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only the tip of the iceberg. I remember when cell phones weren’t part of people’s daily lives. Yes, it was a little harder to reach someone without email and texting, but when we did get in touch we talked with a person instead of a machine. No one was distracted from focusing on the conversation by traffic and on-the-road multitasking. Fellow shoppers didn’t eavesdrop on private calls, nor did entire theater audiences and classrooms have to wait for a discourteous someone to silence their cell phone. I remember when people got together and conversed and laughed about what was going on in their lives instead of reading about it on Facebook. Families reminisced about vacations during living room slide shows. Such intimate communication in community counts. So I’ve declared by intention to do a better job of regularly escaping from the virtual and digital world for the nourishing real world of friends and family and hope that you will join me. I think I’ll start by turning off my computer at 5 p.m. Maybe I unplug completely on weekends. The idea is to take a little vacation every day and continue building a large and satisfying life that I want to escape to. Such is the idea behind Judith Fertig’s “Healthy Escapes: Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives,” feature article. I’m happy to report that Kyle and I just booked a vacation as a complement to some long weekends we’re planning to feed our souls. Michigan has plenty of amazing places perfectly suited to recharging our batteries. One year, we visited a different area of Michigan each weekend to enjoy all the splendors. We started in Southwest Michigan and made a big loop around the state; it took us all spring, summer and fall and we still have more to see. Ah well, there’s always next time…. Did you know that June is National Rivers Month? Michigan hosts 36,350 miles of rivers and streams, with the Grand River being the longest, at 262 miles. Most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream, and all of our drinking water comes directly or indirectly from such vital freshwater sources. Let’s head outside now to appreciate the natural treasures flowing through our state. Father’s Day provides a perfect “next opportunity.” Happy summering,
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quote from bestselling author Seth Godin recently stopped me in my tracks: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Honestly, I try every day to structure this kind of life yet routinely find myself so caught up in the details and drama that I miss too many of life’s sweeter aspects. I realize that I need to take more time outs, even if it’s just for five minutes a couple of times a day. From personal experience I know it helps to simply rest and do nothing but be present; meditating also helps to put things into perspective. Sometimes I wonder, “Is all this so-called progress really better for us?” Sure, all these electronic gadgets can expedite things, but they can break down and bring everything to a standstill. They’re also bad for the environment; e-waste is
newbriefs ALL4ONE Festival
n August 4 East Grand Rapids will host an event unlike any other in West Michigan. ALL4ONE will highlight yoga, healthy living, local retailers/artists/crafters, and non-profit organizations, in an effort to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another. The festival runs from noon to 6pm around the track of the East Grand Rapids High School at 2211 Lakeside Dr. SE. In addition to the numerous artists, crafters and food vendors, participants at ALL4ONE will enjoy free demonstrations throughout the afternoon, from animal CPR and first aid to vegan meal preparation. Attendees will also enjoy live music, and an array of vendors, local businesses and non-profit organizations that highlight healthy living opportunities in our community. Food, face painting, artisans – sounds like a great day! Appropriate for the entire family. Admission is FREE, suggested donation of $5. The first 150 paid admissions will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine (limit 1 per family). Proceeds from the event will go to Sasha Farms and Farm Sanctuary – building a more compassionate community for ALL animals. Rain or shine!
NAN Directory now available on IPhone App
btaining discounts on products and services focused on wellness and natural, healthy lifestyles is now easier than ever, thanks to a new benefit available to Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) members. A free Natural Awakenings app allows members to use their iPhone or iPad to find NAN providers, searching by category or by state. Individuals on the go can find products, practitioners and services dedicated to healthy
living, right at their fingertips. The exclusive app is available as a free download at Apple’s iTunes App Store. It instantly connects to user-friendly galleries including article archives, a comprehensive library of thousands of articles searchable by key words; a national directory that lists healthy, green businesses, resources and services, complete with directions; and now, the NAN Provider Directory. NAN’s extensive network encompasses practitioners of alternative and complementary medicine, including chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, body therapies and energy work, as well as health and fitness clubs, health food stores, yoga centers, bookstores, spas and vegetarian/healthy restaurants. NAN members enjoy discounts ranging from 5 to 50 percent on products and services offered through NAN providers and can choose individual or family coverage. “Our goal is to empower people to enjoy wellness, wherever they are,” says Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Updating this exclusive app allows NAN members to quickly connect with local providers as they map out alternative routes to healthier, happier, longer lives.” For more information about the Natural Awakenings Network, visit NaturalAwakeningsNetwork.com or NaturalWestMichigan.com. To download the free app, search “Natural Awakenings” in the iTunes App Store (Apple.com/iTunes). See ad page 30.
Yoga in Grandville
randville’s first yoga studio opens. PeaceLab Yoga has opened in the South Wilson Centre, 5570 Wilson Ave, Suite M, located on Wilson and 56th. The studio, located inside Party Creations, offers 18 classes each week of varying styles. Classes are suitable for yoga students of all ages and abilities, from brand new to advanced. Owned by Jim and Melanie McQuown, PeaceLab Yoga offers group classes, private and semiprivate instruction, corporate classes and more. Contact the studio by phone at 616-745-0310 or check out www.peacelabyoga.com.
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“Awaken to Ego” Weekend Intensives Expand Curriculum
waken to Ego is the long-sought catalyst for spiritual transformation. It is not a new spiritual practice; rather, it is a deeper dimension of spirituality itself. All classes meet in the weekend intensive format: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm with time off for lunch and dinner, Sunday either 9am-1pm or 1-5pm. The number of individuals who have participated in the Awaken to Ego classes has grown exponentially since its inception one year ago, to the point that the curriculum continues to expand. Everyone begins with Foundations 101, which—along with reading the book Beyond the Ego—is a prerequisite for all other classes. Upon completion of 101, participants graduate into an optional Graduate Group, an ongoing bi-monthly program designed to help them stay on the path.
Graduating from 101 also qualifies students for: • 202 - an experiential deepening of your journey from ego to spirit. • 303 - yet a further deepening of your journey. • 110 - designed to help each couple awaken to the painful presence of ego in their relationship and how to heal themselves as individuals and as a couple. • 120 - egoless parenting.
The current cost for participating is an anonymous love offering within your means based on the value you receive from the class experience. All classes are facilitated by David Mutchler and Elizabeth Beau. Visit www.awakentoego.com for more information, or contact Barbra Nash at: barbraATE@aol.com. See ad page 46.
Express Your Heart
n Anusara Yoga weekend with Jamie Allison, June 8-10. Jaime has studied with both John Friend and Dr. Douglas Brooks since 1994 and 1998 respectively. She received her certification in Anusara Yoga in 1999. Over the last 18 years Jaime has made the Universal Principles of Alignment her own. She has taken them to heart and offers them in a way designed to educate and empower her students. The two greatest gifts a teacher can offer students are a rekindled
desire to learn and the tools for selfempowerment. Check fromtheheartyoga. com for schedule and pricing. “We love Jamie, her knowledge of Anusara Yoga is like a deep and clear wellspring. In her teaching she is able to connect to the inner body and encourage you to express artfully and skillfully from the inside out. She is not to be missed”, says Behnje and Rick, Owners of From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center.
Contact From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center 714 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49503. www.fromtheheartyoga. com. 616-336-9642. See ad page 16.
Heal Your Life Workshops Coming to West Michigan Powerful two day workshop based on the work of Louise Hay. So many of us go through life carrying negative messages that influence every aspect of our lives and we don’t even know they are there. We often become who we think we should be rather than who we really are. This workshop guides you Louise Hay through various exercises to identify those limiting beliefs and you are given the tools to release them in order to begin building the life you truly want and deserve. All aspects of the self are looked at. The most important process is that of learning to love yourself, the most beautiful gift you can give to yourself. You are lovingly and gently guided through this workshop, always supported and always loved. Workshops are held by Licensed HYL Facilitator Katrina Ryan. • June 23 & 24th at Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle St in South Haven. • July 13 & 14th at Community Media Center, 1217 Sylvan Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. Limited seating and tickets are going fast. To pre register for discounted ticket price, visit www.katrinalryan.com or call Katrina at 269-214-4432.
Harmony ‘n Health Colon Hydrotherapy
Mary A. DeLange C.C.T. C.M.T. 616-456-5033
Some Beneﬁts of Colon Hydrotherapy: ~ Remove Toxic Waste from ones body ~ Eradicate Constipation ~ Removes Stomach Bloat ~ Increase ones Energy
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Cosmic Healing & Power Animals
n June 9th Barbara Broadski will be at Beyond Books from 1-2pm she will give a free talk about her experience with Aaron and John of God and sign her books. From 2-3pm she will facilitate a channeled workshop, which Barbara Broadski costs $45. Barbara Brodsky is the founder and guiding teacher of the Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry, an interfaith center recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top US dharma centers. A guest on two episodes of NPR’s This American Life, she also appeared in the internationally acclaimed documentary One: The Movie (2005). Her writing has been included in the anthologies Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment and Buddhist Acts of Compassion, and in numerous magazines and journals. Mention Natural Awakenings & receive 10% off the cost of the workshop. On June 10th join Paula Bojsen from 9am-12pm to Meet your Power Animal Shamanic Journey. The Shamanic Journey is a fabulous way to get in touch with your subconscious mind, and Spirit. It has Paula Bojsen also been clinically proven to help you relax, and strengthens the immune system. Not only that, but its great fun. Mention Natural Awakenings & receive 10% off your entire first purchase at Beyond Books Beyond Books is located at 403 Water Street, Ste 3 in Saugatuck.
Deepak Chopra Hosts Seduction of Spirit Meditation and Yoga Retreat
eepak Chopra is coming to Chicago July 9-15, and he’s brining the Seduction of Spirit with him. This Chopra Center signature meditation and yoga retreat introduces participants to master instructors that will guide them in a profound experience of meditation, yoga and other timeless practices for transforming life from the inside out. In the inviting setting of the Chicago area’s Eaglewood Resort, Seduction of Spirit guests will experience instruction by Deepak Chopra in an advanced meditation sutra practice taught nowhere else; Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga classes, led by Chopra Yoga Director Danielle Mika Nagel; interactive sessions with Mike Dooley, a renowned spiritual teacher and author of Notes from the Universe; instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation and a personal mantra; daily exploration of the Seven Spiritual Laws; time for self-reflection and rejuvenation; and more. Location: 1401 Nordic Rd. Itasca. For reservations and more information, call 888-736-6895 or visit Chopra.com/ seduction/pathway.
irkenstock has been making footwear for over 200 years. Their footwear includes a unique contoured foot bed, shock-absorbing soles and specially designed buckles for years of comfort and durability.
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Cork, latex and jute are some of the few sustainable raw materials used in the footwear industry. Of these components, cork is actually really cool stuff. Cork trees hold the ground water and provide cover and shade for smaller plants and animals and therefore are an important basis for traditional agricultural and farming economies. Cork is a valuable natural resource with many uses. The bark can be peeled away and it will grow back. Today every part of the cork harvest is put to use. Leftovers from the bottle cork stamping process are ground down in various sizes and then sorted by quality. Birkenstock ground cork comes from the first quality by-products of the wine industry.
You can repair your Birkenstock footwear too. What a great concept in an age of disposable everything, including cheap shoes that end up cluttering your closets or in landfills. If you properly take care of your Birkenstock footwear, they will provide you with continued comfort for many years. Foot Outfitters can help give new life to and keep your Birkenstock footwear in top shape. They also carry Birki, Naot, Reef, Sanita, Keen, Hue, Wigwam and Flax. Stop by Foot Outfitters at 1411 Robinson Rd SE in Grand Rapids for your shoes, sandals, socks and clothing needs. Visit www.FootOutfitters.com for more information. See ad page 27.
The Michigan Energy Fair
he Michigan Energy Fair will be held on June 2224 at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Ludington, Michigan. The goal of this event is to allow those in the sustainable energy industry an opportunity to network with one another while also educating the public.
The fair is a great learning experience and combines fun, with local food, activities and workshops, engaging speakers, and music thrown in for good measure. This year GLREA will feature an educational and career building workshop where you can learn how to prepare for a career or identify current career opportunities in renewable energy fields that align with the skill sets you currently have. For over 20 years, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) has served people throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. GLREA’s mission is to be the leading Renewable Energy organization for the Great Lakes region in advocating and promoting policies, technologies, and practices that are environmentally and economically sustainable. GLREA partners with key stakeholders to connect businesses, government, and communities to increase use of renewable energy technologies. For more information visit www.GLREA.org.
RFT - Breakthrough Technology
et relief from pain, illness and disease without medications or surgery. Resonant Frequency Therapy (RFT) technology is based on resonant frequencies. All living organisms such as bacteria, virus or parasites for example, vibrate at their own specific frequencies. RFT intensifies the precise bio-frequency of a known pathogen causing it to disintegrate while at the same time allowing surrounding tissues to regenerate and heal. If you can imagine a musical note shattering a wine glass, you grasp the concept. A sample of successful results for numerous types of illness and disease are: Allergies, Shingles, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Mononucleosis, Immune Disorders like Lupus and many other possibilities! Schedule an appointment today. For a consultation or appointment contact Dr. Greg Ling at Healing Harmony, 953 Seminole Rd in Norton Shores at 231-755-3214.
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Less Salt Means Longer Lives
niversity of California, San Francisco computer simulation research projects that a 3-gram-a-day reduction in Americans’ salt intake (about 1,200 milligrams of sodium) would result in 6 percent fewer cases of new heart disease, 8 percent fewer heart attacks and 3 percent fewer deaths. Most of us now eat 9-12 grams of salt a day. Both salt intake and blood pressure levels are up about 50 percent since the 1970s; researchers identify commercially processed foods as the culprit.
Juggling Bumps Up Brainpower
an rhythmically tossing and catching balls in the air help grow the brain? Researchers from the Universität Regensburg, in Germany, after studying two dozen people using brain scans, say yes. Half were asked to learn to juggle; the others were given no special instructions. After three months, the brains of the jugglers had grown by 3 to 4 percent in the areas that process visual and motor information; the more skilled the jugglers became, the greater the brain growth. No change occurred in the non-juggling group. The research team says the study proves that new stimuli can alter the brain’s structure, not just its function.
Source: American Heart Association, 2009
Eggs’ Sunny Upside
Can Canned BPA
ften considered one of nature’s most perfect foods, eggs are an excellent source of protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals. Now, researchers at the University of Alberta, in Canada, have discovered that they also contain antioxidant properties that help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Jianping Wu and his team of researchers at the university’s Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science examined egg yolks produced by hens that were fed typical diets of either primarily wheat or corn. They found the yolks contained two amino acids; tryptophan and tyrosine, which have high antioxidant properties. The researchers found that two raw egg yolks offer almost twice as many antioxidant properties as one apple and about the same as half a serving (25 grams) of cranberries. When the eggs were fried or boiled, however, the beneficial properties were reduced by about half. “It’s a big reduction, but it still leaves eggs equal to apples in their antioxidant value,” says Wu. In prior research, Wu found that egg proteins converted by digestive enzymes produced peptides that work in the same way as ACE inhibitors, prescription drugs used to reduce high blood pressure. That finding contradicted the notion that eggs increase high blood pressure because of their cholesterol content.
hink twice before sipping soda or soup that comes in a can. A recent study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers discovered people that ate one serving of canned food daily for five days had significantly elevated levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), an endocrine disrupter sometimes found in plastic bottles, that also lines most food and drink cans. Studies have linked high urine levels of BPA to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health conditions. The spike in BPA levels recorded by the Harvard researchers was one of the highest seen in any study. Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
Spuds Lower Blood Pressure
he potato’s rep as a fattening food is getting a much-deserved revision. In a recent report in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists note that two small servings of purple potatoes a day reduce blood pressure by about 4 percent—nearly as much as oatmeal—without causing weight gain. The researchers say that decrease may potentially reduce the risk of some forms of heart disease. In the study, 18 volunteers that were overweight or obese with high blood pressure ate six to eight golf ball-sized purple majesty potatoes, with skins, twice a day for a month. The researchers used purple potatoes because the pigment in darker fruits and vegetables is especially rich in beneficial phytochemicals. They monitored participants’ blood pressure, both systolic (the first number in a blood pressure reading, such as 120/80) and diastolic, and found that the average diastolic pressure dropped by 4.3 percent, while the systolic pressure decreased by 3.5 percent. None of the volunteers gained weight. Although they aren’t yet certain, the researchers believe that red- and whiteskinned potatoes may offer similar benefits. Pass on the butter or sour cream, though, and don’t even consider French fries—the study’s potatoes were cooked without oil.
Build Muscles to Beat Diabetes
ncreasing lean muscle mass—known to be a key in fighting frailty associated with aging (a condition called sarcopenia)—may also help protect against diabetes. A new study reports that every additional 10 percent of skeletal muscle mass is associated with reductions of 11 percent in insulin resistance and 12 percent in prediabetes or diabetes. Dr. Preethi Srikanthan, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues recently evaluated the data on 13,644 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, from 1988 to 1994, and discovered the connection. After adjusting for other contributing factors for diabetes, including generalized and abdominal obesity, they found that individuals with the greatest muscle mass were 63 percent less prone to the disease. “Our findings suggest that beyond focusing on losing weight to improve metabolic health, there may be a role for maintaining fitness and building muscle mass,” says Srikanthan. “This is a welcome message for overweight patients that experience difficulty in achieving weight loss, as any effort to get moving and keep fit should be seen as contributing to metabolic change.” Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter
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Control Midlife Blood Pressure TO IMPROVE HEART HEALTH
hanges in blood pressure during middle age can affect the lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a recent study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s weekly journal. Data from nearly 62,000 individuals whose blood pressure readings were tracked for an average of 14 years confirms that people who kept or lowered their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 had the lowest lifetime risk for heart disease—22 to 41 percent, compared with 42 to 69 percent for those with high blood pressure.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! ~Audrey Hepburn
News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
For nearly 100 years, discharges from two of Edison International’s coal plants have polluted the air over the city of Chicago, exposing area families to dangerous levels of chemicals while adding to the Earth’s greenhouse gases. But the people fought back and won, because the city has quit using coal. For more than 10 years, Chicago residents have been demanding their right to clean air and a safe climate. Now, the Fisk coal plant, in Pilsen, and the Crawford operation, in Little Village, will shut down in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Clean air activists in Ohio and Pennsylvania recently claimed similar victories. Utility provider GenOn will close seven coal plants in the two states, including one in Portland, Pennsylvania, which has been deemed responsible for more than 500 asthma attacks and 54 heart attacks. “These victories are not only for the people of Chicago, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but for local activists all over the country that are working to shut down dirty coal plants in their communities,” says Kelly Mitchell, of Greenpeace, in celebrating the announcement.
Great Days for Clean Air
Auto Immune Toxicity Report on New Car Interiors
The consumer watchdog Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org, a product test results website, points out that there is more to green vehicles than fuel economy. That new-car smell can include a toxic mix of chemicals carried over from the manufacturing of seats, steering wheels, dashboards and armrests. The group’s fourth annual report on more than 200 model year 2011 and 2012 vehicles gave the Honda Civic and CR-Z and the Toyota Prius top marks for the least interior pollution, while the Kia Soul, Chrysler 200 SC and Mitsubishi Outlander ranked as the worst. The researchers tested for toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and brominated flame retardants. “Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments we spend time in,” says Jeff Gearhart, research director of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based nonprofit. No mandatory testing or regulation of the chemicals used in vehicle manufacturing exists, so consumers face a lack of helpful information. The use of some chemicals has voluntarily declined since 2006, but many cars continue to contain chemical levels that consumer advocates consider unsafe. The biggest decrease has been in the use of plastics made with the highly toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as well as bromine, chromium leather dyes and lead. View the full list of cars in the report at Tinyurl.com/carsrated.
Meetup Celebrates 10th Anniversary June 12 marks 10 years of online social collaboration through the Meetup network, formed in the aftermath of the September 2001 (9/11) tragedy. Co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman says, “I was living a couple of miles from the Twin Towers, and was the kind of person who thought local community doesn’t matter much if we’ve got the Internet and TV. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I hoped they wouldn’t bother me.” Then, suddenly, people started helping each other and meeting up with each other and the idea for Meetup was born. Each of more than 100,000 Meetup groups starts with people simply saying hello to neighbors. Membership is 10 million and growing. To join in, visit Meetup.com.
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globalbriefs Bad Air
Smog Pollution Threatens National Parks
Take Your Pet to Work in June
The nonprofit Sierra Club is waging a fundraising campaign to protect U.S. national parks from the effects of power plants burning dirty coal. Executive Director Michael Brune reports, “Nearly one-third of all national parks exceed pollution safety levels.” To date, the club has been successful in stopping construction of 160 coal-fired plants. Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org) analyses show that not only cities, but seaside suburbs and rural areas as well, are reporting health-threatening “bad air days” during the summer due to smog pollution. Some 250 communities and parks in nearly 40 states, led by California, routinely experience one or more “code orange” dangerous air days, deemed unsafe for children, older adults and those with breathing problems to be outside. More than 2,000 air quality alerts occurred nationwide in the first seven months of 2011, with many areas having long periods of days marred by elevated smog levels. The push for cleaner air comes amid ongoing Environmental Protection Agency delays in approving updated air pollution standards, which the council notes could annually save thousands of American lives and eliminate tens of thousands of asthma attacks.
‘Living’ Buildings Might Inhale Urban Carbon Emissions
housands of pet owners will take their dogs to work on June 22 to celebrate the 14th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, the culmination of Take Your Pet to Work Week, from June 18 to 22. Pet Sitters International invites businesses to participate in the fun event as a way for employees and employers to strengthen bonds, honor the value of pets in everyone’s life and encourage pet adoptions. For more information, visit TakeYourDog.com, which includes page links for Facebook and Twitter.
Dr. Rachel Armstrong, a senior TED fellow and co-director of Avatar, a research group exploring advanced technologies in architecture, is promoting the development of buildings with “lungs” that could absorb carbon emissions and convert them into something useful and “skin” that could control interior temperatures without radiators or air-conditioning. She projects that, “Over the next 40 years, these ‘living’ buildings, biologically programmed to extract carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, could fill our cities.” It’s an application of synthetic biology, a new science devoted to the manufacture of lifelike matter from synthesized chemicals that engineers create to behave like organic microorganisms, with the added benefit that they can be manipulated to do things nature can’t. Armstrong calls them protocells. She explains, “A protocell could be mixed with wall paint and programmed to produce limestone when exposed to carbon [emissions] on the surface of a building. Then you’ve got a paint that can actually eat carbon and change it into a shell-like substance.” As an added feature, protocells could naturally heal micro-fractures in walls, channeling through tiny breaks and helping to extend the life of the structure. Plus, says Armstrong, “The thickness of the limestone will grow over time, creating insulation and allowing the building to retain more heat or [else] sheltering it from heating up underneath the sun.” Source: Tinyurl.com/7bcqa8x
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Public Demands GMO Food Labeling A campaign by Just Label It (JustLabelIt. org), a national coalition of 500 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or modified organism (GMO) foods, has united 1 million Americans of all political affiliations to demand that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the practice. “Pink slime, deadly melons, tainted turkeys and BPA in our soup have put us all on notice that what we eat and feed our families is critically important,” says Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. “Americans overwhelmingly demand safety, transparency and labeling of genetically engineered foods. It’s time for the FDA to come clean and restore public confidence in our food system.” According to a political opinion survey conducted by The Mellman Group, pollster Mark Mellman explains, “Few topics other than motherhood and apple pie can muster over 90 percent support, but labeling of GE foods is one of those few views that are held almost unanimously.” Colorado author Robyn O’Brien, founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, remarks, “Americans want more information for their families. Like allergen labeling, GE food labels would provide essential and possibly life-saving information for anyone with a food allergy.”
Dads’ Roles Changing with the Times A Pew Research Center analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) confirms the continuation of a 50-year trend leading to more than one in four fathers of children 18 or younger living apart from their children; 11 percent live separately from some of their children and 16 percent from all of them. Logically, the study further shows that fathers living with their children become more intensely involved in their lives, spending more time with them and taking part in a greater variety of activities, such as sharing meals, helping with homework and playing. Black fathers (44 percent) are more than twice as likely as white fathers (21 percent) to live apart from their children, while Hispanic fathers (35 percent) are in the middle. Among fathers that never completed high school, 40 percent live apart from their children, compared with only 7 percent of fathers that graduated from college. Many absent fathers try to compensate by communicating via email, social media or phone. Almost half say they are in touch with their children several times a week, but nearly one-third communicate less than once a month. Twenty percent say they visit their children more than once a week, but 27 percent have not seen their children in the past year. Source: PewForum.org natural awakenings
ecotip Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn… Or Mow Less, Sustainably by Paul Tukey For some, mowing is the bane of summer; a choking, chugging chore to abhor. For others, it’s an artistic expression—the chance to maintain and admire a property’s carefully crafted aesthetic look while logging some laps around the lawn. Whether we enjoy it or prefer leaving the task to someone else, several considerations can make the experience less laborious, less polluting and even lighter on the budget as fuel prices rise. Start high and stay high. Resist the temptation to mow the family lawn The U.S. Environmental to resemble a closely shaved golf green. Far better results are achieved by adjust- Protection Agency reports ing the machine’s blade to the top setthat a single hour of operting and leaving it there until after Labor Day. Taller grass in the spring shades the ating a new gas-powered surface of the soil, so that crabgrass and lawn mower emits the same other weed seeds can’t sprout as much. High levels in the summer conserve volume of volatile organic moisture and encourage deep root compounds and nitrogen growth, so that the lawn becomes more drought-tolerant. oxides as 11 new cars, each The fastest way to harm a lawn is by driven for one hour. mowing too low—less than three inches for most grass species. Exceptions are Bermuda grass or seashore paspalum in the South, or bent grass in the North, all of which do best when mowed at one to two inches high. Fertilize naturally. Organic fertilizers derived from plant or animal byproducts work with the soil’s biology to feed the lawn slowly and evenly. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn, which quickly biodegrade to provide more free, natural lawn food. The natural approach to nourishing a lawn requires less frequent mowing and makes it more adaptable to long dry spells. Synthetic chemical fertilizers, which are formulated to stimulate a lot of growth quickly, are designed to demand more mowing and watering. Get grass off of gas. If a lawn is a third of an acre (15,000 square feet) or less, consider this: Today’s “push” or motorless mowers are not our grandfathers’ heavy wood and steel models. Manufactured from high-grade plastics, lightweight metals and precision blades that rarely need sharpening, the modern mowers cut grass cleanly and are a breeze to use. They are the healthiest choice for people, lawn and planet. For larger acreage, new models powered by propane burn cleaner than gasoline-run engines. Paul Tukey is author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Find more tips at SafeLawns.org. 14
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Where to Recycle Outdated Electronics U.S. consumers, who generate more than 3 million tons of e-waste annually, now have easier access to manufacturer recycling programs, responsible local e-recycling facilities and cooperating retailers. “If you make it easy, people will recycle their stuff,” says Barbara Kyle, national coordinator of the Electronics Takeback Coalition. As of this year, 23 states mandate statewide e-waste recycling, and all but California make manufacturers responsible for providing it, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Seven more states introduced such legislation in 2010 (see ElectronicsTakeBack. com/legislation/state_legislation.htm). This approach helps get e-products containing toxic materials out of landfills and incinerators, where they can contaminate water and air. It also shifts the need for cost-effective environmental responsibility to manufacturers, to encourage them to design more eco-friendly products. Ultimately, this should result in products with fewer toxic components and more reusable and recyclable components, requiring less use of virgin materials. The world leader in e-waste recycling proves what’s possible; an industry-run program in Norway recycles 98 percent of all e-waste. By contrast, in 2008 Americans recycled only 13.6 percent of their e-waste, often storing old, unused units at home. Now they know where to take it. Find local drop-off sites at Electronics TakeBack.com, click on Guide to Recycling Your Electronics. For local sites that accept electronic, automotive, hazardous, yard and other household materials, call 1-800-Recycling (1-800-732925-464) or visit 1800Recycling.com.
The Key to Spiritual Transformation by David Mutchler
an you relate to one or more of the following statements? “I’ve been involved in a number of spiritual practices, but I never quite feel that I’ve reached the destination I desire.” “I’ve gone to more spiritual seminars than I care to count, but there’s still something missing.” “I’m a junkie for spiritual books; yet in spite of all that, I can only catch an occasional glimpse of the peace I seek in my life, and then it is gone.” “I’m a practitioner of natural healing and I help a lot of people, but I don’t feel fully healed myself.” The problem with many spiritual practices is that they tend to become top-heavy, meaning the concepts and principles get lodged in one’s patterns of thought and never quite make it into the center of one’s being—never get to the point where they can be applied to everyday challenges and emotional struggles in a way that will endure. Instead, they develop into cognitive whirlpools that go round and round, but never quite make it into the depths of our hearts where spirit lives. Taking such an intellectual approach to spirituality can be hard work. It often requires considerable diligence—a life of forced practices—and this is not what spirituality is meant to be. We are born of the spirit, bathed in love, peace, and joy. These things are not disciplines; they are free-flowing gifts; they do not have to be worked at or forced. Our greatest obstacle to finding contentment and joy is not in the outside world; it is within us. That obstacle is of our own unconscious making. It is who we have mistakenly defined ourselves to be, which is called ego. We think we are isolated, separate, and disconnected beings that must do everything in our power to keep this definition of “self” alive since survival is our most basic instinct. In doing so, we unknowingly violate who we really are—beings that are connected to everything, everywhere, all the time. We are one by virtue of the fact that we all come from spirit and are made of the same conscious “stuff”. Once one comes to see that ego is at the core of our dissatisfaction, misery, and suffering, a common first reaction is to treat ego as an enemy that must be resisted, overthrown, crushed, killed, suppressed, or in some other way destroyed. But the desire to overcome ego is ego, because “overcoming” anything is one of ego’s favorite tactics. So the truth is, the more you fight it, the more it persists. For fear of dying, ego resists the transformation in consciousness that is necessary to move from ego awareness to spiritual awareness, even though spiritual consciousness is where we can experience living in the fullest sense of the word. Imagine a caterpillar that resists becoming a butterfly because it
is afraid that it might cease to exist. That fear would obviously be unfounded because the caterpillar wouldn’t really die; it would merely transform into a different, “freer” state of being. The transformation from ego consciousness to spirit consciousness is much the same. It is not something to fear. Yet as much as one can “know” this to be true intellectually, the transition doesn’t actually take place until one discovers it experientially. Whatever path you pursue to access your spirituality must make sense to you intellectually, of course. But it can’t stop there. You must travel experientially from head to heart where it can be engaged, embraced, integrated, and implemented into your daily life in a way that is simple, doable, and even fun. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If we are to maintain some semblance of spiritual sanity, it requires doing something remarkably different. That difference lies in understanding that your ticket into the realm of spiritual consciousness is not an emotional fistfight. It is love, since love is the essence of spirit. Your first assignment on the path of moving beyond ego is to embrace it, not fight it. Ego is afraid it will die if you redefine yourself as a spiritual being. “Talk” to your ego; assure it that dying isn’t necessary. It needs only to transition to another state of being. Ice doesn’t die to become water, and water doesn’t die to become steam. They merely transform into another state. What is needed now is not a new spiritual practice that becomes yet one more piece of information that gets stuck in our heads. It must be a new dimension of spirituality itself, a personal experience that becomes the catalyst for spiritual transformation, a methodology that unlocks the deeper reaches of your own spiritual practices, whatever they happen to be. And it must address the spiritual healing of everyone, from beginners to those who have been on long spiritual journeys of ten, twenty, and thirty years or more. Are you ready to take such a journey? Just remember: when the student is ready, the teacher will appear; knock and the door will be opened; seek and you will find; ask and you will receive. The answer you’ve been looking for may be closer than you think. David Mutchler is the author of three books—Beyond the Ego, Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego, and Non-Judgment Day Is Coming: Are You Ready?—and, along with co-author Elizabeth Beau, the soon-to-be-released book, Fourteen Inches to Peace. David and Elizabeth facilitate “Awaken to Ego” classes on a regular basis. Further information can be found on their website at: www.awakentoego.com. See ad page 46. natural awakenings
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t happens to all of us. We wake up one day and realize that we have been here before—just like yesterday and the day before that. Today is destined to be the same as all the others: safe, comfortable… and boring. Often, we need to engage in new experiences to be more vital and happy. Research from psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns, Ph.D., author of Satisfaction, shows that our brains benefit from new experiences so much so that the process releases the feel-good chemical dopamine. According to a study published in the journal Neuron, it is even triggered by the mere expectation of a new experience. Researchers call this the “exploration bonus.” We are born to explore. Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain that Changes Itself, maintains that connections between brain neurons, called dendrites, develop in response to new experiences, and they shrink or vanish altogether if they’re not stimulated with new information. To keep our brains happy, we have to keep moving forward into the new. If novelty feels so good and does good things for us, why do we usually stick with what we know? The answer lies deep in the emotional center of the brain, called the amygdala, which perceives the unknown as potentially threatening. As a result, we often overestimate the potential risk inherent in a new experience and underestimate the consequences of playing it safe. The good news is that we can override this default. Here are some practical
ways to build the necessary life skills— our venture aptitude—to pursue new experiences and really start living. Do it to do it. When you approach an experience with this attitude, there is no harm to your self-worth because your objective isn’t the result, but the experience; the pursuit of knowledge, challenge or enjoyment—and that’s egoless. Advance into the fear. You inflame fear by running from it, and you reduce it with every step that you take facing straight at it. Make the unknown more knowable. Knowledge trumps irrational fears. Talk to others that have participated in experiences you wish to engage in. Do research. Don’t look at the mountaintop. Break down big goals (running a race, acting in a neighborhood play) into small, incremental goals (running around the block, taking a beginner’s voice class) to build competence and confidence. Dabble. Sample the offerings. Try several different classes or events to see which ones excite you the most. Judge your life by how much you try, not by the results. That removes the fear and alibis, and puts you squarely in the center of the place where you are at your happiest—absorbed in lifeaffirming experiences. Joe Robinson is a work-life-balance trainer and coach, and author of Don’t Miss Your Life. He shares motivational essays at DontMissYourLife.net.
Hormone Help for Guys Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso
ithout hormones, the body’s chemical messengers affecting every human biological system, nothing works correctly. Testosterone, in particular, is critically important for male development, starting in the embryo, through puberty and into old age. After reaching peak levels in a man during his mid-to-late-20s, his testosterone level begins a slow decline. From the age of about 35, it drops by about 10 percent per decade for the rest of his life, accompanied by a slight increase in estrogen levels. While women experience physical markers when they enter menopause, there is no specific point at which men typically enter andropause, the less extreme male version of the change of life due to low hormone production. Related changes usually cause minor problems at first and then tend to become more severe. Medical studies from Seattle’s Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington and Harvard University show that testosterone deficiency contributes to reduced muscle and bone mass, male breast enlargement, depression, atherosclerosis, anemia and diabetes.
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Older men often can show a normal total testosterone level, but have a low level of free testosterone. A saliva test brings clarity, because saliva only contains free hormones. Fifty-plusyear-old men with low free testosterone that show signs of hormone imbalance should consider natural supplementation, even when total testosterone is normal. It’s best to test before starting a rebalancing program and to retest after a few months. Establishing a record over time allows a man to monitor and adjust progress.
Hormone Help Starts Here
Taking supportive steps in nutrition and lifestyle choices can make a big difference. Diet. Proper nutrition, embracing a full complement of vitamins and minerals, is essential. Eliminate red meat, cheese, fast food
“When a man with low testosterone restores his level back to its biological norm—he feels like a man again!” ~ Dr. Eugene R. Shippen
and processed snack foods, which can increase estrogen levels. Herbal supplements such as Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris), or puncture vine; ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Korean red ginseng (Panex ginseng) and maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) can help by increasing testosterone levels, sexual libido or erectile function. Some influence testosterone levels directly; others help enhance function by indirectly providing nutrients to improve circulation and general sexual health. Weight control. Excess fat, particularly around the abdomen, stores and produces estrogen. Reducing fat tissue can help both lower estrogen and enhance testosterone. Environmental exposure. Endocrine disruptors, called xenoestrogens, from everyday exposure to toxic estrogenic industrial chemicals, can mimic the effects of estrogen in a man’s body. These routinely appear in petrochemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dairy products, meats, canned foods, personal care products and plastics. Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of metal food cans is particularly dan-
gerous. Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers, even when they are labeled as microwave-safe. Research medications. Dr. Eugene R. Shippen, co-author of The Testosterone Syndrome, states, “High-dose statin drugs used to lower cholesterol definitely lower testosterone levels and are high on the list of causes of erectile dysfunction.” Exercise. Physically inactive people lose up to 5 percent of their total muscle mass per decade. Exercise helps to lower estrogen levels and enhance testosterone levels.
Past incorrect beliefs that testosterone replacement therapy causes prostate cancer left many medical practitioners reluctant to prescribe it. The latest scientific research shows that a healthy man does not increase the risk by raising his testosterone level to the normal biological range for his age. Renowned medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher and survivor, Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers, has stated, “There is absolutely no hint that testosterone at high levels correlates with prostate cancer.” He founded the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Natural bioidentical testosterone cream labeled USP, for United States Pharmacopeia standard, is available at compounding pharmacies. Bioidentical means that a substance has the same chemical form as that produced by the human body. Other forms of testosterone therapy, including biweekly injections, skin patches and pills, typically employ synthetic chemicals that are similar, but not identical, to natural testosterone. Thus, such products are not completely recognizable by the body. About 15 years ago, bestselling author and hormone balancing expert Dr. John R. Lee published his startling conclusion that synthetic hormones can cause serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, cancer and liver damage. His findings were subsequently confirmed by the Women’s Health Initiative study. Injections, skin patches and pills subject the body to unnatural fluctuations in testosterone and estrogen. In contrast, skin creams permit precise daily or periodic dosing as prescribed by a qualified health care practitioner. As they age, some men strongly feel the effects of a cumulative decline in
To find a local compounding pharmacy for natural bioidentical testosterone skin cream, as prescribed by a medical practitioner, visit iacprx.org. testosterone levels and experience significant symptoms, while others barely notice it. Restoring testosterone to its biological norm can be rewarding. Remember that hormones are powerful and a little can go a long way. Beyond a prescribed amount, more is not better and can reverse benefits. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing for men and women. For a phone consultation, call 239-498-1547, email DrJim@ HealthNaturallyToday.com or visit HealthNaturallyToday.com.
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Grinding and Clenching Your Way to Pain by Dr. Kevin Flood, DDS
lthough the phrase “gnashing and grinding of teeth” might bring to mind many of the special effects from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 thriller, “Jurassic Park”, the expression originated from an ancient Greek word brugmós, which means “the gnashing of teeth”. Its more modern derivative, Bruxism, is commonly known today among dentists who treat the grinding or sliding of teeth back and forth over each other.
Grinding and Clenching
Grinding, which affects 50 to 95% of the adult population, wears the teeth down and leads to jaw pain as well as tooth damage and other problems. It is typically accompanied by clenching of the jaw—tightly holding the top and bottom teeth together, especially the back teeth under extreme pressure. Sleep Bruxism—grinding/clenching at night—puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around the jaw. It is noisy enough to annoy sleeping partners, although the bruxer isn’t awake to stop it. An individual can be a “tooth grinder” for years and remain unaware of the habit. Grinding/clenching the teeth can generate 600-800 pounds of pressure per square inch and can cause muscle pain, in addition to jaw joint pain, ear and tooth pain, as well as tooth mobility and sensitivity. Some people with Bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense.
Bruxism in Children
Most children, who grind their teeth, do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime grinders. In children, Bruxism may be related to growth and development of the jaws and teeth. Some researchers think children grind because their top and bottom teeth don’t fit together comfortably as they are erupting. Others believe that children grind their teeth because of tension, anger, or as a response to pain from an earache or teething. While Bruxism has been reported to occur in up to 30% of children—often under the age of 12—current research has been unable to identify why some children grind and others do not.
Seeking Dental Care for Bruxism
Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Unfortunately, people with Sleep Bruxism usually aren’t aware of the habit, so they aren’t diagnosed with the condition until complications occur. Whether or not Bruxism causes pain and other problems may be a complicated mix of factors: stress levels, how long and tightly the teeth are clenched and have been grinding, misaligned teeth, posture, the ability to relax, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Each person is different, which is why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of Bruxism and to seek regular dental care. 20
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Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism • • • • • • • • • • •
Teeth grinding or clenching Teeth worn down, flattened or chipped Worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth Increased tooth sensitivity Jaw pain or tightness in jaw muscles Earache because of severe jaw muscle contractions; not a problem with the ear Headache Chronic facial pain Chewed tissue on the inside of the cheek Loose teeth Fractured or broken teeth
There are numerous causes of Bruxism; however, they are not completely agreed upon by physicians, mainly because the problem is not completely understood. Two known leading causes are stress and internalized anger. Too much work, shortlived sleep and worry build up frenzied energy in the body which channels itself through grinding the teeth only when an individual sleeps. Internalized anger occurs in persons who repress their anger issues. This repressed energy builds up and eventually finds an outlet. Less intimate in nature, tooth grinding can also be caused by calcium or magnesium deficiencies, intestinal parasites like pinworms, diets high in refined or processed foods, food sensitivities, environmental allergies, a primary misalignment of the temporomandibular joint or jaw joint, or an unusual bite. It can be a complication of another disorder, such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease or can be an uncommon side effect of some psychiatric medications including certain antidepressants If you discover that you are grinding your teeth, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist, who can suggest nutritional supplements, an oral appliance, or a referral to an allied health professional to assist in stopping or diminishing the grinding problem.
Self-Care Steps to Relieving Pain
• Essential oils, such as lavender, diffused in the bedroom prior to sleeping may induce relaxation. • Homeopathic remedies such as: • If a child, with an ugly cross nature as well as a dislike for being touched, grinds, jumps and jerks while asleep—Cina30 one hour prior to bed. • Overworked individuals with gastric problems—Nux Vomica 30 twice daily. • Intense hyperactive individuals who cannot relax, perfectionists and individuals who take on too many jobs at once—Vervain (a Bach remedy) three drops three times a day in a glass of water. • Relax facial and jaw muscles throughout the day with
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the goal of making facial relaxation a habit. Massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and face. Search carefully for small, painful nodules called trigger points that can refer pain throughout the head and face. Learn physical therapy stretching exercises to help restore a normal balance to the action of the muscles and joint on each side of the head. Apply ice or wet heat to sore jaw muscles. Avoid eating hard foods like nuts, candies and steak. Drink plenty of water every day. Reduce stress by learning relaxation techniques such as guided relaxation, yoga and meditation. Some individuals have had success with hypnosis. Get plenty of sleep. Cut down on caffeine intake.
Preventing Damage to the Teeth
To prevent damage to the teeth, mouth guards or appliances (splints) have been used since the 1930s to treat teeth grinding, clenching, and facial muscle pain. A splint may help protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching. It may also help reduce clenching behaviors, but some people find that it makes their clenching worse. In others, the symptoms go away as long as they use the splint, but pain returns when they stop or the splint loses its effectiveness over time. There are many different types of splints. Some fit over the top of the teeth, some on the bottom. They may be designed to keep your jaw in a more relaxed position or provide some other function. If one type doesn’t work, another may.
Unlearning Clenching Behaviors
The numerous approaches to helping people unlearn clenching behaviors have been more successful for daytime clenching, since nighttime clenching cannot be consciously stopped. In some individuals, just relaxing and modifying daytime behavior is enough to reduce nighttime Bruxism. Methods to directly modify nighttime clenching have not been well studied. They include various biofeedback devices, self hypnosis, and other alternative therapies. Dr. Kevin Flood, a general dentist in Grand Rapids, has taken the principles of dentistry and interwoven them with alternative healing modalities such as nutrition and manual medicine to create a new paradigm for dentistry. This new paradigm moves beyond drilling and filling and addresses the relationships of dentistry to the rest of the body. See ad page 2. natural awakenings
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or centuries, Americans that know how to live close to the land have traveled comfortably in wild country by using the resources of the wilderness. But today there are so many people out tramping around the last tiny areas of isolated, fragmented and injured wilderness that we can’t afford to play mountain man anymore; we have to tread more softly, out of respect and generosity of spirit toward the land and its wild inhabitants. Many books give helpful detailed instruction on low-impact trekking and camping techniques, but here are a few guidelines: Stay on designated switchbacks. Shortcutting across switchbacks on a trail causes erosion just as surely as loggers hauling trees upslope. Think before voiding. Locate designated toilet facilities and use them. On the trail, bag toilet paper and carry
it out to a proper disposal site or safely burn it in a campfire. Human feces are a pollutant if not properly buried in a cat hole dug a few inches into the soil and thoroughly covered. Dig and dispose away from temporarily dry watercourses, campsites, trails and other places where hikers may tarry. In the right place, waste can provide food for insects and worms that live in the topsoil. Use existing fire rings. Also, only use downed and dead wood for campfires; never break limbs or twigs off dead or living trees. Never build a fire in overused or fragile areas like timberline lakeshores or above the tree line. Use a fire pan on raft and canoe trips and pack out the ashes or deposit them in the main current if that is allowed in river-specific rules. Better yet, rely on a backpacker’s camp stove. Pack it all out. No littering; and pick up trash found along the way.
The land we now call the United States of America was once a wilderness paradise, vibrant and diverse, cyclical, yet stable, pure and unpolluted, with a diversity and abundance of life that staggers the imagination. Today, the American wilderness is under continual attack by humans and vanishing rapidly. Activists at Rewilding.org want to reverse this trend. Follow the rules on float trips. Invisible camping techniques involve the use of fire pans, portable toilets, proper disposal of dishwashing water and the like. A use-appropriate river permit will have clear instructions on minimumimpact techniques that when practiced, become a habit. Dress dully. The wilderness is no place for fluorescent colors on a tent, backpack or clothing. Wear khaki or light-colored clothing (some say yellow is best) to discourage mosquitoes, which hone in on dark colors (especially blue), color contrast and movement. Avoid hunting areas in designated seasons. Don’t camp by water in deserts. If we plop down and set up housekeeping at a rare water source, wildlife that counts on drinking from there will be repelled and may die from dehydration. Camp at least a quarter of a mile (farther is better) from isolated water sources.
Keep pollutants away from waterways. Don’t wash dishes, clean fish, take a bath or introduce soap, grease or other pollutants (biodegradable or not) into backcountry streams, lakes, potholes or springs. Swimming (not soaping up) in well-watered areas is usually harmless. Leave native wildlife and natural objects intact. Many plants and animals are imperiled; in part, because of collection and sales of nature’s artifacts. Leave fossils, crystals and other treasures, including petroglyphs and potsherds, in place. Finally, drive slowly in wilderness areas to protect wildlife crossing access roads. Dave Foreman is co-author of The Big Outside Revised Edition and founder of The Rewilding Institute, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM (Rewilding.org).
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LIGHT BULBS 101 by Sharon Pisacreta
t is estimated that a quarter of the average family’s energy costs come from electric lighting. For over a century, incandescent light bulbs supplied most of our home lighting needs. Unfortunately, they are not energy efficient. Almost 90% of the bulb’s energy is converted into heat, leaving only 10% available for lighting. Due to this inefficiency, many European countries have been working to ban incandescent bulbs. By 2014, the most commonly used incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available in the U.S. So - ready or not – here’s a brief introductory course on the lighting alternatives that will soon be illuminating every household.
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fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were specifically produced to replace incandescent bulbs, therefore they will fit into most existing lighting fixtures. Instead of a hot glowing filament, a CFL produces light via a phosphor-coated t u b e . Th e y a r e , i n fact, smaller versions of fluorescent lights, but they are designed to simulate a n i n c a n d e s c e n t g l o w. When CFLs were introduced, they were 24
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available only as spiral shaped tubes, but they are now manufactured in several shapes and colors, including decorative options and flood lights. Pros: CFLs can produce the same amount of light as an incandescent, however they use nearly 80% less energy. On average, one CFL will last as long as nine incandescent light bulbs, resulting in a savings of $30-$40 per bulb. Because they produce less heat, CFLs are generally safer to handle. Initially, there were consumer complaints about the unnatural lighting produced by a CFL. But newer full-spectrum versions are reported to produce light comparable to natural sunlight. Cons: Some CFLs take a minute or longer to reach full illumination after being turned on. And although a CFL has a longer life than an incandescent, that life is reduced if the lamp is turned off and on for short periods of time. According to Wired Magazine, a CFL will burn out quickly if it is not allowed to rest a minimum of 15 minutes between being switched off and on. A CFL may therefore not be the best choice for motion sensor lighting. They also have a tendency to overheat and burn out when placed in recessed ceiling canisters. Health hazards resulting from CFLs are minimal. The lamp does produce some UV radiation, but a European Scientific Commission found that this would only pose a risk for individuals who are either highly sensitive to light or suffer from certain skin conditions. Finally, all CFLs contain small amounts of mercury. If one does break in the home, follow the EPA recommendations for cleanup found at the following link www. epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup-detailed.html. CFLs should also be disposed through a recycling program or a collection site for household hazardous waste.
Halogen – Halogen bulbs or lamps
are incandescent lights, but with a difference. Unlike a standard incandescent, a halogen light bulb is filled with a special gas that allows it to be more
energy efficient. There are many different kinds of halogen lamps. Some resemble regular light bulbs; others are designed for track lighting. Consumers can also choose from a range of decorative, flood and specialty halogen lights. P ro s : W h i l e n e a r l y 9 0 % o f a n incandescent bulb’s energy is converted into heat, a halogen lamp produces a much higher percentage of visible light. Compared to an incandescent bulb’s 750-1,000 hours of light, the average lifetime of a halogen lamp is 3,000 hours. Halogen light bulbs also burn much brighter. Fewer halogen bulbs are needed to illuminate a space, resulting in greater savings. Compared to standard light bulbs, a halogen produces a whiter, cleaner and more attractive light. Cons: Since halogens are incandescent, they produce a significant amount of heat, emitting about 10% more heat than normal incandescent bulbs. Do not place a maximum watt halogen bulb too near a fabric or plastic lampshade, since it may damage or melt the material. And unless the halogen is a “bulb-within-abulb” model, the glass portion of the bulb should not be touched. Otherwise, the oil from a person’s hands will remain on the glass, causing it to heat up when the lamp is turned on. This usually results in the glass breaking, which means the bulb is of no further use. Finally, the greater heat emitted by a halogen lamp make them less energy efficient when placed in an air-conditioned room.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) – Light-emitting
diodes (LEDs) are solid state devices that do not require hot filaments or gases. Wear and tear on the device is therefore m i n i m a l . Fi r s t u s e d i n circuit boards, LED technology is advancing continuously, making them the most likely candidate for future lighting purposes. Pros: Since they are so durable, an LED lasts between 30,000-50,000 hours. Illumination is also instantaneous, with maximum brightness reached in less
than a microsecond. LEDs also do not suddenly burn out as an incandescent bulb does; instead, they gradually dim over time. They are by far the most energy efficient lighting option with 80% of its energy utilized for lighting, not heat. And – unlike CFLs – LEDs can be turned on and off frequently without shortening the light’s lifetime. Cons: LEDs are the most expensive of the lighting options. However consumers should also remember that LEDs last much longer, cutting down on replacement costs. The biggest limitation of an LED is its size. As a light source they are currently best suited for components in appliances, electronic equipment and automotive lighting. While there are LED options for the home, such as ceiling lights, flood lamps, and flexible strips, they lack the variety of the other options. Most consumers probably purchase them as holiday and decorative lighting. In addition, due to their small size and lower intensity, more LEDs are required to light an area. Currently, most LEDs give off light in the 40 watt range, which is not bright enough to illuminate large spaces. Increasing the wattage would raise their already high price, in some instances over fifty dollars. Due to their impressive energy efficiency however, it is only a matter of time until a more versatile and brighter LED hits the market. Not since Thomas Edison switched on his Pearl Street generating station in 1882 have there been so many choices in lighting. Although solar lighting is perhaps the greenest option, it is not practical for indoor purposes at this time. So on that next visit to the home improvement store, be prepared to choose between CFLs, halogen lamps, or LEDs. And take this article along for reference. With luck, it will shed a little light on the situation. Sharon Pisacreta is an award-winning freelance writer who lives in SaugatuckDouglas. She is also the editor of the online site lakeeffectliving.com. Sharon may be contacted at sharonpisacreta@ gmail.com.
less time and energy we have to expend to place it in some larger context.” We can just simply be. Healthy vacation escapes help us do just that. We regenerate, reconnect with ourselves and others and re-imagine our lives in a more satisfying context.
Personal Growth: The Mind
HEALTHY ESCAPES Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives by Judith Fertig
hen Jeanna Freeman vacationed at Earthshine Mountain Lodge, in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Touted as a “techno-amenityfree property,” it specializes in off-thegrid getaways (EarthshineLodge.com), meaning no in-room TV and a chance to digitally detox. Guests are encouraged to ditch their cell phones and laptops in favor of a zip line adventure through the Smoky Mountains forest canopy and laid back log cabin informality. “Honestly, it was exhilarating being away from my cell phone,” admits Freeman, an interior designer from Collierville, Tennessee. “I hadn’t felt that good and ‘connected’ in a long time. I didn’t realize how much I needed that.” Her experience highlights the new buzzwords and phrases in vacation travel: unplug, reconnect, digital detox and healthy escape. What is it about 26
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unplugging that seems so refreshing and like an ideal vacation? Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, explains that, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking.” He occasionally unplugs to recover his attention span, noting, “A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing.” For memoirist Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, “The urgency of slowing down—to find the time and space to think—is nothing new.” What is new is figuring out workable definitions of stillness and movement when we spend a lot of our time physically still, but mentally in motion. A noted travel writer for 20 years, Iyer likes to stay at monasteries around the world. He concludes, “Wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the
MJ Goff was on a magazine writing assignment the first time she visited the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York (eOmega.org). As a student of New Age theories and a potential yoga teacher, Goff says she welcomed the opportunity to learn more. Once she attended the women’s retreat she was researching, she was hooked. “Every year since, I find myself being drawn to Omega for its promotion of meditation and overall encouragement of ‘staying in the present,’” she says. “All the programs stem from one mission: to keep us on the right path.” Talks by internationally known speakers such as Joan Borysenko, Eckhart Tolle, Harville Hendrix and Daniel Amen are complemented by sessions in nurturing creativity, holistic health, and yoga practice. “People smile, but also keep to themselves,” explains Goff. “It’s a place for quieting your mind.” For shorter getaways, Hay House, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, sponsors weekend I Can Do It! seminars in various cities (HayHouse.com). Speakers such as Louise Hay, Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss help attendees nudge closer to making milestone transformations, consciousness shifts and progress on their healing journeys. Sometimes, personal growth simply involves sufficient quiet time to walk, contemplate and reconnect with our muse. “The real meaning of the word ‘retreat’ in the spiritual sense,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “is stepping back. When one steps back, one gets a better view of the world, others and our deepest self.” Iyer finds solace at New Camaldoli Heritage, a Benedictine community amidst the rugged terrain of Big Sur, California (Contemplation.com). More
than 2,000 monasteries and other spiritual communities throughout North America offer off-the-beaten-path retreats at reasonable prices and generally welcome guests of all religions and spiritual practices. The one requirement is that guests not disturb others. At Ghost Ranch, in the high desert of Abiquiu, New Mexico, “The scenery alone is spiritual and healing,” relates Nancy Early, a New York film producer. Under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, activities encourage individual and social transformation (NewMexicoGhostRanch.org). Early says the best part is, “There’s one pay phone, and cell phones don’t work here; no TV or radio. You walk away from everything that controls your life.”
Optimal Wellness: Mind/Body
Sometimes the healthy escape we seek can be found at a destination spa, which combines enough structure to slowly wean us from daily busyness with sufficient soothing, quiet spaces and physical nurturing. For Debbie Phillips—who spends part of the year in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and the other part in Naples, Florida—one visit to a spa was all it took. As an executive and life coach, Phillips founded Women on Fire in 2003 to connect her “on fire” clients with each other via regional meetings and a free online newsletter, and discovered that the condition sometimes crosses the line into overwork. “My first visit to a spa more than 20 years ago was when I first learned about the life-changing benefits of taking better care of myself. In addition to the soothing amenities, the peace, calm and quiet usually found at a spa—space to think, nap, read a book or gaze into the sky—often results in ‘less’ becoming ‘more’ in your life,” Phillips says. “I have returned home feeling lighter and brighter and even more excited for what is next. The experience gave me just the boost I needed to keep going.” Recently, Phillips discovered simple techniques to nurture herself all year long by attending a breathing and meditation class at the Lake Austin Spa, in Texas. “Now I start each day with long, deep breaths before I
even get out of bed,” she says. “It is so simple, so calming and establishes my day with peace.” Virginia Nelson, a San Diego, California, attorney, likewise revels in her twice-yearly visits to Canyon Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona. “The pace in southern California is like running a marathon every day. My visits serve as respites that have allowed me to keep up with it this long. “I first went in 1991 and saw a place to go and cocoon,” recounts Nelson, “but I also discovered incredible fitness and education classes.” The spa is essentially a reset button for her. “It’s rest, rejuvenation and reinvention.” Canyon Ranch has several U.S. locations (CanyonRanch.com). Some facilities feature niche mind/body experiences, such as the psychic massage or chakra balancing at Mii Amo Spa, in Sedona, Arizona (EnchantmentResort.com). Others specialize in holistic wellness. Tucson’s Miraval Resort, in Arizona, offers an integrative wellness program guided by Dr. Andrew Weil (Tinyurl. com/6p2l237). Chill-out spa services like a hot stone massage are often balanced by breath walking, qigong or desert tightrope walking.
Active Adventure: The Body
Finding a clear stillpoint of one’s soul can also occur while moving and challenging our bodies. Exercise helps us break through not only physical boundaries, but emotional and spiritual barriers, as well. Barbara Bartocci, a long-distance cycler and author of Meditation in Motion, maintains that moving keeps both our brains and bodies healthier. “Research at The University of Arizona found that regular exercise appears to preserve key parts of the brain involved in attention and memory,” she notes. “It is well known that exercise helps to reduce anxiety, allay depression and generally improve mood, by prompting our bodies to release more endorphins.” Bartocci has experienced the power of these connections firsthand. “Active vacations are truly transformative,” she says emphatically. “When I bicycled across Iowa on RAGBRAI [The Des natural awakenings
Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa], we cycled 76 miles one day on hills with a constant 20-mile-per-hour headwind. It was a tough day, but I made it! My divorce was becoming final that summer, and completing that day gave me the encouraging inner message: ‘If I can cycle Iowa on the toughest day, I can re-cycle my life after divorce.’” She’s still moving along. Recently, she joined 500 other cyclists doing 60 miles a day for a week in Wisconsin. Bill Murphy, of Annapolis, Maryland, made his breakthrough at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (boss-inc.com). “While I wanted an adventure and to put myself out there, I also wanted to know that I was in good hands,” he says about why he chose a guided trip. Murphy was already in good shape, having competed in a local Ironman event. Following an initial fitness assessment that involved testing his heart rate after running at high altitude, he was deemed fit to take part in an outdoor survival experience in Utah’s desert country. With a knife, wool jacket, cap, gloves, long underwear and suitable shoes—but no tent, sleeping bag or food—his group learned to live off the land with the assistance of three instructors in an initial phase of the program. “After two days we were given our backpack with the critical blanket, poncho and food rations. I have never been so happy to hear the words ‘1,500 calories’ in my life, and though I have 28
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eaten at some wonderful restaurants, the soups we made with those rations tasted better than anything I have eaten in my life,” he says. Murphy learned how to purify water, make a tent from his poncho, start a fire with minimal tools and bed down in the cold without a sleeping bag or blanket. A crucial part of the survival training was the need to go even further when the group thought their adventure had ended. “We didn’t know whether that would be in 10 miles or 30,” he recalls. His ability to physically push past the mentally established timeframe led Murphy to see that he could also move beyond his either/or boundaries: either family or business; either business or adventure. “I realized that I don’t have to choose one over the other. I feel a better sense of balance now.” In other parts of the country, Outward Bound Adult Renewal also offers new experiences that test physical limits and present breakthrough opportunities (OutwardBound.org). It’s also known for programs that help teens get a better handle on life. Participants often rock climb the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia or sea kayak along the Pacific Northwest or North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Options for growth and renewal appear endless. Nearby or far away, for a few days or longer, a healthy escape can be truly restorative. Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.
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t one time or another most of us have the unpleasant experience of being dizzy and sick to our stomach, but thankfully it usually passes quickly. For those suffering from Meniere’s disease, these symptoms are just a small glimpse of what they suffer from repeatedly - sometimes unrelentingly - for years. Michael Burcon, B.Ph., D.C. at Burcon Chiropractic in Grand Rapids provides information about Meniere’s disease at MeniereResearch.com and treats Meniere’s disease using specialized “Upper Cervical Specific Techniques.” He has spoken about this debilitating condition, which affects one out of every five hundred people, at conferences throughout the world that are attended by both medical and alternative practitioners. “Just as most people get headaches but never experience a migraine, most of us have been dizzy, but never had vertigo. When you have vertigo, the whole world is spinning around you, and you may be nauseous and vomit,” he explained. “This is a very serious illness.” Other symptoms include hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and ear fullness. According to Dr. Burcon, many times the symptoms are treated with surgeries and medications, attempting to correct an injury that occurred in a very specific area of the body often years ago. Without treating the original injury, he explained that healing can not take place. “Meniere’s disease is usually traced back to an injury that centers on the central nervous system and the axial skeleton, because after an upper cervical injury the atlas is in misalignment,” he said. The fist cervical vertebra -the atlas - is also called the yes bone, because the head rocks back and forth when nodding yes. When the skull slips partially off from one of the joints holding the atlas, pressure is applied to the brain stem. Literally, people are “off their rocker” from these injuries. The spinal and cranial nerves experience pressure and injury, and the pathways between the head and spine become blocked.
People may seem fine after a car accident, or after any accident where their head may have experienced whiplash, and go about living their lives for years without symptoms until they hit middle age. For others, the symptoms may occur much sooner, and come on very suddenly. Dr. Burcon explained the diagnosis of Meniere’s disease is based on several tests, including X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. “Chiropractors that are trained in treating this disease will also do diagnostic testing called Thermography that shows hot spots – areas of inflammation,” he said. “Diagnosis can also be made by observing the patient’s posture - often with the head thrust forward and full of pressure - indicating that there has been trauma there in the past.” Unfortunately, the symptoms of Meniere’s do not usually resolve themselves without intervention. “The onset of the symptoms, the frequency and the severity varies from patient to patient, but it does usually get progressively worse and deafness also is a very real danger,” said Dr. Burcon. A treatment program usually consists of (on average) a series of six adjustments over the course of one month to realign the upper cervical vertebra. Restricting salt in the diet is also recommended in treating Meniere’s, which helps the fluids trapped in the head to drain more easily. “Chiropractors who are trained in Upper Cervical Specific Techniques can often restore nine out of ten people who are suffering with Meniere’s back to good health, where they can return to jobs and spend time with their families,” Dr. Burcon said with a smile. “This is not a new technique, it’s been around since 1931 as a treatment option – but we are still working hard to get the word out that Meniere’s can be cured without drugs or surgery.” For more information about the 12th Annual Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia Symposium in Grand Rapids for Doctors, patients, and caregivers on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. call 616-575-9990 or email Dr. Burcon at Dr.Burcon@ yahoo.com. See ad page 48. For more information contact Burcon Chiropractic at 616575-9990, or visit www.burconchiropractic.com or www. MenieresResearch.com.
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Bring Food: Number One Rule of the Road
Once we feel hunger pangs, we’re more likely to eat whatever’s within arm’s reach, so for driving trips, take a cooler of healthy options that are kind to hips and waistlines. If flying, pack non-perishable snacks in a carry-on bag. Diana Dyer, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based dietitian and organic farmer, has logged thousands of miles travelling and speaking about “food as medi-
cine.” Her secret: “I carry dried organic fruits and vegetables, organic granola bars, organic nuts and organic peanut butter.” Before arriving at her hotel, she’ll ask the cab driver to take her to a local food co-op to pick up organic fresh fruits, juice and yogurt. Dyer is adamant about organic food, no matter where she goes, because she doesn’t want to consume hormones, antibiotics and agricultural chemical residues, many of which contribute to weight gain, especially in combination with typically high-fat Western diets. Dyer rejects hotel breakfast buffets too, which typically offer low-fiber, highly processed fare. Instead, she packs her own organic rolled oats, dried fruits, nuts and green tea. Then, all she needs is the hotel’s hot water to stir up a fortifying, satisfying, health-protecting breakfast. Hotel rooms with mini-refrigerators make it easy to store perishable items. If a fridge is unavailable, use the in-room ice bucket to keep milk, yogurt and cheese at a safe temperature. When road-tripping with children, a cooler will save money and time and provide a tasty and energizing on-the-spot picnic for road-weary, hungry travelers.
Seek Out Farm-Fresh Foods and Regional, Ethnic Cuisine To find fresh fruits and vegetables while on the road, stop at state welcome centers for free maps and guides to farm stands and farmers’ markets to enjoy the taste of healthy local seasonal flavors. Before Lebanon, New Hampshirebased dietitian KC Wright goes on the road, she goes online to check department of agriculture websites for the states she’ll visit. She searches for both farmers’ markets and farm-to-restaurant programs. Also check a destination city’s calendar of events for regional and ethnic food festivals. The food won’t necessarily be low in calories, but will be high in the fun-factor. Simply share larger-than-life servings with travelling companions for the best of all worlds.
Reevaluate Restaurants and Accommodations
Raleigh, North Carolina Dietitian Nicole Miller chooses vacation rentals over hotels when traveling so that she has ready access to a kitchen. Being able to prepare some of our own food
saves money and slashes calories. Beware of all-you-can-eat buffets; they nearly guarantee overeating. Also be prepared to split entrées at most restaurants or order two items from the appetizer menu. Inquire about local menu items and ask how food is prepared. Request sauces, gravies and dressings “on the side” to control those extra calories. Having access to the Internet or a smart phone makes it even easier to locate healthy eating restaurants (as does asking folks at farmers’ markets). Dawn Brighid, project manager for Sustainable Table, notes, “Free apps like Yelp’s Menupages can be very helpful.” She recommends filtering searches with the word “healthy.”
Think Exercise and Hydration Many hotels have exercise rooms and swimming pools, but also ask for a walking map of the area to explore interesting sights on foot. State and national parks provide scenic and invigorating hiking trails. Bring a daypack for healthful snacks and water. Note that people often mistake hunger for thirst, and it’s easy to become dehydrated when travelling. Keep a refillable water bottle to refresh and reenergize. Here’s to fun, safe and healthy travels. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at kopn.org, in Columbia, MO. She co-created F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution Media to support organic farmers (Enduring-Image.blogspot.com). Reach her at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.
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us, it also eased any tensions and reminded us to laugh and enjoy the day.” Further north, in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, Angela Winfield and Lance Lyons married at another by Sandra Murphy scenic outdoor spot, this one lakeside at the historic Aurora Inn. Winfield and Lyons have been legally blind since the liver Mullins, Pekingese, walked down the aisle ages of 4 and 29, respectively. They met while learning to with Katherine Austing, flower girl. Although work with their guide dogs. “For several weeks, we took two he’s quite the social animal, Oliver became a bit trips a day with the dogs and trainer to learn and bond with restless during the ceremony because he’s used to more the dogs,” says Winfield, noting, “Lance and I bonded, too.” action than talk. Ever since puppyhood, Oliver has proved Ogden, a black Labrador and golden retriever mix, his mettle, traveling the motorwalked down the aisle with the cycle race circuit in a motor maid of honor as the flower dog. home with his owners, Rachel Riddler, a German shepherd and and Charlie Mullins. golden retriever mix, served as “Oliver does everything the ring bearer and escorted the with us, so he had to be in the groom to his position to await wedding too,” explains Charlie, the bride. Both dogs wore tuxedo a professional rider. “He’s used collars with satin buttons and to crowds.” bowties, matching cuffs and fresh Rachel’s family lives in Pennflower boutonnières. sylvania, while Charlie’s resides The couple relates amusing in Iowa. Everyone met up for the stories of a few small complicawedding at a mountain church 90 tions. Service dogs are inventive minutes from the couple’s home creatures and in this case, their in Hickory, North Carolina. “It’s contributions included unfastenfun to include your dog in your ing the safety pins in order to special day,” says Charlie. “For Drew and Amy Scheeler’s Yorkshire terrier, Reese remove their formal cuffs and
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Rachel and Charlie Mullins return them to Angela and Lance before the couple could tie the knot. Then Ogden took a nap on the bride’s train. “We heard it made a nice contrast: black dog on white dress,” says Winfield, laughing. Because Riddler wants to be near Lance at all times, they looped his leash around a table leg during their first dance as a newly married couple. “He dragged the whole table onto the dance floor!” Appropriately, the cake topper included a pair of dogs, along with the bride and groom. Winfield and Lyons rented the historic lakeside E.B. Morgan house, in Aurora, for visiting family members. “We aren’t that formal. We had local cheeses and beer, ribs and a clambake in this museum setting,” relates Lyons. The dogs fit right in. Dogs facilitate weddings in other ways, as well. In Harleysville, Pennsylvania, husband-hopeful Drew Scheeler enlisted the help of Reese, a Yorkshire terrier pup. “I couldn’t think of a better way to propose than on a dog tag with the words, ‘Amy, will you marry me?’” he says. “Reese changed our lives, and there was no way he wouldn’t be part of our wedding. He barked only once, when we kissed.” Kelley Goad, a dog walker for Ben and Lori Newman, in Seattle, met their chocolate Labrador, Milkshake, a year before their wedding, so who better to walk the dog down the aisle? Milkshake’s day started with several hours of play at a local dog park, followed by a bath so he would be sweet-smelling for the ceremony. Milkshake spent the evening before the big day at Goad’s house. Although they were friends, his nervousness at being separated from his people resulted in gastric distress. Once reunited, his upset was over, just in time for a problemfree walk down the aisle. During the photo session, Milkshake happily posed with the wedding party. “The photographer worked with us,” relates Goad. “Milkshake is solid when told to sit-stay, and when I showed him a treat, his ears perked up for the picture.” Afterwards, following a few laps through the cocktail party reception, Milkshake was ready to retire to the dressing room with a new chew for a nap. All’s well that ends well.
Tips for Putting a Doggie in the Wedding b Have one person that knows the dog well be responsible for him, with no other duties. b Exercise the dog first, and then bathe him. Allow for multiple potty breaks. b Let the dog explore the venue during the rehearsal before it’s crowded with guests. b If a dog is not socialized to be around crowds or has bad habits like barking or jumping up on people, include this four-legged pal in the photos, but not the ceremony. b Plan to have the dog leave the reception early before he gets overly tired.
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DAD’S GOLDEN STORY HOUR Kids Listen with their Entire Being by Clint Kelly
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn
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oon, the brave little tailor and the beautiful Princess Minnie were happily married. And to think it all began with seven dead flies.” So ends The Brave Little Tailor, starring Mickey Mouse. Whenever I concluded reading with those words and attempted to close the well-worn book, I was inevitably hit with a chorus of, “Aw, Dad,” as they yearned for more. Why had my offspring narrowed the book selections to so few predictable favorites? Although the kids loved it, the constant repetition got to me. I rather empathized with the darker side of the original Brothers Grimm version of the tale. It’s not that I was opposed to pulling story duty. Children take comfort in the familiarity and lasting values of classic storylines. But at reading time, temptation whispered, “What they want is your time. It doesn’t matter what you read; just read…” A brief motor racing vignette in Road & Track, perhaps, or the latest major league baseball trade analyses from Sports Illustrated?
My mind would wander. They’d scold me. “Dad! You just said the little tailor caught seven flies in a row. It’s, ‘Seven flies at one blow,’ Dad.” Busted. Sadly, it wasn’t long before I was caught yet again. “Dad! It was Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling and The Little Red Hen who worked to bake the bread her lazy friends wouldn’t lift a finger to make. You always get them mixed up.” Verbal slips aside, the kids crowded closer. They jockeyed for position against my chest, listening to the whoosh of my heart, the cadence of the words and the conviction of my voice reverberating into their inner ears, down along their spinal columns and deep into their souls. Still, given the choice between Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or the daily stock quotations, I’m afraid that Wall Street often muscled the good woman aside. My wife urged me to persist. “The children have me all day. If only for a half-hour every night, you’ve got a solid grip on the children. Don’t let them slip away.”
Okay, I thought. Just as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle had her magical cures for never-want-to-go-to-bedders, surely I could find a cure for my reading ennui. In fact, taking a page from the Little Tailor’s playbook, I found seven. First, I sometimes invited a “guest” reader. A Grover hand puppet and a gravelly voice kept me alert, delighted the kids and gave those stories a fresh new lease. The second remedy was to turn off the TV, ignore the phone and read by a lone lamplight that ringed me and my audience in a cozy glow. Third, for variety, we’d sometimes read in a “secret” place. Goldilocks acquires a new dimension when read under the kitchen table. My fourth remedy was to introduce dinner readings. “For the first course,” I’d say, “a heaping helping of Hansel and Gretel.” Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches lend themselves nicely to this departure from standard fare.
Eyes sparking, minds receptive, the children’s slight bodies vibrate like tuning forks of language, wonder and virtue when we read together. Fifth, I’d occasionally take a break by playing a talking book episode. It made old standbys like Tom Sawyer fresh again. As a sixth solution, when I assigned the kids parts in a story the plot took on a dimension that would often make us giggle. Even very young children that haven’t learned to read are able to memorize well-loved passages and recite lines verbatim. The seventh remedy was to spin original tales. When I was a boy, my mother created an entire forest world populated by clever animals: Fox, the sly one; Owl, the fusty Winston
Dads Booked as Heroes by Jeremy Adam Smith
athers show up comparatively rarely in children’s books. According to a review of 200 children’s books by David Anderson, Ph.D., and Mykol Hamilton, Ph.D., fathers appeared about half as often as mothers. Mothers were 10 times more likely to be depicted taking care of babies than fathers and twice as likely to be seen nurturing older children. Of course, moms are still most likely to be taking care of kids. But how does that help nontraditional families and other parents embrace broader caring role models? They can choose from this list of books that depict dads as co-parents and primary caregivers. n Mama’s Home!, by Paul Vos Benkowski, illustrated by Jennifer Herbert (Chronicle Books, ages 1-3) n Kisses for Daddy, by Frances Watts and David Legge (Little Hare Books, ages 1-5)
n The Bunny Book (also published as When Bunny Grows Up), by Patricia M. and Richard Scarry (Golden Books, ages 1-5) n The Complete Adventures of Curious George, by Margret and H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, ages 1-5) n Daddy’s Lullaby, by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft (Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 2-5) n My Dad, by Anthony Browne (Macmillan, ages 2-5) n Daddy’s Home!, by Rosanne D. Parry, illustrated by David Leonard (Candy Cane Press, ages 2-5) n My Daddy and I, by P.K. Hallinan, author and illustrator (Candy Cane Press, ages 2-5) n Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (sequel is Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity), by Mo Willems (Hyperion, ages 2-6)
Churchill; and Beetle Boy, the action hero. I took what she began and created Further Adventures from the Deep, Dark Wood. While I didn’t feel every inch the polished spinner of tales early on, neither did I abdicate the richly fulfilling role of chief reader for our little tribe. The more interest I showed their beloved classics, the closer they snuggled. Remedies in hand, my attitude improved. I relaxed and became less attached to my “other” reading material. At story time, I soaked up the hugs, the laughter and the love. Truth be told, I came to like having the most luxurious—and requested— lap around. Clint Kelly, a communications specialist for Seattle Pacific University, in Washington, authors tales for children and adults on topics ranging from dinosaurs to child rearing. Connect at ClintKelly Books.com. n Mama’s Coming Home, by Kate Banks, pictures by Tomek Bogacki (Farrar Straus Giroux, ages 3-6) n Daddy Calls Me Man, by Angela Johnson, paintings by Rhonda Mitchell (Orchard Books, ages 3-6) n Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (Chronicle Books, ages 3-6) n Tell Me One Thing, Dad, by Tom Pow, illustrated by Ian Andrew (Candlewick Press, ages 3-7) n Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr. Seuss (Random House, ages 3-7) n And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole (Simon & Schuster, ages 3-7) n A Father Like That, by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (HarperCollins, ages 3-7) n Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Knopf, ages 8-12) Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift and co-editor of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Connect at JeremyAdamSmith.com.
Do You Parkour? Using the World as a Fitness Playground by Randy Kambic
thletes’ hunger for new ways to exercise, challenge and express themselves continually prompts the evolution of new sports, often rooted in earlier pursuits. Windsurfing, snowboarding and mountain biking are examples. Now, a growing number of parkour practitioners are springboarding and combining ingredients from multiple sports and activities in an effort to defy gravity using nothing but sturdy shoes and props. First popularized in France, parkour means “of the course” (specifically, an obstacle course)—a form of acrobatic freerunning, spiked with vaulting, somersaulting, jumping and climbing; even running up and over walls. Based on exacting training, street athletes overcome or use a creative range of obstacles in their immediate environment. Such moves have been popularized by movie stars such as Jackie Chan and Daniel Craig’s James Bond in the opening scenes of Quantum of Solace, as well as You Tube postings. First deemed an unconventional, strictly urban, under-theradar training method,
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parkour is increasingly viewed as a way for serious athletes in demanding sports to train and secure an edge. Adult men and women that competed in gymnastics, track and field or diving in their youth particularly enjoy reviving earlier skills.
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American Parkour (APK), headquartered in Washington, D.C., considers itself the leading such community in the world. Established in 2005 by Mark Toorock, its website now hosts 90,000-plus registered users and is visited monthly by 100,000 inquirers. It provides news, daily workout emails, training guides, advice for beginners, instructional tutorials, guidelines for local recreation, and photo and video galleries. Toorock, who played high school soccer and was then a serious martial artist in oom yung doe, kung fu and capoeira (which bridges dancing and gymnastics), was instantly hooked in 2003 when he saw a video of David Belle; the French native and acknowledged founder of parkour has appeared in 20-plus movies and commercials since 2000. “It was so different and authentic, what he was doing,” he says.
After opening the first parkour and freerunning gym at Primal Fitness, in D.C., in 2006, APK expanded to locations in Gainesville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas. All offer an introductory session, full supervised parkour curriculum, boot camps, womenspecific classes, summer camps and freerunning classes. Toorock co-created and co-produced Jump City: Seattle, eight, onehour parkour action shows to introduce more people to the concept (G4TV.com). Other fitness centers that now focus on parkour include: Base Fitness, in Noblesville, Indiana; Apex Movement, outside of Denver; Parkour Visions, in Seattle; Miami Freerunning, in Florida; and Fight or Flight Academy, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. More clubs are getting up to speed nationwide, with the San Antonio parks and recreation department currently adding a parkour park.
Tap Into the Energy
“Parkour allows adults to either continue or learn gymnastics for the first time in a new, creative context,” Toorock
says. Natalie Strasser, a competitive gymnast for 13 years, including at Kent State University, is a Los Angelesbased APK-sponsored athlete and conducts workshops. Travis Graves, head trainer for APK Academies, which trains teachers, says, “One of the first priorities for beginners is instilling a respect for the forces and impact of landings, so we work on rolling, balance and footwork.” He also emphasizes the importance of thorough warm-up and cool-down periods, as well as overall safety guidelines. “Some women might feel intimidated, as most of what they see on You Tube are teenagers or young men doing their thing,” comments Graves. “But anyone can experiment and develop his or her own parkour style at their own comfort level.” Lisa Peterson, of McLean, Virginia, was first attracted to parkour’s creative movements, which represented a personal next step after years as a teacher and performer in ballet, ballroom and Argentine tango dancing. “As a victim of child abuse, I am always looking for
ways to strengthen my confidence and self-esteem,” she says. “Parkour has done that for me.” APK regularly holds community gathering “jams” around the country. We encourage everyone to follow our guidelines, notes Toorock, although we can’t say that other methods are wrong. “Everyone has a sphere of capabilities. We help individuals expand safely and in proper progression,” he explains. “Some beginners may wear protective gear like gloves or shin guards but almost always relinquish them because they don’t want to rely on them, but take full responsibility for themselves and gain full freedom of movement. “The world is a playground,” he concludes. “Parkour just makes more use of more of it.” Learn more at AmericanParkour.com and DavidBelle.com. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.
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Friday, June 1
A Weekend with Denise Iwaniw & Sandy Harrick- 6/1-6/3. Join Denise and Sandy for Salon Readings, Classes and Private Readings (by appointment only) as they channel messages from Spirit, your Angels and Guides in an atmosphere of loving energy and fun. Call for prices and times. Open Mind. Rockford. 616-863-8868. Hula Hoop Workshop w/ Rebecca Urick6:00-7:00 pm and 7:15-8:15 pm. Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. Bring a friend! $15 includes hoop rental. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.
Sunday, June 3
Free Community Yoga Class- 10:00-11:15 am. Suitable for all levels. Space is limited, reservations are accepted. Free. On the Path Yoga. Spring Lake. 616-935-7028. Essential Oils Class- 7:00-9:00 pm. Introduction to Essential Oils by Dr. Dana Young, owner of Be Young Essential Oils. Free. Natural Health 4 Today. Grand Rapids. 616-698-6148.
Monday, June 4
Holistic Health and your body- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Learn how to help your 10 body systems naturally! Dr. Dana Young will provide you with the tools you need to help your body heal naturally. $15. Natural Health 4 Today. Grand Rapids. 616-698-6148.
Tuesday, June 5
Emotional Aromatic Touch Program- 9:00 am5:00 pm. You can deal with and learn how to have Emotional Release as Dr. Dana Young guides you through the Emotional Aromatic Touch Program. $15. Natural Health 4 Today. Grand Rapids. 616-698-6148.
Wednesday, June 6
Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. EcoTrek Fitness- 5:45-7:00 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Wendy Rahn at Ott Biological Preserve in Battle Creek. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http:// ecotrekfitness.com Mind Body Relaxation Class (aka) Meditation for the Non-Meditator- 6:20 pm. We explore different ways of relaxing the mind and body to help find what works for you. See our website grchirospa.com for more details. $15 Drop in or $45 for 4 class session. Grand Rapids. 616-301-3000. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained
healers. $5. Holistic Care Approach. Grand Rapids. 269-929-6796. Rain Barrel Workshop- 7:00 pm. Come join us at Treehuggers to learn about storm water runoff and pick up your own rain barrel! The workshop is $20 dollars and includes your barrel and everything needed to put it together. The workshop will run about an hour. Treehuggers. Holland. wmeac.org/ water/rain-barrel-workshops/.
Thursday, June 7
Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. Meditation Group- 12:00-1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in the middle of your busy week. The current format is 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This is an informal weekly group and newcomers are always welcome. Fountain Street Church. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386. EcoTrek Fitness- 6:15-7:30 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Kylie Schultz at Crane Park in Kalamazoo. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com. Tracks of My Tears Grief Support Group- 6:157:45 pm. Life is full of loss: loss of a loved one, a job, ones’ health, relationships and everything in between. Join us bi-weekly to explore the ways we grieve and learn about programs offered for grief support. Fountain Street Church. Grand Rapids. 616-459-8386.
Friday, June 8
Buttermilk Jamboree- 6/8-6/10. Music festival includes a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy & will showcase regional artists. Workshop leaders will share their skills, teaching everything from ukulele and hoop dancing, to community singing and fermentation. Inspirational music, dance, familyfriendly activities and sustainably sourced cuisine. Buy Tickets at: www.ButtermilkJamboree.org. Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Road in Delton. Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. Kick off the Dust- 11:00 am. A Guided Practice with Anusara Yoga teacher Jamie Allison. Join Jamie for a challenging full spectrum practice. $35. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center. Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642. Express your Heart- 6:00-8:30 pm. An Anusara Yoga Workshop with Jamie Allison. Join Jamie In Defining and refining the Universal Principles and
key landmarks for opening body, heart and mind. A variety of basic poses will be covered. All levels welcome. $50. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center. Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642.
Saturday, June 9
Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. EcoTrek Fitness- 8:00-9:15 am. FREE outdoor group workout session with Lori McCollum at Kruse Park in Muskegon. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com Express your Heart Workshop- 10:00 am-12:30 pm. With Anusara Yoga Teacher Jamie Allison. This all levels class will be sequenced for ease of back bending. $50. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center. Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642. Kids Day 2012 – 10:00am-3:00pm. Free entry to affordable family friendly entertainment for kids of all ages. Game tickets only 25 cents. JQ99 Live Remote. Hudsonville Fairgrounds. Barbara Broadski at Beyond Books- 1:00-2:00 pm. She will give a free talk about her experience with Aaron and John of God and sign her books. From 2-3 She will facilitate a channeled workshop. $45. Beyond Books. 403 Water St. #3 Saugatuck, MI. Express your Heart Workshop- 2:00-4:30 pm. With Anusara Yoga Teacher Jamie Allison. This all levels class afternoon session will focus on Hip openers and arm balancing. $50. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center. Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642. Anusara Immersion w/ Mimi Ray- 6:30-8:30 pm. Designed for those interested in pursuing a path of Anusara Yoga Teaching. Class will also be held: June 9 & 10, June 23 & 24. (12:30-6:15 pm & 11:00 am-4:00pm). $190 for the weekend. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.
Sunday, June 10
Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. EcoTrek Fitness- 8:00-9:15 am. FREE outdoor group workout session with Founder Cari Draft at Kitchel-Lindquist Dune Preserve in Ferrysburg. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com Love in Expression: Giving Others Freedom10:00-11:00 am. Join the monthly Eckankar worship service where people of all faiths are warmly invited to experience the Light and Sound of God. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center. Grand Rapids. 616-245-7003. eck-mi.org. Express your Heart Workshop- 10:00 am-12:30 pm. With Anusara Yoga Teacher Jamie Allison.
This all levels class will be sequenced for ease of back bending. $50. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center. Grand Rapids. 616-336-9642.
Monday, June 11
Panchakarma Spring Cleanse - Included: Three Lectures, Individual Ayurvedic Assessment, Ayurvedic treatment (massage) & much more. Facilitators include: Maria KaliMa, RN, MS, E-RYT 500 & Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, IYT Pre-register through June 15th for only $378. After June 15th = $528. Space limited to 20. HeartsJourneyWellness.com. EcoTrek Fitness- 8:00-9:15 am. Outdoor group workout with Series Leader, Lori McCollum, all fitness levels welcome. This session FREE to celebrate our 6th birthday. Kruse Park. Muskegon. email@example.com or call 616-291-2851. EcoTrek Fitness LITE- 6:00-7:00 pm. Outdoor group workout with Series Leader Shelly Binder, all fitness levels welcome. This session FREE to celebrate our 6th birthday. Palmer Park. Wyoming. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-291-2851.
Tuesday, June 12
Trigger Point Massage- 6:00 pm. Workshop participants will learn what a trigger point is, what causes them, how to prevent them, how to get rid of them, hands on training. Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Grand Rapids. Seating is limited to the first 30 callers. 616-447-9888.
Wednesday, June 13
Mind Body Relaxation class (aka) Meditation for the Non-Meditator- 6:20 pm. We explore different ways of relaxing the mind and body to help find what works for you. See our website grchirospa.com for more details. $15 Drop in or $45 for 4 class session. Grand Rapids. 616-301-3000. Sexual Abuse & Womb Manifestations- 6:30 pm. Speaker - Juliea Paige from Crowning Lotus. Join Juliea Paige CD(DONA) for a deep conversation addressing womb wellness and regaining the power of our sacred feminine. Cost is $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355.
Thursday, June 14
EcoTrek Fitness- 5:45-7:00 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Brenda Rogers at Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http:// ecotrekfitness.com
Friday, June 15
Pure Meditation Foundation Class for adults- 3:00-5:00 pm. Conquer stress, improve concentration, find inner peace, and so much more! Includes continuing support. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath, 48808. Pre-registration required. A silent retreat is also possible, NAN discount on retreats. 517-641-6201. Fire of Transformation Practice w/ Mimi Ray6:30-8:30 pm. Based on John Friend’s Eye of the Tiger Practice...an invitation for experienced yoga students to transform and reshape your practice, play your edge and develop joy in community. $18. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.
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Saturday, June 16
Feng Shui in the Garden w/ Minnie Kansman1:30-3:30 pm. Learn about Feng Shui - the ancient art of placement - to garden spaces. Minnie is author of Spirit Gardens: Rekindling our Nature Connection and is a graduate of Commercial Floriculture from MSU. $39. Expressions of Grace Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-361-8580.
Monday, June 18
One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Women– 10:00 am3:00 pm. Activities focus on Self Nurturing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore ways to awaken to your soul’s purpose. $45, lunch included. Presented by Circle of Sisters, hosted by Birds of a Feather. Grand Rapids. Register at mycircleofsisters.biz. 616-350-3557. Reiki Share Group- 5:30-7:30 pm. Join other Reiki practitioners to share about Reiki and to give and receive Reiki. Jan Atwood, Reiki Master/Teacher. Jan Atwood, LLC. Grand Rapids. 616-915-4144. EcoTrek Fitness- 6:00-7:15 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Laura Pung at Bogue Flats in Portland. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com
Tuesday, June 19
Bamboo-Fusion® (on the table)- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. $399 includes certificate, 8 piece bamboo kit, carrying case & DVD. For information or to register go to sanativetranquility.com\ceclasses or call Loree at 616-791-0472. Located in Standale, Allendale. EcoTrek Fitness- 6:15-7:30 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Kym Matthews at Johnson Park in Grandville. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com Community Chair Acupuncture- 7:00-8:00 pm. In honor of the Summer Solstice, Free Community Chair Acupuncture. Must confirm attendance via phone or text with Irv Marcus. International Wellness Partners. Spring Lake. 616-634-2714. Time Saving Kitchen Tips: Learn & Share- 7:008:30pm. Leading the sharing time: Kelly the Kitchen Kop & Adrienne from WholeNewMom.com. Free. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 134 N. Division, Grand Rapids. www.nourishingways.org.
Wednesday, June 20
Bamboo-Fusion® (on the table)- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. $399 includes certificate, 8 piece bamboo kit, carrying case,& DVD. For information or to register go to sanativetranquility.com\ceclasses or call Loree at 616-791-0472. Located in Standale, Allendale. Mind Body Relaxation class (aka) Meditation for the Non-Meditator- 6:20 pm. We explore different ways of relaxing the mind and body to help find what works for you. See our website grchirospa.com for more details. $15 Drop in or $45 for 4 class session. Grand Rapids. 616-301-3000. Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia- 6:30 pm. Speaker - Dr. Michael Kwast from Peak Performance Chiropractic. Are you suffering from: fatigue, depression, continued aches and pains, and/or sleeplessness? Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the causes of the syndrome and learn non-drug solutions. $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355.
2012 Summer Solstice Celebration- 6:30-8:00 pm. Includes Healing Meditation, Solstice Blessing Ceremony, Solstice Spritzer. Pre-Register $35, $45 at the door. International Wellness Partners. Spring Lake. 616-847-3138. Spiritual Wisdom on Dreams- 6:45-7:45 pm. Dreams are real. They help you gain insights from the past and future, grow in confidence, heal yourself spiritually, and make decisions. Warmly open to all faiths. Free. Wyoming Library, Conference Room. Wyoming. 616-245-7003, eck-mi.org.
Friday, June 22
Weekend Spiritual Conference: Living From the Heart Center- 6/22-6/23. Featuring keynote speaker Robert Camp, Coptic speakers, workshops, healing service, personal consultations, bookstore, and prizes. First time conference attendees $160. Sponsored by Coptic Fellowship. Olivet College. Olivet. thecopticcenter.org. 800-704-2324.
Saturday, June 23
EcoTrek Fitness- 7:45-9:00 am. Outdoor group workout with Series Leader Amy Miller, all fitness levels welcome. This session FREE to celebrate our 6th birthday. Laketown Beach. Holland. signup@ ecotrekfitness.com or call 616-291-2851. Annual Meniere’s Disease Symposium- 10:00am5:00pm. Learn about important traditional and complementary alternatives. Registration fee is $300 for doctors and new patients, $50 for existing patients and $25 for caregivers and students. For more info visit www.BurconChiropractic.com. East Lake Office Building, 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids. 616-575-9990. Men’s Power Yoga with Brent Doornbos- 11:301:30 pm. An open level yoga class specifically designed for men’s physiques to help strengthen core, improve alignment, and reduce risk of injuries. $20. On the Path Yoga. Spring Lake. 616-935-7028. Wo r k s h o p f o r Wo m e n - 1 : 0 0 - 4 : 0 0 p m . “Reinventing Ourselves as Our Roles and Relationships Change” Workshop for women 56 and older. $15 for 1 or $25 for 2. Circle of Crones. Grand Rapids. 616-635-0106.
Wednesday, June 27
Do you have the pickiest eater EVER? - 12:001:00pm. In this interactive class you will learn Tricky ways to Treat your Toddler. We will sample various foods, discuss what amounts to consume and more. Will be addressing toddlers 18months to 3yrs. $5. RSVP to email@example.com. Hop Scotch Children’s Store, 909 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. Mind Body Relaxation class (aka) Meditation for the Non-Meditator- 6:20 pm. We explore different ways of relaxing the mind and body to help find what works for you. See our website grchirospa.com for more details. $15 Drop in or $45 for 4 class session. Grand Rapids. 616-301-3000. Intro to GAPS- 6:30 pm. Speaker: Kathryn Doran-Fisher will explain what is GAPS and describe the GAPS nutritional plan with specific supplementation to heal the lining of the digestive tract and allow the body’s elimination systems to function properly. Cost is $3. Elder & Sage. Grand Rapids. 616-242-1355.
Thursday, June 28
EcoTrek Fitness-5:45-7:00 pm. FREE outdoor group workout session with Coreene Smith at Hickory Hill in Traverse City. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http:// ecotrekfitness.com. Discussion with Laurie Vance- 6:00-7:00pm Led by certified Lactation Counselor, Laurie Vance. Each meeting will have a mini-topic discussion to get things started. Your questions are encouraged and you’re welcome to bring a lunch with you on Wednesday. Free. Hop Scotch Children’s Store, 909 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.
Friday, June 29
EcoTrek Fitness- 9:00-10:15 am. FREE outdoor group workout session with Terri Baumgardner at Pickerel Lake Park in Cannonsburg/Rockford. Drop-in’s welcome, all directions & info found at http://ecotrekfitness.com.
Saturday, June 30
Rest & Relaxation Retreat- Includes shared room lodging, delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals Saturday lunch - Sunday lunch. Optional Life Skills & Relaxation class Saturday afternoon. Private room or suite available. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Bath. 517-641-6201. EcoTrek Fitness- 7:45-9:00 am. Outdoor group workout with Series Leaders Scott & Vicki Wenger, all fitness levels welcome. This session FREE to celebrate our 6th birthday. Coopersville District Library. Coopersville. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-291-2851.
Save The Date Events- Must be submitted online each month at NaturalWestMichigan.com. Events priced $80 or above require a corresponding display ad. There is a $45 charge per listing, up to 50 words. If you are a current advertiser, distribution site or non-profit you can use this listing in place of one of your free listings for a $25 charge.
savethedate July 22 & 23 Cupping Massage as a Modality- 9:00 am6:00 pm. Class will include training on different types of cups, with training on full body and face. Cups will be provided to use in training. $250. Grand Rapids, Standale area. Enroll at sanativetranquility.com/ceclasses.html or 616-791-0472.
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Sunday Unity of Greater Grand Rapids - 10:00 am. Celebrating God’s presence in human nature. Offering uplifting messages that are spiritual without being religious. Youth programs & Nursery. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids 6025 Ada Drive SE, Ada. 616682-7812. www.unity-churchofpeace.org. Unity of Muskegon “A Church of Light, Love & Laughter”- 10:30 am weekly. Sunday Services & Youth Education. Minister: Rev. John W. Williams. 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. 231-759-7356. Unitymuskegon.org. Unity of Grand Rapids-10:30 am. A spiritual community that is warm and welcoming, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616-453-9909. unityofgrandrapids.org. The Coptic Center Sunday Series- 6:00 pm. An ongoing series of inspirational speakers, centering and music. Youth Ministry class one Sunday of each month during service, check schedule. The Coptic Center. Grand Rapids. 616-531-1339.
A Course In Miracles (A.C.I.M.)- 7:00-8:30 p.m. This self-study system teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812. Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500. Come to a Reliv Wellness Presentation- 7:30pm. Hear how your entire family can benefit from essential micro-nutrition. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. Deb Riolo 616-822-4247. email@example.com.
Wednesday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. For more info visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies.com. Seva Yoga- 6:00-7:15 am. A flow of postures with emphasis on body awareness, alignment and coordination of breath & movement. Classes are enhanced by music and inspirational readings to promote meditative awareness. Great way to start your day! $12-$16. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.
$30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. For more info visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies.com.
Sunrise Yoga on beautiful Spring Lake- 6:30-7:30 am. Join us in Sun Salutations on Lakeside Beach-just down the street from On The Path Yoga. Classes are offered free of charge, but donations accepted for Spring Lake Parks and Recreation.
Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 6:157:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.
A Course In Miracles (ACIM)- 9:30-11:00 am. Self-study system unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Ada. 616-682-7812.
Kripalu Yoga-Gentle/Moderate- 7:30-8:45 pm. Basic practice of foundational postures & breathing techniques. Students are encouraged to practice at their own level. $12-$16. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.
Tuesday Gentle HathaYoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:45-9:00 am & 9:15-10:30 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Self-Help Education Meeting- 1:00-2:30 pm. The Peter M. Wege Health & Learning Center (Wege North Building at St. Mary’s Hospital), 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Room & topics subject to change). 231-360-6830. Camp Rawnora 3rd Tuesday Raw Potluck- 6:30 pm. Hang with other vegans and raw foodies and eat nutritious and delicious faire! Free if you bring raw food dish to share or $10. Camp Rawnora. Watervliet. 269-463-4444. On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128.
Gentle/Basic Yoga Classes: New Session Starting5:45-6:45 pm. (Every Wednesday thru-June 23). A new 8-week yoga session to reduce stress and anxiety? Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. Grand Rapids. Learn more by calling 616-356-1614. A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500. A Course in Miracles study group- 6:00-7:30 pm. Seasoned or newbies, please join us. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Unity of Muskegon. Muskegon. 231-759-7356. Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance, and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques which help to decrease stress! $10 per class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. grwellbeing.com 616-458-6870. Kripalu Yoga- 6:30-7:30 pm. Learn breath awareness, warm-up and then yoga postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance. $12 drop in or 6 class pass for $60. Serving West Michigan. Sanative Yoga. 616-791-0472. General Anxiety Support Group- 7:00-8:30 pm. Open to individuals who have any kind of anxiety problem as well as their friends and family members meets every Wednesday. Anxiety Resource
Center, Inc. Grand Rapids. 616-356-1614. anxietyresourcecenter.org. Kripalu Yoga-Gentle/Moderate- 7:30-8:45 pm. Basic practice of foundational postures & breathing techniques. Students are encouraged to practice at their own level. $12-$16. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.
Thursday Third Thursday Pow Wow- 6:00 pm. This month we will be talking about sampling at Farmer’s Markets. Try your product out before you start high production. There are rules. Free. Facility Kitchens. Grand Rapids. 616-421-4540. Classes for the Childbearing Year and Beyond- 6:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday. Designed to educate & support wholistic parenting & living from pregnancy through parenting and beyond. Advance registration required. Full Circle Midwifery. Hesperia. 231-861-2535.
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BODY CARE PRODUCTS MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285 www.MoondropHerbals.com
•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 31.
Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500. Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 6:157:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
Friday Cooking Club- 9:00 am. Once a month cooking. Must register in advance. $20. Facility Kitchens. Grand Rapids. 616-421-4540. Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk & more. Visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312. Seva Yoga- 6:00-7:15 am. A flow of postures with emphasis on body awareness, alignment and coordination of breath & movement. Classes are enhanced by music and inspirational readings. $12$16. Grand Rapids. 616-458-2541.
Saturday Kripalu Yoga- 8:30-9:30 am. Learn breath awareness, warm-up and then yoga postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance. $12 drop in or 6 class pass for $60. Serving West Michigan. Sanative Yoga. 616-791-0472. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Every other Saturday. Indoors at Hackley Health at the Lakes, Harvey St. 1/2 Mile South of Lakes Mall. Exit US 31 at Pontaluna Rd. Muskegon. Come to a Reliv Wellness Presentation- 7:30pm. Hear how your entire family can benefit from essential micro-nutrition. Proven success. Clinical trials. Spring Hill Suites, 450 Center NW, Grand Rapids. Deb Riolo 616-822-4247. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BODYWORK WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.
BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION DLH CONCEPTS
Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder email@example.com 616-299-5815
Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building custom livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. See ad page 25.
Look for this symbol throughout Natural Awakenings for Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) providers offering savings to NAN members.
chiropractic care DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050
Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ain , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 8.
cleaning pRoDucts NATURAL HEALTH 4 TODAY, LLC
Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 firstname.lastname@example.org www.NaturalHealth4Today.com Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.
cOlon hydrotherapy HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 www.harmonynhealth.net Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 6.
TRICIA E. GOSLING
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 www.holisticenergytherapies.net Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.
dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990 www.FloodTheDentist.com Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 2.
energy healing AMA~DEUS®
Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354 email@example.com www.ama-deus-international.com
Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 25.
holistic health centers
BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS
SALLY DERSCH, CMT
Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148 firstname.lastname@example.org www.NaturalHealth4Today.com
Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, Bio-Energy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.
haIR cOLOR AMY WORST
Organic Hair Color Specialist Aesthetica Image Group 616-916-1190
We offer a wide variety of services to help you enhance your health. Bio Apps (frequency patches for optimal health)- MSA Testing (evaluates functional health)- Food/ Environmental Allergy & Supplement Testing - Ionic Foot Bath - Weight Loss Classes and Coaching - Weight Loss (www.frapps.bodybyvi.com). Call us today and ask about the 90 Day Challenge!
THE HEALING CENTER
Feel good about looking beautiful! Hair services of all kinds for all types. Providing superior results with Organic Color. 8 yrs. experience. Appointment recommended. www.aestheticaig.com/organic.
health food stores AFFORDABLE NUTRITION
Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 7493 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison 616-667-1346 Joel@Affordable-Nutrition.com Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Everyday discounts and senior pricing. www. affordable-nutrition.com.
Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 www.HealthHutt.net
Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 21.
Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6 Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 www.FrequencyApps.com
Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 www.TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners. Physician assistant, Certified Natural Health Professionals. Private consultations. Counseling & Classes. Blood typing, acupressure, emotional release, iridology, homeopathy, massage therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral, foot detox & more. See ad page 28.
homeopathy BOB HUTTINGA PA-C
332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 28.
interior design services STANDALE INTERIORS
4046 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-453-8201 www.standaleinteriors.com Offering environmentally friendly options for cabinetry, flooring, countertops and window treatments. The H o m e c o m i n g Collection from Kincaid with the Eco3Home designation offers furniture manufactured in an environmentally responsible process. See ad page 7.
WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC
BIRTH SONG MIDWIFERY SERVICES
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Yolanda Visser CM, CPM Grand Rapids: 616-458-8144 www.BirthSongGR.com
Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.
life / wellness coaching STEVE GUARINO
Certified Life Coach Certified Meditation Instructor 888-552-8880 email@example.com Soar Higher Than You Ever Thought Possible. Personalized coaching sessions that will connect you with your inner wisdom and light, open you to new possibilities, and help you realize your dreams.
massage therapy DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY
Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts. www. DynamicChiro.com
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 8 & 32.
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Homebirth services since 1982. Committed to facilitating natural birth, bonding, strengthening the family, informed active participation, and lending dignity to women through their birthing experience.
FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CM, CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 www.FullCircleMidwifery.com
In private practice since 1982 - specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways.
quantum biofeedback TRICIA E. GOSLING
NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714 www.nite-mtp.com
Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 47.
sPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION AWAKEN TO EGO
David Mutchler Elizabeth Beau BarbraATE@AOL.com www.awakentoego.com ATE is a catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. We offer weekend classes to help you move from ego-consciousness to Spiritual Awareness to become a more authentic “you”. For more information contact Barbra at BarbraATE@AOL.com.
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 This highly complex device is a non-invasive technology that energetically scans & harmonizes the body’s stresses and imbalances, reducing those imbalances that make us uncomfortable. Visit www.holisticenergytherapies.net
school / education INSTITUTE OF SANATIVE ARTS
0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 Sanative.firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanativetranquility.com State licensed school for massage and bodywork. High quality, affordable 6 month certification course with small class sizes. NCBTMB CE courses in Bamboo-Fusion®, cupping and more. Convenient to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale areas.
classifieds To place a Classified Listing: Email listing to Publisher@ NaturalWestMichigan.com. Must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. $1.00 per word; must be pre-paid. FOR SALE Log Cabin Home - 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath on Campau Kettle Lake in Caledonia. Plenty of storage in the new 4 Stall Garage. Asking $168,000. Located at 8810 66th Street SE in Caledonia. Call for details 616-292-6762. M-20, Beautiful 80 Acre Farm, outbuildings, barn, garage. East of White Cloud. Home insulated, vinyl siding. Six bedrooms, enclosed front porch. Rob Breen. 231-652-1100
HELP WANTED Openings for Acupuncturist, Naturopath, Chiropractor, Holistic Physician etc. Please contact Dr. Greg Ling at Healing Harmony in Muskegon 231-755-3214 or 231-740-3904 (cell).
West Michigan Edition
Published on May 23, 2012
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