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JULY 2010

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

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EATING MINDFULLY 12 Ways Kids Teach Us by Dr. Michelle May

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LOCAVORE NATION Savor Regional Foods by Judith Fertig

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GEORGE VUTETAKIS and the Language of Food by Renee Rudzewicz

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uly is traditionally the month we devote a good portion of our magazine to the topic of healthy foods and eating. We're confident all of you will benefit from the information in this issue. We believe that the solution to the "food problem" we are experiencing in the world today can be addressed with local solutions. Processed and preserved foods are created for a simple reason: so they last long enough to get to your table. As we all know, it's often that processing and preserving that robs the food of nutritional value and can introduce unhealthy additives to our diet. The solution, logically, is to get as much of our food as we can from local resources, while the food is still fresh and nutritious. To that theme, our feature article this month is about Locavores and the "terroir" concept. As we mentioned in the our email to subscribers earlier in June announcing the theme for this issue, a locavore is someone who eats locally. Terroir, although widely used in reference to wines, applies to any food. It refers to "the peculiar combination of microclimate and geography." If we draw a circle with its center in our own backyard, the area within the circumference of the circle that encloses the same climate and geography is the general terroir. Check out this article to learn how terroir affects the flavor of foods and more about the benefits of being a "locavore." As we began planning this issue, we discovered George Vutetakis. For those of you familiar with the Inn Season Café in Royal Oak, you may remember that, for years, George was the co-owner and chef. He left Inn Season Café in 2002 and now resides in San Diego. He recently returned to Michigan to promote his new cookbook, Vegetarian Traditions and was gracious enough to give us time to interview him for an article this month. It also includes a recommended recipe from his book. We purchased a copy of the cookbook and liked it so much we're holding a drawing and will give away two signed copies. Details on how you can enter are at the end of his interview in this month's issue. Coincidentally, Inn Season Café is also the food vendor for our upcoming Michigan Healthy Living and Sustainability Expo in Royal Oak on July 17th. There will be speakers, practitioners and businesses from around Michigan and lots of information for everyone. Stop by, enjoy the day with us and have some food from Inn Season's popular menu. Details are on the outside back cover and at As always, we have lots more from which you can benefit this month. We hope you enjoy it all. Watch for our annual kids' health issue in August. We have lots of exciting things planned for that issue too. Finally, if you have pets, keep an eye out for the inaugural issue of our new Natural Awakenings Healthy Pet magazine coming out later this month. It's all about healthy living for our animal friends. We expect it to "hit the street" in over 1,000 locations...just in our East Michigan market! So, until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs Simple Test Helps Children with Scoliosis


r. Mark Morningstar of the Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Centers in Grand Blanc has begun using a genetic test to identify the risk of progression in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. “The test analyzes 53 different genetic markers for scoliosis, which helps us determine whether a child with scoliosis will progress to the point that surgery is indicated," explains Dr. Morningstar. "It revolutionizes scoliosis treatment because it will help prevent over-treatment and allow children at high risk to start treatment sooner than normal, in hopes of preventing progression.” "The simple saliva test is covered by most insurance," he says, "and will help your doctor better develop a treatment plan appropriate for your child." Natural Pain Relief & Wellness Centers is located at 10683 S Saginaw, Suite B, in Grand Blanc. For more information call 810-694-3576 or visit See ad page 22.

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n Tuesday, July 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jill Grenevitch of Breakthrough Empowerment, will put on an Anxiety Relief workshop at the McFarlen Library in Grand Blanc. "Over 40 million adults suffer from anxiety or panic attacks," says Jill. "As one who has overcome anxiety, I know how hypnotherapy can bring permanent relief and put you back in control of those 'out of control' feelings and sensations." "Those who attend," she adds, "will learn the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder; effective options to relieve anxiety and panic attacks quickly, naturally and permanently; as well as a relaxation exercise to feel better fast." This interactive workshop is FREE and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a guest and your questions.



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ormer Florida stylist Jan Elcoate has relocated to Michigan to join the staff at Cyril Spa on Miller Road in Flint. She is offering organic advanced hair and scalp therapy for both women and men using the Eufora International line, which is based on certified organic Aloe Vera gel. Eufora System contains natural advanced plant and pure essential oils, with no artificial colorants or fragrances, to promote healthy scalp,and shiny,vibrant hair. Elcoate, who has 18 years of advanced training and experience, is available by appointment 7 days per week and evenings. Elcoate also offers facial waxing and other professional hair services. Cyril Salon and Spa is located at G-4290 Miller Rd., in Flint (next to Dale's Health Foods). For more information, or an appointment, call 810-733-0635, and ask for Jan at extension 320. Callers who mention Natural Awakenings will receive 10 percent off. See ad page opposite page.

New Summer Camp for Special Needs Kids


he sky’s the limit when it comes to fun at Camp Blue Sky, a new summer day camp for special needs kids at the 300 acre YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, just north of Highland. Camp Blue Sky is the first day camp in the state to offer the full spectrum of indoor and outdoor activities for special needs children ages 8 to 18. Adult special needs camper sessions also are offered. Horseback riding, canoeing, a 100-foot water slide, crafts, outdoor cooking and a climbing wall are just a few of the ways kids experience authentic summer camp in a challenging, fun and nurturing environment. Programs are modified to fit individual needs, with a "challenge by choice" emphasis. Family nights and weekly themes also are planned. Four-day weekly camp sessions begin July 5 and run through August 19 at a rate of $399 per session. Financial aid opportunities are available and an early application incentive is also offered. Camp Blue Sky at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa is located at 7300 Hickory Ridge Rd., in Holly. To register, ca11 248-529-3760. For more information visit

New Counseling Center Opens in Clarkston


eflections Pointe Counseling in Clarkston offers individual, couples and family therapy for those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abuse, career development, personal relationships and self-esteem issues. Counselors Rebecca Anastasi and Jennifer Edwards offer a comfortable healing place to experience growth of body, mind, and spirit. “All of us are capable of moving through our life experiences. We have the inner strength available to us to persevere in life, but sometimes we just need a hand,� says Anatasi. In explaining the counseling center’s philosophy, Edwards says: “The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change so that every moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding, and love.� For more information, call 248 245-4633.

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Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Now Offered at Complete Family Health Care


n the fight to help patients with healthy lifestyles, weight loss and anti-aging, Dr. Madhu Subnani of Complete Family Health Care in Imlay City announces that she is expanding her practice. "As far as I can tell," says Dr. Subnani, "I will now be the only doctor in the area specializing in anti-aging, hormone therapy and weight loss." "Many of the common health concerns among men and women today," she explains, "are mood swings, fatigue, depression, restlessness, poor memory, muscles mass loss and weight gain, which are all signs of declining health and are often associated with glandular dysfunction. Glandular dysfunction leads to poor nutrition, vitamin deficiencies and hormone imbalances, all of which are the primary cause of accelerated aging and weight gain. With 18 years experience, Subnani has extensive training and continues her education offering the latest advancements in weight loss, anti-aging and hormone replacement therapy. To ensure that only the safest technology is being used, Subnani puts all therapies through rigorous testing. “I want to be sure that anything I offer my patients is safe,” says Subnani. “Everything we offer I’ve either tried myself or with someone in my family. If it is safe for my family, it is safe for my patients.” "Bio Identical Natural Hormone replacement utilizes specifically formulated hormones made from natural sources that resemble the patient’s production at youthful levels," she says. "IV Therapy uses nutrients that flow directly into the body to restore nutrition, detox and heal and many patients are getting relief from migraines, Fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies, diabetes, plaque regression, cholesterol and other issues." Dr. Subnani also uses Natural Hormone replacement as a method for weight loss. "Many patients," she says, "are losing as much as one pound per day-and achieving overall health." In addition to hormone therapy, Dr. Subnani's spa offers a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical therapies and treatments, all designed to improve life, regenerate the body and increase overall health.

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Starting College This fall? Learn To Beat The ‘Freshman 15’ At Clarkston Workshop


larkston nutritionist Cindy Crandell R.N. and Certified Nutritionist, of Nuview Nutrition is conducting a 90-minute College Survival Workshop open to all college students and their parents. The workshop will be offered at 7:00 p.m on four dates, August 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th, in downtown Clarkston. "There is a way to provide new college students with a winning game plan to prevent the 'freshman 15' – those unwanted pounds that sneak up on you due to new life habits," she says. "This workshop will be fun, interactive, motivating and educational. We’ll help students make smarter cafeteria choices, provide tips on conquering portion distortion, and we’ll provide five fitness tips that fit a college schedule." The cost is $15 and includes all materials and recipes. Parents may attend free if accompanied by a student. Nuview Nutrition is located in the Clarkston News building at 5-1/2 Main Street in downtown Clarkston. To register or for more information, call Cindy Crandell RN, CN, at 248-766-2210.

July 2010



New Paradigm

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that works for all.

Research Shows We Can Feed the World Sustainably

Economic Security

Buying at Home Keeps America Strong Poll after poll points to Americans’ preference for locally produced goods, according to; the real question is if we are willing to look for them and pay more. A 21st-century grassroots website, StillMadeInUSA. com, provides a helping hand with an online shopping directory of American brands. Categories range from personal apparel, handcrafts and household goods to tools, sports and entertainment, and include special occasions and shop-by-geography menus. “I try to buy American products whenever possible, but as a working mother of three boys, I don’t have time to drive from store to store or search for hours online,” says founder Stephanie Sanzone, explaining her website’s genesis. The Made in USA label represents a heightened concern for guarding American manufacturing jobs, worker and environmental health, product quality, consumer safety, national competitiveness and security while defending against an increasing trade deficit.

A benchmark study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says that it’s possible to sustainably feed the world’s estimated 2050 population of 9 billion, while still preserving the planet. Findings suggest that a diet equivalent to eating meat three times a week would employ green farming methods, leave forests untouched and raise animals only under free-range conditions. Continued next page...

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Funding Debate Slows Upgrade of School Nutrition For the past year, Slow Food USA has led a consumer campaign now exceeding 100,000 emails asking Congress to improve school nutrition. “We cannot, in good conscience, continue to make our kids sick by feeding them cheap byproducts of an industrial food system,” states Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. “It is time to give kids real food, food that tastes good, is good for them, is good for the people who grow and prepare it and is good for the planet.” President Obama has proposed investing an additional $1 billion a year to help schools serve healthier food, but Congress is hesitating to approve the full amount. This change to the five-year Child Nutrition Act, now up for renewal, would add 20 cents to the $1 allocated for ingredients in each school lunch. School nutrition directors say an additional $1 is needed to serve sufficient vegetables, fruits and whole grains, making the ultimate goal $4 billion a year. Meanwhile, the viable farmto-school movement is seeking just $50 million of the total to link local farms with schools. Vending machines also must be subject to stronger nutrition standards. “Kids have the most at stake here,” remarks Emily Ventura, of Slow Food Los Angeles. “This is their future, their health, their quality of life. But it’s also America’s future.” Support the Time for Lunch campaign at

“We can actually do without factory farming,” concludes Lasse Brauun, of Compassion in World Farming. “With 60 billion animals being reared for livestock production every year and the figure set to double by 2050, we really need to reconsider our approach. Animals are being reared like factory units to provide us with cheap meat. The true cost of eating too much meat is animal suffering, deforestation and obesity.” The Indian state of Sikkim in the Himalayas is among those showing the way. The government plans to have all of its arable land of 173,000 acres certified organic by 2015.

Natural Spin Shoppers Vote for Healthier Choices

Attendees at this year’s mega Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim, California, saw everything from organic burritos and glass baby bottles to bags that extend the life of produce. “The 30th anniversary of the event mirrors major business and consumer shifts to values of health and sustainability,” observed Fred Linder, president of New Hope Natural Media. Organic products and green packaging are in—genetically modified foods are out. Accordingly, The Fresh Ideas Group, which monitors new-product trends, has forecasted lower prices for private label organic food in 2010 and an increase in foods with fewer processed ingredients and more whole grains. While organic still accounts for less than 5 percent of national food sales, overall sales of organic foods and other products was up 5 percent in 2009, more than double the growth of conventional wares.

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A Perspective on Soy


ith many new soy foods on the market today, from nuts and beans to energy bars and powdered drinks, choosing those that are most healthful can be confusing. Soy has received mixed reviews, even though it has been eaten in Asia for hundreds of generations without reported adverse effects and is a staple in vegetarian kitchens worldwide. In its natural state, the soybean has proved to be high in nutritional value as a non-animal source of essential amino acids, qualifying it as the only complete plant protein. The controversy centers on 20th-century isolation of the soybean’s beneficial compounds, isoflavones, that in their natural state have been found to protect against breast, prostate and colon cancers, menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis. Rather than use the whole food, the manufactured food industry instead has added these compounds in isolated form to various products. Concerns arise because the isolated plant compounds act differently in the body when they lack the supporting vitamins, minerals and plant substances present in natural whole soy. Also, their amount and concentration in manufactured foods tend to exceed what is present in whole soy foods. To avoid the risk of overexposure to isolated soy compounds and still reap soy’s many health benefits, look for organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) whole soy products. Examples include tofu, tempeh, edamame and whole canned or frozen soy beans, as well as products produced from whole soy, such as soy flour, soy milk, miso and soy sauces like tamari or shoyu. Source: Research compiled by Monika Rice, who holds a master’s degree in holistic nutrition and is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Vitamin D Makes News


itamin D is one of the few vitamins our body can produce itself when bare skin is exposed to ultraviolet B light. But this sunshine vitamin that is known to influence the immune system seems to be in short supply, and mounting studies point to serious health risks that can result from a vitamin D deficiency. According to researchers at National Jewish Health, a leading respiratory hospital, low levels of vitamin D have been associated with decreased lung function and greater use of medications in children with asthma, as well as increased occurrence of a common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health suggests that women living in northern states are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency. Meanwhile, research at the University of Warwick Medical School has shown that middleaged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43 percent. To ensure that our body produces enough vitamin D to keep us healthy, experts suggest that we expose ourselves to 15 to 18 minutes of sunshine daily. Eating foods that contain small amounts of vitamin D, such as fish, mushrooms, eggs and dairy products, also helps to keep our vitamin D levels up. Contributing sources: and


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onstick cookware, popular because it’s convenient to use and clean, also emits toxic fumes when overheated. Tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have shown that in just two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, cookware coated with Teflon and other nonstick surfaces can exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases. They posit that the same holds true for ovenware. At the same time, the researchers report that ingesting inert particles that have come off scratched cookware isn’t a hazard. EWG’s recommended alternatives are stainless steel and cast iron cookware. However, for families stuck with nonstick pots and pans, the group offers the following tips: Never preheat nonstick cookware empty or at high heat and make sure to cook food at the lowest possible temperature possible for safe cooking. Don’t put nonstick cookware in an oven hotter than 500 degrees and use an exhaust fan. Keep pet birds out of the kitchen, because they are particularly susceptible to the fumes.

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Out of the Mouths of Babes A Dozen Ways Children Teach Us to Eat Mindfully by Dr. Michelle May

Children are born with the ability to eat instinctively, fully tuned in to internal cues of hunger and fullness.


arents are usually the main facilitators of life lessons for their children, but in some arenas it’s best to let the kids do the teaching. Their natural eating behaviors, for example, exemplify smart choices for us all. Here are some surprising rules of thumb: Eat when you are hungry. From birth, babies know when and how much they need to eat and cry to let us know. As youngsters grow this vital instinct can be unlearned, so that by the time they are adults, most have learned to eat for other reasons besides hunger. By recognizing the difference between needing to eat and wanting to eat, adults can also relearn when and how much to eat. Stop eating when you are full. Infants turn their head away when they have had enough to eat and toddlers throw food on the floor when they’re done. But as adults, we clean our plates because we were admonished as youngsters about starving children, feel a social obligation or something just tastes good.

Being hungry makes you grouchy.

Being hungry, tired or frustrated makes a child crabby and affects adults in the same way. Take care of your mealtime needs instead of taking out your crankiness on those around you. Snacks are good. Kids naturally prefer to eat smaller meals with snacks in-between whenever they get hungry. That pattern of eating keeps their metabolism stoked all day; adults’ too. All foods fit. Children are born with a

natural preference for sweet foods and quickly learn to enjoy fatty foods. Such fun comfort foods can be part of a healthy diet. In fact, studies show that overly restrictive food rules can cause children to feel guilty or ashamed and lead to rebellious eating. Everyone eats healthier when they learn to enjoy less nutritious foods in moderation without deprivation. Be a picky eater. Kids won’t easily eat something they don’t like. Consider how much less you’d eat if you didn’t settle for food that only tastes so-so.

You can learn to like new foods. Healthy eating

is an acquired taste, so provide a variety of appealing, healthful foods at the family table. If children observe us eating a variety of healthful foods, then they will learn to as well. It can take up to 10 different occasions of two-bite exposures to a new food, but kids often surprise themselves by liking something they never thought they would.

Make the most of your food. Eating is

a total sensory experience for children as they examine, smell and touch each morsel. You’ll appreciate food aromas, ap-

July 2010


The Female Hormone Roller Coaster


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t is no secret that as we age, our bodies go through several age-related changes. Our hair thins and/or grays, our metabolism slows, we get wrinkles, our memory dulls, and women’s bodies feel like blast furnaces in mid-February. These and other problems may be directly attributable to one thing: hormones. Hormones are responsible for maintaining several bodily processes, and when those hormones are out of balance, the resulting symptoms can be disastrous on our daily lives. For those women out there who experience hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, decreased libido, depression, difficulty losing weight, bone density loss, and insomnia, there may be an answer to your prayers – it’s called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT is endorsed by several medical and community organizations, including the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Citizens for Health. Bio-identical hormones are plantderived hormones that have the exact same molecular structure as those hormones made in the human body. Doctors who specialize in anti-aging and regenerative medicine have been using BHRT to dramatically improve the daily lives of woman all over the world for the past 20 years. BHRT is much safer than conventional synthetic hormone replacement drugs like PremPro and Premarin, which have been linked to increased risk of stroke, breast cancer, heart disease, and circula-

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pearance and flavors more if you aren’t driving, watching television, working on a computer, reading or standing over the sink.

Eating with your family is fun. Babies and toddlers naturally

love eating with other people. Family mealtime is a golden opportunity to model good habits and conversational skills and connect with each other. With older children, play high-low around the dinner table, where each family member takes a turn sharing the best and worst parts of their day.

Eating until you are content is more important than finishing everything on your plate. There is more to a party than cake and ice cream. Invite

children to a party and they’ll want to know what they are going to get to do; invite adults and they’ll wonder what food will be served. Instead of avoiding food-based get togethers, focus on the social aspects of the event. Sleep is good. Children need a good night’s sleep to prepare for the adventures that tomorrow will bring. Everyone benefits from a consistent bedtime and good rest. Live in the moment. Kids are masters at living in the present; they don’t waste a lot of energy worrying about what has already happened or what might happen tomorrow. They are fully engaged in small, enjoyable pursuits. Adults will do well to reconsider the true joys of life and we can learn a lot from children. Michelle May is a medical doctor, founder of the Am I Hungry? mindful eating program ( and the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Her mission is to help individuals break free from mindless and emotional eating to live a more vibrant, healthy life.

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onsider Boston cod, Georgia peach pie, Florida’s Indian River grapefruit, wheat from Kansas, heirloom tomatoes from Colorado, Michigan sour cherries, Texas pinto beans and California wines. While the definition of American cuisine is difficult to pinpoint, it definitely exists in regional form, say the Americans polled by the James Beard Foundation. It’s the particular tastes of the places we call home. There’s a delicious reason why regional foods remain popular; as The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture found, the average “fresh” food item on American dinner tables now travels 1,500 miles to get there—and often tastes like it.

Taste is All About Terroir “Place-based foods have a unique taste, related to the soil, water, air and cli-

mate of a region, as well as the ethnic or regional heritage of their producers,” advises Rachelle H. Saltzman, folklife coordinator and director of the Iowa Place-Based Foods project. She notes that regional food might be considered a result of the happy pairing of nature and nurture. Regional foods start with terroir, a French term that refers to a peculiar combination of microclimate and geography. If we draw a circle with its center in our own backyard, the area within the circumference of the circle that encloses the same climate and geography is the general terroir. Although terroir is in wide use in reference to wines, it also applies to any food. Terroir accounts for the differences in flavor between mild orange blossom honey from Arizona, aromatic and pear-like tupelo honey from Florida, amber-colored and medium-

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What’s Growing in Your Region? Slow Food, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to “good, clean and fair food,” has created an American Ark of Taste, its list of regional foods. Backyard entries include the granite beauty apple from New Hampshire, green striped cushaw [squash] from Tennessee, hand-harvested wild rice from Minnesota, Four Corners gold bean from Colorado, Padre plum from California and Alaskan birch syrup. (See SlowFoodUSA. org/downloads/ Ark_Foods_ By_

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register the flavor changes from terroir, according to Amy Trubek, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences at The University of Vermont and author of The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. Trubek is participating in an ongoing study of the character of small-batch maple syrups. “Like Burgundy wines or Savoie cheeses, the terroir of maple syrups matters,” she says. For example, maple syrup—a whole food made only from the sap that rises in the tree only after a long, cold winter—can taste different depending on whether the maple tree grows in areas rich in limestone (giving flavor notes of caramel, vanilla and bitter almond) or schist (where minerals yield a slightly moldy note), giving it a unique taste of place.

Wild Bounty Before European settlement here, Native American tribes were often identified—and strengthened physically and spiritually— by the regional foods they ate, whether gathered by hunting or fishing in the wild or raised themselves. Early visiting explorers and naturalists noted such delicacies as wild strawberries growing along the New Hampshire shoreline, native persimmons in Virginia and beach plums on Cape Cod. In Early American Gardens: For Meate or Medicine, gardener and author Ann Leighton chronicles which plants were native to New England and which ones the 17th-century colonists brought or had sent from England. The

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resulting cuisine evolved into a fusion of English recipes with New World ingredients. Through many generations, regional cuisines developed along the Eastern seaboard, often featuring maple syrup, cranberries, wild blackberries, corn, pumpkins, Carolina gold rice, cod, clams, blue crab, shad and shrimp. Grafting new and old world plants produced the happy accidents of the Bartlett pear, Concord grape and Newtown Pippin apple. What grew in these innovative gardens naturally began to grace American tables. “Native corn became a truly American food,” observes Lenore Greenstein, a food and nutrition journalist who has taught at several U.S. universities. “The corn of the settlers, however, was not the sweet corn we know today, but the field corn used to feed livestock and make corn meal, syrup and starches. Sweet corn was unknown until 1779, yet by 1850 it had replaced field corn on American tables.”

Ethnic Traditions Beyond the land itself, regional foods continue to be influenced by the transportation routes followed in early trading ventures; the ways of the English homeland were soon joined by those of African slaves. Greenstein relates that New Orleans’ famous gumbo comes from the African ngombo, for okra, its principal ingredient. The ~ Janet Trefethen, of Trefethen thick stew gets some Family Vineyards, in Napa, of its distinctive flavor California, about its HaLo and smooth texture from gumbo file powder cabernet sauvignon. made of dried, wild sas-

“In this wine, you can taste the magical place where our children, Hailey and Loren, grew up. Aromas of blackberries and bay leaves, like those that grow along the spring-fed creek with subtle notes of tobacco, smoke and earth, dance in the background, derived from the soil itself.”

safras leaves. In other parts of the South, a cuisine that became known as soul food grew up around dishes made from produce that slaves could grow in their own kitchen gardens: boiled peanuts, sweet potato pie, boiled greens and black-eyed peas. Immigrants from Ireland who arrived in the New World during the potato famine of the 1840s and those Europeans promised free land under the Homestead Acts of the 1860s brought garden seeds, favorite plants and ethnic food traditions with them, further enlarging our country’s collective eating repertoire to include sauerkraut, coleslaw, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls and potato salad. Mennonite farmers who had emigrated from the Netherlands to Germany and then on to Russia, as their pacifist views clashed with the prevailing governments, finally left the steppes of the Ukraine for the similar terroir of the Kansas prairie in 1875. (This was around the same time that cowboys were herding longhorn cattle from Texas along the Chisholm Trail to railyards in Abilene, Kansas.) The Mennonites brought bags of turkey red winter wheat seeds that helped transform the wild prairie into the cultivated “breadbasket” it is today. In a similar fashion, Italian families coming to California brought their love of wine to a hilly region that benefited from moisture granted by the fog rolling in from the Pacific. They knew how to make the most of a climate with a spring rainy season followed by a dry summer—great conditions for growing wine grapes.

Good for Us Food Foods naturally suited to their environment grow better, taste better and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit working to build healthy communities through sustainable eating habits ( When grown and consumed locally, foods escape the degradation of being irradiated for longer shelf life. When they come from organic farms, they’re also grown without pesticides and herbicides. Consider also that milk from dairy

Grow Your Own The best terroir of all is our own garden. A fresh-picked tomato will convert even the most dedicated supermarket shopper every time. A state agricultural extension agent or local master gardener will know what grows best in area gardens. Consider growing heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables for greater flavor and color. A good resource is Seed Savers Exchange (, a northern Iowa farm that acts as a collective for members who use and save thousands of varieties of seeds. Its yearbook lists member gardeners and their comments on their success with various types of plants.


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Extending the Season Farmers and gardeners in every region have ways to extend the growing season. Kitchen gardeners have used cloches (glass bells put over tender plants to ward off the cold), cold frames (south-facing raised beds protected against the cold) and greenhouses. Many organic farmers now use poly-tunnels (which function as portable greenhouses) that allow them to get crops in the ground sooner and extend the end of the season. We can also continue to savor seasonal bounty by preserving the harvest. Farm wives and gardeners who understand the realities of feast and famine, glut and scarcity turn excess yields into what they call “value-added products.” Cucumbers become pickles; basil mixes into pesto; tomatoes provide a base for salsa. They also freeze fresh, whole berries on cookie sheets, then move them to containers to store in the freezer. Local state agriculture extension services offer free detailed information about preserving foods.

open space. There are even more benefits. Research by Duncan Hilchey, a senior extension associate at Cornell University, and his colleagues in upstate New York found that regional agriculture contributes to the local economy, provides fresh food and a secure food supply, and plays a role in preserving our rural heritage. In Goût de Terroir: Exploring the Boundaries of Specialty Agricultural Landscapes, he concludes that “Agricultural landscapes, and the regional cuisine and foodways [culinary practices] to which they contribute, offer powerful expressions of place.” As Greenstein sums it up, “Regional food is better, however you look at it.” “Were it not for Lake Mich- Judith Fertig is a freeigan, you couldn’t grow lance food writer in Overland Park, KS; for fruit this far north on a more information visit commercial scale. The AlfrescoFoodAndLife

cattle raised in areas where they can eat grass for most of the year has a better flavor and contains more beneficial nutrients than milk from grain-fed cows. Jeni Britton Bauer uses regional Midwestern ingredients—including organic milk from grass-fed cows, local goat cheese, foraged wild foods and organic berries—for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “We couldn’t believe the difference in flavor in milk from grass-fed versus grain-fed cows,” she says. “It’s because grass-fed cows produce milk with more conjugated linoleic acid, a cancerfighting compound, as well as healthful omega-3 fatty acids.” Local examples such as hers illustrate the larger truth.

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Growing and eating regional foods is equally beneficial for our communities. According to Larry West, weather fronts come in a writer for E/The from the west over the deep Environmental Magalake. The lake becomes a zine, most farmers on climate modifier, giving the average receive only 20 cents of each food fruit its character.” dollar spent on what they produce. The ~ Justin Rashid, of American remaining profit gets Spoon Foods, a grower of consumed by transsour cherries, apricots and portation, processing, peaches in Michigan’s Upper packaging, refrigeration and marketing Peninsula costs when their crops travel far and wide. Farmers who choose to sell their foods to local customers see a better return on their investment. When neighbors choose to eat locally, it supports local agriculture and encourages continued use of area land for farms, keeping development in check while preserving Leighton.

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growing number of professional athletes and weekend warriors are spelling relief h-o-m-e-o-pa-t-h-y. Founded on a reputation for helping people suffering from chronic diseases, natural homeopathic medicines also are becoming recognized for their effectiveness in treating common sports injuries. Using them is considered easier than conventional drugs in addressing acute injuries, because applying homeopathic solutions doesn’t require a high degree of individualized remedies. When two people have sprained ankles, for instance, they can each be helped along in their healing by a similar homeopathic remedy, but two people suffering from arthritis will generally require different remedies that are individualized according to each person’s pattern of symptoms. Note that homeopaths recommend that homeopathic medicine be taken in conjunction with, not as a replacement for, conventional first-aid measures.

Form of Doses Homeopathic medicines are available as single remedies or as formulas of two or more remedies mixed together. Single remedies are recommended for injuries when all symptoms point to one homeopathic medicine and it is better to use a stronger dose or higher potency not available in mixed formulas. The use of several remedies in

a formula provides a broad-spectrum effect not available in a single remedy. Because injuries sometimes involve muscle, nerve and bone tissues, it sometimes makes sense to use formulas to help heal the various tissues involved.

Frequency of Use When taking homeopathic medicines, experts generally recommend taking as few doses as possible, but as many as required to reduce symptoms. At first, in the face of a great amount of pain and discomfort, this may necessitate taking the appropriate remedy every hour. Usually, after four doses the frequency can be cut to every other hour; as the intensity of pain diminishes, dosing every four hours is common. If no improvement is noticeable after one or two days, it is generally recommended that the patient stop taking any further doses. Although most homeopathic remedies come in pill form for internal consumption, some are available in external applications; such ointments, gels and sprays provide similar effectiveness. Dana Ullman has a master’s degree in public health and is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services. His books include The Homeopathic Revolution, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants and Discovering Homeopathy. For more information, visit

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Indicated Homeopathic Treatments Three key medicines for sports injuries are Arnica for shock and trauma to soft tissue and muscle; Hypericum for shooting pains and trauma to nerves or parts of the body rich with nerves, such as the fingers, toes and back; and Calendula for cuts or open wounds to promote healthy new skin formation. The information here indicates external use for common injuries.


Arnica immediately after injury, especially if there is swelling and soreness. Rhus tox for sprains with annoying stiffness. Bryonia for sprains with excruciating pain whenever the joint is moved. Ledum for easily sprained ankles that feel better when ice is applied. Calcarea carbonica for chronic ankle sprains and repetitive stress injury. Ruta for tendon injury (especially helpful for tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome).


■ Arnica immediately after injury, also later if there is soreness. ■ Hypericum for sharp shooting pains that accompany a dislocation.


■ Arnica immediately after injury, especially if there is bruising. ■ Bryonia for fractures with severe pain made worse by motion. ■ Ruta for injuries to periosteum (bone-covering membrane), common with

trauma to the shin, skull, elbow or kneecap.

■ Symphytum to promote bone growth (only to be given after a fracture has

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■ Calcarea phosphoric to speed the progress of slow-healing fractures.


■ Arnica immediately after injury, especially if there is bruising and/or large

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■ Natrum sulphuricum for a head injury followed by irritability or depression;

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■ Calendula to help prevent infection in scrapes and open wounds; for any open

wound and for blisters; do not use arnica, but instead apply calendula topically. ■ Hypericum to speed healing and lessen shooting pain in wounds to the tongue, fingertips and toes. ■ Ledum to repair injury from puncture wounds.

Note: Most health food stores carry homeopathic medicines in the 30C potency, considered a mid-range strength that is safe to use when self-prescribing for the sports injuries described here. For severe injuries and emergency care, contact a certified professional homeopath who can prescribe remedies in higher, more appropriate potencies. For a state-by-state directory, visit

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studying and cooking with other cultures has enabled me to embrace the idea that food is a celebration, not just something you eat. It is just as important as exercise or sleep and is a part of our life that we tend to neglect. Food is one of the most intimate things in our lives because it is tied into our emotions. Eating healthy is a relationship that you form with food, so if you build a healthy relationship with the foods you eat then you will have a healthy lifestyle. For example, going to your local farmer’s market or maintaining your own garden allows us to become part of the process in terms of healthy eating. We become partners in utilizing these fresh ingredients pulled straight from the ground. When we have a healthy balance of food, we maintain a balanced lifestyle, and that starts by treating the food we eat with respect.

How have the different cultures and traditions of other countries influenced your own cooking and traditions?

A conversation with George Vutetakis by Renee Rudzewicz George Vutetakis was first exposed to the language of food as a young boy in his Greek grandmother Yia Yia’s kitchen. It was here that he experienced the importance of cultural traditions in cooking through extraordinary flavors, tastes and smells. His passion for food continued as he traveled and studied in India, learning traditional food preparation methods. After years of managing many kitchens, running a restaurant in Manhattan and cooking for hundreds in India and America, Vutetakis found himself as head chef at Inn Season Café in Royal Oak. Being a chef and owner for almost two decades, he left the restaurant to pursue teaching and writing. Here, he discusses what healthy living means to him, the importance of honest foods and his cookbook Vegetarian Traditions, a collaboration of his culinary history with some of his most treasured recipes.

What does healthy eating mean to you? For me, healthy eating is not just looking specifically at what you’re eating, but it’s a lifestyle choice. My experience in

Cooking is a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. The heart of learning how to prepare food is respecting that ritual. There are so many cultures to learn from and we all have our stories and family recipes. It’s about looking back on generations, not just foreign cultures, and really appreciating that aspect. My father taught me to understand the value of people’s presence. With America being such a melting pot, we are influenced from multiple cultures. We tend to adopt the mentality that food is a commodity. Other cultures have a long history of cherishing food as sacred nourishment and valuing what it stands for. It’s a relationship they have with the earth. Because I was able to travel to India, I latched on to their culinary culture. I studied in people’s homes and temples and learned many of the Eastern philosophies that I was able to adopt in my own life.

What do you believe is the key to living a healthy life? Food. Knowing your food. Once you begin to know what you’re eating (instead of the food we buy packaged at the store with an overload of foreign ingredients), then you begin to take the next steps of regeneration on the planet. To sustain a better quality of life, we must make the most of our time with food. When you buy corn or lettuce from your local farmers market, you are purchasing something that was in the ground less than 24 hours ago. When you pick a tomato from your own garden to use for that evening’s meal, you are creating that synergy between you and the earth. The more we learn to appreciate the food we eat, the better we will be in maintaining a healthy life.

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lmost 87% of children ages 3-10 who are diagnosed with scoliosis will undergo surgery to correct the scoliosis. Of these, 20 to 45% will require additional surgeries. Girls ages 10 to16 years of age are 8 to 10 times more likely to have their scoliosis get worse than boys the same age. The average adolescent scoliosis (above 30°) worsens by about 7° each passing year. Face it, these statistics are scary. Perhaps the scariest: the average scoliosis patient will suffer a 14-year reduction in their life expectancy. Surgery using long titanium rods called Harrington rods are used to straighten the spine. However, studies show that 22 years after scoliosis surgery, the spine curvature returns to its initial measurement. Worse yet, the rods often bend or break, requiring follow-up surgery to insert new rods. Once the rod is removed, corrosion (rust) is found in two out of every three. Parents do not typically choose scoliosis surgery because it is the best choice for their child, but rather they are told that it is the only choice. Here is perhaps the epitome of this devastating surgery: Paul Harrington, MD, inventor of the titanium rod, recently stood up at a conference of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and stated, "If I knew 20 years ago what I know now, I would have never invented the rod for scoliosis surgery." In a separate statement, he claimed "metal does not cure the disease of sco-

liosis, which is a condition involving much more than the spinal column." There is another way. ARC3D is a non-surgical approach to scoliosis treatment. Early studies show that it is effective in reducing spinal curvature in a short period of time. This treatment procedure is available at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc. This is the only clinic in Michigan certified to administer this treatment. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Prospective patients are first tested to see if they respond to the rehabilitative procedures used in ARC3D. Because every patient is different, treatment plans are individually tailored to the needs of each patient. ARC3D also works to improve other physiological problems associated with scoliosis. For example, lung and digestive function are frequently diminished in people with scoliosis. Therefore, in addition to working on the spine itself, patients are treated to improve these other problems, which are often more important than the spine curvature itself. If you or your child have been diagnosed with scoliosis, or if you're concerned about your child's posture, call Dr. Morningstar at 810-694-3576. He will provide a comprehensive examination to determine if ARC3D is right for you or your child. For more information on the ARC3D concepts, please visit or


we eat and being part of the process. The journey begins in the ground where the ingredients are grown and then to our kitchens where they are cooked and prepared. I always shop local and buy organic and I encourage others to do the same when it comes to the items that I am cooking.

What made you decide to write your book, Vegetarian Traditions? The book was a work in progress that took over 10 years to complete. I have had people requesting me for years to write a cookbook but there was never enough time. After I left Inn Season Café, I decided my main focus was going to create a cookbook that is one hundred percent vegan. I wanted to create a cookbook that healthy cuisine that any person, carnivorous or not, could enjoy. The dishes that I have created in here have a history. There are traditional methods of preparation to make each dish. There was the unspoken motto at Inn Season Café, “Quality of food is synonymous with quality of life”. Every ingredient used at the restaurant and also in my cookbook is healthy – it’s just a question of how you use it. Each section has an introduction about the foods and spices I use and why. I have also incorporated some of the famous dishes from Inn Season Café in my book. George Vutetakis is a chef and leader in the creation of delicious, lowfat and innovative cuisine, using fresh, unadulterated ingredients. He currently lives in San Diego enjoying the abundant varieties of fruits and vegetables where he has strong relationships with local organic farmers. His cookbook is called Vegetarian Traditions. For more information, check out his blog, Renee Rudzewicz is a freelance writer in Metro Detroit. Her work has appeared in Traverse Magazine, Hour Detroit Magazine and Corp! magazine. She is currently finishing up her first novel. Contact her at:

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See recipe from Vegetarian Traditions on the next page.

Roasted Stuffed Polenta Polenta is often a creamy, puddlinglike dish; Roasted Stuffed Polenta is a firmer version which may be prepared as a light main course.

Serves 8 Polenta • 2 3/4 cups water • 2 tablespoons leeks, finely minced • 2 tablespoons carrots, minced • 1/2 cup corn off the cob • 1 bay leaf • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 1 cup organic medium ground corn meal In a sauce pan on medium heat, add water, leeks, carrots, corn, bay leaf and salt. Simmer broth for five minutes. Slowly stir in corn meal and cook until it thickens. Transfer to a double-boiler on medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes. Transfer to a parchmentlined baking sheet, flatten to 1/4 inch thick and let rest for at least 30 minutes. Cut polenta into 4 inch squares and then angle-cut into triangles. Baking Sauce • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 teaspoons dried oregano • 1 tablespoon tamari • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix together all baking sauce ingredients and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place individual polenta pieces on the sauce and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges

are browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Basil Pesto • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves • 1/2 cup pine nuts • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt Puree all basil pesto ingredients in a food processor until it becomes a paste with texture. Spread pesto on half the polenta triangles and place the remaining halves on top, sandwich-style. Toast in a 400 degree F oven for 8 minutes just before serving.

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Serving suggeston: Serve with Tuscan White Beans and Roasted Asparagus. (Recipes for both are available in the Vegetarian Traditions cookbook). Place 1 cup of beans in the center of a plate. Put one Roasted Stuffed Polenta on the beans and arrange 3 spears of asparagus across the top of it in a fan pattern. Sprinkle red bell peppers around perimeter of the plate. Recipe and photo courtesy of George Vutetakis, from the Vegetarian Traditions cookbook.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 Pharmacist Talk Day - 11:30-1pm. Meet one-onone with a pharmacist to get questions answered about medications and check your Rx's. FREE. Pierce Park Senior Center, 2302 Brookside Dr, FLINT. Reservations: 810-766-7424. See ad page 8. Aromatherapy - 6-8pm. Discover how to use Aromatherapy to improve your health. Let us educate you on the safe application of medicinal oils and how they are used to successfully combat illnesses and emotional upset. $29. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. Info: 810-667-6546.

TUESDAY, JULY 13 FREE Demonstrations: Traditional Thai Massage - 7-9pm. Experience the real thing! Wijit Somplaeng from Thailand joins Master Therapist and author Sharifah Sweet and other trained therapists at The Life Enrichment Center 2512 S. Dye Rd, FLINT. Please wear long pants and soft loose clothing. FREE. Info: 810-635-0602.

other forms of expression, to heal emotional pain and make space for personal growth. Can be used by businesses, professionals and others looking for meaning, and genuine satisfaction in their life and work. Refreshments served. LAPEER. Info: Ester Fuchs, ATR-BC 810-245-0860. Cheese-Making Class - 1-4pm. Kimberley Emmert teaches the skills and provides the information needed to help you create cheeses for your family. $20. Westwind Milling Company, 8572 Silver Lake Rd, LINDEN. Info/reg: 810-735-9192. See ad page 12. Free Parasite Scanning - 10am-5pm. Ever wondered if you have any pesky little parasites living inside you? Sandra L. Waters, RN of Nutritional Health Restoration, Inc. will be doing free parasite scanning using Nutrition Response Testing and teaching at the Michigan Healthy Living Expo. FREE. Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N Washington Ave, Royal Oak. Info: 248-698-8855. See ad page 2.

Cancer & Prevention at The Davison Senior Center - 5pm. Guest Speaker, Roberta Hardy, host: Sherrill Natzke. Information also on Cancer Treatment Centers of America. FREE & open to all ages & non-cancer patients. Door Prizes & refreshments served. 10135 Lapeer Rd, DAVISON. Info: 248-627-5893. See ad page 8.



Melatonin & You at The Eastside Senior Center - Noon. Learn about how your body decreases in Melatonin as you age and how cancer patients are deficient and what you can do to raise your levels to promote good health. FREE to attend & open to all ages. Door Prizes. 3085 North Genesee Road, FLINT. 810-250-5000. See ad page 8.

Bio-identical hormones: fix the other reason you keep sweating - 6:30-7:30pm. Megan Strauchman, D.O. discusses how BHRT can help you overcome hot flashes, night sweats and low libido. FREE workshop, space is limited. RSVP today! Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, 10683 S. Saginaw St, Ste B, GRAND BLANC. Laura or Katarin 810694-3576. See ads pages 14 & 22.

THURSDAY, JULY 15 Green Baby Sidewalk Sale - 10am-8pm. Thru Sat 7/15. Visit downtown Rochester for the annual sidewalk sales. Don't miss out on great discounts on natural, organic and eco-friendly products for children. FREE. Green Baby, 431 Main Street, ROCHESTER. Michelle 248-650-0700.

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Free Anxiety Relief Workshop - 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder, effective options to relieve anxiety and panic attacks quickly, naturally, and permanently, and a relaxation exercise to feel better fast. FREE. Breakthrough Empowerment Hypnotherapy, McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd, GRAND BLANC. Jill Grenevitch 810-606-8577. See ad page 30.


Vitamin D & Melatonin at Swartz Creek Senior Center - 6:30pm. Learn about the importance of Vitamin D & Melatonin in the body and the diseases that result of not having adaquate amounts in your body. FREE. Open to all ages. Door Prizes. 8095 Civic Dr, SWARTZ CREEK. Info: 810-635-4122, See ad page 8.

Cancer & Prevention at The Grand Blanc Senior Center - 4pm. Guest Speaker, Roberta Hardy. Host: Sherrill Natzke. Information on Cancer Treatment Centers of America. FREE. Open to all ages & non-cancer patients. Door Prizes & refreshements. 12632 Pagels Dr, Grand Blanc. 810-953-3202. See ad page 8.



Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop - 4-6pm. Also Sat July 24. FREE Demonstration Evening. Expressive Arts Therapy uses creative arts such as drawing, music, movement, poetry, drama and

Diabetes & Prevention - 11:30am. FREE to attend & open to the public. Door Prizes. Carman Ainsworth Senior Center, 2071 S Graham Rd, FLINT. Info: 810-732-6290. See ad page 8.

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markyourcalendar THURSDAYS, JULY 22 & 29 Beginning & Intermediate Feng Shui 6-9pm. Beginning Feng Shui (pronounces fung shway) is an ancient Chinese are over 4,000 years old that teaches you how to arrange things inside and out of your home to be more in harmony with nature. This style of Feng Shui uses the Bagua map and the five elements as a tool to create balance. Beginning $39. Intermediate Breaks down the Bagua map and applys the 5 elements to a floor plan. Prior Feng Shui knowledge is a must. Intermediate $39. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. Info: 810-667-6546.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY & SUNDAY JULY 24 & 25 Reiki Levels 1 & 2 – 10am-6pm. Level I is a highly interactive class that begins with a history of Reiki and focuses on a form of energy healing that has been in use for over 5,000 years. The seven major Chakra centers, their hand positions (self and client), core issues, colors and locations, and how they affect the human body, mind and spirit are discussed in depth. Students learn self healing techniques and a treatment for healing others. Level I $149. Level II is a continuation of Reiki Level I; students will also learn distance healing techniques. Prerequisite: Level I. Both Levels held at 5881 Reynolds, Imlay City. Level II $199. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. Info: 810-667-6546.

TUESDAY, JULY 27 La Leche League of North Oakland - 7pm. Breastfeeding Support for mothers and mothersto-be who want to breastfeed. Babies and toddlers are welcome! FREE. Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 N Church Street, ORTONVILLE. Info: Jillian 248-627-5893.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 Pharmacist Talk Day & LifeLine - 10am. Pharmacist from FAMILY Pharmacy will be there to answer any of your questions about your medications and/or supplements and learn about LifeLine from separate speakers. FREE. Call center to pre-book time with pharmacist. All welcome. Door Prizes. Swartz Creek Senior Center, 8095 Civic Drive, SWARTZ CREEK. 810-635-4122. See ad page 8.

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Get Your Beach Body in 90 Days with the HCG diet - 6:30pm-7:15pm. This event is a Q&A session with Dr. Megan Strauchman about the revolutionary HCG weight loss protocol. With 50 years of success stories, this protocol is gaining attention worldwide. Find out how you can lose up to 60 pounds safely in only 12 weeks on the HCG. FREE. Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, 10683 S. Saginaw St, Ste B, GRAND BLANC. Laura or Katarin 810-694-3576. See ad page 14 & 22.

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Aromatherapy Applied Science Series - The series of 3 classes are: Ancient Oils, Vitaflex and Raindrop Technique. Includes the experience of ancient oils, live demonstrations, information and resources. Raindrop is a powerful, noninvasive tool integrating the art of aromatic science with the technique of the Vitaflex and gentle applications of therapeutic grade oils on the feet and back. The purpose of the Raindrop technique is to stimulate every organ, muscle, and bone of the body at the cellular level via the oils, boosting the immune system bringing the body into structural and electrical balance, enabling the release. $40 per class or all three for $100 if registered by 7/19. Space limited. Instructor Heather Wright, CMT, CCI. Location: Alternative Health Insights, 4058 N Linden Rd, FLINT. Info/registration: 810-742-2586.

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College Survival Workshop: Beating the "Freshman 15" - 7-8:30pm. Increase your understanding of college environments and the impact it has on your health. $15/student, parents free if accompanied by a student. Nuview Nutrition, 5 1/2 Main Street, CLARKSTON. Cindy Crandell R.N., C.N. 248-766-2210.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 College Nutrition 101: Eating & Fitness 7-8:30pm. Fuel your body, prevent weight gain. $15/student, parents free if accompanied by a student. Nuview Nutrition, 5 1/2 Main Street, CLARKSTON. Cindy Crandell R.N., C.N. 248766-2210.

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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, 248-625-5192. 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.



Yoga On Demand - 9am-noon. Monday morning Yoga Practice. Let us know what time between 9-12, commit, and we'll provide a teacher. Donation. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. 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.


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. Lake Orion Gluten Free/Celiac Group - 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7pm. Network with others, share recipes & successes. Learn what to eat and how to heal and support the body with proper nutrition. Registration required. Free. Lucky’s Natural Foods llc, 101 S. Broadway, LAKE ORION. Info: Tanya Sallade 248-693-1209. Simply Yoga - 6-7:15pmAn exploration of the body & mind using a combination of postures with the emphasis on deep breathing, while aligning the body with strength, as well as softness. All levels. First class free. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, CLARKSTON. Steve Guth 248-770-5388. Creating Healthy Families - 6:30pm. Bradshaw on “The Family” videos. 7:30 support groups. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. How to Stay Young the First 100 Years - 7-8pm. With Dr. Dennis Benn. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 7.

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. 248-625-5192.

Strengthen & Lengthen - 9:15-10:15am. Develop long, lean muscles and burn fat in this hour long workout for the total body. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. Simply Yoga - 9:30-10:45am. An exploration of the body & mind using a combination of postures with the emphasis on deep breathing, while aligning the body with strength, as well as softness. Suitable for all levels. $15 walkin. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, CLARKSTON. Una Hepburn 248-770-5388. Women on the Land - 10am-2pm. Every 3rd Wed thru 9/15. Deepen into our relationship with the earth through natural building, walking meditation, foraging. Three Roods Farm in Columbiaville. $25/session, $20 prepaid. Info: Robin Mallor 810793-2511. Absolutly Beginners Yoga - 10:30-11:45am. Yoga for healing comes from a really experienced and well trained teacher. Practice in a beautiful firelit, surround sound studio in the woods. $12. Yoga in the Woods, 12380 Hegel Rd, GOODRICH. Maureen 810-636-7204. After School Yoga - 3:15pm. 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: 248-6931021. See ad page 20.

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body & mind using a combination of postures with the emphasis on deep breathing, while aligning the body with strength, as well as softness. Suitable for all levels. First class free. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, CLARKSTON. Joan Price 248-770-5388. YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. 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 27 & 30. Alzheimer's Association Support Group - 6:308pm. 4th Thur. Open to the public, free of charge and are attended by families, caregivers, and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia disorders. LAPEER Library- Marguerit D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810732-8500. The P.A.T.H.: Pray and Things Happen - 7pm. Spiritual Education, Meditation, Visualization, Affirmation; practical tools for daily living. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. Health Seminars - 7-8pm. Different topics each week, with Dr. Dennis Benn. Call for weekly topics. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 7.

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Rise & Shine Yoga - 6-7:15am. Fairly vigorous class for people in normal health. Strengthen the body,

awaken the mind. $15 walk-in or package discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy., CLARKSTON. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388. 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. Colon Hydrotherapy - 6-7pm.Wth Dr. Dennis Benn. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, Flint. RSVP 810-2355181. See ad page 7.

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Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Fairly vigorous class for people in normal health. Strengthen the body, awaken the mind. $15 walk-in or package discounts. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy., CLARKSTON. Barb Heuerman 248-770-5388.

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 6.

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.

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:

Humor Therapy - 1-2pm. Develop your sense of humor. Connect with your inner child. Laugh away stress. Join us and get away from it all, for a while. $20. Michelle's, 48645 Van Dyke, SHELBY TWP. Michelle 313-942-5073.

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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.


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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. COMMERCE TWP. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663.

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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

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

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 DR. BENN DC BA, 30 years in practice treating sports, family, chronic and non-responsive conditions. See ad page 7.

CAFÉ OF LIFE FENTON Dr. Erica Peabody, Chiropractor 114 W. Caroline St. Fenton 810-629-6023 Serving the exceptional Chiropractic experience. The Café of Life® is a unique concept. A place that thinks radically different about health and provides an environment to practice Vitalistic Chiropractic. Visit

ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL CLINIC Brittany Schram, Dipl. Ac Jeffrey Remer, Dipl. OM 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 810-714-5556 Offering personalized natural health care that focuses on treating the root cause of illness, not just the symptom. A safe and effective alternative for children, adults and seniors. Specializing in infertility, pediatrics, internal medicine and pain management.

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 Certified Acupuncture with 8 years experience, David Birmingham. Chronic pain relief from many everyday issues without drug therapy. See ad page 7.

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

COUNSELING 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.


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 14 & 22.

Lapeer • 810-614-7582 Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 12.

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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.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 Advanced I-ACT certified Colon Hydro therapist available 3 days/wk. Water based cleansing of large intestines and colon's impacted waste. See ad page 7.

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 15.


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Offering colonics in a clean and relaxing setting using all disposable equipment. Experience why "Good health begins when the body is cleansed from within.™"

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 11.

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PERSONAL TRAINING BY TAMRA 810-965-1598 • Serving Genesee County

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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.

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

S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 Medical Hypnotherapist Jon Tomlinson, with 90% success rate. Helping with conditions: quit smoking, weight loss, golf and much more. See ad page 7.

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

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ORGANIC SALON CUTTING EDGE SALON 8331 S. State St. (M-15), Goodrich 4 miles North of Ortonville 810-636-5100 Organic Ammonia free products and services, foot detox, artificial nails, microdermabrasion facials and much more.

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind. ~Mahatma Gandhi

NATURAL/HOLISTIC HEALTH ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC 2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste F, Flint 810-235-5181 A diagnostic, treatment and research centre with a holistic, personal approach. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, sports rehab and exercise, massage, oxygen therapy, detox and more. See ad page 7.

REIKI KATHRYN BAMBA, REIKI MASTER Integrated Therapies at Spring Grove–Flint 810-239-9000 Experience the healing & relaxation of a Reiki session. Now providing services Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat: 11-8. Call for an appointment.

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