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id you know that it takes 630 gallons of water to produce a typical hamburger? Or that producing a pair of jeans consumes a whopping 2,600 gallons (most of it to grow the cotton)? And our U.S. lifestyle takes an average of 2,000 gallons of water per day to 'stay afloat,' according to writer Christine MacDonald in this month's article Shop with the Planet in Mind. There are many other statistics she provides that we also found eye-opening and helped us understand more the impacts of our purchasing habits. This is just one of the articles this month that support October's core theme of living sustainably. It's an important topic and one that can be confusing, especially as it relates to deciding the changes we all can make to help fight climate change, pollution and the other related issues. It doesn't matter where you stand on the political aspect of this, everyone should be taking steps to live more responsibly and sustainably. We hope our content this month helps you become more informed and effective with your own efforts. We know that Natural Awakenings' readers care! One of our fellow publishers in Sarasota, FL also happens to be a chiropractor. This month, he helped us construct the content for our special 2013 Natural Awakenings Chiropractic Guide. In it, we provide a glossary of chiropractic terminology that we know will help guide our readers to understanding the many different approaches. In East Michigan, we have many chiropractors, but one thing we've come to realize is that very few of them are identical in what they offer, especially those that are integrated and 'holistic' in nature...and provide the type of care that Natural Awakenings readers desire. We know the 2013 Chiropractic Guide section will be a resource to which you can refer whenever you have a question about the different chiropractic modalities. Finally, we want to make sure you know about a new online classified advertising program that has just been launched. We're offering free listings to everyone for the next month or so, just to introduce the program to East Michigan. We're anticipating that it will provide a valuable tool for readers and those who have products, services and offerings that are tailored to classified listings. You can find more information by visiting Let us know how you like it! Until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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oul Space, located in downtown Rochester, is pleased to announce the integration of holistic chriopractor Dr. Lawrence Bell, D.C. Dr. Bell's healing work will compliment and enhance Soul Space's existing holistic therapies, allowing for deep healing at all levels. Dr. Bell practices a unique and progressive form of chiropractic, known as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). NSA is described as a safe, gentle and advanced form of Chiropractic with no “cracking,” sudden “popping,” or twisting of the spine. After years of personal and clinical experience, Dr. Bell develDr. Lawrence Bell oped Sameta, a healing application that allows the body to experience a sense of inner peace and deep well-being, increased energy and vitality; improved posture; reduction of tension, pain and physical stress; greater connection to body, breath, and senses; increased flexibility, range of motion, and ease of movement; emotional and mental clarity; increased focus, creativity, and efficiency; freedom from stress and more.


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he Awake and Empowered Expo, Thriving in an Era of Higher Consciousness, is taking place at Cobo Center in Detroit October 11th-13th. Experts from around the globe will present the latest advancements in holistic health, wellness, science and free energy technology. "The Awake and Empowered Expo is the first event of its kind," says Ethann Fox, founder of Flower of Life Center and visionary behind the expo. "This event brings research, technology and viable solutions into the hands of the public, allowing them to live healthier and happier." The schedule includes lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Attendees will enjoy interactive raw food and juicing demos, participate in the meditative and energy balancing practices of Tai Chi and Ki Qigong, and realign and strengthen the body through yoga and the vibration of planetary gongs. The expo also features exhibitors with products and services that support a holistic and healthy lifestyle.

ebekah’s Health and Nutrition Source in Lapeer is proud to announce the latest workshop in its continuing lecture series called Innovative Treatments for Chronic Pain. The event will be held on Saturday, October, 26th at the Lapeer Library. The event is free. "This breakthrough workshop will discuss many of the physiological mechanisms behind the development of chronic pain," explains Rebekah Niman of Rebekah's Health and Nutrition Source, "and Dr. Mark Morningstar summarize some of the newest, oldest and most effective natural treatments that eliminate chronic pain and help people break the cycle of continuous prescription pain killers and other potentially harmful drugs." Taught by Dr. Mark Morningstar, DC, PhD of the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, the workshop will detail some of the key ingredients necessary to defeating chronic pain. Highlights of the workshop include Autoimmune disorders and their contribution to chronic pain, Lyme disease and its impact on musculoskeletal pain, Fibromyalgia and its impact on joint pain and emotional health, Heavy metals and their inflammatory consequences, Neurotransmitter imbalances and their impact on psychosomatic health, Antioxidants and their necessity for tissue repair. Treatments and approaches discussed will include food-based anti-inflammatory, supplements, rapid intravenous (IV) and medication assisted mobilization (MAM)/Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) Posture/Ergonomic correction. Dr. Morningstar has been in practice for 11 years. He practices at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers in Grand Blanc. Dr. Morningstar's practice focuses on the integrative treatment of chronic pain an all of its sources using the latest in evidence-based procedures. "Chronic Pain is creating significant health and financial hardships on patients and their families," says Niman. "According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Pain, people are increasingly being managed for chronic pain to the tune of $635 billion per year in the United States. This is more than the amounts spent for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Many people in our own communities are affected by chronic pain, which seemingly has no end in sight." The Marguerite deAngeli Library is located in downtown Lapeer at 921 W. Nepessing St. For more information contact Rebekah Niman at 810-660-8585. Websites: and See ads pages 6, 23 & 31.


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healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine-related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient. includes a database of licensed chiropractors, searchable by zip code. For a list of local chiropractors, see our 2013 Chiropractic Guide on page 28.

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consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”

or years we have heard of the ever-growing connections between dentistry and medicine, with articles written in medical and dental journals as well as in scientific authorities such as Reader’s Digest or Ladies Home Journal. For decades dentists have looked at the increasing body of evidence that what we are doing in the mouth can affect the rest of the body. The mountain of evidence that supports the oral health-overall health connection has seen incredible growth and advancement over the past few years. There is no longer a question as to “if” the soft tissues in the mouth are connected to the rest of the body. For example, we can easily find evidence of gum disease-causing bacteria creating challenges in tissues throughout the body. However, the mouth-body connection is not limited to just infections in the soft tissues of the mouth. The impact of the mouth also extends to such monumental things as blood flow to the brain. Each year we learn more and more about how poor oral health is linked to problems elsewhere in the body. It has been linked to serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory diseases, and even increased risks of some cancers. Today, more than ever, it is vital to make regular trips to the dentist a part of your plan to achieve optimal health and wellness. “At our practice we don’t just look in your mouth, we look past your mouth to see the whole picture of you individually,” says Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS, a Fam-

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ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit

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xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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enowned “We’re not going to stop opted for the “bunny slope” approach, climate sciglobal warming; it’s too a leisurely descent entist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can from the ubiquitous use of climateuses simple lankeep it from getting as bad changing fossil guage and sports Unfortunately, analogies to help us as it could possibly get.” fuels. greenhouse gases understand climate would have had to change and the ~ Bill McKibben peak two years ago risks ahead. and now be in decline in order to take A distinguished professor emerithe easy way out. Instead, the amount of tus, researcher at California’s Scripps carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot Institution of Oceanography and past 400 parts per million last May, a author of The Forgiving Air, he likens level that most scientists agree the planet greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s rocked major league baseball in recent hasn’t experienced since long before the years. “Greenhouse gases are the stearrival of modern humans. roids of the climate system,” he says. “Science tells you, you can put this Although we can’t link them to any much carbon dioxide into the atmosingle weather event, we can see them sphere, but no more,” without changing in the statistics at the end of the seathe planet’s climate too dramatically, son, Somerville says. With the bases Somerville says. “Mother Nature tells loaded, “Look out, because Mother you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to Nature bats last.” solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 To explain how we could confront years. There’s been a general failure to the problem, he turns to another sport, connect the dots.” The bit of good news skiing. If we were serious about avoiding is that time has not yet completely run a worst-case scenario, we would have out. He and other pioneering thought 16

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Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on

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McKibben’s grassroots group,, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Bill McKibben Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Frances Beinecke Congress to enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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the climate conundrum, as well as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed Sandra Postel in her extensive related writings include the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply—and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See water/readiness by city and state.)

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The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C.

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impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while

“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prizewinning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high

on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say

its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices,

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Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and

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Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s

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egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception

that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of

The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/ non-fat food is a panacea for modern illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condi-

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Classified as a light force technique, which was designed by Dr. Arlan Fuhr. It employees a small hand held instrument which delivers a quick and precise adjustment to the spine to help reduce subluxations.


Acupressure is manual pressure applied to specific acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating neurological flow to various organs, glands or tissues, with the purpose of returning the body to a normal status.

National Chiropractic Health Month, celebrated in October, looks at the importance of joint health at all stages of life, and what people can do to keep their joints functioning properly. The annual celebration is an outreach program of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Adjustment

A specific directional thrust maneuver

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or application of forces applied to a subluxated vertebra that moves the vertebra to reduce and/or correct the vertebral misalignment, thus improving the neurological part of the vertebral problem along with helping affected tissues and body functions.


Acupuncture is the art and science of using needles, and electrical/or manual stimulation of reflex centers throughout the body to create change within organs, glands, and tissues with intent to return the body to normal function.

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ments are directed at specific regions of the vertebral spine. The purpose of the Chiropractic adjustment is to correct vertebral subluxations, which can cause issues with the biomechanical and physiological structures of the spine.

Therapeutic measure used in medicine to generate heat in the body tissues. Electrodes and other instruments are used to transmit electric current to surface structures, thereby increasing the local blood circulation and facilitating and accelerating the process of absorption and repair. The heat works like fever to increase the blood flow to the areas that need more blood to bring in white blood cells and red blood cells and antibodies to reduce infection and cause increased healing in a much shorter period of time. It is used a lot for sinus infections, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Chiropractic Analysis

A chiropractic analysis is performed on a routine basis to determine the patient’s need for spinal adjustments. A chiropractic analysis may include (but certainly is not limited to) two or more of the following procedures: instrumentation (skin temperature differential analysis), chiropractic x-ray analysis, spinal static and motion palpation, postural analysis, leg-length comparison tests, muscle strength measures, and other chiropractic analysis procedures.


Chiropractic Assessment

The process of combining the clinical analysis to determine the best mode to address and monitor the correction of vertebral subluxation and other malpositioned articulations and structures.

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Chiropractor aka Doctor of Chiropractic aka D.C., aka DC

This term refers to the behaviors, methods, procedures, etc., that chiropractic practitioners employ in the case-management of patients. Necessary in the professional judgment of the attending doctor of chiropractic to determine the need for care and, in particular, to detect the presence, location and nature of chiropractic lesions (subluxation and attendant biomechanical, biochemical, structural and neurophysiological problems, etc.) and prepare and administer an appropri-

Reduce or correct vertebral subluxations and other body alignment issues in a safe and effective manner.

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The body’s response to injury is to form new bone. Calcium deposits eventually can build up around a vertebrae and become an ongoing case of subluxation degeneration.


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Taught at most major chiropractic colleges. It is primarily the use of the practitioner’s hands to make the spinal correction. Many times an audible snap or pop will be heard as the correction is made.

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Electrotherapy pertains to the use of electrical stimulation of the body. It may be used to control pain, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, reduce muscle spasm, relax or stimulate the nervous system or aid in the healing process.


Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and extensively trained to diagnose and

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treat people of all ages. Seniors may be treated with a light, medium or firm adjustment depending on their age, degree of degeneration etc. There are doctors of chiropractic specializing in the treatment of elderly patients.

Gonstead Dr. Clarence Gonstead developed Gonstead technique. It adopts the use of the doctor’s hands to make corrections of the spine. The doctor may use the side posture position (lumbar roll) to adjust the lumbar spine, knee chest table to correct thoracic (mid shoulder) problems and the cervical chair to correct cervical (neck) problems while the patient remains seated. This technique is also taught in most chiropractic colleges.


Holistic health care is the art and science of regaining health by treating man as a functioning whole. Health is attained by creating a natural balance of environment, diet, water, rest, exercise, emotional well-being and proper neurological balance.


Independent Chiropractic or Medical Examination is an examination which is usually conducted at the request of an insurance company that wants an independent examination by a doctor other than the treating doctor for the determination of maximum medical improvement or degree of impairment.

Interferential Electro-Therapy

It is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing. It works by tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the vicinity of the injury. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, a low-frequency stimulation is created. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural painkillers to help relieve pain.

Intersegmental Traction

It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints, increasing mobility. It works by the patient lying face up on a bench table, which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers can slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.

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The art and science of testing the strength of certain muscles to determine areas of vertebral subluxations, neurological deficits, and certain types of nutritional deficiencies. Also known as Applied Kinesiology (AK). a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.


A non-specific manual procedure that involves a directed thrust to move a joint past its physiological range of motion.


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Nutrition is the art and science of correcting dietary deficiencies, which can result in abnormal tissue function and certain disease processes. Some doctors prescribe specific vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, herbs, etc., for various health problems with emphasis placed on changing overall dietary habits.


Orthopedics pertains to the correction and prevention of skeletal and joint disjunction. There are chiropractors that take additional post-graduate classes in orthopedics and specialize in more in-depth injuries sustained to the spine or extremity joints.

Orthotics help with pain reduction, and provided increased motion.


The integration of chiropractic techniques, which utilized light touch or taps to relieve spinal tension to clear the body of nervous interference. Major differences in approach is the sequence or timing of adjustments which are determined by objective changes in body parameters, such as leg length, etc. Network Chiropractic releases spinal imprints or facilitation caused by physical, emotional or chemical stress, and promotes overall wellness.


Developed by Dr. Nimmo, uses thumb, elbow or a “Nimmo Tee” to apply pressure to trigger points to reduce pain and edema associated with the subluxation complex.

Non Force

Non Force refers to a light chiropractic adjusting force which is administered to correct a spinal subluxation. Example:

Orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. Orthotic is placed in the patient’s shoe and helps keep the foot in proper alignment. Almost anyone can achieve some benefit from an orthotic. Your feet should not hurt. Pain is the body’s way of warning you something is wrong. If you ignore your pain, the condition causing it could become worse.


Palmer College was the first college of chiropractic in the world. The Palmer Method places a strong emphasis on correcting the spinal subluxation and establishing a normal neurological balance to all tissues of the body. All additional therapies such as physical therapy, nutrition, etc., would be considered secondary after the correction of spinal subluxation.


Pediatrics pertains to the use of chiropractic care for young children. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and extensively trained to diagnose and

treat people of all ages, using a gentler type of treatment for children. There are doctors of chiropractic who specialize in pediatrics.


This technique was originated by a Dr. Pettibon who used his background in engineering to develop a specific chiropractic technique to make corrections of the spinal subluxation. This technique uses a complex formula to ascertain various misalignment angles and uses specific manual and instrument adjustments to correct such misalignments.

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Radiology is the use of x-rays to determine pathology (cancer, tumors, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis etc.) fractures, short leg deficiencies and spinal subluxations (misalignment).


Dr. De Jarnette of Nebraska City, Nebraska, developed Sacral Occipital Technique. He divides low back conditions into three categories and incorporates wedge shaped blocks in conjunction with a pumping motion to make sacral corrections. He also uses a “stair walking” movement to make cervical corrections. His primary intent is to restore normal cerebral corrections. His primary intent is to restore normal cerebral spinal fluid flow as well as improve normal spinal integrity.

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make all corrections.

Many doctors of chiropractic specialize in injuries that occur during sports activities: (concussion, sprain/strains of the ankle, knee, wrist etc.)


A displacement of the spine that causes interference to the nervous system. Since your spine affects the nerves in all parts of your body, problems in your spine may cause many types of health problems.


Trigger points are acupuncture points which become inflamed with vertebral subluxations and can be treated mechanically by hand, needle, or electrically such as electrical muscle stimulation for the purpose of pain relief.



Subjective evidence of a patient’s condition, such evidence as perceived by the patient.

Sonography, in medicine, technique that uses sound waves to study and treat hard-to-reach body areas. In scanning with ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are transmitted to the area of interest and the returning echoes recorded.



Thermograhpy is the use of instrumentation to measure the temperature of various areas of the body to determine if there are any abnormal changes in the body which would alter the flow of neurological, lymphatic, or blood to outer tissues (skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments, etc.) Most chiropractors will use thermography to determine if there is a neurological deficit (subluxation) within the spine that would cause vasodialation of the outer dermatones (skin) of the body. Monitoring of thermography could be used to determine how well the patient is responding to care, or the degree of permanent injury sustained.


Dr. Thompson developed a mechanical drop mechanism for the adjusting table, which reduces spinal adjusting force and reduces patient sensitivity and pain during the spinal adjustment. He has developed a specific technique to be used in conjunction with his Thompson table. It may be considered a non-force technique by some doctors.


Dr. Toftness has developed a technique which uses a unique tube shaped instrument with a series of lenses that help detect the area of subluxation and neurological disturbances. This instrument is said to detect minute radiation and electromagnetic disturbances that exist with spinal subluxations. He uses a very light non-force adjustment in conjunction with this instrument to

Any of the thirty-three bones of the spinal column comprising the seven cervial, twelve thoracic, five lumbar, five sacral and three to five coccygeal vertebrae.

Webster Technique

A specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment used to correct subluxations in the pregnant mother’s sacrum and pelvis. This balances the mother’s pelvic muscles and ligaments, providing the physiological environment necessary for optimal baby positioning. This specialized technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

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sk American adults if they’re anxious about time and they’ll likely say yes. Our society even deems it expected, acceptable and normal to experience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s helpful to explore what is at the root of our problems with time and why we believe we benefit from worrying and complaining about it. Both are good first steps to releasing ourselves from the drama of getting caught up in and blaming time as a convenient catchall. Which of the following rationales apply to us personally? “If I can complain about being busy, I don’t have to examine other areas in my life.” “My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that I’m successful.” “Worrying about time gives me something to talk about.” “I don’t plan things I might enjoy because it can be too demanding or even scary—it just feels easier and safer to be bored.” “Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.” Once we identify the perceived payoffs from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Awareness allows us to make a different choice and to partner with

time, instead of working against it. Einstein proved that time is subjective, illustrated every time we compare an hour in a dentist’s chair to an hour in the company of a loved one. Time behaves and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day.

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or more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect. Alyssa Machle, a landscape architect in San Francisco, imagined that walking The Way would be a quietly contemplative and solitary experience. Instead, she spent weeks bonding with fellow trekkers: an Ohio schoolteacher trying to decide whether to become a Catholic nun, and a German woman in her 30s unsettled by falling in love with her life partner’s best friend, a war veteran in his 70s. “Inevitably, each person had some internal battle that he or she hoped to resolve,” Machle found. “My own ideological shift was about setting aside

preconceived ideas about how I would experience the path, and focusing my energy on the community that I suddenly was part of.” The diverse goals of the people Machle met on The Way speaks to the power of adventurous treks. From the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the desert for 40 years to young Fellowship of the Ring members hiking across Middle Earth, we like the idea of walking long distances as a way to get in touch with ourselves—and often with something larger. In America, there are as many trails to hike as there are reasons to do it. For Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 bestselling memoir, Wild, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 allowed her innate courage to blossom. A rank novice, she took to the trails solo, grieving the early death of her mother, and discovered a new kind of self-reliance. “Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it

“If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” ~ Activist David Rogner away,” Strayed relates. “I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. It wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.” Other people on such journeys are inspired by their love for the environment, like Zen Buddhist priest and retired psychotherapist Shodo Spring, leader of this year’s Compassionate Earth Walk, a July-through-October protest of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. It has engaged a “moving community” of shared prayers, meditation and yoga along the path of the pending Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. Spring emphasizes that the walk is intended to connect participants to the land and the people that live on it. “We’re going to small towns,” she says, “where many residents make their livelihoods from oil. There’s a deep division between such people and our group. But when we listen to each other, that division gets healed.” Activist David Rogner says that longdistance walks don’t just raise awareness of political and social issues—they also give people hope. He spent 25 months uor Full Line of Liq at our now available ship Clinton Town Location!

TIPS FOR A LONG TREK by sarah todd Pack light. In long-distance hiking, every ounce counts. Try to make sure everything in the backpack has at least two uses: socks that double as mittens or a fleece that transforms into a pillow. Get in shape. Walk two hours a day in preceding months to help train for lengthy days on foot. Do a few test walks loaded with gear to see what it’s like to carry that amount of weight before hitting the trail. Prepare for foot care. Expert trekkers smear jelly-like products like Waxelene on their feet before putting on their socks to help prevent blisters. It also soothes chafing and offers foot relief at the end of a long day’s hike. Plan meals beforehand. Measure out all the ingredients for a healthy menu plan and put them in lightweight bags to allow the exact right amount of food needed—no more, no less—for the long haul between provisioning stations (local accessible towns and holding spots for preshipped boxes).

walking across the United States in the first coast-to-coast roadside litter program, Pick Up America. “As we walked and picked up trash, we inspired people to believe there could be change,” he says. His trek gave him hope for his own future, too. He now believes, “If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” Whatever the purpose, there are many scenic long-distance walking trails to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California to the uppermost reaches of Washington State, offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada

and Cascade mountain ranges. The Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine, provides 250 shelters and campsites. In Wisconsin, the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail offers awe-inspiring views of glacial landscapes. Starting in North Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea trail extends from the Great Smoky Mountains to the crystal-blue waters of the Outer Banks. In Missouri, the Ozark Trail sweeps through mountains, lush valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Plus, overseas trails await, as well. Sarah Todd is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at Sarah

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The Power of One Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, ‘What’s Your Tree?’ by Judith Fertig


or 738 days, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree called Luna to increase awareness of threats to our ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for California’s redwoods, together with related ecological and social justice issues. When she claimed victory for Luna on December 18, 1999, she was recognized worldwide as both a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Today, Butterfly Hill’s commitment to such causes continues to inspire people worldwide. She has helped found and launch a host of nonprofit organizations and currently serves as ambassador for the Pollination Project, which awards $1,000 a day to individuals making a positive difference. The impassioned activist is the inspiration for the What’s Your Tree initiative and also leads workshops at eco-villages such as Findhorn, in Scotland, and Damanhur, in Italy. She lives in Belize, where she describes her life as, “Before tree, during tree and after tree.”

What prompted your life shift from being the daughter of a traveling preacher to an environmental activist? Before Tree, when I was 22, I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and spent 10 months recovering. As I got better physically, I realized that my 38 East Michigan edition

whole life had been out of balance. I had been working nonstop since graduating from high school—obsessed by my career, worldly success and material things. This pivotal experience woke me to the importance of the moment and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on the future.

How did you come to climb up a 1,000-plus-year-old redwood tree and stay there for two years? After I recovered from the accident, I went on a road trip to California. There, I volunteered at a reggae festival. That year, the event was dedicated to the protection of ancient forests. I listened and learned from the speakers and activists passionate about educating people on the destructive logging practices of the Maxxam-controlled Pacific Lumber Company. Returning to my place in Arkansas, I sold everything I owned and returned to California to see how I could help. Earth First! was doing tree-sits to call attention to the urgent need to protect ancient trees, and they needed someone to stay in a redwood tree so the loggers couldn’t cut it down; because nobody else volunteered, they had to pick me. On December 10, 1997, I put on the harness and ascended Luna, 180 feet up. What I thought would be three or four weeks in the tree turned into

two years and eight days. I returned to the ground only after the company agreed to protect Luna and the surrounding grove.

What are some of the legacies of your incredible feat? The Luna experience brought international attention to the plight of the last dwindling stands of ancient redwoods. After Tree, I was asked to speak about the issue all over the world. My bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, has been translated into 11 languages. A follow-up environmental handbook is titled One Makes the Difference. It all inspires concerned citizens to take action in their own communities.

Now, as a yoga enthusiast, vegan, peacemaker and antidisposable activist, how do you stay true to yourself and model the changes you champion? I am committed to living with as much integrity, joy and love as I can. If we want to see something in the world, then we have to live it. Like I learn in yoga, I aim to stretch into my life and breathe and see what opens up, trusting that clarity and growth will emerge in the process. On a personal ecology level, I love swimming in the sea and the sound of the waves rolling over the reef. I love being at home, mixing fresh masa to make tamales and listening to the birds singing as they sway from the palm branches and bougainvillea. These are the moments that make my soul sing.

How has believing in one person’s power to change the world led you to ask, “What’s Your Tree?” Service is core to my being. It gives purpose and joy to my life. The What’s Your Tree project helps people connect with a place of deep purpose that helps guide their lives, choices and actions. Learn more at and Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.


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Avoiding Illness Keep Your Pet Healthy by Watching for These Lurking Causes of Sickness by Dr. John M. simon


hether we are talking about you or your pet there are some very basic predisposing causes of disease that you should know about in order to help avoid illness. To list them briefly the causes are nutritional inadequacies, toxins, lifestyle/stress and genetic/immune system defects. Nutritional Inadequacies Consider the source of dietary inadequacies. Poor farming practices deplete soil of the essential minerals necessary to live healthy lives. Consequently, even when we provide our pets what appear to be a balanced diet, some important ingredients are often missing. In addition, most commercial dog and cat pet foods are what I term “grain-based." They are inappropriate for carnivores and difficult for them to digest. Feeding grained-based diets will result in a “leaky gut� that, over time, results in such chronic diseases as arthritis, allergy, auto immune disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Furthermore, the processing of commercial pet diets tends to destroy many of the nutrients originally present and eventually leads to a nutritional deficiency unless supplements are provided. Toxins 40 East Michigan edition

Our food supply, whether plant or animal, has become polluted by food production practices that add toxins to both our pet's and our own already nutrient-deficient food supply. This is in the form of plant insecticides and fungicides, hormones, antibiotics and parasites that are fed to our food animals. Manufacturers then add other potentially dangerous chemicals to our food in the form of coloring dyes, chemical flavorings and preservatives. Also, commercial pet diets that sit too long in the warehouse develop toxins in the form of "rancid fat." Water pollution is another source of toxins that result from industry contamination and attempts at water purification. The air our pets breath and the soil our pets walk on are sources of additional toxins. Airborne toxins can be a result of car and industry exhaust, cigarette smoke, out-gassing from new carpeting or photocopiers. Plant, grass, weed, tree pollens, and biting insects can also be classified as toxins and the pet's yard may become another source of toxins if lawn chemicals are used. Worm eggs, fleas, ticks and dangerous bacteria are somewhat different types of toxins that can be found in the yard or dog parks. Finally, we should not forget about

household toxins such as those found in the trash can, garage floor, under the sink or in the basement. Even drugs and vaccines may be considered a source of toxins if the pet is over immunized or develops a reaction to a medication. Lifestyle/Stress Psychological and physical stress can be looked at as a different form of toxin. Excessive stress suppresses the immune system and exhaust the adrenal glands. Psychological stress can result from abuse and punishment, lack of human companionship and lack of training resulting in an adversarial relationship with the owner. Stress also results from loud noises such as fireworks, lack of sunlight, lack of shade and ventilation, with heat stress as a possible outcome and lack of warm housing during the winter. Asking a pet to hold its urine for an excessive time is very stressful. It may surprise you that not providing your pet an opportunity for exercise is also a form of stress. Genetic/Immune System Defects The final cause of disease is a genetic defect which can show up as physical birth defects, congenital organ disease, allergies, immune deficiencies and autoimmune disease to name just a few. The health of our genes and immune system determines how successful our pets will be at dealing with nutritional and environmental toxins. So, in pets, as with humans, knowing what to watch for and avoid can be the best first step to staying healthy. 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 website at See ad page 39.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Birding with ruth - 9am. Join an interpreter on the trail with volunteer expert birder, Ruth Glass for a hike in search of wildlife action, perhaps to some lesser known parts of the park. $2/person. Preregistration required. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center near rOcHESTEr/ WaSHinGTOn TOWnSHip. 586-781-9113.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 family lab day – 1pm. Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Participants will become Herpetologists as they take a closer look at our favorite scaly and slippery friends. $3/person. Preregistration required. For ages 5 years and older. Environmental Discovery Center, near WHiTE lakE. Info: 248-625-7280.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Veterinary rehabilitation Therapy and physical Medicine for pets - 6:30-8pm. Physical therapy for animals? Why not! Structured rehabilitation programs improve recovery from surgery, ease the pain of arthritis, help lessen neurologic problems and improve quality of life. Learn how this exciting field in veterinary medicine can help your furry family members! FREE. Presentation by Dr. Tari Kern. Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets, 1894 Star Batt Drive, rOcHESTEr HillS. Contact 248-564-0309. See ad page 41.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 feng Shui for people & pets - 6-7pm. Learn: 1. What Feng Shui is, 2. Which objects help better the flow of energy 3. Practical tips for improving your home. $20. The Pet Beastro, 27637 John R Rd, MadiSOn HEiGHTS. Jill or Erica 248-548-3448.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 One-day Training class - 10-11am. This group class will offer each individual owner a chance to address specific issues. This includes but is not limited to excessive barking, jumping up on you or your guests, biting, and general poor behavior. Register early. Minimum number required. Please bring training treats to all classes and have a training collar. Springfield Twp residents: $20/non $25. Mill Pond Park, daViSBurG. Info/reg: 248-846-6558.

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Best Buddy dog rescue - 12-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, WHiTE lakE. 248-360-1400. 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.

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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. Essential Oils & pet care - 6-8pm. Preventative Health & Addressing Illness Alternative to meds & antibiotics $5. lakE OriOn. Diana Wanamaker 248-882-7484.

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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.

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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 2nd Saturdays (and 5th Saturday, if applicable). PetSmart uTica, 45050 Northpointe Blvd. 586323-7030. 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. 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. 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 39. 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 animal rescue - 3-7pm. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Pet Supplies Plus, 42241 Garfield, clinTOn TWp. 586-228-0090.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 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. Whole Foods, rOcHESTEr HillS. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Wheatgrass Tasting - 5:30-7:30pm. Talk with Anca of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with green juices and living foods. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 W Maple Rd, TrOY. 242-469-9600. See ad page 52. raw food Basics: Equipment - 7-8pm. Learn about equipment to make raw food prep quick/easy. Deb Klungle will explain which tools & brands of appliances are worth spending your money on. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, rOcHESTEr HillS. Customer Service 248371-1400. See ad page 54.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Gentle kundalini Yoga - 8-10pm. A gentle intro to Kundalini yoga suitable for all levels with soothing ancient sound vibration. Stretch, move and resonate as you heal yourself. $20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHESTErfiEld. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Wheatgrass Tasting - 10am-1pm. Talk with Anca of Wheatgrass and Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with green juices and living foods FREE . Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, rOcHESTEr. 248-371-1400. See ad page 52. Oktoberfest in Store - 1-4pm. Join Whole Foods for a sampling of Bavarian style brats made fresh right in our store with all of the fabulous trimmings,

including the BEER! FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple, TrOY. 248-649-9600. Get Out and play - Get outdoors for fall family fun! Enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, music and even healthy snacks. This event is co-sponsored with Healthy Kids and the Healthy Futures Coalition for Macomb County. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center, near MT. clEMEnS. 586-463-4332. awakening to love - 5:30–8:00pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. Verbal sharing and exercises designed to open your heart. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, SOuTHfiEld. Info: 734-523-8566.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 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. Meditation Series - 7-8:30pm. Meet your guardian angel, ask for guidance & interpret what is received. Phenomenal 4 week series. An experience you won't want to miss. $25/week. Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, rOcHESTEr. Soul Space 855-200-7685. See ad page 19.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 all about detox - 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Coordinator, will cover all the important reasons for detoxification, methods available and the benefits. $25. The Downing Clinic, clarkSTOn. 248-625-6677. See ad page 9.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Juicing & Sprouting for Health - 10am-12:30pm. Learn how to grow your own wheatgrass and sprouts and how to juice them, in this demo led by grower

Anca who healed herself of cancer with these green juices. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TrOY. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 52. RARA Trick or Treat Trail - 4-6pm. Bloomer Park. Hayride, bonfire, donuts, music and visit with the Rochester Hills Fire Dept. $8/person. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd rOcHESTEr HillS. arm Balancing level 1 - 1-2:30pm. Introductory arm balances will give a good foundation to lead up to arm balances Level 2. Warm up with Sun Salutations, core & hip openers. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHESTErfiEld. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. fall festival - noon-4pm. Also Sun. 10/6. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of activities for the whole family. Tour the farm and view traditional demonstrations, visit with food and craft vendors. Take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch to select the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Pumpkins priced according to size. Most activities are free. Kensington Metropark Farm Center, near MilfOrd/BriGHTOn. 810227-8910.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 Wellness Screening/checkups - 8am. Thru Sat. Oct. 12th. Join us for fun, food, drawings and prizes with Tigger. FREE wellness screening/ check-up/unique nutritional testing with cutting edge technology to find hidden health problems to prevent your next heart attack or bout with cancer. Free color ID cards on Monday. Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center, 39573 Mound Rd, STErlinG HEiGHTS. 586-978-9900. See ad page 29.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 all about alGO clay - 6:30-8pm. Learn about Clay’s amazing healing properties and how to use it in drinks, masks, baths and body wraps to detoxify your body in just 21 days. $ 10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TrOY. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 52.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 Overcoming fear of childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing mom Janice Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as she explores how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations while birthing. With fear and stress absent from the birth experience it can become a beautiful bonding experience. FREE. Whole Foods rOcHESTEr HillS. 248-371-1400.

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Workshop: Women’s Health - 5pm. Purpose of the workshop is to educate the audience about most common health issues in female population, including hormonal imbalances and postmenoposal health problems and alternative ways how to help and prevent those diseases. Dr. Budaj will include a nutritional aspect in health prevention. Seating limited. FREE. Place YMCA, farMinGTOn HillS. Info/reg: 248-626-0001.

partner Yoga - 7:30-9pm. You will assist one another in going deeper into the poses, guide each other and just have fun. We welcome partners of all ages, sizes & experience. $15. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHESTErfiEld. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 World drumming Event - 7-8:30pm. Tom Price leads you through an interactive session which includes a short meditation using Tibetan Drum & Singing Bowls. $ 20. Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, rOcHESTEr. 855-200-7685. See ad page 19.




Zonta's Of lapeer fantasy forest/ Halloween Walk - 11am-4pm. Each station decorates with a theme and provides an activity and a treat for the kids. Every child receives a treat bag that comes with an advertiser and activity booklet. Geared for ages 10 and under. Tickets: $3.50 gate. Rowden Park, lapEEr.

Headaches – 6-7:30pm. Talk & Complimentary Dinner. Dr. Bence is known as a headache specialist. We have the solution to 90% of all headaches! We will decode your headaches, classify them, and show home remedies you can implement right away! FREE. Dr. Bence at Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, STErlinG HEiGHTS. RSVP Diane 586-978-9900. See ad page 29.

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What is Energy Healing - 7-8:30pm. Join Anita Govender, Energy Healer, as she tours you through the concept of energy healing and how you can benefit from it. FREE . Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, rOcHESTEr. 855-2007685. See ad page 19. 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, TrOY. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Workshop: fibromyalgia and chronic fatique - 5pm.Dr. Budaj who is an exprert in treating these conditions will discuss health options how to conquer them. Dr. Budaj will discuss what nutritional, homeopathic and whole food supplements would be beneficial in treatment. He will also present more multidisciplinary approach to help with healing. FREE. Seating limited. YMCA, farMinGTOn HillS. Info/reg: 248-626-0001. 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! Whole Foods Market, rOcHESTEr HillS. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 Better Health now and for the future - 6:308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN and FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will cover the elements and benefits of the program, which focuses on food, special testing and meeting your goals for a healthier life by using a personalized approach. Individual sessions and group meetings. $5 advance/$8 door. Call to register, The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste 100 clarkSTOn. 248-625-6677. 9 See ad page 9. Story Telling - 6:30-9pm. Meet heart-centered people, listen to & share your own-stories of healing, eat amazing food, gain fresh perspectives on the healing 'journey.' FREE. Soul Space, 210

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 cranial Sacral Therapy class - 7-9pm. Come learn how to get rid of some stress. With some simple tips and CranioSacral Therapy, your body can kick in its natural self-healing mode. $20. SCS Adult Ed Center, 23055 Masonic, ST clair SHOrES. 586-285-8880.


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introduction to Sanskirt - 1-3pm. Recognize & pronounce the Sanskrit alphabet, learn to chant traditional mantras for universal healing & peace of mind with Alan Harris of Hamsa Yoga. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHESTErfiEld. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

laughing Yoga - 7:30-9pm. Laugh your "asasna" off as you relieve stress. A light yoga flow, breath work, and lots of fun, but the main event is laughing, all levels welcomed. $20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHESTErfiEld. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


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W. University Dr. Ste 6, rOcHESTEr. 855-2007685. See ad page 19. Wheatgrass Tasting - 5:30-7:30pm. Talk with Anca Iordachianu of Wheatgrass & Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with green juices. FREE . Whole Foods Market, 2880 W Maple Rd, TrOY. Info: Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 52. raw food Basics: Milks - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle fo Nourished Body for this series specifically designed for raw food newbies. Learn to make milks from nuts, seeds & coconut. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, rOcHESTEr HillS. Customer Service 248-371-1400. See ad page 54.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Family Nature Club: Halloween and Campfire - 7:30pm. Gather ‘round the campfire for some spooky stories and yummy treats. This program will go on rain or shine - we’ll move inside to the fireplace if it rains! $5/person. Preregister only. For ages 6+. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center near MT. clEMEnS. Info: 586-463-4332.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Green Juice Wheatgrass Tasting - 10am-1pm. Talk with Anca of Wheatgrass & Sprouts. Try her sweet wheatgrass juice & learn how she healed herself from cancer with green juices. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, rOcHESTEr. Info: Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 52. food addicts(fa) info. Meeting - 9-10:30am. Information meeting for Food Addicts in Recovery a FREE 12 step program for anyone suffering from

food obsession, overeating, undereating, or bulimia. FREE . Central Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Rd, WaTErfOrd. Aieda 248-277-0628. awakening to love - 7-9:30pm. Discover how your beliefs about love, intimacy and sexuality affect your relationships, sexual satisfaction, marriage, body image and ability to find love. Connect with others through verbal sharing and exercises. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, SOuTHfiEld. 734-523-8566.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 Herbal Medicine - 7-9pm. Herbs are a gift to us by nature. This class will focus on the use of herbs & healing. We will be demonstrating the use of Compass Biofeedback tool. $20. SCS Adult Ed Center, 23055 Masonic, ST clair SHOrES. 586-285-8880.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 candlelight yoga with Girish - 7:30-9pm. Join us for a candelight yoga class led by Abby with live music with Girish. Tickets $20. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BErklEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-797-0466. See ad page 54.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 How to Stay Healthy during the Holidays - 6-7:30 pm. Talk & Complimentary Dinner. Reducing your most harmful stresses, naturally increase your energy, learn how to obtain true health and wellness for life, & learn how to recognize potential health problems people have before symptoms appear! RVSP Call TODAY! FREE. Dr. Bence at Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, STErlinG HEiGHTS. Diane 586-978-9900. See ad page 29.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Healthy living to 100 - 6-7:30pm. Talk & Complimentary Dinner. Learn how people are living longer with a better quality of life. Learn how to live without any limits. "Live Like You Mean It!” RVSP Call TODAY! FREE. Dr. Bence at Ike's Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, STErlinG HEiGHTS. Diane 586-978-9900. See ad page 29.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 kirtan with Girish - 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for an evening of uplifting live music and chanting with Girish. Tickets $20. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BErklEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-7970466. See ad page 54.

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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. Arts, Dawn Fleetwood, Master Instructor. 2290 East Hill Rd. Grand Blanc. Telephone: 810-2359864. See ad page 53. 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.

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 54.

Essential Yoga w/Meditation - 6:30-7:45pm. Dan Gwinn will be teaching. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St, Royal Oak. Linda K. Makowski 248752-3431. See ad page 20.

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 12.

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 7.

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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. Vinyasa Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. New Vinyasa Yoga class with Carol Ann Dunning $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20.

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 12. 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 Mon. FREE. St. John-Mac. 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. Jen's Warm Slow Flow Yoga- 5:30pm. 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.

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 40. 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.

Breath, Relax, Meditate in Motion - 6:30-8pm starting 9/16. Yang thirty-seven posture condensed Tai Chi Chuan form. $20/class. Orchid Leaf Energy

Weekly Young Living Classes - 6:30-8pm. Join us for these WEEKLY educational events on how to use Young Living Essential Oils to achieve health and wellness for you and your family! $5. Soul Space, 210 W. University Dr. Ste 6, ROCHESTER. 855200-7685. See ad page 19.

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.

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.

Vinyasa w/Michael Duerr - 6-7am. New Vinyasa class. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20. Farmers' Market/Crafts - 9am-3pm. Thru 10/9 Local produce,baked goods,diabetic socks,Project Fresh & more. FREE. Durand Union Station, E.Main St., Downtown , DURAND. 989-288-3561. 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.

Vinyasa Yoga - 6:15-7:15pm. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Commerce 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. Moonlight Wagon Rides/Campfire Songs 7:30pm. Oct. 4th, 11th & 18th. Come enjoy the beauty of the fall season with a nature wagon ride though woods and fields, then gather around the fire ring for music, cider and donuts. $6/person. Preregistration required. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center near Rochester/Washington Township. Info:586-781-9113.

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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 12. 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 34.

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Acupuncture Acupuncture

Clarissa Dawn Guest, RN, Dipl. Ac 2359 W. Shiawassee, Suite E, Fenton 810-750-2004 Transform your health with Acupuncture. Start feeling better today. Specializing in insomnia, depression, pain management, infertility, painful periods, menopause, headaches and migraines. Also offering Nutrienergetics™ and Neuromodulation Technique™.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Chinese Health Clinic • 248-276-8880 Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills

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 25.

Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic Acupuncture • Massage • Nutrition Michal Kelly L. Ac., Dipl. O.M. 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 810-714-5556 •

Offering personalized natural health care that focuses on treating the root cause of the illness, not just the symptom. A safe and effective alternative for children, adults and seniors. Specializing in infertility, internal medicine and pain management.

Susan Burke, OMD, L.Ac 1890 Southfield Rd., Birmingham 248-582-8888

Specializing in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology Nutritional programs, QiGong and Physiognomy. See ad page 20.

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801 Livernois St., Ferndale 248-246-7289 • E ff e c t i v e a c u puncture treatment in our comfortable, quiet communitystyle treatment room. Affordable sliding scale fees, $15-$35 per treatment, no income verification.


Massage • Nutrition • Counseling Korina St. John, Dipl.OM, L.Ac • 989-720-HEAL Wi t h o v e r 1 4 y e a r s experience in Integrative Medicine, Korina offers painless acupuncture and compassionate care for all ages. Treatment plans designed to meet your specific healthcare and financial needs.

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Sunshine healing center 42192 Garfield Rd. Clinton Township 586-226-2811

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.

Bowen Therapy MARK ROGERS

1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 “The alternative, alternative therapy!”‑ Unique, gentle and effective pain relief technique. Not massage. Back/neck pain, Fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder and more. 15 years bodywork experience. See ad page 12.

MICHIGAN ORIENTAL MEDICINE Acupuncture and Herbs Karen DeBruyn, PT, Dipl.OM 12809 S. Saginaw, Suite 206 Grand Blanc, 810-694-3500

Providing acupuncture and herbal medicine to optimize your health and wellness. Specializing in pain management, sports injuries, women's health, immune support, insomnia, and stress management.

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Advanced Practitioner Brighton • 810-599-8855

alexander technique Royal Oak and Port Huron The Thinking Person's Response to Pain & Stress. Learn to identify, eliminate and prevent harmful postural habits that can cause, or aggravate, stress, pain or freedom of movement.

Advanced Bowenwork,essential oils, Auricular Acupressure, medical hypnosis, Kinesiology, Reiki Master. In 3-5 visits 85% of all body complaints go away. Families, couples and pets.

Looking for chiropractic? See the Chiropractic Guide on page 28.

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. ~Aldo Leopold

~Paul Hawken 50

Computerized sensitivity testing and Natural Allergy Treatments. Certified in NAET with 13 years of experience. Specializing in environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin p r o b le ms , h e a d a c h e s , fatigue and Candida.

Community Health Acupuncture Center

Carol Strozier • 248-885-0305 Acupuncture health alliance

Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist Advanced NAET Practitioner 725 S. Adams S-185, Birmingham 248-792-2229 •

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.

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 2.

HPS Advanced Dental care, PC 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 11.

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 17.

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 34.

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 9.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare

Digestive health

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 ad outside back cover.

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Oils for Healthy Living

Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 •

Dentistry David Ewing, DDS, LPC

Gateway Dental 5321 Gateway Centre Blvd., Flint 810-250-7191 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 14.

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 44.

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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 27.

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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 27.

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Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers 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 27.

If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either. ~Joseph Wood Krutch

Feng Shui Catherine Hilker, owner 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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fitness/ Martial Arts Korean Martial Arts Institute 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. See ad inside back cover.

Health foods/beverages 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.

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 34.

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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.

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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 25.

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Organic whole food supplements, nutritional superfoods, detoxification, weight management and the HCG protocol. Consultations available with our knowledgeable and experienced staff. See ad page 6.

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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.


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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.

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.

Dr. Hilda Lauderman DHM, Ph.D, NMD, RN Serving East Michigan 810-503-4056

"Dr. Hilda" has recently been licensed as a Dr. of ® to discuss issues Nedicine ˇ related to stress, fatigue, depression, osteopenia, pain, intestinal issues and much more. 50% off initial consult for new clients. See ad page 24.

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.

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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Medical Intuition

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 23 & 31.

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.

Iridology Orchid Leaf Energy Arts

Dawn Fleetwood MH, CId. 2290 E. Hill, Grand Blanc 810-953-9500 •

Iridology, Herbs, Organic Chinese formulas. Full Energy Analysis: Chinese face, tongue and pulse reading. Tai Chi Chuan, Medical Qigong, Acupuncture, Tunia. Thirty-six years experience.

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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 17.

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 34.

Bence Chiropractic Wellness Center

39573 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights. 586-978-9900 • Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Hot Stone, Swedish, Aromatherapy w/ Essential Oils. Relaxing environment, Nationally Certified, Professional/ Skilled Therapists to minimize Stress, convenient hours. See website for specials. See ad page 29.

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

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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.

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 21.

Organic Lawncare A-1 Organic Lawns, L.L.C.

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

Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

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

A Perfect Balance

Debbie Bollen • Jenny Harwood Farmington Hills • 248-254-7823 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.

Natural/Holistic Health goodall's herbs

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

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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@

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.

Rochester Holistic Arts 118 Terry Ave., Rochester 248-330-9569

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.

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Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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 23 & 31.

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YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Intro to Sanskrit with Alan Hara of Hamsa Yoga Saturday, October 19th 1:00-3:00 pm 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)

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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ALtERNAtIVE HEALtH & REHAb cENtRE, pLLc S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Certified Acupuncture with 8 years experience, David Birmingham. Chronic pain relief from many everyday issues without drug therapy. See ad page 34.


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 23 & 31.

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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 8.

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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).

KoREAN MARtIAL ARts INstItutE 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.



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

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.

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it. ~Sai Baba


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October 2013


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IBS • CROHN’S • COLITIS • CONSTIPATION “After the first week, I now can wake up, go to the bathroom (or not) and actually leave my home. I am not living my life according to my bathroom schedule.” ~Terry U.

“She was my last hope because “commercial” medicine could not help me. I suffered from headaches, indigestion, insomnia, neck pain, back pain and of course...stress.” ~Alicia F. “I just completed my first year of teaching. I cannot begin to express the relief it is to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing I no longer have to be concerned with everything I eat, wondering if it will cause me to find the closest restroom while teaching a lesson. I truly feel like I am a more confident and capable teacher because of Dr. Christine’s expertise.” ~ Tom Z. “I was in the hospital with a headache that would not go away, swollen legs and a blood pressure reading of 235/119. My neighbor told me about Dr. Christine. In just 24 hours, Dr. Christine found more than my medical doctor did in 4 days of major testing! Amazing!!! ~Irene K.

Dr. Christine’s 14-Point Digestion Discovery System • • • • • • •

Fat Digestion Score Carbohydrate Digestion Score Protein Digestion Score Bowel Toxicity Measurement Thyroid and Pancreas Stress Spleen and Liver Stress Kidney and Adrenal Stress

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Acid/Alkaline Count Yeast and Candida Electrolyte Imbalances Colon Stress: Ascending and Descending Antioxidant Performance Cell Energy Utilization Tissue Breakdown Presence or Catabolism

Christine M. Kaczmar D.C., L.D.H.S., L.I.H.S.

Specializing The Past 8 Years In Natural And Drug-Free Solutions For: IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Diarrhea, Chronic Constipation, Metabolic Syndrome

47729 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp.



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