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all is my favorite time of year with its cooler days, vibrant color changes, new outdoor adventures like hay rides, corn mazes to explore and of course, apple picking. A quote by Benjamin Franklin, “The rotten apple spoils his companion,” recently got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all simply move away from any rotten situation in life and pick a good alternative instead? Kind of like the satisfaction that comes in good oldfashioned apple picking. Life brings bushels of opportunities and staying positive through the ups and downs opens us to greater possibilities for fruitage. No one wants to be around a rotten attitude which, like just one rotten apple emitting ethylene gas in a basket, can affect the prospects and outlook of others in its surroundings. The challenge is to be able to remain, or at least learn how to consistently transition back to being, a good apple that everyone wants to be around. Then I moved on to George Bernard Shaw, who observed, “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” This month our primary theme is Working Together, interestingly paired with a secondary theme of Natural Antidepressants—which speaks to the need for us all to be on ball in energetically collaborating to create the community we want, populated by people that make us feel good about life. Have you ever regarded someone that is consistently upbeat and wearing a smile for everyone and thought, “I wish I could be like that?” For most of us, it takes conscious intention, but it’s far easier when we surround ourselves with positive people whose way of life is helping those around them live happier, more productive lives. Natural Awakenings’ mission is helping people throughout our community learn how to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. We know how vital it is for individuals in a community to come together to create this atmosphere of thought. May we all continuously choose to be a “good apple”, expressing only goodness to those around us. An apple a day…

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oin Harvest Health Foods in Hudsonville on October 8 for the fourth annual Feeling Good 5K and Wellness Expo. 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. Stop by from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for sampling, meeting vendors, kid’s activities and the free 5K fun run and walk starting at 6pm. Harvest Health Foods will be grilling veggie burgers too! For more information, call 616-896-6630 or visit Pre-registration for the run/ walk can be found at

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reeing the breath is the ultimate purpose of Yoga” These words were spoken by Leslie Kaminoff. Recently, two instructors from On The Path Yoga traveled to New York City


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to study with Kaminoff, an internationally known author of Yoga Anatomy and founder of The Breathing Project and now, On The Path Yoga is excited to offer an Embodied Breath Workshop on October 10. In this workshop, participants will learn the functional anatomy of the thorax, experience hands on techniques to free the breath and integrate a better understanding of breath in yoga asana. This workshop is recommended for anyone that breathes, but especially for those with breathing difficulties, yoga students wishing to deepen their practice and yoga or fitness professionals. For more information or to register, visit OnThePathYoga. com. See ad, page 16.

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adies, come to Aligned Care Chiropractic in Portage on October 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and get pampered! Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeurves and refreshments. Shop for bags, jewelry, make-up and more. Experience massage, acupuncture, thermography and spinal evaluations. Aligned Care Chiropractic is located at 7310 Garden Lane in Portage. RSVP for Ladie’s Night Out by calling 269366-4146. For more information on Aligned Care Chiropractic, visit See ad, page 32.

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Book Signing with Dr. Ginger


r. Ginger, as seen on Fox News and other major TV shows, has taught at the world-renown Hippocrates Health Institute and will be autographing her new bestselling book, The Rainbow Juice Cleanse on Saturday, October 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Molecular Miracle Kiosk (in front of the White House/Black Market store) in the Rivertown Mall in Grandville. Those who purchase her book will also receive her companion online weight loss and nutrition program, The Fat Funeral Detox (a $59.95 value) for free. Meet and greet several others who have had great success with her book and program and lost a tremendous amount of weight in a healthy, nourishing, non-toxic way. Dr. Ginger’s book not only showcases delicious, easyto-make juice recipes, but smoothies, shakes and delicious food recipes as well, including entrees, salads and whole food salad dressings (no bottled oils used) and even delectable desserts. The free Fat Funeral Detox program has educational webinars, daily videos, more recipes, a daily water calculator, special reports including The Shake Down Report and The Vitamin Robber’s Report, and so much

he Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, a grassroots ballot initiative campaign gathering signatures for a ballot proposal to ban horizontal fracking and frack wastes, announces it is now over 100,000 signatures or 40% of the 252,523 valid signatures required. “We are doing much better than our efforts in 2013 because people know more about the dangers of fracking and frack wastes now,” said LuAnne Kozma, the Committee’s campaign director. Volunteers began collecting signatures May 22, 2015 for a six-month period to qualify for the 2016 ballot. The deadline to mail petitions to the Committee is November 10. Meanwhile, fracking and the disposal of frack wastes continue in the state. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permitted 10 more horizontal wells in Grand Traverse, Manistee and Crawford counties in 2015. A hazardous waste processing facility in Detroit, which takes 40% of its wastes from out-of-state, including some from oil and gas operations, is likely to be approved by DEQ to expand its operations ten-fold. The Detroit Free Press cited US Ecology’s admission that liquid waste treated by the facility is going into the Detroit Water and Sewer Department system, which provides water to the entire metro Detroit area. The ballot initiative would prevent such wells and frack waste processing and disposal. The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is a ballot question committee registered with the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections. For more information, visit

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very month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as “Green Drinks” all over the world. Green Drinks brings in a lively mixture of people from Non-Governmental Organizations, academia, government and business, and all are welcome. Joiners are encouraged to ask, “Are you green?” and they’ll then be looked after and introduced to whoever is there. Green Drinks is a great way to catch up with people and to make new contacts. It’s not uncommon for attendees to invite someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making it an organic, self-organizing network. The events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and even had moments of serendipity. The following is a list of Green Drinks Groups in West Michigan:

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his fall, Keval Kaur Khalsa will offer a weekly class in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation at Hearts Journey Wellness, LLC, open to and appropriate for all experience and ability levels. This series will offer a practical set of disciplines and Keval Kaur Khalsa attitudes that lead to excellence and depth in the human experience. Kundalini Yoga uses breath exercises, body postures, movements, sound, relaxation and meditation to energize and balance all the systems of the body, quiet and focus the mind and connect to spirit. Prior yoga experience and the ability to twist yourself into a pretzel is not necessary. For more information, call 877-932-4446, email or visit See ad, page 16.

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ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/ purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate othercolored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.

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study from the University of Minnesota has found that two strains of virulent bacteria in the gut significantly increase the incidence of colon cancer, and a change in microbiology of the gut often coincides with colon cancer. The study tested 88 people, of which half had colon tumors. The scientists sampled and analyzed gut bacteria within the subjects to assess their microbiomes. They found that colon cancers were linked to those with microbiomes that had increased levels of Fusobacteria and Providencia species of bacteria. The latter is considered more virulent and responsible for the production of certain enzymes that have been previously linked with colon cancer. These two species of bacteria have also been linked with higher rates of inflammation and infection in other research. Fusobacteria has been found prevalent among people with ulcerative colitis. Providencia species include E. coli and Klebsiella, both found among urinary tract infections, throat infections and others. Microbiological science over the past half a century has found that better food choices can bring about significant healthful changes in the body’s microbiome. These include incorporating prebiotic and fermented foods into one’s diet. natural awakenings

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Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk


2015 study has found that larger opioid medication doses increase the incidence of depression in a Veterans Administration study of 355 pain patients. An opioid is a pharmaceutical compound, such as morphine, that produces an analgesic effect in the nervous system. The study, published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, followed patients with low-back pain for two years. The patients were taking varying doses of opioid pain killers, rated by their morphine-equivalent dose. The researchers found that higher doses resulted in a doubling of depression incidences. According to Dr. James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, natural herbal alternatives to painkiller drugs that are free of the side effect include meadowsweet, ginger, willow bark, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, red pepper and rosemary.

Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science


study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

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Story Glory

National Festival Celebrates the Art of Storytelling Mix public speaking, acting, comedy and music and we get the performance art of storytelling, practiced by the likes of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. The largest related celebration is the 43rd annual International Storytelling Festival, held from October 2 through 4 this year in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More than 15 award-winning storytellers scheduled include Kim Weitkamp, who mixes humorous personal and family stories and original songs; Charlotte Blake Alston, who tells traditional and contemporary stories of African and African-American oral culture, accompanied by native instruments; and Andy Offutt Irwin, known for his mouth noises and the adventures of his 85-year-old Aunt Marguerite Van Camp. Attendees can also tell stories at Story Slam! and Swappin’ Ground events and workshops. Festival producer the International Storytelling Center, together with the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center, also conducts a 26-week Teller-in-Residence training program. Storytelling is not only mentally challenging, it facilitates family and community bonding in a highly social and entertaining format. For more information and preregistration, visit

Warnings Heeded

New York State Bans Fracking The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a seven-year review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. Highvolume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012. Source:


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Smell-Based Pheromones Offer Pesticide-Free Bug Control Semios, a Vancouver, Canada, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the first aerosol pheromone-scent products shown effective in disrupting the mating of the codling moth and oriental fruit moth by attracting males to the females’ scent in spots devoid of mates. Pheromones are natural chemicals that many animals use to communicate within their species. Unlike pesticides that kill a wide variety of insects, each pheromone targets a single pest species, leaving beneficial pollinators like bees and predators such as ladybugs unconfused and unharmed. One dispenser is hung in each acre and nothing is sprayed directly on the fruit. Pheromones don’t affect any other organisms, including humans, and can be used by both organic and conventional growers. David Knight, owner of Knight’s Appleden Fruit, Ltd., in Colborne, Ontario, has used the Semios system for two seasons as part of a regulatory trial. He says, “I could see this technology becoming completely mainstream in our industry in the next five or six years.” Traditional insecticides are expensive to buy and time-consuming and laborintensive to apply. Because they’re toxic, workers can’t enter the orchard for a specified number of days after spraying. Knight adds that fruit growers that rely heavily on pollinators to produce their fruit are also keenly aware of the environmental risk posed by pesticides and welcome a natural and less costly alternative; only tiny amounts are needed. Kirk Hillier, Ph.D., a biologist at Canada’s Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, who studies how insects communicate with pheromones, confirms that such scents have also been shown to be effective in both controlling a wider variety of agricultural and household pests and monitoring insects destructive to forests.

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Upbeat Forecast for Long-Term Emissions New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that overall domestic energy consumption is slowing and isn’t expected to grow much over the next 25 years, despite a growing economy and population. Usage is forecast to rise 0.3 percent annually between now and 2040, or just half the expected population growth rate, and dramatically less than the 2.4 percent projections for economic growth through 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to increase only 0.1 percent in the same period. Thanks to a public embrace of energy efficiency, residential fuel consumption may not grow at all over the next quarter-century. With more Americans driving electric and other energy-efficient vehicles, energy use in the transportation sector will decline slightly and gasoline consumption is expected to drop more than 20 percent by 2040. Industrial energy use is expected to grow at less than 1 percent. College students nationwide are supporting the reported progress by conducting divestment campaigns at universities, including Divest Harvard. At a recent event, alumni, including Bill McKibben, founder of, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, joined students in protesting any investment of the school’s huge endowment fund in fossil fuel companies. Source:

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mensely when it acquired the exclusive rights to sell and service the Nimlok line of exhibit products throughout the state of Michigan. Marketing Manager Greg Blovits speaks of the growth and says, “We’ve been lucky to be able to keep expanding—to keep growing.” Blovits acknowledges that the people at VizCom Media are a large part of why they have been able to expand so greatly. He says, “We’ve got excellent people who care about what they’re doing. We try to keep up with the trends and have the newest equipment, but that’s nothing without the people who run the machines and serve our clients.” He follows that up and says, “Every day I walk out on the production floor and see big stuff being printed. I’m always excited to come to work. The people here are great—it’s just a great place to be.” In regards to the in-house designers on the VizCom Media team and at the corporate office of Nimlok in Chicago, Blovits remarks, “There’s no shortage of creative people here.” As the tradeshow season approaches, VizCom Media is embarking on numerous projects including a 40 by 60 foot booth design. With the growing popu-

larity of tradeshows, VizCom Media and Nimlok Michigan have truly been able to shine, proving their vast capabilities in all that they offer. Earlier this year, some of their prestigious work included all of the printing for the Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club in Belmont as well as being the main print sponsor for the Grand Rapids Drive, an American professional basketball team of the NBA Development League. As it is clear that they are continuing to grow, this past summer, VizCom Media moved to a new location, 3223 Kraft Avenue southeast in Grand Rapids, quadrupling their space. Despite their expansion, VizCom Media continues to service the larger corporations as well as smaller businesses. Although VizCom Media has been on a constant path of growth, its employees do not rest on past achievements. Instead, each day provides another opportunity to pursue excellence. By focusing on creating a superior product with leading edge technology and providing excellent service, the big company with the small roots will continue to be a large piece of the oversize printing puzzle for years to come. For more information on VizCom Media, call 866-932-2001, email Greg@ or visit See ad, page 15. Amanda Grasmeyer is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month National Chiropractic Health Month is a

nationwide campaign held each October to promote a pain-free nation. Numerous recent studies have shown the dangerous overreliance in the United States on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure it. Chiropractic care takes a different, non-drug approach to pain relief that is relevant today in light of the overuse and abuse of those prescription painkillers. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems, and their natural approach can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and even surgery in some cases. Benefits of chiropractic care can include improved nerve communication in the body, improved joint motion and coordination, improved physical function and performance, improved posture, relief from joint discomfort, relief from bursitis, relief from arthritis, relief from chronic injuries and much more. To live a pain-free life and benefit from chiropractic care, be sure to check out one of the chiropractors listed below.

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r. Burcon has presented at every Meniere’s disease seminar over the past ten years, including the 5th International Symposium at House Ear Institute, the Prosper Meniere Society in Austria, the Politzer Society at Cleveland Clinic and the 6th International Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. He will be presenting at the 7th International Symposium in Rome, Italy this month. He produced five Health Talk documentaries for GRTV and won the “Above and Beyond Award” for volunteering chiropractic services at Ground Zero. They are currently expanding their office to accommodate more room and longer hours. In November there will be an open house with complimentary spinal exams and consultations, massages, food, and a free seminar summarizing this year’s Symposium. See ad, page 31.


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amet Family Chiropractic’s focus is to care for the entire family, and it starts with the kids. As families become healthier so do our communities and as communities become healthier we all benefit. All of us would like better health for our loved ones as well as better function for ourselves. Better understanding of how to measure real health can be achieved at Gamet Family Chiropractic. Gamet Family Chiropractic specializes in bringing about the kind of health change in their clients’ lives that is measureable. There are three types of care offered at Gamet Family Chiropractic: condition-based care, reconstructive care and neurotono-vivifying wellness care. See ad, page 40.

Dr. Douglas McKenzie and Dr. Holly York

Dr. David Harrison and Dr. Robert Harrison 616-575-9105 hen asked about chiropractic, Great Lakes Family Chiropractic likes to tell people that sometimes the most simple of things are the hardest to understand. Put simply, in the chiropractic profession, an “adjustment” or “manipulation” is used to relieve pressure to areas of the body, which then allows the body to function more efficiently. Bodies are amazing things that have a significant ability to heal themselves given the opportunity. Chiropractic is an avenue of maintaining health, not just controlling pain. It is like giving the body a tune up on a weekly or monthly basis, and people often mention how much “worse off” they would be if they did not come in to get their care and maintain their health. Many people think of chiropractic care when they have pain in their back or neck, however chiropractic can help to prevent many other ailments—things like asthma, allergies, bed wetting, incontinence and vertigo, along with many other issues. At Great Lakes Family Chiropractic, Dr. McKenzie and Dr. York work to transform the lives of those they work with. They work to release the captive impulses that emanate from the mind and flow over the nerves to the cells, stirring them to life. See ad, page 9. 616-363-0902

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arrison Chiropractic Center offers patients pain relief and the healing benefits of modern-day chiropractic care. For 28 years, the Harrison brothers have been providing non-invasive, sideeffect-free solutions to musculoskeletal system pain originating from a variety of sources, including low back and neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, strains and sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, herniated and degenerated discs, pre-surgical conditions and post-surgical recovery, scar tissue ablation, diabetic neuropathy and so much more. Located on the East Beltline and Three Mile, Harrison Chiropractic’s Wellness Center boasts state-of-the-art chiropractic equipment and a welcoming, highly trained staff that puts patients at ease. One patient said, “I wanted to thank Dr. Harrison and his friendly staff for helping take my pain away. I came into the office with a bulged disc from heavy lifting and could barely walk or bend over. After multiple treatments of massage therapy, disc decompression and adjustments I was able to walk again! I would recommend Dr. Harrison for any kind of back or leg pain. He can help you and maybe save you from facing surgery.” See ad, page 23.

Dr. Andres Sampedro

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r. Halsey, is a people person. “I enjoy connecting with people. In my work, I get to connect and help people achieve health and wellness,” he says. “I am dedicated to providing cost-effective, high quality care. Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to function better, more efficiently and with ease.” Dr. Halsey was born and raised in Edmore, MI and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, IA, in 2005. He trained in the diversified techniques of chiropractic, and specializes in upper cervical chiropractic. Dr. Halsey is a husband and father to three and proud grandfather to one. See ad, page 30.


r. Sampedro, is the owner of Natural Choice Chiropractic in Grand Rapids. After graduating from the biology program at the University of Toronto, he followed his passion and desire to help people into a career in chiropractic. He completed his studies at Life University and eventually came to Grand Rapids where his family practice has thrived for the past 14 years. A glimpse into his clinic will reveal a compassionate and caring doctor who takes care of newborns, children, athletes, stay-at-home moms and the elderly in an open, comfortable and fun environment, making Natural Choice Chiropractic the natural choice for one’s healthcare needs. See ad, page 30. natural awakenings

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Dr. Andrew Schafer

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r. Schafer is the sole chiropractor at Schafer Chiropractic and Healing Spa. He and his wife, Sheri Beth opened their office across the street from the Breton Village Mall in 2008. He is a 1998 graduate of National University of Health Sciences. As a former personal trainer, he believes in overall healthy habits such as proper nutrition and exercise. Their office focuses on ways to enhance healing by reducing stress, starting with the relaxed and serene atmosphere from the first step into the office. He is a Chicago native and moved to Grand Rapids in 2000. See ad, pages 6, 30, 45 & 47.

Linda Squires, DCPC


inda Squires, DCPC has been a practicing chiropractor since 1987 from Boston, Massachusetts. She uses non-force chiropractic techniques along with muscle work and energy therapies. She is interested in truly finding out the underlying issues for each new patient and then determining the best plan of treatment for that individual. She wants her patients to have access to a holistic approach to better health and she wants to be able to refer them to other practitioners where she works. Dr. Squires is a Blue Cross Blue Shield and Federal Medicare provider. See ad, page 7.

Dr. Ronald Warner

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Dr. Lily Semrow and Dr. Kody Semrow Brain & Body Chiropractic 616-202-6368 rs. Lily & Kody Semrow own and operate a different type of chiropractic clinic. Brain & Body Chiropractic is a chiropractic neurology clinic based in Holland that focuses on Neuro-Structural Correction. They provide a comprehensive solution to resolving problems related to the spine and nervous system. Both doctors have a BS in clinical nutrition and a doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Lily is one of 400 board certified chiropractic neurologists in the country who utilize functional neurology protocol for neuro-structural correction. Dr. Kody has received post-doctorate training in functional neurology, extremity adjusting and myofascial release. The doctors at Brain & Body Chiropractic take pride in their ability to provide personalized, high quality care. They have great success in helping those with headaches, TMJ pain, shoulder pain, balance problems, herniated discs and other types of chronic issues. In many cases, ailments similar to those just mentioned, are often nothing more than secondary conditions to the underlying cause—a neurostructural dysfunction that occurs somewhere in the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. The doctors have a passion for serving families and helping people who could not get better through traditional and alternative means. See ad, page 10.



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ligned Care Chiropractic is the only Quantum Spinal Mechanics 3 (QSM3) Upper Cervical clinic in southwest Michigan out of three in the state. Dr. Warner uses the QSM3 technique to realign your spine (posture) against gravity without applying a twisting, cracking or snapping force. Dr. Warner is native to Michigan, but left for 20+ years in the military service and then completed Chiropractic College at Parker University in Dallas, TX. He was drawn to the Upper Cervical approach because of its effectiveness and gentleness. Among the many things it can treat, he personally received an Upper Cervical adjustment that brought hearing back to his right ear. See ad, page 32.


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adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry,


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Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

A Holistic Approach

An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

How to Step Away from Antidepressants by Hyla Cass


ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. n Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. n To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. n Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.

GMOs Link to Depression Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) go handin-hand with the company’s patented Roundup-ready crops, and therein lie the seeds of depression, says Jeffrey Smith, founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and producer of the award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Several studies—beginning with one published by German researchers in 1980 and most recently reinforced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists—show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, ingested with our food, disrupts the shikimate pathway. “Monsanto has bragged for years that the shikimate pathway is why Roundup kills plants, but has no impact in humans, since we don’t have the shikimate pathway,” says Smith. But our gut bacteria do use this pathway to produce the amino acid building blocks for mood-lifting brain chemicals. “Since glyphosate blocks the shikimate pathway, it can impair the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce the ingredients for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melotonin and dopamine. Their deficiencies are linked to depression and other serious health problems,” he explains. Consumers need to understand that Roundup is sprayed on nearly all GMO crops to control weeds, and the doses continue to increase; it’s further used on wheat, rye, rice, lentils, barley and numerous other non-organic crops just before harvest to accelerate drying. Glyphosate has been widely found in water, rain and air samples, plus in breast milk, blood and urine, meaning virtually everyone has been exposed to this toxic chemical. natural awakenings

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communityspotlight by Mandi Merritt

Bethesda Health and Wellness


any things can step in the way of living life to the fullest but, with Nexalin Technology at Bethesda Health and Wellness in Holland, depression, anxiety and insomnia are roadblocks that don’t have to get in the way. What’s even better is that they can be overcome without medication, in a natural way. Nexalin Technology, a FDA cleared treatment begins with a device that, as explains, “creates a frequency waveform that seems to affect key brain structures that are involved in the regulations of its neurochemistry. Data suggests the Nexalin waveform effectively resets the hypothalamus of the brain, without the introduction of pharmaceutical medication.” Originating in Russia and later expanding into Germany, Nexalin Technology made its way to the states in the early 2000s. The low-frequency cranial-electrical stimulation is a long lasting, pain-free, natural treatment for depression, anxiety and insomnia with no harmful side effects. For two years now, Thom and Susie Daubenspeck, a husband and wife team, have been utilizing Nexalin Technology, and they continue to be excited by the changes they see in their customers. Both Susie and Thom have been in the healthcare field for over 30 years, but Susie was initially introduced to Nexalin Technology after working with a special needs adult who had Nexalin treat-


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ments. She was intrigued by the “miraculous” results she saw in him, started researching and decided she wanted to help people in similar situations. Shortly after, her husband, Thom, jumped on board and began treating customers as well. While the technology is FDA cleared for depression, anxiety and insomnia specifically, the Daubenspecks have seen improvements in other areas as well, such as post-traumatic stress, post-partum depression, non-Parkinson’s tremors, attention deficit disorder, lethargy and substance abuse. There are also other accounts of the technology assisting in customers overcoming phantom limb pain, post-surgery recovery, bipolar disorder and more. Susie shares that 29 countries of the European Union plus Switzerland have cleared Nexalin at some level, which speaks volumes into what it’s capable of. Having done ten treatments herself and treated many customers over the past two years, Susie says, “Many people aren’t comfortable with the holistic concept yet, but we wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t working.” Typically, customers will receive ten treatments, and, unlike many other treatment methods of depression, anxiety and insomnia, the beauty of Nexalin Technology is that it can be a one-time thing, making it a faster, more cost-effective, holistic option of treatment. Susie

explains, “It actually makes a tangible, permanent change in the hypothalamus so once that happens, you may not need any further treatments.” She goes on to say, “Because we’re making substantial changes in the brain (and it takes time because it’s a low frequency), by the time we near the end of treatment, you may already be able to notice the changes.” The Daubenspecks acknowledge sometimes it takes three to six months to get the full effects and often family members notice them before the customer notices themselves. The Daubenspecks realize that there can be a stigma around depression, anxiety and/or insomnia and people feel like they have to hide it and not talk about it. Of their practice, Thom says, “This is a safe place for people to share.” With true hearts for helping others, the Daubenspecks are happy to be able to assist people as well as get to know them and their families. “It’s not just doing the treatments, getting our money and walking away, but for a lot of people it becomes more than that,” says Susie. Thom expands on that and says, “We’ve developed some wonderful relationships. When you spend that much time with someone, in their homes or ours, you get to know them. It’s not just a job for us; it’s not just the business. We really do care about the people and we continue to interact with them. You get to know the entire family, and you get to know them really well.” When pondering the future in this business, Susie says with a smile, “I just hope to continue to help people – to make a difference in people’s lives – to help them to work with their doctor to reduce or stop taking medications – to help them to live a fuller life – to be restored to the energy and the joy they had prior to whatever’s going on in their lives.” The Daubenspecks offer Nexalin Technology treatments to those ages ten and up, excluding women who are currently pregnant. For more information on Bethesda Health and Wellness, call 616-594-9005, email sldaubenspeck@ or visit Mandi Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at Mandi.Merritt@

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy by Sophie Charles


t is no secret that as a woman ages, her hormone production decreases. What’s not exactly well known is what a woman should do as that’s happening. While many give in to the hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, low libido, bone density loss, etc. that come with menopause these debilitating symptoms can be addressed in a way that is both effective and safe. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) defines menopause as, “The final menstrual period,” which is confirmed once a woman has missed her period for 12 consecutive months. NAMS also acknowledges, “Menopause results in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones,” and that, “It is a normal, natural life event that all women experience if they live long enough.” While several factors play into when a women experiences menopause, the outcome of lowered levels of hormones is consistent. To combat the symptoms that accompany menopause (and/or the transition phase of perimenopause), several methods are suggested, one of which is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. The term “bio-identical” means

the plant chemical often extracted from yams and soy that make up this product are chemically and molecularly identical to those a woman’s body produces. When treating a woman (or man) with hormonal imbalance, the “hormone replacement” part is when whatever that particular individual’s body is missing or low in is appropriately replenished. Bio-Identical Hormones can be tailored to individuals and/or compounded to match each woman’s needs based on laboratory testing. While the decrease in hormones is inevitable, any two women could need very different amounts of hormones replenished. For this reason, synthetic hormones, pharmaceuticals that do not mimic the body’s natural hormones, should be avoided. While bio-identical hormones come from plant sources, restoring hormonal imbalance in a natural way, synthetic hormones are rather unnatural. “Recent studies have shown synthetic hormones – specifically estrogen in combination with progesterone – significantly increase the risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, synthetics, a one-size-fits-all pill, are often prescribed in combination with sleep-

ing pills and antidepressants, which can slow your metabolism and can cause weight gain,” says Najwa Garner,, a Compounding Pharmacist and BHRT specialist in Pennsylvania. Getting access to bio-identical hormones may be easier than the average woman thinks. Mary Heim, R.Ph., a Compounding Pharmacist at Keystone Pharmacy in Grand Rapids further says, “Many commercial, FDA approved products currently prescribed by physicians contain bio-identical hormones. Estradiol is available as oral tablets (Estrace), topical patches (Vivelle, Minivelle, Climara), topical gels (Estragel) and vaginal cream (Estrace). Progesterone is available as oral capsules (Prometrium) and vaginal cream (Prochieve). Testosterone is available for men (in male doses) as topical gel (AndroGel, Testim) and underarm solution (Axiron). “Physicians choose the compounded hormone option only when a commercial product is not available or does not meet the patient’s needs. A few examples of when compounded hormone replacement therapy can be a good alternative would be when the medication itself (estriol) is unavailable or the combination desired (combining estradiol and progesterone into one topical or vaginal cream) is not produced or a specific dosage is needed (female testosterone dosages).” While bio-identical hormones and the safety of them are continuously under the microscope, it is important for every woman to be aware of her available options from peri-menopause through menopause and beyond. Sophie Charles is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine.

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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social


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justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

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When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creat-

ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways. “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change. A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings. ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

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At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts. Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust.

“At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technol-

ogy changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. natural awakenings

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love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change. “The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire commu-

nity,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problemsolving activities nurture democracy.

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Speaking with Strangers The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker


echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.

Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@


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eaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through lenses that filter out the form and all of the material aspects of what I’m seeing, and I can only view the spiritual energy that allows what I’m noticing to exist. Try putting on these imaginary magical lenses and see how different everything appears. I now see spiritual energy in everyone I encounter. When I’m tempted to judge anyone, I remind myself to view them through my special lenses. When I can do so, all negative judgment dissolves. I feel more peaceful knowing that I’m not just this body that I’m destined to discard. I also feel the life-giving Spirit within me on a daily basis, and it’s exhilarating! Being more balanced spiritually and physically gives me the opportunity to be in a continual state of gratitude and awe. I see miracles everywhere. Try changing your view of the world to one of awe and wonder. Rather than looking for miracles, shift to seeing everything as miraculous. By being in a state of

awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature. Live the mystery by beginning to perceive what average eyes fail to notice. Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. {May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2015}, affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, was an internationally renowned author, speaker and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (including 21 New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. includes information on his new book, Memories of Heaven: Children’s Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth, released this month.

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Using Mindfulness to Cure the Multitasking Workplace by Romila Mushtaq, MD


n today’s digitally connected world, it’s not uncommon to be sitting in one meeting while texting about the next one. When we arrive at that next meeting, we start sending emails about what happened in the prior meeting. Instead of being fully present, we are distracted. To be mindful is as easy as two simple words, “pay attention”. When we pay attention we are fully present in the current moment. Multitasking should not be a

celebrated quality in us or at our jobs. Psychological studies show that distractions, whether in the form of emails, phone calls or people, will reduce productivity. When a person is interrupted by a distraction from the task at hand, it can take an average of 23 minutes for the mind to refocus on the original task. It’s no wonder we can leave work feeling like nothing was accomplished that day. The systemic effects of stress on an individual and a company can be vast.

However, with mindful living techniques optimal health can be achieved, productivity can be increased and creative innovation can be fostered. By discussing the science and medical evidence behind mindfulness, we see that mindfulness is not just a marketing trend, but a way to optimize the health of individuals and the companies they work for. How can people practice mindfulness in a workplace where multitasking is the norm and concerns for future profits can add to workplace stress? Even if a company doesn’t make it part of the culture, employees and managers can substitute their multitasking habits with mindfulness in order to reduce stress and increase productivity. Practicing mindfulness, whether simply taking deep breaths, actually meditating or doing yoga, has been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain. This is what allows us to learn, acquire new abilities and improve memory. Advances in neuroimaging techniques have taught us how these mindfulness-based techniques affect neuroplasticity. Multitasking, on the other hand, depresses the brain’s regions that control memory and analytical functions. It also reduces blood flow to the

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part of the right temporal lobe, which contributes to our creative thinking. In today’s marketplace, creativity is key for innovation, sustainability and leadership. Use the following tips for practicing mindfulness in a multitasking business: • Focus on a single task for an allotted amount of time. An example is allotting 15 minutes for reading, sorting and responding to emails and then one hour to return phone calls. If your job comes with constant interruptions that demand your attention, take several deep breaths and then prioritize them. • Set boundaries and resist the urge to answer the phone every time it rings — unless it’s your boss. If someone asks you to drop what you’re doing to help

with a problem, it’s OK to tell them, “I’ll be finished with what I’m doing in 10 minutes, and then I’m all yours.” • When you get “stuck” in a task, change your physical environment to stimulate your senses. This is the time to get up, take a walk outside and look at the flowers and the birds – change what you’re seeing. Turn on some relaxing music that makes you feel happy. Offering your senses pleasant and different stimulation rewires your brain for relaxation and reduces the effects of stress hormones, which helps to unfreeze your creativity center. While it is possible to practice mindfulness in a hectic workplace, business leaders should be encouraged

to make it part of the company culture. Stress-related illnesses are the number one cause of missed employee workdays. Offering mindfulness training and yoga classes or giving people time and a place to meditate is an excellent investment. The company’s performance will improve, a reduction in stress-related illnesses will be seen, and people will be more successful in business. Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD is a traditionally trained neurologist with expertise in the field of mind-body medicine—a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. For more information, visit and sign up to join her mindful living community and learn how to conquer stress and boost brainpower.

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Use fewer products. An all-purpose cleaner can handle many cleaning jobs around the house. It is not necessary to use a different product for each room (bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, etc.). Check out the National Geographic Green Guide list of all-purpose cleaners at Never mix products. Chemicals in cleaning products can have dangerous reactions with one another. For example, combining bleach and ammonia creates deadly chloramine fumes. Use less toxic products. Avoid products marked “Danger” and “Poison,” and reduce the use of those labeled “Caution.”

The Dirt on Cleaning Choose to Have a Green, Clean, Toxin-free Home by Erin Switalski


espite what our mothers told us, a clean home isn’t always a healthy one. The laundry detergents, tub and tile sprays, air fresheners, drain cleaners and antibacterial soaps that promise “fresh and clean” may hide unseen and undisclosed dangers. According to Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), a national women’s environmental organization, there are some 85,000 chemicals contained in

products in the consumer marketplace, and only a fraction have been tested for their impact on human health. Labeling on cleaning products is not regulated, and not every manufacturer voluntarily discloses ingredients. To safely power through household dirt and bacteria without using questionable chemicals, try WVE’s green cleaning tips.

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• Avoid products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), especially if anyone in the home has asthma. Aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, moth repellents and air fresheners are likely to contain VOCs. • Avoid chemicals linked to reproductive harm. Products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers include: all-purpose, glass, oven, tub/tile, carpet and floor cleaners; degreasers; stain removers; floor strippers; and metal polishes. The surfactant alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE) is found primarily in: laundry detergents; non-chlorine sanitizers; deodorizers; floor care products; and multi-purpose, carpet and toilet bowl cleaners. • Seek products that have been certified by an independent institution such as Green Seal ( or EcoLogo ( Avoid air fresheners. They contain fragrances and other irritants associated with watery eyes, headaches, skin and respiratory irritations, asthma and allergic reactions. They may also contain VOCs and the known carcinogens, benzene and formaldehyde.

Reduce the use of disinfectants. Exposure to antimicrobial chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts, and their overuse has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs.” Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties. Two simple solutions to prevent bacteria growth on sponges and cloths are microwaving sponges for one minute and regularly laundering washcloths. Make nontoxic cleaning products. Simple and inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and borax can be used in many different ways for effective cleaning. Adding essential oils such as lavender or rosemary infuses a fresh scent and boosts antibacterial properties. Have fun learning to make natural cleaning products by buying ingredients in bulk and throwing a green cleaning party with friends (free Green Cleaning Party Kit at Women Finally, WVE suggests we buy products from manufacturers that disclose ingredients on the label. If the ingredients aren’t listed, call the product’s customer service number and ask the company to disclose them. It’s a good way to ensure that our homes stay clean—and healthy. Download a free Safer Cleaning Products fact sheet at cleaningproducts.pdf. Erin Switalski is the executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth ( WVE’s Safe Cleaning Products Initiative is a national effort intended to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Sign the petition at http:// For more information on chemical policy reform, visit

Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors. 2 cups white distilled vinegar 2 cups water 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional) Tip: Warm in microwave until barely hot to boost cleaning power for tough jobs. (Only microwave in a glass container.) CREAMY SOFT SCRUB Suggested uses: kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

Tip: Let ingredients soak longer for even easier scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings. DRAIN OPENER ½ cup baking soda ½ cup vinegar Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water. Tip: Prevent the shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

2 cups baking soda ½ cup liquid Castile soap* 4 tsp vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative) 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any other scent preferred (optional). Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar; shelf life is two years. Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT 1 cup soap flakes ½ cup washing soda ½ cup borax Make soap flakes by using a cheese grater to grate a favorite pure vegetable soap. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry) and wash in warm or cold water. Adjust for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, ¼ cup washing soda and ½ cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax.

*WVE recommends using a liquid Castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects. TOILET BOWL CLEANER Option 1 – Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush. Option 2 – Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush, then scrub. Add a few

drops of pine oil to increase disinfecting. (Note: Some people are allergic to pine oil.)

Tips: Add ½ cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with ½ cup of 20 percent peroxide. Launder as usual. Source: WomenAndEnviron; for additional recipes, visit live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

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EPA: A Muzzled Watchdog E.G. Vallianatos Seeks to Put Bite Back into the Agency by Randy Kambic



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It has to do with laboratories that test for human health and environmental effects of chemicals used by farmers and drug manufacturers. Adrian Gross, at the EPA, accidentally discovered the greatest fraud [in this field], committed by a massive laboratory outside Chicago named Industrial Bio-Test that was confirmed by inspector colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration and eventually the EPA. It was being paid by the industry to test their chemicals, and instead of doing an honest accounting of chemicals registered with and approved by the government, they would fix the numbers to secure approval for the drugs or chemicals. The EPA shut down this laboratory in 1983, yet continues to outsource much of its responsibilities. Despite this and other illegal and criminal activities, the government still allows the chemical industry to test its own chemicals. It casts tremendous doubt on the reliability and credibility of the process. It’s the Achilles heel of the regulatory system. Science has been the greatest victim of this manipulation. Industry should be forbidden to test its own products and we need to establish truly independent laboratories. photo by Sonja Stump


.G. Vallianatos firmly believes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is failing to adequately protect us. His deeply rooted conviction springs from 25 years of working for the agency. His latest book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, co-authored with environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, chronicles what he attests are numerous cases of lack of enforcement, corruption and misuse of science and public trust that have transformed it into a “polluter’s protection agency.” He especially documents the dangers of chemicals that enter our air, soil and water every day that are either approved—or sometimes ignored—by the agency. He’s the author of four previous books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, and blogs for The Huffington Post. Vallianatos, who transitioned from championing integrity from inside the EPA in 2004, recommends ways to change how the agency operates. Key needs include improved site selection for garbage dumps, oil refineries and manufacturers; and strong support for organic, sustainable and small-scale farming.

In Poison Spring, what do you mean by, “Women have long been getting the brunt of global pollution”? In 1977, a former colleague testified to Congress on the discovery of DDT and other chemicals in mother’s milk. Today,

we find it includes many more widely used chemicals such as Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate. Breast milk has been contaminated by what mothers eat, breathe and drink. Even beyond milk, they have no option not to pass on what’s in their bodies to their newborn. We have forced women to put the next generation at risk. If anyone wants to know the biggest factor on why the healthcare system is failing, this is it.

Fracking is the latest crisis of which the EPA is, in your words, “once again looking the other way.” How can we halt it? Fracking sends tremendous volumes of water mixed with more than 100 toxic chemicals deep into the Earth using intense pressure, smashing bedrock and other sediments to release gas and perhaps petroleum. Fracking not only contaminates groundwater, escaping methane gas is entering the atmosphere and warming the planet. It also causes lots of earthquakes. People can demand a ban of fracking in their neighborhoods. States and communities are beginning to do so.

Is it possible that the EPA can become truly independent, and how can we move forward together toward integrity? As more people are affected by the way industry is poisoning our environment, they’ll face the reality that we need the EPA to be much more strongly protective and isolated from the political corruption that’s been tying its hands. I love that the EPA employs many vitally important and capable scientists. Criticisms stem from its overall corruption by the political system. We need to have a Supreme Court-like EPA with an overall administrator appointing deputies, people with integrity that are open-minded as to what must be done if this country is to be healthy. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Florida who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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Animal Chiropractic The Benefits of a Well-Adjusted Pet

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lthough pet owners may consider animal chiropractic services as a modern-day phenomenon, it’s been around since the early 1920s. Proof resides at the Palmer College of Chiropractic library in a report describing an equine chiropractic adjustment course created by B. J. Palmer, who expanded on the work of his father, D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. It also houses the doctor of chiropractic veterinary diploma issued to graduates. Today, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is the primary national source of credentials in a field of medicine that treats horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, elephants, birds and reptiles. Human and animal chiropractic medicine deals with describing the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, as well as its crucial role in maintaining overall health. This methodology for animals is especially helpful for enhancing performance—in breeding, training and grooming dogs to conform to the specifications of American Kennel Club dog shows and/or agility competitions—and for horses that compete as jumpers, distance race horses or barrel racers.

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To help delay such related impacts, acupuncture on animals. Having practiced October is Gigliotti teaches owners to work with their equine sports medicine since 1982, Willard National Chiropractic pet to train them to perform balance exerelected in 2005 to extend his education cises that develop the core muscles which with 200 hours of classroom and laboratory Health Month. hold the spine firmly in place. “I don’t want training according to the standard of the to repeatedly see a dog for the same issues when it’s possible International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. for the animal to maintain the adjustment with the owner’s Willard had been a skeptic prior to his personal exhelp,” notes Gigliotti, who is among a few doctors that have perience. “To help me deal with a compound fracture, my completed advanced neurology training for animals at the wife dragged me to see a chiropractor. After reaping the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. physical benefits, I was naturally curious to learn more. “Animal chiropractic techniques can also help with Today, I treat the majority of my patients with chiropractic symptoms such as lameness, skin problems, bladder and and acupuncture before using conventional treatments,” bowel irregularities, sight and hearing loss, breathing difadvises Willard, who emphasizes that he finds these comficulties, food and environmental allergies and gait abnorplementary therapies useful in preventing injuries. At one of the barns Willard works with, nearly every performance malities,” advises Doctor of Chiropractic Sherry Bresnahan. Licensed in the care of humans and animals, she holds AVCA horse gets an adjustment every 30 days, because the certification and applies her extensive postgraduate training owners can spot subtle differences long before a potential at Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. injury occurs. In North America, laws and regulations governing Owner Alert animal chiropractic differ by state. American Veterinary Medicine Association guidelines recommend that a veterinar- “A pet’s biggest asset is an observant owner. No one knows their constant companion better,” says Bresnahan. “It’s why ian should examine an animal and establish a preliminary vets hear statements such as, ‘My cat’s meow is off,’ or, diagnosis before initiating any alternative treatment. In some ‘My dog is acting lethargic,’ or ‘My pet’s eyes seem dull.’ In locations, a veterinarian must supervise treatments by an performance animals like horses, it’s generally the rider that animal chiropractor that’s not also a vet. spots something that’s off.” Doctor of Chiropractic Donna Gigliotti, who practices She explains that although she doesn’t need to apply at Macungie Animal Hospital, in Macungie, Pennsylvania, has been treating animals in collaboration with local veteri- any more chiropractic pressure on animals than she uses on people, it is necessary to stand on bales of hay to place the narians since 1997. She regularly lectures on the benefits upper body and hands at the correct angle when making an and combines techniques such as neurofascial release, adjustment on a horse or rodeo bull. which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments and brain. This Chiropractors that specialize in treating animals are type of therapy is highly effective in treating genetic predisadept at reading the body language of nearly any creature, positions such as canine intervertebral disc disease, which which can speak volumes about their health challenges. can occur in any dog, but most particularly the dachshund, Lhasa apso and Shih Tzu. Selected for a genetic form of Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. dwarfism, these breeds have discs prone to this age-related Connect at form of degeneration.


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utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—especially when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner—they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands.

McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

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Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers

and a wide range of Fresh garnishes, October is Vegetarian settings. Barnhart and such as the roasted Awareness Month McKay recommend pumpkin seeds or fried the five-to-six-quart sage leaves for the size with a removable insert as the Butternut Squash Soup, make a crisper most practical. Food cooks in the incontrast to the softer texture of slowsert, which can be washed and dried cooked foods, notes McKay. separately, so there’s no need to put Dishes like Sweet and Spicy Apples the entire slow cooker in the sink to can be made the day before; leftovers clean up afterwards. taste delicious for breakfast with a dol Because the slow cooker’s low lop of yogurt. Barnhart and McKay make temperature is about 200° F and the their own Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice heat is indirect, the appliance uses Blend, available on their website, with less liquid than conventional cooking. proceeds funding cooking classes for Many of Barnhart and McKay’s easier adults with developmental disabilities. recipes simply require putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, selecting Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd the temperature, replacing the lid and from Overland turning the appliance on. Park, KS.

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Mindful Fall Recipes leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

Butternut Squash Soup

Root Vegetable Gratin with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes

5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk

1 cup or 2 medium parsnips, diced to ½ inch 2 cups or 3 medium carrots, diced to ½ inch 1 cup or 2 medium turnips, diced to ½ inch 6 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup organic olive oil 1 Tbsp dried oregano 8 oz sliced Portabella mushrooms 1 large onion, sliced into half moons 6 oz blue cheese, crumbled, or vegan cheese 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch slices Black pepper to taste

Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage

Put the vegetables into the slow cooker with the garlic and stir in the olive oil and oregano. Layer the mushrooms on top of the vegetable mixture, followed by a layer of onions. Next, sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles on top. Pour the broth over the vegetables and cheese mixture, and lay the sliced potatoes on top. Season the potatoes with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve Oil the inside of the slow cooker insert with coconut oil. Halve and core the apples and sit them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Pour the lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, walnuts and spice blend and press onto and into the apples. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. All recipes adapted from TheZenOf by Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay.

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Welcome Home Unity- 10:30am. Join us as we welcome old and new friends to our spiritual community. Message “SOS: Share Our Spirit” by Rev. Marchiene Rienstra. Free lunch to follow. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.

CST Membership- Fall into a routine of self-care with St. Brigid’s CranioSacral therapy. Schedule at least one session a month and receive a 10% discount. Contact or call 616-617-3130 for more information. 535 Greenwood Ave. SE Ste. 200, East Grand Rapids.

Master the Other Half of Yoga – Meditation- noon3pm. Come and explore meditative mind training in this class of highly effective guided meditation techniques. $30.00. Bodhi Tree Yoga and Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St., Holland. Call 616-392-7580 for more information and to sign up.

Breast Health Awareness Month- Receive 20% off breast thermograms for the month of October at Advanced Thermal Imaging in Grand Rapids. Call 616-724-6368 to schedule your appointment.

Just Say Cheese Workshop- 5:30pm. Discover new pairings to take your cheese game to the next level. $30. Space is limited, reserve in advance by calling 269-978-6641. Night includes demonstrations, refreshments/samples, a free gift and a 20% discount the night of the event. The Pantry-On Tap Vinegar & Oil, 7634 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage.

Free STEM Classes- Schedule free robotics and coding classes for scout troops, classrooms, church youth groups, sports clubs and more (grades 1-8) at Sylvan Learning Center in Muskegon. Join us at our center or we will come to you for a 1-1.5 hour class at no charge. Call Lisa at 231-799-0613 for more information. $50 Massage- Enjoy a 1 hour lymphatic massage for just $50 in the month of October at 360 Massage and Holistic Care in Grand Rapids. Call 616-242-0034 to schedule your appointment. Free Exam & X-Ray- New patients, come into Great Lakes Family Chiropractic during Chiropractic Awareness Month and receive a free exam and x-ray. Call 616-575-9105 to schedule your appointment. 3138 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Kentwood.


Posipalooza- 7-9pm. Four award winning musicians -Daniel Nahmod, Sue Riley, Sloan Wainwright, Glen Roethel - perform songs with messages of peace, oneness, and joyous living. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth 6025 Ada Dr. SE, Ada. Tickets $20.00. For information, 616-682-7812 or


Sambodh Center Open House- 11am-1pm. Join us for some fun and engaging activities: Yoga; Chair Massage; Ayurvedic Kitchen Wisdom; Nutritional Balancing; Reiki; Native Plants; Gandhi; Ayurveda; Meditation; and more. Get program information, talk with instructors and enjoy healthy snacks and door prizes. 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo.


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 Child Health Day World Habitat Day Introduction to Essential Oils- 7pm. Learn about the healing properties of essential oils. Aromatherapy and essential oils expert Ilka Handshaw will demonstrate what essential oils are, how they are made and how they work. Discover ways to incorporate them into your daily life. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids.


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.


Feeling Good Free 5K and Wellness Expo- 5pm8pm. Join Harvest Health Foods in celebrating over 63 years in keeping the health of West Michigan in mind. Free community event with local vendors sampling their products, giveaways, sports supplements, kid’s activities and more. 4150 32nd Ave., Hudsonville.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 World Mental Health Day Yoga 101- 11am-12:30pm. Join PeaceLab Yoga for Yoga 101. 5570 Wilson Ave., Ste. M, Grandville. Call 616-745-0310 for more information.

Patient Appreciation Day- noon-3pm. Join Gamet Chiropractic for food and prizes and meet the doctor and several other organizations. Call 231-799-2020 for more information. 5916 Harvey St., Muskegon. Embodied Breath Workshop- 1-6pm. Learn the functional anatomy of the thorax, experience hands on techniques to free the breath and integrate a better understanding of breath in yoga asana. For more information or to register, visit OnThePathYoga. com. $75. 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.


Essential Oil Workshop- 6-8pm. Learn and understand essential oils, how they work and how to use them with therapeutic grade oils. $25. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225 to register. Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Spirituality- 7-8:30pm. Any person, at any age, can achieve a healthier lifestyle and improve their quality of life by incorporating adequate physical activity, healthier eating and spirituality. Join the Dominican Center at Marywood to learn more. 2025 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.


Ladies Night Out- 6:30-9pm. Come get pampered at Aligned Care Chiropractic in Portage. Relax, get a massage, try acupuncture and other great services or shop for bags, jewelry, quilts and more. Enjoy free foods and drinks. Visit for directions. Call 269-366-4146 for more information. Please RSVP.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 World Food Day Mammography Day Restorative Nada Yoga- 6pm. Practice the yoga of sound with Geoff Lamden and Jamie Marion at Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale. Call 877-932-4446 for more information. $18. Register in advance. From the Heart & Off the Wall- 7pm. Enjoy messages of love, appreciation and gratitude for our Oneness with one another and all of Life in this concert by Carol Johnson. Love offering (suggested $10); 15 & under FREE. Proceeds benefit the Vision Project. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.


Ayurvedic Science of Herbs- 9am-7pm, October 17-18. This weekend Ayurveda course is offered by the BVI School of Ayurveda. For information, visit Now accepting applications. To apply, contact Ayurveda@Sambodhsociety. us. 6363 North 24th St., Kalamazoo.

Urevia Practitioner Level One- 10am-5pm, October 17-18. Learn basic metaphysical principles, chakra assessment, how to give a healing, and how to use Urevia as a tool to improve every day experiences, health, and well-being. $290.00, lunch provided. To register, call 269-671-4455 or visit ReikiConnect. com or Hickory Corners.

learn how to apply your body weight to the cork yoga blocks, combined with simple movements, to achieve release in four areas of your body. Fee: $20. Bodhi tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580.

Sing Song Yoga for Kids- noon-12:30pm, ages 2-6, 12:45-1:30pm, ages 6-11. Introduce your children to the joys of yoga in an age-appropriate class full of music, movement and merriment! Learn more and register at The Yoga Studio, 959 Lake Dr. SE Ste. 206, Grand Rapids.

Advanced Reiki Class- 9am-5pm. Enhance energy work to a new level. Learn how to perform intuitive surgery and how to set up and utilize a crystal grid with energy work. $275, including a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225 to register.

Vibrational Healing with Jason Kniola- 2:304:30pm. All are welcome to be immersed in the sounds of gongs, singing bowls and drums for an effortless meditation experience. Lear more and register at The Yoga Studio, 959 Lake Dr. SE Ste. 206, Grand Rapids. Trial of Labor Film- 3-5pm. ‘Trial of Labor’ follows a small group of pregnant women and their journeys back to trusting themselves and their bodies after previous births ended in unplanned surgery. Sponsored by the West Michigan Better Birth Network, shown at On The Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.


Aromatherapy 101- 7-8pm. Join this Conversations with Barb Series and learn about Essential Oils – how they work and how to use them in your life. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct. NE, Grand Rapids.


Reiki Share- 6-8pm. Come check out what Reiki is all about and have a mini session done. Open to those who know Reiki and those who don’t. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225 to register. Healing Circle- 7-8pm. Raise your vibrations with like-minded people. We radiate our loving, healing energy to those in need whether present or just in our minds eye. We also send energy and peace to our communities and to the world. Call 616-836-1555 or visit for more information. Saugatuck.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 Make A Difference Day Reiki I & II Class- 9am-5pm. Introduction to Reiki, become attuned to the universal energy, learn how to give treatment to self and others and meet your Reiki guide. $250, including a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225 to register. Book Signing with Dr. Ginger- 1-4pm. Meet Dr. Ginger, author of The Rainbow Juice and creator of The Fat Funeral Detox program at Rivertown Mall. Those who purchase her book will receive The Fat Funeral Detox (a $59.95 value) for free! nuyou. Rivertown Mall, Grandville. Bolster Your Immunity- 1:30-4pm. Join Iyengar Yoga Teacher Kat McKinney and Naturopath Asher Thayer to learn how to use yoga and naturopathy to enhance and support your immune system as it adjusts to the changing seasons. Learn more and register on-line at 959 Lake Dr. SE Ste. 206, Grand Rapids. Sneak Preview of the Block Asana Course- 1:453pm. Use cork yoga blocks as massage tools and



Fall Labyrinth Walk- 6:30-8:30pm. The labyrinth offers an ancient and sacred space to focus attention and listen to guidance and the longing of the soul. Come learn about the labyrinth, walk its path and listen to the longing of your soul. $20. Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Asana Junkies- 11am-2pm. Join PeaceLab Yoga for Asana Junkies. 5570 Wilson Ave., Ste. M, Grandville. Call 616-745-0310 for more information.

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Peter Mayer in Concert- 7-9pm. Peter Mayer is an accomplished guitarist, lyricist and performer who radiates optimism. He will be appearing at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada. Dr. SE, Ada. Tickets $20.00. For information, 616-682-7812 or

November 12-15

Zero Balancing I - Join Jim McCormick for Zero Balancing I at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids. This is the first course of the Core Zero Balancing curriculum and introduces the intellectual and practical framework of the art and science of Zero Balancing. To register, email

November 14

Urevia Master Practitioner-10am-5pm, November 14-15. Offered by Subtle Energies & D’ Rose Institute serving S.W. Michigan. All classes are certified. $400, lunch provided. To register, call 269-671-4455 or visit or Reiki-UreviaClasses. com. Hickory Corners.

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Usui Reiki Advanced and Reiki Master Practitioner Training-10am-5pm, November 21-22. Offered by Subtle Energies & D’ Rose Institute serving S.W. Michigan. All classes are certified. $200 for advanced, $300 for master practitioner, lunch provided. To register, call 269-671-4455 or visit or Hickory Corners.

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ChocolaTea Chicago Bus Trip- 8am-11pm. Join ChocolaTea for a fun-filled day trip to the Windy City! Come and taste new flavors of tea, a free goodie bag and much more. $75. Call Susan at 269-978-6641 for more information. ChocolaTea, 7642 Westnedge Ave., Portage. Block Asana- 1-5pm. Use cork blocks as massage tools and learn how to apply your body weight to the cork yoga blocks, combined with simple movements, to achieve release of your body from head to toe. $140.00. (Save $20.00 by registering for the “Sneak Preview” on October 24.) Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580.

Kids & Family Expo- 10am-5pm. Bring the family and come and play, celebrate, get active, explore, build, learn and discover at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-15. Visit for more information.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. ~Maya Angelou

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Sunday Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Spirit Space is an interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Visit or call 616-836-1555 for more information. Saugatuck. Vinyasa Yoga- 4pm. Vinyasa builds on the basic tenet of yoga and this practice will go a little deeper. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale. Call 877-932-4446 for more information. Community Yoga Class- 4-5pm. $5 donation goes towards the Charity of the Month. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th St., Holland. Visit for more information. Sunday Series- 6pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see

Monday 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. Core Strengthening Yoga- 6-7pm. All levels welcome and encouraged. Core strength from the inside out helps you move & live from your center. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580 The Practice of A Course in Miracles - 7-8:30pm. Learn “Miracle-Mindedness”. Got joy? This is how to have it. (Hint: You already do.) All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

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. Pump, Pose Prana- 10:30-11:30am. Level 2. Class compliments your regular yoga practice! Combines light hand weights (optional) to integrate your mind, body and breathe. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580.

Hatha Fundamentals Yoga- 5:15-6:15pm. This level 1 class provides a safe, supportive environment to explore the basics of practicing yoga while building strength and skill. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580. Overcoming Samskaras- 7pm. Free yourself from unwanted habits – Samskaras in a safe and calming atmosphere at Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale. Call 877-932-4446 for more information. Yoga for Grief and Loss- 7:30-8:45pm, October 6-November 10 at PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave. in Grandville. Call 616-745-0310 for more information.

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 616-3659176. Grand Rapids.

Friday Gentle Yoga- 10:30-11:30am. This class is designed with every “body” in mind. Gentle yoga will encourage an individualized approach to your practice. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio 208 W. 18th St., Holland. 616-392-7580.

Saturday 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. 231740-6662. 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. Yoga at the Dominican Center at MarywoodChair Yoga, 4-5pm, Beyond Basics, 5:30-6:45pm, Yoga Basics, 7-8:15pm. Cultivate flexibility, strength and balance in your body. Calm and quiet in your mind. Find peace and joy in your spirit. $12/ session. 2025 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.

Chair Yoga- 10am. Practice movements and breathing exercises designed to encourage relaxation and increase mobility, balance and strength at Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale. Call 877-932-4446 for more information. Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty. NE Grand Rapids.

Thursday 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. Plainfield Charter Township Farmer’s Marketnoon-6pm, June 4-October 29. Experience community. Taste the farm. All food assistance programs accepted. Market held at Frontline Community Church, 4411 Plainfield Ave., Grand Rapids. Healthy Lifestyle/Weightloss Clinic- 5:30-7pm. Enroll now for this13-week clinic where you receive education and personal coaching weekly to help achieve your goals. Space is limited. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids. Call 616-443-4225 to register.

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Vikki Nestico, R.Ac. Located at Renewal Skin Spa 6080 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids 616-940-1177

At Grand Wellness, we focus on a holistic approach to wellness, promoting healing through acupuncture, herbal therapy and lifestyle modifications. Call to set up a free consultation to discuss how Chinese medicine can help your specific health concerns. See ad, page 10.

BIO ENERGETIC SYNCHRONIZATION TECHNIQUE BRAIN & BODY BALANCING Spark of Life Studio 959 Lake Dr. SE, Ste. 201, Grand Rapids 616-516-1479

Living organisms strive to be in balance but everyday stress is preventing us from feeling our best. Let us restore balance to your brain and body and thus maximize your overall wellbeing as well as your body’s innate healing capacity.


Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 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 12.


NEW LISTING... BRAIN & BODY CHIROPRACTIC Drs. Lily & Kody Semrow Holland, MI 616-202-6368

Our doctors provide a comprehensive solution to resolving problems of the spine and nervous system. Dr. Semrow is 1 of 400 doctors in the country certified in the functional neurology protocol for neuro-structural correction. See ad, page 10.

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

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 7.


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


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

SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids 616-301-3000


SERENDIPITE ORGANIQUES Teri Kelley 616-719-0610

Your online source for organic, non-GMO makeup and body care! Offering several lines, you’ll find everything you need to cleanse and beautify your body head-to-toe. Serendipite also carries a 100% organic dog care line!


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 6 & 30.


Kelly O’Brien Pahman 616-617-3130 A gentle, effective, healing touch for anxiety, chronic pain, fertility and pregnancy concerns, head trauma, and more. Kelly offers services to all ages as a certified holistic doula and a craniosacral therapist (Upledger).

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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 12.

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

BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen Independent Sharing Partner 616-481-8587

Be Young Total Health essential oils have undergone the 13 step E.O.B.B.D. evaluation by third party experts who are professionally trained for evaluating essential oils for purity, quality, and therapeutic value. Learn online, through free classes, or one on one from me, how you can use these gifts of nature to benefit your family and even your pets! See ad, page 29.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2

Become an Independent Distributor. Discover the high potency of therapeutically authentic Essential Oils from Young Living. Enhance your own health, as well as others who seek holistic wellness options. Free Training. See ad, page 14.


A fitness and nutrition coach, making your health and fitness a priority. Plans for people of all ages and fitness levels. Offering many free options, as well as cost effective solutions. Contact Missy to see how to achieve your optimal level of health & fitness.

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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.




3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE Ste. 107 Grand Rapids 616-262-3848

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 32.



Educational programs for personal health improvement - Wo r k p l a c e w e l l n e s s programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview 989-352-6500 Naturopathic / Holistic Practitioners and Retail Health Store. Natural Health Consultations, Classes, Oils, H e r b s , H o m e o p a t h y, Hypnosis, Foods, Candles, Crystals, Books, CD’s, Massage, Reflexology, Emotional Clearing, Raindrop Therapy, Foot Detox, DOT/CDL Health Cards for truck drivers. See ad, page 8.


Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo & Portage 269-221-1961 Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...


332 S. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified PA since 1976, Bob Huttinga practices both Traditional and Homeopathic care. He finds the cause and the homeopathy remedy. We accept most insurance, except Priority Health, Blue Care Network or Medicaid. See ad, page 8.

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOTHERAPY ASSOCIATES OF GRAND RAPIDS LLC Linda D Knight, CHt, Stacey PreFontaine, CClHt Certified Medical Support Hypnotherapist 1345 Monroe NW, Ste. 201, Grand Rapids 616-550-3231

Hypnotherapy services for Smoking Cessation, Weight Management, Pain Management, Personal and Professional Growth, and much more. Also offering Stress Management services for individuals, couples, families, and the workplace with certified Stress Reduction Specialists. See ad, page 32.


Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing 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 12.

MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts.


Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 24 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 7.


Sheri Beth Schafer, LMT Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids 616-301-3000

We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Village area. GRChiroSpa. com. See ad, pages 6 & 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.





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

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

SCHOOL / EDUCATION BVI SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director 269-381-4946

SCHOOL OF AYURVEDA. State licensed. Certificate program for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, wellness educators, massage therapists, holistic health specialists, chiropractors, dieticians and those seeking to learn Self-Health-Care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).

Specializing in advanced, customized skin care using all-natural, organic skin care products from Elina Organics. Facials, Back Facials, Foot Facials, Hand Facials, Tummy Facials, and “Beautiful Legs” services. Needle-Free Mesotherapy, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, LED, Microdermabrasion, Peels, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Brow Shaping, Aromatherapy, Signature Scent, Hair Restoration, Bamboo Massage, RainDrop, Air Compression Lymph Drainage Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, Infrared and Ionic Cleanses, Ear Candling, and more! See ad, page 29.

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


503 East Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant 989-773-1714

10500 Chicago Drive Holland Twp/Zeeland 231-557-3619

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.

Office Space Available – In a professional health care office building in Kentwood. Approx. 125 square feet office with private entrance and all utilities included. Located on Kalamazoo Ave. near 131, M6 and the East Beltline with excellent visablility, parking and signage. Please call 616-827-2350 for further details.

HELP WANTED Come Join Natural Choice Chiropractic Our massage team has over 25 years combined experience. We currently have a team of 3 and looking for a 4th! You must be licensed through the state of Michigan and also have your own liability insurance. We offer a positive healthy work environment, competitive pay and perks (such as free adjustments, discount on vitamins and supplements as well as a free gym membership!). Please email your resume to NaturalChoiceChiroAndMassage@gmail. com or fax to 616-827-2351.

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