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ow that the stress of the holidays and New Year is officially behind us it's time to take a deep breath, rebalance and recharge. February is a good month to do all of that because it's and in-between month, with the holidays on one side and Spring on the other. As is customary, we're bringing you some tools this month to help with all of that. You'll find our main feature this month is all about relaxing and recharging, with some great therapeutic home recipes. We also have some tips for those of you who find mediation helpful in relaxing. For the kids, there is information on how inner awareness can provide calm and well-being. Then, for relationships, we're pleased to bring you a conversation one of our writers this month had with Harville Hendrix, the "Marriage Whisperer." He provides secrets for a healthy relationship. And there is a lot more to help you rebalance and renew your mind and body this month. Then we can all get ready for Spring. Speaking of Spring, you'll want to start planning now for the 4th Annual "Spring Into Health" Natural Health Fair and Expo, coming March 26th to the Genesys Banquet and Conference Center in Grand Blanc. We have lined up the speakers who have topics planned that will help many of you lead healthier lives. You can find some of the details in the ad on the back cover of this issue, and more information, bios and other details about the event on the event website: Check it out and plan to attend. Admission, parking and entry to the speakers is all free. We hope to see you there. Now back to February, don't pass up the chance to attend some of the educational and informative events you'll find in our Calendar of Events this month. They are all designed to help you live healthier, more relaxed lives, right in line with our theme. Make sure if you attend to let them know you found them in Natural Awakenings! And tell your friends about the new Natural Awakenings Magazine launching in Lansing next month. As we announced in the last issue, Tanya Pence will be publishing the first Greater Lansing issue in March. If you live in or near that area, you can meet her at the Mid-Michigan Women's Expo at the Lansing Center on February 4th through the 6th. Stop by her exhibit and say hello! When her magazine launches, Natural Awakenings will be helping over a quarter of a million readers lead healthier, more sustainable lives each month here in Michigan. Finally, watch for the official launch of our new Natural Awakenings Network here in East Michigan next month. We've been busy signing up businesses and practitioners to be part of the "network," and soon you'll have the opportunity to join as subscribers and begin using the membership card for discounts on many of the products and services you purchase to keep healthy. Watch for the official announcement in next month's issue, or sign up for our email announcement list at You can find more information, brochures, etc., on the website as well, by clicking the "NA Network" link on the menu. So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs New Year, New You Seminars


AMILY Pharmacy of Flint launches series of free seminars through November. The New Year, New You Series will take place regularly at various venues throughout the area. Seminars will be a 2-part series each month. The first half of each class will be on Aging Gracefully and the second half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks and other materials are included. Guest speakers include Roberta Hardy and Sherrill Natzke. Door prizes, food and fun is planned for each. This month, the series will be presented at the following times and locations: • Wednesday, February 2, 1-2 p.m. at Rosehaven Manor, 3900 Hammerberg Rd., in Flint. • Wednesday, February 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Genesee Gardens, 4495 Calkins Rd, in Flint.. • Tuesday, February 8, 6-7 p.m. at Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., in Davison • Wednesday, February 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Lockwood Manor of Burton, 2173 S. Center Rd., in Burton • Wednesday, February 16, 4-5 p.m. at Grand Blanc Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Dr., in Grand Blanc.

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ypnosis Delivers presents the most exciting and dynamic mind-body workshop you will ever experience. Certified Hypnotist and Certified Fitness Trainer Mary Sammons will lead this healthy weight workshop in four locations: Fenton, Brighton, SW Flint/Grand Blanc and Davison. These bi-weekly workshops include weigh-in, team support, trouble shooting and group hypnosis. To support a healthy Mary Sammons spirit-body-soul, each workshop will have a door prize. All workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20, including materials. Family rates apply for 3 or more family members and friends receive a 2 for 1 price. Walk ins are welcomed, but reservations are appreciated. Contact Sammons to schedule at 810-423-6541 or Mary@ Visit See ad page 7.

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oin Dr. Erica Peabody for “30 Minutes to Health” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 at Café of Life Chiropractic in Fenton. Dr. Peabody practices vitalistic chiropractic, grounded in the understanding and respect for the body’s ability to heal itself, grow, and thrive. Dr. Peabody will discuss ways to create and maintain health on a continual basis. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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evel Eleven Physical Therapy of Holly and Michigan State University College of Engineering recently completed a capstone design project that enables nonambulatory patients the ability to practice walking again. The device, called “ATAC” for “All-Terrain Ambulation and Crawling” was the brainchild of Level Eleven’s therapy team, who brought the unique idea to the MSU student engineers. The device, constructed primarily of lightweight aluminum, was designed to suspend patients in a body-weight supported harness, thereby unloading some of the force of gravity and creating an environment more akin to walking in a swimming pool. Using the ATAC’s all-terrain casters, the patient is able to grasp parallel bars and safely walk or crawl in any direction. “The ability to safely implement a strict gait training regimen is imperative in progressing patients with walking abnormalities,” said Bill Thornton, Clinical Director at Level Eleven. “ATAC not only provides the stability and safety necessary for intense gait training, it also allows us to control the force of gravity on the patient, thereby making it possible to progress incrementally.” The ATAC is currently being used with patients at Level Eleven Physical Therapy with plans to make it available in other areas of the state as well. Level Eleven Physical Therapy is a comprehensive rehabilitation center specializing in the provision of neurological and orthopedic therapies in a uniquely enriched environment. Level Eleven’s engaging therapeutic atmosphere and approach to physical therapy has garnered attention across the country, earning it the title “Hardest Working Physical Therapy” by a national campaign for Revlon-Mitchum. Level Eleven utilizes state-of-the-art equipment in combination with a highly qualified staff, to progress patients faster and in a more enjoyable way. As part of its broad service line, Level Eleven provides resources in nutrition, support groups, home medical supplies, adaptive sports, and many other areas of comprehensive care. Level Eleven Physical Therapy is located 10293 S. Saginaw St., in Holly. Visit the Level Eleven Facebook page for the latest in neurological research. Tours of the clinic and therapeutic evaluations can be scheduled Monday through Saturday by calling 810771-7686. Visit the website at See ad page 5.

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CA Doctor Discusses L-Arginine


r. J. Joseph Prendergas, Dryden native, Endocrinologist and formulator of ProArgi9+, will be in Lapeer March 5th for a Synergy Worldwide meeting. "Dr. Joe" is one of the foremost practitioners and proponents of l-arginine as a treatment of choice, and through his practice he helps his patients to mod- Dr. J. Joseph Prendergas ify their lifestyles and begin a new, more rewarding life with fewer restrictions and broader opportunities for improvement. Arginine is an essential amino acid that has been studied for more than 50 years. In 1998, three American scientists won the Noble Prize for the discovery of the role that arginine plays in the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide dilates the blood vessels, helping them relax and restore elasticity. Arginine is also important in cell division, immunity, and the secretion of hormones. Dr. Joe has recently published his first book “The Uncommon Doctor: Dr. Joe’s Rx for Managing Your Health,” which reveals the secrets of preventive medicine and helps readers design a strategic wellness program. For more information on the event, or to attend, call Cindy Wiggins at 810-3381212. See ad page 15.

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esearch news from Germany reports that acupuncture can improve exercise tolerance in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. The researchers gave such patients—who were on conventional medication and stable—10 sessions of acupuncture, focusing on the healing method’s pressure points that boost general strength, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, influence the nervous system and inflammation. The control group was treated with placebo needles that did not break the skin. The needles did not increase the heart’s pumping function, but they seemed to have an influence on skeletal muscle strength, and increased the distance that the heart patients were able to walk in a given time. The acupuncture patients also recovered more quickly from the exercise and tended to feel less general exhaustion. This finding could provide a useful option in the future if relatively low-cost acupuncture treatment can work to improve the prognosis for cardiac patients over the long term.

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rapefruit’s piquant combination of sweet and slightly bitter tastes comes with a newly discovered benefit. Researchers have discovered that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus, may be of help to people with diabetes. Naringenin, the researchers explain, causes the liver to break down fats instead of storing them, while increasing insulin sensitivity, two processes that naturally occur during long periods of fasting. The natural compound, the scientists suggest, seems to mimic some lipid-lowering and anti-diabetics drugs; it holds promise for aiding weight control, as well as regulation of blood-sugar levels, both vital components in treatment of Type 2 diabetes. “It is a process that is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects,” notes Martin L. Yarmush, Ph.D., a physician who is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine and a study author. Earlier evidence has shown that naringenin also has cholesterol-lowering properties and may ameliorate some of the symptoms associated with diabetes. Source: Public Library of Science

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odern science has established that sleep can be an important tool for enhancing memory and learning skills. A new study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sheds light on the role that dreams play in this process. “After nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” says senior author Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.” Indeed, according to the researchers, these new findings suggest that dreams may be the sleeping brain’s way of telling us that it is hard at work on the process of memory consolidation— integrating our recent experiences to help us with performance-related tasks in the short run, as well as over the long term. In other words, dreams help us translate this material into information that has broad application in our lives.

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groundbreaking Swedish study has demonstrated that heart cells are able to regenerate themselves, overturning the conventional wisdom that the body cannot replace damaged heart cells. Examining the heart tissue of 50 people over four years, the researchers found that on average, new heart cells appeared to replace old ones at a rate of about 1 percent a year in youth and 0.5 percent a year by age 75. Thus, our heart comprises a mosaic of older and newer cells. Scientists hope to learn how to stimulate this organ’s ability to naturally regenerate. Source: Natural News Network

Diet May Affect Our Internal Clock

Our body’s internal clock, the circadian rhythm, helps it adapt to the cycle of day and night and regulates functions such as sleep and metabolism. Working with lab animals, scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that a high-fat diet can cause disturbances in this daily rhythm by affecting an animal’s clock-related genes. Significant health consequences include irregular sleep/wake cycles and metabolic disorders. February 2011


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chieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health,” says Thomas Yarema, a multidiscipline physician and director of the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, in Hawaii. Integrative physicians and practitioners understand that in many ancient Eastern therapies, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, well-being is all about balance. In these disciplines, harmony—and by extension, health and happiness—is created by a constant rebalancing of energies, sometimes complementing a natural state and sometimes countering it. Thus, depending on our physical and emotional makeup (easy-going personality? hot-tempered?) and current situation (need a job? getting married?), balance may require a calming down


or a boosting up, turning inward or turning outward. Consulting the latest research and advice from scores of experts, Natural Awakenings has created a guidebook of recipes for balancing mind and body. Whether the immediate need is to relax, refresh, release or recharge, we’ve got a simple to-do to get you back in balance. Try these new approaches today.


“Change is good,” the saying goes, but even good change, like falling in love or going on vacation—causes stress. Stress is widely reported in medical journals like The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association as linked to health problems from heart disease and diabetes to hair loss and depression. Because stress affects the immune system, frequent colds or

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bouts with the flu may signal a need to slow down. Fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness and feelings of frustration can also indicate that it’s time to relax. Get Herbal Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a simple, gentle and enjoyable way to “take five.” Herbal educator Dodie Harte, of the Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, recommends a blend of three common calming herbs: chamomile, linden flower and passionflower, with a dash of relaxingly aromatic lavender flower. Add a cup of boiling water to a mix of one teaspoon of each herb and a small sprig of lavender, then let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply Pressure Like acupuncture, acupressure is a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to rebalance the flow of

chi, or energy, in the body by stimulating key points along its energy meridians, or pathways. While acupuncture uses needles that puncture the skin and requires a visit to a professional, acupressure stimulates via points on the skin’s surface and can be part of a selfcare practice. “When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing,” explains Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley, California, and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments. To relax the neck and relieve tension headaches, use the point at the base of the skull, just where the head attaches to the neck. Feel for the hollow between the two thick, vertical muscle masses—finding and pressing it will probably elicit a sigh. Put one or both thumbs in that hollow and apply gentle pressure for one to two minutes.

Refresh Perhaps the problem isn’t stress, but a feeling of weariness or listlessness. According to Atlanta psychiatrist Tracey Marks, a medical doctor and author of the new book, Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified, the continuous flow of electronic information in our smartphone lifestyles may be overstimulating our brains. The first step to refreshing and replenishing is to log off. In short, she says, “Off-hours create better on-hours.” Go Solo Psychologist Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., author of The Call of Solitude, believes that “alonetime” is a basic need. She supports this belief with a series of infant studies, analysis of historical and anthropological data, and research examining how meditation and rest bolster the immune system. “When we don’t get enough solitude,” she observes. “We get out of touch with ourselves; we get forgetful; we get sloppy.” We may also get angry, anxious and depressed. Take a daily, refreshing, mini-retreat by stepping away from the rest of the

world for 15 minutes. Find a room with a door and turn off all electronics… then read a book, write a letter, meditate, or just close your eyes and listen to the silence. Sleep “Sleep ends up being one of those things we see as expendable,” says Marks. Yet, a growing body of studies from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and other research institutions shows that it is crucial to your mental and physical health, as well as many of the body’s major restorative functions, including tissue repair, muscle growth and protein synthesis. New findings by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center even show that the brain uses sleep to consolidate memories and make them more accessible when we’re awake. “We should really think of ourselves as operating on a 16-hour battery,” Marks advises, because we must recharge ourselves in order to perform well. Signs of sleep deprivation include irritable moods and an inability to concentrate. Marks’ Countdown to Bedtime routine starts an hour beforehand. Put away the work and turn off the computer. Stop drinking fluids. Take a warm bath or footbath and don pajamas. Read, meditate or listen to music to wind down. Adjust the bedroom temperature to between 68 and 74 degrees and turn off all lights and electronics, covering their LED displays. If it takes more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel drowsy. “If your mind is busy, write out your thoughts on a problem-solving worksheet,” she suggests. Get Outside Time and again, it has been proven that nature heals. One researcher, from the University of Southern California, has found that even just gazing at a natural landscape, sunset or grove of trees from a window can activate endorphins in the brain that make us feel good. Getting outside is even better. Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons, a physician and author of The Chemistry of

Joy, explains that sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which he notes, “… plays a role in many physiological processes, including moods.” Emmons’ prescription: at least 30 minutes outside daily, without glasses, which can filter out healing components of sunlight. Neuroimmunologist and physician Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, points to an extensive body of research showing that the colors, patterns and scents of natural environments affect mental and physical well-being. She recommends spending time in gardens and growing your own plants, even if only a window box of herbs.

Release You can’t move forward if you’ve got something holding you back. Sometimes what you need is to let go of whatever’s weighing you down—even if you don’t quite know what it is. Here are feel-good ways to let go of physical and emotional stagnation. Make Noise Many Eastern and Western sacred traditions utilize the healing power of sound through chants, songs, hymns and mantras; but the science behind sound healing is solid. According to Sound Healer Tom Kenyon, the repetitive patterns of music and chant stimulate the reticular activating system in the brain, which can induce a mild, trancelike state. Making sounds and music is even more transformative than just listening. “The way music helps us release is that it helps us remember a little bit more of who we are,” advises soprano and Sound Shaman Norma Gentile,

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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-

tory disease. Because BHRT is such a powerful therapeutic agent in combating and treating the symptoms of menopause and hormone imbalances, BHRT should be administered by physicians who specialize in anti-aging or functional medicine. These physicians employ specific types of laboratory testing essential to the safe and scientific application of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of menopause, or have endured repeated failed attempts to treat various symptoms like headaches, irritability, pre-menstrual back pain, thinning hair, and chronic fatigue, help is available in the Genesee/ Northern Oakland and Macomb counties. Megan Strauchman, DO, is the medical director of the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers of Michigan, with convenient locations in Grand Blanc and New Baltimore. She is expertly trained in the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and has been successfully using it for hundreds of woman in southeast Michigan. For free information on the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers of Michigan, Dr. Strauchman, and BHRT, please call 810-694-3576. Our friendly staff will assist in getting you this important, life-changing information.


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from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her favorite tip: Sing! Gentile exhorts, “Sing with the radio, with a choir or by yourself.” When you sing, she explains, you breathe deeply and your body vibrates and releases energy. Just sing whatever moves you, from the medieval songs of Hildegard von Bingen (her favorite), to Country & Western ballads. She adds, “There’s no style of music that can’t be helpful and healing.” To release aches and pains, Kenyon applies a different exercise. First, find a quiet, private room where no one will hear you. Then, close your eyes and focus on a part of the body that feels uncomfortable: the lower back or neck, perhaps, or maybe a heavy heart or other emotional unease. Breathe in slowly. Exhale in an audible sigh, letting the sound come from the place of discomfort. Expressed sounds will be unique to each individual. Allow the sounds to build, reach a crescendo and then taper off naturally. “This is a simple, but powerful, technique for expressing tension with sound,” promises Kenyon. Brush it Out “The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the better it functions as a toxin releaser, the less work the liver and kidneys have to do,” explains Tom Sherman, a bodyworker who teaches at the Acupressure Institute. He suggests daily dry-brushing, a low-tech way to stimulate lymph nodes, open pores, release toxins and exfoliate the skin. Any natural fiber bristle brush with a long handle will do, though Sherman prefers the Yerba Buena palm bristle brush. He also likes the Vital Chi SkinBrushing system developed by Bruce Berkowsky (NaturalHealthScience. com). Dry-brushing is a popular spa treatment with European roots. For basic skin-brushing, remove clothing and gently, but vigorously, rub the dry brush over every part of the body, using circular motions. The basic rule of thumb is to brush toward the heart and in the direction of blood flow. So, starting with the feet, brush in circles up the calves, thighs and buttocks, before moving to the hands and up the arms to the shoulders. Brush down on the neck, but up on the back. Finally, move to the chest and abdo-

which has its own balancing benefits. Beginners can try for 10 minutes a day at a slow, comfortable pace, while more experienced walkers may shoot for 30 minutes a day at a faster, more invigorating pace.

men, brushing counter-clockwise. The whole process should take about 10 minutes. Follow it up with hydrotherapy—a simple shower will do—to help wash away dead skin and impurities. A further detoxing option is to follow up with a hot bath containing two cups of Epsom salts and 20 drops of tea tree oil.


After you have de-stressed, refreshed and released, it may be time to ramp up your energy. These final steps are geared to recharge your emotional and physical batteries. Stay in Touch Physical touch in any form stimulates the body, and while massage is typically used to relax and release, it can also revitalize. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that massage had a positive effect on cancer-related fatigue in patients who were undergoing treatments that drained them of energy. “During an invigorating massage, the therapist uses faster paced, gliding, strokes, rather than slow, sustained, pressure,” explains Kristen Sykora, a licensed massage therapist and spokesperson for the American Massage Therapy Association. In-between visits (locate a local practitioner at Finda, there’s plenty you can do on your own. “Physiologically, when you massage yourself—even when you rub lotion on your skin—you’re asking the blood vessels to open up and bring in blood, nutrients and oxygen into that area,” Sykora says. She suggests a simple tapping technique, called

tapotement, for re-energizing any area of the body that feels fatigued, such as quadraceps or derrière. To work on quads, sit comfortably, so the muscles are relaxed, make a soft fist and tap gently all over the muscle for one to two minutes. Use either the pinky end of the fist or the underside, where the fingers are curled. Walk A simple way to get moving, walking raises heart rate and breathing capacity, increases circulation of blood and nutrients to all systems of the body and, as new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows, improves memory. It’s a relatively low-impact, safe, form of exercise that also gets you outdoors,

Try Something New Sticking to the safe, familiar and triedand-true may seem like an energyconservation measure, but upsetting your routine and trying new things can re-cultivate a passion for life. And passion, says Marks, helps provide life with meaning and purpose. “It’s important to find pleasures outside of work, even if you do love your job,” she counsels. What will you do? Something you’ve always wanted to do, or used to do and have always wanted to get back to. Or, something you never thought you could do, or think you’re too old to do. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar of Events is a perfect place to start. Take a cooking or art class (local community colleges are great, too) or join a dining or green drinks or birdwatching group ( facilitates local gatherings). Learn a new sport (tennis, paddleboarding, salsa dance) or a musical instrument (ukulele, an easy instrument to pick up, is making a comeback). Join a community gardening, handcrafting or reading circle, which are all part of the growing make-it-yourself movement. The list is endless... Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, has been named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by Connect at

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Aid to Conventional Treatment


by Linda Sechrist


n William James’ famous hypothesis, “A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous, and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” In the field of energy medicine, the experiences of pioneers such as medical intuitives Caroline Myss and Donna Eden, natural healer Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat and Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Pearl validate James’ postulate. Initially disregarded by allopathic medicine, the energy medicine these healers practice operates on the belief that changes in the “life force” of the body can affect human health and heal-


ing. They maintain that applying this energetic perspective allows them to clinically assess and treat what they refer to as the body’s electromagnetic fields, in order to achieve a healthy balance in the body’s overall energy system. The modality has to do with energy pathways, or meridians, that run through our organs and muscles. The idea is to uncover the root causes of imbalances and harmonize them at an energetic level before they completely solidify in the physical body and manifest as an illness. Such imbalances may be brought on by, for example, such things as emotional stress and physical trauma.

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As recently as 1990, the idea of using any form of energy medicine, such as acupuncture, Reiki, Touch for Health or the services of a medical intuitive in a hospital setting would have been considered preposterous. Today, however, more medical institutions are combining these types of treatment with traditional allopathic medicine. For example, Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, a research-oriented emblem of Western medicine, now employs a Healing Touch therapist. The hospital, which perennially ranks among America’s premier hospitals, is the principal pediatric teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading U.S. cardiovascular surgeon, was the first to include a Reiki practitioner in his department at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. The New York Times reports that Oz allows the use of Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplant operations.

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Medical intuitives say they can recognize problems in the flow of the body’s energies and are able to accurately predict the kinds of physical problems that are likely to emerge before any symptoms are detected. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make health assessments that are confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body and see and feel where the energies are not flowing, out of balance or not in harmony, then works to correct the problem. “I was 22 before I discovered that everyone didn’t make their decisions after first seeing and sensing energy,” says Eden. Carolle Jean-Murat, a California licensed obstetrician and gynecologist who now practices as a medical intuitive and healer, left her 30-year allopathic practice to focus on natural healing. Today, the native of Haiti specializes in helping women restore their mental, physical and spiritual health. “I am a healer who has the capacity to see, feel and hear whatever a client is

going through, because I see them as a whole: energy, body, mind, soul and emotions,” says Jean-Murat. Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (75,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of nonjudgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of them describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multi-dimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, “We not only discover that we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with Spirit. By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates. These practitioners agree that, while we all have some subtle sense of an animating force within us that is pure energy, we often ignore it. We go about our daily lives using this life force to perform our activities until it becomes depleted and illness manifests in a physical or emotional imbalance. While professional energy medicine practitioners are specifically trained to sense and honor the body’s animating life force and recognize its excesses and deficiencies, they also believe that we can all learn how to work with this important facet of our being. It is our birthright to realize balance and harmony, and we can do this by learning to re-establish a healthy flow of communication within the body’s subtle energy system. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings editor and freelance writer. For local practitioners, see our Natural Directory on page 29.

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Happiness Is…

CHOCOLATE Dark and Delicious, it’s Blissfully Healthy by Gabriel Constans


id you know that more than half of U.S. adults prefer chocolate to other flavors and spend $55 per person per year to indulge their hankering? That’s a lot of chocolate— some 3.3 billion pounds annually, or about 12 pounds per chocoholic. The International Cocoa Organization further estimates that by 2015, U.S. chocolate sales will top $19 billion. Yet, Europeans still enjoy the majority of chocolate per capita. Switzerland leads the trend, with its citizens each forking over the equivalent of U.S. $206 a year for the treat. Worldwide, 21stcentury chocolate consumption continues to climb year after year; cocoa seems to be a recession-free commodity. That’s good news for Indonesia and the West African nations that produce 70 percent of Earth’s cocoa beans. It’s widely known that dark chocolate, in particular, is good for our emotional and physical health. The only debate that remains is what quantity is the most advantageous to include in our daily or weekly diet.

Why Chocolate Appeals Eating dark chocolate makes people happy, researchers have learned, because it contains phenylethylamine, the same nurturing hormone triggered by the brain when we fall in love. It’s


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no wonder that Madame du Barry and Giacomo Casanova both believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac. Further, according to the California Academy of Sciences, the theobromine in chocolate acts as a myocardial stimulant, dilator of coronary arteries and smooth muscle relaxant, all inducing good feelings. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine recently reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that subjects who consistently consumed dark chocolate showed a 40 percent lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than those who did not. A study published in the European Heart Journal that tracked almost 20,000 people for 10 years found that people who ate about 7 grams of dark chocolate per day had lower blood pressure and 39 percent less risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, compared to those who ate an average of 1.7 grams daily. Scientists have learned that cocoa powder and chocolate contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, the same beneficial compounds found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Professor Frank Ruschitzka, head of cardiology at University Hospital, in Zurich,

Switzerland, comments: “Basic science has demonstrated quite convincingly that dark chocolate, particularly with a cocoa content of at least 70 percent, reduces oxidative stress and improves vascular and platelet [appropriate blood clotting] function.” Chocolate lovers also will be glad to know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants per 3.5 ounces than prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, onions, corn or eggplant. Gabriel Constans, Ph.D., is a counselor, journalist and author of a dozen books, including Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights and Great American Smoothies. For more information, visit

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2 cups orange juice 1 banana ½ cup raspberries ½ cup blueberries ½ cup guava slices ½ cup mango slices 1 Tbsp cocoa powder  1. Place all the fruit and cocoa in a blender and mix on high for one minute. 2. Pour into clear glass and serve. 

A Bite of History Xocolatl was the Aztecs’ word for chocolate, which they called “bitter water” and considered a gift from the gods. Cultivated for 1,000 years, the cacao tree is prolific once it reaches maturity, producing cocoa pods every six months for about 20 years. The beans must be fermented before they begin to taste like the chocolate we know and love. Cocoa was first introduced to Europe when explorer Hernán Cortés brought the beans from Mexico to Spain in the early 1500s. The Spaniards kept their discovery a secret for almost a century, until it was smuggled by monks into France. By the 1650s, cocoa had crossed the channel to England and the North American colonies of the English and Dutch; 1831 heralded the invention of the first chocolate bar in the United States.

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6 oz melted bittersweet dark chocolate 2 cups milk – dairy or non-dairy (soy, rice, nut, coconut or grain) 2 bananas ½ Tbsp flax seed oil 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1. Place ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for one minute. 2. Pour into tall cups and serve.   Yields: 5 cups

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2 cups chocolate low-fat milk – dairy or non-dairy (soy, rice, nut, coconut or grain) ½ banana, in chunks 1 12-oz package of soft silken tofu 1 cup frozen mango slices 2 oz semisweet chocolate, melted 1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for two minutes. 2. Pour contents into tall glasses and serve. Yields: 4 cups

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2 cups plain low-fat dairy or non-dairy milk (soy, rice, nut, coconut or grain) ¾ cup vanilla ice cream (dairy or non-dairy) 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts 1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted 2 Tbsp brandy 1. Place all ingredients, except brandy, in a blender and mix on high for about two minutes; add brandy and blend for 10 seconds more. 2. Pour into tumblers or widemouthed glasses. Yields: 6 cups Source: Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights by Gabriel Constans

February 2011



MINDFUL KIDS Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-Being by Daniel Rechtschaffen


hen I walk outside, students run to me from the school playground, but they don’t yell out my last name as they circle around and grab onto my legs, as it can be a bit much to remember and pronounce correctly. Instead, I usually hear “Hey, Mr. Mindfulness,” or even, “The Mindfulness Dude!” My job is to help to bring the art and science of mindfulness to students and teachers in schools, juvenile detention centers and sports teams, as well as to clients in my private psychotherapy practice. Happily, research is beginning to show that applying mindfulness can decrease stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety and hostility in children, while benefiting their health, well-being, social relations and academic performance. Children can easily learn the techniques, and when learned young, they become lifelong tools.

Mindful Benefits Mindfulness means intentionally and compassionately opening our awareness to what is here and now. Mindfulness, in the forms of medical and psychological modalities such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, is gaining attention as research suggests that it can improve mood, decrease stress and boost immune function. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and others have been studying the medical effects of mindfulness for 30 years with impressive results. Brought into schools, it can be a powerful antidote to many struggles facing our youth. In the California Bay Area, for example, the Mindful Schools program has used mind-


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fulness to teach concentration, attention, conflict resolution and empathy to 10,000 children in 38 schools; 66 percent of these schools serve low-income children. Inside Oakland’s juvenile detention centers, the Mind Body Awareness Project offers daylong, silent retreats for teens; although they presently live behind bars, they are learning to access greater inner freedom. In sports, a season invested in training the Alameda High School’s boys’ basketball team in mindfulness techniques helped us reach the Northern California playoffs, an unprecedented achievement in the school’s athletic history. These youth are learning the attention skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, multitasking world. With practice, students are also learning emotional balance and new ways to feel connected to their communities. The most vital result I see is a new baseline of peacefulness evident in these young people’s minds and bodies. Mindfulness offers a general sense of well-being that all other skills for learning and productivity can build on.

True Education The word education comes from the Latin roots ex, “from within,” and duco, “to guide.” Thus, education originally meant to draw out, to guide a student in unfolding the wisdom that is inherently within each person, at any age. This is a fundamentally different approach than the conventional educational paradigm that approaches students from the

outside in and from the top down. In using what I call the “fire hose” method of learning, spewing information at students and penalizing them when they can’t retain what the powers-that-be deem important, we make the mistake of assuming what each child should be, instead of seeing them as they already are. Think of how different each of our own lives would have been if parents, teachers and other mentors helped us learn to become the person we were inherently meant to be. This approach requires us all to discover and utilize our own mindfulness. When parents ask me, “What is the best mindfulness technique to teach my children?” my answer is always, “Your own mindfulness.” Our own mindfulness is already present within us; it’s not something we need to create. Notice all of your thoughts in this moment: your doubts and interests, as well as sensations. Simply become aware of phenomena, without judgment or preference. The natural capacity to open up in the present moment to everything that is happening within and around us is mindfulness, an open, intentional, non-judgmental awareness. When we embody mindfulness practices, we become a living example to the children in our lives. If you are interested in learning how to bring mindfulness practices to youth, begin by offering it to yourself. Join a mindfulness group, do some reading or even better, finish reading right now, let your eyes close, check in to your body and let go into this present moment. Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, a pioneering trainer in his field, helps implement mindfulness-based curricula in schools and organizations. Collaborations include the Mind Body Awareness Project, Mindful Schools and Mindfulness Without Borders. He also convenes an annual Mindfulness in Education conference and teacher training at Omega Institute (search He has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a marriage and family therapy intern. Visit and

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wisewords A Conversation with Harville Hendrix, Marriage Whisperer

On the Secrets of a Healthy Relationship by April Thompson


arville Hendrix, Ph.D., knows the sorrow of a broken relationship. In 1975, after a 16year struggle to make a failing marriage work, Hendrix and his wife decided to split up. On the day the divorce was final, he was scheduled to teach a class on marriage at a university graduate school. As Hendrix responded to audience questions, he realized that everyone wants to know the secrets of successful marriages—including him. That “Aha!” moment spurred years of research with couples and led to his seminal book, Getting the Love You Want, and the creation of Imago Relationship Therapy with his second wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. Their partnership of 28 years has produced nine books on intimate relationships and parenting, most recently Receiving Love, and six grown children. Imago Therapy seeks to unearth the hidden agendas that we all bring to our relationships and address them with openness, compassion and fearlessness.

What should you know before getting into a relationship? You need to know what pushes your buttons, whether it’s someone not looking at you while talking or someone being late. You should also know what happened in your childhood that made you sensitive to that. Why? Because the person you


will be attracted to is going to push that button. It’s an opportunity to repair the shut-down part of yourself as you stretch to meet your partner’s needs and become whole in doing so. The divorce rate has been 50 percent for the past 60 years, because people think conflict means you’re with the wrong person. But conflict is growth trying to happen. Every person who falls in love goes through this drama: You meet someone who activates the negative aspects of your parents or caretakers, and your unconscious wants this person, who acts as a parental surrogate, to fulfill the unmet needs of childhood. When such conflict occurs, you know you are in a relationship with the right person. Many people may go to therapy or read self-help books, but if the issue you need to address is triggered only by certain types of people, you can’t work on it until it’s triggered. If you do go to therapy, go together. Therapy can actually be bad for your marriage unless you are in the same room at the same time with the same person helping you work through these issues.

How does real love feel? Romantic love and real love are two forms of the same thing. The feeling of romantic love is one of joy, pleasure, relaxation, excitement and euphoria.

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Couples eventually will lose that feeling and encounter conflict; if they can work through that, they can get to a point of real love. Real love feels like romantic love, but romantic love is fragile and driven by expectations, whereas real love is durable and lasts through frustrations.

What can we do to keep and develop intimate connection? We teach couples how to have a different kind of conversation. It is called an Imago Dialogue, in which partners listen deeply to each other with curiosity, empathy and respect: what the other person thinks, how they feel and particularly, what they want in the relationship—and it is all done without criticism. In a dialogue, I will tell you what frustrates me. Time is often a big factor—whether it’s being late or early, time together or alone or time management. We have a primordial need for reliability; what scares children most is parents not being reliable. So I might say, “I need you to show up on time. In childhood, I couldn’t count on people.” You might respond, “Not having parents who kept promises, I imagine you feel frightened when I don’t show up.” Then you come to the behavior needed to respond: For example, “If I’ll be late, I’ll give you a call, so you know when I’ll be there.” It’s all about communication.

If we fail to fix a past relationship, what does it take to make the next one work well? It takes changing the notion that between our marriages, we can get fixed. You are going to take any unresolved problems into the next relationship. The best and only thing you can do is be aware of this and resolve to respond to it differently the next time. Ultimately, the best thing anyone can do for a relationship is to agree to end all negativity. If criticism is the basis of conflict, then appreciation, adoration and empathy are the basis for safety and passion in a relationship. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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counseled one couple—let’s call them Peter and Mary—who were on the brink of divorce. They run a coffee shop and bakery together; Peter is the primary businessperson and Mary is secondary. Mary works from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., then goes home and makes dinner, which is supposed to be at 6 p.m. Mary feels unappreciated by her husband for two reasons: “Peter never thanks me for fixing dinner, and he’s seldom ever home for dinner on time. I can’t seem to get him to understand that I need appreciation.” Peter responds by saying, “I don’t think you should be thanked for doing what you’re supposed to do—I don’t expect you to thank me for doing my job. Second, there are often customers in the store when it’s time to close.” It sounds like an easy thing to fix: He just needs to close up the store on time and say thank you. For them, it’s been a 20-year conflict that relates to something deeper. As we worked together, Mary remembered two things about her childhood: being told no man would ever love her and meet her needs, and that her mother never kept her promises. Peter noted that he grew up in a family where nobody said thank you and where boundaries weren’t set. Both individuals had been dealing with wounds and defenses for so long that these mechanisms had become a lifestyle, and as a result they were close to divorce. As we continued the conversation, Peter said, “Well, I know about your mother, but I didn’t know I was treating you the same way she did. I really do appreciate your meals and I can see that it frustrates you when I don’t come home, because you feel valueless and dinner gets cold. Now I see I was delaying going home because I was dreading having the inevitable fight with you.” The partners got clear on why they did what they did, and then made some simple adjustments. He was to come home at 6:30 p.m., and communicated, “I say I don’t need appreciation for the store, but I would like to be thanked for being responsible for the majority of our income.” She agreed. In their newfound mutual appreciation, the relationship took off like a new love affair. When we stretch out of our comfort zones into our partner’s world, something magical happens. When we sustain that, we are in the real love phase of the relationship.


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mago Dialogue is an intentional process that can help keep relationships dynamic and get beneath conflict to rediscover a deeper connection. Most emotionally charged conflicts are only 10 percent about the present and 90 percent about some past wound that is causing pain now. Our current partner is the ideal person to help us truly heal old wounds. Imago Dialogue is a conversation in which people agree to listen to others without judgment and accept their views as equally valid as their own. This can be challenging, especially if we are talking about a difficult subject. To truly hear what concerns our partner means putting aside all spontaneous reactions and listening without judgment. This requires creating a safe space, where both parties have agreed to banish all shame, blame and criticism from the dialogue. Such intentional dialogue is initiated when one partner asks for an appointment and the other agrees to participate. Before beginning, it’s good to set the stage for connection by sitting in chairs facing each other, knees close together, maintaining eye contact and breathing quietly.

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Mirroring – Using “I” language, one person conveys his or her thoughts, feelings or experiences (“I feel, I need,” etc.) to the receiver without shaming, blaming or criticizing their partner. In response, the receiver echoes the sender’s message, using a lead sentence like, “Let me see if I’ve got you. You said... ” Then there’s a beautiful question the receiver can ask: “Is there more?” When I ask that question, I then pause to show that I really want to hear more. My partner might say, “Well, let me see… maybe there is.” Often, they will go deeper and share more, and that sharing can be the most fascinating part of the dialogue. When my partner says, “No, that’s all,” then I can summarize. “So, in summary, I heard you say that…” Then check that you got it all. My partner might often say, “Well you missed this little bit—and it’s important to me that you hear it.” Validation – When I mirror my partner successfully, she will probably already feel that I have heard her point of view. This step can be hard to do if my partner has a different perspective, but it’s important to recognize that what my partner says makes sense for her. In dialogue, creating the connection is paramount. Who is right and who is wrong doesn’t matter. After I have summarized my partner’s messages, I can validate her by simply saying, “That makes sense to me.” I don’t have to agree with her, but need to show that I respect her reality. If I can, I might go on with “That makes sense to me because...” Empathy – In this final step, I imagine what my partner might be feeling. I would just ask: “I imagine you might be feeling afraid, and a little sad, too. Is that what you are feeling?” Then I check in with my partner, and if he or she shares other feelings, then I mirror them to show I also heard: “Ah, a little excited, too.” Trying this with our partner helps us understand one another a little more and works to bring us closer. It has made a big difference in the lives of couples that use it. Tim Atkinson is the executive director of Imago Relationships International. For more information visit

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Detoxification Methods and Health Impact - 6:308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN will cover the various ways to detox your body and why this is so important to staying healthy. $25. The Downing Clinic, Clarkston. Call to register at 248-625-6677.

VegMI Presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. JegMichigan monthly event includes a cooking demonstration & samples. Vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. Registration required, either online or at the Customer Service Desk. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills. Anthony Richardson 248-371-1400.

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New Year, New You Series - 1-2pm. 2-part series monthly, Feb.-Nov. 1st half of class will be on Aging Gracefully, 2nd half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks/materials provided in Feb. class. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy, Sherrill Natzke and others. Door prizes, food & fun. FREE. Rosehaven Manor, 3900 Hammerberg Road, Flint. Sponsored by FAMILY Pharmacy. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 7.

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New Year, New You Series - 6:30-7pm. 2-part series monthly, Feb.-Nov. 1st half of class will be on Aging Gracefully, 2nd half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks/materials provided in Feb. class. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy, Sherrill Natzke and others. Door prizes, food & fun. FREE. Genesee Gardens, 4495 Calkins Rd, Flint Twp. Sponsored by FAMILY Pharmacy. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 7.

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Visions of a Universal Humanity - 7pm. Second video in Barbara Marx Hubbard's "Humanity Ascending" series. The greatest minds of our time reveal the next stage of human evolution. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192.

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and older. $10 Springfield Twp residents/$12 non. Kroger in Davisburg (Location may change. Enrollees notified in advance.). Info: Casey Reed 248-846-6558. 30 Minutes to Health - 6:30-7:00pm. Join Dr. Erica Peabody, Vitalistic Chiropractor, as she discusses ways to create and maintain health on a continual basis. Everyone welcome. FREE. Cafe of LIFE Chiropractic, 521 N. Leroy St, Fenton. Info/Reg: Dr. Erica Peabody or Angie Bucsi 810-629-6023. See ad page 29.

Karma Yoga - 12:45-1:45. Instructor: Erica Hinch, Certified Yoga Instructor. Welcome to a multi-level yoga class with a mixture of well-balanced yoga poses including seated and standing postures, core strengtheners and centering exercises. This class is suitable for both new and experienced students. Donation. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. 248-895-5064.

Synergy Worldwide Meeting - 7:30-8:30pm. Local distributors invite you to an informational meeting on ProArgi-9+. Come learn the tremendous cardiovascular benefits this nutraceutical supplement offers. Business opportunity also available! FREE. Synergy Worldwide, 1701 W. Genesee, Lapeer. Cindy Wiggins 810-338-1212. See ad page 15.

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The Truth About Diets - 7 pm. We all hear about diets, the fads, the guarantees and many times are let down with minimal results. Practictioner, Troy Farwell will discuss what consititutes a healthy diet and why diet plans should be designed for individual specific needs. $10. Simple Organics, Oxford. Register: 248-236-0027.

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New Year, New You Series - 6-7pm. 2-part series monthly, Feb.-Nov. 1st half of class will be on Aging Gracefully, 2nd half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks, materials provided in Feb. class. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy, Sherrill Natzke and others. Door prizes, food & fun. FREE. Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., Davison. Sponsored by FAMILY Pharmacy. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 7. Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping Tour 7-8:30pm. Help in making heart healthy food choices and reading and understanding food labels, health claims and Nutrition Facts panels. Preregistration, minimum number required. 18 years

New Year, New You Series - 12:30-1:30pm. 2-part series monthly, Feb.-Nov. 1st half of class will be on Aging Gracefully, 2nd half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks/materials provided in Feb. class. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy, Sherrill Natzke and others. Door prizes, food & fun. FREE. Lockwood Manor of Burton, 2173 S. Center Rd, Burton. Sponsored by FAMILY Pharmacy. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 7.

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Therapy Lifestyle Management Program 6:30pm. This program will teach you how to modify your lifestyle to help prevent disease and lose weight. The Downing Clinic, Clarkston. Call to register at 248-625-6677.

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New Year, New You Series - 4-5pm. 2-part series monthly, Feb.-Nov. 1st half of class will be on Aging Gracefully, 2nd half will be on Improving the Quality of Your Life. Notebooks, materials provided in Feb. class. Guest Speakers: Roberta

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Creating A World That Works For All - 10am. celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, spiritual community. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. See ad page this page. 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. Open Meditation and Open House - 1-3pm. An hour to help acquaint you with our services. Please stop in and take a tour of this beautiful facility and learn more. Meditation Self-Healing Center, 244 Law St, Lapeer. Info: 810-834-9402.

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.

Step Class/Pilates Class - 5:15-7pm. Step class, very aerobic. Pilates class, core strengthening. All skill levels. Equipment provided. $5 or free to members. Body & Sole Fitness for Women, 4310 Miller Rd, Flint. Barb Jones 810-732-7170. See ad page 25. Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:45pm, Also Wed 5:45pm. We strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring practice 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.

Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 6-7:30pm. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350.

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Flow Yoga - 6:15 pm. Great class for those new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. Often heated. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Tr, Clarkston. Jules 248-390-9270.

Cardio Kick-Boxing - 5:30-6:15pm. Korean Martial Arts Institute, 935 Baldwin, Lapeer. Janet 810-667-2101. See page 27. 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 Tr, Clarkston. Jules 248-390-9270.

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Foundational Yoga - 10-11am. Energize and relax your mind, body, spirit and heart. $8. Michigan Rehabiliation Specialists, 10860 Highland Rd,

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. Zumba Classes - 6:30-7:30pm. With Brenda & Haley Mears. $6 drop in fee. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad below.

Batterer/Assailant Group - 10-11:20am; 5:306:50pm and 7-8:20pm. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350. Young At Heart Active Adults - 11:30am-1:30pm. Fun and friendly atmosphere filled with activities. $5 yearly membership per person includes 6 newsletters per year. Non-members welcome. (May be extra fee for luncheon). Hart Community Center, Davisburg. Info; Sarah 248-846-6558.

Boot Camp - 5pm. This class uses a combination of techniques: Plyometrics, weights, calestenics, stability balls, balance yoga postures, drills, resistance bands & more! A fun way to get fit! All levels welcome;must be in good cardio shape. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 4612 Mountain View Tr, Clarkston. Jules 248-390-9270.

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Ballroom Dance: Foxtrot - 6-7pm. If you love Love Songs and you croon along with the golden voices of Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble, then Foxtrot is the dance for you. Learn how to dance to the classics. Study the steps, tips and techniques that will take your dancing to the next level. No partner necessary. $10. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. 248-895-5064. YOGA for Men & Women - 6-7:30pm. Beginning & Intermediate. Discover how movement and breath 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.

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We are helping "take Transfer Factor to the World." We also carry top quality herbal and nutritional supplements.


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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 18.

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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 10.

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 18.

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, S c e n a r, M i c r o s c o p y, Biological Terrain, Ion Cleanse, Blanket Therapy and Ear Candling. See ad page 18.


bio-turF, llc • 810-348-7547

Serving Genesee, Oakland & Livingston

Lawn/tree care program that offers organic-based fertilizers, Free lawn analysis. Visit

reiki kaleidoscoPe theraPeutic touch 102 N. Leroy, Fenton • 810-931-7283

Come experience an Awakening of your soul with Reiki and massage.

gaYle's sPiritual healing 810-348-4500 • Holly Other sites available upon request

Reiki treats the whole body, mind and soul balancing your energy, reducing stress in your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Call or email for appointment.

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living waters wellness center Janie Jeffery, NHP, CCT • 810-252-4389 1009 Grange Hall Rd., Fenton

HCG DIet. The strongest Homeopathic Drops available. 16 additional ingredients to energize, stabilize, and detox. I have helped many people succeed in their weight loss goals. I'm here to help you too!

Yoga/ martial arts korean martial arts institute

935 Baldwin Rd., Lapeer 810-667-2101 •

Traditional TaeKwon-Do training for ages 5 through seniors. Adult enrichment classes in Yoga, Kick-fit and Women’s self-defense. Visit website for class schedule and offering. See ad page 27.

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Feb 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  
Feb 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  

Relax & Recharge issue. Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee counties, Michigan, alternative and integrative / complementary Health, fitness, nutrit...