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o matter where you stand on the issue of GMO's (genetically modified organisms), there should be agreement that, at least today, the real issue isn't whether a food should be grown from seeds that are genetically modified, but rather that the consumer is given the opportunity, and choice, to buy and eat GMO foods...or not. Consumer demand is always the best solution; and when we don't buy foods (or anything else, for that matter) we don't want, they will eventually disappear. Currently, information on, and availability of, non-GMO foods is somewhat limited and confusing. But that's slowly changing. Many stores, growers and local farmer's markets are moving toward giving us the opportunity to select and eat foods grown the way we want. This is part of the topic that's discussed in our feature article this month, "Six Ways to Eat Safe." In the article we cover the main issues related to food today: antibiotics, GMO's, pesticides, herbicides and mercury in seafood. One of the solutions, as the writer points out, is buying local...and organic. We heartily agree. Once you read the article, make sure you check out the online version where we have listed many resources for educating yourself about what to buy and where to buy it. Hopefully, this information will make the whole process of "choice" easier for you all. We're also anxious to get your feedback on the two departmental articles that feature celebrities eating healthy. In our Wise Words department, we speak with supermodel Carol Alt about "Relishing Raw Foods" and what she does to stay vibrant. And in our Conscious Eating department, author Kris Carr describes several "Crazy, Sexy Ways to Eat Well," and she provides a couple of wonderful recipes. You've probably figured out that much of the content this month is about healthy eating. As we usually do, however, we still have a varied selection of great information to help you live healthier, happier and more earth-friendly. We hope you enjoy and benefit from everything this month. We would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that we've completely redesigned our website. The code for the site was becoming outdated and needed upgrading. It has a fresh new look, condensed menus and several new sections and it's mobile-friendly–necessary in today's world. We hope you find the new look and ease-of-use beneficial and enjoyable. That's it for now. Until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy Now Available in Sterling Heights


iane Culik, M.D. of ABC Wellness in Sterling Heights, is announcing the addition of Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency (PEMF) to her practice. "PEMF acts like a battery charger for your whole body by recharging each of your 70 trillions cells to an ideal voltage," explains Dr. Culik. "Just like a car, the human body needs fuel, oxygen and ignition – a spark plug. Within the human body, that spark is pulsed magnetic fields. All metabolic processes are driven by this cellular charge: ATP production, oxygen, nutrient absorption, waste removal, immune function, and reproduction." “Having healthy cells is not a passive process," she says. "Active, regular tuning-up of our cells is not only feasible, but also necessary to slow aging and reduce the risk of cell dysfunction. Daily activity, adequate sleep, good diet and lowering stress keeps our cells tuned-up. PEMF therapy is the most advanced form of exercise; working on a cellular level it produces the same effects and benefits as physical exercise, but without the stress and strain upon your muscles and bone. By restoring the body's natural electromagnetic energy through PEMF therapy, cell metabolism is boosted, blood cells are regenerated, circulation is improved and oxygen carrying capacity is increased.” PEMF is delivered through clothing while comfortably sitting, reclining, or lying down. It is FDA approved and safe for animals and children (over 4 years old). A session is 15-30 minutes and is conducted by Beaumont RN’s Diane Stoll and Mary Rick at ABC Wellness.

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n Saturday, July 20, thousands of people, including the Mayor, will take to the streets of Novi to pull a 40-foot chariot in one of India’s most ancient and popular festivals, the Festival of Chariots, also known as Rath Yatra. The event begins with a three-mile parade through the major streets of Novi featuring a 40-foot tall, hand-pulled chariot and live music. The parade starts at the Novi Civic Center at 11 am and concludes at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile and Taft. At Fuerst Park, there will be over 20 tents with various forms of entertainment, a free lunch, yoga, live music, shopping, and more. The first ever Kirtan Yoga Fest from 2- 6 pm will feature artists from New York, India and around the world. The festival wraps up around 6 pm. The Festival is open to the public and admission is free. The Festival of Chariots has been celebrated since ancient times as one of the most important yearly events in the Vaishnava-Hindu faith. The Festival celebrates Lord Krishna's return to Vrindaban. Today, the Festival of the Chariots is performed around the world. Detroit held its first Festival of Chariots in 1985 and has become one of the largest celebrations outside of India. For more information, visit

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he Pain Relief Center (PRC) at Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan is offering long-suffering patients an alternative way to relieve their pain. The PRC uses the state of-the-art procedure known as Peripheral Stimulator Implantation, or P-STIM. The P-STIM is a device that provides a continuous flow of intermittent, low frequency electrical pulses to specific nerves in the ear that relieves many types of acute and chronic pain. The procedure has been successfully performed on patients suffering from back pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, cervical/neck pain, cancer pain, and migraines. Post-operative pain has also been reduced. The light weight device is placed on the ear and can be removed four days later by the patient allowing for normal daily activities without restriction. Depending on the patient’s pain level, PSTIM treatment may be used up to nine times one week apart. “We are seeing great results from the P-STIM in relieving pain,” states David Jankowski, D.O., who is one of several physicians performing the P-STIM implants. “The procedure, which resets the brain and how it deals with pain, has been hugely successful. The biggest draw is the low risk/high reward that comes with the procedure.” For more information, visit or call 248-857-6736. The clinic is located at 461 W Huron in Pontiac.


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Warren Institute Teaches Hypnosis for Emergencies and Trauma Management


heryl Beshada and Frank Garfield, founders of the Clinical Hypnosis Institute, are offering a series of miniworkshops on Hypnosis for Medical Emergencies and Trauma Management on July 19th and 26th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

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r. Susan Burke, of Acupuncture Health Alliance, is pleased to announce that she is now sharing her Birmingham office space with Marie McKay, of Marie's Massages. "Massage therapy," explains McKay, "offers a wide array of styles. While most people are aware of the benefits that it provides, some people are not quite sure about what type fits them best. Aside from providing relaxation or alleviating muscular discomfort, a massage therapist’s role is to educate and help that patient to pick the right modality. As with any profession, communication is the key to getting goals accomplished." For more information or an appointment, contact Marie McKay at 248-762-2662. Acupuncture Health Alliance is located at 1890 Southfield Rd., Birmingham. See ad page 16.

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r. Hilda Lauderman, a local Homeopathic and Naturopathic Doctor, has recently recieved her ˇ federal license as a Doctor of Nedicine, a branch of medicine based on quantum medicine, the art and science of information as medicine. The American ˇ Nedicine Licensing Board certifies physicians who practice natural medicine and meet their qualifications. "Natural medicine," explains Lauderman, "is a branch of medicine that promotes healing with nature's great medicinal resources: pure air, water, sunshine, foods, herbs, minerals and vitamins. The "Dr. Hilda" with husband Carl. basic principles underlying natural medicine are: the body is self diagnostic, serving as its own instrument to identify a particular disease, and the body also possesses the power to heal itself when the immune system is supported with natural protocols. However, natural medicine's concentration is on prevention because nutritional imbalances and stress factors are generally the precursors of disease." ˇ Doctors of �Nedicine analyze the fundamental cause of chemical and physiological imbalances through scientific analyses of the body's innate diagnostic mechanisms. The various analyses are invaluable to minimize the trial and error process of implementing nutritional protocols. “Nature is a sophisticated scientific laboratory that surpasses the wisdom of the laboratories of this modern era. Unlike these laboratories, nature produces inoffensive medicines proven through countless ages to be effective and perfectly balanced with human physiology,” states Dr. Lauderman. For more information or an appointment, contact Dr. Hilda Lauderman at 810503-4056. See ad page 24.




t’s common knowledge that a mother’s diet during pregnancy makes a measurable difference in the health of her child. Now, new research suggests that what a mom eats before becoming pregnant might be important, too. According to a study in the online edition of The FASEB Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the foods eaten by a group of non-pregnant female mice chemically altered their DNA, and these changes were later passed on to their offspring. The DNA alterations, called “epigenetic” changes, due to an inadequate maternal diet dramatically reduced the animals’ ability to metabolize many essential fatty acids that are essential to health.


electable strawberries serve up some sweet health benefits. Studying the effects of strawberries on cardiovascular health, heart disease and diabetes, scientists at the University of Warwick, UK, discovered that extracts from the fruit activate a protein called Nrf2, which increases antioxidant and other protective measures in the body and helps decrease blood lipids and cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular problems. The scientists plan to continue their research in order to identify the most healthful varieties of strawberries, how they are best served or processed and the amount to eat for optimum benefits.



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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new food pyramid, MyPlate (, is based on its 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, aimed at helping people make better food choices. Fruits and vegetables should comprise half our “plate”, and dark green veggies are the USDA’s top choice of nutrients. Kale leads the list of helpful leafy greens for many reasons. Like its cousins in the Brassica family—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and collards—kale is a lowcalorie, nutrient-dense powerhouse of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, and it is better absorbed by the body than most dairy products. A single serving (about one cup, chopped) provides 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, plus two grams of protein. The versatile veggie—it is tasty steamed, braised or baked—is also a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Best of all, kale is a “green” green, high on the sustainability scale. Growing one pound of kale uses about 23 gallons of water; raising a pound of beef necessitates more than 2,400. Sources:;



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ome favorite summer fruits, like peaches, plums and nectarines, may help ward off metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including high blood sugar levels and excess fat around the waist that can lead to serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. A study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, presented at the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Meeting & Exposition, reported that pitted fruits contain bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome. According to food scientist Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Ph.D., “The phenolic compounds in the fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties… and may also reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”











t is peak season for iced tea, but this warm-weather favorite may not be the ideal choice to counter dehydration. Iced tea made from black tea contains high concentrations of oxalate, one of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of kidney stones, a common disorder of the urinary tract that affects about 10 percent of the U.S. population. “For people that have a tendency to form the most common type of kidney stones, iced tea is one of the worst things to drink,” reports Dr. John Milner, an assistant professor with the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. While all black tea contains oxalate, dietitians note that people tend to imbibe more of it when it’s on ice than when it’s hot.

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he chemical DEHP, a phthalate used widely in household plastics, may change how rat heart cells use energy, according to a new study by George Washington University, in the District of Columbia. By shifting heart cells to depend on fatty acids as an energy source more than usual, DEHP may ultimately increase the longterm risk of heart attack and heart failure. The findings raise concerns about similar effects of plasticizers in humans. Earlier work from the same research team reported that DEHP causes irregular rhythms in cultured heart cells. DEHP is frequently used for medical blood bags and tubing and is found in foods packaged in plastics, especially fatty foods like milk products, oils and fish or seafood.

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A Handy Atlas for Eating Local Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermontbased local food advocacy group, has released its second annual Locavore Index, tracking the availability and use of locally produced foods and ranking states based on their committed support. Using recent data from multiple sources, the index incorporates farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) operations and food hubs in its per capita comparison of consumer interest in eating locally sourced foods, known as locavorism. The top five states for accessibility of local foods are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa; the bottom five are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The organization’s Executive Director, Orly Munzing, says the purpose of the index is to encourage local food efforts by supporting farm-to-school programs, urging hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods and asking supermarkets to buy from local farms. View the ranking of every state at

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Humane Pet Nonprofits Follow the Crowds Animal welfare organizations serving cities around the country are discovering that shopping malls are ideal places to find forever homes for needy pets. At the Coronado Mall, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Darlene Arden teaches volunteers to clicker-train cats and dogs to make them more adoptable. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County, New York, sets up a highly successful location for adoptions and raising donations in the Olean Center Mall every holiday season. The Dumb Friends League, in Denver, Colorado, maintains an off-site location at The Shops of Northfield-Stapleton, and the Collier County Humane Society, in Naples, Florida, turned a defunct pet shop in the Coastland Center mall into a thriving adoption center staffed by volunteers. Some shelters motivate the public to embrace and encourage the technique of trap/neuter/release (TNR) as a way to control feral cat populations. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Found Animals Foundation, states, “We launched the groundbreaking Michelson Prize and grant program aimed at developing a non-surgical, single-dose sterilizing agent for cats and dogs. This type of product will help shift pet population control from lethal to non-lethal methods by dramatically reducing the number of pets coming into shelters.”

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Honeybee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe Colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that has been killing large numbers of honeybees for several years, is expanding, wiping out 40 to 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of America’s fruits and vegetables. Some beekeepers and researchers cite growing evidence that a powerful class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which hinder the bees’ brain learning function and leave them unable to make the connection between floral scents and nectar, could be a key factor. Although manufacturers claim the pesticides pose no threat to bees, a recent British honeybee field study found enough evidence to convince 15 of 27 EU member governments and the Executive European Commission to support a twoyear ban on three of the world’s most widely used agricultural pesticides in this category, starting this December. The action followed a European Food Safety Authority report in April that indicated these toxins pose an acute risk to honeybees. Source: Voice of America

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Neotame is the New Aspartame NutraSweet, a formerly Monsantoowned company, has developed a new version of Aspartame, called Neotame. It’s 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than Aspartame. Not yet available directly to the public, Neotame is used to sweeten commercially processed foods, but is not required to be listed on package labels of non-certified organic foods. Neotame is more stable at higher temperatures than Aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods. One of the byproducts created when our bodies break down these sweeteners is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic even in tiny doses. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which contains more than 11 million medical citations, Neotame research fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. Nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola notes that individuals experiencing side effects from Aspartame or Neotame can file a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Source:

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Poisoned Poisson Fish Rendered Scentless by Pollution

Fish living in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, prompting worries about dwindling populations, because when dissolved metals contact fish nostrils, their neurons shut down to protect the brain. Fish use their sense of smell to navigate murky waters, find mates and food, and avoid predators. The effect of metals has been linked to impaired reproduction and growth, but this secondary, “covert toxic” effect is described by Keith Tierney, a University of Alberta assistant professor, this way: “If you can’t smell food or avoid predators, you’re more likely to die.” The good news from Canadian researchers, as reported in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environment Safety, is that such harm to fish can be reversed. When study co-author Greg Pyle, a professor at Alberta’s University of Lethbridge, and his research team relocated yellow perch from Ontario lakes contaminated with mercury, nickel, copper, iron and manganese to a cleaner lake, the fish regained their sense of smell within 24 hours. Most of the contaminated lakes involved have a metallic mix, making it hard to determine precisely which pollutants are to blame. Copper is high on the list of suspects; its agricultural and manufacturing use has more than doubled in the United States over the past three decades, according to the Copper Development Association. Source: Environmental Health News

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Six Ways to Eat Safe The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella,


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learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.

Local Organic Reigns Supreme

Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan,

observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of healthprotecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.

Pesticide Problems and Solutions

Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheatproducing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregon-based Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.

Demand for GMO Labeling

Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are push-

ing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”

Seed Freedom and Food Choice

Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food freedom starts with seeds. Saving and trading heirloom, nonhybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated

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Finicky about Fish

Grilled fish makes a lean, heart-healthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consump-

tion advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations. For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alaska. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA

approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood.

Antibiotic Resistance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health

GMO Crops May Harm Gut Bacteria by Dr. Matthew Marturano Researchers in Germany investigating a dramatic rise in infections of cows by virulent strains of Clostridium have discovered that a very popular herbicide known as glyphosate (used in RoundUp®, for example), was interfering with a beneficial gut bacteria called Entercoccus, which normally keeps the Clostridia in check. Similar effects were also found in chickens. Given that Clostridium is also a human pathogen, and that Enterococcus is also found in the human gut microbiome, common sense would suggest that the effects being seen in farm animals would also apply to humans. At the time of its discovery, glyphosate was hailed as a major breakthrough because it targeted a specific chemical pathway that is found in plants, but not animals. For this reason, it was thought to be completely nontoxic to animals, and therefore safe to 22

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use on crops. Over 700 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed per year in the United States alone, and not just for agricultural purposes. The problem is that the standard models do not account for harmful effects on beneficial gut bacteria, which are now known to play an essential role in the health of the human body. Just as certain bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics which require doctors to administer progressively higher doses in order to kill them, it has become necessary to spray crops with higher amounts of glyphosate. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently ruled to expand the number of crops upon which glyphosate may be sprayed, in addition to increasing the amount of residues which are considered acceptable for human consumption. Glyphosate is so ubiquitous that it would be

nearly impossible to avoid completely. However, the greatest sources are from GMO Roundup Ready crops. In order to avoid these foods, non-GMO shopping guides can be found at: www. Dr. Matthew Marturano is a naturopathic physician and creator of the COHERENT Method: A multidimensional approach healing the ecosystem within. He can be found at Soul Space in Rochester, a Holistic Healing Center where traditional body-centered therapies, transformational coaching and wellness education are integrated to provide optimal healing. For more information, call 855-200-7685, visit or For a list of references, read the online version of this article online See ad page 5.

achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibioticresistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hard-to-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibioticresistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at For a comprehensive list of resources of food-supply news and non-GMO information read this article on our website:

Why Don’t You Go to the Dentist?


ecently, a woman came to my practice for her 6 month dental hygiene visit. She comes in like clockwork every 6 months to make sure her oral health is in tip top shape. As I performed her dental exam and oral cancer screening, we discussed the fact that she had not needed any dental work in quite a long time and that she was in great oral health. She was beaming with pride because this was not always the case for her. When she first came to our practice as a new patient 2 years ago, it was the first time she had visited a dentist in 20 years! Not surprisingly, she needed some work to get her oral health in shape. I have many stories just like this one and it always gets me thinking about why don’t people go to the dentist regularly or at all? Various surveys estimate that 30-50% of Americans do not regularly go to the dentist. While many of them cite cost as the reason, one-third of Americans who have dental insurance still don't go -- sometimes for years. The sad fact is that, in the vast majority of dental emergency cases, they could have been prevented if the patient had kept up with regular 6 month visits. If you only go in the case of an emergency, there is already something very wrong with your teeth. Addressing that advanced problem is often painful and usually significantly more expensive than keeping up with regular hygiene visits which allow problems to be diagnosed and addressed early. Keep in mind, the money you invest in regular hygiene visits and a filling could save you thousands of dollars in the future by preventing a root canal and crown. Other common reasons patients have shared with us for not going are fear or embarrassment. There are many people who are simply scared to go to the dentist. Some are afraid that it will be painful or uncomfortable, while others are afraid the dentist will have bad news for them regarding the

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Banish Acid Reflux Eating Alkaline Can Cure the Burn by Linda Sechrist


early everyone has some reflux, the upward backflow of the stomach’s contents into the esophagus connecting the stomach with the throat, or even up into the throat itself. When it occurs more than twice a week, reflux can progress from a minor irritation causing heartburn to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. When the throat is most affected, it’s called laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. Untreated, LPR can damage the throat, airway, and lungs. If left untreated, GERD can damage the digestive system and cause precancerous Barrett’s esophagus or even esophageal cancer. “In the United States, the prevalence of esophageal cancer has increased 850 percent since 1975, according to National Cancer Institute statistics,” says Dr. Jamie Koufman who has been studying acid reflux for three decades as part of her pioneering work as a laryngologist, specializing in treating voice disorders and diseases of the larynx. She is founding director of the Voice Institute of New York and the primary author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure. Koufman prescribes combining

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for asthma, sinusitis or allergies.” She adds that heartburn and indigestion are sometimes treated with over-the-counter antacids, which are ineffective for these. Koufman helps her patients, including professional singers, to overcome acid reflux with a two-week detoxification program consisting of a low-acid, low-fat, pH-balanced diet. “For two weeks, avoid acidic foods (nothing below pH 4),” she advises. “Eat fish, poultry, tofu, melons, bananas, oatmeal, whole-grain breads and cereals, mushrooms and green vegetables. Refrain from fried foods, chocolate and soft drinks. Basically, consume nothing out of a bottle or a can, except for water.” She remarks that reflux is definitely curable by following a proper diet, although it can still take up to a year for a person to become totally symptom-free. Noted Integrative Physician Andrew Weil agrees with Koufman’s recommendations. He suggests developing an exercise and relaxation strategy, because stress and anxiety worsen reflux symptoms, as well as increasing fiber intake by eating more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of purified water. Keep a log to track foods and beverages that worsen symptoms, and avoid alcohol and stimulants like caffeinated beverages and tobacco that irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Weil also suggests ingesting a slippery elm supplement according to label directions, which can help heal irritated digestive tract tissues, and chewing a tablet of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) or taking a half-teaspoon of a DGL supplement powder before meals and at bedtime. Reduce doses after symptoms are under control. “For most people, there is probably a middle road—having an occasional glass of orange juice or soda doesn’t cause reflux disease—but if that’s all you drink day in and day out, it’s likely to create a problem. For people with known reflux disease, a period of ‘acid/pepsin detox’ makes good sense,” concludes Koufman. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit her website for the recorded interview.

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Relishing Raw Food Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant


arol Alt characterizes the latest stage of her 30-plus-year career as a “perfect storm of busy,” including the launch of her latest book, Easy Sexy Raw, and her roles in Woody Allen’s film, To Rome with Love, and the HBO documentary, About Face, exploring the relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty. For the past year, she’s been overseeing the U.S. launch of her skin care line, Raw Essentials.

How has your relationship with food changed over the years, and what role has raw food played? I grew up like other kids on Long

Island. Mom cooked spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Dad would sometimes grill a piece of meat until it was dead a second time. On weekends, we ate pizza or Chinese takeout. I never realized broccoli was green, because overcooking turned it gray. One day, I got sent home from a job because they said I was not in “swimsuit condition.” A friend recommended a physician that specialized in raw food diets, which was the first I’d heard of it. So I tried a raw diet, cold turkey, and felt better immediately. Today I eat raw food as an anti-aging agent and natural medicine that makes me healthier; it’s also a filler that makes me less hungry. My holistic lifestyle no longer

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includes any over-the-counter drugs. These days, my system runs efficiently, like an electric golf cart. When I need to go, I go. When I need to stop and sleep, I sleep. The body can work phenomenally well if we just let it.

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to prepare, but some of the methods can take time and special equipment. What’s a simple starting point? Using a blender, you can make everything from soup to dessert. Start with things like guacamole, salsa and soups. You can also use a pot and hot water (up to 115 degrees) to warm kelp noodles to add to a blended soup. You can make a mousse from raw chocolate and avocado. Also begin to think of a dehydrator as a crock-pot that works while you’re away. It’s a simple option once you are in the habit of using it. Of course, you’ll want to make all kinds of fresh salads.

How do you maintain your raw food plan when you are eating out or in social settings? I look for foods that I know will be raw. If I have any doubts, I ask the chef. If there’s any question, I just don’t eat it. There’s a bit of discipline in this. You have to eat on a schedule and make sure you are getting the food you need. I may lunch even if I am not hungry, especially when I know I’ll be dining out later. It’s important to make sure you are not feeling deprived and hungry; otherwise you may find yourself craving things like the bread on the table.

Do you ever miss cooked foods and sometimes indulge? My diet is 75 to 95 percent raw. When you eat raw foods, you feel so much better that you don’t want to eat anything else. My one indulgence is munching on popcorn when my favorite sports team plays.

Do you have any final advice on exploring a raw diet? Relax and have fun trying different things. If you cheat, it’s okay. If you feel deprived in any way, go eat. Above all, enjoy the adventure. Beth Bader is the co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club and blogs at

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Letting Kids Just Be Kids

They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine

Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?


otions of summer as endless free means the child is calling the shots and time—to climb trees, chase firelearning what comes naturally. If a child flies, build a fort in the woods, strums a guitar because he loves it, maybe set up a lemonade stand—have that’s play. When being instructed, the been supplanted in many families by child may enjoy the experience, but it’s pricey summer camps or other highly not the same, because the motivation is structured activities. But unstructured at least partly external. play isn’t wasted time; it’s the work of The American Academy of Pedichildhood, a vehicle for developing a atrics recommends that children play basic set of life skills. Research puboutside as much as possible—for at least lished in Early Child60 minutes a day—yet Thinking back to our almost half of America’s hood Research & Practice shows that children own best childhood youth routinely aren’t that attend play-based getting any time outrather than academic memory, it won’t be side, according to study preschools become betreported in the a class or lesson, but findings ter students. Archives of Pediatrics & Child developAdolescent Medicine. the time we were ment expert David Outdoor play helps allowed to just be. Elkind, Ph.D., author combat childhood of The Power of Play, obesity, acquaints them maintains, “Play is essential to positive with their larger environment and suphuman development.” Various types ports coping skills. teach new concepts and contribute to Every child is different. But as Dr. skills, including helpful peer relations Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of and ways to deal with stress. pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Self-initiated and self-directed play Philadelphia and University of 28 East Michigan edition

sylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity. To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities. It is this sense of self that provides a home base—a place to retreat, throughout life.

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Most experts agree that kids should have more unstructured free time than structured playtime.

Seven Ways to Let a Kid be a Kid by Madeline Levine

~ Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg Ultimately, everyone must rely on their own resources and sense of self or they’ll always be looking for external direction and validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecessary risks, have poor coping skills and are vulnerable to substance abuse. Business leaders say such a tendency produces workers that need too much time, resources and direction to be really valuable. In the end, learning who we are primarily takes place not in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces between things, when we can reflect upon what we have done and who we are. The more of these quiet spaces families provide for kids, the better. Madeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and educator in San Francisco, CA, is the author of New York Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege. See See Yard Games sidebar on the next page for fun ideas.

Why not make summer fun again? Here’s how.

hang out with family and friends.

✔ Follow the principle that regular playtime is vital for everyone.

✔ Encourage freerange (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp.

✔ Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate. ✔ Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep... and which they want to toss. Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it. ✔ Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just

ADHD is one of the most common traits in children

✔ Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of all-natural gum with a friend. ✔ Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Choice is the hallmark of true play. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him.

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Yard Games Memorable Family Fun by Paul Tukey


iven their prevalence today, it’s remarkable that video games have been in existence for just 40 years. What has evolved—children spending an average eight to nine sedentary hours per day in front of a video screen—was not part of the inventor’s plan. “It’s sad, in some regards,” says

Ralph H. Baer, “the father of video games” who introduced the rudimentary game of Pong in 1972. “I thought we would be helping families bond together in the living room; the opposite has happened.” For those of us that pine for the era when our mothers would send us out-

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side in the morning with a sandwich in a bag and a canteen full of water—with orders not to come inside until dinner time—it’s gratifying to know an old-fashioned childhood need not be committed to memory. Games, the real ones played outdoors, are alive and well. “One of the great things about the games we played is that most of them are free, or one-time, lifetime purchases,” says actress Victoria Rowell, co-author of a book that offers an antidote to the video game revolution, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Families can easily find the makings for all sorts of outdoor family fun. Play tug-of-war with any sturdy rope, or take turns swinging two flexible ropes for a spot of double Dutch, a game brought to New York City from Holland by early settlers. A large elastic band becomes a Chinese jump rope. Tree twigs or small branches work for stickball or double ball, a game played by native peoples on this continent hundreds of years before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. Larger tree limbs can be cut into eight-to-10inch sections for use in mölkky, a popular Finnish tossing contest that is gaining favor here (move over corn hole). Several games only require a ball, and many more don’t require any apparatus at all. Think of the copycat games such as Follow-the-Leader or Red Light/ Green Light, or the Hide ’n Seek games, Fox and Hound, Ghost in the Graveyard and Capture the Flag. They offer as many variations on a theme as they do hours of exercise, communing with nature, conflict resolution and unstructured, untallied play. We’ll never get all the way back to the time when neighborhoods and the games we played were children’s only babysitters, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it the old college try. Paul Tukey is co-author of Tag, Toss & Run and founder of, which includes outdoor games resources.


State University, who culled the latest research ( Creating an acid/alkaline balance. “Tilting the pH scale in the alkaline direction is easy with a diet filled with mineral-rich plant foods,” says Carr. It also means minimizing meat, dairy, sugar, eggs, commercially processed foods, coffee and alcohol.    Drinking produce. Green juices and green smoothies are ideal. “They are

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n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and

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the most important part of my personal daily practice, one that I will never abandon,” Carr notes. Carr and her husband, Brian Fassett, whom she met when he edited her documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, share the juice and smoothie making responsibilities. “We make enough to have two 12-ounce servings of green drinks a day. Our recipes are often guided by what’s available in the fridge,” she advises. The secret is a three-to-one ratio of three veggies for every piece of fruit. Kale reigns in their home. The dark leafy superfood is especially suited for smoothies, salads and sautés. They like kale’s generous helping of vitamin K for maintaining strong bones. Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kale Salad is dressed with vinaigrette that includes flax oil, which she notes is high in omega-3s to promote healthy brain function. It’s also a well-known antiinflammatory food. “Make sure to buy cold-pressed, organic flax oil in a dark bottle and store it in the fridge,” she advises, “because light and heat may turn the oil rancid. I like Barlean’s brand, but there are many other quality flax oils available. Since it is sensitive to heat, I use it mostly in salad dressings and smoothies.” Carr maintains that, “By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber.” This supports the body in maintaining and repairing itself. She further points out, “Once your body repairs, it can renew. That’s big-healer medicine. You might as well get a business card that reads: self-care shaman.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood


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Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”

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Enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying the body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Yields 2 servings 3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of choice 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 small orange, peeled 1 banana 1½ cups loosely packed spinach Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender.

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sage and mix using both hands to “wilt” the kale and cream the avocado (takes just a minute or two). Then serve. For a fun touch, cut a thin lengthwise slice of cucumber and create a circle to outline each serving of salad, stitching the ends of the cucumber slice together with a toothpick. Place the salad in the cucumber ring and then serve. Source: Adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno.

Crazy Sexy Fridge Foods Each week, Kris Carr stocks her fridge with what she considers “whole, plant-based deliciousness.” One of the biggest secrets of eating healthy, she says, is being prepared. “Always keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal,” she advises. “At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” ■ Canning jars filled with

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What do bikini-clad gorillas, hoop dancing, aerial silk acrobatics, anti-gravity yoga and Pilates on the water have in common? They are among the most enjoyable ways to burn calories and increase strength.

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In Mankato, Minnesota, runners and walkers dressed like gorillas, many embellished with bikinis, tutus and football jerseys, take part in the annual Gorilla Run to benefit the nonprofit North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Field, a fully accessible softball field for children with mental or physical challenges. This year, a local DJ dressed as a banana led the pack of 600 gorillas through the 2.4-mile course, raising $30,000. Next April, pro athletes and other volunteers will again pitch in to set the pace for other cities that want to ape their act. Travis Snyder’s family-friendly Color Run, founded in Draper, Utah, and launched in Tempe, Arizona, in early 2012, has caught on in more than 100 U.S. cities as a way for novice runners to have a stress-free, untimed, fun day. Sixty percent of the participants have never 34

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upside-down, and then tie knots. We’ve had all body sizes, shapes and ages in class; it’s a great way to stretch and add strength.” Yoga can also take to the air with anti-gravity classes that position participants in fabric slings or hammocks that relax joints and help the body realign itself. Christopher Harrison, founder and artistic director of AntiGravity Yoga, in New York City, is a former worldclass gymnast and professional dancer on Broadway, two professions that are tough on the body. “As an aging athlete whose passion continued, but whose body had been ripped apart by numerous surgeries, yoga healed and rejuvenated my mind and body,” he remarks. “In order to take pressure off the joints, I took my performance company from tumbling off the ground to hanging up into the air by inventing apparatus that allowed us to fly.” Whether by land, sea or air, adventurous souls are discovering new ways to recharge mind, spirit and body. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Having optimistic expectations when trying something new will help you focus more on the positive aspects of the new experience. into your mouth without hesitation. If you're like me, however, you might touch it, smell it, observe someone else eating it, and have some sort of chaser ready to erase the New Food taste if it's unpleasant. If you notice that new foods, new experiences, or any new thing makes you feel less confident, know that you can make that feeling go away. Our brains want us to know that the new food (or whatever it is) may cause a negative outcome. We might get sick, hurt, embarrassed, etc. That's not a comfortable place for the ego and we often try to avoid that feeling. But we are not our egos.

Dealing With the Fear of Change by Melissa Gray


id you know that one of the most common fears is the fear of change? As humans, we strive to connect with things that are familiar. We seek familiar people, places, and situations where we know what to expect and have experience dealing with them. To many people, the thought of change is scarier than any snake, spider, or high height. You can blame it on your ego. Your ego is designed to keep you safely in your comfort zone. If the average person takes one step out of the comfort zone, they will probably experience doubt, uneasiness, anxiety, maybe even fear. Why? Perhaps it would help to re-label this fear as the Fear of the Unknown. Here's a mild example: Imagine you're eating a food that you've never eaten before. You've never even heard of it. If you're an adventurous eater, you might pop that new food

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Remember that everything you've ever learned was, at one time, new and unknown. Think of all the things you love to do, the people you know, the delicious food you eat. Throughout life you've expanded your comfort zone to where it is now. What might have seemed intimidating is now normal. If you know how to ride a bike, then you have probably fallen off a bike a few times. But instead of remembering the scraped knees and bruised elbows, you recall the fun you've had while riding your bike. If you focus on the positives, the negatives are more manageable. If you change your mind to think about new things as "exciting" instead of scary, your approach to them also changes. Instead of fearing failure, you can see every new challenge as something you can master. Having optimistic expectations when trying something new will help you focus more on the positive aspects of the new experience. If you haven't already, make a list of things you'd like to do or places you'd like to go. Then develop a strategy to make those things happen. Need help? Life coaches specialize in helping you make positive changes, big or small. It helps to have support and encouragement from someone who has experience with making change in their own life. So what are you waiting for? Melissa Gray is the owner of Life Coaching by Melissa, serving East Michigan. For more information or a free consultation, call Melissa at 248-320-2912, or visit her website: See her Natural Directory listing on page 58.

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hen your company motto is ‘true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegradable ink pens in the guest rooms to the staff’s summer uniform.” Managers’ sport coats consist of lightweight plastic fibers and rubber from recycled materials. “They breathe fine, are comfortable and look great,” Tabler remarks. Hotel construction adhered to eco-friendly practices. A 100-acre bird sanctuary followed the onsite discovery of endangered golden-cheeked warblers. The 36-hole golf course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and deemed the most eco-friendly in the United States by the PGA Tour. The hotel’s four pools and a lazy river for tubing honor the region’s dry climate; water reclamation via closed loop natural catchments and rain retention ponds keep guests afloat

and the golf course green. Also in Texas, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin has a “zero waste” goal, requiring the recycling of 90 percent of all onsite waste. Shadowboxes above trash cans show guests examples of what is and isn’t recyclable, while unused soap and other toiletries are donated to local women’s shelters. “We have placed sufficient containers, so there’s no excuse not to recycle,” says Kerri Holden, senior director of public relations. “In April, we were at

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the 70 percent compliance mark. We hope to reach our 90 percent goal by year’s end.” She notes that after management cancelled weekly dumpster service, only one six-by-six-foot trash container remains. Even worn linens become cleaning rags. The saltwater swimming pool uses soda ash, rather than harsher chlorine chemical treatments. Kitchen scraps are composted and become fertilizer for the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Natural compost bags in guest rooms collect banana peels, apple cores and other organic food waste. At the end of the year, guests that composted during

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While renovations have enlarged the rooms, wood door framing maintains the rustic appearance and the wood floors are either original or made from repurposed wood. “We learned a lot while updating the lodge,” says General Manager Euan Taylor. “We discovered that the tin ceiling tiles were painted with lead-based paint. Instead of using harsh chemicals, we froze each tile, gave it a slight twist and the paint fell off.” Unsurprisingly, food for the lodge restaurant and onsite cooking school is purchased from local farmers. In Big Sur, California, the awardwinning Post Ranch Inn specializes in repurposing materials. Wood from old growth redwood wine casks accent walls in guest rooms. Fallen trees become benches dotting walkways. Dinnerware is made from recycled glass and any broken plates are recycled again. The honey used for a special spa facial treatment comes from 18 onsite beehives. Daily updates on energy savings via the Inn’s 208 kW, 990-panel solar power system can be viewed at Tinyurl. com/PostRanchInnMonitor. Oregon’s The Resort at the Mountain, in Welches, installed an additional 11,000 indigenous plants throughout its 300-acre property in 2009, in the spirit of the nearby Mount Hood National Forest. The mountain is home to the only ski lodge certified by the Sustainable Travel Institute, using United Nations criteria. “We are a base camp for skiers, hikers, off-road bikers and fly fishermen,” says General Manager John Erickson. “Our ‘field to stream’ menu features northwest products and of course, fish.” The resort’s golf course, following the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, uses natural methods for weed control. “We pull them up,” says Erickson. “Wildflowers get to stay where they are.” Golfers and fishermen volunteer to help keep the course in good shape and the water channels clear for salmon and steelhead. From the golf course, visitors can see the salmon swimming upstream. “Most of the fishermen catch and release,” says Erickson. “We want to be good stewards of the land.”

More Sustainable Hotels While many hotels are implementing energy- and water-saving measures and recycling, some are taking even more Earth-friendly steps in their operations and services. Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, in Boulder, Colorado, is solar powered and supplies bicycles for guests. Forty 1° North, in Newport, Rhode Island, provides in-room electronic newspaper delivery via iPads, saving 700 pounds of waste per month. Hyatt at Olive 8, in Seattle, Washington, has an 8,355-square-foot living rooftop that provides an urban habitat for birds, bees and butterflies and reduces storm water runoff to city sewers. The InterContinental New York Times Square has two green rooftops that feature low-maintenance, droughttolerant plants to help regulate the building’s temperature. A resident beehive produced 40 pounds of locally sourced honey in its initial harvest. Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, in Portland, Oregon, offers guests a 50 percent discount on parking for hybrid cars, plus complimentary electric car charging. Shore Hotel, in Santa Monica, California, offers a Green Concierge program with information on local farmers’ markets, eco-friendly shopping and fair trade espresso spots, plus access to hybrid taxis, bicycles and walking tours.

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In the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, the Hotel Skyler, a former temple and theater, the third hotel in the U.S. and 10th in the world to achieve Platinum LEED certification, is heated by a geothermal gas pump and outfitted with salvaged architecture. Element hotels [in Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas] offer green kitchens, spa baths, in-room recycle bins, magnetic guest room door signs, electric vehicle chargers, in-room filtered tap water and bikes to borrow. Chicago’s Hotel Felix, built in 1926, has gone so green that even its sculptures are made from reclaimed materials. Houston’s Magnolia Hotel provides bus passes for employees. In Massachusetts, the Inn at Field Farm, in Williamstown, and the Inn at Castle Hill, in Ipswich, are owned by a statewide land trust and nonprofit conservation organization, The Trustees of Reservations. The Omni Hotel, in Dallas, is the largest gold-certified LEED hotel outside Las Vegas. Pennsylvania’s Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia relies on microturbines to provide 100 percent of the daily hot water needs and 15 percent of heating requirements. The W Austin Hotel uses only recyclable containers—no Styrofoam is allowed.


Savor Summer Revel in Blissful Indulgences by April Thompson


rom freshly picked cherries to moonlit hikes, summer offers endless free gifts. Its lingering daylight reminds us to step outside, take a deep breath and savor life’s simple joys. “Summer is a time to enjoy the small things in life, which are often the sweetest,” counsels Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and founder of the online Simplicity School (Simplicity “Kids do this instinctively, like seeing who can throw a rock furtherest into the water. I’m happy just having a simple backyard dinner with friends, reading a book in a city park or paddling a canoe.” Here are some summer classics to expand our own “to savor” list. Feast on Earth’s bounty. Make the most of summer’s cornucopia of candy-sweet berries, rainbow-colored heirloom tomatoes and other natural treats abounding at local farmers’ markets. Get wet. Go skinny-dipping in a hidden creek, run through sprinklers in shorts or swimsuit or round up the neighborhood kids for a trip to a local water park, lake or public pool. Water games like Marco Polo and underwater

tea parties never grow old, even for grown-ups. Commune with creatures. Who can resist the winking lightning bugs, flickering dragonflies and songs of an evening insect chorus? Summer immerses us in nature. See how many animals that eagle-eyed friends and family members can spot during visits to area parks and preserves. Read by sunlight. The pleasure of reading heightens with natural light and fresh air. Pick an easy read to take to the beach or a hammock with sunglasses and a glass of herbal sun tea. Celebrate community. ‘Tis the season for free local festivals, picnic concerts, open-air movies and state fairs. Invite a friend or make a Dutch treat of it, even organize an informal potlatch block party. Take a day trip. Consider the healthy dose of activities that exist close to home. Delightful discoveries await the curious when traveling by local waterway, walking trail or bicycle path. Map a flexible route, allowing ample time for unexpected stops.

Try something new. Summer is a chance to be adventurous. Step into a bright, pastel shirt or tropical sundress, and then revel in the compliments. Move from an indoor exercise routine to a free yoga class in a shady park and test ride a standup paddleboard. Look up. Summer skies offer more drama than daytime TV. Perch on the porch at sunrise, sunset or before a thunderstorm rolls in. On a clear calm night, lie back on a blanket and trace constellations while watching for shooting stars and meteor showers. Capture memories. Gather a pocketful of seashells, press wildflowers from special spots, make bread-andbutter pickles from the garden and print favorite snapshots to spark happy summer memories any time of the year. Do nothing. In the midst of so many marvelous options, we can also give ourselves permission to cancel our own plans on a whim and just do nothing. Simple daydreaming can lead to good ideas and inner rhapsodies. Summer is the best time to just be. “Try to not to plan more than one thing in a day this summer,” advises Luhrs. “Otherwise, you’ll end up cutting short activities to rush off to the next thing instead of enjoying what’s already in front of you.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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awsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets is a new veterinary hospital that is exclusively dedicated to animal rehabilitation, physical therapy, and pain management. They offer the most current diagnostics and treatment options to improve quality of life for pets. “Veterinary rehabilitation and physical medicine care is a relatively new field. Very few veterinary offices offer these services for pets and only a couple actually have a rehabilitation certified veterinarian or acupunc- Handsome Hercules at Pawsitive Steps ture certified veterinarian on staff,” explains Dr. Tari Kern, owner of the facility. Dr. Kern is certified in both rehabilitation and acupuncture and uses these areas of expertise to speed post-operative recovery and to support and strengthen the core for patients with arthritis and neurologic conditions. Using physical therapy exercises, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage and cold laser treatments, fewer medications may be needed to ease arthritis and pain, which can be safer overall for geriatric pets.

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ho is Fluffy sleeping with these days? Does Oscar still nap upside down hanging off the sofa? And is Lily still taking a snooze in your potted ficus plant? If your cat is a creative napper, then he or she just might win you a $100 shopping spree in the Pet Supplies Plus Cat Nap Photo Contest. The store is looking for unique photos of felines napping (Come on -- What else do cats do?) in three categories: Photo courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus most unique place for a cat nap, most comical napping position and most unusual sleeping companion. The three winners will be announced as part of The Cat’s Pajamas 200-cat, 48-hour adoption marathon being held August 9-11 at the Pet Supplies Plus store located in Bloomfield Hills. All entries must be original photos in electronic format and emailed to Deadline is August 1, 2013. For complete entry rules, visit Pet Supplies Plus Bloomfield Hills is located at 2057 S. Telegraph, north of Square Lake Rd., in the plaza with the Better Health Store and Olga's Kitchen. Their website is and their store phone number is 248-333-7545.

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In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured

prescription diets after their attending veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals. Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can

result in spontaneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibiotic-resistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M. Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.

What Pet Owners Can Do Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more commonly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can legitimately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion  animals, including DogCatHome Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions.

Dealing With Arthritis in Pets by Dr. John M. Simon


rthritis is probably the most common of the chronic diseases that progressively steals quality life from our senior dogs. Osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can effect any size dog or cat but is seen much more often in larger breed dogs. Arthritis often starts with stiffness and is first noticed when the older dog has a hard time rising in the morning. In time the owner may noticed that their dog is slower going up the stairs and may be reluctant to jump into the car. A dog with hip displasia or hip arthritis tends to run like a rabbit using both back legs at once. As the arthritis progresses, the dog may begin to hold up or favor one limb. He or she may walk with short stiff steps and the dog’s gait may show a hind end instability (swaying). The pet's hind legs may shuffle along the ground while walking. At the end stages of arthritis the pet may not be able to rise without the owners help. It is a sad thing to see otherwise healthy animals euthanized because their caregiver is unable to lift them up in order to get them outside when they need to eliminate. I believe much of the arthritis our

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dogs experience could be eliminated by changing their diets from a grain-based food to a more meat-based recipe when they are young. Just because the first ingredient on the pet food ingredientlist is meat does not make the diet meat based. The only way to distinguish if a food is meat-based is to asked the company’s nutritionist (not customer support person) what percent of their food is meat when measured on a dry matter basis. Judged on this basis, most pet foods are no more than 20% meat. Grain-based diets are hard for carnivores to digest and the poorly digested large grain protein molecules act as allergens which damage the intestinal lining and result in a “leaky-gut syndrome”. This leaky gut allows grain protein molecules to get into the blood stream where they can migrate to the pet’s joints and set up an inflammatory reaction. Feeding your pet a meat based diet will help prevent the above sequence of events. And supplementing the diet with digestive enzymes, fish oil and antioxidants will help reduce the likelihood of arthritis. If your dog has already developed arthritis, there are a number of ways to help slow its progression and reduce the discomfort it produces. Personally, I am not a big proponent of using non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to reduce inflammation and pain because their long term use may result in gastro intestinal, liver and kidney disease. Injections of chondroprotective substances, like Adequin® and hylauronidic acid which will increase joint fluid production and encourage cartilage and ligament repair. They can be much more effective arthritis remedies than NSAIDs. It has also been shown July 2013


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that long term use of NSAID drugs in humans actually results in cartilage degeneration. Providing oral supplements including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, GerizymeTM, Zeel®, systemic enzymes, hyaluronic acid, Comfort Zone® and antioxidants in place of NSAIDs can also be very helpful in restoring joint integrity and, in my opinion, is a much preferred approach to the more problematic drugs. Other alternative/ holistic ways to treat advanced arthritis include acupuncture, chiropractic, Frequency Specific Microcurrent therapy (FSM), infra-sonic therapy, pulsed magnetic therapy, prolotherapy, gold bead implants, cold laser therapy, physical therapy and massage therapy. Teaching pet owners how to massage their pet and provide passive range of motion can be very helpful in extending and enhancing their pets quality of life. Of course it goes without saying that keeping your pet at the proper weight and frequencly trimming your dog's nails will make a big difference in how he or she walks. Prolotherapy is a non surgical approach to treating torn cruciate ligaments and in my hands has been quite successful in repairing unstable the knee joints in dogs. Finally, I want let my readers to know about a very exciting advance in arthritis therapy. Adult stem cell technology is now available to help treat advanced arthritis. The stem cells are harvested from the patients own fat. These stem cells can be injected intravenously or directly into joints. Fat derived stem cells are "non embryonic" and will develop into connective tissue and cartilaginous cells which will help to rejuvenate the damaged joint. This technology has already been used successfully in hundreds of dogs and horses, and although still on the expensive side is now available to the family pet. Presently I am one of the few veterinarians certified to provide such therapy. Adding "cold laser therapy" to stem cell therapy has improved my chances of a successful outcome. In summary, detecting the early signs of arthritis and instituting early treatment can make a huge difference in the success of therapy. Providing a high quality meat based diet, with omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants along with weight management and regular exercise can help prevent the onset of arthritis and help extend both the quality and quantity of the pet’s life. Dr. John M. Simon is the owner and only veterinarian at Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak where he has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets for over 30 years using both traditional and holistic medicine. He is a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Association and has served on the board of the American Holistic Veterinary Association. Dr. Simon is the author of 4 pet-care books and has written numerous articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Visit his newly revised website at See ad to left.

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Saturday, JuLy 6 Pet Supplies Plus VIP Pet Care Clinic: • 9 : 3 0 - 11 a m : 3 11 3 0 O r c h a r d L a k e R d , Farmington Hills 248-932-3113.

• 1-2:30pm: 22 Ortonville Rd, Ortonville 248627-7900 & 2057 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills 248-333-7545. • 4-5:30pm: 971 S. Lapeer Rd., Oxford. 248969-7587; 873 S. Main, Lapeer 810-245-2200 & 5348 Dixie Hwy, Waterford 248-623-9522

Adoptions - 12pm-4pm. We do adoptions each Sat. & Sunday every month. FREE. PetSmart, BRIGHTON. Devoted Friends Animal Society - 11am-5pm. 4th Sunday monthly. Pet Supplies Plus, 22 N Ortonville Rd, ORTONVILLE. 248-627-7900. Cat's Cradle Adoptions - 12-4pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Pet Supplies Plus, 41660 W. 10 Mile Rd, Novi. 248-380-0007.

Sunday, July 7 Pet Supplies Plus VIP Pet Care Clinic: • 10-11:30am. 11525 S. Saginaw, Grand Blanc 810-694-1771; 42241 Garfield, Clinton Twp. 586-228-0090 & 26230 Hoover, Warren 586754-6000.

• 1-2:30pm: 64930 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. 586-752-2800; 3110 W. Silver Lake Rd, Fenton. 810-714-4973 & 23700 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores 586-771-1710.

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Senior Citizen Day - 9am-9pm. Every Tuesday. Seniors (55 and older) will receive a 10% discount on total purchase. Excludes sale items and live animals. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Pet Supplies Plus, 64920 Van Dyke. For more information call 586752-2800.

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50% Off Vaccines! - 1-5pm. Preventive Care Clinic. With your paid examination, receive 50% off all due vaccines. VCA Farmington Hills Animal Hospita, 31555 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Lisa Cameron 248-553-2340. See ad page 44.

Paw Prints Grief Support Group - 12-1:30pm. MHS Administrative offices, 30300 Telegraph Rd, Ste 220, Bingham Farms. 248-283-1000 ext. 179.

• 4-5:30pm: 1170 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-650-5385 and 29402 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak. 248-399-4440.

Tuesday, July 23 Foster Orientation - 5:30-8pm. The Foster Orientation is a mandatory event for those interested in assisting the Michigan Humane Society in an In-Home Hero role. MHS Administrative Offices, 30300 Telegraph Rd, Ste 220, Bingham Farms. 248-283-1000 ext. 179

Wednesday, July 31 Feral Cat Workshop - 5:30-7:30pm. Required to Become a Feral Cat Colony Caretaker. New TNR program will reduce the number of homeless cats and provide much-needed care. MHS Administrative Offices, 30300 Telegraph Rd, Ste 220, Bingham Farms. 248-283-1000 ext. 179.

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Toenail Sundays - Noon-4pm every Sunday. Instore nail trim. Bring in your dog, cat, small animal or reptile and have their nails trimmed. Price is $5 per Pet. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Pet Supplies Plus, 64920 Van Dyke. Info: 586-7522800. Best Buddy Dog Rescue - 12-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, White Lake. 248-360-1400.

Adoptions - 11am-3pm. We do adoptions every Saturday. FREE. Peters True Value Hardware Store, 3455 W. Highland, Milford. Paws Animal Rescue - 12-4pm. 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 22 N Ortonville Rd, ORTONVILLE. 248-627-7900. Adoptions - 12pm-3pm. We do adoptions every Saturday! FREE. Pet Provisions, 5757 Whitmore Lk Rd., ste 200, BRIGHTON. Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society Adoptions - 3rd and 4th Saturdays. PetSmart Roseville, 32074 Gratiot Avenue. 586-294-0519 Forget Us Not Rescue - 1st & 3rd Saturdays 124pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 42241 Garfield, Clinton Twp. 586-228-0090. Homefurever Dog and Puppy Event - 12-4pm. Every other Saturday. We have dogs and puppies for adoption every Saturday. Petco, 1217 Coolidge between 14-15 Mile, Troy. 248-643-0694. Call for days: Rescue phone: 313-897-4931. Heaven Will Wait Adoption Event - 12-4pm. 2nd & 4th Weekend monthly. Pet Supplies Plus, 31029 Harper, St. Clair Shores. 586-771-3277. Homefurever Dog & Puppy Adoptions - Every other Saturdays. Dog and puppies available for adoptions. FREE. Petco- Roseville, 32074 Gratiot 131/2 Mile Masonic, Roseville. Call for days: Marilyn 313-897-4931. Adoptions - 12pm-4pm. We do adoptions each Sat. & Sunday every month. FREE. PetSmart, BRIGHTON.


Last Chance Rescue Adoption - 12-3pm. Adoptions are being done on-site, lots of animals all shapes and sizes! Recurring event. Pet Provisions, Whitmore Lake Rd, Suite 200, Brighton. 810-227-0967.

Senior Citizen Day - 9am-9pm. Every Wednesday. Seniors (55 and older) will receive a 10% discount on total purchase. Excludes sale items and live animals. ORTONVILLE and Lapeer Pet Supplies Plus, For more information, contact store at 248-627-7900 and 810-245-2200.

Dog Adoption Day - Every Saturday. Cat adoptions every day. Working with Happy Homes Rescue, Almost Home Animal Haven and Companion Pet Rescue. Premier Pet Supply, 31215 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills. Info: 248-647-4310. See ad page 46.


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Pet Therapy at Town Village - 11am-12pm. Meet in a large room with residents who are interested in seeing, hearing about and interacting with your dog. Your dog should be people friendly, not just interested in other dogs. Town Village, 4500 Dobry Drive, Sterling Heights. K-9 Stray Rescue League - 11am-3pm. 2nd Sat. monthly. Pet Supplies Plus, 22 N Ortonville Rd, ORTONVILLE. 248-627-7900. K-9 Stray Rescue League - 11am-4pm. 4th Saturday monthly. Pet Supplies Plus, 1170 Walton, Rochester Hills. 248-650-5385. Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society Adoptions - 1st and 3rd Saturdays (and 5th Saturday, if applicable). PetSmart Utica, 45050 Northpointe Blvd. 586323-7030.

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Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue - 1st Saturdays: 10am-2pm; 3rd Saturdays: 1-4pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, White Lake. 248-360-1400. Idyllic Cat & Dog Sanctuary - 1-5pm. 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 11525 S Saginaw, Grand Blanc. 810-694-1771. Guardian Angel Animal Rescue - 1-4pm. 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 1170 Walton, Rochester Hills. 248-650-5385. Fetch Dog Rescue - 12-3pm. 2nd Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 64920 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. 586-752-2800. Rescue One Dog Adoptions - 9am-1pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 3110 W. Silver Lake Rd, Fenton. 810-714-4973. Rejoiceful Animan Rescue - 3-7pm. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 42241 Garfield, Clinton Twp. 586-228-0090.

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THURSdAy, JUNe 27 Raw food Basics - 7pm. Presented by Deb Klungle, Nourished Body | Satisfi ed Soul. 2 for $10 Register at our Customer Service Desk. Whole Foods, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. 248-371-1400. See ad page 61.

SATURdAy JUNe 29 Local Taste fair - 12-4pm. We’re celebrating our local Michigan vendors and inviting them to come in and tell their story. Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint while supporting our Michigan economy. Each of our local products tells a story; stop in, taste, learn and enjoy some of the products our beautiful state has to offer! Whole Foods Market, 2880 W. Maple, TROy. 248-649-9600. Plant exchange - 10am. Meet other gardeners and exchange any plants you wish to put up for adoption. Information on native plants, butterfl ies and plants for sale. You do not have to bring plants to exchange; those who do will receive a CD of local wildfl owers. Plant exchange is free/vehicle entry permit req'd. Preregister. Environmental Discovery Center near WHITe LAke. 248-625-7280.

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VegMI Presents: Vegan 101 - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Long-time VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, vegan option. FREE. Registration required at Customer Service desk. Whole Foods ROCHeSTeR HILLS. 248-371-1400.

SATURdAy JUly 7 Grilling for a Cause! - 1-4 pm. Stop by our Troy store for some awesome grilling options; we’ll be grilling up vegetarian, VEGAN and meat options and selling them to benefi t our latest One Dime at a Time recipient. Enjoy an awesome lunch for a great local cause; the benefi tting organization TBD. Lunch options from $4-$6. Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248-649-9600.

TUeSdAy, JUly 9 All about ALGO Clay - 6:30-8pm. Detoxify your body in just 21 days with ALGO Clay in different ways. Learn to make clay water, clay mask, clay body warp, clay baths, clay tooth-paste. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TROy. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 60. All About Detox Detox - 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Coordinator, will cover all the important reasons for detoxifi cation, methods available and the benefi ts. $25. The Downing Clinic, CLARkSTON CLARkSTON, 248-625-6677. See ad page 9.

World Drumming experience - 7-8:30pm. Tom Price leads you through an interactive session which includes a short meditation using Tibetan drums and singing bowls. Drums Provided. $20. Soul Space, 210 W. University Ste 6, ROCHeSTeR. Crystal Cockerham 855-200-7685. See ad page 5. See a Vitamix in Action! - 11am–6pm thru Mon 7/15. FIve day demo event. You have to see it to believe it—that's what many say about the versatility and power of a Vitamix machine! Visit us for a fi veday entertaining and educational demonstration! Whole Foods ROCHeSTeR HILLS. 248-3711400. Green Lecture Series - 7pm. FREE. Whole Foods ROCHeSTeR HILLS 248-371-1400.

FRIdAy, JUly 12 Breathwork with Paula Rowe - 6:30-8:30pm. Join in this transformational evening with Paula Rowe. Breathwork is a gentle, yet powerful technique that brings expanded mind-body-soul awareness. $20. Soul Space, 210 W. University Ste 6, ROCHeSTeR. Crystal Cockerham 855-2007685. See ad page 5. 11th Annual Michigan Lavender festival - 10am5pm. Thru Sun 7/14. Join Whole Foods at this three-day festival, which boasts over 100 artisans of unique, Made-in-Michigan classes, free classes, workshops, demonstrations and farm tours where you can pick fresh bundles of lavender! $5/adults; Children under 12 free. Includes all classes & demos. Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, ARMADA. Info: Whole Foods 248-371-1400. SUP Nature! - 7:30pm. Enjoy a relaxing paddle around the lake as you try to sneak up to and scope out wildlife during this program while discovering the history of the lake. Limited number of stand up paddle boards to rent out. Pre-register. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center near ROCHeSTeR/ WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP. 586-781-9113.

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Natural allergy elimination elimination - 7-8pm. Learn how the Jaffe-Mellor Technique (JMT) can eliminate reactions to food, environmental & animal allergies. Greatly effective for arthritis as well FREE. Cummings Chiropractic, 452 S Main, LAPeeR. 810-664-4185.

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how to juice them for your health, from Anca who healed hersef from cancer with green juices. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TROy. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 60. Cherry fest - 1-4pm. Stop by Whole Foods Market in Troy to celebrate LOCAL Cherry season. We’ll be celebrating with some LOCAL vendors, TONS of samples, cherry recipe inspiration, smiles and more. Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248-649-9600.

SUNdAy, JUly 14 Holistic Networking Party - 7-8pm. Looking for local Holistic/Natural Health businesses to come promote their business and what services you provide. Bring your business cards/samples! FREE. Goodalls Herbs, 26 mile/I-94, CHeSTeRfIeLD. Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 61.

FREE. Dr. Bence at Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, STeRLING HeIGHTS. Diane 586978-9900. See ad page 29.

WedNeSdAy, JUly 17 Summer Treats w/essential Oils - 6:30-8pm. Cooking with essential oils is yummy & healthy! Sample a homemade sugar scrub, taste lavenderlemonade & other snacks! Prior registration appreciated. $ $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University Ste 6, ROCHeSTeR. Crystal Cockerham 855-2007685. See ad page 5.

Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Road, TROy. Dawn Danhausen 248-649-9600. See ad page 60.

SATURdAy JUly 20 LOCAL Beer fest! - 1-4pm. July is Michigan BEER Month; stop by for some ICE cold varieties of craft brew produced right in our great state of Michigan, photo ID required to participate, please and thanks! Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248649-9600.

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Clean Water Mini-Camp - 10am-3pm. Have you ever wondered how clean our ponds and lakes are? Learn water quality testing and investigate our waters. Open to children entering grades 7–9. $25/child. Pre-register. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near WHITe LAke. 248-625-7280.

4H ecoChallenge Day Camp - Mon 7/15-Fri 7/19. This camp, run in partnership with the Oakland County 4H, will focus on air, land and water; campers will use ROV’s and high altitude balloons to discover more about our planet. Ages 13–17. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near WHITe LAke. Info: Jason Scott 248-858-0892.

The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

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Stress the 'Silent' killer - 6-6:30pm. Talk & Complimentary Dinner Recognize potential health problems, prevent cancer, heart disease. Gifts for attendees. Minimize STRESS! RVSP Call TODAY!

Wheatgrass Juice Tasting - 5:30-7:30pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with raw foods. FREE. Whole

Better Health Now and for the future - 6:308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN and FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will cover the elements and benefi ts of the program, which focuses on food, special testing and meeting your goals for a healthier life by using a personalized approach. Individual

Picnic by the Gazebo - 12:30-4:30pm. Bring your blankets, a picnic lunch or just a chair; the Shelby Music Society will provide the music. The Society will play a variety of musical arrangements. Donations accepted. Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in RAy TOWNSHIP. 586-749-5997. Hunger free Summer food fight for Gleaners - Thru August 2nd. Whole Foods Troy is collecting food on behalf of Gleaners Food Bank to help feed hungry children. Simply purchase canned goods or other non-perishable items and drop them off at our customer service desk. Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248-649-9600.

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WedNeSdAy, JUly 24 3 Day Juice Fast - 6-9pm. Attend this 3-day guided detox program that will help you heal, have more energy, lose weight and boost your immune system. $25. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TROy. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 60. The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

THURSdAy, JUly 25 Holistic Networking Party - 7-8pm. Looking for local Holistic/Natural Health businesses to come promote their business and what services you provide. Bring your business cards/samples! FREE. Education Station for Holistic Care, Main St/31 Mile, RICHMOND. Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. See ad page 61. Group Guided Meditation - 7-8:30pm. Release. Renew. Rejuvenate. Join Linda Pietrzak, B.A., M.A., Healing Touch Certifi ed- a different meditation each time & see what the buzz is about! $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University Ste 6, ROCHeSTeR. Crystal Cockerham 855-200-7685. See ad page 5.

Arthritis and Pain Relief-PeMf - 6-7pm. NewPulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) relieves arthritis and pain. Come see it in action and enjoy Fat-Burning Coffee and Tea while you learn FREE. ABC Wellness, 37300 Dequindre Ste 102, STeRLING HeIGHTS. Kia 855-669-9355. See ad page 60. Wheatgrass Tasting - 5:30-7pm. Talk to Anca of Whetgrass and Sprouts.Try her sweet wheatgrass juice and learn how she healed from cancer with green juices. FREE. Whole foods market, 2880 W Maple Rd, TROy. 248-469-9600. See ad page 60.

SATURdAy, JUly 27 Wheatgrass Tasting - 10am-1pm. Talk to anca iordachianu of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with green juices. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Waldon Blvd, ROCHeSTeR. 248-371-1400. See ad page 60. Troy Ice Cream Social - 2-5pm. Kick off summer in style--stop in for some all natural cool treats. We’ll have frosty fl oats, sorbet, dairy free options and more. Enjoy summer shopping with some allnatural sweet treats, PLUS customers who donate to our Hunger Free Summer Food Fight get 2 scoops of ice cream FREE. Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248-649-9600.

SUNdAy JUly 28 Give & Get fit 5&10k - Whole Foods Market in Troy is proud to support the 3rd Annual Give & Get Fit 5k & 10k, Bank of America Corporate Offi ces, Troy. This year’s event is bigger than ever starting with run, offering health and wellness screenings, Yoga, Pilates and more; look for our tent on-site for snacks and refreshments. All proceeds go to the Rhonda Walker Foundation. Whole Foods Market, TROy. 248-649-9600.

TUeSdAy, JUly 30 Juicing for Health with Anca - 6:30-8pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefi ts & taste the sweet wheatgrass and green juices that helped Anca heal from cancer at Hippocrates Health Institute. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. 248-735-8100. See ad page 60.

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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via our online submission form by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. No phone or fax submissions, please. Visit to submit online. meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300. Farmer's Market - 10am-2pm. Thru Oct. 13th. The Springfield Farmers Market’s mission is to provide a fun & friendly place for the community to celebrate the abundance of Michigan-grown produce. 12000 Davisburg Rd, Davisburg. Info: 248-249-1592.

Cafe Sunday - 11am-4pm. Sundays offering organic coffee and tea, with variety of gluten free organic vegan and raw treats to purchase to make your visit like a family visit. WiFi available. Bernie's Best, 3370 Highland Rd, Waterford. 248-738-3734. See ad page 4.

Michigan Microbrew Sunday’s! - 1-3pm in July. July is Michigan Beer Month. To celebrate our talented Brew Masters of MI, we’ll be sampling select varieties of MI Brews each Sunday throughout the month. Stop by our cheese island for a sample and raise a glass to Michigan Brews. Whole Foods Market, Troy. 248-649-9600.

Meditation & Study Group - 6-7pm. Learn how to start or keep your meditation practice, all levels welcome. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 62. Ashtanga Short Form - 7:30-8:30pm. Based on a set sequence of yoga poses developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 62.

Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6-7:15pm. A place to get comfortable with strong yoga practices, a good slow burn. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 62. Better You Fitness - 6:30-7:30pm. Also Wed & Fri same time. Janet Wassmann, ITA Certified Black Belt. 14 years' experience. 2 week trial, $18. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad inside back cover.

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Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350.

Guided Group Meditation - 7-8pm. Release, Renew, Rejuvenate with guided visualization. All are welcome. $10. Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, Rochester. 855-200-7685. See ad page 5. Gentle Flow Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Gentle movements, simple poses, breathing techniques and find inner peace. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 62.

ON TARGET Basic Yoga - 7:30-8:45pm. Basic Yoga with a different focus each week. Learn how yoga can help it all $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-5638615. See ad page 62.

Hypnotherapy with Frank Garfield, C.M.Ht. Also Thurs 9:30am-7pm by appt. Frank teaches and specializes in all aspects of hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy and hypnotherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Free Consultation. Warren. Call 586-751-7500. See ad page 35.

Monthly EFT Group - Second Tue 6-9pm. Oakland County. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214. See ad page 59. Tai Chi - 6:30-7:30pm. Eric Scott, 23 years' experience. 2 week trial, $16. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad inside back cover.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. Warren. 586-751-7500. See ad page 35.

La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion. Tawnya 586-604-4074.

Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays. FREE. St. JohnMac. Hosp. Med. Educ. Ctr, 12000 E. 12 Mile. Enter @ Main Hosp. entrance & turn L. Mtg in 1st bldg on L, Audit. A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634.

Meatless Mondays with Mood! - 4-6pm in July. Join our fabulous In-store “culinary creator” Mood for some creative meal ideas for the summer. Taste, learn, and enjoy NEW summer recipes each week that will satisfy your taste buds and appetite, without the cholesterol. Whole Foods Market, Troy. 248-649-9600.

Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 5:30pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving

Lyme Disease Support Group - 7pm. First Tuesday monthly (except Jan, July & Sept). Open to anyone in the Detroit metropolitan area who has, thinks they might have, or cares about someone who has Lyme Disease. Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. 248-354-4488.

Guided Group Meditation - 7-8:30pm. During June. Release, Renew, Rejuvenate with guided visualization. All welcome. $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, Rochester. Crystal 855-200-7685. See ad page 5. Macomb County Homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, Shelby Township. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836.

Farmers' Market/Crafts - 9am-3pm. 5/22 - 10/9 Local produce,baked goods,diabetic socks,Project Fresh & more. FREE. Durand Union Station,

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Special Needs Adaptive Yoga - 4:30 pm -5:30 pm. Ages 10 to 15 attends class with caregiver. Begins July 7 thru August. $8. The Yoga Loft & SHARP Fitness, 555 S. Saginaw St, Flint. Lois Schneider 810-232-2210. Yoga - 6-7:30pm. Instructor Chris Duncan, RYT. 6 years' experience. 2 week trial, $20. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad inside back cover. Tai Chi for Health - 6:15-7:30pm. Certified instructor with 10 years' experience. All fitness levels welcome. 8 weeks/$10 class. $8/class student/senior. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989720-HEAL. See ad page 57.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to the public, free of charge and are attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. Lapeer Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810732-8500.

Health Seminars - 7-8pm. Different topics each week, with Dr. Dennis Benn. Call for weekly topics. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 15. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30 pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, Lake Orion. Tawnya 584-604-4074.

Mommy & Me Yoga - 9:30-10:30am. Yoga for caregivers and littles, age 8 weeks-3 years, in a relaxed setting. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 62.

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Zumba Fitness - 12:15-1pm. Latin-inspired fitness class for weight loss and enhanced health. All fitness levels welcome. $8 drop in, $5 drop in for students/ seniors. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 57. Yin Yoga - 5:45-7pm. 1st & 3rd Fridays. Yin targets the connective tissues of the body to help relax and heal. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 62.

Restorative Yoga - 5:45-7pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. A gentle, meditative practice that uses props to fully support the body. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 62.

merce Twp. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663.

Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, Warren. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886.

Dharma Free for All - 7:30-9pm. An open floor discussion on Buddhist philosophy the 1st Friday of the month FREE. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-9495515. See ad page 62.

Hot Yoga - 7:30-8:30am. A fast paced flow in 95 degrees, prior experience advised & please hydrate. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 62.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 9-10:30am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. WATERFORD, at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Rd. Info. 866-914-3663.

Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, Warren. Register 586-751-7500. See ad page 35. Tai Chi/Qi Gung classes - 10am. This ancient art will help you improve balance, muscle tone, flexibility, posture, and balance. Great stress reliever! $8. Alternative Health and Rehab. Centre, G-2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Flint. Dawei 810-2355181. See ad page 15. Zumba - 12:15-1pm. Latin-inspired dance-fitness for weight loss and enhanced health. All levels welcome. $8 drop-in, $5 class cards, $4 student/ senior class cards. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 57. Wine Sampling Saturday’s! - 2-4pm in July. Break up the Saturday shopping routine and join us at our cheese island in our wine department for some FREE wine tastings. Each weekend we’ll feature NEW wines to sample with special pricing to tantalize your taste buds this summer without breaking the bank; try before you buy, take home and enjoy! Whole Foods Market, Troy. 248-649-9600.

Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 6-7pm. Connect with your breath and still your mind in this moving meditation. $12. Powerhouse Gym Yoga Studio, 400 East Brown Street, Birmingham. Jen Cooper 248-563-7300.

Colon Hydrotherapy - 6-7pm.Wth Dr. Dennis Benn. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810235-5181. See ad page 15.

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State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 27 years with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 35.

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Rid yourself of allergies! Focusing on ridding ourselves of food allergies; chronic illness, persistent viruses, parasites, fatigue and cancer. Successful for 30 years using herbology and kinesiology.

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Experience exceptional Chiropractic without any twisting, cracking or popping. Dr. Cramer is trained in the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). Tap into your healer within! P l e a s e v i s i t w w w. See ad

Progressive Chiropractic Dr. Mike Paonessa 716 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-544-4088

Dr. Mike, a husband and father of three, takes pride in offering family chiropractic care using techniques tailored to each i n d i v i d u a l ’s n e e d s . Progressive Chiropractic offers massage, Reflexology, supplements, pillows and supports.

wills family chiropractic Dr. Jason Wills • 248-922-9888 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. Visit their website at: See ad page 12.

coaching / Counseling Life Coaching Melissa Gray Life Coaching by Melissa 248-320-2912

Begin your journey to a better life today! Contact me to discover the benefits of working with a life coach. Your first session is free.

Craniosacral therapy guided touch • denae tait Lapeer • 810-614-7582

Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 25.

Dentistry David Ewing, DDS, LPC 5516 Torrey Rd, Flint 810-232-2515

General Dentistry, including root canals, dentures, extractions, bridges, composite (white) fillings, crowns, TMJ, N.E.T. for pain control, anxiety and more. Nutrition and ZOOM teeth whitening. See ad page 19.

David W. Regiani, DDS, PC Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934

Mercury and metal-free dental materials, non surgical perio treatment, Invisalign© Orthodontics, DDS weight-loss system, cosmetic dentistry and TMJ pain diagnosis & treatment. Over 25 years of providing dental services to the community. See ad page 17.

HPS Advanced Dental care, PC The Mental Fitness Center

850 W. University, Suite C, Rochester 248-601-3111 A natural approach to mental and physical health, offering counseling, behavior analysis, coaching, nutrition and physical fitness training, for individuals, couples, families and persons with special needs. See ad pg 35.

Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 •

Our Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice is committed to practicing dentistry with a biocompatible approach. We perform mercury free/ mercury safe dentistry in a friendly, caring atmosphere for the entire family. See ad page 23.

I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals. ~Henry David Thoreau

colon hydrotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Advanced I-ACT certified Colon Hydro therapist available 3 days/wk. Water based cleansing of large intestines and colon's impacted waste. See ad page 15.

Family is not an important thing, it’s everything. ~Michael J. Fox


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Dr. Christine Kaczmar 47729 van Dyke Ave. • Shelby Township 586-685-2222 Founder of "14-Point Digestion Discovery System" Solutions for Diarrhea, IBS, Constipation, Colitis, etc. When the source of stress is known, the treatment becomes obvious. Dr. Christine uses 100% natural digestive formulas to nourish your body back to health. See ads outside back cover & page 17.


Three integrated diploma programs: Naturopathy (ND), Massage Therapy/ Energy Medicine, Master Herbalist. Continuing education, student clinics. SCHEDUlE, tUitiON & CURRiCUlUM ON WEBSitE.


Gary Blaze • 248-250-1831 2820 W Maple, Suite 232, Troy Experience the healing benefits of a relaxing and rejuvenating Medical QiGong Healing treatment. Acupressure, Biomagnetic Therapy, Far Infrared TDP Lamp. Private classes available to learn QiGong and Medical Qigong Healing.

Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 • Discover the power of nature with Essential Oils that work with your body’s chemistry to create balance/wellness. PURE & POTENT oils are safe/effective – take charge of your own health! Contact us for a free samples! See ad page 50.


Irene Marz Independent Distributor 810-691-1317 • Curious why the Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 39.


Karen Malone, Independent Distributor 810-938-9099 • Curious why Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the Baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 39.




Annette R. Richards, LMSW, AAMET Level 3 Advanced Practitioner 248-334-9214 •

Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965

Life Coaching, Feng Shui and Space Purification services. Call today and make permanent positive changes in your home, business and life.


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OM Wellness Institute is a Nationally Accredited school launching a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program with emphasis in herbology, ayurveda or aromatherapy. The program is virtual and


Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers

Experienced EFT Practitioner offering regular EFT groups to borrow benefits and individual sessions, weekdays, evenings and weekends to learn EFT for personal use; affordable fees.

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Become an Independent Distributor! Discover Young Living Essential Oil's healing properties for enhancing health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. Free training. 810-252-9807. See ad page 39.


935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-667-2101 •

Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Adult enrichment classes in Yoga, Kick-fit and Women’s self-defense. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad inside back cover.


500 East Fourth Street, Royal Oak 248-547-7916 • Vegan and Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine in a clean, modern design with natural woods to create a soothing and comfortable dining retreat. Open Tuesday through Sunday. See ad page 16.

LuCKY’S NATuRAL FOODS, LLC Since 1974, 248-693-1209 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District

W h o l e F o o d Vi t a m i n s , Minerals, Herbs, Homeopathy. Supplement Savings Card, Organic Groceries, Wheat & Gluten-Free Products, Amish Poultry & Eggs, Fresh Amish Turkeys for the Holidays. Personalized service, knowledgable staff, special orders.


880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.

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Rebekah's health & Nutrition 700 S. Main St, Ste 113 • Lapeer 810-660-8585

Organic whole food supplements, nutritional superfoods, detoxification, weight management and the HCG protocol. Consultations available with our knowledgeable and experienced staff. See ad page 7.

Wheatgrass and Sprouts Anca & Gabriel • 248.822.9999 1925 West Maple Road, Troy

Learn about juicing's powerful health benefits and sample fresh delicious juices in Anca's classes. We also sell juicers, wheatgrass, sprouts and growing supplies and offer free home delivery.

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward

hypnotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Medical Hypnotherapist Jon Tomlinson, with 90% success rate. Helping with conditions: quit smoking, weight loss, golf and much more. See ad page 15.

Mid-Michigan Hypnosis Center Hypnosis Delivers • 810-423-6541 3280 N. Elms Rd., Flushing

HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals - Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, eliminate unhealthy fears, improve your golf game. Individual, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? NGH Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.

Phillip rosenbaum

Counselor, MA, Certified Hypnotherapist 26711 Woodward, Huntington Woods 248-688-6469 Specializing in counseling and/or hypnotherapy for anxiety, stress, self esteem, self-hypnosis and pain control. See ad page 35.


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healthy lifestyles HOLISTIC WELLBEING

Susan Miller, CBP, CNHP • 248-953-9402 Essential Oil Executive Consultant/Teacher FREE CLASSES (ask about samples) Help your Body heal Itself with Certified Health Professional - Holistic and ALL Natural Approaches to Heath for Chronic and Acute symptoms including: Digestive, Headaches, Sleep, Sleep, Pain, Attention, Concentration, Brain Fog, Food Issues. The list is practically endless. Certified in Biofeedback, Living Foods Chef and Teacher, EDS, Auricular Therapy, Reiki, Biofeedback, Aroma Touch. DETOXIFYING IONIC FOOTBATH SPECIALS.

Longevity Health Institute 1467 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights 248-548-3060 1555 E South Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-459-1139

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT - Hyperbaric O2.

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integrative medicine ABC Wellness • Diane Culik, MD 37300 Dequindre Suite 102 Sterling Heights • 855-NOW-WELL (855-669-9355)

Board Certified Holistic MD. Natural Thyroid/ Adrenal and Bio-Identical Hormones. NEW: Ozone injections/systemic therapy, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Therapy (see Dr. Oz), Foot Detox, Release of Trapped Emotions.

Budaj Chiropractic and Nutrition

5793 W. Maple, #147, West Bloomfield 248-626-0001 In practice since 1983. Multiple non-invasive techniques for effective treatment outcomes. Medical knowledge, combined with Chiropractic and nutritional expertise treats the source of the problem, whether chronic or for prevention. See ad page 21.

The Downing Clinic

Laura Kovalcik, DO, FACOI 5715 Bella Rose, Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Integrative Internal Medicine practice owned by Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician. Practice emphasizes natural treatments where possible and uses special testing to determine health and nutritional status. Support services onsite include:Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Rolfing® Structural Integration, Massage, Healing Touch, IV Therapy. Clinic specializes in primary care, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. See ad page 9.

Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Richmond • 586-727-7500

Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ads pages 27 & 36.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is—infinite. ~William Blake

massage therapy Alternative Health & Rehab Centre, PLLC 2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste F, Flint 810-235-5181 •

A diagnostic, treatment and research centre with a holistic, personal approach. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, sports rehab and exercise, massage, oxygen therapy, detox and more. See ad page 15.

Julie L. Ward CMT, LE, COE Exactly Esthetics & Massage 810-875-8416

ONCOLOGY CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST AND ONCOLOGY ESTHETICIAN. Advanced Practicioner, Therapuetic, Deep Tissue, Relaxation Massage, Body Treatments, Custom Facials, Waxing Expert, Eyelash Exstensions

Vickie Evans, CMT

The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Certified in Massage, Reiki and Healing and T h e r a p e u t i c To u c h . Certified in Bowen T h e r a p y. P r o v i d e s combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ad page 9.

Medical Intuition Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC

586-294-6540 33576 Harper Ave., Clinton Township

Safe, effective options utilizing medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body. Also herbal, homeopathic, JMT and vibropathic remedies. Physician testimonials available. See ad page 26.

Medical spa Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa 810-724-0480 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City

A healthy body from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormone replacement, weight loss, intravenous nutritional support, vaser and smart lipo, botox, nonsurgical facelift, vericose veins and other services. See ad page 18.

Leap, and the net will appear. ~John Burroughs

Mental Wellness A Perfect Balance

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Debbie Bollen • Jenny Harwood Farmington Hills • 248-254-7827 Holistic, non-invasive brain optimization technology, identifying where brainwave patterns are not functioning at optimal levels. Specializing in: anxiety, memory/focus problems, sleep issues, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury.

Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200,

The Wellness Counselors

Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

Laura J. Russell, LLPC, NCC 115 Walnut Suite #2 • Rochester 248-812-9048 • Successfully helping people who suffer from autoimmune diseases or pain to improve the quality of their lives. Treating: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression using EMDR, CBT and Relaxation.

Natural/Holistic Health goodall's herbs

Alice Goodall, RN, BSN V.P. MI Holistic Nursing Assoc 586-646-0066 Nutritional counseling/ herbal remendies based on the COMPASS® nutritional assessment. Identify deficiencies in your body in the comfort of your own home. Serving SE Michigan. Goodallsherbs@

Rochester Holistic Arts 118 Terry Ave., Rochester 248-895-5064

Holistic classes and services including: yoga, essential oils, massage, body wraps, energy work, hot stone massage, craniosacral, reflexology, ear candling, Thai massage, Ayurveda massage, body scrubs, oncology massage, and more.

We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 10.

Serving Oakland, Livingston & Genesee Lawn/tree care program that offers organic-based fertilizers, Free lawn analysis. Visit

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~Oscar Wilde

oxygen/hyperbarics Longevity Health Institute 1467 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights 248-548-3060 1555 E South Blvd, Rochester Hills 248-459-1139

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. HBOT (Hyperbaric O 2), We l l n e s s ; H o r m o n e Replacement Therapy, IV T h e r a p y : Vi t a m i n s , Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support.

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8293 Office Park Dr. • Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 •

Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ads pages 27 & 36.

nutritional counseling advanced nutritional solutions Lee Rossano, CNC Rochester Hills • 248-652-4160 whysuffer.NET

Lee brings 10 years of clinical experience, the most advanced assessment techniques, and a lifetime of intuitive healing with personalized health plans to help cease suffering. That means better sex, energy, and a greater sense of happiness! See ad page 25.

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raw food nourished body | satisfied soul Deb Klungle • 248-497-4189 Certified Raw Food Chef & Educator

Learn how simple, nutritious, & delicious raw foods can be! Services include customized private instruction & detox support.

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YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

First Week FREE! Call us or visit our website for details. See the calendar in this magazine for more classes.

586-949-5515 48774 Gratiot Ave. Chesterfield MI 48051 (just south of 22 Mile Road)


MILLS PHARMACY + APOTHECARY 1744 West Maple Road • Birmingham 248-644-5060

We combine the best health and well-being products with good old-fashioned personal service. A Stateof-the-art Compounding Lab, a collection of world’s best apothecary brands and Epicure, a gourmet market for your convenience. See ad page 31.

REIKI 20 W. Washington, Ste 10 • Clarkston 248-909-3700 •

Saturdays 9am-2pm

from May to October Vendor Spaces $20 Contact Justine 586-808-4471 - crafters & artisans

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Weight loss the right way. Find out how processed foods, eating good fats and proteins, learning the secrets and having the right coach on your side can help you lose weight. See ad pages 17 and back cover.

Your only local womanowned, compounding-only p h a r m a c y. C u s t o m medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Bio-identical HRT, pain management, veterinary, pharmaceutical grade supplements. Consultative services for hormones and nutritionals.


Locally grown, farm fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, breads & baked goods, honey, weekly cooking at Packard Proving Grounds demonstrations, crafters & 49965 Van Dyke Ave artisans, local Shelby Twp, MI 48317 businesses between 22 & 23 Mile Rds & more!

Dr. Christine M. Kaczmar • 586-685-2222 47729 van Dyke • Sterling Heights

1900 S. Telegraph Rd Ste 102 Bloomfield Hills • 248-758-9100


Do you or someone you love have cancer? Reiki can help reduce sideeffects of Chemo/ Radiation therapy. It also reduces stress and promotes healing. Pet Reiki available too.


Certified Acupuncture with 8 years experience, David Birmingham. Chronic pain relief from many everyday issues without drug therapy. See ad page 15.


Grand Blanc • 810-694-3576 Richmond • 586-727-7500

People under Dr. Strauchman's supervised HcG protocol are losing 20-30 pounds a month and keeping it off. Mention Natural Awakenings Directory and receive $50 off your HcG Program. See ads pages 27 & 36


Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP • 248-568-4212 39573 Mound Road, Sterling Heights National speaker, Physician and leading wellness professional specializes in optimum health, the prevention paradigm, maximizing wellness in the workplace. To schedule a Lu n c h /L e a r n L e c tu r e , Health Fair or Computerized Stress Analysis, contact PR Director Caroline or email: Bence@ See ad page 29.


2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and J i v a m u k t i Yo g a classes. Our space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to explore your practice. Teacher Training (RYT 200).


935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-667-2101 •

Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Adult enrichment classes in Yoga, Kick-fit and Women’s self-defense. Visit website for class schedule and offering.


8373 Old 13 Mile Rd • Warren 248-563-8615 Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga for every body, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.


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