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his month's issue marks our 100th consecutive month of publishing Natural Awakenings here in East Michigan. Of course, we just celebrated our 8th Anniversary in April, but looking at our longevity using this particular milestone seems to help us better relate to just how long it's been, and the magnitude of content produced since we published the first issue in 2004. It works out to just over 57,000 pages of content, in case you're wondering (not counting the Pet magazine). Maybe we'll celebrate again when we hit 100,000 pages. One would think that this much production would create a situation where we would just run out of ideas for content. Nothing could be further from the reality of what we're experiencing. As we've said before, the landscape of our "niche" has changed and grown dramatically since we first began publishing. Many modalities once considered "way out there," for example, are now integrated into many of the mainstream health care facilities and practices here in Michigan, and around the world, for that matter. And it's continuing to grow and change. We though we were riding the crest of the wave, so to speak, eight years ago. That wave is turning into a tsunami, of sorts, as consumers continue to learn about and demand integrative and complementary solutions to getting and staying healthy, and living a more earth friendly, sustainable lifestyle. We're looking forward to the next 100 issues (or 57,000 plus pages). Summer in Michigan is great, isn't it? There is so much to do in our great state. This month, our core theme is about simple summer pleasures and one of our feature articles is about eating healthy outdoors. There are several cookout-based recipes, and more online. We hope you enjoy it. We have also launched a new section this month, titled "Eat Local." Each month we're going to profile a specific food that is available here in Michigan at local farmer's markets, natural and organic grocery stores, Co-ops, CSA's and more. We're beginning with "Berries" this month and we plan to have related recipes with each month's contribution. We'd love to hear how you like it. So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs First Annual Michigan Honey Festival Being Held in Imlay City


he first annual Michigan Honey Festival is being held on July 28, from 10am to 5pm, at the Eastern Michigan fair grounds in Imlay City. This will be a fun-filled day for everyone to learn about the good things that honeybees do and all the good things that come from a bee hive – which is more than just honey. The festival will include demonstrations on all aspects of bee keeping from building bee hives to spinning out the honey. Chefs will be cooking dishes using honey, and a mead tasting tent and mead making demonstrations will be featured as well. Vendors will be on site selling everything and anything bee related. The festival is also hosting a bee costume competition in two age categories, under 16 and 16 and over. Best costume winners will bring home a half gallon jug of honey. Many Michigan beekeepers and bee clubs will be available to discuss information about the health and wellness benefits of products of the hive including propolis, bee pollen, bee venom and Royal Jelly.

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Springfield Farmers Market Announces Grand Opening


he Springfield Farmers Market celebrated its very first birthday bash in June, and is now open every Sunday from 10am to 2pm until October 14th. Everyone is invited to stop in and help make 2012 an excellent season full of Michigan made produce and products. Fresh Michigan produce available at the market include green onions, lettuce, fresh fruit pies, cabbage, rhubarb, basil, radishes, cat nip, honey, jams, and more. Gluten Free treats, baked goods, and salsa are also available from vendors, as well as garden statues and many handmade crafts including wooden laptop stands and gourd birdhouses. Pet lovers will even be able to find gourmet dog treats at the market. Few communities can boast the recreational opportunities or scenic open spaces that exist in Springfield Township. Officials and residents recognize and enjoy the natural resources of the area and support land use policies based upon conservation and preservation of those resources. In addition to the Farmers Market, other Springfield Twp. community organizations include the Neighbor for Neighbor program, the Kaleidoscope Foundation and Meals on Wheels. The Springfield Farmers Market is located at 12000 Davisburg Rd in Davisburg. For more information contact Laura Haselhuhn at 248-249-1592. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Imlay City Medical Spa Offers Alternative to Richmond Health Center Introduces Traditional Liposuction Health and Beauty Medical Spa of Imlay City and Rochester is pleased to Nurse-Midwifery Timeless offer their newest technology to the community–VASER Lipo and Liposelection. Services VASER uses ultrasonic energy, which includes high frequency sound waves to produce superior results. “This is a way to achieve the body you’ve always wanted without surgery, or obtain defined, six-pack abs without stretching or any sort of physical activity,” says Dr. Madhu Subnani of Timeless Health and Beauty. "This is a minimally invasive procedure that precisely and efficiently removes unwanted body fat." The abdomen is just one of many areas VASER targets. What makes it unique is its ability to break apart fat deposits for easy and safe removal. "An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction," explains Subnani, "VASER Liposelection provides none of the pain or downtime experienced with traditional liposuctions. It has also been clinically proven to enhance skin retraction and reduce blood loss. Timeless Health and Beauty Medical Spa is located at 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City. In Rochester, they are located at 6854 N Rochester Rd. For more information or a free consultation, call Dr. Subnani and her team of experts at 248-840-7853 or visit their website: See ad page 15.

All American Pet Expo Launches Charitable Fund-Raising Program for 2012 Event


he 9th Annual Pet Expo, to be held in Novi September 14-16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, will be produced for the first time by nationally recognized event producer Steve Cantin and his team at All American Pet Expos! “The first priority with any new Pet Expo we launch is to embrace and empower the animal shelter and rescue community-- and seek out avenues to help them raise funds for all their worthy efforts,” says Steve Cantin. “For our first Novi Pet Expo, we have developed an innovative new program that allows nonprofits to not only raise much needed funds for their charities, but also incorporates exhibit space at the event, so that they can maximize their education and adoption efforts. In addition, every ticket sold will be entered into a sweepstakes that will award some terrific prizes. As always our main objective is to make certain that everyone involved benefits—especially the pets!” Details, rules and prize info are available at their website: The 2012 All-American Pet Expo will build and expand upon the prior local Pet Expos by adding many fun additional attractions including a Giant Dog Fun Park, Petting Zoo for the littlest animal fans, plus an ultimate “World” themed experience. All American Pet Expos are currently seeking sponsors, partners and exhibitors for the new 2012 Novi event. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi. For more information, call 888-724-1324 or e-mail


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enry Ford Macomb’s Richmond OB/GYN location is pleased to announce that Maureen Heinz will be offering Nurse-Midwifery services to the Richmond and North Macomb communities. Maureen is a graduate of Wayne State University for both her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Master’s of Science in Nursing. Maureen is available for gynecological care including: annual exams, breast exams, contraception care, and hormone therapy. She also provides prenatal and postpartum care and attends births at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Henry Ford Macomb Obstetrics and Gynecology is located at 31505 32 Mile Road. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by phone at 586-727-9180.

14th Annual Walk-aThon Fundraiser at Detroit Zoo


n Saturday, July 28th, The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) will be celebrating their 14th Annual Fundraiser with the Walk On the Wild Side Walk-A-Thon at the Detroit Zoo. The family friendly event begins at 8:30 am, with check-in starting at 7am. Food and beverages before and after the event will be available. Registration fee is $10 per person and includes all-day admission to the Detroit Zoo. Proceeds raised through this event will benefit the CRWC programs and services provided to the 1.5 million people in the watershed. For more information on this event, to register or to make a donation, visit the CRWC website at

healthbriefs Eat Fiber for Health & Longevity


ow consumers have another convincing argument to add more fiber to their diet. According to a National Cancer Institute study at the National Institutes of Health, which followed patients over a nine-year period, scientists associated the intake of fiber (about 30 grams per day) with a reduced risk of death from any cause, including cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine

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erobic exercise not only gets the heart pumping, it is also good for brain health. According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, aerobic workouts can reduce the risk of dementia and slow its progression if it starts, because they deliver oxygen to the brain and generate nutritional factors that improve brain functioning. Exercise also facilitates neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

Why Corn Syrup is Worse than Sugar


hy is it important to choose natural sugars instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Dr. Vanessa Bundy, a pediatric resident at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University, remarks, “Fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars and has some byproducts [that are] believed to be bad for us.” Children and adolescents that consume many foods containing pure fructose, such as sodas and energy drinks, kids’ cereals and sugary snacks, are at special risk. The researchers’ analysis of 559 adolescents, ages 14 to 18, correlated high-fructose diets with higher blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that contribute to heart and vascular disease. Heavy consumers of the megasweetener also tended to have lower levels of cardiovascular protectors such as HDL (good) cholesterol and adiponectin, a protein hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism of lipids (fats and oils) and glucose (a simple sugar and universal source of energy). Bundy explains, “The overall amount of fructose that is in HFCS is not much different than the amount in table sugar, but it’s believed there’s something in the syrup processing that plays a role in [producing] the bad byproducts of metabolism.” natural awakenings

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n a hot summer day, a cool, juicy slice of watermelon offers enticing refreshment. The treat offers surprising health benefits, too—it may help keep weight off and arteries clear, according to a recent study involving mice with high cholesterol by University of Kentucky researchers. One group sipped watermelon juice; the control group, water. After eight weeks, the mice that imbibed the juice had a lower body weight due to a decrease in fat mass; lean muscle mass was unaffected. These same mice also experienced reduced atherosclerotic lesions— associated with hardening of the arteries—and lower concentrations of cholesterol in their blood. “This pilot study has found… interesting health benefits in the mouse model of atherosclerosis,” says lead investigator Dr. Sibu Saha, a cardiothoracic surgeon. “Our ultimate goal is to identify bioactive compounds that would improve human health.”

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his year, an estimated 52,610 people (38,380 men and 14,230 women) will develop cancer in the head and neck, leading to an estimated 11,500 deaths (or just under 22 percent), according to statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. New hope may lie in an ancient spice. A pilot study conducted at the University of California-Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that eating curcumin, the main component in the spice turmeric, works to suppress a cell-signaling pathway that spurs the growth of malignancies in the head and neck. Further, curcumin reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines (naturally occurring regulatory proteins) within saliva. Turmeric is widely used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking (curry, for example), and has been long valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. In India, women have used it for centuries as an anti-aging agent rubbed into the skin, as a poultice to promote wound healing and as a treatment for menstrual cramps.

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onsider reading labels and avoiding or restricting foods sweetened with rice syrup, at least for now. A recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, found levels of arsenic in foods containing rice syrup that exceeded U.S. standards for bottled water. The sampling of products included cereal bars, energy shots (drinks) and baby formulas sweetened with organic brown rice syrup. Arsenic is toxic and potentially carcinogenic, and the researchers are pushing for regulatory limits in food, like those that protect drinking water.

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eatlocal Information and recipes on Michigan-grown foods that readers can look for locally at restaurants, farmer's markets, CSA's, food co-ops and organic grocery stores. To submit your own locally grown, healthy food for publication, email: Recipe with submission is encouraged. petroleum can be stored in fat tissues in our body. Berries can be used in many different dishes. They contain the most nutrients when consumed raw. Purchasing extra berries when in season and freezing them for later use is a great way to have local berries during the winter months.

Michigan Berries Healthy, power-packed fruits by Stephanie Vella, RD


t’s July and Michigan farmer’s markets are brimming with delicious fresh berries. These power-packed fruits can aid in weight control, digestive health and disease prevention. Berries contain powerful phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid and pterostilbene. Phytonutrients are health-promoting nutrients found specifically in plants. Anthocyanins, which give berries their color, may prevent the growth of lung, colon and leukemia cancer cells, as well as regulate immune response and enhance vision. Ellagic acid, found in nearly all berries, blocks the pathways that can lead to cancer. Pterostilbene, found in blueberries in particular, may prevent against the development of cancer, diabetes and help lower LDL cholesterol, contributing to the prevention of heart disease. A high antioxidant content also makes berries nutrition powerhouses. Antioxidants may protect against cancer and heart disease, reduce inflammation and support immune function. Berries contain another vital nutrient that many Americans lack in their diets: fiber. With 2-5 grams of fiber per serving, berries aid in digestive health, maintaining blood sugar levels and weight control. Foods containing fiber take longer to digest, helping to maintain a normal increase in blood sugars – so no “sugar high” here! Fiber also keeps you feeling full longer, a great strategy for managing your weight. Berries also contain folic acid and vitamin C; strawberries are highest in these nutrients, which are important in brain function, immune function and the prevention of birth defects.

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Berry Antioxidant Summer Salad Seasonal, locally grown berries contain the highest amount of nutrients because they are picked at their peak ripeness. Berries found in your local farmer’s market may be picked just hours before you purchase them. These berries will contain more phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, giving you the most bang for your buck. Out of season berries are picked when the fruit is still immature, and then they ripen during transit. Fragile nutrients are lost over time. These berries arrive to your grocery store nutritionally inferior. Consuming out of season berries also has a large impact on our environment. Large-scale machinery is used to harvest mass-produced berries, more machinery is used to package the berries in plastic containers, and then fuel is needed to transport the packaged berries to your grocery store. This is not a sustainable method of feeding yourself or your family. Berries also are one of the “dirty dozen” foods that should be purchased organic. Due to the very thin outer skin, berries easily absorb any pesticides used in growing. These chemicals are dangerous not only to the environment, but also your health. Pesticides are considered “endocrine disruptors,” impacting the way estrogen and testosterone works in our bodies. Also, many pesticides are petroleum-based, which could impact your health because natural awakenings

Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: 4 cups roughly chopped fresh organic spinach, stems trimmed 1/2 cup fresh organic blueberries, raspberries or blackberries 8 large organic strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced 1 tbsp raw local honey 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 cup unsalted raw walnuts or pecans 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (about 1 oz), optional INSTRUCTIONS: Rinse spinach and berries under cold water, drain. In a large bowl, toss spinach with berries. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, vinegar and pepper. Drizzle 3/4 dressing over salad, then sprinkle walnuts over top. Serve sprinkled with cheese, if desired, and remaining dressing on the side. Estimated nutrients per serving: Calories: 160, Total Fat: 10 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7 g, Carbs: 21 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 12 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 238 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg Stephanie Vella, RD, is a Registered Dietitian at Sola Life & Fitness, 1555 East South Boulevard, Rochester Hills. July 2012


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Senior Trips

Greycations Rock with the Whole Family The U.S. Travel Industry Association estimates that more than 5 million family vacations a year in the United States now encompass three generations, with grandparents often footing the bill. Multi-generational travel is a hot trend, having increased from 22 to 32 percent in the last five years, with the phenomenon expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. Travel companies, hotels and theme parks have taken notice and are eager to cater to the trend. Cruise lines are especially active in marketing fixed-price packages that include activities for all ages, meals and group discounts. All-inclusive resorts and vacation rental agents are also on board, offering plans to accommodate all budgets. Source: Orlando Sun-Sentinel

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White Roofs Cool Local & Global Warming Some things are easy. A new study from researchers at NASA and New York’s Columbia University has concluded that painting a city’s roofs white or another light color could reduce the local ambient temperature by 5 percent or more during hot summer months. This negates the phenomenon scientists refer to as the “urban heat island effect”, in which the dark jungles of asphalt, metal and concrete turn cities into heat reservoirs, soaking up the warmth of the sun instead of reflecting solar radiation back into the atmosphere. In New York City, it was discovered that a white-surfaced roof was 43 percent cooler than its black counterpart. The city passed a law in 2007 to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030; increasing the city’s albedo (the amount of reflected solar radiation) by brightening its surfaces is one of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to achieve significant reductions. After announcing a plan to alter roofs atop the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal buildings in the summer of 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change.” Source:

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Data Centers Leave Bigfoot Carbon Footprints Giant data centers, known as “clouds,” that store and transmit data, photos, emails, songs and streaming videos every day, have become one of the fastest-growing consumers of worldwide electricity. Now, a Greenpeace International report details the truth about how much coal is burned to operate and maintain this virtual, online cloud of electronic data transmission worldwide. Every day, tons of asthma-inducing, climate-destroying coal pollution is emitted into the air just to keep the Internet going. The good news is that tech industry leaders such as Facebook and Google are starting to quit the coal habit; Apple’s new North Carolina data center will run in part on renewable, biogaspowered fuel cells and a large array of solar panels. A Greenpeace initiative is working to persuade Microsoft, Amazon and others to likewise disassociate their brands from the specter of poisoned air currently damaging the climate.

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Fun Ways to Celebrate with Kids by Katie Kavulla


o little ones, celebrating the Fourth of July usually means one thing—fireworks! Yet, as parents know, by the time the sun goes down and before the sky show even starts, youngsters can be sleepy-eyed and ready for bed. These 10 fun daytime activities will make the most of the holiday for everyone. Make a Statue of Liberty crown. Transform the entire family into Lady Liberty. Take the patriotic creativity to whatever level the kids like—metallic paint, glue and glitter or just some tinfoil from the kitchen. Construction paper makes great headbands, or try paper plates for sturdier ones. Repurposed empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls make excellent starting points for homemade torch replicas. Have a patriotic bike parade. Round up all the neighborhood kids and their bikes. Have everyone agree to decorate their own bike at home and then meet for a parade; or hold a bikedecorating party at your house; the garage and driveway are suitable spots. Think streamers, painted tin cans on


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string trailing behind bikes, balloons— anything goes. Read about America’s birthday. Stop by the library or a neighborhood bookstore to pick up The Story of America’s Birthday, by Patricia Pingry and illustrated by Stacy Venturi-Pickett, or another early American history children’s book. Toddlers on up will enjoy learning why we celebrate American independence. Make 50 states cookies. A set of cookie cutters for all 50 states is available for a price, but it’s even more creative to hunt up an old map or atlas and use it as a template for cutting out each state. After mixing and baking, let little ones go to town decorating them with red, white and blue toppings. Search online for tips on making healthier cookies that taste yummy. Watch American Legends. This oldie but goodie video from Walt Disney tells the story of such fabled American figures as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. Check out a copy from the library or a favorite movie rental source.

Sing a patriotic song. Songs about America don’t have to be the classic versions—pick up a CD of patriotic songs or download some onto a home computer or iPod. The Wee Sing America CD is a hit with all ages. Start the Fourth with a red-whiteand-blue breakfast. Set a festive mood for the whole day with a healthy parfait. In clear glasses, layer blueberries for the blue, strawberries and raspberries for the red and yogurt for the white. Sprinkle some hearty granola in-between the layers for a satisfying crunch. Make a care package for our armed forces. The Fourth of July is a great time to remember the special men and women that are selflessly serving our country. Have the entire family assemble a care package of items or make special cards; even the smallest efforts show the family’s appreciation. Check with a local veterans affairs office or the Internet on how to ship the gift overseas. Create a flag for the front door. For an easy and fun twist on hanging a flag this year, try making one from crepe paper for the front door or window. Pick up some red-and-white streamers from the store for the stripes. Use a piece of blue construction paper and draw or paint white stars onto the upper left corner; then fasten it up so that the “flag” hangs downward, with the streamer stripes going from top to bottom. Either leave the stripes flying free toward the bottom or tape them down, like on top. Celebrate with the East Coast. If staying up late isn’t a good option, but kids are begging to watch the fireworks, they can catch a full fireworks extravaganza from home via the magic of TV and the Internet. Get everyone into pajamas and watch one of the many media specials from the comfort of home. This especially works for families west of the Eastern Time zone; it may require pushing bedtimes back a bit, but there will be no fireworks crowds to battle en route home to bed afterwards. Katie Kavulla is a mother and freelance writer in Seattle who regularly contributes to Red Tricycle, an online city guide that provides fun things for parents to do with their kids (


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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Backyard & Picnic Party Foods by Renée Loux


ummer is the high season for outdoor gatherings to celebrate warm weather and make the most of evening’s lingering natural light. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, simple is generally better. Backyard cookouts and picnic takeouts call for tasty fare, light foods and nothing too fancy or fussy. In most parts of the country, summer brings a bounty of just-picked produce, and the fresher it is, the fewer the steps required to make delicious dishes. By keeping just a few staples on hand—cold-pressed olive oil, garlic cloves, fresh herbs and lemons, a good sea salt and freshly ground pepper— the cook will always be prepared to put together a delectable, trouble-free spread. Options run from grilled goodies to marinated and tossed salads that give the hosts time to enjoy their company. Complete the treat by serving skewers of fresh, ripe, cut fruit for dessert—an easy, healthy and welcome alternative to rich and complicated or store-bought sweets. Creating a fun and festive atmosphere for backyard gatherings is easy, without a lot of fanfare. String up twinkly

lights and use natural wax votive candles placed in empty jam and jelly jars to protect them from the wind. To ward off mosquitoes and generally keep bugs at bay, encircle the patio, deck or park picnic area with citronella candles or incense. Fire pits always make an outdoor gathering feel more special. A mesmerizing center of attention, they also warm up the evening as the temperature drops. To keep serving and cleanup easy, use eco-friendly disposables. Look for plates made from recycled content or bagasse (derived from sugar cane fiber), cutlery sourced from biodegradable, plant-based plastic and recycledpaper napkins. Give guests instant access to a nearby compost bin, garbage can and recycling bin, or designated carry-away bags. Happy summering! Renée Loux is an organic chef, restaurateur, green expert and media personality. Her books include Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit natural awakenings

These flavorful patties are a hearty and complete source of protein, a popular, plant-based option for traditional burgers. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works to bind the ingredients together in place of eggs. When grilling, be careful to flip them gently, so that patties stay together; they’re equally delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove. Serve on a whole-grain pita and load on the toppings. For a gluten-free alternative, use ground tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Yields 6 to 8 burgers 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and spread out to dry for 20 minutes; divide into two equal parts 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tbsp water ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, as needed 1 /3 cup finely chopped red onion ¼ cup chopped cilantro Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppers Salsa Avocado slices Lettuce Sliced red onion Pickles 1. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Shake and let stand for a few minutes for excess liquid to drain. Spread out on a clean, dry towel; blot dry with another clear, dry towel; and let stand to dry for 20 minutes. This can also be done in the oven—spread on a cookie sheet and dry at 300° F for 15 minutes. July 2012


2. In a food processor, place half of the beans, Vegenaise, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Chop in pulses to create a coarse purée. Transfer to a medium bowl.

into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp chopped herbs—basil, parsley and/or mint Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed and water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Mix into the black bean mixture and add remaining beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, onion and cilantro. Mix until combined. If the mixture looks too wet to hold together, add more breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 6 Tbsp olive oil 1. Oil grill and preheat to medium high. 2. Fill a large bowl with cold water.


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6. Place corn, covered in its husk on the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill, let it cool enough to touch and then remove husks. Return to grill and cook, turning to lightly char all sides, for an additional 5 to 7 minutes total.

5. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Fold in tomatoes and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7. Remove from grill and generously brush with pesto. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper if desired and serve hot.

6. Place mushrooms cap-side down on a serving platter. Fill the cavity of the mushrooms with the quinoa mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Pesto Grilled Corn on the Cob A pesto-packed twist on a backyard party classic, grilling corn in its husk yields tender kernels and a delectable natural sweetness. Yields 6 servings

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa, Tomatoes and Herbs

6 Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme Sea salt 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 scallions, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 1½ cups water 1 low-sodium vegetable bullion cube 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced

5. In a food processor, place basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper and chop in pulses for maximum mixing. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Set aside.

4. In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat, and sauté garlic and scallions with a pinch of salt and pepper just until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add quinoa, water and bullion cube. Turn up heat, cover and bring to a boil. Stir once and reduce heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

5. On a grill preheated to mediumhigh and brushed with oil, cook patties until crisp and brown, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

Yields 6 servings

4. Soak the corncobs in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes to prevent husks from charring too quickly.

3. Grill on each side until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Or roast mushrooms under the broiler until juicy, about 10 minutes (optional).

4. Form into 3- to 4-inch-circumference patties. If time allows, let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm and for flavors to develop.

Grilling mushrooms brings out their savory flavor. Stuffed with proteinrich quinoa, this dish is satisfying enough to be served as an entrée.

3. Keeping the husks attached at the base, peel back the husks of each cob and remove the silk. Cover the cobs again with the husk.

2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme. Brush cleaned mushrooms with mixture and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes.

Recipes from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux, and; limeade recipe courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club.

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6 ears unhusked corn Pesto 1 cup packed basil leaves 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp pine nuts 1½ Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt

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Natural Summer Skin Care Protective Tips for Sunny Days

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ow that much-anticipated beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and other outside summer activities are on our calendars, it’s time to practice ways to protect skin from sun damage. The medical profession has reported loud and clear that too much exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and even skin cancer. Yet, many people don’t understand that certain types of medications, among other factors, can increase sensitivity to the sun’s rays. People of all types of skin can be susceptible to allergic reactions to sun exposure, and contrary to popular belief, dark-skinned people are not immune. There are many ways to protect skin from overexposure, burning, drying and wrinkling, and careful use of safe sunscreens is one of the best.

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Numerous studies show that specific foods can help provide natural sun protection, working from the inside out, including a class of foods incorporating carotenoids, which give rich colors to fruits and vegetables. According to recent research from Henrich-Heine University, in Dusseldorf, Germany, subcategories of the nutrients lutein (in dark green leafy veggies) and lycopene (in tomatoes and other pink/red foods) are among the most powerful antioxidants. Perricone explains, “Numerous scientific studies from around the world show that oral supplementation with carotenes, especially lycopene and betacarotene, improve skin structure, have powerful wound-healing properties and offer great protection from damage caused by sunlight.” Because inflammation is a major cause of many types of skin damage and premature aging, he highly recommends the Mediterranean diet and other eating plans rich in healthy oils like olive oil, omega-3 from walnuts and butternuts and oily fish, along with lots of vegetables and fruits. A growing body of research from

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erformance equals potential, minus interference, is the easy-to-remember winning formula explained in Tim Gallwey’s seminal book, The Inner Game of Tennis. To enhance any player’s performance, he recommends either growing personal potential or decreasing interference, or both. “Whether on a sports field, at work or in some creative effort, we’ve all had moments in which our actions flowed from us with a kind of effortless excellence,” he notes. “This is referred to as ‘being in the zone,’ when selfinterference is at a minimum and the mind is quiet and focused.” Gallwey discovered how to promote this valued state of being while serving as a tennis professional in Seaside, California, during a sabbatical from his career in higher education. In the midst of a tennis lesson, he had an epiphany about his style of teaching— many of his tips were being incorporated into the students’ minds in what he calls a “command and control self-dialogue” that significantly interfered with their ability to learn and perform better. “When I discussed this with my

students, I discerned that most of their thoughts while playing were preventing their true focus of attention. This resulted in my exploring ways to help players quiet the mind, as well as focus on our direct and non-judgmental observation of ball, body and racquet positions in a way that would heighten learning, performance and enjoyment of the process,” says Gallwey. Since then, he’s built his practical training ideas related to awareness, concentration, breaking bad habits and learning to trust one’s self on the court upon a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology. He offers a simple explanation of his inner game concept. “Every game is composed of two parts. Self-1, the ego-mind, plays the outer game against opponents, is filled with lots of contradictory advice and is linked to external rewards and goals. The inner game is played within a player’s mind by Self-1, whose principle obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety,” explains Gallwey. Laden with self-criticism, judgment and the fear of looking foolish or wrong, as well as lapses in concentration, Self-1 is counterproductive and negatively impacts external performance. “Self-2, on the other hand, is the player’s natural ability—the doer of the actual movement of the muscles to hit the ball. Our best effort requires us to quiet Self-1 and let Self2, which likes images and pictures, do what it knows how to do.”

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As many players know, the right mental approach is as important as a good backhand; essential in overcoming self-doubt, nervousness, anxiety, detrimental playing habits and lapses in concentration. Gallwey offers the example of a player who isn’t hitting the ball in the center of the racquet. “The ordinary tennis pro will analyze the mechanical reasons for why this is happening,” he says, “such as not stepping into the ball, not looking at it or hitting it too late. An inner game instructor ‘observes’ where the ball hits the racquet and makes suggestions. The body makes its own adjustment to hitting the ball in the middle of the racquet without trying to digest instructions, simply because it feels and works better.” Gallwey likens it to the natural learning process we use as children before it becomes clouded with shoulds and should-nots as adults. He further points out that it’s wise not to attempt to quiet the mind by telling it to shut up, argue with it or criticize it for being self-critical. “A good first step is focusing on only those aspects that are needed to accomplish the task at hand,” he counsels. Joe Dyser, the tennis professional at the Sterling Oaks residential community, in Naples, Florida, has adopted and shared Gallwey’s inner game principles, enhanced by insights from complementary sources such as Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg and Chop Wood Carry Water, by Rick Fields, and from practicing yoga, meditation and breath work. “I had to develop a regular practice method that helped me to quiet Self-1,” advises Dyser. “When I play from my inner game, I get out of my own way and let my best game emerge. I feel more like an observer—the ball looks bigger, my feet are lighter on the court, I move faster and quicker and I’m energized when I’ve finished a game, instead of feeling depleted.” Observing behavior without judging it as positive or negative, right or wrong, good or bad is the key. “Habits change when you become aware of them,” concludes Gallwey. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.


The Ultimate Minimalist Five Powerful Lessons from Gandhi by Arvind Devalia

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


olitical and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving an admirable legacy of how to live. Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England. When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions. In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler. We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions. Accumulate little. Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils. He would give away or auction any gift he received. Eat simple food. Gandhi never had a problem being overweight. He followed a strict vegetarian diet and frequently cooked his own simple, locally produced foods. He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers. natural awakenings

Dress simply. Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort. A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming. Gandhi shaved off his hair. Lead a simple, stress-free life. Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer. Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children. Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks. He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work. Let your life be your message. A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary. He preferred to let his life talk for him. By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world. Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy. Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, an inspirational coach and prolific blogger. Connect at July 2012



Urban Walkabout Traveling Afoot Sustains a Sense of Community by Meredith Montgomery


hile traveling abroad, Dan Burden fell in love with some cities, but was unable to pinpoint why. “Then I realized that they were just like American cities, except they were designed the time-honored way, for people, and just accommodating their cars, not the other way around,” he says. Imagine a busy, people-filled scene in Austin, Texas, Fairbanks, Alaska, or New York City, in contrast to an empty street in a sprawling, suburban neighborhood, with many garages, but few sidewalks and community parks. As co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WalkLive. org), headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington, Burden has spent the last 20 years imagining and fostering walkability by shifting the design focus of cities from cars to people. He believes a community qualifies as walkable when walking around in it is a natural activity.

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other amenities to make walking feasible and enjoyable. Streets are designed to keep speeds low, with on-street parking, medians, trees and an absence of one-way roads that flush traffic in and out during rush hour. Walking and biking trails are well connected. Where cul-de-sacs fracture street layouts, trail links reconnect neighborhoods. A walkable destination also includes an intact town center with a compact layout of mixed-income housing near businesses and schools. A library, post office, shops and restaurants enhance the central mix. Accessible public spaces, plus parks, provide gathering spots and meeting places. Walkable features provide multiple benefits. Environmentally, they encourage smart property development. Rehabbed historic buildings become the place to live, work and play. Older, non-historic structures are replaced with compact, mixed-use buildings for street-level businesses with residential apartments above. Without a need for massive parking lots and multiple driveways, town centers instead invest in green spaces and walkways. While decreasing fossil fuel use by driving less, citizens simultaneously benefit in improved personal health as increased physical activity becomes a natural part of everyday life. According

to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs six to 10 pounds less than one from a sprawling neighborhood. Improvements to increase walkability make economic sense; a valued, and thus valuable, investment, especially when municipal budgets are tight. “Municipalities simply can’t afford to build the massive-scale roads we need to keep traffic moving if we force everyone into their car all the time,” observes Burden. Research by CEOs for Cities that analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions found that higher walkability scores were directly linked to higher home values in 13 of the 15 metro areas; homes that scored above average on walkability are worth $4,000 to $34,000 more than similar, but less walkable, homes.

Superior Quality of Life For Fairhope, Alabama, resident Daphne Dvorak, walking is a necessity. Since being diagnosed with macular degeneration two years ago, Dvorak hasn’t been able to drive. “It’s a good thing I love walking,” she smiles. “I walk everywhere.” At 87 years young, her daily routine includes walking for coffee at 5:30 a.m. before walking to work at a downtown bank and later, to the post office. She also walks to visit friends at a nearby retirement community, to church on Sundays and to the grocery store. Despite her inability to read street signs, Dvorak exclaims, “I’m amazed at everything I see when I walk. It’s surprising how much enjoyment you can get out of everything around you.” Oakland, California resident Benjamin McGriff is grateful for the expanded sense of home afforded by walkable city life. He remarks, “The line between your autonomous life in your physical residence and shared, day-to-day experiences within a community becomes blurred.” This heightened sense of connection to one’s neighborhood is inversely captured in Sightline Institute’s Cascadia Scorecard, which tracks seven

“The benefits of making commercial districts and neighborhoods more walkable go beyond healthy lifestyles. Because baby boomers are going to need to rely less on driving as they age and the millennial generation favors a more urban experience, the demand for walkability will soar. There’s a direct economic payoff for investing in communities made  for people, not just cars.” ~ Rick Cole, city manager, Ventura, California trends crucial to a sustainable future for the Pacific Northwest: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife and pollution. They found that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10 percent. The best benefits of walkable communities are less tangible and more intuited. Whether it’s the stimulating energy of a bustling big-city street corner or the tranquility of quiet spots with tree-shaded public benches, walkable communities enjoy a character and quality that draws people in and grounds them in a satisfying sense of place. “It’s why you often find people from such places celebrating and defending their particular enclave,” says McGriff, “as if the idea of that place is a part of their family. In a sense, it is.”

Cold? Tired? Irritable? Have Your Thyroid Tested and Restore Your Vitality


t is very common for people to experience cold hands and feet, chronic fatigue or tiredness, and irritability that comes from the daily buildup of stress. These symptoms are not random, isolated events. They are connected. These symptoms are a common result of hypothyroidism. Most people are told that even though they are experiencing these symptoms, they do not have hypothyroidism because their TSH levels are normal. However, this is the only test many family doctors perform. Unfortunately, this test, when performed by itself, means almost nothing about your health and why the symptoms are present. When checking the thyroid, there are several other thyroid tests that can and should be done on any patient experiencing these symptoms. These additional tests can tell the physician if your thyroid is working correctly. Depending upon what tests are abnormal, the physician can proceed to check other organs and systems to make sure they are working properly. Did you know that hypothyroidism is almost never caused by the thyroid itself? Unfortunately, those individuals who are diagnosed are typically put on levothyroxine or another equivalent thyroid medication. In reality, the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, the

large intestine, the immune system, and the adrenal glands can all cause hypothyroidism if any one of them is not working right. Even something as simple as a selenium deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. Why take a prescription medication that takes over thyroid function when you can identify the real underlying cause of the hypothyroidism and fix it? In the United States, the most common cause of hypothyroidism has nothing whatsoever to do with the thyroid. It is caused by a hypersensitive immune system that begins attacking the thyroid, called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The treatment for this should focus on calming the immune system down, not prescribing thyroid medication! Dr. Megan Strauchman, the medical director for the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers in Richmond and Grand Blanc, is fellowship-trained in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, and uses a whole-body approach to solving the symptoms of hypothyroidism by getting to the root cause and correcting it appropriately, not by covering it up with medications. Dr. Strauchman is currently accepting new patients through the end of July. For more information, feel free to call her office at 810-694-3576 or visit her website at

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actionalert To put the nanoscale in perspective, a sheet of newsprint is 100,000 nanometers thick and there are about 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch.

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Nanotechnology in Consumer Products And Your Right to Know by Chris Powers


anotechnology is currently changing nearly every branch of science. Exciting new developments have been made that allow for the creation of stronger, smarter and more innovative materials. Breakthroughs in nanoscience have allowed for better computers, new cancer treatments and sensors capable of detecting trace toxins in water. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science and engineering. Nanoscience involves materials that are between one and several hundred nanometers in measure. To put the nanoscale in perspective, a sheet of newspaper is 100,000 nanometers thick and there are about 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch. A strand of human DNA is 2.5 nanometers wide. So why are these tiny materials so remarkable? When things get really small, the laws of chemistry and physics start to change. Imagine a gold ring was cut it in half. We wouldn't be very happy, but both halves would still be the same gold that we know. If we took the ring and divided it into pieces that were less than 100 nanometers big, the gold would start to turn different colors. It would become red, brown and then blue depending upon the size of the nanoparticle. They appear different colors because nanopar-


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Nanoparticles have always been around, but now scientists and engineers are able to create engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). In fact, companies have already begun using ENPs in consumer products. Although nanotechnology is bringing new possibilities to the market, it isn't without risks. Many of these new materials have not been tested for use in plant or animal studies, let alone clinical trials involving humans. The rate at which these new materials are being discovered and implemented is much faster than the medical community's understanding of how they will interact with the body. Nanomaterials are currently being implemented in clothing, bedding, food, food packaging, sunscreen and countless other areas without being labeled as such. Sunscreen, for example, has long used zinc oxide (ZnO) to prevent sun damage, but now many companies are using nanoscale ZnO because it provides better sun protection while using less material. Nanoscale ZnO is much smaller than a human cell, and the long-term effect of using skin treatments laced with nanoparticles is not fully understood. The label might say ZnO, but it does not necessarily have to specify that it is on the "nanoscale." The application of these materials in consumer products is not necessarily harmful, but as consumers, we have a right to know and to choose whether to use products containing engineered nanomaterials. For more information on the potential risks and for a list of products containing engineered nanomaterials, visit Investigate some of the products you purchase and be an educated consumer. More information and links are also available through the Organic Consumers Association web page on Nanotechnology at: Chris Powers lives in Auburn Hills, MI and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has worked professionally on projects in nanoscience and is interested in learning, sharing and writing about technologies that help people get more out of life.

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$25. Mind & Body Fitness, 67529 S. Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876.

Friday, July 13 Wednesday, June 27 The Amazing Thyroid! - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to support this incredible gland. Discover its link to heart health, digestive issues, weight gain and more. Dr. Richard Sowerby D.C., Clinical Nutritionist demonstrates how Nutrition Response Testing addresses these issues. Vitamin Shoppe, Shelby Twp. FREE! Call 248-879-1900 to register. Sustainable Living Tour - 7-9:30pm. Tour the enchanting structures & grounds at the Strawbale Studio & learn about regenerative living & upcoming educational activities. $25. Strawbale Studio, Oxford. 248-628-1887.

Thursday, June 28 No Child Left Inside: Family Nature Club -Turtle Talk - 1pm. Wonder what turtles eat, or question whether they can come out of their shells? Michigan is home to 10 different species of turtles. Learn more about them as you meet some real turtles up close, and then take a hike to find turtles in their natural habitat. All ages. $3/person. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center near Mount Clemens. 586-463-4332.

Saturday, June 30 Gardening Class - 2-3:30pm. How to trim tomatoes for higher yield and watering devices for high water needs plants. $20/person. Me, My Health & Eyes, Lake Orion. Must RSVP 248-393-8633.

discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, meat-free option. Registration required, either online or at the Customer Service desk. FREE. Whole Foods Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Full Moon Potluck at the Strawbale Studio - 6-10pm. Join in on this free community event that includes a tour of the buildings, a bonfire and an opportunity to be with good folks and nature. Donations welcomed. Oxford. RSVP and Registration 248-628-1887.

Saturday, July 7 Tot Time: The Secrets of Seeds - 10am. Join an interpreter and discover the wonderful world of seeds. Kids will investigate where seeds come from and see what seeds produce. Get out and dig in the dirt! $3 per person. Preregistration required. Ages 2-5. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near White Lake. 248-6257280.

Tuesday, July 10 Detoxification Class - 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN will present information on the importance of detoxification. Detoxification can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Ann will cover the reasons and benefits of detoxifying, how to detox, how to eat a cleaner diet and much more. $25. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, CLARKSTON. Call 248-625-6677 to register.

Full Moon Paddle/Linden - 6:30pm. Keepers of the Shiawassee. Distance: TBD, Level of Difficulty: Easy. Paddlers can enjoy a full moon paddle with a Restaurant Option. Paddlers will start at the Linden Mill Pond travel upstream on the Shiawassee River. Meet at the Linden Mill Pond, downtown Linden. Info: Maggie Yerman 810-735-9570.

Preschool Nature Club - 11am. Introduce your preschooler to the wonderful world of nature! Listen to story, do a craft or other related activity, then hit the trail! Every other week, this series will focus on a different nature topic. Dress to be outdoors. Ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. $3/child. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center near Mt. Clemens. 586-463-4332.

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VegMI Presents: Vegetarian 101 - 7pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Longtime vegetarians and VegMichigan members will

Runners Yoga Workshop - 7:30-9pm. New or seasoned runner? This workshop can help improve your running performance w/yoga. Learn to incorporate the practices of fitness in your running.

Free Yoga Classes at the Lavender Festival 10am-5pm. Thru 7/15. Free Yoga classes each day. Blakes Apple Orchard in Romeo. FREE. Mind & Body Fitness@ The Studio, 67529 S. Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. Second Friday Artwalk: Buckham Gallery 6:30pm. (Doors open at 6pm for the ArtWalk) Distance: 1 Mile, Level of Difficulty: 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, 134 1/2 W. Second Street, Flint. Info: Mike Haley 810-686-6354

Saturday, July 14 Stop the Invasion! - 10am. Volunteers needed to help retake the nature trails as they combat autumn olive, Asiatic bittersweet and garlic mustard – three invasive plant species. Bring loppers and gloves if you have them. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-2278910. Urban Hike - 10am. At the Flint Farmer's Market or Flint Institute of Arts. Distance: 1 Mile, Level of difficulty: Easy. 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, Flint. Info: Mike Haley 810-686-6354. Canoe/Kayak: Holly Recreation Area - 1pm. Distance: Varies, Level of Difficulty: Varies. Join us paddling the Holly Recreation area's Valley, Wildwood, and Heron Lakes. Bring your own boat. There will be a short portage across a road. From the Intersection of Dixie Hwy. and Grange Hall Rd., East on Grange Hall Rd. to McGinnis Rd., Turn Right (east) on McGinnis Rd., 0.8 miles. Turn Right (south) into Holly Recreation Area, Heron Valley and Wildwood Lakes Pard. Go straight (SE) past park registration booth and follow the road across the Heron/Wildwood lake bridge to the Valley Lake boat launch and dock (about 1 mile). Info: Linda Berker 810-348-8664


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Tuesday, July 17 Tibetan Heart Yoga - 6:30-7:45pm. Tibetan Heart Yoga is a wonderful practice that combines yoga postures and compassion meditation together in a flowing sequence. Begins with tonglen meditation. Series comes from the Gelukpa lineage of the Dalai Lama is a great stress reducer and also helps promote happiness. $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. Better Health Now and For a Lifetime Class 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, will conduct a seminar about the lifestyle modifi cation program, FirstLine Therapy. Customized program includes personal consultation, individualized nutrition plan, testing for progress and group classes. Focus is on managing or preventing chronic illnesses like Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Auto-Immune diseases and more. FREE. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, CLARKSTON. Call 248-625-6677 to register.

Wednesday, July 18 Essential Oils for Allergies - 7-8pm. Learn to manage your seasonal allergies by using pure therapeutic essential oils and how to lessen or reduce the use of over-the-counter medications that could lead to uncomfortable side effects. Nic explains how to apply specific oils to help bring balance to all body systems, relief of seasonal allergies and some food sensitivities. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064. See ad page xx. Workshop: Ai-Ki (self defense) - 7:158:30pm. Come join: NEW 4 week series of Ai-Ki workshop these concepts: Body Mechanics, Self Defense, Center and Timing, Mind Balance and Movement, Body. Donation. Mind & Body Fitness@ The Studio, 67529 S. Main St, Richmond. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. See ad page 55.

Friday, July 20 Hatha Yoga - 3-4pm. Free your body & mind from tension by allowing yourself to regain balance and energy by utilizing elemental postures & breathing techniques.Instructor: Sue Albert, Certified Yoga Instructor RYT $15. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, Rochester. Kim Leshley 248895-5064.

Saturday, July 21 Festival of Chariots - 11am-6pm. Festival of Chariots is a free festival revealing the cultural heart of India. There is a FREE lunch, live music, Vedic culture and arts and more. FREE. Novi Novi Civic

Center (45175 10 Mile Rd) and Fuerst Park (10 Mile and Taft). Naimish Patel 248-514-1421. Canoe/Kayak: East & West Graham Lakes - 1pm. Distance: 1.5 to 2 hours, Level of Difficulty: Easy. Bring your own boat. A beautiful wetlands paddle on spring-fed clear water. Take M-24 to Lake Orion, go Left on Flint Street to right on Orion Road. Go Left on Stoney Creek Road, take a Left on Harmon Road. Go Right on Predmore Road about 1/4 mile then Left to put-in and parking at East Graham Lake. Info: Linda Berker 810-348-8664.

Friday, July 27 Thrive ~ Movie Showing - 7-10pm. THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world. It offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. FREE. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, Oakland. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. South Manitou Island Backpacking Trip 9am. Thru Sun 7/29. Distance: TBD, Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Meet at 9:00 a.m. Friday at Manitou Island Transport Ferry Dock at Fishtown in Leland, MI. Ferry leaves at 10:00 a.m. Make individual ferry reservations by calling 231-2569061. National Park Entrance Fee is charged for the Island. Return on Sunday. Info: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038.

Tuesday, July 31 Chakra Balancing Workshop - 7-8:30pm. Enjoy a fun, informative workshop. We are sharing time-tested, easy tools that work to clear/balance your system daily. Very vital in this day & age! $20.00. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, Oakland. Therese Winter 248-765-1832.

Thursday, August 2 Tip To Toe Health Series - 1-2pm. Learn about the female urinary tract & how to maintain its health. Exercises, natural remedies & supplements covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. FREE. Grand Blanc Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Dr. Grand Blanc. FAMILY Pharmacy. Adrienne Griffin 248-425-3440. See ad page 10.

Wednesday, August 15 Tip To Toe Health Series - 10:30-11:30am. Learn about the female urinary tract & how to maintain its health. Exercises, natural remedies & supplements covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. FREE. Lockwood of Burton, 2173 S. Center Rd. Burton. FAMILY Pharmacy. Adrienne Griffin 248-4253440. See ad page 10.

Monday , August 27 Tip To Toe Health Series - 2-3pm. Learn about the female urinary tract & how to maintain its health. Exercises, natural remedies & supplements covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. FREE. Lockwood of Davison, 300 Main St. Davison. FAMILY Pharmacy. Adrienne Griffin 248-425-3440. See ad page 10.

Friday, August 31 Great Lakes State Fair - Thru Sept 3. Michigan’s State Fair is back with the Great Lakes State Fair. Everything that you have loved from past State Fairs will be here, livestock & agriculture exhibits, a midway, great entertainment and many vendors and the addition of the Detroit Shrine Circus. Everything is included in the Ultimate ticket price! Suburban Showplace Collection, Novi. Info: 248-348-5600.

Wednesday, August 1 Tip To Toe Health Series - 1-2pm. Learn about the female urinary tract & how to maintain its health. Exercises, natural remedies & supplements covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. FREE. Rosehaven Manor , 3900 Hammerberg Rd. Flint. FAMILY Pharmacy. Adrienne Griffin 248-425-3440. See ad page 10. Tip To Toe Health Series - 2:30-3:30pm. Learn about the female urinary tract & how to maintain its health. Exercises, natural remedies & supplements covered. Samples, materials & giveaways. FREE. Genesee Gardens, 4495 Calkins Rd. Flint. FAMILY Pharmacy. Adrienne Griffin 248-4253440. See ad page 10.

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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. Donation $5. Meditation Self-Healing Center, 244 Law Street, lApeer. Info: 810-356-5021. friends of the flint river Trail bike rides 2pm. 13 to 15 miles round-trip, easy to moderate. Leisurely, family-friendly bike rides start from the Flint Farmers Market and travel to different, enjoyable locations through October. Riders travel in a group with an experienced Leader. Some destinations include Bluebell Beach, Stepping Stone Falls, and For-Mar. Flint Farmers Market: 420 E. Boulevard, flINT. Info: Jack Minore 810-2525258, or Bruce Nieuwenhuis 810-742-0071. Springfield Farmers’ Market - 10am-2pm. 6/17 Thru 10/14. Products naturally, locally grown (Michigan) and heirloom. Admission FREE! Shiawassee Basin Preserve (dAVISburG Rd. Entrance) Info: Laura, Market Manager. 248-2491592.


Meditation Group - 6:30-8pm. Join us for group meditation in the Dome at the Center of Light. Donation $10. Center of Light, 5898 Baldwin Road, OxfOrd. Sue Clement 810-338-5471.

markyourcalendar Tai Chi Classes Slow, graceful and rhythmic exercise, which originated in china. It is often referred to as meditation in movement or swimming in air and combines deep breathing, relaxation, concentration and slow, gentle, structured movement to exercise the body and mind and strengthen one's internal energy. Wear warm soaks or Tai Chi shoes and comfortable clothes. Taught by Eric Scott, 22 years experience.

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Good for beginners all the way to advanced. Taught by Certified Black Belt Instructors, 10 years. Overall fitness classes that includes cardio, strengthening, stretching, Toning & TaeKwon Do. Punching & Kicking techniques.

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farmers' Market/Crafts - 9am-2pm. Produce, baked goods,plants,diabetic socks, Project Fresh/ EBT vendors, more. FREE. Durand Union Station, Main & Hagle St, downtown durANd. 989-288-3561. yolates - 9:45-10:45am. A great mix of Pilates and yoga to give you the best of both classes. $10 for walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. foundational yoga - 10-11am. Energize and relax your mind, body, spirit and heart. $8. Michigan Rehabiliation Specialists, 10860 Highland Rd, hArTlANd hArTlANd. Tanya 810-623-4755. 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. healing yoga Sessions - 6:30-7:45pm. Hatha Yoga Foundation explored with special attention to individual healing $12. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, OAklANd TOwNShIp. Therese Winter 248-765-1832. power sculpt - 6:45-7:45pm. Get fit with weights & a great cardio workout, all in one. For Men&women. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876.

Mondays & Wednesdays • 6-7pm Korean Martial Arts Institute 925 Baldwin Rd, lapeer. 10 classes/$40 or $6 drop-in rates. Info/RSVP: Ms. Janet 810-667-2101 For more information visit or see ad on inside back cover.

yolates - 9:30-10:30am. A great mix of Pilates and yoga to give you the best of both classes. $10 for walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. 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. Community Meditation - 7pm (doors open at 6:30). Everyone Welcome. Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is listening to God. Suggested Love

yoga mix - 9:45-10:45am. A mixture between slow flow & vinyasa. You will feel invigorated&refreshed. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. Macomb County homebirth Circle - 7-8:30pm. Social gathering where women are supported for their choice to birth at home. FREE. Thrive In Line Chiropractic, 51309 Mound Rd, Shelby TOwNShIp. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836. Meditation Gathering - 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. 7-8 Guided Meditation, 8-9 Potluck. Relaxed Atmosphere. Donation. BeTrue Retreat Center, 3170 Miller Road, OAklANd TOwNShIp. Therese Winter 248-765-1832.

ySpin - 8:15 am-9:30 am. A combination of yoga and cycling to get the best of both workouts. Come Join. $10/walk in. Mind & Body Fitness @The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876.

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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 Group - 11:30am1:30pm. Lunch at noon ($5/person). Activities such as guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and more! $7 yearly membership. Non-members welcome. Ages 50+ or those with disabilities of any age. Info: Sarah at the Springfield Oaks Parks and Recreation, dAVISburG. 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. Tai Chi for health - 6:15-7:30pm. Certified instructor with 10 years' experience. All fitness levels welcome. 8 weeks/$10 class. $8/class student/senior. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OwOSSO. 989720-HEAL. See ad page 29. 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.

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markyourcalendar beginner & Intermediate Asthanga yoga This class will work on discovering how movement and breath, working together, Will 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 and wear comfortable cloths. Taught by Chris Duncan, RYT 10 years.

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 18. 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.

Thursdays • 6-7:30pm 8 classes/$80 or $12 drop-in rates.

yoga - 9am. Donation. J-Living Yoga & Fitness, 7355 Hall Rd, dAVISburG. Jules 248-390-9270. yoga mix - 9:15-10:15am. A mixture between slow flow&vinyasa. You will feel invigorated & refreshed. $10 walk ins. Mind & Body Fitness @ The Studio, 67529 Main St, rIChMONd. Darlene Daniels 586-430-9876. Sexual Assault Group - 9:30-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, hOwell. Info: 517-548-1350.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~henry ward beecher

Guided Meditation Group - 7-8:30pm. Second Fridays May-July. Light refreshments. Donation. Me, My Health & Eyes, lAke OrION. Please RSVP: 248-393-8633.

yoga at Stony Creek - 8-9am. 6/9-8/25. Join instructor Kathy Vesprini for an hour of gentle poses. All levels. $7/session or 5-wk pkg. Stony Creek Metropark near rOCheSTer/wAShINGTON TOwNShIp. Info: 586-918-8407.

Korean Martial Arts Institute 925 Baldwin Rd, lapeer. Info/RSVP: Ms. Janet 810-667-2101 For more information visit or see ad on inside back cover.

2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, flINT. RSVP 810235-5181. See ad page 18.

Zumba fitness - 12:15-1pm. Latin-inspired fitness class for weight loss and enhanced health. All fitness levels welcome. $8 drop in, $5 drop in for students/ seniors. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OwOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 29. food Addicts in recovery Anonymous - 6-7:30pm. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. COMMerCe Twp. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 1445 Welch Rd. Info: 866-914-3663. Colon hydrotherapy - 6-7pm.Wth Dr. Dennis Benn. FREE. Alternative Health and Rehab Centre,

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 18. Saturday Zumba party - 10:30-11:30am. Bring inside shoes. Get in shape for the summer. There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. Easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students. All welcome. Special $8/walk-in per class; reg $10. Mind & Body Fitness @ the Studio, 67529 Main Street rIChMONd (Next to the Huvaere Chrysler Dodge Jeep). 586-430-9876. Online schedule/monthly packages.

Zumba - 12:15-1pm. Latin-inspired dance-fitness for weight loss and enhanced health. All levels welcome. $8 drop-in, $5 class cards, $4 student/ senior class cards. Healthy Happy Whole, 317 S Elm, OWOSSO. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 29.

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Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers


10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste B, Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 •

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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 Michal Kelly L. Ac., Dipl. O.M. Kimberly Heneke, 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 18.

CBM Health CarE (Non Profit) 2415 Owen Rd Bldg B • Fenton 810-391-8666

Free 1st Acupuncture treatment, meridian analysis testing and B12 Injection (NIH research showed improvement with acupuncture for pain relief, asthma and nausea). Medicare, B/C, Fee For Service accepted. Assistance for all Seniors and low income persons. House calls to Seniors and homebound in certain areas for medical care.

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Korina St. John, Dipl.OM, L.Ac 317 S Elm, Suite 202B, Owosso Memorial Outpatient Services, Owosso • 989-720-HEAL Wi t h o v e r 1 4 y e a r s experience in Integrative Medicine, Korina offers painless acupuncture and compassionate care for all ages. Treatment plans designed to meet your specific healthcare and financial needs.

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.

Beauty/Skin Care BeautiControl

1704 Haines Rd, Lapeer 810-441-9656

BeautiControl. Enjoy experienceing our in home s.p.a. including our hydrating facial, instant facelift, glam, and much more. Beauticontrol products are free of lead, parabens, sulfates, artificial dyes or fragrances.


Dr. Morningstar is the developer of the TornadoSuit and ARC3D Scoliosis Therapy. His treatment approach has already received national media attention for it's long-term effectiveness. Preventing scoliosis surgery in children, and maximizing pain relief function in adult scoliosis patients. See ad page 21.

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 18.

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.

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

Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 17.


alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC

David Ewing, DDS, LPC

DR. BENN DC BA, 30 years in practice treating sports, family, chronic and non-responsive conditions. See ad page 18.

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.

S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

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:

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5516 Torrey Rd, Flint 810-232-2515

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 2.

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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. See ad page 25.

health foods Carothers' Olive Oil

1284 N. Belsay Road Burton #2 810-715-9748

Our mission at Carothers' Olive Oil is to provide olive oil that is top quality and wonderfully tasteful. We do this! Extra Virgin cold pressed.

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.

Hypnosis Delivers-Results

Mary Sammons • 103 E. Main St. • Flushing 810-423-6541 or 888-851-5606 HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals - Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress. Offering: VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND, HYPNO-BAND. Private, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.

integrative medicine CBM Health CarE (Non Profit) 2415 Owen Rd Bldg B • Fenton 810-391-8666

Free 1st Acupuncture treatment, meridian analysis testing and B12 Injection (NIH research showed improvement with acupuncture for pain relief, asthma and nausea). Medicare, B/C, Fee For Service accepted. Assistance for all Seniors and low income persons. House calls to Seniors and homebound in certain areas for medical care.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste B, Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 •

Comprehensive treatment options to maximize your results. Bio-identical hormones, IV nutritionals, HcG weight loss, manipulation under anesthesia, decompression therapy, exercise with oxygen therapy, and cancer therapies. See ad page 21.

S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint • 810-235-5181

Medical Hypnotherapist Jon Tomlinson, with 90% success rate. Helping with conditions: quit smoking, weight loss, golf and much more. See ad page 18.


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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 15.

Natural/Holistic Health 2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste F, Flint 810-235-5181 •

A diagnostic, treatment and research centre with a holistic, personal approach. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, sports rehab and exercise, massage, oxygen therapy, detox and more. See ad page 18.

Lotus Healing Arts Center 6015 W Pierson Rd #3 Flushing • 810-874-1759

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. See ad page 23.

Organic Lawn Care Serving Genesee, Oakland & Livingston

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

Weight Loss Living waters wellness center

massage Deep tissue, Active Release, Prenatal, Myofacial, Shiatsu, Sports • 521 North Leroy St., Fenton

810-629-6023 •

alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC

810-724-0480 542 N. Cedar, Imlay City

Bio-Turf, LLC • 810-348-7547

700 S. Main St, Ste 113 • Lapeer 810-660-8585


Timeless Health & Beauty medical spa

Alternative Health & Rehab Centre, PLLC

Rebekah's health & Nutrition

O rg a n i c w h o l e f o o d supplements, nutritional superfoods, detoxification, weight management and the HCG protocol. Consultations available with our knowledgeable and experienced staff. See ad page 8.

Medical spa

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.

Janie Jeffery, NHP, CCT 810-252-4389 •

Lose one pound a day using an FDA approved HCG formula under the supervision of an experienced & qualified practitioner with guaranteed results. Mention this ad and get $95.00 off.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste B, Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 • People under Dr. Strauchman's supervised HcG protocol are losing 20-30 pounds a month and keeping it off. Mention Natural Awakenings Directory and receive $50 off your HcG Program. See ad page 21.

Tenets of TaeKwon-Do Courtesy Integrity Perseverance Self-Control Indomitable Spirit

810-667-2101 935 Baldwin Rd. Lapeer

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• Summer Camp • KMAI Olympics• • Lapeer Days • • Family Fun Days • Wee Classes (Ages 5-6 yrs.) • • Multiple Classes & Times Offered Weekly •

Summer class schedule available through Labor Day ~ Adult enrichment classes available ~ 10% off Yoga, Tai Chi and Women's Fitness

Korean Martial Arts Institute... is a traditional TaeKwon-Do School of Self-Defense, Since 1975. We are very family orientednatural and awakenings a strong teaching school. July 2012


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