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MEATY TRUTHS Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe

THE EYES HAVE IT A 20/20 View of Bodily Health

WELLMANNERED CATS Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave

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12 MEATY TRUTHS Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn

15 WELL-MANNERED CATS 12 Simple Ways to Get

Kitty to Behave by Sandra Murphy

16 TASTE THE RAINBOW Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


18 ROLLING FOR FITNESS DIY Rollers Ease Pain and Aid Flexibility by Randy Kambic

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weeping out my garage today, I found four pennies, prompting me to recite “See a penny pick it up and all that day you’ll have good luck!” aloud each time I

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n celebration of National Women's History Month, the fourth annual Women of the World Symposium with the theme Celebrating Women's Lives: Past, Present and Future, will be held March 19 at Start High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be educational and fun breakout sessions, opportunities to be creative in the crafts area, a WOW Market Place for shopping and supporting women artists and businesses, great entertainment and a variety of health screenings. Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson will share her journey to become the first African-American female mayor and serve as emcee for the SHEroes celebration. WOW is a collaborative effort of multiple women-owned businesses, women-focused organizations and individuals that share a common goal and interest: the well-being and empowerment of women and adolescent girls. Cost is $15, includes breakfast and lunch. If not able to attend entire day, drop by and visit for just $1. Location: 2020 Tremainsville Rd. To attend, offer a workshop or be a vendor in the Market Place, call 419-318-9705 or email Chairwoman CeCe Norwood at or visit See ad, page 23.

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aking more medications for preventing future cardiac events has not been proven to be highly successful. On the other hand, IV chelation therapy showed a marked reduction in heart attacks and other events for those that took chelation. In a study of Chelation Therapy (TACT), patients that also had diabetes had the best results in TACT. Diabetic patients that took chelation therapy had 50 percent fewer deaths over five years than those given a placebo. A second study is now required to confirm the results of TACT-1. The next study, TACT-2, will be limited to diabetic patients that have had at least one heart attack. If the results are similar, which is expected, that will open the floodgates for chelation therapy throughout the world. For those that may qualify for the study, enrollment is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016. To get on the waiting list, contact Terry Chappell, M.D., at 419-358-4627 or Jim Roberts, M.D., at 419-531-4235. See ad, page 17.

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ome experience a different Ladies Night Out at Asherah's Garden on March 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. It's the perfect way to get away, relax and have fun while learning something new in the holistic health field. Each month is a new theme, and it is always a great time with fun ladies to share it with. This month's theme is “It's About to Get Dirty” and the basics of holistic gardening will be explored. Activities include an Introduction to Holistic Gardening workshop with Lia Ricci, owner of Asherah’s Garden - Full Service Holistic Boutique, a 10-minute chair massage with Carmen Kosmider, LMT, a  free take home gift, and 10 percent off all garden services and supplies purchased at the event. It is encouraged to BYOB or something to enjoy and share, although this is not required. Cost is $40. Location: 315 N. Grove St., Bowling Green, OH. RSVP with full payment due Mar. 22 by 5 p.m. Call Lia at 419-354-8408 to register.

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A New Trifecta at the Black Cloister


rom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 8, three ancient traditions; yoga, beer and kombucha, will align in a balancing act with one-hour yoga session with Jenn McCullough at the Black Cloister Brewing Company. BYO mat. Participants can also refresh with Boochy Mama's Kombucha, tour the Black Cloister brewery and drink a flight or glass of beer. Toledo’s own Boochy Mama’s MycoBotanical Tonic is on tap at the Black Cloister Brewing Co. Kombucha is a fermented tea known for its probiotic health benefits and its invigorating, live enzymes. Boochy Mama’s is still brewing their botanical winter flavors that include Cold Fire, Winterland Bliss and Solstice Chai. Cost is $25. First preregistered, first served (release form required); call McCullough at 419-266-9642. For more information, visit, Integration and

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atural foods cooking instructor Sandy Earl will present a 21-day program to nourish, energize and rejuvenate participants from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on three Tuesdays; March 15, 22 and 29. Classes include taste samplings of recipes from the book Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health, by Dr. Mark Hyman, along with the recipes to take home. Earl says, “Many of us have long been told that fat makes us fat, contributes to heart disease and generally erodes our health. Now a growing body of research is debunking our fat-phobia, revealing the immense health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados and other delicious super-foods.” Cost is $120, at a private home in Holland. To register, call 419-351-7409. See Save the Date in daily calendar on page 26.

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Channel-Surfing Couch Potatoes May Lose Cognitive Skills


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ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

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ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a four-week, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.

Losing Pancreatic Fat Reverses Diabetes


study from Newcastle University, in England, has found that losing fat content in the pancreas can alleviate Type 2 diabetes. The researchers tested 18 obese people between the ages of 25 and 65 that were diagnosed with diabetes alongside a control group that were not. Subjects received gastric band surgery before eating an appropriately healthful diet for eight weeks. During this time, subjects in both groups lost an average of nearly 13 percent of their body weight and around 1.2 percent of their body fat. More importantly, the diabetes group lost about 6.6 percent of triglyceride pancreatic fat, or about 0.6 grams. The weight loss and loss of triglyceride fat from the pancreas allowed the patients to produce normal amounts of insulin. Professor Roy Taylor, the head researcher of the study, says, “For people with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight allows them to lose excess triglyceride fat out of the pancreas and allows function to return to normal.”

Metal and Mineral Imbalances May Produce Migraines


esearch from Turkey’s Yüzüncü Yil University has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated. natural awakenings

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Nixing Monsanto Guatemala Just Says No

The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source:

Food Fight

College Cafeterias Lead the Way in Sustainable Eating Colleges and universities are changing how they purchase and prepare food in their dining halls to provide students healthy, sustainable meal options, with many of them working to source food locally. American University, in Washington, D.C., purchases more than a third of the food served in its cafeterias within 250 miles of its campus. McGill University, in Montreal, spends 47 percent of its food budget on produce from its own campus farm and growers within 300 miles. Middlebury College, in Vermont, partners with seasonal local vendors, including those operating its own organic farm. Taking it a step further, Boston University cafeterias serve meal options that include organic, fair trade, free-range, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibioticfree, sustainably harvested food items to students. Cornell University composts about 850 tons of food waste from its dining halls each year. At Duke University, surplus food is donated to food banks, and both pre- and post-consumer scraps are composted. Other steps include the University of California, Berkeley’s new Global Food Initiative to address food security in a way that’s both nutritious and sustainable, and efforts at the University of Illinois to recycle cooking oil for biodiesel production. Source: 8

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Fossil-Fuel-Free Food Trucks Go Solar

The food truck industry is good for a quick, cheap meal or even a gourmet meal, but emissions from these portable feasts are a growing concern, given the estimated 3 million trucks that were on the road in 2012. New York state has launched an initiative to put 500 energy-efficient, solar-powered carts on city streets this summer. A pilot program gives food truck vendors the opportunity to lease the eco-carts for five years at little to no extra cost. They are expected to cut fossil fuel emissions by 60 percent and smogcreating nitrous oxide by 95 percent. If the technology was implemented nationwide, it could spare the atmosphere an enormous carbon footprint. Conventional mobile vendors may spend more than $500 a month on fossil fuels; in addition to the gasoline consumed in driving, truck lighting and refrigeration systems are powered by diesel generators and propane fuels the grills, sometimes all running up to 10 hours a day. The annual nationwide load can add up to hundreds of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Source:

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Indoor Gardening is Looking Up The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to two-and-a-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first low-carbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. Source:

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Court Overrules Law Gagging Animal Abuse Probes U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.” Source: Food Safety News

Surging Organics

Costco Shoots Past Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market, founded in 1978, grew to be the number one seller in the nationwide movement toward organic and natural eating, with more than 400 stores. But mainstream grocers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger have since jumped on the bandwagon, and smaller players like Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market have proliferated. Now Costco has moved into the current number one position, illustrating the market potential of budgetconscious consumers that desire to eat better. Source: The Motley Fool 10

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Kitchen Recipes for Daily Energy Savings The kitchen is a hotbed of energy consumption when family meals are being prepared and even when dormant. Appliances make a big difference, and the tools and methods we cook with can reduce utility bills. According to Mother Earth News, cooking in a convection oven is 25 percent more efficient than a conventional oven. Switching to an Energy Star-approved refrigerator that consumes 40 percent less energy than conventional models can save up to $70 in energy bills annually, according to They suggest performing defrosts routinely and keeping the door tightly sealed, especially on an older model. Position the fridge so that it isn’t next to heat sources such as sunlight, the oven or dishwasher. While cooking, refrain from opening and closing a hot oven door too frequently, put lids on pots while heating and select the right size pans. Cooking with a six-inch-diameter pan on an eight-inch burner wastes more than 40 percent of the heat produced. For cleanup, a full load of dishes in a water-efficient dishwasher uses four gallons of water versus 24 gallons for hand washing, according to flow meter manufacturer Seametrics. A slow cooker uses less energy and needs less water to wash afterward (, plus it doesn’t strain household air conditioning as a stove does. It’s good for cooking hearty stews and soups made from local seasonal vegetables, steaming rice, making yogurt and baking whole-grain breads. Consider taking a break from the kitchen by ordering a week’s worth of organic, natural meals and ingredients delivered to the door by an eco-friendly meal distribution service, which cuts down on individual trips to the grocery. Search online for local service options.

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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn


n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.


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Unsustainable Corporate Lobby Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guide-

lines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.”

Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable. ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that directly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

tibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains,

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.

Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham,

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Smarter Meat Choices by Melinda Hemmelgarn Choose certified organic meat. Organic certification prohibits antibiotics, added hormones and genetically modified (GMO) feed. Select grass-fed and grass-finished meats. Look for the nonprofit American Grassfed Association (AGA) certification, which ensures animals eat only grass and forage from the time of their weaning until harvest, and are raised without antibiotics or hormones ( AGA standards apply to ruminant animals only: beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Support Country of Origin Labeling. This mandates that retail cuts of meat must contain a label informing consumers of its source. The U.S. meat industry has worked to stop such labeling.

sausages, corned beef To be interested els of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to and beef jerky) as “carin food, but not in meat from animals fed cinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, food production, grain. According to medical pork, lamb, mutton, horse is clearly absurd. doctor and National Instiand goat) as “probably tutes of Health researcher carcinogenic to humans.” ~Wendell Berry Captain Joseph Hibbeln, Risk increases with consuming fewer omega-6 amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation fatty acids and more omega-3s may of processed meats to colorectal cancer. be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic Trentham explains some factors diseases, reducing inflammation, that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. a chemical mélange of preservatives When it comes to eating meat, the that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered di- agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and etitian and advisor to the AICR, concur cooking make a difference. It turns out that the form of iron found in meat also that what’s good for the environment is contributes to cancer risk. good for animals and people, too. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benMelinda Hemmelgarn is an awardefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock winning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with feed further influences nutritional, in Columbia, MO. position, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher lev- Connect at

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Grilling a Grass-Fed Steak Just Right by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hannon Hayes, farmer, nutritionist and author of The Farmer and the Grill: A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat… and for Saving the Planet, One Bite at a Time, says cooking grass-fed steaks at too-high temperatures, especially when grilling, is a common mistake. The West Fulton, New York, food expert describes how to achieve “a gorgeous sear on the outside, and a pink and juicy inside.” When working on a grill, light only one side. When hot, sear an inch-and-a-quarter-thick steak for no more than two minutes per side, with the grill lid off. Make sure fat drippings don’t flare up flames, which will blacken and toughen the meat. After the sear, move the steaks to

the unlit side of the grill and put the grill lid on. Let them finish cooking indirectly for five to seven minutes per pound. The lower temperature cooks the internal muscle fibers, but prevents them from contracting too rapidly and becoming chewy. As an alternative to grilling, use an oven and cast-iron skillet. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Next, heat the skillet over a high flame until smoke begins to rise off its surface. Coat the skillet with butter or tallow, then sear the meat for two minutes per side. Turn off the stove; leave steaks in the pan and move them to the oven, where they can finish cooking for five to seven minutes per pound. Source:



CATS Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave by Sandra Murphy


hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity, throwing up and ignoring the litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.” Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum view-

ing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed— the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tall-sided box. Felines feel vulnerable when using the box, and like to know what’s around them—a lidless box makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter box than there are cats. If the house is more than one story tall, food, water, beds and litter should be available on every level. “All cats should be kept indoors, microchipped and wearing a colorful collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes outside. With time and attention, any cat can become an active, well-behaved family member. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults

did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce.

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables

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Eating a rich variety of plant-based foods is fast, easy and satisfying. ~LeAnne Campbell including yellow summer squash or zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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he colors found in fresh vegetables can indicate an abundance of necessary phytochemicals and nutrients. “Many people I see in my practice consume excess food, but have nutrient deficiency,” says Terri Evans, a functional medicine expert and doctor of Oriental medicine. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables can be part of the remedy. “Each color in a vegetable represents 10,000 micronutrients,” explains Evans. “The more colorful you make your diet, the happier your body will be.” She notes that supplements supply a lot of one nutrient, while vegetables gift us with tiny amounts of many requisite nutrients. According to the nonprofit Produce for Better Health Foundation, plant phytochemicals may act as antioxidants, protect and regenerate essential nutrients and work to deactivate cancer-causing substances. So, the more color on our plates, the better. Yellow and orange—in squash and some tomatoes—point to higher levels of vitamins C and A. The beta-carotene behind these colors is renowned for supporting healthy eyesight.   Dark green—in leafy greens and cabbages—evidences higher levels of vitamins K, B and E. Chlorophyll creates the color and indicates its welldocumented detoxifying properties.   Red—in red bell peppers and tomatoes—indicates vitamin C. Lycopene, which provides the color, is widely associated with lowering the risk of prostate and breast cancers.   Purple and blue—in radicchio, red cabbage and eggplant—deliver vitamins C and K. Anthocyanins that create the color are powerful antioxidants geared to keep us heart-healthy.

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ROLLING FOR FITNESS DIY Rollers Ease Pain and Aid Flexibility by Randy Kambic


ore amateur and serious athletes, people wanting to ease stiffness due to sedentary work and seniors are enjoying a new DIY way to massage out the kinks at home that’s becoming recognized for its benefits by experts worldwide. For the first time, flexibility and mobility rolling ranks in the top 20 of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Made predominantly of foam and hard rubber, the rollers can “massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity,” according to the organization’s Health & Fitness Journal, which notes a growing market for the devices. Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health with Georgia State University, in Atlanta, was the lead author of the survey. He says, “Personal trainers have found that it works for their clients.


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We’ve also seen an increase in popularity in gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in different sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries.

“It empowers them to take charge of their fitness,” he says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private. Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially wellsuited for post-workout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer for Natural Awakenings and other magazines.

The Spore Heard Around the World by Amy Doza

peanuts,” says Kaufmann. He sees other common products as concerning, too, claiming, “The antibiotic penicillin is a mycotoxin derived from the mold penicillium. Alcohol is the mycotoxin of brewer’s yeast. Many American homes have mold growing in them, and inhalation of these mold spores can sometimes lead to serious health problems.” These problems that develop in the body do not simply disappear. It takes knowledge and dedication to eliminate them from the body. Kaufmann has developed a diet that avoids feeding fungus already in the body or eating fungus that would remain and grow. This includes grains, including corn and sugar. “We know that certain foods feed fungus and certain foods tend to mop them up,” he says. The diet is clearly outlined along with a lot of research and information in his 10-book series, The Fungus Link. It consists of eating natural, chemical-free, organic produce, meat and butter, and avoiding grains, sugars, a wide variety of sweet fruits and nearly all processed foods. Some people will feel unwell when beginning to work fungus out of their bodies, but it’s temporary, because the body may be starving the fungus and beginning to work in optimal balance. “When you’ve seen all of the doctors, have been given a dozen diagnoses and as many medications and you’re still feeling miserable, it’s probably time to become what I call a FUPO-head, which stands for fungus until proven otherwise,” says Kaufmann. For more information, visit


oug Kaufmann, author and creator and host of the TV program Know the Cause, has just completed his second research paper linking fungus to cancer, which he hopes to have published in the oncology Cancer Cell International. His first article was published in 2014 in Oncology News. Kaufmann’s interest in the subject of fungus in the body came as a result of research into his own problems after he returned home from the Vietnam War in 1971. “No Google searches existed in 1971, so while working at USC Medical School, I got a library card and began delving into my health problems,” he says. Among the mountains of information pored over some of it said that fungi were human parasites. He and his comrades were always wet in Vietnam, and he had come home with a strange-looking fungus growing on his feet and arms. “As it turns out, there are millions of fungi, and some are disease-causing,” says Kaufmann. “When doctors hear the word fungus, they immediately think of toenail fungus or vaginal yeast. Unfortunately, most do not know that several species that we are very commonly exposed to can and do cause major health issues, including almost any lung or skin disease.” Fungi emit a poisonous byproducts called a mycotoxins, and he learned that these mycotoxins are responsible for genetic disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. “It’s not well-known that grains, especially corn, are sometimes responsible for introducing fungi into our body. Any grain can be contaminated with fungus, as well as

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson


or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.”


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Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community. Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the com-

munity supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun, locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for

the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,” says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration.

The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye

experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman, doctor of optometry, a co-founder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plantbased formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision.

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His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green plants. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and the amino acid betaine are also necessary to facilitate better absorption of nutrients. Dr. Connie Casebolt, board certified in family medicine and founder of GFM Wellness, in Greenville, South Carolina, practices with a whole body-mind perspective and incorporates supplements in patient disease prevention and wellness plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic

illnesses, including eye disorders, that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed of more than 2 million working parts,

the eyes are their own phenomenon. Annual eye exams are important at every age to help us do what’s needed to maintain our precious gift of sight. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Nurturing Parenting Courses – 11:30am12:30pm. This week’s topic: Effective DisciplinePart II. Sponsored by MSU Extension of Monroe County. New participants can join at any time. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester, Monroe MI. More info Terry Jones 734-240-3179. Soroptimist International of Flat Rock mtg –Starts 6pm. This organization works to provide education for girls and women. Dinner is served at 6; mtg starts at 7. Big Bear Lodge, 25253 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown Township MI. More info Sharon at 734-782-1848.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Essential oils for mood management – 1-2pm. Want a mood adjustment during our winter chill? Learn how to keep your mood in check with essential oils! Free. Orion Institute (formerly Healing Arts Institute) 340 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg OH. RSVP to Lynn 419-304-5522. See ad p. 5. Grocery Store Tour: Heart Health – 5:30-6:30pm. Registered Dietitian Emily Bien leads this tour and will discuss heart healthy food choices. Starts in the produce dept. Free. Kroger, 3462 W Sterns Rd, Lambertville MI. Register at 734-240-7800.

Awareness Through Movement – 7-9pm. Patricia Buchanan, PhD will present on the choices people make that cause their health to suffer. Alternatively, mindful movement based on the Feldenkrais Method increases the awareness people need to make mindful choices to improve their health and life. Part of Jay Nielsen lecture series. Free. Nova Faith Church, 5105 Glendale Ave, Ste G, in Kroger Plaza just off Reynolds Rd, Toledo OH. See ads p. 13 and 21.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Holistic Festival (Mar. 4-6) – Fri. 12pm-9pm. Vendor show with tarot readers, psychics, astrologers, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, herbal products and more. Admission fee. Gibraltar Trade Ctr, 237 N River Rd, Mt Clemens MI. More info AngelaN@

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Medicine Cabinet Makeover - 10-11am. Essential oils are effective for enhancing the health and wellness of everyone in the entire family. Learn how doTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils can be used in your home this winter to help support the body. Free. Barry Bagels Conference Room, 3366 Sterns Rd. Lambertville MI RSVP to Ann 419-356-5428. Zytoscans available for $5.00 each. See ad p. 5. Holistic Festival (Mar. 4-6) – Sat. 10am-8pm. See March 4th listing for details.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Sunday Short Hort – 9:30am-12pm. Receive a lesson in plant cultivation and then volunteer 2hrs of your time to caring for TBG’s 60 acres. This week’s session is Proper Mulching. Free. Toledo Botanical Garden, Crosby Conference Ctr, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo OH. More info Holistic Festival (Mar. 4-6) – Sun. 10am-7pm. See March 4th listing for details. 9th Annual Acoustics for Autism Auction Event – Noon-2am. Over 50 bands on four stages will be at this event to raise money for autism sponsored by Project iAm. Event is for all ages. Free admission. Village Idiot and Surrounding Area. 309 Conant St, Maumee OH. More info Undoing Vows Ceremony – 4-5:30pm. For women who are divorced or out of any kind of relationship and in need of closure. Let go of your old vow and take on a new intention for your life. $25/prepaid or $30/at the door. Space is limited. Class is in Toledo OH. Location provided upon registration. Register

MONDAY, MARCH 7 The Truth About Cancer documentary series – 6:15-8:15pm. Hosted by Ty Bollinger. Week 8 (of 9) topic is Cannabis, Nature’s Epigenetic Switches, Peptides & Healing with Micronutrient Therapy. Sponsored by NBHC and Center at APT. Cost: dona-


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tion. Center at Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Ste D, Toledo OH. Space is limited. Reserve a spot 419-861-7786 or 419-578-4357. More info and Events. See ads p. 6 and 31.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Nurturing Parenting Courses – 11:30am12:30pm. This week’s topic: Principles of Nurturing Parenting. Sponsored by MSU Extension of Monroe County. New participants can join at any time. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester, Monroe MI. More info Terry Jones 734-240-3179. Yoga, Beer and Kombucha – 6:30-8:30pm. Take a one-hour yoga class with Jenn McCullough, refresh with Boochy Mama’s Kombucha and then tour the Black Cloister Brewing Co. Bring your own mat, and release form required. Spaces are limited! First pre-registered, first served. $25. Black Cloister Brewing Co, 619 Monroe St, Toledo OH. Call Jenn 419-266-9642 to reserve a spot or pay online at See newsbrief p. 5. Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration lecture – 6:30-8:30pm. “It’s All About Balance.” Matt Buderer, R.Ph., FIACP Compounding Pharmacist, will discuss the biochemistry and balance of hormones in both men and women. Topics include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol and stress. Free. Buderer Drug, 26611 N Dixie Hwy #119, Perrysburg OH. Seating is limited. Please call 419-873-2800 to reserve a seat. Meditation in Multiple Forms – 6:30-8:30pm. Karen Kiemnec, Accredited Journey Practitioner, gives this lecture on how to fit meditation into a busy lifestyle. Free. Center at Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds, Ste D, Toledo OH. RSVP 419-345-3986 or e-mail info@AlternativePhysical

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 Free Wig Salon Program – 10am-12pm. Your American Cancer Society offers FREE, brand-new wigs, hats, turbans, and other head coverings to women who are facing or experiencing hair loss as a result of a cancer treatment. No appt necessary. (Pgm is held on the 2nd Wed and 2nd Sat each month). Free. The Victory Center, 5532 W Central Ave, Ste B, Toledo OH. Tap Away Stress and Anxiety – 6-7pm. Group practice using EFT-Emotional Freedom Techniques, which is an effective self-soothing acupressure tool which will release blocks to joy and abundance. $10. 6635 W Central Ave, Toledo OH. RSVP Cindy Baker at 419-376-0844 or Feeling Frazzled? – 6-8pm. Learn helpful ways to deal with stress and navigate successfully through the process. Issues such as self-esteem, self-concept and how to help your children handle stress will also be discussed. Sponsored by The National Parent Academy. Course# CHILD 731-81. Free but registration is required. Monroe County Community College, Room Z271, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at 734-384-4127.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10 Free Courses in Immune Support – 5-6pm. Dr. Barbour leads this course on flu prevention & care, and how to perform the thoracic pump (a hands-on procedure that stimulates the immune system’s ability to fight off disease). Free. Center for Progressive Health & Wellness, 975 S Monroe St, Ste C, Monroe MI. More info 734-241-0560.

Aromatherapy classes (Mar 10-12) - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. CCA 301. Class times are Thursday - 6pm-10pm, and all day Fri. & Sat. Sponsored by the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy. $450. Questions on discounts and certification ISHA at 865-357-1541. These are the first 2 of 3 classes for certification. Classes in Ottawa Lake,MI (near Sylvania). Inquiries or receive brochure Jeanne at 419-308-5622 or email


Essential Oils 101 - 6:30-7:30pm. dōTERRA’s rapid rise to become the world’s leading essential oil company is no surprise once you open a bottle of their CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and inhale their crisp and clean aromas. Come experience the difference for yourself and learn how essential oils are used to support the body for health and wellness. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Drive, Suite A, Toledo OH. Register with Jill Barnes 419-410-6395. See ad p. 5.

The International Year of Pulses – 2-4pm. The United Nations is trying to raise awareness globally of the protein power and health benefits of beans and peas. Recipes and legume seeds will be provided at this class. $20. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front St, Perrysburg OH. Register at 577Foundation. org/TakeAClass.

Boost Your Immune System – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to strengthen your immune system, including how to keep your children healthy this winter. Vitamins, supplements, essential oils and other alternative treatments will be discussed. Course: HLTSC 757-81. $24 (Seniors $12). Monroe County Community College, Room Z259, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at Women’s Health – 7:45-8:45pm. Discussion of traditional vs. modern diet, and the controversy over soy and toxins. Learn how to take preventive measures to protect ourselves from breast cancer, thyroid disease and diabetes. Course: HLTSC 749-81. $24 (Seniors $12). Monroe County Community College, Room Z259, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at

FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Hot Yoga class – Choice of classes starting 8am, 10am, 4pm and 5:30pm. Join us for an invigorating hot yoga class. Drop-ins $10/cash. Bikram Yoga Toledo, 5107 Monroe St, Toledo OH. Visit for more info. See ad p. 11.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Hort Education Series on Winter Gardening – 9:30am-12pm. Speaker Mary Visco covers The Ups and Downs of pH and Speaker Chris Foley covers Under-Appreciated Trees and Shrubs. This is the 2nd of a 3-part series. $20/session(non-members), $15/session(TBG members). Discount applied if you sign up for all 3 sessions. Toledo Botanical Garden, TBG Conference Ctr, park in Elmer Lot, 5403 Elmer Dr, Toledo OH. Call to register 419-536-2039. Essential Yoga Workshop – (Jan. 9, Feb 6, Mar 12) 10-11:30am. Part 3 of a 3 part workshop. Hosted by Karla Gleason, doTerra Consultant, and Tara Kestner, yoga instructor. Experience the powerful impact of combining oils with yoga. Suitable for all skill levels. Part 3 focuses on Balance. $21.49 /single classs. $25/at the door(cash only please). Heart and Soul Fitness, Providence Lutheran Church, 8131 Airport, Holland OH. Pre-registration required at See ad p. 5. Free Wig Salon Program – 10am-12pm. Your American Cancer Society offers FREE, brand-new wigs, hats, turbans, and other head coverings to women who are facing or experiencing hair loss as a result of a cancer treatment. No appt necessary. (Pgm is held on the 2nd Wed and 2nd Sat each month). Free. The Victory Center, 5532 W Central Ave, Ste B, Toledo OH.

Aromatherapy Classes (Mar. 13-15) - 8:30am5pm (all days). Essential Oils for Physical Health Concerns. CCA 302. $450. Questions on discounts and certification ISHA at 865-357-1541. These are the first 2 of 3 classes for certification. Classes in Ottawa Lake,MI (near Sylvania). Inquiries or receive brochure Jeanne at 419-308-5622 or email

MONDAY, MARCH 14 The Truth About Cancer documentary series – 6:15-8:15pm. Hosted by Ty Bollinger. The 9th and final week’s topic is Cancer Conquerors and Their Powerful Stories of Victory. Sponsored by NBHC and Center at APT. Cost: donation. Center at Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Ste D, Toledo OH. Space is limited. Reserve a spot 419-861-7786 or 419-578-4357. More info and Events. See ads p. 6 and 31.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Nurturing Parenting Courses – 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic: Ages and Stages of Infants and Toddlers. Sponsored by MSU Extension of Monroe County. New participants can join at any time. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester, Monroe MI. More info Terry Jones 734-240-3179. Run for Pi – Starts 6:25pm. Run this course which is the exact length of Pi. Nerdy attire is encouraged! Awards will be given for best Male, best Female, Overall master (40+) Male and Female. The first 314 finishers will receive Custom DieCast finisher’s medal. Age group awards will also be given. No duplication of awards. Come have fun! Registration, start and finish at Second Sole. Second Sole of Toledo, 4190 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH. Event events/186737035008728/. Green Cleaning with Essential Oils - 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to make simple and effective cleaners for your home using safe products you already have in your home (such as vinegar and baking soda) along with essential oils. Free to attend. DIY make and take cleaning kit with 5 products ($20). Waterville Community Church, 8217 Co Rd 133, Waterville, OH.Register and pay: GreenCleaningWaterville. See ad p. 5.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 New Medicare Advantage Plans – 1:30-2:30pm. This is the 1st in a series of monthly meetings for those turning 65 soon and new to Medicare. For Lucas and Wood county residents, mtgs will be conducted by agents from United Healthcare. Free. Ramada Hotel & Conference Ctr, 3536 Secor Rd, Toledo OH. Please RSVP at 419-350-2369. Weed & Wine – 6-8pm. Join us for a relaxing evening of light garden work, followed by good wine and conversation. This evening’s topic is Daylily Beds. Please bring your own gloves. Tools and wine

provided. Meet at picnic area on the main campus. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr, Toledo OH. More info

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 So You Want to Start a Garden – 6-8:30pm. Urban farmers Crystal Taylor and Penny Bollin will teach the basic requirements to growing a successful backyard garden. Topics: proper site selection, soil types, creating easy garden plans and more. Appropriate for beginners and those wanting to improve garden yield. $20. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front St, Perrysburg OH. Register at 577Foundation. org/TakeAClass. Protect Yourself Against Cancer – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how additives in foods and toxins in the environment are linked to cancer. Foods that protect against free-radicals are discussed, as well as detoxing and natural therapies which can boost the immune system. Course: HLTSC 756-81. $24 (Seniors $12). Monroe County Community College, Room A 173d, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at Children-Food Allergies, ADHD and Autism – 7:45-8:45pm. Learn about the causes of the various illnesses that are plaguing kids today. How food, environment and various therapies can change a child’s life. Course: HLTSC 753-81. $24 (Seniors $12). Monroe County Community College, Room A 173d, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at

FRIDAY, MARCH 18 First Aid, Adult CPR and AED Certification – 8am-4:30pm. Gain basic understanding and awareness of care for ill or injured persons in any environment. Learn complications that can occur from improper actions, and how to assist trained emergency care providers. Observe and practice rescue breathing, CPR techniques and AED use. Passing a written exam and demonstration is required to receive certification. Continental breakfast, lunch and materials included in cost. $99 (Senior fee $57). Course MEDCL 806A-81. Monroe County Community College, Room Z258, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at Wild for Conservation in the Oak Openings Region – 11:15am-12:45pm. Learn about our new and ongoing conservation projects, including bringing back the American chestnut, Monarch butterfly and Orange-fringed Orchids. Also updates on protecting nature preserves, endangered species and benefits of growing native plants. Lunch and dessert provided. $10/members, $15/non-members. Lourdes University, Franciscan Ctr Board Room, Convent Blvd, Sylvania OH. Reservations strongly encouraged at least one week prior. Register about-lourdes/outreach/lifelong-learning-program/ hot-topics. Green Cleaning with Essential Oils – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to make simple and effective cleaners for your home using safe products you already have in your home (such as vinegar and baking soda) along with essential oils. Free to attend. DIY make and take cleaning kit with 5 products ($20). CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Drive, Suite A, Toledo OH. Register and pay: See ad p. 5.

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Movie Night – Starts 7pm. Refer to UnityofToledo. com for movie details. Cost: Love offering. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Ctr, 3535 Executive Pkwy, Toledo OH. More info 419-537-1001. See ad p. 22.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 4th Annual Women of the World Symposium – 8:30am-4pm. Participate in educational and fun breakout session, hear Speaker Paula Hicks-Hudson, visit the WOW Market Place, be creative in the crafts area, take a health screening, entertainment and more. $15/full day-all activities, $5/students, $1/marketplace only. Start High School, 2020 Tremainsville Rd, Toledo OH. More info and registration at See ad p. 23. Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 10-11am. Essential oils are effective for enhancing the health and wellness of everyone in the entire family. Learn how doTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils can be used in your home this winter to help support the body. Free. Barry Bagels Conference Room, 3366 Sterns Rd. Lambertville MI RSVP to Ann 419-356-5428. Zytoscans available for $5.00 each. See ad p. 5. Yoga Stories Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Everyone has a yoga story, such as How yoga found you or How yoga inspires your life. Learn new ways to incorporate yoga into everyday life in this nurturing environment. Fee: Donation. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. Reserve a space at Nicole@PresenceYogaLtd. com or 419-376-6300. See ad p. 11.



Nurturing Parenting Courses – 11:30am12:30pm. This week’s topic: Ways to Enhance Positive Brain Development in Children and Teens. Sponsored by MSU Extension of Monroe County. New participants can join at any time. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester, Monroe MI. More info Terry Jones 734-240-3179.

Women’s Self-defense Seminar – 7-9pm. Covers simple self-defense strategies to help you protect yourself from attackers. Learn to recognize threatening situations, methods of responding to them and how to mentally and emotionally gather the confidence you need to survive an attack. Wear comfortable gym clothes and be prepared to go barefoot. Release of Liability waiver must be submitted at registration. Course HPE 721-81. $29, (Seniors $14.50). Monroe County Community College, Room H139, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at

Aromatherapy for Children – 6:30-7:30pm. Come to this FREE class at the Maumee Branch public library to learn about the special guidelines and benefits of aromatherapy for children. Topics include proper use and dilution. Attendees will receive a free travel size organic lavender hydrosol. Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee,OH. RSVP(not required, but appreciated) Margo Hertzfeld, Rosy Glow Aromatherapy. 419360-0169. See ad p. 30. Hot Yoga class – Choice of classes starting 8am, 10am, 4pm and 5:30pm. Join us for an invigorating hot yoga class. Drop-ins $10/cash. Bikram Yoga Toledo, 5107 Monroe St, Toledo OH. Visit Bikram for more info. See ad p. 11.

Tuesdays March 15, 22 and 29 with Natural Foods Cooking Instructor, Sandy Earl. 5:30-8:00pm at Sandy’s home in Holland OH. Investment is $120 for the series. For registration and more information call Sandy at 419-351-7409, or email her at or See newsbrief on page 5 for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 Nurturing Parenting Courses – 11:30am12:30pm. This week’s topic: Communicating with Respect. Sponsored by MSU Extension of Monroe County. New participants can join at any time. Free. Arthur Lesow Community Ctr, 120 Eastchester, Monroe MI. More info Terry Jones 734-240-3179.

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ongoingevents sunday Hot YogAlign – 9-10:15am. Postural-based yoga classes that focus on enhancing natural body alignment thru specialized techniques that release tension and increase strength, stability and flexibility. Please bring water bottle. $15/drop-in. Free mat/ towel rental. 29101 Hufford Rd, Graystone Hall Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-345-0885. Register at Spirituality Gathering Without the Religion – Starts 9am. The Center for Conscious Living promotes human unity, service to community, meditation, prayer and interfaith alliances. Each gathering begins with stimulating spiritual discussions, followed by live music and speakers that are both locally and internationally known. The Center for Conscious Living, 7410 Noward Rd (off Rte 64), Waterville OH. More Info call 419-873-5768 or visit Coping with Strongholds, Bondages and Addictions – 10am-1pm. This religious-based therapy session is administered by Oasis Ministries and relies on the Bible’s teachings. Free. Ramada Inn, 3536 Secor Rd, Toledo OH. Guided Meditation – 10-10:20am. These Guided Meditations are a popular spiritual practice where one can silence the mind, and led by some of the areas most recognized practitioners including, on occasion, singing crystal bowls, meditative music, and more. Free. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Ctr, 3535 Executive Pkwy, Toledo OH. Learn More 419-3571001. See ad p. 22. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30-11:30am. Join in a celebration of Love, Fellowship and Acceptance during this inspirational hour of music and message about how we can truly manifest and experience a life of joy and abundance. UTSC hosts a beautiful sanctuary and offers a warm welcome to everyone regardless of background or faith. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Ctr, 3535 Executive Pkwy, Toledo OH. Learn More 419-357-1001. See ad p. 22.

monday Monthly Memorial Ceremony – 3rd Mon. A gathering for those that have lost a beloved pet and want to remember them and share their memory with other pet lovers. Please bring a picture of your pet. Free. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. RSVP: 419-290-8237. Fitness After 55 – 9am. Every Monday. The Center provides the setting for seniors to communicate and share with each other. Living alone, eating alone, being alone – these circumstances are not necessary in a community which has a Senior Citizens Program like Bedford’s. Bedford Senior Citizens Center, 1653 Samaria Rd, Temperance MI. Call for Info 734-856-3330.


Yoga for Lunch – 12:10-12:50pm. This class is gentle stretching and nice relief from your workday. Appropriate for all levels. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65.Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936. I Love Kickboxing! – 5:15-6:15pm. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on or More info 419-931-6435. Cardio Drumming – 6:30-7:30pm. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout. All fitness levels welcome. $2. Point Place United Church of Christ, 4920-297th St, Toledo OH. Register with Jamie or Carole 419-725-9084 or 567-225-4627. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. Food addicts offers help and hope for people with eating disorders. Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W Central Ave, Rm 206, Toledo OH. Contact Joyce Treat 419-699-1007 or or visit Meditation and Recovery Meeting – Starts 8pm. This class is geared toward helping persons in recovery from addiction, but is not affiliated with AA. Sessions begin with 5 minutes of silent prayer, followed by basic meditation, then 20 minutes of silent meditation. Open discussion of participants sharing (which is voluntary) how the practice has helped them in their recovery. Free. Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo, 6537 Angola Rd, Holland OH.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga class – 7:15-8:30am. Angie leads this class which will give you a grounded start to your day with Sun Salutes and deeper holds with a focus on breath and alignment. Suitable for all levels. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info or 419-308-1261. See ad p. 11. River Raisin Networkers – 7:30 am. A get-together for Monroe area small business owners. Contact Bill Kipf at 734-341-0229 for more info about the group. Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe Mi. Active Older Adults Class – 9:30-10:30am. Good class for strengthening and balance. $3/class. Friendship Park Community, 2930 131st Street, Pointe Place, Toledo OH. More info contact Friendship Center 419-936-3079. Yoga Fit – 9:30-11am. Fitness yoga incorporates the best that yoga and fitness training have to offer. This powerful combination will bring about lifestyle changes that impact the mind, body, and spirit. $15 each class. Inspired Heart Holistic Ctr, 205 Farnsworth, Waterville OH. To register Kim Collins 419-779-2177 or visit InspiredHeartHolisticCenter. com for more info. See ad p. 11.

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OPPORTUNITIES NATURAL WAX CANDLE COMPANY LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTORS. Get your candles at wholesale! Contact me at 419-519-0588 or Cardio Drumming – 10-11am. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout with fitness balls, drumsticks and great music. All fitness levels welcome. $2. (formerly Curves), 5011 N Summit St, Toledo OH. Register with Jamie or Carole by phone or text 419-725-9084 or 567-225-4627. Babytime – 10-10:45am. For babies 12 months and under, Babytime teaches early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music, etc. Free. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St, Sylvania OH. Yoga-with Sandy Earl: Uplifting Physically and Mentally – 10:15-11:30am. For all fitness levels. Focus on connecting with the breath and improving posture, balance, strength and flexibility. How tennis balls can relieve muscle tension/pain, and sharing practical tips for inspired joyful living. $10/first class. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. Call Sandy at 419-351-7409. T’ai Chi For Health – 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Marie Criste presents a soft movement class, designed for those wanting to try t’ai chi. Each class is divided into three parts including warm up, senior form and yang form. Beginners should arrive at 10:15am. Bedford Branch Library, Bedford Community Room, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. 734-847-6747. Monroe.Lib.Mi.Us. Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi – 12:15-1pm. Learn the ancient discipline of Tai Chi, which combines small steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. Will help people of all ages take control of their physical, emotional and mental health. $25/month or included in $45/month fee. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. Stress Less with Mindfulness (Tues. Feb. 9-Mar. 8) – 1:30-3pm. Mindfulness series is $20 for one person OR a couple. Register before Feb. 8 at 734240-3179. MSU Extension Office, 963 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Flex and Flow Yoga class – 5:15-6pm. A beautiful flowing yoga class, appropriate for all fitness levels. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936. Yoga with Weights – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own weights for this active practice that builds strong arms, cores and glutes. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Call to reserve a spot. 419-290-8237.

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Date Night Yoga class – 6:15-7:15pm. A fun class, bring a date and one of you gets in Free. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936.

wednesday Mall Walk & Talk (3rd Wed Sept thru April) 8-10am. This program includes blood sugar checks before and after the walk to show the impact of physical activity. Free. Mall of Monroe, 2121 N Monroe St, Monroe MI. Call 734-240-7800 to register. More info Slow Flow Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Yoga instructor Sue Lee leads this gentle yoga class that is both restorative and challenging. It’s appropriate for seniors, pregnant women, people with injuries and anyone looking to get more fit and focused. Free. The University Church, 4747 Hill Ave, Toledo OH. More info Julian Davies 419-534-3080 or Acu Detox Wednesday – 11am-5pm (last session begins at 4pm). Acu Detox is an auricular acupuncture/acupressure treatment for any condition where relaxation and/or detoxification are needed. $16, walk-ins welcome. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique, 315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419-354-8408 for info. Yoga for Lunch – 12:10-12:50pm. This class is gentle stretching and nice relief from your workday. Appropriate for all levels. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936. Body Better – 12:15-1pm. The Body Better program incorporates low-impact resistance training, functional movements, stretching and relaxation to improve mental and physical strength and health. Improve balance and stability, increase postural awareness and flexibility. Get healthy and stay healthy! $45/month unlimited visits or $25/month

once a week. CPW Health Ctr, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. Beginner Yoga – 1-2pm. A gentle practice for those that are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Transition-Mind Works – 1-2:30pm. (2nd Wed every month). Individuals with early stage memory loss and their family and friends can attend for social/educational opportunities, fun brain games and group sharing. Free. Alzheimer’s Association-NW Ohio Chapter, 2500 N Reynolds Rd, Toledo OH. Register 1-800-272-3900. More Info Contact Brenda Hendricks 419-537-1999 or Evening Yoga classes – Gentle Hatha: 5:30-6:45pm or Slow Flow Hatha: 7-8:30pm. Both classes appropriate for various levels in this friendly, supportive atmosphere. 5 and 10 class passes available or$15/ drop-in. Discounts for students, seniors and active military. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. RSVP or more info 419-376-6300. See ad p.11. Pilates – 6-7pm. Taught by Cindy Ciampa, this class increases strength, flexibility and endurance. Can relieve stress and alleviate pain. $65/5 sessions. Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo OH. More info Cindy 419-410-1205. See ad p. 31. Aquatic Exercise for Cancer Survivors – 6-7pm. Free to survivors of any type of cancer through a grant received by The Victory Center from The Rotary Club of Toledo. CPW Health Ctr, 3130 Central Park West Dt, Ste A, Toledo OH. Must Register with Penny McCloskey at The Victory Center 419-531-7600. Mother’s Support Group – 6-7pm. Bring your young child along to interact with others. Free. Point Place Library, 2727 117th St, Toledo OH. Cardio Drumming – 6:30-7:30pm. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout. All fitness levels welcome. $2. Point Place United Church of Christ, 4920-297th St, Toledo OH. Register with Jamie or Carole 419-725-9084 or 567-225-4627.

Healing Yoga – 6:30-8pm. This class concentrates on therapeutic yoga and fitness and can help with pain management, illness and injury recovery. The class is small to allow for extensive “hands on” adjustment. $15 per class. Inspired Heart Holistic Ctr, 205 Farnsworth, Waterville OH. RSVP to Kim Collins 419-779-2177 or visit for more info. See ad p. 11. I Love Kickboxing! – 6:30-7:30pm. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on or More info 419-931-6435. Meditation class – 6:30-8pm. Anna V. moderates this guided meditation class best suited to participants who want to do serious meditation. Free. Lourdes University, Sophia Center at Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Dr., Sylvania OH. 419-367-1617. Coping with Strongholds, Bondages and Addictions – 6:30-8:30pm. This religious-based therapy session is administered by Oasis Ministries and relies on the Bible’s teachings. Free. Oasis Ministries, 5930 Huntingfield Blvd, Toledo OH. Handling Stress – Starts 7pm. This class, taught by Drs. Sean and Jennifer Totten, helps attendees of all ages learn how to manage stress, and how it affects your health. Free Stress Response Evaluation is offered. Space is limited. Free. Kinetic Chiropractic, 2059 N Monroe St, Monroe MI. Reservations required at 734-244-4383. More info Yoga for 8-12 Year-Olds – 7-7:45pm. Children ages 8-12. Connecting minds, bodies and hearts with Diane Ausmus. Through flowing sequences, balancing poses, partner poses, cooperative games, breathing exercises, creating relaxation techniques and much more. Children will gain body awareness, flexibility, strength and an open heart. Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library, 60 E Center St, Petersburg MI. 734279-1025. Register:

thursday Trance Thursday – 11am-5pm (last session begins at 4pm). Enjoy a crystal healing session that uses the energetic properties of the mineral world to balance and relax the body, mind and spirit. $30, walk-ins welcome. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique, 315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419354-8408 for info. Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo Mtg – 9:4511:30am. Established in 1984 for both stay-athome and working mom’s and their families, this group meets weekly for fun, food and friendship. Reliable and safe childcare provided. Playdates, a working moms’ group and many family activities. See website for weekly mtg topics. Not affiliated with McCord Rd Church. McCord Road Christian Church, 4765 N McCord Rd, Sylvania OH. More Info at Cardio Drumming – 10-11am. Workout while you rockout! A crazy, fun way to get a total body workout with fitness balls, drumsticks and great music. All fitness levels welcome. $2. (formerly Curves), 5011 N Summit St, Toledo OH. Register with Jamie or Carole by phone or text 419-725-9084 or 567-225-4627. Boomer’s Meeting – Starts 11:30am. Networking and lunch for people born between 1946-1964 to


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discuss various areas of interest including wellness, finance, education, travel and entertainment, jobs/ employment, and community development. Boomers Resource Network Lake Erie Region. Uncle John’s Pancake House, 3131 Secor Rd, Toledo OH. More info 419-536-9442 Yoga for Lunch – 12:10-12:50pm. This class is gentle stretching and nice relief from your workday. Appropriate for all levels. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936. Active Older Adults Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Good class for strengthening and balance. $3/class. Friendship Park Community, 2930 131st Street, Pointe Place, Toledo OH. More info contact Friendship Center 419-936-3079. Yoga-with Sandy Earl: Uplifting Physically and Mentally – 5:15-6:45pm. For all fitness levels. Focus on connecting with the breath and improving posture, balance, strength and flexibility. How tennis balls can relieve muscle tension/pain, and sharing practical tips for inspired joyful living. $10/first class. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. Call Sandy at 419-351-7409. Zumba! – 6-7pm. Join Instructor Toni Quinn for an energizing session with a live drummer in a fantastic environment. Shake the stress away! Studio Fitness, 1413 Bernath Pkwy, Toledo OH. More Info contact Toni 419-480-7547 or e-mail toniquinnfit@ Healthy Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. Our series of healthy, simple cooking classes feature an amazing green dish each week. $15. The Andersons, Sylvania Market Café, 7638 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. RSVP 24 hrs in advance at 419-913-7328 or

friday Qigong – 7-7:30am. With Jen Lake. Driven Fitness Studio, 819 Kingsbury St, Ste 102, Maumee OH. First class free. To register or for more info Gentle Yoga class – 10-11am. Amanda leads this class to increase flexibility and balance, gentle open joints and stretch muscles and end in restorative

poses. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info or 419308-1261. See ad p.11. Yoga for Lunch – 12:10-12:50pm. This class is gentle stretching and nice relief from your workday. Appropriate for all levels. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936.

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Second Sole Group Runs – Starts 6:30pm. Free group runs or walks for all skill levels on a 5K course that winds down the blvd and around the exterior of Levis Commons. Different promos each week such as freebies, prize raffles and wear test items. Second Sole, 4130 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH. More info call 419-931-8484 or Second Sole Toledo. Beginners Yoga class – 7-8:15pm. Suzanna leads this basic Hatha yoga class which teaches practitioners to stretch, strengthen, refocus and unwind. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info or 419-308-1261. See ad p.11. A Course In Miracles Gathering - 7-8:30pm. Join Tony Williamson to journey deeper into a better understanding of A Course In Miracles. This is an interactive and engaging discussion of this profound teaching. Free. Love offering accepted. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Center, 3535 Executive Parkway, Toledo, OH. Learn More 615-275-8000. See ad p.22. Pet Loss Support Group – (1st & 3rd Thurs. each month) Starts 6:30pm. Participants grieving a beloved pet will have an opportunity to share their feelings with compassionate facilitators and others who are suffering a similar experience. All are welcome. River House-IHM Spirituality Ctr, 805 W Elm Ave, Monroe MI. Please register at 734-240-5494 or

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T’ai Chi – 1pm. Join in the Chinese martial art that combines controlled movements with deep breathing. T’ai chi provides health benefits that include reducing stress, lessening chronic pain, and improving the immune system. In addition, balance and blood pressure often show improvements. Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe MI. 734-241-0404. Yoga for Kids – 4-5pm. Now signing up children in age groups 4-9 and 10-16. A five-week yoga class to teach children fun ways to manage stress and anxiety. Instructor: Jennifer Dubow, LISW, Clinical Therapist, Certified Child Yoga Instructor. $20/class, $100 total for five weeks, can bill insurance. 3335 Meijer Dr, Ste 450, Toledo OH. Call for class dates and times. 419-699-3659.

saturday Reserve Your BioMat Time – It’s as close to a tropical island experience that you can get. You’ll receive a total body tune-up, strengthening all organs and functions. Try 30 mins on the BioMat with meditation. $30. 5800 Monroe St, Ste 1B, Toledo OH. Schedule an appointment with Pennie 419-2837337. Wildcard Yoga class – 9-10am. This a rejuvenating class for yogi’s beginner to advanced which will set you up for the weekend. $65/5-class pass, $110/10-class pass, check website for full list of rate options. Move Mentality, 1220 W Wooster St, Ste C, Bowling Green OH. More info or 419-308-1261. See ad p.11. Yoga with Mike Z – 9:30-10:45am. Find your inner Zen. This class is inspirational and will nudge you to extend yourself. Drop in is $12, 7 class card is $60, 30 days unlimited is $65. Zen In The District, 1700 Canton St, 2nd Floor, Toledo OH. More info or 419-244-4936. I Love Kickboxing! – 10-11am. Come and join us for some kickboxing fun! Find out what it’s all about. $19.99/3 classes. I Love Kickboxing, 4185 Chappel Dr, Perrysburg OH. More dates, classes on our website. Sign up on or More info 419-931-6435. Hot Kettlebells – 10:30-11:30am. A 60-minute total body workout that will tone muscles and burn fat. Be ready to sweat and get fit! Please bring water bottle. $13/drop-in. Free mat/towel rental 1st class. 29101 Hufford Rd, Graystone Hall Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-345-0885. Register at Reiki Share – (3rd Sat. of every month). Starts 11:30am. Open to Reiki practitioners of all levels. Free. Asherah’s Garden, Holistic Boutique, 315 N Grove St, Bowling Green OH. Call 419-354-8408 for info. 21 Up! – Starts 7pm. Join a conversation that challenges long held beliefs of guilt and our attempts to lead a “reasonable life”. Must we struggle through this life to qualify for something in the next? Where joy and laughter keep close company with love. Free, love offering accepted. Unity of Toledo Spiritual Ctr, 3535 Executive Pkwy, Toledo OH. More info 419-537-1001. See ad page 22. Uncork The Artist – 7-10pm. Painting parties with a twist. Classes for both adults and kids. Register thru website and see the painting to be created each evening. All art supplies provided. Uncork the Artist, 5228 Monroe St, Toledo OH. 419-283-2484. Much more Info at


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Tamara D. Willingham,L.Ac.,Dipl. O.M.,MSAOM 27068 Oakmead Perrysburg,OH 43551 419-345-4996 The foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine is maintaining balance in the body. It can enhance and boost the immune system, support and strengthen the digestive system, promote relaxation, improve circulation, stabilize blood pressure, relieve pain and help treat infertility. Your health is your number 1 asset! Visit our website at today & make your appointment to start feeling your best! See ad page 21.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169 Clinically certified aromatherapist Margo Hertzfeld practices within Turning Point Chiropractic in Perrysburg (see their listing under Chiropractor) offering holistic, professional consultations and customized blends with superior quality essential oils.

CEREMONIES & SPIRITUAL COUNSELING UNITY OF TOLEDO SPIRITUAL CENTER Reverend Claudia Rene Tambur 3535 Executive Pkwy., Toledo, OH 419-309-0493

Gifted celebrant creates unique ceremonies from the heart with love. Blessings, christenings, weddings, commitment ceremonies, memorials, funerals and life celebrations. Honors all pathways to God, spirituality and lifestyles. Spiritual Counseling utilizes healing modalities, applied Truth teachings and affirmative prayer. See ad page 22.

CHIROPRACTOR TURNING POINT CHIROPRACTIC 353 Elm Street, Suite B Perrysburg, OH 43551 419-874-4840

Jeff and Rachel Elmore are Upper Cervical Chiropractors focusing on helping patients achieve wellness using a procedure that does not involve twisting, popping or cracking of the neck. Ideal patients at TPC are families who are seeking a more holistic lifestyle.


Vikki Gardner is a supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Hypnotherapist (CHt) specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She maintains a private practice. 20+ years of experience in mental health, Vikki's therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Areas of expertise are women's issues, depression, difficulties in adolescence, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, adult ADD/ADHD. Insurance, check, cash and charge are available.


Karla Gleason, dōTERRA IPC #224532 Aromatouch Technique Certified Maumee, OH 43537 419-265-3219 Looking for answers to your health problems? dōTERRA CPTG essential oils are nature’s perfect health solution!  Essential oils offer a safe, effective and versatile solution to a tremendous range of health concerns.  Contact Karla for a FREE Wellness Consultation today! See ad page 5.


Maryellen Grogan, CPT, MES 108 E Dudley, Maumee, OH 43537 419-893-5105 Studio Getting Fit is Not “One-Size-FitsAll.” Everyone Is Unique. Exercise needs, nutrition needs and goals are unique for each person. We take individuality into account and build a complete fitness program that’s right for you. To become “Positively Fit,” all elements of fitness and health must be in balance. See ad page 16.

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1715 W Dean Rd, Ste B, Temperance, MI 734-847-4700 419-474-4700 corner of Dean & Jackman Rds Graduate, 1981 from Palmer Chiropractic College and 1996 from Des Moines School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also fellowship trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. Dr. Neumann states, “Our goal is to increase people’s quality and quantity of life.” In addition, the office offers weight loss programs, deep tissue laser therapy, hormone replacement and laser hair removal. See ad page 29.

VIRGINIA ULCH 8010 Hill Ave. Holland, OH 419-861-7786

Holistic Products and Services. Smoking Cessation. Life Coaching. Weight Loss. Pain Management. Healing Stone Jewelry, Body Wraps and detox on the Amethyst Biomat. See ad page 6.



Movement Improvement Expert Toledo, OH 419-283-9989 Patricia guides female athletes and active women struggling with knee pain or other problems to move past their pain, master their movement, and play at the top of their game in sport and in life. Her unique, holistic approach is based on 40 years in movement science, education, and healthcare. See ad page 21.


Jack Grogan, Certified Nutritionist 8336 Monroe Rd, Lambertville, MI 734-856-9199 • 734-854-1191 fax

Feeling out of balance? Wonder how the body responds to stress? Discover the blueprint for the body’s metabolism through hair mineral analysis. Helping clients achieve better health through nutrition and supplementation with over 40 years of experience. See ad page 16.

PHYSICAL THERAPY ALTERNATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY Lisa Kelly PT, CSCI 440 South Reynolds Rd, Ste D, Toledo, OH 419-578-4357 • 419-578-6918 fax

Lisa Kelly is a Physical Therapist and a Maumee native. She has over 36 years of experience and specializes in mobilizations, aquatic therapy and advanced Neurological rehabilitation. Lisa treats infants through adults for pain, sports injuries and joint/spinal rehab. Her clinic is located in a 3,600 sq. ft. facility with 5 individual treatment rooms, an extensive rehabilitation gym and an offsite pool. Acupuncture and massage available. Insurance, cash, credit cards accepted.

REHABILITATIVE MASSAGE THERAPY Christy Smalla, LMT Enhancing Mobility and Mind 5800 Monroe St. Building B, Sylvania, OH 419-480-7950

What is Kinesiology? What is this Wholistic Manual Medicine Therapy you do and how can it help me? Keep your eye on the calendar each month as I hold FREE classes to increase your knowledge and awareness of your body, how it works (or why it doesn't sometimes) and answer your questions! See ad page 29.

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Dr Jay Nielsen, MD 27121 Oakmead Dr, Ste C, Perrysburg, OH 419-897-6490 • 419-874-3512 fax Dr. Nielsen is a board-certified family physician with 38 years experience helping patients avoid orthopedic surgical procedures using Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Bioidentical Hormones and Supplements. Specializes in fatigue, chronic pain, mood disorders and accepts BWC worker injuries. See ad page 13.

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