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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more 10 5 newsbriefs balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal 10 healthbriefs growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. 1 2 globalbriefs 1 5 ecotip 19 CELLULITE SHRINKERS 19 19 fitbody Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs 20 wisewords 12 22 consciouseating 20 GROWING UP 26 healthykids WITH WAYNE DYER Serena Dyer Reflects on 28 inspiration Her Spiritual Upbringing 3 1 healingways 36 naturalpet 22 BEAUTY FOODS by E.C. LaMeaux

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38 greenliving 40 travelspotlight 41 calendar 15 45 naturaldirectory

Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair by Judith Fertig

24 POWERFUL YOU! Six Ways to Create the Life You Want

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ovember begins an extended holiday season of light, filled with places to be and people to see. While we may feel energized by the festivities, special foods and traditions, the sheer busyness can take a toll. For me, 2014 has been a wild ride. I started a new job, got engaged, got married and bought a house while rarely pausing to embrace the beautiful rewards of these major life changes. Instead, I busied myself cleaning, working on wedding decorations, sewing curtains, moving a friend, taking on another project at work and finding any task that would keep me occupied. Instead of giving myself a chance to slow down, I did as much Assistant Publisher Amanda Grasmeyer and her new husband Kevin as I could as often as I could. I’m not accustomed to saying “No” when it comes to taking on new tasks or opportunities I can make time for. A lying voice buried deep inside admonishes that if I’m not accomplishing something at every waking hour, I’m wasting precious time. It encourages me to fit even more into my newlywed, full-time worker, new homeowner’s schedule. It whispers that I could even take my dog for three walks a day instead of two and that every meal is best made from scratch in my own kitchen. It empowers me to do, do and do. I’ve always felt empowered to do, but never to just be. Pride in and gratitude for accomplishments aside, I’m humbled to realize I haven’t spent time with my loved ones today, or sipped tea and observed some sweetness right in front of me, or picked up a book for a regenerating escape. I’m happy to report that I am finally learning to listen when my husband tells me I’ve done enough for the day and it’s okay to relax now. I do want to be, and to feel empowered to be, instead of listening to the siren song that tells me that just being’s not okay. In this month’s feature article, “Powerful You!” Judith Fertig notes that “Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self.” I don’t believe that the best version of me is the busiest version. I believe it’s the one that curls up on the couch with her mate, sips tea while watching the world roll by and leisurely engages in armchair adventures. So, this year I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy my first holiday season with my husband, thankful for all the good that 2014 has brought. I am ready to revel in the blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Amanda Grasmeyer, Assistant Publisher

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Special Families Fun Fest


he 3rd Annual Special Families Fun Fest takes place Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeltaPlex Arena. The event provides a low-cost, low-stress day filled with fun activities perfect for the whole family of individuals with special needs, no matter age or disability. Admission is $5.00. Activities include an interactive puppet concert, carnival games for all abilities, a petting zoo, adaptive bike course and the all-time favorite mime, mini music therapy sessions and special needs dance troupe. Activities are complemented by amenities that help individuals with special needs and their families relax and enjoy the day, including volunteers at every exit for safety, a sensory room for regulation, barrier-free access, sign language interpreters and a quiet room. Community organizations will be on hand to provide information targeted to families of special needs individuals. ‘Herman Miller Cares’ is a major sponsor. Tickets can be purchased at the DeltaPlex Box Office or online at Proceeds help support Family Hope Foundation’s scholarship program. For more information, call 616-780-3839 or visit

Chef Del Sroufe


ppearing at Barnes & Noble’s Quota International Bookfair at Woodland Mall on November 8 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. is Chef Del Sroufe. Chef Del authored the New York Times bestselling book, Forks Over Knives-

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newsbriefs The Cookbook, and now he has written a second book, Better Than Vegan. It has hundreds of plant-based recipes with photos, a philosophy of eating, and a compelling life story of his weight loss. Come out and listen to Chef Del as he shares his story and demonstrates his cooking skills at 2 p.m.

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erformance Coach Elle Ingalls will be the featured speaker at HelpNet of Battle Creek’s Leadership Oasis on Tuesday, November 11. Elle will present the basics of her on-thego stress management method in a workshop called: Pressure-Free: Three Simple Steps to Less Stress and More Success. Ingalls created her Pressure-Free method in 2010 and has helped over 1500 people reduce the release of stress hormones for improved health, relationships and performance. There is no cost to attend HelpNet, but boxed lunches are available for purchase ($7) at the door. The optional lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Burnham Brook Center, located at 200 West Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek. To register, call 269-245-3883 or email briggsL@ See ad, page 5.

Rasas Seminar

Douglas Brooks


rom the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center is offering a seminar, In The Core of Feeling: Explorations in the Mythology of Shiva Nataraja, the Seven Dances and


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the Nine Rasas with Douglas Brooks November 14-16. Participants will learn the basic and foundational study called the rasas, trace the maps from core to extended consciousness and place the theory of rasa within the image of the dancing Shiva as Seven Dances within Two Principles. No previous experience is expected or required. Bring an open mind, a wiling heart and your playful imagination. For more information, call 616-336-9642, email info@ or visit See ad, page 16.

Amma is in Detroit – Thanksgiving Week!

unconditional love which flows from her in abundance. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor and those suffering physically and emotionally. Referred to by the international press as the “Hugging Saint”, Amma has embraced more than 34 million people from around the world with her divine blessing (darshan). She tirelessly travels the globe to bless and inspire people of all ages and cultures to live a life of compassion and selfless service. Through the example of her life, Amma demonstrates that true service to humanity is possible when one puts aside one’s own concerns for the good of others. In this spirit of dedication to uplifting others, she has inspired a vast network of charitable activities through which people are discovering the beauty and sense of peace that come from serving others. Several humanitarian projects take place locally in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. All are welcome to participate. Two such projects involve cooking and serving meals to those in need weekly in both Ann Arbor and the Detroit area. To find out more about these and other projects inspired by Amma please contact Several free public programs are available throughout the week. For more information about Amma in Detroit, call 734-995-0029 or visit See ad, page 27.

The Blackport Building


Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

ri Mata Amritanandamayi, affectionately and more often called Amma (Mother) will be arriving in the metropolitan Detroit area during Thanksgiving week and everyone is invited to meet her. Spending time with Amma is an invaluable opportunity to experience selfless,


he Blackport Building, in East Hills was once home to a meat packing plant. Now, years later it is home to a diverse group of small, locally owned businesses. You’ll find everything from retail, to music lessons, to services, to a theater.

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newsbriefs The retail shops you’ll find there include Clothing Matters, specializing in sustainable clothing, Rock Paper Scissors, featuring upscale re-sale clothing, Global Infusion, a Fair Trade Gifts & Coffee Shop, Serendipite Organiques, offering only organic and non GMO body care and makeup and the bohemian-inspired Plankton Jewelry Designs. Service businesses include, Canary Home Studio Interior Design, Red Lobby Kitchen Design, Perimeter Frames and Arts In Motion Studio, which provides adaptive instruction in the creative arts for people with disabilities. For your fitness and fun needs there is Belly Dance Grand Rapids, a women’s world dance community, Full Strength Fitness, Joyful Sounds Music Studio, offering interactive musical programs for the whole family and Mercury Guitar Studio with beginner to intermediate level guitar & bass lessons. Other service businesses include Wholistic Kinesiology, Sole Healing, The Change Studio, and Spark of Life Studio. Blackport is also home to Ambrosia Theater, Grand Rapids’ newest intimate Black Box Theater which seats seventy-two and is open for event rental. When shopping for holiday gifts, visit these exciting and eclectic businesses. Shop unique, shop small, and keep your dollars local! The Blackport Building is located at the corner of Lake Dr. and Diamond in Grand Rapids.

Cold Weather Challenge


roject Green Awakening, a non-profit organization in Michigan, is challenging the entire West Michigan community to donate one cold weather item to a drop off center in their community on or before January 1, 2015. Drop off centers are in need of coats, sweatshirts, snowsuits, snow pants, boots, socks, gloves, mittens, blankets or any other items that can be used to help keep our communities in need warm this coming winter. For more information and for an extensive list of drop off centers, visit the Cold Weather Challenge! event page on Facebook.

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rand Wellness, located in the heart of Cascade Township, is now open. This integrative wellness center is dedicated to providing holistic quality care that incorporates both Traditional Vikki Nestico Chinese Medicine and western philosophies. “Through the use of acupuncture, eastern nutrition and lifestyle modifications, we are able to address a wide range of conditions, from pain to menopausal symptoms, and help our clients reach their health goals.” says Vikki Nestico, Registered Acupuncturist. Grand Wellness also provides facial rejuvenation acupuncture, a non-surgical anti-aging technique used to revitalize one’s appearance by correcting internal imbalances that underlie the aging process. For more information or to set up a consultation, call 616-940-1177 or visit Grand Wellness is located at Renewal Skin Spa 6080 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546. See ads, pages 11 & 45.

Nexalin Therapy in Western Michigan


ethesda Health and Wellness LLC., utilizing Nexalin’s FDA cleared device for a drug-free treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia, is now in Western Michigan. The Nexalin device produces a patented waveform that provides Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES). In clinical trials, this unique waveform results in the greatest increase of beta-endorphins. The Nexalin device has undergone extensive safety analysis with results clearly indicating the device is safe for its intended use. Additionally, the FDA classification of the device for clinical trials places it into a non-significant risk (low risk device) category.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 616-594-9005 or visit Bethesda-Health-Wellness/. See ads, pages 14 & 45.

Natural Education for Teens


rand Rapids teens can now have a Natural Education at Open Doors Center for Self-Directed Teens. Enrolling now for the fall and spring semesters, Open Doors allows teens who are unhappy at school to leave the classroom and learn in the way that suits them best. Open Doors provides a mentor who develops a personal learning plan with each teen. The learning plan focuses on the passions and interests of the teen and can change as the teen grows and develops her interests more deeply. Using community connections, volunteer opportunities, and classes like Duct Tape Creations and Mechanical Autopsy, each teen can live and learn in a way that is truer to who they really are. Open Doors helps families reclaim the joy of learning. For more information, call 616-965-6968 or visit

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Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity


esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.

Organics Boast More Nutrients, Fewer Toxins


onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/polyphenolic intake levels.”


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Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs


esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners

ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested— with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics.

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer


lgae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. The review covered the major algae types of red algae, brown algae (such as kelp), green algae and blue-green algae (such as spirulina). A host of compounds in these extracts were found to provide protection against freeradical damage. In one study, phloroglucinol, a phenol derivative from brown algae, inhibited inflammation among human tissue sarcoma cells.





n addition to improving fitness, University of Minnesota researchers found that treadmill walking at the desk also boosts productivity and morale. The study tested 40 adults that used treadmills for a year. Selfassessments, combined with supervisor assessments, found that treadmill walking while working increased performance levels. Work performance improved by an average of 11 percent based on supervisor assessments, and 7 percent based on the employee self-assessments. A study from Rutgers University tested 66 adults while they walked on treadmills set for low intensity versus when they were seated at desks, with two days separating the tests. Measurements of reading comprehension, attention span and response speed skills and performance show these were unimpeded by treadmill walking when compared with sitting.


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Loving Local

Small Retailers Gaining Force



While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. For your connection to locally owned, trusted businesses in West Michigan with high quality service and unique products, visit Source:

Cash Mobs

Collective On-the-Spot Buying Revives Local Businesses In most areas of the country, small, locally owned retail businesses are the lifeblood of local economies, but the rising costs of doing business often means they cannot compete with the lower prices of big-box retail giants that negotiate in volume. For several years, the growth and frequency of cash mobs have been breathing new life into struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Like a flash mob performing a dance or social protest, a cash mob gathers people together to have a tremendously positive effect on hometown businesses that may have served them and their families for decades. Most cash mobs agree to meet on a particular day, with each participant committing to spend a specified amount, typically $20 or more. The benefits for local businesses far exceed a one-day influx of cash—new customers are found, previous customers become active ones again and a new appreciation for businesses that fuel a local economy is realized. Participants can also have a little fun while further benefiting their communities as many cash mobs gather with old friends and new after a shopping frenzy at a local establishment for food and drinks.


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Golden Years

Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.” For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.

Shark Snooping

Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life


Time Is Money, So Bank It Time banking is an updated, Web-savvy version of barter that allows users to accumulate the time they work and then “spend” it elsewhere. Unlike traditional bartering, it’s not limited to an individual transaction. The medium is so fluid that it can be exchanged many times as a form of currency. Most people do a variety of tasks that others may not want to do or are incapable of doing themselves, such as writing, preparing taxes, babysitting, housecleaning, plumbing or even dentistry. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child care, dentistry, home repair or teaching someone to play chess. The idea is that people trade for what they need and do what they’re good at. Everyone gets what they need by exchanging their expertise. Time banking works for groups, too. Organizations, agencies, churches and businesses can all become members of TimeBanks USA, formed in 1995, and contribute time, energies, skills and resources. Source:

Tomato Lacquer

Non-Toxic Can Lining in Development Because fresh food spoils quickly, many packaging and preservation innovations have helped to extend transportation hardiness and shelf life. Now, a new bioresin made from tomato plant byproducts could make it safer to eat ubiquitous canned goods. Led by the Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry), in Parma, Italy, the BIOCOPAC ( consortium is developing a biobased thermosetting lacquer. Most metal food packaging has a BPA-filled liner or chemical-based lacquer to prevent corrosion. While these keep the can intact, they have been linked to deleterious effects on the food inside.

An unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic tags on animals passing within 1,000 feet and transmits information to a research team on shore, led by Stanford University Marine Sciences Professor Barbara Block. The technology is central to Block’s Blue Serengeti Initiative, which builds on the Tagging of Pacific Predators project, part of the international Census of Marine Life (2000-2010). “The use of revolutionary technology increases our capacity to observe our oceans and census populations, improve fisheries management models and monitor animal responses to climate change,” says Block. Shark Net is a free IOS app available at the Apple store, created by Block and her colleagues to enable a direct, personal connection between the public and wild marine animals, and to raise awareness of the teeming ocean life just off North America’s West Coast. Source:

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Big Fish

Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated


Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, India currently has a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent and six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced a target of spreading electricity to every home by 2019, relying largely on solar power, and the government is furthering plans to clean up the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Source:

Oil Alternative

Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. This environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gases and doesn’t require costly heavy metals. Most hydrogen for commercial use is produced from natural gas, which is expensive to manufacture and generates a large amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “It really doesn’t make sense to use non-renewable natural resources to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang. “We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.”

Depression? Anxiety? Insomnia? The Future of Brain-Based Health

FDA Cleared Medication-Free Treatment

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Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by twothirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. A study at the University of Vermont, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales. Lead author Joe Roman says, “Whale recovery could lead to higher rates of productivity where whales aggregate to feed and give birth, supporting more robust fisheries.” It seems that the long-lived whales may even ease the impact of perturbations in climate and buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses. Roman states, “This warrants a shift in view from whales being positively valued as exploitable goods or negatively valued because they compete with people for marine fish to one what recognizes that these animals play key roles in healthy marine ecosystems, providing services to human societies.” Source:


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onnie Healey, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, can never be accused of being impulsive. In the interest of bettering her family’s health, she spent two years researching essential oils before deciding upon a company with which to represent. “After all of my research, I found that doTERRA’s quality standards are second to none,” Healey says. “All of our oils are distilled from plants in their native growing conditions. It’s where the best therapeutic value comes from. They are very careful about selecting growers that are going to maintain the standards that doTERRA demands. They pay their growers a fair wage and in some countries install water and irrigation systems and even build schools for their children.” As consumer awareness increases around personal care products, Healey says that people, now more than ever, are very concerned about what products they use in and on their bodies and in their homes. “People don’t want to use hardto-pronounce and untested chemicals in their cleaning products, and they certainly want to avoid side effects from pharmaceuticals if at all possible,” Healey says. “Essential oils, when used properly and early, may head off illness before it turns into a full-blown cold or even the flu.” doTERRA, meaning “gift of the earth” in Latin, carries only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. There are no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers or anything used on the plants and there are no fillers, synthetics or additives put in during or after the distillation process. “All of doTERRA’s oils are put through rigorous and frequent quality checks before, during and after production to ensure that every drop of oil in each bottle is what it’s supposed to be, in its purest state,” Healey says. 18

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It is because of this rigorous quality testing that many of doTERRA’s oils can be ingested. Not all essentials, however, can be used in this manner. “You cannot grab an essential oil from your nearest health food store and begin taking it internally. Some are made with synthetic ingredients that are not conducive to good health,” warns Healey. In addition to ingesting the oils via capsules, doTERRA’s oils can be diffused into the air using a special diffuser and also used topically. As the annual season of illness approaches, Healey recommends heading off full-blown illnesses with essential oils. “The second you feel a headache come on, or a scratchy feeling in your throat – that’s the time to intervene with essential oils. People may feel better about popping a pill, but essential oils have been around for thousands of years. Synthetic medication can cause unwanted side effects.” Below are Healey’s “must have” doTERRA essential oils for the winter season: Headache: Peppermint (rubbed onto temples and/or back of neck), PastTense (rubbed onto temples) Fever: Peppermint (rubbed onto the bottom of feet), Chest congestion/coughing: Breathe blend (rubbed onto chest) Sleeplessness: Lavender (rubbed onto pillow or on the bottoms of feet) She also swears by her “flu bomb” which she takes upon first sign of flu/ cold symptoms: Place a couple of drops of each into an empty capsule (available online or at most health food stores), and take several times a day. OnGuard (a blend of wild orange essential oil combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary) Black Pepper Oregano

Healey offers classes on how to use essential oils, and also free biofeedback scans on customers. The biofeedback scan helps measure 76 different markers, including digestion, circulation, skin, etc., to see what are out of range, and suggests which oils would be of the most benefit. “One of the reasons why doTERRA is a direct sales company is because people really need to be educated on how to use essential oils, not only from a safety perspective, but to also gain the most value out of them,” states Healey. Healey says that many people come to her when nothing else is working. “It’s been such a pleasure to see the impact that these oils have. They are amazing. They fix things when nothing else is working. A chronic skin issue turns out to be a Candida issue. In fact, when you take care of your gut, a lot of issues will clear up. From emotional issues, to digestion and headaches – essential oils can help with that.” “We don’t cure anything, and never say that we do,” Healey says. “We just allow your body to help heal itself. I hope that people will take a look at the essential oils as a viable alternative to help them. Something very simple can impact their lives in such an amazing way. Everybody should use oils. It’s been ignored for so long.” For more information, call 616340-5115, email bonniehealey_ or visit bonniehealey. See ad, pages 35 & 46.


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nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

Leg Lifts

Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs.

Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

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Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more. E.C. LaMeaux posts a body of work at Gaiam Life (, from which this was adapted. natural awakenings

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Growing Up with Wayne Dyer

Serena Dyer Reflects on Her Spiritual Upbringing by Lindsay McGinty


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Some missteps along the journey to her true calling included enrolling in law school to maintain her student identity, but her upbringing served as a light guiding her home to herself. She wrote the book after dropping out of law school, a big step toward her dream of inspiring others to live authentically. photo:


erena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena shares her point of view in Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, co-authored with her father. The title reflects her parents’ key lesson for their children: Pursue the life you are born to live.

What was it like to grow up with Wayne Dyer as your father? Growing up, my seven siblings and I were exposed to a lot of ideas that were

different than what my friends heard. We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. We were taught that the most important thing you could do in your life was to follow that dharma, and in doing so, you would be serving God. I often joke that my childhood was filled with unconditional love and security, but also a lot of weirdness! Not many kids learn transcendental meditation at the age of 5 and count monks as friends.

Were there any downsides to being raised by spiritual parents? I like to think that while there weren’t any real downsides, there were certainly challenges. For example, in a more traditional household, when someone gets the flu, their parents probably tell them that it’s flu season and it’s just going around. In my household, when one of us would get the flu, we were told that we aligned with it and allowed it in. In other words, part of the challenge of having spiritually progressive parents is that they make sure you are aware that you are responsible for everything happening in your life.

What is the greatest lesson you learned? Thus far, it is knowing that we are the creators of our destiny—the masters

of our fate. I wholeheartedly believe that we sign up for the experiences we have in this lifetime, as they are part of our soul’s desire to grow and expand. When we make the choice to view life as not happening to us, but responding to us, we become more consciously aware of how much our thoughts affect our daily experience. I am so grateful my parents taught me this at a young age because I have learned to choose my thoughts carefully.

order to raise me. My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. They taught me that there is no honor in sacrificing yourself or your dreams for anyone else, and demonstrated that the only time you have to make your life the way you want it is now. I am grateful to them for living their lives this way, which has allowed me to feel safe living my life this way, as well.

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What advice would you give to people that wish they were raised in a more spiritual manner?

It’s not something they did for me; it was how they lived their lives in front of me. My parents did not encourage me to follow my dreams and then sacrifice theirs in

matters how you feel about yourself. Everything in life starts with the self. If you don’t have love and acceptance and forgiveness for yourself, you won’t have these things to give to other people either. I was taught that we can’t give what we don’t have. When we learn to love and treasure every part of ourselves, we also have love to give to others. Contributor Lindsay McGinty lives in Orange County, CA.

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to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”

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ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual transformation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work 22

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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.” When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating

Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbersbased plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway

seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soilbased organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite.

“These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Connect at Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintaining an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear.


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After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

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Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

Emotional Health

Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able

to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.


Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.


Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke

capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.


Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-going-tobe-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”


Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re) Defining Moments: Becoming Who You

Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


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If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

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Give Kids the True Gifts of the Season by Meredith Montgomery


ccording to a poll by the Center for a New American Dream in 2005, three out of four Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic. Traditionally rooted in family, faith and joy, the season can be marred by commercialization. Instead, inspire the whole family to take a “buy less, get more” approach so that everyone can experience the essence of what many consider the most wonderful time of the year.

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The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) reports that U.S. companies now spend about $17 billion annually marketing to children, up from $100 million in 1983. Many kids are formulating wish lists year-round, due to the continual bombardment of alluring commercials. CCFC Associate Director Josh Golin attests that the holiday season is a perfect time to start discussing the power of advertising and the techniques used. Teens are especially sensitive to the notion of being manipulated by adults. For children under 8 that can’t yet comprehend the persuasive intent of commercials, limit screen time with all devices. Golin advises that the scope of commercialism has changed radically. “It’s no longer just television commercials, but also Internet, cell phones and video games. Plus, children’s media characters are placed on every type of product imaginable. Think about limiting commercialism in all forms; you can’t just turn off the TV.”

Start before the holidays. “Talk to kids about how you’ll celebrate the holidays in your own home, noting that it might be unique. Focus on aspects that aren’t gift-related,” suggests Golin. Plan food-focused traditions such as baking together and special group meals. Generate excitement around

spiritual aspects of the season or visits from out-of-town family members. When shopping together for gifts, make a plan and stick with it, letting everyone know its purpose beforehand. Resist impulsive purchases trumpeted by store promotions.


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New American Dream’s Simplify the Holidays guide at encourages families to reconnect by participating in meaningful activities such as neighborhood caroling, building a gingerbread house, preparing gift boxes for the homeless, taking a nature hike or making a feeder for backyard birds. Explore volunteer projects as a family, letting the children’s interests lead. If kids are attracted to water, pick up litter along a shoreline. In the spirit of the season, donate gently used clothing, books and toys to a shelter. For animal lovers, contribute time or materials to a local animal rescue or rehabilitation center. Attend community events such as musical performances, plays and art exhibits. Seek out inexpensive or free local activities. Kids are often enthralled by a simple tour of neighborhood Christmas lights.

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Make gift purchases consistent with the family’s values. Golin suggests resisting the temptation to buy the season’s “hot” products. “Resist buying what’s advertised the most. We have power as parents and as part of a larger culture to believe there’s no such thing as a must-have toy or holiday gift.” Instead, search for timeless, high-quality items that are eco-friendly and fair trade. Try wooden toys for babies and toddlers or a bamboo skateboard for teens. Ads can make a toy look appealing because it’s brandnew and ready-to-use, but homemade gifts can be a more meaningful alternative. New American Dream suggests constructing a rope swing or wooden sandbox for little ones. Given a comfortable timeframe, children can gift grownups homemade green cleaning products or re-potted herb and houseplant clippings. All ages can give away the last book they read and kick off a year-round book exchange. Forego more tangible items by gifting experiences like a zoo membership, bowling gift cards or movie tickets, or make a charitable donation to a cause that the recipient supports. Let friends and family make shopping easier by inviting them to create such a gift registry at


Always plan for quiet time. It reduces exposure to holiday marketing, creates opportunities for family bonding and fosters independent children. Golin observes, “We can all be better about trusting our kids to entertain themselves. When reducing screen time, we don’t necessarily need to suggest activities to kids. Give them the space to be bored for a minute and be amazed at what they come up with on their own.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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gratefulness for the significant others we sometimes take for granted. Approaching a milestone birthday, retired businessman Walter Green set out on a year-long journey to visit 44 people that he credited with changing his life to initiate conversations about their influence, which he recounts in the book This is the Moment! While the relationships were already solid, according to Green, “In many cases, it was the most significant conversation we ever had.”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Gratitude is a small act with a big payoff, Green observes. “The person receiving gratitude appreciates knowing they made a difference, but the giver is the greatest recipient. It feels good to express gratitude, plus you are freed from future regrets that you didn’t express it when you had the chance.” Patricia Brugioni, a Christian Science nurse from Chicago, has been sharing three things she’s grateful for on social media on a daily basis since taking a five-day online challenge earlier this year. “I am a grateful person by nature, but now I am claiming the good that is coming to me and learning to cherish things without feeling like I have to earn them,” she says.

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Midday Pick-Me-Up Well-Planned Naps Boost Brainpower by Lane Vail


leep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” and is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of “It’s best to get seven to eight hours of sleep in one big block at nighttime,” counsels Breus. Yet the circadian rhythm dictates two peaks of sleepiness every 24 hours—one in the middle of the night and another 12 hours later, says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, director of the sleep medicine program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Interacting with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic rhythm, which causes greater sleepiness the longer we’re awake. Both circadian and homeostatic sleepiness elevate by midafternoon, resulting in the familiar 4 p.m. slump. Siesta cultures split sleep, notes Epstein, slightly reducing nighttime sleep, but devoting time midday to nap.

“Naps are a double-edged sword,” observes Epstein. While they help relieve short-term sleepiness, poorly planned naps can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle of daytime sleepiness and nighttime wakefulness. Stepping outside for 10 minutes of sunlight and fresh air can stamp out sleepiness, says Breus, which is much healthier than reaching for a caffeine jolt or sugary snack.

Be a Better Napper

A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that merely falling asleep may initiate memory processing and cognitive consolidation, helping explain why German scientists found even six-minute naps to be rejuvenating. If substantial daytime sleep is needed to overcome a deficit, strive for 90 to 110 minutes, the length of time needed to complete a full sleep cycle. Here are other practical tips. Reflect on the rationale. “Boredom, laziness or avoiding work are the wrong reasons to nap,” says Amanda Chan, managing editor for healthy living at The Huffington Post, which instituted two cozy nap rooms in its New York headquarters after founder Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion several years ago. A quick pick-me-up to boost mental agility and mood is a reasonable excuse to snooze.

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Plan a prophylactic nap. Forestall late afternoon fatigue by napping between 1 and 3 p.m. Waiting until early evening to nap can interfere with nighttime sleep, advises Epstein. Embrace darkness, coolness and quietude. Melatonin, “the key that starts the engine of sleep,” is suppressed by even the slightest amount of light, so wear eyeshades, suggests Breus. Keep a blanket and earplugs handy. Lie down. If a bed or couch is unavailable, try napping on a yoga mat on the floor. A chair should be reclined

“Sleep is never a waste of time if it’s helpful.” ~ Dr. Michael Breus

to support the lower back and avoid straining the neck from “bobblehead” syndrome, says Breus. Power down. Setting an alarm for 10 to 25 minutes allows time for only the first two sleep stages: falling asleep and light sleep. Breus explains that

sleeping longer than 25 minutes triggers deep sleep, from which waking results in sleep inertia, or grogginess, that impairs mood, decision-making and motor skills.

Napping at Work

While many progressive businesses such as Google, Apple and Zappos permit or even promote workplace napping, most companies are still skeptical. “We live in a culture that minimizes the importance of sleep,” comments Epstein. “We prize productivity and think it shows worker loyalty to put in excessive amounts of time.” Ironically, mounting research suggests that napping may boost the brainpower needed to function at peak performance. A recent study found that nightshift air-traffic controllers that napped for 19 minutes showed better vigilance and reaction times than nonnappers. Other documented benefits include better concentration, memory and creativity. Seek out a sleep sanctuary at work, such as an office with the door closed and blinds drawn, an unused conference room with a couch, or a first-aid office cot, suggests Chan. Another option is to nap in the car, but Breus insists that nappers tell colleagues where they’re going as a precaution. Better yet, bond with a “nap buddy” willing to read nearby during snooze time. “You’re very vulnerable when you’re asleep,” he says. “Be safe.” If sleeping is not currently condoned in the workplace, consider approaching the human resources department with information on the positive effects of appropriate napping on work performance, says Epstein. Suggest implementing a sleep wellness program, which can offer education on sleep deprivation, techniques to improve sleep and individual screening for sleep disorders. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at


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ith an education, a top quality product line and a zeal for style straight out of London, it’s no wonder where London Studios got its name. The salon is home to Sally Loew and Ashley Woods, together offering organic hair color, color corrections, multi-dimensional hair color, organic keragreen keratin treatments, bridal services, bridal parties, wedding consultations, haircuts and other services as well.

Both women entered the cosmetology field after receiving their education at Excel Academies of Cosmetology. Their career paths intertwined and eventually led them to open London Studios, a small, private studio where, as Loew says, they just want to do hair. The studio does not have the noise and busyness of a typical salon. It’s exclusive, making it easier for each client to receive the time and attention they deserve during their salon services. In explaining the benefits of the private studio, Loew says, “We just want to take care of the client,” and goes on, saying that the people are what excites her about being a part of this industry. “You meet really great people along the way, and I’m truly grateful for that.” Loew was passionate about cosmetology at a young age. She began cutting hair at age 13, and was an un-proclaimed entrepreneur by age 15, collecting experience and making money here and there off from what would soon become her career.

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Upon making cosmetology her career, Loew eventually developed allergies to ammonia, a gas found in many hair products. Her doctor encouraged her to step away from the field of cosmetology that she loved to save her health, but Loew sought out a different route. Not willing to give up what she had been working at for about 13 years, Loew found Organic Color, a product line offering organic, ammonia-free products she could work with that would not interfere with her health. She also uses Label M, an award winning, fashion-inspired haircare range developed by professional stylists and produced in England. The high quality product line is a healthier option in comparison to most others and covers every type of hair ethnicity out there. The prestigious product also boasts being the only product allowed backstage at London Fashion Week. Organic Color has not just made it possible for Loew to continue her career in what she loves; it has also given London Studio’s clients the ability to choose a healthier option when receiving chemical services such as hair coloring and hair treatments. Also, through their interactions with Label M, Loew and Woods have furthered their education with many trainings and classes taught by international leaders in the industry. Loew acknowledges that many of the trends we see here in the United States originate in the United Kingdom,

which is an additional benefit of being plugged into the UK side of the industry. While cosmetology is an ever changing industry, London Studios works hard to both stay on top of the latest trends and to be as highly skilled as possible. Loew predicts that the future of the industry will see more healthier, greener products that are toxin-free as we continue to learn the faults of the lower quality products, which will further prove that the UK does, indeed, set the trends. In addition to offering healthier products, London Studios is also happy to recycle all waste they incur through their services, taking one step further to promote a greener, healthier world. One thing can be sure of London Studios, and that is their passion/drive to be ahead of the trends and offer only the best for their clients and for the environment as well. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 616-299-1796 for Sally or 616-443-9583 for Ashley, find them on Facebook or visit Mandi Grasmeyer is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at

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The Dirt on Acne by Sophie Charles


any struggle with acne throughout their teen years and into adult life. Contrary to the somewhat popular belief that acne forms simply as a result of dirty skin, acne actually occurs when glands (called sebaceous glands) in the follicles of the skin become overactive. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps stop the skin from drying out. Someone with acne produces too much sebum, which forms a plug with dead skin cells and blocks the follicle. Several factors can instigate the formation of acne, including improper d i e t , h o r m o n e s , h e r e d i t y, s o m e medicines, some make-up and cosmetic products, friction from clothing and sporting equipment and environmental factors such as pollution and humidity. Regardless of how acne forms, what people want when it occurs is a way to get rid of it. The following are a few natural modalities to treat acne:

Proper Diet:

Daphne Keplinger-Myers of Lakeshore Natural Skin Care says, “Before we can treat acne, we need to determine the cause of the acne. I usually begin with asking about your diet - an unhealthy diet means unhealthy skin. Your skin is a cleansing organ. What you put inside your body is going to show up on the outside. The foods you eat have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Simple carbs like processed foods such as cookies, breads, crackers, etc. require more insulin to process. When your insulin spikes, which it does with simple carbs, it starts a chain reaction of other hormones - one of which is Androgen, an acne-producing hormone. Therefore, 34

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clean, healthy eating leads to clean, healthy skin.” She also explains that other causes could be hormonal, which could also stem from dietary intake, hygiene or genetics, among others. Typical protocols for acne and scarring suggested by Lakeshore Natural Skin Care include peels (enzyme, salicylic, etc.) to provide exfoliation or Light Therapy such as LED. They do not recommend mechanical exfoliation such as microdermabrasion, as it can cause scarring. Keplinger-Myers noted, “however, for any professional protocol to be successful, you must do your part at home by eating a healthy diet and practicing proper hygiene.” Bob Huttinga, of The Healing Center also emphasizes the importance of a proper diet when dealing with acne and says, “one of the things we see is that people don’t get enough healthy fats in their diet. Healthy skin oil needs Omega 6 fatty acids. If we don’t have enough of these in our diet, skin oil turns into a wax rather than an oil and causes a whitehead. This can become a blackhead, which can become inflamed, giving us the typical acne pustule. These omega 6 oils can be obtained through the diet using avocado, nuts, and other healthy plant fats, and even two tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil per day usually greatly improves this situation.”

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Barb Meconis of Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids offers another holistic option for acne, the use of Broadband Light Therapy (BBL). Phototherapy BBL allows controlled heating of subepidermal layers of the skin. The process limits the heated region to a uniform thin layer at the epidermal-dermal boundary. With proper treatment, the procedure will lead to the reduction of acne and can improve acne scarring without ablation. This form of acne treatment leads to improved skin appearance in

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Bonnie Healey, a wellness advocate of doTERRA Essential Oils, says, “With acne, it is important that the products you use not contribute to the problem of clogging the pores.” doTERRA often assists clients who prefer to mix their own products, as many people have had great success with a DIY acne serum and face wash. The following are a sample of the recipes doTerra has to offer: For serum: • Mix eight drops of Melaleuca, Frankincense and Geranium with two ounces of jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. For face wash: • Brew and cool one cup of organic chamomile tea. • Mix the following ingredients in an eight ounce foaming soap dispenser: 1/8 cup Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon natural Vitamin E, 3/4 cup of brewed chamomile tea, 5 drops of Melaleuca.

As Kelly Hassberger of Grand Rapids Natural Health says, “The skin is an organ of detoxification. Acne can often be a manifestation of the body’s underlying inflammation.” Therefore, looking for the source of the inflammation can often help get to the root causes of acne. Hassberger often starts with looking at the gastrointestinal tract or food intolerances. If a patient has any gastrointestinal symptoms along with acne, she recommends starting there. At Grand Rapids Natural Health, topical treatments suggested can also include Echinacea tincture on a cotton ball applied directly to new outbreaks, due to its anti-microbial properties. Bentonite clay masks have also been known to help. These masks should be used two times per week.

For the clay mask: • Mix clay with water into a paste. • Apply to face after Echinacea tincture. • Let sit 30-60 minutes, and leave it on after it hardens for as long as possible – it can even be left on all night if covered with a pillow or towel. Acne is incredibly common. According to a Brown University study, approximately 17 million people in the U.S. have acne. The study goes on to say, “nearly 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 develop acne. While both men and women are affected by acne, young men are more likely to suffer the effects of acne for longer periods of time because testosterone tends to make acne worse.” Among the previously suggested natural modalities, there are countless other modalities to try as well. Acne is obviously quite common, but it is also very treatable given the right approach. Sophie Charles is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine.

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hat’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season to the collective tune of $5 billion. Dogs and cats receive new sweaters and boots, collars and leashes, toys and treats. Yet, what they really crave is attention.


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“Too often, pets are left alone for eight hours a day, leading to anxiety, frustration and unwanted behaviors. It’s important that they’re mentally challenged, learn new commands and have fun,” says Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, in Los Angeles. “Cognitive decline and muscle wasting, common in older pets, can both be

Look for sturdy wooden puzzles that hide a treat behind doors that pull or slide open. Advanced puzzles involve a multistep solution. Following dog treat cookbooks will keep dedicated bakers in a canine’s good graces throughout the year. Write an activity—a walk, trip to the dog park, game of fetch or a doggie/human dance party—on a few index cards. “Teach the dog to choose by rubbing one card with a sodium-free bouillon cube,” suggests Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver. “As soon as the dog sniffs the card, reward with praise and the designated gift. Once the game is learned, there is no need to keep scenting the cards.” Turn up a corner of all the cards for easy pickup.

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Cats may like to play it cool, but bring out a laser pointer and they act like kittens again. To mimic hunting instincts, play hide-and-seek with kitty’s food; put holes in a closed box with special bits of dry food inside, then let her paw it out or roll the box. Place a too-large-toswallow jingle bell inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape the ends shut for

a charming-sounding toy. An orphaned sock filled with crinkly cellophane and sewn shut makes an intriguing toy to drag around. Improvise a fishing pole from a colorful dowel rod and heavy twine with a pet- and planet-friendly item tied on the end for a pet to chase. Cats love to squeeze themselves into small spaces or relax in larger ones, so pass along gift boxes.

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In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. Mimic a wilderness search by hiding food beneath an unused, unbleached coffee filter or a large lettuce leaf. Cut food in pieces big enough to hold in a claw to help hone balance. Hide seeds in a made-for-birds piñata, available at pet supply stores. Puzzle boxes range from reach-in-for-food versions to slide-a-door or pull-a-knob difficulty levels.

Fun for Fish

Betta (Siamese fighting) fish love to rest near the surface, so provide a leafy hammock, available where supplies are sold. Finned friends get exercise as they chase

a laser pointer’s red dot through the water. A new plant or ping-pong ball floating on the surface provides added entertainment. Moss balls are a good place to hide food and also help keep the water clean. A ceramic log lets fish hide inside.

As with kids, don’t shower all the surprises on a pet at once. The choices will be overwhelming. Instead, rotate them while keeping one favorite on hand.

Climbing Crabs

Hermit crabs are social animals, both curious and amusing. The gift of a new shell or two during molting season is appreciated. Flat-topped rocks with textured sides, large enough to not tip over, provide a different view. Fibers like those used for macramé, hung from the lid of the tank almost to the floor mimic rope climbing. Upside-down terra cotta flower pots, in different sizes and covered with netting, provide more surfaces and heights to explore. “Time spent together is a gift for both the giver and the recipient,” says Proctor. “It’s more thoughtful than anything you can find in a store. You always get back more than you give.”

4 Check for loose knobs or small parts on toys and around the house; anything that can break off from a strong bite. Favor smooth, rounded edges. 4 Puzzles and other toys are for supervised play only. 4 Never point a laser light at a pet’s eyes—it can severely damage their vision. 4 Poinsettias can be poisonous to pets—keep them out of reach or out of the house. 4 Because a dog or cat’s tongue is rough, if they chew on tinsel, ribbon, yarn or other textured wrappings or decorations, it’s likely to get swallowed, which can lead to a medical emergency.

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes

cial shampoos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at


any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair, 38

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and less-than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commer-

Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: n Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. n Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. n Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. n Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. n Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. n Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. n Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.

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Raw Sugar Body Scrub Yields 10 ounces Raw sugar is well-suited for freshening skin. Using a body scrub helps rid skin of surface impurities, enabling it to retain more moisture and look healthier. It also boosts circulation, which energizes the whole body.

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Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a clean spray bottle or splash bottle. Spray or splash the scented cologne onto skin or hair.

¼ cup grated cocoa butter 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp light sesame oil 1 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp grated beeswax

Basic Shampoo Yields 8 ounces If hair is oily, the optional vegetable oil may be omitted, but if hair is dry or damaged, include it. This is a great shampoo for all hair types because it’s gentle on hair and won’t strip away the natural oils.

Combine all the ingredients in a heatresistant container. In the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler, gently heat until the mixture just begins to melt. Remove from heat and stir well until the wax and cocoa butter are melted and all ingredients are mixed together. Pour into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Spread a small amount of the body butter on the skin.

½ cup water ½ cup mild natural liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or any Castile soap) ½ tsp light vegetable oil (optional)

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1 cup raw sugar ½ cup light oil, such as almond or sunflower ½ tsp vitamin E oil

Eau de Cologne was originally made by steeping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil. The scented oil was poured off and the alcohol was mixed with water.

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Healthy Holiday at Sea Set Sail on the Caribbean’s Only Holistic Love Boat by Judith Fein


t’s a plant-based gourmet restaurant, state-of-the-art alternative health conference, healing retreat, Caribbean vacation and love boat. This combination was impossible to find until visionary health food guru Sandy Pukel originated the Holistic Holiday at Sea concept 12 years ago. He began by operating health food stores, undertook the production of miso and seitan and organized seminars and festivals, working with many health and nutrition leaders. “So my partner John Belleme and I figured, why not put it all together and create a floating vacation for mind, body and spirit?” says Pukel. He explains, “There are parties every night, singles events and open seating in the dining room, so you get to meet new people at almost every meal.” It’s easy to connect with likeminded folks on custom shore excursions, at yoga and fitness classes and attending exciting, informative and inspirational talks by a dream team of vegan and alternative health experts. “Romances that lead to weddings are a common occurrence,” Pukel says, grinning. “Honeymoons are planned during our voyages.”


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One of the most moving events is the recovery panel, where passengers share dramatic stories about how switching to a plant-based or macrobiotic diet literally saved their lives. Janet Vitt, a nurse and mother afflicted with metastatic cancer, weighed 72 pounds and was told that she had six weeks to live. She had run out of conventional options when she began a plant-based diet. Twelve years later, she married at sea on one of the first vegan cruises. Another memorable panelist, Betty Hoehn, was diagnosed with lymphatic leukemia and then lymphoma. She was so disabled that she considered canceling the cruise, but changed her mind, and completely changed her lifestyle buoyed by what she learned. Her stunned oncologist reported a few months later that she was cancer-free. Many such testimonials can be heard onboard about what happens when people take responsibility for their health and commit to a cleansing, balancing, healing, plant-based diet. “People love the healthy food from the cruise kitchen run by internationally renowned vegan Chef Mark Hanna,” observes Pukel. He and

Hanna co-authored Green and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea Cookbook. Cruises also include plant-based cooking classes by prominent teachers, including Chef AJ (Abbie Jaye), who signs her emails “love and kale,” and has been vegan since 1977. “I was pre-vet when I was asked to cut the heads off of salamanders,” she says. “I always say I became vegetarian rather than veterinarian.” The down-to-earth chef remarks, “You can make simple, uncomplicated plant-based cuisine or stretch and make it as gourmet or fancy as you like.” She considers cooking fun and wants passengers to feel the same way. Many of them return home with recipes, inspired and eager to experiment in their own kitchens. Passengers also receive helpful, informative materials and take copious notes from talks given by medical and nutritional luminaries like Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Classes cover preventive care, holistic approaches to life and health, meditation, integrative relaxation, plant-based and whole food diets, alternative treatments and other solutions to problems that plague many people and erode their quality of life. Campbell, who will be featured in the 2015 lineup, is the author of 300plus research articles and the bestselling book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and LongTerm Health. He counsels everyone, “Eat vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and tubers, with little or no added fat, refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour) or salt. The closer one gets to that kind of dietary lifestyle, the better.” National Geographic Traveler has chosen Holistic Holiday at Sea as “one of the l00 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” It’s hard to find a reason not to sail on a voyage to well-being.   For more information on the Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise, from Mar. 14 to 21, visit or call 1-800-496-0989.   Judith Fein is an award-winning international travel journalist and the author of Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel, plus The Spoon from Minkowitz, about honoring ancestors.

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Pumpkin Facial- A seasonal favorite is back by popular demand, our pumpkin facial, and available through the end of November only. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive $5 off. Lakeshore Natural Skin Care. 231-557-3619. 10500 Chicago Drive, Zeeland. Quit Smoking- In support of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, during the month of November, Grand Wellness is offering 30% off acupuncture treatments for smoking cessation. Go to for more information. Call 616-940-1177 to schedule an appointment or free consultation. Grand Rapids.


Bija Yoga Prenatal Class- noon-1:15pm. Experience the many benefits of yoga during pregnancy. Learn spinal alignment, breathing, relaxation techniques and how to modify postures and movements in other classes as your baby grows and you come into full bloom. $15. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake. Aim High: Reach for Your Capstone- 12:30pm. The one-day seminar features international radio and TV host Thom Hartmann at the Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Advanced tickets $35, tickets $39 at the door. Register at The event begins at 12:30pm. For more information call The Coptic Center at 616-531-1339. Open Your Heart-Backbending Workshop1-3:30pm. A workshop focused on opening and aligning the body in order to start or deepen your understanding of backbends. Experience joy and freedom as you awaken the entire spine. Workshop suitable for all levels. 5570 Wilson Ave, Ste. M, Grandville.


EcoTrek Fitness Outdoor Group- 8-9:15am. Workout with Kym Matthews leading at John Ball Zoo, 1300 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. $10 drop-in, RSVP or call Kym at 616-485-5448.

Introduction to Somatics & The Art of Teachingnoon-3:30pm. Somatics guides us to learn from the body up, rather than the head down. It is truly a path to mastery in the art of teaching yoga. Join Mike Cohen for the event at Cascade Yoga, 5060 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids.



Candy Buy Back Event- 4-6pm. Dr. Kevin Flood wants to buy back your kids’ Halloween candy for $2/pound. The candy bought back will be donated to local charities. 4990 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. Energy & Modern Technology- 7-8:15pm, November 3 & 5. Learn energy care techniques to use modern technology without energy drain and to use it in the most creative and highly beneficial way. Workshops are followed by a short break and silent meditation at 9pm. Costs $60. Pre-registration is needed. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, Bath.


Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7-8pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.


Healthseekers Class- 6-7:15pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce weds low-impact chiropractic adjustments to a unique system utilizing homeopathy and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.


tive holiday unveiling. This is a delightful way to start to the season with sparkling lights, tasty treats and fabulous shopping while keeping your holiday dollars local! Shop Cherry, Lake and Diamond streets. Grand Rapids.

Third Annual Lights Up in East Hills- 5-8pm. Join the businesses in East Hills for their collabora-

Second Saturday Sale- Shop at Global Gifts for 20% off one personal accessory of your choice. Browse purses, scarves, wallets, jewelry and more. All items are Fair Trade. Your purchase supports artists in developing countries. Global Gifts, 2055 28th St SE, Grand Rapids. Michigan Dept of Natural Resources “Fresh Air Fitness” EcoTrek Fitness outdoor group workout with Brenda Rogers leading at Ionia State Rec Area, 2880 W. David Highway, Ionia - meet in Sessions Lake main lot. $10 drop-in, State Park Recreation Passport sticker needed for parking. RSVP to or call Brenda at 517-243-6538. The Transformational Power of Self-Love- 10am2:30pm. A seminar, by Michael Rocque and Leah Grace of Grand Rapids, will provide attendees powerful tools for practicing Self-Love and Compassion. Learn a new way of living, aligning with life’s purpose. Unity of Muskegon, 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. Chef Del Sroufe at Bookfair- 10am-6pm. Join New York Times Bestselling Author Chef Del Sroufe at the Woodland Mall Barnes & Nobel for the Quota International Bookfair where Chef Del will be doing a demonstration and signing books. Grand Rapids. Staying Healthy Though the Holidays Nutrition Class- 11am-noon. Learn strategies to prevent weight gain and keep on track with your personal health goals. $15.00 pre-registration required. Nutritionist Jessica Nelson, RDN. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 218 W 18th Street, Holland. Visit or call 616-392-7580 for more information.

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Sing Song Yoga- noon-12:30pm for ages 2-6, 12:45-1:30pm for ages 6-11. Introduce your children to the joys of yoga in an age-appropriate class full of music, movement and merriment! Learn more and register on-line at 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.


Healing Service at Spirit Space- 1-2pm. We invite all interested in participating in a healing service to promote wellness for ourselves, others and the world. All healing modalities are welcome. There will be a brief introduction, Q&A and then a time of healing. 616-836-1555 for more information. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. Imagine Life Without Pain- 1-3pm. This stateof-the-art Avazzia Microcurrent has patented software able to detect, measure, analyze and respond to the body. The result is a release of “feel good” and “healing” Neuropeptides, reduced inflammation, reduced acute and chronic pain, more flexibility and freedom. Call 616-453-4215 to RSVP. Grand Rapids.


Energy Healing/Spiritual Life Counsel- By appointment. Sessions with Pastor Brian of Healing Ways are available in exchange for a voluntary offering. Please call 269-303-3523 to schedule an appointment. 6363 North 24th St., Kalamazoo. Get Relief From Chronic Pain- 6:30-8:30. Come experience a brand new Microcurrent technology that delivers long lasting pain relief. These state-of-the-art devices were designed to decrease pain, inflammation and fibrosis associated with difficult-to-treat sports injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tennis elbow, neuropathy, neuromuscular pain, and myofascial pain. Grand Rapids.


Vapour Makeover Event- 3-9pm. Treat yourself before the Holiday madness begins with a Vapour Organic Beauty Makeover at Serendipite Organiques. Vapour is made entirely from pure minerals, essential oils, organic plant ingredients, and will make your skin feel beautiful. Appointment based, reservation required. Call 616-419-8115. Grand Rapids. Reduce Pain & Inflammation- 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about the new Avazzia Microcurrrent therapy with a biofeedback feature that is designed to show where

the inflammation and pain is, and then uses its frequencies and current to change the tissue. 363 Cummings Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.


The Core of Feeling: Explorations in the Mythology of Shiva Nataraja- Nov. 14-16. Yogic Philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks, a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages and the comparative study of religions. $185. FromTheHeartYoga. com. 714 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids. Reiki I/II Training Class - 9am-5pm. Learn this energy system for relaxation and centering for self and family members. Textbook and light lunch included. For more information, visit 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Ste. 436, Grand Rapids.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 National Recycling Day Healthseekers Class- 10-11:15pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce weds low-impact chiropractic adjustments to a unique system utilizing homeopathy and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179. Walk This Way: Balance and Proprioception Workshop- 12:30-3pm. Walking in better alignment and balance may reduce the likelihood of falling or increase your ability to right yourself. Workshop is great for anyone, but especially those with diabetes, balance issues and neuropathy. $35. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.


Your Healing Gift: An Intro to Energy Medicine12:30-2pm. This workshop will show you how to awaken your gift and invoke remarkable changes within your life. It includes energy healing tools you will be able to use immediately, in a grounded, protected way. Call Teri at 616-682-7812 to register. Ada. Shamanic Journey Workshop- 1-4pm. Come join Margret Bazany as she leads us in our shamanic journey workshop at Spirit Space. Learn to better listen to your inner voice within and open your heart to possibilities. Call 616-540-5523 or visit for more information. $30. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck.


Old Scars Holding You Back- 6:30-8:30pm. Scars can prevent normal cell-to-cell communication and can sometimes be the actual source of pain. Avazzia can help change scar tissue and release the underlying fascia. Come experience a new treatment modality that is non-invasive and painless. Grand Rapids.


Hormone Happy Hour- 5-6pm. Women, join our pharmacist and fellow in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine, Mary PreFontaine, for Happy Hour! All things hormone related can be discussed in this small group Q&A. Refreshments served, RSVP’s encouraged to 616-558-8334. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd., Grand Rapids. EcoTrek Fitness- 6:15-7:30pm. Outdoor group workout with Kylie Schultz leading at Kindleberger Park, Parchment, Park Ave. and Hubbard St., Kalamazoo - park on the street near park entrance. $10 drop-in, RSVP to or call Kylie at 269-919-2233. Essential Oils for Healing- 7-8pm. Learn about essential oils and how they work. Hear about the Essential Oil Basic 10 for your first aid kit. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct NE Grand Rapids.


Healing Circle- 7pm. Following a discussion with Interfaith Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel from 6-7pm, join us in a Healing Energy Circle at 7pm to promote wellness for ourselves and others. Join us for all or part of the gathering. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. All healing modalities are welcome. Saugatuck.


EcoTrek Fitness- 6:15-7:30pm. Outdoor group workout with Hanna Jones leading at Rosy Mound Natural Area on Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven - no sticker needed this time of year. $10 drop-in, RSVP to or call Hanna at 810-923-9084. De-Stress for the Holidays- 8:30pm. Performance Coach Elle Ingalls shows you her cutting-edge, Pressure-Free method to stop stress at its source. You will also receive an e-book and a discount on any of Elle’s full courses. Go to or call 269-832-3573.

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Walk Our Canvas Labyrinth- 10am-3pm. Spirit Space welcomes all interested in walking our canvas labyrinth. Learn more about the healing powers and the spiritual growth possibilities as your brain focuses on the path and you journey through our labyrinth. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. Unity Holiday Faire- 10am-4pm. Feed your mind, body and spirit, pamper yourself or find unique gifts including gift certificates for your holiday shopping. Artisans, crafters, holistic healers and intuitive readers offer their creative gifts and inspirational talents. Unity of Muskegon, 2052 Bourdon Street, Muskegon. Bring Avazzia Into Your Practice- 1-3pm. For healthcare professionals who like to “think outside the box”. PT, OT, LMT, RN’s, Acupuncturists, Rolfers. Learn how adding Avazzia Microcurrent to your practice will enhance your patients’ outcomes and your income. Free. 363 Cummings Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.


Introduction to Somatics & The Art of Teachingnoon-3:30pm. Somatics guides us to learn from the body up, rather than the head down. It is truly a path to mastery in the art of teaching yoga. Join Mike Cohen for the event at Cascade Yoga, 5060 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids. Breath, Bandhas and Pranayama- 2:30-4:15pm. Join Mimi Ray and Jess Lee for an afternoon of Breath, Bandhas and Pranayama. We’ll refine and end our time with meditation and sweet restoratives. Expressions of Grace Yoga & Books, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.


Meet Amma- 7:30 pm. Meet Amma, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. Program includes satsang (talk) by Amma, devotional music, meditation and darshan (Amma’s personal blessing). Experience selfless love which flows from Amma in abundance. Free. Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Ctr. Dr., Detroit.


Meet Amma- 11am-5pm. Meet Amma, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. Program begins with a short meditation followed by darshan (Amma’s personal blessing). Her embrace allows people to experience true, unconditional love. Free Program. Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Ctr. Dr., Detroit.


Amma’s Retreat- Nov. 26-28. A treasured opportunity to spend time with Amma in a more intimate setting. Activities include darshan, meditation and a special dinner served by Amma. Pre-registration is required. Visit or retreat table at Detroit Marriott. Detroit.

healing, a Winged Prayer, for the world. No charge. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, Bath.

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Frantic Friday Sale- 9am-1pm. Black Friday shopping? Stop in to Sylvan Learning for huge savings on the best gift for the kids in your life, education! Call Lisa at 231-799-0613 for more details. 5890 Harvey St., Muskegon. Amma’s Devi Bhava Program- 7pm. A celebration of the feminine aspect of the divine. Amma gives her love and compassion to each person until the early morning hours. The evening includes a ceremony to promote world peace and darshan (Amma’s personal blessing) Please arrive early. Free. Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Ctr., Dr., Detroit.


Prana Power- Join Jess Lee for the ultimate power yoga workshop at Cascade Yoga. 5060 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids.


Prana Power- Join Jess Lee for the ultimate power yoga workshop at Cascade Yoga. 5060 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids.

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Uptown Holiday Shop Hop- 4-10pm. Join us at the stores, salons, galleries and design businesses on Cherry, Lake and Diamond for this festive event. Come enjoy specials, food, drinks, plus gifts galore for all members of your family. Maybe you can even sneak in a purchase for yourself. East Hills Business District, Grand Rapids.

New Frontiers of Yoga- 9am-2pm. One-day conference with presentations such as Yoga and Wellness, Yoga and Enlightenment, Yoga and Brain Science and Patajanli’s Yoga Sutras. Conference features Swami Bodhananda and Diana Wilson, eRYT along with other speakers. Vegetarian lunch included. Inquiries email 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo. Mantra Sadhana- Especially for students and practitioners of Ayurveda, take part in our Annual Mantra Sadhana at the Sambodh Center, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo and learn the Dhanvantari Mantra, patron deity of Ayurvedic Medicine for blessings of sound health for one’s self or others. Grand Opening- 12-5pm. Stop in and check out our new store. Door prizes raffled off throughout the day. Take advantage of grand opening specials. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr. Ste. N. Grand Rapids.

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Saturday Restorative Immersion1-3pm. All are welcome to unwind before the holidays with a soothing yoga practice to calm and renew the body. $30. Learn more and register online at 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.

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Second Annual Whole U GR Expo- 10am-4pm. Whole U GR is an intimate expo that focus’ on mind, body and spirit. A day filled with exhibitors, speakers and workshops. Tickets on sale now or for more information go to Grand Rapids.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Pure Meditation Evening- 8pm. Join us for meditation and silent prayer on this very special evening of Thanksgiving. Go back to the essence of this important tradition; with a prayer of

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Sunday Spirit Space Sunday Worship- Spirit Space is an interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Visit or call 616-836-1555 for more information. Saugatuck. Community Yoga Class- 4-5pm for $5.00. All levels welcome. All proceeds donated to the Charity of the Month. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 218 W 18th Street, Holland. Visit MiBodhiTree. com for more information. Sunday Series- 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see

Monday Yoga Classes with Diana Wilson, eRYT-67:30pm. Bring out your Inner Yogi. Join our yoga classes at the Sambodh Center for classes for beginners and intermediate yogis. $12. 6363 North 24th St. Kalamazoo. Living Originally- 6:30-8:30pm. Class based on the book, Living Originally: Ten Spiritual Practices to Transform Your Life by Robert Brumet. Living originally is the art of knowing the truth about who you are. Books available at UGGR bookstore. Mondays beginning Nov. 10. Call 616-682-7812 to register., Ada. A Course In Miracles Healing Circle- 7-8:30pm. Want peace in your life regardless of the circumstances? Clarity? Inspiration? All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095. Yoga Basics w/Mimi Ray, eRYT500- 7:308:45pm. Learn the basics and grow your practice. Suitable for strong beginners and beyond. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.,

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Morning Flow Yoga- 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland.


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Natural Health Class- 2-3pm. Class covers a multitude of topics including nutrition, herbs, natural emergency kit and more. There is no charge, but donations are welcome and appreciated. Call 4434225 with questions or to register. The Remedy House, Grand Rapids. A Course in Miracles- 6:30-8pm. This self-study system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Held at UGGR, 6025 Ada Dr. SE, Ada - lower level entrance. Call Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information.

Thursday Energy Healing/Spiritual Life Counseling- By appointment. In exchange for a voluntary offering, sessions are available with Pastor Brian of Healing Ways. Please call 269-303-3523 or visit Kalamazoo. Morning Flow Yoga- 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Intermediate Yoga w/Mimi Ray, eRYT5006-7:30pm. An intermediate class for more experienced Yogis. Refine and practice your yoga chops. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.,

Beyond Basics Yoga w/Mimi Ray eRYT500- 7:308:45pm. Build your practice, gain strength and skill in the pose. Suitable for experienced beginners and beyond. $9-15. PeaceLabYoga, 5570 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville.

Candlelight Yin Yoga-7:00pm. Yin Yoga is a quiet, personal practice that provides a chance to slowdown from your busy life and focus inward. All levels welcome. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 218 W 18th Street, Holland. Visit MiBodhiTree. com or call 616-392-7580 for more information.



$20 off BioMeridian Assessments- Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids.

Gentle Yoga- 10:30am. Designed for every ‘body” in mind. Join Kathy Howard at Bodhi tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th street, Holland. Check out or call 616-392-7580 for more information.

A Course in Miracles- 9:30-11am. This self-study system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Held at UGGR, 6025 Ada Dr. SE, Ada - lower level entrance. Call Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information. Discussion and Meditation- 6-8pm. Discussion to promote spiritual enrichment. Questions are welcomed, followed by meditation at 7pm. Spirit Space is an interfaith church and spiritual enrichment center. Call 616-836-1555 or visit for more information. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. Yoga with Diana Wilson, eRYT-6-7:30pm. Intermediate Yoga Students, enjoy this timehonored practice: strengthen and tone the body; learn breathing techniques; increase your energy; promote the healthy functioning of your body. Attend Diana Wilson’s Yoga Classes. $12. 6363 North 24th St. Kalamazoo. EmbodyGR- 6:30pm. Gather in community for yoga, music and justice. Bring your yoga mat, your amazing self and a friend who may need to connect, heal and serve. Free. 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty. NE Grand Rapids.

Yoga Classes with Diana Wilson, eRYT-4:30-6pm. Bring out your Inner Yogi. Join our yoga classes at the Sambodh Center for classes for Yin and Restorative yogis. $12. 6363 North 24th St. Kalamazoo.

Saturday Sylvan at the YMCA- 8am. Come for fun, educational activities for K-8 grade students during the Muskegon Family YMCA’s basketball program on Saturdays! Call Lisa for details on which Saturdays activities will be offered and for more details on age groups each week. 231-799-0613. Muskegon. Slow Flow Yoga w/Mimi Ray, eRYT500- 8:309:45am. Start your weekend with yoga. All levels practice. Seva Yoga, 2237 Wealthy SE Suite 120, East Grand Rapids., Hatha Yoga- 9-10:15am. A Little more invigorating, this is a great class to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman– 9-10:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9am-1pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.



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Vikki Nestico, R.Ac., Dipl. OM Acupuncture + Chinese Herbal Therapy 616-940-1177

Grand Wellness offers a holistic perspective on wellness and promotes healing through acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and eastern nutrition. Set up a free consultation to discuss how Chinese medicine can help your specific health concerns. See ad page 11.

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

Your Local Source for all things Natural and Botanical. Hand crafted bath & body products, tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, other raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad page 15.


959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. See ad page 23.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. 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, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 7.



Mary De Lange, CCT. LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 5.

BETHESDA HEALTH AND WELLNESS, LLC Susie Daubenspeck 616-594-9005

Certified technician in Nexalin Technology, a medication-free t r e a t m e n t f o r a n x i e t y, depression and insomnia. The hypothalamus and mid-brain area are gently stimulated, supporting brain function resets. Treatments in your home or Holland office. See ad page 14.


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

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


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


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

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 20 & 30.


Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 7.


Clara VanderZouwen Independent Sharing Partner #1024 616-481-8587 ”What you put on the skin, goes within”. Offering E.O.B.B.D. guaranteed essential oils, Non-GMO Protein Shakes, chemical free body products and nutrient dense whole food products. Zyto Compass scans and Ionic Detoxing Foot Baths. My goal is to offer you Life-Restoring and Life-Rewarding products and experiences! See ad page 28.

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doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 35.


Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 39.

Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, Reiki, Energy Touch. See ad page 27.


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



Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500

KEN PORTER CST, CHT 3355 Eagle Park Dr NE Ste 107 GR 49525 616-262-3848

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


Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo & Portage 269-221-1961

Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 34.


Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...

332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 34.

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


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Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 29.


Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 7.


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.


Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 5.


Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 20 & 30.


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


Leslie Cornwell, CNM 616-258-2386 Looking for different care for your pregnancy outside the traditional maternity system, we have what you have been looking for. High quality care for preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. See ad page 8.


Sara Badger, Midwife Jodi Borsk, Junior Midwife Casi Russo, Senior Student A full service Midwifery group partnering with you to provide prenatal care, education, and choice. The first birthing center in Grand Rapids to add to women’s birth choices. Contact us for a free consultation 559-9075341. See ad page 6.

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



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

Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 2.




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

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

SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Attn: Ruth Small, Director 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49004

State-Licensed Post-Secondary AYURVEDA SCHOOL Opening Spring 2015. One-year Certificate Program: healthcare/wellness educators and professionals, yoga teachers, massage therapists, chiropractors, dieticians, holistichealth advocates, and self-care. Highly qualified Instructors. Accepting Applications.

10500 Chicago Drive Holland Twp/Zeeland MI 49464 231-557-3619 Specializing in advanced, customized skin care using all-natural, organic skin care products from Elina Organics. Facials, Back Facials, Foot Facials, Hand Facials, Tummy Facials, and “Beautiful Legs” services. Needle-Free Mesotherapy, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, LED, Microdermabrasion, Peels, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Brow Shaping, Aromatherapy, Signature Scent, Hair Restoration, Bamboo Massage, RainDrop, Air Compression Lymph Drainage Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, Infrared and Ionic Cleanses, Ear Candling, and more! See ad page 35.


Grand Rapids SE 616-690-3527 ”Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit while nourishing your skin with customized, therapeutic facials using all natural Elina Organics Products. Individualized, professional treatments provided in a warm, caring environment”.


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


3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 Wyoming, MI 49509 616-254-7350 Custom screen printed apparel using water-based and discharge inks. Earth friendlier screen printing with a different look and feel. Also offering promotional products with an emphasis on the environment.

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