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ow is the time to start planning and setting goals for 2017. This is true whether you're talking about your health, fitness or even businessrelated goals. Because of that, this month our FitBody section is devoted specifically to setting fitness your fitness goals for 2017, and setting goals that 'stick.' We won't go into the details of it here, because you can read the article, except to mention that the portion of the article that discusses setting realistic goals is one of the most important pieces. The writer touches on how your goals become unrealistic when you base them on goals others have achieved (or, in this case, what it looks like others have achieved). The example, related to fitness, is that of comparing yourself to images of celebrities; when one needs to know that photos of celebrities are usually touched-up in some way. Some more than others. So using a picture like that as a goal, makes for unrealistic expectations. When you set goals, you should always compare yourself to... yourself. It's all about improvement based on where you are now, whether it's weight, body form, stamina or any of the other fitness-related areas. Comparing yourself to others is a 'recipe' for disaster when it comes to goal setting. The exception, of course, is if you're in competition, but we won't discuss that here. Speaking of recipes, this month we have many more recipes than usual. For adults we have our Conscious Eating article Healthy Holiday Libations, with recipes and tips for restorative drinks that 'revive good cheer." Then in hour Healthy Kids section, it's all about Merry Munching. Sugar is such an issue when it comes to snacking, whether we're talking about adults or kids, so we have several recipes for sugar-free treats we know kids will love. And you might as well give them a try too. Next month our January issue will focus on integrative and complementary natural health and wellness, with an emphasis on affordable complementary care, weight loss, finding the right practitioner, etc. Of course, we'll still have our regular variety of news, articles and events related to fitness, nutrition and sustainability, in addition to the main theme. We're looking forward to a great holiday season and we wish the same for you and your family. Until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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or almost two years a group of Amish farmers from the Mio area were vendors at the Shelby Farmers Market, located at the Packard Proving Grounds (PPG) site in Shelby Township. During that time they built quite a following–selling grass fed, non-GMO beef, pork, lamb and chicken (frozen) plus eggs, maple syrup, honey and baked goods. Unfortunately, it was no longer sustainable for them to hire a driver for the 3 hour (each way) trip every Saturday; and when one of the farmers had an injury that prevented him from participating, they decided to pull out of the market for the season. The good news is that Shelby Farmers Market has worked out a plan where MetroDetroit area Amish-farm-fans can join the new Amish Co-op, order the Amish products online and have their orders delivered to the PPG once each month. This program started in November with fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving and other products. The December order deadline is Thursday, December 15 and orders will be available for pick up at the PPG site beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20. There is usually a one-time $25 membership fee to help cover costs, but it has been waived for those who join by December 31. The Packard Proving Grounds/Shelby Farmers Market is located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township. For more information, product listings, prices, etc., visit, contact Mary Anne Demo 586-943-5785 or email her at See ad page 35.

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he Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) is pleased to announce "An Evening with Chef AJ," at 6:30 p.m. on December 13 at the Birmingham Groves High School Little Theatre. "Chef AJ," who has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years, is a chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker. She is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Chef AJ’s passion is teaching people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet in ways that are easy, delicious, and fun. Chef AJ PBNSG empowers all who want to optimize their health by following a plant-based diet, offering resources to empower individuals and families to consider taking charge of their health, and seek ways to help accelerate the adoption of WFPB in communities, cities, counties, states, the US and the world. Admission is $15 online, $20 at the door or $25 for preferred seating. The Birmingham Groves High School Little Theatre is located at 20500 West 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


eil King, of Neil King Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the expansion of his practice from seven to eight locations. Currently, they have clinics in Rochester Hills Novi, Macomb Twp., Plymouth, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills and St. Clair Shores. The new clinic will be located at‑ 4101 John R. Road, Troy. Neil King Physical Therapy has been providing specialized therapies in the Metro Detroit area since 1998. Their services include Rolfing, craniosacral therapy, Pilates, LSVT BIG for Parkinson's, vestibular therapy as well as other orthopedic, soft-tissue, joint, myofascial and neuromuscular therapies. They have helped patients with back & neck pain, chronic pain, headaches, sports injuries, Parkinson’s disease, balance and gait problems, women's health concerns, pediatric issues and pre- and post-surgical conditions. For more information, or an appointment at the location closest to you or a complementary consultation, call 844-275-9847 or see the phone number for the location nearest you in the ad on page 9. Find out more about Neil King Physical Therapy by visiting

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r. Laurie Mastrogianis, Clinical Psychologist and Owner/Director of STARS of Wellness Counceling Center, located in Sterling Heights, is pleased to announce the addition of Madeleine Seguin to her staff of holistic psychotherapists. "Maddie brings over 15 years of experience counseling adults, couples and members of the LGBTQ community to our center," says Mastrogianis. "She is now accepting new clients interested in whole person mental health care." The addition of Maddie Seguin allows immediate openings for holistic psychotherapy at the center, which is dedicated to providing natural options as part of the whole person empowerment process. "Being in-network with most insurances," adds Mastrogianis, "makes this an affordable therapy option. Copays and deductibles apply. We also invite everyone to check out our STARS of Wellness self-healing whole person app, 'Blue Star Bright,' which is available on iTunes® and Google Play®." Stars of Wellness Counseling Center is located at 44056 Mound Rd., Suite 105, Sterling Heights, between Hall Rd. and 19 Mile Rd. For more information, call 586-262-4153 or visit See ad page 53.

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ohn Batdorf, MI Green Team Events Manager, is pleased to announce the New Year, New You! Wellness Expo, to be held on Saturday, January 7 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on 11 Mile between I-75 and downtown Royal Oak. To leverage the attendance of the Saturday farmers' market, it will run concurrently from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is the second in the Healthy People & Planet Wellness Series. Admission is free. Event information and exhibitor registration are available at "MI Green Team is the producer of Michigan's largest healthy/green living events," explains Batdorf, "including the Michigan Earth Day Fest. All events showcase a wide variety of products, services and programs, including live music, door prizes, expert presentations, healthy concessions, free massage, awards/recognition, community roundtables, wellness programs, recycling/collection drives, kids' activities, free programs, parking and more." On Saturday afternoon, February 4, MI Green Team and Exhibitor One Stop are joining together to produce the first of their major school fundraising events, the Rochester PTA Healthy Home & Living Expo at Stoney Creek High School. $5 admission will be collected at the door. Then, over the weekend of April 21 to 23, the 12th Annual MI Earth Day Fest will return to its original downtown Rochester location at Third & Water streets, near the Paint Creek and Clinton River waterways and trails, bringing thousands of people eager to learn about green and healthy living. Admission is free. Visit for event, sponsor and exhibitor information. For more information on any of the events, visit, email, or call John Batdorf at 248-805-1477. See ad page 28.


hose looking for decorating inspiration this holiday season have to look no further than Cranbrook House in Bloomfield Hills. Sponsored by Tim French Inc. - Fine Jewelry and Gems, and The LaGrasso Family - LaGrasso Bros., Inc., proceeds will help support the preservation and restoration of Cranbrook House & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark. On Thursday and Friday December 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Holiday Splendor: Trains & Trees will feature wonderfully decorated trees and trains in the enchanted setting of Cranbrook House. Also on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 am to noon, the Holiday Splendor: Santa Sighting will take place. Visit with Santa Claus in a cozy, historic setting when he stops by Cranbrook House. Children of all ages are welcome to share their wish lists with Santa. Presale admission (through November 30) is $15/adults or $20 at the door. Presale or at the door admission for children 10 and under is $10. Cranbrook House is located at 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills. For more information, call 248645-3149 or visit holiday-splendor.


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esearchers from the University of São Paulo Medical School, in Brazil, have found high levels of tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, and hearing loss in adolescents that use ear bud speakers. They examined the hearing of 170 students between the ages of 11 and 17 and asked them about their experiences with tinnitus in the previous year. More than half of the respondents had experienced the condition. The principal investigator for the study, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the medical school, notes that the prevalence of tinnitus among adolescents should be viewed as an early warning of a serious hearing loss risk. She says, “If this teenage generation continues to expose themselves to very high noise levels, they’ll probably suffer from hearing loss by the time they’re 30 or 40.”

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esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”

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The 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February (Audubon. org/content/2014-great-backyard-birdcount-summary) and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative ( show that more than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, especially ocean and tropical birds. The governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico created the North American Bird Conservation Initiative in 1999. More than half the species that rely on oceans and tropical forests are on a special watch list because of small and declining populations, limited ranges and severe threats to their habitats. The report pinpoints invasive predators such as rats and cats on nesting islands, as well as overfishing, pollution and climate change. Ways to address the problem include removing predators, expanding protected marine areas and reducing the amount of plastic products that end up in the ocean and can trap or choke birds. Many species such as long-distance migratory shore birds in coastal, grassland and arid habitats are declining steeply. The main causes are rising sea levels, coastal development, encroaching human activity and oil spills.

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Chinese officials have announced dietary guidelines designed to reduce the country’s meat consumption by 50 percent. The campaign includes a series of billboards and advertisements featuring American celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. “China’s move to cut meat consumption in half would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is also a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions and reaching the goals set out in the Paris agreement,” says Cameron.

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Missouri is rolling out a set of energygenerating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot project—the first on a public right of way—in the U.S. The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw, which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times what the country consumed in electricity in 2009. The Missouri Department of Transportation considered their own crowdfunding campaign to support their energy experiment; plans called for the hexagonal solar panels to be fully installed and operational by the end of this year. Source: NBC

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Satellites Reveal Unexpected Plant Growth The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to onehalf of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change. Source: Boston University

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2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s onethird the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.


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The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk ( GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (, the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might—but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nations-approved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity.


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The Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free public procurement policy, meaning that any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used by the country as part of an Action Plan on Nature Diversity. Rainforest Foundation Norway was the main lobbying influence behind this recommendation and has worked for years to bring the pledge into existence. “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” says Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign for the committee. “Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest. Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. The Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.” Deforestation is estimated to comprise about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change and disrupting natural cycles and livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Removal of trees can disrupt a region’s water cycle, resulting in changes in precipitation and river flow that also contribute to erosion. Source:

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Venezuela has passed a law that imposes some of the world’s toughest regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and patenting of seeds in order to consolidate national food sovereignty, regulate the production of hybrid seed, reject the production, distribution and import of GMO seeds and ban transgenic seed research. Canada’s Centre for Research on Globalization describes it as one of the most progressive seed laws in the world. The country intends to establish a national seed system to implement the new law. The group will monitor and sanction any agricultural violations, with a focus on the protection of traditional seeds.


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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist


rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

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This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 20

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Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that

Cosmic View

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all

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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.

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rects the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them.


Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

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How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we

do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for

the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

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Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

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nized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic

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nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longer-held meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra

and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says.

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he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and destressing the adrenal glands. • Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. • Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. • Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. • Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. • Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. • Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing.

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Your heart sees an ogre as an angel, Just waiting to be born… (with a soft kiss). Are you brave enough to pucker up? Your mind would rather run from sleeping tigers that had, several decades ago, promised to eat you, than face the unknowns of life. Your heart knows that overwhelming darkness is a miracle waiting to happen.

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  


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also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnol-

ogy. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a

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sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  


Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Fresh Hot Ginger Tea Yields: 2 servings Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco


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Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne.   Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search  


Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.  


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Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco

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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco

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FITNESS 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes


very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking.

up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.”



“A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following

Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training

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If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions. Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option.


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“I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen. “When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize that the images have been Photo-

shopped. They also have access to the best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, If the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin.


Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yogva Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing

letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.”


and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-to-day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the neverending process of personal growth and healthy living.


An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are

“Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@

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hen sugar was a commodity only the wealthy could afford, “visions of sugarplums” danced in the heads of children ensconced in Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now, cheap candy is everywhere and not all that special. What is special is making memories aligned with contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that kids will remember helping to create. “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical School assistant professor of pediatrics and senior editor for Harvard Health Publications. She is also a mother of elementary school kids. “We need to use the opportunity—any opportunity these days—to teach children and families about eating healthy.”

Healthier Holiday Snacks Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raising healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing with picky eaters, getting family members to exercise and sourcing organic baby care products are all in a day’s work for them. It’s why they founded Subscribers have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice includes ditching prepackaged popcorn (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home— popping kernels in coconut oil and topping the result with maple snickerdoodle flavorings. Many moms turn to online boards for party ideas. Fun photos posted there guide kids in creating naturally sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skew-

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ers shaped like elves or magic wands inspired by The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.

Gingerbread House Update “Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.  

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents

the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful

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Sugarplums Update Healthy Sweets for Kids ½ cup popcorn kernels Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup ½ tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop.

Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn Yields: About 5 cups Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted

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Serve immediately making additional sea salt available. Courtesy of Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, maple-snickerdoodle-popcorn.



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top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste.

Apricot Gelt Yields: 12 servings (6 pieces per person) 1½ lb dried apricots 1 lb dark chocolate chips 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt Using a heavy skillet or mallet, flatten apricots to ¼-inch thickness and set aside. Place chocolate in the top of a doubleboiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted. Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set. Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Adapted from a recipe by Abbie Gellman, apricot-gelt-recipe.

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12 long bamboo skewers 24 seedless green grapes 12 chunks of fresh pineapple 12 strawberries, hulled 2 starfruit (carambola), cut into 12 slices For each skewer, thread a green grape 3 inches from the bottom of the skewer, leaving room to hold the wand. Next, thread a chunk of pineapple, then another grape. Thread a strawberry, pointed end up. Add a slice of star-

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fruit to make the star on the end of the wand. Serve immediately.

Assorted fresh and dried fruits for decoration, such as blackberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi fruit Dry cereal, such as Rice Chex, and flaked coconut for decoration Pecan halves for roof shingles Vegan Maple Caramel “Glue”: 1 cup canned coconut milk (shake the can well before opening and measuring) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch sea salt 

Rudolph the Reindeer’s Stable Yields: 1 stable Graham crackers Small paintbrushes

For the vegan maple caramel, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking until the caramel thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and let cool until just warm to the touch, then use for glue. If you like, make the caramel mixture ahead, store in the refrigerator and then microwave until just warm. Dab the bottom of 1 double graham cracker with the maple caramel glue; then attach it to a dinner plate to make the stable floor. Glue on three walls, a fence and a roof. When the structure is solid, use more warm caramel mix to attach the desired decorations on the stable, fence and perhaps a courtyard out front. If necessary, reheat the edible glue in the microwave. Let dry for 1 hour. Courtesy of Jacquie Fisher,


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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

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twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot

ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

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“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further

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suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

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“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.


For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via 38

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The Modern Shaman Mainstream Interest In Ancient Practices by Linda Sechrist


o longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. spiritual plane. They train one-on-one and in small Dr. Daniel Rieders, a physician groups with indigenous shamans in specializing in cardiac electrophysiolthe U.S. and around the world and ogy and interventional cardiology, comenroll in programs offered by estabpleted the society’s basic curriculum in lished schools such as the Foundation 2014. Having matriculated to advanced for Shamanic Studies and The Four master classes, he uses shamanic underWinds Society. Both offer workshops and standing, tools and skills for personal expeditions for participants to meet the use and in his complementary medical specific shaman that teaches congruent practices, Life Rhythm Therapies and philosophy, practices and principles. Jain Ayurveda for Optimum Health, in Since 1986, The Four Winds Palm Coast, Florida. He Society, with Maybe the journey isn’t notes that medical proceinternational headquarters in so much about becoming dures and prescriptions aren’t always the answer Miami, Florida, anything. Maybe it’s to problems. has graduated “I’ve studied various more than 10,000 about unbecoming of medicine and practitioners. It everything that isn’t you, areas found them devoid of teaches a genuso you can be who you tools and methods that ine respect for empower patients to the sacredness were meant to be in make changes that lead of metaphysical the first place. to better health. Studying forces existing in shamanism means being all natural beings ~Richard L. Alaniz, on my own healing path and objects and the connection A Shaman’s Tale: Path to of cleansing body, mind and spirit. It’s necesbetween the maSpirit Consciousness sary for any empowered terial world and

a “pay what you can healer that aspires to Spirituality is an afford” option. inspire and generate Sean Wei confidence and asextension of the inner Mah, a Native Amerisertiveness in others, being’s connection to can Cree, grew up on enabling them to do a reservation in what is needed to live what the conscious Alberta, Canada, out their life purpose,” mind longs for, to seek around tribal medicine he says. men that practiced Rieders found a higher awareness smudging, ceremony shamanism to be an and realize one’s and ritual. “Smudgeffective complementafull potential ing, by burning fine ry therapy for strengthpowders, considered ening the body and ~Richard L. Alaniz sacred medicine, is building significant to any sharesilience. One of his man as holy medicine patients was unhappy to cleanse the body. It’s part of Native with his job, feeling it only served to American life and the foundation of support a costly family lifestyle. Upon how we communicate, give thanks to discerning his true desire was to own and ask for help and guidance from the a gym and teach people how to get healthy, he took action. “A heart proce- Creator. Ceremony is our church and smudging is how we purify it,” says the dure was no longer necessary. Stored shaman, artist and actor known as “The anger can create heart disease, as well Rattlemaker”. as cancer,” he remarks. Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, a sha Seti Gershberg’s life changed draman, healer, storyteller and carrier matically while studying shamanism in of the Qilaut (wind drum), is an elder the remote Peruvian Andes, where he lived with the indigenous Q’ero people from the Kalaaleq tribe, in Greenland. His family belongs to the traditional for two years. Taking a break from a healers from Kalallit Nunaat. Endearcareer in international investment ingly known as Uncle, he has traveled banking, he set out to learn about a to 67 countries to conduct ceremonies shaman’s relationship to energy, conincluding healing circles, sacred sweat sciousness and the supernatural, with lodge purification and Melting the Ice an eye to creating a system of univerin the Heart of Man intensives, where sal reciprocity, balance and harmony. he teaches the spiritual significance of He was also interested in indigenous climate change. people’s views of the relationship He advises, “A shaman’s responsiof the physical world with self, conbility is to guide you on your inner path sciousness and multi-dimensional and support you in recognizing your space-time as a single interwoven beauty so that you can love yourself idea; a continuum. and know who you truly are. A shaman “Today, I’m an executive producer and creative director in Phoenix, Arizona, guides you to a new level of consciousness through teachings, storytelling and working on a video series, TV commerceremonies, which my grandmother cials and films, including two documentaught me were the key. All of this helps taries on shamanic rituals and ceremoyou rely on your own inner guidance.” nies, as well as the Q’ero culture,” says Gershberg. He practices the Q’ero shaLinda Sechrist is a senior staff writer man’s gift of Ayni, giving of our self first without asking for anything in return. His for Natural Awakenings. Connect at website,, offers

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Essential oils for sleep and stress - 1-2:15pm. This busy time of year leaves little time for nurturing self care which creates stress levels that effect our mood and sleep.. Essential oils can be a natural stress support, learn how. FREE. Waller Wellness Center, 1854 W. Auburn Rd #400, ROCHESTER HILLS. Mary Ann Marchand 248-844-1414. See ad inside back cover.

Holiday Splendor: Trains & Trees - Thru Sat 12/3. decorated trees and trains in the enchanted setting of Cranbrook House. Visit Santa Sat 12/3. Presale admission (through November 30) is $15/adults or $20 at the door. Presale or at the door admission for children 10 and under is $10. Cranbrook House is located at 380 Lone Pine Rd., BLOOMFIELD HILLS. For more information, call 248-645-3149. See NewsBrief page 11.


Yoga Therapy for Low Backs with Tracy Flynn 7:30-9pm. Learn safe effective ways to stretch and strengthen your lower back and surrounding areas using yoga therapy. No yoga experience is required, but if your back pain is intensely painful, you may need one-on-one attention. While very gentle, this may be inappropriate for you. If you aren’t sure please feel free to contact Tracy at 248-334-7381. $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Srongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd., WARREN. RSVP: 248-5638615. See ad page 54.


Paleo Party for the Holidays! - Noon. Cooking demonstration with Lisa Cazallis, who will teach you how to pull together some delicious and healthy paleo dishes that you will be proud to serve at any holiday table (and easy enough to enjoy all year long). FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 26.

Yin Yoga & Reiki Holiday - 1-2:30pm. Extended hold of the poses in yin yoga allows that Reiki energy can be given to each student during class. This specialty class weaves the Reiki energy within the yoga practice to experience healing. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Christmas in the Village - 1-3pm. Simple decorations, festive dinners, holiday finery, yuletide carols, vintage greetings, antique toys and more. Children may make a Christmas craft in Poppleton School and visit with Santa Claus inside Old Troy Church. Enjoy complimentary Christmas cookies, hot, mulled cider and holiday greens, courtesy of the Troy Garden Club. $5/THS members, $7/non. Kids under 4 free. Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles, TROY. Info: 248-524-3570.


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Introduction to Yoga - 4-5pm. Incorporate wellness into your workplace with a yoga class taught by Lynn Torossian, President and CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfielf Hospital. FREE. Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Rd, WEST BLOOMFIELD. Vita Wellness Center 248-3253870. See ad page 17. Why Am I Always Sick? - 7-8pm. Dr. Mathew Jadan, ND, discusses chronic illness and why symptoms can be markers of deeper issues such as Lyme Disease, heavy metals, autoimmunity, parasites, diet & lifestyle. Live Clean Nutrition, 121 S. Livernois Rd., ROCHESTER HILLS. Doug Ferner 248-608-3959. See ad page 27. The Thyroid Gland and Healthy Weight Loss 78:15pm. We will also cover what can create a burden on the thyroid as well as natural ways to restore its function. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE! Vitamin Shoppe, Baldwin Rd, AUBURN HILLS. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

holiday drinks to serve at your holiday party or family get-togethers. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 26. Kid Friendly New Years Eve - 10am-Noon. Join us for a fun and interactive kids cooking class that is designed to teach the importance of making healthy choices and how to create delicious holiday treats. For kids 6-12 years old. $25. Henry Ford West Bloomfield, 6777 W. Maple Rd., WEST BLOOMFIELD. Lindsay Mata 248-325-3890. See ad page 17. Kundalini & Yoga Nidra - 1-2:30pm. Release the Old & Invite the New Gratitude, Abundance, Bountiful Blessings. Unload past memories with Kundalini Yoga Meditation, then Yoga Nidra, a deeply restorative sleep based meditation technique $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


A Christmas Tea - 2-4pm. Enjoy a peaceful Sunday tasting sweet & savory holiday treats with tea, & take home recipes of your favorites. Share ideas for holiday traditions, past & future. AND hear abt WW\'s future Farm plans! $15. Westwind Farm, 11487 Reid Rd, SWARTZ CREEK. Linda SmithPurdy 810-701-8151. See ad page 35.


Meridian Stress Assessments - 4-7pm. Using the Electrodermal (EDS) computer, Juli Johnson will give a basic mini-assessment to determine gluten


Grand Opening: Holistic Healer & Wellness - 5-9pm. Grand opening during The Village of Franklin's Sip, Stroll, and Shop event. Come and enjoy the Village and receive vegan treats, shopping specials and learn what Holistic Healer offers at their flagship location. 32731 Franklin Rd., FRANKLIN. Info/RSVP: 248-299-9800. See ad page 25.

Gluten-Free/Dairy Free Holiday - 6:30-8pm. Being gluten-free or dairy-free doesn't mean you have to sacrifice rich flavors and delicious meals during the holidays. Learn new & exciting recipes that will tempt your taste buds. $20. Henry Ford West Bloomfield, 6777 W. Maple Rd., WEST BLOOMFIELD. Lindsay Mata 248-325-3890. See ad page 17.


Book Club for December - 7:30-8:30pm. Book: “Dying to Wake Up” A Doctors Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom he brought back. By Rajiv Parti M.D., study and discussion of books chosen to inspire your practice and improve your life. FREE. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Gluten-Free & Vegan Holiday Drinks - Noon. Valerie Wilson, AKA MacroVal, teaches how to use healthy ingredients to create warm, satisfying

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sensitivity, which will also include a quick look at the organs most commonly affected by gluten: your digestive system, sinuses and adrenal glands. FREE. Frandor Better Health Market, 305 N Clippert, E. LANSING. Space limited. RSVP 517-332-6892. See ad page 26. Holiday Indiscretions and Digestive Issues - 6:458pm. Come and learn some natural antidotes for your indiscretions. Additionally, discover the hidden causes of many digestive issues. You will not hear about these from traditional health care sources. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C. FREE! Clear Choice Natural Healthcare, 1953 W South Blvd, TROY. Call 248879-1900 to register. Cooking Demo w/Chef AJ - 6:30-8:30pm. Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years and famous for her delicious whole fruit desserts prepared without sugar, oil, salt or gluten. General seating $35. Demonstration Kitchen, Henry Ford WEST BLOOMFIELD, 6777 W. Maple Rd. For more contact info, see NewsBrief page 7.


An Evening with Chef AJ - 6:30pm-8:30pm. $20. Birmingham Groves High School Little Theatre, 20500 W 13 Mile Road, BEVERLY HILLS. 248 248-919-8726 For more info, see NewsBrief page 7. Full Moon Potluck, Bonfire & Tour - 5pm tour, 6pm potluck. Tour Strawbale Studio and other projects, then bring food to share. Bring utensils and dress for outdoors. FREE, donations accepted. RSVP several days in advance with contact info in case of changes. Strawbale Studio, OXFORD. RSVP Deanne 248-628-1887.


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Winter Solstice Celebration - 7:30-9pm. Join us for our 12th annual Winter Solstice all levels yoga class featuring live music by Vishnu Blue. Stay for the after glow and enjoy refreshments and good company. Space is limited to 36. $20.00. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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Meal Planning For A New You! - 7-8:30pm. Join Kelly Olin, Meal Planning and Certified Life Coach, to learn the benefits of menu planning, recipes, simplifying school lunches, reducing dinnertime stress, and top apps and tools to support you. FREE. Live Clean Nutrition, 121 S. Livernois Rd., ROCHESTER HILLS. Douglas Ferner 248-6083959. See ad page 27.


Meal Prep Made Easy - 6:30-8pm. Preparation is key when it comes to healthy eating. From easy breakfast options to methods for whipping up meals in bulk, our culinary team has expert tips for you for a healthy, hassle-free week. FREE Henry Ford West Bloomfield, 6777 W. Maple Rd., WEST BLOOMFIELD. Lindsay Mata 248-325-3890. See ad page 17.


Better Health Now and in the Future - 5:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will conduct a special 2-hour session for those interested in understanding how a customized lifestyle program can support better health & reduce disease risk. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste 100, CLARKSTON. RSVP 248-625-6677. See ad page 23.


Better Health Now and in the Future - 5:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will conduct a special 2-hour session for those interested in understanding how a customized lifestyle program can support better health & reduce disease risk. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste 100, CLARKSTON. RSVP 248-625-6677. See ad page 23.


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New Year, New You Expo - 8am-1pm. Second in the Healthy People Healthy Planet series. Exibitors, presentations and more. FREE. Inside ROYAL OAK Farmers Market, 316 E 11 Mile Rd. Info/ exhibit: John 248-805-1477. See ad page 28.


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Dynamic Hatha Yoga - 9-10:15am. Join Caroline for this powerful blend of Hatha Yoga postures to strengthen, tone and keep your relaxed and at ease. Great class for all levels! $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby & Dave 248-5560992. See ad page 54. Yin Yoga - 11:30am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Royal Oak Church of Christ, 115 S Campbell Road, ROYAL OAK, Contact Grace 586-808-2148. Mindfulness & Meditation - 6-7pm, 3rd Sun. Mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. Mindfulness involves both concentration and acceptance. All levels of experience welcomed. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Basic Yoga w/Meditation - 6-7:15pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Hypnotherapy with Cheryl Beshada, C.M.Ht. - 9:30am-7pm by appt. Also Wed’s. Cheryl teaches and specializes in Personal Empowerment, Releasing Blocks and Patterns of Negative Behavior, Higher Self Communication. Free Consultation. WARREN. 586-751-7500. See ad page 30. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 586-604-4074. Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays (Jan 2017 only - 2nd Mon). FREE. St. John-Mac.Hosp. Med. Educ.Ctr, 12000 E. 12 Mile. Enter pkg lot @ Main Hosp. drive & bear L. Mtg in 1st bldg. on L. Aud.A. WARREN. Info: Ginny 586-940-1634. Tai Chi - 11:45am-12:45pm. Also Tue. Gentle class for those who need to start with slower movements. The class increases as you progress. $10/class or drop-in $12. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Gentle Yoga - Noon-1pm. Perfect for beginners or those with physical challenges. We modify the postures to fit each student’s abilities and health needs. Beaumont Hospital, ROYAL OAK, Cancer Center, First Floor Classroom, $10/class. For more information call 248-551-9990. Yoga - 3-4:15pm. All fitness levels welcome, Bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $10/class drop in fee $15. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Aqua Boot Camp - 5:30pm-6:15pm. It's all the high intensity of a boot camp workout, only in the water. $15. Sola Life & Fitness, 1555 East South Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Marko 248-267-5674.

Barrobics - 9-10am. Also Wed 6:30pm. This class is designed to invigorate one during the midday, weather you are new to yoga or have been practicing yoga for years come join us. $10/class or drop-in fee of $15. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Gentle Basic Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

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Awareness Through Movement® - 6-6:45pm. Join us for gentle movement classes designed to help you move, feel & perform optimally. Bring a mat & 2 towels. Wear comfortable clothing. $15 drop in or 6-class card. Awakening Movements, 3121 Rochester Rd, ROYAL OAK. Lisa Ponichter 248321-0358. See ad page 53. Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Yoga - 6-7:15pm. All fitness levels welcome, bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $10/class drop in fee $15. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Weight Management/TLS - 7-8pm. One FREE Introductory Evening. Transitions Lifestyle Solutions. This is NOT a diet. There are 'Five Solutions' to Weight Management. 12 week program. FREE. Center for the Healing Arts, 38245 Mound Rd. Bldg E, STERLING HEIGHTS. Diane Simmons, Total Health Colon Care 586-268-5444. See ad page 50. Ashtanga Yoga for Everybody - 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dave for this powerful and soulful Ashtanga Yoga Practice that will make you strong, flexible, focused and calm. You need this now! $15. House of Yoga,

Healthy Mind & Body Basics - 7:15-8:30pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Kundalini Yoga for Relaxation - 7:45-8:45pm. Join Val for this specially designed Kundalini Yoga class for relaxation at the end of the day. Enjoy a meditative gong immersion in Sivasana. $15. House of Yoga , 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

Golden Fitness - 8-8:45am. Also Thur. Perfect classes for the mature body, good for balance, memory, flexibility, & stretch. $5/class or drop-in fee $6/class. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Basic Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. Also Thur. Works for any body. $13 walk-in. 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 30. 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. Functional Core - 3-3:45pm. Primary tools of asana, breath, & meditation. Activate life force. Simple exercise, mantra, & mudra. Relax, let go with sound of gongs~Valerie Weir FREE. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 29. Gentle Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. A blend of breath, movement, stretch & a chance to let go and relax. A peaceful class designed for anyone looking for a slower paced practice. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Crazy Cheap Yoga (Vinyasa) - 5:30-6:30pm. Crazy cheap yoga and exercise classes. Great for someone wanting to get started with yoga, as well as thouse who have practiced many years. $5. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 29. Basic Flow Yoga - 6-7pm. Works for any body. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Tai Chi - 6:30-7:30pm. Gentle class for those who need to start with slower movements. The class increases as you progress. $10/class or drop-in $12. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31.

Soul Vinyasa Yoga - 6:30-7:45pm. This soulful and insightful yoga practice is both powerful and contemplative. $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Dave & Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Lyme Disease Support Group - 7pm. First Tuesday monthly. Open to anyone in the Detroit metropolitan area who has, thinks they might have, or cares about someone who has Lyme Disease. Northwest Unitarian-Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway, SOUTHFIELD. 248-354-4488. Guided Meditation - 7-8pm. First Tuesday monthly. Guided Meditation using imagery. A different meditation each month. Seating is limited, so it is best to call and reserve your seat. Donation $5. Integrity Total Wellness, 555 Barclay Cir Ste 110A, Rochester Hills. Shirley Patterson 248-8847288. See ad page 51. Qigong with Gary Abersold - 7-8:15pm. A powerful routine to use daily.A system of healing energy from China. Use breathing, gentle movement,and meditation to improve posture & concentration FREE. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248350-1400. See ad page 29. 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. Restorative Yin Yoga with Val - 8-9pm. $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Dave & Abby 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, HOWELL. Info: 517-548-1350. Awareness Through Movement® - 11-11:45am. Join us for gentle movement classes designed to help you move, feel & perform optimally. Bring a mat & 2 towels. Wear comfortable clothing. $15 drop in or 6-class card. Awakening Movements, 3121 Rochester Rd, ROYAL OAK. Lisa Ponichter 248-321-0358. See ad page 53. Aqua Gentle Joints - 12:15-1pm. Water-based class

focusing on slow, gentle, range of motion exercises for all joints in a therapeutic pool. $15. Sola Life & Fitness, 1555 East South Blvd, ROCHESTER HILLS. Marko 248-267-5674. Midday Meditation - 1-1:15pm. Revitalize and quiet your mind with meditation. Join Julie Levinson, Vita yoga teacher, as she helps you relax and focus. May also include Reiki. FREE. Vita Wellness Center at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Rd., WEST BLOOMFIELD. 248-3253870. See ad page 17. Yoga Midafternoon - 3-4pm. 8 classes for $80, great class for thoses parents/students with busy schedules, bring own yoga mat. $15 /class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31.

Yoga/Pilates Fusion - 6-6:50pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Barrobics - 6:30-7:30pm. This class is designed to invigorate one during the midday, weather you are new to yoga or have been practicing yoga for years come join us. $10/class or drop-in fee of $15. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810358-1419. See ad page 31.

Effortless Meditation Class - 7pm-8pm. FREE meditation class open to all. Emphasis on using the breath as a tool for Effortless Meditation. Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, BLOOMFIELD HILLS. Info: Denise Everheart 248-705-5004. Yin Yoga - 7-8:15pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Basic Yoga - 9:15-10:15am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Barrobics - 11:45am-12:45pm. Also Mon 9am. Class is designed to stretch and tone ones body. Great class for all ages. $10 /class drop-in or $7/ class for 10-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Fifty Plus Active Adults - 11:30am-1pm. Lunch:

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noon. 50+. Fun and friendly. Activities such as weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more. $8/person or $14/couple. Lunch $5. Non-members welcome. Hart Community Center, DAVISBURG. Info: Sarah, 248-846-6558. Tai Chi - 11:45am-12:45pm. Gentle class for those who need to start with slower movements. The class increases as you progress. $10/class or dropin $12. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Crazy Cheap Yoga/Slow Flow - 3:30-4:30pm. Proper alignment and breath.Posture held longer build muscle & inner strength.Deepen peace,build confidence,flexibility & balance~Lisa Johnson $5. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 29. Try NIA Exercise for Free - 4:30-5:30pm. Experience the joy of movement with Non-Impact Aerobics. Energizing, yet stress-reducing exercise to music. Move at your own level. First class free. FREE. Auburn Hills Community Center, 1827 N. Squirrel Rd., AUBURN HILLS. Stacey 248-7376856. Kundalini Yoga & Gongs - 5:30-6:30pm. Primary tools of asana, breath, & meditation. Activate life force. Simple exercise, mantra, & mudra. Relax, let go with sound of gongs. $5. Irene's Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd, SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 29. Hot Yoga - 5:45-6:45pm. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous flow, release toxins,strengthen the immune systems and quickly burn calories. Previous experience recommended. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Ashtanga Yoga - 6-7pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, overweight, undereating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. FREE. Saint John Health System, Oakland Hospital, 27351 Dequindre Rd, MADISON HEIGHTS. Contact Grace 586-808-2148. Alzheimer’s Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to public, FREE and attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with

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Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPEER Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810-732-8500. Basic Yoga - 7:15-8:15pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 584-604-4074. Moonlight Yoga - 8:30-9:30pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54.

Yoga - 9-10:15am. All fitness levels welcome, Bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $15 /class dropin or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810-358-1419. See ad page 31. Kids Yoga! - 11:15am-Noon. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Enhance their flexibility, strength, coordination, & body awareness. In addition, their concentration & sense of calmness & relaxation improves. $10. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Restorative Yoga - 5:45-7pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd, COMMERCE TOWNSHIP. 248-277-0628. Vinyasa Yoga - 6-:15. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Yin Yoga with Jenn - 6:30-7:30pm. Come experience a unique and refreshing Yin Yoga class to relax you and stimulate connective tissue to create a sense of vibrancy within your body. $15. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, WARREN. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886. Mindfulness & Meditation - 7:30-8:30pm. If you can breathe you can learn how to meditate, find peace and calm and change the way you think and see your world. All levels welcomed. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


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Chair Yoga - 1:15-2am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Hot Yoga - 7:30-8:30am. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous flow, release toxins,strengthen the immune systems and quickly burn calories. Previous experience recommended. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 9am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. Central Methodist Church (park/enter at back of church), 3882 Highland Road, WATERFORD TOWNSHIP. 248-277-0628. Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Certified Hypnotherapists Education and Networking Meeting - 1st Sat/9:30am-12pm. Certified Hypnotherapists graduated from a state licensed school of hypnosis welcome. Includes educational presentation, workbook and computer disk. First visit FREE. Clinical Hypnosis Professional Group, WARREN. Register 586-7517500. See ad page 30.

Overeaters Anonymous - 10-11am. OA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from overeating, anorexia, or bulimia. Donation. Grand Blanc United Methodist Church, 401 Bush Avenue, GRAND BLANC. Susan 949-445-0493. Gentle Basic Yoga - 10:15-11:15am. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Historic Tours - 11am-Noon. Meet at the front gates for a tour of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds automotive history site. Albert Kahn designed & built in the 1920s. FREE. Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave, SHELBY TWP. Mary Anne Demo 586-943-5785. See ad page 35. Slow Burn Vinyasa Yoga - 11:30am-12:30pm. $13 walk-in. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Chair Yoga - 12-12:45pm. Even those who can't get up and down from the floor can benefit from yoga. Unwind, release and build strength seated or using a chair for support. $12. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, WARREN. Pattie McCann 248-563-8615. See ad page 54. Metro Detroit Vegan Diners - 6-8:30pm. 2nd Sat. each month. Join us for dining each month at veganfriendly restaurants in the METRO DETROIT area. Meet, dine and socialize with like-minded people. FREE to meetup group members. Organizer 248-703-2697.

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THERAPY ROOM FOR RENT $350 month, $175 1/2 time option. Great office location W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield. Call Kathy 248-798-0063.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER Opportunities - Grace Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals to provide companionship to terminally ill patients and family. SE Michigan. Training provided. For information call the Volunteer Coordinator 888937-4390.

HELP WANTED LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL Colon Hydrotherapist part-time to help with existing clientele & growth of Naturopathic clinic in Southfield. Submit resume: info@ Cutler Integrative Medicine: 248-663-0165. SPEAKERS WANTED

SEEKING COMPASSIONATE individuals to provide companionship and emotional support to the terminally ill patients throughout Lapeer, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Wayne, Livingston, and Monroe county. Info: Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Compassus 248-355-9900.

LOOKING FOR LOCAL PROFESSIONALS to speak at Rochester Hills health, nutrition and fitness facility. Promote your expertise and educate the community. Info: Doug 248-608-3959.




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

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

State of Michigan Registered, NCCAOM Certified. Former MD in China served North American people for over 28 years' with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Specializing in various pains and intestinal problems. See ad page 10.


The Downing Clinic • 248-625-6677 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston Jing Fei Huang is a certified Acupuncturist (CAC) & a c e r t i f i e d Tr a d i t i o n a l Chinese Medicine specialist (OMD). She has been with the Downing Clinic since 1999 and has helped many people with a variety of conditions. Wed, appointments available. See ads pg 19, 21 & 23.


Karen DeBruyn, PT, MSTOM, Dipl.OM, R.Ac Henry Buchtel, MMed (China)Dipl.Ac, R.Ac 8308 Office Park Drive, Ste 2 Grand Blanc, 810-694-3500 Providing acupuncture and herbal medicine to optimize your health and wellness. Specializing in pain management, sports injuries, women's health, immune support, insomnia, and stress management.


Rhonda Sousley, Ph.D • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste 400, Rochester Hills Rhonda has a PhD in Chinese Medicine and is an experienced infertility specialist with over 13 years in practice. She uses both Laser & Traditional acupuncture; making her treatments comfortable for children & adults alike. Smoking cessation, chronic & acute pain, migraines, stress & anxiety - are all treated successfully. Immediate appointments available. See ad inside back cover.

ALLERGY TREATMENT NEW LIFE ALLERGY TREATMENT CTR. Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist Advanced NAET Practitioner 725 S. Adams Rd., Ste. 185, Birmingham 248-792-2229 •

Computerized sensitivity testing and Natural Allergy Treatments. Certified in NAET with 16 years of experience. Specializing in environmental allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, digestive issues, skin p r o b le ms, h e ad ac h es, fatigue and Candida.


Brad Stone SI Practitioner 2425 West Silver Lake Rd, Fenton 810-516-4337 A process that releases restrictions in the connective tissue of the body, bringing the body into more smoothly functioning relationships, while reducing aches, pains and creating feelings of health and wellbeing.

Nature can do more than physicians. ~Oliver Cromwell

1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 Mark Rogers has over 20 years of bodywork experience, treating clients with with all sorts of aches and pains. He specializes in clinically based treatments focused on assessment and treatment of postural distortions designed to balance your body so you can live pain free. Try his unique approach and feel the difference! See ad page 18.

CHIROPRACTIC OPTIMUM CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGY Dr. Michael Husmillo, DC, DACNB, FACFN 1767 W. Big Beaver Rd, Troy • 248-885-8463

Dr. Michael Husmillo is a neurological chiropractor specializing in assessing the functional state of the nervous system in order to help people with ADHD, vertigo, post-concussion symptoms and much more.


Dr. Grant Tully • 248-590-0236 1258 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Focusing on Structural Correction of the spine with an emphasis on anterior head syndrome and sensory processing disorders in children. Dr. Tully is the author of published research and numerous health articles. See ad page 10.


Dr. Jason Wills • Dr. Heather Wills 101 South St., Ortonville • 248-922-9888 Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional Chiropractic. We specialize in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. See ad page 35.

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COLONICS/DETOXIFICATION TOTAL HEALTH COLON CARE 38245 Mound Rd, Bldg E Sterling Heights • 586-268-5444

Colon Hydrotherapy is not intended to be a cure-all but colonics are a valuable procedure for treating intestinal malfunctions which could result in many illness. Inside the Center for the Healing Arts.

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. ~Jean Anouilh


Create The Life You're Meant To Live 901 Wilshire, Suite 500, Troy 248-202-0583 • We will guide you in deeply connecting with yourself and your desires, healing from the past, and moving forward with purpose and passion to create the life you are meant to live! We accept BC/BS, BCN, HAP and private pay. See ad page 33.


Advanced Cranial Sacral Therapy (ACST) Rochester • 248-464-2049 Your ACST session includes relieving restrictions within the organs, some scar tissue release, some massage, reflexology, meridian and acupressure work. Relax your neck and restore your body's rhythm. Children benefit too.


Kathy Paholsky, PhD 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414 Kathy is currently an Associate Professor at Schoolcraft College teaching massage therapy, has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition & over 25 years of experience. Her skilled hands relieve the discomfort of chronic pain, migraines, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, PTSD, anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, ADD and more. When you need relief, you want experienced hands. Call now for an appointment. See ad page 55.

Christine & Joe Elwart • 248-545-8510 2007 Roseland, Royal Oak Complementary therapy approaches and techniques, to help unearth longstanding behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. See ad page 23

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY GUIDED TOUCH • DENAE TAIT 1178 S. Lapeer Rd, Lapeer (inside Katie's Spa) 810-664-2727

CranioSacral Therapy and more. Combining several techniques to create a unique healing experience for your individual needs. Myofascial, Kinesiology, Emotion Code and more to relieve pain and stress.


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50 West Big Beaver, Suite 120 Bloomfield Hills • 248-648-3660

We provide safe effective biocompatible treatment, using a multifaceted integrative treatment approach that focuses on the individual patient and their unique needs, in a kind compassionate and respectful manner. See ad page 18.


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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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 34.

REGIANI HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTER Holistic General Dentistry since 1979 10435 Ortonville Rd., Ste B • Clarkston 248-625-5222 •

Beautiful, natural looking Mercury free/Mercury safe, fluoride free fillings and restorations. TMJ/TMD/ CranioFacial Pain diagnosis & treatment, Non-surgical periodontal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign & whitening. Founding member IAOMT and IABDM. See ad page 2.

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.


Annette R. Richards, LMSW, AAMET Level 3 Advanced Practitioner 248-334-9214 • This experienced EFT Practitioner offers monthly EFT group to Borrow Benefits and individual sessions weekends only to learn EFT for personal use while treating an unwanted problem; affordable fees.

Don’t let the past steal your present. ~Taylor Caldwell


Karen Malone, Ind. Dist. # 840674 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 36.


Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers Become an Independent D i s t r i b u t o r. D i s c o v e r Young Living Essential Oil's healing properties for enhancing health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. Free training. 810-252-9807. See ad page 36.

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.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama



121 S. Livernois Rd., Rochester Hills 248-608-3959

We have the cleanest collection of supplements on the planet! Try our Juice Bar with great tasting juices and smoothies, and our Personal Trainer led Burst Training fitness facility. See ad page 27.


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


Live healthy, buy local - since 1974 101 S. Broadway, Lake Orion Historic Business District • 248-693-1209 Vitamins, herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, body care, books, organic and natural natural foods grocery, gluten-free, nongmo, Amish meats, eggs, & est. 1974 fresh turkeys for the live healthy • buy local holidays. Personalized service, knowledgeable staff, special orders, and supplement savings card available. Like us on Facebook!



CUTLER INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 31350 Telegraph Rd., Bingham Farms 248-663-0165

A premier Naturopathic health and wellness center dedicated to providing solutions not helped by our current medical paradigm. As a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Cutler has the highest training, and gets to the root of your problems. See ad page 5.


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 Internal Medicine, natural treatments for menopause and andropause symptoms, Osteoporosis, cholesterol management, Candida, Fibromyalgia. See ads pages 19, 21 & 23.

LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

INTEGRITY TOTAL WELLNESS 555 Barclay Circle, Suite 110A Rochester Hills • 248-884-7288

Shirley Patterson, MA, LLPC, Cht. Quality mental health and wellness care that emphasizes trust, respect, confidentiality, and compassion. Hypnosis, IR Sauna, PEMF Therapy, R e i k i , N E T, G u i d e d Mediation and more.

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.

RESTORATIVE MEDICINE CENTER Teresa Birkmeier-Fredal MD Rochester Hills • 248-289-6349

BAR H2OTM ALKALINE WATER 67315 S. Main St • Richmond 888-855-PURE (7873)

Award winning Bar H2O™ Alkaline Wa t e r i s p r o f e s sionally handcrafted Premium Purified Water using a 25-step proprietary process. Be Alkaline. Thrive. This pharmaceuticalgrade pure water is remineralized, restructured and energized for maximum hydration.

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At the Restorative Medicine Center we utilize cuttingedge diagnostic testing and provide innovative treatments for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders by identifying and treating the root cause. We also specialize in mold illness, chronic infections, metabolic syndrome, and severe food and environmental allergies. See ad page 35.

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Catherine A. Waller, MD Pamela Thomas PA-C 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414 SE Michigan's Largest Integrative Medicine Practice. Immediate openings available. Our 3 highly skilled "Medical Detectives"(Functional Medicine practitioners) are trained to uncover the root cause of your symptoms. We use the latest diagnostic testing and treatment protocols, and as a result we usually succeed where others have failed. Patients tell us we give the most comprehensive evaluation they've ever had. (having usually been to at least 3 other integrative practitioners before they come to us.).Call today, or visit our website to learn about all the services we offer. See ad inside back cover.


Annette Jordan • 586-289-0745 1775 E. 14 Mile Rd. • Birmingham Family owned and operated, no membership fees, one hour equals 60 minutes and maybe a little bit more. Come and join us for an hour of slowing down the clock and relaxing, let us show you how to Breathe...Deeply again.


Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills Shelly Symansic, LMT, graduated from the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer. Her modalities i n c l u d e D e e p Ti s s u e Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage and Sports Massage. Her work is both relaxing and effective. Whatever your needs, Shelly’s main goal is to encourage your body’s needs to restore balance. Immediate openings available. See ad inside back cover.


The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Certified in massage and in Bowen therapy. Provides combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ads pages 19, 21 & 23.



248-650-2241 • 810-724-0480 Locations in Rochester and 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.


ADVANCED NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS Lee Rossano, CNC • 248-652-4160 1444 W. Silverbell Rd., Lake Orion WhySuffer.NET

Lee Rossano, C.N.C, has been helping individuals and families achieve optimal health for 15 years. Lee thrives on finding the cause of symptoms using high tech computerized Biofeedback programs, nutrition, homeopathy, enzyme therapy and more. Why suffer when you can feel great?


Hilda Lauderman, Ph.D, RN Serving East Michigan • 810-503-4056 "Dr. Hilda" offers programs using natural approaches to help with conditions including nutrition, thyroid function, osteoporosis and more. Also licensed as a Dr. of Ňedicine, a branch of natural medicine. Call for more information. See ad page 37.


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 14.


Georganne Boylan, CCI, CCH, RM, MH Davison • 810-931-1865 Iridologist, Hypnotist, Reiki Energy Healing, Access Bars, Raw Food Nutrition, NYR Organic Consultant. Call today for a 30% discount for a Wellness Assessment.

SRI WELLNESS CENTER, LLC Nirmala Srivatsan 2945 Briarwood Drive, Troy 248-561-6993

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Get relief today from seasonal, chemical and skin a l l e rg i e s ; m i g r a i n e s ; digestive issues; hormonal imbalances; chronic pains and more. Specializing in NAET which is a safe, effective, customized holistic treatment approach. Call today for your complimentary initial consultation.

Melinda Kimmer, Group Leader 217-821-1490 We believe in safe cosmetics at NYR Organic. So you won't find parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or any other nasties in our products. Call or TEXT for a FREE Sample. See ad page 10.

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OXYGEN/HYPERBARICS LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

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


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Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills I provide treatment that goes b e y o n d t a l k t h e r a p y. EMDR, EFT, and Dual Brain Psychology are all advanced therapy techniques that allow individuals to work through negative feelings and patterns. The end result is more balance, a healthier perspective, and more enjoyment and satisfaction. 20 plus years’ experience of treating PTSD, anxiety, depression, emotional and relationship issues. See ad inside back cover.

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StarsofWellness Counseling • 586-262-4153 44056 Mound Rd, Ste 105, Sterling Heights By working to optimize strengths, we uncover and deconstruct the challenges that keep you from feeling well, while reconstructing your more empowered and natural self. Individuals, Couples, LGBTQ.

Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 41.


Adult enrichment classes in Yo g a , K i c k - f i t a n d Women’s self-defense. Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 31.


Feldenkrais® Method, Physical Therapy 3121 South Rochester Rd, Royal Oak A physical therapist specializing in the Feldenkrais Method® optimizes posture, strength, flexibility and balance. Minimize pain, increase efficiency and fluidity while exploring gentle, transformative movement patterns which bring out your best.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~Albert Einstein


950 E. Maple Rd., Ste 210, Birmingham Julian Myftiu • 248-996-0353 Trained in Italy under Master Reflexologies, S p e c i a l i z e i n Tu i N a (Chinese) Massage and highly experienced in Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Therapeutic Touch. Lipomassage by Endermology. He is certified Tai Chi Chuan instructor in Venice, Italy.

Contact today and ask about our earlybird special ad rates.

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Sharon Meyer, RD 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills • 248-844-1414

Call 586-949-5515 for details!

Specializing in Functional Medicine, our nutritionist not only helps with common problems such as weight loss, food allergies and detoxification, but is also been trained to handle the most difficult issues such as autoimmunity, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, Our HCG program is one of the most comprehensive around. See ad inside back cover.

See the calendar in this magazine for our other classes and special events.


Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

Kundalini & Yoga Nidra Saturday, December 10th 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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

He who has not

Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith


Charlyce Walsh, RN, BSAH, NP 3965 Telegraph Rd • Bloomfield Hills 248-792-5168 •

Losing weight doesn't have to be hard when you unlock the knowledge from your DNA. Capture your roadmap to successful weight loss. DNA report + Personal step by step system + Proven Weight loss/maintenance. See ad page 11.

YOGA BODHI SEED YOGA & WELLNESS 81 Macomb Pl., Mt. Clemens 586-469-YOGA (9642)

Yoga & Wellness for every body including Yin, Basic, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hot Yo g a . We a l s o h a v e Massage & Reflexology T h e r a p i s t s . We o ff e r monthly workshops and Yoga Teacher Training as well.


Certified Advanced Rolfer® The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • Kathleen has over 25 years of Rolfing experience and uses her skills to increase motion and reduce pain for her patients.Rolfing® Structural Integration or SI, is a system of bringing the human body back into proper alignment through education and deep soft tissue manipulation. See ads pages 19, 21 & 23.

NEIL KING PHYSICAL THERAPY Rocheser Hills • 248-853-7555 Novi • 248-513-3730

From Pediatrics to Geriatrics, our advanced, hands-on physical therapy techniques are so effective that physicians, chiropractors and even other physical therapists refer their most difficult cases to us. See ad page 9.



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).


8373 Old 13 Mile Rd • Warren 248-563-8615 Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga f o r e v e r y b o d y, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.

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LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Weight Loss & Nutritional Counseling Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643

Victoria Robinson, BSc Psychology, MS Sports Psychology, ISSA Sports Nutrition. HCG, successful diet plans, food sensitivity and food allergy guidance, diet specific weight loss protocols, sports nutrition, Physician-based programs.


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Patients come to us every day with problems that other doctors have dismissed as untreatable or simply in their heads. We can help with: • Fatigue • Hair Loss • Brain Fog • Weight Gain • Mood Swings • Hormone Imbalance • Anxiety • Digestive Issues • Memory Loss • Insomnia • and much more…

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“I feel better now than I did for the last 40 years! “ - Chris K. Washington, MI 62 years old.

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I have been on every medication known to the Crohn’s community. They either don’t work or I have anallergic reaction. I have already had 2 bowel resections. Westernized medicine has told me they don’t know what else to do for me. My Dad found Dr. Christine and I have been working with her for a few months and it has worked like gangbusters. It is the only thing in the last 25 years that has worked for me. ~Sasha, 46 years old

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I just want to talk about all of the great things coming to Dr. Christine has done for me. I came in with at least 5 years of having problems with my bowel movements and just being constipated all of the time. Within the first week or two, everything started changing and it’s just been going really awesome and I am so happy I came here. I just really get the feeling that Dr. Christine really cares about each and every one of her patients. I am really glad I made the choice to come. ~Dina N., Warren, 43 years old

“I have been seeing Dr. Christine for a couple weeks now. I have seen an 85% improvement on my issues, (IBS, loose stools, brain fog) and my brain fog is about gone.”

It is great seeing her. I am learning a lot and I recommend anybody coming to see her. I don’t have a problem going in my car and having to find out where the nearest bathroom or anything like that so that is a huge improvement and a lot off of my mind. ~Melinda C., Sterling Heights 53, years old

“She worked her magic! I am a happy, healthy mother of 3 now and have the energy to deal with my 3 lovely children and I am very happy that I made the choice to come see her...”

After my third child I was having some difficulty with acne and weight gain and bloating... I couldn’t get my wedding rings back on... I had a rash on my eyes. Finally, the last straw was I found 2 lumps in my abdomen and I started to get nervous. I went to my dermatologist. I went to my OB. I went to my General Practitioner, and all of them just kept telling me, you’re a mother of 3, this is just what happens. You’re going to be slow to lose weight. Your hormones change. You’re going to have acne. You’re going to be tired, all of these things keep changing because you’re a mother of 3. I was not satisfied with that answer and somebody suggested I come see Dr. Christine. All of those things I just talked about are GONE! I would suggest that if you are frustrated with some things in your life, healthwise, to come check it out and see what she can do for you. ~Laura G., Clinton Township 36 years old

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