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Make Prevention a Daily Habit OCTOBER 2010

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here's a solid connection between the cleanliness of our environment and our health. We believe this is the key issue upon which we should focus when discussing green living because this emphasis pretty much covers everything, including pollution and climate change. If we're breathing in dirty (toxic?) air, eating food produced on land polluted with all kinds of chemicals and drinking water that must be sanitized using chemicals, it's only logical to connect the dots between those conditions and the myriad of health issues we experience everywhere. Preventing further contaminants from entering our ecosystem, cleaning our environment up and returning it to its natural state–then keeping it that way–is the answer. But it's going to take a lot of participation and hard work from everyone. This month, we're happy to focus a good part of the magazine on maintaining a healthy planet. Our main feature has been written by Bill McKibben, Co-founder and Global Organizer of, and author of one of the first books on climate change/ global warming, "The End of Nature." Bill has been fighting to stop climate change since he published that book in 1989 and advocates for more localized economies. Please check out this article and find a way to participate in 10/10/10 by visiting the associated website: You can find more information on Bill McKibben by visiting his website: October is also National Spinal Health Month, and to support that effort, we have an article about exercising for spine health. You'll want to read it and follow the tips to help "beat back pain." Our Healing Ways department this month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which also takes place in October. The writer of this piece points out that making prevention a daily habit includes having the proper diet. We were surprised to learn that the National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related! You'll find more about this when you read the article. Next, a couple of quick announcements. First, the Fall 2010 East Michigan edition of NA Healthy Pet will hit distribution sites the same time as this magazine. If you picked this issue up and could not find our "Pet" edition (and you would like to), email us for a location near you. We're estimating that the Pet magazine will be in nearly 1000 locations this Fall. Remember, it's all about healthy living–for our animal friends. Finally, we are pleased to announce our new Natural Awakenings Health Card program. Over the next few months we'll be phasing it in, and we're expecting the program the help consumers (you) find products and services to help you live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle...affordably! Read the announcement in our NewsBriefs section and watch for details in our November issue.

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righton resident Debbie Lynch has founded an organic skincare company offering Michigan-made ingredients. Common Spirit Organics is the result of her quest for honestly pure products and her interest in buying local. Each product in the Common Spirit Organics line is formulated with organic, pure, botanical ingredients. “It is very important to me to utilize as many Michigan-made ingredients as I can in my products,” says Lynch. “I use Michigan-crafted beeswax and honey from a honey farm in Howell, and pure, organic peppermint and spearmint oils from a mint farm in St. Johns.” The Common Spirit Organics product line includes face cleansers, toners, moisturizers made to order, fresh air sprays, bar soaps, lip balms, body scrubs and more. The Baby Sweet Pea line includes soothing baby bath sachets, bar soaps, boo-boo balm, bum cream and a breathe-easy balm that is a natural alternative for conventional menthol-based cold ointments. Common Spirit has also launched a men’s product line. Common Spirit is available at various stores throughout southeast Michigan and at 810-599-7321.

Chiropractic Clinic Opens in Lapeer


apeer West High School graduate Teresa Whitehead Cummings has returned to her home town to practice chiropractic. Cummings Chiropractic opened September 1. Cummings began her healing career as a massage therapist. After seven years of practice, she says, “I realized that I couldn’t help as many people as I wanted to, due to time and physical limitations. So I started looking at other professions that would allow me to interact with patients.” Cummings attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa and graduated magna cum laude. She was inducted into the Chiropractic Honor Society and was given the Presidential Scholar Award for her academic achievements. On her return to Michigan, Cummings began working under Sue Corbin at Corbin Chiropractic in Clio. Dr. Cummings, (right), “I feel like a dream that I have always had is being fully with husband Ben. realized,” says Cummings. “All I have ever wanted to do with my life is to help people to feel better, healthier, and have less pain.” Cummings Chiropractic is located 452 S. Main Street, Lapeer. To make an appointment, call 810-664-4185. Walk-ins also welcome. Visit their exhibit at the MHLexpo October 2nd in Lapeer. See ad outside back cover.

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he Mott Community Education will host a Home Energy Tune-Up from 7-9 p.m. October 25 in Lapeer. Save money on home energy with a few simple tricks by looking at lighting, windows and doors, heating and cooling and kitchen and laundry rooms. Students will formulate a plan to lower their home energy consumption and learn how to look for energy loss and how to read an Energy guide. Tax savings will also be discussed. The US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has donated booklets especially for the class. Robert Bond, owner of Bond Solar Ventures in Lapeer will lead the class. Bond Solar promotes, sells and installs energy saving products such as solar panels, power conditioning units, solar attic fans, and energy saving power strips. For more information call 810-667-6546 or visit

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp., whose signature Natural Awakenings magazines support sustainable, healthy living, is launching an innovative, costsaving, green and healthy living network. The new Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) will allow members to obtain membership cards that will provide discounts on products and services focused on wellness; green and sustainable living; and natural, healthy lifestyles. NAN’s extensive network in 88 territories across the nation will encompass practitioners of alternative and complementary medicine, including chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, body work and energy work, as well as health and fitness clubs, health food stores, yoga centers, bookstores, green and sustainable living products, spas and vegetarian/healthy restaurants, and much more. Members will enjoy discounts ranging from 5 to 50 percent on products and services offered through NAN providers and can choose individual or family programs. Additional benefits include an annual Natural Awakenings subscription, a newsletter, and access to NAN’s website and free customer service support. Company founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “We rejoice that the wellness revolution is in full swing, propelled by the kind of people who read our magazines and website. Natural Awakenings Network is our next step in helping people map out alternate routes to healthier, happier, longer lives.” The “Network” will launch in phases over the next few months and more information will be available in the November issue of Natural Awakenings. For more information, contact Jerry and Tracy Neale, Publishers of Natural Awakenings Magazine of East Michigan, at 248-628-0125.

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here’s truth in the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why apples are good for us. Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark fed rats a diet rich in whole apples or apple juice, purée or pomace. Another group of lab animals was put on a control diet. The researchers then analyzed the animals’ digestive systems to see if eating apples had any impact on the amount of friendly bacteria in their gut. “We found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health,” says co-researcher Andrea Wilcks. “It seems that when apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. They also produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall.” Ultimately, a healthy digestive tract translates into a stronger immune system. Source: BioMed Central, 2010

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esearchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information about the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. While it’s accepted that tumor cells use a lot more glucose (a simple sugar) than normal cells, the new study sheds light on how this process takes place and might be stopped. The researchers discovered that during both normal and cancerous cell growth, a cellular process takes place that involves both glucose and glutamine, a common amino acid found in many foods. Glucose and glutamine, both essential for cell growth, were thought to operate independently. This groundbreaking research now shows not only that they are interdependent, but that restricting glutamine works to stop the utilization of glucose. Essentially, if glutamine is absent, the cell is short-circuited, due to a lack of glucose; thus, it suggests a new way to halt the growth of tumor cells. The researchers hope that their findings will lead to more effective cancer treatment therapies.

School Nutrition Gets a Boost


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ong-awaited child nutrition legislation known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act unanimously passed the Senate in August before moving on to the House, where passage is also expected. National child nutrition programs were set to expire September 30. Remarks Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “Put simply, [the bill] will get junk food out of, and put more healthy food into, America’s schools.” The $4.5 billion, applied over the next decade, would enable school cafeterias to overhaul their menus and provide updated, healthier choices, supporters explain. News sources report that it would provide schools with their first increase in the costs of providing meals since 1973. The package would also establish new nutritional standards on all food offered on campuses—including items in vending machines. has proven that it’s possible to mechanically vend more than 400 natural and organic foods that meet school nutrition requirements and corporate wellness initiatives. Current offerings include 100-percent juices, smoothies, fruits and vegetables.

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For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments, including colds and upset stomachs. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise. Ginger that’s been heated, as by cooking, might even increase the root’s pain-relieving effects.

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Wild Roadside Canola Shows Herbicide Resistance of GM Cousins Across the United States, wild canola grows in asphalt cracks and along roadways; it’s been found that this weedy plant often survives herbicide applications. Scientists at the University of Arkansas recently discovered why: About 83 percent of the weedy canola they tested contained herbicide resistance genes from genetically modified (GM), cultivated canola. Globally, canola can interbreed with 40 different weed species, 25 percent of which are found in the United States. The findings raise questions about the regulation of herbicide- and pesticide-resistant weeds and about how these plants might compete with others in the wild. Nature reports that GM crops have spread beyond cultivated land in several countries, including Canada, Japan, the UK and the United States. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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South Pole Ozone Hole has Stabilized

Ongoing monitoring by the British Antarctic Survey, which alerted the world to the hole in the protective ozone layer over the South Pole in 1985, has concluded that the hole has now stabilized. Thinning of the ozone that surrounds the Earth provided the first clear evidence that man could damage the global environment on a colossal scale. “It also provided the first case of concerted international action to counteract such an effect,” says Richard Stolarski, a research scientist with NASA, who has reviewed the history and science related to the phenomenon. Scientists had discovered that the accumulation of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in industrial solvents, refrigeration, air conditioning systems and aerosols were depleting the blanket of ozone that surrounds the Earth. Action by United Nations governments around the world led to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, effectively phasing out use of such chemicals. Today, scientists predict that, with continued care, Antarctic ozone levels will return to their 1950s levels by about 2080.

Spotlight Recognizes Activists Protecting Our Coasts and Oceans The Blue Frontier/Peter Benchley 2010 Hero of the Seas recognition was awarded to Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network (HealthyGulf. org), a frontline group dealing with the environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This year’s winner is just one of 2,000 groups and agencies working on behalf of ocean and coastline conservation. Blue Frontier’s mission is to strengthen and help unify this solution-oriented marine conservation community. “As the Gulf disaster shows, we are all dependent on the ocean for protection, security and sustenance,” remarks David Helvarg, president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (

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The Wilderness Society Celebrates Nationwide Successes

Fresh from a major achievement in 2009, The Wilderness Society has not been resting on its laurels in this, its 75th year of striving to protect our nation’s public lands. Following last year’s passage of the largest land conservation bill in decades, permanently protecting 4 million acres in 11 states, it’s had more than a dozen wilderness bills in the works this year. Current campaigns tackle global warming, fossil fuel drilling in public lands and re-vegetating unused forest roads, as well as wilderness protection. They’re also initiating job programs to restore forests, rivers and grasslands that native species need to adapt to climate change. Take action at

Garbage Blight

Second Patch of Plastic Soup Spotted in Atlantic A rising tide of consumer plastics, jettisoned into the oceans via rivers, storm drains, sewage overflows and windstorms, is devastating the environment across the world, says Charles Moore, the ocean researcher credited with discovering a vast, plastics-infested area in the Pacific Ocean in 1997. Now, his Algalita Marine Research Foundation researchers have defined a second vortex of garbage in the Atlantic Ocean. The soup of confetti-like bits of plastics stretches over thousands of square miles of the western North Atlantic, with the densest concentrations between the latitudes of Virginia and Cuba, including the unique Sargasso Sea ecosystem. Sea Education Association (SEA) oceanography faculty member Kara Lavender Law, Ph.D., clarifies: “There’s no large patch, no solid mass of material. If it were an island, we could go get it. But we can’t; it’s a thin soup of plastic fragments.” SEA, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, which has monitored the North Atlantic for 22 years, expects that several such areas exist in the world’s oceans. The plastic soup has essentially become a permanent part of the ecosystem, posing harm to the entire marine food chain. The only remedy is to halt the influx of consumer plastics by producing less of them and recycling them all. Public education is key.

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Wolves Receive Endangered Species Protection Massive wolf hunts have been stopped in their tracks, thanks to a federal court ruling that has restored endangered species protection for these animals in Montana and Idaho. More than 500 wolves have been gunned down since the U.S. government stripped them of federal protection. “The ruling effectively returns all wolves in the Northern Rockies to the endangered species list,” confirms Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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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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s exercise reaches beyond the realm of pure athletics to include fitness fans everywhere, people have noticed that their efforts to stay in shape often are thwarted by back pain. That’s why knowledgeable trainers counsel that any well-designed workout must honor the health and mechanics of this important part of the body. Dr. Karen Erickson, a New York City-based chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, sees firsthand why alignment is crucial, especially if an individual has a history of back pain. “Good stability and good flexibility are the big factors for keeping the spine healthy,” she says. No matter what exercise modality one chooses to practice, Erickson advises beginning conservatively, as benefits can be achieved without pushing the level of difficulty.

Core Strength Counts Developing muscle strength throughout the torso is key to maintaining the correct spinal curvature for a strong back. In addition to the muscles that directly attach to the spine, the spine is also stabilized by deep stomach strength, strong pelvic floor support and the upper thigh muscles. Pilates is well-known for its focus on such core conditioning. “Pilates uses apparatus expressly designed for working the abdominals and the back,” explains Lolita San Miguel, from her studio in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Most of our work is in the supine or prone positions [lying down], so that the vertical pull from gravity is lessened, and the body can be worked with a more correct alignment, and thus more effectively.” One of a small group of active practitioners who studied with Pilates method founder Joseph Pilates, San Miguel is a living testament to the benefits of the practice. When this 75-year-old isn’t doing her daily Pilates, she’s engaged in other physically demanding activities. “Pilates makes life sweet for the senior,” she says.

Posture Matters Despite well-meaning parental advice, it turns out that good posture entails more than just pulling our shoulders back. Alignment practices like Restorative Exercise and the Alexander Technique

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were designed to develop an awareness of full-body mechanics as we go about daily activities. Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt teaches the Alexander Technique in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The central theme of the technique is the spine, learning how to maintain length through the spine as you move,” she advises. “It is used extensively by actors, dancers, musicians and other highperformance people whose activities depend on postural alignment.” In 2008, the Alexander Technique was the subject of a yearlong study published in the British Medical Journal, where it was shown to be effective in relieving low-back pain. The system focuses on both mental and physical aspects of movement, and usually includes passive treatments on the massage table, where the teaching practitioner manipulates the body to help release muscular tension.

Stay Flexible Keeping spinal movements fluid and supple is also essential for keeping the discs of the spine healthy. Tai chi and the related qigong emphasize this kind of mobility. “Many Tai chi students find that they can move some of their vertebrae, but others seem to be stuck, with several vertebrae moving as one,” reports Sound Beach, New York-based Tai chi Master Bob Klein. He explains, “In Tai chi, you become

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a master of moving the spine so that it almost seems devoid of bones, flowing and turning with ease, in exact coordination with the rest of the body.” Both Tai chi and qigong are gaining popularity among those who are looking to maximize a cardio-style workout, while minimizing impact on their bones and joints. Yoga is a longtime favorite approach to maintaining both stability and flexibility through strong muscles and alignment. Ana Forrest used her hatha yoga practice to recover from an accident that seriously injured all the regions of her spine, and Forrest Yoga was born out of her retraining. “People spend 90 percent of their waking hours in positions that compress the spine—in how they sit, how they stand, even how they do backbends in yoga class,” she observes. “Part of a good yoga practice is to create length in the spine, create a feeling of spaciousness in the body.” While Erickson considers herself a

fan of all the exercise modalities listed here, she always emphasizes personal responsibility when it comes to back health. “Never do an exercise that causes you pain,” she offers as a rule of thumb. For long-term back health, she explains that chiropractic care is great for improving alignment and other back-related issues, yet is no substitute for daily exercise and self-care. Michael Curran has credentials in psychology, ayurvedic medicine, and Restorative Exercise™. He is the director of Health and Wellness Media (

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FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID BACK PAIN by Katy Bowman Lose the high heels. The scientific consensus is that high heels compress and damage the lumbar spine, increasing osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease in the low back. Let the feet point the way. Just like the wheels on a car, feet should point straight ahead when walking. Military or dance training, or an ankle or back injury can sometimes result in a sort of duck walk. Line up the outsides of the feet along the straight edge of a carpet or tile floor and walk along it to practice. Stretch the calves. Tight calves are a major contributor to back pain. The tighter the lower leg, the more one’s gait pattern whips the upper back forward and contributes to curling of the upper spine. Adding a daily calf stretch to any exercise routine helps to better align the spine. Do the twist. Each vertebra in the spine not only bends forward and backward and from side-to-side, it also rotates. Of all these natural motions, the twisting of the torso is the least used in our culture. Incorporating a yoga spinal twist into an exercise routine will gently reintroduce rotation back into our movement repertoire. Get a better butt. The main culprit of low back pain is weak butt muscles. Gluteal muscles not only stabilize the tailbone, they help support the function of the low back muscles. If the glutes are weak, the low back muscles have to work harder than normal, which makes them fatigued and sore. Squats work well to strengthen the butt. Katy Bowman, a biomechanics scientist, is director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, CA (

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BE A CLIMATE HERO Act up. Act now. by Bill McKibben


t any given moment, there are a thousand things going wrong in the world. If we were to list just major environmental problems alone we could go on for a long time, citing everything from toxic contaminants in our food to the scarcity of safe drinking water. This past summer, we all stared in horror at the slowly blackening Gulf of Mexico as the Deepwater Horizon oil slick spread on and below the water’s surface. Making such a list is such a depressing exercise that the temptation is to just walk away from the task. We might feel like a surgeon at a wartime field hospital, forced to do major triage. Where do we turn first?


The half-good news is that our planet’s mounting environmental troubles aren’t isolated, individual casualties. If we can figure out what the keystone is, then we can collectively start to work to cure a bunch of the most pressing problems at once. By the same token, if we guess wrong, we can labor for years to correct a particular woe, only to have our hard work overwhelmed by the underlying infection. Based on the scientific evidence, I think it’s pretty clear that the most crucial of all the complex issues we face today revolve around the causeand-effect relationship of burning fossil fuels and the accelerating changes in Earth’s climate. In short: If we can’t

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deal with global warming, nothing else we do will really matter. To put it more positively: If we can remove the needle from our arm that feeds society’s addiction to petroleum products, many of our other troubles would begin to wane.

Signs of the Times Let’s start with the hard stuff: Global warming is the first crisis we’ve ever faced that has the potential to shake our civilization to its core. So far, human beings have burned enough coal, gas and oil to raise the temperature of the planet about one degree Fahrenheit. That’s already been enough to cause all manner of troubles:

■ The Arctic icecap is melting, and quickly. By summer’s end in 2007, a record-setting year, the northernmost continent, which moderates air and water temperatures for the whole planet, contained 25 percent less ice than the year before. As of this writing, the 2010 melt was outpacing that of 2007. Scientists now routinely predict it won’t be long before we’ve seen the end of Arctic summer sea ice altogether— that is, the world as viewed from outer space would be without its familiar white top. Worse, it’s not only the Arctic; pretty much every other geographic area that’s frozen is melting as well, perhaps most dangerously in the high-altitude glaciers of the Andes and Himalaya mountains, historically relied upon to send water, respectively, to the South American and Asian continents below. ■ The Earth’s hydrological cycles are undergoing a dramatic shift. Because warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the general atmosphere is about 5 percent moister than it was 40 years ago. This means more evaporation, hence more drought, in arid areas. But on the rest of a planet, where what goes up must come down—we’re witnessing extraordinary increases in flooding. This year, for example, we’ve seen record (and lethal) rainstorms in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, just within the 1.5 percent of the planet’s surface comprised by the continental United States. ■ Overall, temperatures are rising to near unbearable levels as that single degree average increase on the thermometer reverberates in savage heat waves. This past spring, India experienced weeks of record temperatures that beat anything recorded since the British started measuring them in the early 1800s. Early this summer, seven nations smashed all-time temperature records. In Burma, the mercury set a new all-time record for Southeast Asia, at 118 degrees. In June, Pakistan went on to establish a new benchmark for the highest temperature ever recorded at any time, anywhere in Asia, of 129 degrees. All of this is due to a single degree of global temperature increase. The climatologists have warned us that if the

This year, China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest energy user, a status held for more than a century. Because China gets most of its electricity from coal, it’s also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases as of 2007, yet the United States remains the world’s biggest oil consumer by a wide margin. We’re also by far the bigger energy consumer per capita, despite an overall 2.5 percent annual improvement in energy efficiency since 2000; the average American burns five times as much energy annually as the average Chinese citizen. ~ International Energy Agency

United States, China and other countries don’t make a super-swift transition from the use of coal and oil, the world’s collective temperature will climb something like five degrees before the century is out. If one degree melts the Arctic icecap, we don’t want to see what five degrees looks like. So, that’s the bad news. Here’s the good news.

Alternate Scenario Let’s imagine we took the most significant step we could to speed the worldwide transition off of fossil fuel. Let’s imagine that the U.S. Congress and the United Nations managed to agree on a national and international scheme to set stiff pricing on coal and oil that accurately reflects the damage these fossil fuels are wreaking in the atmosphere. If that happened, then many other things would follow. The most obvious is that we’d see lots more solar panels and wind turbines. Suddenly, anyone with a spreadsheet would be able to see that it no longer makes sense to invest in a coal-fired power plant. Anyone build-

ing a new apartment complex would immediately understand that it’s in his or her best interest to install solar hot water tubes on the roof. In China, the world leader in total energy use, yet also in renewable energies, 250 million people now get their hot water this way. But, such a simple and effective solution still has to fight against the force of economic gravity there, as elsewhere. As long as coal-fired electricity is absurdly cheap, renewable energy sources will stay marginal. The effects of a widespread switch to clean and renewable energies wouldn’t be confined to the energy sector. Think about farming. We’ve spent half a century building a giant agro-industrial complex that runs entirely on fossil fuel. Yet author Michael Pollan recently calculated that it takes 10 calories of fossil energy to produce one calorie of food. Because that growing complex is a machine, not really a farm, the food it produces is terrible in terms of taste and nutrition, and includes toxic residues from pesticides, herbicides and chemically synthesized fertilizers. The ultimate irony is that we now devote the best farmland on the planet, the American Midwest, to growing highfructose corn syrup. It’s a prime culprit in our country’s diabetes epidemic. The ripple effect goes on and on. On the other hand, consider what would happen if the price of oil went up high enough that this nation could no longer afford to farm in the manner preferred by agribusiness behemoths? What would happen is that we’d need more Americans engaged in healthier farming, with human labor and ingenuity replacing some of the fossil fuel. That would increase yields per acre and also increase the quality of the foods we eat. Research studies reported by Jules Pretty, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Essex, UK, in his book, Agri-Culture, have proved that small farms around the world are routinely as productive as agro-industrial lands, and that low-input farming, too, can feed the world with a wholesale switchover. Again, this is already starting to happen: Farmers’ markets continue to be the fastest growing part of our nation’s food economy; the last agricul

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tural census found that the number of farms in the United States is increasing for the first time in a century-and-a-half. That’s good news and potentially great news, but small farming, co-ops and organic production will remain a small, marginal trend until the price of energy changes. The day that happens is the day that everyone finds their way to a local farmers’ market. Helpful changes roll out, from bus and train commutes replacing cars to the rising popularity of densely inhabited urban blocks, as cul-de-sac suburbia loses its appeal. Local storefronts naturally get the nod over big box chain stores, too, and so on.

The Key to Change How do we make it happen? How do we change the price of energy, which is what almost every observer thinks is the only way we can make a real change in the physics and chemistry of the current global warming phenomenon, and make an effective difference in the short time allowed before the harmful consequences explode exponentially? If only everyday people could do it solely by making personal energy improvements around the house, at work and in their communities—through such steps as switching to more energyefficient light bulbs and riding our bikes to work. Such changes are good to do, of course, and it all helps, but we don’t have a century to turn around our global situation. Which means we also need to engage in… politics. We need to put the pressure on our leaders now to change the price of energy now. Remember—they’re getting plenty of pressure from lobbyists pocketing profits on the other side. Because of government subsidies and cartels, fossil fuel is the most profitable industry humans have ever engaged in; last year, Exxon Mobil Corporation made more money than any company in recorded history. That buys them a lot of power. We won’t be able to outspend them, so we will have to do what people have always done when they have found themselves needing to take charge of their future: We must build a movement. Politicians won’t change because scientists tell them we have


Scientific data shows the ocean becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate as surface waters continue to absorb approximately a third of manmade atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. ~ National Research Council, Ocean Acidification, 2010

Global phytoplankton populations have dropped about 40 percent since 1950, and scientists believe that rising sea surface temperatures are to blame. The microscopic plants both form the foundation of the ocean’s food web and gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half of the world’s oxygen output. ~ Dalhousie University, Canada, Nature, 2010

a problem—they’ll change because enough people tell them they have to, or they’ll lose their jobs. Building just this kind of movement is entirely possible.

Citizen Action Plan Two years ago, a few concerned citizens joined me in launching, a wholly grassroots campaign that takes its name from a wonky scientific data point. NASA scientists led by James Hansen have published reams of data showing that, “Any value for carbon in

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the atmosphere greater than 350 parts per million [ppm] is not compatible with the planet on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted.” It sounds like an unpromising banner to rally people around—too serious and too depressing, because we’re already well past the 350 mark. The atmosphere is currently at 392 ppm carbon dioxide, which is why the Arctic is melting. So far, we’ve racked up some successes; in October 2009, we held an International Day of Action that created some 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries. That’s a lot—in fact, CNN called it, “… the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.” Online images posted from those events banish wrong preconceptions people might have about who is and is not an environmentalist. Most of the rallies were orchestrated by poor, black, brown, Asian and young people, because that’s what most of the world is made up of. Six weeks later, at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 117 nations endorsed

that they were 117 poor and vulnerable nations, not the richest and most addicted to fossil fuels. So, we fight on. This October, we’re holding a 10/10/10 Global Work Party. It’s set to spread around the world, too, with people in thousands of communities doing something practical: putting solar panels on local schools, harvesting community gardens and planting mangroves along rising shorelines. In Auckland, New Zealand, they aim to repair every bicycle in every garage. The intention will be twofold. Point one is that bikes are good. Ditto solar panels. We need both in our communities. Point two acknowledges that we know we can’t solve climate change one bike path at a time. So we’re also intent on sending a strong political message to our leaders: If we can get to work, so can you. Right now. If I can climb up on the roof of the school to hammer in a solar panel, you can climb to the floor of the Senate and hammer out some helpful legislation. It’s time to shame our government and corporate leaders a little, and maybe inspire them, too. This is far from the only people’s campaign swelling around the world. They range from the small and specific (e.g., Project Laundry List, which advocates for right-to-dry laws that would let all Americans hang their laundry on clotheslines) to the far-ranging Green for All, which works for clean energy jobs across the country. This year, the Great Power Race, between campuses in the United States, China and India, will make news via a friendly competition to see who can come up with the most creative sustainability ideas. Then there’s, pushing the U.S. president and other world leaders to at least do the symbolic work of sticking panels on the roof of the White House and all of its equivalent buildings around the world. The list goes on. We all need to get to work addressing climate change right where we live, in our communities. We need to build towns and cities that make sense and create jobs for families. We also need to build a world that works, because the best organic gardener on Earth won’t be able to cope with 30 straight days of rain, or a month with

We the People Can Help Mother Earth Organizing a local action for 10/10/10 doesn’t need to be large or complicated; these acts are about community and solutions and sending a message to the world. Find ideas at, search People or nearby work parties. We understand that 10/10/10 is one important day of many in a long, universal (and beautiful) fight for a workable planet. Other groups doing great work include: Center for Biological Diversity ( Energy Action Coalition ( Friends of the Earth ( Interfaith Power and Light (




digital no rain at all, without helpful policies. That means resorting to politics, which is another way of saying that we must work together as people for better solutions to climate change than what we have now. It can be beautiful. If you don’t believe me, check out the pictures at


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I dare you. Bill McKibben is the author, most recently, of the bestselling Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. He’s the founder of, and a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. The Boston Globe this year described him as â€œâ€Śprobably the country’s leading environmentalist,â€? and Time called him â€œâ€Śthe planet’s best green journalist.â€?

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Embrace Fish Oil or some women, the thought of breast cancer elicits fears related estimates that roughly one-third According to a recent report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevento body image, surgery and of all cancer deaths may be tion, women who regularly included mortality. It has likely affected every a fish oil supplement in their diet had woman in this country, either through diet-related. To help decrease a 32 percent reduced risk of breast the trauma of personal experience or cancer than those not taking the through another’s trials. a woman’s risk, The Cancer supplement. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), some 207,000 new Cure Foundation recommends Take Up Tea cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women this year. adding foods containing cancer- Green tea, the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water, Despite this staggering number, there is good news. The ACS also reports fighting properties, including fiber, reportedly contains the highest concentration of polyphenols, powerful that after increasing for more than two seaweed and whole soy products. antioxidants that help fight off the free decades, the incidence rate of female radicals that scientists believe conbreast cancer recently has been decreasing, by about 2 percent per year tribute to the aging process, as well as from 1999 to 2006, which may indicate that we are adopting the development of many health problems, including cancer. more effective prevention methods. According to a new study led by Martha Shrubsole, an asHere are some natural ways to keep breast tissue healthy. sistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, regular consumption of green tea may reduce a Get a Move On woman’s risk of breast cancer by as much as 12 percent. Walk, run, swim or bike—just move. Studies show that exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. Results of research The Power of Produce published in BMC Cancer found that women in the study Eat more fruits and vegetables. The American Institute of group who engaged in more than seven hours a week of Cancer Research lists the foods most likely to help decrease moderate-to-vigorous exercise for the last 10 years were 16 the risk of breast cancer. Superstar vegetables include all percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, were inactive. cauliflower); dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach);


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calendarofevents Listings by date FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 Tell the Truth and Keep Going - 6:30-8:30pm. A Life Coaching Workshop with Cathy Zucker. $25. Soothe Your Soul, 20 Hudson Street, OXFORD. 248-236-9855.

SATURDAY, OCT 2 Create a Scarecrow workshop - 11am-1pm. You can design a fearsome or fun figure for this ominous season made with a wire base. Call for suggestions of clothing & accessories to bring. Seasonal Tea & Treats included. $20. Must register ahead. Hilltop Barn, COLUMBIAVILLE. 810-793-2401. Shiawassee Color Tour Paddle - Shiawassee Headwaters Trail group. Enjoy paddling the headwaters of the Shiawassee River, starting in downtown HOLLY. Hosted by the Shiawassee Headwaters Trail and Fenton Area Paddlers groups. Sue Julian 248-634-3513. 4th Annual MHLAS Expo - 10am-4pm. Michigan Healthy Living & Sustainability event. Speakers, demonstrations, displays and more. FREE admission to everything. 425 County Center Dr, LAPEER. See ad outside back cover.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Trolley Line Trail - 12:30pm. Hike the new Trolley Line Trail. Take I-75 to Exit 131. Go East to Clio Rd., then 1/2 mile North to CLIO City Park near the amphitheater. Denny Crispell 989-624-5038.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 Artwalk: Buckham Gallery - 6pm - ArtWalk. 6:30pm - Meet other Sierra Club members at Buckham Gallery to enjoy a fun night enjoying art and the company of others. Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, FLINT. Mike Haley 810-686-6354.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 Flint Urban Hike - 10am. Start your morning at the FLINT Farmer’s Market and join walkers for a nice urban walk through trails that connect to parks. Mike Haley 810-686-6354. Expressive Arts Therapy - 4-6pm. Also Oct 16th. This therapy uses the natural, creative part to heal emotional wounds. Thru expressive use of drawing, movement, music or poetry a healing transformation takes place. Professionals,and others seeking personal growth can benefit. Free demonstrations. LAPEER. 810-245-0860. Twigs, Vines & Wild Berries program - 12-2pm. A Fall Wildgathering Walk to find materials for decorating and eating. Demo, tasting and light refreshments. $10. Must register ahead. Hilltop Barn, COLUMBIAVILLE. 810-793-2401. Davisburg Heritage Festival - 8:30am. Learn about the town you cherish while enjoying a day of family


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Health & Wellness - 5-6:30pm. This is a progressive class that meets every month. In this class you will learn NEW topics to improve your health. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy and Sherrill Natzke. Free. Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Road, DAVISON. 810-235-7995. See ad page 23.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Sierra Club Board Meeting - 6pm (open to the public). Mott Community College, Genesee Rm. Prahl College Center, 1401 E. Court Street, FLINT. Mike Haley 810-686-6354. Sierra Club Program - 7:30pm (open to the public). Join us in learning more about the environment. Informative Program & General Membership meeting each month. See Mott location in previous listing. FLINT. Bob Simpson 810-230-0704.

markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Angel Finns Empty Bowl Dinner & Art Show - 6pm-9pm. Enjoy your dinner in a hand crafted pottery bowl (that you keep) made by therapeutic art students while showcasing local artist with special needs. Bowls will be lined up to choose from $10-$15, then filled with soup and bread. 100% of proceeds go to Angel Finns. American Legion Post #63, 8047 Ortonville Rd (M-15), CLARKSTON. Roxanne 248-722-1953.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 Twigs, Vines & Wild Berries program - 12-2pm. A fall wild gathering walk to find materials for decorating and eating. Demo, tasting and light refreshments. $10. Must register ahead. Hilltop Barn, COLUMBIAVILLE. 810-793-2401. Outings Schedule Meeting - 1-3pm. Bring complete details of outings you want to lead in 2011 on the outings forms. Meet on 2nd floor, room 205 at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St, FLINT. Terry Lemmer 810-732-9902.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 Health & Wellness - 4 -5:30pm. This is a progressive class that meets every month. In this class you will learn NEW topics to improve your health. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy and Sherrill Natzke. FREE. GRAND BLANC Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Drive. 810-235-7995. See ad page 23.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Boost Your Body, Boost Your Mind - 6-8 PM. Fight aging and increase your mental awareness. Learn how certain foods and exercise can help boost your mind and decrease the aging process all while increasing your overall health. $29. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Candida Awareness Class - 5:45-7:45pm. Ann Heusted, RN, will cover the ways individuals can avoid foods that increase Candida in the body. $25. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Sashabaw Road, CLARKSTON. 248-625-6677.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 Dauner-Martin Nature Sanctuary Hike - 6:30pm - Bring a flashlight and join us for a full-moon hike. Parking lot is off N. Leroy in FENTON between VG’s and Guns Galore. Join Sierra Club members on this easy, approx. 4 mile hike. Terry Lemmer 810-732-9902.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 Magnetic Therapy - 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about Magnetics to help with arthritis, fibromyalgia, circulation, back pain, heal spurs, and other ailments. $29. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810667-6546. Home Energy Tune-Up - 7-9pm. Save money on home energy with a few simple tricks. Lighting, windows and doors, heating and cooling, and kitchen and laundry room tips and tax savings will be discussed. $29. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 Free Hypnosis for Anxiety Relief Workshop - 6-8pm. In this interactive workshop, learn the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder, effective options to relieve anxiety and panic attacks quickly and naturally, 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. Immunity & You - 12-1pm. Learn all about how your immune system works and why it’s vital to your good health. You’ll learn easy NEW ways to boost the immune system and keep you healthier this winter. Guest speaker: Sherrill Natzke. FREE. GRAND BLANC Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Drive. 810-235-7995. See ad page 23. Alzheimer’s & Prevention - 6:30 -7:30pm. Learn new cutting edge information about Alzheimer’s and ways you may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s from happening to you or someone you know. Guest Speaker: Sherrill Natzke. FREE. Abbey Park, 3221 E. Baldwin Road, GRAND BLANC. 810-2357995. See ad page 23.

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markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 Reiki to the Nth Degree - 6-8:30 PM. Expand your Reiki practice: Learn more for healing self and others. The world of energy medicine is vast and endless; education is ongoing, exciting and life changing. Topics include Reiki with your eyes, body scanning and field evaluations, auras, and chakras. Held in Imlay City. Cost $39. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. Info: 810-667-6546.

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Health Food Store Gab Fest - 6:30-8:30pm. Let’s share knowledge to help with our health. Topics to be determined by the students. $29. Patches’ Place, 759 E. Street, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

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Lapeer State Game Area (Valentine Rd) - 11am. Moderate hike approx. 6 miles. Go North on M-24 about 4 miles to Plum Creek Road. Turn Left/West on Plum Creek. Go about 1 mile to Valentine Rd. and turn Right/North on Valentine Rd. Go 2 miles to parking lot on West side. LAPEER. Linda Berker 810-348-8664.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Zen Photography - 6-8pm. This class introduces you to enter directly into an experience as grounds for the creative process. You will be introduced to Zazen, a powerful tool of self-inquiry (the ability to reveal the true basis of reality). $29. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.


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Detoxification class - 5:45pm. Learn the many ways available to detoxify your body and the importance of detoxification. $25. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Sashabaw Road, CLARKSTON. 248-625-6677.

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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. See ad below. 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. (& Wed. or Mon/Tue/ Thu 6pm). w/Barb Heuerman. An exploration of the body & mind using a combination of postures with emphasis on deep breathing. Suitable for all levels. $15. 5896 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston. Yoga Oasis, 5896 Dixie Hwy, CLARKSTON. 248-770-5388. La Leche League - 10am. Daytime Series is the 3rd Monday at Christ the Redeemer Church on Waldon. Babies and children are welcome at all meetings. FREE. LAKE ORION. Cardio Kick-Boxing - 5:30-6:15pm (also Wed same time). Korean Martial Arts Institute, 935 Baldwin, LAPEER. Janet 810-667-2101. See ad below. 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. See ad below. Health & Wellness Workshops - 7-8:30pm. When your body gets what it needs and can absorb it, it will repair itself. What’s been missing? New topic

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every week. Guest. $5. A New Hope Educational Services, AmericInn Motel and Suites, 6075 Hill 23 Drive, FLINT. Shannon Hudson 888-482-1765.

fitness-party. $6 drop-in or class rates. Classes forming now. LAPEER. Info: Michelle 810-4410237 or Janet 810-667-2101. See ad below.

Help Your Body Repair Itself! - 7pm-9pm. Heart disease, Stroke, High Cholesterol/Blood Pressure, digestive, Diabetes, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer, Neuro Disorders, Skin Conditions. Take control of your Health! FREE with this flyer, reg. $5. Living Anointed, Flint. Stacey Kimbrell 810-423-5721.

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. See ad below.

Flow Yoga: Often Heated - 7:15pm. This class is great for the fit individual without limitations wanting to experience a blend of classic Yoga teachings combined with challenging asana flow. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270.


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 10. TNA-Tush-n-Abs Class - 7:30-8:30pm. Tamra Little will help you tone your abs, strengthen your core, and lift that tush. 1st class is free! $10. Foxy’s Spa & Fitness Studio, 6004 Torrey Rd., Ste E, FLINT. Tamra 810-655-3699. See ad page 30.


Blended Yoga - 9:30am. Great class for all levels combining classic Yoga teachings w/asana. Some days we take it easy and other days we move a bit more. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 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. See ad below. Orion Canterbury Village Farmers’ Market - 2-8ish pm. Reachable by the bicycle paths, or driving, up behind the Christmas store in the village buildings by the carousel and the Clansman Pub. Concerts available at the Township Hall across the street on Joslyn. Canterbury Village, 2369 Joslyn Ct, LAKE ORION. Still accepting vendors Michigan Grown, Made or Sold, Artisans and Authors needed. Info: Kathy & Michael Wieland 248-693-7067. Zumba® Fitness - 6-7pm. Beginning in Sept. Latininspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance



Strengthen & Tone - 9:15 am. A great exercise class for all levels; use of balls, dumbbells & more. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. 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 810-793-2511. Absolutley 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. Cardio Kick-Boxing - 11:45am-12:30pm (also Fri), same time. Korean Martial Arts Institute, 935 Baldwin, LAPEER. Janet 810-667-2101. See ad below.

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Lake Orion Farmers’ Market - 2-8ish pm. The market in the heart of LAKE ORION offers the wonderful setting of the Orion Art Center, Paint Creek River and concerts at the Gazebo. Access from Meeks Park at the end of Paint Creek Trail. Still accepting vendors Michigan Grown, Made or Sold, Artisans, and Authors needed. Info: Kathy & Michael Wieland at 248-693-7067. Vinyasa Yoga - 6-7:15pm. 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.

Ballenger Hwy Ste F, FLINT. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 10. Basic Yoga - 7:15pm This class is a classic! Great for all levels. It’s basic but with a challenge! $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Trail, CLARKSTON. Jules 248-390-9270. La Leche League - 7:30pm. Evening Series is the 2nd & 4th Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Baldwin. Babies and children are welcome at all meetings. FREE. LAKE ORION.

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Oxford Farmers’ Market - 2-8pm. In downtown OXFORD right behind the Historical Museum on the northwest corner of Burdick & M-24. Accessible by car, bike or walking, concerts at the Gazebo on M-24, in a paved setting for easy walking. Still accepting vendors Michigan Grown, Made or Sold, Artisans, and Authors needed. Info: Kathy & Michael Wieland at 248-693-7067. 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. Health Seminars - 7-8pm. Different topics each week, with Dr. Dennis Benn. Call for weekly topics. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S

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. Zumba® Fitness - 6-7pm. Beginning in Sept. Latininspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. $6 drop-in or class rates. Classes forming now. LAPEER. Info: Michelle 810-4410237 or Janet 810-667-2101. See ad page 27. Colon Hydrotherapy - 6-7pm.Wth Dr. Dennis Benn. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, FLINT. RSVP 810235-5181. See ad page 10.


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Emotions Anonymous - 7-8:30pm. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Donations. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. Eleven Mile Rd, WARREN. Info: Rosemary 586-776-3886.

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Boot(Y) Camp - 8-9am. A variety of cardiovascular circuits, body weight training, & full-body sculpting. 1st class is free. $10. Foxy’s Spa & Fitness Studio, 6004 Torrey Rd., Ste E, FLINT. Foxy’s Spa & Fitness Studio. Tamra Little 810-655-3699. See ad page 30. Student Massages - 9am-3pm. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation will be offering student massages starting Sept 19 appointment only $25. Ayur Veda Therapeutic Massage Foundation, 3030 South Lapeer, LAKE ORION. Roxanne 248-722-1953.

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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 19.




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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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



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 10.

CAFÉ OF LIFE FENTON Dr. Erica Peabody, Chiropractor 521 North Leroy 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 10.

MICHIGAN ORIENTAL MEDICINE Acupuncture and Herbs Karen DeBruyn, PT, Dipl.OM 12809 S. Saginaw, Suite 206 Grand Blanc, 810-694-3500 Providing acupuncture and herbal medicine to optimize your health and wellness. Specializing in pain management, sports injuries, women's health, immune support, insomnia, and stress management.

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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 ad page 13.

Lapeer • 810-614-7582 Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 5.

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DENTISTRY COLON HYDROTHERAPY ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 Advanced I-ACT certified Colon Hydro therapist available 3 days/wk. Water based cleansing of large intestines and colon's impacted waste. See ad page 10.

COUNTRY RD PATHWAY TO HEALING Sharessa Tackett, RN, CCT 15190 Bishop Rd, Byron 810-813-3111

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Offering colonics in a clean and relaxing setting using disposable equipment. Other services available: Reflexology, foot detox and more. "Good health begins when the body is cleansed from within.™"

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 8.

DAVID W. REGIANI, DDS, PC 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 26.

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FITNESS 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.

HEALTH FOODS NATURES BETTER WAY 880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 or 800-894-3721 We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.

HYPNOTHERAPY ALTERNATIVE HEALTH & REHAB CENTRE, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181 Medical Hypnotherapist Jon Tomlinson, with 90% success rate. Helping with conditions: quit smoking, weight loss, golf and much more. See ad page 10.

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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MEDICAL SPA TIMELESS HEALTH & BEAUTY MEDICAL SPA 810-724-0480 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City A healthy body from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormone replacement, weight loss, intravenous nutritional support, vaser and smart lipo, botox, nonsurgical facelift, vericose veins and other services. See ad page 7.

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 10.

CENTER FOR HOLISTIC STUDIES & PRACTICES, LLC 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, Scenar, Microscopy, Biological Terrain, Ion Cleanse, Blanket Therapy and Ear Candling. See ad page 19.

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

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. See ad page 9.

REIKI KATHRYN BAMBA, REIKI MASTER Integrated Therapies at Spring Grove–Flint 810-449-7176 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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