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This year the Rotary Club of Detroit celebrated it’s 100th anniversary and, while serving as the club president, I got the chance to attend the Rotary District 6400 conference near Chicago and the home of Rotary International. A Rotary District is a group of about 50 local Rotary clubs for a specific geographic region, and our district happens to cover part of Southeast Michigan and part of Southwest Ontario. Over the 14 years that I’ve been a member, Rotary has impacted my life in ways that I never could have anticipated. Originally I sought out Rotary because I wanted to give back, and I thought that I could accomplish more as part of a group than on my own. Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, resonated with me, and I liked the idea of participating in a group where everyone shared the common desire to be of service in some way. Through the Rotary International Foundation I was able to donate money that helped people all over the world, as well as right here in Michigan. Over the years I have met many amazing people through my involvement in Rotary, and these people have impacted my family as well. Our family hosted several Rotary Youth Exchange Students during the years when my kids were in school, and these exchange students truly became a part of our family during their year abroad. Rotary’s big initiative is eradicating Polio from the world, and as you can see in my new photo, we’re ‘this close’ to getting it done. Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria, whose names form the acronym “PAIN,” are the four countries in the world still battling this disease. At the Rotary District conference our group staged a ‘flash mob’ to raise awareness of the fight against Polio. We were all milling around at the Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, then at a specified time we all froze holding our fingers in the ‘this close’ pose for 5 minutes. It really got some attention, and people that didn’t know what was going on were trying to figure out what we were all doing. At the end of the 5 minutes we all displayed matching bright red t-shirts that said ‘End Polio Now.’ We formed a circle, holding hands, around ‘the bean sculpture’ singing ‘Let there be Peace on Earth.’ I was thrilled to be a part of something so powerful and moving. If you have an interest in giving back, I would encourage you to visit the website and locate a club near you to visit. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the community and to learn about ways to get involved. The Detroit Rotary Club

meets at noon every Wednesday at the Detroit Athletic Club, which is a lovely place to gather. Please call me if you would like to visit a meeting as my guest. Have you visited a local farmers market yet this season? The great news for shoppers is that these markets seem to be popping up all over. The closer to home that you can purchase local produce the better it is for the local economy, and it helps to keep our Michigan farmers in business too. I’ve often thought that the solution to obesity would be that each of us could only eat what we were able to grow on our own! When you take the time to plant a garden, weed it, water it and harvest it, you get a much better appreciation for the hard work that these farmers are doing all season long. It can really make you think twice about letting something go bad in your refrigerator too. As you read through our June issue I hope that you will find information that’s enjoyable and informative. We’ve gathered some great articles with the intention of contributing to the wellness of the men in our lives, but many of the messages are quite relevant for both men and women. Help us to re-purpose, recycle and reuse, after you read this issue please pass it on to a friend! Feel good, live simply, laugh more,


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newsbriefs Local Group Seeks Volunteers to Preserve Forest


he Friends of Maybury State Park, a group dedicated to caring for Maybury’s park environments, are seeking volunteers to assist them in pulling Garlic Mustard, a rapidly spreading weed species, from the grounds of Maybury’s Beech-Maple forest. Families, individuals, scout groups and anyone interested in tuning in to and preserving the diversity of the forest is welcome to assist. The Friends of Maybury meet every Saturday during June at 9:00 a.m., near the concession building along the Eight Mile Road main parking lot. When Garlic Mustard spreads it inhibits proper growth and reseeding of native flowers, shrubs and trees within the forest ecosystem. Pulling this weed is easy and satisfying, and provides a chance to enjoy the many springtime wildflowers, such as Trilliums, Solomon Seal, Mayapple and Trout Lilys, which decorate the forest floor. Maybury State Park is the only state park in the Detroit urban area, and covers nearly 1,000 acres. Nature lover and dedicated volunteer Selena Browne says, “Maybury is like a look into the past, the way our wetlands and forests were co-mingled. We’re trying to protect the quality of the park and the diversity we have there. Pulling Garlic Mustard is a simple, but essential, part of the effort.” Maybury State Park is located south of 8 Mile Rd., between Napier and Beck. For more information visit or write to

Art Exhibition at Local Yoga Studio


aylor Yoga’s new location is the site of an evening of art and culture, Thursday June 16 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Connie Fedel, the owner of Taylor Yoga says, “We’re excited about offering fun, ambience and culture in the Downriver area. This is just one of many special events we’ll be hosting at the new studio.” Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while perusing the works of world renowned artist Leo Kuschel, who is best known for his nautical work, and even has a painting on display at the White House. The works of five other talented artists will round out the display and add visual appeal to the evening. The event is free of charge and the art will be available for purchase. Location: 8935 Telegraph Rd., in or 313-292-YOGA.


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Yogic Philosopher Shares Message


enowned philosopher and speaker, Guatam Jain, will lecture on “Success Without Stress” at the Grosse Pointe Yoga Shelter Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. A premiere disciple of the world-renowned guru Swami Parthasarathy, Jain will present information about the gunas, or temperaments, which all human beings are composed of. Attendees will gain an understanding of these gunas and how their manifestations through thought, actions and reactions can lead to spiritual growth. Suggested donation is $20. While in the Detroit area Jain will also facilitate an intensive workshop, called “The Qualities of a Gnani” which guides students through the 13th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Attendees will gain clarity, strength and inner peace through an in-depth analysis of this ancient, sacred text. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $30. Jain spent 10 years studying Yogic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads at the Vedanta Academy in India. He now travels the United States sharing his knowledge and beliefs about the importance of pondering the world and thinking independently. He explains that, through the study of Vedanta, people can learn to understand that “happiness is within, and not in the external world.” To learn more about Vedanta visit Class donations benefit the Vedanta Cultural Foundation. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and to bring a cushion to sit on, a pen and a note pad. Location: 17000 Kercheval Avenue, upstairs from Trader Joe’s, in the Village. or 313-884-YOGA.

newsbriefs Super Foods Offer Radiation Protection and More


oncerns about radiation exposure resulting from the recent natural disasters in Japan have caused fear and panic throughout the world. Sales of potassium iodide, known for it’s ability to protect the thyroid from radiation damage, reached record levels in cities far from Japan’s eastern coast. With conflicting reports all over the news, and even among experts and government agencies, it can be difficult to know exactly what precautions we need to take to best safeguard our own health from threats of radiation. Research has shown that two distinct types of algae known as chlorella and spirulina can support the body in processing and healing from any potential radioactive exposure, whether it be from X-rays and TSA scans or to exposures resulting from a nuclear crisis. The microscopic blue-green algae known as spirulina is a highly concentrated plant food that provides the body with chlorophyll, essential amino acids, fatty acids and beta-carotene. The Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk, Belarus found that a dose of 5 grams of spirulina daily resulted in strengthened immune systems and T-cell counts and reduced levels of radioactivity in children exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl tragedy. The improvements in the children’s conditions were so significant that the Belarus Ministry of Health concluded, “spirulina accelerates the evacuation of radionuclides from the human body.” Chlorella is a single-celled green algae containing high levels of chlorophyll, DNA, RNA and all of the essential amino acids. “Chlorella binds to radioactive materials and flushes them out of the body, along with other harmful toxins and heavy metals,” explains Bill Bodri, a naturopath and zen master who has studied the effects of radioactive exposure. Research conducted at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University supports Bodri’s findings, indicating that chlorella is effective at protecting against and alleviating the damage caused by both acute and chronic radiation exposure.

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With their nutrient dense, highly bioavailable concentrations of vitamins and minerals, chlorella and spirulina are super foods that can help improve the body’s overall health while also providing a protective measure against possible radiation exposure.

Bakery Offers More Than Baked Goods


or the past 32 years Beirut Bakery, in Redford, has been providing people with high quality, all natural Middle Eastern food. Owned and operated by the Hallis family, the bakery has become known for their authentic cuisine crafted according to old world traditions and using family recipes. Now the family is excited to announce the launch of a new line of products, called Beirut Bakery Homestyle, which features preservative free salad dressings and marinades. Available this month in retailers across the nation is the first new product, Fattoush dressing, which can be used in green salads, pasta salads, as a marinade for meats, chicken and fish, as a dip for vegetables and in sandwiches and subs. “Our customers have been clamoring for this for years,” says Catherine Hallis, daughter of Beirut Bakery owner Milad Hallis. “My brothers and I decided it

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newsbriefs Kriya Yoga Public Programs With Paramahansa Atmanandaji


wami Paramahansa Atmanandaji, internationally renowned master of Kriya Yoga Meditation, will be visiting metro Detroit and offering a variety of FREE public programs. On Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Paramahansa Atmanandaji, also known as Babaji, will be giving a FREE lecture, “Changing your destiny through Kriya breathing and meditation,” at the Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills. “The basis of Vedic culture in relation to Kriya Yoga,” a FREE lecture presented by Babaji, will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00-11:30 AM, at the Bharatiya Temple, 6850 N. Adams Rd., Troy. “Listen, practice, prepare and be ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world,” says Babaji. ‘’Life is to be lived positively, happily, healthily, harmoniously and lovingly.” A Kriya Yoga Retreat will be held July 22-24 at the beautiful Lake Huron Retreat Center, Port Huron, for those already initiated by Babaji, or those interested in receiving initiation at the Retreat. Registration required. Kriya Yoga is a scientific, non-sectarian and ageless practice that brings peace and happiness to everyday life. Major benefits are a calm mind, a healthy body, a sharp intellect, an excellent memory and a ready wit. The final goal of Kriya Yoga is full self-realization. For information call Ray at (772) 40-KRIYA, email, or visit

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LC Holistic Wellness is now offering Live Blood Analysis, a simple, painless and easy way to learn about the internal health of the body. The procedure is non-invasive, requires only one drop of blood from a finger and is an easy way to measure and track health issues and treatment results. Certified Live Blood Analysis provider Nancy Gurney will perform the procedure and, while she does not make medical claims, she provides educational pictures and documentation of the blood analysis results. Patients also watch the exam results on a video monitor in real time as Gurney analyzes the blood under a high-powered microscope. Individuals interested in having their blood tested to find out about hydration levels, digestion, detoxification ability and the effectiveness of diet, lifestyle choices and current remedies are encouraged to set up an appointment. Location: TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia. or call 734-664-0339.

Moving to the Music


ia Detroit, a group of Nia teachers from throughout the metro Detroit area, is hosting a Nia dance jam on Saturday, June 18 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Unity Church, in Warren. Experience with Nia is not necessary to participate. The event is open to all, and love offerings are accepted.


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Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that facilitates a healthy mind and body relationship. Participants engage in conscious movements performed to “soul-stirring” music. Nia movements can be adapted to all levels of fitness and are useful for relieving stress, releasing emotions and letting the body’s innate creativity take hold. Location: 11200 E. Eleven Mile Road, Warren. Contact Anita Lee Evans at or 313-272-2187.

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aple Creek Farms has begun accepting memberships for the 2011 CSA season. CSA, community supported agriculture, is a service whereby consumers and farmers form a direct relationship. Membership fees help ease the budget crunch on local farmers while members benefit from weekly delivery of farm-fresh produce. Produce pickups begin in June but customers are encouraged to sign up early. “Early registration assures you a spot and enables us to get the maximum quantity and variety of seeds in the ground for a bountiful assortment of fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season,” explains co-owner Michelle Lutz. Maple Creek Farm CSA has over 30 pick up locations throughout metro Detroit. The cost for 20 weeks of organic produce delivery from Maple Creek Farms, from mid-June through October, is $400 for a 3/4-bushel box, and $750 for a 1.5-bushel box.

With the goal of attracting as many visitors as possible, admission prices have been reduced to just $5 per family of four and $1 for each additional person. The farm is operated by the Northville Community Foundation, a non-profit organization created to enhance and enrich life in the Northville community and southeast Michigan. Maybury Farm is located at 50165 Eight Mile in Northville Township. Parking is complimentary. For information on the farm, special events and volunteer opportunities call 248-374-0200.

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he happy horses, pretty peacocks, giddy goats and clucking chickens of Northville’s Maybury Farm invite children (and the young at heart) to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells daily from 12:00-4:00 p.m. this spring. Aside from the thrill of meeting the farm animals, guests can stop by the Welcome Center to peruse the newly available selection of jams, jellies and other Made in the USA products. Also for sale is Maybury’s own honey, maple syrup and maple syrup products. A playground area with a sandbox and playhouse has recently been added to the farm.

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ntertainment icons George Takei and Patty Duke have joined forces on a new campaign telling Americans to Boldly Go to to apply for retirement, disability and Medicare. The campaign promotes the Social Security Administration’s online services as an easy and secure way for people to do business with the agency. “Social Security has a great website and the top-rated online services in the U.S.,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. According to the Commissioner, the Boldly Go campaign has given the agency an interesting and fun way to spread the word about their online services. He says, “having George join forces with Patty will help us reach the millions of people who can take advantage of this convenient way of doing business with Social Security. Boldly Go to to plan for your retirement and to apply online so that you too may live long and prosper.” Two million people took advantage of Social Security’s convenient online benefit applications last year. People already receiving Social Security benefits can go online to let Social Security know about a change of address or phone number, start or change direct deposit, get a proof of income letter or replace a lost Medicare card. As baby boomers begin retiring in record numbers, and millions more need Social Security’s services due to the economic downturn, the online services are proving to be a critical lifeline for the agency in terms of handling the increased workload. Watch the public service announcements featuring George Takei and Patty Duke and learn about online services at

Energy Efficiency


igh efficiency (HE) washing machines use less detergent, 75% less water and up to 85% less energy than traditional machines. The higher spin speeds available on HE machines also means shorter drying times for clothes, because more water is spun out by the washer. DTE is offering a $50 rebate for the purchase of HE washing machines, program funds permitting, through the end of 2011. Dryers do not receive energy efficiency ratings, and individuals who are not in the market for new appliances can take proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprint too. Brian Taylor, of Homeline Appliance, in Redford, recommends the following tips to reduce energy usage and save money. 1. Wash in cold water frequently, and always use cold water for the rinse cycle. Up to 90% of energy used by washers goes to heating the water, which means washing in cold will save approximately 64 cents per load. 2. Be sure to select the proper water level and only run the washer when there is a full load. 3. Improve dryer efficiency (and safety) by keeping the dryer vent clean. Periodically remove and clean the lint filter housing. 4. Clean the lint screen after every load. Wash the screen with hot, soapy water to remove build-up from dryer sheets. 5. Properly sort clothes and dry similar fabrics together. Do not over-dry the clothes. Better yet, put up a clothesline; solar drying is free and is the ultimate in energy efficiency.

Homeline Appliance is located at 19331 Beech Daly Rd, Redford. or call 313-537-8590.


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Careers in Healing


cadia Career Institute, in Wayne, is sponsoring a free information session on Healing Touch Therapy, presented by Artemis Yardas Gross, MSN-Ed, RN, CTHP/I. A Certified Holistic Nurse and Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor for over 17 years, Gross will demonstrate Healing Touch therapy, and teach attendees a basic Healing Touch technique that they can use on themselves or others. The class takes place on June 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Healing Touch is an “energy therapy” that uses gentle hand techniques to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress, illness, injury, grief, medical conditions, surgery or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. The goal of Healing Touch is to create an optimal energetic environment within the body, thus allowing the body’s innate tendency for healing of mind, body and spirit to take place. Benefits include a reduction in pain and anxiety, enhanced recovery and mobility after surgery, relief from depression, improved immune system function, support during chemotherapy and radiation therapy, relief from trauma and chronic pain and support during the end-of-life phase.

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r. Denise Acton, ND CNHP is now offering auricular acupuncture and Raindrop Therapy massage services at the Broad Family Chiropractic Clinic, in Canton. Raindrop Therapy incorporates the use of 9 essential oils into a massage of the back and the soles of the feet. “I have already seen many good results in clients looking to relax, reduce anxiety and help soothe aching muscles and joints,” says Acton. She recommends these services as a way of providing a “spring tune-up” for the whole body.

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Martial Arts School Creating Healthy Kids


uardian Martial Arts & Fitness, in Garden City, is offering a new program to teach children ages 7-10 about a holistic approach to fitness and self-defense. The P.A.N.D.A. (Practical Application & Ninja Defense Academy) Program is exclusive to Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness and will run from June 27 through June 30. Class will meet daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A course fee of $159 includes all instruction and a P.A.N.D.A. T-shirt. Owner & Senior Chief Instructor Kelly M. Perkins says, “Children today need more education and information about good food choices. They need to know how their eating habits will affect their health in years to come.” Attendees, or “pandas,” will learn about physical fitness and practical self-defense, and will visit a real garden to help them learn about making good food choices. Perkins adds, “Obesity and bullying are huge issues for kids today. The P.A.N.D.A. Program will give children tools to help them in these areas.” Location: 30942 Ford Rd., Garden City. Class size is limited to twenty students. Reserve a space by calling 734-266-0565.

Local Culinary School Offers Seminars


choolcraft College in Livonia, one of the premier culinary schools in the country, is offering culinary classes and seminars to the public. Spring classes include a Fresh & Fabulous Salads seminar, the Great Tasting Vegetarian & Vegan Meals seminar with Chef Gabriel and a new offering, Cook for Your Age, in which students learn the specific nutritional needs for each decade of life. “At Schoolcraft you will learn the craft and hone your skills in the most advanced culinary kitchens in the mid-west, if not the entire country,” says Lauren Murphy, promotions coordinator. “Our culinary department is led by four Certified Master Chefs and four Executive Chefs who are masters of their trade, on the cutting edge of trends, consultants to major corporations, judges at culinary competitions, and owners and operators of some of the most innovative restaurants in the area. This is

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

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Vacation Down on the Farm With the family farm an endangered institution, urbanites have a growing desire to reconnect with America’s rural countryside. Farm Stay U.S. founder Scottie Jones, of Leaping Lamb Farm, in Oregon, is showing the way with a directory of farms that welcome visitors. Jones and her team have seen firsthand how guests are nourished by their farm-stay experiences, reaping indelible memories of the lost rhythm of farm life. They return to their daily lives with an appreciation for farming and a greater likelihood of supporting local farms and food production through their everyday purchases. Jones hopes that Farm Stay U.S. will provide an economic, educational and even spiritual bridge for both rural and urban Americans eager to expand their stewardship of the land with their newfound friends. Search a wide range of farm types, activities and amenities by state at

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Feds Boost Support for Local Farm-to-School Meals A new ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) underscores the federal government’s intent to encourage use of local farm products in school meals. It allows schools and other providers to give preference to unprocessed, locally grown and locally raised agricultural products for school-based nutrition assistance programs. “This rule is an important milestone that will help ensure that our children have access to fresh produce and other agricultural products,” confirms Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon. “It will also give a muchneeded boost to local farmers and agricultural producers.” Part of the landmark Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 signed into law by President Obama—which improves the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children—the rule supports USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative and builds on the 2008 Farm Bill designed to revitalize rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems. USDA expects Americans’ spending for locally grown food to rise from an estimated $4 billion in 2002 to as much as $7 billion by 2012. For more information, visit


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Eliminating Gas Flares Delivers Energy Savings GE Energy ( has released a study estimating that 5 percent of the world’s natural gas production is wasted by burning, or “flaring”, unused gas each year—an amount equivalent to 23 percent of overall U.S. consumption. Worldwide, billions of cubic yards of natural gas are wasted annually, typically as a byproduct of oil extraction. Gas flaring annually emits 440 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the equivalent of 77 million automobiles, without producing useful heat or electricity. “Power generation, gas re-injection and distributed energy solutions are available today and can eliminate the wasteful practice of burning unused gas,” says Michael Farina, a program manager at GE Energy and author of the analysis. The nearly $20 billion in wasted natural gas could be used to generate reliable, affordable electricity and yield billions of dollars per year in increased global economic output. Farina continues: “With greater global attention and concerted effort—including partnerships, sound policy and innovative technologies— large-scale gas flaring could be largely eliminated in as little as five years.” To succeed, it will require political will and investment incentives.



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n a watershed move towards global mercury-free dentistry, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently reported that the U.S. government has announced that it supports a phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out of mercury amalgam. That’s the silver-and-mercurymixed material commonly used to fill cavities in teeth. This represents a radical reversal of the government’s former position that, “Any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes.” The new stance will be submitted at the third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty. The IAOMT sees this as “an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam.” The IAOMT, a global network of 700 dental, medical and research professionals, is a longtime opponent of mercury amalgam because of possible health risks from mercury, a known toxin. It is considered especially risky for children and for pregnant women, whose fetuses can be affected. Possible side effects of the continuous release of toxic vapor from mercury fillings into the body include memory loss, tremors, personality changes and impaired immune systems. Yet, the World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association continue to maintain that mercury amalgam fillings are safe. To date, mercury fillings have been banned in Norway and restricted in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Canada and Germany. With the U.S. government on board, says Charles G. Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, “The debate has shifted from whether to end amalgam to how to end amalgam.” Mercury-free dentistry supports the use of a tooth-colored, bonded composite material, made primarily of resin. For more information, visit



study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd annual meeting, confirms that eating berries can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The study involved 49,281 men and 80,336 women that were monitored for 20 to 22 years. The researchers concluded that the women who consumed the most anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids found mostly in berries, had a lower risk of developing the disease than those whose diet contained less or different classes of flavonoids. For men, berry anthocyanins, as well as flavonoids found in apples and oranges and other rich dietary sources, made a significant difference in their freedom from the disease.

ating dietary fiber and drinking plenty of fluids are the main ways for keeping our digestive tracts active and happy. Thus, the most common reasons for constipation are a diet lacking in fiber and insufficient fluid intake. But other reasons can also contribute, such as inadequate exercise, an unbalanced or changed diet due to traveling, ingestion of medications, or hormonal fluctuations. Whatever the reasons, it’s good to know that natural remedies can provide a viable option, instead of resorting to harsher, chemical laxatives. Generally, all fruits, except for banana and jackfruit, can help get a sluggish bowel moving. Bael fruit, found in Asian markets, is considered a natural laxative and is eaten to help clean and tone the intestines. Another way to seek relief is eating pears or fresh guavas after dinner or with breakfast. Eating half a medium-sized papaya for breakfast has laxative effects, as do fresh figs. Note that prunes and dry figs should be soaked overnight in a little water and eaten in the morning. Consider a “fiber day” to move things along, with menus consisting only of steamed vegetables, fruits and salads. Sprinkle various dishes with high-fiber seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and ground flax seeds. According to the American Dietetic Association, the average American currently ingests about 11 grams of fiber daily. Women should aim for 21 to 25 grams a day, and men, 30 to 38 grams. Remember, if constipation strikes, when we literally get moving, so will our bowels. Sources: remedy/Constipation.html;

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ecobriefs Wear Blue, Tell Two

Celebrate World Oceans Day June 8 Global advocates for protecting the health of our oceans and making it a way of life have focused on youth education as the most promising activity to effect and sustain lasting positive change, based on research by The Ocean Project (The The website suggests a multitude of ways that people of all ages can get on board. It starts by wearing a blue shirt on June 8, World Oceans Day, and telling two others about the oceans’ vital role in Earth’s ecology. It continues by making it a habit to reduce our daily personal carbon footprint (ocean absorption of carbon dioxide is acidifying waters), and choosing seafood that is sustainably harvested or farmed without harm to coastal waters and seafood stocks. Visit

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Help Stop Crop Contamination On March 29, 2011, Sow True Seed joined 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations in a lawsuit led by the nonprofit Public Patent Foundation, challenging chemical giant Monsanto’s right to sue farmers for patent infringement, because they say it is Monsanto that is perpetrating the injury by infecting organic farms with genetically modified seed. Mounting research shows that once released into the environment, the engineered seed (a genetically modified organism, or GMO), contaminates and corrupts naturally reproducing seed for the same crop. For example, soon after Monsanto introduced genetically modified seed for canola, these famers report that organic canola became virtually extinct, as a result of cross-contamination. Organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa now face the same fate, as Monsanto continues to develop genetically modified seed for many other crops. “In the last decade [for example], it’s become nearly impossible to ensure that corn seed is free from contamination,” says Peter Waskiewicz, co-founder of Sow True Seed ( “Morally, it has become necessary to stand up and fight for keeping open- pollinated seed safe and available,” says fellow co-founder, Carol Koury. Waskiewicz adds, “We recognize the basic right of all the Earth’s people to enjoy a safe, ethical and sovereign food production and distribution system.” For more information, visit Petition for GMO labeling at Ask the Department of Justice to step in at Join local groups that advocate for healthy, organic, locally grown and produced products.


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California Dreamin’ Golden State Leads in Clean Energy Standards

In the nation’s most aggressive clean energy legislation to date, California will require utilities in the state to obtain at least 33 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as the wind and sun by 2020, revising the previous standard of 20 percent by 2010 (they hit 18 percent, on track for the full 20 by 2012). Adopted as part of a green jobs stimulus package, “Today’s vote is not just a victory for California’s economy and environment, but for the entire nation,” says Laura Wisland, an energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The new standard garnered the backing of a broad range of electric utilities, ratepayer groups, environmental organizations and renewable energy businesses. The UCS estimates that the state will be responsible for more than 25 percent of the renewable energy generated by state standards across the country in 2020. The amount of heat-trapping global warming emissions displaced as a result will be equivalent to removing about 3 million cars from the road. A 2011 Gallup poll found that of eight actions the U.S. Congress could take this year—from overhauling the tax code and immigration reform to speedy withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan—Americans most favor an energy bill that provides incentives for using alternative energy; 83 percent said, “Do it!


Ban Planned for Gas-Fueled Vehicles by 2050 A new report by the European Commission, an executive branch of the European Union, proposes to completely eliminate gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and trucks in favor of clean-running vehicles by 2050, in a bid to decrease traffic congestion and drastically reduce the continent’s carbon footprint. The commission also would like to enact a ban on the shortest air flights, requiring passengers to travel by other means of transportation, such as trains, for distances under 186 miles. Meanwhile, infrastructure will be updated to cater to more sustainable forms of transportation across the continent. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas describes the plan as being composed of, “very radical, very ambitious targets.” Changing the way a continent moves doesn’t come cheap: “We are talking about the necessity of an investment of 1.5 trillion euros ($2.2 trillion),” as Kallas was quoted in The Independent, in the UK. “Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be a win-win.” Source:

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School’s Out Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Sharp This Summer by Janet Forgrieve

Every year, kids across the country close their schoolbooks and adjust their inner clocks to the more unstructured hours of summer. They’re ready to let the good times roll.


et, studies going back decades have documented a resulting “summer slide” among kids who don’t engage their minds as much as school demands during their joyful break, according to Patricia Froehlich, youth services consultant for the Colorado State Library. To combat this, parents can find ways to strike a balance between learning and fun, grabbing opportunities to teach when and where they can. These parents find that the more this learning feels like schoolwork, the faster you lose them. But keeping it fun can not only keep kids from falling behind, it also may give them a leg up when they head back to class in the fall. The key is in “just hiding the learning in the fun,” counsels Christy Wright, activities director of Big Horn K-12 summer school, in Wyoming. Here are some ways to keep kids’ minds active when they’re out of school.


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Summer community reading programs provide ageappropriate options for kids of every grade and help those who aren’t naturally adept readers to find topics that will make them want to pick up a book, advises Froehlich. Lisa Parry’s inspiration for her own family reading program came on Mother’s Day, when her children asked if they could get out the beads and make their mom some jewelry. They decided that each time her first-grader, Grace, finished reading a book aloud, she got to put another bead on a string that hung on the wall. Grace watched her accomplishments grow, while her parents saw her reading improve.



Families that spend time camping and hiking can capitalize on the abundant natural learning opportunities that such activities foster, aided by books on the local flora and fauna. When traveling to another part of the country or the world for outdoor adventures, do some homework together first about what you’re likely to see when you get there. Indoor science lessons, cleverly disguised as games or toys, may be just as valuable, not only for teaching scientific concepts, but also in fostering skills kids will need when they head back to the classroom. Kelly Pascal Gould relates how Jackson, her elementary school-age son, naturally gravitates toward experiments and creative projects. One spring, she stocked up on chemistry sets and science kits. Several of them worked to engage the bud-

ding inventor, who needed to increase his attention span. Wright notes that many students that participate in her summer school program are referred to her because they have trouble concentrating in regular classes. She’s learned that projects that teach them about science, nature and how things work tend to keep them focused on the task at hand, and also begin to ingrain in them ways to better concentrate in the future.



During Wright’s summer school program, kids come in early to play Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero; she encourages kids to play these and other games on consoles like Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. Games that engage the body, while demanding mental concentration, not only help kids learn new skills, they may also improve their ability to be able to focus when they need to sit still for lessons later, she says. “[Games that entail] cross-lateral movement, which means doing something crossover, like jumping rope or playing ball, are good, too, because they’re using one side of the body that engages the other side of the brain, so both body and mind are moving,” explains Wright. “It helps kids comprehend, and then settle down and learn.” More traditional games provide another type of learning experience, especially when kids make up rules they invent and agree upon as they go along.



Gould set up a place at home where Jackson can go and create to his heart’s content. The art room has just about anything a child needs to create his own works of art, she says. Jackson also recently learned to embroider; quite an accomplishment, given the complete focus such an art demands. Susan Aust’s tween, Tucker, is into art of a different kind, having developed a love of all things theatrical and voraciously reading books about famous actors and actresses, she says. The Austs started a weekly home family film festival, where they all watch a movie together and afterwards, “We talk about the actors’ lives and work.”

Janet Forgrieve is a regular contributor to, from which this article was adapted.



Preparing meals is another forum for engaging kids’ minds during the summer. To enjoy the fruits of their culinary labors, youngsters must first master reading, measuring and following directions—lessons that are much easier to swallow when they are followed by a tasty dish they’ve made themselves, notes Wright. It may take patience on the part of parents, who see cooking as another household chore to complete as quickly as possible, but taking the time to teach kids cooking skills makes us slow down and realize there’s joy to be found in the kitchen when we have someone to share the work. Parry’s daughter Grace loves to help in the kitchen, and children generally enjoy the tangible sense of accomplishment when they put a meal they’ve helped create on the table. “She’s old enough now where she can measure and scoop,” Parry says. “It’s fun for both of us.”


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A Guy’s Guide to Staying Vitally Healthy by Judith Fertig


ncient prophets understood the wisdom of living by the adage, “Eat, drink and be merry,” and it still rings true today. Today’s health experts further add, “get moving” and “see your doctor at least once a year.” Adopting this short, easy-to-do list of habits as a guiding principle can be key to a healthier and happier life, and add more years to accomplish your bucket list. The good news about male longevity is that much of it is under our control. Dr. Robert Butler, gerontologist, psychiatrist and author of The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life, received a Pulitzer Prize for his work on aging. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, he also started the nation’s first department of geriatrics, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. In his early 80s, Butler was still regularly walking around Central Park before putting in 60-hour weeks doing work he loved as head of International Longevity Center–USA ( Butler maintained that genes account for only 25 percent of our individual health and said, “Our environment and personal behaviors account for the rest.” For him, it was simple things like welcome hugs and laughter that added pleasure and length to life. Of course, learning something new helps the brain stay active. Butler lived


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the essence of active right up until his passing a year ago at age 83.

A Simple Prescription So, what are men up against today? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, the leading causes of death for men are heart disease; cancer (especially prostate); injuries; chronic lower respiratory diseases; stroke; diabetes; suicide; influenza and pneumonia; kidney disease; and Alzheimer’s disease. But men can take a preventive approach to these conditions. Here are five proactive, enjoyable ways that work: EAT. The simple everyday act of healthy eating can have long-

term, holistic benefits for not only overall health and weight management, but for preventing prostate cancer. In 2010, nearly 218,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, a largely curable challenge when caught in its early stages, according to the American Cancer Society. But why not eat well to prevent potential cancer cells from becoming a bigger problem? “All of us have microscopic cancers growing in our bodies all the time,” says Dr. William Li, founder and head of The Angiogenesis Foundation, in Cambridge, Massachusetts ( and the userfriendly Angiogenesis is the process our bodies use to grow blood vessels, he says, a natural process that sometimes gets hijacked by cancer cells. “A microscopic tumor can grow up to 16,000 times its original size in as little as two weeks,” explains Li, “but new, groundbreaking research from The Angiogenesis Foundation proposes that you can stop cancer before it begins to grow.” Li calls this new preventive approach “antiangiogenesis.” “Many common foods contain cancer-starving molecules,” Li continues. “Anti-angiogenesis encourages that. By changing the way you eat, you can change your internal environment, thereby depriving cancer cells the opportunity to grow and multiply.” Li and his colleagues continue to monitor the results of other studies while continuing their own research showing the positive effects of certain foods in slowing or preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells. One seminal study, published in the

Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2002, established the link between eating cooked tomato products and a lowered risk of prostate cancer. “Cooked tomatoes… have more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes,” advises Li. “Both contain the molecule lycopene, but heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits more readily available to the body. You should eat two to three [½ cup] servings of cooked tomatoes a week.” The Angiogenesis Foundation provides a base list of 40 natural foods that contain cancer-preventing properties. New foods are added as their benefits are proved in research. The newest additions for fighting prostate cancer—Emmental, Jarlsburg and gouda cheeses—are rich in vitamin K2.

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ing fresh ginger drinks, green tea and herbal tea blends that include anti-angiogenic ginseng, lavender and licorice root work to hydrate the body and prevent disease, according to researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation. A glass or two of red wine, which contains the cancer fighting, anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol, can be good for men. “My own advice to folks is about one drink a day,” counseled Butler. “The older you get, the heavier the impact of the alcohol. But in moderation, alcohol not only has a relaxing effect, it can elevate levels of good cholesterol. Maintaining good hydration by



drinking water also helps kidneys filter impurities out of the body and keeps skin looking fresher.

BE MERRY. The very things that

come with being social are good for everyone’s health. According to Butler, simple touching, such as holding hands with and hugging a loved one, works to lower blood pressure. Laughing with buddies helps keep blood vessels from restricting, and thus keeps the heart

working more efficiently. Having an eye for beauty in our surrounding adds pleasure to life and helps keep us in a good mood. Engaging in close, loving and romantic relationships and staying in touch with lots of friends not only increases the quality of men’s lives, but also helps battle depression and heart disease, suggests Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He frequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show before becoming host of The Dr. Oz Show.


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Get a Move On: Five Reasons to Exercise by Judith Fertig The research is in. Getting off the couch and moving away from TV, video and computer screens pays off in more ways than one. Helps maintain a healthy weight: Everyone knows that the more active we are, the more calories we work off, and the more our weight stays at a healthy number on the scale. Improves brain function: “The decline the brain experiences late in life is not inevitable; it can be affected by things like habitual exercise,” asserts Dr. Eric Larson, of the Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle. Larson and his team of researchers published a pivotal study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that older adults that exercised at least three times a week were 38 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The theory is that exercise not only increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, it may also reduce the abnormality known as brain plaque that has been associated with Alzheimer’s. Helps prevent diabetes: A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that moderate exercise led to a 50 to 60 percent reduction in the risk for developing diabetes, and delayed the onset of Type 2 diabetes among those already at high risk. Lowers blood pressure: After reviewing 15 studies on exercise and high blood pressure, the American College of Sports Medicine concluded that moderate exercise decreased blood pressure in approximately 75 percent of individuals with hypertension. Keeps us going: The good news is that exercise—especially the short, intense bursts in circuit or interval training— helps maintain and develop muscles, strength and stamina, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


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Another way to be and stay merry, suggests Cardillo, is to take part in some kind of volunteer work. “Volunteering has long been touted as a great way to give back and make a positive contribution to the world,” she remarks. “While all that is true, numerous studies, including the recent Do Good Live Well Study, by UnitedHealthcare, have shown that people who do volunteer work for two or more hours a week exhibit lower rates of depression and heart disease, live happier more fulfilled lives and have greater self-esteem and greater functionality, especially older adults.”

MOVE. Butler promoted moderate

exercise to help improve cardiovascular function, elevate mood and keep men fit longer, and his conclusions are supported by studies by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Arizona State University, and the Erasmus M.C. University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He found that, “One of the most frightening disabilities of old age, aside from dementia, is frailty.” His prescription? Maintain strong thigh muscles, which is what we use to get up out of a chair or bed, and do squats daily. Yoshiro Hatano, Ph.D., popularized the use of pedometers and the 10,000 Steps a Day program in Japan that also spread to this country. Wearing a small counter is a simple way to keep track of how many steps we take in a day. Such

monitoring devices indicate how active or inactive we really are, which can be a bit of a surprise. Hatano and his researchers found that most people take 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day. Raising that to 10,000 steps a day will burn more calories, promote better heart function and keep weight under control.


Annual physicals are more important than regularly changing the oil in a car, yet men are more likely than women to skip a checkup visit to their doctor, according to a recent poll by Louis Harris and Associates. A growing trend among health centers addresses this concern, offering men a one-stop-shopping-style checkup and testing. Here’s how: Men who aren’t interested in spending a day windowshopping certainly aren’t into a day of appointments to check off a list of simple health screenings. So, special health programs—modeled after executive health screenings formerly accessible only at getaway destinations like the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, or the Greenbrier Clinic, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia—are popping up at local hospitals from coast to coast. As part of the men’s health program at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, serving the Kansas City area, for example, ���������������������������� doctors emphasize “maintain-

Recommended Anti-Angiogenic Foods According to the researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation, many easily eaten foods help starve commonly occurring microscopic cancer cells and keep them from becoming a problem. This list, starting with green tea, continues to grow over time as scientists verify the efficacy of various foods based on a body of research. Green tea Strawberries Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Oranges Grapefruit Lemons Apples Pineapples Cherries Red grapes

Red wine Bok choy Kale Soybeans Ginseng Maitake or other Asian mushrooms Licorice Turmeric Nutmeg Artichokes Lavender

Pumpkin Sea cucumber Tuna, halibut, flounder, salmon Parsley Garlic Tomato Olive oil Grape seed oil Dark chocolate Emmental, Jarlsburg, or Gouda cheese

ing optimal performance” versus “let’s see what’s wrong with you.” Prior to an appointment, patients visit a lab location for tests, so that all of their results are ready when they visit the doctor. Then, on the day of their appointment, some additional screenings are performed, if necessary, so the time men spend with the doctor is used more effectively. This personalized, focused attention and all-at-once approach can provide straightforward strategic health planning—a map of diet, exercise and lifestyle targets to aim for in the coming year that can keep men here and healthy. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood She interviewed Dr. Robert Butler before his passing.

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The Power of a Father’s Story Letting Your Children Know You by John Badalament

When I ask dads to describe the kind of relationship they want to have with their children, every dad will say without hesitation that above all, he wants to feel emotionally close and connected with them.


enowned researcher and author John Gottman, Ph.D., founder of the Relationship Research Institute, has concluded that children with emotionally available dads do better in school, have better peer relationships and relate better with teachers than children whose dads are more emotionally distant. Children with dads who are overly critical or dismissing of emotions are more likely to do poorly in school, fight more with friends and suffer poor health.


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The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that the single most protective factor for reducing behavioral risks such as drug and alcohol abuse, early sexual activity, smoking

and depression,is children’s connectedness to their parents; fathers were noted as being of particular importance. Being known means letting down the walls and sharing your life story —having the courage to show your flaws, fears and joys. This is not to say that one should overburden a child with inappropriate revelations; rather, it’s about giving your child the gift of knowing who you are and what you feel on a regular basis. What was your relationship like with your dad? What were you like as a kid? Children need and want genuine insights into who you were (and are) as a person, not just as their dad, so that they can better understand who they are and where they come from. It means letting kids into your experiences with winning and losing, being embarrassed and feeling anxious, overcoming challenges, and giving up. What stories are appropriate to share with a child? The short answer is, trust your gut. While there are no hardand-fast rules, here are a few guidelines:

n Let your stories emerge naturally and in context. When your daughter loses a game: “Did I ever tell you about what my dad used to do when I would lose?” n Take the lead: “When I was in fifth grade, I was concerned about what other people thought of me. Do you ever feel that way?” n Share stories about your present, too. “Sometimes I have trouble keeping my mouth shut. I was in this meeting the other day...” n Include feelings, not just facts. By revealing your feelings, you help children understand their own.

n Be mindful of how a story may boomerang. If you decide to tell your teenage son about your own past substance use, prepare a response in case he uses that information to justify his own actions. n When telling stories about your father, keep in mind that your children have a relationship with their grandfather and do not divide a child’s loyalties. If your father was abusive, seek professional advice

before sharing such stories; maybe talk about how you try to do things differently than your father did. Stories are the lifeblood connecting the generations.

Excerpt adapted from The Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How to Stay Connected with Your Kids in a Rapidly Changing World ©2010 by John Badalament. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.

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ELECTRIC BIKES: These offer a zippy, eco-friendly way to run errands, combining pedal power with the assistance of a small electric motor that facilitates speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They require no gas, license or registration, and often are allowed on roads where mopeds and scooters are offlimits. A good electric bike can travel 40 to 50 miles on a single charge. In another twist, the power of the motors in Kalkhoff brand bikes, known as pedelec bikes in Europe, increases the more you pedal.

Zippy E-Bikes Ditch the Car for a Fun and Easy Body-Friendly Ride by Brita Belli


riving a vehicle to work, the store and the gym on congested roads does more than try our patience—those daily petroleumpowered trips are polluting the planet. The Clean Air Council reports that each gallon of gas we use on the road results in 20 more pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) mucking up the atmosphere we breathe. In fact, all motor vehicles combined are responsible for 31 percent of the total CO2 emissions currently contributing to global warming. Because most car trips are short— the National Household Travel Survey finds that half of all the trips we make are three miles or less, 72 percent of these in motor vehicles—they could be replaced with a more eco-friendly ride. With such a wide variety of snazzy new options available, from cargo bicycles to electric motorcycles, it’s never been easier to move on our best intentions. RECUMBENT BICYCLES AND VELOMOBILES: Recumbent-style bicycles look unfamiliar because they are


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ergonomically designed with higher pedals and large, back-supporting seats that distribute a rider’s weight—allowing people of all shapes and sizes to lean back and pedal comfortably while maintaining safety and speed. These people-friendly cycles can be of typical bike length or longer, and some are trikes, with two back wheels. They also can be equipped with a pod-like cover for year-round riding. The covered, aerodynamic, three-wheeled versions are known as velomobiles, or bicycle cars. Rod Miner, president of Lightfoot Cycles, which specializes in recumbent bikes, side-by-side four-wheel tandems, adult trikes with cargo and pet carriers, and velomobiles, says that almost every model can be given added oomph with an electic- or a small-engine assist. “For the cost of a gallon of gas,” Miner says, “one of our super-efficient, electrically assisted cycles can travel 1,200 miles.” Examples at and

Examples at, kabs, and ILove (Liberty Electric Bikes). ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES: Electric motorcycles provide the same thrill and speed as gas-powered versions, minus the noise and dirty emissions. These motorcycles are ready to race: The Mission R electric racing superbike is not only a sleek-looking machine, but can go from zero to fast in one gear. They also look nearly identical to a traditional ride, hosting a battery pack and motor in place of the powertrain. Because motorcycles are small and efficient, they don’t require heavy battery packs, and can be plugged into any home outlet to charge. Most will run for about two hours, or 40 to 50 miles on a charge. A federal incentive of a 10 percent tax credit helps with the purchase price, along with state incentives active in California, Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina and pending in many other states (update at ZeroMotorcycles. com/it/incentives). Examples at; RideMission. com (Mission Motors). For more information see Popular Mechanics’ Electric Motorcycle Guide, tinyurl. com/3ddeej6.

ELECTRIC DIRT BIKES: Nature lovers may recoil at the idea of gas-powered dirt bikes or motocross bikes tearing around trails, but in designated spots, they can provide the thrill riders seek, minus the noxious exhaust and noisy, revving engines. In fact, Dirt Rider Magazine says of the all-electric Zero X dirt bike: “Utter silence... is the inevitable sound of the future of off-road motorcycle riding.” Its battery charger plugs in to any standard outlet, and all of the company’s lithium-ion power packs are recycled. While the battery-powered Zero can reach off-road speeds of up to 47 mph, the company Razor also designs scaled-down electric motocross bikes (and quads and scooters) for younger enthusiasts that are built for fun, with speeds of up to 14 mph for up to 10 miles on a single charge.

Examples at and ZeroMotor (search Dirt). LONGTAIL AND CARGO BIKES: Longtail, or cargo, bikes are designed for carting everything from groceries to kids. An extended mount for the back tire gives riders extra space to use as a long, flat seat for kids to straddle, with space on either side for saddlebags (called panniers) or other bucket- or basket-type attachments. It has a bit larger turning radius and two kickstands for keeping the bike upright when stationary. With a base price often upwards of $1,000, cargo-oriented riders may wish to opt to convert an existing bicycle into a longtail with a backend attachment like the Free Radical from Xtracycle, which can be bolted on to

provide two deep compartments for hauling up to 200 pounds of carry-ons. Madsen bikes come equipped with a large, sturdy bucket that supplies a fun ride for young ones—or for packing beach gear or shopping bags. Examples at, Surly and BALANCE BIKES: Pedal-less or “walking” balance bikes (also known as run bikes) are all the rage in kids’ bicycles today, and a quick perusal of YouTube videos of kids riding them shows why. Because little ones are able to use their feet to push off the ground, then lift their feet as the bike rolls forward, even tots as young as 2 or 3 can do some serious cruising. Not only can they go somewhat faster than they would with a hard-to-accelerate tricycle, they also learn how to balance themselves, facilitating a quicker transition to a larger bike without training wheels when the time comes. Examples at,, MyStriderBike. com and BIKE ACCESSORIES: Rock the Bike, a collaboration of inventors and advocates in Berkeley, California, wants to

make bike riding a fun, communitycentered, mainstream activity with citizen advocates everywhere. Products offered by Rock the Bike are designed to make daily commuting and night riding easier, including cargo bikes designed for hauling heavy stuff; the Biker Bar, which allows several riders to produce clean energy from pedaling together (providing a steady 200 watts of power); Bike Blenders, which let riders pedal their way to tasty smoothies; and The Down Low Glow multi-colored neon lighting for bike frames that provides better nighttime visibility. Information at Brita Belli, the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Spirits Rising By Erin Eagen


read and rolls aren’t the only thing rising each and every day in the kitchen of Detroit’s On The Rise Bakery. Created through an outreach program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the bakery is staffed by a small group of men who have previously been incarcerated or completed addiction rehabilitation programs. Their work at On The Rise provides them with the opportunity to learn a marketable job skill, gain confidence, build interpersonal relationship skills and generally “develop into men of integrity.”

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ROPE, which stands for Reaching Our Potential Everyday, is the ministry responsible for this unique effort. Originally formed in 2006, the program was created with the goal of teaching bakery skills; it was so successful that in 2009 On The Rise officially opened for business. Sales of cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls and bread help fund supportive housing, training counseling services, educational opportunities and self help programs for the program participants who lovingly bake and sell these goods. Support comes, in large part, from area volunteers who assist in physical work and, perhaps most importantly, provide mentorship and meaningful social connection for bakery employees. Program participant and baker Paul Gibson explains, “I’ve learned to love myself again, I’ve gained a deep sense of spiritual awareness and I’ve learned to live with humility and empathy. These are the virtues of the volunteers here. They work just as hard as us and they don’t do it for pay. They just take satisfaction in helping. The volunteers have shown me that we are all the same, and to help whoever and wherever I can.”


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A job at On The Rise doesn’t come easy. Participants are required to work 25 hours per week at the bakery, pursue and support their own recovery and the recovery of fellow participants, address past issues, obtain a GED and volunteer in the community. According to Br. Ray Stadmeyer, a Capuchin Friar involved in the ministry, social entrepreneurship is a key component to the program. “Each man is responsible to reach back and support the newest members,” says Stadmeyer.

Living up to these requirements takes dedication and perseverance, but programs like ROPE are a key factor in the successful adjustment to life after incarceration, as well as to maintaining sobriety after addiction rehabilitation programs. Reports by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that relapse rates vary between 40-60%, depending on the length of addiction and the specific substance. The United States Bureau of Justice reports that approximately 650,000 state and federal prisoners reenter society each year. Within three years, about half of these former prisoners are returned to prison for a new crime or parole violation. According to Greg Haney, a psychology professor and researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz, the natural process of adapting to life behind bars, sometimes referred to as “prisonization” or “institutionalization,” typically results in personality changes and an internalized pattern of thinking and acting which hinders readjustment to life in a free society. In a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “The Psychological Impact of Incarceration,” Haney notes that

these changes take place slowly and subconsciously. He writes, “When most people first enter prison, of course, they find that being forced to adapt to an often harsh and rigid institutional routine, deprived of privacy and liberty, and subjected to a diminished, stigmatized status and extremely sparse material conditions is stressful, unpleasant and difficult. However, in the course of becoming institutionalized, a transformation begins. Persons gradually become more accustomed to the restrictions that institutional life imposes. The various psychological mechanisms that must be employed to adjust (and, in some harsh and dangerous correctional environments, to survive) become increasingly “natural,” second nature, and, to a degree, internalized. To be sure, the process of institutionalization can be subtle and difficult to discern as it occurs. Thus, prisoners do not “choose” to succumb to it or not, and few people who have become institutionalized are aware that it has happened to them.”

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It is the desire to assist men who would likely otherwise struggle with life after incarceration, or with remaining sober, that motivates Br. Stadmeyer. “These guys have had tough lives. They have faced hard, hard struggles that are difficult for the average person to imagine. For most of these guys, this baking program is their first real opportunity to succeed.” Brian Talley is a shining example of the program’s success. He entered the program in 2008 and has worked his way up to Retail Manager. Talley says, “I made a commitment to myself to live sober. ROPE and the Capuchins have been a great support. I’ve learned things about myself and without them I probably wouldn’t have such a great job. This bakery is my first success.” On The Rise Bakery is located at 6110 McClellan, in Detroit, near Gratiot and I-94. Baked goods are also available throughout the metro Detroit area at a variety of Parish bakes sales. For more information and a schedule of upcoming sales visit

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FIDO Five Ways to Make Workouts Fun

by Joshua Fleming


ogs are great at showing unconditional love, being a good listener and offering open paws when a hug is needed; they also make superb workout partners. Here are five ways to bond and get healthy with your favorite four-legged friend.


An obvious way to exercise with a canine pal is to take walks together. Vets generally recommend that dogs go for at least one walk every day, and tagging along is a good way to get the 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise that doctors encourage for us. Also, the regularity of a daily walk helps strength-


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en the relationship between a dog and owner, while developing the animal’s trust and obedience.


Many dogs love chasing tennis balls, tree limbs or other thrown objects. To get the most out of a workout, after throwing the object to be fetched, take off after it with your dog. Although the four-legged competitor may win most of the time, running back and forth and friendly competition benefit all.


It may be difficult to find a salt pool (avoid chlorine) where pooches are

welcome, but shallow lakeshores, local streams and other natural bodies of water can provide enjoyable destinations to take a supervised dip. Swimming builds strength and stamina and is gentle on the joints; it works the body in ways that no other exercise does.


Dancing is another way to get a groove on and burn calories at the same time. Turn on some tunes and start moving, encouraging your dog to move with you, perhaps even standing on his or her back paws if it feels right. The laughter that results is a whole other form of exercise.


Years ago, bicycling with man’s best friend was dangerous. Fortunately, today we have contraptions that attach a dog safely to a bicycle for a ride and prevent falls when Fido lunges after a squirrel. Bicycling with a dog running alongside is an effective workout for both of you. Exercising with canine pals can be rewarding in many ways, but workouts must be safe, as well as effective. Unless exercising at home or in a fenced yard, dogs should remain on a leash at all times and wear identification tags. Understanding the limits and abilities of a dog’s breed is also important, so that workouts can be appropriately tailored. Now, grab Fido and get moving.

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by Judith Fertig

While common hair loss is not life threatening, it’s a condition that merits our attention, because it may diminish a man’s or a woman’s self-esteem and negatively affect how he or she faces the world.


air experts estimate that people normally have a maximum of about 100,000 individual hairs on their head. Approximately 90 percent are usually in a growth phase while the other 10 percent “rest.” After growing for two to three months, the hair will fall out and the growth cycle of the follicle, or hair root, starts again. An average person naturally sheds about 100 hairs a day. Under certain conditions, however, the normal cycling can be interrupted. The resting, or telogen, phase could last longer, with more hair falling out and less new hair growing. Some hair


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loss may be associated with mind-body response to surgery, new medications, thyroid issues, trauma or a highly restrictive crash diet. Hair loss might be the effect of inherited male pattern baldness or thinning that may accompany aging. In other instances, the cause may be poor nutrition, as attested to by American Academy of Dermatology research.

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“The first step in diagnosing a probable cause of hair loss is to check nutrition,” says Dr. William Rassman, an awardwinning pioneer in hair restoration,

founder of the New Hair Institute, in Los Angeles, editor of and co-author of the book, Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies. Other experts agree that including certain key nutrients in our diet can help prevent, and even reverse, some hair loss. “The same foods that are good for your body and overall health are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with a reduced fat content,” says Dr. Michael Reed, a dermatologist with New York University’s (NYU) Langone Medical Center, in New York City (

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Generally, a diet that supports both scalp and hair health is rich in protein; vitamins A, B complex and C; minerals like iron and zinc; and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin A: Found in green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach, as well as in carrots, it helps the scalp produce sebum, hair’s natural conditioner. Vitamin B12: “The requirement for vitamin B12 is very low,” says vegan Registered Dietitian Reed Mangels, “but it is needed for cell division and blood formation.” Foods such as organic eggs, cage-free poultry and grass-fed red meat are good sources; vegetarian and vegan sources include nutritional yeast (dried yellow flakes or powder, with a cheese-like flavor), vitamin B12-fortified soy or rice milk, and similarly fortified breakfast cereal. Iron: Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the NYU Medical Center, warns women that the potential deficiency of iron that often occurs during their reproductive years can lead to anemia, a reduction of red blood cells that is often an undiagnosed cause of hair loss. Foods like broccoli and brewer’s yeast help boost iron levels. Omega-3 fatty acids: “Omega-3 fatty acids are important for total body and skin health, and that includes your scalp,” says Heller, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. “Many Americans are not getting enough of these in their diets.” These essential fatty acids are widely found in flaxseed, hemp milk and seeds, walnuts, soy, canola oil and fish. Protein: Protein helps the body build many kinds of cells, including hair. Lentils and kidney beans provide a healthy amount of protein, plus iron and biotin, which especially help hair and nails stay strong and healthy, says Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Zinc: A zinc deficiency can lead to shedding more hair than usual, notes Dawn Jackson Blatner, a Chicago-based registered dietitian. Zinc is found in all kinds of beans, beef, whole grains and walnuts. “Although eating healthier is always beneficial, that alone may not prevent or stop genetic, hormonal or age-related types of hair loss,” counsels Rassman. His practice has confirmed that more often, genetics are behind male pattern hair loss, which can sometimes start in the teenage years. If nutrition has been ruled out as the pivotal cause, visiting a hair loss specialist is suggested to see what else can be done. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood natural awakenings

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t’s April 29, 1992. News of the acquittal of four police officers charged with assaulting Rodney King is spreading; within hours a riot begins. The streets of Los Angeles are rife with violence. Racial tension is so severe that police are called off to protect their own safety. As angry mobs commit acts of violence, looting and destruction reach a fever pitch. Yet, amidst this chaos and social unrest, Shannon Ratigan and an ethnically diverse group of fellow drum enthusiasts proceed to gather for their weekly drum circle. Ratigan says, “I checked it out and it seemed like drum circle was still happening. Half the city was on fire, but that didn’t stop us. It was amazing. In the face of all that hatred, we set everything aside and let our drums and our music unite us.”

A Longstanding Tradition Drum circles have roots in many diverse cultures and have traditionally served as a way to share music and cultural traditions. Today, drum circles incorporate a wide range of cultural drums and rhythms and can

have a variety of focuses, whether it be social bonding, corporate team building or physical therapy for disabled individuals. Shannon Ratigan, an experienced drummer and drum circle facilitator, believes that any type of drumming has real benefits. He explains, “Drumming brings people together from all different paths of life. It lets people get out of their heads and tap into their creative side.” Ratigan first began drumming at the age of 8 to help him curb his hyperactive behaviors. “My dad got me an old snare drum and said ‘if you need to tap and bang on things, do it on this!’ So, I had no instruction and had never played music before but it was fun and it gave me an outlet for my energy and my feelings.” Today he facilitates drum circles for seniors citizen groups, churches, festivals and schools.

Creating a Community Beat The community bonding aspect of drum circles is something that Ratigan feels can’t be emphasized enough. “In drum circles everyone

becomes part of the group. You can play the same rhythm and then experiment, take risks and make mistakes. When you’re there and you’re drumming it’s not about the quality of the music, it’s really about the development of relationships.” He adds, “People come out of their shell in the drum circle. People who normally shy away from social interactions can’t help but connect with the group; everyone is having fun and it just happens naturally.” Ratigan leads facilitated drum circles, but he is quick to point out that many circles, referred to as freestyle or open drum circles, do not have a formal leader. Dr. Bob Pizzimenti, DC, founder of the Innate Healing Center, organizes two weekly freestyle drum circles in Detroit. “The drum circles are a way to bring back an ancient tradition and expose people to something tangible, something that they can feel,” says Dr. Bob. His motivation for coordinating the community gatherings lies in a 500 year old Otomi Toltec Prophecy which states, “When 8,000 sacred drums sound together, a powerful healing of Mother Earth and all people will begin.” The rhythm, sound and vibrations created in the drum circle promote healing through “non-thought meditation,” Dr. Bob explains, adding, “We create a vibrational oneness, and this energy extends to the whole Universe. Through drumming we heal ourselves, nature and all of humanity.”

Health Benefits of Drumming As researchers delve into studies on the healing powers of sound and music, Toltec wisdom and indigenous traditions are holding up well under scientific scrutiny. Renowned neurologist, author and cancer researcher Barry Bittman, MD, has found clinical evidence of the physical health benefits of drumming. In his study, “Composite Effects of Group Drumming,” Bittman noted the therapeutic benefits of drumming for cancer-ridden individuals. The results, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, January 2001, indicate a correlation between group drumming and increased activity of specialized Natural Killer white blood cells, which seek out and destroy cancer cells. Bittman’s study also reports a “reversal of the hormonal stress response” in the blood samples of patients who participated in hour-long drumming sessions. Further evidence of the stress reducing benefits of group drumming emerged from a Stanford University School of Medicine study in which weekly music therapy was shown to reduce levels of anxiety and distress, and increase feelings of self-esteem in elderly, depressed study participants. In his book, The Healing Power of the Drum, Psychotherapist and drummer Robert Lawrence Friedman, M.A., cites the Stanford study as evidence of how drumming can be a positive and therapeutic way for individuals to connect with themselves and with a community group. The book discusses the ability of the drum to release anger, create joy, alter brain rhythms,

induce trance and facilitate feelings of empowerment. In regards to drum circles, Friedman states, “Everyone is speaking, everyone is heard, and each person’s sound is an essential part of the whole.”

Beat It As compelling as the scientific research is, the benefits of drumming are most powerfully understood through personal participation. First time drummer Shana Herrin describes the experience as meditative, yet energizing. She says, “It calmed my mind and took me to a quiet place within myself. I had to tune in and focus, but I also had fun connecting with the other people. It really put me in the present moment.” Herrin adds with a laugh, “You can’t carry the rhythm if you’re thinking about your grocery list.” The drum circle helps participants to connect, not only with each other, but with themselves. It’s a mindful, social activity with soothing, meditative benefits, and it’s something that everyone, regardless of age, experience and physical or musical abilities can access. Ratigan puts it simply: “Anybody can sit right down and play a drum, and I mean really play it. I think that’s why drum circles work.” Erin Eagen is a freelance writer residing in the Metro Detroit area.

Are you ready to unite in rhythm, meet new people and create a healing vibration? Bring a drum, bells, shaker or rainstick if you are able, although most drummers are willing to share their instruments too. Homemade drums (think pots and pans) are always an option, and those who don’t want to play are welcome to dance to the beat! Detroit – Wed. evenings, 8:00 p.m. to midnight- First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4605 Cass Ave. and Sundays beginning at 1:00 p.m. - Innate Farm, 174 Golden Gate – 313-366-2247. Livonia – Usually 3rd Saturday of the month, 7 p.m. call to confirm – Unity of Livonia Church, 28660 Five Mile Rd. - 734-421-1760. Plymouth - 3rd Fri of month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Center For Integrative Wellbeing, 42839 Five Mile Rd. $15/ adults only. Many drum circles are family events in which everyone truly can participate. Check with the drum circle organizer for more details. Check out for more information about drumming and a link to a nationwide database of drum circles. natural awakenings

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#$%&! by David Krajovic

Uncontrolled Anger Can Be Lethal

Show It or Suppress It

In our society anger is considered an acceptable emotion, especially for men. Frustrations over every day situations, from being cut-off in traffic to dropped phone calls and nagging spouses can trigger this negative emotion. Unfortunately, angry responses are rarely effective and can have a negative impact for the angry person, and anyone else involved in the situation.

In a general sense, men with anger management issues deal with anger in one of two ways. Some men let out their anger in an explosive rage, screaming, throwing things and even punching walls. Other men may try to control and suppress their angry feelings; emotions are bottled up until, like a tea kettle left boiling on the stove, they spill over in a steamy eruption of suppressed rage. Neither of these approaches is effective and both lead to the negative effects previously mentioned. The desire to mitigate negative effects of uncontrolled anger, and improve quality of life and relationships prompts many people to pursue anger management programs. These courses encourage people to control their anger, but often fail to address the underlying cause, or seed, of emotional discontent, which often stems from issues buried in the past. Michael Brown, author of the bestelling book The Presence Process, uses the term Negative Emotional Charge to refer to the underlying source of anger. His book discusses the inherent difficulty of controlling the frequency and severity of anger that stems from a strong Negative Emotional Charge. The book promotes working on the underlying charge to achieve true control over anger reactions.

Emotions Influence Physical Health Feeling angry when things don’t go our way is something everyone experiences from time to time, but it’s important to note that this negative emotion actively affects our physical health. Biological reactions to feeling angry include increased levels of stress hormones, faster breathing, higher pulse rate and elevated blood pressure. According to research conducted by Charles Spielberger, PhD, an anger researcher at the University of South Florida, uncontrolled anger reactions can have serious and deadly consequences. Spielberger says, “In researching people with this disposition, we found that anger and hostility may actually be lethal.” In addition to contributing to risk factors for heart disease, depression and failed relationships are common side-effects of anger management problems. In a study conducted by the UK Mental Health Organization, one in five people reported having ended a relationship due to anger issues.


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Breathe Away the Negativity Transformational Breathwork provides a useful method for dealing with underlying causes of anger. Some individuals feel a resistance to this type of work; they may be afraid to address a

painful event from their past, or they may believe no such event exists. The power of breathwork lies in it’s ability to release negative energy from the physical body, so triggering events do not have to be remembered in order to be unlocked and released. Physical benefits result from releasing suppressed emotions, which restrict the body and negatively impact health. According to Dr. Judith Kravitz, the founder of Transformational Breath®, the technique has been shown to reduce anxiety, relieve depression, increase physical well-being and help improve overall enjoyment of life. It takes courage to let go of old energies and longheld beliefs, but by working to address the underlying cause of anger issues, we pave the way for a brighter future. Take a deep breath and commit to living life as it was meant to be, with a big happy smile on your face.

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Balancing Wealth with Health A Conversation with Russell Simmons by Bill Van Arsdale

prayer. Going to work every day is God’s work. Finding an entrepreneurial business or another endeavor that you are proud of and inspired to use to give—that’s God’s work. You have to be creative, which means that you have to look inside enough to come up with something that the world needs. You can’t see the whole if you reside on the outside, where others move you around; the inside is where you make your own choices. Success and prosperity are fringe benefits. Super Rich means a state of needing nothing, of operating from a state of Christ consciousness, or Nirvana, or Samadhi. If we can operate from that, then the cycle of giving speeds up. We become a much greater servant because we are good givers, and good givers are great receivers. That is the core premise.

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Don’t the pursuits of wealth and enlightenment pull us in opposite directions?


ussell Simmons is a rare combination of self-made multimillionaire and spiritual guru. Co-founder of Def Jam records, the Phat Farm fashion label and several other business and philanthropic ventures, Russell has just released his second bestselling book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. His idea of “having it all” is not what one might imagine.

We also learn that the outside world separates us from the God inside of us, and if we take that Godlikeness and exude it, spreading it out, then the world gives it back to us. These truths are right in front of us, but we are not taught them enough, or else we forget to remember them. So, the purpose of this book is simply to help us remember.

While you have achieved extraordinary financial success, instead of becoming completely swept up in ego and material things, you have evolved from being the “Godfather of Rap” into a guru. What set you on the path to writing Super Rich?

You present many lessons on how to move toward higher consciousness, while simultaneously allowing for financial success. How can we use our creativity to apply ourselves to something we really believe in without worrying about accolades or financial reward?

As we grow, we experience proofs that what our parents, preachers, prophets In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says you and scriptures told us as a child is true: have control of the action alone, and The process of living in the cycle of givnever the fruit. The work we do is our ing is the thing that makes us happy.


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Spiritually, we know what’s right, and that is what I am really trying to get people to engage in, this process of prayer, of looking at the inside instead of the outside for answers. I want them to become what is in their heart and do what they think makes good sense. Can we heal ourselves from the inside out and, in so doing, create a world where we are contributing something good? As human beings, are we going to lift the collective consciousness to the point where we are aware of and actively moving forward to heal the Earth?

What do you think that people can incorporate into their daily routine in order to lead more fulfilling lives? Meditation is vital if you want to see the world in real time and be awake enough to make good choices, live calmly, stay healthy and maintain the clarity needed to focus on the task in front of you. You can only realize a state of higher consciousness with a still mind. When you routinely walk around exuding inner happiness, you become what I call very sticky and attractive. Good givers of good will and hard work and service become very successful.

“As we grow, we experience proofs that what our parents, preachers, prophets and scriptures told us as a child is true: The process of living in the cycle of giving is the thing that makes us happy. “

The road to enlightenment is paved with rich results. As you give, as you become more enlightened, you become more empowered. Things fall in your lap. Yet, as you become more attractive and sticky, things you thought you wanted become less valuable, until they mean nothing.

Many are rightly alarmed at how humans are degrading our planet. What actions must we take now to pass along a livable world to our grandchildren? The first thing we have to do is stop eating animals, including sea creatures. This is a great cause of many environmental ills currently destroying the planet. We could turn it around if more people would become vegetarians. When individuals take control of their own lives through their meditation and prayer, they will come to all types of decisions that are helpful to this planet and all life. That’s what we want for everyone. Bill Van Arsdale is a freelance writer living in Naples, FL. natural awakenings

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Barefootin’ Let Feet Go Naked and Natural by Jason Robillard


any folks, like me, started barefoot running on a whim. In 2005, I was just an aspiring runner searching for some method to escape chronic injuries involving plantar fasciitis, shin splints and back pain. I never expected to fall in love with this revolutionary approach to recreational running. Today, according to the AdWords keyword tool, the term “barefoot running” is searched on Google some 90,000 times a month by those seeking more information, including from websites like guru Ken Bob Saxton’s TheRunningBarefoot. com and my own Even the sports footwear industry has taken notice, with most manufacturers adding “minimalist shoes” to their lines that allow individuals to run in a more natural manner.

Fresh Approach This paradigm shift in the running world has created a new wave of research, focused on the principles of barefoot running. Dr. Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, has published one of the most influential studies on the topic. In 2010, he and his colleagues discovered that there is no need for the overly cushioned running shoes that have dominated the market for a quarter century. Rather, he concluded, the naked human foot is more than capable of dissipating the forces generated by running. A study published last year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by researchers at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, at The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, questioned the entire shoe-fitting process. While monitoring women that were training for a half marathon, the authors found that common motion-control shoes caused more pain than neutral shoes that do not control natural foot movement. They concluded that, “Our current approach of prescribing in-shoe pronation [the inward rolling of the foot] control systems on the basis of foot type is overly simplistic and potentially injurious.” Thus, the latest thinking is that wearing a modern, cushioned, motion-control running shoe is not necessarily the best solution for everyone. Trusting our own body may be a better answer. That’s the mantra of the grandfather of the movement, Ken Bob Saxton, a veteran of 77 barefoot marathons. His stance is clear: “Our own feet are our best running coaches.”


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Ted MacDonald, another mentor to many advocates via, agrees, saying, “Barefoot running is about tuning in to your own body’s highly sophisticated set of integrated awareness systems, which communicate through feelings and senses that are being collected in real-time as you move.” Critics of barefoot running point out that no conclusive clinical study has yet been done that contrasts injury rates between barefoot and shod runners. While researchers investigate this dynamic, anecdotal evidence from barefoot runners continues to support the beneficial nature of the practice. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Froncioni offers a helpful analogy. He likens the use of the modern running shoe to our re-

liance on baby formula in the mid-20th century. Through clever marketing and the endorsement of the medical community, baby formula manufacturers convinced the American public that their formula was superior to a mother’s natural breast milk. A few decades later, research totally disproved the claim. Of course, there are some conditions under which running shoes can be highly advantageous, such as on rough trails or in extreme temperatures. In these cases, a minimalist shoe that allows the body to run in the most natural manner can work well. That generally means flat-soled shoes without a raised heel, but with a wide toe box that allows toes to spread out; these are typically made of lightweight, flexible materials.

Feet that are mostly confined inside restrictive, padded shoes tend to grow weak and deformed, according to Dr. William Rossi. We can save our children from this fate by purchasing proper shoes that allow freedom of movement. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends “... lightweight, flexible footwear made of natural materials.” The goal is to wear shoes that do not interfere with natural foot function.

Barefoot Tips For anyone interested in barefoot running, learning about it may be as simple as kicking off your shoes. Most people can successfully make the transition by reacting to the tactile feedback they receive from the ground or other amenable surface. Everyone will benefit from these few basic tips from the experts:

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BYE-BYE, BELLY FAT Strategies to Win the Battle of the Bulge by Anjula Razdan


ooking good at the beach isn’t the only reason to flatten our tummies. It turns out that abdominal fat has a major impact on whether we stay healthy and vital or put ourselves at increased risk for several chronic diseases. All of us need a bit of internal belly fat, according to nutritional expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, who says, “We need stomach fat to help cushion organs and maintain internal body temperature; it’s also a good source of backup fuel.” Peeke is the author of Body for Life for Women and Fight Fat After Forty.

Two Types of Fat

Health experts Dr. Marie Savard, and Carol Svec, co-authors of The Body Shape Solution to Weight Loss and Wellness, state in their book, “Excess visceral fat can lead to increased blood sugar and higher insulin levels, and it also generates increased inflammation, all of which are the perfect setup for diabetes, certain types of cancers and stroke.”

Ringing all our midsections are two different kinds of fat: subcutaneous, beneath the skin; and visceral, stored deep in the body around major organs. Each functions differently on a biological level. Subcutaneous, or “passive” fat, requires metabolic intervention from other body systems and glands in order to be processed for energy. Visceral, or “active,” fat functions much like a gland itself: It is programmed to break down and release fatty acids and other hormonal substances that are metabolized by the liver (it’s also what tends to make a tummy protrude in classic “beer belly” fashion).


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habits, stress and hormones. Some of us, says Savard, are destined to be “apples,” gaining weight in the stomach and upper-body region, while others are fated to be “pears,” putting it on in the hips, buttocks, thighs and lower legs. Abdominal fat is produced when we ingest more caloric energy than our bodies can use. “It’s certainly no secret that the way we eat is out of sync with our body’s needs,” writes Floyd H. Chilton, Ph.D., in Inflammation Nation: The First Clinically Proven Eating Plan to End Our Nation’s Secret Epidemic. “Most of the evolutionary forces that shaped our genetic development were exerted 10,000 years ago, when we were hunter-gatherers. Nothing in that programming could have prepared us for the Big Mac.” As Peeke puts it, “Genetics may load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.” She spent years researching the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health, and says that chronic stress can beget an expansive waistline because it triggers ongoing production of cortisol that, among other things, spurs intense appetite that causes us to overeat; the resulting weight gain tends to settle mainly in the abdomen. Declining levels of sex hormones cause both men and women to develop a paunch as they age. Even pear-shaped women start to lose their estrogen advantage after menopause. Remarks Savard, “When they gain weight after menopause, the tendency is to put on visceral fat... and transform from pear into apple.”


Four Factors There is no single answer to the riddle of weight gain; it involves four factors—genetics, eating

Potbellies are epidemic, and there is no quick-fix approach. Common spot remedies like crunches might tone back and abdominal muscles, but they don’t address fat stored inside the belly. For that, we need to reduce our body’s overall fat storage. Savard advises against being tempted by crash diets; they sometimes lead to weight gain. She advises that, “Reducing your caloric intake by more than 25 percent simply triggers your metabolism to go into starvation mode, which lowers your [resting metabolic] rate.” Sticking with a sensible, wholefoods diet and moderate, daily exercise

will deliver much better results. The good news is that visceral fat, while it may be stored deep down in your belly, is often the first type of fat to burn off. This fat is metabolically active, so it actually works in our favor when we decide to get rid of it. We’ll do better to forget how much we weigh and focus on our waistline measurement, counsels Savard. Losing just two inches there can significantly decrease the risk for a host of illnesses and diseases. “Throw away your weight scale, because health is in inches, not pounds,” she emphasizes. Exercise and nutrition, especially eating small, well-balanced meals every three to four hours, is important, says Peeke, but just as significant is learning how to manage stress levels. “I’ve always looked at the mind in addition to the mouth and the muscle,” she says. While there is no quick-fix approach to losing abdominal fat, thinking holistically and making real lifestyle changes can go a long way toward shedding a stubborn belly. By doing so, we’ll not only look great at the beach this summer, but feel great, too. Anjula Razdan is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor whose article here is an adapted excerpt from

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ver the past several years there have been numerous news stories about the benefits of tomatoes in protecting against prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that eating broccoli at the same meal with cooked tomatoes had a synergistic effect. The study examined the effects of lycopene supplementation, tomatoes, broccoli, prescription medication for enlarged prostate and surgery on prostate health. Eating a combination of tomatoes and broccoli together was to outperform all other protocols, except surgery, which had similar results. According to head researcher and nutritionist John W. Erdman, consuming about one cup of broccoli, and 1 cup of tomato sauce or ½ cup of tomato paste a day, provided the optimum benefit. These results naturally beg the question, “is it realistic to expect men to follow this diet regimen long term?” The following guidelines will also help ensure a healthy prostate. • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Try to create a rainbow of colors on your plate. • Eat healthy, whole foods and limit processed foods from your diet. • Limit or eliminate intake of animal protein. • Eat broccoli and tomatoes at the same meal, several times each week. • Get 1 hour of aerobic exercise 4 to 5 days each week. • See your doctor yearly for a prostate exam and PSA (Prostate-specific Antigen) blood test. Reducing your risk of developing prostate cancer is simple; a few basic diet and lifestyle changes are all it takes. Kala Kumar is a food writer and former owner of Tuhama’s Restaurant in Dearborn, MI. Ms. Kumar writes for Examiner. com as the Detroit Vegetarian Examiner. Contact Ms. Kumar at


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White Bean and Broccoli Soup 2 Tbsp olive oil (not extra virgin) 1 head broccoli 1 large red onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 large carrot, scrubbed and chopped (leave skin on) 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ C tomato paste 2 bay leaves 1½ tsp dried thyme ½ tsp dried sage 1 tsp dried marjoram 1 tsp sea salt ¾ tsp black pepper 1 15 oz. Can diced tomatoes 6 cups Kitchen Basics vegetable stock (available in the soup aisle of super market) 2 15 oz. Cans white beans (either canellini, or Great Northern), drained Directions: Cut broccoli florets into bite size pieces. Remove tough end of stem. Cut stalk into ¼ inch pieces. Set aside. Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook 2 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add tomato paste, stir, and cook 90 seconds. Add bay leaves, thyme, sage, marjoram, salt & pepper, diced tomatoes, and stock. Increase heat to high, bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium, and cook 15 minutes. Add Broccoli and beans, cook 20 minutes. Serves 6

ecotip Favor Sustainable Flight The Globalist reports that the world’s aircraft contribute to global warming by producing 600 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, while U.S. airports alone generate more than 425,000 tons of garbage, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s report, Trash Landings. So what are airlines doing to mitigate their environmental impact and how can travelers become wiser in choosing a carrier? Without an authoritative source ranking airlines to identify the greenest, it’s up to passengers to search for information on the company websites. Terms to research include: sustainability; environmental policy; corporate and social responsibility; recycling; and carbon emissions or carbon offsets. The “About Us” sections might also have clues. An absence of relevant information also indicates company priorities. Look for the following information: n A firm target for increasing fuel efficiency n Fewer flight delays (avoids burning excess fuel). The U.S. Department of Transportation tracks delay information by airline ( n A link to carbon offset plans and/or the option to buy an offset in a ticket purchase n A newer, more fuel-efficient fleet n Airplanes designed with winglets—wing tip extensions that reduce drag and provide extra lift, cutting fuel use n A system to recapture toxic glycol after it’s sprayed on airplanes in de-icing operations n A recycling program for trash, both onboard and in terminals Tips to minimize the eco-impact of personal air travel:

portation, such as your hotel’s shuttle or a green rental car service. n If you have a choice of airports, choose one that conducts a recycling program; the National Resources Defense Council has praised those initiated by international airports in Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Seattle-Tacoma and Portland, Oregon. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that greenhouse gas pollution from flying aircraft may be up to four times more damaging to the environment than the same levels of pollution emitted at ground level. offers practical tips for making the most of eco-friendly flying and homing in on guaranteedgreen destinations.

n Write to favorite airlines about your desire to see them become more eco-friendly. Encourage them to establish waste recycling policies, fuel-efficient practices and Source: carbon offset programs. n Travel light; the less and lighter the baggage cargo, the less fuel is needed to fly. (Creative carriers add their own innovations: Alaska Airlines FREE Programs with Paramahansa Atmanandaji found that it could save $10,000 June 11, 11:00AM - 12:30PM annually in fuel costs by removing Changing your destiny through Kriya breathing & meditation just five magazines per aircraft.) Bloomfield Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills n Book a direct flight. Takeoffs and June 18, 10:00 - 11:30AM landings are a major source of CO2. The basis of Vedic culture in relation to Kriya Yoga Pack your own lunch or snacks, in Bharatiya Temple, 6850 N. Adams Rd., Troy reusable containers, to limit fastRetreat: July 22-24 Lake Huron Retreat Center, Port Huron (Reg. required) food waste. For those who have learned the techniques from Babaji or would like to learn them at the Retreat. n After arriving at your destination, 772-40-KRIYA "Life is to be lived positively, happily, healthily, harmoniously & lovingly" Babaji choose eco-friendly ground trans-

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Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain – 6:30-7:15pm. Dr. Greg Kramer, DAAMLP hosts a workshop on non-drug treatment of Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Learn to naturally combat muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems and memory loss. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533.

Pet Smart Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. Meet many of Better Life Canine Center’s wonderful dogs that are looking for their forever homes! Learn about being a foster parent or a volunteer. Free. Pet Smart, 17677 Haggerty Rd, Northville. rescue@betterlifecaninecenter. org 248-347-4337.

Reiki Share – 6:30pm. Open to Reiki practitioners of all skills and abilities. Sharpen skills, ask questions or just give/receive a Reiki healing. Free. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Reiki Master Jennifer Flowers Gutman, 734-416-5200.

Learn How To Heal with Your Hands – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to feel energy and heal with your hands. Based on Pranic Healing and the teachings of Grand Master Choa Kok Sui. Free. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Pat Krajovic, 734-416-5200.


JUNE 2 Detroit Water Protection & Conservation Team – 6-7pm. This group is working to protect our water from problems such as sewage overflows while encouraging solutions such as green infrastructure. Join us for coffee and learn how to volunteer to protect Detroit’s water. Free. Bigby Coffee, 4501 Woodward Ave, Detroit. melissa.damaschke@sierrraclub. org 313-965-0055. Wellness Extravaganza – 6-8pm. Sponsored by Better Health of Plymouth. See demonstrations and hear information by a variety of “good-for-your-health” vendors. Samples, drawings, prizes and refreshments. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Meditation & Markers – 6:30-7:30pm. Children only! We will use guided imagery to relax our minds, allow creative energy to flow and improve thought patterns. After meditation, children may journal or draw. Develops mental capacity, creativity and inner wisdom. $12 for first child, $6 for siblings. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Reiki Master Jennifer Flowers Gutman, relax@ 734-416-5200. Building Sustainable Community Food Systems – 6:30-9pm. Sierra Club’s SE MI Group presents Dr. Kami Pothukuchi, PdD, Assoc Prof of Urban Planning Detroit SEED Wayne/Detroit FRESH, to discuss the activities of SEED Wayne university-community collaboration. Free. Kelly Services Headquarters, 999 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy. pamela. 586-215-1910.


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Gluten Sensitive: What Does it Mean? Could That Be You? – 6:30-7:15pm. Learn safe, natural solutions and alternatives to thyroid, autoimmune, celiac, bloating, cramping, fatigue, muscle pain & memory loss from Dr. Greg Kramer, DAAMLP. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533. Fat-Burning Coffee Class & Tasting Party – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us to taste and hear about this breakthrough product of the year - diabetic friendly Boresha’s Bskinny thermogenic fat-burning coffee lets you burn fat just by enjoying your morning coffee! If you’re not a coffee drinker, try Boresha’s NuvoGene Tea. We at Total Health Foods are excited about these products, have personally tasted all of them and cannot wait to share them with you! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-552-7576. Get Your Energy Back – 7-9pm. Are you tired of being tired? Fatigue can be real, not just an age-related condition or all in your head. Learn what causes you to feel fatigue and how to get your energy back! You can end your fatigue with diet and lifestyle changes that are easy, effective and simple to do. Come learn how to put a spring back into your step the natural way. Limited to 20 guests. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, BS, DC, ND. Reservations required. Free. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, 3rd floor,, 734-756-6904. Emotional Freedom Therapy – 7-9pm. Workshop by Geraldine Torres, Iridologist, Reflexologist and Herbalist. Must register in advance. Free. In-Balance Ctr, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

Men’s Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Urology experts will discuss how medical issues such as diabetes and prostate cancer can affect erectile dysfunction, as well as treatments and products that can help. Free. Henry Ford Self-health Ctr, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. 734-676-3813.

JUNE 10 SAVE THE DATE Bhagavan Das Weekend of Devotion: 2-day celebration – 8-10pm. Friday night Satsang: What is the Guru? Teacher, performer, countercultural icon, lover of God: Bhagavan Das is as rich and manifold as Existence itself. $30/$35 @ door. House of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley.

JUNE 11 Trigger Your Fat-Burning Hormones – 11am-12pm. Kirsten Kramer, MHA presents a seminar to show you how to safely and naturally lose weight and keep it off with new technology. Learn about a doctor-developed, individually-tailored program that gets results! 1-888-BURNFAT or BurnFatLivonia. com. Free. Limited seating. Dr. William Civello, 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533. Fat-Burning Coffee Class & Tasting Party – 12-4pm. Join us to taste and hear about this breakthrough product of the year - diabetic friendly Boresha’s Bskinny thermogenic fat-burning coffee lets you burn fat just by enjoying your morning coffee! If you’re not a coffee drinker, try Boresha’s NuvoGene Tea. We at Total Health Foods are excited about these products, have personally tasted all of them and cannot wait to share them with you! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-552-7576.

SAVE THE DATE Bhagavan Das: Nada Yoga Workshop – 2-5pm. Temple of Sound NADA Yoga Workshop $50/$55 @ door. Northwest Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Pre-register Bhagavan Das: Kirtan Blowout – 7-10pm. Concert $25/$30 @ door. Northwest Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Pre-register

JUNE 12 Get Your Thyroid Functioning – 6:307:30pm. Dr. William Civello, DC CCWP presents safe, natural solutions for hypothyroid, hyperthyroid & Hashimoto’s thyroid removal. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP wcivello@ 248-615-1533.

JUNE 13 Drugs Don’t Cure High Blood Pressure – 6-7:30pm. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from high blood pressure or you know someone who does then you need to come to this month’s class. We’re going to discuss the causes of high blood pressure and a variety of nutritional and herbal remedies that can get your blood pressure down naturally and permanently. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

JUNE 14 SWCRC Networking Group – 12-1pm. Cultivate new business relationships with leads from your connections salesforce. Meets 2nd & 4th Tues. Famous Daves BBQ, 23811 Eureka Rd, Taylor. E. Suzan Maxey 734-7753699 or Sherry Halko 734-552-1208.

Women’s Health: The Best Version of Yourself – 1-2pm. Take control of your health & wellness! Learn how to take care of your mind & body naturally, including the role of the nervous system and your nutritional & physical needs from the teen years through menopause. Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd, Canton. 734 354-9900.

JUNE 15 Women’s Health: The Best Version of Yourself – 1-2pm. Take control of your health & wellness! Learn how to take care of your mind & body naturally, including the role of the nervous system and your nutritional & physical needs from the teen years through menopause. Free. Broad Family Chiropractic, 43423 Joy Rd, Canton. 734 354-9900.

Conquer Your Pain – 6pm. Do you have to drag your body through the day or are you living with pain? Are you tired of being tired? Fatigue can be real, not just an age-related condition or all in your head. Have you tried everything to get rid of pain with no success? Learn what causes you to feel fatigue and pain. Find out the effective, natural, alternative, non-drug solutions and lifestyle changes that can help restore your energy and end your pain. Reservations Required. Free, Limit 20 guests. Presented by Dr. Philip Hoehn, DC, CCSP. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia., 734-425-3940 Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain – 6:30-7:15pm. Dr. Greg Kramer, DAAMLP hosts a workshop on non-drug treatment of Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Learn to naturally combat muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems and memory loss. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533. Learn Qigong – 7pm. The ancient Chinese secret to stress reduction, health improvement and increased productivity. Qigong uses gentle movement, breathing techniques and meditation to cleanse, strengthen & circulate life energy (qi). $10. [Facebook – Ease & Chi]. The Center For Massage Therapy, 1200 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. erin@ErinReas. com 313-429-3214.

Experience Peace of Mind: Guided Meditation – 9-9:30pm. Powerful Breathwork meditation designed to clear your energy field of negative thoughts and energies. We will use Transformational Breathing Breathwork to create a high vibration state to clear our aura of negative energy and limiting thoughts. Join the breathing meditation via the Internet; connect from the comfort of your home. Free. Via Internet only. Pat or Dave Krajovic, dave@ 734-416-5200.

JUNE 16 Trigger Your Fat-Burning Hormones – 11am-12pm. Kirsten Kramer, MHA presents a seminar to show you how to safely and naturally lose weight and keep it off with new technology. Learn about a doctor-developed, individually-tailored program that gets results! 1-888-BURNFAT or BurnFatLivonia. com. Free. Limited seating. Dr. William Civello, 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533. Adult Star Crystal Group – 7-8:30pm. Carol Clarke, Certified Meoloday Crystologist, presents a monthly class to discuss the properties and practical applications of crystals/stones. $20. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. relax@bodyworkshealingcenter. com 734-416-5200.

Pranic Healing Clinic – 7-8pm. Pranic healing clears out dirty and diseased energy allowing room for clean energy. It helps the energy body function properly which translates directly into good health and well being. Free. Limited seating. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Dave or Pat Krajovic, RSVP 734-416-5200. Pressure Point Therapy & Stress Reduction – 7-8pm. Reduce pain and stress by using pressure point therapy and incorporating whole food nutrition into your lifestyle. Bring a partner to obtain the most benefit. Free. Seating limited. Karl Wellness Ctr & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. RSVP karlwellnesscenter@gmail. com 734-425-8220. Spring Cleaning - 7-9pm. Workshop by Geraldine Torres, Iridologist, Reflexologist and Herbalist. Must register in advance. Free. In-Balance Ctr, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200. Essential Energizing Exercises – 8-9pm. Learn the six most essential exercises to help people of all ages and fitness levels improve strength, balance and overall energy. Do these exercises every day and you will see amazing changes! Organic snacks provided. Free. Seating limited. Karl Wellness Ctr & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. RSVP 734-425-8220.

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. ~Buddha Strategies for Journaling – 7-8:30pm. Learn to channel your inner voice through your pen to the page. A variety of effective activities and techniques will be introduced to spark self expression and free what has been suppressed for so long. $15. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Debra Williams, relax@ 734-416-5200. Southeast MI Spectrum Moms – 7-9pm. If you have a child on the autism spectrum, this is your opportunity to connect with other moms who understand. Join us for our meeting in the back room of Total Health Foods. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month for continued support. You can find SM2 on Facebook. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Cancer Prevention – 7:15-8:30pm. Dr. Robert E. Potter and Adarsa Antares will teach you what preventative measures you can take to prevent cancer and the importance of Thermography and how it is used to detect and monitor a number of diseases. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. RSVP 734-455-6767.

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JUNE 18 Fat-Burning Coffee Class & Tasting Party – 12-4pm. Join us to taste and hear about this breakthrough product of the year - diabetic friendly Boresha’s Bskinny thermogenic fat-burning coffee lets you burn fat just by enjoying your morning coffee! If you’re not a coffee drinker, try Boresha’s NuvoGene Tea. We at Total Health Foods are excited about these products, have personally tasted all of them and cannot wait to share them with you! Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-552-7576. NIA Jam – 1-2:30pm. Join Metro Detroit NIA teachers as we move our bodies and welcome the summer months. Experience the Joy of Movement, release stress and have fun! Love offering. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E Eleven Mile Rd, Warren. spiritrising43@ 313-272-2187.

Look & Feel Younger – 7pm. Learn the secrets to permanently losing weight and keeping it off. The foods that provide energy and the foods that age the body will be reviewed. Every one can look and feel younger with this weight loss secret and others that will be presented. Presented by Dr. Carol A Fischer, BS, DC, ND. Reservations required. Free. Limit 12 guests. Whole Foods Market, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 734-756-6904.

JUNE 22 Gluten Sensitive: What Does it Mean? Could That Be You? – 6:30-7:15pm. Learn safe, natural solutions and alternatives to thyroid, autoimmune, celiac, bloating, cramping, fatigue, muscle pain & memory loss from Dr. Greg Kramer, DAAMLP. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533. Manage Stress Naturally with Oils – 6:307:30pm. STRESS! We all have it. There are many simple things you can do to help. Come find out how to ease a headache, calm your thoughts and loosen your tension. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-255-6835. Wayne County Edition

How to Have a Brilliant Body - 7-9pm. Workshop by Geraldine Torres, Iridologist, Reflexologist and Herbalist. Must register in advance. Free. In-Balance Ctr, 36920 Goddard Rd, Romulus. 734-942-9200.

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Learn Qigong – 7pm. The ancient Chinese secret to stress reduction, health improvement and increased productivity. Qigong uses gentle movement, breathing techniques and meditation to cleanse, strengthen & circulate life energy (qi). $10. [Facebook – Ease & Chi]. The Center For Massage Therapy, 1200 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth. erin@ErinReas. com 313-429-3214.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – 6:30-7:15pm. Learn natural, safe solutions for joint pain, headaches, fatigue, Epstein Barre, Lyme’s disease & autoimmune disorders. Free. Limited seating. Dr. William Civello, 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP wcivello@ 248-615-1533. Basic Crystal Healing – 7-8:30pm. Learn to use crystals for healing. This beginner class will teach you clearing techniques, intention work and much more. $20. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Carol Clarke, 734-416-5200.

JUNE 25 PET PORTRAITS – 10am-4pm. Original pet portraits by animal photographer Dennis Bakker. Individual or family pictures. Latta’s Feed & Pet. 415 Goddard Rd. Wyandotte. ($19.95 1-8x10, 1-4x6 & 4 wallets) 734-282-5745. Trigger Your Fat-Burning Hormones – 11am-12pm. Kirsten Kramer, MHA presents a seminar to show you how to safely and naturally lose weight and keep it off with new technology. Learn about a doctor-developed, individually-tailored program that gets results! 1-888-BURNFAT or BurnFatLivonia. com. Free. Limited seating. Dr. William Civello, 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533.

JUNE 27 Eat Yur Way Thin – 6-8pm. Presented by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, DC, ND and the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. Take a natural approach to a healthier, new you. Have the body you want and eat, too! Learn why diets don’t work, ways to avoid weight gain and how to lose weight with diet, nutrition and exercise. When, what, and how to eat will be discussed. Reservations required. Free. Limit 20 guests. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia., 734756-6904.

JUNE 28 SWCRC Networking Group – 12-1pm. Cultivate new business relationships with leads from your connections salesforce. Meets 2nd & 4th Tues. Famous Daves BBQ, 23811 Eureka Rd, Taylor. E. Suzan Maxey 734-7753699 or Sherry Halko 734-552-1208. Home Safety – 4-11pm. Concerned about falling at home? Learn how you can conduct a home assessment to identify risk factors and tools that can help you to safe proof your house. Free. Henry Ford Self-health Ctr, 23400 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. mslaven1@ 734-676-3813. Cramps, Muscle Spasms & Exercise! – 7-8:30pm. Learn about kinesiology, tape, nutrient deficiencies and the proper fuels needed by the body to exercise safely and effectively, while increasing energy and reducing cramping. Free. Limited seating. Livonia Civic Ctr Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, 3rd Floor, Livonia. RSVP karlwellnesscenter@gmail. com 734-425-8588. Massage for Golf Clinic – 7-8:30pm. Improve your golf game! Designed for the avid golfer. Combines stretching techniques with advice on proper alignment and how to avoid driving range burnout. $20. BodyWorks Healing Ctr, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. Carol Clarke, 734-416-5200.

JUNE 29 Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain – 6:30-7:15pm. Dr. Greg Kramer, DAAMLP hosts a workshop on non-drug treatment of Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Learn to naturally combat muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems and memory loss. Free. Limited seating. 34441 Eight Mile Rd, Ste 116, Livonia. RSVP 248-615-1533.

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Belly Dance with Kelly – 9:30-11:45am. Belly Dance level 1 is a fun class that helps you understand the basic movements. $10 donation.Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. Canton Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Accepts Bridge Cards. Preservation Park, 500 N Ridge Rd, Canton. Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at slower pace. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Ages 5-10 fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642.

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

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12pm. (2nd & 4th Mondays) Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit 2 mtgs free. Famous Dave’s, 23800 Eureka Rd, Taylor. Suzan, 734-287-3699.

Yin Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA.

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

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

Cardio Kickboxing – 6-7pm. Challenge your cardiovascular strength and muscle endurance. $9. Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. $13. Sanctuary Chiropractic, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia., Katie 734-421-7100. Yoga – 6-7pm. Level I active w/Jessica Hillman. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 DixToledo Rd, Southgate., 734-282-9642. Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Moving sequence class, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Nia Technique – 7-8pm. All ages & fitness levels. $6. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

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Sanga Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15am. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Children with Hairloss, 12776 S Dixie Hwy, Rockwood. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778. Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. Suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Zumba – 9-10am. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The formula is all inclusive and designed for every body, every shape, and every age. “Ditch the workout...join the party!” $7 Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

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

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

Yoga – 9-10:15am. Beginner, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642.

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

Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Accepts Bridge card & Double up food bucks. 18900 Joy Rd, Detroit. Trisha,, 313-581-7773.

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

Hot Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Level II active yoga. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 DixToledo Rd, Southgate., 734-282-9642.

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

Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Beginning, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642.

Wayne State University Farmers Market – 11am-4pm. Begins June 8th Accepts Bridge card, WIC, Project Fresh, WSU One Card and Double Up Food Bucks. 5201 Cass Ave (in front of Prentis Hall across from the main branch of the Detroit Public Library), Detroit. Kami, 313-577-4296.

Oakland Ave Farmers Market – 3:307:30pm. Accepts credit, debit, SNAP, WIC and Project Fresh. 9354 Oakland Ave, Detroit. Jerry Ann,, 313-826-1601.

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

TurboKick – 5-6pm. A highly intense cardio kickboxing routine and abdominal workout. $12. Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610.

Swim with Your Dog Indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $14 for 1/2 hr swim. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

PiYo (pilates yoga) – 5:45pm. This class combines Yoga Poses with Pilates mat exercises to build CORE strength and enhance agility and balance. $12. Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit., 866-900-9797.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Midweek Meditation Group – 6-8:30pm. All ages, backgrounds and traditions who meet weekly for 2 sessions: a 1/2 hour guided meditation at 6pm, followed by a short break, and then a 1/2 hour silent, seated meditation at 7pm. Non-religious, non-sectarian group, all are welcome. $3 donation. Boston Tea Room, 195 W Nine Mile Rd B2, Ferndale. 248-547-2987. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. Canton., 734-994-0569. Yoga – 6:30-7:40pm. Beginner, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Pilates – 7-8pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs! $12. Fit Zone for Women - Allen Park. 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. PIYO – 7-8pm. A mix between Pilates & Yoga that focuses on core strengthening & flexibility. $12. Fit Zone for Women – Riverview, 17118 Fort St, Riverview. 734-2849100.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtgs free. Comfort Inn & Suites, 17600 Dix Rd, Melvindale. Mark Slagle, 734-671-5888.

Yoga - Basic Hatha – 8:45-9:45am. Call for details. $10. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary, Dearborn. info@onespaceconnected. com 313-410-3147. Zumba – 9-10am. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easyto-follow dance moves to create a one-ofa-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The formula is all inclusive and designed for every body, every shape, and every age. “Ditch the workout...join the party!” $7. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642. Vinyasa Yoga – 9:30-10:40am. Moving, flowing sequence, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Basic Internet Computer Class – 10-11am. Intro to 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. Yoga – 11am-12pm. Beginner, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642.

Beginner Belly Dance – 5:45pm. Learn the beautiful art of belly dance. Our focus is to bring belly dance to the everyday woman for fun, low-impact fitness, and joy. $12. Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit., 866-900-9797. Happy Hour Yoga – 5:30-6:40pm. Beginner, suitable for all levels. $7 - ½ off for walkins. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Powerflex Yoga – 6-7pm. Burn excess body fat and build lean muscle using aerobic breathing with power yoga poses. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and water. $8. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton., 734-455-6767. Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Oh my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Bld, 3434 Russell St Loft #302, Detroit., Micha, 313-674-6424. Budokon Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience movements that fuse the yogic, martial & living arts. 1st wk free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds. Practice-Yoga. net, 313-881-2874. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds., 313-881-2874.

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Posture Pro – 7:15-8:15pm. Level I/II w/Regina Mitchell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. Y4Peace. org, 734-282-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214.

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

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

Livonia Farmers Market – 8am-3pm. Begins June 18th to Oct 8. Wilson Barn, 29350 W Chicago (@ Middlebelt), Livonia.,Karen, 734-261-3602.

Beginner Pole Dance – 11am. Learn the basics of pole dance for fitness and fun. Increase strength, flexibility, coordination and more. Registration required. $25. Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit., 866-900-9797.

Oakland Ave Farmers Market – 8am-4pm. Accepts credit, debit, SNAP, WIC and Project Fresh. 9354 Oakland Ave, Detroit., Jerry Ann, 313-826-1601. Farmers & Artisans Market Dearborn – 8am-1pm. Accepts Bridge card and Project Fresh. 22100 Michigan Ave (behind Bryant Library bet Howard & Mason St, N of Michigan Ave) Dearborn. Joan, 313-6734207.

Boot Camp – 9-10:30am. Join us for a great 1 1/2 hour workout that includes both strength and cardio training for only $10 per person. Rotary Park, on 6 Mile bet Farmington & Merriman, Livonia. 734-664-7823.

Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, suitable for all levels. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. TaylorYoga. com, 313-292-9642.

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

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

Healthy Backs Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Call for details. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary, Dearborn. Embracingthelotus.htm, 313-410-3147.

Dog Swimming – 10:30am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hr swim w/your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog. $21. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City., 734-525-9500. Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Sr Ctr, 303 W Main St, Northville., 248-349-0203. Allen Park Farmers Market – 2-7pm. Farm produce, farm products and local artisans. DDA provides family-friendly events and activities. 7101 Park Ave (at the corner of Harrison), Allen Park., Mary Anne, 586-943-5785. Posture Pro - 6pm-7:30pm. Level I/II Posture Pro Yoga w/Ellen Lazar. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate., 734-282-9642. Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. $10. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Bldg, 3434 Russell St Loft #302, Detroit.

Hot & Sexy Yoga – 10am. Join us as we turn down the lights, turn up the heat and sexy seductive music! This class will lead you through a series of dynamic yoga postures guaranteed to help strengthen your entire body, increase your flexibility and balance. Finish it off with some sexy stretching and relaxation. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water. $12 Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit. 866-900-9797.

Eastside Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Fresh produce, healthy foods and unique artisan items. Everything locally made & sold by growers and producers. Open Jun 11th-Oct 1st (excluding July 2). Wkly music & entertainment. Mack Alter Square, 14820 Mack Ave, Detroit. [Facebook-eastsidefarmersmarket] 313-571-8200x1117.

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

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Jessica 313-802-1988 Massage (Down River) In home/office personal training to suit your schedule and needs. Mike brings everything needed to give a balanced workout designed just for you. Mike believes that it is never too late to live a better, healthier life, and he understands, first hand, what making small changes can lead to. Ask about our couples training, individual training, fitness parties and boot camps. Call today and ask about any specials.


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




Westland, MI 48185



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

Dearborn, MI

Northville MI

248.982.5971 Paula offers safe and gentle detoxification, strengthening of the digestive system, stress reduction & consults to discover your Archetypes (energetic patterns of being).


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

2938 Biddle Avenue


Wyandotte MI 48192 734.934.2076

(734)363-0215 Angie is dedicated to providing her clients with nurturing treatments to promote balance in the body, relaxation, pain relief and self healing. Offering Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Energy Healing, Raindrop Therapy, AromaTouch Technique, Hot Stone Therapy, Bellanina Facelift Massage and more! Monthly and New Client specials available. Call to schedule your appointment today!



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


You deserve the best TLC

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

DR SHARON A. OLIVER, M.D. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE INSTITUTE 18714 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203 313-368-2284

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

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

CORE ARTS PILATES STUDIO Erin Wetzel, Owner 3434 Russell St. #203, Detroit, MI 48207 313-409-6343 Core Arts Pilates offers clients the ultimate workout to gain core strength, realign the body, and challenge the muscles. We offer private and duet sessions with a focus on you! Call for an appointment.

YOGA 4 PEACE 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd., Southgate Mi 48195 Yoga 4 Peace is a non-profit yoga studio that offers classes on a donation basis. We have a wide variety of classes for every level. We offer Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Training.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. ~Roald Dahl


Wayne County Edition

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 313221-9674 or visit

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

VOLUNTEERING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR GARDEN CLEAN UP Calling on all green thumbs...whether you have an hour or several days to 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 313-535-9563 to schedule your volunteer opportunity.

BASIL’S BUDDIES IS LOOKING FOR FOSTER HOMES FOR ADOPTABLE CATS AND DOGS. If you’re interested, please email or call 734-926-1098 for more info. Thank you for caring about the animals! DEARBORN ANIMAL SHELTER SEEKS LOVING HOMES FOR ADOPTABLE ANIMALS. There are many dogs, kittens and senior felines. Financial support is always appreciated for those interested in helping but not choosing to adopt a pet. Want to volunteer? We can use your help. Visit online www. or call 313-943-2697 LOAVES AND FISHES SOUTHWEST Detroit seeks volunteers to help deliver items to the food pantry at St. Stephens. This is a great way for individuals or small groups to help provide nutritious meals to the homeless and working poor residents of SW Detroit. Contact Sr. Eileen Lantzy at 313- 478-2363 to volunteer. Financial donations and contributions of nonperishable goods are always welcome. THE DETROIT ROTARY CLUB IS LOOKING FOR 200 VOLUNTEER TUTORS Call for the next Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop dates. At the end of the Workshop you willreceive a Certificate that entitles you to be an adult literacy tutor anywhere in the US!If you love to read, and want to make a difference in someone’s life – be a volunteer Literacy Tutor. Visit or call 313-8727720 for more information.


MASSAGE THERAPIST! Great location in beautiful Plymouth, MI. Work with compassionate whole minded people, receptionist on staff. Great Energy! Great Pay! Become a part of the Team! Bodyworks 734-416-5200. RECEPTION/ADMINISTRATIVE! Help needed to assist in the daily operations of a professional therapeutic massage healing center in Plymouth. Great working environment. BodyWorks 734-416-5200 VIRTUAL ADMIN ASSISTANT wanted for data entry and online research. Social media experience and copy writing skills helpful. Part time work from home. Email resume to





Fit After Fifty 9:15-10:30am $7

June 2011







13 Drugs Don’t Cure High Blood Pressure 6-7:30pm Free 20


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

8 Fit After Fifty 9:15-10:30am $7 Coffee Class & Tasting Party 6:30-8:30pm Free

14 15 Zumba Fit After Fifty 9:15-10:30am $7 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga Meditation Class 6-7:15pm $8 7:30-8pm $5

21 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7:15pm $8 28 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7:15pm $8

22 Fit After Fifty 9:15-10:30am $7 Manage Stress Naturally with Oils 6:30-7:30pm Free

thursday 2

Zumba 9-10am $7

Meditation for Parents & Children 7:30-8pm $5

saturday 3



11 Fat Burning Coffee & Tea Free Sampling 12-4pm

17 Motorcycle Ride & Show (3rd Friday) Free

18 Fat Burning Coffee & Tea Free Sampling 12-4pm

Powerflex Yoga 6-7pm $8 Foot Detox w/ion cleanse 10am - 8pm (by appt) $25


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

Foot Detox w/ion cleanse 10amm - 8pm (by appt) $25

16 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7pm $8 Foot Detox w/ion cleanse 10am - 8pm (by appt) $25 SouthEast MI Spectrum Moms 7-9pm Free

Zumba 9-10am $7



Powerflex Yoga 6-7pm $8 Foot Detox w/ion cleanse 10am - 8pm (by appt) $25

29 Fit After Fifty 9:15-10:30am $7



Youngevity Free Sampling 12-4pm

30 Zumba 9-10am $7 Powerflex Yoga 6-7pm $8 Foot Detox w/ion cleanse 10am - 8pm (by appt) $25

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June 2011


Green Art Show

Recycled materials, green images, DIY, fashion Info- Limited Space. Produced by Integrity Shows

Holistic Enlightenment Fair Body workers, medical experts, new age retailers, Reiki healers, green energy products, psychic consultants, lectures


9Mile @ Woodward

Green Home Show


Insulation, windows, geothermal, solar, wind, water, transportation, cleaning and more Produced by Live Green Fairs FAIR


July 15-17

Free Veggie Taste Fair

Free samples Meals available With the support of Veg Michigan

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