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love November’s colorful transition as life prepares to celebrate some winter R&R. We revel in the silence of gentle sunshine and brisker air, both peaceful and reinvigorating. Nature’s change-ups remind us to take a break now and then to reflect on what matters most to us as we re-center and reboot. Mental Wellness is a timely topic as the population ages, toxic chemicals increase in food supplies and household products, and we often feel crushed by daily demands at both home and work. Despite living in our privileged nation, many Americans feel plagued by anxiety and stress. I even hear it in the voices of some of the most full-hearted giving people I meet in our local natural living community. In my September letter, I related our family’s experience with our 10-year-old son who was suffering from nutritional imbalances that showed up as arrhythmia and acute anxiety. Within two months of restoring normal levels of many necessary nutrients such as magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, B complex vitamins, probiotics and healthy doses of weekly soccer practices and games, I’m happy to report that he has recovered 100 percent. The physical recovery was rapid, as he was cleared by doctors within three weeks. Maybe because he’s a sensitive child, his emotional recovery took longer. We admit we nearly lost hope and even unfairly suspected he might be exaggerating his anxious feelings at times. But we trusted our son and trusted the advice of our local natural practitioner, We truly believed the core problem was a multi-mineral and -vitamin deficiency and that it would take some time to resolve. Then the miracle happened! I’m not alone in believing that nutrient depletion and/or toxin overload can play a key role in most physical and mental illness. When we gently address the root cause of disease and discomfort, we find helpful solutions. A healthy lifestyle makes all the difference for everyone and it’s never too early or too late to make improvements. Natural health practitioners are here to help ensure we have access to the best unprocessed whole foods, supplements and correct doses and to coordinate therapies. Natural Awakenings is full of resources to help. We all deserve the best counsel and assistance available. To your health and happiness,

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hristine Elwart, M.A., L.L.P. and/or Joe Elwart, Psy.S., L.L.P. of Royal Oak’s Psychological and Spiritual Services, P.C. are announcing two new workshops. Empower Thyself will be held December 10 and 11; and Fit, Joyful and Free will be an 8 week class beginning in January, 2017, with the Christine Elwart and exact dates TBD. Joe Elwart The Empower Thyself class is a result of their 4 year studies with the Modern Mystery school in Toronto. It’s a seminar featuring wisdom teachings from the time of King Solomon with the intention of knowing oneself. Esoteric in nature, they cover the make-up of the personality, the secret of the negative ego and introduce ways of energetically protecting yourself in a contentious world. Fit, Joyful and Free is a program to once and for all CHANGE your eating lifestyle, addressing one’s relationship with food - with the goal of sustainable weight loss. All aspects of food addiction, plus a lifestyle free from unhealthy eating habits replaced by a proven system to maintain new habits, are addressed in this program. This course comes from Chris’s 40 year adventure in learning to overcome compulsive overeating

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and bulimia and becoming part of the 0.01% in the U.S. who have gotten to goal weight and maintained it for almost 20 years. “We have been psychotherapists for 24 years,” explains Chris Elwart, “and have assisted people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and a host of other life challenges from a holistic perspective that is solution oriented. We do that through looking at what is being taken in, which includes the physical (our diet), mental/emotional (psychological) and spiritual (energetic). Our goal is for our clients to receive the tools that they need to live the life of joyful fulfillment - and then fire us!” The cost for Empower Thyself is $900. The cost for Fit, Joyful and Free is $500 for 8 weeks, with many insurances accepted for the group therapy portion of the class. Psychological and Spiritual Services, P.C. is located at 2007 Roseland Ave., Royal Oak. For more information contact Sherrie or Jeannie at 248-545-8510 or visit their website: See ad, page 8.

Sky Foundation Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer


ovember is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and the Michigan-based Sky Foundation will host its annual lunch fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m., November 6, at the MGM Grand Hotel, in Detroit. Proceeds from the event will help fund early detection research and awareness for pancreatic cancer. Keynote speaker and Director Left to right, event coof the Pancreatic Cancer Program at chairs Mary Beth Castorri the University of Michigan Health and Niki Gallaudet, Sky System, Diane Simeone, M.D., will Foundation founder Sheila give an update on current research Sky Kasselman, and Sky programs at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on items events manager Annie in a live and silent auction organized Dalton. by event chairs Mary Beth Castorri and Niki Gallaudet. “We have some outstanding auction items this year, thanks to our extremely generous donors. Highlights include sports memorabilia and tickets, vacation getaways and even a trip to see sold-out Hamilton in New York City,” explains Castorri. Sheila Sky Kasselman, a nine-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, began the Sky Foundation in June 2008. “At Sky, we are funding researchers who are making real progress against this disease, and we are also an important resource for those who are newly diagnosed,” she says. Cost: $100. Location: 1777 3rd Ave. For more information or tickets, call 248-385-5143 or visit

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he Visual Arts Association of Livonia (VAAL) will host a Holiday Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from December 2 to 10 at the Village Shopping Center, in Livonia. A public gala will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., December 1, featuring refreshments and a meetand-greet with some of the artists. Offering one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by local artisans, this juried event features pottery, fiber, hand-blown glass, jewelry and other accessories, wood items, clothing, ornaments, framed and unframed art and more. Formed as a nonprofit organization in 1993, VAAL offers art classes, workshops, monthly presentations and twice-yearly exhibits. Classes and workshops are taught year-round by award-winning professional art instructors. The winter class schedule will be available at the Holiday Shoppe. Admission is free. Location: 37653 Five Mile Rd. For more information, call 734-838-1204 or visit

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arbra White, owner of Accepted As I Am Community Center, in Plymouth, will teach a 123-hour Self-Acceptance Process Certification (SAP) Course from January to July 2017 over seven weekend retreats. In its 10th year, the SAP course provides practical, down-to-earth methods to help individuals become a tuning fork of change and healing for themselves and the planet. It is intended for those seeking personal growth, budding healers and medical professionals seeking to bring a transpersonal approach to their clients. The Self-Acceptance Process was created by White, using her near-death experiences, intuitive gifts and more than 40,000 hours of guiding people into expressing their gifts. The Barbara White author of Why Self-Acceptance is so Powerful and Self-Acceptance Process, two Amazon bestselling books, she provides a wellorganized curriculum and nature-based practices for participants of this course. Cost: $2,700. Location: 157 S. Mill St. For more information or to register, call 734-455-1438 or visit See ad, page 10.


ealth Coach Paul Hess, Ph.D., of Primal Rejuvenation, in Plymouth, is offering a free phone or Skype consultations for new clients. After suffering with chronic fatigue, Hess learned that one of the fastest Paul Hess, Ph.D. ways to create real energy is through minerals. By testing foods and supplements to see what weakens and strengthens each individual patient, along with testing from his list of high-performing foods and supplements to find out which ones are suitable for each individual, Hess is able to provide a customized nutrient plan for each client that promotes optimal health. “The testing includes what type of diet you should be on as defined by your daily levels of carbohydrates, protein and fat,” he says. “As a health coach I test clients energetically to find what minerals they need, the preferred product and exact daily amounts,” he explains. “Extra minerals beyond food often needed include sea salt, magnesium, iodine and silica. I also recommend a high-quality fulvic acid to help assimilate minerals for energy and detoxification. Balancing the calcium and phosphorous ratio is important for healthy teeth, bones and nails, according to Weston A. Price. People often have deposits of extra calcium they can’t utilize just from food so I rarely have them take calcium supplements.” For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Hess at 248-2598202 or visit See ad, page 20.

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etroit’s fourth annual Awake and Empowered Expo: Thriving in an Age of Higher Consciousness, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m., November 4; 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., November 5; and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., November 6, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. The opening night music celebration, featuring a performance by Dixon’s Violin, will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. The program includes insightful lectures, workshops, panel discussions, interactive healing experience, yoga, meditation and crystal bowls. World-renowned experts will present the latest advances in holistic health, science, spirituality, free energy technology, consciousness, extraterrestrial influences and ancient archaeology. Presenters include keynote speaker, bestselling author and founder of Reconnective Healing Dr. Eric Pearl, geologist and researcher of the Great Sphinx Dr. Robert Schock, Certified Hypnotherapist, regression therapist and crop circle researcher Barbara Lam, and many others. Admission is free to exhibitor hall or $249 for a weekend pass. Prices vary. Location: 525 W. Lafayette Blvd. For more information, call 248-979-7572 or visit See ad, page 9.


assage therapist Theo Williamson is bringing customized massages into the homes of clients throughout Wayne County. His company, First Touch Massage, offers couples massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue and chair massage, reflexology, private parties and more in a location chosen by the client. “First Touch strives to make your massage experience personalized and convenient. By bringing the massage to you, we believe that goal is achieved,” explains Williamson. “After a long workday of conflict, stressful environments and hectic driving conditions, everyone wants to seek refuge and stay there until the rescue team arrives. Let us be your rescue team.”

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etcalls, a company that allows pet owners to call or go online to request a veterinarian to visit in the comfort of their home, is open at 1514 Washington Boulevard, in downtown Detroit. Owned and operated by CEO Kimberly Jackson, Petcalls services the entire metropolitan Detroit area, examining and treating dogs, cats, horses, lizards, snakes and more. With three veterinarians and one veterinary tech on staff, services include digital X-rays, ultrasound, K-laser, lab tests, vaccinations and other treatments. “We take the stress out of veterinarian visits by bringing the vet to the pet,” explains Jackson. “We’re launching in Detroit, but I see this service spreading rapidly across the country. Our medical professionals are all animal lovers who want to help their patients in an environment where they are most comfortable: their homes.” Cost: $99 and up. For more information or to make an appointment, call 313-788-7387 or visit

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ecky Stevens, of Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC, is holding a special medical intuition event for those with aging concerns at 3 p.m. on November 19 at her new offices at 18090 Mack Avenue in Grosse Po i n t e . S h e Becky Stevens will utilize this expertise to help identify the defective gene for aging. “Medical intuition is the ability to ascertain and assess areas and levels of dysfunction in the body,“ explains Stevens. “This allows me to treat the root causes of health challenges by suggesting herbal, homeopathic, vibropathic remedies or JMT that will be of the most benefit.” Stevens, who offers options for healing and wellness through medical intuition and energy healing, assists adults, children and animals with a variety of health issues. She has helped people with back pain, depression, cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis, allergies and many other conditions. “I will intuit to determine if you have the faulty gene,” says Stevens.” Energy healing will not take place at the event. It’s being held just clarity if those who attend have the faulty gene, and to learn if lifestyle changes are necessary for prevention.” The cost to attend is $50 (cash only) and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 586-294-6540. See ad, page 12.

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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

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istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stress-related brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.

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reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms.

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recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce the rate of Cesarean deliveries. Conducted by Thomas Jefferson University Medical College researchers, the study followed more than 2,000 pregnant women split into two randomized groups. Half of them exercised 35 to 90 minutes, three to four times a week, while the others did not. Just under 18 percent of the women in the exercise group ended up having Cesarean deliveries versus 22 percent in the non-exercising group. Exercising during pregnancy also appears to improve gestational health. The study participants that worked out regularly experienced a lower incidence of both hypertensive disorders and diabetes mellitus.



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here is a tendency in the public mental health system to focus on relieving symptoms through medication and view individuals along the lines of their illness only, instead of their whole selves. This can be detrimental to the healing of the body, mind and soul.


study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage.

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Instead of addressing just the symptoms and illness, it is important to address the whole being when working through mental health issues. Focusing on self-love is a critical component of healing. Pain is a life experience that impacts the way we see ourselves, but it is not who we are. Illnesses and issues are just a small part of each individual and can be improved and even healed through self-love and acceptance. Source: Barbra White, owner of Accepted as I Am Community Center, located at 157 S. Mill St., in Plymouth. For more information, call 734-4551438 or visit

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Conventional Grocery Chains Go Organic The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a follow-up to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods. Kroger President Michael Ellis says, “We’re really just answering the customer’s call for more and better,” giving Whole Foods Market more competition. Walmart has also begun to satisfy the growing health concerns of its shoppers by integrating organic options in its supermarkets. Now the challenge is for organic farming—which intentionally works to minimize agricultural impacts on the health of people and the planet—to meet the greater demand nationwide for healthier foods. Although implementation will vary depending on climate, experts advise that it begins with farms adopting healthy soil practices. It’s up to consumers to keep the momentum going. Arina P Habich/

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Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey.


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Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates.

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The German government has ruled to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the country, but will allow test drilling in certain circumstances, reports Reuters. The industry has lobbied to continue fracking, which involves blasting chemicals and water into underground rock formations to release trapped gas, but strong opposition has persisted throughout the nation, with a powerful green lobby warning of possible risks to drinking water. Germany follows France and Bulgaria, which have already permanently banned fracking.

Buenos Aires Moves Animals to Nature Reserves The 140-year-old zoo in Buenos Aires is shutting down to give the animals a better life. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta agrees with activists that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, so the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be moved to more suitable living environments in nature reserves around the country. Older animals and those too sick to be relocated will remain in their current home, but not displayed. The 45-acre zoo will be transformed into an eco-park to give children a place to learn how to take care of and relate with the different species. It also will provide refuge and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trafficking. Source:

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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animal-free testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine made strides in removing the use of animals from medical training and cosmetic testing. Now all new chemicals will have to meet specific safety standards. Clothing, couches and cleaning products, among many other consumer goods, contain chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s and other serious health problems, but are not routinely tested for safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have new authority to require testing with a legal mandate to review existing chemicals on the market. Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, the law specifically sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. It aims to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing an $800-billion-a-year industry.


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relief from seasonal allergies. Because raw honey contains a small amount of the local pollens that someone may be allergic to, eating it will teach the body to recognize the pollen and not to react to it. Raw honey may crystallize over time. “If this occurs, simply loosen the lid and place the jar in a pot of water on the stove to warm the honey until it is liquefied again,� says Rich. The Marshalls do not recommend heating the honey in the microwave because the heating is uneven and could damage the honey. Store raw honey in a warm or room temperature pantry and never in the refrigerator.

Betty Bee Apiary Provides a Glimpse Into the Hive by Mathilde Vandenbulke


etty Bee Apiary is a family business run by Betty and Rich Marshall, who started in the Detroit Downriver area as beekeepers 10 years ago. They raise European Apis Mellifera bees, a common species of honeybee. Betty Bee Honey is raw honey that is bottled fresh out of the hive, unheated and unprocessed. As the Marshalls led a tour of their apiary, they explained the benefits of pure honey, the hierarchy of the bee world and their important role in our food supply:

Raw Honey Commercial honey packagers pasteurize their honey, which robs it of nutrients and retards the crystallization process, reducing it to a flavor similar to plain, refined sugar. Raw honey is full of natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. It is an alkaline-forming food, which also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It can help treat respiratory conditions such as cough, bronchitis and asthma. As an antioxidant, raw honey can strengthen the immune system and help with digestive health. It can also normalize blood pressure and sugar levels. It has a calming effect and can be used topically to treat skin wounds for all type of infections. Eating raw honey from a local source has also been known to be effective for

How Bees Work There are three main nectars flows: spring, summer and fall. Typically, only the spring and summer honey is collected. The master beekeeper leaves the fall nectar honey for the bees to feed on during the winter. In the beehive, there are three castes of honeybees: queens (eggproducers), workers (non-reproducing females) and drones (males with their main duty being to find and mate with

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a queen). The queen lays eggs singly in cells of the comb. Larvae hatch from eggs in three to four days. They are then fed by worker bees and develop through several stages in the cells, which are capped by the worker bees when the larva pupates. Queens and drones are larger than workers, so they require larger cells to develop. A colony may typically consist of tens of thousands of bees. Each worker bee has its own job: house bees, guard bees and mortician bees which clean the beehive, and the young nurse bees that clean the cells so the queen can lay eggs again. Nurse bees also feed the queen. Queen bees lay about 2,000 eggs per day during the summer solstice and stop laying eggs at the winter solstice. The average lifespan of a queen is three to four years; drones usually die upon mating or are expelled from the hive before the winter. Workers may live for a few weeks in the summer or for several months in areas with an extended winter. Queen bees lay about 20 percent drones, which are slightly larger than female worker bees and do not have a stinger, so they can be held with bare hands.

Pollination In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey, honeybees perform a vital second function—pollination. About onethird of our human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants, and honeybees are responsible for 80 percent of this pollination. Pollination is the fertilization of a flowering plant. The process occurs when pollen is transferred from the anthers of a flower to the ovules of that or another flower. As honeybees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90 percent dependent on honeybee pollination; one crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honeybee for pollination at bloom time. Betty Bee Apiary is located in Southgate. For more information, call 734-408-1139 or visit Mathilde Vandenbulke is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Wayne County.

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STAY SHARP Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall


slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-year-old man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctor-administered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including 18 Wayne County Edition

a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Addressing the Sources

Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road

to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that the key to both prevention and reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol— can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain

Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil

and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, cleanburning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brainfuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

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Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it.

Get-Smart Supplements Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its flavor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including inflammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell membranes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from fish oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty fish. Coconut oil: It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides, an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily. Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and inflammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neurotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter

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Resources Alzheimer’s Association, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, David Perlmutter, MPI Cognition, Sharp Again Naturally, Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again

nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was

diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-yearold should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.

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ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club, in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Willcox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see The boxing variation, called piloxing, incorporates pugilistic moves and

barefoot interval training. “No prior experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

Fosters Self-Confidence

“Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change

Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a post-rehabilitation modality once postsurgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, wellbeing and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”

Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a wellknown contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression

Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes


ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours 22 Wayne County Edition

researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.

Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.” As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch,

Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.

What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.

Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

The Art of Blessing

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ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair

flower and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”

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he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

Personal and Professional Benefits Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford,

Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to selfregulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

Corporate Acceptance

While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys

had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using

the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.”

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Stephen Dinan Outlines America’s Noble Destiny Bridging Our Political Divide is Key by Mary Magline


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tephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network, is a champion of the transpartisan movement that seeks to transcend America’s current political climate to realize greater unity and understanding. His new book, Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All, offers innovative, practical solutions for engaging citizens in an emerging whole. Dinan has forwarded thinking in his work with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where he helped shape the Shift in Action and One Minute Shift programs, and with the Esalen Center for Theory & Research, a think tank he helped create to explore human potential frontiers. He is also an active member of the Evolutionary Leadership and Transformational Leadership councils.

What political problem tops the list if we’re to make progress on anything? We all know that American politics suffers from extreme polarization. Just as the middle class has faded away

from our economy, the bipartisan “middle” has dropped out of our political process. In the last two decades, moderates have become far less prominent, giving way to ideologues on both sides of the aisle. As a result, Congress is virtually unable to legislate, because politicians on the left and right insist they have all the answers. They often refuse to work with the president if he is from the other party. This childish behavior is a far cry from the bipartisan approach to solving problems that once made this country great. Our country is falling apart and we need to renew ourselves by finding a sacred vision of national unity. The fast-growing transpartisan movement offers an answer that can be aided by perspectives of transpersonal psychology and a visionary spiritual dimension drawn from wisdom traditions of the East and West.

How is transpartisan best defined? Transpartisan means that Americans can rise above damaging divisions. It

provides hope that if we supply the right intention, we can hold to a vision that honors the ideals of a wide range of viewpoints. No one can be 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong, and we transcend limiting conservative and liberal categories by using dialogue and maturity in embracing the truths of all parties, while leaving behind their excesses and errors. We can belong to any party and claim an important piece of the truth; a singular truth we stand for, such as liberty or social justice or economic growth, but it represents only a personal selection from a larger set of sacred American principles. To attain insight into these principles, we must move to an enlightened vision that honors all political perspectives, seeing each as a valuable, yet incomplete contribution toward the emerging whole.

Why have you called for a sacred America? “Sacred” is a word that binds us together in the mystery of life and links us into a single human family in which ultimately no one is our enemy. A sacred worldview leads to a life filled with respect and reverence. It informs and enables us as we reach for our highest destiny as a country, not built on a desire to be number one, but a humble sense of calling, animated by a spirit of service to all. America is being called to explore

new frontiers politically, economically and spiritually, in service to our own citizens and the world. We are to embrace a path away from the waste and tragedy of war and toward universal health, sustainability and prosperity. It requires the best of both progressive and conservative values and a collaborative style of politics that seeks higher ground. Global accords and councils will replace the endless posturing of every military era.

What have you, as a progressive, learned from conservatives? Conservatives tend to focus on preserving what has worked in the past, which is a useful function. In the human body, we have strong elements required for health that basically protect its homeostasis. Too much change happening too quickly can be dangerous to us. Conservatives often play the same role in society, minimizing the risk of chaotic change and preserving core values, commitments and culture. I’ve found that embracing conservative values and perspectives is a good form of cross-training in my role as a spiritually based CEO, where it’s imperative that I not risk everything on each new idea. A moderate path draws upon the best of conservative perspectives while opening to new possibilities for innovation and cultural expression, which tends to be a focus of progressives.

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Spiced Pepitas These crunchy pumpkin seeds are lemony, salty, spicy and zesty, all at the same time. A handful of these toasted tidbits whets the appetite. Yields: 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ancho chile powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar (optional) Preheat the oven to 375° F. In a medium bowl, toss together the pumpkin seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cumin, pepper, coriander, chile powder, cayenne and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and shake to redistribute the seeds, and then bake for another 3 minutes. Pull it out to shake the pan again. Then finish baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds are crispy and golden without burning them.

This wicked, fresh, piping-hot popcorn is kissed with a simple blend of rosemary, onion and truffle oil.   Yields: 9 cups 2½ Tbsp grapeseed oil A bit less than ½ cup popcorn kernels 1 Tbsp truffle oil 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast ½ Tbsp onion granules ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced Sea salt to taste   On medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Remove from the stove and add all kernels in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover for 20 seconds to allow all the kernels to become coated and reach equal temperature so they all pop at once. Place the covered pan back on the heat and shake it while it’s on the burner. The kernels will slowly begin to pop; once they start, crack the lid slightly to let out a bit of steam. Continue shaking the pan over heat until the popping stops. Remove from the stovetop immediately and pour all popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil, nutritional yeast, onion granules, minced rosemary and sea salt. Shake and mix well before serving. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

Transfer to a cool baking sheet and cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Courtesy of Sandra A. Gutierrez, 28 Wayne County Edition

Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas Any favorite beer will work. Yields: 2 to 4 servings 1 (15½ oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and set aside 1 Tbsp sriracha 1 Tbsp organic miso paste (any color) 1 /3 bottle of beer Black and white sesame seeds Dried chili to taste Smoked salt for garnish to taste Preheat the oven to 375° F. Whisk wet ingredients until mixed well. Toss mixture with chickpeas. Place mixture on baking pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking and stirring periodically until mixture is evaporated and chickpeas begin to get color; beware of burning. Garnish with sesame seeds and dried chili, maybe a little smoked salt. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk Cozy up and indulge in this thick, creamy and rich hot chocolate made with whole food ingredients. Yields: 2 servings Pistachio Milk ½ cup raw shelled pistachios 2 cups filtered water

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Bring stock and rice to a boil and skim off any foam that may rise to the top. Reduce heat and cook, covered, about 1 hour until rice is tender. Add the vegetables, diced meats, season to taste and cook until just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Children love this!

For the pistachio milk, soak the nuts overnight in a bowl of water. Rinse before placing them into a highspeed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend until the mixture is completely puréed and milky. Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth; then add the nut milk back into the blender. Add all other ingredients and blend at a high speed until thick. Note: If using a regular, slower blender, re-warm the hot chocolate on the stove top. It may not be as thick and frothy but will taste good. Courtesy of Sophia DeSantis,

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Pampering ourselves isn’t a luxury so much as a necessity to refresh and renew mind, body and spirit.

A Spa Specialty

Spas have been synonymous with pampering throughout the ages. “Every civilization around the world has had some kind of communal gathering place for people to practice ‘self-healing’,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group director of Spa & Wellness for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing. From ancient Greek bathhouses to Japan’s beloved natural hot springs, spas have long served as sacred places of healing and restoration. Indeed, many treatments provided at today’s eco-spas draw inspiration from traditional uses of herbs, honey and olive oil to care for skin and hair. Locally, natural spas’ pampering services may range from botanically based facials and mud masks to herbal body wraps and hot stone massage.

More Pampering Spots

While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most 30 Wayne County Edition

grocery stores now carry cold-pressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as part of a British high tea featuring Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidant-rich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems (see SaltRoomPampering). Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapezelike supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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etween professional spa visits, a doit-yourself spa day at home can be a rewarding and economical treat. “You can create a full day of home spa treatments using ingredients most people have in their kitchen,” advises Lise Andersen, an expert in nature-based cosmetics from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the owner of, offering custom skin and hair care products, individualized formulations and beginnerfriendly DIY kits. One of Andersen’s home skincare favorites is simple raw honey, used as a cleanser and face mask. “You can use it alone or in conjunction with an added ingredient like almond meal or ground oats. It rinses off beautifully and both softens and cleanses,” she says. A “facial tea” made with herbs like chamomile, lavender and elder blossom is another of the Scandinavian’s at-home favorites. Simply boil water and pour it into a bowl with a handful of herbs, drape a towel over the head, embracing the face and breathe deeply. “It smells wonderful while opening the pores and hydrating the skin,” Andersen says. Dry brushing with a mitt made with a natural fiber like sisal or jute serves as a quick, everyday pick-meup. It stimulates and exfoliates the body and helps boost circulation. For beautiful cuticles, Andersen suggests a handmade scrub made from raw brown sugar or Himalayan salt combined with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. It exfoliates and hydrates, leaving hands feeling silky smooth. To get the most out of a home spa day, prep materials in advance and let family members know that it requires absolute solitude. Complete the spalike atmosphere with relaxing music and naturally scented beeswax candles. Visit for more home spa treatment tips.

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the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety. ~Elaine Aron


ighly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a practicing psychotherapist in Mill Valley, California, who studies sensitivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, advises, “A highly sensitive child is among the 15 to 20 percent born with a nervous system that’s highly aware and quick to react to everything.” She offers a free online questionnaire to help assess a child’s level of sensitivity at highly-sensitive-child-test. Highly sensitive children are incredibly responsive to their environments, from sounds and smells to the overall mood of people they encounter. Other indicators may range from a preference for quiet play to noticing details or asking many questions. With a sharpened sense of awareness, they are often gifted intellectually, creatively and emotionally, demonstrating genuine compassion early on. 32 Wayne County Edition

The downside is that these intensely perceptive children can also be easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, new situations or sudden changes. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others deeply affect them. Parenting a highly sensitive child can be highly rewarding, but some parents find it exhausting. Special skills help in gracefully raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted sensitive child without wearing ourselves out. Accept, rather than seek to change them. Embracing a child as being highly sensitive is step one. No one can change them into less sensitive, more traditional kids. Accept their specialness as part of the family’s shared journey. See it as a gift. It’s easy to get frustrated or angry with a child if they continually cry, withdraw and shy away from social situations. Instead of viewing these behaviors as flaws, see them as providing the child a special gift. Sensitivity often characterizes artists, innovators, prodigies and great thinkers. Partner up. Sensitive children respond far better to requests for desired behaviors when acting in partnership with the adults in their life. Harsh discipline can elicit emotional meltdowns

and outbursts of energy in temper tantrums, crying or yelling. Partnering with a child includes learning to avoid their triggers and giving them ready tools to use when they feel overwhelmed, such as breathing exercises. Professional counselors can help shape the relationship. Focus on strengths. Remembering that a highly sensitive child may be incredibly talented is essential when they are acting out. Training ourselves to see a child’s strengths first—such as their incredible creativity, perceptiveness and keen intellect—helps us accept their challenges, such as being overwhelmed, highly emotional, introverted at times, shy, picky about clothes and other preferences, or overly active. Create calmness. It’s worth taking the time to create spaces that match a child’s sensibilities. Create a “peace corner” at home designed to deliver the serenity that highly sensitive children crave by using just the right lighting, colors, sounds and surroundings; elements might include headphones, favorite plush toys and coloring markers. Instill inner discipline. Establishing gentle structure and clear limits with respect goes a long way. Reasonable reminders of what’s needed now and why yield better results than shouting and warnings of consequences. Connect with peers. Like everyone else, highly sensitive children are drawn to other “birds of a feather”, and getting these kids together to nurture each other’s strengths is good. It may mean some extra effort by parents to help a child find kids that get along together and make play dates. A highly sensitive child can be steered in a helpful emotional direction by well-adjusted, happy and healthy sensitive adults. Sensitive children need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gifts in a world that sometimes doesn’t value their inherent worth. Maureen Healy, of Santa Barbara, CA, runs a mentoring program for highly sensitive children based on her social and emotional learning curriculum for K-8 students, child psychology training and current scientific research. She is the author of Growing Happy Kids and The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids (

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The Best are Pet, People and Planet Friendly by Sandra Murphy


he holidays bring buffet feasts, ribboned gifts, stockings of goodies, ornaments and tinsel that to animals all look good enough to eat. Pets can get into trouble, especially if they’re away from home. Boarding may be the best alternative when the family travels for holidays.

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Brad Nierenberg blogs about dogs at, from Wilmington, Delaware. He relates an experience when friends watched Bitsy, his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and she escaped out the front door. Fortunately, a neighbor found her. Afterward, he says, “I asked other dog-crazy owners which kennel they’d recommend.” Kennels used to be an indoor cage with a dog door to a fenced run area outside. Dogs could see each other, but not play together. Well-heeled facilities offered fancy amenities, geared more 34 Wayne County Edition

to impress the owner than comfort the pet and were generally bereft of enriching experiences. “Pets are living, breathing, loving creatures, and boarding facilities not yet up to speed need to catch up to how people feel about pets today,” says Charlotte Biggs, COO of the nonprofit International Boarding and Pet Service Association, near Austin, Texas. It helps its members create safe, responsible pet care facilities by including holistic, positive and green practices in their safety and training manuals. Susan Briggs, co-founder of the independent Professional Animal Care Certification Council for the pet care industry, in Houston, advises, “Take a tour. Kennels should be clean and organized. You should feel comfortable with the staff.” “Do the employees talk about your pet like you’re bringing the car in for an oil change? If it’s ignored in favor

of paperwork, maybe you should keep looking,” says Josh Brown, owner of Far North Kennel, in Anchorage, Alaska. “You want to go where the staff bends down and lets your pet come to them. It should be obvious your dog’s going to get positive human interaction. When you walk out after touring the facility, you should feel better about boarding than when you walked in.”

Ask Questions

Costs vary, so ask what’s included in the basic fee, such as group play, treats, administered meds, special bedding and feeding the same food as at home. The pet also should be able to have their bed, toys and favorite things with them. Also be clear about medications, health or mobility issues and special bedding or grooming preferences. An apparent bargain can be either less than expected or more expensive once all costs are totaled. “Ask if titers are accepted in lieu of current vaccinations, and don’t feel pressured to over-vaccinate,” advises Briggs, who explains that titers assess levels of immunity from previous vaccinations. She also suggests asking about the facility’s emergency plan, including evacuation. The more information everyone has, the better the pet’s stay will be. Socialized dogs or cats should be able to enjoy group playtime or a communal catio (enclosed indoor/outdoor space for felines); others would rather watch from afar. Stays should be individualized, not uniform. Facility owners suggest first booking a day visit and then an overnight as a test.


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Before booking, also ask about unseen factors. Josh Parker, co-founder of K-9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Hotels, in Fanwood and other New Jersey locations, recommends that boarding clients look for features such as eco-friendly cleaning products; air purifiers and ventilation systems to prevent spreading of germs; a floor plan that reduces stress by limiting views of other animals; lighting that dims at night for restful sleep; a good ratio of staff to pets that allows employees to spend time with nervous boarders, spot any signs of illness or distress early on and intervene if quarrels arise; and availability of an on-call veterinarian with access to the family vet or nearest emergency facility. Leave a medical directive explaining what should be done if an owner can’t be reached. Flooring at better resorts is antibacterial. Outdoors, artificial grass made of recycled products is soft on paws, drains better than grass and is easier to clean. It’s eco-friendly because it requires no watering, mowing or pesticides.

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“Some facilities like ours offer webcam options so you can ‘visit’ with your dog while you’re traveling,” says Brown. Texting kennel updates and selfies of an employee with a pet can also ease any worries. “I just want my pet in a place where she is safe, secure, well cared for and loved,” says Nierenberg. Though apart, pets and their people can all enjoy a fresh adventure. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 PAWS Annual Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join fellow animal lovers for PAWS quarterly general meeting; a great way to get involved helping animals. Free. Riverview City Hall, Activity Rm B, 14440 Civic Park Dr. 313-451-8200.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Equestrian Expo – Dec 2-4. 2-8pm. Three-day expo featuring entertainment, exhibitors, a model horse show and more. $15 includes parking. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi. 248-348-5600.

ONGOING daily Rotary Park – 7am-9pm. On-leash wooded trails for pet owners. Free. Rotary Park, 32184 6 Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-466-2410. Dog Park – 7am-10pm. Visit Detroit’s first official unleashed dog park. Off-leash socialization fun for your dog. Free. PetSmart PUP’s Detroit Dog Park, 17th St & Rose St, Detroit. Hines Dog Park – 8am-4:30pm. Separate, small-dog area, electronic gate keys, agility equipment and drinking water nearby. $20/annually. Hines Dr, west of Merriman Rd, Westland.

sunday Canine to Five Pack Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Join the Canine to Five community for a pack walk along the beautiful Detroit Riverfront and up the Dequindre Cut. Free. Rivard Plaza, 1340 Atwater St, Detroit. Ph and/or website?

tuesday Paws for Reading – 12:30-1:30pm. Children of all ages can come to the library and read to beagles Wally and Katie. The dogs are certified therapy dogs, friendly and calm. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Senior Writing – 1:30-3pm. Seniors can share and preserve their life stories with the guidance of author Jane Saylor. No writing experience is necessary. Free. Plymouth District Library, 223 S Main St. 734-453-0750. Yoga Seminar – 7-8:30pm. $10. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. TaylorYoga. com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Canton Halloween Candy Buyback – Nov 2-13. 9am-5pm. Donate extra pounds of goodies to the troops for a chance to win several prizes. For every pound of unopened candy brought in, children will be given a raffle ticket (up to 10 pounds per person). Free. Bright Side Dental, 7676 N Canton Center Rd. 734-274-4752. Livonia Halloween Candy Buyback – Nov 2-13. 9am-5pm. Donate extra pounds of goodies to the troops for a chance to win several prizes. For every pound of unopened candy brought in, children will be given a raffle ticket (up to 10 pounds per person). Free. Bright Side Dental, 36400 5 Mile Rd. 734-329-5920.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Box and Burn – 5pm. 30-minute workout broken up into three nine-minute sections: boxing, weight training and cardio/core. Boxing gloves provided. $10. GIVE Fitness, 200 Mount Elliott St, Detroit.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Free Run Friday – 7-8am. Morning run on the Dequindre Cut and Riverwalk. Free. Detroit Riverwalk, 1340 Atwater St.

save the date Awake and Empowered Expo – Nov 4-6. 5pm. Three-day expo with exhibitors, sponsors, lectures, special events and more. $199/weekend pass includes all lectures and events. Hilton Double Tree Suites, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit. AwakeAndEmpoweredExpo.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Internet Basics – 10am-noon. Learn to explore websites, shop online and use browser tools. All levels welcome. Free. Henry Ford Centennial Library, 1st Flr, computer lab 111A, 16301 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. 313-943-2330.

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Health and Wellness Workshop – 11am-1pm. Learn about healthy nutrition, meal planning, grocery shopping, exercising and more. Free. Quality Inn Hotel, 3600 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park. Goddess Night - 6-9pm - Come share a meal, a meditation, a craft and/or activity and discover the goddess within you! Fun for women of all ages.2007 Roseland Ave., Royal Oak, 248545-8510. - rmhealings.


save the date Herbal Body Wrap Certification – Nov 7-8. 7:30am-3:30pm. Two-day workshop instructed by Patricica Woods. Learn how to teach clients a safe and effective process that cleans clogged tissues by drawing out toxins. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20950 Grand River Ave. 313-538-5433. Thanksgiving Dining – 6-8pm. Chef Hunny Khodorkovsky will demonstrate how to prepare kosher, plant-based meals. Food and festive music provided. Free. Whole Foods Detroit, 3670 Woodward Ave, Ste 103-B. 313-576-5300.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Drink Yourself Healthy – 1pm. Learn about alkalized, ionized, purified, spring, bottled and tap water. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. RSVP: 734-664-0339.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Fall Film Series: Detroit Remember When; Made in the Motor City – 3-4:30pm. Running time: 120 minutes. Documentary on the history of Detroit’s most iconic brands. Free. Detroit Historical Museum. 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-8331805. Eat REAL Food – 3-6pm. Presented by FitCamp360 Live. Taste REAL (real, energizing, alkaline and living) food and learn to prepare healthier versions of popular dishes. $15. Build Institute, 2701 Bagley Ave, Detroit.


save the date Herbal Body Wrap Certification – Nov 14-15. 7:30am-3:30pm. Two-day workshop instructed by Patricia Woods. Learn how to teach clients a safe and effective process that cleans clogged tissues by drawing out toxins. Detroit Wholistic Center, 20950 Grand River Ave. 313-538-5433.


Mellow Monday Adult Coloring – 7-8:30pm. Grab a coloring page and relax while enjoying some background music and casual conversation. Supplies provided by Friends of the Library. Free. Plymouth District Library, 223 S Main St. 734-4530750.

Wayne County Parks LightFest 8K Run/Walk – 7pm. Breathtaking run/walk through Midwest’s longest drive through holiday light display. $20. Merriman Hollow Park, Hines Dr off Merriman Rd between Ann Arbor Trail & Warren Ave, Westland. 734-261-1990. RunningFitEvents.



Family Board Game Night – 5-7pm. All families welcome for an evening of board games. Games provided or BYO. Free. Large study room, Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 DixToledo Rd. 734-258-3002. Unsung Heroes Oil Workshop – 7:15-8:30pm. Dr Danielle Potter presents essential oils that have not been discussed in recent oil classes. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109. Preregister: 734-455-6767.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Community Bike Shop – 12:30-3:30pm. Work on bikes or help others work. Free. 1264 Meldrum St, Detroit.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Detroit City Chess Club Open Play – 4-8pm. All levels welcome. Free. Prentis Court, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. 313-8331292.

Food Distribution – 8-9am. Sponsored by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and Gleaners Food Bank. Free commodities will be passed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. BYO bags. Free. Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval Ave, Detroit. 313-628-2100.

save the date All About Herbs – 6-8pm. Eight-week course (16 hrs) for all levels interested in herbology. Nutritional, medicinal, how they are used and how they can be prepared will be covered. $295 (payment plans available). Wholistic Training Institute, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313538-5433. Test Your Health at Home – 7:30pm. Self-tests for thyroid function, Candida and more health tips. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. RSVP: 734-664-0339.


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Reflexology Class – 6-8pm. Eight-week course (16 hrs). $325 (payment plans available). Wholistic Training Institute, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313538-5433. Trigger Point Release Therapy – 7-8pm. Learn how to relieve stress and tension in the body with this simple, highly effective technique. Free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. 734-425-8220. Digestive Disorders – 7:15-8:30pm. Join Dr D for a workshop on digestive disorders and learn how to improve digestive health through non-drug, non-surgical natural solutions. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109. Preregister: 734-455-6767.

Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate – 2pm. Learn about the properties assigned to the three beverages throughout the ages. Free. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. 313-8331292.

tUesDAY, NOveMBeR 22 Body Love Fit Camp – 6-7pm. Body weight exercises that build physical and mental strength. Bring yoga mat and water. Free. Dequindre Cut Greenway, Woodbridge & St Aubin, Detroit. RSVP: 586-909-9939.

tHURsDAY, NOveMBeR 24 Turkey Trot for a Cause – 9:30-11am. Annual 5K run/walk to celebrate Thanksgiving and support the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Refreshments, raffles and top runner awards will be available. $25. Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton. 734-483-5600.

Stretching for Health – 8-9pm. Protect body from potential harm with these essential stretches taught by certified wellness doctor William H Karl, DC. Free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. 734-425-8220.




Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5pm-midnight. Join the community for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Free. Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward. 313-962-0101.

sAtURDAY, NOveMBeR 19 Holiday Greens Market – 11am-4pm. Northville Farmers Market vendors will be on site with holiday roping, wreaths, centerpieces, trees, decorations and accessories. Free. Northville Town Square, centerally located on E Main St between Center and Hutton St, adjacent to the clock.

RUNdetroit – 8-9am. Group run; three-, six- and 10-mile loops for runners and walkers of all paces. Free. RUNdetroit, 441 W Canfield St, Detroit. 313-638-2831.

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Colonic and Footbath Training – 7:30am3:30pm. Two-week daily certification course from technician and instructor Patricia Woods. Learn how to lose weight holistically including training in colon hydrotherapy and administrating colonics and ionic foot baths to help clients. $2,300 (payment plans available). Wholistic Training Institute, 20950 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 313-538-5433.

tUesDAY, NOveMBeR 29 Menopause – 7:15-8:30pm. Join Dr D to find out how to deal with the symptoms of menopause naturally. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109. Preregister: 734-455-6767.

WeDNesDAY, NOveMBeR 30 Muscle Test Screening – By appointment. Discover weak organs and glandular reflex points. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. RSVP: 734-664-0339.

plan ahead tHURsDAY, DeCeMBeR 1 Holiday Shoppe – 6-8pm. Features pottery, fiber, blown glass, jewelry, wood, clothing, ornaments, framed and unframed art made by local artists. Free. Visual Arts Association of Livonia Studio, 37653 Five Mile (in Village Shopping Center). 734-838-1204. Iodine/Thyroid Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Learn how chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, various cancers and more relate to iodine deficiencies. Free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. 734-425-8220.

tHURsDAY, DeCeMBeR 15 Trigger Point Release Therapy – 7-8pm. Learn how to relieve stress and tension in the body with this simple highly effective technique. Free. Karl Wellness Center, 30935 Ann Arbor Tr, Westland. 734-425-8220.

Canton International Festival – 11:30am. Cultural and educational festival $2. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-394-5300.

save the date Medical Intuition – 3pm. Learn about aging concerns and using medical intuition to help. $50. Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, 18090 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe. 586-294-6540. Ray Hunter’s Annual Christmas Twilight Walk – 5-8pm. Stroll through a softly lit Christmas wonderland while enjoying seasonal music played by a harpist. Cookies and cider provided. Free. Ray Hunter Florist and Garden, 16153 Eureka Rd, Southgate. 734-284-2500.


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sUNDAY, NOveMBeR 20 Treehouse Sunday Buffet – 1-5pm. Organic and raw food buffet. $20. The Treehouse for Earths Children, 22906 Mooney St, Farmington. 248-4730624.

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21000 Northline Rd, Conference Rm 8, Taylor. 734 284-6000. Rotary Club of Detroit – Noon-1:30pm. Great local speakers at this weekly lunch meeting. Business attire. $26.50. Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave, Detroit. RSVP: 586-943-5785.



Dance Meditation Technique – 10am-noon. This 90-minute, un-choreographed, wholebeing workout is a drug-free, scientific technique and art for transforming tension into creativity. $10. The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. 248-910-3351.

Crafts Hour – 2-3pm. Ages 5-12. Harper Woods Public Library, Once Upon a Time Rm, 19601 Harper Ave. 313-343-2575.

Run For God – 6:30-8am. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church “Run For God” team trains throughout the year. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join for exercise and fellowship. Smith Middle School, 23851 Yale St, Dearborn. 734-429-3214.

Qigong – 6-7pm. With Emily Rogers. Donations accepted. Lafayette Greens at the corner of Michigan Ave & Shelby, Detroit. 313-285-2244.

Jazz in the Afternoon – 2-5pm. Gina’s Jazz & Soul Food presents Jazz in the Afternoon featuring Sky Covington & Jimi Blues. Free. 17410 E Warren, Detroit. 248-766-8332.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st & 3rd Tues. Free to Chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd, Conference Rm 8, Taylor. 734 284-6000.

Community Yoga Session – 4-5pm. $20/ drop-in. Citizen Yoga, 1224 Library St, Detroit. 313-502-5450.

Paws for Reading – 12:30-1:30pm. Children of all ages can come to the library and read to beagles Wally and Katie. The dogs are certified therapy dogs, friendly and calm. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave. 313-343-2575. Zen Stretch Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Held at The Wellness Garden. Michigan Massage Professionals, 6755 Merriman, Ste 105, Garden City. 734-664-5275.

monday Downtown Street Eats – 11am-2pm. Great lunchtime choices from food trucks that line Cadillac Square. Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Yoga with Yoganic Flow – 6-7pm. Donations accepted. Lafayette Greens, at the corner of Michigan Ave & Shelby, Detroit. 313-2852244. Greater Health Community Walking Group – 6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-4511278. 38 Wayne County Edition

Greater Health Community Walking Group – 6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-451-1278. Open Mic – 8pm. 2nd Tue. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Signup starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. 313-879-1102.

wednesday SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 2nd & 4th Tue. Free to Chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus,

Basic-Level Stress Relief Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Mary Ivey-Suiter. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Crochet Guild Meeting – 6-8pm. The Metro Detroit Crochet Guild meets at Detroit Fiber Works. Free. Detroit Fiber Works, 19359 Livernois, Detroit. 313-610-5111 or 313457-3431. Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities. Canton Human Services Center, 50430 School House Rd, Rm D, Canton. Traditional African Dance – 7-8pm. With Sistah Nubia. Free (donations accepted). Detroit Market Garden, 1850 Erskine St, Detroit. 313-237-8733. GreeningOfDetroit. com. Posture Pro Yoga Level I/II (T) – 7:309pm. Join instructor Sheri Giorio for this therapeutic yoga class. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. 313-617-9535.

thursday Thermography First – With Linda Honey. Appointment based. Radiationfree thermographic scans. Canton Center Chiropractic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd, Ste 109. RSVP: 586-770-4429. Run For God – 6:30-8am. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church “Run For God” team trains throughout the year. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join for exercise and fellowship. Smith Middle School, 23851

Yale St, Dearborn. 734-429-3214. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st & 3rd Thur. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Nonmembers can visit two meetings per month. WCCCD Downriver Campus, EPAC Rm 8 (upstairs), 21000 Northline, Taylor. 734 284-6000. Learn Tai Chi Easy – 10am. All levels welcome. $5. Good Shepherd UMC, 1570 Mason, Dearborn. 313-429-3214.

saturday Detroit Eastern Market – 6am-4pm. Cooking demonstrations, food trucks, entertainment. Russell, between Mack Ave & Gratiot Ave. 313-833-9300. Mind, Body, Spirit Class – 10am. May be tai chi, or qigong or chair yoga. Classes are free but a donation is encouraged for the generous instructors who donate their time. Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, Ste 105, Detroit. 313-832-1155. Live Well Naturally – 11am-12:30pm. Join Empress Matthews for a holistic perspective of living, healing and restoring harmony and balance. $7/general admission, free/ Sankofa members. Sankofa Life Learning and Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250.

Sukyo Mahikari Circle of Light – 2-6pm. Experience the Art of True Light by partaking in 10, 30- minute sessions. Free. Sankofa Life Learning and Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250. Zen Stretch Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Held at The Wellness Garden. Michigan Massage Professionals, Ste 105, 6755 Merriman, Garden City. 734-664-5275. Ashtanga – 6pm. Yoga Shala & Wellness, 25411 W Warren, Ste D, Dearborn Heights. 313-278-4308. Greater Health Community Walking Group – 6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-451-1278. Yoga For Strength and Flexibility – 7:158:15pm. Led by Mary Ivey-Suiter. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Jam Session – 10pm-2am. Harbor House Detroit presents Thursday Night Jam Session hosted by Sky Covington. $5. Harbor House, 440 Clinton, Detroit. 248-766-8332.

Taste of Wellness – 12:30-1:30pm. With Empress Matthews. Free. Sankofa Life Learning and Wellness Center, 18734 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 313-366-5250.

Hatha Flow Donation Yoga – 4pm. All levels welcome in a serene studio with natural light. Be Nice Yoga, 4100 Woodward, Detroit. 313-544-9787.

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Dr. William H. Karl, DC, Certified Wellness Doctor Dr. Jacob H. Karl, DC, Applied Kinesiologist 30935 Ann Arbor Trl, Westland 734-425-8220 • Holistic caring team of chiropractic doctors will help you return to health through gentle chiropractic, nutrition, weight loss/detoxification programs, natural hormone balancing/ pain management, whole-food supplements, homeopathic/herbal remedies, allergy elimination techniques, applied kinesiology, Zyto bio-communication technology and advanced healing modalities including Erchonia’s newest cold laser and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF). See ad, page 27.


Dr. Sherry Yale, DC Holistic Chiropractic Wellness 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia 734-664-0339 • Consultant, clinical nutritionist for more than 27 years, using the most current techniques and approaches to addressing health problems, such as Nutrition Response Testing®, whole-food nutrition, weight loss, herbs, diet and lifestyle help, live water and gentle chiropractic. My purpose is to help change lives by improving health naturally using a holistic wellness approach by restoring energy and vitality to those seeking improved health. See ad, page 11.

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