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letterfrompublisher This month marks our 2nd anniversary publishing Natural Awakenings for Wayne County, and I am astounded at what an amazing experience it has been. I am blessed to work with such an awesome group of people. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for all the local businesses and advertisers who help us reach more and more readers each month. The very best part, however, is hearing from readers themselves. When someone calls or emails to tell me that an article or a practitioner that they connected with has made a difference for them, or changed their life for the better, it’s really a thrill, and I know that what I’m doing makes a difference. That’s the stuff that gets me out of bed every morning. My husband David teases me that I fall in love over and over again. I’ll come home all excited about a new business owner that I met and all the connections that we have, and what I can do to help them grow their business. I have to admit, this happens several times per week, but I can’t help but to be excited when I find out about the amazing things that are happening in and around Wayne County’s healthy living community. We’re excited about our first Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo on Saturday, April 2nd. It’s helpful to have so many healthy living and green service providers all together under one roof where attendees can interact and learn more about all the products and services that are available so close to home. Special thanks to all the vendors, speakers and presenters who joined with us to make this happen. I look forward to meeting more of our readers and attendees and providing an opportunity for them to learn more about creating a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. It’s an honor to help support the Local Motion organization. This year marks its fifth year of Earth Day Fair. Check out more on the back cover of this month’s issue. This organization is doing an amazing job with outreach into the community with wonderful workshops and programs. This past New Year’s Eve, my husband and I attended the overnight party at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center and we had a wonderful time. One of the other couples that we met told us about a mission that meets every Saturday morning in the Cass Corridor area of Detroit to help feed and clothe the homeless. It’s called the Peanut Butter & Jelly Ministries. We were really inspired by this, and I happened to mention it to my sister Beth who lives in Lapeer. She told some women about it at the Curves location that she belongs to and they decided to put up a sign and box to start collecting donations and provided me a hefty load to take there. Bernie at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth accepted the donation for drop off and I learned more, too, about the church’s mission and what they’re doing to help. So that’s ‘the rest of the story’ (as Paul Harvey would say) behind the news brief item on pg 10. Big things can often start with small actions. I hope that we can all continue to be open and receptive to doing what we can do, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem at the time, because you just never know all the lives that you can touch with your actions. Thanks for sharing in my Natural Awakenings journey. All the best~

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Rebuilding With Spirit

Wiggin’ Out in Quirky, Community Style


he Majestic Theater complex will serve as the stomping grounds for Detroit’s 3rd annual Wig Out Weekend. Proceeds from this year’s Wig Out Weekend benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD.) The weekend features two events and offers fun for everyone. The Detroit Wig Out party for the adult set happens Saturday, April 30 and features an eclectic assortment of southeast Michigan entertainment including live musical performances and a fashion show. Doors open at 8:30 pm and tickets cost $10. Tickets are available at MOCAD (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am–5pm and Thursday & Friday: 11am–8:00pm), through Ticketmaster or at the door. Wigs are not required, however a $2 surcharge will be collected at the door for wig-less attendees. Festivities and fun for kids and their caregivers ensue at the Wig Out Family Hootenanny on Sunday, May 1 from 3 to 5pm at the Garden Bowl, in the Majestic Theatre complex. The event offers live music by The Aprons, Mr. Seley and other local groups, bowling for $5, crafts, and, of course, wig-wearing. Adults pay $10 and children get in free. The Majestic Theater complex is located on Woodward Ave in Detroit’s Midtown Area. and on Facebook and Twitter.

Free Press Honors 2011 Green Leaders


ow in it’s second year, the Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Program recognizes businesses, non-profit agencies, and individuals for exemplary efforts towards sustainable, ecologically sound practices, programs and endeavors. This year’s winners will be honored at a special breakfast at 8am on April 21, at the DTE headquarters in Detroit. The breakfast will feature a keynote address by Gov. Rick Snyder who, as a former trustee of the Nature Conservancy, ran a campaign which emphasized that “protecting the environment and growing the economy can be done simultaneously.” The 2011 Michigan Green Leaders winners were selected from 265 nominees by a panel of 25 independent judges. Winners from Wayne County include: Detroit Diesel, a manufacturing plant of diesel engines for commercial trucks which has seen a 19% improvement in energy efficiency over the past three years and has implemented an aggressive recycling program to reduce trash by 30% over the last 12 months; Michigan Green Safe products, producer of non petroleum based goods for the food service industry which has seen incredible growth since it’s founding in 2007; Goodwill Green Works, a non-profit organization that trains unemployed Detroit area residents for full-time employment providing recycling and material recovery services to Michigan utilities, municipalities and industrial businesses. Also being recognized is The Rev. Charles Morris, priest at St. Christopher’s in Detroit, who has founded Interfaith Power and Light to promote energy savings at over 100 member houses of worship. Tickets to the breakfast are $40 each and include admission to a complimentary green expo featuring exhibitors and seminars immediately following the breakfast. The expo is open to the public.

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he devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has touched lives and hearts around the world. The generous support being generated by concerned American citizens is truly a blessing to the people of Japan. “At a time when the Japanese Red Cross is providing medical assistance, blankets, and other humanitarian care to tens of thousands of Japanese who have been devas

tated by earthquakes, a tsunami, and evacuations occasioned by nuclear power crises, the Japanese Red Cross is extremely grateful for the financial assistance being provided by the American people and the American Red Cross,” said Naoki Kokawa, Director, International Department of the Japanese Red Cross. Yuka Saionji, from the Goi Peace Foundation, is a resident of Tokyo who is encouraging her fellow countrymen to search deeply within themselves and find inspiration and opportunities for growth amidst the tragedy and devastation. She says, “we NEED a positive vision for our future. Yes, a whole town vanished. But it now means we can create a new beautiful town from scratch! We need a vision that people can be excited about, to want to work towards, to see the bright possibility that we can all create. We don’t want to re-build the same exact town we had before. We want something better, something more beautiful, sustainable...a model that focuses on the 4S’s - Science, Spirituality, System and Sustainability. We can now create a city that represents a new way of living.” In addition to financial donations, which can be made at, please make an effort to send love and positive thoughts for a bright future to the Japanese people.

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ocal Motion Green is hosting their 5th annual Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 10am– 4pm in Grosse Pointe Farms. The free, family-friendly fair features local businesses and organizations promoting healthy and environmentally responsible lifestyles in and around Southeast Michigan. Children’s activities, including crafts and seed planting, will be ongoing throughout the day. A Green Cleaning party with demonstrations on how to make household cleaners from simple ingredients will be held, and stations will be set up for fee-based electronics recycling and document shredding. Parents are encouraged to bring 1-2 toys for testing of toxins such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. Attendees of the fair will have the opportunity to learn about worm composting, gardening without pesticides, rain barrels and much more. Exhibitors offer many free services and activities at their tables including free chair massages, mini manicures, cosmetic makeovers and silk screen demonstrations. Guests will enjoy live music performed by Joe Reilly, Jill Jack and other local musicians, as well as activities like making key chains from recycled chip bags. Shopping options include eco-friendly children’s toys, recycled and creatively upcycled fashion-wear, handcrafted natural bath/ body care, household cleaners, and organic gardening supplies. A variety of organic and natural food will be supplied by local restaurants, such as the newly opened GreenGo’s, Cacao Tree, and Organaman Catering. This year’s fair also highlights electric transportation options and will feature the Chevy Volt and a display of Ford electric cars. LocalMotionGreen is a grass-roots, solutions-driven, community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness about toxins found in everyday living and offering alternatives in order to improve health and the quality of life. Says LocalMotionGreen Executive Director Robin Heller, “the Earth Day Fair is our organization’s signature event, highlighting local resources that promote healthy and green daily living to the community.” The Earth Day Fair events and activities will take place under a tent in the parking lot off Kercheval between Richard Elementary School, McKinley Road and MacMillan Road, on “the Hill” in Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-881-2263 or visit

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he Detroit Soup Invitational and Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, April 16 from 6-10pm at Gleaners Community Food Bank. The adult event benefits the Detroit Waldorf School’s Sustainable Tuition Program, with a percent of proceeds donated to Gleaners. Attendees of the gala will taste and vote on the best soup donated by eight of the best restaurants in Metro Detroit. Tickets for the event are $50 and include live and silent auctions, soup sampling and a strolling dinner catered by Alison Costello of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The evening concludes with live music by guitarist Steve Jarosz of Grupo Escobar. Patron tickets are available for $125 and include prime seating for the live auction. Items up for bid include a chance to experience the American Idol finale in

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newsbriefs Labyrinth Walk for Peace


he World National Labyrinth Walk for World Peace Day will be honored and observed on May 7 at 11am (until approx 5pm) at the Capuchin Retreat Center in Washington, MI. All are welcome to attend, and individuals world wide with access to a labyrinth are encouraged to walk it on this day. Labyrinth enthusiast and builder Norma Housey explains that everyone’s experience in the labyrinth is unique. Labyrinths have a long history, dating back as far as 4000 years. Housey says, “labyrinths are not the same thing as mazes. A labyrinth has one path in and the same path will lead you out. They are a place of peace, where you can meditate, pray, find clarity and understanding.” This year’s World National Labyrinth Walk for World Peace Day event also provides an opportunity for attendees to support the Michigan Military Moms. This organization strives to provide our servicemen and women with much needed goods. Please bring an item such as beef jerkey, flavored water packets, coffee, handi-wipes, or chap stick for donation. Cards containing kind sentiments and words of encouragement, as well as financial contributions are appreciated as well. For information about the Labryinth Walk or about having a temporary or permanent labyrinth constructed contact Norma Housey at 313-580-8598. To learn more about the Michigan Military Moms visit The Capuchin Retreat Center is located at 62460 Mt. Vernon Rd, Washington.

Urban Farm Selling CSA Shares


rother Nature Produce has CSA shares available for purchase. CSA, community supported agriculture, is a model of farming in which individuals within the community purchase a share of the farms crops. Rather than pay by the pound, or per crop, CSA members receive an allotment of a variety of freshly harvested, seasonally ripe crops. Joining the CSA is a simple way to embrace a healthier diet based on fresh, local produce. Brother Nature Produce offers 30 weeks worth of farm fresh goods for just $600. In an effort to make CSA membership more accessible the membership cost is payable in three installments of $200. Brother Nature Produce is grown right in the farmers’ Detroit back yard. CSA members and interested citizens are always welcome to observe the land right from the street. Visitors are kindly asked to keep in mind that the farm is part of the growers home, and busy farmers enjoy peace and quiet too. The farm is located at the corner of Rosa Parks and Temple St. To sign up for a CSA membership call Greg Willerer at 313-914-0031. Learn more by finding Brother Nature Produce on Facebook or visit their stand on Saturdays in the Eastern Market (shed #2) from April-November.


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Youth Hosteling Returns to Detroit


outh hostels are a popular lodging choice among travelers seeking budget friendly, community oriented accommodations. While there are youth hostels located in almost every major city around the world, Detroit has been lacking this type of lodging since it’s only hostel closed over 15 years ago. This is about to change thanks to the hard work and inspired vision of a young woman committed to the revitalization of the city of Detroit. Emily Doerr, along with a team of friends, local business people and community volunteers has purchased and renovated a quaint, two-story building in the Corktown area of Detroit. The hostel is scheduled to open on April 15th and will offer accommodations ranging from $25-$30 per night. Guests will have access to a dormitory style bed, as well as the lounge and kitchen area. The hostel is located in Corktown at the corner of Spruce and Vermont. Reservations and information at

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Pilates for Pregnancy


ore Arts Pilates Studio has now opened in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market. With over 15 years of experience in a wide range of movement techniques, studio owner and instructor Erin Wetzel uses classical Pilates techniques to retrain the body to move “in balance, in alignment, and with focus.“ The Pilates method of exercise is a movement system that reshapes the body through precise and controlled movement. The focus is on building the muscles of the core through a systematic series of exercises that leaves the body strong, lean, and flexible. Core Arts Pilates Studio specializes in prenatal and postnatal Pilates. After the birth of her son, Wetzel became increasingly passionate about the ways in which Pilates can improve health and comfort during and after pregnancy. She studied intensively at the Center for Women’s Fitness and is a Master teacher of Pre and Postnatal Pilates. Individual and duet classes are offered and each class is tailored to the needs of the students. Visit or email 313-409-6343.

Stress Less For Success


n April 2, at the Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo, Certified Life Coach, Jane E. Saylor will present “Stress Less for Success.” Attendees will learn the key components to getting a stress filled life back on track. “First and foremost, it’s about identifying what you value most, and then taking positive actions toward realigning your values with the way you are presently living. In other words, it’s learning to live in your own Integrity,” says Saylor. Saylor draws on her training through the School of Coaching Mastery and her own personal experiences to guide individuals in achieving their life goals. “Through reducing daily stress and improving the quality of their relationships, clients are communicating better with themselves and their loved ones and their overall happiness level has dramatically increased,” explains Saylor. She emphasizes the importance of

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Boot Camp is Back


ersonal trainer Mike Mueller and Massage Therapist Irene Ivanac, of Strength & Spirit,LLC., have begun offering weekly outdoor boot camps for the 2011 season. Workouts will be held Sunday, April 9th and every Saturday continuing until the weather turns cold. All workouts are from 9-10:30am. The cost is $10 per person, or complimentary when accompanied by two paying friends. According to Mueller, working with a trainer alleviates boredom and increases the effectiveness of the workout. His seasonal boot camp workouts offer a fun mix of exercises in an environment that motivates attendees to achieve and exceed their fitness goals. The boot camp workout includes a mix of strength and cardio training and is appropriate for all fitness levels. Location: Rotary Park, on Six Mile Rd between Farmington and Merriman Rds in Livonia. Meet toward the back of the park, look for Strength & Spirit signs on parked vehicles. 734-578-1302.


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newsbriefs Curves Food Drive Straight Ahead


uring the month of April, Curves locations will collect non perishable food items and monetary donations for local food banks. The goal, according to Curves founder Diane Heavin, is for the community to come together to help families in need. “The past few years have been difficult for many families. Curves Annual Food Drive is one way that everyone can make a real difference for a local family that is struggling. We encourage everyone, not just our members or those who are thinking about joining the gym, to make a cash donation or drop off a bag of non-perishable food items in April.” This year’s food drive has an extra special start; Curves International founders Diane and Gary Heavin are featured in the April 3 episode of ABC’s inspirational program, Secret Millionaire. Community spirit and charitable works are an important part of the Curves philosophy. Since 2004 Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada. Visit for locations

Downriver Dash for Community Health


he Inaugural Annual Downriver DASH 5K Race-Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the Wayne County Community College District - Downriver campus. Registration is at 8am, the DASH 5K event begins at 9am and the Free Youth Tot Trot starts at 10am. The DASH starts and ends at WCC and winds through the scenic Heritage Park in Taylor. Parking for participants is available in the college’s East parking lot. The Tot Trot will be held in the West parking lot. Awards will be presented at 11am. The event is hosted and organized by The Guidance Center to promote physical activity and wellness, and serves as a fundraiser to benefit the community programs offered by the Guidance Center. Entry into the 5K is $20 after April 1st, the Tot Trot is a free event. Family registration rates and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Ashleigh Delezenne at 734-785-7705 x 7417. Registration packets can be picked up at Wayne County Community College District - Downriver campus or register online at

Ministry Seeks Donations & Volunteers


onations of small sized personal hygiene items, seasonally appropriate adult clothing – especially mens clothes, plus socks, bras, and underwear are always in demand. Homeless people often don’t have access to landry facilities, and often clothes are discarded after wearing them for a few weeks. Non-perishable food items, especially tuna and spaghetti sauce are very helpful because large quantities of food are prepped, transported and served in disposable containers. Monetary contributions are helpful so that specific items that might not have been donated can be purchased by PBJ Outreach, Inc. Donations can be brought to the Gathering Space at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Rectory at 1160 Penniman in Plyouth. Contact Bernie 313-719-3421 or bdodyk@


Wayne County Edition to make arrangements for a drop off, or pickup service is also available. Volunteers are also needed to sort clothing donations for a couple hours, a couple times a month. PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Outreach, Inc. is a diverse group of people volunteering their time and services to provide food, clothing, and basic social services to homeless and impoverished people of the Metropolitan Detroit area, including the Cass Corridor section of inner city Detroit. The group provides food and clothing for approximately 250-350 homeless people every Saturday morning. or contact Deacon Tim Sullivan at 734-502-1818.

newsbriefs The Science of Life Comes to Plymouth


new addition by BodyWorks Healing Center gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and wisdom of the world’s oldest recorded healing system to your everyday life. Ayurveda -literally “the science of life,” is part of Indian philosophies passed through the generations and are proven successes in disease prevention and healing. From the times of ancient teachings, and even before recorded history over 5,000 years ago, practitioners of Ayurveda used the philosophy to routinely enjoy life spans in excess of 100 years, not a rarity as is so today. Pat Krajovic, Director of BodyWorks Healing Center in Plymouth, MI is pleased to announce the addition of Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Rajiv Kumar to the staff. Krajovic notes that “Since Ayurveda’s goal is to achieve health by working towards balance and harmony, it is in perfect alignment with the other therapies we do at the Center. Ayurveda stresses the importance of physical balance, emotional release, mental health, environmental mindfulness, and spiritual progression in the total health picture.” Significant documentation suggests that because Ayurveda treats the whole person, many diseases and illnesses can be positively impacted - from angina to arthritis, asthma to insomnia, high cholesterol, migraines, and even cancer. Krajovic adds, “Ayurveda teaches us how to create balance in order to attain perfect health. It brings about an opportunity to enjoy our success, be happy and alive. I love the quote from Dr. Deepak Chopra who says, ‘Ayurveda tells us how our lives can be influenced, shaped, extended and ultimately controlled without influence from sickness or old age.’ When we achieve that balance we are able to bring harmony to ourselves and to those around us. What could be better than that?”

Give An Old Bike New Life


he Red Planet Bicycle Collective is accepting donations of bikes, tools and parts for use in their programs and workshops. The Collective’s mission is to mobilize the Seven Mile and Woodward area by providing access to donated bikes. They offer classes and workshops on bike repair, bike maintenance and bike safety. Please bring donations to Innate Healing Arts Center, 18700 Woodward Ave. Innate is located 4 blks south of Seven Mile on Woodward. or email Mars.Is. http://redplanetbicycles.

Kriya Yoga Public Programs With Paramahansa Atmanandaji


wami Paramahansa Atmanandaji, internationally renowned master of Kriya Yoga Meditation, will be visiting metro Detroit from April 3 thru May 7, offering a variety of public programs. On Saturday, April 9, from 3-5pm, Paramahansa Atmanandaji, also known as Baba, will be giving a FREE lecture entitled, “Blending Spirituality With Practical Everyday Life Through Kriya Yoga” at West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. An “Introduction to Kriya Yoga Workshop” will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 9:00am -1:00pm at Unity of Livonia, 28660 5 Mile Rd, in Livonia. This half-day program led by Baba, will include meditation, yoga asanas, talks, demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Born in Orissa, India, Baba was a highly qualified Doctor of Medicine specializing in Neurology, prior to his sannyasa (monkhood) in 1979. In 1997, he attained the Paramahansa state of Divine realization. Kriya Yoga is a scientific and ageless practice that brings peace and happiness to everyday life. Major benefits are a calm mind, a healthy body, a sharp intellect, an excellent memory and a ready wit. The final goal of Kriya Yoga is full self-realization. ‘’Life is to be lived positively, happily, healthily, harmoniously and lovingly,” says Baba. “Listen, practice, prepare and be ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.” Workshop registration, $40, includes light snacks. Call Ray at 248-877-3740, or email,

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ecobriefs Sweet Sounds

Green Proclaimed the Next Big Thing in the Music Industry The Green Music Group, an international coalition of musicians, industry leaders and fans, is leveraging its collective power to bring about widespread environmental change within the music industry and around the globe. Primary goals include reducing the music community’s environmental footprint and magnifying support for environmental nonprofits. Founded by Guster band member Adam Gardner and environmentalist Lauren Sullivan, it’s a project of Reverb, an organization that has spread its ecofriendly message on 80 major music tours, to reach 10 million fans in its first six years. Founding members include the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson. Get with the program at

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College Students Annually Repeat Recycling Bonanza When Lisa Heller Boragine discovered that college students moving out of their dorms dump tons of perfectly good stuff that wind up in landfills, she organized her nonprofit Dump & Run. Now, schools across the country are corralling leftover belongings and getting them into the hands of people who will give them a second life. She recently helped Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, organize a collection drive and sale that netted more than six tons of items from departing students. Clothing, food and bedding went to local charities. Mini-fridges, desk lamps and plastic storage containers were sold to incoming students, with proceeds benefiting on-campus sustainability efforts. Boston College’s Cleansweep program makes it even easier; students simply leave their excess stuff in their rooms, to be collected by volunteers. Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, prefers to focus on generating cash for charity via massive yard sales, one of which recently yielded $40,000. “It’s a win-win-win,” remarks Keisha Payson, Bowdoin’s sustainability coordinator. “The housekeepers like it because there is less stuff to deal with; the community likes the great bargains; and students like it because they feel bad about putting stuff in the dumpster.” For information, visit or call 508-579-7188. Source: The Christian Science Monitor


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Science Solves Mystery of Bee Colony Collapse Bees are dying off in developed Western countries, putting 90 percent of U.S. crops in peril. Multiple scientific studies now blame one group of agricultural toxins—neonicotinoid pesticides—as a major contributor to their rapid demise, and bee populations have recovered in the four European countries that have banned these products. But Bayer still sells this deadly poison here, even though the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized, in a leaked document, that Bayer’s “highly toxic” product is a “major risk concern to non-target insects [honey bees].” In 2009, Italy’s new, neonicotinoid-free corn sowing resulted in no cases of widespread bee mortality in apiaries around the crops, a first since 1999. Italy, France, Slovenia and Germany, where Bayer’s main manufacturing plant is located, have all banned neonicotinoids with good results. It’s up to U.S. citizens to convince the government not to heed the powerful chemical lobby, but to defend the bees and the country’s food supply by calling for a national ban now. Build a buzz today. Sign the emergency petition at en/save_the_bees_usa/?vl.

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Walkable Cities Provide Urban Paradise Compact, walkable communities, the opposite of poorly planned sprawl, are the solution to some of our biggest shared challenges, from childhood obesity to social isolation; vehicle crash deaths to disappearing farmland; and costly fuel to the architectural blight of strip development. The concept is also a powerful weapon against climate change, because people naturally replace driving with walking when their basic needs are close to their front door. Such cities also are fun, lively and memorable places of human interaction and inspiration. ranks the largest 40 U.S. cities and supplies a walkability score for any U.S. residential address, based on density, mixed use, transit, short blocks, public spaces and pedestrian-friendly design. Most important is the number and kinds of destinations (including schools, workplaces, amenities) near each address, which are the strongest indicators of whether people walk. Fortunately, even the least walkable cities generally have some walkable spaces. Visit to score any home address and pull up a map of what’s within walking distance.

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Don’t Pay More for Fraudulent Labels “Unlike beef, chicken and other dairy labels that must be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, egg labels fall through the cracks,” reports Richard Wood, executive director of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). “This loophole enables egg producers to freely use any language they choose to describe their products, regardless of accuracy.” The resulting consumer confusion is producing healthy, possibly fraudulent, profits, via steep markups. FACT recommends that people know the farmer that supplies their eggs and inquire about hen care. At the grocery, only trust the USDA Certified Organic seal or labels approved by the American Humane Association, Humane Farm Animal Care or Animal Welfare Institute. “Vegetarian fed,” “grass-fed or pastured” and “omega-3 enriched,” while positive, don’t guarantee the quality of animals’ living conditions. According to FACT, terms such as “free-range,” “cage-free” and “natural” may be loosely interpreted and offset by other inhumane practices, unless one knows the producer.

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Take a Stand Against Biotech Bullies Early this year, the United States government approved three genetically modified organism (GMO) crops— Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa and sugar beets, and Syngenta’s amylase corn developed to produce ethanol. Food Democracy Now, a grassroots community for a sustainable food system, is circulating an online petition objecting to these decisions that support biotech. Dozens of large food manufacturers and farm, food and agricultural organizations, both conventional and organic, are on board in opposing these lab-engineered food products for a variety of reasons, such as unknown health and environmental consequences, including genetic contamination. Instead, the current administration should be forging progress in making agriculture more sustainable and encouraging farmers to convert to organic farming practices. Join with other organic consumers who daily take a stand for their right to know what is in their food and how it’s produced. Tell President Obama to instruct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban planting of these GMOs. Sign the petition at Action.Food 298.238135.FB4IuF&t=7.

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Pomegranate Juice May Inhibit the Spread of Cancer


he exotic red fruit known as pomegranate is making headlines again. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells and the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bone. The researchers attribute this effect to four key ingredients in the pomegranate: phenylpropanoids, hydrobenzoic acids, flavones and conjugated [types of polyunsaturated] fatty acids. “Having identified them, we can now modify cancer-inhibiting components in pomegranate juice to improve their functions and make them more effective in preventing prostate cancer metastasis, leading to more effective drug therapies,” says Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at the university. She adds: “Because the genes and proteins involved in the movement of prostate cancer cells are essentially the same as those involved in the movement of other types of cancer cells, the same modified components of the juice could have a much broader impact in cancer treatment.”

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illions of people contract diarrheal diseases every year, and with the summer travel season just around the corner, it’s good to know that probiotics given as therapies for diarrhea can bring fast relief. After reviewing the findings of 63 trials involving a total of 8,014 patients, researchers with the School of Medicine at Swansea University, UK, concluded that taking such probiotics, or “good bacteria,” decisively helps. Results showed that using the probiotics reduced the duration of the illness and lessened the frequency of episodes continuing for more than four days.

AIR QUALITY CONTRIBUTES TO DIABETES We have yet another reason to demand cleaner air: A national, large-scale, population-based epidemiologic study conducted by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, published in Diabetes Care, is among the first to link adult diabetes and air pollution, after adjustment for other risk factors such as obesity and ethnicity. The relationship was observed even at exposure levels below those currently deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. 14

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TOXIC FOOD WRAPPERS When we buy a packaged prepared meal, we might, be ingesting harmful chemicals leached from the wrapper into our food. University of Toronto scientists have found that chemicals used to coat paper and cardboard food packaging to repel oil, grease and water are capable of migrating into food and contributing to chemical contamination in people’s blood. The researchers focused on perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCA), the breakdown products of chemicals used to achieve the nonstick and water- and stainrepellent properties of items that range from food packaging and kitchen pans to clothing. “We suspect that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters, or PAPs,” explains Jessica D’eon, a graduate student in the university’s chemistry department. “PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags.” PAPs are a source of potential personal chemical contamination that we can easily limit or avoid altogether.

What Hair Reveals About the Heart


esearchers at the University of Western Ontario are the first to use a biological marker in human hair to provide direct evidence that chronic stress plays an important role in causing heart attacks. In the past, chronic stressors such as job, marital and financial problems, have all been linked to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and heart attack, but

until now there hasn’t been a biological marker to measure the major risk factors. “Intuitively, we know stress is not good for you, but it’s not easy to measure,” explains Dr. Gideon Koren, who holds the Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We know that on average, hair grows one centimeter a month, so if we take a hair sample six centimeters long, we can determine stress levels for six months by measuring the cortisol level in the hair.” Cortisol is widely considered to be the main stress hormone, because stress activates its secretion. Traditionally, it’s

been measured in blood serum, urine and saliva, but that only monitors stress at the time of measurement, not over longer periods of time. In the study, hair samples three centimeters long, corresponding to about three months of hair growth, were collected from hospitalized patients who had suffered a heart attack, and then compared with hair samples from other patients. The heart attack patients were found to have significantly higher levels of cortisol in their hair, compared to the control group. This finding provides a new, non-invasive way of testing a patient’s risk.

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d Begley, Jr., widely regarded as America’s most environmentally aware actor—the one by which other green celebrities are measured— has never tired of the years of effort he and his family have made in making their home as green as possible. But this past year, his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, had had enough. She isn’t fed up with turning off lights or relying on solar power—she’s just grown weary of the home’s tiny closets and sharing one small bathroom between two adults and a soon-to-beteenage daughter, 11-year-old Hayden. While Rachelle played the disgruntled foil to the over-achieving eco-cop Ed on their former television show, Living with Ed—which aired for three seasons, first on HGTV and then on Planet Green— her problems with their modest 1936


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home in Studio City, California, are those to which most homeowners can relate. For example, cramped rooms make entertaining difficult. The home’s 1,600 square feet of main living space (plus an additional 600-square-foot room above the garage) does not easily accommodate the fundraisers the Begleys regularly host; not to mention the camera crews that routinely invaded the family’s day-to-day lives to capture the couple’s good-natured squabbles over everything from composting to conserving water and energy. For seven years, the family even ran a nontoxic cleaning business—Begley’s Best—out of their garage, adding to the mêlée. “Even if it were designed differently, it would be better,” Rachelle explains. “It’s just that it’s a 1936 house. Yes, it’s

efficient, but it would be great to be able to incorporate everything that’s going on now in eco building and be a recipient of all the latest benefits—why not?” So, the Begleys are moving. After years of documenting how to retrofit an older house to maximize use of solar energy for electricity, heating, cooling and hot water, family recycling and rainwater catchment, they are planning to sell their modest abode and build a modern, 3,000-square-foot home a mile away. Ed emphasizes that the move is a major concession on his part. “I made it crystal clear when Rachelle and I were dating: ‘This is the home I plan to be buried in. I will never move.’ And I said it repeatedly from 1993 until about a year and a half ago; now I’m going against that.”

Although the Begleys are trading up, they will continue to set an example by building their new home to green building standards that few homeowners have achieved. They’re going for the platinum; that is, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards, the highest rating possible for buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council ( This premier LEED designation requires an incredible environmental commitment in every aspect of the building process, from responsible site development, reduced water use and renewable energy utilities to the use of recycled and local materials and indoor air quality control. Of the more than 130 LEED Platinum building projects in California—the state that boasts the most such projects—only about 30 are private homes. Despite his initial protestations, Ed admits that he’s excited about the prospect. If there’s one thing he relishes, it’s a green challenge.

Life with Ed

It’s not easy to live up to Ed’s 30-yearstrong waste-nothing ethos. Although he first made a name for himself as an actor, initially as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the 1980s TV show St. Elsewhere, followed by his recurring roles in the hit TV series Six Feet Under and Arrested Development, as well as a co-starring role in Woody Allen’s 2009 film Whatever Works, lately he’s become best known as Hollywood’s green guru. He’s the people’s go-to expert on green building and saving energy, authoring the how-to books, Living Like Ed and Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living. Ed is often spotted around Hollywood riding his bike, his preferred mode of travel; on weekdays, he and his daughter ride together to her school, pedaling two miles each way. This down-to-earth, affable man is perhaps eco-conscious to a fault. The success of the show Living with Ed relied in great part on the watchdog antics of Ed catching his wife stuffing vegetable peelings down the garbage disposal, instead of in the compost bin, timing her long showers or opening a running dryer to discover Rachelle’s lone tank top inside.

In each case, the chastised Rachelle vowed to be more eco-conscious, with a raised eyebrow aimed at the camera. “I felt vindicated,” Rachelle says of her reality show adventures. “They [the viewers] were going to side with me.” If there’s any question that Ed’s needling occurs only when the cameras are on, his family members put those doubts to rest. Rachelle describes how her husband insists on keeping the temperature uncomfortably low on cold nights for the sake of saving energy; of turning off her curling iron while it’s warming up if she leaves the room; or switching off the TV if she’s listening to it while getting dressed down the hall. Daughter Hayden’s biggest gripe has to do with TV time. “I love to watch TV for hours on end,” she says. “My dad is very cautious about using power and we have to turn off several different things when we use the TV, like the DVR and its power switch.” But Ed insists that all these little energy-saving strategies add up. While he was willing to recently trade his obsolete 1992 TV set for an HDTV, he knows it’s a major energy hog—and not only when someone’s watching it. “The phantom power can be as high as 100 watts per hour,” he says—that’s the power the TV consumes simply by being plugged in. “But,” he notes, “ if you have put power strips everywhere in the house and you just walk around and click off a few of them, all of that phan-

tom power is turned off. Then, you can enjoy an appliance like that without using a tremendous amount of energy.” The sun may be an unlimited source of energy, but the solar power stored in their home’s batteries has limitations— and Ed is a vigilant watchdog. With rooftop solar panels providing most of the home’s power, the Begleys remain blissfully unaware when there’s a power outage in the neighborhood. “I only find out about it when I walk to the post office and see the signal flashing to show that power has been restored,” Ed comments. Ed manually switches over to the municipal power grid only when he senses that the stored power capacity in the home’s solar batteries is running low. He foresees that eventually that system will be automated, but for now, he’s happy to keep track. The solar power generated onsite is enough to operate the house and professional TV cameras; it also charges an electric car in the garage—an all-electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 that’s clocked 85,000 miles. For hot water, the family comfortably relies mostly on a simple solar thermal setup—a 4-by-10-foot panel on the roof of black anodized tubing behind a piece of glass. A pump activates when a sensor in the panel senses that it’s hotter than the temperature in the tank. Ed observes: “If you keep things simple, they work well.” Simplicity also keeps maintenance issues at bay. The upkeep required for his solar electric system is minor; he’s committed only to adding water to the batteries every nine months and occasionally getting up to the roof to clean the panels with a brush and a little water.

Embracing the Great Outdoors

One of Ed’s first acts when he purchased his current house in 1988 was to rip up the existing lawn and replace it with native California plants and a fruit and vegetable garden. Unless raising cows or running a golf course, he can’t imagine why anyone would need high-maintenance, water-wasting grass outside their home. But, as with many of Ed’s improvements, energy saving

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tends to trump aesthetics. That’s where Rachelle comes in. “A few years after Rachelle had moved in here, she was telling a friend to meet her at the house,” Ed recalls, “and she said ‘It’s the one on the corner that looks like the Addams Family yard.’ I thought: ‘Oooh, maybe that garden isn’t quite as nice-looking as it used to be.’ It was very droughttolerant, but it didn’t look good.” With Rachelle’s help, a new landscaper joined the effort of turning the formerly bleak-looking yard into an attractive mix of native plants that includes fragrant rosemary and purpleflowering sage along with broccoli, artichoke, corn and lettuce. Plans for the new family home will allow Ed an expanded capability to harvest rainwater through a large catchment system with an underground tank, so that he can irrigate the gardens without drawing from the municipal water supply— which he characterizes as having, “… our straw dipped into someone else’s drink”—namely, Northern California’s water. “If you’re going to take water from someone else,” Ed advises, “the least you can do is to use it responsibly and not waste it on non-native species.”

Meeting in the Middle

Bringing Rachelle’s aesthetic influence to bear has entailed replacing


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outdated living room curtains with attractive and energy-efficient wooden shutters, and finding ways to recycle without having large bins in plain sight. She’s orchestrating the design and layout of the new house—allowing for both entertaining space and larger closets—while Ed focuses on its renewable energy systems—including more unshaded rooftop panels and orienting the building to make the most of natural light. “If we don’t go LEED Platinum, then who will?” Rachelle queries. “That alone is not easy; still, I want to make it look like other houses in the neighborhood. I don’t want a Jetsons’ house; super modern has never been my style. I‘d like to show people that you can have it all, and I’m praying that it’s true.” The Begleys got off to a good start in March by tearing down an existing home on the property they recently purchased—96 percent of which, from cabinets to pipes, will be recycled or reused through Habitat for Humanity. By March 2012, the new house should be finished. They want their LEED Platinum home to serve as a model for people who are building new residences, to show what is possible in achieving real energy efficiency and waste reduction without sacrificing style or comfort. Ed’s aim is to ensure the place produces more energy than

it uses. As before, the whole process will be documented. “I hope that I’ve shown what you can do with a retrofit,” Ed says. “Now I want to show people what you can do from the ground up in 2011 and beyond.” The family’s ongoing focus on green living has made a major impact on Hayden, who accepts environmental consciousness as the norm. “I learned everything from my dad, from composting to solar panels,” Hayden says. “I always teach my friends to turn off the lights more often, take shorter showers, stuff like that.” Her green awareness gives this tween maturity beyond her years. As Rachelle says, “She thinks about things outside of herself. She’s always been conscientious. She’s also really concerned about the planet and very compassionate.” Hayden is proof that a family’s day-to-day environmental commitments can leave a lasting impact that reaches far beyond the immediate family. 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. Her next book, due out this fall, explores the relationship of environmental toxins and autism.

Step Two: The Middle Road n Install a programmable thermostat. n Get a Cool-N-Save attachment for household air conditioners—a valve and mister system that activates when the A/C is on to drop temperatures around each unit by as much as 30 degrees (not recommended for mineralized well water). n Add insulation to drafty walls, ceilings, basements and even foundations. n Install new double- or triple-paned windows. n Add blinds or other window treat ments to help retain heat in winter and block it in the summer. n Purchase a new, energy-efficient dishwasher, refrigerator and other appliances.


n Replace the lawn with drought tolerant grasses or native plants and vegetable/fruit/herb gardens or even an artificial lawn made of recycled rubber and plastic. Step Three: Major Commitments

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reen guru Ed Begley, Jr. likes to break down saving energy and reducing waste at home into doable steps that help us get the most out of our homes, so that we not only learn to live efficiently, but learn to love doing so. The how-to advice in his books comes packed with personal anecdotes and insights; it’s like a friend explaining the basics, as opposed to a know-it-all. Almost any energy-saving journey, Begley notes, begins with a green home audit. The one he had conducted for his home cost $1,000 because it was very thorough; basic audits cost $100 to $175 per hour. But, he’s convinced it was well worth it, because the auditor found many places where Begley could make simple minor adjustments to potentially save hundreds of dollars a year. What’s more, he advises, “A good

green home audit will help you prioritize bigger changes, so you spend your money wisely.” Here’s how to move up the energysaving ladder, one step at a time. Step One: The Low-Hanging Fruit n Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent models. n Turn off lights and fans when leaving a room. n Change air filters. n Take shorter showers.

n Purchase and install a solar hot water system or tankless water heater; at minimum, install a timer to avoid wasteful heating of water 24/7 (a thermal blanket can help, too). n When updating a standard HVAC system, consider the value of switching to a heat pump model. n If building a new residence or looking to upgrade an outdated heating/cooling system (particularly for larger homes), opt for a geother- mal heat pump, which uses 25 to 50 percent less energy than a traditional heating and cooling system.

n Turn off the faucet while shaving and brushing teeth.

n Evaluate the home’s solar potential and install solar photovoltaic panels on the roof.

n Plug in power strips and use them to fully turn off electronics when not in use.

n Consider a home’s wind energy potential and install a home wind turbine.

n Recycle everything possible and compost all organic matter, from vegetable cuttings to coffee grounds.

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eeling disorganized, unbalanced or out of sync? Your home may be partly to blame. “Mass-produced, cookiecutter suburban homes are bad for us and bad for the environment,” says John Brown, a Calgary-based architect, professor and founder of Slow Home Studio. “It’s like the difference between a Big Mac and a home-cooked meal, made from local ingredients.” The concepts of slow home and its parent, slow architecture, are part of the growing, global slow movement that challenges us to rethink our relationships with everything from food to money. It’s simple: A slow home is easy to live in and has a light impact on the Earth. Slow homes use space and energy efficiently, and work with, rather than against, the environment. While the principles sound like common sense, when Brown and his colleagues surveyed owners of 4,500 newly built homes in nine North American cities, they found that 54 percent failed their simple slow home test. Yet, those houses were no less costly to build or maintain than the ones that made the grade. Brown’s team has created a 12-step guide to get America’s new housing stock into rehab. Most steps refer to the design and site selection process: For example, a slow home is located in a walkable neighborhood, closest to the places the family visits most; it is oriented to maximize sunlight in central living spaces; and a slow kitchen is a well-organized center of activity, with sufficient storage and ample workspaces. There are also easy modifications you can make to the place you now call home. For example: rearrange the furniture in an awkwardly designed room to maximize functional space and make it easier to navigate; refurnish rooms by creatively using found objects and repurposed and repaired items; also declare a weekly electronics-free day and spend it in quietude or with good friends. Slowing your home is also about environmental responsibility, given that residential buildings account for more than a third of the world’s greenhouse gases, according to David Suzuki’s Green Guide. Recycled building parts might be incorporated into a new or renovated structure. Energy-saving measures include many widely-promoted simple steps that any home-dweller can employ. “It doesn’t have to be like the Atkins diet, where you throw everything out that’s currently in your pantry and swear off McDonald’s forever. The slow home philosophy is about making incremental, sustainable changes to the way you live,” advises Brown.

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Richard Louv’s Well-Being Rx: Reconnect with Nature by April Thompson

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f it’s true that people are self-interested creatures at heart, journalist Richard Louv has a message for humankind: Think not only what we can do for nature, but what nature can do for us. Louv’s seminal book, Last Child in the Woods, launched a national dialogue about the disconnection between children and nature, a state he calls nature-deficit disorder. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv vividly portrays how a nature-infused lifestyle can enhance the quality of our health and relationships, benefiting every facet of experience. He asserts that the more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need, and offers a roadmap to a future that incorporates nature into every aspect of our lives, from our homes to our workplaces. The recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, Louv is the author of eight books and the founder of the Children & Nature Network.

You cite many instances of nature’s power to heal and restore us mentally, emotionally, physically and even intellectually. How does science account for this? Healers have known about the

tance of nature to our health and well-being for thousands of years, but only in recent years have scientists begun to study the benefits of what I call, “vitamin N.” Still, the preliminary research indicates overwhelmingly positive correlations between human health and intelligence and nature. For example, a University of Illinois study of urban children with attention deficit disorder found that even a little exposure to nature can have a positive effect on ADD. Several other studies indicate that walking in natural areas improves our mental and physical health. Researchers from Sweden and England that compared exercising in indoor and outdoor settings learned that expending the same amount of energy in these different environments provides different results, with green exercise offering added value. Science can’t yet tell us the causes and mechanisms behind these correlations, yet we know enough to act. Technology permeates every aspect of our lives today. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that American youth spend an average of 53 hours a week using entertainment media. So we have to consciously bring more nature

into our lives—not just to escape technology’s documented negative effects, but also to access the positive benefits that nature provides. It’s not a case of nature versus technology, however; it’s a matter of balance. The “hybrid mind” can access the benefits of both, facilitating skills in big-picture thinking.

You assert that reconnecting with nature also strengthens community and family bonds, but where can busy urbanites start? Often, families want to connect with nature but don’t know how. We offer free tools at to help you start a family nature club organized around prearranged nature play dates. One club has 600 families. This helps create meaningful social bonding within and between families. It’s something any family can do, regardless of location or income, and it’s good fun.

What roles do governments play in preserving a nature-balanced world? All have a role to play. Urban planners a hundred years ago planned cities around nature. It’s not a new idea; we’ve just forgotten. Nature can offer cost-effective solutions to some of the problems cash-strapped governments face. For example, it costs a lot to tear up a canyon and put in a new stormwater system, but a lot less to develop a system that takes advantage of the natural watershed.

People often think about nature as somewhere else, like a state park or wilderness area, yet you point out the need to re-imagine our own yards and neighborhoods. What can we do to enhance the local habitats that ultimately sustain us? We often overlook the nature where we live, work and play. In 2008, for the first time in history, more people on Earth, were living in urban, rather than rural, areas. That means if we are going to have meaningful experiences with nature, we are going to have to rethink nature within cities. Looking forward, conservation measures alone won’t be enough to get us where we need to be. We need to start re-creating nature in order to protect the biodiversity that all creatures need, humans included. We can start in our backyards by replacing lawns with flowers and native plants that will bring back sustainable migration routes for birds and butterflies. Acting on The Nature Principle is an optimistic way of looking at the future. It’s not just about survival; it’s creating a way of life that is profoundly all-around better for all of us. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at April

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and washing. It’s one of those activities that we do all throughout the day, and with good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proper hand washing is one of the most important steps we can take in preventing the spread of illness through the population. The CDC recommends using warm or cold water, thoroughly sudsing up with soap, and rubbing all surfaces of the hands for approximately 20 seconds before rinsing and drying. This simple protocol can make a serious impact on the spread of flu, cold, and other germs in schools, restaurants, medical facilities and virtually any public place. Considering the importance of regular, proper hand washing, it makes sense to choose a soap that will help to effectively cleanse your hands without drying or irritating your skin. Soaps are available in an almost unbelievable variety, from antibacterial to scented, from sparkling to foaming. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these soaps have been stripped of one key ingredient, glycerin. Glycerin, occurs naturally during the manufacturing of lye soap, and is known as a humectant, or a substance that promotes the retention of moisture. Although the exact ways in which glycerin benefits human skin are not completely understood, it is known to soften and moisturize skin safely and naturally. During manufacturing all soap contains glycerin, however most soap producers remove the glycerin, distill it and then use it in more expensive skin care products such as lotions and creams. According to natural soap makers, removing the glycerin from the soap

effectively renders it a detergent, the use of which will strip away natural oils right along with dirt and germs. Use of these soaps tends to leave skin dry at best and damaged at worst. When looking for a soap that will promote skin health it is wise to select one that contains the naturally occurring glycerin. These natural soaps can be manufactured in two distinctly different ways. The melt-and-pour method is popular among hobbyists and soap makers looking for a quick turnaround with their products. A soap base is selected, colors and scents (usually essential oils) are added, the soap is poured into a mold, frozen, and ready to use in about an hour. Many fine soaps are made following this method, however the major drawback is a lack of control in terms of the base ingredients. The cold-press method of soap making allows the soap maker a greater degree of control over all soap ingredients. Soaps made using this method must be allowed to cure for 4 to 6 weeks before they can be used. The Michael Clark company takes a unique approach to cold-press soap making. They use a soap base of goats milk, palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil and vitamin E oil to start. Added to these pure, nourishing oils are two other ingredients which have been clinically shown to promote health and healing. Emu oil, which was originally discovered by the Aboriginal population of Australia, contains antibacterial properties and is a popular natural remedy for joint pain, such as tendonitis. Michael Clark soaps also contain the natural antibiotic known as colloidal silver. Although it’s mechanisms operate differently than regular antibiotics, a test conducted by Dr.

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Mark Farinha, a professor of microbiology at the University of North Texas, demonstrated the incredible antibacterial properties of colloidal silver. Dr. Farinha cultured 10 billion organisms of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA.) These organisms cause bacterial pneumonia and in many cases are incredibly difficult to treat. Dr. Farinha added 30 parts per million (PPM) colloidal silver to one sample of MRSA and 15 PPM to another. Within 4 minutes the 10 billion MRSA exposed to 15 PPM colloidal silver was reduced to just 50 live bacteria. In the sample exposed to 30 PPM colloidal silver the number of live bacteria after just two minutes was reduced to just .6%. Coldpressed Michael Clark soaps each contain 1 ounce of 20 PPM colloidal silver water. People with dry or damaged skin assume they must follow hand washing with lotion and cream. These products can help soothe irritated skin, but they don’t usually resolve the problem; in some cases hand creams contain ingredients which ultimately contribute to skin dryness. According to Michael Clark, switching to natural soaps can greatly improve the condition of the dry and damaged skin. The combination of ultra-pure base ingredients, along with the healing benefits of the emu oil and colloidal silver in Clark’s soaps can actually promote skin healing. “We have seen tremendous results involving eczema,” says Clark, “after just one day of use there is a marked improvement.” Considering the number of times that hands are washed each day, individuals with skin problems can benefit from choosing a natural, gentle soap which allows the skin to maintain it’s natural moisture balance without the use of lotions and creams. Michael Clark Products will be available at the Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo, or call Mike at 231-854-6852 Erin Eagen is a freelance writer and editor residing in the Metro Detroit area.

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Forbidden Creatures Author Peter Laufer On the Dark Side of “Owning” Exotic Pets

Wild animal trafficking profits are estimated by Interpol to be $10 billion to $20 billion a year. It’s the third most lucrative illegal business in the world, trailing only drugs and weapons smuggling. It is easy to accomplish, the risks of capture are slim and penalties are minimal. Many amateurs also bring in animals for their own pleasure, based on their personal fascination for the exotic. Legal trade in endangered animals also exists, along with trade that skirts the law. It is the illegal wildlife trade that further threatens already endangered species and creates a crisis for survival.

How many exotic animals are there in the United States? No one knows the answer, because there is no census of exotic pets and the legal enforcement issues differ from state to state and by locality. In fact, while we license dogs, we have no overarching law governing exotics, or even a national registry of owners. This remains a great frustration to many people and organizations working for the benefit of the animals.

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eter Laufer, Ph.D., is the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, a broadcaster and the author of 12 books. His latest, Forbidden Creatures, exposes the illegal network of hunters, traders, breeders and customers who are negatively impacting the lives of exotic animals, humans and the environment.

In Forbidden Creatures, as you explored people’s fascination with collecting exotic and forbidden animals, what did you find? Many of us like to think that humans are the ultimate animal, and that we can tame the rest of nature. My research for the book introduced me to an engaging cast of characters, many of who fantasized not just about commun-


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ing with exotic beasts, but controlling them. Such dreams can dissolve into nightmares in seconds and without warning. Exotic animals are collected and owned by celebrities, criminals and your neighbors. In fact, there are more captive-bred tigers in private homes in Texas than in the wild in India. I found a tiger in the back of a feed store in Idaho, a colony of chimpanzees in the countryside south of St. Louis and laundry bags full of pythons at a former missile base in the Everglades. There are legal auctions of exotic animals from aardvarks to zebras in Missouri, and sales of black market chimps on the Internet.

You have stated that illegal trading of wild and protected animals is growing exponentially; how profitable is this?

What can animal lovers do? Education is needed to make conscious choices. Most of the people who collect exotics are ignorant of the long-term impact of owning these animals. The cute and cuddly tiger cub or baby chimp may look like an entertaining pet now, but what about the future? What will this animal be like in six months or six years? When animals reach their adolescence and full body weight, we must ask: How will they be cared for and what will their lives be like? Chimps and other great apes grow to be stronger than a man, are overtly dangerous and must be corralled. Pythons can grow to 20 feet, endangering other pets and humans. Often, people cannot keep up with the expenses of the food and care, and release the animals to sanctuaries or simply drop them off in the wild. This creates further repercussions for society and the environment. The reality is that exotic pets will not live happily in confinement. There are many terrifying and heartbreaking stories of captive animals attacking and even killing their owners after years of mutual affection. No one knows what makes the wild side emerge to disastrous results.

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SALADS Signature Dishes from the Garden or Farmers’ Market by Judith Fertig


oing green—at least on our plates—has never been easier. Every season, it seems that more varieties of fresh greens are available at farmers’ markets and in selections of nursery plants or seeds for home gardeners. Not so long ago, Americans generally thought of salad as pale iceberg lettuce with high-fat bottled dressing or some mixture of veggies, bound together with mayonnaise. These days, we can choose from among a bounty of tender lettuces and exotic greens, topped with extra virgin olive oils and splashed with colorful creative counterpoints that add zest and yum. Salads today provide a culinary canvas for both the cook and the gardener. A signature salad generally comprises several key ingredients: cool, crisp, fresh and nutritious greens; a fresh-tasting, low-calorie dressing; and bite-sized fruits, nuts, vegetables or cheeses that add flavor, texture and interest. For the greens, tender leaf or Bibb lettuce, crisp Romaine or cabbage, sliced or finely chopped, make the besttasting salads. For the best-tasting dressings, cooks whisk ingredients together in a bowl minutes before serving. We can drizzle them over each salad, serve them in a small pitcher on the side or place the salad in a large bowl, and then toss to incorporate the dressing. Added accents have expanded to include everything from soft fruits such as strawberries and oranges; savory and salty crumbled feta or blue cheeses; or something crunchy, like toasted almonds or walnuts, in addition to ubiquitous garden-fresh vegetables, such as scallions or tomatoes. Adding a healthy hot or cold protein makes a salad even more of a main course. Altogether, in ever-evolving combinations, today’s wide-ranging healthful ingredients can work edible magic.

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When Minnesota’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm employees gather for a summer lunch, this crunchy cabbage-based slaw often graces their table. Serves 6 Slaw ½ lb Napa cabbage, cored ½ lb green cabbage, cored 1 bunch red radishes (about 12 medium to large), trimmed ½ lb broccoli, florets separated from stalks ½ bunch green onions, pale and green parts, sliced ¼-inch thick ½ lb green beans, ends trimmed, sliced ¼-inch thick Dressing 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2-½ Tbsp cider vinegar or more to taste 1 Tbsp honey ¼ tsp ground ginger Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Chop cabbages, radishes and broccoli florets into very small pieces. With a knife or vegetable peeler, pare the tough outer layer of the broccoli stalks to reveal the pale core. Chop the cores the same size as the other vegetables. 2. Put all the chopped vegetables in a large bowl and add the green onions and green beans. Toss to mix.

taste. Add the dressing to the slaw, using just enough to coat the vegetables nicely. Toss well. Let rest at room temperature for about an hour before serving, or cover and refrigerate. The slaw will remain crunchy for at least eight hours. Source: Adapted from Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers, by Sur La Table and Janet Fletcher (

Strawberry and Feta Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing

Gardening blogger Barbara Pleasant counts this as her favorite salad, one that changes with the season. In the spring, strawberries go well with feta. In the fall, pears pair with blue cheese. Serves 2 Honey-Yogurt Dressing 2 Tbsp plain yogurt 2 Tbsp mayonnaise or veggie mayo 1 tsp honey 1 tsp rice vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Salad 2 cups fresh salad greens 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries ½ cup crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup chopped, toasted almonds or walnuts 1. For the dressing, mix the yogurt, mayo, honey and rice vinegar together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 2. Arrange the greens on two salad plates and top with strawberries and feta. Drizzle with the dressing, sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant blogs about growing and eating organic food at

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GARDEN TIPS by Barbara Pleasant


f you really love salad, you owe it to yourself to try growing your own garden-fresh ingredients. Lettuce is fast and easy to grow, with beautiful colors and textures worthy of a flower garden. Most salad staples grow best in cool weather; so don’t wait for summer to get started. Here are eight tips for a successful salad garden season. Make several small sowings. Lettuce and other salad greens grow quickly and must be picked before they get too old, so try planting about two square feet of space every three weeks, starting in early spring. Take a break during summer’s heat, and then plant more salad greens when the weather cools in late summer. In tropical areas, grow lettuce as a winter crop. Try Bibbs, butterheads and other beauties. Seed racks offer packets of tempting varieties, and all except iceberg types are easy to grow in a garden. Buttercrunch and other Bibb varieties always do well, as do butterheads and leaf lettuces. Choose a mixture of varieties or buy three packets with different leaf colors and textures. Mark boundaries with radishes or scallions. Plant fastsprouting radish seed or green onions from the store to mark the locations of newly sown seeds. The onions will quickly grow new roots and tops; simply pull them as needed in the kitchen. Mix in some spinach. Boost the nutrient content of salads by including spinach in the salad garden. Spinach grows best in rich, fertile soil. Add water. All leafy greens crave water, and dry conditions can cause lettuce to become bitter. Keep a watering can near the salad bed and water as often as needed to keep the soil constantly moist, but not muddy. Eat thinnings. Lettuce seedlings often appear close together, and a good gardener will pull out excess seedlings to give the plants room to grow. After thinning seedlings to two inches apart, start eating the pulled plants as baby greens. Pick in the morning. Lettuce and other leafy greens are at their best in the morning, after they have had all night to recover from the stresses of the previous day. If it’s not pos-


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sible to gather greens in the morning, pop a cardboard box over the bed for the day. Protected from hot sun, a salad patch can keep its morning freshness until evening. Grow more when temperatures cool. Salad crops struggle in hot weather, but often thrive in cooler months. In the north, gardeners can use leftover seeds to start up a second delicious salad season in late summer; in the south, they can get an early start on the long winter growing season as soon as summer temperatures abate. Barbara Pleasant is the author of numerous gardening books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens. Visit

Simple, Super-Fast Citrus Salad

When horticulture author Barbara Pleasant’s garden is at its peak, she doesn’t like to slow down. She goes from garden to table in minutes, remarking, “I love this simple and super-fast salad.” Serves 2 Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing 2 Tbsp sesame oil 2 Tbsp orange juice Salt and pepper to taste Salad 2 cups fresh salad greens 1 cup fresh orange, peeled and chopped, or canned mandarin oranges, rinsed and drained ½ cup chopped green onions, including some of the green 1. For the vinaigrette, whisk the sesame oil and orange juice together in a bowl. Season to taste. 2. Arrange the greens on two salad plates and top with orange and scallion. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant blogs about growing and eating organic food at

Spinach and Avocado Salad

This fresh-tasting salad features a variety of colors, flavors and textures. Serves 4 1 large ripe avocado, diced 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 4 cups baby spinach leaves ½ cup chopped green onions 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 1 cup sliced radishes ½ cup bottled low-calorie Italian vinaigrette 1. In a small bowl, coat avocado with lime juice. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, toss together spinach, green onions, tomatoes, radishes and vinaigrette. Divide evenly onto four plates. Top with avocado pieces. Source: Adapted from 350 Best Salads & Dressings, by George Geary © 2010 Robert Rose Inc. ( Excerpted with permission; all rights reserved.

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he farmers and owners of Brother Nature Produce in Detroit, Greg and Olivia Willerer, took a break from working the soil and caring for crops to discuss their vision of urban farming and community shared agriculture as a means to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle for the community as a whole. Greg and Olivia each bring a unique set of skills to the farm, and their enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, spirit and healthy, delicious, local food is inspiring.


Olivia: “I come from a family of farmers. My grandmother had a big farm in Mississippi and when she moved our family to Detroit she kept on growing and gardening. My family taught me to think like a farmer and I studied AgriScience in high school before continuing on to MSU where I earned a bachelors in horticulture.” Greg: “My mom and brother are both chefs and I’ve always wanted to eat differently. I’ve become an activist and an educator and have really real-


ized the importance of walking lightly on the planet. Eating locally grown food is an important part of living more ethically and justly.”

a greens expert. It was a natural fit. Now we’re offering a greater variety of produce, as well as flowers and other homemade, natural goods.”

Greg: “I ran a CSA last year, but this year, with Olivia’s involvement and talents, we’re really expanding things. She’s a flower expert, I’m

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NA: THAT SOUNDS GREAT! WHAT IS TYPICALLY OFFERED IN THE WEEKLY SHARE AND HOW ARE THE GOODS DISTRIBUTED? Olivia: “People come right to the farm and pick the food up on Tuesdays. We pretty much provide all the veggies that anyone would normally purchase. We’ve got salad greens, Greg’s specialty herbs, onions, broccoli, kale, beets, radishes and eggplant. We’ll also have strawberries and raspberries. At the end of the season we’ll have a special variety of watermelon, called ‘moon and stars.’ We kind of specialize in unique varieties of popular fruits, veggies and herbs.”

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NA: DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE IN THE CSA AS EXTENDING BEYOND SIMPLY PROVIDING LOCALLY GROWN FOOD? Olivia: “Definitely. We’ve learned that people are really craving relationships and interactions with the people who grow their food. We’re offering workshops and opportunities for socialization. We share knowledge, we chit-chat. We’re really working to build a community.” Greg: “We don’t claim to be food gurus, but we’re close. Maybe I should say we’re food missionaries? We really want to help people improve their quality of life by eating well, saving money and filling up on flavor.”


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Greg: “Right from the start we’ve sought to make healthy, local, organic produce available to everyone, not just the wealthy. We decided to offer 3 installment payments of just $200 each to increase our accessibility. We sell produce to fine dining restaurants and ordinary people. We have members with bridge cards. We really want to make our program affordable for everybody.”


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Olivia: “We’ve really widened our community. We’ve met so many new people, we share stories and ideas. We’re like a support group for each other. Our neighbors here are a part of it too. People have picnics with their kids at the farm, they stop by to get herbs, greens and flowers. The CSA spreads that community even wider.”

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ECO-WORKOUT Easy Green Tweaks Save Money by Linda LaRue


e all agree that we need to do a better job of conserving our planet’s limited resources, so why not try these simple suggestions to green your workout routine? These eco-friendly tweaks to what you already may do take little effort and save both time and cash. Curb consumerism. Buy less brandname active wear, expensive running shoes and faddish workout gizmos, which are not quick fixes for proper exercise and diet. Recycle water/sports bottles. Buy a reusable water bottle, which is far better for the Earth than any plastic, single-use beverage container (even if you recycle it). Outrageously overpriced sports drinks are unnecessary because you can obtain all the vitamins and minerals you need by eating a sensible diet and taking a daily multivitamin. Use biodegradable body products. Buy biodegradable body wash, shampoo, lotion and laundry detergent in large sizes to save money and decrease material use. Then, use them to fill smaller,


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travel-size, reusable bottles. Patronize a workout center that’s within walking distance. You’ll not only boost your workouts, you’ll be supporting the local economy while reducing car emissions and potential parking fees. If the weather is fine, walk outside—it’s free. Did you know that of all motorized fitness equipment, treadmills use the most energy? Use towels made from organic cotton, bamboo or reclaimed fabric. Discount retailers often sell eco-friendly towels made from such natural materials. Bamboo towels are particularly soft, luxuriant and absorbent. Watch for store coupons. Buy recycled and/or natural fitness products. Fitness product manufacturers are beginning to make and promote items using recycled materials. Choose eco-friendly organic and/ or recycled active wear. Today, there seems to be an overabundance of green materials being made into clothing. Time will tell what materials consum-

ers like best, due to price, performance, look and feel. Options include organic cotton and soy fiber blends, seaweed blends and recycled polyester active wear for men and women that can be form-flattering, comfortable and enduring; trend watchers have even spotted a biodegradable athletic running shoe. Try shopping upscale thrift shops. The best days to find great clothes are Mondays and Tuesdays, after folks have dropped off their clothing over the weekend. Thrift shops are a hit-and-miss proposition—you may need to visit them more than once. Buy used workout DVDs. Great quality, popular, used, home workout DVDs are available online and at some thrift facilities and used book stores, often for half-price or less. Core performance guru Linda LaRue is a registered nurse, athletic trainer and creator of Crunchless Abs, and the eco-friendly Core Transformer lowimpact, 360° resistance workout. Visit


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Care for People, Sustain the Planet, Share the Surplus by John D. Ivanko

Permaculture is often considered a societal revolution disguised as gardening. It shows up in urban hamlets, suburban neighborhoods and rural farmyards. Be they large or small, the diverse flora and fauna in these Gardens of Eden gush with life.


he ethics of permaculture are simple: Everything revolves around caring for people and the planet, while sharing the surplus. A term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s, permaculture melds the needs of human habitation and horticulture, creating viable integrated designs based on natural ecological systems, in which what’s produced by one element of the system becomes the input for another. “It’s about design and relationships,” explains Bill Wilson, co-founder of Midwest Permaculture, with his wife Becky. “Permaculture is larger than gardening. It’s a creative and artful way of living where people and nature are both preserved and enhanced by thoughtful planning and the careful use of resources. Practices mimic patterns found in nature.


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Principles reflect a respectful approach to life. Embraced, these attributes create an environment of diversity, stability and resilience, where all may thrive for untold generations.”

Self-Sufficient Systems Permaculture is widely adaptable to suit local climates, soils and geographies, and can scale to any size location that can sustain life. Because nature fosters no waste, permaculture-inspired gardens recycle or reuse all nutrients and energy sources; this approach regenerates natural systems, while boosting the self-sufficiency of human settlements and reducing the need for industrial production systems that rely on polluting energy sources. Plants are selected and planted according to the way they help one

another. Animals also play key roles in garden sustainability. Free-range chickens, for example, can help fertilize and work up the soil and control insect pests, while providing nutrient-packed eggs; humans, meanwhile, provide shelter, security, a water source and supplemental food. Surplus produced in these gardens is freely shared. “Many permaculturists are concerned about their relationships with others—all others—and the planet,” continues Wilson. “We believe that it is possible to redesign our lives to provide an abundance of food, fiber, energy and shelter for every person on this planet, while dramatically improving overall quality of life.” He notes that only 20 percent of the permaculture process is about growing food. “Permaculture is the big picture,” agrees Heather Lanier, who has developed a plan for Hill of the Hawk Farm, in Big Sur, California. “It’s about how relationships are built and how these relationships help care for one another in the circle of life.” At her farm, the staff are transforming abandoned chicken coops into living spaces and artist studios, and planting a forest garden that will provide shade and fresh fruit, while attracting beneficial insects. Chickens and ducks meander around a series of ponds that collect water in preparation for the region’s long dry season. Just down the road, the Esalen Institute offers educational workshops, which


Permaculture Activist, Urban Permaculture Guild,

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The power of permaculture rests in its easy-to-understand foundations. Understanding them and our relationship to Earth’s ecology is where the work begins. n Take cues from nature: The goal of

permaculture is to mimic a natural landscape, and to make it more productive for human needs, as well. n Put up your own food; preserving

a garden’s harvest is like capturing sunlight.

n Grow perennials that produce food;

n Use less energy, feed the soil and har-

have unintended consequences; make the least change necessary and see if it works. As E.F. Schumacher famously stated: “Small is beautiful.”

vest rainwater. On a finite planet, only renewable resources are sustainable.

n There’s strength in diversity; value it by

plant an edible landscape, not a lawn.

avoiding a monoculture of anything. n Enable the surplus of one design

element to supply the need of another: Garden scraps feed chickens, which produce manure, which makes compost to nourish the garden.

n Remember that living on the edge

can be a very productive place; not all good ideas come from the mainstream.

n Strive for self-reliance and resiliency,

not self-sufficiency, and engage with the community; permaculture is an integrated system.

Source: Karl J. Schmidt, founder and owner of Glacial Lakes Permaculture, created this summary, adapted from the principles originated by permaculture pioneer David Holmgren, an ecological design engineer.

n Avoid big and fast solutions that can

Lanier’s staff have attended. An instructor there also helped complete the permaculture plan for Lanier’s property.

Place-Based Living Permaculture is equally appropriate for the urban and suburban areas where most Americans now live, says Wilson. “It’s for any size property, including an apartment, and for any climate... any place.” He and other permaculture enthusiasts maintain that, “With more and larger settings, together we can have a great positive effect on the total environment.” When it comes to the potential for rural areas, “We can harvest a far greater amount of resources than we do now—water, sun, carbon dioxide and wind—and greatly improve productivity, while improving the overall quality of the region.” However, he quickly clarifies: “One can be very successful in small spaces, too.” John D. Ivanko is the co-author of Rural Renaissance, describing Inn Serendipity’s journey toward sustainability (, based in part on permaculture and onsite generation of wind and solar power.

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Shades of Green


n the pursuit of green buildings and developments LEED is the gold standard. It provides a clearly defined framework of practices for building design, construction, operation, and maintenance. The acronym, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has become synonymous with truly ecologically sound buildings, homes, and schools. LEED certification is an amazing credit to hold; a clear representation of the desire to fully embrace and implement the concept of sustainability. The downside to LEED is that it isn’t accessible to much of general population. Let’s face it, not many people just decide to build a new, LEED certified home, and even retrofitting an existing home or business to LEED standards can be a somewhat insurmountable task, especially in today’s challenging economy. Many of us are apartment dwellers and are limited in the type of modifications that can be made to our dwellings. The good news is that green exists in many shades, all of which have ecological merit. It’s important to remember that there are lots of opportunities to bring green into our homes, schools, and businesses, and many of them are easy and affordable.


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Lori Sullivan of One Shade Greener, an eco-consulting company based in Plymouth, believes that “opportunities exist every day for us to make simple changes that will lessen our environmental impact. By making small changes each day, individuals and businesses can continue to become ‘one shade greener’ than they were the day before.” One of the simplest steps we can take is monitor our energy usage. Take the effort to note which lights and appliances get left on and consciously work to change this. Teach your children (and maybe your spouse) about the importance of turning out the lights, the television, and other electronics. It may help to plug frequently used electronics into one power strip, which can then be switched off nightly with the press of a button. The installation of a programmable thermostat can also significantly increase household energy efficiency. Hanging weather-stripping around doors, and draperies on windows helps keep energy usage down, and can save money on heating and cooling costs. A trip down the cleaning aisle of your local grocery or vitamin store illustrates just how many earth friendly, green cleaning products are available. Using homemade and ecologically friendly cleaning products can help reduce our carbon footprint and decrease the amount of chemicals released into the environment. Vinegar and water can work wonders on countertops, cupboards, and floors. A few drops of essential oils can be added to hide the smell, and oils such as tea tree even contain antiseptic properties! Shopping at consignment and resale shops, as well as donating unwanted goods to rummage sales, resale stores, and charities, is another way to embrace a greener lifestyle. It takes an incredible amount of resources to produce, package, and distribute the goods we consume on a daily basis. Whether you’re looking for a pair of jeans, a set of dishes, or a dining room table, making the effort to find gently-used items can significantly reduce the amount of resources you consume. Resold goods do not require packaging and shopping at resale stores, consignment shops, and rummage sales also ensures that useful items do not end up in landfills. Whether you’re building a LEED standard home, or instituting a paper recycling program at work, every effort contributes to the cultivation of a culture of respect for our world’s resources. Sullivan suggests implementing a few

changes at a time, rather than trying to drastically alter your lifestyle all at once. “Forcing quick changes often leads to frustration and a return to prior habits,” explains Sullivan. On the path to a greener future, slow but steady change is key. With the right attitude, and a bit of dedication, we can all participate in the protection of our planet; we can embrace green in its’ many lovely shades. Erin Eagen is a freelance writer and editor residing in the Metro Detroit Area.

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Inaugural Annual Downriver DASH 5K Race-Walk

Saturday, April 16, 2011 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. DASH 5K event begins; 10 a.m. Youth Tot Trot; 11 a.m. Awards Ceremony. The event is hosted and organized by The Guidance Center to promote physical activity and wellness. It begins and ends at Wayne County Community College District Downriver campus, (and continues through Heritage Park in Taylor). (for more info and to sign up)

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The Mother Sauces - Learn how to make the mother sauces which are the start of every single sauce used in cooking! A guide to BBQ: Learn how to make a few amazing BBQ dishes and use these skills to create your very own BBQ masterpieces. Chef Brandon will be doing healthy cooking demonstrations at the Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo on April 2nd

Healthy Cooking 101.

This is a fun and knowledge packed class on how to get you eating tasty healthy foods. This class is devoted to showing you how to cook your favorite foods in a healthy, filling, and fun way. Learn how to enjoy cooking and eating healthy so we can start teaching today and tomorrow’s youths how to eat and be healthy. make a decision for you and your family’s health and learn how to cook and eat healthy. G. Philips Cafe - Catering - Cooking is based in two locations:

Contact Chef Brandon Hatfield to register at 313-433-1792 or visit 42

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Natural Healing in Unnatural Settings Homelike Touches Help Restore Health


h, how we take the comforts of home for granted—until we lose them. Despite our best intentions and mindful actions to stay physically and spiritually sound, sometimes, bad things happen to good people. Accidents, toxic environments, illness and other situations beyond our control can radically, often unexpectedly, change our lives. No one wants to find themselves in a hospital bed, but if you or a loved one requires the high-tech, life-saving skills of a medical center, nursing home or another institutionalized care facility, you can help restore health through high-touch, natural nurturing. To begin, it’s helpful to know that healing is enhanced and quality of life returns quicker in loving, peaceful, natural environments. Frances Kuo and her colleagues at the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have shown how green space is a necessary, beneficial component of human health. Because plant life is physically and mentally restorative, an increasing number of hospitals nationwide have created onsite “healing gardens.” The University of Alabama Hospital, for instance, designed a garden according to the concept that the way a patient feels and interacts with his or her surroundings can play an integral part in the healing process. Complementing its soothing greenery and pleasant floral scents, a water feature helps mask unpleasant noise. It’s good to bring green plants, fragrant flowers and herbs to the bedside of a loved one, but intensive care units often ban plants in rooms, due to concerns about mold, allergens and bacteria, so check with nursing staff first. If an institution restricts the presence of plants, substitute posters or pictures of gardens, forests or national parks to bring visions of natural life to barren walls.

Here are additional suggestions for transforming unnatural environments into more natural healing spaces: Like Hippocrates, think of food as medicine. Unfortunately, “healthy hospital food,” is too often an oxymoron. It’s wise to ask the staff dietitian for an organic diet. Organic food is produced without toxic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified ingredients. If no organic options exist, let hospital administrators know you would appreciate having local, organic food on the menu. Inquire about dietary restrictions and get approval to bring nutritious, homemade comfort foods, prepared with loving hearts and caring hands. Satisfy the senses. Listen to the healing rhythms of nature via recordings of songbirds, crickets, frogs, ocean surf, trickling streams and gentle rain. Many are available through libraries, local bookstores and websites. Paul Kervick, cofounder and one of the directors at Living Well Community Care Home, in Bristol, Vermont, believes, “It takes more than medical management and clean sheets to feel vibrant and happy.” So, in addition to organic food, Kervick provides music therapy and meditative drumming for residents. Heal through touch and movement. Medical facilities may employ professional massage, healing touch and physical therapists. If not, a gentle foot or hand massage, with jasmine, rose or lavender-scented lotion, provides soothing stress relief. Be close; hold your loved one’s hand or stroke their hair. In A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing, author and dietitian Diana Dyer found that meditative movement, like yoga and qigong, aided her own healing journey.

Bring something from home to the facility. Family photographs, a favorite blanket or special sweater can help make a strange space feel more personal and cozy. Some care facilities even allow visits from pets. Pull up a chair and read stories aloud, sing softly and share memories and images of home. Think positively and hold healing thoughts. Creative visualization can be a vital healing tool. It is the internal process of embracing healing images and good thoughts and then applying them to our experience and our bodies. For example, Dyer references a horse field she saw outside her rural hospital window during an illness that had left her weak. She focused on the horses’ galloping strength and visualized herself running strongly again. Every patient needs an advocate to ask questions, take notes and provide a second set of watchful eyes and helping hands. It’s a good idea to keep a dated record of procedures, doctors’ comments, test results and care plans. Meanwhile, protect your loved one’s rest while offering small services that provide great comfort—such as companionship during meals or helping them step outside for some fresh air. Repeatedly express gratitude to care providers for their services and for incremental gains in healing that bring a loved one ever closer to returning to home sweet home. For additional insights, visit Health Care Without Harm ( Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio show host, based in Columbia, MO. Her daughter recently spent a month in the hospital while recovering from a fall. Visit and tune into Food Sleuth Radio online podcasts at

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Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. w/Celeste Gronda Mon-Wed-Fri Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

APRIL 2 SAVE THE DATE Marketing For A Healthy Business - 9-10am. Learn new ways to market your business very cost effectively, find out how to get your web site promoted free, post free info about your business, and get higher web site search rankings without paying for optimization. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, register online at MarketInsights. us or 734-676-9561 Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo, Park Diamond Banquet & Conference Center, 25160 W Outer Dr, Lincoln Park. Healthy Living Detroit Downriver Expo – 10am-4pm. A wonderful collection of environmentally friendly, health wise and green services (50 vendors) to educate and entertain. Free Gift bags to the first 300 attendees. $1 admission or donate a non-perishable food item or a new or used book. Park Diamond Banquet & Conference Center, 25160 W Outer Dr, Lincoln Park. Buy Michigan Now Luncheon – 12noon – 1pm. Lisa Diggs, founder of the Buy Michigan Now campaign will talk about the importance of eating local, buying local, and being a vibrant part of a local economy to build healthy communities. Healthy Luncheon Buffet $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Register at HealthyLivingDetroit. com or 313-221-9674 Park Diamond Banquet & Conference Center, 25160 W Outer Dr, Lincoln Park.

APRIL 4 Volunteer Sign-up for the Ecorse Creek Clean-Up – 7-8pm. Volunteer Sign-up for the Ecorse Creek Clean-Up at the Caroline Kennedy Library Learn how you can have fun helping your community and environment. 313-791-3490 or to get on the list. Pre-registration requested Free! Caroline Kennedy Library. 24590 George St, Dearborn Hghts.


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Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild meeting – 6:30-8pm. Our Downriver Arts & Crafts. Southgate Veterans Memorial Library. Free. 14680 Dix-Toledo Hwy. Maureen Keast 734-777-6109 Take Charge of Your Health – 7-9pm. Do you want to lose weight gain energy or just feel better and be healthy? Learn how to take an active role in achieving better health and well being w/diet & lifestyle changes you can do at home.  Dr. Fischer will take you on a journey through Holistic Wellness.  Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer BS DC ND. 734756-6904 to reserve your seat for this free health workshop. Limited to 15 guests. Free. Whole Food Market, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield.

APRIL 6 Acudetox Treatments – 9am-2pm. Do you have anxiety or wish you could stop smoking doing drugs. Do you have an addiction to food? Try an acupuncture treatment to help calm anxiety and detox your system. Callfor a free consult to see if this acupuncture treatment can work for you.  Only Specific times available.  734-645-4434 Start your New Year’s Resolution Today. Dr Denise Acton ND, 20331 Farmington Rd, Livonia. Meditation - Deeper Exploration of the Inner Realms - 5-6pm. Deepen your path of exploration into the inner realms & tap into your own immense potential and bring that forward into the world. Instructor: Leslie Blackburn $10, RSVP class size is limited, 313-269-6719 Mystery School of the Temple Arts a private Temple studio in West Dearborn.

APRIL 7 Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan – 6:309pm. Jennifer McKay Policy Specialist from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council to speak at this month’s local Sierra Club Program in Troy. Learn about the recent “gas rush” in our state.  Potential problems with “fracking” such as the use of more fresh water and chemicals contaminated drinking water and property devaluation.  If you enjoy swimming fishing or drinking water this talk is for you. Free. Kelly Services Headquarters. 999 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy.

Detroit Water Protection & Conservation Team – 6-7pm. This group is working to protect our water from problems such as sewage overflows while encouraging solutions such as green infrastructure (rain gardens green roofs bioswales wetlands etc.) Join us for coffee and learn how to volunteer to protect Detroit’s water. FREE. Biggby Coffee, 4501 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-965-0055. Lenten Day of Prayer – 9am-2:30pm. Risking Releasing Receiving. Take a few hours out of your busy week to spend some time in a quiet place with the Lord.  The day is led by Passionist priests and includes conferences as well as personal time for quiet reflection Sacrament of Reconciliation Eucharist and a full hot lunch.  $19 per person space available for parish groups or individuals.  St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conf Ctr, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit. Linda VanVoorhis 313-535-9563.

APRIL 8 Wellness treatments at a “Sampler” price – 6-8pm. Experience an evening of alternative health and wellness treatments, choose from Amethyst Bio Mat, Transformational Breathing, Breathwork, Reiki, Cranio Sacral, Hot Stone, Chair Massage, Thai Massage and Pranic Healing.  Come and experience the many different ways to enjoy wellness. Walk ins welcome but best to make a reservation as slots are limited. Samples are $15 for 15 minutes. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200. Relay for Life of Dearborn Bowling Fundraiser – 12am-11pm. 3 games of bowling pizza, pop and shoe rental. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society through our Relay For Life of Dearborn. Tickets $25 at the door. Cherry Hill Lanes, 300 North Inkster Rd, Dearborn Hghts.

APRIL 9 Outdoor weekly Boot Camp - 9-10:30am. Strength & Spirit’s boot camps in the park are BACK for the season! Join us for a great 1 1/2 hour workout that includes both strength and cardio training for only $10 per person or bring 2 paying friends and you get in FREE. All levels welcome. Rotary Park, (on 6 Mile bet Farmington & Merriman Rds) Livonia. Meet toward the back of the park, Strength & Spirit signs on our car. Irene 734-578-1302

Raw Foods with Joyce Oliveto - 1:303:30pm. Learn how to make Pizza Crust & Sauce and an assortment of toppings and warm pasta topped with a dark rich tomato mushroom sauce that will fool anyone. You will love this delicious lunch with recipes included! Class taught by Joyce Oliveto a dedicated passionate motivating teacher, Live and Raw Foods Chef and a pioneer in the field of Living Foods. $22 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208

Kriya Yoga Meditation Master – 3-5pm. Swami Paramahansa Atmanandaji internationally renowned Kriya Yoga Meditation Master will be giving a FREE lecture entitled “Blending Spirituality With Practical Everyday Life Through Kriya Yoga.” Kriya Yoga is a scientific and ageless practice that brings peace and happiness to everyday life. Major benefits are a calm mind a healthy body, a sharp intellect, an excellent memory and a ready wit. ‘’Life is to be lived positively, happily, healthily, harmoniously and lovingly” says Baba. Chairs provided. Everyone Welcome. West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. Ray 248-877-3740.

APRIL 10 Food, Film, Fun and Fellowship - 2-6pm. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20944 Grand River Ave, Detroit. Free DetroitWholisticCenter. com or call our office at 313-538-5433

APRIL 11 Anxiety Depression & Mood Disorders: A Holistic Approach – 6pm-7:30pm. Our physical well-being affects our mental and emotional well-being and our thoughts and feelings in turn affect our physical health. So a holistic approach which considers our general health including nutrition exercise and sleep (as well as helping us work directly with our thoughts and feelings) is the best long-term solution. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. Kathy Peltier. 248-390-7737.

APRIL 12 Unmasking Youth Violence – 7-9pm. Citizens for Peace Sponsoring Presentation by David Jr. Hardin Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Donation. Unity Church of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. Doreen. 734-421-1760.

ENERGY MEDICINE – 7-8:30pm. Learn the basics of energy medicine, how energy healing techniques may be able to help recharge your body & effective ways to incorporate these techniques into your life, presented by Dr. William H. Karl D.C. a Brimhall Certified Wellness Doctor along with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, limited seating pre-registration is necessary. 734-425-8588. Free. Livonia Civic Ctr Library-3rd floor, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.

FREE Talk: Introduction to the Presence Process – 7-8pm. Learn to let go of the drama & trauma in life and bring all desires to you. Based on Michael Brown’s ‘The Presence Process’ this talk will provide you with insight as to how upsets are really set ups to help us get to the cause of our discomfort.  Once we do that everything changes and life becomes easy & joyful.  See also the 10 wk program beg 4/19. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200. Green Solutions for Garden Problems – 7-8:30pm. Presented by Barb Hayes of Detroit Garden Center. Come equipped with questions.  A garden expert & microbiologist by training Hayes offers earth-friendly solutions for common (and not-so-common) garden pests and diseases. The last of six lectures in LocalMotionGreen’s Garden Green series. Free. University Liggett School,1045 Cook Rd, Grosse Pte Woods. 313-881-2263. Healthy Weight Loss: Lose Fat/Maintain Muscles – 1-2pm. Lose weight the healthy way, from fat and preserve muscle mass, and prevent your metabolism from dropping. Provides the support and tools you need to be successful • Helps you achieve healthy lifestyle changes. Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd at Morton Taylor, Canton. Dr Karen Siupik. 734 354-9900.

APRIL 13 SAVE THE DATE Blossom Forth! An Inner Journey – 9am-12pm. Present Moment Meditation founder Kathy Henning will be presenting this workshop. Embark on a magical journey... let go of limiting beliefs and old patterns of thinking.  Rediscover who you are beyond the many roles you’ve played throughout your lifetime.  Learn how to turn your attention within and rest in inner stillness.  Experience new levels of freedom.  Enjoy life from a new perspective!  Treat yourself... transform yourself... for a few hours take yourself on an inner journey that will change your life forever!  $40 Optional lunch available after the seminar for $10. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit. 313-535-9563

Acudetox Treatments – 10am-1pm. Do you have anxiety or wish you could stop smoking doing drugs. Do you have an addiction to food? Try an acupuncture treatment to help calm anxiety and detox your system. Callfor a free consult to see if this acupuncture treatment can work for you.  Only Specific times available.  734-645-4434 Start your New Year’s Resolution Today. Dr Denise Acton ND, 20331 Farmington Rd, Livonia. Detox and Weight Loss – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer BS DC ND.  Learn about detoxification of the human body.  What are toxins?  Where do they come from?  What do they do to your body?  How do we get rid of them? Can these toxins make you fat? The answer to these questions and more will be presented.  A healthier you may be a Detox away! Free. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd 3rd floor, Livonia. 734756-6904. HOW TO GET YOUR THYROID FUNCTIONING – 6:30pm-7:30pm. HOW TO GET YOUR THYROID FUNCTIONING Presented by: Dr. William Civello DC CCWP Hypothyroid Hyperthyroid Hashimoto’s Thyroid Removal.  Don’t miss this workshop to learn safe natural solutions. seating is limited. FREE. Dr. William Civello. 34441 8 Mile Rd. Suite 116. Livonia. Dr. William Civello. (248) 615-1533. Meditation - Deeper Exploration of the Inner Realms - 5-6pm. Deepen your path of exploration into the inner realms & tap into your own immense potential and bring that forward into the world. Instructor: Leslie Blackburn $10, RSVP class size is limited, 313-269-6719 Mystery School of the Temple Arts a private Temple studio in West Dearborn. Healthy Weight Loss: Lose Fat/Maintain Muscles – 7-8pm. Lose weight the healthy way, from fat and preserve muscle mass, and prevent your metabolism from dropping. Provides the support and tools you need to be successful • Helps you achieve healthy lifestyle changes. Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd at Morton Taylor, Canton. Dr Karen Siupik. 734 354-9900.

APRIL 14 Heart Meridian Testing – 9am-6pm. Do you know what is going on inside your arteries? Are you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Find out today. It could save your life. Schedule this non-invasive screening test with Dr. Denise Acton ND for a complete test with results that day call for an appt 734-645-4434 & mention this listing for special pricing Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton. Denise Acton. natural awakenings

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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. Everything You Want to Know About HCG – 6:30-8pm. Are you in a panic? Summer is coming and it will soon be time to get into a bathing suit again! Everything You Want to Know About HCG-Get Educated! Join Dr. Mary Born, N.D. for this informational class. Space is limited to RSVP call 734-246-1208. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte.

Free Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Open to Reiki Practitioners of all skills and abilites. Initiated by resident Reiki Master Jennifer Flowers Gutman the program is designed to allow practitioners to give and receive Reiki from each other. This is an opportunity to sharpen skills ask questions or just receive a healing and be in the flow of energy. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200.

APRIL 16 SAVE THE DATE Raw Food Recipe Class with Ellen Livingston – 11am-2pm. Enjoy a luncheon of delicious samples as you watch Ellen expertly demonstrate 10 simple and elegant recipes using seasonal ingredients to enhance your raw diet and detox this spring. $65, Recipe booklet included. Register now at or call 734-995-0875. Westland Civitan Bunny Brunch - 9am12pm. Westland Civitan Bunny Brunch- All you can eat! Children are encouraged to make and wear an Easter bonnet or hat for their picture w/Easter Bunny.  Call Donna Jensen 734-729-8075 Ages: All ages welcome, children must have adult supervision.  Ages 1-12 yrs $3, Ages 13-adults $5 Bring camera for Easter Bunny portraits. Westland Parks & Recreation, 36651 Ford Rd, Westland.

Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition Hay Bank - 1- 4pm. The mission is to provide established horse rescue orgs, sanctuaries, law enforcement agencies, and horse owners facing financial hardship with temp hay & feed assistance and to assist in planning for the future.Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W Grand River Ave, Lansing, Westland Jaycee Easter Egg Scramble – 1-4pm. Westland Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble. Ages 14 and under. Free. 734-226-0400 Jaycee Park (Wildwood and Hunter) Westland.


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APRIL 17 Free Introductory Talk – Inner Engineering – 1-2pm. Derived from the yogic sciences the Inner Engineering Online Program offers a technology for achieving the peak of wellbeing.  One can eliminate stress enhance mental focus and clarity and experience relief from many chronic ailments.  The course offers a method of self-empowerment and personal growth.  In addition it opens up the possibility of living life to your fullest potential - allowing you to be the creator of your own destiny. RSVP call 313-584-2929. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte.

SAVE THE DATE An Intro to Kriya Yoga – 9am-1pm. Swami Paramahansa Atmanandaji internationally renowned Master of Kriya Yoga Meditation. This halfday program led by Baba will include meditation yoga asanas talks demonstrations and Q&A. Kriya Yoga is a scientific and ageless practice that brings peace and happiness to everyday life. Major benefits are a calm mind a healthy body a sharp intellect an excellent memory and a ready wit. The final goal of Kriya Yoga is full self-realization. ‘’Life is to be lived positively happily healthily harmoniously and lovingly” says Baba. “Listen practice prepare and be ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.” Includes light snacks. Chairs provided. Everyone welcome. $40. Unity of Livonia, 28860 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. Ray 248-877-3740 or Detroit.

Acoustic Coffee House – 3-5pm. Cosy Sheridan Songwritng Workshop. Free. Unity Church of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-421-1760. Palm Sunday Day of Prayer – 5-8:30pm. Take a few hours out of your busy weekend to spend some time in a quiet place with the Lord. The evening is led by Passionist priests and includes conferences as well as personal time for quiet reflection Sacrament of Reconciliation Eucharist and a full hot dinner.  $19 per person space available for parish groups or individuals.  Call Linda at 313-535-9563 or  St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Ctr, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 & Telegraph) Detroit.

Acoustic Coffee House – 6pm-9pm. Cosy Sheridan Concert. $12. Unity Church of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. events@ 734-421-1760.

APRIL 18 FREE Guided Cleansing Meditation From Comfort of Your Home – 9-9:30pm. Conscious breathwork guided visualization to relieve stress cleanse your energy body access powerful energies experience peace of mind. Access from your home via Via Internet From Your Home. 734-416-5200.

APRIL 19 Conquer Your Pain – 7-9pm. Free health workshop on how to eliminate pain.  Suffering from headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis or sports injuries? Learn about natural solutions to medications or surgery, and get a thorough understanding of types & causes of pain, and natural effective approaches to preventing, treating or recovering from pain. 734-425-3940 to reserve a seat for your self and someone who is living with pain.  Limited to 20 guests. Whole Foods Market, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. Dr. Hoehn. Easter Delight Night – 6-7:30pm. Kids can create Easter eggs and their very own Easter basket, all supplies included, Easter Bunny will visit briefly on his way to decorate his own eggs!  Parents please bring a camera if you would like pictures with the Easter Bunny. 3-12 yrs $10 Bailey Recreation Ctr, 36651 Ford Rd, Westland.

APRIL 20 Acudetox Treatments – 10am-1pm. Do you have anxiety or wish you could stop smoking doing drugs. Do you have an addiction to food? Try an acupuncture treatment to help calm anxiety and detox your system. Callfor a free consult to see if this acupuncture treatment can work for you.  Only Specific times available.  734-645-4434 Start your New Year’s Resolution Today. Dr Denise Acton ND, 20331 Farmington Rd, Livonia. Pranic Healing Clinic – 7-8pm. Pranic Healing clears out dirty and diseased energy allowing room for clean energy.  Helps the energy body function properly which translates directly into good health and well being.  Excellent for almost any physical ailment since disease and illness always manifest in the energy body first. Free. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200.

Present Moment Meditation – 7:15-8:30pm. Learn meditation plus simple techniques for quieting the mind relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. Everyone welcome. Chairs provided. Bring a friend! $12 Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton. Kathy Henning. 734-674-6965. Stress Reduction with Pressure Point Therapy – 7-8pm. Tired of feeling the effects of stress on your body? Have a hard time trying to unwind? This relaxing FREE workshop will help you learn and experience a simple therapy that has been shown to reduce tension and pain when used properly.  Dr. William H. Karl D.C. a Brimhall Certified Wellness Doctor teaches this class both for patients and those interested in learning about natural healthcare. Invite your spouse significant other a parent or a friend to obtain the most benefit. After this workshop you are invited to stay for the next workshop (Essential Energizing Exercises) to learn six important exercises that will help you stay balanced and energized! Karl Wellness Ctr & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Essential Energizing Exercises – 8-9pm. This FREE workshop will be held at Karl Wellness Ctr & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail (near the corner of Ann Arbor Trail & Merriman Rd), Westland. Preregister at 734-425-8220.

APRIL 21 Southeast MI Spectrum Moms – 7pm-9pm. If you have a child on the autism spectrum this is your opportunity to connect with other moms who understand. Join us for our meeting in the back room of Total Health Foods. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month for continued support. You can find SM2 on Facebook. Total Health Foods. 2938 Biddle Ave. Wyandotte. Total Health Foods. 734-246-1208.

APRIL 26 Acupucture Detox Treatments – 7-8pm. Learn about the benefits of Acupuncture, many patients find relief from anxiety stress and improved energy. If you have tried to quit smoking in the past or want to detox from drugs or food addictions then come hear how acupuncture can help you. Free. Livonia Library Civic Ctr, 32777 Five Mile Rd 3rd flr, Livonia. Dr Denise Acton. dnsacton8north@ 734-645-4434.



HOW TO GET YOUR THYROID FUNCTIONING – 6:30-7:30pm. Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Hashimoto’s, Thyroid Removal. Don’t miss this workshop to learn safe natural solutions. Free RSVP at 248-615-1533.  Seating limited. Dr William Civello, 34441 8 Mile Rd Ste 116, Livonia.

Acoustic Coffee House – 7-10pm. David Roth w/Anne Hills $15. Unity Church of Livonia. 28860 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. events@ 734-421-1760. Relay for Life of Dearborn – 10am-10am 5/1. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend this year’s Relay For Life. This overnight event is an opportunity to celebrate life health cancer survivorship and to pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer. The event begins with an Opening

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MAY 3 Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild mtg – 6:308pm. Our Downriver Arts & Crafts. Southgate Veterans Memorial Library. Free. 14680 DixToledo Hwy. Maureen Keast 734-777-6109

Acudetox Treatments – 10am-1pm. Do you want to stop smoking detox from drugs or food addictions. Would you like to be free from anxiety naturally without taking more drugs. Acupuncture treatment scan help calm anxiety and detox your system so you can be free forever more! Call Dr. Denise Acton ND. CNHP. at 734-645-4434 for a free consult on Wed. April13th. 10 am-1 pm.20331 Farmington Rd. Livonia. No charge consult. Denise Acton. 20331 Farmington Rd. Livonia. Denise Acton. 734-645-4434.


Ceremony where chairpersons speakers and community leaders will get everyone pumped up for this year’s sports themed event. There will be plenty of family friendly activities crafts information fun food and refreshments on hand. Don’t miss the Luminaria Ceremony when participants take a moment of silence to reflect upon the names inscribed on the glowing tributes. Ford Community & Performing Arts Ctr, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. Liz Sawielski. 248-663-3406.

Detroit Water Protection & Conservation Team - 6-7pm. This group is working to protect our water from problems such as sewage overflows while encouraging solutions such as green infrastructure (rain gardens green roofs bioswales wetlands etc.) Join us for coffee and learn how to volunteer to protect Detroit’s water. Free. Biggby Coffee, 4501 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Melissa 313-965-0055

MAY 7 Westland Community Garage Sale – 9am-4pm. Westland Community Garage, 99 vendor locations, arrive early for better selection or later in the day for best deals. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Westland Youth Assistance Program, Westland Therapeutic Recreation Program and Westland Parks and Recreation. After the Sale a St Vincent De Paul truck will be available to accept donations. Free. Located in the parking lot bet Westland City Hall and Westland Police Dept, 36601 Ford Rd, Westland.  Vendor spots available, contact Bailey Ctr 734-722-7620.

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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. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12:00pm. (2nd & 4th Mondays) Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit 2 mtgs free. Famous Dave’s, 23800 Eureka Rd, Taylor. Suzan 734287-3699.

Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-924-2002. Belly Dance with Kelly – 9:30-11:45am. Belly Dance level 1 is a fun class that helps you understand the basic movements. $10 donation.Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at slower pace. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Ages 5-10 fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte. 313-884YOGA. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte. 313-884-YOGA.

Cardio Kickboxing – 6-7pm. Challenge your cardiovascular strength and muscle endurance. $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610.

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

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Nia Technique – 7pm-8pm. All ages & fitness levels. $6 Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767

SWCRC Connections Wkly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Children with Hairloss, 12776 S Dixie Hwy, Rockwood. Rick Williams 734-626-7778. Zumba – 9-10am. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The formula is all inclusive and designed for every body, every shape, and every age. “Ditch the workout...join the party!” $7 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

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Yoga - Basic Hatha – 6-7pm. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary, $10 call for details. Dearborn. Lisa Phelps. 313-410-3147.

Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte. 313-884-YOGA.

Powerflex Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Burn excess body fat, build lean muscle using aerobic breathing with power yoga poses. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and water. $8 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

Harper Woods Rotary Club – 12:15pm. Local Rotary group meets wkly, guests welcome. Eastland Center, Lower Concourse, Rm B, Harper Woods.

Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-266-0565.

Hot Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Level II active yoga. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. TurboKick – 5-6pm. A highly intense cardio kickboxing routine and abdominal workout. $12 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313386-8610

Pilates – 7pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610.

Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block E of Woodward, Ferndale.

Tuesday Night at the Movies – 7-8:30pm. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357.

Swim with your dog indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $14 for 1/2 hr swim. Me & My Shadow 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. meandmyshadowllc@sbcglobal. net. 734-525-9500 Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. w/Celeste Gronda Mon-Wed-Fri Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. 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. Hatha yoga challenge – 7:30pm-8:45pm. Active yoga w/Angela Barboz-Ryan in the White Rm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642

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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. Midweek Meditation Group – 6-8:30pm. Group of local folks of all ages, backgrounds and traditions who meet every week for two sessions: a 1/2 hour guided meditation at 6pm, followed by a short break, and then a 1/2 hour silent, seated meditation at 7pm. Non-religious, non-sectarian group, all are welcome $3 donation. Boston Tea Room, 195 W Nine Mile Rd B2, Ferndale. 248-547-2987 Pilates – 7pm-8pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $12. Fit Zone for Women - Allen Park. 15451 Southfield Rd. Allen Park. allimath@yahoo. com. 313-386-8610 PIYO – 7pm-8pm. A mix between Pilates & Yoga that focuses on core strengthening & flexibility. $12 Fit Zone for Women – Riverview. 17118 Fort St. Riverview. allimath@ 734-284-9100

Beginning Yoga – 6:30-8pm. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Yoga - Basic Hatha – 8:45-9:45am. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary $10 call for details. Dearborn. info@onespaceconnected. com. 313-410-3147.

Pilates – 7-8pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610.

Zumba – 9-10am. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The formula is all inclusive and designed for every body, every shape, and every age. “Ditch the workout...join the party!” $7 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

Zumba – 7-8pm. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The formula is all inclusive and designed for every body, every shape, and every age. “Ditch the workout...join the party!” CLASS IS FULL. Wait List is available, call to sign up! $7 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

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Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welcome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtings free. Comfort Inn & Suites, 17600 Dix Rd Melvindale. Mark Slagle 734-671-5888 Sanga Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15am. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte. 313-884-YOGA. Bowenwork Evaluations – Free evaluations by appt. Camelia Tamasanu, PBP & Gina Rajala, PBP 23030 Mooney, Farmington. 248-345-3117 or 248-345-3595. Beginning Yoga – 9:30-11am. $8. Taylor Recreation Ctr, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Basic Internet Computer Class – 10-11am. Intro the basics of the computer. Learn how to use the mouse and how to get to a specific website address. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575. Budokon Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience movements that fuse the yogic, martial, & living arts. 1st wk free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds. 313-881-2874.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell St, bet Mark & Gratiot, Detroit. Market Fresh & EBT accepted 313-833-9300

Vin Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. $8. Taylor Recreation Ctr, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642.

Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body & Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale.

Dog Swimming – 10:30am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hr swim w/your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog. $21. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734525-9500. Slow Flow Gentle Yoga – 10:40-11:40am. $8. Taylor Recreation Ctr, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Sr Ctr, 303 W Main St, Northville. 248-349-0203.

Outdoor weekly Boot Camp - 9-10:30am. Strength & Spirit’s boot camps in the park are BACK for the season! Join us for a great 1 1/2 hour workout that includes both strength and cardio training for only $10 per person or bring 2 paying friends and you get in FREE. All levels welcome. Rotary Park, (on 6 Mile between Farmington and Merriman Rds) Livonia. Meet toward the back of the park, Strength & Spirit signs on our car 734-578-1302 Healthy Backs Yoga - 9:30-10:30am. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary, $10 call for details. Dearborn. Lisa Phelps. 313-410-3147.

Healthy Backs Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. First class free, $14 Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Kids Yoga – 11:30am -12:30pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 734-282-9642.

Yin Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte. Posture Pro - 6pm-7:30pm. Level I/II Posture Pro Yoga w/Ellen Lazar. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. $10. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Bldg, 3434 Russell St Loft #302, Detroit.

Powerflex Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Burn excess body fat, build lean muscle using aerobic breathing with power yoga poses. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and water. $8 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

Be sure to re-submit Ongoing Calendar items each month via our website at HealthyLivingDetroit. com to help us keep this listing current and accurate. There is no charge for these listings if you are distributing magazines at your place of business for us. Call 313221-9674 for more information.

Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Om my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Bld, 3434 Russell St Loft #302, Detroit. Micha 313-674-6424. Posture Pro – 7:15-8:15pm. Level I/II w/ Regina Mitchell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642.

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Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Medicine--clinics in Pontiac, Clinton Township, Trenton, Warren. Medical and Naturopathic House calls to Assisted livings or Home Bound patients in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,Genesee Counties. 1st Acupuncture treatment Free! NIH research showed improvement with acupuncture for pain relief, asthma and Nausea--ACU Detox(NADA) also available!

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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.




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

Occupational Therapist, QXCI Biofeedback Specialist, Reiki Master, Archetypal Consultant 248.982.5971

Paula offers safe and gentle detoxification, strengthening of the digestive system, stress reduction & consults to discover your Archetypes (energetic patterns of being).



Dr. Phil works on the total body for complete health. His practice is devoted to total chiropractic care, including nutrition, orthopedic, sports injuries, chiropractic problems of children and holistic health care. Dr. Phil is a certified chiropractor with 30 years in practice.Say goodbye to headaches, back pain, whiplash, scoliosis, and sciatica pain, with holistic health care provided by Dr. Phil.




30935 Ann Arbor Trail


Westland, MI 48185

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.

Certified Wellness Doctor with over 30 years experience, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is dedicated to helping his patients obtain optimal health- utilizing whole food supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional consultation, allergy elimination/reprogramming techniques, detoxification programs, advanced chiropractic care, cold laser, and Neurological Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia and pain management.

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Angie is dedicated to providing her clients with nurturing treatments to promote balance in the body, relaxation, pain relief and self healing. Offering Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Energy Healing, Raindrop Therapy, AromaTouch Technique, Hot Stone Therapy, Bellanina Facelift Massage and more! Monthly and New Client specials available. Call to schedule your appointment today!


Emily is the Spiritual Director and Founder of ThisSacredSpace. She has studied and lived abroad creating a unique blend of Eastern/Western healing modalities and continues to travel the globe. Offering Energy Medicine Treatments, Myomassology Sessions, private & group Yoga and Meditation Instruction and Spiritual Direction. SPECIAL: $10 off for Lymphatic Drainage Massage

313-368-4598 fax Dr. Oliver is a medical doctor Board Certified by the American Holistic Medical Association. She has over 15 years experience helping people achieve their optimal health with the use of foods, herbs and natural remedies. If needed Dr. Oliver has the knowledge and ability to help you effectively use conventional treatments, including chelation therapy, intravenous Vitamin C, and nutritional I.V.s. Come experience truly wholistic care!




Irene - Massage Therapist 734-578-1302

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Certified Personal Trainer Mike Mueller

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In home/office personal training to suit your schedule and needs. Mike brings everything needed to give a balanced workout designed just for you. Mike believes that it is never too late to live a better, healthier life, and he understands, first hand, what making small changes can lead to. Ask about our couples training, individual training, fitness parties and boot camps. Call today and ask about any specials.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She is a practicing chiropractor, naturopath and wellness consultant, who for 25 years has provided holistic and nutritional recommendations using whole food supplements. Visit www. for more health information, and free public workshop dates, or call (734) 664-0339.



734-664-0339 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.

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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!

EMBRACING THE LOTUS YOGA SANCTUARY WEST DEARBORN Yoga • Sauna facilities • Massage All levels are welcome! Whether you are brand new to yoga or have a regular practice join us for this healing, stress relieving practice. Lisa Phelps, RYT-200 313-410-3147 or Leslie Blackburn, RYT-200 313-269-6719 or Chad D’Aigle, Massage Therapist by appt 248-880-0326 or

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR ANGEL IS TRYING TO TELL YOU? My name is Carolyn Leonard and I can provide you with that information. Through my God given gift of channeling your angel will provide answers to your present day questions regarding relationships, employment, family, health, friends or pets. Please call me at 989-280-0647 or visit

HEALTH BUY LOCAL VEGETABLES GROWN USING ORGANIC METHOD. Living Stones Farm has CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for the season. Spinach, tomatoes, much more, 20 wks Jun-Oct. Full and partial shares, Dearborn pick-up in Friday Farmer’s Market. 734-494-0260

HELP WANTED INTO HEALTHY LIVING? ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE? - Maybe it’s time to combine your passion for healthy living with your need to increase your income. There might be a wonderful opportunity for you to join the Natural Awakenings magazine team. Work part time from home as an independent contractor. Call Mary Anne for more information 586-943-5785

VOLUNTEERING DEARBORN ANIMAL SHELTER SEEKS LOVING HOMES FOR ADOPTABLE ANIMALS. There are many dogs, kittens and senior felines. Financial support is always appreciated for those interested in helping but not choosing to adopt a pet. Want to volunteer? We can use your help. Visit online www. or call 313-943-2697 THE DETROIT ROTARY CLUB IS LOOKING FOR 200 VOLUNTEER TUTORS. The next Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop will be April 12th and 19th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (you must attend both dates). At the end of the Workshop you will receive a Certificate that entitles you to be an adult literacy tutor anywhere in the United States!If you love to read, and want to make a difference in someone’s life – be a volunteer Literacy Tutor. Visit or call 313-872-7720 for more information. LOAVES AND FISHES SOUTHWEST DETROIT seeks a volunteer to help monitor weekly Meijer circular ads for discounts on pantry staple items, and possibly help deliver items to the food pantry at St. Stephens. This is a great way for individuals or small groups to help provide nutritious meals to the homeless and working poor residents of SW Detroit. Contact Sr. Eileen Lantzy at 313478-2363 to volunteer. Financial donations and contributions of non-perishable goods are always welcome.








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5 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7:15pm $8


12 13 Zumba Eat Right For 9-10am $7 Your Blood Type Powerflex Yoga 6-7pm 6-7:15pm $8 Free 19 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7:15pm $8


26 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7:15pm $8



Powerflex Yoga 4-5:15pm $8

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7 Zumba 9-10am $7 Zumba 7-8pm $7 FULL Wait List 14 Zumba 9-10am $7 Zumba 7-8pm $7 FULL Wait List Everything You Want to Know About HCG By ND Mary Born Free Class 6:30-8pm WOW Meeting @7pm

21 Zumba 9-10am $7 Zumba7-8pm $7 FULL Wait List Southeast MI Spectrum Moms 7-9pm Free

28 Zumba 9-10am $7 Zumba 7-8pm $7 FULL Wait List


Vegetarian Express Free Sampling 3-6pm

Raw Foods Class & Lunch 1:30-3:30pm $22 Garden of Life Free Sampling 1-4pm


Girls Nite Out! 5pm to 9pm Free


Powerflex Yoga 4-5:15pm $8

16 Powerflex Yoga 4-5:15pm $8 ND Consultations w/ Mary Born $40


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