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Happy All Day


Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life

Dad Matters How to be the Father Kids Need

TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss


SMARTS Why Such Intelligence Matters

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Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon

22 BUFF AND BALANCED Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes


Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food by Judith Fertig

26 GAY HENDRICKS ON NURTURING LOVE IN MIDLIFE Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better by S. Alison Chabonais

28 EMOTIONAL SMARTS How to Raise Your Quotient by Harvey Deutschendorf


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o say that we must make our own happiness is an oversimplification, I think. Like me, you’ve doubtless found that embracing happiness requires constant awareness and receptivity as we continue to grow, discover and redefine what comprises happiness for us. It’s not something “out there” but “in here” and rarely happens when we’re on autopilot. When we reflect on why we’re happy one day and not the next we see it has to do with our personal story, tied to our values, priorities and life experiences. That’s why what makes one person happy may be a nonstarter for others. During the last four months I’ve been on a big learning curve with the myriad facets of publishing this magazine, sometimes to the point of overload. The knowing life examples of our contributors and readers hard at work stimulating and encouraging us all to grow, daily increases my appreciation for the depth and breadth of our caring natural living community. You inspire me as well as thousands of other Natural Awakenings readers in West Michigan. Switching to healthy clothing, clean building and nontoxic cleaning not only makes us feel better, it makes us feel good about the difference we are making as communities like ours around the country set a standard that influences people you may never meet. Generations of children will thank you for forwarding sustainability and seeking to make the world a better place for them. It’s rewarding to be part of this exciting movement. Have you ever thought of something and begun doing it or saying it, and the next thing you know, everyone is doing or saying it and you think to yourself, “No, that can’t have been my original idea or could it?” We encourage others more than we know as we go about our daily lives. Thank you for doing your part. To good living and sustainable well-being,

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Grand Rapids Veg Fest

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urcon Chiropractic welcomes Sarah to their therapy team. Sarah has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 5years. In 2011 she completed a 1,000 hour Master Massage Therapy program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ. While there she specialized in Myotherapy and Sarah Craniosacral therapy, but also studied Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue and Hawaiian methods. She is passionate about the powerful effects of Massage Therapy and interested in discovering how to relieve each patient’s problem areas. Outside of work, Sarah stays busy filling her time with trail hiking, volleyball, and enjoying friends and family. Burcon’s newly enlarged and remodeled therapy room has a view of beautiful Lake Eastbrook and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am - 7:00 pm and every other Saturday. Location: 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids. For more information: call 616-575-9990 or visit See ad page 32.


rand Rapids Veg Fest is back for its second year at the Deltaplex, Sunday September 18th. Experience over 70 vendors and educational presentations, including Dr. Will Tuttle and cooking demonstrations from local veg chefs. Enjoy family friendly kid activities, and teen area. Lots of food to try and purchase, including three vegan food trucks! Stay up to date on all of the latest information about GR Veg Fest and learn about their upcoming summer events by visiting grvegfest. com and sign up for their monthly newsletter. For more information: Follow them on Facebook and Instagram at Grand Rapids Veg Fest.

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rand Rapids Natural Health and Harvest Health Foods team up to bring you Grocery Store Tours. Gather your friends, pick a date that works best for you, and come out to Harvest Health Foods in Hudsonville, June 23, July 14 or August 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for this informational tour through the grocery. Audrey Byker, Health Coach at Grand Rapids Natural Health will take you in a group through the different sections of the store while discussing her favorite foods, ingredients, products and explain why we need them and how they can be used. Learn the most practical tips, tricks and strategies to help you on your healthy living journey! Cost to attend is $10 per person and tour is limited to 10 people. Location: Harvest Health Foods, 4150 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville. For more information and to RSVP: email info@, visit, or call 616-264-6556. See ad page 12.

Bodhi Tree Yoga to Host 200 Hour Teacher in Training


odhi Tree Yoga and Wellness Studio in Holland will host a 200 hour Teacher Training. Hillaire Lockwood from Hilltop Yoga in Lansing will conduct the class. After completing the Yoga Works teacher training with Maty Ezraty in Los Angles in the 90’s, Hilltop owner and founder Hillaire Lockwood moved back to Michigan to open Hilltop Yoga, where she has offered her traditional, holistic and alignment-based teacher training programs for more than 10 years. Hillaire has over 25 years of practicing yoga and meditation. Her teachings empower students to dive deeper in their practice and discover the wisdom, beauty and strength lying within. Hilltop’s traditional 200 hour teacher training is a Yoga Alliance approved curriculum that focuses on all 8 limbs of the practice including adjustments, alignment, anatomy, philosophy and basic Sanscrit vocabulary to teach an alllevel Power Yoga/Vinyasa flow Class. While most students complete the training with a desire to teach, the training is also an empowering experience of self-discovery, physically, emotionally and spiritually. In this 200 hour training program students are required to read several books and complete written homework, 180.5 contact hours and 32.5 non-contact hours. Hilltop Yoga Teacher Training Program is a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance at the 200, 300 and 500 hour levels. This course will be held September 16November 12, 2016 and consists of 9 consecutive weekends of training: Fridays 5PM-10PM and Saturdays 7AM-6PMwith a lunch break. Location: Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio at 208 West 18th Street, Holland. For more information, visit or call 616-392-7580. To enroll for the training and for complete program information and to download the application, go to See ad page 19.


Raw Cranberry- Chocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings 1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Superfood Trail Mix Yields: About 3 servings This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries ½ cup coconut flakes ¼ cup cacao nibs Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles natural awakenings

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West Michigan Wonders by Amanda Grasmeyer


ighthouses once played a vital role in Michigan’s culture and economy but now stand stoically on the sidelines as evidence of our state’s transformation over time. These fascinating historical structures protected ships from the shallow waters that surround the state and lit the way for countless sailors to safely pass through the chain of freshwater lakes. With the creation of new navigational technology, lighthouses have been rendered dormant in recent years, but they now serve as beautiful year-round tourist destinations and symbols of Michigan’s rich coastal history and life in the Great Lakes State. Once home to as many as 247 lighthouses, Michigan now hosts roughly 130 of these iconic buildings, and from South Haven to Ludington, eight of them mark the coast of our West Michigan waters. Worthy destinations all year long, visitors would do well to take note of these unique structures and the rich history they represent to our communities. Constructed in the early 1870s, South Haven’s South Pier Lighthouse was built as an open 30’ wood tower topped by an octagonal cast iron lantern. According to the city website, “The lower deck of the tower was a storage room that contained supplies to maintain the light and was also used as a place of shelter when the light keepers worked on the light. The upper level housed the Fifth Order Fresnel lens for the lantern, made by Parisian glassmakers Barbier and Fenestre.” The South Pier Lighthouse saw many changes in its day, but ecofriendly enthusiasts may be excited to learn that when the wood walkway to


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the tower needed replacement in the mid-1900s, it was replaced with an iron system salvaged from a job site in Chicago. The catwalk leading to the lighthouse is one of only four that survive in Michigan. Moving north, Holland Harbor’s lighthouse was constructed in 1870. The first lightkeeper of the station was Melgert van Regenmorter, an original settler of Holland in 1847, who served 37 years as lightkeeper. shares a deep history of this light and all Michigan lighthouses, and notes, “During 1871, over 400 vessels cleared Holland carrying 34,861 tons of cargo that included 26,809 railroad ties, 23,275 pounds of barley, 5,490 bushels of potatoes, 17, 998 pounds of butter and 8,540 dozen eggs.” van Regenmorter was responsible for noting such statistics as well as blowing on a fish horn, a flat curved instrument with carved scales, to signal any vessels during thick fog. Such a relentless task often took many hours or all night. According to the Holland city website, van Regenmorter earned $540 per year for his duties and served until 1908. Years later, the structure now called “Big Red” was built. Continuing north you will find the Grand Haven Lighthouse. Originally constructed in 1839, an error in the selected location quickly became apparent. A seawall was then built a few years later in an effort to protect the lighthouse, but by December of 1852, a late fall storm took out the seawall and less than two weeks later the lighthouse itself. The port was without a beacon for three years, but since 1855 has been marked by a series of structures that led up to the two beautiful

red buildings that now dot another of the only four remaining catwalks of Michigan lighthouses. Further up the coast, constructed in 1851, the first Muskegon lighthouse was established at what was then called Port Sherman. In 1885, the Annual Report to the Lighthouse Board noted that at this time, the width between the two piers at the port was 190 feet and the channel was 15 feet deep. History reveals it was quite common back then for catwalks to be damaged by vessels running into them in Muskegon and at other locations. Today, the red tower, similar in appearance to that of South Haven but taller, stands on a shortened, catwalk free breakwater. Just north of Muskegon, Whitehall is home to the beautiful and quaint limestone tower and keeper’s quarters that is White River Light Station. Commissioned in 1856 and deactivated in 1960, White River Light Station was named one of Coastal Living’s top 15 haunted lighthouses. According to Coastal Living, “Captain William Robinson, the light’s first keeper, served for 47 years and died in the building. Some think the mysterious pacing sounds heard upstairs indicate that he still tends his beloved lighthouse. Meanwhile, the museum curator reports that if she leaves a dust rag near a certain display case, she returns to find the rag moved and the case dusted. The supernatural suspect: William’s wife, Sarah.” Burrowed amidst the Silver Lake State Park sand dunes, stands the spectacular Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Constructed in 1974, the tower is anything but little. At 107 feet, it’s the

sixth tallest lighthouse tower in Michigan. Unique to several Michigan lighthouses, the original tower still stands and the original Fresnel lens is still in operation. According to the United States Lighthouse Society, Little Sable’s Fresnel lens is one of 81 still operational in the entire United States, and one of ten still operational in Michigan. Between the tall Big Sable Point Sable lights stands the 57-foot Ludington Breakwater Light, first built in 1871 for $6000, as noted by the Ludington city website. Though small in stature, the modern steel tower on the north breakwater stands strong with its unique profile that allows it to cut through crashing waves like the prow of a ship. The city website also states that in 1994, the crib on which the light sits settled, and the tower tilted four degrees to the northeast. Cost to repair it was considered excessive, so the Army Corps of Engineers decided it was safe and to leave it as is. Looking at the North Breakwater Light today, the tilt can still be seen. Just under seven miles to the north of Ludington Breakwater Light stands Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Standing a prominent 112 feet tall, Big Sable Point is the third tallest lighthouse tower in Michigan. Originally constructed in 1867, Big Sable Point became the last Great Lakes light to be electrified in 1949, and automation of the light eliminated the need for a keeper, though, according to the website, the Coast Guard staffed the light until 1972. Big Sable Point, located on the dunes of Ludington State Park, has always faced the threat of erosion. Therefore, in 1987, the Big Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association was formed, guaranteeing the preservation of this historic landmark. Visitors to this light must walk a 1.6-mile sandy road to see it, though, with its height, they’ll be able to see glimpses of it at various points on the trek. Of the eight lighthouses noted above, White River Light Station, Little Sable Point, Ludington’s North Breakwater light and Big Sable Point are open to the public, typically during the summer months. However, all beg to be visited, their histories rich and their beauty vast. Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was blessed by the need for lighthouses to aid in navigation and continues to be blessed by the stories those buildings live to tell. For more information or hours of operation for the West Michigan lighthouses open to the public, visit Amanda Grasmeyer is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine.


When “Talk Therapy” Does Not Work


euroscience researchers have discovered that traumatic memory is processed and stored differently than ordinary memory. Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk found that traumatic experiences can overwhelm the brain and cause the thalamus to essentially “shut down”. Memories of those experiences are not stored in the brain but rather are stored as sensations throughout the body, and can become triggers which bring a person back to those emotional states. Smells, sights, sounds, tastes, and other physical sensations remind a person of the trauma situation and the body responds as if the event is happening in the current moment. Trauma can literally change a person, and thus, they can experience sensations and feelings differently and may feel numb and/or unable to reason their way out of being upset or panicked. Because trauma can get lodged in the body, when a person seeks counseling to heal from trauma, talking about the story can sometimes be counter-productive. Awareness and presence with the remembered sensations of the trauma are important to healing, and talking can pull people out of that presence. When people have felt traumatized, their bodies can feel like they’re under a constant threat. These feelings of threat can manifest as continuous watchfulness and anxiety. The practices of mindfulness and meditation can feel impossible to someone who’s been through these experiences when being present with those physical sensations feels unbearable. Many body-oriented therapies (or experiential therapy) have been found to be useful for healing trauma. These therapies engage the body and focus less on the mind or stories about trauma, and may emphasize that feelings are more important than stories. Dr. Van der Kolk states that “some of the best therapy is largely non-verbal”. Laurie Schmidt, LMSW, is the owner of In The Heart Counseling, PLLC. For more information, call 616-426-9226, email or visit See ad, page 47. natural awakenings

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Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy


esearch from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who analyzed surveys and interviews of audience members, as well as comedians, including some well-known performers. Miles found that comics and audiences connected through sharing of admiration and empathy. Bonds also formed as the audience began to identify with the observations and experiences of the comic. “Comedy has often been seen to be a bit frivolous, but it’s actually something really important. My work looking at comedians and comedy audiences has shown how live, stand-up comedy fulfills a need for feelings of truth, trust, empathy and intimacy between people, which is really important in a society where many people often complain about feeling isolated,” says Miles.

Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer


esearch published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that high blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA—three omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements—are linked to prostate cancer. The study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tested 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 healthy men; they found that such high concentrations were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of more serious prostate cancer and a 44 percent increase in the risk of less serious prostate cancer. The overall increased risk in all prostate cancers was 43 percent. The findings of this study confirm similar research in 2011 and another large European study. “What’s important is that we have been able to replicate our findings from 2011,” says one of the more recent study’s authors, Theodore Brasky, Ph.D.

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.

esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health


wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

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Well Well

New Healthy Building Standard The WELL Building Standard, administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is the world’s first development criterion to focus exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research, harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. Pioneered by the Delos company and the culmination of seven years of research in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders, WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of their time and the health and wellness impacts on occupants. It sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and state of mind. WELL-certified spaces can help foster improvements in the nutrition, fitness, moods, sleep patterns and performance of occupants. WELL is independently certified by Green Business Certification Inc., which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and associated professional credentialing program. Source:

Municipal Pioneers

More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source: 10

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Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

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More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor. Source:

Nature’s Metric Rethinking All Aspects of Society

The International Living Future Institute’s Living Future Challenge presents a bold new framework for rethinking how systems, products, buildings and communities are designed. Based on the elegant and profound architecture of its recent Living Building Challenge that cites nature as the ultimate metric for success, the Living Future Challenge is now branching out to influence aspects of society. The Living Community Challenge applies Living Building concepts to entire communities or cities; the Living Product Challenge asks designers and manufacturers to create net positive products; Net Zero Energy Building certification rates successful energy conservation in both new and existing buildings; Just becomes the social justice label for appropriately certified organizations; Declare confirms the merit of nutrition labels; and Reveal affirms a building’s energy efficiency status. Source: natural awakenings

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Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed. Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-to-five workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation. Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day. Source:

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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig

in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

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hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

Simplify—Exercise—Meditate Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a former Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had 14

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854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events

Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.”

Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life

become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch

Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out— repeated four times. Next, we ask our-

selves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

Happiness Habits at Work

Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his



appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life. 4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health. 4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire mood-lifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feetmoving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and power-

ful meaning in all areas of life. Let life move you to possibility, opportunity and gratitude. 4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever. 4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions.

4 Practice loving-kindness. Making this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great. 4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned. 4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at operationhappinessresources.

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I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a

day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it. n Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood. n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor

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Bunn also uses a desaccept something without really consid- ment, the healthier you will be. There caler, toilet cleaner and an oven cleaner ering the long term consequences. is a way to be clean without experiencwhich are enzyme-based products ing the toxic effects of a lot of products in her cleaning. She says, “The oven Americans have been stereotyped as being workaholics. Some are commonly used.” Many products found cleaner works amazingly well without definitely overworked, unhealthy and in retail stores contain a long list of coating the inside of your oven with highly stressed. By the time people get ingredients that most people cannot toxic chemicals where food will later be home from work, they are tired. Kids pronounce and really do not recognize. placed to cook.” The descaler is for tubs may have sports practice and school Some of these cleaners leave behind a and showers, which removes stubborn events. Parents are on the go. When the harmful residue. She believes there are soap scum, hard water deposits, iron weekend comes, peoand calcium. ple just want to recover Using natural prodLiving and cleaning green from the long week. The ucts means zero toxic Living and cleaning green is more than a lifestyle choice it’s last thing they want to chemicals being rinsed about making fundamental decisions in our daily lives that do is think about cleaninto water system and ing the house. Saturday back into streams and rivwe know will benefit our local and global environment, and Sunday are used as ers. As Bunn puts it “One as well as the health of the masses. It’s a shared moral catch-up days to pick small change can create commitment to our future generations. up the house, do the a huge beneficial shift in yard work, laundry and our environment”. grocery shop. That list takes time. ways to remove germs and viruses with- Fresh Waters Cleaning Company out that secondary effect. Additionally There is however a way to get the will work around customers’ schedules house cleaned without chemical-filled Bunn says, “The products in the store and is also fully insured. A complete cleaners and free up precious time. that are labeled as being green products detailed cleaning is available however Fresh Waters Cleaning Company proaren’t as friendly as you would expect she will do as much or as little as her vides homeowners with clean places to them to be”. customer desires with only a few limi What started as a way to bring in eat, sleep, and play. Many are discovtations, such as high windows. extra money has now turned into a suc Her plans and prices are based ering it may be well worth the cost to cessful business with many regular cusindividually considering the size of the allow someone else to do the cleaning. tomers. She prides herself on offering a home, how much is needed, whether More and more people are seeing this healthy alternative cleaning method for there are kids, pets and the frequency type of service as a necessity in their people. “There is nobody else willing of cleanings. This way she can better busy lives rather than a luxury and are to offer it locally,” Bunn states. Her goal tailor her services to the needs of her willing to pay a little extra to scratch is to create a new standard for what individual customers. one more thing off their long to-do list. Janice Bunn, the creator and owner should be expected of the cleaning inFor more information, visit freshwaterof Fresh Waters Cleaning Company, dustry. Bunn says she knows how to do or email Janice Bunn at started cleaning years ago when she this as a service provider and will look See was out of work. She needed some extra to expand with hiring additional staff in ad, page 13. money and decided to clean houses. the near future. 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TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon


ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy. The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss).


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While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and salt-rich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to llysine and iron therapy. Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who owns ProteinPower. com. The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets

because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds and salmon is ideal, including plenty of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair. Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron

and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better hormonal balance, thereby helping to prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners. Jody McCutcheon is a freelance editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Buff and Balanced Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes

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e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

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Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

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additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur.

“Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.” 

Beginning Yogis

For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga.

Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.”


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Stretches and lengthens muscles while relieving tension

Shortens and builds muscles while building tension

Moves prana (life force energy) throughout the body, boosting energy levels and mental sharpness after a session

Expends energy, sometimes ending in muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion

Improves oxygenation of the circulatory system, providing energy and invigoration

Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions

Tones muscles gradually

Builds muscle strength rapidly and enhances the toning aspect of yoga

Involves the body, mind and spirit

Primarily involves the physical body

Accessible to every age group

Not accessible for the very young and very old

Promotes body confidence through self-acceptance

Promotes body confidence through a fixed physical aesthetic

Prevents injuries through body awareness and helps heal injuries through yoga therapeutics

Can cause injury absent preventive awareness

Sources: Nicolina Sandstedt; Peter Nielsen; Joseph Grassadonia

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lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at KaleAndChocolate. com/blog and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make.

“I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender

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for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter.   Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.   Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.”  Judith Fertig is the author of the awardwinning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

Natural Quick Snack Recipes 2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews. In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms.

Turnip and Beet Chips Yields: Up to 4 servings 4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Raw Cheesy Kale Chips Yields: 2 servings Bunch of kale, stemmed 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours ½ red or orange bell pepper

Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Raw CranberryChocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings

Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

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Probably the biggest ay Hendricks factor is that people and his wife, in the second half of Kathlyn, have life tend to be open to discovered through learning and trying new working on their own things, such as adopting relationship and counour practice of schedulseling hundreds of other ing two, 10-minute concouples that the time versations a week to take from midlife onward ofcare of relationship busifers the greatest opporness: one covers “stuff tunity of any other petalk”, the other is “heart riod to grow love. At a talk”. Often, it only takes mutual low point, they a few minutes of trying made the life-changing out a brand-new activity decision to rebirth their Gay Hendricks and to spark a major rebirth marriage, tapping into his wife, Kathlyn of intimacy. a new source of energy and rejuvenation that’s producing How pivotal is self-love, a tough extensive and surprising benefits. concept for many, in securing The Ojai, California-based couple, a healthy relationship? both with Ph.D. degrees, co-authored their first trailblazing bestseller, Conscious You can only love another person to Loving, more than 20 years ago and have the extent that you love yourself. After published 30 other books, including their we take people through a process delatest, Conscious Loving Ever After. The signed to give them a clear experience Hendricks Institute that they founded of loving themselves unconditionally, annually offers workshops and seminars they often tell us that the experience in North America, Europe and Asia. Their changed everything in their relationnonprofit Foundation for Conscious Livship. It’s powerful because so many of ing funds research, films and scholarships us enter a relationship in an attempt to related to relationship well-being. get the other person to love some part of ourselves that we don’t know how to love, which never works. Learning to Why do you say the best relalove ourselves is an inside job. tionships are possible in the

Childrearing responsibilities often decrease in our 40s and 50s, affording more time and resources to invest in the quality of the relationship. Psychological and spiritual maturity also comes into play—the more deeply we know ourselves, the more able we are to communicate meaningfully with our partner.

What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship? It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a

new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us.

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person. Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29

years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances.

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Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control. Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming. 28

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he phrase “Green Building” is one that is tossed around more and more these days and a concept that should be considered as a possibility when contemplating a new building project. Many times people may have the expectation that building structures the green way is an expensive route to go, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It requires smarter building techniques and sometimes higher priced materials, but it may not be as out of reach as some may believe. It may even lead to lower priced utility bills over the years. Many industries try to find ways to do business smarter to save money, build a better product, help the environment and please the customer. Wood & Saw owner, Andrew Gielczyk, does just that. Wood and Saw of Holland is a full service, residential construction business specializing in providing sustainable methods of green home remodeling and building services. Gielczyk is a licensed contractor with both business experience and specialized building techniques experience. Gielczyk learned very early about hard work and how to build with quality craftsmanship, since he grew up with a father and grandfather in the business. In 2005, he earned his business degree from Grand Valley State University and has used that foundation to start a successful business. He has accumulated over two decades worth of knowledge he puts to use for his customers. The materials and methods may have changed since his early days, but his attention to detail has not. He has even taken steps to improve his knowledge of green

building techniques and in 2013 trained with natural builders in Oregon. Along with the general trend to lead a healthier lifestyle through better food and more exercise, Gielczyk began thinking differently about ways to build. “More and more people are becoming aware. My interest started with organic food and carried over into my work when I realized I wanted to stay away from chemicals,” Gielczyk says. Certain common building materials contain adhesives and other products that can emit fumes over time, which can be unhealthy and affect air quality. Interior plywood and fiberglass both have a lot of formaldehyde. “Houses don’t breathe the same way that they use to. The fumes, although not always noticeable over time, can stay trapped inside the home,” Gielczyk says. Building with natural materials helps reduce these hazards. He has used a formaldehyde-free glue when building custom cabinets, because her knows many of the standard cabinets people buy contain hazardous glues. “There are a lot of products that are questionable with long term affects,” Gielczyk adds. Using advanced framing techniques does not affect the quality of the build but does eliminate the use of excess wood and allows for additional insulation in houses to make them more energy efficient. According to Gielczyk, wood does not have a high insulation value. Replacing it with insulation is just a smarter way to build that has lasting positive effects. Using vintage materials is another way to build and use materials that

might otherwise be thrown out. He has built houses using many items from the Habitat ReStore and other similar vendors. Sometimes customers will have materials for him to use in a project that he will work into the job. Newer and sometimes cheaper products are not always better. Gielczyk’s newest venture is creating functional, higher end sheds for men and women he calls “Focus Huts.” Man caves are nothing new, but women want their space to work and get away, too. He has found that people who work from home need a separate but close space in which to work or get away. More and more people are able to do work at home with use of the internet. When the space is physically attached to the home, it can be a challenging environment to try to get work done with more interruptions throughout the day. Being able to walk out the door and go to work is a nice thing, even if it is just in the backyard. They can be built with electric or gas heat. He builds them on site with smaller models starting at just $6,000. These sheds will have nicer paneling, design and include a metal roof. Gielczyk will soon have his website,, up and running. “A lot of people think they can’t afford a green home, but with someone who understands how to build, you can price plan to your budget,” Gielczyk says. It does not have to be Leed certified to be an environmentally friendly home. He takes pride in completing jobs where people feeling thrilled with the results and their ability use the space for years to come. He services areas near Holland including: Ada, East Grand Rapids, Zeeland, Spring Lake, Grand Haven and down in the Saugatuck area. From tiny home building to functional sheds and quality remodels, Wood and Saw has you covered. Wood and Saw is located at 408 Christopher Court in Holland. For more information, visit or call Andrew Gielczyk at 616-834-2480. See ad, page 4. Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer and has a background in advertising, teaching, writing and real estate. She can be contacted at

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merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day.

Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men

face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully.



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role—which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere.

Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Handson Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott

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ravel is changing as vacationers increasingly value unique experiences over standard tourist fare. In addition to the option of couch surfing (, more people are making the most of house rentals, swapping and sitting, plus various home stays via AirBnB (AirBnB. com). All expand options for affordable journeys tailored to their needs. AirBnB accommodations range from private studios to family-sized homey spaces, encompassing tiny houses, treehouses, geodesic domes, yurts, container cars, caves, lighthouses, working ranches, castles and luxury carriage houses. With 2 million listings for 34,000 cities in 190 countries, 600 million people have found their ideal getaway through the San Francisco-based company since it launched in 2008. Published feedback, including comment books at the rental sites, provides assurance for visitors. When hosts aren’t on the premises, they are available as needed by guests. Mary Bartnikowski, publisher and photographer at Vagabond Travel Photography Magazine (VagabondTravel, has visited 32 countries so far, staying in homes, ashrams, temples,

boats and apartments. “My best AirBnB rental was camping for two weeks in a Hawaii home garden next to a big tree; my host forgot to mention the big, friendly dog,” she says, recalling an unexpected wake-up greeting. Hosts find providing rentals a way to monetize unused space, meet new people and showcase their area. Beth Everett, an Oregon author, offers an AirBnB detached backyard studio space. “We moved from New Jersey to Portland two years ago, and the extra income lets me stay home to write,” she says. House swapping is another option for soaking in local color. Preparation is key and includes a notebook’s worth of helpful details shared in advance, as well as onsite. Most exchanges involve a series of Skype sessions for questions and answers. Leasa Sanders McIntosh, an executive recruiter, swapped her Denver home for a month in Kona, Hawaii. “We traded cars and joked that we even traded cats. We swapped three times before they moved to the mainland.” This summer, she’ll swap to be at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Susan May, an established advocate of organ donation from Cartersville,

Georgia, traded homes and cars to take her four teens to Europe. “We visited 13 countries, spending two weeks in Wales and three in Germany. We saw fireworks in Paris on Bastille Day and joined the Highland Games, in Scotland,” she says. “I want our family to be more than just tourists passing through Westernized hotels with no real contact with local folks. Exchanging homes is an ideal way for a family to travel inexpensively.” Housesitting fan and senior technical recruiter Rachel Burke, of Santa Monica, California, has stayed for free in London, Cape Cod and Palm Springs, California, using “This way, homeowners can travel without leaving pets in a kennel while unpaid housesitters avoid hotel expenses and gain a chance to be a native in a different location,” she says. “Last year, I watched a five-story home in a London suburb while the owners visited Portugal for three weeks.” She shares shots of her favorite spots at Burke combines housesitting with AirBnB by renting her apartment when she travels. “A couple of years ago, I paid $1,800 for a two-week trip to Thailand and charged $125 a night for my apartment, making my trip to Thailand free,” she relates. Burke lives near the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Hollywood, all prime destinations. With 50,000 listings in 150 countries, tweaks the

AirBnB experience in that hosts are more involved in their guests’ local adventures. Cuba currently tops desired destinations for U.S. travelers, with most rentals in the capital, Havana, the nearby artistic enclave of Trinidad or rural Vinales. Many hosts arrange airport transfers, tours, visits to attractions, bicycle rentals, restaurant reservations and transportation to other Cuban locales. Hosts usually speak several languages, including English, and may even teach guests to play Cuban-style dominoes. Eco-friendly homestays are available, too, ranging from a private Nicaraguan island independently powered by solar panels and a Spanish farmhouse off the grid to an organic farm in Thailand or eco-lodge in South Africa. An Austin, Texas, listing notes, “Everything is reclaimed, recycled or repurposed. We have an infused honey business. We’re laid-back and practice good karma and a healthy, drama-free lifestyle.” Homestay’s average nightly rental is $46. While some guests are students, the majority are 35 and older, vacationing on substantial salaries; they simply prefer the local color. Vacations needn’t be expensive, but they should be memorable. The biggest challenge may be deciding where to go first. Connect with freelance writer via



ick Steves, host of the long-running Public Television series Rick Steves’ Europe and Edmonds, Washington, bestselling author of 40 European travel books, encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals”. Here’s some of his helpful advice. 4 Start by searching HomeExchange. com, and for listings, tips and assistance. 4 Contact the host well before the trip. Be clear about what’s expected and what to do if there’s a hiccup. Triple check the key’s location and how to open the door, including any alarm system. Agree on phone and Internet charges. 4 Share information on where to shop and instructions for appliances and maintenance services. Ask about any quirks a loaned car might have and make sure insurance covers another driver. 4 Information about local sights and good restaurants is appreciated. Source: Adapted from

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s outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, commonsense steps that will help and also possibly save a pet’s life. Heat stroke in both people and pets develops when core body temperature rises and stays above a certain level. In dogs and cats, the tipping point tends to be a body temperature higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen more quickly in overheated dogs and cats because they don’t have the ability to sweat in order to cool off like people do; this is due to a lack of eccrine sweat glands over most of their body surface. Panting can reduce body temperature, but is inefficient and easily

overwhelmed if their temperature rises quickly and a pet can’t remove itself from the surrounding warm environment. Dogs such as pugs and bulldogs that have a short, broad skull are especially at risk due to genetically impaired breathing structures; they can easily overheat even in mildly warm weather. Ferrets and rabbits are especially prone to heatstroke because they typically dwell in cooler temperatures. As a result, these small mammals do best when housed indoors rather than outside; outdoor time should be limited and supervised. Heatstroke in pets is usually easy to detect for a pet with a history of being in a hot environment from which it cannot escape to cool itself in shade or water or take a refreshing drink. Excess panting, dark red gums and a “hot feel” to the ears and hairless skin of the abdomen are clues. First-aid involves quickly cooling the animal and notifying the veterinarian that a pet suffering from heatstroke

is on the way. Wetting it will begin the process. Applying either ice packs or ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to avoid freezing the skin also helps. Recommended spots for the packs are on the back of the neck, armpits and groin, as these areas have large arteries and veins close to the surface. If possible, don’t spend much time on these actions, because getting the pet to the doctor quickly is the overriding goal. Administering homeopathic drops of arnica and hypericum via the mouth from a natural home first-aid kit while en route to the vet may assist healing. Treatment at the veterinary hospital involves continued cooling, including intravenous fluids and cool water enemas. Cooling the pet must be done quickly in order to restore enzyme systems to normal functioning. Hospitalization will likely be required to evaluate the patient for potential serious complications, including cardiac arrest, shock, septicemia, bloody diarrhea, and disseminated intravascular coagulation to ensure against a usually fatal disorder involving the pet’s blood-clotting mechanisms. With prompt assistance, most pets with heatstroke will recover, but treatment can be extensive and expensive. The most important aspect is initiating it early to prevent permanent organ and brain damage. Prevention is ideal and preferred over the need for treatment. Guard against leaving furred pets outdoors for extended periods of time during hot weather. Pets that must be outside need protection from the heat and sun in shaded areas with access to plenty of fresh cool water; provide several water bowls. Opinion is divided about whether longer-haired pets seem more comfortable and have fewer weather-related problems if their hair is cut short, but don’t cut it down to the skin, as that removes their protective coat and predisposes them to sunburn. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for the pet’s person, it’s too hot for the pet.

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The Heart of Happiness by Dr. David Johnson, MD, FACC


n today’s world there is no shortage of stress and loneliness. Saddled with economic pressures to produce and earn income while supporting an ailing economic model has disrupted both family and community. Additionally, growing socioeconomic inequality has created greater strains on social dynamics resulting in an explosion of negative emotions including hopelessness and despair as the American dream becomes harder to obtain. Unfortunately, chronic stress, loneliness and despair have adverse effects on heart health, leading to heart attacks and a newly recognized syndrome referred to as the broken heart syndrome. As unpleasant as these negative emotions may be there are opportunities to reclaim individual power and transform these negatives into positive emotions that are associated improved health and vitality. As a cardiologist, I have focused much of my attention on the mechanical properties of the heart however, the heart is much more. It has biomechanical properties that pump oxygen and nutrients through 60,000 miles of blood vessels to nourish the body. Additionally, it is an endocrine organ that secretes several hormones including the “love” hormone, oxytocin, which scientists have not yet identified a function but believe may improve how the body responds to stress causing less wear and tear on the body. A third property is its self-contained nervous system that allows it to pump on its own making heart transplantations possible. Finally, there is an electromagnetic, or energetic, aspect of the heart, which is able to regulate other systems in the body including the immune system, the endocrine system and even the brain.


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Pioneering work by the HeartMath Institute has demonstrated the role of the heart in emotional self-regulation and they are now exploring the role in how the heart influences relationships, both at an individual as well as social level. Through a process called coherence, the heart is able to electromagnetically entrain other systems to function in harmonious frequency, which aligns with a strong naturally occurring frequency existing in the natural world. Coherence is associated with the feeling of appreciation, gratitude and love. So, what does this have to do with happiness and the heart? Most of us have been aware that the heart is the seat of emotions that has been passed down to us through the generations. In traditional Chinese medicine the heart is the master of all organs, the seat of the soul, and contains emotion and joy. Practices that allow individuals to feel their heart and sense the power of their heart begin to open the channels of joy and happiness. In a culture that has been misled to believe that happiness comes from objects outside of one’s self, this paradigm often seems too simple and perhaps too esoteric to embrace. Fortunately, science through the research of the HeartMath Institute and many others is beginning to validate the regulatory power of heart awareness on wellbeing. To better understand this concept, read through the following steps then repeat the practice on your own with your eyes closed. 1. Begin with your eyes closed. 2. Sense what is happening in your body including your thoughts, beliefs and emotions. Try not to judge yourself or your thoughts, beliefs,

feelings or emotions. 3. Bring your attention into the area in the center of your chest; this is your heart space. 4. Now try to become aware of the breath as it enters and leaves this heart space. Slow your breathing down to a mental count of 5. Breathe easily and without effort. 5. Bring to mind a positive feeling. Something that made you feel good. Try to bring in a sense of appreciation, gratitude and/or love. Hold onto this sense of appreciation for a few minutes. If your mind wonders just return to your heart and this sense. 6. Gently release to image of appreciation, gratitude and/or love. 7. Sense what is happening in your body. What is your experience? The above is a modification of the Quick Coherence technique developed by the HeartMath Institute, which has been shown to help individuals restore a greater sense of happiness by tapping into the power of the heart. Coherence results in improvements in emotional regulation, stress hormone production and autonomic nervous system activation. The end result is the ability to allow creative solutions to emerge that benefit us individually and collectively. Practicing the technique daily will begin to open the heart allowing for greater appreciation for life experience while illuminating our being with joy and happiness. Learning to find beauty in the experiences of life, even when they are unpleasant, is the key to opening the heart and minimizing the impact of negative emotions on our health and wellbeing. So, if loneliness and despair are the result of closing our heart and our illuminated body, then opening the heart is essential to reclaim the life we have been gifted and the talents that are needed by our community in order to thrive. After all, happiness is truly the result of our ability to connect, create and thrive in the world in which we live. Impact Health: Integrative Medicine and Preventive Cardiology is located in Grand Rapids. For more information, visit or call (616) 928-0668. See ad page 30. David Johnson, MD, FACC can be reached at





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Complementary Consultation – A consultation is a conversation, not an examination and certainly not a high-pressure sales pitch. After all, we aren’t the right office for everyone, so doesn’t it make sense to discover that before you begin a relationship with our practice? Brain and Body Chiropractic, 833 E 16th St, Ste 175, Holland. Info & RSVP: 616-202-6368.

Community Quiet Day & Labyrinth Walk – 10:00-3:00pm. Step away from the world around you to spend time in sacred silence. Choose walking meditation, centering prayer, healing prayer, and explore spiritual practices through books & displays. Refreshments all day & lunch from noon to one. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 1006 Third St, Muskegon. Suggested donation $5. Reservation not necessary but helpful in planning. Info: Linda 213-744-0377 or

Jim Cooper Concert – 6:00-7:30pm. Jim Cooper of the Jazz Vespers will be performing inspirational music. Come join us for a relaxing, inspiring evening. $10 love offering requested. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or

New Client Gift – New Consultation Clients get a Welcome Gift worth over $100. Schedule a consultation with Dr. LeAnn Fritz, ND and you’re entitled to this welcome bag of products to get you started, absolutely FREE! Mention this ad to receive your gift. New Hope Health, 10373 Riverview Dr, Plainwell. Info: 269-204-6525. Find True Happiness – 9:30am-7:30pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat. Needing something more than sun to up your joy quotient? Stop in to talk about many healthy options that can help ease stress, anxiety and depression. Vital Nutrition, 169 Marcell Dr NE, Rockford. Info: 616-433-9333.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7:008:00pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy therapy from Healing in America-Trained Practitioners. $5 donation. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct NE, Grand Rapids. Info: 269-908-1016 or Laurie@

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 MomsBloom Volunteer Training – 6:30pm. If you love supporting moms with babies, this experience is for you. Our volunteers offer in-home support to moms. They offer physical and emotional support like a sister/friend/mom might provide. This is a flexible opportunity that is tailored to your schedule. Free. 3292 Evergreen NE, Grand Rapids. Info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – June 3-5. Hear from guest speakers, herbalists and authors and enjoy swimming, evening entertainment, workshops, film screenings and more. Almond, WI. Info:

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Ama-Deus Level II – 9:00am-2:00pm. A continuation of learning seventeen additional sacred symbols to assist in life situations. This level is for the sincere dedicated practitioner who find themselves in resonance with this system. $125. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: or


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SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Humanity for Prisoners – 1:00pm Heartside Ministry, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 and The Grand Rapids R&D Project present Inspire! A monthly community event. Discussion topic is prison reform with speakers from Event includes brainstorming, group discussion, socializing, music, and refreshments. Bring yarn for Humanity for Prisoners and computer, computer accessories, and old cell phones for E-Quip - Tech for the People. Ferrysburg City Hall building, 17290 Roosevelt Rd, Ferrysburg. Ridge St Entrance. Info: 616-842-8703.

MONDAY, JUNE 6 Meatless Monday Potluck – 6:30pm. Join our Meatless Monday Vegan Potluck. Explore vegan dishes and be inspired by the speaker/presenter. Bring a vegan dish to share. Cascade Township Park, 3810 Thornapple River Dr SE,Grand Rapids. 616881-6988. Info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Essential Oil Class – 6:00-8:00 pm - Therapeutic Grade Oils - Learn and understand essential oils how they work and how to use them. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. – Info & register: 616-443-4225.


SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Runners Flexibility Workshop with Chandra – 5:00-6:30pm. Stay flexible and safe from injuries by learning yoga sequence for healthy running. $20. Lakeshore Yoga, 235 Fulton St Suite 200, Grand Haven. Info: 616-844-1900 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 A Spiritual Guide for Our Times - ECK Worship Service – 10:00-11:00am. Second Sunday each month. Eckankar, Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids.

MONDAY, JUNE 13 The Secrets of Releasing Stress – 6:30-8:30pm. Come discover how you can live an incredible and full life without being overtaken by stress and anxiety. $47. Plainwell Community Center, 798 E Bridge St, Plainwell. Register:

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Writing Workshop – 9:00-11:00am. Get tools and support to discover the stories you carry. All experience levels are welcomed in this 4¬-week series, led by a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. An energizing and supportive approach to writing. $125. Voice & Vessel, 2922 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Maximum of 8 people. Info & Register:


Buttermilk Jamboree – Cultivate creativity, art and community cooperation. The three-day festival features dozens of Michigan bands and artists, as well as a few nationally touring groups. Weekend and day tickets available. Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Rd, Delton. Info and tickets:

Healing Energy Circle – 7:00-8:00pm. Come raise your vibrations with like-minded people. We radiate our loving, healing energy to those in need whether present or just in our minds eye and send energy and peace to our communities and to the world. Free. Spirit Space, 3494 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or



Sing Song Yoga for Kids – 12:00-12:30pm for Ages 2-6 with parent, Ages 6-11 $8 for first child, $4 for siblings. Introduce your children to the joys of yoga in an age-appropriate class full of music, movement and merriment! The Yoga Studio, 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 206, Grand Rapids. Register and Info:

Stress Management with Self-Acupressure – 2:00-5:00pm. Discuss different types of stress; physical, emotional, internal and external and learn different stress management techniques. Space is limited. Alternative Care Solution, 3790 28th St SW, Ste B, Grandville. Info: 616-419-6924 or



Ancestral Clearing/Emotional Release Class – 12:00-5:00pm. Learn how to identify and release limiting beliefs and patterns, including ancestral “baggage claim”, so you can live life of freedom, fulfillment and happiness. Essential oils are incorporated, too for MOST powerful release. Grand Rapids. Must RSVP by June 11. Info & RSVP: Ilka at 616-259-7509 or

Healing with Sound & Color Workshop – 6:008:00pm Discover the healing benefits of sound and color therapy. Discussion and hands on learning. Class fee $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info & register: 616-443-4225.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Happy Father’s Day – Honoring the men in our lives. All classes are free for your father, son, or equivalent. Your cost $5. Lakeshore Yoga, 235 Fulton St Suite 200, Grand Haven. Info: 616-8441900 or

MONDAY, JUNE 20 Reiki Share – 6:00-8:00pm. Come check out what Reiki is all about, and have a mini session done. Open to those that know Reiki and those that don’t. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info & register: 616-443-4225.

MONDAY, JUNE 20 Summer STEM Camps – Varying hours. Robotics, Game Design and Math Edge summer camps forming now at Sylvan Learning Center. Perfect for elementary and early middle school age kids. Sylvan Learning Center, 5890 Harvey St, Ste A, Muskegon. Info, times and additional dates: 231-799-0613.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 Writing Circle – 6:00-8:00pm. Looking for a space that will help you pause and set creative intentions? Join us for a reflective writing circle. Includes readings, writing prompts, and creative practices to connect with your voice and stories. All experience levels are welcomed. $10. Voice & Vessel, 2922 Fuller Ave NE, Suite 112, Grand Rapids. Register & Info:

THURSDAY, JUNE 23-JUNE 25 Gently Used Sale – June 23 9:00-6:30, June 24 9:00-5:00, June 25 9:00 - noon. Nice, lightly used items for sale such as electronics, furniture, housewares, toys, and crafts. Lots of books! Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Reiki I & II class – 9:00am-5:00pm. Introduction to Reiki, become attuned to the universal energy, learn how to give treatment to self and others and meet your Reiki guide. Class fee is $250 which includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info & register: 616-443-4225.

MONDAY, JUNE 27 Ama-Deus Among Us – 7:00-9:00pm. This is a monthly gathering to share Ama-Deus energy healing sessions for prevention, replenishing and balancing of your luminous field. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: or

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 Essential Oil Class – 6:00-8:00pm. Emotional Clearing Oils. Learn and understand the power of essential oils and how they can facilitate emotional releases. Class fee $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info & register: 616-443-4225.

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Spirit Space Sunday Worship – 10:30am. An interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or

Gentle Hatha Yoga – 7:45-9:00am & 9:1510:30am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St., Montague. 231-740-6662. Info:

Sunday Series – 6:00pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening ministers, teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr., Grand Rapids. Info: Community Yoga Class – 6:00-7:00pm. $5 donation goes towards the charity of the month. Bodhi Tree Yoga and Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St, Holland. Info: Inspire! – 1:00pm. Monthly community event. Discussion topic is prison reform with speakers from Humanity for Prisoners, Heartside Ministry, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20, and The Grand Rapids R&D Project. Event includes brainstorming, group discussion, socializing, music, and refreshments. Bring yarn for Humanity for Prisoners and computer, computer accessories, and old cell phones for E-Quip - Tech for the People. Ferrysburg City Hall building, 17290 Roosevelt Rd, Ferrysburg. Ridge St Entrance. Info: 616-842-8703.

monday Hot Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: The Practice of A Course in Miracles – 7:008:30pm. Learn “miracle-mindedness”. Got joy? This is how to have it. (Hint: You already do.) All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

Lunchtime Yoga – Need to take a deep breath or need a pick me up around lunch time? Then, this is the class for you. Join me Tuesday & Thursday for a 45 minute lunchtime yoga snack for $5 cash / $6 cc. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia Ave, Holland. Info: 616-994-8087 or A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8:00pm. A complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal peace is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. It expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6026 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Gather Chi With Me – 11:00am. A certified Yoga Instructor will lead this Mat-Free moving meditation in Nature. Family friendly. weather permitting. Cost $5. Drop-in. Meet by the tennis courts in Crane Park, Street Parking. Kalamazoo.

Chair Yoga – 10:00-11:00am. Chair yoga classes include movements and breathing exercises designed to encourage relaxation and increase mobility, balance and strength. $12. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. 616-307-1617. Info: Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Go a little deeper into the postures, the breathing practices; and building strength and flexibility through sun salutations. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: Meditation – 6:00-7:00pm. Join together for meditation that begins and ends with live, native flute music. Attend the full hour or any portion of the meeting. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Stroller Yoga –11:30am. Because my child enjoys being in nature and looking at other children. Fun-filled or soothing, it’s time for us to get moving. $5 drop-in. Meet to the left of the Portage Library, Portage.

thursday Hot Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm & 7:00-8:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info:

YOGA 101 – 6:00-7:15pm. New to yoga? This is a great class for you! AND even if you’re not a beginner, this is a wonderful refresher practice to fine tune your alignment and form. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia Ave, Holland. Info: 561-222-4972 or

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Mary De Lange, CCT, LMT 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 • Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad, page 8.


Holistic Energy Therapies 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics since 1996: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.

Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle energy during a Matrix Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.


Clara VanderZouwen Independent Sharing Partner 616-481-8587 Be Young Essential Oils are E.O.B.B.D. guaranteed 100 percent pure for the safety and benefit of your family, pets - even horses. Offering free monthly classes, Zyto Compass Bio-scans, ionic detox footbaths and aromatherapy jewelry!


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


Teri Kelley • 616-719-0610 Your online source for organic, non-GMO makeup and body care. Offering several lines, you’ll find everything you need to cleanse and beautify your body head-to-toe. Serendipite also carries a 100% organic dog care line.


Kelly O’Brien Pahman • 616-617-3130 A gentle, effective, healing touch for anxiety, chronic pain, fertility and pregnancy concerns, head trauma, and more. Kelly offers services to all ages as a certified holistic doula and a craniosacral therapist (Upledger).

Your local source for all things natural and botanical. Essential oils, bulk herbs, tea, hand-crafted bath & body products, raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad, page 20.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2

Become an Independent Distributor. Discover the high potency of therapeutically authentic essential oils from Young Living. Enhance your own health, as well as others who seek holistic wellness options. Free training. See ad, page 43.

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Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885

3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107, Grand Rapids 616-262-3848

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


Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, reiki, Energy Touch. See ad, page 11.


Educational programs for personal health improvement. Workplace wellness programs. Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health. National conferences.


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic/Holistic Practitioners and retail health store. Natural health consultations, classes, oils, h e r b s , h o m e o p a t h y, hypnosis, foods, candles, crystals, books, CD’s, massage, reflexology, emotional clearing, raindrop therapy, foot detox, DOT/CDL health cards for truck drivers. See ad, page 21.


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Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, 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.


Guided Transformations 9964 Cherry Valley SE, Ste. 2, Caledonia 616-401-7199 • Registered nurse specializing in lifestyle change, weight management and pain reduction. Restoring balance and harmony using Healing Touch, reflexology, aromatherapy, guided imagery & visualization practices.


Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo • Portage 269-221-1961 M a s s a g e t h e r a p y, e n e r g y healing, spiritual counsel, healing services for groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


332 S. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified PA since 1976, Bob Huttinga practices both traditional and homeopathic care. He finds the cause and the homeopathic remedy. Most insurance accepted, except Priority Health, Blue Care Network or Medicaid. See ad, page 21.


Linda D Knight, CHt, Stacey PreFontaine, CClHt Certified Medical Support Hypnotherapist 1345 Monroe NW, Ste. 201, Grand Rapids 616-550-3231 Hypnotherapy services for smoking cessation, weight management, pain management, personal and professional growth, and much more. Also offering stress management services for individuals, couples, families, and the workplace with certified Stress Reduction Specialists. See ad, page 38.

MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Offering Swedish massage with integrated techniques, chosen specifically for your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate. Call for on-going monthly specials and discounts.


Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 24 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad, page 8.


Claire Crowley BS, MM, 500 hr ERYT 1324 Lake Dr, Ste 7, Grand Rapids 616-295-1861 An opportunity to experience emotional and physical wellbeing through meditation and reiki, Moment of Peace aspires to help you savor each moment, embrace all that your life offers and celebrate the joy of everyday. See ad, page 27.


Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 Jennifer Holshoe Grand Rapids area: 616-318-1825 In private practice since 1982 - specializing in home birth and a team approach. Over 1,550 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including prenatal check-up.

PERSONAL GROWTH IN THE HEART COUNSELING, PLLC Laurie Schmit, LMSW Grand Rapids, 49505 616-426-9226

Transformative counseling, workshops, energywork, breathwork, rebirthing and emotional clearing, all with confidential, caring support. Collaborative, active and affirming approach for adults wanting to break free and move into true authentic living. Close to downtown Grand Rapids.


5286 Plainfield Ave, NE, Grand Rapids 616-364-9191 An award-winning hair stylist with 30 years advanced education, that uses and sells organic hair care products as well as uses a professional line of organic hair color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.

SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director 269-381-4946

School of Ayurveda. State licensed. Certificate program for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, wellness educators, massage therapists, holistic health specialists, chiropractors, dieticians and those seeking to learn selfhealth-care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).


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

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

Educational programs offered: Natural Health Program: four years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program: one year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program: six months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad, page 48.

SKIN CARE LAKESHORE NATURAL SKIN CARE 10500 Chicago Drive Holland Twp • Zeeland 231-557-3619

Specializing in advanced, customized skin care with Elina Organics. Facials, body treatments, needle-free Mesotherapy, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, Facial Hydratherapy, Oxygen Facial Therapy, LED, microdermabrasion, bamboo massage, Raindrop, reiki and more.


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Thermography is a safe, tested, painless, and effective procedure providing information for breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer prevention and early detection, possible hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, musculoskeletal inflammation, and neurological problems. See ad, page 35.

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