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s you're already aware, and as our main feature this month, Economics of Happiness: The New Economy, points out, many Americans are tired of the status quo: work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illness. We need fresh solutions to reinvent our economy to one of producing a high quality of life. The writers suggest, among other things, we need to measure our economic success by measuring our Gross Progress Indicator (GPI) or Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read the article and you'll find some refreshing ideas to consider. The solution always begins locally, so when we say "Occupy Main Street," we're not really talking about a protest movement (or are we?); we're referring to the concept of buying local and buying consciously. Obviously, it's not possible with everything one consumes, but when you have the choice this approach will produce growth and a higher quality of life for you and others in the community. For some tips on doing this effectively, read Shop Smart: Keep Dollars Working in Local Communities in this issue. And we're not just talking about small businesses. They are important, of course, but there are some large companies, with a local presence, doing great things in the community. They should be included as well. Remember, the most impactful vote you'll ever cast is the one you make with your pocketbook. When you buy local, healthy, organic, natural, earth-friendly and sustainable, to name a few, you're sending a powerful message. Occupy Main Street! That's just some of what we're bringing you this month. Make sure you read everything else related to health, fitness, nutrition and sustainable living. As we're writing this, the fall season has officially arrived. The geese are flying South for the winter, the leaves are falling from the trees, it's beginning to cool off and our calendar is jam-packed with interesting and informative events in the community. November, it seems, is always a great month for attending seminars and talks on ways to eat, get and stay healthy. We don't know if it's because of the Thanksgiving holiday or because of the fall weather. Either way, enjoy it and make sure you check out both of our calendars and read the NewsBriefs this month. There's a lot going on! We hope you enjoy the magazine this month. If you have suggestions or comments, drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you. So, until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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atie’s Spa, located on M-24 in Lapeer, is continuing to offer specials through November 30th in celebration of their grand re-opening which included a new addition to their facilities and an expansion of personalized health services. “We are hoping to let the public know that we are so much more now, and have so much to offer everybody,” states owner Kim Adams. “This spa experience is like no other in Lapeer - truly a unique, luxurious experience. Clients can choose programs to detox, renew or just pamper!” Katie’s now offers massage, body wraps, infrared sauna, Migun bed, CranioSacral Therapy and nutritional counseling just to name a few. Katie's spa opened in July of 2005 offering cancer care products such as wigs and mastectomy services as well as massage, manicures, pedicures and facials. Guided Touch CranioSacral Therapy joined in May of 2010 and became a business within a business offering a unique therapy as well as nutritional counseling. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on form of bodywork that encourages people to let go of stress and tension. "This unique therapy allows the practitioner to tune into the individual and assist the body in the healing process," says Denae Tait, of Guided Touch. "It is profoundly relaxing and stress relieving. We specialize in the treatment of cancer patients, but many of our services are enjoyed by a wide variety of people.”

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awn Fleetwood, Owner of Orchid Leaf Energy Arts in Grand Blanc is pleased to announce the opening of a second office in Clarkston. The new office is located in the Foundational Wellness Center located at 3676 Clarkston Road. Fleetwood is a certified Iridologist, Master Herbalist, Instructor of Tai Chi Chuan and Medical Qigong. She has been in practice as an Energy Artist for over thirtyfive years and her instructional materials have been recommended by the National Institute of Health in its Fit At Any Size programs. "The Foundational Wellness Center," says Fleetwood, "is dedicated to the care and support of the individual in their journey to create optimal health through the knowledge and implementation of the basics of whole foods nutrition, balanced PH, ionic minerals, salts, herbs, proper hydration, oxygenation, circulation and whole body/mind detoxification. We are a group of dedicated healers with over forty-four years of combined experience in alternative health care." Fleetwood will be speaking at a free seminar at the Center, along with Alchemical Energy Healer, Mark Lemon, on November 17 from 6:30-9pm. More information about Dawn Fleetwood and Orchid Leaf Energy Arts can be found by visiting the website or calling 810-235-9864. natural awakenings

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oga in the Woods, a Registered Yoga School through the Yoga Alliance, will begin offering 200, 300, and 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training (RYT) in November. Yoga in the Woods was recently approved by the State of Michigan as a Registered Proprietary School. Owner/Operator Maureen Bosker, who has over 15 years of yoga study, will be leading the RYT training program. Participants in the program will learn how to teach basic Hatha Yoga, as well as a set of linking postures known as Vinyasa Yoga. They will be given a historical perspective on yoga and will study many texts, as well as be introduced to the language of Sanskrit and learn some ancient chants. An application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $25, is required to be considered for entrance into the program. Yoga in the Woods is located at 12380 Hegel Rd. in Goodrich. Call Maureen Bosker at 586-917-2284 or visit for more information.

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pirituality 4 Success, an organization directed by Narendra “Nick” Kumar, is hosting a workshop designed to help people master relationships and spirituality. The Victory for ALL Relationships Workshop is being held on Saturday, November 5 from 3-5:30pm at the Meditation Self Healing Center in Lapeer. The workshop is a reality-based tool that teaches the art, science and “the secret methodology” of handling all types of relationships. Kumar is a disciple of Yogananda who has served as an intuitive guide for people seeking to move their spiritual lives forward through fast, simple and effective approaches to spiritual and material success. He has held numerous workshops in the US, India and Germany. The Meditation Self Healing Center is located at 244 Law Street in Lapeer. The Spirituality 4 Success website is currently under development. For more information, call 810-356-5021 or visit

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Taking Steps Against Diabetes


ovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a reminder that by taking the necessary steps, many Americans can prevent incurring the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79 million of us have pre-diabetes and may develop diabetes later in life. New research suggests that inactivity, along with an overly refined diet, impairs the body’s control of blood sugar levels and may play a key role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. “We now have evidence that physical activity is an important part of the daily maintenance of glucose levels,” advises John Thyfault, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, whose new study monitored the activity levels and diets of healthy and moderately active young adults. He concluded that, “Even in the short term, reducing daily activity and ceasing regular exercise causes acute changes in the body associated with diabetes, which can occur before weight gain and the development of obesity.” The CDC reports that 25 percent of Americans have inactive lifestyles, taking fewer than 5,000 steps a day, instead of a recommended 10,000 steps. Seventyfive percent do not meet the weekly exercise recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate activity, combined with a muscle-strengthening activity twice a week. While regular exercise is crucial in preventing the disease, so is diet. Research led by scientist Patrice Carter, at the University of Leicester, in England, has found that cutting down on high-fat, high-sugar foods and refined grains while eating more green leafy vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Her study, published online in the British Medical Journal, states that an extra serving of green leafy vegetables a day can reduce the risk of diabetes by 14 percent.

Dish Up Some Pecan Pie


ho doesn’t relish a slice of pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert? New research from Loma Linda University (LLU) demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention. Earlier LLU research showed that a pecan-enriched diet lowered levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) by 16.5 percent. Both studies were published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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ost older studies that gave coconut oil a bad rap involved partially hydrogenated oil loaded with trans-fatty acids. But the unrefined virgin coconut oil now available in many health food stores is not chemically treated and is trans-fat free. Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit organization of nutritionists, explains that the main saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can help increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

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ecent research underscores what common sense tells us, that moods, emotions and feelings influence the quality of people’s decisions. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research confirms that when shoppers are in a positive mood, they make quicker and more consistent judgments than unhappy consumers. The study’s authors manipulated participants’ moods by showing them pictures of likable objects (puppies) or unpleasant images (diseased feet) or asking them to recall pleasant or unpleasant events from the past. Next, the participants viewed individual pictures of a common object they might consider buying. Finally, they chose from a random list of evaluative adjectives, both positive and negative. Individuals in a positive state of mind not only responded more quickly to the adjectives, they also responded more consistently. For example, if they reported liking an object, they were less likely to respond later that they disliked it. “These results have implications for how we navigate our world,” the researchers reported. “The decisions we make about liking or disliking objects around us are fundamental to which things we approach and which things we avoid.” The bottom line for retailers: Being aware of and avoiding factors that can induce negative moods—such as abrasive salespeople and unwelcoming shopping environments—can help ring up more sales.

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ne of the joys of heading home for the holidays is the anticipation of gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious foods. But we do well to indulge in the home-cooked meal experience on non-holidays, as well. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, tend to fuel an increase in total calorie intake. Conversely, eating at home is linked with healthier choices. According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, both the eating location and food source significantly impact the daily calorie intake of school-age children and may be linked to rising rates of childhood obesity. The study found that the percentage of calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 to 33.9 percent from 1977 to 2006. A new study from McGill University, based on data from 160 women, further suggests that a home-cooked meal can prompt people to make healthier and more nutritional food choices. The women in the study tended to reach more for the greens, rather than high-calorie desserts. Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers suggest that when we eat at home, emotionally rewarding factors like contentedness may help override our wired-in preference for high-fat, sugary foods. The findings point to factors that may encourage healthy eating such as interpersonal communication, home design and atmospheric cues, including pleasing music, dining landscape and kitchen equipment; all have all been found to induce positive emotions.

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eeling happy in an increasingly troubled world can be challenging, but according to a new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, we can evoke more consistent feelings of happiness by holding a positive, nostalgic view of the past and banishing negative thoughts and regrets. San Francisco State University researchers that studied the happiness status of 750 volunteers point out that although we may not be able to change our personality, we can alter our view of a time in our life and thus create happiness. They concluded that savoring happy memories and reframing painful past experiences into positive ones is an effective way to increase overall life satisfaction.

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The Medium is the Message with Holiday Cards Even with the advent of email, texting, smart phones and animated web greetings, the traditional paper holiday greeting card, wishing recipients a “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or simply “Happy Holidays,” still holds a place in our hearts as a way to send, receive, display and even file forever a treasured memento. reports that 300,000 trees are consumed each year in the making of some 2 billion holiday cards, but appealing alternatives are coming to the rescue. Purchasing cards made of recycled paper is the easiest way to save some lumber. Look for a local card retailer that is big on labels signifying use of 100 percent recycled content, post-consumer waste and vegetable inks. More unusual options include tree-free paper made from sugar cane and plantable cards with embedded seeds. Nonprofit and conservation-oriented organizations can fill in the gaps. ( works with scores of them and offers online visitors a legend of icons that explains the environmental and charitable benefits of each one. The Sierra Club (, America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, offers holiday designs printed in the United States with soy-based inks on recycled paper. The Greenpeace Natural Collection ( also offers eco-friendly cards. To reduce a card’s carbon footprint to the bare minimum, with the only transport required that expended by the post office to deliver it, make it yourself. One option is to take old received cards, creatively paint over the original addressee’s name and reuse it. No envelope? Just write on the back of the clean front panel and cut it off to create a holiday postcard. Sites such as ( offer attractive suggestions for making original greeting cards from recycled materials. All that’s needed are a few household items like paper bags, pencil, pen, ruler, tape, glue and crayons; professional art supplies are not required. Fun stamping dies can be fashioned from a potato. Even sewing skills can come into play to craft one-of-a-kind cards that will be warmly received and cherished for years to come. Source: Adapted from

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B Corps Aim to Right the System Traditional business models have recently experienced many manmade traumas, including the housing/banking industry collapse, world recession, nuclear pollution in Japan, the BP Gulf oil spill and the Massey Energy Company coal mining deaths in West Virginia. The conventional response is that smarter regulation is needed to prevent such crises in the future, but a growing number of business analysts say the problems go deeper, and a new kind of corporate legal structure is needed that requires companies to operate for the good of society, not just for their shareholders. These new entities, called B Corporations (the B is for benefit), are growing in number, having been adopted so far in Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia. According to B Lab, the nonprofit behind the concept, “Our vision is simple, yet ambitious: to create a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It will be comprised of a new type of corporation—the B Corporation—that meets rigorous and independent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” Jay Coen Gilbert, a B Lab co-founder, says, “We can’t have a new economy unless we have a new type of corporation. Corporate law actually works against sustainability.” Its certification effort helps consumers identify truly responsible companies. It also works with private equity investors to help them make better-informed investment decisions. Ultimately, it is pushing for new laws to, “…redefine fiduciary duty and hold companies accountable to create a material positive impact on society and the environment, as measured by an independent, transparent, third-party standard.” Source:

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU Mood-Boosting Health Tips by Kim Childs


appy though they can be, the holidays can leave some folks feeling overstuffed, overcommitted and especially in colder regions, grappling with winter blues. The good news is that the holiday season can be a happier and healthier time with a few strategies, supplements and herbs in hand.

Eat, Drink… and be Mindful “Many of us get down during the dark winter months, so we fight the darkness with festivities and foods that we think will pick us up,” says nutritionist Judith Mabel, Ph.D., of Brookline, Massachusetts. “But most holiday foods don’t succeed because like alcohol, they bring your mood up briefly and then bring it down.” During the holidays, Mabel advises her clients to keep exercising for better brain function and mood, to avoid sugar when possible and to reduce hunger before parties by eating snacks like nuts, seeds, fruit and cheese or soup. “It’s also important to eat a high-fiber, low-glycemic breakfast in the morning such as eggs, whole grain cereals or yogurt,” adds Mabel. “That keeps you from consuming too many calories during the day.” Mabel recommends bringing healthy offerings to gatherings, like hum-


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mus or eggplant dip with whole grain crackers or a platter of crudités. “If you are going to splurge, dark chocolate that is at least 60 percent cocoa is a good choice,” she says. “It can lower blood sugar and it has healthy flavonoids and theobromine, which is a mood booster. It does have some caffeine, however, so be aware if you are sensitive.” To counteract wintertime vitamin D deficiency, which is linked to depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Mabel suggests Vitamin D3 supplementation in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily. Fish oils and B vitamins also make her list of mood boosters year-round.

Herbal Help When it comes to managing stressful situations, Bonnie Rogers, a clinical herbalist in Briarcliff, New York, recommends a natural approach to calm nerves. “Nettles help to balance the adrenals,” she says. “It’s a tonic herb that you could use every day of your life, and it delivers calcium to your system.” Rogers recommends covering ½ to ¾ cup of loose nettles with boiling water in a jar and letting the herbs “drink” a bit before topping them off with more boiling water. Allow the mixture to sit for at least four hours (or overnight) to release the vitamins and minerals, and

then strain the tea and drink it cold or hot, storing leftovers in the refrigerator. “In the winter, I add a tablespoon of elderberries, which are antiviral,” says Rogers. “Sometimes I also add a quarter cup of oat straw, which helps to balance the nervous system; letting the mixture steep releases its magnesium, which relaxes the body.” Rose petal tea can be a quick fix for anxiety, notes Rogers, who also likes rose glycerite from a dropper bottle. “I often give my herbal students a drop without telling them what it is,” Rogers reports. “When I ask them what it feels like, almost everybody says, ‘I feel like my shoulders relaxed and my heart opened.’” Motherwort tincture is another aid for reducing anxiety, she adds, and skullcap helps with insomnia and racing thoughts. For those coping with SAD but not on medication, Rogers suggests a combination of St. John’s Wort and lemon balm. “A simple lemon balm tea is wonderfully relaxing, and it helps with digestion.” Rogers adds that tulsi, the ayurvedic name for holy basil, also helps the body to manage stress and comes in tea bags for convenience.

Keep Sleep, Water on the Holiday List Getting adequate sleep during the holidays is essential to fortifying the body and keeping the mind clear, says Dillan DiGiovanni, a certified holistic health coach in Somerville, Massachusetts. “It helps everything. More sleep equals greater energy and less need for caffeine and sugar.” DiGiovanni adds that a glass of warm water with lemon juice in the morning can lift fatigue and irritability, while cleansing the digestive organs. “Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day helps with detoxification yearround,” she says, “and it curbs appetite during a season of overindulgence.” DiGiovanni further counsels people to limit alcohol, a depressant that disrupts sleep and dehydrates the body, and to guard against holiday overspending and overcommitting in the name of fun. Kim Childs is a writer in Boston. Connect at

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The New Economy

Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People

Tools to Navigate the New Economy New Economics Foundation: The Great Transition Browse Transition_0.pdf. This independent think-and-do-tank inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth Author Mark Anielski maps how to measure genuine wealth and create flourishing economies grounded in people’s well-being.

by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist

Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for?


ince the Second World War, we have been assured that more economic growth is good for us. But is it? By any measure, the U.S. economy, in its pursuit of constant growth, is in dire need of critical life support. Too many people have lost jobs, homes, scholarships and retirement savings, along with peace of mind, in the face of complex uncertainties. Those individuals that have jobs are earning less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends

and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? To do all this, we need fresh solutions that engage America’s people in redefining goals for the economy (what we want from it) as opposed to the economy’s goals (what it demands from us).

An Economy Based on Quality of Life

Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized that America’s government was, “to secure the greatest degree of happiness natural awakenings

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possible for the general mass of those associated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.

Preferred Measure of Progress

To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness as positives, rather than deducting these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic

experts such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economy, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.

The Science of Happiness

A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, Ph.D., dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of

what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physi-

cal health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance and material well-being. In 2004, the first annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness was held in Bhutan. Hundreds of government representatives, scholars and other thought leaders from more than 40 nations gathered to explore the possibility of making GNH the true indicator of a country’s health and quality of life. As of 2011, a non-binding resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urges that countries now measure their health and happiness, as well as wealth. Sixtysix countries backed it.

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Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators—psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material well-being—as part of its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to recommend policies for consideration by the city council. Repeating the survey every couple of years will reveal progress. Interest in a similar Happiness Initiative is growing in cities and towns from coast to coast, such as Napa, California; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Duluth, Minnesota; Santa Fe and Roswell, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Some 100 colleges and universities also are beginning to apply the Happiness Initiative survey.

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ment in the shaping of democracy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They aim to arrive at a clear-eyed view of what citizens really want from the economy. In St. Petersburg, the culmination of Sharon Joy Kleitsch’s 10-year effort to build a flourishing community through helpful workshops on timely subjects, meaningful conversations and aligning constructive partnerships is reaching a crescendo this month at Beyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education, the Institute of Florida Studies’ 36th annual conference, at Hillsborough Community College ( Kleitsch remarks, “I show up, pay attention and listen for

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city lots. Alig notes, “After events, we sometimes use Open Space Technology to talk about topics that people are passionate about and willing to invest their time in.” The kind of society that makes for health, happiness, true prosperity and sustainability is one with strong local economies and flourishing communities that includes many activities provided by local nonprofits. It’s one characterized by: ■ Local small businesses and banking ■ Farmers’ markets and urban gardens ■ Urban designs that favor shared walks instead of isolated commutes ■ Public spaces for social interaction ■ Circumstances in which buyers know sellers ■ Businesspeople that sponsor and volunteer for local activities ■ Salary differences that are not vast

We intuitively know what is required to create such a society, starting in our own community. What we need is the determination to make sure the economy serves us; rules that benefit all of the people; a commitment to widespread quality of life, social justice and sustainability; and the political will to make good change happen. John de Graaf, media and outreach director for the Happiness Initiative, speaks nationally on overwork and overconsumption in America. He recently co-authored What’s the Economy for, Anyway? – Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, with David Batker. He is also co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS. Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings.

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Keep Dollars Working in Local Communities by Linda Sechrist


oday, Americans can tap into one of the best bargains around by voting to support our local and regional economies. By shifting our shopping to locally owned and operated retailers and service providers, we help create and retain area jobs, support community commerce and build valuable relationships and social connections within our community. With every local purchase, we leave the store enriched, having deepened both community social capital and genuine wealth. Imagine the joy of knowing that your purchase contributes to the dentist supplying braces for the local grocer’s kids, the local insurance agent’s mortgage payment, the local banker’s roof repair and the local roofer’s dinner— all of them friends and neighbors. The list of benefits—from shoring up local home values to ensuring access to local produce—keeps expanding as your dollars continue to circulate within the community. Yet, finding a fuller range of locally made items at locally owned stores will continue to be challenging until shoppers demand it. One way to begin


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aligning purchases with your values is by patronizing stores that offer socially responsible and fair trade items. Shaktari Belew, author of Honoring All Life: A Practical Guide to Exploring a New Reality, explains how purchasing goods and services can actually create local community wealth for all if they are specifically designed for that outcome. “When items are designed to be created and sold locally, everyone involved benefits, from the suppliers that obtain the raw materials through those that manufacture, sell and buy the finished item. Even the environment benefits.” Belew encourages our learning as much as possible about purchases. “Once people are aware of the two vital concepts of localization and design, they will be better able to scrutinize purchases,” advises this designer and wholesystems thinker who focuses on resilient community design. As a Transition workshop leader and one of the primary designers of the Community Engagement Process for Unified Field Corporation’s whole-systems/ quadruple bottom line financial model,

this Oregon resident tries to follow her own advice. “The Cradle to Cradle C2C certification helps,” she says. The C2C program is an eco-label authorized by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, co-founded in 1995 by William McDonough, the author of Cradle to Cradle. The certification process assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment, plus its potential for future life cycles. The “program focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled for another purpose or composted as biological nutrients. To date, hundreds of items, from building materials, bedding and linens, baby care and haircare products to personal and household cleaning products, have been C2C certified. If you plan to ship gifts long distances this gift-giving season, why not use the first C2C-certified consumer product—a U.S. Postal Service packing box? It exemplifies how a complex good design makes a product people- and planet-friendly. All 60 of the product’s boxes, decals and labels, involving 1,400 component materials, had to be certified, but the benefits are big: reduced costs for handling waste and disposing of hazardous materials; plus, the receiver may easily recycle the item with a free conscience. “Imagine a closed-loop market system in which any number of items made from finite resources such as glass, paper, steel, plastic and cloth are designed to be reused in a near-endless cycle,” says Belew. “Imagine a world of goods designed for easy repair and maintenance, rather than obsolescence.” Belew, the designer of Will’s Bills, a form of complementary currency, also recommends buying items that have long-term reusability specific to our needs. “My daughter loves a particular curry sauce, which comes in a little glass jar with a screw-top lid,” she relates. Rather than recycle the jars, the family reuses them for storing small things at home. “They’re also the perfect size for single servings,” she says. Sometimes, just a simple shift in perspective can change an item from trash to treasure. Linda Sechrist is an editor of Natural Awakenings community magazines.

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Make space

Calming Anxious Kids Six Ways to Ease Upsets

by Elisa Bosley

Start by simply listening to your child. “When my children are upset, my immediate instinct is to ask ‘How can I fix this?’” says Dr. Natalie Geary, an integrative pediatrician and mother of three in New York City. “But you need to step back, listen and empathize, without trying to problem-solve right away. If you allow the child to express his or her discomfort, and if you step back and try to gain some perspective, you may start to discern the triggers for his or her anxiety.” Trying to solve the problem immediately can backfire, she advises. Create a consistent time, such as a snack break after school, to allow a child to download her day. You’ll learn more about what causes her stress and she’ll gain confidence in your care and her own ability to face fears.

Examine yourself

For many school-age kids, performance


ids today are no strangers to stress. In a media-saturated world, children face scary stuff every day, from wars and natural disasters to divorce and peer pressure. In addition to the mental toll, anxiety affects kids’ bodies, too: A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that family stress directly compromises immune function and increases the likelihood of illness in children. As a parent, how can we help? First, take a deep breath. “Childhood anxiety is not a new problem in our society,” says Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, a Los Angeles physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She notes that all children go through stages of normal fears and worries, and anxieties can show up as stomach aches, headaches, potty accidents,

anxiety becomes an overriding constant. Unfortunately, parents often play a role by projecting their own ambitions onto their kids, notes Geary. Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure, cites parents’ good intentions, but blames modern forces—including a perfectionist culture, a volatile and hypercompetitive economy and older, first-time parents that bring a workplace ethos to child rearing—for conspiring to pressure kids. “What we’re squeezing out is the simple, soaring human pleasure and joy of being a child,” says Honoré. So find ways to lighten up on expectations.

Consider help

“Children are expected to visit a pediatrician for preventive health, and we should adopt the same principle for mental health,” counsels Narasimhan. “If anxiety is impacting a child’s functioning—such as causing him to want to avoid school or public places, showing extreme difficulty separating from caretakers, or complaining of frequent pains for which the pediatrician doesn’t see a medical explanation—take the child to a therapist or psychiatrist [to screen for anxiety].” When appropriate, Narasimhan recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, in which a therapist teaches

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the child strategies to combat fears and address certain feelings and behaviors. “This may include deep-breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and alternative coping thoughts,” she says. A meta-analysis of clinical trials first published in School Psychology Review concludes that such therapy can play a key role in alleviating childhood anxiety.



Speed breeds stress. “Don’t be in such a rush,” advises Geary. “Whatever you can take out of the day, take out.” Work out a looser schedule, whether that means limiting kids to one musical instrument or sport or instituting a weekly day of rest, when playtime replaces all homework and chores. Says Geary, “I see a lot of kids coming in with stomach pains or school issues, or they’re hitting others. Nine times out of 10, I feel like saying to the parents, ‘Just take your kids to the playground, sit in the park with them and get really dirty digging in the mud.’ If they did that for a month, they’d be fine.”

Pay attention to food

“If blood sugar drops, it’s a very anxiety- and irritability-producing sensation,” observes Geary. “Try to feed children snacks that provide slow-release nutrition, meaning they’re not getting a jolt of hard-to-digest fat, protein or sugar.” Her favored choices include low-fat cheese and hummus, or whole-grain bread, spread with nut butter, an easy-to-digest protein.


Children often reflect their parents’ moods, so create calm. “Massage, maybe with calendula oil or something that smells nice for the child, is wonderful,” says Geary. The key is the interaction of the touch and the stillness. Just before bedtime, enjoy a cup of herbal tea together. “It’s more the ritual of sharing a warm drink at the end of the day than actually what you’re drinking,” she says. “They will absorb the fact that you’re spending time with them.” Elisa Bosley is a senior editor at Delicious Living magazine.


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Our Worst Fitness Habits Six Roadblocks to Sidestep by tosca reno


e all know that working out is beneficial. But how you work out makes all the difference in staying safe, seeing better results and keeping your body balanced. Here’s how to make sure you aren’t sabotaging a good workout.


Bad form. Correct form is your safety net. Once you compromise the way you do a move, you’re no longer getting the greatest benefits from the exercise, and you’re seriously increasing your risk of getting hurt. Even if it means, for example, lightening up the amount of resistance, follow the correct form for the best results.


Over-training. Don’t expect that you are going to dive right in and pound your body into its best shape ever overnight. Not only will this all-or-nothing approach cause burnout, but you also risk injury and will give up on yourself, because this is an unreasonable expectation. Instead, you need to gradually build up your muscles so they get the most effective and efficient workout possible. More doesn’t always mean better, faster results. Remember, rest is good for the body. Take days off between training to repair and rebuild or if you’re training daily, don’t work the same muscle groups back-to-back.


Under-training. Once you’re dressed and ready to sweat, commit to giving it your all for the next 30 to 60 minutes. Just going through the motions doesn’t do much for the body and makes it easy for boredom to creep in. You owe this time to yourself—you deserve it—so make sure you give it your all.


Daydreaming. You can develop a laser-sharp focus by actively involving your mind in every pose, set, rep and step—thinking about how your body moves, how the muscles engage, which muscle or muscles you’re using and correct form. Mindfulness adds up to a better workout and faster results. So forget about the laundry, the kids’ schedules and that afternoon conference call, turn off the TV and stay 100 percent in the moment.


Staying with a few exercises you know. Your muscles love being challenged, so if you just stick to the same routine, they’ll eventually adapt and won’t have to work as hard to do the same moves. But if you change the exercises and even the order you do them in, you ensure that muscles don’t get too efficient with any single routine. Not only is this better for toning, but it also helps your mind stay focused and engaged.


Holding your breath. Regular steady breathing has many benefits: Proper inhalations and exhalations can help you power through moves, keep lactic acid (a byproduct that builds up in the muscles during exertion) at bay and help maintain a steady heart rate. A full breath delivers the maximum amount of oxygen to the blood, which in turn delivers more energy to the working muscles. Tosca Reno is the co-author of Your Best Body Now, excerpted here with permission from Harlequin Books S.A.



Steps to Abundance

by Carolyn Blakeslee Make a list of what you overcome your own limitTake mental desire. List your desires— ing beliefs, so why listen snapshots of not wants or needs, which to anyone else’s self-limitimply lack of, rather than ing negativity? Step away good times and abundance of, something. with kindness. tell yourself, By saying/thinking/writing, “I desire [this] or some“Remember this.” Select news sources thing even better now carefully and set a time manifesting for the good limit. Read only thoughtof all concerned,” you create room for ful, responsible journalism, which even greater possibilities. doesn’t include most TV news. You’ll avoid wasting time on nasty stories that Remember a situation of abundance. engender negative feelings and harmIf you catch yourself wallowing in a ful physiological responses. You’ll feel bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ better for it. thinkin’,” call up a contrasting memory in which you felt rich, beautiful, acHave the proverbial “attitude of graticomplished, capable—whatever state of tude.” Count your blessings. Think often being you desire. of all the good in your life. Say “Thank you,” more than once a day. ContemAlign with your passions. By taking even plate the areas of your life that are a small step toward a passion or goal working well; take those skills and apply that nurtures you, you will feel cleaner, them to what you would like to improve. clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan Express gratitude. Thank others frefor your life and His deep desire for His quently, with thank-you cards, exprescreation—you—is for you to flourish. sive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate Look forward. List your most cherished kindness and good manners, especially dreams and immediate intentions. Betwhen civility seems in short supply. ter yet, pull pictures from a past happy time and cut out magazine pictures that Smile! When you answer the phone, represent the good things you desire in put a smile on your face and in your your future, and then paste them in a voice. Welcome people into your life, journal or on a poster board to refer to even if it’s just for that moment. Allow during moments of reflection. them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concenStreamline your life continually. Let go tration during a task, pause to lift your of situations and clutter that don’t supbrows, pull back your face and smile! port your aspirations. Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Spend time with positive people. Don’t Central Florida edition of Natural Awakbelieve naysayers. You are working to enings ( natural awakenings

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The Other Four-Letter Word By Abbe J. Grossman


hy does the word diet strike fear and loathing into the hearts of so many? For many of us, it is simply because “d-i-e-t” spells “f-a-i-l-u-r-e.” In fact, researchers have found that diets have a 95-98 percent failure rate. Let’s put this in perspective. What if a doctor prescribes a medication that works in less than 10 percent of all cases? Does the doctor tell the patient that the medication’s success depends on her having sufficient willpower? When the medicine doesn’t work, the patient blames herself, vows to try harder next time, and repeats the cycle for years. It sounds foolish, but so it is with dieting. Let’s face it—diets don’t work for most people. Diets don’t work because we are human, and it’s human nature to want what we can’t have. Almost everyone overeats at Thanksgiving dinner since we feel as if we’ll be deprived of those favored foods for the next 364 days. Diets are based on deprivation, and therefore; they make lots of foods into the “forbidden fruit.” Deprivation causes overeating. Diets also fail to tap our innate body wisdom. We may believe in listening to our intuition, but when it comes to food and weight, we listen to diet-based weight-loss groups, television shows or doctors. After a short


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period of compliance, we then defy authority and eat whatever we want. So if diets aren’t a sustainable solution, what is? Attuned eating, or paying careful and mindful attention to our bodies, can help release overeating and food obsessions. Author Geneen Roth details this non-diet approach in her early classic, Breaking Free from Emotional Eating. Yet, we ask, “How can we trust our bodies if we don’t know when we are truly hungry?” We fear our hunger is endless. We will eat until we burst. Surely our bodies will simply demand chocolate, pasta, bread and lots of it— but the opposite is often true. Take Carli, a new student of mindful eating. She was shocked to discover that her body often wanted apples, not ice cream, but she had never bothered to ask before. Try asking the same questions she did. Every hour or two for a few weeks ask, “How much body hunger do I have right now?” and “What kind of foods will satisfy my body-hunger right now?” Use this Hunger Scale to identify hunger levels: 1. Blood sugar crisis (fatigue, irritability and fuzzy thinking) 2. Hungry 3. Neutral 4. Satisfied 5. Stuffed 6. Coming out of ears The simple act of paying attention — without judgment — will change things.

Equally as important as practicing attuned eating is stopping what Jane Hirschman and Carol Munter, authors of Overcoming Overeating, call “yelling at ourselves.” Imagine an 11-year-old girl hating herself for being 15 pounds heavier than her friends. She asks for help from her mother who follows her around all day yelling thinks like, “Look how fat you are!” and “Don’t eat that cookie,” or “Why can’t you stop eating?” It certainly would not help the girl. It is harsh—even cruel—and only makes her want to eat more. Yet, we treat ourselves this way and expect it to work. How do we stop “yelling?” First we understand that a “fat thought” has a deeper meaning. It’s not just about fat. We likely don’t mean, “I am a worthy, lovable and beautiful human being with extra adipose tissue on my buttocks.” Instead, we mean, “I’m fat and therefore weak-willed, unworthy and inadequate.” Once we see the hidden meaning of our condemnation, we can challenge it. We can ask, “Is this the ultimate truth about who I am? Am I an unworthy, inadequate person?” This challenges the demeaning assumptions behind our “fat thoughts.” Yelling makes us want to eat more. In addition to practicing attuned eating, Carli refrained from using her body size or food choices to beat herself up. So when her body did want ice cream, she was satisfied with less. We have just skimmed the surface of this non-diet approach to resolving overeating. It’s not a weight loss program or a quick fix. It’s also not a onesize-fits-all solution. Discerning if this is the right fit takes educating ourselves with books, websites or workshop. It takes persistent practice of these skills. Then, if this is our path, we need the support of friends, family or professionals. It takes time and patience to master these skills. Get support. Be persistent. Abbe J. Grossman is an eating disorder coach. Her offices are located at 28592 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 301 in Farmington Hills. For more information, call 248-470-5738, or visit her website at:

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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 or fax submissions, please. Visit to submit online.

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Shamanic Journey - 7:30pm-9pm. Journey Leader/ Spiritual Therapist Sarah Hill. Learn the ancient practice of Shamanic Journeying. and the art of exploring our spiritual consciousness through earthbased tribal traditions. Heal and harmonize all areas of your life by strengthening your inner connection to the divine and gaining a deeper understanding of your spiritual path. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064.

Using Native Trees In Your Landscape - 8pm. Featuring Tom O’Dell from the University of Michigan. Free, donations accepted. Clarkston St. Daniel Church Cushing Center, 7010 Valley Park Drive. Please register, Jim Brueck 248-625-7597.

Aromatherapy - 6-8pm. Discover how to use aromatherapy to improve your physical and emotional well-being. Cost $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER, 810-667-6546.

Saturday, October 29 Healthy Halloween Treats - 11 a.m.-noon. Show your kids how fun it is to eat healthy. Bring them to this Halloween event & let them make their own ghoulish goodies from fruits & vegetables. $5 per child/adults FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Info: Service Desk 248-371-1400. Short Family Hike: Lapeer State Game Area 11am. East Unit / Kresge Center Cranberry Bog. 1Mi. Easy. Look at endangered pitcher plants and pick cranberries. Location: Five Lakes Rd, Lapeer. Info/Contact: Linda Berker 810-3488664.

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Learn to Crochet - 1-2:30pm. Learn how to become comfortable with the basic tools involved to crochet simple patterns and how to read beginners crochet patterns. All materials are provided to create fun scarves and cozy slippers. $25. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. Whole Foods Market Treat Trail - 1-4pm. Put on your costume and join Whole Foods Market for our annual Halloween treat trail. Look for designated treats throughout the store that are SUPER NATURAL. We ask that ALL little goblins and ghouls come dressed up and ready to celebrate. Happy Halloween from Whole Foods Market. FREE. Whole Foods West Bloomfield and Troy locations.

Tuesday, November 1 VegMI Presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Long-time vegetarians and VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. FREE. Registration required, either online or at the Customer Service desk. Whole Foods Rochester Hills.

New Year ~ New You Series - 1-2pm. Learn how to read labels properly, healthy holiday recipes and class graduation for anyone who's attended the series in 2011. Sponsored by FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Prizes, food, refreshments, materials & fun! FREE/all ages. Speaker: Sherrill Natzke. Rosehaven Manor, 3900 Hammerburg Rd, Flint. Sherrill Natzke 810-2523975. See ad page 10. New Year ~ New You Series - 6:30pm-7:30pm. See description Wed 11/2 - directly above - 1pm. FREE. Genesee Gardens, 4495 Calkins Rd, Flint Township. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10.

Thursday, November 3 Animal Factory Health Dangers - 7-8:30pm. Health Problems of Unregulated, Large Scale Animal Factories in Michigan. Lynn Henning, Award Winning Guest Speaker on CAFO's and how we can help. FREE. Kelly Services Headquarters, 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy. Pam Sanders, Program Coordinator 586-215-1910.

Friday, November 4 The Body's Healing Power - 6-10pm. HTN is hosting a Friday Night Live, featuring 3 practitioners speaking on NAET allergy elimination, Functional Medicine and Homeopathic Medicine. $20. SS Cyril and Methodious Church, Sterling Heights. Farmers and Vendors will be there as well. Register 248-828-8494. Lady Niguma's Yoga - 7:30-9pm. From the 11th century, the oldest written Hatha yoga series by a female yoga master designed to make the heart happier as well as the body. All levels $20.00. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515.

Saturdayday, November 5 Complimentary Cancer Therapy - 10-11am. Complimentary Cancer Therapy Class. Explore the all-natural options available for cancer patients. Class instructed by Dr. Megan Strauchman. FREE. Lapeer Library, 921 W Nepessing St. Library 810-664-6971. See ad page 14. Juicing with Anca - 11am-noon. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible store about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

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Christmas Bazaar - 10am-5pm. Free demonstration of a bio-communication technology that detects your nutritional deficiencies and toxins in your body. Sample healthy chocolate! FREE. Mary's Children Family Center, 495 E. 14 mile Rd, Clawson. Alice Goodall. 586-646-0066. Juicing for Health 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. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-3711400. The BUZZ on Honey - 2-4pm. Why not use honey in place of sugar? Join us for a sampling of varieties of LOCAL and imported honey, great recipes on hand and samples from RAW and unfiltered, to wildflower honey. FREE. Whole Foods Market Troy. Southern Link Trail Hike - 10am. Hike Southern Lake Trail from Otter Lake North to Birch Run Rd. and return. Dogs allowed. Take I-69 to M-15 to Lake Road, East to Otter Lake. Trailhead and parking lot is on the southern edge of town. Contact: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038.

Sunday, November 6 Nature’s Nutcases - 2pm. Nuts come in all shapes and sizes, come see why the animals love them so. $3/person. Preregistration required. Ages 6+. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton 800-477-3178. Natural Building -Thatching101 - 10am-5pm. Get hands-on experience creating an all natural roof system of locally harvested reed. Tour thatched buildings, learn principles, see video! $25. Strawbale Studio, contact Deanne, Oxford. Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887.

Tuesday, November 8 New Year ~ New You Series - 6-7pm. See description Wed 11/2 - 1-2pm. Label reading, healthy holiday recipes, and class graduation for anyone who's attended the series in 2011. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Prizes, food, refreshments, materials & fun! FREE/open to all ages. Speakers: Roberta Hardy & Sherrill Natzke. FREE. Davison Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd, Davison. Sherrill Natzke 810-252-3975. See ad page 10. Ground Covers - 6:30-8:30 pm. We'll cover 100 different plants that you can use as ground cover in your landscape. Sun or shade we'll have ideas for your spot. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

Wednesday, November 9 Sierra Club Board Meeting - 6pm. (open to the public). Prahl College Center, Mott Community College 1401 East Court Street, Flint. Denny Crispell; 989-624-5038, or Mike Haley: 810-6866354. New Year ~ New You Series - 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to read labels properly, healthy holiday recipes, and class graduation for anyone who's attended the series in 2011. Sponsored by: FAMILY Pharmacy & Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Prizes, food, refreshments, materials & fun! FREE/open to all ages. Speaker: Sherrill Natzke FREE. Lockwood of Burton, 2173 S. Center Rd, Burton. Sherrill

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Thursday, November 10 Making Peace with Food Seminar - 7-9pm. Break free from dieting, food obsessions and overeating using mindful eating and the non-diet approach. Break the weight gain/weight loss cycle. FREE. Making Peace with Food Seminar, 28592 Orchard Lake Rd, Ste 301, Farmington Hills. Abbe J Grossman, MA 248-470-5738. Ladies night - 5-8pm. Open your mind and spirit as you learn about beauty without cruelty in our Whole Body Department. Meet vendors, enjoy treats beer and wine samples, enter to win prizes. Whole Foods West Bloomfield. What us a Vitamix? - 11am-7pm thru Mon 11/14. Join us as we demo various recipes using the acclaimed Vitamix. Stop by, sample and see just how these amazing blenders turn your favorite foods into meals, releasing hidden nutritional value at the same time. Perfect for afternoon school snacks and more! Whole Foods West Bloomfield. Open house and lecture at Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Fenton! - 6:30-8pm. Please join us for an educational evening and learn how Chinese Medicine can benefit you and your family! A light appetizer and tea will be served! 12272 Fenton Rd, Ste 3 Fenton. 810-714-5556. Green Lecture Series - 7pm. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills.

Friday, November 11 Burzynski Movie - 7-9pm. This is a documentary movie about a doctor that has been healing cancer with no side effects. Anyone who has ever had cancer needs to see this! FREE. Russell Industrial Center, 1604 Clay Ave, Ste 160, Detroit. Info: Alice Goodall 586-646-0066. HUGE 1st Anniversary Sale-a-thon! - 5-9pm. 50% off jewelry: Indian, handmade, silver, gold, antique & more. Salt Lamps and more on sale. Do your holiday shopping, have wine/snacks and Celebrate! FREE. Advanced Energy Therapy, 20 W Washington St, Ste 10, Clarkston. Leslie 248-909-3700.

Saturday, November 12 Urban Hike - 10am. Flint Farmer's Market or FIA Urban Hike. 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. 420 E. Boulevard, Flint. Mike Haley 810-686-6354. Thanksgiving Tasting - Noon-4pm. Get your taste buds ready again as our Prepared Foods Department cooks up some delectable items from our holiday menu. Everything from sides to entrees and dessert! Items sampled available for order at our Holiday Table. Whole Foods Markets West Bloomfield, Troy. VegMichigan Dinner Club - 6pm. Come get reacquainted with a metro Detroit vegetarian and macrobiotic institution, now with a new chef and expanded hours. Choose between the vegan Seitan stroganoff and veggie stir fry over brown rice. $17, includes tax & tip. Om Cafe, 23136 Woodward Ave, Ferndale. Register: Karen 877-778-3464. Your Emotions and Boundaries Webinar - 2-4 pm. Learn to use the energy of anger, sadness and fear to get more of what you want from life. $25.

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Light Muse Intuitive Living. Info: Ruth Wilson 248-990-1902. Ayurveda for Winter - 2-3pm. Learn how diet and lifestyle choices can affect the inner harmony that your body may be struggling with this coming Winter and how to ground and nourish our bodies through self-massage (or Abhayanga in Ayurveda) with Dosha specific oils, what foods to eat to maintain balance in our Doshas, and what meditations help to ground us during stressful situations. Donation. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-8955064. Raw Foods for Regular People - 11am-noon. What Thanksgiving meal is complete without pie? Learn to make amazing healthy raw versions of two traditional favorites - apple pie & pumpkin pie. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

Sunday, November 13 Taste of Thanksgiving - 12-3pm. Join us as we sample out our holiday fare and offer suggestions to make your Thanksgiving holiday memorable! FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. Is Anyone Listening??? - 6-8pm. Have you wondered why your dreams have not arrived in your life? Join us for a fun & interactive way to find out. Bring an open heart & at least 1 goal. $15. Santosha Yoga, 48724 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515.

Monday, November 14 Balance Your Hormones Naturally - 7-9pm. Learn from a women who has been there --Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, BS, DC, ND. presents a workshop on an Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally. FREE. Limited to 15 guests. Whole Foods West Bloomfield. Reservations required 734-756-6904.

Tuesday, November 15 A Taste of Isha - 7pm. Healthy dishes will be created right before your eyes! Sample the dishes and take home recipes to try on your own. Learn to make a yummy vegetarian recipe and taste how good healthy eating can be! FREE. Registration req'd online or at the Customer Service Desk, space limited. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible land. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby DC, Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Whole Foods West Bloomfield. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

Wednesday, November 16 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible land. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby DC, Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. Call 248-879-1900 to register. New Year ~ New You Series - 4-5pm. Label reading, healthy holiday recipes, and class graduation for anyone who's attended the series in 2011. Sponsored

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Thursday, November 17 Posture and Anti Aging - Join Dr. Ellis to learn proper posture habits and how it can improve your health. Posture is How You Balance Your Body and proper body balance will be taught at this lecture. Exercises and Rehab protocol will also be demonstrated and complimentary chair massage sessions. Whole Foods West Bloomfield. Call 248-538- 4600 ext. 107 to reserve a seat.

Saturday, November 19 Juicing with Anca - 11am-noon. Learn about juicing's powerful benefits & sample fresh delicious juices. Anca will also share her incredible store about healing herself from cancer. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-371-1400. Anti-Aging Nutrition Plan - 2-3:30pm. Focuses on nutrient-dense “super foods.” Also covers the Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load of foods and Metabolic Profiling. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics are discussed as well as the Acid / Alkaline Balance. A great briefing to start your journey to wellness. $25. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248895-5064.

Digestion Issues? – Nothing Working? - 7-8:15pm. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist will discuss hidden causes of…Acid Reflux, Crohn’s, Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea. Don’t let digestive problems rule your life. Attend this seminar and learn drugless solutions. FREE. Vitamin Shoppe, Auburn Hills. Call 248-879-1900 to register.

Tuesday, November 22 Hypnosis to Take Control of Your Life - 6:308:30pm. Try hypnosis to manage your weight, give up cigarettes, or release tension and stress. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546.

Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day.

Make it happy and healthy! Saturday, November 26 Ligon Outdoor Center Hike - 10am. Enjoy the beauty of the Ligon Outdoor center. 5213 E. Farrand Rd. Go east on Farrand Rd. around 0.5 miles to Lidon on North Side of Road. Contact: Sue Carr 810-658-6408.

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Now Get Alkaline - 2-3pm. Our bodies are overloaded with toxins and acidity. Ionized water is alkaline, rich in antioxidants and micro clustered all properties used for detox & improved health. Please join us and learn why. Donation. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064.

VegMichigan Gentle Thanksgiving Potluck 5-10pm. This vegan potluck event will be held at the home of two VegMichigan board members. Bring your best vegan dish to share! Troy. For address and other details leave a message at 877-778-3464.

Adult Natural History Series - Plants in Winter 1pm. Though many plants “died back” during this season of the year, they still provide interest in their varied colors and textures. Learn how to identify these plants and enjoy their last “hurrah.” Dress for a hike. Ages 18+. $3/person. Preregister. Metro Beach Metropark Nature Center near Mount Clemens. 586-463-4332.

NingXia Red - 7-8pm. This superfruit supplement has been specifically formulated to fortify, energize and replenish the mind and body. You’ll get to experience how just one serving of this powerful nutrient combination boosts your immune system by providing vital antioxidants and phytonutrients. Donation. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave. Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064.

Old-fashioned Thanksgiving - 2pm. Sample some old-fashioned recipes such as mashed turnips, sausage stuffing, spoon bread and plum pudding. Make crafts, watch a movie and explore earlier Thanksgivings. Preregister/prepay. $3/person. Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township. 800-477-3175.

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Auras and Chakras - 6-8 pm. Auras can be explained as the electric magnetic field that surrounds the outside of all life forms, and Chakras can be explained as the energy flow inside of all life forms. This class will cover the recognition, perception, and manipulation of both. $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Connecting With Your Angels - 7-9pm. This class offers a basic introduction on who the angels are, how to clearly develop your intuitive abilities to hear your angels’ guidance, and how to heal your energy body with angelic healing techniques. Learn to uplift your life to harmony, peace and divine oneness with spirit. $25. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave. Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064.

Saturday, December 3 Southern Link Trail Hike - 10am. Millington South to Birch Run Rd. and return. Dogs allowed. Take I-69 to M-15 to Millington. At the light, turn East. Cross the Railroad tracks and turn right at the next street. School is on the left and trailhead is at the end of the street. Contact: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038.

Hike the Hogbacks - 10am. Moderate hiking up and down hogback ridges. Fishing parking lot West of bridge on North side of road NEAR 12406 E. Stanlely Road. 3 miles E. of M-15. Info: Gloria Bublitz 810-664-0304.

Raw Food Tasting: Thanksgiving - 1-3pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for some raw food samples of two dishes for your Thanksgiving meal - bean-free hummus & apple-cranberry salad. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Road, Troy. Service Desk 248-649-9600.

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Grandma’s Home Remedies - 6-8pm. Learn tips and tricks from your grandma’s cupboard for a healthier "YOU". $25. Lapeer Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Nature's Apothecary 101 - 7pm. Learn your way around our Whole Body Department by attending these classes that will teach you how to heal and nourish your body. Subjects will include essential oils, homeopathy, essential fatty acids, and folk medicine, taught by our team members, Wendy and Brenda! FREE. Please register online or at our Customer Service Desk. Whole Foods Rochester Hills.

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Juicing for Health 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. $5. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-3711400.

Sunday, December 4 Hand-made Holiday Gifts - 1 pm-5pm. Enjoy Natural Gift-making & creating Holiday Warmth! Make your own dipped beeswax candles, cards & decorative matchboxes to take home. Pre-register $25. Strawbale Studio, contact Deanne, Oxford. Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887.

Wednesday, December 7 Raw Food Tasting: Chocolate - 5-7pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for some raw food samples of two healthy holiday desserts - a decadent fudge brownie & luscious chocolate pudding. FREE. Whole Foods Market, 2880 West Maple Rd, Troy. Service Desk 248-649-9600.

Saturday, December 10 Making Peace With Food - 10am-12pm. Break free from dieting, food obsessions and overeating using mindful eating and the non-diet approach. Break the weight gain/weight loss cycle. FREE. Making Peace with Food, 28592 Orchard Lake Road, 301, Farmington Hills. Abbe J Grossman, MA 248-470-5738. Raw Foods for Regular People - 11am-noon. Sweets are usually so unhealthy! Learn to prepare some nutritious, quick & easy holiday goodies. We'll make creamy chocolate pudding & yummy truffles. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Service Desk 248-371-1400.

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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. your mind, body, spirit and heart. $8. Michigan Rehabiliation Specialists, 10860 Highland Rd, Hartland. Tanya 810-623-4755. Creating A World That Works For All - 10am. Celebration of Spirit: music, laughter, meditation, inspiration, spiritual community. Making a difference by being the change we wish to see. Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, Clarkston. Bookstore, Offices and Holistic Center, 248-625-5192. Spiritual Gathering - 11am. The Center of Light Spirituality Center. All welcome. Relaxed, retreat type setting, interesting topics, loving experiences, meditation, healing, 5898 Baldwin Rd, Oxford. 248-236-0432.

La Leche League of Lake Orion - 10am. Daytime Series meeting: 3rd Monday. FREE. Christ the Redeemer Church, 2700 Waldon Rd, Lake Orion. Tawnya 586-604-4074. 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. Flow Yoga - 7pm. Also Wed-6:15pm & Thu-9:30am. Great for the fit individual wanting to experience a blend of classic yoga combined with asana flow & breath. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270.

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, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270. 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. 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 inside back cover.

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Adult Women’s and Children’s Domestic Violence Support Groups - 10-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell. Info: 517-548-1350. 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. Women's Only Workout - 6:00-7:00pm. Nov 2nd for 10 weeks. Class will teach overall fitness with cardio, strength, and TaeKwon-Do punching and kicking techniques. KMAI, 935 Baldwin Rd, Lapeer. 810-667-2101. See ad inside back cover.

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. 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. 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 inside back cover. 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- Margurite D. Angeli Branch. FREE. Info: Amy DeNise 810732-8500. Essential Meditation with Rev. Matthew 6:30pm. Brief instruction & deep experience. Realize peace, wholeness and abundance in conscious unity with our Divine source. Free-will love offering will be received. Peace Unity Holistic Center, 8080A

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 16. La Leche League of Lake Orion - 7:30 pm. Evening Series Meeting: 2nd Thursday. Toddler Meeting: 4th Thursday. Babies and children welcome. FREE. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1950 S. Baldwin, Lake Orion. Tawnya 584604-4074. See ad page 8.

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 16. Second Friday Artwalk: Buckham Gallery 6:30pm, 2nd Fridays only. (Doors open at 6pm for the ArtWalk) Meet other Sierra Club members at Buckham Gallery as we view art, walk to the Greater Flint Arts Council and other venues. 134 ½ W Second Street, Flint. Contact: Mike Haley 810-686-6354. 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.

Yoga Fusion - 8am. Explore the 8 limbs of the Ashtanga practice infused with traditional, primary & secondary series postures. A warm, healthy practice available to all. Great for the self-motivated individual without limitations. $12. Jewels Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, davisburg. Jules 248-390-9270.

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 16. 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.

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guided touch • denae tait Lapeer • 810-614-7582

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Acupuncture Acupuncture

Clarissa Dawn Guest, RN, Dipl. Ac 2359 W. Shiawassee, Suite E, Fenton 810-750-2004

Transform your health with Acupuncture. Start feeling better today. Specializing in insomnia, depression, pain management, infertility, painful periods, menopause, headaches and migraines. Also offering Nutrienergetics™ and Neuromodulation Technique™.

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 16.

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.

There can be economy only where there is efficiency. ~Benjamin Disraeli

chiropractic alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

DR. BENN DC BA, 30 years in practice treating sports, family, chronic and non-responsive conditions. See ad page 16.

café of life fenton

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

Serving the exceptional Chiropractic experience. The Café of Life® is a unique concept. A place that thinks radically different about health and provides an environment to practice. Visit our website:

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 2 & 14.

colon hydrotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Advanced I-ACT certified Colon Hydro therapist available 3 days/wk. Water based cleansing of large intestines and colon's impacted waste. See ad page 16.

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. 14 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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Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 8.

Wondering what the symbol is? It indicates that this advertiser is a provider in the NA Network! Visit for details on their offerings.

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 15.

essential oils young living essential oils Irene Marz Independent Distributor 810-691-1317

Yo u n g l i v i n g h a s specialized in growing, distilling & selling therapeutic-grade, organically-pure Essential Oils for over 20 years. Over 130 Essential Oils & Oil blends available for health & wellness, as well as essential oilenhanced nutritional supplements / products for kids, personal care, dental & home. Income opportunities also available.

health foods natures better way

880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 or 800-894-3721

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

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hypnotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Medical Hypnotherapist Jon Tomlinson, with 90% success rate. Helping with conditions: quit smoking, weight loss, golf and much more. See ad page 16.

integrative medicine 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 2 & 14.

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

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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 9.

Natural/Holistic Health Alternative Health & Rehab Centre, PLLC

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A Holistic Approach to Health. Treating the body, mind, and soul. Offering Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Quantum Touch, Readings, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Workshops.

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. ~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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 16.

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.

Organic Lawn Care Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

Serving Genesee, Oakland & Livingston

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

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

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 16.

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6015 W Pierson Rd #3 Flushing • 810-874-1759

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

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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 2 & 14.

Yoga/ Martial Arts Korean Martial Arts Institute

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

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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.

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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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

Womens' Only Workout Wednesday's 6:00-7:00pm 10 classes for $40. Starts Nov. 2nd

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November 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  

The new economy issue. Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee counties, Michigan, alternative and integrative / complementary Health, fitness, nutriti...

November 2011 - Genesee/Lapeer Natural Awakenings  

The new economy issue. Genesee, Lapeer & Shiawassee counties, Michigan, alternative and integrative / complementary Health, fitness, nutriti...