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ach April, we’ve seen the number of local expos, festivals and fairs in East Michigan grow. Some take place in late March and others in May and June, but it’s obvious that April has the most. We’re proud to have grown, over the years, to the point where we are able to help promote all of the major and most well-attended events each year. This year, as we enter our 14th year of publishing Natural Awakenings in East Michigan, there’s no exception. You’ll find that this month’s issue full of information about events in our region and we encourage you to attend as many as possible. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the businesses, practitioners, workshops and exhibitors at these shows. There’s no better way to get information, in person, on how to live a healthier, sustainable lifestyle. While, as usual, we have a wide variety of articles, news and event listings related to health, fitness and nutrition; this is the month we celebrate Earth Day. As part of that, we like to provide content related to green living and sustainability. One in particular is about eco-friendly home building. We all know that the most effective environmental habit one can develop is that of sustainability. “Reduce, reuse and recycle,” as the saying goes. This is somewhat of a prevention-based approach, as is eco-friendly home building, and can provide the most return for the effort. We hope you pick up some tips you can use, whether it’s remodeling or building new. Next month we celebrate women’s health. We have a broad range of health and wellness topics planned, including natural pregnancy and childbirth and other timely related women’s health topics. We already have plans in the works to provide health-related information that women of all ages can use. We’re also planning a special section on native landscaping. When one talks about sustainability, native landscaping should be at the top of the list. It provides a naturally beautiful and sustainable approach to helping not just our environment, but that of our wild animal friends. Expect some timely information and tips for developing your own native landscaping project, whatever the size. Until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs Spring Yoga Immersion at Berkley Studio Life O.S. 17 (Operating System: Live the Life of a Yogi





tarting Wednesday, April 26, at House Of Yoga in Berkley, Life OS 17 will immerse participants into a yogic lifestyle for 21 days. The program continues on Saturday, April 29, May 6 and May 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Led by Abby Bechek Hoot and Dave Tomaszewski, partners and co-directors of House Of Yoga the program provides an overview of philosophy from the ancient traditions of yoga, along with Ayurveda (an ancient medical science that comes from the yogic tradition), yoga posture practice, practical philosophy for living in the modern world, meditaAbby Bechek Hoot and Dave Tomaszewski tion techniques and mantra practice. “The program is designed to help reboot our lives and the way we normally process, our operating system, in order to learn skillful and mindful ways to deal with life’s challenges, also to learn to manage our health to keep us vibrant, healthy and happy,” says Bechek Hoot. She adds that Life OS is House of Yoga’s most popular program. The cost for the program is $329. House Of Yoga is located at 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley. For more information, call Abby Bechek Hoot at 248-556-0992 or visit HouseOfYoga.net. See ad page 54.

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newsbriefs Practitioner Opens Office in Rochester Hills Offers a Variety of Therapeutic Treatments

5th Annual Spring Holistic Expo Find Unique Health Options at Ypsilanti Event


tefanie Kullmann, founder and owner of Rhythm in Balance, offers CranioSacral Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Therapeutic Massage and Reiki in her new office inside Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills. "Using CranioSacral Therapy, explains Kullmann, "is a gentle touch system developed by Dr. John E. Upledger. The practitioner releases restrictions in the craniosacral system, which affects the whole body and vice versa. Clients are fully clothed during treatments." "Therapeutic Massage," says Kullman, who graduated from Irene's Myomassology Stefanie Kullmann Institute (I.M.I.) in Southfield, "is intended for relaxation and pain relief by combining Swedish and deep tissue techniques." Kullmann, who received Thai Massage training at I.M.I. through Randy Fillion, explains that it is a therapeutic massage using compression and stretching to relax the central nervous system. Clients remain in comfortable clothing during the procedures. "Reiki," she says, "is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement." Kullmann received her attunements in the Usui lineage through Nikki Jarrett. "My goal, says Kullmann, "is to offer my knowledge and life experiences for the best outcome of my clients." Red Lotus Yoga is located at 1900 S. Livernois Rd, Rochester Hills. For more information or an appointment, call 313-355-0871 or visit RhythmInBalance.com. See ad page 50.

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he Intuitives Interactive 5th Annual Spring Holistic & Psychic Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Ypsilanti. “There will be dozens of vendors of holistic health products,” says Rev. Amy Garber, show co-director, “such as crystals, essential oils and aura photography. Among the 10 presentations are: How to Be Calm When You Should Be Stressed (Saturday) and Stress—Why Women & Men React Differently (Sunday).” “Attendees can also work with healers who use various modalities,“ adds Garber, “such as crystal light beds from John of God’s Casa in Brazil, reflexology, Reiki, ThetaHealing and Access Bars. The FDA approved BEMER (Bio-ElectroMagnetic-Energy-Regulation) booth will offer 8-minute sessions on the machine. Used by NASA, it increases general blood flow, supporting the body’s ability to heal itself.” Adult admission is $10/day or $15 for both, $8 for college students, $5 for children ages 12-17. Advance online purchases discounted. Prices for services vary. Parking is free. Eastern Michigan University Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. For information or to buy advance tickets, call Amy Garber at 734-358-0218, email IntuitivesInteractive@hotmail.com or visit their website at: HolisticPsychicExpo.com. See ad page 11.


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pringtime brings plenty of green, and with the MI Earth Day Fest hitting downtown Rochester April 21-23, there’s no better time to “green up” our lifestyles, as well. Now in its 12th year, the popular annual event offers no shortage of fun and free ways to shop, learn and celebrate the planet. “We have a wonderful lineup of environmentally friendly exhibits, vendors and family activities, along with speakers and entertainment all weekend long,” says event manager John Batdorf of MI Green Team. “In fact, we’ll have at least 50 perOutdoor Yoga from prior year cent more exhibitors and expect larger crowds, because we’re moving back to our larger previous location at Third and Water streets.” With more than 30,000 expected to attend, MI Earth Day Fest is one of the planet’s largest Earth Day celebrations. Featuring more than 150 displays and presentations as well as entertainment, awards, recycling drop-off, food and family fun, the event aims to highlight environmental and wellness issues and solutions through education, innovative products and services, and community building. All events are free and open to the public. Highlights include the MI Green Hall of Fame Awards Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.; parade and pep rally Saturday, April 22 at 10 am; RARA Earth Day 5K Fun Run Sunday, April 23 at 8 am; presentations on bionutrient gardening, climate change, “tapping” or Emotional Freedom Techniques and more; plus food, entertainment, exhibitors, displays, kids’ activities and more throughout the weekend. “This event offers unlimited ideas for making your life healthier and making every day Earth Day,” says Batdorf. The MI Earth Day Fest runs from 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, directions, schedules, lists of participants or to exhibit or sponsor, visit miEDF.com. See ad inside back cover.

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ast month offered the lack of Organic Sulfur (MSM) and the possible correlation of disease. When I speak of MSM, I’m not referring to cheap priced MSM found in most retail outlets or through some online sources. Most of these offer so called MSM from China or India and not the purest form that you want. Organic Sulfur occurs naturally in many foods. However, it’s concentrations are so small that it can’t be extracted from nature. The purest form is comically identical to that found in nature. Chemical fertilizers destroys most. If Organic Sulfur is not manufactured properly, or is produced in a facility that makes a number of products with improper sanitation procedures, contamination is likely. There is also a good chance that impurities like heavy metals or chlorinated hydrocarbons from the water used will remain in the final product. The USA nutrition industry has standards for testing Organic Sulfur but not all get their MSM from manufactures that practice these procedures. Next month I will discuss these tests from explaining melting points to volatile purity ratings. Many folks with arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis Cardiovascular disease are leading better lives now that Organic Sulfur is a part of it. Next month – The Tests Michael DuBay is founder of Bozoomer, a Michigan based company and one of the few that produces Organic Sulfur in the U.S. For details, visit Bozoomer.com or call Michael at 800-9370166. Contact us if you missed Part 1, 2, 3 or 4. April 2017


newsbriefs Alternative Health and Wellness Bookstore Clinton Township Moves to Macomb Spring Oil Palooza Now Accommodates Larger Class and Workshop Facilities

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town Mt. Clemens, has relocated to new, larger facilities in Macomb. Founded by Jennifer Rossi, who since 2010 has worked to provide not just a venue for her customers and clients, but also a community for locals to explore alternative means to achieve healthier lifestyles. After nearly nine months of planning and preparation, the vision is nearly complete. Rossi has partnered with Gundi Gerhardt, a fellow practitioner, and together they have been eager to "open the doors." “Customers look forward to their time spent at our center,“ says Gerhardt. “The environment itself is meditation, no matter what happened before you arrived, stress begins to melt away the moment you walk through our door.“ “We will continue to provide a venue for our customers to explore the many different alternatives to achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle by means of education, meditation and yoga,” Rossi explains. "In addition," says Rossi, "we are offering Anti-Gravity Yoga classes, that are both fun and beneficial. Anti-Gravity Yoga, also referred to as "Aerial Yoga," provides a fun and unique way to practice and is taught to restore, rebuild, and strengthen the muscles of the body. It is a non-weight bearing style of yoga that has positively impacted the recovery time of students whose bodies have suffered deterioration from age, illness or trauma." With the addition of Anti-Gravity/Aerial Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong to its schedule, the new center is designed to accommodate larger class and workshop facilitation, demonstration nights and introductory talks. Also located within the new space are smaller rentable rooms; perfect for practitioners who desire to educate the ever expanding health-minded community in their area of expertise. For those who need a place to host events or those who are interested in holding regular classes at The MINDs Eye, visit the main office, call Rose at 248736-4655 or visit MindsEStore.com/get-involved.html. The Minds Eye is located at 15300 21 Mile Road, Macomb. For more information call 586-468-6463 or visit MindsEStore.com. See ad page 14.


n April 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., at ConCorde Inn, Oil Palooza attendees can get answers to their essential oil questions through Oily Bingo 101—with prizes— and make-and-take stations with no obligation to purchase. Organizer Carrie Sauer says the event resulted from asking, “What can we do to reach more people?” “We wanted to make it enjoyable and easy for people to attend,” Sauer says. For the past two years, she has educated people about essential oils in her or a friend’s home. “We discovered that many people are interested in essential oils and they wanted to learn more,” Sauer says. “Oil Palooza encourages a hands-on approach to using essential oils. Our goal is to attract like-minded people who are interested in clean living and essential oils and share some natural, healthy options for everyday life.” Admission is free. ConCorde Inn is located at 44315 N. Gratiot Ave., Clinton Township. For more information, call Carrie Sauer at 586-465-2838.

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, double-blind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.


study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels. The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming low-fat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit. An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.

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haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know

Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage.” what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integra-

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treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select mas-

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The Heart of the Wild Reveals Our Spiritual Life

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t was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain enveloped us and we wore it as loose clothing. Immense stalactites and stalagmites hung down from the ceiling and rose up from the floor, declaring themselves teeth. We were inside the gaping mouth of an animal and we were careful not to disturb the beast, traversing the cave on a narrow constructed walkway above

the floor so as not to disturb its fragility. But it was the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave that captured my attention. When everyone else left the charismatic form, I stayed. I needed more time to be closer to it, to watch its redorange aura pulsating in the cavernous space of shadows. I wanted to touch the heart, run the palms of my hands on its side, believing that if I did, I could better understand my own heart, which was invisible to me. I was only inches away, wondering whether it would be cold or hot to the touch. It looked like ice, but it registered as fire.

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Suddenly, I heard the heavy door slam and darkness clamp down. The group left without me. I was forgotten— alone—locked inside the cave. I waved my hand in front of my face. Nothing. I was held in a darkness so deep that my eyes seemed shut even though they were open. All I could hear was the sound of water dripping and the beating heart of the mountain. I don’t know how long I stood inside Timpanogos Cave before our church leader realized I was missing, but it was long enough to have experienced how fear moves out of panic toward wonder. Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. What I didn’t know was what would find me—the spirit of Timpanogos. To this day, my spiritual life is found inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate my return, needing to touch stone, rock, water, the trunks of trees, the sway of grasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left behind by a shedding bison. Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, wrote: “If we preserved as parks only those places that have no economic possibilities, we would have no parks. And in the decades to come, it will not be only the buffalo and the trumpeter swan that need sanctuaries. Our own species is going to need them, too. It needs them now.” Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, reprinted with permission. Learn more at CoyoteClan.com/index.html.

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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince 28

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at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

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Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa

We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best


companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (CertifiedHumane.org). “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at

Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in Pasture-Raised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more

humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”




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because they’re packed with freeradical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.” Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted www.MichiganHealthyLiving.com

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that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California.

“Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com.

ence in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of arefoot running has bea progressive increase in the duration and frequency of come a popular activity for athletes, and with the right barefoot running, while those in the control group pertraining, can be a helpful tool formed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. for many runners. A recent The experimental group showed significant changes in study from the University of foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike Jaén, in Spain, confirms the at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation benefits of barefoot running. and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. to a mid- or front-foot strike. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experiPlusONE/Shutterstock.com

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very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a

fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view un-

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expected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie… n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit StepOutOfYourStory.com.

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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or com-

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plete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be


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helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a

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Runners & Walkers Performance Workshop - 7pm-9pm. Enhance your efficiency with focus on technique & core/hip strength in this workshop designed to improve overall performance using Yoga, Pilates & Tai-Chi to tap into your core, reduce impact & injury. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Baking the Paleo Way - Noon. Jin Lisa Cazallis for this new class and learn new recipes, grasp a basic understanding about Paleo, sample all the delicious recipes and take home a few new recipes for your collection. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34. Roll, Release & Reconnect - Noon-2pm. SelfMyofascial Release (SMR) techniques increase circulation & reduce restrictions for improved health, performance & recovery. Bringing your own 36” roller is preferred, a few will be available. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Drop-in Healing Night: First Mondays - 7-9 pm. Practitioners of body work, energy work, medical intuition, and other alternative healing modalities are welcome to practice their services while those seeking healing are invited to drop in. Donation requested. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, ANN ARBOR. Info: 734-358-0218.


Veg101 Cooking Class - 7-8:30pm. earn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get to taste samples of the prepared food. You’ll enjoy the class whether you are a seasoned vegan or veg- curious. FREE event but please RSVP. Whole Foods Market, ROCHESTER HILLS. RSVP to Customer Service 248-3711400.


Healthy Eating Tour w/Chef Isabella - 1:152:15pm. A special store tour with Chef Isabella that will focus on how to make healthy food choices by selecting quality produce, healthy grains and delicious spices that really enhance the flavor of food. Whole Foods Market customers and Weight Watchers members welcome to join this tour. FREE. Whole Foods, ROCHESTER HILLS. Space limited to 15 people per tour. RSVP customer desk! 248-371-1400.

Nutrition Response Testing - 6:45-8pm. Are you getting results from your health practitioner? We can help! Learn how this powerful technique can guide you back to health. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE! Clear Choice Natural Healthcare, 1953 W South Blvd, TROY. Call 248-879-1900 to register.


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The Ketogenic Diet - Noon. How to transform from a “Live to Eat” to “Eat to Live” in just a few short days. Holistic Practitioner Jennifere Meyer will share with you just how to follow this eating plan, what foods to eat, supplements to take and special tips. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248735-8100. See ad page 34. Spring Into the Healthy Body of Your Dreams Noon. (also 2:30pm in Beverly Hills - see below). Get to your unique prescription for a healthy body and lose weight…the healthy way! Take this opportunity to help understand your own unique needs. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586884-6160. See ad page 34. Somerset Troy Wine Sampling - 1-4pm. Join us for an in-store Wine Tasting event featuring Oyster Bay and Barossa Valley wines. Oyster Bay is from New Zealand. They will be featuring 3 varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Specialty Department, Whole Foods Somerset, Maple Rd., Troy. Info: 248-649-4600. Kundalini Yoga for Times of Change - 2-3:30pm. Experience a kriya [Kundalini yoga set], mantra, movement & meditation to enhance the rhythmic dance of life, balance your mind, calm your spirit and energize your soul, allowing the grace of change. $30. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

Spring Into the Healthy Body of Your Dreams - 2:30pm. See description in event at noon above this listing. FREE. Better Health Market, 17696 W 13 Mile, BEVERLY HILLS. Space limited. RSVP 248-645-5500. See ad page 34. Hanuman Jayanti Kirtan - 6-10pm. Celebrate Hanuman’s Birthday with this special kirtan. We will sing chants and prayers to invoke the qualities of Hanuman into our lives. Various kirtan artists and concludes with outdoor fire ritual. $20.. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.


Beauty Inspired by Nature - 6:30pm. What’s New? Exciting New Research! Seek the New Chapter: A fun and informative Question and Answer with New Chapter representative and host Kelly Cassise. FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586-884-6160. See ad page 34.


Digestion Issues? - 7-8:15pm. Gas & Bloating? Alternating Constipation and diarrhea? IBS? Crohn’s Disease? Stomach Pain? Acid Reflux? Learn some common hidden causes and their connection to digestion and other health concerns. Learn how to effectively address them. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE! Vitamin Shoppe, John R Road, TROY. Call 248879-1900 to register.


Healthy Eating Tour w/Chef Isabella - 1:152:15pm. (See full description on Wed 4/5 event listing above) FREE. Whole Foods, SOMERSET TROY. Space limited to 15 people per tour. RSVP customer desk to reserve your space! 248649-9600. Greenbush Tap Take-Over - 6-9pm. Join us to celebrate some of our favorite beers in Michigan. We love Greenbush Brewing Company and we are letting them take over our taps at the West Bloomfield Orchard Bar. Cost: Varies per draft, $8 per flight. Whole Foods, WEST BLOOMFIELD. Info: 248-538-4600.


Gluten Free Pasta w/Macro Val - Noon. Chef Val teaches how to incorporate brown rice pasta in your healthy lifestyle. Adding a wide variety of vegetables and using high fiber pasta you can create a wonderful meal that can be delicious and satisfying. Recipes are Vegan and gluten-free. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34. House of Yoga Monthly Movie Night - 7:309:30pm. Join us for our first monthly movie night. Each night we will show various uplifting and informative movies from spiritual traditions. Our first feature will be the classic “Jesus Christ Superstar” $5. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby & Dave 248-556-0992. See ad page 54.

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RCH Peaceful Birthing - 7-8:30pm. Join Janice Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing - a HypnoBirthing Mom and Educator & Birth Doula - as she explores how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations. Discover how to give birth feeling informed, calm and in control. HypnoBirthing supports families whether birthing at home, hospital or birthing center - natural birth or birth using medication - even surgical birth! Whole Foods ROCHESTER HILLS. Info: Janice 248-429-9070.


Healthy Eating Tour w/Chef Isabella - 1:152:15pm. (See full description on Wed 4/5 event listing above) FREE. Whole Foods, WEST BLOOMFIELD. Space limited to 15 people per tour. RSVP customer desk to reserve your space! 248-538-4600. 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 ads pages 17, 19 & 29.


The Critters in Your Gutters: What Has My Gut Got to do With My Nose? - 6:30pm. Understand how our immune system tends to overreact to our own environment and food. Learn some specific steps you can take to strengthen the immune system to work just right, and it certainly is not cleanliness. What you should avoid and what you should do to eliminate allergies and autoimmunity. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34. Beyond CBD: The Future of Hemp-Derived Products - 6:30pm. (also 4/20 in Novi). Dr. Jason Mitchell, N.D., Co-Founder & President of MetaCan® (makers of HempFusion™ products), shows what phytocannabinoids are, how they work in the body, why they are becoming so popular and how to discover safe & legal full-spectrum phytocannabinoid products.FREE. Better Health Market, 14105 Hall Rd, SHELBY TWP. Space Limited. RSVP 586-884-6160. See ad page 34.


Beyond CBD: The Future of Hemp-Derived Products - 6:30pm. (See full description in 4/18 event listing above). FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34.


MI Earth Day Fest - Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 10am-4pm. Shop, learn and celebrate Earth Day! Downtown ROCHESTER. See ad inside back cover.


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yoga class for HS athletes. Whatever the sport, performance can be enhanced through yoga. This class works on flexibility, strength, balance, and mental focus. $20. Unbound Pilates & Yoga, 822 N. Main St., ROCHESTER. RSVP: Courtney Jones 248-459-9014. See ad page 53.

Try Paleo Again - Noon. Health and Wellness expert Nate Furlong shows how modern nutritional shortcuts from the food industry have made it increasingly difficult to eat clean, even when you’re eating clean. If you’ve tried Paleo before and failed, come learn the sneaky dark secrets of the food industry and try Paleo Again…you might be shocked at the success you find. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34. Spring Into the Healthy Body of Your Dreams - Noon. (also 2:30pm in Bloomfield Hills) This year stop the pointless dieting and calorie counting to get to the healthy body you deserve with the 4 doctors! Get to your unique prescription for a healthy body and lose weight… THE HEALTHY WAY! Take this opportunity to help understand your own unique needs today! FREE. Better Health, 33452 Van Dyke, STERLING HEIGHTS. Info/RSVP: 586-884-6160. See ad page 34. 5th Annual SPRING Holistic Expo - Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Hosted by Intuitives Interactive. Aura photography, energy work, holistic products, FREE presentations, free parking. $10 daily/$15 weekend/$8 college student/$5 ages 12-17. EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, YPSILANTI. Discounted advance tickets at 734-358-0218. See ad page 11.

Spring Into the Healthy Body of Your Dreams - Noon. (see full event description in noon event above). FREE. Better Health Market, 2053 S. Telegraph, BLOOMFIELD HILLS. Space Limited. RSVP 248-334-9500. See ad page 34.

Yoga Nidra/Yoga of Sleep - 7-8:30pm. Induces deep relaxation physically, mentally and emotionally. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra equates to four hours of sleep and can boost problem solving, focus and creative thinking. $15. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


5th Annual SPRING Holistic Expo - Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Hosted by Intuitives Interactive. See description and contact info in event listing above.


Lose Weight, Keep It Off - 7-8pm. Bold, Beautiful Boundaries FREE informational meeting. See full description in NewsBrief on page 7). Psychological & Spiritual Services, PC, ROYAL OAK. Info: 248-545-8510.


Beauty Inspired by Nature - 6:30pm. What’s New? Exciting New Research! Seek the New Chapter: A fun and informative Question and Answer with New Chapter representative and host Kelly Cassise. FREE. Better Health Market,

42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34.


Why are we Sick as a Nation? - 6:30pm. Internist Dr. Chellam will discuss 4 main reasons why we continue to fall sick despite being such an advanced nation with our research and newer treatments for most disease processes. We all are aware of these reasons and we can actually change. FREE. Better Health Market, 42875 Grand River, NOVI. Space limited. RSVP 248-735-8100. See ad page 34. Digestion Issues? - 7-8:15pm. Gas & Bloating? Alternating Constipation and diarrhea? IBS? Crohn’s Disease? Stomach Pain? Acid Reflux? Learn some common hidden causes and their connection to digestion and other health concerns. Learn how to effectively address them. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE! Live Clean Nutrition, 121 S Livernois, just south of Walton, ROCHESTER HILLS. Call 248-8791900 to register.


The Amazing Thyroid! - 12-1:15pm. Learn what it does and how to support this incredible gland. We will review natural, drug free ways to restore its function. Learn its link to the heart, digestion, weight gain, fatigue, depression and more. Don’t settle for false solutions. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist. FREE! Oasis Health Foods, 76 N Williams Lake Road, WATERFORD. Call 248-879-1900 to register. Fortify Your Life - 1-2pm. Natural health physician and bestselling author Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. provides a personalized approach to using nutritional supplements for your specific health needs, helping you navigate the complex and often confusing landscape of vitamins, minerals, and more. FREE speaking event and book signing. Start Living Better Expo, Southfield Civic Center, SOUTHFIELD.


VegFest - 10:30am-5pm. Vegan Tastefest and Expo. Suburban Collection Showplace, NOVI. See ad page 35.


Health & Wellness Open House

The Wellness Training Institute will be hosting an open house featuring a presentation by Cardiologist Dr. Michael Dangovian, Cooking Demonstrations by Nicole Martin, info on Stress Reduction and Yoga, Neurofeedback, Healthy Snacks & more! FREE admission.

Saturday May 6th - 11am-3pm Wellness Training Institute

39242 Dequindre Sterling Heights. For more information: Lauren Meier 586-554-7515 or visit www.WellnessTrainingInstitute.com

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Drop-in Healing Night: First Mondays - 7-9 pm. See event descripton on April 3 listing. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, ANN ARBOR. Info: 734-358-0218. See Expo ad page 11.

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Essential Oils Skin Care DIY - 12:30-2pm. You will go home with a facial cleaner, toner, after sun support, insect bite prevention and relief remedies that you made using Young Living Essential Oils and old fashion products in each recipe. $30. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.


Introduction to Infant Massage - 6:30-8pm. Massage can deepen the bond between you and your infant, ease colic and congestion. Please bring your baby (8wks-15mos), extra diapers, wipes and baby blanket. $5/family (mom/dad/baby). Irene’s Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 24.

markyourcalendar Medical Intuitive Workshop

Join author and international instructor Tina Zion for a hands-on workshop and learn to develop “inner sight” for the deeper cause of illness. Assess what vibrational colors are telling you, do distance assessments and much more. For anyone who wants to develop their intuitive abilities. Massage therapists can receive 16 CEs! Handouts and certificate included. Cost: $299.

Sat/Sun May 20 & 21

Washtenaw Community College Business Education Building Room 158 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor

For more information or to register, visit metafizz.org or call 734-358-0218.

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 248556-0992. 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. Intuitives Interactive Group for Adults - 2:304:30pm, 1st and 3rd Sun’s. For intuitives, indigos, and anyone wishing to explore topics with like-minded individuals. Includes exercises to develop intuition, demonstrations by practitioners, discussion, sharing, and social time. Donation requested. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, ANN ARBOR. Info: 734-358-0218. See Expo ad page 11. 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. Why is it that something so simple can sometimes be so challenging to us? Let us help you learn how to start or keep your meditation practice. 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.

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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 36. 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. 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 18. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 586-604-4074. Breastfeeding Info/Support: La Leche League of Warren - 10:15 am. 1st Mondays. FREE. St. 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 36. 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 36.

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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. 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 248-321-0358. 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 36. Ashtanga Yoga - 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dave for Short Form Ashtanga every Monday night. Practice is a warm and sacred space in the tradition of the lineage. $15. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 248-556-0992. See ad page 54. 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.

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 36. 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 18. 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. Chair Yoga - 1-2pm. Also Wed same time. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. Gentle Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. Designed with simpler poses that entail more stretching and deep breathing techniques, but you will still receive all the benefits of yoga. $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 those who have practiced many years. $5. Irene’s Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Rd., SOUTHFIELD. Jill Howard 248-350-1400. See ad page 24. Pilates/Yoga Fusion - 5:45-6:45pm. A dynamic blend of Yoga with Pilates core work. Improve posture, reduce stress and transform your body. All levels welcomed. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54. 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 36. Relaxing Guided Meditation - 6:30-9pm. Completely renew both mind & body. $10 donation $10. TLC Center, 661 Broadway, DAVISBURG. Patrice Donnelly 248-382-7101. 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. Third 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. 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.

Yoga Express class (M-F) - 7-7:30am. $15. House Of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, BERKLEY. Abby Bechek Hoot 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. Healthy Backs - 10:30-11:30am. A gentle class that takes the best of Pilates and yoga to strengthen and open the muscles of the spine. No experience necessary. $16. Unbound Pilates & Yoga, 822 N. Main St., ROCHESTER . Call Courtney Jones 248-459-9014 for complementary analysis. See ad page 53.

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. 248-325-3870. Chair Yoga - 1-2pm. Also Mon. same time. $14. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. See ad page 54.

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 36. Yoga/Pilates Fusion - 6-6:50pm. $13 walkin. 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 810-358-1419. See ad page 36.

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 36. Fifty Plus Active Adults - 11:30am-1pm. Lunch: noon. 50+. Fun and friendly. Activities such as weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies,

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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 36. 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 24. 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 248-737-6856. 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 24. Hot Yoga - 5:45-6:45pm. Room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous flow, which helps loosens up muscles and tendons and allowing deeper, longer more effective movement. $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 Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPEER Library- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810-732-8500. 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.

Yoga - 9-10:15am. All fitness levels welcome, Bring own yoga mat. Certified Instructors. $15 / class drop-in or $10/class for 8-class card. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. Janet Wassmann 810358-1419. See ad page 36.


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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. 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.

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 586-751-7500. See ad page 18. 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 20. Yoga for Kids! - 11:15-Noon. (2nd & 4th Sat) Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem & body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive, fostering cooperation & compassion $10. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave., CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. 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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LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL Colon Hydrotherapist part-time to help with existing clientele & growth of Naturopathic clinic in Southfield. Submit resume: info@CutlerIntegrativeMedicine.com. Cutler Integrative Medicine: 248-663-0165.

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 888-937-4390.

SEEKING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Telephone, email, online/ computer work from home. Must be personable, detail oriented and have basic computer skills. Natural Awakenings magazine. Call Jerry 248-628-0125.

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.


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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

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™.

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.



Clarissa Dawn Guest, RN, Dipl. Ac 2359 W. Shiawassee, Suite E, Fenton 810-750-2004

Chinese Health Clinic • 248-276-8880 Hailan Sun, MD (China) Dipl. Ac 3075 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills CHealthClinic.com 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 18.


The Downing Clinic • 248-625-6677 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston TheDowningClinic.com Jing Fei Huang is a certified Acupuncturist (CAC) & a certified Tr a d i t i o n a l C h i n e s e Medicine specialist (OMD). She has been with the Downing Clinic since 1999 and has helped many people with a variety of conditions. We d , a p p o i n t m e n t s available. See ads pg 17, 19 & 29.


Terry Robinson, RPN, Natural Therapist Advanced NAET Practitioner 725 S. Adams Rd., Ste. 185, Birmingham 248-792-2229 • NewLifeAllergy.com 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 problems, headaches, fatigue and Candida.


1380 Coolidge Hwy, Suite 220, Troy 248-321-9200 TheDoveHouse.org


Core-healing and wellness b e y o n d recovery to r e l i e v e anxiety, depression, addiction, stress (PTSD) and pain. Treatment plans include Acupuncture Detox, Energy Therapy, Healing Touch and Beyond Recovery Coaching.

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.

Brad Stone SI Practitioner 2425 West Silver Lake Rd, Fenton 810-516-4337



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 front cover.

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 25.

Rhonda Sousley, Ph.D • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste 400, Rochester Hills WallerWellness.com

1775 E. 14 Mile Rd., Birmingham 248-761-4135 AdvancedBodyworkLLC.com

Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. ~Scott Peters April 2017



Dr. Jason Wills • Dr. Heather Wills 101 South St., Ortonville • 248-922-9888 WillsFamilyChiropractic.com Wide range in care choices, from low force adjusting techniques to traditional C h i r o p r a c t i c . We specialize in Applied Kinesiology, a technique not widely found in North Oakland, that assesses the functionality of each individual. See ad page 13.

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.

TOTAL HEALTH COLON CARE 38245 Mound Rd, Bldg E Sterling Heights • 586-268-5444 TotalHealthColonCare.com

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.


Create The Life You’re Meant To Live 901 Wilshire, Suite 500, Troy 248-202-0583 • www.HelpMeToHeal.com Transform your life this year! Through deep counseling, free yourself from the past and move forward with purpose and passion in creating the life you are meant to live! We accept BC/BS, BCN, HAP (PPO), and private pay. See ad page 39.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL SERVICES, PC Christine & Joe Elwart • 248-545-8510 2007 Roseland, Royal Oak PsychologicalAndSpiritualServices.com

life. See ad page 29.


Complementary therapy approaches and techniques, to help unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful

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HPS ADVANCED DENTAL CARE, PC Heather Pranzarone Stratton, DDS 4741 24 Mile Rd., Ste. C, Shelby Township 248-652-0024 • HPSDental.com

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Advanced Cranial Sacral Therapy (ACST) Rochester • 248-464-2049 JayasBodywork.com 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.


Stefanie Kullmann, LCMT RhythmInBalance.com • 313-355-0871 Inside Red Lotus Yoga, Rochester Hills CranioSacral Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Reiki ~ meeting your relaxation needs at your comfort level.


Kathy Paholsky, PhD 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills WallerWellness.com • 248-844-1414 Kathy uses the light touch commonly associated with Craniosacral Therapy in combination with manual therapy techniques to help each person achieve their optimum health. Those dealing with headaches, jaw and back pain, and chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia, SAD, inflammatory conditions, anxiety and depression find long-term benefits from regular sessions. See ad inside front cover and HealthBrief page 14.

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 fam-

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

Beautiful, natural looking Mercury free/Mercury safe, fluoride free fillings and restorations. TMJ/ TMD/CranioFacial Pain diagnosis & treatment, Non-surgical periodontal t h e r a p y, c o s m e t i c dentistry, Invisalign & whitening. Founding member IAOMT and IABDM. See ads pages 15 & 23.

SUE SHOHA DDS BIO DENTISTRY 50 West Big Beaver, Suite 120 Bloomfield Hills • 248-648-3660 BioDentistryMI.com

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 13.


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, and page 16.



Karen Malone, Ind. Dist. # 840674 810-938-9099 • YL_KarenZ@yahoo.com KarenMalone.VibrantScents.com

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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


Marlene Wiegers, Ind. Dist. # 1000995 Marlene.YoungLivingConnect.com Facebook: Marlene Misiak Wiegers Become an Independent Distributor. Discover Young Living Essential Oil’s healing properties for enhancing health-yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. Free training. 810-2529807. See ad page 26.

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

Shirley Patterson, MA, LLPC, Cht. Quality mental health and wellness care that emphasizes trust, respect, c o n f i d e n t i a l i t y, a n d compassion. Hypnosis, IR Sauna, PEMF Therapy, Reiki, NET, Guided Mediation and more.


Holistic Primary Care Internal Medicine 12741 S. Saginaw, Ste 402, Grand Blanc AYBurtonMD.com Fully licensed MD physician with training in natural treatments, herbal med icine, nutr itio n, thyroid and bio-identical h o r m o n e t h e r a p y, integrative oncology, organic acid testing, hair analysis, lyme disease, autism spectrum and allergy treatment. See ad page 46.

FENG SHUI CATHERINE HILKER, OWNER Creating Sanctuary 248-547-4965 www.CatherineHilker.com

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


Gretchen Perry, FNP-BC, NP-C 29829 Telegraph Rd., Southfield Fundamental-Healing.com • 248-601-0234 Functional Medicine for all ages, delivered in the home or office that treats the root cause of disease in the least invasive, most natural way possible. See ad page 8 & Newsbrief page 27.

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

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 • TheDowningClinic.com 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 pg 17, 19 & 29.

Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643 LongevityHealthInstituteInc.com LewerenzMedicalCenter.com A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. Wellness; Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support; HBOT Hyperbaric O2.

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

At the Restorative Medicine Center we utilize cutting-edge 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 11.

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Catherine A. Waller, MD Pamela Thomas PA-C Dr. Alexa Schneider, PhD, PsyD, ND, RN, FNP 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills WallerWellness.com • 248-844-1414 SE Michigan’s Largest Integrative Medicine P ractice. 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 front cover.


Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills WallerWellness.com Shelly Symansic, LMT, graduated from the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer. Her modalities include Deep Tissue 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 front cover.


The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • TheDowningClinic.com Certified in massage and i n B o w e n t h e r a p y. Provides combination of therapies as needed or requested by patients. See ads pg 17, 19 & 29.



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.


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


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Heidi McMeekin, LPC, Mind-Body Healer Grand Blanc/Flint area • 810-208-2487 SoulfulHealingLLC.com Soulful Healing offers mind-body healing and coaching to help you achieve all of your health and wellness goals! Weight loss, fitness, stress management. Call for info. 810-208-2487.


Hilda Lauderman, Ph.D, RN Serving East Michigan • 810-503-4056

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. ~Nelson Mandela

Nirmala Srivatsan 2945 Briarwood Drive, Troy 248-561-6993

”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 10.

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 LuckysNaturalFoods.com Vi t a m i n s , h e r b s , homeopathy, essential oils, body care, books, natural foods o rg a n i c a n d n a t u r a l grocery, gluten-free, nonest. 1974 gmo, Amish meats, eggs, live healthy • buy local & fresh turkeys for the holidays. Personalized service, knowledgeable staff, special orders, and supplement savings card available. Like us on Facebook! Open Mon-Thurs 10-7, Fri/Sat 10-6, closed Sunday.


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. ~Buddha



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? See ad page 39.

LONGEVITY HEALTH INSTITUTE Madison Heights • 248-548-3060 Rochester Hills • 248-289-6643 LongevityHealthInstituteInc.com LewerenzMedicalCenter.com

A Functional, Regenerative Holistic Medical Approach. HBOT (Hyperbaric O2), Wellness; Hormone Replacement Therapy, IV Therapy: Vitamins, Chelation, Detox, Adrenal (Cortisol) support.



27452 Woodward Ave, ROYAL OAK 248-545-6630 Doc4Pets.com 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.

544 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham 248-646-1066 FarrellReis.com

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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 41.

PHYSICAL THERAPY LISA PONICHTER • 248-321-0358 Feldenkrais Method, Physical Therapy 3121 South Rochester Rd, Royal Oak AwakeningMovements.com ®


Melinda Kimmer, Group Leader 217-821-1490 Melinda.NYROrganic@gmail.com We b e l i e v e i n s a f e 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 31.

UNBOUND PILATES & YOGA Courtney Jones • 248-459-9014 822 N. Main St., Rochester UnboundPilatesYoga.com

Posture Analysis.

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.

De-stress and Focus. Unbound is a quaint space in downtown Rochester for Pilates and Yoga. We specialize in anatomy/ alignment based, small group classes for all fitness levels. Call for your Complementary


Waller Wellness Center • 248-844-1414 1854 W. Auburn, Ste. 400, Rochester Hills WallerWellness.com I provide treatment that goes beyond talk therapy. 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 front cover.


Stars of Wellness Counseling • 586-262-4153 44056 Mound Rd, Ste 105, Sterling Heights StarsofWellness.com 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.

Adult enrichment classes in Yoga, Kick-fit and Women’s self-defense. Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 36.

Complete Natural Lawn Application Products & Programs PO Box 874, Highland 248-889-7200 • A-1OrganicLawns.com





950 E. Maple Rd., Ste 210, Birmingham Julian Myftiu • 248-996-0353 1Massage4U.com Trained in Italy under Master Reflexologies, Specialize in Tui Na (Chinese) Massage and highly experienced in Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Therapeutic Touch. Lipo-massage by Endermology. He is certified Tai Chi Chuan instructor in Venice, Italy.

April 2017



YOGA Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment, peace, gratitude

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

Never below you. Always beside you. ~Walter Winchell



Yoga & Wellness for every body including Yin, Basic, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hot Yoga. We also have Massage & Reflexology Therapists. We offer monthly workshops and Yoga Teacher Training as well.

Certified Advanced Rolfer® The Downing Clinic 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Ste 100, Clarkston 248-625-6677 • TheDowningClinic.com 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 pg 17, 19 & 29.

Rocheser Hills • 248-853-7555 Novi • 248-513-3730 NeilKingPT.com

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 21.

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

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Never above you.


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.


2965 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 248-556-0992 HouseOfYoga.net 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 StrongheartYoga.com Whether you are practiced or new to yoga we offer yoga for every body, nearby. Check our schedule for classes on our website.

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