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ransitions are an inevitable part of life. At this time of year, as school lets out for summer, families have time to celebrate graduations, weddings and family reunions. As we move through these phases of life, it is easy to start thinking about what the next phase may bring, instead of taking enough time to enjoy the one happening in present moment. Many of the shifts that we deal with are expected, but occasionally life throws us a curve ball, such as the death of a loved one. In the case of Patrick Davis, author of the story on page 32, within the year following the end of his eighteen-year marriage, he lost both his parents. Davis describes how his struggle to adapt led him to journal writing, and now he has put together a workshop to help others that are struggling with grief and loss. Checking in with ourselves to identify our thoughts and feelings is something that we might not always take the time to do, but it can be very important to our overall health and well-being. In his article on page 34, Dr. Craig Stoller mentions that the quality of our relationships should be considered when building a path to improved wellness. Dealing with difficult transitions like separation and divorce can be as painful as dealing with a loved one’s death, so surely it is important to contemplate the effect of relationships on our health and then take action to ensure that ours are positive and healthy. All of our relationships require energy to maintain, but the best ones are also a source of energy, inspiring us to be our best selves. Take some time to think about your own support system. Who are the people that are always there for you, and how can you properly nurture those relationships to keep them healthy and thriving for years to come? It is interesting that we celebrate Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, back to back. Mom and dad comprise our original support system. Taking the time to reflect on and evaluate these early relationships and their effects on the interactions and patterns of relationships we have with everyone else in our lives can be very valuable for self-understanding. Journaling can be a helpful tool in that process. Enjoy the splendor and beauty of the summer season, and savor each moment just as it is. On Father’s Day, honor your dad or his memory, and then go out and make him proud with your life.

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ouples can measure the carbon footprint of their wedding using a carbon calculator on, a website for green wedding products and services, and can offset it by purchasing trees that will be planted by The Carbon Farmer, based in Alberta, Canada. “Our philosophy at Green Bride Guide is to reduce what we can and offset the rest. Using our carbon calculator is a great way to assess the carbon footprint of your wedding and reduce the impact that you cannot eliminate,” says Kate Harrison, CEO of Green Life Guides, parent company to Green Bride Guide. After planning her own green wedding and writing a handbook about it, Harrison created the Green Bride Guide website in 2009. The Carbon Farmer plants trees on previously tilled cropland that has been turned into boreal forests whose trees store carbon as they grow. Each carbon credit from The Carbon Farmer is equivalent to the reduction of one metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions. Americans produce approximately one-half ton of carbon dioxide every week by driving and powering their houses. To use the carbon calculator and purchase credits, visit For more information about The Carbon Farmer or to purchase carbon credits directly, visit

Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic Focuses on Summer Health


une is summer health month at Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, starting with beach day on June 3, which will provide helpful tips on sun protection, safe travel and suggested exercises to prevent injuries caused by outdoor activities. In

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ierra Club’s Southeast Michigan Group will present It’s Raining, It’s Pouring and Sewage is Overflowing, a lecture on how to protect the Great Lakes at 6:30 p.m., June 6, at Birmingham Unitarian Church, in Bloomfield Hills. Guest speaker Melissa Damaschke, the Great Lakes regional representative for Sierra Club’s Detroit office, will discuss problems and solutions to storm water and sewage pollution threatening the Great Lakes, along with leading the audience in a barrel construction exercise and providing guidance in designing home rain gardens. The Southeast Michigan Group is volunteer run and funded, with more than 4500 members in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St Clair Counties. Their mission is to encourage Southeast Michigan residents to explore, enjoy and protect nature’s local resources. Location: 38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. For more information, visit Michigan. or clubSEMG.


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recognition of Father’s Day, the clinic will also distribute handouts covering men’s health topics such as nutrition and stretching for golf. The clinic’s Color Your World Summer Fest takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., June 22, offering demonstrations, raffles, refreshments, muscle testing, question and answer sessions with the doctors and complimentary mini sessions of massage, Reiki and reflexology. By appointment, Naturopathic Doctor Jack Lewis will provide iridology and color aura photography for a fee. Location: 6231 N. Canton Center Rd., Ste. 109, Canton. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-455-6767.


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assage therapists from Health Spa of Plymouth will donate their time and services to racers immediately following three upcoming marathon events. In their Plymouth location, the spa provides relaxation, detoxification and antiaging services, offering deep tissue and Swedish massage, plus an infrared sauna, detox foot baths, signature facials with galvanic treatments and NuSkin products, teeth whitening and more. Massage booths will be setup June 8 at two different events: Run 2 Save Our Youth, in Hines Park, Westland, which is raising money for the drug-prevention work of the Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition; and Kona Run, in Northville, which will benefit the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Northville Educational Foundation and the Northville Parks and Recreation department. On June 16, the massage therapists will volunteer their services at the YMCA Father’s Day Run in downtown Plymouth. Proceeds from this event benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Spa Location: 1075 Ann Arbor Rd. W., Plymouth. For more information, call 734454-5600 or visit

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he Continuing Education and Professional Development program of Schoolcraft College offers a wide variety of summer culinary classes, some appropriate for novices while others are perfect for experts, with recipes ranging f rom everyday to gourmet cooking. Experienced chefs teach hands-on classes from basic cooking and baking to making more advanced sauces and salsa dishes. Registration for classes is ongoing. Schoolcraft’s continuing education and professional development classes do not require a formal admission process. Cost varies. Location: 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia. Visit to register or call 734-462-4448 for more information.


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Christian Meditation Retreat Offered


t. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit, is hosting the weekend retreat, Christian Meditation: An Awakened Life, from 4 p.m., June 14 to 1:30 p.m., June 16. Presented by Father Joseph Mitchell, a member of the Passionist community, the retreat will explore the foundations of

Christian meditation and how to use them as a way of untying the knots in the mind which block inner radiance. It offers a basic guidance for those interested in learning the fundamentals of meditation, as well as a support for seasoned practitioners. Mitchell received his training in theology at Catholic Theology Union and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco. As director at the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Kentucky, his ministry includes teaching courses in the new cosmology and meditation, as well as directing retreats and spiritual education programs throughout the U.S., Canada, India and Africa. Cost: $200. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. To register, call 313-286-2802, email MSansotta@, or visit


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earn how to increase energy and improve digestion, mental attitude and overall health with VeggiePatti’s Six-week Green Smoothie Challenge. Healthy lifestyle consultant Patti Radakovich will discuss ways to remove processed f oods from the diet and replace them with daily green smoothies and nutrient-rich, raw foods, during a series of weekly classes that meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, June 5 to July 10, at Total Health Foods, in Wyandotte.


he East meets West Wholistic Health Fair is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the first Saturday of every month, June through October. Located at the SanKofa Life

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Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center to Host Weekend Yoga Fest


oga Fest 2013 is set to take place August 16 to 18 at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan, just north of Gaylord. Suitable for the entire family, this weekend event promises something for everyone, with a variety of yoga classes, workshops, guest speakers, vendors and healthy food, as well as live music by kirtan artists. “This event provides a great opportunity for those curious about yoga to explore various practices and for the yoga community throughout Michigan to show its unity,” says Jim Pero, Song of the Morning’s manager. Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center is located on 800 acres of rolling countryside in northern Michigan’s woodlands with the Pigeon River flowing through its heart. Its pristine forest environment makes it an ideal setting for a weekend of inspiration.

campus, in Detroit, this family-fun fair offers a unique opportunity for people to explore natural healing modalities, eat healthy food and enjoy music and entertainment as well as opportunities to learn with product vendors and wellness speakers. Location: 18734 Woodward Ave., Detroit. For more information about vending or attending, call 313-3665250 or visit

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n June, start the weekends off with a relaxing hour of yoga and silent meditation designed to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. Taylor Yoga instructors Courtney Conover and Connie Fedel will guide yoga practitioners of all levels from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, beginning June 1 and continuing to June 29, at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Taylor Yoga structures classes to allow students to connect their physical and mental well-being in order to promote health and healing from within. Cost: $45/5 weeks or $10/drop-in. Location: 22314 Northline Rd., Taylor. For more information, call 313-292-9642, email or visit

Holistic Networking Group Meets Monthly


he Holistic Networking Group, a community outreach event sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine–Detroit, is geared toward businesses that deal with green and holistic lifestyles. The group will meet at 6 p.m., June 13, at the S t. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, for networking and a 25-minute presentation by certified hypnotherapist and reflexologist Michelle Chesney. “The feet can exhibit early symptoms for diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems,” notes Chesney. “I will explain how reflexology can address these and other common ailments.” Each monthly meeting allows time for group introductions, one-on-one networking and a different featured presenter. Bringing business cards and flyers is recommended.

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was well received, drawing in 20 vendors, seven guest speakers and almost 400 attendees. Those that missed the event can find program information at, as well as a video at VeggiePattiVideo. Radakovich is a local author and healthy lifestyle consultant, who lives a gluten-free and vegan lifestyle and engages in public outreach to help others with healthy lifestyle choices, special diets and food allergies. For more information, email or visit


Moon Fuel Two New Sources of Sustainable Energy

Tech Trash

Recycle All Electronic Products With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at

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New Technology Increases Solar Efficiency There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions. Source:

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Hawaiian Coral Reef Under Siege In the tropical paradise of Hawaiian waters, a milky growth has been spreading rapidly across the coral reefs along Kauai’s north shore. Marine biologist Terry Lilley, the foremost expert on the outbreak, says it now affects up to 40 percent of the coral in Anini Bay, and conditions in nearby areas are as bad or worse. The growth, identified by U.S. Geological Survey scientists as both a bacteria that grows through photosynthesis and a fungus, is killing all the coral it strikes and is spreading its infection at the rate of one to three inches a week. “This bacteria has been killing some of these 50-to-100-year-old corals in less than eight weeks,” Lilley told the Los Angeles Times, noting that the entire reef system appears to be losing its immune system. Some feel the cause is high levels of fecal and related bacteria from the town of Hanalei, which has no sewer system and where homes are connected to cesspools and septic systems. Because no definitive link has been shown, government action has been limited.

A new compound of lead telluride— a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel.

Thanks, Dad

Norway Recognizes Fatherhood Norway’s liberal paternity leave policy places equal responsibilities on men and women, which in turn progressively redefines traditional gender roles. Pappapermisjon, or paternity leave, is often combined with a mother’s maternity leave to provide seamless childcare at home without overtaxing parents’ work life. The Norwegian government has socially engineered a society in which men and women are expected to have equal domestic and economic responsibilities. Some specifics of the country’s “fathers’ rights” philosophy include leaving the workplace by 5:30 p.m.; being able to adjust office hours around daycare drop-offs and pickups; and allowing time to organize family dinners and help with housework. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Restoring Native Prairies, Yard by Yard From Canada south to Texas and from Indiana west to Colorado, nearly 600,000 square miles of grassland once contributed to this continent’s complex ecosystem, supporting a diverse and teeming web of life. Today, less than 1 percent remains intact. The good news is that farmers and residents have been making inroads toward restoring this native landscape, converting suburban yards and rural fields to expanses of tall grass and fallow pastures that welcome native species. Government agencies and conservation groups, aided by volunteers, have undertaken numerous restoration projects across U.S. and Canadian prairieland, some of them comprising thousands of acres. The initial investment in time and money starts with removal of invasive or even cultivated species and the planting of native grasses. Substantial benefits include low-maintenance ecosystems that require less water and no fertilizer while supporting diverse wildflowers and wildlife. But it’s not as simple as planting a few seeds. In semi-rural and more urban areas, neighbors and zoning laws don’t always see eye-to-eye with these “new pioneers”, especially in deed-restricted communities. Concern over perceived property value deterioration and a potential influx of vermin sometimes wins the day. Farmers have been known to plow under an entire restoration project upon news of rising grain prices due to the ethanol industry, in order to cultivate it for financial gain. It is evident that social and economic policies must support the effort if it is to succeed. Source: Yale Environment 360


Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source:

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Surfers count themselves among the most ardent environmentalists. Yet their sport is awash in petrochemicals and carcinogens, from neoprene wetsuits and urethane surfboard leashes to polyurethane boards and epoxy resins. So surfboard shaper Danny Hess is adopting salvaged woods, natural finishes and organic resins to transform how they are made. His boards are built to last, an anomaly in a sport in which enthusiasts’ boards may break once or twice every season. He uses Super Sap, the first U.S. Department of Agriculture BioPreferred Certified liquid epoxy resin, and is experimenting with organic foam and salvaged redwood in seeking to build a truly green surfboard. “What I’m trying to do is build heirloom surfboards that are passed on from father to son over many generations, rather than these disposable things that we’re just consuming,” Hess says. Before founding Hess Surfboards, Hess lived in a straw-bale house in Colorado, studied sustainable architecture at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, built tree houses and worked as a licensed contractor. “One day I had this ‘Aha!’ moment when I realized I could create these molds, like the ones I was using to bend wood for cabinet doors, for surfboards,” he says. Hess has since expanded into also making sustainable skateboards. Learn more at


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en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded—medical treatment. Source: James Occhiogrosso,



istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music.

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Fruits and Veggies Can Help Us Kick Butts


he first long-term study on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking cessation offers good news: Eating more healthy produce can help smokers quit the habit and remain tobacco-free longer. Researchers from New York’s University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers ages 25 and over from around the country. In a 14-month follow-up, they were asked if they had abstained from tobacco use during the previous month. Those that consumed the most produce were three times more likely to have been tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those that ate the least amount of produce. Smokers with greater fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first one and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence. The findings, published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, remained consistent even when adjusted for age, gender, race, ethnicity, education and household income.



indings published in the journal Neurology add to a growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoids, found in berries, teas, apples and red wines, can positively affect human health. According to new research on 130,000 men and women undertaken by Harvard University, in Boston, and the UK’s University of East Anglia, men that regularly consumed the most flavonoid-rich foods were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those that ate the least. No similar protective link was found for women. It is the first human study to show that flavonoids can help protect neurons against diseases of the brain.


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ne reason for a couple’s inability to conceive could be linked to too much fat in the male’s diet. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital of 99 U.S. men uncovered an association between a high fat intake and lower sperm count and concentration. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Men that consumed the most saturated fats had a 35 percent lower total sperm count and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men that ate the least amount of such fats. Moreover, men that ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—the type of healthful fat often found in fish and plant oils—had better-formed sperm than men that ate less.

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LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig

An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.


appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may

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sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”

Getting to Happy

The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and

true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning

official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.

Nurturing Signature Strengths

Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at

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social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to

explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you

getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”

Sustaining Happiness

Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.”

The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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How Hues Can Help and Heal by Judith Fertig

From relaxing in a hot tub amidst sparkling blue lights to sleeping soundly surrounded by soft-green walls, we continuously experience the subtle influence of colors in our surroundings.


hile humans have long appreciated nature’s chromatic displays, it wasn’t until 1666 that Sir Isaac Newton proved that white light from the sun refracted through a prism separates into the individual bandwidths we perceive as hues. A growing body of research by physicians, environmentalists, psychologists and alternative medicine specialists is now exploring how color—as light and pigment—can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. According to Pakistani research physicists Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza, working from the University of Balochistan, “Colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body.” Different colors cause different reactions, from stimulating cells to suppressing the production of melatonin. Published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, Azeemi and Raza’s photobiology research, applied as chromotherapy, supports premises of ancient Chinese, Egyptian and ayurvedic healing traditions in which color is intrinsic to healing: for example, red increases circulation; yellow stimulates nerves; orange increases energy; and blue and green soothe everything from skin irritations to anxiety. Blue light can reset our biological clocks. Although electric light attempts to mimic natural sunlight, the body does not sense it that way, according to findings

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published in Environmental Health Perspectives. During the day, artificial light with more blue wavelengths may help improve the performance of students and employees working indoors; at night, a reduction of the blue portion in artificial lighting provided for shift workers could protect against sleep disturbances. The irony, notes Science Writer David C. Holzman, of Lexington, Massachusetts, is that applications of blue light are now used to cure some of the very things it can cause—sleeplessness and depression. Sonya Nutter, a Kansas City mother of three elementary schoolchildren, can attest to the soothing effect of blue light when soaking in her Kohler chromotherapy tub in the dark: “It’s even better than lavender scent for calming,” she says. “Color clearly has aesthetic value, but it can also carry specific meaning and information,” says Andrew J. Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in New York. He and a team of researchers concluded that, “Seeing red is not good before [taking] a test measuring performance” (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General). In contrast, they found that seeing green enhances creative performance. Photodynamic therapy, a recently developed, non-invasive cancer treatment, involves injections of a lightsensitive solution, followed by shining laser-emitted blue light on internal tumors or light-emitting diodes (LED) on surface tumors. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet explains how such light kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Based on the success of NASA experi-

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. ~ Pablo Picasso

ments and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, red LED lights are also helping cancer patients deal with sore mouths associated with chemotherapy and radiation used for bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Treating diabetic ulcers is another application, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa. Red light sessions at many medical spas help rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production.

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Color as pigment can convey subtle cues to influence our perceptions, attitudes and behavior. In a study conducted at England’s Oxford University and Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia, for example, participants believed that hot chocolate tasted better in orange mugs than any other color, with white scoring lowest. “Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions” when they see a color, explains Elliot, a learned association that is often culturally based. Because color can engender individual emotional response, it plays a major role in one’s preferences in surroundings, including wall colors, furnishings and appliances. Pantone, a leading provider of color systems to businesses worldwide, annually recommends a specific color that it feels best connects with the current zeitgeist, or

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Ideal Dates 101 Some of these activities may bring out the twinkle in any daughter’s eyes. Join an ethnic cooking class. Then watch a DVD set in the corresponding country or region. Be a Sport. Suggest doubles tennis or ride a bicycle built for two. Volunteer at a local charity. Help others and then stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home. Make a home drive-in. Decorate cardboard boxes together so they look like favorite cars. Then sit in them to watch fun movies like Toy Story or Up… and pass the heirloom popcorn. Paint some pottery. Many ceramics stores offer lessons. Make individual or joint artistic creations that can become home decorations and visual memories. Shop at the dollar store. Secretly spend one dollar on each other, and then unveil the gifts over a frozen yogurt treat. Gotcha! Arrange with her school for her to leave school early for a surprise lunch date.

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Dad & Daughter Dates Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly


he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how signifi-

cant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and independent adult, but may be uncertain how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally. Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together.

“She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls. “We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing, everything. “She glows when she talks about past dates,” he continues. “I have earned the ability to talk with her about the more sensitive subjects in her life such as boys, sex, friends and family.” Seattle Pacific University Alumni Director Ken Cornell believes that bonding through dating his two girls, ages 14 and 17, is a true privilege. He says the same is true of his wife of 27 years. “It is so important to get away from the routine, to focus on each other,” Cornell remarks. “It’s amazing what is said when we give space for a relationship to deepen.” His younger daughter believes, “It’s confidence building; it makes me stronger to be with someone who believes and has hope in me.” Dressing up on occasion, holding the door open and allowing her to order for herself show respect and make her feel treasured. Later, if she doesn’t get that same level of respect on a first date with a boy, she will be less likely to schedule a second. Cornell often worries that he doesn’t model enough of the love and honor his girls deserve. He finds grace in prayer. “I ask God regularly for wisdom and forgiveness to help me steward my relationship with my daughters and wife.” The writer’s own family of six, including two daughters, has a long history of carving out precious time for refreshing fun. It naturally evolved from movies and petting zoos when they were young to canoeing and college campus events as they grew up. “My boyfriends knew that if we were going to last, they

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DOG SPORTS People & Pets Play Well Together by Sandra Murphy

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ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hide-and-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather interfere. “Inside, we play fetch up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoul-

der and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal. Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an obstacle course for the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide by Jeff Lutton a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves each one on warm-up command. A 4 Startinto slow 4 Run laps thin wooden dowel across two boxes 4 Take breaks 4 Always carry water and anchored to anails stick-on photo hook 4 Keep trimmed on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golfpaveclub hits a n Avoid running on hot tennis orwith plastic ball just far enough for ment longhaired or thickthecoated dog to dogs. retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more n Shorten mileage for pups under elements, such as yard races between 2 years, as well as older dogs. dogs and children on their tricycles n Avoid down concrete surfaces, which or scooters a straight path, with are rough on paw pads.

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n Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. n Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, it’s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.

everyone cooling off in a hard-plastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-on-one time for us,” says latchkey dog expert Eileen Proctor, in Castle Rock, Colorado. “Whenever she wants to stretch, she will come up and gently paw me,” relates Proctor. “Her favorite is the upward dog pose. Before practicing doga, this dear one had trouble getting to her feet, and then was lame for a minute. Now she is able to get up and move about immediately.” When exercising with pets, always keep plenty of water handy, start slow and watch out for how the weather or workout affects the participants. Scientists have changed from saying it takes 21 days to form a new habit to admitting it may take up to three times that long. That might be true for people, but try explaining it to the dog standing at the back door on day two—he’s ready to do it again.


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id you know puppies and kittens can become pregnant as early as 4 months old? All About Animals is offering $20 spays and neuters for puppies and kittens under 6 months old during the month of June to help avoid accidental litters. All About Animals’ veterinarians are spay/neuter experts, specializing in pediatric spay/neuter, safely fixing pets at least 8 weeks old and weighing 2 pounds or more. Waiting until pets are older can be a dangerous myth. Plus younger animals tend to recover much faster! Call 586-879-1745 for an appointment or book online at All male cats are only $20 as well! The special spay/neuter discount is funded by PetSmart Charities.

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itten season is here – which means shelters and rescues will soon be filled to the brim with accidental litters of kittens. The reality of the situation is that 75% of shelter animals that get euthanized are cats; kittens are not exempt from this sad truth. In order to help save more shelter pets, foster homes are needed. Fostering can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Every group is different, but for the most part the group will provide the vet care and in some cases, food, and you provide the love! If you are considering fostering, now is a good time to give it a try. Contact your local shelter or a rescue group in the area and find one that’s a good fit for you. If you are not up for fostering a kitten, consider fostering an adult cat instead. Either way, you’ll be saving a life!

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year ago, the 17-year old River Rouge Animal Shelter was a grim place. It had 8 dark dog kennels, no cat kennels, 1 small sink, and a 1-gallon hot water heater. There were no animal adoptions and they were not rescue friendly. Thanks to the efforts of one woman, Patty Trevino, the shelter is now completely updated, pleasant, and cheery with a 100% adoption rate since November 2012. Patty wanted to see change in her city’s shelter and approached the city council and finally the Michigan Humane Society last summer. Marie Skladd, Director of Community Outreach for MHS, wanted to help and created the Roverhaul program, with the River Rouge Animal Shelter being the first beneficiary of the pilot program. MHS, together with Lowe’s Home Improvement and Concrete Floor Treatment, provided all of the supplies and volunteers and completely overhauled the shelter. The River Rouge Animal Shelter now has 10 dog kennels, a bank of cat cages, a washer and dryer, a 40-gallon hot water heater, reception area, outdoor kennels/runs, and a brand new floor – complete with a sunny yellow coat of paint. “I care about the animals and for decades I saw nothing was adopted out,” said Patty. “I wanted to change that and see these animals have a chance.” Patty started off as volunteer with the shelter and ended up being hired as a part-time shelter attendant. If you are interested in volunteering with the shelter, please contact Patty at or 313-205-1732.

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit HealthyLivingDetroit. com for guidelines and to submit entries. NATURAL PET SECTION EVENT CALENDAR SUN, JUN 2, 2013 25th Annual Mutt March – 8am-12pm. This annual springtime event offers a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, as participants enjoy a scenic morning stroll of up to five miles on the grounds to benefit the thousands of homeless animals that MHS cares for every year. Individual walkers and teams can register, set up personalized web pages, and collect donations online at Pre-registration not required. All walkers who raise $156 or more – the average cost of care for one animal in need – will receive an official Mutt March 25th anniversary T-shirt. The first 800 four-legged walkers will receive a Mutt March bandana. Several course lengths are available and water stops will be provided for people and their pets. For those walking with their pet, please bring current vaccination records. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe. FRI, JUN 07 , 2013 Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic for Pets - 4:30-7:30pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy! Top quality vaccines, heartworm meds, and flea and tick preventatives for dogs and cats at low prices. Microchips available for $25. Nail trims available for $5. Clinic brought to you by Basil’s Buddies. Check online for prices. Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate., 734-926-1098.

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Pug Rescue Network’s 9th Annual Charity Pug Picnic – 11am-4pm. Bring your pug or any well mannered breed and join us for a day of fun and games! We will have vendors, cake walks, prizes, games and raffles. All proceeds to benefit the pugs in rescue. Our available pugs will be on hand for you to visit and our great PRN merchandise will be on display for you to purchase. Information regarding volunteering, adopting and fostering will also be available. $10 for adults at the door, $8 when you RSVP @, $5 for children 12 and under. Lunch will be provided, including a soft drink, with your admission. Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds, 10871 Quirk Rd, Belleville.

8th Annual Doggie-Rama – 10am-3pm. Sponsored by the Redford Jaycees, The Charter Township of Redford will again be sponsoring the Dog Rabies Vaccination program which is open to residents and non-residents alike! Over 3000 people attended Doggie-Rama in 2012, and we expect even more this year! The event will consist of pet adoptions from local rescue groups, vendors, contests, and a variety of refreshments. Redford Ice Arena, 12400 Beech Daly Rd, Redford Charter Township. Contact Michelle Kesling at or 313-473-7852.

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

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

EVERY SATURDAY Swim with your Senior dog - 2-5pm. 4ft deep heated pool, 1/2 hr swim $15. Private sessions RSVP required. $15 Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. MeandMyShadowLLC. com, 734-525-9500. AUG 10 – 11, 2013 Ann Arbor Pet Fest – 10am-6pm. Ann Arbor Pet Fest is the largest pet festival in southeastern Michigan with an annual attendance of nearly 3,000 passionate pet owners. Our goal is to help local rescue groups and shelters find homes for foster pets and to offer a venue to artisans, service providers, and vendors where they may display to the public. We have enjoyed hosting over a 100 diverse and interesting booths each year and we are dedicated to making Ann Arbor Pet Fest fun for all: exhibitors and attendees alike. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor. PetFesta2@gmail. com 734-929-6533.

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n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, on the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and

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fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside.

oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale. Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.

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arefoot walking conjures images of children playing in open fields and families strolling on a beach, yet it can also embrace many other settings as part of a health and fitness routine and lifestyle of optimum wellness. As Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee attest in their new book, Barefoot Walking, “It’s not just physical; it’s soothing on an emotional and spiritual level.” In adults, many muscles in our feet may have weakened and atrophied due to disuse from wearing shoes, which substitute the support and mobility that our bodies’ lower parts were created to provide. Years of wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can also hamper bone density and proper alignment of each foot’s 28 bones; produce aches and pains in knees, back and neck; and constrict circulation to legs and feet, a condition compounded by desk jobs. Here are some tips in preparing to go shoeless:

Work out feet. advises working to individually wiggle each toe; touch and rub each in its entirety; and flex and move both feet in as many different ways as possible. This will help them better absorb and distribute weight. Then, suggest Sandler and Lee, try “grabbing” exercises for toes, picking up round objects ranging in size from golf balls to baseballs. Also practice arch lifts, calf raises and ankle rolls. Check it out. Walk around a room and note if the weight upon landing moves from the heel to the big toe right away; if so, try shifting bodyweight while walking so that the pressure proceeds from the heel to the little toe and then across to the big toe. This maximizes functioning of the entire foot and keeps the arch from collapsing inward. This subtle change helps support knees, the pelvic floor and even abdominal muscles. Fields, dirt trails and beaches are

ideal sites to start walking barefoot. Repeated skin-to-ground contact also coincides with grounding, or earthing, a therapy that connects a being with Earth’s electrical field. The concept is that this allows negatively charged free electrons to enter and eliminate free radicals, the positively charged particles that may cause diseases and inflammation. When we’re in shoes, “We’re separated [from the Earth] by an inch of rubber, which is a fantastic resistor to electricity,” the co-authors point out. Because barefoot walking stimulates foot nerve endings, it’s also a form of self-reflexology, helping to lower blood pressure and anxiety while bolstering the immune system. For all these reasons, enthusiasts conjecture that it’s wise to follow in the natural footsteps of healers past and present that have chosen to walk this way. Sandler provides special tips on getting started for some specific groups: Children: “They haven’t had their feet weakened by wearing shoes for many years, so let them develop their

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masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. ~ Leonardo da Vinci own style.” Pregnant women: Start with a tiger walk technique (land with the heel barely off the ground, focusing on grabbing traction with the toes) for as much stability and fullest contact with the ground as possible. Seniors: Use a walk and roll technique (lift the forefoot up before gently landing heel first) to keep weight directly beneath the body’s center of gravity. “Some seniors are fearful of going barefoot; concerned their feet are soft and sensitive. But they find that it actually helps them regain balance, coordination and body-brain connections.” A key to expanding onto terrains like gravel and pavement while avoiding injury is to build up stronger plantar skin on the bottom of the feet, because

it is “600 percent stronger than skin elsewhere and can grow even thicker, up to half an inch, but only if you use it,” according to Sandler and Lee. “Going about barefoot stimulates additional skin growth (layering) and pushes the moisture out of the skin (strengthening), which together, thicken the soles of your feet.” Other basic tips to avoid injury include: go slow, build foot strength, focus on form, learn to rest, inspect feet daily for potential nicks or scratches and see a physician if in doubt about anything. “Once you’re aware of your surroundings and have toughened up your feet, you’ll avoid most sharp objects and be relatively shielded from the rest,” advise Sandler and Lee, who see the activity as a big step toward greater overall health awareness. “You’ll learn more about your body… what’s right and what’s not, what’s working and what can be improved.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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The Fatherhood Factor

How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott


ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.

Confidence and Pride Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.

Patience and Humor When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.

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Creativity A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.

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reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)

Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at and

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Journaling Through Grief Retreat Brings Season for Healing by Hedy Schulte


ife throws curve balls all the time. Especially when they are least expected. Just ask Patrick Davis, a former hospice chaplain. “After 20 years working in fields where I supported others with grief and loss, my own life fell apart. An 18-year relationship came to an end during a time when both of my parents were dying on hospice. Facing the pain of both death and divorce, I began turning to a journal to face unfamiliar emotions and to re-form a life where work, home and health were being reborn. By grace, I gradually became happier than I had ever been.” Out of Davis’ journey of painful twists and turns came newfound happiness and the creation of the Journaling Through Grief retreat. Rather than serving as a therapy group, the one-day retreat is designed to create a learning community that explores the connection between journaling and spiritual growth. The program weaves together time for reflection and sharing with practical tools that can be used as an adjunct to other sources of grief-recovery support. “I appreciated the variety of people of all ages and the time, both in community and in silence. I now have useful

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tools for moving into my journey,” relates one attendee. While American culture seems to offer few appropriate opportunities for grieving, Davis says that the process can be a season to begin looking at our lives in new ways and to honor our true feelings. Anyone seeking out spiritual principles to guide them safely through the choppy seas of grief will welcome the safe harbor offered by the Journaling Through Grief retreat, where it is hoped that participants will hear the soul guide them. Tapping into intuition, common sense and good humor, the program practices the wisdom from Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Patrick Davis, MA, is the creator of the Journaling Through Grief retreat and offers customized tools and consultations for individuals and work communities in transformation. Email him at Hedy Schulte is a freelance writer in Macomb County focusing on health and nutrition. She can be reached at

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Simple Changes Make a Big Impact

by Craig Stoller, DC


oo often people wait until a health issue arises before making the changes to diet and lifestyle that are needed to alter the course of their health. Taking a proactive approach to improve well-being simply requires a change in perspective. Answers to some basic questions about diet, exercise habits and daily intake of water can tell people whether they need to make changes. Individuals should also evaluate the environmental toxins surrounding them and even the toxicity of the relationships in their lives. Are anxiety, depression or poor sleep habits present? Feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed tax the body to the point that it can no longer adapt ultimately leading to illness. Next is a survey of measures of health, looking for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high sugar. The antioxidant activity in the body can be measured through a non-invasive scanner that scores the amount of carotenoids in the skin, an indicator of the body’s antioxidant level. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which

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are harmful environmental chemicals produced by things like pollution and cigarette smoke, that are absorbed through the skin. Having adequate antioxidant activity in cells helps protect against the kind of damage that can cause cancer and other diseases. Individuals can aid antioxidants in their work by detoxifying the body using an infrared sauna, footbath, lymphatic drainage treatment or massage. Studies have shown improvements in eating, exercise and sleeping habits, as well as having a positive attitude, can prevent many of the health issues that plague the population and, in many cases, reverse these conditions without the use of medication. There are many theories regarding what the proper diet should be, but a simple plan of eating mostly fruits, vegetables and lean protein will be healthful to most people. Consumption of grains should be limited as they tend to be inflammatory, and inflammation is one of the major cornerstones to many chronic health issues. Because water comprises up to 60 percent of the human adult body, drinking plenty

of it is crucial for survival and aids in digestion and the transportation of waste from the body. On the other hand, drinks high in sugar and caffeine have a negative effect on the immune system and adrenal glands. Exercise is part of the human experience. Humans were not designed to sit for long periods or be stationary all day; we are built to walk and move. Exercising daily will not only improve circulation but also prevent chronic illness. Performing at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily is a good place to start. For those starting out, it’s best to consult a health care professional to design a specific exercise program that meets their specific needs. A chiropractor can properly evaluate the body’s mechanics before activities like running or golf are started. People of all ages can be active with proper structural alignment and technique. During exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body. Studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood. Engaging in exercise and activities like meditation, spending time outdoors and socializing with family and friends helps to improve mental attitude and decrease stress, both of which improve overall health. Lastly, it is vital to get the right amount of rest to recharge the body and replenish new cells. Lack of restful sleep places stress on the body and immune system which could interfere with the body’s ability to heal. By addressing one’s basic lifestyle habits, most common health issues can be prevented. Take the time to evaluate your health and make appropriate changes. You just might add life to your years and years to your life. Dr. Craig Stoller is a chiropractic physician practicing at Integrative Chiropractic Health Center and Health Spa of Plymouth located at 1075 Ann Arbor Rd., in Plymouth. He combines his passion for chiropractic, nutrition, posture, exercise and a properly functioning nerve system to restore the body back to its proper function. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-454-5600.

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savethedate All about Herbs - 10am- 2pm. Which herbs should every herbal medicine cabinet contain? Teas, tinctures, poultices or extracts learn to prepare herbs for yourself and your family. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433.

Foodology - 2:30. The first step in living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind. Learn how to exercise your mental muscles, in order to gain strength and endurance to develop the physique you’ve always wanted, free. Detroit NW Church, 14301 Burt Rd, Detroit.

SUN, JUN 02 , 2013 Natural Remedies Seminar - 3-5pm. A guide to improving the immune system and preventing disease using natural remedies without breaking the bank. Learn the healing power of foods right in your own kitchen. Come and experience the truth behind the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” free!. Detroit NW SDA Church, 14301 Burt Rd, Detroit.

MON, JUN 03 , 2013 National Hemp History Week - 9am-9pm. Stop in for some in-store specials on Cousin Mary Jane products! Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Outstretched in Worship - 6:15-7:30pm. Want to worship God and refuel your soul, all while stretching your body? Have we got a class for you, $5. LifeCare, 33445 Warren Rd, Westland., 734-629-3551. W.O.W. (Week of Wellness) - 7pm- 8:15pm. (Jun 3rd -7th )Come out every evening to learn simple, yet practical ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Topics include: One Nation Under Pressure, Cut Your Cholesterol, Disarming Diabetes and much more, we will look at the problem and then discuss solutions. Our seminars have a proven track record of encouraging individuals and getting them on track to a healthy lifestyle, seminars are free and opportunities available to get free prizes and gifts. Detroit NW Church, 14301 Burt Rd., Detroit. 917-803-3536. LifeCare’s Dance Class - 7:30-8:30pm. Come to an adult dance class for fun.  It will incorporate modern dance steps as well as some ballet and possibly some tap steps.  The cost will be $25 split between participants. LifeCare, 33445 Warren Rd, Westland. LifeCareChristianCenter. org, 734-629-3551.

TUE, JUN 04 , 2013 MADE IN MICHIGAN – 12-3pm. The AARP Chapter #4676 will be promoting MADE IN MICHIGAN products at our monthly meeting including foods, home improvement products, various services, specialty crafts, Pure Michigan travel and much more - free to vendors and guests. For info call: 734-374-2515. free. Wayne County Community College, 21000 Northline Rd, Taylor. Managing Diabetes - 2-3pm. Learn how to manage your diabetes through effective lifestyle changes, such as monitoring, healthy eating, exercise, and health coaching. free. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-676-3813.

WED, JUN 05, 2013 Whole Foods Detroit Store Grand Opening – 9am. Visit the long awaited Whole Foods store in Midtown and participate in their grand opening celebrations. Gift bags will be given to the first 500 shoppers. Whole Foods Detroit, 115 Mack Ave Detroit. Detroit, 313-576-5300.

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THU, JUN 06 , 2013 Wyandotte Farmers Market - 12-6pm. Join Total Health Foods at the farmers market. Wyandotte Farmers Market, First and Elm, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. PREventing Diabetes - 5:30-7:30pm. This twopart workshop will help you understand what happens in the body that causes diabetes and how to prevent it through nutrition, physical activity, and stress management and how to set realistic goals to implement these techniques into your life. $25. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-676-3813. Harvesting Rainwater – 6:30-9pm. Protect our Great Lakes with rain barrels, rain gardens and native species, presented by guest speaker, Melissa Demaschke, Great Lakes Program director for the Sierra Club. Participants will learn about problems that threaten our Great Lakes including storm water and sewage pollution and hear about solutions. Short videos will show examples in Detroit, including rain gardens, rain barrels, wetlands, green roofs, and much more. Melissa will also lead in a rain barrel construction exercise and provide guidance in designing home rain gardens using Native Plants species. free. Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills.

FRI, JUN 07 , 2013 Eastside Farmers Market - 3-7pm. Fresh produce, healthy foods, and unique artisan items all locally made, sold directly by the growers and producers. Payment methods: cash, Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC, Project Fresh, credit & debit. Wkly music and entertainment. Mack Alter Square, 14820 Mack Ave, Detroit. facebook. com/eastsidefarmersmarket, 313-331-3427. Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic for Pets - 4:30-7:30pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy! Top quality vaccines, heartworm meds, and flea and tick preventatives for dogs and cats at low prices. Microchips available for $25. Nail trims available for $5. Clinic brought to you by Basil’s Buddies. Check online for prices. Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate., 734-926-1098.

SAT, JUN 08 , 2013 The 9th Annual Walk with Friends – 8am. Benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, learn how you can get involved in the Downriver Detroit Area. Samara Wolf, pet lover, and individual living with Multiple Sclerosis, has planned and hosted the “Friends” Walk event for the past nine years. $20. Heritage Park, 12301 Pardee, Taylor., corgimommy@, 313-445-0118. Intuitives Interactive Psychic Fair - 11am-3pm. Join us for a day of insight, guidance and moving forward into your desired life experiences. Local readers, energy healers will be offering their services through intuitive, psychic and channeled readings plus tarot and angel card readings. Experience energy healings as practitioners work within your energy field to clear, balance and assist your energy in remembering its natural state of wholeness and well-being. The cost is $20 for two (2)-15 min sessions. Cash, Visa/MC, AmEx & Discover accepted. Body Mind Spirit Wellness Ctr, 2007 S State St, Ann Arbor. Intuitives-Interactive/. The Art of Belly Dance - 7pm-12am. This one night only event will showcase belly dance themed artwork from Detroit area artists, live belly dance performances along with Deejay Gary Martin/Teknotika Records spinning belly dance music throughout the evening. There will be vendors selling belly dance merchandise, chair massage, a henna artist for hire, and a cash bar. This will also showcase the official release of “Conundrums”, a new belly dance music cd by B.P. LeGault.$5 parking, $7 admission. All ages are welcome. The Tangent Gallery, 715 East Milwaukee, Detroit., 313-506-3073.

TUE, JUN 11 , 2013 Healthy Breakfast in the Evening - 7-8:30pm. Join chefs Vicki Brett-Gach & Jeri Schneider as they demonstrate how to prepare favorite breakfast foods using only plant based ingredients, while

exploring some of the many reasons for switching to a vegan diet. Here’s what’s on the menu: Pancakes with Sweet Berry Syrup, Curried Tofu Scramble on Whole Wheat Pita, Coffee Cake, Soy Sausage Patties, and Granola with Vanilla Soy and Almond Milks. Of course you will get to taste their delicious creations, too! Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter. So we know how many people to prepare for, please register at the circulation desk or call 313791-3800. No cost!. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Street, Dearborn Heights. DHCL., 313-791-3800. Liver Cleansing - 7:15-8:30pm. Please join Dr Robert E Potter Jr, DC, and Cynthia Haas, Aromatherapist, for this informative workshop on the importance of cleansing the liver. Learn how using diet and essential oils can help the cleansing process.  Call 734-455-6767 to reserve a seat. No charge. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd. Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767.

THU, JUN 13 , 2013 Marley Coffee Sampling - 9am-10pm. Join us for Marley Coffee sampling - come taste the difference! Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Preventing Diabetes - 5:30-7:30pm. This twopart workshop will help you understand what happens in the body that causes diabetes and how to prevent it through nutrition, physical activity, and stress management and how to set realistic goals to implement these techniques into your life. $25. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. HenryFordSelfHealth. com, 734-676-3813.

WED, JUN 12 , 2013 Pet Food Bank – 3-5:30pm. 2nd Wed of every month. Bring proof of your animals which you are seeking assistance for, see website for requirements. Please do not bring your animals to this visit. Trenton/Woodhaven Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098. Pet Loss Support Group - 6:30pm. Basil’s Buddies is once again offering a monthly Pet Loss Support Group to help those who need a safe place to grieve and remember their pets. Whether you have lost your pet recently or many years ago, all are welcome to participate. We encourage you to bring a picture or other memento to the group. The group will meet the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Riverview Public Library. The group will be led by Pet Loss Companioning Professional Cindie Loucks. . Riverview Public Library, 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview., 734-926-1098.

Holistic Networking Group – 6-8pm. Great opportunity to meet other holistic practitioners, share best practices and empower one another. Speaker: Michelle Chesney C.Ht., Refloxologist Come and learn how reflexology sessions can address common ailments. Bring your business cards and be prepared to share with the group. Free. Call to register 586-943-5785. St Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 service drive just E of Telegraph Rd) Detroit. Pressure Point Therapy - 7-8pm. Step-by-step instructions of this therapy is taught by Certified Wellness Dr William H Karl, DC. Bring a partner to receive the most benefit from this relaxing, informative workshop. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220.

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Dine & Dish: How to Be a Raw Foodist 7pm- 8pm. Are you on the fence about becoming a vegetarian? Do you have questions about the vegan lifestyle? Are you having problems figuring out what to eat on a gluten-free diet? Do you want to know what raw foodists actually eat? Patti will be available once a month for a free mini-lecture followed by a Q & A session. Come grab a smoothie, juice, or raw food snack and get your questions answered. VeggiePatti is happy to answer questions on vegetarianism, veganism, raw foods, whole foods, gluten-free diets, and eating with food sensitivities at all sessions. Disclaimer: The information presented is not intended as medical advice. free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. VeggiePatti. com, 734-246-1208. Essential Daily Exercises - 8-9pm. Learn the six most essential exercises that will help you to improve strength, balance, and overall energy, a must for all ages and fitness levels. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Free, please register., 734-425-8220.

SAT, JUN 15 , 2013 Revitalizing Yoga - 8:30-9:30am. Get a refreshing start to your day with a revitalizing yoga class geared around entry and beginner level students, all levels are welcome. $12 dropin. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-676-3813.

Marley Coffee Sampling - 9am-10pm. Join us for Marley Coffee sampling - come taste the difference! Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Coffee & Tea Tasting - 2pm. Our coffee and tea tasting class is divided into two groups one for coffees and one for teas. In each class will taste 3 to 4 different drinks. We will discuss the health benefits, the origins, the complexities of the taste, also what makes an organic tea or coffee, the market price of the products around the world and what affects them. $10 Agua Dulce Coffee & Tea, 1519 N Telegraph Rd., Monroe., 734-652-7103.

TUE, JUN 18 , 2013 How to Live a Wheat-free Lifestyle - 7-8:30pm. Learn how to make tasty wheat substitutions, read labels and other wheat-free tips. Presented by M.J. Potter with special guest, Dr. Danielle Potter, D.C.  Call 734-455-6767 to reserve a seat. No charge. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd Ste 109, Canton.

WED, JUN 19 , 2013 Functional Medicine: The Answer to Your Health Problems – 7pm. The cause of the problem is the key to the solution. It addresses the three primary body malfunctions – biochemical imbalances resulting from poor nutrition, chemicals and processed foods; hormonal imbalances brought on by heightened levels of stress; and neurological damage resulting from trauma to the body or nerves. Limited to 10 guests, free. Lead by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND, TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. 734-756-6904.

Understanding the Effects of Coconut Oil 7-8:30pm. Do you know the difference between coconut oils? Are you confused about the difference between saturated, unsaturated, and transfats? Let us help you unravel that confusion. Free, reservations required. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-425-8588. Pranic Healing Clinic - 7-8:30pm. Dissolve and disintegrate blocked energy. Effective with many illnesses and diseases. Relieve stress. Meditation Twin Hearts at 7pm. love donation. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth., 734-419-5200. Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for releasing stress, quieting the mind, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout the day. Enjoy group meditation. Pre-registration required. Everyone welcome, chairs provided. $12. The Sanctuary, Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia., 734-674-6965. Why CoQ10 needs to be your friend - 7-8pm. Learn all about the benefits of this nutrient. free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Road & Morton Taylor, Canton., 734 354-9900.

FRI, JUN 21, 2013 Living in Full Empowerment (Jun 21-23) 8am. Inaugural Women’s Conference with workshops, seminars, and lectures. Our mission is to help women imagine and create a more purposeful, productive, and life-giving present and future for themselves and their children. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, $90. Ashland Theological Seminary/Detroit, 24901 Northwestern Hwy #600, Southfield. LivinginFullEmpowerment. com 248-767-2186.

SAT, JUN 22 , 2013 Healing Arts Open House - 8am-2pm. Celebrate the Summer Equinox & jump-start a new season of holistic wellness. Classes begin every hr, feel free to drop in to as many classes as you would like, offerings include: Yoga: Introductory, Alignment, Chair, Gentle, Hip Opening, Back Bends, Tai Chi, Meditation, Healthy Food Demos: Green Smoothies, Plantbased Grilling, Raw Food Snacks & Desserts, Indian Cooking. All classes are free and open to everyone. Assarian Cancer Center, 47601 Grand River Ave, Novi. ProvidenceHealingArts/, 248-465-5455.

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

Free Reiki Clinic - 7-8:30pm. A unique opportunity to experience the powerful healing effects of Reiki, you have to feel it to know it. love donation. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. BodyWorksHealingCenter. com, 734-416-5200.

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Marley Coffee Sampling - 9am-10pm. Join us for Marley Coffee sampling - come taste the difference! Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Sourcing the Sacred 10am-4pm. A summer solstice celebration retreat. Align to your highest vision by learning to walk fully in a space of power and light, take a sacred journey to heal, restore & relax. $50. Tricia Cole, RN 734-716-4325.

Little Shoppe Market at Northville Square 10am- 7pm. (6/28-6/30) 75+ exhibitors provides a convenient way to shop while visiting the retail shops that call Northville Square home. free. Northville Square Mall, 133 W Main St, Northville., 734-6607967.

Color Your World Summer Fest - 1-4pm. Offering complimentary mini-sessions of Massage, Reiki, and Reflxology along with an opportunity to ask our doctors and therapists about your health concerns. In addition, Jack Lewis, N.D is taking Iridology appts and Susan Lewis of Aura Photos is taking photos for a fee.  Call to reserve your appt. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd. Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767.

THU, JUN 27 , 2013 Free Radicals and Inflammation - 6-7:30pm. Do you know the dangers of free radicals, where they come from, and how to combat them? Do you know the link between free radicals and inflammation? Come hear Kathy Peltier talk about these topics! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208.


Tired of Being Tired?7-9pm. Fatigue can be real, and not just an age related condition, or all in your head.  Learn what causes you to feel fatigue, and how to get your energy back, end your fatigue with diet and lifestyle changes that are easy, effective and simple to do. Limited to 15 guests, free, call 734-756-6904. Presented by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND, Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist. Civic Center Library, 31777 Five Mile Rd 3rd floor, Livonia.

Couples Spa Event – 4-7:30pm. Must rsvp- $60 for couple: Includes choices of special spa services: Galvanic Spa Facial-diminishes fine lines & wrinkles -Body Galvanic-diminishes cellulite. Choice of mini massage or foot & calf treatment.  Anti-oxidant scan as seen on Dr. Oz. Joint pain relief session. Includes late brunch-fun and prizes!

SAT, JUN 29, 2013 Marley Coffee Sampling - 9am-10pm. Join us for Marley Coffee sampling - come taste the difference! Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

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Lincoln Park Farmers Market – 11am-4pm. Farmers, growers, crafts and specialty food vendors. Credit, debit, Bridge Card accepted + Double Up food bucks starting in July. Southfield Rd Municipal Parking Lot, bet I-75 & Fort St, Lincoln Park. 313-427-0443. Yoga Class - 11:30am-12:30pm. Guided poses to warm the body. Gentle postures with optimal alignment. All levels, donation based(not Free) BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642.

$2 Shot Day. Do you think you can handle a hot shot? On select Mondays in June, try a $2 hot shot at Total Health Foods Juice Bar! $2. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., , 734-246-1208. Gentle Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Have you been wanting to try a yoga class? David Demo teaches this wonderful class that will help get your week off to a great start – all levels welcome. $12 walk in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Gentle Flow Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA. Donation Pop-Up Yoga - 12-1pm. Basic-Hatha Flow class, we encourage students to pay what they can, no one will be turned away, takes place in the atrium of the Fisher Bldg, street parking is available + in the lot attached to the Fisher Building (just W, & across the St from the New Ctr Bldg). donation. The Fisher Building, 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit., 405-971-4523.

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Yoga – 6-7pm. De-stress, relax, rejuvenate! $10. The Sanctuary, Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 248880-3755.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 11, Taylor. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778. Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. In May, foot detoxing every Tue & Thur, call to make an appt with Alicia. Walk-ins also welcome. $25 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Zumba – 9-10am. With Kym $10 Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. All levels. $14. TaylorYoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Yoga - 10:15-11:15am. Come enjoy yoga in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. St John Neumann, 44800 Warren Rd, Canton., 734-455-5910. Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market - 2-6pm. Featuring 40 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cheese, meats, plants and seedlings, soaps, laundry detergent, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting: cash, SNAP/EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit. Downtown Ypsilanti, Ferris St & Hamilton St, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale. NiaBethSchedule.

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. Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City., 734-266-0565. Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies and Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. Qi Gong is ancient Chinese exercise. No exp needed, provides stress relief and focus. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate., 734-282-9642. Transformational Tuesdays – 7-9pm. With Dr Keefa Weatherspoon. $10 Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 Core Yoga + Meditation - 7:30- 8:30pm. Come and experience Core Yoga + Meditation in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Hghts. 313-791-3600. Opening the Doors of Change 8pm. Prepare to be informed, uplifted and inspired as you discover how to open the doors to positive change in your life.  Each week Chris Lee bring you the hottest author’s, experts and thought leaders - dynamic people who positively impact the planet. Visit chrisleelifestyle to listen online.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 2nd and 4th Wed. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 8, Taylor. Contact Mark Tremper 313-460-0438. Wayne Farmers Market - 3-7pm. Run by Growing Hope, features over 25 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, soaps, candles, garden art, and other homemade crafts and jewelry - all grown or made in Michigan. Accepting: SNAP/ EBT (Bridge Card), WIC Project FRESH, Senior Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks, and credit/debit cards. Goudy Park, 3355 S Wayne Rd, Wayne., 734-786-8401. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. With Boby Jean Calhoun $10 Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. Canton.FreeToastHost. com, 734-994-0569. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts -sign up for dinner each wk. Suggested cost is $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. “pay-what-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park., 313-383-0100. Pop Up Yoga at Lafayette Greens Urban Garden – 6-7pm. Outdoor slow flow- all levels welcome, suggested donation $10. Jun 5th – Sept 25th) Meter parking is available in the street. Lafayette Green Urban Garden, 144 West Lafayette, Detroit.

Circle of Light – 2-7pm. Sukyo Mahikari, Love offering. Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313366-5250 Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Budokon Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience movements that fuse the yogic, martial & living arts. 1st wk free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds., 313881-2874. Nia Technique – 7-8pm. All ages & fitness levels. $7. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Community Yoga - 7-8pm. All-levels, dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pointe Farms., 313-884-4465. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtgs free. Best Western/Greenfield Inn “The Pink Palace” Packard Room, 3000 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park. Annette Prevaux 313389-3937. Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. In May, foot detoxing every Tue & Thur, call to make an appt with Alicia. Walk-ins also welcome. $25 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Chakra Yoga – 11am-12pm. Vinyasa class led by Courtney Conover, designed to help balance chakras, all levels $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ~Buddha Wyandotte Farmers Market - 12-6pm. Join Total Health Foods at the farmers market starting June 6th. Wyandotte Farmers Market, First and Elm, Wyandotte. WyandotteFarmersMarket. com. 734-246-1208.

Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Slow Flow Yoga - 11:30am-12:15pm. Beginning students and moderate pace. Intro to vinyasa. Gentle flow working toward an advanced beginner class. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe. MindBodyBalance. com, 734-457-9003. Yin Yoga - 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels, yin is a unique quality of challenge and surrender that works to stretch muscles and connective tissues $15. BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-544-9787. Eastside Farmers Market - 3-7pm. (6/7 – 9/27) Fresh produce, healthy foods, and unique artisan items all locally made, sold directly by the growers and producers. Payment methods: cash, Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC, Project Fresh, credit & debit. Wkly music and entertainment. Mack Alter Square, 14820 Mack Ave, Detroit. eastsidefarmersmarket, 313-331-3427.

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Hustle Dance – 6-7pm. With Fast Freddy $10. Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

Shelby Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. May thru Oct, locally grown farm fresh fruits & veggies plus cottage food items, crafters and artisans. Historic Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave (bet 22 & 23 Mile Rds), Shelby Twp. 586-943-5785.

Kid›s Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 7-12 years old. Learn basic postures, activities, and games. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003.

Zumba – 10-11am. With Via Kim $10. Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

Open Gymnastics Fridays – 7-9pm. All levels welcome, drop in fee $10. Sokol Detroit Gymnastics, 23600 W Warren Ave, Dearborn Hghts. SokolGymnastics@gmail. com, 313-268-7232.

Prenatal Yoga – 11am. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville., 248-449-9642. P90X Certified Classes - 12-12:30pm. P90X is now available in live class form, drop in $12. World of Pole Fitness & Dance, 32669 Warren, Ste 6, Garden City., 734-306-0909. Tai Chi – 12-1pm. With Ted Cash $10. Sankofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. Open year-round. Now that most of the local farmers markets have closed for the season, it’s great time to check out Eastern Market. EBT accepted. 2934 Russell St, bet Mack & Gratiot, Detroit.

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


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4100 Woodward Ave., Detroit 313-831-3222 In pain? Stressed out? Try acupuncture! We offer comfortable, individualized treatments in a cozy community setting. $15 - $35 sliding scale. Check our website for current specials, “What to Expect” for new patients, and more!

CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS HEALTH SPA OF PLYMOUTH & INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC CENTER 1075 Ann Arbor Road Plymouth, MI 48170 734-454-5600 Wellness and Posture Doctors

With a combined 30 yrs in practice Dr Elizabeth Sisk DC and Dr Craig Stoller DC have focused their attention on total body function and posture in respect to the affect they play on health and wellness. Using Chiropractic care, rehab/proprioceptive training, and nutrition Dr Sisk and Dr Stoller have effectively treated patients with a wide variety of health problems, as well as, individuals looking to maintain and achieve better health and wellness. If you are searching for innovative methods to improve or maintain your health contact the doctors at Integrative Health Chiropractic Center.

We specialize in organic, and locally sourced, grass fed meats, eggs and cheeses, free of antibiotics and hormones. Also an assortment of gluten free plus many fine Michigan made artisan products



NATUROPATHIC SCHOOL of the HEALING ARTS. NATUROPATH DIPLOMA (ND) , AND INTEGRATED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE DIPLOMA Commutable scheduling in Ann Arbor, serving the Great Lakes region. 734-769-7794

See schedules, fees, FAQ, Clinic Hours State Licensed school. Supervised student clinic offering on-site clinical internships. On-site Herbal Pharmacy and Dispensary. Naturopathy diploma (ND), Massage Therapy/Natural Medicine Diploma, Medicinal Herbal Studies, Iridology, Homeopathy, Bodywork Therapies, Energy Medicine, Homeopathy, Healing Diets


Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein

NATURAL CONCEPTS HEALTH COUNSELING Theresa Edmunds, CHC (734) 308-7105 Have a child with ADHD or Spectrum disorders? Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or glutenintolerance? Suffering from digestive issues? Theresa Edmunds is a Certified Health Counselor who helps her clients feel better and create lasting health. Call and schedule your free initial consultation today. “There is a better way. . .Live Healthier, Feel Better, Be Happier”



ZERBO’S 34164 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48150 734-427-3144 Wall to Wall supplements Organic products & produce Frozen & Refrigerated foods Groceries, Teas, Bulk Foods Natural Chemical Free Pet Products Mineral Based Cosmetics Chemical Free Personal Care products Raw Living & Sprouted Food Section Fitness Section and more.

VEGGIEPATTI Providing education and resources in healthy living, chronic illnesses, and specialized diets such as vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree, grain-free, and raw foods. Private consultations, classes, books, and more! Business and restaurant consulting also available.

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HOLISTIC HEALTH DETROIT WHOLISTIC CENTER 20944 Grand River Ave. Detroit, Mi. 48219 313-538-5433 Wholistic Health Services and Training Specializing in Colon Hydrotherapy (colonics) and cleansing programs. Established in 1987 Jesse R. Brown N.D. and staff have helped thousands relieve colon congestion and lose weight naturally. All therapists certified by Wholistic Training Institute-WTI licensed by the State of Michigan and providing training since 1999.

HOLISTIC APPROACH JOHALI LOPEZ, CMT 20944 Grand River, Detroit & 5600 W Maple Rd, Ste C315 West Bloomfield 248-346-2277 www

URBAN OASIS MASSAGE Sherry Lane, LMT 2930 Biddle Ave Wyandotte MI 48192 734-331-0696 Certified myomassologist and Reiki practitioner. Sherry will work with you to customize a combination of therapeutic and relaxation techniques to achieve balance of mind and body. Integrative massage sessions can incorporate Swedish, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Hot Stone work. Chair massage is also available for those who need a break in their busy workday. Offering massage, Reiki and doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Gift certificates available, see website for full service menu.


Holistic Approach is a holistic haven based on the belief that all people have the ability to live well & be well. We are committed to addressing the physical, emotional & spiritual needs by offering natural health education, holistic counseling, body therapies and customized nutritional programs.


Debbie Bollen • Jenny Harwood Farmington Hills 248-254-7827 Holistic, non-invasive brain optimization technology, identifying where brainwave patterns are not functioning at optimal levels. Specializing in: anxiety, memory/focus problems, sleep issues, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury.


734-645-4434 Certified naturopathic doctor offers acupuncture treatments, nutritional counseling, massage raindrop therapy, and biomeridian testing for a variety of issues. Advanced training in nutrition response testing for food sensitivities, chemicals, heavy metals, or virus, bacteria, fungus or parasites. She works out of several clinics in Canton or Livonia. Call to schedule an appt today to get your health back on track.

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Are you ready to achieve more in your relationships, career and business? Chris Lee empowers you to indentify and process self-sabotaging behavior patterns that cause overwhelm, anxiety, stress and fear. Create powerful and lasting change in your life. Identify and manage negative though patterns. Clear “stuck” and negative energy from your body’s magnetic energy field. Clear old “baggage” from past experiences. Create new thought patters and habits. Working through these issues have been known to lessen or even eliminate physical pain due to lowering the body’s stress threshold.


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Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800-acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations, or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.


Illuminating the Path of Self-Realization through A r t , Yo g a , S a c r e d Geometry, Sacred Sexuality & more! Individual and couple coaching is available in addition to group classes, workshops and retreats. Browse the website for original artwork and music. Prints, music downloads and commission pieces are also available.

WELLNESS CENTERS DR CAROL ANN FISCHER, D.C. N.D. TLC HOLISTIC WELLNESS 31580 Schoolcraft Rd Livonia, MI 48150 734-664-0339 You deserve the best TLC

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She is a practicing chiropractor, naturopath and wellness consultant, who for 28 years has provided holistic and nutritional recommendations using whole food supplements. Visit for more health information, and free public workshop dates, or call (734) 664-03

DR. WILLIAM H. KARL, D.C., CERTIFIED WELLNESS DOCTOR KARL WELLNESS CENTER & CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 30935 Ann Arbor Trail Westland, MI 48185 734.425.8220 Certified Wellness Doctor with over 30 years experience, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is dedicated to helping his patients obtain optimal healthutilizing whole food supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional consultation, allergy elimination/reprogramming techniques, detoxification programs, advanced chiropractic care, cold laser, and Neurological Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia and pain management.

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HEALTH STUDIES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO DRINK MEDICAL GRADE WATER. Requirements: age 25-75, desire to eliminate unwanted fatigue, weight, digestive, joint or body pain, where traditional meds have not gotten desired results. Must attend one 2.5 hour class, return 6 more times for water, and only drink water provided. Improved health is only compensation. Call (248) 382-8668.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES Rouge River Rescue Community Service Day – Sat, 6/1 – 9am-1pm. Join us, along with volunteers from the Rouge River Rescue team in cleaning up the river and it’s embankments through our property.

MASSAGE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Body Relief 4U provides excellent massage for all ages. Dads receive 20% savings in June… Gift Certificates applicable. Local Art available. Body Relief 4U, 16060 Eureka Rd (at Reeck), Southgate, MI. Call (734) 752-7885 for appointments.

Dr. Oliver is a medical doctor Board Certified by the American Holistic Medical Association. She has over 15 years experience helping people achieve their optimal health with the use of foods, herbs and natural remedies. If needed Dr. Oliver has the knowledge and ability to help you effectively use conventional treatments, including chelation therapy, intravenous Vitamin C, and nutritional I.V.s. Come experience truly wholistic care!

We will need chain saws, wood chippers, tree and bush trimming tools, but mostly, many gracious volunteers ready to “roll up their sleeves”. If you wish to help with any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Roz at 313-2862805 or Consider bringing a friend and introduce them to the wonderful loving atmosphere here at St. Paul of the Cross. We certainly would love more helping hands!



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A Father’s Love is Critical



ased on 36 studies from around the world involving more than 10,000 participants, researchers at the University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, concluded that a father’s love contributes as much— and sometimes more—to a child’s development as mother’s love. The critical importance of fatherly love to a youngster’s healthy development provides added incentive for men to become more involved in nurturing child care. Source: Society for Personality and Social Psychology



t’s already known that resveratrol, a compound found in skins and red wine, can improve cardiovascular health and prevent strokes. Now a University of Missouri School of Medicine bia) researcher has discovered that it can make prostate tumor cells susceptible to radiation treatment, increasing the likelihood of a full recovery from all types of prostate cancer, including aggressive tumors.

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Grilled Food Might Make Us Fat


he summer tradition of barbecuing may prompt a need for caution, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. They have identified a common compound in grilled foods that could play a major role in the development of obesity and diabetes (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). The team, led by Helen Vlassara, a medical doctor and director of the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, found that mice that were exposed on a sustained basis to the compound methylglyoxal—a type of advanced glycation end-product (AGE) produced when cooking with dry heat—developed significant abdominal weight gain, early insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, AGEs have been found to lower the body’s protective mechanisms that control inflammation. The researchers recommend that we replace frequent grilling, which uses high dry heat, with methods that rely upon lower temperatures or more moisture, such as stewing, poaching or steaming.

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he adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” captures the essence of the first-ever metastudy of the relationship between happiness and heart health. Based on a comprehensive review involving 200-plus studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, concluded that a positive outlook on life could help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., discovered that certain psychological traits—optimism, positive emotions and a sense of meaning—both offer measurable protection against heart attacks and strokes and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. The pair found that the most optimistic individuals had approximately 50 percent less chance of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared with their less upbeat peers. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive,” notes Boehm. “Psychology has been trying to fix what’s wrong with people, but there’s also an increasing interest in what people might be doing right.”


Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease


ne risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, may be sugary drinks. Analysis of data collected on 42,883 men in the “Health Professionals FollowUp Study,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, linked a daily 12-ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened drink to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with higher levels of unhealthy triglycerides and C-reactive protein (a byproduct of inflammation), and lower levels of highdensity lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Senior study author Frank B. Hu, Ph.D., a physician and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, cautions that diet sodas are not a good alternative. “Some studies have found a relationship between diet soda and metabolic disease,” he notes.

Garlic May Help Alleviate Cystic Fibrosis


he American Society for Microbiology reports that by age 18, about 80 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis are chronically infected with the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa, which promotes an inflammatory response that destroys lung tissue. The infection frequently leads to serious related health issues. According to collaborative research led by Tim Holm Jakobsen, Ph.D., and Michael Givskov, Ph.D., of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, garlic, which acts as a powerful natural antibiotic, could help. The onion-related herb contains ajoene, the major component of a multitude of sulfur-containing compounds, which is produced when garlic is crushed. Ajoene inhibits the expression of 11 key genes controlled by cell-to-cell communication and is regarded as crucial to the ability of the bacterium to cause disease.



“vacation” from email might be a simple prescription for improving work performance, suggests a new study by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and U.S. Army researchers. “We found that when you remove email from workers’ lives, they multitask less and experience less stress,” says UCI Informatics Professor Gloria Mark, who co-authored the study. Participants reported feeling better able to do their jobs and stay on task, and they were happier to interact with others in person. Also, getting up and walking to someone else’s desk instead of emailing provided physical exercise.

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DIY Versus Commercial Carwash We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and ecoconscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home. Commercial facilities also drain wastewater into sewer systems to be treated or reused, while soapy do-it-yourself water can directly enter waterways via storm drains unless it’s in an area that filters into a local aquifer. Here are some helpful tips. Conserve water. For DIY folks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using a bucket instead of a hose for washing a section at a time, and then quickly rinsing using a pistol-grip hose nozzle, and also washing the car on gravel or a lawn, so wastewater doesn’t flow off pavement or sidewalks and down a storm drain. Be sure to use phosphate-free, non-toxic biodegradable soaps and waxes. Check under the car. Grime, dirt and salt may have accumulated in crevices of the undercarriage, especially in colder regions, so spray underneath, too. Be observant. A fender-bender, stray pebbles or the impact of another car door may have chipped exterior paint. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, corrosion, acid rain, storm damage and harsh sunlight can also mar body paint and expose metal surfaces. Treat these blemishes with a stop-rust spray and touch-up paint before they spread. Sources:,, CarWash. org,

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Traveling Volunteers Doing Good During Time Away by Avery Mack


en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”

Disaster Relief Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His awardwinning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in

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New Orleans as a volunteer for People to People, which hosts future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.

Infrastructure Improvements The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.”

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will bring volunteers to Yosemite National Park in northern California this September to assist park rangers in contouring trails to shed water and cut or move vegetation that blocks trails or impedes streams. This fall, volunteers in New York City’s Bronx borough will also help the city parks department clear an overgrown 60-acre area surrounding the gardens of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, built in 1836, a museum for 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts since 1946. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, New York, features nine separate gardens—stylized as secret, Italian, Japanese, rose, blue and white, pansy, moonlight, old-fashioned and rock gardens. Each May, volunteers learn to plant decorative designs that can involve up to 8,000 plants, and others maintain the gardens throughout the summer.

Animal Conservation After a tasty vegan breakfast, volunteers in New York’s Finger Lakes region care for 500 rescued farm animals like Marge, a playful pig, at the 175-acre Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary. Similar shelters bless Orland and Los Angeles, California. When Archosaurs Attacked and Reptiles Ruled Texas is the catchy name for the city of Arlington’s archeology education site (estimated at 95 million years old) where volunteer teams unearth fish, shark, ray, turtle and dinosaur fossils. “Last year, a new crocodilian species was found there,” says Rob Stringer of Earthwatch UK. In two-week stints, volunteers chart locations, clear areas, dig drainage trenches and prepare fossils for identification. There’s something for everyone in the emotional, spiritual and physical challenge of voluntouring. “Upon arrival, one’s first thought is, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ but upon returning home, you step back and see the value,” advises Budd. “Volunteers don’t change the world so much as they change the way people see each other through shared experiences.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at


they couldn’t see themselves being sufficiently successful at it, or their family discouraged it.

Reframing Personal Priorities Craig Hamilton Explores the Gender Gap in Spiritual Growth by Kim Childs


raig Hamilton is a writer, radio host and workshop leader devoted to helping people evolve their consciousness for the greater good. The former managing editor of What is Enlightenment? magazine, Hamilton went on to found Integral Enlightenment, an online education program for those on a contemporary spiritual path. Since then, thousands of people have participated in his courses and workshops, and the vast majority have been women. Natural Awakenings asked Hamilton for his insights on this trend.

What’s behind the gender imbalance in personal growth and enlightenment circles? Two years ago, I hosted a summit called The Way of the Evolutionary Man that included a discussion about why more men aren’t drawn to participate in these kinds of things. One of the main points made was that, while many Americans have focused on creating equality for women in the last 50 years, there hasn’t been a comparable men’s liberation movement. I know that some would say, “Why do we need that? Men are already the ones with the most power, freedom and privilege.” Yet it became clear during our discussion that men do not have freedom when it comes to choosing among valued social roles.

For example, a woman can feel valued whether she pursues a professional career or something else that we might call a path of the heart, such as following artistic passions, working for a nonprofit or serving as a teacher. But if men do such things, they risk losing value among women. Traditionally, women have wanted to be with men that are more economically successful than they are. If a man decides he wants to be an artist or a spiritual practitioner or follow what we might label a higher calling, he’s stepping out of traditionally validated activities for men. So the reason that more men aren’t putting more time into their personal growth could be that they’re not being valued for that.

What might it take to shift this phenomenon? If women want men to join them on paths of personal and spiritual growth, they might need to start in analyzing the part of themselves that says, “I want a man who makes more money than me, is successful and able to be the family provider.” Many women want their men to be conscious, sensitive, reflective and capable of profound intimacy, plus be a good provider. I’ve heard from some men that feel seriously pained about this. A few said that they always wanted to be, for example, a musician or a teacher, but

Is pursuing personal growth at odds with being a breadwinner? I teach a spiritual path that anyone can pursue in the midst of their busy life. It involves turning everything into a spiritual practice. It means observing your own motivations and distortions and experiencing a different relationship to life that’s no longer rooted in patterns of the past and the ego. I believe this work appeals to men because, while there is a meditative and interior dimension to it, the bigger part is calling people to step up in life and remove the obstacles inside themselves that keep them from playing their biggest game. Spiritual life isn’t about getting beyond this world; it’s about the evolution of our world through conscious participation. That’s something men and women alike can become inspired by and put their energy behind.

How can men be most effective in a changing world? In order to be truly effective, each person needs to do the necessary inner work. It’s not enough to focus on trying to do and accomplish and acquire without clarifying what’s getting in the way of your full self-expression and creative engagement. It’s easy to think about life in terms of our history, identity, desires and concerns, but that’s just a small part of who we are. At our deepest level, we are this unfolding evolutionary process that’s been going on for more than 13 billion years. Now we have the ability to participate in the greatest adventure of all, that of conscious evolution, growing into a future aligned with our highest ideals, visions and aspirations. While that is mobilizing generations of women, I am finding that it also speaks to the highest aspirations of men. Connect with Craig Hamilton at Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit

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