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aking this morning to a lovely autumn thunderstorm, we stayed in bed an extra hour quietly listening to the booming storm roll in, linger a while and then softly roll away. This was our cue that it was time for Kyle and me to start the day. Rainy days relax me while at the same time transmitting so much energy that I feel able to conquer my world. Contrary to the general public, I relish gloomy days. So fall is naturally my favorite time of year. Plus October hosts two favorite holidays, Halloween and my birthday. Okay, so my birthday is not officially recognized as a holiday, but I enjoy celebrating it like it is. October also brings National Eat Better, Eat Together Month, encouraging us all to gather to dine on healthy meals as a family. Grocery shopping and meal preparations present opportunities to share time together, as well. Why not make mealtime extra special by trying foods from other countries, making new vegetarian recipes, spontaneously choosing a candlelit dinner, or putting some other special twist on dinnertime a certain day of week. Most importantly, planning to eat together regularly enables families to enjoy one another’s company, nourish each other and better connect. Kyle and I like to grocery shop together and are fortunate to eat most meals together too. Like many families that say pray before eating, Kyle and I have a ritual of sharing gratitude for cherished moments and events in our day. It’s good to hear what a loved one is happy about and brings positivity to a day that may have seen some struggle. Someone else’s sparkle is always an uplift. In honor of our Environment theme this month, we are delighted to share helpful information on everything from Climate Change to Eco Shopping. Our green living issues and articles never fail to remind me of what I am doing right in my personal life and turn up some new ways our family can tread more lightly on dear Mother Earth. In a bid for us all to discover more people- and eco-friendly ways in which we can celebrate the holidays. Please email me at with your favorite ways to green the season; you just might see your idea published in an upcoming print issue or online in our Facebook or Twitter pages. Happy Halloween to all,

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oin Harvest Health Foods in celebrating over 60 years of having West Michigan’s Health in Mind. This October 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm they are partnering with Gazelle Sports to kick off an anniversary celebration with the Feeling Good 5K, a FREE fun run and walk the whole family can enjoy. The Feeling Good 5k is a way to say thank you for the support and to continue to encourage those lifestyle choices that move us toward a healthier community. This event is FREE to the public, strollers and bikes are welcome. The Health Expo will feature samples from vendors, local practitioners, free electronic recycling and more. Harvest Health Foods, 4150 32nd Ave, Hudsonville. Visit to sign up for the run.

Muscle-Testing Workshop


arbara Zvirzdinis, owner of Wholistic Kinesiology Health Services, will be hosting a Muscle-Testing 101 Workshop on October 23 from 7:00-9:00pm at her office located at 147 Diamond Avenue in Grand Rapids. This workshop only costs $20 and will cover what muscle-testing is and you will learn how to muscle-test yourself as well as others. With this technique, you can literally ask the body to locate imbalances and many times detect them before they become symptomatic. “I use muscle-testing and energy-based therapies to bring the body into balance, thus allowing the body to heal itself,” says Zvirzdinis. Zvirzdinis graduated from the Wholistic Kinesiology Institute in Alberquque, New Mexico in 2006 and has been helping clients on their path to wellness ever since. She has presented Barbara Zvirzdinis workshops throughout

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the area covering a range of topics including Wholistic Kinesiology, Herbs for the Cold and Flu Season, Reflexology, Reflexology for Weight Loss, and Home Herbal Facials. Call for details on setting up group presentations. Wholistic Kinesiology Health Services, 147 Diamond Avenue, Grand Rapids upstairs in the Blackport Building. Call 616-581-3885 or email at for more information. See ads page 39, 44, 45 & 46.

Grand Opening Celebration


lirt Fitness Studio will be celebrating their Grand Opening on October 5th with a night full of events. Doors will open at 6:00pm for guests to check out the facility and meet the instructors. Students will be showcasing their talents from 6:45-7:15 with a Burlesque Showcase following that at 7:30pm. You will not want to miss out on the Instructor Showcase at 7:45pm, their skills are sure to amaze you. A Silent Auction will follow the night’s showcase events at 8:00pm with proceeds going to benefit Safe Haven Ministries. Hors d’ oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar. Set aside the date and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome to attend (you too guys)! For more information contact Flirt Fitness, 5366 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, 616-723-7350 or Amy@FlirtFitnessGR. com. See ad page 22.

Landscape Scale Conservation Planning Conference


n Thursday, October 17 from 9:00am-4:00pm, a group of highly-qualified natural resource professionals will explore methods for identifying areas with high conservation value and evaluate the potential for creating a strategic conservation plan for Southwest Michigan. Participants will discuss the status of conservation in the region and consider how to fit pieces of habitat together at a landscape scale. Conservation occurs at many levels, from the landowner who provides backyard habitat, to


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restoration projects that encompass thousands of acres. The goal of the conference is to enhance regional strategic conservation planning by increasing the level of coordination among nonprofits and governmental agencies. The program features speakers from land trusts, state organizations, and a federal agency in order to address critical issues in conservation planning. “Speakers will survey what is currently being done to accomplish largescale conservation in the region and assess what steps can be taken to increase coordination among conservation groups and agencies,” said Brown Conference cost is $30 for members of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and members of the Institute’s consortium of thirteen colleges and universities. Cost is $40 for non-members. Registration cost includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a packet of conservation planning information. Pre-registration is required. Call 269-721-4190 or visit under the calendar of events. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is located south of Hastings at 701 W. Cloverdale Rd.

Expanding Product Lines


eri Kelley, owner of Sérendipité Organiques is excited to announce two new product lines in her store. The first, boditonic, was created by Rockford native Adam Wicht. Boditonic is the ultimate moisturizer for face and body, and comes in two formulas, Original and Baby. It improves the elasticity of skin, is anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and provides UV protection, along with a host of other healthy benefits. It is the only oil with the molecular structure that allows it to penetrate into the

bone, improving skeletal strength and structure. Currently Sérendipité Organiques is one of only six retailers in the US. The second new addition is la couleur couture nail laquer. It is cruelty free, vegan, breathable, gluten and paraben free. It is 5-Free, made without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, camphor and toluene, but still has couturequality staying power. Serendipite has the distinguished honor of being the very first retailer of lacc in the US! Other trusted lines carried at Sérendipité Organiques include Rejuva Minerals, Sappho Organic Cosmetics, Face Naturals, and Brittanie’s Thyme. For more information and hours, contact Sérendipité Organiques 959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, East Hills at 616-419-8115 or visit See ad page 18 & 44.

Celebrating 5 Years


his October 13th will mark the 5th anniversary of 360 Massage and Holistic Care. Their mission is to provide alternative, comprehensive, and natural sources of health care. They achieve this through a wealth of knowledge and expertise in diversified health disciplines that complement the body inside and out. Clients are encouraged to view their health in a proactive stance that empowers them holistically and individually. 360 Massage and Holistic Care offers massage, naturopathy, energy therapies and numerous other natural modalities. Call today to schedule your appointment for a 1-Hour Lymphatic Massage for only $50, a savings of $15 off the regular price. Good for the month of October. Visit 360 Massage and Holistic Care, 1514 Wealthy, Grand Rapids, Suite 218 or contact us at 616-242-0034 or See ad page 30.

Vibrational Healing Workshop


he Yoga Studio is happy to welcome back Jason Kniola to lead a Vibrational Healing Workshop on October 26th from 1:00-3:00pm. Come be immersed in a deep and effortless meditation as waves of sound and vibration wash away energetic blocks, tensions, pain, and emotional stagnation. Participants will recline in savasana during this Jason Kniola experience of body, mind and spirit unity. The workshop incorporates vibrational healing tools including 36” Asteroid Belt Gong, 34” Wuhan Chau Gong, 38” Dobani Frame Drum, 13” Solar Plexus Crystal Singing Bowl, 10” Throat Chakra Crystal Singing Bowl, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Hand-carved Tongue Drum, and Voice Toning. Jason Kniola is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with training in Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy, Lomi Lomi Massage Therapy, Healing Touch Energy Work, Shamanic Journeying, Zen Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and a year-long Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. He has been a student of Qi Gong for over 15 years and has conducted meditation, vibrational healing, yoga and group energy workshops in Chicago, SW Michigan, and Central and NW. The workshop is only $25 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. You may register online at default.aspx or call 616-776-0836 to reserve a spot. The workshop is expected to fill, so early registration is advised. The Yoga Studio, 955 Cherry St in Grand Rapids. See ad page 17.

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n Saturday, October 26th, Cj’s Studio Salon will be offering clients the chance to help Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary of Lake Odessa, MI by getting their hair cut at the Haircut-A-Thon for Mackenzie’s. The event will be taking place from 10:00am-4:00pm. With $20 adult haircuts and $12 children’s haircuts, 100% of the proceeds will go to Mackenzie’s, where, for the past 14 years, they have been saving dogs in need and they continue to strive to save more dogs and place them in loving homes. Plan to stop by Cj’s Studio Salon on October 26 for your opportunity to help save dogs in need and take care of that necessary haircut.

In addition to dried herbs and essential oils, the Cottage also carries mineral salts including Dead Sea, Himalayan pink, and Pacific Solar salt, several cosmetic clays, carrier oils, waxes, and butters, and miscellaneous ingredients such as aloe, witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, and hydrosols. The Cottage now offers classes on how to not only make and use some fun recipes but also how to identify good quality natural ingredients. See Calendar of Events for further information on classes. Contact The Cottage of Natural Elements, 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids at 616-735-1285 or visit www. See ad page 6.

For more information, call 616-364-9191 or e-mail Cj’s Studio Salon is located at 5286 Plainfield Ave Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525. See ad page 46.

Making Your Own Natural Skin Care


id you know The Cottage of Natural Elements located at 351 Cummings NW in Grand Rapids carries bulk supplies, available by the ounce for making your own natural body care and health maintenance recipes?

Awakening the Illuminated Heart


his workshop is offered through The School of Remembering®, Drunvalo Melchizedek and taught by Neshi Lokotz. This 5-day workshop will be held on October 23-27 at The Red Spirit Retreat near Saugatuck. It is the culmination and distillation of Drunvalo’s life work. He combined material from his previous workshops with new information on how to activate the living Merkaba, giving participants an extra-ordinary opportunity to

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experience Unity Consciousness. The days are intense and full, including talks, discussion, guided meditations and experiential activities. One afternoon is devoted entirely to healing and opening your Heart, allowing you to experience your own Divine Nature. This workshop has the potential to change the way you experience your connection to the world around you. It is time to remember who you really are. It is time to connect to your Heart and your Light Body in a new way. And, it is time to remember that We are One. For more details and to register, visit www.SacredHoop. net. Cost to attend is only $595 w/lodging or $465 for commuter. Contact Yvette Neshi Lokotz at Neshi@ or 608-372-8008. See ad page 32.

Centered and Strong


uring the month of October, On The Path Yoga in Spring Lake will be offering a series called “Centered and Strong” to raise funds for the Center for Women in Transition (CWIT) during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Saturday morning yoga classes will be donation based with 100% of the donations directed toward CWIT. Also, every Saturday afternoon, On The Path Yoga will offer special workshops geared at helping women feel stronger, grounded, and aware of how to respond to threatening situations. A portion of all workshop fees will also go towards CWIT. Workshops will include “Happy Feet and Healthy Bodies: Finding Balance and Centering through Your Feet” on Oct. 5, Yin Yoga/Yoga Nidra on Oct. 12, Making Your Own Mandala on Oct. 21, and Women’s Self Defense on Oct. 26. For Saturday class schedule, workshop details and registration, visit or call 616935-7028. To find out more about CWIT and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and what you can do to help yourself or others please see See ad page 16.

ReWire Retreat for Women


ould your life benefit from an upgrade? A little more focus and less stress? Elle Ingalls of Pressure-Free Living and Nico Fischer, Holistic Business Entrepreneur and mentor, are bringing the ReWire Retreat for Women, a proven system of making lasting change in your life, to Grand Rapids on Thursday, October 17, 6:00-9:00pm at Holistic Care Approach located at 3368 Beltline Court NE in Grand Rapids.

This mini-retreat introduces the ReWire concept of: • ReDucing stress in easy, on-the-go steps. • ReMoving obstacles that are holding us back from being our best. • ReDesigning goals and dreams to enhance our life experiences. Register early for $25 at and click ReWire or call 269832-3573. Or pay $35 at the door. Seating is limited. Visit Pressure-Free Living at See ad page 18.

Exciting New Happenings


ourney Home Yoga and Health (JHYH) is pleased to announce the addition of Yoga Teacher Sheila Bartle and Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Teacher Nanette Bowen to the team. They are also excited to offer some amazing new Fall classes and programs. Bartle is a YA Registered Yoga Teacher and a retired lifelong educator who has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her adult life. To her, practicing yoga, coming to your mat, is another way of saying, “I will now take care of myself.” Her teaching philosophy recognizes and creates an environment that enables everyone to practice yoga--including those of us who have “imperfect” bodies. Bowen is a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant as well as a YA Registered Yoga Teacher. She has over thirty years of experience in health care, first as a Registered Nurse, and currently as a Physician Assistant. She now offers private Ayurvedic Consulting appointments at JHYH and will also be giving an Introduction to Ayurveda workshop on October 21, from 6:30pm–7:30pm. In addition, JHYH is now offering monthly, Saturday morning Yoga/Yoga Nidra combination classes as well as a new upcoming program on the Chakra System. For more information on services, including Yoga Nidra and Ayurveda, upcoming classes and programs, including schedule, pricing and how to register, visit or contact JHYH direct at info@ or 616-780-3604. See ad page 16.

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A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. Dr. Ronda VanderWall of Dynamic Family Chiropractic in Grandville states that, “Enlightening our patients to create health, happiness and wholeness in their lives is important. This is achieved through specific chiropractic adjustments and on-going wellness education. Every individual (adult or child, newborn or senior citizen) has the inborn ability to heal themselves and express their Godgiven potential. Corrective Wellness Chiropractic Care assists in this process by reducing interference to the body’s master control system, the nervous system.” All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. “A healthy lifestyle supports chiropractic corrective care. We advise our patients on particular activities that can be beneficial to their specific health goals and which activities to avoid. We recognize that overall good health is a collaborative effort between our professionals and our patients,” explains Dr. Doug McKenzie of Great Lakes Family Chiropractic in Grand Rapids. Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Dr. Lindsay Rademacher of Gaslight Family Chiropractic in East Grand Rapids shares that “Many of our patients come in to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While we will address each patient’s specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to “coach” our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle.” There are many ways your body is affected by day-today activities. “Stress is a major contributor to aches, pains and disease today. This is why we have created a soothing environment with relaxing, healing treatments to be enjoyed on their own or to compliment your Chiropractic care,” says Dr. Andrew Schafer of Schafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa in Grand Rapids. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient. includes a database of licensed chiropractors, searchable by zip code.

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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit

Ease Sleep Apnea with Herbs


Sleep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour. Conventional medicine says that apnea is caused by a sagging soft palate or some other obstructive tissue in the throat. Not so, says Master Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, who believes that it is instead caused by a reduced signal from the brain to the diaphragm, prompting breathing to slow down or even causing the sleeper to stop breathing. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces a rapid inhalation, dragging any sagging soft tissues into the airway and disturbing the sleep cycle,” he says, explaining such an obstruction as a consequence, rather than a cause. Conventional medicine usually addresses sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Using such a device can be costly and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable, creating its own form of sleep disruption. Frank suggests that a more natural solution to sleep apnea can be found by ingesting three simple herbs—lobelia, thyme and cramp bark. These work together to intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increasing lung efficiency, relaxing related skeletal muscles and so providing relief.

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Dulse Seaweed a Heart Health Powerhouse


ulse (palmaria palmata), a protein-rich red seaweed, could become a new protein source to compete with current protein crops like soybeans, according to scientists at Ireland’s Teagasc Food Research Centre. Dulse harvested from October to January usually has the highest protein content. This functional food also contributes levels of essential amino acids such as leucine, valine and methionine, similar to those contained in legumes like peas or beans. It may even help protect against cardiovascular disease. The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports that for the first time, researchers have identified a renin-inhibitory peptide in dulse that helps to reduce high blood pressure, like ACE-1 inhibitors commonly used in drug therapy.

Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”

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Community Spotlight by Amanda Merritt


ave you ever considered how the production of your favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans affects our environment and other people’s lives? Every product that leaves a store has an impact that consumers are often inadvertently oblivious to. This year’s ArtPrize includes a collaborative piece about compassion in a “book” hanging at Central District Cyclery, 52 Monroe Center Street. One of the 2’ x 3’ pages has images and information from a simple search about how apparel production impacts people and our planet. It invites viewers to regard the interdependent nature of life, while considering an everyday, up close and personal dimension of life still left out of most sustainability conversations. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to shed some light on how our clothes are tangible threads that connect us to other lives, communities and ecosystems directly affected by our choices,” explains artist, educator and entrepreneur Marta Swain, founder of Clothing Matters in Grand Rapids. Her ArtPrize piece illustrates effects of a historically unaccountable apparel industry’s fast, “throwaway” fashion, fueled by an abundance of cheap and irresponsibly manufactured clothing. Since 1996, Clothing Matters has helped well over forty thousand people prevent pollution, conserve resources and promote social justice. Featuring a world-class collection of responsibly manufactured apparel unmatched even in cosmopolitan cities like San Francisco, London or Paris, Clothing Matters has raised the bar for people who travel from near and far to invest treasured dollars in apparel they can both feel good in and feel good about. “People who care to know more about what they put on their precious bodies can be part of the solution by making more conscious choices,” says Swain. “We serve a diverse and discerning clientele of all ages and backgrounds who choose to be part of the apparel solution, compelled by even small bits of knowledge about how their dollars can be invested in ways that respect people and the planet.” A simple search of “how apparel manufacturing impacts personal, social and ecological health” reveals sobering realities, of which a small percentage can prompt choices that support social justice and reduce pollution including carcinogenic chemicals, pesticides, bleach, formaldehyde, heavy metal dyes, sizing, detergents and fabric softeners. Mississippi and Louisiana’s Pearl River, the denim manufacturing capital of the world, supported civilizations for millennia and is now among many ecosystems destroyed by production of items that quickly add to landfills and incinerators around the world. Swain believes, “People deserve to know and be encouraged to inquire about what their dollars do.” Retail manufacturing is the second most polluting industry on earth, next to oil. Every product that leaves a store impacts people and the planet in countless ways to which most people are oblivious. According to statistics from the Technical Textile Markets, the fashion industry’s rising demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester,


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has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. E n e r g y i n t e n s ive manufacturing processes require large amounts of crude oil and releases toxic emissions including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and a c i d g a s e s s u ch a s hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause or heighten respiratory diseases for underpaid textile workers and others. Producing the most up-to-date fashion as fast as possible for as cheap as possible comes at an immeasurably high price. Clothing Matters partners with local, regional domestic and international designers, including co-operatives and third party certified facilities, who demonstrate commitment to practices and policies that exceed Fair Labor Organization standards. In 2011, Clothing Matters more than tripled sales of products designed and handmade in Michigan. In addition to meeting sustainability requirements, benefits of Clothing Matters’ world class collection of sustainably manufactured apparel include making it easier than ever to get dressed, look better and be more comfortable--all while managing less clothing! Swain confidently asks customers to consider how an item in her store that interests them can take the place of two, three, four or more, while generating a better return on investment with extreme comfort and satisfaction throughout the seasons. Clothing Matters offers a unique collection for the concerned consumer looking to support conscious commerce with apparel choices that improve personal, social and ecological well-being, one article of clothing at a time. For more information on how you can make an impact through your apparel choice, experience Clothing Matters at 141 Diamond SE, Grand Rapids, or visit www. See ad page 13. Amanda Merritt is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a degree in Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. You can contact her at

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Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building

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Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glassenclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for eco-conscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world. Source: Yes! magazine

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Barnyard Species are Declining, Too Zakri Abdul Hamid, Ph.D., chair of the independent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, states that the disappearance of wild and domesticated plant and animal species constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and perhaps survival of humankind. His urgent message was most recently delivered in Norway to 450 international government authorities responsible for biodiversity and economic planning. “We are hurtling towards irreversible environmental tipping points that, once passed, would reduce the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services to humankind,” Zakri stated. Findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that genetic diversity, among even domestic livestock, is declining. Typically, breeds become rare because their characteristics either don’t suit contemporary demands or because differences in their qualities have not been recognized. When a breed population falls to about 1,000 animals, it is considered rare and endangered. While we know of 30,000 edible plant species, only 30 crops account for 95 percent of human food energy; 60 percent of these crops comprise varieties of rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum.


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Suffocating Earth

Accelerating Amazon Deforestation After more than six years of steady decline, the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon, which serves as vital lungs for the planet, more than doubled in just six months this year, according to the nonprofit research institute Imazon. Observers blame the increase in part on Brazil’s weakened Forest Code, established to protect the rainforest by limiting how much land can be cleared and developed. Senior researcher Paulo Barreto explains, “Imazon uses satellite images to evaluate the deforestation monthly.” In May 2012, the Brazilian Congress changed the Legal Reserve rule that requires landowners to keep 80 percent of their property forested by eliminating mandatory fines as long as the land is reforested. But enforcement is difficult and the land is often used for growing cash crops such as soybeans or raising cattle. New guidelines also allow clear-cutting closer to riverbanks, and environmentalists are alarmed about threats to biodiversity. Additionally, 60 new dams are on the government’s agenda. Source: Living on Earth (

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

New York State Could Achieve It by 2050 A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energyefficient city in the U.S.” 14

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Tree Of Life Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Among his many awards is the Gold Medal he was honored with from the Society of Illustrators in 2009. Recently, he was commissioned to create the official Earth Day 2013 Poster on the theme of big cat conservation. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio and online store at

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Krill Kill

Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

Course Correction

Climate Science Curriculum Update Millions of young Americans are beginning to learn about climate change and associated science in the classroom. Next Generation Science Standards (, which have been adopted by 26 states and are under consideration by 15 more, teach how and why fossil fuel emissions are a causal factor in overheating the world. The previous federal science teaching standards, published in 1996, avoided the issues of evolution and climate change. Scientists and educators jointly developed the new standards with states’ input to help students distinguish between scientific fact, religious beliefs and political opinion. Source:

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A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed.

Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (

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Tree-mendous Acts Grow Quality of Life Volunteers will emulate Johnny Appleseed to expand and restore local urban green spaces and improve their quality of life and environment as part of October’s ninth annual National NeighborWoods Month program. Last year, local organizations and governments coordinated the planting of more than 45,000 trees by as many as 23,000 volunteers in hundreds of communities nationwide. In Massachusetts, Boston Parks & Recreation Department workers joined TD Bank employees and public volunteers to revitalize the East Boston Greenway with 50 new trees. In Goleta, California, 80 new trees took root via 12 planting and care events, and more than 500 elementary school students took a cellular-level look at tree leaves during three science nights. “Their shouts upon seeing the hair-like edges of some leaves that serve to absorb water and control evaporation were terrific,” says Ken Knight, executive director of Goleta Valley Beautiful. “We impress on them that they will act as stewards—what we plant will also be their children’s trees and onward.” The Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), the national nonprofit program coordinator, estimates last year’s efforts will capture 23.1 million gallons of stormwater, dispose of 660 tons of air pollutants and save participating cities and towns nearly $600,000 in water management and air pollution costs each year. Other tree-mendous benefits include beautifying the landscape, improving home property values, providing a natural habitat and reducing home air conditioning costs by supplying more shade. To date, ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees in neighborhoods nationwide, involving 5 million-plus volunteers. Executive Director Carrie Gallagher remarks, “People understand instinctively that trees are vital to creating safe and successful communities, and a livable, sustainable future.” For more information and to participate, visit or

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Yoga Reduces Depression in Pregnant Women


regnancy hormones are known to cause myriad physical and emotional symptoms, including unexplainable mood swings. The fluctuations are more serious for one in five expectant moms because they also experience major depression. Now, a groundbreaking study by the University of Michigan offers new hope. Pregnant women identified as psychiatrically high-risk that participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention experienced significant reductions in their depressive symptoms. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb. natural awakenings

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Chronic Lyme Disease

by Linda Sechrist


hronic Lyme disease, a controversial subject among scientists, doctors, patients, HMOs and insurance companies, is garnering a lot of public attention. Virtually unknown before 1977, the bacterial disease transmitted by a bite from a black-legged deer tick carrying the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi now has its own print journal, resource website, alliance, radio program and national grassroots fundraising campaign. This surge of activity, largely begun since 1982, appears justifiable, as an estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. are believed to be suffering from a condition that was initially considered an outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in and around Lyme, Connecticut. Although awareness is increasing, transmission is rising. As disputes persist over whether the illness can become chronic, thousands of individuals with relapsing fevers, lingering fatigue, joint pain, headaches, neurological symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with the disease continue to suffer. A late-stage Lyme patient and co-founder of LymeAid4Kids (, Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club, points out that physicians play down latestage cases, which require intensive, long-term treatment, insisting that the disease is always cured with a simple round of antibiotics. Tan, whose organization pays for the diagnosis and treatment of uninsured children with Lyme,


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disagrees with the dismissive prognosis, as does Katina Makris, host of Lyme Light Radio and author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease—Body Mind and Spirit. After experiencing a mysterious flu, Makris, a classical homeopath and health care columnist, spent the next five years in physical and mental torment before she was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. “I was bedridden for two years, so the diagnosis was just the beginning of my 10-year journey to healing,” says Makris, whose book is part recovery memoir and part resource guide for alternative medical, emotional and spiritual support. Tan and Makris also agree on a major problem in diagnosing Lyme—it evades detection by standard blood tests for bacterial antigens and antibodies. “The ELISA test is only accurate between two weeks and two months after the tick bite,” says Makris, who notes that the Western Blot test is somewhat more accurate, while the IGeneX is superior. Makris also emphasizes the importance of choosing the best laboratory. “Clongen Laboratories and Advanced Laboratory

Services are highly regarded,” she says R i ch a r d I H o r ow i t z , M . D. , specializes in internal medicine. The author of Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease, he raises another red flag for detection—the existence of coinfections that are often transmitted along with Lyme. Because testing for coinfections is often as unreliable as it is for Lyme, they also frequently go undiagnosed. According to Horowitz, coinfections were not adequately accounted for in four major scientific trials that attempted to explain why Lyme symptoms persist even after antibiotic treatment. The trial conclusions—that antibiotics are not effective in eliminating chronic Lyme disease—are not surprising, given that the antibiotics tested do not address all of the infecting organisms now frequently found in ticks. Stephen Harrod Beuhner, author of Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections, clarifies two factors that have stimulated the emergence of potent bacterial disease organisms found in tick saliva—the tremendous overuse of antibiotics over the past 70 years and the increasing damage to wild landscapes, intrusions into forest ecosystems, the cutting of those same forests, the reduction of wild predator populations and the increase in deer, mice, and insect populations. “As fewer wild animal populations are available as hosts for the bacterial diseases that once were (mostly) limited to those populations, the bacteria have no choice but to jump species and find new hosts. Because human beings now live in the habitat formerly occupied by those animals, many of the bacteria are now learning to live in human beings,” says Buhner, who also advises that various bacteria are teaching each other how to resist antibiotics and how to more easily infect people. Also, what they do together in the body is a great deal more complex than what any one of them does alone, making them very difficult to treat. Bartonella species, like many infectious bacteria, utilize the immune system of whatever mammal they infect as part of their infection strategy. Any existing inflammation, such as arthritis, actually facilitates the growth of bartonella. Due to the synergistic nature of coinfections, the weaker or more compromised the immune system, the more likely someone is to become infected and more likely they are to have a debilitating course of illness. Improving the immune system allows it to do what it does best—identify the outer membrane proteins of the bacteria and create antibodies against them, which can take from four to eight months. In more compromised immune systems, the length of time is directly proportional to the health of the immune system. “Once the immune system creates the proper antigens, the bacteria are then eliminated fairly rapidly from the body. Re-infection is difficult, as the antibodies remain in the body for some time,” advises Buhner. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t Ly m e D i s e a s e . o r g , T B DA l l i a n c e . org,, and Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

Better Safe than Sorry with Lyme Disease by Lynne C. Belsky, M.D.

Lyme Disease is on the rise in our region of the Midwest. There were 80 reported cases alone in Michigan in 2012 according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that cases nationwide are extremely underreported, and the 30,000 cases that were registered last year may be closer to 300,000. The biggest concern is that people often don’t see the tiny tick that transmits the disease, and that the classic bull’s-eye rash does not always appear. Symptoms from the bacteria burrelia burdorferi include fatigue, chills fever, muscle aches, headache, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes (early); numbness and pain in arms or legs, paralysis of facial muscles and meningitis (early disseminated, weeks to months after a tick bite); and chronic Lyme arthritis, memory loss and difficulty concentrating, chronic muscular pain and sleep difficulties (late, even weeks months or years later; occurs in patients that did not receive adequate antibiotic treatment during the early phase of Lyme disease). Prevention is the best way to avoid Lyme disease. Follow the guidelines proposed by the CDC: wear long pants tucked into socks and long-sleeved shirts; light-colored clothing allows you to see a tick on the surface; and shower after being outside. It takes a tick 24 hours to attach, so you can wash them off before they do. If you are bitten, carefully remove the tick by the head with tweezers, and then wash the area with soap and water. Call a doctor about what to do next; a blood test may be necessary, but the tests are not always positive for a few weeks after infection. Pets can get Lyme disease, too. Make sure to examine them closely after a walk to avoid bringing ticks inside. Dr. Lynne Belsky is a concierge physician at Living Well Medical, 1535 Lake Cook Rd., in Northbrook. For more information, call 847-418-2030 or visit natural awakenings

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The Power of One Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, ‘What’s Your Tree?’ by Judith Fertig


or 738 days, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree called Luna to increase awareness of threats to our ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for California’s redwoods, together with related ecological and social justice issues. When she claimed victory for Luna on December 18, 1999, she was recognized worldwide as both a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Today, Butterfly Hill’s commitment to such causes continues to inspire people worldwide. She has helped found and launch a host of nonprofit organizations and currently serves as ambassador for the Pollination Project, which awards $1,000 a day to individuals making a positive difference. The impassioned activist is the inspiration for the What’s Your Tree initiative and also leads workshops at eco-villages such as Findhorn, in Scotland, and Damanhur, in Italy. She lives in Belize, where she describes her life as, “Before tree, during tree and after tree.”

What prompted your life shift from being the daughter of a traveling preacher to an environmental activist? Before Tree, when I was 22, I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and spent 10 months recovering. As I got better physically, I realized that my 20

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whole life had been out of balance. I had been working nonstop since graduating from high school—obsessed by my career, worldly success and material things. This pivotal experience woke me to the importance of the moment and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on the future.

How did you come to climb up a 1,000-plus-year-old redwood tree and stay there for two years? After I recovered from the accident, I went on a road trip to California. There, I volunteered at a reggae festival. That year, the event was dedicated to the protection of ancient forests. I listened and learned from the speakers and activists passionate about educating people on the destructive logging practices of the Maxxam-controlled Pacific Lumber Company. Returning to my place in Arkansas, I sold everything I owned and returned to California to see how I could help. Earth First! was doing tree-sits to call attention to the urgent need to protect ancient trees, and they needed someone to stay in a redwood tree so the loggers couldn’t cut it down; because nobody else volunteered, they had to pick me. On December 10, 1997, I put on the harness and ascended Luna, 180 feet up. What I thought would be three or four weeks in the tree turned into

two years and eight days. I returned to the ground only after the company agreed to protect Luna and the surrounding grove.

What are some of the legacies of your incredible feat? The Luna experience brought international attention to the plight of the last dwindling stands of ancient redwoods. After Tree, I was asked to speak about the issue all over the world. My bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, has been translated into 11 languages. A follow-up environmental handbook is titled One Makes the Difference. It all inspires concerned citizens to take action in their own communities.

Now, as a yoga enthusiast, vegan, peacemaker and antidisposable activist, how do you stay true to yourself and model the changes you champion? I am committed to living with as much integrity, joy and love as I can. If we want to see something in the world, then we have to live it. Like I learn in yoga, I aim to stretch into my life and breathe and see what opens up, trusting that clarity and growth will emerge in the process. On a personal ecology level, I love swimming in the sea and the sound of the waves rolling over the reef. I love being at home, mixing fresh masa to make tamales and listening to the birds singing as they sway from the palm branches and bougainvillea. These are the moments that make my soul sing.

How has believing in one person’s power to change the world led you to ask, “What’s Your Tree?” Service is core to my being. It gives purpose and joy to my life. The What’s Your Tree project helps people connect with a place of deep purpose that helps guide their lives, choices and actions. Learn more at and Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS. natural awakenings

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Healing the Ecosystem Within A Conversation with Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons by Brita Belli

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ioneers are innovators from all walks of life, seeking to make the world a better place in ways that respect the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Their organization, considered a “network of networks,” connects people and ideas through their annual National Bioneers Conference, local community action groups and original multimedia productions, including the award-winning “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” radio series. Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons, co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, talked with Natural Awakenings about the role each of us plays today in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.

How can we be hopeful about the state of the Earth? I feel that we each need to cultivate a balanced view. It’s important to hold what I call a “both/and” awareness, which recognizes how seriously our planet’s life support systems are compromised and how intensive the demand is for us to engage in reversing their deterioration. At the same time, I remain deeply hopeful, because so many people are awakening to the urgency of the issues we face and many more are now mobilizing to act in positive ways.

Does this mean that you see a societal shift toward a better way of thinking? Our state of mind is directly affected by

where we place our attention. If our primary source of information is mainstream media, then it’s easy to feel depressed and hopeless. Each of us would benefit from limiting our daily media intake, because it influences our inner story and impacts how we nourish our psyches, stories and visions. One of the greatest medicines for despair is action. When we act on behalf of what we love and those in need, it can help restore gratitude, a sense of faith and a more balanced view. That’s why natural disasters often elicit the best kinds of responses human beings can offer: compassion, empathy and a desire to generously contribute to solutions.

To what extent does healing the Earth depend on healing ourselves? We co-created the current political, economic, energy, industrial and food production systems based on competition and hierarchies that are wreaking havoc on Planet Earth and on our collective quality of life and future survival. As long as we participate in them, we perpetuate them. We have an immense opportunity to reinvent our selves and society’s systems right now. Our culture conditions us to be hard on ourselves, judging and comparing our talents and actions while often valuing ourselves primarily based on our work or relationships. To be the most effective change agents we can be, I believe we need to reverse these

patterns and learn to consider ourselves and all of life as sacred and inherently worthy of love. One of the most powerful things each of us can do at this pivotal point is to claim full responsibility for our inner “story-scape”—to shift our personal story about the impacts we’re capable of having, what our capacity for action really is and how bringing ourselves in service to life at this moment can be meaningful, joyful and effective.

Isn’t there often a conflict between what people believe and what they do? We each contain a complex ecosystem within us. The more we can become conscious of cultivating ourselves to be authentically and fully in heartfelt service to what we love, the better we can show up on behalf of the Earth and the people and creatures with whom we share it as home.

Do you see women playing a particular role in this transformation? While every person is a unique mix of both masculine and feminine qualities, I think that women as a whole have a deeply embedded coding that inclines us to be especially strong in caring, compassion and collaboration. As leadership capacities, I believe these three—and connecting across differences—may be among the most essential to resilience. Our future as a species will clearly benefit from more women finding their voice, truth and connections to power. The more women that can articulate their individual experiences in support of an inclusive collective vision, the more we can begin to tip our institutions, culture and the men we love to increasingly value these “feminine traits,” which I refer to as relational intelligence. For a long time, we have perpetuated a fatally flawed culture that has put intellect first. It’s past time that we all put the wisdom of our hearts, bodies and intuition first, with intellect in a supporting role. Freelance writer Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Connect at natural awakenings

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leaders believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” says well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

RISING FEVER The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald


enowned “We’re not going to stop opted for the “bunny slope” approach, climate sciglobal warming; it’s too a leisurely descent entist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can from the ubiquitous use of climateuses simple lankeep it from getting as bad changing fossil guage and sports analogies to help us as it could possibly get.” fuels. Unfortunately, greenhouse gases understand climate ~ Bill McKibben would have had to change and the peak two years ago risks ahead. A distinguished professor emeriand now be in decline in order to take tus, researcher at California’s Scripps the easy way out. Instead, the amount of Institution of Oceanography and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot author of The Forgiving Air, he likens past 400 parts per million last May, a greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s level that most scientists agree the planet rocked major league baseball in recent hasn’t experienced since long before the years. “Greenhouse gases are the stearrival of modern humans. roids of the climate system,” he says. “Science tells you, you can put this Although we can’t link them to any much carbon dioxide into the atmosingle weather event, we can see them sphere, but no more,” without changing the planet’s climate too dramatically, in the statistics at the end of the seaSomerville says. “Mother Nature tells son, Somerville says. With the bases you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to loaded, “Look out, because Mother solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 Nature bats last.” years. There’s been a general failure to To explain how we could confront connect the dots.” The bit of good news the problem, he turns to another sport, skiing. If we were serious about avoiding is that time has not yet completely run out. He and other pioneering thought a worst-case scenario, we would have


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On the Water Front

Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well

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McKibben’s grassroots group,, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Bill McKibben Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Frances Beinecke Congress to enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include Sandra Postel the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply— and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen

as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See water/readiness by city and state.)

On the Ocean Front

The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, Dawn Wright

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We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already


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using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

“Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price.” ~ Dawn Wright “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that

flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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Drought: Drought struck two-thirds of America’s lower 48 states last year, and continued into 2013 in many parts of the country, costing billions of dollars in crop failures and damage from resulting wildfires. Extreme storms: East Coast weather has become wilder, with storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy wreaking unprecedented losses in human life and property. Freshwater supplies: As melting shrinks glaciers’ historic footprints, reducing the amount of springtime snowmelt, and we continue to deplete groundwater faster than it can be replenished, conflicts between agriculture, industry and municipalities over water are expected to increase. Meanwhile, rising sea levels near some seashore cities have already led to incursions of saltwater, contaminating underground freshwater systems. Rising sea levels: Since 1870, the global sea level has risen by about eight inches, according to the EPA. By the end of this century, it estimates that New York City could see a rise of 2.3 feet and Galveston, Texas, 3.5 feet. Other studies say those estimates are conservative. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July concluded that a rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit could result in a corresponding rise in sea levels exceeding 13 feet.

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egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/ non-fat food is a panacea for modern

illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.”

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dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or Scientific studies published in raw milk products, provided they the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, retain their full fat content and Medical Hypotheses and by the come from grass-fed Mercola group attest to cows. She reasons that key problems related the presence of the antito human consumption carcinogenic fatty acid of grains. Anti-nutrients Paleo Specials conjugated linolenic such as phytic acid in du Jour acid (CLA) and the Wulgrains lead to the poor zen factor anti-stiffness absorption of minerals Curried carrot soup with agent in the fat benefit buckwheat crackers and and related deficiencies. joint lubrication. goat cheese Improper absorption of Experts suggest dietary protein caused Kale wraps with julienne that the dietary formula in part by enzyme of grass-fed strip loin, established by our preinhibitors in grains also bell peppers and avocado historic ancestors can tends to damage the be the foundation for pancreas. Individual Butter-grilled pineapple a modern-day, healthy, rounds served with sensitivities to proteins non-confining, creative dollop of vanilla-scented in specific grains can eating experience. We heavy cream further interfere with can exchange grains for functioning of the neuquinoa, amaranth and roendocrine system and buckwheat (not technisubsequent emotional cally grains at all), and include tudifficulties like addiction and depression bers and legumes, due to their folate and may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prena- protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins tal diets that have made younger generaand potassium. Nearly every category of tions extra-sensitive to the challenges food, in the proper amounts, can be part posed by grains to the human system. of such a balanced diet. While Cordain doesn’t recommend

When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

Paleo Parallel Tips n Make plants the center. For any meat, choose organic, grass-fed lean cuts and use small portions as sides or garnish. n Limit dairy to items with full fat content. Choose sheep or goat dairy when possible, followed by organic cow dairy. n Limit grains, but explore pseudograins such as buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth to add safe, starch-like body to meals. n For legumes, eat lentils. Blue and sweet potatoes are good choices for tubers.

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by Tania Melkonian Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined up vertically.

When the stock comes to a boil, reduce to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

Curried Carrot Soup

Kale Wraps

Wash and dry kale.

2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock.

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned.

Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed.

Add curry paste and stir. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

1 head kale (suggest cavolo nero or dino kale) 1 bell pepper, sliced into julienned strips 1 avocado, julienned 3 oz grass-fed sirloin, grilled to medium and julienned Chili flakes and cumin to taste

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hen Postmaster Janette Bremer was asked the question, Why open a health food store now, her reply was, “The timing was right to open Thornapple Health & Nutrition because I had dabbled in the healthcare industry, and this would allow me to share the knowledge about nutrition and sports performance I had gained over the past few years.” After approaching her long time friend, Reiki Master Practitioner Julie Ann Coon, the two joined forces, combining their businesses into one location. On October 1st the store will be celebrating its one year anniversary, and although the business has evolved, the original goal of providing specific and individualized knowledge to help people achieve good health has stayed the same since day one. “We were both ready for a new challenge, and knew we still had a lot to give,” explained Coon with a smile. “After working in pharmaceuticals for the past 12 years I had watched people fill their prescriptions each week to treat symptoms and had come to the realization that there was a better way to help them.” A Certified Pharmacy Technician, Coon is qualified to analyze prescription medications against supplements. “We ask people to be honest with us, because it can make a big difference with their health,” she said. Bremer also stressed that the information people receive needs to be correct. “So many people research online and they watch the health experts on TV who suggest things that may or may not be right for them,” she explained. “My son was a wrestler for many years and I’ve seen sports professionals including trainers with misconceptions, or just bad information that put kids at risk.” With her history, Bremer takes sports nutrition and enhancing performance information seriously. “I was very overweight, and began to have serious health problems,” she said ruefully. “I joined every biggest loser competition I could and lost 30 pounds. Gaining it back, I realized I had to do something different.” Six days a week in the gym began to shape her body to participate in local figure and body building competitions, but it was the time spent talking with personal trainers and others in that community that changed her life. “I learned what works and what doesn’t, and that’s what I share with others who are struggling with weight issues,” she explained. “There is no magic bullet, but there are things that make a big difference.” Bremer continues to compete, and recently took second place in a local female body competition. At the store there is so much more than just the items on the shelf. Coon has a Healing Room in the back for clients, who come from the surrounding areas for Reiki Therapy Sessions. Reiki is a method of stress reduction and relaxation that promotes

healing. “My training in Reiki helps me to look at the well being of the whole person, to see people on a deeper level,” she pointed out. “Energy healing techniques, supplements, organic foods, there are many layers of things that can help.” She also owns and operates Caledonia Shipping, a UPS Authorized Shipping Outlet right in the store. Veronica Strouse of Eyes Wide Open also brings an element of alternative practices on Tuesday’s when she works in the store. She provides Quantum Biofeedback for customers that would like very specific information about the functioning of their body and what might be needed to treat specific issues. “She does a cursory scan on the forehead for 3 minutes and the results are amazing,” marveled Bremer. “People love it because it is immediate and legitimate, and she can do another in-depth scan later if they would like more information.” She also offers Raindrop Therapy by appointment only. Thornapple Health & Nutrition is also a drop off site for Door To Door Organics, and people can pick up a box each week of straight off the farms fresh produce, meat, and dairy. Made in Michigan products are well represented, and gluten and dairy free products are available. “Since we are locally owned, we can bring in special requests or let people know where to get them,” said Bremer. “We try to offer items you can’t get anywhere else and not duplicate the local grocers or drug stores inventories.” Twice a month a newsletter is sent out, loaded with recipes, information, tips, and suggestions. “We might be in the middle of a bustling town, but we’ve got a small town attitude,” said Coon with a smile. Bremer agreed, and added that it’s been very nice working with another woman in this endeavor. “We both have our strengths, and when it’s needed we lift each other up,” she said. “It’s been a good partnership for our women-owned businesses!” In her spare time Bremer enjoys travel and preparing for her next competition and Coon is active in her church and the community. A longtime member of the Village Players of Middleville, she enjoys performing and storytelling. The store is located at 9175 Cherry Valley Ave (M37) south of 84th street in Caledonia, and open Monday through Friday 10am-6:30pm, and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Call 616-891-0898 or visit their website at Caledonia Shipping provides fax and laminating services when the store is open, with UPS pickup Monday through Friday at 4-4:45pm. Visit www.julieanncoon for more information about Reiki, or to schedule an appointment. Veronica can be contacted at See ad page 5. natural awakenings

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ishing upon a star The magical skies and comfortably cool is an iconic activity This year, families can night sky is nights. steeped in everyanticipate a special viewing one’s childhood desire to of the Comet ISON, which is a perfect attain happiness and fulfillto be visible from playground expected ment. Actual stargazing can much of the United States in help make parents’ dreams for a child’s late November. for their children’s well-being imagination. Getting Started come true, as well. Children are exposed to imaginSky & Telescope magazine’s online ing the larger celestial realm through guide, Getting Started in Astronomy, popular films, science fiction literature offers easy steps for parents to put stars and pop songs, plus more tangibly via in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s current sky events. Consider news of Sky at a Glance link. Find an open the meteoroid that exploded over Russpace like a park or wooded clearing to sia in February and the latest images reduce ambient light and use sky maps from the surface of Mars beamed to us in hobby publications or astronomy by the NASA rover Curiosity. Experienc- books from the library as guides. ing the excitement of early knowledge Binoculars are the best tool to start can bolster academics while fostering getting familiar with the night sky—they a calming sense of the order of nature’s augment the naked eye enough to idenrhythms. tify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons “Astronomy ties into every eduand the crescent phases of Venus. Plancational domain—physics, geometry, etariums, science and children’s mualgebra, history and ecology,” advises seums, nature centers and astronomy former elementary school teacher Hiram clubs often hold public family events Bertoch, of West Valley City, Utah, owner that include access to telescopes; some of the KidsKnowIt Network, which main- loan or rent them out. (Find local clubs tains 10 free children’s learning websites, and facilities at including Standing community/organizations.) in awe at the wonders of the universe can Other opportunities include also instill a centering sense of humility NASA’s Night Sky Network of asin the face of such grandeur. tronomy clubs, Astronomy magazine’s Autumn is one of the best times youth programs, for channeling youngsters’ intrigue and programs. in constellations, given the clearer Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops offer

astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide high-quality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smooth-working mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

Faraway Fun Facts Stars appear to twinkle from light distortions caused by temperature differences in our atmosphere. The lifespan of most stars is billions of years. Ancient peoples saw patterns among the 2,000 stars visible to the naked eye and gave them names like The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Scorpius. A “shooting star” is actually a meteor with a trail of gases and particles. The Moon’s surface is pitted with thousands of craters from long-ago meteor strikes. Saturn’s rings are composed mostly of billions of ice particles and rocks. Jupiter is by far the largest studied planet; after the Moon and Venus, it’s usually the brightest object in the night sky. Planets Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Mercury and Mars, as well as Pluto, are named for Roman gods—Venus was the Roman goddess of love. Planets and the Moon don’t emit light—they reflect light from the sun. Source: Don’t Know Much About the Universe, by Kenneth C. Davis natural awakenings

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Shop with the Planet in Mind Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald

Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult to distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across 36

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the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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ing on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton. HealtH

Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

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Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as Fitness


the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at



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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

by Linda Sechrist


s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the soldout Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana.


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The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve cen-

ters, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a littleknown, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required,

such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques

to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in anti-aging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Free Yourself From Stress- 7:00pm. Performance Coach Elle Ingalls introduces you to Pressure-Free Living’s on-the-go stress management method. Free. To register: For more info call 269-832-3573 or email Greencrest Manor, 6174 Halbert Rd, Battle Creek. Tinctures and Herbal Oils- 7:30pm. ‘Brain Tonic’ and ‘Spring Tonic’ tinctures, and Calendula Infused Oil. The end result will be 3 take home items and a new appreciation for herbs and weeds. $40 Fee and Registration due in advance. Call Moondrop Herbals at 616 735-1285 or see ad. 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.


An Evening of Metta Meditation: Practicing Loving-Kindness Toward Ourselves: 6:009:00pm. Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness presents an evening of Metta Meditation, cultivating unconditional friendliness toward ourselves with Janice Lynne Lundy. The relationship we have with ourselves can be a difficult one. $35. Wellness Forum 4990 Cascade Rd SE Grand Rapids. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7:008:00pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in Americatrained practitioners. $5 Donation. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids. Free Shamanic Healing Information Session- 7:158:30pm. So what IS shamanism and shamanic healing exactly? EOG owner Andy Groggel, M.A. will share some of his knowledge, provide a brief demonstration of the shamanic healing techniques he uses and offer a relaxation exercise. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids.


Feel Good 5k & Health Expo- 5:00-8:00pm. An anniversary celebration with the Feeling Good 5K, a Free fun run and walk the whole family can enjoy. The Health Expo will feature samples from vendors, local practitioners & more. Harvest Health Foods, 4150 32nd Ave, Hudsonville. Visit www.signmeup. com/93139 to sign up for the run.


Fall Meditation Retreat Mindfulness and the Heart: Combining Compassion and Practice with April Hadley & Carol Hendershot- Friday Evening through Sunday Noon. This retreat will provide training in mindfulness and compassion, as well as guidance in gentle yoga, walking and breathing. Wonderful Vegetarian Meals. $360 Shared - $425 Single. Barothy Lodge, Walhalla, MI. Hula Hoop Workshop with Rebecca Urick- 7:008:00pm. Burn up to 600 calories per hour. Learn the basics of Hooping, get a great workout and add some tricks. Beginning and experienced hoopers welcome. $15 for the workshop. Includes hoop rental. Bring a Friend. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids.


Yoga/Yoga Nidra Combination Class- 10:30am12:00pm. Gentle flow yoga followed by 30 minute Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra can enhance healing and immune systems, slow aging, help with stress, sleep disorders, release long-standing behavioral patterns etc. Come for one or both; $15-$25. Journey Home Yoga & Health in Ada. More info:; or 616-780-3604. Happy Feet and Healthy Bodies- 2:00-4:00pm. Learn about common foot ailments, what type of shoes are best for you and why, as well as the science of Reflexology. Come and try out our healthy foot gym, too. $25. Register at www.OnThePathYoga. com or call 616-935-7028. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge, Spring Lake.

How To Meditate Book Study Group- 12:001:30pm. Book Study Group resumes today. Our new selection is Pema Chodron’s newest book, How to Meditate. Our group will meet every Friday from noon to 1:30 pm. Free. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.


Free Healthseekers Class- 10:30-11:45am. There is a high level of vitality and healing beyond the absence of pain. Find out how homeopathy & chiropractic are a perfect fit, restoring balance & optimizing functioning of your entire system down to the cellular--and vibrational--level. 231-670-0179. Muskegon. Free Film Screening- 2:00pm. Vegucated -Presented by Veg West Michigan www.vegwestmichigan. org. For more info, contact kim@vegwestmichigan. org. Caledonia Library, 6260 92nd St, Caledonia.

Grand Opening Celebration- 6:00pm. Flirt Fitness Studio will be celebrating with a night full of events. Silent Auction will follow the night’s showcase events at 8:00pm with proceeds going to benefit Safe Haven Ministries. Hors d’ oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar. For more info call Flirt Fitness, 5366 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, 616-723-7350.

Yin Yoga/Yoga Nidra Workshop- 3:00-5:00pm. Leads you to deep release of tension, not only in muscles, but also in connective tissues to really open joints. Register online at www.OnThePathYoga. com or by calling 616-935-7028. $25. Register at or call 616-935-7028. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge, Spring Lake.


Clean and Natural Home- 7:30pm. Deb Leonard, will show us how to make and use Natural Home Cleaning products. Deb has owned a cleaning business and makes household and commercial cleaners. $25 Fee and Registration due in advance. Call Moondrop Herbals at 616 735-1285 or see ad. 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.

Sunday Message: Sacred Listening- 10:30am. Spirit Space begins a month-long series on “Sacred Learning” with Rev. Salvatore Sapienza’s talk on Sacred Listening. Free. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.


Monthly Guided Meditation with Monica Verplank- 6:30-7:30pm. She is certified through the Chopra Center. Practicing Meditation can help enhance your health. $20 pre-paid $25 drop in. Sign up at Classes are held at Lisa W. Lee’s International Wellness Partners, 14998 Cleveland St. Suite C, Spring Lake. Free Yourself From Stress- 7:00pm. Elle Ingalls introduces you to Pressure-Free Living’s on-the-go stress management method. Seating is limited. Call 269-832-3573 or email Free. Greencrest Manor, 6174 Halbert Road, Battle Creek.


Shamanic Journey Group- 7:15-9:00pm. Andy will provide live drumming, rattling, singing and provide instructions on how to go on a shamanic journey. No previous experience needed, everyone is welcome. $15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids.


The Art of Compassionate Living- Sat 9:30am12:00pm &1:30-6:00pm and Sun 1-5:30. Rev. Jennifer Sacks & David Browning: Explore the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of compassionate, non-violent communications (NVC) and all the ways it can enable us to live lives we love. Love offering. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave Grand Rapids.



Genetic Roulette Free Movie Viewing- 6:008:00pm. Genetic Roulette won 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide. Never-BeforeSeen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population. Join NoGMO4Michigan. Free. 200 N Monroe, Lowell. Healing Circle- Discussion at 6:30 pm, Healing Circle from 7:15-8:00pm. Join us for our monthly Healing Circle as we gather on the healing grounds of Spirit Space to send healing energy to one another and to our planet. Free. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Open Reiki Share - 6:30-8:00pm. Come experience this simple to use Japanese Energy Modality. $20 pre-paid. Sign up at Join us at International Wellness Partners, 14998 Cleveland St. Suite C, Spring Lake. The Art of Compassionate Living- 6:30-8:30pm. Lead by Rev Jennifer Sacks, explore the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of compassionate, non-violent communications. Love Offering. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave Grand Rapids.


ReWire Retreat for Women- 6:00-9:00pm. Elle Ingalls and Nico Fischer are introducing ReWire Women’s Retreat, a program to reduce stress, re-

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move obstacles to success and redesign our lives. $25 early bird registration, $35 at the door. To register: For info call 269832-3573 or Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Court NE, Grand Rapids.


Toxic Free Makeover- 3:00-9:00pm. Makeup Fearlessly with Sappho Organic Cosmetics & Serendipite Organiques by coming to this free makeover event. 10% off your Sappho purchase, plus a few extra surprises are being planned for that day. Free. Call Teri at 616-419-8115 to book your reservation. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 2, Grand Rapids.


Old-Fashioned Soap Making- 9:00am-12:00pm. Learn this old-time skill of soap making. We will cover all the basics: equipment needed, types of oils to use, temperature and safety issues, molds and curing. Each participant takes home cured soap, resources, recipes, and experience. Class size limited. $20. Preregistration is required. Visit www.spiritlinkherbals. 1470 66th Street, Fennville. Eliminate Emotional Suffering Workshop10:00am-4:00pm. Author Sherry Petro-Surdel presents A Practical Enlightenment Workshop: Eliminate Emotional Suffering. Learn the seven principles that will eliminate emotional suffering right now in your life. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is not. $75 includes lunch & all materials. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Reiki I/II Training- 12:00pm-5:00pm & 10/20. Brent Doornbos and Andy Groggel will provide training and attunements for Level One and Two. This training includes history, basic hand positions, how Reiki works and is used, and how to work on others as well as oneself. $225. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids. Radiant Symmetry-A Mandala Workshop- 3:005:00pm. Using a variety of materials, participants will create their own expressive Mandala while learning what this symbolic structure means and how it is a significant part of self growth and awareness. $25. Register at or call 616-935-7028. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge, Spring Lake.


Sunday Message: Sacred Loving- 10:30am. Spirit Space’s month-long series on “Sacred Learning” continues with Pastor Sherry Petro Surdel’s message on Sacred Loving. Free. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

Intro to Ayurveda- 6:30-7:30pm. Join Nanette Bowen, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, to learn about Ayurveda. The oldest holistic, preventative, health-care system uses principles of nature, harmony and rhythm to help individuals align with their unique health profile. Journey Home Yoga & Health in Ada. More info:; or 616-780-3604.

Awakening The Illuminated Heart Workshop9:00am-6:00pm. 10/23-10/27 each day. Join Neshi Lokotz at The Red Spirit Retreat near Saugatuck,


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Walking a Sacred Path: Fall Labyrinth Walk6:30-8:30pm The labyrinth, a Christian model of pilgrimage, offers an ancient and sacred space to focus the attention and listen to this guidance and the longing of the soul. $20. Register at: or 616-514-3325. Muscle-Testing Workshop 101- 7:00-9:00pm. Barbara Zvirzdinis, owner of Wholistic Kinesiology Health Services, will be hosting a Muscle-Testing 101. Workshop is only $20 covers what muscletesting is and you will learn how to muscle-test yourself as well as others. Call 616-581-3885 or email at Wholistic Kinesiology Health Services, 147 Diamond Avenue, Grand Rapids.


Haircut-A-Thon- 10:00am-4:00pm. Cj’s Studio Salon will be offering clients the chance to help Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary of Lake Odessa, MI. With $20 adult haircuts and $12 children’s haircuts, 100% of the proceeds will go to Mackenzie’s. For more info call 616-364-9191 or e-mail Cj’s Studio Salon is located at 5286 Plainfield Ave, Grand Rapids. Free Healthseekers Class- 10:30am-11:45am. There is a high level of vitality and healing beyond the absence of pain. Find out how homeopathy & chiropractic are a perfect fit, restoring balance & optimizing functioning of your entire system down to the cellular--and vibrational--level. 231-670-0179. Muskegon.

Intro to Aromatherapy- 7:30pm. Each student will make their own synergy blend of 3 - 5 essential oils. In addition, we’ll make one more recipe using essential oils. $40 Fee and Registration due in advance. Call Moondrop Herbals at 616 735-1285 or see ad. 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.

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savethedate November 8 Third Annual Tellabration - 7:00-8:30pm. Yarnspinners of Muskegon will present their Third Annual Tellabration. A storytelling concert for adults. Share the joy and enchantment of stories with us. For information contact Ned Carter, 231755-2383; $5 per person & $15 for families. Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave, Muskegon.

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Vibrational Healing Workshop with Jason Kniola- 1:00-3:00pm. Be immersed in deep and effortless meditation into mind/body/spirit unity. Recline in savasana and experience waves of sound and vibration that wash away energetic blocks, tensions, pain, and emotional stagnation. $25 in advance $30 at door. The Yoga Studio, 955 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids.

Natural Skin Care - 7:30pm. Learn the basics of healthy skin using natural ingredients and techniques to care for your skin’s needs. Class is interactive and includes a take home mask made for your skin. $40. Advance Registration. Call Moondrop Herbals at 616 735-1285 or see ad. 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids.

Basic Self Defense for Women- 2:00-4:00pm. Learn techniques and strategy for compromising situations. Experienced instructors will provide valuable information, demonstrations and explore scenarios that women may encounter. Boost your confidence and awareness with this seminar. $25. Register at or call 616-935-7028. On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge, Spring Lake.





MI for a life changing workshop based on the life’s work of Drunvalo Melchizedek. Remember how to create and live your life from your heart. $595. Details at The Red Spirit Retreat, Saugatuck.

Community Croning Ceremony- 2:00-4:30pm. The lives of older women in their community. All women and girls (age 10 & up are invited to attend this free event. Free. Quail Crest Club House, 5000 S. Quail Crest Dr., SE, Grand Rapids.


Gazing with Braco Chicago Event – Oct 29-30. 8 sessions daily, 12-7pm, begin hourly, 35 min ea. $5 All Day Parking at Best Western behind MIC. $8/ session. Must be 18 yrs to attend. Pregnant woman past three months should not attend. Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 808328-0999. More info & advance tickets:

November 17 West Michigan Spirit Faire - 11:00am-5:00pm. Alternative Health Practitioners & Products, Intuitive Readers, Jewelry, Aura Photos, Massage, Energy Tuning, Drums, Candles, Books, Angel Messages, Labyrinth Speaker, $3 entry & Door Prizes. Plainwell Comfort Inn, exit 49A off US-131 between GR & Kazoo.

savethedate December 7 2013 Downtown Muskegon Heritage Holiday Home Tour - 12:00-5:00pm. $10 and Children 12 & under are Free. Advanced tickets available at Frauenthal Box Office, Pitkin Drug & Gift Shoppe and Keefe’s Pharmacy. This self-directed tour featuring historic homes & public structures begins at the Union Depot, 610 W. Western, Muskegon.

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Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Take a virtual tour at Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

Kundalini Yoga- 11:30am-12:45pm. An ancient energy management system brought from India to the West by Yogi Bhajan in the 70’s. It includes familiar yogic postures, as well as dynamic movements, pranayama breath techniques, deep relaxation, meditation, mantras and mudras. $10-$17 per class. Seva Yoga, 2213 Wealthy St SE Suite 120 Grand Rapids.

Sunday Worship and Youth Services- 10:30am. Variety of classes held weekly. A warm, welcoming, New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of GR, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.

Monday Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. A Course In Miracles Healing Circle - 7:00-8:30 pm. “Space to feel; space to heal.” An ACIM-based support/study group. All are welcome. Free. Prior experience with the Course unnecessary. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. A Course in Miracles- 10:30am. Experience peace and freedom by awakening from illusions. Join Rev. Manzel Berlin at Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave Grand Rapids. Kundalini Yoga- 11:30am-12:45pm. An ancient energy management system brought from India to the West by Yogi Bhajan in the 70’s. It includes familiar yogic postures, as well as dynamic movements, pranayama breath techniques, deep relaxation, meditation, mantras and mudras. $10-$17 per class. Seva Yoga, 2213 Wealthy St SE Suite 120 Grand Rapids.

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


Chair Yoga- 4:00pm. In this class you will gently move your body using a chair to help you with flexibility, strength, and balance. $80.00 per series of 8 sessions – walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Basic and Beyond Yoga- Beyond Basics- 5:30pm & Basics- 7:00pm. Take time to care for and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift that invites you to feel whole, happy, and healthy. $80.00 per series of 8 sessions – Walk-ins welcome as space permits for $12.00/session. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids. Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.

Saturday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-7406662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00am-1:00pm. 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. October Special- During the month of October, mention this ad in the Natural Awakenings Magazine and receive a 15% discount on your purchase Not to be combined with existing specials/discounts. Not valid on bars or drinks. Affordable Nutrition, 4693 Wilson Ave, Grandville. 616-667-1346.

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.

EMPLOYMENT WANTED Looking for That Administrative Person with the Right Fit? I possess a great work ethic, superior customer service skills, the ability to multi-task and I am very detail oriented. Part time work is preferred, however full time would be considered. Contact Sharon at 307-899-4573.

FOR SALE Northwest Grand Rapids Commercial Building - 1058 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Current use is a full service salon on the main floor and a spacious 3 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Great location on Richmond with steady traffic and across from the popular Richmond Park. Only $130,000! Call Jeff Blahnik at Five Star Real Estate 616-791-1500 or visit for more information.

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OPPORTUNITIES Holistic & Green Business Owners Wanted for Health Network- NAN, the Natural Awakenings Network, is a green and healthy living network that will allow members to enjoy discounts on products & services focused on wellness, green/ sustainable living and healthy lifestyles. If you are interested in becoming a provider (a business or organization that offers discounts to members) in this innovative network or want more details, contact Natural Awakenings at 616-656-9232 or Participating as a Provider is FREE for the 1st year.

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Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885


Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 We are the leader in new generation homeopathic body applications known as the Frequency App! 50+ varieties of Apps including hCG, Weight Loss, Hormone, Sleep, Detox, Supplements, MSA Testing, Food/Environmental Allergy Analysis, Ionic Foot Baths.

BODY CARE PRODUCTS SÉRENDIPITÉ ORGANIQUES, LLC 959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-419-8115

*NEW LOCATION! A retail store exclusively offering organic non-toxic makeup, skincare & other products for your body, home, & pets! Products must score ‘Low Hazard 0-2’ on, or they simply won’t be considered! See ad page 18.


CranioSacral Therapy (CST)/Reiki Master Jamie VanDam 4456 Miramar Ave. NE Grand Rapids, 49525 616-365-9113

Reiki Master, CranioSacral Therapist uses light touch to release restrictions and ease pain in the body addressing many physical ailments in adults, children and pediatrics. Adding Essential Oils optimizes mental and emotional health.

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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 39.


Kyle Hass Licensed Residential Home Builder 616-299-5815 Locally owned and operated. Specializing in building quality livable and affordable new homes that are Energy Efficient and utilize Green Building practices. Unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. Call today for a free quote. See ad page 21.

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.

GASLIGHT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 2249 Wealthy St. SE, Suite #240 East Grand Rapids, 49506 616-458-CFIT (2348)

Experience an individualized, holistic healthcare approach! We combine spinal adjustments, Contact Reflex & Nutrition Response (Muscle Testing), Whole Food Supplementation Orthotics, Massage & Aromatherapy. Common conditions we see include: Chronic Fatigue, Headaches, IBS, Back & Neck pain and Fibromyalgia.


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

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ain , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad page 7 & 30.


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.


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


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.


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


Elizabeth Cosmos Grand Rapids: 616-648-3354 AMA-DEUS energy healing method is a hand mediated technique. Love is the basis for this healing technique, which helps to enhance our spiritual growth, expand our awareness, and promotes physical & emotional healing. See ad page 39.


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 39.


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.




KEN PORTER CST, CHT 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.


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 39.


4990 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids 616-430-2291


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

332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 39.


Joel D. Manning, CNC®, Owner 4693 Wilson Ave. SW Suite I, Grandville 616-667-1346


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


Katrina Ryan 269-214-4432 Based on the philosophy of bestselling Author Louise L. Hay’s 9 points of Philosophy. Led by Licensed Heal Your Life Facilitator Katrina Ryan. Call Katrina today to host your very own Heal Your Life workshop!


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Natural & organic foods, vitamins & herbs, sports nutrition, gluten free food, natural body and homecare products. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 21.

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 10.

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


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 39.


Wellness spa for massage, bodywork and skincare therapy. Offering a wide diversity of style to encompass the mind, body and spirit of today’s lifestyle. Come in and enjoy our stress free spa environment today.


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 7 & 30.

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.

HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217

Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bio-energetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.



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.


Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033

Rachel Johnson, Owner and Chef 616-610-2596

Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 5.


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Creating healthy and delicious meals for busy families in Holland and the surrounding areas to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. From menu planning to grocery shopping and meal preparation, Relish has you covered. See ad page 25.


The only personal trainers in Grand Rapids offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee, no tricks, no gimmicks, just results. See ad page 35.


Martha and Jeff Gottlieb 6170 Ridge Road Oscoda, MI 48750 989-739-5498 Lake Huron Retreats! Great energy, sunrises, and miles of beach. Free lodging and entire use of our lake house (maximum six guests). Pay only for services and classes. Call or visit our website for details.


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

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.

LONDON STUDIOS SALON Ashley Woods: 616-443-9583 Jessica Willis: 616-460-0902 Sherry Minott: 616-633-5251 Sally Loew: 616-299-1796

Specializing in Organic Colour Systems. Ammoniafree, professionalo n l y, p e r m a n e n t , salon exclusive hair color with 100% certified organic ingredients, natural plant extracts, amino acids, natural anti-oxidants and nutrients that produce the healthiest, richest, colors. www. or LondonStudiosSalon.


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

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

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


Frequency Apps Wellness Center 12505 Northland Dr. Suite A6, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-755-8446 A variety of natural items for your weight loss goals! Frequency Apps patches including hCG, Weight Loss/Power Workout, Appetite Suppressant. Also Supplements including Diatrix (for Diabetics), Green Coffee Bean, and African Mango, MSA Testing, Food/ Environmental Allergy Analysis.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine October 2013  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...

Natural Awakenings Magazine October 2013  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is West Michigan's premiere natural health, holistic living, green magazine focusing on conscious living and sus...