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As a relative newbie in the world of entrepreneurs, I must say that I am amazed at the vast skill set that is required of a typical small business owner. I have had the luxury of working for someone else for most of my working career, and I have to say that over the years I have had the occasional naïve thought that perhaps I could do something better than what was being done. What a wakeup call it is when you finally get to make all the decisions! It also gives me a lot of gratitude for all of the wonderful teachers and mentors that I have had throughout my life. There were times when I had no idea that I would come out of a bad experience with a new level of understanding or perspective, but collectively each and everything that I have experienced – both good and bad – has helped to prepare me for where I’m at and what I’m doing today. One of my favorite parts of publishing Natural Awakenings Magazine is when I get to help others, and especially when I get the chance to empower others to help themselves. Most people I know can think of at least a few people that really impacted their lives in some way. You never know how something that might seem like a small gesture to you, might make a big difference to someone else. I believe that if you can help someone else along the way, that’s part of paying back what was given to you. This month the Detroit Metro area will be hosting the opening of a very interesting film called “Ghetto Physics,” an entertaining and thought provoking look at how the world works. The show opens in Detroit October 8 at the AMC Southfield 20, 25333 W 12 Mile Rd. and the AMC Fairlane 21, 18900 Michigan Ave in Dearborn. On October 16 & 17, join us for the Michigan Health & Beauty Fitness Expo located at the Rock Financial Showroom in Novi. With over 100 vendors, and lots of great speakers, this should be an amazing feast for the senses. One of the speakers, LaKeta McCauley is also in the process of opening a new raw food restaurant on Woodward in Detroit (in November if all goes well,) so be sure to seek her out. Natural Awakenings will be there with copies of the Wayne County edition plus the Oakland/Macomb County edition published by our NA neighbors to the North, Jerry & Tracy Neale. It’s especially helpful for those that might live in one community and work in another to know that Natural Awakenings are geographically based. Farmers markets are wrapping up for the season, so be sure to stock up on the items that you can use throughout the winter by purchasing some extra produce to freeze or preserve. This time of year our local farmers are putting in some long hours to be able to bring you locally grown, farm fresh produce, so get out there and vote with your dollars and show that you appreciate all that they do. Have you ever considered selling something at a farmers market? The Cottage Food Bill gives local entrepreneurs an opportunity to create some specific types of products in their own kitchens and then sell them at farmers markets. The food items must be clearly labeled with the ingredients and the fact that they were made in a home kitchen that was not inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Visit mda/MDA_CFLblngGuide-MASTER_327559_7.pdf for specific guidelines and labeling instructions. This gives you plenty of time in the off season to prepare for Spring when the markets open again. The Michigan Farmers Market Association is a great resource for finding local farmers markets. Another wonderful resource for farms, farmers markets, CSAs and restaurants is This is a free site designed to help connect food growers with food buyers, from individuals to restaurants and locally owned fruit markets. Using simple templates, you can set up a website for free. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy the tasty, bountiful Michigan harvest this year. We are so blessed to live in this beautiful state with so much to offer. I, for one, am doing my best to stay focused on gratitude for all that we have to be thankful for. Live Well,

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Meridian Test Evaluates Risk of Heart Disease


enise Acton, ND, now offers heart meridian testing at the Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. The heart meridian test is an FDA approved machine used to assess risk of cardiovascular disease. It is a non-invasive test using a finger probe with an infrared light which reads the hemoglobin through the digital pulse wave in your finger. The machine gives seven different parameters indicating arterial hardness or flexibility, plaque buildup in the arteries, hydration level inside the cells, left ventricle ejection fraction, heart rate and any arrythmias as well as an overall arterial age inside your vessels Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic is located at 6231 N. Canton Center Dr., Suite 109 in Canton. 734-455-6767. [ad pg25]

Local One-day Retreat Brings Inner Calm Surrounded by lush trees and beautiful nature, the Calm & Steady One-Day Retreat takes participants on a quiet journey within themselves. Kathy Henning presents the retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center in Detroit October 13. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to leave the busy world behind and, for a few hours, pause, refresh, and experience peace. When fatigue, stress and tension are not properly managed, they accumulate in the body and affect our health, well-being, and even the quality of our sleep. Constant activity and sensory overload make it difficult to control the mind, and over time we become restless, agitated and overwhelmed. We lose our center, and sometimes lose touch with our self. The Calm & Steady retreat will teach you how to quiet the mind and stay at ease while learning valuable tools that will last a lifetime. Kathy Henning is a speaker, teacher, life coach, and founder of Present Moment Meditation. She leads classes and group presentations on self-discovery

Southgate Health Food Store Moves to Wyandotte


otal Health Foods will be moving from its longstanding Southgate store to 2938 Biddle Ave in downtown Wyandotte at the end of the month. The new location will be larger with more to offer and lots of free parking. Due to the move, Total Health will be closed the week of October 25 through the 31. The official re-opening date will be Monday, November 1. See the ad on the inside back cover for more details about October events, new store hours and location map.

SWCRC Encourages Green Business Practices


outhern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its new “Green Leaders” recognition program for members who actively seek ways to protect the environment through their daily business tasks. Some of the suggested activities recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation as well as using locally produced or eco-friendly products. Members will receive a biodegradable Green Leader sticker to promote in their business. Applications are due by 12/15/10. To become a designated “Green Leader” please contact Chamber President Sandy Mull at 734- 284-6000 or

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newsbriefs Open House Commemorates Anniversary


ivo Wellness Center, Metro Detroit’s Premier Alternative Wellness center, is having an open house to celebrate the one year anniversary of its new location in Livonia October 6 from 5 to 8 pm. The public is invited to tour the facility, meet the practitioners and enjoy refreshments. At 2400 square feet, the facility is nearly three times as large as the old center. The facility has an atrium for free seminars and other small gatherings. Since its beginning the center has continued to expand in size and scope. Along with colon hydrotherapy; acupressure, massage therapy, reflexology, energy work, infrared sauna, a REAMS practitioner and an intuitive medium are now available. Owner Denise Strauss has also created strategic alliances with an Integrated medical doctor, a naturopathic physician and a holistic chiropractor. All of the holistic health professionals are certified in their field and all equipment is FDA registered. Vivo Wellness Center is located at 15875 Middlebelt, in Livonia. 734-525-5400. [see ad pg 23]

Workshop Calls on Archetypes to Teach Us Life’s Purpose


magine for a few moments that when you were born you were given a script that contained your destiny, your soul’s contracts, and accompanied by 12 companions, all within you, whose purpose was to help you survive and fulfill your contracts or your purposes in this lifetime. Certified Archetypal Consultant Paula Pollifrone Neys will offer a free introductory workshop on identifying our archetypes October 20 in Northville. “Some of the archetypes may be easily identifiable and others may lie deep in the recesses of our psyche,” says Neys. “When we begin to understand our own archetypes, we will also understand the archetypes that influence others. As our understanding and awareness deepens we open to an unbelievable compassion for ourselves and others. What a beautiful gift of grace we can then offer to the world; honoring the collective sacred contract of being in a state of grace, love and service to one another.” To register, contact Neys at 248-982-5971 or email

The Price of Pollution: Cost Estimates of Environment-Related Childhood Diseases


ichigan could save about $6 billion a year by protecting children from environmental toxicants, according to a recent study prepared by the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health and the Ecology Center: The Price of Pollution: Cost Estimates of Environment-Related Childhood Diseases in Michigan. LocalMotionGreen hosts a lecture October 6 in Grosse Pointe Farms


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by Jennifer Canvasser of the Ecology Center to examine the direct and indirect costs for preventable childhood diseases and discuss how to reduce your child’s exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment. Also learn about new state and federal legislation designed to safeguard children against harmful chemicals in toys and food and beverage containers intended for infants and toddlers. The Lecture will take place 7pm at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, in Grosse Pointe Farms . The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. 313-8812263.

The Truth about Clutter Two-Day Intensive


he true reasons for ongoing clutter lie beneath the surface and have connections to our physical body and our mind. No matter how much paper or “stuff” you have, believe it or not, your clutter is all about you. You are your clutter and your clutter is you. Learn more at the It’s Not About The Paper™ 2-day hands-on intensive workshop, Friday, October 22 and 23 at Lawrence Tech in Southfield. Learn ways your environment impacts how you feel, how clutter affects your physical body, how extra body weight affects the way your environment looks, the emotional, mental and spiritual ties to clutter, and how de-cluttering influences lifestyle changes. Participants receive handson personalized instruction to start the clearing process physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and begin letting go of the things that have you holding onto the clutter. Lawrence Tech is located at 21000 W 10 Mile Rd, in Southfield. Cost is $169. Call about the 2 for 1 special. 313-475-0212. ItsNotA see ad page 8

newsbriefs Weekly Food Cart Fills up for Donations


ocal business Solstice Designs jewelry established a new grass roots giving program called Project Produce. Every Friday through October 29, Project volunteers are in the Dearborn Farmer’s Market from 8 am. to 1 pm. with the signature “Big Pink Cart” where consumers and vendors are encouraged to donate produce and food items. The bounty is then delivered to First Step of Michigan, a domestic violence shelter. First Step provides the food to women and children in the protective care of the shelter as well as families in transitional housing. Solstice Designs business partners Sherry Duquet and Sandra Boulton co-founded Project Produce this year with the help of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce and the Dearborn Farmer’s Market. Says Duquet, “Project Produce is one way that we can continue to extend our annual grass roots giving program, Project Mother’s Day, which provides jewelry for children in domestic violence shelters to give as gifts to their Moms on Mother’s Day.” Project Produce is now gaining momentum in the Dearborn Farmer’s & Artisans market. Shoppers and vendors in the market support the Project with fresh produce and artisan food items. Some consumers bring produce from their own garden or purchase it in the market to donate. Project volunteers collect and deliver more than 50 pounds of food to First Step every Friday. Says Boulton, “It is heartwarming to watch young children choose produce with their parents each week to donate to the Big Pink Cart. It is really catching on.” The fresh produce giving idea is reaching other communities too. On August 26, the Wyandotte Farmer’s Market introduced the Big Pink Cart to their local market and launched an extension of Project Produce to support Waynewright Community Meals each week.

Taylor Company Offers Computer Repair and Websites


t PC Pickup /Lawrence Systems, not only are staff trained on the latest and greatest toys on the market, they actually care about our customers and it shows. PC Pickup /Lawrence Systems is a Taylor-based computer repair company that specializes in great customer service including free diagnostics, which means to upfront fees. PC Pickup also offers up front pricing and flat rate pricing for software problems. “Whenever your computer is not working properly, it can seem like an eternity,” says owner Tom Lawrence. “When computers come in for service, we get your system back up and running quickly while keeping costs down. The company also provides web design services. All web sites come with a back end content management system. This system allows clients to easily keep their web site up to date and make changes without having to call for each little change. See ad, page 34

Learn more about Project Produce by visiting or by following Solstice on Facebook, 313-724-9400. Contact Sandra Boulton at

Nonprofit Rewards Kids for Staying in School


he Detroit College Promise is a tax exempt nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the City of Detroit, by offering scholarships to all DPS students just for graduating and living in Detroit. Students in grades 6-12 sign a pledge to stay in school, be the best student they can be, and when successful, return to DPS to help others. Students in 9th grade receive a scholarship certificate, Letters of Encouragement and small gifts from colleges. When seniors complete the application process, The Detroit College Promise provides them a gift package of donated items, an invitation to a pizza party, and scholarship money to Michigan public colleges or universities for tuition. Currently, over 4,400 DPS students have applied for and been offered the scholarship. Deadline for high school students this year is December 1. There is no deadline for middle school students. Register at More information at 248-646-3269 or  natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Entrepreneur and Author Speaks on Business Strategies


right House Networks presents “Meet Jane Applegate” from 5 to 7 p.m. October 13 at Schoolcraft College Vista Tech Center in Livonia. Applegate is one of America’s leading small business experts and author of four popular books on small business management, including her best seller, 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. Applegate’s speaking tour is sponsored by Bloomberg Television. A successful entrepreneur, Applegate has founded three companies. The Applegate Group Inc. is a multimedia production, communications, and consulting company. She is also the founder of, the first streaming video website providing 24/7 news and information to entrepreneurs. Recently she served as content director for the first anParticipation is Limited. Please RSVP early!

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reat Lakes Bioneers Detroit will host its 6th Annual Conference October 15 -17, 2010 at Marygrove College. Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers founder, coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture of social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand and mimic ‘nature’s operating instructions so they can serve human ends without harming the web of life.” Since 2001, the goal of the Beaming Bioneers Satellite program has been to help move the stories and solutions of the Bioneers Conference into action in local communities. Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) has been a satellite site since 2005. The conference will tap into the power and richness of metro Detroit’s diversity and find new ways of living, acting and thinking to build a sustainable community. Learn to create a space in which to network and connect and collaborate with schools, colleges and organizations to promote Bioneers’ values. This year’s conference is filled with opportunities: Hear the national conference plenary speakers; choose from over 27 local workshops; meet exhibitors and vendors; enjoy delicious locally grown food; be part of Young Bioneers Day and meet Numkhubulwane, a life-size elephant sculpture coming to teach us about sustainability and community. To register contact: Gloria Rivera at 313717-6151 and


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cclaimed pioneer of ancient wisdom in modern life, Swami Parthasarathy has helped countless people all over the world increase productivity, minimize stress and develop inner peace at work and at home. His techniques have been exalted by Business Week and New Yorker Magazine. Time magazine has called him “a man who adds new meaning to the term business guru.”

This month, Yoga Shelter hosts a series of lectures at a variety of Detroit venues to promote his new book, “Governing Business and Relationships.” The book is credited with providing complete knowledge to achieve lasting productivity and success at work and at home, while ushering peace and harmony in all relationships. The series begins with “The Power of Emotion” Monday October 11 Yoga Shelter in West Bloomfield The second part, “Governing Business & Relationships,” will be held Wednesday, October 13 at Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Finally, “Who Am I” will be presented Thursday, October 14 also at Yoga Shelter in West Bloomfield. All lectures begin at 7:15 p.m. Swami has been a keynote speaker alongside 16 Nobel Laureates at the Festival of Thinkers and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. His Vedanta Academy in India is the highest rated retreat center for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the world’s premier CEO organization. Swami stresses that the key to today’s problems, “lie in developing a powerful intellect.” He explains that one needs to manage oneself before attempting to manage anything external in life. Recently featured on England’s Sky Sports Channel for his winning cricket performance, the 84-year-old Swami stands as an example of his own teachings on dynamic and stress-free living. “The world today is in a state of chaos due to the perversion in human development - all intelligence and no intellect,” says Swami. “There is little reason and judgment governing actions and relationships. Consequently, families are torn apart, business houses collapse and nations are at daggers drawn. While governing bodies in the fields of education, politics and religion helplessly gaze at the internal and external crises that humanity faces.” The lecture series is sponsored by Yoga Shelter, a local yoga studio with an emphasis on making yoga accessible to all. With five locations, a wide range of classes and inspirational messaging, Yoga Shelter appeals to both young and old. Tickets to all three lectures can be purchased at Cost is $25/person prior to the event or $30 at the door. More information on Swami can be found at the following links:

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75th Anniversary The Wilderness Society Celebrates Nationwide Successes

Fresh from a major achievement in 2009, The Wilderness Society has not been resting on its laurels in this, its 75th year of striving to protect our nation’s public lands. Following last year’s passage of the largest land conservation bill in decades, permanently protecting 4 million acres in 11 states, it’s had more than a dozen wilderness bills in the works this year. Current campaigns tackle global warming, fossil fuel drilling in public lands and re-vegetating unused forest roads, as well as wilderness protection. They’re also initiating job programs to restore forests, rivers and grasslands that native species need to adapt to climate change. Take action at

Garbage Blight

Second Patch of Plastic Soup Spotted in Atlantic A rising tide of consumer plastics, jettisoned into the oceans via rivers, storm drains, sewage overflows and windstorms, is devastating the environment across the world, says Charles Moore, the ocean researcher credited with discovering a vast, plastics-infested area in the Pacific Ocean in 1997. Now, his Algalita Marine Research Foundation researchers have defined a second vortex of garbage in the Atlantic Ocean. The soup of confetti-like bits of plastics stretches over thousands of square miles of the western North Atlantic, with the densest concentrations between the latitudes of Virginia and Cuba, including the unique Sargasso Sea ecosystem. Sea Education Association (SEA) oceanography faculty member Kara Lavender Law, Ph.D., clarifies: “There’s no large patch, no solid mass of material. If it were an island, we could go get it. But we can’t; it’s a thin soup of plastic fragments.” SEA, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, which has monitored the North Atlantic for 22 years, expects that several such areas exist in the world’s oceans. The plastic soup has essentially become a permanent part of the ecosystem, posing harm to the entire marine food chain. The only remedy is to halt the influx of consumer plastics by producing less of them and recycling them all. Public education is key.

Assaults Halted

Wolves Receive Endangered Species Protection Massive wolf hunts have been stopped in their tracks, thanks to a federal court ruling that has restored endangered species protection for these animals in Montana and Idaho. More than 500 wolves have been gunned down since the U.S. government stripped them of federal protection. “The ruling effectively returns all wolves in the Northern Rockies to the endangered species list,” confirms Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Two Reports Project Fresh Water Scarcity by 2030 A recent report by the World Economic Forum warns that half the world’s population will be affected by water shortages within 20 years. Unsustainable conditions are headed toward what the researchers term, “water bankruptcy,” that could incite a crisis greater than the current global financial downturn. Crops and people are in danger, as geopolitical conflicts are expected to rise due to dwindling water resources. During the 20th century, world population increased fourfold, but the amount of fresh water that it used increased nine times over. Already, 2.8 billion people live in areas of high water stress, according to the analysis. A concurring UN World Water Development Report adds that shortages are already beginning to constrain economic growth in areas as diverse as California, China, Australia, India and Indonesia. The Associated Press reports that the pivotal Ogallala Aquifer, in America’s Great Plains breadbasket, stretching from South Dakota to North Texas, continues to be drained at alarming rates, while the natural recharge rate is considered negligible.

Media Switch

Digging Up Good News for a Change Even though we hear a lot about what’s going wrong with planet Earth, it’s good to know many things are going right. Good Dirt Radio, a volunteer-driven radio program based in Durango, Colorado, broadcasts inspiring stories about people working hard to bring about positive environmental change. The nonprofit show, founded in 2004 by producer Gary Lewin and co-hosted by Tom Bartels, airs free, five-minute segments about topics as varied as zero waste, do-it-yourself solar, cold frames, fair trade, farmers’ markets and economic sustainability. It reaches 1 to 2 million listeners of 40 radio stations in the U.S. Southwest; others tune in online. Bestselling environmentalist Paul Hawken says, “Their news programs inspire people to make informed choices, and that helps us all.” Listen in at

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Eco-friendly Manufacturer Turns Trash into Cash TerraCycle’s award-winning entrepreneur, Tom Szaky, is turning conventional manufacturing on its head. The company now up-cycles consumer packaging waste into 186 products, available at retailers like Whole Foods Market, Petco, Home Depot, Walmart and Target. The National Geographic Channel’s Garbage Moguls, which debuted new episodes of the TerraCycle experience this summer, illustrates such transformations as cereal boxes into notebooks, newspapers into pencils, cookie wrappers into kites, and disposable pens into trash cans. Schools and community nonprofits collect the materials for payment through eco-friendly local fundraisers. For more information visit


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Where to Recycle Outdated Electronics U.S. consumers, who generate more than 3 million tons of e-waste annually, now have easier access to manufacturer recycling programs, responsible local erecycling facilities and cooperating retailers. “If you make it easy, people will recycle their stuff,” says Barbara Kyle, national coordinator of the Electronics Takeback Coalition. As of this year, 23 states mandate statewide e-waste recycling, and all but California make manufacturers responsible for providing it, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Seven more states introduced such legislation in 2010 (see ElectronicsTakeBack. com/legislation/state_legislation.htm). This approach helps get e-products containing toxic materials out of landfills and incinerators, where they can contaminate water and air. It also shifts the need for cost-effective environmental responsibility to manufacturers, to encourage them to design more eco-friendly products. Ultimately, this should result in products with fewer toxic components and more reusable and recyclable components, requiring less use of virgin materials. The world leader in e-waste recycling proves what’s possible; an industry-run program in Norway recycles 98 percent of all e-waste. By contrast, in 2008 Americans recycled only 13.6 percent of their e-waste, often storing old, unused units at home. Now they know where to take it. Find local drop-off sites at Electronics, click on Guide to Recycling Your Electronics. For local sites that accept electronic, automotive, hazardous, yard and other household materials, call 1-800-Recycling (1-800-732-925-464) or visit

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arents should ease up on antibacterial soaps and wipes and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud—or at least more of an acquaintance with everyday germs, suggests a Northwestern University longterm study. Exposure to germs in childhood, the researchers observe, helps develop the immune system and may help prevent cardiovascular and other diseases in adulthood. Such early exposure, they note, promotes the body’s own ability to regulate inflammation, a root cause associated with many diseases. “Now, for the first time in the history of our species, our bodies are being deprived of exposure to those everyday germs because we live in such a sanitary environment,” explains lead author Thomas McDade, of Northwestern. “Think about the immune system as [one] that needs information from the environment to guide its development and function; if you live in a rich microbial environment, you get exposed to lots of germs, and that helps your immune system develop.”


new study at Indiana University suggests that how tidy we keep our home can also indicate how fit we are. That conclusion was based on an examination of the domestic habits of 998 urban AfricanAmericans, ages 49 to 65, that found a correlation between the interior condition, or cleanliness, of a participant’s residence and their level of physical activity. Remarks researcher NiCole Keith, “If you spend your day dusting, cleaning, doing laundry, you’re active.”

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here’s truth in the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why apples are good for us. Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark fed rats a diet rich in whole apples or apple juice, purée or pomace. Another group of lab animals was put on a control diet. The researchers then analyzed the animals’ digestive systems to see if eating apples had any impact on the amount of friendly bacteria in their gut. “We found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health,” says co-researcher Andrea Wilcks. “It seems that when apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. They also produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall.” Ultimately, a healthy digestive tract translates into a stronger immune system. Source: BioMed Central, 2010


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eight loss may be the biggest reason people attempt a change in diet/lifestyle. So many people wake up and look in the mirror, and discover they don’t like what they see and want it to change. According to the Journal of American Medical Association over 30 percent of the US population is obese. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer and inflammatory conditions are all on the rise – the direct result of the growing obesity epidemic. There are many methods for achieving weight loss including making environmental changes in addition to dieting. Whatever approach one takes, it is important to utilize tools that address the reasons for weight gain which are most commonly toxicity, intake of poor quality food, hormonal imbalance and lack of healthy lifestyle habits. Any rigorous program needs to be done under the supervision of a physician. One option many people are considering when looking for an effective and fast way to lose weight is the HCG diet. Originally developed by Dr. ATW Simeons, the protocol has been used by physicians since the 1950s to provide rapid, sustainable weight loss. Basically, participants adopt an extremely low calorie diet (500 calories) of very specific foods, along with Hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin) in some form or another. The theory is that the Hcg helps the body establish hypothalamic control over weight, fat utilization and mobilization as well as a new set point and hormonal control point for body weight. Using Hcg and the recommended food plan, weight comes off at about a pound a day. People considering this diet must remember that it requires a specific protocol of both diet and lifestyle changes and they should seek out a physician to guide them through the process. Taking on a 500 calorie diet without supervision is not recommended because of issues that can arise and the need for expert monitoring in case of any problems. Also, continuing to follow the protocol even after the end of the Hcg phase is key to maintaining the weight loss and the health benefits. Not all people are believers in the efficacy of the diet. Many feel that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of Hcg and that it is a placebo effect rather than a long term fix. Since we do not currently have great ways of monitoring hypothalamic function, it is hard to prove what the effect is and how it is being accomplished. There are also people who suggest that it is the 500 calorie a day diet that is producing the weight loss. Unfortunately it is impossible to verify one way or the other if the effect is due entirely to the Hcg or to the diet. However, many people through time have taken on strict diets only to gain most or all of the weight back and for the majority who do the Hcg diet, this is not the case. If a clean, well balanced diet is followed after finishing the active Hcg portion of the diet, most do not gain any of their old weight back. The recommendations for the long term maintenance include avoidance of bad oils, sugar, most grains and eating wholesome, organic, home cooked food high in good quality fats and essential nutrients. Based on my own practice and personal experiences, I believe that the effect is real, significant and needs to be given consideration as one method of combatting the obesity epidemic in America today. It is imperative that people regain control over their health, weight and food choices if our health crisis is ever to be successfully dealt with. Simple dieting and exercising doen’t always work, and weight loss surgery is risky and invasive. That is why, using a program like the Hcg diet to modify the lifestyle, lower the weight, improve self esteem and develop motivation may be the way to go. Check with a physician who specializes in Hcg before starting any program. Partnering with someone who can help you succeed is an excellent way to achieve success!

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BE A CLIMATE HERO Act up. Act now. by Bill McKibben


t any given moment, there are a thousand things going wrong in the world. If we were to list just major environmental problems alone we could go on for a long time, citing everything from toxic contaminants in our food to the scarcity of safe drinking water. This past summer, we all stared in horror at the slowly blackening Gulf of Mexico as the Deepwater Horizon oil slick spread on and below the water’s surface. Making such a list is such a depressing exercise that the temptation is to just walk away from the task. We might feel like a surgeon at a wartime field hospital, forced to do major triage. Where do we turn first?


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The half-good news is that our planet’s mounting environmental troubles aren’t isolated, individual casualties. If we can figure out what the keystone is, then we can collectively start to work to cure a bunch of the most pressing problems at once. By the same token, if we guess wrong, we can labor for years to correct a particular woe, only to have our hard work overwhelmed by the underlying infection. Based on the scientific evidence, I think it’s pretty clear that the most crucial of all the complex issues we face today revolve around the causeand-effect relationship of burning fossil fuels and the accelerating changes in Earth’s climate. In short: If we can’t

deal with global warming, nothing else we do will really matter. To put it more positively: If we can remove the needle from our arm that feeds society’s addiction to petroleum products, many of our other troubles would begin to wane.

Signs of the Times Let’s start with the hard stuff: Global warming is the first crisis we’ve ever faced that has the potential to shake our civilization to its core. So far, human beings have burned enough coal, gas and oil to raise the temperature of the planet about one degree Fahrenheit. That’s already been enough to cause all manner of troubles:

n The Arctic icecap is melting, and quickly. By summer’s end in 2007, a record-setting year, the northernmost continent, which moderates air and water temperatures for the whole planet, contained 25 percent less ice than the year before. As of this writing, the 2010 melt was outpacing that of 2007. Scientists now routinely predict it won’t be long before we’ve seen the end of Arctic summer sea ice altogether—that is, the world as viewed from outer space would be without its familiar white top. Worse, it’s not only the Arctic; pretty much every other geographic area that’s frozen is melting as well, perhaps most dangerously in the high-altitude glaciers of the Andes and Himalaya mountains, historically relied upon to send water, respectively, to the South American and Asian continents below.

ment complex would immediately understand that it’s in his or her best interest to install solar hot water tubes on the roof. In China, the world leader in total energy use, yet also in renewable energies, 250 million people now get their hot water this way. But, such a simple and effective solution still has to fight against the force of economic gravity there, as elsewhere. As long as coal-fired electricity is absurdly cheap, renewable energy sources will stay marginal.

n The Earth’s hydrological cycles are undergoing a dramatic shift. Because warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the general atmosphere is about 5 percent moister than it was 40 years ago. This means more evaporation, hence more drought, in arid areas. But on the rest of a planet, where what goes up must come down—we’re witnessing extraordinary increases in flooding. This year, for example, we’ve seen record (and lethal) rainstorms in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, just within the 1.5 percent of the planet’s surface comprised by the continental United States.

~ International Energy Agency

n Overall, temperatures are rising to near unbearable levels as that single degree average increase on the thermometer reverberates in savage heat waves. This past spring, India experienced weeks of record temperatures that beat anything recorded since the British started measuring them in the early 1800s. Early this summer, seven nations smashed all-time temperature records. In Burma, the mercury set a new all-time record for Southeast Asia, at 118 degrees. In June, Pakistan went on to establish a new benchmark for the highest temperature ever recorded at any time, anywhere in Asia, of 129 degrees. All of this is due to a single degree of global temperature increase. The climatologists have warned us that if the United States, China and other countries don’t make a super-swift transition from the use of coal and oil, the world’s collective temperature will climb something like five degrees before the century is out. If one degree melts the Arctic icecap, we don’t want to see what five degrees looks like. So, that’s the bad news. Here’s the good news.

Alternate Scenario Let’s imagine we took the most significant step we could to speed the worldwide transition off of fossil fuel. Let’s imagine that the U.S. Congress and the United Nations managed to agree on a national and international scheme to set stiff pricing on coal and oil that accurately reflects the damage these fossil fuels are wreaking in the atmosphere. If that happened, then many other things would follow. The most obvious is that we’d see lots more solar panels and wind turbines. Suddenly, anyone with a spreadsheet would be able to see that it no longer makes sense to invest in a coal-fired power plant. Anyone building a new apart-

This year, China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest energy user. Because China gets most of its electricity from coal, it’s also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases as of 2007, yet the United States remains the world’s biggest oil consumer by a wide margin. The effects of a widespread switch to clean and renewable energies wouldn’t be confined to the energy sector. Think about farming. We’ve spent half a century building a giant agro-industrial complex that runs entirely on fossil fuel. Yet author Michael Pollan recently calculated that it takes 10 calories of fossil energy to produce one calorie of food. Because that growing complex is a machine, not really a farm, the food it produces is terrible in terms of taste and nutrition, and includes toxic residues from pesticides, herbicides and chemically synthesized fertilizers. The ultimate irony is that we now devote the best farmland on the planet, the American Midwest, to growing high-fructose corn syrup. It’s a prime culprit in our country’s diabetes epidemic. The ripple effect goes on and on. On the other hand, consider what would happen if the price of oil went up high enough that this nation could no longer afford to farm in the manner preferred by agribusiness behemoths? What would happen is that we’d need more Americans engaged in healthier farming, with human labor and ingenuity replacing some of the fossil fuel. That would increase yields per acre and also increase the quality of the foods we eat. Research studies reported by Jules Pretty, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Essex, UK, in his book, Agri-Culture, have proved that small farms around the world are routinely as productive as agro-industrial lands, and that low-input farming, too, can feed the world with a wholesale switchover. Again, this is already starting to happen: Farmers’ markets continue to be the fastest growing part of our nation’s food economy; the last agricultural

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census found that the number of farms in the United States is increasing for the first time in a century-and-a-half. That’s good news and potentially great news, but small farming, co-ops and organic production will remain a small, marginal trend until the price of energy changes. The day that happens is the day that everyone finds their way to a local farmers’ market. Helpful changes roll out, from bus and train commutes replacing cars to the rising popularity of densely inhabited urban blocks, as cul-de-sac suburbia loses its appeal. Local storefronts naturally get the nod over big box chain stores, too, and so on.

Scientific data shows the ocean becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate as surface waters continue to absorb approximately a third of manmade atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. ~ National Research Council, Ocean Acidification, 2010

The Key to Change How do we make it happen? How do we change the price of energy, which is what almost every observer thinks is the only way we can make a real change in the physics and chemistry of the current global warming phenomenon, and make an effective difference in the short time allowed before the harmful consequences explode exponentially? If only everyday people could do it solely by making personal energy improvements around the house, at work and in their communities—through such steps as switching to more energyefficient light bulbs and riding our bikes to work. Such changes are good to do, of course, and it all helps, but we don’t have a century to turn around our global situation. Which means we also need to engage in… politics. We need to put the pressure on our leaders now to change the price of energy now. Remember—they’re getting plenty of pressure from lobbyists pocketing profits on the other side. Because of government subsidies and cartels, fossil fuel is the most profitable industry humans have ever engaged in; last year, Exxon Mobil Corporation made more money than any company in recorded history. That buys them a lot of power. We won’t be able to outspend them, so we will have to do what people have always done when they have found themselves needing to take charge of their future: We must build a movement. Politicians won’t change because scientists tell them we have a


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Global phytoplankton populations have dropped about 40 percent since 1950, and scientists believe that rising sea surface temperatures are to blame. The microscopic plants both form the foundation of the ocean’s food web and gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half of the world’s oxygen output. ~ Dalhousie University, Canada, Nature, 2010

problem—they’ll change because enough people tell them they have to, or they’ll lose their jobs. Building just this kind of movement is entirely possible.

Citizen Action Plan Two years ago, a few concerned citizens joined me in launching, a wholly grassroots campaign that takes its name from a wonky scientific data point. NASA scientists led by James Hansen have published reams of data

showing that, “Any value for carbon in the atmosphere greater than 350 parts per million [ppm] is not compatible with the planet on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted.” It sounds like an unpromising banner to rally people around—too serious and too depressing, because we’re already well past the 350 mark. The atmosphere is currently at 392 ppm carbon dioxide, which is why the Arctic is melting. So far, we’ve racked up some successes; in October 2009, we held an International Day of Action that created some 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries. That’s a lot—in fact, CNN called it, “… the most widespread day of political action in the

planet’s history.” Online images posted from those events banish wrong preconceptions people might have about who is and is not an environmentalist. Most of the rallies were orchestrated by poor, black, brown, Asian and young people, because that’s what most of the world is made up of. Six weeks later, at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 117 nations endorsed that 350 target, which was good; except that they were 117 poor and vulnerable nations, not the richest and most addicted to fossil fuels. So, we fight on. This October, we’re holding a 10/10/10 Global Work Party. It’s set to spread around the world, too, with people in thousands of communities doing something practical: putting solar panels on local schools, harvesting community gardens and planting mangroves along rising shorelines. In Auckland, New Zealand, they aim to repair every bicycle in every garage. The intention will be twofold. Point one is that bikes are good. Ditto solar panels. We need both in our communities. Point two acknowledges that we know we can’t solve climate change one bike path at a time. So we’re also intent on sending a strong political message to our leaders: If we can get to work, so can you. Right now. If I can climb up on the roof of the school to hammer in a solar panel, you can climb to the floor of the Senate and hammer out some helpful legislation. It’s time to shame our government and corporate leaders a little, and maybe inspire them, too. This is far from the only people’s campaign swelling around the world. They range from the small and specific (e.g., Project Laundry List, which advocates for right-to-dry laws that would let all Americans hang their laundry on clotheslines) to the far-ranging Green for All, which works for clean energy jobs across the country. This year, the Great Power Race, between campuses in the United States, China and India, will make news via a friendly competition to see who can come up with the most creative sustainability ideas. Then there’s PutSolarOnIt. com, pushing the U.S. president and other world leaders to at least do the symbolic work of sticking panels on the roof of the White House and all of its equivalent buildings around the world. The list goes on. We all need to get to work addressing climate change right where we live, in our communities. We need to build towns and cities that make sense and create jobs for families. We also need to build a world that works, because the best organic gardener on Earth won’t be able to cope with 30 straight days of rain, or a month with no rain at all, without helpful policies. That means resorting to politics, which is another way of saying that we must work

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ur little ones, masquerading this month as ghosts and goblins, only look scary. What’s really frightening are the toxic chemicals lurking in our families’ food and water. Pregnant women, infants and children are most vulnerable, because expectant, young and growing bodies are less able to break down and excrete toxins. Halloween screams for a list of valid fears, plus strategies to keep our families safe. Pesticides: According to Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based Organic Center, more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the United States alone. More than half of the most widely applied pesticides are known endocrine disruptors, compounds that mimic natural hormones and interfere with normal development. At Beyond Pesticides’ annual meeting last spring, Indianapolis-based neonatologist Dr. Paul Winchester


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explained how pesticide exposure contributes to birth defects, autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, reduced fertility, obesity and cancer. It’s no wonder that the President’s Cancer Panel Report recommends choosing foods grown or produced without pesticides. Genetically Modified Foods: An estimated 70 percent of common processed foods lining supermarkets shelves, including Halloween candy, contain at least one genetically modified (GM) ingredient. Yet, genetically modified crops and foods (GMOs) have never been tested for long-term safety. Since the introduction of GM crops 13 years ago, Benbrook says pesticide use has increased by more than 300 million pounds. Because GM crops are designed to withstand pesticide spray, over time, weeds and pests naturally develop resistance, requiring more and stronger chemicals. Mercury Rising: Recent U.S. Geological Survey research found mercury contamination in every fish sampled from 291 streams nationwide. More surprising, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

found mercury in assorted products containing high fructose corn syrup, likely the result of the sweetener’s manufacturing process, says Renee Dufault, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration health officer. David Wallinga, a medical doctor and director of the Food and Health program at IATP, says mercury is a toxic, heavy metal that harms brain development; no exposure level is considered safe. Plastic Poisons: Like pesticides, plastics can release endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A (BPA) into food and water. Even more scary, “These compounds are biologically active at extremely low and previously undetected levels,” says University of Missouri biologist Frederick vom Saal. Food Dyes: The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that common food dyes can pose unnecessary risks for cancer, hyperactivity and allergies. Each year, approximately 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes are added to foods that are heavily marketed

to children. It’s frightening to think of our children as guinea pigs for profit, isn’t it? Here’s how to keep family members safe: Buy Organic: Researchers at Washington State University found that switching children from a conventional to an organic diet resulted in a dramatic drop in pesticide exposure. By definition, organic foods cannot contain GMOs, synthetic pesticides, artificial hormones or antibiotics. Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., a prominent ecologist and author of Living Downstream, says, “Organic food is really a bargain, when you consider the full cost to our children’s health and their environment.” Read Labels: Most nonorganic corn, soy, canola and sugar (processed from sugar beets, not cane) are genetically engineered, although an identifying label is not required. Common GMO ingredients include soy lecithin, corn starch and high fructose corn syrup. “Good” food advocates suggest that we call or write our favorite food manufacturers and tell them we won’t buy their products if they use GMO

ingredients or artificial colors. Avoid Plastics: Always heat food in glass, lead-free ceramic, stainless steel or other non-reactive metal cookware (excludes most nonstick brands). Avoid House and Garden Chemicals: Banish bug sprays and lawn and garden chemicals in favor of more natural products. Check with Beyond Pesticides for suggested alternatives, at Pass this Article on to Friends: Protect the neighborhood and beyond. Petition Legislators: Ask representatives to support H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, at actioncenter. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host based in Columbia, MO. Tune into “Food Sleuth” radio at Reach her at For more information visit: The Organic Center (; Pesticide Action Network of North America (; IATP Smart Guides (

BANISHING THE CANDY MONSTER n When goblins come a-knocking, offer stickers, pencils, crayons or children’s party favors. n Host a haunted dinner party with a creepy twist: Serve guacamole (aka “frogs’ guts”), spaghetti with tomato sauce (“bloody brains”) and organic cranberry juice mixed with warm spiced cider (“Dracula’s blood”). Eat by candlelight or around a fire pit and howl at the moon. n Make up spooky stories. n Emphasize the dress-up factor. Visit a secondhand store and create unique costumes, complete with homemade masks, face paint and hairdos. n Celebrate the season with true treats, like time with family and nature. Take a treasure hunt hike to search for leaves, feathers, rocks and seedpods. Decorate small pumpkins or gourds from the farmers’ market, dunk for organic apples, carve jacko-lanterns and toast pumpkin seeds. Yum.

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HEALTH Make Prevention a Daily Habit by Beth Davis

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or some women, the thought of exercise reduces the risk of breast estimates that roughly one-third cancer. Results of research published breast cancer elicits fears related to body image, surgery and in BMC Cancer found that women in of all cancer deaths may be mortality. It has likely affected every the study group who engaged in more woman in this country, either through than seven hours a week of moderdiet-related. To help decrease the trauma of personal experience or ate-to-vigorous exercise for the last through another’s trials. 10 years were 16 percent less likely a woman’s risk, The Cancer According to the American Cancer to develop breast cancer than those Society (ACS), some 207,000 new cases who were inactive. Cure Foundation recommends of invasive breast cancer will be diagadding foods containing cancer- Embrace Fish Oil nosed in U.S. women this year. Despite this staggering number, there is good According to a recent report in fighting properties, including fiber, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & news. The ACS also reports that after increasing for more than two decades, women who regularly inseaweed and whole soy products. Prevention, the incidence rate of female breast cluded a fish oil supplement in their cancer recently has been decreasing, by diet had a 32 percent reduced risk of about 2 percent per year from 1999 to breast cancer than those not taking 2006, which may indicate that we are adopting more effecthe supplement. tive prevention methods. Here are some natural ways to keep breast tissue healthy. Take Up Tea Green tea, the most widely consumed beverage in the world, Get a Move On after water, reportedly contains the highest concentration of Walk, run, swim or bike—just move. Studies show that polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help fight off the free


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radicals that scientists believe contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of many health problems, including cancer. According to a new study led by Martha Shrubsole, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, regular consumption of green tea may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by as much as 12 percent. The Power of Produce Eat more fruits and vegetables. The American Institute of Cancer Research lists the foods most likely to help decrease the risk of breast cancer. Superstar vegetables include all cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower); dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach); carrots; and tomatoes. Steam the vegetables or eat them raw to best preserve their cancer-fighting nutrients. Superstar fruits include citrus, berries and cherries. The Magic of Mushrooms Regularly include medicinal mushrooms at mealtime, especially the Japanese varieties maitake and shiitake. Studies have shown that maitake mushrooms, in particular, stimulate immune function and also inhibit tumor growth. In a study of more than 2,000 Chinese women, those who ate the most fresh mushrooms (10 grams or more a day) proved about two-thirds less likely to develop breast cancer than non-consumers. Limit the Alcohol A study of more than a million women by Oxford University scientists indicates a clear link between drinking even moderate amounts of wine and breast cancer. A Harvard Nurses’ Health study has shown that consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 20 to 25 percent. Cut the Fat Ann Kulze, a medical doctor and author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, says women should minimize consumption of omega-6 and saturated fats, avoid trans fats, and maximize intake of omega-3 fats, especially from oily fish such as

tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. Kulze suggests that women consume monounsaturated fats like olive oil, as well as nuts and seeds; the latter also provide selenium, an important mineral in cancer protection, according to the British Journal of Cancer. Cut Chemical Exposure Certain chemicals, many of which are found in plastic, appear to interfere with the body’s hormonal balance and could harm breast tissue. To reduce exposure to chemicals such as Biphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, Marissa Weiss, a physician and president of BreastCancer. org, recommends using products that are made from glass, ceramic or stainless steel, instead.

Avoid Long-Term Hormone Therapy The link between postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT) and breast cancer has long been a subject of debate, and research results have been mixed. According to experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, it’s probably safe to take hormones for up to four to five years, although they recommend using the lowest dose possible. Of course, not using PHT to start with is a way to avoid raising this particular risk. Making such conscious daily life choices pays off today and in many tomorrows. Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Vegan advocates, who include celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Tobey Maguire and Woody Harrelson, support a robust vegan infrastructure, with new cookbooks and gourmet recipes, hip new restaurants and an explosion of websites and chat rooms devoted to a plant-based lifestyle. Some omnivores doubt that people can be either healthy or satisfied without the nutrients and flavor of animal products. After all, didn’t we evolve from meat eaters? Yes, our hunter-gatherer forbears may have liked meat, explain some experts, but it comprised only a tiny part of their diet—those animals were hard to catch. Instead, early humans subsisted largely on wild vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Milk and cheese didn’t become a diet staple until 10,000 years ago, and then only in Europe. Author Virginia Messina, a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health, based in Port Townsend, Washington, says her research for the American Dietetic Association confirms that vegetarians overall have lower levels of bad cholesterol, less obesity and a lower incidence of both hypertension and colon cancer than meat-eaters. Vegans have even lower cholesterol and blood pressure than vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy. But eschewing animal products only leads to improved health if people follow some basic guidelines. Vegans must by Kristin Ohlson be sure to eat a variety of whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds—good sources of protein—as well as fruits and ased upon what he observed at a plantation in Havegetables. (Messina notes that the average person needs waii on his first job out of medical school, California about 55 grams of protein a day, about half that ingested in physician John McDougall has eaten a vegan diet for a typical America diet.) And, while plant diets are generally 35 years. There, he cared for workers hailing from China, rich in iron, Messina notes that vegans need to make sure Japan, Korea and the Philippines, and quickly noticed that that the iron is well absorbed by eating a diet rich in vitamin first-generation immigrants didn’t have the C—leafy greens, as well as citrus, peppers, diseases he’d been trained to treat: no heart The American Institute potatoes, melons and tomatoes. She reminds disease, no diabetes, no cancer, no arthritis. vegans to get enough zinc in their diets with for Cancer Research However, he saw more evidence of these nuts, seeds and seed butters like tahini. Some recommends avoiding conditions with each succeeding generanutritionists suggest that vegans take a vitamin tion, as the workers increasingly indulged in B12 supplement, as well as a calcium suppleprocessed meat and standard American fare. ment. eating no more than “My first-generation patients kept to the Vegans insist that giving up these animal 500 grams (18 ounces) products doesn’t mean giving up the pleadiet they had eaten in their home countries,” McDougall says. “They lived on rice and sures of food. Perhaps no vegan chef has of red meat a week, vegetables, with very little meat and no dairy. done more to convince skeptics than Isa the equivalent of six But, as their kids started to eat burgers and Chandra Moskowitz, with cookbooks like 3-ounce servings. shakes, the kids got fatter and sicker.” Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon, and Accounts like this contribute to the fact Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. (She that today, as many as 8 million Americans say ~ Elaine Magee, also founded the Post Punk Kitchen vegan that they are vegetarians, according to a 2009 website with free recipes at Harris Interactive survey commissioned by The Vegetarian Many of her recipes take fewer than Resource Group. Of these, about a third are vegans, who 45 minutes to prepare, often avoid meat, eggs and dairy products, as well as meat. from inexpensive ingredients. Many choose a plant-based diet for better health; others, “It’s an economical way to because they believe it’s more humane and environeat,” she says. “It’s the way mentally conscious. According to the Natural Marketpoor people have always ing Institute, as many as 30 percent of Americans say eaten.” they are trying to reduce their meat intake. Certainly, it takes some




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retraining to adopt a vegan diet. Some people start by keeping meat portions to three or four ounces and going meatless one day each week, as author Michael Pollan recommends. But once people get the hang of preparing tasty, plant-based meals, they realize the breadth of the culinary experience. “The people who have been vegan for any length of time actually have a diet that’s substantially more diverse and interesting than the typical omnivore,” observes Erik Marcus, author of The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice. “You might think that your diet becomes more limited if you get rid of animal foods, but the opposite is actually true.” Kristin Ohlson is a freelance writer in Cleveland, OH. Reach her at

Defining Different Strokes It’s common for people to become quasi-vegetarians on the way to a way of eating that’s even more health- and planet-friendly. Here’s a look at various dietary practices. n Omnivore: eats both plant- and animal-based foods n Flexitarian: inclined to mostly eat vegetarian, but sometimes adds in meat n Vegetarian: eats no meat, including fish and shellfish, or any animal byproducts; also known as a lacto-ovo vegetarian (eats dairy and eggs) n Lacto-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats dairy products, but not eggs n Ovo-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats eggs, but not dairy products n Pescetarian: a vegetarian who eats fish (may also avoid factory-farmed fish) n Vegan: eats no meat, eggs or dairy, and no animal-derived ingredients, like gelatin, honey or whey; usually also excludes wearing and other uses of animal products, such as leather, wool, angora and cashmere n Raw: consists of only unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115° Fahrenheit n Macrobiotic: consumes unprocessed vegan foods and sometimes, fish; generally avoids refined oils, flours and sugars n Fruitarian: eats only plant foods that can be harvested without harming the plant Contributing sources: International Vegetarian Union;;

THE PERILS OF MEAT SUBSTITUTES by Kristin Ohlson When some people decide to give up meat, they still want something that looks, smells and tastes like meat on their plate—and they want its preparation to be as easy as flipping a burger on the grill. Even mainstream supermarkets now offer dozens of protein-rich products to fill this savory niche, usually made from some combination of textured or hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat gluten, grains and tofu. Great idea, right? Not necessarily. It may be convenient to rely on “meat analog” products when first making the transition to a plant-based diet, but a steady diet of them isn’t healthy, say nutritionists, because these products often have similar problems as other highly refined foods. Too many vitamins and minerals are leached away during production; plus, they often contain an unwholesome amount of salt, flavorings, colorings and other chemicals to make them palatable. “They’re really not ideal foods, long-term,” states Brendan Brazier, an Ironman triathlete and author of The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness. “After the transition is made, I tell people to cut these highly processed things out drastically—even cut them out completely.” Mitzi Dulan agrees. She’s a registered dietitian and team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals (and formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs) and co-author, with NFLer Tony Gonzalez, of The All-Pro Diet. Dulan tells vegan clients to seek their protein in beans and other legumes, nuts, whole grains and naturally fermented soy foods like tempeh; if they want to buy vegan products, they should make sure they’re made from these whole-food ingredients. Remarks Dulan, “I’d prefer to see people stay away from those fake meats and cheeses.”

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Infrared Mammography and the New Imperative in Breast Cancer Detection By Dr Philip Hoekstra, PhD


reast cancer is one of the most fearful topics for women. Virtually, everyone knows someone; a friend or a relative, who has confronted breast cancer and, unfortunately, many times had a poor outcome. Most of us know that the rate of breast cancer has increased over time but not that it has more than doubled in the past twenty years. Medicine has learned that many of the risk factors are just more common with time but there is still much to learn about the causes of breast cancer. Most of us still think of breast cancer as an older women’s disease and not a concern to women under fifty. While this may have been true in the past, younger women face the greatest rate of increase the incidence of breast cancer. Truly, every woman, eighteen to eighty faces a real risk for breast cancer and must take an active role in early detection to avoid the bad experiences of friends and relatives. There have been significant developments in the treat-


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ment of breast cancer that every woman should know. A new generation of biologic treatment options have been developed that act selectively to halt the growth or spread of breast cancer. The new category of therapies is termed “targeted therapy” or “neo-adjunctive chemotherapy” and is completely different from conventional chemotherapy in terms of general toxicity and selectively directing against cancer. While still unknown to most people, this new form of cancer treatment has been developed and clinically tested with outcomes much better than were possible in the past. However, this new generation of breast cancer treatment and all its benefits are not even an option unless the disease is detected at its earliest stages. This fact defines a new imperative for early detection of breast cancer; a detection that is difficult to obtain in the common paradigm. X-ray mammography is the most common means

of screening women for breast disease but has a practical threshold of detecting tumors not much smaller than ½ inch in diameter and then only for a select population of women who are menopausal with no prior breast surgery (biopsies, augmentation or reduction), average build (not large or small breasted), no fibrocystic disease or dense breast tissue and not taking estrogen replacement medication. Still, detection at this stage is the borderline of early detection and may already exclude a woman from more modern treatment options. Infrared Mammography is a modern development of an older technology termed thermography. Unlike X-Ray Mammography, it is absolutely safe (passive) and non-contact (no compression). Infrared mammography has the highest sensitivity levels in the detection of breast cancer for all women and, frequently, is the earliest means of detecting breast cancer, often 8-10 years before X-Ray Mammography. Instead of requiring a physical tumor, Infrared Mammography can detect a breast cancer while it is but a few number of cells. This is true early detection and enables the newest forms of biologic treatments with the best possible outcomes. Moreover, Infrared Mammography can effectively monitor all forms of treatment for breast cancer to evaluate its effectiveness. Infrared Mammography is listed as a diagnostic method by the FDA and the US National Cancer Institute. Infrared Mammography is not widely available yet and not every source is reliable. Women should insist that the laboratory director be certified by the American

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im Hightower, a syndicated columnist and national radio commentator, is the bestselling author of Swim Against the Current and Thieves in High Places. A former Texas agriculture commissioner, he’s spent some 30 years fighting for the rights of consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses and just plain folks. A favorite saying of his is, “The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.” Hightower is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Why do you consider populism the people’s rebellion against the corporate powers-that-be and how do you define it? Populists have historically understood that the real battle in America is not an ideological fight of conservative versus liberal. Rather, the battle is over money and power, and populists are engaged in a fight against corporatists to create a democratization of both our government and our economy. Too few people control the money and power at the

expense of the rest of us. In this country, populism began in Texas in 1877, when farmers, who were going broke because of railroad monopolies, realized they had to do something about it. What began as a farmers’ movement quickly spread throughout the country. The movement later evolved into the People’s Party and had a powerful impact on women’s suffrage, the direct elections of senators, wage and hour laws and the nationalization of railroads and public resources. It was very progressive.

rative. But, in fact, agitation is what America is all about. Agitators created America itself, first with the Continental Congress, and then with the American Revolution. It was agitators who democratized The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It also took agitators to form the suffragist, antislavery, populist and labor movements—and later, the civil rights, women’s and environmental movements. It takes people willing to stand up to the establishment and say, “No.”

How is your work helping individuals to swim against the political currents, work for the common good and make a difference in their communities?

How can we individually or collectively work to improve the world?

Essentially, I consider myself a modernday Johnny Appleseed, with a populist viewpoint. I try to inform people, rally them and help them see that they’re not alone, despite the power of the establishment trying to teach them that the corporate way is the only way.

Why do you say that  politics is more about top versus bottom than right versus left? Right versus left is what we’re told politics is all about—you’re either a conservative or you’re a liberal. But those are tiny little boxes that few Americans fit within, and this ideology is what divides us in this country. Most of us are a mix of both. The real political spectrum is in fact, top to bottom, because that is [the paradigm] where most people live; most folks know they are way down in that top-to-bottom spectrum.

What do you mean when you encourage people to be agitators, much like a metaphor of the way a washing machine agitates the dirt out? First of all, the powers that be try to make the term “agitator” seem pejo-

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First of all, assess your own values and what matters to you. If you think there’s something that strikes you as particularly unfair or not right or that could be done better, then look at that and begin to build on what you really care about. Inform yourself and then look around in your own area. It’s likely there is someone working on the very issue that bothers you. You’ve got to reach out to make those connections through places like your church, local groups and independent bookstores.

How do we create a government truly of, by and for the people? Democracy is not a quick fix; it requires a lot of citizen involvement, and you’ve got to find ways to become a part of that. You can’t do it alone. I often talk about Harrell’s Hardware store, in Austin. They’ll loan you a tool to take home for a project or sell you two nails. Their slogan is, “Together We Can Do It Yourself,” and this is exactly the operating principle of a progressive movement. We can’t do it ourselves—it takes all of us together, as like-minded people of goodwill. The possibility of self-government comes from this. For more information, visit Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email natural awakenings

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Enlightening, Empowering, Entertaining Film Makes Debut T

he transformational new film GhettoPhysics: Will The Real Pimps and Ho’s Please Stand Up! opens this month in local theaters. Filmmakers William Arntz and E Ray Brown have created a film that is “part documentary, part ‘Saturday Night Live’ satire, and part narrative.” The story begins by examining the power play between literal pimps and ho’s, then goes on to illustrate how that same power play is going on in classrooms, corporate boardrooms, and governments around the world. The makers of the film hope their message can inspire people to “stand up” and realize they do have control over their own destinies. Brown explains “it’s about awareness of ‘the game’ and letting people know it’s up to them to choose the role they play in every situation.” Both filmakers hope their work will reach an audience who might not otherwise have been exposed to the more metaphysical aspects of their message. Arntz, who also created the hit cult film, What the BLEEP Do We Know, posits “when have the African-American and Body/Mind/Spirit communities ever collided? I’m hoping this film will speak to the huge part of the population that doesn’t get exposed to transformation and meditation.” GhettoPhysics features interviews


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with author, social activist and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West; rapper/actor Ice T; economist, author and social activist John Perkins; and Brother Ishmael Tetteh, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Etherean Mission in Ghana, a trans-denominational metaphysical organization. The makers of this socio-political film draw on their collective experiences in spiritual and metaphysical studies, as well as their eclectic career paths as physicists, entrepreneurs, musicians and filmmakers to craft this inspirational story. Using principles of science, sociology, psychology, spirituality and metaphysics, Arntz and Brown simultaneously explain the power game that’s being played in the world and empower viewers to take their own actions toward changing it. At a time when millions are shouting “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” GhettoPhysics will entertain, enlighten and empower. The show opens in Detroit October 8th at the AMC Southfield 20, 25333 W 12 Mile Rd. and the AMC Fairlane 21, 18900 Michigan Ave in Dearborn.


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diet, because it doesn’t typically appear in pet foods,” she says. “But it’s best in small doses, in order to prevent weight gain.” The low-calorie gourd comes loaded with carbohydrates; one cup of puréed, canned pumpkin has as much as eight grams. Monroe observes that pumpkin has been a go-to item for pets with digestive issues since she was in veterinary school in the mid-1980s, primarily because it is a relatively inexpensive and readily available item. Bland, white rice is another popular home remedy for settling pets’ stomachs, she notes, but its high fiber content typically makes pumpkin the better choice. Before stocking up on pumpkin, Monroe recommends starting with prebiotic and probiotic products, which have been tested extensively for their health benefits. When diarrhea strikes, Veterinary Doctor Alice Martin, of Eagles Landing, says it’s best to consult a professional before attempting any home remedies. Monroe adds that cats with constipation need no more than one to two tablespoons of pumpkin per can of cat food. For dogs, the amount of pumpkin should be at least 10 percent of the day’s total caloric intake. As autumn temperatures drop and pumpkins become readily available, many pet owners prefer the all-natural, do-it-yourself approach. Monroe likes to grow and purée her garden pumpkins as a good-tasting aid to ensuring a happy, healthy home. Morieka V. Johnson is a freelance writer in Atlanta, GA. Reach her at

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ike kids who clamor for every tidbit in a candy store, Val Clows’ Great Danes have their choice of flavorful, highquality dog kibble. But they still can’t wait to get their paws on new deliveries of pumpkin-based granola arriving at her Holistic for Pets shop in Sarasota, Florida. She reports that her two-legged customers enjoy eating the pumpkin product, too. “Everybody is looking for something tasty that’s low calorie and high fiber,” says Clows, smiling. Traditionally reserved for grocery store aisles, pumpkin is now showing up in pet stores, too, as human food-grade animal treats, dried kibble and simple puréed goodness. A growing array of pet food products, from granola to dog biscuits, touts pumpkin for its vitamin A and fiber content. “We’ve been using pumpkin for a long, long time at our house,” remarks Clows. “But about two years ago, I started seeing pumpkin products labeled for pets, as well as pet treats that are pumpkin based. My dogs particularly love canned pumpkin, laced with a touch of cinnamon and ginger.” As with all good things, use pumpkin in moderation, suggests Dr. Jennifer Monroe, of Eagles Landing Veterinary Hospital, in McDonough, Georgia. “Pumpkin is good for pets with digestive issues, especially those on a hypoallergenic

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ECO-FILM PICKS Movies with a Message Worth Watching


s movie-making technology has become less expensive and more accessible, eco-films have exploded onto the scene. While companies like National Geographic and Discovery Channel continue to contribute high-quality nature films, independent eco-filmmakers are also releasing inspired films almost by the day. Because most of these movies run less than 90 minutes, they have become sought-after teaching tools for family movie nights, school classrooms and readers looking for a break from books. It was a tough call, but after reviewing 50 standouts, Natural Awakenings picked five films highly favored for their clear message, entertainment value and motivating call to action. FOOD, INC.: Producers present the whole enchilada when it comes

to understanding what we eat and the implications of our food choices. Beyond a plateful of facts, it’s also packed with entertaining graphics. The climax answers the inevitable viewer question: “This is an appalling situation, but what can I do about it?” Attention parents: There is a documentary-style scene showing mistreatment of an ailing cow to fast-forward through; otherwise, the coast is clear. ( TAPPED: Filmmakers tackle two significant issues facing the modern world: the emerging scarcity of water and the staggering quantity of plastic bottle waste. Images of the Texas-sized floating island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean will make us think seriously about kicking the bottled water habit for good. ( A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS: Anyone taking up the first lady’s call to home vegetable gardening will revel in this film’s portrayal of the many ways local gardens provide communities with gifts of food, knowledge, empowerment and reconciliation. A Community of Gardeners shows that local gardening is so much more than a labor-intensive solution to the ills of the manufactured-food industry; it is also good for the soul. (Community THE END OF THE LINE: Much as the eco-film standard bearer, An Inconvenient Truth, sounds the alert on global warming, The End of the Line reports on the troubled state of the rapid decline of the fish stocks that feed the world. Similarly, the film highlights how viewers’ everyday choices can stop contributing to the problem. (


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FUEL: Civilization’s era of crude oil and other fossil fuels is rapidly coming to a close, while the future of energy has yet to be written. The replacement technologies for alternative sustainable energies are already understood, if not widely promoted. Many are ready to be put to work now and await only our adoption. Next-generation technologies also beckon. Fuel, a Hollywood-style documentary featuring such environmental spokespersons as Woody Harrelson and Sheryl Crow, proves that the future of energy is as much about imagination and creativity as it is about kilowatt-hours. ( Contributors include Michael Curran, health writer, and Michael D’Estries, film reviewer. Black Gold: A Film about Coffee and Trade on the economics of coffee Blue Gold: World Water Wars on the politics of water Dirt! The Movie on the vital role of healthy soil Dive! on American food waste Everything’s Cool on environmentalism in politics Flow on the world water crisis

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s exercise reaches beyond the realm of pure athletics to include fitness fans everywhere, people have noticed that their efforts to stay in shape often are thwarted by back pain. That’s why knowledgeable trainers counsel that any well-designed workout must honor the health and mechanics of this important part of the body. Dr. Karen Erickson, a New York City-based chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, sees firsthand why alignment is crucial, especially if an individual has a history of back pain. “Good stability and good flexibility are the big factors for keeping the spine healthy,” she says. No matter what exercise modality one chooses to practice, Erickson advises beginning conservatively, as benefits can be achieved without pushing the level of difficulty.

Core Strength Counts Developing muscle strength throughout the torso is key to maintaining the correct spinal curvature for a strong back. In addition to the muscles that directly attach to the spine, the spine is also stabilized by deep stomach strength, strong pelvic floor support and the upper thigh muscles. Pilates is well-known for its focus on such core conditioning. “Pilates uses apparatus expressly designed for working the abdominals and the back,” explains Lolita San Miguel, from her studio in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Most of our work is in the supine or prone positions [lying down], so that the vertical pull from gravity is lessened, and the body can be worked with a more correct alignment, and thus more effectively.” One of a small group of active practitioners who studied with Pilates method founder Joseph Pilates, San Miguel is a living testament to the benefits of the practice. When this 75-year-old isn’t doing her daily Pilates, she’s engaged in other physically demanding activities. “Pilates makes life sweet for the senior,” she says.


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Posture Matters Despite well-meaning parental advice, it turns out that good posture entails more than just pulling our shoulders back. Alignment practices like Restorative Exercise and the Alexander Technique were designed to develop an awareness of full-body mechanics as we go about daily activities. Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt teaches the Alexander Technique in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The central theme of the technique is the spine, learning how to maintain length through the spine as you move,” she advises. “It is used extensively by actors, dancers, musicians and other high-performance people whose activities depend on postural alignment.” In 2008, the Alexander Technique was the subject of a yearlong study published in the British Medical Journal, where it was shown to be effective in relieving low-back pain. The system focuses on both mental and physical aspects of movement, and usually includes passive treatments on the massage table, where the teaching practitioner manipulates the body to help release muscular tension.

Stay Flexible Keeping spinal movements fluid and supple is also essential for keeping the discs of the spine healthy.

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Tai chi and the related qigong emphasize this kind of mobility. “Many Tai chi students find that they can move some of their vertebrae, but others seem to be stuck, with several vertebrae moving as one,” reports Sound Beach, New York-based Tai chi Master Bob Klein. He explains, “In Tai chi, you become a master of moving the spine so that it almost seems devoid of bones, flowing and turning with ease, in exact coordination with the rest of the body.” Both Tai chi and qigong are gaining popularity among those who are looking to maximize a cardiostyle workout, while minimizing impact on their bones and joints. Yoga is a longtime favorite approach to maintaining both stability and flexibility through strong muscles and alignment. Ana Forrest used her hatha yoga practice to recover from an accident that seriously injured all the regions of her spine, and Forrest Yoga was born out of her retraining. “People spend 90 percent of their waking hours in positions that compress the spine—in how they sit, how they stand, even how they do backbends in yoga class,” she observes. “Part of a good yoga practice is to create length in the spine, create a feeling of spaciousness in the body.” While Erickson considers herself a fan of all the exercise modalities listed here, she always emphasizes personal responsibility when it comes to back health. “Never do an exercise that causes you pain,” she offers as a rule of thumb. For long-term back health, she explains that chiropractic care is great for improving alignment and other back-related issues, yet is no substitute for daily exercise and self-care. Michael Curran has credentials in psychology, ayurvedic medicine, and Restorative Exercise™. He is the director of Health and Wellness Media ( Contacts: Karen Erickson at; Ana Forrest at; Bob Klein at; Lolita San Miguel at; and Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt at 505-670-0474.


Lose the high heels. The scientific consensus is that high heels compress and damage the lumbar spine, increasing osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease in the low back. Let the feet point the way. Just like the wheels on a car, feet should point straight ahead when walking. Military or dance training, or an ankle or back injury can sometimes result in a sort of duck walk. Line up the outsides of the feet along the straight edge of a carpet or tile floor and walk along it to practice. Stretch the calves. Tight calves are a major contributor to back pain. The tighter the lower leg, the more one’s gait pattern whips the upper back forward and contributes to curling of the upper spine. Adding a daily calf stretch to any exercise routine helps to better align the spine. Do the twist. Each vertebra in the spine not only bends forward and backward and from side-to-side, it also rotates. Of all these natural motions, the twisting of the torso is the least used in our culture. Incorporating a yoga spinal twist into an exercise routine will gently reintroduce rotation back into our movement repertoire. Get a better butt. The main culprit of low back pain is weak butt muscles. Gluteal muscles not only stabilize the tailbone, they help support the function of the low back muscles. If the glutes are weak, the low back muscles have to work harder than normal, which makes them fatigued and sore. Squats work well to strengthen the butt. Katy Bowman, a biomechanics scientist, is director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, CA (Restorative

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Qigong and Tai Chi: Chinese wellness practices now researched and practiced in the U.S.

By Cindy Orlandi, RYT


ant to feel more energetic? Relaxed? Youthful? The Chinese have been doing Qigong and Tai Chi for thousands of years because these practices benefit the body, mind and spirit. Once reserved for royalty, Qigong and Tai Chi is now widely practiced in both Asia and the United States. U.S. health agencies say that many diseases can be prevented through diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices. Yet most Americans do not get enough exercise and are thus at greater risk for disease and premature death. Roger Jahnke, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, has translated Asian traditions of self-care such as Qigong and Tai Chi into a four-part program to promote greater health and vitality: • Gentle movement of the body. • Self-applied massage of the ears, hands, and feet—each a microsystem of the body that relates to specific organs or parts of the body. • Abdominal breathing to help the body take in more oxygen and get rid of tension. • Methods of deep relaxation and meditation, crucial to calming and focusing the mind and reducing stress. Qigong is older than Tai Chi, and it is the overarching, original discipline designed to cultivate the natural life force


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energy we all have, which the Chinese call Qi or Chi. Both Qigong and Tai Chi sessions incorporate slow, meditative, flowing, dance-like motions as well as sitting or standing meditation postures. Both help people purposefully coordinate body, breath, and mind. The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (www.IIQTC. org), in collaboration with Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, just released a comprehensive review of the health benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Its finding have been published in the July/August 2010 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP). Jahnke, who reviewed Qigong and Tai Chi research between 1993 and 2007 says that it is likely that both practices will play a strong role in the emerging integrative medicine system as well as in preventionbased interventions. Jahnke and Dr. Linda Larkey reviewed 77 trials and 6,410 study participants practicing Qigong and Tai Chi. Psychological issues, cardiac health and falls prevention were studied among participants. Other areas of positive influence included bone density, immune capacity, quality of life and physical function. Cindy Orlandi, RYT, teaches Qigong and Yoga for Real Bodies Tuesdays at 6 pm at Yoga 4 Peace in Southgate. She has practiced yoga for more than 30 years. Visit


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Transition Towns Where Sustainable Living is Real by Tara Lohan

More and more neighborhoods are making the transition to a climate-friendly community.


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nities. While Berea is seeing its subdivisions expand and farmland disappear, one group of residents is making plans to help their community end its reliance on fossil fuels. Berea locals have a goal they’re calling “50 x 25.” By 2025, they aim to have the town using 50 percent less energy, deriving 50 percent of the energy it does use from local sources, procuring 50 percent of its food from farms and processors within 100 miles of town, and generating 50 percent of its gross domestic product from locally owned, independent businesses. The Transition Town Berea group holds monthly reskilling workshops to help locals acquire the know-how to grow their own food, weatherize their houses and install solar panels. Their projects help neighbors replant lawns with edibles and build raised vegetable beds. They’ve also auctioned rain barrels painted by local artists and organized a 100-Mile Potluck to celebrate local food and farmers.

Building a Future from the Ground Up The Transition Towns movement in the United States is less than two years old, but it came from the seeds of earlier re-localization efforts and other community climate groups and nonprofits. A lecture on climate change may not appeal to everyone, but advocates find they can interest people in things like gardening, says Richard Olson,

director of the Berea College Sustainability and Environmental Studies program. “We talk to them about heirloom seeds and what their grandparents grew and if they’d like to learn canning. We get them involved without even mentioning transition or sustainability.” Interest in climate-readiness is spreading: Austin, Texas, has an ambitious plan to make city facilities, vehicles and all other operations carbon-neutral by 2020. Louisville, Colorado, now has a car share program. Charlottesville, Virginia, is creating a trail system for walking and biking to connect schools, parks and other public spaces. Greensburg, Kansas, a city of fewer than 2,000, was leveled by a tornado in May 2007. Residents have decided to rebuild as green as they can, requiring all city buildings to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED platinum rating for top-level environmentally friendly construction. They’ve also formed the group Greensburg GreenTown to increase public education about green living, make resources available at the library and distribute educational materials through online and telephone classes and events. Green building initiatives also are spreading, thanks in part to Architecture 2030, a nonprofit based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which calls for an immediate 50 percent reduction in fossil fuel consumption in new buildings and renovations, and sets a goal of carbon-neutral design by 2030. The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted the program in 2006. These communities hope they can lead the way toward the big changes we’ll need, both nationally and internationally, to respond to climate change. “Working at the community level to build resilience is the strategy that has the most chance of success,” observes Olson. “It’s not going to take until our grandchildren’s generation to see if we’ve succeeded. I think in 10 years we’ll see if we’re going to have a chance.” now on line Atoms is a local Detroit area on line business.. Featuring products for your health and well being. ViVicol A must for cold and flu season Consists of fourteen different herbs and spices effective in supporting the immune system and increasing vitality. More info at


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Sugar Skulls Drop In Workshop – 6-9pm. Decorate your own sugar skull and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities. Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne & Joan Webber Education Wing, level 1, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-833-1454.

Dr. Cass Ingram – 6-9pm. Zerbo’s Health Foods welcomes the best-selling author of ‘The Cure is in the Cupboard’. Dr. Cass Ingram. Dr. Ingram will discuss the medicinal powers of chaga and wild oregano from A to Z. $10. The Quality Inn, 30375 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 866-4ZERBOS.


Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-registration required. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center, 21194 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights. 734-674-6965.

Crafting with Grace – 8am-5pm. Ann Arbor Annual Art & Craft Show featuring 50+ artists and crafters, kids kraft korner and face painting, concessions, bake sale, free door prize drawings. This is a juried show, and a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Ann Arbor Community. $2 admissions, no strollers please. 734-477-6888 x 221 Car Tunes Fall Festival – 12-10pm. Classic car show, live entertainment, food and outdoor movie. Free admission. Downtown Northville, Main Street, Northville. 248-3797640. Cherry Hill Harvest Fest – 1-5pm. Family fall fest with hayrides, a mystery maze, face painting and a petting farm. Free admission. Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Rd, Canton.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 3 Capuchin Family Day – 12-3pm. Tour the Capuchin Ministries: Solanus Center, St. Bonaventure Monastery grounds, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Earthworks Urban Farm. Free. Solanus Center, 1780 Mt Elliott, Detroit. 313-579-2100 x130. Cut-A-Thon Fundraiser – 12-4pm. Join Staff and friends of Image Salon by Devin, Inc. hosting the 6th Annual Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in an effort to raise a greater awareness of cancer education and to acknowledge cancer survivors. 3744 Monroe, between Outer Dr & Van Born, Dearborn. Devin 313-561-6455.

MONDAY OCTOBER 4 Eat Your Way Thin – 6-8pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fisher, D.C., N.D. and the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. Take a natural approach to a healthier, new you. Learn why diets do not work, ways to avoid weight gain and how to lose weight with diet, nutrition and exercise. When to eat, what to eat and how to eat will be discussed. Free. Reservation required. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-756-6904.


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Enjoy Life, Lose the Pain – 7-9pm. Learn about the effective, natural, non-drug solutions and lifestyle changes that can help restore energy and end pain. Presented by Livonia’s own Dr. Phil Hoehn, DC, CCSP. Free, seating limited call to reserve. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-425-3940.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6 Open House – 5-8 pm. Please join us as we celebrate you-our clients. Meet our newest practitioners and our strategic partners. We will honor you with an evening of food and fellowship. You are most welcome to extend this invitation to your families and friends. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. Please call to register 734-525-5400. Powerflex Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Based on a principle of burning excess body fat while building lean muscle mass using accelerated aerobic breathing combined with isometric & isotonic yoga postures. All fitness levels welcome. Bring mat and water. Guided meditation at the end of class. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734246-1208. Chakra & Energy Balancing – 7-8pm. Ever wonder where that gut feeling comes from or why you know something intuitively? Ever feel your energy is lacking or out of balance? Join M.J. Potter, Reiki Practitioner, for this fun and informative evening learning about chakras and how you can balance them. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center, Suite 109, Canton. 734-4556767

Price of Pollution – 7-8pm. Lecture presenting the findings of the recent report: The Price of Pollution: Cost Estimates of Environment-Related Childhood Diseases in Michigan. Michigan could save $5.8 billion each year by protecting children from environmental exposures. Jennifer Canvasser of the Ecology Center explains the findings and discusses reducing children’s environmental exposures to toxic chemicals in order to prevent childhood illness. Free. Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-881-2263. Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-registration required. $12. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 Introduction to Shaminism – 7-9pm. Seminar introducing the basic practices of the Shaman and how to access the help of your spirit guides, power animals and teachers. This seminar will be an introduction to the series of workshops that will begin on October 20th. Join Jon this evening as he explains the content and answers your questions. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. Jon 734-525-5400. VegMichigan’s Raw Potluck – 7-9:30pm. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for 8 servings. First time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish. However, they are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 5 Mile Rd, Livonia. 877-778-3464.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 28th Annual Festival of Quilts – 10am-5pm. Silent auction, crafts, demonstrations and more. $3. First United Methodist Church, 22124 Garrison, Dearborn.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 Livonia Farmers Market – 8am-3pm. Last day of the season. Local vendors offer a variety of produce, plants, crafts, etc. W.I.C. is accepted by select vendors. Wilson Barn, West Chicago & Middlebelt Rds. 734-261-3602.

Evening Hayride & Bonfire – 10am. Enjoy an early autumn evening with a hayride, followed by a program and cider and cookies around the campfire. $6. Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 28700 Oakwood Ave, Flat Rock. 734-782-3956. 28th Annual Festival of Quilts – 10am-4pm. Silent auction, crafts, demonstrations and more. $3. First United Methodist Church, 22124 Garrison, Dearborn. Kirtan Concert with Girish – 8-10pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. Join us for an evening of music and chanting with recording artist Girish. Kirtan is a call and response style concert where the leader sings a line and the audience responds by singing it back. The energy created together is uplifting, healing and heart opening. Please bring a blanket and or cushion for sitting on the floor. Some bench seating is available. Arrive early to reserve a bench seat. $25. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. 248-556-0992.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 10 WAG Pet Adoptions at Yoga 4 Peace – 11am-3pm. Come meet adoptable animals looking for their forever homes. Also featuring special offers from pet-related businesses. A massage therapist, clown, face painter and psychic will also be on hand. Donations welcome. Free. 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. 313-515-3838. Let’s Talk About Sex: A Chat for Women – 6-8pm. Join us in a safe space for an open, honest discussion about sexuality! Guided by a professional Sacred Sexual Healer, you will have a chance to ask questions, get answers, and share experiences with a supportive community of women in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere. Presented by Leslie Blackburn. $20. Reservation required. Detroit Flyhouse, FD Lofts, located in Historic Eastern Market. 313-269-6719. Candle Light Yoga w/Live Music by Girish – 7:30-8:45pm. Join us for a gentle restorative yoga class with live music by recording artist Girish. Please bring your own yoga mat. Pre-registration highly recommended (space is limited). Arrive by 7:15pm, doors will close at 7:30 pm. $25. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. 248-556-0992.

MONDAY OCTOBER 11 The Power of Emotion – 7:15pm. Special Yoga Shelter Lecture Series by acclaimed author Swami Parthasarathy. $25/person prior to the event, $30 at the door. Yoga Shelter, 6363 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 248-5380200


How to Lose 10lbs in 21 Days – 6:307:30pm. With Dr. William Civello, learn what is holding you back from losing fat and inches. Safe, healthy, natural solutions for weight loss. Free. Zerbo’s, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 866-4ZERBOS.

TeleClinic: Taming The Paper Tiger – 8-8:30pm. Join us for a discussion about paper and how to get on the road to controlling it and creating a system to manage it. Free. Registration is necessary. Sheila 313475-0212.


Growing Business & Relationships – 7:15pm. Special Yoga Shelter Lecture Series by acclaimed author Swami Parthasarathy. $25/person prior to the event, $30 at the door. Grosse Pointe War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-884-9642

Powerflex Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Based on a principle of burning excess body fat while building lean muscle mass using accelerated aerobic breathing combined with isometric & isotonic yoga postures. All fitness levels welcome. Bring mat and water. Guided meditation at the end of class. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208. Coffee Night – 6-9pm. Watch live glassblowing, meet with friends, and spend time with family. Bring in your glass repairs, ask the questions you always wanted to know about glass, and best of all - try your hand at glassblowing with a hands on dropin workshop. Free. Glass Academy, 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn.

The Key to Health – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Holistic Physician, Clinical Nutrionist. Learn what causes health issues and how to help fix them. The key to restoring health naturally will be discussed, along with simple solutions that really work. Free. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia on the 3rd floor. 734-756-6904. How to Lessen the Effects of Stress – 7:158:15pm. Learn how to make your body better able to withstand the side effects of stress. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton.

Bright House Networks presents “Meet Jane Applegate” - 5-7 pm. Applegate is one of America’s leading small business experts and author of four popular books on small business management, including her best seller, 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. She provides practical strategies and advice that you can start using the minute you walk out the door. Limited to 250 people. $15 or $10 for Bright House Members. Schoolcraft College Vista Tech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia. 734-427-6055.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 14 Who AM I? – 7:15pm. Special Yoga Shelter Lecture Series by acclaimed author Swami Parthasarathy. $25/person prior to the event, $30 at the door. Yoga Shelter, 6363 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 248-538-0200 Weight Loss the Natural Way – 7-9pm. Is your waistline expanding? Have you tried every diet with only limited or temporary results? Are you worried about your risk of diabetes or heart disease? Find out the truth about which foods make us fat, and how to lose inches without restricting calories or avoiding fat! Get a preview of the new fat burning, nutritional supplement. It is not a hormone, herb or stimulant! Your health depends on it! Join Dr. Darren Schmidt from The Nutritional Healing Center in Ann Arbor. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. 734-525-5400.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 15 Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village – 6:309pm. Join mere mortals guided by 800 hand carved jack-o-lanterns along a path in the historic district. $15. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 Health and Beauty Expo – 10am-5pm. Showcasing an exciting range of exhibitors representing products, services and activities that focus on the mind, body and soul. Free admission. Rock Financial Center, 46100 Grand Ave, Novi. 866-625-6161. NIA Jam – 1-2:30pm. NIA is a movement form that allows you to move in your body’s way. Join Metro Detroit NIA Teachers as we experience the Joy of Movement together. Love offering. Renaissance Unity, Fellowship Hall, 11200 E. 11 Mile Rd, Warren. Anita 313-272-2187 or Brooke 586-776-2318.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 17 Canton Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Last day of the season. Free admission. Preservation Park, 500 North Ridge Road, Canton. Stephanie 734-398-5570. Leisure. Health and Beauty Expo – 11am-4pm. Showcasing an exciting range of exhibitors representing products, services and activities that focus on the mind, body and soul. Free admission. Rock Financial Center, 46100 Grand Ave, Novi. 866-625-6161.

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Diabetes: Don’t be Tricked by the Treats – 6-7:30pm. Diabetes is a sugar coated horror story. Come learn how you can take control of the sugar horror & keep diabetes from ruining your health & the health of those you love. Type II diabetes is not only preventable but many people have been able to reverse it with changes in diet & lifestyle & herbs & supplements. Learn how to make the change with us! Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Fall Day of Recollection – 9:30am-2:30pm. Take some time out to retreat and just be. Conference, delicious hot lunch, personal reflection time, mass and reconciliation are available. $19. St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit. 313-535-9563.

Ladies Night Out – 6-9pm. Enjoy an evening of shopping with local vendors, free appetizers and beverages and door prizes. Free. The DADBA Firehouse, 2011 Oak, Wyandotte. 313-515-3838. Get Your Energy Back – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Learn what causes you to feel fatigue, and how to get your energy back. Learn how to put a spring back into your step the natural way. Free. Reservations required. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 19 Tools You Need to Market Your Small Business – 7-9pm. Erin from Delicious Marketing will be presenting this workshop. Baffled about how Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs and other social media sites can help grow your business? Join Erin as she demystifies the social media madness and shows you how to use these marketing tools to your advantage. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. 734525-5400. Stress & Pain Relieving Trigger Point Therapy – 7-8pm. Practice this simple technique to relieve stress and pain - and improve the quality of your life! Free. Reservation required. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220. Essential Exercises ­– 8-9pm. Learn the six essential exercises that should be done prior to any physical activity. Taught by Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Join Dr. Karl and staff after the workshop for Q & A while enjoying healthy & organic snacks. Free. Reservation required. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220.


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Archetypes and Your Sacred Contract – 2-3:30pm. Imagine for a few moments that when you were born you were given a script that contained your destiny, your soul’s contracts, and accompanied by 12 companions, all within you, whose purpose was to help you survive and fulfill your contracts or your purposes in this lifetime. These companions and guardians are called your archetypes, your energetic patterns of being. If you get to know and understand them, you understand your personality, motivations, beliefs and feelings. You then can come to understand why you attract and are attracted to the same kinds of people or situations. Free Introductory Workshop - space is limited, call to register. Paula 248982-5071 or

Powerflex Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Based on a principle of burning excess body fat while building lean muscle mass using accelerated aerobic breathing combined with isometric & isotonic yoga postures. All fitness levels welcome. Bring mat and water. Guided meditation at the end of class. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Rd, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

SAVE THE DATE! Shamanic Journeying I – 6-9:30pm. Presented by “Higher Self Experience”. In this series of workshops you will learn Shamanic Journeying, meditative practices, you will also learn to develop your intuition and establish relationships with your helping spirits. Includes experiential activities, guided and unguided journeys,& lively discussion. This is a 5 session workshop starting October 20th and will be held every other Wednesday. $60 per class. $120 due at registration, this covers first and last class. Class size is limited - please call to register. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. 734-5255400.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 Heart Healthy Workshop – 7-8pm. Presented by Dr. Denise Acton, ND. Learn how to prevent heart disease and fight back with a powerful natural approach to keeping your arteries in top shape. Find out what early detection options you have to a better vascular system. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N. Canton Center Rd, Ste 109, Canton. Acupressure – Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue – 7-9pm. Find out how acupressure can be used as a stress and pain relievingmethod for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia symptoms. Presented by “Core Health Institute”. Free. Vivo Wellness Center, 15875 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. 734-525-5400.


SAVE THE DATE! It’s Not About The Paper™ 2-day Hands-on Intensive Workshop - 2pm5pm; Saturday October 23 10am-1pm. No matter how much paper or how much “stuff” you have cluttering your space it’s NOT about all of that. Believe it or not, it’s all about you! Do you have clutter you just can’t seem to get rid of? Have you cleared the clutter only to have it come back? Are you ready to be rid of it once and for all? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, this workshop is for you! 2-for1 registration available right now. $169. Lawrence Tech, 21000 W. 10 Mile Rd. Southfield. For complete details visit ItsNotAboutThePaper. com or contact Third Eye Group at 313-475-0212. Check the calendar at to register for the free preview calls.

Oktoberfest Fundraiser – 6pm-12 midnight. Enjoy the evening to help support Morgan’s fight against cancer. Entertaining music, Oktoberfest feast, cash bar, 50/50 and multiple prize raffles throughout the night.$25. R.F. Jones Knights of Columbus, 25160 Outer Drive, Lincoln Park. P.O. Box 722, Grosse Ile 48138 to reserve tickets.

SAVE THE DATE! 10th Annual Black Tie & Tails Gala – 7-12pm. This 10th anniversary Black Tie celebration benefiting the Dearborn Animal Shelter, brings out the glitz to benefit our diamonds in the “ruff”. Come enjoy the evening with live and silent auctions, gift boutique, champagne, appetizers, extravagant dinner, cocktails, dessert, pet parade and more. $175. Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn. 313-943-2697.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 23 Hawk Watch Kettle – 11am-3pm. Meet at the boat launch and talk with representatives of the Detroit River International Wildlife refuge and the Detroit River Hawk Watch to learn more about the annual Hawk Watch. Free. Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown. 734-379-5020.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 24 Tibetan Heart Yoga Workshop – 12-2pm. Tibetan Heart Workshop with Michael Johnson. All levels welcome. Some previous yoga experience recommended. Addressing both internal and external practice of yoga. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-881-2874. VegMichigan’s Raw Potluck – 1-4pm. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for 8 servings. First time visitors may pay $7.50 in lieu of bringing a dish. However, they are encouraged to bring a dish so there is enough food for everyone. Unity of Livonia, 28660 5 Mile Rd, Livonia. 877-778-3464.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

MONDAY OCTOBER 25 Bilingual Fun Spanish for Children – 7pm. Toddlers through elementary age children learn Spanish through music, movement, games, interactive lessons, stories and more. Free. First Baptist Church of Plymouth, 45000 N. Territorial Rd, Plymouth. 734-4552300.



Shopping Downtown and Midtown Tours – 4 hour tour. 4-12 people grouping, transportation provided. Call for schedules. $16 per person. Mountail Top II Concierge Service, 16400 N Park Pl, Ste 216, Southfield. Linda 248-231-8400.

Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-registration required. $12. Holistic Healer & Wellness Center, 21194 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights. 734-674-6965.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28 Garden City Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Last day of the season. Northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt, Garden City. Amelia 734-422-4448. Trick or Treat – 10:45am. Grammy Awardwinning composer Victor Vanacore joins the DSO to celebrate Halloween. The program features frightful selections from the films Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, Nightmare Before Christmas and many more. Tickets start at $22.50. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313576-5111. The Thyroid/Soy Connection – 7-8:30pm. Come learn about the potential effects of soy based foods on your health and your thyroid. Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Free. Reservation required. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor. 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. 734-425-8588.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 29 Doctor Scream’s Spook Show Revival – 7pm. Classic spook show. $15. The Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton. 734394-5300.


SAVE THE DATE! Evil Dead: The Musical – 8pm. $30 for general admission. City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-471-3400.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 31 2nd Annual A Night to Dream Harvest Fest – 3-7:30pm. Fun, family oriented event that inspires hope, enriches lives and builds a better future for many children within the community. Evening will be filled with games, food, entertainment and much more. Free. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit.

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3 Present Moment Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-registration required. $12. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965.

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SAVE THE DATE! Vegetable 201: Ready to take the next step? - 8am-5pm. This one-day workshop provides insights from MSU Extension educators and specialists with expertise in commercial vegetable production and management. The workshop is intended for those who have some experience with vegetable gardening and have explored or considered turning it into a commercial venture, or for those who would like to add a vegetable enterprise to an existing farm business. This program will provide a general overview of commercial vegetable production and resources to help you succeed. Spanish translation will be provided. traducción al español se. $50 per person includes resource packet, lunch and snacks, pre-registration required. Dr. Ron Goldy at Kalamazoo Holiday Inn West, 2747 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo. 269-375-6000.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735. Redford Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. 15145 Beech Daly Rd, Redford. May – Oct. Michael 313-387-2771. Fort-Visger CDC Farmers Market – 11am4pm.Southfield Rd Municipal Parking Lot between Fort St and I-75, Lincoln Park. Leslie 313-598-3137. May 2-Oct 31. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Perfect for children ages 5-10. A fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Tabata Class – 1-2pm. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-2782629.

Tush & Abs – 6pm. Focuses on strengthening and toning the abdominal and glutes. $12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St #308, Detroit. 866-900-9797. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. $13. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 734-421-7100. Yoga for Everybody – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking. City Yoga, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392.

Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg – 2-3pm. All levels. $15 walk-in. First week of classes at Practice yoga are free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Yoga Rocks – 6:30-8pm. Moving sequence of Yoga poses for flexibility, strength and endurance. Class will get you fit, regulate weight, relieve stress and teach how to have fun while practicing yoga with your favorite Rock and Roll music. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642.

Slow Flow Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Restorative with Jenn Frazier, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734282-9642.

Find Your Edge – 7-8:15pm. Basic adaptive yoga with Peg Darnell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Vin Yin Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Vinyasa yoga practice followed by an intense yin stretch which works the muscles and stretches connective tissues. Flowing to build strength, then holding to let go and release. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Third Option Support Group – 7-9pm. Marriage support group. Free. Marriage Resource Center, 23400 Michigan Ave Ste P18, Dearborn. Village Plaza building, corner of Michigan and Outer Dr. Kristen 734-5782986.

Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12:00pm. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. SWCRC Office, 20600 Eureka Rd Ste 315, Taylor. Suzan 734287-3699.


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

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Children with Hairloss, 12776 S. Dixie Hwy, Rockwood. Contact Rick Williams 734-626-7778. Posture Pro Yoga – 9-10:30am. Level II active yoga with Jim Pero, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Zumba – 7:05-8:05pm. This Latin-based group exercise class is fun and easy to do. Zumba combines high-energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations. Add some spice and flare to your workout and shake your cha-cha! $12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit.

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

ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7-8pm. All levels. Bring water and a small towel. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn.

Work Break Yoga – 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392.

FitBarre – 7:15pm. Intense body workout to tone the body and lift your seat. $20. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248305-8414.

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

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

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

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

Hula Hoop – 7:15pm. Enjoy your favorite childhood past time, the Hula Hoop as you get your daily dose of cardio, blast calories, shrink your waist and tone your entire body. $12 Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit.

Preschool Skate – 10-11:30am. Parents, strollers and children 6 and under welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Swim with Your Dog Indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500.

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

Wayne State Wednesday Farmers’ Market – 11am-4pm. 501 Cass Avenue, Detroit. Kami 313-577-4296. Bridge Cards/EBT accepted.

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

Vinyasa Unplugged – 5:45-7pm. Dynamic, intense physical class with a different vibe! Less music, experience long and lasting sequences, all integrated with a strong Vedanta theme. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

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

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

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Ultimate Karate Institute, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 Zumba – 8:15pm. $8. Dance Academy, Westland Mall, lower level, 35000 Warren Rd, Westland. 734-425-1478. FlowMotion – 8:30-9:30pm. Integrates the dynamics of Vinyasa with the methodical pace of slow flow and includes simple dance movements to create an inspiring experience on the mat and around the room. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Cardio Step – 6-7pm. An upbeat class full of energy, music to get your toes tapping and various routines to get that heart pumping! One class burns over 600 calories! $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. Stress Relief Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Basic level I therapeutic yoga with Carrie Hura, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Beginners Yoga – 6:30-8pm. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton







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Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. 734994-0569. Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123. Box & Buff – 7-8:10pm. Cardio kickboxing. High cardio workout that combines various kicking and punching movements followed up with concentrated ab work. Bring a mat or towel. $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Zumba – 7:30pm. Presented by C.C. Plus, Dance for fun and fitness. Zumba fitness trend fuses Latin dances like salsa, cumbia, merengue, flamenco, tango and belly dancing with aerobics. $7. Barnes School, 20090 Morningside, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Free Bowenwork Evaluations – Experience the Bowenwork Technique which helps the body heal itself. Free evaluations by appointment. Camelia Tamasanu, P.B.P. and Gina Rajala, P.B.P. Professional Bowen Practitioners. 23030 Mooney, Farmington. Call for appt: 248-345-3117 or 248-345-3595. Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. G. Phillips Catering, K of C Hall, 25160 W. Outer Dr, Lincoln Park. Harriet Cole 313-928-4592. Northville Farmers Market – 8am-3pm. Northville Downs Race Track, corner of W Seven Mile and Sheldon Rd, Northville. Sher 248-349-7640. May 6-Oct 28. Project FRESH accepted.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Beginners Yoga – 9:30-11am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Basic Internet Computer Class – 10-11am. Intro the basics of the computer. Learn how to use the mouse and how to get to a specific website address. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575. Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-2078970. Wyandotte Farmers’ Market – 11am-7pm. Corner of First and Elm streets. Brandon 734324-4500. Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. 15000 Southfield Fwy, Bushnell Congregational Church parking lot, Detroit. Pam 313-387-4732x103. Project FRESH and Bridge Cards/EBT accepted. Dance Body Basics – 5:30pm. Beginner dance class. $15, $20 annual registration fee. Detroit Dance Studio, 4731 Grand River Ave, Studio #203, Detroit. 313-887-0656. ZUMBA -7:00pm. Motivating music with unique moves and combinations. Add some spice and flare to your workout and shake your cha-cha! $12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit.

Budokon Flow – 6-7pm.This class is for anyone who is prepared to experience the unique and intelligent movements that fuse the yogic, martial, and living arts. First week free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-881-2874. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. Yoga for Every Body – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking after 5pm. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392.YogaInDetroit. com. Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Om my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit. Micha 313-674-6424. Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:45pm. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. People’s Yoga with Gregg – 6:30-7:30pm. Donation based. Spirit of Hope Church, 2nd floor gym, 1519 Martin Luther King, Detroit. 313-316-1411. ZUMBA® Toning Class – 7-8pm. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Posture Pro – 7:15-8:15pm. Level I/II yoga with Regina Mitchell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734282-9642.

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642. Sexy Circuit – 8pm. Incorporates elements of pole fitness, chair work, cardio dance and more into a fun & sexy circuit workout. It’s the perfect way to try out all the different things you can do at Vixen Fitness to get in shape the sexy way! You’ll also get an incredible workout that flies by as you move from station to station. Not your ordinary circuit-training workout…come try all the good stuff at once.$12. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St#308, Detroit. Acoustic Open Mic – 8pm. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030. Healing Meditation Yoga – 8-8:45pm. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Adult Fit-to-Tumble Exercise Class – 8:15-9:30pm. Increase upper body strength and flexibility through gymnastic skills and conditioning. $10. DPAS, 22819 Michigan Ave, West Dearborn. 313-268-7232. Fairlane Ballroom Dance Club – 8pm. $7. Monsignor Hunt Banquet Center, 7080 Garling, Dearborn Heights. 734-516-0500.

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Farmers & Artisans Market of Dearborn – 8am-1pm. Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave at Mason St.; Joan 313-673-4207. Hatha Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Dog Swimming – 10:30am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hour swim with your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog. $21. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500. Mommy and Me Yoga – 10:30-11:15am. Class for new mom or dad with children 2-5 years old. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Adult Roller Skate Dance – 10am-12pm. $5. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $8. Northville Senior Center, 303 W Main Street, Northville. 248-349-0203. Senior Fitness Testing – 11-11:30pm. $5. Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne. Heidi 734-721-7400. Ci.Wayne. Mi.Us.

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

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300 Belleville Farmer’s Market – 7am-12pm. 405 Main St, Belleville. 734-697-9323. June-Oct. Plymouth Farmers Market – 7:30am12:30pm. In “The Gathering” on Penniman Ave. just east of Main St, Plymouth. Melissa 734-453-1540. May-Oct,. Prenatal Yoga – 9-10am. Ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and prepare for labor, childbirth and new motherhood. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-881-2874.

Ballroom Dance Lesson – 6:45-8pm. Learn the basics of several ballroom styles. No partners or dance experience necessary. $15. Metro Dance Company, 541 S Mill, Plymouth. 734-207-8970. Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. $10. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit.

Grosse Pointe - West Park Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Between Lakepointe and Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe. Jennifer 313-822-2812 x200. May 15-Oct 30.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Vist for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale. Beginner Pole Dance – 10am. Learn a mini routine combining various beginner pole dance techniques. No experience necessary. $12. Registration required. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St #308, Detroit. VixenFitness. com. 866-900-9797. Hatha Yoga – 10-11am. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735. TRX Suspension Training – 10-11am. Learn how to weight train and get lean muscle using body weight. $10. Wate Man Fitness, 29123 8 Mile Rd, Livonia. Tabata Class – 10-11am. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402

Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-2782629. ZUMBA® Fitness Class – 10-11am. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn.

Vedanta Study Group – 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. YogaShelter. com. and Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe. Jennifer 313-822-2812 x200. May 15-Oct 30.

Yoga for Kids – 11-11:30pm. Ages 3-4. $10. Northville YOGA Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-YOGA.

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

Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at a slower pace. Infused with inspiring music and citing of scriptures. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley.

Beginner Pole Dance – 10am. Learn a mini routine combining various beginner pole dance techniques. No experience necessary. $12. Registration required. Vixen Fitness, 3434 Russell St #308, Detroit. VixenFitness. com. 866-900-9797.

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

Hatha Yoga – 10-11am. All levels. $10. Ajna Yoga Center, 48 N Saginaw St, Pontiac. 248-613-6735.

Yoga for Kids – 11:30am -12:30pm. Kids Yoga with Jessica Hillman. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 734282-9642.

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Tabata Class – 10-11am. Tabata Protocol is a great circuit workout based on the training formula that Dr. Izumi Tabata put together in 1992 that increases your anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. $14. F3 Fitness, 22402 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, 313-278-2629. ZUMBA® Fitness Class – 10-11am. Dance your way fit. All levels. $10. Elements of Exercise Fitness Studio, 23910 Carysle, Dearborn. Yoga for Kids – 11-11:30pm. Ages 3-4. $10. Northville YOGA Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-YOGA. Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at a slower pace. Infused with inspiring music and citing of scriptures. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Learn to Skate Beginner Session – 11am1pm. No experience need. All ages welcome. $4. Riverside Arena, 36635 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-3540. Kids Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

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





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

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

Angie’s Holistic Touch offers many holistic therapies for your health and well being. Angie is dedicated to providing her clients with nurturing treatments to promote balance in the body, relaxation, pain relief and self healing. Offering Holistic Wellness Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Energy Healing, Raindrop Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, AromaTouch Technique, Bellanina Facelift Massage, Sinus Treatments and Revitalizing Foot Therapy. Call today to schedule a session with Angie and enjoy the immediate benefits of a balanced state of being. Visit my website to view new client and monthly specials!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “Thank you”? ~William A. Ward



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MASSAGE, REFLEXOLOGY & REIKI Susan 734 612-2515 * R e l a x i n g & T h e r a p e u t i c * N a t u r a l Ay u r v e d i c O i l s * C o m p l i m e n t a r y E s s e n t i a l O i l s * 1 2 y e a r s e x p e r i e n c e * Pe a c e f u l h o m e e n v i r o n m e n t * D o w n r i v e r l o c a t i o n * $45 per hour






22030 Mooney, Farmington

31594 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 734-664-0339 You deserve the best TLC

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

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


As seen on Oprah, world renowned, 3rd generation pet psychic/medium specializing in giving animals a voice for behavior, health issues, rescued pets, adoption, rainbow bridge, and human readings. Let me be of service to you and your pets.


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

Mike Snider, Owner 586-254-9500

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 for more health information, and free public workshop dates, or call (734) 664-0339.

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



20792 Mack Ave Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

30935 Ann Arbor Trail Westland, MI 48185

(313) 881-2874


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

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

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

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

FREE BUSINE$$ OPPORTUNITY Free website, no selling, not MLM Live healthier, wealthier, send S.A.S.E. to OTD Global, LLC. 12230 Woodmont Detroit, MI 48227

GREEN GET RID OF STYROFOAM! - Michigan Green Safe Products offers Eco-Friendly biodegradable compostable food & beverage containers for the food service industry. Give your favorite restaurant my number. It’s time to go green!

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



HIGHLY EXPERIENCED. Prompt Reliable Friendly Service. Can solve any of your computer problems. Wireless Networks 15 years experience Servicing Wayne/Oakland Counties Call Marc: 248-767-2560 MSchoenberg@TWMI.RR.COM

HOLISTIC FAMILY HEALTHCARE FACILITY- Dr William. H. Karl has almost 30 years of experience with the latest wellness techniques. He has helped people of all ages to regulate and strengthen the immune, circulatory, hormonal and nervous systems. Call now to schedule an appointment. Free consultation with Dr. Karl. 734-425-8220. CHANGE YOUR WATER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! - Why Alkaline Water? Get FREE E-Book, Visit:

Residential/Commercial Building Maintenance, Repairs and “Honey-Do” Items

For Shocking Information About Your Body and Common Diseases, Visit:

Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Painting, Drywall, Masonry, Caulk, Grout . . . and a whole lot more! 888-671-5888

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 or call 313-943-2697


John 313-300-7709 or visit


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“MASTERS OF THE “TO-DO” LIST” America’s #1 Professional Handyman Service

For More Direct Product Information, Visit

ARE YOU INTO HEALTHY LIVING? DO YOU ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE? Are you ready to combine your passion for healthy living with your need to make a living? There might be a wonderful opportunity for you to join the Natural Awakenings Magazine team. Inside & Outside sales opportunities. Commission only sales, work as an independent contractor. Call Mary Anne Demo for more information 586-983-8305.


NEED COMPUTER REPAIR? Looking to buy a new or used computer system? Need to save money on ink and toner? Call Arrowtech Computer Services for a free quote! We guarantee that we will give you the best service possible, at the best price possible, in a timely manner - that’s the Arrowtech Promise. Call Tom Hagaman - 734-391-5171.

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

"Let's Talk About Sex!" A Chat for Women Do you have questions about sexuality and just not sure where to turn? Want to learn more about identifying what you want and need and sharing with your self and your lover? Join us in a safe space for an open, honest discussion about sexuality! Guided by a professional Sacred Sexual Healer, you will have a chance to ask questions, get answers, and share experiences with a supportive community of women in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere.

Unveil the Mystery of Happiness Along with the physical and mental bodies, all humans have an emotional dimension that is often neglect in western culture. Through breath, movement, visualization, sound and touch therapies Mystery School of the Temple Arts will teach you to restore balance between the sacred feminine and masculine principles within. Strengthening intuition and awareness of feelings will lead to improvement in your overall health and happiness as you move closer uniting the whole person you are meant to be.

For more details check the website below under “Offerings” Sunday October 10, 2010, 6-8pm; Detroit Flyhouse; $15 in advance, $20 at the event To sign-up, contact Leslie (see below).

Improving Intimacy and Connection Do you have a hard time meeting new people? Or connecting more deeply with the ones you do meet? Join us in this workshop to learn techniques for deeper connections with yourself and others, improving your health, intimacy and capacity for deep loving relationships. The workshop will be held in a safe, confidential space and include instruction, discussion, practical tools & techniques along with guided processes for connecting with others. Women, men, singles or couples of any sexual and gender identity are welcome and encouraged. Bring your interest & enthusiasm, and no need to bring a partner! A pen and journal are helpful but not required.

Mystery School of the Temple Arts offers classes, workshops and retreats that educate and introduce tools and techniques to groups. In a Private setting, individual and couple coaching for in-depth healing and transformational work are also offered.

Sunday November 21, 2010, 6-9pm; Detroit Flyhouse; $40 per person Must pre-register by Wed Nov 17 by contacting Leslie (see below).

Are you ready for the Mystery? Illuminating the Path to  Self-Realization through Sacred  Sexuality, Art, Yoga, Meditation,  Sacred Geometry & More.

• Erchonia Cold Laser Therapy • Allergy Elimination Techniques • Natural Hormone Balancing Protocols • Nutritional Consultation

Leslie Blackburn Sacred Sexual Healer & Transformational Guide

• Detoxification Programs • Erchonia Ionic Cleansing Bath • Friendly Staff & Exceptional Patients! • Traditional & Advanced Chiropractic


• Pressure Point & Exercise Workshops • Whole Food & Herbal Supplements • Natural Pain Control & Elimination • Neurological Relief Techniques

Health is a journey... Do you know where you’re headed? Call Dr. Karl for your FREE CONSULTATION ~ 734-425-8220 FREE HOLISTIC HEALTH CONSULTATION and Stress Reducing Chair Massage

At the time of Consultation. New patients only. Medicare guidelines apply. Expires 11/15/10

Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. — Certified Wellness Doctor

Join Dr. Karl for A FREE WORKSHOP! Thurs., Oct. 28th “The Thyroid/Soy Connection” at the Livonia Civic Center Library 7-8:30pm Co-Sponsored by: The Foundation for Wellness Professionals (Reserve Your Seat!)

KARL WELLNESS CENTER & CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, P.C. (734) 425-8220 • 30935 Ann Arbor Trail natural awakenings

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(734) 246-1208

13645 Northline Rd. • Southgate (Near the Corner of Northline & Dix)

Mon-Sat 9am-8pm OPEN SUNDAY 11am-5pm

m Acupuncture m Reiki m Massage Therapy m Bulk Herbs m Salt Lamps





October 2010





18 Diabetes: Don’t be “Tricked” by the “Treats” 6 to 7:30pm Free





Powerflex Yoga - 6 to 7:30pm $8






Powerflex Yoga - 6 to 7:30pm $8

Powerflex Yoga - 6 to 7:30pm $8










Down Town Wyandotte “Tailgate Chili Cook Off”

Closed for packing! 28





NEW store opens in Downtown Wyandotte Huge Grand Opening Nov. 5,6, & 7

We are Moving! to: 2938 Biddle Ave Wyandotte

734-246-1208 Downtown Wyandotte

NEW HOURS: Mon - Thu 9am-9pm, Fri - Sat 9am - 10pm, Sunday 11am - 7pm

Bigger location • More to offer • Plenty of free parking 56


Putting the NEW store together - 25th - 31st


Happy Halloween Be Safe!


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Superior Blvd.

Bishop Park

Chestnut St. le Av e.

ASE Packing & Moving (will be working hard)




1st St.

2nd St.


m Vegan Friendly m Reflexology m Nutritional Testing m Foot Detox

Elm St. Maple St.

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