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was first introduced to the benefits of chiropractic care by my mother, who believed in its ability to help heal her. It was our family’s first resort when I fell out of a tree and landed flat on my back at age ten. It knocked the wind out of me and I was out of commission for several days before a short series of chiropractic treatments got me back on my feet again. When I was a teenager, a careless driver plowed into my car at a stoplight and slammed my vehicle into the car ahead of me, totaling my ride and giving me severe whiplash. Instead of going to the local emergency room, I asked friends to take me to my chiropractor and again

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he got me back on my feet. My father was diagnosed with a terminal disease when I was in my early 30s and over the ensuing weeks, the emotional stress had the right side of my body beginning to shut down. I suffered loss of hearing and the use of a hand and leg and my eyesight became blurred. This time I first consulted two medical specialists that claimed nothing was wrong. They nevertheless recommended that I undergo several expensive tests, but I declined, convinced that the source of these physical problems was my emotional response to the possibility of losing my beloved father. Once again, I sought chiropractic treatment and this time my go-to practitioner enlisted the help of a massage therapist. After several weeks of taking full advantage of these two complementary modalities, I began regaining the use of my body’s right side functions. Today I am 62 years old and still participating in adventure sports, which I’ve done all of my life. I am happy to report that I still don’t take any form of medication and am free of aches and pains. I credit much of my current healthy state to being exposed to the value of body work at an early age. I do have a conventional physical with my physician each year and have since childhood, which I find reassuring. I see myself as a living example of how integrative health techniques can serve us well. To conscious living,

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he InTuit Institute presents a weekend of women’s events including workshops, yoga, meditation, dance, pampering, film and conversations all for the well-being of our wonderful bellies. November 11-13. InTuit Institute is a collaborative group of Lakeshore Wellness practitioners, teachers, healers and therapists dedicated to healthy living, healing, positive change and leading others to do the same. Hosts for the weekend are Anne VanderHoek, ND, owner of Return2Wellness Naturopathic Therapies and Sandy Parker, BS CPT, owner of On The Path Yoga. They will present together for the main workshop on Saturday November 12, “A Core Understanding,” as well as lead individually for several smaller workshops throughout the weekend including: Cycle & Strategies for Hormones, Vibrational Energy, Abdominal Self-Care, Shakti Meditation, and Nutritious Movement for the Midsection. Other events include yoga, belly dancing, a film screening, massage, henna, facials and of course, time to talk and share. For more information including full schedule, pricing, and other offerings: visit or email Sandy@ or call 616-935-7028. Located at 701 E Savage St, Spring Lake. See ad page 38.

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oin Harvest Health Foods on October 6 in celebrating over 64 years of keeping West Michigan’s Health In Mind as they present the Feeling Good 5K, a FREE fun run and walk the whole family can enjoy. The Feeling Good 5K is their way to say thank you for the community’s support and to continue to encourage those lifestyle choices that move us toward a healthier community. This is a FREE event to the public, strollers and bikes are welcome. This is an out and back route so you can feel free to run or walk the distance you are comfortable with. Before or after the run enjoy meeting and sampling products from vendors featured at their stores. There will be kids activities and many prize giveaways too. Join the fun and enjoy a veggie burger too. Harvest Health is located at 4150 32nd Ave. Hudsonville. Sign up for the run at Info: or 616-896-6630.

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ooking to get involved with ArtPrize this year? WMEAC’s 13th Annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup had a huge impact on the preservation of the Grand River, but we can’t stop there. With ArtPrize here, the potential for more waste ending up in the Grand River increases. WEMAC and ArtPrize have teamed up to ensure that all of the hard work that was spent on the Cleanup does not go to waste! They need your help to make this happen. Lead with ArtPrize in its efforts to host a more sustainable event! Engage with visitors at one of their S.O.R.T Stations while offering enthusiasm and education about compost, recycling, and landfill. By encouraging the proper placement of discarded materials, you’ll help ArtPrize’s 400,000 visitors keep Grand Rapids clean during their visit! 2-hour shifts are available 11am-8pm every day of ArtPrize September 21-October 9 at Calder Plaza and Rosa Parks Circle. To Volunteer go to The West Michigan Environmental Action Council is located at 1007 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids. Info: or info@ or 616-451-3051.

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new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reports that preventable medical errors are killing far more people than previously thought. The research estimates that a quarter-million Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, constituting the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. This is a substantial increase from the 98,000 deaths from medical errors reported in a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine. Lead researcher and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Dr. Martin Makary clarifies that medical errors include mistakes by doctors, along with systemic problems related to communication breakdowns when patients are passed between departments. “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive, rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” he observes. One of the problems highlighted is a lack of public reporting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require hospital-error reporting in deaths, which makes it difficult to accumulate related statistics. “The CDC should update reporting requirements for vital statistics so that physicians report whether there was any error that led to a preventable death,” says Makary. “We all know how common it is and how infrequently it’s openly discussed.” Dr. Frederick van Pelt, with the healthcare consultancy Chartis Group, says that severe injuries resulting from medical errors are also often overlooked. “Some estimates would put this number at 40 times the death rate.” He indicates that this gets buried in the milieu of expected suffering and pain that care providers are daily exposed to following any surgical procedure. welcomia/

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esearch from Austria’s University of Graz has found that high-dose vitamin D3 significantly alters the gut’s microbiome for the better. The researchers tested 16 healthy people for eight weeks, giving them a dose of 980 international units (IU) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. At this rate, a 150-pound person would take more than 66,000 IU per day. The scientists took samples from the stomach, small intestines, colon and stool before and after the testing period. They also tested for bacteria species using gene sequencing and measured T-cell counts. Afterward, the subjects showed reductions in diseaseproducing bacteria and increased diversity among their gut probiotics. The research also discovered that the high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation increased immunity in the gut. “Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections,” the researchers explain.

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cientists from the University of Colorado have determined that individuals older than 65 that run three times a week will likely burn oxygen at the same rate as a 20-year-old runner. Despite being more than four decades older, these runners spend a similar amount of metabolic energy as their younger counterparts. Published in the American College of Sports Medicine journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the study tested 15 older and 15 younger runners. Each ran a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time during the prior six months. The subjects were tested on a specialized treadmill that measured the force applied to the running belt. Each person ran for five minutes during each test at different speeds between 4.5 and 6.5 miles per hour. Regardless of running mechanics and technique, the older runners utilized their metabolic energy at a similar rate as the young runners at all speeds. “Our prior research suggests that the muscles themselves are becoming less efficient. I think of it as your body is like a car. Your body has its own fuel efficiency, and what we’ve seen is that the fuel efficiency in muscles is reduced in older adults that are sedentary or only walk occasionally,” says lead researcher and Professor of Kinesiology Justus Ortega.

Diabetics Improve Using Sesame and Rice Bran Oils

esearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil. The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period. After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.

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esearch published in Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, has found that positive moods can be transferred from one person to another via human sweat. The scientists from Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, tested 12 young men and 36 young women. The men were given clean shirts and absorbent pads were attached to their armpits while they watched video clips that induced several emotional states—fear, happiness or neutral. The researchers then stored the absorbent pads for each emotion into sealed jars. The 36 women were then tested with each of the absorbent pads randomly, with five-minute breaks in-between. They placed their chins on a special rest that held the absorbent pad underneath. The research was double-blind, so neither the researchers nor subjects knew which pads they were exposed to. During each exposure, the women’s facial expressions were recorded. The researchers determined that the women had facial expressions reflecting the emotion induced by the videos the men watched, based on the activity of the women’s facial muscles. Senior researcher Gün Semin, of Utrecht University, says, “Our study shows that being exposed to sweat produced under happiness induces a simulacrum of happiness in receivers and induces a contagion of the emotional state. This suggests that somebody that’s happy will infuse others in their vicinity with happiness. In a way, happiness sweat is somewhat like smiling—it’s infectious.”


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esearchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested 209 women between 45 and 60 years old with a history of hot flashes and/ or night sweats. After up to 20 treatments over six months, the women receiving acupuncture reported a 37 percent reduction in hot flashes, while the control group saw a 6 percent increase. The symptom relief among the women treated with acupuncture persisted for a year. The researchers also found that the acupuncture group experienced an improvement in several menopausal quality of life measurements. Nancy Avis, Ph.D., a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University and lead author of the study, says, “There are a number of nonhormonal options for treating hot flashes and night sweats that are available to women. None seem to work for everyone, but our study showed that acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist can help some women without any side effects. It also showed that the maximum benefit occurred after about eight treatments.”

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The Meditate the Vote – the Real Conversation segment is the brainchild of the globally broadcast America Meditating radio show (, which features prominent thought leaders sharing methods for personal development. In the midst of the 2016 election campaign, they ask people to step up the quality of citizen debate using Meditate the Vote questions to stimulate more intelligent and inclusive discussions via a variety of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other outlets leading up to national election day on November 8. Meditate the Vote does not endorse any candidate or political party. It’s a movement to socially engage all ages in a higher-quality and more cohesive way of working together. The Internet will be used to spread the word, with participants making videos in which they say, “I meditate the vote,” and why they do so, sharing feedback from their conversations. A Pause for Peace app is available to access communications, meditations, videos and the America Meditating radio show. The program is also available on Blog Talk Radio, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Aha Radio and the PlayerFM app. Take action at meditatethevote.

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One in Five Plant Species May Face Extinction A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, disease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives.

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Activists Will ‘Sue’ Monsanto in Mock Trial


Monsanto, the U.S.-based, multinational producer of agricultural products infamous for its controversial Roundup herbicide, will be “sued” for crimes against humanity in the independent International Criminal Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on World Food Day, October 16. Plaintiffs include the Organic Consumers Association, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Navdanya, Regeneration International, and Millions Against Monsanto, along with dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups. The court, developed in 2011, will use the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against humans and the environment. The court will also attempt to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. It has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

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Ari Jónsson, a 32-year-old student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, has invented an all-natural water bottle that holds its shape when full and decomposes when empty. He debuted his creation at the DesignMarch 2016 festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. The only two materials needed to create the bottle are agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red algae, and water. “I just followed the path in what I was researching, trying to find new ways to use materials,” says Jónsson, who combined the two ingredients, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and then quickly cooled it. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when cooled, retaining the shape of the water bottle mold, explains Jónsson. When the finished bottle is empty, “It will rot like other foods.” The bottles can sustainably decompose in soil, although Jónsson has yet to determine exactly how long that process will take. A plastic water bottle takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S., more than 2 million tons of the containers are languishing in landfills.

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Older incandescent light bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat, but scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported in Nature Nanotechnology that they are finding a way to recycle the waste energy and focus it back onto the filament, where it’s re-emitted as visible light. Their innovative structure is made from thin, stacked layers of a type of light-controlling crystal that allows visible wavelengths to pass through while reflecting infrared back to the filament as if striking a mirror. Traditional bulbs are banned in the European Union and Canada, and their manufacture and importation are being phased out in the U.S. They’ve been replaced by more expensive compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are significantly more efficient. In theory, the crystal structures could boost the efficiency of incandescent bulbs to 40 percent, making them three times more efficient than the best available LED and CFL bulbs.

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EPA Helps Schools Cut Bus Emissions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping finance the replacement or retrofitting of older school buses in public and private school fleets to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. Owners can install catalysts and ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25 percent or replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest highway emission standards. The EPA will pay up to $25,000 each, depending on the size. “Our kids spend a lot of time on the school bus, and buses spend a lot of time in our neighborhoods and schoolyards. They are a national symbol of safety,” says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. “Significantly improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements and idle reduction practices is imperative in meeting the agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxins.”


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The Non GMO Project is sponsoring National Non-GMO Month in October. Observed since 2010, the program seeks to increase education and awareness about the growing presence of unlabeled genetically modified (GM/GMO) food products and ingredients. People and organizations across North America are discovering the risks GMOs pose to our health, families and environment. Non-GMO Month provides a powerful opportunity to coordinate voices and actions around the country as brands, retailers and individuals stand up for the right to know what’s in our food and to choose to avoid GMOs. Protecting consumer choice and a non-GMO food supply requires a multifaceted approach with online and boots-on-theground teamwork. The Non GMO Project invites everyone to help create local events and spread the word in communities. Begin at


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Ingredients: • 1 eggplant • 1 tablespoon of oil • 3 medium sweet potatoes • 3 tablespoons of milk • 3 cloves of garlic • 1 pinch of chili powder • 1 pinch of salt • 1/2 cup of spinach • 1/2 cup of mozzarella Additional toppings: black pepper, grated Parmesan, marinara sauce, etc. if desired. Instructions: 1. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Evenly slice the eggplant and place on the heated pan. Cook until they have a nice brown color. Let cool. 2. Wash the sweet potatoes and prick them with a fork. Bake in the microwave for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Scrape out the sweet potato into a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth. Add the milk, salt, chili and the garlic cloves and mix until you have a nice puree. 3. Preheat oven to 440 degrees. In a 9 x 13 casserole dish, start assembling the lasagna. Start with the eggplant, then add the sweet potato mixture, then the spinach and finish off with the cheese. 4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted nicely. Recipe courtesy Holland Farmers Market, Eighth Street Market Place, 150 West 8th Street, Holland. Info: 616-796-1210 or Visit the Holland Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm now through Saturday, December 10.

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calls the “right thing to do” fed more than 41,000 people that day. Named one of Toyota’s 2016 Mothers of Invention, Ahmad uses the company’s $50,000 grant to boost Copia’s services throughout the U.S. Recently, German and Austrian government officials expressed interest in expanding the service to help feed Syrian refugees in their countries. Friends Margot McNeeley and Janet Boscarino, in Memphis, Tennessee, looked around for local problems they could fix and took action starting in 2008. Margot A former retail entreMcNeeley preneur, McNeeley



urs is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts, or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good,” says Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., a world-renowned author and Jungian psychoanalyst specializing in post-trauma counsel. Thousands of people each day choose to see a world radiating with hope and light, despite ever-present conflict and strife. Their talents and gifts, alliances and collaborations are inspiring a new story that ripples outward into our communities and beyond. In The Ten Gifts: Find the Personal Peace You’ve Always Wanted Through the Ten Gifts You’ve Always Had, author Robin L. Silverman affirms that everyone can reach within, even in the worst of circumstances, for treasures that can be used to improve the lives of others. She concludes, “We are not meant to use our gifts simply to survive, 14

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Meeting Basic Needs Komal Ahmad was unaware that her single act of kindness in simply offering to share her lunch with a homeless veteran in 2011 while she was attending the UniKomal Ahmad versity of California, Berkeley, would lead to a multiplying mission to feed America’s hungry. His heartfelt expression of gratitude for his first meal in three days sparked an epiphany: Her school was regularly throwing away thousands of pounds of food while neighbors were going hungry. Today, Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an app that matches nonprofits serving in-need veterans, children, women and others with companies that have leftover gourmet food. Following the 2016 Super Bowl, she used Copia’s technology to organize food pickups throughout the San Francisco Bay area. What she

didn’t want food to go to waste and created the Project Green Fork certification program after learning that 95 percent of restaurant waste can be diverted from landfills. Her Janet Boscarino nonprofit helps restaurants to conserve water and energy, develop recycling and composting systems and switch to biodegradable containers and environmentally friendly cleaning operations. Boscarino’s experience in business development and sales, combined with her disdain for litter, led her to found the nonprofit Clean Memphis, which began in 2008 with volunteer crews picking up litter. In recent years, the initiative’s community-wide strategy has expanded to involve local governments, businesses, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations and 20 local “sustainable schools”. In 2017, Project Green Fork will become a part of Clean Memphis. Throughout two decades of educational activism, John G. Heim’s passion John G. Heim for clean water

as a human right has not waned. The founder and leader of The SWFL Clean Water Movement, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, persisted even when many business owners considered him a nuisance, driving off tourists. As infestations of blue-green algae blooms have reached emergency levels, Heim’s ongoing grassroots campaign to increase awareness of water quality issues that’s backed by social media recently brought him to Washington, D.C., to make his case before Congress. The nonprofit’s 18,000 members have succeeded in bringing national attention to the thick muck now plaguing both Florida coasts. They’re working to alter nutrient-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee that send agricultural toxins and rain overflow down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and out into vital estuaries. Scott Bunn’s Seneca Treehouse Project, launched in 2010, grew from his building background in a family of entrepreneurs to encomScott Bunn pass design/build services and education in eco-housing and ethical living. Bunn’s original Seneca, South Carolina, homestead and acreage includes apprentice learning programs teaching practical skills in cultivating permaculture, growing food, building structures, working with tools and living in an intentional community. “For the next six years, our goal is to annually train 50 people that will train 50 more people. Continuing this exponential growth pattern means the potential for 312 million more people living more compatibly and lightly upon the Earth. We’ve already established collaborations with six other cities around the U.S. that can potentially duplicate our efforts,” says Bunn.

Providing Healthcare Options Martie Whittiken, of Plano, Texas, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and host of the Healthy by Nature nationally syndicated radio show, uses her talents to advocate for health freedom

We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Community exists for the sake of belonging, and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity and accountability of its citizens. We currently have all the resources required to create an alternative future. ~Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging in America. Educating listeners for 19 years, she served as president of the National Nutritional Foods Association during crucial phases of the 1992 to 1994 fight to successfully Martie Whittiken pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to preserve consumer choices. The author of The Probiotic Cure also helped found the Texas Health Freedom Coalition to protect citizens’ rights to choose alternative medical treatment in her state. Whittiken says, “My work is a labor of love. I have no interest in becoming famous or well known unless it contributes to getting the job done.” On a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Gigi Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, in MilwauGigi Pomerantz kee, discovered the impact of a lack of clean water and sanitation as her fourperson team treated 1,400 patients for worms, stomach problems, diarrhea and poor appetite. Two years later, she founded Youthaiti, where she serves as

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executive director. The nonprofit helps rural Haitians build composting toilets and develop organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer. It also provides community hygiene education and reforestation. Everything is aimed at breaking Haiti’s widespread cycle of contamination and disease, and safely convert human waste into agricultural fertilizer that’s increasing crop productivity and the availability of healthy food. Psychotherapist Jacqui Bishop and Integrative Nutritionist Lisa Feiner, co-founders of Sharp Again Naturally, in Jacqui Bishop White Plains, New York, believe that dementia is reversible, and no case should be considered hopeless until all causative factors have been tested and ruled out. Their resolve for eliminatLisa Feiner ing causes of disease rather than managing symptoms is based on University of California, Los Angeles, research studies and sources quoted in a Health Advocates World-


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wide documentary. Project Yoga Richmond, established in 2010, makes yoga accessible to everyone in the city’s metro region. Thirty yoga teachers lead pay-whatyou-can studio classes that help fund 22 outreach programs for underserved communities. Healing programs are designed for needs related to autism, recovery, seniors, special students and youths in the court system. “We also provide continuing instructor education, visiting teachers, workshops and other special events that deepen yoga practice in our community,” says cofounder Dana Walters, who serves as the board of directors vice president.

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As an Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, educator and co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), Orbert Davis is dedicated to multigenre projects. His collaborative research in 2012 while in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange accompanied by fellow musicians and River North Dance Chicago’s Artistic Director Frank Chaves (now retired) proved to be a multifaceted boon. It generated the philharmonic’s Havana Blue live performance in 2013 and ignited a weeklong cultural

exchange with Cuba’s Universidad Ciudad de las Artes (ISA) during his return trip for the Havana InternaOrbert Davis tional Jazz Festival in 2014. President Barak Obama’s announcement of the normalization of Cuban/U.S. diplomatic relations opened up the possibility for a continuing CJP/ISA relationship, as well as their 2015 landmark partnered event when 37 ISA students traveled to Chicago to perform Scenes from Life: Cuba at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Davis promises more such events to come. All of these individuals represent a small percentage of the game-changers actively moving to create an alternative future. Estés observes, “What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts; adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group that will not give up during the first, second or hundredth gale.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patientcentric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerverelated issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiroprac-


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tors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t

drain properly due to physical or nerverelated causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neck-related headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and co-founder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX ( He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine.

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rom learning to communicate to physically caring for each other, the secret lives of trees are wildly deep and complex. “They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the ‘wood wide web’; and keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots,” reveals Peter Wohlleben, a German forest ranger and author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate— Discoveries from a Secret World, released in September. Upon seeing two soaring beeches in the forest, Wohlleben observes, “These trees are friends. See how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light. Sometimes, pairs are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.” Wohlleben is rekindling a re-imagination of trees even as many people consider their role is only to supply us with oxygen and wood. Using a mix of scientific research and his own observations from studying forestry and working in the forest since 1987, the man who speaks for the trees does so in decidedly anthropomorphic terms.

“Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. I use a human language. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean,” he says. After years of working for the state forestry administration in RhinelandPalatinate, and then as a forester managing 3,000 acres of woods near Cologne, he began to understand that contemporary practices were not serving the trees or those that depend on them very well. Artificially spacing out trees ensures that trees get more sunlight and grow faster, but naturalists report that trees exist less like individuals and more as communal beings. By working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance to potentially damaging influences. After researching alternative approaches, Wohlleben began implementing some revolutionary concepts. He replaced heavy machinery with horses, stopped using insecticides and let the woods become wilder. The pilot German forest plot went from losing money to posting a profit in two years. As Dr. Seuss’ tree-loving Lorax says, “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Melissa Breyer, of Brooklyn, NY, is the editor of, from which this article was adapted.

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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths by Gina McGalliard

While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.

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n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral. Depictions of labyrinths have been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a never-ending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, university campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be

made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

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A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing extraneous thoughts on the way to the center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra. One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is

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about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.” 

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Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious— are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.”


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Born to Eat Wild Why Ancestral Diets Boost Health by Judith Fertig


n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

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“Many believe we have dumbed down the nutrition in our food over the past 100 years,” says Robinson, who lives and gardens on Vashon Island, Washington. “Research shows we have been breeding out proteins and minerals and most importantly, antioxidants, for much longer.” She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. 24

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After that, the trend to grow sweeter-tasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its high-fructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website, We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat fresh-picked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow the stillliving lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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he old way of thinking about fruits and vegetables is ‘the more, the better,’ regardless of what you choose,” says wild food expert Jo Robinson. “Unfortunately, the most popular ones are the least nutritious, like Golden Delicious apples and supersweet corn.” In Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson cites considerable research that shows we can make better choices within each food category by simply selecting varieties closer to their wild ancestors. Generally, the most phytonutrientrich options include kale, spinach, lettuces, asparagus and artichokes. Here are other top tips from the literature.

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n Tart apples such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and Liberty boost phytonutrients and fiber while reducing fructose content. n Haas avocados deliver more vitamin E and other antioxidants to support smooth skin and shiny hair than smaller Mexican avocados.  n Red finger bananas, when fully ripened to a deep magenta, are higher in vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and fiber than the common Cavendish banana. n Canned beans (which have been dried and then cooked) are better than home-cooked beans because the heat required for the canning process enhances their nutritional content. n Grass-fed beef is higher in vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega-3 essential fatty acids than corn-fed beef. n Dried currants made from Black Corinth grapes (sold as “Zante currants”) have more antioxidants than either brown or golden raisins. n Red grapefruit is preferred to yellow; the darker the red, the more beneficial the fruit. Red grapefruit but not yellow has been shown to lower triglycerides. n Raw kale is both the most bitter and beneficial of all the cruciferous vegetables. n Dark orange-hued mangos are superior to other tropical fruits, possessing five times the vitamin C of oranges and the fiber of pineapples. n Cherry, grape and currant tomatoes deliver more cancerpreventing lycopene than beefsteak tomatoes.

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Edward Humes on the High Cost of Transportation Small Consumer Choices Have Big Impacts by Randy Kambic


dward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel. In an earlier book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern California journalist examined the causes and effects of waste. Solutions are showcased by how institutions and families are consciously reducing their wasteful ways.

What are some everyday impacts of the “door-to-door machine” you write about? Transportation is embedded in our lives, both in our personal things and our travel. It can take 30,000 miles to get our morning coffee to the kitchen, with another 165,000 miles attached to all the components of the coffee pot, water, energy and packaging—a worldwide mix involving trains, planes, boats and trucks. Unprecedented amounts of transportation are embedded in everything we do and touch, with many hidden costs to our environment, economy and traffic. Take the world of online retailing. That “buy it now” button seems so 26

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convenient, but it’s also a traffic jam generator. Each click births a new truck trip. What used to be a single truckload of goods delivered efficiently to a store or mall now demands hundreds of single-item deliveries to far-flung homes.

Which transportation footprint surprised you the most in researching Door to Door? The smartphone is a paradox, in that it has reduced our transportation footprint in some ways because of all the separate devices it has replaced, from navigation in cars to calculators to cameras. Phones also empower a transportationfree option for online banking and bill paying, eliminating all sorts of trips in the physical world. On the flip side, making and assembling smartphone components requires a lot of back-and-forth transport between many countries because no one can make the whole “widget”. With its many raw materials, rare earth minerals and manufactured components, we’re talking about an overall transportation footprint for one phone that’s equivalent to a round trip to the moon; a phone that users will trade in for a newer model in just a few years.

What’s a particularly negative impact of the huge distances involved in today’s movement of goods? Cargo container ships create immense amounts of pollution. About 6,000 container ships worldwide ship 90 percent

of consumer goods. Natural Resources Defense Council data show that the smog and particulate emissions from just 160 of these vessels equal that of all of the cars in the world. If the cargo fleet were a country, its carbon emissions would exceed Germany’s, the world’s fourth-largest economy, according to the European Commission. Cargo ship carbon emissions are projected to rise to about 18 percent of the global total in the next 25 years if our appetite for goods continues to grow at current rates.

What are the consequences of the U.S. ranking 16th worldwide in infrastructure quality? Americans are under the illusion that we pay high taxes to build and maintain roads, bridges and rails. However, as a portion of our gross domestic product, we invest about one-fifth of what China does and the poor results are apparent. We have a $3.6 trillion backlog in needed modernization. This drags down the economy and increases harmful emissions through shipping delays and rush-hour jams, as well as raising road safety concerns.

How can we each lessen our “transportation footprint”? We have power as individuals, families and communities to make a difference. Americans walk less than almost any other people on Earth. A Los Angeles study showed that half of its residents’ daily trips are less than three miles, with many under one mile, which is crazy. Using alternative transportation for just 10 percent of those trips would have major positive impacts. Far fewer children walk or bike to school than in the recent past, even as we face a youth obesity crisis. We can also adjust when and how we drive; half the cars on the road during rush hour are not job-related. Driving at other times would ease traffic for everyone and reduce traffic jams, emissions and crashes. All of this is something we could easily change—and that many other countries have changed—with substantial health, economic and traffic benefits. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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eginning in 2009, a special place for families came to life serving the Grand Rapids area. Future and existing mothers are offered a choice for a different, more holistic birthing option with St. Brigid’s Holistic Labor Care. Women can receive continuous, holistic, labor support while also benefitting from aromatherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, flower remedies, herbs, nutrition and more before, during and after a birth. Kelly O’Brien Pahman is the owner of St. Brigid’s HLC. Soon after graduating from high school, Pahman knew she wanted to support women through the birthing process, but didn’t start practicing as a doula until after she graduated from her college studies in theology. Through her own personal struggles with trauma and chronic pain, she is able to more deeply relate and understand what women go through in this process. So far, she has been able to be a part of over 100 births with only six of those being cesarean when the average rate in Michigan is generally over 30 percent, according to Pahman. “I see my role as one who provides continuous encouragement, education, and faith in the woman’s ability to birth,” Pahman states. In 2014, Pahman added CranioSacral Therapy (CST) to her offerings, which she states has many benefits, such as relief from the following problems: neck and back pain, headaches, morning sickness, anxiety, fatigue, emotional difficulties, sciatica, female sexual dysfunction and more. Pahman uses her training to help mothers throughout the birthing process. She is the only doula in West Michigan who has training from the well-respected

Upledgar Institute to treat women during conception, pregnancy and the newborn. She has training and focus on both children and adults. In addition to expecting mothers, she works for other clients, mid-wives and chiropractors to offer her CranioSacral Therapy. For only $20, potential clients can meet Pahman for a consultation and can later apply that towards any future service that she provides. She outlines the different service packages that are available on her website. Individuals can choose from birth planning assistance, post-partum support, CranioSacral therapy and more in the bundle they select. She even offers on-call services, Skype and phone consultations with rates listed online. For those who want a little more reassurance or convincing, a testimonials page is posted on the website with many tales of personal experiences, comments of how wonderful Pahman is and what beneficial services she offers to mothers and families alike. Typically, a mother or mother-to-be will hire Pahman to work independently before and during the birth alongside a primary care provider. She states, “About 80 to 90 percent of the births I work with are in a hospital setting with the remaining being home births.” Pahman notes that being a doula, “is a service that helps in collaboration with the mom’s choices. CST is a complimentary therapy that enhances the outcomes. I’m always trying to support the communications without pressuring a mom or influencing her choices.” The moms who seek out St. Brigid’s come from many walks of life, are educated and many are first time moms.

Pahman is proud of the fact that most of her first-time clients use her for their second birth, as well. “Clients make choices to create a team that provides the support they need to have the best birth they can. They are the boss and the hero. It’s not me or other providers. The goal is that they (moms) know they have power and a voice and the ability to work wonders,” Pahman states. The moms know that they are able to cope with the pain easier with the support than without it. Her services also provide support to partners, who often appreciate her advice and guidance in what can be an uneasy situation. She reassures partners what is normal, calms them and offers ways to be of assistance, because they are also part of the process. Pahman says, “Partners know the mom, and the doula knows the birth.” She is passionate about her work, because she feels she is helping mothers relax and enjoy the beauty of a birth while reducing the chances of needing a cesarean birth. She helps babies with colic relax and cry less frequently with CranioSacral techniques, too. Pahman is eager to spread the news of CranioSacral therapy and really likes to focus much of her time in that area, but she still offers doula services. In addition, she also manages apprentices who do see clients, too. They have unique skill sets to complement their new training under Pahman. More information on those services is available on the website. St. Brigid’s is happy to offer placental services, too. The process involves drying the placenta, which preserves the nutrients, and since it comes directly from the mother, it is uniquely formulated just for her. After the drying, the placenta is transferred into capsules to last for a long time. Taking placenta capsules can reduce bleeding, reduce depression postpartum and speed up recovery after the birth. For additional information on St. Brigid’s Holistic Labor Care, visit www. or call 616-617-3130. See ad page 46. Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer and has a background in advertising, teaching, writing and real estate. She can be contacted at

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he household is settling for the night when the 5-yearold cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Only 10 to 20 percent of sore throats in children are caused by Streptococcus bacteria which, if not properly treated, can lead to heart damage. The first question to ask is, “What are the symptoms?” If these include sudden onset of a severe and worsening sore throat without any complaints of scratchiness; a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; headache or stomach pain; and the lack of a stuffy nose, cough or sign of a cold—a trip to the pediatrician is essential and a course of antibiotics is necessary, says Low Dog. The vast majority of youngsters’ sore throats, which may accompany a common cold, are caused by viruses and will heal on their own in about a week. Many natural remedies will help children feel better and relieve the pain; some cost so little they are nearly free. Salt water gargle: “A glass of warm water with half a teaspoon of sea salt swirled into it is an old-school remedy that works well for kids at least 5 years old,” says Erika Krumbeck, a naturopathic doctor and licensed primary care physician practicing pediatrics in Missoula, Montana. She notes that a salt water gargle can also moderate the symptoms of strep until the child can see a doctor. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies confirms that the salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed throat tissues. It also loosens mucus and removes other irritants, including bacteria, allergens and fungi. Just make sure children don’t swallow the salt water, counsels Krumbeck.

Warm compresses: A warm water compress using a wet hand towel applied for 10 or 15 minutes every hour loosens mucus and is soothing. “It’s amazing how effective these familiar practices are,” says Krumbeck. “Grandma knew what she was doing.” Lemon juice and honey: “Honey is sweet, so kids love it,” says certified nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, of New York and Los Angeles. This traditional recipe works because the honey has antibacterial properties and the lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. Snyder cautions that babies younger than 12 months old should never be given honey because their immune systems cannot handle the bacterial spores sometimes present in the sweet treat. Elderberry: The tiny purple berries of the Sambucus nigra L. plant shortens the duration of colds and flu often suffered by air travelers, according to research that includes a large Australian study. Elderberry syrup appeals to kids because it tastes delicious. Low Dog recommends keeping a bottle on hand at all times because it’s hard to know when a child will complain of a scratchy throat. “This yummy syrup is good for all ages. It’s so safe. I love it,” says Low Dog, adding, “Plus, you can always use it on whole-grain pancakes.” Sage and Echinacea: Drinking sage tea and gargling with echinacea are old-time remedies for sore throats that now have scientific backing, says Snyder. Go for a twofer and add a little echinacea to the tea, she suggests. A Swiss study showed that an echinacea/sage spray soothed sore throat symptoms just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray, which can have side effects that include more swelling and even allergic reactions; the suggested spray should not be used with children under 12. Pairing up a dose of safe and gentle, time-tested sore throat recipes with a big hug will go far toward relieving most little ones’ suffering. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

UNSAFE DRUGS Acetaminophen, a popular ingredient in over-the-counter children’s cold medicines like Tylenol, has been linked to twice the risk of developing asthma. Immediate side effects can include rapid heart rate and convulsions. Ephedrine, pseudophedrine and phenylephrine are popular ingredients in children’s cold medications even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they’re not effective. Side effects include the possibility of unsupervised children overdosing on the sugary concoctions and can even prove fatal. In 2008, the FDA warned parents not to use any such cold medications for children under 4. Antibiotics are not effective against the viruses that cause most colds and flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria like those associated with strep throat, not viruses. Using antibiotics for a cold can actually lead to future antibiotic resistance.

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hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.

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When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers distribute come from

local farmers,” he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down. Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first time. He invented an app-operated remote control ball with a camera called PlayDate ( RemoteBallApp).



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People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in Americanmade, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘five-free’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced in Korea and China in certified

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Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conservation,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budget-minded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all.

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lmost 60 percent of America’s pet cats are overweight, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feline obesity can lead to joint pain, hinder self-grooming and make it harder to use the litter box, all resulting in fat cats being left at shelters by frustrated owners. Chubby kitties also are more prone to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin conditions. “Potential health problems make overweight cats harder to adopt,” says Deanna Schmidt, with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Pittsburgh. “On Fat Cat Tuesdays, we waive the adoption fee for cats 14 pounds and over. We counsel adoptive families and follow up so that ongoing healthy eating and exercise continues to melt away the pounds.” Experts advise that a house cat should maintain the sleek, fluid motion of a jungle cat. Viewed from above, healthy cats have a distinct waistline, an inward curve between the rib cage and hips. Pick it up and step on the scale. The pet’s weight should comprise between six to 10 pounds of the total. 32

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“The first time I saw healthy cats, I thought they looked small because I’d become used to seeing fat cats,” recalls Traci Pichette, founder of Pumeli tea and gift boxes, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s not alone in her assessment.

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While free-feeding dry food is easier for owners and allows a cat to snack at will, some take advantage and overeat, often from boredom. To help the transition from always-available dry food to mealtime wet food, use kibble as a special treat. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grain-free, wet food adds needed mois-

ture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hourand-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@



Ken Porter

en Porter of Body and Soul Somatic Therapy says that any emotion that we feel, like fear or gratitude, can show up in the body as a physical manifestation of some sort, from a knot in your gut to a warmth near your heart. These physical manifestations can be clues as to what unconscious patterns are taking hold in the body that in some cases can cause serious disturbances in one’s life. Porter practices something called Hakomi Therapy, which is a guided process of self-discovery, and incorporates mindfulness, touch, movement, impulses and even the awareness of one’s posture into one-on-one sessions with his clients. “I help people get in touch with the unconscious patterns that are disrupting or even ruining their lives in some way,” says Porter. “These patterns can be quite abstract and elusive, until you understand how your body is expressing them as a physical sensation. Once we identify them, they become more concrete; Hakomi Therapy can help give you the means to actually change them.” The speed at which we carom about through daily life does not allow for critical self-care and assessment. Many of us are dealing with anxiety, relationship difficulties and self-defeating behaviors, such as procrastination or over- or under eating, and get stuck in a cycle from which we cannot break free. “Some of my clients have tried so many things,” says Porter. “Hakomi certainly isn’t a panacea, but people find it very powerful, in large part because it gets them out of their head and into their body. Traditional talk therapy is generally a ‘top-down’ approach where therapy starts from a cognitive place; Hakomi is generally a ‘bottom up’ approach which begins with identifying the physical manifestation of thoughts and emotions, and bringing awareness to it, then letting the deeper meaning reveal itself. Many times, what arises is quite different than what you thought you knew.” Porter began his journey as a healer after “decades of my own personal healing work. I’ve been through my own personal hell, and what I found

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to be most effective for my own healing were approaches that work with the physical body, incorporate mindfulness, and involve group work,” he said. And while he has gone on to study and train in a variety of somatic and experiential approaches, and acquire a broad range of effective tools, it’s his personal journey from brokenness to healing that gives him the ability to meet people in the intensity of their pain, with compassion and understanding. “My clients seem to get that - ‘here’s somebody who isn’t going to run away from this, he can sit here in the fire with me.’” Mindfulness is a big part of Hakomi Therapy, and a big part of what drew Porter to it, given his longstanding personal practice of Vipassana meditation. “In Vipassana, one uses body awareness to stay present in the moment, for example by finding a knot in the stomach,” says Porter. “Since the mind loves to be busy and wrapped up in its own thoughts, focusing on the physical can help quiet the mind. When we “stay with it” and direct our attention toward the physical manifestation of emotion in the body, suddenly it’s no longer anxiety or that dreaded to-do list. It’s just a stomach knot. It becomes much more manageable, and allows a deeper layer of information to emerge.” A typical Hakomi Therapy session is one-on-one, usually seated, and lasts 60 minutes (though the initial session is 90 minutes), and is generally scheduled weekly or bi-weekly. The length of therapy is highly variable. For more moderate issues, it can take anywhere from six months to two years. When there’s trauma or significant developmental issues present, he says, it can take quite a bit longer. But regardless, clients tend to notice shifts beginning to occur right away. Prior to his Hakomi training, Porter practiced massage therapy. “I trained at the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and was struck by one of the things they taught me: when you put your hands on a client you’re not just touching their skin and muscle, you’re touching their whole history. We were made very aware that we were accessing a lot

of information,” says Porter, “and working with clients on the table in this way ultimately led me to seek out the more comprehensive approach Hakomi offers.” Now he works with most of his clients seated, but sometimes combines Hakomi with bodywork, on the massage table. Porter says that the power of Hakomi Therapy lies in its gentleness. “It’s not about trying to force change. It really gives clients lots of latitude and the safety to let the changes come from within,” he said. Looking forward, Porter plans to offer more group work. “Facilitating somatic therapy in a group setting is so energizing and satisfying - and it’s incredibly effective,” says Porter. “I’ve seen clients really grow by leaps and bounds.” He’s co-facilitated groups with Randy Flood and Amy VanGunst at the Fountain Hill Center for many years, and leads his own somatic therapy group at Eagle Park Wellness Collective. On November 11, Porter will team up with Randy Flood, co-founder of the Men’s Resource Center, to offer a conference for various professionals who work with – or want to work with – men. “Men (very generally speaking) are notoriously averse to doing inner work,” says Porter, “but Randy and I have long been honing an approach blending depth psychology with somatic therapy, in a group setting, for men, and results have been deeply moving and inspiring. We can’t keep this to ourselves anymore, because men need this!” Learn more about the conference at See ad on page 7. Contact Ken at or (616) 262-3848. See ad page 46. Julie Hurley is a freelance writer and cofounder of Principia Media and Kili Summit Club, two local businesses. Married with two children, Hurley summited Mt Kilimanjaro in 2014.

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October is Chiropractic Health Care Month by Dr. Dan Gleason


pinal manipulation as an art has been practiced for centuries as documented in Egyptian hieroglyphic pictographs. In the United States, Chiropractic as a profession was formally founded in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, by D.D. Palmer. The professional school that bears his name, Palmer College of Chiropractic, still trains doctors today. Like many health professions, Chiropractic relies on the Law of Homeostasis, which states that the human body after injury returns to a state of normalcy. This means that fractures mend and cuts heal. The brain and spinal cord control this process by way of the nerves, muscles and bones of the spine. Chiropractors enhance this process by adjusting spinal and cranial subluxations. The subluxation is a spinal or cranial disruption in the structural alignment as well as the neurological “software”. Chiropractic adjustments remove spinal nerve root pressure and balance the neuro-muscular “program”. Chiropractors are frequently asked “What causes the spine to “go out”?” There are three basic causes including: Structural such as injuries, repetitive motions, posture, exercise or lack thereof. Mental/Emotional such as stress and insomnia. Chemical such as diet, nutrient deficiency, toxic exposure and intestinal dysbiosis. Chiropractic treatment may include remedies for each of the three causes, as the following graphic shows.

A thorough doctor of Chiropractic will adjust the spine as well teach stretches and exercises to address the physical aspects of the condition. By analyzing footwear, pillows, mattresses and seating the doctor helps determine the root causes. S/he will also determine if ergonomic factors at home or at work are contributing to the subluxation. The chemical component will be addressed by testing for nutrient deficiencies and toxic exposures. Then a comprehensive protocol of diet and supplementation will be developed for each individual. If history and testing indicate, detoxification may be also needed. The patient’s history and initial interview will determine if there are significant mental/emotional factors involved. Meditation, yoga, visualization and affirmations can be effective. Referral for psychotherapy or sleep studies may also be indicated. Spinal adjustments are an impor-

tant part of chiropractic care but it’s also important to address these three areas of causation. Here is an example of someone with a problem that is primarily structural. Mr. Jones comes to the office with a complaint of longstanding lower back pain that is aggravated by standing and walking. He has tried exercise, stretching, physical therapy, yoga, ice, heat and pain medications with no relief. The chiropractic examination indicates a foot pronation related to muscle imbalance in his lumbar spine. He is prescribed orthotics for his shoes and treatment includes adjustments to the muscles and bones of the feet and spine. After a series of six adjustments he is pain free and able to perform all activities of daily life. Mrs. Smith provides an example of a primarily chemical problem. She has pain in her right upper abdomen and right upper back. She also complains of digestive problems including reflux and bloating. Tests show high stool fat levels and low blood fat levels suggesting a gallbladder problem. Food sensitivity testing reveals high gluten antibodies indicating a gluten intolerance. She is instructed on avoiding “bad” fats like margarine and deep fried foods. She also is given a list of gluten containing foods to avoid. She starts taking a nutritional supplement to thin the bile, gets the related spinal areas adjusted and makes the suggested dietary changes. Within two weeks her pain is gone and her digestive symptoms have cleared. She reports that whenever she eats food with glu-

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ten her symptoms start to return. An example of a mental/emotional problem is Ms. Baker Her major complaint is moderate to severe pain in her shoulders and neck. This troubling symptom has been bothering her for several months. She has tried massage, heat, cold and stretching. Her job has become progressively more stressful and she recently broke up with her boyfriend. Muscle testing showed weakness in the muscles that hold her shoulders down and back and excessive energy in her upper traps and neck extensor muscles. Urinary organic acid testing shows high levels of her stress hormones and low levels of B vitamins, especially B6. Treatment consisted of nutritional supplements to resolve her deficiencies, stress reduction techniques that include breathing and visualization. She also began working with a counselor and received regular chiropractic care for several months. This integrative approach was very successful in significantly reducing her pain symptoms both in frequency and severity. Thomas Edison foresaw the possibilities of involving the patient in their healing process when he said “The doctor of the future will give no medicines but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.” In addition to being a doctor of chiropractic and applied kinesiology, Dan is a 4th generation builder— he correlates the two sensibilities in his approach, “A person’s health is similar to that of building a foundation for a home in that if one uses good quality products and methodology, you build your health to combat disease in the same way you build the foundation of your home to protect you from the elements”. Dr Dan Gleason is the owner of The Gleason Center located at 19084 North Fruitport Road in Spring Lake. For more info: go to or call 616-846-5410. See ad page 45.


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Chandrakant Hiester’s Deepening Yoga Practice by Sandy Pukel


handrakant Hiester, a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, develops and presents student and training programs worldwide. For the last 10 years, he has specialized in the Integrated Amrit Method (I AM), including Amrit yoga, yoga nidra and stress-reduction. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with pioneering yogi Amrit Desai for 40 years, Hiester has learned to nurture and encourage positive changes in his and others behavior, understanding and practice in order to more fully realize the original purpose of yoga. What are the benefits of having a regular yoga practice? It’s important to understand the purpose behind any regular practice. Yoga practice in America popularly encompasses releasing physical tensions, developing muscular strength, increasing balance and flexibility, reducing stress and mental anxiety, and promoting mental clarity and relaxation. The original purpose of yoga is described as “evenness of mind” cultivated through developing “skill in action.” The I AM method is a series of techniques designed to reveal an inner attunement to the innate intelligence of the universal vital life force, or prana. This attunement can transform everyday life into a meditation in motion. How does a yoga nidra practice further enhance this? Albert Einstein realized that the mind that creates the problem doesn’t see the solution. Yogic philosophy, along with modern psychology, enumerates three basic types of tension responsible for all of the problems of modern life: muscular, emotional and mental. Yoga nidra is a systematic, guided meditation method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, in which long-held limiting life patterns can be resolved through experiencing a profound change of mind. Living with less tension is the single greatest contributor to personal, family and community well-being. People going through divorce might use yoga nidra techniques three times a day to short-circuit the mental and emotional whirlwind consuming them, while others might employ it once a day to cleanse their minds of stress. The fullest benefits are realized when we’re so familiar with what a deep state of physical, mental and emotional ease feels like that we’re able to return to it without needing to revisit the learned techniques. How has a mental practice of yoga changed your life? Remaining consciously alert has revealed the universal presence as a constant touchstone in all states and experiences, which enables me to better manage life’s ever-changing thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Chandrakant Hiester will be a featured instructor on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, Mar. 11-17, 2017. For more information, call 800-496-0989 or visit See ad page 44.

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BVI School of Ayurveda Accepting Applications – Ayurvedic Consultant Certificate Program. Webinar and On-Site Courses, one weekend a month. State Licensed. NAMA Member. The Sambodh Society, Inc. 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49004. Info and Catalog. 269.381.4946. Total Control classes – Fall in love with your pelvic floor, reconnect with your feminine energy and help manage bladder problems. Total Control is a medically based exercise and education program for women of all ages that incorporates pelvic floor exercises, gentle strengthening and stretches for your core and lower back plus behavioral and lifestyle tips. New seven-week classes run Oct. 31-Dec. 15. $49 with scholarships available. Mercy Health Lakes Village, 6401 Prairie St., Norton Shores. Info: Marla Miller 231-727-7944 Complementary Consultation – A consultation is a conversation, not an examination and certainly not a high-pressure sales pitch. After all, we aren’t the right office for everyone, so doesn’t it make sense to discover that before you begin a relationship with our practice? Brain and Body Chiropractic, 833 E 16th St, Ste 175, Holland. Info & Appointments: 616-202-6368. New Client Gift – New Consultation Clients get a Welcome Gift worth over $300. Schedule a consultation with Dr. LeAnn Fritz, ND and you’re entitled to this welcome bag of products to get you started, absolutely FREE! Mention this ad to receive your gift. New Hope Health, 10373 Riverview Dr, Plainwell. Info: 269-204-6525.


Grand Rapids Natural Health Open House – 2-6pm. Join us for the opening of our new expansion! Come visit and enjoy cocktails & appetizers while meeting our new staff members in our new space. Come & go as you please and take part in our raffles & giveaways. 638 Fulton St. SW, Grand Rapids. Info:


Learn More about the Peace Corps – 7-8:30. Change lives, including your own, by serving in the Peace Corps. You will make a difference for a community in need, gain cross-cultural skills and field experience for your career, and bring your global perspective back home to share with others. Join us for an informational session, where individuals share their Peace Corps stories. Learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Free. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St., NE. Info: Jennie Hight,, 616-988-5400.

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Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7- 8:00 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-Trained Practitioners. $5. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids. Info: laurie@, 269-908-1016


Harvest Health Run & Expo – 6pm. Free. Harvest Health is located at 4150 32nd Ave. Hudsonville. Sign up for the run at Info: or 616-896-6630.


Time to Boost Immunity – 2-4pm. Come learn the natural ways to boost your immunity; with essential oils, herbs, and foods. $20 per person. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info:, Jodi Jenks 616-443-4225. Mindful Pain Relief Workshop – 11:15am1:45pm. With Dr Crystal Frazee, PT, RYT. This workshop incorporates gentle movement on the mat and in standing. Attendees should have a moderate mobility level. Includes a detailed packet outlining how to do the practices at home. Lakeshore Yoga, 235 Fulton St, Grand Haven. Info: LakeshoreYoga. com or 616-844-1900.


essential oils, and how to custom blend oils and the do’s and don’ts with carrier oils. $20 per person. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Info:, Jodi Jenks 616-443-4225.


Reiki Share – 6-8 pm. Come check out what Reiki is all about, and have a mini session done. Open to those that know Reiki and those that don’t. Donations welcome. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Contact to register 616-443-4225.


Full Moon EcoTrek Fitness Adventure Workout – 8-9:15pm. All fitness levels welcome, find all details at, no RSVP needed! $5. EcoTrek Fitness. Along Lake Avenue in Grand Haven. Prom with a Purpose – 7pm. Tropical-themed prom for grownups at Ferrysburg City Hall gymnasium. DJ, dancing, cash bar, nostalgic prom activities. The prom is a fundraiser for Extended Grace, a non-profit human rights/social justice organization. Participants are asked to bring gently used prom attire for donation to Grand Haven IMPACT, which helps high school students. $25 per person. Extended Grace, Ferrysburg City Hall building, 17290 Roosevelt Rd., Ridge Street entrance gymnasium, Ferrysburg. Info: or 616-842-8703.

Law of Attraction Discussion Group: Conversations with Hermaden – 3:30-5:30pm. Explore how to work intentionally with the Law of Attraction! Participants dialogue with the group of non-physical teachers known as Hermaden in a format similar to Abraham-Hicks workshops. $10 Reservations not required. Just come have fun co-creating with other intentional creators! The Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids. Info: visit or phone 630-746-9843.



Meditation Class – 10-11am. We will cover mindfulness, meditation and the many approaches to a healthy lifestyle through the regular practice of meditation in our monthly meditation class. We emphasize a path to your own meditation style that works with your lifestyle. $10. All are welcome. Spirit Space. 3493 Bluestar Highway, Saugatuck. Info: or 616-886-2716.

S.A.I.L retreat – Captain Your Ship – 9am-4pm. The S.A.I.L retreat is geared towards realtors and business professionals to empower Successful, Authentic & Innovative Leadership to empower from the inside out. Intentional teaching, reflective activities, soulful networking and lunch provided with full day registration. $111 includes lunch and activities. Oasis Retreats & Workshops, Thousand Oaks Country Club, Grand Rapids. Info & Register: or call 616.430.4366


The Art of Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Come learn the chemistry behind the oils, the methods of using

Let Your Soul Sing – 6-9pm. An exciting workshop for vocalists offered by Jami Lula. Discover how to uncover your soul’s relationship with a song – to move beyond technique and touch the audience. Remember to wear comfortable clothes, bring water, a snack, be ready to move and groove, and sing your own song! $40.00 for 3 hours. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr. SE, Ada. Info: (616)682-7812/or

Level I Ama-Deus – 5-9pm. Energy healing forum. Open to Ama-Deus participants and those interested in experiencing Ama-Deus healing method. $125. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Kim at

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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. Class fee is $250. The fee includes a $50 deposit due at registration. The Remedy House, 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Call to register - 616-443-4225. Jami Lula in concert – 6:30-8:30pm. Jami Lula, recording artist, teacher, youth leader, performs in Concert. To Jamie, music is the key to creative change in the world. His voice is a powerful supple instrument which exudes his personal intensity, his love of Life, and of humanity. Tickets $20.00. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr. SE Grand Rapids. Info: or (616) 682-7812. Inspire! event – 1pm. Join us for a thoughtful discussion of the pros and cons of marijuana. Deeper Dive at 6 p.m. on Monday will continue the in-depth discussion with a panel including Paul Miller, M.D.; Jamie Goswick; Trooper Miller; and Rebecca Neil. Free. Extended Grace, Ferrysburg City Hall building, 17290 Roosevelt Rd., Ridge Street entrance, Ferrysburg. Info: 616-842-8703 or Level I Ama-Deus – 9-10am. Energy healing forum. Open to Ama-Deus participants and those interested in experiencing Ama-Deus healing method. $125. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Kim at Children’s energy healing class with Ama-Deus – 10-12:00pm. $25.00 Location TBD. Grand Rapids. Info: Kim for more info at


Inspire! Deeper Dive – 6pm. In-depth panel discussion of the pros and cons of marijuana with Q&A and discussion among participants. Free. Extended Grace, Ferrysburg City Hall building, 17290 Roosevelt Rd., Ridge Street entrance, Ferrysburg. Info: or 616-842-8703.


Rethinking Breast Health – 7-8pm. Natural Ways to keep breasts healthy, while reducing the risk of breast cancer. Free. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct NE, Grand Rapids. Info: barbm@ or 616-361-9221.


Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7-8 pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-Trained Practitioners. $5 Donation. 450 Meadow Run - Suite 400, Hastings. Info: or 269-908-1016.


The Mastery of Love - Book Study – 10am-noon. We will discuss The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. We meet each Friday for 6 weeks from 10am – noon. We will discuss the teachings of the Toltec path and engage in creative expression through art to further our understanding. Come to one or all sessions. Free. Spirit Space, 3493 Bluestar Highway, Saugatuck. Info: or 616-886-2716.


West Michigan Spirit Faire – 11am-5pm, October 30. Alternative Health Practitioners, Intuitive Consultants, Jewelry, Soaps, Books, Crystals, Reiki, Energy Tuning, Palmistry, Aura Photos, Massage, Angel Messages, Oracle Cards, prizes & speakers. $5 admission, free parking at Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, exit 36 off US-131, 2747 S. 11th. Info: or 269-948-1990.


Ama-Deus Among Us – Last Monday of each month. Alternates between 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Energy healing forum. Meditation/healing sessions for balancing and replenishing. Open to Ama-Deus participants and those interested in experiencing Ama-Deus healing method. Love offering. Unity Center for Spiritual Growth, 6025 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Info: Kim at

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HELP WANTED MASSAGE THERAPIST - Must be licensed and very well experienced. $30/Hr. We provide everything including a gorgeous water view and hydraulic table that is handicap accessible. Must be able to work Mon, Wed, Fri afternoons and every other Saturday. Dr. Burcon will work closely with you on difficult cases in order learn the nuances of his patients. Must be able to perform deep tissue massage, and we have some calls for CranioSacral therapy. If you are knowledgeable in developing x-rays or have experience as a chiropractic assistant, the income is increased. We also have a generous bonus program. Burcon Chiropractic, 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Suite 252, Grand Rapids. Fax resume to 616-575-9995 or e-mail to For more info: 616-575-9990 or


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From Dosha to Diet: Dietary Balance and Weight-Loss the Ayurvedic Way – 10:00am -12:30pm. Sambodh Center, 6363 N. 24th Street, Kalamazoo. Info: Prosperity Class – 10-11:30am. Our monthly prosperity group meetings begin on Saturday, November 5 and will meet from 10-11:30am. We will listen to a prosperity story, engage in discussion and create affirmations for our prosperity. This meeting will catapult your mind and provide a new way of prosperous thinking. Spirit Space, 3493 Bluestar Highway, Saugatuck. Info: Call 616-886-2716.

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Experiential Reclamation Therapy for Men — 8:30am-4:30pm. A conference for therapists and others who work with men. Explore an effective, innovative, and integrated approach to Men’s Wellness, Recovery, Emotional and Relational Health. Presented by The Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan and Body and Soul Grand Rapids. Event address: 2025 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids. Info: visit Embracing our Belly: Women’s Weekend – The InTuit Institute presents a weekend of women’s events November 11-13 including workshops, yoga, meditation, dance, pampering, film and conversations all for the well-being of our wonderful bellies. On The Path Yoga, 701 E Savage St, Spring Lake. Info including full schedule, pricing, and other offerings: visit or email or call 616-935-7028.

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Annual Meniere’s Symposium – Burcon Chiropractic. 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd NE, Grand Rapids. Info: 616-575-9990 or

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Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Katie – 4pm. End your weekend or start you week off with an energetic vinyasa flow class. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Info: or 616-392-7280 Hot Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@

will allow you to build a powerful breath, before taking you through a specific and consistent series of postures that will allow your body to release built up toxins. A great class for both beginners as well as experienced students! $12 per drop in. Heart’s Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: or 616-307-1617. 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, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.


Spirit Space Sunday Worship – 10:30am. An interfaith, non-denominational gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join for inspiring messages called Reasoning’s. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or

Align Your Asana – 6-7pm This Yoga class is an alignment-based/ workshop style class to fine tune and deepen your practice. All levels welcome. First Class $5. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia Ave. Holland. Info: Joi Dupre (616) 994-8087

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 Dr, Grand Rapids. Info:

Awaken Vinyasa – 7am. Holly Visser has designed this morning flow class to invigotate the senses and prepare you for the day ahead. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Info: or call 616-392-7580.

Community Yoga class – 9-10am $5.00 donation goes towards the charity of the month. $5. Bodhi tree Yoga & wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Info: call 616-392-7580 or go to MiBodhiTree .com

Monday Align & Flow – 6:30-8pm. This yoga class is focused on alignment with some vinyasa sprinkled throughout the practice. Advanced beginners - Advanced students. First Class $5. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia Ave, Holland. Info: Joi Dupre 616994-8087 Healthy Lifestyle/Weight loss Clinic – 6-7:30 pm at Enroll Now for our 13 week Healthy Lifestyle/ Weight loss program where you receive personalized coaching from a naturopath to help achieve your goals. Space is limited. $249 - The Remedy House 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Register by calling 616-443-4225. Info: Beginning Ashtanga – 7pm. A specific flow of postures that will help you build internal heat, burn toxins, and improve health and flexibility. This class

Gentle Hatha Yoga – 7:45-9am & 9:15-10:30am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St., Montague. Info: 231-740-6662 or Hot Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@

wednesday Healthy Lifestyle/Weight loss Clinic – 6-7:30 pm. Enroll Now for our 13 week Healthy Lifestyle/ Weight loss program where you receive personalized coaching from a naturopath to help achieve your goals. Space is limited. $249 - Register by calling 616-443-4225. The Remedy House 5150 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids. Register by calling 616-4434225. Info: $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. Grand Rapids. 616-3659176. Meditation – 6-7pm. Join together for meditation that begins and ends with live, native flute music. Attend the full hour or any portion of the meeting. Spirit Space, 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Info: 616-836-1555 or Goddess Unleashed – 6-7pm. Awaken Your Divine Feminine through Dance. All levels Burlesque-Style Jazz Class. First Class $5. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia Ave, Holland. Contact: Joi Dupre (616) 994-8087

Thursday Hot Yoga – 7:00-8:15pm. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@ Yoga to the CORE – 6-7pm. Focusing on the core will bring strength and freedom to your asana practice as well as your everyday activities. First Class $5. Your Inner Space, 451 Columbia, Holland. Contact: Joi Dupre (616) 994-8087

saturday Beginning Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. This class will introduce you to basic postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness with an emphasis on building body awareness. Gentle yet relaxing in nature, you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and having a greater sense of health and wellbeing. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. Info: visit us at or info@ Hot Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Sweat with this active, energetic, athletic style of yoga with traditional poses in a hot room. Not recommended for people with heart or lung conditions or those not engaged in regular exercise. $12 drop-in. Hearts Journey Wellness Center, 6189 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale. or info@ Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10:15am & 10:30-11:45am. With Mitch Coleman. Drop-ins welcome. White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St, Montague. 231740-6662. Info: Sweetwater Local Foods Market – 9am-1pm. A double-up bucks and bridge card market. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey St. Located inside during inclement weather. Muskegon. 231861-2234.

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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 31.


Andrew Gielczyk Licensed Builder 616-834-2480 • Wood & Saw is focused on creating a sustainable high quality of life for our clients. Building simple, costeffective, energy-efficient, toxic-free homes and remodels that achieve the healthiest possible indoor air quality. See ad, page 6.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE BRAIN & BODY CHIROPRACTIC Drs. Lily & Kody Semrow Holland • 616-202-6368

Our doctors provide a comprehensive solution to resolving problems of the spine and nervous system. Dr. Semrow is one of 400 doctors in the country certified in the functional neurology protocol for neurostructural correction. See ad, page 28.

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


Dr. Dan Gleason 19084 North Fruitport Road Spring Lake, MI 49456 616-846-5410 An alternative, holistic approach combining chiropractic and kinesiology as well as the latest in metabolic and hormone testing. Using a variety of techniques, we work with our patients to determine the scope and duration of care that’s right for each individual.


Dr. Denise Rackham 9396 Greenville Rd. Greenville, MI 48838 616-754-7717 Dr. Rackham has developed a unique adjusting technique that is special for the relief of headaches. Your Complete Alternative H e a l t h c a r e C e n t e r. Services include: Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, Hydro Colonic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Weight Loss program, Foot Bath Detox.


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 relieve constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad, page 28.


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).


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 energy during a Matrix Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.

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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.

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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 17.


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Jodi Jenks Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki Master 616-443-4225 Certified in bodywork, lymphatic drainage, raindrop therapy, CranioSacral, reflexology, iridology, natural health consultations including a zyto bio-communication scan. Emotional clearing with essential oils and energy work, reiki, Energy Touch. See ad, page 11.

Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes.


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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 homeopathic remedy. Most insurance accepted, except Priority Health, Blue Care Network or Medicaid. See ad, page 17.


Pam works with highly – motivated individuals as they focus on their complex life agendas and aim for their very best life-work balance. This provides a powerful framework for building more effective relationships while maintaining a balanced and fulfilling personal life. See ad, page 31.


Rick Hayhurst Wellness Services & Education 100 Blue Star Highway, Suite D, Douglas 269-568-5556 or 888-489-9660 Info@BodyBizInc.Biz • BodyBizInc.Biz Welcome to Community Massage at Body Biz, Inc. The Massage School in Douglas, Michigan, where students gift their time to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. Your $40 donation is used for tuition assistance. Your donation at work means future jobs for students who, with your help, can improve personal circumstance through short-term training for a long-term career! For your donation, you’ll receive a 55 Minute Student Massage Therapy Session for stress management and/or to reduce soft tissue pain and dysfunction. See ad, page 2.

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Rick Hayhurst Wellness Services & Education 100 Blue Star Highway, Suite D, Douglas 269-568-5556 or 888-489-9660 Info@BodyBizInc.Biz • BodyBizInc.Biz As a Clinical Massage Therapist with 25 years of training and experience, Rick Hayhurst supports patients back to health from a whole person perspective. Through following conversational and visual cues, each session is a unique journey of discovery inviting underlying traumas to be revealed. Sessions are about creating positive change, or healing, and may include any or all of the following tools: traditional massage and bodywork, guided imagery, wellness and energy coaching, quietude, breath work, work with colors, and specific vibrational frequencies or energies. See ad, page 2.

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

Offering Swedish massage with integrated techniques, chosen specifically for your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate. Call for on-going 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 28.


Rick Hayhurst Wellness Services & Education 100 Blue Star Highway, Suite D, Douglas 269-568-5556 or 888-489-9660 Info@BodyBizInc.Biz • BodyBizInc.Biz Meditation is an opportunity to receive energy, or vibratory frequencies, that can support you in your daily life. If you’re managing stress, pain, or the various demands of life, meditation can support you by bringing in the energies needed to nurture and nourish each aspect. As we meditate, together we’ll balance our bodies, clear unneeded and unwanted energies and traumas and then go on a journey to receive the desired vibratory frequencies. See ad, page 2.





Claire Crowley BS, MM, 500 hr ERYT 1324 Lake Dr, Ste 7, Grand Rapids 616-295-1861 An opportunity to experience emotional and physical wellbeing through meditation and reiki, Moment of Peace aspires to help you savor each moment, embrace all that your life offers and celebrate the joy of everyday. See ad, page 28.


Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 Jennifer Holshoe Grand Rapids area: 616-318-1825

Rick Hayhurst Wellness Services & Education 100 Blue Star Highway, Suite D, Douglas 269-568-5556 or 888-489-9660 Info@BodyBizInc.Biz • BodyBizInc.Biz Remember those days at Summer Camp where you were with your friends all day long; where you had classes, but it didn’t feel like school; where you were enriched by experiences unique to camp; where you look back fondly on the memories? Massage School is very much like summer camp. New friends, new experiences, and new skills; all the while, discovering new parts of yourself! Flexible schedule and financial plans available! See ad, page 2.


In private practice since 1982 - specializing in home birth and a team approach. Over 1,550 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.

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 selfhealth-care. Instructors highly qualified (B.A.M.S.).


PERSONAL GROWTH IN THE HEART COUNSELING, PLLC Laurie Schmit, LMSW Grand Rapids, 49505 616-426-9226

LAKESHORE NATURAL SKIN CARE 10500 Chicago Drive Holland Twp • Zeeland 231-557-3619

Transformative counseling, workshops, energywork, breathwork, rebirthing and emotional clearing, all with confidential, caring support. Collaborative, active and affirming approach for adults wanting to break free and move into true authentic living. Close to downtown Grand Rapids.


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.

Specializing in advanced, customized skin care with Elina Organics. Facials, body treatments, needle-free Mesotherapy, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, Facial Hydratherapy, Oxygen Facial Therapy, LED, microdermabrasion, bamboo massage, Raindrop, reiki and more.


Thermography is a safe, tested, painless, and effective procedure providing information for breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer prevention and early detection, possible hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, musculoskeletal inflammation, and neurological problems.

natural awakenings

October 2016




61 6. 57 5 . 9 990 Meniere’s Disease Research

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Meniere’s Disease Symposium Presented by the World’s Leading Meniere’s Expert...

Dr. Michael T. Burcon, B.Ph., D.C.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

10:00 am - Noon: Presentation & Discussion; Conf. Room A, Suite 114 Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch provided 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Grand Rounds; Doctor’s Office, Suite 252 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Doctor’s Dinner & Discussion

A Story of Survival! Learn about important traditional & complementary alternatives to one-sided neurological problems like Meniere’s disease, Trigeminal neuralgia, Glossopharyngeal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s disease & migraines! CAREGIVERS/STUDENTS: $25 • EXISTING PATIENTS: $50 NEW PATIENTS: $500 (Insurance Accepted) • DOCTORS: $500

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Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ October 2016  
Natural Awakenings Magazine ~ October 2016