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letterfrompublisher As a kid, I remember watching the Keep America Beautiful PSA, the now-famous commercial in which a Native American looks out over a scene of terrible pollution. When he turns his head back to face the camera, a single tear falls down his cheek. I believe that message helped plant a seed of conservation in me because I identified with it in many ways. My mom comes from Native American decent, and my dad was an Eagle Scout. We all enjoyed going camping together as a family and spending time in nature, so this man’s deep sadness at what was being done to Mother Earth’s amazing resources resonated within me.

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April seems like the perfect time of the year to celebrate Earth Day here in Michigan because the hope and rebirth of spring is so abundantly apparent in nature, and the seasons are so pronounced that even city folks can see new life blooming. There are many things that each of us can do that will truly make a difference in the world through our choices and our actions to keep our space beautiful. The mantra is pretty simple and not unfamiliar: reduce, reuse, recycle. Yet, doing these things is sometimes difficult. I think that Kermit the Frog had it right when he said it’s not easy being green. There are times when it might be easier to throw something away instead of taking the time to recycle it, or cheaper to buy more than we need. But it helps to think about the big picture. If each and every one of us made some small changes each day, it would begin to add up to make a noticeable difference over time. In my neighborhood, curbside recycling has really helped to reduce the amount of trash from our household. Each week we fill the bin and over time I have noticed that more and more of my neighbors are doing the same. When I met Ron Covert of Covert Shredding, he inspired me to step up my game and take my paper recycling to the next level. First I brought him several boxes of old papers, which greatly increased the number of empty drawers at home. Now, in my office, I keep two envelope boxes next to my garbage can to separate out paper trash. Pages that are clean on one side, I use to print internal documents and for making scrap note pads. I shred items with confidential information. Any other paper trash goes into the recycle bin each week. This process truly takes very little extra effort. I have also made an effort to purchase 100 percent post consumer recycled paper which saves energy, water, and landfill space and helps to create a market demand.

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There are any number of things we can do such saving coffee grounds to use as compost or asking our favorite coffee shop to use biodegradable containers. Michigan Green Safe is a good source for these products, just ask John Chetcuti for utensils made from potatoes and cups made of corn. These innovative products keep Styrofoam containers out of our landfills. John is a man on a mission helping to convert local businesses into green businesses. It’s also a huge bonus that he helps to spread the word about Natural Awakenings magazine where ever he goes. We are grateful for all our Natural Awakening supporters. This month we celebrate our first year anniversary, and you might notice that we have quite a few more listings in our Community Resource Guide starting on page 50. These fine individuals and businesses are just a few of our local and holistic community of practitioners, and I want to thank them most sincerely for sharing in my dream to get the healthy living, healthy planet message out to the Wayne County area and beyond. If knowledge is power, the intention of Natural Awakenings is to spread our knowledge far and wide so that each of you, our readers, becomes empowered by the many ways that you can live a happier and healthier life. I want to do all that I can to help get the message out to all that are open and willing to receive it. Thanks to everyone who has helped us to reach this point. It has been quite a journey thus far, and I suspect that it’s just the beginning! Feel good, live simply, and definitely, laugh more,

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Quilted Pleasures Quilt Show


he General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society quilt show and Dearborn Historical Museum open house will be held in two West Dearborn historical home locations: the Commandant’s Quarters, 21950 Michigan Avenue and the McFadden-Ross House, 915 South Brady Street. In addition to the three floors of quilts, 19th century appliqué quilts from the Dearborn Historical Museum’s collection will be exhibited. There will also be a special display of quilts from quilt artists Sheila DeRose and our Society’s own Kathy Connor. Raffle tickets for a bed quilt, made by Society members, and gifts will be for sale. The 1833 Commandant’s Quarters is the oldest building in Dearborn in its original location. Its period rooms reflect life in the Detroit Arsenal military outpost. The McFadden-Ross House originally was the 1839 Detroit Arsenal Powder Magazine. Converted to a farmhouse in 1883, it was a home until 1950. The quilt show will allow visitors to tour the homes without the exhibit ropes to view new and heritage quilts as well as the period homes close-up. All interested in quilts, history or who are just curious are welcome to this family friendly event. Admission is $3. Hours are Friday, April 23rd from 10-5 and Saturday, April 24th from 10-4. Please, no baby strollers. No handicap access. The General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society’s biennial quilt show benefits the Dearborn Historical Museum 313-565-3000.

Yoga Shelter Fundraiser Benefits Orphans in Haiti


hen Donna Orbovich, owner of Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, learned of the need to help orphans in Haiti following January’s earthquake, she stepped in to help. Orbovich organized a benefit yoga class that raised $700 for SOS Children’s Villages, which has set up an Emergency Relief Fund for Orphans of Haiti. “The class was a big success,” says Orbovich. “We all wanted to help, and being able to contribute to this effort helped us feel that we were doing something constructive. It was a loving way to give. Our community is compassionate and giving in so many areas.” SOS Children is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Sponsors and donors worldwide provide hope for more than 78,000 children in 500 unique Children’s Villages in 124 countries. Donations pay to build the Villages and run them until child sponsors cover the running costs. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe is located at 17000 Kercheval Avenue, above Trader Joe’s. YogaShelter. com, 313-884-YOGA. For more on SOS Children,

Mydols rock EcoBeats stage at Green Street Fair etroit’s most beloved mom band is honoring Mother Nature with a performance at the Green Street Fair in Plymouth on Sunday, May 2. The third annual fair, which runs April 30-May 2 in Kellogg Park and surrounding streets, encourages people to take small steps toward leading a healthier, more eco-friendly life. The Mydols, four local moms with 13 children between them, are no strangers to being green. Lead singer April Mydol founded Green Drinks Detroit, an organization that brings together eco-minded individuals for networking the third Wednesday of each month at various green bars and eateries in town. The organization is now run by Recycle Here in Detroit. Boyle also recently completed Regeneration Raw’s Teacher Certification Program in an effort to model a sustainable diet. And, the Mydols will release their new CD “Family Rules” in green packaging. Oasis Potato Tray Digipaks are made from potato starch, requiring just a fraction of the usual energy and emissions to make. Best of all, they can be recycled or composted. “Family Rules” will be released on Mother’s Day, around the time the band will appear on an episode of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” on A&E. At Green Street Fair, the Mydols will play songs off their new album, as well as old favorites like “The Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)” by Jack Johnson, and “Bein’ Green” by Kermit the Frog. The Mydols will appear noon-1 p.m. on the Eco-Beats Stage. In addition to live music, Green Street Fair will feature exhibitor displays, street performers, children’s activities, fitness and well-being demonstrations, organic cuisine, art installations and more. Visit The Mydols are: April Boyle, lead vocals, of Pleasant Ridge; Judy Davids, guitar, of Royal Oak; Wendy Von Buskirk, bass, of South Lyon; and Laura Spern, drums, of Royal Oak.

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newsbriefs Permanent Agriculture Seeps into the Urban Landscape


he Southeastern Michigan Permaculture Guild and The Greening of Detroit will host a four-day suburban-urban permaculture training class April 8-11 at Gleaners Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, in Detroit. The educational intensive will cover a variety of philosophies and applications. The course is for anyone interested in transforming their environment into a beautiful, productive, energy lean and functional space. Students will learn about foundation of permaculture design; raising and preserving food; gardening on concrete, roofs and in apartments; reducing energy use; rainwater harvesting and more.

Cost is $450. Registration includes lunches and the course book. Contact Kido Pielack, 313-285-1256.

Dearborn Relay Raises Funds for American Cancer Society


elay For Life in Dearborn will be held May 1-2. The event supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. This inspiring overnight event unites the entire Dearborn community in the common goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. “We invite the public to come out and spend time with our teams that will camp out and walk the track for 24 hours” says event chair Denise Abdullah. “Moments you won’t want to miss include our Opening Ceremony celebrating survivors and caregivers at 10 a.m. and our candlelight Luminaria Ceremony, remembering those lost at 10 p.m.” Both ceremonies take place May 1. The 24-hour event will include music, games, activities, food and fun for all ages. Relay for Life will be held at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave, in Dearborn. or 313-336-9020.


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he 3rd annual Green Street Fair will return to downtown Plymouth on April 30 and May 1-2. The Green Street Fair brings companies, artisans, entertainers and workshops together in a friendly and family-oriented outdoor environment to promote global interest and personal well-being. Attendees will be encouraged to learn the advantages of taking strides, large or small, towards living a healthier and greener life. Even the smallest steps in going green can make a world of difference.

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Annual Flea Market Fundraiser and Tours


he 28th annual Detroit Historical Society Guild Flea Market will take place Saturday April 10 and Sunday April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique and bargain hunters will find collectibles, contemporary treasures and a variety of arts and crafts. Tours of the Historic Fort Wayne complex will be offered. The guided tours will include the Star Fort built in the 1840s, the Commanding Officer’s House, the Spanish-American War Guard House and the National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen. In addition, re-enactors will create the Civil War era at the Fort. Admission is free. Secured parking is $5. Tours are $3 per person. Refreshments and baked goods will also be available for sale. Proceeds from the flea market benefit the work of the Detroit Historical Society Guild. Parking proceeds will be used by the City of Detroit Recreation Department to assist with future Historic Fort Wayne programs. Vendors can purchase tables for only $30 or three tables for $75. Vendors can contact Mitzi at 586498-9298 or Natalie at 586-771-1353. Historic Fort Wayne is located at 6325 W. Jefferson, in Detroit.

Holistic Center Adds Juice Bar, Facials and More


eed a natural energy boost? Try one of Holistic Healer’s healthy offerings from the newly-opened organic smoothie and juice bar. Featuring a variety of fresh fruits and protein powders, herbal tea, coffee and cocoa blends and lots of tasty treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. A trip to the Holistic Healer smoothie bar is a great way to revitalize after a relaxing massage or pedicure, age-defying facial, or healing acupuncture or acupressure session. Also new this month—personal training, ionic detoxification and quantum wave laser therapy. The Holistic Healer and Wellness Center is expanding its services to take care of your mind, body and spirit all in one convenient location. Another new service, colonic treatments, will begin in May. Colon cleansing sessions are in high demand for help with weight loss, constipation and overall improved colon health. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center is located at 21194 Van Born Road, in Dearborn Heights. 313-299-9800. See ad, page 2.

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he Michigan Naturopaths Association is a professional organization he Wayne Rotary club is hoping to host the biggest Euchre tournament ever providing leadership and professional played in Michigan, come on out and help them set a World Record. support, networking, educational “This is going to be a day of fun and excitement for Euchre players from all over. support, health news and more for said Wayne Rotarian President and event planner Bob Gilbert. “Euchre is a fun, naturopaths, students in training for fast and easy game to learn and is quite popular in the Midwest. We thought it would be fun to try and set a world record and raise money for The Wayne Rotary natural healing, and natural health Foundation.” practitioners. The event takes place on Saturday, April 24th from 1:30 (pre-registration) to With evidence of the growing 9pm at Burton Manor in Livonia. The tournament will begin at 3pm Players can number of people in the past two log on to to pre-register. This is an individual player tourna- decades demanding alternative and ment; tickets are $20 per player, $25 at the door. Players must pay cash the door, holistic health care choices, Michigan and be 18 years old. Naturopaths Association is here to “We are marketing the tournament to the entire Midwestern area includsupport the presence, evolution and ing Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and parts of Canada too because there are thousands professionalism of holistic, naturoof players that would enjoy this tournament,” said Gilbert. “We are hoping for a pathic and alternative health care in record 2,000 players to attend the event. We are also excited to have “My Trivia Michigan. Live” as a Diamond sponsor ( Another feature of the day will be founder and director of Grand Prix Card Tournaments and the World Series on Euchre, Joe Andrews. He will be offering or call 734-769-779. Euchre instruction and signing his book, The Complete Win at Euchre. “This is also an opportunity to put the spotlight on Rotary and spread the word Participation is on this fantastic charitable organization. Limited. Plea se RSVP early! We raised over $30,000 last year and more than half of that was given back to our community. This is a chance to play a fun game of cards and also donate to children and families in the Wayne-Westland area. Come experience a stress free, enjoyable, Open House Celebration


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newsbriefs Freshen up a Room with No-VOC Paints


pring cleaning often leads to spring makeovers for homeowners. Painting is one of the easiest and inexpensive of these, providing the best bang for the buck. Thankfully, open windows are not the only way to keep paint fumes out of the house. Many paint manufacturers today offer low-or no-VOC paints to homeowners who want to keep toxins at bay. VOC stands for volatile organic compound. VOCs are typically added during the manufacturing and tinting process. But VOCs also can be naturally found in nature. Even trees emit VOCs. Still, for those seeking these nontoxic paint alternatives, there are numerous ones available through local retailers. AG Maintenance and Home Improvement offers the Pure Performance line from PPG Pittsburg Paints. The paint is high quality and reasonably priced. Also available is the Benjamin Moore line, Natura, the “greenest” of all of its Green Promise Paints. These paints allow tinting to any color without adding VOCs by using a color-based colorant.

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Teacher’s Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together


unday, April 11th at 4:30pm there will be a Yoga Benefit for Teacher’s Pet at Practice Yoga in Grosse Pointe. Teacher’s Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together is a unique and innovative program that pairs at-risk youth with hard-to adopt shelter dogs for a 10-week workshop in basic obedience. They currently work with youth at Kingsley Montgomery School in Waterford, Crossroads for Youth in Oxford, Children’s Village in Waterford, Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center in Mount Clemens, as well as two week long summer day camps for 6th-9th graders interested in learning about dog training. Student trainers learn the basics of animal handling, identifying stress in dogs, why it’s important to be able to put yourself in the dog’s paws’ and move into Basic Obedience 101. The students work with the dogs on performing commands such as sit, stay, down, leave it, drop it, how to walk on a leash, not jumping on people, improving focus and socialization and more. At the conclusion of the program, the canine graduates are available for adoption.


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Learn the secrets to permanently losing weight and keeping it off. The foods that provide energy and the foods that age the body will be reviewed. Every one can look and feel younger with this weight loss secret and the others that will be presented. Learn the secrets about diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes that can improve your health. Limited to the first 20 call. Reservations required (734) 756-6904. Held at Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, 48322

Sugar - Friend or Foe? • Monday, April 26, 2010 6:00-8:00pm

Do you crave sugar? Do you avoid sugar? Do you know all the names sugar has on the ingredient list? The average American eats over 180 pounds of sugar each year. A can of soda had 9 teaspoons of sugar. Learn where sugar is hiding in your food and why it is a danger to you when too much is consumed. There is a natural way to still eat sweet. This health class will be held at Alfred Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd., Livonia. No charge for this class. Limited to 30 guests. 734-756-6904 Reservations requested.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that works for all.

Big Improvement

Small Changes Add Up to Large Cut in Carbon Emissions A new study from Michigan State University demonstrates how altering everyday decisions can collectively reduce direct U.S. household carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent annually in 10 years, “with little or no reduction in household well-being.” That’s equal to 7.4 percent of U.S. household emissions, and more than the total national emissions of France. Researchers note that most policy attention has been placed on long-term options such as clean energy technologies and cap-and-trade programs, but changing individual habits is reasonably achievable in the near-term. Adopting fuel-efficient vehicles and smart home weatherizing top the list of doable changes, followed by use of energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling equipment, as well as fuel-smart driving behavior, low-rolling resistance tires and carpooling ( Entrepreneur Robin Chase, who founded Zipcar (, the biggest urban car-sharing program in the world, is now also catalyzing a broader communications network for carpooling, called ride sharing, via local social networks of friends, coworkers, fellow church-goers and school chums. She notes that car sharing, in which users reserve and pay for the time they use a common-access vehicle, has been proven to reduce road time, as well as personal gas, insurance and maintenance costs. Create or join a ride-sharing group at

Online Communities Support Green Parenting Mothers who understand the benefits of green living to the health and welfare of their offspring now and in the future can enjoy easy access to helpful practical information., now in its fourth year, offers its own article archives; GreenMoms. com, which celebrates its first anniversary this Mother’s Day, and links to targeted articles on various websites of interest. Both online communities share wideranging ideas and resources to make it easier to live as a green family and both enable online members to join in recommending products and services and providing their own insights and tips. In addition, invites members to form their own local support groups.

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Small Wildlife Victories Yield Hope Attorney Andrew Wetzler, director of the Chicago-based Endangered Species Project, watches and reports on the status of threatened species around the planet. This past year saw the brown pelican fly off the endangered species list. Saiga antelope are making a comeback in Eurasia and wolf sightings are up in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Prospects for captive breeding programs are on the upswing for both the Siamese crocodile in Cambodia and endangered freshwater mussels in Kentucky. Expanded preserves will provide more habitat for Humboldt penguins, Peruvian diving petrels and East African elephants. New legislation now protects Alaskan habitat for polar bears and beluga whales. Recent Mexican and U.S. fishing limits will support survival of vaquita marina porpoises and loggerhead sea turtles, and large-scale industrial fisheries have been pre-empted from expanding into U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait to preserve this strategic Arctic ecosystem. More species winners included Chesapeake Bay oysters, England’s rare lapwing (a crested plover) and its Duke of Burgundy butterfly, New Zealand’s parea pigeon, Southeast Atlantic coral reefs and wild-spawning Atlantic salmon, spotted in New York’s Salmon River for the first time in a century. Sources: National Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund

Virtual Library

Pioneering School Library Becomes Bookless Cushing Academy, in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, might be the first public or private school to trade its paper-and-ink library collection for electronic devices. Before the switchover, spot checks showed that on some days, fewer than 30 books, or about 0.15 percent of its 20,000-book inventory, circulated. Today, the small school’s access to books is in the hundreds of thousands and growing. Staff has been added to help students navigate the electronic stacks using the library’s 65 Kindle e-readers and learn to discern, “what is valuable information or reliable from what is junk,” advises Headmaster James Tracy, Ph.D. Students also are downloading books on their laptops, iPhones and iPod Touch players. The school pays as little as $5 to buy an ebook, so it can access six books for the price of a traditional $30 hardcover. Response has been mixed; the high-tech library is engaging students, but highlighting and saving notes on passages, “is awful,” reports a junior at the school. Cross-referencing maps and graphics is, at present, problematic. Plus, it’s hard for students to happen upon books as they do when physically walking and browsing the aisles.

Global Crew

Study Shows Earth Already Past Three Tipping Points A team of 28 scientists responsible for the groundbreaking paper, “Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity,” published in Nature, have identified 10 biophysical systems that are crucial to humanity’s flourishing. They caution against “carbon blindness,” or focusing on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations above all else; rather, they point to 10 safe operating boundaries within which we must remain to maintain the basic environmental conditions in which we have evolved. “Human activities,” the scientists warn, “have now reached a magnitude that may trigger irreversible and, in some cases, abrupt environmental change, by damaging the regulatory capacity of the systems on Earth that keep the planet in the desired Holocene state” (that of the past 10,000 years). As of 2009, biodiversity loss was already at more than four times the identified tipping point, closely followed by a damaged nitrogen cycle; climate change had just passed the crucial tipping point. Ocean acidification and stratospheric ozone depletion are currently at the tipping point. Land system change, the phosphorus cycle and global freshwater use are closing in on the critical point, with chemical pollution and atmospheric aerosol loading the other two categorical dangers. Source:

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Earth Music

Digital Downloads Ease Emissions


The environment is reaping the reward of today’s trend toward accessing music via the Internet, pre-empting a trip to the store to purchase a CD in a plastic case. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show relative savings in production and transportation energy costs and related carbon dioxide emissions of 40 to 80 percent for the digital download; the higher savings is achieved when users choose not to burn the music onto a CD. Film fans viewing movies on their computer screen similarly render a benefit to Mother Earth. Source:

April 15

The Places Each Taxpayer Dollar Goes In a typical year, before figuring in recent bailouts and stimulus spending, the federal government generally allocates citizen tax dollars as follows: 21-22 cents each is gobbled up by Social Security, Medicare and other health programs, and defense, totaling two-thirds of each tax dollar. n

11 cents goes to safety-net programs, such as earned income credits and school lunches. n

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8 cents pays for interest on the national debt.


6 cents benefits federal retirees and veterans.


3 cents funds scientific and medical research.


2 cents educates our children.


1 penny aids people in other countries.

Source: Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, reported in The Christian Science Monitor.

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“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.” ~ Adlai Stevenson


owenwork is a unique integrative healing modality that treats the body as a whole and renews the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Developed in the 1950’s by the late Thomas Bowen of Geelong, Australia, the technique is now practiced in over thirty countries. Bowenwork is distinctive in its holistic approach to healing; it seeks to restore balance to all the body systems rather than simply addressing the symptoms of an illness or acute injury. Clients typically experience a very integrated bodily response after only a few treatments, often noticing a resolution of problems and conditions that they hadn’t even mentioned to the practitioner. During a Bowenwork treatment the practitioner uses her thumbs and fingers to gently “roll” over the muscles and then gives the body time to rest and adjust to the “moves,” thus inducing the beginnings of a deep relaxation. This relaxation is brought on due to changes in the fascia, or connective tissues, of the body which stimulates the rebalancing of the autonomic nervous system. Over 80% of bodily functions are controlled, without conscious thought, by the autonomic nervous system. This aspect of the nervous system is what engages the “fight or flight” response and is extremely susceptible to physical tension and emotional stress. With Bowenwork the autonomic nervous system can be put into a state of rest, facilitating healing on both structural and energetic levels. Camelia Tamasanu, of Bio Balance Therapy in Farmington, began practicing Bowenwork after it saved her from back surgery and paralysis resulting from a double herniated disc. As a massage therapist, she was keen to avoid surgery and turned to Bowenwork. Many clients experience a complete resolution of pain within just a few sessions but for Ms. Tamasanu it took much longer and she began to doubt the techniques. “When you have pain, you don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to wait, and that’s why you need a network of people to support you.” Eventually,

Bowenwork RENEWING THE BODY’S INNATE ABILITY TO HEAL ITSELF By Erin Eagen after twelve sessions, her pain was resolved. Now Bowenwork has become an integral part of Ms. Tamasanu’s massage therapy practice. In an effort to promote health and healing in her community she offers Bowenwork treatments on a donation basis. “I do this because of my own story, my experience,” she says. “My pain relief wasn’t immediate. I did lose trust, but when the pain left it was like a miracle.” Bowenwork can be used to help with an array of health conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system as well as infertility, migraines, and ADHD, to name a few. Bowenwork treatments are so gentle that they are safe for everyone including infants, pregnant women and the elderly. Bowenwork does not manipulate the skeletal system, so it is safe even when chiropractic care is contraindicated.

The full impact of the treatments isn’t usually felt for several days. In addition to a reduction in pain, increased mobility, and a general sense of well-being, it is common to sleep more soundly and have increased energy levels. Bowenwork also improves circulation, lymphatic drainage, and nutrient absorption, and aids the body in the elimination of toxins. For more information on Bowenwork visit To schedule an appointment with Camelia Tamasanu call 248-345-3117 or for more on her services, please visit her website at Erin Eagen is a freelance writer, yogini and natural living enthusiast currently pursuing a psychology degree at Wayne State University. She can be contacted at

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Aloe Vera Gel for Teeth


loe vera gel can soothe burned skin, take the itch out of bug bites and help treat rashes from poisonous plants. It also appears to be good for our teeth. A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal General Dentistry found that aloe vera gel worked as well as regular toothpaste to clean teeth and eliminate cavity-causing bacteria. Moreover, the study showed that the gel isn’t as hard on the teeth as abrasive toothpastes and so may be better for folks with sensitive teeth or gums. However, warns Dilip George, a master of dental surgery and co-author of the study, to be effective, products must contain the stabilized gel from the center of the plant and adhere to gentle manufacturing standards. To find a good aloe vera tooth gel, the researchers suggested checking with the International Aloe Science Council ( to review the products that have received its seal of quality.

The Smell of Virtue


ho would have thought that a clean-smelling room, infused with a barely noticeable scent of citrus, could turn us into better people? A new study at Brigham Young University shows that people who enter a clean-smelling environment do just that; they become fairer, more generous and more charitable. In one experiment, participants received $12, allegedly sent by an anonymous partner in another room. They then had to decide how much to keep and how much to return to their partner, who trusted them to divide it fairly. People in the cleanscented room returned an average of $5.33 to their partner, versus only $2.81 by those in a normal room. In another experiment, those in the citrus-scented clean room showed a higher interest (4.21 on a 7-point scale) in volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity service project than those in the other room (3.29). Also, 22 percent in the clean room pledged to donate money, compared to only 6 percent in the control group. Cleanliness can help shape our actions, the researchers concluded, as well as our judgments about others and ourselves. “This is a very simple, unobtrusive way to promote ethical behavior,” observes Katie Liljenquist, the lead author on the report in Psychological Science, noting its potential usefulness in workplaces, stores and other organizations that typically rely on traditional surveillance and security measures. Perhaps the findings could be applied at home, too, Liljenquist conjectures: “It could be that getting our kids to clean up their rooms might help them clean up their acts, too.”


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ew research from Tufts University School of Medicine shows that patients with knee osteoarthritis who engage in regular Tai Chi exercise both improve their physical function and experience less pain. Tai Chi benefits arthritis sufferers, report researchers, because its range of slow rhythmic movements enhances balance, strength and flexibility and induces mental relaxation, all of which contribute to a more positive perception of health and well being. Source: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

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ew, long-term research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows that middle-aged people who practice yoga gained less weight over a 10-year period than those who did not, independent of other physical activity and changes in dietary habits. The difference is that yoga teaches mindful eating. The researchers found that people who were aware of why they ate and stopped eating when satisfied weighed less than those who ate without that awareness. Yoga cultivates mindfulness in a number of ways, starting with being able to hold a challenging pose. A practitioner’s ability to be calm and observant during physical discomfort teaches how to maintain calm in other challenging situations as well, such as declining to eat when we’re not hungry or not eating extra food when it tastes especially good. Satisfaction also comes from awareness of how food looks, tastes and smells. The researchers concluded that mindfulness appears to be a state that can augment the usual approaches to weight loss, such as counting calories, limiting portion size and not eating when emotionally upset or depressed. Adding yoga practice to a standard weight-loss program may both make it more effective and promote eating behavior that is healthy and empowering.


e must choose carefully when adding plants to green our home environment. A recent study shows that instead of sucking up harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and breathing out healthy oxygen, like most plants do, some species can release harmful gases into the air. Among the latter group are the peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii Regel), snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata Prain), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina L.) and areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Wendl). The researchers further noted that other plants potted in plastic pots and sprayed with pesticides during their commercial production also can emit VOCs. Source: American Society for Horticultural Science, 2009

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elping our children form successful relationships with other people as a basis for getting along in the world is important, but building other connections is also vital—including a respectful relationship with nature, animals and the world we inhabit. Embarking on an outdoor walking adventure is an easy and enjoyable way of introducing children to nature’s wonders. Sandra Friend, author of numerous books, including The Florida Trail: The Official Hiking Guide and Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests, Parks and Preserves, says that many parents don’t realize the wealth of options that likely exist a short distance from where they live. “County park and recreation offices can provide information on a wide variety of parks, urban walks and other resources that you may not even be aware are close by,” says Friend. “Check your county’s website, where you can almost always find excellent information on these and other resources.” When she was young, Friend kept a terrarium on her bedroom windowsill, filled with the things she discovered while outdoors. She understands the benefits of giving children the license and space to explore nature in ways that stimulate their own imagination. Friend offers the following suggestions for engaging children while you’re out walking, and turning these experiences into memorable adventures that can help cultivate their inherent curiosity.

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Botanical gardens, parks, butterfly gardens and zoos are perfect settings for walking adventures, even on a rainy day. Should a child show interest in particular animals, make repeat visits at various times when the animals are being bathed, fed or cared for in different ways. In-between visits, watch a nature video together or explore a picture book about the animal. Do your research so that you can share facts about the animal’s behavior, colors, diet and habitat. If individual animals aren’t already named, let your child choose his or her own name. Then, as opportunities arise at home, you can bring up the topic of George the Giraffe or Lucy the Lioness, and encourage kids to use their imagination to create stories starring their animal friends.

Keep a Record

Whether it’s on your street, in a nearby city park or in the yard, a single tree can become an adventure all its own, especially for a small child who may not be able to manage long excursions. Make an outline of the tree on a piece of paper using a thick crayon or marker, and then run off multiple copies. Have the little one chronicle the tree’s seasonal continued on page 18


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“Outdoor Play” continued from page 16 changes by coloring them in and by adding the flowers that grow at its base or the birds and squirrels that live among its branches. Older kids can add more information, such as where the tree originated, its general lifespan and what it’s used for. “You can also carry along a camera to record things you encounter on your walks,” advises Friend. “Then, help your children assemble a scrapbook of their walking adventures.”

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Vacations are another opportunity for family walking adventures. Have kids research the area you’ll be visiting before leaving home, and plan walking routes ahead of time to make the most of your vacation. Remember, though, that huge expanses of wilderness can be intimidating, especially if you’re not even two feet tall. “Short trails are good for small kids,” counsels Friend. “Make it an adventure by picking a topic before you head out. If it’s butterflies, for example, have your child point out what they notice when they encounter one.”

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Don’t discount the mysteries and magic of your own backyard. Especially when children are very small, walking around the seemingly vast universe right outside their back door can be the source of some pretty great adventures. Hang a birdfeeder and learn the names of the birds that come to visit. Chart the seasons with their comings and goings, as well as the changes in the nearby plants and various trees. Older children can be in charge of their own garden plots; strolls to and from watering and caring for them can be a slow excursion to examine the rocks and insects along the way. Just be sure you’re ready to answer questions about everything you see.

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here’s a lot of hype on the market about detoxification programs and cleanses, especially during the spring. Most of them are formulas, potions, powders, strong herbs, bacteria or treatments. Although many of them are touted as “natural”, most are not. It is clear that nature has never, of its own accord, produced dehydrated, concentrated powders, pills, isolated fibers or elixirs. These unnatural substances can never relate naturally with our bodies and therefore cannot give true health. Any detoxification and cleansing that may happen when one adheres to one of these programs probably happens for two reasons. First, it may

the offending substance. How, then, can we cleanse our body safely and naturally? In a perfect diet, we would not need to cleanse. Wouldn’t it make sense that if we ate and lived naturally, dangerous levels of toxicity would never have a chance to build up in our body? It seems too difficult in today’s world, but since most people don’t eat and live naturally, it seems that doing so would create a perfect cleansing opportunity. That is, simply eating a truly natural diet for a period of time will mobilize loads of energy that no longer must be used in fending off incoming toxins, and the body will use that freed up energy to initiate a massive house-cleaning project. It makes sense that our natural dietary would be found abundantly in

contains a myriad of nutrients that work together and need each other in order to be used in the body. If we eat an isolated nutrient, the body then has to rob itself to provide the missing partners, thus using up more of its reserves. Besides, we cannot know all the partners of nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Facilitating a safe, natural and body-initiated cleanse is simplified by choosing only fresh raw fruits and greens for each meal (only when hungry) and eliminating all cooked or otherwise unnatural foods including anything that comes in a bottle, box or can, and anything powdered, extracted, isolated or concentrated.

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be that the body finds the “cleansing” material itself an irritant, so the body hurries to expel it along with the other contents of the colon. This is what happens with bran, which to the colon is like broken glass. The body goes into emergency cleaning to rid itself of the cleansing agent. The other reason is that, during the cleansing program, the person abstains from eating poorer foods and substances that were causing toxic build-up in the body. This is a relief to the body, however, more toxins are being added via the unnatural substances used for the cleanse. Anything we ingest that our body is not biologically designed to digest will cause our body to expend energy to eliminate or deal with

nature and that wise Mother Nature would make it appeal to our senses, so that we would be able to find it and enjoy it, without having to process it first: ripe, juicy fresh fruit, easily plucked right from a tree, vine, or bush, enjoyed asis, or tender-sweet leafy greens. Does a bottle of olive oil fit this picture? Or a jar of psyllium husk fiber? Drinks made from bentonite clay or lemon juice, cooked maple syrup and cayenne pepper do not seem to fit either.   Whole, fresh, ripe, raw juicy fruits and greens contain their own active enzymes so the body can assimilate needed elements. Dried powders and pills and heated extracts lack enzymes, so the body must use up some of its own enzyme stores intended for other purposes. Additionally, each whole, fresh, ripe, raw fruit or vegetable

While many of the substances used in packaged cleansing or detox programs are harsh, or cause a harsh reaction by the body, natural foods provide all the nutrients we need, in perfect concert with each other, in nature’s perfect gentle package. These “packages” are so easy to digest that precious enzymes and nerve energy remain available for all the cleansing and healing we need to do, all unfolding at nature’s safe pace.   Contact Ellen Livingston for classes and group coaching programs starting this month., 734-995-0875.

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Spring Green Rehab Give Your Home the Green Light Today by Crissy Trask


see how their everyday actions impact the whole system.” It helps to know that making over our home doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition, says Lerner. “Taking even small steps to renew a space will give us a sense of ownership, pride and comfort every time we enter it.”

ith Mother Nature beautifully transforming our outdoor environment this time of year, it’s only natural to feel inspired to rejuvenate our indoor environment, too. Given this natural source of inspiration, it makes sense to do it using green products that are better both for us and for the Earth. Kelly Lerner, a principal of One World Design Architecture, in Spokane, Washington, and co-author of Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House, sees a willingness among homeowners to sort through all the green options. “Yes, green materials have become stylish and chic. But homeowners are genuinely concerned about their own health and they also see the connection between their own wellbeing and the health of their homes and the ecosystem. We all depend on clean water and air, indoors and out, for example, and consumers are beginning to


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Foot (and perhaps paw) traffic, spills and abuse take a toll on floors. We could just cover them up with new carpet, but carpet harbors dirt and bacteria. A hard floor is easier to keep clean and will provide more flexibility, should we decide to redecorate down the road. Among the dizzying array of flooring options, a growing number of choices are better for the environment, so doing the right thing doesn’t mean compromising on style and quality. Certified sustainable wood Forest certification began as a way to urge logging companies to adopt environmentally sound practices. Today, several certification programs exist within the industry, but according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, independent Forest Stewardship Council certification remains the only credible

seal of approval for wood products. Look for the FSC mark on packaging and accept no substitutes. Reputable sources include EcoTimber. com and Bamboo Bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource that grows faster than almost any other plant, has found its way into many products, most notably, flooring. Dan Smith, president and founder of Smith & Fong Co., makers of Plyboo, remarks that “Bamboo easily passes the environmental test, but it’s also aesthetically and tactilely pleasing as a finish product.” To ensure quality and sustainability, select bamboo flooring that carries reputable third-party certifications of compliance with high environmental and indoor air quality standards. Some reputable sources include Plyboo. com and Cork Cork flooring is made from either the bark of a cork oak tree or recycled natural cork wine stoppers. The former renews every 10 years; the latter, each time we uncork a bottle of wine. As long as cork is harvested correctly, the cork tree is unharmed and regenerates bark 20 or more times during its lifespan.

Cork is strong, resilient and reduces noise, making it an ideal choice for many home applications. Look for formaldehyde- and PVC-free products. Intriguing sources include NaturalCork. com and Natural linoleum Natural linoleum flooring is made from renewable raw materials such as linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour and jute. Marmoleum, produced by Forbo, comes in so many different colors that the design possibilities are limitless. But its color palette is just the beginning of the allure: “Marmoleum actually becomes stronger with age, as the linseed oil oxidizes,” explains Melanie Valerian, the company’s product line manager, “and its natural anti-static properties repel dust and dirt, making it easy to clean and maintain.” Visit

Make Over Countertops

Got peeling laminate or stained grout? Resist the popular choice, granite, which is nonrenewable and requires significant energy to extract and ship. Instead, try a renewable countertop material that rivals or surpasses granite in beauty and performance for the kitchen, bar or bathroom. Recycled composites Countertops made from recycled paper or glass are desirable for far more than their renewable status; among their fine qualities are strength, durability and a stone-like appearance. Another advantage is the ease of workmanship involved, making the installed price often lower than that for stone.

Low-impact concrete This versatile and beautifully distinctive material can be poured in place, molded into any shape and complemented with decorative accents to create custom looks. Mining aggregate is disruptive to the landscape and producing cement for conventional concrete is energy intensive. It’s better to choose a local fabricator that uses recycled, locally sourced aggregate and industrial waste byproducts to replace some of the cement. More information at ConcreteNetwork. com/Sustainable-Countertops.

(Hint: It takes more than plants.) n Select permeable pavers for walkways and patios that permit water to filter through into the soil, instead of run off into storm drains. n Build rock walls and borders using local stone.

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n Use deck boards made from recycled plastic and industrial or agricultural byproducts. These keep waste materials out of the landfill and provide low-maintenance areas for entertaining.

One of the most dramatic changes we can make to a room is changing the wall covering. Something as simple as a fresh, vibrant coat of paint can liven up a room and our mood. Here are several Earth-friendly ways to introduce decorative color and texture. Safe paint Paint that is low in VOCs emits fewer volatile organic compounds that pollute indoor air, but note that low-VOC paint can still contain harmful toxins. Other toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, acetone and ammonia are found in many conventional paints. Be good to the environment and chose paints that omit troublesome ingredients without compromising quality. Sources include and

Tips to Green an Outdoor Living Space

n Opt for a gas grill if home electricity comes primarily from fossil fuels (check with the local utility company). If it comes from clean sources like hydro, wind and solar—an electric grill is a good choice. n Light walkways with solar lights and install energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights in entertainment areas. LEDs won’t attract bugs. n Choose native plants, trees and shrubs that will thrive on what is naturally provided by local soil and precipitation once they are established. Opt for drip irrigation systems and rain sensors.

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Keep Waste to a Minimum Reduce n Share project details and measurements with a salesperson or contractor to obtain material estimates and avoid over-ordering. n Measure twice and cut once to avoid expensive material waste.

Reuse & Recycle n When renovating, think deconstruction, rather than demolition. n Require that a contractor’s bid include a plan for reducing, reusing or recycling construction waste and references from similar projects. n Much of what is left over after demolition and remodeling can be recycled or reused. Use Earth911. org to identify such materials and businesses willing to take them. n Save leftover paint, adhesives and scraps that can be used later for touch-ups and repairs. n Look for a materials exchange, such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores ( aspx), which may offer both new (surplus/overstock) and used building materials and components. Contributing Source: Union of Concerned Scientists at action.


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Natural clay plaster Plaster is a natural, environmentally friendly material, used in homes for thousands of years because of its strength and longevity. Its unrivaled beauty is now drawing the interest of modern home owners, notes Armin Croft Elsaesser, president of American Clay Enterprises, LLC. Plaster’s beauty is more than skin deep, however. “Plaster controls moisture, absorbs odors and doesn’t attract dirt,” he says, “which makes it the workhorse of wall coverings.” Learn more at AmericanClay. com. Plant-based wall coverings Who knew that covering our walls with grass or coconut shells could produce such exquisite results? Papers, tiles and panels crafted from sustainable plants and reclaimed agricultural waste will beautifully cover sections or entire walls, imbuing them with pattern, texture and color. Design-worthy sources include and

Add Architectural Detail

Architectural detail can be that special touch that really makes a room pop. Crown molding, baseboards, door and window trim, mantels, beams and wainscoting are affordable details that add interest and value to a home. Planet-friendly products of recycled and reclaimed origin ensure that we get the look we want and keep a clear conscience. Reclaimed wood Reclaimed wood comes from a variety of sources and species. Whether it’s heart pine from a 1890 Virginia warehouse or burgundy-stained oak from old California wine barrels, all reclaimed wood has a story—and the kind of character and richness not available with new wood. Choosing reclaimed goodies also keeps more trees firmly planted in the ground. Recommended sources include, ElmwoodRe- and cd/env/restore.aspx. Wood alternatives Wood-like composites made from recycled plastics are as much or more effective as solid wood for interior decoration. Timbron International makes decorative moldings that are 90 percent recycled. “Our moldings can be cut, nailed, glued, sanded, caulked and painted, just like wood,” says Steve Lacy, the company’s president and CEO, “but, unlike wood, our product is more durable and impervious to water.” Innovative sources include Timbron. com and

Dress Up Windows

Window treatments should complement décor, rather than dominate or dictate it. Earth-kind window fashions that come in soft, natural colors allow furnishings and decorative touches to be the star. Select natural window treatments that are easy on the planet and anything but drab. Natural shades Natural shades enhance any design aesthetic, from traditional to modern. Earthshade, a leader in natural window fashions made from rapidly renewable plants such as grass, reed and bamboo, produces shades in an array of styles

The Great Energy-Efficiency Payback

5.       Conventional Energy-Efficient Mortgages: Private lenders sell loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that allow homebuyers to borrow up to 15 percent of an existing home’s appraised value for energy-saving improvements as documented by a certified Home Energy Rater (search for one by state at Fannie Mae also lends up to 5 percent for Energy Star-rated new homes, including applicants who might not be income-qualified, by allowing lenders to adjust borrowers’ debt-to-income ratio by 2 percent.

Incentives to Upgrade and Save Money   by Brita Belli

The biggest obstacle to retrofitting our home with energy-saving upgrades and technologies—from storm windows to stellar insulation and rooftop solar panels—is often the cost. Even though we’re paying higher electric, gas and water bills due to leaks, drafts and outdated systems, these incremental penalties somehow seem more manageable than the upfront investment of installing say, a new geothermal heat pump. Fortunately, Americans today have access to a range of federal and state incentives, loans, mortgages and tax breaks for those who want to improve their energy use while reducing the initial cost. It’s now possible to make everything from solar heating to efficient air conditioning or a new furnace more affordable.   Find the latest federal, state and local utility deals listed online at, a service of the U.S. Department of Energy.   1.       Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit: Energy-efficient water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, insulation, windows, doors, roofs, circulating fans and biomass stoves are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500. Expires December 31, 2010. credits.tx_index

and flexible options. Principal Craig Swanson promotes the rigorous quality standards his shades must meet, as well as the fact that they are sustainably procured and fair trade crafted, all without chemicals.

2.       Renewable Energy Tax Credit: Geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines and solar energy systems are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit with no upper limit for existing homes and new construction. Expires December 31, 2016. 3.       Fuel Cells and Microturbine Tax Credit: Residential fuel cell and microturbine systems are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit of up to $500 per .5 kW of operating capacity for existing homes and new construction. Expires December 31, 2016. tx_index

6. Energy-Efficient Appliances Rebate: Consumers can receive rebates to purchase new, Energy Star-rated appliances when they replace used appliances— including boilers, air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes washers—using $300 million distributed through the government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Start and end dates plus amounts vary by state.   Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine, and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home.

4.      Federal Housing Administration Energy-Efficient Mortgages: Through an FHA program, lenders can borrow up to 100 percent of energy efficiency improvement costs to add to an existing mortgage loan. Loan amounts cannot be greater than the projected savings the improvements will bring.

linen. These fabrications are much more than renewable, however. Hemp, for example, is naturally insulating and can improve a window’s energy performance. Loose linen weaves will allow natural light to filter through while protecting furnishings from harsh sunlight.

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Lighting is an integral part of a room’s appeal, but the right lighting does more than enhance the beauty and utility of a room; it can also improve its energy efficiency and safety. CFL applications Use compact fluorescent light bulbs only in fixtures that are continuously on for an hour or more a day. For fixtures

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turned off and on for a few minutes at a time, stick with standard bulbs. This protects your investment in CLFs, which can deteriorate faster if subjected to frequent on/off cycles. lists eco-options. LED applications Light emitting diodes are fast becoming the new light source for ultraenergy-efficient household lighting. Bulbs designed for home applications typically house a cluster of several small LED bulbs under a diffuser lens with an Edison base. Although more expensive than a comparable incandescent bulb, an LED bulb can last up to 50 times longer and use 85 percent less energy, so the cost is recouped over time. Helpful sources include and

ergy, but no one likes fumbling in the dark for a light switch. Occupancy sensors enable lights to turn on automatically when a room is entered and shut off once exited. No more forgetting to turn out the light. Look for sensors using passive infrared technology that detect the heat energy from our bodies. Find some options at With a growing number of green products and materials to choose from, it’s becoming easier to remodel responsibly, safely and elegantly. Lerner concludes that “This empowers us to make healthy choices and create the life we want to lead.” Crissy Trask, the author of It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for EarthFriendly Living, is a freelance writer and green lifestyle consultant based in Washington state. She can be reached at

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he implementation of environmentally conscious technologies and practices is an area where America continues to trail woefully behind its European counterparts. According to a recent analysis of global trends conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP,) American investment in green practices fell 2 percent in 2008, while it increased by 8 percent throughout Europe. Developing countries such as Brazil and China are also quickly gaining ground. The stall in investment is not limited to high tech industries clean energy, but is evident in small business and in the majority of American homes. Despite the recent emphasis on benefits of going “green,” Americans have been very slow to embrace environmentally safe and health friendly cleaning practices and products. Traditional cleaning products contain a myriad of toxic ingredients. Drain openers, for example, contain a toxic mixture of lye, bleach and sulfuric acid which can cause serious skin burns and irritations upon contact. Chlorine is another popular ingredient in many household cleaners. The EPA notes that continued contact with even small amounts of chlorine can result in exposure that “exceeds acceptable levels.” The average American home contains about 25 gallons of harmful chemicals. Most of these toxins come from cleaning products. Using these products contributes to a phenomenon known as indoor pollution, which can be found in homes and work places. According to the EPA , indoor pollution weakens immune systems, causes respiratory problems and can even lead to death. The EPA also notes that this year alone, indoor pollution will contribute





by: Ava R. Williams over 11,000 deaths and cause millions of people to become ill. Why then, are Americans so reluctant to use products that offer healthier and environmentally friendlier cleaning solutions? The research yielded two principle explanations. First, many Americans are hesitant to part with the traditional products and cleaning methods because of their familiarity and effectiveness. Second, the perception that green cleaning solutions are more expensive discourages many from trying the products. Traditional cleaning products and methods carry with them recognizable scents, foam or bubbles. Although the lemon or pine scent is often associated with clean results, these perfumes often just mask harmful chemicals. Green cleaning products often lack the dazzle, foaming action or pungent aromas of regular cleaning products. However, they also lack harmful toxins, skin irritants and synthetic dyes. They are also biodegradable. Ester Ramsey, owner of Clean Spaces, an agency that provides cleaning solutions for homes and businesses, affirms that green products clean just as well, if not better, than their toxic counterparts. Her clients are often amazed by the difference and even experience a decrease in conditions such as allergies and headaches. So, replacing traditional cleaning products with green ones can also positively affect one’s health. Many Americans are deterred by the price of green cleaning solutions. Some of them are, in fact, more than their cheaper chemical counterparts. But that isn’t always the case. Laura Miller, a representative of Wowgreen, a company that provides green cleaning products at prices comparable to traditional chemical brands adds, “Green cleaning does not necessarily have to be more expen-

sive. There are companies out there that are fully committed to helping us clean with green products without breaking the bank”. Harriet Cole, a distributor for Shacklee products, points out an example. She highlights the company’s Basic H2 all purpose cleaner. The cost of Basic H2 is less than a penny a gallon when used as a window cleaner, and about 21 cents a gallon when used for general purpose cleaning. The Basic H2 formula is sold as a concentrate and the customer adds the water. Not paying for extra packaging and water reduces the cost of the product to less than 1 cent per gallon. Windex brand glass cleaner, by comparison, costs $12.56 per gallon. When it comes to healthier and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions there are a multitude of cost effective options to explore. Consumers can even make their own cleaning products using everyday household ingredients. Baking soda and vinegar, for example, are powerful cleaning agents that have multiple uses. A basic internet search will yield a variety of options for creating safe and effective products. Of course the real solution is for Americans to become more informed. As Miller notes, “Price has always been the result of supply and demand, and as our education increases and awareness is registered the demand for safer alternatives will go up and the price of green cleaning will fall.”  

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VIBES with Kirtan By Abby Bechek Hoot and Dave Tomaszewski


aves of energy are washing over the Metro Detroit Area. But it isn’t a tsunami, hurricane or any other kind of weather-related movement. It is a divine energy and a natural movement of people whose minds and hearts are opening and merging into oneness through the sound of ancient Sanskrit chants, called Kirtan. In this call and response style of chanting, the audience participates in creating the sound and the experience. Dave Stringer, a Western Kirtan artist who has played in Detroit many times, ex-


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plains, “The intention of kirtan is consciousness-transformative, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. The form is simple, easily learned and instantly memorable.” The chant begins with a lead group calling out the mantras and melodies. The crowd responds, says Stringer, “singing, clapping and dancing as the rhythms of tablas, finger cymbals, harmonium, tamboura, bass, guitar and other instruments build and accelerate.” This call and response creates a merging of energies between the per-

formers and the audience, and soon they merge into a beautiful and higher state of oneness. Kirtan’s roots are deep in India and Eastern culture. The wave of new kirtan artists like Dave Stringer and Mike Cohen are blending the Eastern Sanskrit chants with Westernized musical influences. Cohen describes kirtan as a practice that blends East and West. “Eastern spirituality is represented by Sanskrit mantras that will calm your mind and open your heart and allow you to connect with Divine energy,” he says. Cohen’s latest CD is titled “Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West.” His music, as well as Dave Stringer’s music, integrates Western musical influences of jazz, funk, soul, rhythm and blues and rock, bringing a beautiful energy to the experience of chanting the Sanskrit mantras. To participate in kirtan you do not need to know Sanskrit. Nor do you even need a good voice. To participate you just need to show up with an open mind and the chants themselves will do the rest, releasing the mind from a sense of “doing” to a state of “being.” Says Stringer, From The Yoga of Kirtan, “A good kirtan is indisputable. Everyone involved can feel it. You engage in kirtan, with full heart, and it gets a particular result. It’s so intoxicating to sit there with a group of people and to not move, to scarcely breathe. Time has stopped. Desire has stopped. Mind has stopped. If even only for a fleeting instant, to sit at the edge of that stillness is just such a profound thing.” Scientists have proven that all beings and matter are made of sound, of vibrations. We are no exception. When we tune our instruments (our bodies) with these divine chants, we are feeding our bodies light, love and the highest energy that is available for healing. Recent research in the International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security revealed that: “Chanting the OM mantra results in stabilization of brain, removal of worldly thoughts and increase of energy.” These positive vibrations can also affect the way we look. Dr. Masaru Emoto (, in his film “What the Bleep Do We Know,” says that vibrations change us deep inside on a cellular level and change our outward appearance as well. Beauty radiates through our form. We know this to be true as we meet different people in our lives, from whom we say we “get a good

vibe.” They glow like sunshine. So how can we get some of these good vibes? Kirtan artists and their music are becoming more accessible online through iTunes and There are also live performance videos on Locally, Detroit is becoming a common stop for kirtan artists. Brian Granader of Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester says, “Kirtan is one of the best ways to bring community together. Everyone is singing, no one cares how you sound and each person has an uplifting experience. You might come into the kirtan after having a long day, week or life and you leave happy.” Kirtan concerts are being held in local yoga studios, churches, bookstores and even coffee houses. The Ann Arbor Kirtan Band performs regularly around town and at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Main Street. Mike Cohen is returning to Detroit on April 17 for a kirtan concert at House Of Yoga in Berkley and will be offering a Bhakti Workshop the following Sunday,

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Ten Reasons to Take Back the Plate

by Rich Sanders


e’re all cooks now. Or at least, we should be. The word is spreading about healthy home cooking and its connection to sustainable, local food. Here are 10 reasons to help you get cooking with conviction.

5. It tastes like you want it to

1. It’s economical

Home cooking saves money. At a restaurant, you’re spending dollars on the cost of running somebody’s business. Purchasing prepared food from the grocer’s freezer involves paying for the processing, packaging and advertising of that product. When you cook sustainably, you take savings to the next level, using locally raised and produced food, so you’re not footing the bill for transporting ingredients across the country or around the globe.

2. It’s safer

When you cook, you have more control over what goes into your body. By buying organic, sustainably raised or minimally treated meat, dairy and produce, you can dramatically reduce your consumption of food contaminated by chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or harmful bacteria.

3. It’s healthier

You have control over the nutritional value of the foods you prepare. Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. Cooking methods also count. For example, roasting a vegetable preserves vitamins that are wasted by boiling it; retaining the peel on many fruits and vegetables provides additional vitamins. Are you watching your salt or sugar intake or keeping an eye on fats or carbohydrates? You’re in control of all of these when you are the cook.

4. It tastes better

We’re losing our palates to an industrialized food system. Not so long ago, herbs, spices and sugar enhanced the flavor of our food. In recent decades, our taste buds have been cor-


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rupted by cheap chemicals and corn syrup. We’ve forgotten how wonderfully delicious fresh food tastes because we are acclimated to food polluted with preservatives. Sustainable, local ingredients just taste better, so let good food help you take back your palate, so you can take back your plate.

When you do your own cooking, you can customize the flavor to suit your own (or your family’s or guests’) preferences. Once you get the hang of it, experimentation is the name of the game. As you learn to cook sustainably, you’ll begin to find combinations of the tastes you like and which foods are especially healthy for you.

6. It’s satisfying

You’ll discover that you derive the same sense of satisfaction from learning to cook sustainably that many people get from working out. By preparing healthy meals with local ingredients, you can be confident that you’re doing something good for yourself, your family and the environment.

7. It makes reducing meat consumption easier

Many people are pledging to cut out meat one day a week for their own health and that of the planet. MeatlessMonday. com advises that going meatless once a week reduces our risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It also reduces our carbon footprint and saves precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Learning to cook helps you create signature meatless dishes, whether they’re twists on old standbys or tasty recipes that start out meat-free.

8. It’s a gift to future generations

If the good food movement is to succeed, it will be through our children; invite them to participate in cooking. Kids love to “play” in the kitchen, and there are dozens of ways they can be involved—from reading a recipe and washing produce to mixing nature’s ingredients and decorating healthful

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Organic food is grown and/or processed in ways that support healthy people and a healthy planet. If you can’t find or afford organic options for everything, recognize that some nonorganic produce contains more pesticides than others. The Environmental Working Group offers their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides as a free, downloadable guide and iPhone application that identifies the fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides. Visit FoodNews. org/walletguide.php.

Feast on Fair Trade fare

Fair Trade-certified food ensures a proper wage and working conditions for those who harvest and handle it. It’s also greener for the environment. Fair Trade certification is currently available in the United States for coffee, tea, herbs, cocoa, chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice and vanilla.

Go local

Local, seasonal food cuts back on transportation, uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier and comes in more varieties. It also supports small local growers. Good sources of local foods include farmers’ markets or community supported agriculture (CSA) groups.

homemade cookies. Take kids shopping at farmers’ markets, so they can see the source of their recipe ingredients. Even better, take them to a farm, where they can follow the food trail from the beginning. They will learn by example and in a generation, healthy, sustainable home cooking will once again be the norm and not the exception.

9. It enriches your life

Involve friends in a sustainable dinner party, a perfect opportunity to build community and spread the word about sustainable local food. Download a Sustainable Dinner Party Kit at Sharing a meal together and engaging in face-to-face conversation with family or friends reinforces a precious bond.

10. It makes a statement

Learning to cook sustainably is an opportunity to vote with your soup pot, while you lobby with your fork; make it your own special way of furthering values you believe in—stewardship, responsibility, independence and loving care—by taking control of what goes onto your plate and taking away some of the power of industrialized agribusiness. Rich Sanders, a lifelong foodie, is the director of Sustainable Table, at His corporate career has consistently married technology and the arts, in television, multimedia and software and Internet business development. Connect at

Don’t follow the pack

Look for unpackaged or minimally packaged foods; experiment with bringing your own containers and buying in bulk, or pick brands that use bio-based plastic packing. Recycle or reuse any packaging you do end up with.

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A Conversation with Author Woody Tasch by Linda Sechrist


n Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, author Woody Tasch points the way to strategies for fixing the economy, from the ground up. His principles of responsible investing connect investors to the places where they live and to the land, offering life-affirming, culturally rich alternatives to global markets run amok. What do you mean by the term slow money? There are two aspects to slow money. The first is intertwined with the slow food movement, initially begun as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome, Italy. Now, this grassroots social movement, with some 85,000 members, promotes a way of living and eating that strengthens the connections between the food we eat and the health of our communities, our bioregion and our planet. The second aspect is about creating a grassroots financial movement. The initial goal is to attract the attention of one million or more Americans who are willing to invest a small fraction of their investment dollars in small-scale agriculture. This supports the health of the individual and ultimately, leads to a more robust community. Slow Money is a new nonprofit that organizes local and national networks and develops new financial products and services to bring money back down to earth. We are cur-

rently steering significant new sources of capital to small food enterprises, appropriate-scale organic farming and local food systems. In addition, we seek to catalyze the emergence of the new nurture capital industry—entrepreneurial financing aimed to support soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity and nonviolence— all of which connects investors to their local economies. Present examples include credit unions, co-ops, community supported agriculture and community development venture capital funds like Community Development Financial, which is already in place. At the heart of our organization are two questions. What if we put soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations that serve people and place as much as they serve industry sectors and markets? What if we could design capital markets built around preservation and restoration, rather than extraction and consumption?

So, by contrast, how would you define fast money? Fast money refers to investment dollars that have become so detached from the people, places and activities being financed that it is impossible to say whether the world economy is going through a correction in the markets triggered by the sub-prime mortgage crisis, or whether we are teetering on the edge

Why do you believe today’s industrial finance strategies are not working?

of something much deeper and more challenging. Fast money creates a baffling environment that cannot be understood or managed, even by financial experts. This kind of befuddlement arises when the relationships among capital, community and bioregion are broken. If we continue to invest in ways that uproot companies, putting them in the hands of a broad, shallow pool of absentee shareholders whose primary goal is the endless growth of their financial capital, the depletion of our social and natural capital will continue.

Organized from “markets down,” rather than from “the ground up,” industrial finance is inherently limited in its ability to nurture the long-term health of a community and bioregion. These limits are nowhere more apparent than in the food sector, where financial strategies bent on optimizing the efficient use of capital have resulted in cheap, chemical-laden food; millions of acres of genetically modified corn; trillions of food transport miles; widespread degradation of soil fertility; depleted and eutrophied aquifers [where nutrient and algae overload snuff out oxygen and helpful organisms]; a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico; and an obesity epidemic that exists side-by-side with persistent hunger in this country.

The bifurcation of social purpose and fiscal prudence is at the root of the problem. If the goal is to make more money through our investments as fast as possible, so that we have more money to give away for cleaning up existing problems, then we are on the wrong track. Cleaning up problems with philanthropic money may have seemed to make sense in the 20th century, but it is no longer conscionable or appropriate for the 21st century. We need more realistic expectations for smart investments that can sustain and preserve the planet’s wealth for generations to come. We have to ask ourselves this: Do we want communities whose main streets include local merchants whom we know, or do we want them made up of multinational companies, owned by people we think we know, that produce products under conditions of which we are not aware?

What do you believe is the crux of the problem with the present financial system?

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f Spring Cleaning is a tradition in your household, should it not also be a tradition to clean your colon? Digestive issues are some of the most complained about health issues in the United States. More and more of us are choosing to recognize the responsibility for our own health and well being. This has led to a renewed interest in natural, holistic methods of living and healing the body. One of these methods, as old as man’s civilization, is cleansing the colon. There has been a lot of discussion about colon hydrotherapy and its effectiveness in cleaning the large intestine. Everyone needs to know that colon cleansing is the key to good health. Every day, the food you eat, the air you breathe, the water you drink, pharmaceutical drugs, household chemicals and pesticides may expose your body to impurities and “molecular garbage.”

So you want to clean your colon?

WHAT IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY Colon hydrotherapy is an effective method of cleansing the large intestine and has been utilized for centuries as an adjunct to proper exercise, plenty of water, nutrition, personal hygiene and in preparation for scheduled colonoscopies. Therapies to cleanse the colon have been around for thousands of years. In the U.S., Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the founder of Kellogg’s cereals) frequently lectured about autointoxication at his natural medicine clinic in Battle Creek. He reported his success in colon hydrotherapy, coupled with diet and exercise, to prevent surgery in all but 20 of the 40,000 gastrointestinal patients he had treated. HOW DOES IT WORK With colon hydrotherapy the entire large intestine is cleansed and the therapeutic benefits are much greater than those achieved with an enema. Enema cleansings are limited to the rectum area and due to the body’s natural wish to expel, are limited in duration. Over-the-counter suppositories and laxatives stimulate expulsion of the contents of the rectum, but contribute to dehydration which may aggravate a constipated condition. A colon hydrotherapy session should be performed by a trained and certified technician. During a typical session, water will be transported into and out of the colon using purified water. The water helps to soften and detach fecal material. Using a combination of gentle abdominal massage (if agreed upon), breathing instruction and relaxation techniques, the colon hydro-therapist is often able to promote elimination of a volume of waste, which would not otherwise be possible through individual efforts. Water is carried into the large intestine through a disposable, pre-packaged rectal tube, which is


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often no bigger in diameter than a drinking straw. The client is lying on a table, on their back and will hold the water for as long as possible before disposing the water through a series of releases into a basin. The procedure is comfortable, and your dignity is maintained throughout the session WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS

Athletes have opted for colon therapy to improve metabolic efficiency. Many clients receive the treatments during a period of lifestyle change or as a preventive measure. Another group manifests symptoms of intestinal distress: constipation (some from prescription drugs,) carbohydrate indigestion, diarrhea, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, parasites, skin conditions such as psoriasis, shingles and eczema, and the inability to lose weight. Another group is pain motivated: abdominal pain, continuous headaches and migraines, back or shoulder pain, aching joints. A number of clients are immune-compromised with lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue, candida, infections, colds or influenza. Colon hydrotherapy sessions can be used for medical reasons: pre- and post-surgery or barium x-ray, stool samples, pre-colonoscopy and for geriatrics. Also, clients will come in during a fast, a cleansing program, a raw food diet, a liver and/or gallbladder flush. As you can see there are a variety of reasons that one might choose to do a colon hydrotherapy session. Clients have stated that after a session they often feel lighter, more energized and think more clearly. WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS A contraindication is when a colon hydrotherapy/ enema device should NOT be used or should be used with a prescription and/or under the direct supervision of a physician. Please check with your physician if you have any medical concerns that you feel may prohibit you from having a colon hydrotherapy session. If a physician has ever diagnosed you with any intestinal conditions or if you have been on any medication, which may weaken your intestinal walls, you should obtain a doctor’s release or prescription. If you are currently taking medication for ANY condition diagnosed by a physician, you should check with you doctor to ensure the medication will not be interfered with by the additional water intake and absorption. Optimum health is about ‘listening’ to your body and being in charge of your own wellbeing. Enjoy this gentle method of cleansing and exercising the colon with purified, temperature controlled water and the healing touch of massage. Denise Strauss, Owner of the Vivo Wellness Center in Livonia.


Natural Antidotes to SPRING ALLERGIES by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


s the weather warms, so does the chance of a family dog, cat or other pet suffering from springtime allergies. While we can’t always prevent them, we can use several natural therapies to lessen a pet’s allergy discomfort and help them heal. Simply stated, an allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign protein (allergen). More pets suffer more from environmental allergies from sources as various as molds, house dust mites and pollen than from food allergies. Certain breeds of dogs tend to more susceptible to the problem, including retrievers, spaniels and terriers; West Highland white terriers are the number one breed for susceptibility to allergic skin disease. While some animals sneeze and have runny eyes and noses, the classic symptom seen in an allergic pet is itching. Excessive grooming, licking, rubbing and scratching are all signs that an animal is probably suffering from environmental allergies. Because other diseases can have similar symptoms, it’s always best if a trusted holistic veterinarian is called on to properly diagnose a condition before beginning a treatment plan.

Conventional Therapies Conventional doctors have traditionally used several medications to help allergic pets. The most common medication by far is some type of corticosteroid, usually prednisone, a powerful drug that can quickly relieve itching. While it can be used safely as part of a natural therapy program, too often pets are treated with steroids for many months or even years, without benefit; possible side effects of any use of steroids include diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and adrenal and liver disease. Antihistamines are another conventional medication to treat allergies. Unlike corticosteroids, long-term use is usually safe. The two big drawbacks to

antihistamines are that they are not very effective in most pets and, when they are effective, they must be administered several times a day in order to reduce itching.

Natural Therapies A better approach to helping pets heal from allergies involves the use of natural therapies, including nutritional supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies. Each veterinarian has his or her favorite natural therapies and application of brand-name supplements. There are a few supplements that generally can be useful in countering pet allergies. Fatty acids (specifically the omega-3s found in fish oil) actually change the biological nature of the body’s cells to allow long-term healing; they also have natural corticosteroid-like benefits. Note that these must be given at many times the labeled dose marked on most product labels in order to be effective as anti-itching supplements. Antioxidants, which are also helpful in relieving itching for allergic pets, counteract the chemicals released by cells damaged through exposure to allergens. In my opinion, the most important aid for pets that suffer from allergies or any skin disease is to bathe them frequently with an organic shampoo. Those specifically designed to relieve itching when used on a frequent basis work well without harming the pet’s skin. I encourage owners to bathe their pets every 24 to 72 hours, depending on the severity of the itching. Feeding a pet a natural diet that is free of potentially harmful chemicals, preservatives, flavoring agents and plant and animal byproducts is always recommended. Reducing the impact of unnecessary vaccinations by using annual blood antibody titer testing to monitor exposure to environmental allergens will also decrease cell damage and reduce itching in allergic pets. I try to avoid vaccinating pets aged 12 years and older. Providing relief for pets with allergies using natural therapies does not always happen overnight, but with patience and the help of a holistic veterinarian, we can both improve a pet’s health and reduce its allergic symptoms without the need for chronic medication. Shawn Messonier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats; his latest book is Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. He also hosts a weekly radio show on Sirius. His iPhone app is http://PawsForPeace. com/iphone. For more information, visit or natural awakenings

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DARE TO REPAIR by Crissy Trask


hat would you do if the garbage disposal stopped working, your headphones broke or one of the prongs of an extension cord snapped off? Although each of these problems can be repaired easily and economically, most Americans have become accustomed to replacing the defective item with a brand-new one instead of repairing it. When we fix things, we extend their useful life and save money. We also stop frittering away valuable resources on superfluous production of replacements. All it takes is a little expert help and the right information. Compulsively casting off injured possessions for the chance to buy something new is a relatively new behavior in our society. Before we became rabid consumers, repairing


stuff was the norm in the United States, as it still is in much of the world. A half-century ago, any American homeowner wouldn’t have thought twice about dragging out the toolbox or sewing machine to put something that had fallen apart back together again. It all hints at a silver lining in today’s era of waste, stressed resources and economic struggle: The wisdom of our grandparents’ natural fix-it mentality is being resurrected. People are waking up to the logic of shifting from a throw-away society to one that values permanence. Whether we happen to be game for a do-it-yourself project, or prefer to avoid anything to do with tools, tape, thread and glue, resources abound to help us transform what’s in need of a makeover.

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Do It Yourself Many things around the house can be restored with low-cost replacement parts and basic tools by an interested do-ityourselfer, and fixing things ourselves can leave us with a genuine sense of satisfaction. We may need to look no further than our local hardware store, but the Internet also serves up a slew of how-to websites, with step-by-step DIY instructions for repairing, refurbishing, cleaning and maintaining common household items. At, people share what they do and how they do it. Founder and CEO Eric Wilhelm believes that the fiscal advantage of repairing things is just the beginning. “When you repair something, you have a deeper relationship with it,” says Wilhelm. “Having a connection to things we used to take for granted makes them more valuable to us.”

Barter If our skill, interest or confidence in DIY repairs is lacking, bartering websites help us swap items we own or services we can provide for the services we need. The largest among them,, specializes in all types of bartering. Co-founder Barb Di Renzo reminds us that bartering isn’t anything new. “Bartering is the way our ancestors conducted their daily business and how they survived,” says Di Renzo. “By educating ourselves on the right way to barter, we open ourselves up to many resources and possibilities. It’s a way of taking care of our needs without spending money.” For example, a hairdresser used the website to trade a professional coif for needed computer repairs, without a cent exchanged.

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Tunes and talks are an invigorating option. Download favorite tunes or a podcast or pick up a book on tape or a CD from the local library and listen while you walk. Just make sure you are in a place that’s safe from hazards and where you’re not alone; stay aware of your surroundings.

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Take your dog along. Few dogs say no to exercise. If your pet is a lousy walker, consider obedience training classes. There’s nothing quite like walking with a happily grinning, well-heeled dog.

WALKING HABIT Keep the Health Benefits Coming

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ecently, the American Podiatric Medical Association published a list of alternative activities for people who felt their walks were just too boring. While I agree that some variation in exercise is a plus for both mind and body, walking never needs to be boring or static. A walk can be like an oasis in a hectic day or a mini-vacation when the world seems overwhelming. It can provide an exhilarating workout or a simple release of tension and a break from too much sitting. With such ongoing easy access to it and so little cost or hassle, a walk is too good of an exercise option to walk away from. Here are 10 ways to make sure your walks keep you coming back for more.


Keep a pair of walking shoes and socks in your car. If you pass a tempting park or an alluring pathway during the day, stop, slip on your shoes and take a short stroll.


Find a buddy and join in at least two walks a week. Regularly meeting with an activity-oriented friend is a good way to cement a relationship, both with the person and with walking.


Boost fitness and fat burning with interval training. This simply means warming up, walking steadily and adding in increasingly long bursts of fast walking. This type of training increases endurance and cardiovascular fitness and burns more fat than steady walking alone can.


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Access hills at least one day a week. If you’re a flatlander, find some stadium stairs or another architectural feature to include in a walk.


Find a waterway. A walk around a lake or along a river or canal is a pleasure. Taking in the greenery and watery reflections works to soothe the soul and reduce the effects of stress.


Practice a meditative technique while walking. The natural, stressreducing effect of a rhythmic walk, combined with meditation, can be especially soothing. It may be as simple as breathing in for four steps, then breathing out for four steps, keeping your mind focused on the steps or the breath and allowing other thoughts to pass. Or just count triplets; one, two, three; one, two, three—and you’re waltz walking.


Try a pair of walking poles. You’ll burn extra calories and get a synergistic workout without the muscle strain that can occur from walking with weights.


Head for town or for the mall. Sometimes, nature just isn’t calling and you may decide you’ll be more entertained window shopping. Walking the errands that you normally do by car can give a different perspective on your neighborhood; having a specific destination makes the walk seem more purposeful.

Workday Walking Tips n Keep a pair of walking shoes at work and take 10- to 20-minute brisk walking breaks.

n Map out a variety of walking routes to and around your place of employment. n Remember to count various inside routes via hallways and staircases. n Send documents to a printer that's not near your desk. Walk to a colleague’s office for a discussion, rather than sending email. Get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way, or park in a distant lot. n Hold walking meetings with a coworker, so you can walk and talk. n Exercise first, then eat lunch, which encourages sensible eating. n Find out what works for you, understanding that your preferences may regularly change. Bonus tip: Stand while you’re on the phone, talking with a co-worker or even eating lunch; it burns more calories. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that mildly obese people sit, on average, two hours longer than those who are lean.

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NATURE THE POWER OF TREES by S. Alison Chabonais


ecause trees are larger and older than we can ever The Nature Walk hope to be; because they provide shade, food, mediJoe H. Slate, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and author of Concines, furniture, wood for musical instruments, fuel, necting to the Power of Nature, offers a step-by-step guide to paper, shelter, recreation and space to commune with nature; an enriching walk in the woods as a gateway to self-empowand because they stretch from Earth to heaven, trees have erment. “It facilitates a positive interaction with nature that been revered since before recorded time. Even with today’s builds feelings of worth and self-assurance, while balancing technology, we still rely daily upon all of their products and and bringing into harmony the mind, body and spirit,” we need trees to help counteract global says Slate. He has field-tested the program for warming and protect the planet. years, as a psychology professor, now In her new book, Lives of the emeritus, of Athens State University, Trees, Diana Wells explores the in Alabama. history of 100 distinctive tree He advises that species, from the versatile walkers follow marked acacia to the long-lived yew, trails during daylight known in Japan as ichii, or hours and allow plenty tree of God. of time to soak in the Wells notes that experience. Joining hands the Tree of Life apbefore and after the walk pears in cultures also reinforces the exworldwide, while pressed sense of purpose. individual trees have been conStep 1 – sidered sacred. She Formulate Goals remarks that, “The words Prior to the walk, affirm ‘tree’ and ‘truth’ share the a commitment to no original Old English word more than three defined root, treow.” goals. Think of the for “Nothing contributes est as an enormous more to men’s long lives than repository of energy the planting of many trees,” that is receptive to observed English writer and gargoals that may be as dener John Evelyn as early as 1664. simple as experiencing Scientists are even using cores from a the serenity and beauty of the forest to foster bet1,000-year-old Southeast Asian evergreen, ter health, self-insight and career success. the Fokienia hodginsii tree, to decode the climate history that affects us all. Every year, Step 2 – Select a Forest people around the world celebrate anew the complex living communities we call Select a safe forest setting with a trail for We enter the woods to trees on World Forestry Day at the spring the walk, preferably in the company of a drink in the calming, quiet partner or group that can add both proequinox (autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere). tection and interactive enrichment. strength of the trees.


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Step 3 – The Walk Upon entering the forest area, pause to experience its splendor by sensing its sights, sounds and smells. Take time to calm your mind as you breathe in the fresh forest air. Sense the forest’s energies merging with your own to permeate your total being. As you walk deeper into the forest, soak in its peace and tranquility. Notice the richness of the environment and let yourself feel the renewal and inspiration that typically accompany the walk. Periodically pause at highly energized points to reflect upon your goals. Take time to form goal-related images and let them go forth, perhaps navigating among the trees to gather the energies required for your complete success.

Step 4 – Listen to the Forest Throughout your walk, listen to the sounds and unspoken messages emerging from deep within the forest. Think of them as embracing your presence and confirming your future success and fulfillment.

Step 5 – Conclusion Upon completing the walk, turn your hands toward the forest in recognition of its empowering relevance as you affirm in your own words your complete success in achieving your goals. Once you’ve completed this healing program, you can reactivate its benefits at will by simply taking time to visualize the forest and reflecting on your interactions with it. Rather than fading with time, the rewards will become stronger as you reflect upon them, becoming sources of power that are available at will. “The therapeutic effects of this program can be worth hours of psychotherapy,” advises Slate. “For couples, it’s an excellent way to open new communication channels and find solutions to relational problems. Overcoming depression, reducing stress, building self-esteem and staying in shape are all within the scope of this program. The forest is a natural therapist.” S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings. Connect at 239-434-9392.

Preparing for a Forest Walk American Forests ( provides many resources for children, including a link to a partnered interactive site, National Arbor Day Foundation ( offers a free downloadable Nature Explore Families’ Club kit with developmentally appropriate activities to engage families in joint explorations of Earth’s natural treasures. Rainforest Alliance ( serves up a coloring book, rainforest stories and animal facts to keep kids informed and entertained. U.S. Forest Service ( links to individual forest websites that can be searched by state or by name using their forest locator guide.

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he world, now in greater peril than ever, also has unprecedented opportunity to build a new future. In 2010, April 22, the 40th anniversary of the first global Earth Day, we have the collective power to bring about historic advances in individual, civic, corporate, national and international commitments to sustainability. Earth Day Network, a nonprofit organization that spearheads care for the Earth among 17,000 partners and collaborating organizations, sees this year as pivotal. “Earth Day is a catalyst for environmental change—40 years and 190 countries strong,” says Denis Hayes, the original Earth Day organizer and an Earth Day Network board member. Together, he says, “We will ignite this generation, the Green Generation, with the vigor and passion of the first Earth Day.” More than a billion people annually participate in Earth Day activities. This month, volunteers around the world are engaged in large and small steps to green up their communities as part of the networks’ A Billion Acts of Green movement. Find scheduled Earth Day activities and register a personal or corporate green action at:

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Yoga & Meditation – 10am-12pm. No experience necessary. $10. White Rabbit Lounge, 269 E Breckenridge St, Ste#202, Ferndale. 586-337-6112.

Artist Demonstration: Igor Gozman – 12-4pm. Igor Gozman artistic and executive director of PuppetART explains and demonstrates the elements of puppet manipulation and discusses the history of puppetry. $8. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-7900.

The 4 Most Important Nutritional Deficiencies Affecting Your Health Today – 7:30-9pm. Dr. Darren Schmidt from The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor will explain how replenishing these nutrients in your body can prevent you from suffering from the current pandemic of drugs and surgery that is plaguing this nation. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734-525-5400. VegMichigan’s Metro Detroit April Library Display – all day event. Stop in and check out this month’s display. Free. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Heights. 313-791-3800.

Easter’s Bunnies – 10am. Learn about the lives of rabbits and how they became a part of Easter tradition. Registration required. $2. Oakwoods Metropark, Nature Center, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-782-3956.

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Lunch and Learn: Growing Up in Africa Part II – 12-1pm. Free. Bring your own lunch. Registration required. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #28, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320. Detoxification with Joyce Oliveto – 6:30pm. Learn about understanding and supporting detoxification through the eliminatory organs and the bodies filtering system. Free. Zerbo’s Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 866-4-ZERBOS. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for staying peaceful throughout the day. Includes brief discussions, Q&A, gentle walking meditation (weather permitting) and more. Registration required. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center, 21194 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights. 734-674-6965. How to Look & Feel 10 Years Younger – 7-8pm. Do you want to know the REAL SECRET to the fountain of youth? Come join us as Dr. Will Civello explains how you can achieve this. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734-525-5400. Iridology Class – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

THURSDAY APRIL 8 Lunch and a Book – 12-1pm. Discuss the book “March” by Geraldine Brooks. Free. Canton Public Library, 1200 S Canton Rd, Canton. Youngevity Info Class – 6:45-8pm. Find out more about Youngevity products. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. Mike McEnhill 734-795-0038. SALLY – 8pm. Revical of Jerome Kern’s 1920 hit musical Sally. $15. The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton. 734-394-5460. You Are What You Eat – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Global Thursdays Film: Children of Invention MICHIGAN PREMIERE – 6:30-9pm. After being evicted, a hardworking single mom tries to maintain a normal life for her children. She juggles a number of jobs, and one night doesn’t

return home, and the kids are left to fend for themselves. Director: Tze Chung; 2009/USA; 86 min.; English. Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Presented in conjunction with Connecting Communities, the current exhibition on immigration. Tickets for Global Thursdays films are $6/$5 Members. Advance tickets are available online only. Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. 313-582-2266.

Natural Approaches to Thyroid Disorders – 6-7:30pm. This class will help you determine if your thyroid may be the source of some of your health problems. We’re also going to share ways of rebuilding thyroid health naturally for various types of thyroid conditions. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.


Lunch and Learn: Organic Gardening – 12-1pm. Learn some simple earth-friendly gardening techniques to make the landscape ‘greener’. Free. Bring your own lunch. Registration required. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #28, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320.

Tadpoles – 10am. Children ages 2-5 can have fun experiencing nature, playing games, making crafts and more. Registration required. $4. Oakwoods Metropark, Nature Center, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-782-3956. Take Flight with Aerial Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. Students are suspended from fabric hammocks. The workout increases agility, improves flexibility and strengthens the core all while having a good time. $15. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, in the Village, above Trader Joes’. 313-884-YOGA.


Allergy Friendly Recipe Swap – 7-8pm. Calling all cooks! Bring a favorite allergy friendly recipe, some recipe cards and a pen! We’ll swap recipes and other ideas for living with food sensitivities. Sponsored by My Polly Lops. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.

Women’s Self-Esteem & Personal Growth Group – 10-11:30am. Free half-hour assessment is required before joining the group, confidentiality is a must. Minimum commitment of 4 sessions. $20 per session. Garden City. Must pre-register. Janice Kornacki 313-318-3924. janicekornacki@

SUNDAY APRIL 11 Maple Syrup Tours – 12-3pm. Take a hayride in the maple tree grove, tap the trees, bring sap back to evaporator and watch how maple syrup is made. Dress warmly, boots are recommended. $5. Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile, approximately 1 ¼ miles west of Beck, Northville Twp. 248-374-0200.

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Drawing in the Galleries for Adults and Youth – 12-4pm. Artist/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home. No experience necessary, materials provided. $8. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-7900.

MONDAY APRIL 12 Mommy and Me Nature Discovery – 10am. Bring the little one for stories, crafts and some well-spent time. Registration required. $4. Oakwoods Metropark, Nature Center, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-782-3956.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for staying peaceful throughout the day. Includes brief discussions, Q&A, gentle walking meditation (weather permitting) and more. Registration required. $12. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

THURSDAY APRIL 15 Intro to Reiki Evening – 7-8:30pm. Donations appreciated. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #28, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-647-3320. Detecting Breast Cancer Early – 7:30-9pm. Learn to make an informed choice in caring for your breasts. Consider thermology as a non-evasive method of detection. Presented

by Dr. Hoekstra from Therma-Scan in Birmingham. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734-525-5400. Chinese Herbs for Health – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

FRIDAY APRIL 16 Evening Woodcock Walk – 7pm. Witness the courtship dance of the male American woodcock. Registration required. $4. Oakwoods Metropark, Nature Center, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-782-3956.

SATURDAY APRIL 17 Teacher Appreciation Day – 9am-5pm. Free admission to educators and a guest to the Henry Ford Museum, Ford Rouge Factory Tour and IMAX Theatre. Preview the many resources for teaching and learning what the Henry Ford offers to you and your students. Limited space. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn.

Earth Day Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Help keep Oakwoods Metropark beautiful. Lunch provided. Registration required. Free. Oakwoods Metropark, 17845 Savage Rd, Belleville. 734-782-3956. Charming Strip Club Twisting the Night Away – 11am-2pm. Explore quilting possibilities. Book required. $25. The Material Girls Quilt Shop, 1850 Grindley Park St, Dearborn. 313-561-1111. Healthy Kids Day – 1-4pm. Swimming, face painting, crafts, games and more as we promote healthy bodies, minds and spirits. Free. Downriver Family YMCA, 16777 Northline, Southgate. 734-282-9622. Yoga At The Wall – 2-4pm. $20. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

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SAVE THE DATE Michigan Humane Society Bow Wow Brunch – 11:30am-2pm. $200. Ritz-Carlton, 300 Town Center Dr, Dearborn. 866-MHUMANE.

Drop-In Workshop: Paper Marbling – 124pm. Create beautiful marbled patterns on paper using shaving cream and acrylic paint. $8. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-7900.

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Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for staying peaceful throughout the day. Includes brief discussions, Q&A, gentle walking meditation (weather permitting) and more. Registration required. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center, 21194 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights. 734-6746965.

Max Mark – Cranbrook Peace Lecture – 3pm. Presented by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland/Founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative. Free. WSU, Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit. RSVP

Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. Presented by doTERRA’s Essential Oils. Learn about feel better essentials that parents need on a daily basis to car for their families. Free. RSVP to Camelia, 248-471-0838.

Belle Isle Park Spring Clean Up – 9am-1pm. Wear outdoor gear, bring boots and gloves. Other tools and lunch will be provided. Free. Belle Isle Park, E Jefferson Ave & E Grand Blvd, Detroit. FobiVolunteer@ 313-331-7760.


Iridology Class – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

Autism Awareness Event & Fundraiser – 5-8pm. Fundraiser with Premier Designs Jewelry to benefit local families touched by autism. Exchange ideas and make friends. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.



Every Nurse a Leader Seminar – 7:30am-3:30pm. Every nurse is a leader. Regardless of title and position, every nurse exercises leading-edge authority to influence the health of those in his or her care. In this rapidly changing healthcare environment, nurses will be key to the future. 6.0 nursing contact hours. $75. St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit.


Digestive Health – 6-7pm. Heartburn, Reflux, Irritable Bowel, Crohn’s, learn the myths and truths plus some natural solutions. Free if pre-registered, $5 at the door. Loranger Family Wellness Center, 4828 Allen Rd, Allen Park. 313-383-1615.

Quilted Pleasures Quilt Show & Historic Home Open House – 10am-5pm. Walk through time in period homes with beautiful of quilts on display. Three floors of new and heritage quilts, family friendly. $3. General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society benefit for the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 S Brady St, Dearborn. 313-565-3000.



Look and Feel Younger – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Holistic physician, clinical nutritionist. Learn the secrets to permanently losing weight and keeping it off. Limited to 20. Reservations required. Free. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 734-756-6904.


Nutritional Testing – 10am-3pm. Come meet Mary Born, ND CNHP CNC, our doctor of Naturopathy and Kathy Peltier our Holistic Health coach if you’re looking for answers with your health and want to re-balance your system to be at its peak, come get tested. Call to set up an appointment. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.

Bellydancing Class – 2-3pm. All shapes and ages welcome. $10. Exotic Zone Gallery, 7500 Oakland St, Detroit. World’s Largest Euchre Tournament – 3-9pm. Help set a new world’s record! Sponsored by the Wayne Rotary Club. $20 pre-registered, $25 at the door, must be 18 yrs. Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. Bob Gilbert 734-7519654. TheBigCardGame. com.

SAVE THE DATE Raw Foods “Live ‘n Live” - 5:308pm. Nothing artificial about this class. Raw foods from the heart. Taught by Khadija and Dr. Dawud. Watch and eat this 7 course meal from start to finish, put together before your eyes. Take home the recipes along with a new grasp on the importance of how raw foods will work for you! $40. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate.

Quilted Pleasures Quilt Show & Historic Home Open House – 10am-4pm. Walk through time in period homes with beautiful of quilts on display. Three floors of new and heritage quilts, family friendly. $3. General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society benefit for the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 S Brady St, Dearborn. 313-565-3000.


Emerging Viruses – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

Transformational Breath Workshop – 12:302:30pm. $20. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642.

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit for guidelines and to submit entries. VegMichigan’s Vegan Potluck – 1-4pm. Bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey) sized for 8 servings. First time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish. However, all are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28600 5 Mile Rd, Livonia. Oklahoma! – 2pm. Musical performance. $18. The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton. VillageTheater.

MONDAY APRIL 26 Sugar – Friend or Foe? - 6-8pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Holistic physician, clinical nutritionist. Learn where sugar is hiding in food and why it is a danger to you when too much is consumed. Learn about natural ways to eat sweet. Limited seating, reservation required. Free. Alfred Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-756-6904. What’s The Point? - 7-8pm. Learn Pressure Point Therapy (also known as “Trigger Point Therapy”) to help you relieve everyday stress. You can put your finger on the problem-literallyby learning this simple, yet effective therapy! Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Reservation required. Free. 734-425-8220. Stretch Into Spring! - 8-9pm. Certified Wellness Doctor William H. Karl, D.C., teaches exercises to get you ready for spring. Proper stretching before doing any physical activities, including yard work, gardening, fitness walking, or jogging will help eliminate injury and keep you healthy. Join Dr. Karl and staff after the workshop for Q & A along with healthy & organic snacks. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland . Reservation required. Free. 734-425-8220.

TUESDAY APRIL 27 Single Oils – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques


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for staying peaceful throughout the day. Includes brief discussions, Q&A, gentle walking meditation (weather permitting) and more. Registration required. $12. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

Plymouth Green Street Fair – 12-7pm. Learn about the benefits of green, organic, and ecofriendly products and services. Saturday May 1st 10am-7pm, Sunday May 2nd 10am-5pm. Free. Downtown Plymouth.

Let’s Talk About Bread –Holistic Health Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Learn about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, symptoms, testing, and nutritional recommendations. Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor. 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. Limited seating. Free. 734-425-8588.

WCSX Health Expo – 10am-4pm. 94.7 WCSX wants to help you kick off the season fresh, fit and healthy. Learn many different ways to stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle with new and fun exercises, tips from doctors, nurses and instruction from nutritionists. Sports demonstrations, rock climbing and pool area. Free. Livonia Recreational

THURSDAY APRIL 29 Parasites Within You – 7:30-9pm. Parasites are probably the single most undiagnosed health challenge in this country. They cause strange symptoms and hide from detection very well.  Of the over 1,000 parasites that can affect us, only 40-50 can be identified through standard medical tests.  Fortunately there are other , nonstandard tests that can find more.  Come to this lecture to find out the best way to get tested for them and learn more about how parasites affect us, our digestion, our brain and what herbs can clear them out.  Presented by Dr. Shannon Roznay from The Nutritional Healing Center in Ann Arbor. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia. 734-525-5400. Oil Blends – 6-8pm. $2 – must register in advance. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

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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. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Perfect for children ages 5-10. A fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 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. Vin Yin Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch which works the muscles and stretches connective tissues. Flowing to build strength, then holding to let go and release. $17. 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.

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.

BYTETHIS Poetry Series – 8pm. $5. Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit. Lashaun Phoenix Moore  PowerfulBlackWoman@ Zumba – 8-8:55pm. $8. Program fee. YMCA, 28100 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. 248-553-4020.

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia.  248-449-9642.

Acoustic Mondays – 8pm-2am. Free. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.

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. The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. All ages and fitness levels. $6. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. #109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

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Zumba – 7-8pm. Bring dry shoes. $12.  Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit. ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7-8pm. All levels. Bring water and a small towel. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. FitBarre – 7:15pm. Intense body workout to tone the body and lift your seat. $20. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248-305-8414.

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Yin Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. A yoga practice for all that targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised. A nice way to let go and release. $17 Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston – 9:30-11am.  Small group size in instructor’s Ann Arbor home studio. $15. Ellen 734-995-0875.

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

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

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Zumba – 7pm. $8. Physical 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. Matador Restaurant, 26747 Van Born, Taylor. Jeanne Liedel 734-516-5948.

Budokon – 7-8pm. Combination of Tae-Bo, Yoga and meditation for a total body-mind work-out. Bring a mat and water. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-2461208.

Gentle Yoga – 9:30-11am.  $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

Fitness Kickboxing – 7-8pm. $5. Tamashi Karate Dojo, 17651 E. Warren Ave, Detroit.

Healthy Backs – 11am-12pm. $10. Fairlane Club, 5000 Fairlane Woods Drive, Dearborn.

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

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 Rd, 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.

Vinyasa Yoga – 6 and 7:15pm. $10. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2803 1st Street, Wyandotte. Beginner Hula Hoop – 6:30-7:30pm. No exp necessary. Hoops provided. $22. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St #308, Detroit. Wayne County Edition

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

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.


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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.  FlowMotion – 8:30-9:30pm. Integrates the dynamics of Vinyasa with the methodical pace of slow flow and includes simple dance movements to create an inspiring experience on the mat and around the room. $17 Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston – 9:30-11am.  Small group size in instructor’s Ann Arbor home studio. $15. Ellen 734995-0875. 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 – 10am8pm. 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. 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 Hip Hop – 6-7pm. Dance your way fit. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. 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.

Basic Yoga Fitness – 7-8pm. Includes breath awareness, proper body alignment, safe muscle stretches and relaxation. No experience needed. Bring a mat and blanket. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208. Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welcome. 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. 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.

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.

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 inside the YMCA at 16777 Northline, Southgate. Mary Anne 586-943-5785. Gentle Yoga – 9:30-11am. $4. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

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. 248-496-0392.

Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia.  248-449-9642.

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.

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.

Third Option – 6-8pm. Learn valuable skills to turn around or enhance your marriage. Hosted by Marriage Resource Center. Free. Redford Twp Library, 25320 W 6 Mile Rd. Angel 313-729-7465.




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Dog Swimming – 10am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hour swim with your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog using our specially equipped sink + dryer. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

Acoustic Open Mic – 8pm. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030.

Adult Roller Skate Dance – 10am-12pm. $5. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540.

Fairlane Ballroom Dance Club – 8pm. $7. Monsignor Hunt Banquet Center, 7080 Garling, Dearborn Heights. 734-516-0500.

Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Senior Center, 303 W Main Street, Northville. 248-349-0203.

Senior Fitness Testing – 11-11:30pm. $5. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Heidi 734-721-7400. Ci.Wayne.Mi.Us. Yin Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. A yoga practice for all that targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised. A nice way to let go and release. $17 Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 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. VinYin Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch which works the muscles and stretches connective tissues. Flowing to build strength, then holding to let go and release. $17 Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

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

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. Restorative Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. All levels welcome. $12. Pre-registration required, limited space. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Ste 200, Livonia. 734-525-5400. Yoga for Kids – 11-11:30pm. Ages 3-4. $10. Northville YOGA Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-YOGA.

Spring Forest Qigong – 3-4pm. This ancient discipline combines mental concentration, breathing and body movements to promote healing and relaxation. Not only will you experience the many benefits, it is a joy to practice. Similar to Tai Chi. Seniors and beginners welcome. Please bring a mat. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

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

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.

Powerflex Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Powerflex yoga is based on a principle of burning excess body fat and building lean muscle mass through specialized 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.

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.

Learn to Skate Beginner Session – 11am1pm. No experience need. All ages welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540.

Vedanta Study Group – 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

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


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JACK & LAURA MILLER WOWGREEN – DISTRIBUTORS 248.330.5859 FREEING THE WORLD OF TOXIC CHEMICALS ONE HOUSEHOLD AT A TIME. Non-toxic cleaning products for your home. From stain pen to laundry detergent to toilet and all-purpose cleaner we have a product for all of your cleaning needs. 100% SAFE FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PETS.

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Detroit, MI 48201 313-831-2130 Sunday 10am-4pm Located in Midtown, walking distance from WSU and the DMC. Featuring vegetarian & vegan soups and sandwiches, organic produce, groceries, supplements, natural products and more. We will be doubling the size of the business this spring!

114 W Main St. • Northville Linda Amick, Owner Certified Herbalist, Natural Health Educator, Nutrition Consultant



Plymouth Z-Coil Comfort Shoes offers Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear and FitFlop brand sandals, a stylish sandal which offers a high level of comfort, In addition, the Copper Sole Sox are available, the wicking socks that eliminate athletes foot/bacteria and virtually eliminate foot odor.



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.

Providing the residents of the City of Plymouth and surrounding areas organic and locally grown produce, Michigan based processed products and natural foods, baked goods and general groceries. Our goal is to provide a healthy alternative to local families based on the belief that food and shopping should be as local and family oriented as possible.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Hours: Mon – Sat 10am-6pm,


Edible Arrangements^® has a fresh fruit bouquet to make any occasion special - from birthdays, anniversaries and congratulations to business events and client gifts. Make every occasion special with Edible Arrangements® . 26430 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 313-370-8828 21016 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-343-0400 2910 Van Alstyne, Wyandotte, MI 48192 734-246-8700


Therapeutic Massage & Reiki 13645 Northline Road Southgate, MI 48195 734.934.2076


Appliance installation, plumbing repairs, sprinkler installation and repairs, landscaping, masonry repairs, painting, cleaning and all around handyman services.

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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116 W. Main St Northville 248-773-7671 Carolyn Simon, Owner





22030 Mooney

All organic, all the time. Raw, vegetarian, vegan foods that taste great and are great for you!





248-471-0838 Bowenwork®, Chi NeiTang, Parafango wrapping, Cellulite treatment plus special programs available for those suffering from chronic conditions.

15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200 Livonia, Mi 48152

CRG Description: MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM- join us in this new and unique program - one which integrates traditional massage therapy, energy balancing, and natural therapeutics applications from the field of Naturopathy, in a One Year weekend schedule program for a $6,900.00 tuition.



(313) 928-4592


Offering massage in a quiet and relaxed setting. Our therapists offer: Deep Tissue, Prenatal, reflexology, Integrative Massage for Fibromyalgia, Hot Rocks, Deep Tissue, Oncology massage, Swedish, Lymph and Myofascial Release.


RON COVERT COVERT SHREDDING 28745 Wick Rd Romulus 734-476-6056 Your source for Document Destruction! Business and personal, secure facility, locking containers, licensed and bonded, authorized Dahle Shredder, office paper recycling programs, certificates of destructions provided.



ORGANIC HAIR CARE IMAGE BY DEVIN, INC. 3744 Monroe Dearborn, MI 48124 313-561-6455 Organic hair care, massage therapy, natural manicure & pedicures. Now offering Migun Far Infrared thermal massage.


734-769-7794 Our State Licensed school offers 3 different diploma programs, which dovetail so that students may earn all 3 easily: Naturopathy Diploma, Master Herbalist Diploma, Massage Therapy/Natural Medicine Diploma. MASSAGE THERAPY/ Natural Medicine DIPLOMA program begins this fall, at $6,900.00, one year program.


CUSTOMIZED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE for you. Designed to relieve muscle tension and the stresses of the day. Complimentary, Essential Oils offered for additional benefits. Ask me about AFFORDABLE PRICES, GIFT CERTIFICATES and SPA PARTY ideas. Serving Southeastern MI in Canton: Shaft Chiropractic Wellness on Mondays & Thursdays. Avail weekends; call or email to schedule an appointment. ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals).


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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

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.


34100 Woodward Ave Ste 100 Birmingham 248-593-8700 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,000 women die from breast cancer annually. Detecting breast cancer early makes all the difference.

VETERINARY MEDICINE VETERINARY MEDICINE DR JOHN M. SIMON WOODSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC, PC 27452 Woodward Ave Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Holistic and conventional veterinary medicine. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, rodents and reptiles. We are a small, personal one-doctor practice, offering surgery, dentistry, nutritional and herbal therapy, acupuncture: IVAS certified, spinal adjustment: AVCA Diploma, homotoxicology and energy medicine, and boarding.


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,

TLC Holistic wellness

Suite 200

31594 Schoolcraft Rd,

Livonia, Mi 48152

Livonia, MI 48180




You deserve the best TLC A unique holistic wellness center located in Livonia. Certified Naturopath and Chiropractic physician with over 25 years clinical experience helping create miracles for thousands of people by improving their health, energy and vitality using Gentle non-force Chiropractic, Nutrition Response Testing, whole food nutrition, nutritional counseling, muscle reflex testing, detoxification, weight loss, and natural hormone rejuvenation and balancing with whole food, herbs, diet and homeopathy


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, reflexology, 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.


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.

Mike Snider, Owner 586-254-9500

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

Ask about our quarterly and monthly service specials! Residential and commercial window cleaning, inside, outside, screens, gutters, ceiling fan, lights, mirrors, cleaning and hauling services. Family owned since 1993.

YOGA 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!

HOLISTIC HEALER & WELLNESS CENTER 21194 Van Born Rd. Dearborn Heights, 48125 (313) 299-9800

PEACE CHAKRA YOGA peacechakrayoga@gmail. com

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.

Coming soon to your area. A program designed to create an energetic experience through yoga and chakra energy work. Come catch the Peaceful wave!!!

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – Be part of a dynamic franchised publishing network that is helping to transform the way we live and care for ourselves. As a Natural Awakenings publisher, your magazine will help thousands of readers to make positive changes in their lives, while promoting local practitioners and providers of natural, Earth friendly lifestyles. You will be creating a healthier community while building your own financial security working from your home. For sale in Birmingham/Huntsville AL, Denver CO, Mobile AL, Morris County NJ, and New York City, NY Call for details 239-530-1377. NEED TO HAVE A GATHERING BUT DON’T HAVE THE SPACE? Beautiful room available for a small group of people in an upscale Livonia wellness center. Please call Denise at 734.525.5400. SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for a cancer foundation. Please email your resume to the attention of:

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HEALTH HOLISTIC FAMILY HEALTHCARE FACILITY- Dr William. H. Karl has almost 30 years of experience with the latest wellness techniques. He has helped people of all ages to regulate and strengthen the immune, circulatory, hormonal 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 WHY BUY? - RENT TO OWN! $1,250 Ionic Detox Foot Bath Only $49/Mo. $1,500 Water Ionizer $39.95/Mo. Ozone Generator $29.95/Mo. Handheld Laser $29.95/Mo. 239-649-0077 FOR SALE LIBBE COLON HYDROTHERAPY TABLE.  Excellent Condition. $5500.00  If interested call 734-679-7671

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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 DARE TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS. Why not you? Why not today? Call Carol 734-283-1722x3 to learn how!

LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET A DELICIOUS, HEALTHY DINNER ON YOUR TABLE IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS. Looking for earning opportunities? We are always hiring. Love to cook? Hate to cook? Give me a call or visit my website: Sandy Ricke - Pampered Chef Consultant 313-515-3838 ARE YOU INTO HEALTHY LIVING? DO YOU ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE? Are you ready to combine your passion for healthy living with your need to make a living? There might be a wonderful opportunity for you to join the Natural Awakenings Magazine team. Inside & Outside sales opportunities. Call Mary Anne Demo for more information 586-983-8305.

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VOLUNTEERING HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS-Hospice Compassus seeking compassionate individuals in SE Michigan to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. Required training provided free. Info: Volunteer Coordinator 248-355-9900. HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES-Grace Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. SE Michigan. Training provided. For information call the Volunteer Coordinator 888-937-4390. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR GARDEN CLEAN-UP. Calling on all greenthumbs…whether you have an hour or several days to spare… one time or on a regular basis, all help is gladly accepted as we are looking for individuals to maintain the gardens on the 20 acres of property here at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center. Please contact Roz Salter at 313-5359563 to schedule your volunteer opportunity.

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The Art of Reading by David L. Ulin


n his 1967 memoir, Stop-Time, Frank Conroy describes his initiation into literature as an adolescent on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “I’d lie in bed…,” he writes, “and read one paperback after another until two or three in the morning. The real world dissolved and I was free to drift in fantasy, living a thousand lives, each one more powerful, more accessible and more real than my own.” I know that boy: Growing up in the same neighborhood, I was that boy. And I have always read like that, although these days, I find myself driven by the idea that in their intimacy, the one-to-one attention they require, books are not tools to retreat from the world, but, rather, ways to better understand and interact with it. As an act of contemplation, reading relies on our ability to still our mind long enough to inhabit someone else’s world, and to let that someone else inhabit ours. We possess the books we read, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves. This is what Conroy was hinting at in his account of adolescence. In order for this to work, however, we need a certain type of silence, an ability to filter out the world’s incessant noise. Such a state is increasingly elusive in our hyper-networked culture, in which every rumor and banality is blogged and tweeted. Today, it seems it is not contemplation we seek, but an odd sort of distraction, busily masquerading as being in the know. How do we pause when we must know everything instantly? How do we ruminate when we are constantly expected to respond? How do we become immersed in something (an idea, emotion or deci-

sion) when we are no longer willing to give ourselves the space to reflect? This is where real reading comes in, because it demands that space and restores time to us in a fundamental way. Books insist that we slow down and immerse ourselves in them. We can rely on books to pull us back from the world, to reconnect us with a more elemental sense of who we are. Text has a permanence that eclipses boundaries of time and space, whether written yesterday or 1,000 years ago. After spending hours each day reading emails and fielding phone calls in the office, tracking information

April 11-17 is National Library Week

A 2008 Scholastic study found that 82 percent of children ages five to eight and 55 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 like to read for pleasure. Nearly two-thirds prefer to read physical books rather than a computer screen or digital device. Highfrequency Internet users are more likely to read books for fun every day. across countless websites, I find it difficult to quiet down in the evening. I pick up a book and read, but some nights it takes 20 pages to settle down. Still, it happens if we want it to, if we consider it necessary. “My experience,” William James once observed, “is what I agree to attend to,” a line Winifred Gallagher uses to set forth the theme of her book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life. Attention, she posits, is a lens through which we consider not merely identity, but desire. Who do we want to be, she asks, and how do we go about that process of becoming, in a world of endless options, distractions and possibilities? When I was a kid, my grandmother used to get mad at me for attending family functions with a book. Back then, if I’d had the language for it, I might have argued that the world within the pages was more compelling than the world without; I was reading both to escape and to be engaged. All these years later, I find myself in a similar position, in which reading has become an act of contemplative meditation, with all of meditation’s attendant difficulty and grace. I sit down. I try to make a place for silence. It’s harder than it used to be, but still, I read. David L. Ulin is the book editor of the Los Angeles Times.

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