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his month’s issue theme of Passion and Purpose aligns so well with our family’s ongoing explorations that it makes me chuckle. For several years now, I have been privileged to devote my professional life to publishing Natural Awakenings with Kyle’s dedicated support. Still, we wish he could commit more of his time to serving our community in this way, in addition to his other work. It’s a conundrum every small business person and income earner faces—how to transform your purpose and passions into a paying proposition sufficient to meet your needs and knowing when the time is right to take the next expansive step.
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What comprises a purpose-driven life? Writer Lisa Marshall explores what several observant experts have to share on the subject in our feature article. Getting a handle on the passions that energize you to expand into new adventures gets an assist with Janet Attwood’s Passion Test. This should prove an interesting exercise in our house as we periodically assess the best and happiest life balance for us individually and as a family. We all make so many decisions as we continue along our journey and each choice to greater or lesser extent requires a leap of faith. It’s good to know that there’s no rush as we discern and grow into our purpose on this planet. We can trust that we’ll know each next right step in any facet of life when it presents itself. Sometimes you just do your heartfelt best and trust that everything will work out. Even better news is that when something feels divinely guided, it doesn’t feel like so much of a risk, and the rewards are marvelous. The magazine’s calendar year is planned months in advance, yet I’ll bet that this month’s theme is particularly timely for many of our readers. We hope it strikes you as a perfect reason to turn the page and read on. Whatever your next step/decision/choice will be, please do it with gusto. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was every achieved without enthusiasm.” Onward!
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iving Well Grand Rapids, a health and fitness show, will be taking place January 11-12, 2013 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. It is an opportunity for the community to connect with valuable resources, join in on an exercise demonstration, try some locally grown healthy food, visit vendor booths, speak with a health counselor, take advantage of health screenings or attend a seminar enhancing their journey to a healthy balanced life. Living Well is the act of balancing the pleasures of life with the requirements. Exercise and rest together in balance make a body strong. Personal responsibility along, with medical intervention, aids physical healing. Eating well balances nutrition, energy and pleasure. Living Well is not just about any one of these components, but a balance of all. Vendor booth space is currently available. For more information, visit www.LivingWellGR.com. Mention you saw this ad in Natural Awakenings Magazine as we are proud sponsors of this event. See ad page 8.
Annual Food Drive at Ottawa Village Chiropractic
ttawa Village Chiropractic in Holland, Michigan is holding its annual food drive starting November 1, 2012. The leaves are changing and the days are getting colder, which means winter is on its way. This can be a difficult time for many members of our community. Ottawa Village Chiropractic, in Holland, invites patients and community members to drop off non-perishable food items to donate to local families in need. Ottawa Village Chiropractic will donate three food items for every patient visit. Please call OVC at 616-399-9420 or stop by at 451 Columbia Avenue, Holland for more information. See ad page 23.
Intuitive Services now Offering Classes Via Conference Call
athy Powell Reider, Intuitive Services, now offers many of her classes and workshops online via conference call. While Reider has done individual readings and consultations over the phone for years—and has traveled North America as a presenter—she sees this technology as a means to reach more people in more places. A new session of her threeKathy Powell Reider month series, “Living as the Aware Self” begins in January. Groups and businesses can also request specific workshops in areas such as meditation and intuitive development. In practice since 1981, Reider’s intention is to move from an awakened state, allowing grace to guide each person towards their highest potential. For information, visit www.intuitivesvs.com or contact her directly at 616-635-6029 or email@example.com. See ad page 14.
Second Annual Tellabration
arnspinners of Muskegon will present their Second Annual Tellabration, a storytelling concert geared to adults and older children on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. The idea of Tellabration was started by the late storyteller, Paw Paw Pinkerton. Figuring that there were not enough storytelling events for adults, in 1988, Pinkerton selected six locations in Connecticut where stories would be told on the same date in November. The idea caught on and today Tellabrations are held each November in 140 countries and on all continents except for Antarctica. The presentation will be held at the Muskegon Museum of Art at 296 W. Webster next to the Hackley Library. Tickets are $5 at the door.
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The Wellness Forum Has Moved
o you want to learn how to incorporate a whole plant-based diet into your lifestyle? The Wellness Forum can help. Offering many opportunities to enhance your knowledge of a great healthy lifestyle, for 16 years The Wellness Forum has been helping people take control of their health. The Wellness Forum has moved to a new location, 4990 Cascade Rd. Sue Scharf will be starting a new series of Wellness 101 classes (both evening and day classes). Please call 616-430-2291 for our new calendar of events. See ad page 46.
Small Business Saturday
oondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements is proud to join fellow small businesses of Standale to participate in Small Business Saturday, a nationally recognized movement to promote local businesses. Closet Case Resale and Haiven Hair Salon will join Moondrop Herbals for ‘Sip-nShop’ on Saturday, November 24th from 3:00 -7:00 pm, offering wine & tea tasting, a fun scavenger hunt between shops (all within walking distance of one another), prizes, and unique and affordable gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Fill in your ‘hunt’ list as you shop for holiday gift giving. Moondrop Herbals will offer natural bath, body, and comfort products, organic teas, herbs and spices, local jewelry and artwork. Haiven Hair Salon will offer beauty tips and local crafts. Closet Case showcases original vintage clothing, linens, collectables, and other unique and creative gift-giving ideas.
Once your hunt is over, drop your completed sheet off at Closet Case, where, at the end of the evening, gift certificates and prizes will be drawn. A great way to discover your local shops, tick off items on your gift list and have a really great time. Moondrop Herbals is located at 351 Cummings, NW, Grand Rapids. See ad page 6 & 45. Closet Case is located at 4160 Lake Michigan Drive, Suite A, Grand Rapids. Haiven Salon is located at 4160 Lake Michigan Drive, Suite C, Grand Rapids. For more information, call Moondrop Herbals at 616-735-1285.
Forks Over Knives Cookbook by Chef Del Sroufe
oin Chef Del Droufe on Saturday November 10th at Barnes & Noble in Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids at 3:00 pm for a cooking demo and book signing. Chef Del has created an extensive book of recipes that appeals to a wide variety of tastes and they are simple to make with fresh ingredients. Del is the best at creating dishes that are not only plant-based, but low fat and oil-free. Most of his recipes are compliant with the McDougall program and Dr. Esselstyn’s program and other plant-based gurus who are achieving incredible results. Del has also lost many pounds in the last few years and he will also share his journey. Event takes place at Barnes & Noble in Woodland Mall, 3195 28th St. SE Suite B116, Grand Rapids.
challenges of the eastern and western health care systems, with a goal of integrating these two approaches. A devotion to patient-centered care remains at the heart of Holistic Care Approach (HCA). Dr. Heineman will work “hand-in-glove” with all of the holistic health care offerings and providers at HCA and will offer her specific Dr. Kate Heineman expertise in osteopathic manual manipulation – a unique skill and training with less than 1% of the total D.O. population using it today. In addition, Dr. Heineman will use labs, testing and counseling to explore alternative solutions to acute and chronic health issues. Call Holistic Care Approach at (616) 361-9221 and register for a tour and free lecture on Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine given by Dr. Kate Heineman on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 pm. See ad page 29.
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Cranberry Juice Yields Knockout Punch
hen scientific studies first provided evidence that cranberries are a powerful agent in fighting urinary tract infections (UTI), the supplement industry was fast to react by putting cranberry pills and extracts on the market. But are they as effective as drinking cranberry juice or eating the sauce? Recent analysis by Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers answers. The researchers tested proanthocyanidins (PAC), a group of flavonoids found in cranberries and thought to be what gives the juice its infection-fighting properties, offering hope that these could translate into an effective extract. However, the report concluded that cranberry juice itself is far better at preventing biofilm formation—the precursor of infection—than PACs alone. The virulent form of E. coli bacteria that is the cause of most UTIs is covered with small, hair-like projections, known as fimbriae, which act like hooks and latch onto cells that line the urinary tract. When enough bacteria adhere to the cells, they form a biofilm that leads to infection. Cranberry juice prevented the bacteria from forming this biofilm, while PACs alone were not as effective.
Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp
ew research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to lower blood levels of a problematic protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s and memory problems. For the study, 1,219 people older than 65 and free of dementia provided information about their diets for an average of 1.2 years before their blood was tested for beta-amyloid. Researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients, including saturated fatty acids; omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids; mono-unsaturated fatty acids; vitamins E, C, B12 and D; beta-carotene; and folate. The scientists found that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids corresponded to lower blood beta-amyloid levels. Particularly, those consuming just one gram more than other study subjects’ average daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in beta-amyloid levels in the blood. One gram of omega-3s can be obtained by eating half a salmon fillet, once a week. Other foods that contain healthy omega-3s are flax seeds, almonds, walnuts and walnut oil, tuna and sardines and in small amounts, vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens.
hrimp cocktail is a popular holiday appetizer, but may not be the healthiest menu choice. Researchers at Texas Tech University have found evidence of antibiotics in samples of farm-raised shrimp of international origin imported onto U.S. grocery shelves. The antibiotics present included nitrofuranzone, a probable human carcinogen. Two samples of the seafood tested in major cities contained levels of nitrofuranzone that were 28 and 29 times higher than the amount allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Domestic shrimp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico also contained carcinogens and toxicants, according to a recent article by GreenMedInfo.com. Equally unsettling, most farmraised shrimp is far from sustainable, says Oregon researcher J. Boone Kauffmann, who estimates that 50 to 60 percent of shrimp farms worldwide are built on cleared mangrove areas. The shrimp produced from these farms have a carbon footprint up to 10 times higher than beef from cows raised on cleared Amazon rainforest areas.
Better Bones for Kids with Celiac Disease
eliac disease (CD) is an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by a lifelong intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. Although it can occur at any age, CD most commonly afflicts children ages 9 to 24 months, and one of its common complications is metabolic bone disease. Reduced bone mineral density can lead to the inability to develop optimal bone mass in children and the loss of bone in adults, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. A recent article in the journal Nutrition Reviews stated that a glutenfree diet promotes a rapid increase in bone mineral density and leads to complete recovery of bone mineralization in children. If a CD diagnosis and treatment is established before puberty, children may attain normal peak bone mass, which can prevent osteoporosis in later life. Nutritional supplements of calcium and vitamin D further appear to increase the bone mineral density of children and adolescents. A gluten-free diet also improves, though rarely normalizes, bone mineral density in adults with CD. “Our findings reinforce the importance of a strict gluten-free diet, which remains the only scientific proven treatment for CD to date,” the authors conclude. “Early diagnosis and therapy are critical in preventing CD complications like reduced bone mineral density.” Source: WileyBlackwell
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The Other Problem with Trans Fats
DIVINE GUIDANCE for EVERYDAY LIVING
o keep the holidays merry, rather than moody, check labels when stocking the pantry and avoid products containing trans fatty acids, which not only contribute to insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease, but also exacerbate mood swings. After studying nearly 1,000 men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) was significantly associated with greater aggression and irritability. The study, led by Associate Professor Dr. Beatrice Golomb, provides the first evidence linking dTFA with adverse behaviors, ranging from impatience to overt aggression. Analysis of participants’ baseline dietary information and behavioral assessments were adjusted for sex, age, education and use of alcohol or tobacco products. The new finding strengthens health experts’ recommendations to avoid eating products like margarines, shortenings and prepared foods that contain trans fats and to steer clear of serving them in schools and other institutions.
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Antibiotics Overused for Sinus Infections
study by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, concludes that antibiotics typically prescribed for sinus infections aren’t any more effective than inactive placebos. “Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo, a professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author. He adds, “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic [acute] sinus infection—most people get better on their own.” The researchers do suggest treating symptoms such as pain, cough and congestion and carefully watching to see if further treatment is necessary.
More Americans are Eating Fresh
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t’s official: Americans are eating more fresh foods than they did five years ago. A recent survey of 800 U.S. adults by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reports that more than 68 percent of respondents say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did in 2007. Farmers’ markets and stands attracted 70 percent of the survey participants, although only 14 percent regularly shop at such venues. More good news: 64 percent of the respondents agree that it’s very important that produce be grown in an environmentally friendly way and also important that the fruits and veggies be organic. natural awakenings
News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
A new crop of environmentally conscious gyms and fitness centers are adopting practices to save energy by adding electricity-generating workout equipment and using other strategies to reduce environmental impacts. It’s known as the green gym movement, which continues to grow and innovate. The Los Angeles Times reports that members of AC4 Fitness, in Goleta, California, generate power and feed it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. They also bring their own refillable bottles and have access to a hydration station that provides free water, filtered by reverse osmosis. Patrons can store their belongings in lockers made from recycled plastic. The Greenasium Fitness Studio, in Encinitas, California, sports floors covered with mats made from recycled tires, and their dumbbells are used and refurbished.
African Savannas Hold Clues to Drought Relief This year, much of the United States has experienced the most severe drought since the 1950s, prompting governors to declare emergency conditions. There is no guarantee that the crisis will be alleviated, but new research points to a way that farmers may be better able to cope. In the hotter, drier climate of the semiarid African savanna, flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea, farmers have successfully fought back an expanding Sahara Desert and turned once dry, uncultivated scrub into highly productive farmland. The key to success is allowing trees to grow where they once cut them down, and adopting agricultural techniques that take full advantage of scarce water resources. Experts claim that today’s American farmers should recognize the benefits that trees can bring to even the most arid plots of land. Chris Reij, a sustainable land management specialist at Free University Amsterdam, who has worked in Africa since 1978, observes, “Given the situation in the U.S. corn belt, these practices might help farmers in Kansas and Iowa adapt to more extreme weather and help make their crops more resistant to drought.” Adding more trees, planted in rows between crops or bordering fields, could provide many of the same benefits found in Africa: improved soil and water quality and windbreaks that keep dry topsoil from going airborne. Fallen leaves and twigs inject nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for expensive fertilizers that can also pollute nearby streams or wells. Trees cool temperatures on a local scale, trap carbon and clean the air. Their roots are natural filters between fields and waterways and can help keep soil moist. Plus, tree fruits and nuts provide food for farm animals and wildlife. It’s an Early American agriculture tradition worth revisiting. Find more information from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at nac.unl.edu.
Fast Food that’s Good Food Mike Roberts, once the president and CEO of McDonald’s, has cofounded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant chain that aims to serve healthy food on a fast-food scale. The acronym Lyfe stands for Love Your Food Everyday, and the food is made without butter, cream, white sugar, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats or additives. He foresees hundreds of the alternative bistros opening across the country, all serving locally sourced, sustainable gourmet meals with the efficiency and economy usually found in a fast-food chain. With free-range chicken; burgers from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle; roasted kabocha squash; beet and rice salad and Napa cabbage salad, costs are expected to be pricey at first, but decrease as more locations are added. Visit LyfeKitchen.com. 12
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Meatless Traditions Replace Turkey Day Across America, millions of people will celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving with a new, more compassionate and life-affirming tradition that eschews killing and eating animals. Citing factors that include torturous breeding and production practices, health risks posed by additives and adulteration, and the ethics of animal killing, Gentle Thanksgiving has become a Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) annual campaign. Families are encouraged to prepare a whole vegetarian or vegan meal to commemorate the traditional occasion of communal sharing and abundance. Soy-based mock turkeys are widely available, as well as a cornucopia of meat-free recipes. Visit Gentle Thanksgiving.org.
Students Thirst for Eco-Knowledge As part of its 25th Envirothon, a competition for students across the United States to test their knowledge on environmental issues, a survey commissioned by Canon U.S.A. and conducted online by Harris Interactive found that a majority of 14-to-18-year-olds looking for information about the environment seek it outside of the classroom. Data also indicate that teens believe environmental issues will have an impact on their lives in the future and want to know more about them. With three-quarters feeling that school curricula are inadequate, two-thirds of the students use TV as their primary information source. A majority of surveyed teens ages 16 to 18 favor the Internet, print newspapers and other periodocals. Seventy-five percent of all of the teens surveyed believe that humans have a major impact on climate change. The top three environmental changes that they fear will impact their quality of life are poor air quality (66 percent), global warming (61 percent) and poor solid waste management (59 percent). Other major areas of concern are deforestation, water shortages and energy availability. Students are also looking for ways they can help, such as recycling, conserving electricity and water, cleaning up public spaces, carpooling, bicycling and using public transportation. Get involved at EnviroThon.org.
Derricks to Get a New Lease on Life The U.S. Department of the Interior has rules governing nonproducing ocean oil rigs: They must be torn down after a certain period of time. What sounds like a sensible policy to deter oil companies from abandoning idle rigs is now being reconsidered as the growing depletion of natural reefs may give them a new purpose as artificial reefs. Below the surface at one 30-year-old rig in the Gulf of Mexico, corals, sea fans and sponges cover a maze of pipes. Schools of jack and snapper, solitary grouper and barracuda circle in its shadows and eco-dive boats periodically stop at the enormous structure, where dolphins, sea turtles and sharks are often spotted. The New York Times reports that about 650 such oil and gas industry relics, referred to as “idle iron”, would be demolished with large amounts of explosives under the old rules, killing thousands of fish and other sea creatures. Now the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking recognition of offshore platforms as essential fish habitats. To ease liability concerns and help insure and maintain structures to be spared such removal, John Hoffman, chief executive of Black Elk Energy, an oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas, has founded a nonprofit organization, Save the Blue. To convert a platform into a reef, approval is required by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Under the federal Rigs-to-Reefs program, a structure is only partially removed: cut off down to 85 feet below the water surface. Fish densities have been found to be 20 to 50 times higher near converted rigs than in open water. Each platform typically supports more than 10,000 fish.
New Supercomputer Predicts Climate Changes Yellowstone is one of the greatest natural treasures in the American West, and there’s now a new environmental “sheriff” in town. A supercomputer of the same name is set to model future climate changes and forecast extreme weather like no other. “It’s a big deal,” says climate scientist Linda Mearns, Ph.D., of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado. The Washington Post reports that Yellowstone will help researchers calculate climate change on a regional, rather than continental, scale. With a better grasp of how warming may affect local water resources, endangered species and extreme winds, local and state governments will be able to plan more effectively. The $30 million supercomputer, funded by the National Science Foundation, will generate climate projections for seven-square-mile tracts, instead of the previous capability of 60-square-mile units. It will also provide climate snapshots in intervals of hours, rather than days. Mathew Maltrud, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, says, “We’re moving into a realm where we have models that resemble the ocean, the atmosphere, the ice and the land to a high degree.” Yellowstone will show a more realistic interaction of these components.
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Top 10 Giving Tips for Maximum Impact These guidelines from Charity Navigator can help Natural Awakenings readers make wise decisions in donating dollars to favorite eco-causes.
1 Be Proactive. First, take the time to identify which environmental results are most important to the family and be specific about the goals you expect via giving.
2 Engage in Dialogue. Before contributing to an organization, talk with staff to
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3 Confirm Nonprofit Status. Check to ensure that the recipient is registered as a public nonprofit charity [501(c) (3)]; this also qualifies donations as tax deductions.
4 Check for Commitment to Accountability and Transparency. Charities that
follow good governance and transparency practices are less likely to engage in unethical or irresponsible activities and more likely to be making a measurable difference. Even advocates of big-picture environmental causes will find ways to quantify the quality of their contributions to planetary health.
5 Examine the Charity’s Financial Health. The financial health of any organization is a strong indicator of its performance. The most efficient nonprofits invest 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs and services and less than 25 percent on fundraising and administrative fees.
6 Review Executive Compensation. Even eco-charities need to pay their top lead-
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9 Concentrate Giving. Choose a few favorite causes to focus on. Spreading donations among multiple organizations can diminish the overall impact, because a percentage of each gift immediately goes toward overhead.
10 Make a Long-Term Commitment. Wise donors support their favorite environmental and other charities over the long haul, because they understand success requires a reliable pool of long-term, committed supporters. CharityNavigator.com provides ratings and analysis of participating charities as a public service.
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an Atwood’s passion for alternative medicine came from a strong desire to remain healthy and strong throughout her life. In her practice, she performs and teaches Reiki, as well as CranioSacral Therapy with somato-emotional release, and raindrop therapy. Certified in teaching Reiki since 1997, Atwood’s interest in energy began in the mid-90s when she experienced a surge of unexplained (at the time) energy while praying during an emotional crisis. “I was emotionally upset, and I started to pray,” said Atwood. “During those quiet moments, I felt like I got struck by lightning. I immediately felt relaxed and open and found the strength to pick up my life. That started me on a quest to find out what ‘it’ was.” She began exploring quantum physics and Deepak Chopra’s work, eventually realizing that the “lightning” she experienced was some form of energy. Shortly after this experience, Atwood began working at Dominican Center at Marywood, where she was introduced to someone who did Reiki. Atwood hadn’t heard of it before and did some research. “That was it! That’s what I felt! Through my thoughts or prayers, I linked up to the existing energy source which opened the channels to allow it to flow through me.” In 1999 she began teaching classes at Dominican Center and later became the coordinator of bodywork services and oversaw staff that worked in that department. Atwood says that Reiki raises the vibration of the cells in the body. Anytime that the vibration is higher, it will allow people to heal at whatever level they need to heal. The Reiki master or teacher does not hold any special powers or skills, but the ability to use Reiki has been passed down by their master through an attunement process. This creates a permanent link between the individual and the Reiki source of energy. “Reiki uses the universal life force energy that is always present. The Reiki master does not possess any special skills; we’re more like a vessel, creating a channel or connection where the energy can flow through us,” said Atwood. “During a Reiki session, many clients report feeling a warmth, tingling or a rush or flow of energy go through them. Once everything is open, this usually happens. They report feeling very calm, relaxed and centered afterwards, but not groggy.” Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy can help bring the energy flow back through the body, addressing many different physical ailments, including back and neck pain, muscle strains, TMJ, sciatica and deep muscular tension. Atwood says that it brings nourishment and circulation, which can help the injury heal faster and many patients can find relief on the first visit. However, she finds that most successful treatments are progressive and suggests three visits a week apart. “We need to re-set the body memory, otherwise it will default to what it’s used to.” After the three visits, she reassesses the client’s symptoms and they can determine together the next steps until symptoms are relieved.
Atwood’s raindrop technique includes essential oils to help relieve tensions, stress and toxins along the spine, which can all cause extra inflammation and increase pain. “Raindrop technique is very relaxing and soothing. During the session, I also perform reflexology on the legs and feet,” said Atwood. “The oils go into every cell of the body in 20 minutes, which provide a very powerful anti-inflammatory reaction. It’s like house cleaning for the body and is a really good boost for the immune system.” Atwood has always been drawn to anything to do with health and the body. As a newlywed, she said that she bought a book on vitamins and minerals, and then planned out meals based on the nutrition, ensuring that she and her husband got the most nutrition out of their meals. She also has always included some form of exercise as part of her daily routine for most of her life. Atwood says that she always tries the holistic or alternative approach to injury or disease first. “I got into it wanting to help other people and myself.” In 2009, Atwood resigned from the Dominican Center. Around the same time her husband, a marriage and family therapist and business consultant, had lost his partner to a heart attack. Within two weeks of her resignation, Atwood moved her business into the space they now share at 801 Broadway in Grand Rapids. Part of what fulfills Atwood is the Spiritual Direction that she sometimes includes with a treatment. “I find that it’s sometimes appropriate to open up some dialogue with people; there could be an emotional thing that people need to deal with,” she said. “I start to ask them about it as I begin the bodywork. When I get to a particular area that I can sense something in, I ask ‘Are you feeling anything going on there?’ This opens up a dialogue for a conversation to take place.” Atwood says that what she does is not really a job. “I love what I do. This is my God-given mission and passion,” she said. “I’ll continue doing what I’ve been doing, deepening my learning and keep adding new things to my practice.” Atwood has an upcoming Reiki training class on November 9 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, which combines Reiki Levels I and II. Students will receive a textbook and handouts and will receive an attunement from Atwood. Among learning hand positions, by the end of the class students will learn everything they need to begin working on themselves. Once they feel ready, they can start working with others and even animals. The class is $225. For more information contact Jan Atwood at 616-915-4144 or visit www.JanAtwood.com. 801 Broadway Ave NW, Suite 436 in Grand Rapids. See ad page 5. A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living. She is also the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media, a publishing house in Grand Rapids, www.PrincipiaMedia.com. natural awakenings
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here is ultimately no way to avoid being a consumer and unfortunately, we rarely know the true motivation behind the businesses we interact with on a day-to-day basis. However, we can be assured that there is a way to be responsible consumers with a purpose. We can take hope in Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS), a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. The consumers in this market segment or category may very well be the future of progressive social, environmental and economic change in this country if they step up and take advantage of the opportunities before them. According to lohas.com, “Approximately 19% percent of the adults in the U.S., or 41 million people, are currently considered LOHAS Consumers,” and, “The focus on personal development, with the ultimate goal of achieving his or her full human potential, is of utmost concern to the LOHAS consumer.” Aside from the LOHAS consumer, the National Marketing Institute recognizes four other types of market segments or categories, representing the different types of consumer groups that we may find ourselves inadvertently falling into. The first option is called the Naturalites. Closest to the LOHAS consumers, 24% of U.S. adults fall into this category, and their belief systems are manifested in the ethical consumption of consumables, but they are not highly driven to durables. The second option is the Conventionals. 22% of adults are categorized here by their predisposition to various “practical” LOHAS products and activities. The third option is Drifters, where 22% of U.S. adults are attitudinally aligned with some dimensions of the LOHAS market but their behavior lags. This particular segment is younger than the others previously mentioned but is quickly developing as more financial barriers present themselves to these consumers. The last option is the Unconcerned, or those distracted by other life activities. This segment represents 14% of adults in the U.S. We, as consumers, make decisions every day that put us into one of the five categories described above. The constant bombarding we face of options in our personal health, our sources of energy, our transportation, the products we use, etc. pushes us into a consumer category that we will continue to resort to more often than not. This is where LOHAS comes into play, “Educating and building communities around the central theme of healthy and sustainable lifestyles for individuals and societies.” Though LOHAS focuses primarily on the business aspect of consumers, it is also a call to us consumers to be the “right type” of consumer. LOHAS values authenticity, transparency, honesty, integrity, professionalism and love for mankind and the planet in the businesses they support, and we should value the same. LOHAS develops its courage to push boundaries and challenge conventional thought on our future. Given the right opportunities, we are able to do the very same thing as individual consumers. Lohas.com explains their mission to be “aspirational instead of preachy”. As we make the right decisions in our everyday consumption, we are able to be a testimony to those around us and encourage them to make the right decisions as well. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Therefore, we must aspire to push those boundaries and challenge conventional thought on our future. We must aspire to seek out that healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Most importantly, we must aspire to come together and promote those we share values with in order to be the example of what we wish to see in the world. At this point, it may be your time to reconsider your consumer habits and assess the category that you currently fall into as well as your desired category. If not, take this as an encouragement to you to consider seeking out those businesses that promote LOHAS consumerism, because they are out there and they are just as passionate, if not more passionate, about a healthy and sustainable lifestyle as you are. We have the opportunity to be that future of progressive social, environmental and economic change in the U.S. on a daily basis with every choice we make. We can be the change in the world that we wish to see. For more information, to view the LOHAS blog or business directory or to contact LOHAS, visit www.lohas.com. Amanda Merritt is the Assistant Publisher of Natural Awakenings of West Michigan. She is currently finishing her final semester at Cornerstone University, studying Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at Mandi@NaturalWestMichigan.com. natural awakenings
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Top Cold and Flu Fighters for Children by Dr. Lauri Grossman
ith the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.
and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease, by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, also a Ph.D. and researcher at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.
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“Elderberry syrup is great for coughs,” advises Lennihan. “A study done in Israel showed that elderberry extract is as effective against the flu as Tamiflu.”
Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.
Nuts and Seeds
Keep crunchy sunflower seeds within easy reach. High in vitamin E, they help children resist the flu and upper respiratory infections. Brazil nuts are good too, because they are high in selenium that keep bacteria and viruses from replicating.
Burke Lennihan, a registered nurse, certified homeopath and author of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, encourages parents to stock up on garlic, ginger, turmeric and cayenne. “There’s a reason why [these herbs] are so popular worldwide,” she says, “and it’s not just the flavor. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other medicinal properties that modern science is just beginning to document.” Another helpful resource is Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday 18
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Dr. Deborah Gordon, of Ashland, Oregon (DrDeborahMD.com), recommends that parents use supplements relied on as basics in the home generations ago: “All children benefit from fermented cod liver oil.” Although it tastes bad, it’s one of the most effective immune boosters available in a safe and easily absorbable form.
While protecting skin from direct sun rays is an ongoing concern, current research shows that many children are deficient in the vitamin D sunshine provides. Gordon advises parents, “Ask your pediatrician to test your children to determine if they need supplements.”
developing.” Two pellets, three times a day, works well. If parents miss the early signs of an approaching cold, then arsenicum album is the homeopathic medicine needed. Lennihan holds that it’s the most useful remedy when a child’s nose is running incessantly. She attests that allium cepa [common bulb onion] is a good backup if a child has an itchy nose or raw red skin under it. Both remedies are best given in 30C potency, two to three pellets three times a day for up to three days, to see if symptoms subside.
Dr. Joseph Passanante, a New York City chiropractor, offers insights based on immunology research that has demonstrated a link between the nervous sysPowerful Probiotics tem and regulation of the immune funcIn Treatment Alternatives for Children, tion. Thus he states, “By aligning the Dr. Lawrence Rosen, who practices at the Whole Child Center, in Oradell, New spine and removing nerve interference, chiropractic care enhances immunity, Jersey, notes: “By adding probiotics to vitamin D supplementation, parents can so that good health is maintained.” Receiving regular gentle adjustments be even more certain to keep the flu can help children ward off illness more away from their children.” effectively, and they will become more limber from the treatments. Homeopathy Help Lennihan maintains that using homeopathy can stop a child’s nascent cold before Clean Water it blossoms fully. “When your son shows Encourage children to wash their hands regularly and drink plenty of fresh signs of lower energy and just wants to water. The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, lie on the couch, or your daughter has Minnesota, advises drinking water, a mild fever and says her throat is a bit clear-broth soups or warm lemon water scratchy, those are the times for ferwith honey to loosen congestion and rum phosphoricum,” she says. “The 6x prevent dehydration. potency will keep the cold from ever
Over-the-counter, water-based saline nasal drops and sprays also can help combat stuffiness and congestion. Plus, unlike nasal decongestants, they are safe and non-irritating, according to Mayo sources. They also note that a saltwater gargle can relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Our grandmothers may have been even smarter than we thought. Recent studies at The Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, illustrate that chicken soup relieves colds in two ways. It acts as an antiinflammatory by inhibiting the cells that add to inflammation and by speeding the movement of mucus, reduces the time that viruses are in contact with the nose.
Dr. Greg Meyer, a Phoenix, Arizona, integrative physician, says the key for parents is to make sure children don’t overexert themselves when they are sick. “Kids need to rest their bodies in order to heal,” he advises. “An extra day of rest can yield a more certain cure and more reliable recovery.” At this point, parents might need some, too. A little tea party or some time cuddled up with a good book might help the whole family feel better. Lauri Grossman, a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices in New York City, NY. Learn more at amcofh.org and HomeopathyCafe.com.
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Overcome Obstacles to Achievement
Jack Canfield Shares Insights on Creating Success by Linda Sechrist
ack Canfield is best known as co-author of The New York Times number-one bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages. A featured teacher in the films The Secret and Tapping the Source, he also has been interviewed on more than 1,000 radio and TV segments. He currently serves as CEO of The Canfield Training Group and president and founder of the Transformational Leadership Council.
Even with a wealth of webinars, teleclasses, workshops and other tools advising everyone how to live the life of their dreams, why do so many still
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struggle to feel successful? Just having a map in your hands doesnâ€™t mean that you will get to your destination. Understanding your fears and limiting beliefs does not necessarily give you the ability to overcome them. Humans also have built-in protective mechanisms that often override their efforts to achieve their goals in order to maintain the status quo. While ideas presented in programs and courses to help people achieve success can inspire and motivate positive change, many people get stuck when they have to apply them. In the past, many of the methods used to overcome obstacles to success have been tedious and time consuming, requiring
Why is it so challenging to make the changes necessary to succeed? The mind is divided into two hemispheres. One is responsible for rational, conscious thought and processes ideas sequentially, using language. The other is emotional, and processes ideas simultaneously, using pictures. The emotional, subconscious mind is far more powerful than the rational, conscious mind. It controls about 95 percent of our thoughts and actions and is motivated by the pull of pleasurable rewards and the push of negative emotions. To understand the challenge of change, think of the emotional mind as an elephant and the rational mind as the rider. As long as the elephant doesnâ€™t have a strong desire to move in a particular direction, the rider can control the elephant. However, if the direction that the elephant wants to go in is different than what the rider has in mind, the chance of forcing the elephant radically diminishes. The reason that so many people fail to achieve success is that the elephantine subconscious is innately averse to the new action that needs to be taken. To make tasks much easier, the elephant must be motivated to move in a certain direction or, at the very least, remain neutral and not resist the rider.
By applying some newer, cutting-edge tools that support change, such as tapping points along the body’s energy meridians, the approach used in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), it is not only possible to get the elephant to cease resisting, but can also shave time off the journey to personal power and accomplishment. Tapping can transform the beliefs and emotions that cause self-doubt, self-sabotage, procrastination and other roadblocks. It is being used around the world to help people minimize or eliminate issues as varied as fears, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, food cravings and chronic pain.
What do you consider ultimate success? Many people report that after applying my 64 recommended success principles, they have achieved outstanding results in one area of their life, although they didn’t meet their expectations in another. Ultimate success isn’t about having only financial success, yet poor relationships; it’s about having success in all areas of your life. So, as practitioners like my co-author Pamela Bruner, a business success coach and EFT expert, teach the tapping technique, they verbally introduce a powerful success principle and note the resistance people might encounter when trying to implement that principle. This can be done in person or self-administered, as demonstrated on the DVD included in our book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success.
How can we support our goals in everyday life? I’ve learned that few people actually study the principles of success as they relate to life. In college or business school, students are taught management skills that apply to business, but not the skill sets or mindsets needed for success in their personal lives. Students in educational institutions of any kind never learn that they control their life. We all need to understand that the books we read, the TV shows we watch and the social environment we choose to immerse ourselves in all either undermine our success or support it. For more information, visit JackCanfield.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. natural awakenings
House Happiness Small, Green and Paid For by Lindsey Blomberg
anda Urbanska’s dream home is more cottage than castle. Despite childhood yearnings for sprawling digs with a lavish pool, her concern for the planet’s welfare and a practical approach to finances has led her to a radically different fantasy: a home that is small, green and paid for. Owning a smaller home is a “triple hitter,” says the Harvard graduate and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life. “With a smaller home, we can pay off the mortgage quicker, use less furniture and have less space to clean and maintain, heat and cool.” Also, less space effects less consumption—needed more than ever as dwellings have increasingly turned into what Urbanska refers to as suffocating, “sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.” She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upside22
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down mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility vehicle (SUV) craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entrylevel buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website Trulia.com recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped to 2,377 square feet and by 2015, the average newly built home is predicted to measure just 2,140 square feet. Even in more affluent areas, builders are beginning to construct model homes that are one-third smaller than what they were building just a few years ago. “‘Small is beautiful’ is back in vogue,” remarks Andrew Gates, a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate broker in Salisbury, Connecticut. “The simplicity aesthetic is more prevalent after what we’ve been through the past few years.” Savings accrued from the purchase of a more sustainable, lower-impact
home allows reasonable investments toward modern, energy-efficient upgrades like bamboo flooring, water conservation and filtration devices and Energy Star appliances. The National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. “As advocates of energy efficiency, we have been encouraged by a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes toward energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. With increased energy efficiency comes increased home value; a recent study in The Appraisal Journal indicates that the market value of a home increases by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller single-family living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 millionplus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-year-old son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, California, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.” Lindsey Blomberg is a freelance writer in Sarasota, FL.
s we seek to find additional ways to accomplish a greener lifestyle, the homes that we build and live in are no exception to the steps we can take toward achieving this goal. Many are unaware of the options they have when it comes to building a new home, which is what makes dlh concepts, “a locally owned and operated business, specializing in building custom livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize green building practices,” as Kyle Hass says, such a unique business. “I sit down with my customers to find out how they use their home or live in their home and exactly what types of materials are important to them,” said Hass. This individualization helps dlh concepts to offer not just a square-foot price to customers looking to build a new home, but a price for exactly what the customers want. Building somebody’s dream is what excites Hass the most about the industry. Hass acknowledged that customers invest a lot of money into a new home, so making sure you have that finished product at the end that is exactly the way they want it and it is still a healthy home is very important. Hass has been in the building industry for 16 years. He was drawn to this particular industry because of the hands on aspect of it. Hass said, “I started from swinging a hammer and went through selling building materials, to working for a builder, estimating and purchasing for up to 200 homes per year, and then building houses on my own after that.” He has continued to rake in the hands on experience and pursued further education through multiple trainings and hands on workshops as well. Hass’ education on the Green related aspect of his job is based on the knowledge of the products used in the building process. The concept of green building can be confusing to people because it can apply to so many different techniques or materials. As Hass said, “There is no single characteristic or material that categorizes a building as green. Many common building materials either contain substances harmful to human health or release such substances when they are manufactured.” Therefore, a large part of green building should be focused on finding
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natural or less harmful alternatives, such as formaldehyde free plywood, natural fiber-based insulation as opposed to fiberglass, or bamboo-based products in place of tropical hardwoods. dlh concepts also utilizes many West Michigan businesses by using products that are locally sourced. Hass also said, “An important element of green building centers on energy use, both in the manufacture of building materials and in the lifespan of the building. That typically means using better insulation, minimizing the amount of materials used and choosing materials that utilize less energy to produce and deliver the product.” An increased lifespan in the building can save a lot of money in the long run. Hass indicated that green building has become a specialty in the construction industry, however many traditional builders might be surprised to learn that the best practices they already use are actually considered green. For example, using low to no VOC paint, proper installation of insulation to prevent drafts and cold spots, installing flashing correctly around openings and penetrations, and implementing moisture-management techniques all fall under the umbrella of green building. These are just some basic examples of best-use techniques that challenge the perception that green building always costs more than traditional building. Green building is incredibly important if we are truly seeking to find additional ways to accomplish a greener lifestyle. We must consider the options we have in every situation, and dlh concepts is ready to assist in any home building needs that may arise. NAN members receive discounts with dlh concepts. For a free, no obligation quote on your next home or project, contact dlh concepts at 616-299-5815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See ads pages 31 & 45. Amanda Merritt is the Assistant Publisher of Natural Awakenings of West Michigan. She is currently finishing her final semester at Cornerstone University, studying Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at Mandi@NaturalWestMichigan.com.
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nergy is a hot commodity today, with online ads and storefront posters for so-called energy products shouting, “Feel the rush,” “Revitalize your mind,” and “Re-think the way you re-energize.” People are reaching for these artificial jolts in record numbers, but many buzz-seekers don’t realize they have free access to a much better energy shot: exercise. Experts across the board agree that we would be wise to trade in our lattes and high-calorie power bars for a regular lunch-hour walk, because of the many happier returns exercise provides. One in four Americans experiences energy-sapping fatigue at any given time, according to Tim Puetz, Ph.D., of the National Institutes of Health, who has published studies on the exerciseenergy link. Although it’s a difficult response to measure, more than a dozen studies from institutions such as Duke University and The University of North Carolina have shown that regular physical activity can reduce fatigue by about 40 percent, says Puetz.
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“If exercise were a pill, it would be like the magic pill of all time,” remarks James Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Research suggests that exercise enhances nearly every system in the body, he says. “But you have to walk on that treadmill; you can’t just sit on it.” Exercise burns calories, while energy drinks and snacks add them. Plus, unlike caffeine and other stimulants, exercise improves sleep (as long as it’s not too close to bedtime), points out Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., co-director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia, and Puetz’s research partner. Periodic exercise can prevent people, often fatigued because of insufficient sleep, from falling into a vicious cycle. “When I roll out of bed in the morning, I’m not reaching for a cup of coffee,” Puetz says. “I’m reaching for my sneakers. I do a morning run every day and the days I don’t get it in, I can feel the difference.”
A workout can boost mood, relieve stress, improve cognitive function and generate new connections in the brain, all promoting a sense of energy, Hill notes. Researchers believe that changes in the brain are the most likely reason for the exercise-energy link, according to O’Connor. A recent groundbreaking study led by J. Mark Davis, Ph.D., director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory at the University of South Carolina, found that mice that exercised one hour a day for eight weeks, versus mice that lounged nearby, developed new brain mitochondria, considered the energy powerhouses of the cells (Journal of Applied Physiology). Researchers knew from human studies that exercise can boost these mitochondria in the muscles, but the brain connection had never been shown. Davis speculates the increase could play a role in boosting exercise endurance by making the brain more resistant to fatigue, plus help individuals feel more energetic. Just getting the blood pumping with a cardio blast can make people feel more energized, Hill contends, because blood supplies oxygen and nutrients that generate fuel for the body. Regardless of the energy connection, researchers note that exercise improves overall health, maintains healthy weight and reduces risk of disease, making it an obvious choice as a double-duty energy boost. “What so many of us do is grasp
at things and try to make ourselves feel better in the short-term,” Hill says. “Regular exercise can make us feel better in the long term.” “You don’t have to run a marathon,” Puetz adds. In fact, it’s best not to overdo it, Puetz and O’Connor counsel. High-intensity workouts can drain energy in the short-term, and serious athletes that over-train can even end up in a low-energy, depressed state, they say. Their study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics looked at otherwise healthy, but fatigued, people, finding that both low- and moderatelevel exercise produced a similar and significant reduction in fatigue. O’Connor offers a general recommendation, which varies with fitness level, of walking, swimming or cycling at least 10 minutes and up to an hour most days of the week. Even taking two or three 10-minute walks throughout the workday will make an energy difference, Puetz advises. “Anything’s better than nothing,” he concludes. “The bottom line is: If instead of reaching for that cup of coffee, you grab a pair of athletic shoes, you are not only going to experience the desired energy boost, you are going to be living a healthier lifestyle.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at DebraMelani.com or DMelani@msn.com.
How to Energize Any Workout Anthony Wall, director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise, offers these tips. Play music. An increasingly popular way for bumping up the energy level of a workout is to listen to an iPod loaded with a heart-pumping and self-motivating playlist. Research by Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., of Brunel University, UK, has shown that syncing the right music with the right intensity level for the individual can improve cardio performance by as much as 15 percent (Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology). Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day and during every workout to maintain energy levels. Sleep. Strive for a regular sleep routine. Motivate. Remember that the reason for working out is not just because, “I’m supposed to,” but because, “I want more energy to play with the kids,” or “I want to feel good every day.”
sector jobs that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purposedriven career movement is the millennial generation, now in their 20s through
In the midst of uncertainties, many are asking, “Why am I here?”
Fashion a Passion-Driven Life Realize Your Purpose and Feed Your Soul by Lisa Marshall
hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, Florida, she routinely would get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.
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Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off coworkers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”
Purpose Over Profits
According to a recent study by the nonprofit Encore.org, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public
early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more holistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31, a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second.
Another analysis has observed firsthand It is not how by The New York Times how success often folmuch you do, lows, because, “When found that in 2009, 11 percent more college choose in favor of but how much you graduates worked for the things that have the nonprofits than in the pregreatest, deepest meaning love you put vious year. Accordingly, for you, the universe supinto the doing, ports you more than if you Coleman’s book is packed with encouraging examthat matters. are just tepid and neutral ples, from a Harvard MBA about something.” ~ Mother Teresa student and a U.S. Marine For some, that has that co-founded a nonmeant working fewer hours profit addressing poverty for less pay, in order to alin Kenya’s largest slum to a biomedical low more time for clarifying meditation, engineering grad that launched a web- family dinners, volunteering at a local based car-sharing service. shelter, taking a long-yearned-for dance This altruistic, purpose-driven class or planning the next career shift. It career track seems a stark departure has also led to willing trade-offs in buyfrom that of the baby boomers, collecing less and doing more for oneself. tively referred to as the “me” generation According to the 2010 MetLife for its materialistic ethos. Yet those that Study of the American Dream, 77 perspecialize in helping people find more cent of Americans now say that achievmeaningful lives say this group curing their big dream comprises improvrently counts among their best and most ing the quality of their lives by strengthfocused customers. ening personal relationships. As for “We are at a time in the world millennials, 39 percent say they already when it is more socially acceptable have what they need. Also, those that to follow your passions,” says Janet feel growing pressure to buy more and Attwood, whose Passion Test workbetter material possessions has dropped shops—established in 2004—are from 66 percent in 2006 to well below welcoming more people than ever. “In half today. my day, my dad was so freaked out I’d “Plenty of people have already end up homeless that he sent me to started down this path. They’re growing business school so I would learn how vegetables, raising chickens and keeping to type. Back then, parents never asked: bees. They’re building their own homes, ‘What turns you on?’” often with the help of friends and neigh That’s a shame, remarks Frederick, bors,” writes Boston University Sociolbecause first hints at our purpose often ogy Professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D. bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of In her groundbreaking book, us know at some point what our gift is, Plenitude: The New Economics of but we often bury it and say, ‘I have to True Wealth, she argues that contrary fit in and get a job with benefits and a to many economists’ assumptions, a good paycheck.’” There is an alternative. shorter work week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people Work and Consume Less, to build stronger social connections, Live More maintain their physical and mental Attwood stresses that living in line with health and engage in activities that are one’s passion isn’t just about work, more creative and meaningful.” noting, “It’s about your relationships and friends, your spirituality and health, what you consume and where you choose to live…” She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood
Any Example Proves the Rule
Ever since childhood days of helping her mother make clothing for the family, Juliette Bastian has had a passion for fashion design. Her love of dancing dates back to watching American Bandstand. But when it came to choosing a
Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions. Write all five passions down on five index cards. Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.
This is the true joy of life—being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw
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career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains. By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, California, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’” recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time career-coaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com.
Make Use of Health and Fitness Apps
by Julie Reynolds
you have a smart phone, iPod®, Kindle®, Nook®, or other similar device, chances are you are already aware of the amount of applications or “apps” available to you. For those seeking to live a healthier life, there are numerous apps available to aid in your attempts, but it can be a little overwhelming to search for a new app when you have a specific need in mind. Though all are relatively inexpensive and some are even free, many apps in the same category will have similar functions, but may vary in usability. Rather than downloading the first app you see, you may want to read up on a few to be sure you are choosing the best one for you. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends which apps they favor for their health and/or fitness needs and how those apps have worked for them. As technology becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives, many of the apps out there can make the process of becoming healthier, maintaining healthy habits, tracking physical activity and monitoring physical functions for medical purposes considerably easier. Listed below are a few popular apps for diet and exercise. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (MyFitnessPal) is a very usable app that offers the ability to track what you eat, add in your daily exercise and see automatically how many calories you are consuming in a day. If you have a bar code reader app on your phone, you can even scan in the bar code on a product to automatically factor in that product’s nutritional information. FREE Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet Nutrition Scanner (Fooducate, Ltd) helps users to shed pounds, understand what is being eaten and shows ways to get healthier. This app will rate what you buy and offer other healthy options as alternatives. The iTunes app description boasts that this app has “the largest database of UPCs.” This app has some interesting features that may be worth looking into. FREE Couch-to-5K (The Active Network, Inc.) is an app to help motivate people to exercise and prepare to be able to run a 5K. Choose a virtual coach, listen to your favorite music and follow a mapped out schedule of a few 20-30 minute runs for nine weeks, which will ultimately prepare you for a 5K run. $1.99 Nike Training Club (Nike Inc.) is a large app weighing in at 616 MB, but it offers a good service. This app boasts “85 custom-built workouts.” It provides you with a virtual personal trainer, 130 exercise drills and the ability to unlock additional workouts from celebrity athletes. You can select music from your personal library, earn rewards, set goals, track your progress and much more. FREE MapMyRide GPS Cycling app (MapMyFitness) gives you voice prompts, updates on your bike rides, tracks your speed, distance, calories, elevation and much more. As a bonus, there are no advertisements with this app. $2.99 Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic allows the user to take pictures of their food plates while the app analyses how many calories are in the meal and offers nutritional information about the meal. It also allows the user to track progress over time. $2.99 Apps can be money and time savers if you use them. Usually the apps that cost a small amount of money offer a more extensive list of features than the free ones, but sometimes the only difference between free and paid apps is the advertisements on the free apps. If you can be disciplined to use the apps, you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle and a happier, more improved you. Embrace the new technology today – for your health! Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. She lives in the Muskegon area with her family and also works as a real estate agent and substitute teacher.
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Powerful Energy Boosters Daily Tips with Staying Power
by Kathleen Barnes
Taking small breaks from the workday can help increase energy and refocus attention on the tasks at hand. Getting away from the computer screen to weed the garden for 10 minutes or taking a quick turn around the block can quickly reverse an energy slump.
caffeine, but it has literally hundreds of antioxidants, like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), that boost metabolism and stoke the metabolic fires,” she says. Plus, because most people have less-than-perfect diets, certain supplements can help raise energy levels and enhance overall health. Gerbstadt recommends vitamin D for those that don’t spend much time in the sun, to enhance immune function; fish oil for non-fish eaters for heart and brain health; and all B-vitamins to support everyone’s natural energy production.
Many Americans occasionally complain of having a lack of energy, and for some it’s a daily experience. Low energy levels can arise from a number of underlying factors, but poor diet Manage Stress and ongoing stress are the most likely culprits. Eat Right
A consistently healthy diet can be the missing key ingredient to maintaining high energy in the long term, along with avoiding short-term energy dips. A diet featuring antioxidant-rich vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, low-fat proteins and healthy fats will not only keep energy levels high, it’s also essential to long-term health, according to Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If you think of getting energy from a cup of coffee or a candy bar, understand that it’s just a quick boost 30
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that doesn’t last long,” advises Gerbstadt, author of The Doctor’s Detox Diet. “The kind of energy you get from complex carbs and whole grains will stay with you.” Adding a little protein, like a piece of low-fat cheese or a dollop of peanut butter on a whole grain cracker, will keep energy steady for even longer, starting with breakfast. Gerbstadt further notes that a mid-afternoon energy drop may be due to a blood sugar dip. The carb/protein plan also works well at these times, or a cup of green tea might just hit the spot. “Green tea does deliver some
“Stress is one of the biggest energy zappers of physical, emotional and spiritual energy,” says Jon Gordon, of Jacksonville, Florida, author of The Energy Bus and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, hospitals and schools on the subject of staying positive. Exercise, a widely acknowledged energy booster, does double duty in moderating stress, according to the experts. Gordon’s prime recommendation for vanquishing it is a combination of exercise and emotional balancing: “You can’t be under stress and thankful at the same time,” he says. “So take a ‘thank-you’ walk every day and get the benefits of the physical exercise, as well as shifting emotions
to a more positive state.” Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy, adds, “Walking meditations are joyous exercises in mindfulness, putting one foot in front of the other and being in the now; set your critical mind aside to be replenished by the energy of the air, greenery and nature. “I also practice this short meditation throughout the day to calm myself and become more energized and clear,” she says. “For just three minutes, I close my eyes, focus on my breath and then envision a positive image, such as the night sky reflected in a body of water. These mini-tune-ups get you back to yourself, so you are centered and clear to continue your day.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including The Super Simple HCG Diet. Learn more at KathleenBarnes.com.
Bonus Energy Boosts In her book, Positive Energy, Dr. Judith Orloff offers simple strategies to help keep spirits high. The first is to choose our friends wisely. Most of us have encountered someone that repeatedly drains our energy and do well to recognize the signs of an “emotional vampire”: “Your eyelids get heavy and you feel like taking a nap,” she says. “Draw boundaries by learning that saying ‘No’ is a complete sentence.” For friends and relatives that always seem to be in the middle of a crisis: Do not encourage a drama king or queen by asking him or her how they are, advises Orloff. To deal with a chatterbox,“You must politely interrupt, as hard as that skill may be to learn.” Finally, “Laughter gives a big energy boost, so be silly and have fun.” Share a laughter break.
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n counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts. Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays—the workers that helped construct and maintain the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace. Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks. Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful. As the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the whole universe. When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways. Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.” We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople. We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity. Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned. It feels good to be bowled
over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness. Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view—with its selfcentered expectations and demands—to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness. This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience. Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given. It helps to remain aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated. We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe. The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).
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Thursday, November 1
Learn Trigger Point Massage- 6:00 pm. Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS presents how to do Trigger Point Massage. Workshop participants will learn all about Trigger Point with hands on training. 4150 East Beltline Suite #4, Grand Rapids. Seating limited to the first 30 callers. Call 616-447-9888 to make your reservations. Awakened Potentials for Women- 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Designed to help women free their true spirit by allowing themselves to be danced by world beat music in a safe environment. $10. Wealthy Theater Dance Annex, 1110 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids. Raw Foods For the Holidays and Every Day- 6:30 pm, Nov. 1st and Nov. 15th. Raw Food Demonstration by Margaux Drake, certified Raw Food Instructor. Different presentations on both nights. Harvest Health Foods, 6807 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids. Please RSVP, 616-975-7555.
Friday, November 2
Women’s Weekend- Nov. 2 – Nov 4. Join On The Path Yoga and Return2Wellness for a weekend of learning, healing, and relaxing. Workshops, yoga classes, meditation, and pampering are offered throughout the weekend. A perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit! Details at www.OnThePathYoga.com. $200. Spring Lake. Healthseekers Free Class - 6:15 - 7:15pm. Menstrual difficulties? Mood swings? Hot flashes? Pain? Restore balance & functioning. Chiropractic & homeopathy are a perfect fit. You can attain a high level of vibrant health beyond merely the absence of pain. www.angeltouchfamilychiropractic.com or call 231-670-0179. Muskegon. “Yogawoman” Free Viewing- 7:00 pm. A sincere, sacred and empowering loo at a generation of women that are reshaping the practice of yoga. They are strong, inspiring and radically changing women’s lives to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.” Suggested donation of $10 to Center for Women in Transition. Details at www.OnThePathYoga.com. Spring Lake.
Saturday, November 3
“The Roots of Our Being”- 9:30 am – 7:30 pm. Event focuses on all aspects of women’s pelvic health: Vinyasa yoga, essential oils workshop, etc. Afternoon workshop on foot care, followed by dinner at Two Tony’s Taverna and Grill in Spring Lake. Details and registration at www.OnThePathYoga. com. Spring Lake. Open Mind Metaphysical Fair- 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Relax with a chair massage, $1 per minute. Receive information for personal growth through: Angel Communication, Astrology, Aura Photos, Palmistry and readings. Books, Crystals, Incense and other gifts available. 39 Courtland St., Rockford. For more information, call 616-863-8868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Backcountry Cooking- 2:00 - 3:30pm; $5 members/ $6 non-members. Need some pointers on how to make delicious food in the back country? We will
be preparing a three course meal. Geared for ages 7 and up. RSVP today at 616-735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Toxic Free Makeover- 3:15-4:45 pm. Help keep yourself and your family safe by learning to decipher good from bad ingredients in makeup and skin care products you all use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending! Registration required, call 616-419-8115. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids.
Monday, November 5
Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. $5. Satya Yoga, 3385 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. 269-929-6796
Tuesday, November 6
Healthy Family Diet- 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Learn to improve your family diet in a 4 week program that includes cooking sessions. Our diet includes more energy, better brain focus and better sleep. Call 616-355-5333 for more information. Held at the Holistic Nutrition Center in Holland. The Yoga Eating Series- 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Healing Body Image with Laura Burkett. Costs $35. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltine Ct NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616-361-9221 for more information.
Wednesday, November 7
Tracks of My Tears Grief Support Group- 6:15 – 8:00 pm. Life is full of loss; loss of a loved one, a job, ones’ health, relationships and everything in between. Join us to explore the ways we grieve and learn about programs offered for grief support. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. $5. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 E. Beltline Ct. NE, Grand Rapids. 269-929-6796.
Thursday, November 8
How the Environment Affects Your Health- 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Whether it be the food we eat, the products we use, or the homes we live in, there are small changes we can make to keep our family and friends safe and healthy. 4990 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.
Protecting Your Savings- 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Law offices of Shawn Weera will present on how to prepare caregivers for long-term care expenses, Medicaid and Veterans benefits. Kentwood Public Library, 4950 Breton, Kentwood. RSVP: 940-3370. Be Profitable in Your Specialty Food Business6:30 – 8:30 pm. Come to a mini-conference at Facility Kitchens, Sarah Rossell, accountant, will present briefly on bookkeeping and taxes for the specialty food business. Lance Raimer will tell how to increase food sales with a good distributor. Lowell. www.facilitykitchens.com “The Uninvited”- 7:00 pm, November 8-10. The MSHS Players present a play in three acts based on the classic ghost story by Dorothy Macardle at the MSHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door; adults $8; students $6. Mona Shores HS, Muskegon.
Friday, November 9
NEW Heavenly Healings Holistic Health Services Open House- 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Come share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Come sample products & services. No charge, but donations welcome. 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions 616-443-4225 or email@example.com. Fire of Transformation Practice with Mimi Ray- 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Experienced yoga students are invited to light the inner fire of the heart, transform and refine your practice. Call 616-361-8580 for prerequisites. Costs $18. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.
Saturday, November 10
Essential Oil Training- I (Basic) 10:00 am noon, II (Everyday Oils) 1:00 – 3:00 pm & III (Raindrop) 3:00 – 5:00 pm. 4434 Knapp St, NE Grand Rapids. Learn basics of benefits and uses of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. $25 per class includes class materials. Pre-registration required. 6 CE Hours. To register call 616-443-4225. The Power of Stillness with Kathy Reider- 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Intuitive Services. Silent workshop includes meditation, contemplation, journaling and exploration of time-honored teachings. Light snacks provided. Please bring a lunch. 616-635-6029. 1546 Mt. Mercy, Grand Rapids. Therapy Dog Meet and Greet at Ottawa Village Chiropractic- 10:30 – 12:30pm. Grace Kelly, OVC’s therapy dog, will be at the office. Please call to reserve your time to meet Grace and Dr. Lynas, D.C.. Ottawa Village Chiropractic, 451 Columbia Avenue, Holland. 616-399-9420.
Caregiving: Stresses, Benefits and Where to Turn for Help- 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Presented by Author and Gerontologist Dr. Henry Holstege, Grand Rapids Public Library, Ryerson Auditorium, 111 Library St. NE., Grand Rapids. RSVP: 988-5400.
Healing Herbs- 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Study a handful of common herbs, their reputed uses through the ages and how to turn that goodness into healing ourselves. Herbal snack included along with a recipe sheet. Pre-registration preferred, $10 due upon sign-up to hold spot and for class materials. $20. 616-920-0369. Grand Rapids.
Awakened Women’s Support Group- 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Have you noticed that you can have more knowledge about personal/spiritual growth than you know what to do with, but applying it in your day-to-day challenges can be hard? The year-long
Earthen Dyes Fabric Painting - 2:00 - 3:30pm; $10 members/ $12 non-members. Explore your artistic side during this Art in the Woods program. Explore how natural dyes are made and create fabric art to take home with you. Appropriate for ages 7
and up. 616-735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Surya Gita Kirtan with Jess Tomaz- 7:00pm. Join us for an evening of beautiful music. Chant your heart open or just enjoy the sounds of ancient mantras! Heartfelt donations gladly accepted. Call Expressions of Grace Yoga at 616-361-8580 for more information. 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.
Sunday, November 11
Essential Oil Training- IV (Emotional Clearing) 10:00 am - Noon & V (Spiritual Journey Work) Noon – 2:00 pm. Learn more benefits of these different sets of oils and how to apply them. $25 per class includes class materials. Pre-registration required. 4 CE Hours. To register call Jodi at 616-443-4225. Grand Rapids. Listen to God’s Voice- 10:00 -11:00 am. Join the monthly ECKANKAR Worship Service where people of all faiths are invited to experience the Light and Sound of God. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E Fulton, Grand Rapids, 616-245-7003, www.eck-mi.org. Sojourners Movie “The Line” Viewing- 11:00 am. Viewing of film with discussion to follow. “The Line” is a groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America. This free event is open to the community and includes a light lunch. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 4301 Ambrose Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Coping with Stress- 1:00 – 5:00pm. Join Carol Hendershot for this afternoon workshop to experience the benefits of Mindfulness and learn tools to help you manage stress and take charge of your own health and well-being. Call Expressions of Grace Yoga at 616-361-8580 for more info. $25 donation suggested. Grand Rapids.
Monday, November 12
The Problem of Gluten- 11:00 am. Gluten sensitivity may be more common than people realize. This 90-minute class is for people who want more information or to get to the bottom of unexplained health issues. Costs $30. Call 616-355-5333 for more information. Held at the Holistic Nutrition Center in Holland. Nutrition Response Testing- 6:15 pm. Find and correct the real source of chronic health issues through Nutrition Response Testing. Learn how the body can fully repair itself through designed clinical nutrition and the high quality Whole Food supplements of Standard Process. 616-458-2348. Gaslight Family Chiropractic, Grand Rapids.
Wednesday, November 14
Toxic Free Makeover- 11:15 am – 12:45 pm. Help keep yourself and your family safe by learning to decipher good from bad ingredients in makeup and skin care products you all use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending. Registration required, call 616-419-8115. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group- 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in the middle of your week with 20 min. of silent meditation followed by 30 min. of an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This group, facilitated by Patrick Duiven, is informal and newcomers are welcome. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids.
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Baby Food Making Class- 6:00 pm. Learn to make baby food from a nutritionist who loves to cook. Know when baby is ready to start, how to spot allergies, how much to feed and so on. Costs $30. Call 616-355-5333 for more information. Held at the Holistic Nutrition Center in Holland. Kombucha Making- 6:15 – 7:30 pm. Learn to make this nourishing digestive tonic. Includes all supplies you need to make your own at home. Receive a 10% off product coupon for attending! Reservation/payment required by 11/12. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115. Meet Dr. Kate Heineman- 7:30pm. Meet our new Medical Director as she sets up her practice at HCA. Free lecture, tour, and refreshments at Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltine Ct NE, Grand Rapids. 616-361-9221.
Thursday, November 15
D.Ac.,MMT.,HHC. and approved by MMAA, AMAM and AhS. Members will receive one credit. 616-920-0369. Grand Rapids.
Saturday, November 17
Reiki I & II class- 9:00 am -5:00 pm. Become attuned and learn how to give treatment to self and others. $200 includes manual and the $50 deposit required to register. 8 CE Hours. Call Jodi at 616443-4225 to register or email heavenlyhealings@ yahoo.com. 4434 Knapp St, Grand Rapids. Divine Guidance for Everyday Living 20129:30 am - 3:30 pm. One-day seminar featuring Hay House author Sonia Choquette. Other Coptic speakers include: John Davis, Carl Franklin, Denise Iwaniw. A day of uplifting messages and spiritual inspiration. $60 per person. Register online, www. TheCopticCenter.org. Presented by Coptic Fellowship International. Grand Rapids. 616-531-1339.
Anti-Aging- 6:00 pm. Find out how eating habits, exercise and stress levels in your life affect your longevity by attending this free informational lecture presented by Dr. Ann Auburn at the Natural Health Improvement Center. Call 616-301-0808 for more information. 4466 Heritage Ct. SW, Grandville.
PeaceLab Yoga Intro Class- 10:30 am– 12:30 pm. A two hour class to help students new to yoga start in a warm, welcoming environment. Receive two weeks of unlimited yoga to get your practice started. $39. Call 616-745-0310 for more info or to register, or go to www.peacelabyoga.com. Grandville.
Awakened Potentials for Women- 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Designed to help women free their true spirit by allowing themselves to be danced by world beat music in safe environment. $10. Wealthy Theater Dance Annex, 1110 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids.
Restore Your Body’s Balance- 10:45 – 11:30 am. Explore simple solutions to enhance health. Learn about bioavailability and the world of essential oils. Receive a 10% off product coupon for attending. Space limited, registration required. Free. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115.
All About Owls - 6:00 - 7:30pm. $5 members/ $6 non-members. Get a close up look at Blandford’s resident owls. Participants will dissect their own owl pellet and learn about the unique ecological niche these birds serve. Geared for ages 7 and up. 616735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. NEW Heavenly Healings Holistic Health Services Open House- 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Come share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Sample products & services. No charge, but donations welcome. 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions, 616-443-4225 or email email@example.com. Healthseekers Free Class - 6:15-7:15pm. Menstrual difficulties? Mood swings? Hot flashes? Pain? Restore balance & functioning. Chiropractic & homeopathy are a perfect fit. You can attain a high level of vibrant health beyond merely the absence of pain. www.angeltouchfamilychiropractic.com or call 231-670-0179. Muskegon. Raw Foods For the Holidays and Every Day- 6:30 pm, Nov. 1st and Nov. 15th. Raw Food Demonstration by Margaux Drake, certified Raw Food Instructor. Different presentations on both nights. Harvest Health Foods, 6807 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids. Please RSVP, 616-975-7555.
Friday, November 16
Annual Thanksgiving Potluck- 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Join us for a Thanksgiving meal. Please bring a dish to pass along with your own plate and cutlery. Meal is free, but we ask that you buy your drinks from us. Perry’s Place, LLC, 90 N. Main St. Suite B, Cedar Springs. Living a Joy Filled Life- 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Workshop will discuss the different types of stress and go over the different techniques to help bring your life back into joy. Taught by Raymond Wan,
Pre-Thanksgiving Open House- 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Herbs, teas, essential oils, massage, yoga and more. Businesses involved-Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more, Kin of Hope Natural Health and Sleeping Dog Yoga. The businesses at 90 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs. One Room Schoolhouse Day- 2:00 - 3:30pm. $5 members/ $6 non-members. Join us for quill lessons, old fashioned school yard games, slate board math, and even the dunce cap. Register today, space is limited. This is a great program for the whole family. 616-735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.
Sunday, November 18
Advanced Reiki Class- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Learn psychic surgery to remove tough energy blocks and how to set up a crystal grid for healing. $250 includes text book, certificate and deposit. 8 CE Hours. Pre-registration with $50 deposit required. Call 616-443-4225 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Grand Rapids.
Monday, November 19
Blood Sugar, Brain Fog and Hormone Swings11:00 am. Learn what you can do in the kitchen to control fatigue, overweight, cravings and unexplained health problems. Costs $30. Call 616-3555333 for more information. Held at the Holistic Nutrition Center, 90 West 8th Street, Holland. A Tellabration- 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Yarnspinners of Muskegon will present their 2nd Annual Storytelling Concert. This oral storytelling event is geared to adults but older, mature children will enjoy the program. Tickets are $5 at the door. Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon.
Tuesday, November 20
Kitch-Room Vegan Meals- Join us at a new restaurant for a delicious vegan meal. Chef/Owner Aaron Burrows will prepare a meal with fresh, local ingredients that will delight you. To make reservations, call 616-430-2291. Kitch-Room 6246 28th St., Grand Rapids.
Wednesday, November 21
Awakened Women’s Support Group- 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Have you noticed that you can have more knowledge about personal/spiritual growth than you know what to do with, but applying it in your day-to-day challenges can be hard? The year-long group will accept new members in January. 616754-9672. Rockford.
Saturday, November 24
Therapy Dog Meet and Greet at Ottawa Village Chiropractic- 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Grace Kelly, OVC’s therapy dog, will be at the office. Please call to reserve your time to meet Grace and Dr. Lynas, D.C. Ottawa Village Chiropractic, 451 Columbia Avenue, Holland. 616-399-9420. Small Business Saturday- 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Sipn-Shop local, unique and earth friendly shops of Standale and participate in Small Business Saturday. Wine tasting, prizes, great gifts to be found. Call Moondrop Herbals at 616-735-1285 for more information. Grand Rapids.
Sunday, November 25
Reiki Masters Class- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Heightens your ability as a practitioner and gives you the ability to teach and pass on the gift of Reiki. $350 includes a textbook and certificate. $50 deposit required upon registration. 8 CE Hours. Call 616443-4225 to register or heavenlyhealings@yahoo. com. Grand Rapids. Fun and creative movement for children- 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Kids need a break from the hustle and bustle of the week as much as adults. Take time away from screens and schoolwork by engaging in a child-centered practice. $10. On the Path Yoga, 617 E. Savidge, Spring Lake.
Wednesday, November 28
Nature-based Spirituality- 6:15 – 7:30 pm. Learn about many belief systems practiced around the world, what they have in common, their influence on modern spirituality, and ways to use these concepts to enhance your own spirituality. Sérendipité Organiques, Grand Rapids. Attend to get 10% off Sérendipité Organiques products! Registration required, 616-419-8115. Reiki Share- 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Come share & learn about Reiki & Essential Oils. Open to all that care to share Reiki, those who would like to try receiving Reiki, and those interested in Essential Oils. No charge, donations welcome. Call or email with questions, 616-443-4225 or heavenlyhealings@ yahoo.com. Grand Rapids.
Thursday, November 29
Alzheimer’s Association Open House- 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Stop in for refreshments, meet the staff, pick up a goodie bag, register for a door prize and take away helpful information on Alzheimer’s disease
and related dementia’s. Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids. RSVP: 459-4558.
Friday, November 30
Toxic Free Makeover- 5:45 – 7:15 pm. Help keep yourself and your family safe by learning to decipher good from bad ingredients in makeup and skin care products you all use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending! Registration required, call 616419-8115. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. Yoga Nidra with Kathy Florentine- 6:30 – 8:30pm. Cultivate awareness and sensitivity through this ancient practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and bypass the conscious mind to access the subconscious for powerful transformation. Costs $20. Call Expressions of Grace Yoga at 616-361-8580 for more information. 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.
Saturday, December 1
Restorative Yoga Immersion with Carolyn Heines- 12:00 – 2:00 pm. A soothing practice of supported and modified poses and breathing awareness to take us to deeper levels of relaxation. All are welcome. Advance registration advised. 616 7760836. $30. 955 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids.
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savethedate January 11-12, 2013 Living Well Grand Rapids- Friday 12:00-8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm. A health and fitness show where you can visit vendor booths, join in an exercise demonstration, try some locally grown healthy food, speak with a health counselor, take advantage of health screenings or attend a seminar enhancing your journey to a healthy balanced life. DeVos Place, Grand Rapids. Visit www.LivingWellGR.com for more information.
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savethedate January 25-26, 2013 Bridal Show of West Michigan- Fri 5:00 pm-9:00 pm & Sat 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Brides, grooms, moms and friends, come celebrate and plan your special day. Meet wedding professional’s face-to-face all under one roof. Save time and money with special vendor discounts/ show specials. DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids.
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All Month Long The Caregiver Resource Network’s Family Caregiver Series- Featuring 22 complimentary events throughout Kent County in November, this series includes financial and legal topics, stress relief, family portraits, holiday baking demonstrations and more. For more information: www.caregiverresource.net or call the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at 456-5664.
Sunday Unity of Greater Grand Rapids- 10:00 am. Offering spiritual messages without being religious. Youth programs & Nursery. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids 6025 Ada Drive SE Ada. 616-682-7812. www.unityggr.org. Unity of Grand Rapids- 10:30 am. A spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those who are seeking spiritual truth. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Sacks. Nursery and youth education provided. www.unityofgrandrapids.org. Grand Rapids.
Monday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. Visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies.com for more info. Hatha Yoga- Mon/Fri 6:00 – 7:00 am. A slow flow of postures set to music. Strengthen and lengthen in a relaxed way. All levels welcome. Seva Yoga, Grand Rapids. Weight Loss School- 2:00 pm. Learn sensible eating for energy, stable moods and to stop cravings. Lifestyle approach improves the family diet. Four sessions, cooking included. $147. Call 616-3555333. Holistic Nutrition Center, Holland.
Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00 am & 9:15-10:30 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit www.WhiteRiverYoga.com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Hatha Vinyasa- Tues/Thurs 9:30 am. Classes focus on the alignment of asana and cultivating balance within your life. Practice may draw from many different yoga styles and traditions. Seva Yoga, Grand Rapids. A.C.I.M. – Tues/Wed, 9:30 - 11:00 am/7:00 - 8:30 pm. A self-study system teaching forgiveness and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada. 616-682-7812.
Camp Rawnora 3rd Tuesday Raw Potluck- 6:30 pm. Hang with other vegans and raw foodies and eat nutritious and delicious faire! Free if you bring raw food dish to share or $10. Camp Rawnora. Watervliet. 269-463-4444.
Friday Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk and more. Please visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312.
Beginner Tai Chi- Tues & Thurs 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self-defense. $45 for one class/week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan, 616-425-1344. www.taijiquangr.com.
Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit www.WhiteRiverYoga.com for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662.
On Being a Spirit having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are indoors if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.
Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
Mixed Level Tai Chi- 9:30-11:00 am. Yang form for beginner to intermediate students. Open class format, traditional warm up. $45 for one class/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan, 616-425-1344. www.taijiquangr.com.
Wednesday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. Visit Integrativenutritionaltherapies.com for more info. Mama Café- 10:30 am. Facilitated by doula and lactation counselors, come find support, information, and further resources for ANY questions or concerns you may have on topics such as pregnancy nutrition, labor support, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Refreshments provided. Children welcomed and encouraged! Hop Scotch Children’s Store, Grand Rapids. A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
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Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques which help to decrease stress. $10 per class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. grwellbeing.com 616-458-6870.
Thursday Acupuncture Now at Cj’s Studio Salon LLC- 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Acupuncture by Raymond Wan, D.Ac., MMT, HHC. Costs $40-80. Call now, 616-364-9191. 5286 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500. Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com. 989-352-6500.
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BODY CARE PRODUCTS MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285 www.MoondropHerbals.com
•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 6.
SÉRENDIPITÉ ORGANIQUES, LLC Teri Kelley- Owner 944 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, 49506 616-419-8115 www.serendipiteorganiques.com
The only retail location in Michigan to exclusively carry organic, non-toxic products scoring ‘Low Hazard, 0-2’ on ewg.org/ skindeep! Product lines are Zum Clean, Face Naturals, Rejuva Minerals Makeup, Elemental Herbs Sunscreen, and Sappho Organic Cosmetics. See ad page 24.
BODYWORK WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.
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HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 www.harmonynhealth.net Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 7.
Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder firstname.lastname@example.org 616-299-5815
Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building quality livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. Call today for a fee quote. See ad page 31.
TRICIA E. GOSLING
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 www.holisticenergytherapies.net Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.
chiropractic care DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050
Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad pages 19 & 32.
cOUNSELING THE WELL BEING LLC Behavioral Health and Fitness Center 616-458-6870 www.grwellbeing.com
We provide counseling to individuals dealing with mental and emotional health issues. We utilize exercise as a research-based form of treatment, for a more holistic approach to mental health care.
dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990 www.FloodTheDentist.com
cleaning pRoDucts NATURAL HEALTH 4 TODAY, LLC
Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 email@example.com www.NaturalHealth4Today.com Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.
Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 48.
KEN PORTER CST, CHT
Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ama-deus-international.com
Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 28.
534 Fountain NE Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848 www.BodyandSoulGR.com
Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
THE WELLNESS FORUM
Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 21.
4990 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids 616-430-2291 www.WellnessForum.com Educational programs for personal health improvement - Workplace wellness programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.
health food stores AFFORDABLE NUTRITION
Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 7493 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison 616-667-1346 Joel@Affordable-Nutrition.com
BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148 email@example.com www.NaturalHealth4Today.com
Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, BioEnergy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.
HEAVENLY HEALINGS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES
Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Everyday discounts and senior pricing. www. affordable-nutrition.com.
Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 www.HealthHutt.net
Jodi Jenks - Reiki Master 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 www.heavenlyhealings.org
I am a Reiki Master that also does Essential Oil therapies including Raindrop Therapy, Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Journey work. Call or email for appointments or questions, 616-443-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad page 6.
Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.
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holistic health centers SALLY DERSCH, CMT
Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6 Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 www.FrequencyApps.com We offer a wide variety of services to help you enhance your health. Bio Apps (frequency patches for optimal health)M S A Te s t i n g ( e v a l u a t e s functional health)- Food/ Environmental Allergy & Supplement Testing - Ionic Foot Bath - Weight Loss Classes and Coaching - Weight Loss (www.frapps.bodybyvi.com). Call us today and ask about the 90 Day Challenge!
THE HEALING CENTER
Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 www.TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners. Physician assistant, Certified Natural Health Professionals. Private consultations. Counseling & Classes. Blood typing, acupressure, emotional release, iridology, homeopathy, massage therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral, foot detox & more. See ad page 18.
homeopathy BOB HUTTINGA PA-C
332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 18.
interior design services ALIGn DESIGN, llc
Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071 email@example.com www.Aligndesigngr.com Align your space to be a true reflection of who you are. Specializing in Wholistic design, repurposing and Feng Shui. Full service Residential and commercial Interior design. See ad page 14.
kinesiology WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.
life / wellness coaching STEVE GUARINO
Certified Life Coach Certified Meditation Instructor 888-552-8880 firstname.lastname@example.org Soar Higher Than You Ever Thought Possible. Personalized coaching sessions that will connect you with your inner wisdom and light, open you to new possibilities, and help you realize your dreams.
school / education
BIRTH SONG MIDWIFERY SERVICES
INSTITUTE OF SANATIVE ARTS
Yolanda Visser CM, CPM Grand Rapids: 616-458-8144 www.BirthSongGR.com Homebirth services since 1982. Committed to facilitating natural birth, bonding, strengthening the family, informed active participation, and lending dignity to women through their birthing experience.
FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 www.FullCircleMidwifery.com
In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways.
quantum biofeedback TRICIA E. GOSLING
massage therapy DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY
Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts. www. DynamicChiro.com
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 19 & 32.
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074
This highly complex device is a non-invasive technology that energetically scans & harmonizes the body’s stresses and imbalances, reducing those imbalances that make us uncomfortable. Visit www.holisticenergytherapies.net
0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 Sanative.email@example.com www.sanativetranquility.com State licensed school for massage and bodywork. High quality, affordable 6 month certification course with small class sizes. NCBTMB CE courses in Bamboo-Fusion®, cupping and more. Convenient to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale areas.
NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714 www.nite-mtp.com
Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 2.
sPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION PRACTICAL PEACE
Elizabeth Beau Barbra14peace@gmail.com www.14inchestopeace.com
Practical Peace is a catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. We offer weekend classes to help you move from ego-consciousness to Spiritual Awareness to become a more authentic “you”. For more information contact Barbra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
salon services CJ’S STUDIO SALON
5286 Plainfield Ave., NE Grand Rapids 49525 616-364-9191 www.CjsStudioSalon.com
I am an award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education. We use and sell Organic Hair Care Products, including Organic Hair Color. We also offer Ionic Detox Foot Baths.
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