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Global Commitments to Catalyze Change

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WARM WINTER WORKOUTS Team Up and Have a Ball


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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Threatened Species Rebound by April Thompson


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he late John Wooden wisely advised, “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” Having a positive attitude makes all the difference in your day, as we all know from experience. This October, Positive Attitude Month, affords a helpful reminder.

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Simple steps will start us on our way toward maintaining a more consistently positive attitude, beginning with each morning’s decision to embrace this state of mind until it becomes an ingrained habit. Surrounding ourselves with positive people and positive media always provides a boost. Plus, it’s a big help to exercise, get fresh air, eat well and do the small joyful things that bring us and others happiness. Setting our heart on having an attitude of gratitude helps us pay attention to the good times that make us glad.

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Last fall, when I was on a weekend trip with my mom, aunt and cousin, enjoying a genial dinner conversation, my cousin looked at me and said, “Wow, you are such a positive person. I really need to have that kind of outlook on things.” I was particularly pleased because no one had ever told me that. She went on to recount how several times during the weekend I had contributed a positive spin on the topic at hand. When she asked me how I did it, I shared my secret of surrounding myself with positive people. Since owning Natural Awakenings, I have noticed that most of the people I deal with are positive; I love how they teach me to look at life. We are all so blessed to live in a free country of endless possibilities, yet how often do we take something good for granted? Being with agreeable people has affected all aspects of my life in welcome ways, from my health and stress levels to business success to a growing ability to be the best possible person I can be to everyone I encounter. One valuable aspect Kyle & I long ago added to our life treasures is chiropractic care. Won’t you join us this month in celebrating National Chiropractic Month? We are walking testaments that it “turns on your power,” as our chiropractor likes to say. Natural Awakenings is here to put you in touch with the chiropractic practitioner that best suits your needs. We encourage you to get started now with this month’s Healing Ways article on “Chiropractic Care for Common Complaints.” You’ll be amazed at the results. Happy autumn,

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newsbriefs Extraordinary October Events


hree extraordinary October events are scheduled at From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center located at 714 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids. Internationally recognized Yoga Teacher Desiree Rumbaugh will kick it off October 12-14 with a weekend workshop titled “We are the World”. Rumbaugh has been immersed in Yoga since 1987. For Rumbaugh, Desiree Rumbaugh teaching yoga is a playful art form and she encourages her students to see their practice as a channel for personal creativity. Dr. Douglas Brooks will be there for a weekend of Philosophy and Conversation October 26-28. The conversation will be on the goddess Lakshmi. Dr. Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. He holds both Master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and is a Professor of Religion at Rochester University. On October 27 at 7:30pm, Shantala will be there for a night of Kirtan, Ecstatic Chants of Devotion. Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead Kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. For information visit See ad page 16.

Grand Opening - Thornapple Health & Nutrition


n October 1st from 10am to 7pm, Thornapple Health & Nutrition will celebrate

their Grand Opening at 9175 Cherry Valley Ave, Suite D in Caledonia. This premier local store will feature a wide variety of Gluten-Free products, physical fitness, nutrition, vitamins, homeopathic products, essential oils, Michigan made products and more. Stop in everyday during opening week to look for extra special deals on these products and meet the owner, Janette Bremer and her friendly, helpful staff. Enter a drawing to win a free one hour Reiki session with their inhouse Reiki Master, Julie Ann Coon. Many more surprises await, so come on down and celebrate good health! Visit us at for more information. See ad page 23.

Connecting the Light Streams that Surround Us


n Saturday, October 20th from 7-9:30pm, Beyond Books invites you to experience Rheisa K. Barres, a Multi-Dimensional Consciousness Shifter. Barres taps into the field of energy that ALL is made from and helps awaken and align the light streams, or energetic cords that make up the patterns of our reality. These streams or cords are filled with communication, information and knowledge that when fully Rheisa K. Barres activated, help connect the individual to a heightened consciousness of being. This in effect releases blockages, stuck patterns and increases the flow of energy available to the individual. Barres will share an overview of the channeled information she is receiving and then lead a group session focused on healing, one of the most challenging patterns on earth today, “The Universe’s Expression of Love for Self” or “Why Them is really Us?” Barres is the founder of Light Plus Wisdom Consulting, an entity created to be of service to those seeking a more balanced, fulfilling and joyful life. She is trained in Reiki, Quantum Touch, Esoteric Healing, Astrology, and is a UCM certified Healer Practitioner and Lay Minister.

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Space is limited, so call Beyond Books now at 269-8578200 to reserve your experience. The fee is $33 with 10% off if you mention Natural Awakenings. Barres will also be available for some individual healing sessions on Sunday. Beyond Books is located at 403 Water Street, Ste 3 in Saugatuck.


Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center

he Buddhist Temple in Grand Rapids has changed its name to the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center to more accurately reflect its activities. It has launched a new website, which includes MP3 broadcasts of the Dharma talks and downloadable copies as well. The Temple is now in its Fall Practice Period and welcomes participants from all faith traditions. See website for more details, See ad page 10.

Reiki Training Oct 20 & 21


eiki Master Chitradevi Caradedios is offering Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 Trainings at Journey Home Yoga and Health’s studio in Ada on October 20th and 21st. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. The word Reiki means ‘spiritually guided life energy’. It is a simple but powerful technique. Due to Reiki’s effectiveness in alleviating pain and stress, as well as accelerating recovery and healing time, it is commonly being employed in hospital and hospice programs throughout the United States and Europe as a complementary form of treatment. The ability to learn Reiki is not dependent on age, individual talent or acquired ability so Reiki can be learned by anyone. Reiki 1 and 2 are taught together during a weekend intensive. Reiki 1 Training is offered on Saturday, and Reiki 2 on Sunday. You may choose to attend only Level


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1 or both Levels on the same weekend. Level I must be completed before Level II. The class is a combination of lecture, discussion, and experience. For more information on the trainings or to register, visit or call JHYH at 616-780-3604. See ad page 17.

Create Sanctuary at Home


oin Minnie Kansman, Feng Shui Master, on Saturday October 13th from 1:30-3:30pm at Expressions of Grace. The energy exchange for this class is $33. Learn how to use the art of Feng Shui to Create Sanctuary at Home. Clear your clutter at the energetic and mundane levels to improve the quality of life force that surrounds you. Lift the vibration of your space Minnie Kansman to reflect and support the life that you desire. Topics include: What is Feng Shui, following the Chi room by room, Clutter Clogs and how to eliminate them, and Opening up the space to receive. Please register early at Expressions of Grace www. or call 616-361-8580. See Expressions of Grace’s ad page 16.

Looking for Local Artisans


re you dreaming of moving your cottageindustry business ‘stuff’ out of your dining room, kitchen, back corner of the closet, under and around the guest bed, up in the attic, etc.? Are you wondering if you’re ready to make the move to a commercial space, but don’t want the expense on your own? Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements is looking for local artisans to time share studio/work and retail space. Short- and long-term rentals are available. With the summer craft season winding down, maybe it’s time to showcase your natural artisan made products in its

own cozy space! Items featured in the cottage must be made from natural, sustainable materials or made from reclaimed/ repurposed items, and promote earthstewardship practices. The Cottage is located at 351 Cummings, NW in the Standale shopping district and features its own parking, is close to wellness centers, resale shops, Meijer, and many restaurants. The Cottage also offers facilities for small group meetings. For more details, like us at MoondropHerbals or contact the cottage at 616-735-1285. See ad page 6 & 45.

Divine Guidance for Everyday Living 2012

series. Join us on October 6, 5:00pm at Beyond Books for a reading from her new release Dark Currents and have Jacqueline sign your copy afterwards. Also, on October 14, from 9am12pm, Beyond Books hosts Meet your Power Animal Shamanic Journey. This is a Core Shamanism class where you will learn to journey to the upper and lower worlds to meet your power animals and teachers. Journeying boosts the immune system, energizes the spirit, and is unparalleled as a Paula Bosen wisdom tool. Cost is $45 per person. Call Beyond Books at 269-857-8200 to reserve your copy of Dark Currents or to reserve your space in Meet your Power Animal Shamanic Journey. Beyond Books is located at 403 Water Street, Ste 3 in Saugatuck.


optic Fellowship International is pleased to present Divine Guidance for Everyday Living 2012, the first one-day seminar in the Coptic Fellowship Lecture Series. The day-long event features internationally known Hay House author, Sonia Choquette. Choquette is a worldrenowned author, storyteller, vibrational healer, and six-sensory spiritual teacher in demand for her guidance, wisdom, and capacity to heal the soul. Her books have sold more than a million copies world-wide, including her New York Times best seller The Answer is Simple…. Other speakers include: John Davis, Carl Franklin, and Denise Iwaniw. John is an author and numerologist. He is the director of Coptic Fellowship International, World Service Order, and the Spiritual Unity of Nations. His books, Messiah and the Second Coming and Revelation for Our Time, are positive prophecies for the new millennium. Carl holds masters’ degrees in divinity and counseling. He has done over 3,000 Life Script readings, allowing one to look into their Akashic record. He is the author of the “Alpha Breakthrough” series of self-help CDs. Denise is an author of four books and five guided visualization CDs, including A Year of Mystic Angels. She hosts a weekly internet radio show, “Balancing Heaven and Earth”. Set aside November 17th as this event promises to bring uplifting and inspirational messages to downtown Grand Rapids at the WMU Conference Center. Admission is $60 per person and online registration is available at www. or through Facebook at The Coptic Center. For more information call The Coptic Center at 616-5311339. See ad page 14.

Two Special Events at Beyond Books


ew York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey makes her debut on the Roc list with Dark Currents (Roc Hardcover; October 2nd; $26.95), the first book in an all-new urban fantasy


Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Sérendipité Organiques

ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Breast Cancer Fund. One of the goals of the Breast Cancer Fund is to evaluate the science linking toxic chemicals to the disease and use that science to make sure the products we put on our bodies are safe. In 2004, Breast Cancer Fund co-founded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics along with Environmental Working Group. That same year Environmental Working Group launched the Skin Deep website, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. In June of this year, Teri Kelley opened Sérendipité Organiques, where she carries only personal care products and cosmetics that score ‘Low Hazard, 0-2’ on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database. After going through a health scare a year earlier, educating people about toxic ingredients in products and making them more readily accessible became a passion for Kelley. All lines offered at Sérendipité Organiques have been carefully chosen to include everything from cleaning products, to cosmetics, to personal care products, to products to keep your pet healthy and smelling good! During October, Sérendipité Organiques will be donating ten percent of all sales to the Breast Cancer Fund. For more information call Teri at 616-419-8115, or stop in at 944 Cherry St SE in Grand Rapids. See ad page 12 & 45.

SEEK: Open Minds Wanted


eople reject faith in Jesus for some good reasons. Some meet religious people who are rigid, self-righteous, or hypocritical. Others visit churches and find it pointless and boring. It’s good that those things turn people off. natural awakenings

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Everyone knows “bad faith” when they see it: arrogant, immature, unteachable, but maybe the faith that’s rejected is just one kind of faith-not the only kind. So what does “good faith” look like? Good faith is when people take a step forward in their lives. It is humble. It doesn’t cut itself off from others but learns from them. While bad faith shuts down someone’s interest in Jesus, good faith can explore questions like: Is there more to life? Is it possible for me to connect with a real, active God? And how could that affect my life? The topic of “good faith” vs. “bad faith” is foundational to the discussions people have in SEEK and opens them up to sharing experiences instead of arguing about religion. Most find this is the best way to take steps forward in their spiritual journey. SEEK meets Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Derby Station in East Grand Rapids. SEEK is free and so are the appetizers. For more information, conversation topics and testimonials visit RSVP to (SEEK provides childcare options for those who RSVP).

Food, Fun & Fashion Fair


n Sunday, October 21 from 10:00am-5:00pm the Food, Fun & Fashion fair will be held at the Outdoor Educational Center on Clear Lake in Dowling, MI. Included in the fair will be a farmer’s market, clothing exchange, and tradeshow. Vendors will be offering food like honey, pumpkins,

squash, spice mixes, canned food products, fudge, flavored oils, baked goods, eggs, fruit and other organic food products and fashion – The clothing exchange is free. Bring something from your closet in good condition and take something home you like for free. Tradeshow vendors will be offering wood furniture, pottery, woven rugs, wool products, art, candles, jewelry, healers, massage practitioners, aura photography and readers for your entertainment. Give yourself the gift of time and enjoy nature, good conversations, and some fun. Admission of $3 includes access to the entire fair. For more information & directions call Ken at 269-377-4641 or visit

Practical Kirtan for Your Life, Yoga Practice and Teaching


irtan (sacred chanting) has taken the yoga world by storm. But what is Kirtan? Through fascinating stories and deep personal experiences, Mike Cohen will guide you into a deeper understanding of the essential elements of Kirtan - mantras, Deities, Saints and Sanskrit on October 7. Of course, there will be lots of chanting. Best Mike Cohen of all, you will learn easy, practical and effective ways to introduce and delight your friends, students and community through the heart-opening experiences of Bhakti Yoga. Several program participants can choose to be guided in leading the group in a simple, yet powerful chanting experience. You will depart with

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an open heart, clear understanding of how your Kirtan practice can influence and transform all aspects of your life and practical ways to introduce Kirtan to others. Participants receive a download of Cohen’s debut CD (Om Dattatreya) and a 30-page e-booklet titled A Bhakti Yoga Perspective on Kirtan - $20 value! Sunday, October 7 from 2-5pm. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at door. Purchase tickets at Lakeshore Yoga Studio, 715 ½ Washington, Grand Haven, online at www.lakeshoreyoga. com or by calling 616-844-1900. See Lakeshore Yoga’s ad page 16.

Introducing Grace Kelly


ttawa Village Chiropractic (OVC) in Holland, Michigan is proud to introduce Grace Kelly, our therapy dog. It has been proven that therapy dogs aid healing and wellbeing, and we are proud to have her on our team. Grace was on ’death row’ in Springfield, Missouri two years ago, because she had either run away from her home or was abandoned by her owners. She was in rough shape: A sinus infection, worms and kennel cough. She was set to be put down after rescue groups posted her information in newspapers and online—hoping to find her owners. They never came, and there was no one to adopt her. After a few donations to rescue her from Animal Control and a loving foster home, she made her way to Michigan. Grace has endured many hours of training and certification processes and has become a natural for

therapy work. In fact, Grace is now a certified Therapy Dog and her first assignment is helping out at OVC. Please call Ottawa Village Chiropractic at 616-399-9420 if you’d like to meet Grace Kelly. See ad page 23. Grace Kelly

Halloween Candy Buy-Back


he Grand Rapids dental expert, Dr. Kevin Flood, who refuses to create more business for himself by handing out candy to local children on Halloween, wants to make a bold statement by buying back kids Halloween candy. He is putting his money in your children’s mouth! Last year over 300 children decided they would rather be paid for their Halloween candy than ruin their oral health. Children will be paid $1.00 per pound for their candy. The candy will be utilized by a local charity, Road Trips At Bedtime. This group assists families in creating their own ginger bread houses for the holidays. This unique healthy buy-back will take place at the office of Dr. Kevin Flood on Thursday, November 1st from 2-4 PM. The office is located at 4990 Cascade SE, Cascade Road. See ad page 48.

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Celebrating 25 years of Healthy Living


ature’s Market is celebrating 25 years of business on October 6th from 10am to 4pm. This anniversary celebration will feature local farmers, vendors and lots of free samples including Pleasant Hill Farm, Creswick Farm, Grassfield Farm, Hilhof Farm, CJ Veggies Farm, Ever Green Lane farm, Willyo’s, Salt of the Earth, Larry Hasselman, Simpatico Coffee, Good Life Granola, Honey Boy Bob, Michael Clark Soaps, Eco Trek Bars, Selestial Soap, free chair massages and more. This opportunity is a token of our gratitude for the support of our community in the past 25 years. The event will take place during regular store hours 8:00am-6:00pm at 1013 S. Washington Ave, Holland. Call 616-394-5250 for more information.

Weekend Intensive with Tias Little


nternationally acclaimed master yoga teacher Tias Little will be in Grand Rapids on October 12-14th for a weekend of hands-on yoga classes. Little will teach on a variety of subjects including Kidney Shakti, The Hip Elixir and a practice for the Core. This intensive series of workshops is appropriate for all levels of students and anyone looking to deepen their practice. Little’s knowledge of anatomy, therapeutics and yogic philosophy along with his “one of a kind” wisdom, compassion, humility and humor will inspire and transform your practice.

To sign up, simply email: signup@ or call 616-2912851. See ads pages 29 & 37.

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Sponsored by Cascade Yoga Studio, classes will be held at the Donnelly Center of Aquinas College. Call 616-464-1610 for session times, prices and directionsemail Visit for more details at. See ad page 16 & 29.

Free Fitness Bicycling Event



he next free EcoTrek Fitness-sponsored bicycling event will be led by Kalamazoo Series Leader, Kylie Schultz on Saturday, October 20 at 8:30am. Meet at Mayor’s River Front Park at 251 Mills Street -- the ride will be 15

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miles total, to D Avenue and back down the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Hang out afterwards for a healthy brunch out with the group. No fancy jerseys or souped-up bikes needed, we are in this for fun, and you will not be out to beat a certain time or qualify for a race.

On The Path Yoga congratulates founder, Sandy Parker, on her newest certification as a “Healthy Foot Practitioner” from the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, California. Sandy will be sharing her expertise in foot care, and its impact on the body in their upcoming Women in Spirit and Wellness Weekend on November 2-4th. See Calendar section for details. See ad page 16.


October 24 is Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day


he popularity of acupuncture in the United States is increasing steadily, according to a study of Americans’ use of the ancient Chinese energybalancing technique, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers found that in 2007, 6 percent of adult Americans included acupuncture as part of their regular health care regimen, up 42 percent from 2002 (at that time, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine also reported that 60 percent of adults surveyed considered acupuncture as a treatment option). Most commonly used for pain relief, acupuncture is based on the theory that needle stimulation of specific points on the body’s energy channels, called meridians, corrects imbalances and helps restore health. Some Western experts believe that the needles stimulate pain-sensing nerves, which trigger the brain to release endorphins, the body’s pain-relieving chemicals. Former President Richard Nixon is generally credited with popularizing acupuncture in the West after he toured medical facilities during his visit to China in 1972. New York Times reporter James Reston, who was traveling with Nixon and underwent an emergency appendectomy during the trip, wrote extensively about the post-operative pain relief he experienced.


ow levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, particularly among those with a history of the disorder, according to what researchers believe is the largest such investigation ever undertaken. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists, working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, reviewed the relevant results of nearly 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. They suggest that patients with a history of depression could benefit from a vitamin D assessment.

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Breast Cancer Links to Environmental Toxins


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ew evidence that chemical pollution may be linked to breast cancer comes from a surprising source: a group of male breast cancer patients at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Poisons in the camp’s drinking water, including benzene, a carcinogenic gasoline additive, perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), are regarded as a cause; conditions at the base are also blamed for unusual rates of leukemia and birth defects. The worst period of contamination of the base’s water supply began in the late 1950s and continued for more than 30 more years. Because men are simpler to study than women— their risk of developing breast cancer is not complicated by factors such as menstruation, reproduction, breastfeeding and hormone replacement therapy—the epidemiologists may be able to conclusively link industrial chemicals with an increased risk of the disease for both genders.


ew moms that are breastfeeding should abstain from caffeine, according to an interview with Dr. Ruth Lawrence published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, a peerreviewed publication. Lawrence says that because infants are not able to metabolize or excrete caffeine efficiently, a breastfeeding mother’s consumption of the drug may lead to caffeine accumulation and symptoms such as wakefulness and irritability in her baby.

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ABCs Keep Colon Cancer at Bay


hat do Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower have in common? According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these cruciferous veggies are associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer. Throw in a good measure of A’s, as in apples, and people can also reduce their risk of distal colon cancer, report researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and Deakin University, in Victoria, Australia. The investigation examined the potential link between fruits and vegetables and three cancers in different parts of the bowel.

Dentists Can Help Diagnose Gluten Sensitivity


he mouth may be one place that signs of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are manifested, according to a recent study by researchers at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They discovered a link between the disorder and dental enamel defects and recurrent aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, and concluded that dentists can play an important role in identifying unrecognized celiac disease. Appropriate referral and timely diagnosis can help prevent serious complications.

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and thousands of well-meaning healthcare providers will continue to recommend mammograms. However, a growing body of research suggests that X-ray mammography may not be the best screening approach, at least on an annual basis, and even the National Cancer Institute notes potential harms ranging from false results to overtreatment and radiation exposure. A 2006 study published in the British Journal of Radiobiology revealed that the type of radiation used in X-ray-based screenings is more carcinogenic than previously believed. The researchers wrote, “Recent radiobiological studies have provided compelling evidence that the low-energy X-rays used in mammography are approximately four times—but possibly as much as six times—more likely to cause mutational damage than higher energy X-rays.” Peter Gøtzsche is director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and an author of the landmark 2001 Cochrane systematic review, Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography, which concludes, “Currently available reliable evidence has not shown a survival benefit of mass screening for breast cancer.” In 2011, Gøtzsche stated, “It is getting more and more difficult to argue that mammography is reasonable to [use] for breast screening.”


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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

An out-of-theway quagmire or boggy boondock off a lonely road might seem like just so much wasteland rather than something to be concerned about when it’s paved over for a new strip mall or big-box store. But citizens are realizing that these plots where land meets water provide a vital and valuable ecological function. In addition to nurturing essential biodiversity, wetlands purify water, produce fish, store carbon dioxide that would otherwise increase global warming and protect shorelines from floods, storm surges and erosion. “When we lose wetlands, we’re losing something we won’t recover for years,” remarks Dr. Moreno-Mateos, a wetland ecologist at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, at Stanford University. “When people develop that huge shopping mall, it will take centuries to restore the functions we had before.” After-the-fact restoration efforts yield far more limited benefits.

The Case to Save Swampland


Paying It Forward: Rachel Carson’s Legacy This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring, which warned of the far-reaching dangers of deadly pesticides and was widely regarded as a catalyst for America’s conservation, clean air and water and environmental protection movements. Now author Laurie Lawlor and illustrator Laurie Beingessner bring her message to today’s youth in the children’s book, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World. Carson’s life—from her childhood fascination with nature to becoming a college graduate and biologist to writing Silent Spring before her death in 1964—is told in easy-to-understand terms. An epilogue recounts her legacy for all generations. Carson encouraged readers to rethink fundamental values about the relationship between people and nature and not to suppose that, “Nature exists for the convenience of man,” as she put it. One of the vivid examples of life’s interconnectedness that Carson cited occurred in Clear Lake, California, between 1949 and 1957. To eradicate gnats, three sprayings of DDD, a cousin of DDT, were applied, killing western grebes that breed on floating nests. When scientists examined the dead birds, they found astounding levels of DDD and realized that it occurred because the birds fed on lake fish that fed on DDD-laden plankton, passing the toxic pesticide up the food chain in “a whole chain of poisoning.” Carson also warned of potential human cancers resulting from handling pesticides and eating contaminated fish. The state Department of Public Health consequently banned DDD in 1959 and the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants subsequently banned DDT for agricultural use worldwide in 2004. Along with the enactment of many environmental laws, Carson’s work helped spur the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The advent of Earth Day, in 1970, led Mark Hamilton Lytle to write in his biography of Carson, The Gentle Subversive, that, “No event could have done more to celebrate the ideals that Rachel Carson bequeathed to the environmental movement.” Her legacy lives on.

Number Please

Let Your Fingers Do the Blocking With the advent of online access at home and ubiquitous use of smartphones, the traditional printed telephone book is going the way of the dodo. Yet competing companies across the country are still churning out the archaic directories and delivering them unbidden to millions of people annually. Many receive multiple publications that, although they can be recycled, still add up to a tremendous waste of resources and an unnecessary burden on landfills. Now an industry-sponsored online opt-out registry,, has been established to provide a convenient way for residents to choose which directories they want to receive or to stop delivery. At least 12 weeks are required to process an opt-out request.


Let’s Eat

National Food Day is October 24 Sponsored by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day provides a national focus for healthy food-related initiatives across the country. Get involved at

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Food Fight

No More Hidden GMOs

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Sonia Choquette Other speakers include: John Davis, Carl Franklin, and Denise Iwaniw

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California voters face a food-protection milestone this November when Proposition 37, a citizens’ initiative, appears on their ballots. If it passes, California will be the first state to require labeling of a wide range of foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Determined to defeat this first-ever initiative, some of the nation’s largest biotech and agribusiness companies have poured millions of dollars into negative advertising. Even more alarming is that much of the money comes from sources most shoppers would not suspect. “Consumers might be surprised to find out that brands hiding under ‘natural’ façades are in fact owned by multi-billiondollar corporations that are contributing bushel baskets of cash to defeating Proposition 37,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting sustainable, organic agriculture via research, investigation and education. According to Cornucopia, recent polls indicate that nearly 70 percent of California citizens support informational labeling. Proponents of Proposition 37 have contributed $3 million—a number dwarfed by the $23 million bursting from biotech and food manufacturer coffers to fight the measure. The California vote is crucial because many companies will find it more expensive to produce foods with GE labels for California while creating a different product line of foods for the rest of the nation. “Just as we’ve observed in Europe, where labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, we fully expect that when given a choice, consumers will choose organic or non-GMO products,” said Cornucopia Co-Director Mark A. Kastel. To help consumers identify and support organic brands whose corporate owners have contributed to Proposition 37 and avoid product lines committed to its defeat, Cornucopia has compiled an online guide and is sponsoring a petition. Learn more and take action at

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October is Bra Recycling Month The Bra Recyclers, a Gilbert, Arizona-based textile recycling company, is celebrating the third annual Bra Recycling Month during October. The intent is to collect new and gently used and cleaned bras for interested women nationwide. Healthiest options are non-underwire garments— Dr. John McDougall, in his book, The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart, notes that constricting bras have been implicated in the rise of benign, non-cancerous but often painful breast cysts and lumps. Bra Recyclers CEO Elaine Birks-Mitchell states, “The monthlong campaign ties directly into breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. The Bra Recyclers believe every woman and girl should not have to worry about something as simple as a bra as they transition back to self-sufficiency or being cancer-free. The results are enhanced self-esteem and encouragement and strength to carry on.” To participate, visit

Up for vote in 2012: 25 by 2025

by Julie Hurley


he state of Michigan pays $1.7 billion annually to other states to purchase coal for its energy needs. This November, voters in Michigan will decide to add Section 55: Michigan’s Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard to Article IV of the Michigan Constitution, which will “bring $10 billion of investment to Michigan, keep our dollars here in our state and create jobs for Michigan workers in the fast-growing clean energy sector” ( Proposal 3, also referred to as “25 by 2025”, will “require that a minimum of 25 percent of Michigan’s energy comes from clean, renewable sources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower by the year 2025. To protect consumers, it will also limit rate increases to comply with this standard to 1 percent per year.” “Proposal 3 is the best opportunity we will have this year to rebuild Michigan manufacturing, create 94,000 Michigan jobs that can’t be outsourced and help Michigan compete against other states,” said Mark Fisk, spokesman for the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs campaign. “This is an exciting moment for Michigan voters, who want our state to compete for renewable energy jobs and opportunities that are going to other states right now. On November 6, we have an opportunity to make Michigan a real clean energy leader.” According to a Michigan State University economic impact study on 25 by 2025 in August 2012, “Proposal 3 will create at least 74,000 Michigan jobs that can’t be outsourced.” The full language of the proposal is as follows: 55 Michigan’s Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard 1. It is the policy of Michigan to promote and encourage the use of clean renewable electric energy sources. Clean renewable electric energy sources, which naturally replenish over a human rather than geological time frame, are wind, solar, biomass and hydropower. 2. Beginning no later than 2025, at least 25% of each electricity provider’s annual retail electricity sales in Michigan shall be derived from the generation or purchase of electricity produced from clean renewable electric energy sources. The foregoing clean renewable electric energy standard shall be implemented incrementally and in a manner that fosters a diversity of energy generation technologies. Facilities used for satisfying the standard shall be located within Michigan or within the retail customer service territory of any electric utility, municipally-owned electric utility or cooperative electric utility operating in Michigan. 3. Consumers shall be charged for electricity from clean renewable electric energy sources in the same manner and on the same basis as for electricity from other sources. 4. To protect consumers, compliance with the clean renewable electric energy standard shall not cause rates charged by electricity providers to increase by more than 1% in any year. Annual extensions for meeting the standard may be granted, but only to the extent demonstrated to be necessary for an electricity provider to comply with the foregoing rate limitation.

5. The legislature shall enact laws to promote and encourage the employment of Michigan residents and the use of equipment manufactured in Michigan in the production and distribution of electricity derived from clean renewable electric energy sources. 6. Any provision or portion of this section held invalid or unconstitutional shall be severable from the remaining portions, which shall be implemented to the maximum extent possible. ( Norman Christopher, Director of Sustainable Community Development Initiative at Grand Valley State University and author of the forthcoming book Sustainability Demystified! said, “The 25 by 2025 proposal is a very forward-looking proposal. Currently, the State of Michigan does not have a comprehensive energy policy. Today, we do have in place a statute to obtain ten percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2015.” Christopher said that much progress has been made on this initiative and is “sure we can learn a great deal from Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and others who have successfully implemented these projects. Energy policy is a very complex issue for utilities, the private and public sectors and residents. It is a big leap to go from using renewable energy technologies from ten percent by 2015 to 25 percent by 2025. The discussions should continue as new jobs will be created by use of the various renewable energy technologies as they become more commercialized and cost competitive.” The Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs campaign says that Proposal 3 “will help expand Michigan’s clean energy production without significantly increasing energy prices. Studies by independent economists predict that it would cost the average Michigan household no more than $1.25 a month, and in the long run, could reduce our energy bills.” A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living. She is also the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media, a publishing house in Grand Rapids, www. natural awakenings

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he founders of the United States chose the magnificent and pervasive bald eagle—a bird unique to North America and sacred to many Native American tribes—as a symbol of their proud and flourishing new nation, but by 1967, it was on the brink of extinction. When the combination of habitat loss, pesticide use and other factors landed it on the endangered species list, the country rallied. Conservation organizations, indigenous tribes, businesses, individual citizens and government at all levels worked together to strengthen the numbers of this national icon, which had dwindled to 417 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states, despite the fact that the species was doing well in Alaska and Canada. Captive breeding programs, law enforcement efforts, habitat protection around nest sites and the banning of the toxic pesticide DDT all contributed to the recovery plan, spearheaded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, the bald eagle is again soaring high— just five years after being removed from the list some 10,000 pairs now make their nests in the lower 48. More than 40 percent of the world’s millions of species have similarly suffered and are now in critical condition, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature; new threats like climate change make their

futures ever more tenuous. Yet the bald eagle’s stunning comeback proves that being labeled an endangered species isn’t necessarily a death sentence. The California condor, peregrine falcon and black-footed ferret are among many animals that have returned from the verge of extinction via protective actions taken under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Other decimated populations targeted by international conservation efforts, from Rwanda’s mountain gorillas to India’s wild tigers, also show encouraging signs of recovery. Rhinos, for example, are returning to the African wilderness thanks to community-based, public/private conservation programs that fight poaching, habitat loss and other human threats to this prehistoric creature. Since its launch in 1997, the World Wildlife Fund’s African Rhino Programme estimates that the white and black rhino population on the continent has more than doubled, from approximately 11,000 to 25,000. For wildlife success stories across America, visit To learn of progress among other global species and how to help, explore Priority Species at April Thompson regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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O p e r a t e Yo u r We l l B e i n g – A Conversation with Sadhguru by Karen Jacobson


adhguru is an Indian yogi and mystic who founded the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential through a customized system of yoga in its full depth and dimension. Isha Foundation operates in more than 150 cities in 14 countries and is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States. Isha’s signature program, Inner Engineering, is scientifically structured to present simple but powerful processes from the yogic tradition, to transcend the limitations of each individual and bring people to higher levels of consciousness. Inner Engineering gives people the tools to create the lives they want. Sadhguru will be in Detroit to lead the workshop Inner Engineering, from October 12 to 14. Natural Awakenings (NA) obtained this interview with Sadhguru (S) to learn more about his current focus and plans for the upcoming visit. NA: Why have you begun to emphasize the importance of raising human consciousness more than ever over the past year or so? S: For the very first time in history, we have the capability, the resources and the technology to solve all the basic human problems of nourishment, health and education. Never before was this possible. A hundred years ago, even if you dreamt of it, there was no capability. Today, we are capable. The only thing that is missing is human consciousness. If only human consciousness, especially in the leadership, was more inclusive in the approach to life, all these fundamental problems of human survival and existence could be sorted out. Today, it is not an empty dream; it is a standing possibility. However, between possibility and reality there is a distance. As a generation of people, we must ask ourselves, “Will we walk the distance or not?” NA: What kind of impact can one person have on raising human consciousness? How does one’s personal growth affect a community? S: Even if just a few people in a group are truly meditative, the whole group will experience the benefit of this. If you do it for yourself, it will naturally happen around you. Slowly, the quality will be imbibed. We have been conducting yoga programs in the prisons in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India for the last seventeen years. About thirty percent of the people have started meditating in these prisons and a huge, miraculous change has happened. When we first went to one of the prisons, in its 136-year history, not a single day had passed without somebody being in solitary confinement. After the program, not a single person went into solitary for the next three months. They started writing poetry! Wherever people start meditating, suddenly there is a whole change in the situations around them. If you make just one percent of the world truly meditative, the world will be fantastic – the remaining 99% will just be sucked into it.

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NA: You are known for creating consecrated spaces. How do you think consecrated spaces have a role in raising human consciousness? S: Consecration is a live process. It is like this: if you transform mud into food, we call this agriculture. If you make food into flesh and bone, we call this digestion. If you make flesh into mud, we call this cremation. If you can make this flesh or even a stone or an empty space into a divine possibility, that is called consecration. Today, modern science is telling you that everything is the same energy manifesting itself in a million different ways. If that is so, what you call the Divine, what you call a stone, what you call a man or a woman, are all the same energy functioning in different ways. For example, the same electricity becomes light, sound and so many other things, depending upon the technology. If you have the necessary technology, you can make the simple space around you into a divine exuberance. This is the phenomenon of consecration. It is my dream that someday the whole humanity should live in consecrated spaces. Human beings can carry a phenomenal sense of energy, intellect and capability if you create large consecrated spaces where the whole generation of people are in touch with that kind of energy and space. You have been consecrating the feminine goddess energy in many places throughout the world. Some people think this is pagan worship. Can you explain its purpose and how can people benefit from it? When I say feminine, I am not talking about being physically male or female. The feminine can be as alive in a man as it is in a woman. The feminine is a certain quality and the masculine is also a certain quality. Only when these two qualities happen in balance, can

a human being live a life of fulfillment. For a long time, humanity has given too much significance to the masculine because survival has been the dominant factor. It is only when societies have handled their survival well and reached a certain level of stabilized culture and civilization that the feminine can flower. Societies are now coming to that phase, but one thing that is also happening is that economics is becoming the primary force in the world. We are once again bringing everything down to the level of survival, so the masculine will once again dominate. Many women may be becoming CEOs, but to do this, they have had to drop the feminine and operate more like men. There is no room to use the feminine in these situations. Without the feminine, we will have full-grown trees that will never flower; you will have everything in your life and you will have nothing in your life. Today, with the available technology, if all the seven billion people become alpha-males driving themselves full-scale, this planet will not last very long. If the feminine was in equal expression as the masculine, human sense would definitely save the planet. NA: What do you wish to accomplish when you come to Detroit in October? S: My effort is to bring a technology for your wellbeing. Today there are various technologies to bring external wellbeing. Because of these technologies, human life has become more comfortable and convenient than ever before. As a generation of people, we are the most comfortable generation ever, but we cannot say we are the most joyful generation. We cannot say we are the most peaceful or loving generation. This is because we have taken care of the external technologies, but we have not made use of the inner technologies. So I’m coming to Detroit to offer this dimension in utmost purity and in the way it works. Technology essentially means doing things the way it works, not doing things the way you believe it is. Technology is non-discriminatory; you may be a man, a woman, a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, whatever. It doesn’t matter; when it comes to technology, you just have to learn how to do it, and it will work for you. Right now, you see millions of people busily engaged with their iPhones and iPads, but I’m asking you what about the personal I? This human being is the most sophisticated piece of machinery and technology. If you learn to empower this, if you learn to operate this in its full depth and dimension, you will live your life magically, not miserably. So this is my offer to everybody, not just in Detroit, everybody anywhere in the world. This is my offer that it is time that you learn to operate your wellbeing in a scientific manner. To learn more, visit See ad page 18. natural awakenings

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Chiropractic Care Help for Common Complaints by Kathleen Barnes


ost people visit a chiropractor because they are in pain and seeking relief, although some initially visit for general health,” says Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association and a practicing chiropractic physician in Norwalk, Connecticut. “Every doctor of chiropractic should first perform a complete and thorough exam and develop a diagnosis to determine the best approach to the patient’s condition.” Rick Burns, a doctor of chiropractic and professor of chiropractic technique at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, notes that more than 100 techniques and endless permutations of adjustments and thrusts can be used to help bring the body back into alignment and health. “Most chiropractors integrate several methods, depending on the needs of the patient,” he says. While chiropractors undergo four years of post-graduate training, like medical doctors, they specialize in, “… making certain the brain communicates 100 percent of the time through the 20

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spinal cord to the nerves,” explains Burns. Miscommunication between the brain and the nerves caused by spinal misalignments, called subluxations, are at the heart of the science of chiropractic adjustment. Most chiropractic schools give students a basic toolbox of techniques before individual practitioners go on to obtain certification in advanced techniques; much like medical specializations, says Overland. His specialties include treating sports injuries and he has many Olympic athletes as patients.

Most Common Techniques

Diversified: This catch-all term encompasses the short thrust spinal adjustment approach used by an estimated 80 percent of all chiropractors, says Dr. Cynthia Vaughn, an Austin, Texas-based chiropractor and member of the board of governors of the American Chiropractic Association. It is characterized by what is called the high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (HVLA), resulting in the popping sound

familiar to most people that have experienced chiropractic care. Although the adjustment is painless, some patients instinctively tense their muscles. “Adjustment is a sneak attack, ‘My reflexes being faster than yours,’” remarks Burns. “The average muscle contracts in about a quarter of a second. We do a lot of speed training so we can do the adjustment in one-tenth of a second.” Activator: The activator technique, used by about 20 percent of chiropractors as part of an integrated practice, employs a small, spring-loaded, rubbertipped device, slightly larger than a pen, which applies a small amount of force to a specific area. It makes a stapler-like sound and the recipient usually feels only slight pressure. “Not everybody can tolerate the more aggressive manipulation that is performed as a foundation in chiropractic, especially elderly people or very young children,” says Overland. “The activator technique claims to be faster, more specific and less forceful than manual adjustment.” Applied kinesiology: Also known as muscle testing, applied kinesiology evaluates muscle strength at various specific points to help determine if a specific type of adjustment or even a nutritional supplement might be helpful to an individual patient as a treatment. This individualized treatment is popular among chiropractors and their patients. “It is a way to glean a tremendous amount of diagnostic information to specifically tell where the subluxations (imbalances) are,” says Vaughn, “and is used by about 20 percent of chiropractors.” Sacro-occipital technique (SOT): Another form of non-forceful adjustment, SOT usually involves having the patient lie face down on a table. Inserting a variety of wedges asymmetrically distributed under the pelvis creates a helpful torque. “Gravity causes the adjustment to happen very subtly in about 10 minutes,” explains Vaughn. “It is effective for the elderly and people with osteoporosis that can’t tolerate more vigorous adjustments.” Gonstead: Similar to the HVLA technique, a Gonstead approach pays particular attention to the lower spine

Waking up with a stiff neck or shoulder or back pain sends 20 million Americans to the chiropractor each year. ~ American Chiropractic Association and the effects of its misalignments on the rest of the body. These practitioners generally prefer to adjust the neck with the patient in a sitting position. More than half of all chiropractors use some form of the Gonstead technique. It involves detailed structural analysis of the spine, which can include various types of palpitation, nervoscope analysis of heat and nerve pressure along the spine, and X-rays. “All of these techniques require extensive education and thousands of hours of training,” concludes Overland. Adds Burns, “Each patient is evaluated and diagnosed individually. So try different techniques and see what works for you. The goal is to unlock the body’s ability to heal itself.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women, written with Dr. Hyla Cass, is among her many books. Visit natural awakenings

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s exercise reaches beyond the realm of pure athletics to include fitness fans everywhere, people have noticed that their efforts to stay in shape often are thwarted by back pain. That’s why knowledgeable trainers counsel that any well-designed workout must honor the health and mechanics of this important part of the body. Dr. Karen Erickson, a New York City-based chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, sees firsthand why alignment is crucial, especially if an individual has a history of back pain. “Good stability and good flexibility are the big factors for keeping the spine healthy,” she says. No matter what exercise modality one chooses to practice, Erickson advises beginning conservatively, as benefits can be achieved without pushing the level of difficulty.

Core Strength Counts Developing muscle strength throughout the torso is key to maintaining the correct spinal curvature for a strong back. In addition to the muscles that directly attach to the spine, the spine is also stabilized by deep stomach strength, strong pelvic floor support and the upper thigh muscles. Pilates is well-known for its focus on such core conditioning. “Pilates uses apparatus expressly designed for working the abdominals and the back,” explains Lolita San Miguel, from her studio in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Most of our work is in the supine or prone positions [lying down], so that the vertical pull from gravity is lessened, and the body can be worked with a more correct alignment, and thus more effectively.” One of a small group of active practitioners who studied with Pilates method founder Joseph Pilates, San Miguel is a living testament to the benefits of the practice. When this 75-year-old isn’t doing her daily Pilates, she’s engaged in other physically demanding activities. “Pilates makes life sweet for the senior,” she says. 22

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Posture Matters Despite well-meaning parental advice, it turns out that good posture entails more than just pulling our shoulders back. Alignment practices like Restorative Exercise and the Alexander Technique were designed to develop an awareness of full-body mechanics as we go about daily activities. Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt teaches the Alexander Technique in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The central theme of the technique is the spine, learning how to maintain length through the spine as you move,” she advises. “It is used extensively by actors, dancers, musicians and other high-performance people whose activities depend on postural alignment.” In 2008, the Alexander Technique was the subject of a yearlong study published in the British Medical Journal, where it was shown to be effective in relieving low-back pain. The system focuses on both mental and physical aspects of movement, and usually includes passive treatments on the massage table, where the

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teaching practitioner manipulates the body to help release muscular tension.

Stay Flexible Keeping spinal movements fluid and supple is also essential for keeping the discs of the spine healthy. Tai chi and the related qigong emphasize this kind of mobility. “Many Tai chi students find that they can move some of their vertebrae, but others seem to be stuck, with several vertebrae moving as one,” reports Sound Beach, New Yorkbased Tai chi Master Bob Klein. He explains, “In Tai chi, you become a master of moving the spine so that it almost seems devoid of bones, flowing and turning with ease, in exact coordination with the rest of the body.” Both Tai chi and qigong are gaining popularity among those who are looking to maximize a cardio-style workout, while minimizing impact on their bones and joints. Yoga is a longtime favorite approach to maintaining both stability and flexibility through strong muscles and alignment. Ana Forrest used her hatha yoga practice to recover from an accident that seriously injured all the regions of her spine, and Forrest Yoga was born out of her retraining. “People spend 90 percent of their waking hours in positions that compress the spine—in how they sit, how they stand, even how they do backbends in yoga class,” she observes. “Part of a good yoga practice is to create length in the spine, create a feeling of spaciousness in the body.” While Erickson considers herself a fan of all the exercise modalities listed here, she always emphasizes personal responsibility when it comes to back health. “Never do an exercise that causes you pain,” she offers as a rule of thumb. For long-term back health, she explains that chiropractic care is great for improving alignment and other back-related issues, yet is no substitute for daily exercise and self-care. Michael Curran has credentials in psychology, ayurvedic medicine, and Restorative Exercise™. Contacts: Karen Erickson at; Ana Forrest at; Bob Klein at MovementsOfMagic. com; Lolita San Miguel at; and Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt at 505-670-0474.

FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID BACK PAIN by Katy Bowman Lose the high heels. The scientific consensus is that high heels compress and damage the lumbar spine, increasing osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease in the low back. Let the feet point the way. Just like the wheels on a car, feet should point straight ahead when walking. Military or dance training, or an ankle or back injury can sometimes result in a sort of duck walk. Line up the outsides of the feet along the straight edge of a carpet or tile floor and walk along it to practice. Stretch the calves. Tight calves are a major contributor to back pain. The tighter the lower leg, the more one’s gait pattern whips the upper back forward and contributes to curling of the upper spine. Adding a daily calf stretch to any exercise routine helps to better align the spine. Do the twist. Each vertebra in the spine not only bends forward and backward and from side-to-side, it also rotates. Of all these natural motions, the twisting of the torso is the least used in our culture. Incorporating a yoga spinal twist into an exercise routine will gently reintroduce rotation back into our movement repertoire. Get a better butt. The main culprit of low back pain is weak butt muscles. Gluteal muscles not only stabilize the tailbone, they help support the function of the low back muscles. If the glutes are weak, the low back muscles have to work harder than normal, which makes them fatigued and sore. Squats work well to strengthen the butt. Katy Bowman, a biomechanics scientist, is director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, CA (Restorative


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Warm Winter Workouts by Randy Kambic


uring seasons of extreme weather, those that prefer to exercise indoors can complement the individual huffing and puffing sounds of gyms and fitness clubs with the social shouts of competitive community sports. Fall is an ideal time to sign up for winter leagues to take advantage of the flip side of outdoor summer leagues. Here we can continue playing what many of us enjoyed as kids—volleyball, basketball and bowling; a welcoming facility is likely just a short distance away.

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“Many facilities use their gyms for basketball leagues two or three nights a week and set up volleyball nets on the other nights,” notes Bill Beckner, research manager with the National Recreation and Park Association. He reports that in season, there is more open play in basketball, especially on weekends, and also during weekday lunch hours for workers. YMCA/YWCAs, as well as some public school gymnasiums, welcome adults to play either basketball or volleyball. Opportunities include after school, on weekends and during semester breaks. While beach volleyball competitions continue to garner more media attention, indoor volleyball has remained consistently popular. USA Volleyball, the sport’s national governing body, has 40 regional associations that provide access to grassroots play, as well as organized competitions. Business team leagues also exist in many cities


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and towns, as well as informal gatherings of friends that simply meet up. With six people per side, it’s fun to rotate positions and learn to serve, block the ball, set up a teammate and return or spike it over the net. According to Beckner, “Early Boomers enjoy the camaraderie and generally find volleyball less physically demanding than basketball.” He reports that co-ed volleyball is also popular with young adults, and he anticipates even more interest following the Summer Olympics. Participating in either sport may lead to minor injuries without proper equipment. To help prevent ankle sprains from an awkward landing, Paul Ullucci, of East Providence, Rhode Island-based Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, recommends tightly fitting, hightop sneakers. “Lace them all the way up and tie them tightly,” he says. For some, he also advises an ankle brace over socks for even more support. Because fingers may get bent by the ball, “Taping two fingers together with thin strips of medical tape above and below the knuckles can stabilize a joint prone to getting sprained while maintaining flexibility,” suggests this member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Board of Directors.

Have a Bowl

Bowling similarly offers friendly social competition, as well as a way to develop individual playing style and track personal improvement. The United States Bowling Congress reports that 71 million people bowled at least once in 2010,

making it the number one U.S. participatory sport. Nationwide, it sanctioned 71,904 leagues in 2010-2011, fairly evenly split between men and women. Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, views its 3,600 member locations (about 75 percent of all centers) as community destinations for recreation and entertainment. It’s ideal as a family activity and double-dating venue; more centers now offer fruit juices and energy drinks. As Stefanie Nation, of Grand Prairie, Texas, an avid recreational league player and member of the United States Bowling Congress’ defending world champion women’s national team, notes, “Leagues are a fun opportunity to get together with others. There’s something about releasing the ball that relieves stress.” She adds that bowling burns approximately 240 calories per hour and completing three games is the equivalent of walking a mile. Footwear is available for rent at centers if players don’t have their own, and bowling balls of various weights are provided. “A good rule of thumb is to choose a ball that weighs 10 percent of your body weight, up to 16 pounds.” Many serious players wear wrist supports to help absorb the weight of the ball and to keep the wrist rigid for consistency in delivery, she says. The sport’s appeal is broadening, especially in urban centers where a Rock ‘n’ Bowl phenomenon often enlivens the young adult crowd on Friday and Saturday nights. Centers have also become sites for community fundraising events and corporate parties. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s Sweat Fitness recently added 10 bowling lanes to one of its 10 facilities and the regional chain expects to continue the trend. Randy Kambic, of Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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Shaping the Future We Want Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli


e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997—a legally binding treaty that 26

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set targets for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.”

By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020. “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it

“With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have? It’s a conundrum.” ~ Pragati Pascale, United Nations spokeswoman the ‘network world’, recognizing the number of players today. It’s not just national governments; it’s states and cities, corporations and philanthropists. In addition to the official meetings and negotiations, between 3,000 and 4,000 other gatherings were going on between business people, mayors, civil society organizations and others, presenting myriad opportunities to make specific commitments. We’re moving to a different dynamic.”

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The inclusive atmosphere is reflected in another new U.N.-sponsored international sharing website, FutureWe, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions to dire environmental problems, such as turning global warming-inducing methane from China’s farms into a usable energy source; predicting periods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. “The huge public engagement in the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how progress will happen. People have to force their governments to take action.” The NRDC dedicated website

is part of a coordinated effort to hold governments, businesses and nonprofits accountable and inform the public. The new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving discussion of what sustainability means and how it can be put into practice. “We want to continue the overall campaign and build upon it,” says Pascale. “Whatever frustrations people have with businesses, nongovernment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy and keep that dialogue going to give people a voice in making sustainability happen.”

Results-Oriented Role Models

State-based examples of sustainable development in action speak to widespread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating. PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner, healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see PlaNYC-goals). natural awakenings

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Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (ECI): Businesses and community groups in Cleveland, Ohio, determined that they needed to solve the problem of joblessness in low-income areas by creating living-wage jobs and then training eligible residents to fill them. They developed a new, cooperative-based economic model, based on green jobs that can inspire other cities with similar economic woes. The ECI is a community undertaking in which anchor institutions like the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals and the municipal government leverage their purchasing power to help create green-focused, employee-owned local businesses, which to date include a green laundromat, the hydroponic greenhouse Green City Growers, and Ohio Cooperative Solar, which provides weatherization and installs and maintains solar panels. The solar cooperative will more than double Ohio’s solar generating capacity from 2011 levels by the end of 2012 (see CALGreen: Updated building codes may not generate much excitement until we consider that U.S. buildings account for a lion’s share of carbon dioxide emissions (39 percent), and consume 70 percent of the electricity we generate. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports, “If half of new commercial buildings were built to use 50 percent less energy, it would save over 6 million metric tons of CO2 annually for the life of the buildings— the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road every year.” The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which took effect in January 2011, sets the

sure it was right.” (See CALGreen-Home.)

Sustainable development includes fighting poverty, increasing social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. highest green bar for new buildings in the country. It requires that new buildings achieve a 20 percent reduction in potable water use, divert 50 percent of their construction waste from landfills, use paints and materials with low volatile organic compound content and provide parking for clean-air vehicles. Multiple key stakeholders have been involved throughout the process, including the California Energy Commission and the Sierra Club. “We really tried to bring together an entire spectrum of people and groups with different perspectives and expertise to build a consensus,” says David Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. “If we were going to put something in the code, we wanted to make

Renewable Portfolio Standard: Texas leads the country in electricity generated from wind power. One complex, in Roscoe, features 627 turbines on 100,000 acres that cost $1 billion to build. Much of the rapid growth of the state’s wind industry can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see Tinyurl. com/TexasStandard). Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund: Clean technology is booming despite the economic recession and attracting serious investment funds. According to a report by Clean Edge, Inc., venture capital investments in clean technologies increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $5.1 billion to $6.6 billion. New Jersey entrepreneurs are upping their state’s potential in this arena with the Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund. The program proffers loans of up to $2 million for companies, research facilities and nonprofits engaged in producing clean energy

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Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good

news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.” Brita Belli, the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine, reports for Natural Awakenings.

COMPELLING INTERNATIONAL ECO-INITIATIVES Aruba is working with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room program to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Australia will spend $33 million to establish the world’s largest network of marine reserves. Germany has committed to drawing 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency signed an agreement with the European Union to reduce its carbon emissions by 77,000 tons in the next 3.5 years. Norway has pledged $140 million to boost sustainable energy in rural Kenya, including replacing kerosene lamps with solar alternatives. Source:

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Pumpkin for Pets by Morieka V. Johnson


ike kids who clamor for every tidbit in a candy store, Val Clows’ Great Danes have their choice of flavorful, high-quality dog kibble. But they still can’t wait to get their paws on new deliveries of pumpkin-based granola arriving at her Holistic for Pets shop in Sarasota, Florida. She reports that her two-legged customers enjoy eating the pumpkin product, too. “Everybody is looking for something tasty that’s low calorie and high fiber,” says Clows, smiling. Traditionally reserved for grocery store aisles, pumpkin is now showing up in pet stores, too, as human foodgrade animal treats, dried kibble and simple puréed goodness. A growing array of pet food products, from granola to dog biscuits, touts pumpkin for its vitamin A and fiber content. “We’ve been using pumpkin for a long, long time at our house,” remarks Clows. “But about two years ago, I started seeing pumpkin products labeled for pets, as well as pet treats that are pumpkin based. My dogs particularly love canned pumpkin, laced with a touch of cinnamon and ginger.” As with all good things, use pumpkin in moderation, suggests Dr. Jennifer Monroe, of Eagles Landing Veterinary Hospital, in McDonough, Georgia. “Pumpkin is good for pets with digestive issues, especially those on a hypoallergenic diet, because it doesn’t typically appear in pet foods,” she says. “But it’s best in small doses, in order to prevent weight gain.” The low-calorie


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gourd comes loaded with carbohydrates; one cup of puréed, canned pumpkin has as much as eight grams. Monroe observes that pumpkin has been a go-to item for pets with digestive issues since she was in veterinary school in the mid-1980s, primarily because it is a relatively inexpensive and readily available item. Bland, white rice is another popular home remedy for settling pets’ stomachs, she notes, but its high fiber content typically makes pumpkin the better choice. Before stocking up on pumpkin, Monroe recommends starting with prebiotic and probiotic products, which have been tested extensively for their health benefits. When diarrhea strikes, Veterinary Doctor Alice Martin, of Eagles Landing, says it’s best to consult a professional before attempting any home remedies. Monroe adds that cats with constipation need no more than one to two tablespoons of pumpkin per can of cat food. For dogs, the amount of pumpkin should be at least 10 percent of the day’s total caloric intake. As autumn temperatures drop and pumpkins become readily available, many pet owners prefer the all-natural, do-it-yourself approach. Monroe likes to grow and purée her garden pumpkins as a good-tasting aid to ensuring a happy, healthy home. Morieka V. Johnson is a freelance writer in Atlanta, GA. Reach her at Morieka@

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hen Viki Distin, co-owner and founder of Cascade Yoga Studio, began taking yoga classes, it started as a physical practice for her. It was a remedy for some health problems that began to creep into her life and a de-stressor from parenting three small children. “In the beginning, I noticed decreased stress. My health was improving and I felt stronger,” said Distin. “But eventually I began to gravitate toward the contemplative side of yoga, and this is where I started to find the real juice, or the heart of yoga.” Distin said she was able to, “tap into a different way of being, and I was able sustain the yogic state for much longer periods, up to days even.” One big shift for her came when a master teacher came to guest teach at Cascade Yoga Studio. Distin noticed that the teacher was younger and stronger than she was, “yet she taught yoga at a much slower pace. She was 20 years my junior, and she taught me to offer more pauses (to give your body a chance to integrate), and more silence. But the biggest thing she taught me was pacing. Slowing down the practice made all the difference.” A long-time student of Tias Little from Prajna Yoga, Distin has been teaching yoga for 13 years. Although her initial teacher training was the Ashtanga method which is a very physically challenging practice, after a few years she resonated with Tias Little’s methodology. Little’s school of yoga was an interesting blend of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, which is the study of alignment and detail. “When you pay attention to alignment, it keeps you safe but also allows for more subtleties and therefore takes you deeper into the pose,” said Distin. Tias Little will be joining Cascade Yoga Studio for a Weekend Intensive on Oct 12-14, 2012. Five classes will be offered over the course of three days with descriptions such as “Kidney Shakti”, “Yoga and the Middle Way”, and “From Inside-Out: Practice for the Core.” The classes range from two to three hours and $45-55 each, and the entire weekend costs $275. Intensives will be offered at Aquinas College Donnelly Center. “I am not a guru, but Tias Little is a guru,” said Distin. “He studies this practice with the most incredible depth I’ve ever known. Although he is able to blend unprecedented knowledge and wisdom, he can still maintain humbleness. Plus, he has a wonderful sense of humor which helps to keep students’ attention during difficult poses,” said Distin. Little is also an internationally-known teacher

and participates in yoga conferences all over the world, including Europe and Japan. Distin also believes that there is no “one right way” to practice yoga. “In our studio, we honor different traditions of yoga so that students and teachers don’t get caught in the ‘ego mind’, or that there is only one way. This type of thinking creates suffering for ourselves and others,” said Distin. Distin says that there are many paths to yoga. “There’s stand-up paddle board yoga, hip-hop yoga and aerial yoga where students hang from slings suspended from the ceiling,” said Distin. “While there are many doorways to yoga, the key is to not stay stuck in that doorway. Eventually, in order to get to the heart of yoga, it is important to study the deeper aspects of the practice like yogic philosophy, meditation and pranayama (science of the breath).” Distin also says that yoga can strengthen whatever your faith is. “When you slow down your mind, you’re clearer to focus on your spirituality, whatever that path is. Everybody is doing their own thing, and that’s great. Yoga can just enhance and supplement that spiritual practice,” she said. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Cascade Yoga Studio offers a teacher training program. “Some people take the training classes to become teachers of yoga, while others just take it to deepen their practice. I tell people that it’s like going to college and majoring in yourself,” said Distin. Cascade Yoga Studio is located at 5060 Cascade Road SE in Grand Rapids. Visit their website at www. or call 616-464-1610. See ad page 16. A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living. She is also the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media, a publishing house in Grand Rapids,

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all is a favorite time of year for many in Michigan, and residents are very fortunate to experience the beauty of this short season. This is the time when children go back to school, summer vacations end and people prepare to say goodbye to another summer gone by. However, the season of fall is still a great time of year to spend outside enjoying nature for just a little while longer. Muskegon County has many beautiful locations to spend with family and friends whether biking, hiking, driving or enjoying a picnic. How relaxing it is to walk along a trail, hearing the crunch of the leaves under foot. If enjoying a picnic on a sandy beach is possible, a picnic on a blanket in a park with the fall colors all around is just as easy to enjoy. Unwinding with friends, family and pets in some of these scenic spots around Muskegon County is a great way to spend a weekend. Let the spirit of this new fall season be inspiring, relaxing and calming, while appreciating the pure beauty that lives in nature throughout West Michigan. The stretch of road on Scenic Drive between North Muskegon and Whitehall, along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, is gorgeous in the fall. This tree-lined stretch of road winds along several miles for bicyclists and drivers to enjoy. Along the way, there is a place called The Muskegon Blockhouse, which is a replica of an old fort and offers a spectacular view. Visitors can venture inside on the second level for a view of Duck Lake, Lake Michigan and many colorful trees that surround. This is also a great picnic spot or place for a hike through the wooded dune trails across the road. Marcus Park is a bit further along Scenic Drive from the Muskegon Blockhouse and located on the right side of the road alongside Duck Lake. Parking can be a bit tricky here, but the view across Duck Lake is a simply stunning view of fall color. Duck Lake Channel and the entrance to Duck Lake State Park are just past Marcus Park. This channel connects Duck Lake to Lake Michigan and forms a unique path each year. There are roads, trails and a picnic area further inside the park for visitors to enjoy. The Muskegon Lakeshore Trail is an almost 10-mile stretch of paved area for bicyclists or walkers to safely

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e may think we are protecting our family’s health and the Earth’s environment by buying eco-friendly products, but a second look at some so-called “green” products may reveal we’ve been led astray. When companies hurry to cash in with new product lines touting natural living products, too many of the changes are more cosmetic (new packaging, appealing earthy logos) than chemical; sometimes toxicity levels decrease in only minimal amounts. With green marketing campaigns in overdrive, how can we be sure that we truly are selecting a certified safe product?

Hijacking True Eco-Trends

Greenwashing occurs when more money or time is spent on advertising and labeling green characteristics than actually developing and implementing environmentally sound products and practices. Words such as natural, non-toxic and eco-safe are now widely misused. Although greenwashing has been around for nearly a quarter century, corporations today are committing to it at

unprecedented levels as they go after the growing market for eco-friendly products. Companies have duly noted that even the average Jane is now interested in protecting the environment and is willing to pay a premium to help. When products and services are really green, everyone wins; but when they are suspect, everyone suffers from a false sense of stewardship. The hijacking of green by irresponsible corporations is aptly characterized by Jay Westerveld’s initial 1986 report on greenwashing, first used to describe the reuse of towels in the hotel industry. His research implied that in-room signage stating that, “Reusing the hotel towels helps save the environment,” was more a ploy to increase reservations from patrons concerned about their environmental footprints than an actual credo of hotel management. One can hardly assert environmental responsibility based on laundry alone, but many hotels did, even though they were not participating in any other forms of resource conservation, recycling or waste reduction.

The bottled water industry is a more recent example. Amid mounting negative publicity about their unsustainable practices, these companies aggressively overhauled label designs and switched to thinner plastic bottles. Yes, the new form is less wasteful, but drinking bottled water remains among the most environmentally unfriendly habits; plus, drinking from plastic, made with petrochemicals, is unhealthy, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study published in 2011 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Thankfully, the tide is turning in many companies with integrity. For example, in the 20 years since Westerveld’s report, more hotels are starting to introduce genuine environmental reforms, but so much more progress is needed across the board in business that the true pioneers stand out. Unfortunately, given the creativity of evolving greenwashing tactics, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between authentic eco-alterations and mere overtures to green living. Buyer beware still applies.

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Monday, October 1

Grand Opening of Thornapple Health & Nutrition- 10:00 am. Store hours 10am-7pm Mon-Fri 10am-2pm Sat. Check out our in-store specials, free samples and new store appeal. 9175 Cherry Valley Ave Ste D, Caledonia. Weight Loss School- 2:00 pm. Stop dieting and taking products. Learn sensible eating for energy, stable moods and to stop cravings. Lifestyle approach improves the family diet. Four sessions, cooking included. Costs $147. 90 West 8th Street, Holland. Call 616-355-5333 for more information. Wine Tasting/Skin Care Class- 6:30-7:30 pm. Sample wine and cheese while learning about award-winning skin care by the developers of Proactiv and seeing the latest techniques in nutritional response testing to help you feel great. Door Prize. 2249 Wealthy St. Ste. 240, Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, October 2

Health Family Diet- 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm. In one month, transform your family diet to create more energy, better moods, and fewer symptoms. Learn to use food, not products as the base of your family’s health care. Costs $147. 90 West 8th Street, Holland. Call 616-355-5333 for more information.

Wednesday, October 3

Open Minds Wanted- 6:30-8:30 pm. SEEK meets at Derby Station for fun, food, and conversation. A helpful “no pressure” environment where people can takes steps forward on their spiritual journey. 2237 Wealth St, East Grand Rapids. More info: Childcare options available by RSVP to Guided Meditation and Healing Circle- 7:00-8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. $5. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 E. Beltline Ct. NE, Grand Rapids. 269-929-6796. Soul Tenders Film- 7:30 pm. Soul Tenders embodies the concepts that the feminine is the fluid heart of the universe, and that women are uniquely connected to this life force. Makers of this film will share thoughts prior to showing as we celebrate the theme of our ArtPrize Venue. 227 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids.

Friday, October 5

Women’s Yoga Retreat- 5:00 pm Friday-2:00 pm Sunday. Unlock your creativity through the Chakras. With Carol Hendershot & Katherine Florentine. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors at this pristine wilderness resort on the Pere Marquette River. Call 616-361-8580 for more information. Healthseekers Free Class- 6:15-7:15 pm. Female “troubles”? Organ malfunctioning? Pain? Suffering? Homeopathy & chiropractic are a perfect fit. Find out how you can attain a high level of vibrant health beyond the mere absence of pain. www. or call 231-6700179. Muskegon.

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Saturday, October 6

Hakomi Therapy Workshop- 9:30 am-6:00 pm & Sat. 9:00 am-3:30 pm. This workshop, “The Myth of the Resistant Client: Change Without Force,” is an introduction to Hakomi, a body-centered, mindfulness-based, experiential psychotherapy. $240 ($210 before Sept 21). At Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids. Register at grandrapidshakomi. com or 616-901-6136. Free Toxic Free Makeover- 3:45-5:45 pm. Learn how to differentiate the good from bad ingredients in makeup and personal care products you use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending, plus 10% of October sales are donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Space limited, registration required. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115. Anne Hills – Contemporary Folk Musician- 7:30 pm. Well known on the contemporary folk music scene, Anne was born in India of educational missionaries. Raised in Michigan, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she formed her first folk trio. Hear her songs and stories in person. 227 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, October 9

Trigger Point Massage- 6:00 pm. Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS is presenting on how to do Trigger Point Massage. Participants will learn what a trigger point is, causes, prevention, and how to get rid of them. 4150 East Beltline Suite #4, Grand Rapids. Seating limited to first 30 callers. 616-447-9888. NEW Heavenly Healings Holistic Health Services Open House- 6:00-8:00 pm. Come share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Come sample products & services. There is no charge but donations welcome. 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions 616443-4225 or email “The Way of the Bodhisattva”- 7:00 pm. A three session class on how to live a compassionate and kind life. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Call 616-822-2465 to register. Costs $25. Check website for details http://www. Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, October 10

Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group- Noon-1:00 pm. Take time out for peace in the middle of your week. Our format is 20 min. of silent meditation followed by 30 min. of an Eckhart Tolle DVD. This group, facilitated by Patrick Duiven, is informal and newcomers are welcome. 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. Family Yoga- 6:00-7:00 pm. Kids and parents will explore asanas (poses), meditative practices and breathing techniques. The environment will be playful, with accessibility to all levels. Bring your yoga any props you may need. Age 6 and up please. Free. 24 Fountain St., NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616-459-8386 for information. Open Minds Wanted- 6:30-8:30 pm. SEEK meets at Derby Station for fun, food, and conversation. A helpful “no pressure” environment where people

Free Orientation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- 10/11& 10/17- 9:30 am. 8-week program with April or Carol to help people better understand and work with all the stressors in their lives. Learning goes on in class and at home through daily practice. 616-826-1574. Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, 5270 Northland Drive NE. Grand Rapids. Feeling Good 5K Free Fun Run and Health Expo- 5:00-8:00 pm. Fun for the whole family at Harvest Health Foods. 4150 32nd Ave., Hudsonville. Look for more information at Help a Family Bloom- 6:30 pm. If you enjoy working with moms and babies please come to our free volunteer training. This is a very flexible opportunity and we fit it into YOUR schedule. See www. or contact angie@momsbloom. org for more information about this opportunity. Free Orientation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- 10/11, 10/15 & 10/16- 6:30 pm. 8-week program with April Hadley to help people better understand and work with all the stressors in their lives. Learning goes on in class and at home through daily practice. 616-826-1574. Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, 5270 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids.

Friday, October 12

A weekend long Silent Retreat- 5:00 pm, October 12- 2:00 pm October 14. Lead by the Ven Deok Wun, Abbot of the Temple. Will include meditations, teachings, and individual meetings. Consult website for details. Grand Rapids. Hula Hoop Workshop, with Rebecca Urick- 6:007:00 pm. The fun way to accelerate fat burning and weight loss while you restore the mind-body-spirit connection! Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. Bring a friend! Costs $15. Call 616-3618580 for more information. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Inner Engineering with Sadhguru- Friday Evening-Sunday Evening. A program for personal growth gleaned from the science of yoga. The approach is a modern antidote to stress and when practiced regularly, these tools have the potential to enhance one’s experience of life on many levels. $285. Isha Foundation, Cobo Hall, Detroit (program venue). Volunteer 313-451-4742.

Saturday, October 13

Kombucha Making- 10:15 am-11:30 am. Learn to make this nourishing digestive tonic. $30 includes all supplies you need to make your own. Receive a 10% off product coupon for attending, plus 10% of all October sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Reservation/payment required by 10/20. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115. Green Smoothie Class- 11:00 am. Robin Openshaw, The REAL Green Smoothie Girl from UTAH and U-tube Fame will be presenting a Green

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Smoothie Class at Harvest Health Foods. 4150 32nd Ave., Hudsonville. For more information, visit Creating Sanctuary at Home with Minnie Kansman- 1:30-3:30 pm. Learn how to use the art of Feng Shui to clear your clutter and create an inviting and rejuvenating space that you love to come home to. Call 616-361-8580 for more information. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Tree Identification Hike- 2:00-3:30 pm. Leaf shape, bark texture and branching patterns will help us discover the species of tree we find. We will collect leaves to make an autumn mosaic inspired by the autumn beauty. For families and children 7 and up. $5members/$6non-members. RSVP at 616-7356240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.

Sunday, October 14

Meet your Power Animals & Spirit Guide Shamanic Journey- 9:00 am-noon. This is a Core Shamanism class where you will learn to journey to the upper and lower worlds to meet your power animals and teachers. Call Beyond Books at 260857-8200 to reserve your space. Saugatuck. Essential Oil Training- I (Basic) 10:00 am-noon, II (Everyday Oils) 1:00-3:00 pm, and III (Raindrop) 3:00–5:00 pm. Learn the benefits and uses of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. $25 per class, includes class materials. Pre-registration required. 6 CE Hours. To register call Jodi at 616-443-4225. 4434 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Find out how you can attain a high level of vibrant health beyond the mere absence of pain. www. or call 231-6700179. Muskegon. Free Toxic Free Makeover- 7:15-9:15 pm. Learn how to differentiate the good from bad ingredients in makeup and personal care products you use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending, plus 10% of October sales are donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Space limited, registration required. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115.

Friday, October 19

Great Lakes Bioneers Conference- Fri-Sun. A weekend of inspiring local speakers, skill and resource building workshops, and access to beamed coverage of internationally renowned experts on today’s vital issues regarding people and planet. Complete with activities for the entire family, the Conference welcomes children, youth, and adults. Visit Northwestern Michigan College 1701 E. Front St. in Traverse City. Reiki I & II class- 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Become attuned and learn how to give treatment to self and others. $200 includes manual and the $50 deposit required to register. 8 CE Hours. Call Jodi at 616443-4225 to register or email heavenlyhealings@ 4434 Knapp St., Grand Rapids.

Saturday, October 20

Level 1 taught October 20. Each Level individually: $150.00 w/ textbook; $250.00 for both Levels taken same weekend. Pre-registration required. www. or 616-780-3604. Journey Home Yoga & Health in Ada. Essential Oil Training- IV (Emotional Clearing) 10:00 am-noon, V (Spiritual Journey Work) noon-2:00pm. Learn more benefits of these different sets of oils, and how to apply them. $25 per class includes class materials & pre-registration required. 4 CE Hours. To register call Jodi at 616-443-4225. 4434 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids. West Michigan Spirit Faire- 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Event includes readings, massage, aura photos, crystals, drums, health products and practitioners, door prizes and a speaker on Angel Messages at the Plainwell Comfort Inn, exit 49A off US-131. $3 entry fee. Call 269-948-1990 for more information. Plainwell. Food, Fun & Fashion Fair- 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Included in the fair will be a farmer’s market, clothing exchange, and tradeshow. Give yourself the gift of time and enjoy nature, good conversations, and some fun. Admission $3.00. For more info visit 10160 South M-37 HWY, Hastings. Vegetarian Potluck- 5:00-7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and a dish to share. Beverages provided. All are welcome. 955 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids.

Special EcoTrek Session at Snug Harbor in Muskegon State Park- 8:00-9:15 am. Special rate today only. $5 per person. Scenic Drive, North Muskegon, Boat Launch & Picnic Area: park to the right, by the restrooms. Sign up by calling 616-291-2851 or email

Monday, October 22

Reiki I Training- 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Learn this technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Can be learned by anyone. Level 2 taught October 21. Each Level individually: $150.00 w/ textbook; $250.00 for both Levels taken same weekend. Pre-registration required. www. or 616-780-3604. Journey Home Yoga & Health in Ada.

Free 15 minute massages for RNs in GR areaSchafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa thanks the nurses in the Grand Rapids area for all of their hard work. Free 15 minute massage or considerable discounts on 30 and 60 min. massages from 10/22/12 to 10/26/12. Call 616-301-3000 for all RNs. Grand Rapids.

“The Way of the Bodhisattva”- 7:00 pm. A three session class on how to live a compassionate and kind life. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Call 616-822-2465 to register. Costs $25. Check website for details http://www. Grand Rapids.

Harvest Festival- 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Join us for our annual celebration of autumn with classic festive fun. Activities include candle making, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, live music and much more. $5 admission. Children 3yrs and younger are free. Call 616-735-6240 to RSVP. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.

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Thursday, October 18

Jazz Vespers – The Wonderland Jazz Ensemble6:00 pm. Jazz Vespers is meant for jazz and worship lovers of all ages, featuring jazz ensembles from around West Michigan in a liturgical setting. Free of charge. Join us at First United Methodist Church – 227 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids.

Monday, October 15

Free Toxic Free Makeover- 10:15 am-12:15 pm. Learn how to differentiate the good from bad ingredients in makeup and personal care products you use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending, plus 10% of October sales are donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Space limited, registration required. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115.

Tuesday, October 16

Putting Your Garden to Bed- 6:00-7:30 pm. $5 members/$6 non-members. Learn how to prepare your garden for the harsh winter. This program gives you practical tips on how to best put your garden to bed. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. RSVP 616-735-6240. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Conquering Intestinal Problems- 6:00 pm. Did you know that 70% of your immunity starts in your gut? Learn how to take control of your insides with helpful hints and ideas from Dr. Auburn. Join us for this free informational lecture. 4466 Heritage Ct. SW, Grandville. 616-301-0808. Healthseekers Free Class- 6:15-7:15 pm. Female “troubles”? Organ malfunctioning? Pain? Suffering? Homeopathy & chiropractic are a perfect fit.


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Working in the Light Streams that Surround Us- 7:00-9:30 pm. Beyond Books invites you to experience Rheisa K. Barres, a Multi-Dimensional Consciousness Shifter. Call Beyond Books now at 269-857-8200 for more information and to reserve your experience. The fee is $33 with 10% off if you mention Natural Awakenings. Saugatuck.

Sunday, October 21

Reiki II Training- 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Learn this technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Can be learned by anyone.

Reiki Share Group- 5:30-7:30 pm. For all those trained in Reiki to practice Reiki and to share questions & experiences. Jan Atwood, Reiki Master/ Teacher. Call 616-915-4144 for more information. 801 Broadway Ave NW, Ste. 436, Grand Rapids.

Restore Your Body’s Balance- 6:45-7:30 pm. Explore simple solutions to enhance health. Learn about bioavailability and the world of essential oils. Receive a 10% off product coupon for attending. 10% of all October sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Space limited, registration required. Free. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115. “The Way of the Bodhisattva”- 7:00 pm. A three session class on how to live a compassionate and kind life. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Call 616-822-2465 to register. Costs $25. Check website for details http://www. Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, October 24

Free Toxic Free Makeover- 5:45-7:45 pm. Learn how to differentiate the good from bad ingredients in makeup and personal care products you use daily. Receive 10% off product coupon for attending, plus 10% of October sales are donated to Breast Cancer Fund. Space limited, registration required. Sérendipité Organiques. Grand Rapids. 616-419-8115.

Intro to GAPS- 6:00 pm. The Gut & Psychology/ Physiology Syndrome (GAPS), describes the connection between physical and mental health and the health of our digestive tract and the micro-organisms contained within it. Naturopathic Doctor & Certified GAPS Practitioner, Kathryn Doran-Fisher will speak on this topic. $3. 944 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids.

share and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, my services and classes. Sample products & services. There is no charge but donations welcome. 4434 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids. Call Jodi with any questions @ 616-443-4225 or email

Reiki Share- 7:00–9:00 pm. Share & learn about Reiki & Essential Oils. Open to those that care to share Reiki, those who would like to try receiving Reiki, and those interested in Essential Oils. No charge. Donations are welcome. Call 616-4434225 or email 4434 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Friday, November 2

Weekend Getaway- Nov. 2-4. 4:00 pm. On The Path Yoga and Return2Wellness offer a weekend of learning, healing, relaxing and connecting—to yourself, and in community with other women. Yoga, meditation, nutritional workshops, pampering and more. Register now by calling 616-935-7028 or

Thursday, October 25

Share and Care Meeting- 7:00-9:00 pm. This openformat discussion group meets to discuss the latest news, happenings and topics of interest and to share their emotions/struggles with others who understand the challenges of living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Meets at St. Mary’s Healthcare Southwest, Byron Center. Call 231-360-6830.

Friday, October 26

Fire of Transformation Practice, with Certified Yoga Teacher Mimi Ray- 6:30-8:30 pm. An invitation for experienced yoga students to play your edge, develop strength, flexibility and joy in community. Costs $18. Call 616-361-8580 for prerequisites. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.

Saturday, October 27

All About Bats- 2:00-3:30 pm. $5members/$6nonmembers. Come join the Cranbrook Institute of Science to learn all about bats. Perfect for the Halloween season to learn about these flying mammals. Great program for the family and children ages 7 and up. Call 616-735-6240 to RSVP. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids. Soul Collage with Cheryl Owens- 2:00-5:00 pm. Experience this creative and transformative process to create your own personal life story in cards. Learn about, express and come to accept all aspects of your beautiful self. Costs $45. Call 616-361-8580 for more information. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Healthy Halloween- 4:00-6:00 pm. This is an alternative for health conscious families. There will be games and activities as well as healthy treats provided free! Costumes are required! If interested in volunteering, contact Dr. Kathryn at dr.kathryn@ Free. 1331 Lake Dr. SE, Suite 105, Grand Rapids.

Sunday, October 28

Yoga for Kids- 2:00-3:00 pm. Kids live in a hustle bustle world of TV and video games and busy lives. This can be stressful for them. Yoga is a great way to help your child find his/her inner calm in a fun, non-competitive way! Suggested Ages 5-10. Costs $10. Call 616-935-7028. Spring Lake.

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classifieds To place a Classified Listing: Email listing to Publisher@ Must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. $1.00 per word; must be pre-paid. CLASSES Energy Healings and Training, Reiki & Urevia Healings/Classes - held near Hastings at Subtle Energies w/ Ken & Dana Gray. Learn a variety of techniques that can heal your life. Reiki I & Urevia Practitioner classes are eligible for NAN 20% discount. Visit for more information.

FOR SALE Hardy Dam/Muskegon River near - 80 acres, 6 bedroom home, outbuildings; garage, barn. Fishing and hunting area. Robb Breen: 1-231327-1147. Log Cabin Home - 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath on Campau Kettle Lake in Caledonia. Plenty of storage in the new 4 Stall Garage. Asking $168,000. Located at 8810 66th Street SE in Caledonia. Call for details 616-292-6762.


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Monday, October 29

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All Month Long Child Coat Drive- Bring in a new or like-new coat appropriate for a child in K through 12th grade and receive 20% off any service. Expires October 31st. Lakeshore Natural Skin Care, 10500 Chicago Drive, Zeeland. (231) 557-3619.

Sunday Vinyasa Class- 8:30-9:45 am. Vinyasa is a series of postures linked together with breath. Classes focus on the alignment of asana and cultivating balance within your life. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids. Call 616-458-2541. Buddhist Service- 10:00 am. Service includes chanting, meditation, and teaching followed by tea and socializing. Check website for details http:// Grand Rapids. Celebrating God’s Presence in Human Nature- 10:00 am. Offering uplifting messages that are spiritual without being religious. Youth Programs & Nursery. 6025 Ada Drive Se, Ada. 616-682-7812 Unity of Grand Rapids- 10:30 am. A warm and welcoming spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Sacks. Nursery and youth education provided. www. Grand Rapids. Hatha Vinyasa- 5:30-6:45 pm Sundays and Saturdays. Focusing on the alignment of asana and cultivating balance within your life, these classes may draw from many different yoga styles and traditions. 616-458-2541. Seva Yoga. Grand Rapids.

Monday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. Visit for more info. Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00 am & 9:15-10:30 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Chanting & Seated Meditation- 12:00-12:45 pm. Open to all regardless of faith tradition. For details check website Grand Rapids.


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Beginner Tai Chi- 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self-defense. $45 for one class/ week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan @ 616-425-1344;

month (Sept. - May), at First United Methodist Church – 227 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids.

Thursday Chanting & Seated Meditation- 12:00-12:45 pm. Open to all regardless of faith tradition. For details check website Grand Rapids.

Discover the Power Within You- 6:30-8:30 pm. A class studying the book by the late Rev. Eric Butterworth.” Join us in seeking the divine within. Grand Rapids.

Teaching & Discussion- 5:30 pm. Lead by The Ven Deok Wun, teaching based on the teachings of the Buddha and Zen Masters, especially the Zen practice of Silent Illumination. Includes a discussion of the teaching. For details check website Grand Rapids.

Camp Rawnora 3rd Tuesday Raw Potluck- 6:30 pm. Hang with other vegans and raw foodies and eat nutritious and delicious faire! Free if you bring raw food dish to share or $10. Camp Rawnora. Watervliet. 269-463-4444.

Hatha Yoga - 5:45-7:15pm. Build your practice in this serene setting overlooking the lake. w/Mimi Ray, E-RYT-500 (L1.2 -continuing student). $12$15/class. Expressions of Grace Yoga. 616 3618580.

On Being a Spirit Having a Physical Experience6:30 pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. From the Shamanic Teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path w/ Marie Moon Star Seeker. $10. Owl Hawk Clan. Open Mind in Rockford. 616-447-0128.

Hatha Yoga - 7:30-9:00pm. Build your practice in this serene setting overlooking the lake. w/Mimi Ray, E-RYT-500 (L2 -more experienced student). $12-$15/class. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 616 3618580.

Mystic Angel Classes- 7:00-8:30 pm. With Denise Iwanwi. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

Spiritual Classes- 6:00-7:30 pm. Astrology, numerology, tarot, etc with Gail Brumeister. $15.00. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

A.C.I.M.- 7:00-8:30 pm. A self-study system teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada. 616-682-7812.

Wednesday $30 Off BioMeridian Assessments- State-of-the-art profiling and tracking of all 58 meridians in the body with take-home computer generated results to assess progress. Grand Rapids. 616-365-9176. Visit for more info. A.C.I.M.- 9:30-11:00 am. A self-study system teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada. 616-682-7812. A Course in Miracles Study Group- 10:30 amNoon. With Lin Anderson. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids. growthesoul@ A Course in Miracles Class- 6:00-8:00 pm. With Cindy Barry. Free will offering. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500. Pilates at The Well Being- 6:00-7:00 pm. Build strength, endurance and flexibility throughout your body while learning proper breathing techniques which help to decrease stress. $10 per class. Equipment provided. Drop-ins welcome. 616-458-6870. Gleason Center’s Detoxification Class- 7:00-8:30 pm. A doctor directed four class program focusing on fall cleaning for the mind and body. $50 for four Wednesday night sessions plus supplements. Call 616-846-5410. Taizé Sung Prayer Service- 7:00 pm. Simple choruses, prayers, scripture and periods of silence. Service is open to all every first Wednesday of the

Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:157:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga. com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Beginner Tai Chi- 6:30-7:30 pm. Yang form for health, focus and self-defense. $45 for one class/ week, $65 for two classes/week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan @ 616-425-1344; Oils Classes- 6:30-8:00 pm. Every 3rd Thursday with Barb Huttinga. The Healing Center. Lakeview. 989-352-6500.

Friday Village Farmers Market- 1:00-7:00 pm. Buy fresh & local from producers that utilize organic farming practices -eggs, meats, cheese, fruits & vegetables, organic Michigan milk and more. Please visit us on Facebook. Spring Lake. 616-935-7312.

Saturday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 9:0010:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are indoors if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market! Hesperia. 231-861-2234 Mixed Level Tai Chi- 9:30-11:00 am. Yang form for beginner to intermediate students. Open class format, traditional warm up. $45 for one class/ week, monthly. Kentwood. Taijiquan 616-4251344;


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

•Body & Comfort Care products made naturally since 1998 •Essential Oil Blending & Consulting •Bulk herbs, oils, etc. by the ounce •Candles, Spa accessories, Unique gifts •Reference Library •Practitioner discounts •Workspace Rental & Consignment. See ad page 6.

SÉRENDIPITÉ ORGANIQUES, LLC Teri Kelley- Owner 944 Cherry St SE Grand Rapids, 49506 616-419-8115

The only retail location in Michigan to exclusively carry organic, non-toxic products scoring ‘Low Hazard, 0-2’ on skindeep! Product lines are Zum Clean, Face Naturals, Rejuva Minerals Makeup, Elemental Herbs Sunscreen, and Sappho Organic Cosmetics. See ad page 12.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.

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Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder 616-299-5815

Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building custom livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. See ad page 10.

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 insurances accepted. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad pages 8 & 32.


Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Av., N.E. Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach colonics relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 28.


Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.

cOUNSELING THE WELL BEING LLC Behavioral Health and Fitness Center 616-458-6870

We provide counseling to individuals dealing with mental and emotional health issues. We utilize exercise as a research-based form of treatment, for a more holistic approach to mental health care.

dentistry / holistic DENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Kevin P. Flood DDS 616-974-4990


Clara VanderZouwen, NORWEX Consultant 616-698-6148 Imagine cleaning with only water! Improve the quality of your life with Norwex products by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. Save Time & Money.

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Comprehensive Holistic Dental Services – Amalgam Removal & Replacement. Bio-Compatible, metal-free materials, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays, Gentle Anesthesia, Dentistry for Diabetes, TMJ, Chronic Head & Neck pain and Non Surgical Perio. See ad page 48.

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energy healing




Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354

Ama Deus® healing energy method is a hand mediated technique aligned with love. The energy helps to enhance one’s own and others growth and awareness or physical and emotional healing. See ad page 25.


534 Fountain NE Grand Rapids MI 49503 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.


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 21.


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

health food stores AFFORDABLE NUTRITION

Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 7493 Cottonwood Drive, Jenison 616-667-1346

essential oils BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen 616-698-6148

Learn how to address issues of Pain, Stress, Hormone Imbalance, Weight Management, ADD, Allergies, Diabetes & more with Essential Oils, Ionic Foot Baths, BioEnergy scans, Nutritional & NEW Earthing products! Free monthly classes.

HEAVENLY HEALINGS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES Jodi Jenks - Reiki Master 4434 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

I am a Reiki Master that also does Essential Oil therapies including Raindrop Therapy, Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Journey work. Call or email for appointments or questions, 616-443-4225 or See ad page 6.

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


Grand Haven 616-846-3026 Muskegon 231-739-1568 North Muskegon 231-744-0852 Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.

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holistic health centers SALLY DERSCH, CMT

Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6 Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 We offer a wide variety of services to help you enhance your health. Bio Apps (frequency patches for optimal health)M S A Te s t i n g ( e v a l u a t e s functional health)- Food/ Environmental Allergy & Supplement Testing - Ionic Foot Bath - Weight Loss Classes and Coaching - Weight Loss ( Call us today and ask about the 90 Day Challenge!


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners. Physician assistant, Certified Natural Health Professionals. Private consultations. Counseling & Classes. Blood typing, acupressure, emotional release, iridology, homeopathy, massage therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral, foot detox & more. See ad page 30.

homeopathy BOB HUTTINGA PA-C

332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care, ApoE Gene Diet and Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We take most insurances. See ad page 30.

interior design services ALIGn DESIGN, llc

Shawn Merkel, ASID, IIDA 616-916-1071 Align your space to be a true reflection of who you are. Specializing in Wholistic design, repurposing and Feng Shui. Full service Residential and commercial Interior design. See ad page 12.

kinesiology WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885

Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.

life / wellness coaching STEVE GUARINO

Certified Life Coach Certified Meditation Instructor 888-552-8880 Soar Higher Than You Ever Thought Possible. Personalized coaching sessions that will connect you with your inner wisdom and light, open you to new possibilities, and help you realize your dreams.


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Yolanda Visser CM, CPM Grand Rapids: 616-458-8144 Homebirth services since 1982. Committed to facilitating natural birth, bonding, strengthening the family, informed active participation, and lending dignity to women through their birthing experience.

FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234

In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1200 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways.

quantum biofeedback TRICIA E. GOSLING


Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts. www.


Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. www.grchirospa. com. See ad page 8 & 32.

State licensed school for massage and bodywork. High quality, affordable 6 month certification course with small class sizes. NCBTMB CE courses in Bamboo-Fusion®, cupping and more. Convenient to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale areas.

NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION 503 E. Broadway St Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858 989-773-1714

Educational Programs: Natural Health 1-4 Years (one weekend per month), Holistic Labor Companion – Doula 6 months (1 weekend per month), Massage Therapy 1 Year (2 weekends per month), Individual Classes available. Over 15 years of excellence. See ad page 2.


Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074

This highly complex device is a non-invasive technology that energetically scans & harmonizes the body’s stresses and imbalances, reducing those imbalances that make us uncomfortable. Visit

salon services CJ’S STUDIO SALON

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

0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472

I am an award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education. We use and sell Organic Hair Care Products, including Organic Hair Color. We also offer Ionic Detox Foot Baths.


Elizabeth Beau

Practical Peace is a catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. We offer weekend classes to help you move from ego-consciousness to Spiritual Awareness to become a more authentic “you”. For more information contact Barbra at

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