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5 newsbriefs

7 communityspotlight

8 healthbriefs

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13 SIX POWERHOUSE FOODS FOR KIDS With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey

13 healthykids 14 fitbody

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16 consciouseating

18 greenliving

27 ongoingevents

14 FITNESS MYTHS 11 Vital Truths by Lynda Bassett

16 THE BETTER

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BRAIN DIET Eat Right To Stay Sharp

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17 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Requirements for Rapid Brain Response

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y the time you receive this issue of Natural Awakenings, there may still be snow on the ground. We produce the magazine a few weeks before it actually comes out, and it's tough to predict what the weather is going to be like when Natural Awakenings is distributed each month. One thing we know for sure, however, is that the first day of Spring occurs in March. We're pretty sure all Michiganders look forward to that day each year. Because of that, March is the month we devote to healthy foods and gardening. It's not too early to start planning your gardening and healthy foods is a topic that fits in every month. In our feature article this month, "Urban Gardening Takes Root," the writer points out that you don't have to live in the country to grow your own food. Interestingly enough, by the end of World War II nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans were grown in "victory gardens," in the communities in which they were consumed. And today, one study showed that 31 percent of all households grew food for their families and 70 percent of that was in urban or suburban areas. And the trend is on the rise. Check out this article for details and more information. We believe that local urban gardening is part of the solution to maintaining a healthy, organic supply of food for our families. We also have a couple of articles that talk about foods to keep us healthy. In one, the writer describes how, while 5.4 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer's and one in five is suffering from Mild Cognitive Impairment, many brain experts are looking to food as one line of defense against dementia. In another, we talk about "Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids" that they will not only like, but will help in the battle against the "western diet" that is high in processed sugars, fats, starches, meats and salt. According to the American Heart Association, one in three kids is overweight or obese. Hopefully, if you have kids at home, this article will give you some ideas to help feed them foods that they love and that are good for them. And there's lots more, including our NewsBriefs, HealthBriefs and other articles. We hope you enjoy it all. Finally, there are several major events taking place in East Michigan this Spring. You can find information on them in this month's issue. We look forward to seeing you there. So until next month, stay happy and healthy...naturally!

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newsbriefs Take a Women's Night Out In Flint

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oin other women for an evening full of fun, fitness, and shopping! The annual Women’s Night Out will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 8 pm and is free to women in the Flint area and surrounding community. The goal of the event is to inspire women to exercise and learn to cook healthy. Throughout the event, women can try a sampling of fitness classes like Aqua Fitness, Chair Yoga, Fitness izza Ball, Gentle Yoga, Kettlebells, Power Yoga, Pilates, Rock ‘n core, Tai Chi, U•Fit, and the popular Zumba® and Zumba® Toning. Shopping is available in the marketplace which includes 60+ merchants, holistic health fair vendors, and community service providers. The University Dining Service Chef will have healthy cooking demos and tastings. The event sponsor, Edible Flint, will discuss how to create an urban garden. The Fitness Café will be also be open throughout the evening for food purchases. Admission is free for women 16 and older; no registration necessary. Childcare is available for ages 2-12. No strollers or children will be allowed on the show floor.

Do you have a special event in the community? Open a new office? Move? Recently become certified in a new modality?

The event will be held at the University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center located at 401 Mill St in Flint. For more information, visit FlintRec.com or call 810-762-3441.

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oin North Oakland Wild Ones and Vern Stephens for a free lecture on Landscaping for Wildlife on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:30 – 9 pm. Vern provides natural landscaping, design and consulting, environmental education, and habitat management planning utilizing Michigan native wildflowers and grasses. The presentation will be held at the St. Daniel Church Cushing Center located at 7010 Valley Park Drive in Clarkston. Doors open at 7 pm. To register, please email annebushroe@hotmail.com. This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. For more information, please visit WildOnes.org/Chapters/NorthOakland.

News Briefs.

Opportunities Available to Learn to Protect Our Watersheds

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he Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is hosting a Weekly Clean every Wednesday from 10 am to 12 pm to help clean the local rivers and lakes. Every third Wednesday of the month will offer an additional clean up in the afternoon from 3 to 5 pm. This volunteer-based program is designed to give constant attention to our waterways to make sure they stay free of trash and debris. For a list of upcoming sites, please visit crwc.org/event-news/weekly-clean. To report a public site in need of cleanup, please email amanda@crwc.org with pictures and exact location details. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs VegFest 2013 Vegan Tastefest and Expo Returns to Novi

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egFest returns to Novi on April 21! The annual event features notable local and national speakers, cooking and rawfood demonstrations, vegan cuisine from local restaurants and bakeries along with national brand sampling, a diverse array of exhibitors, eco-friendly products, crueltyfree fashions, children's activities, door prizes, literature, cookbooks, and more. The main speakers this year include Carol Leifer, a trailblazing female in the world of stand-up comedy; NBA champ John Salley; author and founder of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.; world-renowned ultramarathon champion and former 24-hour American record holder Scott Jurek; and author, artist and activist Ruby Roth. VegFest will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace Novi located at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi on April 21 from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $10; children 6 and under free. VegMichigan is a nonprofit organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. For more information, visit VegMichigan.org.

Private Television Network Brings Relaxing Atmosphere to Businesses

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ichigan-based TV network eScapes is offering a Private Television Network (PTN) to businesses to help foster a relaxing atmosphere. eScapes Network is a TV network that specializes in relaxation television, pairing beautiful scenery from around the world with beautiful music. This programming now forms the basis of a Private Television Network that is available to businesses. PTNs are best suited for businesses with waiting areas. Market research has shown that the programming actually helps to reduce the perceived wait time of clients. In addition to this benefit, PTNs bring a relaxing atmosphere to the waiting area, reinforce the business through tasteful branding, and offer programming free of competitors’ messages. “Private Television Networks are a unique offering for businesses that provide a solution to problems found in the waiting area,” says Robert Oklejas, President and founder of eScapes Network. “PTNs are particularly well-suited for doctors’ offices, spas, auto service centers, and restaurants, just to name a few. If used to full capacity, they even have the ability to impact the bottom line by increasing revenue and reducing expenses.” For more information or to learn how to get a PTN for your business, visit their website at: eScapesTV.com/PTN.

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ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified U.S. food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

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Why We Might Need More Vitamin C

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esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it. natural awakenings

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ew research by the nonprofit Consumers Union (CU), which publishes Consumer Reports, may cause us to reconsider what we place in our steamer or cookpot. Rice—a staple of many diets, vegetarian or not—is frequently contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with fetal development. Rice contains more arsenic than grains like oats or wheat because it is grown in water-flooded conditions, and so more readily absorbs the heavy metal from soil or water than most plants. Even most U.S.-grown rice comes from the south-central region, where crops such as cotton were heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades. Thus, some organically grown rice in the region is impacted, as well. CU analysis of more than 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products on U.S. grocery shelves found that nearly all contained some level of arsenic; many with alarmingly high amounts. There is no federal standard for arsenic in food, but there is a limit of 10 parts per billion in drinking water, and CU researchers found that one serving of contaminated rice may have as much arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water. To reduce the risk of exposure, rinse rice grains thoroughly before cooking and follow the Asian practice of preparing it with extra water to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residues; and then drain the excess water before serving. See CU’s chart of arsenic levels in tested rice products at Tinyurl.com/ ArsenicReport.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Windy Woes

Solving Wind Power’s Hidden Pollution Problem The U.S. Department of Energy reports that although wind power accounts for just over 4 percent of domestic electrical generation, it comprises a third of all new electric capacity. Even with the freedom from coal or oil that wind power creates, a major component of the generating devices, the turbine blades, has its own carbon footprint that needs examining. Some of the blades are as long as a football field, and the metal, fiberglass or carbon composites must be mined, refined, manufactured and transported, all consuming energy and creating materials that are difficult to recycle when they reach the end of their usefulness and are replaced. Christopher Niezrecki, a member of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Wind Energy Research Group, estimates the United States will have as many as 170,000 wind turbines by 2030, creating more than 34,000 discarded blades each year. The next generation of blade material may come from natural cellulose fibers and bio-based plastics derived from soybean, linseed and other vegetable oils, instead of oil-based polymers. A $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant is funding the research. Source: FastCoexist.com

Dishpan Plants

Waste Water Cuts Fertilizer Use The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, lowcost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s (WERF) new report shows that many plants used for landscaping benefit from the use of gray water (Tinyurl.com/graywaterreport). The study looked at seven homes in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas with new and longstanding gray water systems that recycle wastewater to irrigate outdoor plants. Although the soil irrigated with gray water showed higher levels of cleaners, antimicrobials and sodium compared with areas irrigated with fresh water, there was enough nitrogen present in gray water to reduce or eliminate the need for additional fertilizers. Not all plants responded positively, but WERF Communications Director Carrie Capuco says, “Gray water can be successfully used with the right plant choices.” Guidelines include heavily mulching the area where gray water is supplied to minimize contact with pets. natural awakenings

Superior Soil

Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.

It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~Honoré de Balzac March 2013

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globalbriefs Better Cafeterias

School Lunches Improving Nationwide The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card found that public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rose above federal guidelines for serving healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve. PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chicken-fried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items. To read the complete report, visit HealthySchoolLunches.org.

Food Feelings

Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”

School Safeguard How to Build a Bike Train

In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way—can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine

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Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey

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s parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate. It’s unfortunate, because the stakes are high. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens today is overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent Australian study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, also has linked the “Western diet”—high in processed sugars, fats and starches, meats and salt, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables—to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents. “When we looked at specific foods, having an ADHD diagnosis was associated with a diet high in takeaway foods, processed meats, red meat, high-fat dairy products and confectionary,” adds Professor Wendy Oddy, Ph.D., the

nutritional epidemiologist who led the study. She notes that more research is needed to determine the specific nature of the relationship. The good news is that it’s never too late to introduce healthy foods to a child. Here are six nutritional powerhouses children might actually eat. Avocado: Loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium and folate, creamy avocados are a natural early-childhood favorite, says Pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears, author of HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months. How to eat: Spoon it out straight from the rind. Mash into guacamole with garlic and cilantro if desired. Use the spread (instead of butter or mayo) on wholegrain toast or a sandwich. Or, blend avocado’s goodness with cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and water for an irresistible dip for fruit. Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are well-known aids in helping to prevent illness and improve brain function, says Sears. Choose organically grown berries to avoid pesticide residues. Nutritionally, frozen berries are just as good as fresh, although fresh tastes best. Also try natural awakenings

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he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.

Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness

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Myth 4: Too Late to Start Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises Exercise Physiologist Jason Karp, Ph.D., author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”

Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot – Basic Training for Professionals, in San Francisco. “Rather, aim for a point of gentle discomfort,” she advises.

Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular www.NAeastMichigan.com


activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”

Myth 9: Crunches Cut Belly Fat There’s no such thing as spot reducing. While crunches strengthen abdominal muscles, they will not shrink your waistline, says Karp. Instead, try exercises such as squats, lunges and yoga plank holds or kettlebell repetitions to lose stubborn belly fat.

Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

Myth 11: Exercise is Hard Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, California, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett. com.

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upon the location and severity of the scoliosis. The TornadoSuit™ is designed to be used in conjunction with an exercise-based scoliosis therapy, such as the ARC3D Therapy (arc3dtherapy.com). This enhances the effectiveness of the TornadoSuit™ compared to wearing the TornadoSuit™ alone.

Because it is not a hard brace, but made “As an active member instead out of neoof SOSORT, a European prene (a stretchable Thoracolumbar based medical society foyet durable material), Configuration cused on exercise-based it does allow some give treatments for scoliosis, I’ve been over the course of time over each fortunate enough to be exposed wear period (3-6 hours per day). to all types of scoliosis treatment The TornadoSuit™ material allows worldwide. Having seen the benthe patient to maintain efits and disadvantages of his or her flexibility, various types of bracing and can be worn while both in the US and abroad, participating in sports I tried to create a design and other athletic acthat incorporated as many tivities. However, it of the advantages as possistill maintains a high ble without the drawbacks level of support to alof conventional bracing,” low the muscles of says Morningstar. the spine to work less Full Torso According to preliminary while still stabilizing Version reports, the TornadoSuit™ the spine. Preliminary is more comfortable than hard research suggests that the avbraces, yet it still provides substan- erage initial correction of the tial support, while also being thin spinal curvature ranges between enough to conceal under clothing 15-35%. Patients wearing the TornadoSuit™ for one year are for daylong wear. maintaining scoliosis improveA big advantage of the TornadoSuments of 10-40%. it™ is that it can be worn exclusively at home, thereby minimizing the For more information on impact of treatment on a child’s the TornadoSuit™, or to schedule self-esteem and confidence. Since your free initial consult, please it is comprised of multiple pieces, contact Dr. Morningstar at 810the TornadoSuit™ can be fully cus- 694-3576, or email him at: tomized to each patient, depending drmorningstar@nwprc.com. advertisement natural awakenings

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bohydrates like white bread or sugarsweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to Type 2 diabetes), effecting blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A highcarb diet has also been linked to increased levels of beta-amyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those that ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those that ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether.

The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall

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ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published

in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how. Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined car-

Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those that eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the

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brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson. Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the cell-damaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those that did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific anti-Alzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those that did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidant-rich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer outside of Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@ LisaAnnMarshall.com.

Food for Thought:

Requirements for Rapid Brain Response by Dr. Mark Morningstar

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he brain and nervous system need three basic things to function normally: 1) nutrients, 2) oxygen, 3) activation. A lack of any one of these results in a brain that is foggy, tired, and unfocused. In today’s fast-paced world, people want solutions that provide quick results. Here are some suggestions that you can put into everyday practice to jumpstart your memory, reaction time, and concentration:

Nutrients

Vitamin B12 – It is important to differentiate between the various supplement forms of B12. The active form of B12 is methylcobalamin, the form readily absorbed and utilized by the brain and nervous system for normal function. • Typical dose should be 2500-5000 mcg per day as a sublingual tablet. Phosphatidylserine – This amino acid is found in soy lecithin predominantly. It can also be found in physician-grade nutritional supplements. Phosphatidylserine is one of the few nutrients that can legally claim to help brain function under FDA regulations. This nutrient has shown to increase short term memory and improve focus. • Intake levels of 100-150mg per day may provide these benefits in short order. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) - MCTs are commonly found in healthy fats, such as those found in coconuts. MCT intake may help symptoms of Alzheimer’s and senile dementia, as well as improving short term memory. • 1 cup of dried coconut or 5000-6000 mg per day of MCT oil recommended.

Oxygen

With the rise in obesity, sleep apnea is becoming a common problem. Since our brain and nervous system is most active while sleeping, it is important to get enough oxygen to promote repair and recovery. If you find yourself falling asleep during the day, or waking up in the morning feeling like you never slept, you may have sleep apnea. I often recommend patients try a PureSleep snore guard while sleeping. It keeps the airway maximally open, and prevents the jaw from sliding back and occluding the airway.

Activation

Motion and activity allow the brain to think, much the same way a windmill produces electricity by spinning. Without body movement, the electrical impulses generated by our brains to communicate with the rest of the body are not sufficient. Therefore, activity is vital to normal brain function. For example, many people feel more energized and alert after going for a short walk. However, if you’re at work or somewhere where you can’t perform physical exercise-type activities, consider these alternatives. Try reading a book from right to left, or upside down. Try writing with your opposite hand. For the tech savvy, download one of the many “brain” apps onto your iPhone or iPad. Your brain is no different than muscle in that it has a certain “use it or lose it” quality.

Final Thoughts

A three-pronged approach to brain health provides the fastest route to improvement. If any of these three factors is overlooked, the treatment may not work. Make sure your brain gets all three of these important energy sources, and it will reciprocate with years of mental clarity, focus, and memories. Dr. Morningstar is a chiropractic neurologist at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers in Richmond and Grand Blanc. He can be reached at 810-6943576 or visit his website at drmorningstar.com. See ad page 15. natural awakenings

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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-theland folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

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Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

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“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly

Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

Feeding Community

Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an awardwinning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raisedbeds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused

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land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells

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friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs

“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, in-

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tensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.

Feeding Ourselves

With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by nonorganic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s—not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (FarmsteadChef.com), ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.

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Thursday, February 28 Tired, Achy, Weight Struggles? - 6-7:30pm. Is Gluten Destroying your Health, Energy and Weight Loss Goals? Talk and Fat-Burning Coffee Tasting. Diane Culik Holistic MD, expert Dietician Annette FREE. ABC Wellness, 37300 Dequindre Rd Ste 102, Sterling Heights. Kia Ross 855-669-9355. Raw Food Basics: Warm Foods - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body for this series for newbies. Learn how to warm living foods while still keeping them raw. $10. Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Boulevard, Rochester Hills. Customer Service 248-371-1400.

Friday, March 1 1st Friday Volunteer Day - 10:30am-5pm. Come to part or all.Join in a hands-on natural building activity, mini-class & Tour of the Strawbale Studio & grounds. Learn about sustainable living! FREE. Strawbale Studio, Oxford. Deanne Bednar 248-628-1887.

Saturday, March 2 Maple Syrup Time Past & Present - 9am-3pm. Also, 3/9 & 3/16. Troy Nature Society (TNS) is teaming up with Troy Historical Society (THS) to once again offer Maple Syrup Time. Staff and volunteers from the will show how maple trees are tapped, how they make sugar and how maple syrup is harvested; tours will start every 30 minutes. Troy Nature Society $6 for TNS members & $7 non. Special treats from Whole Foods Troy. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy. Info/register: 248-688-9703. Flushing Riverview Trail Walk -10am. 3 miles. Easy. Enjoy walking along the wooded trail that follows the Flint River and crosses into the County Park in beautiful Flushing. Meet behind Bueche Supermarket, 300 W. Main Street, Flushing. Info: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038. Michigan Nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Help us continue to remove invasive autumn olive at this sanctuary. Lyle and Mary Rizor Nature Sanctuary, Livingston County, between Fenton / Hartland. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517-525-2627. To Prop or Not to Prop - 2-3:30pm. Use props (walls, blocks, blanket, bolster and straps) to move deeper into the yoga poses will benefitstudents of all levels. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515.

Tuesday, March 5 VegMI Presents: Vegan 101 - 7 pm. Join VegMichigan for this monthly event, which will include a cooking demonstration and samples. Long-time VegMichigan members will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal to a delicious, vegan option. FREE. Registration required at Customer Service desk. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Cleaning with Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Find out which ones sanitize, degrease, and break down permanent ink. $25. Mott Community Education, LAPEER. 810-667-6546. Healing Oils Class - Learn the amazing healing effects for health issues with doTERRA oils include: headaches, pain, sugar, attention, memory, sleeplessness, digestive, and many more. Bring a friend, learn, free drawings. TROY. Call for information/FREE registration: 248-953-9402. Michigan Nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Help us continue to remove invasive shrubs from this sanctuary. Waterproof boots are recommended - we will primarily work in the fen. Big Valley Nature Sanctuary, Oakland County, near Highland. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517525-2627. Landscaping for Wildlife - 7:30-9pm. Presented by Vern Stephens who natural landscaping, design and consulting, environmental education, habitat management planning utilizing Michigan native wildflowers and grasses. Clarkston St. Daniel Church Cushing Center, 7010 Valley Park Drive, Carkston. Info: Info: Laura 248-454-6586. Raw Foods for Healing - 7-8pm. Join Deb Klungle of Nourished Body & learn how to support your body’s natural healing process by eating clean, low-glycemic raw foods. $10. Wheatgrass and Sprouts, 1925 West Maple Rd, Troy. Deb Klungle 248-497-4189.

Thursday, March 7 Isle Royale: A Naturalist Tour - 7:30-9pm. Explore the splendor of Michigan's only National Park with Naturalist Faye Stoner sharing her breathtaking photos of flora and fauna of Isle Royale. FREE. Southeast Michigan Group of Sierra, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills. J. Wang 248-854-2195.

Friday, March 8 Second Friday Artwalk : Buckham Gallery - 6:30pm. 1 Mile. 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. (Doors open at 6pm for the ArtWalk.) Info: Mike Haley 810-686-6354.

Saturday, March 9 Dehydrating Food Made Easy! - 2-5pm. Learn how to dehydrate, why to consider preserving food this way, tips for saving money on your food bill and equipments used. Samples will be shared. Donation. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield. Theresa May 586-949-5515. Flint Farmer's Market or F.I.A. Urban Hike 10am. 1 Mile. Easy. Start your morning at the Flint Farmer's Market and join walkers for a nice urban walk. Meet near the north doors (side closest to river). Flint Farmers Market: 420 E. Boulevard,

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Monday, March 11 Overcoming Fear of Childbirth - 7pm. Join HypnoBirthing Mom Janice Rex-Weaver of Peaceful Birthing, as she explores how fear affects labor and intensifies sensations while birthing. Peaceful Birthing teaches expectant parents. FREE. Whole Foods, Rochester Hills. 248-371-1400. Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Learn how Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can change you and your family...safe non-toxic Headache, Fever, Flu, Colds, Sinus, cuts, pain, aches, the list is endless. TROY. Call for information/FREE registration: 248-953-9402 .

Wednesday, March 13 Lose Weight - Your Life - 7-8pm. Lose weight as if your life depends on it! Understand the cause of your weight gain so an effective plan can be put in place for you to achieve goals. FREE. Physicians Compounding Pharmacy, 1900 S. Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Karen Raehtz 248-7589100. Sierra Club Board Meeting (open to the public). 6pm. Sierra Club Members Share ideas, decisions, and upcoming events. Prahl College Center, Mott Community College 1401 East Court Street, Flint. Info: Denny Crispell; 989-624-5038. Sierra Club Program - (open to the public) - 7:30pm. Join us in learning more about the environment. Meeting and gathering held in Genesee Room. Free event. Prahl College Center, Mott Community College 1401 East Court Street, Flint. Info: Bob Simpson 810-230-0704.

Thursday, March 14 Natural Thyroid Solutions! - 6:30-7:30pm. Discover what to do when the medication doesn't work. Learn why you still feel "lousy" even when your tests are "normal" FREE. Lifetime Wellness, 51 S. Washington, Suite D, Oxford. Dr. Marc 248-628-4886.

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with a focus on safe alignment principles, muscle energetics and biomechanics, for students & teachers. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHeSTerFielD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. Maple Syrup Time Past & Present - 9am-3pm. Also, 3/2 & 3/9. See description on 3/2 listing above. $6 for TNS members & $7 non. Special treats from Whole Foods Troy. The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy. Info/register: 248-688-9703.

For-Mar nature Preserve Walk - 10am. 4 miles. Easy. Easy and leisurely walk on the nature trails through For-Mar Nature Preserve. Trails cross over Kearsley Creek, go through woodlands and prairies. No pets allowed in the preserve. Group restaurant lunch around noon is optional. 2142 N. Genesee Rd, BurTon. Take Genesee Rd, North of Davison Rd. Meet in Parking Lot. Info: Jack Minore 810-252-5258.

otter lake Hike - 10am. 5 miles. Moderate. Take I-69 to M-15 to Willard (2.8 miles north of M-57). East 2.6 miles. Left at fork 0.1 mile to tailhead parking lot on left. Info: Terry Lemmer, 810-7329902.

How To use essential oils - 7-8:15pm. Learn how to apply different types of oils and the best way to use them in your home and with your family to improve health and well-being. FREE. Rochester Holistic Arts, 118 Terry Ave, rocHeSTer. Kim Leshley 248-895-5064.

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Michigan nature Association March Volunteer Days - 10am. Join us to continue cutting invasive honeysuckle. H.E. Hardy Memorial Nature Sanctuary, liVingSTon County, near US-23 and M-59. Info: Katherine Hollins, 517-525-2627.

Family nature club: Searching for green - 1pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for signs of spring. $3/person. Preregister. All ages. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center located near MounT cleMenS, please call 586-463-4332.

TuesdAy, MARCh 19 Pruning – 6:30-8:30 pm. Timely pruning techniques that help maintain the health and beauty of trees and shrubs. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810-667-6546. Pet grooming 1 – 7-9 pm. Save money by learning to properly groom your own pet’s face, feet, and fanny between grooming appointments. Bring 1 freshly bathed dog. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810-667-6546. Arthritis & Joint injury - 6pm. Free seminar on breakthrough treatment for arthritis, joint injury and joint pain. Refreshments Served. 542 N Cedar, iMlAy ciTy. Info: 810 -724-0480. See ad page 23. native Plant Sale and Bee Symposium - 6pm. Come and learn about bees and how to prepare our healthy habitats. Experienced Beekeepers and native plant experts will be on hand to help. Support local native plant efforts by purchasing a flower to share with our natives. Mott Community College, Regional Technology Center, FlinT. Info: Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez 810-762-0455.

WedNesdAy, MARCh 20 organic gardening: Planning – 6-8 pm. Excited about essential oils but confused about which ones to use? Cut through the clutter and attend this class! $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer, 810-667-6546.

ThuRsdAy, MARCh 21 uM-Flint rec Women's night out - 4-8pm. Workout, Pamper Yourself & $hop! Try fitness classes & chef demos, holistic health fair vendors, hourly prize giveaways. FREE. University of Michigan Flint, 401 Mill Street, FlinT. Jo Ann Ford 810-762-3441.

sATuRdAy, MARCh 23 Detoxing the Body naturally - 1-3pm. Dr. Megan Strauchmen, D.O. is giving a presentation on natural detoxification - cleansing the body from harmful toxins to think, feel, and live better FREE. Rebekah's Pure Living, 921 West Nepessing St, lAPeer. Marguerite De Angeli Branch Library 810-6646971. See ad page 8 & 52. nature Hike: Flushing Twp nature Park - 10am. 2.5 miles. Easy. Enjoy learning about prairie management and native plants in a beautiful park along the Flint River. Dogs are welcome, but will need to be on a leash. Dress for the weather. FTNP is north of Mt. Morris at 8301 N. McKinley Rd., FluSHing. Info: Denny Crispell 989-624-5038. you Say goodbye & i Say Hello - 3-5pm. Medium Lisa Jesswein will guide us through insightful connections with departed loved ones. Learn to connect and receive messages without a medium. $25. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, cHeSTerFielD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. To cleanse or not To cleanse! - 10-11am. Discover a revolutionary 3 day cleanse that will

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TuesdAy, MARCh 26 Better Health now and for the Future - 6;308:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN and FirstLine Therapy Program Coordinator, will cover the elements and benefits of the program, which focuses on food, special testing and meeting your goals for a healthier life by using a personalized approach. Conducted in both individual sessions and group meetings. $5 advance/$8 at door. Call to register. The Downing Clinic, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Ste, 100, clArkSTon. 248-625-6677.

WedNesdAy, MARCh 27 organic gardening: Disease & Pest control – 6-8 pm .Rid your garden of those pesky bugs and prevent disease without the use of synthetic chemicals. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810-667-6546.

ThuRsdAy, MARCh 28 Horticulture Practices for the Home gardener – 6-8 pm. Basic principles of design, site preparation, plant selection, planting, pruning and mulching. This course will also offer some tips on Integrated Pest Management with supplemental materials. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer. 810667-6546. natural Sleep Aids – 6:30-8:30 pm. Having trouble falling or staying asleep, try something natural. $25. Mott Community Education, lAPeer, 810667-6546.

ThuRsdAy, APRIL 11 learn the importance of Detoxification 6:30-8:30pm. Ann Heusted, RN, FirstLine Therapy Coordinator, will cover the reasons for detoxification, methods available and the benefits. $25. The Downing Clinic, clArkSTon, 248625-6677.

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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 mhlas.com/calendar to submit online. great way to start the day Beginners welcome. $10. The Yoga Path , 1086 N Irish Rd Suite 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26. Cafe Sunday - 11am-4pm. Sundays offering organic coffee and tea, with variaty of gluttan free organic vegan and raw treets to purchase to make your visit like a family visit. Bernies Best, 3370 Highland Rd, WATERFORD, 48328. Bernies Best 248-556-6326. Meditation - 1-2pm. Everyone Welcome. Suggested Love Donation $5. Meditation Self-Healing Center, 244 Law Street, lAPeer. Info: 810-356-5021.

markyourcalendar Women's only Fitness 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.

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 KMAI.net or see ad on outside back cover.

Meditation / restorative yoga - 12:45-1:45pm. Also Thur. Class to relax meditate with supported yoga poses good for MS,fibromyalgia Donation. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26.

Pilates - 11:30am-12:30pm. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress releases $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WATEFORD. Staff 248-674-9800. 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. Prenatal yoga - 7-8pm. Yoga benefits all stages of pregnancy, learn balance, find peace for birth. $10. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd, Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26.

Pilates/Yoga Fusion - 5:45-6:45pm. Experience a dynamic blend of Yoga with Pilates core work. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. Monthly EFT Group - Second Tue 6-9pm. OAKLAND COUNTY COUNTY. Details: Annette: 248-334-9214.

Essential Oil Education - 6:30-7:30pm. Fight Back 2 School Germs & Viruses NATURALLY w/ pure & potent essential oils $5. Soothe Your Soul, 2B. South Washington, OXFORD. Dena Holmes 248-303-3611.

Tong Ren Group Healing Classes - 7-8:30pm. Everyone receives a personal healing and a pi gu weight control experience Donation $10. Tong Ren Healing System, AUBURN HILLS. Linda Kent 248-373-9414. 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 SHiP. Erica Michaels 248-881-0836.

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. Gentle Yoga - 11:15am-12:15pm. Combines gentle movement, simple poses and breathing techniques. All Levels $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. 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. 50+ or

markyourcalendar Tai chi classes 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. Pilates - 10-11am. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress release. $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WATERFORD. Staff 248-674-9800.

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. Ashtanga/corepower Mix - 7:00pm-8:00pmn. Hot class strong focus on Core strengthening and Ashtanga yoga-neck rubs $10. The Yoga Path , 1086 N Irish Rd Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26.

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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.

Tuesdays • 6:30-7:30pm Korean Martial Arts Institute 925 Baldwin Rd, lapeer. 4 classes/$40 or $12 drop-in rates. Info/RSVP: Ms. Janet 810-667-2101 For more information visit KMAI.net or see ad on outside back cover.

Foundational yoga - 10-11am. Energize and relax your mind, body, spirit and heart. $8. Michigan Rehabiliation Specialists, 10860 Highland Rd, HArTlAnD. Tanya 810-623-4755.

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Ashtanga Flow - 9am-10:15am. Sun salutations and standing postures. Vigorous available to all levels $10. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26.

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.

Thursdays • 6-7:30pm Korean Martial Arts Institute 925 Baldwin Rd, lapeer. 8 classes/$80 or $12 drop-in rates. Info/RSVP: Ms. Janet 810-667-2101 For more information visit KMAI.net or see ad on outside back cover. those with disabilities. Info: Sarah at the Springfield Oaks Parks/Rec. DAViSBurg. 248-846-6558. Meditation / restorative yoga - 12:45-1:45pm. Also Tue. Class to relax meditate with supported yoga poses good for MS,fibromyalgia Donation. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26. 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. Hot Yoga - 5:45-7:45pm. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous toxin releasing flow. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. 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. 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. Pilates - 7-8pm. Creates a balance in the body, flexibility, muscle toning & stress relief $10. Fit Zone for Women, 5217 Highland Rd, WATERFORD. Staff 248-674-9800.

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.

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Sexual Assault group - 9:30-11:30am. LACASA: Comprehensive Services Center, 2895 W. Grand River Avenue, HoWell. Info: 517-548-1350. 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 SSo. 989-720-HEAL. See ad page 29.

Yin Yoga - 5:45pm-7pm. Targets the connective tissues of the body, 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month. $13.00. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD TERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515. 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 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, 2284 S Ballenger Hwy Ste F, FlinT. RSVP 810235-5181. See ad page 18.

Food Addicts in recovery Anonymous 9-10:30am. Recovery program for people who suffer from overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Based on the twelve steps of AA. Open to all. FREE. WATerForD, at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Rd. Info. 866-914-3663.

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. gentle Basic yoga - 11am-12pm. Meditation/ Yoga postures for balance strength and flexibility breatnwork $5. The Yoga Path, 1086 N Irish Rd Ste 3, DAViSon. Maria Burnash 810-919-9642. See ad page 26.

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.

Hot Yoga - 7:30-8:30am. The room is heated to 95 degrees for this vigorous toxin releasing flow. $13. Santosha Yoga, 48774 Gratiot Ave, CHESTERFIELD. Theresa May 586-949-5515.

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Natural Networking at its best! Connecting you to the leaders in naturally healthy living in our community. To find out how you can be included in this directory each month, call 248-628-0125 or visit: NAeastMichigan.com. MICHIGAN ORIENTAL MEDICINE

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 Acupuncture • Massage • Nutrition Michal Kelly L. Ac., Dipl. O.M. 12272 Fenton Rd., Suite 3, Fenton 810-714-5556 • FentonAcupuncture.com

Offering personalized natural health care that focuses on treating the root cause of the illness, not just the symptom. A safe and effective alternative for children, adults and seniors. Specializing in infertility, internal medicine and pain management.

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

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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Massage • Nutrition • Counseling Korina St. John, Dipl.OM, L.Ac HealthyHappyWhole.com • 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.

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.

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. ShantiCounseling.com

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

chiropractic alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC

Pain/stress relief and more with Craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and holistic nutrition. 11 years experience. See ad page 10.

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 18.

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: CafeOfLifeFenton.com.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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

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 15.

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. ~Thomas Huxley

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.

natural awakenings

Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food. ~Dr. Andrew Wei

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 9.

David W. Regiani, DDS, PC Holistic General Dentistry 101 South Street, Ortonville 248-627-4934 RegianiDental.com

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.

essential oils young living essential oils

Karen Malone, Independent Distributor 810-938-9099 • KarenZ@yahoo.com KarenMalone.VibrantScents.com

Curious why Wise Men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to the Baby Jesus? Why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible? Call for FREE "Missing Link" CD. (Income opportunities also available). See ad page 7.

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health foods KIMBER-BEES HONEY & POLLEN Kimberly Rinna www.kimber-bees.com 810-240-2500 • Fenton

KIMBER-BEES natural raw - unprocessed - BEE POLLEN, HONEY and W H I P P E D H O N E Y. C l o v e r, s t a r t h i s t l e , wildflower, raspberry, and blueberry honey. Visit website for many health benefits of taking BEE POLLEN daily!

natures better way

880 W. Dryden Rd., Metamora 810-678-3131 My4Life.com/NaturesBetterWay

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

Rebekah's health & Nutrition 700 S. Main St, Ste 113 • Lapeer 810-660-8585 RebekahsPureLiving.com

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.

Nature provides exceptions to every rule. ~Margaret Fuller

hypnotherapy alternative health & Rehab centre, PLLC

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

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 • NWPRC.com

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 15.

massage Alternative Health & Rehab Centre, PLLC 2284 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste F, Flint 810-235-5181 • www.AHRC.us

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.

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 Bio-Turf.com.

Oxygen/hyperbarics Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

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

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 15.

Weight Loss 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.

Natural wellness & Pain Relief Centers

10683 S. Saginaw St., Ste B, Grand Blanc 810-694-3576 • NWPRC.com 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 15.

Julie L. Ward CMT, LE, COE

Exactly Esthetics & Massage www.JulieLWard.com 810-875-8416

ONCOLOGY CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST AND ONCOLOGY ESTHETICIAN. Advanced Practicioner, Therapuetic, Deep Tissue, Relaxation Massage, Body Treatments, Custom Facials, Waxing Expert, Eyelash Exstensions.

Yoga/ Martial Arts Korean Martial Arts Institute

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

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 back cover.

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.

Mid-Michigan Hypnosis Center Hypnosis Delivers • 810-423-6541 3280 N. Elms Rd., Flushing www.HypnosisDelivers.com

HYPNOSIS to achieve YOUR goals - Lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, eliminate unhealthy fears, improve your golf game. Individual, couples, family, small group sessions. NEW CAREER? NGH Hypnotism certification courses forming NOW.

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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 23.

Cherish your human connections— your relationships with friends and family. ~Barbara Bush

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

810-667-2101 935 Baldwin Rd. Lapeer

Website kmai.net Facebook KMAILAPEER

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

Come and join us! Visit KMAI.net for our schedule and other informtion. Classes for ages 5 thru Adult Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Korean Martial Arts Institute... is a traditional TaeKwon-Do natural School of Self-Defense, Since 1975. March 2013 awakenings We are very family oriented and a strong teaching school.

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