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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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It’s wonderful to have a birthday in June. I always thought that it was excellent planning on my mom’s part since I received gifts every 6 months. My little brother, born in December, didn’t have it quite so good since his birthday always merged into holiday celebrations. I hope this month’s issue – with its focus on wellness for men – will provide a little consolation. I believe that it’s truly important for men to break free of the idea that medical attention is only needed in emergency situations. Wellness is so much more proactive. Often if you procrastinate about getting medical attention, the problem might have reached a point where there isn’t much that can be done. As individuals, we might not be equipped to overhaul the entire health care system, but we can each take responsibility for our own health and improve our own quality of life in the process. Over the years I have read a lot about healthy living, but I am still thrilled to learn something new or find a new twist to something that I might need to revisit in my quest for wellness. Even small changes can create big results over time. One such change is eating more locally grown foods. On Friday June 18, the Allen Park Farmers Market will kick off its second season. Allen Park is part of a growing trend in which communities across the country are making locally grown, farm fresh produce readily available to residents. It’s important that we all help to support the efforts of our local farmers, and to do the best we can to spend money locally whenever possible. We are very fortunate in this country to have produce available to us year round, but there are some tradeoffs that this luxury brings, such as the cost of fuel for the transportation of our well traveled food items. I have also noticed that as people get further and further removed from the foods that they eat, they are no longer aware of which foods are in season. Shopping at a farmer’s market is an education in Michigan’s harvest calendar and in appreciation. When you’re out at the farmers market every week, the arrival of new fruits and vegetables is nothing short of a celebration. Of course, there’s nothing like the taste of a freshly picked Michigan grown organic asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes or corn on the cob. Taking the time to connect with the farmers who grow the food you eat is rewarding, too. Personally, it makes me much more aware of not wasting food because I know how much hard work and effort went in to the growing, picking and hauling it all to market every week. My husband, David, and I love to plan meals around the amazing fruits and vegetables that we find at the farmers market each week. We’re thrilled to have Dr. Oz featured on our cover this month, spreading the message of health and wellness and helping us reach out to the men in our community. So dear reader, please pass this month’s issue on to the men that you care about (when you’re done reading it!) It might be just the right thing at the right time. It’s said that when the student is ready the teacher will arrive. We hope this issue is, for some men, the teacher who will guide them in their quest for health. Happy Fathers Day to all the biological fathers as well as all the men that have stepped into that role. You can make such a valuable contribution to the lives of others by your words and actions. I was fortunate to grow up with a strong father that led me to believe that I could do anything that I set out to do if I was willing to work hard enough for it. He is fond of telling me that I am a lot like him, which must be why we butt heads on occasion, but I do take it as a compliment. Thanks Dad for always being there for me. As much as I would like to think that if the men in my life would just submit to MY will, things would be so much simpler and more efficient, the truth is, life would be pretty dull without their “manly” ways. Each of them, in his own special way, have helped me to grow into the person I am, and for that I am truly grateful. Live well,

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It’s Not About the Paper: The Truth About Clutter© 2-day hands-on intensive workshop


hallenged when it comes to getting rid of clutter and maintaining a clutter free environment? Have you cleared the clutter only to have it return again a short while later and you just can’t understand why? The true reasons for ongoing clutter lie beneath the surface and have connections to our physical body, our mind. No matter how much paper or “stuff” you have, believe it or not, your clutter is all about you. You are your clutter and your clutter is you. If you look at what’s going on beneath the surface and remedy the clutter there, you can clear the clutter and be rid of it for good. This 2-day intensive workshop presented by Third Eye Group will show you ways your environment impacts how you feel, how clutter affects your physical body, how extra body weight affects the way your environment looks, the emotional, mental and spiritual ties to clutter, and how de-cluttering influences lifestyle changes. Learn the root causes for clutter, which ones are in play in your life and get hands-on personalized instruction to start the clearing process physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and begin letting go of the things that have you holding onto the clutter. Before you roll up your sleeves and clear the clutter, join Third Eye Group and begin by taking a look at what’s really going on. Third Eye Group is a personal productivity firm that provides customized time, space and life management services via hands-on organizing, coaching and consulting. All services are tailored to the specific needs and personality of the client, helping them transform environments and behaviors to stop wasting time, increase productivity and create order and peace in their lives. Learn more about Third Eye Group, at

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omen can discover the joys of kayaking, archery and camping, at the 11th Annual Women Outdoors: Kensington Adventure! on Saturday, June 26. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kensington Metropark Farm Center in Milford.  This one-day workshop will teach women basic paddle strokes and safety for kayaking and how to use a bow and arrow safely with target practice.  REI staff will give basic camping tips, and participants will practice setting up a tent.  The Adventure is a Beyond BOW program (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Heavner Canoe Rental, REI, Safari Club International and Huron-Clinton Metroparks.    Women 18 or older are eligible to attend this workshop. The $60 fee includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment and lunch. Registration deadline is June 18.  Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.   A vehicle entry permit is required. To register, call 248-685-1561 or e-mail

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newsbriefs Summer Festival Highlights Environmental Responsibility


he 35th Annual Trenton Mid Summer Festival is going green. Festival participants will be sharing the many outdoor recreation opportunities that exist Downriver and highlighting the area’s natural resources and growing number of environmentally friendly businesses. The event takes place July 9-11 in downtown Trenton on Jefferson between Maple and Harrison. Taylor-based Covert Shredding will coordinate the recycling program this year. The recycling bins will collect cardboard, paper and batteries. The company will also host a booth to find out more about recycling. Covert will be giving away sapling trees to the first 200 festival goers who stop by. Plastic cans and bottles can be recycled as well, with the help of sponsors Renewals by Anderson, DTE and The Trenton Business Association Useful garbage art contest entries will be displayed throughout the event. One winner will receive a $100 prize.

Master Herbalist Presents Seminar


ifth generation Master Herbalist and director of Nebo Health, Dean Morris, will present an informative seminar on the benefits of using herbs for a healthier lifestyle at Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River in Novi at on June 9 at 7 p.m. Morris grew up on herbs and has diverse experience in organic horticulture, the natural foods industry and healthcare. Taught by his father to grow lady slipper orchids and other herbs, Morris went on to farm 165 acres of organic herbs in the 1980’s. While attending Brigham Young University in pre-professional nutrition, he worked for a dietary supplement manufacturer. After college, he served as dean of admissions, author, editor and teacher for John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. He also spent 11 years working for the vitamin manufacturer, Nature’s Way. Seating is limited. Reservations suggested. 248-735-8100. See ad, page [26]


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Smoking Cessation Series Begins


ertified hypnotherapist John Gorham will discuss smoking cessation using hypnosis from 7-8 pm on June 30 at Vivo Wellness Center in Livonia. He will also perform a group hypnotherapy session. This session is the first in a three part series. One session will build on the other but it is not necessary to sign up for all of them. Cost is $49 per session or $117 for all three when paid in advance. Vivo Wellness Center is located at 15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200, in Livonia. To register, call 734-525-5400.


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Allen Park Farmers Market adds a Wellness theme


ack for its second season, the Allen Park Farmers Market returns on Friday, June 18th from 10am-3pm and will feature locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits, plus local artisans and crafts. Mayor Gary J. Burtka asked that a farmers market be put together by the Economic Development Department to help market the downtown area and businesses. New this year is a wellness initiative including Samantha Gibbs of Color Wheel Meals who will demonstrate some of her raw food recipes each week, and Jim Pero of Yoga 4 Peace who will offer chair yoga from 1-1:45pm and yoga for kids classes at 2-2:30pm. Additionally, Linda’s Peaceful and Therapeutic massage will be on hand to provide some relaxing massage therapy and chair massages, plus for the pet lovers in the crowd, Lorrie the Pet Psychic will be available to give your pets a voice and help you communicate with your pets. Look for the beautiful mural painted by Bethany Boomer, graduate of Allen Park HS who is currently attending Florida Southern and plays softball for them. while working on her MBA. Her father works in the city and is the electrical inspector and community development director. Looks like community work runs in the family.


am’s Club will host the International Chili Society Michigan State Cook-Off on Saturday, August 14th, from 10am to 7pm. Live entertainment plus inflatables for the kids. The event will have space for 40 eco-friendly vendors @ $150 each to benefit Children with Hairloss. Individuals can also bring along pony tails 8” or longer to donate. Sam’s Club, 15700 Northline Rd., Southgate. Contact Jeff 734-281-6760.

The Allen Park Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Community Center, at the intersection of White and Philomene Streets, behind ACO Hardware and begins Friday, June 18th and runs through September 10th. 10am-3pm. Mary Anne 586-943-5785.

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newsbriefs 21st Annual Michigan Sierra Club Retreat


ou don’t have to be a member, so come join us for the 22nd Annual Michigan Sierra Club Retreat at Camp Miniwanca on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan at 8845 W. Garfield Road in Shelby, MI. All are invited to attend this fun-filled, family-oriented, educational weekend August 27th- 29th. There will be miniseminars where you can learn about key environmental issues, and develop grassroots organizing skills. On Saturday night there will be a keynote speaker, and both silent and live auctions, so bring your new, used, crafted, and unusual items for others to bid on. There will also be live entertainment provided by attendees, and you are invited to bring your instrument and/or your voice to take part in the jam! The annual Sierra Retreat is a means to help reestablish balance in our busy lives by being outdoors where we truly desire to be with lots of kid friendly activities, dune hiking, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and Smores around the campfire at night. That’s why the retreat fees are kept as low as possible while covering costs and providing great programs. Come join us for this informative, fun, and relaxing weekend. All prices include lodging, healthy meals, access to all activities and mini-seminars. Visit for more details about pricing, accommodations and programs.


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Woodbridge Pub expands to the Great Outdoors


heck out the new outdoor patio space at Woodbridge Pub lcated in Midtown. Join your friends on a sunny summer evening out under the stars with your favorite adult beverages and some very tasty menu items. Located in the historic Midtown district, the Woodbridge Pub has a surprising number of healthy entrees and even uses biodegradable food containers. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St, Detroit. 313-833-2701 Open 11am-2am all week.

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Good Fathering

Dad’s Involvement with Young Kids Aids Achievement A study by the University of Illinois attests that fathers who change diapers and engage in a range of playful activities with their young children stay more involved as their offspring grow older. Families also realize positive effects on the youngsters’ academic achievement and social skills, findings that are supported by earlier studies. Significantly, the researchers found that when fathers build close, loving relationships with their children in the preschool years, they’re “writing a script” that determines how connected they are, and that script will continue past early childhood. Affectionate gestures establish and continue that involvement. “That can be as simple as a father winking at his three-year-old,” says Brent McBride, professor of human development at the university. In contrast, fathers who seek to establish a close bond when the child is older have a more difficult time because, McBride warns, “the moment has passed.”

Oceans Ahoy

Communities Celebrate World Oceans Day June 8 Millions of people annually gather at hundreds of events around the world to recognize the vital importance of the “one ocean” we all share and support the present and future health of our blue planet. Last year saw 70 events in the United States alone. This year, the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, adds to the fun. Individuals and families will join in kids’ art contests, photography exhibits, film showings, essay and poetry contests, treasure hunts, sleepovers and storytelling at aquariums, museums and zoos across the country. Fests will celebrate sustainable seafood, and local volunteer squads will tackle aquatic cleanup projects. We rely on a healthy ocean with a rich diversity of life to supply oxygen, foods and medicines, as well as millions of jobs and endless opportunities for recreation and inspiration. Because all the world’s oceans are connected, environmentalists call for them to be treated as one ocean. Locate and register local events at


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Train Travel

America Rediscovers the Joy of Riding the Rails Due in part to higher gasoline prices and frustrations associated with airline travel, long-distance rail travel for 2008 and 2009 was up 24 percent and 19 percent, respectively, compared with 2007. Amtrak, America’s passenger railroad, is busy improving speed and customer service, while building new routes to include underserved and unserved communities. The company is benefiting from reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, robustly supported by the Obama administration. Current U.S. routes comprise 22,000 rail miles. Lodging and features range from roomettes and bedroom packages that include meals to family suites with showers. Passengers enjoy panoramic scenic views from secondstory sightseeing lounge cars and can gather to mingle, watch a movie or share a meal and refreshments. “The relaxed atmosphere seems to encourage people to [open up and] tell their life stories,” comments John Pitt, author of The Bradt Travel Guide, USA by Rail. Tips for traveling the rails include: make friends with the car attendant; pack easy-to-prepare foods and water from home, small toys and games for the kids plus pillows and blankets for everyone; and stock an essentials bag with binoculars, books, cards, maps with rail lines, earplugs, eyeshade, pocket flashlight, sunglasses and a cheap digital watch with an alarm. For detailed information on routes and more, visit

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Action Plan

U.S. Government Gets Behind Great Lakes Restoration The Obama administration has released a five-year blueprint for applying $2.2 billion to repair a century’s worth of damage to the Great Lakes. That resource is the backbone of several U.S. regional economies dependent on tourism, outdoor recreation, shipping and manufacturing and a source of drinking water for 30 million people. Last year, Congress approved the first installment of $475 million; Obama has requested $300 million more as of October. The giant ecosystem has been plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking wildlife habitat and invasive species, the latest threat being Asian carp. The massive national and regional effort intends to improve water quality, clean up toxic hot spots and phosphorus runoff, eliminate invasive species and protect wetlands. Goals include saving key species like the lake sturgeon, now endangered due to overharvesting and habitat degradation. Canadian activists have released a complementary plan calling for their government to get busy eliminating pollution and invasive species, and protecting water flows. Four of the five lakes border on both countries. “To see the Americans move on [this issue] will, we hope, force our federal and provincial governments to move in the same direction,” says Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen. “Substantial amounts of money are going to be required.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes contain about 84 percent of the surface freshwater in North America and 21 percent of the world’s total supply.

Growth in Grace

Spiritual Pilgrimages on the Rise Worldwide Spiritual pilgrimages, religious retreats and other faith-based journeys comprise one of today’s fastest-growing travel markets, according to the World Tourism Organization. The first International Conference on Religious Tourism in 2006 estimated it to be an $18 billion industry worldwide. A Travel Industry Association of America survey found that one in four travelers said they were currently interested in taking a spiritual vacation, and the interest is spread evenly among all adult age groups. Packaged tours embrace everything from formative Christian destinations to sites sacred in Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and other ancient religious traditions. The oldest known pilgrimage site is said to be Mount Kailash, in Tibet, a holy travel destination for about 15,000 years. Those not up to the physical demands of travel can alternatively take advantage of the growing number of DVDs available online and at local libraries that allow individuals to take “armchair” pilgrimages around the world.

New Newscape

Americans Want More News about Health and Spirituality Nine in 10 American adults now get their daily news from multiple media platforms, including the Internet, television, radio and local and national newspapers, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The Internet is at the center on how people’s relationship to news is changing; it has become increasingly portable, personalized and participatory. Today, 33 percent of cell phone owners access news on the device; 28 percent of Internet users have customized their home page to include news sources on topics of personal interest; and 37 percent of Internet users have contributed, commented on or disseminated news via postings on social media websites. The third most popular online news subject, following weather and national events, is health and medicine. The top three subjects people want to receive more coverage on are scientific news and discoveries, religion and spirituality, and health and medicine, closely followed by state and community news.


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Lets Talk Trash


ob Covert piques a lot of people’s interest by showing them a three-word proposition on the back of his business card: Let’s talk trash. And he means it literally. The owner of Covert Shredding in Romulus aims to help save our planet – one ton of recycled paper at a time. “Our mission statement is to protect client information as if it were our own and deliver reliable and responsive service to all of our clients,” says Covert, who became inspired to start Covert Shredding after witnessing “gobs of paper” being mindlessly thrown away during his 11-year career as a corporate salesman. “It was disgusting to me. Immediately a light bulb went off and it was like ‘I know what to do with that.’” From the box that holds our morning cereal to that memo pad on the fridge, paper is a cornerstone of our daily life. Not surprisingly, its high demand is proportionately, if not exceedingly, wasteful. Here’s some food for thought from the Michigan’s public recycling officials: Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 60,000 gallons of water, 225 kilowatt hours, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. And here’s one more: A 15-year-old tree produces about 700 paper grocery bags, fewer than many supermarkets use in an hour. Enter Covert Shredding, a knowledgeable, accessible and cost-effective solution. Insured and bonded, the company is housed in a 10,000 square-foot warehouse on Wick Road and specializes in a diverse range of services including office recycling, consultation services and recycling education. Covert Shredding provides containers and totes for office paper, aluminum cans, magazines, newspapers and other recyclable material. Covert also assists businesses in conducting waste audits and trains managers and personnel on market trends, technical information and general information on recyclables. “Recycling at its simplest is transferring material out of the waste stream and giving that material new life to be reused or remanufactured into new products,” explains Covert, who launched Covert Shedding in October 2007. “This can benefit you in two ways: the more your employees recycle and reduce the amount of waste they create in the first place, the more your trash disposal cost will decrease.” What isn’t decreasing is the amount of paper Covert recycles every year. Last year, the company recycled 195 tons of paper products – the equivalent of 643 cubic yards of landfill space, or nearly seven football fields long and three feet thick. This year, the company has already recycled nearly 200 tons. Covert says that the


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Covert Shredding impressive statistics are a testament to Covert Shredding’s top notch professional equipment. “My shredder does 2,000 pounds an hour. It accepts paperclips and staples and has a conveyor belt, and you can put almost an inch through continuously – like a tree chipper.” To offer a comparison, Covert says that an average store-bought shredder won’t have the capability to shred for an entire hour and will likely overheat. Covert Shedding offers competitive rates for their customers, says Covert. “I come to your place, scoop it [paper] up, take it back, weigh it, and give customers a certificate of destruction. That way they have a paper trail, or proof it was destroyed.” Covert Shredding’s shredding charges include $4 per banker’s box of paper, which generally holds 40-50 pounds, and 15 cents per pound for items not contained in a banker’s box. Covert Shedding is unique in that they can accommodate the needs of large businesses but since they are locally-based, are able to provide customers with a personal touch. Local organizations that Covert Shredding works with currently include Dorsey Business School, Southgate School District, City of Taylor, Sam’s Club, and a host of dentist and doctors offices. But Covert Shedding doesn’t just provide quality service to clients; the company gives back to the community as well. Covert Shredding steadfastly believes in the value of educating our youth on the vast importance of recycling awareness and often partners with local schools and community organizations, says Covert. The company’s Plan-it Recycling Program gives back 10 percent of profits from participating schools, churches, and non-profit organizations. “I give them containers at no charge, I do their pick-ups at no charge, and whatever we recycle within six months I give them a 10 percent check back,” Covert says. “It’s such a gas to watch them go ‘What? We’re getting paid for this?’ I feel like I’m on the Oprah show handing out checks!” Covert says of the good feeling the program induces. Covert’s next big job is the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival in July. “We’re doing all the recycling of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etcetera, and then I’m donating that [the monetary value] to the [Trenton] hockey team and marching band,” Covert explains. Covert’s excitement and enthusiasm for environmental consciousness is palpable. “I like what I do, particularly the educational part of it,” he says. “It’s a lot of hard work, but I love it.” Covert Shredding is located at 28745 Wick Road, in Romulus. Call ahead for drop off. 734-467-6056



Brains in Trouble


early all of us are high-tech jugglers these days as we race to keep up with emails and instant message conversations while jumping between websites or watching television. But be aware that people who are regularly bombarded with multiple electronic media streams are paying a big mental price, according to recent research from Stanford University. “They’re suckers for irrelevancy,” concludes Professor Clifford Nass, who participated in the study. “Everything distracts them.” The researchers found that heavy multitaskers consistently underperform those who prefer to complete one task at a time. Weaknesses include their inability to pay attention to detail, organize memory and switch from one job to the next.



unners can improve both their short- and long-term performance results by reducing the amount of training by 25 percent and introducing speed endurance work into their regimens. By doing short sprints three to four times a week during a recent study, runners improved their times in 10-kilometer runs by a full minute after just six to nine weeks of such altered training.

Can Soft Drinks Cause Cancer?

Nutrition for a Healthy Prostate ased on prolific research, experts generally agree that diet plays a key role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. They recommend eating foods low in fat, keeping portions of meat and dairy small and avoiding highly processed or charcoaled meats, while loading up on fruits and vegetables. The kinds of produce identified as having anticancer properties include tomatoes, papaya, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli. Drinking green tea also helps, as it contains an active compound that prevents and curbs the progression of prostate cancer. In addition, various studies propose vitamin E, zinc and selenium as aids in reducing the risk of this type of cancer. Plant oils, nuts and seeds are naturally rich sources of vitamin E. Zinc is abundant in pumpkin seeds and oysters. Brown rice and whole grains supply selenium.

ating less and exercising more isn’t quite enough when it comes to pursuing or maintaining a healthy weight. New research from Northwestern University shows that eating at the right times helps, too. The researchers believe that eating later at night, when the body wants to sleep, may influence weight gain because its natural circadian rhythms (the internal clock that responds to light and dark cycles) also regulate energy use and prompt the body to burn nighttime calories less efficiently than during daylight. Source: American Association for Cancer Research, 2009

Source: University of Copenhagen, 2009




recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that individuals who consume two or more soft drinks a week had nearly twice the risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared with those who don’t drink sodas. Pancreatic cancer is rare, but often lethal, because it is seldom detected in early stages, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Natural Ways to Quiet Snoring


noring can interfere with any couple’s rest, but a recent article published in the Mayo Clinic newsletter offers good news if the snoring is due to ordinary causes not linked to the more serious condition of sleep apnea, a serious health concern in which breathing stops during sleep. Counselors suggest six natural ways to reduce snoring or eliminate it altogether: n Avoid alcohol ~ Alcohol con-

sumption can cause excessive muscle relaxation in the tongue, mouth and soft palate, causing them to sag into the airway. Avoiding alcohol for at least four hours before bedtime may help. n Lose weight ~ Extra bulk may

constrict airways, contributing to snoring. n Relieve nasal obstruction ~ Adhesive nasal strips or saline nasal sprays can help

reduce nasal obstruction and congestion that contribute to snoring. n Change sleep positions ~ For those who sleep on their backs, the tongue can

sag and narrow the airway during sleep. A physician can suggest techniques to learn how to sleep comfortably in other positions. n Stop smoking ~ Smoking is associated with an increased risk of snoring. People

who stop smoking have a lower rate of snoring. n Try assistive devices ~ The most effective treatment for snoring is a continu-

ous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It delivers pressurized air through a mask, keeping the upper airway open during sleep. If a person has difficulty wearing a mask at bedtime, an oral appliance supplied by a specially trained dentist or orthodontist can help keep the throat open. Though most snoring is harmless, snorers should consult a doctor to rule out sleep apnea.

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ypical dietary tactics to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) usually have short-lived effects because the avoidance of certain foods doesn’t seem to tackle the root of the problem, which is an overly sensitized digestive system reacting to stress. Reporting on this widespread problem, the British Medical Journal notes that an increasing number of gastroenterologists are now looking to hypnotherapy to help their patients cope with the unpleasant and often painful symptoms. Dr. Roland Valori, editor of the journal Frontline Gastroenterology, said that of 100 patients treated, 90 found that hypnotherapy significantly improved their symptoms and gave them more control over the condition.

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WHAT WORKS: Dr. Oz’ 25 Greatest Men’s Health Tips

by Dr. Mehmet Oz


atients are among my best teachers. They’ve taught me how to communicate clearly—and how to live a better life. On The Dr. Oz Show, I’ve learned that once people are emotionally involved, change happens quickly, especially if they feel that their behavior is letting loved ones down. Large-scale change seems daunting. We want simple routines that we can automatically follow. Adopt some of the steps described here, which work for me and that anyone can do, and you will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. Plus, you’ll live longer.

1: Roll on the Floor Laughing Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding and lowers blood pressure; it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends, a television show or something else that tickles your


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2: Don’t Skip Breakfast Eating fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. My morning dose comes from steel-cut oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins, walnuts and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day; breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the door.

3: Hit the Sack Jay and Dave are funny, but they’re not worth the strain on your system. Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, it also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory and reduces cravings for pantssplitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.

4: Admire Your Work

Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and Sshaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated; increase your fiber and water intake.

5: Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back

Even if you’re hunched over in agony, spending more time in bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men with this problem may suffer more than single men because they’re tempted to lie back and enjoy all the pampering they receive. The best solution is to get up, take a pain reliever and be a soldier.

6: Taste the Colors

Foods with bright, rich colors are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having to give up other foods. Whenever I shop the produce aisle, I’m reminded that these foods are often more powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. My favorites are arugula and blueberries.

7: Brushing is Not Enough If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and apple sauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease.

8: Take a Deep Belly Breath

Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down in the face of challenges.

9: Join a Yoga Class

Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough to join a class, but if you need more motivation, consider this: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate and increases flexibility. There’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that’s for a reason. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation.

10: Don’t Be an Island

Ever wonder why women live longer than men? One major reason is that they form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. With another person’s love and support, the inner aging associated with stress can be reduced.

11: Avoid Fad Diets

The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and taste buds. Healthy foods taste great afterwards.

12: Be a Smart Patient

Professionals can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any medical procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history and educate yourself about any family problems. You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files would be accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home. natural awakenings

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13: Lose the Beer Belly

Most men fasten their belts below their waists. It’s just another way of avoiding the truth about their gut. Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. For my six-foot, one-inch frame, for example, I need to keep my waist under 36.5 inches. If avoiding heart attacks and diabetes isn’t enough motivation to eliminate that gut, consider this: For every point your body mass index is over 25, your testosterone drops 3 percent, which isn’t very manly.

14: Go Green

I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer. These beneficial chemicals are lost when it’s fermented. Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness, but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can even fight dandruff, although only if you pour the cooled tea directly onto your scalp.

15: Sweat Until You’re Wet

If you can work up a sweat for just one hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits, including a reduced risk of heart attack, better mood and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pull-ups and 15 dips after every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

16: Save Some Money

Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor, usually because they feel powerless about it. Stress not only shortens lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking or binge eating. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.


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17: Have as Much Sex as Possible

If a 50-something man could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise and stress reduction would make him look and feel years younger. I wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that number—but what’s the harm in trying? The next time your loved one says she has a headache, tell her she’s literally killing you. It works for me.

18: Know Your Numbers, then Aim Lower

Take the part of your brain dedicated to your local steak house’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

19: Add Some Weights

Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pull-ups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Trainer Bob Greene pointed out to me that pull-ups work the back, pecs, arms and belly all at once. Because you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later. A simple setup in a door frame is convenient and inexpensive.

20: Grab Your Nuts

Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.

21: No, Seriously, Grab Your Nuts

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35, but it’s usually curable if caught early enough. I strongly urge you to grab your testicles and check them for bumps at least once a month. Each testicle should feel smooth and slightly soft, and one should hang slightly lower than the other, like two avocados (which, in Aztec, actually means “testicles”) growing on a tree.

22: Hit the Dance Floor

Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep a brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out. As a bonus, dancing may help you with tip number 17.

23: Do Your Penis a Favor

Step on a treadmill. Men who exercise enough to burn 200 calories a day significantly lower their chances of impotence. That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart attacks: blocked arteries. Your penis is like a dipstick for your arteries, so check it. If you’re interested in keeping it up later in life, lace up the sneakers now.

24: Learn to Cook

Do you think you know how much butter goes into preparing those mashed potatoes at a restaurant? You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money, but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, for most women, a man who knows how to cook is as sexy as one who stars in movies. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.

25: Some Pills Should Be Popped

The indoor life gives modern man protection from the elements. Unfortunately, roughly half of us are deficient in vitamin D, for which the sun is a major source. This crucial vitamin may aid in fighting cancer, diabetes and heart disease. I take a 1,000 IU supplement each morning.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK According to information found in the Congressional Record (S.J. Res. 179), many men are reluctant to visit their health center or physician for regular screening examinations for reasons ranging from fear to lack of information or cost. Dr. Harvey Simon, author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men’s Health, says that 30 percent of American men don’t have a regular doctor and that many of those men fall into two mentalities: n The John Wayne mentality: The macho idea holds that men have to be strong and just grit their teeth and not think about their vulnerabilities, but go straight ahead. n Ostrich mentality: Afraid to face up to their vulnerabilities, these men feel that by putting their head in the sand, maybe the problem(s) will all just go away. Dr. Simon suggests that such attitudes, combined with other risky or foolish behavior, could be responsible for the shorter life expectancy of men compared to women.

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is co-author of the award-winning Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future and YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger. He has frequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show. natural awakenings

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Men-o-pause By Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D.


ost people think that menopause only applies to women, but men experience a change of life just as women do. Their change of life is called andropause. The name menopause comes from the cessation of menses. Andropause is the decreased production of the male hormones, known as androgens. The production of hormones that are released by the reproductive system slows down during the change of life for both men and women. The back-up system for the production of hormones then takes over, and produces any needed hormones. The back-up system for hormone production in both sexes is the adrenal gland, located on top of each kidney. The primary job of the adrenals is to make stress-handling hormones. The stress handling hormones are produced by the adrenals any time that the brain perceives that the body is stressed. There are many types of stress besides emotional and mental stress. These include environmental toxins and chemicals, such as air and water pollution, chemicals in the food supply, clothing materials and heavy metal toxins. Other stressors to the body are hidden food allergies, hid-


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den immune challenges and physical trauma to the body that causes scar tissue. Scar tissue can occur from accidents, injuries and surgical intervention. The brain reacts in the same way to stress, regardless of the type. The stress response is to signal the adrenals to release stress-handling hormones. When the brain and body are in a prolonged stress response the adrenals are continuously producing stresshandling hormones. As the adrenals continue to respond to chronic stress they become fatigued. Exhausted adrenals cannot produce needed hormones when the hormone production in the reproductive area decreases. That is when menopause or andropause become symptomatic. Women and men share similar change of life symptoms due to adrenal fatigue. Both sexes can experience loss of energy, strength and stamina, irritability and depression, brain fog, sweet cravings, unwanted weight gain, loss of libido, increasing fatigue and sleep difficulties. Men also experience prostate and urinary problems, erectile dysfunction and a decrease in body hair with the need to shave less frequently Diet and lifestyle changes can help to reduce the adrenal stress

response, helping ease andropause and menopausal symptoms. Decreasing dietary sugars, increasing dietary intake of filtered water, good fats and hormone free meats and dairy can improve decreasing hormone levels in both men and women. Drinking water is one of the easiest lifestyle changes to make. Water is the most essential ingredient to human life. While people can live a full month without food, provided there is water to drink, without water people can only survive for 10 days. Water makes up 75 percent of the body, 90 percent of the blood, and 85 percent of the brain. The correct amount of water is one half the body weight in ounces, according to The Body’s Many Cries for Water, by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. Diet changes from commercial corn fed meat to organic free range meat are also helpful. Animals that are allowed to roam freely and to eat their native diet of grass. They are also free of the antibiotics and hormones that are heavily used in conventionally raised animals. Humans do not need the additional hormones that are fed to commercially raised animals. In fact, these hormone rich meats and dairy products increase stress on the adrenals and the entire hormonal system. The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) restricts the intake of good fats. According to Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. author of Know Your Fats, there are good fats and essential fats that are needed by the body for overall health and to make hormones. Andropause and menopausal symptoms are also influenced by an imbalance in the hormonal system. Most holistic wellness doctors are trained to evaluate hormonal imbalance, and to provide natural solutions that rebalance the adrenals and the overall hormonal system. Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. of TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She is a practicing chiropractor and wellness consultant with 25 years clinical experience. 734- 664-0339.

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More than a Mantra: Buy Local Stimulates Local Economies


uy local” is a campaign whose time has arrived. What seems on some level to be elitist or hype is actually just the opposite. It is an idea that can be spread among all communities, all classes of income and all generations of people. In truth, the trend is big box shopping and it has taken a toll on not only our economy but on our way of thinking. We have been trained to look for a deal, regardless of the end cost to our community. Michigan’s depressed economy began with the fall of big business, but its regeneration is in the hands of the local entrepreneur. A common behavior in a struggling economy is to look for the best deal, but what we have forgotten is the high cost of low prices to the financially downtrodden and unemployed in our own community. According to Dr. Kenneth Stone of Iowa State University, the retail “pie” only grows as the population and as income begins to grow.  The sales within the retail pie stay the same, and must be purchased whether or not the store is a chain or a Mom and Pop. If the big box store discounts items that are available in a “downtown” store, the smaller retail store loses its portion of the pie, forcing it to downsize or close and further depressing the economy. Eating local foods is one change that seems to be resonating loudest right now and it is one of the easiest to make.


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Eating locally pares down the ethics of spending our money locally to the simple need for nourishment. The largest food producer in the United States, Cargill, has its hand in every aspect of our food consumption. They sell the fertilizer and animal feed. They deal in the “raw materials” of crops and livestock as well as the processing, packaging and transportation of the finished goods. In short, we have put our own nourishment into the hands of one company, whose owners we do not know and who are unavailable for our questions regarding their products. The only similarity to this type of purchasing has to local purchasing is the exchange of money. How the money is distributed, however, is quite different. Money spent at a small, privately owned company goes to independent farmers, individual processors and people who you can actually talk to. These people can identify issues before problems get to your table. They are empowered with decision making because they are their own companies. Big box spending, however, promotes minimum-wage industry, assembly line work and industrialists who have no concern for the local community or for the nutritional value of the food they produce. Buying local, however, improves the quality of life of everyone involved, beginning with the local and organic farmers and food producers down to the local buyers and customers. When we eat local, fresh, vitamin rich foods with minimal carbon impact on the environment then we as a community rely less on government backed, subsidized foods. The more that people buy in this manner, the more affordable healthy, local foods will eventually become. This buying ethic puts the dollars back into our immediate tax base and it puts our health care in our own hands. We no longer will have reactive healthcare dependent on pharmaceuticals, but instead will have healthy citizens practic-

ing proactive healthcare. Buying local provides many people, many companies and many options instead of the one company model we are dependent upon currently. The biggest deterrent to buying local is, perhaps, the inconvenience. We have become accustomed to shopping at as few stores as possible. Shopping locally will likely require us to revamp that strategy. Seeking out the best meat market, the best produce and the best dairy products can be more time consuming. We have also become accustomed to a diet that is the same year-round. Embracing local food requires learning to eat in season. Fortunately, Michigan has a plethora of wonderful food producers within our little peninsula.  Finding local pasta makers, granola makers, dairies, farmers and meat packing companies is getting easier all the time. Everything that we need to sustain a completely healthy diet exists within our own state and many of them within our own communities. Buying local isn’t elitist or hype; it is sustainable and protectionist.  If we can manage ourselves then we can reach out and teach others to manage their agriculture and consumption systems.  Purchasing local food is the easiest place to start the habit of buying local and, since food is necessary for survival, it is also makes the greatest sense. Katie Norris-Blazek lives and works in Plymouth, Michigan at Suburban Harvest local foods grocery with her husband Jason and their five kids. She is devoted to creating a new industry of local food in the State of Michigan and celebrating the abundance of food the good people of this region provide. For more information contact 734.259.8357 or Or visit

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or years, much media coverage of kayaking has characterized it as a young person’s adrenaline sport. Lately, the focus has changed to encompass a wider audience by spreading the word on sea kayaking, day-touring and recreational paddling. Now, enthusiasts of all ages and from all walks of life are on the water, communing with nature, exploring lake systems and even kayaking among whales. Thus, more people are becoming aware of kayaking’s multifaceted health benefits, which typically include a harmonizing effect on mind, body and spirit.

Tone and Strengthen Core Muscles Contrary to what many believe,

ing does not demand aggressive arm action or upper body strength. The biomechanics of stroke efficiency are readily achieved through coordination between the paddler, paddle, boat and water. Power for propelling the kayak comes from the paddler’s core muscles and is primarily achieved through torso rotation; this engages the larger, more powerful, back and abdominal muscles. It makes sense that toning the core muscles helps to alleviate lower back pain often associated with middle age. The forward stroke also draws power from the lower body, which is why it’s important to have a firm foot brace system in the kayak; as the paddler uses his right arm to draw the right paddle blade through the water, he pushes with the corresponding foot, which transfers that

energy from the lower body through the upper portion of the stroke. At the same time, his left arm bends and pushes out from the shoulder towards the bow of the kayak, providing each stroke an added kick of thrust. Thus, kayaking becomes an all-encompassing workout. Whether to help maintain a high level of fitness or indulge in more relaxed “lily dipping” on nature’s ponds, using proper techniques makes kayaking both enjoyable and physically beneficial.

Improve Bone Density and Stimulate Joints Experience shows that the rhythmic movements of paddling help keep the joints fluid while increasing overall flexibility and balance. Water provides a natural resistance and paddlers make use of this basic workout principle to main-

tain bone density and boost metabolism. Of course, burning extra calories functions as an aid to weight loss, which in turn relieves stress on joints, as well. Advances in equipment, such as lighter paddles with narrower blades and ergonomic shafts, help to maximize efficiency and offset the effects of the repetitive motions of paddling.

Mental Benefits Most people in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world are looking for ways to relieve stress associated with their busy lives. For those seeking greater adventure, kayaking can be elevated to offer the challenges of expedition travel. Those seeking the solace of softer adventure revel in gliding through secluded lakes and hearing unforgettable bird calls. Always, kayaking can serve as a meditative, environmentally friendly

water sport alternative that everyone can enjoy.

Social Benefits Kayaking clubs and paddling centers provide opportunities to meet and mingle with kindred spirits who share a healthy respect for nature. It’s often considered to be a leisurely social activity and a preferred, environmentally conscious way to feel at one with nature. Paddling, a necessary means of transportation for native peoples and explorers in the Americas, is today a pleasant and healthy way to integrate with history, heritage, nature and geography. Christine Showler, owner of Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, in Ontario, Canada, is happy to answer questions about the benefits of kayaking. Call 613-376-6220 and visit http://

Kayak Paddling Tips by Christine Showler n Avoid higher seat backs; they may look comfortable, but can actually impede smooth torso rotation and contribute to lower back pain. n Maintain good posture in the kayak to allow for greater rotation of the torso and minimize lower back strain. Try to paddle leaning slightly forward, about five degrees. n Keep a low profile to each paddle stroke to minimize wind deflection and help keep arms and shoulders aligned. Try to have the top paddling hand reach its highest point at eye level. n It’s common for kayakers to develop some numbness in their feet over the course of an outing. Here are a few tricks to help eliminate the problem: l Use an inflatable or foam cushion to hold thighs in a braced position to help alleviate pressure points.

l Ensure foot braces are correctly positioned on the balls of the feet.

l Install heel pads to relieve stress and keep feet warm in cold water conditions.

l Stretch the legs and wiggle toes often while paddling.

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YOGA A Conversation with Baron Baptiste


or 20 years, Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, has served as an inspirational yoga teacher, author and leader in the realm of personal transformation. He has influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world and across cultures. Here, he comments on yoga’s life-changing benefits. What is Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga? Baptiste yoga focuses on what creates results for people on the physical, mental and emotional levels, so that they can feel more empowered and at ease in their everyday lives. I developed this style of power yoga over many years of working with men, women and youths. It adapts to an individual’s level of ability and encourages students to integrate universal timeless and spiritual principles into their daily lives. Why should yoga students feel part of a global community? Yoga means union, and is practiced throughout the world, regardless of lan-


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guage or cultural barriers; in a sense, we are all connected via our humanity. Just as with the effects of the universal language of music, people feel the rhythm and power of yoga in their bodies. How has yoga helped you? Yoga is an anchor in my life. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without yoga. Physically, it’s always been there for me from childhood. In my teens and early 20s, I surfed and participated in martial arts competitions. Yoga not only gave me a background for all the sports I participated in, it provided a platform for my athletic training and helped heal and rebuild my body after injuries. In my 30s, and now my 40s, yoga has been my pillar as I enter new phases of life. In challenging times, yoga has been like a friend that helped me work through stress and emotions. It’s a tool that continues to help me find peace and freedom, as well as personal power. Which yoga skill is the most useful in everyday life? In Baptiste yoga, we emphasize being

present in the moment by connecting with the body, which we consider to be an anchor for the mind. For example, when an individual who lives largely in their head is asked to connect with their breath, foot or leg while holding a yoga pose, they immediately come into the present moment. This is a strong tool to take off the mat and into everyday life. When we take the time to connect again and again throughout the day to our breath or to our body, we are drawn away from the mental concepts and imaginings of the mind and back to our center. This simple act empowers us in all situations and in our relationships. How have yoga disciplines bettered relationships within your family? The true effectiveness of yoga shows when we take our practice into life situations. I have three sons, ages 17, 14 and 10. Teenagers communicate on a different level because they are trying to make their own way in the world and find their sense of self; I now find myself interacting with my two older sons on a new level. When they were younger, I called the shots, but now they want to do that, which results in a backand-forth dance of communication. When I am practicing yoga, I find that instead of reacting to their challenges from a position of control, I am centered, calm and less reactive.

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READY, SET, GRILL ANYTHING! Serve Up a Sustainable-Style Feast by Contributing Writers at Sustainable Table


ood backyard chefs know the distinction between barbecue and grilling and revel in trying new tricks with their favorite tools while they cook up a fun feast for family and friends. Few, however, may know that the original barbecue, or barbacoa, was the term that Spanish explorers used to describe the meat smoking and drying methods introduced to them by native peoples in the Americas. Smoke originally was used to drive away bugs while lending a tasty flavor to their meat-preparing process. This slow, low temperature method of outdoor cooking still employs an indirect heat source, like hot coals, and cooking times of between two and 12 hours. In some recipes, burning Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified mesquite or wood chips adds a smoky flavor to the food; in others, it tenderizes it. Grilling, by contrast, uses higher temperatures and direct heat from flames. Cooking times range between three and 30 minutes and grilled meats rarely have a smoky taste.

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of either natural wood (from trees or sawmills) or processed wood (from building material scraps, furniture remnants, pallets, flooring scraps, etc.). FSC-certified charcoal and coconut shell charcoal are good bets. Lump charcoal will burn hot and fast if unlimited oxygen is available, so it is best suited for grills that allow the user to control the airflow. Charcoal Briquettes ~ Briquettes are useful when cooking on an open grill or whenever airflow can’t be controlled. But avoid self-starting instant-light briquettes and lighter fluid, which contain several harmful additives. Note that most commercial briquettes consist of crushed charcoal mixed with some additives that improve combustibility and bind the charcoal together. The mixture is compressed into uniform, pillow-shaped chunks that generally burn slowly at a constant temperature, regardless of airflow. Be aware that additives in briquettes can leave a bad taste in food and even be harmful if not fully burned off; always burn charcoal for the time recommended by the manufacturer before putting food on the grill. A good lighting method begins with an electric charcoal starter or a metal

charcoal chimney starter. Other igniting aids include natural wood lighters or lighter cubes. Cleaner and greener grills avoid charcoal altogether. They may be fueled by propane, electricity or even solar energy.


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Grassfed Meats ~ The number one rule for cooking pastured meat is not to overcook it. It needs about 30 percent less cooking time than fattier conventional beef and tastes best if cooked medium-rare to medium. If cooking hamburgers made with pasture-raised beef, add caramelized onions or other moisturizing ingredients to compensate for the leaner meat. Chicken or Pork ~ Consider brining the meat beforehand to ensure that it is extra tender and won’t dry out on the grill. Submerge the meat in a mixture of one cup of table salt and one gallon of very cold or ice water for up to 24 hours before grilling. For a crispy skin, remove meat from the brine, pat dry and refrigerate for a couple of hours before cooking. Ultimate Burgers ~ Shannon Hayes, author of The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, cites Loren Olsen’s “Tips for Cooking the Ultimate Hamburger.” Before placing over mediumhigh heat on a clean, hot grill (which may be swiped with olive oil), Olsen recommends preparing patties by gently pressing the center to create a small depression in one side to assure even cooking. But don’t press or poke the burgers while cooking, in order to preserve the juicy interior. Season with natural salt and freshly ground pepper. Leave the grill uncovered and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 160° F. For six-ounce patties, grill 2-1/2 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes after flipping for a medium burger. Toast split buns on the grill rack for the last 45 to 60 seconds of the cooking time. Hot Dogs ~ Choose hot dogs that are produced by sustainable meat companies and do not contain any fillers, byproducts or additives, like MSG or nitrates. Or, skip the meat altogether and try a vegetarian soy dog. Veggies ~ The key is to use locally grown, sustainably raised/organic fruits and vegetables. Natural flavors come through from produce picked within a day or so of eating, pre-empting the need for many seasonings or sauces. Just brush on some extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle on natural salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste to enjoy both favorites and exotic veggies straight from the grill. Vegetables don’t need the same high heat that meat does, so it’s best to cook them over medium heat toward the sides of the grill. For more information visit

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Geocaching With Man’s Best Friend by Patricia Komar


ummer trailheads can tempt even the most diehard computer fans to push away from desktops, lace up hiking boots, pack dog treats and trek into the great outdoors to become their own search engines in pursuit of hidden treasures. What they’re after is the next geocache. Geo means “Earth” and cache is French for “a hiding place to temporarily store items.” This year, celebrates its 10th anniversary, with nearly 2 million Earthfriendly hunters seeking a current total of more than a million active caches around the world. A geocache searcher ventures forth equipped with a handheld global positioning system (GPS) receiver, a set of designated longitude and latitude coordinates, trail descriptions and cryptic clues posted on the website. New Jersey geocacher Jeff Smith also takes along his Scottish terrier mix. “What fascinates me is that there’s a goal to the hike,” he grins. “My pooch loves it.”


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But he adds that it’s important to be a bit secretive and avoid attracting attention from non-geocachers who may become alerted to the presence of treasure. “Bringing a dog can be helpful; after all, you’re ‘just out walking your dog.’” The fast-growing sport started in 2000, when Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, filled a container with software, money and a video, book, cassette recorder and can of black-eyed peas, as well as a slingshot handle and a logbook with the notation “GPS Stash #1.” He hid it in the Oregon woods, made note of the coordinates using his GPS, posted it on a website and called it “The Great American GPS Stash Hunt.” His only rule: “Take something, leave something.” The idea took off like wildfire and the word stash soon changed to cache. Delve deeper and we discover the story of a 19th-century traveling salesman who left his calling card hidden in a jar in the English countryside with instructions that whoever found it should add his own card. Soon,

people began planting boxes with self-addressed letters or postcards as their calling cards. The next traveler who came along and found one of the boxes would take the letter, mail it and leave a letter in its place. It sounds a bit like “Who’s got mail?” (See To get started as a geocacher, simply log onto the geocaching website, type in a location and sort through the many hits of hidden caches. Caches can be concealed anywhere, from wilderness areas to inner-city parks. Forms also vary, from traditional (ammo can or Lock & Lock brand divided tray) or micro-caches (film canister, breath mint tin) to theme or benchmark caches and virtual caches that designate a special point of interest, such as a dazzling sunset overlook, secret grove or panoramic view. Earth caches promote education; visitors learn about geological processes, resource management and scientific investigation procedures. Mystery and puzzle caches challenge searchers by offering puzzles, problems or mathematical equations to be solved in order to determine the coordinates. Items hidden in caches may be geocoins, trinkets or dog toys. Some include a “travel bug”—a metal dog tag with a unique tracking number stamped below the picture of a bug. The number can be tracked on the geocache site and by definition, a bug must hop from cache to cache. After finding a cache, there are three basic rules to follow: 1. Sign the logbook, and if you take an item, leave an item of equal or greater value.

Virginia, echoes a common sentiment: “I’m a kid at heart,” he says, “so hunting for hidden treasure using grown-up technological toys is perfect for me. I’ve been introduced to several nearby parks and natural areas that I’d never visited until going to hunt for a cache there. The moment of joy when my family finds the cache we’re hunting for is very satisfying.” Geocaching, say organizers, helps indoor entertainment junkies put the active back into interactive. Patricia Komar is a freelance writer in British Columbia, Canada. She, her husband and their Lab/border collie and cairn terrier dogs are avid geocachers. Connect at Komar2

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“I DO” to a Green Wedding Shifts toward sustainability in the wedding industry are now allowing brides and grooms to achieve the wedding day of their dreams in budget-friendly ways. Couples are using the big occasion as an opportunity to nurture their personal and financial well-being, protect the environment and support their communities. We may all be inspired by their example in choosing these top sustainable alternatives to standard wedding practices.

There’s No Place Like Home ~ From venues to menus, couples are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their budgets by keeping celebrations “all in the neighborhood.” Backyard weddings are helping guests cut back on travel, and caterers are responding to clients’ demands for more locally produced food. Wedding favors and decorations now come from local artisans and shops. Floral Options ~ Conventional cut flowers are expensive, plus, they’re grown with pesticides and have a huge carbon footprint, so couples are instead decorating with living succulents and paper flowers. Many will eschew the floral look altogether by using soy candles, fruit and found objects for table


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centerpieces and bouquets. Wedding Planning Goes Digital ~ From blogs to Facebook, wedding planning has become an online community affair. “More and more, brides are turning to wedding forums to look for fresh wedding ideas and the latest wedding trends, as well as resources,” says Christine Dyer, founder of BridalTweet. com. Brides are connecting with each other for advice, support and are even trading recommendations for vendors and other service providers on community-based social networks like The Times Are A-Changing ~ Romantics are scheduling their nuptials on weeknights, Sundays, and even early

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mornings in 2010. It’s less expensive to book a venue or caterer on these days at these times, and as telecommuting becomes increasingly popular, workers have more flexible schedules. Sunrise ceremonies can be bookended by chic mid-week dinner receptions and brunch parties. Bright Bridal Shoes ~ Bridal shoes in bright and bold hues like fuchsia, emerald green and electric blue are in. Colored shoes are a stylish surprise under a white wedding gown and, unlike white and dyed pastel satin versions, can be worn again and again.

Something Old, Something New ~ The hottest sustainable trend for 2010 weddings is incorporating recycled elements like gently used bride and bridesmaids dresses, pre-owned wedding decorations and vintage bridal jewelry. Brides now joining the wedding resale revolution are using sites like and discovering how easy it is to save money and be a little greener by buying and selling their wedding items. Tracy DiNunzio is founder and CEO of Recycled Media, Inc., which operates the eco-resale websites RecycledBride. com and


t is quite fitting that Chuck Mallur’s Dearborn yoga studio Therefore, they created asanas to focus energy in the body so is named Sattva, which means clarity, because what Mallur that the mind automatically settles. Thus Hatha (pronounced experienced on an evening in 2006 could only be deHa-Tuh) yoga, the mother of all physical yoga, came about as scribed as such. Mallur yielded to what he says was “a calling” a way of calming the mind in preparation for meditation. “It’s to open a yoga studio. “It happened so fast – I was sitting and all about increasing the prana [energy] in the body,” Mallur watching television, and something came to my mind…not explains. “Prana is the vital force. So when you increase the even my conscious mind, it was a feeling,” remembers Mallur. concentration of prana in the body, the mind calms down.” The next day, Mallur, an engineer at Mallur doesn’t lose sight of this the time, gave his notice to leave. Mallur principle while instructing his classes. He says that he was happy with his job but begins every class by inviting his students that he couldn’t ignore the voice. “I was to sit and go to a quiet place before leading directed to serve through yoga,” says Mala chant of “Om” three times, which he delur, who characterizes yoga as a way of life scribes as “a universal sound that connects for him. In January 2007, Mallur opened us to the cosmos,” He then asks students to Sattva Yoga, which specializes in Vinyasa make a dedication – perhaps to someone yoga, a form of physical yoga in which seeking piece of mind – as a way of making poses flow one into another, synchronized the day’s practice a selfless action. by the breath. Sattva Yoga offers a variety of Because Sun Salutation is a core classes, including prenatal, to accommoprinciple of Vinyasa yoga, Mallur’s classes The physical, emotional date all levels of practice. are deeply rooted in a series of standand spiritual benefits of Sattva Yoga resides mere steps away ing postures that flow slowly, seamlessly, yoga abound. In this spe- like notes to a song. “Everything starts from the hustle and bustle of downtown cial series, we unfold our with being aware of the breath,” Mallur Dearborn and attracts yoga practitioners of all ages and experience levels. Alexandra says. Mallur softly calls out direction as yoga mat at three local Papalas, a dancer who has been coming for he floats about the room, gently adjusting studios. For our second two years, is one of them. Papalas says that and helping them ease in and out installment we experience students her desire to build flexibility and feel healthof postures when necessary. Students then Sattva Yoga in Dearborn. transition onto their mats to complete sitier initially led her to Sattva and that Mallur’s attentive instruction keeps her coming back. ting postures for the second half of class. by Courtney Conover “If you’re doing something wrong, he can His careful instruction and impres‘fix’ you. Because when you’re home alone, sive knowledge of yoga history notwithyou don’t know. You think you’re doing it standing, an additional boon of Sattva Yoga right, but…” Papalas says. Of Mallur, she says, “He is the tranquil ambiance. A myriad of warm earth is the kindest, nicest man…just so caring and a tones bathe the walls and the sweet smell of lavenjoy to work with.” der serenades the senses. There are also a va Joy is indeed what drives Mallur to riety of props to choose from – large cotton share the experience of yoga with his towels, supple pillows for the lower back, students. Born and raised in India, rectangular blocks for triangle pose – in Mallur was introduced to the order to make the student’s practice practice of calming the mind – more comfortable. “Just come try it, or sitting – at a very young age. and see how you feel,” Mallur says. “You sit so that you can get to “Because you cannot learn yoga one point of concentration through books or talking or listenon something – a word, a ing – eventually yoga becomes all picture, a figure – and there’s about practice [and] experience.” nothing else that enters the mind,” Mallur explains. So Sattva Yoga also offers special what does one do to accomneeds classes and private lessons plish this? Nothing. Mallur by appointment; please call for stresses, “You don’t do it – that’s details. For a complete schedule of the thing. You sit and prepare classes, please visit Sattva-Yoga-Cenyourself, and it just happens.” 22213 Michigan Ave Dear But the body can be of born. (313) 274-3995 assistance, and this is where physical yoga comes into Courtney Conover is a Metro play. Mallur says that ancient Detroit-based writer and ChickIndians figured out that sitting en Soup for the Soul contributor. uninterrupted for hours on end Visit her online at might be difficult for some.

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Clean Composting Turning Waste into an Asset by Brita Belli


iscarded vegetable ends, eggshells, coffee grounds and lawn clippings… most of us throw away a huge amount of compostable material. What could be a significant environmental asset, if transformed into nutritious garden soil, has become instead a major environmental problem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that yard trimmings and food residuals together account for 26 percent of our total municipal solid waste stream. Also, unnecessary food waste doesn’t just happen at home— it’s a fact of life for most restaurants, stadiums, convention centers, hotels, schools and anywhere else people gather to eat. Choosing to turn scraps into rich fertile soil, courtesy of beneficial bacteria and fungi, has multiple advantages. It creates rich humus for high-yield crops, works to suppress plant diseases and pests and limits the need for chemical fertilizers. Those same organic scraps have a devastating effect on the environment when they are trapped in oxygen-starved landfills. Due to their highly compacted nature, organic waste is not able to fully decompose and releases methane—a global warming gas that’s 25 times more damaging to air quality than carbon dioxide. Part of the challenge is that there’s no widespread collection system in place to encourage or require municipal composting. Unlike the bottles and cans we place in handy curbside bins,


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or the newspapers and cardboard we tie and separate for recycling trucks, food waste doesn’t yet have designated places to be taken to. A few cities are changing that model, but others are slow to follow. Seattle was the first to require households to compost food waste; San Francisco was the first to add businesses and restaurants. These progressive cities provide green compost carts for food scraps, including meat, bones, seafood and dairy plus soiled paper, like tea bags, coffee filters and greasy pizza boxes; and yard trimmings including grasses, branches and leaves. All of these can thus be safely diverted from landfills. But where city collection of compostable materials is not yet a reality, clean composting at home is an answer. Whether in an urban apartment or a suburban home, composting has never been simpler. “Keeping your pile aerated is key to keeping it odor-free,” counsels Elle MacKenna, a home improvement contractor and design consultant. “A good mix of materials will allow oxygen in, keeping smells away and helping your pile compost quicker.” She suggests adding moist, shredded newspaper or thin cardboard to give some variety to the compost make-up. Farmer Annie Farrell, of Millstone Farm, in Wilton, Connecticut, which specializes in heirloom, organic vegetables and heritage (pure-bred) chickens, sheep and pigs, says composting

at home is as simple as investing in three metal or plastic garbage cans designated for the purpose of food waste and yard scraps. She sets the three cans off the ground using cinder blocks, drilling half-inch holes into the cans to allow air to circulate. Next, she layers foliage clippings, food matter and old newspapers in what she describes as a “lasagna-like mix,” in bin number one. As the mixture begins to decompose, she dumps it into the second bin, followed by the third bin when it’s almost ready for use. (Using multiple bins to “turn” the compost also allows oxygen in, an essential part of the process.) Farrell likes to use bungee cords to secure the lids to prevent animals from getting in. Other store-bought variations on composting bins range from compact ceramic, bamboo and stainless steel crocks and pails for indoor storage to outdoor tumblers (for easy turning) and stackable “worm bins” that can hold up to 90 gallons. When worms are enlisted, composting goes by the name of vermiculture. Worms—ideally, red worms, which do well in confinement and eat more than their own weight in food each day—produce the most fertile garden soil. They also speed the process of breaking down waste into soil, while helping to keep smells at bay. Kids also are more likely to get involved when adults enlist the help of a few hundred wiggling allies.

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“Real Men” DON’T DO YOGA

An example of Active Compassion written for Men By Gregg Newsom


ll men, whatever their background and path in life, can find in one another common ground. Here is the place where we can heal ourselves and help to heal the world around us. Many believe we are at a pivotal point in history. For men, this means, among other things, reassessing the roles that are considered acceptable for us in our culture. There is a huge discrepancy between the portrayals of men in the media and the men that many of us would like to be and that the world really needs right now. This discrepancy keeps us from engaging in, and gives us the opportunity to avoid, practices that inspire health, well being and active compassion because they don’t fit acceptable roles. In order to change this we must change ourselves and support and encourage one another. No matter where we are in our lives, there are some practices we can take up to eliminate the manipulative concept of men altogether and to encourage the emergence of a healthy and compassionate nature. The majority of us are not going to receive overnight


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enlightenment, but we might feel better, breathe more deeply, and possibly even experience rare states of being, like contentment, empathy and even peace through new practices, techniques and tools. Once we realize that through action we can create change in ourselves, we can then postulate the role we can play in changing the world around us. We are all aware of the fast pace that the world around us is traveling at, but not everyone is aware that we can choose to participate or not. In cultures focused on agriculture, men are connected to the natural world through their labor. The assembly line and cubicle have lessened our awareness of the cycle of life to the point where, in order to redefine ourselves, it is necessary to pursue and experiment with actions that will facilitate our reconnection.


Three tools with benefits that can come quickly are yoga, massage and diet. The first of these, yoga, is dynamic. Until very recently, yoga as practiced in the West

was perceived as a women’s activity. Thankfully, men have since discovered the benefits of it. If considering a yoga class, there are a few things to be mindful of before your first practice:

Consult your Doctor before making changes to your exercise routine Each yoga session is a little culture unto itself. Yoga is full of traditions, adaptations and social norms co-created by the students, the instructor and the space. Be open to these subtleties and instruction. Most studios have website that describe classes and schedules. Many also post guidelines that will help you to get acclimated to the style and fitness level.

Arrive early to class to get settled in and meet the teacher.

Some people take yoga very seriously because that is what they want yoga to be, others practice with a sense of lightness and ease. Visit different studios and find the one that fits best. Be gentle with yourself. Even if we are active, many of us quickly realize that yoga gets into muscles we rarely use. Remember that, even though it is sacred, it is only yoga – give yourself room to be imperfect.


Human contact is essential to our development and well being, yet touching is a challenge for many. Respect is key. But men can do something much more to reframe and reclaim touch; we can become more aware of how special and sacred it is. No matter whom we touch or how we touch them, it is always an intimate experience. If you’ve never had one, schedule a professional massage. Massage is both a therapeutic modality and an art form. This learned technique can demystify touch for us while providing the health benefits firsthand. If cost is a factor, consider contacting

a local massage school. Many schools have student clinics where massage is offered to the public at a discounted rate. Open up a discussion about the health benefits of touch and massage. Consider the potential that this could have in reframing touch in your life. If you have a partner, ask if they would be interested in exchanging non-sexual touch. It’s important to express this and keep to it, as it will provide space for both of you to experience the benefits without pressure or expectations that are often associated with sex.

Human contact is essential to our development and well being, yet touching is a challenge for many. Respect is key.

Many find that drawing this line with touch improves many aspects of their relationships, including sex. Self-massage is beneficial, too. Take the opportunity to sit and explore the nooks and crannies of your palm and arm. Finally, when you are practicing touch, listen to your partner and listen for your reactions. Keep the lines of communication open and always share what feels good in addition to things that don’t work.


Food is another powerful tool that is extremely loaded in our culture. Food is actually one of the most frequently defined aspects of being a man. Misconceptions abound about what “real men” eat. That fact is, we truly are “what we eat.” To kick the concept of “Real Men” we need to radically change our diets, eliminate quick and poor quality foods, and try new things. For many, this is the toughest tool to get a handle on. .

Consult a physician before making radical dietary changes.

Increase your intake of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts) Don’t fall for the protein myth. Eating whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and dark leafy greens, like spinach, will provide you with all the protein your body needs. Diversify your shopping habits. Many of us get into a rut when buying food. Rather than getting your food from one store, visit your local farmer’s market for your fruits and vegetables. Increasing the amount of raw vegetables and fruits that we eat will increase our overall health. Thankfully salad bars are easy to find, just be mindful of the dressings. Find a recipe to make your own dressing using healthy oils like olive or sesame. Find a local healthy food meet-up group to meet others who are making similar changes. Having a support system in place and a resource for new ideas and recipes will be invaluable. Like yoga and touch, we can do ourselves a great service if we look at the preparation, eating and sharing of food as sacred. Gregg Newsom is a Yoga Teacher, Bodyworker, and Reiki Master who escaped Corporate America in 2006 to share his talents with others, raise awareness & take action on the issues of Food Security, Health, and Social & Environmental Justice. Detroit Evolution http:// 313.316.1411

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Healing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda by Linda Sechrist

Ayurveda means the “Science of Life,” a holistic view of keeping our bodies in balance by combining applied principles of yoga, meditation and diet.


t’s no secret that individuals who adopt unconscious ways to escape from stress and conflict can often become victims of their own self-destructive habits and behavioral patterns. “Conflict creates stress and addictions, like [to] alcohol, food, work, sex and drugs,” says Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga. “Addictions are antidotes that provide a temporary escape from the stress-producing, conflictcreating reactions you have about what you are doing, where you are going and who you are with. Addiction, which is only an effect, occurs when you continue to use inappropriate external resources to reduce stress and restore a sense of balance, while failing to


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resolve the cause of the stress hidden in the unconscious.” Desai further explains how the body’s own homeostasis works to naturally regulate the internal polarities of tension and relaxation. However, when the amount of tension exceeds what can be balanced by relaxation, people call the unresolved tension stress. “It is important to recognize that most people don’t know the difference between tension and stress,” cautions Desai. He observes that stressors— thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind. Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our

biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s selfhealing wisdom. Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity. “But, when our thoughts are free from stressful emotional feelings, they naturally pass like clouds without leaving footprints in our biology,” counsels Desai, whose approach to Ayurveda is designed to solve addictions by resolving internal causes of stress. “Shift your focus inward to your inner source, instead of reaching for external distractions; go within to resolve any excess tension and all surface symptoms will begin to erode,” advises Desai, who points out that addictions prevent us from connecting to the innermost core of our being. With the release of unconscious, stress-producing conflicts, an individual naturally becomes more securely established in their core self; thus, their life force is freed to activate and accelerate the power of pranic healing. Ayurveda, a holistic health system and sister science of yoga, works from the outside in; yoga works from the inside out. Yoga physically initiates an unfolding of the spirit and a consequent transformation. Ayurveda initiates the same process, beginning with in-depth purification of body and mind. Ayurvedic treatments such as diet, nutritional herbs and an herbal detoxification process known as panchakarma, as well as meditation, not only work hand-in-hand to create a shift on a physical level, they also remove unconscious blocks that create chronic stress. Desai’s approaches to yoga and ayurvedic treatments are focused on working on subtle pranic levels of healing. Ayurvedic treatments are geared towards restoring energetic balance, according to an individual’s physical and psychological constitution, which are

considered to be interrelated and interactive. Healthful herbs and recommended lifestyle changes are precisely tailored to an individual’s primary psycho-physiological constitutional type—vata, which controls movement; pitta, which rules metabolism; or kapha, which controls structure. This approach determines an effective program of diet, exercise and other regular measures vital for maintaining inner balance and reducing stress. Desai’s Amrit Yoga Institute combines ayurvedic treatments with the practice of Amrit yoga, yoga nidra (a form of meditation) and quantum breath meditation to create harmony, balance and union and to connect individuals with their inner source of integration. This works to restore a natural balance, preventing people from being the victim of stress. “Relaxing in a zero stress zone helps to dismantle the preprogrammed self-image, phobias, addictions and stress-creating conflicts that lie beyond any mental or intellectual approach,” Desai explains, “When you join yoga with Ayurveda, you have the combined power of body and soul, a powerful synergy for healing and recovery from addictions,” which he refers to as unwanted weeds. An analogy is that while Western medicine fights weeds with herbicides, ayurvedic treatments cleanse and rejuvenate the body, mind and consciousness, thus “keeping the soil inhospitable for weeds to grow in.” “Spirit, representing our core self, and the energy body, through which our spirit manifests, are eternal and inseparably one,” concludes Desai, who clarifies that the visible physical body is an extension of the invisible energy body. In the release of blockages and the purifying of the body, we are linked to our invisible presence, oneness. We enter the domain of divine presence and grace, which initiates spontaneous healing. In this domain the doer, the ego mind, disappears and “the presence performs the miracle.” For more information on Ayurveda and the Amrit Yoga Institute, visit or call 352-685-3001.

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A little planning and investment in the beginning will save a ton of work later, and help to determine how best to grow the garden. First, decide on the location. Garden crops need at least 6-8 hours of full sun every day. In truth, 8-12 hours would be much better, but many gardens, especially in the older, treed neighborhoods, struggle for light. Second, make sure there is access to water. Garden crops grow better with water applied directly to the roots and diseases like powdery mildew have less of a chance to develop. Choices for watering include garden hoses, overhead watering or drip hoses. Next, test the soil. Both Michigan State University Extensions and local garden centers sell inexpensive kits for home use. Soil tests provide pertinent information about the nutrient needs of the soil and whether amendments are needed. Once the site is selected and the soil test results have arrived, it is time to determine how the garden should be constructed. This is an aesthetic as well as a practical decision. Wherever the garden is to be installed, there will be excavation whether it’s lawn or a converted bed. One problem with excavating lawn and then planting in it is that grass is very aggressive. Most lawn grass is a form of Kentucky Blue Grass which spreads by rhizomes, a type of modified stem. A newly excavated garden bed is an invitation for the grass

to move in, and the gardener will be spending more time pulling the grass out of the tomatoes than enjoying them. Another issue may be the type of soil in the garden. Sometimes, if it is heavy clay or very sandy, it is better to build up. A solution to both issues is a raised bed. This can be as simple as a 4’ x 4’ plot or as complicated as a 40’ x 40’ series of beds complete with paths within the beds and outer beds filled with herbs, fruits, and perennials. One advantage of a raised bed is that it is easy to add on. Generally, four feet is about as wide a bed should be, or about how far a person can reach in order to plant or weed. There should be a mow strip of mulch or similar material at least 6 inches surrounding the bed. This is to mow more easily but also to help keep the encroaching lawn out. The materials for the bed can be from many sources and should be comfortable and stable enough to sit on or for young children to stand upon. Whatever is used, the materials should be properly laid and leveled. Some materials to consider using include a retaining wall block, manufactured wall block, recycled concrete block, stone and landscape timbers. Landscape timbers are available from most lumber yards, usually in 8’ lengths and various styles. Make sure they are pressure treated and arsenic free. They may be rounded or not.

When selecting the boards, look down the length to make sure they are as straight as possible. To install the timbers use rebar and nails about 8-10” long, a level and a hammer. Drill evenly spaced holes for the rebar and place the timbers on level soil parallel to one another and adjust for level. Make sure the ends are at 90 degree angles before pounding the rebar into the ground. Once the bottom layer is installed, the next layer of timbers is ready to install. Stagger the corners alternate to the layer below so they overlap. Predrill holes for the spikes for ease of pounding them in. Make sure to stagger them, too, to make room for subsequent layers, and have spikes close to the ends of each board. Keep building the layers as high as needed – but no higher than 4 layers – while alternating the corners for stability. Add level soil amendments (quality topsoil, humus, compost, aged manure, sphagnum peat) and fill within 2” of the top of the timbers to prevent runoff. Add soaker hoses and/or trellises if desired, and the bed is ready to plant. Laura Zigmanth, President of ecoChic landscape design inc. has been designing and building gardens for over 20 years, always respecting the power of nature, using organic or environmentally-friends products and reducing, reusing, and recycling materials as much as possible.



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WEDNESDAY JUNE 2 Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to become quiet inside, release stress and allow your body and mind to relax and unwind. $12. The Sanctuary Chiropractic and Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

Present Moment Meditation – 7:158:30pm. Learn how to become quiet inside, release stress and allow your body and mind to relax and unwind. $12. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd #109, Canton. 734-674-6965.

Open Mic Poetry and Book Signing – 4-7pm. Presented by Mittie Stephen. Join us at the food court/stage area as we enjoy open mic poetry as well as an all star author showcase and signings. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-9727009.

THURSDAY JUNE 3 EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Meditation and Markers – 6:30-7:30pm. Children’s guided imagery and meditation to relax minds and increase creative energy and thought patterns. $12. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 N Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200. How to Save the World: One Man, One Cow, One Planet – 7pm. DVD Showing with post film commentary by Matthew Yankee of Tree House Natural Foods. Free. Northwest Unitarian-Univeralist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Carol Izant 248-352-6137. Michigan.SierraClub. org/semg. VegMichigan Raw Vegan Potluck – 7pm. Bring a vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey) dish sized for eight. First-time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish, but are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 877-778-3464.

Indoor Arts and Crafts Show – 10am-9pm. Enjoy works by local artists and craftsperson’s displaying and selling their unique works of art, sculpture, craftwork etc. Booth Space Available - $25 for weekend (Must be original work of artistic or craft media) Inquire at Office or on

FRIDAY JUNE 4 “Acid Forest” Art Exhibition – 10am9pm. Artist, MALT: BrownBagDetroit, Rick Butynski Exhibition. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009. Indoor Arts and Crafts Show – 10am9pm. Enjoy works by local artists and craftsperson’s displaying and selling their unique works of art, sculpture, craftwork etc. Booth Space Available - $25 for weekend (Must be original work of artistic or craft media) Inquire at Office or on

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SUNDAY JUNE 6 “Acid Forest” Art Exhibition – 11am6pm. Artist, MALT: BrownBagDetroit, Rick Butynski Exhibition. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009. Indoor Arts and Crafts Show – 11am6pm. Enjoy works by local artists and craftsperson’s displaying and selling their unique works of art, sculpture, craftwork etc. Booth Space Available - $25 for weekend (Must be original work of artistic or craft media) Inquire at Office or on RussellBazaar. com The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – 12pm. June 6, 12, 20, 27. Learn how to attract more prosperity in life. Rev. Paula will present this class and discuss Edwene Gaines secrets for acquiring wealth and living abundantly. Donation. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-421-1760.

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Make your own Raw Food Spreads – 2-4pm. $35. Red Pepper Deli, 116 W Main St, Northville. 248-773-7671. Advanced Reiki for Kids – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn Reiki principles, hand positions, receive attunements and explore chakras 1 and 2. $15. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 N Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200.

TUESDAY JUNE 8 Iridology – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Organizing Your Way to Summer Fun – 8-8:30pm. Learn about how to plan and get organized for summer fun. Free. Presented by the Third Eye Group. Registration required. Online clinic. 313-475-0212.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 9 Meditation – Deeper Exploration – 4:305:30pm. Learn how to explore the inner realms, tap into your own immense potential and bring that forward into the world. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. $10. Mystery School of the Temple Arts, Dearborn. Leslie 313-269-6719. Vegan Pizza Night – 6:30pm. Silvio’s Organic Pizza, 715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor. Living a Life of Abundance – 7-9pm. Learn how to apply Randolph Price’s 40 Day Abundance Program to your life. $35. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 N Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200. Tummy Trouble – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fisher, D.C, N.D., Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutritionalist. Learn the safe, natural, effective alternative to naturally help yourself. Free. Limited to 15 guests. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. Men’s Health Night – 7:15-8:30pm. Men’s night only. Come hear various speakers on men’s health, exercise tips from a personal trainer. Free pizza, non-alcoholic beer. Registration is limited. 734-455-6767. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. Suite 109, Canton.

THURSDAY JUNE 10 Tee it Up! - 5-7pm. Start networking on the golf course. Learn the fundamentals of golf. A lesson in how to putt will get you started. Not interested in golfing? Join for appetizers, drinks and lots of networking. Reddeman Farms Golf Club, 555 S Dancer Rd, Chelsea. Tammy 734-239-2572. Healing Foods – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Youngevity of Diabetes – 6:30-7:30pm. Help your body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels the natural way. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208. Intro to Reiki – 7-8:30pm. Experience a mini, hands-on reiki session and receive an explanation about reiki energy healing. Donations. Valade Healing Arts Center, 19229 Mack Ave #28, Grosse Pte Woods. 313-647-3320. Nutritional Deficiencies Affecting Your Health – 7:15-8:15pm. Learn about key nutrients, or vitamins that may be deficient and adversely affecting your health. How you can bring your body back to balance and lead a healthy vibrant life. Registration required. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

FRIDAY JUNE 11 Unity of Livonia Huge Rummage Sale – 10am-3pm. June 11 and 12. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-421-1760. “Acid Forest” Art Exhibition – 10am9pm. Artist, MALT: BrownBagDetroit, Rick Butynski Exhibition. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009.

SATURDAY JUNE 12 “Acid Forest” Art Exhibition – 10am9pm. Artist, MALT: BrownBagDetroit, Rick Butynski

Naturopathic Massage Therapy School Open House – 12-2pm. Learn about professional diploma program training. 734-769-7794. Open Mic Poetry and Book Signing – 4-7pm. Presented by Mittie Stephen. Join us at the food court/stage area as we enjoy open mic poetry as well as an all star author showcase and signings. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009. VegMichigan Dinner – 7pm. $15. Red Pepper Deli, 116 W Main St, Northville. 248-773-7671. Detroit Wig Out – 8:30pm. Enjoy southeast Michigan entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Southfield based National Bone Marrow Transplant Link. $10. The Majestic, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Health Speaker: Martha Willmore – 9am1pm. Wellness Coach and internationally known speaker will talk about immune system power/imbalances, energy and more. Davenport University, 19499 Victor Pkwy, Livonia. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, contact Harriet Cole 313-928-4592

SAVE THE DATE FOCCUS Inventory Training (Facilitating Open Couple Communication) – 8:30-4:30pm. Do you work with couples and singles to prepare them for marriage? If so, this training is for you. Learn to help couples and singles have a long-lasting marriage based on solid foundational qualities. Gain the practical insight to healing relationships and helping couples make healthier and happier decisions. This event is open to social service providers, family advocates, ministries, therapists, counselors, and anyone interested in improving the quality of life within our community. $125 per person. Spring Arbor University- Dearborn Campus, 23400 Michigan Avenue, Suite P20, Dearborn. 313-278-4400.

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“Acid Forest” Art Exhibition – 11am6pm. Artist, MALT: BrownBagDetroit, Rick Butynski

Smart, Sassy and Successful – 5-7pm. Know what to say in any situation. Listen to your clients needs to make more sales. Tips from “Cracking the Connection Code” and time to use the tips to grow your circle of influence. Free. Sandler Training Center, 501 Avis Dr, Ann Arbor. Tammy 734-239-2572.

Exhibition. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009. Vegan Sunday Brunch – 11am-1pm. Scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, potatoes and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes. $12. Golden Gate Cafe, 18700 Woodward Ave, Detroit. The Wig Out Family Hootenanny – 3-5pm. Live music, bowling, crafts and of course, wig-wearing. Proceeds will benefit the Children with Hairloss. $10. The Majestic, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Advanced Reiki for Kids – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn Reiki principles, hand positions, receive attunements and explore chakras 1 and 2. $15. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 N Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200.

MONDAY JUNE 14 Eat Your Way Thin – 6-7pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fisher, D.C, N.D., Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutritionalist. Learn how to lose weight, gain energy and increase your life span. How to eat, what to eat and when to eat will be discussed. Free. Limited to 30 guests. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Digestive Health Class NSP – 6-8pm. Learn how to give your digestive system the resources it needs to function. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208. Raw Asian Dinner – 7pm. $25. Red Pepper Deli, 116 W Main St, Northville. 248-773-7671.

TUESDAY JUNE 15 Polostrum – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.


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Muscle Testing – 7:15-8:15pm. Come learn a non-invasive technique to find out if substances in your environment are affecting you. Are your skin products, cleaning products, even your supplements working against you instead of “ for you”. Bring your own items to test as well as a partner to help. Meet the Doctors: Dr. Potter, Dr. Acton, and Dr. Hicks. Registration required. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

SAVE THE DATE It’s Not About The Paper Workshop Presented by Third Eye Group – 2-5pm. 2-day intensive June 18th 2-5pm and 19th from 10am-1pm. If you struggle with clutter regularly or have cleared it away only to have it come back, then this workshop is for you! Your clutter has physical, mental and spiritual connections and the reasons for constant clutter are rooted in those connections.  Come discover what has you holding onto your clutter and how to get rid of it for good.  Learn more about the workshop and registration specials at   



Nervous System – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

John Smith and Dajá – 12-2pm. Experience the wonders of Jazz. Contact 313-334-9877. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75)

Raising Children Naturally – 7:15-8:15pm. Learn natural effective remedies that can be used to treat your children. Learn about the principle of natural healing and why prevention is the best medicine. Receive an Appendix of a kit to put together for home remedies. Registration required. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

FRIDAY JUNE 18 3rd Friday Downtown Wyandotte – 5-9pm. Free. See us at Traffic Jam for a free sample of HiBall sparkling energy water. 3019 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. Allen Park Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Free Opening day, farm fresh produce, crafts and artisans, raw food chef, chair massage, chair yoga and kids yoga classes, pet psychic, gardening classes and more. Community Center Parking lot, 15800 White St, Allen Park. 586-943-5785

Open Mic Poetry and Book Signing – 4-7pm. Presented by Mittie Stephen. Join us at the food court/stage area as we enjoy open mic poetry as well as an all star author showcase and signings. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Mark Twain Yin Yoga and Live Music – 6-7:15pm. Healer Leslie Blackburn will be guiding a yin yoga practice from a place of breath and body awareness. Acclaimed electric violinist Dixon will perform his interstellar and inspiring music live throughout. $15. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia.

MONDAY JUNE 21 Circus Kids at the Detroit Flyhouse – 9:3010:45am. June 21st, 28, July 5th and 12th. Kids will have a chance to learn trapeze, silks and rope skills in a playful, non-competitive environment. Burn off some energy and boost their self-esteem. Safety and sustainability are given the highest priority. All levels are welcome as each student progresses comfortably at their own pace. Parents are welcome to observe and take lots of photos. $20 per week. Pay at Micha 313-674-6424. PMS Herbal Hour – 6-7:30pm. Free. PMS can make women angry, depressed, moody, crampy, crabby, anxious and otherwise miserable. Lucky us, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many natural effective remedies for PMS and menstrual problems. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208.

TUESDAY JUNE 22 Iridology – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to become quiet inside, release stress and allow your body and mind to relax and unwind. $12. Holistic Healer and Wellness Center, 21194 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights. 734-674-6965.

THURSDAY JUNE 24 Weight Loss for Summer – 6-8pm. $2. Registration required. In-Balance Center, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. The Truth About Bread – 7-8:30pm. Learn why so many people crave bread and other wheat-based products. Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, allergies and sensitivities will be discussed. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. Preregistration requested. Free. 734-425-8588. Allergies & Asthma Arrested – 7:30-9pm. Allergies and asthma are a sign of one or more organs not functioning properly. If you don’t treat the correct organ nutritionally, the allergies and asthma will never go away. Dr. Shannon Roznay from the Nutritional Healing Center in Ann Arbor will talk about safe effective natural treatments that are clinically proven to help lung and sinus problems. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd #200, Livonia. 734-525-5400.


TUESDAY JUNE 29 Parasite Lecture – 6-7pm. Lecture and discussion on parasites. What types of little invaders you should be watching out for and how to get rid of them. Come see Penny Thomas, Wellness of Life, LLC Pure Herbs Director, Certified Master Herbalist and Certified Dried Blood Cell Analyst. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208.

Mineral Tasting – 12-4pm. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208.

SATURDAY JUNE 26 M.I.C. Music Industry Connections Seminar and Showcase – 10am-7pm. All Genre – Business Seminar & Talent Showcase For more info contact: S. Jones 313-333-6141

Trigger Point Therapy Workshop – 7-8pm. Learn to use Trigger Point Therapy to help you relieve stress. Bring a partner with you to get the most from this class. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Free. Call 734-425-8220 to register.

Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009. Mary Born Nutritional Consulting – 10am2pm. Call for info. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline, Southgate. 734-284-1208. Open Mic Poetry and Book Signing – 4-7pm. Presented by Mittie Stephen. Join us at the food court/stage area as we enjoy open mic poetry as well as an all star author showcase and signings. Russell Bazaar, 1600 Clay St. Detroit. (Exit #54 off I-75) 313-972-7009.


SUNDAY JUNE 27 VegMichigan Raw Vegan Potluck – 1pm. Bring a vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey) dish sized for eight. First-time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish, but are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 877-778-3464. Advanced Reiki for Kids – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn Reiki principles, hand positions, receive attunements and explore chakras 1 and 2. $15. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 N Mill St, Plymouth. 734-416-5200.

MONDAY JUNE 28 Look and Feel Younger – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fisher, D.C, N.D., Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutritionalist. Learn the secrets to permanently losing weight and keeping it off. Limited to 20. Free. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 734-756-6904.

Essential Exercises & Stretching Class8-9pm Learn the most important exercises to help you feel better, have more energy, help eliminate injuries, and keep you healthy. Healthy & organic snacks provided after workshop. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Free. Call 734-425-8220 to register.

Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy -7-8pm. Presented by John Gorham, Certified Hypnotherapist. Join John as he discusses smoking cessation using hypnosis. He will also perform a group hypnotherapy session. John will provide subsequent sessions at a different dates (content to be explained at the first session). This is a three part series. One session will build on the other but it is not necessary to sign up for all three. $49. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Road, Suite 200, Livonia.

SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY AUGUST 7 WOMANCARE – 9:15-5pm. A two day workshop in making herbal medicines for women’s health and wellness. Registration opens May 1. $250. Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor, 101 Parkland Plaza, Ann Arbor. 734-769-7794.

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Slow Flow Vinyasa – 9-10am. Dynamic, flowing yoga practice with special attention paid to moving in and out of postures on the rhythm of the breath. Yoga experience needed. $10. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Canton Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Preservation Park, 500 North Ridge Road, Canton. Stephanie 734-398-5570. Apr 25-Oct 17. Redford Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. 15145 Beech Daly Rd, Redford. May – Oct. Michael 313-387-2771. Fort-Visger CDC Farmers Market – 11am4pm.Southfield Rd Municipal Parking Lot between Fort St and I-75, Lincoln Park. Leslie 313-598-3137. May 2-Oct 31. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Perfect for children ages 5-10. A fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap. ~Bob Hope Tabata Class – 1-2pm. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-2782629. Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg – 2-3pm. All levels. $15 walk-in. First week of classes at Practice yoga are free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Vin Yin Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch which works the muscles and stretches connective tissues. Flowing to build strength, then holding to let go and release. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.


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Posture Pro – 10:30-12pm. Level I Active with Jim Pero, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-2829642. Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12:00pm. Second and Fourth Mondays. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Meetings held at Famous Dave’s, 23811 Eureka Rd, Taylor. Suzan 734287-3699. Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. $13. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 734-421-7100.

FitBarre – 7:15pm. Intense body workout to tone the body and lift your seat. $20. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248305-8414. Yin Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. A yoga practice for all that targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised. A nice way to let go and release. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Ashtanga Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45pm. The Fighting Fit, 3203 Biddle Ave, one block north of Eureka Road, Wyandotte. TheFightingFit. com. BYTETHIS Poetry Series – 8pm. $5. Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit. Lashaun Phoenix Moore PowerfulBlackWoman@ Acoustic Mondays – 8pm-2am. Free. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.

Yoga for Everybody – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking. City Yoga, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Find Your Edge – 7-8:15pm. Basic adaptive yoga with Peg Darnell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Third Option Support Group – 7-9pm. Marriage support group. Free. Marriage Resource Center, 23400 Michigan Ave Ste P18, Dearborn. Village Plaza building, corner of Michigan and Outer Dr. Kristen 734-5782986. The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. All ages and fitness levels. $6. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd. #109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Zumba – 7:10-8:10pm. Bring dry shoes. $12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit. ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7-8pm. All levels. Bring water and a small towel. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Children with Hairloss Offices, 12776 S. Dixie Hwy, S. Rockwood. Rick Williams 734-379-4400. Posture Pro Yoga – 9-10:30am. Level II active yoga with Jim Pero, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Gentle Yoga – 9:30-11am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Healthy Backs – 11am-12pm. $10. Fairlane Club, 5000 Fairlane Woods Drive, Dearborn. Work Break Yoga – 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 5:30pm. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Baxter’s Eatery, 3000 Van Born Rd, Trenton. Kelly 734-2846000x25

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:15-8:15. No bag (non-contact) 30 minutes kickboxing followed by 30 minutes of lower and upper body workout to strengthen and tone. Ages 15 and up $9. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights.

Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735.

Restorative Flow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. $10. Gentle flow. All levels. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton.734-454-9642.

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

Swim with Your Dog Indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

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

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

Zumba – 8:15pm. $8. Dance Academy, Westland Mall, lower level, 35000 Warren Rd, Westland. 734-425-1478.

Workout to Oldies Music – 6-7pm. Low impact and joint friendly routines without the complicated choreography. Bring an exercise mat, towel, light weights and water. $9. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights. 248-353-2885.

Zumba Fitness Class – 8-9pm. $8. Robert Lee Studio, 29885 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734525-9720. FlowMotion – 8:30-9:30pm. Integrates the dynamics of Vinyasa with the methodical pace of slow flow and includes simple dance movements to create an inspiring experience on the mat and around the room. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Guided Meditation Night – 6-8pm. Free. 670 S Main St, Plymouth. 734-476-9555. Laura 734-476-9555. Beginner Hula Hoop – 6:30-7:30pm. No experience necessary. Hoops provided. $22. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit.

Wayne State Wednesday Farmers’ Market – 11am-4pm. 501 Cass Avenue, Detroit. Kami 313-577-4296. Bridge Cards/EBT accepted. Taylor Farmers Market – 12-7pm. 1211 Pardee, Taylor. Wayne Farmers Market – 3-7pm. 35310 Michigan Ave,Wayne. May 19-Sep 29. CI.Wayne.Mi.Us/Farmers_Market.shtml Yoga at the Wall – 5-6pm. Basic yoga class using the support of the wall in creative ways. Like partner yoga, the wall is your support and assists you to explore your edge. All levels. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735. Vinyasa Unplugged – 5:45-7pm. Dynamic, intense physical class with a different vibe! Less music, experience long and lasting sequences, all integrated with a strong Vedanta theme. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

People’s Yoga with Gregg – 6:30-7:30pm. Donation based. Spirit of Hope Church, 2nd floor gym, 1519 Martin Luther King, Detroit. 313-316-1411.

Early Bird Yoga – 5:30-6:30am. Level I/II Active yoga with Jim Pero, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Cardio Hip Hop – 6-7pm. Dance your way fit. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn.

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

Garden City Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt, Garden City. Amelia 734-422-4448. May 6-Oct 28. Livonia Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. 29350 W Chicago at Middlebelt, Livonia; 734-2613602, Karen; Jun 20-Oct 10.

Cardio Step – 6-7pm. An upbeat class full of energy, music to get your toes tapping and various routines to get that heart pumping! One class burns over 600 calories! $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181.

Preschool Skate – 10-11:30am. Parents, strollers and children 6 and under welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540.

Stress Relief Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Basic level I therapeutic yoga with Carrie Hura, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. $6. All ages and fitness levels. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Tuesday Night at the Movies – 7-8:30pm. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357. MarkMNU@

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. 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. Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123. Box & Buff – 7-8:10pm. Cardio kickboxing. High cardio workout that combines various kicking and punching movements followed up with concentrated ab work. Bring a mat or towel. $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Zumba – 7:30pm. Presented by C.C. Plus, Dance for fun and fitness. Zumba fitness trend fuses Latin dances like salsa, cumbia, merengue, flamenco, tango and belly dancing with aerobics. $7. Barnes School, 20090 Morningside, Grosse Pointe Woods.

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.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. G. Phillips Catering, K of C Hall, 25160 W. Outer Dr, Lincoln Park. Harriet Cole 313-928-4592.

Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-2078970. Wyandotte Farmers’ Market – 11am-7pm. Corner of First and Elm streets. Brandon 734-324-4500.

Northville Farmers Market – 8am-3pm. Northville Downs Race Track, corner of W Seven Mile and Sheldon Rd, Northville. Sher 248-349-7640. May 6-Oct 28. Project FRESH accepted.

Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. 15000 Southfield Fwy, Bushnell Congregational Church parking lot, Detroit. Pam 313-387-4732x103. Project FRESH and Bridge Cards/EBT accepted.

Gentle Yoga – 9:30-11am. $4. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

Dance Body Basics – 5:30pm. Beginner dance class. $15, $20 annual registration fee. Detroit Dance Studio, 4731 Grand River Ave, Studio #203, Detroit. 313-887-0656.

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

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Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Yoga for Every Body – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking after 5pm. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735. Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Om my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit. Micha 313-674-6424.

Abs/Glutes/Thighs – 7:15-8:15pm. Intense lower body workout. Ages 15+. $9. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights. 248-353-2885.

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

Posture Pro – 7:15-8:15pm. Level I/II yoga with Regina Mitchell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734282-9642. Aerobic Striptease – 7:30-8:30pm. Sassy cardio dance drills with toning exercises. $12. Registration required. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St #308, Detroit. 866-900-9797.

Farmers & Artisans Market of Dearborn – 8am-1pm. Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave at Mason St.; Joan 313-673-4207.

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

Dog Swimming – 10:30am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hour swim with your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:45pm. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392.

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

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

People’s Yoga with Gregg – 6:30-7:30pm. Donation based. Spirit of Hope Church, 2nd floor gym, 1519 Martin Luther King, Detroit. 313-316-1411.

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

ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7-8pm. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn.

Adult Fit-to-Tumble Exercise Class – 8:15-9:30pm. Increase upper body strength and flexibility through gymnastic skills and conditioning. $10. DPAS, 22819 Michigan Ave, West Dearborn. 313-268-7232.

Allen Park Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. 15800 White Street, Allen Park. June 18 - Sept 10. Mary Anne 586-943-5785. Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Senior Center, 303 W Main Street, Northville. 248-349-0203.




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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Senior Fitness Testing – 11-11:30pm. $5. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Heidi 734-721-7400. Ci.Wayne. Mi.Us. Yin Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. A yoga practice for all that targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised. A nice way to let go and release. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Miler’s Club – 12-12:30pm. Be a part of the senior miler’s walking club. $1. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Ci.Wayne.Mi.Us. 734-721-7400. VinYin Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch which works the muscles and stretches connective tissues. Flowing to build strength, then holding to let go and release. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Ballroom Dance Lesson – 6:45-8pm. Learn the basics of several ballroom styles. No partners or dance experience necessary. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-207-8970.

Belleville Farmer’s Market – 7am-12pm. 405 Main St, Belleville. 734-697-9323. June-Oct.

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

Grosse Ile Farmers Market - Township parking lot, Macomb Street, Grosse Ile. June Sept. Pamela 734-671-0170. Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300

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Plymouth Farmers Market – 7:30am12:30pm. In “The Gathering” on Penniman Ave. just east of Main St, Plymouth. Melissa 734-453-1540. May-Oct,. Prenatal Yoga – 9-10am. Ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and prepare for labor, childbirth and new motherhood. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-881-2874. Basic & Pre-Natal Friendly Yoga – 9-10:15am. Basic therapeutic yoga with Jessica Hillman, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 734-282-9642. Grosse Pointe - West Park Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Between Lakepointe and Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe. Jennifer 313-822-2812 x200. May 15-Oct 30. Livonia Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. 29350 W Chicago at Middlebelt, Livonia; 734-261-3602, Karen; Jun 20-Oct 10.

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Learn to Skate Beginner Session – 11am1pm. No experience need. All ages welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. RiversideKids Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Prenatal Yoga -12:30 – 1:45p. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month. $13. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Vedanta Study Group – 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.


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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.

WELLNESS CENTERS LEZLIE CEBULSKI, N.D., EFT-ADV HOLISTIC HEALING & WELLNESS, LLC 199 North Main Street, Suite B-6 Plymouth, MI 48170 734-787-0626

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Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 (313) 881-2874

18714 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48203 313-368-2284 313-368-4598 fax Alternative Medicine Board certified traditional naturopath and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, uses a unique combination of nutrition, detoxification, light therapy, flower essences, EFT and muscle response testing to rebalance energy and release negative emotions. Specializing in natural treatment of anxiety, depression, mood swings, fatigue, anger issues, and improving self-image with lasting results.

DR CAROL ANN FISCHER, D.C. N.D. TLC Holistic wellness 31594 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48180 734-664-0339 You deserve the best TLC A unique holistic wellness center located in Livonia. Certified Naturopath and Chiropractic physician with over 25 years clinical experience helping create miracles for thousands of people by improving their health, energy and vitality using Gentle non-force Chiropractic, Nutrition Response Testing, whole food nutrition, nutritional counseling, muscle reflex testing, detoxification, weight loss, and natural hormone rejuvenation and balancing with whole food, herbs, diet and homeopathy

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!

Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Basic, YinYoga, Mat Pilates, Kripalu and Kid’s Yoga. We offer a very safe and supportive atmosphere to take your practice at your own pace. Discover yourself at Practice Yoga!

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

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ages to regulate and strengthen the immune, circulatory, hormonal and nervous systems. Call now to schedule an appointment. Free consultation with Dr. Karl. 734-425-8220.

To place a listing: 3 lines minimum (103 characters, spaces & punctuation): 1 month: $25; 3 months $22.50 per month, prepaid. Extra words: $1 each: Send check w/listing by 15th of the month to Healthy Living Detroit, Inc. - Classifieds, Box 341081, Detroit, MI 48234-1081. Info 586-983-8305 or visit

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – Be part of a dynamic franchised publishing network that is helping to transform the way we live and care for ourselves. As a Natural Awakenings publisher, your magazine will help thousands of readers to make positive changes in their lives, while promoting local practitioners and providers of natural, Earth friendly lifestyles. You will be creating a healthier community while building your own financial security working from your home. For sale in Birmingham/Huntsville AL, Denver CO, Mobile AL, Morris County NJ, and New York City, NY Call for details 239-530-1377.

NEED TO HAVE A GATHERING BUT DON’T HAVE THE SPACE? Beautiful room available for a small group of people in an upscale Livonia wellness center. Please call Denise at 734.525.5400.

GREEN MICHIGAN GREEN SAFE PRODUCTS offers Eco-Friendly biodegradable compostable food & beverage containers made from renewable resources for restaurants, bars, schools, offices, home and more. It’s time to go green! John 313-300-7709 or

HELP WANTED MASSAGE ROOM TO RENT IN UPSCALE WELLNESS CENTER LOCATED IN LIVONIA. Daily rental available. Table and sheets provided. Must be professional and certified or working on certification. Visit our website at www. If you would like more information, please call Denise at 734.525.5400.

RENT-VACATION WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT BY THE WATER for a week in Naples, Florida? For details visit this website:

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

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS-Hospice Compassus seeking compassionate individuals in SE Michigan to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. Required training provided free. Info: Volunteer Coordinator 248-355-9900.

LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET A DELICIOUS, HEALTHY DINNER ON YOUR TABLE IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS. Looking for earning opportunities? We are always hiring. Love to cook? Hate to cook? Give me a call or visit my website: Sandy Ricke - Pampered Chef Consultant 313-515-3838

HEALTH HOLISTIC FAMILY HEALTHCARE FACILITY- Dr William. H. Karl has almost 30 years of experience with the latest wellness techniques. He has helped people of all Wayne County Edition

Call Mary Anne Demo for more information 586-983-8305.

TOTAL HEALTH FOODS IS NOW HIRING. Please drop off your resume to the store - 13645 Northline Rd. Southgate, MI 48195. You must have experience and be willing to work weekends.

BE VEGAN/GREEN! Help save planet from destruction. Go to View climate change flyer.


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

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