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s I ponder this month’s theme of Sustainable Communities, I remember how, in my parent’s generation, the biggest group of people that cared about the environment was called hippies; today, it’s hip to embrace a lifestyle that focuses on sustainable practices and taking care of Planet Earth. Most states now even have rebate programs to encourage everyone to at least use less energy. Plus grocery store aisles stock scores of products claiming to be better for the environment. It’s a safe bet that even the most conscientious among us consume more resources than is wise. Life has generally been good in America for the past 50 years and we enjoy many privileges. With traditional measures of economic growth still heedlessly based on a perceived, programmed need for more stuff, a big question is: How many things do we really need? One way we can make a difference in our own community is by using the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle model before purchasing new products. Another is to buy our food locally. I love how well-managed farms provide valuable ecosystem services: They conserve fertile soil, protect water sources and foster plantings that sequester carbon from the atmosphere. They comprise a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that simultaneously provide much needed wildlife habitat. Many small-scale, local farms especially focus on sustainable practices, such as minimized pesticide use, no-till agriculture and composting, few food-miles to consumers, and light to no packaging for their products—all positives for the environment. We are facing an alarming period of stressors in Earth’s geological history in which each of us, wittingly or not, is playing a role. The escalating demands on fossil fuel resources are contributing to current climate change and putting the skills of our best scientists to the test in the urgent search for sustainable solutions. It can be overwhelming to consider all the healthy changes we should be making on behalf of ourselves, others and all living things on this planet. No one can do it all on a personal level, but as a collective whole, we can move mountains. This issue of Natural Awakenings offers numerous ways we can each take little steps forward toward realizing big changes supporting a sustainable local community that ripple outward. We are not individuals facing this struggle alone. We are part of a larger global community working together and supporting each other to create a better future. Whether we commit to buying only from local businesses or consistently look at labels to see how and where things are made, the small things we do each day compound and add up to a more positive outcome. These bywords from World War II, another era that demanded a conscious citizenry, hold forever true: Use it up... wear it out... make it do... or do without. We know that green living is healthy living,

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oin Harvest Health Foods in celebrating over 62 years of having West Michigan’s health in mind for the Feeling Good 5k Anniversary Health Expo on October 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at their Hudsonville location. The Feeling Good Wellness Expo is a free community event that celebrates the efforts of Harvest Health Foods, vendors and select practitioners that are committed to improving the health of West Michigan. The community has embraced this event with over 700 Health Fair participants and 100+ walkers and runners. Harvest Health Foods partners with Gazelle Sports, who promotes a healthy lifestyle in West Michigan and administrates the run/walk. Event takes place at 4150 32nd St. in Hudsonville. For more information, or to sign up for the run/walk, visit

Yoga 101


oin PeaceLab Yoga for Yoga 101 on October 11 and begin at the beginning! This workshop is structured to help students new (or returning) to yoga start at the beginning in a warm, welcoming environment and to offer helpful tips and guidelines so students will feel comfortable in ongoing classes. Come and discuss Yoga and its benefits and have essential poses broken down and explored. Sign up and receive two weeks of unlimited yoga at the studio for the two weeks following the workshop. Experience all that PeaceLab has to offer, and find the classes that best suit one’s needs and schedule. Mats and props are provided. Participants should bring water and a towel and arrive 10-15 minutes early. Workshop costs $39 with two weeks of unlimited yoga or $15 for the 90 minute workshop alone. PeaceLab Yoga is located at 5570 Wilson Ave., Ste. M in Grandville. Register for the workshop by calling 616-745-0310 or online at See ad, page 17.

Intuition Workshop


istening for Inner Guidance, Help and Truth (L.I.G.H.T) is presented in three sessions, October 17 from 6 to10 p.m., October 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and October 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants may come for one or all sessions. This intuition workshop is a chance to learn many ways to improve intuitive abilities, Pamela Chappell including things that can be applied immediately in all areas of life, and try activities in a nurturing and non-threatening environment with like-hearted others who are learning as well. Participants will learn about the new brain research and how it answers some of our questions about intuitive phenomena and open their hearts to the inner voice that is always with them, guiding, comforting and affirming. The workshop takes place in the beautiful, peaceful environment of Spirit Space in Saugatuck, close to nature and away from the stresses of the physical world. To register for the L.I.G.H.T. Intuition Workshops or to make inquiries, E-mail or or call 269-637-3781. See ad, page 32.

Wisdom, Yoga and Chanting


isdom Warriors Teacher Training with Desiree Rumbaugh and Karen Church, October 16-17. A special opportunity for all dedicated yoga practitioners to practice alongside your age mates and discover just what is possible. Rumbaugh will be joined by physical therapist Church to teach yoga techniques that will enhance the practice and complement the lifestyle that you enjoy. The Wisdom Warriors Teacher Training is open to all students over 50

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and all teachers over the age of 35. You do not have to be a teacher to attend this Teacher Training. This training will be followed by a yoga workshop with Desiree Rumbaugh on October 18-19. This workshop will be a continuation of the Wisdom Warriors program and is offered to students and teachers of all ages and all levels. Rumbaugh’s latest discoveries are a product of over 27 years of studying bio-mechanical alignment, experimenting with her own practice and teaching hundreds of students all over the world. All are welcome to join Shantala on October 18 at 7 p.m. for an evening of sacred chanting. No chanting experience required, just bring an open mind and heart. For more information or to register, call 616-336-YOGA or visit See ad, page 16.

Hardwiring Happiness


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r. Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and New York Times bestselling author, shares his expertise. Everyone needs inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions; feeling cared about and confident for the long, often hard, road of life. These strengths largely depend on turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It’s like velcro for bad experiences, but like Teflon for good ones. This causes ever-reactivity, needless worries, depression and interpersonal conflicts. Learn how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to build up your sense of feeling strong, happy, peaceful and loved – fundamentally hardwiring happiness into the brain. October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Watermark Country Club located at 5500 Cascade Road in Grand Rapids. Includes lunch & CE Credits. Call 616-361-3660 or visit for more information.

Painting for the Paws


ainting for the Paws! A Chair-I-Table Auction Event” is a joint effort between Faithful to Felines Cat Rescue and Pound Buddies Rescue, located in Muskegon, Michigan to raise money for both shelters while also raising awareness throughout the community about homeless and abandoned animals in the area. The live and silent auction will both raise funds to


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help the many homeless cats and dogs as well as introduce and allow the community to acquire beautiful artwork from area artists and crafters and goods and services from businesses all over West Michigan and beyond. The evening will include good food, drinks, raffles, door prizes and mingling with friends and neighbors who share the common bond of love for animals. A cash bar and complimentary pizza buffet, snacks and desserts will be available all evening. Tickets available online on their Facebook page, Painting for the Paws, for $15 in advance and at the door for $20. Painting for the Paws takes place on October 23 at Kirby House in Grand Haven, 5:30-9 p.m.

Hay House Author Visits Grand Rapids


nternationally renowned medical intuitive, Hay House author and radio host, Carol Ritberger, Ph.D. will be in Grand Rapids October 23-26. As the result of a near-death experience, Ritberger developed the ability to see the human aura; she now uses this ability to identify energy blockages that are preventing the body from functioning properly and to uncover the hidden psychological meanings behind illness and life crises. Join Ritberger on October 23, when she presents an “Evening of Medical Intuitive Readings” from 7 to 9 p.m. On October 26th, she will teach a one day workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. called “Live the Life of your DreamsThe Secret Code for Making Happen What You Desire”. Discover how easy it is to manifest anything and everything desired. Journey with Ritberger into the source of creativity and uncover the manifestation code. Learn how to apply it to every aspect of life so it can truly make a change. Both events will be held at The Holiday Inn Grand

Rapids Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook Dr. in Kentwood. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information, cost or to register, visit Ritberger. com, or call 616-430-1464. Ritberger will also be participating in the Medicine Beyond Medication Conference October 24-25 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. See ad, page 32.

Integrating Healthcare Solutions


he healthcare landscape is changing, costs are rising, policies are wavering, and medical errors – including the overuse and underuse of medications – are widespread. But what does this look like ethically, effectually, and epistemologically? Are there avenues of medicine being ignored because they “fail” to meet our – often heavily pharmaceutical – paradigms? Universal Health Solutions two day conference on October 24 & 25 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids will provide medical professionals, including M.D.s, D.Os., PAs, Ph.Ds, nurse practitioners, holistic practitioners, and the public a venue to hear presentations on integrative medicine by renowned experts and experience it firsthand by practitioners. This Live activity, Medicine Beyond Medication Conference: The Heart of the Matter, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9.50 CME’s by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Universal Health Solutions was founded by Laurie Angell, RS in an effort to bring the medical and holistic communities together to explore and discuss various

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modalities of integrative medicine in conjunction with more traditional practices. Visit for more information and to register. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE in Grand Rapids. See ad, page 48.

Growing & Relocating


eavenly Healings Holistic Health Services, LLC. is expanding and adding on an herbal remedy retail store to the practice called The Remedy House. The Remedy House will have a full line of Nature’s Sunshine products, Young Living Essential Oils, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, books, candles and more. They have added many new services this past year including reflexology, iridology exams, Zyto bio-communication scanning, lymphatic drainage bodywork, craniosacral and meridian tracing. The entire practice will be combined with the retail store at their new store located at 5150 Northland Dr NE Ste N in Grand Rapids. The Remedy House will be opening in October. However, stay tuned for more details regarding their Grand Opening in November. For more information contact The Remedy House at 616-443-4225 or visit See ad, page 33.

Become a Research Participant


he Absenger Cancer Education Foundation is looking for 32 women and men who have had breast cancer and who are not currently undergoing chemotherapy to be voluntary participants in local research on breast cancer survivorship, relaxation and immune system. The purpose of the study is to

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conduct basic research to refine current understanding of medical hypnosis and its effects on the immune system of breast cancer survivors. Participants will experience medical hypnosis, often described as a very meditative and relaxing experience, remaining fully conscious during the entire process. Saliva samples taken during the research will be tested for the effects of medical hypnosis on key immune system messengers. Participation requires one appointment lasting approximately two and a half hours. The results will help mind-body medicine researchers as they plan for future research. Participation is voluntary and participants may stop participation at any time. Participants will receive a $30 Visa card upon completion of the single session hypnosis appointment. Study locations are in Spring Lake and Grand Rapids. For more information, visit, call 616-296-0772, or email

Partnering Studios


ascade Yoga and Expressions of Grace have partnered! Students can now experience and benefit from their broad spectrum of teachers at two locations. Class packages, discounts, and promotions will be honored at both studios for the entire family of students. Please visit or for details about classes and workshops. See ads, page 16.

Connect Kids with Nature


he Michigan Nature Association (MNA) and Lake Trust Credit Union are teaming up to offer $500 nature field trip grants to teachers across Michigan. MNA, a nonprofit land conservation

organization, protects more than 170 nature sanctuaries in 58 counties in Michigan. The organization hopes to educate the next generation of conservation leaders by helping teachers develop hands-on learning opportunities in a natural setting. Thanks to an education partnership with Lake Trust Credit Union, each grant can cover bus transportation and educational supplies for field trips to eligible natural areas, including community nature centers, MNA nature sanctuaries or other appropriate locations. Teachers can apply for nature field trip grants by calling 866-223-2231 or visiting, news/naturefieldtrips.shtml . Grants are accepted year round. For more information on MNA and current initiatives, visit

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esearch from Columbia, Maryland’s National Center for Healthy Housing suggests that adding insulation and more efficient heating systems can significantly increase the health of household residents. The researchers studied 248 households in New York City, Boston and Chicago that underwent energy conservation improvements by trained energy efficiency professionals, including installing insulation and heating equipment and improving ventilation. After the improvements, subjects reported reductions in sinusitis (5 percent), hypertension (14 percent) and obesity (11 percent). Although a 20 percent reduction in asthma medication use was reported, two measures of asthma severity worsened; the scientists called for further study of the asthma-related outcomes. A similar study from New Zealand’s University of Otago examined 409 households that installed energy-efficient heating systems. Children in these homes experienced fewer illnesses, better sleep, better allergy and wheezing symptoms and fewer overall sick days. In examining 1,350 older homes where insulation was installed, the research also found improvements in health among family residents.



osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved longterm memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

Water Fluoridation Gets Another Thumbs-Down


n extensive review of research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn’t adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption. The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that overconsumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.

Acupuncture Lowers Meth Withdrawal Symptoms


esearch from China published earlier this year in the journal Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion suggests that electro-acupuncture and auricular acupuncture—also called ear acupuncture—can alleviate symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction. For four weeks, 90 patients attempting to withdraw from methamphetamine use received either electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture or no treatment. Compared with the no-treatment group, those given electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture treatments showed significant reductions in anxiety, depression and withdrawal symptoms. Between the two acupuncture treatments, the electro-acupuncture group did better during withdrawals than the auricular group.

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Nuts Help Neutralize Metabolic Syndrome What is EFT? Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT draws on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and blends it with cutting edge insights of modern Western psychology. The result is a stress relief modality that can help you finally understand and eliminate those negative feelings & thought patterns that have been holding you back & even making you ill.


ccording to the World Health Organization, metabolic syndrome—linked to inflammation and oxidative stress that increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease—affects 25 percent of U.S. adults and 20 percent of adults worldwide. A nut-rich diet may offer some protection. Researchers at the University of Barcelona, in Spain, discovered that a daily one-ounce serving of mixed nuts, including raw, unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, boosted patients’ levels of beneficial metabolites derived from metabolizing tryptophan (an amino acid), serotonin (a hormone), fatty acids and polyphenols (phytochemicals with antioxidant activity). Their findings support the hypothesis that nuts can help prevent metabolic alterations that lead to chronic disease.

EFT Relieves Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress

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motional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (, the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance. A study by the nonprofit Soul Medicine Institute has shown that more than 86 percent of vets that used EFT have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms; the researchers also report that, on average, their pain diminished by 68 percent. Dr. Steve Manire, a chiropractor and EFT practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas, states, “Too many of our nation’s veterans are left believing that they have to live with stress for the rest of their lives when they return from their tours of duty.” He asserts that many find significant relief with EFT. The Veterans Stress Project will connect veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress with EFT practitioners across the country for six sessions at no cost. Email Deb Tribbey at

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Doable Renewables

Engineers Detail a Clean Energy Future Stanford University researchers, led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, have developed detailed plans for each U.S. state to attain 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using currently available technology. The plan, presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for the Solutions Project nonprofit. “The greatest barriers to a conversion are neither technical nor economic. They are social and political,” the AAAS paper concludes. The proposal is to eliminate dirty and inefficient fossil fuel combustion as an energy source. All vehicles would be powered by electric batteries or by hydrogen produced by electrolysis, rather than natural gas. High-temperature industrial processes would also use electricity or hydrogen combustion. Transmission lines carrying energy between states or countries will prove one of the greatest challenges. With natural energy sources, electricity needs to be more mobile, so that when there’s no sun or wind, a city or country can import the energy it needs. The biggest problem is which companies should pay to build and maintain the lines. Source:

Clever Collaborations

Renewables Gain Ground Worldwide Excess heat from London subway tunnels and an electric substation will soon be funneled into British homes, slashing energy costs and lowering pollution, according to the Islington Council. Germany’s renewable energy industry has broken a solar power record, prompting utility company RWE to close fossil fuel power plants that are no longer competitive. RWE says 3.1 gigawatts of generating capacity, or 6 percent of its total capacity, will be taken offline as it shuts down some of its gas- and coal-fired power stations. In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012 and out-produced it again last year, generating 135 terawatt-hours (1 million megawatts)—nearly enough to power New York state. While it takes about six years to build a nuclear plant, a wind farm can be completed in a matter of months. China also employs a recycling-for-payment program in Beijing subway stations that accept plastic bottles as payment. Passengers receive credit ranging from the equivalent of five to 15 cents per bottle, which is applied toward rechargeable subway cards. In the U.S., a newly installed working prototype of a pioneering Solar Road project has raised more than than double its $1 million crowd-funding goal to seed the manufacturing process ( Watch a video at Primary Source: Earth Policy Institute natural awakenings

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States Move Against Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products This year, at least 33 states are taking steps to address the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products. Many toys, clothes, bedding items and baby shampoos contain chemicals toxic to the brain and body. The federal 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act has become outdated, allowing untested chemicals and known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, heavy metals and other toxins to be ingredients in commonly used products. Wise new policies would change labeling and disclosure rules for manufacturers so that concerned consumers know what chemicals products contain and/or completely phase out the use of chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula cans, food packaging and receipt paper; formaldehyde in children’s personal care products; chlorinated tris (hydroxymethylaminomethane) in toxic flame retardants and other consumer products; phthalates, lead and/or cadmium in children’s products; and mercury. View the entire report at

False Alarm

Expiration Labels Lead People to Toss Good Food



Several countries are asking the European Commission to exempt some products like long-life produce from the mandatory “best before” date labels because they lead to food waste. According to a discussion paper issued by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg, many food products are still edible after the labeled date, but consumers throw them away because of safety concerns. The European Union annually discards about 89 million metric tons of edible food. In the U.S., food waste comprises the greatest volume of discards going into landfills after paper, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2012, this country generated 36 million tons of food waste, but only 3 percent of this waste stream was diverted from landfills. A 2013 report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic proposes that producers and retailers take other steps to prevent the discarding of good food. Source:

Conservation Covenant

A Greener Future for National Parks National parks have an undeniable environmental impact on the very lands they seek to preserve. Yellowstone’s managers have been working on ambitious management goals to elevate it to be a world leader in environmental stewardship and become one of the greenest parks in the world by 2016. The Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative goals (against a 2003 baseline) are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (50 percent by 2025); reduce both electricity and water consumption by 15 percent; reduce fossil fuel consumption by 18 percent; and divert all municipal solid waste from landfills. Source: Environmental News Network 14

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Enrich Garden Soil Naturally Homeowners with gardens have many natural, organic and sustainable options for mulching, which enriches soils with nutrients, helps retain moisture and controls weeds. In most regions, many types of trees can provide ingredients. In northern areas, ridding the yard of fall leaves yields a natural mulch. Apply ground-up leaves, especially from mineral-rich oak and hickory trees, so they biodegrade by growing season. suggests choosing from double-ground and composted brush and yard trimmings; hemlock, pine, fir and Canadian cedar; and ground recycled wood. Using a lawnmower with a high blade height or switching to a serratededged mulching blade can chop leaves into tiny fragments caught in an attached bag. The National Turfgrass Federation notes, “A regular mower may not shred and recirculate leaves as well as a mulching blade.” Shredded leaves also can filter through grass and stifle springtime dandelions and crabgrass, according to Michigan State University research studies. Ground-up parts of many other plants can also provide natural mulch in their native regions. cites cottonseed hulls and peanut shells in the Deep South, cranberry vines on Cape Cod and in Wisconsin bogs, Midwest corncobs, and pecan shells in South Carolina.

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by Amanda Merritt


ome people practice yoga to get a great workout; others practice yoga to practice mindfulness. Both types of people are well accounted for at Hearts Dr. Sue Journey Wellness Center Dilsworth (HJWC) in Allendale. HJWC is a one-of-a-kind place, intertwining yoga and counseling to help clients reach their best self and truly be present in their day-to-day life. Owner, Dr. Sue Dilsworth, is incredibly specific with her intentions of everything that is offered at HJWC, from the approach she takes with her clients to the color of the paint on the walls, helping her clients honor their bodies, quiet their minds and just be. Her goal with this practice of yoga is for the experience to be as therapeutic as possible, focusing on mindfulness and self-care rather than on the fitness aspects, which are simply an added bonus of yoga. The studio intentionally does not display any mirrors in the practicing room to further promote an environment where people can quiet their minds and escape the highly stimulating world we live in. When yoga started in the east, it revolved around meditation. It helped people sit still, be mindful and be in the moment, letting go of their past, not worrying about the future and overall, enhancing their quality of life. With yoga and counseling combined, HJWC partners with their clients to help them step out of what is holding them back, 18

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take ownership of their life and achieve the goal of that better quality of life. Dr. Dilsworth explains, “Your physical body affects your emotional body and your emotional body affects your physical body,” which draws the connection between counseling and yoga. When approaching her clients, Dr. Dilsworth asks, “How can I help them with the quality of their life today, in this moment?” Many people compromise their quality of life because they surrender to the story of their past. However, the past does not necessarily define who a person is today, and holding tightly to it can alter the quality of a life for the worse. Dr. Dilsworth assists those people in moving past that story, out of their mind and into their body so they are able to better prevent symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, etc. before they manifest, rather than treat the symptoms after they’re present. The potential negative stigma revolving around counseling is set free at this studio. Dr. Dilsworth highly encourages her clients to learn how to process their thoughts and learn new coping strategies to help them accept and forgive whatever challenges they may have faced in the past or are currently facing. Dr. Dilsworth further explains, “At the end of the day, we are what we know. When we continue with the same patterns of behavior, nothing changes. I help people learn how to change that behavior.” She also says, “Once the acute emotional or physical symptoms have resolved, the best days

of my life are when people come and say, I don’t think I need counseling at this point, yoga classes seem to be helping me manage day-to-day. I know where to find you if something comes up emotionally or physical for me.” HJWC has seven yoga teachers, 17-18 classes in the fall and winter, about 14 classes in the spring and summer and offers a wide variety of classes including beginning, gentle, restorative yoga and hot yoga. Dr. Dilsworth encourages new clients to try out a few different classes to figure out what they like and also more so what they need. She says, “We obviously give our students what they want, but also invite them to try something different. Finding balance is the key to living a healthy life.” Though new clients will gravitate toward a specific type of class, they may benefit more from what a different class has to offer. In addition to counseling and their usual yoga schedule, Hearts Journey Wellness Center brings in different speakers and hosts different workshop. On Saturday, October 25, Hearts Journey Wellness Center will host Slow Yoga and Qigong: Relax and Restore with clinical psychologist Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang. They also offer Through the Eyes of Yoga on various nights in the fall, a session that discusses the benefits of utilizing yoga and a variety of other practices as a tool to help with many different common health issues and disorders. If you would like to be a presenter at HJWC, please contact Dr. Dilsworth at the numbers below. A complete class schedule can be found online at HeartsJourneyWellness. com. For more information on Hearts Journey Wellness Center, call 616-3071617 or 877-932-4446, visit www. or stop by 6189 Lake Michigan Dr. in Allendale. See ad, page 16. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at mandi.merritt@

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e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically improve our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time. That’s 22,000 opportunities to choose health and wisdom every single day.

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Lee paints a picture of perfect breathing: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks like there’s a balloon in the stomach FIND OUT WHAT that inflates and falls back down. This Feng Shui MINDFULNESS CAN DO FOR is belly YOU! breathing—pleasant, enjoyable Green Design and natural.” During inhalation, the Holistic Design diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, Repurposing of your allowing them to expand with air and existing treasures displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim to the same movement dysfunction Shawn Merkel, ASID as any other skill, like running or walk616-916-1071 ing,” says Nick Winkelman, director of movement and education at EXOS, an elite athletic training facility in Phoenix, West Michigan Edition

Arizona. He points to “shoulder breathing”, characterized by a lifting of the shoulders with each shallow sip of air, as a common dysfunction perpetuated by too much sitting. “Hunching over the laptop or sitting in the car binds up the abdominal region and reduces the possibility of expansion there, so the breath moves higher into the chest cavity,” Lee explains. Replacing shoulder breathing with belly breathing “creates a cascade of positive effects,” says Lee, including lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Deep breathing also clarifies the mind and is used in nearly every spiritual tradition to achieve deeper states of prayer, meditation and contemplation, he notes. Try these six healing techniques.

Six-Second Breath

Lee’s six-second breath is a simple prescription for stress that can be used anytime, anywhere. Relax the abdominal muscles and inhale for three seconds, breathing through the nose to “disinfect, filter, condition and moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around

the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.

Ocean Breath

The yoga breath ujjayi, or oceansounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”

Target Breathing

A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.

Bellows Breath

Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms above the head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid

overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.

4-2-10 Breathing

Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

An Athlete’s Advantage by Lane Vail “Many disciplines, from Eastern arts to performing arts and athletics, rely on breathing as the foundation for eliciting the most from the mind and body,” says fitness writer Al Lee. Effective breathing optimizes the delivery of air into the lungs and extraction of oxygen into the bloodstream, both critical for improving athletic efforts. Deep breathing also enhances and balances the autonomic nervous system, inducing a “relaxed state of readiness,” adds Arizona fitness consultant Al Winkelman. When an athlete breathes into the belly, the shoulders remain relaxed, the spine neutral and the ribs positioned over the hips. “This is a great biomechanical position to move and take an impact,” says Winkelman, adding that a shallow breather, with lifted shoulders and arched back, not only

recovers oxygenation slower, but also increases vulnerability to injury. For rhythmic sports like running, cycling and swimming, Winkelman recommends relaxing into the synchronization of breath and movement. “Tension restricts muscles’ ability to shorten or lengthen, but relaxation allows them to naturally release stored energy. Correct breathing is one of the most important mechanisms by which athletes can unlock tension and relax.” For sports that require striking a ball or exerting a kick or punch, like tennis, soccer, martial arts and golf, the athlete inhales during the wind-up and momentarily holds the breath as the wind-up peaks. “The exhalation happens during the transition and upon impact, the breath is held again, muscles are tensed up and force is delivered,” says Winkelman. “Breathe in, hold, release, hold.”

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FAT FIGHT Like Us, Pets Must Eat Right and Keep Moving by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

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besity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina. Current medical consensus states that an animal is obese if it weighs at least 15 percent more than its ideal weight. But looking at body composition is more accurate, based on measurements top-tobottom and side-to-side and depth to the ribs and spine.

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by rewarding begging with treats, but they actually may be slowly killing their companions with kindness, putting them on a path toward painful and costly medical problems. These can include cancer, cardiac problems, complications from drug therapy, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, intervertebral disk disease, orthopedic conditions (including arthritis), lethargy and ruptured ligaments. Also, because excess body fat first deposits in the cavities of the chest and abdomen and under the skin, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus can develop, so screen overweight animals for these disorders prior to treatment for obesity. Tackling obesity involves restricting calories and increasing the metabolic rate with a controlled exercise program. Diet and exercise are the two most vital factors in fighting fat.

Eating Right

Simply switching to a store-bought “lite” pet food is inadequate because many are designed to maintain, not lose, weight. Also, many products contain chemicals, byproducts and unhealthy fillers that are contrary to a holistic program.

A homemade restricted-calorie diet is the best choice for obese animals. The second is a processed “obesitymanagement” diet available through veterinarians, although many of these also contain chemicals, byproducts and fillers. Such diets can be used to attain the target weight, and then replaced with a homemade maintenance diet. Foods high in fiber work well for shedding pounds because they increase metabolism. Vegetable fiber decreases fat and glucose absorption. Fluctuating glucose levels cause greater insulin release that can lead to diabetes; because insulin is needed for fat storage, low, stable levels are preferred. Fiber also binds to fat in the intestinal tract and increases the movement of digested food through the intestines.

Supplement Options

Several natural therapies may be helpful for treating animal obesity. These include herbs such as cayenne, ginger and mustard; white bean extract; chromium; carnitine; hydroxycitric acid (HCA); epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); and coenzyme Q10. All have been widely used with variable success,

Among owners of chubby pets, 45 percent believe their dog or cat is of a normal weight. ~ Association for Pet Obesity Prevention although not yet thoroughly researched or clinically proven. A supplement called Vetri-Lean appears promising. Based on a white bean extract, it has cut starch digestion by up to 75 percent in the company’s clinical tests. The formula also has EGCG from green tea extract to boost metabolism, inhibit carbohydratedigesting enzymes and help maintain normal blood insulin levels, all to help dissolve fat and control appetite. Chromium polynicotinate, another ingredient, also helps to curb appetite, build muscles and reduce fat.

Exercise is Key

As with humans, a regular program of supervised exercise is essential to pet health. Experience shows that it must be combined with a diet and supplement plan to achieve maximum results for overweight pets. Along with burning off excess calories, even mild exer-

cise works to reduce hunger, improve muscle strength and aerobic capacity and improve functioning of organs. Plus, as veterinarians further attest, the activity is mentally stimulating for both animals and guardians, while decreasing behavioral problems. There is no one best exercise program for every animal; a sensible plan must be personalized to needs and abilities. Consult a veterinarian to determine the best regimen. As always, prevention is better than a cure, so staying alert to signs of additional pounds and keeping an animal from becoming obese in the first place is optimum. Dr. Shawn Messonier has authored The Arthritis Solution for Dogs, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, and the award-winning Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats. His Paws & Claws Animal Hospital is located in Plano, TX. Find helpful tips at

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Combining Chiropractic and Acupuncture Energizes Health by Kathleen Barnes


hiropractic manipulation of the spine has long been a remedy for structural malfunctions such as aching backs and recurring headaches. Today, chiropractors are also treating neck pain from stress, plus tight shoulders and numb fingers from long hours of computer use. An increasing number of them are now incorporating acupuncture into their arsenal against disorders once treated by chiropractic alone, with great success. “What if you had a nail in your foot? You can do anything to try to heal it, but until you pull the nail out of your foot, you’ll still have a recurring problem,” explains Dr. James Campbell,


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owner of Campbell Chiropractic Center, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a certified diplomate and incoming president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA). “Like removing the nail, chiropractic removes the mechanical problem and opens the way for acupuncture to stimulate healing,” Similarly, a chiropractic adjustment removes obstructions and opens acupuncture meridians to facilitate quick healing, “sometimes even immediately,” says Campbell. “Instead of having the needles in for 20 to 30 minutes, I can actually use a microcurrent device to access the meridians in the ears or on

Combining the two modalities has been practiced for more than 40 years, although awareness of the enhanced effectiveness of doing so has been primarily realized in the eastern half of the U.S. The dual therapy is the brainchild of the late Dr. Richard Yennie, who initially became a Kansas City chiropractor after acupuncture healed a back injury shortly after World War II. An acupuncturist smuggled prohibited needles into Yennie’s Japanese hospital room in the sleeve of his kimono for treatments that ended with Yennie’s hospital discharge marked, “GOK,” meaning in the doctor’s opinion, “God only knows” how the intense back pain was healed. While Yennie went on to teach judo and establish five judo-karate schools, his greatest achievement was bringing the two sciences together in the U.S. He founded both the Acupuncture Society of America and the ABCA, affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association. Certification as a diplomate requires 2,300 hours of training in the combined modalities.

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Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Kleker, of Aspen Wellness Center, in Fort Col-

lins, Colorado, is also a state-licensed acupuncturist. “I can tailor treatments to whatever the individual needs,” he says. For patients experiencing pain after spinal fusion surgery, with no possibility of any movement in their spine, Kleker finds that acupuncture helps manage the pain. “We can commonly get the person out of the chronic pain loop,” he says. He also finds the combination helpful in treating chronic migraines, tennis elbow and other chronic pain conditions. “When I started my practice in 1981, few chiropractors knew anything about acupuncture, let alone used it. Now there are more and more of us,” observes Kleker. Both Kleker and Campbell are seeing increasing numbers of patients with problems related to high use of technology, facilitating greater challenges for chiropractors and new ways that adding acupuncture can be valuable. Notebook computers and iPads have both upsides and downsides, Campbell remarks. Users can find relief from repetitive motion injuries like carpal

tunnel syndrome by utilizing portable devices. However, he is treating more patients for vertigo due to looking down at screens or neck pain from lying in bed looking up while using the devices. “Blackberry thumb”, which refers to pain caused by texting, responds especially well to a combination of chiropractic manipulation of the thumb to free up the joint and microcurrent or acupuncture needles to enhance energy flow in the area,” advises Campbell. Prevention is the best cure for these problems, says Kleker. He routinely informs patients about proper ergonomic positions for using traditional computers and mobile devices. He also suggests exercises to minimize or eliminate the structural challenges that accompany actively leveraging today’s technological world. In addition to chiropractors that are increasingly adding acupuncture to their own credentials, an increasing number of chiropractors have added acupuncturists to their practices.

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Therapy combining chiropractic and acupuncture has yet to be widely researched, but one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2012 reports the results of two acupuncture treatments followed by three chiropractic/acupuncture treatments for a women suffering from long-term migraine headaches. The migraines disappeared and had not returned a year later. Other studies show the combination therapy offers significant improvements in neck pain and tennis elbow. Campbell relates a story of the power of chiropractic combined with acupuncture, when his young son that was able to walk only with great difficulty received a two-minute treatment from Yennie. Afterward, “My son got up and ran down the hall,” he recalls. Locate a certified practitioner at American about-us/find-a-diplomate. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

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CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald


oday, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living greener; it not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. It’s all helping to spread the “green neighborhood” idea across the U.S., from pioneering metropolises like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to urban centers like Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, California.

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cities, developers also are striving to replace hard-luck industrial pasts and turn problems such as depopulated urban cores into opportunities for fresh approaches. “We are having a major rethink about urban development,” says Rob Bennett, founding CEO of EcoDistricts (, a Portland-based nonprofit skilled in developing protocols for establishing modern and sustainable city neighborhoods. The group has recently extended help to seven other cities, including Boston, Denver and Los Angeles, applying innovations to everything from streetscapes to stormwater infrastructure. “The failures of the old, decaying urban and suburban models are evident,” says Bennett. “We’re now learning how to do it well and create environmentally sustainable, peoplecentered districts.”

The concept of home is undergoing a radical makeover. From villages of “smallest houses” (usually no bigger than 350 square feet), to low-income urban housing complexes, people interested in smaller, more self-sufficient homes represent a fast-growing, increasingly influential segment of today’s housing market, according to experts such as Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. Google reports that Internet searches for information on “tiny houses” has spiked recently. Economic freedom is one factor motivating many to radically downsize, according to Bloomberg News (Tinyurl. com/TinyHouseDemand). Cities nationwide have overhauled their building codes. Cincinnati, for example, has moved to the forefront of the eco-redevelopment trend with its emphasis on revamping instead of demolishing existing buildings. Private sector leaders are on board as well; a transition to buildings as sustainable ecosystems keeps gaining ground through certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the “living building” movement begun by Seattle’s Cascadia Green Building Council has gone international.

Friendly Neighborhoods

Walkability is “in” these days, along with bike paths, locavore shopping and dining and expansion of public destinations, all of which draw residents out to meet their neighbors. This “new urbanism” is evident in places like Albuquerque’s emerging Mesa del Sol community and Florida’s proposed Babcock Ranch solar-powered city. While public and private sectors are involved, residents are the catalysts for much of the current metamorphoses. Whether it’s a guerrilla gardener movement—volunteers turning vacant lots and other eyesores into flowering oases—creative bartering services or nanny shares, people-helping-people approaches are gaining momentum. The Public School, an adult education exchange that began in Los Angeles in 2007 and has since spread to a dozen cities worldwide, the Seattle Free School, the Free University of New

York City, and Washington, D.C.’s Knowledge Commons all have taken the do-it-yourself movement into the realm of adult education. The latter offers more than 180 courses a year, most as free classes offered by and for local residents encompassing all neighborhoods, with topics ranging from urban foraging and vegan cooking to the workings of the criminal justice system.

New York City residents taking an urban walking tour rated the experience better and more exciting when it included an urban garden.

Designing for better public health is a central tenet of sustainability, as well. Active Design Guidelines for promoting physical activity, which first gained traction in New York City before becoming a national trend, intend to get us moving. Banishing the core bank of elevators from central loca~ Charles Montgomery, tions, architects substiHappy City tute invitingly light and airy stairwells. Evolving cityscapes make it easier for commuters to walk and bike. Upgraded Transportation Tyson’s Corner, outside of WashWith America’s roads increasingly ington, D.C., has made sidewalk clogged with pollution-spewing veconstruction integral to the overhaul of hicles, urban planners in most larger its automobile-centric downtown area. U.S. cities are overseeing the expanMemphis recently added two lanes for sion of subway and light rail systems, bikes and pedestrians along Riverside revamped street car systems and even Drive overlooking the Mississippi River, ferry and water taxi services in some while Detroit’s HealthPark initiative has places. Meanwhile, electric vehicles many of the city’s public parks serving (EV) got a boost from four New England as sites for farm stands, mobile health states, plus Maryland, New York, Texas clinics and free exercise classes. and Oregon, which have joined California in building networks of EV charging Clean Energy stations, funding fleets of no- or lowemission government cars and making The ways we make and use energy are green options clearer for consumers. If currently being re-envisioned on both all goes as planned, the nine states eslarge and small scales. Solar cooperatimate that 3.3 million plug-in automotives have neighbors banding together biles could hit the streets by 2025. to purchase solar panels at wholesale Mass transit, biking and walking prices. Startup companies using comare often quicker and cheaper ways to puter algorithms map the solar producget around in densely populated urban tion potential of virtually every rooftop centers. Car sharing, bike taxis and onin the country. However, while solar line app-centric taxi services are popular panels and wind turbines are rapidly with increasingly car-free urban youth. becoming part of the new normal, they Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program are only part of the energy revolution addresses affordability with a $5 annual just getting started. membership for low-income residents. In the past several years, microgrids One common denominator of the have proliferated at hospitals, military new urbanism is an amplification of bases and universities from Fort Bragg, what’s considered to be in the public in North Carolina, to the University of welfare. Through partnerships among California at San Diego. These electripublic and private sectors and comcal systems can operate in tandem with munity groups, organizations like utility companies or as self-sufficient EcoDistricts are developing ways to help electrical islands that protect against communities in the aftermath of natural power outages and increase energy effidisasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, ciency, sometimes even generating revseasonal flooding and water shortages. enue by selling unused electricity to the Coastal cities, for example, are grappling grid. While still costly and complicated with ways to safeguard public transit and to install, “Those barriers are likely to other vulnerable infrastructure. fall as more companies, communities


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The benefits of urban agriculture are not limited to the provision of food, with many advocates citing community empowerment, environmental justice, public health, and education and training as primary goals. ~ Columbia University and institutions adopt microgrids,” says Ryan Franks, technical program manager with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Local Food

What started with a few farmers’ markets feeding urban foodies has given way to a growing local food movement that’s beginning to also reach into lowincome neighborhoods through mobile markets, a kind of farmers’ market on wheels, and an explosion of urban gardens and city farms. Ohio City Farm ( grows food for in-need residents on six acres overlooking the Cleveland skyline. In Greenville, South Carolina, the Judson Community Garden is one of more than 100 gardens in the downtown area, notes Andrew Ratchford, who helped establish it in a neighborhood four miles from the nearest supermarket. Giving residents an alternative to unhealthy convenience store fare is just one of the garden’s benefits, Ratchford says. “We’re seeing neighbors reestablish that relationship just by gardening together.”

Waste Reduction

While cities nationwide have long been working to augment their recycling and find more markets for residents’ castoffs, many are becoming more sophisticated in repurposing what was formerly considered trash. Reclaimed wood flooring in new homes and urban compost-sharing services are just two examples characterizing the evolution in how we dispose of and even think about waste. We may still be far from a world in which waste equals food, as described by environmental innovators William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their groundbreaking book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Nevertheless, 28

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projects certified as cradle-to-cradle are cutting manufacturing costs and reducing pollution. For example, carpet maker Shaw Industries Group, in Dalton, Georgia, reports savings of $2.5 million in water and energy costs since 2012, when it improved energy efficiency and began using more renewable material in its carpet tiles. Shaw is spending $17 million this year to expand its recycling program. Stormwater runoff is a pervasive issue facing older cities. Many are now taking a green approach to supplementing—if not totally supplanting —oldfashioned underground sewage systems. Along with creating new parks and public spaces, current public spaces are often reconfigured and required to do more. Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, among others, are instituting carefully planned and built green spaces to soak up rainwater and cut down on runoff into sewer drains—taking motor oil and other pollutants with it. Using revamped sidewalk, parking lot and roof designs, plus rain gardens designed to filter rainwater back into the ground, municipalities are even successfully reducing the need for costly underground sewer system overhauls. The proliferation of rooftop gardens in places including Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., and new green roof incentives in many cities nationwide further exemplify how what’s considered livable space is expanding. Altogether, eco-cities’ new green infrastructure is saving cities billions of dollars and improving the quality of life for residents by adding and enhancing public parklands and open spaces, a happy benefit for everyone. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

HAPPINESS GOES VIRAL by Christine MacDonald Since the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan first came up with the idea of ditching standard measures of prosperity for a more inclusive Gross National Happiness (GNH) about a decade ago (, it has spread around the world. After gaining a U.S. foothold in Seattle, dozens of American cities and institutions have adopted the central tenets—the idea that the time has come to rethink our concept of well-being. Today, the nonprofit Happiness Alliance ( supports grassroots activists that are challenging the idea that economic activity always leads to happiness and is pioneering new ways to think about and measure life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. GNH proponents from around the country came together in Vermont last May for their fifth North American conference. Alliance Executive Director Laura Musikanski says that more than 50,000 people and 100 municipalities, college campuses and businesses have been using the GNH Index, developed to more accurately gauge a community’s happiness, and the group expects to see even more growth as its expanding website tools allow more people to connect online. “Economic success in terms of money only correlates with happiness up to a certain point,” she remarks. “After you meet your basic needs, the biggest things determining your happiness are community and feeling that you can trust the people around you and the democratic process.” While faith may be in short supply when it comes to community and politics today, Musikanski thinks there’s cause for optimism, because happiness is a core value in this country. “We believe in the Declaration of Independence and ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ These are truly American values.”

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In the words of Rumi, “the soul is here for its own joy.”


hysical pain, such as back pain or muscle tension, seems to be a straightforward issue: you injure an area (sometimes unknowingly) and pain appears. However, Susan Lowden, intuitive, medical massage therapist and energy field therapist, doesn’t believe it’s that simple. She believes imbalances occur in the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies and not just the physical. Eventually, they manifest into larger issues. “Life whispers to you, but many people can ignore these messages for years,” Lowden says, “until one day, the noise can no longer be tolerated.” Lowden believes that most healing of the physical body begins with opening up the natural flow of energy that resides in each body. “I look at the energy field of the body as a kinked hose; my job is to ‘unkink’ those kinks,” Lowden says. “For some people, the only quiet time they have in their day is when they have an appointment with me. I keep my healing space very quiet – it’s a way for people get away from the noise, confusion and bustle and get back into their body.” Lowden is part of the ie3 Medical Massage & Wellness Center community of practitioners, whose mission is to “create an environment for individuals to wholesome lifestyles in the areas of body, mind and spirit through service and education.” “[People who are] drivers and pushers only know how to engage, they don’t know how to unplug,” Lowden, who is highly intuitive, says. “During a session, I can get ‘hits’ (meaning I can hear it) from people regarding their energy field. Every person has a different agenda. When I align with them, I follow their lead and I don’t go in where I’m not invited.” Lowden says that all of this happens on a subconscious level with

regards to the patient. “Many do not have an awareness of this, so I do a lot of teaching. If they are willing and open, I turn people onto the thing I’m so turned on to!” According to Lowden, if one has balance in his or her life, then one has health. Her job is to find the right balance and introduce them to different ways of thinking, living and being to maintain that equilibrium. “I watch people begin to change,” Lowden says. “It can start with seemingly small things like giving up coffee, going to bed earlier or reading books, but what’s really happening is not just change – my clients are experiencing empowerment. I teach them to choose their own thoughts, their own actions and their own life. Circumstances are no longer just outside of you, they are created by you.” As part of her healing practice, Lowden provides Energy Field Therapies, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Work and Therapeutic and Medical Massage. “Nothing I do is a magic bullet,” Lowden says. “There actually is no magic bullet – it’s a process, and everyone proceeds at his or her own pace. Ideally, I teach you to not need me anymore. Yes, many come in for a ‘tune-up’ of sorts, but I don’t want to create dependency.” During a major life shift, Lowden was exposed to energy field therapy and it made a lot of sense to her. “I thought, ‘I totally understand this!’ I came home,” Lowden says. “It really explained a lot about me, and I knew this was where I fit in.” After initially becoming a Reiki Master, Lowden went on to explore energy field therapies in depth. For the next five years, she immersed herself in studying an energy field modality known as Esoteric Healing based on

the teachings of Alice Bailey. She subsequently earned certification as an Advanced Esoteric Healer. Supportive friends suggested that she get certified as a massage therapist, and from there she continued her education in body work and energy field therapies. “Yes, there are acute and obvious sources of pain, for which you seek proper medical attention. The ‘house is on fire’ so to speak. You take care of that first, and then look for the cause. What started the fire? That’s what energy work is – subtle and thorough,” Lowden says. Intuitive and sensitive nearly her entire life, Lowden says that this gift can sometimes make life difficult, but she has learned how to delineate this. “Energy work changed how I walk through the world. It’s my soul’s path, and makes it worth getting up in the morning. My life has a lot of meaning and I’m very lucky,” she says. Once she learned how her work could be of service to others, she viewed it as a blessing. “My goal is to help others live a life that is balanced and congruent with their inner most wishes and desires, and I am honored to be given that amount of trust,” Lowden says. Lowden believes in one divine source of energy that organizes the universe. “We are energy, our thoughts are energy,” she says. “What you think is what you create. And the best part is – you can change at any moment.” Lowden wants people to remember, “We’re all connected – once you realize that, you make different, more conscious choices.” For more information or to schedule an appointment with Susan Lowden, call 616295-0992, email her SusanLowden22@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 31.

Julie Hurley is a married mother of two young children and Director of Public Relations at Principia Media.

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Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the sun because the cumulative energy of 15 minutes of its rays shining on Earth could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a slow, yet steady evolution of other breakthroughs in the quest have included the photovoltaic (PV) effect, observed in 1839, invention of the first solar cell in 1954 and a solar-powered communications satellite in 1958. Solar summits in 1973 and 1977 led to the inception of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act signed by then-President Jimmy Carter. Making the most of the “alchemy of sunlight” that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin writes about in The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, has required a global village of inventors,

visionaries, scientists and engineers. Pioneering companies have produced technological advancements and reduced manufacturing costs that expand the sun’s services to the world. Today, thanks to solar power, many of the remotest villages in developing countries have electricity. “Without solar photovoltaics on satellites and those powering the uplink transmitters, downlink receivers and associated equipment on the ground, the isolated residents of developing countries can’t join the modern world,” explains Neville Williams, author of the recently released book, Sun Power: How the Energy from the Sun is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet. As founder of the guerilla nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund (, Williams led the charge for electrifying households in 12 developing countries for 17 years, beginning in 1990, using solar panels and systems funded by

grants. “While we were cost-effective and decisive, the results were due to the honest, hardworking and dedicated people we found there,” he advises. Williams initiated his pioneering advocacy of solar energy as a media specialist with the DOE during the Carter administration and served as the national media director for Greenpeace, in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he co-founded the solar installation company SELCO-India, which has supplied solar home systems to more than 150,000 families in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and South Africa. In 2005, he founded the solar solutions supplier Standard Solar Inc., of Rockville, Maryland.

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The U.S. currently has an operating capacity of 13,000-plus megawatts of cumulative solar electricity—enough to power more than 2.2 million average American homes. As the industry grows, so does its impact. The Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2013

reported nearly 143,000 solar workers in the U.S.—a 20 percent increase over 2012—at 6,100 businesses in 7,800 locations encompassing every state. According to Yergin and Williams, the increasing value of nationwide solar installations has “electrified” the U.S. economy. In 2013, domestic solar electric installations were valued at $13.7 billion, compared to $11.5 billion in 2012 and $8.6 billion in 2011. The top 10 states for annual additions of photovoltaic capacity in residential and commercial applications are California, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and New Mexico. Currently, there are more than 550 major solar projects underway nationally. Under the Obama administration, 16 of these have been permitted on federal lands and will provide 6,058 megawatts of generating capacity. The two experts expect solar energy to be a major catalyst of global political and economic change. Williams contends that now is the time to fully access

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this cheapest form of unlimited energy. “If millions of poor families in developing countries can get their electricity from the sun, why can’t Americans do the same?” he queries. In a 2002 National Public Radio Planet Money podcast, Yergin, president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, in Massachusetts, addressed the concerns of everyone that sees the common sense of relying on solar energy. “Technology will be central to solutions for our energy challenges,” he says. “What needs to be done is very, very large, as are the risks and challenges. What we have going for us is the greatest resource of all—human creativity—and for the first time in history, we are going to see it employed on a global scale.” To learn more, visit and Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for Neville Williams’ recorded interview.

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Reinventing the Nest Taking on the Living Building Challenge by Kim Racette


he abandoned and dilapidated Sustainability (AES) located in the house left much to be desired as a Cherry Hill District, it is a home that family home, but its location next to meets certain green rating building the Tree House Community Garden in standards. The mission behind AES is the Baxter neighborhood was ideal and to help home owners make sustainable its potential immense. “We dreamt of choices in their home’s remodeling, living in that house because it is next to construction, deep energy rehabs, and the garden, and then for the grand sum weatherization projects. Providing of $1 the owner sold it to us,” says Matt educational classes, webinars, Fowler. He and his wife Kristin were community partnerships and third party among the founding members of the verification, AES has certified over 5 community garden, thousand homes in “Standard building products the Midwest. and are helping lead can’t be used in The Nest. the rebuilding efforts “We are Finding materials that meet consulting with The in The Nest, as it has green standards means come to be known. Nest to meet the asking questions and “We hope to see The stringent requirements Nest become the challenging the way they are of the Living Building first living building Certification (LBC),” currently made, and we’ve in Michigan, and says Executive found that manufacturers it’s been incredibly Director Brett Little. will make changes. We’ve exciting. Our vision also had systems redesigned “If it achieves the is to create a safe Living Building Status, for this home to meet the community space it would be only LBC requirements. It’s been one of a handful of where our neighbors very cool.” will always know they projects in the United are welcome.” States, and the first of ~Danny McGee Fowler says The its kind in Michigan.” Nest is more than just The LBC a name; it’s also the uses the analogy philosophy behind the project. “There of a flower to best identify seven is a tiny little bird called the Sociable key performance areas, and denotes Weaver, and it lives in South Africa. each as one petal of the whole. It builds a giant nest that is home to Petals include place, water, energy, over 100 pairs of birds, in all different materials, equity, beauty, health and species,” explains Fowler. “We hope happiness, using the Leadership in to have our house be a diverse place Energy and Environmental Design where people from all walks of life (LEED) principles. Each of the petals in our neighborhood might find rest.” is then broken down even further to The home is being restored to provide 20 imperatives. These are all carefully a dwelling space for the Fowlers on scrutinized by the International Living the second level, with an open floor Future Institute, which oversees plan on the main floor for community certification of each project. gatherings. The project floor plan also Local non-profit Homes of Hope includes a community kitchen, arts & (HOH) is also partnering with AES to crafts room, root cellar, guest rooms rebuild The Nest. Created to help solve and a library. unique housing issues in this area, But what is a living building, HOH has organized several fundraising and what qualifies it to that status? events since the capital campaign According to the local office of kicked off last fall. Executive Director The Alliance for Environmental Danny McGee is also assisting in the


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Deconstruction of The Nest begins role of engineer and project manager. “We’re designing something we’ve never dreamt of before, and we’re dreaming big,” McGee says. “This home needs to have a completely net positive impact on the environment, just like any other living organism.” Petitioning local municipalities to consider other methods that are sustainable across the board has also been a learning experience for this group, and is another work in progress. McGee says The Nest will be completed in careful steps, qualifying for petals as it is completed. Even the deconstruction of the home had to be carefully planned, with the end goal of meeting the LBC in sight at all times. It began this past April with waste diversion, because almost nothing can go to a landfill. “We recycle 95 percent of the non-hazardous waste from the house, and that means separating everything so it can go to the appropriate place,” points out Fowler. Volunteers have been a huge part of this process, with people young and old from the neighborhood and local church community lending a helping hand. The remodeling materials used in reconstructing The Nest must be sourced as locally as possible, to reduce the transportation energy and costs. They also must come from a known source that doesn’t use slave labor in production. “Shipping some small item

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The nest of the Sociable Weaver from China and using the energy of our Earth that way just doesn’t make sense. It’s a justice issue for us,” explains Fowler. “There are more slaves today than ever before, and many produce building products. We just can’t purchase anything that supports slavery.” Tackling a building or home improvement project to this extent may not be for everyone, but there are lessons to be learned here and implemented in small ways. Homes with LEED certification are healthier for the residents, because allergens and triggers for asthma and chemical saturations are reduced. Non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew are used in construction, and thoughtful planning in designing comfortable rooms is a priority. “We suggest downloading our free downloadable audit, part of the GreenStar certification program,” encourages Little. “It will identify energy waste, and point out ways to save on electricity, natural gas and water bills. Home owners might receive an insurance discount, and often improving the home’s energy efficiency increases appraised property values. Often there are incentives and rebates when applying for building permits.” Both Matt and Kristin are full-time artists, and work on The Nest as time, help and funds allow. “It has been taken down to the foundation and the studs, and we are waterproofing the basement,” points out Fowler. “We hope to move in this coming spring, but we have to see how it goes with volunteers, fundraising and finding the correct products for the reconstruction.” Fowler is also compiling a data list of products and suppliers, for those who might tackle

similar projects in this area. Next up on the to-do list are installing solar panels and both rainwater catchment and filtration systems. Little says that each project striving for sustainability, no matter how large or how small, affects the triple bottom line. “People, planet and profit,” he says with a smile. “These components together can all be significantly impacted in positive ways when we each make an effort to implement green practices in our homes.”

The Nest is located at 1045 Logan St SE in Grand Rapids. For more information, call Matthew Fowler at The Nest 616-322-4504; Brett Little at The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability 616-458-6733; and Danny McGee at Homes of Hope 720282-9356. Kim Racette writes for several publications and web sites in this area, and is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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An A for Apples

It’s a Top-Ranked Superstar Fruit by Tania Melkonian


utrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples—is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could elevate it to status as a superior superfood. Eating apples could help ward off America’s most pressing yet preventable, chronic illnesses, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Morwenna Given, a medical herbalist and Canadian member of the American Herbalists Guild, from Toronto, explains why and shares an analogy, “The normal metabolic processes of oxidation produce reactive oxygen species (free radicals) with unpaired electrons that hunt and steal partner electrons from the body’s cells. Imagine an electrical plug wherein the grounding wire has been eliminated or compromised. There is nothing to prevent a surge or

fire.” This is comparable to what happens to a body impacted by a poor diet, lack of exercise, stress and illness; its healthy grounding is compromised. When the overall damage to cell structure overwhelms the body’s innate antioxidation defenses, conditions are ripe for disease and accelerated aging. Foods high in antioxidants, like the apple, help to neutralize the damage and heal bodily tissues. Flavonoids—like the quercetin just beneath the peel—are another of the apple’s powerful nutrient partners, notes Adams in his book, The Ancestors Diet. So, even when making applesauce, including the peel is vital. With the exception of vitamin C, all other nutrient compounds remain intact when the fruit is cooked. Subtle differences in polyphenol levels exist among apple varieties, according to Linus Pauling Institute testing. Polyphenol compounds ultimately activate the fruit’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Northern spy, Fuji and especially red delicious varieties are the richest in antioxidants; empire and golden delicious harbor relatively low levels.

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“Some older varieties that had lost popularity with large-scale commercial farmers are now being grafted again, thanks to a return to organic practices,” remarks Meredith Hayes, schools and student nutrition senior manager at FoodShare, a leading North American food security organization. Note that conventionally grown apples top the Environmental Working Group’s list of 48 fruits and vegetables tested for pesticide residue ( foodnews/list.php). That’s yet another sound reason, along with better taste and nutrition, to go organic.

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“The purpose of any seed is to replicate the species,” explains Given. “The pulp around the seed protects and feeds the seed until it’s burrowed into the soil and germinates. Older species evolved to be protective of their seeds to survive against pests and other insults. Commercially grown produce, however, has generally bred out the secondary metabolites that house so many of a plant’s nutrients.” It helps to know that imperfectlooking food has potentially synthesized more sugars and nutrients in response to stress in order to survive, making blemishes or irregular shapes more appealing as consumers discover the core value of non-homogenized fruit. By recognizing and appreciating the apple during this season’s harvest, we honor its versatility, affordability, broad availability and culinary flexibility. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator in Southwest Florida. Connect at

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Yields 6 large servings Yields 2 large smoothies 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or stewed apples ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour 2 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 chopped, pitted dates, soaked in water for ½ hour or 2 Tbsp maple syrup (use dates if using a high-speed blender, otherwise use maple syrup) 1 cup ice cubes Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds. Courtesy of Elise Bauer,

2 Tbsp mild curry spice mix 1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 head broccoli, stems peeled and separated from florets, all chopped roughly 2 medium apples, cored and chopped* 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock 3 /4 cup unfiltered apple juice ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 sprig Thai basil for garnish *During preparation, keep apples in a large bowl of ice water with one Tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to prevent browning. Heat a large pot on medium heat. When pot is warm, add spice mix until aroma is released. Add oil and stir for a minute. Add onions and half of the apples, stir-

ring the mixture until onions and apples soften. Add broccoli, stock and juice. Stir and reduce heat. Cover and cook on low for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and use a blender to purée the soup in batches. Return to pot; add vinegar and the rest of apples. Stir and heat gently before serving. This soup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to seven days or the puréed soup can be frozen for several months. Defrost and add diced, raw apples before heating and serving. Courtesy of Tania Melkonian,

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TRICK & TREAT Host a Halloween that’s Natural, Healthy and Cost-Conscious by Avery Mack

Slipping masks, sagging costumes and sugar hits can all contribute to cranky kids at Halloween. Healthier, greener and safer options will up the ongoing fun factor.

Neat Costumes

Hooray! Princesses and superheroes are more popular than witches and devils these days. With encouragement from parents, kids can enjoy a greener Halloween with tiaras, wands and capes made from recycled cardboard and hobby shop items. Thrift stores offer up hats and jewelry for added bling. The Internet overflows with inspiration. Also, many public libraries host costume swaps this month; find other swap locations at

Colorful Disguises

Consider inexpensive temporary hair coloring instead of wigs. Mix three packets of sugar-free drink mix or one box of sugar-free gelatin dessert mix (because sugar makes hair sticky), a few drops of both water and a conditioner into a paste. Apply cocoa butter at the hairline to prevent color from running down the face. Use a paintbrush to apply it to the hair, topped 38

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by a shower cap for a steeping period of as long as youthful patience allows before shampooing. Homemade face paint is a fun and healthy alternative to sweaty masks. (Commercial face paint can contain lead and other undesirables.) A moisturizer with sunscreen, unscented lotion or cocoa butter acts as the base. “UVA/ UVB rays are present year-round,” says Dermatologist Michael Taylor, in Portland, Maine. “Use zinc- or titaniumbased products, free from fragrance, para-aminobenzoic acid, parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates and other harmful ingredients.” Natural food coloring, spices or other pantry items provide colorants. Turmeric makes a bright yellow; raspberry, blackberry or beet juice yields pink or red; mashed avocado and spirulina show up green; blueberry juice is naturally purple; and cocoa powder makes a great brown, according to

For the youngest treaters, hold an afternoon party with games and an outdoor wildlife/leaf hunt. “Plan a scavenger hunt or arrange stuffed toys to be knocked over with balls,” suggests Pamela Layton McMurtry, author of A Harvest and Halloween Handbook, and mother of seven in Kaysville, Utah. “Older kids will love a block party. Solar twinkle lights can mark the perimeters. Plan for a potluck and emphasize healthy choices. Games with prizes like wooden toys, juices, raisins or glutenfree crispy rice cakes take the focus off of candy. Tweens like progressive parties: appetizers at one house, dessert at another and music or scary movies at a third.” “Disguise healthy snacks as scary, gross foods,” suggests Rosie Pope, a parenting style leader and former reality TV personality in Ridgewood, New Jersey. “Homemade grape or orange juice popsicles with a small gummy worm inside are popular.” Pope likes to decorate cucumber and apple slices with raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries and pretzels adhered with organic peanut butter to mimic crawly creatures. Black spaghetti colored with squid ink can simulate boiled witch’s hair. Spinach linguini masquerades as swamp grass. Look for gluten-free varieties. Prepare peeled grapes for green eyeballs. “Cover party tables with a patchwork of fabric remnants,” advises McMurtry. She also suggests a DIY taco area or cat-and-scarecrow-shaped pizzas. Use sliced olive or cherry tomato eyes, shredded cheese hair and a red pepper smile. Prepare a cheesy fondue with whole-grain bread. Individually wrapped popcorn balls studded with bits of fruit can be great take-home desserts for guests.

Harvest Décor In addition to the usual farmers’ market gourds, Indian corn and pumpkins, “Oranges, tangerines and apples covered with cloth and tied with orange or black yarn or ribbon hung as miniature ghosts in the kitchen and doorways add a spooky touch,” adds Pope. “After the holiday, the fruit returns to the table as a snack.” Pope’s children also like to

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More EcoTreat Tips 4 Keep kids’ hair dry after applying temporary coloring to keep ingredients from running. 4 Mix cornstarch and beet juice to make “blood”. 4 Post a door notice that this family is giving out healthy snacks. Search out organic, fair trade, GMO-, gluten-, nut- and sugar-free treats in recyclable packaging (or no packaging at all). Avoid artificial preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. 4 After gutting the pumpkin, roast the seeds for a snack and purée the pumpkin to add fiber and flavor to recipes. 4 Post-Halloween, compost the jack-o’-lanterns and gourds and add any corn stalks to foliage recycling. Find more tips at Eco-Halloween. Contributing sources: Green,

A Terrifyingly Healthy Halloween! Kids can make individual pizzas starting with pre-baked crusts, bagels or English muffins. Choose whole wheat or gluten-free as desired. Smaller sizes allow for portion control. Add toppings and cheeses, regular or vegan, pop in the oven and serve. Want fun shapes like a Halloween cat or scarecrow? Make an organic crust with a recipe from RealFood, or try a whole-wheat version like one found at EatingWell. com/recipes/whole_wheat_pizza_ dough.html (using whole wheat and organic, unbleached all-purpose flour and a natural granulated sugar).

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draw Halloween murals on windows using water-based markers. Traditional tricks and treats are easily improved upon with mindful shopping and imagination. The calorie counts are lower, environmental impacts are lighter and the feel-good fun factor soars.

Rub each piece of bread lightly with cut garlic. Brush each round with olive oil. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to stove top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove, spread with sauce.

Yields 8 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided 8 bagels evenly split, English muffins or prepared pizza rounds 1 garlic clove, peeled and split lengthwise 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1 cup organic pizza or marinara sauce One protein, such as lean ground beef or soy crumbles (browned and drained); sliced vegetarian pepperoni; turkey or vegetarian bacon (fried, drained and broken into pieces); or peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into bite-sized pieces Red, yellow or green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, sliced or diced black or green olives, drained pineapple bits, garlic cloves, drained and roasted 1 to 1½ cups shredded mozzarella or vegan mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil two cookie sheets and set aside. Open and arrange bagels or muffins on the sheets. If using prepared pizza rounds, place on sheets whole.

Raise the oven heat to 375° F. Begin with the proteins, then layer the vegetables and special ingredients and top with a layer of cheese. Return the rounds to the hot oven and bake until the cheese melts. Cool slightly and serve.

Salsa Fresca Yields 3 cups 8 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced 3 jalapeño peppers (or to taste), seeded, stems removed, finely minced (wear gloves and work in a ventilated area) 1 to 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp natural salt Juice of 1 lime Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill covered. Adjust seasonings before serving.

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It’s that time of year when we’re sending our kids back to school. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.

sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:

HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.

Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells.

Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system

Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics: •

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk.

Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.

Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks.

Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the


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Even with all of these tips, your kids are bound to come down with something over the course of the school year. We all get sick at some point or another, forming healthier habits and maintaining a positive attitude is all we can do as parents. For more information, please visit

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25% off Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture at Grand Wellness. Address the physical & emotional aspects of health that underlie the aging process. Go to for more information. Call 616-940-1177 to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. Because looking younger comes from within! Grand Rapids. Aromatherapy Massage- Schedule a massage and receive complimentary aromatherapy with Young Living essential oils added to your massage. Call 269-221-1961 to make your appointment. Kalamazoo. A Seasonal Favorite Back by Popular Demand: Our Pumpkin Facial is back and available October and November only. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive $5 off! Lakeshore Natural Skin Care. 231-557-3619. Holland/Zeeland. i-Lipo Treatments- Receive a free consultation and treatment in non-surgical body contouring. i-Lipo is suitable for both men and women. The laser can be applied to the belly, thighs, upper arms, neck and fatty breast tissue- only in men. For more information call 616-453-4215. Standale. Study Skills and Homework Specials- Back to school can be hard for a lot of students. We’re here to help with Study Skills and Homework Help. Call today for details about our programs and how you can save through the month of October. Call 231-799-0613 for details. 5890 Harvey Street, Muskegon.


Community Class- 7pm. Starting October 1, Midwifery Matters will be offering Community and Childbirth Classes, Everything from Baby Care Basics to Women’s Health Continuing Education. Visit for event listings or to schedule a class. 118 East Benton Street, Greenville. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7-8pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.


Acknowledging Suffering – 10/3-10/5. Cultivating Joy Fall Mindfulness Retreat with April Hadley & Carol Hendershot. Open to new and experienced meditators, excellent vegetarian cuisine. Call 616361-3660 or visit for more information. Barothy Lodge, Walhalla, MI. Reiki I/II Class- 9am-5pm. Learn this healing, relaxation technique for self and family. Textbook and light lunch are included. For more information, visit 801 Broadway Ave NW, Suite 436, Grand Rapids.

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Free Yoga Classes- 8am, 10am and noon. With Breast Cancer, Heart Health and Domestic Violence Awareness being featured in October, On The Path Yoga is hosting a Women’s Health and Empowerment Month. Join us for a FREE yoga class. See schedule at for descriptions. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. Russian Festival- October 4-5, 11am-8pm. Russian/ Ukrainian folk music performances: Moscow Nights Band, Russian Ballet Academy, St. Vladimir’s Dance Group; Slavic cuisine+tea room, authentic sweets; Russian beer, infused vodka tasting; Kid’s puppet show, petting zoo, bounce house, hair braiding; Free admission/parking. St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson Rd, Dexter. Exploring Truth (Women’s Spiritual Wellness Group)- 11:45am-1:15pm. Meets for 7 weeks. Authentic dialogue with like-minded women. Consolidation of ideas from world religions, neuroscience and psychotherapy. $40 donation to the Buddhist Temple. To register or to be notified when group is offered again, visit Baby Fair- noon-5pm. Learn about the greatest local products and services that are available to growing families and tour our facility’s birth and community center while learning about how you can use the space for everything from casual gatherings to baby showers and Blessing Ways! CedarTreeBW. com. 915 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids. Introduction to Aromatherapy with Linda Bayer of Bayer Essence- 1pm-4pm. Learn about essential oils and their benefits. Create a personal blend and add it to a lotion, massage oil or a Dead Sea Salt for the bath. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Vibrational Healing with Jason Kniola- 1pm3pm. All are welcome to be immersed in the sounds of gongs, singing bowls and drums for an effortless meditation experience. $25. Learn more and register at 955 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids.


Free Yoga Classes- 10am. With Breast Cancer, Heart Health and Domestic Violence Awareness being featured in October, On The Path Yoga is hosting a Women’s Health and Empowerment Month. Join us for a FREE yoga class! See schedule at for descriptions. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. You Are a Light- 10:30am. We are children of God, rays of the One Light/One God/One Power. Learn the answer to how we develop an intimate awareness of our light and use it to uplift ourselves and others. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids. Free Informational Meeting- 11:30am. Regarding 200-hour yoga teacher training with Viki Distin and

Ellen McNamara. For more information please call 616-464-1610 or e-mail info@cascadeyogastudio. com. Udana Vayu & the Ether Element with Theresa Murphy- 11:30am. The udana vayu is said to be the movement of higher knowing and wisdom. This workshop will offer techniques to free the movement from down to up in a skillful way, clearing the head, freeing the throat and softening the organs of perception in the skull. Call 616-464-1610 or visit to register. Vibrational Healing- 1-3pm. Recline back and hear healing rhythms and vibrations created with drums, gongs, singing bowls and voice toning. These sounds induce quiet in the mind and relaxation in the body for a deep and effortless meditation experience. All are welcome. $25 with pre-registration on-line:, Grand Rapids.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction- Free Information Sessions, Classes start week of October 20. Call 616-361-3660 or visit for more information. Creating Partnerships- 7pm-8:15pm. 10/6 & 10/8. Help yourself to approach partnerships in the best possible way, to bring joy, love and harmony into your life. $60 for both evenings. If you cannot afford the full fees, please ask about a bursary. Pre-registration needed: info@SelfRealizationCentreMichigan. org or 517 641-6201. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath, MI.


Free Information Sessions- 10/7 & 10/14. 8 Week Mindful Parenting Course with April Hadley. Classes begin October 21. Call 616361-3660 or visit for more information. BRAINS, 3292 North Evergreen Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. EcoTrek Fitness Outdoor Group Workout6:15pm-7:30pm. With Kylie Schultz leading; $10 drop-in, email Mayor’s River Front Park, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo. Reiki Share- 6:30pm. We ask all Reiki Practitioners & Healers to join Reiki Master Margret Bazany for a time of sharing and caring at Spirit Space. Call 616-836-1555 or visit for more information. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck.


Feeling Good Free 5K and Wellness Expo- 5pm8pm. Join Harvest Health Foods in celebrating over 62 years in keeping the health of West Michigan in mind. Free community event with local vendors sampling their products, give-aways, sports supplements, kid’s activities, Non-GMO Pledge Photo booth. Gazelle Sports will help with the Free 5K at 6 pm. Sign waiver at 4150 32nd Ave., Hudsonville.

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Energy Healing Development Workshop- Oct. 10-11. Learn the foundation for energy healing work - whether on yourself, or in a practice. $395 for all three days. For more information, visit Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids. Women’s Health Heart & Breast- 6pm-8pm. Open your heart and take care of all the tissues that surround it in this workshop for women that will be both informational and moving-in many ways. $30. Pre-registration is preferred, go to OnThePathYoga. com or call 616-935-7028 to sign up. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. Awakening to Your True Nature: Yoga Nidra & the Seed of Sankalpa- 7pm-8:15pm. Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation. Learn to support your own highest truth and unite your inner resources for living, healing, and creating a life you love. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register.


Reducing Stress for a Healthier, Happier You9am. Tonya Rocho of Rock Solid Wellness Studio invites you to experience Performance Coach Elle Ingalls’ Pressure-Free method of stress management to improve your health, relationships and performance. Free. Rock Solid Wellness Studio, 1332 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek. Fresh Air Fitness with DNR- 10am-11:30am. Group workout with Brenda Rogers leading at Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg, MI -- Class will meet and depart from the parking lot just south of the main entrance to Sleepy Hollow State Park. A Recreation Passport is required for parking (available for purchase at any State Park headquarters). $10 drop-in; MUST RSVP at signup@ Doula Speed Dating- 6:30-8pm. Looking for a doula? Come and get to know each of the talented doulas we have available and learn about how Crowning Lotus works and what a doula can offer them all in an easy, fun, low-pressure environment. 915 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.


The Last Set of Self-Help Tools You Will Need To Use- October 12-17. Enjoy six free workshops at UGGR in Ada. Titles include: On Creating Consciously, A Course in Miracles: What is the World?, Healing through Relationships, Codependence to Interdependence and more! Call 616-682-7812 or visit, Workshops/Classes for more information. Chocolates, from A Course in Miracles- 10:30am. In her message titled “Chocolates, From A Course in Miracles”, Carol Johnson will pick a few concepts and phrases from ACIM that are central to her life and share them along with songs inspired by them. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids. Shamanic Journey Worship- 1-4pm. Join us for an introduction to Shamanism workshop. Meet your totem animal and take part in meditation. Shamanic journeying promotes inner travel to tap into information for change in all areas of our lives. Email


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is calm, gentle, and safe. 2119 Lake Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids.

EcoTrek Fitness Columbus Day- 6:15pm-7:30pm. Outdoor group workout with Hanna Jones leading. $10 drop-in. Email at Rosy Mound Dune Preserve, 14035 Lakeshore Avenue Drive, Grand Haven.

Spirit of Mantra- 7pm. “Healing and Oneness” Mantras assist us in achieving that which we wish to see manifest in our lives. Come explore Mantras, Mudras, Meditation, and Breathwork. Experience and learn the benefits of Mantra, and feel your connection to all that is. $5. Healing Ways, 6363 North 24th St. Kalamazoo.




Client Appreciation Open House at Renewal Skin Spa - 3pm-7:30pm. Come for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, door prizes, give-aways and SAVINGS to celebrate another successful year of healthy younger looking skin! Renewal Skin Spa is at 6080 28th Street SE, 616-940-1177. Grand Rapids. Are Supplements Really Necessary- 6:30pm. Many people wonder if vitamins and supplements really work. So this free seminar will discuss many of the concerns and questions that surround the use of supplements. RSVP at Harvest Health Foods, 4150 32nd Ave, Hudsonville.


In the Man Cave with Dr. Dave- 5:30pm. For men only, this open forum Q&A event can cover most of your questions. Everything is fair game from hormone replacement, nutrition, muscle mass, medication interactions, even tests your Dr. might or might not suggest. Refreshments provided, RSVP is encouraged to 616-558-8334. Keystone Pharmacy, Grand Rapids. Don Jose Ruiz- 7pm-9pm. You are invited to further open your heart to the ancient Toltec Wisdom and ancestral teachings of San Diego resident, spiritual advisor and bestselling author don Jose Ruiz. Don Jose’s message changes lives of all people of all faiths and cultures while bringing them closer to themselves than ever before. $25. 1711 Walker Ave NW Grand Rapids. Reducing Stress for a Healthier, Happier You7pm. Tonya Rocho of Rock Solid Wellness Studio invites you to experience Performance Coach Elle Ingalls’ Pressure-Free method of stress management to improve your health, relationships and performance. Free. Rock Solid Wellness Studio, 1332 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek. Healing Energy Circle- 7pm. Following a discussion from 6-7pm, join us in a Healing Energy Circle at 7pm to promote wellness for ourselves and others. Join us for all or part of the gathering. Call 616836-1555 for more information. Spirit Space is an interfaith spiritual enrichment center, Spirit-Space. org. Saugatuck.


Meet the Doulas- 6pm. Come to Hopscotch and find out what a Doula does and why you should hire one! Bring your spouse or support person (kids welcome too!). We will be available for questions about our services and the benefits of having a Doula. 909 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids. HypnoBirthing® Fall Series II- 6-8:30pm. Class is filling up fast. For registration info, visit Learn Relaxation Techniques so that you can give your baby a welcome that

Hardwiring Happiness- 9:00am-4:00pm. The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace with Dr. Rick Hanson. Learn methods to reduce anxiety and stress. Includes lunch & CE Credits. Call 616-361-3660 or visit for more information. Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids. Reducing Stress for a Healthier, Happier Younoon. Tonya Rocho of Rock Solid Wellness Studio invites you to experience Performance Coach Elle Ingalls’ Pressure-Free method of stress management to improve your health, relationships and performance. Free. Rock Solid Wellness Studio, 1332 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek. Intuition Workshop- 1-4pm, October 17, 18 & 25. Learn many ways to improve your intuitive abilities and learn about new brain research in this area. Open your heart to the inner voice that is always with you. Saugatuck. Call 269-637-3781 or visit PeaceLab Yoga Happy Hour Class- 6:30-7:30pm. This all levels flow class is the perfect end to your busy week. Unwind, decompress and enjoy the company of other yogis for this invigorating class with modifications and alignment cues for everyone. $5. 5570 Wilson Ave., Ste. M, Grandville. Fire of Transformation w/Mimi Ray eRYT5006:45-8:30pm. Advance your Practice in community; guided practice. Pre-req : Handstand at the wall; Back bend. Join us $18 online pre register or $25 at the door Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. www.artofteachingyoga. com,


YMCA Fun Day- Sylvan Learning will join the YMCA as they showcase their health and wellness programs and facilities. Stop in to check out your local Y and to visit Sylvan Learning Center. Call 231-799-0613 for details. Free. Muskegon Family YMCA, Muskegon. EcoTrek Fitness Outdoor Group Workout- 8am – 9:15am. At Saugatuck Dunes State Park (park at the Felt Mansion, 6597 138th Ave, Holland) with Amy Miller leading; $10 drop-in, email signup@ Sing Song Yoga- noon-12:30 for ages 2-6, 12:451:30 for ages 6-11. Introduce your children to the joys of yoga in a class full of music, movement and merriment. For ages 2-6: $6 for first child, $3 for each sibling; for ages 6-11: $8 for first child, $4 for each sibling. Learn more and register at www.gryoga. com. 955 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. Sacred Chanting with Shantala- 7pm. Join us for an evening of sacred chanting with Shantala on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. Everyone is

welcome. No chanting experience required, just bring an open mind & heart. From The Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center, Grand Rapids. 616-336-YOGA.


Sunday Service- 10:30am. Join us for our Sunday Service as Rev. Marchiene Rienstra empowers us with a message based on Unity Truths. 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year, Mark Kahny will share a lively and joyful musical framework for the service. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids.

yourself and find strength within and all around in a community of support and growth. $20. Preregistration preferred, go to or call 616-935-7028 to reserve your spot. 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake.


EcoTrek Fitness Outdoor Group Workout8am-9:15am. At Hudsonville Nature Preserve at the Highland Drive entrance with Kym Matthews leading; $10 drop-in, email signup@ecotrekfitness. com or call Kym at 616-485-5448.

Archives Open House-1pm-4pm. West Catholic and Catholic Central archives open house. Come explore a wide range of memorabilia dating from 1910 to the present. Truly some invaluable collections. West Catholic HS, 1801 Bristol NW, Grand Rapids.

Live the Life of Your Dreams- 9:30am-5pm. Hay House author and medical intuitive Carol Ritberger, Ph.D. will teach a workshop on manifesting what you truly desire. $105. Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids. Costs $105. Register at



Rethinking Cancer- 7-8pm. Join Holistic Care Approach for a discussion on where Cancer comes from for “Conversations with Barb”. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 3368 Beltline Ct., Grand Rapids.


Silent Retreat at Song of the Morning Ranch10/22-10/26. This five day retreat will offer a variety of meditation and asana techniques. Mornings will offer rigorous asana practice; afternoon practices will offer yin, restoratives and inversions. Call 616-464-1610 or visit www.cascadeyogastudio. com to register.


Painting for the Paws- 5:30-9pm. This event hosts a live and silent auction to raise funds to help the many homeless cats and dogs served by Faithful to Felines and Pound Buddies. Event takes place at Kirby House in Grand Haven and is open to the public. Evening of Medical Intuitive Readings- 7-9pm. Hay House author and Medical Intuitive, Carol Ritberger, Ph.D. will be giving medical intuitive readings at The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids. Cost: $30.

Pure Meditation Foundation Series- 7pm-9pm. Unique 4 week series will help you conquer stress, improve concentration, find inner peace and establish your meditation practice for LIFE. $80 includes book and follow-up appointment. If you cannot afford the full fees, please ask about a bursary. Pre-registration at 517-641-6201or info@ Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath, MI. Our Hope Association Fundraiser- 7:30pm. Join Our Hope, a non-profit women’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment center for the one-woman show, “Flying Standby” at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids. For adults only. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at


Fire of Transformation w/Mimi Ray eRYT5006:45-8:30pm. Advance your Practice in community; guided practice. Pre-req : Handstand at the wall; Back bend. Join us $18 online pre register or $25 at the door Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. www.artofteachingyoga. com,

Medicine Beyond Medication: The Heart of the Matter- October 24-25. Universal Health Solutions brings traditional, holistic, and integrative medical communities together for this conference to consider collaborative models of care for heart health. Register and learn more at Cost $299, student price, $99. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids. Yoga, Women & Wine New Moon Celebration6pm-8pm. Join with other women in an evening of movement, meditation and mingling! Express

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Aim High: Reach for Your Capstone12:30pm. The one-day seminar features international radio and TV host Thom Hartmann at the Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Advanced tickets $35, tickets $39 at the door. Register at The event begins at 12:30pm. For more information call The Coptic Center at 616-531-1339. Open Your Heart-Backbending Workshop- 1-3:30pm. A workshop focused on opening and aligning the body in order to start or deepen your understanding of backbends. Experience joy and freedom as you awaken the entire spine. Workshop suitable for all levels. 5570 Wilson Ave, Ste. M, Grandville.

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Candy Buy Back Event- 4-6pm. Dr. Kevin Flood wants to buy back your kids’ Halloween candy for $2/pound. The candy bought back will be donated to local charities. 4990 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.

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Mantra Sadhana- Especially for students and practitioners of Ayurveda, take part in our Annual Mantra Sadhana at the Sambodh Center, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo and learn the Dhanvantari Mantra, patron deity of Ayurvedic Medicine for blessings of sound health for one’s self or others.


FREE Acupuncture Stress-Reducing Mini Treatments. Grand Wellness is celebrating Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine day! Want to know what it’s like to get acupuncture? Come in and experience this wonderful form of healthcare and find out how it can help you. Call 616-940-1177 to schedule an appointment. Grand Rapids.


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Must be submitted online each month at Events priced $80 or above require a corresponding display ad. There is a $40 charge per listing, up to 50 words. If you are a current advertiser, distribution site or non-profit you just use this listing in place of two of your free listings.

savethedate March 13-15

West Michigan Women’s Expo- Over 400 exhibits and seminars tailored to women and their families, focusing on health, beauty, fitness, fashion, finance and fun! Tickets available at the door or in advance at Meijer. Devos Place, Grand Rapids.

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ongoingevents Note: Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Events must be re-submitted each month by the 15th of the month. Events subject to change, please call ahead.

Sunday Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Spirit Space is an inter-faith gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings Take a virtual tour at Spirit-Space. org. 616-836-1555. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Sunday Worship and Youth Service- 10:30am. A warm, inviting, new thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity and for those seeking spiritual truth. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids. Community Class- 4pm-5pm. We’re back in the Studio. Community Class for $5. All proceeds donated to the Charity of the Month. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 218 W 18th Street, Holland. Visit for information. Sunday Series- 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see

Monday Toga for Active Beginners to Intermediate Students- 6-7:30pm. Enjoy this time-honored Yoga practice. Strengthen and tone the body. Learn breathing techniques. Increase your energy. Promote the healthy functioning of all body systems. $12. 6363 N, 24th Street, Kalamazoo. 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- 7-8:30pm. Want peace in your life regardless of the circumstances? Clarity? Inspiration? All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095. Yoga Basics w/Mimi Ray, eRYT500- 7:30-8:45pm. Learn the basics and grow your practice. Suitable for strong beginners and beyond. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.,

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


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PeaceLab Kid’s Yoga 7 Week Series- 4:30-5:30pm. Join Miss Mary beginning October 14 for a one hour kids yoga class designed for all abilities. Drop in for $7, or enroll for all 7 for $35. Class suitable for children 6-12 years of age. Melanie@peacelabyoga. com or call 616-745-0310 for more information. Grandville. HypnoBirthing® Classes- 6-8:30pm. A complete Childbirth Education Course to give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle and safe. Achieve birth fulfillment – awake and alert – in a totally relaxed state of mind and body. Five weeks, two and a half hours/class. Costs $300. 2119 Lake Drive SE. East Grand Rapids. Beyond Basics Yoga w/Mimi Ray eRYT500- 7:308:45pm. Build your practice, gain strength and skill in the pose. Suitable for experienced beginners and beyond. $9-15. PeaceLabYoga, 5570 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville.

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. Discussion & Meditation at Spirit Space – 6-8pm. Discussion to promote spiritual enrichment; questions welcomed and then meditation. Spirit Space is an interfaith church and spiritual enrichment center. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. Visit Saugatuck. EmbodyGR- 6:30pm. Gather in community for yoga, music and justice. Bring your yoga mat, your amazing self and a friend who may need to connect, heal, and serve! Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE Grand Rapids. Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7pm. 2nd Wednesday of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-856-4957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty. NE Grand Rapids. Meditation- 7:45pm. Join Diana Wilson for deep relaxation and pranayama practice and guided meditation. Wednesdays at the Sambodh Center. Learn practices to quiet the mind and to deepen your meditation. Love offerings welcome. 6363 N. 24th St. Kalamazoo.

Thursday Morning Flow Yoga- 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Intermediate Yoga w/Mimi Ray, eRYT500- 6pm7:30pm. An intermediate class for more experienced Yogis. Refine and practice your yoga chops. $9-15.

Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids., 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.

Friday Gentle Yoga- 10:30am. Designed for every “body” in mind. Join Kathy Howard at Bodhi tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th street, Holland. Check out or call 616-392-7580 for more information. Yin and Restorative Yoga- 4:30-6pm. Yin Yoga promotes joint flexibility, energy increase & bodymind health. Restorative Yoga helps lower BP, reduce stress, and balance energy. $12. The Sambodh Center, 6363 N. 24th St. Kalamazoo.

Saturday Slow Flow Yoga w/Mimi Ray, eRYT500- 8:309:45am. Start your weekend with yoga. All levels practice. Seva Yoga, 2237 Wealthy SE Suite 120, East Grand Rapids., Hatha Yoga- 9-10:15am. A Little more invigorating, this is a great class to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman– 9-10:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9am-1pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.


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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.

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

Grand Wellness offers a holistic perspective on wellness and promotes healing through acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and eastern nutrition. Set up a free consultation to discuss how Chinese medicine can help your specific health concerns. See ad page 25.

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

Your Local Source for all things Natural and Botanical. Hand crafted bath & body products, tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, other raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad page 22.


959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. See ad page 37.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 7.



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


Certified technician in Nexalin Technology, a medication-free treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia. The hypothalamus and midbrain area are gently stimulated, supporting brain function resets. Treatments in your home or Holland office. See ad page 36.

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


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.


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


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

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 24 & 30.

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


”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 10.

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Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 10.


Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 11.


Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, Reiki, Energy Touch. See ad page 33.


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


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.


Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo 269-221-1961

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 13.


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

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Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225






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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 13.


Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 20.


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


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

HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, LMT, 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, Bioenergetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.


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


Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 24 & 30.

Sara Badger, Midwife Jodi Borsk, Junior Midwife Casi Russo, Senior Student

0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 A full service Midwifery

group partnering with you to provide prenatal care, education, and choice. The first birthing center in Grand Rapids to add to women’s birth choices. Contact us for a free consultation 559-9075341. See ad page 6.

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


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


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




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

State licensed school for massage and bodywork. Offering high quality, a ff o r d a b le ma s s a g e certification courses as well as NCBTMB continuing education courses for the experienced therapist. Located conveniently to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale.


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.


LAKESHORE NATURAL SKIN CARE An award winning Hair Stylist 10500 Chicago Drive

with 30 years Advanced Holland Twp/Zeeland MI 49464 Education, that uses and sells 231-557-3619 Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional Specializing in advanced, line of Organic Hair Color. customized skin care using Ionic Detox Foot Baths also all-natural, organic skin care available. products from Elina Organics. SCHOOL / EDUCATION Facials, Back Facials, Foot Facials, Hand Facials, Tummy BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Facials, and “Beautiful Legs” Attn: Ruth Small, Director services. Needle-Free Mesothera6363 N. 24th St., py, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, Kalamazoo, MI 49004 LED, Microdermabrasion, Peels, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Brow Shaping, Aromatherapy, Signature Scent, Hair Restoration, Bamboo Massage, RainDrop, Air State-Licensed Post-Secondary Compression Lymph Drainage Massage, Acupressure, AYURVEDA SCHOOL Opening Reiki, Infrared and Ionic Cleanses, Ear Candling, and Spring 2015. One-year Certificate more! See ad page 15. Program: healthcare/wellness SCREEN PRINTING educators and professionals, yoga teachers, massage therapists, GREEN INK WORKS chiropractors, dieticians, holistic3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 health advocates, and self-care. Wyoming, MI 49509 Highly qualified Instructors. 616-254-7350 Accepting Applications.

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

Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ October 2014  

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