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12 KEEPING KIDS SINGING Comfort, Play, Teach by Jacqui DeBique

15 WILD ATTRACTION A Conversation with Paul and Patty Richards by S. Alison Chabonais



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18 TAKING IT OFF by Courtney Conover


22 CANINE HUMOR by Stanley Coren


24 I LAUGH THEREFORE I AM by Blaine Greteman


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Catalyst for Laughing Alone by Dr. Madan Kataria


Humor is FUNdamental to Good Health by Paul McGhee


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letterfrompublisher Life can get pretty serious sometimes. The struggles and challenges we all carry are difficult enough. Add to that the world of grief and strife around us – locally or globally – and it is no surprised that we are stressed and overwhelmed. Our own attitude is all that we may be able to control in any given situation, but that is quite a bit.

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I believe that humor is an important element to ease us through some of the rough parts of life. My husband David has always been able to make me laugh, especially when I am taking myself just a little too seriously. For example, about six months after we were first married, we fell into an argument. The longer it continued, the more I realized that it was a pretty stupid argument. But I just couldn’t let it go. Later, we were doing our best to avoid each other while walking around the house. When he passed me in the hallway he said something to frustrate me again and I asked him in anger, “Why can’t you just submit to my will?” It only took a moment before we both burst into laughter. I think it was at that moment that I felt like we could tackle just about anything that came our way. Maybe one of the strongest ways to bring laughter into your life is to go ahead and laugh at yourself once in awhile. This month, we’re excited to partner with the Northville Senior Center in presenting the annual Alternative Health Fair Saturday, February 13. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the local practitioners of healthy living, and learn more about how to take charge of your health. Local raw food chef Michael Dwyer will discuss some of the health benefits of incorporating more raw foods into your diet, and Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D., will talk about how gentle chiropractic can benefit your body. Linda Amick of Healthy Jones will share some of the healing properties of herbal tea and Kathy Henning of Present Moment Meditation will teach us about the healing benefits of that calming practice. Carolyn Simon and the crew from The Red Pepper Deli will be on hand with tasty raw food options for lunch. Here’s your chance to discover just how good raw food can taste. Later that day, keep up the healthy vibe at House of Yoga in Berkley. The studio hosts a Kirtan concert with Mike Cohen and Joni Allen. The studio will be filled with heart opening chanting, music and energy. If you have not yet experienced this type of concert you really owe it to yourself to check it out. The energy is truly amazing. Watch Mike’s latest video at:

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If you or anyone that you know is diabetic be sure to read the article “Diabetes, A Fresh Raw Approach” on page [30] by Erin Eagan. This is potentially life altering information that needs to be shared and I encourage you to share it with those that you care about. Pass along your own copy of Natural Awakenings or email the article from our online issue at My heart is full of love and gratitude for all the wonderful opportunities we have to share healthy living and healthy planet information throughout Wayne County. Sincere thanks to each and every one that has helped along this journey of Natural Awakening. It is truly a gift to be able to reach so many people in a powerful way. I look forward to the months ahead as we continue to help and support one another. Feel good, live simply and laugh more!

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Women’s Expo Raises Money for Children’s Leukemia


he annual Dearborn Women’s Expo will take place March 7 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Now in its 7th year, the Expo raises funds for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, an independent, statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma and related blood disorders. Janeen Sullivan and her sisterin-law Julie Sullivan created the event in memory of Janeen’s daughter, Brittany Crawford, a Dearborn High student who died of leukemia in December 2002. Each year, the event attracts more than 100 exhibitors and over 2,500 attendees. It is an opportunity, the Sullivans say, to give back to an organization that supported Brittany and her family throughout her illness. Last year, the expo raised $10,500. The Expo was created by the family as a way for women to come out, have some fun, enjoy some pampering and learn about local businesses. Exhibits range from health and beauty to home improvement, accessories and meal preparation, silent auction items, raffles, A Shining Diamond fashion show, ZUMBA fitness sessions, and a wedding and prom fashion show by One Stop Wedding Shop. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave, in Dearborn. Show hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Entrance fee is $3. Children 12 and under are free.

The Secret Ritual of Meditation


ll About Women’s Health Boutique and Secret Rituals Day Spa, a Livonia based business, is offering a four-week Present Moment Meditation series with Kathy Henning. The women’s only classes, designed to help participants experience inner peace, will take place two Thursdays in February and March. The class will touch upon a different topic each week, and provide the meditator with simple tools for staying peaceful and present throughout the day.  Cost is $12. Meditating for 15-20 minutes a few times a week can make a world of difference when managing stress and tension. “Facing challenges will sometimes induce stress, fatigue and a host of other side effects,’ says All About Women owner Mariam Searcy. “Meditation is an ideal way to release, relax and unwind not only when faced with a health challenge, but challenges of everyday life.” All About Women’s Health Boutique and Secret Rituals Day Spa located at 31209 Plymouth Road, in Livonia. Call to reserve 734-674-6965.

Volunteers Get 1-Day Pass to Disney Life brings so many feel-good reasons to celebrate: birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and beyond. But this year, Disney is celebrating a new reason— and that’s the good things people do for each other. Throughout the year, Disney is giving away one day’s entry into Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort for one day’s worth of volunteer service. Volunteers may also donate their ticket to a designated charitable organization.

Bring Down the House, Raise the Kirtan


ouse of Yoga in Berkley welcomes Mike Cohen for an evening of music and chanting Saturday, February 13. During the special Kirtan concern, Cohen will be accompanied by vocalist Joni Allen, who is featured on his latest CD, Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West, and Jim Feist on Tablas. Allen, who has toured and recorded with Dave Stringer since 2000, has an amazing voice and playful spirit that is sure to uplift your spirit and open your heart.

House of Yoga is located at 2965 W 12 Mile Road, in Berkley. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 248-556-0992.

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Yoga Workshop Benefits HIV/ AIDS Organization


ivo Wellness Center in Livonia will host Higher Ground Benefit Workshop: A Restorative Yoga and Reiki for Rejuvenation seminar led by Vivo yoga instructor Carolyn Tipa. The Higher Ground organization helps to empower people living with HIV/ AIDS by providing holistic support that develops and maintains the body, mind, spirit, and dignity of the whole person Two two-hour workshops are scheduled at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, February 27. It is open to all levels. Tipa will guide the Restorative Yoga practice that uses supportive props that allow participants to gently sustain poses that encourage a healing state of relaxation, meditative calm and renewed energy. She will offer Reiki for those who would like to receive this subtle and effective form of energy healing that balances and enhances the body’s natural energy level. Denise Strauss, owner of Vivo Wellness Center, offers the workshop in honor of her father, whom she said taught her the significance of helping others. Vivo Wellness Center is located 15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200, in Livonia. Dress in comfortable clothing. $20, $18 for pre-registering. 734-525-5400. More on Higher Ground at

Animal Welfare Group Needs Volunteers


asil’s Buddies has a pressing need for volunteers who can donate professional services including graphic, web design and market research. The nonprofit animal welfare organization is also seeking volunteers to assist with program and resource coordination. The mission of Basil’s Buddies is to help end the overpopulation of homeless domesticated animals by utilizing alternatives to euthanasia. The organization also serves as a resource for families and individuals who are having difficulties keeping their pets healthy due to economic circumstances. Basil’s Buddies currently operates in southeast Michigan, but they are also involved in some nation-wide assistance programs.

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Scholarships for a Second Career


he Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor is now offering scholarships and work exchange programs. The school provides experiential, living education, insight and evolution into the tradition of natural healing and classic naturopathy for personal enrichment and professional career development, leading to a diploma after completion of a supervised clinical internship. Naturopaths and Traditional Naturopathic practitioners create treatment plans, seek to build health and facilitate healing instead of managing disease. They also work with the whole system instead of fracturing the self into minute parts and through counseling and health education, help clients and their families live holistically. Learn how to save money on tuition at the Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor and more about the school during their monthly open house.

Elements of Exercise Grand Opening


lements of Exercise of Dearborn offers a variety of classes, including Zumba by certified personal trainers and certified Zumba instructors. Other offerings personal training, yoga, pilates, kettle balls, belly dancing boot camps, kick boxing, classes for seniors and kids as well as massage therapy by a certified massage therapist. The studio also retains a certified dietitian on staff. Elements of Exercise has been in business since 2007, offering group fitness and training in the community through recreation centers, hospitals and schools as well as its Dearborn location. It is the studio’s mission to help keep affordable fitness available for everyone at convenient locations. Elements of Exercise is located at 23910 Carlysle Street, in Dearborn. See ad, page [36}


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Raw Food Weekend in Livonia


iving Yoga of Ann Arbor presents Dr. Douglas Graham, world-renowned raw food authority and fitness trainer, and author The 80/10/10 Diet, in two speaking engagements February 19-20 at the Quality Inn, in Livonia. Friday, February 19, Graham presents “Your Health, Nutrition and Fitness Questions Answered” from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $35. On Saturday, Graham offers “Illuminating the Era of Raw Foods,” At this daylong seminar, Dr. Graham will teach the pitfalls of the raw diet, how to avoid them and discover many of the current fallacies that keep you from achieving optimal health. A buffet lunch is included. The cost is $199. Quality Inn is located at 30375 Plymouth Road, in Livonia. To register, contact Ellen Livingston at 734-9950875.

Conference Celebrates Organic Farming in Michigan

Workshops Foster Strong Relationships


he Marriage Resource Center is not just for married couples. “Don’t let the name fool you,” says Marketing Director Jenny McDonald. “ Even though ‘marriage’ is in the title, this non-profit works with engaged couples, singles, teens and step-families.” The Marriage Resource Center focuses on creating healthy relationships through education.  Workshops and retreats are located throughout Wayne County at low and even no costs to the participants. Sample workshops include: “How Not to Marry a Jerk(ette),” “First Dance” and “Vitamin C for Couples.” Marriage Resource Center is located at 23400 Michigan Avenue, in Dearborn.  313-278-4400.


ichigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance (MOFFA) will host its annual conference March 5-6 at the Kellogg Conference Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing. The conference is open to the public and features educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. This year’s event will host keynote speakers Jeffrey Smith and C.R. Lawn. Smith is founder of the Institute of Responsible Technology and bestselling author and leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). Lawn is owner of Fedco Seeds and a board member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The weekend will showcase 30 exhibitors and will include a film festival, food and cash bar, gourmet organic luncheon and more. MOFFA will announce the “Family Farm of the Year” and the “Organic Lifetime Achievement” awards. “This conference is crucial to Michigan now more than ever, “said Yvette Berman, Co-Chair of MOFFA. “Anything we can do to raise more awareness of the health benefits of organic products while supporting local farms and businesses will give Michigan an economic boost. This is an opportunity to help ourselves out of these challenging times and pave the way for a bigger organic future with developing networks.” Registration for both exhibitors and attendees is available now online. Conference admission ranges from $25 to $100 for the full conference. Student advance registration is $50 for both days. Sponsorship opportunities are also available MOFFA is the only non-profit corporation to promotes organic farming, education outreach and initiatives that support organic food and farming in the state of Michigan. To register, 248-262-6826.

Open Market Supports Local Businesses


he Northville Public Market is open 10 to 5 every Saturday at Northville Square. Spaces are still available for new vendors. Vendors are also open the first Friday of every month for “The Art of Food,” held in conjunction with First Friday gallery walks. Come taste the samplings and food demonstrations of local vendors. The Public Market continues to grow with the support of vendors and shoppers. Northville Public Market offers the opportunity to boost the local economy by supporting local farmers and artisans. Winter businesses participating this year include: Northville Organic Food Co-op, Aunt Betsy’s Chicken Farm, Bon-A-Rose Catering, Itza Bloomin’ Chocolate Company, Sunbears Just Bones, Comforts by Chambers, I Dream in French, and Muschie’s Baked Goods.   Call at 248-34703900 or email

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that works for all. February 2 is World Wetlands Day.

Happiness Index

Social Progress a New Standard of National Wealth French President Nicolas Sarkozy is encouraging countries to join in a “great revolution” in the way growth is tracked. Two Nobel economists recently completed a report recommending a shift from measuring progress solely based on a nation’s gross domestic product to accounting for the society’s well-being and sustainability. In effect, Sarkozy thinks that any government’s primary objective should be the greatest happiness of its citizens. According to a World Values Survey by the University of Michigan Institute of Social Research, between 1981 and 2007, happiness and general life satisfaction has risen substantially in 40 of 52 countries tracked. Democratization and rising social tolerance are primarily responsible, followed by economic growth. “The results clearly show that the happiest societies are those that allow people the freedom to choose how to live their lives,” says survey director Ronald Inglehart. Rising happiness and well-being are most notable in India, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico and South Korea, with recent spikes in ex-communist countries, as well as Nigeria and Turkey. In 2007, Denmark ranked as the happiest nation, with the United States 16th.

Family Solidarity

America Sees Decline in Divorce Rate “Many couples may be rediscovering the longstanding sociological truth that marriage is one of society’s best social insurance plans,” says W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociology professor and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of divorces among women, which had risen to 17.5 per 1,000 in 2007, fell 4 percent in 2008. Some couples may be staying together only temporarily, due to tightened resources and the support provided by a spouse and extended family members; but others may be appreciating anew why they got married in the first place. The recession reminds them that marriage can be more than an emotional relationship, notes the report. It is also an economic partnership and social safety net.

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Starlight Traveler Dreams of Sailing Through Space

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced that the Planetary Society, founded by scientist and author Carl Sagan, is set to build and fly a series of solarsail spacecraft, dubbed LightSails, first in orbit around Earth and then into deeper space, in the next three years. The beauty of LightSails is that they are powered by sunshine, which carries both energy and momentum; unlike rocket fuel, this gentle force fires continuously. Over time, a big enough sail, perhaps a mile on each side, could reach speeds of hundreds of thousands of miles an hour, fast enough to traverse the solar system in five years. Riding the beam from a powerful laser, a sail could even make the journey to another star system in 100 years, a human lifespan. Dr. Louis Friedman, director of the Planetary Society, a worldwide organization of space enthusiasts, says eventual passengers will likely be robots or human genomes encoded on a chip, due to the need to keep the craft light, like a giant cosmic kite. In principle, it could tack like a sailboat. Japan is already testing solar sails deployed from satellites or rockets, although none are traveling anywhere yet. These are visions for the long haul, advises Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He remarks: “Think centuries or millennia, not decades.”

Long Weekends

Four-Day Work Week Produces Multiple Bonuses Utah’s public sector is leading a change to a four-day work week, watched closely by other states interested in realizing comparable savings in energy costs for employers and gasoline costs for commuters. The first year’s 13 percent savings in government building energy use and associated 12,000-metricton reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions will help the state reach its goal of a 20 percent drop in energy usage by 2015. But that’s only half the story. Managers report rises in productivity among Utah’s 18,000 state workers as a result of their new four, 10-hour days, to the tune of 9 percent less time off, according to Mike Hansen, strategic planning manager in the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget. The extended days generally make it easier for customers to access services in the evenings. At the Department of Motorized Vehicles, lines have disappeared, although they’ve determined that it’s best for the department to also keep Friday hours. Approval ratings for the four-day work week are high, at 82 percent among state employees and 60 percent among the general public. El Paso, Texas, and Melbourne Beach, Florida, have already made the switch, as well. Permanent three-day weekends may not be far behind.

Thrill Ride

Virtual Theme Park Draws upon Schoolroom Skills Disney World’s “Sum of all Thrills” personalizes the Epcot experience by allowing kids to dream up their own theme park attraction. The do-it-yourself, interactive approach hands users a touch-screen computer tablet and gives them free reign to sketch a bobsled track, roller coaster ride or airplane journey, and then take a virtual spin on their creation. It’s the latest example of a next-generation trend in amusement park, zoo and museum attractions geared to youngsters adept at video games. If a kid tries to build something physically impossible, they’re asked to retool their ideas. “Our aim is to show kids how math and engineering make the things they care about really come to life and happen,” explains Kristin Hilf, a spokesperson for Raytheon, the ride’s corporate sponsor.

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Laughter Yoga Benefits Belly Muscles


n experiment to assess the effect of laughter of yoga on back pain by sports science student Ulrich Rehm of Münster University, in Germany, turned up an encouraging conclusion. In conducting research for his Ph.D. thesis, he hooked up two healthy young men to an electromyograph (EMG), which measures strength, endurance and increases in muscle activity. Rehm monitored some of the abdominal and back muscles that are addressed by conventional strengthening exercises or even in sports physiotherapy. First, his fellow students performed a series of conventional physiotherapy exercises on a mat for 30 minutes. Next, they performed another 30 minutes of laughter yoga exercises. The working conclusion was that, “Simulated laughter exercises engage as many abdominal muscles as conventional physiotherapy exercises, sometimes even more.” Initial findings are backed by overseeing professor Dr. Heiko Wagner, who teaches kinesiology at the university.

Children Playing Outside Laugh More


hild of Our Time, a televised research project co-produced by the BBC and The Open University in the UK, is halfway through its ambitious 20-year mission of tracking the development of 25 children since birth. One of Executive Producer Tessa Livingstone’s studies has found that the more children played, the more they laughed, especially when outside. In fact, children who played the most laughed up to 20 times more than others. As a child psychologist, Livingstone maintains that it is important to get the balance right between unstructured play and the high level of structured activity, such as music, drama and language classes, which take up so much of the modern child’s time. Children who are allowed to play and explore outside are likely to be more adventurous, self-motivated and better able to understand risk when they grow up, according to Livingstone. Her research team found the amount of time children are allowed to roam out of their parents’ sight has dropped by 90 percent over the past 20 years. “This is an extraordinary change and it says a lot about our fear of modern life, pedophilia, etc. Children learn two things from this: Strangers are fearsome and dangerous, and it’s dangerous to go outside,” she explains. She also notes other research indicating that children are probably safer from stranger danger when playing outside with other children than when playing online alone.


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The Mystery of Attraction


urns out it’s true that when it comes to choosing a mate, women are as complicated as men claim they are, say psychologists who have tested how women evaluate a man’s facial attractiveness. They discovered specifics of masculine appeal on two levels—a sexual level based on individual features like jawbone, cheekbone and lips; and a nonsexual level based on overall attractiveness or aesthetics. The Penn State psychologists showed 50 female college students images of a variety of male faces, some of which were split horizontally with upper and lower halves shifted in opposite directions, and then asked them to rate what they saw as both hypothetical dates and hypothetical lab partners. Most women chose the whole faces as lab partners and the male split faces as dates. It appears that seeing a man’s whole face enabled the women to evaluate him more on a nonsexual basis. When the face was split, their way of processing a male face was based on a purely sexual perspective. The study concluded that, for women, while attractiveness appears to be perceived on the whole, they find sexiness can exist in parts of a potential mate’s face.

Why a Smile is More than a Smile


omantics everywhere may be happy to hear why the adage, “Smile and the whole world smiles with you,” holds true—at least according to a psychological study which proved just seeing a smile activates the muscles in our face that make that expression, even if we’re unaware of it. The psychologists further discovered that positive emotion words, such as “laugh” or “funny,” also influence our facial muscle activity, as well as our judgement. In the experiment, volunteers were subliminally shown emotion verbs and adjectives while watching cartoons. Half of the participants held a pen to their lips to prevent them from smiling, while the remaining group did not have their facial muscles blocked. The results revealed that volunteers found cartoons to be funnier when they were preceded by smiling-related verbs rather than frowningrelated verbs. More, those who had been free to smile while watching the cartoons judged them more positively. Source: Association for Psychological Science, 2009

A Crush on Garlic


hen it comes to protecting heart health, freshly crushed garlic works better than garlic supplements or dried garlic. New research published by the American Chemical Society explains that the heart-healthy effects of raw, crushed garlic result from hydrogen sulfide, a chemical that forms when fresh garlic is cut or smashed; when eaten, the hydrogen sulfide relaxes blood vessels, allowing for better flowing of blood to the heart.

Chocolate Calms Emotions Chocolate can indeed assuage emotional stress, according to a new clinical trial. Researchers reporting to the American Chemical Society found that “highly stressed” volunteers, eating about an ounce-and-a-half (about 40 grams) of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, experienced reduced levels of stress hormones. The chocolate even partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances by modifying metabolism.


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inging to children helps promote their development, so go ahead and give a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there; do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around. When it comes to children’s songs, it turns out that this really is what it’s all about—simple, silly lyrics that are fun to sing over and over again, with little more to them than that. Parents and kids love singing songs like Old MacDonald’s Farm and acting out The Hokey Pokey together. Making music and movement a regular part of our children’s lives supports their growth in joyful ways and brings beauty into their days. According to the parenting and

child development experts at Invest in Kids, Canada (, a national charity aimed at helping parents improve their parenting skills, traditional classics sung routinely with our kids can have tremendous benefits. Invest in Kids’ thorough, research-based approach to parenting specifically aims to transform everyday parent-child routines and activities like singing favorite songs into teachable moments that actively support a child’s healthy social, emotional and intellectual development. Its positive approach to “opening a world of possibilities” is called Comfort, Play & Teach. Here’s how, illustrated via Old MacDonald’s Farm:

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If you do this: Repeat the song several times, each time encouraging the child to say the name of a farm animal that she knows and make each animal’s unique sound (e.g., baa, cluck, oink, quack, woof-woof or gobble). Your child will: Feel increasingly confident as you pay special attention to her when singing this familiar song. Older babies, who are now using 10 to 20 words, will proudly demonstrate what they know about animals and the sounds they make.


If you do this: Suggest different farm animals that the child may be less familiar with. If he doesn’t know the animal’s sound, demonstrate the sound for him, or he can invent one. Your child will: Build his imaginative skills as he tries to make these new sounds and pretends to be various farm animals. Toddlers are especially eager to try new things and love to pretend.


If you do this: Use a picture book about farm animals or puppets to make an activity visual and tactile. This supports a child with little prior experience with farm animals. Your child will: Expand her vocabulary and build understanding of how farm animals differ from pets or jungle animals. Once a preschooler is speaking in complete sentences, she is likely to adore stories and will sit for longer periods as you read to her. Songs like this one also can be used to build social skills. For instance, a group of young participants can take turns in activities and discussions. As they begin to experiment with sounds, words, word patterns, rhymes and rhythms, they also build speaking, listening and reading skills. Coming to identify familiar sounds in the environment encourages development of thinking and problem-solving skills, as well. So, before you fade out, having decided that singing the chorus of a favorite tune once again is one time too many, remember, there’s more to the exercise than meets the E-I-E-I-O.

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ealthy energy habits, applied to gender awareness, result in extraordinary relationships, say Paul and Patty Richards, whose 59 “Energetic Facts of Life” emanate from their own experience. They teach these principles through the Senté Center they co-founded in the United States and New Zealand. Both are trained seers who formerly enjoyed dynamic careers in aerospace engineering and nursing. They call for the intelligent harmonizing of masculine and feminine energies in intimate relationship as pivotal to humanity’s survival. This month, in honor of Valentines everywhere, Natural Awakenings explores some of the key principles this lovingly aware pair practices, as articulated in their new book, Wild Attraction.

How do we ensure that we are attracted to and attracting a safe, available partner? At heart, you must first have a confidently open, positive expectation that qualified candidates exist. It’s a complex process these days to find a healthy, well-suited individual. Knowing this helps you relax, rather than worry about the near misses, whose roles are to teach us about fatal flaws and help us make better choices. Two things lead to a successful selection process: time and community. Getting to know a potential partner over time, in many environments and circumstances, draws you close as you see into their world, become a part of their community and erase ‘knowledge gaps’ about their life that can make you feel unsure. Look for a compassionate view of both genders, one not tangled in self. How do they treat people over whom they have power? Tune out their words and witness their actions. Ask the most glorious couple you

braces new people and experiences. It loves and accepts the mystery in us more than what is known and enjoys the inevitable surprise.

Why is it essential to constantly assure your mate that he or she is your first choice? Feeling chosen changes a person’s energy. Something compressed inside lets go when you register that someone has selected you as the center of their universe. If you are fortunate, you first experienced this from a parent, as a child. Women, in particular, want to feel cherished and claimed. When you declare your primary choice, all other choices line up around it. Getting behind your choice is transformational; it facilitates the formation of a stunning relationship. A mate, lover, best friend and life companion needs to have uncontested access in a heart-space not filled with children, work, hobbies or a pet.

What can lovers do to consciously keep the fire alive and the embers glowing?

know for help in discerning the qualities that would make an ideal mate for you. Women best evaluate women. A good man has the eyes to see another good man. In today’s highly mobile communities, we’re operating blind when it comes to an individual’s roots and reputation. Ask around.

How do welcoming eyes see others?

Welcoming eyes have a ‘bring it on’ expression, projected in the upper half of the face, from the nose to the hairline. They exude confidence in their own power to move forward and to connect in mutual joy with another, with no need to prove anything. Elijah Wood’s visage in the final leaving Middle Earth scene of The Lord of the Rings embodies welcome. Babies’ and dogs’ faces evidence such love in motion. In contrast, the sorting eyes we use in the workplace, constantly evaluating good versus bad, are on guard against the unknown, warily seeking to squelch unpredictability. These are not helpful in setting up a relationship of a lifetime. A welcoming, yes-based life em-

The hallmark of Cary Grant’s appeal for women is that he was constantly paying attention to them, not out of need, but in sophisticated appreciation of the feminine. Men bring the energy of attention that women thrive on. Even simple rituals, like arriving each day declaring, “I love seeing you when I get home,” communicates that you value her presence in your life. Asking what she needs and responding chivalrously, with a natural spring in your step, acknowledges that you find her interesting. Men are relieved to understand that their service is needed and appreciated and thrive on hearing what a “Good job!” they are doing. Rather than ask “What attracts me?” ask “What changes me?” Avoiding change and continuing to do things your own way dulls an already tame attraction, but doing the work to connect with what delights your lover keeps the relationship charged and fires the wild attraction that answers your heart’s desire far beyond your imaginings. Paul and Patty Richards apply their extraordinary powers of awareness to see beyond the ordinary fabric of physical reality in order to help individuals perceive and cultivate their own greatness. Learn more about Wild Attraction at

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by Enda Junkins

Laugh More WHY FEELING TICKLED IS GOOD FOR US Be aware. When the corners of our mouth turn up involuntarily and we must swallow unsolicited giggles, we may be giving way to laughter addiction.


he high that we gain when we laugh until we hold our sides, roll about on the floor and feel the tears streaming down our cheeks is addicting. So, what protects us from such loosey-goosey, nonsensical fun? Only our own serious, controlled approach to life, from sex to the family vacation. Human beings are not born serious. We begin life fully equipped with an innate playfulness and the ability to laugh freely. Sadly, most of us curb our playfulness and laughter as a sacrifice to the serious business of adulthood. In order to keep laughing, we need to be in a partial state of playfulness, either consciously or unconsciously. Laughter therapy is one way to help us ease our adult seriousness and retrieve that lost sensation of play. Laughter is not only fun; it is also good for us. At last, something good for us that is also enjoyable. There is no need for yucky-tasting diet concoctions, profuse sweating in concentrated exercise or tough changes for this particular pursuit of health. All that’s


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required is pure, unrestrained, oldfashioned laughter. Laughter heals the body and eases painful emotions like anger and fear (see this month’s Healing Ways department). It helps us cope with daily survival in a pleasant and effective way. Contrary to common perceptions, in my 20 years as a laughter therapist I have found that laughter is born of tension, stress and pain, so most people


Relieve stress Resolve conflict Enhance communications Enrich relationships Have fun need not worry about being able to laugh. Stress has been called the number one health problem today; we’ve all got it.

Laughter therapy is about learning to laugh freely again at the many things we deal with that aren’t otherwise funny. Children will play with almost anything except direct pain. Adults were intended to do the same. When we can play with our pain, we laugh. When we laugh, we shift our perspective and problems shrink to a manageable size. We don’t diminish their importance, but we feel less overwhelmed. Laughter is warm, bonding and contagious. It connects with those we love and with our fellow human beings. We need to feel good. We need to feel connected. We need to feel safe. We need to laugh more. Anyone can join the laughter movement. All it takes is a willingness to risk some loss of control. The timid may start with a few shy giggles. The courageous may jump in with deep belly laughs. A sense of humor is not required. There’s more than enough stress to go around, and absurdity abounds in our daily lives. All we have to do is believe, let go and clap our

Laughter is the human gift for coping and for survival; ringing, pealing, roaring, bubbling laughter. Chuckling. Giggling. Snickering. Snorting. These are the sounds of soul-saving laughter that springs from our emotional core and helps us feel better, see things more clearly and creatively weigh and use our options. Laughter helps us roll with the punches that inevitably come our way. We unleash the power of laughter every time we laugh. hands, and laughter will live again. So will we. When we laugh, we feel deeply, which allows us to live fully. We can encourage everyday laughter at home by being playful with our families. Wear a clown nose when putting children to bed. Break up chores by indulging in a pillow fight. Ease conflict by saying something light and unexpected. Let hand puppets help with family communication or say it with a humorous hat. Life at home doesn’t have to be serious; it’s far too important for that. We can slip laughter into the workplace with a few lighthearted windup toys. Play with frustrations by writing them on shoe soles and walking on them. Wear a temporary tattoo that expresses our mood for the day. No one need see it. Find ways to celebrate stress; we might as well enjoy it. We can practice laughing, so that we can laugh when we need it most. Mother Nature laughs. She created people playful and funny. She also created laughter. Why, in pursuit of serious things, have we short-circuited both our play and our laughter? In our frenzy to succeed and to have it all, we have shortened everything. We have fast food, fast banking, fast fun, fast shopping, even fast sex. Today, life is a longer process on a shorter schedule, and for that, we need lots of laughter. Our natural laughter is neither fast-paced nor hightech. It’s not expensive and it can’t be bought. Others can’t do it for us. All of us can do it ourselves, however, because we’re born with it, and it’s our right to reap all its benefits. On the off chance that we occasionally find ourselves headed off to “smell the roses” from a drive-in window, at least we can laugh at our own folly. Enda Junkins, known as “The Laughing Psychotherapist,” is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For information on her keynote talks, seminars and workshops, visit

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et’s face it: Eyebrows matter and few women are content to allow theirs to grow naturally. They frame the face, form expressions and, for better or worse, can drastically alter our appearance. It’s no wonder the act of taming them has been called the five-minute facelift. Commonly used methods include waxing and tweezing, but more salons are learning a method called threading, a technique that involves twisting and rolling a cotton thread along the surface of the skin, entwining the hairs and then lifting them out from the follicle. Though threading is gradually becoming more popular in the United States, salons which feature the service are not yet widespread. This is due in large part because threading is not commonly taught as part of an aesthetician’s requisite training. Neelam Rajput, threading professional and owner of Neelam Creations in Canton, viewed this as an opportunity. Rajput became skilled in threading in her native India nearly 25 years ago. When she moved to Canton in 1986, Rajput brought the skill with her. Since that

time her reputation has grown. She opened her own salon in 1999. “This year has been a bit slower,” admits Rajput. “So we now have a bring-a-friend plan—when a customer brings a friend with them, the original customer will get their eyebrows threaded for free.” Over the years, several other metro Detroit salons have begun offering the service. Customers regularly flock to Pretty Eyebrow Threading, a tiny kiosk located inside the east court of Westland Shopping Center, and Rani’s A Salon in Canton. Owner Rani Kapila says the business is so good that she now has two additional locations. She says the results speak for themselves. “It gives a better shape, a more sculpted arch, and it lasts longer than waxing. What more could you want?” The creation of manicured eyebrows by way of threading takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Before the session begins, the beautician might prepare the skin by wiping the area with baby powder to make the skin softer. The

beautician will begin with approximately 2 feet of cotton sewing thread, which she will wrap around her fingers and anchor in her mouth, creating a triangular shape with the thread. Then, moving her mouth and hands to create friction, the beautician sweeps a portion of the thread across the brow area to remove the hair from the root. Following the session, astringent or lotion is applied to the area to soothe the skin. Results last 2-3 weeks.

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arking the second anniversary of the opening of her studio, Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, Donna Orbovich is hosting her third trip to Vedanta Academy. Orbovich will lead a group of students to India to study at the academy under Swami Parthasarathy (Swamiji) Students will spend a week at the Academy and a few days traveling to Goa. “I feel drawn there,” says Orbovich  “Swamiji is a living Sage, his teachings are profound and help us to gain in depth knowledge, learn to assimilate it into our lives and one day, hopefully live it fully.” She organized the first trip 18 months ago, and says the introduction of Vedanta philosophy has been the key to her yoga success. Swamiji established the Vedanta Academy 30 years ago. Vedanta is an ancient philosophy based on ancient yoga texts such as the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. The study of Vedanta helps one to understand the need to think for oneself, to reason and ponder all that is presented. Vendanta is said to help to discipline the mind and strengthen the intellect so that a student can use the world but not rely upon it. “We come to understand that happiness is within and not in the external world,” says Orbovich. The Vedanta Academy, she says, also helps to provide the tools to help students discern and analyze and not get caught up in the emotional entanglement of the mind.

When Orbovich opened her yoga studio in March 2008, she had a vision to create a safe place to practice yoga unlike any other, a studio that not only embraces the physical aspects of yoga but the mind and the spirit as well. Partnering with Eric Paskel and Steve Feldman of the Yoga Shelter, Orbovich opened the area’s first East Side studio.  Business is flourishing, she says, and is a testament to how well the concept of Sanga Yoga, being part of a community, is accepted, she says. Clearly, the Vedanta philosophy also resonates with students at the Yoga Shelter. Following Orbovich’s first visit to the Vedanta Academy in April 2009, she started a weekly study group.  “Everyone is welcome,” stresses Orbovich.  “You do not have to be a yoga student here to attend.”  The group meets every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to reflect and discuss Vedanta philosophy and literature.  Suggested readings include books by Parthasarathy: “Fall of the Human Intellect,” “The Vedanta Treatise,” and “Select English Poems.” All books can be purchased at the Yoga shelter Grosse Pointe or ordered on-line. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe is located at 17000 Kercheval Avenue in the Village, in Gross Pointe above Trader Joe’s. 313-884-YOGA. More about Vedanta can be found at



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niversally known and appreciated for their playful, uninhibited nature, dogs’ penchant for play generally reflects these creatures’ more or less juvenile minds; they have been bred to remain much like their wolf puppy forebears for all of their lives. It’s part of what makes them unconditionally loving companions that like to frolic and do silly things that make us laugh. Humans tend to equate such play with a sense of humor. Charles Darwin may have been the first scientist to suggest that dogs have a sense of humor. As part of his renowned evolutionary studies, Darwin considered the emotions of animals and humans, looking for parallels and similarities. It appeared to him that dogs do have a sense of humor, which appears best when they are playing a sort of emotional add-on to their games. In the 1872 edition of The Descent of Man, Darwin writes: “Dogs show what may be fairly called a sense of humor, as distinct from mere play; if a bit of stick or other such object be thrown to one, he will often carry it away for a short distance; and then squatting down with it on the ground close before him, will wait until his master comes quite close to take it away. The dog will then seize it and


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rush away in triumph, repeating the same maneuver, and evidently enjoying the practical joke.” The Nobel Prize-winning ethnologist, Konrad Lorenz, says that it is during play that dogs actually appear to laugh. In his book, Man Meets Dog, Lorenz describes it this way: “… an invitation to play always follows; here the slightly opened jaws which reveal the tongue, and the tilted angle of the mouth which stretches almost from ear to ear give a still stronger impression of laughing. This ‘laughing’ is most often seen in dogs playing with an adored master and which become so excited that they soon start panting.” While we cannot enter the mind of a dog to examine the mischievous machinations of its mental state, it is possible to determine how playful a dog is comparatively speaking. Not all breeds are created equally; some are definitively more playful than others. Some seem to have a sense of play that they cannot suppress, while others seem to shun play. Two animal behaviorists from the University of California-Davis, Dr. Benjamin Hart, a veterinarian, and Lynnette Hart, a zoologist, had a group of experts rank 56 different breeds of dogs in terms of playfulness. By playfulness,

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aughter predates the development of language. Almost all mammals do it, and it’s one of the first things babies learn. “One of the unique characteristics of mammals is that we play,” advises Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. Nearly all social mammals tickle one another, and emit pleased, laugh-like pants, chirps or grunts when tumbling about in playful situations. He explains that, “As you get more complicated in the mammalian structure, you have a greater vocabulary of play, including laughter.” When apes play, they roughhouse, tickle and laugh. Chimpanzees pant with delight in response to pratfalls. Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, who is studying laughter for insights into the biology of social behavior, maintains that laughter is a kind of evolutionary link between all mammals. He remarks, “If you tickle a rat, it laughs; we just can’t hear it.” (Listen in at On the other hand, no matter how much you tickle a lizard, it won’t guffaw, chuckle or purr. Among Provine’s more startling findings is the fact that only 10 to 15 percent of laughter follows a humorous

statement or situation. Most laughs follow utterly banal comments, like, “See you later” or “I think I’m done.” As Provine and others observe, “The essential ingredient for laughter is not a joke, but another person,” making laughter primarily a social lubricant. Laughter is 30 times more likely to occur in group situations than on solitary occasions, and Provine’s research reveals tantalizing insights into the way it structures our daily interactions: Speakers laugh more than listeners; women laugh more than men; laughter punctuates our phrases, but doesn’t interrupt them; and laughter is contagious. During an episode of laughter, we can signal appreciation and understanding of others. Perhaps more importantly, says Provine, we share a mental and acoustic space. “Laughter puts us into side-by-side existence in this playful realm,” says Keltner. “It signals a shared understanding of the world, so it’s foundational to interdependence and intimacy and like-mindedness.” In short, laughter is the glue that holds people together, a bridge between our self and others. “Our relationships,” concludes Keltner, “are only as good as our histories of laughter together.” Blaine Greteman is a freelance writer and professor of English at the University of Iowa. Connect at

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e celebrate this month with joy and laughter, while our hearts are filled with love on Valentines Day. Laugher benefits the body, mind and spirit and enhances life. Laughter is a life sustaining energy that adds fun and transforms sadness to happiness. Relationships with others are enhanced with laughter. Better brain function, immune activity, and overall body health improve with laughter. Laughter is a special type of aerobic activity. Oxygen is moved into the tissues as carbon dioxide is forced out, strengthening the heart and cardiovascular flexibility. Laughter is best experienced daily. Making laughter a special occasion activity can cause the muscles that allow laughter to become less efficient. Even with less active laughter muscles, the only side effect from too much laugher at one time can be achy ribs and a sore diaphragm. Laughter releases stress and tension and enhances blood and energy flow throughout the body. Laughing regularly strengthens the abdominal muscles, helping keep the body in shape. Laughter releases one of the most potent and forgotten hormones, oxytocin. Kerstin Umas Moberg, acknowledged as the world authority on oxytocin, details the health benefits of this hormone in his book “The Oxytocin Factor�. Oxytocin stimulates feelings of security, satiation and pleasure, and reduces stress. Some of the other common activities that release this feel good hormone include deep sleep, rocking, singing, interaction with animals, Tai Chi and other related practices, creative types of music, dance, art and literature, play,

and a job or activity well done, especially if it benefits others. Oxytocin is the main hormone released in childbirth during uterine contractions. It is also released during the acts of nursing, thumb sucking and sex and intimacy. Touch is one of the most powerful stimulants that cause the release of this pleasurable hormone. Different types of touch from rhythmic touch, stroking touch, and pleasant touch that are found in massage, chiropractic and acupuncture also stimulate oxytocin release. Laughter, smiling and pleasant thoughts all generate oxytocin. Conversely, unpleasant thoughts, worry, anxiety and stress cause the release of stress hormones that stop oxytocin. Specific drugs have been created that will stimulate the release of oxytocin. Instead of taking these anti-depressant drugs to reduce unhappiness and stress, find something to laugh about. Stress can come from thoughts, just as it can come from physical, environmental, and dietary deficiencies or toxicities. When the body experiences stress specific hormones are produced. These stress hormones cause more stress on the body by creating pain and inflammation. The key to reducing this stress is to repair the damage from past stressors, and help change current stressors so that they do not cause stress. One solution to handling stress is to change the nature of the thoughts from negative to positive. Forcing a change in thought from the stress of a work deadline to a warm, sunny beach will reduce the negative stress hormones and release the feel good hormone oxytocin. Besides changing a thought, find something to laugh

about so that laughter will envelop and enhance the entire day. There is hope for those people who cannot easily change their thoughts. Medical researches at The Institute of HeartMath have developed a way to empower people to reduce stress. Their research has identified a measurable physiological state where emotions are calm and the brain, nervous system and other body systems work in harmony. It is this state where oxytocin is released. Visit to learn more.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness located at 31580 Schoolcraft Rd in Livonia, MI 48150. She is a practicing chiropractor and wellness consultant, who also provides holistic and nutritional recommendations for people who want to reduce their stress and improve their health. Visit for more health information or call (734) 664-0339.

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Laughter Yoga First Cracks Us Up, Then Calms Us Down by Kim Childs


ost yoga classes take place in quiet rooms, full of earnest faces in various states of relaxation and concentration. Not so with laughter yoga, an unusual workout for the body, mind and spirit that aims to banish the blues by busting a gut. Laughter yoga clubs began in 1995 with Dr. Madan Kataria, who started them in his native India because he believed in the health benefits of laughter. At first, his participants simply told jokes. Later, Kataria and his wife Madhuri added yoga stretches and breathing techniques. Eventually, he replaced the jokes with exercises designed to elicit laughter without humor, and today, Kataria’s students play out these routines all over the world. “I have a laughter bank of 100 exercises,” says Vishwa Prakesh, a student who went on to create his own Yogalaff sessions in New York. A textile designer by trade, Prakesh opens his Manhattan office doors for free every Wednesday night to lure “laughers” with exercises such as clapping and chanting “Ho-ho-ha-ha-ha,” until contrived laughter becomes the real thing. “Then you begin to see the sparkle in their eyes,” says Prakesh, “and very soon, they are really laughing.” To break the ice in laughter clubs, people may introduce themselves in a comical way and then ask the group to mimic them. That may be followed by “lion laughter,” “hearty laughter” and “laugh for no reason” exercises. Prakesh says he sees that people become more easygoing and less inhibited during his “yoga for the soul” sessions, which don’t feature yoga postures, but yield similar health benefits. Laughter yoga proponents report that it increases lung capacity and oxygen uptake, decreases stress hormones, exercises abdominal muscles, boosts immunity and provides a cardiovascular workout, via prolonged, deep belly laughs. Clinical research now backs many of these claims, but those who flock to laughter yoga speak more of the mental benefits than the physical ones. “The most important benefit is the overall feeling of lightness and the general enjoyment of being,” says Elsie Blum, a laughter yoga fan. “There’s a loosening of body tensions, especially the facial muscles. Smiling is more natural.”


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Ramesh Chandra, another participant, says that the laughter refreshes his lungs and also helps him to manage tensions outside the club. “I am now able to laugh more easily in my daily life,” says Chandra. “My anger is more in check under trying conditions.”

My 83-year-old mother and I laughed and howled together for almost half an hour [while doing a laughter exercise]. I hugged my mother, and we got the opportunity to share pure joy from that experience. I was able to say, ‘I love you,’ spontaneously and genuinely. ~ Judy Mikeska Both Chandra and Blum maintain that laughter yoga sessions are better than funny movies and comedians when it comes to eliciting joy and release. One reason is the social aspect and the chance to connect with others in ways that transcend language, culture, race, class and ethnicity.  Many laughter yoga clubs also become social clubs. In Boston, certified laughter yoga leader Sandra Daitch says that she’s forged some great connections this way. “I find it’s really fun to laugh in a group, so having a community of laughers is really great,” says Daitch, who occasionally leaves “Laugh-a-gram” voicemail messages

for community members in need of cheer. Her mentor, Dr. Kataria, has been a role model for bringing laughter yoga to prisons, orphanages and homes for the disabled. Daitch observes that laughter clubs can be a refuge and a resource for those struggling with depression and those who feel weighed down by the demands of modern life. Exercises then can be applied to many real-life situations that aren’t so funny. “If you’re in traffic, instead of having road rage, just say to yourself ‘I’m in a traffic jam, ha, ha!’” advises Daitch. “It can lighten you up!” Daitch, who is also a massage therapist, says that she modifies the physical aspects of her laughter yoga workshops when she brings them to nursing homes. Of course, those dealing with illnesses and surgeries involving the internal organs should consult a doctor before trying laughter yoga. Otherwise, only those missing a funny bone should stay away.

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Laughter Yoga Group Meditation Sit on a comfortable mattress or cushion in an open area, such as a garden. As this yoga is mostly practiced in groups, everyone can sit in a lotus or modified lotus position. Sitting calmly, normalize your breath and consciously start taking gentle breaths. Then place your hands, palms upward, on your knees. Next, while inhaling, lift the hands up, side-byside, to your head, and laugh in rhythm— ho, ho, hah-hah-hah! ho, ho, hah-hahhah! ho, ho, hah-hah-hah!—as a group. When people practice laughter meditation yoga in a group, the simulated and artificial laughter will gradually become real. Repeat the exercise by increasing or decreasing the speed of laughter. One session of laughter yoga may last about 20 to 30 minutes. Source:

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A Fresh, Raw Approach


n the past twenty years diabetes rates have steadily increased; the American Diabetes Association reports that approximately 7.8% of the U.S. population have the disease. Health officials say that “if trends continue unchanged, one out of three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.” The ADA reports that diabetes is a leading cause of adult blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage, and frequently leads to heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. The transition to a raw foods diet can help people already living with diabetes to avoid side effects and can aid in preventing the development of the disease. A recent study conducted over a ten-year period by doctors at the University of Cambridge showed that diabetic patients can reduce their risk of developing diabetes-related complications by fifty percent by keeping their blood sugar within the normal range. The key to regulating blood sugar levels is proper nutrition. According to Lauren Guastella, a raw foods Chef, coach and caterer, “with the raw foods lifestyle all the foods you eat actually regulate your blood sugar, they work with the body; any sugars you do eat are natural and your body knows how to handle them.” Studies indicate a strong correlation between simple lifestyle changes, such as modest weight loss, and the delay and/or prevention of type 2 diabetes in individuals who are at high risk for developing the disease. Weight loss is very common when adopting a raw foods diet; Guastella lost forty pounds in the first three months of her transition to eating raw. The basic philosophy behind the raw foods diet is that foods in their raw state, meaning never heated above 106 degrees Fahrenheit, are more easily digested because the enzymes naturally contained within the food are all still alive. Essentially, the human body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest these foods because their own enzymes are present and capable of aiding the digestion. Raw foods also have a much higher nutrient content than cooked foods due to the fact that heating foods causes the nutrients to die. Chef Kelli LewtonSecondino, owner and Chef of Pure Foods 2 U, stresses that “the power of raw is really the power of nutrition because when you eat raw, you’re eating living food.” According to Dr. Kristine Nolfie, in her book Raw Food Treatment of Cancer a diet based primarily on raw plant food “eliminates 100% of the bad fatty acids from the diet,


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and supplies the pure and natural fatty acids that are required for health.” Raw foods are rich in chromium, a mineral required by the body to fully utilize insulin. This is very important because diabetic patients have reduced, or non-existent, insulin production which renders them unable to properly use and store the natural sugars (called glucose) in food. Dr. Nolfie also states that “most vegetables in their raw state contain the precursor of insulin known as inulin.” Since inulin does not affect glucose, and thus doesn’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels, it is ideal for diabetics. While giving up cooked foods and adopting a diet of primarily raw foods can seem intimidating and overwhelming, many local resources exist which can help to make the transition more successful (and delicious.) The Red Pepper Deli, located at 116 West Main Street in Northville, is a yummy, hip little restaurant offering a completely raw menu. Any doubts as to the the tastiness of raw foods will vanish upon sampling the raw, organic fare available at the Deli. A visit to Red Pepper Deli is a great way to get excited about embracing a raw foods diet. Angela Newsom, co-founder and chef at the Detroit Evolution Lab located in Corktown, discovered raw foods when she began working at a local health food store. She has combined knowledge gained through her culinary studies with her natural talents to find her niche as a vegan and raw foods chef. Transitioning to this healthy way of eating has helped Newsom and her family to heal from various health problems and was part of the inspiration behind the formation of “the lab” where she teaches workshops on raw foods. She also offers private classes and healthy catering services. Michael Dwyer leads free introductory classes on raw foods in local health food stores. He says that the “hands-on experience” of being in a class can help people get over the initial challenge of wondering “what do I eat?” Throughout the year Dwyer also teaches classes on dehydrating, sprouting, and raw desserts; all to help him achieve his goal of sharing “the benefits of eating raw regardless of current health conditions.” Diabetes is a serious illness with serious side-effects, however diabetics and pre-diabetics don’t have to resign themselves to a life of poor health. Raw foods can help diabetics lose weight, maximize nutrient intake, and potentially decrease their dependence on insulin injections. It is important to note that any changes in insulin, as well as in the management of a diagnosed case of diabetes, should be made under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner. For more information on eating raw foods visit,, and

Ellen Livingston is a local authority on the low-fat raw food diet for health success. She offers coaching, classes and seminars in and around the Ann Arbor area. Livingston also periodically hosts raw food potluck dinners open to the public as a way to spread the delicious benefits of this lifestyle. She has helped many diabetics and pre-diabetics manage their health through proper nutrition. Livingston explains “it is often erroneously thought that diabetics should avoid eating sweet fruit. In fact, the natural simple sugars in fresh ripe fruit provide just the fuel our cells need. The real culprit in diabetes and other blood sugar disease is dietary fat, whether cooked or raw.” Enjoy the natural sweetness of this delicious, low fat drink. Sweet Green Smoothie Blend equal parts ripe banana and ripe mango (use frozen when fresh is unavailable). Blend in fresh spinach leaves until a bright rich green color is obtained. Pour into a large glass and enjoy! The greens will help to naturally slow the uptake of the fruit sugars. Visit Ellen’s website for more information on her classes, recipes, and on the upcoming presentation by Dr. Douglas Graham, the world’s leading authority on avoiding and reversing diabetes and other degenerative disease through low-fat raw vegan diet and fitness. He will speak in Livonia, MI on February 19 and 20, 2010.

Carry laughter with you wherever you go. ~Hugh Sidey

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Lighten Up! Humor is FUNdamental to Good Health

by Paul McGhee


e all have a natural health and healing system within our body that is our biological inheritance, but which too many of us have forgotten how to use. It is our innate sense of humor. Strong scientific evidence in multiple fields of research now supports the view that humor plays a significant role in sustaining health. Humor’s many benefits to a great extent hinge on its ability to generate in us positive emotions, even substituting a positive for a negative state in the presence of stress. A general agreement in the broad field of psychoneuroimmunology (studying the interaction between psychological processes and the body’s nervous and immune systems) is that emotion, and its underlying physical changes in the body, is the key to understanding the link between mind and body when it comes to health. The earliest modern research on humor and health, from the 1980s and 90s, first showed that a good dose of humor works to strengthen the immune system and reduce pain. Results of 30 to 40 studies consistently demonstrate such benefits. A common claim for the reduced pain associated with humor and laughter attributes it to the production of endorphins (one of the body’s built-in pain reducers), yet only one study in the past 25 years supports this notion. The noted reduction in pain may rather be due to the known muscle relaxation effect that results from humor and laughter, or to humor’s power to mentally distract us from the source of pain. One exciting new finding is how humor contributes

to good cardiac health. More than a decade ago, a study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology showed that humor is heart-healthy, even if one has already experienced a heart attack. In the study, patients who had suffered heart attacks were randomly assigned to either a standard cardiac rehab program or the program plus the viewing of a comedy video, three times a week for a year at the rehab site. During the year, the comedy video group had suffered fewer additional heart attacks and fewer episodes of cardiac arrhythmia. They also had significantly lower blood pressure than the control group. Another recent study in the peer review journal, Heart, may provide an explanation for humor’s reported boost to cardiac health. Here, researchers found that watching a comedy video significantly increased the diameter of a major artery in the arm (vasodilation), while watching a stress-inducing film reduced the diameter of the artery (vasoconstriction). This constrictive effect in response to stress is well established, and is known to result in increased blood pressure. This relaxation effect at the arterial level, in response to humor, is consistent with the muscle relaxation effect that mounting evidence also associates with humor. Muscle relaxation is the key goal of all stress management techniques, because it generally leads to the easing of psychological tensions. Concurrently, several studies, published in such journals as The Journal of Rheumatology and The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, now also have documented a reduced level of stress hormones circulating in the blood of study participants in response to humor.

Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.


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The latest research on the relationship of humor to health, underway in Japan, is now extending humor’s benefits to relief of specific diseases. While less well-established than the findings relative to pain and the immune system, several humor-related studies published in The Journal of Rheumatology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychosomatic Research and

rate than others over the following seven years. Finally, it’s interesting to note that in healthy individuals, watching a onehour humorous video also increases the number and activity of the natural killer cells that seek out and destroy tumor cells and also help fight off the latest cold and flu viruses and other foreign organisms.

Humor shifts perspective, allowing us to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help us avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The Journal of the American Medical Association have demonstrated significant contributions to health or wellbeing in cases of diabetes, certain skin sensitivities, arthritis, asthma and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (one European study to date). Many cancer patients claim that their sense of humor has helped keep them alive, while plenty of evidence points to humor as a powerful tool in helping cancer patients and others cope with serious illness and other highly stressful life circumstances. In one large Norwegian study of individuals diagnosed with cancer, those with a stronger sense of humor (as measured by a standardized sense-of-humor test) also had a 70 percent higher survival

While humor and laughter are not a substitute for a physician’s or practitioner’s care, findings show that they do help. A developed sense of humor, let loose to play, assures that our body and mind, supported by positive emotions, are at work on our behalf, helping to sustain good health and wellness. Paul McGhee, Ph.D., president of The Laughter Remedy, in Wilmington, DE, is internationally known for his own humor research; for supporting references and detailed discussion of humor/health issues, see Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, released this month via AuthorHouse. com. Also visit

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Laughter & Joy in D ifficult T imes by Lezlie Cebulski, ND, EFT-ADV


hile laughter makes the best medicine, there are times in life when laughter does not come easily. Reacting to a job loss, death of a loved one, divorce or bankruptcy can create emotional stress which can trigger physical illness and depression. In fact, a study published in January, 2010 at Yale University finds that physical and emotional stress can trigger tumor formation. In times of stress, extra care should be taken to restore vitality, joy and laughter and to prevent physical illness. Fortunately, there are foods, nutritional supplements and other natural remedies shown to improve mood, energy, and joy. Folic acid, Vitamin B-6 & B-12, essential fatty acids, and certain amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters are essential to maintain a positive mood. Foods high in B-12 are liver, sardines, salmon, lamb, Swiss cheese and eggs. Foods high in folic acid are brewer’s yeast, alfalfa, chickpeas, oats, lentils, beans and wheat germ. The best sources of B-6 in food are brewer’s yeast, brown rice, whole wheat, royal jelly, soybeans, rye, lentils, sunflower seed and hazelnuts. Essential fatty acid sources are salmon oil, flaxseed oil and primrose oil taken as supplements. Foods for stress are ones which are high in protein, Vitamin A, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C and magnesium. The best protein sources are eggs, milk products, meat, fish soy, nuts and seeds. The richest food source of vitamin A is cod


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liver oil, liver, dandelion greens, carrots, yams, kale, parsley and turnip greens, spinach, collard greens. Foods highest in pantothenic acid are royal jelly, brewer’s yeast, torula yeast, brown rice, sunflower seeds, soybeans, corn, lentils, egg yolk, peas. Vitamin C sources are most concentrated in rose hips, acerola cherries, guavas, black currants, parsley, green peppers, watercress, chives, strawberries, spinach, oranges, cabbage, and grapefruit. While undergoing stress and trying to recapture joy, it is important to exercise (if medically cleared) and have some exposure to sunlight which produces vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depressive moods. While the food that we eat is vitally important to our health, there is a mind/ body connection that is equally important. Our thoughts and emotions have a direct impact on our health through neuropeptides. Dr. Deepak Chopra states: “It has now been absolutely proved that the same neuro-chemicals influence the whole bodymind. Everything is interconnected at the level of the neuro-peptide; therefore, to separate these areas is simply bad science.” The human brain changes thoughts into thousands of chemical messages every second. So, to restore joy and laughter, we need to clear our minds of negative thoughts and emotions. Following are alternative emotional healing modalities Emotional Freedom Technique- An emotional meridian tapping technique which releases negative emotional

energy and obsessive thoughts and emotions. Often a skilled practitioner can intuit underlying issues and draw out deeper issues to release. Flower Essences- A form of energy medicine, the flower essences Bird of Paradise, Blackberry, Valerian, and Fig all help to restore the sense of humor and contentment. Spiritual CounselingEncouraging prayer and a deeper connection to God have been shown to help heal depression and increase happiness. Discussion of life’s issues with a spiritual perspective can be healing for many people. Color Light Therapy-Color is actually visible energy on the electromagnetic spectrum. Each color has its own specific wavelength of energy just as do X-rays, microwaves, radio waves, etc. Useful in some cases, shades of yellow light can be helpful in energetically rebalancing the body and restore light heartedness. Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology & Electro-Acupuncture- All based on stimulating meridian points by pressure, needles, electrical stimulation or massage. Massaging glandular foot reflexology points can help revitalize the body and mind. Stimulation of meridian points by pressure, needles or electrical pulse can help release negative emotional energy and make room for joy! Aromatherapy- Inside the limbic system of the brain is a gland called the amygdala.  In 1989 it was discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma.  The only way to stimulate this

gland is with the sense of smell.  So now, with aromatherapy and essential oils, we are able to access the amygdala to release emotional trauma.  To restore joy apply a combination of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, and Rose. They are especially effective if applied to parts of the ear (auricular therapy) or meridian points on the body. If laughing and enjoying life is difficult due to stress, take extra care and seek professional help if necessary. There are many natural alternative treatments available to help restore vitality, energy, and joy.

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Book BINGO – 2pm. Play BINGO, win books. Free. Pre-registration required. Allen Park Public Library, 8100 Allen Road, Allen Park. 313-3812425. Allen-Park.Lib.Mi.Us. Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. Mixture of guided visualization, breath work, therapeutic imagery and body awareness. $15. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.


Teen Poetry Slam – 6:30-9pm. Famous local poet and author Tom Budday hosts open mike and slam. Refreshments served, prizes awarded. Free. Grosse Pointe Library Woods Branch, 20680 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-343-2072. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. 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. 734674-6965. Understanding how to use Herbs for Better Health – 6:30-8pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/ Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3 Business to Business Chamber of Commerce Open House – 5:15pm. Bring Along your business cards for this gathering of the Livonia, Plymouth and Northville Chamber of Commerce groups. Plymouth Wellness Center, 1075 W. Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. 734-455-5600. Health Screenings – 10am-2pm. Metro Detroiters can be tested for hypertension and diabetes. Receive a free glucometer for those in need. Free. Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit. 313-833-9800.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4 Women in Networking Group – 6:30-8pm. Free. Leo’s Coney Island, 23233 Outer Drive, Allen Park. Present Moment Meditation for Women – 7-8:15pm. Learn mediation, plus simple techniques for staying relaxed, peaceful and present. Light discussions will include topics relevant to women and daily challenges. Limited seating. $12. All About Women’s Health Boutique & Day Spa, 31209 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

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How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk(ette) – 6-8pm. Four classes on learning to follow your heart without losing your mind. Learn how to build and maintain a healthy relationship. Hosted by Marriage Resource Center. Free. Evangel Ministires, 13660 Stansbury, Detroit. 313-278-4400.

Storytelling – 5pm. Storyteller Jan Longton will present the life story of Harriet Tubman. Ages 5 and up. Free. River Rouge Public Library, 221 Burke St, River Rouge. 313-843-2040.

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

First Friday Fitness Event – 7:30-9pm. Fun 1.5 hour 80’s style Zumba party. $15. Elements of Exercise Studio, 23910 Carlysle, Dearborn.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 Canton International Festival – 11am. Canton Commission for culture, arts and heritage multicultural committee present displays, food and performances from around the world presented by Canton residents. Free. Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton.

Be Stress Free Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn to deal with stress overload and what to do to prevent it. Learn what stress does to the body. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C, N.D. and the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. Free. Seating limited. Reservations required. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-756-6904. 


Super Saturday Extravaganza – 11am-2pm. Shop local vendors, enjoy family activities. Bring one non-perishable food item for admittance. Christ the King Pennsylvania Campus, 16700 Pennsylvania, Southgate. Shelly 734-771-1994.

How to Make a Raw Food Diet Work For You – 6-8pm. Clear up any misconceptions about what makes a healthy raw food diet & present a simple, low-fat approach that’s easy to follow & gives great results-immediately as well as long term. Cravings, addictions, transition & detox will be explained, & Recipes shown & sampled! $40. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

The Un-Valentine Tales – 8pm. Hear sad songs, mad songs and just plain funny songs about the unfriendly side of love. $15.Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton. VillageTheater.

Iridology Class I – 6:30-8pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

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Motown Winter Blast – 11am-9pm. Come down to Campus Martius and surrounding areas to enjoy winter with musical performers on stages, kid zones of crafts and activities, a celebration of Motown and a taste of Detroit. Ice skating available. Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-962-0101. Civic Jazz Live – 6:30pm. See the stars of tomorrow and the legendary artists performing live jazz. Free. Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-576-5111.


Yoga and the Chakras Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Learn about how chakras affect us when we are out of balance. Basic yoga practice. No experience needed. $25. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Partner Yoga with Your Valentine – 4-5:30pm. Come and enjoy a fun yoga practice with a partner. $25. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 30th Dance Extravaganza – 6pm. Presented by the Polish National Alliance Centennial Dancers. National dances from Poland as well as Polkas from America with authentic costumes. $10. Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton. 734-394-5460.

Couples Massage Class – 7-8pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a large sleeping bag or quilt. $10 per couple. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.


Kalimbas Workshop – 12-4pm. Make a simple version of this West African instrument using tongue depressors, scrap wood and markers. $8. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. DIA.Org. Used Book Sale – 12-4pm. Books, cds, dvds, videos, audio books and magazines. Fill a bag for $4. William P. Faust Public Library of Westland, 37644 Ford Rd, Westland.


Red Cross Blood Drive – 11am-5pm. Free. Wayne State University, Student Center Building 2nd floor Ballroom, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit. Light Up Your Love Life – 6-7:30pm. Learn how enhance your love life. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.


Become Focused, Organized and Productive – 8-10am. Grow your Business workshop series sponsored by the Downriver Community Federal Credit Union featuring Kathleen Ales-

sandro, founder of Energized Solutions LLC. Learn practical, implementable techniques to prioritize your workday and become focused, organized and productive. Downriver Guidance Center for Excellence, 13111 Allen Rd, Southgate. Free to DCFCU members, $5 for non members. Mark Tremper 313-460-0438.

Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. 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.

Cardiovascular Health Workshop – 7:158:30pm. Learn how to keep a healthy heart. Free. Limited seating. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd, Canton. 734-455-6767. Understanding Weight Loss 6-7pm. - 6:308pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

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New Chapters Weight Loss and Energy Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to lose weight and feel energized. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.

Get the Energy to Enjoy Your Life - 7:30-9pm. Wake up tired? Yawning in the afternoon? Come and find out which foods cause a loss or gain of sustained healthy energy. Presented by Francesca Elliott, R.D., C.P.T from The Nutritional Healing Center in Ann Arbor. FREE Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734.525.5400

Detox and Weight Loss? – 7pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C, N.D. Learn about detoxification of the human body. A healthier body is just a detox away! Free. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, on the 3rd floor. Seating limited. 734-756-6904. Pressure Point for Your Valentine – 7-8pm. Learn how this simple, yet effective therapy is utilized to relieve stress. Free. Pre-registration required. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220. Intro to Reiki Energy Evening – 7-8:30pm. Experience a mini hands-on reiki session and explanation about reiki energy healing. Donations appreciated. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #30, Grosse Pte Woods. 313647-3320.

Present Moment Meditation for Women – 7-8:15pm. Learn mediation, plus simple techniques for staying relaxed, peaceful and present. Light discussions will include topics relevant to women and daily challenges. Limited seating. $12. All About Women’s Health Boutique & Day Spa, 31209 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-6746965. Healthy Stretching for Survival of the Fittest! – 8-9pm. Certified Wellness doctor William H. Karl, D.C., teaches exercises to help revitalize and strengthen your body. Free. Pre-registration required. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220. Herbal Aids for the Intestinal System - 6:308pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

Chocolate Lounge – 8-10pm. Your hosts Carolyn Simon and Natalie Humphrey, Chocolatier will be serving up sweet treats and superfood elixirs with live entertainment. Red Pepper Deli, 116 W Main St, Northville. Reserve a seat 248-773-7671.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19 SAVE THE DATE Natural Health & Raw Food Seminars with InternationallyRenowned Leader Dr. Douglas Graham – 7-10pm. Sponsored by Living Yoga. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. for details, or call Ellen Livingston 734-995-0875. Held at the Quality Inn in Livonia.

Lunch and Learn – 12-1pm. Presented by Frank Garfield, certified medical hypnotherapist, international author and lecturer. Learn about examining and interpreting different types of dreams. Free. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #30, Grosse Pte Woods. 313-647-3320. Take Charge of Your Health – 7-9pm. Learn how to take an active role in achieving better health and well being with diet and lifestyle changes. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C, N.D. Free. Limited seating. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 734-756-6904. 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20 Charming Strip Club Hexagon Hip Hop Quilt – 11am-2pm. Explore quilting possibilities. Book required. Free. The Material Girls Quilt Shop, 1850 Grindley Park St, Dearborn. 313-561-1111. Strong Kids Bowl-a-Thon – 5:30-9pm. Fun packed fundraiser to help support the Strong Kids Campaign. $15. Pre-registration required. Trenton Lanes, 3360 W. Jefferson, Trenton. 734-282-9622.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21 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. 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off – 1-4pm. The Ladies of Harley, Motor City Chapter 2368, open to the public, help support Autisim. To enter call Cindy Tawase 248-486-0026. Joy Manor Banquet Hall, 28999 Joy Rd Westland.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 22 Piano Studio Recital – 7:30-8:30pm. Piano students perform. Free. Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 W Hancock, Detroit. Events.Wayne.Edu. Raw Mexican Dinner – 7pm. Dinner, Dessert and Drinks $25. Reservations 248-773-7671. Red Pepper Deli, 116 W Main St, Northville.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23 Evening Story Time – 6pm. Stories, games, songs and crafts. Fun for the family with children under 6 years old. Free. Flat Rock Public Library, 25200 Gibraltar Rd, Flat Rock. 734-782-2430. Iridology Class II – 6:30-8pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 Inflammation Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Cosponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Learn all about inflammation. Free. Limited seating. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd Floor, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-425-8588.

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


Natural Health Lecture and Raw Food Demonstration – 6-7:30pm. Free. Zerbo’s Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 866-4-ZERBOS. Herbal Aids for the Nervous System – 6:308pm. Geri Torres, Iridologist/Reflexologist teaches this introductory class $2. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.


Women Composers in Argentina – 11:45am12:40pm. Lecture about women composers in Argentina. Free. Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 W Hancock, Detroit. Events.Wayne.Edu.


Storytelling – 2pm. Tonya Dallas will present stories celebrating black history and promoting cultural awareness. Ages 5 and up. Free. River Rouge Public Library, 221 Burke St, River Rouge. 313-843-2040.


NIA Jam – 2:30-4pm. Join metro Detroit NIA teachers for a NIA Jam. NIA is a movement experience that will have you moving in your body’s way. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Yoga Shelter, 11 Mile Rd and Main Street, Royal Oak. Beth, 248-229-5755.


Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. Mixture of guided visualization, breath work, therapeutic imagery and body awareness. $15. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.


Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. 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. 734674-6965.


Present Moment Meditation for Women – 7-8:15pm. Learn mediation, plus simple techniques for staying relaxed, peaceful and present. Light discussions will include topics relevant to women and daily challenges. Limited seating. $12. All About Women’s Health Boutique & Day Spa, 31209 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-6746965. Getting Rid of the Toxins in Your Body 7:30-9pm. Join Carolyn DiComo, Arbonne Specialist as she discusses the health benefits of Figure *™ Daily De-Tox Tea. This herbal tea is known to support both liver and kidney function by providing anti-oxidant protection to combat toxins and free radical exposure. . FREE Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734.525.5400

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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. All Levels Hip Openers Yoga Class – 121:15pm. $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. VinYin Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston – 9:3011am. Small group size in instructor’s Ann Arbor home studio. $15. Ellen 734-995-0875. Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12:00pm. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. SWCRC Office, 20600 Eureka Rd Ste 315, Taylor. Suzan 734-287-3699.


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Restorative 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. Yoga for Everybody – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking. City Yoga, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Zumba – 7-8pm. Bring dry shoes. $12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit. ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7:10pm. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Yoga Flow Class – 7:15pm. $15 walk in. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248305-8414.

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. Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 5:30pm. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Baxter’s Eatery, 3000 Van Born, Trenton. Kelly 734-284-6000x25 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. 734-266-0565. Fitness FUN-damentals – 6pm. Free. Garden City Hospital Westland Specialty Center, 35600 Central City Pkwy, Westland.

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45pm. The Fighting Fit, 3203 Biddle Ave, one block north of Eureka Road, Wyandotte.

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. 248-353-2885.

BYTETHIS Poetry Series – 8pm. $5. Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit. Lashaun Phoenix Moore

Vinyasa Yoga – 6 and 7:15pm. $10. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2803 1st Street, Wyandotte.

Zumba – 8-8:55pm. $8. Program fee. YMCA, 28100 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. 248-553-4020.

Guided Meditation Night – 6-8pm. Free. 670 S Main St, Plymouth. 734-476-9555. Laura 734-476-9555.

Acoustic Mondays – 9pm. Free. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.

Yoga and Qi Gong for Real Bodies – 6-7:15pm. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Ashtanga Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Matador Restaurant, 26747 Van Born, Taylor. Jeanne Liedel 734-516-5948.

Beginner Hula Hoop – 6:30-7:30pm. No experience necessary. Hoops provided. $22. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit. 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 – 7:15-8:15. No bag (non-contact) 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. Dance Academy, Westland Mall, lower level, 35000 Warren Rd, Westland. 734-425-1478. Zumba Fitness Class – 8-9pm. $8. Robert Lee Studio, 29885 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9720.

Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston – 9:3011am. Small group size in instructor’s Ann Arbor home studio. $15. 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. Swim with Your Dog Indoors – 10am-8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

Yoga at the Wall – 5-6pm. Basic yoga class using the support of the wall in creative ways. Like partner yoga, the wall is your support and assists you to explore your edge. All levels. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. 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. Vinyasa Unplugged – 5:45-7pm. Dynamic, intense physical class with a different vibe! Less music, experience long and lasting sequences, all integrated with a strong Vedanta theme. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 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. 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. 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. Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123. 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. Zumba Fitness Class – 8-8:55pm. $8. Phys. Ed Fitness Studio, 17142 Farmington Rd, Livonia. 734-523-9900.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. G. Phillips Cafe meeting room located inside YMCA at 16777 Northline, Southgate. Mary Anne 586-9435785. 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. Basic Internet Computer Class – 10-11am. Intro the basics of the computer. Learn how to use the mouse and how to get to a specific website address. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575. Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-207-8970. 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. 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.

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All Levels Yoga Class – 5-6pm. Donation basis. All levels. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. VinYin Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Cardio Hip Hop Fitness Class! – 6-7pm. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise, 23910 Carlysle, Dearborn. 313-274-3406. Ballroom Dance Lesson – 6:45-8pm. Learn the basics of several ballroom styles. No partners or dance experience necessary. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-207-8970.

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214

Cardio Shimmy-Belly Dance – 7-8pm. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise, 23910 Carlysle, Dearborn. 313-274-3406.

Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642.

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

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.

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. 248-349-0203.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300

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. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~ Mark Twain Yoga for Kids – 11-11:30pm. Ages 3-4. $10. Northville YOGA Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-YOGA. Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at a slower pace. Infused with inspiring music and citing of scriptures. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. 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 – 11am1pm. No experience need. All ages welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540.

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.

Prenatal Yoga -12:30 – 1:45p. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month. $13. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642.

Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale.

Miler’s Club – 12-12:30pm. Be a part of the senior miler’s walking club. $1. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Ci.Wayne.Mi.Us. 734-721-7400.

Northville Indoor Farmers Market – 10am3pm. Collection of food vendors, farmers and artisans. Northville Square, 133 W Main St., Northville.

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TRX Suspension Training – 10-11am. Learn how to weight train and get lean muscle using body weight. $10. Wate Man Fitness, 29123 8 Mile Rd, Livonia.

Lean and Mean KettleBell Class – 8-9am. Bring kettlebell, 8-10lb recommended. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carlysle, Dearbon.

Senior Fitness Testing – 11-11:30pm. $5. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Heidi 734-721-7400. Ci.Wayne.Mi.Us.


Intro Pole Dance – 10-11am. Learn 10 basic moves. $20. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit.

Powerflex Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Burn excess body fat, build lean muscle, increase flexibility through accelerated aerobic breathing combined with isometric and isotonic yoga postures. All fitness levels welcome. Bring your own mat. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. Vedanta Study Group – 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

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HEALTHY FOOTWear acupuncture Terri Matson 15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152 734.525.5400 Www.Vivowellnesscenter.Com Acupuncturist, National Board Certified. As Vivo Wellness Center incorporates Chinese Medicine into its environment, we are extremely pleased to have Terri as our acupuncturist. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a pre-med emphasis in Biology and Psychology. Terri also has earned a 3-yr Master in Acupuncture degree and certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

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TOTAL HEALTH FOODS, LLC 13645 Northline, Southgate, MI 48195 734-246-1208 We offer a wide variety of vitamins and supplements, 100 bulk herbs to choose from as well as allergy free foods including wheat and gluten free. We have a relaxed and friendly community atmosphere where you can enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea. There are classes and services going on all the time that focus on your health, wellbeing and spirituality. We believe in helping you make educated and informed decisions on your health by suppling a fountain of resources including a certified ND.

Denise Strauss 15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152 734.525.5400 Www.Vivowellnesscenter.Com Detoxify at Metro Detroit’s Premier Colon Hydrotherapy Center. Offering two hydrotherapy suites, FDA approved equipment and disposable speculums. Denise Strauss- National Board Certified Colon Hydro-therapist. Stacie Collins-Wallace, Jaquita Lovelace, and Nancy Kennedy- Certified Colon Hydro-therapists

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

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Therapeutic Massage & Reiki 13645 Northline Road Southgate, MI 48195 734.934.2076 Located within Total Health Foods. Relax And Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind And Spirit At Angie’s Holistic Touch. Offering Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Bellanina Facelift Massage, AromaTouch Technique, Sinus Treatments & More! Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Are Included In All Sessions. NEW CLIENT SPECIAL - 1 Hour Therapeutic Massage for $45.

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15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152 734.525.5400 Www.Vivowellnesscenter.Com Offering massage in a quiet and relaxed setting are Certified Massage Therapists: Jackie Doer, Christian Monk and Wendi Murray. Our therapists offer: Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Integrative Massage for Fibromyalgia, Hot Rocks, Deep Tissue, Oncology, Lymph, Swedish and Myofascial Release.


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PET SERVICES Gentle Pet Protectors Lisa Phelps 521 North Lafayette Dearborn, MI 48128 313-410-3147 Professional Dog Walking; Pet and House Sitting Services. In business for over nine years. Provide in-home medical services. Fully Bonded, Licensed and Insured. Member of Pet Sitters International

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Certified Reflexology. Kris is a member in good standing with the International Reflexology Association and has been recognized as an expert in the health field as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Along with reflexology, Kris performs health assessments and can assist you with nutritional guidance.

Spirituality One Space Leslie Blackburn Dearborn, MI 313.269.6719 Illuminating the Path of Self-Realization through Art, Yoga, Sacred Geometry, Sacred Sexuality & more! Individual and couple coaching is available in addition to group classes, workshops and retreats. Browse the website for original artwork and music. Prints, music downloads and commission pieces are also available.

WELLNESS CENTERs Dr Carol Ann Fischer, D.C. N.D. 31594 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48180 734-664-0339 You deserve the best TLC Weight loss and detoxification, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Gentle non-force Chiropractic, Hormone Rejuvenation Therapy, Pressure Point Therapy, and Muscle Response Testing

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

~Woody Allen Holistic Healer & Wellness Center

21194 Van Born Rd. Dearborn Heights, 48125 (313) 299-9800 Alternative healing modalities offered including colonics, allergy testing, bodywork, nutritional counseling, essential oils and home detoxification. Products available include organic herbal supplements and natural and organic body and skin care products.

Karl Chiropractic Clinic & Wellness Center, P.C. 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185 734.425.8220 A unique wellness center devoted to helping people regain and support their health in the most natural ways, utilizing nutrition, whole food supplements, herbs, energy balancing techniques and, homeopathic and herbal remedies multiple detoxification techniques, allergy elimination, rebuilding and energizing exercises, as well as providing traditional and advanced chiropractic care.

Dr Sharon A. Oliver, M.D. Integrative Medicine Institute 18714 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48203 313-368-2284 313-368-4598 fax

Lezlie Cebulski Holistic Healing & Wellness 199 North Main Street, Suite B-6 Plymouth, MI 48170 734-787-0626 Alternative Medicine Board certified traditional naturopath and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, uses a unique combination of nutrition, detoxification, light therapy, flower essences, EFT and muscle response testing to rebalance energy and release negative emotions. Specializing in natural treatment of anxiety, depression, mood swings, fatigue, anger issues, and improving self-image with lasting results.


15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152 734.525.5400 Www.Vivowellnesscenter.Com Vivo wellness center combines complementary and alternative medicine to give you the best health care available. We are committed to the best in alternative healthcare and are always busy finding and establishing just the right modalities to help you in your quest for better health and an optimal life. Established in 2004 we are family owned and operated. Offering colon hydrotherapy, a far infrared sauna, reiki, restorative yoga, reflexology, Chinese and American herbs, acupuncture, doctor of naturopathy, therapeutic massage and ongoing complimentary educational seminars. All of our modalities are located in our spa-like facility , with integrative care coordinated by experienced and certified health practitioners.

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Classes & Coaching, Yoga Ellen Livingston, MA, RYT, Healthy Lifestyle Consultant 734-995-0875 Learn how to eat and live for optimal health, and start feeling better! Discover the diet we are designed to thrive on - our natural diet of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Offering classes, workshops, free public talks, and personal coaching. See ad, page 30.

Practice Yoga 20792 Mack Ave Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 (313) 881-2874 Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Basic, YinYoga, Mat Pilates, Kripalu and Kid’s Yoga. We offer a very safe and supportive atmosphere to take your practice at your own pace. Discover yourself at Practice Yoga!

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15365 Hubbard Street Livonia, MI 48154 PH: 734.466.8701 FX: 734.466.8702

We LISTEN to our clients’ health concerns and work to address the causes using a wide variety of modalities. Nutritional Consultations, Therapeutic & Aromatherapy Massage, Far Infrared Sauna, Life Coaching, Pain Management, Postural Analysis, Detoxification, Lymphatic Drain, Dry Skin Brushing, Reflexology, Energy Healing, Ear Candling

15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152 734.525.5400 Www.Vivowellnesscenter.Com Are you stressed out, recovering from an injury or illness, have limited mobility? Experience restorative yoga with reiki…you’re gonna love it! Carolyn Tipa, Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master will guide the Restorative Yoga practice that uses supportive props to allow you to gently sustain poses that encourage a healing state of relaxation, meditative calm and renewed energy.  Carolyn will offer Reiki for those who would like to receive this subtle and effective form of energy healing that balances and enhances the body’s natural energy level. Class dates and times are listed on our website.

Laughter is the closest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge natural awakenings

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Holistic Family Healthcare Facility- Dr William. H. Karl has 28 years of experience with the latest wellness techniques. He has helped people of all ages to regulate and strengthen the immune, circulatory and nervous systems. Call now to schedule an appointment. Free consultation with Dr. Karl. 734-425-8220. Pain Relief - Do you suffer from heel spur plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain or back pain? Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear provides significant relief from any type of foot, leg or back pain. Take the 5 minute test and you will believe. If you work on your feet or like to walk, come see us at 1314 N. Telegraph Rd. Dearborn. 313-407-4976

HELP WANTED Massage room to rent in upscale Wellness Center located in Livonia. Daily rental available. Table and sheets provided. Must be professional and certified or working on certification. Visit our website at www. If you would like more information, please call Denise at 734.525.5400. Total Health Foods is looking for an experienced & friendly esthetician to join our staff. We are also accepting apps for people in the natural health field looking for space to see clients. Please drop off your resume to Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd., Southgate MI 48195

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