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Seasonal Allergy Help MAY 2010



Reclaim Your Vitality And Reap the Benefits

Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee, MI Edition

The Largest Health Expo in Lapeer County

– FREE – Held at the City of Lapeer Community Center • 880 S. Saginaw, Lapeer

Something for ALL Ages! LIVING HEALTHY & KIDS PROGRAMS • Body Fat Analysis • Manicure • Sleep Center • Derma Scan • Health Insurance • Drunk Driving Simulator • Massages • Dental ID & Hygiene • Home Improvement • Hair Cuts

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• Carotid Screening • Music Lessons • Child ID / Car Safety • Finger Painting • Home Security • Pulmonary Function Screen • Hospice • Safe Toys

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Michigan Healthy Living and Sustainability Growing and bringing more to East Michigan!


e wanted to take a few moments to announce some news that we hope everyone will find exciting. We're doing some growing and making some minor changes over the next few months. First, a subtle "tweak" in our business/company name. Michigan Healthy Living Enterprises, Inc. is becoming Michigan Healthy Living and Sustainability. We're doing this, as we grow, to bring our brand more in-line with our theme and mission of bringing news, information and resources on healthy and sustainable living to East Michigan. It's a minor change, but we believe it more accurately reflects what we're all about. Don't worry though, the magazines will always be Natural Awakenings! Here's one of the benefits of the name change: You'll notice the availabilty of our new, shorter and easier-to-enter URL/website address, The former address of will work for some time (still going to the same website), as will all of our old email addresses, so communicating with us will not be affected if you wish to use them. We hope you like the small, but significant shift that more clearly relays our identity. Next, we have some exciting news for our animal-loving readers. In July we'll be publishing the inaugural edition of a new East Michigan sister-publication: Natural Awakenings Pet. It's a brand new Natural Awakenings magazine devoted exclusively to our animal friends. Whether you have dogs, cats, horses or any of the many other pets found here in Michigan, you'll find the same level of quality editorial, news and other information you've come to expect from Natural Awakenings magazine–except it's designed to help our pet friends enjoy a healthy and sustainable life...naturally! Watch for more information as we approach the launch and contact us right away if you'd like more information on how you can be part of this new magazine. Finally, get ready for the addition of a new expo to our MHLExpo series, also planned for July. On Saturday, July 17th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., we'll be holding the 2010 Summer Health & Sustainability Expo in Royal Oak. It's an area where we've wanted to hold an expo for some time and we want to thank Dr. Anna Saylor-Wither and the folks at Royal Oak's Van Every Chiropractic for helping bring this to fruition. You'll find more information on this event by visiting our website: Thank you for reading this month's issue of Natural Awakenings. Inside you'll find lots of information on Women's Health. We hope you enjoy and benefit from what you find and have a wonderful May. So until next month, be healthy, happy AND sustainable...naturally!

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DEFENSES AGAINST SEASONAL ALLERGIES Tips to Help Children Breathe Easier by Bevin Wallace

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PLEASURE IN LIFE A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup by Ellen Mahoney

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Local Mill Produces Gluten Free Flours


estwind Milling Company now has a gluten free mill. With sealed walls, a separate outdoor entrance, and a stone mill and a hammer mill reserved for use exclusively with gluten free grains, owners Linda and Lee are looking into certifying it as gluten free. “We believe there will be no cross contamination with any wheat or gluten containing grains,” says Linda Miller. Westwind has been receiving requests for two years, she says. The mill will begin operating this month, with plans for rice, garbanzo beans, buckwheat and corn flours, all of which will be certified organic. The mill is also looking into pricing for almonds and, says Miller, she is working on recipes for mixes including pancakes, muffins, brownies “and a very nice bread recipe.” The mixes will be for purchase, although special orders may be made in the bakery.


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Reiki Therapist Joins Flint Practice


athryn Bamba is now facilitating Reiki healing sessions at Integrated Therapies at Spring Grove in Flint. Reiki promotes the body’s ability to self heal. Hands are placed on or above the major organs and endocrine glands while energy passes from the practitioner to the client. Clients report less pain, better sleep and less stress says Bamba, who received her Reiki Master Certificate in 2006. Recently she completed training at Beaumont Hospital in the use of Reiki in a clinical setting. She says recent studies have determined Reiki to be beneficial for anxiety, pre and post surgery, and less pain has been reported by patients after surgery. Bamba is available Thursdays through Saturdays by appointment. Cost is $35 for a half hour session or $50 for a full hour. Integrated Therapies at Spring Grove is located at 729 Ann Arbor Street, in downtown Flint. 810-239-9000. com/reiki-therapy. See ad page 30.

Chopra Center Certified Instructor Presents Introduction to Meditation in Lake Orion

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eilani Ware, RN, a nurse at William Beaumont Hospital and Chopra Center certified instructor, will present a free introduction to meditation from 7 to 8 p.m. May 19 at The Patterson Center in Lake Orion. Learn how meditation can help to manage the symptoms of stress, including anxiety, insomnia, digestive disturbances, high blood pressure and relationship problems. Ware will present this ancient technique and address its myths and benefits and discuss who can benefit from it.

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Saturday, May 8th 11am-4pm

Free Admission Featuring: Learn about Michigan Wind Canoe Rides Natural, locally grown foods 7-Ponds display • Planetarium Woodburning workshop Frontier Lunch • And more! New location! Willows Earth Education Center 231 Lake Drive • Lpaeer For a map and other details:

Are you in pain?


verywhere we travel, we find that people are in pain: back, knee, head, joint, muscle, and nerve pain~ the list goes on and on. Then there are the descriptions of the pain: shooting, tingling, burning, stabbing, aching and throbbing pain. WHY do we have so much pain? Is there a common denominator with all the pain we have? Is there anything we can do to help our bodies relieve our pain? You do not need to suffer in pain forever. Our bodies are made to repair themselves. No matter what you’ve been told in the past, there is an answer. At A New Hope Educational Services we help you find the missing link in your personal health & nutrition. Knowledge is power!

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eborah Weeks, owner of the Deborah says, "so don't stress if you Center for Holistic Studies don't have every thing." Note: This is not a "Raw/Vegan" and Practices, LLC, in Linden, is hosting a Raw Foods Lifestyle Class class, but rather a "Raw Foods" class, using raw honey, eggs at her facility from and dairy products in 10:00 a.m. until some of the recipes. 3:00 p.m. on Satur"I am not a raw vegday, May 22. Deboan," she adds. "I follow rah, who opened what Jesus Christ told her practice 5 years the Essenes in the Esago this July, has sene Gospel of John: been in the alterna'The milk from all the tive health field for beasts are fit for man over 30 years. to eat,' and 'For God "I have been dois the God of the living 100 percent raw ing not the God of the for 2-1/2 years," says dead. So always eat Deborah. "I started from the table of God: when i first came the fruits of the trees, across the Essene the grains and grasses Documents that Deborah Weeks from the fields, the milk were translated from Aramaic by Edmond Bordeaux Szek- of beasts and the honey of bees.' I am doing this class because I want people ley." "This is a hands-on class," she says. to learn how simple living a raw food "Those attending will go away with 10 life style can be and to raise awarewonderful recipes they will know how ness of the health benefits: healthier to make. They will learn what to look skin, hair and nails; energy; eyesight; for and what to do for the dishes to turn weight loss; rich in fiber, health and out beautifully and benefit from the raw wellbeing." The cost of the class is $65. Those food lifestyle." The class will include making wishing to attend should RSVP quickly breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes as since space is limited. The Center for Holistic Studies well as soup, salad, desserts and more. Attendees should bring a few kitchen & Practices is located at 114 A South things like a blender, food processor Bridge Street in Linden. For more fitted with an "s" blade or Saladaco information, call Deborah Weeks at spiral slicer, slicing and paring knives 810-735-2575, 810-919-0857 or visit CenterForHolisticStudiesAndPractices. and a cutting board. "We will be working in teams," See ad page 12.

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newsbriefs Rebekah's Health & Nutrition Source Opens in Lapeer


aving just recently completed their "soft" opening in April of 2010, Rebekah's Health & Nutrition Source is inviting everyone to their "Grand Opening" celebration on Saturday, May 22nd at their new store in Lapeer. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. "We are very excited to be serving the area," says Rebekah Niman, owner. "Customer Service and satisfaction are important to us. Our staff has terrific knowledge and experience, and we hope to share our passion for quality and healthy living with everyone. We have nutritional supplements, organic foods, quality detox products, herbal supplements and Michigan made products. We also have a great line of weight loss aids including hard-to-find and homeopathic remedies" Radio station 103.1 will be broadcasting live from Rebekah's from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and other guests will be on hand throughout the day, including Fulcher's Therapeutic Massage and Master Fitness trainer Henry Kaye. "More than ever, folks need to take control of their health," says Rebekah. "Education and self awareness are key to healthy living and will be cornerstones of our success, as will offering the community healthy alternatives at affordable prices." Rebekah's Health & Nutrition Source is located at 700 S. Main St., Suite 113 in Lapeer and located behind Starbuck's in the Lapeer Market Place on M24 and Demille. For more information contact Rebekah Niman or manager Jill Berner at 810-660-8585 or visit See ad page 8.

Detoxification Talk Comes To Clarkston Area Clinic


he Downing Clinic, located in Clarkston, is sponsoring an educational "Detoxification Talk" session June 3rd. The class will discuss the use of metabolic detoxification programs that are based upon published research, foods for detoxification, nutrients to support detoxification and ways to promote the health of the liver, kidneys and GI tract creating a natural barrier to toxins. "Detoxification is a natural function the body performs daily," The Downing Clinic explains, "mainly via the liver and kidneys. The efficiency of the body’s detoxification can be affected by genetic variability and the incoming burden of toxins from diet and lifestyle. The incoming burden depends on exposure to toxic substances such as food additives, chemical solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, drugs, alcohol and internal sources like bacteria and yeasts." "Symptoms of over-accumulation of toxic substances include, but aren’t limited to, headaches, muscle aches and pains, joint pain, allergy symptoms, chronic fatigue, irritability, mental confusion and ringing in ears." Metabolic detoxification is simply normalizing the body’s ability to process and eliminate substances which can lead to illness," they add. "Pharmacokinetic research demonstrates significant individual variability in patients’ ability to clear toxins." “Detoxification Talk” is offered Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm. The fee is $25. The Downing Clinic is located at 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Suite 100, Clarkston. Call 248-625-6677 by May 28 to register.

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Free as a Bird by Robert Duncan Wyoming’s wide-open spaces lassoed Robert Duncan’s imagination as a boy and never let go. Though he grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, he spent cherished summers on his grandparents’ ranch, where his grandmother gifted him with his first set of oil paints. Today, his light-filled canvases portray the rural scenes and simpler way of life of the American West.

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Realistic and respectful of nature, indigenous cultures and the pioneer spirit that still permeate parts of the West, Duncan’s art gives visual testament to the quiet peace and beauty of rural living. “We all need nature in our lives,” Duncan believes. “The family farm is disappearing at an alarming rate. “I want my grandchildren to be able to walk through a field and hear a meadowlark’s song,” he says. He sees his paintings as a call to think about the things that touch our lives. “We don’t all have to live on a farm, but to pass by and see the cows grazing, or just to know that there are wild places being kept wild makes our lives better.” Robert Duncan’s art is held in private collections worldwide. View his portfolio at

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day An estimated 100,000 older adults will participate in local fitness activities throughout the country on May 26 as part of the 17th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Senior centers, health clubs, hospitals, parks and recreation departments, and retirement communities will host some 1,000 events. Typical programs include small group exercise demonstrations, walking tours and health fairs. Nationally, the initiative is orchestrated by Mature Market Resource Center, an information clearinghouse for older adult programs.

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Shoppers need to be wary of receipts that come on thermal imaging paper, the kind of coated paper that faxes used to arrive on and some cash registers still routinely spit out. Many of these types of receipts are laced with bisphenol A (BPA), the estrogen-mimicking chemical present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s. The amount the receipts carry isn’t trivial. “When people talk about polycarbonate bottles, they talk about nanogram quantities of BPA [leaching out],” says John C. Warner, co-founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Industry. “The average cash register receipt that uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA.” (This means it’s not bound into a polymer, as in polycarbonates, he explains, but is just loose molecules ready for uptake.) In Warner’s opinion, when it comes to BPA in the urban environment, “the biggest exposure will be these cash register receipts.” Once on the fingers, BPA can be transferred to foods. A 2010 Food and Drug Administration update supports U.S. industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and feeding cups and to find alternatives for infant formula cans. The best bet for now is to minimize acceptance of such receipts, keep them out of kids’ hands and wash hands after touching one. Store them in a separate, zipped plastic bag away from the kitchen and not in a wallet. According to, such receipts are non-recyclable; check with the local municipality for exceptions.

Perfect Storm

More Corporations are Catering to Green Moms Thanks to the blogosphere, interactive group websites and online social media, women are becoming increasingly educated about how to avoid what may be harmful to their families as well as how to lessen their family’s negative impact on the environment in which they live. They are vocal about their need for sustainable products at affordable prices, and companies are responding to meet the demand. “Green sensibilities are trickling down to the general market,” observes Wendy Goldman Scherer, a partner at the Social Studies Group, commenting on the group’s new report, Green Mom Eco-cosm. The researchers concluded that while loyalty to classic brands remains, more moms are sacrificing brand preference for environmental considerations. Find the full report at

Native Tongues

Newborn Cries Don’t All Sound Alike From their very first days, the cries of newborns already bear the mark of the primary language their parents speak, according to research from the University of Würzburg, Germany, published in Current Biology. For example, French newborns tend to cry with rising melody patterns, slowly increasing in pitch, whereas German newborns seem to prefer falling melody patterns. The findings, which studied 60 newborns, are consistent with the differences between the two languages.

Assisted Living

Cleaning for a Reason Helps Cancer Patients for Free The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation is a nonprofit agency that offers free professional housecleaning and maid services to women currently undergoing treatment for any form of cancer. Since 2007, the Texas-based group has been connecting cancer patients in all 50 United States and in Canada with hundreds of bonded and insured services that offer free cleaning to qualified applicants. Women seeking household cleaning help can sign up online, backed by a faxed note from their physician. Participating services can help two patients at a time with four monthly cleanings. Two to three dozen new agency partners are being added each month as word gets out and demand for the service grows. Visit

Wilderness Vigil

Americans Benefit from Elders’ Conservation Efforts Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a nonprofit, public lands organization based in Durango, Colorado, leverages the voices and activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. The

group’s forte is raising public awareness of the importance of wilderness and alerting the public to inappropriate development and management decisions affecting it. When its members talk with the conviction of life experience, people tend to listen, says Veronica Egan, executive director since 1992. Established in 1989 on the 25th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, these old broads are on a mission to preserve public lands, the places they love to hike, for their grandchildren. Broads in 22 local chapters, or Broadbands, in 18 states join with other environmental groups to preserve national forests, grasslands, monuments and parks. Most of the land they monitor is in the American West, with its vast roadless areas. The most common impacts are on archaeological sites and riparian lands that contain irreplaceable biological diversity. The women are vigilant about monitoring, documenting and reporting unauthorized activities. Wally White, a county commissioner of La Plata, Colorado, considers Egan’s work “unsurpassed.” She reminds him of the tradition of Native Americans, who have always relied on elders for guidance and leadership.

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Acupuncture Relieves Depression During Pregnancy


new study presented at this year’s Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting showed that acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for depression during pregnancy. This is especially good news because expectant women are naturally reluctant to avoid medications and understand that the use of antidepressants during gestation poses risks for the developing fetus. About 10 percent of pregnant women meet criteria for major depression and almost 20 percent report increased symptoms of depression during pregnancy. The eight-week study involved 150 participants, in which half received depression-specific acupuncture treatments.

Allergy Prevention Tips


hen pollen counts and other allergy risks are high, these prevention tips can help. Avoid using lipstick, perfume or any scented product that may irritate eyes; get plenty of rest, when the body replenishes natural cortisone, its own anti-inflammatory; avoid iced beverages and instead drink lots of warm liquids to stimulate nasal cilia, especially hot green tea, because it’s high in antioxidants that can help reduce allergy symptoms; blow the nose gently, so as not to force mucus into healthy sinuses and ear canals; and keep a sweater or jacket handy to avoid getting chilled, which can contribute to allergy flare-ups.

Source: Dr. Murray Grossan, consulting physician, department of otolaryngology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles



cientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower helps protect cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body’s inflammatory response to infection and injury. The finding has implications for inflammation-based disorders including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegeneration.


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Julia says, “I’m tired, depressed, and fat.” Her doctor says, “No, Julia. It must be in your head. I can’t find anything wrong.” Sound Familiar?

Yoga May Decrease Dowager’s Hump



ew research suggests that, for those prone to contracting it, dowager’s hump (hyperkyphosis) “is not a fait accompli,” advises Dr. Gail Greendale, a physician who specializes in women’s health with an interest in alternative and complementary therapies. Results of a pilot study she led at the University of California, Los Angeles, showed that elderly participants who practiced yoga for six months saw their upper spine curvature lowered by about 5 percent, compared to those who did not. Those with greater spinal flexibility at the start showed a 6 percent improvement. More than 100 otherwise healthy individuals with indicators of moderate hyperkyphosis participated. The study group was 81 percent female, with an average age of 75 years. During the six-month study period, the yoga group also showed significant relief from upper back pain, were less likely to report early wakening or insomnia and needed less time to stand up from a chair. Many members of the control group experienced increases in the curvature of their spines during the same period. Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

ulia waits patiently in her doctor’s office waiting room for her family doctor to see him. She, like many woman, has been suffering from cold hands and feet. She’s cold all the time, she gains weight just looking at food, is tired of looking at her puffy eyes and face in the mirror every morning, and constantly feels like she’s depressed. As the happily married mother of three boys is greeted by her doctor in the exam room, she thinks to herself, “shouldn’t I feel healthier?” After explaining her symptoms to her doctor, the doctor decides immediately to draw her blood to check for what sounds like a classic case of hypothyroidism. One week later, Julia gets a phone call from her doctor’s office. His medical assistant proceeds to tell Julia, “I’m sorry Julia, but your labs came back normal. There’s nothing wrong with your thyroid. The doctor is going to prescribe you an anti-depressant. He also thinks you should exercise more.” Julia is stunned, needless to say. Does this sound familiar? Do you know someone who’s been searching for answers, only to be invalidated by their doctor? Well finally there is someone in Genesee County who understands. Dr. Megan Strauchman, D.O., the medical director for the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc can help. As a

fellowship-trained, board-certified anti-aging and integrative medicine physician, she is dedicated to helping people who’ve been given up on, and those searching for answers to their near impossible health conditions. As it turns out for Julia, she finally made her way in to see Dr. Strauchman. In her words, “Dr. Strauchman figured out that my thyroid was slow, but it was being caused by a bacterial imbalance in my intestine. This was causing my immune system to be hyperactive, which was hurting my thyroid.” She continued, “Dr. Strauchman really put it all together for me. Why couldn’t my family doctor figure this out? It’s so nice to have my energy back, to be finally losing weight, and to look in the mirror and see my face looks 5 years younger. I even got carded the other night buying a glass of wine at dinner!” Are you having a health condition that no one can seem to figure out? Do you just want to live a more active, energetic, and revitalized life? Then call Dr. Strauchman. Her friendly staff will set up a clinic tour and free noobligation initial meet and greet. Here’s your chance to get care from Genesee County’s premier anti-aging physician, right here in the heart of Grand Blanc. Call today, 810-694-3576, or visit her on the web at


May 2010


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America Moves to Overturn Obesity Epidemic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States during the past 20 years (cdc. gov/obesity/data/trends.html). In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25 percent. Awareness of the vital need to counter this trend along with the wide range of associated health risks is on the rise thanks to educational efforts Jamie Oliver on many fronts. Here are some of the latest. This February, First Lady Michelle Obama launched her national “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign to end what she calls “the epidemic of childhood obesity” in a single generation. Her campaign is set to engage children, parents, governors, mayors, educators, school nutrition leaders and food manufacturers. In March and April, ABC-TV created a stir with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a special series covering a case study bent on changing eating habits in the Huntington, West Virginia, metropolitan area. The tri-state region was labeled the unhealthiest place in the country in 2006, based on health habits and U.S. government statistics. Oliver has succeeded in transforming the school lunch system in Britain for the better; now he’s taking on America. “One thing I learned here in the States is that once you get in people’s homes, there’s a yearning for information and help,” says Oliver. “It’s as consistent as clockwork.” He says he’s never worked with a family of four that live on junk food that don’t end up spending less eating fresh. In his experience, “they save an average $100-$150 a week.” Now, Hunter Lussi, 15, the world’s youngest certified Olympic-distance triathlete, is challenging Americans to train this summer to establish a new record for the largest group ever to participate in a triathlon. He’s challenging Americans young and old to complete the equivalent of his first triathlon (at age 6) by attempting, as individuals or in a relay team, a 500-yard swim/paddle/float, 10-mile bike/spin/roll and 2.5-mile run/walk/roll this coming Labor Day and every Labor Day. “If I can go from being a chubby kid to where I am now, anyone can do this,” says Lussi. Sign up at



ontrary to more conservative customs, exercising up to the end of pregnancy has no harmful effect on the weight or size of the baby, suggests new research from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. On the contrary, formerly sedentary women who began an exercise program that continued throughout their pregnancy gave birth to babies of a healthier birth weight, while maintaining a healthier weight themselves. Source:


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Got Zinc?


hen it comes to healing, boosting immunity and keeping our DNA intact, zinc is a star. A new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports that it may be the basis for future therapies for fighting infection, because the mineral supports healthy immune function by increasing activation of specific immune cells (T cells) capable of destroying viruses and bacteria. Zinc supplementation, for instance, has been shown to significantly reduce the duration and severity of childhood diarrhea and to lower the incidence and severity of respiratory infections. Furthermore, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, zinc is essential for people of all ages because it protects against oxidative stress and helps repair DNA. The institute also reports that zinc deficiency is common in the United States, especially among the elderly, due to their lower absorption of the mineral and often inadequate diet. A well-balanced diet that includes pumpkin seeds, chick peas, almonds, eggs, chicken, turkey, beef and shellfish such as oysters can supply zinc. Taking a daily multivitamin containing about eight milligrams of zinc also ensures that our needs are met. Additional sources: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and



regano, allspice and garlic have multiple uses in any kitchen; now, research published in the Journal of Food Science reveals that when they are used as essential oils (commonly known as aromatherapy oils) they also serve as powerful natural barriers against harmful bacteria.

Investigating the effectiveness of these oils by testing lab samples, the scientists discovered that oregano oil consistently inhibited the growth of E. coli, salmonella and listeria; garlic was most effective against listeria; and allspice displayed antimicrobial action against E. coli and salmonella. A separate study by the same researchers showed that cinnamon also offered protection against all three types of bacteria. Many essential oils are safe to use in the kitchen as flavoring agents, but because of their potency, they should be used with care. To learn more about the uses and safety of essential oils, consult with a qualified aromatherapist. Source: Institute of Food Technologists

Cautionary Note on Low-Carb Diets


ome people swear by a low-carbohydrate diet, but what about the long-term effects? A first-time study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has now revealed that following a low-carb diet for three months or more may increase atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Mice placed on a 12-week, low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet showed a significant increase (15.3 percent) in plaque in their hearts’ arteries and a decreased ability to form new blood vessels in tissue deprived of blood flow, as might occur during a heart attack. Interestingly, the study also found that standard markers of cardiovascular risk, such as cholesterol levels, were unchanged in the animals fed the low-carb diet. The researchers suggest that even if low-carb/high protein diets have proven successful in helping individuals rapidly lose weight, a more balanced approach to weight management, such as moderate, balanced food intake, coupled with exercise, is probably best for our heart and overall health.

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healthykids Common Sense Defenses Against Seasonal Allergies Tips to Help Children Breathe Easier by Bevin Wallace


or one in seven U.S. children, spring brings the start of seasonal allergies that can last through the fall. Seasonal allergies such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis occur when an airborne allergen comes into contact with nasal membranes, triggering the release of inflammatory histamines. The result can be sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, coughing and runny nose. While not life threatening, these symptoms tend to interrupt a youngster’s sleep, weaken concentration and keep him or her from participating fully in play and school. Over-the-counter allergy medications can bring relief, but like other conventional drugs, they are not without drawbacks. “I don’t think decongestants and antihistamines are appropriate for kids, period,” states Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and a homeopathic pediatrician. “They tend to make kids tired, and they don’t really address the problem. They’re like putting a Band-Aid on the symptoms. It’s more important to build up immune system function, which these medications do not do.” Long-term use of antihistamines also has been linked to depression, anxiety and impaired thinking. A better approach is to gently and naturally reduce a child’s contact with allergic substances while boosting the immune system. Here’s how.

Steps for Prevention 1. Clean inside air.

Install a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which removes pollen and dust from indoor air, and keep it running in the child’s bedroom 24 hours a day. The portable models work fine in smaller rooms and cost less than $100. On windy days


and while the child is sleeping, keep the windows shut. If possible; remove old carpeting and cover air vents with filters; vacuum frequently when children are not in the room; avoid using ceiling fans; and wash all bedding and stuffed animals once a week.

2. Keep the nose clean.

It might take some getting used to, but rinsing the sinuses with a warm saline solution (salt water) is an excellent, ageold, natural remedy that helps reduce contact with pollen and lessens allergy symptoms. Sinus rinse kits are available in stores and online for about $15. A cleansing device of Indian origin called the neti pot is another affordable alternative.

3. Provide a low-inflammation diet.

Many children who have food sensitivities don’t know it. Foods such as dairy and wheat can promote the formation of mucus and inflammation that create an imbalance in immune system function, advises Neustaedter. Consider limiting these foods before and during allergy season. He also suggests using nutritional supplements to build up the smallintestine lining, which helps balance immune system function. For example, glutamine is an amino acid linked to improved intestinal-lining maintenance. Also add more antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory foods such as nuts, fish, grapes, oranges, apples and tomatoes to family meals. Because they fight free-

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radical cell damage (which interferes with the immune system), antioxidants can help boost immunity.

4. Try natural medicines.

When allergy symptoms flare up, Neustaedter recommends trying Chinese herbal formulas with Xanthium, which relieves symptoms by acting like an antihistamine. Recent studies also attest to the helpfulness of rosemary, which is deemed safe, even for children. The idea is to deliver “the most help with the least intervention,” Neustaedter says. Always consult an experienced herbalist or holistic doctor before giving any herbs to children; some can be toxic if taken improperly.

5. Consider allergysoothing teas.

Warm liquids soothe the throat and nasal passages, and there are several teas created specifically for allergy sufferers. Natural tea sweeteners include honey and stevia.

Other Factors While a genetic predisposition is often a factor, recent studies also suggest that oversensitivity to allergens might be linked to antibiotic overuse, which might explain why allergies have been on the rise for the past 40 years. “Antibiotics kill off not only disease-causing bacteria, but also health-promoting bacteria,” explains Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan. In his new book, The Holistic Baby Guide, Neustaedter also cites research that links allergies to vaccines. “Some researchers think that vaccination of children tends to create an imbalance in the immune responses, making children more prone to allergic responses,” he notes. The most common hay fever triggers are plant pollens. Flower pollen is usually carried by bees, so it isn’t windblown and rarely gets into people’s noses. More than 1,000 varieties of grass grow in North America, but only Kentucky bluegrass and a few others produce allergic pollen. The most prolific culprits are weeds such as ragweed, sagebrush and thistle. Trees with the highest pollen counts include oak, ash, elm, hickory, pecan, box elder and mountain cedar.


Finding More Pleasure in Life

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A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup by Ellen Mahoney


hristiane Northrup, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist and visionary in women’s health and wellness, is renowned for the practical medical and emotional counsel she generously shares in her many bestselling books. Among her best known are Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom. Now Northrup is focused on another aspect of women’s health in The Secret Pleasures of Menopause. The idea is to help women of all ages achieve vibrant health by tapping into their inner wisdom in order to experience joy and fulfillment throughout life.

Too much belly fat is unhealthy, because it produces an abnormal hormonal milieu and can lead to an earlier death from cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. You have to exercise your body and eat well on a sustainable basis to look healthy—there’s just no way around it. The more you take care of yourself, the more pleasure you experience. How do we

Why do you believe the pursuit of pleasure is just as vital for a vibrant life as a healthy diet and exercise? You will not stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan unless you find pleasure in the pursuit of it. You must come to this by yourself and discover that the moment-to-moment way you live your life has to be pleasurable, because there’s not a happy ending to an unhappy journey. For years, I’ve watched people foregoing various foods to look a certain way; I see people who have perfect bodies, but absolutely no joy or life force shining behind their eyes. The joy and pleasure have to come first; then the lifestyle supports this. We consider a narrow waist beautiful because it is generally healthy.

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is to pay attention to what feels good. This is your vital guiding factor. Simple things, like enjoying a bouquet of flowers, are important. Pleasure begins with awakening the senses. I also recommend that you start to appreciate your skin, as well as the other parts of your body that serve you well. One of my older patients told me, “I’m no longer concerned with how my legs look. What I love is that when I get up in the morning, my knees work.” I hold the position that pleasure and happiness are actually the only things that work for us and are sustainable. What is the relationship of pleasure to the health-enhancing effects of nitric oxide? Nitric oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s produced by the lining of every blood vessel in the body. It passes through cell walls instantaneously and can simultaneously boost circulation. It’s also the über neurotransmitter that signals all body cells to balance out levels of serotonin, dopamine and beta-endorphins, which produce feelings of well-being. Nitric oxide is not stored in the body, so exercise, especially aerobics, helps raise its levels in the body at any age. When someone wins an Olympic gold medal, you can be sure he or she is at the height of a nitric oxide burst. Why do you believe that “life has just begun” after menopause?


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When you are in midlife, you obviously have the same soul as when you were 12. However, if you have negotiated midlife skillfully by getting rid of excess baggage, thinking positively, moving into relationships that support you and making peace with those that haven’t—then you have access to the dictates of your soul. Menopause is a wakeup call. We’re waking up to who we are and to what we love. You find that you don’t care what other people think nearly as much as you used to, and yet you are able to better appreciate others because you appreciate yourself. Now that I’m over 50, everything I’m drawn to and everything my body wants to do brings me more pleasure. This goes against everything we’ve been taught—that we’re designed to disintegrate with age, get osteoporosis and decline into chronic degenerative diseases. As of midlife, I feel like I’ve come home to myself. For example, I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for a year and loving it. I’m also happy to report that my daughters have come home to themselves more quickly than I have. I would like to egg all women on with this concluding thought: A woman’s body is designed for pleasure, and when we invite it into our own lives, we are a gift to the world. For more information, visit Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email


RECLAIM VITALITY! Reap the Benefits of Enhanced Life Force by Catherine Guthrie


e know vitality when we see it. People with vitality overflow with that special something; they stand out from the rest like shiny pennies. Why do some people have more vitality than others? Vitality is often broadcast via physical traits—sparkling eyes, radiant skin or an energetic demeanor. It’s tempting to chalk it all up to good health, but there’s more to vitality than robust physiology. Not all clinically healthy and ostensibly fit people seem especially vital, while some physically frail individuals still manage to emanate an extraordinary life force and joie de vivre. In the West, vitality is often associated with a strong supply of physical energy, vigor and resilience. In the East, what the Chinese call chi and healers in India call prana relates more to an ineffable life force, currents that suffuse and sustain both the physical and nonphysical aspects of every living thing. The popularization of Eastern practices such as yoga, Tai chi and meditation now offers more Americans a taste of life habits that can help us understand and cultivate this sort of

vitality. Yet in America, vitality is still viewed as the frosting on the cake of life—and not, as in Eastern cultures, its main focus. While good health enhances and helps signify vitality, it can’t deliver all of vitality’s benefits. So, what is the secret to sustaining our vitality or getting it back?

Reconnecting with What Nourishes Dan Buettner, bestselling author of The Blue Zones, is an expert on human longevity and vitality. He’s found that vitality has as much to do with social, emotional and mental health as with physical habits. For instance, diet and exercise play a big part in vitality, but so do things like a sense of life purpose, spirituality and community. Identifying vitality zappers is equally important. Constance Grauds, a registered pharmacist, shamana (female shaman) and author of Jungle Medicine, explains that traditional medicine men believe human disease and suffering is caused by disconnection and that its root is a core fear, or susto.

She believes that most Americans are chronically afflicted by susto, living in the grip of one type of fear or another virtually all the time. Grauds suspects that Americans’ excess susto has something to do with chronic anxieties, pressures and “little fears” they face every day: job stress, money worries, social pressures, relationship troubles and so on. The net outcome is a massive vitality drain. To plug “energy leaks,” we need to build connections to the things that energize and sustain us, such as meditation or prayer, healthy food, loving relationships and mindful exercise, says Grauds. “Energy and vitality come from the joyful things we do in life that are simple, free and right under our noses,” she observes, “like petting your dog, watering your garden and taking a few deep breaths. “Vitality is a measure of the life force within you,” she continues. “When we’re connected to our sources of vitality, not only do we have more energy to be more active and get more done, but we’re engaged, we’re present. We feel that flow of life force pumping through us.”

Where to Start Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that we need to value our vitality more deeply or we risk losing it. It’s best to review vitality zappers and enhancers daily or weekly and repair minor leaks before a trickle becomes a torrent. We can start by finding a place of stillness. Consider meditating, keeping a journal, praying or just walking in the woods while asking our self how we are doing and feeling and what we are missing or longing for. Listen for the signals that say certain connections may have come loose, and that other factors may be pulling too strongly. “Plugging into life is the key to more vitality,” says Grauds. “Find ways to connect to the world outside yourself.” Catherine Guthrie is a freelance writer based in Bloomington, IN. Connect at

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e marvel at the more than 100 varieties of enticing heirloom tomatoes and feast our eyes and palates on nature’s delicious harvest, reveling in their names: Black Brandywine, Goliath, Sun Gold, Black Plum, Marianna’s Peace, German Giant, Banana Legs, Big Rainbow, Aunt Gertie’s Gold, Box Car Willie, Daydream, Louisiana Pink and Missouri Pink Love Apple. Such signatures tell tales of their origins and of those who delighted in growing them. Their seeds have been handed down through generations of tomato growers whose love for these varieties has been shared with their neighbors and communities. To be certified as heirloom, a tomato must be grown from seed that has produced the same variety for at least 50 years; plus, it must be certified organic by a recognized U.S. Department of Agriculture organization. An heirloom cannot be a hybrid—a product of cross-pollination used for store-bought varieties to toughen them against susceptibility to parasites and lengthen their shelf life. Rather, they must be grown outdoors and naturally pollinated. The popularity of old-fashioned tomatoes has blossomed in recent years, not only due to their refreshing flavors, textures and crazy colors, but also because of their organic origins. Although heir-

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loom tomatoes may blemish and spoil more quickly than factory-produced hybrids, they are worth the effort. Every bite of the delicious fruit speaks for itself. As a rule of thumb, the redder the tomato, the sweeter it is. Darker varieties, such as the purple and black, generally offer a nice mixture of sweet and tart; the green and white tend to be more bitter. All are prized for their plentiful disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. Further, they present a healthful rainbow of colors and tastes that integrate well in a wide array of dishes.

Preparation Tips Here are some easy ways to prepare some of the most popular varieties of heirloom tomatoes: Cherokee Purple: This sweet heirloom tomato, reportedly enjoyed by the

Cherokee people, has a rich, smoky taste. For an impromptu Mexican pico de gallo party salsa, chop up a couple of Cherokee Purples with half a chopped jalapeño pepper, a couple of spoons of chopped onion, fresh coriander, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of natural salt. Great White: This sweet and juicy yellow tomato exhibits low acidity levels. Slice and serve with a little ground sea salt and fresh pepper. Green Zebra: When ripe, this green tomato has yellow stripes. It’s sweet, yet a bit tart at the same time. When preparing a pasta dish, toss together the sauce and/or vegetables directly in the pan with the cooked pasta, and then add chopped tomatoes just before serving. Nebraska Wedding: This large, orange meaty tomato is sweet enough to be perfect on its own with fresh pepper and drizzled olive oil. Snow White Cherry: Similar in flavor to other good cherry tomatoes, this sweet yellow cherry tomato perfectly complements a tossed salad. A final tip: Enjoy heirloom tomatoes within a few days of purchase. They lose their flavors when stored in the refrigerator, so put them in a dry place on the counter, out of direct sunlight.

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nation data from 3,300 older men and women, they found that 64 percent of the women


pain regularly wore pumps or high heels at some time in the past. They found no significant link between foot pain and

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who reported heel and ankle

ould we keep wearing a hat that gave us a headache or a belt that fractured our ribs? The answer is, probably not. Yet, most of us wear shoes that have multiple negative impacts on the health of our entire body. Studies in leading scientific journals show that these reverberating effects start with painful and deformed feet and can migrate up to impaired bone density

the types of shoes men wear. and a weakened pelvic floor. According to The Journal of Gerontology, for example, a study examining senior populations showed that a history of wearing ill-fitting and high-heeled footwear was specifically associated with poor balance, hammer toes, bunions and foot pain. Once

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each foot two to three times daily.

Identifying the Culprits The most detrimental part of the shoe to overall body structure seems to be heel height, which both increases tension in the plantar fascia (the thick connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot) and alters the position of the knees and lower back. The higher the heel, the tighter the muscles and fascia in the arch become, until walking feels painful. A heel of any height also projects one’s body mass forward, increasing the pressure on the front of the foot, which can lead to soreness there and increase the risk for bunions. Other harmful footwear characteristics also need to be evaluated. The narrow toe spaces of many fashion favorites not only limit the foot’s natural range of motion, they diminish the strength of the toes. Weakened foot and toe muscles, resulting from years of cramping toes into a too-small space, provide insufficient strength for proper balancing and, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology, the situation can even increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis.

Taking a Healthy Stride Forward A lifetime of excessive shoe wearing and poor shoe choices means we need to make foot fitness a priority. It is possible to undo much footwear damage if we modify our habits. Try making the most of these foot exercises and shoe selection tips:

Foot Stretch Stand with your hands on a wall or a chair. Put one leg back behind the torso and tuck these toes under, in order to stretch the muscles in the toes and feet. Cramping is normal, so take a break when needed, and then return to the stretch. Work up to holding the tucked position for a minute, repeating on

Toe Spreading Everyone’s toes should be able to spread apart from each other, just as we can spread our fingers. Practice toe spreading every day to increase strength and flexibility in the feet, as well as circulation and nerve health. For faster results, slip toe spacers between the toes (available at local nail salons and drug stores) or wear toe alignment socks (e.g., while watching TV or sleeping.

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Shoe Closet Makeover The second part of our foot makeover occurs at the shoe store when we select a flat or negative-heeled shoe (with the heel lower than the ball of the foot). Also make sure the width of the shoe fits well. A woman should always be able to spread her toes comfortably inside a shoe, paying close attention to the big and pinkie toes. Fortunately, more shoe designers are offering colorful, fun and sexy options these days in sandals, ballet flats and other stylish looks. It’s also important to minimize the use of sandals or flip-flops that require the toes to grip onto the shoe when walking. The toe-gripping habit can lead to hammer toes, a problem that can be easily corrected with new footwear choices and diligent practice of foot exercises. The same is true for bunions, as long as we also correct our walking patterns. As a final note, remember that while a high-heeled or pointy-toed shoe may make us feel sexy, a limping or stiff gait looks far less attractive than a youthful, powerful stride. Katy Bowman, a biomechanics scientist, holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and is director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, CA. She is the creator of the Aligned and Well™ DVD series of gentle corrective exercise prescriptions, including Fix Your Feet ( Learn more at


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through household dirt and bacteria espite what our mothers told without using quesus, a clean The Environmental tionable chemicals, home isn’t try WVE’s green always a healthy Working Group’s analysis cleaning tips. one. The laundry deof 20 common cleaning tergents, tub and tile products used in California Use fewer prodsprays, air freshenucts. An all-purers, drain cleaners schools found hundreds pose cleaner can and antibacterial of airborne contaminants handle many cleansoaps that promise not listed as ingredients by ing jobs around “fresh and clean” may hide unseen manufacturers. A test that the house. It is not and undisclosed chose three green-certified necessary to use a different proddangers. classroom cleaners versus uct for each room According to Women’s Voices for three common conventional (bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, the Earth (WVE), a cleaners cut the total etc.). Check out national women’s number of air contaminants the National environmental orgaGeographic Green nization, there are detected from 66 to 15. Guide list of allsome 85,000 chemipurpose cleaners cals contained in at products in the consumer marketplace, and only a fraction have been tested for all-purpose-cleaners. their impact on human health. Labeling Never mix products. Chemicals in on cleaning products is not regulated, cleaning products can have dangerous and not every manufacturer voluntarily reactions with one another. For examdiscloses ingredients. To safely power


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• Avoid chemicals linked to reproductive harm. Products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers include: all-purpose, glass, oven, tub/ tile, carpet and floor cleaners; degreasers; stain removers; floor strippers; and metal polishes. The surfactant alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE) is found primarily in: laundry detergents; non-chlorine sanitizers; deodorizers; floor care products; and multi-purpose, carpet and toilet bowl cleaners. • Seek products that have been certified by an independent institution such as Green Seal ( or EcoLogo ( Avoid air fresheners. They contain fragrances and other irritants associated with watery eyes, headaches, skin and respiratory irritations, asthma and allergic reactions. They may also contain VOCs and the known carcinogens, benzene and formaldehyde. Reduce the use of disinfectants. Exposure to antimicrobial chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts, and their overuse has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs.” Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties. Two simple solutions to prevent bacteria growth on sponges and cloths are microwaving sponges for one minute and regularly laundering washcloths.

Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors. 2 cups white distilled vinegar 2 cups water 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional) Tip: Warm in microwave until barely hot to boost cleaning power for tough jobs. (Only microwave in a glass container.) CREAMY SOFT SCRUB Suggested uses: kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

(Note: Some people are allergic to pine oil.) Tip: Let ingredients soak longer for even easier scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings. DRAIN OPENER ½ cup baking soda ½ cup vinegar Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water. Tip: Prevent the shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

2 cups baking soda ½ cup liquid Castile soap* 4 tsp vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative) 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any other scent preferred (optional). Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar; shelf life is two years. Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub. *WVE recommends using a liquid Castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects.

TOILET BOWL CLEANER Option 1 – Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush. Option 2 – Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush, then scrub. Add a few drops of pine oil to increase disinfecting.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT 1 cup soap flakes ½ cup washing soda ½ cup borax Make soap flakes by using a cheese grater to grate a favorite pure vegetable soap. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry) and wash in warm or cold water.

Make nontoxic cleaning products. Simple and inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and borax can be used in many different ways for effective cleaning. Adding essential oils such as lavender or rosemary infuses a fresh scent and boosts antibacterial properties. Have fun learning to make natural cleaning products by buying ingredients in bulk and throwing a green cleaning party with friends (free Green Cleaning Party Kit at Women Finally, WVE suggests we buy products from manufacturers that disclose ingredients on the label. If the ingredients aren’t listed, call the product’s customer service number and ask the company to disclose them. It’s a good way to ensure that our homes stay clean—and healthy. Download a free Safer Cleaning Products fact sheet at cleaningproducts.pdf. Erin Switalski is the executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth ( WVE’s Safe Cleaning Products Initiative is a national effort intended to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Sign the petition at http:// For more information on chemical policy reform, visit

Adjust for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, ¼ cup washing soda and ½ cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax. Tips: Add ½ cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with ½ cup of 20 percent peroxide. Launder as usual. Source: WomenAndEnviron; for additional recipes, visit live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

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calendarofevents Listings by date SATURDAY, MAY 1 Vaccinations: The Latest Information - 9am12pm.. Mary Tocco, Independent Vaccine Researcher will speak on the latest on H1N1, Vaccine Ingredients and Production, the Autism Vaccine connection, vaccines and micro-vascular strokes and more. $20. Continental breakfast. Partridge Creek Banquet & Conference Center, 43843 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Twp. Register: 586-532-5433. Info: Diane 586-532-5433. FREE Energy Tour - 11am. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 20.

SUNDAY, MAY 2 Transition Group Meeting - 11am. 11am. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 20.

MONDAY, MAY 3 La Leche League of North Oakland County - 10am-12pm. Breastfeeding Support-a free meeting at Ortonville United Methodist Church at 93 N Church Street, Ortonville, for mothers and mothers-to-be who want to breastfeed. Babies and toddlers welcome! FREE. La Leche League of North Oakland County, 427 Rissman Lane, Ortonville. Info: Jillian Malan 248-627-5893.

TUESDAY, MAY 4 Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Also, Apr 7th. Osa Jackson Schulte PhD, PT, GCFP/AT Continuity Assistant Trainer. Movement and Healing Center (A Michigan Not For Profit), 5386 Bronco Dr, Clarkston. Register for free intro. 586-484-0549 or fax 248-922-1951. See ad page 22.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 Naturalistic Landscape Design - 7:30pm-9pm. Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, will host

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a free presentation at The featured speaker for the evening is Rick Lazzell, Landscape Planner, Instructor at Oakland & Macomb Community Colleges and Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional will discuss utilizing concepts for making a site environmentally sustainable as well as visually pleasing. FREE/RSVP. St. Daniel Catholic Community Church, 7010 Valley Park Dr, Clarkston. Info: Jim Brueck 248-625-7597.

THURSDAY, MAY 6 An Introduction to Permaculture Design and Nature Awareness - 7pm-9pm. An approach to designing human settlements and perennial agriculture systems that mimic the relationships found in nature & ecological landscapes that produce food, energy-efficient buildings, waste water treatment, recycling and land stewardship. FREE. Southeast Michigan Group of the Sierra Club, 23295 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Carol Izant 248-352-6137.


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markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 Open House, Sweat Lodge - 7pm, Introduction to Red Lodge, a yearlong shamanic training program. Explore ancient wisdom and earth-based knowledge. Troy. Info: Debbie 248-414-5376, email: FTLodge@aol or visit the website at: See ad page 8.

FRIDAY, MAY 14 Treasures and Treats - 9:30am-3:30pm Fri & Sat 5/15. Semiannual rummage and bake sale. Proceeds used by Neighbor for Neighbor to assist area families in need. Hart Community Center, downtown Davisburg. Info/donate: 248-634-0900.


Midwest Cycling Group Bike Race - Watch or compete in this exciting cycling race. Kensington Metropark, near Milford/Brighton. 800-477-3178 or 1-248-685-1561.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 Hypnosis Regression - 7-9 PM. Have you ever felt you were some place before? Do you know something you were never taught? Come spend an evening with me and explore the possibility of past life regression through hypnosis. See if you remember a past experiences. $29. Mott Community Education, Lapeer. Info: 810-667-6546. Free Intro to Feldenkrais® Professional Training - 6:30-8:30pm. Also, Apr 7th. Osa Jackson Schulte PhD, PT, GCFP/AT Continuity Assistant Trainer. Movement and Healing Center (A Michigan Not For Profit), 5386 Bronco Dr, Clarkston. Register for free intro. 586-484-0549 or fax 248-922-1951. See ad page 22.

SATURDAY, MAY 15 Close-Up Nature Photography – 9am-1pm. Students will look for small subjects on the forest floor, not at the forest. You will look for individual trees and what is at the base of the tree as a subject for a photograph. Instructions will be given on how to do close-up photos and where to find the subjects in the forest including birds, bees, butterflies, flowers and plants. Bring a camera and tripod. Held at Seven Ponds Nature Center, 3854 Crawford, Dryden. Entrance fee paid to Seven Ponds: FREE (member), $3 (nonmember). Cost $49. Mott Community Education, Lapeer. Info: 810-667-6546.

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Creating Your Joy with Dr. Eric Alsterberg 11am-1pm. Life is meant to be joyful. The path of joy is available to all when life is approached with an adventerous attitude. Class is based on his book, Life IS an Adventure. A guide to the Path of Joy (copies available). Class: $20. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, Oxford. 248-236-9855.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 Shade Gardening – 6:30-8:30pm. If you have a shady spot or even shade everywhere and you think only Impatiens will grow for you, well then this is the class for you. You’ll be introduced to the many possibilities providing you with colorful foliage and flowers for your garden. Cost $29. Mott Community Education, Lapeer. Info: 810-667-6546.

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Intro to Meditation - 7-8pm. Learn how meditation can help to manage the symptoms of stress. FREE. Patterson Center, 1520 S. Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion. Info: 248-342-9913. See NewsBrief page 5.

SUNDAY, MAY 23 Learn to Plant a Fairy Garden - 1-4pm. Appropriate for all ages. Many activities planned. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson St, Oxford. Call for info: 248-236-9855.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 What Is MUA? - 6:30pm-7:15pm. So what's all the excitement about over MUA? Come and find out how people in chronic pain are getting their lives back! FREE. Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, 10683 S. Saginaw St, Grand Blanc. Katarin Morris 810-694-3576. See ads pages 13 & 21.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3 Detoxification Talk - 5:45pm. The class will discuss the use of metabolic detoxification programs. $25. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Ste 100, Clarkston. 248-625-6677. See NewsBrief page 7.

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Creating A World That Works For All - 10am. Celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, community. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-6255192. Spiritual Gathering - 11am. The Center of Light Spirituality Center. All welcome. Relaxed, retreat type setting, interesting topics, loving experiences, meditation, healing, 5898 Baldwin Rd, Oxford. 248-236-0432.



Simply Yoga - 9:30-10:45am. w/Barb Heuerman.An exploration of the body & mind using a combination of postures with emphasis on deep breathing, while aligning the body with strength, as well as softness. Suitable for all levels. $15. 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. 248-770-5388. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:45pm. Also Wed. Strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring mat (a few loaners are available) or towel. $7/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. 248625-5192.



Therapeutic Yoga - 9:30-10:45am. For those with limitations in their body, or needing a restful practice. Modifications will be made for all postures with the use of blocks, straps and bolsters during this class. Many restorative Asanas are explored. First class free. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy. Clarkston. Joan Price 248-770-5388. Simply Yoga–All Levels - 9:30-10:45am. The light and warmth is felt by all when in this class which leaves the student feeling cleansed and alive wanting to come back for more! $12 walk-in. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. 248-390-9270. Believe-The ABC’s of TAI CHI with Tammy Cropp - 10am. Beginning to Intermediate. Experience healing, stress reduction, balance, and increased flexibility. $8/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. Absolutly Beginners Yoga - 6:30-7:45pm. Very Basic Yoga class that will bring your body


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into alignment and healing. Maria Burnash APT/500ERYT teaching yoga with knowledge/ compassion $12. Yoga in the Woods, 12380 Hegel Rd, Goodrich. Maureen 810-636-7204. How to Stay Young the First 100 Years - 7:158:15pm. With Dr. Dennis Benn. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 10.



Yoga with Ease - 1-2:15pm. A class in which the student finds their own level of effort using their breath as a coach. Steve has been teaching healing yoga classes in the area for 16 years. First class free. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Steve Guth 248-770-5388. After School Yoga - 3:15-4pm. Join a yoga instructor from Lake Orions’ Hamsa Yoga for an afternoon of easy, light yoga for children, parents and friends. $10. Upland Hills EAC, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 20. Cardio Kick Boxing - 5:30-6:15pm. Thru March 24th. Overall fitness class includes cardio, strengthening, stretching, & TaeKwon Do punching & kicking techniques. Taught by Angla Grasak & Joan McDowell Both Masters in Tae Kwon Do. $7 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-6672101. See ad page 26 & 30.

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Hwy Clarkston. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. Morning Flow Yoga w/Jules - 6:15-7:30am. Intermediate to Advanced. A combination of asanas, pranayama and meditation. For the self motivated student comfortable with limited guidance. $12 walk-in or class cards. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. Introductory Yoga - 11:30am-12:30pm. w/Alan Haras. $10. Upland Hills EAC, 2375 Indian Lake Rd, Oxford. Info: 248-693-1021. See ad page 20. Cardio Kick Boxing - 11:45am-12:30pm. Thru March 19th. Overall fitness class includes cardio, strengthening, stretching, & TaeKwon Do punching & kicking techniques. Taught by Janet Wassmann 2nd Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts. $7 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 26 & 30. Hospice Volunteer Training – 5pm. Hospice Volunteers are required to complete 14 hours of training to become volunteers. FREE. McLaren Homecare Group; 1515 Cal Drive, Davison. Info: John Girdwood 810-496-8779. Essene Health Association Meetings - 7pm, second Friday, Linden. Raw foods, sprouting, detox, live blood cell info & general health info is provided. Cost: $5 association membership fee required. Info/ register: 810-735-2575. See Center for Holistic Studies ad, page 12.

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Flow Yoga w/Jules - 9:30-10:45am. Intermediate to Advanced. Combination of asana and breathing techniques to help strengthen the body, calm the mind. $12 walk-in or class cards avail. Jewels Yoga and Fitness, Clarkston. Info: Jules 248-390-9270. YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Thru March 18th. Beginning & Intermediate Students. This class will work on discovering how movement and breath, working together, help open tight spots in the body. You may end up discovering some areas that haven’t moved in years. This class will help bring balance to the body. Available for all fitness levels. Bring your own mat or one provided. Taught by Chris Duncan, RYT 8 years Astanga Yoga. $12 drop in. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad page 26 & 30.


Fitness Bootcamp - 11am-noon. Certified Personal Trainer, Tamra Little will take you through a challenging full body, cardio based workout with emphasis on body weight movements. All fitness levels. $10/session or package rates. Dolores’ School of Dance, 6041 Lennon Rd, Swartz Creek. Tamra Little 810-965-1598. See ad page 30. Ashtanga - 11am-Noon. A balanced practice to detoxify and purify your body and mind. Experienced fun teachers. $12. Yoga in the Woods, 12380 Hegel Rd, Goodrich. Maureen 810-6367204. Community Class-Free Yoga - 11:15am-12pm. The Community Class is a Level 1 class taught by the students in the Yoga For Life Teacher Training Program. FREE. Yoga For Life, 1194 S Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. Heidi Peters 248-693-9932.


Rise & Shine Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15am. w/ Steve Guth. Fairly vigorous class for people in normal health, Strengthen the body, awaken the mind. $15 walk-in or class discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie

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NATURAL WELLNESS & PAIN RELIEF CENTERS 10683 S. Saginaw Street, Suite B Grand Blanc, 810-694-3576 Everyone, regardless of age or condition, can benefit from a nervous system that is working at its very best. Our interest in the spine is only because it houses the nervous system. Chiropractic is a safer, more natural approach to better health. See ads pages 13 & 21.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY COUNTRY RD PATHWAY TO HEALING Sharessa Tackett, RN, CCT 15190 Bishop Rd, Byron 810-813-3111 Offering colonics in a clean and relaxing setting using all disposable equipment. Experience why "Good health begins when the body is cleansed from within.™"

SKIN CARE SPECIALIST Susan Adam, Esthetician Suzy Q's, Davison 810-919-0829 Skin feel uncomfortable or makeup not apply properly? Call for a FREE skin analysis/mini facial. Experienced, works with all-natural, no color or preservative, skin care line.

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VOLUNTEERING MCLAREN HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM-Volunteer training. Special events. Whether you actively participate or volunteer you support the programs. Genesee/Lapeer Region, 1515 Cal Drive, Davison. For more information call John Girdwood 810-496-8779 or visit

LIVING WATERS WELLNESS CENTER Janie Jeffery, NHP, CCT • 810-252-4389 1009 Grange Hall Rd., Fenton Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Colonics can help restore vibrant health to your body. Professional & comfortable atmosphere. Most Affordable pricing. 12 years experience.

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SHANTI COUNSELING SERVICES Theresa Callard-Moore, ACSW 6199 Miller Rd., Ste A, Swartz Creek 810-630-0904 ext. 2 Treating the whole person: Body mind & spirit. Holistic psychotherapy services including traditional counseling, EMDR, NET, Nutritional response testing, Reiki and more.



12751 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 700 Grand Blanc 810-606-8577

Marjie C. Andrejciw, MT (ASCP), MS, NC Fenton, 810-869-8898

Jill Grenevitch is a certified clinical hypnotherapist specializing in the relief of anxiety, insomnia, stress, allergies, self-sabotage and more. Certified HypnoBirthing and HypnoFertility Therapist.

Specializing in chronic illness with emphasis on autism, utilizing holistic approach through diet and lifestyle. Registered Defeat Autism Now! practitioner. Practicing Weston A. Price philosophies.


DENTISTRY DAVID EWING, DDS, LPC 5516 Torrey Rd, Flint 810-232-2515 General Dentistry, including root canals, dentures, extractions, bridges, composite (white) fillings, crowns, TMJ, N.E.T. for pain control, anxiety and more. Nutrition and ZOOM teeth whitening. See ad page 7.

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BIO-TURF, LLC • 810-348-7547 Serving Genesee, Oakland & Livingston Lawn/tree care program that offers organic-based fertilizers, Free lawn analysis. Visit



8331 S. State St. (M-15), Goodrich 4 miles North of Ortonville 810-636-5100

Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934 Mercury and metal-free dental materials, non surgical perio treatment, Invisalign© Orthodontics, DDS weight-loss system, cosmetic dentistry and TMJ pain diagnosis & treatment. Over 25 years of providing dental services to the community. See ad page 9.

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PERSONAL TRAINING BY TAMRA 810-965-1598 • Serving Genesee County Meet your fitness/health goals. In-home training/nutrition services. No Gym fees! Call for consultation.

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A diagnostic, treatment and research centre with a holistic, personal approach. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, sports rehab and exercise, massage, oxygen therapy, detox and more. See ad page 10.



Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

Deborah Weeks • 810-735-2575 114A S Bridge St, Linden Rejuvinate, cleanse and detoxify the body, mind and spirit by choosing from alternative and preventative practices offered. Naturopathic Counselor, Certified Medical Massage, S c e n a r, M i c r o s c o p y, Biological Terrain, Ion Cleanse, Blanket Therapy and Ear Candling. See ad page 12.

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YOGA/ MARTIAL ARTS KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE 935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-667-2101 • Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Adult enrichment classes in Yoga, Kick-fit and Women’s self-defense. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 26.

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