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newsbriefs World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day Celebrated April 26
oin Erin Reas, owner of Torus Wellness in Dearborn, as she instructs a free T’ai Chi Easy class at 9:30 a.m., April 26, followed by an Integral Qigong class at 10 a.m., at Young Patriots Park in Riverview, to celebrate World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day. Reas will join the millions of people who gather in cities throughout 80 countries at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday in April to practice t’ai chi and qigong. The event was founded 15 years ago by Bill Douglas, t’ai chi expert for Dr.Weil.com, to educate the public on the health benefits of t’ai chi and qigong. With roots in Chinese medicine, qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and meditation. T’ai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing. Medical research has shown that mind-body practices are very effective in lowering blood pressure, improving immune system functioning, increasing mental focus and reducing stress, a major contributor to disease.
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etroit SOUP is a public monthly soup dinner event that facilitates the award of micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit. Participants pay $5 for dinner and become part of an audience that listens while local projects are pitched and then votes on which project to fund. The winner receives the money collected from the evening’s dinner. Since its inception four years ago, Detroit SOUP has given more than $27,000 to local projects such as park cleanups, neighborhood development, urban agriculture, and more. “We’re just a group of artists and creative people who wanted to gather people together to talk about Detroit
Cost: Free. Location: 14133 Civic Park Dr., Riverview. For more information, call Erin at 313-429-3214, email Erin@erinreas.com or visit WorldTaiChiDay.org.
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rtist and researcher Nickolay Lamm of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has created Lammily, a fashion doll made to look like an average girl with typical human proportions. Clothed in jean shorts, a blue blouse and sneakers, and wearing minimal makeup, the hazel-eyed, brunette Lammily is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, with bendable wrists, elbows, knees and feet for posing in a running or walking position. “I created normal doll because I want to show that average is beautiful. Toy giants aren’t going to be changing their design anytime soon. Rather than waiting for change to happen, let’s be the change,” says Lamm. Using body measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lamm created a 3-D digital model of the iconic fashion doll. After the images went viral, responses were so overwhelming that Lamm consulted with Robert Rambeau, former vice president of manufacturing at Mattel, who offered his expertise in selecting a highly qualified manufacturer. Funding for the first edition of Lammily, which will not be sold in retail stores, was successfully secured within 24 hours of launching a crowdfunding campaign on March 5. Lamm takes a provocative idea, researches it and works with experts to bring his vision to life on the internet. Cost: $25. For more information or to preorder, visit Lammily.com. For more information on Lamm, visit NickolayLamm.com or contact NickolayLamm@gmail. com.
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and also fund a creative project in the city with the funds that are collected at the door,” says founder Amy Kaherl. The group has become so popular that new SOUPs are being created throughout neighborhoods in the city and nearby communities, including north Corktown, Brightmoor, Dearborn, Ferndale and Hamtramck. Upcoming SOUP dinners across Detroit include Citywide Detroit SOUP scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., April 6, in the Jam Handy Building in Detroit; Hamtramck SOUP scheduled from 4:30 to 8 p.m., April 13; and Brightmoor SOUP, scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m., April 28. Cost: $5. For locations, complete listing of upcoming event dates and more information on starting a SOUP, visit DetroitSoup.com.
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he Detroit Waldorf School’s 2014 spring benefit auction, Cultivating Excellent Education in the Heart of Detroit, takes place 6 p.m., April 5, in its historic, Albert-Kahn designed building in Indian Village. This annual event, which raises funds to help make a Waldorf education accessible to Metro Detroit families, offers a festive evening that includes dinner, dessert and silent and live auctions. This year’s honorary chair is Bankole Thompson, award-winning senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, presidential author and political news analyst. “It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the honorary chair for the 2014 spring benefit auction for Detroit Waldorf School, an institution that has long been defining educational excellence in the city,” says Thompson. “There is no greater commitment to public service in the history of humankind than one that calls us to serve and to secure the future of our children.” Founded in 1966, the Detroit Waldorf School is part of the international Waldorf School movement, which comprises over 1,000 schools in more than 60 countries. The Waldorf education model integrates comprehensive, age-appropriate academics with rich artistic experiences and practical work designed to challenge the mind and fire the imagination. Situated on four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the school offers enrollment in pre-K through eighth grade. Upcoming school tours for adults are scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m., April 9, May 14 and June 4. Adults and children can tour the school from 2 to 3:30 p.m., May 4. Cost: $75/person; $150/patron. Location: 2555 Burns St., Detroit. To purchase tickets, visit DetroitWaldorf. org/auction. For more information on the school, call 313-822-0300 or visit DetroitWaldorf.org.
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Annual Green Festival to Hit Downtown Rochester Streets
atural health classes continue at Monroe Community College through their Lifelong Learning Program. Certified Health Counselor Theresa Edmunds will teach two classes scheduled to start April 16 and run through June 4. Healthy Living, available as individual sessions or as a complete series, “is excellent because it covers all aspects of natural health and healthy living,” says Edmunds. “It is helpful for individuals new to natural living as well as those with natural health knowledge, as we will be covering items that many people aren’t aware of.” The second series, All Disease Begins in the Gut, addresses more specific health concerns. Edmunds says that many people suffer with acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, IBS or more serious diseases like diverticulitis, Crohn’s or celiac disease. Others suffer with symptoms seemingly unrelated to the digestive system, such as anxiety, depression, brain fog, headaches, skin conditions, mood or behavioral problems. “Research is indicating that issues in the gut are far reaching and extend beyond the digestive system,” Edmunds points out. “The food we eat has changed in the last 50 years, and most people have a compromised digestive system, whether they are having symptoms or not. This is an issue for everyone because it is only a matter of time before the standard American diet will start to affect their health.” The good news, says Edmunds, is that there are steps everyone can take to protect and even heal their digestive system.
he MI Earth Day Fest, one of the planet’s largest Earth Day celebrations, will take place April 25 to 27, in downtown Rochester. This year’s event, which marks the ninth annual green festival in Rochester, moves from a grass lot to the downtown streets. “It’s more important than ever to work together to help solve today’s environmental and economic problems through education, innovation and long term sustainability strategies,” says Marilyn Trent, Rochester DDA Board and Green City Committee Member. “This festival combines all three, and it is a wonderful community event.”
Cost: $94 or $47/Senior per series. For more information or to register, call 734242-7300, ext. 4127, or visit MonroeCCC.edu/ccs/lifelong. Contact Edmunds at TheresaEdmunds@hotmail.com.
Featuring green and healthy living vendors, exhibits and presentations, as well as music, food, a parade and kids’ activities, the three-day event will highlight solutions to environmental and health issues through education, product and service innovation and community building. An awards ceremony to honor green achievement and announce the winner of the My Green School art contest will highlight the kickoff ceremony at 7 p.m., April 25. The entertainment program features American Idol contestant Abbie Lane and several local performers and groups, including the School of Rock. Dr. Joel Kahn, author of “The Holistic Heart Book,” will headline the educational program. Environmental issues will be presented, including a town hall meeting on fracking with Oakland County Water Commissioner Jim Nash. The education program extends to Connect Café tent where many nonprofit organizations will be available at roundtables for networking, information and health screenings.
Learn How to Make a Rain Barrel
earn how to make rain barrels and hook them up to downspouts from 10 a.m. to noon, April 26, at Rivard Plaza on the Riverwalk in Detroit. The workshop, organized by the Sierra Club Great Lakes Progam, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Maxi Container, will teach how to capture rainwater in barrels from the roof of homes to use for gardens, landscaping and washing vehicles. Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Great Lakes Program Director, says lawn and garden watering makeup nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. Using water collected in rain barrels helps homeowners save money on water bills as well as keeps polluted runoff from entering the region’s aging sewer system. The Sierra Club, founded in 1892 by conservationist John Muir, is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2 million members and supporters. Their successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Participants who wish to make a rain barrel to take home can purchase the barrel for a discounted price of $50 before April 23. Cost: Free. Location: 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit. For more information, visit SierraClub.org./GreatLakes or call 313-965-0055. To purchase a rain barrel, visit MiRainBarrel.com.
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Cost: Free. Location: Walnut Blvd. and Fourth St, Rochester. For more information, including program schedules, lists of participants and registration, visit MiEDF.com
Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop Test Workshop Explains How to Avoid Hazardous Markets New Chemicals in Cosmetics Meatball Panini in any body care products in the U.S. contain chemicals linked to cancer and Mother serious health concerns. Find out what to look for on the label and Detroit how to avoid the top five most prevalent and hazardous chemicals at the Green Cosmetics workshop scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., April 10, at the Neighborhood Club in Grosse Pointe. Environmental Health Educator Melissa Sargent of LocalMotionGreen at Ecology Center, one of Michigan’s leading environmental health organizations, will provide great resources, tips and handy shopper’s guides. The mission of LocalMotionGreen at Ecology Center is to educate and empower communities, consumers, major institutions and corporations to develop new practices, programs and policies that will positively affect people’s health. The event is part of the 60 Days to Health program sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Public School System, Beaumont Community Health Coalition, Beaumont and the Neighborhood Club. Cost: Free. Location: 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe. Call Melissa at 313-8812263 to RSVP. For more information, visit EcoCenter.org/lmg or email MelissaS@ EcoCenter.org.
im Hortons Café & Bake Shop is now testing a grilled meatball panini exclusively in its Detroit area restaurants for a limited time. The sandwich features four meatballs covered in marinara sauce and smothered with mozzarella cheese grilled on a white homestyle bun and retails for $4.49. “We’re a beverage company with better food,” said Mike Meilleur executive vice president, Tim Hortons U.S. “Consumers are looking to their favorite food destinations for continuous menu innovation. We believe there is no better way to test new products than to get them right in the hands of our loyal guests.” If the sandwich is successful and receives positive feedback, it may be
Celebrate Sustainable and Healthy Food Choices at VegFest
egFest 2014, metro-Detroit’s premier vegan tastefest, health and environment expo, is set to take place from 10:30 to 5 p.m., April 13, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Suitable for the entire family, this annual event considered as a new item to the bakery’s presented by VegMichigan, Michigan’s largest vegetarian organization, features chain U.S. menu. Guests who try the talks by some of the nation’s foremost experts on plant-based nutrition, cooking pannini are encouraged to share feedback demonstrations, children’s activities and a food court featuring local restaurants, on Tim Hortons’ social media channels bakeries, caterers and food companies, all vegan, as well as national brand samples, and with restaurant team members. eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, Tim Hortons is one of the largest literature, cookbooks and more. publicly-traded restaurant chains in North Speakers include actress and America based on market capitalization. presents environmental advocate Daryl Hannah; John Operating in the quick service segment Salley, former Piston and NBA champion; Dr. of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons Joel Kahn, cardiologist and author; and Jill 10:30 toto5:00 appeals a broad range of consumer Fritz, Michigan senior state director for The tastes, with a menu that includes premium Humane Society of the United States. coffee, espresso-based beverages, Vegan Cuisine & Food Demos | Free Samples & Literature “The goal of VegFest is to provide specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh Eco-Friendly & Cruelty-Free By: attendees with a fun and interesting atmosphere while educating the public Shopping about | Presentations sandwiches, grilled panini, wraps, hot the numerous benefits of following a plant-based lifestyle,” says Paul Krause, breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked president of VegMichigan. “We are trying to show that a plant-based diet is not one goods, including their trademark donuts. of deprivation and that there are really a lot of issues humanity must address that are direct consequences of the food choices we make on a daily basis,” adds Krause. For more information, visit TimHortons.
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Painting with Spirit
ealing the Heart Through Reiki and Art is hosting a new workshop, Painting with Spirit 6:00-9:00 p.m., April 9, in their Wyandotte studio. This new event complements their many other physical and spiritual offerings. Create a true self expression after a guided meditation connecting you to your Higher Self, led by Nicole Camilleri. The studio also exhibits paintings by Camilleri and artwork by area artists. Cost: $30.00 plus supplies (or you may bring your own) Location: 2955 Biddle Ave, Suite 200, Detroit. 734-673-0079.
Learn Ways to Enhance Health with Essential Oils
hiropractic doctor Philip Hoehn will discuss ways to enhance health with the use of essential oils from 7 to 8 p.m., April 8, at Dr. Timothy Robinson and Associates chiropractic clinic in Livonia, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 22, at the Carl Sandburg Library in Livonia. Essential oils are one of the most effective forms of natural medicine. Lavender, traditionally known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need, can have many health benefits, including calming nerves, relieving headaches, soothing pain and aiding in digestion. Not all essential oil products are equal; some can be toxic and harmful to the body. Hoehn will explain the different grades of oil, the distinctions between them and the recommended grade intended for health benefits. Complimentary oil samples will be available. Hoehn, a practicing chiropractor in Livonia for more than 30 years, is committed to promoting optimal health and well-being of his patients using a whole person approach. Cost: Free. Locations: Timothy Robinson, DC, 32600 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. Carl Sandburg Library, 30110 Seven Mile Rd., Livonia. For more information, visit DrPhilChiroLivonia.com or call 734-425-3940.
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newsbriefs Firm, Lift and Tone Muscles of the Face with a Bellanina Facelift Massage at New Body Therapeutics
ook years younger naturally with a Bellanina facelift massage from New Body Therapeutics in Northville. Since 1989, this natural, holistic approach to obtaining and maintaining healthier and youthful skin has been used by thousands of people around the world to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tone facial muscles and unblock stuck energy that creates facial holding patterns. “This treatment is a wonderfully pampering and relaxing spa service for men and women,” says owner Angela Avigne. Purported benefits include decrease in under eye puffiness, firmer cheeks and jaw line, smoother neck, softening of the nasolabial folds, even skin tone and an overall more youthful glow. The Bellanina facelift massage, which features Bellanina botanical skin care products, signature Honeylift massage lotion and aromatherapeutic oils, includes cleansing the face of cellular debris, a 30-minute face massage utilizing specialized massage strokes, acupressure and manual lymph drainage to stimulate blood and oxygen flow to nourish, rejuvenate and tone the muscles and skin of the face, followed by hot towels and massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, feet and scalp. Cost: $100. Location: 335 N. Center St., Northville. Call 248-348-2770 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit NewBodyTherapy.com or Facebook. com/NewBodyTherapeutics. NewBody_QuarterV.pdf 1 2/15/14 10:08 PM
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Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma
ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.
Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants
roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.
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Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them (Tinyurl.com/ScottishDiet). They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions.
United Nations Blueprints Sustainability Goals A new publication, Trade and Environment Review: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development, declares that transformative changes are needed in current food, agriculture and trade systems to increase diversity on farms, reduce use of fertilizer and other
Feds Give Dangerous Green Light The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless. Take action at Tinyurl.com/PushToLabelGMO. Learn more at OrganicConsumers.org.
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inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. Key indicators of needed transformation in agriculture include increased soil carbon content and better integration between crop and livestock production; more incorporation of agroforestry and wild vegetation; reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of livestock production; reduction of GHG through sustainable peatland, forest and grassland management; optimization of organic and inorganic fertilizer use; reduction of waste throughout the food chains; changing dietary patterns toward climate-friendly food consumption; and reform of the international trade regime for food and agriculture. The report includes contributions from more than 60 international experts, including a commentary from the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Source: iatp.org
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Forests Have Limited Powers to Save Us Forests have a finite capacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northern Arizona University. Results published in the online journal New Phytologist illustrate how today’s rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) might alter the carbon and nitrogen content of ecosystems. In contrast to expectations, research over an 11-year period showed that ecosystem carbon uptake was not significantly increased by high CO2. While plants did contain more carbon in the presence of higher CO2 levels, the soil lost carbon content due to microbial decomposition. These factors essentially canceled each other out, signifying that nature cannot entirely self-correct against climate change.
communityspotlight Event Honors the Origins of Yoga through Indian Classical Dance A Tribute to the First Yogi
an you name the way to live. You can first yogi? How evolve beyond your about the first yoga present limitations if teacher? About 300 you do the necessary million people worldwork upon yourself. wide practice yoga, And he gave methods including over 40 milto evolve. That is the lion Americans. Howsignificance of the ever, even among avid © 2014 Radhe Jaggi Adi Yogi." practitioners the oriSadly, most of those gins of yoga remain largely unknown. who teach or learn in today's yoga stuAn upcoming celebration hosted dios are unaware of Adi Yogi. "Today by Isha Foundation aims to shed light what is being practiced in yoga studios on the story and contributions of the has rendered yoga into a sophisticated first yogi, or Adi Yogi, through a the- exercise form and completely innocent matic production featuring the expres- of the immense possibilities embedded sive art of Indian classical dance. in the yogic science," Sadhguru obThe event will showcase perfor- serves. It is to the Adi Yogi, then, and the mances from Nadanta Foundation gift of the sacred science of yoga, that and CIDY, with dances choreographed the world owes its knowledge of self. by Chaula Thacker, and Radhe Jaggi The event will also introduce the Vasudev. creation of Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga The yogic lore speaks of Adi Yogi at the Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences who first offered the technology of (III) in McMinnville, Tennessee. This taking one's life energies to the very powerful space will stand as a landmark peak and making the human system a and energy foundation for yoga in the ladder to the Divine. western world, offering seekers the posSadhguru Vasudev, yogi, mystic sibility of deeper knowledge and inner and founder of Isha Foundation, ex- experience. plains, "There is a way to inhabit the Event Date: Saturday, April 12th body but never become the body. (6:30 - 9pm), Ford Community and There is a way to use your mind... Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. but still never know the miseries of For more information, call 313-451the mind. Whatever dimension of existence your are in right now, you 4742 or e-mail Detroit@IshaUSA.org. can go beyond that - there is another Tickets Available at: www.AdiYogi.org.
Pick-Me-Up Books Mailbox Libraries Gain Worldwide
Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to LittleFreeLibrary.org. They are now
popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13. Contributing source: HutchNews.com natural awakenings
SAVE BIG Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask
very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.
1. Buying a Home
When considering a move to a new
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place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more
deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at IntentionallySmall.com, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.
2. Deciding Where to Live
Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122
Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health.
Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.
3. Choosing a Car
We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy.
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A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to Edmunds.com—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.
4. Buying American
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always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.
5. Getting Healthy
Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer
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The newest hybrids have been around for more than a decade, and the batteries have held up extremely well, lasting 150,000 to 200,000 miles in some cases. ~ CNN.com
Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at CrissyTrask.com.
n Large-home inhabitants may go all day without seeing one another and communication and togetherness can suffer. Family members living in small homes can more easily cultivate strong communications and cohesion. n Dense neighborhoods encourage interaction and cooperation among neighbors, nurturing a cohesive community that can reward us with social connections, collective responsibility and assistance when needed. n Urban homes give vandals and thieves fewer opportunities because neighbors are close by and passersby may be more readily noticed. n Small homes can encourage disconnecting from technology and getting outside. When the TV can be heard throughout the house, parents are more likely to urge outdoor playtime for kids. n The footprint of a small dwelling uses a fraction of the buildable lot, leaving more outdoor space for planting gardens that can nourish bodies and souls. Source: GreenMatters.com
Celebrate Earth Day 2014 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to Renew the Health of Our Planet
hether already an activist or still struggling to sort recyclables, we all have a prime opportunity during the week of April 22 to renew our individual and collective pledge to tread more lightly on the planet. “Environmentalism touches every part of our lives, from what we eat to what we wear to what we breathe,” says Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “Learning about where our food comes from or how a product is made can be fun,” she continues, “and awareness is the foundation for action.” More than a billion citizens have already registered their acts of green through the organization’s website; this year, the campaign seeks to engage a billion more. Suggestions range from the personal, such as pledging to stop
using disposable plastic, to the political, in calling our congressional representatives to reestablish a tax credit program for renewable energy. With an estimated two out of every three people on Earth expected to be living in cities by 2050—straining water, energy and transportation systems—Earth Day Network has chosen Green Cities as this year’s theme. Advocates are calling upon cities to invest in smart grids, overhaul outdated building codes and increase public transportation options. U.S. success stories helping to lead the way include Chicago’s Solar Express program, using incentives to drive solar installations, and New York City’s pedestrian plazas, designed to replace urban gridlock with open space. Denver’s low-income South Lincoln neighborhood is also getting a makeover with
its green public housing community that boasts a platinum-certified Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design building. Its energy efficiency and water reuse systems are reducing resource consumption by up to 40 percent. Plus, bicycle lanes in roads and expanded access to city bus and tram systems decrease traffic-related pollution. Visit EarthDay.org to pledge a personal act of green, find a volunteer opportunity or learn more about the re-greening of urban communities around the world. Help Southeast Michigan celebrate its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2014 events.
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Escaping Electromagnetic Exposure by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos
“The institute usually finds e crackle with “Just because that when a patient doesn’t energy. Natural someone isn’t respond to treatment by an electromagnetic fields within us regulate feeling symptoms from energy healer, it’s because of the environment. I try to how our bodies work. Plus, exposure neutralize its effect to help we continually encounter many outside energy fields the body regulate propto electronic from Wi-Fi, cell phones erly,” Traver says. and towers, power lines, technology, that doesn’t While protection in microwave ovens, comput- mean that it’s not hav- highly occupied family areas is important, providers, TVs, security devices and radar. A growing num- ing an affect on DNA.” ing protection in bedrooms is especially vital, due to ber of experts see these ~ Camilla Rees the amount of time we surrounding frequencies as spend there for rest and an increasing danger to our restoration. Traver’s diagnoses somewell-being. times suggest remediation measures that Applying modalities like acupuncinvolve an electrician grounding currents ture, Reiki, Touch for Health and Eden and adding selective shielding materiEnergy Medicine can help us maintain a als to block frequencies flowing from healthy energy balance internally. They electronic devices. “Magnetic fields from work to harmonize the body to protect against stress, trauma and outside the house are hard to control, but 98 percent of what I find can be fixed,” associated illness. she advises. Phyllis Traver, owner of Safe & When Terry Mollner, 69, was Sound Home, in Boston, is certified by having trouble sleeping, he contacted the International Institute of Building-BiTraver, who receives client referrals from ology & Ecology to detect, measure and counter in-home electromagnetic activity. energy healers. “The conclusions were
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stunning,” Mollner says. “The detector’s measurements went off the charts in the bedroom. It wasn’t the flat screen TV at the foot of my bed, but how the room’s wiring was done. The electrician installed a relay so I can switch off the power on that side of the house at night. Now, I sleep six or seven hours,” which he characterizes as “a profound change.” He also suggests turning off and moving cell phones away from beds. Mollner then hardwired the computers in his home, eliminated Wi-Fi and rearranged the electronic equipment in his home office. Kim Cook, an energy practitioner in Mission Viejo, California, specializes in Eden Energy Medicine and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Cook decided not to buy a house she was initially interested in because it was in a hot spot. When Cook used her meter to chart frequencies at home, it also prompted her to move her bedroom clock radio to a different bureau. “It’s no longer sitting right at our heads,” she notes. Plus, “I don’t put my cell phone on my body and it bothers me that my son puts his in his pocket.” An overarching observation from Cook’s professional practice is that increasing numbers of people in pain are interested in energy medicine because they’re so frustrated with Western medicine. She observes, “Pain is blocked energy, and people are learning how to unblock it naturally.” The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the International EMF Project in 1996 because of rising public health concerns due to the surge in EMF sources. After reviewing extensive research and thousands of articles, the organization can’t confirm—or deny—the existence of health consequences from exposure to low-level EMFs. But in 2011, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Lloyd Morgan, a senior researcher with the nonprofit Environmental Health Trust and lead author of the internationally endorsed report, Cellphones and Brain Tumors, goes further, unequivocally stating, “Cell phone radiation is a carcinogen.” In our own environment, we can regulate EMF, says Iowan Camilla Rees,
Ways to Reduce Risk Although electromagnetic field (EMF) activity vibrates all around us, there are simple ways to reduce adverse health effects in daily indoor environments.
Computers 4 Hardwire all Internet connections instead of using Wi-Fi. 4 Power a laptop using a three-prong grounded plug and then plug in a separate, hardwired keyboard (this minimizes both the exposure to wireless radiation and the effects from the laptob battery’s magnetic field). 4 Use a grounding mouse pad to minimize effects of the electric field from the computer. 4 Don’t position any laptop or tablet computer on the lap.
General 4 Don’t live within 1,500 feet of a cell tower. 4 Use battery-powered LCD alarm clocks (not LED), keeping them several feet away from the body. 4 Don’t use an electric blanket. 4 Turn off all wireless devices before bedtime and generally minimize usage at other times.
Phones 4 Replace cordless phones with corded landlines or use cordless phones only when needed; otherwise, unplug them. 4 Never hold the cell phone directly against the head or body. Use the speaker-phone function, other hands-free device or another device that meets the Environmental Health Trust guidelines at Tinyurl.com/CellPhoneUsageTips. 4 Protect children, pregnant women and men that want to become fathers. Sperm are especially vulnerable. Children ab sorb twice as much radiation as adults. 4 Be wary of a weak signal. Phones work harder and emit more radiation when the signal is weak or blocked. 4 Don’t sleep with a cell phone nearby. Place it several feet away from the bed or across the room, turn it off or put it in airplane mode. 4 Find more helpful information at Tinyurl.com/EMF-ProtectionTips and Tinyurl.com/CellPhoneRadiationDanger.
founder of the educational petition website ElectromagneticHealth.org and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools on Facebook; she is the co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution and Morgan’s cell phone report. Says Rees, “You can buy a meter, avoid using cordless phones and baby monitors, and change your cell phone behavior. The harmful effects of cell phones decrease with distance; just by holding the cell phone six inches from your head, there is a 10,000-fold reduction of risk.” Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing, in Charlotte, NC.
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Good Manners Make a Dog Welcome by Sandra Murphy
t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new
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locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a fourlegged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for good manners. Reward good behavior with praise, treats or a favorite activity.
Amy Burkert, the on-the-road owner of GoPetFriendly.com, says, “After a long day at the office or a ‘ruff’ week at work, it’s nice to include your dog when eating out. Pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where the dog can join you are becoming more common, but always ask first. “Dogs in dining areas should lie quietly under your table or by your chair,” she continues. “This is not the time to socialize. Diners may find it unappealing to be approached by your dog while they’re eating. Choose a table where your dog can be out of the way of customers and the wait staff.” It will take practice. “If he acts up, apologize, leave and know that you’ll do better next time,” says Burkert. A good process for teaching good restaurant manners begins with sitting quietly with the dog when there are few people around, and then moving on. The next time, order an appetizer. Increase the amount of time the pet is expected to wait quietly, as well as the number of distractions.
Christina Mendel, an international business coach with offices in Germany and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is small enough to fit into a carry bag. He can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take clients to dinner, drive or fly to onsite appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of pets on each flight. Check the company’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo unless they are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect
their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.
Dogs may be welcome in the workplace. Alexandra Blackstone, design director for Killer Infographics, in Seattle, Washington, takes her corgi puppy, Buster, to the office. “He was good
Find tips for walking dogs in crowded urban areas at Tinyurl. com/RulesOfTheDoggyRoad. when he was the only dog at work,” explains Blackstone. “When an older dog and another puppy were there, he barked and tried to herd them.” He didn’t read other dogs well, so to further Buster’s dog-to-dog communication skills, Blackstone enrolled him in doggie day care twice a week. She advises first introducing dogs outside of the office setting. “Communicate with coworkers as to what your dog is working on, so everyone is consistent in their behavior toward him,” Blackstone advises. “Be clear how to correct any inappropriate behavior if someone else shares responsibility for walking him.” She reports that with positive training techniques, Buster is learning to respond well and now splits his time between day care and the office. “It’s your responsibility to make taking the dog along a good experience for all,” counsels Proctor. “That includes using a leash and always picking up after him, every time.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@ mindspring.com.
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From Purchase to Disposal: How Clothing Impacts Health and the Environment
by Hedy Schulte
aking steps toward sustainable changes in all aspects of life can help create well-being and a healthy planet. This includes the fashion industry as well, since consumer purchasing decisions and the eventual disposal of clothing may impact health, the environment and the economy of developing countries. The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world, comprising about 28 percent of the global total, and has a market value of about $331 billion, according to data from statista.com. New fashion trends are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply and brought to market by large retailers to make it more affordable for shoppers to buy current trends. Aimed mostly at young women, this â€œfast fashionâ€? is quickly becoming disposable fashion because the prices are so cheap consumers purchase the garments with the mindset of wearing it once and throwing it away. Since 1985, households spent more on apparel designed for women aged 16 and older than any other apparel product or service, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In her book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, author Elizabeth L. Cline writes buying
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so much clothing and treating it as if it is disposable is putting a huge weight on the environment and is simply unsustainable. In order to provide the marketplace with affordable clothing, retailers are forced to manufacture overseas. In fact, 97 percent of all clothing sold in the U.S. is made overseas, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, with China being the leader, supplying nearly 33 percent. Sending work overseas may create jobs for people in developing nations, but in many cases, these workers are paid wages at the poverty level and are forced to work in unsafe environments. An investigation in 2013 by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights found workers in the Next Collections Limited factory in Bangladesh, where garments are sewn for Gap and Old Navy retailers, are routinely forced to work more than 100 hours a week and often cheated out of overtime pay. In 2011, World News traveled to China visiting a town that makes onethird of the worldâ€™s socks where they learned workers there earned just $14 a day. What happens to all that disposable clothing once consumers tire of it? The average American throws away 70
pounds of clothing, linens and other textiles each year, according to Jackie King, executive director of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a nonprofit trade association for textile recyclers. Textile waste accounts for 5 percent of all landfill production. About 80 percent, or 3.8 billion pounds, of the items donated to charitable organizations, like Goodwill and Salvation Army, is hauled away by textile recyclers. From there, 30 percent are made into wiping cloths for commercial and industrial use and about 20 percent are converted into fibers used to make other products such as carpet padding, furniture stuffing and insulation for cars and homes. About 45 percent of the donated clothes are bundled in bales and sold by the pound to secondhand clothing merchants. Textile recycling is a multibilliondollar global market, with buyers throughout the world, including Central America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Once the shipment arrives overseas, the wholesaler breaks down the bales and sells the clothes to different markets, many times to the very same country the item was manufactured in. While this type of trade certainly benefits many people, from job creation to
affordable clothing, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where onethird of all globally donated clothes are sold, some experts argue the secondhand clothing trade helps undermine the developing countries’ own fledgling textile and manufacturing industry. “The long-term effect is that countries such as Malawi or Mozambique or Zambia can’t really establish or protect their own clothing industries if they are importing secondhand goods,” said Andrew Brooks, lecturer at King’s College London and co-author of the article, Unravelling the Relationships between Used-Clothing Imports and the Decline of African Clothing Industries, in a CNN article published in April 2013. Ultimately, 85 percent of all the clothing sold each year ends up in landfills, according to SMART. This means fibers such as synthetic polyester, which is made from petroleum, and cotton, one of the most popular fibers used in the manufacture of clothing, generate potential environmental and health hazards. Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single major crop, accounting for more than 10 percent of total pesticides used and nearly 25 percent of insecticides used worldwide, according to Pesticide Action Network North American (PANNA). Three of the most hazardous insecticides to human health, as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in the production of cotton. The worst of the three, aldicarb, can kill a human with just one drop absorbed through the skin. This insecticide is used in 25 countries and the U.S., where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater according to a study by the awareness group Environmental Justice Foundation. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and manufacturer Bayer Crop Science reached an agreement to end the use of aldicarb. A phasing out period has begun which includes use-rate reduction on certain crops. Final production will halt by the end of 2014, although distribution and sale of aldicarb can continue through 2016, and cotton growers are allowed to use the product through August 2018. All clothes, even those made from organic cotton and other natural fibers that are biodegradable, including flax, wool and silk, pose an environmental concern. Once dumped in a landfill, methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses and 20 times more powerful in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, is generated as the waste decomposes. In 2011, methane accounted for about 9 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Clearly, the clothing life cycle generates a carbon footprint. Conscious consumers can contribute to a healthier planet by repurposing unwanted clothing into household rags or other useful items, recycling clothing by giving to someone else or donating to a charity, reducing the amount of clothing purchased that is manufactured from synthetic fibers and rethinking the shopping experience by purchasing higher quality made clothes that will last longer or buying less apparel items altogether. For some creative ways to repurpose clothing, visit NewDressaDay.com and facebook.com/ VickiBakertheHomemaker.
Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Exposed An investigation by Greenpeace International found hazardous chemicals in clothing from 20 well-known fashion brands. “Hazardous chemicals are both incorporated deliberately within the materials or left as unwanted residues remaining from their use during the manufacturing process,” in a statement released by Greenpeace International. The study tested 141 items of clothing for men, women and children made from both synthetic and natural fibers sold by Armani, Benetton, Blazek, C&A, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Esprit, Gap, H&M, Jack & Jones, Levi’s, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Metersbonwe, Only, Tommy Hilfiger, Vancl, Vero Moda, Victoria’s Secret and Zara. Researchers found some of the clothes sold by Zara to be contaminated with hazardous substances that break down to form cancer-causing or hormone-disrupting chemicals. All brands tested had several items containing nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), surfactants used in a variety of industrial and consumer cleaning products and detergents. Chemicals released when NPEs break down in the environment are hormone-disrupting and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Clothing items from Zara, Metersbonwe, Levi’s, C&A, Mango, Calvin Klein, Jack & Jones and Marks & Spencer were found to contain the highest concentrations of NPEs. Greenpeace states the levels of chemicals detected are not known to create any direct health risk to the wearer of the clothing. The items tested were manufactured in Africa, Asia and Central and Latin America.
Hedy Schulte is a freelance writer for Natural AwakeningsDetroit. Connect with her at HMSchulte@comcast.net. natural awakenings
Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains.
HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail
mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at DIYNatural.com, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit:
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The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.
Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin.
Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.
All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color).
Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse. Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
Cloth Tools Replace Paper by Lane Vail Americans, comprising less than 5 percent of the world’s population, use 30 percent of the world’s paper, according to the Worldwatch Institute. Some 13 billion pounds of this comes from paper towels, mostly landfilled because grime-soaked paper is non-recyclable. Ecological and economical alternatives include cloth dishrags, towels, napkins, wipes and handkerchiefs plus washable diapers and menstrual pads. Jean Calleja, co-owner of the Eco Laundry Company, in New York City, suggests customers buy recycled, organic, unbleached cloths and local products when possible. In the kitchen: Use washcloths or repurpose cotton T-shirts into 10-by-10-inch squares to use regularly with a homemade all-purpose cleaner on surfaces. Replace paper towels with cloth towels for drying hands. At the table: Cloth napkins enhance mealtime. Buy or make plain napkins (by hemming cotton fabric squares) for everyday use and celebrate holidays with fancypatterned fabric rolled into napkin rings.
In the bathroom: Substitute chlorine-laden disinfecting wipes with homemade reusable ones. DIYNatural.com recommends mixing three-quarters of a cup of white vinegar, three-quarters of a cup of water and 25 drops of essential oil in a glass mason jar. Stuff five to seven washcloths into the jar, seal with a lid and shake, so the solution is absorbed into each wipe. Pull out a ready-made disinfecting wipe for a quick clean. Laundering linens: Change cleaning rags often, hang-drying them thoroughly before adding to the laundry basket. Wash kitchen and bathroom rags (added to the bathroom towel load) separately each week. According to Calleja, “Presoaking rags overnight in a non-toxic, chlorine-free, whitening solution can make a huge difference in getting them clean.” Combine a half-cup of hydrogen peroxide with two to three gallons of water, spot-testing every fabric first for colorfastness. Calleja also likes using a white vinegar and eucalyptus oil rinse aid to dissolve soap residue, soften fabric and leave a fresh scent.
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Culinary Mushroom Magic Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams
oday, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus— the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and 33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than recommended daily allow-
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ances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D— primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried sporeside-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—long-chain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-betaglucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterol-normalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their health-giving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at CaseAdams.com.
inspiration Wilderness in Sidewalk Cracks Small Nature Reaches Out to City Kids by Greg Hanscom
ity kids are often taught that nature is out there beyond the city limits, but one science educator and photographer shows how everyday nature has the power to transform. You can take Molly Steinwald out of the city, but you’ll never get the city out of her. Growing up as a free-school-lunch kid on the outskirts of Manchester, New Hampshire, she notes, “I didn’t do the skiing and mountain climbing thing.” Instead, she found solace watching ants parade across the sidewalk or tracing the intricate lines on a leaf. Yet when she graduated from high school, Steinwald traveled as far as she could from those city streets, earning a degree in biology, and then a master’s degree in ecology researching kangaroo rats in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. Still, the city always tugged at her. “I was
really excited about big nature,” Steinwald says. “But I kept coming back to small-scale, mundane nature that I knew as a kid. I felt I needed to get back to help people who never see this stuff.” Today, Steinwald is doing just that. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. researching human interactions with nature in built environments. As director of science education and research at the Phipps Conservatory, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has been charged with reimagining urban environmental education and reaching out to at-risk youth. Her basic assumption is: One doesn’t have to go to a national park, or even a city park, to connect with the natural world. It’s crawling past us on the sidewalk or drifting through the air right under our nose. That, she says, is where city kids can forge a lasting connection with nature—if
they’re paying attention. As one of the many ways to get kids to tune in, Steinwald directs programs that arm them with digital cameras and challenges them to take pictures of the fragments of nature they find on the streets. The approach is a departure from the belief held by some that “nature” is defined as parks or green spaces—places apart from our everyday lives. Lisa Graumlich, dean of the University of Washington School of the Environment, in Seattle, Washington, says Steinwald is making waves in environmental education circles: “She was an urban kid. She brings the voice of someone from a different economic class to the table.” Graumlich says it makes intuitive sense that connecting with street-level nature will help build a lasting bond with the natural world. The next challenge is figuring out how to provide kids with more of these experiences: “It may be as simple as a mom walking home from the bus stop with bags of groceries and two children in tow, feeling like she has time to look at a sidewalk crack with them.” “A lot of nature in the city is really small,” Steinwald observes. “I want to show these kids that even if their nature is small, it’s still darned good nature.” Greg Hanscom is a senior editor for Grist.org, in Seattle, WA.
Dangerously Beautiful Sorting Through the Label of Cosmetics and Body Care Products by Melissa Sargent
atural, herbal, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested. These and other catchy claims grab the attention of customers when shopping for shampoo, lotion, body wash, toothpaste and other body care products. What do these enticing proclamations mean? Do they imply that certain body care products, which are legally termed cosmetics, are safer, healthier or better for us? Not necessarily, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While fancy labels and trendy terms might make people feel better about a product, such marketing claims are just that: marketing claims. They do not have to be substantiated. The FDA regulates cosmetic labeling under the authority of both the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). “Neither the FD&C Act nor the FPLA requires cosmetic labeling to undergo premarket approval by FDA,” states the FDA.
INGREDIENTS AND LABELS To get the real story, shoppers need to turn to the back of the bottle and read the ever-essential fine print: the ingredients list. Federal law requires all cosmetic labels to list ingredients in descending order of quantity. Water, perhaps glycerin, aloe, almond or other plant oil may likely be at the top of the list, followed by some tongue-twisters, including phthalate, butylated hydroxyanisole, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin or methylparaben, or seemingly anonymous abbreviations such as DBP, DEHP or BHA. What are these words? And should consumers be concerned about them? If a product is on the store shelf it must be safe. Right? Wrong. Just as no cosmetic ingredient or
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product has to be proven natural, herbal or hypoallergenic, neither do they have to be proven safe. “With the exception of colors and certain prohibited ingredients, a cosmetic manufacturer may use essentially any raw material in a product and market it without prior FDA approval,” according to the FDA. This fact makes the job of a health-conscious consumer trickier. Shoppers must transform into supermarket sleuths, sifting through ingredient lists with keen eyes for troublesome terms.
HEALTH EFFECTS The chemicals mentioned previously: phthalates, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin (formaldehyde releasers) and parabens, such as methylparaben, can be found in products on store shelves. All are linked to long-term health effects. And all have been banned or restricted in other countries. The European Union (EU), which drafts European laws and ensures their enforcement, prohibits any ingredient classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. DBP and DEHP, two types of phthalates, are banned in European cosmetics due to their classification as mutagens causing genetic damage. Yet, these phthalates are found in nail products, deodorant, fragrances, hair spray, shampoo and other products in the U.S. Even ingredients acknowledged as harmful in the U.S. are still allowed in the marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen in the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens; yet it is not prohibited in cosmetics. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers (chemicals
that break down into formaldehyde) preserve nail polish, hair straighteners, hair spray and even baby wipes. All in all, the EU prohibits the use of more than 1,300 ingredients and restricts approximately 60. Contrastingly, the U.S. prohibits eight ingredients and allows restricted use of three, including mercury, which is permitted solely in eye products.
SOLUTIONS Simple solutions include reducing the quantity of products used and choosing products that contain few ingredients and ingredients that are recognizable. On average, Americans use nine different products daily containing 126 unique ingredients, according to a survey by the Environmental Working Group, a national nonprofit environmental health research and advocacy organization. The group maintains Skin Deep, a searchable database of cosmetic
products and ingredients. Visit ewg. org/skindeep to find out the rating of individual products. Other solutions include making products at home. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a nonprofit coalition effort dedicated to eliminating dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products, lists DIY recipes on their website, SafeCosmetics. org. The USDA Organic Seal assures that 95 to 100 percent of the ingredients are certified organic. Always
look past the flashy, unregulated claims and read the ingredients. Two handy consumer guides, the Top 5 Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid and the Bath & Body Shopperâ€™s Guide, are available for viewing and printing at EcoCenter.org/lmg. Melissa Sargent is an environmental health educator at LocalMotionGreen at the Ecology Center in Detroit. Connect with her at MelissaS@ecocenter.org or call 313-881-2263.
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ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career— finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.
How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that
existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.
Why do these photos and videos help us grasp the scale of Planet Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.
What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without
social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.
What’s next on the horizon for you? We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
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reating a backyard wildlife habitat provides valuable teaching moments. With planning and care, birds, bats, butterflies and bunnies can view yards as safe havens and sources for food, water and shelter, providing endless fascination. Josh Stasik, a father of three and owner of Sweet-Seed.com, in Syracuse, New York, sees firsthand how feeding winged wonders can be an inexpensive way to start a new family activity. “My mom taught me about flowers and bird feeders. I hope my kids will someday pass the information along to their children,” he says. Habitat plantings and available foods determine what creatures will visit. “Native plants attract native bugs that are eaten by native
birds and bats,” observes Stasik, noting that staff at extension services and garden centers can provide helpful advice. Based on his own research, Stasik knows, “Bird species have definite tastes in food. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars. Orioles look for citrus fruit. Butterflies are eclectic sippers of both floral and citrus.” Hummingbirds pose particular appeal for kids and adults because they appear always on the move. Hummingbirds.net/map.html follows their migration sites. Videographer Tom Hoebbel, owner of TH Photography, outside Ithaca, New York, builds birdhouses and nesting boxes with his kids. They also participate in the annual Christmas bird count for the
there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-by-one-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat can eat as many as 1,000 in an hour. The monarch butterfly population is another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of genetically modified plants that reduce the growth of native species.
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“You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it makes the caterpillars and butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, coneflower and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months and fly up to 30 miles per hour. Plotnick also suggests planting an herb garden that includes parsley. “Swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on parsley, caterpillars hatch and feed on it, and eventually create a chrysalis,” she says. “You’ll be able to see the entire butterfly life cycle.” Rabbits add another dimension to backyard wildlife. Just as birds and butterflies need trees, bushes and plants to land on and hide in, bunnies need ground cover. The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries counsels that brush piles should start with a base of large limbs, logs or stones to raise the floor above ground and create tunnels and escape routes, plus a home base. Top with smaller branches and maybe a
recycled Christmas tree or dead plants. Encourage structural density and permanence with live vines. The resulting brush pile should be igloo-shaped and about six to eight feet tall and wide. Visit Tinyurl.com/BunnyShelters. City ordinances or subdivision regulations might prohibit brush piles in ordinary yards. Find out how to gain certification as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation at Tinyurl. com/CertifiedWildlifeHabitat. Rabbits can have as many as seven babies per litter, depending on the species. Make sure their space is sufficient. Before attracting bunnies to the yard, be aware of local predators—hawks, owls, coyote, dogs and stray cats. The brush pile may also attract other animals like skunks, raccoons and reptiles. A wildlife habitat is a fun, ongoing learning experience. It calls on math skills for bird counts, geography to follow migration maps and woodworking to build homesites and feeding spots. It becomes a lesson in local ecology and the roles of native plants and animals. When children comprehend they can help save wildlife, it’s also a lesson in hope.
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Habitat Tips Recognize the basic needs of all wildlife; food, water, cover and safe places to raise young. 4 Determine the most desirable species to attract and learn their specific needs. 4 Evaluate current yard habitat conditions for missing elements. 4 Develop a plant list; select for wildlife value, emphasizing native plants suitable for the region. 4 Realize that habitat will grow larger and mature. 4 Certify the family’s backyard wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Source: Education Department at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
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by Meredith Montgomery
A proven practice for supporting health and self-healing, qigong has been used in China for millennia to maintain and improve physical, mental and emotional well-being. chee) refers to “Qi”the(pronounced life force or vital energy pres-
ent in all things throughout the universe while “gong” means dedicated effort or steady practice of a skill. Qigong is the art of working intensely with this energy, cultivating life force. Acupuncture physician and qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in Bonita Springs, Florida, became passionate about qigong while working as a stockbroker in need of stress relief. He compares qigong’s movement of energy in the body to water running through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in channels throughout the body. Think of the qi as water and those channels as a garden hose branching out to every aspect of the individual. Stress, whether physical or emotional, can kink the hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting energy flow more efficiently, allowing the body to heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special breathing techniques. Many describe the practice as a moving meditation. Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mo-
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bile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s big energy portals: the “third eye”, located between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed
in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal. Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and peacefulness. Conversations flow more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from athletic conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner receives feedback, but books and videos make qigong accessible to everyone, everywhere. Hayley reminds newbies, “Just be patient. If one form doesn’t suit you, remember there are thousands of different forms to try.” Peng’s advice to beginners is, “Be happy! Think of the exercise as lighthearted play and remember to smile as you move.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
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savethedate 4TH Annual Evening of Fine Wine, Food &Fellowship – 6pm. Come celebrate with The Rotary Club of Southgate & experience a special tribute to MI wines, craft beers & gourmet food pairings! Live entertainment, “Pop the Cork “ Game & silent auction with many unique items. $35 at door, $250 for table of 10. Southgate Holiday Inn, 17201 Northline, Southgate. Contact Fran Waszkiewicz, fwaszkiewicz@Guidance-Center.org.
Weighty Matters & Arthritis- 6-8pm. Arthritis Foundation Michigan’s 3-part educational series regarding major forms of arthritis, treatment options, resources, and what role weight plays in joint health (Part 1-Rheumatologist). Light refreshments. Free. Beaumont Hospital,468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe. 248-530-5037.
Holistic Networking Group – 7-8:30pm. April Speaker: Latricia Wright, Healthy Living Specialist, Topic - Detoxify and Spring into a Healthier You. Opportunity to network, share ideas, help support one another & grow our local healthy and sustainable community. Bring business cards and flyers to share. Free. St Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd, Detroit. (I-96 Svc Dr E of Telegraph). 586-943-5785.
THU, APRIL 03, 2014 Healing with Pain Together – 6-7pm. Share coping and relief tips in a caring and supportive group. Free, call to RSVP. APS Cultural Group, 14341 W McNichols (@ Mark Twain), Detroit. APSCulturalGroup.webs.com 313-505-5111. Poetry Night- 8-10pm. Open mic Poetry Night in the Juice Bar. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver.com, 734-246-1208.
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Meditation for Beginners: Isha Kriya – 7-8pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 min. practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. (ages 12+) Free. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland. 313-451-4742.
Arthritis Expo – 9am-12:30pm. This Arthritis Patient Education program features series of workshops that provide info & resources about arthritis care & treatment options, provided by Arthritis Foundation/Great Lakes Region in conjunction with Providence Hospital. Free. Pre register. Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile, Detroit. DetroitArthritisExpo.kintera.org, 248-530-5037.
Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-664-0339.
Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and the how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-664-0339.
Yoga LGBT – 12:30-1:30pm. Yoga brings together mind, body and spirit. Join instructor, Chloe in this class. $10. The Yoga and Wellness Collective, 21925 Garrison, Dearborn. TheYogaAndWellnessCollective.weebly.com, 313-617-9535.
savethedate “Cultivating Excellent Education in the Heart of Detroit” Annual Benefit Auction – 6pm. Join Honorary chair, Bankole Thompson in a festive evening presented by Detroit Waldorf School. Dinner and desserts in historic AlbertKahn designed building. Silent and live auctions with opportunity to bid on trip-of-a-lifetime photo safari in Africa, Det. Red Wings “on the glass” hockey tickets and much more. $75 per person. 2555 Burns, Detroit. detroitWaldorf.org/ auction, 313-822-0300.
Drum Circle with the Twins – 7pm. Join us in a drum circle! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver.com, 734-246-1208.
SUN, APRIL 06, 2014 Wish Upon a Butterfly – 10am. (01/11-06/01). Walk among live butterflies. See hundreds of butterflies flutter around and some may even take a seat on you! This experience also teaches a butterfly’s life cycles from caterpillar to adult. The Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie is a great complement to this exhibit. $17.95. Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St, Detroit. MI-SCI.org, 313-577-8400.
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TUES, APRIL 08, 2014 Medicine Cabinet Make Over – 7-8pm. Presentation on essential oil with Dr Philip Hoehn DC, complementary samples, space is limited, call to register, free. Dr Tim Robinson & Assoc Clinic, 32600 Five Mile, Livonia. DrPhilChiroLivonia. com, 734-425-3940. Healthy Aging – 7:15-8:30pm. Presentation by Dr Potter & Dr D on aging gracefully and feeling normal; make your golden years, truly golden! Free. RSVP. Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. CantonCenterChiropractic.com, 734-455-6767. Youngevity Meeting- 7-8pm. Learn about Youngevity Minerals. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208.
WED, APRIL 09, 2014 Waldorf School Tour – 8:30-10am. Learn about Waldorf School for your Pre-K- 8th grade student, (adults only). Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit. detroitWaldorf.org, 313-822-0300.
savethedate Painting with Spirit – 6-8pm. After a guided meditation connecting you to your Higher Self, create a painting of true self expression. You may even meet and paint your Spirit Guide! $30. plus supplies or you may bring your own. Healing the Heart through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle, Ste 200, Wyandotte. HealingTheHeartThroughArt.com,734673-0079.
Weighty Matters & Arthritis- 6-8pm. Educational speaker series regarding major forms of arthritis, treatment options, resources, and what role weight plays in joint health. (Part 2-Orthopedic Surgeon). Light refreshments. Free. Beaumont Hospital,468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe. 248-530-5037. Pressure Point Therapy & Stress Reduction – 7-8pm. Step-by-step instruction taught by Dr William H, Karl, DC & Dr Jacob H Karl DC Bring a partner. Free, call to register. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. KarlWellnessCenter.com, 734-425-8220. Essential Exercise – 8-9pm. Improve balance, strength & overall energy by incorporating 6 core exercises in daily routine. Free. RSVP. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. KarlWellnessCenter.com, 734-425-8220.
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Rehab Roll – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing plus tone & stretching your body and increasing flexibility, overall strength & range of motion in this workshop. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro.com, 734-454-5600.
Weighty Matters & Arthritis- 6-8pm. Arthritis Foundation Michigan’s educational speaker series regarding major forms of arthritis, treatment options, resources, and what role weight plays in joint health (Part 3-Registered Dietician). Light refreshments. Free. Beaumont Hospital,468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe. 248-5305037.
Ayurvedic- 6pm. Eat right for your body type. Includes food samples. $5. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208.
SAT, APRIL 12, 2014 Celebrate Spring – 10am-4:30pm. Sheep Sheering, crafts, tractors & more. $4. Heritage Park Petting Farm, 12803 Pardee, Taylor. CityOfTaylor.com, 734-374-5946.
SUN, APRIL 13, 2014 VegFest – 11am-5pm. Vegan Tastefest & Expo. Presentations regarding health, environment & ethical benefits of a plant-based diet, cooking demos, exhibitors, samples, children’s activities, door prizes. $10. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. VegMichigan.org. (see ad pg 31) An Evening of Dance: A Tribute to Adi Yogi – 6:30-9pm. Thematic dance production depicting the story of the originator of yoga through the expressive art of Indian classical dance. Tickets start $20. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. AdiYogi. com, 313-451-4742.
MON, APRIL 14, 2014 Rehab Roll – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing plus tone & stretching your body and increasing flexibility, overall strength & range of motion in this workshop. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro.com, 734-454-5600. Wheat Free Recipe Exchange Night – 7:158:30pm. Informal discussion on wheat free diet recipes & cooking tips with samples of wheat free cooking & baking. Free. RSVP. . Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. CantonCenterChiropractic.com, 734-455-6767.
Spring Cleaning for Your Body – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to do a gentle detox & rid your body of toxins. Discover foods for vitality and more with Dr Denise Acton, ND. Free, call to RSVP. Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr, Ann Arbor. DrDSNaturesRemedies.com, 734-645-4434. Discover Who Your Spirit Guides Are – 7-8pm. In this teleclass, learn about your Spirit Guides who are assigned to you in this lifetime, who they are and how you can connect with them to receive guidance to express & experience your highest path & purpose. Tammy will also guide you through an exercise to experience connecting with a Spirit Guide. Free. Must register to receive call-in info and worksheet. CreateByVibration. com, 734-716-2881.
Thur, April 17, 2014 Poetry Night- 8-10pm. Open mic Poetry Night in the Juice Bar. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver.com, 734-246-1208.
Thur, April 18, 2014 Girls Night Out - 5pm. Third Friday in Wyandotte, many of the shops & restaurants in the downtown district stay open later than usual, offer freebies, specials and discounts, + musical entertainment, free trolley and horse & carriage rides throughout the downtown district. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver.com,734-246-1208.
SAT, APRIL 19, 2014 Earth Day Clean Up – 10am. Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 17845 Savage, Belleville. MetroParks.com, 734-782-3956.
What to do With Basil Workshop- 6pm. Learn great info! $5 RSVP / $7 Door. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver.com, 734-246-1208.
Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and the how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-664-0339.
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A Holistic Approach to Allergies – 7:158:30pm. Learn a natural approach to managing your allergies with Dr D Free. RSVP. . Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. CantonCenterChiropractic.com, 734-455-6767.
Medicine Cabinet Make Over – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to use essential oils to benefit your health with Dr Philip Hoehn. Complementary samples. Free, call to register. Carl Sandburg Library 30100 W Seven Mile, Livonia. DrPhilChiroLivonia.com, 734-425-3940.
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5 Secrets to Hormone Balance – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr Carol Ann Fisher, DC, ND, natural alternatives related to hormone imbalances in both men and women. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticeWellness. com, 734-756-6904.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration – 9:30-11am. Learn about the health & healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong, held in over 70 countries. Easy Tai Chi lesson, group Qigong & Tai Chi with no exp necessary. Young Patriots Park, 14133 Civic Park Dr, Riverview. 313429-3214.
THUR, APRIL 24, 2014 Posture Workshop – 6pm. Advice on correct sitting, bending, lifting & ergonomics of your work station. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro.com, 734-454-5600. Writers Critiquing Session – 6-8pm. Writers, Poets, Authors bring your work to share. Free, call to RSVP. APS Cultural Group, 14341 W McNichols (@ Mark Twain), Detroit. APSCulturalGroup.webs.com 313-505-5111.
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How Acupuncture Can Help You – 6:30-8pm. Tongue & pulse analysis; learn how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can bring balance back to your life with Dr. Denise Acton, ND. Free. RSVP. Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr, Ann Arbor. DrDSNaturesRemedies.com, 734-645-4434. Meditation for Beginners: Isha Kriya – 7-8pm. Learn a simple yet powerful 15 min. practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. (ages 12+) Free. Whole Foods Market, Midtown Detroit, 115 Mack, Detroit. 313-451-4742.
Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and the how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-664-0339.
SUN, APRIL 27, 2014 Belly Dancing Workshop – 2-4pm. Belly dance workshop suitable for all ages, focusing on finger cymbals, strength training for dance, hip figure 8’s, and cuts and locks. $20. Healing the Heart through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle, Ste 200, Wyandotte. Blazingbellydance.com, 313-506-3073.
TUES, APRIL 29, 2014 Get Your Energy Back – 7-9pm. Learn what causes you to feel fatigue and how to end it with diet & lifestyle changes that are natural, easy & effective, presented by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free, call to register. Civic Center Library, 3rd floor, 32777 Five Mile, Livonia. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-756-6904. Maintaining Wellness Workshop – 7:158:15pm. Learn how to exercise, proper nutrition & how natural healthcare can reduce stress and how to increase & maintain energy, vitality & youth with presentation by Dr D Free. RSVP. Canton Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. CantonCenterChiropractic. com, 734-455-6767.
Enhancing Brain Function with Coconut Oil – 7-8:30pm. Learn why coconut oil may be the ultimate brain food & how it may help you avoid or reverse Alzheimer’s, dementia & other neuro-degenerative disease. Free. Register. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. KarlWellnessCenter.com, 734-4258220.
FRI, APRIL 25, 2014 Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal. Learn which water is best for your body and how water will help to boost your overall health and improve your mood from hydration expert, Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND. Free. Call for reservations. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.. TLCHolisticeWellness.com, 734-664-0339.
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WED, APRIL 30, 2014 Body Movement Workshop – 6pm.Intro to functional body movements. Bring any weight resistance and mat. RSVP. Free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro.com, 734-454-5600. Numerology Class- 7-9pm. Learn how to study numbers and see how their patterns influence events and outcomes on both universal and personal levels. $20. (+ book $12). Pre register. Healing the Heart through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle, Ste 200, Wyandotte. HealingTheHeartThroughArt.com,734-6730079.
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Sunday’s Tea - 20 oz pot of tea with 2 scones. $5. Knitting groups welcome. SocraTea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste 50, Detroit. 313-8337100. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. LivoniaYogaCenter.com, 248-449-9642. Donation Yoga -11:30am-12:30pm. All levels welcome in a serene studio with natural light. Be Nice Yoga, 4100 Woodward, Detroit. BeNiceYoga.com/events, 313-544-9787.
Gentle Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Have you been wanting to try a yoga class? David Demo teaches this wonderful class that will help get your week off to a great start – all levels welcome. New students – first week free, then $5 per class afterwards. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. StrongHeartYoga.com
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. ~Roy E. Disney Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. info@ y4peace.org 734-282-9642. Health, Healing and Happiness – 6:457:45pm. Workshop encompassing new approach to better and happier you. $10. The Yoga and Wellness Collective, 21925 Garrison, Dearborn. YogaAndWellnessCollective.weebly.com, 734778-2022. Yoga with Your Neighbor – 11am-12pm, 7:30-8:30pm. Join in the fun of doing yoga in a supportive environment and improve your health in a relaxing manner. Appropriate for all levels. $10. Your Soul Fuel, 28471 Greenlawn, Flat Rock. YourSoulFuel.com, 734-789-9964. LifeCare’s Outstretched in Worship – 6:107:20pm.Workout, worshipful experience and a little relaxation; beginner and intermediate/ advanced classes. $6.LifeCare, 33445 Warren, Westland. LifeCareChristianCenter.org, 734629-3551.
SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 11, Taylor. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778.
SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 2nd and 4th Wed. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit 2 meetings free. WCCCDownriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conf Rm 8, Taylor. Contact Mark Tremper 313-4600438. Mom & Baby Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Bond w/your baby, release tension, strengthen your body, focus the mind and increase flexibility. Enjoy togetherness with your baby during this fun and worthwhile activity; meet other moms and babies too. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville. NorthvilleYogaCenter.com, 248-449-9642.
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Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. All levels. $14. TaylorYoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. TaylorYoga.com, 313-292-9642. Yoga - 10:15-11:15am. Come enjoy yoga in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. St John Neumann, 44800 Warren Rd, Canton. StJohnNeumann.us, 734-455-5910. Transformational Tuesdays – 12-2pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313-366-5250. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale. NiaBethSchedule. BlogSpot.com Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City. GuardianMartialArts.com, 734-266-0565. Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies and Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. Qi Gong is ancient Chinese exercise. No exp needed, provides stress relief and focus. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 DixToledo Rd, Southgate. Y4Peace.org, 734-2829642. Transformational Tuesdays – 7-9pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313-366-5250. Opening the Doors of Change - 8pm. Prepare to be informed, uplifted and inspired as you discover how to open the doors to positive change in your life. Each wk Chris Lee brings you the hottest authors, experts and thought leaders - dynamic people who positively impact the planet. Visit Blogtalkradio.com/ chrisleelifestyle to listen online.
Tai Chi – 6-7pm. With Bobby Jean Calhoun $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313-366-5250. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. Canton.FreeToastHost. com, 734-994-0569. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts-sign up for dinner each wk, suggested cost $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. “pay-what-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park. AllenParkChurch.org, 313-383-0100.
SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtgs free. Best Western/Greenfield Inn “The Pink Palace” Packard Room, 3000 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park. Annette Prevaux 313389-3937. Chakra Yoga – 11am-12pm. Vinyasa class led by Courtney Conover, designed to help balance chakras, all levels $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. TaylorYoga.com Circle of Light – 2-7pm. (Light Energy) with Sukyo Mahikari - Love Offering. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313-366-5250.
Open Gymnastics Fridays – 7-9pm. All levels welcome, drop in fee $10. Sokol Detroit Gymnastics, 23600 W Warren Ave, Dearborn Hghts. SokolDetroitGymnastics@gmail.com, 313-278-9493.
Open Mic – 7-10pm. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. AlwaysBrewingDetroit.com. 313-879-1102. Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Includes instructions with Baba Uche’, $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313-366-5250. Community Yoga - 7-8pm. All-levels, dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pte Farms. LivingWatersYoga.com, 313-884-4465.
Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. Open year-round. Now that most of the local farmers markets have closed for the season, it’s great time to check out Eastern Market. EBT accepted. 2934 Russell St, bet Mack & Gratiot, Detroit. DetroitEasternMarket.com
Slow Flow/Yin Fusion – 7:15pm. Slow down and stretch out your body in order to leave your worries behind, all levels, $12 walk ins. Yoga Shala Wellness, 25411 W Warren Ste D, Dearborn Heights. YogaShalaWellnessCenter. com, 313-520-3377.
Prenatal Yoga – 11am. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville. NorthvilleYogaCenter.com, 248-449-9642.
Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.
Hatha Yoga- 8:30-9:30am. All levels. Bring mat, towel, water bottle and dress comfortable in workout clothing. Suggested donation, $515. Pop-Up Yoga at Whole Foods Market, Midtown-Detroit, upstairs Community Room, 115 Mack, Detroit. PopUpYogaDetroit.com, 248-930-4587.
Slow Flow Yoga – 9-10am. Pop-Up Yoga. $10 suggested donation. SocraTea & Artist Gallery, 71 Garfield, Ste 50, Detroit. 313833-7100 Prenatal Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. All levels welcome. Goal is to leave you feeling more connected to yourself and your baby.$ 12. Yoga Shala and Wellness Center, Hustle Dance Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. With 25411 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights. Fast Freddy, $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 YogaShalaAndWelnessCenter.com, 313-2784308. Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife.org, 313- & 366-5250. Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. TaylorYoga.com, 313-292-9642.
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The stillnessYoga of our4 Peace is a non-profit yoga studio practice space and the that offers classes on a donation basis. We have a wide encouragement of variety of classes for every level. We our knowledgeable offer Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher instructors offer Training. you yoga for health through the harmony of body, mind and CENTER heart. LIVONIA YOGA
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VOLUNTEERS WANTED ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS RETREAT CENTER IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS to assist with housekeeping and yard work. Housekeeping volunteers help with making beds and vacuuming on specified days. Yard work volunteers assist with various yard work tasks beginning in the spring. If interested, contact Roz at 313-286-2848 THE HOLISTIC NETWORKING GROUP is in need of some friendly volunteers to help with outreach and administrative tasks. Donate your time and talents to assist us in taking this group to the next level! Call Mary Anne 586-943-5785 or email mdemo@HealthyLivingDetroit.com
B E C O M E A N E N V I R O N M E N TA L VOLUNTEER FOR THE BELLE ISLE CONSERVANCY IN 2014 THIS APRIL 15. We have Stewardship Saturdays the third Saturday of each month except December in order to remove invasive plants that damage the old-growth forest. No experience is necessary. Work gloves and tools will be provided. You bring a smile and a water bottle! We meet at 9am at the Nature Zoo Building on the east end of Belle Isle. Wear warm clothing such as long underwear, wool socks, boots (not leather, please) and a warm jacket. A light breakfast snack is served, bagels and juice. We will work until noon, clean our tools, and have a hot chocolate toast! You will have fun! Apr 19th, May 17th, Jun 21st, Jul 19th, Aug 16th, Sep 20th, Oct 18th, Nov 15th. RSVP to Mebby Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org Belle Isle Conservancy, 8109 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214 www.belleisleconservancy.org MIMI’S MISSION HELPS THOSE THAT FACE DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES and need to realize the love and compassion of their community around them to make a difference. Visit Mimismission.com or call Lisa at 734-2822462, and Facebook - MimisMissionDr DONATION WISH LIST
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REVERENCE HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE, A Service of St. John Providence Health System is looking for volunteers who wish to make a difference in the lives of those in our community with life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers are needed to provide in-home or nursing home visits to patients. Your caring presence allows family members the chance to run errands and get a break from caregiving, or lonely patients to have visits from a new friend. Training will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Kimberly Wirgau at 586-723-9588 or Kimberly.Wirgau@ ReverenceHomeHealth.org.
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Mushrooms are so versatile we can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They add a note of delicious creativity to diverse dishes. Plus they deliver protein, vitamins and protective compounds. Fresh is always best and just-picked is better, although dried can work in a pinch.
¼ cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency.
Hot & Sour Cauliflower Mushroom Soup
My Tacos by Cate Moss
by Loni Jean Ronnebaum
Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers. Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole. 1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source ¼ cup chopped onions ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds
This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results. Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi ½ cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or ¼ cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste
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Combine ingredients (except egg) in a pot and bring to a boil. Add beaten egg to the boiling soup while gently stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer overnight.
Mushroom Pâté by Andrew Lenzer Present a perfect appetizer for dinner with friends. The savory quality of mushrooms—what the Japanese call umami—make them a welcome alternative to meat-based pâtés. Approx 4 cups whole fresh shiitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) Approx 4 cups whole fresh maitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) 12 oz cream cheese or rice-based cream cheese substitute 2 cloves garlic 2 cups dry roasted hazelnuts 2 sprigs parsley Soy sauce Olive oil Sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste Finely chop the hazelnuts in a food processor and set aside. Coarsely chop the shiitake (including the stems) and maitake mushrooms in a food processor. Coat the surface of a wok in olive oil and sauté mushrooms in 1-cup batches over medium-high-to-high heat, adding soy sauce as needed to keep the mixture from burning, for approximately 10 minutes per batch. Add a touch of sesame oil just before removing each batch. Place hazelnuts, mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly grainy. Add parsley and blend until parsley is finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Serve with crackers or fresh crusty bread. Recipes courtesy of employees of Fungi Perfecti, LLC; photos courtesy of Paul Stamets.
50 Wayne County Edition
Culinary Mushroom Magic by Case Adams
oday, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus—the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms, provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.”
My Tacos by Cate Moss Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers. Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole. 1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source ¼ cup chopped onions ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds ¼ cup sesame seeds
Combine ingredients (except egg) in a pot and bring to a boil. Add beaten egg to the boiling soup while gently stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer overnight.
by Andrew Lenzer Present a perfect appetizer for dinner with friends. The savory quality of mushrooms—what the Japanese call umami—make them a welcome alternative to meat-based pâtés. Approx 4 cups whole fresh shiitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) Approx 4 cups whole fresh maitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) 12 oz cream cheese or rice-based cream cheese substitute 2 cloves garlic 2 cups dry roasted hazelnuts 2 sprigs parsley Soy sauce Olive oil Sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water
Finely chop the hazelnuts in a food processor and set aside.
Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency.
Coarsely chop the shiitake (including the stems) and maitake mushrooms in a food processor.
Hot & Sour Cauliflower Mushroom Soup by Loni Jean Ronnebaum This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results. Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi ½ cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or ¼ cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste
Coat the surface of a wok in olive oil and sauté mushrooms in 1-cup batches over medium-high-to-high heat, adding soy sauce as needed to keep the mixture from burning, for approximately 10 minutes per batch. Add a touch of sesame oil just before removing each batch. Place hazelnuts, mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly grainy. Add parsley and blend until parsley is finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Serve with crackers or fresh crusty bread. Recipes courtesy of employees of Fungi Perfecti, LLC; photos courtesy of Paul Stamets.