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letterfrompublisher Here it is—a brand new year filled with amazing new possibilities. It’s a good time to learn and grow from the past and open up to all the potential that this amazing new year has to offer. January is a great time to plan and strategize both personally and professionally. It never hurts to spend a little bit of time “sharpening the saw,” as author and motivational guru Stephen Covey says.

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If you are looking for ways to “sharpen” but don’t have much money to work with, consider joining a local Toastmasters group. This is a great way to work on public speaking skills in a supportive environment and with people who will help to improve communication skills with constructive feedback. I still have fond memories of the wonderful people I met when I was a member of a Toastmasters club a few years back. It’s truly a bonding experience to conquer fears with others. Visit to find a local club. Networking groups are another powerful way to generate business. So much of doing business is about relationships; and it takes an investment of time to meet new people and bring all these new possibilities into the mix. Oftentimes a person you meet might not have any connection to the type of product or service that you offer, but they may be a great lead to a future connection. I have also discovered through personal experience that if you focus first on who you can refer to others, it will eventually come back tenfold. I’d like to welcome Vivo Wellness Center aboard this month. What a treasure to discover all the services that are available under one roof. When owner Denise Strauss and I met we also discovered that she went to school with the founder of Natural Awakenings, Sharon Bruckman—what a very small world we live in!

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One of the many advantages of being a part of a national organization like Natural Awakenings is the access to well-known speakers. We are all excited to be able to share a message from Dr. Andrew Weil this month. [pg 16]. I actually drove to Cleveland to attend one of his lectures a couple years ago and I must say that I found him to be very down to earth and approachable. My husband David and I had an opportunity to attend an overnight marriage retreat put on by the Marriage Resource Group ( It was so nice to take time out just to focus on our relationship without all the usual distractions of life. The cost was only $20 and we even received a gift card at the end. Last month marked our 16th anniversary, so it was doubly nice to confirm that we still enjoy each other’s company, appreciate our differences and can still make each other laugh. This past month we had to say good bye to our dog of over 14 years, and it was such a sad experience to go through. As the time drew closer, there were good days and bad days, but I found it much easier not to think about the inevitable. When I finally decided it was time, it was a Saturday and our regular vet’s office was closed. We got hold of the Veterinary Emergency Service ( It was such a very difficult situation for me, but the staff could not have been any kinder. They even sent us a sympathy card afterwards. Each of us has many opportunities to offer kind words and deeds to those around us throughout our day, but it’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our lives and miss out on these opportunities. Will you join me in reaching out to others and making our world a kinder and gentler place in the new year? All it takes is a bit of time and care. Live Well,

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tress in men and women can play a big factor in whether or not a couple is able to conceive. Invitro fertilization is expensive and invasive. Two alternative methods of helping couples conceive are hypnofertility and acupuncture. Better Health will host an Alternative Fertility seminar from 1-3 pm Saturday, January 16 featuring hypnofertility expert Pauline Rzepecki, and acupuncturist Julie Shindler. The free seminar will talk about how each type of practice can reduce stress and help the body conceive naturally. The event is free. Seating is limited.


etoxifying is a great way to jump start weight loss. A comprehensive detox program supports the liver by clearing the blood of the many poisons from our daily diet and our environment. Stored toxins may be slowly released into the blood, contributing to many chronic illnesses. Toxins come in many forms including exposure to chemicals and toxins in food, water and the environment. Detoxification brings the body back into balance, optimizes the liver’s function and gradually clears any toxins that have built up. True Health Alternative in Livonia now offers a 28-day detox program that provides the

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now of any veggie bookworms? Or maybe a foodie who is always is on the top of the latest releases? VegMichigan is looking for two dedicated volunteers to take responsibility for the library display. The display includes books and literature promoting vegan food and lifestyle choices, adorable stuffed animals, faux fruits and vegetables, cartoons, etc. It’s colorful, upbeat and educational. VegMichigan is a nonprofit organization that promotes the awareness of the health, environment and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. The organization educates the public about the many benefits of healthy living, and provide support to vegetarians, vegans and anyone interested in a better way of living—one that is healthy, eco-friendly and humane toward all our planet’s creatures. VegMichigan offers year-round opportunities for learning, socializing and making our world a better place through special events, classes, cooking demonstrations, dinner club outings to area restaurants, monthly potlucks with speakers and much more. Interested volunteers call or email 877-778-3464

many nutrients necessary for normal function of each phase of detoxification. The program includes individualized coaching and all supplements and products. The cost is $450. Payment plans are available. A 15 percent discount is available to those who pay in full. True Health Alternative is located at 15365 Hubbard, in Livonia. 734-466-8701.

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Unwrapping the Present Moment


he Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa of Livonia offers classes in Present Moment Meditation – perfect for those looking to release stress and experience inner peace. This class provides simple ways to release physical, mental and emotional tension, and teaches participants how to relax, unwind and find peace of mind. “No doubt about it, the current state of the economy and concerns about the future are taking a toll on people’s well-being and their ability to stay present and enjoy the moment,” says Kathy Henning, founder of Present Moment Meditation “That’s why it’s so important to pause periodically throughout the day, take a deep relaxing breath and become centered within. Even a few minutes of quiet meditation can make a world of difference.”    Henning’s has been studying and practicing meditation for more than 30 years and recently released a new CD, “Living in the Present Moment: Everyday Tools & Practices.”   The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa is located at 35275 Plymouth Rd., in Livonia. 734- 674-6965.

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he Miracle Balance Cell Protect Discs are now available at Total Health Foods in Southgate. For those who are concerned about the damaging effects of cell phone usage, such as phone radiation and decreased energy, the Miracle Balance Cell Protect Discs is an aid that uses state of the art holographic technology to eliminate the clumping forces primarily within red blood cells. A Cell Protect disc lasts the life of the cell phone. The cost is $29.95. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, in Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Follow up on Your Youngevity Loved Dr. Wallach’s lecture and want to learn more? Total Health Foods will host regular meetings by Youngevity representatives to lecture and answer questions. The first meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. January 6 at the Interfaith Center of Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., in Ann Arbor. Another program is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. January 14 at Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, in Southgate. Hear Dr. Wallach every Saturday morning from 7 to 8a.m. on WAAM talk, 1600AM. Contact Mike for more information, 734-795-0038.


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his year, Kroger is giving up to $2 million to non-profit organizations. Sign up your Kroger Plus card to benefit Children with Hairloss, one of many nonprofits to receive a portion of these funds. Children with Hairloss is a non-profit organization created as a resource for all children who have medically-related hair loss. The program provides hair replacement to kids who are suffering from accidents or disease, changing their lives by improving their outlook empowering them with a degree of self-confidence that will allow them to face the world with renewed self-esteem. Register online at

Location, Location, Location


overt Shredding has moved to a new, larger location in Romulus. They offer business and personal document destruction in a secure facility and provide locking containers and office paper recycling programs. The Dahle-authorized shredding company is licensed and bonded. Covert Shredding is located at 28745 Wick Road, in Romulus. 734-476-6056.

New Location, New Name for Livonia Wellness Center


ivo Wellness Center, formerly Healing Waters Cleansing Center, helps clients achieve and maintain the highest quality of life by providing the most individualized and professional holistic care available. The center is fully equipped with state-of-the-art and FDA-approved equipment, and offers clients two colon hydrotherapy suites, reflexology, massage, Reiki, health assessments, yoga, infrared sauna and acupuncture. An integrated medical doctor and herbologist are among the 10 natural wellness practitioners on staff. “Now clients can experience any of our modalities in one location,” says owner Denise Strauss. “Each of our practitioners share the same goal of providing individualized natural health care to meet our clients’ unique needs.”

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Dr. Douglas N. Graham...Raw.


orld renowned raw food authority and fitness trainer, and author of The 80/10/10 Diet is coming to Livonia, MI this February, sponsored by local business owner Ellen Livingston, of Living Yoga. Dr. Douglas N. Graham is the author of many books on health and raw food, and he has shared his strategies for success with audiences at more than 4,000 presentations worldwide. Dr. Graham is recognized as one of the fathers of the modern raw movement. He is a lifetime athlete and raw fooder since 1978, and an advisor to world-class athletes and trainers from around the globe. Dr. Graham will speak at the Quality Inn in Livonia on February 19 and 20. He will offer an evening event on Friday the 19th, and an all-day seminar on Saturday the 20th. Participants may come to one or both events. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit, or call Ellen Livingston: 734-995-0875. Earlybird discount ticket prices until January 15.

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Call to Expand the Meaning of Universal Health Care

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Practitioners of alternative therapies intent on influencing the health care reform process continue to petition Congress to think of health care as more than just medical care—and to allow insurance companies to provide coverage for their holistic treatments. In 2007, a survey of 18 major HMOs and insurance providers revealed signs of progress: 14 of them covered at least 11 of 34 alternative physical therapies, the most common being chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback and naturopathy. Coverage varies by state, but experts expect insurance policies will follow demand. Estimates put current annual spending on complementary and alternative therapies at $33 billion. President Obama has expressed willingness to at least consider a role for some alternative therapies in universal health care, but has set a tough standard. He told a town meeting in Missouri, “My attitude is that we should do what works… I will let the science guide me.” Lobby to retain the people’s right to choose their own health care at News sources:;

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Outlook for 2010 Fitness Trends An American College of Sports Medicine survey published in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal identifies counseling with an experienced and educated fitness professional as the top fitness trend this year. The trend’s rise from the third spot, posted in 2007 at the survey’s inception, is likely due to “increased regulation and an influx of specialty certifications and educational programs available” for these professionals. Strength training surged to second, with programs addressing child obesity in third place. Other 2010 trends include: personal training, core training, fitness programs for older adults, functional fitness, sport-specific training, Pilates and group personal training. The researchers expressed surprise at the move toward group training, suggesting that it may reflect financial considerations for both the trainers and their clients.


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New Study Says Dreams Tune Up the Brain To Freud, dreaming provides a playground for the unconscious mind; to Jung, it is a stage where the psyche’s archetypes act out primal themes. Recent theories hold that dreams help the brain to consolidate emotional memories and to work through current life problems. Now, in a new paper published in the journal Natural Reviews Neuroscience, Dr. J. Allan Hobson, a psychiatrist and longtime sleep researcher at Harvard, argues that the main function of rapid-eye-movement sleep, or REM, when most dreaming occurs, is physiological. The brain is warming its circuits, anticipating the sights and sounds and emotions of waking, tuning the mind for conscious awareness. “It’s like jogging; the body doesn’t remember every step, but it knows it has exercised. It has been tuned up,” says Hobson. “It’s the same idea here.” The theory might help explain why people forget so many dreams. Hobson co-authored another paper with Ursula Voss, of J.W. GoetheUniversity in Frankfurt, in the journal Sleep, where scientists found that lucid dreaming, one of many examples of a mixed mental state, has elements of both REM and waking awareness. In a lucid dream, Hobson explains, “You are seeing the split brain in action. This tells me that there are these two systems, and that in fact, they can be running at the same time.”

Hospital Food

New Culinary Institute Supports a Nutrition Revolution Chef Frank Turner and the first Culinary Institute for Health Care, at Michigan’s Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, are proving that hospital food can be healthy, nutritious and tasty. There, they train chefs from around the world in recipes such as veggie hummus, roasted pears, carrot raisin slaw, mapleglazed spaghetti squash and parsley vinaigrette. Appropriate spices help regulate inflammation and blood sugar. Specialty dishes address dietary needs, from gluten-free and diabetic to cardiovascular issues and food allergies. Despite three decades of research showing that fresh, well-prepared food is packed with natural disease-fighting nutrients that help speed healing and prevent illness, there’s long been a disconnect when it comes to hospital food. A 2003 article in the journal Nutrition reported rates of undernourishment in some U.S. hospitals as high as 41 percent, but the tide seems to be turning. In 2008, Dr. Ronald M. Davis, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, called on hospitals to “buy meat and poultry raised without nontherapeutic antibiotics, use milk produced without recombinant bovine growth hormones and replace unhealthy snacks found in many vending machines with healthy choices.” The nonprofit coalition Health Care Without Harm has secured pledges from hospitals in 21 states to serve locally produced organic and chemical-free food. William Notte, past president of the American Society of Healthcare Food Service Administrators, reports that most hospitals now buy fresher and less processed food, because patients are demanding it.

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lutamic acid, the most common amino acid in vegetables, and which accounts for almost a quarter of the protein in vegetables, also helps reduce blood pressure. Eating a vegetable-based diet, suggests a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, could help counter the current massive public health problem of high blood pressure, for which diagnosis and drug treatment is often inadequate.

Folic Acid Update


olic acid, or folate, a B vitamin found in many vegetables and whole grains, is known to reduce neural tube defects in infants when taken during pregnancy. But now, a study at the University of Southern California has discovered that men taking a daily folic acid supplement of 1 milligram ran twice the risk of prostate cancer than those who took a placebo. Many foods are already fortified with folic acid, say experts in a BMC Public Health article, and taking the vitamin in supplements may result in “overdosing.” Source: BioMed Central, 2009

Surfing the Web Boosts Brain Power


rossword puzzles, move over, because a new study from the University of California attests that “Googling” or otherwise browsing the Internet lights up the brain like a Roman candle. When study participants performed Web searches while undergoing MRI scans, they showed an improved efficiency in cognitive processing and in the way their brain encodes information. This held true even for middle-aged and older individuals who had minimal computer experience and who performed Internet searches for only a short period of time. Internet searching, it appears, engages a complicated brain activity that exercises and improves the brain when it comes to language, reading, memory, visual abilities, and reasoning and decision-making processes. The good news is that we now have a new way to keep our brains fired up and that our brains continue to learn and remain sensitive to fresh stimulation at any age. Source: National Library of Medicine (


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Keeping Our Thyroid Healthy


he thyroid, one of the most important glands, influences many body functions, including maintaining energy levels, sleep and metabolism. To function properly, it needs the right nutrients, foremost among which is iodine, a basic building block of thyroid hormones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, iodine deficiency is on the rise in the United States, and choosing foods wisely is crucial. Sea vegetables, such as kelp, wakame and nori, the seaweed used for making sushi, are good sources of iodine and many other key minerals that support thyroid health. Zinc, iron and copper are essential to producing thyroid hormones, and antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E are necessary for neutralizing physical oxidative stress, a condition that often occurs along with poor thyroid function. Selenium, a trace mineral needed only in tiny amounts, is readily supplied in foods like Brazil nuts, peanuts, fish, eggs, parsley, oats and mushrooms, as well as the noted sea vegetables. Source: Adapted from

Vinegar Slims and Trims


ood old-fashioned vinegar, an indispensible ingredient in zesty salad dressings and tangy pickles, is living up to its age-old reputation in folk medicine as a health promoter. According to researchers with the Central Research Institute of the Mizkan Group Corporation, in Japan, this kitchen staple is a natural fat fighter that might help us control our weight. The researchers showed that mice fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid developed up to 10 percent less body fat than the control group; acetic acid is the main component found in all vinegars. The study results also suggested that vinegar slenderizes by turning on genes which produce specific proteins that break down fatty acids in the body, thereby preventing fat accumulation and weight gain. Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2009

Yoga’s Mindfulness Helps Control Weight


ew, long-term research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows that middle-aged people who practice yoga gained less weight over a 10-year period than those who did not, independent of other physical activity and changes in dietary habits. The difference is that yoga teaches mindful eating. The researchers found that people

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who were aware of why they ate and stopped eating when satisfied weighed less than those who ate without that awareness. Yoga cultivates mindfulness in a number of ways, starting with being able to hold a challenging pose. A practitioner’s ability to be calm and observant during physical discomfort teaches how to maintain calm in other challenging situations as well, such as declining to eat when we’re not hungry or eating extra food when it tastes especially good. Satisfaction also comes in awareness of how food looks, tastes and smells. The researchers concluded that mindfulness appears to be a state that can augment the usual approaches to weight loss, such as counting calories, limiting portion size and not eating when emotionally upset or depressed. Adding yoga practice to a standard weight-loss program may both make it more effective and promote eating behavior that is healthy and empowering.


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he human body is designed to move smoothly. Normal motion allows the spine to move in turning, side motion, forward and backward. The movement also allows nerve signals from the brain to successfully travel through the spinal cord to all parts of the body. Lack of normal motion can cause the brain to lose communication with the body, and decrease the brain’s ability to control and coordinate it. A decrease in motion can occur from emotional stress, dietary stress, toxic overload and physical stress. Stress causes tension to build up in the muscles and joints of the body,

altering the spine’s normal structural alignment. Besides spinal misalignment, this tension build-up can also cause increased irritation and heightened sensitivity of the nervous system, which in turn causes pain. Physical loss of motion can occur from traumas, auto accidents, falls, birth trauma, sports injuries, repetitive motion injuries and poor posture. According to the Center for Disease Control, the average child has over 1000 physical traumas before entering their teens. The average American adult has seven auto accidents in his lifetime. Auto accidents in the U.S. occur at a rate of 1.2 per second, more than 103,600 accidents per day.

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This loss of motion from trauma such as from an auto accident results in stress on the body, joints and nervous system. According to the Spine Institute of San Diego, the damage from automobile collisions may not show up for days, weeks, months or years. For example, such symptoms as headaches, decreased mobility, stiffness and back pain can occur immediately following trauma, but osteoarthritis may not show up for years. The force transferred to the body from an average rear-end collision, in a normal, mid-sized car, may be as high as five times the force of the actual collision. That is, in a 10 mph accident, the transferred force may accelerate the body up to nearly 50 mph. Women are usually hurt more in accidents because most women have less muscle strength and body mass than men. Chiropractic is a safe, effective, non-drug approach to reducing the effects of stress on the body. Chiropractors spend years learning to restore normal motion to the spine and joints of the body. Improved motion results in improved brain and nervous system communication, and improved body health and function. Chiropractic, as a non-invasive health care option, has been validated in numerous studies. Most recently, in a comparative study presented at the 2009 International Conference on Spinal Manipulation in Washington, D.C., chiropractic care successfully restored spinal motion to patients with low back pain and walking dysfunction, while those patients receiving conventional care, including physiotherapy, had no change in their walking pattern. A LOOKING FOR ANSWERS? We LISTEN to our clients' health concerns and work to address the causes using a wide variety of modalities. Look no further, we are here to help you. New Services • Health Assessments (evaluation of nutritional & metabolic status) - $25 • Ear Candling - $60 (Improves: Sinus & Lymph drainage, Immune response, mood, and relieves stress) Weekly Specials • Monday & Friday - Receive a 30 min Massage with a 30 min Infrared Sauna - $35 • Wednesday - 20% Off Ear Candling Session • Thursday - 20% Off any Massage

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study published 10 years ago in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine found that 94 percent of patients with neck pain, restricted movement and neurological symptoms responded positively to chiropractic treatment. In a 20year study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, patients who had received chiropractic care for neck and back pain experienced increased mobility and less pain, as well as significantly lower health care costs compared to patients receiving other treatment options. Many medical physicians today recognize the role that chiropractic can have in integrative health care. As reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 50 percent of rheumatologists refer their patients to alternative health care practitioners. Most chiropractors are also trained to evaluate diet and nutrition to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices. Chiropractic treatment helps increase overall spinal mobility, making yoga, Pilates and exercise more beneficial. When chiropractic restores motion to the joints of the body it can be magical. Ability to turn the head, bend over easily, walk and move without pain is often instantaneous after chiropractic treatment. Many patients report that movement that was difficult before chiropractic becomes significantly easier. Even a simple 10 minute walk becomes possible where before movement was too restrictive. A California State University found that a 10-minute walk is enough to increase energy, alter mood, and affect a positive outlook for up to two hours. Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness located at 31580 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia. She is a practicing chiropractor and wellness consultant, who also provides holistic and nutritional recommendations for people who want to improve their health. Visit for more health information or call 734664-0339. To learn more, visit ChiroMI. com. natural awakenings

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How Environmental Toxins May Contribute to Autism Spectrum Disorder by Brita Belli


hen the results of an autism study were published in the journal Pediatrics in October 2009, the figures were shocking—one in every 91 U.S. children was reported to have autism. That was up from one in 500 a decade ago, with boys four times as likely to acquire the disorder. Behaviors of autism include: failure to respond to stimuli or make eye contact; speech delays; compulsive behavior like head-shaking; stacking objects or intense repetition of daily activities; and extreme noise sensitivity. For years, research into the causes of autism has revolved around genetics. Even as the rate of autism among the nation’s children continues to rise at an astonishing 10 to 17 percent a year, research has been slow to shift its focus to other factors—namely, environmental toxins.

The Chemical Connection New autism research is making the case that environmental toxins such as mercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), flame retardants and pharmaceutical drugs—including antidepressants in utero or antibiotics in infancy—may be aggravating a pre-existing genetic condition. Yet James Adams, head of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University, remarks that, “There is still extremely little money out there for looking into environmental issues.” Adams’ own research has discovered a correlation between heavy metal exposure and autism severity. In one study, Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), a medication used to treat lead poisoning, was administered to children with autism. The researchers found that children with autism “dumped three times as much mercury as typical children,” reports Adams, suggesting that their bodies could not properly excrete the toxin. In another study, the baby teeth of chil-


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dren with autism were found to contain twice the mercury as those of typical children. Adams’ findings have also uncovered one common thread in the medical history of children with autism: heavy use of oral antibiotics in infancy. He explains that antibiotics disrupt the gut’s good flora, further diminishing the child’s ability to excrete toxins. Such treatments are primarily used for recurring ear infections, but as Dr. Jerry Kartzinel reports in his book, Healing and Preventing Autism (co-written with celebrity autism treatment advocate Jenny McCarthy), those frequent ear infections are, “the most common marker for immune system dysfunction... in babies and very young children.”

A New Approach A growing number of doctors like Kartzinel and researchers like Adams are subscribing to the protocols set out by Defeat Autism Now! (DAN), a project of the nonprofit Autism Research Institute, which supports a biomedical basis for autism and its treatment. DAN practitioners, according to the group’s description, “do not regard psychotropic drugs as the best or only means of treating autistic patients.” Instead, they look for triggers that may aggravate a pre-existing genetic condition. These include everything from vac-

cines to environmental toxins, like mercury, in fish, arsenic in drinking water and lead in air pollution; overuse of antibiotics and over-the-counter medicines in early infancy; and a diet heavy in wheat and dairy that contributes to gut inflammation. This holistic view of autism’s causes also extends to the potential range of treatments. These may include chelation therapy (removing heavy metals), gluten- and casein-free diets (removing wheat and dairy), administering supplements with omega-3 fatty acids and/or hyperbaric oxygen therapy (in which oxygen is administered in a pressurized chamber). “The presumption,” advises Richard Lathe, a molecular biologist and author of Autism, Brain, and Environment, “is that environmental toxicity has increased enough that, combined with childhood vaccines, [industrial] production and fish consumption, it has led to an increase in total exposure to heavy metals.” Consequently, these concerned researchers are pointing out clear steps that parents can take to minimize their own and their children’s toxic exposures, starting by taking precautions during pregnancy, minimizing exposure to mercury by avoiding fish like shark and swordfish and limiting consumption of albacore tuna. Pregnant women, counsels Lathe, should also be sure to take the proper prenatal vitamins, such as calcium, so that the fetus is not drawing minerals from the mother’s bones, where heavy metals are stored. “The body locks heavy metals away in bone and fat,” explains Lathe. “During pregnancy, that stuff is recycled [in supplying nourishment] to the child.” It’s also important to avoid exposures to toxic chemicals via cleaning products, both during pregnancy and after birth. Homemade substitutes, using ingredients like distilled white vinegar and baking soda, are safe (and cheap) alternatives. Other chemical culprits? Plastic containers and bath toys can leech chemicals when heated, cleaned or used for teething. Car seats and crib mattresses made with flame retardants, as well as toys with lead paint, carry toxins. A 2005 study from the nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood samples from 10 babies born in U.S. hospitals around the country. Of these, the report said, “180 cause cancer in humans and animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 208 cause

birth defects... in animal tests.” For children who may have an underlying genetic predisposition to autism, the chemical overload starts early. Increasing it through allergy-triggering diets, an overload of antibiotics and/or mercury-containing vaccines could have dangerous, long-lasting consequences. Informed parents know to take precautions early and often. Resources: Autism Research Institute at DefeatAutismNow. com; Environmental Working Group at; Pediatrics published study at content/abstract/peds.2009-1522v1. Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine.

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HEALTHCARE As a tie-dye-clad, free-spirited medical student of the ’60s with a fascination for botanical remedies, Chinese medicine and mind-body healing, young Andrew Weil quickly developed a distaste for traditional medicine as practiced in the West. “I was dismayed at the lack of connection with the natural world, the complete ignorance about botanicals and the utter absence of interest in any mind-body connection,” recalls Dr. Weil, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1968 as a medical doctor, with no intention to ever practice medicine. “I left there completely unprepared to help people stay well. I got very discouraged.” Now, 40 years later, this bestselling author, internationally renowned physician and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine has channeled his discontent into action. Weil is among those pioneering a burgeoning new kind of medicine that many insist holds the answer to our nation’s healthcare woes.


ntegrative medicine, a thoughtful blend of conventional medicine, common sense prevention and modalities once dubbed alternative, such as acupuncture, meditation, breath work and dietary supplements, has caught on widely from coast to coast in the past decade, both among consumers and once-skeptical healthcare practitioners. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 113 of the nation’s 126 medical schools now include discussion of complementary and alternative therapies in conventional


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medical courses. Seventy-seven offer standalone electives in such approaches as traditional Chinese medicine and mindfulness-based stress reduction. As of this year, eight major medical schools require that students take part in a 250-hour integrative medicine curriculum as part of their residency. According to the American Hospital Association, 16 percent of hospitals, including medical facilities at Harvard and Duke universities, now feature integrative medicine centers. Of those that don’t, 24 percent plan to offer them in the future.

In February 2009, the Institute of Medicine, once leery diabetic. He had all the risk factors for heart disease,” of all things alternative, held a momentous two-day summit, says Guarneri. She enrolled him in a $2,800, three-month Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public, inviting weight loss and exercise program (covered only in part by 600 policymakers and practitioners to explore where this insurance). “He lost 168 pounds and he went from taking new form of medicine is taking us. Days 16 drugs to three. Just with that single later, a congressional health commitindividual, the system saved enormous tee was calling on Weil—once a dark amounts of money.” horse among his medical colleagues—for “No amount of testimony about how to fix the nation’s Money Talks ideological argument crumbling healthcare system. In 1997, after years of quietly teach His answer: Stop focusing so much ever changed anything. ing and practicing integrative medicine on making our current system more in Arizona, Weil was propelled from accessible via insurance reform, and It was when pocket- relative obscurity to the cover of Time instead, create a new system. books started getting magazine. He has since become a go-to “What we have is not a healthcare resource for both lawmakers and other system at all; it is a disease management squeezed that people doctors seeking healthcare advice. system,” advises Weil. “Making the cur Weil believes that money, or lack started paying attention. rent system cheaper and more accessible thereof, made it happen. will just spread the dysfunction more Things are going to “No amount of ideological argument widely. What we need is a new kind of ever changed anything,” he reflects. In get a lot worse, and medicine.” this case, “It was when pocketbooks when they do, the started getting squeezed that people Integrative, started paying attention. Things are going wisdom of what we to get a lot worse, and when they do, Not Alternative are doing will become the wisdom of what we are doing will Mary Guerrera, a medical doctor and become even more apparent.” director of integrative medicine at the even more apparent.” During congressional testimony University of Connecticut School of before the Senate committee on health, Medicine, stresses that integrative is not education, labor and pensions last Feb~ Dr. Andrew Weil just another word for alternative. ruary, Weil joined heart physician and “Alternative medicine indicates health guru Dr. Dean Ornish and others something to be used in place of. in rattling off a stunning list of statistics: Integrative is a term that has emerged in the past decade The United States currently spends 16 percent of its gross to reflect a bringing together of the best that conventional domestic product on health care, more than any other counand alternative medicine have to offer,” says Guerrera, who try in the world, yet its health outcomes are ranked 37th in went on to study acupuncture and holistic medicine after the world by the World Health Organization. In 2006, insurcompleting her conventional medical training in the ‘80s. She explains that because one person can’t be an expert ance companies covered 1.3 million coronary angioplasty procedures, at roughly $48,000 each, and 448,000 coroin everything, integrative medicine hinges on the idea of nary bypass operations at a cost of $99,000. Yet, things like team care. For instance, a cancer patient might see her spenutrition counseling, exercise programs and stress-reduction cialists for chemotherapy and surgery, and then be referred classes, which studies show could prevent as much as 90 to an acupuncturist for treatments to help with nausea or percent of all heart disease, are typically not covered by pain management, as well as a nutritionist to help her restore lost weight. A patient going into surgery might practice insurance. That, remarks Weil, needs to change, and he’s optimismindfulness-based meditation beforehand, which has been tic that it will. shown to hasten healing times, decrease hospital stays and “We need to transform medicine so we are not so dethus, save money. pendent on these high-tech expensive solutions for every “Integrative medicine is team-based, collaborative care,” thing,” concludes Weil, who outlines his plan in his new Guerrera explains. book, Why our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Cardiologist Mimi Guarneri is medical director and Can Transform the Future. “We need doctors who know founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, a when and when not to use them and who are trained to use multi-disciplinary center that offers care for people with other kinds of interventions. That’s the great promise of inteheart disease, pain, weight management needs, cancer, grative medicine: It can bring effective, lower-cost treatments diabetes, stress and women’s health issues. She notes that into the mainstream.” the center receives 3,500 patients a month, many of whom arrive seeking relief from costly drugs or surgeries. “One patient came to me who had just had a bypass. He was 330 pounds, suffered from sleep apnea and was

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NAET: A Natural Approach to Health

Most drug stores and pharmacy shelves are stock full of medicines and remedies for just about any ailment. What if, instead of By Erin many cures for a variety of problems, there was one simple technique to live a healthier life? Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) has helped thousands of people to live healthier and more energetic lives. For those who may be thinking this is only for allergy sufferers, think again. According to Nambudripad, just as the immune system responds to a viral or bacterial infection with fever, vomiting, aches and fatigue, the immune system responds similarly to continuous contact with an allergen because it produces toxins in the body, which then result in symptoms of illness and disease. The theory behind NAET purports that most any health condition can actually be a symptom of underlying allergies. Undiagnosed allergies can

produce symptoms, illnesses, even chronic diseases like migraine headache, backache and asthma. These can affect every Eagen system and organ in the body. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, immune disorders, hyperactivity, arthritis, anxiety, depression, addictions and many other conditions can be allergy-based. In Western culture we typically treat symptoms, rather than causes, so no real relief is achieved. This often results in the patient receiving treatments that further complicate and worsen his or her condition. Created in 1983 by Devi S. Nambudripad, a chiropractor who had suffered from allergies her whole life, NAET treatments integrate a variety of techniques to help eliminate food and environmental allergies and sensitivities as well as to help identify vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These are then addressed individually or in small groups and the body is “tuned” using

kinesiology and reflexology treatments. The premise is similar to typical western allergy treatments; however, rather than exposing the patient to the actual physical substance that provokes the reaction, they are exposed only to a vial that has been attenuated to the frequency of the allergen. The theory behind NAET, as outlined in Nambudripad’s book “”Say Goodbye to Illness,” is that allergies are the result of energy imbalances in the body, leading to a diminished state of health in one or more organ systems. When contact is made with an allergen, it causes blockages in the energy pathways called meridians. Thought about in another way, it disrupts the normal flow of energy through the body’s electrical circuits. This energy blockage causes interference in communication between the brain and body via the nervous system. This blocked energy flow is the first step in a chain of events which can develop into an allergic response. Contact with allergens puts the body system into a constant state of attack, which can lead to a wide range of health problems. During the course of treatments the central nervous system is mildly stimulated while in the presence of the allergens, reprogramming the brain and effectively stopping it from triggering an inappropriate reaction. By systematically reprogramming the brain, most often by using acupressure, the allergies are cleared, the body returns to a balanced state and health is optimized. The treatments integrate a variety of techniques including allopathic, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, kinesiology and acupressure. NAET is a painless, drug-free, all natural and non-invasive healing modality that can help cure the root cause of illness and disease, rather than simply treating symptoms individually. Erin Eagen is a freelance writer, yogini, and natural living enthusiast, currently pursuing a psychology degree at Wayne State University. Erin is the mother of a four-year-old son and is employed as a direct care worker, helping senior citizens to maintain their independence.

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naturalpet poisons out of a pet’s reach. Ingesting even a small amount of toxic substances, such as antifreeze, rat poison or slug bait, can cause serious illness or death.

Provide Good Nutrition Feed your dog a high-quality, low-fat, highfiber diet and minimize treats. Discuss the merits of senior-formula food with your vet.

Encourage Daily Exercise Exercise strengthens joints and muscles, provides mental stimulation and helps maintain a healthy body weight.

How to Keep a Dog Forever Young by Debra A. Primovic


o pet lovers, the disparity between human and canine life spans seems unfair. Efforts to help dogs stay healthy not only keeps them around longer, but pays dividends in also keeping them in as youthful shape as possible.

Know When Your Pet is “Old” According to Dr. Johnny Hoskins, in Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, the canine age that qualifies as senior depends largely on the breed and size. This veterinarian notes that dogs weighing less than 20 pounds are seniors at nine to 13 years, while giant dogs of 90 pounds or more are oldsters between six and nine years. Smaller breeds usually live longer.

Schedule Regular Wellness Exams Comprehensive geriatric exams help identify early diseases or other problems. Include an evaluation of the teeth, heart and lungs, abdominal palpation and inspection of the ears and eyes. Monitoring weight, checking for parasites, blood work and urine tests are often recommended. Any symptoms of concern may require additional tests.


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Watch for Illness Because dogs are good at hiding illness until it is too late, regular home exams are vital. Be alert to such things as changes in water consumption, urination patterns and activity levels; poor appetite; weight gain or loss; coughing or difficulty breathing; vomiting or diarrhea; and skin lumps or masses. If you suspect a problem, don’t delay—get your vet’s evaluation.

Control Your Dog’s Weight Obesity stresses the heart, which can lead to problems in the brain, lungs, liver and kidneys. Over time, life-threatening conditions can develop.

Spay or Neuter Your Dog Spaying and neutering reduce the risk of potential health problems related to the reproductive organs and diminish the desire to wander, which lessens the chance of being hit by cars.

Offer Mental Stimulation Provide your dog with toys, games and quality time. Most pets are never too old to play, and it’s never too late to teach old dogs new tricks. Following these 10 tips will go far in keeping a well-favored canine companion forever young. Debra A. Primovic, a doctor of veterinary medicine, also holds a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. She works as a staff veterinarian at the St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic, in Missouri, and serves as managing editor of, an online resource for pet health and wellness.

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t turns out that our quest for longevity may have a secret weapon. Numerous research studies by universities and veterinary schools have turned up evidence that supports what most pet owners have long known—having a pet as a companion brings healthy side effects. A British Market Research Bureau study cites the reasons why pet owners themselves feel that their pets are good for them: Their animals made them laugh, offer unconditional love, provide companionship, alleviate loneliness and reduce stress—all benefits which point to the relationship’s life-extending qualities, and are supported by the science. In a study by the University of Cambridge department of clinical veterinary medicine, for example, pet owners reported fewer minor health problems and increased physical activity than the control group. The researchers expect that these effects can be “relatively long-term.” A study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute found that, over a 10-year period, owning a cat dramatically reduced an individual’s chance of dying from heart disease. According to Dr. Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, “The health effects seem to be very real, and by no means mystical.” Interaction with pets evidently reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, while increasing oxytocin, the “love hormone,” that stimulates feelings of happiness. Beck observes that, “Contact with companion animals triggers a relaxation response.” Medical professionals generally agree that owning a pet helps lower blood pressure, encourages exercise and improves psychological health. In part that’s because, “For many people, pets also provide a reason to get moving,” explains Rebecca Johnson, professor of gerontological nursing and director of the Research Center on Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) at the University of Missouri, Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. “How many people,” she queries, “would actually get any exercise if it weren’t for overenthusiastic dogs?” Johnson even suggests that unconditional love and acceptance

from pets may help alleviate societal problems, including widespread inactivity and obesity. In a study sponsored by ReCHAI, called Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound and Stay Fit for Seniors, one group of older adults was matched with shelter dogs, while another partnered with a human walk buddy. Participants were encouraged to walk an outdoor trail for one hour, five times a week, for 12 weeks. According to Johnson, “The older people who walked their dogs improved their walking capabilities by 28 percent. They had more confidence walking on the trail and increased their speed.” The other adults, who walked with humans, only had a 4 percent increase in their walking capabilities. Anyone who enjoys the companionship of an animal already knows the facts for which science seeks proof. The unconditional love and devotion that flow from the heart of a pet is good for us. Linda Sechrist is a freelance writer based in Naples, FL; connect at 239-348-8222, email

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ive hundred years after explorer Ponce de “What we have ment. One in eight seniors will suffer dementia. Leon roamed the West Indies and Florida For decades, scientists assumed the brain was learned in the in search of a vigor-restoring “fountain of “hardwired” by around fifth grade, with a finite past few years youth,” we have yet to come up with a way to number of neural connections that inevitably atis that you can turn back time. But according to physicians and rophy over time, stealing our cognitive sharpness. literally exercise researchers at the cutting edge of anti-aging It turns out they were wrong. your brain and research, we’re learning a lot about how to keep “What we have learned in the past few years the signs of aging at bay. add in new circuitry. is that you can literally exercise your brain and “We’re seeing a ton of compelling research You can rewire it.” add in new circuitry. You can rewire it,” says lately on how to slow down the clock and live Professor Andrew Carle, director of the Program better and longer,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, an ~ Andrew Carle in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration integrative physician and author of Healthy Aging: at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being. “Happily, most of us will The concept, called neuroplasticity, has spawned a $265 not have to age the way our parents and grandparents did.” million brain-game industry, according to consulting firm In the past decade, breakthrough research has radically SharpBrains. More than 700 senior housing facilities now changed our understanding of why our brain, organs and skin feature computer brain games, and “brain gyms” are popage and what we can do, eat or apply to slow the process. ping up in cities nationwide. Such games are typically either Here’s a look at some of the latest science and the technolodownloadable programs for a home computer or a standgies to grow out of it. alone game console. They challenge hand-eye coordination, auditory processing, memory and the ability to multitask. Typically, the program adapts as the user plays, throwing in Workouts for new challenges. the Aging Brain Why not just read a book or do a crossword puzzle? Perhaps the greatest fear of an aging Baby “These are already well-trodden neuronal pathways,” says Boomer is not flabby abs or wrinkling California neuroscientist Henry Mahncke, Ph.D., vice presiskin, but rather, the specter of a withering dent of research for brain game pioneer Posit Science. “We brain. By age 40, reports the Alzheimer’s know from brain imaging studies that if you have something Association, two-thirds of us experience that you are already good at and you do it, not much new occasional lapses of memory. By age 65, lights up in the brain.” 20 percent suffer mild cognitive impair-


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By contrast, one 2006 study of 2,800 seniors, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that those who engaged in a 10-session cognitive training program, with a four-session booster training at 11 and 35 months, had less difficulty with daily living than the control group. More, they still showed heightened cognitive abilities five years later. A 2009 study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, showed that 487 seniors who spent an hour a day, for eight weeks, using Posit’s brain fitness program performed better on mental acuity tests than the control group. Just which game is best remains a matter of debate. Current options are on the table at,, and “We still haven’t had a study comparing this $500 brain game to this $100 brain game to having someone who never did crossword puzzles start doing crossword puzzles,” relates Carle. His advice: Find a new intellectual challenge that we enjoy enough to do regularly. “Probably the best single factor in all of this is the extent to which the games get used,” he adds.

National Academy of Science in 2007, found that a combination of sulforophane and curcumin reduced skin cancer in mice. Meanwhile, researchers are exploring another compound, resveretrol, contained in the skins of red grapes, berries and dark beans, for its ability to slow aging by activating genes called sirtuins. One 2008 study by the National Institute on Aging found that mice fed resveretrol had better balance and motor coordination, plus bone, heart and eye health. Human trials have been scarce, but several are ongoing. In the meantime, hundreds of resveratrol supplements have hit the market, and some doctors say they are confident in its safety and already taking it themselves. “Based on the science, I don’t think there is a down side,” says Pittsburgh neuroscientist and physician Joseph Maroon, author of The Longevity Factor, published this year.

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Dr. Valorie Treloar, a Massachusetts dermatologist, says the antioxidant theory has spurred a host of new topical products, made with Anti-aging Supplements everything from marine pine bark and green tea to acai or When it comes to the aging of organs, much research in recent years has gogi berry, all potent antioxidants. “One of the advantages to using it topically is that you can get a higher quantity of focused around the free radical theory. the active molecule in the skin, assuming it is in a form that In essence, as our body is exposed to penetrates through the epidermis,” she explains. food, air and sun, it throws off toxic byproducts, called free Also, keep an eye out for new topical omega-3 fatty acid radicals, that eat away at cell walls, causing disease. In our and topical probiotics aimed at maintaining a proper microyouth, we have a built-in system of antioxidants that mop up bial balance on the skin. free radicals. One of the most radical topical skin care In other words, “Like a new car, we have “To age gracefully breakthroughs, from NuSkin, is a line of AgeLoc this remarkable array of catalytic converters to means to let nature products that not only triple collagen production clean up the byproducts of burning fuel,” extake its course while while dramatically decreasing an age-causing plains Joe McCord, Ph.D., a pioneer in antioxienzyme, but now also act on targeted groups of doing everything in dant research from the University of Coloradogenes that regulate how we age. In effect, it resets Denver. “But as we age, our catalytic converters our power to delay the genes to youthful activity. wear out.” and prevent disease.” Numerous companies are also exploring the Initially, test tube studies showed that “beauty from the inside-out” concept, crafting simple, nutritional antioxidants like vitamins C ~ Dr. Andrew Weil everything from antioxidant-rich skin health and E could neutralize free radicals. This led to shakes to candy chews made with cocoa antioxidants. One a 21st century boom in single-antioxidant supplements. But it recent study in the Journal of European Nutrition found that turns out that their effect is minimal, “like a firefighter with one when women ingested 329 milligrams of cocoa daily, the flow bucket, trying to put out a house fire,” McCord says. of blood and oxygen to the skin nearly doubled. Instead, he and others contend, we need to prompt the “In the past few years, we have seen some really good, body to produce more of its own antioxidants. Several nutriwell-designed trials showing that internal nutrients can make ents, including sulforaphane from broccoli, curcumin from a difference, too,” remarks Alan Logan, a doctor of naturopaturmeric, anthocyanins from berries, licorice and shallots, and thy and author of Your Skin, Younger. the herbs milk thistle and ashwaghanda, have been shown to Weil says he sees the wealth of new anti-aging innovado that. Now, supplement companies are rolling out an array tions as intriguing, but notes that one other critical factor for of new products, including Protandim by Life Vantage, a prodhealthy aging often eludes people: To accept growing older uct that came out of McCord’s work, and GliSodin, by Isocell, and all the wisdom and experience it brings, with optimism, aimed at boosting internal antioxidant production. rather than dread. One 2006 trial conducted at the University of Colorado “The denial of aging is counterproductive,” he says. “To showed that when 29 people took Protandim, biochemical age gracefully means to let nature take its course while doing markers of oxidative stress declined by 40 percent after one everything in our power to delay and prevent disease.” month. Another study, published in the Proceedings of the natural awakenings

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Dueling New Year’s Lists by Scott Blum


was fortunate to spend time with an enigmatic man completely changed my life to be named Robert during a very special period of my the person I always wanted to life. Robert taught me many things during our be. The second list contains days together, and this time of year all the things I could do, by reminds me of one particular interaccepting my current life action we had. and taking realistic steps “Now that you are becomtowards the life I want to ing more aware,” Robert said, lead.” “you need to begin to set “Let me see the secgoals for yourself, so you ond list,” he said. don’t lose the momentum I handed him the second you have built.” list, and without even looking “Like New Year’s resoluat it, he ripped the paper into tiny pieces tions?” I asked. and threw it in the nearby garbage can. His “That’s an interesting idea,” he disregard for the effort I had put into the list smirked. “Let’s do that.” annoyed me at first, but after I calmed down, By then, I was used to his cryptic reI began to think about the first list in a different sponses, so I knew something was up because light. In my heart, I knew the second list was a of the way his eyes sparkled as he let out an “What you should cop out, and the first list was the only one that impish laugh. really mattered. or could do with “Tonight’s assignment is to make two “Now, the first list,” Robert said, bowing lists,” Robert continued. “The first is a list of all your life no longer his head and holding out both of his hands. the New Year’s resolutions you want to keep, I purposefully handed him the first list and matters. The only held his gaze for several seconds, waiting for and the second is a list of all the New Year’s resolutions you will keep. Write the want list thing that matters, him to begin reading the page. After an unfirst, and when you have exhausted all of your usually long silence, he began to crumple the from this day ideas, then write the second list on another paper into a ball and once again tossed it into sheet of paper.” the can without looking at it. forward, is what That night I went home and spent some “What did you do that for?!” I couldn’t you must do.” time working on the two lists. The want list felt hide my anger any longer. overwhelming at first, but after a while I got Robert began to speak in a quiet and asinto writing all the things I had always wanted sured voice. “What you should or could do to do if the burdens of life hadn’t gotten in the way. After with your life no longer matters. The only thing that matters, nearly an hour, the list swelled to fill the entire page and from this day forward, is what you must do.” contained nearly all of my ideas of an ideal life. He then drew a folded piece of paper from his back The second list was much easier. I was able to quickly pocket and handed it to me. I opened it carefully, and found commit 10 practical resolutions to paper that I felt would be a single word floating in the middle of the white page: both realistic and helpful. “Love.” The next day, I met Robert in front of the local food co-op, where we seemed to have most of our enlightening Scott Blum is an author and co-founder of, conversations. “Tell me about your two lists,” Robert said, as a source of nondenominational inspirational content and the familiar smirk crept onto his face. courses by luminaries in their fields. For more information, “The first list contains all the things I should do if I also visit


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NATURAL DEFENSE Top 10 Whole Foods to Counter Aging by Gary Null


oday’s battle against the effects of aging buzzes with hype about acai, goji, noni and mangosteen. But what about the foods most people typically eat?

It turns out that many anti-aging foods can be found in everyday kitchens, and unlike some other solutions, they can keep us looking and feeling younger and improve our all-around health without breaking the budget. 

1. Oranges Loaded

with antioxidants, oranges are also packed with vitamin C, fiber and folate and significant amounts of vitamins A and B1, potassium and calcium. According to studies by the Australian research group CSIRO and others, oranges help boost immunity, lower cholesterol and reduce free radical damage and oxidative stress. 

2. Blueberries One of the most

exciting nutritional properties of blueberries is their abundance of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Studies published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggest that these powerful phytonutrients neutralize free radical damage, enhance the health of all body tissues, protect the cardiovascular system, guard the brain against oxidative stress, and improve brain function, including memory. 

3. Onions The more pungent the onion, the greater the health benefits. Studies like those from Cornell University have found that high onion consumption lowers blood sugar levels and decreases total cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL


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(good cholesterol). Consequently, onions are beneficial in preventing heart disease and stroke. 

4. Garlic Known health

benefits of garlic are extensive. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reports that garlic inhibits cardiac artery calcification and reduces the amounts of free radicals in the bloodstream, helping to reduce plaque deposits in the arteries. Research by the University of Maryland Medical Center also attests that garlic contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect against conditions often associated with aging, like asthma and arthritis. 

5. Legumes All

types of everyday legumes are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and energyboosting protein and iron. No one bean has an advantage over the others in providing vital nutrients. Lentils are high in fiber and, according to a study published in Nutrition Reviews, help to manage blood sugar. Black beans are rich in anthocyanidins. Kidney beans, filled with thiamin, work to improve functioning of neurotransmitters essential for memory, notes the National Institutes on Aging. Green beans are rich in vitamin K, essential to bone support. Garbanzo beans provide high amounts of minerals that aid in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins and strengthening tooth enamel, as studied by Dr. Lydia Bazzano, a professor at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. According to research by the National Institutes of Health and others, fiber-rich legumes play an important role in the prevention of gallstones, increased cardiac health, regulation of blood sugar, lowered total cholesterol levels (as well as increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol) and protection from cancers, especially colorectal cancer.

6. Shiitake Mushrooms These fungi are

a good source of iron and lentinan, a polysaccharide that studies at the Iizuka Institute, in Japan, suggest activates our immune system’s tumor-fighting T cells.

7. Tomatoes Tomatoes are

loaded with healthy vitamins and trace minerals. They are also a good source of lycopene, which studies from the American Association for Cancer Research have linked to the protection of DNA from damage, prevention of heart disease and protection against cancers, including colorectal, breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic types. Tomatoes are also rich with carotenoids, which research by the Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group has associated with protection from heart disease and cancer, improved night vision and regulation of blood sugar.

8. Leafy Greens Calorie-for-calorie, greens are

metabolism, as well as iron, fiber, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 and potassium.

10. Whole Grains While most

Americans know that whole-grain breads and pastas are healthier than those made with refined white flour, we might include many grains other than wheat in our diet, in order to fight the effects of aging. Spelt, for example, provides riboflavin, which research from the Micronutrient Information Center with the Linus Pauling Institute shows can promote healthy skin and good vision. Barley can help with sleep regulation. Millet can help reduce the risk of a heart attack and lower blood pressure. With all these examples of truly good eating right in our own kitchen, there is no reason not to start improving our diet right now to pave the way for a longer, healthier life. Gary Null has written 70 books, booklets and audio CDs on health and wellness, nutrition and alternative medicine. His syndicated radio talk show, Natural Living with Gary Null, is the longest-running continuously airing health program in America, and now also airs on the Internet. Null owns a dietary supplement company and a health foods store in New York City. For more information visit:

among the most nutrient-packed foods we can eat. Spinach, kale, arugula, Swiss chard, cabbage, collard greens and watercress are all solid sources of powerful nutrients. Eating a variety of leafy greens has been shown by Katherine Tucker, Ph.D., with the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, to help improve bone density (a problem area when aging), increase night vision, lower blood pressure, boost energy, increase circulatory health, protect against macular degeneration, and work to prevent a variety of cancers.

9. Soy Although soy is a legume, it deserves separate

mention, because of its extensive and well-researched health benefits and use in a wide range of forms. Soy offers a high concentration of molybdenum, a trace mineral that plays a role in three enzyme systems involved in metabolizing carbs, fats and proteins and tryptophan, an amino acid essential for growth and normal natural awakenings

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Fabulous Fireplace Keep Heating Dollars from Going Up in Smoke


crackling fire in the fireplace feels warm and cozy, but traditional wood-burning is a major energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a blazing hearth sends as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour up the chimney, along with about 90 percent of the heat produced by the fire and some of the heat produced by the home’s furnace. Fireplaces also generate a lot of air pollution. Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulates that can aggravate asthma, allergies and other health conditions. Several options are available for upgrading the family fireplace, both energy- and pollution-wise, without sacrificing coziness: n Wood stoves. Units certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) generate only two to five grams of particulate matter per hour of operation, compared with 40 to 60 grams per hour from a conventional fireplace. Current units operate at 80 percent efficiency—similar to other home heating sources. They come as either a freestanding model or a unit that inserts into an existing fireplace; many come with blowers to direct heated air into the living space. n Pellet stoves. Instead of wood logs, these stoves burn small pellets made from compressed wood and other plant waste, and produce so little pollution that they do not require EPA

certification. Pellet stoves do require electricity to feed pellets into the combustion chamber (about 100 kilowatt-hours per month under normal usage), so they will not work during a power outage, unless powered by a separate generator. Like wood stoves, pellet stoves are available as freestanding units or fireplace inserts. n Gas fireplace inserts. Natural gas or propane-fueled inserts offer the warmth and ambiance of a fire without the need to load wood or pellets or dispose of ash. Gas inserts are up to 80 percent efficient and generate low levels of pollution. Other options also exist for enhancing the operation of an existing fireplace and preventing excessive heat loss: n Tempered glass doors. Installation of airtight hearth doors enables the family to keep both the doors and flue shut when the fireplace is not in use. n Heat-air exchange system. This improvement blows warm air back into the room, minus the smoke.  n Caulking air leaks. Provides a low-cost barrier to keep air from escaping from around the fireplace doors, flue and chimney.  n Lowering the thermostat. A good rule of thumb is to keep the house between 50 and 55 degrees when the fireplace is in use, and shut doors leading into the room. n Cracking open a window near the fireplace. Creates a healthier experience by increasing fresh air flow and minimizing smoke inhalation. Source: Adapted from Union of Concerned Scientists (

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Christmas Tree Recycling – 9am-4pm. Selfserve Christmas Tree Recycling. Please remove all decorations, metal, plastic and string. Free. Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27725 Greenfield Rd, Southfield. 248-858-0916. Ice Skating – 10am. 3 natural ice rinks are provided at interconnected ponds. Wood for rinkside fires is provided, and heated restrooms are nearby. Free. Lower Huron Metropark, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-697-9181.

SATURDAY JANUARY 2 Soupy Sales Film Series – 1-2pm. Visit Soupy Sales’s tribute exhibit and laugh along as episodes from his original television shows are played. Free. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-1805.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ Thomas A. Edison

SAVE THE DATE It’s Never Too Late to Start! 12-Week Weight Loss Challenges – 6:30-7:30pm. We accept participants for the first four weeks. It pays to lose weight. Weight loss challenges where you can lose weight, improve your health & fitness and earn money. Challenges are 12 weeks long (1 hour class per week) which include personal coaching, body analysis, group support and much more. Registration money is paid out in cash prizes to the winners. $25. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15 p.m. Feeling stressed? Looking for inner peace? Learn meditation, plus techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful. Limited seating. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center 21194 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Hts. 734-674-6965. 


MONDAY JANUARY 4 Emerging Careers in a Changing Economy – 7:30-8:30am. Information session. Free. Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross Rd, Detroit. 313-882-3000. Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. Taught by Sue Burton-Hidalgo. Mixture of guided visualization, breath work, therapeutic imagery and body awareness. Sue is a long time meditator and experienced teacher. All levels. $15. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208. TotalHealthFoods@Yahoo. com.

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VegMichigan’s Raw Potluck – 7-9:30pm. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for 8 servings. First time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish. However, they are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 5 Mile Rd, Livonia.

SATURDAY JANUARY 9 Sampling Saturday – 10-11:30am. Sampling party for cellular nutrition products such as muffins, bars, pies and H30 hydration drink. Free. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955. VegMichigan Dinner Club – 7-9pm. $15, includes tax, tip and beverage. RVSP by January 7th. Lebanese Grill, 1600 Rochester Rd, Troy. 877-778-3464.

SUNDAY JANUARY 10 Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato – 10am6pm. $24.95, includes exhibit, hands-on exhibits and planetarium shows. New Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St, Detroit.

MONDAY JANUARY 11 Assessment Tools for Job-Seekers – 7:308:30am. Information session. Free. St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-885-8855. Learn the Basics of Home Exercise – 6-7pm. April Kersey will demonstrate simple exercise routines to do in the comfort of your own home. Free. Limited seating. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955.

calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Steps to Financial Freedom Workshop – 7-8pm. Learn how to set goals, create a budget, reduce debt, evaluate insurance and experience financial freedom. Free. Pre-registration required. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Heights. 313-791-3800.

TUESDAY JANUARY 12 Crime Prevention: Lunch and Learn – 121pm. Learn what to do to prevent being a victim of crime. Free. Bring a lunch. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #30, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 New Year, New You! – 6-8pm. Start 2010 off healthy. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D., will guide this workshop. Free. Seating limited. Alfred Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Present Moment Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. $12. Learn meditation, techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd., Livonia. Kathy (734) 674-6965.

THURSDAY JANUARY 14 ZUMBA® – 11am. $11. Schoolcraft College, Phys. Ed. Building Room 140, 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia. 734-462-4448. #1 Antioxidant and Superior Weight Loss Seminar – 6-7pm. Dr. Mayo D.C. will talk about how to slow down the aging process, raise energy, strengthen the immune system and enhancing well being. Free. New Face New Body, 45200 Ford Rd, Canton Twp. 734-395-3891. Youngevity Weight Loss Class – 7-8pm. A new year deserves a healthier new you! Come and see where to start, with vitamins, minerals, detox

support, healthy chocolate and more. Looking to lose weight? We have options and something for everyone to start your new year right! Come and taste what Youngevity is about. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208. TotalHealthFoods@

Spa Night – 7-9pm. Sampling of outer nutrition products to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin. Free. Limited seating. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955.

An Evening with Dr. Ronald Littleton – 7:309pm. Dr. Littleton explains how he uses Reams Biological Theory of Ionization in his practice to determine vitamins and mineral deficiencies in clients. Free.Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400.


SATURDAY JANUARY 16 Alternative Fertility Seminar – 1-3pm. featuring hypnofertility expert and acupuncturist. Free. Better Health Store, 42875 Grand River, Novi. 248-735-8100.

MONDAY JANUARY 18 Managing Money on a Tight Budget – 7:308:30am. Information session. Free. St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton St, Grosse Pointe Park. 313-822-2814. People’s Water Board Coalition Meeting – 5:30pm. Organize for change. Free. Michigan Center for High Technology Bldg, 2727 Second Ave, Detroit. 313-965-0055. GreatLakes Herbal Hour: Overcoming Depression – 6-7:30pm. Learn the causes of depression and how to overcome it naturally. Kathy Peltier, Holistic Health Coach and CMT will be discussing 6 natural approaches. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734246-1208.

Great Lakes 101 Workshop – 6:30pm. Learn about the Great Lakes. Free. RSVP. Michigan Center for High Technology Bldg, 2727 Second Ave, Detroit. Melissa 313-965-0055. Pressure Point Workshop – 7-8pm. Learn and experience symptomatic relief for many problems without drugs. Free. Pre-registration required. Limited seating. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15 pm. Feeling stressed? Looking for inner peace? Learn meditation, plus techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful. Limited seating. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center 21194 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Hts. 734-674-6965.  Essential Stretching – 8-9pm. Exercise is important. Learn what to do first to get the most out of it. Organic snacks provided. Free. Pre-registration required. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220.

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THURSDAY JANUARY 21 Intro to Reiki – 7-8:30pm. Learn about Reiki energy healing in this mini, hands-on Reiki session. . Donations accepted. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #30, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320. Eating: Movie Night – 7:30-9pm. Eating is the biggest cause of disease, disabilities and death in the U.S. today. 88 minutes run time. Snack provided. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734525-5400.

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SUNDAY JANUARY 24 VegMichigan’s Raw Potluck – 1-4pm. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for 8 servings. First time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish. However, they are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 5 Mile Rd, Livonia.

SAVE THE DATE Let’s Do Raw, Again! – 5:30-8pm. Learn to prepare raw foods packed with nutrition with no stove or microwave. We will talk about some of the benefits of eating live food. You will be shown how to prepare and enjoy eating a raw foods meal, recipes included. It’s time to feel good and regain your energy. $40. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

MONDAY JANUARY 25 Behavioral Interviewing Strategies – 7:308:30am. Information session. Free. Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-885-4841.

SATURDAY JANUARY 23 Sampling Saturday – 10-11:30am. Sampling party for cellular nutrition products such as muffins, bars, pies and H30 hydration drink. Free. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955.

Water Protection & Conservation – Detroit Team – 5:30pm. Be a part of a group that brainstorms activities/events to educate residents and public officials on how to protect and conserve our water. Free. Biggby Coffee, 4501 Woodward, Detroit.

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Meet-up Meeting – 6-7pm. Monthly meeting of the Wayne-Westland Nutrition, Weight Management & Wellness group. Free. U.S. Nutrition Center, Metro Place Center – on Michigan Ave, ¼ mile west of Wayne Rd, IN THE MALL, (use Elizabeth St Entrance). 734-595-2955.

Present Moment Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. $12. Learn meditation, techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd., Livonia. Kathy (734) 674-6965.

Couples Workshop – 6-9pm. Sponsored by Marriage Resource Center. Learn how to gain satisfaction and lessen stress in your relationship. Great for couples at every stage and any age. Free. The Guidance Center, 15601 Northline, Southfield. Anita 734-785-7705 x. 7035.

Inflammation Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Learn all about inflammation. Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker Dr. William Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Free. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd Floor, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-425-8588.

SAVE THE DATE A Healthier You and Natural Weight Loss – 7-8:30pm. Total Health Foods has put together a program to manage your new health conscious attitude while promoting weight loss naturally. Instead of focusing on dieting, we educate you on how to live a healthier lifestyle, boosting your overall health and well being. $150 – 5 classes, supplements and nutritional testing. Laurie’s Health Services at Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208. Health & Wellness for the New Year – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D., Learn about holistic means of improving health naturally. Free. Seating limited. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.

TUESDAY JANUARY 26 Growing up in Africa: Lunch and Learn – 121pm. Detroit Zoo’s Education Specialist David Gakure will speak about life in rural Africa. Free. Bring a lunch. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #30, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27 Rigging Your Kayak for Fishing Clinic – 6:307:30pm. Chris LeMessurier will talk about how to outfit your kayak for fishing. Free. Limited seating. Riverside Kayak Connection, 4016 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte.

Look & Feel Younger in the New Year – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D., Learn the secrets to permanently losing weight and keeping it off. Free. Seating limited. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield.


SAVE THE DATE The Wedding Planner Interactive Theatre Night – 6:30pm. Hosted by the Soroptimist Intl. and the Southgate Community Players. Dinner included. $30. Cash bar. Carolyn 734-925-1423. NIA Jam – 1:30-3pm. Explore NIA: a holistic approach that integrates body, mind, spirit and emotions that is based on creating a loving relationship with the body. Love offering. Renaissance Unity, Fellowship Hall, 11200 E. 11 Mile Rd, Warren. Anita 313-272-2187.

SUNDAY JANUARY 31 Sunday Brunch – 11am-4pm. Scrambled tofu, sage potatoes, vegan crepes, fresh squeezed orange juice. $9.99. Golden Gate Café, 18700 Woodward, Detroit. Sacred Sexuality – 6-7pm. Introductory presentation on what sacred sexuality is all about. $5. Pre-registration required. Leslie 313-269-6719.

SAVE THE DATE Living on Live Food Course - Level I – 10am-3pm. With great joy we spend the day together preparing a variety of raw food dishes, discussing how to shop for raw foods and how to set up your kitchen, all the while discussing the basics the raw and living food diet. You will leave this class inspired and motivated to begin incorporating more raw food into your diet and confident in your ability to make delicious raw food meals. Payment plan is available. $125. Farmington Hills, call to register 734-812-9137.

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Sesame Street Live: Elmos’s Green Thumb – 10:30am. Family fun for everyone. $10. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-471-6611. Core Wardrobe Class/Customer Appreciation Day – 12-3pm. Beautiful and affordable, Premier Designs Jewelry is celebrating you, the customer! Learn how to save money using core wardrobing and accessories to stretch your wardrobe budget! Class attendees will receive 25% off any jewelry orders. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Q&A Session with Author Michael Zaboorian – 7-8:30pm. Join the book discussion group as they talk to local author Michael Zaboorian about “The Leisure Seeker”. Free. Pre-registration required. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Heights. 313-791-3800.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 Super Saturday Extravaganza – 11am-2pm. Proceeds benefit the Christ the King Food Pantry. Cost is 1 non-perishable food item. Christ the King, 16700 Pennsylvania Rd, Southgate. Shelly 734-771-1994.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. 18700 Woodward Avenue Detroit. 313-366-2247. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 9-10am. Dynamic, flowing yoga practice with special attention paid to moving in and out of postures on the rhythm of the breath. Yoga experience needed. $10. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Xflowsion Class – 10-11:15am. Blend of yoga, martial arts, and dance moves. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval St, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-9642. Sunday Brunch – 11am-4pm. Scrambled tofu, sage potatoes, vegan crepes, fresh squeezed orange juice. $9.99. Golden Gate Café, 18700 Woodward, Detroit. All Levels Hip Openers Yoga Class – 12-1:15pm. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. - 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Tabata Class – 1-2pm. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-278-2629. Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg – 2-3pm. All levels. $15 walk-in. First week of classes at Practice yoga are free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248449-9642.

Moderately Paced Vinyasa – 9:30-11am. Beginners to intermediate students welcome. Limit 8 students. Includes raw food snack and lending library. First class free. Living Yoga, Ann Arbor. Ellen 734-995-0875. Restorative Candlelight Yoga – 5:45-7pm. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. $13. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 734-421-7100. Alternative Dance Night – 6:30-8pm. Music mixed by Ruby Race Dancer. Golden Gate Café,

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ZUMBA® Fitness Class – 7-8pm. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Third Option – 7-9pm. Learn valuable skills to turn around your marriage. Free. Marriage Resource Center, 23400 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. 313-2784400. Yoga Flow Class – 7:15pm. $15 walk in. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248-305-8414. Ashtanga Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Vipasana Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Donation. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45pm. The Fighting Fit, 3203 Biddle Ave, one block north of Eureka Road, Wyandotte. BYTETHIS Poetry Series – 8pm. $5. Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit. Lashaun Phoenix Moore ZUMBA® – 8pm. $8. Program fee. Starts January 11th. YMCA, 28100 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills. 248-553-4020. Acoustic Mondays – 9pm. Free. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.

Open House & Fibromyalgia Day – 9am-9pm. Meet the staff and tour this new facility that provides alternative healing. Free. True Health Alternative, 15365 Hubbard, Livonia. 734-466-8701. Slow Flow Yoga – 9-11am. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Healthy Backs ­– 11am-12pm. $10. Fairlane Club, 5000 Fairlane Woods Drive, Dearborn. Work Break Yoga – 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale. Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Road, Garden City. 734-2660565.

Workout to Oldies Music – 6-7pm. Low impact and joint friendly routines without the complicated choreography. Bring an exercise mat, towel, light weights and water. $9. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights. 248353-2885. Vinyasa Yoga – 6 and 7:15pm. $10. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2803 1st Street, Wyandotte. Guided Meditation Night – 6-8pm. Free. 670 S Main St, Plymouth. 734-476-9555. BelovedSpirit. com. Laura 734-476-9555. Yoga and Qi Gong for Real Bodies – 6-7:15pm. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Turbo Kick/Jam – 6:15-7:15pm. High energy cardio program. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carlysle, Dearbon. ZUMBA® – 7pm. $8. Physical Ed Fitness Studio, 17142 Farmington Rd, Livonia. 734-523-9900. Fitness Kickboxing – 7-8pm. $5. Tamashi Karate Dojo, 17651 E. Warren Ave, Detroit. The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. $6. All ages and fitness levels. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Tuesday Night at the Movies – 7-8:30pm. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:15-8:15pm. No bag (noncontact) 30 minutes kickboxing followed by 30 minutes of lower and upper body workout to strengthen and tone. Ages 15 and up $9. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights. Restorative Flow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. $10. Gentle flow. All levels. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7: 45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Ultimate Karate Institute, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 ZUMBA® – 8:15pm. $8. Starts January 12th. Dance Academy, Westland Mall, lower level, 35000 Warren Rd, Westland. 734-425-1478.

Moderately Paced Vinyasa – 9:30-11am. BeginRestorative Candlelight Yoga – 6-7:15am. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400.

Moderately Paced Vinyasa – 9:30-11am. Beginners to intermediate students welcome. Limit 8 students. Includes raw food snack and lending library. First class free. Living Yoga, Ann Arbor. Ellen 734-995-0875. Preschool Skate – 10-11:30am. Parents, strollers and children 6 and under welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Restorative Candlelight Yoga – 5:45-7pm. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400. Cardio Step – 6-7pm. An upbeat class full of energy, music to get your toes tapping and various routines to get that heart pumping! One class burns over 600 calories! $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. LoveUrCardio@ Canton Communicators Club­ – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. 734-994-0569. Canton.

All Levels Yoga Class – 5-6pm. Donation basis. All levels. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Get Up and Move – 9am. Invigorating exercise program. Free. Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Rd, Garden City. 734-458-4330. Slow Flow Yoga – 9-11am. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Dance Body Basics – 5:30pm. Beginner dance class. $15, $20 annual registration fee. Detroit Dance Studio, 4731 Grand River Ave, Studio #203, Detroit. 313-887-0656. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Yoga for Every Body – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking after 5pm. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit.

Yoga For All! – 7-8pm. No experience needed. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Om my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit. Micha 313-674-6424.

Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123.

Yoga! – 7-8pm. All ages. No experience necessary. Drop in class. Bring a mat. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Belly Dance-Cardio Shimmy Class! – 7-8pm. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise, 23910 Carlysle, Dearborn. 313-274-3406. Box & Buff – 7-8:10pm. Cardio kickboxing. High cardio workout that combines various kicking and punching movements followed up with concentrated ab work. Bring a mat or towel. $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Slow Flow Yoga Class – 7:15-8:45pm. All levels. Donation basis. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. ZUMBA®– 7:30pm. Presented by C.C. Plus, Dance for fun and fitness. Zumba fitness trend fuses Latin dances like salsa, cumbia, merengue, flamenco, tango and belly dancing with aerobics. $7. Barnes School, 20090 Morningside, Grosse Pointe Woods. Stretching & Movement Day – Improve flexibility, get your blood pumping! Join the fight against physical inactivity. $10. True Health Alternative, 15365 Hubbard, Livonia. 734-466-8701.

Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. $10. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit.

ZUMBA® Fitness Class – 7-8pm. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Posture Pro Yoga Class – 7:15-8:15pm. Free to new students. $12. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 DixToledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642. Acoustic Open Mic – 8pm. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030. Fairlane Ballroom Dance Club – 8pm. $7. Monsignor Hunt Banquet Center, 7080 Garling, Dearborn Heights. 734-516-0500.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-3pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300 Lean and Mean KettleBell Class – 8-9am. Bring kettlebell, 8-10lb recommended. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carlysle, Dearbon. Prenatal Yoga 9-10am. All levels. $15. great way to prepare for labor, childbirth and the demands of new motherhood. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Restorative Yoga – 9-10:15am. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400. Restorative Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400. Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale. Tabata Class – 10-11am. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-278-2629. ZUMBA® Fitness Class – 10-11am. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Beginner/Prenatal Yoga Class - 11am-12pm. Donation basis. All levels. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toldedo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Learn to Skate Beginner Session – 11am-1pm. No experience need. All ages welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Drop In Kids Yoga Class - 12:30-1:30pm. Ages 6-11. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. - 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Adult Roller Skate Dance – 10am-12pm. $5. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Senior Center, 303 W Main Street, Northville. 248349-0203.

Prenatal Yoga -12:30 – 1:45p. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month. $13. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Little Lotus – Kids Yoga - 1-2pm. Ages 5-11. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval St, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-9642.

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