mom’s Clean Air Force is a community of parents protecting our children’s right to clean air. Free. Holland. Please RSVP to smcdermott@momscleanairforce. org

Wednesday, July 11 Natural Solutions for Sinuses & Allergies With Geoff Lamden- 6:00 pm. We are pleased to be able to bring you these fascinating natural health topics from some of the best speakers around! $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355. Meditation Group Every Other Wednesday- 7:15 - 8:30 pm. This practice group is designed to support your ongoing meditation practice in a comfortable group setting. Sitting & walking meditations and a brief teaching led by Carol Hendershot & April Hadley. Donation welcome. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.

Friday, July 13 Reiki I/II Class- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Learn this hands-on relaxation method for self & others. Textbook and lunch provided. Jan Atwood, Reiki Master/Teacher. $225. 801 Broadway Ave NW, Ste 436, Grand Rapids MI 49504.


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Healthseekers Class- 6:15-7:15 pm. Pain? Suffering? Internal mal-functioning? Fed up with merely chasing & repressing symptoms? READY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to get at CAUSES and move toward REAL CHANGE? Vibrational medicine is no longer the wave of the future & complements chiropractic beautifully. Grand Haven. 231-670-0179. Fire of Transformation Practice w/ Mimi Ray, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher- 6:30-8:30 pm. An invitation to light the inner fire of the heart, transform and refine your yoga practice. $18. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616361-8580.

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and newcomers are always welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386. Dream Catcher Workshop- 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn how to make a dream catcher and take home the one you make. Grand Rapids. $30 includes supplies. Pre-registration is required, call Jodi at 616-443-4225. Shauna from Thrive Chiropractic- 6:00 pm. Good for chiropractic care with benefits for pregnant women and infants. $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355. Reiki Share- 6:30-8:00 pm. Offers an opportunity to experience giving and receiving Reiki energy. All are welcome. Go to to register. $20 with pre-registration $25 at the door. Spring Lake. 616-847-3138. Your Spiritual Toolkit- 6:45-7:45 pm. Learn the tools to thrive spiritually, even when life is hard. Presented by members of Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Warmly open to all faiths. Free. Wyoming Library, Conference Room, 3350 Michael Ave SW. Wyoming. 616-245-7003.

Garden Tour- 9:00 am-7:00 pm. 14 private gardens on display as a pleasant walking tour in historic Heritage Hill. Tickets available at Art of the Table, Wealthy Street Bakery and Martha’s Vineyard or online $8 in advance-$10 day of - 455 Cherry SE Ticket Stand. More info 616-459-8950 or 616-454-2367.

Friday, July 20

Love Yourself, Heal Your Life- 9:00 am-6:00 pm. A powerful life-changing workshop based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. Holistic Care Approach. Grand Rapids. Call Katrina for cost: 269-214-4432.

Hula Hoop Workshop with Rebecca Urick- 6:007:00 pm or 7:15-8:15 pm. Burn up to 600 calories an hour while you restore the body-mind-spirit connection! Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. Bring a friend! $15. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.

Sunday, July 15 One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to awaken to your soul’s purpose. $65, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557.

Tuesday, July 17 Reiki Share Group- 5:30-7:30 pm. Come and share experiences and Reiki with other Reiki practitioners. Jan Atwood, Reiki Master/Teacher. Free. Jan Atwood, LLC. 801 Broadway Ave NW, Ste 436, Grand Rapids MI 49504. 616-915-4144. Study Group– 7:00 pm. Topics include basics of aromatherapy, herbs, steps to achieving healthy life balance, hands-on herbal preparations. Novice through experienced. Free or donation. Registration required. Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements. Grand Rapids. 616-735-1285. Planning Meeting- 7:00-8:30 pm. All are Welcome. We need your Ideas for Next Year’s Presentations!! Free. Nourishing Ways of West Michigan. Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, July 18 Meditation Group- 12:00-1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in the middle of your busy day. The current format is 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This is an informal group

Reiki I & II Class- 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Become attuned and learn how to give treatment to self and others. Grand Rapids. $200 includes manual and the $50 deposit required to register. Call Jodi at 616-443-4225 to register.

Saturday, July 21 Advanced Reiki Class- 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Ready to enhance your Reiki skills? Learn psychic surgery to remove tough energy blocks and how to set up a crystal grid for healing. Grand Rapids. $250 includes textbook, certificate and deposit. Preregistration with a $50 deposit required. Call Jodi to register at 616-443-4225. Lavender Festival- 10:00am-5:00pm. There will be inspiring lavender presentations by expert gardener Sandy Barber and Advanced Master Gardener Marcia Willbrandt. Walk the awesome, yet serene lavender labyrinth for a truly calming and sacred experience. Cherry Point Farm and Market, located at 9600 W. Buchanan Road in Shelby. www. Relaxing Yoga for Home Practice- 10:00 am-1:30 pm. Includes a delicious home cooked vegetarian lunch and refreshments. A longer, overnight retreat is also possible. $35. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Bath. Pre-registration required. 517-641-6201.

Sunday, July 22 Cupping Massage as a Modality- 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Class will include training on different types of cups, with training on full body and face. Cups will be provided to use in training. $250. Grand Rapids, Standale area.Enroll at sanativetranquility. com/ceclasses.html or 616-791-0472. One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women – 10:00am3:00pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow

yourself the freedom to explore ways to awaken to your soul’s purpose. $65, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. 2025 Fulton Street East. Register at Grand Rapids. 616350-3557. Hula Hoop Event- 3:00-4:00 pm. Hula hooping has become quite the craze lately. Burn up to 600 calories per hour, tone and sculpt your whole body, relieve lower back and hip tightness, reduce stress, and most of all... HAVE FUN! PeaceLab Yoga. Grandville. Register online at or by calling 616-745-0310.

Monday, July 23 Cupping Massage as a Modality- 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Class will include training on different types of cups, with training on full body and face. Cups will be provided to use in training. $250. Grand Rapids, Standale area. Enroll at sanativetranquility. com/ceclasses.html or 616-791-0472. Free Auricular Acupuncture Event- 10:00 am9:00 pm. I need 40 treatments to complete my ADS certification. Jul 23 I will have free treatments all day long. 44th Street location. Grand Rapids. Sign up for a time at 616-634-1355. One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women- 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to awaken to your soul’s purpose. $65, lunch included. Presented by Circle Of Sisters, held at Dominican Center at Marywood. Grand Rapids. Register at 616-350-3557. Afternoon of Creativity- 1:30-4:00 pm. 7/23-7/26. Join art teacher Mary Lamson-Burke and Yoga teacher Melanie McQuown each day, MondayThursday for an afternoon of creativity through art, yoga, games, and laughter. Please bring a water bottle, and dress for movement. Children ages 6-14 welcome. $70 per child, $30 additional sibling. PeaceLab Yoga. Grandville. 616-340-7335.

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Saturday, July 28 Peace & Quiet Weekend- 7/28-7/29. Spend time in peace and quiet, with free time and silent Sunday morning. Includes shared room, delicious homecooked vegetarian meals Saturday lunch - Sunday lunch. Private room available. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Bath. 517-641-6201.

Saturday, August 4 All For One- 12:00-6:00 pm. Highlighting yoga, healthy living, local retailers/artists/crafters, and non-profit organizations, in an effort to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another. Admission is FREE, suggested donation of $5. First 150 paid admissions will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine (limit 1 per family). East Grand Rapids High School at 2211 Lakeside Dr. SE. East Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, August 7 Healthy Family Diet Program- 5:30 pm. 4-week program designed to improve your family’s meals. Classes meet weekly for 90 minutes with Master’s degree nutritionist, and cooking sessions are included. Goal - healthier lifestyle for the family. Holland.

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Wednesday, July 25 Herbs From Your Own Backyard- 5:30-6:30pm. A 45 minute walk around our store and street area, identifying medicinal plants and weeds you may have in your backyard. We discuss their benefits: headaches, female concerns, birth, postpartum, tummy ailments, digestive concerns, etc. $5. RSVP to Hop Scotch by emailing us at events@ Intro to GAPS- 6:00 pm. Naturopathic Doctor and Certified GAPS Practitioner, Kathryn Doran-Fisher will explain what is GAPS and describe the GAPS nutritional plan with specific supplementation to heal the lining of the digestive tract and allow the body’s elimination systems to function properly. $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355. Reiki Share- 7:00-9:00 pm. Come share & learn about Reiki & Essential Oils. Open to all that care to share Reiki, those who would like to try receiving Reiki, and those interested in Essential Oils. Grand Rapids. Call or email if questions – 616-443-4225 or Meditation Group Every Other Wednesday- 7:15 - 8:30 pm. This practice group is designed to support your ongoing meditation practice in a comfortable group setting. Sitting & walking meditations and a brief teaching led by Carol Hendershot & April

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Unity of Greater Grand Rapids - 10:00 am. Celebrating God’s presence in human nature. Offering uplifting messages that are spiritual without being religious. Youth programs & Nursery. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. 616-682-7812.

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

Fountain Street Church Summer Speakers- 10:00 am. Guest speakers in our air-conditioned chapel will cover a variety of topics. The June 24 topic is “Traveling Light: Lightening Your Load on the Road of Life. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids- 10:30 am. A spiritual community that is warm and welcoming, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Sacks. 1711 Walker Avenue NE. Unity of Muskegon “A Church of Light, Love & Laughter”- 10:30 am weekly. Sunday Services & Youth Education. Minister: Rev. John W. Williams. 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. 231-759-7356. Unity of Grand Rapids-10:30 am. A spiritual community that is warm and welcoming, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616-453-9909. The Coptic Center Sunday Series- 6:00 pm. An ongoing series of inspirational speakers, centering and music. Youth Ministry class one Sunday of each month during service, check schedule. The Coptic Center. Grand Rapids. 616-531-1339.

Monday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-theart profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. For more info visit Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Lunch and Learn Meeting- 7:00 pm. Mom’s Clean Air Force is a community of parents protecting our children’s right to clean air. Free. 40 Monroe Center NE Suite 200. Grand Rapids. Please RSVP to Seva Yoga-Gentle/Moderate- 7:30-8:45 pm. Basic Practice of foundational postures & breathing techniques. Students are encouraged to practice at their own level. Also on Wednesdays. $12-$16. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.


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Sunrise Yoga on beautiful Spring Lake- 6:30-7:30 am. Join us in Sun Salutations on Lakeside Beach-just down the street from On The Path Yoga. Classes are offered free of charge, but donations accepted for Spring Lake Parks and Recreation. A Course In Miracles (ACIM)- 9:30-11:00 am. Self-study system unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812.

Self-Help Education Meeting- 2:00-3:30 pm. The Peter M. Wege Health & Learning Center (Wege North Building at St. Mary’s Hospital), 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Room & topics subject to change). 231-360-6830.

Milk & Cookies Nursing Café- 12:00-1:00 pm. Calling all nursing. Every Wednesday this summer we have a street side cafe and provide you with refreshments and Milkeze cookies. A counselor will be present to answer questions & provide educational information as well. Free. Hop Scotch Children’s Store, 909 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. 616-233-4008

Essential Oil Trainings- 2:00-4:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm. A different class taught each week. Come learn more about oils, what they are, how to apply them and more. $25. Pre-registration required. Grand Rapids. 616-443-4225.

Gentle/Basic Yoga Classes: New Session Starting5:45-6:45 pm. (Every Wednesday thru-July 23). A new 8-week yoga session to reduce stress and anxiety? Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. Grand Rapids. Learn more by calling 616-356-1614.

Camp Rawnora 3rd Tuesday Raw Potluck- 6:30 pm. Hang with other vegans and raw foodies and eat nutritious and delicious faire! Free if you bring raw food dish to share or $10. Camp Rawnora. Watervliet. 269-463-4444.

A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. 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.

Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance, and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques which help to decrease stress! $10 per class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. 616-458-6870.

Beginner Tai Chi- 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self defense. $45 for one class/week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan at 616-425-1344; facebook. com/

Self-Discovery Talk/Meditation with Allegra Miller- 7:00 pm. 503 E. Broadway (rear entrance), Mount Pleasant. Free-will offering. No class on July 25. Call 734-260-3910 for details.

Study Group– 7:00 pm. Topics include basics of aromatherapy, herbs, steps to achieving healthy life balance, hands-on herbal preparations. 3rd Tuesday every month. Free or donation. Registration required. Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements. Grand Rapids. 616-7351285. A Course In Miracles (A.C.I.M.)- 7:00-8:30 pm. This self-study system teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812. Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500. Come to a Reliv Wellness Presentation- 7:30pm. Hear how your entire family can benefit from essential micro-nutrition. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. Deb Riolo 616-822-4247. debriolo.reliv@

Wednesday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-theart profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to

General Anxiety Support Group- 7:00-8:30 pm. Open to individuals who have any kind of anxiety problem as well as their friends and family members meets every Wednesday. Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. Grand Rapids. 616-356-1614.

Thursday Classes for the Childbearing Year and Beyond6:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday. Designed to educate & support wholistic parenting & living from pregnancy through parenting and beyond. Advance registration required. Full Circle Midwifery. Hesperia. 231861-2535. Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500. Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:157:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

Beginner Tai Chi- 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self defense. $45 for one class/week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan at 616-425-1344; facebook. com/ Share & Care Meeting- 7:00-9:00 pm. Discussion group meets on 4th Thursday of each month through October to discuss the latest news and to share the emotions and struggles with others who understand the challenges of living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Redwood Meeting Room at St. Mary’s Healthcare SW, 2373 64th St. Byron Center.

Friday Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. 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. Seva Yoga- 6:00-7:15 pm. Learn how to breathe into the body and create a balance of effort and ease. All levels welcome! $12-$16. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.

Saturday Kripalu Yoga- 8:30-9:30 am. Classes begin with breath awareness, warm-up and yoga postures. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation. $12 drop in or 6 class pass for $60. Serving, Standale, Walker, Allendale, Jenison, Grand Rapids. 616-901-0882. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. 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. Mixed Level Tai Chi- 9:30-11:00 am. Yang form for beginner to intermediate students. Open class format, traditional warm up. $45 for one class/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan at 616-425-1344; Come to a Reliv Wellness Presentation- 7:30 pm. Hear how your entire family can benefit from essential micro-nutrition. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. Deb Riolo 616-822-4247. debriolo.reliv@

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Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285

•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 6.

BODYWORK Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885

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.


Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building custom livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. See ad page 25.

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


Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder 616-299-5815

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.

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 ain , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 8.


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 Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 6.

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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

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. See ad page 30.

HEAVENLY HEALINGS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES Jodi Jenks - Reiki Master 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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.

I am a Reiki Master that also does Essential Oil therapies including Raindrop Therapy, Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Journey work. Call or email for appointments or questions, 616-443-4225 or See ad page 6.


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Organic Hair Color Specialist Aesthetica Image Group 616-916-1190


Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354

Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 25.


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.

Feel good about looking beautiful! Hair services of all kinds for all types. Providing superior results with Organic Color. 8 yrs. experience. Appointment recommended.

health food stores AFFORDABLE NUTRITION

Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 7493 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison 616-667-1346 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. Everyday discounts and senior pricing. www.


Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 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 SALLY DERSCH, CMT

Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6 Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 We offer a wide variety of services to help you enhance your health. Bio Apps (frequency patches for optimal health)- MSA Testing (evaluates functional health)- Food/ Environmental Allergy & Supplement Testing - Ionic Foot Bath - Weight Loss Classes and Coaching - Weight Loss ( Call us today and ask about the 90 Day Challenge!


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners. Physician assistant, Certified Natural Health Professionals. Private consultations. Counseling & Classes. Blood typing, acupressure, emotional release, iridology, homeopathy, massage therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral, foot detox & more. See ad page 18.

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, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 18.

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interior design services ALIGn DESIGN, llc

Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071 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 30.


4046 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-453-8201 Offering environmentally friendly options for cabinetry, flooring, countertops and window treatments. The Homecoming Collection from Kincaid with the Eco3Home designation offers furniture manufactured in an environmentally responsible process. See ad page 7.

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

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 Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.

life / wellness coaching STEVE GUARINO

Certified Life Coach Certified Meditation Instructor 888-552-8880 Soar Higher Than You Ever Thought Possible. Personalized coaching sessions that will connect you with your inner wisdom and light, open you to new possibilities, and help you realize your dreams.

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Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074

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. www.

This highly complex device is a non-invasive technology that energetically scans & harmonizes t h e b o d y ’s s t r e s s e s a n d imbalances, reducing those imbalances that make us uncomfortable. Visit www.



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 8 & 32.

0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 State licensed school for massage and bodywork. High quality, affordable 6 month certification course with small class sizes. NCBTMB CE courses in Bamboo-Fusion®, cupping and more. Convenient to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale areas.



503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714

Yolanda Visser CM, CPM Grand Rapids: 616-458-8144 Homebirth services since 1982. Committed to facilitating natural birth, bonding, strengthening the family, informed active participation, and lending dignity to women through their birthing experience.

Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 2.


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


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.

David Mutchler Elizabeth Beau ATE is a catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. We offer weekend classes to help you move from ego-consciousness to Spiritual Awareness to become a more authentic “you”. For more information contact Barbra at

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