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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.




Transform Your Life with Mentors, Books, Workshops and Online Courses by Bess J.M. Hochstein

26 FERMENTED FooDS Nourish the Internal Ecosystem by Angela Russell


Moving Like Animals Can Wildly Improve Fitness

by Debra Melani


BRAIN BRIGHT How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health

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by Linda Sechrist



12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer


GREEN HoLIDAy Happy Ways to Deck the Halls by Avery Mack

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Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


Rescue You, Rescue Me by Sandra Murphy


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hile it's not really the anniversary of our launch (that comes this Spring), it was 10 years ago this month that we formed the company here in Michigan and began the launch process for bringing Natural Awakenings magazine to this region. We've seen many changes in our 'neck of the woods' over these last 10 years, mostly related to the unbelievable growth and acceptance of naturally healthy living. Consumers are becoming more educated and demanding access to the products and services that help them and their families live a healthier, more earthfriendly lifestyle. Our mission, 10 years ago, was to be a conduit for the flow of related information. We're happy to say that the demand is still growing, with no end in sight, and we're gearing up for the next 10 years. Thank you to everyone, readers and businesses alike, who helped make Natural Awakenings a success here in East Michigan. This month, our magazines is themed around pesonal growth and mindfullness, two very popular topics. There was no trouble finding a wealth of editorial to publish. At the top of the list is our feature article, "Fast Track To Personal Growth," where we provide an abundance (pun intended) of resources to help you transform your life. We hope you enjoy and benefit from this unique offering. Also one of our favorites this month is a piece by Marianne Willaimson, who also graces this month's cover. "The Miracle of Midlife" discusses ways to be exactly who we need to be. As Ms. Williamson points out, "when enough of us stand in the light of higher purpose, a new field of collective possibility emerges..." This relates directly back to what we mentioned at the beginning of this letter. The nearly 10 years we've been publishing Natural Awakenings here, and the success/growth of the publication, are a direct reflection of that collective possibility. Finally, we need to pay tribute to a dear friend who passed a few weeks ago. John Voell, co-founder of the Natural Awakenings Franchise, was the person who led us to this life over 10 years ago. We had become quite close over the years and his shining light will be missed by all of us who have been left behind. Until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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Rochester Hills Yoga Studio Supports Local Charity


oga Planet Studio, located in Rochester Hills, is offering a free "Community Hour" yoga class every Saturday at 11:15am. Donations collected at this class will be going to benefit The Rainbow Connection, a Rochester Hills-based charity focusing on fulfilling the dreams of children with life threatening illnesses. In October and November, Yoga Planet Studio is offering this All-Level, free class every Saturday at 11:15am. In addition to donations collected during the class going to the Rainbow Connection, 10% of all merchandise and class pack revenue sold during the hour will go directly to the charity as well. "Community Hour" is an All-Level, free yoga class open to the public. Donations of $2 dollars or more will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a number of prizes. Bobby Maldonado, current owner of Yoga Planet Studio adds; "(the) business has been open since 2011 but recently changed ownership in March of 2013." Yoga Planet Studio is located at 3062 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills. For more information Contact Bobby Maldonado at 248-375-3070, visit or email

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yto Compass Assessments are available at Baci Salon & Spa! The Zyto Compass biofeedback tool allows patients to determine the state of their health by applying their palm and fingers to a group of electromagnetic sensors. "The hand cradle created by Zyto Corp.," explains Alice Goodall, RN, BSN Natural Health Nurse, "connects to a computer that determines the amount of toxins in patient’s bodies, their emotional stress levels and nutritional deficiencies. It helps us to identify exactly what the body needs and wants. Kerry, our massage therapist, will be introducing the Compass Assessment at $20 (retail $120.00) per session.” The appointments will be available on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Baci Salon & Spa is located at 3772 South Lapeer Rd, Unit D, Metamora. For more information, visit or call 810-678-3999. See ad page 53.

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Grand Blanc Practitioner Celebrates 40 Years


ovember 15, 2013 will mark a special day for Dawn Fleetwood. It will mark 40 years as an herbalist, iridologist and medical Qigong practitioner. She is the proud owner of Orchid Leaf Energy Arts in Grand Blanc. “In 1973 I started teaching Tai Chi Chuan classes in Flint, Michigan.” Says Fleetwood. “People in the mid Michigan area were just starting to look at Asian energy arts because of President Nixon's trip to China. In 1976 Qigong was added to my classes and my interest in Chinese patented formulas grew as did my thirst for knowledge. I started my studies and travels to learn from the best of the best teachers about Energy Arts. The last 40 years of assisting people has proven to me that the energy that animates us can be felt, cultivated, stored, and used to help others help themselves.” Orchid Leaf Energy Arts is located at 2290 East Hill Road, Suite 202, Grand Blanc, Michigan. For more information on what Dawn Fleetwood offers call 810-953-9500 or visit See ad page 53.

Waterford Store Owner Does Her Part for the Environment

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ith Landfills growing at an alarming rate, Bernadette Bazinet, owner of Bernie's Best Used Furnitre in Waterford, is trying to do her part by offering gently used furniture, antiques, art, household items and "chabby chic" with a vintage flare.

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Bernadette Bazinet "With 4000 square feet, our store is really a treasure hunters dream," says Bazinet. "Its a small way to repurpose, instead of filling our already-full earth. At Bernies Best, they buy, sell, estate liquidation, consign, deliver and pick up. They also offer local honey, surup and homemade organic soaps. "With classic music playing and the smells of grandmas kitchen," explains Bazinet, "Bernies will be your new favorite place to shop. So lets all do our part by being aware of what we throw out. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Please recycle!" Bernie's is open 7 days; Monday thru Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4. On Saturday and Sunday, they offer homemade organic gluten free sweets, coffee and tea to sip while shopping. Bernie’s Best Used Furniture is located at 3360 Highland Rd in Waterford. For more information, please visit: or call Bernie at 248-738-3734. See ad page 5.


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newsbriefs Spiritual Leader to visit Detroit


piritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known throughout the world as Amma, is scheduled to visit Detroit during her fall North American Tour. The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center will host the event, which offers programs from 7:30pm to 2am November 25th; 11am to 5pm November 26th and 7pm to 2am November 29th. A three-day retreat runs November 27th to 29th. Amma's public programs are free and open to the public. Retreats, however, require both registration and a fee. The Friday evening public program, which is also part of the retreat, is a special program called the Devi Bhava that begins with the Atma Puja ceremony for world peace and includes mantras by Amma. For decades, Amma has dedicated her life to uplifting the suffering of all humanity, endearing herself Sri Mata Amritanandamayi to millions of people around the world with a loving Devi (Amma) embrace. She has given this simple gesture, known as her darshan, to more than 33 million people all over the world. In her free public programs, she offers words of wisdom and guidance on both personal fulfillment as well as current world topics. The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center is located at 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit. For more information or to register for retreat, visit or call 734995-0029. See ad page 48.

Non-Denominational Book Reveals Mysteries


he Holy Mother Mary Is GOD is a non-denominational book that reveals great mysteries and explains that the Holy Spirit, the Divine Feminine, Mother God came to this Earth as the Holy Mother Mary. The authors, Kevin Peter Kelly and Marina Nikole Kelly, say that the book is written not only in their own voice and words, but also through the voice and words of God, Jesus, Malachi and Saint Germain about a divine plan that started 2,600 years ago. “This book is for everyone, no matter what system of belief one holds,” explain the authors. “We are from one spirit, and the source of that spirit is Holy Spirit.” The book proposes that the oneness of all exists in three aspects and that the third aspect of God, Holy Spirit has been misinterpreted. It promises to help to cultivate the soil that will allow new seeds to grow into a balanced world of divine feminine and divine masculine. “Like a great gateway, The Holy Mother Mary Is GOD is intended to usher us into the new age that will bring us into a world of peace,” say the Kellys. The Holy Mother Mary Is GOD is available as a paperback, hardcover or e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. For more information, call 800-345-6665 or visit Dedicated Lightworkers site, See ad page 34.

Rochester Spa Celebrates Anniversary with Wellness Event


assage Envy Spa, in collaboration with Advanced Nutritional Solutions and Main Street Chiropractic Wellness Center is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with their member appreciation event, November 9th from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free, but space is limited.

With the goal of promoting wellness to their valued customers, Massage Envy is joining forces with these two "wellness experts" to provide free chair massage, skin analysis and healthy snacks. Nagia Garmon, owner of Massage Envy Spa, says it will be the “perfect stress relief for your busy day.” Advanced Nutritional Solutions, and Lee Rossano, CNC will offer free, noninvasive biofeedback testing and mini health assessments to "pinpoint why your body isn't detoxifying properly". Main Street Chiropractic Wellness Center and Dr. Hamilton will provide complimentary spinal screenings "using state of the art screening device in an invaluable way to assess spinal health.” Wellness surveys will also be available. Massage Envy Spa is located in the Hampton Village, 2907 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester. For more information or to pre-book, call Nagia Garmon at 248-5379999. See Advanced Nutritional Solutions ad page 2.

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Can What’s In Your Mouth Really Make You Sick?


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-

ily and Cosmetic dentist in Shelby Township, MI. “Your mouth is the window to your overall health and wellness,” she says. “The state of your oral health can offer clues about your overall well-being. Oral Health and total health and wellness are more connected than you might realize.” “As we have learned more about the relationship between oral health and overall health,” continues Dr. Stratton, “we have also learned much about how the materials and techniques that we use everyday can affect your overall heath as well, both positively and negatively.” “At our practice, we believe in Changing Lives! Our goal is to positively impact the lives of every person that we are lucky enough to cross paths with. We take, very seriously, the trust that is given to us by the patients we have the privilege to serve. We believe that, given the opportunity, we will impact your life for the better. The care we provide will always be the best for your individual needs with the focus on achieving total health & wellness to create a smile that is uniquely yours. Every member of our practice, from our doctors to our dental team to our patients, is our family. We will always create an unmatched dental experience that you will not find anywhere else, while having a lot of fun in the process!” For more information about HPS Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Heather Pranzarone Stratton or to reserve your time with her practice, call 248-652-0024 or visit http:// They are located at 4741 24 Mile Road, Suite C, Shelby Township.

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rs. Marc and Colleen VanHoogstraat of Oxford's Lifetime Wellness are pleased to announce a special evening, Nutrition for Optimal Health Detox and Weight Loss, with Dr. Josh Axe, Wellness physician, radio host, national speaker and author of three best-selling books, including The Real Food Diet. The event, focusing on Dr. Axe's guide to eating for optimal health, will be held 7pm Thursday November 7th in the KIVA room of Lake Orion High School. Admission is free.

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"We're very excited for Dr. Josh to share this much needed message," says Dr. Colleen VanHoogstraat. "We've followed Dr. Axe's rise to the top of the natural health and nutrition world over the past few years. He has become one of the leading educators and communicators in the field, helping everyday people simplify the process of making transformational lifestyle changes." "Focusing on how to eat for optimal health," adds VanHoogstraat, "Dr. Axe takes the potentially overwhelming and confusing topic of nutrition and breaks it down in to simple action steps and strategies that every one of us can benefit quickly from." Lake Orion High School is located at 455 E. Scripps Rd. For info call 248-6284886. RSVP at LifetimeWellnessDrAxe. See ad page 15.

Get Out and Giggle in Brighton


he Brighton Center for the Performing Arts announces something a little different this year for "Ladies Night Out". It will be more like “Ladies Day in Brighton" on Saturday, November 16 (The first Saturday of Michigan firearms deer hunting season). Ladies are encouraged to purchase their all-access tickets in advance for the performing arts 8pm show "Women Fully Clothed". Then, all day on Saturday, November 16, they will receive a discount or small gift at participating Brighton merchants and restaurants just by presenting their ticket. There will be a pre-show party at Talula's, and an after-party at Downtown Main Martini Bar! The comedy show at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts is titled "Women Fully Clothed.” The photo by Ian Brown show is filled with uproarious sketches and razor sharp songs. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 810-2994130 or at the Brighton Community Ed office, 850 Spencer Road. Standard seating is $30, and priority seating is $36, all seats are reserved.

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r. Madhu Subnani, M.D., of Timeless Health & Beauty Medical Spa in Rochester, is pleased to announce Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a new therapy which relieves pain and heals faster. "This rapidly emerging technology has exciting potential for curing arthritis of any joint in the body, Planter Fascitis and ligament injury," explains Dr. Subnani. "The body’s first response to injury" she says, "is delivering platelets to injured site. Platelets then initiate a repair base. They are packed with growth factor and healing power and attract stem cells. I am the only physician trained and qualified to do these procedures in this area and I have been successfully performing these procedures with excellent results." In the procedure, a blood sample from the patient is drawn and PRP is prepared by centrifuging the blood with special method. PRP is then injected in the injured site, allowing faster healing. PRP is a natural healing process without any side effect or reaction. PRP can also be used for hair loss, urinary incontinence, cosmetic procedures, sexual enhancement or used as G Shot and M Shot. Dr. Subnani of Timeless Health & Beauty Medical Spa is Board Certified and has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. She has two locations, 6854 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-650-2241 and 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City; 810724-0480. See ad page 19.

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new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen stress-caused inflammation and thereby relieve the symptoms and pain of certain diseases. Long-term stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meditation study volunteers were divided into two groups—an eight-week mindfulness meditation course or a stress reduction program of supportive nutrition, exercise and music therapy that did not include meditation. The meditation group focused attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Immune and endocrine data was collected before and after training in the two methods and meditation proved to be more effective. Melissa Rosenkranz, a neuroscientist with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and lead author of the report, concludes that, “The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes whenever needed.”

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eelings matter when it comes to protecting a person’s physical health. Researchers at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health reviewing more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases found a direct correlation between positive psychological well-being and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. They concluded that positive feelings like optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with the reduced risk, regardless of a person’s age, weight or socioeconomic or smoking status.

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osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

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new animal study from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, reports daunting results. Female mice that consumed the equivalent of a human drinking three cans of soft drinks a day doubled their death rate from all causes. The study further showed that fertility rates dropped dramatically in male mice and their innate ability to defend their territory diminished. All of the sugar-saturated mice performed poorly on cognitive tests. The lab mice received a diet in which 25 percent of their total calories came from sugar (not high fructose corn syrup, which carries substantial additional health risks). That’s an amount commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet, easy to do in one sitting via a super-sized soft drink.

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Federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say may be required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara— where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source:


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Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion. A single reproductive female little brown bat can eat her weight in insects each night. A recent Canadian study valued crops potentially lost to insects that would otherwise be devoured by bats at $53 billion a year. Without the bats to keep insect numbers down, farmers may turn to greater use of pesticides. Source:

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Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices November 2013


such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100 buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,”

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One of many natural approaches for digestive health and keeping our microbiomes healthy and happy is to re-introduce probiotic-rich fermented or cultured foods into our diet. Foods are fermented for many reasons; to preserve food, to break it down for easier digestion, to add flavor, and to culture it with beneficial bacteria. Why don’t Americans eat many fermented foods? In the late 1800’s, Louis Pasteur and his germ theory had much to do with bringing the concept of pasteurization to commercialized food, and we began using high temperatures to “sterilize” foods. This processing, while making the foods we eat safer from “bad” microbes like E. coli, Norovirus and Salmonella, has also stripped all of the benevolent bacteria from the nouveau Americana culture of culture-less and highly processed food. Perhaps it’s time to reclaim some of our “culture!”

Fermented Foods Nourishing the Internal Ecosystem

The good news is that fermenting is simple and we do not have to be experts in the chemical processes by which it works to reap the rewards. If the topic of do-it-yourself fermentation sounds interesting, pick up a couple of Sandor Katz‘s books, which do an excellent job of sharing the history of these foods and teach how to start making ferments at home.

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t’s everywhere lately in science news headlines: gut bacteria, probiotics and the microbiome. We have a whole world of micro-organism living inside our gut as well as covering our skin: countless strains of bacteria, and possibly parasites, yeast and fungus. When the balance of this "inner world" gets out of whack due to overuse of antibiotics, or a diet lacking in naturally occurring microbes, it can result in digestive symptoms. Every culture in the world has a unique fermented food as a staple of their cuisine. Sauerkraut comes from Eastern Europe, kimchi from Korea, injera bread hails from Ethiopia and sourdough from Egypt. The Inuit people eat fermented whale blubber as a diet staple and fish sauce is abundant in Asian cultures. Kefir and yogurt come from the Middle East and Kombucha from China.


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Fermented foods are “rotted” which means they are partially digested from bacteria. For example, cabbage has a fine film of bacteria on each leaf. When shredded, mixed with sea salt and submerged under brine in an anaerobic state for a period of weeks, the bacteria go though a process which creates lactic acid. The cabbage has now morphed into salty, crunchy, deliciously soured and probiotic-rich sauerkraut. The flavor is distinctly brighter, and texture crunchier than the soggy, pasteurized sauerkraut found in the grocery store.

It is fairly easy and highly enjoyable to make fermented foods in your own kitchen. The benefits stretch beyond benevolent bacteria. It is a cheap hobby, only requiring clean water, salt and vegetables. Each batch is decidedly different, making for a delightful surprise to open up a crock of fermented veggies after 4 weeks or trying a new flavor of kombucha after its 2nd ferment. Some of my personal favorites are kombucha, a bubbly, sweet and sour tea; Kraut-Chi, a cross between sauerkraut and kimchi; and pink pickled turnips, commonly served with Middle Eastern dishes. Fermented foods do have an acquired taste. Once one becomes accustomed to their unique sour flavor, it comes naturally to incorporate them into our diet. For example, yogurt and kefir with fruit make for a nourishing breakfast. Kombucha tea is a great afternoon pick-me-up and

substitute for soda pop. Sauerkraut and kimchi add a delicious tang, salt and crunch to sandwiches for lunch, or as an accoutrement to dinner. Fermentation can be a fun, inexpensive, healthy hobby. While the potent zing of fermented foods is acquired taste for some, it is easy to love knowing these foods provide billions of little benefits and keep digestion on track.

Pink Fermented Turnips Ingredients: • 4 lb. turnips • ½ gallon distilled (and remineralized) or spring water • 3 T sea salt • 1 small beet, for pink color

place, seeing that the vegetables stay below the brine. There will be bubbles during the fermentation process; place a plate underneath the fermentation container in case some brine flows over. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Fermented Apple Sauce Ingredients: • 5-7 medium sized apples, cored and peeled • 1.5 teaspoons of salt • ½ teaspoon cinnamon • 1 inch piece of ginger, chopped Directions: Blend raw apples with salt, cinnamon and ginger in a food processor until fairly smooth, but with a bit of texture remaining. Place into a clean glass quart jar and cap tightly. Leave in a dark corner of the kitchen counter for 3 days.

Directions: Cut turnips and beet into ¼ inch rounds, and then into half moons.

I prefer to scrape off the first ½ inch on top, to be sure there is nothing additional growing from contact with air. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Dissolve the salt into the water water to create brine. In a large glass jars, a fermentation crock or food-grade plastic bucket, layer all of the turnips. Place a weight (outer leaf of a cabbage and a boiled rock or plate with a clean filled glass jar, etc.) on top. Pour in the brine and be sure it is covering the turnips by 1-2 inches. Cover the whole container with a tea towel or other clean cloth.

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itness seekers across the country are finding their wild sides by crouching like cougars, leaping like leopards and crawling like crabs. Although it might seem like they’ve let silliness encroach on their fitness goals, these adventurous types might be on the right track, realizing more of the rippled muscles and exceptional agility of our four-legged complements. “It’s getting people back into their own bodies,” says Mike Fitch, creator of Animal Flow, one of several fitness programs offered in health clubs around the country that enable participants to make the most of their inner beast. “People are tired of being injured and doing the same old workouts. They need a more well-rounded, holistic approach to their health.” Fitch, founder of Global Bodyweight Training, in Miami, Florida, incorporates fluid movement (including parkour, break dancing and gymnastics) in his routines. Animal-related workouts are proving to be a fun form of natural bodyweight training—named a top fitness trend for 2013 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Men and women are mimicking animals to attain

stronger, leaner and more agile bodies that perform better in life. Whether building arm strength by swinging their lower bodies sideways, feet-to-hands, like a gorilla, or toning thigh muscles by stalking forward inches from the ground like a panther, animal workout converts are toning their bodies in challenging ways without the use of heavy weights or equipment. “The bear crawl is another good example,” advises David Nordmark, author of Animal Workouts: Animal Movement Based Bodyweight Training for Everyone. With hands and feet on the ground and rear end raised in the air, the bear crawl involves scrambling quickly forward and backward—a popular high school football and karate agility drill for years. He contends, “Even if you think you are in shape and do it for a minute, you’ll be amazed at how much more of a workout your arms get.” Neal Pire, a New Jersey-based strength trainer and ACSM fellow, agrees the movements are intense and strength building, but wonders if an evolved, two-legged animal is meant to mimic four-legged species. “It’s a very tough workout,” says Pire. “You’re

“Even if you think you are in shape and do it for a minute, you’ll be amazed at how much more of a workout your arms get.” ~ David Nordmark on “the bear crawl” exercise loading muscles where typically you don’t have very much leverage, so your muscles are doing all of the work; yet some moves might be overloading to certain people’s joints.” Fitch claims the overall result is increased muscle endurance. He cites a study published in the journal Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism of women that found whole-body, aerobic resistance training like what’s applied in his program supplies a cardiovascular workout similar to endurance training, but with the added benefits of increased balanced muscle strength and perceived enjoyment. “I call it body balance, working your body as a unit,” Nordmark says, citing pushups, which activate specific muscle groups, as a more traditional example. He notes, “I think it gives people a more natural and attractive look than bodybuilding, more like dancers or even martial artists or gymnasts.” Working out like animals keeps human cores activated, especially when combining the exercises together for a sustained routine. In addition to tightened abdominal muscles, it boosts calorie consumption and leads to enhanced core and overall strength. Fitch points to a relevant study of college football players that demonstrated the strength connection, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Pire concurs that sustained exercises at a moderate range, as with animal workouts, is an effective calorie burner. Firming up a flabby middle also works to improve balance, as another study in the same journal showed, involving sedentary women performing fitness ball exercises. Moving the body in many directions in intense, but flowing, almost dance-like workouts, naturally improves stability, agility, flexibility and balance,

as exhibited in the animal kingdom. “Challenging the body as it moves in all directions uses the body the way it was intended to be used,” maintains Fitch. Nordmark also points to similarities in yoga poses resembling animal postures that have contributed to physical and spiritual health for millennia. Nordmark and Fitch believe that animal themes provide many more bodyweight movements that can keep workouts fresh and be mastered for life, keeping bodies strong and functional as people age. “If you meet an

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lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator—it can enable or hamper 30

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our DNA, thus regulating the expression of many genes. Experts have only begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption. “Grain Brain is a timely wake-up call about how we are increasingly challenging human physiology by consuming what we are not genetically prepared to process, like the 133 pounds of wheat the average American eats annually,” says Perlmutter. He believes that one of the main culprits for the decline in brain health in modern times has been the introduction of wheat into the human diet. Today’s modernized and hybridized wheat crops share little genetic, structural or chemical similarity to the wild einkorn variety of grain our ancestors consumed in small amounts. In the West, 20 percent of calories come from wheat-based food.

ter is among those that regard this as a dangerous statistic, especially since Dr. Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist who leads the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that the gluten in wheat leads to the production of zonulin in the gut. Zonulin increases the permeability of the intestinal wall, allowing proteins to leak from the gut into the bloodstream, explains Perlmutter. These proteins, which would normally remain within the digestive system, then challenge parts of the immune system, the macro fascia and certain other types of white blood cells that increase production of inflammation-related chemicals. “Zonulin is the cornerstone of diseases characterized by inflammation in the brain—Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s and attention deficit disorders—as well as autoimmune diseases,” advises Perlmutter. Fasano’s research shows that such a reaction to zonulin is present in 100 percent of humans—not just in the 1.8 percent of the population that have celiac disease or 30 percent that are gluten sensitive. “A hallmark of what I term grain brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates,” says Perlmutter. “This includes fruit, which also was consumed in limited quantities by our ancestors.” He cites a published analysis by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet. A diet high in carbohydrates has been directly related to atrophy, or brain shrinkage, according to a recent German study by University of Bonn researchers, published in Neurology. A blood test for hemoglobin A1C, the standard laboratory measurement to assess average blood sugar, is frequently used in studies that correlate blood sugar control to disease processes like Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and coronary artery disease. The researchers concluded that elevated hemoglobin A1C is directly associated with brain shrinkage, says Perlmutter. He further notes, “The function of

“A hallmark of what I term grain brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates.” ~ Dr. David Perlmutter

the brain, which is 60 to 70 percent fat and maintained by the fats you consume, depends on its environment.” Grain Brain recommends a diet that’s aggressively low in carbohydrates (60 grams per day) and bountiful in supportive brain fats. These include extravirgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters, cheese and seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and chia. It is also rich in above-ground vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad greens, while relatively low in below-ground vegetables like beets, carrots and potatoes, which are higher in carbohydrates. It also calls for reduced fruit consumption. “Having two to four servings of fruit every day, based on America’s present food pyramid, is not helpful. More in line with avoiding brain drain is an apple or a handful of berries, or about 100 calories worth of any fruit. In my opinion, the pyramid needs to be stood on its head,” advises Perlmutter. “We should eat a diet similar to what our ancestors survived on for 2.6 million years and reprogram support of our genetic destiny for the better.” Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain Brain. For more information on his 2013 PBS Grain Brain series, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interview.

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ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.


The Path to Inner Peace 12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer


pirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self-judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough? Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom; there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns.

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Realize that you are in there. You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your thoughts and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.


Understand that you are not okay in there. Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have

Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.


Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get the outside world to match it.


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ences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.


Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.


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As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.


Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.


You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to

die to be reborn.


Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.


Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body. You simply are, have always been and will always be— Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.

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and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog,, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done.

LIVING GRATITuDE A Taproot of Happiness by Leo Babauta


f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders. Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience. Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interesting, enhance judgment and strengthen character. Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective. Gratitude reminds you to say, “Thank you.” Call, email or stop by to say thanks… it takes just a few minutes to express our reason for doing so. People like being appreciated. It creates a satisfying beam of mutual happiness that

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Show thanks. Sometimes we think about something helpful or kind that someone did for us recently or long ago. Make a note, call them up or even better, tell them in person with sincere conviction why you continue to be grateful and appreciative. Another option is a thank-you card or email—keep it short and sweet. See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs

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CRAFTING A GREEN HoLIDAy Happy Ways to Deck the Halls by Avery Mack

Conjure a Norman Rockwellesque holiday fantasy of family members gathered around a home-cooked meal, creative gifts and decorations in place as stories of holidays past mingle with memories in the making. Cue the strolling carolers. The reality tends to be more of a distracted and exhausting race to the finish line. Available time, energy and money all play into what’s possible to get done by the big day. Some tips can make easy eco-decorations a feel-good part of the merriment.


ow-maintenance, child- and pet-friendly colored seashells make a sustainable alternative to outdoor mulch. Choose from 22,000 Sherwin-Williams non-toxic, water-based hues to brighten any landscape. Hide a fallow flowerbed under a waterproof tarp, cover with light-colored shells as background. Then design a Christmas tree, wreath, menorah, multihued snowman or another original design with colored shells. After the holidays, the tarp can envelop the shells and be put away for easy storage. Visit Canadian Laura Watt, owner of the ethical seed company Cubit’s Organics, in Toronto, made a felted wool wreath for a front door from an old jacket. A worn-out blanket will also work. “It only took one long baby nap to make,” says Watt, who gave new life to the wire base from an old


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wreath by using bits of yarn to stitch flowers. Find instructions at A little VOC-free paint, some repurposed mini-decorations and recycled toilet paper rolls could become an indoor wreath to be proud of. “I’m a television producer, blogger and mother of 2- and 4-year-old daughters, so it had to be easy and quick,” says Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo, in Los Angeles. “We’ll do it again this year.” See how at Spice up table décor using unexpected items. Lay a base of an organic cotton tablecloth, runner and napkins. Top with a centerpiece base comprising a pie pan, clear flower vase or Mason jar filled with bits of fresh evergreens and accented with small ornaments or beads from repurposed and recycled

jewelry. Colored shells can line the bottom. Add a stable soy candle positioned in a bit of water for easy cleanup of dripped wax. To continue the theme from the front door to the table, fashion leftover felt from the wreath into candle rings, using the same method, but on a smaller scale. Add spirals of garland made of star-shaped, dried orange peels handcrafted by Colombia’s Sapia artisans. The green, yellow and orange colors, backed with a soft white, provide a citrusy fragrance that lasts months. Learn more at Beeswax candle kits are kid-friendly and come with enough supplies to make 20 candles. Order red and green wax sheets for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah or purple and pink for Advent. The beeswax is rolled around the wick to make an eight-inchtall, one-inch-diameter taper. The honeycomb texture creates a festive look. Beeswax is natural and free from the petroleum-based chemicals commonly used in conventional candles. It

burns brighter, hotter, cleaner and longer, while emitting negative ions that clean the air of odors, pollen, smoke, dust, dust mites and allergens. No time for a do-it-yourself project? Many ready-to-use beeswax and floating candles in the shape of poinsettias, holly leaves and snowflakes are available at Angela Price has created handblown glass terrarium ornaments for her small-space garden design company and boutique, Eden Condensed, in greater Los Angeles, California. The ornaments range from two to four inches in diameter and include live succulents, dried moss and miniature, holiday-inspired repurposed items. Price says, “Decorating the tree or the table, they’re easy to maintain and can be enjoyed for many months beyond the holidays.” See Terrariums for inspired ideas. Place cards add an elegant, personal touch to any holiday table. Kids can make snowflake ornaments from recycled paper. Print a holiday greeting on one side of the snowflake and inscribe a name and personal message on the other for family gatherings. Tied with a ribbon, the snowflakes can also be hung in the window or on the tree. Preprinted snowflakes made of recycled paper with soy ink at Tinyurl. com/PlantableSnowflakes are embedded with a variety of wildflower seeds for future planting. Mail them in lieu of traditional greeting cards or as more formal place cards for a simple way to prosper green holiday wishes. Mixing mindful shopping with creative touches embroiders a memorable day with family fun and the satisfaction that we’ve celebrated the holidays in sustainable style. Connect with Avery Mack via

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The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were 38 East Michigan edition

created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we

are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.


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uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our Shar-Pei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.” In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner.

“I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a full-fledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (, an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she

and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at, and her ex-Army partner are securing funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky. Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated, has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at

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Saturday, November 2 People, Pets & Vets - 11am-3pm. People, Pets & Vets is a FREE interactive program for kids of all ages-learn about animals, proper animal care & visit Teddy Bear Clinic. No pets plz. FREE. Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Rd, Bldg E, CLINTON TOWNSHIP. Tari Kern 248-564-0309. See Pawsitive Steps ad page 41.

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Toenail Sundays - Noon-4pm every Sunday. Instore nail trim. Bring in your dog, cat, small animal or reptile and have their nails trimmed. Price is $5 per Pet. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Pet Supplies Plus, 64920 Van Dyke. Info: 586-7522800. Best Buddy Dog Rescue - 12-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays. Pet Supplies Plus, 8020 Cooley Lake Rd, White Lake. 248-360-1400. 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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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. 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. 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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Friday, November 1 Your Journey into Menopause - 7:30-9pm. If you are looking for ways to ease the transition of all phases of menopause through the practice of yoga & alternative methods, this is for you! $ 20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Saturday, November 2 Healing with Powerfull Juices - 10am-12:30pm. Learn how to grow your own wheatgrass and sprouts and how to juice them, in this demo led by grower Anca Iordachianu who healed herself of cancer with these green juices. Demo at her greenhouse in Troy. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 W Maple Rd, TROY. Anca Iordachianu 248-822-9999. See ad page 52. Pick this, Not That - A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Eating - 12-1pm. Make healthy food choices without feeling "deprived" during the holidays. Juli Johnson will also discuss what to do about "belly bulge" if you "overindulge." FREE. Better Health Market 2053 S. Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills 248-334-9500. See ad page 55.

about "belly bulge" if you "overindulge." FREE. Better Health Market, 19850 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe 313-885-5000. See ad page 55. SRI Discovery - 6:30-9pm. SRI exercises are designed to help the brain reconnect with the body and its experiences. It helps an individual develop lifetime skills and wisdom. FREE . Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHESTER. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4. Dr. Josh Axe Nutrition Talk - 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for Optimal Health Detox & Weight Loss. Special presentation by Dr. Josh Axe. Don't miss it. RSVP/ FREE. Lake Orion High School, KIVA Room, LAKE ORION. Lifetime Wellness 248-628-4886. See ad page 15.

Friday, November 9 Wellness from the Inside Out! - 10am-4pm. Massage Envy, Advanced Nutritional Solutions, and Main Street Chiropractic are joining forces for a day of fun and wellness. FREE. Massage Envy, 2907 Rochester Rd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Info: Lee Rossano 248-652-4160. Space limited. Call Massage Envy to pre-book time slot. 248-537-9999. See ad page 2.

Arm Balancing Level II - 1pm-3pm. We will warm up, review poses from Level I, but be prepared to have fun as we add on some more arm balancing craziness. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Family Night Yoga - 5:45-6:30pm. Join us for this fun and interactive class for kids & anyone they love to explore yoga together and find the inner child within, ages 4 to 104. $20. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

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

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 to remember forever. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. See ad page 21.

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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.

Thursday, November 7 Increase your enegy level all day - 7-8:30pm. Learn how to increase your energy if yu are 10 to 70 years old. You can still have vibrant energy all day no matter your age. $10 Biblical Health, Davison. Call Dr. Hilda, Doctor of Ňedicine 810 503-4056. See ad page 24. Pick This, Not That - A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Eating - 6:30-7:30pm. Make healthy food choices without feeling "deprived" during the holidays. Juli Johnson will also discuss what to do

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 9. Basics to Wellness - 7:30-9pm. Educational class on the medicinal uses of essential oils and how to take care of your health naturally! FREE. 123 S Main St. Ste 100, Lwr Level. Park behind Andiamo's and come through side door, ROYAL OAK. Info: Basics to Wellness 586-876-4559. See ad page 44.

Wednesday, November 13 Acupuncture Demo - 6:30-8pm. Learn about the many health benefits of acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices in the world, dating back

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Thursday, November 14 Juicing and Clay Class - 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about juicing’s powerful benefits and how to juice in this amazing demo led by Anca and hear her story about healing cancer with green juices. FREE. Better Health Market, NOVI. 248-735-8100. See ad page 55. Thyroid Solutions that Work! - 6:30-8pm. Tired, weight gain, brain fog, hair loss? You may have an underlying thyroid issue. Discover Natural Thyroid Solutions that Work & what labs to order! FREE. Lifetime Wellness, 65 S. Washington, OXFORD. Dr. Marc V. 248-628-4886. See ad page 15. Green Lecture Series - 7pm. FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. The ABCs of Natural Hormones - 7-8:30pm. Free Talk by Diane Culik MD, Holistic Physician. Thyroid, Adrenal and Bio-Identical Hormones. FREE. ABC Wellness/Dr. Culik at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois in Troy. Info: Physician's Compounding 248-758-9100. See ad page 52. Beyond Aromatherapy! - 7-8:15pm. Join us as we teach you which essential oils & other wellness products are most effective to living happy and healthy...naturally. FREE. Compounding Pharmacy, 8170 23 Mile Rd, SHELBY TOWNSHIP. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611. See ad page 44. Guided Soul Meditation - 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. Lawrence Bell, D.C. on a journey through breath, focus and deep states of well-being. Feel peace, calm, joy, surrender and relaxation. $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHESTER. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4. Pick This, Not That - A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Eating - 6:30-7:30pm Make healthy food choices without feeling "deprived" during the holidays. Juli Johnson will also discuss what to do about "belly bulge" if you "overindulge." FREE. Better Health Market, 33452 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. 586-498-0525. See ad page 55.

Friday, November 15 Remedies & Supplements for Shingles/Immune System - 7-8:30 p.m. Learn how to eliminate the shingles and increase your immune system through homeopathics remedies and natural supplements. Cost $ 10 Biblical Health, Davison. Call Dr. Hilda Doctor of Ňedicine 810 503-4056. See ad page 24.

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. A Taste of Thanksgiving - 12–3pm. Join us we sample items from our Holiday Menu, offer meal planning tips, and officially signal the start of the holiday season! FREE. Whole Foods Market, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. See ad page 21.

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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.

MoNdAy, NoVEMBER 18 Gluten / Food Allergy Support - 7pm. Join Lee Rossano, Certified Nutrition Counselor, as she educates on the important topic of food allergies and sensitivities. Lee’s proven twelve-year track record is based on the premise of listening to the client’s health concerns and then implementing individualized nutritional regimens. FREE. Whole Foods Market, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. 248-3711400. See ad page 2. 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. Vitamin Shoppe, SHeLBy TOWNSHIP. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.

WEdNEsdAy, NoVEMBER 20 Soul Coaching Open Discussion - 6-7:30pm. Understand the difference between counseling, life coaching, therapy and soul coaching. Learn the building blocks to fulfill your personal life. FREE. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHeSTeR. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4. Digestion Issues? Nothing Working? - 7-8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of… Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea! Don’t let digestive problems rule your life! Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions! Whole Foods, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register.

THuRsdAy, NoVEMBER 21 Guided Soul Meditation - 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. Lawrence Bell, D.C. on a journey through breath, focus and deep states of well-being. Feel peace, calm, joy, surrender and relaxation. $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHeSTeR. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4.

sATuRdAy, NoVEMBER 23 Awakening to Love Gathering - 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 designed to open your heart. FREE. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, SOUTHFIeLD. Info: 734-523-8566. Pick This, Not That - A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday eating - 12-1pm. Make healthy food choices without feeling "deprived" during the holidays. Juli Johnson will also discuss what to do about "belly bulge" if you "overindulge." FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. 248-735-8100. See ad page 55.

suNdAy, NoVEMBER 24 Springfield Farmers’ Market: Winter - 10am2pm. Products that are naturally and Michigan grown. Admission is FREE for shoppers. Hart Community Center, 495 Broadway, DAVISBURG. Info: Market Manager Colleen 248-249-1592.

MoNdAy, NoVEMBER 25 Come Meet Amma - 8pm. Program begins with a satsang by Amma (a spiritual discourse) followed by devotional music, meditation and darshan (Amma's personal blessing). This is a wonderful opportunity to experience unconditional, selfless love which flows from her in abundance. FREE. Detroit Marriott, Ren Cen, 400 Renaissance Ctr Dr, DeTROIT. See ad page 48.

TuEsdAy, NoVEMBER 26 Guided Soul Meditation - 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. Lawrence Bell, D.C. on a journey through breath, focus and deep states of well-being. Feel peace, calm, joy, surrender and relaxation. $ 15. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHeSTeR. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4. Come Meet Amma - 11am-5pm. This program begins with a short meditation led by Amma followed by darshan (Amma's personal blessing). Her embrace allows people to experience true, unconditional love and can awaken the spiritual dormant energy within. FREE. Detroit Marriott, Ren Cen, 400 Renaissance Ctr Dr, DeTROIT. See ad page 48.

FRIdAy, NoVEMBER 29 Amma's Public Devi Bhava Program - 7pm. A joyful evening that celebrates the feminine aspect of the divine and her expression of unconditional love and compassion for all of humanity. Includes a

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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. See ad page 9.

THuRsdAy, dECEMBER 12 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 fee can be applied to sign-up for FirstLine Therapy program. The Downing Clinic, CLARkSTON. 248-625-6677. See ad page 9.

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 9

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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. Soul Sisters - 3:30-5pm. A workshop for teen girls:Lead a happy and healthy life by integrating mind, body and soul. Discover your own insights and direction.Empower yourself! $15. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHeSTeR. Teresa Brown 855-200-SOUL. See ad page 4. 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.

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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 Arts, Dawn Fleetwood, Master Instructor. 2290 East Hill Rd. GRAND BLANC. Telephone: 810-2359864. See ad page 53. Gluten/Food Allergy Support - 7-8pm. Join Lee Rossano,CNC at Rochester's Whole Foods the 3rd Monday of each month, for new and exciting ways to cope with food allergies. FREE. Whole Foods, 2918 Walton Blvd, ROCHeSTeR HILLS. Lee Rossano 248-652-4160. See ad page 2. 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.

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 15.

yoga Classes At Alice's - 11:30am-12:30pm. Hatha Yoga class. Previous experience not required - all levels. $15 or 6wk rates. Alice Huang's Chinese Natural Therapies, 1311 N Main, CLAWSON. 248-278-6081. See ad page 3. 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. Slow Flow w/elizabeth - 6:30-7:30pm. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St., ROYAL OAK. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20. 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.

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Yoga 309 S. Troy St., ROYAL OAK. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20.

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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.

Group for Growth for Women - Balance your chakras,focus your energy,and gain more clarity in what you want out of life. Receive guidance,direction and tools to clear the clutter. $25. Soul Space, 210 W. University, ROCHeSTeR. Teresa Brown 855200-SOUL. See ad page 4.

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Colon Hydrotherapy - 6-7pm.Wth Dr. Dennis Benn. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, FLINT. RSVP 810235-5181. See ad page 10.

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.

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Vinyasa w/Carol Ann Dunning - 10:30-11:30am. $15. Namaste Yoga 309 S. Troy St, ROYAL OAK. Linda K. Makowski 248-752-3431. See ad page 20. Fifty Plus Active Adults - 11:30am-1:30pm. Enjoy a fun and friendly atmosphere filled with activities such as weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and much, much more. Yearly membership: $8/ea. or $14/couple. Lunch $5. Hart Community Center, DAVISBURG. Info: Sarah 248-846-6558. Chair Yoga - 1-2pm. Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation techniques from a chair while receiving the same benefits. Yoga is for everyone. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Yoga - 6-7:30pm. Instructor Chris Duncan, RYT. 6 years' experience. 2 week trial, $20. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPeeR. 810-667-2101. See ad inside back cover. Alzheimer’s Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to the public, free of charge and are attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPeeR Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810732-8500.

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Mommy & Me yoga - 9:30-10:30am. Yoga for caregivers and littles, age 8 weeks-3 years, in a relaxed setting. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARReN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

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

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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.


Dr. Pavel Bence, DC, CCWP 39573 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights 248-568-4212 Unwrap your hidden gifts and “SHINE”. Practical, How to Solutions to life’s personal challenges! ADHD is a trait when managed properly becomes a huge asset in one’s life. Visit See ad page 9.

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

DR. BENN DC BA, 30 years in practice treating sports, family, chronic and non-responsive conditions. See ad page 10.

Family, pediatrics & preganacy Cafe' of Life Chiropractic Dr. Erica Peabody • 810-629-6023 521 North Leroy St., Fenton

Serving the Exceptional Chiropractic Experience. The Café of Life ® is a unique concept. A place that thinks radically different about health and wellness, and provides a healthy environment. Please visit our website:

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

WILLS FAMILy CHIRoPRACTIC Dr. Jason Wills • 248-922-9888 5885 S. Main St., Suite 4, Clarkston

Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. Dr. Jason Wills specializes in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. Visit their website at: See ad page 17.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~Alphonse Karr

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 17.

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Advanced Practitioner Brighton • 810-599-8855 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.

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

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

Dentistry David Ewing, DDS, LPC

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.

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

And the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin

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.

coaching / Counseling 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 16.

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 10.

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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Essential Oils Oils for Healthy Living

Dena Holmes, doTerra Representative 248-303-3611 • Discover the power of nature with Essential Oils that work with your body’s chemistry to create balance/wellness. PURE & POTENT oils are safe/effective – take charge of your own health! Contact us for a free samples! See ad page 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 37.

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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 37.

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Our past is a story existing only in our minds. Look, analyze, understand and forgive. Then, as quickly as possible, chuck it. ~Marianne Williamson

November 2013


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.

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

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

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

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~Tecumseh

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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.

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln

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.


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.

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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 10.

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

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

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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.

We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.


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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 • ˇ 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.

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

"Dr. Hilda" has recently been licensed as a Dr. of Nedicine® to discuss issues 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

Vickie Evans, CMT

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

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.

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 ad page 31.

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. ~Marianne Williamson

Medical Intuition Becky Stevens Holistic Alternatives, LLC

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

Safe, effective options utilizing medical intuition to assess the root cause of disease or dysfunction in the body. Also herbal, homeopathic, JMT and vibropathic remedies. Physician testimonials available. See ad page 27.

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 19.

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 10.

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 9.

goodall's herbs

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

Rochester Holistic Arts A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw

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Natural/Holistic Health

Mental Wellness A Perfect BalanceD Mind

Debbie Bollen 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.

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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.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha

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

Lee brings 10 years of clinical experience, the most advanced assessment techniques, and a lifetime of intuitive healing with personalized health plans to help cease suffering. That means better sex, energy, and a greater sense of happiness! See ad page 2.

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 8.

Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

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

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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.

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 ad page 31.

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

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

pharmacy 1900 S. Telegraph Rd Ste 102 Bloomfield Hills • 248-758-9100 Your only local womanowned, compounding-only p h a r m a c y. C u s t o m medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. Bio-identical HRT, pain management, veterinary, pharmaceutical grade supplements. Consultative services for hormones and nutritionals.

1744 West Maple Road • Birmingham 248-644-5060

Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

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 10.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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 ad page 31.

Physicians Compounding Pharmacy

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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 4.

Yoga House Of Yoga

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.

Strongheart Yoga

Intro to Reflexology Saturday, November 23rd 1:00-5:00 pm Cost: $55 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

Reiki advanced energy therapy

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.

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

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