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



15 healingways

The Scoop on Safe-to-Eat Flours


19 healthykids

by Claire O’Neil

21 greenliving



23 gracefulaging


25 calendarofevents

27 ongoingevents

Scientists Confirm Widespread Sensitivity by Claire O’Neil

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A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living by Judith Fertig

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nvolving oneself with the creative arts has been shown to help with both mental and physical health. Surprisingly, it seems to be linked to our economic health as well. A study released earlier this year by Michigan State University's Center for Community and Economic Development found that arts and crafts activities are closely related to the success of the innovators who create new companies and inventions that stimulate the economy. The sad fact, however, is that in the last decade Michigan's funding for the arts has been cut by roughly 90 percent--$2.3 million dollars this year, versus $25 million in 2002. To counter this trend, and to support an economic transformation here in Michigan, it's obvious that we will need take up the slack ourselves. This month, which we devote to health and creativity, we have several articles that can provide some guidance. In "Artful Kids," by Judith Fertig, you'll find some background to support the study mentioned above, as well as tips for helping develop kids' mental abilities, firing their imagination and building confidence using a hands-on, creative approach. And in another article, she explains how making things by hand can give us a sense of competence and completion in this digital world. But we haven't abandoned our core theme of natural health this month. More people, it seems, have a sensitivity to gluten than was previously thought. There are varying degrees of this sensitivity, and the effects. You can learn more by checking out our Healing Ways and Conscious Eating sections in this issue. To compliment these articles, we have some great gluten-free recipes on our website. Plus, there's lots more to help you live healthier and happier. We hope you enjoy and benefit from this month's issue. We were saddened to learn that the Growing Connections Conference and Organic Harvest Festival, which was such a huge success last September in Birmingham, is not being held this year. Sources close to the event tell us that they hope to return next fall at a new location. We're looking forward to it! In the meantime, we have signed on as one of the media sponsors for What's Cooking Detroit, taking place September 24th and 25th at the Palace of Auburn Hills. With the collection of local and national chefs that will be present, there's bound to be a good selection of healthy culinary resources. We will be there and hope you can stop by our exhibit and say hello. For more information on this new event, visit We're already planning our October issue, which will include tips and resources for living a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. And don't forget to plan on attending the 5th Annual North Oakland/Lapeer Natural Health Expo and the Pet Jubilee, both being held on October 8th. You'll find details in this issue. So until then, get involved in some creative arts to support our economy, and stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs Newly Published Study Gives Hope to Back Surgery Patients


r. Megan Strauchman, medical director of the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers, was recently notified that a research study she co-authored was accepted for publication into a medical journal. The study, titled, “Manipulation under anesthesia for patients with failed back surgery: retrospective case series with one-year follow-up”, will be published later this year. In the study, Dr. Strauchman followed a group of patients who received manipulation under anesthesia for failed back surgery, and followed up with them 1 year after the procedure. The group maintained their pain relief 1 year later. This is a significant result compared to other more common but less effective pain management procedures like epidurals and other injections. “This study gives hope to patients who've already had back surgery yet are still experiencing pain afterwards,” says Dr. Dr. Megan Strauchman. “Manipulation under anesthesia is a real option Strauchman for these patients.”

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cript Talk is an audible prescription reader station for the blind or visually impared people diagnosed with macular degeneration, dyslexia, or those who have trouble reading. "We are the only pharmacy in the state of Michigan to offer this service to its customers," says Sherrill Natzke of FAMILY Pharmacy. "Having a Script Talk station in the home helps patients take their medications correctly. It’s simple to use and understand and best of all it's free!" "Patients must have their prescriptions transferred to FAMILY Pharmacy, if they are not already a customer, to receive the Script Talk unit," explains Natzke. "Once ordered, a Script Talk unit is shipped directly to the home, usually within 3 days. It's simple and easy to use. Place the vial on top of the machine, and it will clearly announce the patient name, drug name, dosage & instructions, warning & contraindications, pharmacy information, doctor name, prescription number & date and much more." "It's essential for a visually impaired person to have a safe, effective system for managing medications,” states Sharon Reigle, Director of the Visually Impaired Center of Family Services Agency. “With the introduction of Script Talk reading device from Invision America, blind and visually impaired individuals are now able to have access to their prescription information independently." FAMILY Pharmacy is located at G-4444 Fenton Rd in Flint and has been in business for over 40 years. They specialize in senior care, Compounding Prescriptions, flu, shingles & other vaccinations, DME's, Homeopathics, Diabetes care, Dr. Comfort Shoe dealer, Lift chairs and more. For more information, call FAMILY Pharmacy at 810-235-7995 and ask for Script Talk. See ad page 10. natural awakenings

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he Downing Clinic in Clarkston will offer two classes in September on The Rossiter System. This technique teaches individuals to apply pressure at specific points to help relieve pain from Repetitive Stress Injuries. The technique is a form of Rolfing® Structural Integration or Rolfing® SI, a system of bringing the human body back into proper alignment through education and deep soft tissue manipulation. When the fascia or soft tissue structures of the body are in balance and free to move as they were intended, the force of gravity no longer weighs down bones and the rest of the body. Kathleen Strauch, a Certified Advanced Rolfer® in practice for 23 years will teach these classes. She was trained at the Rolf® Institute of Structural Integration and received her certification as a Rolfer in 1987. She completed her advanced training and certification in 1993. She continues as a member of the Rolf Institute, the IASI, the Guild for Structural Integration and is a certified Structural Integrator by CBSI. For more information, please see,, or The Downing Clinic is located at 5715 Bella Rose Blvd., Suite 100, in Clarkston. Classes are September 13 from 6-8 PM - Hands, Arms and Shoulders; September 26 from 6-8 PM – Back and Knees. Fee for class is $60/pair, $40/individual, $20 for observers only. Please register in advance by calling 248-625-6677. Note: Class attendees must be able to lie down on the floor and get up without assistance.

Linden's Westwind Milling Celebrates 175 Years


estwind Milling Company in Linden is celebrating its 175th Anniversary on Saturday, September 10th from 11am – 6pm with old-fashioned games, tomato tasting, local foods, Native American skills demonstrations, and lots more fun for the whole family. Admission is free. Westwind is a unique mill, flour store, and bakery. “We offer only locally and sustainably grown foods so that each visitor can take part in the amazing bounty that their own community can create,” states owners Lee and Linda Purdy. “This place is a resource that Michigan consumers want and need. Come take part in helping to create a healthier, more sustainable world!” Westwind Milling Company is located at 8572 Silver Lake Road in Linden. For more information call 810-735-9192 or visit

Get Healthy! Michigan Program Seeking Nutritionists


et Healthy! Michigan is seeking nutritionists and lifestyle educators to participate in a statewide campaign dedicated to encouraging individuals’ overall health. Through Get Healthy! Michigan Dinner Talk Programs, this campaign engages communities to get involved, make a positive change and help Michigan citizens become healthier. Get Healthy! Michigan is dedicated to encouraging individuals overall health and wellness through partnerships with local health experts, businesses and media. Get Healthy! Michigan has opened Wellness Centers in several communities, with a plan to have 200 throughout Michigan by the end of 2012 and is seeking Nutritionists, Registered Dietians, Registered Nurses with Certification in Nutrition, Nutrition coaches and Lifestyle Educators that would like to participate in this statewide initiative. To learn more, visit Those interested in participating may send a resume or bio to

Grand Opening of Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers’ Richmond Location


he Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers is holding a grand opening of their Richmond location on Saturday, September 24 from 9am-3pm at 66787 Gratiot Ave in the Lennox Square Plaza. During this event, the center will be offering reduced pricing for medical screening tests including H. Pylori, antioxidant status and a 10-point urinalysis. Prizes will also be given out during this family fun event. A $15 donation is requested, and all proceeds will be donated to a local charitable organization. “After 7 years of operation in New Baltimore, our practice growth required us to find a new, bigger location so that we could offer the full range of services our patients enjoy and deserve,” states Director, Dr. Megan Strauchman. The Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center offers services to improve health and well-being, and prevent re-occurrences while establishing a more solid foundation for a pain free life. For more information, please call Callie Dove at 586-727-7500 or visit See ads pages 20 & 24..

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he “Bike to Fight Breast Cancer” event is scheduled for Sunday, October 2 at Kensington Metropark in Milford. The ride begins at 9am at the West Boat Launch, and participants can choose from a family fun ride or a competitive 24 mile ride around the park. Awards will be presented in the competitive division, and prizes will be given for other fun activities including the “pinked out” bike decorating contest. Registration is $25. Money raised will provide women in the community with specialized testing to assess their risk of cancer or risk of reoccurance in survivors. Once testing is done then prevention can start. The American Breast Cancer Prevention Foundation (501C3)is a local foundation supporting women in our community and across the country. The foundation works with national researchers and laboratories. To register for the ride visit or call Kim Redburn at 877-600-PINK. For information about the American Breast Cancer Prevention Foundation, visit their webste at: natural awakenings

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he obesity rate among youngsters has nearly tripled during the last three decades and given rise to another worrisome trend: Children as young as 10 are making themselves vomit in order to lose weight, reports a new Taiwanese study of 15,716 school pupils, published online by the Journal of Clinical Nursing. Thirteen percent of the girls and boys that took part in the Asian research admitted they made themselves sick to lose weight. Unfortunately, studies in the United States show similar trends. According to The Eating Disorder Foundation, 46 percent of 10-yearold girls are dieting, have a fear of fatness or are binge eating, and 27 percent of girls ages 12 through 18 show significant eating disorder symptoms. Such findings have prompted researchers to warn that self-induced vomiting is an early sign that children could develop eating disorders and serious psychological problems. The researchers believe that eating disorders can be successfully tackled by ensuring that children get enough sleep, eat breakfast every day and consume less fried food and fewer night-time snacks. They also recommend spending less time in front of a computer screen.

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roccoli has become a gold medal contender among vegetables, so how often should we eat it to reap all of its health benefits? Elizabeth Jeffery, a University of Illinois professor of nutritional sciences, explains: “Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent—three to five servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli’s benefits, though, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present; if not, sulforaphane, broccoli’s cancer-preventive and anti-inflammatory component, doesn’t form.” According to Jeffery, myrosinase is often destroyed by overcooking. Health-conscious consumers that use broccoli powder supplements in recipes to boost their nutrition also are missing out, she says, because the supplements often do not contain the needed enzyme. A solution: Jeffery suggests incorporating fresh broccoli sprouts into our diet. Available at most grocery and health food stores, the sprouts contain abundant myrosinase. Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences



study published in the journal Brain Stimulation, involving 301 patients, found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) non-invasive therapy can be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression. TMS works by delivering a series of electrical pulses to the part of the brain associated with depression and other mood disorders. This generates an electric current in the brain that stimulates neurons to increase the release of mood-enhancing chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. TMS has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can be performed on an outpatient basis in a psychiatrist’s office. Source: Loyola University Medical Center

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n Got razor burn? Press one tea bag against the skin to relieve the sting and stop the bleeding.

Tempest in a Teapot Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and many drinkers prefer the convenience afforded by prepackaged individual servings. The remains, however, add up to 1,500 tons of landfill waste annually. At least there are things to do with an old tea bag before giving it the heave-ho, starting with some surprising natural health benefits.

n After an accidental roll in poison ivy, dab skin with a moist tea bag to dry up the rash.

n Try reusing a tea bag as a compress for bee stings, bug bites, sunburn and bruises. It will ease pain and reduce inflammation. n Get rid of a plantar wart by pressing a wet, warmed tea bag directly onto the area for 10 to 15 minutes, then let the skin dry naturally. Repeat the treatment for a few days until the wart completely disappears. n Run bath water over used tea bags to enjoy a soak that will leave skin incredibly soft. Green tea works best. n Revitalize puffy, achy eyes by refrigerating the tea bags before laying them over the afflicted peepers and let the tannin in the tea go to work.

Outdoors, tea bags have multiple uses, as well. Tear open a used bag and work the contents into the dirt of acid-loving plants like ferns and roses. The tannic acid and other nutrients will be released when plants are watered, spurring their growth. For healthier potted plants, place a few brewed tea bags over the drainage hole at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients into the soil. Finally, it’s good to compost any used tea bags; just remove any staples first. Speed the decomposition process and enrich the overall compost pile by pouring a few cups of strong, twicebrewed tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and attract acid-producing bacteria to create an acid-rich compost. That’s not all that tea bags can do. Visit for more uses, from facials to kitchen cleanups. Adapted from— showing how ordinary people can positively impact our world every day.

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t’s easy to take our freedoms for granted; like the freedom to choose whom to turn to when we have questions about our diet and health. If you’re reading this, you are most likely someone who is interested in health, food, supplements and alternative ways of healing. In 2006, Michigan passed a very restrictive licensing law for nutritionists, PA333, that while on the books, had to await a rule-making process before being implemented. The rule making ended in November, leaving us with a law that threatens to put hundreds of trained, non-dietitian, nutritionists out of work. Although there are many kinds of nutritionists and many routes for getting trained, the American Dietetic Association believes that only registered dietitians (RD) should be allowed to talk to people about nutrition. Never mind that we need more nutrition support resources than ever, or that ADA has financial partnerships with several soft drink and candy companies.* The Michigan Nutrition Association has been fighting hard against this law and has met with the new Office of Regulatory Reinvention in Lansing. PA333 is now undergoing a second look. The Snyder administration is not in favor of excessive regulation that is designed more to protect interest groups than it is to protect the public or further economic growth in Michigan. We, the citizens, now have a rare opportunity to defeat this law. But you must act now. For more information, visit and see our news update, “Please Take Action Now.” This will provide you the link and some talking points. * Visit



BAKING The Scoop on Safe-to-Eat Flours by claire o’neil


flavor, color and texture. Xanthan gum, an additive made from corn, typically provides structure for yeast dough made with gluten-free flour. Eggs, vinegar, sweeteners and applesauce or pumpkin purée soften and round out the flavor of the dough. Gluten-free flours, flour blends, and xanthan gum most often appear in the specialty baking section of a grocery or health food store; helpful brands include Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Flour. Using alternative flours, homemade treats can remain a delicious part of gluten-free living.

luten, the proites. However, trying No-Knead, Gluten-Free tein in wheat to approximate the Pizza Dough and other crust, crumbliness and In this recipe, the ingredients just mix cereal grains such as interior structure of barley and rye, can be baked goods typically together in a bowl—no kneading is a problem for those made with wheat flour necessary. The raw dough doesn’t taste with celiac disease takes a bit of experi~ Pamela Giusto-Sorrells, or some sensitivity mentation when using founder, Pamela’s Products to gluten. Preparing gluten-free ingredients. ( food for a gluten-free Sometimes just one diet requires experimenting with new type of flour will work, such as almond ingredients, like alternative flours, and flour for waffles, rice flour for cake batbecoming a label reader, says Tina ter or buckwheat flour for pancakes. Turbin, an advocate for gluten-free liv Other baking recipes require an ing at assortment of gluten-free flours. Different Fresh fruits, most dairy products, types can combine to resemble the taste, eggs, fresh vegetables, meats, fish and color and texture of wheat flour, for expoultry are already gluten-free. The ample. Most gluten-free flour blends use challenge is trying to make pancakes rice flour as a base, with potato starch, or pizza, or other recipes that normally tapioca flour, corn flour and/or corncall for wheat flour. starch added for softness. Other flours, With an estimated 18 million such as buckwheat, chickpea (garbanzo Americans sensitive to gluten in their bean), millet and sorghum, can improve diet and 3 million more diagnosed with celiac disease, according to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, food producers have finally begun to address the need. Glutenfree cereals and pastas, breads, flours and baking mixes, cakes and cookies, snacks and frozen confections are now available in greater quantities—and in ~John Lennon much better tasting versions—than just a few years ago. New gluten-free products, such as sorghum flour and specially formulated baking mixes, can also help home cooks revamp recipes for family favor-

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alk through the gluten-free product aisles at the grocery or health food store and many people might wonder: “Is this a food fad? Who has a problem with gluten?” As it turns out, more people have gluten sensitivity than scientists, physicians and researchers previously thought. A study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research estimates that 6 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 18 million individuals, have some sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale. Research published online by BMC Medicine and this year provides the first scientific evidence of what many people allergic to gluten already know: While gluten sensitivity presents less serious negative health effects than celiac disease, its host of symptoms can become problematic. An earlier study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics concluded that for dealing with both wheat allergies and celiac disease, the dietary avoidance of gluten-containing grains is the only effective treatment.

Case in Point Carol Mahaffey, a tax attorney in Columbus, Ohio, was experiencing intermittent joint pain and what she calls “living in a fog,” in the summer of 2009. Because she had read that joint pain can sometimes be caused by gluten sensitivity, she decided to eliminate gluten from her diet. Although her new regimen didn’t relieve the joint pain—she was later

professionally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—she found that after four to five weeks, she looked and felt better overall. “I was losing weight, my digestive system was better and I found it easier to mentally focus. Somebody at work also happened to mention that I didn’t sniffle anymore,” she relates. Although Mahaffey’s blood tests were negative for celiac disease, she had all the signs that she is gluten-sensitive. “Imagine degrees of gluten ingestion along a spectrum,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, a professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology and director of the Center for Celiac Research. “At one end, you have people with celiac disease, who cannot tolerate one crumb of gluten in their diet. At the other, you have the lucky people who can eat pizza, beer, pasta and cookies—with no ill effects whatsoever. In the middle, there is this murky area of those with gluten reactions, including gluten sensitivity,” says Fasano, who led the new study. “This is where we are looking for answers on how to best diagnose and treat this recently identified group of gluten-sensitive individuals.” Until more definitive answers come to light, those who suspect they might have an issue with gluten can try going gluten-free for a period of time, like Mahaffey. “I had to become a label reader,” she advises, “because even things like bottled soy sauce can contain gluten.” She buys baked goods at a local glutenfree bakery, still enjoys wine with glutenfree snacks, uses gluten-free dough to make her own pizza at home, and has become a fan of risotto. For people that travel on a similar path, the feel-good benefits of a glutenfree diet can more than make up for some of the inconveniences. “You just make it work,” says Mahaffey. On a recent get-together with longtime college friends at a chalet in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Mahaffey brought her own snacks and breakfast foods, asked questions about the menu when they went out to dinner, and ended up having a great, gluten-free time.

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HANDMADE HAPPINESS A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living by Judith Fertig

Making something by hand—and getting good at it—can add a welcome dimension to our lives. The art of participating in craftwork gives us a sense of competence and completion that may be difficult to find in our digital, ephemeral world.



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merica’s resurging interest in arts and crafts today comes at a time when making things by hand seems an endangered activity. Why? In The Craftsman, sociologist and author Richard Sennett maintains that making things by hand is an, “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.” He observes that craft and craftsmanship can enrich modern life in ways that might surprise us. The Arts and Crafts movement, which reigned from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century, was a major response to a commercial trend that steered society away from handmade toward machine-made products in Europe and North America. The movement encouraged amateur, student and professional involvement in the making of furniture, decorative glass, textiles, pottery and other forms that are beautiful, as well as functional. Yet today, we face a new barrier to creating more by hand, observes Monica Moses, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine (American, published by the nonprofit American Craft Council. “Modern life offers a million distractions, a million ways to kill time, or at least stand by idly while it expires,” she says. Mindless television watching, puttering around on Facebook or playing computer solitaire

add up. “Such semiconscious downtime can become a weekend, a habit, a lost opportunity.” Although many people return to an early love of arts and crafts during their retirement years, the good news is that such creative pursuits are also being taken up by young makers, according to Moses. “The marvel of it is that young people in the digital age are embracing craft so enthusiastically, not just their iPods and phone apps. We’re lucky to live in a time when engagement with the practice of craft is expanding.” She cites the popularity of buy-and-sell craft websites such as, which reported 2010 sales of more than $400 million. Moses, who makes jewelry in her free time, values handcrafting for a simple reason: “It feeds my soul,” she says. “Other parts of my life focus on the end result. When I’m making a piece, I’m focused on the process and I’m thinking, ‘This feels right.’”

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niques, entries on her craft blog grew to the point that she launched a second one at, where she shares her evaluations. Earlier this year, she appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Regular posts track her adventures with various media, including her recent experiences with water-soluble ink blocks for drawing and painting, and making a booklet from envelopes. Other popular pastimes range from scrapbooking and making home accessories using beachcomber finds to gifting baby garments personalized with fabric paint decoration. “I believe that creativity is innate,” comments Rohrs. “When you tell your inner critic to shut up, you can have a lot of fun and learn something about yourself. I especially love to encourage folks to try new things and new and cracks in the rocks. My quilts then techniques, and to push their own began to take on a more abstract qualboundaries.” ity,” she says. So Ciolino took a class in Columbus, Ohio, with Nancy Crow, It’s Never Too Late recognized by many as “the mother of Sandra Palmer Ciolino learned to sew as contemporary quilts,” and never looked a child, but didn’t maximize the creativback. She still gives quilts as gifts, but ity of her craft until her children were her work is now also exhibited at musegrown, when she was in her 40s. For ums and quilt shows (SandraPalmer Ciolino, of Cincinnati, Ohio, “Making; contemporary quilts satisfies my desire Like many craftspeople, Ciolino’s to work in solitude and fulfills my longprocess in creating art is part technical ing to create lasting and beautiful art. skill and part intuitive imagining. When Creating quilts for the wall marries many she starts a new quilt, she pulls fabrics things I love—fabric, color, composition, from her workroom into groupings that piecing and machine quilting.” appeal to her. She then takes a black Ciolino fondly remembers her and-white photo to make sure the values mother’s handiwork. “I have a vivid of light and dark in the fabrics create an memory of her taking a navy blue overinteresting pattern. Next, she uses a rotary coat of my father’s and using it to sew cutter to cut the fabric by hand—like me a winter coat with cranberry piping; drawing a line with a pencil—into shapes I was so proud of that coat.” freehand, without referring to any pattern. She began by making doll clothes, Finally, she sews the pieces together in a and then started sewing clothing for hercomposition and uses machine quilting self in junior high school, doing her own to add another layer of textural interest, garment construction. “The technical finishing each creation by hand. stuff came early,” she says. Later on, busy “The craft is when I make somewith family duties and teaching elementhing as meticulous and impeccable as tary school physical education classes, I can,” Ciolino concludes. “The art is she didn’t take time to turn to quilting un- when I bring an authentic version of mytil the mid-1990s. At first, Ciolino made self—my voice and spirit—to the work.” her quilts in traditional pieced patterns to hang in her house or share as gifts; but Judith Fertig celebrates the craft of then, something changed. cooking at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. “I began to notice in my phy that I was most interested in closeups of tree bark, ripples in water bodies



KIDS Hands-On Creativity Nurtures Mind, Body and Spirit by Judith Fertig


ids’ active participation in the creative arts helps them develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially—whether they are painting, drawing, shaping pottery, performing in plays or musicals, dancing, storytelling, or making music. Studies culled by educators at Arizona’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts confirm the multiple benefits, ranging from higher SAT scores to increases in self-esteem and improved ability to handle peer pressure. Yet, with shrinking school budgets, cutting back on what are considered non-core subjects such as music and art is the path that many school districts are forced to take, explains Anne Bryant, Ph.D., executive director of the National School Boards Association. Communities, in turn, must find new ways to counter this new financial reality. For example, an elementary school music or art teacher, once devoted to a single school, now may have to travel to several throughout a district.

“Schools are under so much pressure due to dwindling resources and the No Child Left Behind legislation that sometimes the children who most need the arts are put in remedial classes instead,” says Susan Tate, a former teacher who is now executive director of Kansas’ Lawrence Arts Center. Add in our digital culture—where hands-on most often means a computer keyboard or phone-texting device—and domestic situations in which busy parents aren’t keen to clean up messy finger paints and other craft supplies, and the result is, “These days, kids also are less likely to do hands-on art at home,” adds Tate. At young ages, children are likely to be more passive than active learners, says Sharon Burch, a music educator in Mystic, Iowa. They may listen, for example, to whatever tunes their parents play, instead of simpler, more age-appropriate songs. Burch has helped fill the need by providing interactive Freddie the Frog resources for use by parents, as well as in music classrooms. Fortunately, communities across the country have rallied to offer afterschool and weekend arts and crafts programs. Many simple arts participation activities are easy for parents, grandparents and caregivers to do along with the kids.

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“Current studies of brain imaging and mapping show that the active making of music creates synapses in all four parts of the brain,” Burch says. By active, she means physically tapping out a rhythm with sticks, singing a song, dancing to a beat, marching, playing patty-cake or engaging in other age-appropriate, physical movement. “To really light up the brain, you have to do something, not just passively listen.” Making music helps kids think, create, reason and express themselves, adds Burch. Practicing the art of simple storytelling, as well as having adults regularly reading children’s literature with youngsters, can also have a profound impact. A 2003 study published in the American Educator, based on exhaustive research by Ph.D. psychologists Todd Risley and Betty Hart, showed that by age 4, a huge gap in vocabulary skills exists between children of different economic levels. Those growing up in a household of educated, professional people hear a cumulative 32 million more spoken words (1,500 more per hour) during these early years—and thus have a greater vocabulary—than those from welfare families. The researchers further documented more than

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five times the instances of encouraging feedback. They discovered a direct correlation between the intensity of these early verbal experiences and later achievement. Risley and Hart attributed the meaningful difference to the increased interaction—more storytelling, reading and parent-child discussions—that typically takes place in more affluent households.

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“Our culture is so linear and lingually driven that it often doesn’t tap into the vastness of a child’s imagination,” observes Anne Austin Pearce, assistant professor of communication and fine art at Missouri’s Rockhurst University. Pearce often works with school children through library events that couple art and storytelling. “Also, there’s pressure to measure results in a culture that tends to label you either a winner or a loser, but art is not quantifiable in that way; art allows kids to develop ideas through the creative process that they can’t do any other way. “When kids are drawing, they often talk as they are doing it,” she says. “You can then engage in a different kind of conversation with kids, just letting things happen and asking open questions. Kids tell their own stories.”


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Summer Rayne Oakes Models the Future by Kristin J. Bender

Fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes has created a growing platform for taking eco-fashion mainstream. She’s seen firsthand how a more sustainable lifestyle can start with something as simple as choosing certified organic lip balm or a pair of shoes made from organic

While researching toxins in sewage sludge and identifying aquatic insects, the 5-foot, 10-inch, willowy brunette also began modeling while at college, and conceived the idea that the fashion industry might be the right forum for her to take a leading role in expanding environmental awareness. Her first venture, Organic Portraits, an avant-garde photography project, brought to life sustainable design and conservation in one package.

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Armed with brains, beauty and an affinity with the natural world, Oakes signed with her first modeling agency after graduating. Today, at 27, she has built her own brand as a business consultant and spokeswoman, author and entrepreneur in the multibillion-dollar industry of environmentally friendly apparel and home products. Oakes says that being in nature is what makes her come to life. “I carry that with me through all of my work in the fashion industry. It keeps me incredibly grounded and gives me an opportunity to work with companies and organizations that mirror my values or operate in the spirit of becoming better stewards,” she says.


ecause of her close ties to environmental causes, Oakes is known as “The eco-model.” The title seems to fit her well: She has put her name behind many cause-related programs, including a skincare company that uses active natural ingredients and a maker of recycled eyewear that plants a tree for every pair of frames sold. She didn’t set out to be the eco-fashionista. Oakes, whose first name derived from being born, she states, on a “rainy summer day,” was raised amid Pennsylvania farmlands north of Scranton and developed a love of nature from an early age. By 13, she was the youngest member of her hometown’s environmental advisory council and after high school, went off to Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and entomology. natural awakenings

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nnovation is shaping every facet of the eco-fashion industry—from organic crop standards, energy-efficient production, local sourcing, community reinvesting and fair trade, to the recycling of excess fabric and other materials and repurposing used garments. Yet, half of all textile fibers still come from conventional cotton, which soaks up a quarter of all agrochemicals and insecticides sprayed on the planet, reports Paul Hawken in Natural Capitalism – Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. Cotton also requires 2,600 gallons of water for every pound grown. Other natural fabric plant fibers are much less resourceintensive. Here are some clues about what to look for.

Oakes is as appealing as the products she represents. In addition to her creative input, she has put her stamp of approval on both Portico Home + Spa linens and bath products and Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line of shoes and handbags. Oakes also is working with Modo on a collection of recycled eyewear under its Eco brand, which she notes will be tied in with some of her personal reforestation and sustainable design projects worldwide. Her work with Aveeno on its Be An Active Natural Campaign supports the message that small changes can add up to a big difference. She sometimes blogs about her experiences at; a recent post explained how she chooses which Earth-friendly companies she’ll support. “An engaging partnership is a critical component for me to [be] a spokesperson,” she writes. “On countless occasions, I have had to turn down offers if the partnership didn’t seem suitable. But how exciting it is to find brands that are ready to step up to the challenge and have the spirit, resources and energy to make meaningful change happen from the inside out.”

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HEMP: A somewhat coarser plant, hemp is best when blended with other fibers, like cotton and silk. JUSI and PIÑA: Jusi comes from banana silk. Piña is made from pineapple leaves. Both textiles originated in the Philippines. KENAF: From hibiscus grown in Asia and Africa, kenaf blends well with other fibers. It feels similar to hemp or jute. LINEN: A classic material derived from the flax plant, linen won’t stick to skin and dries quickly. LYOCELL: Includes a range of soft fabrics comprised of cellulose fibers, but is still subjected to chemical processing such as bleaching. It has cotton-like characteristics. Also known as Tencel, seacell (using seaweed) or modal (from beechwood pulp). ORGANIC COTTON: U.S. organic cotton planting was up 12 percent in 2010 over 2009, from 10,521 to 11,827 acres, according to the Organic Trade Association. Farmers project an increase of 1,513 acres over the next five years, depending on demand. RAMIE: Made from a flowering, woody plant in the nettle family, the fibrous texture feels softest when blended with organic cotton or wool. It has linen-like characteristics, such as durability. RECYCLED POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET): Gives new purpose to used plastic bottles or old polyester clothing. Appears in fleece-like fabrics and is also reincarnated in the soles of shoes. SILK: Silk delivers elegant effects when used alone or combined with other fibers. This durable protein fiber is obtained from the cocoons of silkworms, harvested before the caterpillar metamorphoses into a moth. Wild silk, or peace silk, waits for the silkworm to emerge alive. Primary source: Style, Naturally, by Summer Rayne Oakes


Oakes’ timing in applying her passions and skills to the green and clean marketplace is apt. Global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009, up 35 percent over the year before, according to the latest research from Organic Exchange’s Organic Cotton Market Report, and the market is expected to continue to grow. Organic Exchange projected a 20 to 40 percent jump in both 2010 and 2011, which could result in a $6 billion market this year. Oakes supports the industry via, a forum she recently co-founded to connect designers with sustainable material suppliers from around the world. A finalist for the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, it already has been frequented by the likes of fashion designer Christian Siriano. Oakes is not alone—other celebrities and designers like Bono, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood have added their voices in raising awareness of the importance of socially and environmentally conscious fashion. Oakes has modeled for such industry giants as Levi Strauss, Payless, Replay Jeans and others, but her activism and modeling have also allowed her to branch out into other industries. She says that her bestselling book, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty, is aimed at, “... women that love style, but may not have ‘environment’ in their lexicon,” and serves as, “an irreverent, witty guide for green virgins.” “Sustainable design will continue to evolve,” she says. “Ten years ago, there were only a handful of designers operating in the industry. Now, most companies are asking how it can be authentically built into the core of their business.” How will that happen? “First, they have to believe and embody it.” Kristin J. Bender is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay area.


Yoga for a Healthy Heart by Beth Davis


ccording to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. However, there is good news. Yoga, an ancient practice that combines physical postures, meditation and breathing exercises, can actually help to create a healthy heart. Past research has explored yoga's effect on epilepsy, heart disease, cancer and other conditions. A 2004 Yale University School of Medicine study, for instance, found that people who practice yoga reduced their blood pressure, pulse, and risk of heart disease. This comes as no surprise to cardiologist, Michael Dangovian, D.O., who works with patients to not only reverse heart disease, but also prevent it at his practice, Healthy Heart and Vascular, LLC. He is also the founder of the Wellness Training Institute in Sterling Heights, which offers yoga, massage and other programs, products and services designed to help people connect with the body's natural ability to heal itself. It began 20 years ago when Dangovian discovered Dr. Dean Ornish’s, Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The program combined an hour of a relaxation technique such as yoga, an hour of group discussion and an hour of eating proper food, such as a plant-based diet, and was the first program to partly reverse heart disease through lifestyle and diet rather than surgery. Dangovian was motivated to introduce the program into his own practice, and was amazed at the results. Patients began getting better. Inspired, he began listening to tapes, reading books, attending workshops and retreats, and undergoing training until he eventually developed his own program that integrates yoga, meditation, supplements and education into his traditional cardiology practice. One practice that he is particularly passionate about is yoga. “Yoga is a basic healing art—a beautiful self-help program,” he says. He notes benefits such as increased energy and stamina, increased strength and flexibility, decreased blood pressure by increasing blood circulation, a more balanced metabolism and an increased tolerance to pain. But don’t just take his word for it. One of the most studied areas of the health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart disease. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics stated that heart rate variability, a sign of a healthy heart, has been shown to be higher in yoga practitioners than in non-practitioners.

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the muscles is good for the heart and blood vessels. According to a Harvard Medical School Special Report on heart disease, activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar. Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. Most forms of yoga emphasize deepening and lengthening the breath, which temporarily lowers blood pressure and stimulates the relaxation response. Dangovian says that yoga not only reduces the number of medications, procedures and hospitalizations, but it simply makes people feel better, look better, and live longer—he has seen it for himself. “The patients in my program rarely end up hospitalized for cardiovascular issues, and even when they do, it’s easy because of the way they are living their life—its’ the yoga,” he notes. For those patients that come to him and are really sick, he has watched as they not only get better physically, but they have a better overall quality of life. “Some of them bless the day they had a heart attack because they now feel better than ever,” he states. Dangovian says although yoga may seem intimidating to some; it really is for anyone—regardless of age or skill level. “I have patients in their 80s doing yoga and they feel good, feel connected and feel whole. That’s the beauty of yoga.” Healthy Heart and Vascular is located at 39242 Dequindre Road, Suite 103 in Sterling Heights. For more information, call 586-795-3600 or visit The Wellness Training Institute is located next door, 39242 Dequindre Rd, Ste 104, Sterling Heights. Visit their webite at for a list of upcoming related events and open houses. Beth Davis is a freelance writer based in Naples, Florida and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings of East Michigan.



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sATuRDAY, AuGusT 27 Raw Foods for Regular People - 11am-noon. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for La Cucina Italiana & learn to make raw Italian food! Menu includes capellini pomodoro, Alfredo sauce, & gelato. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

suNDAY, AuGusT 28 Introduction to Meditation Class -5-8:30pm. Yvonne Sova, an instructor certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra in Primordial Sound Mediation. $10. Advanced registration is advised but not necessary. Life Enrichment Center, 2512 S. Dye Rd, FLINT. Information and registration: 810-820-8949.

Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All welcome. Food, refreshments, materials, & prizes. FREE. Rosehaven Manor, 3900 Hammerberg Road, FLINT, MI 48507. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10. New Year ~ New You Series - 6:30-7:30pm. SugarSoda-Salt. Learn which foods benefit your body, which ones age you, label reading & healthy recipes. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All welcome. Food, refreshments, materials, & prizes. FREE. Genesee Gardens, 4495 Calkins Road, FLINT Township. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10.


family Nature Club - Colors in Nature - 1pm. See with “new eyes” as you explore nature looking for all the colors of the rainbow. Enjoy crafts and other activities and don’t forget to dress for a hike! Fee: $3 per person, all ages welcome. Preregistration required. Metro Beach Metropark Nature Center located near MT. ClEMENS. 586-463-4332. Candida Awareness Class - 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, will conduct a seminar introducing attendees to the Candida diet, eating out and shopping to avoid foods that can cause Candida. $25 . The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, ClARKSToN. Cal 248-625-6677.

markyourcalendar FRIDAY - suNDAY sEPTEMBER 9, 10 & 11 Drawing From Nature - 9am-2:30pm. Beginning graphite pencil class teaching techniques and steps to capture the beauty of natural subjects in a finished work of art. $238.50 includes 15 hours class, all materials and tools. Seven Ponds Nature Center, 3854 Crawford Road, DRYDEN. Carrie 810-796-3200.

sATuRDAY, sEPTEMBER 3 Lapeer Game Area Hike - 10am. Join us hiking in the LAPEER State Game Area (East Unit). M-24 2.5 miles north of M-21 to Daley Rd. Turn right on Daley Rd. Go 3 miles to Fish Lake Rd. Turn Left (north) on Fish Lake Rd. Go 1.5 miles to Vernor Road. Turn right on Vernor Rd. Go 3/4 miles to Five Lakes Rd. Turn left on this dirt road and park at the first lot on your right. Gloria Bublitz 810-664-0304.


Macinac Bridge walk-labor Day - 3am. 6 miles. Moderate. Walkers will travel to walk the Mackinaw Bridge 5-mile span. $5 charge for the bus ride across the bridge to walk. Contact Denny Crispell for further details. Carpooling from the Clio Carpool Parking Lot, walkers will travel to walk the MACKINAw Bridge 5-mile span. Details: Denny Crispell 989624-5038.

TuEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 6 Pet Grooming 1 - 6:30-8:30pm. Save money by learning to properly groom your own pets’ face, feet, and fanny between grooming appointments. Cost $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

WEDNEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 7 New Year ~ New You Series - 1-2pm. Sugar-SodaSalt. Learn which foods benefit your body, which ones age you, label reading & healthy recipes.

MONDAY, sEPTEMBER 12 Full Moon Paddle - Keepers of the Shiawassee Paddle on the Pond. Paddlers can enjoy a full moon paddle with a Restaurant Stop. Contact leader for location & details. After having food & fun paddlers can enjoy paddling back as a group in the moonlight. Location: Meet at the Linden Mill Pond, downtown LINDEN. Contact: Maggie Yerman, 810-735-9570.

TuEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 13 New Year ~ New You Series - 6-7pm. Sugar-SodaSalt. Learn which foods benefit your body, which ones age you, label reading & healthy recipes. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All welcome. Food, refreshments, materials, & prizes. FREE. Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Road, DAVISON. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10.

WEDNEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 14 New Year ~ New You Series - 12:30-1:30pm SugarSoda-Salt. Learn which foods benefit your body, which ones age you, label reading & healthy recipes. Guest Speakers: Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All welcome. Food, refreshments, materials, & prizes. FREE. Lockwood of Burton, 2173 S. Center Road, BURTON. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10. Sierra Club Program - 7:30pm. Open to the public. Join us in learning more about the environment. Informative Program & General Membership meeting each month in the Genesee Room of the Prahl College Center at Mott Community College. FREE. 1401 East Court Street, FLINT, MI 48503. Program Contact: Bob Simpson 810-230-0704.


Second Friday Artwalk: Buckham Gallery 6:30pm. Easy. Meet other Sierra Club members at Buckham Gallery as we view art, walk to the Greater Flint Arts Council and other venues. Buckham Gallery is at 134 ½ W. Second Street, FLINT. Contact: Mike Haley 810-686-6354.

Better Health Now and for a Lifetime Class 6:30-8:30pm. FirstLine Therapy Coordinator, Ann Heusted, RN, will conduct a seminar introducing attendees to the lifestyle modification program, FirstLine Therapy. This customized program includes personal consultation, individualized nutrition plan, testing for progress and group classes. FREE. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, CLARKSTON. Cal 248-625-6677.



Full Purpose & Positive Action - 11am-1pm. A fun and cleansing interactive workshop to help align your full purpose with positive action. Sometimes we get stuck, come how learn to move forward $20. Soothe Your Soul, 2B. South Washington, OXFORD, Oxford. Hannah Cornell-Schroeder 248-236-9855.

Southern Links Trail Hike - 10am. Easy. Hike the Southern Links trail from trailhead in Columbiaville north to Hollenbeck Rd. and then return. Meet at trailhead. Dogs allowed on leash. Location: Downtown Columbiaville next to Curlys Lakeside Grill. Take M-15 to Mt. Morris Rd., East to Marathon Rd. North to COLUMBIAVILLE. Info: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038.


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. Meet near the north doors (side closest to the river) table inside the Market. FLINT Farmers Market: 420 E. Boulevard. Contact: Mike Haley 810-686-6354. JUICING WITH ANCA - 11am-noon. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

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Who Are You? - 11am-1pm. In this two hour workshop with Catherine Hilker, you will walk away knowing how you are designed to make choices and make your dreams come true. $25. Soothe Your Soul, 2 B South Washington Street, OXFORD. Hannah Cornell-Schroeder 248-236-9855.

WEDNEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 21 Juicing with Anca - 7-8pm. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible story about healing herself from cancer. $10. Whole Foods

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Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-371-1400. New Year ~ New You Series - 4-5pm. Sugar-SodaSalt. Learn which foods benefit your body, which ones age you, label reading & healthy recipes. Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All welcome. Food, refreshments, materials, & prizes. FREE. Grand Blanc Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Drive, GRAND BLANC. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10.



Ear Candling - 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the holistic practice of cleaning ear canals. Held at Patches’ Place. Supply fee $10 paid to instructor. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

5th Annual North Oakland/Lapeer Natural Health Expo - 10am-4pm. Exhibits, speakers, demos and displays. All designed to help you live a healthier lifestyle. FREE admission. LAPEER. Exhibiting Info: 248-628-0125. See ad back cover.

Herb Gardens - 6:30-8:30pm. Spice up your garden and your cooking by learning to grow your own herbs. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

First Annual Pet Jubilee - 10am-4pm. Groups and businesses exhibiting products and services for a happier and healthier pet. FREE admission. LAPEER. Exhibiting Info: 248-628-0125. See ad inside front cover.


FRIDAY, sEPTEMBER 23 Our Water Autumn Paddle - Celebrate Fall by paddling a beautiful section of the FLINT River. Interested people NEED TO contact Sue Lossing for inclement weather, shuttle planning, and directions. 810-767-9491.

sATuRDAY, sEPTEMBER 24 Raw Foods for Regular People - 11am-noon. Discover how simple & delicious it is to make healthy, raw Asian food with Deb Klungle of Nourished Body! Menu includes Miso dressing & spicy noodles. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, ROCHESTER HILLS. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

Positive Affirmations - 6-8pm. Manifest your needs and bring positive and permanent change to your life. Cost $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

markyourcalendar suNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Bike to Fight Breast Cancer Family Ride - Begins at 9am. Bike To Fight breast cancer event for women in community. Family ride through park or 24 mile competitive ride. Register at website: $25. American Breast Cancer Foundation, G3494 Beecher Rd, Flint, Info: Kim Redburn 877-600-PINK

TuEsDAY, OCTOBER 11 Dowsing and Pendulum Basics - 6-8pm. Use a pendulum and dowsing rod to obtain answers to questions, find missing objects, or underground water. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546. Bulbs - 6:30-8:30pm. You can have bulbs blooming in your garden from March to October. We'll talk about tulips, daffodils and many you might not have heard of. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

What is the Cottage Food Law? How does this effect food based businesses? What are some of the challenges in being a food based business? • how do i ensure a safe food product?   

Cottage Food Law Presentation Presenters : Frank Gublo, MSU Product Center for Ag and Natural Resources Christy Rivette, MSU Extension Food Safety Educator

Thursday September 1, 2011 6pm-8pm Genesee MSU Extension 605 N. Saginaw St. Suite 1A Flint, MI 48502 Light refreshments provided For more information please contact Terry McLean 810-244-8530 or email: MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Terry McLean at 810-244-8530 by 8/25/11 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.


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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via our online submission form by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. No phone calls or faxes, please. Visit to submit online. are available), or towel. $7/session. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON. 248-625-5192. Springfield Farmers’ Market - 10am-3pm through 10/16. Showcase of products that are Naturally Grown, Locally Grown (Michigan) and Heirloom. Vendor space: $15 per space per market day or season rates. Shiawassee Basin Preserve (DAVISBURG Rd. Entrance). Admission: FREE. Info: Market Master Laura 248-249-1592. 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. Friends of the Flint River Trail Bike Rides - 2pm every Sunday thru Oct. Leisurely, family-friendly bike rides start from the Flint Farmers Market and travel to different, enjoyable locations. Flint Farmers Market: 420 E. Boulevard, FLINT. Info: Jack Minore 810-252-5258, or Bruce Nieuwenhuis 810-742-0071.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes - 6:30-8pm. Enjoy the calm, centered, relaxed state of moving meditation. Mind leads, body follows. Reunite with your personal power and learn to direct your energy. $15. Orchid Leaf Energy Arts, 2290 East Hill Rd #202, GRAND BLANC. Dawn Fleetwood 810-235-9854. 248-895-5064.

Tai Chi Classes - 6:30-7:30pm. 20 yrs experience. $13 drop in or 10-class packages. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, LAPEER. 810-667-2101. See ad page 31. Gentle Yoga - 7pm. Great class for beginners, plussized, seniors, pregnant or anyone needing a more therapeutic approach to their practice. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd., DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270.

Basic Yoga with Noreen Daly - 5:45pm. We strengthen our bodies, calm our minds and open our hearts. Beginning and intermediate asanas (postures). Bring your practice mat (a few loaners

Flow Yoga - 6:15 pm. Great class for those new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270.

markyourcalendar WEDNEsDAYs, sEPTEMBER 21 & 28 Care Giving at Home - 6-9pm. Learn the skills and resources available to keep your loved one at home. Cost $69. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

Flow Yoga - 9:30am. A blend of classic yoga teachings inter-woven with asana flow and breath to help strengthen the mind, body & spirit. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270. 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. Silent Unity Prayer Service - 11:30am. A positive approach to prayer and affirmation with universal, interfaith appeal. Join hearts and minds with millions of other souls around the world in a circle of prayer energy. Free-will love offering gratefully accepted. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, CLARKSTON. 248-625-5192. 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. Special Needs Adaptive Yoga - 4:30 pm -5:30 pm. Ages 10 to 15 attends class with caregiver. Begins July 7 thru August. $8. The Yoga Loft & SHARP Fitness, 555 S. Saginaw St, FLINT. Lois Schneider 810-232-2210. 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. 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

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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 31. Basic Yoga - 7pm. This class is a classic! Great for all levels; it's basic but with a challenge! $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270.. Health Seminars - 7-8pm. Different topics each week, with Dr. Dennis Benn. Call for weekly topics. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, FLINT. RSVP 810-235-5181. See ad page 8. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, LAKE ORION. Tawnya 584-604-4074.

Basic Yoga - 9:30am. Great class for newbies! Learn the basics in a fun, casual atmosphere. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270. Sexual Assault Group - 9:30-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, HOWELL. Info: 517-548-1350. 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 8. Essene Health Association Meetings - 7pm, second Friday, LINDEN. Raw foods, sprouting, detox, live blood cell info & general health info is provided. Cost: $5 association membership fee required. Info/ register: 810-735-2575. See Center for Holistic Studies ad, page 6.

TAI CHI/QI GUNG ClASSES - 10am. This ancient art will help you improve balance, muscle tone, flexibility, posture, and balance. Great stress reliever! $8. Alternative Health and Rehab. Centre, G-2284 S Ballenger Hwy, flINT. Dawei 810-2355181. See ad page 8. Gentle Yoga - 10:15am. Great class for beginners, plus-sized, seniors or anyone needing a more therapeutic approach towards their practice. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, DAVISBURG. Jules 248-390-9270.

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~Charles M. Schulz

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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™.

Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic Brittany Schram, Dipl. Ac Lauren Ennis, Massage Therapist 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 8.

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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DR. BENN DC BA, 30 years in practice treating sports, family, chronic and non-responsive conditions. See ad page 8.

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Dr. Erica Peabody, Chiropractor 521 North Leroy St., Fenton 810-629-6023

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10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste 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 20 & 24.

colon hydrotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC

Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 12.

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Dentistry David Ewing, DDS, LPC 5516 Torrey Rd, Flint 810-232-2515

General Dentistry, including root canals, dentures, extractions, bridges, composite (white) fillings, crowns, TMJ, N.E.T. for pain control, anxiety and more. Nutrition and ZOOM teeth whitening. See ad page 7.

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 14.

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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 8.

Living Waters Wellness Center Janie Jeffery, NHP, CCT • 810-252-4389 1009 Grange Hall Rd., Fenton

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Colonics can help restore vibrant health to your body. Professional & comfortable atmosphere. Competitive pricing/discounts available. 13 yrs. experience.

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.

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September 2011


massage Deep tissue, Active Release, Prenatal, Myofacial, Shiatsu, Sports 521 North Leroy St., Fenton 810-629-6023 • We strongly believe in integrating massage therapy into your healing and have a full massage staff to do just that. Warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere condusive to healing and relaxation.

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 9.

Natural/Holistic Health

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 6.

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~Edward de Bono

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

Alternative Health & Rehab Centre, PLLC

cutting edge organic salon

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 8.

Organic Hair Coloring, Ion Detox, Feathering, Mani/ Pedi, Gel Nails and Shellac, Hi/Lo Lites, Regular Hair Care, Men,women and children cuts, Gift Certificates available. See ad page 18.

2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste F, Flint 810-235-5181 •

reiki KALEIDOSCOPE THERAPEUTIC TOUCH 102 N. Leroy, Fenton • 810-931-7283 Come experience Reiki and massage.

Weight Loss 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!

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste 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 20 & 24.

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 next page.

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

classifieds LISTINGS: 3 lines (approx 22 words), 3 mo. minimum/prepaid: $69; 6 mo.: $119. Extra words: $1 ea/mo. Send check w/ listing by 12th prior to publication to: Natural Awakenings Classifieds, Box 283, Oxford, MI 48371. Info: 248-628-0125. FOR RENT-VACATION WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT BY THE WATER for a week in Naples, Florida? For details visit this website:

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Natural Awakenings. Strong skills only apply. Call for a short telephone interview to begin the process. Jerry Neale: 248-628-0125.

Discount programs NEW HEALTH DISCOUNT NETWORK. Natural Awakenings Network discount card for products and services related to health, fitness, nutrition and sustainability. Save money on the products and services you purchase in our community and throughout markets in the US. For more information, visit:

If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs.

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Get Fit • Have Fun • Learn the Art of Self-Defense At the Korean Martial Arts Institute: • Every student actively participates in every class. • We reinforce character development & values that schools, parents & churches strive to role model, such as: Common courtesy, integrity, perseverance, teamwork, self-confidence, community service, & respect for authority. • We support academic pursuits. • Training is available for the whole family—5 years of age & older. • Memberships entitle one to attend an unlimited number of classes. • Morning, evening, & weekend classes are available (call for hours of operation). • We have served the Lapeer community for over 35 years.

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Enrichment Classes: — Tai Chi —


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Tues thru Sat



Various times

8 classes for $88 to be used in 10 weeks or $13 drop in fee.

8 classes for $80 to be used in 10 weeks or $12 drop in fee.

Ages 5 to Adult Call for rates & times 810-667-2101

— Cardio — Kick Boxing Wednesday's 5:30-6:15pm 10 classes for $40 or $5 drop in fee.

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September 2011


The 5th Annual North Oakland / Lapeer Fall 2011

Natural Health Expo! The area's longest running event, dedicated exclusively to helping you live healthier...naturally!

Proudly sponsored by:

FREioEn &

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Special tes or ra exhibit arly for e tion! registra

saturday, october 8, 2011 10 am to 4 pm lapeer center building 425 county center dr. • lapeer, mi

see exhibitors and speakers, enjoy food and demonstrations, throughout the day. learn about integrative and complementary health products and services from michigan businesses & health professionals.

if you would like information on how to be an exhibitor, visit: 32


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September 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  
September 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  

Creativity and Yoga issue. Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee counties, Michigan, alternative and integrative / complementary Health, fitness, nut...