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Ticks spread diseases - How to prevent tick bites
n Michigan, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease. It is spread by an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs that feed during the spring and summer months. Nymphs can be difficult to see since they are approximately the size of a poppy seed. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. “Prompt removal of ticks is the best method to decrease the chance of Lyme disease,” said Dr. Paul Heidel, the medical director of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. “Seek medical attention if you develop a fever, a rash, severe fatigue, facial paralysis, or joint pain within 30 days of being bitten by a tick.” Avoid direct contact with ticks – Walk in the center of trails. Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Create tick-safe zones in your yard. Keep patios and play areas away from vegetation, regularly remove leaves, clear tall grasses and brush around home, place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas, and use a chemical control agent. Use insect repellent – Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin. Treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks and tents) with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Do not use permethrin directly on skin. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying any repellents.
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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a halfmarathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.
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ncreasingly, scientists are finding links between the accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body and such problems as headaches, chronic pain, fatigue, persistent weight gain and allergies. One way to eliminate stored toxins in the body is through infrared sauna therapy. Infrared rays are part of the invisible light spectrum emitted by the sun and, unlike ultraviolet light, infrared is completely safe. Infrared sauna therapy harnesses the power of these rays in a closed environment to increase the core body temperature and promote sweating. Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Instead of raising the temperature of the air like a traditional sauna, far infrared saunas heat the body directly. This allows for perspiration while avoiding the potential harm of extremely hot air and steam, making it a suitable sauna alternative for people with asthma. As the body sweats, it eliminates toxins through the skin. Advocates propose that this process helps to improve blood circulation, aid in pain relief, improve the skin and diminish the appearance of cellulite. Writing at MayoClinic.org, Brent Bauer, M.D., says that preliminary studies suggest that chronic conditions including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from the use of an infrared sauna, but more rigorous studies are needed. “On the other hand, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas,” he writes. “So if you’re considering trying a sauna for relaxation, an infrared sauna might be an option.”
Find and remove ticks – Bathe or shower after being outside in tick-infested areas (preferably within two hours). Conduct a full-body tick check (under arms, in and around ears, inside belly button, behind knees, between legs, around waist and especially in hair). Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, and then attach to a person later. Use tick prevention products on your pets. Wash clothing in hot water and dry on high heat after being outside to kill ticks. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes
esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.
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study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergyrelated nasal symptoms plus quality-of-life improvements.
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esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.
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he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.
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meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”
Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function
esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.
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A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”
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Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 10
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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.
Animals that Are No More Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.
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Kitchen Garden Stays at White House The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.
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An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.
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Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (TexasGardenClubs.org), headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s (ffgc.org) roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation (FlaWildflowers.org) recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (GardenClubOfNC.org), with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations. natural awakenings
to Cleanse Body & Mind
Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery
he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,
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D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”
Feed Your Microbiome
When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s
We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan
“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”
engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”
Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.
he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not
Reboot with a Quick Cleanse
To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,
Few Snacks, More Water
Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”
5 Ways to Detox Every Day
Burn Fat Cells
According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.
ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.
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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of NutritionFacts.org. Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.
Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.
Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.
Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.
Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”
Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide (Tinyurl.com/EWG-Buying-Guide) to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings
by Robynne Chutkan
good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor Wellness.com.
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“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects,
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Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.
while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving HealthyPlanet.com).
Is your Low-Fat Diet killing you? By Dr. Dan Gleason
or many years dietary fats have been vilified in the popular press in some scientific journals. This includes doctors and those in the mainstream as well as alternative arenas. This Fat-Phobia has been going on since the 1950’s and has received much promotion from those industries that make and market margarines, vegetable shortening, vegetable oils for frying and processed foods. Pharmaceutical companies that profit from cholesterol-lowering drugs have also promoted this disinformation. During this same time voices supporting consumption of natural fats like butter, eggs, coconut oil, and fat from healthy animals have been shouted down. Thankfully in the last few years research showing the hazards of low-fat diets and the benefits of high-fat diets have confirmed what we have known all along; Low-fat diets are a big problem! We require adequate fat in our diet to control our metabolic processes including lubrication, inflammation, autoimmune regulation, blood sugar control, and myelin sheath production. Fats are also a precursor to our reproductive and stress hormones. These malfunctions cause most of our common chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, anxiety and fatigue. Low-fat foods taste terrible unless they are jacked-up with additives and sugar. Healthy dietary fats are satisfying, filling, and tasty. Removing fats from our diets causes us to add way more carbs than our bodies can safely metabolize. Food manufactures add toxic ingredients like MSG and aspartame just to make them palatable enough to sell. Do you ever wonder what is in zero-fat sour cream of half and half?
I can suggest several books that document the weight-loss benefits of eating a high fat: low carb diet. Eat Fat Get Thin by Mark Hyman, M.D., Eat Fat Lose Fat by Mary Enig, Phd, and Eat Fat Look Thin by Bruce Fife, N.D. These books are very well written and researched. Because Low-fat diets are by definition high-carb there is a strong connection with that form of eating and cancer. The Nobel Laureate Otto Warburg first noted this connection in the 1920’s. His research, which has been repeated and confirmed for nearly a century, shows that cancer can only metabolize glucose. Normal cells can burn carbs, proteins and fats. Eating high carbs, bad fats and excess protein, leads to mitochondrial damage, which is at the root of cancer. Warburg’s research proved that all cancers have damaged mitochondria, which is the root cause and not genetic mutations that we have been taught to believe (except in rare cases). A recent book by Travis Christopherson, titled Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer, is a must-read for cancer treatment and prevention. Another downside to Low-fat eating is the cravings and over eating that go along with it. Without adequate fat intake we are constantly hungry, often “hangry”. This leads to frequent eating and overconsumption of sweets and starches. This then leads to elevated levels of insulin and insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. When insulin is elevated weight loss resistance, fluid retention and inflammation result. These are the root causes of most of our common chronic diseases. In order to promote a long and healthy lifespan I recommend a Highfat, Moderate-protein, Low-carb diet. This should include periods of intermit-
tent fasting. It is imperative to eat only high quality, locally grown, organic foods as much as possible. This is your life and health so I encourage you to make this the highest priority for you and your family. KetoClarity by Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman, M.D. and The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung, M.D. and Jimmy Moore are two excellent books on these subjects. We at The Gleason Center can help you test and tailor a diet and supplement program for your individual needs as well as guide you in making these dietary changes. In addition to being a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and an Applied Kinesiologist, Dr. Gleason is a 4th generation home builder and engineer— he correlates the two sensibilities in his approach, “A person’s health is similar to that of building a house- good planning, good science, good materials make for good health as well as a good home”. Dr. Dan Gleason is the owner of The Gleason Center located at 19084 North Fruitport Road in Spring Lake. For more info: go to TheGleasonCenter.com or call 616-846-5410. See ad page 45.
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octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:
organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of
20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.
Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.
Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.
Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.
A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at DeannaMinich.com.
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Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson
oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.
Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our cul-
ture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is
a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.
Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of self-realization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.
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We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler
Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like Mint.com, ynab. com or MoneyMinder Online.com. She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all
spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.
A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking
crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,”
you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat.
he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where
Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.
Banushi Yields: 1 serving
Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.
Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and
Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces.
Yields: 1 serving 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped ¼ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board
Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up
Recipes courtesy of VeganRoadie.com.
Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth.
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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic
uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.
What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 per24
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cent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.
How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.
What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems
Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers Association.org), creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.
people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.
Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert?
cial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income
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ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.
“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.
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Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in ecofriendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.
From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.
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cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state.
FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.
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Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at EcoCenterhhp.org.
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At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.
Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Toys.com. Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fabrics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. Annual production of the synthetic fiber, consuming petroleum, coal, air and water resources, today exceeds 22 billion tons. Americans alone discard 14 million tons of clothing each year—80 pounds per person—with 80 percent going to landfills, where polyester takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade. A host of suppliers are responding to a rising demand for comfortable, trendy, easy-care, high-quality and eco-friendly clothing that’s actually good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators.
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Farm2Fashion made its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled
“little black dress” takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier backless version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase (Tinyurl.com/ OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit.
Alis Living (AlisLiving.com) lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.”
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As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Dogs Need Detoxing Too
Ways to Detox Your Dog
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Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:
Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).
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ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. Thatâ€™s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.
candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dogâ€™s diet.
Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with leaky gut
will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.
Mountain spring water is ideal.
Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies
that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues.
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Provide clean, filtered water.
Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile
grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.
No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic
vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.
Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.
Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.
Raw food for detox. Discard commercially processed
foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.
Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.
As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink
down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at Dr-Jordan.com.
Doggie Detox Tips
e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer. 4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine. 4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it. 4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals. natural awakenings
How to Deal with Toxic People By: Ashley Carter Youngblood, LLMSW, LLMFT, CADC
e all have that (at least!) one person in our life that we just don’t know what to do with. We try to be civil, logical, and empathetic but we continue to be overwhelmed by the drama. We’re exhausted and confused. So, for all you who say to yourselves “I feel like I’m going crazy,” this is the article for you. Understanding the Drama—When dealing with a toxic person, it is important to remember the adage that “Hurt people hurt people.” When people are creating unhealthy dynamics it is more of a reflection of their issues than of ours. Don’t fall for the belief that everything is your fault, as the other person would have you believe. And, don’t fool yourself in thinking “I can change them,” either. A helpful way to understand the drama is by recognizing that the point of a toxic relationship is to manipulate and keep others pulled into that drama. Often this can include the offending individual pulling in a third party 34
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to make the drama bigger and in order to have someone validate how they are the one who is “right.” However, when we deal with toxic relationships, we are not dealing with logic about what is “right” versus “wrong.” By design, the rules of the game with a toxic relationship don’t make sense. And, they will never make sense, no matter how hard we try. So, there’s no use wasting time on it. Because we can’t make sense of the drama created in toxic relationships, the key is to know how to handle ourselves. Remember, there cannot be an offending party without someone to offend and vice versa. Roles in a toxic relationship are co-created and feed off each other. So, this leaves us with three key rules to handling the drama. How to Handle the Drama 1) Don’t participate! – Since the roles in a toxic relationship are co-created, if you refuse to participate, the drama will eventually be directed to some-
one else. Even when you want to retaliate, observe that gut response but remind yourself to not participate. Keep in mind that we are talking about roles. The toxic person is not your typical person. Instead of becoming exhausted by the drama, they feed off it. They thrive on their ability to exhaust others with the drama. And, with each re-engagement we initiate, we give them the opportunity to keep the drama going. I cannot stress this too much here – not participating is our only option to say sane. To channel the energy in a constructive way, consider using the tendency to have one last say as a practice of finding peace within yourself, regardless of external outcomes. As Ritu Ghatourey reflects, “Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right.” 2) Make your self-care a priority – The only way we can have the inner peace for non-action and the strength when action is needed is to care for ourselves. The toxic person will drain us for all we have. So, take the extra and constant steps required to keep your battery charged. Get good sleep. Eat well. Maintain your exercise routine. Meditate. Do whatever it takes. Prioritize your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. 3) Emphasize boundaries – Sometimes the toxic person is someone we can easily avoid. Unfortunately, sometimes they are harder to avoid, like a co-worker or parent. The beauty of boundaries is that they give us back the power to better manage the rules of the game. Since the toxic person lives in their own world, they do not have a set of rules that will make sense to us. So, we need to make our own. For example, maybe you don’t call the individual right back after they leave a nasty message on your phone. Maybe you don’t call them back at all. Maybe you inform them that you will no longer be answering their emails outside of business hours. Maybe you block them on social media so that you are not triggered by their drama. Maybe you choose to speak to them only when you are well-rested and of sound mind. Explore the ways to take back some peace in your life.
Closing Thoughts—As a therapist, I hear a lot of things. But, there is something a client once said that I will never forget. Reflecting on the drama present in their life, they remarked “You can’t argue with crazy.” As harsh as this may sound, we need to acknowledge the truth of this statement. Because hurt people hurt people, we have to remind ourselves that healing the hurts of others is not our battle to fight. We are only responsible for improving our own relationships. Such toxic interactions can serve as a reminder about the value of our well-being. Such toxic people may have a mental illness that merits mental health treatment. Other times, such behaviors are ingrained ways of dealing with people based on abusive tendencies. There is a thin line between dysfunction and abusive behavior. So, if you are truly a victim of an abusive relationship, there is help out there. Seek support and contact a local shelter for more information. The average toxic person is not fun to deal with. But, if there are abusive dynamics in an intimate relationship, risks need to be taken into consideration before acting in order to insure safety.
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iz was at her wit’s end. The next stop for Miso, her beloved cat who would not stop urinating every day, everywhere, was the animal shelter. Liz was not familiar with, and was very skeptical of, energetic healing. But after exhausting all the traditional routes, there was nothing left to lose. Liz and Miso’s story is just one of the many cases that author and bioenergetic healer Tammy Billups relates in her book Beyond the Fur. Whether the issue is one of behavior or health, Billups has seen and treated it all in thousands of cases in more than a decade of therapy work with people and their pets. After that first visit with Billups, Miso never urinated outside of the litter box again. The healing specialist figured out that Miso was responding to Liz’s deep-seated anger that she was projecting upon him as a function of her severe unhappiness at work. Thus, not only did Miso’s insufferable behavior disappear, but Liz started addressing her issues in more positive ways as well. Beyond The Fur explores commonly accepted propositions – such as that pets have emotions, that physical issues are often a manifestation of emotional issues, that people have childhood wounds that need to be healed, and that others are in our lives for a reason – and moves beyond each of them: Pets not only have emotions, but they also
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mirror their owners’ emotions; they reflect what owners like and don’t like about themselves. People aren’t the only ones that carry core wounds that need healing, animals do, too. And there is a reason that specific animals and specific humans are in each other’s lives; there is a mutual calling between creatures with the same core wounds. Billups contends that what makes healing possible, if not probable, is that there are predictable behaviors associated with each of the five core wounds of abandonment, betrayal, terror, invasiveness and being detached from oneself. For example, Billups says that “the scared ones,” the animals who have the wound of terror, will usually avoid direct eye contact and “will frequently be loners when it comes to interaction with other animals in a house environment or rescue center.” Physically, they will have thin, weak-looking bodies. She counsels owners of these pets not to pull them out of their safe spaces to face their fears, but to be patient and steady to allow the animals need to come out all on their own. Because of the people-pet connection, Billups offers the observation that “working on your own inner healing is actually one of the fastest ways – if not the fastest way – to help your animals
heal and suffer less,” just as Liz helped Miso by acknowledging her anger at her boss, and exorcised it in a manner other than projecting it onto her cat. Beyond The Fur’s ultimate message is one of greater spiritual consciousness and personal evolution: By recognizing that our beloved pets are in our lives because we call to them, and vice versa, we can expedite our own growth, as well as that of our pets. For more information about Beyond the Fur or Tammy Billups, visit SundanceHealing.com Book Review of Beyond The Fur, by Tammy Billups, review by Paul Chen.
he book is written by a bioenergetic healer and discusses the keys to understanding your animals’ behaviors and physical issues. Beyond that, the author explores how deep the connection is between humans and their animal companions.
Sudden Awakening Changes Everything By Lucretia Robison
rior to 1999, Tammy Billups had what many would describe as the American dream. She was top biller and senior partner in a national recruiting firm. But a few months after turning 40, grief would repeatedly bring her to her knees. Her mother’s death prompted her to question everything she believed, and her mind began to open to new truths about what happens after death. At the time, she shared her home with three cats. A few weeks after her mother’s burial, her beloved calico cat, Khalua, died of cancer. The day after Khalua’s death, Billups says she could suddenly see and feel energy all around her, in and around everything, including departed souls. Billups refers to her experience as a “rude awakening.” Like having a mask ripped off, she says she could see layers of soul as clearly as most see flesh. Simultaneously, repressed memories of a terrifying and abusive childhood emerged; memories of the abuse that she and many animals suffered at the hands of men, and her mother’s role in it. “Most people that have a spiritual awakening do it slowly, and they have help. It happened so suddenly for me,”
says Billups. “It was frightening. I didn’t know what to do with it.” Not long after, her other two cats, Vasi and Bailey, died. Through it all, she felt lost and broken. She turned to the Roswell Center for Integrative Therapy for assistance, and found psychotherapist and energy practitioner, Susan Martin. After one session of therapy, Billups felt significantly better. She left the session knowing she wanted to help others feel the way she felt in that moment. “I wanted people to know less suffering, to feel more love in life,” says Billups. “I wanted them to know the feeling of being connected to pure, divine love.” Billups continued receiving therapy and began her course of study in interface therapy, a form of subtle energy healing, and bioenergetic therapy, a modality that acknowledges pain and stress anchor in the body due to psychological stress or trauma. Billups began as a practitioner for humans. After one year of practice, she wondered if animals could be treated the same way. She practiced on her animals and those of her friends. She found that, not only can she treat animals with bioenergetic healing, but they also respond faster.
“Animals are not attached to things. They don’t question the process. They aren’t questioning the validity of the work,” says Billups. “They simply relax and allow it to happen. It works beautifully. The energy field of a fourlegged is just as complex as that of a two-legged.” Billups believes that man and animal are a gifts to each other, and that allowing a connection with animals helps both the human and the animal to evolve and to heal. “Man and animal are one. They are our mirrors,” says Billups, who now lives with two cats, Sundance and MaiTai. “Animals are potentially our greatest teachers. I wouldn’t know unconditional love without them.” Billups is a certified interface therapist, founder and operator of Roswell, Ga.’s Sundance Healing Center, LLC, author of Beyond the Fur, editorial board member and columnist for the Conscious Life Journal. For more information about Tammy Billups, visit SundanceHealing.com. Atlanta-based Lucretia Robison has been a bodyworker for 20 years, and a licensed massage therapist since 2003.
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BVI School of Ayurveda Accepting Applications: Ayurvedic Consultant Certificate Program. Webinar and On-Site Courses, one weekend a month. State Licensed. NAMA Member. The Sambodh Society, Inc. 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo. Info and Catalog: AyurvedaMichigan.org or 269-381-4946. Complementary Consultation – A consultation is a conversation, not an examination and certainly not a high-pressure sales pitch. After all, we aren’t the right office for everyone, so doesn’t it make sense to discover that before you begin a relationship with our practice? Brain and Body Chiropractic, 833 E 16th St, Ste 175, Holland. Info & Appointments: 616-202-6368. New Client Gift – New Consultation Clients get a Free welcome gift. Schedule a consultation with Dr. LeAnn Fritz, ND and you’re entitled to this welcome bag of products to get you started, absolutely FREE! Mention this ad to receive your gift. New Hope Health, 4317 W U Ave, Schoolcraft. Info: 269-204-6525. Energizing Detox – Stop in to Vital Nutrition today and discover how detoxification can transform your life. Energy follows purification. Health = Prosperity Open Mon-Fri 9:30 am-7:30 pm Sat 10-5 closed Sunday. Vital Nutrition, 169 Marcell Dr NE, Rockford. Info: chatterbocks1963@gmail. com or 616-433-9333. Total Control classes – Improve your core, posture and bladder control with Total Control, a unique, medically based pelvic health program for women of all ages and fitness levels. The class focuses on core and pelvic floor strength and awareness and includes education on pelvic and bladder health. New classes begin in early August: 6 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 7-Sept. 18; 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 9-Sept. 20; 10 a.m. Thursdays, Aug. 10-Sept. 21. $49 for seven-week class; scholarships available. Mercy Health Bladder Clinic, Lakes Village, 6401 Prairie St, Norton Shores. Info and to Register: Call 231727-7944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Eckankar – 10-11am. “Service to All Life,” is the theme for the ECK Light and Sound Service, the second Sunday each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: www.ECK-MI.org, 756debokeefe@ gmail.com, 269-370-7170. Ancestral Clearing/Emotional Release Class – 1-4 pm. Learn how to identify and release limiting beliefs and patterns , including ancestral “baggage claim”, so you can live life of freedom, fulfillment and happiness! Essential oils are incorporated for MOST powerful release. Grand Rapids. Must
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MONDAY JULY 10
Reiki Share6 – 6-8pm. Come check out what Reiki is all about, and have a mini session done. Open to those that know Reiki and those that don’t. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info and to register 616-443-4225.
TUESDAY JULY 11
Nourishing the Lakeshore – 7pm. Meetings the second Tuesday of each month. Open to the Public! Formed to provide education on the health enriching benefits of traditional diets, to increase access to clean, nutrient dense foods, and to teach traditional preparation and storage methods. Nourishing the Lakeshore of West Michigan is a chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation serving Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana counties. The main purpose is to act as a resource for local, clean, nutrient dense food. We also provide informational meetings on health related topics, often those which are politically incorrect. Nourishing the Lakeshore respects that everyone is at a different point on the path to better eating. Our goal is to educate and enrich the wellness of our community. Location: The Century Club on Western Ave, Muskegon. Info:Meetup. com/Nourishing-the-Lakeshore-of-West-MichiganWeston-A-Price
Wholistic Health & Mastering Subtle Energies Meet-up Group – 9am-12pm. Pam Kammermeier will be leading great discussions on: Emotional Intelligence, Conscious Nutrition, law of attraction, and two topics to be announced nearer the date. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Info: Sign up online through Meet-Up. Kids Yoga - A Hike Through the Woods – 1-2pm. Kids will use their imaginations as they grab their back packs and hiking sticks and go on a hike. As we see wildlife and flowers we will mimic each one. We will become flowers, frogs, snakes and rocks! What a great time for kids! $10. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon. Info and Signup: BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771
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Reiki I & II class – 9am-5pm - Introduction to Reiki, become attuned to the universal energy, learn how to give treatment to self and others and meet your Reiki guide. Class fee is $250. The fee includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Info: Call to register by July 9th 616-443-4225. Community Yoga – 9am. Come join us for Give Back Sunday Yoga. This is an all level yoga class with proceeds going to the Charity of the Month. $5. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: 616-392-7580
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Building A Better YOU: Natural Solutions To Digestive Issues – 6:30-8pm. Join Dr. Steven Osterhout DC, CCN for the Summer Health Solutions Series. At this presentation, Dr. Osterhout will offer insight and natural solutions to the many digestive issues that are encountered daily. Learn how to identify the underlying causes of your digestive issues, instead of just covering them up through tools like food sensitivity testing, taking the proper supplements, detoxifying your body and much more! Free. Vitality Healthcare. Event location: Portage District Library, 300 Library Ln, Portage. Info: Katelyn Bekken 269-323-4473, email@example.com
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Introduction to the Akashic Records – 7-9pm. The Akashic Record is the energetic recording of every soul’s journey on this earth.You are invited to learn more, and to experience the energy of the Akashic Records as Specialist Grace Lindsay leads you through a guided meditation with the group’s Akashic Records open. Love offering. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-453-9909.
Essential Oil Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn and understand the basics of essential oils and how to use them and learn how to make your own blend and how to make a foot scrub with oils. Workshop fee $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info and to register: 616-443-4225. Ask The Experts Panel: Hormone Balancing – 6:30-7:30pm. Join GRNH’s team of Naturopathic and Integrative Doctors, featuring Stephen Durell, Acupuncturist, and Lauren Ramey, Holistic Esthetician, for a FREE panel discussion and learn how a holistic, functional approach to hormone balancing could help relieve your symptoms. Free. Grand Rapids Natural Health, 638 Fulton St. W Suite B, Grand Rapids. Info & RSVP: Call 616-264-6556, Space is limited to 30 participants.
MomsBloom Volunteer Training – 6:30pm. You can help a family, build community, hold a baby, and support a mother! MomsBloom volunteers help a family after a baby is born. Our volunteers visit a family once a week for a few hours to provide hands-on support and an emotional boost during this difficult transition time. We help families get off to a strong start--feeling more of the joy and less of the stress! This is a flexible volunteer experience and can be tailored to fit into your schedule. Free. BRAINS, 3292 N. Evergreen NE, Grand Rapids. Please call or email to register for our free training: 616-828-1021 or email@example.com
THURSDAY JULY 20
Wisdom Circle with the Mahavidyas – 7-8:30pm. The Tantric Wisdom Goddesses--known as the Mahavidyas--will be the subject of a 10 month women’s circle with meetings on the third Thursday January-October of 2017. Each Goddess will be explored as she relates to the stages of a woman’s life. Pre-registration by 1/15 for the series, which will include a book. $15 drop in/$100 for 10 month series. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. Info: at OnThePathYoga.com or sandy@ OnThePathYoga.com, 616-935-7028.
SATURDAY JULY 22
Rest, Relax & Restore – 3-4:30pm. Enjoy this restorative class at Blue Horizons Wellness where you will be guided through supported poses that will release muscles and relax your body and mind. Energy practices will be given throughout the class. Come let go of tension, rejuvenate and leave with restored energy! 231-755-7771 $18 Early Bird, $20 at the door. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon. Info and sign-up BlueHorizonsWellness.com
TUESDAY JULY 25
Family Support Group – 7-8pm. 4th Tuesday of every month. For family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals with mental illness. Free. Momentum Center, 714 Columbus, Grand Haven. Info: Tom Dooley firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-5022078, Barbara Lee Barbara@extendedgrace.org
The Simple ABC Naturopathic Steps to Wellness –10am-12pm. Learn the ABC’s of Herbal Medicine including when & how to Activate, Build, and Cleanse with herbs, essential oils, and therapies. $15 per person/$20 for two. The Remedy House 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Info & Register: Call 616-443-4225.
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Building A Better YOU: Natural Solutions To Autoimmunity – 6:30-8pm. Please join Dr. Steven Osterhout DC, CCN for the Building A Better You: Summer Health Solutions Series. At this presentation, Dr. Osterhout will offer insight on natural solutions to autoimmunity. Learn about natural solutions to blood sugar issues, skin issues, mood issues, lack of energy and much more! Free. Vitality Healthcare. Event Location: Portage District Library, 300 Library Ln, Portage. Info: Katelyn Bekken, kbekken@ vitalityhc.net, 269-323-4473.
savethedate August 15 Mindful Movement – 6-8pm. Panel Discussion with Cari Draft, Sandy Parker, Laura Shue Terveen, Linda Squires, Chrystal Frazee. An Inspired Life event at On The Path Yoga, 701 E Savidge St Suite #3, Spring Lake. Info: 616935-7028, OnThePathYoga.com.
savethedate August 14, 21, 28 Inspire – Summer series. 6pm. Monday nights in August. August 14 Bipolar and Depression; August 21 Schizophrenia; August 28 Panic and Anxiety Disorders. Extended Grace at the Momentum Center, 714 Columbus, Grand Haven. Info: 616-502-2078, Barbara Lee Barbara@extendedgrace.org
savethedate Grand Rapids VegFest (Plant Based Roots) – 10:30am-5:00pm. Learn about a plant-based diet and lifestyle through delicious food, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, many local vendors and organizations, plus, children’s activities. Grand Rapids VegFest. Location: DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. Info: GRVegFest. com, email@example.com
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October 14 & 15 Body Mind & Spirit Expo – 1st Annual Holistic Expo, Grand Rapids DeltaPlex, professional mediums, intuitive’s, healers & more gathered under one roof. Free lectures, speakers & prizes included w/ admission $10 daily, 12 & under free. Info: HealingBodyandSpirit.com
classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Publisher@NaturalWestMichigan.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month. VOLUNTEERS Volunteer Instructors - Mental illness is a community issue and it requires a community solution. The Momentum Center for Social Engagement offers social and recreational activities for people with mental illness, addictions and disabilities. We are seeking people willing to share their skill, hobby, vocation, or interest with our members once a month or as often as available. We welcome yoga, tai chi, exercise, dance, self-defense, cooking, sewing, and so much more. Extended Grace, 714 Columbus, Grand Haven. Info: Call Jenna, if you want to be part of the solution, at 616-414-9111 or email office@ extendedgrace.org
FOR RENT/LEASE Space for Rent at the Remedy House – Small Consultation room available 5 days a week (Any day except Tuesdays) - ideal for Naturopaths, Doulas, and Holistic counselors. 9 X 8 room with one Naturopath using it once a week currently. Massage Room available also - Full day on Mondays and shared on Tuesdays. It is an nice large room 10 X 14 and is a shared space with another massage therapist and a naturopath. Info: Jodi Jenks, N.D., The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225.
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Outdoor Tai Chi with Tom Ter Haar – 6pm at beautiful Jonkers Gardens starting June 4th through August 27th. Donations will be accepted. Location: 897 Lincoln Ave, Holland. Info: Please call Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio at 616-392-7580.
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation/Study Group – 7:15-8:15pm. Tibetan Buddhist meditation/study group. All welcome. Free. Western Michigan Jewel Heart, 1919 Stearns Ave, Kalamazoo. Info: 734368-8701,www.jewelheart.org
Meditation – 10-11am. Every Sunday we gather to meditate, chant & explore the wisdom of the Hindu/ Yoga tradition as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. Free will offering. Self-Realization Fellowship. Location: Marywood Center 2025 Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info: Go to GRSRF.org, 616-451-8041, firstname.lastname@example.org
Serenity Yoga – 4pm. With Elisa Hopper. We would like you to enjoy yoga no matter the cost. Donate $1, or donate $20 if you can. Blue Horizon Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon. Info: info@ BlueHorizonsWellness.com, 231-755-7771.
Sunday Worship and Youth Services – 10:30am. A warm, inviting, New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Info: UnityGRoffice@gmail.com or 616-453-9909 Hot Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info:HeartsJourneyWellness.com. or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com. Spirit Space Sunday Worship – 10:30am. An interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join for inspiring messages called Reasoning’s. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Spirit-Space.org. Sunday Series – 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening ministers, teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids. Info: TheCopticCenter.org Sunday Worship and Youth Services – 10:30am. A warm, inviting, New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Free. Unity, 1711 Walker Avenue NW, Grand Rapids. Info: UnityGRoffice@gmail.com, 616-453-9909.
Monday A practice of A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. Learn miracle-mindedness. Got joy? This is how to have it. Hint: You already do. All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.
Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn a variety of meditation techniques in this drop-in class. We will take turns teaching a different technique each week and provide practice time afterward. Come when you can, as each class is independent. No experience necessary. Love offering. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Contact the office at 616-682-7812 or email@example.com for more details. A Course in Miracles – 6:30 - 8:00pm. A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal peace is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. It expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Unitycsg.org, 616-681-7812. Gentle Hatha Yoga – 7:45-9am & 9:15-10:30am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. Info: 231-740-6662 or WhiteRiverYoga.com.
Wednesday The Law of Attraction Speaking Club – 6:308pm. Looking to Charter as a Toastmaster Club. Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Toastmaster Dues. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 616682-7812. Yoga for Veterans, Active Duty, Fire and Police – 5:30-7pm. Yoga with Elisa Hopper followed by a guided relaxation/iRest Yoga Nidra practice. First class free and then by donation. Blue Horizons Wellness, 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon. Info: BlueHorizonsWellness.com or 231-755-7771.
through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. It expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Unitycsg.org. 616-682-7812. $20 off BioMeridian Assessments – Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Grand Rapids. 616365-9176. IntegrativeNutritionalTherapies.com. Meditation – 6-7pm. Join together for meditation that begins and ends with live, native flute music. Attend the full hour or any portion of the meeting. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Spirit-Space.org.
Thursday Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn a variety of meditation techniques in this drop-in class. We will take turns teaching a different technique each week and provide practice time afterward. Come when you can, as each class is independent. No experience necessary. Thursday Nights for one hour. Love offering. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info:Contact the office at 616-682-7812 or email@example.com.
Saturday Outdoor Yoga Saturdays – 8-9am. July8 - Aug 12 at beautiful Kollen Park on Lake Macatawa. $5, proceeds go to Holland Recreation. Info: Call Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 616-392-7580. Beginning Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. This class will introduce you to basic postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness with an emphasis on building body awareness. Gentle yet relaxing in nature, you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and having a greater sense of health and wellbeing. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: visit us at HeartsJourneyWellness.com or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com Hot Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info:HeartsJourneyWellness.com. or info@ HeartsJourneyWellness.com. Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9:15-10:15am & 11-12:15am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. 231740-6662. Info: WhiteRiverYoga.com. Sweetwater Local Foods Market – 9am-1pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon. 231861-2234.
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ACUPUNCTURE GRAND WELLNESS
Vikki Nestico, R.Ac. Located at Renewal Skin Spa 6080 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids 616-940-1177 • GrandWellness.net Grand Wellness uses the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine to provide holistic healing and natural pain relief. Call to schedule a free consultation to discuss how acupuncture may be an effective treatment for you. See ad, page 25.
ASTROLOGY KAREN S. KLEMP MA.
Astrology/Numerology 220 Savidge, Spring Lake 616-916-0121 KlempK@yahoo.com KAREN220.com Over 20 year ’s experience. Readings available in her office, by skype or by phone. Also available for lectures at solstice gatherings. Make an appointment by phone, on the website or stop in and visit Thurs through Sat 11am–5pm.
BODYWORK BLACK TORTOISE QIGONG, LLC
Sally Austin 233 Fulton E, Suite 114B Grand Rapids 616-293-5768 – BlackTortoiseQigong.com BlackTortoiseQigong@gmail.com A practice of gentle dynamic movements that can be done lying, sitting or standing, built for you to use daily and promote your health and well-being. Promotes empowerment, wellness, spirit connection, awareness, confidence.
BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION WOOD & SAW
Andrew Gielczyk Licensed Builder 616-834-2480 • WoodAndSaw.com Wood & Saw is focused on creating a sustainable high quality of life for our clients. Building simple, costeffective, energy-efficient, toxic-free homes and remodels that achieve the healthiest possible indoor air quality. See ad, page 38.
Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics since 1996: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050 • DynamicChiro.com
Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.
THE GLEASON CENTER
Dr. Dan Gleason 19084 North Fruitport Road Spring Lake, MI 49456 TheGleasonCenter.com 616-846-5410 An alternative, holistic approach combining chiropractic and kinesiology as well as the latest in metabolic and hormone testing. Using a variety of techniques, we work with our patients to determine the scope and duration of care that’s right for each individual.
COFFEE SHOP / FAIR TRADE JUST GOODS GIFTS AND CAFE’ 714 Columbus, Grand Haven 616-414-9111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.extendedgrace.org
Just Goods Gifts and Cafe’ is located within the Momentum Center for Social Engagement. Fair trade and social cause merchandise. Local baked goods and beverages. Open 9am to 6pm M-F and 10am to 2pm Sat. A creative space for community integration and the end of stigma. See ad, page 27.
EMF RADIATION PROTECTION PROTXS EMF SHIELDS & H2O DROPS Clara Vanderzouwen email@example.com PROTXS.com/?AFMC=22 616-481-8587
PROTXS contains a proprietary blend of natural products that efficiently reflect, absorb and mitigate the harmful biological and technological impacts of invisible RF/EMF/ Wi-Fi radiation. Living Healthy in a Wireless World. “All who touch Protxs will be blessed” Dr. Mike Halliday.
ENERGY HEALING TONYA NICHOLS, RPH
Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner 332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 TheHealingCenterofLakeview@gmail.com TheHealingCenteroflakeview.com Do you feel like you have no energy? Do you feel disconnected and out of balance? Let Tonya help you find your center again. Combining Emotional Clearing with Full Spectrum Healing, Tonya helps her clients to remove emotional, mental, and energetic blocks that are keeping her clients stuck and preventing them from reaching their full potential for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life. See ad page 25.
ESSENTIAL OILS BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS
Clara VanderZouwen • 616-481-8587 BeYoungth.com/partners/claravz Independent Sharing partner Keto OS (get your Ketones) WinItNow@PruvitNow.com firstname.lastname@example.org
COLON HYDROTHERAPY HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT, LMT 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 • HarmonyNHealth.net Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad, page 7.
Be Young Essential Oils are exclusive E.O.B.B.D. guaranteed 100% pure & safe for your entire family and pets! Wondering what to use? Just call or email me, I’m here to educate you! Now offering Keto OS. Ketones flowing through your body within 60 minutes!
MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC
Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids 616-735-1285 • MoondropHerbals.com Your local source for all things natural and botanical. Essential oils, bulk herbs, tea, hand-crafted bath & body products, raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad, page 26.
HEALTH / WELLNESS CENTER THE HEALING CENTER
332 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 TheHealingCenterOfLakeview@gmail.com TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com Naturopathic/Holistic Practitioners and retail health store. Natural health consultations, classes, oils, herbs, homeopathy, hypnosis, foods, candles, crystals, books, CDs, massage, reflexology, emotional clearing, foot detox, DOT/CDL health cards for truck drivers. See ad, page 25.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2 YoungLiving.org/NaturalHealth4u
Become an Independent Distributor. Discover the high potency of therapeutically authentic essential oils from Young Living. Enhance your own health, as well as others who seek holistic wellness options. Free training. See ad, page 31.
HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107, Grand Rapids 616-262-3848 BodyAndSoulGR.com
Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.
HEALING SERVICES THE REMEDY HOUSE
Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 TheRemedyHouse.org Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, reiki, Energy Touch. See ad, page 18.
Dr. Steven Osterhout 5717 Oakland Drive, Portage 269- 323-4473 - DrOchiro.com Vitality Healthcare offers a cutting-edge approach to medicine. We integrate the best medical approaches with the most advanced natural therapies to address the underlying causes of poor health. We offer: Physical and Functional Medicine / Chiropractic and Massage / Metabolic and Hormone Evaluations / Nutrition and Detoxification / Food Sensitivity and GI Issue Testing / Medical and Natural Weight Loss. Our highly-qualified team of doctors, nutritionists and therapists have extensive training to serve all your healthcare needs.
HUMAN RIGHTS/ SOCIAL JUSTICE EXTENDED GRACE
email@example.com 616.502.2078 ExtendedGrace.org Extended Grace is a nonprofit grassroots social lab that builds community while solving problems. It does so through: Community Conversations including Inspire! and Deeper Dive events and Town Hall Meetings on Mental Illness; Mudita Gifts; Pilgrim Spirit Tours cultural immersion experiences; Momentum Center for Social Engagement; Just Goods Gifts and Cafe’. See ad, page 27.
LGBTQIA COUNSELING DILSWORTH COUNSELING AND THERAPY SERVICES
Sue Dilsworth, Ph.D, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Locations in Allendale and Grand Rapids 616-307-1617 Sue@drdilsworth.hush.com HeartsJourneyWellness.com Counseling services tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Through various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and EMDR, individuals will have an opportunity to explore personal challenges in an open, receptive, and supportive environment. Member WPATH. Most insurance accepted including Medicare and Medicaid.
LIFE COACH LIA COACHING AND CONSULTING Pamela Gallina, MA CMC 616-433-6720 PamGallina@LIAConsulting.org LIAConsulting.org
Pam works with highly – motivated individuals as they focus on their complex life agendas and aim for their very best life-work balance. This provides a powerful framework for building more effective relationships while maintaining a balanced and fulfilling personal life. See ad, page 28.
MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050 DynamicChiro.com
Offering Swedish massage with integrated techniques, chosen specifically for your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate. Call for on-going monthly specials and discounts.
HARMONY ‘N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 HarmonyNHealth.net Over 24 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad, page 7.
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MOBILE MASSAGE WORKS Dania Vandermeer, LMT 3234 S. Westnedge Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49008 541-325-1429 MobileMassageWorks.com
Licensed Massage Therapist offering 5 years experience in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Chinese Cupping, Pregnancy and newly trained in Oncology Massage. Personalized Massage experience with stretching homework to provide balance and stress management.
MIDWIFERY FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC.
Patrice Bobier, CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 FullCircleMidwifery.com Jennifer Holshoe, CPM Grand Rapids area: 616-318-1825 WestMichiganMidwifery.com In private practice since 1982 â€“ specializing in home birth and a team approach. Over 1,600 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered, safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including prenatal check-up.
SALON SERVICES LONDON STUDIOS SALON
Sally Ann Loew, Hair Artist/Educator Organic Colour Speciality 6455 28th St. SE, Suite 1, Grand Rapids 616-299-1796, LondonStudiosSalon.com London Studios Specializes in: Organic Color Systems, Color Corrections, Multidimensional Hair Color, Restorations for Vo l u m e a n d L e n g t h , Organic Keragreen Keratin Treatments, European Cutting Techniques, Natural Hair Extensions, I n t e g r a t i o n , B r i d a l S e r v i c e s , We d d i n g Consultations and other services. See ad, page 20.
NATURAL JOY LEARNING CENTER Community Outreach Classes Unity of Muskegon 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon 231-759-7356, NaturalJoyCntr@gmail.com
A new form of education for all ages. Ongoing sessions in four courses, presented for all ages and backgrounds. Grandparents can bring their grandchildren, if the child has a hungry mind. Call or e-mail for a complete catalog of courses.
NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 East Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant 989-773-1714 Contact@NaturopathicInstitute.info NaturopathicInstitute.info
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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 39.
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ADVANCED THERMAL IMAGING OF WEST MICHIGAN Julie Bennett 616-724-6368 AdvancedThermalImagingllc.com
Thermography is a safe, tested, painless, and effective procedure providing information for breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer prevention and early detection, possible hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, musculoskeletal inflammation, and neurological problems.
SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director 269-381-4946 Ayurveda@SambodhSociety.us AyurvedaMichigan.org
School of Ayurveda. State licensed. Certificate program for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, wellness educators, massage therapists, holistic health specialists, chiropractors, dieticians and those seeking to learn selfhealth-care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).
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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,...
Published on Jul 6, 2017
Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...