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we had special decorations and little traditions for just about every month of the year. In February, we always received Valentine’s Day cards from our parents, and my dad continues the tradition with boxes of Whitman’s Samplers chocolates for myself, my two sisters and my sister-in-law every year without fail. This continues to be a specific point of contention with my brother who doesn’t get a box. Growing up in this type of family, I never suspected that there were those that didn’t do this. But low and behold my husband came from one of those families. So it was quite a shock to me that he wasn’t as excited about celebrating all the holidays. In fact, they could go by just like any other day, and it didn’t seem to bother him whatsoever. But don’t worry, after 22 plus years of marriage he’s beginning to get it. In fact he has even found some aspects of holidays that he enjoys, and it’s more fun to be able to enjoy them together. It’s all part of loving someone, and wanting to see them happy. I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by a lot of love throughout my life. Granted there were times when it might have seemed like anything but! I have to admit I was a bit of a handful as a teenager, and thank goodness my parents were in it for the long run, and didn’t give up on me. I like to think that all of those experiences helped to shape the person that I am today. It’s interesting to look around at the people that are important in your life and observe the many ways that love can be shared. In The Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman he categorizes it into: Words of affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch and you can take a quiz to determine in what order you rank these categories. When you compare your results with others, you might find some clues and see why you are less close to some people in your life than others. It is very possible to ‘love’ someone, but live much happier lives apart from each other. One of the most important love affairs that you need to attend to is the one with yourself. You can’t truly love others unless you genuinely love yourself. Maybe start a new Valentine’s Day tradition of your own, and be gentle and loving with yourself. Then once your heart is full, reach out to others in unexpected ways and spread the LOVE.

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newsbriefs Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed new publishers that completed a training program in early December at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. NAPC staff spent several days with entrepreneurs launching a new Natural Awakenings edition in the Dominican Republic and those taking over publication of the existing Western Michigan and North Cefntral Florida magazines. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living lifestyle publications in the world, serving nearly 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines serving cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of Planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happier world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page xx.

Shiver on the River


riends of the Detroit River is hosting Shiver on the River, an Ecology Family Fair, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., February 6 on Belle Isle. The main event, held in the Casino Building will hold a variety of exhibits, displays, and environmental arts and crafts for children, refreshments and Magic John, Children’s Magician. Additional fun locations on Belle Isle includes the Belle Isle Aquarium, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Coast Guard Station, Belle Isle Boat Club, Belle Isle Conservatory and Dossin Museum. This family oriented event, is designed to bring people down to the river and to Belle Isle Park, and to educate people about the importance of the river and the need for effective stewardship of the river and its environs. The mission of The Friends of the Detroit River “envisions an ever improving quality of life for people, plants and animals in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario. We will do that through the development of a balance of grass roots advocacy and staffed programs, forming an environmental group that watches and protects the Detroit River. Our efforts will include the creation of a highly visible resource center focusing on Detroit River issues, programs, research, policies and partnerships.” Cost: Free. State Park Pass required / $11. For more information, visit 734- 288-3889.


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TruMedic for Pain in Michigan


nyone who has experienced longlasting chronic pain, regardless of the cause or intensity, knows that it can significantly impact quality of life. Many doctors and physical therapists use TENS therapy; Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, to help patients manage their pain. Finding the time between work and personal life may make it difficult to schedule appointments on a regular basis. “With the Deluxe TENS Unit from TruMedic, pain sufferers can now get this same type of treatment anytime in the comfort of their own home or office” says spokesperson, Ashley Julian. “The FDA-cleared Deluxe TENS Unit is only the size of a remote control, but is powerful enough to provide effective pain relief, while also stimulating muscles and relaxing the body. The innovative design has 20 power levels, from mild to extremely powerful to treat chronic pain. Electrotherapy has been found to help relieve pain, stimulate nerves and muscles, reduce the tightening of muscles and speed the healing process. Electrode pads send pulse waves that block pain, work muscles and provide a deep massage. It allows for custom pain relief treatment with one-button selection options including shoulder, back, leg, handfoot, joint, massage, beat and knead” continues Julian. Features of the Deluxe TENS Unit are said to provide up to two hours of relief per session with built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion Cells, delivers a powerful pain relief technology in a design that’s simple to set up and use; with easily understandable instructions, convenient, small and lightweight design that makes it easy to take everywhere and features 20 levels of intensity from mild to extremely powerful to provide effective relief for any level of pain. Cost: $140 available at

newsbriefs Wedding Show at the Packard Proving Grounds

Think Spring – Think Farmers Markets


ystery School of the Temple Arts is hosting a two-day Sacred Sexuality & Tantra Weekend Playshop for Couples, beginning Saturday, February 20. Couples will build a foundation together to open a safe space. Communication tools, body awareness, and tools for emotional processing will be covered. This workshop is not geared towards reaching a goal, or forcing an outcome. It’s about demystifying, exploring sensation and connecting deeply to feel with your partner.

t’s not too early to be dreaming about locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables or Amish organic produce, grass fed meats, goat cheeses, fresh milk herd share program, free range chicken eggs, maple syrup, local honey, or breads and baked goods. Nor too early to be thinking about handcrafted artisan products and the special entertainment which the Shelby Farmers Market brings to town every Saturday, from 9 Am. to 2:00 P.M., beginning May 14. And it definitely is not too early to sign-up to be one of the vendors all these people are dreaming about. `If you’re considering becoming a vendor at the farmers market this season, you might want to check out one of the Farmers Market Boot Camps for $25, held at the Packard Proving Grounds – Lodge building at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13th, and March 12th. Learn the least expensive way to get up and going with step by step guided assistance in free grass roots marketing and outreach techniques, plus tips to save time and energy to help get your venture off to a good start. In addition to the group class, each participant can schedule a one hour, one-on-one session with the instructor – first session is free after successful completion of the boot camp. `The Shelby Farmers Market, held on the beautiful front lawn of the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site in Shelby Township is accepting applications for their 2016 season, running every Saturday from May 14 through October 22. Each vendor receives a ten foot by ten foot space. There are some spaces where is electricity is available, with the use of a long extension cord and power strip, provided by the vendor. Every vendor must bring tables and chairs or display equipment and parking is generally available right next to each vendor space, for easy access. There is Full Season, Half Season and Weekly pricing with same-space location reserved for Full and Half Season reservations. Think Spring. Think Summer. And think Autumn, too.

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edding vendors are encouraged to book now for the 2016 Wedding Show, at the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site from 1-5 P.M., March 20, as “the spots are filling up quickly” says Mary Anne Demo, event coordinator. “We’re excited about this opportunity to showcase this amazing rustic, vintage venue” continues Demo. “Not only is this show attended by the general public but by wedding couples who have already booked the venue and are actively searching for services and products to have at their own weddings. It’s a great opportunity to network with potential clients. I personally love helping business’ connect with a new client and the help couples find the right vendors to create their perfect day.” explains Demo. All facets of the wedding industry will be represented, including caterers, florists, hotels, DJs, equipment rental companies, linens rental firms, photographers, event and day-of planners, bakeries, jewelry dealers, invitation consultants, hair and nail stylists, musicians, officiates and many more interesting products and genres of event services will be showcased. Another unique opportunity will be the chance to visit with recently married couples who will share their experiences and their do’s and don’ts. There is a very limited number of eight foot by ten foot spaces ($200.00) available and also eight foot table spaces ($100.00). Welcome Bags will be provided to the first 200 attendees and vendors can add a little gift or brochure at no extra charge. There is also an opportunity for vendors unable to attend, to include a small promotional/sample or literature, which will then be added to the Welcome Bags ($50.00). An additional highlight of the day’s festivities is the chance to tour the historic venue and check out three classic Packards that will be on display in the room. Packard Proving Grounds is a site rich in Detroit automotive history. Established in 1927 by The Packard Motor Car Company, this spectacular site hosts multiple Albert Kahn designed buildings and is located on 14 acres. For more information and to complete the vendor application, visit 586-943-5785.

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newsbriefs Meditation Workshop


ichigan Massage Professionals is hosting A Meditation Workshop from 3 P.M. to 5:30 P.M., February 28. Participants will learn the benefits of meditation. There will be a short seminar and Q & A session plus a thirty to forty five minute guided meditation. Additionally, an informational handout and meditation CD will be distributed for attendees to take home with them. The workshop will be lead by Toni OKulich with the assistance of Kimber Ann Evans. As an added bonus, OKulich may also be doing drumming. The staff at Michigan Massage Professionals will assist you with relieving stress systems and pain. Their licensed therapists are there to help. Energy work is also available with with three Reiki Masters on staff.. There is also Yoga, Chair Stretch Class, and Zumba Gold available several days of the week. Cost: $20 in advance / $25 at door. Location: Suite 105, 6755 Merriman Rd, Garden City. Call Kimber to register for Medication class, 909281-3100 ext 902.

Gifts From the Heart, For the Heart


ired of giving the same old chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day? How about something a little different, something healthy, something natural? Three Michigan companies have some unique ways of showing the love. Olive Seed, has found a way to capture the essence of love with it’s Heart Healthy Toolbox – help protect your loved ones heart with this great gift. The toolbox contains five bottles, of organic spices, five easy reference cards, heart healthy recipes and herbal remedies. Owner Latricia Wright says “ We have many other items, such as handmade herbal soaps, herbal infused teas and herbal infused honey in a variety of flavors but this gift will not only help your heart but it appeals to pretty much everyone”. Cousin Mary Jane’s Hemp hearts might not be heart shaped but they are heart-worthy. This delicate nutty tasting food is an excellent source of protein which contains 18 amino acids, is rich in in omegas three and six, an outstanding source of magnesium and plenty of other vitamins and mineral. Hemp seeds are one of natures most perfect foods to eat. You can add them to any meal. These seeds which are packaged with a cute, little heart shaped window, have been hulled, providing a softer texture which is similar to a pine nut yet nut-free and can be added to any meal; put on salads, add to yogurt, top off your pasta add to oatmeal, sprinkle on vegetables or eaten right from the bag as a snack.


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Not consumable, but also not to be missed, are MI Natural’s heart-shaped beeswax necklaces. Handcrafted from the foundation sheets many bee keepers use in their hives, these little necklaces prove to be big sellers especially at Valentine’s Day. These are two of many styles available from MI Natural, Inc.’s beeswax jewelry and home accessories line of artisan products. Gift giving from the heart...

Contacts: or call 313-757-0993. CousinMayrJane. com. (MI Natural) or call 586-871-5774.


Kim John Payne Comes to Detroit Waldorf School

Massage Therapy and Wellness Workshop Co-Working Space Opens In Detroit


he Eastern Market Wellness Center (EMWC), a private co-working space where holistic practitioners build their individual practices, opened for business last December in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District. Services offered to the public include massage therapy, yoga, movement classes, private fitness instruction, and wellness focused workshops. Additionally, continuing education opportunities for massage therapists will be a regular feature on the calendar of events. Autumn Bowman, LMT, graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute and opened EMWC as an answer to the seemingly never ending job search that many massage therapists face. “Trying out a couple of workplace options and talking with a lot current and previous massage therapists narrowed down my ‘best option’ to working for myself without employees. Offering chair massage pop-ups inside local storefronts helped me to start building a client base, as well as support for and interest in the wellness center. Working with MI-SBTDC and participating in a BUILD Institute helped me to hone the business plan and become involved with an incredible network of people who really want small businesses to succeed in Detroit.” says Bowman. Currently, message therapy is available at varying times, everyday of the week, by appointment only. Workshops and classes are are regularly added. For more information, visit 313-241-6730.

Scholarship Opportunities


atholic Vantage Financial recently announced student scholarship applications are available online, with a March 2 deadline for applying. The credit union will award ten scholarships to members this year. Six scholarships of $ 500 each will be awarded to help cover tuition for students who attend Catholic schools. Two Scholarships will be awarded to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and four scholarships to students who attend a Catholic high school. Scholarship recipients will be selected by random drawing and notified in writing by March 11. The four college scholarships of $ 1000.00 each will also be awarded to 2016 high school graduating seniors of private or public high schools, who will attend an accredited college, university or trade school. In addition to completing the online application, students are required to write and submit a 500 word essay. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the information submitted. “Awarding these scholarships to help students further their education is a highlight of our year,” said Emma Teller, vice president of marketing and business development. “We look forward to recognizing the students and their families at our annual meeting for members.” Catholic Vantage Financial is considered one of Michigan’s leading and most well respected Catholic Federal Credit Unions. In addition to the credit union’s offices, ATMs and extensive online service, members have access to more than 5,000 shared branches and nearly 30,000 ATMs nationwide. Member deposits are insured to $ 250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information, visit 734-432-0212.


etroit Waldorf School will host a public lecture with adult educator, and author of the number one best selling book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, .Kim John Payne from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.. March 11. As a follow up to the lecture, Payne will provide public workshops between 9 A. M. to 1 P.M., March 12.The workshops will cover

practical applications for “Simplicity Parenting in Action” and how to make a doable plan that works for each family. Payne is a consultant and trainer to over 200 North American independent and public schools. He has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher and private family counselor for 27 years. He offers a simple, orderly and effective pathway to simplify four realms at home, which reduces stress on children and parents plus allows for connection, creativity and calm. In addition to being a soughtafter keynote speaker, he conducts workshops and training around the world. He frequently appears on television, radio and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering , Times Union and the L.A. Times publications. Cost: Free with pre-registration at For more information, visit SimplicityParenting. com.

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newsbriefs The Nature Conservancy Awards Garden Grants


he Nature Conservancy has selected two southeast Michigan schools as recipients of its national Nature Works Everywhere garden grants program for the 2015-1016 school year.: Allen Elementary School in Ann Arbor and Gompers Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. The grants aim to help students understand and protect the natural systems that produce food, water, clean air and energy. The gardens are designed to achieve positive environmental outcomes related to issues like lack of green space, food deserts, or air and water pollution, allowing students to directly implement natural solutions that will help to address environmental challenges facing their communities. “For our planet to prosper in the future, we need to ensure that we’re empowering young conservationists today,” said Brigitte Griswold, director of youth engagement programs for the Nature Conservancy. “Building gardens gives students, teachers and community volunteers the opportunity to take action to address environmental issues that affect them right in their own neighborhoods.” Each garden will also provide a living learning laboratory for environmental science education at the schools. As grant recipients, each school will receive material and instruction to engage students and local volunteers in building a garden, as well as resources to incorporate environmental science lessons focused on the garden throughout the academic year. “We are honored to present these schools with our first competitive Nature Works Everywhere garden grants in Michigan,: said Valerie Strassberg, The Nature Conservancy’s director of urban conservation, working in Detroit. “We look forward to supporting this hands-on learning opportunity, which we hope will grow into a life-long appreciation for conservation and the environment.” Thanks to generous support from Lowe’s and The Walt Disney Company, The Nature Conservancy will award 50 garden grants to urban schools around the country in this school year – more than doubling the number of grants that the program awarded in previous years. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. For more information, visit

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Detroit’s First State-Licensed, Naturopathic School


he Wholistic Training Institute which is Detroit’s first StateLicensed Naturopathic School offers 96 classes and over 3200 hours of training for aspiring Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Wholistic Educators, Health Practitioners, Coaches, Chefs ,and Wholistic Caregivers and are anticipating expansion to be the nation’s largest school for Wholistic Education, while on a mission to ‘Train a Healer in Every Home’. Founder and Director, Jesse R. Brown, said “We are really excited to have Detroit’s first Naturopathic school. There is tremendous innovation going on in the ‘D’ and we are glad to be part of the growth in a city that has been named the most unhealthy. In more recent years, we have even seen growth in healthy activities and locations in Detroit like the Slow Roll bide Ride, biking rails/lanes, fun runs and walk for health, the Detroit Free Press Marathons, Whole Foods Midtown, farms, along with vegan and smoothie eateries which indicates a wellness revolution, right here in Motown.” Dr. Brown believes Detroit’s economic and cultural state can be turned around by teaching people how to take better care of themselves and their loved ones and to become community advocates of health and ambassadors of wellness. Many of the classes offered at the Wholistic Training Institute addresses this, including classes in “Diabetes Prevention, Raw & Healing Foods Preparation, Herbology, Reflexology, Alternative Cancer Therapies, Marijuana as Medicine, Reiki, Doula Training, Homeopathy, Essential Oils, Aromatherapy and more. These classes result in empowerment, employment, enterprise, and entrepreneurship. We certify students in areas that will result in a healthier planet, people, for profit and a purpose ” continues Dr. Brown. For more information, visit 313-255-6155.


Kids Get Fewer Cavities When Mothers Chew Xylitol Gum


esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells


esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

Kids Learn Social Skills Through Pretending and Joking


esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.

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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu


n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.

Mediterranean Diet Sustains More Youthful Brain Sizes


s we age, our brains shrink, a condition linked to cognitive impairment. According to a study from Columbia University, a healthy diet can help reduce such occurrences. The researchers studied 674 adults with an average age of 80. They were divided into two groups, depending upon their diets, and given magnetic resonance imaging scans to measure total brain volume and thickness. It was found that those following diets that most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet—less meat and

High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis


large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCScontaining sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.


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Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.”

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Adidas Using Plastic Ocean Debris to Make Shoes Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea. With no extra material left over, nothing goes to waste; the shoes also incorporate illegal fishing nets taken from poachers. Adidas executive Eric Liedtke suggests the technology could move beyond shoes and find its way to T-shirts, shorts and other apparel. A full line of similar consumer-ready products will be integrated into the Adidas line this year. The larger issue goes beyond recycling and repurposing to avoid waste altogether. Plastic takes more than 450 years to decompose, so conservationists and researchers at Parley for the Oceans hope to re-imagine plastics by designing a renewable solution. In cleaning up our oceans, we protect ecosystems, food sources, jobs and local economies.

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Super Bowl Eco-Stadium Gains National Spotlight The 50th Super Bowl will take place February 7 at the brandnew Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, outside San Francisco, and the anniversary isn’t the only thing that’s historic. As part of a trend toward sustainability in athletic facilities, it’s the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium in the U.S. The structure is designed to support sustainability, located on a site with accessible public transportation plus a bike path to encourage fans to pedal to and from games. Its predominantly open and airy, environmentally friendly building plan also takes advantage of the Silicon Valley climate. One outstanding feature is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Another is the three solar bridges connecting the main parking area to the stadium that generate energy from hundreds of solar panels. All of the wood used was repurposed from a local airplane hangar at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, California, and other reclaimed building products were used where possible. Reclaimed water sources serve potable and non-potable uses, including playing field irrigation. The local suppliers providing farm-to-table food menus also are required to practice composting and recycling to the greatest extent possible. For more information, visit

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McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source:

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Aspen, Colorado, with a population of 7,000, has become the third municipality in the country, along with Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, to receive all of its power from renewable sources. Its energy portfolio now consists primarily of wind power and hydroelectric, with smaller contributions from solar and geothermal. The development reflects a decadelong effort made possible in part by a significant drop in the price of renewable energy and new government regulations that internalize some of the pollution costs of fossil fuels, making energy sources like coal increasingly uncompetitive. More than one-third of American coal plants have been shut down in the past six years and new carbon rules make it possible that no new coal plants will ever be built in the U.S. Source:

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Ann Arbor’s Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts What does Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts (NSHA) and Ann Arbor Massage School do? The Naturopathic School of the Healing arts is a state licensed school for study and professional career development since 2009 with diploma programs in natural medicine (ND) and Massage therapy. It is a host location for the individual classes of a variety or practitioners and a health and healing center for services. Some of the types of programs available include: Natural Medicine – ND The two year intensive diploma program structure offers education and training in a hand-on, experiential program of Living Naturopathy – a process by which students live the work of natural medicine experientially throughout the program, while engaging in attentive academic assignments Students are required to complete a clinical internship and a master thesis project, to fully integrate the practical lessons of this professional practice. Also, there are no pre-requisites for this program. Massage Therapy Program The massage therapy program is one year in duration, as a 653 hour state licensed professional training program. Graduates come away with much more that the skills of massage therapy – they achieve deep insight into major healing processes. The Massage Therapy Program graduates are licensed and successfully practicing massage therapy in unique ways which fit and support their lives. After more than 20 years in the field, the school understands that the study of massage and natural therapeutics increases the skills, awareness, and healing potential for any healing arts practitioner. Today, massage and bodywork therapists are able to creatively vary their practice offerings to meet the needs of special populations, and to integrate other gifts, skills, interests, and certifications that they may have. By integrating Natural Therapeutics and Inner Growth training, they help students develop the lasting vitality that clients seek for healthful client/therapist relationships.

Does NSHA offer any other services to the public? The school offer student and professional clinics open to the public every Wednesday, with appointments. Some of the services include massage therapy and integrated bodywork therapies, massage for the childbearing year; pre & postnatal, thermotherapy & hydrotherapy bodywork bodywork treatments, foot reflexology treatments and assessments, energy balancing sessions, herbal medicine consultations, dietary and nutritional consults, digestive health consults, an on-site herbal apothecary & dispensary, applied natural therapeutics for digestive, respiratory, nervous system and hormonal health, and iridology readings; a personal Iris Analysis. NSHA is designed to provide education to those seeking a professional approach to progressive natural medicine training – in order to work, earn a living, and truly enjoy a varied, creative and prosperous life in the natural healing arts. The focus is ultimately on professional career building. There are many possible career pathways and specialties and markets to focus within, using this education and training. Many of their students have additional training in related healing arts practices or fields, which bring synergy to their resume and to their intended services. Though not a medical school, they are founded and dedicated to the preservation of a traditional naturopath education thus no p’re-med’ requirements to enroll. For more detailed information and core areas of study info, visit 734-769-7794.

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Global Outlook

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Reducing Coffee Shop Waste For many, getting a coffee to go at a favorite spot on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school and running errands is a weekday ritual. It also warms up the body on cold mornings in northern regions this time of year. The java might taste even better if we reduce the amount of waste traditionally involved. Here are a few ways to better cherish Earth’s resources. Avoid the paper cup; carry a reusable thermos or insulated bottle instead as a matter of routine. Author and activist Beth Terry, in her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too suggests both stainless steel beverage containers and mugs. She also recommends glass mason jars and points out that EcoJarz recently began making stainless steel caps and lids instead of plastic. Learn more at MyPlastic Terry further cites the unhealthy aspects of continual use of paper cups because, “Many are lined with plastic, and the plastic lids are often the equivalent of Styrofoam.” If caught without a favorite reusable container,’s Katherine Martinko recommends at least giving an old paper cup one more turn. “It’s not a zero waste solution, but if you’ve already got a paper cup in your car or kitchen, you might as well extend its life. Wash and hand it over the next time you get a coffee,” she suggests. “It will still do the job.” For those that add cream, milk or sugar to coffee, consider the waste involved just in the plastic and wood stirrers provided by the shop that are tossed in the trash after serving their one-time function. “Avoid all of them,” advises Terry. “Carry a clean utensil in the car,” such as a bamboo tableware or a spork (combination spoon and fork). Cutting down or weaning off of dairy, sugar and especially sugar substitutes is another healthful move.

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Climate Change A new website,, published by the hybrid science and journalism nonprofit Climate Central, provides climate projections for a specific location along with the day’s weather. In addition to a typical forecast of highs and lows, UV (ultraviolet rays) index, wind and times of sunrise and sunset, it graphically shows if the area indicates a warming uptick and by how much. A 40-year-trend-to-date display offers a projection to 2050 and what the weather will be like for the next generation. Geoff Grant, director of digital media for Climate Central, says, “This is just putting weather and climate data together. There’s no spin to it. The weather is how everyone experiences climate.” WXshift draws from 2,000 weather stations across the country and 100 years of temperature, rain and snow data to create customized climate graphics. Tutorials explain such topics as the difference between dew point and humidity, along with news and information about relevant issues. Source:

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.


hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.”

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An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”

Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion.

Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and

Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.

shields us from many of the world’s more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings—often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet faceto-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I

How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients

Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

Two Steps

It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

One Ratio

To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March.

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often feel far from family and friends that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer to a few more people, it doesn’t hurt to use every tool at our disposal for creat-

Expanding Circles

Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens

Everyone from contemporary scientists to an-

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having strong social bonds is

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probably the most meaningful


contributor to happiness.

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~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project ing connections.” Differences in age needn’t be a hurdle in forging friendships. Candelaria Silva-Collins, an arts marketing professional in Boston, attended area social gatherings where she regularly

encountered a museum director and his wife. “They seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says, and began a friendship with the older woman, despite their being from different generations. “My friend teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant,” she says.

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he focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While

the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

Cardiovascular Health Links Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a

doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

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Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea,

asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy


or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere

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with migration, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-and-go’ birds.”

Join in the Fun

In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 (Audubon. org/content/about-great-backyard-birdcount). “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location ( Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls ( AudubonFreeBirdApp). Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city,

there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states ( Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit and In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look ( MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a refuge, ownership of the island has been disputed for two centuries.

Incredible Hobby

“Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve bird-watched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly im-

pressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival ( “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

• If you own a short-haired dog, consider purchasing a warm coat or sweater. Choose one with a high collar or turtleneck that covers the dog from the base of its tail on top and to the belly underneath. While some may view a dog sweater as a luxury, it is a necessary for many dogs. • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a vehicle during cold weather, as the car or truck can act like a refrigerator, holding in the cold, with the potential of your animal freezing to death. • If your canine friend is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness, or breed type, ensure that it is outdoors only long enough to relieve itself. • Puppies have not developed a tolerance for the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If it is necessary, paper-train your puppy inside until he appears to be acclimated to the weather. • If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and healthy.

at and dogs get cold, too. Proper care is essential to their well-being. Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter share some tips from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

• Antifreeze, even in very small doses, is a lethal poison for dogs and cats, and because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to it. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisonings, animalfriendly products that contain propylene glycol rather then the traditional products containing ethylene glycol are suggested. Contact your veterinarian or the National Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA/NAPCC) immediately if you suspect your animal has been poisoned.

•Keep cats inside! Cats have a very difficult time outdoors, where they are susceptible to frostbite and freezing, can become lost or stolen, or worse still, be injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are also exposed to fatal infectious diseases, including rabies.

• Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat in a longer style, which provides more warmth. Remember that such a style will require more frequent brushing due to dry winter air and static electricity. When you bathe your dog, make sure it is completely dry before you take it out for a walk.

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• During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of vehicles, where it is warmer. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed in the fan belt. To prevent this, bang loudly on the hood of your vehicle and wait a few seconds before starting the engine, to startle the cat and give it a chance to move along. • When walking your dog, never let it off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and can easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter then during any other season! • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when it comes in out of the rain, snow or ice. Pay special attention to the sensitive paw pads, which may bleed from snow or ice encrusted in them. Remember too that salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could make your dog ill if it ingests them while licking its paws.

• Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts and off the floor, such as in a dog or cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it. Additionally, if a companion animal must stay outside, use an insulted shelter-structure with a slant roof. The interior should be just big enough for the animal to both lie down and stand comfortably. It should also be slightly elevated from the ground so air may circulate. Place the door away from prevailing winds and include a flap so drafts won’t be a problem.. Use dry straw for bedding and insulation as blankets, towels and rugs, get wet and freeze and make sure there is plenty of fresh water and food available to them. It is the law. For more information, visit, or or call 313-943-2697. natural awakenings

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petcalendarofevents SAT, FEB 06, 2016 GPAAS Adoption Event – 12-1:30 pm; senior dogs, puppies, small dogs. 1:30-3pm; medium & large dogs. 12-3 pm; cats. At Soc, 158 Ridge Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-884-1551.

THUR, FEB 25 , 2016 Play Date – 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for medium breed dogs; interact & play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella & current fecal exam. $10. RSVP. Friends Training Center, 2621 S Telegraph, Dearborn.

SUN, FEB 28, 2016 Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Supplies Plus, 19295 West Rd, Woodhaven.

THURSDAYS “Ice Cream Social” –7-9pm. Bring your dog in for a Yoghund Frozen Yogurt treat. Socialize and play! $2 & human treat is free. Bow Wow Baktique, 21035 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-469-7204.

SATURDAYS Adoption Event – 11am-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Smart, 13150 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia.

DAILY THUR, FEB 11, 2016 Play Date – 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for small breed dogs, under 11 lbs; interact & play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella & current fecal exam. $10. RSVP. Friends Training Center, 2621 S Telegraph, Dearborn. Dearbornanimals. org 313-943-2697.

SAT, FEB 13, 2016 Pet Adoption Event – 11am-3pm. Meet some Michigan Humane Society dogs and cats of all ages who are waiting for adoption. Pet Smart, 5650 Mercury Dr, Dearborn. 866-648-6263.

Valentine Pooch Paw-ty – 11am-3pm. Bring your pooch to a one-hour Val. Themed paw-ty to learn a trick or two, play a few games, participate in craft, jump into a new sport or just to have fun. Dogs remain on-leash to ensure a safe environment. Homemade dog treats available for purchase to help rescues. 11am to noon – large breed dogs, 12:30-1:30pm small breed dogs, 2-3pm all-size dogs. $10. Reserve your spot/time by email at & pay w/ cash at door. Friends Training Center, 2621 S Telegraph, Dearborn. 313-943-2697.

SUN, FEB 14, 2016 Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Supplies Plus, 22124 Ecorse Rd, Taylor.

Dog Park –7am-10pm. Visit Detroit’s first official unleashed Dog Park. PetSmart P.U. P.’s Detroit Dog Park. Off leash socialization fun for your dog. Free.17th Street and Rose Street, Detroit.

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THUR, FEB 18, 2016 Play Date – 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for large breed dogs; interact & play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella & current fecal exam. $10. RSVP. Friends Training Center, 2621 S Telegraph, Dearborn. Dearbornanimals. org.313-943-2697.

SAT, FEB 20, 2016 GPAAS Adoption Event – 12-1:30 pm; senior dogs, puppies, small dogs. 1:30-3pm; medium & large dogs. 12-3 pm; cats. At Soc, 158 Ridge Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-884-1551.

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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor by Judith Fertig


ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red whole-grain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff. “Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”

Better for Our Health

Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data

associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-year-long research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

Better for Local Farmers

Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Massachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

Better for the Planet

Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Cooking with Ancient Grains

until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces. Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes. While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency.

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Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften.

Buckwheat and Beet Soup

1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed

Yields: 4 servings 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1½ cups chopped red onion (1 medium) ¾ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) ¼ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried savory or ½ tsp more dried thyme ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey

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Horseradish Yogurt ¾ cup whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt 3 Tbsp retail horseradish, with liquid ¼ tsp fine sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper To make the soup, heat a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring,

Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness, maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.

Cardamom-Infused Black Rice Porridge with Blueberries and Pistachios Yields: 4 to 6 servings Black Rice ¾ cup black rice 2 whole green cardamom pods 1½ cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed

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Your Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Resource Guide 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed ¾ tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days). The next morning, make the porridge: Add 1 cup of half-andhalf, the maple syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more. To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more half-and-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed. Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.


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yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath

“Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own

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internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled,

Step into Yoga Together

Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but

sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale


hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-based school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other

techniques—to cultivate mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.

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Winter Trips for the Intrepid


nthusiasts that have built up stamina might consider taking a multi-day backcountry or mountainous trek along marked trails. Overnight stays are offered in lodges, huts or cabins, with many providing cross-country equipment and showshoes. Here are some examples of the awaiting adventures.

Gliding Across Snowscapes

California and Nevada Many clubs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas offer overnight bus trips to cross-country trails in the Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada areas. ( Colorado The nonprofit 10th Mountain Division Hut Association was one of the first to establish a hut-to-hut system, encompassing 350 miles of trails in the Rocky Mountains. ( Minnesota Boundary Country Trekking offers stays at various lodges along crosscountry trails in northern Minnesota. ( Quebec A few hours’ drive from New England borders lies plenty of ungroomed backcountry terrain with stunning views along the 78-mile, 15-hut network in the Chic-Chic Mountains, near the Gaspé Peninsula Gaspésie Park. ( Vermont Try Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center, in East Warren. ( Wisconsin Visit Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy, in Reedsburg. (

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Cross-Country Ski to Explore Winter’s Wonders by Randy Kambic


hile downhill Alpine skiing offers spurts of intense action in-between times spent driving to and from resorts and standing in line at lifts, all that’s needed for Nordic cross-country skiing is a few inches of snow and strap-on skis to transform any nearby park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene eco-playground. The similar dry-land recreation of Nordic walking that uses poles can be enjoyed year-round.

Ski Season Techniques

Both the standard Nordic form of what’s also known as free-heel skiing and the more challenging Telemark style, able to incorporate hilly terrains, have northern European roots. Cross-country skis are longer and thinner than downhill versions. Instead of placing the entire foot in a bulky, stiff boot affixed to an alpine ski, only the toe section of a sneakerlike boot adheres to a cross-country ski, enabling a fuller gliding motion. Gliding over relatively flat terrain while leaning slightly forward, it’s important to keep weight evenly distributed over both skis. Continuously moving

ahead in a left-right-left-right motion with a long gait creates a full-body workout as each opposing arm plants a pole and pushes on it to carry the skier into the next step. Cross-country skis aren’t made for sudden stops, so stay alert; gentle, sideto-side skidding employing both legs or turning the front of both skis inward to form a triangle effects stopping. With experience, the skis can be used more like long ice skates, pushing both ahead and outward on them to move slightly faster on wide, groomed, flat surfaces. Vermont native Bill Koch, the only American to win an Olympic crosscountry ski medal—silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Games—helped popularize the recreational sport in America. On February 20, the 2016 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest annual cross-country ski race, is expected to attract about 10,000 participants on a 55K course from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin (

Any Season Warm-ups

“Many of the movement patterns of Alpine and Nordic skiing are similar,”

explains Michael Wood, chief fitness officer of Koko FitClub (, which is reflected in a new eight-week Snow Sports program at many of its 130 locations in 30 states. “Our Smartraining equipment offers more than 100 different exercises, many of them ideal for preparing for cross-country skiing, like the squat, hip extension, and trunk and hip rotation.” For post-ski stretching, he and club coaches often recommend yoga-type flows like downward dog, child pose and the one-legged pigeon move. “We like to customize programs to enhance dynamic stretching, intensive knee analysis and specific routines to improve individual performance,” says Wood.

Winter Weight Loss

Outdoor winter recreation can help shed pounds. Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer, nutrition expert and author, recently reported in Health magazine, “Being outdoors in the cold air enables your body to burn more calories as it makes an effort to warm up. When you’re chilled, you shiver and shake, which is your body’s way of warming itself by increasing its resting metabolic rate.” Pasternak says that spending time outdoors in cold weather can increase calories burned by as much as 30 percent and advises, “Take up ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.”

muscles and treat both the upper and lower parts of the body like machines.” Suitable for all ages, including those that have balance or health issues or can’t run anymore, the walking poles act as extensions of the hands. Their rubber or metal tips work on any surface, such as streets, sidewalks, gravel, sand, dirt or grass. Compared to regular walking, Zimmerman says the Nordic style burns up to 40 percent more calories, tones the arms

Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, including for Natural Awakenings.

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Nordic walking, launched in Finland in the late 1990s and since spread throughout Europe, incorporates some motions similar to cross-country skiing. Walking while using special poles on dry land or at the beach extends associated health and fitness benefits year-round. Initiated 11 years ago, the American Nordic Walking Association (, based in Palisades, California, conducts classes and other events nationwide. Founder, president and master coach Bernd Zimmerman reports significant growth in its popularity in recent years. “Both cross-country skiing and Nordic walking are great full-body workouts that use 90 percent of your

and upper body, reduces stress on knees and joints, and safely boosts the intensity of exercises to yield additional heart and lung benefits. Ski and general sports equipment retailers that sell and rent equipment also host informative clinics. Check out local retailers for local ski club group outings.

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mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that encourages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.

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Dates can still spring from chance meetings, fix-ups by friends and family or workplace encounters, but these generally have the same success rate as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an eco-friendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is prescreened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or prevent a more in-depth reply. Text-

pert, a free app that crowdsources text messages, comes to the rescue with suggested responses by other members to help anyone encountering writer’s block.

Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match thousands of miles away in New York through When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”

like-minded people. “Natural is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.

at the beach,” advises April Masini, a New York City author of four relationship books and the advice column. “Whether you’re looking in person or online for dates, focus on the areas where you’d naturally find others who are green like you.” Community gardens, river cleanups and Earth Day celebrations spring to mind. Make a green impression by wearing clothing made of sustainable fabrics and offering a small gift of a fair trade item, organic chocolates or native wildflower bouquet. The choice of going to a locally sourced restaurant will include an eco-friendly ride to get there. A 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are unmarried—yet most believe marriage is extremely important. With all the people still looking for love, online meet-ups can dramatically improve success.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss


lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, ecofriendly lifestyle has become another hallmark of her life.

What connection do you see between eating organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires?

I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.  

Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own?

In my Who’s the Boss? days, Tony Danza and Judith Light were always active

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and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

What role does nature play in your daily life?

I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

As an advocate of breastfeeding, which benefits do you think are especially good for mother and child?

In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.

How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness?

How do you balance family life with your acting career?

My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.

It’s a hard balance for anyone, especially one who’s detail-oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, like me. The most important thing is to be in the

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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. Rotary Club of Detroit – 12-1:30pm. Great local speakers at the weekly lunch meeting. RSVP. $25. Business attire. Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave, Detroit. 586-943-5785. Donation Yoga -11:45am. All levels welcome in a serene studio with natural light. Be Nice Yoga, 4100 Woodward, Detroit. 313-544-9787.

Hot Yoga – 6-7:30pm. (also,Wed, 9-10:30am. and Fri, 4:30-6pm.). Come with an empty stomach; nothing to eat 2 hours prior to class. Drink plenty of water beginning hours before class time. Dress in tank top shirt; dress as if you were at the beach. $ 15 drop-in. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st and 3rd Tues of month. Free to Chamber members one buisness per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 8, Taylor. Story Time – 10-11am. Stories for seniors, adults and children. Weekly themes. Jungle Juice Bar, 14929 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park. 313-571-3075

Wild Wednesdays – Greenland Markets, best prices on fruits and vegetables. Locations in Dearborn & Dearborn Heights.

Lunch Time Yoga Vinyasa- 12pm. Level l/ll (A). Heidi Miklos Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6pm. 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. “paywhat-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park. 313-383-0100. Yoga Foundation – 6-7pm. Workshop is for beginners who are interested in starting Yoga, who are questioning whether they are flexible enough, overweight or just can’t do it. All the basics will be covered including postures, breathing, meditation, relaxation and more. Tips on incorporating into everyday life will be provided. Donation by sliding scale; suggested $96- $120. Pre register. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. 313-617-9535. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Fellows Creek Golf & Banq, 2936 S. Lotz Rd, Canton.

Tai Chi Easy – 10am. Class will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, for the next eight weeks. Dearborn. BEGINNING January 21. $ 58. and free for SilverSneakers members. 1570 Mason, Dearborn. 734-429-3214. Basic Computer Class – 10-11am. Presented by the Harper Woods Library. Call Mrs. Kent for more information. 19601 Harper, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575. Kid’s Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642 Ashtanga – 6pm. Yoga Shala & Wellness, 25411 W Warren, Suite D, Dearborn Heights. 313-278-4308 Open Mic – 7-10pm. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. 313-879-1102. “Ask the Naturopath” - Free Conference Call with Jesse R. Brown, N.D. every first Thursday. Discover hidden wholistic remedies for you and your loved ones. Find out about employment and opportunities to make money in wholistic health. Thursday, February 4th, 7- 8 p.m. Dial: (712) 432-0111 Code: 292-724#

Calling All Leaders & Healers – 7-8:30pm. Powerful amplification & support to enhance your purpose, gifts, & unique message being realized on the planet. 1st & 3rd Wed ‘Community support & networking. 2nd & 4th Wed, ‘Inspirational Presentation, Self Acceptance Process & Qi Cong by Barbra White, followed by 5min presentation from community. Donation-based & proceeds to children’s empowerment – Superhero Training Acad. & Det food justice initiatives. Accepted As I Am Center, 157 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-455-1438. Poetry Unplugged – 8-11pm. Open mic and acoustic live with host Sky Covington. See/ hear some of Detroit’s most prolific poets and songwriters. $5. Harbor House, 440 Clinton, Detroit. 586-362-7460.

Detroit Eastern Market /Detroit – 6am-4pm. Russell, between Mack & Gratiot. 313-833-9300. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thur. of month. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meet. per month. WCCCD Downriver Campus, EPAC rm 8 (upstairs). 21000 Northline, Taylor.

Mind, Body, Spirit Class – 10am. May be Tai Chi, or QuGong or chair Yoga. Classes are free but a donation is encouraged for the generous instructors who donate their time. Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, Suite 105, Detroit. 313-832-1155.

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Core Exercises – 7:15-8:30pm. Much of back & hip pain is from poor control of core muscles. Join Dr. Gregory as he walks you through pain-free exercises to engage the core. Dress for exercise & yoga mat is recommended. RSVP. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

Clarissa’s Closet – Children’s Musical. Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W Jefferson, Trenton. 734-673-9507 or for tickets, 734-771-7945.

Awaken Your Inner Artist – 6-7:30pm. Have fun & release stress in creative atmosphere. Free. Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. 313-255-6155.

WED, FEB 03, 2015 Biomeridian Assessments – 4-7pm. Juli Johnson will use Biomeridian computer & give basic mini assessment to determine gluten sensitivity particularly related to wheat, whole wheat & whole grains. Free. Screening limited. RSVP. Better Health Market, 20432 Farmington Rd, Livonia. 248-471-9600.

SAT, FEB 06, 2016 Shiver on the River – 10am-3pm.Friends of the Detroit River hosts Ecology Family Fair with exhibits, displays, environmental arts/crafts for children & refreshments. Free after entering island. Belle Isle, 734-288-3889.

MON, FEB 08, 2016 Monday Night Meditation – 7:15-8pm. Join MJ for evening of meditation & learning techniques to use at home; breath work. All levels welcome. RSVP. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767

TUES, FEB 09, 2016 Learning Disabilities; A Natural Approach – 7:15-8:30pm. Do you know someone young or old that suffers from ADD. Autism, or any other leaning disability or are you a teacher, principal or parent – Join Dr. D. for a presentation on a natural approach to learning disabilities. RSVP. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767

Rules for Winning in the Game of Life – 7-8:30pm. Prosperity, love, success, health based on the timeless collections of Florence Scovel Shinn. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland . 734435-8220.

SAT, FEB 13, 2016 Essential Oils Class - 2:30pm. Michigan Massage Professionals is hosting Michelle Smith who will present informational ‘take away’ class on the uses of essential oils. $15. RSVP, limited space. Michigan Massage Professionals, Suite 105, 6755 Merriman, Garden City. MMP. 313-324-6358.

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save the date Healing from Within – (2/16, 2/17, 2/18, 2/19, 2/22, 2/23, 2/24, 2/25, 2/26). 9am-5pm. Colonics, digestive health, fasting, cleansing for certification with Patricia Woods, instructor. $ Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. 313-255-6155. Kettle Bell Exercises – 7:15-8:30pm. Dr. Gregory will demonstrate functional exercises focusing on form & stability. Dress for exercise & yoga mat is recommended. RSVP, Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767

WED, FEB 17, 2016 Drink Yourself Healthy- 7:30pm. Workshop presented by TLC Holistic Wellness/Dr Sherry Yale and guest speaker Chris Timco. Learn about the difference between alkaline & alkalized water & which is better. Samples provided. Free. RSVP. Limited seating. 31580 Schoolcraft, Livonia. 734-664-0339. All About Herbs – 6-8pm. Herbal wisdom for people & profit with Dr Jesse R. Brown. Eight week class. $ Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. DetroitWholisticCenter. com. 313-255-6155.

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THUR, FEB 18, 2016 Healing through Our Hands & Feet – 6-8pm. Understanding Reflexology Certification. Eight week class. $ Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. 313-255-6155.

SAT, FEB 20, 2016 Juicing for Health – 11am-1pm. Using foods for health & healing. Free. Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. DetroitWholisticCenter. com. 313-255-6155. Essential Oils Class – 10am-12pm. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens hosts Jill Tack who will speak about the attributes of essential oils. Handouts, light refreshments & door prizes. Heritage Park Petting Farm (next to the Conservatory), 12803 Pardee, Taylor. RSVP. $ 10. 888-383-4108.

SUN, FEB 21, 2016 Starting Transplants – 1-3pm. Informational class/ workshop in the Straw Bale Educational Series. Detoirt Farm & Garden, 1759 21st Street, Detroit. 313-655-2344. Open House Celebration – 2-5pm. Natural solutions for our New Year resolutions. Free. Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. 313-255-6155. Temple Community Gathering – 5-7pm. Connect & discuss openly, sexuality, consciousness, spirituality, tantra & more. Opening meditation, Sacred Circle, creating a safe space to share & ask questions . Similar to a Satsang in the Yoga tradition; community of truth, with a flavor of the talking stick traditions of Native American shamanism. Donation accepted. Plan to arrive 5 min early to get settled. RSVP. Dakini@MysterySchoolOfTheTempleArts. com.

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Muscle Testing Workshop -7:30pm. Dr Yale will teach you how to do muscle testing. Bring your own items to practice testing skills. Limited Seating. RSVP. 31580 Schoolcraft, Livonia. 734-664-0339.

Willy Wonka Jr. – (2/27,2/28). Children’s Musical. Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W Jefferson, Trenton. 734-673-9507 or for tickets, 734-771-7945.

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THUR, FEB 25, 2016 Heart Health Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to care for your heart and balance the body as a whole with herbs. This workshop portrays the healing powers of herbs with their individual and collective activations. Includes demo, interactive exercises & more. $15 (1st 10 pre-registered will receive a free tea & truffle gift set). RSVP. 2727 Second Ave, Detroit. 313-757-0993. Screening of “Plant Pure Nation” - 6:308:30pm. PBNSG presents Dr. T. Colin Campbell & Nelson Campbell, who will discuss the movie and their program. $15 advance ,online or $20 at door. Groves High School Main Theater, 20500 W. Thirteen Mile, Beverly Hills. 248-919-8728 Pressure Point Therapy – 7-8pm. Simple, effective techniques to reduce stress, muscle soreness, & tension. Bring a partner for most benefit. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland . 734-435-8220. Essential Exercises – 8-9pm. Learn essential exercises to keep you fit, limber and healthy. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland . 734-435-8220.

Bird Walk – 8-10am. Experience the variety of bird species with tour led by Wild Birds Unlimited. Bird Walks begin in the Visitors Center. $ 7. RSVP online. Space is limited. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores. 313-884-4222. Wrap & Lose – (2/29). Herbal Body Wraps Certification. $ Wholistic Training Center, 20944 Grand River, Detroit. DetroitWholisticCenter. com. 313-255-6155. NRT Screening - 4pm. Experience what nutrition response testing reveals about your body’s health & discover your strengths, weaknesses & sensitivities. Limited Seating. RSVP. 31580 Schoolcraft, Livonia. 734-664-0339.

SUN, FEB 28, 2016 Meditation Workshop – 3-5:30pm. Learn the benefits & types of Meditation. Seminar plus guided meditation. Also Q & A .Handout and CD to take home. $20 advance / $25 door. RSVP. Michigan Massage Professionals, Suite 105, 6755 Merriman, Garden City. MMP.MassageTherapy. com. 909-281-3100, ext 902.

looking ahead TUES, MAR 01, 2016 Library Display – Presented by Veg Michigan. Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee, Taylor. 734-287-4840.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller SUN, MARCH 13, 2016 Dearborn Women’s Expo – 10am-5pm. Events, products and services of interest to women w/ door proceeds benefiting Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan and presented by JMS Productions. $3 admissions. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn.

SAT, MAR 19, 2016

FRI, APRI 29, 2016

The Festival of Enlightenment Holistic Fair – 11am-5pm. Featuring vendors, readers and bodyworkers. $5. Student and Culinary Arts Center, Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. 313-483-2555 or 313-605-4206.

Earth Fair – 9am-4pm. Celebrate and learn about the Earth. Demonstrations, displays, hands- on opps, vendors, entertainment & more. 810-987-5306.

SUN, MAR 20, 2016

Earth Fair – 10am-4pm. Celebrate and learn about the Earth. Demonstrations, displays, hands- on opps, vendors, entertainment & more. 810-987-5306.

Wedding Show – 1-5pm. The Packard Proving Ground (PPG) is hosting an event showcasing this beautiful historic venue and local wedding vendors, services and products including caterers, party rentals, wedding planners, florists, fashions, decorative accessories, photographers, and more. Free to bridal guests. PPG, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township. For vendor information, contact Mary Anne @ 586-943-5785.

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