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his month we welcome on board and celebrate Vicki Perion, publisher of the newest franchise of Natural Awakenings magazine, which comprises the Toledo, Ohio, and Monroe, Michigan, areas. This is especially exciting since Wayne County is now bordered by Natural Awakenings magazines on every side. It is evident that our monthly messages are relevant and timely and readers are choosing Natural Awakenings magazine as a resource to incorporate healthier choices into their daily lives. Thirty thousand copies are printed and distributed each month throughout Wayne County alone! Publishing Natural Awakenings magazine is also about making connections with local businesses and the people they are hoping to reach. It’s very exciting to have the opportunities to learn about the many different businesses, hear the visions of the owners and the goals they strive to accomplish. Being instrumental in helping businesses connect with customers is especially rewarding. At the same time, Natural Awakenings Detroit reaches an audience who values the health and wellness resources the magazine provides along with helping the reader who seeks to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. We’re all part of a personal empowerment movement to take charge of our own health and happiness. No doubt, the Detroit area has had some tough financial blows this year, with a long road to recovery still ahead. But there is an undercurrent of a resilient entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in our community. The sculpture of Joe Louis’ arm that is situated in the middle of downtown is a tribute to his legacy; just maybe, it can also be a symbol that we all need to fight for what we believe in. The future will begin to change for the better if we stay positive and focused on controlling the things that we can influence. Let’s do our best to look for opportunities to make a difference by supporting local businesses and strengthening our community. All the best,

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newsbriefs Neal’s Yard Remedies to be Featured at Holistic Networking Meeting


he Holistic Networking Group, a community networking event for businesses centered around healthy and sustainable living, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m., October 16, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, in Detroit. The scheduled presenter is Paula Neys, occupational therapist and independent consultant for NYR Organic, the United States’ social selling channel of Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR), a British retailer of organic, natural health and beauty products. NYR started with a storefront in central London more than 30 years ago with the belief that health and beauty products should be more natural and less synthetic. Today, it is one of the top organic skincare companies in the United Kingdom, Japan and Dubai, with direct selling channels in the U.K. and the United States. Its recent expansion into direct selling has resulted in increased availability of certified organic essential oils in the U.S.

Baked Goods for Lactating Moms


ommy’s Sweet Milk, which creates and sells baked goods for lactating moms, has opened for business. “I started creating recipes for super lactation cookies that included fenugreek, old fashioned oats, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, peanut butter and chocolate. After trying them with several breastfeeding moms I recruited, we discovered they really worked. Most moms noticed results in their milk supply within six hours,” says Reatta B. Johnson, owner and operator.

Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine of Detroit, each monthly Holistic Networking Group meeting allows time for introductions, one-on-one networking and a presenter presentation. Bringing business cards and flyers is recommended. Cost: Free. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. For more information and to RSVP, call 586-943-5785 or email

Paws for Reading Program at Redford Library


edford Township District Library has partnered with Dr. Paws Pet Assistant Therapy to offer the Paws for Reading program on Saturdays for readers from beginner through fifth-grade levels. During the 20-minute session designed to promote reading skills in an unstressed environment, the child will read to one of two trained therapy dogs: Molly, an Old English Sheepdog; or Billy Flynn, a black Labrador. Registration in person at the library’s children’s desk by a parent or guardian is required, along with a signed permission slip stating the child participating has no allergies. Terry Seraceno founded the Dr. Paws program, an affiliate of Therapy Dogs, Inc., in 1994 to brighten the day of patients while working at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. Dogs and owners are required to pass an exam and three observation visits by a Dr. Paws tester to be eligible to register as a therapy dog. Cost: Free. Location: 25320 W. Six Mile Rd., Redford. For more information, call 313-531-5960 or visit


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Mommy’s Sweet Milk was founded out of a labor of love explains Jefferson, the mother of a nine-month old son who is exclusively breastfed. Jefferson started researching how to naturally increase her milk supply, discovering old-fashioned oats, brewer’s yeast and fenugreek to be the most effective ingredients and soon began creating cookie recipes with these ingredients. She plans to add lactation breads and granolas to her product line later this year. To place an order, call Reatta at 313598-2234 or email Reatta.Jefferson@

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newsbriefs Empowerment Weekend Event for Victims of Domestic Violence


ayne County Community College District (WCCCD) will host the community event, 2013 Empowerment Weekend, on October 11 and 12, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE), a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence, will present two events: O.P.E.N (Opportunity, Preparation, Entrepreneurship, Networking) for Business Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., October 11, to support survivors of domestic violence in starting their own micro-enterprise. Key topics include starting, growing and sustaining a business, supplementing current earnings to become self-sufficient and safety planning. To maintain participant confidentiality, location information for this event will only be given to the registered attendees, which is limited to 100 survivors of domestic violence. SAFE’s Health & Wealth Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 12, at WCCCD Northwest Campus in Detroit. Highlights include workshops on stress reduction, healthy living on a budget, job seeking tips and personal finance as well as domestic violence awareness and health screenings. Kalyn Risker, founder and executive director of SAFE, says “SAFE’s Empowerment Weekend events have a proven record of helping members of our community connect with resources and information that they have utilized to help themselves and their families.” Cost: Free. Location of Expo: 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit. For more information, visit


he Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts in Ann Arbor, accredited by the American Naturopaths Association, will offer the course, Holistic Human Biology and Energy Anatomy, starting March 10, 2014, and running through June 7, 2014. With a focus on traditional medical terminology, anatomical and physiological theory, including 30 hours of integrated energy medicine, the class is suited for healing arts practitioners, energy balancing practitioners and anyone seeking to fulfill the standard requirement for anatomy and physiology education from a holistic standpoint. Cost: $550. Location: 7920 Jackson Rd., Ste. A, Ann Arbor. For detailed schedule and more information, call 734-769-7794, visit or email

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mage by Devin salon in Dearborn is now offering eyebrow grooming services. “Brows are the first thing people will notice about your face, even if it’s subconsciously,” explains Sue O’Shaughnessy, facilist. “A thick, heavy brow will bring attention to just the brows; while a pencil-thin brow will take attention off the top half of the face and onto the lower part. The focus should always be on the eyes themselves, because they are the window to your soul.” O’Shaughnessy also specializes in Dermafile, a patented skin polishing and resurfacing tool made of stainless steel and finely crushed diamonds used to lightly polish the skin by hand and remove the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth and rejuvenated. Dermafile is especially effective for treating aging and sun-damaged skin, scars and fine lines, as well as smoothing out calloused skin. During the month of October clients can receive a $15 discount on a dermafile treatment when purchased with an eyebrow service.

Improve Your Health at Monroe Community College


onroe Community College is offering several natural health classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Certified Health Counselor Theresa Edmunds will teach the classes October through November. “These classes will help people realize that they can improve their health instead of continuing to suffer with chronic health issues,” Edmunds points out. Many people are unaware of the simple steps

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enise Acton, Naturopathic Doctor and certified acupuncturist at Broad Chiropractic Clinic in Canton, has completed the Advanced Clinical Training program in Nutrition Response Testing through the Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc., in Florida. “Our mission is to help educate others on the importance of proper nutrition and how we can zero in on a weakness to our body’s organs, glands and systems and effectively bring about a healing through an individualized designed clinical nutrition system,” says Acton, who also practices at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. The Nutrition Response Testing program was developed in the 1990s by Freddie Ulan, chiropractor and certified clinical nutritionist, after successfully nursing his own body back to health through nutrition. He later founded the Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc., as a training center for teaching the workshops to healthcare practitioners. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call Denise at 734-645-4434.


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that they can take to feel better. These classes give people an opportunity to learn how to protect their health and give individuals the tools to heal themselves.” Class topics include Healthy Living in Today’s World, Protecting Yourself Against Cancer, Boosting Your Immune System and All Disease Starts in the Gut. The classes will focus on helping students understand what real food is, toxins in the environment and using food to regain and protect health. The result will be an educated consumer who understands what real health and real food are and how to create a lifestyle that will benefit both the student and their family for a lifetime. For more information or to register, call (734) 242-7300, ext. 4127, or visit To contact Edmunds, call 734-308-7105.


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Grandmont Rosedale Business District Seeks Tenants


etail and office space ranging in size from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet is available for lease in the Grandmont Rosedale business district, which runs along Grand River between Evergreen road and Asbury Park in Detroit. The properties are offered through the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC), a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the Grandmont Rosedale communities of northwest Detroit. Current tenants in the business district include Always Brewing Detroit, Rosedale Eye Care, Accounting Aid Society, Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) and Allstate Insurance. Five distinct neighborhoods with more than 5,000 homes spanning two-and-a-half square miles comprise Grandmont Rosedale, one of Detroit’s strongest and most vibrant communities. With a home ownership rate of 82 percent, each neighborhood has its own homeowners association and network of block clubs to keep residents connected. The GRDC takes a comprehensive approach to community revitalization, with programs designed to renovate vacant homes, assist local homeowners and businesses, beautify the community and keep the neighborhoods safe and vibrant.


he Continuing Education and Professional Studies program of Madonna University is offering a wide variety of health and wellness classes in October. Class topics include Men’s Health Workshop, Eat Right Nutrition Advice, Creating an Extraordinary Future, Find Your Path to Health and Happiness, The Wonders of Vitamin D, 28 Days to Present-Moment Awareness and Meditation for Beginners.

Location: 19550 to 19566 Grand River, Detroit. For leasing information, call Kirsten Donoghue at 313-387-4732, ext. 120, email KDonoghue@ or visit

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icensed massage therapist Jillian Renaud is teaching infant massage classes to caregivers. “Infant massage is a bonding experience between caregiver and the baby,” explains Renaud. “It is something you do with your baby, not for your baby.” Renaud will demonstrate how to give an infant a full-body massage, how to listen and understand the baby’s needs to better relax the baby and discuss the benefits of infant massage. In-home classes are available as well as by appointment at Black Lotus Massage in Waterford. For more information or to make an appointment, call 586-344-5417 or email

Founded in 1937 by the Felician Sisters, Madonna University is one of the largest Catholic, Franciscan, independent universities in the country. Madonna University provides men and women of all religious, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds with opportunities for intellectual, spiritual and personal growth through its education programs. Location: 36600 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia. For more information or to register, visit continuinged or call 734-432-5804.

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looming Orchid Massage Center has opened at 1438 Michigan Avenue, in Detroit, located inside True Body Fitness studio. “My intention is to tailor each massage session to the needs of my clients and to educate my clients so that they may better


o you ever feel like a prisoner of your own body? Or a victim of the medical system? Join VeggiePatti for her new course, Take Charge of Your Health, to learn how to regain control of your life and health decisions. The 4-week course will cover how to stop feeling like a victim, recognize what foods work for you, integrate activity in your daily routine, and advocate for your own health. The course will be held Wednesday nights from October 2 through October 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. Cost for the course is $40. For more information, email or visit

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference Promotes Networking in Sustainable Communities


he ninth annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) Conference is scheduled to take place October 25 to 27 at Marygrove College in Detroit. This annual event brings together people from all areas of the sustainability movement in an effort to promote collaboration and networking among Southeast Michigan individuals and organizations working on sustainability and eco-justice issues. Six tours, eight plenary speakers, 37 learnshops and more than 40 presenters will share their expertise, passion and vision during the three-day event. Friday is Youth Day for students in grades 7 through 12, with an opportunity for students to participate in one of seven youth learnshops. Among the topics featured in the adult learnshops are sustainable communities in Detroit, healing herbal gardens, natural building, fracking in Michigan and harvesting rainwater. GLBD is a regional chapter of the national organization, Bioneers. Founded in 1990, Bioneers seeks to highlight innovative approaches to environmental and social challenges and believes that building connections between people who share a commitment to solving these issues can transform communities. GLBD builds on that belief, focusing energies and resources on the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Location: 8425 McNichols Rd., Detroit. For cost, complete program schedule and registration, visit or call 313-717-6151.

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Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit



causal link between the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity and phthalates commonly used in soft plastics, packaging and many personal care products is becoming more evident. A Korean study from Sanggye Paik Hospital at the Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, shows that the risk of childhood obesity increases with the level of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in the bloodstream. The study indicates that phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism. DEHP in particular is a suspected endocrine disruptor, or hormone-altering agent. Children with the highest DEHP levels were nearly five times more likely of being obese than children with the lowest levels. The scientists studied 204 children ages 6 to 13, of whom 105 were obese. A chemical commonly used to soften plastics, DEHP is found in some children’s toys, as well as myriad household items. Phthalates can be found in pacifiers, plastic food packaging, medical equipment and building materials like vinyl flooring. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo and nail polish may also contain phthalates.

Dulse Seaweed a Heart Health Powerhouse


ulse (palmaria palmata), a protein-rich red seaweed, could become a new protein source to compete with current protein crops like soybeans, according to scientists at Ireland’s Teagasc Food Research Centre. Dulse harvested from October to January usually has the highest protein content. This functional food also contributes levels of essential amino acids such as leucine, valine and methionine, similar to those contained in legumes like peas or beans. It may even help protect against cardiovascular disease. The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports that for the first time, researchers have identified a renin-inhibitory peptide in dulse that helps to reduce high blood pressure, like ACE-1 inhibitors commonly used in drug therapy.

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Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”


Cavities are Contagious


an a kiss lead to a cavity? Yes, says Middleton, Wisconsin, Dentist Chris Kammer, president of The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. He contends that cavities can be caused by bacteria that are passed from one person to another, just like a cold or the flu. “We aren’t born with tooth decay-causing bacteria,” says Kammer. “At some point, it is introduced to us from an external source, usually a family member,” through sharing food utensils, licking pacifiers, kissing and more. “Then it takes up residence in our mouths, where it is fed by sugars, which cause the bacteria to produce acid.” Cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted by sharing food, by drinking out of the same glass and by toothbrushes that make contact with the bathroom counter. If bacteria is not removed from teeth (existing in a protective biofilm called plaque), the acid byproduct is able to directly reach and soften tooth surfaces, creating the holes called cavities. Easy solutions to the problem start with good oral hygiene for both parents and kids and proper brushing from a very young age, starting with finger brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. Kammer advises making it fun and thus habit-forming when kids become old enough to do it themselves; one new interactive toothbrush times kids to ensure they brush the dentist-recommended two minutes.



xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.

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Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glassenclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for eco-conscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world.

A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution

in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at

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maintains a resource directory of holistic practitioners for referral and networking purposes and welcomes new listings. Over the years, Brown has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to speak, teach and learn. He is a popular speaker among churches, health events and community gatherings on topics of digestive health and herbs and has been featured on various television and radio broadcasts promoting the principles of holistic living and his mission to create a healer in every home. A revised edition of his published book, Dr. Brown’s Bowel Book, will be available soon.

Detroit Wholistic Center Naturopathic Doctor Jesse R. Brown Founder and Director of Detroit Wholistic Center and Wholistic Training Institute


s a young teen growing up in Detroit, naturopathic doctor Jesse R. Brown felt the pain of watching loved ones suffer from cancer and heart disease. His losses, coupled with his own near-death experience, led him on a path to a healthier lifestyle and a career as a natural healer that has spanned nearly 30 years. Since Brown founded the Detroit Wholistic Center in 1987 and Wholistic Training Institute in 1999, he and his staff have serviced over 50,000 clients and certified students for holistic health. “Nothing will replace the effectiveness and low cost of natural, self-care and good health practices,” points out Brown. “We work with you and teach you what to do for yourself, your family and your community.” Specializing in colon cleansing, digestive health, detoxification and natural weight loss, Detroit Wholistic Center offers services in colon hydrotherapy, reflexology, herbal body wraps and ionic footbaths as well as consultations in nutrition and wellness. Wholistic Training Institute, a Michigan-state licensed school, offers training and certification in colon hydrotherapy, iridology, herbology and healthy food preparation. Brown advocates that a healthy colon is essential to a healthy body, and the elimination of undigested food and other waste products is as important as proper digestion of food. Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle infusion of purified warm water into the colon without the use of chemicals or drugs. The 45-minute session serves as a more comfortable alternative to traditional colon preparations for diagnostic procedures like colonoscopies. Students in the colon hydrotherapy class at the Wholistic Training Institute will learn the clinical applications of preparing clients for bowel preparation for diagnostic procedures along with anatomy and physiology of the body, with particular emphasis on the digestive system. Detroit Wholistic Center is continuously expanding the holistic health services offered, creating opportunities for practitioners of various healing modalities to join the therapeutic or teaching staffs. Additionally, the center

Detroit Wholistic Center and Wholistic Training Institute are located adjacent to each other at 20944-54 Grand River in Detroit. For more information, to join the resource directory or for teaching opportunities, call 313-538-5433 or visit

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Revolutionizing Health with Energy Muscle Testing


nergy medicine practitioners believe the body’s energies are the key to health, vitality and well-being and that the body can be healed by identifying and restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed or out of balance. Manual muscle testing is one technique used to measure energy and detect weakness in the body. Long used by holistic practitioners such as chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists, energy medicine is now gaining some acceptance by other healing professions.

History by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND

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Detroit chiropractor Dr. George G. Goodheart, Jr., first observed the relationship between muscle function and health in 1964. Using manual muscle testing, Goodheart diagnosed a weak muscle and then employ chiropractic therapy to make it stronger. His unique testing method, eventually referred to as applied kinesiology, was further advanced through years of research by chiropractor Dr. Alan Beardall, who developed a diagnostic procedure incorporating the use of all therapeutic techniques and established muscle tests for over 250 different muscles. One of Goodheart’s students, Dr. John Thie, set out to create a practical, systematic approach to muscle testing and balancing the body’s energies for all people to use, not merely health professionals. Thie developed a chart using 14 major meridians that correspond to the whole body system’s glands and organs and the relationship of each to specific muscles, spinal vertebrae, acupuncture points, body reflex points and nutritional deficiencies. Rooted in Chinese medicine, meridians, or acupressure vessels, are the pathways along which the body’s vital energy flows. The simplest balancing test involves checking one muscle associated with each of the 14 meridians. Named the Touch for Health system, the first manual was published in 1973, and according to the International Kinesiology College, is the most widely

used system of kinesiology in the world today. Many chiropractors use the chart as part of their treatment protocol, including teaching patients its use for self-help and self-care.

Testing the Muscles The use of manual muscle response testing provides a great deal of information about the energized status of the body and its various organs, glands and systems without having to penetrate the skin or use invasive techniques. By manually testing various muscles, practitioners can diagnose areas of dysfunction and energy imbalances and analyze the integrity of the various pathways and contact points along which the body’s energy flows. Starting with a simple muscle test to the muscles of the forearm, a practitioner applies pressure to determine the strength of the indicator muscle. The practitioner then touches one of the surface contact reflex points that are indicative of the energy of the specific system being tested. If the muscle remains strong on testing, it may be interpreted that the body system or associated organ function is energized sufficiently. When a reflex point tests weak, it is interpreted that there is a loss of energy and an inadequacy about that system. The energetic phenomenon of muscle weakness can be used to identify health problems before symptoms appear. A weakness is never equated to the diagnosis of a disease or health condition; it only means that the organ system, gland or area being tested is energetically imbalanced.

Addressing Weaknesses Weaknesses are interpreted as areas of need, wherein the body may require chiropractic, detoxification, nutritional strengthening or energetic repair. Clinically after one to three months of specific support for the weak target system or organ, the reflex point will no longer be weak. Improvement in the symptoms and health status associated with that

particular body area should occur with the repair. Many different stressors can affect body energy balance and the strength of reflexes tested. Harmful chemicals and metals in the food supply originating from additives such as food dyes and preservatives as well as added hormones and antibiotics used in the food chain can cause energy imbalances. Commercially grown food on mineral depleted soil, genetically engineered food and processed foods and water are additional factors in creating underlying energy disruption. Effective ways to strengthen a particular weakness include specific nutrition using whole food supplements, homeopathic and herbal supplementation, diet and lifestyle modification, chiropractic adjustments to improve nerve function and energy, stimulation to acupuncture points to restore normal energy flow through the meridians, precise muscle therapy and increasing the energy flow in the lymphatic system and along exact brain-nerve pathways. Manual muscle testing is a technique of analysis that has been growing in use as a way of quickly surveying the body in a non-invasive, cost-effective manner. It can be used as a form of prevention by finding energy weaknesses before they manifest as conditions or diseases. Once the body’s imbalances are identified through manual muscle testing, a holistic approach can be used to rebalance the body’s energies and activate the body’s intrinsic healing process so the body can heal and repair itself. Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND, owns TLC Holistic Wellness located at 31580 Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia. As a practicing chiropractor, naturopath and wellness consultant, she provides holistic and nutritional recommendations using manual muscle testing for people who want to improve their health. Visit for more information and for a listing of free public workshops, or call 734-6640339.

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The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald

“We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.” ~ Bill McKibben


enowned climate scientist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., uses simple language and sports analogies to help us understand climate change and the risks ahead. A distinguished professor emeritus, researcher at California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and author of The Forgiving Air, he likens greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s rocked major league baseball in recent years. “Greenhouse gases are the steroids of the climate system,” he says. Although we can’t link them to any single weather event, we can see them in the statistics at the end of the season, Somerville says. With the bases

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loaded, “Look out, because Mother Nature bats last.” To explain how we could confront the problem, he turns to another sport, skiing. If we were serious about avoiding a worst-case scenario, we would have opted for the “bunny slope” approach, a leisurely descent from the ubiquitous use of climate-changing fossil fuels. Unfortunately, greenhouse gases would have had to peak two years ago and now be in decline in order to take the easy way out. Instead, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot past 400 parts per million last May, a level that most scientists agree the planet hasn’t experienced since long before the

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McKibben’s grassroots group, 350. org, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better Frances Beinecke off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Congress to enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to

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arrival of modern humans. “Science tells you, you can put this much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but no more,” without changing the planet’s climate too dramatically, Somerville says. “Mother Nature tells you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 years. There’s been a general failure to connect the dots.” The bit of good news is that time has not yet completely run out. He and other pioneering thought leaders believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” well-known Bill McKibben global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville

live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply—and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See by city and state.)

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“Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” ~ Sandra Postel ing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science

(NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, California, that analyzes geographic system relationships, patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad impacts: Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

The Way Forward

We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While

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less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes,

also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second,

while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce

tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.”

“Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price.” ~ Dawn Wright stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while

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Signs Of Changes To Come Without actions to significantly curb cially in areas that already experience greenhouse gas emissions, air temperaheat waves. tures could increase as much as 11.5 Drought: Drought struck twopercent by 2100, according to the U.S. thirds of America’s lower 48 states last Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). year, and continued into 2013 in many While the United Nations Frameparts of the country, costing billions work Convention on Climate Change of dollars in crop failures and damage pledged in 2009 to keep warming from resulting wildfires. from increasing more than 3.6 degrees Extreme storms: East Coast weathFahrenheit, more recent reports by er has become wilder, with storms such the World Bank and other institutions as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm warn that the goal may be unrealisSandy wreaking unprecedented losses tic. Continued global warming could in human life and property. cause widespread drought, flooding Freshwater supplies: As melting and other changes, with disastrous shrinks glaciers’ historic footprints, consequences. Here are some of the reducing the amount of springtime Access many thousands of health-conscious, eco-minded, ways climate change has already imsnowmelt, and we continue to despiritual singles now and manifest an extraordinary, enlightened pacted our lives. plete groundwater faster than it can be relationship! Temperatures: The average global replenished, conflicts between agritemperature for 2012—about 58.3 deculture, industry and municipalities grees Fahrenheit—was the ninth-warmover water are expected to increase. est year since record keeping began Meanwhile, rising sea levels near some in 1880. It was also the 36th consecuseashore cities have already led to tive year that the global temperature incursions of saltwater, contaminating surpassed the 20th-century average, underground freshwater systems. according to the National Climate Data Rising sea levels: Since 1870, the Center at the National Oceanic and Atglobal sea level has risen by about mospheric Administration. The problem eight inches, according to the EPA. comes alive in a video at By the end of this century, it estimates NASAEarthTemps. that New York City could see a rise of The EPA reports that the number 2.3 feet and Galveston, Texas, 3.5 feet. of days that temperatures will exceed Other studies say those estimates are 90 degrees Farenheit is expected to conservative. Research published in the increase throughout the U.S., espeProceedings of the National Academy

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Parroting a Wild Diet

Fresh Forage Feeds Birds Well by Sandy Lender

Wild parrots expend time and energy seeking available foods according to nature’s cycle. Parrots in captivity need owners to mimic this routine for their pets.

Menu Lessons Ann Brooks, founder of Phoenix Landing, in Asheville, North Carolina, remarks about the deficiencies of conventional packaged birdseed diets. “Most lack essential ingredients like vitamin A, calcium and protein, and are also high in fat,” she says. As an alternative, in recent decades manufacturers have turned to formulated pellet diets. As with any pet food, bird owners are advised to check labels for the nutrients that are best for their type of parrot and take care to avoid genetically modified ingredients. Fresh foods, always the more nutritious alternative, require more time and some ingenuity. Avian Veterinary Technician Shari Mirojnick, with the Backos Bird Clinic, in

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Deerfield Beach, Florida, explains that North Americans, even in the subtropics, don’t have access to all the foods that parrots eat in the wild. “We have to make up for what they’re missing,” advises Mirojnick. “Parrots that live in dense rain forest will often dine on certain tree fruits, which differ from supermarket fruits. Plus, human cultivation has sacrificed much of the nutrient content found in the original fruit in exchange for sweetness.” We need to reconcile the loss in other ways, such as with vegetables. Mirojnick notes, “Many of the best vegetables for parrots are high in key essential nutrients like vitamin A and calcium, which these birds do not efficiently metabolize in captivity.” She recommends nutrient-dense dark leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. But avoid avocado, which is poisonous to birds, and nightshade produce such as eggplant and mushrooms. When in doubt about a food, check it out through a reputable source such as Phoenix or an avian veterinarian. Blueberries, cranberries and goji contain helpful antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins C and K, and fiber, and have a low sugar content compared with their nutritional value. Other fruits like papaya and cantaloupe are high in vitamin A. Providing good fresh food isn’t necessarily time-consuming nor difficult. Parrot Nation proprietor Patricia Sund, of Hollywood, Florida, leads the “chop” revolution, teaching this efficient approach for delivering vegetables, leafy greens, grains and healthy seeds to pet birds—whose care is generally time-intensive throughout their long lifespans—to bird clubs and rescue groups around the country. By gathering ingredients and preparing a large batch, an owner can freeze multiple healthy servings in containers to thaw and feed to parrots over an extended period. Recipes vary, based on the fresh produce available according to growing seasons, regional crops and individual bird tastes.

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Because 50 to 70 percent of a wild parrot’s time is spent foraging, according to Brooks, companion parrots need that kind of activity for mental and physical stimulation. “Foraging keeps them busy, is fun and gives them a job,” remarks Lisa Bono, a certified avian trainer and educator and owner of The Platinum Parrot, in Barnegat, New Jersey. Besides finding food, foraging also keeps a bird’s beak in shape and its mind occupied in finding things to play with, she says. “A busy beak means a busy mind, and less time to develop undesirable behaviors like screaming or featherdestructive habits.” Bono says the popular African grey parrot likes playing with durable and versatile beak and claw toys, plus shredding and tearing bird-safe materials like untanned leather, small plain cardboard boxes, and uncolored and unwaxed paper cups—simple items that can double as destructible “dishes” for parrot foods. Robin Shewokis, of The Leather Elves, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and a board member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, adds, “Any toy can be turned into a foraging device by merely placing some food in or on it; with fresh foods, be careful to avoid spoilage. Be creative: Switch the placement of food and water bowls for a simple parrot puzzle. Put a paper towel over the food dish on another day. Have fun with it. You can put a lot of love and thought into a food’s presentation.”


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Veggies such as poblano peppers, colorful bell peppers, carrots (with greens), sweet potatoes, celery root, yellow squash, rapini, rutabaga Leafy greens such as parsley, watercress, Swiss red chard, kale greens, red cabbage Healthy seeds and grains such as raw wheat germ, organic rolled oats, dulse flakes, organic unsweetened shredded coconut plus chia, flax, hulled hemp and sesame seeds


Directions Wash and dry all produce thoroughly. The drier the chop mix remains, the easier it will be to freeze and thaw for extended use. Modify chop to cater to picky eaters. When using a food processor to chop the vegetables and greens, set it on “pulse” and guard against liquefying the ingredients—especially peppers. Thoroughly mix all ingredients, feed a few tablespoons to each parrot and then freeze the rest in serving-size containers for the next month or two as daily meal supplements.

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Monthly Animal Reiki Course Now Offered Downriver


eiki Master Teacher and Animal Reiki Practitioner Patti Radakovich has started offering monthly Level 1 Reiki for People and Pets. The class is a 6-hour course that combines the traditional Level 1 Reiki class for people with the Level 1 Animal Reiki class. Animal Reiki can be practiced by pet owners, animal shelter volunteers, veterinary professionals, and other animal professionals or animal lovers. Classes will be offered monthly at Cahill Veterinary Hospital in Flat Rock and are limited to 6 students with a cost of $100. Private small group classes are available with discounts offered to rescue and shelter groups. For people who have already taken Reiki Level 1 and would like to learn Animal Reiki, Patti will hold a special class when enough people express interest. For more information or to find the next scheduled class, email or visit Petra4Pets.

20th Anniversary Celebrated with Black Tie & Tails


he Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter is celebrating their 20th anniversary in style! On Friday, October 25, they will hold the 13th annual Black Tie & Tails event to celebrate 20 years and saving over 39,000 lives! This year, the event will pay homage to the 20 year anniversary by having a Roaring ‘20s theme. The event includes a Paws Promenade featuring adoptable pets, a 3-course dinner, an auction, and live band with dancing. The emcee for evening is Dan Miller from Fox 2 and the honorary cochairs are Congressman John Dingell and Mrs. Debbie Dingell. Cost for a basic ticket is $175. For more information, visit

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Mega March for Animals at Hart Plaza


he annual Michigan Humane Society Mega March for animals returns to Detroit on Sunday, October 13. This year’s walk will be a 2-mile walk that starts and stops at Hart Plaza. Everyone can walk, with or without a pet. People can walk as individuals or as a team. Animals must be vaccinated and leashed. Registration and checkin begins at 9 am; the walk starts at 10 am. There is no registration fee but donations and pledges are strongly encouraged; all money raised goes to support animals in need. For more information, go to



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MEGA MARCH FOR ANIMALS – 9am. 2-mile walk from Hart Plaza up Jefferson Ave to Rivard, returning back to Hart Plaza along the RiverWalk. A shorter route will also be available on walk day. Water will be provided for people and pets at several points along the route. Everyone is welcome to walk, with or without a pet. Pets who are friendly, vaccinated and would enjoy the event are welcome to attend on a leash or in a carrier. Please bring proof of current vaccinations and be prepared to pick up after your pets. Check-in and registration begin at 9am and the march starts at 10am rain or shine. Hart Plaza, Detroit.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH 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.

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AMAZING POWER of Essential Oils by Angela Avigne


ssential oils are natural aromatic compounds extracted from plants and flowers through distillation or cold pressing and are commonly used today for healing purposes in alternative medicine known as aromatherapy. Practitioners of aromatherapy seek to enhance both physical and psychological well-being and to promote relaxation and the release of stress through the application of essential oils. Throughout history, many cultures used essential oils for medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The Egyptians used cinnamon, frankincense and sandalwood in beauty treatments, religious ceremonies, food preparation and medicines; the Greeks used essential oils in therapeutic massages; and the Romans used the aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse is credited with coining the word aromatherapy for the intention of distinguishing the medicinal application of essential oils from its perfumery application. Gattefosse studied essential oils for use in developing perfumes and scents for his family’s perfume business. Following an explosion in the laboratory in 1910 which left his hands badly burned, Gattefosse claims to have effectively treated them with lavender oil. Recognized for advancing the new science of aromatherapy, French surgeon Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to treat injured soldiers during World War II. Following the war, Valnet devoted his time to the study of natural therapies, publishing a book on aromatherapy in 1964, which has since been translated from French and is available as, The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines & Their Healing

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Properties. One theory behind the power of essential oils suggests the nerves in the nose are stimulated by the aroma, and those nerves send impulses to the brain, resulting in a calming or stimulating effect on the body depending on the type of oil used. Another theory suggests the aroma of certain oils may stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) identifies three main modes of application of essential oils: topical through massage, bath and skin care products; aerial diffusion through environmental fragrance; and direct inhalation. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they are usually diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Some examples for their uses are peppermint oil applied topically to relieve muscle tension and arthritic symptoms, lavender added into hot bath water to alleviate insomnia and the inhalation of melaleuca, more commonly known as tea tree oil, to aid in the relief of respiratory ailments. Melaleuca has a wide range of other uses from healing cuts to a cleaning solution and keeping insects away. Originated in the 1980s and gaining popularity in the past ten years, the raindrop technique uses a sequence of the essential oils thyme, oregano, wintergreen, cypress, peppermint, basil and marjoram dispersed in drops six inches above the back and massaged along the spine, back muscles and the feet utilizing the vita flex technique. Proponents of this therapy claim these particular oils are immune enhancing, mood elevating and assist the body in bringing itself into proper structural alignment. Vita flex is a specialized form

of hand and foot massage that is remarkably effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body by means of a rolling and releasing motion that involves placing all four fingers flat on the skin, rolling onto the fingertips and continuing over onto the fingernails. It is based on a network of 1,400 reflex points that stimulate all the internal body systems and are capable of releasing tension, congestion and imbalances. The oils are applied to the contact points with the philosophy that energy is released through electrical impulses created by contact between the fingertips and the reflex points, where it is expected the electrical charge follows the nerve pathways to a break in the electrical circuit caused by toxins or damaged tissues. Although there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy cures illnesses, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, several clinical studies suggest certain essential oils, particularly lavender and rose, have shown to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. People should first seek individual professional advice before using essential oils due to the highly toxic nature of some essential oils and the potentially negative interaction with conventional medicine. Angela Avigne owns New Body Therapeutics located at 335 N. Center St. in Northville and offers a wide range of massage, facial and health-promoting services. Her trained staff specializes in repetitive injury therapy, aiding in the healing of chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. For more information, visit, email or call 248-348-2770.

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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

by Linda Sechrist


s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the sold-out Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them

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begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a little-known, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vo-

cabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energies flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become

weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in anti-aging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


The magical skies and comfortably cool ishing upon a star is an iconic activity nights. This year, families can night sky is steeped in everyanticipate a special viewing a perfect play- of the Comet ISON, which is one’s childhood desire to attain happiness and fulfillground for a expected to be visible from ment. Actual stargazing can much of the United States in child’s help make parents’ dreams late November. imagination. for their children’s well-being come true, as well. Getting Started Children are exposed to imaginSky & Telescope magazine’s online ing the larger celestial realm through guide, Getting Started in Astronomy, popular films, science fiction literature offers easy steps for parents to put stars and pop songs, plus more tangibly via in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s current sky events. Consider news of Sky at a Glance link. Find an open the meteoroid that exploded over Russpace like a park or wooded clearing to sia in February and the latest images reduce ambient light and use sky maps from the surface of Mars beamed to us in hobby publications or astronomy by the NASA rover Curiosity. Experienc- books from the library as guides. ing the excitement of early knowledge Binoculars are the best tool to start can bolster academics while fostering getting familiar with the night sky—they a calming sense of the order of nature’s augment the naked eye enough to idenrhythms. tify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons “Astronomy ties into every eduand the crescent phases of Venus. Plancational domain—physics, geometry, etariums, science and children’s mualgebra, history and ecology,” advises seums, nature centers and astronomy former elementary school teacher Hiram clubs often hold public family events Bertoch, of West Valley City, Utah, owner that include access to telescopes; some of the KidsKnowIt Network, which main- loan or rent them out. (Find local clubs tains 10 free children’s learning websites, and facilities at including Standing community/organizations.) in awe at the wonders of the universe can Other opportunities include also instill a centering sense of humility NASA’s Night Sky Network of asin the face of such grandeur. tronomy clubs, Astronomy magazine’s Autumn is one of the best times youth programs, for channeling youngsters’ intrigue and programs. in constellations, given the clearer Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops offer

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astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide high-quality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smooth-working mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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All the Time in the World Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by Marney K. Makridakis


sk American adults if they’re anx “Worrying about time gives me ious about time and they’ll likely something to talk about.” say yes. Our society even deems it “I don’t plan things I might enjoy expected, acceptable and normal to expe- because it can be too demanding or even rience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s scary—it just feels easier and safer to be helpful to explore what is at the root of our bored.” problems with time and why we believe “Worrying about time is a convenient we benefit from worrying and complainexcuse for not following my dreams.” ing about it. Both are good first steps to Once we identify the perceived releasing ourselves from the drama of payoffs from worrying about time, we can getting caught up in and blaming time as a see them for what they are: illusions that convenient catchall. Which of the followkeep us from living our true potential. ing rationales apply to us personally? Awareness allows us to make a different “If I can complain about being busy, choice and to partner with time, instead of I don’t have to examine other areas in my working against it. life.” Einstein proved that time is subjec “My schedule is wrapped up with my tive, illustrated every time we compare an self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that hour a dentist’s chair to an hour in the Crafting_grace_qrtr_Oct13_Layout 1 9/17/13 2:43 PMinPage 1 I’m successful.” company of a loved one. Time behaves

and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day. Marney K. Makridakis of Dallas, TX, is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded Artella magazine, the ARTbundance philosophy and the community.

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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian


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egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/

non-fat food is a panacea for modern illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy

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alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical Hypotheses and by the Mercola group attest to key problems related to human consumption of grains. Anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains lead to the poor absorption of minerals and related deficiencies. Improper absorption of dietary protein caused in part by enzyme inhibitors in grains also tends to damage the pancreas. Individual sensitivities to proteins in specific grains can further interfere with functioning of the neuroendocrine system and subsequent emotional difficulties like addiction and depression may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prenatal diets that have made younger generations extra-sensitive to the challenges posed by grains to the human system. While Cordain doesn’t recommend dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or raw milk products, provided they retain their full fat content and come from grass-fed cows. She reasons that the presence of the anti-carcinogenic fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and the Wulzen factor anti-stiffness agent in the fat benefit joint lubrication. Experts suggest that the dietary formula established by our prehistoric ancestors can be the foundation for a modern-day, healthy, non-confining, creative eating experience. We can exchange grains for quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (not technically grains at all), and include tubers and legumes, due to their folate and protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part of such a balanced diet. When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

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The Power of One Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, ‘What’s Your Tree?’ by Judith Fertig


or 738 days, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree called Luna to increase awareness of threats to our ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for California’s redwoods, together with related ecological and social justice issues. When she claimed victory for Luna on December 18, 1999, she was recognized worldwide as both a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Today, Butterfly Hill’s commitment to such causes continues to inspire people worldwide. She has helped found and launch a host of nonprofit organizations and currently serves as ambassador for the Pollination Project, which awards $1,000 a day to individuals making a positive difference. The impassioned activist is the inspiration for the What’s Your Tree initiative and also leads workshops at eco-villages such as Findhorn, in Scotland, and Damanhur, in Italy. She lives in Belize, where she describes her life as, “Before tree, during tree and after tree.”

What prompted your life shift from being the daughter of a traveling preacher to an environmental activist? Before Tree, when I was 22, I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and spent 10 months recovering. As I got better physically, I realized that my

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whole life had been out of balance. I had been working nonstop since graduating from high school—obsessed by my career, worldly success and material things. This pivotal experience woke me to the importance of the moment and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on the future.

How did you come to climb up a 1,000-plus-year-old redwood tree and stay there for two years? After I recovered from the accident, I went on a road trip to California. There, I volunteered at a reggae festival. That year, the event was dedicated to the protection of ancient forests. I listened and learned from the speakers and activists passionate about educating people on the destructive logging practices of the Maxxam-controlled Pacific Lumber Company. Returning to my place in Arkansas, I sold everything I owned and returned to California to see how I could help. Earth First! was doing tree-sits to call attention to the urgent need to protect ancient trees, and they needed someone to stay in a redwood tree so the loggers couldn’t cut it down; because nobody else volunteered, they had to pick me. On December 10, 1997, I put on the harness and ascended Luna, 180 feet up. What I thought would be three or four weeks in the tree turned into

two years and eight days. I returned to the ground only after the company agreed to protect Luna and the surrounding grove.

What are some of the legacies of your incredible feat? The Luna experience brought international attention to the plight of the last dwindling stands of ancient redwoods. After Tree, I was asked to speak about the issue all over the world. My bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, has been translated into 11 languages. A follow-up environmental handbook is titled One Makes the Difference. It all inspires concerned citizens to take action in their own communities.

Now, as a yoga enthusiast, vegan, peacemaker and antidisposable activist, how do you stay true to yourself and model the changes you champion? I am committed to living with as much integrity, joy and love as I can. If we want to see something in the world, then we have to live it. Like I learn in yoga, I aim to stretch into my life and breathe and see what opens up, trusting that clarity and growth will emerge in the process. On a personal ecology level, I love swimming in the sea and the sound of the waves rolling over the reef. I love being at home, mixing fresh masa to make tamales and listening to the birds singing as they sway from the palm branches and bougainvillea. These are the moments that make my soul sing.

How has believing in one person’s power to change the world led you to ask, “What’s Your Tree?” Service is core to my being. It gives purpose and joy to my life. The What’s Your Tree project helps people connect with a place of deep purpose that helps guide their lives, choices and actions. Learn more at and Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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TUE, OCT 01 , 2013 Optimal Health & Healing – 1pm. Learn about the significant role your nervous system plays in your overall health, wellness, & performance and how to get the best results and speed up your healing from your chiropractic care and how your daily choices directly impact your long term health. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600. Survivor Wall of Fame Exhibit - 6-8pm. Join us for the grand opening of the Survivor Wall of Fame Exhibit to celebrate the survivors and those currently fighting breast cancer. Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

WED, OCT 02 , 2013 Take Charge of Your Health - 6:30-7:30pm. VeggiePatti is offering a new course to help you learn to stop feeling like a victim of your body, recognize what foods work for you, integrate activity in your daily routine, and advocate for your own health, $10 per session x 4 wks. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

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

THU, OCT 03 , 2013 Wyandotte Farmers Market - 12-6pm. Join Total Health Foods for the last day of the 2013 farmers market season. Wyandotte Farmers Market, First and Elm, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

Essential Oils - 7:15-8:15pm. Learn what they are, their many uses and how you and your family’s health can benefit from these natural gems. Free. World of Pole Fitness & Dance, 32669 Warren, Ste 6, Garden City. WorldofPole. com, 734-306-0909.

Belly Dance - 7-8pm. Ladies of all ages & fitness levels welcome-no exp necessary! Get a muscle-toning workout that improves posture, flexibility, and balance. Wear comfortable, formfitting clothes, $10 Healing the Heart Through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte., 313-506-3073.

Growing Hope Center Tour - 5-6pm. Intimate tour of 1.4 acre demonstration urban farm, including educational site, share our mission and vision, and the rich history of the property and surrounding community. Center showcases how urban lots can maximize production for income, and our 3,000 sq ft, unheated hoop house exemplifies the potential for 10 month growing. Please RSVP, free. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. GrowingHope. net, 734-786-8401.

UniverSoul Frequency: Tune into Health and Optimal Wellbeing - 7-8pm. Tune into a healthier, happier, more balanced Life. Intelligent, non-commercial info about balanced nutrition, cutting edge and mind-provoking topics. Includes easy tips, tools and techniques to maximize your nutritional needs, recipes, menus and much more. Space is limited and registration is required – call or visit website, $15. Olive Seed , 2727 2nd Avenue, Detroit., 313-757-0993.

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The Energy in Your Home - Learn how the energy in your home creates an environment that affects your relationships, health, emotions and even the ability to sell your home. Also learn how the negative energy can be cleared to create a “clean” environment for you and your loved ones to live in, experiencing more peace and harmony, and a quicker sale! Free. 7-8pm.

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FRI, OCT 04 , 2013 Weight Loss Unlimited – 1pm. Shape up for fall and kick-off to meet fitness goals through a motivational class with key knowledge on how to naturally start a weight loss program, menu planning, nutritional supplements, and change your body composition with new natural state of the art programs that are customizable for you. Free, limited space, rsvp. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 W Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. 734-454-5600.


Kirtan Weekend - 5pm. Join us for a weekend devoted to this ancient Bhakti yoga practice. Explore the art and science of Kirtan, discover the deep meanings of the mantras, uncover our own unique and beautiful voices and sing to the divine! Weekend will include plenty of live Kirtan featuring Atmaram from Ann Arbor Kirtan, Prem Lancanster and Vahana from Grand Rapids, and Abby & Dave from Vishnu Blue in Detroit. Also yoga classes w/live music, story-telling and discussions. $108. Song of the Morning, 9607 E Sturgeon Valley Rd, Vanderbilt., 989-983-4107. 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival – Oct 4th to 6th Scarecrow contest, dog costume contest, children’s area with games/rides carnival, local & national musical acts, scarecrow idol contest, and more. Proceeds are donated to many community, regional and national non-profits and charities. Trenton.

SAT, OCT 05 , 2013 Huron Applefest – 10am. (5th & 6th) Includes PAWS adoption and dog obedience, PAWS vote for cutest pet contest, Oakwoods Nature Park Assembly, annual fiddler’s contest, parade, Huron High’s Marching Band, Renton Jr High Band, The Music Lady, (children’s music) fun run, local bands, art fair, and much more! New Boston., 734-753-3378. Paddle for Pink – 8am. Join Riverside Kayak to help raise money for breast cancer research. $35. Detroit River, , Wyandotte. 734-285-2925. Composting 101 - 1-3:30pm. Hands-on presentation and demonstration intended for those with beginning to intermediate experience, will cover the basics about how to build and maintain healthy backyard compost, and understand the science of the micro-organisms behind it. Register online or call, $10. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401.

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Mushroom Gardening - 10-11:30am. The Detroit Mushroom Company will share their mushroom growing and preparing techniques. Register online or call, $10. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401.

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Rejuvenating Yoga - 8:30-9:30am. Get a refreshing start to your day, geared around entry and beginner level students, $12 drop-in. Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734676-3813.

Juicing for Health - 7-8:30pm. Learn how to unlock the nutrients in the produce department for vitality, beauty, and disease prevention. Carolyn Simon of Red Pepper Foods will be doing a juicing demo using an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Samples will be available. Register at the circulation desk or call, free! Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Hghts., 313-791-3800.

SUN, OCT 06 , 2013 Total Health Foods - Double Punch Day – 11am-6pm.. Get more bang for your buck with double punch day! Get to your rewards faster! Stop in and save! Get double punch rewards when you spend over $25. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208.

MON, OCT 07 , 2013 $0.99 Shot Day - 9am-9pm. Want to try a healthy shot? Goji Juice shot just $.99 all day at the Total Health Foods Juice bar. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Posture Workshop – 6pm. Learn how posture affects your health & longevity and get advice on correct sitting, bending, & lifting plus the ergonomics of your work station. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600. Cancer Prevention - 7:15-8:30pm. Join Dr. Potter to find out what measures you can take to keep your body healthy, and the importance of lifestyle and diet in the prevention of disease, and how to take care of yourself! Call to register, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767. Thai Yoga with Luiz Mota - 4:30-5:30pm. Clients that have injuries, illnesses, or physical disabilities will learn to improve their independence in this form of therapy, designed to bring about a state of balance in the body by helping release stagnated energy, through assisted yoga poses, the therapist uses stretching and gentle twisting techniques including acupressure and shaitsu massage. Thai massage available. $20. Healing the Heart Through Reiki and Art, 2955 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte. MotaThaiYoga. com, 734-757-7213.

Youngevity meeting - 7-8pm. Come learn about Youngevity Minerals! See what the hype is all about! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Learn Egyptian hand and foot treatments 6-7:30pm. Learn how an ancient art can help alleviate modern day conditions in the body, pain and tension goes when relaxation and energy flows. Dr Jesse R Brown, Instructor, free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit. 313-538-5433.

WED, OCT 09 , 2013

savethedate Rekindle the Spirit II - 8:30am4pm. Explore the chaos that surrounds healthcare during this tremendous time of change and to equip nurses with skills to maintain balance from the inside out. 21st century neuroscience stress management discoveries will be discussed. Holistic Health Strategies will be identified and practiced during this conference.• Apply the understanding of the mind body connection between stress and disease in the light of neuroscience.• Discuss the interlocking nature of the concepts and practices of mindfulness, entrainment, and gratitude. • Practice three interventions for ongoing self management. Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch.  This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hrs,   $80 St Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-535-9563. Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. Foot detoxing, just $25 call to make an appt with Alecia. Walkins also welcome. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Take Charge of Your Health - 6:30-7:30pm. VeggiePatti is offering a new course to help you learn to stop feeling like a victim of your body, recognize what foods work for you, integrate activity in your daily routine, and advocate for your own health, $10 per session. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. VeggiePatti. com, 734-246-1208. Vitamin D – the Wonder Vitamin – 7pm. Having enough vitamin D can help prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia. Learn all the wonders of vitamin D and how it can help you. Sponsored by Madonna University. Please contact 734-432-5804 or continuinged. The Life Experience - 7:30-9pm. This six week series will help individuals gain tools needed to deal with life’s challenges in a healthy manner. Each week focuses on a new tool. Participants will leave with a wealth of knowledge and a new approach to managing life from a positive wellness perspective. Free. Katie Curtis, 850 W University, Rochester ., 248-601-3111.

THU, OCT 10 , 2013

UniverSoul Frequency: Tune into Health and Optimal Wellbeing - 7-8pm. Tune into a healthier, happier, more balanced Life. Intelligent, noncommercial info about balanced nutrition, cutting edge and mind-provoking topics. Includes easy tips, tools and techniques to maximize your nutritional needs, recipes, menus and much more. Space is limited and registration is required – call or visit website, $15. Olive Seed , 2727 2nd Avenue, Detroit., 313-757-0993. Pressure Point Therapy & Stress Reduction 7-8pm. Step-by-step instruction of Pressure Point Therapy, also known as Trigger Point Therapy, taught by Certified Wellness Doctor, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. Bring a partner to receive the most benefit. Limited seating: register early, free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland., 734-425-8220. Essential Daily Exercises - 8-9pm. Learn six essential exercises to help you improve strength, balance, and overall energy - a must for all ages and fitness levels! Stay to enjoy organic snacks following workshop. Limited seating: register early, free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220.

FRI, OCT 11 , 2013

Rehab Roll Workshop – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing techniques plus tone & stretch your body and increase flexibility, overall strength, & range of motion. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

Little Shoppe Market - 10am -7pm. (11/11-11/13) Unique opportunity for our Shoppe-keepers (our crafters, artisans and vendors). This venue will house upwards of 75 exhibitors, and provides customers a convenient way to shop while visiting the retail shops here. Free. Northville Square Mall, 133 W Main St, Northville., 734-660-7967.

Dine & Dish: How to Eat Gluten-Free - 7-8pm. Come grab a smoothie, juice, or raw food snack, 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., 734-246-1208.

Cancer Survivor Walk of Fame Photo Tour – Dusk. Meet at Total Health Foods in honor of breast cancer awareness month and to celebrate the women who have survived or are currently battled this disease! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Tummy Trouble – 7pm. Learn about natural means of improving or even correcting digestive issues. Limited to the first 15 guests, reservations required, free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com 734-756-6904.

Potluck & Sustainability Film Series - 6-10pm. Join Growing Hope, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, and the Ypsilanti District Library for a community potluck beginning at 6pm, followed by a screening of “Promised Land” at 7pm. This movie tells the story of two corporate salespeople who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from local residents. Free. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401.

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

SAT, OCT 12 , 2013 Pink 5K Fun Run - 7am. Help raise money for breast cancer! 7am registration and 8am start. Portofino’s, 3455 Biddle, Wyandotte., 734-282-6030 . Hazardous Waste Dropoff – 8am-2pm. Wayne County residents only, id required – visit website for details or call Wayne County’s Resource Recovery Coordinator at 734-326-3936. Southland Mall Parking Lot, Eureka Rd & Pardee, Taylor. Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia., 734-664-0339. Optimal Health & Healing – 12pm. Learn about the significant role your nervous system plays in your overall health, wellness, & performance and how to get the best results and speed up your healing from your chiropractic care and how your daily choices directly impact your long term health. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro. com, 734-454-5600.

MON, OCT 14 , 2013 Weight Loss Unlimited – 6:30pm. Shape up for fall and kick-off to meet fitness goals through a motivational class with key knowledge on how to naturally start a weight loss program, menu planning, nutritional supplements, and change your body composition with new natural state of the art programs that are customizable for you. Free, limited space, rsvp. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 W Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro. com. 734-454-5600.

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calendarofevents Healthy Aging Workshop - 7:15-8:30pm. Join Dr Robert Potter, Jr DC and Dr Danielle Potter, DC as they discuss how to age gracefully and make your golden years truly golden. Call to register, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton CantonCenterChiropractic. com,, 734-455-6767.

TUE, OCT 15 , 2013 Exploring the Akashic Records - 7-8pm. Learn how to start living the life that you were meant to live and deserve! Tammy Braswell is a Healing Energy Practitioner, Intuitive, Lightworker and Soul Realignment® Practitioner. She assists others to bring forth and express their potential and purpose through connecting with them energetically and at a deep soul level so they may achieve and experience greater levels of health, happiness, fulfillment and abundance in their lives now. Free, but registration is required. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton., 734-716-2881. Cancer Killers - 7pm. Come listen to Dr Jim Ribley DC talk about cancer killers! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Stay Healthy; Boost your Immune System Naturally - 1-2pm. Learn how to stop invading germs in their tracks and feel better all winter.

Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd & Morton Taylor, Canton. BroadFamilyChiro. com, 734 354-9900.

WED, OCT 16 , 2013 Fall Day of Reflection - 9am-2:30pm. Experience a few hours away from the chaos and distractions of life, leave your worries behind and relax in this peaceful, serene setting. Includes two conferences, lunch, an opportunity for individual reconciliation and mass, as well as quiet time of reflection to explore the 20+ acres and grounds, $20. St Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-286-2000. Holistic Networking Group – All About Babies – 6-8pm. Great opportunity to meet other holistic practitioners, share best practices and empower one another. Paula Neys, Occupational Therapist and independent consultant for NYR Organic will be our speaker. Special theme this month on holistic birth practitioners such as doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, infant massage therapy, etc. 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

Optimal Health & Healing – 6:30pm. Learn about the significant role your nervous system plays in your overall health, wellness, & performance and how to get the best results and speed up your healing from your chiropractic care and how your daily choices directly impact your long term health. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. IHChiro. com, 734-454-5600. Take Charge of Your Health - 6:30-7:30pm. VeggiePatti is offering a new course to help you learn to stop feeling like a victim of your body, recognize what foods work for you, integrate activity in your daily routine, and advocate for your own health, $10 per session. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Find Your Path to Health and Happiness – 7pm. Learn how your metabolism works (especially as you age) and how to keep your body fueled for energy and what you can do to transform yourself for the better? There are alternatives to medications and ways to improve your health naturally, thus leading a happier life! Sponsored by Madonna University. Please contact 734-432-5804 or continuinged Stay Healthy; Boost your Immune System Naturally - 7-8pm. Learn how to stop invading germs in their tracks and feel better all winter. Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd & Morton Taylor, Canton., 734 354-9900.

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THU, OCT 17 , 2013 Make Money with Happy Feet - 6-8pm. If you want your feet to feel better or you want to make a healthy income giving Ionic Footbaths this class is for you! RSVP strongly suggested, limited spaces available. Footbaths demonstrations will be given to the first 5 guests to register, free. Wholistic Training Institute, 20954 Grand River, Detroit., 313-538-5433. Steven Roth - 11pm-2am . Steven Roth is a bluesy, folk, rock band based in Los Angeles, and they’re embarking on a national tour this fall, playing in Detroit for the first time. Recently, Steven Roth was hand picked by Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey to open for The Who at The Staple Center in LA. The Park Bar and Elizabeth Theater, 2040 Park Ave, Detroit., 313-962-2933.

FRI, OCT 18 , 2013 Third Fridays in Wyandotte - Fall Festival 5-11pm. Many of the shops and restaurants in the downtown district stay open later than usual, offer freebies, specials and discounts, musical entertainment, free trolley and horse & carriage rides throughout the downtown district. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

SAT, OCT 19 , 2013 Electronic Waste Collection – 9am-4pm. (Sat & Sun) Electronic items will be accepted from Wayne County residents and small businesses, including computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, CRT & LCD monitors, TVs, VCRs, CD & DVD players, printers, fax machines, stereos, speakers, cell phones, telephones, microwave ovens, Christmas lights, game consoles, handheld devices, computer parts and miscellaneous cables. Grosse Ile Department of Public Services, 9601 Groh Rd, Grosse Ile. For complete list or more information, contact 734-326-3936.

Kimchi Krazy - 10am -12pm. Have extra Chinese cabbage and radishes in your garden this fall? Germaine Smith will talk about lacto fermentation methods, followed by a demonstration and sampling of traditional cabbage kimchi, radish kimchi, and kimchi soup. Register online, or call, $15. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401.

MON, OCT 21 , 2013 $0.99 Shot Day - 9am-9pm. Want to try a healthy shot? Acai Juice shot just $.99 all day at the Total Health Foods Juice bar. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Thyroid Disorders: A Natural Approach - 7-8:15pm. Join Dr D to learn how thyroid problems develop and what can be done naturally to improve thyroid health. Call to register free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton CantonCenterChiropractic. com, 734-455-6767.

TUE, OCT 22 , 2013

savethedate Every Nurse a Leader - 8am-4pm. Every nurse is a leader, regardless of title and position, every nurse exercises leadingedge authority to influence the health of those in his or her care. Every nurse uses knowledge and skills to make decisions with and about others. In this rapidly changing healthcare environment nurses will be key to the future. The focus of this conference is to assist nurses Continental Breakfast &am p; Lunch included in the Conference Fee. This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. in recognizing the strong values that are the foundation of our work.  Holistic strategies to support us in a complex healthcare system will be taught.  $80. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit. Passionist. org/StPauls, 313-535-9563. Balance Your Hormones Naturally – 7pm. Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND presents about natural alternatives to address problems related to hormone imbalances and menopause. Limited to 15 guests, free - reservations required. Workshop held  at the  Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia., 734-756-6904.

WED, OCT 23 , 2013 Optimal Health & Healing – 6pm. Learn about the significant role your nervous system plays in your overall health, wellness, & performance and how to get the best results and speed up your healing from your chiropractic care and how your daily choices directly impact your long term health. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600. Growing Community: Intro to Group Gardening - 6-8pm. Are you looking to recruit more participants for your community garden, or are you interested in a quick refresher on community gardening and organizing basics? Learn the types and benefits of community gardens, tips and principles of organizing, and provide an overview of the full Garden Leadership Training to be held in February 2014. Register online or call, $10. Growing Hope, 922 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti., 734-786-8401. Take Charge of Your Health - 6:30-7:30pm. VeggiePatti is offering a new course to help you learn to stop feeling like a victim of your body, recognize what foods work for you, integrate activity in your daily routine, and advocate for your own health, $10 per session. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. VeggiePatti. com, 734-246-1208.

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

THU, OCT 24 , 2013 Rehab Roll Workshop – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing techniques plus tone & stretch your body and increase flexibility, overall strength, & range of motion. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600. Tricks or Treat: A Primer on Sugar - 7-8:30pm. Learn what makes sugars safe or not, and how different sugars may affect your health. Don’t be a victim of post Halloween sugar blues or worse, call to register. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland., 734-425-8220.

FRI, OCT 25 , 2013 Haunted Hallway - 5-8pm. Tour the familyfriendly Haunted Hallway! It’s fun for all! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr Fischer, DC, NA, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com, 734-664-0339.

savethedate Black Tie & Tails - 7pm-12am. Great Gatsby! It’s the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s 20th anniversary! We have had the privilege of caring for more than 39,000 animals since our story began. A swell and swanky evening that’s sure to be the “bee’s knees” and one of the premier fundraising events for animal welfare in SE Michigan. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, eclectic entrees, and delectable desserts all prepared by the renowned chefs of the Dearborn Inn-and, of course, flowing champagne and cocktails.** See our Dinner Menu and Spectacular Auction Items. $175. The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn., 313-943-2697.

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Fall Holistic/Psychic Fair - 10am-4pm. Psychic readers and energy workers will be in the main room upstairs, with its fine wooden floor and stage, while the vendors and waiting area will be downstairs, along with light snacks. Admission includes entry into door prize drawings, payment for sessions with practitioners is additional and will be handled at the door. Psychic Readers, Tarot and Angel Card Readers, Astrologer, SRT Practitioner, Psychic Sketch Artist, Energy Workers (Reiki, Quantum Touch, and mix of various esoteric modalities-•  Door prizes -Holistic & Metaphysical Products • Free parking, $5. Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann ArborSaline Rd, Ann Arbor., 734-358-0218.

Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. Foot detoxing, just $25 call to make an appt with Alecia. Walkins also welcome. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Optimal Health & Healing – 12pm. Learn about the significant role your nervous system plays in your overall health, wellness, & performance and how to get the best results and speed up your healing from your chiropractic care and how your daily choices directly impact your long term health. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.

MON, OCT 28 , 2013 Rehab Roll Workshop – 6pm. Learn how to improve balance, stability & breathing techniques plus tone & stretch your body and increase flexibility, overall strength, & range of motion. Call to register, free. Integrated Health Chiropractic Center, 1075 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth., 734-454-5600.


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Basics of Dowsing and the Work of Hanna Kroeger -10am-3:30pm. Learn how to dowse remedies for the 7 physical causes of ill health. Presentor: Paula Neys, space is limited to 4 people $60 ($19 for pendulum is optional). Paula Neys, 21404 Summerside Lane, Northville. PaulaNeys.,, 248-982-5971.


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Ann Arbor Annual Arts & Crafts Show - Crafting with Grace - 10am-5pm. Indoor juried arts and crafts show featuring handcrafted, unique items by 50-60 local and national artisans. Show includes door prize drawings, concessions, and baked goods. Complimentary kids Kraft Korner and face-painting for children and the young in heart. Admission $2 (12yrs +). Portion of proceeds go to support the needs of the community. New Grace Apostolic Temple, 2898 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor., 734-368-8897.

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Change Your Posture, Change Your Life - 9am - 4pm. Participants will learn about a new yoga technique that speaks to the ongoing controversy about injuries in yoga practice, by offering a very different painless way to practice yoga. In the workshop, participants will breathe their way to a pain-free life using simple techniques that align your spine, take pressure off your joints and balance flexibility and strength levels in your body. Anyone can do YogAlign and the benefits affect people of all ages and fitness levels. $175 Oak Openings Lodge, 5240 Wilkins Rd, Whitehouse. YogAlign. com, 419-345-0885.

TUE, OCT 29 , 2013 Using Essential Oils as Nature’s Antibiotics - 7-8:15pm. Join Cynthia Haas, Aromatherapist to learn how to take your power back, and learn how to heal yourself, bring a friend or family member, call to register, free. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton., 734455-6767.

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Little Shoppe Market - 10am-3pm. Up to 50 crafters and vendors for all of your shoppeing needs, and will offer the opportunity to bid on items donated by our crafters and vendors. All proceeds from the raffles will be donated to a local charitable organization. Free. O’Kelly Banquet Hall, 23663 Park St, Dearborn., 734-660-7967.

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. Transformational Tuesdays – 7-9pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250. 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.

Gentle Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Have you been wanting to try a yoga class? David Demo teaches this wonderful class that will help get your week off to a great start – all levels welcome. New students – first week free, then $5 per class afterwards. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. 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. Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. info@y4peace. org 734-282-9642. Yoga – 6-7pm. De-stress, relax, rejuvenate! $10. The Sanctuary, Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 248880-3755.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 11, Taylor. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778. Foot Detox Days - 9am-8pm. Call to make an appt with Alicia. Walk-ins also welcome. Only $25. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Zumba – 9-10am. With Kym $10 SanKofa Life Learning & Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250 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. Transformational Tuesdays – 12-2pm. $5 SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250. 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. 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.

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 Blogtalkradio. com/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. Vinyasa Yoga- 9:15am. Flowing practice to help start off your day! All levels, $12 walk ins. Yoga Shala Wellness, 25411 W Warren Ste D, Dearborn Heights., 313520-3377. 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 Bobby Jean Calhoun $5. SanKofa Life 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 – 6:308pm. Join us for a meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts-sign up for dinner each wk, suggested cost $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. “paywhat-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park., 313-383-0100.

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Community Yoga - 7-8pm. All-levels, dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pte Farms., 313-884-4465. 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 313-389-3937. Chakra Yoga – 11am-12pm. Vinyasa class led by Courtney Conover, designed to help balance chakras, all levels $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. Circle of Light – 2-7pm. (Light Energy) with Sukyo Mahikari - Love Offering. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-366-5250. Open Mic – 7-10pm. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. 313879-1102. Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Includes instructions with Baba Uche’, $5. SanKofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. SankofaLife. org, 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.

Slow Flow/Yin Fusion – 7:15pm. Slow down and stretch out your body in order to leave your worries behind, all levels, $12 walk ins. Yoga Shala Wellness, 25411 W Warren Ste D, Dearborn Heights., 313-520-3377. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.

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. Paws for Reading -10am-5pm. Beginning readers through 5th grade (w/parent) are invited to sign up at the Children’s Desk and choose to share a story with either Molly, a wonderful Old English Sheepdog, or Billy Flynn, an amazing black Labrador. 20 min sessions are the perfect opportunity to practice and become a better reader in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. Parents or guardians must register in person and sign a permission slip stating that the child participating in the program has no known allergies. All dogs are insured through the organization. Free. Redford Township Library, 25320 W 6 Mile Rd, Redford Twp., 313-531-5960.

Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. 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. Hustle Dance Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. With Fast Freddy, $5. SanKofa Life 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.,

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


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CANTON CENTER CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Serving the community for 26 years 6231 N Canton Center Rd #109, Canton, MI 48187 734-455-6767 We offer Chiropractic and nutritional services to help you achieve optimal wellness. Additional services include Massage, Reflexolgy, Reiki, Kinesio-Taping and educational workshops. Let Dr. Robert Potter, Jr. and Associates be “Your Natural Health Care Providers”.

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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.

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Yoga 4 Peace is a non-profit yoga studio that offers classes on a donation basis. We have a wide variety of classes for every level. We offer Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Training.

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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.

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Landscaping - Help landscape a house under renovation or maintain the plantings at our neighborhood entryways. Farmers’ Market - Help with set up, clean up, or greeting customers. Or join our Farmers’ Market Committee. Graffiti Busters - volunteer-based campaign to keep graffiti out of the Grandmont/Rosedale neighborhoods. Mailing Preparation - Collate documents and stuff envelopes at your home or our office. Community Garden - Help plan, plant and tend our community vegetable garden. Vacant Property Task Force - Track ownership of vacant property and promote enforcement of property maintenance codes. Park Clean-Up - Clean up our neighborhood parks by picking up trash, trimming bushes and trees, painting equipment, etc


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FALL IS HERE AND THE SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEGUN! The Help Closet is now accepting donations of new or gently used school clothing for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. Shoes, accessories and backpacks are also needed. All donations are directly given to metro area foster children. The Help Closet is located at the Samaritan Center Annex building, 11457 Shoemaker St., Detroit. Please call Shirley Roseman at (313)-529-1813 or email”

HOUSEKEEPING HELPERS Friday, Oct 4 (9:30am-2pm) Friday, Oct 11 (9:30am-2pm) Friday, Oct 18 (9:30am-3:30pm) Volunteers are needed to help make beds, remove trash, vacuum and launder towels. Should you be interested in offering your helping hands for any of theses volunteer opportunities, just contact Roz Salter, Volunteer Coordinator at or call 313-286-2844. natural awakenings

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TREKKING AS PILGRIMAGE A Literal Path to Personal Growth

by Sarah Todd


or more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that

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every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect. Alyssa Machle, a landscape architect in San Francisco, imagined that walking The Way would be a quietly contemplative and solitary experience. Instead, she spent weeks bonding with fellow trekkers: an Ohio schoolteacher trying to decide wheth-

er to become a Catholic nun, and a German woman in her 30s unsettled by falling in love with her life partner’s best friend, a war veteran in his 70s. “Inevitably, each person had some internal battle that he or she hoped to resolve,” Machle found. “My own ideological shift was about setting aside preconceived ideas about

how I would experience the path, and focusing my energy on the community that I suddenly was part of.” The diverse goals of the people Machle met on The Way speaks to the power of adventurous treks. From the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the desert for 40 years to young Fellowship of the Ring members hiking across Middle Earth, we like the idea of walking long distances as a way to get in touch with ourselves—and often with something larger. In America, there are as many trails to hike as there are reasons to do it. For Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 bestselling memoir, Wild, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 allowed her innate courage to blossom. A rank novice, she took to the trails solo, grieving the early death of her mother, and discovered a new kind of self-reliance. “Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away,” Strayed relates. “I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. It wasn’t long

before I actually wasn’t afraid.” Other people on such journeys are inspired by their love for the environment, like Zen Buddhist priest and retired psychotherapist Shodo Spring, leader of this year’s Compassionate Earth Walk, a July-through-October protest of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. It has engaged a “moving communi-

ty” of shared prayers, meditation and yoga along the path of the pending Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to

TIPS FOR A LONG TREK by Sarah Todd Pack light. In long-distance hiking, every ounce counts. Try to make sure everything in the backpack has at least two uses: socks that double as mittens or a fleece that transforms into a pillow. Get in shape. Walk two hours a day in preceding months to help train for lengthy days on foot. Do a few test walks loaded with gear to see what it’s like to carry that amount of weight before hitting the trail. Prepare for foot care. Expert trekkers smear jelly-like products like Waxelene on their feet before putting on their socks to help prevent blisters. It also soothes chafing and offers foot relief at the end of a long day’s hike. Plan meals beforehand. Measure out all the ingredients for a healthy menu plan and put them in lightweight bags to allow the exact right amount of food needed—no more, no less—for the long haul between provisioning stations (local accessible towns and holding spots for preshipped boxes).

Steele City, Nebraska. Spring emphasizes that the walk is intended to connect participants to the land and the people that live on it. “We’re going to small towns,” she says, “where many residents make their livelihoods from oil. There’s a deep division between such people and our group. But when we listen to each other, that division gets healed.” Activist David Rogner says that long-distance walks don’t just raise awareness of political and social issues—they also give people hope. He spent 25 months walking across the United States in the first coast-tocoast roadside litter program, Pick Up America. “As we walked and picked up trash, we inspired people to believe there could be change,” he says. His trek gave him hope for his own future, too. He now believes, “If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” Whatever the purpose, there are many scenic long-distance walking trails to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California to the uppermost reaches of Washington State, offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine, provides 250 shelters and campsites. In Wisconsin, the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail offers awe-inspiring views of glacial landscapes. Starting in North Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea trail extends from the Great Smoky Mountains to the crystal-blue waters of the Outer Banks. In Missouri, the Ozark Trail sweeps through mountains, lush valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Plus, overseas trails await, as well. Sarah Todd is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at Sarah

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Calculate Impacts

Shop with the Planet in Mind Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald

Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range”

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meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Webbased Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton. Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we

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need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

Share Instead of Buy Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike

shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part

of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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