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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes




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Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself


Saying No to a Wave of Trash by Avery Mack


EARTH’S BOUNTY Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn



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32 GIVE FREEDOM A HAND Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World by Kirk Boyd



America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

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BIRDS’ FOR BIRD SONGS Camping Turns Kids into Nature Lovers by Avery Mack


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It has been a momentous and prosperous year for the natural local foods movement. People from diverse backgrounds and belief systems all seem to agree on one issue: Eating naturally grown, fresh, local food is good for our health, environment and local economy. The number of local farmers’ markets is increasing while more area restaurants are embracing the local natural foods movement. Innovative enterprises are acting on lessons from prior centuries to make locally raised, natural and/or organic food more affordable, too, via direct home delivery that puts more of the purchase price in growers’ pockets to sustain their good work. An added bonus of choosing local, naturally grown foods is that it puts industrial agricultural corporations on notice that we are aware of their harmful practices, ranging from genetically engineered crops and toxic spraying to pharmaceutically raised livestock and demands a better alternative. One of the most serious collective threats to big agriculture may well be the individual or family that decides to grow their own organic food. It’s a good investment because every dollar spent is a dollar that refuses to perpetuate the unconscionable dishonesty and irresponsibility practiced by chemical manufacturers like Monsanto. Consider, for example, the wondrous alternative to Americans’ penchant for eating foods out of season that require environmentally costly shipping over long-distances, acquired since the mid-20th century. For many months of the year, local farmers’ markets and homestead gardens are booming with fresh homegrown goods including local dairy, poultry and beef. Many of these folks are exceptionally careful about how they treat Earth’s soil and vegetation as well as their livestock because their success revolves around their conscience and good reputation. They are happy to talk about the fertilizers they use; feed fed to their livestock and how they keep crop pests at bay naturally. As a result, locally fresh foods are not only more nutritious, they’re more delicious in every respect. We rejoice that the local natural foods movement is alive and thriving in West Michigan and how the health of our families and communities directly benefit from it. Each decision we make to grow our own food or buy local fare is being multiplied by hundreds of thousands of like-minded people. As awareness continues to expand and even mainstream consumers begin to seriously change their buying and eating habits, we can leverage higher quality for America’s food supply. One supportive initiative is the grassroots lobby for honesty and integrity in food labeling. Everyone deserves to know they are ingesting good, clean, additive-free, health-giving food. Now that summer is well underway, let’s not let any free days slip away without plunging into the great outdoors. Adventures await us throughout West Michigan. Let’s make it our best summer yet! Wishing you and yours a safe and happy July Fourth holiday,

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tarting July 1, Prana House Reiki & Massage will open its doors at beautiful Cooper’s Landing, located at 1345 Monroe Ave NE, Suite 204. The Grand Re-Opening Sale will last all through the month of July and includes 20% off for new clients, free exfoliating treatments with any massage service and a special gift for the first ten clients through the door. Jen Gemski has been practicing massage therapy in the Grand Rapids area since 2004. Soon after introducing Reiki to her practice in 2011, she decided to start her own business. Gemski enjoys sharing the benefits of both Reiki and massage with her clients and is so excited to see her business grow from the seed of a home-based business to an ever-blossoming practice that strives to meet the needs of our thirsty community. Call Jen at 616-970-3003 to schedule your July appointment. For pricing and hours, visit PranaHouseReikiMassage. See ad, page 30.

Crystal Earth Center Opens on Mackinac Island


new spiritual and metaphysical energy center is now sharing heart, spirit and mind opening activities on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The Crystal Earth Spiritual Rejuvenation and Sustainable Living Center, located in the Bay View bed and breakfast, is offering special summer events, classes and workshops for island visitors and residents. Participants will explore and experience spiritual and metaphysical studies at levels previously not available on the island. Introductory level classes this month include: Intuitive Development, July 2; Mindful Living, July 9; Death and

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Afterlife, July 11; Nature Spirits, July 18; Creating Sacred Space, July 19; Our Origins, July 25; Archangels and Angels, July 26; and Introduction to Crystals, July 30. In addition, certified yoga instructor, Pam Finkel, a 30 year resident of the island, leads one-hour intermediate and beginner yoga sessions at 9:30 and 11am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, respectively. Maggie Mae Gallagher will make appointments for psychic and tarot card readings, from August 1 to 3. Rev. Nina Turnage, an ordained minister with multiple certifications, from St. Louis, Missouri, will lead separate workshops for Sanskrit Mantras, Meditation Techniques, Creative Visualization, Exploring the Chakras and Creating Your Sacred Spaces between August 13 and 16. Owner Shelly Durbin says, “Most sessions are available for either private individual or group study and can be tailored from curious souls and beginner to more advanced levels,” noting that, “Mackinac Island provides the beauty and peace nature intended for us.” Costs and times vary. Location: 6947 Main St. For more information or to register for events, call 906-847-8110, email or visit CrystalEarthllc. com. See ad, page 28.

Darlene Koldenhoven Concert


oin Spirit Space on July 13 at 10:30am for a special summer Sunday celebration concert with guest vocalist, Grammy Winner, Darlene Koldenhoven, the angelic, soul-stirring solo voice in Yanni, Live at the Acropolis and beloved Sister Act I & II Choir Nun. Her beautiful music artistically blends arrangements of familiar classical and pop themes, mixed with her original compositions to put

your heart and mind at ease with joy. Koldenhoven is an international, touring, concert and studio vocalist, keyboardist, composer, songwriter and more and will sing and play piano at this free event. Koldenhoven has two number one albums voted Best Vocal Album & Best Darlene Koldenhoven Holiday Album. She has also sung on thousands of movies, albums, television shows, commercials and made live appearances with artists from Pink Floyd to Barbara Streisand,, Rod Stewart, The Academy Awards, American Idol and many more. The concert takes place at 3493 Blue Star Highway in Saugatuck, MI. Visit and for more information or call 616886-2716. See ad, page 9.

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n July 18 from 6:30-9:00pm and July 19 & 20 from 10:00am-6:00pm, master instructor Chuck Duff will teach a valuable 1-hour professional sequence that you can immediately put to use with clients, friends and family. The focus of this training is to instill

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principles of full-body movement through carefully refined teaching methods that have helped thousands of students learn this fantastic art. Even students who have studied at other schools give us rave reviews about this training and our teaching methods. This training is the gateway to the rest of our program and with no prerequisites for this course, students are accepted without any prior bodywork training. You will be amazed at what you learn in a weekend learning the critical fundamentals of body mechanics, positioning, compression, working with passive stretches, energetic, spiritual and historical background, an intro to concepts of clinical work, and much more. Massage therapists will earn 17 NCBTMBapproved CEs. Call today to sign up for this course. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Drive, Ste D, in Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580. See ad page 16.

Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman


augh, cry and dance with spiritual teacher and humorist, intuitive healer and author, Dr. Pamela Gerali, as she shares her inspiring one-woman show about the spiritual journey, presented on Sunday, August 3 at 12:30pm at Unity in Kalamazoo and on Saturday, August 9 at 7:00pm at Unity on the Lakeshore in Douglas. In “Confessions Dr. Pamela Gerali of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman,” Dr. Gerali relives her transforming story and shows how she evolved from a fearful, timid teen who survived the rigors of a fundamental religion to embrace and express Essence. Her show is filled with amusing experiences and amazing encounters that she energetically and creatively conveys through six different characters. Tickets are $15 and are available from Unity of Kalamazoo (269-3852239) and Unity on the Lakeshore (269-857-8226).

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Dr. Gerali will also be the guest speaker at Unity of Kalamazoo on August 3 at 10:00am. On August 10, she will be the guest speaker at Unity on the Lakeshore for the 10:00am service and will facilitate a workshop from noon to 2:00pm—An Archetype Encounter. While in Douglas on August 11, Dr. Gerali will also be available for Dramatic Intuitive Healings. While at both churches, Dr. Gerali will sign and sell books—Higher Tea: The Essence of Joy and Confessions of a Passionate Seeker. For more information about her show, books and healings, visit

The Art of Teaching Yoga


he Art of Teaching Yoga is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered School and a Proprietary Trade School licensed in the State of Michigan. This comprehensive program, now in its second year, is for aspiring teachers and students interested in deepening their practice and understanding of yoga. The training begins August 8, 2014 (through April 2105) and will be held at Expressions of Grace Yoga located at 5270 Northland Drive in Grand Rapids. Yoga brings together physical, mental and spiritual disciplines, and originated in India. Mimi Ray, E-RYT-500 + RYT-500 began her practice of Yoga in college and began teaching in 2004. She has traveled extensively to study and mentor with some of the worlds’ finest teachers, and combines her years of dedication to the practice of Yoga with her skills as a creative artist/designer. Her Teacher Training combines high standards of practice, with a focus on alignment, balance in the body, awareness in practice, with the development of teaching skills necessary to introduce students to a Yoga practice safely and effectively. Topics include philosophy, anatomy, adjustments and modifications, bringing the heart of yoga into everyday life. “I am passionate about Yoga and love the opportunity to provide a program to students who want to learn to teach,” said Ray. “This is an intensive and holistic program designed to fully prepare aspiring Yoga teachers to launch their teaching journey,” she added. For information about the program call 616-3618580, or visit or www. See ad page 17.

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Massage, in Grand Rapids, has moved to 4804 Cascade Road, just across the road from their previous location. With the new location comes the same great value; all one-hour massages always $49. Owner/operator of KCL Massage Therapy, Kristina Lockwood CMT, has been practicing for over 10 years, specializing in a wide range of therapies including Swedish, deep tissue massage, myocardial release, trigger


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T point, and sports and injury. She also has experience in prenatal/postpartum massage and stretching/range of motion. With her extensive background, Lockwood has developed a great understanding of anatomy and the relationship of joints and muscles. She applies this expertise to her practice and achieves the best possible results. For more information, go to www.KCLMassageTherapy. com, or call 616-575-2040. 4804 Cascade Road in Grand Rapids. See ad, page 31.

Nature’s Market Expansion Big changes have taken place at Nature’s Market in Holland. The natural food store that has been serving the Holland area for over 27 years has expanded and now features a larger produce area, more grocery, freezer and refrigeration products and more supplements and personal care products. With the expansion came a larger bulk section and more room for classes and demonstrations like their Kombucha Classes and Raw Food Classes. Though the expansion has already taken place, join Nature’s Market on September 20 for a celebration with food demonstrations, door prizes, free giveaways and more. Stop by Nature’s Market at 1013 S. Washington Ave in Holland or visit for more information. See ad, page 34.

he Wellness Circle in Standale is now offering non-surgical body contouring, i-Lipo. This is the first direct skin contact laser device designed for fat reduction and body contouring to receive FDA approval for body fat reduction. This painless and non-invasive technology uses low-level laser technology (LLLT) to stimulate the body’s natural process for releasing its stored energy from adipose tissue, shrinking those fat cells and delivering the body shaping results you deserve. Our body stores extra calories from our diet in the fatty tissue. In times of need, those fat cells will break down their stored triglycerides into free fatty acids, glycerol and water, giving the body energy during times of scarcity. The very same metabolic process that is induced hormonally by the brain to break down fat stores can also be induced by the safe low-level laser energy delivered by i-Lipo. The fat content is then transported via the lymph system where it will be burned off during a period of post treatment exercise. Treatments are structured into courses of eight. We suggest twice a week over four weeks to complete a treatment. The i-Lipo is suitable for both men and women. The laser can be applied to the belly, thighs, upper arms, neck and fatty breast tissue- only in men. It is comfortable and relaxing. Results are long- term provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle. These results can be measured immediately and improve with every treatment. For more information and to get your Free consultation and treatment, call 616-453-4215. See ad, page 6.

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Deepen Your Practice in Brazil


fter several years practicing and teaching together, Grand Rapids yoga teachers Mimi Ray and Jessica Lee are offering a very special opportunity for yoga practitioners and teachers to deepen their practice in beautiful Brazil. In March 2015, Mimi and Jessica will be hosting two off-the-beaten path yoga adventures in the northern region of Rio de Janeiro state. The first is the option of a week or two-week yoga retreat occurring March 15-21, 2015. You will get the best of Brazilian nature by spending half your trip on the pristine beaches and islands of Arraial do Cabo and the other portion in Sana, a protected nature reserve high up in the mountains of the beautiful Atlantic Rainforest. The second offering is a full month Yoga Teacher Training Program March 1-28, 2015. Open to both dedicated yogis and yoga teachers (aspiring and already certified). Those participating in the teacher training will have the incredible experience of living in a small artisan town in the Atlantic Rainforest within walking distance from beautiful waterfalls and hidden mountain pools. The retreat package is included in the teacher training program. The retreat and teacher training packages are available to individuals, couples and groups. No yoga experience is necessary for the retreats. One year experience for the month-long training program is recommended. If you would like an info packet or more information about the retreats and teacher trainings visit SacredArtYogaTraining or email suryagita@ See ad page 34.


Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun


cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.

Bad Fats Are Brain-Busters


ew research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that consumption of “bad” saturated fats may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women. The research team analyzed the BWH Women’s Health Study, focusing on four years of data from a subset of 6,000 women older than 65. Those that consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat, like that found in red meat and butter, exhibited worse overall cognition and memory than peers that ate the lowest amounts. Women that consumed mainly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, demonstrated better patterns of cognitive scores over time.

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n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.

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Dried Plums Prevent Bone Loss


onsuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 post-menopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater bone mineral density among the group that ate dried plums. A study from Oklahoma State University showed similar results with post-menopausal mice put on a diet supplemented with dried plums or other dried fruits for two months. Only the diet with dried plums prevented bone loss among the mice. Another study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found increased bone mass among both elderly and adult male mice that ate a diet comprising 25 percent dried plums, while those that did not eat dried plums lost bone mass.

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Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress


he ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwagandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depression and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder.

Fruits and Veggies Boost Kids’ Learning and Social Skills


study published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association finds that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among schoolage children may increase learning skills related to interacting with others, as identified in social cognitive theory. Researchers divided 138 students into two groups, with one group consuming more fruits and vegetables than the other. After three months, the group on the healthier diet tested higher in social cognitive learning skills. They also scored better in self-efficacy (belief they could succeed) in difficult situations, social support and observational learning.


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Sneak Attack on Sneak Attack on Dietary Supplements Garden Dietary Gunk Supplements According to Scott Tips, president and legal counsel for the National Health Federation (NHF), harmonized global standards are enabling overall reduced vitamin and mineral levels in pill and food form. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to both the current Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and Supplement Facts panel on dietary supplement labels that prompt concern. “While the food industry, media and general public focus on the proposed format changes, new wording and label design, there’s a danger to our health in the FDA harmonizing our Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin and mineral levels down to the extremely low levels of the Codex Alimentarius, which our organization has fought against for more than a decade,” advises Tips. Although a few RDIs have been raised, if the proposed rulemaking is adopted, the NHF anticipates that the FDA will work to conform other recommended nutrient values to those of Codex. Support for this projection is based on an October 11, 1995, FDA pronouncement in the Federal Register to harmonize its food laws with those of the rest of the world. The deadline for citizens to submit comments to the FDA ended on June 2, but we can still write to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5360 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Mention Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1210 and insist that the FDA cease pushing its harmonization agenda.

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Federation (NHF), harmonized global Bagged garden fertilizers help plants standards are enabling overall reduced grow, but store-bought brands can be a vitamin mineralsludge—treated levels in pill and scary mixand of sewage hufood form. In February, the U.S. Food man, industrial and hospital waste. No and Drug Administration profederal or state regulations(FDA) require that posed changes to both the current sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, Nutrition Facts foodcan labels be listed on the panel label. on Sludge also and Supplement Facts panel on dietary be blended with more natural fertilizers supplement labels prompt concern. without listing it as that an ingredient. “While the food industry, media Today’s testing requirements for and general public focus on the proposed waste sludge cover only 10 elements format changes, new wordingalland label and two indicator bacteria; other design, there’s a danger to our health contaminants, pharmaceuticals and in thechemicals FDA harmonizing our Reference toxic that go down the drain Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin mineral of every home and business and go right levels down to the extremely low levels into the fertilizer. of the Codex Alimentarius, which our Terms like “organic” and “natural” organization fought for more only apply tohas some foodagainst products, not than a decade,” advises Tips. compost or fertilizer. Arsenic and lead Although a few natural RDIs have been are both considered ingredients. raised, if the proposed rulemaking Toxins and heavy metals don’t disis adopted, NHF anticipates thatthey appear whenthe exposed to sun or rain; the FDA will work to conform other enter the soil or travel by wind and water recommended values to those runoff into yardsnutrient and communities and of Codex. Support for this projection can be absorbed in vegetables, plants is based on an October 11, 1995, FDA and livestock. When we consume foods pronouncement in the Federal Register grown in sludge, we consume whatever to harmonize withAlso, those the plant takes its upfood fromlaws the soil. of the rest of the world. elements like heavy metals collect in the deadline foranimals citizensthat to submit meat,The milk and fat of are fed comments to the FDA ended on crops grown in sewage sludge. June 2, still the write to thegarden, Division of but we To can protect family call Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food the fertilizer manufacturer before purand Druga Administration, Fishers chasing product to verify5360 ingredients. Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Ask the nursery or store for labeling Mention Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1210 that depicts which products are sludgeand and insistalso thatinsist the FDA ceaseuse pushing free on their at areaits harmonization agenda. schools, parks and playgrounds.

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There’s little doubt that the nation needs more young farmers, because statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the average American farmer is 58 years old. Hope lies in farm incubators that equip young agrarians with the technical skills and the business savvy needed to compete in the fierce, burgeoning market for locally grown produce. At Kinsman Farm (, in Cleveland, the Ohio State University Extension gives would-be farmers quarter-acre starter plots and helps them develop business plans. Financial support is available, too. “The city of Cleveland recently received private funds to expand its Gardening for Greenbacks Program,” advises spokesperson Marie Barni. “Our urban farmers can now receive a $5,000 grant to help start their farming microenterprise.” Some city planners have voiced considerable skepticism about whether urban farms are an effective tool for creating jobs and rebuilding economies like Cleveland’s, but advocates point to other farm incubators in North Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas, Holyoke, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. In Chicago, students at the role model Windy City Harvest, coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Richard J. Daley City College ( windycityharvest), engage in six months of hands-on horticulture training, and then a three-month paid internship with a farm or food justice organization. Source:

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It Takes a Village to Feed the World Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 ( All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that is truly affordable, delicious, fair and good for the planet. Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world practice better animal husbandry and develop more environmentally sustainable sources of food production for 70 years. Oxfam, a confederation of 17 organizations worldwide, helps find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam America’s recent Behind the Brands campaign highlights how favorite consumer brands bring hidden costs to farmers, food security and the environment. Real Food Challenge, started in 2008 mainly among students, aims to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets from industrial farms and junk foods to community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020. Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing organic, heirloom and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds.

Tech Trash

Recycle All Electronic Products With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at

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U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at

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How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and the United Nations projects that 5 billion people will call a city home by 2030. “We need to understand how cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and how plants and animals are adapting to them,” says Dieter Hochuli, a Ph.D. biologist who specializes in integrative ecology at the University of Sydney, in Australia. For the most part, plants and animals adapt to urban surroundings using traits that help them survive in their natural habitat, but some scientists predict the pressures of the city, especially pollution, may become so great that evolution may intervene. “We’ve created this whole new habitat that never used to exist here,” remarks Angela Moles, a University of New South Wales (Australia) plant biologist. “There will be some species living here that are not doing so well and there’ll be selection for individuals that can do better in an urban environment.” “We still have functioning ecosystems, they’re just different from what they were 200 years ago,” comments Hochuli. Some shifts will be irreversible.

Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics ( BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at OilPetition.

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Top predator species of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied to the health of the ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to a study from the University of California-Davis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that attracts krill-eating birds. The chemical signal, dimethyl sulfide (DMS), forms sulfur compounds in the atmosphere that also promote cloud formation and help cool the planet. Seabirds consuming the krill then fertilize the phytoplankton with iron, which is scarce in oceans. “The data is really striking,” says Gabrielle Nevitt, Ph.D., a professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at the university, who co-authored the paper. “This suggests that top marine predators are important in climate regulation, although they are mostly left out of climate models. More attention should be focused on how ecological systems impact climate. Studying DMS as a signal molecule makes the connection.” Source: Environmental News Network (

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA “safe level” for food, in inhibiting male infertility. Noting the research revealing Roundup’s toxicity to the germ line (sperm and egg) of animal species, the argument can be made that this chemical has contraceptive properties and therefore, genocidal consequences. By directly affecting the biologically immortal cells within the testes that contain DNA with more than 3 billion years worth of information essential for the future of the human species, Roundup could even be considered an instrument of mass destruction. Minimally, the precautionary principle should be applied that any chemical with the potential to disrupt or destroy our species’ reproductive cells should be banned unless the manufacturer can prove its safety beyond a reasonable doubt. Source:

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top by Sacred Plane Reflexology in the Return 2 Wellness suite, located at 701 E. Savidge Street in beautiful Spring Lake near East Village Central Park, and you will find a special, aromatic place to unwind, rejuvenate and heal your body. Sacred Plane Reflexology is an independent business working alongside other professionals at On The Path Yoga to offer a complete team who strive to keep people healthier and in tune with their bodies. Reaiah Ellsworth , owner of Sacred Plane Reflexology and Certified Reflexologist, shares her workspace with Anne VanderHoek, NT (Naturopathic Therapist), Stacie Berlin, who practices Thai massage and Stacy Eding in the office. The quiet, simply decorated space allows clients serenity while toxins and stress are released from their bodies. “Reflexology is rejuvenating on so many levels. It is perfect for refreshing the mind, body and soul and encourages the best possible outcome when done along with other health practices,” Ellsworth says. For anyone not familiar with reflexology, it can be an informational experience and one that could very well offer life-changing results. Reflexology deals with pressure points in primarily the feet, hands and sometimes ears. Rather than using traditional massage techniques all over the body, Ellsworth, carefully holds certain pressure points, primarily on the feet, using particular essential oils based on the client’s individual needs. According to Ellsworth, “The use of essential oils adds nutritional value to the body on a molecular level.” While Ellsworth has some very regular clients, she is currently accepting new clients for reflexology treatments. The frequency of appointments depends entirely on the needs and how much treatment clients feel necessary at the time. Some come weekly, some bi-weekly and some less frequently than that. Ellsworth has worked with a variety of clients – some with cancer and some with other serious health ailments. She has even gone to Bluebird Cancer Retreats of West Michigan where she was part of a team of healers offering services to cancer patients. Ellsworth said that everyone can benefit from reflexology though. “The feet have a map of the body and we focus on where there is congested energy.” Ellsworth has many different essential oils she uses and also a special aloe/coconut balm that she makes and sells herself. The Aloe/Coconut Balm sells in a 2 ounce container for $10 or in a .5 ounce container for $6 and is available at the center and also at all Health Hutt locations. This balm is safe to use on pregnant women as well. Some oils help to cool the body and some are used to help warm the body. By primarily using the oil on the feet, rather than the hands, the oil can absorb into the feet for up to 24 hours. Ellsworth stated, “The feet are the most impactful location of the body due to

the gravitational pull and the body’s shedding process through the feet.” Reaiah Ellsworth is a woman of many talents and skills. Prior to working in this field she studied Crisis Stabilization at the University of Maine where she began helping people with their problems. She also regularly plays in and manages the reggae music band, Mystic Dub. When Ellsworth decided to start practicing reflexology professionally, she was working at The Village Baker across the hall from On The Path Yoga. In 2013 the yoga studio and Return 2 Wellness decided to move its location down the street. Ellsworth’s husband encouraged her to try practicing her skill professionally. She had already been practicing reflexology for seven years on herself and on her family, after beginning with a Jennifer Kreis DVD that she fell in love with. Since joining the wellness group, it has largely impacted her life. “I didn’t intend to do this, but I feel destined to do it now. I see clients experience relief. This has been a great cohesive part of my life. It’s been empowering.” It is not required to be certified in reflexology in the State of Michigan, but Ellsworth decided she wanted to go that extra step and become certified, which she did through Ann Ross at Bear Heart Vibrational Reflexology. She continues learning and evolving as a professional through additional reading and training. For anyone interested in learning what reflexology is all about, Reaiah Ellsworth can be reached by phone at 616510-4043 or by email at Some information is also available on her website, Sessions can be made by appointment preferably with initial sessions lasting 90 minutes and costing $90. Additional 60 minute sessions run $60. She is usually available Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Clients stay fully clothed and are requested to wear loose-fitting pants with the ability to move up from foot to knee. A foot cleansing will precede the reflexology treatment. Gift certificates are also available. Remember to mention the Natural Awakenings Ad for a 15% discount on your service. For more information contact Reaiah True at 616-843-4563. Sacred Plane Reflexology is located at 701 E. Savidge in Spring Lake, MI. See ad page 31. Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. She has a background in advertising, teaching, writing and real estate. Julie lives in the Muskegon area with her family and works as a real estate agent for Greenridge Realty, as a substitute teacher and has recently published her first novel, Full Circle.

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Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

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A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.”

Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil. Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

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During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

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Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.”

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ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed 20

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his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s? The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

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What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at natural awakenings

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he ocean is my bliss. Be a hero, habitats as an investment. My job lets me do walking take pollution beachSemiannual what I love and call cleanups, an Oregon it work,” says Andrea Neal, down to zero. tradition for 30 years, have Ph.D., founder and CEO removed 2.8 million pounds ~ National Park of trash, largely comprising of Blue Ocean Sciences, a Service scientific collaboration seekcigarette butts, fishing ropes ing healthy water solutions, and plastic bottles. Unusual in Ojai, California. “When I surf, I’m items include telephone poles and a in sync with water and air at the same 200-pound Styrofoam block. In the 2014 time.” One time during a Scandinavian spring campaign, 4,800 volunteers that snowfall, she donned a wet suit to ride treasure coastal recreational activities eight-foot waves; after splashdown, she removed an estimated 24 tons of litter emerged with ice-tipped eyelashes and and marine debris ( What West a huge grin. “I’ve never been so cold, Coasters see can also show up in Japan but it was glorious!” and vice versa, so coordinated cleanup Neal likens scuba diving to enterefforts benefit outdoor enthusiasts in ing another world, revealing nature’s both countries. undersea glories. “Crabs sneak a peek Lake Tahoe, on the California/ and you’re face-to-face with fish. Sea Nevada border, beckons paddleboard, lions want to play,” she says. “I’ve also raft, canoe and kayak aficionados. Last had great white sharks cruise by and year, volunteers for the Great Sierra give me an intimidating nudge.” River Cleanup, a Sierra Nevada Con It’s not just sharks and extreme servancy project, finessed the condition weather that swimmers, divers and water- of this recreational site by picking up a craft enthusiasts worry about these days— ton of trash in and near the water and it’s trash, too. The most basic requirement were able to recycle 600 pounds of it for safe water sports is clean water. Plas( tics, paper and other debris, ranging from Desert winds, combined with flat microscopic toxins to everyday garbage, landscapes, blow Las Vegas debris into pose life-threatening hazards to human Nevada’s Lake Mead. Operation Zero – and marine life. “I want my kids and their Citizens Removing and Eliminating Waste, kids to share in what I’ve experienced,” ferries volunteers to a cove accessible exclaims Neal, part of the global scienonly by boat to clean and enjoy the area tific community redefining clean water (

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council hosts two annual events that focus on the Grand River and its tributaries that need our help in the cities of Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker, and Wyoming and in the community of Plainfield Township. Volunteer in the Fall with the Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up or come back in the Spring to help with the Grand River Green Up. Visit for more information. The improved natural environment attracts visitors to the lake to try new sports like wakesurfing, riding the water behind a wave-producing boat by dropping the tow line once waves form. The more adventurous go

wakeboarding, which combines water skiing, snowboarding and surfing skills as the rider becomes airborne between waves. The more advanced sport of waterskating requires more stylish skateboarder moves. Further inland, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers help keep the Great Lakes clean. More than a beach sweep, volunteers regularly monitor litter throughout the year and perform a complete beach health assessment on each visit. The eight Great Lakes border states—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—benefit from teams of volunteers continually working to improve beach health ( Moving south, Project AWARE cleans up Iowa’s waterways, “one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time” ( Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are popular river activities. Paddlers collect litter en route and leave it in designated bins at access points.

In Missouri, the Big River beckons. Jeff Briggs, an insurance adjustor in High Ridge, tubes the mile-plus stretch between dams at Rockford Beach Park and Byrnes Mill. “When we’re tubing, it’s just for enjoyment,” he says. “For a longer float, we take the jon boat so there’s space to stow trash.” Table Rock Lake, in southern Missouri, draws fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. Their WK Lewis Shoreline Cleanup has removed 179 tons of trash in 10 years. In 2013, 670 volunteers filled 11 dumpsters (Tinyurl. com/WK-Lewis-Cleanup). “It takes love and commitment, patience and persistence to keep cleaning up habitats,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., co-founder of four grassroots water advocacy groups. “Clean water is important though, to sustain fit life on the planet.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

How Trash Impacts Marine Life by Avery Mack “No matter where you live, trash can travel from your hands to storm drains to streams and on to the sea. The problem of ocean trash is entirely preventable, and you can make a difference,” advises the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Trash Index provides information by state and country on how much and what kind of trash enters our waterways. Each fall, data is collected during the organization’s International Coastal Cleanup oneday campaign both on land and under water. About 10 million pounds of trash was collected worldwide in 2013; of that total, 3.5 million pounds, or nearly 35 percent, originated in the U.S. The most common offenses include discarded cigarette butts and filters, food wrappers, plastic bottles and bags, beverage caps and lids, cups, plates, utensils, straws and stirrers, glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper bags. All of it could have been recycled, including the cigarettes (see

Trash enters the water from illegal or thoughtless dumping, extreme weather events, a crashed plane, sunken boat, lost fishing traps, nets or lines, movie props or windblown litter. For example, a plastic bag blows out of the trash can or truck, enters a storm drain or creek and moves into rivers and the ocean, where it endangers marine life, swimmers and watercraft. Water boards in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area recognize that voluntary measures aren’t enough to solve the problem. Some cities in the Los Angeles area have implemented fullcapture systems designed to trap debris greater than five millimeters in size. Prevention is obviously the least expensive, safest and easiest way to keep water clean. To protect local, regional and global waters, follow the familiar refrain of recycle, reuse, repair and repurpose. Be thoughtful about what’s in the trash can and keep it securely closed. Move the car on street

sweeping days—along with dust, dirt and leaves, a street sweeper picks up animal waste and oil from cars. Ask for and advocate less packaging on commonly used products, stiffer fines for polluters and increased funding for enforcement and research. Knowing what comprises most trash helps consumers demand product redesigns and new policies that address the most problematic items and materials, explains Nicholas Mallos, a marine debris specialist with the Ocean Conservancy. Rippl is a free mobile application that can help users practice what they preach in making simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips, available at OceanConservancy. org/do-your-part/rippl.html. A safe, fun day near, on, in or under the water starts with green practices at home. For details visit CoastalCleanupReport.

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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes

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providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age

of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at

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the age of 23. Joraan’s to learn orchard is home to thrivwhere their ing, health-supporting food comes apple, apricot, cherry from and the and plum trees, plus reasons fresh, native aronia berries. organically It also injects fresh life grown food into the community. really matters Each spring, the Forto our health,” bords celebrate their says Lanier. son’s birthday by “wakHowever, ing up” his orchard. “This is just the His mother explains: tip of the iceLuverne and Mary Jo Forbord “People of all ages berg for us. Ulgather—an assortment timately, we’d of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their like to be a chemical-free community growing families, neighbors, relatives, through advocating for reduction and co-workers, students and others—to elimination of pesticide and chemical keep his legacy growing. The incredible use in schools, hospitals, households community support keeps us going.” and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the to see area hospitals Center for Family and Community Development establish organic food Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for gardens that support efforts to make Family and Community Developpeople healthier without the use of ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching heavy medications.” Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants Lanier further explains: “We see all children to grow up in safe comour victory as reducing hunger and inmunities with access to plenty of creasing health and wellness, environwholesome food. After working for mental sustainability and repair, comnearly two decades with some of South munity development and beautification, Alabama’s most vulnerable families, economic development and access to Lanier wanted to “provide more than locally grown food, by promoting and a crutch.” In 2009, she established creating a local food system.” the nonprofit CFCD organization, dedicated to healthy living. Within five Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, years, she had assembled a small, but of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in hard-working staff that began building Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite orcommunity and school gardens and ganic flowers and vegetables for farmcreating collaborative partnerships. ers’ markets and community supported Recently, the group established the agriculture members in Telluride and Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the urban teaching farm and community couple decided to take fewer trips resource center. “The farm will serve away from their children and homeas an onsite experience for children stead, and instead bring more people

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“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red

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kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?”

Conscientious food producers are teachers, innovators, environmental stewards and changemakers creating a brighter future for us all. Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be

Hear From Some of Our Local Farms: Lubbers Farm in Grand Rapids, MI began farming sustainably in 1995 after their six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. They began searching for nutrient dense foods, which they found were largely unavailable in West Michigan at that time and so began to raise them on their own. Their seeds are heirloom, open-pollinated and they rotationally graze all of their animals. They see the farm as a biological unit and seek to balance it by imitating what would occur in a natural setting. They pay great attention to their soil, treating it only with compost and mulch. With the focus on soil came, surprisingly to them, exceptional flavor. Their friends began to ask for some of their products, and so their farm was born. (Their daughter is now 28 years old!) For more information on Lubbers Farm, visit Groundswell Farm in Zeeland, MI tries to be a positive force in the community by growing organically, donating excess produce, offering discounts to low-income people and by paying fair wages and having good working conditions for their farmworkers. For more information, visit 26

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B & B Farms, a 4th generation family farm consisting of 540 acres and growing canola, wheat and alfalfa, in Marion Michigan, is a GMO free farm ran by Bonnie and Dan Blackledge that is currently undergoing MAEAP verification. The Blackledges are also participants in Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs. They began growing canola in 2007, selling their crop in Canada where it was processed into oil. It seemed like there was a market opportunity for them to press out oil on their farm when they realized the Canadian company was sending canola oil back to Michigan. In 2011, they bought a small oilseed press and began pressing and selling canola oil directly from their farm. Their oil is non-GMO, non-refined, and has low saturated fat (7%). This year, they have 110 acres of canola, of which 40 acres are notill. They began experimenting with no-till in 2013 as a sustainable way to improve their soils and reduce ero-

even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at sion. Within two years, they will likely be 100% no-till. They keep working to increase the sustainability of their cropping systems as well. Today, they rotate canola and wheat, two genetically different crops, which has largely eliminated insect and disease pests. They have an on-farm commercial kitchen licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. They bottle their canola oil in one-pint and one-gallon containers and sell to stores and restaurants in Michigan, as well as over the internet. For more information, visit Creswick Farms in Ravenna, MI is dedicated to raising healthy, happy animals—lovingly cared for just as Mother Nature intended—which provide high energy, nutritious, and delicious food sources for health conscious individuals. They are family owned and operated and managed by a fourth generation farmer and take pride in providing, fresh, high-quality, nutritious products. For more information, visit or email

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency,


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like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful.

Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture

difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure.

Sunny-Day Sippers

Peachy Watermelon

Black Cherry Raspberry

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Yields 2 servings ¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving.

Tomato Smoothie Yields 2 servings 2 cups tomatoes, chopped ½ cup tomato juice ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup carrots ¼ cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Yields 2 servings

Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie

2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup low-fat vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches

Yields 2 servings 1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings ½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries. 2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable. In truth, both can be secured through the realization of five fundamental freedoms for everyone: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear. These basic freedoms establish a framework within which other rights can flourish. The five fingers of our hand illustrate the possibilities, starting with the thumb. It looks different and stands out. It is strong. It represents freedom of speech, an idea that stands up to dishonesty and corruption. With our index finger, we point and indicate direction. It represents freedom of religion. Each of us is free to choose our own way. Those that decide God is their guide are free to live their own relationship with God. The middle finger, the longest, represents freedom from want—the long road of existence and the certainty that

there’ll be food, water, education and health care for every one of us as we go along. Next is the wedding ring finger for many of us, and a finger with a direct link to our nervous system for all of us. It represents freedom for the environment and for life. We all have a direct link to the Earth and the ecosystem of which we are a part. When the life of the Earth is spoiled, our lives are spoiled. Finally, there is our little finger, the least imposing. It represents freedom from fear. It’s the “finale” of our hand, our reward. All the others lead to this one. As we recount the five freedoms represented by our fingers, remember that we didn’t ask for that hand; we were born with it. Everyone was born with the right to all five freedoms. They are the essence of a good life for all, and in this way they are intertwined; the success of each bolsters the others. As we learn our rights, we come to expect and demand them, with lasting results. They become our way of life. Source: Adapted excerpt from 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together by Kirk Boyd. Used with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. See the evolution of human rights at Tinyurl. com/HumanRightsTimeline.

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onfucius said “In the world, there are many different roads, but the destination is the same.” This quote comes to mind as you enter Spirit Space, an interfaith church located in Saugatuck, MI. Spirit Space is a place for those who want to explore their faith in a judgment-free environment. “People who come to us often want to go a bit deeper in their spirituality or make more sense of their faith. They are thinkers and want to know ‘how does this make sense? My religion taught me this, but my brain is telling me something else.’ Oftentimes, religious dogma does not allow that sort of space for questioning,” said Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel. Tucked away off Blue Star Highway, Spirit Space resides in a converted home surrounded by forest, making it a peaceful and quiet sanctuary separated from all traffic, both foot and vehicular. The grounds and gardens are being restored and a labyrinth is planned for the near future. “The fact that people are walking through our doors means that people are still searching. Many have been wounded by their faith, but we want to reassure them that love is greater than any wound,” said Pastor Sherry. Spirit Space displays many different ecumenical symbols throughout its facility and the altar honors many major faith traditions. Spirit Space is not about creating a one world religion; it is truly about honoring and seeing the wisdom in all faiths. “We are a diverse creation and we look to share the ability to see the beauty and wisdom in that diversity,” said Pastor Sherry. Many of the congregants are not just from the local communities of Saugatuck and Douglas but from South Haven, Holland and Grand Rapids as well. This interfaith congregation comes together on Sunday mornings to share and worship by bringing their faith, and to hear Pastor Sherry share her “Reasonings”. The term “Reasoning” can be traced from the Biblical scripture (Isaiah 1:18: “Come, let us reason together”) to Rastafarian tradition. It signifies a coming together of minds to have a deeper understanding of spiritual truths. The Sunday morning Reasonings are discussed the following Wednesday at an evening gathering by those that are curious or have more to add. “We share a light meal, debate, banter and enjoy exploring our love of all things spiritual. The discussion is followed by a time of meditation,” Pastor Sherry said. Spirit Space did not begin with the intention of becoming a church. It started out with a small group of seekers coming together to share spiritual thoughts, or as some would call them, Dharma talks on Sunday evenings. Attendees started to donate money for the expenses of renting office space for the gatherings, which led to the creation of a non-profit. Spirit Space now holds services on Sunday morning. “Some refer to us as a church, others a spiritual enrichment center, I believe

we are both. We offer classes on many diverse topics, from meditation, to spirituality and journaling,” said Pastor Sherry, who is also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, life coach, workshop presenter and author as well as a spiritual leader. “I had thought originally that people would be seeking a new thought – or new way,” she said, “But many do find comfort in the traditions of their personal faiths and want to keep those parts alive. We are here to encourage them to incorporate these cherished traditions – and then add to them if they desire, without judgment. We are both an interfaith and an inner faith (all of your answers are within) community.” Spirit Space also offers a program for children that is based on kindness, compassion and oneness – rather than teaching a particular dogma. “There is plenty of time for rules in their life. Peace will only come from a sense of connectedness, not separateness. We teach them to see the oneness and beauty in all faith traditions and all things,” said Pastor Sherry. “Spirituality is a very personal part of our human journey. It makes me sad when that personal piece is removed and it becomes a dogma. Often the essence of spirit is found in a child, not in a dogma.” “Spirit Space is a place where questions are welcomed, answers are searched for and all people are respected,” said Kathy Horton, board president and administrator at Spirit Space. What began as a reluctance to attend evolved into a labor of love, so much so she has left the corporate world to dedicate her services to making Spirit Space a success. Pastor Sherry has written a book titled A Voice of Reason, released in June 2013, which compliments the mission of Spirit Space. Using her life coaching and counseling expertise, she covers a wide range of topics, including Success and Purpose, Energy, Prosperity, Suffering and Grace. There is a meditation at the end of each chapter and “you can open the book and start reading from any section to begin living an intentional life.” Spirit Space is located at 3493 Blue Star Highway in Saugatuck. You can find more information at Spirit-Space. org. See ad page 9. A Voice of Reason can be found on More information is available at and You can also follow Pastor Sherry via Facebook at and natural awakenings

July 2014



Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm

Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

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n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

Compounding Crises

Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor 34

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megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California

The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange, GRACE Communications Foundation, Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, Ban Fracking in Barry County, regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation.

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hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge

Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats.

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The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-week-old infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author

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“It’s not how fast and how far you go, it’s what you see, smell, touch and listen to along the way. You might move only five feet in 15 minutes, but what you see and discuss will help children grow into respectful explorers and lifelong campers. Take photos and bring a journal; a child’s adventures are the best keepsakes.” ~ Stephanie Rach, founder of the Let’s Go Chipper play-based learning program, in Corte Madera, CA

of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park exploring, always keeping in mind that kids tire out fast.” His mandatory equipment includes good walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Adhering to such rules as never leave the trail or wander off and don’t pick flowers or touch animals is non-negotiable. Stephanie Wear, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, working in Beaufort, South Carolina, has found that it’s easy to make the experience lively. “We like to do observational scavenger hunts—find the flower, the mushroom or the tree that looks like a picture and make a list of what you see. Getting out in nature sharpens observation skills, boosts creativity and improves physical and mental health,” she says. Wear notes that her kids have listed 70 forms of life in the family’s backyard alone.

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by Avery Mack If family members enjoy their initial camping experiences, it’s time to invest in gear. Goodwill Industries and other thrift stores may have some items, although finding what’s needed will be a hit-ormiss endeavor. Note that sleeping bags at thrifts will most likely be for indoor use only—not waterproofed or suitable for colder weather. Military surplus stores are a better bet. Check these sites for bargains or discounted prices:

Visit a local park or to take part in more activities and explore different locations. “Nature presents a great parenting tool,” she remarks. Summertime camping helps every member of the family unplug, unwind and wander along new paths. Thrift shops often have inexpensive flatware and plastic/reusable dishes (cuts paper waste at the campsite), as well as clothing that carefree kids won’t have to worry about ruining; pick gender-neutral colors so T-shirts can be passed down or shared. When packing, give each child a personally labeled travel container with clothing, toothbrush and other essentials, and a current checklist to be sure each item is packed (and repacked at camp). Include other items of their choosing but if any of them don’t fit in, they don’t go along.

• John Ball Zoo, offering Scout Overnight Adventures for Boy and Girl Scouts to earn their badges and Summer Zoo Camp ( • Binder Park Zoo, offering Zoo Snooze, Overnight Safari, and Family Overnight Safari options ( • Circle Pines Center, offering three sessions of summer camp ( See ad page 36. • Blandford Nature Center, offering Summer and Spring Break Camps for kids of all ages (

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Post-Traumatic Stress Help for Veterans by Amanda Merritt


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ost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), if considered a disorder, is an unfortunate disorder to encounter. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this disorder as, “A psychological reaction that occurs after experiencing a highly stressing event (such as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) outside the range of normal human experience and that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event.” In other words, PTSD is unavoidable in most circumstances, and evolves purely from exposure to beyond normal experiences, making the acquisition of this disorder rather unfair to its culprits. A large portion of the population of those with PTSD is occupied by none other than our war veterans. A study by the Congressional Research Service revealed that at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression and 50% of those veterans do not seek treatment. Seeking natural treatments of PTSD can help those with this unfortunate disorder move on and enjoy a simpler life, less haunted by those beyond normal experiences they once encountered. Alternative treatment can include a wide range of modalities/ methods, but there is hope in the numerous modalities/methods available. The following modalities/methods are encouraged for veterans affected by this disorder:


Reaiah True of Sacred Plan Reflexology said, “Reflexology is great for PTSD. In addition to being a forum to have a moment to relax, this modality offers a safe, healthy and refreshing environment to process through the variance of mind frames healing brings.” True has a background in Crisis Stabilization and development of coping skills that combines well with body work to combat PTSD.


Elle Ingalls of Pressure-Free Living, LLC has a three-step method of stress-management that helps veterans adjusting to civilian life by understanding what is happening to their minds and bodies when under stress. Ingalls said, “Veterans can gain clarity about what stress does to them and build compelling reasons to want to use the PressureFree method. That’s step one. In step two, we get clear about what is triggering four emotions: anger, anxiety, annoyance and shame. I help clients map out these triggers as they go through their days. When we know when we are vulnerable to stress, then we can take action. That leads us to step three, using Pressure-Free tools. I share simple ways for people to interrupt the fight-or-flight stress response before it releases stress hormones that compromise our minds and bodies. These stress hormones reduce our ability to think clearly, and can cause us to lash out in anger, or hide away in anxiety.”

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Yoga Nidra:

In 2006, the Department of Defense conducted a study at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), on the efficacy of Yoga Nidra (an ancient meditative practice dating back to 2500 B.C.E.) with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing PTSD. Veterans practicing Yoga Nidra experienced profound results. Dr. Sue Dilsworth of Heart’s Journey Wellness Center explained, “Yoga Nidra allows the individual to enter a meditative state, one in which you can reduce and sometimes eliminate physical, emotional and mental suffering. Our body has a way of hanging on to the cell memories that we have created with our unhealthy thoughts, lifestyles or even life experiences that we have had no control over (which is often the case with veterans). Yoga Nidra helps reprogram that cell memory into something more peaceful, blissful, and authentic.”

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Emotional Aromatic Touch (E.A.T.) uses Essential Oils, typically applied on the back, to most effectively help veterans experiencing PTSD “move through” emotional trauma that has occurred in life. This application may be done once every three weeks or so for best results. Clara Vanderzouwen of Be Young Essential Oils said, “E.A.T. offers wonderful hope to those who may be suffering or stuck in the past. It is very gentle and unique for each person.”

Bach Flower Therapy/Reiki:

Daphne Keplinger-Myers of Lakeshore Natural Skin Care offers both Bach Flower Therapy and Reiki to assist veterans experiencing PTSD. Bach Flower Therapy focuses on the normalization and resolution of inner conflicts as well as the improvement of physical conditions that have recognizable

p s y ch o l o g i c a l c a u s e s o r symptoms. Keplinger-Meyers further explained, “Using the essences of flowers and their healing properties, we customize a formulation for the unique needs of each individual.” Reiki also promotes healing in the body and is an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.


Barbara Meconis of Holistic Care Approach said, “Acupuncture and NAET can alleviate symptoms associated with emotional issues (like PTSD) by treating the root cause of the problem, thereby helping to rebalance the body’s internal environment.” From an Oriental Medicine perspective, PTSD can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy or Qi, through the body. These energetic, imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches and menstrual irregularities and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way the body functions. There are many other natural modalities and/or methods of assisting veterans with PTSD in addition to those briefly described above, but in any situation, the most important first step is to seek help. Untreated PTSD can cause greater issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance use/abuse, suicide attempts and deliberate self-harm. While PTSD cruelly chooses its victims, making it unavoidable for those who encounter it, seeking out treatment is possible by anyone. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at mandi.merritt@

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10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber


o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.


Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the

skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in

treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.


Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.


and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research,

A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

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Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.


ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.  

Oats ‘n Egg Scramble Chia Coconut Crunch

1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob

2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 miutes.  Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.   Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.

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Family & Frequency Special- Schedule your monthly reflexology sessions for 6 months during the month of July and receive the Family & Frequency Special, $7.00 off each session. Add 1-2 Family members for an additional $3.00 off your session. Sacred Plan Reflexology,, Spring Lake. Grand Re-Opening Sale- Free Sugar Scrub with any massage service at Prana House Reiki and Massage. 20% off for new clients. Call 616-970-3003 to book your appointment today. First ten will receive a special gift. 1345 Monroe Ave NE Ste 204, Grand Rapids. Christmas in July- Buy three massages or gift certificates, and get a fourth free or receive 20% off single gift certificates at 360 Massage and Holistic Care., 616-242-0034, b. i-Lipo Treatments- Receive a free consultation and treatment in non-surgical body contouring. i-Lipo is suitable for both men and women. The laser can be applied to the belly, thighs, upper arms, neck and fatty breast tissue- only in men. For more information, call 616-453-4215. Standale. 10% Off Skin Care Products- Receive 10% off in-store skin care products at Thornapple Health & Nutrition with ad on page 9. Thornapple Health & Nutrition offers gluten free items, homeopathic products, vitamins, essential oils and more. www., 9175 Cherry Valley Ave, Ste D, Caledonia. $50 1 Hour Massage- Mention Natural Choice Chiropractic’s ad on page 31 of Natural Awakenings Magazine to receive a one hour massage for just $50. Relieve your stress and anxiety. Call 616827-2350 today to set up your appointment. www., 5260 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood.

Pre-Register for Workshop- July 1-12. PreRegister for Reflexology 101 and receive a $5.00 coupon for your next 1-Hour Reflexology Session. The workshop hosts information that is not widely known but should be. The world needs more helping hands to help more feet. Sacred Plane Reflexology,, Spring Lake. What’s Holding You Back? - 7:00-9:00pm. Don’t let fears prevent you from being the best version of yourself. Workshop offers strategies to help you overcome those pesky fears that limit your potential. Expect to reflect, share, and leave with tools of empowerment. $30. 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids.

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Kids Cooking Ages 3-5 – 10:00-11:00am. Cooking class for the preschooler and a caregiver. The child will prepare a healthy recipe to take home. They’ll learn kitchen safety. (The caregiver will be encouraged to not help them.) Holistic Nutrition Center, 90 West 8th Street, Holland.


Sunday Service: Going Home- 10:00am. Come join us for Sunday Service as Carl and Ortrun Franklin deliver the message of “Going Home”. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, 6025 Ada Drive, Ada. www. or 616-682-7812.


Healthseekers Class- 11:15am-12:30pm. Suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce utilizes a unique modality combining homeopathy, acupuncture meridians, and muscle kinesiology to pinpoint precisely what your systems need to optimize healing at a deep level. Free class, please RSVP. www. Muskegon. 231-670-0179. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:458:45pm. Escape from the stress and strains of life and discover an inner world of calm, peace and joy. During this guided meditation, energy healing will be given to each participant by Healing in Americatrained practitioners. $5. Info: 269-929-6796. Satya Yoga, 133 Butler St., Saugatuck




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Spirit of Mantra- 7:00-8:00pm. This month we will be opening, clearing and balancing the Chakra system through the vibration and sound experienced while chanting these 7 Chakra seed sounds which are innate within us. A powerful, transformative hour. 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo. Visit www. for more information.


Webinar: Energy Healing; Master Key to Stress Reduction- 7:00-8:00pm. This free webinar will introduce you to the Healing in America Energy Therapy Method and why energy therapy is one of the best ways to reduce stress and grow spiritually. Visit or call 269-929-6796 for more information.


Fire of Transformation with Mimi Ray - 6:458:30pm. An invitation to light the inner fire of your

practice. Develop strength and flexibility in community. For experienced students. $18 or 3 for $50. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Suite D, Grand Rapids.


Bija Yoga Prenatal Program- noon-1:15pm. Expectant and new mothers are welcomed to this special class designed specifically for you. Learn alignment, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Have an opportunity to bond with other women on the path to full flowering. $10 drop-in. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.


Darlene Koldenhoven Concert at Spirit Space10:30am. Join us for a special summer concert service with guest vocalist, Grammy Winner, Darlene Koldenhoven. Her concerts are inspirational, uplifting and blissful, with her mesmerizing voice and beautiful music. Koldenhoven will sing and play piano. 616-836-1555. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Reflexology 101- noon-2:30pm. Come enjoy the relief of reflexology while gaining information for you and your family’s health, learning about reflexology as well as some essential oils and uses. Attendees should wear comfy pants and will not need socks or shoes during the workshop. Costs $15. Sacred Plane Reflexology,, Spring Lake. Why is this Happening to Me Again?- noon4:30pm. An original workshop developed by Dr. Michael Ryce & Presented by Rex Montague-Bauer, this workshop offers workable tools for self-healing and putting an end to recurring life patterns. Contact Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada.


Art in Sparta Competition & Exhibit- July 14-21. Adults and Kids enter in the categories of Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, and Digital Art at the Sparta Township Library on July 14. Artist reception is Thursday, July 17, 5:00-8:00pm. Costs $5 to enter. For forms and more information, visit Sparta.


Benefits of Massage- 7:00-8:00pm. Learn what conditions are helped by massage, types of Massage and receive a free ten minute chair massage. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct NE, Grand Rapids.


Spiritual Drum Circle – 7:00-8:00pm. Visit the energies of the Coptic Center and experience your

inner rhythm with Linda Missad and the Spiritual Drum Circle. $5 Donation. The Coptic Center, O-381 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids. See or call 616-5311339 for more information. Healing Energy Circle- 7:15pm. Following a discussion with Interfaith Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel at 6:30pm, join in a Healing Energy Circle at 7:15pm to promote wellness for yourself and others. Join at 6:30 pm or 7:15 pm. All are welcome. Call 616886-2716 for more information. Spirit Space is an interfaith spiritual enrichment center, Saugatuck.


Writing Workshop- 2:00-4:00pm. Sylvan Learning of Muskegon is hosting a FREE Creative Writing Workshop at the Grand Haven Library. This workshop will help kids 7th to 11th grade explore how to write with vigor, zest, vitality, thrill and gusto! Space is limited. Contact Lisa Morgan for more information, 231.799.0613. Innovations of Scar Therapy- 5:30pm. Part of our “Ask the Compounding Pharmacist” series, Dr. Dave will discuss the challenges of treating new scars, old scars, and painful scar tissue. Patients and providers will find this an informative discussion, medications will be addressed. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. How to Stop Stress at its Source- 8:00pm. Performance coach Elle Ingalls teaches her three-step method to stop the release of stress hormones and boost your health, relationships and performance. In this free webinar, you’ll learn more about the Pressure-Free Nine Tools System in an interactive online setting. Register at or call 269-832-3573.


Thai Bodywork Level 1- July 18-20. Thai Massage Fundamentals with Chuck Duff. Learn the critical fundamentals of body mechanics, positioning, compression, working with passive stretches, energetic, spiritual and historical background, an intro to concepts of clinical work, and much more. Massage therapists will earn 17 NCBTMB-approved CEs. Visit for details. Grand Rapids.


Sunday Movie Meeting- 12:30-2:00pm. Join us as we watch Visions of a Universal Humanity: The second movie in the Humanity Ascending Documentary Series featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard. Lead by Kristen Hartnagle. Contact Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. 6025 Ada Drive, Ada.


Healthseekers Class- 11:15am-12:30pm. Suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce utilizes a unique modality combining homeopathy, acupuncture meridians, and muscle kinesiology to pinpoint precisely what your systems need to optimize healing at a deep level. Free class, please RSVP. www. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.

Creating Your Path to a Stress-Free Life- 8:00pm. Performance coach Elle Ingalls helps you develop a plan to reduce stress using her three-step method to stop the release of stress hormones. Learn how to boost your health, relationships and performance in this free webinar. To register, go to www.ElleIngalls. com or call 269-832-3573.


Reiki Share- 6:00-8:00pm. If you are looking for practice or just to be in community with like-minded people, you are welcome! For individuals who have been Reiki trained to practice both giving and receiving Reiki. Donation. Visit to register or call 616-361-8580 for details. Grand Rapids.


Hormone Happy Hour- 5:00pm. Mary PreFontaine, pharmacist and A4M fellow will lead this small group, open-forum discussion on hormones, hot flashes, dry spells, and everything else that may be perplexing you about Menopause and Peri-Menopause. RSVP encouraged to 616-5588334. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. How to Reduce Stress in Seconds- 8:00pm. Performance coach Elle Ingalls teaches her three-step method to stop the release of stress hormones and boost your health, relationships and performance. In this free webinar, you’ll learn more about the Pressure-Free Nine Tools System in an interactive online setting. Register at or call 269-832-3573.


Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit- 9:30am-noon. Join aspiring herbalist Ruth Zwald at her farm and meet the plants that want to be part of your home medicine cabinet. Everyone takes home the beginnings of their herbal first aid kit. Preregistration required. For more information and to register: Moon Salutations- 10:00am. Moon Salutations honor the yin energy of the New Moon. Express the flow of the lunar cycle in this beautiful Vinyasa practice designed to heighten the power of the Goddess in all of us. $10 drop-in. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.


Stress Reduction Program- Manage your stress and enjoy new health and well-being with an 8-week, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. Call 616-361-3660 or visit to find a free information session on this program to attend. Information sessions are the week of July 28 and August 4. Courses begin in August. Grand Rapids.


Restorative Yoga with Jessica Roodvoets- 7:008:30pm. Restorative yoga poses help us turn off the body’s fight or flight response and return to our natural state of restoration and balance. Reduce stress, rest deeply and ignite your innate healing resources within. $20 pre-order, $25 walk-in. Visit for details. Grand Rapids.


Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman– 12:30pm. Spiritual teacher, humorist, intuitive healer and author, Dr. Pamela Gerali of Naples, FL shares her transforming journey of self-discovery in this amusing and inspiring one-woman show. Ticket $15, Unity of Kalamazoo, 1204 Whites Road, Kalamazoo. 269-385-2239,

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Save The Date Events - Must be submitted online each month at NaturalWestMichigan. com. Events priced $80 or above require a corresponding display ad. There is a $40 charge per listing, up to 50 words. If you are a current advertiser, distribution site or non-profit you just use this listing in place of two of your free listings.

savethedate Friday, August 15-17

Fearless Heart Tour- August 15-17. Take part in this four class workshop featuring Mythic Yoga Flow. Heart Fire Activation, Divine Life Purpose and Rock the Bhakti. Register now to save your spot, www., 616-336-9642. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center, 714 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

savethedate Saturday, August 23

Midwifery Matters Open House- 1:005:00pm. Midwifery Matters is excited to announce the opening of a brand new birth center in Greenville. Doors opening July 1. Please come see the new warming and inviting place to birth your child. E-Mail for more information. 118 East Benton St, Greenville.

savethedate Saturday, September 20

Expansion Celebration- Door prizes, giveaways, food demonstrations and more to help celebrate the expansion of Nature’s Market, a natural health food store with a large bulk section, personal care products, supplements, organic produce and groceries, and more. www., 1013 S. Washington Ave., Holland.

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ongoingevents Note: Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Events must be re-submitted each month by the 15th of the month. Events subject to change, please call ahead.

Sunday for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Summer Chapel Speakers - 10:00am. Our summer speakers may expand your mind, touch your heart or even call you to action to change the world. More info at 24 Fountain St., NE, Grand Rapids.

Chanting Mantras for Health and Healing- 4:305:30pm. Learn to pray with the use of mantras for health and well-being and the betterment of the community. Join the session or call in your prayer requests. 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo, www.

Sunday Service- 10:00am. Come join us each Sunday as we explore Unity’s positive path for spiritual living. or 616-682-7812. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, 6025 Ada Drive, Ada. Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Spirit Space is an inter-faith gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings Take a virtual tour at www. 616-836-1555. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Sunday Worship and Youth Service- 10:30am. Variety of classes held weekly. A warm, welcoming New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth, Unity of GR, 1711 Walker NW, Grand Rapids. Sunday Series- 6:00pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see

Is Food a Problem for You? - Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? Contact Overeaters Anonymous. No dues, fees, weigh-ins or diets. For Grand Rapids area meeting list, call 616-336-1359 or visit Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. A Course in Miracles Healing Circle - 7:00-8:30 pm. Space to feel; space to heal. An ACIM-based support/study group. All are welcome. Prior experience with the course unnecessary. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095. Yoga Basics- 7:30-8:45pm Learn the basics and grow your practice. Suitable for strong beginners and beyond. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.,

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit


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Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00am1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.

Wednesday classifieds $20 off BioMeridian Assessments- Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids. Discussion & Meditation at Spirit Space – 6:00pm. Light refreshments before discussion to promote spiritual enrichment at 6:30. Silent, guided and affirmative meditation is from 7:15-8:00pm. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. Visit Saugatuck. Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7:00pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty, Marie. NE Grand Rapids.



Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman– 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231740-6662.

Intermediate Yoga- 6:00-7:30pm. An intermediate class for Yogis with some experience. Refine and practice your yoga chops. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids., Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Friday Friday Night Live- 6:00-7:15pm. A light hearted yoga experience with some partner work and a great alternative date night! Many of us continue the evening with socializing at a local cafe. $10 drop-in. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.

Saturday Slow Flow Yoga- 8:30-9:45am. Start your weekend with yoga! All levels practice. Seva Yoga, 2237 Wealthy SE Suite 120, East Grand Rapids. www.,

To place a Classified Listing: E-mail listing to Must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. $1.00 per word; must be pre-paid.

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

FOR SALE Hardy Dam/Muskegon River near - 80 acres, 6 bedroom home, outbuildings; garage, barn. Fishing and hunting area. Robb Breen: 231-3271147.

HELP WANTED Magazine Delivery Positions - Responsibilities include delivering Natural Awakenings Magazines every month to specified locations per a predetermined route. Positions are available throughout the West Michigan area. Must have good driving record and will be using your own vehicle. Deliveries are made during weekdays only between the hours of 9am & 5pm the last week of every month. Pay is structured on a per stop basis with bonus potential for setting up new (approved) magazine distribution locations. Position is a part-time only, contract job. If you are interested in the above opportunity, please email: Ad Sales Rep – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for Part/Full Time Sales Reps throughout the West Michigan area. Must be self-motivated with strong organizational skills, sales and computer/database experience. We’re positive people looking for positive associates. Flexible schedule with great earning potential. Pay is set up on a generous full commission structure with bonuses. E-mail cover letter and resume to



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

Your Local Source for all things Natural and Botanical. Hand crafted bath & body products, tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, other raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad page 10.


959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. See ad page 12.


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

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

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


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

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


Mary De Lange, CCT. CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 4.


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.


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.


”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 18.


doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 18.


Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 19.

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Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 -

534 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848

Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 12.

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



Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo 269-221-1961 Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...


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


332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500

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 P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.


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

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

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

A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 20.


Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 4.


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 Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 7 & 30.


In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1450 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including Prenatal check up.


Leslie Cornwell, CNM 616-258-2386 Looking for different care for your pregnancy outside the traditional maternity system, we have what you have been looking for. High quality care for preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. See ad page 5.

Look for this symbol throughout Natural Awakenings for Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) providers offering savings to NAN members.


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The only personal trainers in Grand Rapids offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee, no tricks, no gimmicks, just results. See ad page 8.



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


3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 Wyoming, MI 49509 616-254-7350

Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 48.

Custom screen printed apparel using water-based and discharge inks. Earth friendlier screen printing with a different look and feel. Also offering promotional products with an emphasis on the environment.

NEW LISTING... PRANA HOUSE REIKI & MASSAGE Jen Gemski, CMT, Reiki Master Practitioner 1345 Monroe Ave NE Ste 204 616-970-3003 Find relief from anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, or pain/discomfort due to cancer treatment. See how Reiki can transform your life from chaos to harmony, you can find balance again! Awaken the healing within. See ad page 30.


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

An award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education, that uses and sells Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional line of Organic Hair Color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.


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

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Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ July 2014  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...

Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ July 2014  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...