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A few years ago I participated in a walk in downtown Detroit to raise funds for the Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit organization, named in memory of Detroit native and comedian Gilda Radner, who rose to fame as the first cast member of the television show Saturday Night Live, and died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at the age of 42. Radner describes her life with cancer in her book, It’s Always Something, which she wrote during her time in remission. It was her dream to create a free cancer support community for people with cancer, their families and friends. She once said that cancer gave her membership to an elite club she would rather not belong to, which is where the name Gilda’s Club originated. The names of loved ones lost to cancer that were being honored through the walk were pinned on the backs of the walkers. Looking out over the crowds of people and seeing the thousands of names was quite moving and made me realize that nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another. This month we have two powerful articles addressing similar themes: the causes of cancer, the connection between cancer and lifestyle choices and strategies for preventing cancer. Both provide basic ingredients for maintaining sound health that can be crucial toward improving the health of a cancer patient and protecting against a cancer recurrence. With the startling statistic that 80 percent of all cancers can be linked to environmental causes, Linda Sechrist details in her article, Rethinking Cancer, on page 16, how lifestyle choices can make all the difference when it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer and how the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing even the most terminal of cancers. In the second article, A Pro-Active Approach for Cancer Prevention and Treatment on page 20, Hedy Schulte highlights one local doctor’s approach to cancer treatment incorporating both traditional and complementary medicines to treat patients. The good news is with today’s knowledge and advancements in medicine, many lives are saved and cancer patients can restore their overall health and move beyond cancer to live a long life. For some, even the simplest changes in diet and lifestyle can be challenging, but as Dr. Fischer, D.C., N.D. tells us in her article on page 32, it takes just 21 days to change the taste buds. Taking care of our bodies from the outside can be just as important to our health as the nutrients we put inside our bodies. In her article on page 26, natural health nurse Alice Goodall R.N., brings to our attention that many of the body care products we use on a daily basis contain chemicals, and using safe alternatives can help reduce exposure to toxins that may be harmful to our health. Helping you take an active role in your own health and well-being, Natural Awakenings magazine is a great resource highlighting the many new therapies and modalities available to put you on the pathway to healthier living and happiness. Live well

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newsbriefs Road Rally to Benefit Youth Performing Arts Center


photo road rally benefitting the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center (DYPAC) is scheduled from 5:30 to 11 p.m., on August 3, starting at the Trenton Village Theater and ending at the Westfield Center. In the road rally, teams are given clues that lead them to a particular location. Once a team find the correct spot, they document it with a photo and then they move on to the next clue and location. The money raised will be used to offset expenses for the group’s August production of CATS, with performances scheduled August 9, 10 and 11 and August 16 and 17. A nonprofit organization founded in 1998, DYPAC involves young people ages 5 to 19 in three major theatrical productions per year, offers a summer fine arts camp, and performs for local service organizations, charitable causes and community events at the Trenton Village Theatre.

Golf Outing to Benefit Food Pantry


he fifth annual Golf Outing, the most important annual fundraiser for the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, will be held August 17 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course, in Taylor. Registration starts at 7 a.m. for the allday event, which begins with continental breakfast, followed by 18 holes of golf and lunch and ends with a steak dinner. The Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry is a nonprofit, faith-based organization staffed by volunteers that provides food assistance to families and individuals throughout seven communities in the downriver area.

Cost: $30/vehicle. Location: 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. To register for the rally or for more information, call Lisa Cochrane at 313-404-5273. To purchase tickets for CATS, contact Karen at 734-771-7945, or visit

Holistic Networking Group Meets Monthly


he Holistic Networking Group, a community networking event for green businesses related to healthy and sustainable living will meet at 6 p.m., August 15, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit. The scheduled presenter is healing energy practitioner Tammy Braswell. “Our body is created to be whole and healthy,” comments Braswell. “However, when our energy levels get low due to stress and life’s circumstances, we may create an environment of disease to occur in our body.” She will discuss what energy healing is and how it can help a person achieve their natural, healthy state of well-being. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine of Detroit, each monthly meeting allows time for group introductions, one-on-one networking and a different featured presenter. Bringing business cards and flyers is recommended. Cost: Free. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. For more information and to RSVP, call 586-943-5785 or email


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Approximately 1,400 of the 7,000 families enrolled receive assistance each month from the pantry, which distributes close to 180,000 pounds of food a month. After rent and utility expenses are paid, 98 percent of all donations go directly to the purchase of food. Cost: $80 for golf/meals, $35, dinner only. Location: 25360 Ecorse Rd., Taylor. For golf registration, call Connie Fedel 313-292-9642. To sponsor the event, call 734-442-0031 or visit

newsbriefs Understanding Energy in the Home


ealing energy practitioner Tammy Braswell will lead a workshop on clearing negative energy from the home, from 7 to 8 p.m., August 21, at Canton Center Chiropractic Center. As an intuitive, Lightworker and Soul Realignment practitioner, Braswell assists others in deep healing and transformation on an energetic and soul level. In this workshop, she explains how the energy in a home creates the environment and affects relationships, health, emotions and even the ability to sell the home. She describes how the negative energy can be cleared to create a clean environment filled with peace and harmony. “Everything is made up of energy, some of it positive and some of it negative,” affirms Braswell. “Homes, property and even items hold energy. Typically, when we move into a new home, purchase something at a yard sale or receive antiques or family heirlooms, we do not think about what energy the items and places hold. Through a process called property realignment and clearing, it is possible to clean out the negative energy and influences that have unknowingly accumulated over time and start with clean, positive energy.” Braswell also helps to remove energy blockages, balance their energy systems and create the conditions needed for the body’s healing system to function through deep relaxation, reduction of tension and the release of fear and anxiety.

Natural Awakenings Magazine Welcomes New Franchise Owner


meet-and-greet for Vicki Perion, new franchise owner and publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine Toledo and Monroe counties edition will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., August 22, at the Quality Inn and Suites in Monroe. “I have always been interested in the holistic and alternative health care field, taking classes in Reiki, EFT and Quantum Touch and wanting to learn them for my own personal use,” says

Cost: Free. Location: 6231 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton. To register (required), call Tammy Braswell at 734-716-2881 or email

Book Store Continues Read in the Park Series


s The Page Turns, an independent bookstore and gallery, is continuing their Read in the Park series from 11 a.m. to noon on August 3, 10 and 17, at Freedom Park, in Canton, for readers from kindergarten through middle-school levels. The bookstore focuses on multi-cultural education and building clients’ cultural competencies through educational consulting to schools, churches and other organizations as well as private tutoring. Their retail mix includes a variety of books, art, poetry and music. Cost: Free. Location: 44527 Palmer Rd., Canton. For more information, visit or call 734-664-8690.

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Perion. “I am very familiar with the many types of healing modalities that are prevalent today and am always interested in learning about new ones. When presented with an opportunity to publish a magazine on holistic health and wellness, I jumped at the chance to be able to share this type of information with others.” A native of Monroe, Perion holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and has a background in quality as well as a manager in the banking and real estate business. Location: 1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. For reservations, email Vicki Perion at or call 419340-3592 before August 12.

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newsbriefs Journaling Through Grief Retreat


ealing arts practitioner Patrick Davis will lead his one-day retreat, Journaling Through Grief, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., September 15, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit. The one-day retreat offers a safe harbor for reflection and practical tools that serve as an adjunct to other sources of grief-recovery support. It is intended to create a learning community that explores the connection between journaling and spiritual growth. “As a former hospice chaplain, I’ve been honored to support families from many spiritual traditions. During my own season of grief, I came to rely upon every lesson these families taught me,” comments Davis, who designed the retreat after he turned to journaling as a way to face his own pain and to facilitate healing. Tapping into intuition, common sense and good humor, the retreat embodies the wisdom expressed Psalm 46:10—“Be still, and know that I am God.”

A Million Senior Voices Needed to Influence Film Industry


movement called Senior Cinema has started a petition and survey to bring to the attention of Hollywood movie producers, distribution companies and studios the need for more story-driven films made for the senior audience. “It’s hard to believe that 45 percent of the population would be ignored at the box office,” says James Twyman, president of Senior Cinema Circle, an organization dedicated to producing inspiring films for seniors and baby boomers. The movement came about when Twyman, a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books and a producer, director and writer of five films, had a conversation he would never forget.

Cost: $60. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. For advanced registration (required) and more information, call 313-286-2802, email MSansotta@Passionist. org or visit

Wellness Center Offers Collective Cleansing Class


xhalation Integrative Wellness, a naturopathic health and healing center, in Detroit, is offering collective cleansing, a new way to detoxify the body while spending some time with friends. A day of collective cleansing involves drinking four to six freshly made organic, raw juices, yoga posturing or meditation, flower or herbal supplementation and basic education. “Cleansing by juicing alone not only promotes detoxification and rejuvenation, it can yield clear skin, bright eyes, weight loss and inch loss as added benefits,” remarks Karla Mitchell, owner and principal practitioner. “Collective juicing enhances this experience by incorporating fellowship where participants can experience emotional support, empathetic understanding and authentic encouragement from one another.” Exhalation Integrative Wellness employs non-invasive, drug-free methods to promote lifestyle change and the achievement of optimal well-being. Cost: $50 to $150. Location: 18930 Greenfield Rd., Detroit. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit, call 313-744-2747 or email


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When he presented his latest movie, Redwood Highway, aimed at the senior audience, to a distribution consultant, he was told, “No company would distribute the film because the senior audience is not reliable; older people just don’t go to the movies. If you’re so convinced there’s a big audience for films like Redwood Highway, prove it. Get a million seniors together and demand better entertainment,” the consultant advised. “There are over 76 million baby boomers in the US, and 43 million people over 65,” replied Twyman. “I’m pretty sure most of them still see movies.” To sign the petition, visit SeniorCinema. com. For more information about Twyman, visit


African Baobab Fruit Provides Many Benefits

Former Lincoln Park Resident Publishes Book About Growing Up in Lincoln Park


onald W. Wallace’s memories of growing up in Lincoln Park during the 1930s and 1940s, from his first visit to the park to notable moments in the city’s history, are captured in his book, Growing Up in Simpler Times: Memories of Lincoln Park. Wallace, a former Lincoln Park resident and retired police officer now living in Tennessee, was encouraged to write the book after his internet posts about the old days in the area became so popular. “This book and these stories could be about any small Midwestern city in the 1930s and 1940s and could be about any boy whom experienced them, but the uniqueness is the way they are written, very much in the detailed manner of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain),” says Wallace’s son Bruce. “When I first started seeing his stories on the internet, I was very surprised as to the vivid details, which put you right in the story and make you feel very present with him in that simpler time.” Two years ago, Wallace’s son Don gave him a laptop computer, and soon after Wallace began writing the stories and posting them on the internet. He quickly gained a following from Lincoln Park residents who, along with family and friends, encouraged him to compile his stories into a book. This feel-good, easy-to-read book of nearly 60 stories will have readers yearning for those simpler times again.


or centuries, the people of Africa have harvested the baobab fruit for use in meal preparations and for its medicinal qualities. Since its U.S. approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009, baobab has made its entry into U.S. markets in smoothies, juices and nutritional bars. Oval in shape and close in size to a coconut, the outside shell of the baobab fruit is woody and velvety green. The naturally dehydrated white fruit pulp inside the shell, described by many to be tangy and pear-like in flavor, is packed with significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, vitamin B, fiber and other nutrients. Africans in impoverished communities are able to earn money by harvesting the fruit, which can help them to pay for education, food and everyday necessities. Organizations, such as the nonprofit PhytoTrade

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Mobile Technology Leading the Way in Growing Michigan’s Economy


obile technology is the fastest growing industry in the state of Michigan,” says Linda Daichendt, guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Detroit’s meeting on July 11 and founder and CEO of Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, a Michigan-based, nonprofit trade association for the mobile industry. A recent study by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation indicates that for every job created in Michigan’s mobile technology industry, 3.9 additional jobs are created in the state in other industries. According to Daichendt, the capability of providing information through Bluetooth, GPS, Quick Response (QR) code and other technology is changing the way businesses operate and consumers manage their lives, leading to a rapidly rising demand for access to information through mobile technologies such as the Apple iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and other operating systems. The Rotary Club of Detroit, founded in 1910 as Club #16 and part of Rotary International District 6400, meets Wednesdays at noon at the Detroit Athletic Club. Under the leadership of 2013 President Margaret Thorpe-Williamson, the Rotarians are instrumental in events and projects, such as Youth Citizen Student of the Year, Suitcases for Foster Children, Little Dresses for Africa, Cell Phones for Domestic Shelters and the Belle Isle Garden Project. Most recently, the Detroit club collaborated with the Rotary Club in Harper City in Liberia, Africa, to develop a health literacy and resource center.

Africa, which was established in 2002 as the trade association of the natural products industry in Southern Africa, provide support in product, market and supply chain development to the region to achieve growth and sustainability with the goal to alleviate poverty.

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egan activist Rae Sikora, a pioneer in the field of humane education and wife of VegMichigan co-founder Jim Corcoran, has been inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Sikora received the honor on July 8 at the annual Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, an event sponsored by the North American Vegetarian Society. A spokesperson for animals, the environment and human rights for more than 30 years, Sikora has worked internationally with participants ranging from teachers, students and prisoners to businesses and activists. She co-founded Plant Peace Daily and VegFund to help people discover how implementing changes personally and locally can have a positive impact globally. Sikora co-authored Sowing Seeds Workbook: A Humane Education Primer and the soon-tobe published Sharing Home lesson plans on humane education. She also co-created the Institute for Humane Education in Blue Hill, Maine, and started the first master’s program in humane education through Cambridge College, now with the University of Valparaiso. VegMichigan is a local nonprofit that promotes awareness of the health, ecological and ethical consequences of our food choices and sponsors events such as VegFest, a vegan tasting festival and expo. For more information on Sikora, visit For more information on VegMichigan, visit or call 877-778-3464.

Renovated Fitness Center at Schoolcraft College Ready for Fall Classes


oga classes through Schoolcraft College’s Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) program will move from an off-site location to a newly renovated room on the second floor of the Physical Education building on the school’s campus starting this fall. Registration for fall classes is already underway. Schoolcraft College offers an array of classes and programs designed to meet the needs of students, the community and areas businesses. For a complete class schedule and to register, visit cepd or call 734-462-4448.

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Celebration to Raise Money for The Greening of Detroit


he Greening of Detroit’s annual Live, Love, Local celebration will take place from noon to 3 p.m., August 24, at Eastern Market in Detroit. The annual event brings together community partners, farmers, environmentalists and foodies to celebrate healthy, local living while raising money for The Greening of Detroit’s projects. The Greening of Detroit is a nonprofit with a mission to inspire the sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through

trees, green spaces, food, education, training and job opportunities. “We invite everyone to join us to celebrate locally grown food and The Greening’s commitment to Detroit’s green movement,” says President Rebecca Salminen Witt. “Through this celebration, we hope to raise critical funding that allows us to continue our work in making our city a cleaner, greener and more sustainable community.” Participants can engage in farmto-fork discussions, food tastings prepared by metro Detroit’s top chefs and Michigan-made beer and wine, as well as tours of Eastern Market and The Greening’s two-and-a-half acre training and farm garden. Cost: $25, adults; $5, ages 5 to 10; free, under age 5. Location: 2934 Russell St., Shed 5, Detroit. For ticket and event information, call 313-2378733 or visit



Never Too Old to Quit


ven smokers 60 and over can live longer if they quit, according to a 2012 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Three experts from the German Cancer Research Center, in Heidelberg, analyzed 17 studies from the United States, Australia, China, England, France, Japan and Spain that followed groups of between 863 and 877,243 people for periods ranging from three to 50 years. Findings showed that the longer a person had been classified as a former, rather than current, smoker, the more their risk of premature death decreased. The researchers also observed that current smokers showed the highest absolute mortality rates in all the studies. Dr. Tai Hing Lam, of the University of Hong Kong, observes that for people in their 60s, quitting was linked to a 21 percent decrease in the risk of premature death. The risk was reduced by 27 percent for those in their 70s and by 24 percent for individuals in their 80s. Lam added that the World Health Organization’s statistic that one out of every two smokers will die from their habit should be printed on all cigarette packages, “…so that all smokers know they are betting their lives on the toss of a coin.”

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he Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. A recent Swedish study of 400 full-term infants from low-risk pregnancies published in the British Medical Journal found that delayed cord-clamping at birth resulted in infants being 5 percent less likely of being anemic two days later or iron deficient four months later. The latter problem has been associated with impaired brain development. The practice of separating infants from the placenta within 10 seconds of delivery has been commonplace since the 1960s, as supported by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which advises the NHS. However, several doctors, medical organizations and the nonprofit National Childbirth Trust (NCT), plus the World Health Organization, disagree; they advocate leaving the placenta untouched for at least 30 seconds up to whenever it stops pulsating naturally (usually between two to five minutes). Exceptions would be if the baby’s or mother’s health necessitates medical intervention. “At birth, about a third of the baby’s blood is still in his or her cord and placenta,” explains Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. Unfortunately, “It is still accepted practice to deprive the baby of this blood.”

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A meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests that experiencing awe helps young people focus less on themselves and more on the world around them. Exposure to natural wonders and accounts of great human accomplishments can do the trick. It’s a helpful strategy, given that narcissism is on the rise and college students have become dramatically less empathetic over the years, particularly since 2000. Sixty-four percent of respondents ages 18 to 25 surveyed thought getting rich is their most important goal, while only 30 percent believed that helping others in need is important. Awe humbles us in the presence of something greater than ourselves. Experiencing it during adolescence, a period crucial in the formation of self-identity, could help coax teens out of their, “I am the center of the world,� funk and put them on a path to a life lived in compassionate connection with others. Source:

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Highlighting the potential for digital learning, a new survey by the Verizon Foundation has found that a third of middle school students are already using mobile apps on smartphones to do schoolwork and collaborate with peers on projects. Beyond accessing information via the Internet, students often turn to free apps to play games that help them master math concepts, virtually dissect an animal or analyze clouds and concepts of condensation and more. The Verizon Foundation offers training to educators on integrating mobile technology into lesson plans by partnering with the nonprofit Technology Student Association and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Together, they are sponsoring the Innovative App Challenge, in which hundreds of middle and high school student teams are conceptualizing mobile apps that incorporate science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) activities to solve a problem in their school or community. Ten teams won personal smartphones and $10,000 grants for their schools, plus assistance in creating their apps and bringing them to the public earlier this year. Verizon expects to launch a new edition of the program this fall. Source: The Christian Science Monitor at

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GMOs Threaten Wheat Exports America lags behind the world in limiting, banning or even labeling genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops, and now Japan has suspended some imports from the United States because of the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Oregon. The European Union is weighing similar action. Serious economic implications stem from the fact that many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the U.S. exports about half of its annual wheat crop. The Washington Post reports the presence of GMO wheat on an 80-acre field in Oregon as a mystery. Monsanto tested a similar strain in Oregon between 1994 and 2005, but the product was never approved for commercial use. The strain was identified in the state when a farmer tried clearing a field using Monsanto’s herbicide and discovered that the wheat could not be killed. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, says that reductions in Northwest wheat sales would affect farmers in Idaho and Washington as well as Oregon, because the wheat is blended together. Oregon sold $492 million of wheat in 2011; 90 percent of it went overseas.

Disappearing Wild Pollinators Spell Disaster The perilous decline of domestic honeybees due to the widespread occurrence of colony collapse disorder continues to make news, but wild bees and other insects are often overlooked, even though they are twice as effective in producing seeds and fruit on crops, according to a study of 41 crops in 600 fields worldwide by Argentina’s research network, CONICET. For the first time, scientists

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Chestnut Tree Comeback on the Horizon The American chestnut tree once dominated the American landscape from Georgia to Maine, providing the raw materials that fueled our young nation’s westward expansion and inspiring writings by Longfellow and Thoreau. But by the 1950s, the trees, stricken by blight, were all but extinct. Now, after 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, The American Chestnut Foundation believes it has developed a potentially blight-resistant tree, dubbed the Restoration Chestnut 1.0. The group has adopted a master plan for planting millions of trees in the 19 states of the chestnut’s original range. This year, volunteers in state chapters are establishing seed orchards that will produce regionally adapted nuts for transplanting into the wild.


Pricey Bottled Water May Come from a Tap Peter Gleick, the author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, found that most companies are cagey about revealing the source of their water. “There’s no legal requirement that they say on their label where the water comes from, and they don’t like to advertise that fact,” says Gleick. As a result, most Americans don’t know much about the origins of what we spend $11 billion a year on. In order to be called “spring water”, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a product has to be either “collected at the point where water flows naturally to the Earth’s surface or from a borehole that taps into the underground source.” Other terms aren’t regulated. Gleick found that about 55 percent of bottled waters are spring water. The other 45 percent is mostly treated tap water, including Aquafina (Pepsi) and Dasani (Coke).

have a handle on the huge contribution of wild insects, showing that honeybees cannot replace the wild insects lost as their habitat is increasingly destroyed. Study leader Lucas Garibaldi, of Argentina’s National University, in Río Negro, says that relying on honeybees is a highly risky strategy, because disease can sweep through a single species and it may not adapt to environmental changes as well as wild pollinators. Also, trucking in managed honeybee hives does not replace native pollinators, which visit more plants, resulting in more effective cross-pollination; honeybees tend to carry pollen from one flower to another on the same plant.

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Asphalt roads throughout the country are well known for soaking up the sun’s rays. Now, new piping technology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, is offering a way to trap heat and use it elsewhere, potentially transforming blacktopped streets into giant solar energy collectors. It works by using the sun-warmed asphalt to heat water pumped through tubes embedded a few inches below the road surface. This can help to cool asphalt by utilizing some of the heat that would have remained in the material to heat the circulating water to produce electricity. Researchers are testing different pipe materials and conductive aggregates to add to the asphalt to improve heat absorption. Costs relative to potential returns have yet to be quantified.

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Monsanto Weed Killer Contaminates Food A peer-reviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology report published in the scientific journal Entropy points to evidence that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto and sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. The residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemicals and toxins in the environment known to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers. Reuters reports that environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is harming plants, people and animals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate to determine by 2015 if its use should be limited. Yet Monsanto continues to claim that glyphosate is safe and less damaging than other commonly used herbicides.


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First Eat Local, Then Dress Local Buying local isn’t just about food choices. In supporting community businesses and reducing our ecological footprint, fiber is another important consideration, encompassing farmers that grow cotton and hemp or raise sheep for wool, fiber artisans and textile designers. The U.S. presently imports about 95 percent of Americans’ clothing, reports the Ecology Global Network (Ecology. com), with most manufactured in countries where sweatshops and human rights abuses are common. Polyester and nylon, the most commonly used synthetic fibers, are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic substances. According to a 2010 report by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the textile industry is that country’s third-worst polluter. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s ( Fibershed program raises public awareness of the issue in Central California. Robin Lynde, a shepherd, weaver and teacher at Meridian Jacobs Farm, in Vacaville, also sells yarn, fleece, felt, lambskin, hand-woven garments and blankets. “Fiber producers, users and designers may not know that there are sheep 10

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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late

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detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, au-

thor of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry

Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of

“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.”

Boost Recuperative Powers

~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to biorepair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

Focus on High-Impact Foods

Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., a former vice president of nutrition for a national network of cancer hospitals and author of The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods and Beating Cancer with Nutrition, recommends a triple threat. “Cancer requires a threefold treatment approach to create a synergistic response. Teaming up to reduce the tumor burden without harming the patient, re-regulate the cancer to normal healthy tissue and nourish the patient’s recuperative powers is far better than any one approach,” says Quillin. He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease. “Nutrition and traditional oncology treatments are synergistic, not antagonistic, as many oncologists believe,” advises Quillin. Glenn Sabin, founder of FON Therapeutics, similarly suggests that multi-interventional, outcome-based studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s approach to prostate cancer, could greatly benefit conventional oncology. Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical Schooldocumented remission of advanced leukemia in his upcoming book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the Medical Establishment. Sabin turned to therapeutic nutrition, neutraceuticals, stress reduction and exercise to become a 22-year cancer “thriver” without the aid of conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing with the cancer patients he coaches. “If you don’t have your head in the game, it’s hard to make anything else work for you,” counsels Sabin.

Understand the Connection

Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing.

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“Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers ( Yang and Hsu, who also use acupuncture protocols, believe illness is a reflection of inner problems that

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disrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. “Cancer is a symptom delivering a message: You need to take better care of yourself—emotionally, chemically, physically and spiritually,” says Yang. As a faculty member of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand how few patients understand that the trauma of a diagnosis and treatment can reactivate past traumas, unresolved issues, blockages and repressed emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/ body/spirit interventions to help patients cope better. “I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature long-term cancer survivors like Dr. Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions. “It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73 trillion cells everything they need, the macrocosm of the body will function properly,” says Francis. The authors of Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till now, they attest that the war on cancer has been almost exclusively an assault on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by instructing people in how to boost their body’s immune responses to kill cancer cells before they face a fullblown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents that turn healthy cells cancerous.” The best winning strategy is to naturally nurture a body—structurally, chemically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually—so that the inner terrain naturally kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.

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A Pro-Active Approach for Cancer Prevention and Treatment: a conversation with Cynthia Browne, M.D., Ph.D by Hedy Schulte


eceiving a cancer diagnosis may be one of the most devastating moments a person ever faces. Suddenly, the comfort of everyday life is replaced by a world of unknown tomorrows. Ordinary days become occupied with doctors’ appointments, medical tests and in many cases, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments. Patients often feel overwhelmed and wonder if they can do anything to make a difference and regain control over their health. “Absolutely,” says Dr. Cynthia Browne, board certified radiation oncologist with the St. John Providence Health System. “Estimates are that about 30 percent of cancers are nutritionally induced and 80 percent of cancers are lifestyle induced in the Western world.” “A number of studies show lifestyle—which is more than just diet; it’s also weight, smoking, drinking and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases—can change the expression of genes that promote cancer and inflammation. Bad lifestyle choices can up regulate them (turn on) so that they’re more expressed, and better lifestyle choices can down regulate them (turn off),” explains Browne, who also has a private practice in nutritional medicine for chronic disease and incorporates both traditional and complementary medicines to treat patients. One such study, conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in June 2008, examined changes in prostate gene expression in men with low-risk prostate cancer that opted not to have immediate surgery. The men underwent a strict nutrition and lifestyle intervention for the study. The results found that more than 500 genes were affected by lifestyle changes.

Dietary Changes

Browne recommends specific dietary changes to her patients, tailoring their diets based on their blood type and form of cancer. In general, she advises patients to cut down on red meat and refined sugar; to eat more fresh fish, organic fruits and vegetables; and to drink more water, preferably not out of plastic bottles. Different from red meat, fish is metabolized in a way that helps produce antiinflammatory chemicals, according to Browne. However, she warns against fish from the Great Lakes as well as big game fish like swordfish,

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shark, marlin and tuna because of their high mercury levels. Browne says green tea has significant anti-cancer properties; Eating fruits and vegetables, she says, can help increase the however, it is known to interfere with the efficacy of a drug liver’s ability to metabolize fat-soluble toxins in people who called Velcade, used mostly for multiple myeloma. Ai/E10 are genetically slow metabolizers. aids in cellular communication to better support the immune “We know that inflammation helps promote cancer system. Of course, every person must seek individual growth, and inflammation starts with what you put in professional advice regarding the use of specific nutritional the gut,” says Browne, a national speaker in the field of supplements and possible interactions or contraindications. nutritional oncology and nutrition in chronic disease. There is evidence that supplementation can make “Certain foods will create inflammation for people, but not a difference in reducing disease and protecting against the same foods for every person, so that’s why I believe in cancer recurrence. A study completed in 1996 concluded different kinds of diets.” that if women with a family history of colon cancer take a Diet by blood type is one theory Browne supports. In daily multi-vitamin with folic acid intake greater than 400 his book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, a micrograms per day for five years may decrease their risk naturopathic physician and researcher, offers guidelines for of colon cancer by almost 50 percent. The 15-year study eating, exercising and supplementing the diet with vitamins published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and other nutrients, as well as suggested risk factors for in March 2002, followed more than 88,000 women. diseases, based on the four blood Another nutrient, vitamin D, types—O, A, B and AB. shows “the best evidence for cancer Diets high in animal fat and prevention,” according to Margaret I. Diets high in animal red meat and deficient in fruits and Cuomo, MD, author of A World Without fat and red meat and vegetables are correlated with higher Cancer. Researchers from the University rates of cancer and other diseases. of Rochester Medical Center found a link deficient in fruits Recent data indicates that diets between low levels of vitamin D and the and vegetables are excessive in refined carbohydrates, most aggressive breast cancers in a study which are mostly processed foods, of 155 women, a finding that supports correlated with higher contribute not only to higher rates several earlier studies linking low rates of cancer and of diabetes but also to the increase vitamin D levels and breast cancer risk. other diseases. in rates of obesity. Browne says, Further studies on the issue are needed, “Obesity is driving many cancers however, Browne believes that people because fat cells are biologically that keep their vitamin D levels high active and secrete inflammatory throughout their life can dramatically chemicals that travel throughout the body, which is one of decrease their risk for chronic diseases including cancers. the reasons we think obesity increases the risk of cancer and other diseases. Environmental Toxins Links have also been found between diabetes, obesity Certainly, exposure to environmental toxins such as asbestos, and certain cancers. The reasons are still being studied, pesticides, plastics, lawn fertilizers, tobacco, household but one postulation is that higher-than-normal spikes of cleaners, cosmetics and hair products have a significant blood-insulin levels and episodes of higher-than-normal impact on influencing the risk of cancer. Some of these blood sugar may promote cancer cell growth, according environmental factors linked to cancer can be modified by to an analysis published in 2010 in CA: A Cancer Journal lifestyle choices. Studies have found an increased risk of for Clinicians. A study published in the journal Molecular cancer associated with exposure to hair coloring, including Cell found that high sugar levels increase activity of a gene occupationally by hairdressers. An increased risk for nonwidely implicated in cancer progression, a key mechanism Hodgkin’s lymphoma was found among women that use linking obesity and diabetes with cancer. A team of scientists dark-colored dyes. headed by Dr. Custodia Garcia-Jimenez at the University For the cancer patient diagnosed early, modifications in of Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid found that abnormally high diet, lifestyle and environment may help prevent recurrence. levels of sugars in the intestine also increase the activity of Making dietary changes is one of the easiest prevention a protein known to be a major factor in the development of strategies. Other simple changes include swapping bottled many cancers. water for filtered tap water, as well as drinking acidic liquids

Dietary Supplementation

Although few long-term studies have looked at the relationship between nutritional supplements and cancer, in Browne’s opinion, enhancing the immune system can only help the fight against cancer. With some exceptions, she recommends her patients take supplements of omegathree essential fatty acids, a multi-vitamin, green tea and the patented immune-modulating supplement Ai/E10.

out of glass, rather than plastic or Styrofoam, to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals that can leach from these materials into the liquid. Important lifestyle changes consist of quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, exercising and taking quality supplements with the advice of a healthcare professional. Hedy Schulte is a freelance writer focusing on health and nutrition. She can be reached at natural awakenings

August 2013


Preventing Seizures Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


eople often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding

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her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative. There are many causes for canine seizures, with epilepsy being the most common. Epilepsy is the term used when the cause is unknown, so testing is needed to ensure other factors are not present. These might include toxicities, especially in younger dogs and

puppies (may include vaccines); brain tumors, more common in older dogs and certain breeds such as boxers and Boston terriers; infections, as in meningitis, or immune disorders such as the neurologic disease granulomatous meningoencephalitis, or GME; parasites, including aberrant heartworms; and regional diseases such as tickborne illnesses like Lyme or ehrlichiosis. Common testing includes a physical examination, food hypersensitivity and blood tests, tick serology, urine, fecal and cerebrospinal fluid analyses and a brain scan, which is usually a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Not all tests are needed on all pets because the veterinarian will rule out issues during the process. If other causes are ruled out and the problem is labeled as epilepsy, phenobarbital can be helpful, although side effects can occur as a result, including liver disease. In every case, the animal should be examined at least two to four times a year for possible complications from the drug, starting with a blood profile and urinalysis. It’s always best to supplement such treatment with natural remedies to help protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline. Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have experienced good results with phosphatidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell membranes, and so reduce and prevent seizures, while also providing detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans). Dimethylglycine supplementation aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and

adoption spotlight provides energy to the body’s cells. Herbs, including valerian, passionflower, kava, gastrodia (tian ma), uncaria (gou teng), ostrea concha (mu li) and buthus martensi (quan xie), can also be helpful. Because they can be powerful natural medicines that could interact with each other and with prescription medicines, use them only under veterinary supervision. Homeopathic remedies are also widely incorporated into natural treatments of seizures such as tinctures of stramonium and belladonna. A twicedaily homeopathic detoxification treatment for pets experiencing seizures from any cause, using berberis, nux vomica and lymphomyosot, is recommended, as well. Due to the overwhelming suc-

cess of using natural therapies for pets with epilepsy at our Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, most do not need to rely on medications for the problem. Those pets that arrive on a regiment of strong anticonvulsant drugs are slowly weaned off of them, resulting in improved health, lower vet bills and better control of recovery. Most never have another seizure, as long as they stay on the natural therapy protocol prescribed. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit

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Primp Your Pit Returns


etSmart Charities has once again offered grants to local clinics to help combat the pet overpopulation problem. Primp Your Pit is a campaign to help spay and neuter pitbulls in our area. The cost is only $20 and includes spaying/neutering and a nail trim. Three clinics will offer this amazing deal: The PAWS Clinic in Taylor, The, 313-451-8200; All About Animals in Warren (mobile unit and transport available),, 586-879-1745; and Humane Ohio in Toledo (offers free transportation as well),, 419-2665607. You need to call in advance to make an appointment; book early as spaces will fill quickly. Do your part and help solve the pet overpopulation problem today – spay or neuter your pit!

Avoid Summer Dangers to Pets


here are two summertime dangers to pets that every owner should be aware of: excessive heat and ticks. And currently in Michigan, we have plenty of both. Pets and wildlife need access to shade and water in extreme temperatures. For wildlife, consider leaving a bowl of water out and keeping it filled. For pets, you will need to monitor their time outside and make sure they have adequate shade and water when they are out. Pets can get dehydrated, sunburned, can burn their feet on hot asphalt, and can get heat stroke – so you need to be aware of the warning signs and dangers. Never leave your pets in the car! Taking your pets for a ride may seem like a good idea, but temperatures can quickly increase by 20-40 degrees inside a parked, hot car, even with the windows cracked, which can easily become a death sentence. Also, keep in mind that the police do have the authority to open a car to rescue an animal and you will be ticketed if they must do so. It’s best to leave your pets at home where they will be cool and safe. Another danger this year in Michigan is ticks. There has been an explosion of ticks in the state and they aren’t just confined to wooded areas; ticks are just as easily found in backyards. If you don’t want to use the chemical-laden flea and tick preventatives on your pets, you can find some natural alternatives or even make your own using various essential oils. However, you should always check with your vet to make sure the oil you choose is safe for your pet and you will need to apply any homemade remedies more often. With a little information and vigilance, you can help avoid summer dangers for your pet!

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Basil’s Buddies Encourages Cat Vaccinations


id you know that cats, even inside cats, need vaccines, too? The rabies vaccine is actually required by law and is necessary in order to get your cat licensed in cities that require licensing of cats. The RCP vaccine protects against three common diseases that even indoor cats can get. And the leukemia vaccine is recommended for cats that go outside or have exposure to outside cats. Even indoor cats can sometimes slip outside. And we can bring some viruses back into our homes on our shoes or clothing. So even if you think your cat is protected, there still could be a risk. In order to encourage more owners to vaccinate their cats, Basil’s Buddies is offering a free cat toy (while supplies last) at their next Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic for anyone getting their cat vaccinated or microchipped. Basil’s Buddies uses only non-adjuvanted vaccines, the safest vaccines available. They use the feline rabies vaccine, the only rabies vaccine specifically formulated for cats. The RCP costs $15 and rabies and leukemia are $20 each. An RCP/rabies package is available for $30. Microchipping is also available for $25. The Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic will be Friday, August 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Tiny Paws Pet Grooming located at 13498 Dix Rd in Southgate. For more information, visit, email, or call 734-926-1098.



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Trap Neuter Return Training - 11:30am-2pm. Interested in helping outdoor ‘stray’ cats? Taking them to the pound/shelter or calling animal control is NOT the answer when they’re “feral”. Learn the ins and outs of the lifesaving and humane solution, Trap Neuter Return (TNR). Learn about trapping, taking care of a colony, what to do in the winter, winter shelters, how you can get them fixed for cheap so they stop having litters in your area and get to meet others who can help you. Get a very comprehensive TNR guide book as a backup resource. $10 (covers the cost of the book). Registration is not necessary, but appreciated. Download and share a class flyer. All About Animals Rescue, 23451 Pinewood St, Warren., 586-879-1745.

AUGUST 2 Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic for Pets - 4:30-7:30pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy! Top quality vaccines, heartworm meds, and flea and tick preventatives for dogs and cats at low prices. Microchips available for $25. Nail trims available for $5. Clinic brought to you by Basil’s Buddies. Check online for prices. Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate., 734-926-1098.

AUGUST 3 Urban Livestock Series: Backyard Goats - 1011:30am. Learn the ropes (and regulations) for keeping backyard goats. $10. (Scholarships are available based on financial need) Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. GrowingHope. net, 734-786-8401. Pet Adoptions - 3-5:00pm. Basil’s Buddies has many available cats waiting for their fur-ever homes! Come meet your new best friend! PetSmart, 23470 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098.


Ann Arbor Pet Fest – 10am-6pm. (8/10-8/11) Ann Arbor Pet Fest is the largest pet festival in southeastern Michigan with an annual attendance of nearly 3,000 passionate pet owners. Our goal is to help local rescue groups and shelters find homes for foster pets and to offer a venue to artisans, service providers, and vendors where they may display to the public. We have enjoyed hosting over a 100 diverse and interesting booths each year and we are dedicated to making Ann Arbor Pet Fest fun for all: exhibitors and attendees alike. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-929-6533.

AUGUST 14 Pet Food Bank – 3-5:30pm. 2nd Wed of every month. Bring proof of your animals which you are seeking assistance for, see website for requirements. Please do not bring your animals to this visit. Trenton/Woodhaven Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098.

Pet Loss Support Group - 6:30pm. Basil’s Buddies is offering a monthly opportunity to help those who need a safe place to grieve and remember their pets. Whether you have lost your pet recently or many years ago, all are welcome to participate. We encourage you to bring a picture or other memento to the group. Led by Pet Loss Companioning Professional Cindie Loucks. Riverview Public Library, 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview., 734-926-1098.

Poochie Parlor Meet & Greet - 1-4pm. Come meet your new best friend from Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue at Poochie Parlor! Poochie Parlor, 50270 Cherry Hill, Canton., 734-461-9458.

SEPTEMBER 7 Bark for Life – Yappy Hour – 11am-4pm. Come to our ‘mini-event’ during the Plymouth Fall Festival for the American Cancer Society, a canine event to fight cancer and a social gathering for dog owners and their dogs. Includes vendors, games and a raffle. E.G. Nicks of Downtown Plymouth, 500 Forest Ave, Plymouth.

SEPTEMBER 21 Third Annual Bark for Life of Canton – 11a-3pm. This is an official Relay for Life event. You can pre-register, join a team, or form a team through the “tickets” link - Heritage Park, Canton.

EVERY SATURDAY Swim with your Senior dog - 2-5pm. 4ft deep heated pool, 1/2 hr swim $15. Private sessions RSVP required. $15 Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. MeandMyShadowLLC. com, 734-525-9500.


25940 Five Mile Rd., Redford 313-532-3070 Tuesday through Saturday We have several highly qualified stylists to suit everyone’s individual needs. We groom all breeds & cats (large & small). Creative grooming and coloring.

AUGUST 22 5th Annual Hogs 4 Dogs - 4-9pm. Hosted by Pat and Dan Kiernan, owners of Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s Martini Bar, this entire fund-raiser is organized and produced by the dedicated staff of both businesses, all of whom are animal lovers. Highlights include: Burgers, hot dogs, draft beer, and beverages (veggie options, too!)Live entertainment provided by Dog Bone (George Nigosian & friends) Simulator’s provided by Biker Bob’s Tin Can Auction, 50/50 Raffles Order tickets online $25 or purchased at Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s Martini Bar and the Shelter. Silky’s Martini & Music Bar, 21931 Michigan Ave, Dearborn., 313-943-2697.


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mental confusion, coma and death. This alarming discovery may leave a person wondering why harmful chemicals such as isopropyl alcohol are even used in a large quantity of products. The main reason is they have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, solvent and skin penetration qualities. The second reason for their widespread use is money-driven, because they are by-products of the petroleum industry. There are safe alternatives to using isopropyl alcohol and its components in body care products. Prudent shoppers can avoid ingredients in the isopropyl family by looking for words such as propyl, methyl, butyl, benzene, toluene, xylene and styrene in their ingredient listing.

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s youngsters head back to the classroom, parents can get their children off to a smart start by giving them key supplements. Here are some experts’ top picks.

Build Brains Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because the brain’s nerve cell membranes are made of fat, ingesting a healthy fat— DHA—helps them stay lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters, sharpening kids’ mental abilities. “Attention, focus, processing efficiency, memory—they’re all dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide. A contemporary study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that 4-year-olds

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that ingested 400 mg a day of DHA for four months showed improvement in listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition skills. Because finding an effective dose of pure DHA (at least 300 mg a day) can be difficult, Dr. Robert Rountree, co-author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, recommends administering liquid fish oil in a daily child’s dose of 800 to 1,500 mg at a ratio of 60 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to 40 percent DHA. “Anti-inflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viruses kids get,” explains Neustaedter. Algae can be a vegetarian substitute for fish oil, Neustaedter continues, but it contains only DHA, not EPA. Another vegetarian option, echium oil, internally converts to EPA at a oneto-one level, but not to DHA. Flaxseed oil is mostly alphalinolenic acid (ALA), which converts to DHA and EPA at a rate of only 3 to 7 percent. Phosphatydylserine (PS). This form of fat facilitates communication among brain cells. “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” notes Neustaedter. Already highly regarded for its ability to enhance memory performance in older adults, it may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in youngsters. PS is found in small amounts in foods like eggs and

soy. Therefore, Neustaedter recommends dietary supplementation of 100 mg a day for children that could use a brain booster. The best PS supplements are made from soy.

Improve Immunity Vitamin D. “It’s my top immune supplement choice for most children,” says Rountree. The vitamin is crucial for triggering the body’s natural immune system to react to and fight off infections. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily 1,200 international unit (IU) supplements of vitamin D3 reduced cases of seasonal flu in schoolchildren by more than 40 percent. Neustaedter recommends that school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, he says. Probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora to both assist digestion and immunity. “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced in the small intestine,” says Neustaedter. “Having a healthy small intestine will lead to a

healthy immune system. Probiotics will go a long way to accomplishing that.” Rountree recommends children receive a mixture of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria—at least 15 billion colony-forming units a day. A study by an international team published in Pediatrics showed that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children. Elderberry. “If kids get frequent colds, elderberry can be helpful,” notes Neustaedter, who suggests that children take such extracts according to label instructions for acute sickness during the cold and flu season. He considers it a worthy antiviral and immune system stimulant. Elderberry’s immune-boosting potential may be due to its ability to enhance antioxidant activity. Several studies, including one issued by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of a bout of flu.

will help,” Neustaedter advises. As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium; because kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, the two nutrients are usually given together, adds Rountree. He recommends that children take 100 to 300 mg of magnesium daily, depending on their age and weight. Lemon balm (melissa officinalis). To soothe anxiety, Rountree points to lemon balm as safe and gentle, yet effective. St. Mary’s Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, reports that researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs like valerian, may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders. Kids can drink one to two cups of freshly brewed tea daily. For a tasty and convenient option, substitute glycerites; tinctures that use glycerin to extract the active constituents from herbs.

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Magnesium. “If kids have a hard time turning their minds off and going to sleep, calcium and magnesium

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Good Food on a Tight Budget Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar by Kathleen Barnes


or many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources. “Putting good food on the family table on a five-or-sixdollar-a-day per person budget is tough, but it’s possible,” advises Nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietitian and co-author of the Environmental Working Group’s online publication, Good Food on a Tight Budget. “Even eating for one is doable for under $200 a month.” Researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

Think Outside the Box Some of the EWG findings might surprise many of us: 4 Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than 10 cents a serving, it poses far fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries.

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4 The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. 4 Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. 4 The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. 4 The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. 4 Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. 4 A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 4 Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can. 4 Queso blanco, a mild, soft, white cheese common in Latino cooking, is both less expensive and less processed than many other cheeses.

Change Our Routine Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” notes McMillan. Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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Updating the Basics of Healthy Eating

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nowing the nutritional content of foods and their benefits makes the choice to eat healthier foods easier. This requires researching more deeply than reading the labels on packaged foods and involves keeping up with the latest research on nutrition.

Nutritional Value of Organic Foods

According to a study by The Journal of Applied Nutrition, organically grown fruits and vegetables have a significantly higher nutritional content than conventional produce, making the nutritional benefits of organic food worth the extra price. Organically grown apples, wheat, sweet corn, potatoes and pears were examined over a two-year period. The results showed that organic produce was significantly higher in minerals than conventionally grown produce. The organically grown food averaged 63 percent higher in calcium, 73 percent higher in iron, 118 percent higher in magnesium, 178 percent higher in the essential element molybdenum, 91 percent higher in phosphorus, 125 percent higher in potassium and 60 percent higher in zinc. Organic meats were also found to be leaner and contain higher amounts of healthy omega-3 fats than meat harvested from conventional livestock.


Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms in which the genetic material, or DNA, has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. The

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), an international association of physicians interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment, asserts genetically modified foods pose a serious health risk. Few studies have been done with humans and GMOs; however, several feeding studies in animals have found that GMO diets damage immune systems, create cellular change and result in high death rates. Most consumers are not aware that nearly 70 percent of popular processed foods contain GMOs. A pocket-sized shopping guide that lists more than 150 nonGMO brands is available on the website The handy guide helps shoppers identify and avoid foods that contain GMOs.

Children and High Glycemic Foods

Since the 1980s, obesity rates in children have increased, partly due to the rise in the consumption of processed foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Government statistics show that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. A recently published study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links the consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates to the stimulation of the addiction center in the brain. The research conducted by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital found that foods high on the glycemic index, such as white flour or potatoes, may cause excess

hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings. These findings suggest that limiting highglycemic foods could help individuals avoid overeating.


Food sensitivities are becoming more common in children today because of changes in the food supply. In his book, Wheat Belly, cardiologist William Davis, explains that since the 1960s, wheat has been repeatedly hybridized with other grasses to increase yield-per-acre. By 1985, nearly all wheat farmers had begun growing this high-yield strain. Modern wheat, Davis says, is too high in its most abundant protein, gliadin, which is degraded in the gastrointestinal tract and eventually binds to opiate-receptors, stimulating the appetite and leading to weight gain especially in children. Davis claims people who eat gliadin consume 400 calories more per day. Some experts also believe gliadin plays a role in autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. There are many alternatives to wheat, and it is fairly easy to find flours made from a variety of alternatives, including barley, buckwheat, rice and rye. It is important for those with gluten sensitivities to avoid barley, oats and rye, in addition to wheat. Non-cereal grains, including amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat are gluten-free. Ground nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts also make a rich, gluten-free flour substitute. Dried beans, such as navy, pinto and chickpeas, can also be ground and used in combination with other

flours. Potato starch, arrowroot powder, and tapioca can replace wheat flour as thickening or binding agents. Many books and websites offer alternative recipes and formulas for substituting wheat flour.

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Ultimately, eliminating processed foods and reducing a dietary reliance on grains leaves more room for healthier choices. Leafy greens, like kale, contain a good source of many minerals. According to nutrition writer Jill Ettinger, kale is a good source of many nutrients that make it an excellent anti-inflammatory food and liver detoxifier. This dark green member of the Brassica oleracea family has more iron than beef per calorie and more bioavailable calcium per calorie than milk. It is also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Easy to prepare, versatile, and delicious, kale can be blanched, boiled, braised, sautéed, steamed or stir-fried, as well as consumed raw in a salad, wrap, juice or smoothie. Another outstanding addition to the diet is the sweet potato. When substituted for white potatoes, sweet potatoes contribute numerous nutrients, including lutein and carotenoids, which clean up cancer-causing free radicals from the blood. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranks the sweet potato as the most nutritious vegetable of all, scoring it 100 points higher than the runner up and noting that eating one cup of sweet potatoes a week may reduce the risk of lung, skin and prostate cancers. It takes only 21 days to make a new habit, and changing the taste buds to appreciate healthier foods is no exception. Trying these suggestions is only the beginning. Keeping up with the latest information and making changes to incorporate healthier eating habits will help us lose weight, revitalize our energy and bring health to our entire family. Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, B.S., D.C., N.D., owns TLC Holistic Wellness located at 31580 Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia. As a practicing chiropractor, wellness consultant and cellular hydration specialist, she provides holistic and nutritional recommendations. Visit for more health information and for a listing of free public workshops, or call 734-664-0339.

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he adage that a family that plays together stays together is more valid than ever. Yes, healthy individual sports are good, but recreational activities that involve the whole family deliver bonus benefits—from more exercise for more people to fierce, yet fun bonding that affords fresh opportunities and makes memories worth revisiting.

Sample Scores Baseball expands the father-andson tradition of tossing a ball back and forth and turns a yard or local park into the family’s own Field of Dreams. Go inclusive and offer mitts to other family members, as well. Anyone not into throwing and catching can still participate by running around those that are passing the ball. Basketball hoop shooting can be as loose or structured as participants like. A game known as Horse provides fun for family and friends. When someone scores a basket, others take their shot from the same spot on the court; those that miss are assigned a “penalty” letter of the word. In consecutive rounds, each player that reaches the complete word is eliminated until only one (that day’s winner) remains.

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cise and a healthier planet. Local club rides and charity events add zest. For bicycle-friendly states, user tips, events and information on local clubs, check, USA and Disc golf moves the recreational pastime of Frisbee-tossing to an intriguing level of competitive accuracy and wholebody exercise. Participants toss a flying disc toward and eventually into a raised basket at the end of each “hole” at a special course; the player with the fewest total tosses (like a golfer with the fewest total strokes) after nine or 18 holes wins. Backyard putters practice getting closest to the pin and in. For more information, including local courses for this fast-growing sport, visit Tennis for four is perfect for Mom, Dad and two offspring to strengthen skills and relationships via doubles play. Strategizing between partners engages teamwork and laughter. Many nearby public parks or school courts are open in the summer. For tips or updates on local leagues, visit

Benefits Transcend Exercise According to Make Physical Activity a Family Event, a recent study sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, “Participating in family physical activities helps children gain life skills, as well as health benefits,” such as learning teamwork, leadership skills and quality decision-making. Other positive aspects cited include appreciating sportsmanship, positive role modeling and strengthening intrafamily relationships. The study further recommends noncompetitive family activities to round out the potential for wholefamily benefits. Working in the yard, group scavenger hunts, early morning calisthenics before work and school, walking the dog and volunteering at a local shelter all make the grade.

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Baby Boot Camp (BabyBootCamp. com), headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, has been maximizing and expanding moms’ predilection for taking their newborn out for a walk or light run. One-hour classes led by nationally certified fitness experts prompt group stroller power walks, as well as strength- and interval-training sessions, predominantly at malls and recreation centers. “It’s not just about reducing weight. We inspire mothers to know that it’s possible for them to become even stronger and fitter after having a child than they were before,” says founder and CEO Kristen Horler. “It also provides a larger sense of community, a glue that holds them together and keeps them coming back.” Recently, many of the 150-plus franchises in 25 states, (especially prevalent in California, Florida, New York and Texas), began offering free Saturday sessions for dads. Yoga facilities are also engaging extended family members. One example is Bloom Retreat; originally founded as a mother-and-child community center in Walnut Creek, California, it now offers couples yoga. “Practicing yoga together offers another way to physically play and communicate,” observes founder and owner Michelle Long. In family sessions, poses include all family members holding hands while balancing on one foot, and touching knees during sitting poses. “Some children are a little threatened by competitive sports, even though others feed on it. When they see this is different, they find a calmer center within themselves. They also see another interesting side of their parents,” remarks Long. Kids’ yoga birthday parties are also on the upswing. Overall, when it comes to ways for eliciting healthy family recreation, the more, the merrier.

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Little Shoppe Market at Northville Square 10am- 7pm. (8/2-8/4) Northville Square provides a unique opportunity for Shoppe-keepers (our crafters, artisans and vendors). This venue will house upwards of 75 exhibitors, and provides customers a convenient way to shop while visiting the retail shops that call Northville Square home. This special event is coinciding with the Buy Michigan Now Festival and will feature all Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products. Free. Northville Square Mall, 133 W Main St, Northville., 734-660-7967. Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com, 734-664-0339.

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Wholistic Health Fair – 10am-6pm. The wellness revolution returns, East meets West! Comes experience the best of both worlds – revolutionary healing arts, products and services. Features wellness presentations, healthy food court, wholistic vendors, games for kids, alkaline water, beauty & personal care, massage & reflexology, music & entertainment, exercise & dance, contests & prizes – fun for the whole family, indoor & outdoor, free. SanKofa Life Campus, 18734 Woodward Ave (3 blocks S of 7 Mile) Detroit. 313-366-5250

Holistic Fertility Group - 2-4pm. This is a meeting for women who are trying to conceive. Group will discuss holistic approaches to fertility including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, supplements, diet and emotional support, led by Julie Shindler-Cohen, Acupuncturist, and Dr. Sheba Roy, ND. RSVP to 248-737-7126. Free. MI Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medic, 7001 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield., 248-737-7126.

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Rejuvenating Yoga - 8:30-9am. Get a refreshing start to your day with a revitalizing yoga class geared around entry and beginner level students, all levels welcome. $12 drop-in. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-676-3813.

MON, AUG 05 , 2013

Use it and Lose it - 6-7pm. Every weight loss program is based on three simple principles. Understand them to find your best weight loss program. Learn how we gain weight and share natural methods to lose and maintain it naturally. Taught by Naturopath Jesse R. Brown who has over 30 years experience in wholistic health methods and training. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit. WholisticTrainingInstitute. com, 313-538-5433.

Beginner Belly Dance Lesson - 7-8pm. Ladies of all ages-join us to learn the ancient art of belly dance, all fitness levels welcome-no exp necessary, get a muscle-toning workout that improves posture, flexibility, and balance. Wear comfortable, formfitting clothes and get ready to have some fun! Free. Wayne Recreation Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne., 313-506-3073.

TUE, AUG 06 , 2013

Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia., 734-664-0339.

WED, AUG 07 , 2013

The Eyes are the window... - 6-7pm. The eyes are said to be the window to the soul and Iridology is an ancient science that provides the insight into your health. Genetic and acquired information are shown in the eyes. Look at your own eyes as you have never seen them before and find out if they are truly the window to your inner self. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433. Intro to Essential Oils - 7:30-8:30pm. Learn how Essential Oils can enhance your life, family, home and even your pets. AromaTherapy Sessions coming soon. $5. World of Pole Fitness & Dance, 32669 Warren, Ste 6, Garden City. WorldofPole. com, 734-306-0909.

THU, AUG 08 , 2013

Remedies for the Belly Blues - 6-7pm. Gas, bloating, constipation and bowel irritability are all common problems that affect millions of people in North America. Understand the cause of these problems and some natural remedies for them. Food, products and cleansing programs will be discussed. Class taught by Jesse R. Brown Director of Detroit Wholistic Center. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433.

Scrumptious Summer Veggies - 6:30-8pm. Join us for a cooking demonstration class with Harvest Kitchen using fresh, seasonal produce. Register online or call, cost is $15. (Scholarships available based on financial need) Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. GrowingHope. net, 734-786-8401.

SAT, AUG 10 , 2013

Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com, 734-664-0339.

MON, AUG 12 , 2013

Tummy Trouble - Natural Solutions to Digestive  Problems 7-9pm. Presented by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND, Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist.  Acid Reflux, hiatal hernias, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and crohn’s disease - you have options to medications; learn about natural means of improving or even correcting these problems.  Free, limited to first 15 guests.  Reservations required 734-756-6904. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.

Learning Disabilities; The Natural Approach - 7:15-8:30pm. Know someone young or old that suffers from ADD, Autism, anxiety or any other learning disabilities? What about teachers, principals or parents that deal with children that have disabilities?  Dr D will discuss holistic options. Call to register 734-455-6767. free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton.

TUE, AUG 13 , 2013

Let’s Make this Crystal Clear - 7-8:30pm. Join MJ for this informative and interactive evening of working with crystals. Focus will be on the crystals for chakras + care of crystals, energy and their use in healing. Call to register 734-455-6767, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste109, Canton.

TUE, AUG 13 , 2013

Let’s Make this Crystal Clear - 7-8:30pm. Join MJ for this informative and interactive evening of working with crystals. Focus will be on the crystals for chakras + care of crystals, energy and their use in healing. Call to register 734-455-6767, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste109, Canton.

WED, AUG 14 , 2013

Winning the Game - 7-8:30pm. Learn how you can make stressors work for you rather than against you, how chronic stress affects your body, and how to begin the healing process, free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, PC, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. KarlWellnessCenter. com, 734-425-8220.

THU, AUG 15 , 2013 Raw Food Preparation - 6-7pm. Raw Foods have proven helpful for many people. Learn how to fix the foods that taste good and get results. Our expert and certified food preparation instructors will help and demonstrate raw foods and the benefits of adding them to your diet and lifestyle. Taste and touch the tantalizing raw food like you have never experienced before. Free-donations accepted.. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit. WholisticTrainingInstitute. com, 313-538-5433. What to do with Mystery Fruits - 6-7pm. Not sure what to do with those mystery fruits? Lucinda will show you how to turn them into delicious dishes! $5. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208 Healing your Adrenals Naturally - 6:45pm. Always tried? Learn the root cause of adrenal fatigue in this dynamic workshop. RSVP at 734525-9588, free. Dr William Civello, 23975 Novi Rd, Ste A-101, Novi.

FRI, AUG 16 , 2013


3rd Annual YogaFest 2013 – (8/168/18) Enjoy a variety of yoga classes, workshops, live music, healthy food, vendors, speakers, group meditations, kids events, and Jump for Joy program. Yogic fun for the whole family. Come for a day or stay for the whole weekend. Song of the Morning Ranch retreat in Vanderbilt.

Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com, 734-664-0339.

SAT, AUG 17 , 2013

MON, AUG 19 , 2013 Trigger Point Therapy Workshop - 7-8:30pm. Learn how pressure points can affect your life, and how to control headaches, sinus conditions, and other health-related disorders, “hands on” workshop, and it’s recommended that you attend with a partner. Call to register 734-455-6767, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton.

WED, AUG 21 , 2013

Everyone Can Heal -10am-12pm. Do you want to know what you can do for yourself, your family or professionally. This class led by Jesse R. Brown Naturopath will share the elements of healing and how everyone can learn to or facilitate healing in ourselves and others. By Tapping into our bodies innate healing processes and some training you can learn how healing occurs. You will also gain insight into why healing doesn’t happen and what you can do about it.  This class is great for people in the health care field, wholistic practitioners, parents, people in the hair care and beauty industry and network marketing distributors and professionals. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433. Gardening & Cooking with Kids - 11am-1pm. Gardening and cooking workshops geared for the whole family to enjoy, from “farm-to-table.” Register online at $15 per family. (Scholarships available based on financial need) Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401.

Herbs and Health - 6-7pm. Want to know what herbs should be in your Herbal Health Chest? You will learn about what herbs do, what forms to use them in and which ones may work best for you and your family. Grow them, prepare food with them, use them as teas, poultices, ointments and extracts. Everybody can learn how to use herbs personally or professionally. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433.

The Energy in Your Home - 7-8pm. New workshop- presented by Tammy Braswell. Learn how the energy in your home creates an environment that affects your relationships, health, emotions and even the ability to sell your home, plus how the negative energy can be cleared to create a “clean” environment for you and your loved ones to live in, experiencing more peace and harmony, and even a quicker sale! Call to register 734-455-6767, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton., 734455-6767.

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and support group services to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their families in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Sanilac & St Clair counties. Registration is on-line and walkers can participate as individuals or in teams. Ford Field, 2000 Brush St, Detroit., 248-996-1060.

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Varicose Veins - 6-7:30pm. Don’t know what to do about your varicose veins? Kathy Peltier will talk about some natural solutions! $5. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Live Love Local Celebration – noon-3pm. Celebrates local chefs, fresh locally-grown produce and local green living and highlights the innovative ways Detroit has progressed toward creating a greener, healthier and more sustainable city by bringing together a spectrum of enthusiasts including community partners, industry leaders, farmers, environmentalists and foodies from around the country. Sample local food highlighted in original recipes from 25 of the areas’s hottest chefs, + hands-on environmental activities for kids, tours, “farm to fork” discussions, demos and exhibits. All proceeds support The Greening of Detroit’s mission to inspire the sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green space, food, education, training and job opportunities. Tickets $25; kids 6-10 $10, five & under free. Detroit Eastern Market – Shed 5, 2934 Russell St, Detroit., 313-285-2255.

Water, water, everywhere... - 6-7pm. Are you confused about what type of water is best for you and what the differences are? This class is designed to help you select the best water for your body and learn how it affects our bodies. Dr. Robert Young’s book The Ph Miracle and recent discoveries about water will be shared. Try our water and learn what you can do to help yourself with the second most important nutrient-water! Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433. How to Boost your Child’s Immune System - 6:45pm. Learn the safest, most effective ways to strengthen and improve your child’s immune system which leads to a healthier, happier more well-rounded kid. RSVP at 734-525-9588, Free. Dr William Civello, 23975 Novi Rd., Ste A-101, Novi.

SUN, AUG 25 , 2013

22 nd Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s 8-11am. One mile outdoor fun walk to benefit the Metro Detroit Region of the Greater MI Chapter Alzheimer’s Assoc. with a goal of raising $700,000, and a team of 6,000 walkers-all joining together to raise funds in support of education, training, adult daycare services, advocacy,

28 Years as a Chiropractic Holistic Wellness Consultant

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer B.S., D.C., N.D. Chiropractic Holistic Wellness Consultant

q Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic q Fast Effective Pain Relief q Weight Loss q Nutrition q Homeopathy q Natural Hormone Balancing q Nutrition Response Testing

FREE Consultation 31580 Schoolcraft Rd. • Livonia 1/4 Mile West of Merriman, on the North Side of Schoolcraft

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— AUGUST EVENTS — Tummy Trouble - Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:00-9:00pm TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia

Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine Tuesday, August 27, 2013 7:00pm Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia

Drink Yourself Healthy Friday, August 2 at 7:00pm Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00pm Saturday, August 10 at 11:00am Friday, August 16 at 7:00pm Saturday, August 24 11:00am Saturday, August 30 at 11:00am Not all water is equal. Come learn the truth about water.


Free Hormone/ Stress Tests

savethedate Chefs in the Garden - 5-8pm. Local chefs from Silvio’s Ristorante Italiana & Pizzeria and Zingerman’s Creamery dish up seasonal fare during this delicious dinner party. Proceeds benefit Growing Hope’s work to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at ChefsintheGardenAugust. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. GrowingHope. net, 734-786-8401.


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WED, AUG 28 , 2013

Essential Daily Exercises - 1-2pm. Learn the six most essential exercises that will help you to improve strength, balance, and overall energy, a must for all ages and fitness levels. Stay and enjoy organic snacks plus Q & A afterwards. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Free, please register., 734-425-8220.

Sexual Health and Healing - 6-7pm. Are you concerned about frigidity, impotence, erectile dysfunction or fertility? Do you want to have greater sexual energy, satisfaction and stamina naturally? This class will address the common causes of sexual problems and fertility and what some options for sexual health improvement. Free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433.

Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine – 7-9pm. Jump start your weight loss. Learn how the body and metabolism work. Presented by Dr Carol A Fischer, DC, ND. Free, limited to 15 guests, call 734-756-6904 to reserve your spot. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd 3rd floor, Livonia.

FRI, AUG 30 , 2013

Modern medicine, for all of its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively. ~Deepak Chopra Pressure Point Therapy - 7-8pm. Step-by-step instructions of this therapy is taught by Certified Wellness Dr William H Karl, DC. Bring a partner to receive the most benefit from this relaxing, informative workshop. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220.

Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com, 734-664-0339. Fifth Fridays in Wyandotte - Chalk and Chocolate - 5-9pm. Wyandotte Business Assoc, many of the shops and restaurants in the downtown district stay open later than usual, offer freebies, specials and discounts on these special nights. In addition, there is musical entertainment and free trolley and horse and carriage rides throughout the downtown district. Visit Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

SAT, AUG 31 Vintage Base Ball Annual Home Classic Tournament - 11am-5pm. Step back in time to relive the good old days of America’s favorite past time - Base Ball! Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of old fashioned fun as local ball clubs travel to Wyandotte to compete in a Vintage Base Ball Tournament against our very own Star Club. The Y & • Stars recreates the original team formed here in 1867, and they are taking the field again in this third Annual Home Classic!   Watch and learn how base ball has changed through the years as the teams compete by the historic rules of 1867 – including no mitts on the field and the principles of gentlemanly sportsmanship:  ‘No Sliding.  No Cursing.  No Gloves.’ Matches at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm (Championship Game). Refreshments and merchandise available for sale on-site. Free. Memorial Field, 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Wyandotte. 734.324.7284.

New Yoga Studio Coming Fall 2013! NOTE: This is a computergenerated rendering, layout is subject to change.

Join us for wide variety of yoga classes with our experienced yoga instructors in our newly designed yoga room! • Beautifully renovated space • Wood flooring • Tranquil colors • Soft lighting • Built-in sound system • New yoga equipment and storage room

• Access to newly renovated locker rooms • Access to Schoolcraft Pool (Lap Swim) • Safe, clean, comfortable environment ...and much more!

Registration for the Fall 2013 semester begins Monday, July 29th Call 734-462-4448 or visit for more information

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Frontier Town Farmers & Artisans Market – 10am-3pm. Take a drive back in time to the wild west frontier and enjoy this unique venue with shopping, musical entertainment & open mic opportunities, plus lots of space to spread out and picnic, pet the goats and pick up some farm fresh produce. Frontier Town, 67310 Van Dyke Ave, (just N of 31 Mile Rd) Romeo. Vendor spaces $20, call 586-943-5785, FrontierTownFarmersMarket Lincoln Park Farmers Market – 11am-4pm. Farmers, growers, crafts and specialty food vendors. Credit, debit, Bridge Card accepted + Double Up food bucks starting in July. Southfield Rd Municipal Parking Lot, bet I-75 & Fort St, Lincoln Park. 313-427-0443. Yoga Class - 11:30am-12:30pm. Guided poses to warm the body. Gentle postures with optimal alignment. All levels, donation based(not Free) BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642.

Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. info@ 734-282-9642. Yoga – 6-7pm. De-stress, relax, rejuvenate! $10. The Sanctuary, Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 248880-3755.

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. Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. Call to make an appt with Alicia. Walk-ins also welcome. Only $25. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Zumba – 9-10am. With Kym $10 SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

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$2 Shot Day. Do you think you can handle a hot shot? On select Mondays in June, try a $2 hot shot at Total Health Foods Juice Bar! $2. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., , 734-246-1208. 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. Free during July. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Gentle Flow Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA.

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Donation Pop-Up Yoga - 12-1pm. Basic-Hatha Flow class, we encourage students to pay what they can, no one will be turned away, takes place in the atrium of the Fisher Bldg, street parking is available + in the lot attached to the Fisher Building (just W, & across the St from the New Ctr Bldg). donation. The Fisher Building, 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit., 405-971-4523.

ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. All levels. $14. TaylorYoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 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., 734-455-5910. Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market 2-6pm. Featuring 40 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cheese, meats, plants and seedlings, soaps, laundry detergent, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting: cash, SNAP/EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit. Downtown Ypsilanti, Ferris St & Hamilton St, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale. Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City., 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 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate., 734282-9642. Transformational Tuesdays – 7-9pm. With Dr Keefa Weatherspoon. $10 SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 Core Yoga + Meditation - 7:30- 8:30pm. Come and experience Core Yoga + Meditation in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Hghts. 313-791-3600. 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 week Chris Lee bring you the hottest author’s, experts and thought leaders - dynamic people who positively impact the planet. Visit chrisleelifestyle to listen online.

$2 Shot Day - 9am-9pm. Want to try a healthy shot? Each Wednesday in August, try a different $2 hot shot at Total Health Foods Juice Bar! Aug 7 & 21 - Hot shot, Aug 14 - Wheatgrass shot Aug 28 - Red Horse shot $2. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

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.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 2nd and 4th Wed. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit two meetings free. WCCCDownriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 8, Taylor. Contact Mark Tremper 313-460-0438.

Chakra Yoga – 11am-12pm. Vinyasa class led by Courtney Conover, designed to help balance chakras, all levels $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor.

Wayne Farmers Market - 3-7pm. Run by Growing Hope, features over 25 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, soaps, candles, garden art, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting: SNAP/ EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit cards. Goudy Park, 3355 S Wayne Rd, Wayne., 734-786-8401.

Wyandotte Farmers Market - 12-6pm. Join Total Health Foods at the farmers market. Wyandotte Farmers Market, First and Elm, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Circle of Light – 2-7pm. Sukyo Mahikari, Love offering. SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313366-5250

Tai Chi – 6-7pm. With Boby Jean Calhoun $10 Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 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., 313-383-0100. Pop Up Yoga at Lafayette Greens Urban Garden – 6-7pm. Outdoor slow flow- all levels welcome, suggested donation $10. Thru Sept 25th, meter parking is available in the street. Lafayette Green Urban Garden, 144 W Lafayette, Detroit.

There is always a

certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely. ~Ugo Betti

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Community Yoga - 7-8pm. All-levels, dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pte Farms., 313-884-4465. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.

Yin Yoga - 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels, yin is a unique quality of challenge and surrender that works to stretch muscles and connective tissues $15. BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-544-9787.

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.

Eastside Farmers Market - 3-7pm. (6/7 – 9/27) Fresh produce, healthy foods, and unique artisan items all locally made, sold directly by the growers and producers. Payment methods: cash, Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC, Project Fresh, credit & debit. Wkly music and entertainment. Mack Alter Square, 14820 Mack Ave, Detroit. EastsideFarmersMarket, 313-331-3427.

Shelby Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. May thru Oct, locally grown farm fresh fruits & veggies plus cottage food items, crafters and artisans. Historic Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave (bet 22 & 23 Mile Rds), Shelby Twp. 586-943-5785. Zumba – 10-11am. With Via Kim $10. Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

Hustle Dance – 6-7pm. With Fast Freddy $10. SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Slow Flow Yoga - 11:30am-12:15pm. Beginning students and moderate pace. Intro to vinyasa. Gentle flow working toward an advanced beginner class. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe. MindBodyBalance. com, 734-457-9003.

Prenatal Yoga – 11am. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville., 248-449-9642.

Kid’s Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 7-12 years old. Learn basic postures, activities, and games. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003. Open Gymnastics Fridays – 7-9pm. All levels welcome, drop in fee $10. Sokol Detroit Gymnastics, 23600 W Warren Ave, Dearborn Hghts., 313-268-7232.

P90X Certified Classes - 12-12:30pm. P90X is now available in live class form, drop in $12. World of Pole Fitness & Dance, 32669 Warren, Ste 6, Garden City., 734-306-0909.

Tai Chi – 12-1pm. With Ted Cash $10. SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 &

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Another Plus for Natural Birth


team of researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, has found that vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein, UCP2 (mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2), in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood. It influences neurons and circuits in the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. The protein is also involved in the cellular metabolism of fat, a key component of breast milk, suggesting that induction of UCP2 by natural birth may aid the transition to breastfeeding. The researchers also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of babies delivered by Caesarean section. These results suggest, “The increasing prevalence of C-sections, driven by convenience rather than medical necessity, may have a previously unsuspected lasting effect on brain development and function in humans,” observes Tamas Horvath, chair of Yale’s Department of Comparative Medicine.

Bounce House Boo-Boos


staple at amusement parks, fast-food restaurants and kids’ backyard parties, inflatable bounce houses look and sound like a lot of fun—yet can cause problems. “I was surprised by the number of injuries, especially by the rapid increase,” says Dr. Gary A. Smith, lead author of a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy that he founded at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. From fewer than 1,000 injuries sending kids 17 and under to emergency rooms in 1995, the number skyrocketed to nearly 11,000 in 2010. Most injuries result from falls or collisions within the bounce houses or from falling out of them; only 3 percent required a hospital stay. Bounce house injuries are similar to those associated with trampolines, and more than a third of the study injuries involved children 5 and younger. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends against letting children younger than 6 use full-size trampolines, and Smith says barring that age group from even smaller, home-use bounce houses makes sense. In addition, the commission recommends limiting use to fewer bouncers at a time and not allowing younger children to participate at the same time as older kids.



dolescent angst, formerly vented in private “Dear diary” entries, is now shared with others in blogs—with positive effect. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Services, interactively engaging with an online community is an effective way for teens to relieve social distress. Researchers recruited 161 teenagers that exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress and asked them to blog, with one group opening their posts to comments. Bloggers that wrote about their problems and allowed readers to respond reported the greatest improvement in mood. The comments on blogs were overwhelmingly positive, offering constructive support.

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arents trying to entice fussy eaters to sample more nutritionally diverse diets have a surprising strategy at hand: color. A study at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, has shown that colorful fare—specifically, food plates with seven different items and six colors—appear to be particularly favored by children. In contrast, adults tend to prefer fewer colors on one plate—only three items and three hues. Source: Acta Paediatrica

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Toddlers Want to Help Out



Our Own Ode of Joy

new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, suggests that young children are intrinsically motivated to see others helped. The researchers observed three groups of 2-year-olds that all saw an adult dropping a small item and struggling to pick it up. One group was allowed to intervene and help the adult. Another group was held back from helping by their parents. The third group watched the adult receive help from another adult. The researchers found that children’s feelings of sympathy (measured

Singing Heals Our Soul, Sets Us Free by Jan Kortie


efore singing was part of any human culture, it was part of nature. Nature never tries hard; it just is. It grows and blossoms and flows. So does heartfelt singing—as a joyful expression of soul, of one’s essential being. It is giving and sharing. Most of all, it is alive. Singing like this doesn’t ask for effort. But it does ask for courage. In expressing our longings, hopes and love, we may encounter fear, shame or sorrow. That’s part of the beauty and surprising simplicity of liberating ourselves through song, which can be equally cheerful, lighthearted and humorous, or insightfully confronting the challenging issues in our lives. Some people make every effort to sing eloquently, but the joy of singing is just as fully accessible for those that can’t master the technical qualifications or even carry a tune. All we really need to do to achieve personal satisfaction is to sing what’s inside us, enabling who we are to emerge. That’s why singing is healing; it helps make us whole. Giving emotional space to ourselves in song allows us to be heard in a special way; no two voices are alike because each is exactly suited to the individual. Our innate tendency to sing,

like other forms of music, connects us with others and reminds us of ways in which we are attuned to one another. More natural than talking, the vibration of a singing voice is the most magical, direct way to connect our internal and external worlds. It’s comforting to note that we can only sing off-key if we compare our voice to another’s. No child ever decides by himself that he can’t sing. A child spontaneously sings, dances and draws without preconception until an authority figure steps in with a discordant opinion. Singing is a natural phenomenon as intuitive as breathing. It’s our right to sing freely, and so share our hearts and music with the world. As a soaring expression of love it contributes greatly to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. Jan Kortie first introduced the idea of voice-liberation in the Netherlands 30 years ago, developing a joyful approach to personal and professional singing that extends beyond traditional methods and techniques. His book, Your Soul Wants to Sing, available in Dutch, is the primer for his Academy of Voice Liberation, where he serves as director.

by dilated pupil size, which corresponds to increased feelings of concern) were twice as high when they were unable to help the adult and no help was provided, compared to the same indicator when they were able to provide assistance. Ten of the 12 children that were allowed to help did so. The toddlers’ concerns likewise decreased when they watched someone else help the adult. The study’s authors concluded that young children’s helping behavior does not require that they perform the behavior themselves and receive “credit” for it, but requires only that the other person is helped. Thus, from an early age, humans seem to have genuine concern for the welfare of others.

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Renée Peterson Trudeau Explores Soulful Parenting by Meredith Montgomery


he oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children and mother of one, Renée Peterson Trudeau serves as a life balance coach, speaker and president of Career Strategists, a coaching and consulting firm. Thousands of women in 10 countries participate in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Now, in a new book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, Trudeau helps empower families to handle the challenges of everyday life with harmony and ease.

How can individuals achieve more peace? We realize peace by nurturing our hearts and souls with self-care, by slowing down and being gentle with ourselves. It requires us to attune and respond to our own needs and desires in the present moment. Am I responding with compassion when I make mistakes? Am I saying no when I need to say no? Did I ask for and receive help when I needed it? This is self-care in day-to-day life. When we feel nurtured in ways aligned with our deeper needs, we’re able to more fully express our potential and relax into being who we truly are.

How does such caring show up in family dynamics? When I’m feeling grumpy or irritable, I know that my inner cup is empty and I’m out of sync with my needs. When we practice self-care, we are more present with our partner and children.

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We feel more generous, loving and playful, and it’s easier to weather crises and uncertainties. I believe that modeling self-love is one of the best ways to influence children’s self-esteem.

Why is it important for families to define what they value most? It’s empowering for a family to anchor together around one key core value. Once you identify it, you all can make more conscious decisions. The value that my own family has chosen is compassion for one’s self and others. Creativity, spirituality, service or learning are others. As kids grow into adolescence, it becomes more challenging to maintain balance; there are so many demands on a family’s time and attention. Mentally, we’re often overwhelmed by an expanding scope of activities and decisions. At any age, a lot of us are just reacting to whatever comes at us. But when we identify the values most important to us, it’s easier to know when to say yes and no to things, so that our actions become aligned with our priorities.

What is behind the rising appeal of living more simply? Simplicity is alluring at a most basic level of our being; we crave it. We want to invest less energy in making decisions and have more space for life to organically unfold. We want to hit the pause button because we are overscheduled, overworked and overloaded with too

“Mom, tell them to surprise their kids—listen to them, have fun with them and just spend time with them.” ~ Jonah Trudeau, age 9 much information. It can feel so good to be productive, and American culture rewards output. But we need to be mindful of balancing the harder task of ‘being’ with the seduction of doing, for we are at our most powerful when both of these energies are equal.

Where do we start? If we are not currently living in alignment with what matters most to us, we can stop what we’re doing and course-correct. We have to define what simplicity looks like for us and can start by just slowing down. Do less to experience more. Unplug from technology. Try spending unscheduled, mediafree time together. My family feels most nourished after weekends that we hardly did anything and just enjoyed connecting through simple pleasures.

What role does spirituality play in fostering a healthy family life? I hear a lot of parents say that they used to think that spirituality was separate from parenting. Then they woke up to the idea that being a parent is a spiritual practice, maybe the most profound one they will ever have. Connecting to the sacred in everyday life yields nurturing gifts we can enjoy with our children, not separate from them.

What is the most valuable advice that you offer to parents? Pause to breathe in compassion and realize that our outer state is a reflection of our inner state. It helps us release whatever we’re dealing with and reconnect with ourselves and loved ones. For more information, visit Meredith Montgomery is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Five Reconnection Points n Be mindful of how and when the family uses technology. Put people first. n Tap the healing power of nature together. Take hikes, picnics and explore a local greenbelt. n Love the ones you’re with. Schedule regular time together to make sure it happens.

n Define your family’s values and honor them. n Slow down. Do less to experience more. Fewer choices and a lighter schedule can make for a happier family. Source: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, by Renée Peterson Trudeau.

Small Daily Practices Make a Huge Difference by Renée Peterson Trudeau


regular spiritual practice grounds us and helps us navigate the challenges of just being human. It helps us stay awake, begin to let go, trust the rhythm and flow of life and relax into the beauty of our true nature. Create Ritual – Meaningful rituals can be carefully planned events or casual, but regular remembrances, such as voicing gratitude before a family meal or greeting one another with a hug. Marking transitions and milestones in the lives of family members likewise connects everyone to the sacredness of daily living. We remember that life is more than to-do lists. Cultivate Stillness – Quiet private contemplation through stillness, prayer, meditation or reflection is a daily way to connect with our inner wisdom and/ or embrace a higher power, and can make the whole day better.   Practice Service to Others – The more we reach out and are present to one another, the stronger we become and the easier it is to understand our interconnection—that we’re all one.   Live in the Present – Many great spiritual teachers believe the answer to everything is to just “be here now,” and that our suffering and emotional

distress would end if we simply stopped resisting the present. When we temporarily suspend our desire to change things, we can embrace that where we are is exactly where we’re supposed to be. Choose Happiness – Can we only be happy if things are going our way? Experts suggest that we’re born with the innate capacity to experience inner well-being and joy; it’s our birthright to feel good. We must remember to choose happiness in each present moment.

A Tribute to the American Elderberry


he International Society for Horticultural Science named the elderberry its 2013 Herb of the Year for good reason. In June, scientists gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to share research on the potential of elderberries and elder flowers for preventing and treating illnesses at the first International Elderberry Symposium. For example, Dennis Lubahn, director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, and his team are researching the molecular mechanisms behind elderberry’s folk medicine legacy; specifically, how the berries might help prevent strokes, prostate cancer and inflammation while boosting an individual’s resistance to infectious diseases. Preliminary results show that just two tablespoons of elderberry juice per day appear to offer protection against prostate cancer. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, in Jerusalem, explained how the yet unnamed active principle in elderberry blocks viruses from entering human cells. She believes that elderberry extract holds significant potential for preventing and reducing symptoms of the flu, including avian flu and swine flu, plus HIV and the herpes simplex virus. The effective dose may be just one tablespoon a day. While Mumcuoglu believes elderberry extract is safe, she does not recommend it for pregnant women or those with autoimmune diseases, because it is a known immune system stimulant. “It may be completely risk-free,” she says. “We simply don’t yet have adequate data for proof.” For more information, visit

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Nature’s Antibiotics Recover Health with Less Risk by Kathleen Barnes

We live in a world of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens that can make us sick. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight off microbial attacks, yet we’ve all experienced unsettling infections.

When Use Becomes Overuse

In recent years, conventional medicine has increasingly used antibiotics as a universal remedy against all kinds of microbial attacks—even though they are ineffective against anything except bacterial infections. It’s best to use them selectively and cautiously when nothing else will do the job, because by definition, they are “opposed to life.” The worst-case scenario is what we have now: overuse creating “superbugs,” able to multiply out of control, sometimes with fatal consequences, even when treated with antibiotics that used to work. “Antibiotics are helpful and effective when used properly when there is a bacterial infection such as strep throat, urinary tract infection, bacterial pneumonia or a wound that has become infected,” explains Doctor of Naturopathy Trevor Holly Cates, of Waldorf Astoria Spa, in Park City, Utah. “But antibiotics are so overused and overprescribed that bacteria are changing in ways to resist them. This has become a significant public health problem.” National and global public health officials have expressed increasing concerns about dangers posed by such bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), which are often transmitted between patients in hospital settings, and a multiantibiotic-resistant form of tuberculosis.

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The problem is compounded by the use of antibiotics to enhance growth and production in livestock. A variety of superbugs have been found in meat, poultry and milk products, according to the nonprofits Center for Science in the Public Interest and Environmental Working Group. Chris Kilham, a worldwide medicine hunter who teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explains the transmission. “When you eat conventionally raised meat, you’re not getting antibiotics, but you are getting bits of self-replicating genetic material that transfer antibiotic resistance to your body, which can prove fatal.”

Preferred Alternatives

Fortunately, there are many natural substances that have proven to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other infectious microbial pathogens— all without dangerous side effects. Here’s a short list: Propolis, sometimes called “bee glue”, produced by bees to seal their hives and protect them from infections, is “the single most powerful antimicrobial we have in the plant kingdom,” advises Kilham. That claim is backed by numerous studies from institutions such as Britain’s National Heart and Long Institute, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Harokopio University, in Greece. In 2005, a study by Turkey’s

Hacettepe University showed that propolis killed both MRSA and VRE bacteria. Other studies by Italy’s University of Milan have shown propolis’ effectiveness in combating upper respiratory infections and Candida albicans fungal infections. Propolis is also available in pill form. Pelargonium sidoides is a favored option for Cates to abbreviate both the duration and severity of cold and flu, including any lingering cough or sore throat. This South African medicinal is also known as African geranium. Usually used in tincture form, it’s also useful against a large range of microbial infections. One study from the Russian Institute of Pulmonology reported that nearly 70 percent of participating adults with bronchitis received relief within four days—more than double those that became well taking a placebo. Olive leaf extract was first mentioned in the Bible and recent research confirms its effectiveness against a wide variety of microbial infections. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study published in the Journal of Food Science confirms that olive leaf extract is effective in fighting food-borne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, labeling it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. New York University School of Medicine research published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications showed that olive leaf extract reversed many HIVrelated changes in the immune system. Retired medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker, author of Nature’s Antibiotic: Olive Leaf Extract, wrote that olive leaf extract “inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast and protozoan it was tested against… and is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.” In a worst-case scenario, “If antibiotics are the only alternative to treat a labconfirmed bacterial infection, it’s vital to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria inevitably wiped out by the drug,” concludes Cates. “Sometimes a few servings of a good natural yogurt (without sugar or fruit) will suffice. If not, look for a highquality probiotic to restore the digestive system’s natural bacterial colony.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and book publisher (


Go Plastic-Free Game On: Ways to Shrink Our Footprint by Randy Kambic

through our skin; they can also off-gas into the air, according to a recent study by Weber State University’s Energy & Sustainability Office, in Ogden, Utah. Plus, unrecycled plastic materials can enter waterways and kill marine life through ingestion or entanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples). Reducing our own plastic footprint can both safeguard family health and prove that we are serious about pressuring industry to produce less of it. The key, according to Terry, is not to be intimidated or overwhelmed by plastic overload, but persist in taking baby steps (see

How to Begin

Looking around us, we see plastic everywhere.


esides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum. Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too, points out compelling reasons to take personal action. In 2007, this Oakland, California, resident saw a photo of the decomposed carcass of a Laysan albatross riddled with plastic bits in an article on water pollution. “For several seconds, I could not breathe,” she writes. This seminal moment led her to further research, by which she realized, “This plague of plastic chemicals is harming everyone, and especially the most vulnerable members of our planet— children and animals—and that is both unacceptable and unfair.” She’s been working on going plastic-free ever since. “I made a game of it; a fun, creative, step-by-step challenge,” she advises. “You can’t go through the house and think you can get rid of all plastic immediately. As items get used up, you’ll find alternatives.”

Once we are in the habit of staying alert to the plastic scourge, we’ll naturally spot opportunities for healthy change-ups.

Science Sounds the Alarm

In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health researchers made news by discovering that consuming one serving of canned food daily for five days led to significantly elevated urinary levels of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and epoxy resin ingredient is found in the liners of many food and drink cans and sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known to be a serious endocrine disrupter. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, altered functions of reproductive organs and other ailments have been linked to high BPA levels in several studies, including one cited in Endocrine Reviews journal. The Manchester Guardian also recently reported that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety has stated that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA through the mother could be linked to many health problems, including breast cancer later in life. When plastics are subjected to stress—like heat, light or age—undisclosed additives used in their production for strength, flexibility and color can leach out and even contaminate lab results, as the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found. Such chemicals can migrate into our digestive systems and

As a starting point, Terry notes that plastic enables the long-distance food distribution system. Reducing food miles associated with our meals helps cut down on the use of plastic. In the kitchen, use airtight stainless steel containers or glass jars or simply refrigerate a bowl of food with a saucer on top to hold leftovers for the next day. Compost food waste. Reuse empty plastic food bags and line garbage cans with old newspapers instead of plastic bags. Terry cautions, “People assume everything that carries the triangular symbol is accepted at all recycling facilities. This is not the case. What isn’t accepted is landfilled or even incinerated.” Also, according to the city of Oakland’s Waste Management Department, she learned that “Much of what we put out for recycling goes to China, and their processing standards are not as strong as ours.” In Plastic Free, the author provides scores of tips for borrowing, renting and sharing products; buying used plastic equipment if it’s a necessity; and avoiding disposable packaging and paper products. Areas for improvement range from personal care and household cleaning products to bags, bottles, grocery shopping, takeout food, portable leftovers and lunches, plus durable goods. Activists will move on to also participate in area cleanups, donate to green organizations and write their legislators. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, Florida, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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August 2013


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